Report: Khabib responds to claims around breakdown of Tony Ferguson matchup

For the past week, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, has spoken publicly about being reluctant to allow lightweight title contender, Tony Ferguson a shot at Khabib’s gold next.

However, it appears there may be some cross of opinion between Abdelaziz and Khabib. As per the Team Dagestan Twitter account, when Khabib was questioned by a slightly disappointed fan, he seems to suggest the breakdown in the match up with Ferguson was a choice Abdelaziz rather than his own:

Although brief, the Tweet seems to suggest that Khabib may not be 100% happy with the decision to avoid the fight with “El Cucuy” and was more so a choice of Abdelaziz.

In the lead up to UFC 229, the UFC’s lightweight division had regained hope in respect to potential fights after a previous year of injuries and hiatus’. With the unfortunate turn of events post-fight after Khabib’s win and the subsequent pending trial with the NSAC, the wheels have again grinded to a halt in the 155lb division.

Now, discussions about who fights next after the trial and who deserves it more are aplenty in the MMA community. This development from Khabib adds further ambiguity in matchmaking at the top of the division.

Report: Commentator Jimmy Smith leaves the UFC

Confirmed by Jimmy Smith himself via twitter, the Las Vergas-based poromotion has decided not to sign the former UFC color caster for the fightcards of 2019.

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Before his time at the UFC, Smith spent a good amount of his career announcing, interviewing, analyzing, and providing play-by-play in Bellator MMA. This vast extensive knowledge of MMA and presence in analysis made him an asset whether it was his color commentary on UFC 223, or his continued work as an analyst on FOX cards.

His welcome to the UFC was reassuring considering the good terms of his departure, described on an interview with Ariel Helwani right after the move from Bellator.

He was given abundant praise by UFC’s Joe Rogan on his podcast ahead of his eventual acceptance into the fold.

No word from Rogan or any of the Analyst team during the minutes of this news.

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MMAJunkie later found out that the 41 year old has no immediate plans but will want to soon commentate. As for right now Jimmy Smith is free-agent.

 

Results: PFL New Championship Finals

To end the new year right, the Professional Fight League holds a pantheon of an event at MSG.

Six divisions, Six Championship finals, and only six winners will be crowned champion and awarded $1 million.

Also featuring tonight is a special bout with women’s lightweight hopeful Kayla Harrison.

Show starts tonight at 7pm EST and will broadcast on NBCSports.

Live results will be tweeted by @TheDantyMan. Tune in for all the info.

Main Card:

Magomed Magomedkerimov def. Ray Cooper III via Third Round Submission (Arm Bar)

Sean O’ Connell def. Vinny Magalhaes via Third Round Corner Stoppage

Philipe Lins def. Josh Copeland in Fourth Round TKO

Kayla Harrison def. Moriel Charneski via First Round TKO

Natan Schulte def. Rashid Magomedov via unanimous decision

Lance Palmer def. Steven Siler via unanimous decision

Louis Taylor def. Abus Magomedov via First Round KO

 

 

Results: Bellator 213 – Macfarlane vs Letourneau

Saturday 15th December, Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii – Bellator will bring MMA excitement to Hawaii for the first time.

The main card will be headlined by Aloha State’s pride in the women’s division, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane against an ex-UFC fighter in Valerie Letourneau for the Bellator woman’s flyweight championship.

In the co-main event, former champions collide as MMA Veteran and former UFC champion, Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida makes his Bellator debut against former Bellator Middleweight champion, Rafael Carvalho.

To catch all the action, download the DAZN app to tune in at 8:30pm EST/5:30 CST for prelims, and at 10:00pmEST/7:00pm CST for the main card.

The play-by-play and results will be brought to you by Danty on the @MMA_Motion twitter page.

