Joanna Jedrzejczyk promised title shot with win vs. Michelle Waterson
ATT owner Dan Lambert: "She has the best chance to get a title shot at strawweight. The UFC told her with a win she gets a title shot. I’m happy to see here have a clear path to get a title shot. With no clear path, she was not going to rush back. I’m happy to see her back training. From Joanna’s standpoint, the path to a title shot is quicker with Jessica holding the title. Selfishly speaking we were hoping for Jessica. She has to defend her title first [vs. Weili Zhang], and who knows how that goes. After Joanna’s and Jessica’s fight if they both win the UFC will make that fight.” BJPenn.com
Yves Edwards: Cris Cyborg has 1,000,000 reasons to consider PFL
“Hey, you want to make a million dollars?. That’s pretty much all you have to say to Cris Cyborg. ... Sarah Kaufman is probably the biggest test for Kayla Harrison right now, and Sarah Kaufman is a true 135-pounder. She definitely has the skill set. And then Cris Cyborg – Kayla has come a long way in a short amount of time, but Cyborg would definitely have the experience edge. ... She would definitely come in and be the favorite, even over Kayla Harrison. So Cris, if you want to make a million dollars, and we’re doing the women’s lightweight division again next year, she should definitely think about it. But that’s what my offer would be for her: ‘Would you like to make a million dollars?'” h/t MMA Junkie
GSP: The fighting chapter of my life is over
“[Figthing Khabib Nurmagomedov] was on my mind when I retired. I really wanted to do it, but now, telling you the truth, UFC were clear, they had other plans for Khabib so I turned a page. ... Being the best fighter in the world is not my number one priority anymore. It used to be, now it’s not. I have family, friends, I have a lot of more important things to do. I have other projects down the road. Family is the number one priority. It’s very important. Family and health is very important. ... It’s not that I can’t do it. I could come back and fight again but my heart is not there. ... When I train with a young guy, I feel like I want to fight again but then I go back home and sometimes I wake up in the morning and I’m like, ‘ Ugh, f@$% that.’ So it’s a mixed up feeling for me now. If and if and if. With ‘if’ you don’t go. I’m not gonna wait and twiddle my thumbs. I have other things in my life, other big projects that I can’t talk about but I’m working on. I’m always training, I’m always in good shape, I will always be. But competition, for me, it’s a chapter of my life that is over.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch TSN interview
Dana White wants DC vs. Jones 3 at heavyweight but ...
“I just think the Cormier fight doesn’t need to happen again, but I think people want it to happen again. I want to see it again. I know they both want it. I want to see it at heavyweight, but those two are so stubborn ... they both want it at 205. I don't understand but what are you going to do? I'll take it. I'll take it at 205 or heavyweight.” h/t Watch Laura Sanko interview (11:23 mark)
Mohegan nation to early adopt ABC rules compromise
For three years the Unified Rules of MMA have not been unified, and there has been a serious division among various commissions in North America. At the 2019 Association of Boxing Commissions annual convention, a grand compromise was reached, notably around the Grounded Fighter definition - Effective January 1, 2020, “A grounded fighter is defined as any part of the body, other than the soles of the feet (excluding fingers) touching the fighting area floor." In a show of solidarity, outgoing ABC president Mike Mazzulli, Director of Athletic Regulation, Mohegan Tribe, will adopt the new grounded rule effective 8/7/19 for all pro MMA bouts taking place in the sovereign tribal nation of Mohegan people. Although he is no longer president, Mazzulli has set the ABC, and with it the entire sport of MMA, in a far, far better direction.
Kennedy Nzechukwu reflects on 'dink bink'-driven win over Darko Stosic
Kennedy Nzechukwu, who beat Darko Stosic by (29-26, 28-27, 28-27) after two points were deducted for low blows at UFC on ESPN 5: “This win is bittersweet. I didn’t perform. In the gym, I’m a killer, but that doesn’t mean anything if I can’t implement the game plan. I’m just happy I got the win. I didn’t implement the game plan. I wanted to put more pressure on him. I need to go back to the drawing board. I need to take time to heal up and get better. I’ll fight whoever the boss gives me next.” h/t MMA Junkie
Dana White: TUF, the greatest training ground ever, is staying
“[Executive producer Craig] Piligian and I are working on 'The Ultimate Fighter' right now. We’ll figure [the return timeline] tonight. They’re waiting for me for dinner right now. We’re going to switch some things around, do some things different, but I truly believe that 'The Ultimate Fighter' is so key in building young talent. This show is fun and guys come in but what they have to go through with cameras in their face 24/7, being away from home, being away from their families and all the bull$#!@, hardcore training every day with these dream camps that are f@$%ing built, cutting weight, staying on weight, you’ll never go through anything harder than 'The Ultimate Fighter'. So if you can make it through 'The Ultimate Fighter' and actually win it, if you go back throughout history and look at 'The Ultimate Fighter' and the fighters that have come off there, it is just the greatest training ground ever for up and coming fighters. It can’t go away ever. It’s a big deal. When you come off 'The Ultimate Fighter' everybody knows who the hell you are immediately. When we just left FOX, the thing was still pulling big numbers. It was the highest rated show for original programming on FOX the entire seven years we were there.” h/t MMA Fighting
Colby Covington set multiple records at UFC on ESPN 5
Outstruck opponent 201 to 82 (179-89 significant strikes) • 10 takedowns • 533 total strikes attempted (set UFC record) • 510 significant strikes attempted (set UFC record) • 7-fight win streak at welterweight ties with Santiago Ponzinibbio and Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos for 3rd behind Leon Edwards (8) and Kamaru Usman (10). h/t The Sports Daily
Antonina Shevchenko didn't expect first career sub win
“IIt’s a great victory. I didn’t feel the elbow hard, but I knew I was bleeding. I saw she was pretty open for submissions in the first round, so I took it. ... I didn’t expect her to grapple like that. I thought we would put on a striking fight. As soon as she clinched, I understood she didn’t want to strike. She thought she could wrestle me. I showed her that I’m strong in the clinch, too. ... I want to come back as soon as possible. Every fight gives me motivation. I just want to climb to the top of the division. That’s where I’m going.” h/t MMA Junkie
Ben Askren, Demian Maia pre-fight talk a nice change
•Demian Maia: That’s tough, so many different and good challenges. Maybe the biggest challenge is yet to come in Ben Askren if we do compete?
•Ben Askren: I’m in Oct 26 Demian. Are you in also?
•Demian Maia: If that’s good for the UFC, and for you as well, I would be happy to compete with you on that date. It is a intriguing challenge and I’m up for it! As a grappler, it’s the kind of challenge that motivates me. It’s truly up to them.