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Ali Abdelaziz Teases Potential UFC 298 Showdown: Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway.

Ali Abdelaziz Teases Potential UFC 298 Showdown: Justin Gaethje vs. Max Holloway.


MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz drops a hint about a potential clash between Justin Gaethje and Max Holloway for the BMF title at UFC 298. As the UFC gears up for a robust 2024, with main events set for UFC 297, UFC 298, and UFC 299, speculation surrounds fighters without booked bouts, including Gaethje and Holloway. Gaethje, the current BMF champion, and Holloway, a dominant force at 145 pounds, have stirred rumors of a showdown.

Abdelaziz’s tweet fuels the excitement, proposing a matchup on February 17 for the coveted BMF title. Fans eagerly anticipate a thrilling encounter between two UFC legends. Holloway’s featherweight legacy, marred only by losses to Alexander Volkanovski, contrasts with Gaethje’s momentum after clinching the BMF title by defeating Dustin Poirier.

The prospect of Gaethje defending his title against Holloway adds intrigue, leaving fans and the MMA community buzzing with anticipation. Share your thoughts on this potential clash – who would be your early favorite to emerge victorious in this epic bout? Let us know, BJPENN Nation!

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https://www.bjpenn.com/mma-news/justin-gaethje/ali-abdelaziz-hints-at-justin-gaethje-vs-max

Brendan Allen Aims for UFC 300 Slot Following Challenge to Khamzat Chimaev

Brendan Allen Aims for UFC 300 Slot Following Challenge to Khamzat Chimaev

Brendan Allen, after a well-rounded win at UFC Vegas 82, seeks a title eliminator bout at UFC 300. His call-out to Khamzat Chimaev hints at a potential showdown. Having triumphed over submission specialist Paul Craig, Allen expressed his desire for a pivotal match during the post-fight press conference.

Claiming a guaranteed title shot is his priority, Allen remains indifferent to the opponent suggested by UFC officials. He emphasized the sacrifices made to reach this point in his career, anticipating a crucial fight in April 2024 at UFC 300. Allen’s determination and focus on the title are evident as he plans to relish the holidays before his anticipated championship pursuit.

Watch the video to witness Brendan Allen’s bold statement. With six consecutive victories, including five submissions, Allen stands out in the middleweight division, offering a formidable challenge to the striking-oriented landscape. The grappling prowess of contenders like Allen, Khamzat Chimaev, and Bo Nickal could reshape the middleweight title picture.

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https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-brendan-allen-wants-spot-ufc-300-calling-khamzat-chimaev

Francis Ngannou: Uncovering His Origin, Ethnicity, Nationality, and Birthplace - All About the Former UFC Star's Heritage

Francis Ngannou: Uncovering His Origin, Ethnicity, Nationality, and Birthplace – All About the Former UFC Star’s Heritage

Francis Ngannou is often considered one of the greatest UFC heavyweights ever. His powerful punches made him a dominant force in the promotion’s history. Yet, his exit from the UFC was anything but ordinary, leaving fans wishing for more of ‘The Predator.’

Ngannou, a 37-year-old fighter, has never been one to shy away from taking the unconventional path. His departure from the UFC was driven by his pursuit of what he calls “freedom.” Just like his exit, Ngannou’s path to the UFC is a testament to his unwavering determination. Let’s delve into Francis Ngannou’s background and his journey to the UFC.

While several MMA promotions, including the UFC, now actively scout talents from Africa, Ngannou’s story started in a different time. He has openly shared his challenging childhood on platforms like ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’ and ‘Hotboxin’ with Mike Tyson.’

Ngannou hails from a poverty-stricken family in Batié, Cameroon, born in 1986. He grew up in adversity, facing both financial hardship and a volatile father. At the tender age of 10, he began working in a sand mine, a common fate for children in his hometown.

