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  3. Dana White’s fun, back-and-forth feud with “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver turned into something positive. Back in May, Oliver took to his show to make some lighthearted jabs at the UFC’s concept of “Fight Island” – a series of events happening in July on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi designed to offer international fighters facing COVID-19 travel bans to the U.S. a place to compete. Not long after the segment, the UFC trademarked Oliver’s idea to call it “UF-SEA” rather than “Fight Island.” “He was making fun of ‘Fight Island’ basically saying this idiot is going to go to an island where people can fight during COVID-19 and stuff,” White told TMZ. “I’m actually a John Oliver fan and I trademarked, he said we should just called it ‘UF-SEA’ so I trademarked ‘UF-SEA.’ He went out and bought a trade mark of ours that had lapsed and he’s actually doing baby onesies that say, ‘You will submit,’ or something like that.” Related Dana White: Jorge Masvidal's 'BMF' belt not at stake despite Kamaru Usman 'terrorizing me' Mike Brown tests positive for COVID-19, unable to corner Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 'Fight Island' chronicles: A first-hand account from Abu Dhabi White revealed the promotion did indeed make “UF-SEA” t-shirts that are now for sale. The positive twist, however, is that proceeds generated by the merchandise will be donated to the Bob Woodruff Foundation – a charity that helps support post-9/11 impacted veterans, service members, their families and caregivers. “My t-shirts are done, these are going to go up for sale on the UFC website,” White said. “They’re going up this week and all proceeds to these t-shirts will actually go to … I did some research and John Oliver, one of his big charities is the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the Woodruff family foundation mission is to make sure injured post 9/11 service members veterans and their families are thriving long after they return home. So that’s one of his charities (and) all the money from these UFC shirts are going to go to one of John Oliver charities.” The first event on “Fight Island,” UFC 251, goes down on Saturday. Three more events follow on July 15, 18 and 25. The Blue Corner is MMA Junkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly serious, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS. Gallery Photos: UFC 'Fight Island' safe zone in Abu Dhabi view 8 images Voir l'article complet
  4. Rose Namajunas and Jessica Andrade will meet for a second time at Abu Dhabi's Yas Island on July 11. | Alexandre Loureiro, UFC Many people saw Jessica Andrade’s brutal knockout over Rose Namajunas as a fluke, pure luck. Andrade sees the rematch as a chance to prove them wrong. The 28-year-old Brazilian, who became the UFC strawweight champion in May 2019 with a second-round stoppage of the American star, was willing to grant Namajunas an immediate rematch before the ex-champ flirted with retirement. One year later, Andrade no longer holds the belt, and they are finally meeting again. Andrade vs. Namajunas 2 goes down on the main card portion of UFC 251, scheduled for July 11 in Abu Dhabi, and the Brazilian is “happy and honored” to “give her the same opportunity she gave me.” “I don’t know if [Namajunas] thinks [it was a fluke], but I know she really wants this rematch; she wants to show she’s has gotten better and evolved, that she has what it takes to beat me,” Andrade told MMA Fighting. “There are a lot of American fans and a lot of Brazilian fans that say it was luck, but I know it wasn’t luck. I was ready for all that. I knew what I had to do in the fight and how it would go down. If I hadn’t won that way [the win] would have come any other way, the next round, or even the next one. “I don’t know what goes inside Rose’s mind, but she has this strength inside of her to prove herself, to evolve after every fight. She has this desire to get better and win every time she stumbles. I believe she’s coming to prove that by fighting me. “If it was lucky, she will be able to beat me, and if it wasn’t, I’ll win – and the mutual respect continues.” Abu Dhabi is a traditional destination for grappling practitioners. The United Arab Emirates hosts multiple tournaments with cash on the line, a rare occurrence on the jiu-jitsu circuit. For Andrade, who loves to competing with the gi when she’s not in camp for MMA fights, being in Abu Dhabi for a UFC show is special. She’s not going after a submission, though. “I’ve envisioned this fight ending in many different forms,” Andrade said. “By points, by knockout, by submission. But, in my head, a knockout would be way cooler. That’s what people love to watch, and that would give me an opportunity to win a bonus as well [laughs]. Any type of knockout. A kick, a punch… I’ve been training many things. I’m more mature, more experienced, and calmer than my last fight.” “Bate Estaca’s” last appearance under the bright lights of the UFC only ended 42 seconds, enough time for Zhang Weili to dethrone her in China. Even though Andrade doesn’t know if a title shot is on the line for her on “Fight Island,” the Brazilian strawweight vows to impress. “I changed my entire strategy, changed the way I fight,” Andrade said. “I’m still aggressive and strong, but I changed the way I walk, the way I move. This will be my way of proving I’ve gotten better and I can fight Zhang Weili again.” Afficher l’article complet
