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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

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Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

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Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

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Money Fights > Rankings

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The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Have we got a show for you.

Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

View this post on Instagram

Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

A post shared by Javier Mendez (@akajav) on

Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

View this post on Instagram

Money Fights > Rankings

A post shared by As Shopped As It Gets (@as_shopped_as_it_gets) on

The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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285-Pound Johnson Wants To ‘Rumble’ With Jones

Despite his sudden and somewhat surprising retirement from mixed martial arts (MMA), it appears fight fans have not seen the last of former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title contender, Anthony Johnson.

Well, so long as Jon Jones is around.

That’s according to manager Ali Abdelaziz, who is convinced “Rumble” and his newfound affinity for bodybuilding will make his Octagon comeback in a heavyweight showdown opposite Jones at some point in 2019 (or beyond).

“Anthony Johnson is 285 pounds right now, he wants to come back as a heavyweight,” Abdelaziz told ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “He misses the sport and says he will come back to fight someone like Jon Jones. He’s resting his body. He’s having fun. He will fight again for sure, 100 percent.”

The last time Johnson (22-6) was inside the cage, he was surrendering to reigning light heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier, at UFC 210. “DC” has been the only fighter to stop “Rumble” at 205 pounds after watching him decapitate the rest of the field.

Including two-time title contender Alexander Gustafsson.

Based on his big balls current physique, it’s hard to imagine Johnson as a welterweight, a place he frequently competed earlier in his career. A hasty move up to middleweight yielded little fruit, so the former World Series of Fighting (WSOF) slugger kept heading north.

Next stop, 265 pounds? Prob require yet another massive weight cut!

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‘Rumble’ Says He Doesn’t Want Cormier Stripped, But Does Want Answers for UFC 210 Weigh-ins

Although his appeal says otherwise, Anthony Johnson claims he doesn’t want light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier stripped of his title for his actions at the UFC 210 weigh-ins.
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UFC 210 Results: Daniel Cormier Beats Rumble, Makes Him Retire

The most shocking thing about the UFC 210 main event between light-heavyweight champ Daniel Cormier and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson was that Cormier choked out Rumble – he’d done that when they fought the last time. No, the shocking thing was what happened afterwards: Rumble announced his retirement. Despite nearly knocking Cormier out back at UFC […]

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‘Rumble’ Johnson vaguely explains stunning UFC retirement: ‘It’s just business’

Anthony Johnson abruptly called it a career on Saturday night at UFC 210. Following his second-round loss to UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, “Rumble” shocked the MMA world by announcing that he had decided to hang up his gloves at the age of 33 in order to pursue another venture in his life.

And while Johnson remained cryptic about what exactly that venture was at Saturday’s UFC 210 post-fight press conference, he did elaborate on the reasons that led him to walk away while still in the prime of a lucrative fighting career.

“It’s just business,” Johnson said. “I want to do something besides going to the gym everyday punching and kicking and rolling around with another dude. That sh*t gets old. I’ve been doing this for so long, I’ve been in sports since I was 8, it’s just time to move on to something different. I won’t say better, but just different.

“And no, I am not about to play football for the (Los Angeles) Rams,” Johnson added, referencing the many Rams tributes that adorned his Twitter profile. “Because everybody’s hitting me up and saying some crazy stuff about (how) I’m about to play for the Rams. Why would I go into another sport that’s the same thing as this, and you take all this impact and stuff? That’s absolutely insane.”

Johnson (22-6) said his commitment to retire from MMA was not an impromptu decision. He revealed that it was something he had been planning since last year, even before his UFC 206 fight against Cormier fell through due to an injury suffered by the champion. Regardless of how things played out at UFC 210, Johnson said he already resolved to retire, win or lose, and he spent all of fight week in Buffalo with the knowledge that his rematch against Cormier would be the final fight of his career.

“I was just soaking it all in,” Johnson said. “But no matter what, I was going to go out there and do my best. I hadn’t checked out or anything, but I knew what I needed to do regardless. And of course, I’m an athlete. I’ve always been an athlete, so I wanted to go out on top. It’s been a fun ride. Honestly, it leaves you kind of speechless. You just don’t know what to say, really.