Despite his efforts, he couldn’t earn enough to support his family. This drove him to pursue a career in boxing, with dreams of making it big. However, in his hometown, becoming a combat sports athlete wasn’t a straightforward path to financial success. Ngannou knew that he had to leave not only his hometown but possibly his entire country to chase his dreams.

To realize his ambitions, Ngannou had to seek opportunities in Europe. However, his family lacked the means for a legal and documented journey to the continent. A YouTube documentary by MMA documentarian Patrick Gavia details the grueling hardships Ngannou endured to secure a “backdoor” entry into Europe. Despite these obstacles, Ngannou eventually became a successful combat sports athlete.

The primary reason for Ngannou’s UFC departure was his desire to pursue boxing matches while under UFC contract, a wish that went unfulfilled. Thankfully, at 37, he found an opportunity with the PFL, a notable MMA promotion, and is set to face the WBC Heavyweight champion, Tyson Fury, in his first-ever boxing match on October 28 in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Ngannou’s journey is a testament to his resilience and determination in the face of adversity. Few fighters can claim to have overcome such significant challenges. Do you know of any other combat sports athlete whose journey compares to ‘The Predator’s’?

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Jake Paul Sneaks Dig at PFL Star Ngannou While Promoting Amanda Serrano's Weekend Fight

Jake Paul Sneaks Dig at PFL Star Ngannou While Promoting Amanda Serrano’s Weekend Fight

This weekend, the world of combat sports hosts a showdown in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia that’s bound to dominate headlines. Termed the “Battle of the Baddest,” it features former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou taking on the WBC heavyweight boxing champ, Tyson Fury.

This bout has generated immense buzz, with opinions aplenty. However, it’s not the sole significant contest in the boxing world this weekend, as Jake Paul was quick to emphasize.

Amanda Serrano returns to the ring to face Danila Ramos at the Caribe Royale in Orlando. Remarkably, her WBC title won’t be at stake, despite her status as an undisputed champion. The WBC declined to sanction the fight due to its 12 three-minute rounds, marking a pivotal moment for women’s boxing.

Promoted by Jake Paul’s Most Valuable Promotions, ‘The Problem Child’ has been a vocal supporter of Serrano, aiming to elevate women’s boxing to equal prominence with men’s.

The criticism often centers on the two-minute rounds in women’s boxing, seen as inadequate given the caliber of athletes in the sport. Paul underscored the significance of Serrano’s fight, slyly contrasting it with Ngannou vs. Fury.

“The most pivotal boxing event this weekend features two trailblazing women going live on DAZN (not PPV) this Friday. Don’t miss Amanda Serrano’s historic moment as she gets a full 3 minutes per round.”

Notably, Ngannou, Paul, and Serrano are all PFL-signed athletes, set to debut for the promotion next year.

While this fight is an undeniable milestone for boxing, its importance risks being overshadowed by one of the year’s biggest fights occurring on the same weekend.

Reference

https://www.mmanews.com/news/jake-paul-backhanded-shot-francis-ngannou-putting-over-amanda-serrano-fight

Tommy Fury Seeks Rematch with 'Dance Partner' Jake Paul, Defying Retirement from Influencer Boxing

Tommy Fury Seeks Rematch with ‘Dance Partner’ Jake Paul, Defying Retirement from Influencer Boxing

Tommy Fury’s recent clash with British YouTuber and rapper KSI proved more challenging than anticipated. Despite a scrappy fight, Fury initially won by a majority decision, which was later changed to a unanimous decision.

After this bout, Fury declared his exit from the influencer boxing world, expressing a desire to return to traditional boxing. However, it appears he’s had a change of heart, now expressing interest in a rematch with Jake Paul.

In a recent interview with Pro Boxing Fans, Fury confidently stated, “I am the only fight for Jake Paul. Me and Jake Paul are the dance partners, and he knows that himself. Me and him will always make a good fight, will always make a big fight. So whenever he’s done with what he’s doing, I’m sure me and him will meet again one day.”

