DC delighted by WWE debut of Cain Velasquez, vs. Brock Lesnar
Perfect Macfarlane defends belt in home of Hawai'i on 12/21
For the second time in as many years, the Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawai'i will host the homecoming of Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (10-0), as she puts her undefeated record and Bellator women’s flyweight title on the line against No. 1 contender Kate Jackson (11-3-1) in the main event on Saturday, Dec. 21, streamed exclusively on the DAZN app. In addition, Bellator Hawaii will feature the first quarterfinal matchup of Bellator’s Featherweight World Grand Prix, when the man with the longest winning streak in promotional history, A.J. McKee (15-0), takes on the always-exciting Derek Campos (20-9) in the evening’s co-headliner.
Brave 27: 2 KO of the Year contenders meet, ends in sub
Al Iaquinta: A fighters' union would be good for everyone
Al Iaquinta, who fights Dan Hooker on Saturday, was instrumental in setting up Project Spearhead, which ultimately failed. However, the UFC anti-trust lawsuit is ongoing. “I’ve been keeping up with it. I do think that it would be beneficial for the fighters and for the UFC if fighters unionized. In the long run, I think it would better for everybody. I’m following it closely, and we’ll see how it plays out. ... I think [Project Spearhead] was a good idea that was just missing a little something. We’ll see how everything plays out in the future, but I think that all the intentions were in the right place. I think it just didn’t have… there was just something missing. A lot of the fighters, they’re just willing to take what they’re given. I think it’s unfortunate that’s that what they do, and that’s why something like Project Spearhead didn’t work. I mean I’m still standing up for myself right now. I think that that’s all I can do at this point.” h/t Sherdog
Robert Whittaker on why UFC purses stay low
“I don’t think [Israel Adesanya] is looking past me [in discussing fights vs. Jon Jones or Stipe Miocic]. ... he just doesn’t like a lot of people. ... I would like more fighter pay, I think that would be great,. Not only for myself, but for a lot of the up and coming fighters. Guys breaking into the UFC can barely focus on just training. This is the highest level of fighting -- I don’t see how that’s even a thing. Mate, I’m just one man. I’m speaking about it, which is something, but I’m just one man. I think it will take a united front to get any real movement, which is hard in a sport where everyone hates each other.” h/t Sherdog
That's going to leave a scar
Cain Velasquez leaves fighting, moving on to pro wrestling
The former UFC heavyweight champion, now 37, has informed the UFC of his intention to withdraw from the USADA testing pool, effectively signaling his retirement from active MMA competition. And now he's doing this ...
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'Mighty' Johnson: eSports are way bigger than MMA
Demetrious Johnson recently played Street Fighter V at ONE Championship offices vs. legend Ho Kun Xian, and was crushed: “I’ve played against professional fighting game players or Street Fighter athletes all the time, so it’s nothing like I was blown away by it. I mean, he’s really f@$%king good. He was really, really f@$%ing good. But I’ve been playing f@$%ing video games since I was, like, eight years old, and I’ve been going to arcades and competitions. So it’s not the first time I’ve ever had my ass handed to me. ... eSports is way more popular than mixed martial arts. ... Anybody can play video games. Not everybody can fight, not everybody can choose to fight, not everybody has the confidence to fight, not everybody has the confidence to go to the gym and get healthy, live this lifestyle. But every single person in the world can understand how to press a button.” h/t MMA Fighting
Megan Anderson making peace with her demons
“I’ve always been open ... about mental health issues and that kind of stuff. So I am my own worst critic and have kind of doubted my skills for a long time. I feel like I had a lot of issues from my childhood that I’ve never dealt with, and I’ve always been open about being bullied, and I’ve had some – a lot with my home life. My dad was an alcoholic. I think it’s been like six years now, so I’m so proud of him he’s been sober, and that’s amazing. But I’ve had a lot of demons from my childhood growing up that I never have dealt with, and I kind of used that to fuel me throughout my early MMA career. But I kind of got to a point where I’m kind of at peace with – I never had dealt those issues, and it kind of made everything go to $#!@ for lack of a better word. I’ve kind of come at peace with that now and I realize that I can’t control what I can’t control and I just need to do me and be myself and happy.” Anderson fights Zarah Fairn Dos Santos at UFC 243 on Saturday. h/t MMA Junkie • Watch interview
Alexander Volkanovski 2020 plans: Be FW G.O.A.T.
