The fight between Islam Makhachev and Rafael Dos Anjos is back in force

The lightweight bout between Islam Makhachev and Rafael Dos Anjos, canceled due to the Brazilian’s positive test for coronavirus, will take place three weeks later than originally planned.

Informed sources close to the situation report that the Russian-Brazilian confrontation has added to the card of the UFC Fight Night 182 tournament, which will be held on November 14 in Las Vegas. This explains why Islam Makhachev left Khabib Nurmagomedov’s training camp in a hurry, not waiting for his fight against Justin Geitzhi.

Former UFC lightweight champion, Rafael DOS Anjos, has competed in the Welterweight division for the past three years, where he has had eight fights, winning four and losing four. The 35-year-old Brazilian is currently on a two-game losing streak, losing via unanimous decisions to Michael Chiesa and Leon Edwards.

29-year-old Islam Makhachev leads a series of six wins, in the last match he won by unanimous decision against Davey Ramos.

Michael Chandler explained his refusal to fight Islam Makhachev

Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler didn’t think that his refusal to fight Islam Makhachev would offend the Russian fighter’s fans so much.

The American, who previously said that he did not know Makhachev, claims that his words were misinterpreted.

“My answer is no,” Chandler is quoted as saying by MMAjunkie. “Now we are talking about the next step, so the ship sailed anyway. If I was ready to do something like this, it was for the sake of a fight with Tony Ferguson. At this point, I’m not going to change course and take the fight on short notice. But my words were misinterpreted, so people continue to attack me from all sides»

“When I say ‘people’, I mean Russians and Dagestanis, all those who are on Khabib’s train – there are millions of them, and they continue to press me, call me a chicken and a coward, although I did not sign a contract for the fight, and I was not going to change my opponent, my plan, and everything else in two weeks. Now I am a reserve participant in the title fight, and I am preparing my body, my mind, my soul and my spirit for the next step»

We will remind that Michael Chandler is a reserve participant in the unification match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaitzy, who will headline the UFC 254 tournament in Abu Dhabi on October 24.

As for Islam Makhachev, he left the United Arab Emirates and flew to the United States, where he will hold his next fight before the end of the year. Sources say that the Russian’s opponent may still be Rafael DOS Anjos, whose fight broke down after the Brazilian passed a positive test for coronavirus.

Zhalgas Zhumagulov learned the name of the next opponent in the UFC

Former Fight Nights Global light heavyweight champion Zhalgas Zhumagulov will return to the octagon on November 28 in Las Vegas, and his opponent will be Amir Albazi.

Informed sources close to the situation reported on the organization of the match.

In July, 32-year-old native of Kazakhstan Zhalgas Zhumagulov unsuccessfully debuted in the UFC, losing a unanimous decision to Raulian PAVA. Prior to this, Zhumagulov led a series of four WINS under the FNG banner, in the last two fights he took the upper hand over Tagir Ulanbekov and Ali Bagautinov.

26-year-old representative of Sweden Amir Albazi, on the contrary, in July marked a successful debut in the organization, already in the first round finishing with a triangle choke of Malcolm Gordon.

The head of UFC caught Jon Jones in deception

During a recent altercation with Israel Adesanya, Jon Jones admitted to hiding under a cage from representatives Of the Nevada state athletic Commission to avoid out-of-competition testing for marijuana, and it seems that the former UFC champion’s version is not entirely true.

“They don’t test for marijuana,” UFC President Dana white told reporters in Abu Dhabi. “If he was worried about marijuana, they don’t test for marijuana during pre-testing. If it was an out-of-competition test, he would have passed it without any problems»

“I don’t know anything about it. But if you don’t have a fight scheduled, they don’t check you for marijuana”

Recall that the following dialogue took place between Jones and Adesanya.

Adesanya: “Fun fact! In 2010, I slept under the cage because I didn’t want to waste my energy going home and stayed in the gym until evening training, while Jonathan crawled under the cage to hide from USADA during an out-of-competition doping test. This is a fact, if someone suddenly forgot about it».

