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Marc Diakiese signs new four-fight UFC deal, meets Damir Hadzovic in London

Marc Diakiese signs new four-fight UFC deal, meets Damir Hadzovic in London

Wed, 25 May 2022 14:56:18 +0000

Marc Diakiese signs new four-fight UFC deal, meets Damir Hadzovic in London

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Marc Diakiese has signed a new fight and a new UFC deal.

Per a news release, Diakiese inked a four-fight deal and meets Damir Hadzovic on July 23 at UFC Fight Night in London. Promotion officials confirmed the news Tuesday morning after an initial report by The Sun.

In his past outing in March, Diakiese (15-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) snapped a two-fight losing skid by bouncing Viacheslav Borshchev out of the ranks of the unbeaten with a heavy grappling approach at UFC on ESPN 33. The 29-year-old had fought out his contract and will face Hadzovic in the first fight of his new deal.

Meanwhile, Hadzovic (14-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) also recently got back in the win column after dropping two straight. “The Bosnian Bomber” is coming off a unanimous decision win over Yancy Medeiros at UFC Fight Night 190 last June.

With the addition, the UFC London lineup includes:

  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Tom Aspinall
  • Jack Hermansson vs. Darren Till
  • Charles Johnson vs. Muhammad Mokaev
  • Alexander Gustafsson vs. Nikita Krylov
  • Hannah Goldy vs. Molly McCann
  • Paul Craig vs. Volkan Oezdemir
  • Makwan Amirkhani vs. Jonathan Pearce
  • Marc Diakiese vs. Damir Hadzovic
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UAE Warriors returns with July doubleheader featuring two title fights

UAE Warriors returns with July doubleheader featuring two title fights

Wed, 25 May 2022 14:35:47 +0000

UAE Warriors returns with July doubleheader featuring two title fights

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Two title fights will take place at back-to-back UAE Warriors events in July.

UAE Warriors 30 on July 2 will be headlined by a featherweight title fight featuring champion Ali Alqaisi (12-5) against Canada’s Jesse Arnett (19-8).

UAE Warriors 31: Arabia, which takes place July 3, will be headlined by an inaugural Arabia middleweight title fight between Tarek Suleiman (12-8) and Egypt’s Eslam Syaha (12-2). The cards will be held at Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi and stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

A person with knowledge of the matchups recently informed MMA Junkie of the bookings but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement.

Alqaisi has won four straight since parting ways with the UFC in 2020. The Jordanian fighter has captured three featherweight titles along the way: the UAE Warriors belt, the Titan FC belt, and most recently the UAE Warriors Arabia belt when he defeated Ahmed Faress in March. Meanwhile, Arnett snapped a two-fight losing skid with a unanimous decision win over Gadzhimurad Gasanguseynov at UAE Warriors 28 in March.

Currently riding a three-fight winning streak all by finish, Syaha will get his biggest opportunity to date when he meets Arab MMA pioneer Suleiman. Syria’s Suleiman saw his three-fight winning streak snapped when he lost to Will Fleury for the inaugural UAE Warriors middleweight title in March but still currently holds the UAE Warriors light heavyweight title.

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Ex-UFC fighter Mark Munoz issues statement after report of letting kids settle dispute through boxing

Ex-UFC fighter Mark Munoz issues statement after report of letting kids settle dispute through boxing

Wed, 25 May 2022 14:00:54 +0000

Ex-UFC fighter Mark Munoz issues statement after report of letting kids settle dispute through boxing

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Former UFC fighter Mark Munoz has been placed on administrative leave and won’t have his contract renewed as a wrestling coach at a Southern California high school after a report that he allowed students to settle a dispute by boxing each other.

Munoz, 44, allegedly let two students fight each other with boxing gloves, according to a report by TMZ on Tuesday. The report, which cites “sources close to Munoz,” alleges that he wasn’t aware of the argument and thought the boxing match was more in “jovial” spirits than “violent.” One of the boys’ parents was outraged by the situation and informed the Fairmont Private Schools’ administration.

When contacted by MMA Junkie, Munoz issued a statement on the situation.

