Tag Archive for open

Three-Division Champ? Dillashaw Open To Max Holloway Superfight

Reigning UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will try to join Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, and Amanda Nunes as the only fighters in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles, when he challenges current flyweight champion Henry Cejudo later this month at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in Brooklyn.

While Dillashaw has dominated the competition at 135 pounds, including back-to-back title wins over rival Cody Garbrandt, “The Viper” has never competed at the flyweight level. In order to leave UFC on ESPN+ 1 a two-division champion, Dillashaw must successfully cut weight, adapt to his new environment, and take out the man who just ended Demetrious Johnson’s historic flyweight title reign.

Should Dillashaw accomplish that feat then the sky will truly be the limit. In fact, the UFC bantamweight king is already contemplating a potential move up to featherweight after his journey down to 125 pounds.

“Would I move up to 145 [pounds]? Absolutely, man,” Dillashaw said during a recent Instagram live video. “I would love to. I’m a professional. I train hard. Making ’25s has been a process in its own… To get my body down there and do it the right way. ’45s would have to be the same thing, it would be a lot of work.

“Right now I’m in love with food because I don’t get to eat as much of it. If I went ’45s I’d hate it because I’d be doing nothing but stuffing my face but that’s definitely something I would love to do.”

Of course, a move up to featherweight for Dillashaw would equate to a potential clash with current champion Max Holloway, who is coming off a brutal TKO win over Brian Ortega and has won his last 13 fights in a row. Dillashaw understands that he’ll have to get past Cejudo first, but the idea of winning a third UFC title is too good to pass up.

“Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max,” said Dillashaw. “I would love to. But look, one step at a time. Let’s run through Cejudo first then Max can be next. [I can] be the first one to ever go for three belts.”

Dillashaw will try to set his plans in motion when he takes on Cejudo at UFC on ESPN+ 1 on Jan. 19 from inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

For more UFC Brooklyn fight card news click here.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

UFC Announces Plans to Open Multi-Million Dollar Performance Institute in China

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is planning to make serious inroads in China with the opening of a state-of-the art MMA training and development center in Shanghai in 2019.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC Announces Plans to Open Multi-Million Dollar Performance Institute in China

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is planning to make serious inroads in China with the opening of a state-of-the art MMA training and development center in Shanghai in 2019.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC Announces Plans to Open Multi-Million Dollar Performance Institute in China

The Ultimate Fighting Championship is planning to make serious inroads in China with the opening of a state-of-the art MMA training and development center in Shanghai in 2019.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Michael Johnson Open to Taking Fights at Lightweight, Featherweight in Future UFC Bouts

Michael Johnson’s gamble paid off, as he was able to earn a win against Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 138 co-main event on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Michael Johnson Open to Taking Fights at Lightweight, Featherweight in Future UFC Bouts

Michael Johnson’s gamble paid off, as he was able to earn a win against Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 138 co-main event on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Midnight Mania! Joanna Jedrzejczyk is ‘very open’ to flyweight bout against Shevchenko

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Former strawweight champion and all-time great Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she is very open to facing Valentina Shevchenko up a weight class, at flyweight.

“Who knows – maybe this year,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie, adding: “The thing is, I’m very open to move up and face Valentina. I always want to face the best athletes, the best fighters in the world, and Valentina is one of the greatest muay Thai and also MMA fighters.

“I’m very open, but I must sit down and discuss some things. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Shevchenko has beaten Jedrzejczyk three times on the amateur kickboxing circuit. Joanna sees 125 in her future, and another meeting with Shevchenko as very possible. The recent stripping of flyweight champion Nicco Montano has opened speculation that this is the bout to make for the vacant title.

“One of my biggest dreams is becoming a champion in the 125-pound division and becoming a champion in two different divisions,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I’m still dreaming about it, and I know it’s going to happen sooner than later.”

Jedrzejczyk most recently defeated Tecia Torres by unanimous decision, bouncing back from a unanimous decision loss to current strawweight queen Rose Namajunas.


Insomnia

Why does one of these guys have to lose?

Nick Newell killed with this one. Let’s all give him a hand.

I had seen some of these knockouts, but not all of them.

Impressionist Al Foran does a remarkably good Conor McGregor.

Great for Tyron Woodley

Of course Colby Covington had a comeback. This one was at least somewhat funny

Las Vegas… California? Tito Ortiz remains indefatigably Tito.

This Jackie-Chan style KO was only sobered by the fact it occurred on concrete. Hopefully the guy was okay.

John Lineker vs. Petr Yan would be must-see TV.

This bulldog choke with a rear-naked choke grip is a fascinating look into American catch wrestling.

Conor McGregor is training a lot of bodyshots.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

The knockouts were the body-stiffening kind tonight, and this was perhaps the best of the bunch:

The timing on this deserves two looks

Right hook for the ages

Those follow-up punches were brutal and unnecessary.

Backing up doesn’t always mean losing


Podcasts and Video

Breaking down Mark Hunt’s counter-punching with the Andrews.

How exactly does Aleksei Oleinik get all those Ezekiel chokes?

Heavy Hands

MMA Ratings


Random Land

No.

