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Khabib vs. Mayweather Rumour

»Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in General | Comments Off on Khabib vs. Mayweather Rumour

Khabib vs. Mayweather Rumour

UFC 229 has Khabib vs. McGregor, and those who follow MMA would know that ended badly after Khabib simply had McGregor giving up by round 4. However, after the fight, lots of things went wrong, so much so that both the fighters were suspended by the NAC (Nevada Athletic Commission).

However, they’ll soon be ruling on what’s to happen with the case, but most suspect both fighters will once again be allowed to return to the octagon.


As we all know, McGregor has been pushing Khabib for yet another fight, but with the way it went last time, he doesn’t think McGregor actually deserve it. Decides, it seems as if Khabib has bigger fights in mind once he returns. There are various options available for the fighter, and he is even reconsidering a match up with Tony Ferguson, which is bound to be a powerful event as both these fighters are at the top of the line-up.


However, if Khabib has to consider a “money fight” like Mayweather and McGregor had just a few years ago, he would have to take on Mayweather himself. Just the idea of the fight already has sparks flying as MMA considers the possibilities.


Khabib has mentioned the idea before but made it a bit more realistic by stating that he has about three serious fights go before retiring and he’d like at least one of them to be a boxing event against no one but Mayweather. Not surprisingly, Mayweather seems all for it and ready to go, but it doesn’t seem as if the fighters have everyone onboard, including Joe Rogan, a UFC commentator.


Millions listen to the podcasts created by Joe, and in a recent one, he spoke to Brendan Schaub and Eddie Bravo where he mentioned it would be better for Khabib to stick to MMA instead of taking part in the super-fight against Mayweather. The podcast also included Rogan stating that he would also advise that Khabib remain with MMA and not take on Floyd who might just be the best boxer, not only of the era but possibly of all time.

The team behind Khabib feel that the results of the fight involving McGregor and Floyd showed them a lot and they are confident that Khabib could have an advantage. Sure, he is a grabber, but when you look at the success, Khabib had against McGregor while on his feet, it simply gives them even more reason to push for the fight. Sure, Floyd also taught McGregor a lesson, but so did Khabib, making it an almost perfect match up.


The fight itself is playing second on the importance as everyone looks at the pay-per-view opportunities of the fight. Rogan stated that the fight could produce as much as a million PPV, provided they set up the fight for two months from now.

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2019 Ends Jose Aldo’s UFC Career

»Posted by on Jan 21, 2019 in General | Comments Off on 2019 Ends Jose Aldo’s UFC Career

2019 Ends Jose Aldo’s UFC Career

As yet another season of fighting action lines up, we get excited about the new matches and possibilities the New Year could hold. Unfortunately, we start the year by seeing a brilliant career end.

Jose Aldo, former UFC and WEC champion has recently made it known that his career will be coming to an end in 2019. The fighter has been one of the best in the featherweight division and always delivers an exciting fight when he steps into the octagon.

On the bright side, we’ll still get to see Jose in action for another three fights, giving us reason to believe the best fights Jose has to offer are still to come. The fighter has arranged to attend three more events, which ends his contract and is hoping all the fights will be taking place in Brazil, allowing him to step out of the UFC in the way he has always wanted to.

Fights to Come for Jose Aldo

The news of his retirement come through on Wednesday where he told the media he will be done after the fights coming up in 2019. He is set to enter the rink again on the second of February 2019 where he takes on Renato Moicano.

Other than that, his other opponents haven’t been announced for the remaining 2 fights, but Aldo did mention that the first fight would be in Brazil, the second fight would be in Curitiba, and the final match would take place in Brazil as well.

The fight in February would be in the Fortaleza event where he takes on Moicano, which plays a major role in the other fights he would be completing this year. The next fight would be in May 2019 during the UFC 237 event, but as mentioned, no opponents have been mentioned for the fight.

Jose’s manager and coach has been talking about possible names for the fights, but nothing has been confirmed by the UFC. One thing we do know is that they asked Dana White to make the last three events in Brazil, which seems to have gone well and has been accepted.

We doubt they’ll put Jose up against Max Holloway as he is the current title holder. It would be a great fight, but should Jose end up winning, it would force him to sign another contract.

Why Aldo Retire?

One of the goals for Jose has been to fight but end his career on his own terms instead of not being able to fight anymore. He says he would’ve hated to retire and then use his money to get himself back to health before he can enjoy his time with the family and travel.

He also adds that he wanted toe final fights to be in Brazil so his fans could be at the fights and enjoy the action he has to offer from next to the rink. It seems all has gone well for Jose and that his perfect exit plan is coming together nicely.   

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MMA Champ Predictions by 2020 Bantamweight to Lightweight

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MMA Champ Predictions by 2020 Bantamweight to Lightweight

2019 starts with a rather strange offseason that lasts for 2 weeks, which isn’t really normal and shouldn’t be expected for the future either. Not to worry though, the UFC has already lined up some amazing events, including 20 fights within the first half of the new year. And yes, it includes the Cejudo vs. Dillashaw on the 19th of January 2019.


