White reveals the one problem he has with Conor McGregor
“Is Conor hard to deal with here and there? Yeah, but he’s worth it. If people ask me what’s the biggest problem you have with Conor? It’s not showing up on time. Other than that, Conor’s incredible. Conor’s a fun guy to be around, he’s hilarious, he’s a great fighter, he’s fun to watch. If the guy showed up on time, he’d literally be perfect. He’d be perfect.” h/t Barstool Sports
Nasukawa feels like kicking Floyd on NYE
Floyd Mayweather will have a three-round boxing exhibition vs. Tenshin Nasukawa at RIZIN.14 on New Year’s Eve in Japan. The 20-year-old Japanese striking phenom wishes the rules were broader, and was not impressed when the two came face to face: “I sensed no aura about him. .... I can change the world with my fist. ... He is the best so I can’t let my guard down. I’m sure his punches are fast but I’m sure I can see them. I feel excited, although some days I still feel afraid. I want to fight with confidence. ... He says such provocative stuff I feel like kicking him. h/t AP
Eduard Folayang to defend belt vs. Shinya Aoki in Tokyo on 3/31
ONE Championship: A New Era on 3/31 will be the promotion's debut in Japan; it's spectacular, with three world title fights. A rematch between Shinya Aoki and lightweight champion Eduard Folayang from Philippines will serve as the main event. Over two years ago, 'Landslide' took the title from Tobikan Judan, but Aoki has put together three spectacular Round 1 wins to earn the rematch. Also on the card, atomweight champion Angela Lee seeks to become the first female champ champ vs. strawweight titleholder Xiong Jing Nan and champ champ Aung La N Sang defends his middleweight belt vs. Ken Hasegawa. And Yodsanklai IWE Fairtex rematches Andy Souwer in a ONE Super Series kickboxing clash. And Eddie Alvarez and 'Mighty' Johnson enter tournaments in their respective weight divisions.
Eden Von Hell promises Fight of the Night vs. Maria Ribeiro at Brave 20 in India
"It's a great opportunity for me, to be a part of this amazing card. So I want to thank Brave for putting me on India's biggest-ever MMA event and I promise to put on a show for everyone in the arena and watching around the world. I guarantee fireworks and I want to put on a fight of the night for everyone." A strawweight, Micol di Segni is on a five-fight win streak. Brave 20 takes place at the Gachobowli Indoor Stadium, in Hyderabad. It is the eleventh show for the promotion in 2018.; the world's fastest-rising MMA organization will end the year with Brave 21, in Saudi Arabia, having gone to twelve different countries throughout 2018. Follow the fighter on Instagram!
Brave partner in India signs multi-year deal to bring fights and a reality show to TV
Brave Combat Federation continues to build opportunities for fighters worldwide, most recently in India, where official partner Mercury Sports Entertainment has signed a multi-year deal with youth channel MTV to telecast Brave events and develop a reality show wherein winners earn a Brave contract, elevating them to the world stage. MTV will package and air Saturday's Brave 20 in January, with aim of going live in future. Aditya Ps, president of All India Mixed Martial Arts Federation (AIMMAF), said that the deal with MTV will help in creating mass awareness for the sport. h/t India Times
Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn't suffer reporter's foolish question gladly
A reporter recently asked The Eagle provocatively if he represents Russia as a whole, or Dagestan. The champ was not amused: 'I always do [represent Russia]. There is always a Russian flag on the screen. Everyone in the States, who doesn't know what Dagestan, Chechnya or Caucasus is, calls me Russian. And all the foreign fighters, in case you didn't notice, are calling me Russian. So for them - we are one nation, for them we are the same people. It's important for our own people not to divide [us]. For people like you are. And not to ask me such stupid questions. Abroad, no one is dividing us. Inside [of Russia]) there are people who divide us and want us to be disjointed. So please change the subject and let's talk sports, not politics." h/t RT
Sonnen impressed that Nunes asked for fight vs. Cyborg
“This isn’t a matter of the UFC went to Amanda Nunes and goes, ‘Hey we think we can make a super fight here, what do you think?’ Amanda went to them. Amanda watched Cris Cyborg, picked up her phone and said, ‘Give me that fight because I think I can beat her.’ For me, that’s very compelling because typically the athletes know when they go in there [if the fight is winnable or not]. … I see confidence screw athletes all the time. I see that cocky guy in the room that really believes in himself, he goes out there and gets [smashed]. I see that all the time. [That] could be what this is when this is all done, but leading into it you sure do have a compelling story.” h/t MMANews • Watch
Leslie Smith’s appeal of the dismissal of her NLRB complaint has been denied
Former UFC women's bantamweight and Project Spearhead co-founder, Smith filed a labor complaint against Zuffa last May arguing that the company took adverse action against her due to involvement in a protected activity. The NLRB investigator found merit in her claim, and in June there was an indication that the NLRB would file a complaint against Zuffa based on the evidence provided by Smith. But the case was sent to Washington D.C. for review by the Division of Advice, and the NLRB reversed course and in September dismissed Smith’s claim, citing that the UFC’s conduct actually benefited Smith. Smith’s attorney, Lucas Middlebrook, filed an appeal, but the NLRB has apparently reviewed the appeal and upheld the dismissal. An appeal of this decision would have to go to the United States Court of Appeals. h/t MMA Payout
Rest in Peace Glenn Robinson
Blackzilians founder Glenn Robinson died on Wednesaday, apparently of a heart attack. The team formed in 2011, when Robinson, owner of the extremely successful consumer hand tool company Iron Bridge Tools, got interested in the sport. He also founded Authentic Sports Managment and apparel brand Jaco. The memorial service be on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. ET at Temple Beth El Memorial Gardens in Davie, Florida.
Bellator boss explains why King Mo fighting for RIZIN title
Scott Coker explains why Muhammed Lawal fights Jiri Prochazka for the inaugural RIZIN light heavyweight title on 4/21: “I am committed to keeping martial arts in Japan strong and by sending top Bellator athletes like ‘King Mo’ to compete for RIZIN in April, we are doing just that. I enjoy collaborating with Nobuyuki Sakakibara and continuing to build upon the solid relationship he and I have had throughout the years. I look forward to more joint ventures between Bellator and Rizin in the near future and wish Mo good luck in his quest to become a champion of RIZIN.” h/t MMAjunkie