UFC news: Masvidal ‘threatens’ Dana White, Holloway wants another shot at lightweight belt, Cormier laughs at Ortiz’s comments

19 Jul

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

Max Holloway wants to go for lightweight title again

Holloway fights Frankie Edgar at UFC 240 on July 27 to try and defend his featherweight title for the third time.

Despite being just days away from his latest bout, the 27-year-old has his eyes set on becoming a two-weight champion.

Max Holloway takes on Frankie Edgar at UFC 240

Holloway was beaten by Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight championship at UFC 236 but he has not ruled out another shot at the belt.

“It’s in my history,” Holloway said in a UFC 240 media lunch scrum. “You guys watch my fights, you guys go back to all my fights, I’m a different guy every time and come July 27 you guys are going to see a different guy in there again.

“The kid that showed up in April, the guy you’re looking at, standing in front of him, I’d kill that kid. I’d body him.

“There’s no comparison and it happens, this sport or life, period, is like Chutes and Ladders. Sometimes you’ve got to slide down to climb up a bigger ladder.

“‘55 ain’t far off. That’s only 10 pounds, that’s all it is, is 10 pounds. We’ll get back there when we get back there.

“Hopefully it’s sooner rather than later and we’ll see what happens. If it takes a 10-fight win streak to fight for another belt up there, become the double champ, it takes a 10-fight streak.

“That’s what it is. I ain’t scared of no work and you guys all know that. Put my nose down and get to work I guess.”

Masvidal ‘threatens’ Dana White

Jorge Masvidal caused quite a stir with his five second knockout of Ben Askren to land the fastest knockout in UFC history.

Masvidal thinks he has earned a title shot against current welterweight champion Kamaru Usman or Conor McGregor.

White has already ruled out any fight with McGregor so that would only leave Usman.

The 34-year-old has tweeted to try and help the UFC president make the right choice.

He wrote: “@danawhite better give me my shot or I’m sending @YoelRomeroMMA to help him make the right decision #supernecessary.”

Romero is a good friend and training partner of Masvidal and currently the number two ranked middleweight in the UFC.

Daniel Cormier laughs at Tito Ortiz’s comments

UFC hall of famer Ortiz made headlines this week by suggesting that he could put up a much better fight against Jon Jones than Daniel Cormier ever could.

Cormier has been beaten twice by Jones, with the second overturned to a no contest after the latter tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.

The current heavyweight champ has always maintained he is a better fighter than Jones and took issue with Ortiz’s comment.

On twitter when responding to a story about the comments he wrote: “No! Lmao.”

UFC news: Dana White on Conor McGregor’s influence, title redemption for Francis Ngannou and Max Holloway bottles it

1 Jul

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

McGregor influence

Conor McGregor may not have set foot in the Octagon since Khabib Nurmagomedov submitted him in four rounds last October, but his impact on the sport can not be doubted, according to UFC boss Dana White.

The trash-talking Irishman is famous for getting under his opponent’s skin and his flamboyance and charisma has helped make him of the sport’s superstars.

In 2016, he became the first person in UFC history to hold two titles in two divisions at the same time when he beat Eddie Alvarez to add the lightweight belt to his featherweight strap.

Dana White has hailed the impact of Conor McGregor
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Sine then, Daniel Cormier and Amanda Nunes have enjoyed ‘champ-champ’ recognition and White believes many fighters are following the McGregor blueprint.

“It happens,” White told Hashtag Sports this week. “When you see a guy who’s as successful as he is and he’s fun, I mean you see the guy’s fun and everything else, and you start thinking ‘well maybe if I act like this, I’ll have what he has.

There’s only one Conor McGregor,” White said. “People will always ask me ‘do you think you’ll ever find another Conor McGregor, are you trying to find another Conor McGregor?’

“There will never be another Conor McGregor, but there will be somebody else who’s different in their own way and will become a star in their own way.”


No promises

Francis Ngannou once again showed why he is so dangerous, brutally beating Junior dos Santos in just 71 seconds of the first round.

However, despite recording a third consecutive knockout win in as many fights, ‘The Predator’ is not guaranteed a heavyweight title shot, says Dana White.

Champion Cormier faces former Ngannou foe Stipe Miocic at UFC 241 in August and White said a title shot depends on the outcome of that bout.

“This fight has to play out first. Stipe and Cormier has to play out, who wins, how they come out of that fight, what does Cormier want to do next if he wins,” White explained when speaking on the UFC post fight show. “So there’s a lot of things that play into what’s next.

“It’s not as easy as ‘I won tonight, I’m next for the fight’ and we know this. I go through this every single time there’s a fight.”


Bottled it

Kicking an opponent in the head and body is nothing new for Max Holloway, but how would he fair against a plastic bottle?

No, the UFC have not run out of fighters for the featherweight champion to face, it was just Holloway filming himself doing the bottle cap challenge, which is basically to kick the lid of a bottle and leave it standing still in its place.

The challenge was seen by more than two million people, with many attempting the move themselves.


No nerves for Jones

Having anxiety is commonplace no matter what job you are doing, and even more so if your chosen profession is combat sport.

The thought of being hit or beaten up by another skilled opponent across from you, desperate to get the win, is enough to fill anyone with dread and understandably so.

However, Jon Jones is not just anyone. The UFC light heavyweight champion defends his belt against Thiago Santos this Saturday and says he has not been nervous since his rematch with Alexander Gustafsson.

“It just feels all like another day at the office for me at this point. It’s just also familiar. High-pressure moments, tough opponents, fighting the next scariest guy, the guy who’s been on the tear,” he told ESPN.

“And it’s all so familiar right now. It’s almost too comfortable in this space. I would appreciate being a little more nervous. It’ll make me feel like I’m more ready, but I am ready and I feel great.”