“With every ounce of who I am, I desire to be a positive influence on kids, to teach kids to be the very best wrestlers, to speak loudly against bullying, and to honor my Lord Jesus Christ,” Munhoz wrote. “There are thousands of wrestlers who I have coached that would affirm those truths from first-hand experience. Under no circumstance would I encourage kids to settle a dispute through fighting.”

MMA Junkie contacted Fairmont School, which is located in San Juan Capistrano, and was informed by an official that Munoz was placed on administrative leave through the end of the school year and would not return to his job. The school official didn’t provide further comment. Munoz, a retired UFC fighter, was hired as a wrestling coach in September 2020.

Munoz, a collegiate national champion wrestler at Oklahoma State, fought professionally from 2007 to 2015, mostly under the UFC banner in which he competed 15 times. He was considered a legitimate title contender for a couple of years during his UFC run. He shared the octagon with fighters such as Lyoto Machida, Chris Weidman, and Gegard Mousasi, and he defeated notables such as Chris Leben, Demian Maia, and C.B. Dolloway.

Munoz retired in 2015 after defeating Luke Barnatt by unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 66 in the Philippines.

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Anthony Smith wants to test ‘super tricky’ Magomed Ankalaev’s ground game at UFC 277

Anthony Smith wants to test ‘super tricky’ Magomed Ankalaev’s ground game at UFC 277

Wed, 25 May 2022 13:00:51 +0000

Anthony Smith wants to test ‘super tricky’ Magomed Ankalaev’s ground game at UFC 277

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Anthony Smith hopes his fight with Magomed Ankalaev hits the ground.

Smith (36-16 MMA, 13-8 UFC) meets Ankalaev in a pivotal light heavyweight clash in the UFC 277 main card opener on July 30, where the former title challenger will look to edge closer to another shot at gold.

Ankalaev (17-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC) has been on a role, winning his past eight in a row. No one’s had an answer for him standing, but Smith thinks if he’s able to push a furious pace, he’ll have success.

“He’s super tricky because he doesn’t leave a lot of opportunities,” Smith said on the “Believe You Me” podcast with Michael Bisping. “He doesn’t have a lot of holes in his game. He’s just very fundamentally sound. I like that it’s a three-round fight because I can really push the pace hard, and I think if I can just put my foot on the gas and go, I don’t think there’s a lot of people in the world that can beat me at 205. I just don’t. If I have no fear of getting tired, and I don’t really have to manage my energy, I don’t really have to do that over 15 minutes.

“You add another 10 minutes, another fourth and a fifth round, that’s kind of where I got into trouble with Glover. I didn’t manage my energy well enough going into that fight, and honestly to be fair, I thought I could get him out of there so I didn’t really worry about managing it. I thought if I landed a couple of hard shots he would go out and look for the door, and he didn’t, and I just wasn’t able to land that really nice shot. But in my defense, if that’s a three-round fight, I win that fight.”

Boasting 14 submission finishes to his name, most recently a first-round rear-naked choke of Ryan Spann this past September, Smith thinks there are ways he could exploit Ankalaev’s ground game if he could put him in unfamiliar territory.

“I don’t have to worry about that so much with Ankalaev,” Smith added. “I would like to get him on his back, I really would. I’d like to see how he is. Everyone talks about his ground and pound and his top control and how dangerous he is, but he’s never attempted one submission his entire UFC career. I think I’ve done a good job of fixing some of my problems, as far as getting up off my back if I do end up there, and I like fighting southpaws.

“I’ve always enjoyed fighting southpaws. He’s tricky, though. I think you’ve got to get through his lead hand and lead leg. I think that’s really the key, is he punch-kicks a lot, he check-punches a lot, which is kind of weird. You don’t see a lot of people do that where they check a kick and throw that same side hook, so we’ve got to figure out how to deal with getting by his lead side. But I think we get by that, I think I’ll be just fine.”

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Behind on points, ex-champ Emiliano Sordi knows ‘it’s all or nothing’ at PFL 4

Behind on points, ex-champ Emiliano Sordi knows ‘it’s all or nothing’ at PFL 4

Wed, 25 May 2022 12:00:29 +0000

Behind on points, ex-champ Emiliano Sordi knows ‘it’s all or nothing’ at PFL 4

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MIAMI – Emiliano Sordi is aware his entry into the 2022 PFL playoffs is at risk.

