Tag Archive for Would
Dana White has had his fair share of ups and downs with former Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones.
While the two have enjoyed a fruitful financial relationship due to Jon’s star power, White has had more headaches than he would’ve liked at the expense of Jon’s troubles outside of the cage, which have seen him have run-ins with Johny Law and fail multiple drug tests.
It’s those transgressions that have cause Jones to miss a lot of time away from the cage thanks to multiple suspensions. And since he can’t compete, his legacy can’t improve. According to White, had Jon tried to stay out of trouble, the sky truly was the limit.
“The whole Jon Jones thing drives me crazy,” White told the MMA Roasted podcast via MMA News. “Honestly, Jon Jones — the greatest of all time, the greatest to ever do it — and the thing that’s really frustrating, imagine if this guy tried. Imagine if he tried even a little bit. How incredibly amazing this guy could have been,” added White.
While Jon and White haven’t always seen eye-to-eye, the outspoken president won’t bash his ex-champion’s abilities.
“He could have been the biggest star ever. God knows what he would have finished accomplishing in light heavyweight and then in the heavyweight division, maybe he would have had a title defense [record] at heavyweight that would never been broken. The endorsements, everything that that guy could have been is unbelievable.”
While on hiatus, his team is confident Jon is only improving his game for his much-anticipated return. If and when he does return — based on the outcome of this – Jones could be moving up to Heavyweight to face former division champion Brock Lesnar.
And who knows, a win over Brock could be enough to earn a championship fight against the winner of this championship bout.
Homegrown Bellator star Michael Chandler says his contract is up soon, but he wants to stick with Bellator. However, in a world full of speculation, what’s a little more?
Right now, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the UFC’s top dog at lightweight. Chandler thinks he can beat him. Like, ten times out of ten.
Obviously, unless something drastic happens, we’ll never see this match-up. The UFC likes their Khabib, Bellator likes their Mike Chandler, and never the twain shall meet.
But what if…?
“That’s the thing: From the outside perspective, people always think, ‘Bellator, UFC, ONE FC, blah blah blah,’” Chandler said. “I don’t think about promotions, I think about the guys. How do I match up against Khabib? How do I take exactly what Al Iaquinta did, except with my wrestling, and my striking, and my wrestling offense and defense.
“How I would nullify his takedowns, how I would even take him down, how I would get in his face, and how he would finally have somebody put hands on him and hurt him like Michael Johnson did? I think that picture has been painted a couple of times, of how to beat Khabib. And I think I beat him 10 times out of 10.”
Even though he lost the belt, it’s hard not to think of Chandler as Bellator’s best lightweight. So… do you think he can beat Khabib?
The post Michael Chandler Thinks He Would Beat Khabib Nurmagomedov appeared first on Caged Insider.
Current Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight king Max Holloway agreed to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov at lightweight on just six days’ notice after the Dagestani’s previous scheduled opponent, Tony Ferguson, had to withdraw after suffering a freak injury on set during a promotional event for UFC 223
Recent News on Sherdog.com
In an alternate timeline, interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson hurt his knee and bailed on his UFC 223 main event bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov, and instead of featherweight king Max Holloway stepping in on late notice, it was former champ Eddie Alvarez.
Actually, we came pretty damn close to having that match-up. You see, smart fighters stay healthy and in shape in the lead up to big fights – even those not scheduled to fight – because last-minute replacements are almost always needed. So Alvarez was prepared to be that guy in case something happened to the delicate Ferguson and Nurmagomedov.
Sadly, with but a week left until fight time, it seemed like Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were finally going to do it, and Alvarez broke down and ate that Philly cheesesteak.
As per MMAFighting:
“It would have been great to be ready for that fight and be ready to step in and save the day, but unfortunately, I am way, way too big to make the 155-pound limit on six days’ notice. I think most guys at 155, especially in the top five, can’t make that 155-pound limit on six days’ notice.”
“I’ll be honest, I’m disappointed in myself a little bit because I kind of had the foresight to see this happening,” said Alvarez. “I even talked about it happening but when it got like three to four weeks out, I just said ‘F**k it, these guys are gonna fight. There’s really no reason for me to be ready.’
“I’m every bit of 190 right now so there wasn’t even a small chance that I could make 155. . . I asked about doing a catchweight at welterweight but all they asked me was what’s the lowest that I could get to. I’m probably a little more than 190. I’m heavier than I’ve ever been because I haven’t fought in a long time.”
The post Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Eddie Alvarez Would Have Been Awesome appeared first on Caged Insider.