Marc Diakiese wanted release, before win
“After the last fight, I wanted to get released, because I felt I’m young and learning, but I’m getting beat by mistakes. I had a lot of doubters, like, yeah after this, he’s out, so it’s nice to get this win out of the way. I’m just going to be a lot smarter now, not just taking fight after fight. I’ll take my time and see what’s next.” h/t MMAjunkie
Danny Roberts concedes he audibly indicated pain
Verbal Tapout: When a contestant verbally announces to the referee that he or she does not wish to continue or makes audible sounds such as screams indicating pain or discomfort. Danny Roberts was in a Claudio Silva armbar and yelled out; referee Kevin Sataki moved in to stop the fight, but by the time he got there, Roberts had escaped. Silva said it was legit: "The referee told me - 'Verbal Tap'. If somebody shouts when you have the submission on, it's a verbal tap. And that's what he did, he shouted twice." Roberts conceded he audibly indicated pain, but did not agree with the stoppage: "Yah, I might have made noise, I might have grunted, it hurt. But I was ready to carry on to the bitter end. We hadn't finished, I wasn't done. I'm just gutted." Moral of the story - don't yell when caught in a sub or the ref will stop it, as he's supposed to.
Conor McGregor drops puck at Bruin's game, fires up the team
Leon Edwards on 7-fight streak and finally gets notice, for Masvidal brawl
Masvidal explains brawl with Edwards
”I’m doing my interview and this hooligan comes by saying some stuff, like ‘July, get your ass kicked in July, July!’ I go ‘Maybe bro, whatever, because maybe I wanna kick your ass in April. Maybe I don’t wanna wait until July. Maybe I don’t want to fight you in a prize ring because you’re not worth the training camp, I’ll just fight you here because you’re a scrub.’ So I tell him to just say it to my face like a man. You’re saying it and walking away? We’re both men, and as I’m walking to him I got my hands behind my back to signal to him that I’m not looking for problems. But he put his hands up like this and he walks towards me. Well ... where I’m from if you do that you’re going to punch me in the face and that’s not going to happen. You are what you are, you’re just a loser in life, man. You’re not going to get a hit off on me. So I had to give him the three piece with the soda and then just glide out of there, you know? And then some of his friends tried to sucker punch me, those guys did a big mistake.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch ESPN Interview
White responds to Jorge Masvidal - Leon Edwards brawl
Meatball to undergo surgery for broken orbital following win vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Molly 'Meatball' McCann beat Priscila Cachoeira via UD at UFC on ESPN +5 on Saturday night, and Sunday will undergo surgery for a broken eye orbital. The former Cage Warriors champ lost to Gillian Robertson in her league debut, and earned her first UFC win in London. Honestly, I’ve been through hell and back since the last fight,” said McCann. “I wanted to give a performance you’d be proud of.” h/t MMA Fighting
Masvidal earns two of the four performance bonuses at UFC on ESPN+ 5
At the post-fight press conference for the UFC on ESPN+5, which took place in London England, promotion official announces the winners of the events performance-based bonuses:
Fight of the Night - Jorge Masvidal vs. Darren Till
Performance of the Night: Jorge Masvidal
Performance of the Night: Dan Ige
Each athlete was awarded $50,000 for their bonuses, so Masvidal walked away with $100,000 in addition to his fight purse.
Masvidal and Edwards get into backstage scrap at UFC London
Tony Ferguson reports he's in good spirits and getting help
White slams ref who stopped Silva/Roberts fight
Filipino warriors go 3-2 vs the world at Brave 22
Brave 22: Storm of Warriors in Manila saw five Philipinnes vs. The World fights. In the very first, Jomar Pa-ac defeated India's Sataya Behuria, but then Finland's Abdul Hussein and Bahrain's Hussain Ayyad got back to back wins; one more loss and the world wins. However, Rolando Dy defeated Pakistan's Mehmosh Raza and it was down to the final, title fight. And there Stephen Loman successfully defended his bantamweight world championship vs. the ultra game Elias Boudegzdame, taking it 3-2.
McGregor confirms he's in negotations for July fight
”Yes, we’re currently in negotiations, we’re aiming for July, we’ll see what happens. I am staying ready. This morning I was doing incline sprints on the treadmill on my program, the McGregorFast program, today in a hotel room. So we’re staying on it, getting work in as we go.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch interview
Tom Breese: I feel like a ‘cardio machine’ without ‘ridiculous’ cuts to 170
“I was fighting at welterweight from a very young age, the cuts got tougher and I just decided to fight healthy. It’s crazy the amount of benefits that I feel from it. I don’t even have to cut any weight to be honest. I feel so much stronger. Even before the fight, when I was warming up, you always have a bit of nerves when you’re warming up that make you feel sluggish, but I just felt so sharp warming up. I felt like I could’ve warmed up all day. I didn’t have that tiredness and that gaunt kind of feeling in my stomach. I walk around at about 90 kilos  so it drops down a little bit. In the middle of camp I’m around 88 kilos . I’m very low body fat at that stage because I’m a very tall guy. For me to lose four more kilos [nine pounds] to get to middleweight, it’s very easy with the training, it just comes naturally. Compare that to draining my body down to 77 kilos . It was ridiculous what I was doing.” h/t MMA Fighting • Listen to Eurobash podcast (42:00 mark)
Conor McGregor offers a troubled Tony Ferguson encouraging words
John Brewin dedicates Brave 22 victory to homeland after Christchurch massacre
New Zealand's John 'Trouble' Brewin fought Cian Cowley at Brave 22 cage just hours after an attack took place in two mosques in his home country. He almost pulled out, but soldiered through and ended up with his hand raised for the third time inside the Brave cage. "I walked down with this flag. I know the strength of the people of New Zealand. This is a dark day in our country and I never imagined the size of the hatred in such a beautiful place. We will pull through this dark time. I have to thank my opponent. If it wasn't for Cian Cowley I would probably pull out. I made the walk because it was him. He gave me the opportunity to face him and I'm thankful for that."