The former champion of UFC in heavy weight debut in fist fights

Former UFC heavyweight title holder Frank Mir has signed an agreement with the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, an organization that specializes in holding Boxing matches without gloves, according to informed sources close to the situation.

There is no definite information about when the heavyweight will make his debut under the organization’s banner, and who will be his opponent.

The 41-year-old Frank Mir has spent the last three fights under the Bellator MMA banner, losing by knockouts to Fedor Emelianenko and Javi Ayala, and winning by unanimous decision against Roy Nelson. Prior to that, Mir competed in the UFC for 15 years, where He held the current UFC heavyweight title from 2004 to 2005, and held the interim championship belt from 2008 to 2009.

John Dodson fired from UFC

The winner of the fourteenth season of TUF and former contender for the UFC light heavyweight title, John Dodson, is no longer a fighter of the largest MMA promotion.

Information about the dismissal of the” Wizard ” from the UFC was confirmed by his Manager Ricky Cottenstett.

“We are looking forward to offers for John,” the MMAFighting Manager is quoted as saying. “John is one hundred percent dedicated to his career, and his fighting skills have not decreased at all»

“John fought with the best fighters in the world in two weight categories, and is still ready to compete with the elite. We are ready to negotiate with any organizations to find John the best home for his future.”

John Dodson made his UFC debut in December 2011, knocking out T. J. Dillashaw in the TUF 14 final, before claiming the Featherweight title twice, both times losing to Demetrius Johnson via unanimous decision.

In 2016, Dodson returned to the Bantamweight division with four wins and five losses. The 35-year-old American had his last fight in August of this year, losing by unanimous decision to Merab Dvalishvili.

Conor McGregor made UFC claims after USADA visit

Former UFC champion in two weight categories, Conor McGregor, spoke about the visit of representatives of the US anti-Doping Agency, who visited his yacht on a cruise in the Mediterranean sea.

“What’s up, UFC? USADA representatives arrived on my yacht this morning for testing. I’m retired, guys! But so be it – I let them check it out. I still have everything natural, ” McGregor tweeted.

At the same time, the Irishman noted an offensive statement to his former rival Nate Diaz, with whom he periodically threatens to complete the trilogy.

“Nate Diaz’s fucking rat head,” he added.

Note that USADA representatives visited Conor McGregor at the same time as Dustin Porrier announced that his fight with Tony Ferguson at UFC 254 will not take place. It would probably be possible to see some connection here, if there was not so little time left before the numbered event scheduled for October 24.

However, the very fact that McGregor is still in the USADA testing pool and UFC ratings suggests that the Irishman has not actually finished his professional career and expects to return to the octagon in the next six months.

The head of Bellator responded to the UFC President

The head of Bellator responded to the UFC President
The President of Bellator, Scott Coker, reacted to words of Dan white who declared that the competing organization signs only those fighters whom they dismissed from UFC.

“We actually have the best light heavyweight division on the planet, without a doubt,” Coker was quoted as saying by MMAJunkie. “Think about the fighters we have – Phil Davis, Lyoto Machida, Vadim Nemkov. Now Corey Anderson has joined them, and I think Gegard mousasi will eventually go up to light heavyweight, because he told me about it. This group of fighters will form the backbone of a very strong and strong division»

“Ryan Bader, Phil Davis, and anyone else who came from the UFC, they came to us as free agents, not because they were kicked out. This is a lie. The truth is that they were free agents, they wanted to be appreciated, and we offered them a better deal – so they moved to us. These guys are fighting for a reward. They don’t do it for fun. These are athletes of the highest level, and if they are offered the best conditions, why don’t they go to Bellator? And the words that they were kicked out of the UFC, this is a blatant lie»

Recall that the next dialogue in the media between the heads of competing organizations provoked Scott Coker, who said that after the departure of John Jones in the heavyweight division of Bellator can be considered the strongest in the world.

