Dana White names three UFC fighters to watch out for in 2021

UFC President Dana White has named three fighters for the promotion to be closely watched by MMA fans next year.

“Of course, this is Khamzat. What I like about this guy is that he is ready to fight at least every week. Fighters who are just as good as him and who also say that they want to fight often – so, not all of them are ready to fight him. Add COVID to it all and – done! Everyone asked this weekend why he pulled out of the fight against Edwards. He had the coronavirus. But this guy is a real madman. He tried to go back to the gym and train despite the illness, but, as it seems to me, he started having problems with the lungs. The doctor told him to take a break before returning to the gym. He did not want Khamzat to start training until January.

We also have Kevin Holland. Like Chimaev, this guy is ready to fight all the time. He won five wins in 2020. He’s funny and entertaining. And the third will be Joaquin Buckley, who this year has issued one of the most viral knockouts in UFC history. So I’ll name these three guys, “White said.

Kamil Gadzhiev – about Ismailov’s revenge with Mineev: “The magician said that he is now interested”

The head of the AMC Fight Nights Global promotion Kamil Gadzhiev claims that after the recent fight between Vladimir Mineev and Magomed Ismailov at the Moscow AMC Fight Nights Global: Winter Cup, Magi had a desire to have a revenge.

“There are many disadvantages to fighting, but the plus can be that, as Maga said, he is now interested in him. He now positions himself as a person who decides for himself whether he wants to fight Mineev or not. There is some truth in this. And so he said after this: “I’m interested.” If the fight eventually takes place, then this fight was not in vain.

The three of us did not speak, there was a conversation separately. I just know that they got into the police. I phoned each of them and clarified whether there was a great degree of threat from the law. They calmed me down, that’s all. Everything is fine, now we are talking with each of them about the fight.

The magician solves his questions there, and Vova waits for someone else to attack if Ismailov does not agree. If Maga does not agree, he will probably go to Vasilevsky, “Kamil Hajiyev said in an interview with the FIGHT NIGHTS GLOBAL TV YouTube channel.

Bellator interested in signing Anthony Pettis

As we previously reported, former UFC lightweight champion American Anthony Pettis has decided not to renew his contract with the organization and is currently a free agent. Scott Cocker, President of Bellator, intends to meet with Anthony to discuss the possibility of cooperation.

“I didn’t know he was a free agent. I am sure that representatives of some organizations have already contacted him, and we will definitely talk. Most often, it all depends on the financial side of the transaction, because there is always a price. The second main point is what kind of fights we can offer a fighter, but here you need to think about how much Pettis is left?

Nevertheless, we will definitely have a conversation with him. We talk to all free agents, whether we sign them or not. So we’ll do it with Pettis too, if my people haven’t done it yet, ”Cocker said.

Paige Vanzant: “I can go back to MMA, but now I really have a passion for fist fighting”

BKFC fighter promoter Paige Vanzant revealed why she chose such a brutal sport.

“For me it was not only a financial issue. Actually, when it came to contract negotiations, I had three or four big players. So I could look at four great proposals.

I think everyone was waiting for me to go to Bellator, because my husband is there. Of course, this aspect intrigued me, I would like to fight in the same organization as him. I guess it made sense from a career standpoint, but the passion inside me wanted me to go into fistfights.

Fist fighting is a sport for the coolest of all the coolest. And I want to show my value here. At the same time, I want to use and improve one of what I think are my best weapons – punch. I don’t know, I can go back to MMA, but now I really have a passion for fistfights, “said Paige Vanzant.

Romero joins Bellator, debuts in Vadim Nemkov’s division, plans for heavyweight

UFC veteran Yoel Romero and Bellator have reached an agreement and will soon sign a multi-fight deal, espn.com reports, citing sources. It is reported that the debut in the company will take place in the light heavyweight category, where the champion is Russian Vadim Nemkov. At the time of his departure from the UFC two weeks ago, Romero was ranked fifth in the middleweight division.

