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: Chad Mendes retires, Anthony Smith hits out at Luke Rockhold, Jorge Masvidal backyard brawl, Tito Ortiz to face Alberto Del Rio

10 Jul

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Mendes calls it a day

Former three-time UFC featherweight title challenger Chad Mendes has retired from mixed martial arts.

Mendes lost his last fight to Alexander Volkanovski in December at UFC 232.

In his career, the 32-year-old was beaten by notable fighters, Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor, and has now decided to hang up his gloves.

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“I wanted to step away for a little bit and let everything settle, just make sure my feelings didn’t change. And they haven’t,” Mendes said in a statement initially released by ESPN. “It’s just that time for me. I have no regrets. I had an amazing time.”


Smith hits back at Rockhold

It is safe to say there is no love loss between Anthony Smith and Luke Rockhold.

The two men have been engaged in a bitter war of words, since Rockhold stated his intentions to move up a division and dismissively said he does not see Smith as a ‘credible character‘ in the 205 division.

And after Rockhold had his jaw broken by sixth-ranked Jan Blachowicz at UFC 239, Smith said he wished he had been the guy to have put him in his place.

UFC light heavyweight Anthony Smith has hit back at Luke Rockhold
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“I would have loved to have been the guy that put Rockhold out like that, but I think it serves him right,” Smith told SiriusXM Fight Nation.

“All the trash talk, all the ‘Anthony Smith is a bum, Gustafsson’s gonna roll over him and I’m gonna starch Jan,’ and just the disrespect and just looking right over Jan.

“I’ve been telling everybody that asks, Jan Blachowicz is the dark horse in the division. He’s one of the most dangerous dudes and part of it is because he’s so quiet.

“He keeps his mouth shut and he does his thing and he keeps on just walking through people. He does have the loss to Thiago [Santos] but I think it’s safe to say that there’s nothing to blink your eyes at there.”


Street fighter Jorge

Footage has emerged of Jorge Masvidal taking part in two brutal backyard bareknuckle fights and winning both.

In the video, ‘Gamebred’ can be seen fighting a significantly larger man, known only as Ray, who bit off more than he could chew against his more skilled opponent.

Masvidal lands a number of vicious blows to emerge victorious and then won the rematch, with Ray again unable to deal with Masvidal’s variety of punches and kicks, leading to a sustained onslaught.


Battle of the veterans

UFC legend Tito Ortiz is set to fight former WWE wrestler Alberto Del Rio at MMA event, Combate Americas.

The fight will be at a catch-weight of 210 pounds and a date and venue is still to be announced.

Ortiz, the 44-year-old former UFC light-heavyweight champion last fought in November, knocking out Chuck Liddell, while former WWE heavyweight king Del Rio has not been inside the Octagon since 2010.

Ortiz is set to fight for the first time since November
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“The fight is going to happen,” Combate Americas vice president of operations and communications Mike Afromowitz said.

“I came up with the idea a few months ago, after Alberto had expressed his intention of wanting to fight for Combate Americas, and brought the idea to my boss Campbell McLaren. We went out to both camps and have put this fight together. It’s on.”

UFC legend Tito Ortiz set to fight ex-WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio at Combate Americas event

10 Jul

UFC legend Tito Ortiz is set to fight former WWE wrestler Alberto Del Rio at upcoming MMA event, Combate Americas, report MMA Junkie.

The bout will be contested at a 210-pound catchweight, with a date and venue for the fight still to be determined.

Ortiz is set to fight for the first time since November
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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Ortiz (20-12-1) came out of retirement last November to beat Chuck Liddell in their trilogy bout, under the Golden Boy MMA banner.

Prior to that fight, he had been signed to Bellator, where he submitted Chael Sonnen in the first round in January 2017 and has won four of his past five fights since leaving the UFC in 2012.

Ortiz, 44, is credited with increasing the popularity of mixed martial arts during the previous decade, thanks to his brash persona and exciting style.

Del Rio, 42, (9-5) has not fought in MMA since 2010 and is most famous for his time in the WWE, where he wrestled between 2009 to 2014 and then 2015 to 2016 and was a two-time WWE champion and two-time WWE World Heavyweight champion.

Alberto Del Rio is famed for his time as a WWE wrestler
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His most famous fight came in 2003 in Pride, where he was brutally knocked out with a head kick by Mirko CroCop.

“The fight is going to happen,” vice president of operations and communications Mike Afromowitz said.

“I came up with the idea a few months ago, after Alberto had expressed his intention of wanting to fight for Combate Americas, and brought the idea to my boss Campbell McLaren.

“We went out to both camps and have put this fight together. It’s on.”

Chuck Liddell vs Tito Ortiz III: Oscar De La Hoya press conference to promote trilogy leaves everyone feeling awkward

21 Nov

It was suppose to get fight fans excited.

Two MMA legends – Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz – are fighting this weekend, but Oscar De La Hoya made it awkward for everyone involved.

Remember, it’s two UFC hall-of-famers completing the trilogy, but the former boxer-turned-promoter took to the stage and appeared unprepared to promote his first Golden Boy MMA event.

Basically, the 45-year-old didn’t appear to have a clue and fans were either left in hysterics or watching him talk from behind the sofa, so cringe-worthy was the whole thing.

Liddell and Ortiz first fought at UFC 47, where the former won by knockout and he did the same in their second fight – at UFC 66 – for the light heavyweight belt. They’ve long since departed the UFC, with the third fight taking place at The Forum in California on 24 November.

Here’s the press conference in full.