MMA fighting – MMA Fighter Sun, 25 Apr 2021 05:38:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MMA fighting – MMA Fighter 32 32 Pros respond to Chris Weidman’s horrific broken leg at UFC 261 Sun, 25 Apr 2021 03:01:45 +0000

In a shocking turn of events, former UFC middleweight Chris Weidman suffered the same injury as his two-time opponent Anderson Silva when he broke his leg on a kick verified by Uriah Hall at the UFC 261.

Weidman’s foot curled horribly around Hall’s shin, and he collapsed onto the mat, planting on his right foot. The former champ twisted in pain as the fight was immediately called off just 17 seconds from the pay-per-view fight at Vystar Veteran’s Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla.

The audience sat in shock, some behind the UFC commentary booth crying as Weidman, whose check broke Silva’s leg more than seven years ago in their rematch at the UFC 168, was put on a stretcher and pulled out of the octagon.

Here is how the fighters reacted at the end of the fight.

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Khamzat Chimaev ready to crush champions in three weight classes Fri, 23 Apr 2021 01:00:00 +0000

Khamzat Chimaev is preparing for his return to the UFC after a fierce battle with COVID-19 and, as usual, he’s aiming high. Not only is he looking for a UFC belt, but he has his eye on three different weight divisions.

Asked in an interview with ESPN if he plans to go back to 170 or 185 pounds, Chimaev said he could do either or even 205 pounds.

“Two weight classes are waiting for me, 85 or 70, I can go fight 205,” Chimaev said (via MMA Fighting). “I’ve been sparring with the guys who are, like the top 10 in 205. I don’t want to say the names of those guys, but the guys know when they trained with me what’s going on there.

“I can also beat Blachowicz. Israel [Adesanya] also, he loses with, like, fighting Blachowicz. Blachowicz is not a wrestler.

Chimaev may have lofty views, but he knows he has work to do to get to where he wants to be. The fights against Leon Edwards in the spring failed due to complications from COVID-19, fights that would ultimately place him at the top of a division. Now he’s sitting outside healing, with a promising return date for the summer.

“I didn’t fight for a long time, I haven’t had so many fights, but I know who I am,” he said. “I just have to show it. Now I’m back. Give me someone, whatever. For me it doesn’t matter. I will fight with everyone. When I’m healthy I’ll fight anyone, everyone. It doesn’t matter, Brock Lesnar.

With three weight classes to choose from, we have no doubts the UFC will be looking to put Chimaev back in the cage against someone who can get their 2020 hopes back on track. Who do you want to see Khamzat face when he returns, Maniacs?

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ONE on TNT 4 map finalized with Eddie Alvarez and ‘Reug Reug’ reservation fights on the main map Tue, 20 Apr 2021 00:00:00 +0000

The upcoming ONE map on TNT 4 has been finalized with some notable additions to the upcoming event.

The show will close a busy April for Asia-based promotion as ONE Championship aired prime-time shows in the United States for the first time in the company’s history.

The main card event on April 28 will feature a trilogy fight between Aung La N Sang and Vitaly Bigdash after splitting a pair of fights in 2017. This time around, the light heavyweight championship will be up for grabs as they meet in the rubber match.

Former UFC Champion Eddie Alvarez will also make a return to action on the ONE map on TNT 4 after his last fight at ONE on TNT 1 ended in disqualification. Alvarez was disqualified after landing several punches at opponent Iuri Lapicus, deemed illegal.

He will now face the winner of the next match between Murat Gafurov and Ok Rae Yoon, who will end up in the ONE map on TNT 3 this Wednesday, April 21.

Also on the card, viral sensation Oumar “Reug Reug” Kate is going to make a quick turnaround to face Kirill Grishenko after already fought and won a fight at ONE on TNT 1 in early April.

These three fights will be the main map with three more fights on the preliminaries, including former ONE lightweight champions Shinya Aoki and Eduard Folayang meeting for the third time.

Jackie Buntan will face Ekaterina Vandaryeva and Colbey Northcutt will return to face his first opponent Courtney Martin.