Romero’s manager Malki Kava clarified that he is already treating the agreement as a formal deal, and he will fight in three divisions. “Coming soon to my podcast. Stories like this Romero deal will be told, ”Kava tweeted. 185, 205 pounds and heavy. “

Gilbert Burns challenged Nate Diaz to a grappling match for $ 400,000 for talking about Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC welterweight contender Gilbert Burns explained his reasons for challenging Nate Dees to a grappling competition. On his youtube channel, Burns revealed the details of the match that could have taken place on December 20 at Chel Sonnen’s SUG grappling promotion.

“A few weeks ago, I asked Nate Diaz to fight. Firstly, because I’ve always wanted to fight him. Secondly, because he talks a lot. He posted a video clip from one of my fights where I lost. Fight with Dan Hooker. Now he is out of ratings, and I am fighting for the champion title. So we are unlikely to meet in battle. So I suggested grappling. I wrote to Chel Sonnen, he supported. Then I published the offer: I bet 200 thousand, he bets 200 thousand, the winner takes everything. But I did not hear a sound from him in response.

I want to fight him, he talks so much that he is the representative of jiu-jitsu. There is one more thing that makes me very angry. Khabib Nurmagomedov has a very high level of grappling. He forced many to surrender. He has a fight. Opponent control is one of the best. The takedowns are also very good, but mostly around the net. I don’t consider him a white belt at all, and Nate tweeted something like “he only makes white belts surrender, he is not a black belt.” Something like that. This is another reason why I want to beat Nate Diaz in a grappling match. In MMA I would also like to.

Another thing is that I have already beaten his friends: Crona Gracie, Jake Shields. It would be great if he showed his jiu-jitsu. People think he has a very high level, the fans believe in him. It would be nice to smudge it.

At that time, I had no fight scheduled. Now I have a fight for the title planned, and I am focused on it. But I will definitely see Nate Diaz again. And something can happen “.

Brandon Moreno: “Judging by Figueiredo’s conversations, he underestimates me”

Mexican mixed martial artist Brandon Moreno has admitted that he doesn’t like the way his future opponent, UFC flyweight champion Davison Figueiredo, speaks about his opponents before fights, but hopes that the Brazilian is thus promoting fights.

“From Figueiredo’s talk, he definitely underestimates me. I don’t know why he says all this. Maybe just trying to sell the fight. A few months ago, when Davison was supposed to fight Garbandt, I said that I didn’t like his relationship.

I don’t like this guy. Remember how he behaved disrespectfully towards Joseph Benavides and did not even gain weight before their first fight. Perhaps he was so emotionally angry about it. Still, I think he is trying to sell the fight in this way, but watch his interview. He speaks two or three words in Portuguese, and his manager gives out two or three sentences, ”Moreno said.

Recall that the duel between Davison Figueiredo and Brandon Moreno will be the main event of UFC 256, which will take place on December 12 at the Apex Arena in Las Vegas, USA.

Dana White explains mass firing of UFC fighters

UFC President Dana White, in a recent interview, announced a major purge in the ranks of the company’s fighters and promises about 60 layoffs. The first under the “hot hand” were veterans Anderson Silva and Yoel Romero, as well as several more newcomers to the league. White explained the action of the promotion.

“We have been taking the same steps for twenty years. For the past few months, we have hardly fired anyone. This has nothing to do with the company’s financial position. It’s just that during the pandemic, we didn’t do it.

If I were trying to save money, I would fire employees like any other company in America. This is how money is saved in situations like this. I have fulfilled all the conditions under the contracts with the fighters and have not fired a single employee, ”said White.

Jack Hermansson is ready to face Robert Whittaker or Paulo Costa to cement his title shot

Swedish mixed martial arts fighter Jack Hermansson will have a duel with Italian Marvin Vettori this weekend. According to Jack, after winning this confrontation, he should become the next contender for the UFC middleweight title and face its owner, New Zealander Israel Adesanya. But still, if the leadership of the promoted considers that he must fight another fight, then Hermansson is ready to share the octagon with Australian Robert Whittaker or Brazilian Paulo Costa in order to consolidate his claim.