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  6. ABU DHABI – Following in the footsteps of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Dustin Poirier, former UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway will auction off his UFC 251 fight kit for charity after Saturday’s fight. In a public service announcement posted Tuesday on Twitter, Holloway announced his decision to donate his kit to Hawaii Foodbank in an effort to raise money for those affected financially by the COVID-19 pandemic. At a pre-fight media day held Tuesday, Holloway elaborated on the donation. He praised Nurmagomedov and Poirier’s past efforts and cited high Hawaiian unemployment rates as his motivation to help those in need. “Shout out to my brothers Khabib and Dustin,” Holloway told MMA Junkie. “When they came here in September and did their thing, that really motivated me, especially with all the pandemic and stuff. Me and my team sat down, and like 95 percent of our work now is trying to help charity and charity work. What we’re gonna do is, my whole fight kit, I’m gonna be auctioning it off. And every single penny I make off of it we’re gonna donate to the (Hawaii Foodbank). “The unemployment rate right now in Hawaii is at, like, 40 percent – an all-time high. I’m getting food on my table, so if I can give back to my people and try to get food on their table, and this is the way to do it, this is the way we gotta go.” Related Alexander Volkanovski on Max Holloway: 'I just have his number' whether he trained on Zoom or not Max Holloway plays it cool ahead of Alexander Volkanovski rematch: 'Is he talking like a champion?' Video: UFC 251 'Countdown' for Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway 2 On the eve of his UFC on ESPN 12 main event victory against Dan Hooker, Poirier was awarded the UFC’s inaugural “Forrest Griffin Community Award” for his charitable efforts with “The Good Fight Foundation.” Poirier’s actions, in particular, touched his former opponent Holloway. “(Poirier’s) been inspiring me a lot in a lot of ways when he’s doing stuff outside of fighting,” Holloway said. “We’re more than athletes. We’re trying to be bigger than the sport, and this is one of the things that I know I can help myself and help my people.” Check out the announcement video below: Caught up with @BlessedMMA ahead of his featherweight title rematch at #UFCFightIsland on Sunday. Inspired by @DustinPoirier in Abu Dhabi last September, he’ll auction his #UFC251 kit for charity back home. Nice touch.pic.twitter.com/6oN5bn2CV5 — John McAuley (@_JMcAuley) July 7, 2020 UFC 251 takes place Saturday at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+. Voir l'article complet
  7. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting One-time light heavyweight title challengers Thiago Santos and Glover Teixeira will go through each other to get another shot at the belt. The UFC is working on a Sept. 12 headliner for Brazilian light heavyweights, multiple people told MMA Fighting after an initial report from ESPN.com. The event is expected to take place in Las Vegas at UFC APEX. Santos returns for the first time since a hard-fought loss to current champ Jon Jones at UFC 239. The hard-slugging Brazilian suffered extensive knee injuries in the fight and still managed to go the distance, earning one 48-47 scorecard while the two remaining judges saw it the same for Jones. Santos underwent surgery and immediately dove into rehabilitation, working with the UFC PI in Las Vegas. The 36-year-old Brazilian told MMA Junkie he planned a permanent move from Rio De Janeiro to Coconut Creek, Fla., to train full-time at American Top Team. Prior to his title setback, he earned four consecutive wins including three stoppages. After losses in high-profile fights, Teixeira is on the upswing with a quartet of victories. He most recently bludgeoned Anthony Smith en route to a TKO at UFC Jacksonville in April, putting him in range of a rematch with Jones after a one-sided loss in April 2014. UFC President Dana White recently told Yahoo! Sports all UFC events could be moved to Abu Dhabi in the event that a coronavirus pandemic shutdown is reinstated in Las Vegas, where several events were held this past month. Afficher l’article complet
  8. Thiago Santos will make his anticipated return to the octagon in September when he takes on fellow Brazilian Glover Teixeira in a UFC main event. Santos (21-7 MMA, 13-6 UFC) and Teixeira (31-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) have agreed to a five-round headliner in he light heavyweight division on Sept. 12, MMA Junkie verified with multiple people close to the situation following an initial report from ESPN. The people request anonymity because UFC has yet to make an official announcement. The location and venue for the card have not been announced and will likely be determined by coronavirus restrictions as cases continue to rise in the U.S. Related Thiago Santos, Yana Kunitskaya plan on relocating together full time to Florida Coach John Hackleman says Glover Teixeira's resurgence a result of 'genius' and conditioning Regardless of where it happens, though, the matchup will pit Santos, No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, against No. 7-ranked Teixeira in a crucial bout for the division as No. 1-ranked Jon Jones engages in a contract dispute with UFC. Santos hasn’t competed since pushing Jones to the limit at UFC 239 in July. After moving up from middleweight and going on a promising run, “Marreta” pushed Jones to the limit over 25 minutes and became the first to take a winning scorecard off the longtime champ in a split decision. He suffered serious injuries to both his knees in the fight, and has been out of action since after undergoing a double knee surgery. Teixeira, meanwhile, is on one of the best streaks of his UFC career at 40. The former title challenger has put together four-straight, including a big win over Anthony Smith at UFC on ESPN+ 29 in May where he had to overcome an early storm to deliver a lopsided finish. With the addition, the UFC’s Sept. 12 lineup now includes: Thiago Santos vs. Glover Teixeira Andrea Lee vs. Roxanne Modafferi Tyson Nam vs. Matt Schnell Voir l'article complet
