Former UFC middleweight champ Chris Weidman wants Jon Jones – ‘I don’t think he’s looked that good’

27 Sep

Chris Wiedman is a former UFC middleweight champion who defeated Anderson Silva in his prime – twice.

There’s no doubt that Silva goes down as one of the all-time greats in MMA, but many would argue Jon Jones is the very best ever.

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After losing four of his last five outings in the octagon, Wiedman is making the step up to light-heavyweight and he is targeting a date with Bones where he could shock the world for the second time.

Before he does that, he’s got to face the unbeaten Dominick Reyes on October 18.

Still, he’s made it no secret that his goal is to face Jones and he doesn’t think the UFC light heavyweight champion is the force he once was.

“Being the guy that shocks the world, not once but twice, against what people think are the greatest of all time, and against someone that most people think can’t even be beaten,” Weidman told Submission Radio. “That’s where Anderson Silva was when I fought him and this is where Jon Jones is right now, and so that motivates the hell out of me. That’s the legacy I want.”

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“I don’t think he’s looked that good, I don’t think he’s looked as dangerous. He’s not finishing, and I see there’s a lot of… he’s great, but I see there’s definitely holes in there,” Weidman continued. “I always believed there’s a blueprint to beat him. 

“You see it a little bit more, but I always knew he’s beatable, and I think if it was a guy like me with power in the hands and also the wrestling that’s better and Jiu Jitsu. So, I think that’s really I take it to him. But no one’s been able to do that yet. He’s done a great job, he adjusts really well in there. So, that’s the goal, is to get in there with him.”

Reyes, however, is just one of a crop of guys at 205lbs that are making a lot of noise and are on the rise. Guys like Johnny Walker and Aleksander Rakic as well as Reyes will have a lot to say about Wiedman getting a shot at Jones.

Dana White gives latest update on Conor McGregor’s next fight, B.J. Penn released from UFC, Chris Wiedman thinks he can beat Jon Jones

27 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all of today’s biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…

B.J. Penn released from the UFC

B.J. Penn has finally been released from the UFC after nearly two decades.

The former two-weight world champion first fought in the UFC in 2001 and went on to have 27 fights in the promotion.

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His recent record has been atrocious with seven straight defeats with his last win coming in 2010.

Penn had reportedly been in talks over another fight but, following a recent altercation in Hawaii, he Dana White said he was finished with the promotion.

Dana White on McGregor’s next fight

Conor McGregor teased a return to the Octagon on Twitter when he said: “Dublin, December 14.”

Dana White has dismissed the possibility of him fighting in Ireland on that date because the UFC already have an event planned for Las Vegas on December 14.

In a Twitter Q&A video he said: “Conor wants to fight December 14 in Dublin, but we have a fight in Vegas.

“So if he doesn’t fight on that card, he’ll fight early next year.”

Wiedman wants Jones fight

After losing four of his last five outings in the octagon, Chris Wiedman is making the step up to light-heavyweight and he is targeting a date with Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

Before he does that, he’s got to face the unbeaten Dominick Reyes on October 18.

Still, he’s made it no secret that his goal is to face Jones and he doesn’t think the UFC light heavyweight champion is the force he once was.

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“Being the guy that shocks the world, not once but twice, against what people think are the greatest of all time, and against someone that most people think can’t even be beaten,” Weidman told Submission Radio.

“That’s where Anderson Silva was when I fought him and this is where Jon Jones is right now, and so that motivates the hell out of me. That’s the legacy I want.”

 

Mike Tyson on how he would have fared in the UFC, Dana White blasts ‘ridiculous’ calls to scrap Octagon girls, MMA fighter dies

26 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all of today’s biggest news and gossip from the world of MMA…

Mike Tyson as a UFC fighter

Mike Tyson was one of the greatest heavyweight boxers ever but how would he have done if he had ever fought in the UFC?

Tyson is a fan of the sport and is often seen in the crowds for the fights.

Mike Tyson is good friends with Dana White
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In a recent interview with GQ Sports, the 53-year-old was asked how he would have fared as a UFC fighter.

He said: “I don’t know what I would do in the UFC.

“Because I watched the UFC a couple of times, and I watched these guys step on people’s feet.

“And I have the worst feet in the world. And if somebody steps on my feet, I would totally tap out.

“I would just give up it would be a no-brainer.”

MMA fighter dies after suffering brain aneurysm

Kate Collins, who is nicknamed the ‘Red Dragon’, fought for several mixed martial arts promotion, including Bellator during her three-year career.

The American, who is survived by her two sons, suffered a brain aneurysm last weekend that caused a stroke and seizures, according to Heavy.com.

“The fight is over,” her coach, JT Tilley, wrote on Facebook.

“You never stopped fighting and we never gave up on you. Just wasn’t in the cards.”

