MMA fighting – MMA Fighter Fri, 22 Oct 2021 23:01:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 MMA fighting – MMA Fighter 32 32 Nate Diaz teases interest in Tony Ferguson fight, Conor McGregor responds Fri, 22 Oct 2021 16:30:00 +0000

Nate Diaz has another fan favorite in his sights.

On Friday, the welterweight star tweeted an image of former interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson, possibly hinting at a future clash between the two.

Although Diaz’s tweet did not come with a caption, the image alone elicited an immediate reaction from several fighters on social media, including Diaz’s longtime rival Conor McGregor, who tweeted and deleted it. following :

@TheNotoriousMMA, Twitter

McGregor and Diaz have their own long history, which includes the separation of two fights that took place at UFC 196 and UFC 202, two of the most successful pay-per-view events in company history. A trilogy fight has long been discussed, although McGregor’s competitive status is unknown as he recovers from a broken leg he suffered in his last fight with Dustin Poirier in July.

Bad blood between Diaz and Ferguson isn’t new either.

In April, Ferguson tweeted that Diaz was “my bitch,” rekindling an ox that dated back to 2017 when Diaz claimed the UFC was pressuring him to fight “El Cucuy”. For his part, Ferguson recently called for a fight with McGregor rather than Diaz.

A clash between Diaz and Ferguson could be a boon to both of their careers, with Diaz having suffered back-to-back losses and Ferguson currently on a three-game losing streak.

Cynthia Calvillo replaces Jessica Eye and takes on Andrea Lee at UFC event on November 13 Thu, 21 Oct 2021 16:00:00 +0000

Jessica Eye was forced out of her next fight on November 13 after the former flyweight title contender was recently hospitalized with an illness.

With Eye sidelined, Cynthia Calvillo has been chosen as a replacement and now she will face Andrea Lee in the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in November.

Multiple sources confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Tuesday with verbal agreements in place from the two athletes. addicted to mma initially reported the change.

Calvillo will be looking to bounce back after dropping back-to-back fights for the first time in her career following losses to Jessica Andrade and Katlyn Chookagian in her last two Octagon appearances.

Ahead of those fights, Calvillo made a successful debut at 125 pounds with a unanimous decision victory over Eye, which immediately made her a contender in the division.

Now, she’ll be looking to get back to the winning column while taking on Lee, who just completed an impressive submission against Antonina Shevchenko in her last outing at UFC 262 in May.

The victory helped Lee put an end to a three-game losing streak dating back to 2019.

Once Calvillo vs. Lee is finalized, the flyweight bout will join a lineup on November 13 with the main event pitting former featherweight champion Max Holloway against Yair Rodriguez.

UFC bantamweight Irwin Rivera released after attempted murder charges Wed, 20 Oct 2021 00:53:17 +0000

Irwin Rivera has been released from custody after being granted parole by a Florida judge following the UFC bantamweight arrest in January.

Rivera was released Tuesday afternoon in Florida following a Monday court ruling that saw a judge approve the fighter’s not guilty plea on grounds of insanity. MMA Fighting has confirmed release with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s Office following an initial report from ESPN Deportes.

Rivera had been held behind bars since January on two counts of attempted murder after experiencing what the fighter’s brother called a “complete break-up” earlier this year following an incident in which Rivera was charged with ‘having repeatedly stabbed his two sisters.

Rivera was arrested on the afternoon of January 7 in Palm Beach County, Florida. The fighter’s two sisters – Lezlye and Kelly – told police Rivera allegedly attacked them with a brass knuckle and stabbed them repeatedly while they were sleeping. According to police, following a four-hour manhunt, Rivera was located and told authorities he believed he had killed his two sisters and had done so because “that was his purpose. And that a higher power had “told him to do it.” Rivera’s sisters were each found with multiple stab wounds to the body and police said Rivera’s younger sister also suffered a collapsed lung.

Both siblings ultimately survived their injuries and defended Rivera in the early stages after the incident, claiming the alleged attack was not in line with the Mexican-born bantamweight, and the two even testified on behalf of de Rivera during the case.

