The Prelim Primer: UFC Singapore
The Prelim Primer is the one and only podcast dedicated to the curtain jerkers. Catch host Daniel "Gumby" Vreeland, who is joined this week by Blaine Henry from fight-library.com, as they break down all of the prelims of Saturday's UFC on ESPN+ 20.
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Conor McGregor: UFC is holding me back
"I was trying to get the Dec. 14th card, for whatever reason they’ve been holding me back. I’m saying I want to fight this date, this date, this date, this date in a row, and we had opponents selected and everything and they’re just making it very difficult for me. ... So now I'm in a position where I’m attempting to set up a charity event ... find an opponent, compete, zero prize. ... We’re very, very close to announcing it. Not just yet, but surely over the course of this trip we should have an announcement. ... They were saying I won’t make enough money on the Frankie fight and I was like, I don’t care, don’t worry about me, give my purse to charity. ... I used to fight every couple of weeks before the UFC came, then it was every couple of months. Now the politics of it got involved and it’s almost if I won and then I go off. I do not like that, you can’t be like that in this game. I must continue ... you must be consistent. Once we get the first one going and we get past the politics of this, I will continue to go." h/t MMA Fighting • Watch Parimatch media event (1:01:07)
Junior Dos Santos details leg infection that canceled fight
"Friday I was kicking the heavy bag, and everything was fine. Saturday, I started to feel a little pain on my leg, and I put some ice, and I took some anti-inflammatory, and I thought everything will be fine. But on Sunday, it was getting worse and worse, and my leg was getting hotter and painful, and also it was getting very red, so I said ‘something is wrong here.' ... I thought I would heal in the right time, and I would be able to go to the fight, but they said ‘no, you’re crazy.' Because even if you go, even if you get better, you’re going to Russia … if anything happens, you have nobody there to take care of you, and if you get hit on top of this thing, you can lose your leg at the minimum. I feel very sorry not just for me but even for Volkov ... It’s a lot of investment, not just financially, but your time, your life, your everything. I don’t think I’m going to take too much longer to recover from this. Maybe 15 days I’ll be fine already, like the doctor said, but I have to start everything again.” h/t MMA Junkie • Watch Kevin Iole interview (14:20)
Frank Mir names Bellator's brightest prospect
“I think it’s still Aaron Pico. I think he’s had a bit of a rough patch because he’s not purely focused on just being the best martial artist. I think he’s a little distracted. For example, I saw him fight a year ago – when I was calling it in the booth – and he got knocked out by a guy he was physically dominating with his hands. There were opportunities for him to take the guy down, and he could have showed off a more complete game, but he was so focused on showing off his stand-up. That is a distraction. That is you not fully committing to just winning the fight.” h/t BE
Demian Maia top finishes (5:33)
Jon Jones wants superfight not Dominick Reyes
Dustin Poirier return delayed due to pending hip surgery
Henry Cejudo calls out Jose Aldo
Niko Price trying to develop legal soccer kick under Unified Rules
Conor McGregor: I actually designed the BMF belt
Former champ champ Conor McGregor appeared Tuesday at a sponsor’s event in Kyiv, Ukraine, and discussed the BMF belt that Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz will fight for in the main event of UFC 244: “I designed that ‘Bad Motherf@$%er’ belt. I actually designed that. I signed off on the design of how they are creating that belt. So most certainly that belt was brought into fruition, brought to life because of me: the real bad motherf#$%er. So most certainly one of those men is on my radar.” h/t MMA Junkie
10 LATEST: UFC Fights, today's in bold
•Claudia Gadelha OUT with ankle issue vs. Cynthia Calvillo at UFC on ESPN 7 on 12/7 in Washington, DC
•Greg Hardy IN vs. Alexander Volkov at UFC on ESPN+ 21 on 11/9 in Moscow, Russia
•Junior dos Santos hospitalized with cellulitis on his leg, OUT of main event vs. Alexander Volkov at UFC on ESPN+ 21 on 11/9 in Moscow, Russia
•Ji Yeon Kim vs. Sabina Mazo at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on 12/21 in Busan, South Korea
•Robbie Lawler vs. Mike Perry official at UFC 245 on 12/14 in Las Vegas, NV
•Doo Ho Choi vs. Charles Jourdain at UFC on ESPN+ 23 on 12/21 in Busan, South Korea
•Chris Fishgold vs. Billy Quarantillo at UFC on ESPN 7 on 12/7 in Washington, D.C.