Main Card

  • Ilima-Lei Macfarlane def. Valerie Letourneau via Third Round Submission (Triangle Choke)
  • Lyoto Machida def. Rafael Carvalho via Split Decision (29-28 x2)
  • Neiman Gracie def. Ed Ruth via Fourth Round Submission (RNC)
  • Liam McGeary def. Muhammad Lawal via Third Round KO
  • Nainoa Dung def. Kona Oliveira via Third Round TKO

Preliminary Card

  • Maki Pitolo def. Chris Cisneros via Third Round Submission (RNC)
  • Timothy Teves vs. Canaan Kawaihae
  • Kai Kamaka III def. Shojin Miki via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
  • Ryan Dela Cruz vs. Spencer Higa
  • Dustin Barca def. Isaac Hopps via Split Decision (30-27, 29-28)
  • Kala Hose vs. Marcus Gamble
  • Russell Mizuguchi vs. Michael Nakagawa

 

 

Results: UFC 230 – Cormier vs. Lewis live results

Saturday, November 3rd  – Madison Square Garden, N.Y.

The UFC delivers with a spectacular card of fights at the most grand stadium in New York City. Spearheading the evening is a heavyweight fight to determine the baddest man on the planet: Two- Division Champion Daniel Cormier battles Houston’s Black Beast, Derrick Lewis. A match for the history books that will reward either DC’s first title defense in the top division, or Lewis’s dominant run through the ranks, with the championship belt.

The results will be updated below, and live play by play action will be courtesy of @TheDantyMan over on the @MMA_Motion Twitter account.

The main card kicks off @ 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT on PPV and the Prelim card is UFC Fight Pass exclusive @ 6:15 EST/3:15 PST.

Main Card (PPV 10:00pm ET/ 7:00pm PT)

Daniel Cormier def. Derrick Lewis via Second Round submission (Rear Naked Choke).

Ronaldo Jacare Souza def. Chris Weidman via Third Round TKO.

Jared Cannonier def. David Branch via Second Round TKO.

Karl Roberson def. Jack Marshman via unanimous decision (30-26 x2, 30-27)

Israel Adesanya def. Derek Brunson via First Round TKO.

Fox Prelims (FS1 8:00PM ET/5:00PM PT)

Jordan Rinaldi def. Jason Knight via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-26)

Sijara Eubanks def Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Sheymon Moraes def. Julio Arce via split decision (30-26, 29-28)

Lyman Good def. Ben Saunders via First Round KO.

Prelim Card (Fight Pass 6:15PM ET/3:15PM PT)

Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata – Majority Draw (28-28 x2)

Shane Burgos def. Kurt Holobaugh via First Round submission (Armbar)

Brian Kelleher vs. Montel Jackson (Cancelled)

Marcos Rogerio de Lima def. Adam Wieczorek via Unanimous decision (30-27 x3)

Report: Khabib Nurmagomedov to fight GSP in the works

The official Team Dagestan Twitter page has tweeted an announcement about a work-in-progress fight between their own Khabib Nurmamogedov and the former welterweight and middleweight champion, Georges St-Pierre.

This appears to be the “big news” that MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz referred to in his tweet yesterday.

News about huge fights, however small, were announced first by Team Dagestan in the past, the last being the fight between Artem Lobov vs Zubaira Tukhugov, although the match was called of in light of the brawl at UFC 229, and had to be changed.

If negotiations go through and the fight is confirmed, the 155-pound Dagestani champion will defend his belt for the second time. However, pending punishment from the NSAC for the UFC 229 brawl, the fight will likely not happen this year.

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On the other side of this story, GSP has been vocal about his interest in fighters long after his win over Michael Bisping, eying the winner of the UFC 229 main-event fight between Khabib and  McGregor. Whether he was fighting again in the welterweight or the lightweight division was still a mystery. However, the recent tweet from team Dagestan may clarify St. Pierre’s intentions.

BackBin July, he was offered by the UFC to fight against Nate Diaz, but the Canadian was not interested, as he saw this as a money opportunity, and was instead seeking legacy fights.

As this news develops, we shall he if a legacy fight comes to fruition.

 

Bellator 208: Fedor Vs. Sonnen – Live Results

Friday, October 13th – Nassau Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y.