According to the ESPN report, Rivera was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and suffered an “acute episode of psychosis” on the day of the alleged attack. Doctors involved in the case said Rivera’s condition had stabilized and Rivera would be allowed to remain in detention as long as he met certain conditions regarding medication, therapy, living conditions with his family and supervised travel.

A doctor involved in the case also reportedly said Rivera could be allowed to resume his MMA career if all the conditions for his release continue to be met.

The 32-year-old bantamweight last participated in a September 2020 split-decision loss to Andre Ewell at UFC Vegas 11. He was scheduled to return against Ray Rodriguez on March 13 at UFC Vegas 21 before his arrest. Former Titan FC bantamweight champion Rivera holds a 1-2 UFC record with a notable loss to ranked featherweight Giga Chikadze.

Jessica Eye reveals she was hospitalized, likely due to upcoming fight with Andrea Lee Tue, 19 Oct 2021 01:00:00 +0000

Jessica Eye will likely have to wait until a later date for her next fight after revealing she was admitted to hospital last weekend after falling ill.

The former flyweight title contender is set to face Andrea Lee in the upcoming UFC Fight Night card in Las Vegas on November 13.

“[This past Thursday], I thought I was dealing with an allergic reaction to fish roe that I didn’t notice in my sushi role until it was too late, ”Eye wrote on Instagram. “Extremely allergic to eggs. It was Thursday evening that the fever started. So I followed the protocol when I was exposed to a food allergy. Thursday was tough but I woke up on Friday feeling fine but [with] brain fog, which is usually [a] symptom after an allergy attack or exposure to foods to which I am allergic.

“Friday was a normal day and I was ready for this weekend’s race, but I felt like the adrenaline was keeping me going. However, on Friday night the fever returned. At this point I had negative COVID [test] so I brushed it off. I was like fucking fish eggs.

Eye was scheduled to compete in a grappling competition on Saturday, but that’s when her symptoms worsened and she was forced to seek help.

This ultimately led to her being admitted to the hospital for further testing, which has now led Eye to expect to stay there for the next few days while medics monitor her situation.

“Saturday morning I had my morning shake and felt normal, so to speak,” Eye explained. “I took another allergy pill just in case, took a nap, got up and competed. I felt great warming up but definitely shaking and turned off but me being me, I brushed it off. Then Saturday night, [that’s] the worst I have ever felt in my life. Aches, fever, sweat more than ever, even during weight loss. That’s when I felt like I couldn’t ignore it anymore.

“On Sunday, I was admitted to the hospital with such severe pain that I could barely stand or not cry. They are still doing tests and it looks like we have a clear diagnosis that I will share soon, but I will be spending a few days in the hospital.

As she waits for her doctor’s words about her diagnosis and the treatment needed to recover, Eye said she will be focusing on her health for now, which obviously means she probably won’t be. able to compete as quickly as the November 11 event. 13.

“My team and I decided to join this fight and focus on my health,” Eye said. “I have been fighting for a year and this is my top priority. I have already lost my gallbladder. I no longer intend to lose.

As of yet, the UFC has not made any official announcements regarding Eye’s fight or his plans for Lee on the upcoming November 13 card.

For now, Eye is just trying to stay positive as she deals with this latest health issue that has kept her from competing.

“Please send me all the good vibes,” Eye wrote. “Hope to update you guys [as] as soon as I’m out of the hospital and completely back into Jess mode.

Dominick Cruz buries the hatchet with Monster, “completely open” to charity combat with Hans Molenkamp Sun, 17 Oct 2021 17:00:00 +0000

After talking to Monster and Hans Molenkamp, ​​Dominick Cruz feels much better about his relationship with the longtime sponsor and his rep.

That said, the offer he made after his last fight is on the table.

“I’m still completely open to a charity fight with Hans Molenkamp,” Cruz said Wednesday on MMA time. ” It’s here. I think Hans could be open to that too. I do not know. He might really want to punch me in the face at this point, who knows. But I have no problem with Monster.

It emerged that this might not be the case after Cruz used a post-victory interview in March to call Molenkamp, ​​triggering a discussion about the representative’s behavior, the role of sponsors in the MMA industry, and even accusations of impropriety from former Monster employees and UFC fighters.

