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Pavlovich faces suspension post UFC 295.

Pavlovich faces suspension post UFC 295.

Sergei Pavlovich, ranked third in UFC’s heavyweight division, underwent a medical evaluation following his loss to interim champion Tom Aspinall. MMA Fighting, familiar with the matter, disclosed this development.

Post the examination, the Russian fighter received a lengthy suspension from competing. Sources mention a minimum 45-day ban imposed on Sergei from entering fights.

Recall that the UFC 295 event occurred on November 12 in New York (USA). In the evening’s co-main event, Pavlovich faced Aspinall, succumbing to a first-round technical knockout.

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November 22nd: Fedor Koltun vs Islam Zhangorazov.

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November 24th: Ibragim Magomedov vs Mikhail Dolgov. November 24th: Edil Esengulov vs Vinicius Cruz.

PFL 10: World Championship 2023:

November 25th: Clay Collard vs Olivier Aubin-Mercier. November 25th: Renan Ferreira vs Denis Goltsov. November 25th: Larissa Pacheco vs Marina Mokhnatkina. November 25th: Magomed Magomedkerimov vs Sadibu Si.

Reference:

https://fight.ru/news/ufc-news/istochnik-pavlovich-otstranen-ot-boev-posle-turnira

Fury seeks a rematch against Ngannou.

Fury seeks a rematch against Ngannou.


Frank Warren, Tyson Fury’s promoter, is optimistic about a rematch with former UFC heavyweight champ Francis Ngannou. A representative of the British boxer hinted at positive negotiations for the rematch.

“Chances for a rematch look promising. It’s premature, though. Our focus is on Alexander Usik first. Tyson’s keen on it, and Ngannou seems interested too,” commented the representative to MMA Fighting.

“After their last bout, Tyson and Ngannou discussed this. Ngannou and his team hold an excellent reputation. I’m confident the rematch will happen,” Warren added.

In their October boxing match, Fury claimed victory by decision over Ngannou.

Reference:

https://dailysports.net/news/fury-is-talking-about-a-rematch-with-ngannou/

Monson expressed longing for Khabib Nurmagomedov's performances.

Monson expressed longing for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s performances.

Jeff Monson, a former MMA fighter holding Russian citizenship, expressed his belief in Khabib Nurmagomedov’s potential to keep setting records had he not retired. Nurmagomedov, having retired in 2020, maintained an impeccable record of 29 wins in 29 fights within the UFC.

According to Monson, “Khabib is the best fighter of his generation. I genuinely miss witnessing his performances.” Monson emphasized that the UFC could benefit from a fighter of Khabib’s caliber, noting Khabib’s continuous improvement that would likely lead to more victories and record-breaking achievements.

Reflecting on Khabib’s retirement, Monson highlighted that Khabib prioritized values like family over fame and wealth. Monson shared these insights with Sport24.

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Reference:

https://news.sportbox.ru/Vidy_sporta/edinoborstva/spbnews_NI1982606_Monson_zajavil_chto_skuchajet_po_vystuplenijam_Khabiba_Nurmagomedova

Khamzat Chimaev faced Dana White

Khamzat Chimaev faced Dana White

Undefeated Chechen MMA sensation Khamzat Chimaev directly approached UFC CEO Dana White, urging him to set up a showdown between himself and UFC light heavyweight champ Alex Pereira.

“Dana, I want to take on Pereira,” Khamzat posted on social media.

Earlier, Dana White had named Khamzat Chimaev as the next challenger for the UFC middleweight championship. Unfortunately, due to an injury, “Borz” was unable to compete against the organization’s champion Sean Strickland, who was slated to face Dricus Du Plessis on January 21 at UFC 297 in Toronto, Canada.

To jog your memory, Alex Pereira’s most recent fight occurred on November 12 at UFC 295 in New York, where the Brazilian secured a second-round knockout victory over Jiri Prochazka, claiming the vacant UFC light heavyweight title.

Reference:

https://fight.ru/news/ufc-news/hamzat-chimaev-obratilsya-k-dan

Pavlovich faces UFC suspension post Aspinall defeat.

Pavlovich faces UFC suspension post Aspinall defeat.

Russian UFC heavyweight competitor Sergei Pavlovich has been barred from future fights following an underwhelming display at the UFC 295 event in New York, as per MMA Fighting’s report.