The 2019 PFL champion returns at 2022 PFL 4 on June 17 for his second regular season bout in the light heavyweight season. And having lost his first bout last month by unanimous decision, Sordi (23-10-1) has no choice but to put away Delan Monte early to make up points and punch his ticket into the playoffs.

After a stellar 2019 in which he went 5-0 to become champion and win the $1 million prize, Sordi’s 2022 run has come under less-than-ideal circumstances.

“I tore my (knee) ligaments like four weeks before the fight,” Sordi told MMA Junkie in Spanish regarding his start to 2022. “I didn’t have time to recover, much less get a surgery, so I accepted the fight, and I went out to fight like that.

“Now I’ve gotten a lot more time to recover the knee, and I feel it much more stable, and I’m going to continue to move forward. I’m going to go and win this fight on June 17. I have to win in the first round, maximum second round, so I can get in the playoffs. So I’m going out there, and it’s all or nothing.”

Sordi currently has zero points in the light heavyweight standings. Unfortunately for him, several of the other fighters in the season notched first round or second-round finishes in the opening bout.

The Argentine fighter needs a first round finish at 2022 PFL 4 and depends on other results in the division. Only the top four fighters of the 10 in each weight class make it to the playoffs.

To many, this kind of requirement to advance could add pressure going into the fight. However, Sordi believes his style is prime for the kind of result he needs.

“My style is always to go out there and look for the finish as soon as the bell rings,” Sordi explained. “I’m not the type of fighter who looks to play by points to win a decision on the judges’ scorecards. I hate fighting more than two rounds. One round is OK with me. So my style of fighting is always to go and finish the fight. The training is not going to change a lot. I train for that. I already have more than 30 fights, and that’s in my style, so that’s not going to change, and I’m going to go out there and finish the fight.”

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USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, May 24: Ketlen Vieira enters top 5 at women’s bantamweight

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, May 24: Ketlen Vieira enters top 5 at women’s bantamweight

Wed, 25 May 2022 02:00:40 +0000

USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie rankings, May 24: Ketlen Vieira enters top 5 at women’s bantamweight

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The women’s bantamweight division was shaken up after a controversial split decision in the main event of UFC Fight Night 206.

Ketlen Vieira squeaked by Holly Holm after five rounds of back-and-forth action, claiming a split decision victory over the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion. The fight was incredibly close, with both women having their moments throughout the fight. However, when it was all said and done and the scores were read, the result did not sit well with many, including Holm, who thought her work in the clinch sealed the win. Vieira’s strikes appeared more impactful when in space, earning her the nod on two of the three judges’ scorecards. After the win, she moves up to claim the No. 4 spot in this week’s rankings update while Holm falls behind her at No. 5.

The co-main event saw a Fight of the Night battle between Michel Pereira and Santiago Ponzinibbio. This one was another intense fight that was so close the judges had trouble agreeing on who won after 15 minutes of non-stop action. Ultimately, Pereira was awarded the victory via split decision, and now claims an honorable mention spot at welterweight.

Tabatha Ricci was also in action on the main card at Saturday’s event, and she picked up a unanimous decision win over Polyana Viana. For her efforts, she enters the honorable mentions at strawweight, replacing Viana.

Check out the full updated rankings in the pull-down lists above following UFC Fight Night 206.

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Video: Was Holly Holm robbed or did Ketlen Vieira simply win a close fight?

Video: Was Holly Holm robbed or did Ketlen Vieira simply win a close fight?

Wed, 25 May 2022 01:00:50 +0000

Video: Was Holly Holm robbed or did Ketlen Vieira simply win a close fight?

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The term “robbery” is thrown around a lot when it comes to controversial judging outcomes in MMA.

At UFC Fight Night 206, former bantamweight champion Holly Holm came up short by one judge’s scorecard, losing a split decision to Ketlen Vieira after 25 minutes of action. Holm’s immediate reaction to the decision was one of disgust and frustration, feeling she did more than enough to win the fight.

Naturally, the conversation on MMA judging began raging again as it often does when many do not agree with the judging outcome, especially when a fan-favorite fighter loses a close split. But in this case, was Holm “robbed” of a win or did Vieira simply win a close fight that could have gone either way?