“Everything is going so that Adesanya will face Blakhovich in the next fight. If not, then I believe that I should become the next rival of Israel. He defeated Whittaker, defeated Costa and Cannonier after defeat. There is no other candidate in the middleweight division. I am ready to meet with him after January. If the UFC wants me to secure my title fight, then I can face Whittaker or Costa, ”said Hermanson.

Recall that the duel between Jack and Marvin will be the main event of the UFC on ESPN 19 tournament, which will take place on December 5 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

Sergey Kharitonov: “I should have met Tyson in the ring before the end of the year”

Bellator heavyweight Sergei Kharitonov claims he was going to host an exhibition boxing match this year against legendary Mike Tyson.

“I would like to watch the Tyson-Jones fight, but did not watch it. In the morning I woke up, however, due to certain recent events, I did not have the opportunity to watch the fight. And I did not review it, although a lot of journalists called me after this fight. And I already knew. the result in advance, because I was also offered a fight with Tyson and was told that the winner would not be determined, a draw would be declared.

I had to meet with Mike Tyson in the ring before the end of the year. There was a proposal, but due to the pandemic, no one knew the number. We had to box in Russia – in Moscow, Yekaterinburg or some other city. There were discussions, but there was no specifics. I received an offer, I agreed. Before that they told me: “Sergei, you can’t (fight at full strength, – approx.), After all, Mike Tyson is 54 years old.”

In my younger years in boxing, I had no chance with him at all. When he was world champion at 20, what are the odds in boxing? None. And now the man is 54 years old, he is a respected boxer. I was told that he can beat any blows, and I have to defend more, “said Sergei Kharitonov in the” Heart-to-heart talk “program with Avraham Russo.

Curtis Blaydes sees no point in fighting Jones unless he is offered a large fee

UFC top heavyweight Curtis Blaydes says he has no plans to fight former light heavyweight champion John Jones. At least until the management of the promotion offers him a generous fee.

“No, I will not fight Jones. If I win the fight against Derrick Lewis, I want to get a title chance. I am not going to become cannon fodder so that someone can raise their reputation. I have already built a reputation for myself and I believe that deserved the title fight.

It seems to me that I shouldn’t accept this fight if I don’t need it. I will not fight Jones to prove that I deserve the title fight. This is funny.

Let’s talk about money. I’m not going to fight Jones for two hundred pieces, this is some kind of joke. I think many people forget that we are paid our fees, regardless of the name of the opponent. So I don’t have to fight Jones to make my 200,000. I can fight the bag and get the same amount. If I fight John, I want money, “said Blades.

Charles Oliveira promised to end the war in a duel with Ferguson

Brazilian lightweight Charles Oliveira (29-8 MMA, 17-8 UFC) is poised to take his career to the next level when he shares the octagon with Tony Ferguson (25-4 MMA, 15-2 UFC) at the upcoming UFC 256 , which will take place on December 12th.

“I accepted this fight on a 20-day notice, but for me this is a chance to demonstrate my talent, and to show that I am ready to fight any fighter from the top 5, which I have already said many times in the past,” the website quotes Oliveira. UFC.com. – “My time has come. On December 12th, I shock the world.

I expect this fight to be a real war, because we are both good in stance and on the ground. We both like to fight and we both put pressure on our opponents. Fans can rest assured that they are in for a war in the Octagon, but they also need to know that when this is over, it will be my hand that will be raised. This is my moment. I have a lot of respect for Ferguson: he is a fantastic fighter, but now my time has come. “

Adam Yandiev: “I never owed anyone but the Most High and my parents”

UFC fighter Adam Yandiev claims that he was never in debt, and his conflict with Sergei Kharitonov began due to the fact that the heavyweight spread rumors about his debts.

“The truth will always become clear. I never owed anyone but the Almighty and my parents. Remember Sergey, stop there. This was the last interview, this is where we conclude. I personally leave these interviews and the dirt that you pour. This is it is impossible to hear You climbed into the terrible mud.

The whole point of this conflict was that the person had never voiced to me that I owed him, but began to talk about it behind my back. I began to learn from people that I owed Kharitonov. When I asked Sergei: “What do I owe you? When you meet me, tell me this, show me where I should?”, He could not do it. The whole truth is in this, “- said Adam Yandiev in an interview with the YouTube channel Podcast Golitsin Experience.