After succumbing to a technical knockout in the inaugural round of the interim UFC heavyweight title bout versus Tom Aspinall, the renowned Russian fighter is prohibited from entering the Octagon for 45 days. This ruling stems from a medical evaluation conducted by a panel of doctors.

Similarly, Czech fighter Jiri Prochazka, who suffered a defeat against Brazilian athlete Alex Pereira at the UFC 295 tournament, was also handed a comparable suspension following a medical assessment.

Reference:

https://sport24.by/fighting/news/pavlovich-otstranen-ot-poedinkov-ufc-posle-porazheniya-ot-aspinalla

Olivier Aubin-Mercier, eyeing retirement, stays driven for PFL World Championship Finals clash against Clay Collard.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier, eyeing retirement, stays driven for PFL World Championship Finals clash against Clay Collard.

Ever since Olivier Aubin-Mercier joined the Professional Fighters League in 2020, he’s been a dominant force in the cage. Nicknamed “The Canadian Gangster,” the former champion aims to secure another victory at the 2023 PFL World Championship Finals, facing Clay Collard on November 24.

However, Aubin-Mercier sees this bout as the culmination of his fighting journey. The 34-year-old Montreal native began his professional career in 2011, making his mark in the UFC from 2014, where he held a 7-5 record. Exiting the UFC on a three-fight losing streak, he found a new home in the PFL during the COVID-19 pandemic, albeit after an initial struggle to adapt to the tournament format and an injury setback in 2021.

His mindset shifted after realizing a unanimous decision win, like his debut against Marcin Held, wouldn’t propel him forward. Adapting, he’s now undefeated at 9-0 in the PFL SmartCage. Claiming victory via knockout against Stevie Ray in 2022 and securing two knockout wins this year, Aubin-Mercier progressed to his second consecutive finals appearance.

Reflecting on his growth, Aubin-Mercier credits the pandemic era for his evolution. He acknowledges the limitations of traditional training camps in the UFC and how the hiatus allowed him to enhance his skills comprehensively.

Despite his success, Aubin-Mercier acknowledges the demanding toll of being a champion, especially now as a new father. With the upcoming fight against Collard, he hints at retirement, expressing readiness to explore avenues beyond fighting and potentially aiding PFL in scouting talent in Canada.

While contemplating retirement earlier in the season, Aubin-Mercier remains confident in his current abilities, emphasizing a serene acceptance of whatever outcome arises from the fight. His opponent, Collard, a seasoned MMA and boxing competitor, poses a formidable challenge with his aggressive style and striking prowess.

Aubin-Mercier prepares for a five-round battle, analyzing Collard’s strengths and potential vulnerabilities. Despite this being potentially his last fight, he’s primed to confront Collard, knowing that win or lose, he’s given his all.

The clash between their contrasting styles promises an enthralling matchup, with Aubin-Mercier set to leave it all in the ring, ensuring a fitting culmination to his remarkable fighting career.

Reference:

https://www.sportingnews.com/us/mma/news/retirement-olivier-aubin-mercier-pfl-world-finals-clay-collard/941bdcc7e07dbbea6ab74345

Dan Manasoiu set to battle Victor Hugo in UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5.

Dan Manasoiu set to battle Victor Hugo in UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5.

At UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5 on December 10th, 2023, Dan Manasoiu gears up to battle Victor Hugo in a much-anticipated showdown. This match, amidst a card brimming with top-tier talent, exemplifies the event’s caliber, standing tall as a main card highlight that could easily headline on any other occasion. The promotion has unveiled the final two matchups for the event, setting the stage for an electrifying show.

Manasoiu, representing New Wave Jiu-Jitsu, joins his teammates in the lineup. Gordon Ryan, renowned as the supreme no-gi grappler, faces Mason Fowler in the main event, marking a compelling challenge for Ryan’s dominance. John Danaher takes the corner for Nicholas Meregali as he steps back into the no-gi arena against former ADCC world champion Felipe Pena.

Georges St-Pierre’s much-anticipated return to professional grappling after nearly two decades was anticipated at this event. However, the proposed bout fell through, yet St-Pierre remains part of the event as a commentator. While the remaining card details await confirmation, the earlier announcements promise an array of thrilling matches.

Victor Hugo confirmed his participation against Dan Manasoiu at UFC Fight Pass Invitational 5 through a recent post on his official Instagram account.

