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‘Wilder vs. Fury’ Highlights! Watch Hurd End Welborn With Nasty Liver Shot

Jarrett Hurd made an impressive return to the boxing ring last night (Sat., Dec. 1, 2018) at “Wilder vs. Fury” live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., when he finished Jason Welborn via fourth-round knockout (liver punch) to defend his WBA (Super), IBF, and IBO light middleweight titles.

This was a tune up fight of sorts for Hurd who was returning from shoulder surgery. The undefeated 28-year-old champion might have taken a few more shots than he should have, but Welborn proved better than expected in close quarters. Hurd took his time, picked his shots, and eventually landed a brutal right hook to the body in the fourth that instantly sent Welborn to the canvas.

Check out the finish above.

With this performance, Hurd was able to shake off the cobwebs and test his shoulder in live action. “Swift” did what he was supposed to do and locked down yet another knockout victory. His next bout could be against fellow undefeated light middleweight champion Jermel Charlo, especially considering the two boxers came face-to-face in the ring after Hurd’s impressive stoppage.

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Anderson Silva: UFC Promised Middleweight Title Shot with Win Over Israel Adesanya

Booking a 43-year-old Anderson Silva against rising star Israel Adesanya seemed like a cruel bit of matchmaking from the UFC, but it seems that there was an added incentive for “The Spider” to accept the bout.
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‘Jacare’ Willing To Wait For Title Shot Against Whittaker-Gastelum Winner

Ronaldo Souza is confident in his place in the Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight division, and willing to wait for the title shot he believes he has earned.
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UFC 230: Could “Jacare” Souza Lock up a Title Shot? Now That He’s Facing Chris Weidman?

A couple of weeks ago, chances are not too many people were talking about “Jacare” Souza’s title shot prospects. But, now that the perennial contender’s set to face Chris Weidman at UFC 230, that appears to be changing.

Souza was initially booked to fight David Branch at the November 3rd card. But, after Luke Rockhold was forced out of his bout with Chris Weidman, Souza was moved into the co-headlining spot. Branch, meanwhile, will now face Jared Cannonier.

Since the changes were made, the Souza spoke with MMA Fighting, and while doing so, he had this to say about facing Weidman, and whether a win could lead to a championship bout.

“…Whoever wins will be up there. That’s a fact and I don’t even need to talk too much about it. I want to go up (in the ranking). I want to get in there, win — and win convincingly — and then say ‘brother, I’ll sit down and only call me if you’re going to talk about the belt.’

“Everyone else is injured, there’s no one else to fight. My focus is on this fight (with Weidman), of course, but everybody knows that this fight will take me up there.”

“My fight with Kelvin Gastleum was close, I could have gotten the win,” Souza added. “My body language was weird in the third round and could have mattered for the judges, I understand that, but I landed more strikes. I beat (Yoel) Romero. Every time my fight is close, I lose. I have to go there and win, and win for real. I can’t just kind of win.”

Now, Souza didn’t come out and say that a win over Weidman will definitely, deliver him a title shot. But, could a victory over the former champ lead to that? That depends.

First off, Souza will need to go out and score an emphatic, dominant victory over Weidman to get people buzzing about him fighting for the title. While Souza’s losses to Gastelum and Romero were extremely competitive, he’s not long removed from a stoppage loss to the champ, Robert Whittaker. So, if the latter does defeat Gastelum in early 2019, would most fans really be pumped for Whittaker – Souza 2? Maybe?

Now if Gastelum defeats Whittaker, however, and Souza starches Weidman, then, “Jacare’s” chances of getting a title shot will jump up considerably (on account of the fact their bout was so close). That said, don’t be surprised if the UFC takes a look at say, Israel Adesanya, if he defeats Derek Brunson at UFC 230. Or if Paulo Costa ends up facing and defeating Romero, then he’ll definitely be in the running as well.

UFC 230 will be hosted by Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Chris Weidman Claims He Will Receive Title Shot with Win Over ‘Jacare’ at UFC 230

Chris Weidman could be one step away from a UFC middleweight title shot.
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White: GSP Needs Win Over Contender For Khabib Title Shot

Not even the ex-pay-per-view “King” has that kind of clout.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who also held gold at 185 pounds before taking another retirement hiatus from mixed martial arts (MMA), does not have the luxury of just showing up and demanding a lightweight title shot.

That’s according to promotion president Dana White, who probably feels like he got burned by “Rush” when the French-Canadian phenom captured the middleweight crown, then handed it back in when guys like Yoel Romero were looking for a title shot.

Shame me once, and all that jazz.

“How does Georges St-Pierre jump over all the guys fighting in that division to face Khabib (Nurmagomedov)?” White told ESPN. “Just because all of a sudden he wants to come out and fight this guy — he doesn’t get to do that. If Georges St-Pierre is serious, listen, I’ll give you a fight with one of these guys in the top five. If you win, you’ll be in position for a title shot. We don’t even know if Georges St-Pierre can make 155 pounds. You know what I mean?”

We know what happened the last time he jumped weight classes.

It’s tough to say when Nurmagomedov will fight next. “The Eagle” is expected to serve a disciplinary suspension for his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl, which could leave him on the shelf for an undetermined amount of time.

Aside from that, it would be very difficult to leapfrog Tony Ferguson, who is the winner of 11 straight and a legitimate threat to the Dagestani’s crown. Though all things considered, that would afford St-Pierre enough time to fight a top contender.

I hear this guy is looking for a new opponent.

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It Will Be a Cold Day In Hell Before Raphael Assuncao Gets a Title Shot

Brazilian stalwart Raphael Assuncao has done the work and put in the time, and in 13 appearances in the Octagon, has only lost twice. He’s also gone 1-1 against bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But it will be a cold day in hell before Assuncao ever gets a title shot.