Watch Fury’s comments about Jake Paul in the accompanying video.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-tommy-fury-eyes-rematch-dance-partner-jake-paul-despite-announcing-retirement-influencer-boxing

Magomed Abdulkadirov: A Father's Unwavering Support Through Every Bout

Magomed Abdulkadirov: A Father’s Unwavering Support Through Every Bout

Similar to many Dagestani fighters in today’s combat sports scene, Magomed Abdulkadirov holds deep admiration for the legendary Khabib Nurmagomedov. Their connection runs even deeper as they both share an unwavering paternal support that has shaped their journeys.

In an emotionally charged interview with onefc.com, the promotional newcomer opened up about his personal life beyond the arena, paying a heartfelt tribute to his late father. His father, a constant presence throughout his life, played a pivotal role in propelling him to become one of the world’s premier submission grapplers.

The Universal Fighters standout revealed:

“My late father was my biggest supporter. He passed away in 2020. He watched all my fights, staying engaged with my plans, travels, and aspirations. His unwavering interest and support were my driving force. I fought relentlessly to prove my capabilities at the highest level. I believe he was proud of me.”

As he embarks on the most significant match of his professional career, Magomed Abdulkadirov faces an unfortunate absence—the absence of his beloved father. The multiple-time UWW World Grappling Champion and the 2015 ADCC European Trials winner is on a quest for gold, seeking to break Tye Ruotolo’s undefeated streak under the ONE banner.

Should he achieve a remarkable upset at ONE Fight Night 16, Abdulkadirov will leave Lumpinee Stadium in Bangkok as the inaugural ONE welterweight submission grappling world champion.

Though physically separated, Magomed Abdulkadirov’s father’s legacy lives on through his son’s every competition.

Don’t miss the action! Catch ONE Fight Night 16: Haggerty vs. Andrade on Prime Video, streaming live in US Primetime on November 3. This 10-fight spectacle is available at no extra cost for Prime Video subscribers in North America.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-like-khabib-nurmagomedov-magomed-abdulkadirov-says-late-father-biggest-supporter-he-watched-fights

Garcia vs. Duarte Fight: Viewing Guide, PPV Cost, Channel Info, and Beyond

Garcia vs. Duarte Fight: Viewing Guide, PPV Cost, Channel Info, and Beyond

Ryan Garcia’s comeback in the boxing ring is imminent following his initial career loss. Scheduled for December 2 at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, Garcia will be taking on Oscar Duarte. Unlike his previous high-profile pay-per-view match against Gervonta Davis in 2023, this bout won’t be on pay-per-view. It’s set to be a standard DAZN event, accessible for streaming in nearly 200 countries.

To catch the fight, enthusiasts can sign up for a monthly DAZN subscription at $19.99. DAZN offers compatibility with a wide range of devices, including Apple TV, Chromecast, Amazon Fire TV, Android and iOS devices, various smart TVs, Xbox, PlayStation, and Roku.

A recent press conference saw Garcia and Duarte facing off for the first time, building anticipation for the upcoming event. DAZN shared footage of this intense face-off, inviting Houston and fans worldwide to prepare for Garcia’s return on December 2. Don’t miss the action!

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https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-ryan-garcia-vs-oscar-duarte-how-watch-ppv-price-channel-details

Tyson Fury Reveals Tommy's Extravagant Earnings: $5M Mansion, G-Wagon, Lambos, Rolexes from KSI Fight

Tyson Fury Reveals Tommy’s Extravagant Earnings: $5M Mansion, G-Wagon, Lambos, Rolexes from KSI Fight

In the headline bout of Misfits X DAZN: The Prime Card in Manchester, Tommy Fury, known as ‘TNT,’ secured a contentious victory over KSI through a majority decision. The judges’ verdict was mixed, with one calling it a draw at 57-57, while the other two leaned toward Fury with scores of 57-56. KSI was displeased, branding it a ‘robbery’ after the fight.