“Every fight to me was a career highlight. I’ve just had so much fun, from my very first fight in the UFC until now.”

Johnson exits the sport as one of the most feared power punchers in all of the UFC and an unquestioned top-three fighter in the light heavyweight division. But nonetheless, he still leaves on a low note, having fallen to Cormier for a second time in three years, this time quicker than the last.

To make matters tougher, Johnson puzzled many observers by fighting Saturday’s rematch at UFC 210 with a grinding, grappling-heavy approach, choosing to wrestle with the two-time Olympic wrestler rather than focus on his own striking prowess.

Johnson admitted afterward that whatever his initial game plan was, things “kind of fell off track” as the fight wore on.

“I felt great,” Johnson said. “I trained my butt off to fight Daniel. You still saw ‘Rumble’ out there trying to knock heads off and going out there and give it his all. So, I went out there and did my thing, and whatever happened was going to happen, so I wasn’t really worried about anything.

“The game plan was to win. Keep my composure, control the pace and things like that. And just in the middle of the fight, I just kind of fell off track and started playing his game, which was wrestling and things like that. I felt fine. I felt great. It wasn’t like I was tired. He beat me. I don’t take anything away from him.”

Johnson now calls an end to a roller-coaster UFC career that began in 2007 with a 13-second knockout of Chad Reiner. Johnson was still a welterweight back in those early days, and though he found some success at 170 pounds, he ultimately struggled to make the weight consistently and exited the UFC in 2012 after failing to meet the middleweight limit in his 185-pound debut.

However, “Rumble” reinvented himself like few fighters have, blowing up into a monstrous power puncher in the light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions and winning 12 of his last 14 fights, highlighted by first-round knockouts of Alexander Gustafsson, Ryan Bader, Glover Teixeira, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in his second UFC run.

And when asked on Saturday how he’d like fans to remember him, Johnson was frank.

“Just a guy who went out there and went all out and just never gave up,” he said. “Even when I was down and was getting stepped on and kicked and things like that, I still kept going. I didn’t win all of my fights, obviously, but I went out there and did my best, and I think people appreciated what I did for them and what they saw in me out there. I hope that I made a lot of people happy and excited to see me fight. Not many people can go through hell and back like I did and still rise to the top. I didn’t win a title, but I was still knocking at that door.

“The toughest fight I can possibly think of was always with myself,” Johnson added. “That’s just what it is. That’s everybody’s fight. You always battle yourself and not the opponent.”

Johnson also acknowledged the one fight that got away, expressing remorse over having never gotten the chance to test himself against troubled ex-UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who was in attendance at UFC 210 on Saturday night.

“I’m an alpha male, he’s an alpha male. I wanted to see what I can do against him,” Johnson said. “I’m pretty sure he wanted to see what he could do against me, because you guys hyped it up so much, that I was supposed to be the guy to beat him and all this and that. You guys do your job very well, hyping things up, so props to you.

“But I feel I’m more, I don’t know if I want to say sad (or) disappointed, for the fans, because I know they really wanted to see it. Day in and day out, people were always talking about Jon Jones and myself fighting each other, and it just never happened. Maybe if I decide to come back one day, we can fight at heavyweight or something like that.”

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Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson on how he fares in rematches: ‘Ask Kevin Burns’

Anthony Johnson knows the prevailing line of thinking about his UFC 210 rematch with Daniel Cormier.

“Rumble,” of course, squared off with Cormier in a UFC 187 match to fill the vacant UFC light heavyweight title. Cormier took the acclaimed knockout artist’s best shot, survived, and went on to win via submission in the third round.

So Johnson understands why the average fan might look at this matchup and wonder how it might play out any differently.

And to that, he has a simple retort: Kevin Burns.

“Ask Kevin Burns what happened when he had a second fight with me,” Johnson (22-5) said at Thursday’s open workouts in Buffalo.

Johnson’s 2008 matchups with Burns, a fighter who would otherwise be forgotten by now, was seemingly a lifetime ago, when “Rumble” fought at welterweight.