  9. A lightweight fight has been added to the UFC’s upcoming schedule. Nasrat Haqparast and Alex Munoz will square off at the promotion’s event on Aug. 8, which is expected to take place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. Two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie on Tuesday but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. The fight was first reported by BILD.de. Haqparast (11-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) looks to rebound from his first stoppage defeat during his UFC tenure. After rattling off three straight victories against Marc Diakiese, Thibault Goiti, and Joaquim Silva, Haqparast was knocked out by Drew Dober in 70 seconds at UFC 246 in January. Munoz (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was expected to debut at UFC on ESPN+ 27 in February. However, he was injured days before fight against Luis Pena and was forced out of the bout. A wrestling coach at Team Alpha Male, Munoz has won all six of his pro fights, including a unanimous decision against Nick Newell on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018. With the addition, the Aug. 8 lineup includes: Derrick Lewis vs. Aleksei Oleinik Omari Akhmedov vs. Chris Weidman Julia Avila vs. Nicco Montano Ciryl Gane vs. Sergey Pavlovich Andrew Sanchez vs. Wellington Turman Miranda Granger vs. Nadia Kassem Peter Barrett vs. Steve Garcia Nasrat Haqparast vs. Alex Munoz Gallery Nasrat Haqparast def. Joaquim Silva at UFC on ESPN 5: Best photos view 19 images Gallery Photos: UFC 'Fight Island' safe zone in Abu Dhabi view 8 images Voir l'article complet
  10. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Max Holloway isn’t sure what to make of Alexander Volkanovski’s attitude heading into their rematch at UFC 251 on Saturday night. While the Australia-born featherweight enters the fight as the reigning and defending 145-pound champion, Holloway hasn’t seen that kind of confidence from his opponent in the lead up to the fight. “How is he talking? Is he talking like a champion? “ Holloway said of the ex-champ on Tuesday during a media scrum for Saturday’s event. “At the end of the day, I feel like he’s attacking me. He called me out to fight. That’s something a challenger does, doesn’t it? I don’t know. “This guy’s been saying stuff. He’s the one that’s been saying he’s got a chip on his shoulder about something. He’s ready to prove something.” In the aftermath of their first meeting, Holloway questioned the logic behind the unanimous decision in Volkanovski’s favor. He felt like the scorecards were much closer than indicated, but ultimately, he still left without the featherweight title around his waist. As they prepare to clash this weekend, Volkanovski has said he believes Holloway is behaving like a “sore loser” over the loss. Holloway countered by questioning Volkanovski’s overall demeanor, pointing out the featherweight champ called for the rematch at UFC 251. “In my eyes, you’re the champ, what are you trying to prove?” Holloway said. “If you believe you’re the champ, who are you trying to prove anything to? I’m not trying to prove anything to no one.” Fighting and winning is really what drives Holloway. But the title serves as a monument to his status as the best featherweight in the sport. He’s said numerous times that the title doesn’t matter as much as the wins and losses. Holloway felt like a champion with or without the belt. He isn’t so sure that Volkanovski feels the same way. “I knew I was the champ,” Holloway said. “There’s certain things like the belt, it was just for people to understand where I was coming from. “At the end of the day, his interviews speak for themselves. You guys can go look and tell me any different.” Afficher l’article complet
  11. Amanda Ribas (center) trains with Nina Ansaroff (left) and double-champion Amanda Nunes (right) at ATT. | Photo via Amanda Ribas UFC 251 could mark the final time Paige VanZant enters the octagon, and that’s one of the things that makes her fight with Brazilian prospect Amanda Ribas so important. Ribas and VanZant originally were scheduled to meet in March for a strawweight contest, but “12 Gauge” had to withdraw after suffering another arm injury. The UFC re-booked the match for July 11 on Abu Dhabi’s “Fight Island” – formally known as Yas Island – at 125 pounds. This fight is “very, very important, not only because it’s against her, a fight that we had booked already, but also because it’s in a weight class above,” Ribas told MMA Fighting. “I think they really trust me a lot. My weight is good — I was a bit apprehensive, but I’m fine, feeling strong, and I’m happy to be fighting her, because I think I’ll have more eyes watching than if I fought anyone else, so this is very important for my career.” VanZant beat Rachael Ostovich via first-round submission in her previous UFC appearance in January 2019. After UFC 251, she’ll be a free agent so she can test the market. In 2014, the popular VanZant started her UFC career as a 3-1 strawweight, but three years later decided to move up to flyweight. Competing at 125 pounds is something new for Ribas, and she was forced to change a few things in her diet. Training solely in Brazil due to travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, she started her camp at 147.7 pounds, a bump from her usual cut from 143 to 115 pounds. Having fewer pounds to cut allowed Ribas to eat some junk food