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“I’ve always been so proud of you Kate.”

“I was honoured to be able to live your dream with you… I will miss you more than the world will ever know.”

After fighting on the amateur circuit, Collins amassed a 7-5 record in professional cage fighting.

Dana White on calls for ban on Octagon girls

There have been calls for the UFC to ban their use of Octagon girls ahead of their event in Melbourne.

Lord Mayor of Melbourne, Sally Capp, has been leading the calls for the sport to follow the example set Formula 1 and darts.

“Our Octagon girls, they’re as much a part of the UFC brand as anyone, they’re ambassadors for our sport,” White told The Daily Telegraph.

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“So for someone who has absolutely no education whatsoever about who these girls are – about what they do, what they mean to the UFC – to start going off, it’s ridiculous.”

MMA fighter Katy Collins dies, aged 32 as coach JT Tilley writes: ‘You never stopped fighting and we never gave up on you’

26 Sep

MMA fighter has died after suffering a brain aneurysm aged 32.

Collins, who is nicknamed the ‘Red Dragon’, fought for several mixed martial arts promotion, including Bellator during her three-year career.

The American, who is survived by her two sons, suffered a brain aneurysm last weekend that caused a stroke and seizures, according to Heavy.com.

“The fight is over,” her coach, JT Tilley, wrote on Facebook.

“You never stopped fighting and we never gave up on you. Just wasn’t in the cards.”

“I’ve always been so proud of you Kate,” Tilley wrote.

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“I was honoured to be able to live your dream with you… I will miss you more than the world will ever know.”

After fighting on the amateur circuit, Collins amassed a 7-5 record in professional cage fighting.

A GoFundMe page has been set up to cover her medical and funeral expenses.

“Katy Collins fought as hard as she could,” wrote Sarah Jones, who organised the fundraiser.

“She leaves behind so many loved ones, family and friends who care so much for her. Katy leaves behind two young sons, who will struggle to understand this, like many of us.

“Katy was young and strong and full of life and love.

“Her family will need all the help they can with funeral and medical costs. Any help at all is so appreciated.”

Collins’ sister Kimberly also wrote a tribute on Facebook: “My last update on Kate….. you’re my hardest goodbye My Beautiful Sister!”

UFC news: Khabib Nurmagomedov wants next fight to be in Russia, Artem Lobov keen on second fight with Paulie Malignaggi, Conor McGregor falls down ranking list

25 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all of today’s biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…


Eagle flies home

Khabib Nurmagomedov is in negotiations over his next UFC fight and he hopes it will be held in his home country of Russia.

‘The Eagle’ returned to the Octagon earlier this month after nearly a year out following his controversial win over Conor McGregor.

He headlined UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi and successfully defended his lightweight title by submitted Dustin Poirier in the third round.

Khabib Nurmagomedov
Khabib wants to fight in his home town
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“Negotiations are continuing with the UFC. I really want to fight in Russia,” Khabib told Russia’s Channel 1. “In St. Petersburg there’s a closed arena [Gazprom Arena].

“In Moscow, Luzhniki Stadium is open… I was there at the [football] World Cup final when it rained, if that kind of rain happened it would ruin an [MMA] event.

“In St. Petersburg the stadium seats 75,000 people, I could fight there. In a small arena it wouldn’t work.

“I really want to fight here, talks are continuing, I’m about 80 percent sure my next fight will be in Russia.”


Another rematch

Artem Lobov wants a second fight with Paulie Malignaggi on the under-card of the upcoming Logan Paul vs KSI celebrity boxing rematch in November.

Malignaggi lost via a unanimous decision to bitter rival, former UFC fighter Lobov at the Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship 6 in June and “The Russian Hammer” has said he is more than happy to serve up a second beating.

Paulie Malignaggi and Artem Lobov fought in June
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“I’ve heard that he hasn’t stopped complaining, but if he wants another go, I would be more than willing,” Lobov told The Mac Life.

“Let’s do it again. He can try it again. I wouldn’t mind getting my hands on him and giving a few more digs. It’s something that I don’t think I would ever get sick of, so why not?”


Falling down

Conor McGregor might see himself as the number one but according to the official ranking list he is nowhere near the top.

The Irishman hasn’t fought since losing to UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018 and understandably this will have an impact on where he sits among other more active fighters.

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And yet, he sits in the pound-for-pound list, which has to be considered subjective. Here’s the full list….

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Conor McGregor down to 12th in new UFC pound-for-pound rankings as he hasn’t won a fight in nearly three years

25 Sep

The UFC is a place with hundreds of fighters signed and only 15 places ranked in each of their 12 division across both men and women.

However, the pound-for-pound list is a sacred list and one of the most debated in all of MMA.

