Check out the fourth episode of Embedded for UFC 259. UFC 259 is almost here, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PP…
Check out the fourth episode of Embedded for UFC 259.
UFC 259 is almost here, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PPVs has issued the fourth episode for this weekend’s huge show in Vegas, and it serves as a brief introduction to the fighters at the top of the card.
We start off in Aljamain Sterling’s garage. He says that he’ll be friends with Petr Yan after the fight if he wants, but he doesn’t really give a sh-t. It’s the hurt business. It was always about fun and competition, but now it’s about cementing his name. Him and Al Iaquinta trade movie lines.
At the airport, Thiago Santos shows up with his girlfriend, UFC bantamweight Yana Kunitskaya. He’s tired, but he feels a lot better than he did before his last fight. At the fighter hotel, Petr Yan says everything is good and he appreciates the fan support. Megan Anderson arrives as well. She’s been in a loooong training camp.
Drew Dober makes his first appearance as he arrives. Dober has done two camps for an Islam Makhachev fight, so he’s more than ready.
Khabib is here! He’s going to corner Makhachev. He says that Makhachev’s on weight. “Embedded, what’s up? We here!” It’s great to see Khabib.
Amanda Nunes is training in her room. Nina Ansaroff is talking about the Brazilian version of Big Brother. Nunes talks up Anderson. Over at the PI, Jan Blachowicz is doing a light workout. It was “secret training”. His training partner is a new father. He talks about drunkenly dancing with his wife at a wedding. His wife says he’s a great fighter but an awful dancer. That was funny.
Israel Adesanya’s team show up at the PI. They do temp checks, then Izzy talks up fellow UFC 259 fighter Carlos Ulberg, saying he’s a future champion. He’s in the mode, in the zone. And he barks at the camera as we fade away.
And that’s it! UFC 259 goes down Saturday night in Vegas.
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Khamzat Chimaev’s future remains uncertain. The Chechen rose to fame quickly insid…
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Khamzat Chimaev’s future remains uncertain. The Chechen rose to fame quickly inside the Octagon, taking on opponents in multiple weight classes in rapid succession to immediately build a name for himself. All that success was to lead to an absolutely huge jump in competition opposite Leon Edwards, but COVID-19 benched “Borz,” and he’s finding it very difficult to get back up.
“He has not fully recovered. There are some points on the right lung that are not completely restored. Khamzat had been given antibiotics and after two weeks he thought it was okay to train again,” Artur Chimaev said (transcription via BJPenn.com). “He was completely finished. The lungs could not cope, he began to cough up blood and became frightened.”
Chimaev also posted the following in his Instagram Story about 25 minutes ago.
“He became depressed, this means so much to him,” Artur Chimaev continued. “I’ve told him to calm down. To give it time. That this disease affects different people differently. He said that he has decided to continue now. But that it will take some time. I told him to rest for two or three months. Then, it will be good.”
At any rate, Chimaev’s serious symptoms should serve as a solid reminder of the risk UFC fighters undergo for the promotion and their own careers. Sweaty rooms full of wrestling are definite breeding grounds for the disease, and while most of these young athletes walk off the illness or never grow particularly ill, COVID-19 is no joke.
It is a bit sad to thing how easily a pair of Heavyweight champions/legends were discarded. I’m not against the move itself, but a bit of love goes a long way …
Two Heavyweight legends get randomly cut from the UFC like they’re some guys who went 0-3. No official statement, no promo on Social Media to thank them for their great fights…..media had to find out because they were taking out of the rankings….
Dana White isn’t as convinced about Khamzat Chimaev’s future in the UFC as he sounded just a couple of days ago. 2020 breakout star Khamzat Chimaev shocked the world when he kicked off the month of March with a retirement out of absolutely nowher…
Dana White isn’t as convinced about Khamzat Chimaev’s future in the UFC as he sounded just a couple of days ago. 2020 breakout star Khamzat Chimaev shocked the world when he kicked off the month of March with a retirement out of absolutely nowhere. He went from calling out Neil Magny for a June fight […]
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Anybody else over the whole “champ champ” thing?