Cruz has stated that he does not intend to start a debate on a sponsor who he believes has done a lot of good things for fighters. He just had a bad taste in his mouth after dealing with Molenkamp, ​​and he didn’t hide it. With a little thought, he realized that it was as much his fault as that of the Monster employee.

“It was never about Monster,” said Cruz. “It was about me and my relationship with a person, and I called him that night, because they asked me who I wanted to face next, and I told them the truth. You can’t get mad at a guy for telling the truth.

“My beef with Monster is non-existent. There is no beef with Monster. Monster has supported athletes all over the world, and they still support me to this day, because Monster and I have always been cool – it was me and this person who needed to chat and have some clearance and some communication. , and we have.”

One of the issues that came to light as a result of Cruz’s post-fight interview was Molenkamp’s position of power and the use of social media for personal gain. Cruz accused the rep of threatening his status with Monster if he did not comment on the posts.

Thinking back on the situation, Cruz said, the whole situation boiled down to a lack of communication. So finally he said he and Molenkamp had been talking.

“Well, I mean, I’m an adult,” Cruz said. “So I clearly spoke about it, but it boiled down to the social media problem, where if I take a picture with the Lamborghini, I own the Lamborghini. Once I have erased [up], hey, even though you may think i am the Lamborghini that you can stunt at, let’s establish clear communication and a limit right now that this can’t be used.

“When I look at the big picture, I tell myself that I am responsible for everything I create in my life. So in the end it was my responsibility to create a border with this person in the first place that I didn’t, which created resentment. Expectations are resentments in construction. I really expected this guy wouldn’t need my rig to build himself. It’s like, I think, man to man, face to face, I shouldn’t have to say that to another man. However, nowadays, look around us. This is what we are experiencing in this world where the internet can sabotage reality. People who live in a tiny little bubble in a sinkhole, or in a cave, can look out there and pretend they’re something huge. So when you hang on to people doing something with their life and run with it, now you can grab it and do something yourself.

Molenkamp continues to work with Monster in a contract role for Athletics Business Development; the rep did not respond to a request for comment from MMA Fighting on Cruz’s charity fight offer.

Two-time UFC bantamweight champion Cruz makes what could be his last push for a belt as he returns to the octagon at UFC 269 for a fight against Pedro Munhoz. As many of his contemporaries retire, he remains passionate about the sport and his desire to be champion.

Behind the scenes, Cruz applies the same rigorous standards of his training to the relationships he maintains with the people of the company. If you want to use it to build your brand, you better have a clear set of expectations.

“What I had to do was create that boundary, and as soon as I do, I can be friends with anyone,” he said. “The limits were my problem in this situation – which I didn’t create – and so now me and Monster, and me and this person, we can all get along. It was my responsibility to do it, I didn’t do it in the first place, and here we are. Everything worked.

UFC Vegas 40 Predictions – MMA Fighting Sat, 16 Oct 2021 12:00:00 +0000

There’s no coating: UFC Vegas 40 is a weak card, at least in terms of name recognition and implications for the contestants.

In fact, this is not entirely true. The de facto main event starring Aspen Ladd and Norma Dumont – reunited following Holly Holm’s injury withdrawal – could actually produce a UFC title challenger, although it’s in the featherweight division that doesn’t. currently does not even have an official ranking. However, if Amanda Nunes succeeds in defending her bantamweight title against Julianna Pena, and decides she wants to return to action soon, she could defend the featherweight title against the winner of Saturday’s main event.

Exciting, I know.

But let’s focus on the positives, of which there are several, beyond the mere chance for UFC recognition and experience fighters to gain some shine.

  1. Ladd is back! The 26-year-old has not competed for almost two years, mainly due to a knee injury but also due to difficulties with the scale. With 10 extra pounds to play with, Ladd gained weight comfortably on Friday and now has the opportunity to remind us why she’s been one of the best prospects since day one.
  2. Andrei Arlovski and Jim Miller are still cooking! That’s right, the UFC leaders in heavyweight and lightweight appearances both have fights on the main card respectively. Arlovski makes his appearance at UFC No.36, two behind Miller, whose 38th appearance is a promotional record. As pointed out TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, Arlovski and Miller’s 72 appearances in the UFC before Saturday were almost as many as the rest of the card combined; with Julian Marquez vs. Jordan Wright falling on Friday, they actually have more than any other fighters now (66 UFC fights combined).