Bellator strikes again this Sunday in a second World Heavyweight Grand Prix Semi-Final match-up. It’s USA vs. Russia when Chael “The American Gangster” Sonnen takes on the legend Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko. The winner of this match faces Ryan Bader in the Grand Prix Finals for the Bellator Heavyweight Championship of the world.

The results will be updated below, and live play by play action will be courtesy of @TheDantyMan over on the @MMA_Motion Twitter account.

The main card kicks off @ 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT on the Paramount Network & DAZN and the Prelim card is DAZN exclusive @ 6:30EST/3:30PST.

Main Card (Paramount Network & DAZN 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT)

  • Fedor Emelianenko def. Chael Sonnen by First Round TKO.
  • Benson Henderson def. Saad Awad via Unanimous Decision ( 30-27, 30-26 x2)
  • Cheick Kongo  def. Timothy Johnson via First Round TKO
  • Anatoly Tokov def. Alexander Shlemenko via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
  • Henry Corrales def. Andy Main via Third Round KO.

Prelim Card (DAZN 6:30PM ET/3:30PM PT)

  • Jeremy Puglia def. Eric Olsen via First Round TKO.
  •  Dennis Buzukja def. Ryan Castro via First Round TKO.
  • Drews Rodriguez def. Mike Diorio via Unanimous Decision(30-27 x3)
  • Zarrukh Adashev  def. Christian Medina via First Round TKO.
  • Jennifer Cheng def. Jessica Ruiz via First Round TKO.
  • David Meshkhoradze def. Shaquan Moore via Split Decision (30-27 x2)
  • Tommy Espinosa def. Sukhrob Aydarbekov via First Round Submission (Armbar)
  •  Nick Fiore def. Jerome Mickle by Unanimous Decision (30-27) x3

Breaking: Dustin Poirer out of UFC 230

Via ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Dustin Poirer is out of the lightweight co-main event against Nate Diaz due to injury.

This is yet another change to the main card of UFC 230, including the main event which was just recently confirmed to be Daniel Cormier vs Derrick Lewis for the Heavyweight title.

As of time of writing, the co-main event has not yet been called off.

Nate Diaz has yet to sound off on the news.

Dana White has yet to disclose details, nor has American Top Team, Poirier’s premiere gym.

More on this as it develops.

 

 

Breaking News: Derrick Lewis vs Daniel Cormier confirmed as UFC 230 main event

In a somewhat surprising twist, it appears that UFC 230 finally has a new main event.

Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier will put his title on the line against the number two ranked heavyweight, Derrick Lewis when the promotion visits Madison Square Garden next month.

ESPN’s Brett Okamoto was the first to break the news that the fight will headline UFC 230 on November 3rd.

After a spectacular KO victory at UFC 229 against Alexander Volkov, Derrick Lewis joked to Joe Rogan that he wasn’t looking to challenge for the title with his gas tank and that he needed to work on his cardio. Despite this, it seems the offer from the UFC was too good to turn down as he will take his second right in a month, this time for the UFC heavyweight title.

The match up is perhaps more surprising given Lewis just completed a tough three rounds with heavyweight contender Alexander Volkov and earlier today was handed a one month medical suspension by the Nevada State Athletic Commission which would put him out of action until November 6th with no contact until October 28th. Should Lewis honour the no contact ruling, he would have just one week to prepare for the biggest fight of his life.

That said, considering the chaos surrounding the closing moments of UFC 229, chosing to disregard NSAC’s medical suspension of Lewis is the least of the UFC’s worries.

Shevchenko Eubanks UFC 230 MMAMotion

The last main event fight proposed by White was a flyweight title showdown between number one contender Valentina Shevcenko and Sijara Eubanks. ESPN’s Okamoto has since spoken with Dana White via text message to ask if this means that Shevchenko’s challenge for the vacant flyweight title will be moved back to UFC 231 in Toronto. White’s response was simple. “Yes”.

Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirer’s lightweight contest remains in place as the co-main event for the UFC’s marquee event in the Big Apple.