‘Draw’ Burns Wants Sensical Fight With Covington Or Masvidal

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Despite suffering a loss in his last time out, Gilbert Burns is only looking upward.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title challenger went to war with surg…


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Despite suffering a loss in his last time out, Gilbert Burns is only looking upward.

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight title challenger went to war with surging star, Khamzat Chimaev, at UFC 273 in Apr. 2022. Earning Fight of the Night bonus honors, Burns, unfortunately, did not secure the victory as Chimaev saw his hand raised via unanimous decision (watch highlights).

A month before Burns vs. Chimaev, another high-profile Welterweight contender bout took place between Colby Covington and Jorge Masvidal. Like Chimaev, Covington was awarded a unanimous decision for his efforts (watch highlights) to rebound from a loss to the champion, Kamaru Usman. Now, Burns eyes either of his two fellow recent title challengers.

“I think the fight that makes sense right now would be Colby Covington or Jorge Masvidal,” Burns told MMA Junkie. “Those are the two fights that I wanted, even with all the legal things. If I have to wait, I’ll wait. I don’t care. Those are the fights that make sense and I want them.

“I don’t want to get another back-of-the-line contender,” he continued. “No, now I’m becoming a draw in that division. Now I’m on the cards. I’ll still fight anyone, don’t get me wrong, but you have to prove your point, that you deserve to be there right now.”

As Burns alluded, the rivalry and bad blood between Covington and Masvidal rages on post-fight as Masvidal allegedly ambushed and assaulted Covington outside of a Miami, Florida steakhouse, therefore leading to charges being pressed.

No matter who “Durinho” is matched up with next, he’s feeling as motivated as ever to get back on track.

“My next fight I’m coming with blood in my mouth,” Burns said. “That fight with Khamzat was so close. A lot of people saw the heart, the work, and that there’s no quit in me. I’m going to keep showing that in my next fight. With a big name, I’m going to show people what I’m capable of. And to cement my career and journey, I have to get that belt. And nothing but a big fight can get me closer to that.”

Fans Mock Paige VanZant For Allegedly Botching New Tattoo

Former UFC fighter Paige VanZant might’ve made a mistake by not only getting a new tattoo but showing it off on social media. VanZant is getting ready to make her professional wrestling debut for All Elite Wrestling later this year. She’s also under contract with Bare Knuckle FC and is expected to return at a…

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Former UFC fighter Paige VanZant might’ve made a mistake by not only getting a new tattoo but showing it off on social media.

VanZant is getting ready to make her professional wrestling debut for All Elite Wrestling later this year. She’s also under contract with Bare Knuckle FC and is expected to return at a later date.

While VanZant has struggled with three straight losses during her time in MMA and bare-knuckle boxing, she remains a popular presence on social media.

In a recent Instagram post, she shared footage of a new tattoo with the words “heart of a warrior, soul of a lion”.

“Heart of a Warrior, Soul of a Lion,” VanZant posted. “No one can ever deny how much heart I have in my fights. At times I’ll drop everything I have ever learned and fight with nothing but pride, which doesn’t always lead to the best outcome. This is a reminder to myself, I already have the heart and soul all I need to do is take care of the rest.”

But VanZant’s tattoo didn’t get rave reviews from her 3.2 million following on Instagram. One fan pointed out an error in the phrase and that she allegedly screwed up the wording of it.

“Isn’t it heart of Lion and soul of warrior?” one fan commented.

Another follower of VanZant wrote a harsher review of her new ink.

“That’s the dumbest tattoo ever!” one follower commented. “He should be ashamed for putting that on you.”

VanZant has yet to reply to any of the hostile comments on the Instagram post.

While it’s debatable whether or not VanZant’s tattoo is appealing, it has caused strong reactions from some of her followers.

What are your thoughts on Paige VanZant’s mocked tattoo?

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Canelo Alvarez: I’ll fight Gennady Golovkin in September, then rematch Dmitry Bivol

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Canelo wants his revenge against Bivol, but he will honor a prior agreement first. Saul “Canelo” Alvarez suffered just his second career loss earlier t…


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Canelo wants his revenge against Bivol, but he will honor a prior agreement first.

Saul “Canelo” Alvarez suffered just his second career loss earlier this month when he was outpointed by Dmitry Bivol in a light heavyweight (175 lb) fight. Before that fight went down, Canelo had agreed to finally give Gennady Golovkin the third fight he’s wanted for so long.

When Canelo lost, it remained to be seen if that would actually happen. But according to the man himself, it will indeed go down in September (via ESPN Knockout)

“In the next few days we will announce the September fight. Surely, it will be against GGG because we already had that agreement, but I will also fight Bivol again.”

While their first two fights took place at middleweight (160 lbs) and both featured very close, controversial scorecards, this one will take place a division up at 168 pounds. Canelo (57-2-2, 39 KOs) is the undisputed champion at 168, while Golovkin (42-1-1, 37 KOs) has never fought at that weight previously.

After that, Canelo intends to return to 175 to rematch Bivol. This will most likely go down next May. Golovkin is coming off a ninth-round TKO win over Ryota Murata in April, where he picked up a third middleweight title.

Cyborg Teases Fight Against Julianna Peña vs. Amanda Nunes II Winner

Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg wants to face the UFC 277 title bout winner between Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes. Cyborg recently took to Twitter to respond to an ESPN Tweet promoting the Peña vs. Nunes rematch. The 145-pound champion suggested that she fight the winner of the bout. Peña and Nunes will rematch…

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Bellator women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg wants to face the UFC 277 title bout winner between Julianna Peña and Amanda Nunes.

