Tyron Woodley Stands for BLM Movement

»Posted by on Sep 18, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Tyron Woodley Stands for BLM Movement

Tyron Woodley Stands for BLM Movement

The Welterweight Division in the UFC, saw one of its former champions stand behind the Black Lives Matter Movement on September 17th. Tyron Woodley participated in the “UFC Vegas Eleven” press conference, discussing questions regarding his match-up with Colby Covington. The two men have been long-time rivals, with their upcoming bout being highly anticipated by UFC supporters.

When attending the virtual press conference for “UFC Vegas Eleven”, Tyron Woodley wore a T-Shirt that read “Black Lives Matter”. Woodley also wore snapback hate that stated, “Make Racists Catch the Shade Again”. His political statements being in direct reference to Donald Trump’s 2016 Campaign Slogan. What happened next wasn’t considered appropriate by the press, or UFC President Dana White.

Tyron Woodley refused to answer questions with legitimacy, retorting with Black Lives Matter in all responses. One reporter asked the Ex-Champion how he feels to compete against Colby Covington, where Tyron Woodley would evoke his excitement behind Black lives Matter. His statements didn’t make logistical sense, and information regarding how he’ll compete against Covington wasn’t provided. This isn’t professional behaviour in the UFC and could see President Dana White removed Tyron Woodley from future press conferences.

The Beginning of BLM

African Americans began supporting the “Black Lives Matter Movement” several years ago in 2013. It was a response to George Zimmerman shooting Trayvon Martin, resulting in the Black Mans life being lost. Multiple conditions surrounded that case & the numerous others that’ve come since 2013. For instance, Breanna Taylor’s Boyfriend was a drug dealer & Trayvon Martin was entering his home through the window. Unexpected scenarios prompt unexpected outcomes, which the BLM Movement doesn’t account.

The Black Lives Matter Movement came back to prominence when Minneapolis Law Enforcement murdered George Floyd. It’d be revealed that the police officer that took Floyd’s life had a former connection with the assailant. All three officers were arrested and placed into protective custody. It’s suspected their in-witness protection. It should be noted that the BLM Movement hasn’t lost traction for months, with multiple riots & protests unfolding throughout America. It’s prompted a notable increase of White Supremacy & Black Supremacy.

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Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson Fight Cancelled

»Posted by on Sep 11, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson Fight Cancelled

Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson Fight Cancelled

October 24th would’ve marked the date that Dustin Poirier & Tony Ferguson fought in the octagon. This bout was becoming highly anticipated amongst UFC supporters. However, financial disputes between UFC President Dana White & Dustin Poirier have prompted this fight into cancellation. This has become a new standard in the Ultimate Fighting Competition, which was known for paying their prominent stars with high wages. That changes amid the COVID-19 Pandemic & now MMA athletes under contract are receiving lower salaries then initially discussed. It’s prompted multiple competitors to retire, including Henry Cejudo & Conor McGregor.

Similar problems have unfolded for Dustin Poirier, who announced via ESPN that he’ll now be competing on October 24th. It follows after negotiations failed, with both parties maintaining different terms & unable to reach any mutual agreement. This isn’t very reassuring for Dustin Poirier, who proved his eagerness to compete against Tony Ferguson by travelling from Louisiana to South Florida last week. He’d start his training camp immediately, hoping that his determination would prompt an agreement being met. Poirier confirmed that he’d return home by September 14th.

ESPN Reporters questioned Dustin Poirier on why negotiations didn’t follow through with Dana White & the UFC. The former lightweight champion evoked that being a prizefighter deserves respectable compensation, which wasn’t offered in their negotiations. Poirier evoked that his prize for winning has to be large if a championship belt isn’t on the line.

UFC Supporters have expressed disappointment towards this announcement on social media. Dustin Poirier & Tony Ferguson was slated to become the Co-Main Event for UFC 254. They would’ve fought an hour before Khabib Nurmagomedov & Justin Gaethje. It would’ve been a dramatic evening considering that Justin Gaethje had recently dethroned Tony Ferguson, and Khabib Nurmagomedov had previously defeated Dustin Poirier.

Potential Scenarios

Contract negotiations allowed for potentially great fights to take place if Gaethje or Nurmagomedov backed down. Justin Gaethje removing his contention from concerns over COVID would’ve allowed Tony Ferguson to enter the octagon as his replacement. Khabib Nurmagomedov not competing because of COVID would’ve given Dustin Poirier a championship-winning opportunity against Gaethje. However, those bouts aren’t possible after Poirier’s ESPN confirmation.