Our panel of Brian “Goze” Garcia, Mike Bohn and Danny Segura discuss this topic along with host “Gorgeous” George Garcia.

“Spinning Back Clique” is released each Tuesday on MMA Junkie’s YouTube channel. You can watch the full episode in the video below.

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Ex-UFC contender Jimmie Rivera to make BKFC debut vs. Howard Davis on June 24

Ex-UFC contender Jimmie Rivera to make BKFC debut vs. Howard Davis on June 24

Wed, 25 May 2022 00:30:48 +0000

Ex-UFC contender Jimmie Rivera to make BKFC debut vs. Howard Davis on June 24

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Jimmie Rivera’s debut in bare-knuckle boxing is set.

The former UFC bantamweight contender has been booked against Howard Davis in the upcoming BKFC 26 event, the promotion announced the news on Tuesday.

BKFC 26 is set to go down on June 24 at the HardRock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Fla.

The bout vs. Davis marks Rivera’s first fight since his departure from the UFC in late 2021. The 32-year-old last fought at UFC Fight Night 186 where he lost a unanimous decision to Brazil’s Pedro Munhoz. The contest earned Fight of the Night awards.

Rivera is 2-3 in his past five MMA fights – losing to Munhoz, Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling; and defeating Cody Stamann and John Dodson. “El Terror” fought for the UFC from 2015 to 2021, competing 11 times in the octagon.

Rivera’s opponent, Davis, is 2-0 in bare-knuckle boxing with both fights being under the BKFC banner. He’s also 1-0 in professional boxing. Howard has no prior experience competing in MMA.

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Tony Ferguson: ‘I would love to be able to fight Dustin Poirier’ in a stand-up battle

Tony Ferguson: ‘I would love to be able to fight Dustin Poirier’ in a stand-up battle

Wed, 25 May 2022 00:00:27 +0000

Tony Ferguson: ‘I would love to be able to fight Dustin Poirier’ in a stand-up battle

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Tony Ferguson isn’t looking to take a step back in competition after four consecutive losses.

Ferguson (25-7 MMA, 15-5 UFC), who was on the receiving end of a Knockout of the Year candidate against Michael Chandler at UFC 274 earlier this month, is in a difficult stretch of his career with a skid that was capped off with him taking a punt to the face and being put out cold for the first time.

Although “El Cucuy” plans some major adjustments in the aftermath of his most recent defeat, including finding a new team and training environment, he’s not looking to take any easy fights to get back on the winning track.

In fact, Ferguson, who is No. 9 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie lightweight rankings, said his ideal comeback opponent would be No. 2 Dustin Poirier.

“I would love to be able to fight Dustin Poirier,” Ferguson told MMA Junkie. “Obviously he likes to go stand-up. A stand-up battle wouldn’t be bad.”

Ferguson’s call to face a former interim lightweight titleholder like Poirier (28-7 MMA, 20-6 UFC) is admirable. However, the timing might not be realistic. “The Diamond” is champing at the bit to get in the octagon this summer, and after a title-fight loss to Charles Oliveira at UFC 269 last December, he probably isn’t keen on fighting Ferguson at his current stage.

Poirier has said he would be interested in the matchup if Ferguson rights the ship and gets a win, so it could be possible down the line. The pair have been linked to matchups in the past, but nothing ever has been official.

It remains to be seen how the 155-pound class will shake out in the coming months, but Ferguson was issued a 60-day medical suspension after his loss.

Ferguson hopes he will get all his ducks in a row as far as training sooner than later, and at that point he will have communication with the UFC and express his desire to fight Poirier or anyone else who is logical at that point.

“When I’m ready to fight I will let the UFC know,” Fergusons said. “I guarantee you they’ll let me know, too, ‘Hey, this is who we have.’

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UFC’s Kevin Holland says he rescued driver from overturned 18-wheeler, details nerve-racking incident

UFC’s Kevin Holland says he rescued driver from overturned 18-wheeler, details nerve-racking incident

Tue, 24 May 2022 23:00:24 +0000

UFC’s Kevin Holland says he rescued driver from overturned 18-wheeler, details nerve-racking incident

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Kevin Holland might as well be Superman.

