News: RDA states his third child is why he won’t fight Ponzinibbio in Argentina

Former UFC lightweight champion and welterweight contender, Rafael dos Anjos has made it perfectly clear for the UFC – his next fight must be in the USA. 

Speaking to MMAJunkie,”RDA”, 33, has stated he is tired of fighting overseas and wants to stay closer to home so he is on hand to support his wife, who will give birth to their third child next month.

“I don’t care who I fight, but I just don’t want to leave my family, I think my family is first. I can’t leave a young kid with my wife alone here. She’s going to get a C-section, so she’s going to need help. I’m the man. I need to be here supporting my wife and my family. That’s my job, and I’m not going to leave my family to fight in another country and fight far away from home.”

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The former champion confirmed he was approached by UFC matchmakers to fight hard-hitter Santiago Ponzinibbio in the main event slot at UFC Fight Night 140, which is scheduled for November 17th in Ponzinibbio’s home country of Argentina.

“When [UFC matchmaker] Sean Shelby called me to offer that fight, my first question was, ‘Where?’ I didn’t even ask him who I’m going to be fighting. He goes, ‘Argentina.’ I said, ‘Sean, last year I fought two times in Canada, I fought in Singapore, and one time here in the U.S. I want to stay around, especially on that date – not because it’s Santiago Ponzinibbio. [Ponzinibbio is] making a big drama saying that I’m afraid to fight him in Argentina. No, I’m not afraid. I told him to come to my gym – we’ll fight here. We’ll fight in Las Vegas.”

“I’m not afraid of that guy. I just don’t want to take an 18-hour flight. Even in Brazil – I don’t want to fight in Brazil. It’s too far. I don’t want to take a 15- or 16-hour flight to leave my family for that long. I want to fight in the U.S. That’s what I said.”

The fight may never have come to fruition anyway, as Ponzinibbio was forced to withdraw after an injury from a meeting with top contender, Kamaru Usman. Instead, Usman was promised to be waiting in the wings as a backup fighter in case Darren Till fails to make weight for his booked fight with champ Tyron Woodley next month at UFC 228.

Now, dos Anjos finds himself waiting for an alternate fight offer from the UFC. Recently cleared to fight after undergoing surgery on his left ear, he said he’d love another shot at Colby Covington, who beat him mere months ago to claim the interim welterweight belt.

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“I will stay ready. I’m training. I’m trying to get better and get back in shape. I don’t care who, but I just don’t want to leave my family. I think my family is first. I can’t leave a young kid with my wife alone here.”

Report: Combat Sambo world champion targets the Brave CF flyweight title

Former ACB flyweight champion, Velimurad Aliskerov has expressed that his current professional focus is to win the flyweight championship at Brave Combat Federation. He is already the 2016 Combat Sambo World Champion and is currently undefeated in his professional MMA career. Continue reading “Report: Combat Sambo world champion targets the Brave CF flyweight title”

News: Welterweight title on the line at CW98

Newly-crowned Cage Warriors welterweight champion Stefano Paternòwill put his title on the line at Cage Warriors 98 against Ross Houston.

The Italian world champion captured the title with a first-round knockout of Mehrdad Janzemini at Cage Warriors 95 in London back in July and will make the first defence of his newly-won title at Birmingham’s Genting Arena on October 20.

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Report: Diego Sanchez vs. Craig White booked for UFC 228

UFC officials have announced that legend, Diego Sanchez (27-11) will face UFC newcomer, Craig “The Thundercat” White (14-8) in a welterweight matchup. The two will do battle inside the American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas for UFC 228, on September 8th. Continue reading “Report: Diego Sanchez vs. Craig White booked for UFC 228”

News: Brave CF announces they will be holding events in 8 countries in 2018, including India, South Africa and Pakistan

Brave Combat Federation revealed plans to host events in 8 nations in the coming months of 2018. The events will take place in Morocco, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, South Africa, Saudi Arabia and India. Continue reading “News: Brave CF announces they will be holding events in 8 countries in 2018, including India, South Africa and Pakistan”

Opinion: What’s next for TJ Dillashaw and the other UFC 227 main card winners?

It’s official, UFC 227 is in the books and if you didn’t watch the fights live, I bet you wish you did on hearing the results. The event will certainly go down as one to remember – this time for all of the right reasons.

Leading up to the event, the UFC took a lot of flack about the strength of the card for a PPV. All things considered, this card pleasantly surprised the MMA world and most importantly, the two smallest men’s divisions put their biggest feet forward.

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Prospect Profile: Belfast’s Ciaran Mulholland – “I have always strived to make something of myself. I believe I can do that with this sport.”

Northern Ireland is quickly becoming the newest hotbed for European talent. With names such as ex-UFC lightweight “Stormin” Norman Parke (now signed to the Bellator ranks), undefeated prospect James Gallacher and BAMMA’s Rhys McKee, it most certainly confirms Northern Ireland is breeding a certain style of surging MMA stardom.

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