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ONE Championship has been taking over the mixed martial arts (MMA) headlines this week and today is no different, as reigning heavyweight champion, Brandon Vera, will make his return to combat sports on Nov. 23 in the Philippines.
That’s where “The Truth” will put his division title on the line against streaking Italian bruiser Mauro Cerilli, in a featured championship bout that headlines the upcoming “Conquest of Champions” event inside Mall of Asia Arena in Manila.
Vera (15-7) is undefeated since crossing over from the ranks of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) back in 2014. That includes three straight first-round knockout wins for the 41 year-old striker, who once alternated between heavyweight and light heavyweight.
As for Cerilli (12-2), the 35 year-old “Hammer” has been doing some finishing of his own, to the tune of four straight stoppages in five wins, dating back to early 2016. This will be his highest-profile contest to date after competing primarily on the European circuit.
Also competing at the upcoming ONE Championship: “Conquest of Champions” fight card is the lightweight showdown pitting hometown hero Eduard Folayang opposite Singapore’s Amir Khan for the vacant 155-pound strap.
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B.J. Penn promised he’d make an Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) return, and now we have an official date … and opponent.
After rumors hit the Internet, the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion confirmed earlier today (Weds., Sept. 12, 2018) that “The Prodigy” will face Ryan Hall at the year-end UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Dec. 29, 2018, in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Penn hasn’t competed since June 2017, losing to Dennis Siver via decision. The loss marked his fifth defeat in a row over the course of the last six years. Indeed, Penn has seen better days inside the Octagon, losing seven of his last nine outings, with his last win coming in 2010. It’s an unfathomable bleak streak from one of the best to ever compete in the sport.
As for Hall, he has been out of action for two years now, but is riding a six-fight win streak, winning his only two fights inside the Octagon against Artem Lobov to win season 22 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), and then besting Gray Maynard in his following fight.
While the pairing seems like a head scratcher at first glance, it will pit two of the best submission artists in the game, as Hall has numerous medals and accolades to his credit from Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournaments all over the world. Meanwhile, Penn’s jiu-jitsu is well-known and his background speaks for itself.
While a win for either man won’t do much for their respective stocks, it will still draw plenty of eyes. The question remains: Is Hall someone the former Lightweight and Welterweight champion can beat?
Gird your loins and dust off your favorite vape pen, because Nate Diaz – our favorite trash-talking, Conor McGregor-beating Stockton badboy – is coming back.
He’ll be taking on Dustin Poirier in the co-main event of UFC 230. Since we know Diaz is capable of hyping a fight and generating monster interest, the UFC is essentially handing Poirier an opportunity on a silver platter – it’ll be up to Poirier to make the most of it.
As for who will win and who will lose… who cares! Diaz is back!
Here’s the LA Times:
Nate Diaz will return to the UFC octagon after more than a two-year absence Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden for an expected firefight of a stand-up bout against destructive puncher Dustin Poirier, the Los Angeles Times learned Thursday.
The lightweight bout will serve as the co-main event at UFC 230.
Stockton’s Diaz (20-11) has participated in the main event of two of the most lucrative UFC pay-per-view cards in history, first by taking a March 2016 fight against Conor McGregor on less than two weeks’ notice to submit him in the second round.
Then, after Diaz and his fighter brother, Nick, engaged McGregor in a bottle-and-can throwing exchange during a pre-fight news conference, he lost to McGregor by decision in one of the most thrilling bouts in the organization’s history.
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Maybe it was this guy?
Who says you can’t go home again?
Local hero and undefeated welterweight up-and-comer Darren Till returns to Liverpool, England for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 130 headliner, held inside Echo Arena on Sun., May 27, 2018, on FOX Sports 1.
Fortunately, Till will have to fight just one man as opposed to 20, something that happened to the not-dumb cunt when he was a “fucking crazy” lad and looking to get his fight fix in the seedy night clubs of Liverpool.
“I was a troubled kid, hanging out with the wrong people, getting into trouble in Liverpool,” Till said. “Got into trouble in a nightclub, this guy comes up and just stabs me twice. I was in the hospital for like a week or two.”
Once he was released, his coach sent him to Brazil to train (sans distractions).
After racking up four wins in five appearances inside the Octagon (with one draw), Till (16-0-1) — who made headlines last fall for wrangling “Cowboy” Cerrone — earned his toughest test to date in the form of Thompson.
“Wonderboy” (14-2-1) was able to punch his way back into the win column with a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217, following a pair of unsuccessful title attempts against reigning division champion Tyron Woodley.
We’re roughly 72 hours from fight night and at this point, we should forget about the weight cut and worry more about Till dying in a knife fight against a killing, fornicating Alpha Male like this guy.