But the series represents the only time in 27 fights Johnson has rematched an opponent until Saturday night’s meeting with DC in at KeyBank Center.

In the first fight, Johnson lost a highly controversial TKO to Burns after several fouls, including one of the nastiest eye pokes you’ll ever see, which most felt should have resulted in a disqualification of Burns. In the rematch, Johnson all but knocked Burns’s skull into the crowd in Las Vegas with a ruthless third-round head kick.

“We’re going to see how everything plays out,” Johnson said. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt this loose, I don’t think I’ve ever felt this great. I’m happy, I’m focused. It’s the second opportunity for me and it’s not good for the other person. Ask Kevin Burns.”

Of course, Burns is no Cormier, and Johnson isn’t taking the only opponent who has defeated him in his past 13 fights lightly. And while Johnson insists he’s no one-trick pony, he admits it would be extra sweet if he made Cormier (18-1) his 17th career knockout victim.

“It’s sweet to knock out anybody,” Johnson said. “But knocking out Cormier would be the icing on the cake, you know what I mean? It will be worth it if it happens, but if it doesn’t happen, if we go five rounds, we go five rounds. I’m gonna fight. A knockout will be better, I’d love it, the fans would love it. Let’s see what happens.”

Johnson says he’s on target for his weight cut, teasing reporters who asked him about it by pointing out he’s no longer making the insane weight cuts down to welterweight, or middleweight, for that matter.

“This isn’t 170 no more, [you’re] asking the same questions as when I was at 170,” Johnson said. “Back then I’ve got something to worry about. Now it’s peaches and cream, I’ve got 10 pounds and that’s that. Who can’t lose 10 pounds in two days, you know what I mean?”

“Rumble” is also not sweating the idea the former longtime light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, will loom over the proceedings, as he’ll be in the building in Buffalo come Saturday night.

“I haven’t been thinking about it,” Johnson said. “If he’s here, it’s great for the fans. I think it’s awesome overall to have the top three guys in the world in the building together. There’s so much energy there between all three of us. DC beat me, Jon beat DC, everyone picked me to beat Jon. If it happens, it happens, but I’m not focused on it.”

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Misha Cirkunov picks Cormier to beat ‘Rumble,’ believes he’s two fights away from title contention

The UFC light heavyweight title will be up for grabs on April 8 when reigning champion Daniel Cormier seeks to defend his strap in a rematch against 205-pound powerhouse Anthony Johnson at UFC 210.

For the rest of the light heavyweight division, the rematch is one that has been a long time in the making. Cormier and Johnson previously met in May 2015, when Cormier survived an early onslaught before submitting Johnson with a third-round rear-naked choke. A second chapter between the two was initially slated for Dec. 2016, only to be delayed due to a nasty torn adductor tendon sustained by Cormier.

But despite those setbacks, the bout is finally looming, and one of the division’s most promising prospects, Misha Cirkunov — a man who could be challenging for that belt soon enough — believes that Cormier still has what it takes to retain gold.

“The first fight, I picked Daniel Cormier to win. But in a rematch, it’s going to be very, very interesting,” Cirkunov said recently on The MMA Hour. “Because we all saw what happened in the first fight, so I feel like there’s a lot of blueprints for Anthony Johnson to get better. If he gets better, there’s going to be a lot, a lot tougher for Daniel Cormier to win; whereas, Daniel Cormier is a beast himself, but I think that we’re not going to see a way more improved Daniel Cormier, just based on he’s been injured and he hasn’t competed.

“I think, if anything, this is the best chance for Anthony Johnson to become a belt-holder, because he’s already seen what he needs to do and he’s seen the gameplan, and hopefully he can stick to the gameplan and it’ll be a good night for Anthony Johnson. But again, Daniel Cormier showed how it could be done, right? So it’s going to be a very interesting fight. If I have to pick a winner, I’m going to go with, probably, still Daniel Cormier just based on wrestling, but it’s going to be a closer fight this time.”