Accurate

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Golovkin Vs. Canelo 2! Open Workout Video, Quotes And Pics

Middleweight superstars Gennady Golovkin and Saul “Canelo” Alvarez hit Los Angeles, Calif., earlier this week for an open workout ahead of their highly anticipated rematch next month (Sept. 15, 2018) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The two had plenty of words for each other, as the bad blood has been churning since Alvarez tested positive for clenbuterol and scrapped the initial date (May 5, 2018).

Via Golden Boy Promotions and HBO:


“We’re getting close to the fight, and I feel good. This fight is personal because of all that’s been said, and it will be difficult to regain the respect that we once had. The statements that have been made about me have given me more motivation to train harder. I have watched the first fight several times. The error that I made was that I had opportunities to counter that I needed to have taken advantage of. I need to do that in the rematch.

Like I’ve said many times, the first fight gave me the guideline for the second fight. I know that I can do many things in the ring against him. I know that I can hurt him. I hurt him in the first fight, and I’m going to hurt him even more in the second fight. My objective is the knockout and I’ll be looking for that from the opening round.”

Golovkin knows who I am. He knows who I’m about. Let me put it even better–he still doesn’t know how much more I have left to show. I’m looking forward to showing him that on September 15. I have to win convincingly. It has to be a knockout to erase any doubts. I’m very motivated for this win. I’m confident, but not overconfident about my opponent because I know who he is, but I’m confident in my preparation.

There is no such thing as a Mexican style. There have been many fighters from Mexico with different styles. My style is mine. I’m Mexican and that’s what is important. Maybe Golovkin uses ‘Mexican Style’ to get fans, but he’s a hypocrite. If something were to happen in Mexico, he wouldn’t be there to support them.”


Tom Hogan-Hoganphotos/Golden Boy Promotions

“Canelo, he is not a champion. He is a liar who has no respect for the sport of boxing or its fans. I want to stay world champion and bring all my belts home. I am ready to star in another Big Drama Show. I do not think about Canelo in training. I am not worried about him. I only worry about doing my job in training camp and doing my job in the ring against Canelo on September 15. In the last fight I did not feel any real power from Canelo. Just slaps. He is not the hardest puncher I have fought, but he is fast and quick. He is the most skilled fighter I have fought. He is a very good fighter.

I am happy to get at Canelo again. It is another big chance to beat him again. Of course I want to knock out Canelo. It would be nice if Canelo came to fight this time. I don’t believe what he says about how he will fight me this time. He said the same thing before our first fight. I will definitely be more aggressive in this fight.

Was I upset that Canelo failed two drug tests? Yes. But I was more upset at Canelo’s team. The excuses they gave, their attitude, and Canelo’s reaction, it showed that they have no respect for the sport or the fans. They showed their real faces. They are fakes. I do not feel anger toward him because the rematch was canceled the first time.

But I did lose all respect for him. Canelo is not the biggest name in boxing, just the biggest scandal. I feel very comfortable. It has been a great training camp. Abel has had me working on new things which I find very exciting. The cancelation of the rematch in May was a good life experience but it was not a good experience for boxing. I believe new judges and a new referee could be better for boxing and the fans.”

The open workout also featured rising star Jaime Munguia, who defends his WBO Super Welterweight title against Brandon Cook in the co-feature. The card, which starts at 8 p.m. ET on HBO Boxing pay-per-view (PPV), will also feature a Middleweight slugfest between brawler Spike O’Sullivan and knockout artist David Lemieux.

MMAmania.com – All Posts

Money Talks: Demetrious Johnson Open to Fight Against Winner of Dillashaw-Garbrandt at UFC 227

Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight ace Demetrious Johnson wants the winner of Saturday night’s bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, but only if the money is right.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Faber Still Being Drug Tested By USADA, Open To UFC Return

Retirement? What retirement?

When a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter officially retires from cage fighting, it often means “I need a vacation but I’ll be back when I A) run out of money or B) run out of things to do.” Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion Urijah Faber, however, may be the exception to that rule.

“The California Kid” is not hard up for cash, nor does he need a hobby, thanks to his role at Team Alpha Male (TAM) in Sacramento, Calif. He just loves the thrill of competition and stays in fighting shape regardless of what’s on the horizon.

Which is why he told Submission Radio it only takes one phone call.

“I still get tested from USADA just because I’ve never taken drugs in my life so I don’t really care about that. It’s well worth it. The difference is, if there was a big opportunity and someone wanted you to fight and it sounded like a good idea, I wouldn’t want to wait four months to get cleared when I’m not doing drugs anyway. So I’ll take one for the team on a 6 a.m. wake-up call. I’ve got it down pat anyways. I pretty much sleep through the whole thing aside from when I’m giving the urine sample.”

This guy should try that.

Faber (34-10) turns 39 in May and hasn’t competed since his unanimous decision victory over Brad Pickett at UFC on FOX 22. While the bantamweight title managed to elude him, “The California Kid” is widely-considered the founding father of lighter weight classes and a big reason UFC was willing to dip below 155 pounds back in 2010.

Not sure what opportunities are out there for the aging Californian, especially with this rival already moving on to bigger and better things, but maybe Vitor Belfort was onto something when he called for a “Legends League.”

Or not.

MMAmania.com – All Posts