Reference:

https://jitsmagazine.com/dan-manasoiu-to-face-victor-hugo-at-ufc-fight-pass

Joe Rogan's sway prompted a sushi chef's overnight relocation to Austin for UFC's benefit.

Joe Rogan’s sway prompted a sushi chef’s overnight relocation to Austin for UFC’s benefit.

Joe Rogan, the seasoned UFC commentator, needs no formal presentation, recognized widely for his immense popularity and influence in the podcasting sphere. With a vast audience, the 56-year-old American host invites an array of guests, sparking in-depth conversations filled with wit and inquisitiveness. His welcoming demeanor resonates with people from all walks of life, contributing to his broad appeal.

Joe Rogan’s profound influence manifested notably when he became instrumental in motivating renowned sushi chef Philip Frankland Lee to promptly shift his highly regarded restaurants from California to Austin, Texas.

As per a recent Chron report, Lee’s initial sushi pop-up in Austin amid the COVID-19 pandemic transformed into a permanent move following a fortuitous dinner encounter with Joe Rogan.

The UFC commentator found the restaurant’s cuisine and service outstanding, urging the chef to consider a full-time move to Austin. Initially hesitant about uprooting his life, Lee politely declined. Yet, Rogan persisted, pledging to purchase any unsold seats if Lee prolonged his pop-up. Rogan’s endorsement to his millions of followers led to a flood of reservations, crashing Lee’s website instantly.

Listen to Rogan discussing Lee’s restaurant on his podcast:

Amid persistent uncertainties, the resounding demand signaled Austin’s warm reception of Philip Frankland Lee’s culinary artistry. Fueled by a significant endorsement from the premier podcaster globally, Lee rapidly established a flourishing Texas hub for his Michelin-starred establishments, Sushi By Scratch and Pasta Bar.

When Jon Anik pushed for Joe Rogan to receive an Emmy award

UFC color commentator Jon Anik openly praised his colleague Joe Rogan for his exceptional contributions in the commentary booth and unwavering commitment to promoting mixed martial arts.

The 45-year-old American emphasizes that Rogan’s unparalleled expertise, sharp wit, and infectious passion have played a pivotal role in elevating the UFC’s status to unprecedented heights. Anik went on to assert that Rogan’s impact is so substantial that he deserves recognition with an Emmy award.

During his appearance on the Room Service Diaries podcast in April, Anik expressed:

“Joe has embraced me wholeheartedly, and what’s surprising to me is that despite Joe consistently representing MMA, he’s never been nominated for a national Emmy. He excels as an elite sports analyst in every aspect of his job, and it’s frustrating that he hasn’t received domestic recognition despite his transition from a two-man booth throughout his career.”

Reference:

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-how-ufc-mainstay-joe-rogan-used-influence-make-sushi-chef-move-austin-overnight

Aspinall urges UFC to strip Jones of his title

Aspinall urges UFC to strip Jones of his title

Tom Aspinall, the interim UFC heavyweight champion, faces a dilemma after his win. He’s slated to unify titles with Jon Jones, who’s due to return from injury in the latter half of the next year, set to defend against Stipe Miocic first. Aspinall’s unsure about his course of action during this wait.

He could follow Renan Barao’s path, defending the interim belt, but Aspinall prefers a different route. He suggests a fight between top-ranked Cyril Gun and rising star Gilton Almeida, aiming to challenge Miocic and then Jones. Alternatively, he proposes stripping Jones of the title, simplifying matters.

Expressing his view in an interview with Michael Bisping, Aspinall questions why Jones retains his title amidst injury. He challenges the relevance of the Jones-Miocic bout, questioning its significance in the legacy of the sport.

“I believe Jones should lose his title, considering UFC’s precedent with injuries. Why force a heritage battle? Are they governed by separate rules? Is it a farewell bout with a title? I seek to face Miocic and then Jones,” Aspinall stated candidly.

Reference:

https://valetudo.ru/mma/news/aspinall-trebuet-lishit-dzhonsa-zvaniya-chempiona-ufc

UFC Mexico Feb 2024 Victor Altamirano and Felipe Dos Santos Clash in Anticipated Showdown.

UFC Mexico Feb 2024: Victor Altamirano and Felipe Dos Santos Clash in Anticipated Showdown.

A new flyweight matchup has been revealed for the upcoming UFC Mexico event slated for February 24, 2024. Ag. Fight has disclosed that rising UFC flyweights Victor Altamirano and Felipe Dos Santos are set to collide on the said date. This announcement follows the rebooking of the Edgar Chairez vs Daniel Lacerda flyweight bout for the same event.