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Kamaru Usman’s Next Fight Announced

»Posted by on Sep 3, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter | Comments Off on Kamaru Usman’s Next Fight Announced

Kamaru Usman’s Next Fight Announced

The Ultimate Fighting Championships President, Dana White, announced one of the most anticipated bouts for 2020. It was confirmed that UFC Organizers are close to finalizing contract negotiations with Kamaru Usman & Gilbert Burns, prompting Dana White to ensure that both men will compete on December 12th at UFC 256. ESPN first reported this announcement.

Dana White had promised UFC supporters that these two Welterweight competitors would resume their postponed bout. The COVID-19 pandemic forced Dana White to postpone their previous engagement, which was slated for July 11th at UFC 251 on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. Their fight was terminated after Gilbert Burns tested positive for the novel coronavirus. In replacement of Burns came Jorge Masvidal, who lost brutally against Kamaru Usman.

UFCs President confirmed that the Kamaru Usman & Gilbert Burns fight would take place alongside the highly desired match-up of Amanda Nunes versus Megan Anderson. These ladies will compete for the Featherweight Championship Belt, with the headlining men battling for the Welterweight Championship Belt.

MMA Analysts anticipate that Kamaru Usman will stand victorious over Gilbert Burns, with the Nigerian Nightmare standing at a 12-0 Record in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Standing victorious over Burns would mean Kamaru defending his belt for the 3rd time. It was marked the longest momentum behind the Welterweight Championship since Tyron Woodley in March 2019.

It’s not surprising that Dana White would reschedule the fight between Burns & Usman, with both men standing as some of the hottest UFC fighters for 2020. Kamaru “The Nigerian Nightmare” Usman was a former lightweight contender that outpaced the likes of McGregor & Nurmagomedov. He hasn’t been knocked down since losing against Dan Hooker in July 2018, where Usman quickly rose back up, but referees called off the fight. Sustaining 24+ months since being knocked down is a UFC record.

Masvidal Not Getting Usman Rematch

UFC President Dana White confirmed that he wouldn’t reschedule another fight between Kamaru Usman & Jorge Masvidal. Nate Diaz is instead being helmed to enter the 2nd fight against Jorge “Gamebred BMF” Masvidal. This means that the 3rd rematch between Diaz and McGregor is unlikely. With this announcement, Dana White has changed the UFCs 2020 plans tenfold.

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Anthony Johnson Explains UFC Return

»Posted by on Aug 20, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Anthony Johnson Explains UFC Return

Anthony Johnson Explains UFC Return

Fans of the Ultimate Fighting Championship were surprised to learn that Anthony Johnson had announced his return from retirement. Johnson confirmed he’d make a 2nd attempt at obtaining the UFC Light Heavyweight Championship, which escaped Anthony on two previous occasions. Reactions from the fans have been relatively positive, with UFC fighters presenting a more negative response. These competitors have evoked that Anthony Johnson coming out of retirement is pointless, that he’s “Mopped Up”.

These sentiments haven’t deterred Anthony Johnson in his quest to dominate over the Light Heavyweight Division. ESPN & BKFC both questioned the former champion contender on his time away, where Johnson clarified that often he’d miss the sport. Anthony hasn’t competed in professional MMA since 2017, which was an entirely different era of the UFC. Fighters disagreeing with his return could be correct in assuming Johnson’s skillsets aren’t formidable enough to compete in the modern UFC era. Still, Anthony Johnson evokes that he’s missed MMA & missed fighting against the world’s most influential martial artists.

Anthony Johnson revealed his thought process behind returning to the UFC with ESPN & BKFC. He’d remember that during his post-retirement career in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, there were multiple instances where he’d stand against someone returning from retirement. Johnson noted that most that return end up losing horribly & tarnishing their reputation. However, Anthony clarified that he isn’t like these men, that his time in the UFC saw minimal injuries & barely any contact other than in his two championship fights, which Johnson lost.

The Time of Anthony Johnson

Dana White’s Ultimate Fighting Championship is an ever-changing sport, where an athlete that once made formidable headway in the standings is quickly forgotten about after retirement. This was similar for the 36-Year-Old Anthony Johnson, who last competed against Daniel Cormier at UFC 210. Johnson lost via submission to the former Light Heavyweight Championship.

However, before losing to Daniel Cormier, Anthony Johnson acquired three back-to-back knockout victories. His talents once made this contender the “Most Dangerous UFC Fighter”. Anthony Johnson has defeated Glover Teixeira, Jimi Manuwa, and Ryan Bader. It should be clarified that Dana White & Anthony Johnson haven’t made any formal announcement regarding a return fight, meaning an official contract might not be signed.