Despite the controversial outcome, the substantial earnings Tommy Fury raked in were expected, and Tyson Fury, ‘The Gypsy King,’ has now confirmed the figures.

In a recent interview on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Tyson Fury shared his thoughts on his younger brother’s financial success:

“Tommy made $10 million in this fight. At 24 years old, he’s earned around $25-26 million throughout his 10-fight career. It’s incredible, and I’m incredibly proud of how far he’s come. In 2018, Tommy couldn’t even afford a bus pass with $10. Today, he’s a millionaire.”

Tyson Fury added:

“I’m very proud of him; he can now buy anything he desires, from a $5 million mansion to G-Wagons, Lamborghinis, and Rolexes, regardless of his fights.”

Watch Tyson Fury’s comments below to learn more about his brother’s impressive financial success.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-5m-mansion-g-wagon-lambos-rolexes-tyson-fury-spills-beans-tommy-fury-s-massive-10-figure-payday-ksi-bout

Fans Anticipate Francis Ngannou's Open Workout Spells Doom for Former UFC Champion

Fans Anticipate Francis Ngannou’s Open Workout Spells Doom for Former UFC Champion

As the highly-anticipated boxing match between Ngannou and Fury approaches, skepticism continues to mount. Fans and analysts remain unconvinced about Ngannou’s abilities, despite his reputation as a formidable puncher. Ngannou’s open workout has done little to sway their opinions.

Fans took to social media to voice their concerns, with many predicting a tough road for Ngannou. He faces the daunting task of defeating Fury, who is widely regarded as unbeatable due to his legendary skills.

Ngannou, a former UFC heavyweight champion, showcased his skills during an open workout session with coach Dewey Cooper. However, the reaction from fans was less than favorable, with comments highlighting perceived weaknesses:

  • “Oh man, he’s gonna lose so bad.”
  • “His left hand looks hella weak.”
  • “Frances is going to eat a steady diet of jabs.”
  • “Why does his jab look so weak and floppy?”
  • “He telegraphed those first straights, making him susceptible to Fury. The brief combination at the end looked decent, but his speed, especially with power punches, is lacking.”
  • “Tyson Fury will end the fight in under 3 rounds.”
  • “He’s gonna gas out early.”
  • “Stiffer than a dead man.”

It’s worth noting that Ngannou has never competed in an official boxing match. However, he is renowned as one of the hardest punchers globally. The looming question is whether he can land a clean knockout punch on Tyson Fury, who is considered nearly unbeatable in the boxing world.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-oh-man-he-s-gonna-lose-bad-francis-ngannou-s-open-workout-fans-predicting-brutal-loss-ex-ufc-champion

Watch Liam Harrison Demonstrate a Complex Combo to Break Through an Opponent's Strong Guard

Watch Liam Harrison Demonstrate a Complex Combo to Break Through an Opponent’s Strong Guard

Liam Harrison, a renowned Muay Thai fighter from Britain, may appear as a relentless brawler, but beneath the surface lies a strategic genius who surpasses his peers. Harrison’s extensive experience, dating back to the 90s, makes him a master of the game.

Among his arsenal of tactical expertise, Harrison excels in subtle setups and feints that even seasoned strikers overlook. In a recent online instructional video, he unveiled his method for dismantling an opponent’s tight guard.

“Details… Check out the liamharrisontraining.com link in the bio #muaythai #seminar #martialarts.”

In Muay Thai, precision is paramount, and Harrison’s keen eye for micro-moments and minute errors is unmatched. In his instructional, ‘The Hitman’ showcases a flawless setup to disorient his opponent, employing a smokes-and-mirrors approach to land a deceptive strike.

Currently in the process of recovering from extensive knee surgery last year, Liam Harrison faced a setback in his title quest against former ONE bantamweight Muay Thai world champion Nong-O Hama at ONE on Prime Video 1. A devastating leg kick inflicted a severe knee injury on him, leading to his incapacitation.

