Cyborg opens as big favorite over Nunes in potential bout between champions
Amanda Nunes and Cris Cyborg have been warring on social media about the date of their potential showdown in a champion vs. champion fight. And although the fight is not official, that hasn't stopped oddsmakers from setting the line. And it seems they do not have faith that Nunes can be the person to defeat Cyborg who opened as a -300 favorite over Nunes, a +230 underdog.
Cat Zingano training with Ronda Rousey's former coach
No, silly, not Edmund Tarverdyan. Zingano is training with Rousey's former Judo coach Justin Flores. She's also training with new striking and Jiu-Jitsu coaches. Zingano, 36, is on a three-fight losing streak, and has not won since 2014. On Saturday at UFC Fight Night 135 she fights Marion Reneau, 41, who is on a four-fight win streak. The pair fight at UFC Fight Night 133: dos Santos vs. Ivanov on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho.
Karate Combat II Olympus to stream live from Greece on July 28
Karate Combat is a full contact event held in a pit-like structure, with 5 seconds on the ground and an emphasis on knockout karate technique. Sherdog reports that the promotion's second event will stream live from Zappeion Courtyard, in Athens, Greece, which is located right by the Parthenon, site of the first modern Olympics in 1896. 4X UK champion Jerome Brown vs. 11X French champ Davy Dona will main event, with heavyweight world champ finalists Achraf Ouchen vs. Franklin Mina will co-main. For more information please check out www.karate.com
Ferguson wants Nurmagomedov over McGregor
Four times UFC lightweights Tony 'El Cucuy' Ferguson and Khabib 'The Eagle' Nurmagomedov were scheduled to fight and each time it failed. The latest was for the interim lightweight belt at UFC 223 in April, but Ferguson injured his knee in a freak accident, and was replaced by Al Iaquinta, who ended up losing via Unanimous Decision. Ferguson was asked by TSN who he wants to fight next, Nurmagomedov or McGregor? “Obviously [Nurmagomedov is] the one I prepared for the most,” replied Ferguson. “I mean, obviously if the money is right and Conor wants to fight, we’ll make it happen and obviously we’ll talk. ... McGregor, in my opinion, is not in the mix. It’s Khabib and me. It’s ‘El Cucuy’ vs. ‘The Eagle.’” Ferguson says he hopes to return to training next month, and to fight before the end of the year.
Karate Hottie wants Kowalkiewicz or Esparza
UFC strawweight Michelle 'Karate Hottie' Waterson is coming off a Split Decision win over Cortney Casey Decision at UFC on Fox 29, on April 14. Now Waterson tells MMAjunkie she wants a fight vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz or Carla Esparza. However, Kowalkiewicz likely fights Jessica Andrade in September in a possible #1 contender fight, so that would leave Esparza, ranked #6 to Waterson's #7.
With knee recovering quickly, Gadelha open to Esparza rematch
Former UFC strawweight title contender Claudia Gadelha is recovering quickly from a knee injury she suffered prior to her fight vs. Carla Esparza at UFC 225 on June 9, 2018. Claudinha won only by Split Decision, and was accused without evidence of greasing, so thus is open to a rematch as early as September.
Kennedy vs. Pilo headlines Brave 14 in Morocco
Today Brave CF announced the headline bout for it's fourteenth event on August 18th in Tangier, Morocco as former UFC fighter Jeremy Kenndy takes on Danyel Pilo in a featherweight bout. Kennedy was recently released from the UFC despite going 3-1 in the promotion and Pilo is a solid prospect with a 10-2-1 record.
Coker aims to hold a Bellator event in The Colosseum
It’s the best known fighting arena in the history of the planet. It’s where Bruce Lee KILLED Chuck Norris. And now the Rome Capital Sports Commission president Angelo Diario says he wants Bellator MMA to hold an event in The Colosseum. President Scott Coker aptly summed it up in just two words - “F@$%ing amazing.” Coker told MMAjunkie that the event could be for charity and that a maximum of 500-600 invited guests would watch the return of pancratium after well over 1,000 years. The event would need approval from the Federal government at Coker is determined to get it. “[Italy’s minister for sport] gave us some positive remarks and said that’s a possibility now, which is unbelievable,” said Coker. “That’s like one of my goals. … That’s a dream come true. We’re going to work hard to make this happen.”
Trailer for James Cameron's The Game Changers
Academy Award winners James Cameron and Louie Psihoyos created a documentary titled The Game Changers that follows former UFC fighter James Wilks in “a shocking expose of the world’s most dangerous myth.” Wilks meets with Arnold Schwarzenegger, two-time World Surfing Champion Tia Blanco, world record–holding strength athlete Patrik Baboumian, former president of the American College of Cardiology Dr. Kim Williams, founder of the Preventive Medicine Research Institute Dr. Dean Ornish, who all agree that meat, egg, and dairy consumption is a barrier to optimal health. Schwarzenegger, who has been dairy-free for 40 years, notes, “If they tell you to eat more meat to be strong—don’t buy it.”