While Cirkunov may still fall a few notches below Cormier and Johnson on the UFC’s official media-generated rankings, his ferocious success thus far inside the Octagon has caught the eye of Johnson, in particular. Earlier this year, “Rumble” singled Cirkunov out as “the one guy” that had his attention aside from Cormier, calling Cirkunov a “gangster” and saying of the 30-year-old prospect, “he’s definitely somebody you’ve got to watch out for.”

For Cirkunov, it was simply an honor to hear such high praise coming from one of the division’s best.

“I’m very, very thankful,” Cirkunov said. “It’s amazing to get recognition from a really high-level fighter. He’s one of the most feared guys in the division, in all of MMA, period. He knocks people out and he’s just, really, a very scary fighter. And to get recognition from him, it means a lot to me. A lot.”

It’s no secret that Cirkunov is widely considered to be one of the best up-and-comers in a 205-pound class otherwise bereft of viable prospects, but all of the praise in the world will mean little if Cirkunov fails to fulfill on the vast promise he has already shown with his blistering 4-0 UFC run.

With a new UFC contract in tow, Cirkunov hopes to continue that climb up the rankings on May 28 at UFC Fight Night 109 when he takes on No. 8 ranked Volkan Oezdemir, a fellow member of the new guard at light heavyweight who scored an upset win over Ovince Saint Preux in his UFC debut.

“I was a little bit surprised (to be fighting Oezdemir), considering how the rankings play out and all of that,” Cirkunov admitted. “Just, I’ve been out of the criteria for a time. Obviously I’ve seen his great performance against OSP. OSP is a super tough challenger, he went to a decision with Jon Jones. It just shows the level where Volkan is at. He’s definitely a tough competitor. So, I kinda knew he would be in the mix, he would be in there. And maybe I could say, ‘maybe he doesn’t deserve it, I already have four fights in the UFC and he has one,’ but he has a great fight himself, he’s a ranked guy, and he’s in the mix. And the reality is, right now, all the other guys are kinda booked.

“He’s a tough guy and he makes sense, and the winner of that, I guarantee you, is the real deal in my opinion, could be top-five no problem. So we’ll see what happens.”

A win over Oezdemir would potentially put Cirkunov in position to land a big-time fight against one of the top names in the division. Cirkunov said at that point, he figures he will be, at most, one or two fights away from title contention — and he already has an idea of who he would like to challenge for that next step: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, the former UFC and Pride FC champion who has won three straight fights.

“I’m pretty sure he was asked if he wants to fight me and the other fight happened (against Gian Villante), so I don’t know if he wants to fight me,” Cirkunov said of Rua. “I’m sure in the future we can work something out. I mean, I hope we’ll work something out in the future, because for me, personally, I would love to fight somebody like that just so that I can wrap my name against a legend, a true pioneer, a true Hall of Famer, Pride champion and UFC champion.

“A lot of people know who he is and a lot of people would tune in to see him fight, so I would love that all of those people would get to know who Misha Cirkunov is as well. I think I’ve earned it and I’ve been fighting for a long time. We’ll see what happens.”

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Misha Cirkunov picks Cormier to beat ‘Rumble,’ believes he’s two fights away from title contention

The UFC light heavyweight title will be up for grabs on April 8 when reigning champion Daniel Cormier seeks to defend his strap in a rematch against 205-pound powerhouse Anthony Johnson at UFC 210.

For the rest of the light heavyweight division, the rematch is one that has been a long time in the making. Cormier and Johnson previously met in May 2015, when Cormier survived an early onslaught before submitting Johnson with a third-round rear-naked choke. A second chapter between the two was initially slated for Dec. 2016, only to be delayed due to a nasty torn adductor tendon sustained by Cormier.

But despite those setbacks, the bout is finally looming, and one of the division’s most promising prospects, Misha Cirkunov — a man who could be challenging for that belt soon enough — believes that Cormier still has what it takes to retain gold.

“The first fight, I picked Daniel Cormier to win. But in a rematch, it’s going to be very, very interesting,” Cirkunov said recently on The MMA Hour. “Because we all saw what happened in the first fight, so I feel like there’s a lot of blueprints for Anthony Johnson to get better. If he gets better, there’s going to be a lot, a lot tougher for Daniel Cormier to win; whereas, Daniel Cormier is a beast himself, but I think that we’re not going to see a way more improved Daniel Cormier, just based on he’s been injured and he hasn’t competed.

