Jason Knight Wants Pro Boxing Debut Against Paulie Malignaggi

Jason Knight is looking to capitalize on his TKO win over Artem Lobov over the weekend. Knight finished Lobov in the fifth round of their Bare-Knuckle FC 9 main event. Taking to social media, Knight decided to shoot his shot at call out former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi. Malignaggi previously fought for BKFC in […]

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Jason Knight is looking to capitalize on his TKO win over Artem Lobov over the weekend.

Knight finished Lobov in the fifth round of their Bare-Knuckle FC 9 main event. Taking to social media, Knight decided to shoot his shot at call out former boxing world champion Paulie Malignaggi. Malignaggi previously fought for BKFC in a highly-anticipated main event against Artem Lobov, which Lobov won via decision.

Since, Malignaggi has claimed his BKFC career is over, but Knight took to social media to challenge him to a pro boxing fight instead.

@paulmalignaggi I know u don’t want to fight BKFC again but what would u say to a boxing fight ?? I have no prior pro boxing matches but I bet I can school you at your own game!!”

However, after his win over Lobov, Knight’s former UFC opponent, Jim Alers was brought into the ring to seemingly set up a fight between the pair inside the BKFC ring. A trilogy bout between Lobov and Knight is also possible, as both men verbally agreed to it in their post-fight speeches. It will be interesting to see what Knight decides to do following his big win over Lobov.

What do you think about a pro boxing fight between Knight and Malignaggi?

 

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Anthony Johnson Has Simple Plan For UFC Return

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has a plan for his return to the Octagon, and it’s short and sweet. Johnson has expressed interest in returning to the UFC. Back in 2017, Johnson announced his retirement following a second loss to then-UFC li…

Anthony “Rumble” Johnson has a plan for his return to the Octagon, and it’s short and sweet. Johnson has expressed interest in returning to the UFC. Back in 2017, Johnson announced his retirement following a second loss to then-UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. “Rumble” is now shooting for a spring return in the heavyweight […]

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UFC Set For New Zealand Return In February

The UFC is now set to return to New Zealand in February of 2020. It will be the Las Vegas-based promotion’s first trip back to New Zealand since mid-2017. The New Zealand Herald reports that the UFC is planning a “Fight Night” event for February from Auckland, the country’s most populous city. The show goes down […]

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The UFC is now set to return to New Zealand in February of 2020.

It will be the Las Vegas-based promotion’s first trip back to New Zealand since mid-2017. The New Zealand Herald reports that the UFC is planning a “Fight Night” event for February from Auckland, the country’s most populous city. The show goes down from the Spark Arena on February 22.

It’s likely the show will broadcast on ESPN+. No fights have been announced for the card, but top-ranked lightweight Dan Hooker made it known earlier this year he’d like a high-profile fight in a main event from his native New Zealand. Perhaps “Hangman” will get his wish.

February’s card will be the UFC’s third-ever event from New Zealand. UFC Fight Night 43 went down from the Spark Arena in June 2014. In the same month of 2017, at UFC Fight Night 110, Mark Hunt headlined against Derrick Lewis in a massive heavyweight main event from the same venue.

Who do you think should main event UFC New Zealand?

 

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Shamrock Dares Masvidal To Fight Bare Knuckle

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight veteran, Jorge Masvidal, used to fight in bare-knuckle boxing matches long before graduating to professional mixed martial arts (…

UFC Fight Night: Till v Masvidal

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight veteran, Jorge Masvidal, used to fight in bare-knuckle boxing matches long before graduating to professional mixed martial arts (MMA), because the idea is to move up in your career and make more money.

A return to gloveless fighting seems like a step backward at this point in his career.

But UFC hall of famer, Ken Shamrock, believes that’s the only way to find out just how “bad” Masvidal can be, which is a thinly-veiled attempt to goad “Gamebred” to compete for Valor Fighting Championship, the new bare-knuckle promotion founded by Shammy.

“I don’t think we need a belt to tell people there’s a ‘BMF’ – I don’t understand that,” Shamrock told MMA Fighting. “Masvidal fought bare knuckle. He did backyard brawls just like (Kimbo Slice). So I say if that’s the case, why doesn’t he try his hand at Valor? We’d love to find out how bad he is.”

Masvidal was recently crowned “Bad Mother Fucker” after stopping Nate Diaz at UFC 244 earlier this month in New York. It was a bout that had Shamrock laughing because it did not come with many of the challenges earlier fighters faced in their careers.

While that may be true, Masvidal certainly paid his dues after nearly 50 pro fights.

The No. 3-ranked welterweight contender could be in line to battle the winner of Kamaru Usman vs. Colby Covington, the UFC 245 pay-per-view (PPV) main event that will put “The Nigerian Nightmare’s” strap on the line this December in Las Vegas.

