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».

Peter Yan knocked out Jose Aldo and became the UFC champion

Starting from this moment, Russia is represented in the UFC by two current Champions. Just at the UFC 251 tournament in Abu Dhabi, Russian fighter Peter Yan won a convincing victory over the legendary Brazilian Jose Aldo and won the vacant UFC lightweight title.

Yan was close to an early victory in the first round, but the signal for a break prevented the Russian from finishing his opponent in the stalls. In the second round, Aldo managed to level the situation by turning on powerful low-kicks and forcing the opponent to change his stance. However, already in the fourth round, the experienced Brazilian was to lose power, and the Russians in contrast, pushed the tempo in the final five minutes arranging the opponent a real beating that referee Leon Roberts stopped for fifteen minutes before the end of the battle, marking the victory of Piotr Jan TKO.

“I knew it was going to be a tough fight, so I didn’t try to force things,” Yang said in a post – match interview. “He knocked my leg off, so I had to fight in the wrong position. We knew that he would start getting hooked in the later rounds, so from the third round I started working on taking him apart a little bit».

27-year-old Peter Yan won the UFC championship belt in the seventh match under the banner of the organization, in which he debuted in June 2018.

Sean O’malley learned the name of the next opponent

The rising star of the UFC’s lightest division, Sean O’malley, will return to the octagon on August 15 at UFC 252 in Las Vegas, and his opponent will be Marlon Vera.

O’malley announced the match on his YouTube channel.

“I signed a contract for the fight,” the American said. “I don’t know if he signed it, but the fight will take place. It’s settled”

Informed sources say that Vera also signed a contract, so the issue can really be considered resolved.

27-year-old native of Ecuador Marlon Vera in the previous match broke an impressive series of five early victories, losing a unanimous decision to Song Yadong at UFC on ESPN 8 in Jacksonville.

25-year-old Sean O’malley does not know defeats and has twelve professional victories to his credit, four of which he got under the UFC banner. O’malley last entered the octagon last month at UFC 250 in Las Vegas, knocking out Eddie Vineland in the first round.

The coach of Israel Adesanya denies the information about the match with Paulo Costa and participation in TUF

Yisrael Adesanyi’s trainer, Eugene Bairman, claims that information about the organization of a duel of his ward against Paulo Costa and participation of middleweights in the next season of the Ultimate Fighter does not correspond to reality.

Earlier, Paulo Costa announced the signing of a contract for the title fight, and commentator Joe Rogan said that the top middleweights will soon start shooting in the new season of TUF.

“This probably means that Joe Rogan is not getting information from the most reliable source,” the specialist said in an interview with Submission Radio. “At the moment, we don’t have any specifics about the fight with Paulo Costa. Absolutely nothing. The same can be said about their participation in the next season of the Ultimate Fighter. For the new TUF season to become a reality, a lot of things have to happen. After all, this is a business decision for us. The question is, will this help Yisrael earn more money?»

“If it helps to sell more paid broadcasts, maybe we should try, but there are other stories about the participation of fighters in TUF that say that this is not the most pleasant time. In any case, this is not a matter for discussion at the moment – everything has to go through me, and I can say with confidence that we haven’t discussed it”

We will note that in one of recent interviews the President of UFC, Dana white, reported that before the end of the year Yisrael Adesanya will come to the defense of the title in average weight against Paulo Costa, but did not give any more information on this occasion.

Maxim Grishin is signed to the UFC

Russian light heavyweight Maxim Grishin will make his UFC debut as a heavyweight, and his opponent will be Marcin Tybura.

Informed sources close to the situation report that Grishin will replace the eliminated Alexander Romanov and meet the former m-1 Challenge champion on July 11 at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi. The reasons that made the Moldovan heavyweight refuse to participate in the event are not reported.

36-year-old Maxim Grishin, who played under the banner of the Professional Fighters League for the last two years, has not been defeated for nine matches, in the last match he drew a confrontation with American Jordan Johnson in the quarterfinals of the second season of the PFL.

34-year-old Marcin Tybura in the previous match returned his career to a successful course after two defeats in a row, winning by a unanimous decision of Sergey Spivak. Before that, the native of Poland lost by knockouts to Shamil Abdurahimov and Augusto Sakai.