The UFC welterweight was involved in yet another heroic incident, this time rescuing a driver from an overturned 18-wheeler in his home state of Texas.

Holland (22-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who returns to action June 18 in Austin, Texas, against Tim Means at UFC on ESPN 37, has a track record of being a hero in tough situations. In October 2021, Holland stopped an alleged thief. Then this past March, he helped take down a gunman at a sushi restaurant.

Although each seems risky and scary, the incident involving the overturned 18-wheeler is the first time Holland has admitted to being scared.

“I get the guy out, there’s fluids flowing out of the car, I get the guy out of the truck, and I’m scared,” Holland told MMA Fighting. “Every other time things have happened, I’ve been calm, cool and collected. This time, I’m scared.

“I’m like, the truck’s going to blow up. The guy gets back in his truck. He’s like, ‘I need my phone.’ I’m like, ‘Bro, I got a second phone in the car, you don’t need your phone. We’ve got to go.’ He’s like, ‘I’ve got to go get my s***.’”

According to Holland, this all happened after he was driving down a highway. He noticed an incoming truck merging a bit too quickly. Seconds after, Holland said he took another look and noticed the vehicle was in trouble.

“I looked back to the right-hand side, and he’s sliding sideways,” Holland recalled. “I’m like, ‘Gosh.’ I pull the Regal over – glad I put the new brakes on there – hopped out, ran over there, jumped on top, ripped the door open, got the guy out.”

Holland is unsure what went wrong with the truck or the driver, but he said the man was safe following the incident.

“He slid perfectly on the grass,” Holland said. “I think the dude fell asleep while trying to get on there. Who knows? I know how it is. I’m tired when I drive, too. I’ll be swerving. It happens.

“The guy was perfectly fine, but all of a sudden when the officer pulled up he was (screaming). I was like, you’re playing.”

Holland doesn’t understand how he keeps encountering these situations where he chooses to do the right thing. He’s beginning to think there’s something to his glasses, just like Clark Kent.

“What I’ve learned talking to a good friend of mine, she actually has a fight coming up, she said, ‘My boy, when you do ratchet hood stuff, you take your glasses off,” Holland said. “’When you do good stuff, you keep your glasses on. You’re reverse Clark Kent.’ I like that a lot, so I might start calling myself Clint Kark.”

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Ex-UFC champ Renan Barao set to return vs. William Gomis at ARES FC 7 on June 25

Ex-UFC champ Renan Barao set to return vs. William Gomis at ARES FC 7 on June 25

Tue, 24 May 2022 22:11:27 +0000

Ex-UFC champ Renan Barao set to return vs. William Gomis at ARES FC 7 on June 25

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Once again, Renan Barao is scheduled to make his first appearance since his departure from the UFC.

Barao (34-9) will face William Gomis (9-2) at ARES FC 7 on June 25 in Paris, the promotion announced via Instagram on Tuesday. The event airs on UFC Fight Pass and takes place at Le Dome de Paris – Palais des Sports in Paris.

Barao, 35, has not competed since his exit from the UFC in 2019, but it has not been for lack of trying. The former UFC bantamweight champion has been scheduled to fight on three other occasions, but each booking fell through due to various reasons. His most recent attempt to return was with Khabib Nurmagomedov’s promotion to face Horacio Gutierrez at Eagle FC 44 in January.

Barao dropped five straight fights leading to being cut from the UFC in 2019. Prior to the bumps in the road that eventually led to the long skid, the Brazilian won 33-straight fights en route to claiming the interim title by defeating Urijah Faber at UFC 149. Barao was later promoted after Dominick Cruz vacated the title, and he would go on to defeat Faber again to record his only undisputed title defense at UFC 169.

Gomis, 24, hails from France and will enter the contest as a winner of his previous seven bouts. His two previous wins came by stoppage, submitting Baba Boundjou Nadjombe at Hexagone MMA 2 and scoring a TKO win over Arip Yakubov in March at UAE Warriors 28.

ARES FC 7 features two title fights at the top of the card. Abdoul Abdouraguimov will defend his welterweight title against Karl Amoussou in the main event and Akhmed Salamov will face Jose Galindo for the vacant middleweight title in the co-main bout.