during training camp— she ended up gaining more weight due to quarantine in her native Varginha, Brazil “I don’t want that [extra weight] for me life,” she joked. That doesn’t mean the 26-year-old Brazilian rules out fighting at flyweight in the future. The Brazilian prospect was “surprised” the UFC chose to reschedule the bout in a heavier weight class, but she sees it as an important “test” in the octagon. “I like it,” she said. “I think it’s an opportunity to test myself, you know? What if it works and I copy Amanda Nunes — who I’m a big fan of, a champion in two divisions — in the future? I think it really is a good opportunity for me to test myself.” Ribas turns 27 in August and eyes a permanent move to flyweight for good as she gets older. “I’m getting close to 30,” she laughed, “and it gets harder to cut weight. I have a short-term goal, a mid-term goal, and a long-term goal in my mind. I think that’s a mid- to long-term goal for me. I think it’s cool, we can’t settle down. “First, I want to win this fight. And then I want to fight a top-10, a top-5 (opponent), and then the belt will come, if God wants. And down the line, after getting to the belt, I will want another belt, so I don’t settle. I think this fight will be very good for me.” Ribas’ short-term goal is getting past VanZant in Abu Dhabi, and she doesn’t think “12 Gauge” has “ever faced someone with such a good head.” “I think Paige is very crazy, you don’t know what to expect from her,” Ribas said. “When you think she will stand and trade, she takes to the ground. And when you think she will grapple, she stays on the feet. I have to be smart against her. Some people say I have to take her down. I’d like that, too, but I have to be smart, because she beat Rachel last time with an armbar. “She has a lot of kicks, too, but that can be an advantage for me because I can grab her when she kicks and take her to the ground, which is what I like the most. It all depends on how I feel her punches. I don’t think it will last three rounds – I think I’ll finish her. She can take a punch in the face, but we always say in the gym that those who can take a punch in the face can’t take a punch in the body. “It would be beautiful [if I submitted her]. If it’s in the first round, then, it’s even better. Grab her, take her down, pass the guard, hips low, and then I’ll go for the arm-triangle choke.” Afficher l’article complet
  12. UFC president Dana White has answered one of the big questions going into UFC 251: Will Jorge Masvidal’s “BMF” belt be up for grabs when he fights Kamaru Usman? The answer is no. Since Masvidal (35-13 MMA, 12-6 UFC) stepped into Saturday’s headliner in place of Gilbert Burns to challenge Usman (16-1 MMA, 11-0 UFC) for the welterweight title, questions have lingered if “Gamebred” will put up the special strap that was created for his fight with Nate Diaz in November. It was promoted as a one-time thing leading up to the event, but Masvidal has made it part of his identity, and Usman has said he wants it. Usman thinks Masvidal’s belt is worthless and nowhere as decorated as the official UFC championship in his possession. He said he wants to take it from Masvidal, though, just so he can “throw it in the closet” and take the “BMF” status off his rival. White revealed that Usman has shown an eagerness behind the scenes to have that stipulation added to the UFC 251 headliner, but it’s not happening. “It is not on the line,” White told TMZ. “Usman wants it to be on the line so bad, he will not stop texting me saying, ‘I don’t understand why this belt isn’t on the line. This guy’s running around saying he’s the ‘BMF’ champ. I want to squash it all. He’s not going to win my title, and I’m going take his ‘BMF’ belt.’ Believe me, Usman has not stopped terrorizing me about this. That was like a one-and-done, the ‘BMF’ title.” Related Mike Brown tests positive for COVID-19, unable to corner Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251 Jorge Masvidal stopped in Rome for pizza on his trip to Abu Dhabi Triple Take: Did Jorge Masvidal make the right call to fight Kamaru Usman on short notice? Although the “BMF” belt will not be there for the taking, there are still massive stakes. The UFC booking Usman vs. Masvidal on such short notice was a stunning move, especially after the recent contract dispute with Masvidal and logistical issues that could’ve (and still may) interfere with the pair stepping in the octagon. Despite the tensions between Masvidal and the UFC brass, it appears both are now closer to being on the same page. White praised Masvidal for taking the opportunity, and he admitted he now has a bigger fight than the original UFC 251 headliner between Usman and Burns. “It was brilliant of Masvidal to slide in after Gilbert Burns tested positive,” White said. “Gilbert Burns is the No. 1 ranked guy in the world. Great fight, it fell out. The fight the people want to see, the people’s fight, is this fight. It was absolutely brilliant of Masvidal to slide into this slot and take the fight.” UFC 251 takes place at Flash Forum in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Usman vs. Masvidal headlines the pay-per-view main card, which follows prelims on ESPN and ESPN+/UFC Fight Pass. Gallery MMA Junkie's 2019 in pictures: Jorge Masvidal's road to the BMF title view 67 images Voir l'article complet