I’ll admit it was kinda cool when Conor McGregor lived up to his word and captured the lightweight title, not long after…
Anybody else over the whole “champ champ” thing?
I’ll admit it was kinda cool when Conor McGregor lived up to his word and captured the lightweight title, not long after claiming gold at 145 pounds. I didn’t exactly stand and cheer when the feat was replicated by Daniel Cormier and Henry Cejudo; but hey, good for them.
Sorry, but Amanda Nunes doesn’t count because there’s no such thing as a women’s featherweight division, which is why the promotion leaves it blank on the official rankings page. Can you name five 145-pound contenders who aren’t puffed-up bantamweights?
The “champ champ” phenomenon is back in the news because reigning middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya will climb to 205 pounds to battle light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz at UFC 259, in what marks the Polish power puncher’s first title defense since flattening Dominick Reyes last September.
But the one downside to having a champion hold simultaneous titles in two different weight classes is that one of them inevitably gets screwed. McGregor never went back down to featherweight, just as Cormier and Cejudo opted to remain at the heavier weight. Not only does it bog down the division, it casts a shadow of doubt over the successor.
For example, Max Holloway never had to rematch McGregor en route to the title.
Adesanya (20-0) wants to break that mold by returning to middleweight after winning the 205-pound title on Sat. night (March 6) in Las Vegas and for the purposes of this preview we’ll treat it like a foregone conclusion but in reality, that’s hardly the case. Just ask Reyes, or Luke Rockhold, or countless others who faced the 27-8 Blachowicz.
“I’ll definitely go back down to 185,” Adesanya told MMA Junkie. “I have something else in my head that might interest (me after). But definitely going back down to 185 is my goal. I want to keep my division moving.”
If Adesanya does in fact return to middleweight, that leaves No. 1-ranked light heavyweight contender Glover Teixeira pissing in the wind, so to speak, along with Aleksandar Rakic — assuming “Rocket” is able to make a statement against Thiago Santos, a 205-pound showdown that also takes place at UFC 259.
“If Adesanya wins, what happens then? Will Adesanya defend at 185 or 205? I don’t know,” Teixeira told MMA Fighting. “If that means sitting down and waiting until June, August, I don’t know, maybe I would wait, I don’t mind.”
I’m not sure what spoils await Adesanya at 185 pounds. Robert Whittaker and Paulo Costa are ranked No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and “The Last Stylebender” has already stopped both of them. Darren Till has also entered the chat in recent weeks but “The Gorilla” has dropped three of his last four and is parked miles away from a title shot.
Check out the third episode of Embedded for UFC 259. UFC 259 is almost here, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PPV…
Check out the third episode of Embedded for UFC 259.
UFC 259 is almost here, and as usual, Embedded is here as well. The show that gives you an inside look at the marquee contestants on PPVs has issued the third episode for this weekend’s huge show in Vegas, and it serves as a brief introduction to the fighters at the top of the card.
We start off at Glory MMA in Missouri with Megan Anderson. Her coach just wants her to have fun. She’s ready to shock the world. We quickly head down to Florida and the residence of Amanda Nunes and Nina Ansaroff. They are preparing to go to Vegas, which is baby’s first trip. Nunes can’t find her mouthpiece.
Over to Vegas now, and Jan Blachowicz’s room at the fighter hotel. He’s hitting mitts. They will ramp down his training closer to the fight as he has to cut weight. He immediately jumps into a portable sauna when he’s done, looking like Spongebob.
At the Performance Institute, Petr Yan is getting a session in. They mix up what he’s doing. Back at the hotel, Kai Kara France is hitting pads in his room. Israel Adesanya makes his entrance, and it’s his turn to hit some pads. Izzy says he’s the underdog (even though he’s actually a betting favorite). He says this is old school stuff, like the Gracies.
Nunes and Ansaroff plan a late flight so the kiddo will sleep through the whole thing. And luckily, that’s the case.
And that’s it! UFC 259 goes down this Saturday in Vegas.