With a current UFC record of 2-2, Victor Altamirano recently faced a setback, succumbing to a defeat against Tim Elliott at the UFC Vegas 74 main card. However, he rebounded earlier this year with a victory over Vinicius Salvador at UFC San Antonio, following a triumph against Daniel Lacerda at UFC 278 the previous year. Altamirano’s lone UFC debut loss occurred in February 2022 against Carlos Hernandez.

Felipe Dos Santos, known as “Lipe Detona,” is gearing up for only his second UFC appearance. He experienced his first MMA career loss in his UFC debut at UFC 293 when he accepted a short-notice challenge against the highly ranked Manel Kape. Prior to this setback, Dos Santos boasted an impressive streak of 7 consecutive wins in his MMA journey.

Reference

https://www.itnwwe.com/mma/victor-altamirano-vs-felipe-dos-santos-set

Jeka Saragih's UFC Debut Triumphs Amidst Criticism and Insults.

Jeka Saragih’s UFC Debut Triumphs Amidst Criticism and Insults.

In his UFC debut at UFC Vegas 82 in Las Vegas, early Sunday morning on November 19, 2023, Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter Jeka Saragih secured victory against Lucas Alexander. Despite initial doubts, Jeka showcased his prowess, knocking out Lucas Alexander in a mere 91 seconds with an onslaught of strikes that cornered and defeated Alexander, as confirmed by the referee.

Reflecting on his triumph, Jeka expressed the significance of this win, stating, “This debut was a struggle, from facing defeat in the Road to UFC, training for five months, and having to leave my family, friends, and my spouse and child behind. It was a battle, fighting off the longing.”

Jeka revealed facing severe online backlash, so harsh that he couldn’t bring himself to read the comments. Nevertheless, these criticisms failed to dampen his spirits as he proved his resilience by securing a historic victory over Alexander.

Not only did Jeka become Indonesia’s first UFC fighter, but he also clinched victory in his debut match. “Many people criticized me to the point that I couldn’t even read the comments because they belittled me. As the first Indonesian athlete to compete in the UFC, it fueled my spirit to face opponents in the UFC octagon,” Jeka explained.

Acknowledging his underdog status in the UFC, Jeka noted that skepticism was nothing new to him. This skepticism wasn’t just limited to betting circles but also prevailed among those around him in Simalungun, North Sumatra.

“It wasn’t just in betting. Even my village doubted my ability to fight in the UFC octagon. Not only my friends, but even my family might have doubted me, thinking that an Indonesian fighter wouldn’t succeed in the UFC octagon. That motivated me to dominate opponents in the octagon,” the 28-year-old fighter remarked.

Understanding the ups and downs of his journey to the UFC, Jeka wasn’t surprised by the doubts cast upon him. He earned his UFC ticket through the Road to UFC program, where despite losing to Anshul Jubil in the final match, he still secured a UFC contract in February.

Having signed a five-fight deal with the UFC, Jeka now awaits his next opponent after his match against Lucas Alexander.

Reference:

https://bola.bisnis.com/read/20231120/60/1716094/debut-manis-di-ufc-jeka-saragih-tak-tumbang-dengan-cacian-dan-hinaan

Benoit St. Denis Desires 'Aggressive Showdown' with Justin Gaethje

Benoit St. Denis Desires ‘Aggressive Showdown’ with Justin Gaethje

Benoit St. Denis sees Justin Gaethje as a rare UFC contender who matches his durability in the ring. After a decisive win over Matt Frevola at UFC 295, St. Denis set his sights on Gaethje, who called him out during the event.

In an interview on “The MMA Hour,” St. Denis emphasized Gaethje as his top priority for a memorable clash. Expressing understanding about the potential Makhachev-Oliveira fight, he highlighted Gaethje’s warrior spirit, noting his victories over tough opponents like Dustin Poirier. St. Denis sees their potential bout as a BMF title-worthy showdown due to Gaethje’s resilience, foreseeing a fight characterized by intense exchanges and history-making potential.

While respecting Gaethje, St. Denis believes their clash would need Gaethje to fight before a title shot. He’s open to an all-out war anywhere, ready to bring the heat for an epic showdown.