  13. Mike Brown won’t be in Jorge Masvidal’s corner at UFC 251 after testing positive for the coronavirus. Brown, the longtime American Top Team coach, received his positive test Monday in Las Vegas during pre-fight screenings required to travel to Yas Island, Abu Dhabi where UFC 251 takes place Saturday. The news was first reported by Combate, which Brown later confirmed to MMA Junkie on Tuesday. “I’m OK, (tested) positive,” Brown said in a text message. “I won’t be in Abu Dhabi.” Fellow ATT coach Gabriel de Oliveira also tested positive and was unable to travel on the UFC’s charter flight from Las Vegas. Brown was supposed to corner Masvidal for his short-notice title fight against welterweight champion Kamaru Usman. It’s unclear who will work Masvidal’s corner at UFC 251. Masvidal stepped in as a late-replacement opponent for Usman after Gilbert Burns, who originally was scheduled to fight the champ, tested positive for COVID-19 last Friday. He was forced out of the championship fight, opening the door for Masvidal to step in. Masvidal passed his COVID-19 test Monday and departed for Abu Dhabi on a private jet, courtesy of his First Round Management team. Voir l'article complet
  14. “BMF” champ Jorge Masvidal is down one corner at UFC 251 after his longtime American Top Team coach Mike Brown came up positive for COVID-19. MMA Fighting learned of the news from multiple people aware of Brown’s status. The coach was not immediately reachable for comment, but later confirmed his positive test and said he is “all good” after being scratched from Saturday’s pay-per-view event at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Masvidal will likely still have four corners for the fight, one of the people confirmed. Combate first reported the news of Brown’s positive test. A former WEC champ and “Coach of the Year” recipient, Brown was due to depart Las Vegas for Abu Dhabi on Monday after traveling from Coconut Creek, Fla., where ATT is headquartered. Per the UFC’s testing protocols, he was required to provide a negative test before departing. The coach’s positive test adds to a list of participants ruled out of Saturday’s fights due to COVID-19. Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns lost a headliner opposite champ Kamaru Usman when he tested positive, prompting the promotion to book Masvidal in his place. Two of Burns’ corners also tested positive. Additionally, two other ATT regulars, bantamweight Pedro Munhoz and coach Gabriel Oliveira, tested positive. Munhoz lost a bout with ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar at UFC on ESPN 13 set for July 15. Oliveira told MMA Fighting he twice cornered fighters at UFC events held at the promotion’s APEX in Las Vegas this past month and didn’t fail any tests. He recently went back to ATT and noticed afterward he felt sick with a high fever. After testing positive, he immediately self-quarantined. Burns, Brown, Munhoz and Oliveira all reside in Florida, which has emerged as a coronavirus hotspot in the past month with 206,000 confirmed cases. ATT has taken extensive measures to curtail the spread of COVID-19, including weekly tests of fighters and coaches. Masvidal was initially expected to meet Usman at UFC 251 in Las Vegas. But after a dispute over pay, he was replaced by Burns. Prior to signing on for the short-notice title shot, he struck a new deal that he told ESPN.com was close to his original financial demand. Afficher l’article complet
  15. UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski isn’t sure how truthful Max Holloway is being in the build-up to their title rematch. Volkanovski takes on Holloway in the co-main event of Saturday’s UFC 251 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. The event is the first card of the UFC’s “Fight Island” series, which was designed to give international fighters a place to compete while facing COVID-19 travel bans to the U.S. During the pandemic, fighters have been forced to alter their training methods to not only be coronavirus free and be eligible to fight, but also to comply with government stay-at-home orders in response to the COVID-19 outbreak. Holloway made recent headlines when stating in numerous interviews that his training camp was done at home through video conferencing his coach on Zoom. Although many people working from home have been forced to resort to softwares such as Zoom, Volkanovski (21-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) doesn’t think a fighter can fully prepare for a world-class fight through virtual means. He thinks Holloway is either lying or just entering UFC 251 ill-prepared. “You need that contact training. You need it,” Volkanovski told MMA Junkie on Tuesday during UFC 251 virtual media day. “Even me, I had six weeks of contact training, and I didn’t have contact training before that. “My team went out of their way to get an exemption to make that happen, went through the government, and they got an exemption so we could do contact training because it’s important. Don’t get me wrong. I was keeping fit, and I was staying strong, but to say that I’m fight fit and ready to fight for a title, it’s just ridiculous. “I’m sure he wouldn’t put himself in that position. He wants to take that belt. I’m sure he wants his belt back and having a camp without training partners, it just doesn’t make sense. And if that’s the case, maybe he doesn’t care. Maybe he’s just fighting for the money. I don’t know what it is. Maybe he doesn’t care about this division anymore, I don’t know. If that’s the case, I really don’t think he’s committed to this fight like he should be.” Volkanovski hopes Holloway is playing games, and he actually had a proper training camp for their rematch. Regardless, Volkanovski feels confident he’ll beat whatever version of Holloway shows up. “People are saying he had later rounds better, but I still won those rounds, so it just shows you when he made adjustments I was still better,” Volkanovski said. “I had a broken hand, and I was still better. So I’m not throwing shade, but I just have his number. I am the best featherweight in the world. I proved that in December, and I’ll prove it again this weekend. ” Voir l'article complet
