Tony Ferguson answered questions in a media scrum on Tuesday at the UFC Performance Institue, including questions regarding potential UFC 229 matches between Connor Mcgrergor and Khabib Nurmagomedov, as well as his own match up against Anthony Pettis.
While Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov deservedly took center stage in New York last night with the Irishman stealing the majority of the headlines, following the event Dana White dropped a bombshell, announcing the addition of a huge flyweight title contest to UFC 231.
Former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones has received a 15 month suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The suspension is pre-dated to begin immediately after he tested positive for Turinabol, meaning Jones is nearing the end of his suspension with “time already served”.
Saturday 15th September – Olympic Stadium in Moscow, Russia
In UFC’s first live event in Russia, it brings to Moscow fans a heavyweight bout fitting for a debut. Mark Hunt, known for his walk-away knockouts, and Aleksei Oleinik for his spectacular grappling and back-to-back Ezekiel choke finishes, do battle in the main event.
In the co-main event, a light-heavyweight battle betwqeen the #4 ranked fighter in the world Jan Blachowicz steps in the octagon against Ukraine’s own Nikita Krylov.
The results will be updated below, and live play by play action will be courtesy of @TheDantyMan over on the @MMA_Motion Twitter account.
Main card ( UFC FIGHT PASS at 2 pm ET)
- Main Event: Aleksei Olenik def. Mark Hunt via RNC (Round 1)
- Co-main Event: Jan Blachowicz def. Nikita Krylov via D’arce choke (Round 2)
- Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Andre Arlovski via unanimous decision. (30-27×2, 29-28)
- Alexey Kunchenko def. Thiago Alves via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28 x2)
Undercard (UFC FIGHT PASS at 10:30am ET)
- Khalid Murtazaliev def. CB Dollaway via TKO (Round 2)
- Petr Yan def. Jin Soon Son via Unanimous Decision. (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
- Rustan Khabilov def. Kajan Johnson via Split Decision (29-28 x2, 28-29).
- Mairbek Taisumov def. Desmond Green by Unanimous Decision (30-27).
- Magomed Ankalaev def. Marcin Prachnio via KO (Round 1)
- Jordan Johnson def. Adam Yandiev via Arm Triangle Choke (2nd Round)
- Ramazan Emeev def. Stefan Sekulic via Unanimous Decision. (29-28) (30-27) (30-26)
- Merab Dvalishvili def. Terrion Ware via Uniamous Decision (30-25)
After an impressive TKO victory over the former strawweight champion, Carla Esparza, Suarez makes it clear she has her sights on gold. In her Octagon interview with Joe Rogan Suarez made a clear call out to the current women’s strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas. Continue reading “Report: Tatiana Suarez calls out Rose Namajunas after dominant UFC 228 victory”
In the calm before the storm, ‘El Cucuy’ prepares for ‘Showtime’ on the blockbuster card taking place in Las Vegas.
Steven Marrocco has revealed yet another addition to the UFC 229 fight card. Tony Ferguson returns with a clean bill of health against a rebounding Anthony “Showtime” Pettis, who is coming off a Round 2 submission win over Michael Chiesa. Hoping to climb back up the rankings, he faces his toughest opponent yet.
Arguably the most highly anticipated women’s fight in UFC history has been set, with the featherweight queen Cris Cyborg set to put her title on the line against reigning bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes in a match fitting for the UFC’s traditional end of the year card.
Yesterday, UFC President Dana White sat down with entrepreneur, Tony Robbins to discuss all things business. They covered a multitude of topics including a few questions asked by the audience. Continue reading “What You May Have Missed: Highlights from Tony Robbins’ Dana White interview at the Business Mastery event”
UFC light heavyweight Jon Jones has been tested by USADA for the first time in 2018. Following his suspension from the California Athletic State Commission, Jones has largely stayed silent from the public, Twitter notwithstanding, until popping up on USADA’s testing database last week. Continue reading “Report: Jon Jones tested by USADA for the first time this year fuelling rumours of a possible return”
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov will defend his title against former two-division champ and No.1 contender Conor McGregor in the most anticipated fight in the promotion’s history. The co-main event will see a battle between heavyweight KO artists, as No.2-ranked contender Derrick Lewis will lock horns with No.5-ranked Alexander Volkov.
UFC 229: Khabib vs. Mcgregor takes place Saturday, Oct. 6 from T-Mobile Arena and will air live on Pay-Per-View.
Known for his crushing pressure and ground game, the undefeated Nurmagomedov (26-0, fighting out of Dagestan, Russia) has proven to be unstoppable inside the Octagon. Over the course of his spectacular run, he’s earned dominant wins over Edson Barboza, Michael Johnson, Rafael Dos Anjos, Abel Trujillo and Thiago Tavares. Nurmagomedov’s last outing saw him best Al Iaquinta to capture the lightweight championship. He now looks to earn his first successful title defense in a grudge match for the ages.
McGregor (21-3, fighting out of Dublin, Ireland) looks to reclaim his belt against his most heated rival yet. The bout marks his return from competing against Floyd Mayweather in the biggest global boxing match ever seen on Pay-Per-View. In the Octagon, he’s delivered incredible victories against Nate Diaz, Jose Aldo, Chad Mendes, Dustin Poirier and Max Holloway. He became a two-division champion by knocking out Eddie Alvarez in 2016, and he now aims to take his top spot back against his toughest test to date.
Heavy-handed Lewis (20-5 1NC, fighting out of Houston, Tex.) looks to stake his claim for a title shot with another vicious finish. During his UFC stint, “The Black Beast” has earned impressive finishes against Marcin Tybura, Travis Browne and Gabriel Gonzaga. His last outing saw him earn a decision win over recent title challenger Francis Ngannou. He is now primed to put away another surging contender.
A champion outside the UFC, Volkov (29-6, fighting out of Moscow, Russia) is currently riding an impressive six-fight win streak. Following victories against Stefan Struve, Roy Nelson and Timothy Johnson, the Russian standout netted a spectacular KO win over former champ Fabricio Werdum in March. Volkov is now ready to deliver a show-stealing performance to earn a UFC title shot.
Additional bouts on the card include:
- In a pivotal clash of flyweight contenders, No.2-ranked Sergio Pettis (17-3, fighting out of Milwaukee, Wisc.) takes on No.5-ranked Jussier Formiga (21-5, fighting out of Natal, Brazil)
- No.7-ranked light heavyweight contender Ovince Saint Preux (22-11, fighting out of Knoxville, Tenn.) looks to stop undefeated No.12 Dominick Reyes (9-0, fighting out of Victorville, Calif.)
- No.7-ranked strawweight contender Michelle Waterson (15-6, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M.) squares off with No.8 Felice Herrig (14-7, fighting out of Crystal Lake, Ill.)
- Rising bantamweight Sean O’Malley (10-0, fighting out of Glendale, Ariz.) will look to keep his perfect record intact against streaking Jose Quinonez (8-2, fighting out of San Diego, Calif. by way of Tlaltenango, Mexico)
- No.11-ranked bantamweight contender Lina Lansberg (8-3, fighting out of Malmo, Sweden) meets Yana Kunitskaya (10-4 1NC, fighting out of Albuquerque, N.M. by way of Murmansk, Russia)
- Gritty welterweight Ryan LaFlare (13-2, fighting out of Farmingdale, N.Y.) aims to continue building momentum against tough prospect Tony Martin (12-4, fighting out of Boston, Mass.)