Let us remind you that Yandiyev also said that something bad could happen to Kharitonov.

Darren Till reveals details of recent injury that forced him to withdraw from the fight

Middleweight contender Darren Till contacted Ariel Helvani the night before and commented on his forced refusal to participate in the fight with Jack Hermansson, which was to take place on December 5.

“Ariel, I just didn’t feel 100 percent ready, didn’t give my knee enough time to fully recover from the fight with Robert. I fought off with Whittaker, took a break for several weeks, so – not surprisingly – I lost my fighting condition. And when I returned to the training hall, I felt fine, I was ready, and I still thought that I was enough … You see, when you have everything in order with your preparation and you can have a five-round fight, then it is difficult to lose shape. a snap of your finger. In general, the camp continues, and discomfort in the knee area begins to appear. In a fight with such an opponent as Jack, you need to go out in your best shape – I decided for myself, and this was the problem – I did not feel ready for the fight.

We had a conversation with the team, where I sit down and say: “Look, I have never withdrawn from fights and this will be the first time.” They ask me: “What do you suggest?” I say: “I would like to go to the fight, but … Like, if I beat Hermansson, then I still have the opportunity to go to the title against Adesanya.” He’s like, “You have to be 100% ready. I don’t think it’s a good idea [to fight injured].” And, to be honest, this was probably the first time I was able to look at such a question through the eyes of a grown-up person: “You know, I agree with you. I think we’d better wait.” So now I will continue to train to the best of my ability and will wait for next year – this, I think, is the best option for me. “

Rafael Dos Anjos explains why he challenged Michael Chandler

Former UFC lightweight champion Brazilian Rafael Dos Anjos explained why he challenged American Michael Chandler after it became known that Russian Islam Makhachev would not be able to fight him.

“I looked through the ratings and looked for options that made sense. Chandler only made weight two weeks ago to replace him in the fight between Nurmagomedov and Gaetji, but he never got a chance to fight. In addition, Michael constantly uploads videos that he trains and keeps himself in shape. So he’s the guy that first came to my mind. I offered him to fight, but he refused, saying that he had other plans, ”said Dos Anjos.

Recall that Makhachev was forced to abandon the fight with Dos Anjos due to staphylococcus infection. As a result, American Paul Felder took the fight on short notice. The rivals will split the octagon on November 14th at UFC Apex in Las Vegas, USA in the main event of UFC Fight Night 182.

Paul Felder may end his career if he defeated Rafael Dos Anjos

American mixed martial arts fighter Paul Felder may retire after a fight with ex-UFC lightweight champion Brazilian Rafael Dos Anjos.

“I can say that the odds are 50-50 here. I thought about it. The odds will probably increase if I win this fight. If I fail, I will most likely want to return to the octagon again. I will again have remorse, like after the fight with Hooker, and I want to prove that I can do more, ”said Felder.

Still, Paul does not rule out the option that after winning this fight he will continue to compete, only in this case he will agree to a fight with an opponent from the top five of the lightweight division rating.

“I understand that I am coming to the end of my career. Therefore, the fight with Dos Anjos is a win-win option for me. If I finish the former champion then it puts me in a good position. I will be able to take part in big fights with opponents from the top five in our division, who previously dodged me, ”added Paul.

Recall that the fight between Rafael Dos Anjos and Paul Felder will be the main event of UFC Fight Night 182, which will take place on November 14 at the UFC Apex arena in Las Vegas, USA.

Santiago Ponzinibbio promises to knock out Colby Covington

Argentine welterweight Santiago Ponzinibbio, who has lost his place in the UFC rankings due to prolonged inactivity, is ready to return and loudly declare himself by knocking out his former teammate Colby Covington, who occupies the first line in the division.