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Ronda Rousey Refuses UFC Return

»Posted by on Aug 9, 2020 in Featured Fighter, Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Ronda Rousey Refuses UFC Return

Ronda Rousey Refuses UFC Return

The Ultimate Fighting Championship isn’t the priority for Ronda Rousey any longer, with the former UFC Champion remarking that she’ll likely not return to the UFC. This follows after Ronda Rousey left Dana White’s UFC in 2016, getting knocked out by Amanda Nunes in the first round within less three minutes. Most claim that Ronda Rousey left the UFC out of embarrassment from her loss, never against to return after the competition has grown to outweigh her skillsets. Ronda Rousey’s story is identical to Conor McGregor’s.

UFC President Dana White clarified that he remains on speaking terms with Ronda Rousey, though the two haven’t discussed any possibility of her returning for an upcoming fight. Dana White was asked about her future after Ronda Rousey was clarified as the 44th Best UFC Fighter to date.

Ronda Rousey was questioned regarding her position within the UFC, where the former Bantamweight Champion indicated that she’s unconcerned with competing in the Octagon for individuals that don’t care about her. This was a direct shot towards UFC Corporate Personnel, who are infamous for not carrying about their fighter’s safety & personal requirements, with their concern regarding the competitor’s skillsets only.

Fight for Who?

The Bantamweight Champion clarified that everyday people are informing her to fight, that she could become the “Greatest of All Time”. Ronda Rousey noted that the title of GOAT used to be critically essential for her to, with that goal becoming insignificant compared to her physical sacrifice. She’d remark how competing also put sacrifices onto her family, which isn’t needed any longer. Ronda Rousey finalized her recent remarks by noting those that tell her to compete wouldn’t do anything for her, that their desires are purely financial & that they’ll never be recuperated.

Ronda Rousey has often said since leaving the UFC in 2017 that fighting became her identity, that her husband showed her that there is much more to life. She’d indicate that the UFC didn’t want Ronda to maintain a life outside of fighting, risking financial losses by her exploring life. That’s to be expected when everyone values you based on fighting skillsets & doesn’t care about anything else you can bring to their corporation. Similar stories have been uttered by numerous fighters, including Jorge Masvidal & Khabib Nurmagomedov.

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Edmen Shahbazyan Aiming for Championship Status

»Posted by on Jul 30, 2020 in Fighter, MMA | Comments Off on Edmen Shahbazyan Aiming for Championship Status

Edmen Shahbazyan Aiming for Championship Status

Most that join the Ultimate Fighting Championship set themselves high goals, with most finding themselves unable to obtain those feats. Few have reached notable success as champions, with the likes of Jon Jones & Anderson Silva being two of the UFCs youngest winners that would ultimately maintain their championship status for numerous fights to come. Another competitor plans to steal the title of “Youngest UFC Champion”, which is presently held by Jon Jones.

This man is Edmen Shahbazyan, aged twenty-two. He’s quickly rising in the UFC Rankings with a 4-0 winning streak. When accounting for Edmen’s full MMA career, he maintains an 11-0. Discussions regarding the future of Shahbazyan have increased before his upcoming fight with Derek Brunson at UFCs Las Vegas Apex Arena. This newcomer will compete against an MMA veteran, with most bookmakers suggesting Derek Brunson will be victorious. Edmen Shahbazyan won’t allow sportsbooks & analysts to be correct, clarifying that he’ll defeat Brunson & move forward to become the youngest UFC Champion in history. Edmen hopes to accomplish this goal before July 2021.

Media personnel have interviewed Edmen Shahbazyan via videoconferences, requesting information on his future in the UFC. He’d emphasize that he has twenty months to dominate over the record obtained by Jon Jones. This is ample time for Shahbazyan to accomplish his goals of becoming a champion, which requires a minimum of three more victories for Edmen. Reviewing his short time with the UFC shows that Edmen Shahbazyan can outperform veterans & other newcomers, maybe giving some truth behind his statements.

The History of Edmen Shahbazyan

Dedicated UFC supporters would’ve seen Edmen Shahbazyan previously. He’d assisted Ronda Rousey, working alongside her as a sparring partner. That was several years ago in 2013 for Edmen Shahbazyan, meaning he’s eagerly awaited an opportunity to compete against formidable opponents. Sustaining 10+ years of training under the UFC division had adequately prepared him beyond personal & supporter expectations. There’s an opportunity that under the right conditions, Edmen Shahbazyan could find himself obtaining the UFCs Middleweight Championship Belt.

Edmen Shahbazyan emphasized that though he’s focused on becoming a champion, the primary goal for this month is dominating over Derek Brunson.

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