Reference:

https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Benoit-St-Denis-Explains-Desire-for-Violent-Fight-Against-Justin-Gaethje-191788

Chase Hooper Eyes Claudio Puelles Post Submission Victory vs. Jordan Leavitt

Chase Hooper Eyes Claudio Puelles Post Submission Victory vs. Jordan Leavitt

Chase Hooper aims for a showdown with Claudio Puelles post his win against Jordan Leavitt at UFC Fight Night 232. Hooper’s swift victory via a rear-naked choke in Round 1 sparked his call-out of Puelles, citing their shared expertise in leg locks. Expressing interest in Puelles’ prowess, Hooper highlighted their similar grappling styles and the excitement they bring to the octagon.

Hooper’s wish for a matchup with Puelles stems from his respect for Puelles’ previous victories, particularly his kneebar win over Clay Guida. Despite his desire to face Puelles, Hooper remains eager to stay active in the lightweight division, especially with impending fatherhood on the horizon.

Puelles, who secured a decision win against Leavitt in June 2021, boasts a history of submission wins, including three via kneebar in the UFC. Although Hooper eyes this potential bout, he remains focused on maintaining his momentum after consecutive wins since moving up in weight class.

Beyond the Puelles prospect, Hooper aims to keep a busy fighting schedule, aiming for three bouts and embracing the lighter weight cut at 155 pounds, all while balancing his impending fatherly duties.

Reference:

https://www.sherdog.com/news/news/Chase-Hooper-Targets-Claudio-Puelles-After-Submission-Win-Over-Jordan-Leavitt-191787#/slide/1

Transitioning from UFC to PFL World Championship Finals, Impa Kasanganay aims to 'dominate, seize triumph, and progress.

Transitioning from UFC to PFL World Championship Finals, Impa Kasanganay aims to ‘dominate, seize triumph, and progress.


Impa Kasanganay’s journey from a viral knockout victim to a potential world champion worth a million dollars is captivating. The 29-year-old faces Josh Silveira in the light heavyweight showdown at the PFL World Championship Finals in Washington D.C. on November 24, airing on ESPN+ PPV.

Beginning his pro career in 2019 and entering the UFC, Kasanganay held a 4-3 record but faced a memorable spinning back kick knockout by Joaquin Buckley. Post UFC release and a loss in an Eagle FC event, his path took a brighter turn with the PFL Challenger Series, hailed as “American Idol meets MMA” by the PFL CEO.

After conquering Osama Elseady in the Challenger Series, Kasanganay secured three victories in the PFL regular season and playoffs. His recent knockout win against Marthin Hamlet in August propelled him to the PFL Finals.

Transitioning smoothly from the octagon to the SmartCage, Kasanganay credits his success to his support system at Kill Cliff, acknowledging the seamless fight environment. Focused on excellence, he remains grateful for his PFL opportunity, emphasizing the pursuit of victory above all.

Kasanganay’s Contender Series victories, particularly against Kailan Hill, paved his path to a UFC contract after a subsequent win against Anthony Adams. Learning valuable lessons, he recognizes the necessary adjustments for success, endorsed by Dana White’s championship potential acknowledgment.

Despite prior UFC experience, Kasanganay embraced the Challenger Series, citing divine plans and the invaluable insight it provided. His mindset remains fixed on domination and victory, regardless of the arena, emphasizing the preparedness it offers for championship fights.

A member of Kill Cliff FC, Kasanganay prepares to face Silveira, who, like him, emerged from the Challenger Series. Silveira’s impressive three PFL wins this year set the stage for a showdown between two potent punchers, a narrative endorsed by commentator Dan Hardy likening Kasanganay’s style to Mike Tyson’s.

Confident in his abilities, Kasanganay foresees dominance and adherence to his coaches’ guidance as his path to victory. Eager to claim his rightful place as champion, his determination remains unwavering from the opening bell to securing the win.

The collision between these short-range punchers promises an intense battle at the PFL World Championship Finals, where Kasanganay aims to showcase his Tyson-like power and skill, destined to emerge victorious.

Reference:

https://www.sportingnews.com/ca/mma/news/ufc-pfl-world-championship-finals-impa-kasanganay/9754aa3fa15703e23cac2408

Islam Makhachev seems to be mimicking a UFC fighter who's been shadowing me.

Islam Makhachev seems to be mimicking a UFC fighter who’s been shadowing me.