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s teammate suspended for nine months

The athletic Commission of the state of Nevada decided to suspend for nine months the American Middleweight Deron Wynn, who represents the “American Kickboxing Academy” and is a teammate and sparring partner of the current UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

The reason for Wynn’s disqualification was a failed doping test that showed the presence of amphetamine in his body. The American failed testing on March 7 after an early defeat in a fight against Gerald Mershart at UFC 248, so he will be able to return to the octagon on December 7. He will also pay a $ 1,800 fine and legal fees.

According to NSAC representatives, Deron Wynn pleaded guilty to violating the rules and for this reason received a minimum period of disqualification.

Before losing the previous match, the 31-year-old American fighter had two fights in the UFC, winning by unanimous decision against Eric Spicely, and losing by split decision to Darren Stewart.

Manager Fedor Emelianenko confirmed a possible fight with Brock Lesnar

The team of Fedor Emelianenko is considering organizing a fight with the former UFC heavyweight champion, Brock Lesnar, who, according to sources, worked out a contract with WWE and became a free agent.

This was announced by the Manager of the legendary Russian heavyweight Jerry Millen.

“Brock Lesnar became a free agent. It is possible that now we will be able to organize a fight that everyone wanted to see, but could not organize in the UFC. Scott Coker, let’s do it! #Fedor #the Greatest, ” the American tweeted, addressing the Bellator President.

Earlier, the head of Bellator MMA said that the organization will make an offer to the 43-year-old heavyweight, if information about his status as a free agent is confirmed.

Khamzat Chimayev will get a famous opponent from the top 10 of the UFC rating

If Khamzat Chimayev wins the next two matches, he will become one of the participants in the Welterweight title race.

At a press conference in Las Vegas, UFC President Dana white confirmed that the Chechen fighter will take part in the tournament scheduled for September 19, and then hold another fight on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, where the organization will start another series of events on September 26 with the UFC 253 tournament.

Moreover, if Chimaev successfully performs in Las Vegas, his next opponent will be a former contender for the UFC Middleweight and Welterweight titles, Demian Maia, who is ranked seventh in the UFC Welterweight division.

“Khamzat Chimayev will be in Las Vegas on Sunday or Monday,” the head of the UFC said. “He will fight twice – here and on Fight Island. The guy wants it, and I like his attitude. We are still working on the fight, but we are talking about the fact that he will fight Demian Maia on Fight Island»

42-year-old Demian Maia held the last fight in March of this year, having already lost in the first round by technical knockout to Gilbert burns. Before that, the Brazilian was on a three-game winning streak, winning by decision against Tony Martin, and finishing with smothers of Lyman Goode and Ben Askren.

26-year-old Khamzat Chimayev in July successfully debuted in UFC, having managed to record two victories in ten days, having dealt with Welshman John Phillips and Irishman Rhys McKee.

Israel Adesanya announced a plan for a fight with Paulo Costa

The current UFC Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, who will defend the title against Paulo Costa on September 26 at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi, spoke about the plan to fight the dangerous Brazilian knockout.

“I will hit him in the face with my hands as many times as possible, and also kick him until he falls,” Adesanya told the South China Morning Post.

At the same time, the UFC champion claims that he does not feel personal hostility to the opponent.

“There is nothing personal for me in this fight. This guy is a soapbox to me, so why should I take his words seriously? I think we should just accept this situation. Sometimes you take control of the situation, but most of the time you accept it for what it is and work with it”

According to Adesanya, he is serious about the upcoming confrontation, and does not lack motivation.

“I understand what is at stake, and this is enough motivation for me. Treston funny, and I’m not particularly dwell. It’s just part of my job. I’ve been in these situations many times, we know what really deserves attention, so this is nothing new for me».

Stipe Miocic spoke about the match between Fedor and Cormier

The current UFC heavyweight champion, Stipe Miocic, shared his opinion about the hypothetical fight between Fedor Emelianenko and Daniel Cormier.

According to the American, his compatriot and former rival would have no problems in the confrontation with the “Last Emperor”.