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The Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin trilogy is officially on

The Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady Golovkin trilogy is officially on

Tue, 24 May 2022 20:51:47 +0000

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LOS ANGELES (AP) – Canelo Alvarez and Gennady Golovkin will complete their memorable fight trilogy in September.

Alvarez and Golovkin will resume their rivalry Sept. 17 after a four-year break, promoters Matchroom Boxing announced Tuesday. Alvarez already said he intended to take the fight while speaking at his invitational golf tournament in Naucalpan, Mexico, on Monday.

The fighters met in 2017 and again in 2018 for two highly entertaining middleweight matchups. They fought to a split draw in the first bout, and Alvarez won a narrow majority decision in the second meeting.

The third fight will be a 168-pound super middleweight contest between the 40-year-old Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) and Alvarez (57-2-2, 39 KOs), who will turn 32 this summer. Alvarez is the undisputed world champion at 168 pounds, holding all four major titles.

“I feel very happy and proud to be able to give the best fights, and this fight won’t be an exception,” Alvarez said in a statement.

Alvarez announced earlier this year that he intended to fight Golovkin in the fall after taking on light heavyweight champion Dmitry Bivol in May. That plan was put into question after Bivol upset Alvarez by unanimous decision on May 7.

Bivol hoped to book a rematch with the biggest star in boxing after his breakthrough upset, but Alvarez ultimately decided to proceed with the most lucrative potential bout and the resumption of a remarkable rivalry.

The location for the third fight wasn’t announced, but its scheduling on Mexican Independence Day weekend makes it likely to be held in Las Vegas. The fighters’ first two meetings were on the same holiday weekend at T-Mobile Arena on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip, and both were sellouts.

The third bout is likely the richest fight currently possible in boxing, given both fighters’ large fan bases and the entertaining nature of their rivalry to date. Golovkin and his fans believe the former middleweight kingpin won both of the first two fights, while Alvarez is in need of redemption after his shocking loss to Bivol.

In the fighters’ first bout, most ringside observers thought Golovkin had done more than enough to beat Alvarez, who had previously lost only to Floyd Mayweather in his career. But while one judge favored Golovkin and another scored it a draw, judge Adalaide Byrd inexplicably called it 118–110 in favor of Alvarez, who was consistently outlanded by Golovkin throughout the bout.

Alvarez tested positive for the performance-enhancing drug clenbuterol between the first two fights, and his suspension meant the rematch was postponed from May to September. While many ringside observers again thought Golovkin had won, two judges favored the improved Alvarez 115-113, and the third scored it a draw.

Both fighters initially expressed interest in a third meeting for 2019, but the sides drifted apart while Golovkin dealt with management squabbles and Alvarez moved on to less daunting challenges. Alvarez spent 2021 collecting all four major titles at super middleweight.

Golovkin has fought only four times in four years since his loss to Alvarez, also breaking up with longtime trainer Abel Sanchez during that stretch. After he reclaimed two of his middleweight belts before the pandemic, Golovkin ended a 16-month ring absence in April by stopping Ryota Murata in Japan.

Matchroom signed Alvarez with strong plans for a third fight with Golovkin in September — and the Mexican superstar is in need of a bounce-back fight after he struggled mightily in his second career bout at light heavyweight. Bivol won 115-113 on all three scorecards in a fight that probably wasn’t that close.

“The Canelo vs. GGG trilogy is the biggest fight in boxing, and I am delighted to get this made for September 17,” Matchroom boss Eddie Hearn said. “These are two men that bitterly dislike each other and want to end this incredible series with a blistering KO. I truly believe this will be the most thrilling fight between these two great champions and it will be fireworks from the first bell to the last man standing.”

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk: ‘I need to be a bit smarter’ in Zhang Weili rematch at UFC 275

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: ‘I need to be a bit smarter’ in Zhang Weili rematch at UFC 275

Tue, 24 May 2022 20:00:24 +0000

Joanna Jedrzejczyk: ‘I need to be a bit smarter’ in Zhang Weili rematch at UFC 275

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The bar is set impossibly high for Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Zhang Weili going into their rematch at UFC 275.

No matter what Jedrzejczyk (16-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Weili (21-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) do inside the octagon at the June 11 event in Singapore, there’s little chance it can match the chaos and drama of their original Fight of the Year in March 2020 widely regarded as the greatest female fight in MMA history.