Over a year since the injury and subsequent surgery, Harrison has made significant progress in his rehabilitation. He is nearly ready to reenter the fight camp, and fans eagerly anticipate ‘The Hitman’s’ long-awaited return to the Circle.”

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-watch-liam-harrison-shows-multi-step-combo-breaking-opponent-s-tight-guard

Fabricio Andrade: Martial Arts Shaped Me, Offering an Opportunity for Self-Improvement

Fabricio Andrade: Martial Arts Shaped Me, Offering an Opportunity for Self-Improvement

A decade ago, Fabricio Andrade’s life lacked direction until martial arts ignited his passion, offering boundless possibilities. In preparation for his ONE bantamweight kickboxing world title showdown with Jonathan Haggerty, Andrade graced The MMA Superfan’s YouTube channel with an exclusive interview, reminiscing about his remarkable professional journey.

As the reigning ONE bantamweight MMA world champion, Andrade acknowledges that martial arts unveiled unforeseen opportunities:

For ‘Wonder Boy,’ martial arts means everything. He’s devoted himself to it since the age of 13, and it has been a guiding light that transformed his life. To this day, it continues to provide opportunities he couldn’t have imagined.

Andrade is deeply appreciative of the success bestowed upon him by the sport he loves, asserting:

“Martial arts defines me; it’s my identity. I owe everything to martial arts—it’s an integral part of my life.”

Representing Tiger Muay Thai, Andrade stands on the precipice of potentially becoming a two-sport world champion if he triumphs over ‘The General,’ who promises to bring his A-game in their championship clash.

Andrade rides the wave of momentum, boasting an unblemished record of six wins and one no-contest, featuring four TKO/KO finishes in the world’s premier martial arts organization.

Catch ONE Fight Night 16: Haggerty vs. Andrade on Prime Video, broadcasting live in US Primetime on November 3, free of charge for existing Prime Video subscribers in North America.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-martial-arts-i-am-fabricio-andrade-says-combat-sports-gave-opportunity-make-something

Devin Haney's Reaction to Showtime's Boxing Departure: A Sport's Monumental Journey

Devin Haney’s Reaction to Showtime’s Boxing Departure: A Sport’s Monumental Journey

Devin Haney has joined the chorus of disappointed voices in the world of boxing, reacting to Showtime’s recent decision to discontinue its involvement in combat sports. While this move was somewhat expected in the MMA community due to Bellator’s sale to the PFL, it caught the boxing world by surprise.

Reports suggest that Al Haymon is already strategizing to migrate much of his talent to Amazon Prime. However, this transition is viewed as a major setback for the sport. Devin Haney, one of boxing’s rising stars, expressed his disappointment during an interview with Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour.

Haney didn’t hold back, even taking a dig at those like Dana White, who celebrated the departure of Stephen Espinoza. In the interview, the unified lightweight champion emphasized the significance of Showtime in the boxing world:

“Some people may be happy about it, but I believe it’s a somber moment for boxing. Showtime has played an integral role in the sport, and its absence leaves a significant void. With HBO already gone, Showtime was real boxing… It’s more than just Stephen Espinoza; it’s Showtime itself.”

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-done-much-sport-devin-haney-reacts-showtime-s-decision-ditch-boxing

Exploring Francis Ngannou's World Record Punch Power: 'The Predator's Remarkable Strength

Exploring Francis Ngannou’s World Record Punch Power: ‘The Predator’s Remarkable Strength

Francis Ngannou, a globally renowned mixed martial artist, has earned the reputation of being the most devastating striker across all combat sports. Hailing from Cameroon, this French powerhouse burst onto the UFC scene in December 2015, leaving a trail of knockout victories in his wake, with 12 out of his 17 career wins via knockout.