  3. History is being written! As far as we know, this is the first time since the UFC presented its ranking that a card has not featured any ranked fighter competing in their assigned division. Ladd is No. 3 at bantamweight in the UFC rankings, but struggles at featherweight. And that’s all.

The card initially featured a fighter in MMA Fighting‘s world rankings, flyweight Sijara Eubanks, ranked No.15, but it was a late scratch this week and has since been replaced by strawweight Lupita Godinez. By the way, Godinez is also making history with the fastest turnaround on record for a UFC fighter, coming from competing and winning last Saturday.

How does it go for a look on the bright side?

What: UFC Vegas 40

Or: UFC APEX in Las Vegas

When: Saturday October 16. The five-fight preliminary card starts on ESPN + at 4:30 p.m. ET, followed by a five-fight main card on ESPN + at 7 p.m. ET.

Aspen Ladd vs. Norma Dumont

Aspen Ladd is taking a risk here.

It’s understandable that Ladd is anxious to get back into the Octagon as soon as possible after being inactive since December 2019. She has the talent to fight for the bantamweight title and it’s just issues outside of the competition that slowed it down. A win over Norma Dumont at least gets her back into the conversation, whether it’s bantamweight or featherweight.

But Dumont is not child’s play. The striker was to be crushed by Felicia Spencer on his last outing; instead, Dumont controlled the lineup and beat Spencer en route to a split decision victory. If Dumont hadn’t rolled onto her back in third with a failed move attempt, she probably would have won on all three scorecards.

Dumont is a natural featherweight and she’s going to have a size on Ladd, which will make all the difference. Ladd is a pressure fighter who has intimidated his competition at 135 pounds, something that won’t be easy to do against Dumont. Add in the extra weight Ladd will be carrying and you can predict that she will tire early if she can’t finish and lose a decision.

I still love Ladd’s chances because I see her as the best all-around fighter and as improved as Dumont’s ground defense is, she’s always susceptible to being controlled by better athletes. It’s up to Ladd not to get too cute with the hitting, stick to the game plan and bring this one to the mat where she can work her floor and her pound.

It’s a very optimistic choice, but let’s go with Ladd by TKO in the second round.

To take: Ladd

Andrei Arlovski versus. Carlos felipe

I don’t know if Carlos Felipe’s irresistible style is the best way to face Andrei Arlovski. He’s a fun boxer to watch when he finds a rhythm, but he’s yet to find that extra equipment that other promising players in the UFC heavyweight division have shown. We know he can get up and punch, chase his head, and work the body. The question is can he win lousy?

That’s about all Arlovski did in the second stage of his career. When not up against proven finishers, the former UFC heavyweight champion always seems to find a way to reach the scoreboards and, in recent times, defeat the judges. There are undertones of the knockout artist he once was and while those defining moments are rare, Arlovski still has enough pop to hold on to the new generation of great men.

I’m torn here between assuming Felipe finally finds the knockout he was looking for and Arlovski surprising another upstart looking to make a name for himself. Give me the veteran by decision.

To take: Arlovsky

Jim Miller versus Erick González

As mentioned by MMA Junkie, this game features the largest experience gap in UFC history, with Jim Miller having 37 appearances in the Octagon against Erick Gonzalez’s zero. While Miller has the advantage on paper, Gonzalez is incredibly dangerous.

Fighting primarily for Combate Americas, “The Ghost Pepper” developed a reputation as a fierce and gritty competitor. He’s not the most fundamentally solid fighter, but what he lacks in technique he more than makes up for with a deep gas tank and an ability to fight from behind. This last aspect will be heavily taken into account in his fight against Miller, as there is no chance that the light lifer will fall easily.

Skill for skill, you must love Miller here. He has faced every possible scenario in his MMA career and is uniquely positioned to take on a stranger like Gonzalez. Miller won’t overlook Gonzalez’s talent, which is one of the reasons he will find success. The second the bell rings, Miller would have to step in front of Gonzalez and limit his options. Then when the time comes, take him to the ground where he’s given headaches to better fighters than Gonzalez.