Jones: “Brother, you better explain your boob. I was hiding from the Nevada state athletic Commission, not USADA, because I smoked and was afraid of failing the grass test. This is the true truth».

Darren till is ready to fight with Khamzat by Chimaeva

Former contender for the UFC Welterweight title, Darren till, who is ranked sixth in the UFC Middleweight rankings, sees no problems in fighting the rising star of the organization, Khamzat Chimaev, from a fight with which the top fighters in two divisions refuse.

The Briton, who will face number four Jack Hermansson in December, promised to fight the Chechen finisher after the fight with the Norwegian, if necessary at that time.

“Ratings have never mattered in the UFC,” till tweeted. “Khamzat Chimaev, after I destroy the Jack in December if you still experience difficulty in finding an opponent, I’ll introduce you to the big boys, son!”.

We will remind that the duel between Darren Tellam and Jack Hermansson will be the main event of the tournament UFC Fight Night, which will be held on December 5 in Las Vegas.

Michael Chandler has responded to the challenge of Islam Makhachev

Former Bellator lightweight title holder, Michael Chandler, has no plans to take on Islam Makhachev, who challenged him after his opponent, Rafael DOS Anjos, dropped out of the UFC 254 tournament due to a coronavirus infection.

“Many people ask me about the fight with Islam Makhachev, but with all due respect, I do not know who this is,” the American said during a live broadcast on Instagram. “If someone lost an opponent because of the coronavirus, it doesn’t mean that I have to fight with the twelfth number of the rating. I insure the title fight. If my services are not needed, I will beat Tony Ferguson or Dustin Porrier, and within a year I will take the championship belt»

We will remind that Michael Chandler is preparing for the UFC 254 tournament as a reserve participant in the unification match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Geitzhi, who will headline the number event on October 24.

Justin Haiti called the key to defeating Habib Nurmagomedov

UFC lightweight champion, Justin Gaitji, named a combination of factors that will be the key to his victory over the current UFC title holder, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

“This is the biggest fight of my life – by far. There is no doubt about it,” the American fighter said during a virtual press conference. “I will not allow external factors to affect my attitude and my preparation. I am confident in myself, and this confidence is growing every day. This has been going on for eight weeks, and we still have three and a half weeks ahead of us. I will be ready to fight like never before».

“My confidence is probably the biggest factor, which, combined with my power and coaching skills, is a dangerous combination. Another factor is hard work, skills, and a bit of luck in the game. Any of us can go to bed. He’s a fool if he thinks that I am not able to send him to sleep. This makes me the most dangerous of all his rivals. He hasn’t met someone like me yet.”

The lightweight unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaitji will take place on October 24 at UFC 254 in Abu Dhabi.

The UFC 253 was another financial success of the UFC

The numbered UFC 253 tournament, held on September 26 in Abu Dhabi, was a successful start for the largest MMA promotion that returned to Fight Island.

Resource Yahoo Sports, citing informed sources, reports that the event, the main events of which were the title confrontations in the middle and light heavyweight, sold 700 thousand paid broadcasts, and this is only in the United States, excluding purchases around the world.

Recall that in the main event of the tournament, Israel Adesanya successfully defended the UFC Middleweight title, knocking out Paulo Costa in the second round, and in the co-main event, Jan Blachowicz dealt with Dominic Reyes and won the vacant UFC light heavyweight championship belt.

Having sold 700 thousand paid broadcasts, UFC 253 became one of the most successful events of the current year, equaling the sales of PPV with the UFC 249: Ferguson – Gaitji tournament.

The best sales in 2020 were shown by two events – UFC 251: Usman – Masvidal (1.3 million PPV) and UFC 246: McGregor – Cerrone (1 million PPV). At the same time, the UFC 252: Miocic – Cormier 3 tournament managed to sell only 500 thousand paid broadcasts.

The next numbered event, UFC 254, has all the chances to update the current year’s record, which will headline the lightweight unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Geitzhi on October 24.

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.