The ONE ON TNT 4 main card will air on TNT starting at 10 p.m. ET after AEW Wrestling while preliminaries from 8:30 p.m. ET on the B / R Live app.

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Ben Askren didn’t ‘give a shit about the outcome’ in his fight with Jake Paul, found Triller entertainment ‘very unpleasant’ Mon, 19 Apr 2021 23:00:00 +0000

Ben Askren doesn’t hide his loss to Jake Paul, let alone allow this fight to change his demeanor no matter how it all turned out.

Last weekend at the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view, the retired UFC fighter suffered a brutal first-round knockout after Paul hit him with a right hand that put him on the Web. While Askren was able to get back on his feet, he was still shaken by the shot and the referee determined he couldn’t continue.

The stoppage came at 1:59 a.m. in the first round and while Askren is certainly not celebrating the result, he is also not going to apologize or pretend that the knockout is some kind of huge, life-changing moment for him.

“I’m disappointed,” Askren said on the ‘Steven Crowder Podcast. “I didn’t spend a lot of time on social media yesterday. I had some friends from high school, we played disc golf, we toasted, we had a blast. Some people don’t think I took it seriously. Here’s the thing – when I took the fight I said # 1 is for the money, # 2 I think it’s gonna be a good time. I used to mentor my friends in high school just for fun. I trained hard for 11 weeks. I haven’t missed any practice. It didn’t go my way

“We knew he had a good overhand right and I’m an idiot and I didn’t block him. My defense was a little too loose. Heard my coaches, both Tyron [Woodley] and [Mike] “Biggie” [Rhodes] were saying to stop reacting to his fakes and I didn’t. I paid the price. I think one of the things that really separates me from a lot of people, I could have very easily just sat on my couch and said ‘I don’t want to do this because there is a potential that I will be. uncomfortable. That would be the only reason I wouldn’t have done it. There is no other valid reason. I said I’m gonna do it, fuck it, I’m gonna do it.

As soon as the fight was over, Askren stepped out of the ring and made his way backstage with his coaches and his wife by his side.

According to Askren, he actually received feedback from fans who were upset that he was smiling after the fight, but he finds that reaction just ridiculous.

“People were overwhelmed to smile after with my wife,” Askren explained. “I told you all before taking this fight, I don’t care about the outcome. When I am there I will try to fight hard but at the end of the day on Monday I go back to podcasting and wrestling training and my wife said something funny to me and I laughed and people are angry about it?

“They really need to have a life and I think they’re trying to harness their own emotions on me.”

Beyond the fight itself, Askren also made the headlines of the most talked about events of the year as Triller – a social media platform of which rapper Snoop Dogg is one of the co-founders – produced a show for the ages that featured four professional boxing bouts. , commentary with appearances by comedian Pete Davidson and Oscar De La Hoya as well as musical performances by Justin Bieber, Ice Cube, Saweetie and Doja Cat.

The uncensored adult-themed showcase in sight even made Askren blush backstage as he noted on the show, tweeting “this is not kid-friendly entertainment.”

Askren even went so far as to berate the producer behind the show, Bert Marcus, when behind-the-scenes interviews were being conducted.

“You heard me scolding the owner of the business when they came into my locker room. It’s live on camera, ”Askren said. “Pete Davidson came over to interview me and behind the camera was, I believe, the executive producer of the show and I said ‘I have a lot of my wrestling kids watching this, my brother and I have five academies. , I can’t even imagine what their parents are thinking now.

“I feel so guilty that their parents have to either kick them out or explain to them what’s going on here.

Although he admits to being “a bit socially liberal,” even Askren was uncomfortable with some of the performances shown during Triller’s pay-per-view.

“The first fight was a DJ versus a boxer, which was really weird,” Askren said referring to the Joe Fournier versus Reykon fight that opened the show. “Yeah, but it took a very long time for the next fight to happen. Mostly musical performances and dancing.

“Maybe I’m the father of America, but I found the entertainment very unpleasant and I think everyone in my locker room felt the same.”

Objections aside, Askren took part in one of the most high-profile events of the year and he will likely reap the rewards with pay-per-view benefits on top of his $ 500,000 salary.