As far as Gonzalez goes, it’s a tough draw for anyone in his first UFC fight and I expect Miller to go about business with his submissive skills.

To take: Miller

Manon Fiorot vs. Mayra Bueno Silva

Is this where the hype train Manon Fiorot meets her first big bump?

The hype behind Fiorot is understandable. She has wicked hands and the kind of knockout power that you rarely see at 125 pounds. It’s no exaggeration to say that in terms of sheer potency, she lives up to Jessica Andrade. This is how impressive she is in her professional career so far.

It should be noted that Mayra Bueno Silva fought better competition. Fiorot’s most recent victory was against the undersized Tabatha Ricci (a replacement for Maryna Moroz) and her first UFC victory came against Victoria Leonardo, an unlucky fighter who was the target of several scoring finishes. Winning or losing is an important and potentially revealing fight for Fiorot.

Silva has good submission skills, but I expect this one to be mostly on the feet with “Sheetara” putting his Muay Thai against Fiorot’s boxing. If it were to go to the ground, Fiorot must dodge Silva’s aggressive grappling hook and focus on getting up rather than launching his own attack. If she can, Fiorot will eventually find a home for those murderous hands and rack up another knockout.

To take: Fiorot

Nate landwehr vs. Ludovit Klein

Ludovit Klein’s first loss in the UFC came through a controversial decision, so hopefully that means he’ll be in the mood to take risks to avoid going before the judges again. Because he has a willing dance partner in Nate Landwehr and if both men are careful we could have an instant classic on our hands.

When the UFC signed Landwehr, they knew what they were getting: a bona fide junkyard with little concern for his own safety and always ready to deliver a full 15-minute performance. It won’t be necessary here as I see this one ending in the first or second round.

As fond as I am for Landwehr’s work, Klein is the one I see coming out on top. The Slovakian’s range of rotating kicks and strikes is just too much fun to face. Even though Landwehr has the chin to weather the storm and hits her to deal her fair share of damage, Klein’s precision tips this one in her favor.

It’s time for another Klein knockout header.

To take: Klein


Bruno Silva beat. André Sanchez

Ramazan Emeev defeated Danny Roberts

Lupita Godinez has beaten. Luana Caroline

Brandon Davis defeated Danaa Batgerel

Ariane Carnelossi beat. Istela Nunes

Tommy Fury opens as lightweight favorite over Jake Paul in potential boxing match Fri, 15 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0000

Jake Paul would be an underdog for the first time in his fighting career if he faced Tommy Fury as his next opponent.

While talks are still underway for a possible showdown between YouTube celebrity-turned-boxer and the younger brother of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, the opening odds for the fight have now been released courtesy of .

Here is where the fight is now:

Jacques Paul +120

Tommy Fury -150

Based on those odds, Fury is a slight favorite to beat Paul, with a $ 150 stake required to collect $ 100 if he comes out victorious in the fight. On the flip side, a $ 100 bet on Paul as an underdog would net $ 120 if he was able to get the job done on fight night.

Currently 4-0 in his boxing career with three knockouts, Paul faced his fiercest competition yet in his most recent fight when he claimed a split decision victory over the former UFC champion. Tyron Woodley. It was the first time Paul had made a decision after devastating his first three opponents, including former Bellator and ONE champion Ben Askren.

While there were very brief discussions that Paul could face Woodley in a rematch after their fight ended, the 24-year-old social influencer eventually turned his attention to Fury, who fought on the undercard of the same event broadcast on Showtime pay-per -vue.

As for Fury, he is currently undefeated in his career with a perfect 7-0 record with four knockouts on his CV.

Fighters have been back and forth on social media and through various interviews, but it remains to be seen if the match will finally come together. For now, Fury can at least boast of being the favorite to beat Paul based on the opening odds of the potential fight.

Brandon Moreno vs. Deiveson Figueiredo 3 official for UFC 270 in January Thu, 14 Oct 2021 00:00:00 +0000

The flyweight title fight trilogy between Brandon Moreno and Deiveson Figueiredo is now official for the upcoming UFC 270 pay-per-view on January 22.