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The rankings system has been called into question several times. An argument could be made that UFC President Dana White will put money match-ups before rankings, but this is a business, too.

For instance, Leon Edwards has won eight fights in a row in the welterweight division – including a win over a former champion at lightweight in Rafael Dos Anjos – and he still can’t get a title shot.

The latest UFC rankings have seen Valentina Shevchenko move above Conor McGregor – and rightly so. The Irishman hasn’t fought since losing to UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov in October 2018.

Take it a step further: McGregor hasn’t won a UFC bout in nearly three years! He last beat Eddie Alvarez in 2016 to become the first ever dual-weight champion in UFC history with the lightweight and featherweight straps.

 

And yet, he sits in the pound-for-pound list, which has to be considered subjective. Here’s the full list:

1. Jon Jones – UFC light-heavyweight champion

2. Khabib Nurmagomedov – UFC lightweight champion

3. Henry Cejudo – UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion

4. Stipe Miocic – UFC heavyweight champion

5. Amanda Nunes – UFC Women’s bantamweight and featherweight champion

6. Daniel Cormier

7. Max Holloway – UFC featherweight champion

8. Kamaru Usman – UFC welterweight champion

9. Robert Whittaker +1 – UFC middleweight champion

10. Tony Ferguson -1

11. Valentina Shevchenko +1 – UFC Women’s flyweight champion

12. Conor McGregor -1

13. Dustin Poirier

14. Israel Adesanya

15. Tyron Woodley

For the majority of MMA fans, it cannot be disputed whom the top two are. Jon Jones is arguably the greatest MMA fighter of all-time and Khabib is entering that conversation himself.

But which order?

UFC news: Conor McGregor coach wants Frankie Edgar bout, Daniel Cormier could have Stipe Miocic trilogy, Robert Whittaker better than Georges St-Pierre

24 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all of today’s biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…


Comeback plan

Conor McGregor should face UFC lightweight champion, Frankie Edgar in his return fight, according to his coach John Kavanagh.

McGregor, who has not fought since his defeat to Khabib Nurmagomedov last October, recently teased his UFC return for December 14 in Dublin.

And while his comeback and opponent are still to be confirmed, plans are already in place for who it could be.

Conor McGregor seen here with his coach John Kavanagh
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“I think him and Frankie Edgar would be a great fight,” Kavanagh said to The Mac Life.

“I think it was in the works when Conor was kind of going on that featherweight tear.

“He’s an ex-champion, great fighter. Yeah, if it was me, I would love to see the Frankie Edgar fight this year if possible. And then go on another run in 2020.”


Third and final

Daniel Cormier has admitted he would rather a trilogy bout with Stipe Miocic for his retirement bout as apposed to Jon Jones.

Miocic regained the UFC heavyweight title that he lost to Daniel Cormier in July of last year at UFC 241, having been knocked out by DC in the first round of their first meeting, he returned the favour with a fourth round beatdown.

While Cormier, 40 has faced both Jones and Miocic twice, a fight with the latter is on his agenda.

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“We run it back. A true heavyweight rivalry will carry a sport, and I think right now we have that with Stipe and I.

“I intend to go back and get the job done and fight the way I train to fight.”

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Big claim

Robert Whittaker’s longtime jiu-jitsu coach Alex Prates has said the middleweight champion is a better version of UFC legend Georges St-Pierre.

Whittaker faces interim titleholder Israel Adesanya in Melbourne, Australia, at UFC 243 next month and his coach has compared him to the Canadian, who lost just twice in his MMA career.

“Maybe you’ll see Robert Whittaker using a style that I think is the one that suits him better but he never really needed it because it was always comfortable for him on the feet for most of his fights,” Prates told MMA Fighting.

Robert Whittaker will put his title on the line at UFC 243
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“With Yoel Romero, for example, it would have been stupid to try to take him down. But Robert has great wrestling and great timing.

“I honestly think Robert is a better version of GSP. And we might see this now.”

UFC news: Daniel Cormier has decided to finish Stipe Miocic trilogy for his MMA retirement fight – not Jon Jones

24 Sep

Daniel Cormier always said he would retire at the end of 2019 when he was 40 years old.

That means DC has time for one more fight, but who is it going to be? Will it be the Jon Jones trilogy or the Stipe Miocic trilogy?

Daniel Cormier retains light-heavyweight belt by rear naked choke - exactly how he predicted it would go
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According to the man himself, he’s aiming for the latter.

“They [UFC] just told me they’re gonna go talk to Stipe,” Cormier told ESPN. “That’s it. I’m just worried about what I can control.

“I’m not in a place right now where I’m chasing, I’m waiting, I’m begging,” Cormier said.

“I’m not gonna do any of that stuff. I don’t need to. … I hope he fights me, run it back like I ran it back for him. I didn’t necessarily have to. I could have took that win last July and said that was beautiful and fought somebody else.”