Ngannou’s incredible strength was further solidified in 2018 when he set a record for the world’s most powerful punch. This feat was achieved through testing on a PowerKube machine, which assesses the force, speed, and precision of a punch. The results were nothing short of astounding. His overhand right strike measured a staggering 129,161 units, while his off-balance uppercut registered at 122,000 units. His speed power equated to 51,064 foot-pounds per second, akin to the horsepower of a family wagon.

Even strongman legend Eddie Hall attempted to break Ngannou’s record, but fell short with a peak punch power of 113,999 units. Ngannou’s dominance is unshaken.

After his departure from the UFC, Ngannou has secured a lucrative boxing match against WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury. This clash of titans is set for October 28th in Riyadh, promising an electrifying showdown of extraordinary strength.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-does-francis-ngannou-hold-world-record-powerful-punch-exploring-remarkable-strength-the-predator

Liam Nolan: His Resilient Mother Instilled Unwavering Mental Strength Within Him

Liam Nolan: His Resilient Mother Instilled Unwavering Mental Strength Within Him

On November 3, Liam Nolan returns to Thailand with vengeance in his heart. He’s set to face Sinsamut Klinmee once more at the iconic Lumpinee Boxing Stadium in Bangkok. Their rematch comes after Nolan’s back-to-back wins in ONE Championship but a previous loss to Klinmee. The victor of their earlier bout went on to challenge for the ONE lightweight Muay Thai world championship.

Nolan, a former title contender, now faces a hungry competitor looking to usurp his position in the division. This fight is a significant juncture in his career. Nolan reflects on his challenging upbringing, raised by a single mother in North London. His mother’s resilience and strong mindset have shaped him into the determined fighter he is today.

Don’t miss ONE Fight Night 16: Haggerty vs. Andrade, available for free on Prime Video for North American subscribers.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-liam-nolan-says-developed-strong-mental-fortitude-resilient-mother-that-s-something-gave-me

Young Irish Star from McGregor vs. Aldo Press Event Gears Up for MMA Debut on Dec 8

Young Irish Star from McGregor vs. Aldo Press Event Gears Up for MMA Debut on Dec 8

Nate Kelly, the spirited Dublin lad, famous for his antics at the Conor McGregor vs. Jose Aldo presser, is stepping into the MMA cage with PFL.

Nearly a decade ago, during the media frenzy leading up to the original McGregor vs. Aldo showdown, a young kid perched on a man’s shoulders captured hearts. That kid was Nate Kelly, who boldly declared himself ‘the new breed in the UFC’ and appealed to Dana White for an advance on a future paycheck to attend UFC 189.

Ariel Helwani broke the news about Nate’s upcoming amateur bout in PFL Europe on his X account today, saying:

“Remember Nate “The Great” Kelly? The young @TheNotoriousMMA fan we met years ago? Well, he’s 19 now and will make his @PFLEurope debut on December 8 at the 3Arena in Dublin in a special amateur bout, I’m told.”

Check out Helwani’s tweet below about the impending MMA debut.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-iconic-irish-kid-mcgregor-vs-aldo-press-conference-set-make-mma-debut-december-8

Andrew Tate's Unfiltered Take on Mike Majlak's Mental Health Struggles in Gaza: A Candid Perspective

Andrew Tate’s Unfiltered Take on Mike Majlak’s Mental Health Struggles in Gaza: A Candid Perspective

In a recent social media post, Mike Majlak opened up about his ongoing mental health struggles, sharing his experiences with anxiety, obsessiveness, and intrusive thoughts since the age of 13. He candidly discussed how these issues had led to bouts of intense depression, impacting his daily life and relationships.

Majlak also expressed his intent to explore new forms of therapy for his condition. However, he emphasized that his message was primarily aimed at those who could relate to his experiences, not those who couldn’t.