  16. TinoM

    Umsan vs Masvidal pour l'UFC 251

    Ca va être la folie cet ufc 251 avec pas mal de combat très attrayant !! J'attends avec impatience les débuts de Jiri Prochazka à l'ufc , 23 ko ( ou tko ) sur ces 26 victoires comme beaucoup je l'ai découvert au Rizin et même si le niveau n'est pas le même qu'à l'ufc le gars est clairement talentueux et contre Volkan on va vite être fixé sur ces capacitées de reussite ou non j'ai vraiment hâte de voir ce combat la . Yan vs Aldo la aussi c'est du lourd , je vais supporter José qui ne mérite pas forcément ce title shot mais qui reste malgré la défaite sur une belle presta contre Moraes et aussi contre Volkanovski , le soucis c'est qu'en face ya un tueur à gage Petr Yan c'est un rouleau compresseur le type et j'ai peur qu'il soit trop fort pour Aldo . La revanche entre Rose et Andrade s'annonce cool , le premier combat est dans mon top 5 des meilleurs combats de l'histoire chez les demoiselles ...en plus j'ai encore en travers de la gorge le slam du premier fight j'espère une belle victoire de Rose en tout cas cette caté est devenu super relevée et ça fait bien plaisir . Max vs Volkanovski 2 : Le premier combat Max s'est pris un grand nombre de low kick j'espère qu'il aura une meilleure stratégie sur ce combat retour car la première fois on l'a pas reconnu il s'était fait un peu mangé . Page contre Ribas je l'attends aussi celui la , je la suis sur insta Page avec son gars et ils sont super cool bien loin de l'image qu'on pourrait avoir au premier regard du coup je vais la supporter sur ce combat et en plus elle affronte une solide adversaire qui avait battu ma " chouchoute " Mackenzie Dern alors ça ne va pas être facile mais une petite victoire de sa part me ferait bien plaisir . Et enfin le main event comme beaucoup de monde ici sur ikusa je suis fan de Masvidal mais en face ya un colosse , Usman c'est une véritable machine que j'aime beaucoup aussi ça s'annonce dur pour Jorge mais il semble être dans la forme de sa vie donc pourquoi pas un exploit et ça en serait un car Usman c'est vraiment un monstre le gars pour le bouger va falloir y aller .
  17. mmafighting

    ‘UFC 251 Countdown’ video

    Rose Namajunas | Esther Lin The ‘UFC 251 Countdown’ video features two title fights, and the rematch between Jessica Andrade and Rose Namajunas, that will happen Saturday night in Abu Dhabi. In the co-main event, Alexander Volkanovski faces Max Holloway in a UFC featherweight title rematch and Jose Aldo and Petr Yan square off for the UFC bantamweight title. Afficher l’article complet
  18. Brown-Belt/Adult/Male/Feather - Semifinal.
  19. ABU DHABI – Max Holloway doesn’t think UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski is carrying himself like one. Ahead of their UFC 251 co-main event, Holloway (21-5 MMA, 17-5 UFC) presented a laid-back, nonchalant demeanor Tuesday during a virtual media day session. He shrugged off respectful criticism from Volkanovski’s coach, Eugene Bareman, and declined to interpret criticism Volkanovski (21-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) recently has shot his way. An hour later, Holloway spoke to reporters, including MMA Junkie, at an in-person media scrum held on the “Fight Island” premises. Holloway still presented a calm demeanor but openly took exception with Volkanovski’s recent prods. “Did you guys interview him yet?” Holloway told MMA Junkie. “Did any of you guys interview him here? How’s he talking? Is he talking like a champion? At the end of the day, I feel like he’s attacking me. He called me out to fight. That (sounds like) something a challenger does, doesn’t it? I don’t know. This guy has been saying stuff. He’s the one who’s been saying he’s got a chip on his shoulder about something. He’s ready to prove something. “In my eyes, you’re the champ. What are you trying to prove? If you believe you’re the champ, who are you trying to prove anything to? I’m not trying to prove anything to (anyone). I knew I was the champ. There are certain things, like the belt, that is for people to understand where I was coming from. At the end of the day, his interviews speak for themselves. You can go look and tell me any different.” Holloway, who says he trained without in-person contact for this rematch, didn’t seem bothered by the influx of criticism this week – nor did he seem emotionally invested by the prospect he could reclaim his title Saturday at UFC 251. Instead, Holloway lived up to his “it is what it is” mantra by expressing this fight feels the same as the rest. “You might kill me,” Holloway said. “You might think differently, but it’s just another fight. I got five of those titles at home. They’re all in my closet. This guy could beat me two more times, and he still won’t have the same amount of titles as me. I’m beating him in that case. At the end of the day, it’s just another fight. The belt is the belt, like I said. “I’ve been telling you guys I was the champion when I was 3-3 in the UFC. We’ll just take it one fight at a time. It’s something cool when you win this one at the end – another belt. The UFC better give me another belt.” UFC 251 takes place Saturday at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and early prelims on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+. Voir l'article complet