As you can see, the fighting action is underway already and there is some amazing action to hit the rink very soon. Things are sure to get underway before we know it, which would include a lot more than just the scheduled fights. We’re also sure to see some title matchups, giving us even more action as major titles are on the line. Let’s have a look at what could happen by the end of 2019 and get an idea of how 2020 might get started in UFC.


The flyweight class has been rather uneventful for the most part, especially when it comes to title fights. It’s mostly due to the domination of Demetrious Johnson who was turned out to be a brilliant fighter and has held onto the title for very long. The next major fight between Dillashaw and Cejudo is sure to have the crowd on their feet as it’s actually the last flyweight fight, we’ll see as the UFC is eliminating the weight class.


Bantamweight


We’re confident Dillashaw will take the last title in the flyweight class, after which he will be turning his attention back to the bantamweight class and basically step straight into a fight with Marlon Moraes who is a striker from Brazil.


If Dillashaw manages to win the fight as we expect, he will take on Petr Yan from Russia later in the year. However, with our predictions and that of ESPN, look out for Dillashaw as he’ll most likely hold the title at the end of 2019.


Featherweight


In the featherweight division, we see Max Holloway with a bright future and holding onto the 145 lbs title. Now, in the 155 lbs title, he’s sure to sure to come across some interesting fights, but it all begins with a matchup against Frankie Edgar.


He would also be taking on a few other higher profile fights, but with his current standing, the UFC might not push him to defend his title, not right now anyway. However, even if they do, we’ll stand strong on our prediction alongside ESPN for Max to be the title holder by the end of 2019.


Lightweight


Khabib is sure to be the one worth keeping an eye on, even though he only fights once a year at Madison Square, well for the most part anyway. He is currently suspended by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but we’ll know the outcome of if by the 29th of Jan 2019.


If all goes well, he might be up against some interesting fighters, which could even include Tony Ferguson, which is doubtful, but it would have been great. Those who’ve kept up with UFC might know about Conor McGregor making waves to take on Khabib, which is the more likely matchup, in which case, we think Khabib will keep his title.

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Kelvin Gastelum reveals all from UFC injuries and the relationship with Dana White

»Posted by on Jul 19, 2018 in General | Comments Off on Kelvin Gastelum reveals all from UFC injuries and the relationship with Dana White

Kelvin Gastelum reveals all from UFC injuries and the relationship with Dana White

Kelvin Gastelum has been on the news lately and the fighter revealed all during one of his interviews. For starters, he admitted he was initially disappointed that he would have to wait a bit longer before he got his shot at winning a title. This follows the news that Gastelum was originally supposed to challenge the current middleweight champ, Robert Whittaker after both fighters finish up their coaching season for the 28th season of The Ultimate Fighter, a reality TV show.

While no official dates were released, Gastelum did reveal that there was some unofficial chatter of the match happening in December. Although, any chance of that happening fell through as Whittaker publicly announced his broken hand hasn’t gone through the stages of rehab. While Gastelum was understandably disappointed, he understood completely. This means that Whittaker wouldn’t be able to return to the floor until sometime in the early months of 2019.

In the meantime, Gastelum is still active and will just have to find something else to d while he waits for his opponent to make a full recovery. This is something he is openly supportive of as he rather fights someone who is in their healthiest state before his first UFC title shot match. Even during one of his interviews with TUF 28, the anticipating fighter has even gone as far as to say that he wants to make sure Whittaker takes care of his hand injury first. Tn the brighter side of things, Gastelum won’t just be idly waiting until his match as he has another six weeks of TUF schedule tapings to deal with while he’s in Las Vegas.

Gastelum has a history of knowing how to put in the work to achieve something. Which was clearly seen during season 17 of TUF, where he was a competitor and eventually became the winner. Even though he knew the title is his ultimate goal, he’s winning to out in the work no matter what. Although Gastelum has admitted that it’s going to be a bit hard to take time for himself to train and prepare for his match next year as being a coach on the show is a full-time job that requires him to be on the clock constantly. As the fighter said it himself – he is putting 110% into his priority at the moment, which is the TUF competition.

This admission follows one of the most interesting turns of events this year as Gastelum was supposed to fight Whittaker during the latter previous match against Romero, which was a non-title fight. The presence of the UFC, Dana White admitted that Gastelum was supposed to serve as a backup fighter for Romero but had to withdraw due to personal issues that were not disclosed. It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to note that White didn’t say the last part with glee.

Despite his small issues with the UFC brass, Gastelum chopped it up as constant miscommunication issues with himself, his manager, and the other team. It does appear that all is well considering he is a coach for TUF and his on the line of being a title fighter soon. As Gastelum put it himself, White allowed him to be a coach and partake in the big match – so all is well between the two.

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Easter Shows His Confidence Against Mikey Garcia as He Calls the Latter an “Easy Win”

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Easter Shows His Confidence Against Mikey Garcia as He Calls the Latter an “Easy Win”

In boxing, there are a countless number of elements that are incorporated. For starters, there are winners, and then even above the winners are champions. The champions are known for an array of reasons, mainly for having incredible skill sets due to excessive training, having more strength, and the biggest hearts and willpower to help them get through any challenges they may face in the ring.