The grueling five-round battle saw Weili come out the winner by split decision, while Jedrzejczyk left the octagon with a hematoma on her forehead that was a horrifying visual. More than two years later, they are set to run it back. And although Jedrzejczyk thought she won the first fight, she knows she can’t take the same approach if she wants to ensure victory in her second chance.

“I need to be a bit smarter,” Jedrzejczyk told MMA Junkie on a recent UFC 275 conference call. “I’m going to come back. I’m very happy to get my second fight with Weili Zhang and go for the belt right after. Last fight was very close, and the decision could go either way. I felt like I did enough in the first fight. She was the champ at that time, so sometimes you have to do more to beat the champion. But I feel like I gave all I had in Vegas in March 2020, so we’re working on some things. We’re sharpening some tools.”

Jedrzejczyk hasn’t seen action since she fought Weili at UFC 248, which was the final pay-per-view event for the UFC prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. The former longtime UFC strawweight champion said repeatedly during the pandemic that she didn’t want to fight without fans, and she also wanted a better contract to continue fighting.

The promotion ticked all the boxes in giving her the fight at Singapore Indoor Stadium, which will air on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+, and additionally she received a new UFC deal and the chance to avenge a loss.

It’s high stakes, too, after UFC president Dana White said the Jedrzejczyk vs. Weili 2 winner is likely to get first crack at newly minted 115-pound champ Carla Esparza.

For Jedrzejczyk, all that is music to her ears.

“I just have to stay calm, be smarter, bring all my tools to the octagon, and I will win,” she said. “I will get this victory and go for the belt right after.”

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Demian Maia ‘not officially retired,’ wants UFC to re-sign him for MMA sendoff

Demian Maia ‘not officially retired,’ wants UFC to re-sign him for MMA sendoff

Tue, 24 May 2022 19:08:30 +0000

Demian Maia ‘not officially retired,’ wants UFC to re-sign him for MMA sendoff

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Demian Maia is still hopeful to fight one more time in MMA, but there is a key stipulation.

Maia (28-11 MMA, 22-11 UFC), a former two-time UFC title challenger, is currently a free agent and not contractually linked to an organization. The 44-year-old is more than content with what he’s accomplished but would like to step inside the cage one last time to put a bow on his career.

The problem, however, is that Maia refuses to fight unless it’s for the UFC. He would like the promotion to ink him to at least a one-fight deal and allow him to close a historic career on his own terms.

“No, I’m not officially retired,” Maia told Luke Thomas of “Morning Kombat” in a recent interview. “I want to do one more fight in the UFC, but I don’t want to fight any other event, because UFC’s my house. It’s been my house for the last 15 years. So if I get another chance I would do one more fight there.”

Maia hasn’t competed since a unanimous decision loss to Belal Muhammad at UFC 263 last June. Prior to that, he was stopped by Gilbert Burns in a first-round TKO at UFC Fight Night 170 in March 2020, which was the UFC’s final event before the COVID-19 pandemic changed its event structure.

Back-to-back losses is not something Maia is eager to go out with. The Brazilian has racked up 22 victories during his UFC tenure, and the all-time record is 23. Maia said his intentions are known within the UFC brass. It just remains to be seen if he gets the opportunity to fulfill his goal.

If the UFC does oblige, Maia said he’ll be ready to take advantage.

“I still train MMA. I’m still doing some boxing and Thai-boxing with takedowns and this kind of thing, so I keep this sharp if I need to do one more fight,” Maia said. “But at the same time I’m focused a lot on sport jiu-jitsu again, because I want to compete more in this kind of rules.”

Maia will indeed compete more in grappling-based competitions. He’s currently scheduled to face former UFC and WEC champ Benson Henderson at Polaris 20 on June 25 in Wales.

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Gilbert Burns amazed by Charles Oliveira’s grappling, confident he beats Islam Makhachev

Gilbert Burns amazed by Charles Oliveira’s grappling, confident he beats Islam Makhachev

Tue, 24 May 2022 18:00:51 +0000

Gilbert Burns amazed by Charles Oliveira’s grappling, confident he beats Islam Makhachev

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