American Justin Gaethje, a two-time UFC title contender, has raised an interesting observation about Russian fighter Islam Makhachev, suggesting that Makhachev might be emulating his fighting style, as reported by Sports.kz via Championat.com.

Gaethje shared his thoughts on ESPN, saying, “I believe Makhachev is mirroring my movements, and it’s quite evident that he’s been studying my fights. I’m eagerly anticipating a showdown with him. While I previously stated that he’s not Khabib, I must admit I’m not entirely sure about that.”

In a thrilling encounter at UFC 294 in Abu Dhabi on October 21, Islam Makhachev, the reigning UFC lightweight champion, secured a technical knockout victory in the first round over Alexander Volkanovski, the UFC featherweight titleholder. This impressive win propelled the Russian fighter to the second spot in the overall UFC rankings, transcending weight classes.

It’s worth noting that Islam Makhachev boasts an outstanding professional record in mixed martial arts at 25-1, with 14 victories out of 15 UFC appearances.

Reference:

https://www.sports.kz/news/on-yavno-sledit-za-mnoy-obyyavilsya-boets-ufc-kotorogo-kopiruet-islam-mahachev

Deontay Wilder shows keen interest in Power Slap following his attendance at a live event, saying, 'I believe I have a future in this.

Deontay Wilder shows keen interest in Power Slap following his attendance at a live event, saying, ‘I believe I have a future in this.

Former heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder is eyeing a potential future in the world of Power Slap, a sport that has caught his attention.

Known for his incredible punching power in the heavyweight boxing world, Deontay Wilder has built a reputation for delivering knockout blows with remarkable force. It appears that he has no plans of slowing down anytime soon.

At 38 years old and amidst speculations of a potential showdown with Anthony Joshua, Wilder recently made an appearance at a Power Slap event. Power Slap has been a significant focus for UFC president Dana White in recent months, drawing attention from MMA enthusiasts worldwide.

Wilder’s grand aspiration

“Live and in person, this is a unique experience, and I believe I could have a career in this. #BombZquad #TilThisDay #HardHitters”

From a business perspective, this could be a game-changer for Power Slap. Deontay Wilder may not be the most prominent figure in the boxing world, but his star power is substantial enough to attract some skeptics to tune in and witness this new venture. It’s not guaranteed that he’ll win over all his critics, but the prospect of Wilder participating in a high-profile slap-fighting competition is bound to generate significant interest.

For now, fans are eagerly anticipating Wilder’s next move inside the ring.

Are you intrigued by the idea of Deontay Wilder competing in Power Slap? If so, is there a specific opponent you’d like to see him face? Share your thoughts with us, members of the BJPENN Nation!

Reference:

https://www.bjpenn.com/boxing-news/deontay-wilder/deontay-wilder-expresses-interest-in-power-slap-after-attending-live-event-i-think-i-got-a-career-in-it/

Is the Jones vs. Miocic fight delayed!

Is the Jones vs. Miocic fight delayed?!


The MMA community was taken aback yesterday when news broke about Jon Jones’ injury, throwing a wrench into the UFC’s carefully laid plans. However, it seems that the highly-anticipated fight has not been entirely scrapped. ESPN journalist Marc Raimondi has shed light on the UFC’s intentions.

Originally slated as the headline bout for UFC 295 at Madison Square Garden, Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic promised to be a historic showdown to determine the ultimate heavyweight champion. Sadly, Jon Jones sustained an injury, forcing the UFC to pivot and assemble a new matchup featuring Sergei Pavlovich vs. Tom Aspinall.

But it appears the promotion hasn’t given up on the idea of Jones vs. Miocic just yet. Inside sources, including ESPN’s Marc Raimondi, suggest that the showdown has been postponed, not abandoned. It’s worth noting that ESPN is a broadcasting partner of the UFC, which lends credibility to this insider information.

According to Raimondi’s sources, the UFC is planning to reschedule the Jones vs. Miocic bout for 2024, allowing Jon Jones ample time to recover post-surgery and complete his rehabilitation. Given the usual recovery period of 8 to 12 months for fighters after such injuries, fans can likely expect to witness this epic clash in late summer or early autumn of the following year.

Reference:

https://mymma.pl/pojedynek-jones-vs-miocic-odlozony

Fury persists on unconventional journey, confronts Ngannou.

Fury persists on unconventional journey, confronts Ngannou.