7 possible replacements for Dana White
Mike Strauss for LowKickMMA offered seven names of people that could potentially some day replace Dana White as the boss of the UFC: Chael Sonnen, Forrest Griffin, Bas Rutten (author did concede this is a long shot), Brian Stann The Greatest Living American, Daniel Cormier, Shane Carwin, and Brendan Schaub. Some are more likely than others, and none are likely.
Cormier not interested in defending light heavyweight title versus Romero
It didn't take long after Daniel Cormier's win at UFC 226 for people to start calling him out. Former middleweight contender Yoel Romero was one of them, but as Cormier told MMAJunkie Radio, he doesn't believe Romero deserves a fight with him: "Here’s the deal: I never wrestled Yoel Romero, but in wrestling he probably would have served me up. He’s one of the great wrestlers of all-time. But, you don’t fail a class and then get moved up a grade to the next one."
Cormier opens as 2-1 favorite over Lesnar
Often sports books will open odds on future fights even if they haven't been officially booked. Right after winning the heavyweight title at UFC 226, Daniel Cormier confronted Brock Lesnar in the Octagon setting up his first title defense. Should the bout come to fruition, Cormier will be considered the favorite coming in at -225 and Lesnar being a +175 underdog accordiing to the online bookmaker Bovada.
Nurmagomedov wants winner of Poirier vs. Alvarez if Conor or GSP aren't available
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke recently with Anatomy of a Fighter and said if his next fight isn’t against Conor McGregor or Georges St-Pierre, then it should be vs. the winner of Dustin Poirier vs. Eddie Alvarez at UFC on Fox 30 on July 28. ‘The Eagle’ also discussed Tony Ferguson: “He just had surgery. If he can, why not? Tony Ferguson is biggest match-up for me. This match what I want, what people want, what fans want but I don’t know about his healthy. If he’s ready, let’s go. Why not? I’m ready for September.
UFC boss identifies next big Brazilian star
UFC president Dana White on 12-0 middleweight Paulo Costa, formerly known as Paulo Borrachinha: “I think that kid is the next big Brazilian star. He’s on his way; he’s good looking, an incredible physique, and fights like an animal."
Tina Lahdemaki, part of first UFC women's strawweight fight, has retired
Finland’s Tina ‘Jelly Bean’ Lahdemaki was 5-0 heading into the first ever UFC women’s strawweight fight, vs. Claudia Gadelha at UFC Fight Night 45 on July 16, 2014. She hasn’t fought since, and has now announced her retirement at age 30, after three shoulder surgeries, marriage, and the birth of her first child. “After several injuries and not being able to fight or even train properly, I have been forced to make the tough decision to quit fighting for now,” said Lahdemaki. “I wish this wasn't the way I have to end my career and it was not an easy decision to make, but overall it has been a good run and I met lots of great people and had great experiences and now it's just time to move on.”
Greg Hardy gets another fight on DWTNCS
Hugely controversial former NFL player Greg Hardy got a UFC contract after fighting on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series, but it was developmental in nature. Hardy will return to DWTNCS on August 7 vs. Tebaris Gordon.
Early numbers suggest disappointing PPV buy rate for UFC 226
According to insider Dave Meltzer of MMAFighting.com, early indicators point to a relatively low PPV buy number for Saturday's UFC 226, despite being headlined by a champion vs. champion heavyweight title fight. Meltzer suggests that the number will come in around 400,000 buys, which he believes is considerably less than the promotion hoped for. Meltzer has proven to have fairly accurate information when it comes to buy numbers using a varierty of factors to make a solid estimate.
2018 Bellator Heavyweight World GP semis on Oct 12
Ryan 'Darth' Bader fights Matt 'Meathead' Mitrione at Bellator: Mitrione vs. Bader on October 12, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, in the first semi-final fight of the 2018 Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix.
Chiesa legal action vs. McGregor 'in motion'
When Conor McGregor failed to intimidate Khabib Nurmagomedov by throwing a hand truck at a bus at UFC 223 in April, he did succeed in cutting Michael Chiesa with flying glass to the point Chiesa's couldn't fight that Saturday. Now Chiesa says, "The wheels are in motion. I'm doing what's been advised to me. And yes, there is a legal battle against McGregor."
USADA: Lesnar can fight on January 8, 2019, if ...
"After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, USADA re-entered Brock Lesnar to the testing pool on July 3. With six months and four days remaining on his period of ineligibility, Lesnar will be able to compete on or after January 8, 2019, should he remain in compliance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy." - statement from the US Anti-Doping Agency