  20. Alexander Volkanovski | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Alexander Volkanovski doesn’t feel there’s any serious bad blood between him and Max Holloway, which is why he’s finding some of the pre-fight chatter confusing. On Saturday at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi, Volkanovski defends his featherweight title against Holloway, the man he took it from in December. “The Great” topped Holloway by unanimous decision in their first meeting and in the lead-up to the rematch, the former champion has been critical of Volkanovski while also taking jabs at Volkanovski’s performance in their first fight. Volkanovski isn’t sure where Holloway’s comments are coming from, but he speculated that it could be a case of sour grapes. “Look, I don’t know if he’s playing the game and he’s just trying to get people to believe the sh*t he’s saying, I don’t know what it is,” Volkanovski said during a virtual media day on Tuesday. “I’m not letting it get to me. It seems like it’s getting to him. It seems like he’s salty and he’s being a bit of a sore loser, but I guess losing is tough and maybe that’s why he’s acting like that. He’s saying some crazy things.” Ahead of their first fight, there was little drama outside of the cage. Volkanovski earned his shot at the title on the strength of a 7-0 UFC start and a 17-fight win streak dating back to May 2013. The two also remained respectful after Volkanovski defeated Holloway. Seven months have passed since Volkanovski and Holloway fought, which is more than enough time for perspectives to change, though Volkanovski is still confused as to exactly what is motivating Holloway’s new attitude. “There’s something different about the way he is,” Volkanovski said. “I don’t know what it is. Again, I don’t hate the guy. I’ve got respect for the guy and you can see clearly after my fight I was saying he was a great champion and I want to be a great champion too. That’s how I know Max Holloway. To see him say these things and act the way he’s acting, it just doesn’t suit him. It’s not how he should be going about it. I don’t know why he’s taking it that way. I’m blown away by it, but at the same time it makes me want to put a bit more of a beating on him as well, so again, I can use this as fuel. He’s saying the wrong things and—whatever, it is odd. “I don’t know where he’s going with all these weird narratives, like, ‘the leg kicks weren’t working,’ he was saying that the commentary was biased for me. It was crazy, acting like I’m a karate point-puncher when he’s known for his volume punching, pitter-patter. You had the commentary talking about how I’m looking to throw power shots to finish the fight. Am I going to be able to keep this pace up and keep this power up, am I going to gas because I’m throwing everything into my punches. You know what I mean? It’s just crazy where he’s going with everything.” Volkanovski also addressed reports that he asked Holloway for a rematch, a request that most fighters typically wouldn’t ask for after dethroning a champion. According to Volkanovski, it was more a matter of respect and logistics than wanting to resolve any unfinished business. “The UFC never brought anyone but Max Holloway,” Volkanovski said. “Max is telling everyone I was asking for the fight, but that’s just what the UFC were asking for. At the end of the day, if that was the fight they were gonna push on me, and there were no clear No. 1 contenders, it ended up being the fight I wanted anyway. “The biggest fight in my division is Max, there’s no clear No. 1 contender, so a rematch against Max—obviously, he’s still in his prime. You take out one of the greatest of all-time, you know a lot of people throwing his name out there as the GOAT, and to take him out back-to-back, that’s saying something.” With contenders like Zabit Magomedsharipov, Brian Ortega, Chan Sung Jung, and Yair Rodriguez waiting in the wings, Volkanovski expects to have a busy schedule ahead of him should he get past Holloway a second time. He stated that he’d prefer to clear out the division before discussing any potential superfights. A win over Holloway would remove “Blessed” from the equation for the foreseeable future, an outcome that Volkanovski doesn’t think Holloway is stressing about. “If I was in his position I wouldn’t let the pressure get to me,” Volkanovski said. “Even if you were to say, ‘Is the pressure on you,’ on myself, I’d be like no, it’s not. That’s the type of person I am. I can really control my emotions and I’m really good at keeping myself composed and I think he is as well. So I don’t know whether there is pressure on him. “Is he looking at it as a last chance to get his belt back and then he moves up anyway, maybe that’s how he’s looking at it, so maybe there’s not much pressure on him because he thinks, ‘If I lose I move up. I don’t know if I want to keep doing this to my body anyway in this division.’ Maybe that’s where his head’s at. Maybe he’s just like, one last crack, make a bit of money. Is that why he supposedly didn’t do a camp with training partners even though I don’t believe that one bit. I don’t believe any of that. I don’t think there’s too much pressure on him.” As for Holloway’s claim that he hasn’t done any physical work with his coaches ahead of UFC 251 due to COVID-19 precautions, Volkanovski isn’t buying it. If there’s any truth to it, then that only makes him more confident as he feels he’s already dealt with the best that Holloway has to offer. “I hope he had a full camp because I did beat him on his best day and I believe I’ll do that this camp too,” Volkanovski said. “If he is under-prepared, I truly do believe I’ll be putting a beating on him. That’s just the truth. I’m not being disrespectful, but if you come into this fight under-prepared, you’re going to make that night very hard for you.” Afficher l’article complet
  21. Conor McGregor won't believe Dustin Poirier, UFC 251 Jorge Masvidal vs. Kamaru Usman update, Nate Diaz gets warning from Gilbert Burns, Max Holloway ...