UFC officials announced the news on Wednesday.

Originally, Moreno and Figueiredo were scheduled to face each other on UFC 269 in December, but the promotion chose to push the title fight back until January instead. Now Moreno and Figueiredo are expected to share space on the same map as the planned heavyweight title unification fight between Francis Ngannou and Ciryl Gane.

The third bout between Moreno and Figueiredo will take place just over a year after their initial meeting in December 2020. That night, the Flyweights fought for a majority draw before being reassigned six months later. at UFC 263.

In the rematch, Moreno dominated the fight before finishing Figueiredo with a choke at the back in the third round to become the flyweight champion.

Now, Moreno will look to defend his title for the first time while Figueiredo will look to become two-time division champion.

While no location has yet been announced for UFC 270, multiple sources speaking to MMA Fighting have indicated Anaheim, Calif., Is currently the frontrunner to host the event, but nothing has been cemented yet. .

Dan Hardy: “Not a good look” for UFC as fighters begging for money, everyone “scrambling for leftovers” Tue, 12 Oct 2021 18:00:00 +0000

While the UFC continues to boast record profits since the start of the global pandemic, the promotion still faces a lot of bad eyes when it comes to paychecks handed out to fighters.

While compensation for fighters has been a constantly debated topic, UFC owner and Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel recently hit back at these claims while touting Conor McGregor as the highest-paid athlete in the sport. Meanwhile, UFC President Dana White regularly lashes out at anyone who questions the paychecks his athletes receive, including recent battles with Oscar De La Hoya and Jake Paul over the matter.

At the same time, UFC athletes such as Jared Cannonier have openly stated that he has to fight more frequently because he will ‘break’ while sitting on the sidelines due to an injury. . Former Contender Series winner and UFC strawweight Cheyanne Buys said she was negative in her bank account before a recent fight, which was resolved after the UFC gave her a bonus after the fight after an impressive victory.

UFC veteran Dan Hardy can’t help but criticize the current UFC pay model when he sees fighters like Cannonier and Buys celebrating their victories in promoting the most mixed martial arts. largest and most profitable in the world while openly admitting that they are in financial jeopardy at the same time.

“It’s not pretty,” Hardy said while speaking to MMA Fighting. “I also don’t think it’s a good idea for someone like Brian Kelleher to say he’s looking for a YouTuber to fight so he doesn’t have to find a job at WalMart after he’s finished his career. . Then there is the other fighter [Sarah Alpar] that she opened a GoFundMe account.

“It’s just not nice, especially when you have fighters on one side starting GoFundMe accounts and on the other side the UFC is signing $ 175 million contracts that the fighters won’t see.” not a dime. It’s disappointing.”

Much of the problem, according to Hardy, is the post-fight bonuses paid by the UFC after each event. The extra $ 50,000 – or sometimes increased to a different amount – resulted in a multitude of fighters essentially begging for that money after a big win.

While bonuses can be a nice reward for a great performance, Hardy believes paying fighters a better salary would be the first step in fixing the problem.

“The environment that has been created by the UFC is that everyone is scrambling for leftovers,” said Hardy. “It’s all about the bonus. Why can’t it be the salary? Make sure these fighters are covered before getting in there so they don’t fight with a deficit and hope a bonus bail them out. The reality is we know the money is being made now.

Since the owners of Endeavor’s UFC are now a publicly traded company, more information on the promotion’s finances has become available in recent months.

In numerous documents, Endeavor has touted the massive success of the UFC, especially since the onset of the global pandemic with the promotion raking in huge profits through pay-per-view and now ticket sales since fans returned to the arenas in record numbers.

“We know the money is made in the sport of MMA. He just can’t find his way to the fighters, ”Hardy said. “This has to change. This must change. It has been the same in other sports in previous times and the change has been moved so that 50% or more of the profit goes to the fighters. This is how it should be. We all know that. I can say it as much as I want now.

Typically, in all other major sports such as football or basketball, athletes reap about 50 percent of the profits in addition to ownership and these numbers are negotiated as part of a collective agreement.

Because there are no fighters unions that exist in mixed martial arts, it’s basically every man or woman for themselves when it comes to negotiating contracts in any promotion in the sport.

