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The last few years have really taught UFC fighters that there’s a lot of money in boxing. Conor McGregor really started the trend with his ‘Money’ fight against Floyd Mayweather, but Tyron Woodley’s career high payday against freaking Jake Paul has set off alarm bells in many athletes’ heads. Fast forward a bit, and now Francis Ngannou is telling the UFC he wants to fight Tyson Fury…or else. There’s even the bare-knuckle boxing wave, which is also siphoning off UFC fighters with promises of big purses.
One of those potential fights is Kamaru Usman vs. Canelo Alvarez. Both men are undisputed kings of their divisions in their sport, but the ball has yet to really kick off in terms of public interest. Usman is pushing for the fight, but Alvarez is evasive at best.
Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz is unhappy with Alvarez’s response, and he raged on Twitter, calling the boxing superstar a “chicken”.
@Canelo is an absolute chicken, he fights guys with 5000 Instagram followers, those guys will never do anything for his legacy. Now I understand why he doesn’t want to lose to someone like @USMAN84kg it’s chicken style, no risk – no reward.
— Ali Abdelaziz (@AliAbdelaziz00) April 26, 2022
This is, of course, an absurd claim. If Alvarez and Usman were to fight, Canelo would come in as a simply massive favorite. Usman can punch, sure, but he’s still a wrestling-based MMA fighter, not a world-class boxer like many former Alvarez opponents. If Canelo can throw with Gennady Golovkin for 24 rounds, Usman and his nine knockout wins probably won’t shake your knees.
Canelo replied to Ali with a simple retort: ”Who the fuck is that?”
Somehow, I don’t think Alvarez vs. Usman is any closer to materializing after this interaction.
Five weeks of self-promotion
At the moment, I’m still waiting for news on a new opponent. I accepted one, but nothing is confirmed yet. The plan remains to compete on May 28, but hey, nothing is certain with MMA…
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Anderson Silva shows off his skills with a gun:
Anyone else surprised that “Cowboy” is so much of a favorite over Joe Lauzon? His last fight was… not great.
Rafael dos Anjos and Dan Hooker will be do not fight based on that Twitter interaction. “RDA” deserves better, but also… he didn’t say just anyone!
I’m from 2 wins and you from 2 losses, you’re kidding me ♂️
— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) April 24, 2022
Anyone means something else where I’m from.
— Dan Hangman Hooker (@danthehangman) April 26, 2022
I’m not predicting a Chase Sherman victory, but no one should ever be so confident in a heavyweight MMA fight.
Win or lose, Terrence McKinney entertains and comes home early.
I have fight news, let’s go!!!
— Terrance ‘T Wrecks’ McKinney (@twrecks155) April 26, 2022
How long will Nate Diaz be forced to sit on the sidelines?
I tried to fight everyone and no, what’s wrong with the ufc?
I’m not fighting Conor, he sucks.
I’ll fight somebody, stop rolling me slow please
—Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 26, 2022
Khamzat Chimaev sitting on the cage during the Gilbert Burns walkout was an instantly iconic moment.
Slips, tears and KO clips
This thread chronicles Marlon Vera’s entire UFC career, and it’s a wild ride! Click on :
November 15, 2014
Chito was ejected from the TUF semi-finals due to a skin infection. At UFC 180 he fought Marco Beltrán, also on the show. Chito lost via UD.
10 media scored the fight and 9 scored the fight for Vera. pic.twitter.com/9ZKvPeprGq
—Ocelot MMA (@Ocelot_MMA) April 25, 2022
Headbutt in the glove!
Caught the kick, got caught by the punches:
Came out of the water at the wrong time…
Midnight Music: West Coast Hip-Hop, 2018
Sleep well fools! More martial arts madness is always on the way.