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Kelvin Gastelum issues statement after UFC Vegas 24 loss: ‘I still believe I can do the job’ Mon, 19 Apr 2021 22:00:00 +0000

Interim title challenger Kelvin Gastelum released a statement on Sunday in which he vowed to continue after a loss to former champion Robert Whittaker in the main event of UFC Vegas 24.

Gastelum was swept off the scorecards, losing every round to Whittaker for a 50-45 unanimous result. But he was optimistic about his future, writing on Twitter: “I still believe I can do the job and be one of the best!”

In fact, Gastelum is considered one of the best in the UFC at 185 pounds and is currently ranked No.8 in the promotion rankings. The Ultimate Fighter 17 the winner however fell short in the face of top competition including Israel Adesanya, who beat him in a back-and-forth which won ‘fight of the year’ honors but ultimately led Adesanya to win the interim belt he then unified beat Whittaker.

Gastelum was due to face Whittaker at the end of their time as opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 28 Whittaker was still holding the belt. But a last second illness forced Whittaker to retire, and the Australian champion was later knocked out by Adesanya.

Gastelum is 1-4 in his last five outings with a decision over Ian Heinisch added to losses against Adesanya, Darren Till, Jack Hermansson and most recently Whittaker.

As with Adesanya’s fight, Gastelum took a significant amount of damage in his fight against Whittaker, absorbing 150 strikes over five rounds. He also gave up four teardowns.

Whittaker has called for a rematch with Adesanya in September or October, although he said a post-fight medical exam will determine his timeline.

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UFC 262 poster highlights vacant lightweight title fight, return of Nate Diaz Mon, 19 Apr 2021 21:30:00 +0000

For the first time since 2019, Nate Diaz is back on a fight poster.

The fan favorite returns to action on May 15 to take on Leon Edwards in the UFC’s first untitled five-round co-main event at UFC 262. The welterweight bout will precede the main event to crown a new lightweight champion between Charles Oliveira and the old one. Bellator Michael Chandler holder.

Oliveira and Chandler will face each other to become the first new 155-pound champion in over three years unnamed Khabib Nurmagomedov, who announced his retirement after his 29th straight win over Justin Gaethje at UFC 254 in October.

Diaz will look to return to the winning column after a doctor save loss to Jorge Masvidal in the UFC 244 main event in November 2019. He faces off against Edwards, who hasn’t tasted defeat since. a lost decision against current champion Kamaru Usman in December 2015. “Rocky” returned after a nearly two-year layoff to face Belal Muhammad in the main event of UFC Vegas 21 in March, where a hit Edwards’ accidental eye led to no dispute.

UFC 262 will also feature another important lightweight game between former interim champion Tony Ferguson and Beneil Dariush, as well as an exciting featherweight tilt between Shane Burgos and Edson Barboza.

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Jake Paul vs Ben Askren event sells over 1 million pay-per-views, with final numbers still being calculated Mon, 19 Apr 2021 21:00:00 +0000

The Triller Fight Club card featured by Jake Paul’s knockout victory over Ben Askren will likely be one of the most successful pay-per-view payouts of 2021.

The event, which featured four boxing matches on the main card, sold over a million pay-per-views with the show’s final numbers still being worked out. According to sources speaking to MMA Fighting on Monday, total pay-per-view sales will likely drop to between 1.2 million and 1.6 million purchases once all is said and done.

Those are monstrous numbers for a new promotion hosting an event after Triller previously only produced the card that featured Mike Tyson when he returned to action in an exhibition game against Roy Jones Jr. from leaving last November.

The buzz surrounding the Paul and Askren fight was astronomical and it looks like pay-per-view sales followed suit after the event trended on Google and social media throughout the weekend.

Very few pay-per-view events represent a million buys, so this must be considered a huge success for Triller after the social media platform promoted a huge event that also included musical performances by The Black Keys. , Justin Bieber, Ice Cube and Snoop. Dogg.

Turning to the events of 2021 alone, the recent Conor McGregor-Dustin Poirier fight set the benchmark for pay-per-view shopping this year, after that event reportedly sold around 1.6 million purchases in the world and 1.2 million domestically in the United States.