It seems unlikely that will change anytime soon, but Hardy believes that a huge benefit is that other options popping up that are now available to fighters have made a big difference when it comes to the pay structure in MMA.

“I don’t think there is a better [advertisement] for other organizations than when people like Corey Anderson switch to Bellator and say, “I’m getting paid a lot more than I was with the UFC,” Hardy said. “Paige VanZant goes boxing with her bare hands and makes ridiculous amounts more than she was with the UFC. It’s making people realize that the money is being made.

“I think the more fighters there are obviously MMA is growing in general as well, and we need more space for those fighters to compete, but I think the fighters are realizing that the options are so much more. large. Before they put pen to paper on an organization, they have options to consider. Cage Warriors just did a show in the US in California, obviously the PFL is really strong right now, Invicta just changed hands and I’m interested to see where they go. It’s an exciting time to be a part of MMA and the options are starting to open up for fighters.

In the long run, Hardy is hoping the UFC will change its business practices because while it will cost them a lot more money to pay fighters a higher share of the profit, he believes the long-term benefits would be all the greater. for promotion health and sport.

“Brian Kelleher is a good example – we want Brian Kelleher, when he retires, to be happy and proud to have been in the UFC, to love the UFC because he feels like he is a part something big and have enough money in his back pocket to go back to his hometown and open a gym and train the next group of young fighters, ”Hardy said. “But if these guys, like Ryan Benoit, I know he worked at UPS for a while while he was considering retiring. We don’t want to lose Ryan Benoit to UPS. We want him to have his MMA gym.

“We don’t want Kelleher checking people at WalMart. We want him to have his MMA gym or be a judge or a referee or something like that. We need these guys in sports. It is neglecting the base by underpaying the fighters. It cuts off their options and then stifles the next generation of fighters. This will affect the level of MMA overall in the years to come. If the UFC is smart, they’ll start spending a little more money so that fighters can put more back into the industry. This is ultimately where their money is going to go.

James Krause laments coaching error in Tim Elliott’s loss to UFC Vegas 39 that will ‘haunt me’ Sun, 10 Oct 2021 22:00:00 +0000

James Krause takes some of the blame for Tim Elliott’s latest loss.

On the main card at UFC Vegas 39 on Saturday, Elliott gave up a unanimous decision to Matheus Nicolau after three competitive rounds of back-and-forth. While both fighters had their moments, the judges saw Nicolau as having a slight advantage thanks to a few timely strikes and a key third-round takedown. The three judges scored the fight 29-28 in favor of Nicolau.

Prior to that final round, Krause (who served as Elliott’s Corner Coach) could be heard on the show telling Elliott he was on the scorecards. Krause then took to Instagram to express regret over the choice of advice, calling it a “huge coaching mistake.”

“I made a huge coaching mistake tonight which I’m sure will haunt me for a while,” Krause wrote. “In the third round, I thought 100% that we had taken one and two. Regardless of whether it was true or not, I should have pushed Tim to work in the third and I didn’t.

Krause praised Elliott for his coaching ability and fearlessness, which were fully visible on Saturday despite the loss. He added: “We have suffered worse losses than this one. I have said it before and I will say it again: there is only one [Tim Elliott]. “

Elliott, a former UFC flyweight title challenger, saw a two-game winning streak come to an end and is now 2-4 in his last six fights. He then shared his own thoughts on the result on social media, thanking his opponent, his team and the UFC.

See Krause’s full unedited statement below:

I made a huge coaching mistake tonight which I’m sure will haunt me for some time to come.

Going into the 3rd lap, I thought 100% that we had taken 1 and 2. Regardless of whether that was true or not, I should have pushed Tim to work in the 3rd… and I didn’t.

Win, lose or draw I’m so proud of the improvements Tim has made over the past year.

His willingness to learn and to be coached is what makes him so amazing.

His lack of fear in competition is something we can all take and learn to be one of the best performers in all of mma. I know I have learned so much from him over the years.

I hate to lose but that’s part of the game. Anyway, this guy is my dog.

We have suffered worse losses than this.

I have said it before and I will say it again …

There is only one @awkward_mma