“I think D. C. is superior to Fedor in speed, and he is better than him in the fight,” Miocic said. “Cormier is a very smart and technical fighter. I definitely think that D. C. would have destroyed Fyodor»

Recall that on August 15 at UFC 252 in Las Vegas, Stipe Miocic successfully defended the championship belt, defeating Daniel Cormier by unanimous decision, and at the same time became the winner of the principled title trilogy that lasted two years.

Curtis Blaydes: “Lewis will be very easy to beat».

The second number of the UFC heavyweight rating, Curtis Blaydes, who will face derrick Lewis in three months, does not think that the fight with the “Black Beast” will be a difficult test for him.

“This is a great fight for me – he is just below me in the rating, and it will be very easy to beat him,” – quotes “Razor” The Score MMA. “And in fact, he is the only available opponent. There is no other match worth fighting. I wouldn’t fight number eight or ten in the rankings».

“I challenged him for almost two years, so I knew that sooner or later our fight would take place. He couldn’t hide from me forever. Now he simply has no one to fight. If he doesn’t want to fight with number eight or ten in the rankings, I’m the only real opponent for him.”

Recall that the heavyweight bout between Curtis Blaydes and derrick Lewis will be the main event of the UFC Fight Night series, which will be held on November 28.

Luke Rockhold named three potential rivals

Former UFC Middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold, who plans to resume his professional career by the end of the year, named three fighters with whom he would like to measure forces in the octagon.

“I would like to fight Darren Till – it’s an interesting fight, and I can’t even imagine what it’s like to fight without fans,” Rockhold said in an interview with Brendan Schaub. “If it doesn’t grow together with Till, I’m also interested in a fight with Jack Hermansson – this guy has proven himself well. Then there’s Chris Wideman, who won’t shut up, so I’d like to shut him up. There’s nothing worse than a guy you beat up and then he won’t stop talking. I would like to close this door once and for all»

If Luke Rockhold wants to fight Till or Hermansson, he will not be able to return to the cage until the end of the year, since the top middleweights have a fight with each other scheduled for December 5, and Chris Weidman, who defeated Omari Akhmedov in the last match, said that Rockhold must win before claiming a fight with him.

The most beautiful girl in MMA debuts in fistfights

UFC fan favorite Paige Vanzant, who became a free agent after losing a fight against Amanda Ribas at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi, signed a long-term agreement with Bare Knuckle FC, an organization that specializes in holding Boxing matches without gloves.

This was reported by the famous sports columnist Ariel Helvani.

“Just spoke with Paige Vanzant, who confirmed that she has signed a long-term multi-million dollar contract with BKFC,” the reporter tweeted. “She is very happy: ‘I feel like I’m biased in MMA, they think I’m just a pretty face, and I’m ready to prove them wrong and show them the person I see myself as’».

“She added that this is ‘an amazing contract and an amazing opportunity’. Obviously, Paige can’t compete in MMA yet, but she said she’s not closing the door on the sport, and added that she and her husband Austin Vanderford recently moved to Florida to train at the ATT club»

26-year-old Paige Vanzant played in the UFC since 2014 and during this time spent nine fights under the banner of the organization, having won five victories and suffered four defeats.

There is no information yet about when the girl will make her debut under the BKFC banner.

Pyotr Yan is ready to fight with Andrey Orlovsky

The current UFC lightweight champion, Pyotr Yan, who previously had a public conflict with Andrey Orlovsky, does not rule out that a personal meeting with the Belarusian heavyweight may end in a fight.

“You don’t know the whole situation. I called it as I think, and I do not refuse my words,” the Russian fighter said in an interview with Alexander Lyutikov. “I don’t know what will happen when we meet. It doesn’t make any difference. Maybe we’ll fight and I’ll beat Orlovsky»

Recall that the conflict between the fighters provoked an interview with Andrey Orlovsky, who, according to Peter Yan, commented with disdain on his victory over Jose Aldo. In response, Yan called Orlovsky “a clean skin”, after which each of the fighters spoke about the reasons for the hostility that arose between them.