Cyborg recently took to Twitter to respond to an ESPN Tweet promoting the Peña vs. Nunes rematch. The 145-pound champion suggested that she fight the winner of the bout.

Peña and Nunes will rematch for the bantamweight championship at UFC 277 live on pay-per-view (PPV) in Dallas, Texas on July 30. As for Cyborg, she currently competes under the Bellator MMA banner as the promotion’s featherweight champion.

Obviously, a potential clash between Cyborg and the Peña vs. Nunes is very unlikely given the latter pair are in the UFC. Not to mention it’s highly unlikely UFC President Dana White goes out of his way to make an inter-promotional bout with Bellator.

Cyborg did compete in the UFC from 2016 to 2019. During that time she won and reigned as the UFC featherweight champion. She was dethroned by Nunes in their December clash in 2018, where Nunes became the first-ever female dual-weight UFC champion.

Nunes has not lost the featherweight title to this day, however, she was defeated by Peña via submission her last time out for the 135-pound title. Now, the pair are set for one of the biggest rematches in women’s MMA history.

It will be interesting to see who comes out on top when it’s all said and done.

What do you think about Cris Cyborg calling out the Peña vs. Nunes II winner? And who are you picking in the rematch? Sound off in the comments below!

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‘There Is Always The Chance’

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During her reign, Valentina Shevchenko has been about as flawless as any mixed martial artist can hope to be.
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During her reign, Valentina Shevchenko has been about as flawless as any mixed martial artist can hope to be.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Flyweight champion has defended her title six times with a potential next being the one to tie Ronda Rousey for the most consecutively accumulated by a woman. After that, Shevchenko could see a return to her original UFC weight class where Rousey once ruled.

“I think so,” Shevchenko told MMA Fighting’s The MMA Hour when asked if a move back to 135 was in her future. “There is always the chance. Definitely the bigger fight, the better.”

Shevchenko debuted on short notice in UFC at Bantamweight against Sarah Kaufman in Dec. 2015 and fought in the division a total of five times until dropping down to Flyweight — a weight the promotion didn’t have upon her arrival.

Her days at 135 saw “The Bullet” cross paths with both women currently competing for the title, Julianna Pena and Amanda Nunes. While Shevchenko scored a second-round armbar submission victory against Pena in their Jan. 2017 encounter, Nunes bested Kyrgyzstan’s finest on two occasions — Shevchenko’s only UFC losses, one of which was for the title.

Most recently, Nunes dropped her Bantamweight title to Pena at UFC 269 in Dec. 2021 (watch highlights) and the two will now rematch at UFC 277 on July 30 in Dallas, Texas. If things line up properly, maybe Shevchenko will be awaiting the winner.

“I was not in shock,” Shevchenko said of Pena defeating Nunes. “Of course it was surprising, but I didn’t see Amanda in the same fight shape as she used to be in the fight. For example, when we fought together she was completely different eyes, different everything. In the Julianna fight she was a little bit more relaxed. I don’t know how she prepared for this fight, but she looked different.

“I think by the end of the year it’s going to be a good fight,” she said. “But also we have to see — Miesha Tate is coming to 125 in July. So many things can happen, many things can change. So yeah, I think it’s possible. It’s very, very, very possible.”

Shevchenko is next challenged by Taila Santos in the co-main event of UFC 275 on June 11, 2022, in Singapore.

MMA Fans React To Paige VanZant’s New Tattoo

Paige VanZantFormer UFC fighter Paige VanZant has been catching some flack for her new tattoo she got on her hands.  VanZant posted her new ink on her Instagram. The new tattoo says, “Heart of a warrior, soul of a lion”.  Many “fans” have jumped at the opportunity to make fun of VanZant, claiming that the saying […]

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Former UFC fighter Paige VanZant has been catching some flack for her new tattoo she got on her hands. 

VanZant posted her new ink on her Instagram. The new tattoo says, “Heart of a warrior, soul of a lion”.  Many “fans” have jumped at the opportunity to make fun of VanZant, claiming that the saying is mixed up. Citing the saying as, “Heart of a lion, soul of a warrior”. 

The people in the comment section of her post are hating on VanZant for her tattoo in so many different ways.

Paige VanZant has the saying written across her knuckles in a cursive font. 

“Heart of a Warrior, Soul of a Lion. No one can ever deny how much heart I have in my fights,” VanZant wrote in the post. “At times I’ll drop everything I have ever learned and fight with nothing but pride, which doesn’t always lead to the best outcome. This is a reminder to myself, I already have the heart and soul all I need to do is take care of the rest.” (Transcribed by Mirror)

VanZant hasn’t had very much success in this part of her career. VanZant left the UFC after dropping three of her last four bouts in the organization. any fans at the time, thought she would be a top contender in the strawweight division for years to come. unfortunately, it didn’t work out the way many thought it would.

With that being said, VanZant has still been one of the biggest names in women’s combat sports. She is still competing in Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship and has even signed with AEW, a wrestling company. VanZant has lost both of her matches at BKFC, but is still slated to appear and headline the card in Britain on July 9th. VanZant is looking to extend her contract with the organization as well.

What do you think of VanZant’s new tattoo that she recently got?