UFC news: Francis Ngannou ‘would send Jon Jones to sleep’, Cowboy wants Tony Ferguson, Nunes vs Holm to set records

5 Jul

talkSPORT.com brings you a round up of all the biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…

Record breakers

The co-headliner for Saturday’s UFC 239 show, sees two-division UFC champion Amanda Nunes take on Holly Holm in an intriguing battle for the bantamweight title.

Heading in to this fight, both women will have or will create a number of records on the night.

Nunes will be competing in her 11th UFC women’s bantamweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history, while her eight-fight winning streak in women’s competition is the longest in company history.

At 37, Holm is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at the event and becomes the oldest female to compete in a UFC championship fight.

Holly Holm is the oldest fighter on the card

Nap time for Jones

Former UFC middleweight Michael Bisping is the latest fighter to comment on the freakish power of Francis Ngannou and says he would put Jon Jones ‘to sleep’ in a mega fight.

The ‘Predator’ beat former heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos in 71 seconds at UFC Minneapolis for his second knockout of the year.

Michael Bisping – undecided
Michael Bisping believes Ngannou beats Jon Jones

Jones fights Thiago Santos at UFC 239 and if he wins, the light heavyweight king will have few challenges left at 205, with calls for him to step up a weight.

However, Bisping believes Jones would be handed his first ‘real’ loss in the Octagon.

“I’m telling you, Ngannou connects with Jon Jones flush, Jones is going to sleep,” Bisping said on his podcast ‘Believe You Me‘.

“That’s a fact. I’m sorry, I’m not being a hater on Jones for saying that. I’m being pro-Ngannou.”

Cowboy’s redemption

Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone is desperate to have a rematch with Tony Ferguson after their first bout was stopped by the doctors due to a sickening injury a UFC 238 in June.

In a fight billed as ‘The People’s Main Event’, the two lightweight title contenders traded blows in the United Center in Chicago.

‘Cowboy’ admitted he made a mistake after trying to blow his nose between rounds – causing his eye to swell so tightly he was left unable to see.

Ferguson caught Cerrone and left him with a broken nose

“Tony Ferguson rematch, I’m begging for it,” Cerrone told MMA Junkie Radio.

“August, hopefully no later than September. I can’t fight any later than September, because now I’m running into not being able to get two more at the end of the year.”

Jon Jones vs Thiago Santos at UFC 239 is live on talkSPORT on 6 July

UFC 239 Fight Night LIVE: Jon Jones vs Thiago Santos and main card exclusive coverage

5 Jul

Jon ‘Bones’ Jones puts his UFC light heavyweight title on the line against Thiago Santos this weekend and talkSPORT will have exclusive coverage of the huge fight night.

talkSPORT has secured radio rights to UFC 239 as we bring you exclusive MMA coverage for the first time on the station..

Jon Jones takes on Thiago Santos on Saturday

Two-time undisputed champ Jones, who retained his belt by beating Anthony Smith in March, returns to Las Vegas to defend his crown against veteran Brazilian Santos.

Amanda Nunes and Holly Holm – the only two to beat Ronda Rousey during her glittering UFC career – are also set to go head-to-head in a mega bout in the women’s bantamweight division.

Jorge Masvidal and Luke Rockhold are on the fight card as well on what should be a blockbuster night of Ultimate Fighting Championship action.

talkSPORT will bring you all the thrills and spills from Vegas live this weekend and here’s how you can catch it all.

Jon Jones vs Thiago Santos will be live on talkSPORT

UFC 239: When is it and where?

The event is scheduled for the early hours of Sunday, July 7 UK time.

The preliminary bouts will start at around 11:30pm UK time on Saturday, July 6 with the main fight expected to get going at around 2am.

It is being held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada with a capacity crowd of 20,000 fans expected to be in attendance.

UFC 239: Live on talkSPORT

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Adam Catterall and Nick Peet will bring you all the build-up and live action and to tune in just click here for the live stream or click the radio player below.

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UFC 239: What has been said?

Jon Jones: “I think [anyone] could knock me out if I put my hands behind my back and let you punch me in the face! I think every man and woman in this audience is strong enough to knock me out if I let them punch me squarely in the chin.


“Every UFC fighter I’ve ever fought has had the power to knock me out. It’s about being skilled enough to land that punch. Thus far, no one’s been skilled enough to land that punch, and I don’t think anything is going to change on Saturday night.

“MMA is an endurance sport, it’s a 25-minute endurance sport. I believe in the first two rounds his muscles will work to his advantage. Anything after that, he’s carrying extra weight and I think it will ultimately work against him.

“I’m actually a lot lighter than I normally am (in fight week),” he continued. “My idea was I’m fighting a guy moving up from middleweight, so I don’t need to be any more powerful, or stronger, for this fight. I need to be able to move really well and have some serious endurance.

“So I believe if it goes anywhere past two rounds, the fight is definitely going to quickly move in my favour, but I also believe I can finish him in the first two rounds as well, so let’s just see how it all plays out.”

Holly Holm is confident of beating Amanda Nunes

UFC 239: Full card

Main Card

Jon Jones (c) vs Thiago Santos, light heavyweight

Amanda Nunes (c) vs Holly Holm, women’s bantamweight

Jorge Masvidal vs Ben Askren, welterweight

Luke Rockhold vs Jan Blachowicz, light heavyweight

Diego Sanchez vs Michael Chiesa, welterweight

Preliminary Card

Gilbert Melendez vs Arnold Allen, featherweight

Marlon Vera vs Nohelin Hernandez, bantamweight

Claudia Gadelha vs Randa Markos, women’s strawweight

Alejandro Perez vs Yadong Song, bantamweight

Edmen Shahbazyan vs Jack Marshman, middleweight

Ismail Naurdiev vs Chance Rencountre, welterweight

Julia Avila vs Pannie Kianzad, women’s bantamweight

UFC double champion Amanda Nunes declares herself the greatest female fighter ever above Ronday Rousey, Holly Holm and Cris Cyborg

26 Jun

Amanda Nunes has declared herself the greatest female fighter to ever set foot in the Octagon.

At Monday’s UFC 239 media day, the UFC women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion gave a very convincing case to explain her claim.

Nunes beat Ronda Rousey in December 2016
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In December, the Brazilian became the first women’s ‘champ champ’ in MMA history by knocking out the great Cris Cyborg at UFC 232.

Her resume is extremely impressive, recording dominant victories over Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie.

“Yeah, it’s for sure,” Nunes said on Monday. “I am the greatest of all-time. I beat the most dominating woman on the planet. I feel like I deserve it now.”

“I proved it. I’m the best – I proved it. I’ve been doing everything people like to see: knock people out, and submissions, and go in there to fight. Don’t run. Put on a show. I feel like the fans like that and they respect me for that. And I feel good – I feel happy when they tell me I’m the best. I’m too happy.”

Holly Holm is confident of beating Nunes

Nunes will defend her bantamweight crown against former champion Holly Holm, who famously dethroned Rousey at UFC 193 in 2015.

And while Holmes has acknowledged Nunes’ achievements, she is confident of upsetting the odds.

“In order to have two belts in two different divisions, you have to be a special something,” Holm said to MMA Junkie.

“But she hasn’t faced Holly and that’s the bottom line.

“This is a whole different fight,” Holm continued. “Is she great? Yes. Am I up against a great fighter?

“Yeah. It wouldn’t be a big expectant title fight, she wouldn’t be where she’s at if she hadn’t done great things.

“So yes, it’s a very big fight but I’m ready for it I’ve been training my butt off and that’s what I’m doing.

“I’m working for a win.”