Andrew Tate, in response to Majlak’s message, seemed to overlook this distinction and, with a somewhat apathetic tone, pointed out that Majlak’s life was relatively better than that of many others, particularly in crisis zones worldwide. Using the Israel-Gaza conflict as an example, he urged Majlak to gain perspective by considering the challenges faced by those living in such situations, suggesting that anything less than happiness might be unwarranted.

Tate’s response highlights the different perspectives on mental health issues and the importance of considering individual circumstances and global realities when discussing such matters.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-look-life-gaza-andrew-tate-delivers-unfiltered-response-logan-paul-s-friend-mike-majlak-s-mental-health-struggle-confessions

Islam Makhachev Speaks Out: Jon Jones' Pound-for-Pound Dominance Leaves Me Puzzled

Islam Makhachev Speaks Out: Jon Jones’ Pound-for-Pound Dominance Leaves Me Puzzled

Islam Makhachev recently shared his thoughts on Jon Jones maintaining the UFC’s pound-for-pound throne, despite his 2-0 victory over featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski in under nine months.

Previously, Volkanovski held the No. 2 spot in the UFC P4P rankings, with Makhachev in third place. Interestingly, Volkanovski retained his position even after losing to Makhachev at UFC 284 in February. Their rematch at UFC 294 ended with Makhachev’s emphatic first-round knockout win.

Following this remarkable win, many believed Makhachev had earned the top spot in the UFC P4P rankings. However, the updated rankings only pushed him to second place, replacing Volkanovski, while the Australian fighter dropped to third.

Makhachev recently broke his silence on this matter, expressing his confusion about the rankings in a video shared by @RedCorner_MMA and Nina-Marie Daniele on X. He stated, “I have already said at the press conference, who makes these rankings, what they do it for, I have no clue. I beat the P4P king, and they didn’t put me at No. 1. So now, I’m not surprised they did it this way again. Maybe that’s because he [Jon Jones] is fighting soon, and they want to promote his fight. I don’t understand what else I should do to get the No. 1 spot other than beat the one who was No. 1.

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-don-t-know-else-do-islam-makhachev-breaks-silence-jon-jones-dominance-pound-for-pound-rankings

Khamzat Chimaev Accuses UFC of Coercion in Weight Miss Before Nate Diaz Clash

Khamzat Chimaev Accuses UFC of Coercion in Weight Miss Before Nate Diaz Clash

Khamzat Chimaev’s much-anticipated octagon return is imminent, following a hiatus after his impressive win over Kevin Holland at UFC 279. Originally set to face Nate Diaz, a twist of fate led to him squaring off against Holland due to Chimaev’s substantial 7.5-pound weight miss.

In the meantime, Diaz fought Tony Ferguson, securing a submission victory in the final bout of his UFC contract.

Chimaev’s weight hiccup garnered extensive media attention, fueling speculation about his move to the middleweight division, possibly influenced by the UFC. Chimaev, however, hinted at a different narrative during a recent pre-fight media session, suggesting that the weight miss wasn’t solely his decision, implying potential UFC involvement in orchestrating the incident. His cryptic statement hints at a bombshell accusation.

In his own words at the UFC 294 media event, Khamzat Chimaev stated, “Everyone speaks about [why] I didn’t make weight once in my life and there were some plans to do that that way. It’s not my plan, but I can’t say everything here.

Khamzat Chimaev Hints Usman Took UFC 294 Fight for Quick Cash

Leading up to his UFC 294 showdown with Kamaru Usman, Khamzat Chimaev raised the possibility that the former welterweight champion accepted the fight on short notice to capitalize on the “exceptional earnings” linked to battling him.

Chimaev disclosed that had Usman still held the welterweight title, he might have contemplated a move down in weight. He stressed that Usman’s unsuccessful bid to regain the title from Leon Edwards diminished his reputation in the division.