“Next year, I’m looking to be the greatest featherweight of all time. A lot of people are twisting my words and saying that I’m looking through Max and I want a rematch. I was actually saying I want to be the greatest featherweight, and if I have to beat him again, then that’s what I’ll do to prove to the world that I’m the greatest featherweight of all time. ... Everyone knows I’ve got a high fight IQ. I really do believe I know the game. There were always holes that I seen. I always knew why he was such a great champion while he’s beating all opponents. I’ve always known that he was a level above guys, and then the cardio and the pressure was always going to work on them, so he had a perfect game plan for his last few fights. It goes a lot deeper than, ‘Oh he’s beat him, he’s beat him. He beat Aldo this way, Alex beat him this way.' That don’t mean $#!@, and come Dec. 14, the world’s going to know.” h/t MMA Junkie
Robert Whittaker plans to drag Israel Adesanya into the trenches
Whittaker, who is 17 months younger than the 'Up N Comer' Adesanya: “If Gastelum can do that much work, I can. I like to think I’ve got a better skillset than Gastelum. I think I have a better skillset than Izzy. Let’s just see how it goes. ... I think (Adesanya) is super deadly. I think he’s a very talented and great fighter, but hell, I’m still up-and-coming, you know? I’m not going anywhere, anytime soon. ... Obviously, I’m not looking past Israel. He’s a very hard opponent, and honestly, it’s going to be a very hard fight, and I know this. I’ve prepared for this. But, the only sure thing that I know after this fight is that Monday I’m going to go home and see my kids. That’s it. ... I don’t think he’s going to be able to withstand the heat that I bring – and I’m not looking to finish him; I’m looking to drag this into a five-round war. I’m going to drag him into the trenches. I’m going to do what Gastelum did, but better. Let’s see if he wants to leave early.” h/t MMA Junkie • Watch media day interview (8:03)
Abdulmanap: If McGregor wants it, Moscow is waiting
Khabib Nurmagomedov's father: "If McGregor wants it, then Moscow is waiting for him. He said once that he has more fans here than Khabib. We want to host him in Moscow, he is welcome – we are waiting. But before McGregor we should finish our business with Ferguson. Because he had 28 fights, and runs a 12-fight winning streak in the UFC, just like Khabib. Such winning streaks and such big fights have never happened in the UFC. So I think Madison Square Garden is a good place for this fight, but we won’t fight earlier than March." h/t RT • Watch Zhivina100 interview (original Russian)
Israel Adresanya's warrior roots from Nigeria, NZ, and being bullied
BRAVE CF 27 live and FREE outside of USA, MENA, and Philippines
BRAVE Combat Federation, the fastest-growing MMA promotion on the planet, makes its much-awaited return to the Middle East this Friday, October 4th, for BRAVE CF 27. The show will take place at the Mubadala Arena, in Abu Dhabi, and will host another chapter of the most intense rivalry in the history of BRAVE CF, as Welterweight world champion Abdoul Abdouraguimov grants a rematch to former titleholder Jarrah Al-Selawe. Fans from around the world will be able to watch the historical show live and free on BRAVE CF TV. All they have to do is go to bravecftv.com, sign up and prepare themselves for the best action Arab MMA can offer, as the biggest stars from the region face off against top international athletes. The only exceptions are for fans from MENA (Middle East and North Africa), who can catch the action on Abu Dhabi Sports. BRAVE Nation in the USA can go to FiteTV, and BRAVE CF’s following on the Philippines will be able to watch the show on ESPN5 (with tape delay). BRAVE CF TV will be available to the rest of the world.
Father of GnP pays his respects ;-)
Former Russian MMA fighter Tagir Gadzhiev Rugby scuffle broken up w kiss
Scott Coker wants Fedor's farewell fight to be in Russia
Bellator CEO: “Fighting in Russia is definitely something we’d like to have happen. We think Fedor will be a great fighter, obviously because of his history, to launch us in the territory. But I think Fedor will fight a couple of times before we go to Russia. We’re working on a fight hopefully to have him fighting in Japan before the end of the year and that’s what we’re working on. It’s not signed yet, by any means, it’s not done yet. I’ll see Fedor in Milan in two weeks and we’ll have a discussion, but we’re getting close. I think the plan was to have Fedor fight two times, and then go to Russia. And I think this will probably be his final match. This’ll be the retirement fight. So, if people want to see Fedor, the greatest fighter in the history of MMA, especially the greatest heavyweight of all time, they’ve got to come to the fight and see him live. But we’re talking years away, probably. Or a year away, or two years away, who knows? But we’re definitely working on his first fight, which will be done here soon.” h/t RT