Tyson Fury’s journey to becoming the world’s top heavyweight boxer is just the beginning. The charismatic Brit, known for his larger-than-life personality and powerful punches, is set on capitalizing on his newfound status in the sport to enhance his brand and amass wealth.

From stepping into the WWE ring to featuring in a Netflix reality series showcasing his personal life, Fury is unafraid to explore unconventional avenues. The latest in a string of crossover bouts takes him to the Middle East to face former UFC star Francis Ngannou, promising a rumored $50 million payday.

For Fury, the quest to become the first undisputed heavyweight champion of the century can take a backseat. This has been a source of frustration for both boxing enthusiasts and those beyond the sport. Fury’s current focus is on taking on Ngannou in Saudi Arabia as part of Riyadh Season, the kingdom’s annual entertainment festival throughout the winter.

This 10-round fight is officially recognized by the WBC, whose heavyweight championship Fury holds. However, Fury’s title will not be on the line, even in the unlikely event of his defeat.

Despite his once-dominant status in the UFC before a contentious exit and subsequent signing with the Professional Fighters League, few are giving Ngannou a fighting chance. Ngannou has not competed in nearly two years since defeating Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 in January 2022. Moreover, he has no prior experience in boxing.

Frank Warren, Fury’s promoter, considers this event a “game-changer,” while others view it as a financial opportunity that may be delaying the highly anticipated unification fight between Fury and Oleksandr Usyk, the WBA, WBO, and IBF champion from Ukraine.

Fury, standing at 6’9″, has always defied convention. Known as the “Gypsy King,” he hails from a lineage of bare-knuckle champions and was named after Mike Tyson. In 2015, Fury pulled off a major upset by ending Wladimir Klitschko’s decade-long reign as the heavyweight champion on Klitschko’s home turf in Duesseldorf, Germany.

However, Fury’s life and career spiraled into chaos due to drug use and depression, leading him to relinquish his titles and even contemplate suicide. After a 3½-year hiatus, he made a highly publicized return to the sport, championing mental health advocacy while continuing to engage in verbal sparring with his opponents. He solidified his boxing prowess with a thrilling trilogy of fights against Deontay Wilder, culminating in a victory in Las Vegas in October 2021, bringing the WBC title back to Britain.

Subsequently, Fury sold out massive soccer stadiums in London, defeating Dillian Whyte and Dereck Chisora while also reversing his retirement decision. He introduced his line of energy drinks and, in August, unveiled “At Home with the Furys,” a Netflix series offering a glimpse into his family life in northwest England during his claimed retirement.

Now, his focus is on the showdown with Ngannou, a bout dubbed “The Baddest Man on the Planet.” As Fury arrived in Riyadh, he expressed his pride in his journey, saying, “Sometimes I stand in front of the mirror and think I’m an absolute genius. When everyone thought it was all over for the Gypsy King, he comes and totally redeems himself and pulls this out of the hat. Only six months ago, I didn’t know if I ever was going to box again. Now, here we go.”

Photo Credit: www.nwaonline.com

In this archived photo from UFC 220 on Sunday, January 21, 2018, in Boston, Francis Ngannou is seen in a heavyweight championship mixed martial arts bout against Stipe Miocic.

For Tyson Fury, being recognized as the world’s premier heavyweight boxer is only the beginning of his journey. He’s ventured into WWE, starred in a Netflix reality series, and is currently making waves in the Middle East by taking on a former UFC standout in one of the latest crossover events. His clash with Francis Ngannou on Saturday, October 28, 2023, is expected to yield Fury a reported $50 million. (Image credit: AP Photo/Gregory Payan, File)

Reference:

https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2023/oct/26/fury-continues-offbeat-path-faces-ngannou/?sports

https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/combat-sports/300996275/tyson-fury-continues-offbeat-career-path-with-fight-against-former-ufc-star-francis

Chronicle of EA Sports UFC Cover Curse Alexander Volkanovski, Israel Adesanya, Valentina Shevchenko

Chronicle of EA Sports UFC Cover Curse: Alexander Volkanovski, Israel Adesanya, Valentina Shevchenko

The EA Sports UFC cover curse has become a legendary part of MMA lore, affecting fighters who grace the covers of EA Sports UFC video games, distinct from the Undisputed series created by THQ.

This superstition suggests that fighters featured on the EA Sports UFC game covers tend to suffer losses or career setbacks soon after. A recent instance is Alexander Volkanovski’s loss to Islam Makhachev. But what is the complete timeline of the UFC cover curse?

