The Professional Fighters League presents it’s fourth event on Thursday, July 19th from the NYCB LIVE arena in Uniondale, New York. The event will air live on NBC Sports and is headlined by a featherweight bout between Lance Palmer and Jumabieke Tuerxun.
Brian Ortega: “Every single person you put in front of me, I took their heads out, like Conor says, and I put them on your f@$%ing doorstep.’ I go, ‘And that earned me a title shot.'”
Brian Dunn: “I told [Drew Dober] that if he is cleared by CSAC, I would allow him to compete at 155, but if not, it would have to be at the 165 documented minimum.”
Jason’s wife, with whom he has two sons, was recently diagnosed with adrenal cortical carcinoma, a rare and virulent form of cancer, which has left her unable to work.
The league wanted to hold Tyron Woodley vs. Colby Covington at UFC 228 on September 8, but for undisclosed reasons, Covington was unavailable, so the UFC is reportedly planning to book Woodley’s first title defense vs. Darren Till, and strip Covington.
Felipe Efrain: “I have never thought one day I would be fighting in Africa, so I’m very excited for that. … I’ll show everyone I’m the top dog at bantamweight for Brave.”
John Skipper: “Do you want to pay $100 to see a pay-per-view fight? Or do you want to get a $100-a-year subscription to a service, and get 100 fights and some mixed martial arts and some other content?
Anderson Silva: “This is great news, I am vindicated … Today, I have a renewed energy. My legacy is restored. I can focus on getting back into the ring and the next chapter of my life after fighting.”
Paulo Costa: “Kelly Slater talked too much, said stupid things. He doesn’t understand how the anti-doping system works in the UFC.”
Darren Till: “I know he’s had surgery on his left knee and I was not trying to cause him another injury in that area but this is a fight and we’re in the most brutal sport in the world.”
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.”