Marlon Moraes will face Corey Sandhagen

The first number of the UFC’s lightest weight, Marlon Moraes, received an opponent and was eliminated from the list of likely candidates for a fight with the current champion of the division, Peter Yan.

Informed sources close to the situation report that the fight between Marlon Moraes and Corey Sandhagen will headline the UFC Fight Night series tournament, which will take place on October 10, presumably on Fight Island in Abu Dhabi.

In particular, this information was confirmed by the Manager of the Brazilian, Ali Abdelaziz.

32-year-old Marlon Moraes returns to the octagon after winning a split decision over Jose Aldo, which closed an early defeat in the title fight against Henry Cejudo, and 28-year-old Corey Sandhagen, who occupies the fourth line in the division’s rating, in the previous match suffered the first defeat under the UFC banner, losing by strangulation from behind to Aljamain Sterling.

Javier Mendez gave a forecast for the fight of Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier

Daniel Cormier’s trainer, Javier Mendez, does not expect an early end to the third match against Stipe Miocic, and believes that this time the heavyweights will spend all five rounds in the octagon.

“This time I am more confident in the victory of DC than in the second match,” Mendes said in an interview with Brett Okamoto. “But I also realize that Stipe is the champion again, and that he will be even stronger, so I consider our advantage insignificant. I’m not going to talk about a significant superiority over the Stipe. Yes, I am more confident of winning than in the previous match, so if you ask me, I will say Yes, we will win. But I will not say that we will knock him out – I expect a five-round war. So I think that we will win by a decision based on the results of five rounds»

Recall that the final match of the trilogy between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier will headline the UFC 252 tournament, which will take place on August 15 in Las Vegas.

Yana Kunitskaya’s opponent has changed

Lithuanian-born Yulia Stolyarenko agreed on short notice to replace the eliminated Kathleen Vieira and face Russian Yana Kunitskaya in the UFC Fight Night 174 tournament, which will take place on August 8 in Las Vegas.

The replacement was reported by sources close to the situation.

30-year-old Yana kunitskaya in the previous fight broke her own series of two victories, losing by technical knockout to aspen Ladd at the UFC on ESPN 7 tournament in Washington. Before that, the Russian won the decision against Lina Lansberg and Marion Reno.

27-year-old Yulia Stolyarenko in November 2018 unsuccessfully debuted under the UFC banner, losing a split decision to Leah Letson at the TUF 28 Finale tournament in Las Vegas, after which she won four early victories in regional organizations, and in the last match successfully debuted under the Invicta FC banner, getting another chance to gain a foothold in the roster of the largest MMA promotion.

Timur Valiev’s UFC debut canceled

Russian fighter Timur Valiev, declared a participant in the UFC Fight Night 173 tournament, will not be able to make his debut under the banner of the largest MMA promotion this weekend.

Informed sources close to the situation report that the place of the Russian in the event card was taken by a rookie of the organization, Winsten Cachero, who will meet with Jamall Emmers.

The reasons that made Valiev postpone his debut in the UFC are not reported.

Recall that 30-year-old Timur Valiev, known for performances in the organizations WSOF, PFL and GFC, leads a series of six victories, and is a teammate of such fighters as Zabit Magomedsharipov, Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez.

Zabit Magomedsharipov dropped in the UFC rating

Despite the fact that over the past month Zabit Magomedsharipov and Brian Ortega did not enter the octagon, the top fighters of the UFC Featherweight division again changed places in the official rating of the organization.

Magomedsharipov, who a month ago displaced Ortega from the second line, in the updated rating again took third place, passing ahead of the American.

We will remind that the Russian fighter will hold his next fight, which, presumably, should become a contender, on August 29 in Las Vegas, and his opponent will be the Mexican Yair Rodriguez.

As for Brian Ortega, who did not enter the octagon for more than a year and a half, he planned to measure forces with the Korean Zombie, however, the fourth number of the division is in no hurry to sign a contract for the fight.