“We were never friends – I trained with him, but we didn’t have a friendship,” Ponzinibbio said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “I have nothing against him personally, but we have never been friends. We crossed paths several times in training because we had one coach, Mike Brown, who sometimes brought us together. “

“This is my job and I look at it like a professional. I think Covington is a great athlete. He is the leader of the division, and this fight is interesting to me. He suits me well as an opponent and I am confident that I will knock him out and win the fight. I am definitely very interested in this fight. “

The 34-year-old Argentinian last entered the cage two years ago, knocking out Neil Magney in the fourth round. Ponzinibbio was scheduled to return to the Octagon at UFC 245 in Las Vegas against Robbie Lawler, however, the welterweight was forced to withdraw from the numbered event due to a staphylococcus infection.

Valentina Shevchenko plans to complete the trilogy with Amanda Nunes

Reigning UFC flyweight titleholder Valentina Shevchenko is confident that her third fight against UFC double champion Amanda Nunes is logical and inevitable.

“I think it would be logical,” said Bullet in an interview with Hablemos MMA. “She very easily passes all rivals, and I think that in the future it would be logical to have a third fight, because I did not lose the second fight. I won it “

“Now it will be a super fight, champion versus champion, and the judges will judge it differently. Three years ago, she won a takedown in the fifth round, and she did not even initiate it. It was the result of my actions. It was the last round, we were both slippery, she was heavier, and so I ended up at the bottom, although I had to take a position on top. “

“This is the only thing that gave her a slight edge in the eyes of the judges that evening, but given how it ended, it would be logical to have a third fight between us.”

Shevchenko is currently gearing up to defend her title against Jennifer Maya, who will fight on November 21 at UFC 255 in Las Vegas, and hopes that by the time the third fight with Nunes becomes a reality, fans will be allowed to return to the stands.

“I don’t know when the fight with Nunes will take place, because now I am focused on my weight class. I want to dominate and defend my belt over and over, but I hope that by the time our fight with Amanda becomes a reality, the fans will be back in the stands because I don’t want to fight her in an empty arena. “

As a reminder, Amanda Nunes will defend her featherweight title against Megan Anderson on December 12 at UFC 256 in Las Vegas.

Tony Ferguson: “No one should get more than me, except McGregor»

The third number of the UFC lightweight rating Tony Ferguson, who suffered a crushing defeat from Justin Gaitji in the previous fight, is convinced not only that he is worthy of a fight for the title, but also believes that he should become the highest-paid fighter in the division, not counting Conor McGregor.

“Don’t pay anyone more than me,” Ferguson told Submission Radio. “If you pay more to Conor, I’ll understand that. But everyone else can’t get more than me, especially newcomers like Chandler»

“I have earned this right. I’ve been here since the beginning. I earned it by going through Fuel TV, Spike TV, FOX, ESPN, and losing sponsors because of the Reebok contract. I went all the way with them, from being a real humble guy to a tough ass, and they have a duty to reward a genius like me».

According to the UFC plan, Tony Ferguson should meet former Bellator champion Michael Chandler in the next fight, however, the veteran of the largest MMA promotion made it clear that he expects to fight Dustin Porier for the UFC title, which will become vacant due to the retirement of Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Michael Bisping: “When Khabib looks at the sky, he sees the stars, and Jones is a huge blot on his career»

Former UFC Middleweight champion, Michael Bisping, believes that Jon Jones can not claim the title of the greatest fighter of all time, because he has repeatedly become involved in doping scandals and was caught on the use of anabolic steroids.

“When Khabib looks up at the sky, he sees stars, and Jon Jones doesn’t see stars – he sees a huge blot the size of the Universe on his career,” Bisping said in the next edition of the MMA today podcast. “George Saint-pyerr, Henry Cejudo, Demetrius Johnson, I see a lot of stars, while Anderson Silva and Jon Jones are on another planet, and instead of stars I look at the stain on his career, merging in one huge stain”

According to the British, Russian lightweight can rightfully claim the title of greatest fighter of all time.

“The greatest of all time – Khabib or George St. Pierre? In my opinion, this is Khabib. He went to the top, he’s undefeated, only lost two rounds in his entire career, and I don’t think we’ll see him again in battle”

Recall that last weekend, Khabib Nurmagomedov has combined acting and interim titles in the UFC lightweight division, finishing a triangle choke in the second round of the Justin Haiti, after which he announced his resignation.