Dan Hooker: “The Prospect of being the first to beat Khabib is exciting»

The fifth number of the UFC lightweight rating, Dan hooker, who will face the former interim champion of the division, Dustin Porier, this weekend, is sure that the status of the number one contender is at stake in their fight.

“I know that he will come out to fight, and will do the same as I do myself – try to put on a show and finish the fight ahead of schedule,” hooker said in a pre – match interview. “We have never had boring fights with him, and I don’t think anything will change this Saturday».

“The game is changing very quickly, and I think that the winner of our match will become the undisputed number one contender, who will replace Khabib or Justin if one of them is injured, or later meet the winner. I’m going to be in this position, so I remain motivated, despite all the problems associated with the pandemic. I train, I stay hungry, and I’m going to make the most of this opportunity. I’m loaded and ready to fight»

The new Zealand fighter also shared his thoughts about the upcoming unification bout between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaitzhi, which is expected to take place in September this year.

“I think Khabib is waiting for a competitive fight. I’d say the odds are 50-50. If we need to imagine a fighter who will create problems for Khabib with his cardio, fight defense, and heavy punches, it will be Justin Gaitji. So their chances in this match are equal, and I think this will be the most serious test of Khabib in his entire career»

“Stylistically, we Gaiti better suited to each other – we are two fighters who prefer to exchange blows in a rack, so the prospect of this fight makes me excited, but not the smaller delight causes the opportunity to become the first to beat Habib, because it will leave no doubt who is the best in the world”

Recall that the match between Dan hooker and Dustin Pore heads the UFC on ESPN 12, which will take place on 27 June at the Apex arena in Las Vegas.

Rashid Magomedov assessed the chances of Gilbert burns in the fight with Kamaru Usman

Russian lightweight Rashid Magomedov, who five years ago managed to inflict the first defeat on Gilbert burns, spoke about the fighting qualities of the Brazilian, and also assessed his chances of winning the title fight against the current UFC Welterweight champion Kamaru Usman.

“He changed weight, became more confident, felt his strength-well done,” Magomedov said in an interview with the channel “Ushatayka”. “Then he, in my opinion, was a debutant when he fought with me. Maybe that’s why his fight didn’t work out. We might have had a different fight now, who knows. Then he started crying, but he is a very emotional person – he also cries after winning. Perhaps that failure was an incentive for him, a motivation. Some defeats give this result”

However, in the upcoming title match, the Russian considers the current champion to be the favorite.

“Kamaru Usman is a very strong guy. They train in the same gym, they already know each other. Usman has a good fight, and physically he is very strong. It is also very inconvenient. But in recent fights, burns has shown that he has a knockout punch, so everything can be there. If kamaru starts translating him, doing his job, I think he will win. If he doesn’t miss a beat. Although he can take a punch. I believe more in kamaru’s victory, I don’t know why. But burns cries when he wins and when he loses – that’s the only reason I want him to win»

Recall that the Welterweight title fight between kamaru Usman and Gilbert burns will be the main event of the UFC 251 tournament, which will be held on July 11 in Abu Dhabi.

UFC fighter dropped out of the fight due to coronavirus

A participant in the preliminary card of the UFC on ESPN 11 tournament, Matt Frevola, dropped out of the upcoming event due to a coronavirus.

At the same time, the fighter himself twice passed a negative test, however, his corner and teammate, UFC Featherweight Billy Quarantillo, showed a positive result for COVID-19.

Despite the fact that Frevola was not found to have an infection, the organization decided to withdraw him from the fight against Frank Camacho, for a fight with which UFC rookie Justin Janes will be released on short notice.

Recall that the main event of the UFC on ESPN 11 tournament, which will take place on June 20 in Las Vegas, will be a bout in the heavyweight division between Curtis Blades and Alexander Volkov.

Merab Dvalishvili’s opponent has changed

Two days before the UFC on ESPN 10 tournament in Las Vegas, the organization’s debutant Gustavo Lopez agreed to replace the eliminated ray Borg in a fight against Merab Dvalishvili.

The replacement was officially announced by UFC representatives. Since Lopez accepts the fight on short notice, the bout will not take place in the lightweight division, but in the intermediate weight category up to 140 pounds.

As for the former contender for the UFC lightweight title, ray Borg, he made it clear that the refusal to fight is related to the health of his son. 29-year-old Merab Dvalishvili leads a series of three victories under the UFC banner, winning by unanimous decisions against Tyrrion Vair, brad Katona and Casey Kinney.