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Cormier has a split series with both men, although his win over Jones was originally a loss before being overturned after Bones was found to have drugs in his system.

Jones reigns at 205 pounds, but Cormier wants to regain the heavyweight title and he feels he didn’t put on his best performance in his UFC 241 loss to Miocic.

“I’m really not trying to take anything away from Miocic and his corner,” Cormier said. “I just lost. But I felt I could have done a lot of things better.

Stipe Miocic punished Daniel Cormier in their second meeting
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“We run it back. A true heavyweight rivalry will carry a sport, and I think right now we have that with Stipe and I.

“I intend to go back and get the job done and fight the way I train to fight.”

UFC news: Junior dos Santos discusses Jon Jones, Dana White was going to f**k up Tito Ortiz, The Rock to attend UFC 244

23 Sep

talkSPORT.com rounds up all of today’s biggest news and gossip from the world of UFC…


Heavyweight praise

Jon Jones has been the most dominant fighter in the UFC for quite some time and is the current and two-time undisputed light heavyweight champion.

Many have wondered how he would fare if he were to make the step up to heavyweight, but according to one former champion, Jones would be just fine.

“Jon Jones is the No. 1 baddest guy on the planet… actually, he’s the No. 1 pound-for-pound in the world, so I think he could do very well in the heavyweight division,” Junior dos Santos told MMA Fighting.

“It’s kind of different. Not many different things, but more power on the punches, more power on the grappling, in everything.”


White wanted Ortiz fight

UFC president Dana White has said he was going to f**k up Tito Ortiz in a boxing match.

The two men were involved in a well-documented feud during Ortiz’s time in the company.

White has since admitted the bad blood was so bad that they were set to battle it out in a boxing match in 2007.

“I knew (I would win), and so did he. That’s why it didn’t happen,” White said to Barstool Sports. “Tito Ortiz was doing a new deal with us. Tito and I hated each other so bad that Lorenzo Fertitta did this deal. Tito never had great hands. He had been working on his boxing with Fernando Vargas. He started to feel like his hands were getting in a good place and we hated each other. He told Lorenzo the last thing he wanted in his deal was a three round boxing match with me. Three three-minute rounds. I told Lorenzo yes, sign the deal.

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“This wasn’t going to be the first time Tito and I boxed. As it started to get closer and I was training — at the time I was sparring with heavyweight pro boxers who were ranked in the top-10 to get ready for that fight — I was in ridiculous shape and I was ready. I was going to whoop his ass in front of everybody,” White added.

While White was confident he would have emerged victorious in a boxing ring, he is under no illusions as to what the outcome would have been in the Octagon.

“Let me make this very clear. If this was an MMA match, Tito would murder me. Like it would be the most horrific beating you’ve ever f**kng seen in your life.

“He would double leg me and smash me against the fence. Tito would literally put his f**king elbows through my skull.

“In a boxing match, I was going to f*ck him up and make him look stupid. He knows that, and that’s why that match never happened.”


Laying the Smackdown

The Rock aka Dwayne Johnson, will present the BMF belt to the winner of UFC 244’s main event, Dana White has confirmed.

UFC 244 will be headlined by welterweights Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal.

Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson will be at UFC 244

White has revealed the former WWE star and Hollywood actor take his role for the night.

“He [The Rock] is going to (hand out the BMF Belt). He is taking my job for the night. If The Rock wants to do it, The Rock gets what The Rock wants.”

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Dana White reveals The Rock will present Diaz vs Masvidal winner with $50,000 BMF belt at UFC 244

21 Sep

The Rock will attend Madison Square Garden on November 2 and will present the BMF belt to the winner of UFC 244’s main event, Dana White has confirmed.

UFC 244 is headlined by a welterweight fight as Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal lock horns in the octagon.

It’s official, The Rock will be in attendance at UFC 244
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The winner of the bout will take home the promotion’s new ‘BMF Belt’.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, UFC president White confirmed his plans to have Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson take part in the highly anticipated pay-per-view event and also revealed how much the belt would be worth.

White said: “I think the belt is like fifty grand ($50,000.00).

“He [The Rock] is going to (hand out the BMF Belt). He is taking my job for the night. If The Rock wants to do it, The Rock gets what The Rock wants.”

Nate Diaz is back in the octagon against Jorge Masvidal
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Diaz last defended his BMF belt with a decision victory over former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in August.

This was Diaz’s first fight in three years, with his fight before that against Conor McGregor at UFC 202 in August 2016.

Diaz’s opponent was most recently seen in action at UFC 239 in July, where he recorded the fastest knockout in promotional history.

Masvidal caught Ben Askren with a flying knee seconds into the fight.

He beat British fighter Darren Till at UFC London before that.