Anthony Johnson Pushes Back Expected UFC Return Time Frame

Anthony Johnson is preparing for his return to the UFC, but this time, in the heavyweight division. “Rumble” spoke to TheMacLife recently to discuss his return, and discussed where he stands physically at the moment. Johnson noted he’s walking around at 240 pounds right now. If he were to step into the Octagon at his […]

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Anthony Johnson is preparing for his return to the UFC, but this time, in the heavyweight division.

“Rumble” spoke to TheMacLife recently to discuss his return, and discussed where he stands physically at the moment. Johnson noted he’s walking around at 240 pounds right now. If he were to step into the Octagon at his current weight right now, he’d be just fine. (H/T MMA Fighting)

“Right now I feel good being at 240,” Johnson said. “If I were to fight right now at heavyweight for 240, I’d feel just fine. I feel like I still have my strength. I’m definitely not going to be one of the bigger heavyweight guys, there’s some monsters at heavyweight, but my advantage would probably be speed over a majority of those guys.

“Everybody at heavyweight for the most part has power but I think I’m much faster than those guys and I’ll probably have a little bit more knockout power. Don’t take that from me, I’m just saying. Those guys at heavyweight are amazing. I look forward to fighting all of them.”

Although Johnson is set on returning to mixed martial arts (MMA) competition, the wheels are still very much just beginning to roll on the process. Johnson has not yet reentered the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug testing pool. He will need to be tested for at least six months before being eligible to compete again. But don’t worry, because according to Johnson, he’s going to make sure the wait is worth it.

“We have to meet with the UFC some more,” Johnson said. “We have to go over things and just figure some stuff out but it’s all looking good so far. Nothing bad. I don’t want to put my foot in my mouth and say too much but everything’s looking good right now. I’m not worried.

“I was trying to shoot for April/May but maybe June/July. We’ll see. But whenever I come back I’m going to make sure it’s known. I want to come back and showcase everything and fight and just hurt people.”

What do you think about Johnson’s return to the UFC at heavyweight? Who would you like to see him fight first?

 

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What’s Next for Jacare Souza?

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as the UFC Fight Night 164 mixed martial arts (MMA) event took place last Sat. night (Nov. 16, 2019) from inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Braz…

UFC Fight Night Jacare v Hermansson

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Another weekend of fisticuffs has come and gone, as the UFC Fight Night 164 mixed martial arts (MMA) event took place last Sat. night (Nov. 16, 2019) from inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

Plenty of fighters were left licking their wounds, including Jared Gordon, who was knocked out by Charles Oliveira in a little over a minute into their lightweight scrap (see it again here). And Sergio Moraes, who was put away by James Krause in the third and final round of their welterweight matchup (relive it here).

But which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now a few days removed from the show?

Ronaldo Souza.

Coming into his headlining bout against Jan Blachowicz, “Jacare” was looking for a fresh start, moving up to light heavyweight after spending the entirety of his Strikeforce and UFC career as a middleweight.

The submission specialist was successful at 185 pounds, winning the Strikforce middleweight strap in 2011, and starting off his UFC career at 7-1 in his first eight fights, with his lone loss coming to the powerhouse that is Yoel Romero. A win there would have landed Souza his first shot at UFC gold. Since then, he has gone just 4-3, prompting the move up.

His first contest at 205 pounds, however, fell flat. Souza couldn’t get his offense going against the Polish bruiser after 25 minutes of action. That said, Blachowicz didn’t do much either, much to the chagrin of fight fans around the globe.

Still, Souza was in desperate need of a win, or at least an impressive showing, so I expected him to come out guns blazing in an effort to prove a point. Look, I hate criticizing a fighter who gets into a cage to get punched for a living while I sit behind the comfort of my laptop, but I think we are all in agreement that Souza didn’t do much to help his stock at 205 pounds.

“First I would like to thank God for this fight, thank the Brazilian fans for the love I received that keeps me increasingly motivated to fight, also my great team that gave me all the support to be here fighting @josueldistak @mssteam @db_dezan @ jwill1224 @phillyfreshufc @iam__coachjt @ rafaellima91kg @stones_drink @drrodrigomauro @carladipierro,” wrote Souza on social media.

“Let’s move on correcting the errors and coming back even stronger for the next! @ufc_brasil. I apologize to you, I tried to do my best.”

As for what could be next for “Jacare,” perhaps a drop back down to Middleweight is in order. There is no shame in going back to where you’re comfortable. Look at Kevin Lee, he went up to welterweight for one fight, laid an egg, then dropped back down to lightweight to hand Gregor Gillespie his first-ever loss in speculator fashion.

I think Souza can do the same. He’s a big 185 pounder, so he has a size advantage down at middleweight. Just look at the list of combatants he’s lost to in the division over the last seven years: Robert Whittaker, Kelvin Gastelum, Yoel Romero and Jack Hermansson; that’s pretty much the cream of the crop, so there is no shame in that.

For Souza, going back down seems like the best option. He just needs to recharge, reset and go back to what he knows best, and that’s taking his opponents down to his world and twisting them up like pretzels.