  22. MMA Fighting YAS ISLAND, Abu Dhabi — At UFC 251 media day, Alexander Volkanovski talks about Max Holloway criticism of their first fight, how he plans to become the greatest featherweight of all-time, becoming a published author, and much more. Afficher l’article complet
  23. A last-minute fight is in the UFC’s cards – and it’s only eight days away. Ranked bantamweights Cody Stamann and Jimmie Rivera are expected to square off July 15 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, as part of the promotion’s four “Fight Island” events being held in 15 days. There’s a twist: The fight will take place at featherweight – 145 pounds. A person with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie of the booking Tuesday but asked to remain anonymous as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. MMA Fighting was first to report the news. Stamann (19-2-1 MMA, 5-1-1 UFC) has gone 2-0-1 in his last three fights. He most recently competed June 6 at UFC 250 in Las Vegas, defeating Brian Kelleher by unanimous decision. The win came weeks after Stamann’s younger brother, Jacob, unexpectedly died at 18. Rivera (22-4 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has not competed since a June 2019 loss to Petr Yan. He has dropped three of his last four fights, losing to top contenders Aljamain Sterling and Marlon Moraes. In a recent interview with ESPN, Rivera revealed he tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this year. With the addition, the current July 15 lineup includes; Calvin Kattar vs. Dan Ige Frankie Edgar vs. TBA Jimmie Rivera vs. Cody Stamann Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Mounir Lazzez Chris Fishgold vs. Jared Gordon Modestas Bukauskas vs. Andreas Michailidis Molly McCann vs. Taila Santos Lerone Murphy vs. Ricardo Ramos John Phillips vs. Dusko Todorovic Ryan Benoit vs. Tim Elliott Diana Belbita vs. Liana Jojua Voir l'article complet
  24. “Gamebred” with some gamesmanship? That’s got to be what this is. On Monday, Jorge Masvidal departed Las Vegas on a private jet, courtesy of his First Round Management team, en route to Abu Dhabi for UFC 251, where he’ll challenge welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on Saturday. It’s a long flight; you’re bound to get hungry. And on Tuesday, Masvidal <a href=" Was in the mood for some pizza so made a quick stop. #theresurrection What, he couldn’t get a three piece with a soda in Rome? In all seriousness, Masvidal, as you probably know, accepted the welterweight title fight without a proper training camp on just six days’ notice. You don’t think he’s actually chowing down on Roman pizza when he’s got 22 pounds to lose by Friday, do you? The appearance that Masvidal isn’t taking this opportunity seriously is an example of some great mind games being played. He’s in a pressure situation, but it’s pretty clear that he’s cool as a cucumber heading into Saturday’s showdown on “Fight Island.” The Blue Corner is MMA Junkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly serious, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS. Voir l'article complet
  25. A championship tripleheader kicks off the UFC's run on UFC Fight Island on July 11, as UFC 251 takes place at Yas Island, Abu Dhabi. Headlining this ...
  26. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC has added an exciting matchup between top-10 bantamweights to their “Fight Island” slate. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that Jimmie Rivera will face Cody Stamann July 15 at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Per sources, the fight will take place at 145 pounds. Rivera looks to get back on track after dropping back-to-back fights—and three out of four bouts —for the first time in his 26-fight professional career. “El Terror” was arguably a win away from fighting for the UFC bantamweight title before he was finished in the first round by Marlon Moraes in June 2018. Rivera bounced back win a decision win over John Dodson, before losing consecutive decisions to Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan in 2019. Stamann is unbeaten in his last three fights following his first promotional defeat, a submission loss to Aljamain Sterling at UFC 228. “Spartan” picked up a decision win over Alejandro Perez at UFC 235 before fighting Song Yadong to a majority draw in December. In his most recent appearance, the 30-year-old picked up an emotional win over Brian Kelleher at UFC 250 just days after the untimely death of his younger brother. The UFC’s July 15 event is headlined by a pivotal featherweight matchup between Calvin Kattar and Dan Ige. Afficher l’article complet
  27. Gilbert Burns is pretty bothered by Nate Diaz’s recent comments about him. After Jorge Masvidal initially failed to come to terms with the UFC, Burns (18-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) was announced as the next challenger for welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 251. Diaz (20-12 MMA, 18-11 UFC), who’s known to have had his fair share of negotiation issues with the UFC, took aim at Burns for allegedly settling for less just so he can fight for the title. After Burns was forced to withdraw from UFC 251 due to a positive COVID-19 test, the promotion circled back to Masvidal, who will now face Usman this Saturday at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. And Diaz was quick to chime in after the new announcement, calling Usman vs. Masvidal a “real fight” on Twitter after he initially dissed Usman vs. Burns. Insulted by Diaz’s remark, Burns responded. “He’s a journeyman. I think I can beat the (expletive) out of Nate Diaz any day of the week,” Burns told ESPN. “Even with corona on me, I believe I can beat Nate Diaz. I can outbox him, outgrapple him, I can slap that guy up easily. The guy comes out and (makes) those comments like – I’m a real fighter too, bro. I used to respect these guys a lot, but guess what? I’m a real fighter, too. You fought Conor (McGregor) on a couple of days’ notice. I fought a Russian guy, 20-0, on a couple days’ notice. “It bothered me a little bit, because I’m a real fighter, too.” Since moving up to 170 pounds, Burns has quickly risen to title contention, winning four fights in less than a year. It all started with a short-notice call to face formerly undefeated Alexey Kunchenko last August in Uruguay, and Burns hasn’t looked back since, most recently dominating former champion Tyron Woodley in May. Burns is hoping to get the winner of Usman vs. Masvidal, but if Masvidal wins, he’s not holding his breath. Voir l'article complet
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