The head of the UFC: “I don’t think the fight Jones and Ngandu will be held»

The President of UFC, Dana white, commented on the information about the unsuccessful conclusion of negotiations on a likely fight between the current UFC light heavyweight champion, John Jones, and the second number of the organization’s heavy division, Francis Ngannou.

“Jon Jones vs Francis Ngandu? Obviously, this is a fight that people would like to see, and these guys have already said a lot to each other, but I don’t think it will happen. I don’t see that this fight will become a reality,” ESPN quotes the head of the UFC as saying.

Earlier, Jon Jones reported that he changed his mind about switching to heavyweight, because the organization offered him a standard fee for a fight with Francis Ngannou, refusing to pay the world’s best fighter for a fight against the most dangerous heavyweight of the UFC.

Francis Ngandu: “Cormier for me a more difficult challenge than Miocic»

The second number of the UFC heavyweight rating, Francis Ngannou, supports the idea of Daniel Cormier to deprive Stipe Miocic of the title and play the vacant championship belt in a duel between them.

“I think the UFC needs to do something and organize a title fight,” the Cameroonian said in an interview “I don’t know when the pandemic will end. No disrespect to Stipe, because he is a worthy champion, but the division must move on. The division can no longer be held back, so the UFC must do everything that is necessary. It’s been almost a year since the last title fight, and who knows when the next one will take place if nothing is done”

According to “Predator”, he considers the fight with Daniel Cormier a more serious challenge than the rematch with Stipe Miocic.

“First of all, I will be happy to fight with Cormier. He wanted to finish the trilogy with Miocic and retire, so there was no point in me calling him out, but since he came out and said he wanted to fight me, it would be an honor for me to have this fight. And I’ll walk out of the octagon with my hand up»

“To be honest, I am more confident in a rematch with Stipe than in a fight against Cormier. I think Cormier is a more difficult challenge for me than Miocic. I had a fight with Stipe and he couldn’t get me to finish. If it had been D. C., He would have killed me. I was exhausted, I couldn’t move, but Stipe couldn’t finish me. If I fight Stipe again, I will beat him, because now I have more knowledge and skills”

Recall that at the moment, 33-year-old Francis Ngannou leads a series of four wins by knockouts in the first rounds, spending less than three minutes on all opponents.

Oleg Taktarov praised Conor McGregor for a worthy act

Veteran of mixed martial arts Oleg Taktarov commented on the statement of Conor McGregor, who yesterday addressed Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov and wished the famous Russian coach a speedy recovery.

“We wish you health and pray for Abdulmanap, who, unfortunately, is now hard,” Taktarov said on Instagram. “I hope everything will be fine. And once again we will see how strong people in difficult times show their inner decency, which was so high – it was visible. I am now talking about Conor McGregor, who first of all wished all the best and said that he was praying for the health of Abdulmanap. Good people are good people, and any de* * * o can now wish the coronavirus on Conor, or someone else».

Recall that the father and coach of the current UFC champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, is rumored to be in a serious condition in one of the Moscow military hospitals due to heart complications after pneumonia.

Glover Teixeira: “Apologized to Smith after seeing him give his tooth to the referee»

The headliner of the UFC Fight Night 171 tournament, Glover Teixeira, explained why he decided to apologize to his opponent Anthony Smith right during the fight.

“I knew that his face was hurting because I was hitting him, and now my hand is hurting myself,” MMA Junkie quoted the Brazilian as saying. “I knew he was in pain and I saw him give his tooth to the referee. He said to the referee, ‘here’s my tooth,’ and I apologized to him, ‘ Hey, man, I’m sorry, but this is part of the job.’ And he told me, ‘what is, is’»

We will remind that the light heavyweight bout ended with Glover Teixeira’s victory by technical knockout in the fifth round, and Anthony Smith was diagnosed with a broken nose, a broken orbital bone, a dissection, and in addition, the fighter lost two teeth after the match.

Reaction of the UFC and the Athletic Commission to the infection of the fighter with a coronavirus

It seems that the management of the largest MMA promotion intends to hold the UFC 249 tournament at all costs, even though one of the fighters passed a positive test for coronavirus and could infect other participants of the show.

The Florida state athletic Commission, which regulates the event, also does not consider Ronaldo “Jacare” Sousa’s positive test a reason to cancel the event.

“I just spoke with an employee of the Florida state Athletic Commission who said that they don’t see any problems with holding the UFC 249 tournament, despite the positive test. He said Jacare reported contact with an infected relative and was isolated on arrival until the test results came in. ‘The system worked,’ he said, ” tweeted Las Vegas Review Journal sports columnist Adam hill.

As for the UFC representatives, they do not claim that Jacare was isolated, but they do not doubt the effectiveness of their security protocols.

“Since their arrival, Souza and his team have followed UFC safety protocols, including wearing personal protective equipment, and maintaining social distance and self-isolation whenever possible,” the UFC statement reads. “There were no other positive tests among the participants of the UFC 249 tournament, which indicates the effectiveness of our security measures. The UFC 249 tournament, the main event of which will be a fight for the interim UFC lightweight title between Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaitji, remains in force and will consist of eleven fights».

It is not reported why Jacare Souza appeared at the official weigh-in and face-to-face confrontation, where, judging by the available photos and videos, he contacted not only other participants, but also the President of the UFC.

Recall that a positive test for the coronavirus was passed not only by the Brazilian, who was supposed to fight Uriah Hall during the UFC 249 tournament, but also by two members of his team.

Oscar De La Hoya spoke about holding UFC tournaments during the pandemic

Despite a hostile relationship with Dana white, the head of Golden Boy Promotions, Oscar De La Hoya pays tribute to the UFC President, who did everything possible and impossible to save his organization during the coronavirus pandemic.

“I respect Dan white and give him credit,” the legendary boxer said in an interview with CBS Sports. “We had our differences with him. When I wanted to become a promoter in MMA, I organized a fight between Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz. It was a huge success. I tried it out and found out what it is. It was a great experience because I love MMA».

“Then Dana criticized me and made fun of everything I did. And you know what? Dana does a phenomenal job protecting his sport, and he does it with scale. He knows what he’s doing, and he’s really good at it. I give him credit»

Recall that the largest MMA promotion will resume its activities on may 9 with the UFC 249 tournament in Jacksonville, Florida, and then within a week will hold two more events there, scheduled for may 13 and 16.

Paulo Costa plans to become the UFC champion in two weight categories

Paulo Costa plans to become the UFC champion in two weight categories
Although his bout against Yisrael Adesanya is still not officially announced, Paulo Costa believes that the UFC Middleweight title will not be the only big trophy in his collection.

“I believe that I can pick up two titles, in the Middleweight and light heavyweight division,” the Brazilian said in an interview with MMA Junkie. “I’m sure of it. I’m a big guy and it’s pretty hard for me to do 185 pounds, so I think I can bring my country two championship belts»

“My plan is to move to light heavyweight as quickly as possible, right after my next fight, if possible. A lot of it will depend on whether the light heavyweight division will still have big names like Jon Jones or not, but I’m not afraid to fight the big guys”

The current UFC Middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, plans to meet Jon Jones only after clearing the division, but Costa has no long-term plans in the Middleweight category.

“This skinny Adesanya challenged John Jones, but when Jones accepted it, he stated that he needed two years to prepare. To challenge and then turn on the back is a disgrace. I’m not like that. I’m ready, and if I want to fight in the light heavyweight division, I can do it. So I believe that after I take the title away from Adesanya, I will get a title chance in the light heavyweight category».