Though each fighter may have some added ideals on this idea, such as Robert Easter Jr., who believes that something else will be needed when he has his highly anticipated match on July 28th. That something else? Easter says it is being focused. Easter is a 27-year-old Ohio based fighter who believes that his lightweight match against Mikey Garcia will have other factors in play which will determine who will be coming out on top. Other than his own strength, determination, courage, or even skill – instead, Easter is leaning heavily on having single-mindedness more than ever before in this upcoming match.

During his most recent interview, Easter expressed his delight as training and camp for the upcoming match was going tremendously. Which is great news considering that Garcia is a fan favourite and has been for a while. While the physical aspect is going without a hitch. Easter emphasised that he is trying to sharpen his mental state- especially his focus. Which in his words, has been going great as he is not distracted by the extra activities going on in the world while he’s in camp. Training is part of the focus, but it is also something that online boxing betting sites use to determine a boxers value and set odds.

Toledo is the Hometown of Garcia

While Garcia, a native of Toledo, will be fighting against Easter who has out his IBF title on the line. This fight will be held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles and has the grace of being the main event during the showdown event, which will be aired at 10 pm. This is a break from Easter’s typical hometown routine as he travelled over 1,00 miles south to visit a gym which has grown in prominence. He is known mainly for being the brainchild of the high-profile trainer that many big names, such as David Diaz and Sakio Bika, have trained with, Kevin Cunningham – who was originally based in St. Louis before packing up and creating a nest in Florida.

22 months ago, Easter received his first championship win after winning an attention-grabbing selection against Richard Commey. After his initial win, he defended his title with three other scorecard victories, which includes a few unanimous nods over popular fighters, such as Luis Cruz and Javier Fortuna. While Garcia has him beat as he has 38-0 score, while Easter only has 21-0 with a recorded number of 14 K.O’s in the ring. In addition to that, Easter has a height advantage over his opponent as he is standing a solid five inches over Garcia’s 5’6 frame.

Going back to Easter’s original statement that focus will be the greatest determination of who will win – he has admitted that back at home he would’ve gotten distracted while training. Especially regarding that, he would focus on things that he shouldn’t, which is why he made the journey down south to visit the profession trainer and gym to go through a camp where he would be completely focused and dedicated to getting better. Before ending his sentiment, Easter explained how coach Kev broke down the science with winning a big fight such as his upcoming one – by being in a focused state of mind.

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A Recap of UFC Singapore Matches

»Posted by on Jul 7, 2018 in General | Comments Off on A Recap of UFC Singapore Matches

A Recap of UFC Singapore Matches

It may come as a surprise that not many UFC fans were able to catch the Singapore event due to the time difference. While this UFC lacked having the big name fights that are known to draw attention, the matches still had an impressive turn out nevertheless. For starters, three of the fights has fighters who made history for themselves as it placed them in the top-20, or higher for the year. These titles were held by Ulka Sasaki, who was in the lead as he came out with an impressive 134.5 points. Though, Saski was also a part of the team that scored the highest amount of points (643.5). The team was composed of Song Yadong, Shane Young, Jessica Eye, Petr Yan, Sasaki, and Yan Ziaonan.

Leon Edwards was one of the fighters featured in the main event, who also managed to receive the biggest win in his career yet. Once Edwards was in the ring with Donald Cerrone, a former challenger for the title, he showed that his skills and practice has truly paid off.

Edwards vs Cerrone match

During the Edwards vs Cerrone match, the former was in the lead for the first five rounds as he held himself against the welterweight. Despite Edwards having enough pits to defeat the latter, he still couldn’t help but show a bit of concern while the scorecards were being collected and read. Despite Cerrone being the veteran of the match, Edwardes bested him by having 84 to 60 on the main strikes, while plating an impressive 37 on Cerrone during the match.

Another impressive fight that gained a fair share of views happened between Ovince Saint Preux and Tyson Pedro. While Saint Preux is definitely not known for being a submission threat in any of his matches, during this event he shocked views as he focused and managed to take Pedro down, submission style, during the third first-round. Although, once the fight has begun, Pedro did seem to be in the lead – although all he could accomplish was having one of the lowest amount of points in the events, which does not look good for his future reputation.

The Two Jessica’s

The two Jessica’s provided one fiery match for spectators. Jessica Rose-Clark started off with an impressive start over her opponent, Jessica Eye. Clark and Eye were on their toes as they were edging an 18 – 17 in significant strikes. However, Eye managed to come around in the last two rounds against Clark, take her opponent down, all while using wrestling techniques which Eye hoped the judges would take notice of.

The other fights at UFC Singapore followed with similar results as many of the fighters impressed at the last moment or are able to take down veteran fights in an attention-grabbing match-up. Nevertheless, the winners of this event are on their way to increase their UFC rank.

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