Based on the information currently available, the Paul vs Askren-titled Triller card would be at least close to matching those numbers in the US, but the final tally will take weeks to count.

The next big Triller event will take place on June 5 when Teofimo Lopez defends his WBA, IBF, WBO and Ring lightweight titles against George Kambosos Jr.

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Frank Mir felt 6 rounds with Steve Cunningham a better statement for MMA Mon, 19 Apr 2021 19:00:00 +0000

Former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir was in the boxing ring against ex-IBF champion Steve Cunningham. But he continued to see the MMA setups as they traded punches on Saturday at Triller Fight Club.

“I have the hardest thing to convert,” Mir told reporters after losing to Cunningham. “MMA, if you move your head, your feet are there. … Several times when Steve was sliding you could probably see me looking at his leg saying, “Ah, there’s a sweep. There is a chop. And I can’t throw it, so that also made it difficult.

Mir gave himself an A + for developing punching skills that he can incorporate into his next MMA fight. His rating for his specific boxing effort against a man he called “the fastest guy I’ve ever fought” was lower.

The former champion still took great advantage of his performance. He was not finished by Cunningham, nor did he leave the world of combat sports without any idea of ​​the boxing skills he had honed in training camp with a quick knockout – aided by his 70 pounds on his opponent.

“I wanted to represent MMA by saying okay, we are also very good at boxing,” he said. “Obviously it was a big task to beat a world champion in a boxing match. But if I lost a decision in six rounds but boxed well, it was better to catch Steve in the first 30 seconds.

Mir would of course have preferred to take the lead in the fight. At the same time, he took the result as another step in his continued evolution as an MMA fighter. He compared his usual job to that of a decathlete, as Cunningham was trained in a single event. Considering Cunningham’s advantage in this event, he felt he had done relatively well.

“I went with the sprinters,” he said. “I’m not going to withdraw from my other events to make myself a sprint specialist, because let’s face it: I’ll never be the best boxer in the world. I seem to be the most complete mixed martial artist.

It was an experience, in other words, one of the most unique he had ever been part of. From the match against an ex-champion to a “movie” atmosphere as he waited patiently behind the scenes for musical acts and undercard fighters to clear the way, the event was not like a UFC fight. But it provided a lot of data for his next venture, whether it be in the BKFC he had previously signed with, another boxing match, or a return to MMA.

Check out the full interview above.

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Morning report: Conor McGregor accuses Nate Diaz of steroid use, Diaz responds Mon, 19 Apr 2021 12:00:00 +0000

This summer, Conor McGregor will have his trilogy fight with Dustin Poirier in the main event of UFC 264. But despite McGregor rematching a man who just cold-knocked him out, that doesn’t mean “Notorious” Not having enough it’s time to keep another trilogy fight alive: his rivalry with Nate Diaz.

Last week on social media, McGregor suggested that the UFC create two specialty belts for him, the “McGregor Belt” and the “Richest ***** Belt”. Diaz took the opportunity to poke fun at McGregor about the request and that shot apparently fell under the skin of the former two-division champion as McGregor on Sunday accused Nate Diaz of taking PEDs.

McGregor’s claim is not entirely without merit. In 2019, Diaz had an unwanted result in a pre-fight drug test before his fight with Jorge Masvidal for the “Baddest Motherf ***** Belt”. However, Diaz was cleared of any wrongdoing almost immediately, and in fact, it was Diaz who publicly revealed the issue. Still, that didn’t stop McGregor from defeating the entire USADA program of the UFC, to which UFC Vice President Jeff Novitzky responded.

Novitzky was not the only one responding to McGregor’s claims, however. Diaz, of course, also hit back, mocking McGregor again, this time for losing to him. From there, a back-and-forth series began with Diaz taking photos at McGregor’s home fitness program, McGregorFast and McGregor plugging in his program and again accusing Diaz of using steroids.

McGregor and Diaz currently have to fight other men, Poirier and Leon Edwards respectively, but given how they bicker like an old married couple, it seems inevitable that at some point the two will have to go head-to-head. at least one more. time.

