UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov plans to bring Mixed Martial Arts to the Olympic stage. At a press conference in Uzbekistan, Nurmagomedov revealed he is hoping to see MMA in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics. “The inclusion of MMA in the Olympics is one of my main tasks for the next couple of years, […]
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov plans to bring Mixed Martial Arts to the Olympic stage.
At a press conference in Uzbekistan, Nurmagomedov revealed he is hoping to see MMA in the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics.
“The inclusion of MMA in the Olympics is one of my main tasks for the next couple of years, we are already working in this direction,” Khabib said. “In the near future, I will have many meetings, including with the President of the Olympic Committee. I think, if not in Paris, then in In Los Angeles, we have a great chance of promoting MMA.”
“The only question is the cruelty of the sport,” Khabib added. “This is not encouraged at the Olympics, they do not want there to be a lot of blood. But in terms of recognition, sponsorship, in terms of interest for television, MMA, I think that if it enters the Olympics program, it will be on a par with football and athletics in interest.” (Transcribed by Essentially Sports)
This news comes just a few days after it was revealed Nurmagomedov had purchased Gorilla Fighting Championship (GFC) for $1 million. The UFC pound-for-pound number one plans to rename the promotion in his honour as Eagle Fighting Championship.
Nurmagomedov retired from the sport at 29-0 after choking out Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. He has doubled down on his retirement several times despite intense speculation about a potential comeback.
Nurmagomedov recently sparked more comeback rumours by announcing his intention to meet with Dana White. The UFC boss later confirmed the two would meet in Abu Dhabi in the near future. However, with Khabib’s plate very much full it appears they may be talking TV deals and Olympic MMA rather than a potential defence of the UFC lightweight title.
Mike Tyson almost got into a second fight right after the Roy Jones Jr. fight Saturday night. According to TMZ Sports, as Tyson was leaving the Staples Center he proceeded to sign some autographs for fans waiting for him. Then a man shouted out to Tyson asking him why he wouldn’t fight him. According to […]
Mike Tyson almost got into a second fight right after the Roy Jones Jr. fight Saturday night. According to TMZ Sports, as Tyson was leaving the Staples Center he proceeded to sign some autographs for fans waiting for him. Then a man shouted out to Tyson asking him why he wouldn’t fight him. According to the sources, the 54-year-old responded in a joking manner and told him that it wouldn’t end well for him.
Right after that the fan swung a punch towards Tyson and then he went to reach his wristband, as if he’s trying to pull out a weapon. However, thankfully Tyson’s team jumped in quickly to stop it escalating any further. Tyson’s team stated that they recognized the man from previous events and that it wasn’t the first time that man tried to start up trouble.
Shortly after the incident occurred, the police showed up at around 11 PM ET, however when they showed up to the scene everyone left and no one was their.
“Iron” Mike Tyson made his long-awaited return to the boxing ring last Saturday night at 54 years old when he fought Roy Jones Jr. The fight was declared a draw after 8 rounds, lasting 2 minutes each, of fighting. The event also involved the UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya as part of the live broadcast alongside “Sugar” Ray Leonard and veteran sports commentator Al Bernstein.
Tyson vowed post-fight to continue competing in exhibition bouts moving forward, he said.
“I’m happy I’m not knocked out or anything. I’ll be better the next one,” Tyson said. “I could have done everything better. God willing I’ll be better the next exhibition.
“I was just happy to go the distance with him. That’s real fighting, having the endurance. You’re not going to knock everybody out. I used to go for the quick kill. I’m training for distance now. I don’t expect to win. I expect to go eight rounds and entertain the crowd.”
‘Korean Zombie’ hopes to get back into title contention in 2021 after a dominant loss at the hands of Brian Ortega in October. In an interview with MMA Junkie, Chan Sung Jung reflected on his defeat to ‘T-City’ which was the toughest of his career. “It was honestly the most mentally challenging fight of my […]
“It was honestly the most mentally challenging fight of my career,” Jung said via translator. “Physically, it was also very challenging, and my ego was struck down too. Luckily, I didn’t have any injuries. My two-week quarantine once I returned home to Korea made me very focused on the future.”
‘Korean Zombie’ was defeated but is not disheartened. The fan favourite is already eyeing up another big fight with Zabit Magomedsharipov and hopes the pair will square off in the early months of 2021.
“I want Zabit (Magomedsharipov),” Jung said. “That’s the fight that’s going to get me closest to a title shot. More than that, I want to once again try to prove myself against one of the hottest fighters in the division and prove that I’m still capable of competing at the highest level. Of course, I would understand if he doesn’t want to fight me.”
Magomedsharipov hasn’t competed since November 2019. His long talked about fight with Yair Rodriguez seems to be off the table. UFC president Dana White recently hinted that Rodriguez would not be returning to the Octagon for some time. ‘Korean Zombie’ isn’t convinced the Russian will accept a fight with him and tried to talk up the potential match-up as the interview progressed.
“This is a fight that would bring the fans to their feet,” Jung said. “(He) and I are both entertainers and extremely competitive, so I think he’d like to step in the octagon with me. A win for both of us would mean a lot for our careers, and it would be an amazing match. The ball is in Zabit’s court; I want this fight to kick off 2021.”