While Chimaev anticipates a competitive bout, he insinuated that financial incentives play a significant role in fighters’ choices, asserting that money can overshadow titles and legacies. During a pre-fight media session, Chimaev remarked:

“This guy is here for the money. There’s a lot of money involved when someone fights me. It’s on a different level. That’s why he’s here. Of course, he comes to win – everyone comes to a fight to win – but he already has an excuse and he’s getting paid. I believe that’s why he’s here.”

“Many people talk about their history, their belts, and all that stuff. But when you see the money on the table, millions… One day, everyone will forget about that, but the guy will have his money for his family. That’s why he’s here, I think.”

Reference

https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-khamzat-chimaev-drops-bombshell-accusation-ufc-s-alleged-coercion-massive-weight-miss-ahead-nate-diaz-fight

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Chael Sonnen's Suggestion: Israel Adesanya's MMA Retirement - A Thoughtful Choice?

Chael Sonnen’s Suggestion: Israel Adesanya’s MMA Retirement – A Thoughtful Choice?

Israel Adesanya, who recently experienced a surprising loss to Sean Strickland, has decided to step away from the UFC for an extended period. Adesanya’s journey in the middleweight division has been nothing short of remarkable. He ascended to the throne in 2019 and successfully defended his title several times. He even pursued ‘champ-champ’ status, engaging in a memorable two-fight series against Alex Pereira in which he lost and reclaimed his belt.

However, the shocker came during his recent headlining bout at UFC 293 in Sydney, where he was outpointed by Strickland. This defeat signaled that perhaps Adesanya’s frequent and admirable activity had taken a toll on him. As a result, he announced his intention to take a “long” break from the sport.

Chael Sonnen, the former middleweight and light heavyweight UFC contender, offered his perspective on Adesanya’s decision in a video on his YouTube channel. Sonnen considered the break to be a wise choice, given the circumstances. However, he also highlighted the rarity of successful comebacks from self-imposed breaks in sports.

Sonnen suggested that Adesanya should contemplate retirement, implying that taking a break could indicate a decline in motivation rather than a need for physical rest. He noted that when athletes start taking breaks, it’s often a sign that their mental drive has diminished.

“I’m not predicting that he will retire,” Sonnen stated. “I’m suggesting that he consider it. If he discovers other passions and interests during this break, I would support that.”

Adesanya has not provided a specific timeframe for his hiatus, leaving many to speculate about his future. While he has expressed his intent to return with a bang, Sonnen believes that his decision to step away for an extended period indicates a waning of motivation. The middleweight division will continue without “The Last Stylebender” for the time being, and Adesanya’s ultimate decision remains uncertain.

Reference

https://www.mmanews.com/news/chael-sonnen-advises-israel-adesanya-consider-retirement-mma

Jake Paul Unveils Official Fight Date for His Upcoming Bout

Jake Paul Unveils Official Fight Date for His Upcoming Bout

Jake Paul is gearing up for another boxing match later this year. The “Problem Child” last fought in August, securing a unanimous decision win against Nate Diaz, who was making his boxing debut. This victory came after Paul’s first career loss to Tommy Fury in February.

Since the Diaz fight, things have been relatively quiet about Paul’s next move in combat sports. However, the 26-year-old has recently revealed that he will step back into the boxing ring on December 15. While he hasn’t disclosed his opponent yet, Most Valuable Promotions suggested that the name will be announced after the Amanda Serrano vs. Danila Ramos women’s boxing match on October 27.

In other news, Jake Paul’s brother, Logan, made headlines by facing Dillon Danis in a fight that ended in disqualification after Danis attempted a guillotine choke in the final round, leading to a brawl between their corners. Additionally, Tommy Fury won a decision over KSI, a fighter long rumored to be a potential opponent for Jake.

A potential bout with KSI would certainly draw considerable attention, but Jake Paul’s success against former MMA fighters might lead to him facing another prominent name from that world before his anticipated MMA debut for the PFL, scheduled for next year.

Reference

https://www.si.com/fannation/mma/boxing/jake-paul-reveals-date-for-next-fight

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