George Saint-Pierre answered the challenge of Kamar Usman

Having successfully defended the UFC Welterweight title in a fight against Jorge Masvidal, kamaru Usman said that he dreams of competing with the former champion of the division, George St. Pierre, and the legendary canadian did not ignore the challenge addressed to him.

“I saw this fight and Usman looked amazing,” the UFC Hall of Fame member told TMZ. “He had a great and very smart match. Everyone talks about his physical strength and skills, but I think his best quality is his brain. He is an extremely smart fighter. It becomes the perfect retribution for every opponent, and shows perfect fights. He is an incredible fighter, and will go very far. If he continues in this way, he will become one of the best fighters in history”

Unfortunately for Usman, Saint-Pierre does not plan to return to the octagon for a fight with him.

“I’ve been doing this for too long, and unfortunately there are a lot of guys in my sport who couldn’t leave on time, and I don’t want to be one of them. I was lucky – I’m healthy, rich, and left just when I needed to. I’ve made a lot of money, and now, when I think about the pros and cons, I think it’s better for me to stay retired.”

Earlier, the former UFC champion in two weight categories repeatedly said that he would resume his career only for the sake of a fight with the current UFC lightweight title holder Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Cody Garbrandt asks for a lightweight title fight

It seems that the former UFC lightweight champion, Cody Garbrandt, who occupies the third line in the division, is not too interested in a fight with Peter Yan, and prefers to go down to the lightest weight category to challenge Daveson Figueredo.

Given the fact that the organization is not in a hurry to call the number one contender in the lightest weight neither Marlon Moraes nor Aljamain Sterling, it would seem that now is the time for the American to actively participate in the promotion of a likely fight with the Russian champion, but for some reason Garbrandt suddenly lost interest in the title race in 135 pounds, switching his interest to the lightest division.

“125 pounds, let’s go! Dana white, Sean Shelby, Mick Maynard, ” Garbrandt wrote on Instagram, demonstrating to the UFC management that even in the off-season, his weight only slightly exceeds 145 pounds.

We will remind that on July 18 at UFC Fight Night 172 in Abu Dhabi, Daveson Figueredo finished Joseph Benavidez in the first round, having won the vacant UFC title in the lightest weight, and Cody Garbrandt in June knocked out Rafael Assunsao, taking the third place in the rating of the lightest division of the UFC.

Daveson Figueredo: “I will knock out Benavidez or finish with a sub»

The contender for the vacant UFC lightweight title, Daveson Figueredo, who will have to give a rematch to Joseph Benavidez this weekend, is ready to prove that his victory in the previous fight was not accidental.

“My biggest goal is to win the UFC title and bring it home. It will be a dream come true, ” the Brazilian said in an interview before the UFC Fight Night 172 tournament. “Now I have a second chance, and I will not miss the opportunity to fulfill my dream. I am glad that everything is back to normal and that I can fight in Abu Dhabi».

The first bout between the fighters, held on February 29 at UFC Fight Night 169 in Norfolk, ended at the 1:54 mark of the second round with the Brazilian winning by technical knockout. It is possible that the outcome of the match was affected by the clash of the fighters ‘ heads, after which Benavidez’s eye began to pour blood from the cut, and Figueredo took advantage of the opponent’s confusion and struck a blow that put an end to this fight. At the same time, the championship belt remained vacant, as Daveson Figueredo failed the weight race before the title match, showing a weight advantage of more than two pounds.

“I will again knock out Benavidez and prove that the previous victory was not related to my advantage. I know his game and all the possible strategies – he just doesn’t have a chance. Benavidez is a very persistent fighter, and he knows how to keep the pace, but this time I am more familiar with his game, so there is nothing good waiting for him in the stand. He is the only one who should be concerned in the run-up to this match. I changed some things, but the basic plan remains the same – I will knock him out or finish with a submissive»

“This will mean that my dreams have come true, and that I have achieved everything I wanted. It’s not just my dream – it’s the dream of my parents, my family and teammates. We will celebrate the victory and thank the Lord for this great achievement».