PFL President Carlos Silva: “All these guys want to win a million dollars, and the way you win a million dollars is make the playoffs.”
The fifth episode of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series took place July 17th from the Ultimate Fighter gym in Las Vegas, Nevada. As always the event featured ten fighters fighting in front of the UFC President hoping to impress and win a contract with the UFC.
At a press conference in Manhattan, Bellator MMA president Scott Coker said there would be a 10 man field in the Welterweight Grand Prix, and named nine of them.
Robert Whittaker: “It’s still only several weeks from surgery so I’m still working on it. … Realistically, I’m looking at like February of next year.”
Brendan Schaub: “I have zero hate towards Dana White. If he called me up right now and went, ‘Hey man, let’s stop this s***. Let’s do this.’ Cool, man. I have zero animosity.”
Francis Ngannou: “You have to have that ego when you’re a fighter. You have to stand there and believe you’re No. 1. That’s ego. But not the one to hurt the people around me.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov: “If there was a cage in the middle of the arena, it would be more interesting. And now something to find out on the street and so on. We are not at that age and not in that position.”
Stipe Miocic: “How can you give a guy a title shot who hasn’t fought in over two years, is suspended, and his last fight is a no-contest because he was taking PEDs?”
Dominick Cruz: “Go back to the very beginning of the fight, to the very, very first sequence. You see Cormier is already looking for this setup.”
Cris Cyborg: “I think this fight will be my last in the UFC, because my contract expires in March. Doing this fight in December, I think it will be the last that people will see me fight.”
Raoni Barcelos, Kurt Holobaugh, Niko Price, and Chad Mendes won $50,000 performance bonuses at UFC Fight Night 133, on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
Liz Carmouche: “My 2-year-old was really sick leading up to this. I was like, all right, I’ve been able to not get it. My wife, she was sick. I’m like, OK, they both got sick. I was fine. Then the last week it finally got me.”
“These data support publicised reports of the harmful (and potentially fatal) effects of extreme weight cutting in MMA athletes and represent a call for action to governing bodies to safeguard the welfare of MMA athletes.”
Bad news was Khalil Rountree’s purse was $38,000 in winning, while Gokhan Saki earned $85,000 in losing; good news maybe is the UFC will likely start negotiation on a new contract shortly.
UFC Fight Night 133 took place Saturday, July 14th from the CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The event was headlined by a heavyweight bout between former champion and rising prospect Blagoy Ivanov.
Bellator 203 took place Saturday, July 14th from the Foro Italico in Rome, Italy. The event, which aired on tape delay in the United States on Paramount, was headlined by a featherweight title bout between Patricio Freire and Daniel Weichel.
Odds for UFC Fight Night 133, also known as UFC Fight Night: dos Santos vs. Ivanov, also known as UFC Boise range from -275 to dead even.
‘Shogun’ Rua: ”I think Cormier is a great athlete, a complete fighter. Winning this fight I absolutely deserve this chance because of my history and my career in MMA.”
Bellator 202 takes place Friday, July 13th from the WinStar World Casino and Resort in| Thackerville, Oklahoma. The event is headlined by a women’s featherweight title fight beween Julia Budd and Talita Nogueira and air exclusively on the Paramount Network.
This article by Sean Gannon thanks some of the many people that worked so hard to make legal Muay Thai a reality in Massachusetts.