“I think, if anything, this is the best chance for Anthony Johnson to become a belt-holder, because he’s already seen what he needs to do and he’s seen the gameplan, and hopefully he can stick to the gameplan and it’ll be a good night for Anthony Johnson. But again, Daniel Cormier showed how it could be done, right? So it’s going to be a very interesting fight. If I have to pick a winner, I’m going to go with, probably, still Daniel Cormier just based on wrestling, but it’s going to be a closer fight this time.”

While Cirkunov may still fall a few notches below Cormier and Johnson on the UFC’s official media-generated rankings, his ferocious success thus far inside the Octagon has caught the eye of Johnson, in particular. Earlier this year, “Rumble” singled Cirkunov out as “the one guy” that had his attention aside from Cormier, calling Cirkunov a “gangster” and saying of the 30-year-old prospect, “he’s definitely somebody you’ve got to watch out for.”

For Cirkunov, it was simply an honor to hear such high praise coming from one of the division’s best.

“I’m very, very thankful,” Cirkunov said. “It’s amazing to get recognition from a really high-level fighter. He’s one of the most feared guys in the division, in all of MMA, period. He knocks people out and he’s just, really, a very scary fighter. And to get recognition from him, it means a lot to me. A lot.”

It’s no secret that Cirkunov is widely considered to be one of the best up-and-comers in a 205-pound class otherwise bereft of viable prospects, but all of the praise in the world will mean little if Cirkunov fails to fulfill on the vast promise he has already shown with his blistering 4-0 UFC run.

With a new UFC contract in tow, Cirkunov hopes to continue that climb up the rankings on May 28 at UFC Fight Night 109 when he takes on No. 8 ranked Volkan Oezdemir, a fellow member of the new guard at light heavyweight who scored an upset win over Ovince Saint Preux in his UFC debut.

“I was a little bit surprised (to be fighting Oezdemir), considering how the rankings play out and all of that,” Cirkunov admitted. “Just, I’ve been out of the criteria for a time. Obviously I’ve seen his great performance against OSP. OSP is a super tough challenger, he went to a decision with Jon Jones. It just shows the level where Volkan is at. He’s definitely a tough competitor. So, I kinda knew he would be in the mix, he would be in there. And maybe I could say, ‘maybe he doesn’t deserve it, I already have four fights in the UFC and he has one,’ but he has a great fight himself, he’s a ranked guy, and he’s in the mix. And the reality is, right now, all the other guys are kinda booked.

“He’s a tough guy and he makes sense, and the winner of that, I guarantee you, is the real deal in my opinion, could be top-five no problem. So we’ll see what happens.”

A win over Oezdemir would potentially put Cirkunov in position to land a big-time fight against one of the top names in the division. Cirkunov said at that point, he figures he will be, at most, one or two fights away from title contention — and he already has an idea of who he would like to challenge for that next step: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, the former UFC and Pride FC champion who has won three straight fights.

“I’m pretty sure he was asked if he wants to fight me and the other fight happened (against Gian Villante), so I don’t know if he wants to fight me,” Cirkunov said of Rua. “I’m sure in the future we can work something out. I mean, I hope we’ll work something out in the future, because for me, personally, I would love to fight somebody like that just so that I can wrap my name against a legend, a true pioneer, a true Hall of Famer, Pride champion and UFC champion.

“A lot of people know who he is and a lot of people would tune in to see him fight, so I would love that all of those people would get to know who Misha Cirkunov is as well. I think I’ve earned it and I’ve been fighting for a long time. We’ll see what happens.”

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VIDEO: Daniel Cormier versus Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson Battle It Out

These are the facts: When Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson first fought, Johnson stunned Cormier so badly that the former Strikeforce star was doing the stanky-leg all over the cage; Cormier survived and tapped “Rumble” out; Cormier, now the champ, is rematching Johnson at UFC 210. These are the facts, and they indisputable. Will Rumble […]

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