This is the sad truth, and it stems from the fact that… well… the dude simply isn’t popular enough.

Assuncao knows this. He knows that he, above just about everyone else, deserves a crack at Dillashaw’s belt, and that he won’t get it because the general public has no clue who he is.

As per MMAFighting:

“I don’t know any other reason I shouldn’t be the next guy, unless they go by Twitter followers,” Assuncao told MMA Fighting. “If they go by Twitter followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. And I can cry about it but that’s the truth, right? There’s nothing more I can do about it other than campaign and try to be a truthful guy. If they go by who has the most Twitter followers and Instagram followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. But if they go by the most deserving, the most consistent, and one of the best fighters in the division, I’ll be that guy. I’d definitely be that guy.

“I’ve never missed weight. I’m the most consistent guy in this division, probably up there with T.J., because T.J. is a pretty consistent champion,” Assuncao added. “I think he’s one of the most consistent guys out there. Other than myself and T.J., there’s no other fighter in there who’s as consistent as we are.”

Let’s conduct a little science experiment. Let’s keep track of how many times his name is inserted into the conversation when it comes to the UFC drumming up interest in finding a suitable opponent for Dillashaw.

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It Will Be a Cold Day In Hell Before Raphael Assuncao Gets a Title Shot

Brazilian stalwart Raphael Assuncao has done the work and put in the time, and in 13 appearances in the Octagon, has only lost twice. He’s also gone 1-1 against bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But it will be a cold day in hell before Assuncao ever gets a title shot.

This is the sad truth, and it stems from the fact that… well… the dude simply isn’t popular enough.

Assuncao knows this. He knows that he, above just about everyone else, deserves a crack at Dillashaw’s belt, and that he won’t get it because the general public has no clue who he is.

As per MMAFighting:

“I don’t know any other reason I shouldn’t be the next guy, unless they go by Twitter followers,” Assuncao told MMA Fighting. “If they go by Twitter followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. And I can cry about it but that’s the truth, right? There’s nothing more I can do about it other than campaign and try to be a truthful guy. If they go by who has the most Twitter followers and Instagram followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. But if they go by the most deserving, the most consistent, and one of the best fighters in the division, I’ll be that guy. I’d definitely be that guy.

“I’ve never missed weight. I’m the most consistent guy in this division, probably up there with T.J., because T.J. is a pretty consistent champion,” Assuncao added. “I think he’s one of the most consistent guys out there. Other than myself and T.J., there’s no other fighter in there who’s as consistent as we are.”

Let’s conduct a little science experiment. Let’s keep track of how many times his name is inserted into the conversation when it comes to the UFC drumming up interest in finding a suitable opponent for Dillashaw.

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It Will Be a Cold Day In Hell Before Raphael Assuncao Gets a Title Shot

Brazilian stalwart Raphael Assuncao has done the work and put in the time, and in 13 appearances in the Octagon, has only lost twice. He’s also gone 1-1 against bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But it will be a cold day in hell before Assuncao ever gets a title shot.

This is the sad truth, and it stems from the fact that… well… the dude simply isn’t popular enough.

Assuncao knows this. He knows that he, above just about everyone else, deserves a crack at Dillashaw’s belt, and that he won’t get it because the general public has no clue who he is.

As per MMAFighting:

“I don’t know any other reason I shouldn’t be the next guy, unless they go by Twitter followers,” Assuncao told MMA Fighting. “If they go by Twitter followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. And I can cry about it but that’s the truth, right? There’s nothing more I can do about it other than campaign and try to be a truthful guy. If they go by who has the most Twitter followers and Instagram followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. But if they go by the most deserving, the most consistent, and one of the best fighters in the division, I’ll be that guy. I’d definitely be that guy.

“I’ve never missed weight. I’m the most consistent guy in this division, probably up there with T.J., because T.J. is a pretty consistent champion,” Assuncao added. “I think he’s one of the most consistent guys out there. Other than myself and T.J., there’s no other fighter in there who’s as consistent as we are.”

Let’s conduct a little science experiment. Let’s keep track of how many times his name is inserted into the conversation when it comes to the UFC drumming up interest in finding a suitable opponent for Dillashaw.

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It Will Be a Cold Day In Hell Before Raphael Assuncao Gets a Title Shot

Brazilian stalwart Raphael Assuncao has done the work and put in the time, and in 13 appearances in the Octagon, has only lost twice. He’s also gone 1-1 against bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But it will be a cold day in hell before Assuncao ever gets a title shot.

This is the sad truth, and it stems from the fact that… well… the dude simply isn’t popular enough.

Assuncao knows this. He knows that he, above just about everyone else, deserves a crack at Dillashaw’s belt, and that he won’t get it because the general public has no clue who he is.

As per MMAFighting:

“I don’t know any other reason I shouldn’t be the next guy, unless they go by Twitter followers,” Assuncao told MMA Fighting. “If they go by Twitter followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. And I can cry about it but that’s the truth, right? There’s nothing more I can do about it other than campaign and try to be a truthful guy. If they go by who has the most Twitter followers and Instagram followers, then I probably won’t be that guy. But if they go by the most deserving, the most consistent, and one of the best fighters in the division, I’ll be that guy. I’d definitely be that guy.

“I’ve never missed weight. I’m the most consistent guy in this division, probably up there with T.J., because T.J. is a pretty consistent champion,” Assuncao added. “I think he’s one of the most consistent guys out there. Other than myself and T.J., there’s no other fighter in there who’s as consistent as we are.”

Let’s conduct a little science experiment. Let’s keep track of how many times his name is inserted into the conversation when it comes to the UFC drumming up interest in finding a suitable opponent for Dillashaw.

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