“I think the Gustafsson [rematch]. It can’t help but to be. He’s the one person that put me in a hospital after 10 years of fighting.”

Put me on morphine. The guy who was just as tall just as long as me. With Gustafsson I had a lot of questions about how I would perform in a rematch and those questions were answered. I like the answers.”

Jon Jones vs Thiago Santos at UFC 239 is live on talkSPORT this weekend

The UFC fights fans want to see in 2019 including Conor McGregor, Jon Jones and Nate Diaz

10 Feb

After a slow start to the year, 2018 proved to be a historic and record-breaking year for the UFC.

The heavyweight super-fight between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier thrust the light-heavyweight champion into super stardom and cemented his legacy.

President Dana White knows he has to deliver for UFC fans

After his money-spinning fight with Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor returned to the octagon in an emotionally charged and brutal fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

And arguably the greatest of all time, Jon Jones, capped the year off with a sensational performance against former foe Alexander Gustafsson to win back his world title at 205lbs.

President Dana White will be hoping to carry on that momentum by making the best fights he possibly can.

But just what do the hardcore MMA supporters want to see? Scroll down to see the fights the fans want to see fans want to see!

Conor McGregor v Donald Cerrone

McGregor certainly does not need the money, but the desire to fight is still strong

After taking a pummeling against Khabib and with two defeats in his last four fights, McGregor finds himself in a state of flux.

Like ‘The Eagle’, McGregor was hit with a retroactive suspension following the UFC 229 brawl, but will be allowed to fight in April.

Fans were left salivating after Cowboy’s incredible resurgence saw him call out the Irishman, with the two men even sharing messages on social media.

This fight is a win-win for everyone; the UFC gets to bring the McGregor show back to Las Vegas, Conor gets to fight against a striker and the legendary Cerrone gets a lucrative ‘red panty night’.

Khabib Nurmagomedov v Tony Ferguson

Erratic and downright bizarre, but ‘El Cucuy’ may be the most dangerous man in MMA at 155lbs

The lightweight division is currently brimming with talent at the moment, but there is very little doubt these two superstars are the best in the world right now.

After taking out Anthony Pettis on the McGregor v Khabib undercard, Ferguson is in direct line for a title shot next.

The UFC have tried to make this fight on four separate occasion, but injuries and outside issues suffered by both fighters caused the bouts to be cancelled.

With Nurmagomedov free to fight in July, both fighters have plenty of time to get fit and ready for the fifth booking. ‘El Cucuy’ represents the most dangerous challenge to the Russian’s undefeated streak.

Jon Jones v Daniel Cormier III

Fans are desperate to see the trilogy fight

While many of the rivalries you see in fight sports are engineered to sell fights, these two have a genuine animosity for one another.

Having outpointed Cormier in 2015, Jones was then suspended. Another failed drugs test for Jones prevented a rematch at UFC 200 before they finally got to run it back a year later.

Jonny ‘Bones’ knocked DC out in the second round, but the fight was overturned to a no-contest after another contentious drugs test.

With neither man needing to prove themselves as light-heavyweights anymore, a super-fight for Cormier’s heavyweight belt surely beckons in the near future.

Max Holloway v Al Iaquinta

Holloway deserves, and will get, his shot at McGregor in the lightweight division

Max Holloway is undoubtedly the greatest Featherweight of his era having beaten Jose Aldo twice and now Brian Ortega.

The Hawaii-native struggles to make the 145lb limit and a move up to lightweight will surely be his next career move.

While many will want to see ‘Blessed’ jump straight back in against McGregor, Holloway will want to test himself and build a legacy first and foremost.

‘Raging’ Al has gatecrashed the top five rankings after a strong performance against Khabib Nurmagomedov and then a convincing victory over Kevin Lee and deserves another top fight.

Justin Gaethje v Nate Diaz

Everyone wants to see the Stockton Slapper back in the octagon

Admittedly, this fight is probably the least likely to happen out of all the ones mentioned. However, the fans would be treated to an absolute war.

Diaz has not fought since losing to Conor McGregor in 2016, although he came agonisingly close to getting back into the octagon against Dustin Poirier at the end of last year.

The Stockton native always entertains when he is in the cage and Gaethje has proved he is a true warrior and an ultimate fan favourite.

How willing Dana White will be to stump up the funds required to bring Diaz back remains to be seen however.

Amanda Nunes v Holly Holm

Holly Holm against Nunes is the fight everyone wants to see in the Women’s division

Admittedly Holm will have to deal with Aspen Ladd at UFC 235 before she can think about her future, but a fight against two-weight champion Nunes is so appealing.

The ‘Lioness’ added the Featherweight title to her Bantamweight crown by producing a spectacular knockout of Cris Cyborg at UFC 232 to become the first ever women ‘champ champ’.

At 37, Holm knows she cannot afford to wait for too long to make the fight, but the public demand may well prove too much for the UFC matchmakers.

However, Cyborg may well exercise her right to get a rematch considering she had her 13-year unbeaten streak snapped in just 51 seconds.

Johnny Walker v Glover Teixeira

After a scintillating highlight reel knockout win over Justin Ledet in Fortaleza in Brazil, Walker is ready to gatecrash the light-heavyweight top ten rankings.

The Brazilian is naturally charismatic, dangerous in the octagon and comfortable on the microphone – a marketing dream for the UFC.

Headlining a main event in his home country would represent a huge opportunity for the UFC, with the legendary Glover Texieira an ideal dance partner.

With Jimi Manuwa rejecting Walker’s call out, a new sacrificial lamb is required to help propel the 6”6 slugger to super stardom and, just maybe, a title shot in the not-too distant future.