Do you think Zabit Magomedsharipov will accept a fight with ‘Korean Zombie’?
Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is a late addition to the final card of the year. ‘Showtime’ will square off against Alex Morono in a welterweight bout on December 19 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada. The news comes hot on the heels of main event fighter Leon Edwards falling off the […]
Former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis is a late addition to the final card of the year. ‘Showtime’ will square off against Alex Morono in a welterweight bout on December 19 at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The news comes hot on the heels of main event fighter Leon Edwards falling off the card after contracting COVID-19. His scheduled fight with Khamzat Chimaev will not be pushed back to a later date. Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson has had his fight with welterweight contender Geoff Neal bumped up to the headline spot.
Morono is something of a surprise opponent for Pettis. The 30-year-old fighter has gone 4-1 in his last five fights, only losing to Khaos Williams. Morono is coming off a win on November 14 but is currently unranked at welterweight and doesn’t hold any name value ahead of UFC Vegas 17.
In an interview with ESPN, Pettis explained why he had accepted a fight with Morono, he said.
“I was actually trying to get a fight for a while now. My mindset has been so sharp. I’ve gone back to being a student of the game and I feel myself moving over this plateau. I feel like I was plateaued for a while and it was just never-ending, but last month I went to Colombia and got a stem-cell injection and I’ve been working with a sports psychiatrist. I have these tools in my mental game and I’m eager to put them to use. I’m making real progress as a martial artist and it’s felt so good to reinvent myself.”
“I’m not obsessing about getting back to a belt, or getting that next spot,” Pettis added. “This is my first chance to get back-to-back wins in a while. Let’s start back over, take this one step at a time. I feel amazing at 170 pounds. This opportunity opened up and I couldn’t say no to it.”
Do you think Anthony Pettis can make it back-to-back wins against Alex Morono at UFC Vegas 17?
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Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson last met in the ring in June of…
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Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson last met in the ring in June of 1997. In that bout, Holyfield successfully handed Tyson his second loss in two contests with “The Real Deal,” though victory came when Tyson infamously bite down on his ear to earn a disqualification. With Tyson returning to competition in his legend’s league, is it time for a third fight?
Holyfield thinks so.
“My side tried to make the fight happen and we got nothing but excuses,” said Holyfield in a press release on Tuesday (transcription via ESPN). “Now I can see why he wanted a tuneup fight before thinking about fighting me. No more excuses. This is the fight that must happen for both our legacies. Saturday night you said you were ready to fight me, so sign the contract and get in the ring, Tyson. The world is waiting and it’s on you now. I’m ready.”
“Maybe Evander needs to talk to me because every time my business associates talk to his business associates, it doesn’t turn out well,” Tyson said. “So, I don’t know. If you could see what we made tonight, if these guys really care about the welfare of Evander, they would have had this fight with Evander. Maybe we’ll do another, but whoever he’s with, whoever is handling him is totally wrong.”
Both men seem interested, and there’s certainly money to be made. Does it happen, or will Tyson find a different foe for his next exhibition match? If it was up to James “Buster” Douglas, now 60, they would run it back in first quarter 2021.
“I would welcome the opportunity,’’ Douglas told USA Today Sports. “Being a prizefighter all those years and still feeling pretty good today, you always feel you got one more fight in you. They always ask, ‘Why didn’t you guys have a rematch?’ It was just never presented really, as far as a rematch. It was often mentioned. That’s about it.’’
Douglas stopped Tyson way back in early 1990 in what is widely considered one of the biggest upsets in the history of professional boxing, only to lose the WBA, WBC, and IBF heavyweight titles to Holyfield in his very first title defense.
Maybe they can stage a triple threat match instead?
Personal anecdote of the week: I never fought for West Coast FC, but my final amateur fight was held at the same venue for a promotion called Titan’s Cage. Both the Titan’s Cage events before and immediately following mine ended early due to brawls like this, canceling half the fights.
After Leon Edwards tested positive for COVID-19, the promotion postponed his welterweight showdown against fast-rising international prospect Khamzat Chimaev, elevating the …
After Leon Edwards tested positive for COVID-19, the promotion postponed his welterweight showdown against fast-rising international prospect Khamzat Chimaev, elevating the co-headliner between Stephen Thompson and Geoff Neal to the five-round main event.
Event: UFC Vegas 17 “Thompson vs. Neal” Date: Sat., Dec. 19, 2020 Location: UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada Broadcast: ESPN+ (4 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. ET)
170 lbs.: Michel Pereira vs. Khaos Williams 125 lbs.: Manel Kape vs. Alexandre Pantoja 170 lbs.: Belal Muhammad vs. Dhiego Lima 185 lbs.: Deron Winn vs. Antonio Arroyo 135 lbs.: Sijara Eubanks vs. Pannie Kianzad 135 lbs.: Drako Rodriguez vs. Aiemann Zahabi 185 lbs.: Tafon Nchukwi vs. Jamie Pickett 155 lbs.: Rick Glenn vs. Carlton Minus 125 lbs.: Tyson Nam vs. Matt Schnell
***Fight card, bout order and the amount of matches subject to drastic change because of the various global quarantine restrictions.***