KO. Jake Paul flattens Ben Askren with a brutal right hand to win the first round knockout in the Triller main event.

Bobby Knuckles. Robert Whittaker outclasses Kelvin Gastelum at UFC Vegas 24 and wants a rematch with Israel Adesanya.

Loss. Ben Askren says he deserves to be ridiculed after his loss: “I was knocked out by Jake Paul. It’s embarrassing f * king ”.

Line. Jake Paul targeted by several MMA fighters after the KO of Ben Askren, including Tyron Woodley, BJ Penn, Dillon Danis.

TUFF. The cast of Ultimate Fighter 29, premiere date announced.

After the show on Saturday.

Triller Post Fight press conference.

UFC Vegas 24 post-fight press conference.

UFC 261 Countdown.

Israel Adesanya ends his fight with Kelvin Gastelum.

On the next one. Matches to do after UFC Vegas 24.

Severe MMA. Respond to Triller, UFC Vegas 24, Bellator and discuss UFC 261.

If you don’t win the NFT, here is this video.



Mike Perry.

The respect.




Phil hawes (10-2) against Kyle daukaus (10-1); UFC Fight Night, May 8.

A lot of people hated it, and it’s definitely not for everyone, but Triller was largely fun as hell in the most absurd way. Like FightCircus with a big budget.

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MMA: Rolando Dy calls ‘the Butcher’ Amir – ‘I can give you a real fight’ Mon, 19 Apr 2021 03:29:00 +0000

Filipino fighter Rolando Dy. Document photo

MANILA, Philippines – Filipino mixed martial arts star Rolando “The Incredible” Dy is in a fighting mood, just a month away from war against Kyrgyz lightweight candidate Abdisalam “Omok” Kubanychbek in Bahrain.

Seeking to redeem himself and return to the winning column, Dy, 29, called Egyptian murderer Ahmed “The Butcher” Amir, promising to give him “a real fight”.

Dy, the son of Filipino boxer Rolando Navarrete, first took to social media to call Amir, but was brushed aside by the Egyptian fighter. The Filipino star doubles down, however, making it known he’s serious about his challenge.

“I called Amir on social media because he acts like a clown,” he said.

“In my opinion, he doesn’t deserve the title, but it was given to him. I respect that, but the point is, he’s backed down in his title fight. Then he showed up to the event, acting tough. and acting like the champion, ”he explained.

“I lost my respect for him that night, and I want to test if he’s really tough like he said. I’m here. I can give you a real fight,” Dy said.

Amir was supposed to face Amin Ayoub for the BRAVE CF Lightweight World Championship in the recently concluded BRAVE CF 50. However, a shoulder and neck injury forced him to withdraw from the five-round title game.

As a result, Mashrabjon Ruziboev took his place and faced Ayoub in an untitled 74 kilogram catch weight contest, where the French champion came out triumphant via a clear unanimous decision.

Ayoub’s celebration was cut short, however, as Amir made a surprise appearance at the edge of the cage, walking past security to engage in a heated verbal exchange with the Frenchman.

Dy is no stranger to trashy talk but he questions the legitimacy of Amir’s injury that forced him to withdraw from his title clash with Ayoub.

“He (Amir) was booked to fight for the title, but he chose to step back a week before the fight. I don’t like it. If he believes he’s strong and isn’t pretending, prove- the me, ”Dy said.

Fighting Amir might put him at a stylistic disadvantage, but “The Incredible” doesn’t seem upset by the Egyptian’s wrestling credentials.

“I lost to a wrestler in my last fight. Amir is also a wrestler. It’s a good match for him,” he admitted. “I just want to fight Amir. He’s not allowed to act like a VIP. He always chooses his opponents. Well, he should choose me.”

Dy also expressed his desire to be part of BRAVE CF 51, the promotion’s debut in Minsk, Belarus on June 4. He hopes he will come face to face with Amir on this map.

“I don’t back down, I don’t make excuses and I introduce myself. He had the chance to fight for the title, but he didn’t show up. He had many reasons. I’m built differently. As long as I can do the walkout, I will fight, ”Dy said.

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