The inaugural EA Sports UFC, launched on June 17, 2014, showcased Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson on its cover, commemorating their epic light heavyweight showdown. Jones’ subsequent bout, a year later, pitted him against Daniel Cormier.


Although emerging as victors, their fates took an unexpected turn. The curse made its presence felt when one of the cover stars, involved in a notorious hit-and-run and testing positive for a cocaine metabolite, had to relinquish his light heavyweight title. Meanwhile, Alexander Gustafsson’s post-cover bout ended in a devastating TKO loss to the late Anthony Johnson.

In the next installment, EA Sports UFC 2 showcased Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey on its covers. However, the curse struck swiftly; Conor McGregor was surprisingly submitted by Nate Diaz, while Ronda Rousey, who had previously lost to Holly Holm, suffered another loss, this time to Amanda Nunes.

McGregor took the cover again for EA Sports UFC 3, this time as the sole athlete featured. Yet, the curse persisted. Released on February 2, 2018, the game witnessed McGregor’s return, but he encountered a decisive submission loss at the hands of Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The EA Sports UFC cover curse continued with the fourth installment, hitting the shelves on August 14, 2020. Israel Adesanya graced the cover alongside Jorge Masvidal. Although Adesanya won his next fight, ‘Gamebred’ fell to Kamaru Usman, igniting a four-fight losing streak.

Now, the curse seems more potent than ever in EA Sports UFC 5, which boasts three cover stars. The game’s standard edition features reigning featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and former women’s flyweight titleholder Valentina Shevchenko.

In the deluxe edition of the game, Israel Adesanya graces the cover. This upcoming release is set to hit shelves tomorrow, October 27, with the cover star announcement made in early September. However, Adesanya’s fortunes took a turn as he lost his middleweight title to Sean Strickland in a historic upset at UFC 293.

Similarly, Valentina Shevchenko faced Alexa Grasso in her bid to reclaim the 125-pound championship but ended up with a draw, falling short of her goal. In the third instance, Alexander Volkanovski experienced only the second knockout loss of his career when he faced Islam Makhachev this past weekend, marking one of the most surprising results of the year.

The EA Sports UFC cover curse has deeper layers to it.

Recent events suggest that the reach of the EA Sports UFC cover curse goes beyond cover athletes. It now seems to affect fighters associated with the game in promotional roles. Case in point, Jon Jones, who was slated to defend his heavyweight title at UFC 295 against the legendary Stipe Miocic. Regrettably, UFC CEO Dana White recently disclosed that ‘Bones’ sustained a significant pectoral tendon tear during sparring. This injury, necessitating surgery, will keep him out of action for eight months, leading to his withdrawal from the UFC 295 main event.

Replacing the original bout, the UFC has arranged an interim heavyweight title clash between Sergei Pavlovich and Tom Aspinall. However, the question arises: what connection does Jon Jones’ recent setback have with EA Sports UFC 5? The twist here is that Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic was the introductory fight in the game.

This has led fans to speculate that the curse might extend to any fighter’s promotional association with EA Sports UFC 5, not limited solely to cover appearances.]

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https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-alexander-volkanovski-israel-adesanya-valentina-shevchenko-a-timeline-ea-sports-ufc-cover-curse

Conor McGregor has been selected as the next UFC challenger for Islam Makhachev.

Conor McGregor has been selected as the next UFC challenger for Islam Makhachev.

Former two-weight UFC champion and Hall of Fame inductee, Daniel Cormier, shared his thoughts on the future of the current lightweight title holder at 155 pounds, Russian fighter Islam Makhachev, following his victory in a rematch against Australian contender Alex Volkanovski at UFC 294. According to Sports reports.kz, Cormier believes that a matchup with Conor McGregor could be a lucrative and significant step for Makhachev’s career.

“I believe it’s time for Islam to face Conor McGregor. Consider this: it’s a fight that will bring in substantial revenue, potentially being the UFC’s biggest money-making bout. Why not make it happen? We have Islam Makhachev, who seems poised to become a dominant champion. To take his dominance to the next level and make him a superstar, he needs a formidable opponent to elevate him, and that opponent is Conor McGregor,” Cormier expressed during an ESPN interview.

Reference:

https://www.sports.kz/news/konora-makgregora-vyibrali-sleduyuschim-sopernikom-islama-mahacheva-v-ufc