•Karol Rosa OUT with knee injury, replacement sought vs. Julia Avila at UFC on ESPN+ 20 on 10/26 in Kallang, Singapore
•Thiago Alves vs. Tim Means at UFC on ESPN 7 on 12/7 in Washington, D.C.
•Santiago Ponzinibbio OUT with staph infection vs. Robbie Lawler at UFC 245 on 12/14 in Las Vegas, NV
5 finalists named for 4-man, 100k KHK World Championship on 11/15
The historic one-night, four-men, open weight tournament which will take place during the BRAVE CF 29 fight card, on 11/15 in Bahrain, was narrowed from 100s of applicants, to 15, and now to 5 (1 will be an alternate): Kickboxing sensation Guto Inocente; undefeated Russian powerhouse Azamat Murzakanov; Frenchman Malik Merad; powerful striker Mohammad Fakhreddine; and, submission machine Moise Rimbon. Winner earns US$100,000 prize, the right to be called the KHK World Champion, and being the provisional holder of the KHK belt, which is adorned with 14 pounds of gold. Semifinal matchups will be announced in the following days.
Chris Weidman not retiring, instead eyeing title run
Top finishes from ESPN+ 20 fighters (4:21)
Jose Aldo appears headed to bantamweight
Tyron Woodley: I wil f@$% up Kelvin Fatstelum right now
Kelvin Gastelum recently called for rematch vs. Tyron Woodley, and 'The Chosen One' is not impressed: “Kelvin Fatselum, the one who fought me at middleweight when I was a welterweight, and got his ass whooped when I broke my foot, and I gave him his money back, and now he’s talking $#!@ three years later. F@$% everybody around his team from top to bottom. He wants to fight me when? What are you going to do differently? You haven’t ever fought for a title and won, my man. What are you the king of? You’re the king of Qdoba or Chipotle. ... I ain’t got love for you G, I ain’t got no pity for you. I gave you mad props on air, I gave you mad props on ESPN, I gave you mad props for the Israel Adesanya fight. I ain’t had nothing to say about you. I was respectful to you, I didn’t bash you when you missed weight. And now you’re going to talk $#!@ about me? I will f@$% you up right now. I will f@$% you up in the Octagon. You're garbage and your whole squad is garbage.” h/t BJPenn.com • Watch TMZ’s Hollywood Beatdown (8:09)
Blogger Oleg Mongol fights Synthol devotee Kirill Tereshin
Joe Lauzon clarifies that he never vowed to retire win, lose, or draw.
Heading into UFC on ESPN 6 in Boston, Dana White believed this was Joe Lauzon's final fight, and when immediately post-fight Lauzon was noncommittal on retirement, the UFC president compared Lauzon to Chuck Liddell, and respectfully noted how difficult it is for fighters to retire - no one wants to retire on a loss, and a big win only fuels the desire to fight again. However, during a recent appearance on the Ariel Helwani MMA show, Lauzon explained that he never vowed to retire no matter what: "When I texted Dana, I told Dana, 'Look, give me one more shot. If the fight does not go well, I promise you'll never hear from me about fighting again. And he said, ‘Deal.’ They're looking out for me. I definitely understand. But I'm not 100 percent closing the door. ... I'm likely not fighting again, we'll see.” h/t Sherdog • Watch the interview (18:38)
MSAC explains why Hardy win changed to a No Contest on Saturday
Dan Hardy decisioned Ben Sosoli at UFC on ESPN 6 in Boston, but very shortly after the decision, the Massachusetts State Athletic Commission became aware that Hardy used an inhaler between rounds, and changed the win to a No Contest. Questions were raised as to the basis for the change; MSAC spokesperson Carolyn Assa has offered an explanation: “The inhaler was not pre-approved by the commission for use during the fight in accordance with the Commission’s regulations. Therefore, the commission overturned the win and declared the bout no contest.” Mass regulation 523 CMR 12.07 says corners can only bring in a water bottle, bucket with ice, commission-approved anti-coagulant, adhesive tape, gauze, scissors, and one extra mouthpiece. Anything ese must be approved by the commission ahead of time through a variance, which must be applied for in writing, on a commission-approved form. h/t MMA Fighting