30-year-old Gustavo Lopez had his last fight under the Combate Americas banner, knocking out Joey Ruket in the first round.

Peter Jan: “I didn’t come to take away Aldo’s bread, he’s coming to me»

A contender for the vacant UFC lightweight championship belt, Peter Yan, representing the Russian club Archangel Mikhail, shared his expectations for the upcoming fight with the legendary Brazilian fighter Jose Aldo, which will take place on July 11 at UFC 251 in Abu Dhabi.

— The last time you went to the cage was in December.” Any concerns about this?

— I have already had intervals of several months, but I do not see any problems in this. If you train, it’s not a problem. There are examples when guys don’t fight for two years, go out and have great fights. It’s all in the head.

— Did you realize that you are one step away from your dream?

— Yes, I slowly realize that the contract is signed, that the fight has already been announced. Now we hope that all participants will be able to get to the venue of the tournament.

— You will fight on the island. Don’t you worry that there won’t be the necessary infrastructure?

— There is absolutely everything on this island. Formula 1 races were held there. Everything will be at the highest level, as well as everything that takes place in the Emirates. But we don’t really need anything, as long as we have somewhere to study. We can even train outside.

— Is it a problem to perform without an audience?

— While I can’t say what it feels like, I’ll tell you after the fight. I see my goal — I see my goal and I don’t want to think about anything else. Whether the room is full or empty, it doesn’t matter.

  • Sterling has already been named the next contender for the title. Not upset that the fight will be with Aldo, and not with him?

— For me, Aldo is more dangerous in all components than sterling or any other contender. I agreed to this fight without any hesitation. This is a great challenge, an opportunity to Express yourself. Fighting Aldo is one of the higher stages.

— In 2016, you got to the UFC tournament, because Aldo gave you tickets to the tournament. You can say that he infected you with the UFC.

— I wouldn’t say that it was he who infected me with UFC. This is my job. I had a goal to take the ACB belt and conduct a defense, because we were already thinking about the UFC. It is clear that when you train with a person, you only have a positive attitude towards them. But again, I did not come to his weight, I did not come to take away his bread, he comes to me. I would say that this fight is purely a sporting interest. After that, we’ll shake hands, everything will be fine.

— Do you think Sehudo will come back?”

— He’s already gone, everything is clear, the belt is vacant. I would agree to fight with him. Probably, this fight could be called principled. I think that if he came back, I would have a fight with him if he didn’t run away from me again.

UFC President ready to send fighters to fight mass riots

Jon Jones ‘ demonstration on removing paint cans from teenagers so inspired the UFC President that he is ready to send the organization’s fighters to restore order on the streets of American cities.

This was announced by Dana white in the next issue of the podcast ” Steve-O’s Wild Ride!”.

“Did you see how Jon Jones appeared on the streets of Albuquerque at night and took away cans of paint from teenagers?”, – said the head of the organization. “I think the kids peed their pants. I wonder if I should send the other guys to clean up the streets and stop this mess».

Recall that the cause of large-scale mass riots in the United States was the death of 46-year-old black resident of Minneapolis George Floyd, who died of suffocation during police custody.

Vanderlei Silva was hit by a car

MMA legend Vanderlei Silva was injured when his bike collided with a car.

The accident occurred on Wednesday evening in Curitiba, Brazil. According to the Brazilian, who escaped with a broken leg and numerous abrasions, his life was saved by a helmet.

“I could have died if I hadn’t put on a helmet,” the Brazilian newspaper Tribune quoted the “ax Murderer” as saying. “People should be careful in such traffic. It is now very dangerous to ride a Bicycle in Curitiba»

“The driver who hit me stopped and put me in his car. Other people stopped to help me, too. It made me rethink my life. If you ride a Bicycle, use a helmet, because it can save your life».

Note that in 2016, Vanderlei Silva was already involved in a Bicycle accident, but then the driver fled the scene of the accident.

43-year-old Vanderlei Silva had his last fight in mixed martial arts in September 2018, losing by technical knockout to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at the Bellator 206 tournament in San Jose. Last fall, the UFC and PRIDE veteran signed a contract with the BKFC organization specializing in fisticuffs, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the legendary Brazilian did not have time to make his debut under the organization’s banner.