Cannonier “Not As Excited As Everyone Else” Ahead Of UFC 276

Fight fans are getting more excited as UFC 276 is mere hours away, but one of the event’s main stars isn’t letting the significance of the moment affect him. Jared Cannonier is slated for the biggest fight of his career when he challenges middleweight …

Fight fans are getting more excited as UFC 276 is mere hours away, but one of the event’s main stars isn’t letting the significance of the moment affect him. Jared Cannonier is slated for the biggest fight of his career when he challenges middleweight champion Israel Adesanya in the main event of UFC 276. Many…

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Cain Velasquez’s family suing man accused of molesting 4-year-old son

Cain Velasquez’s supporters outside the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice. | Photo by Aric Crabb/MediaNews Group/East Bay Times via Getty Images

The Velasquez family has launched a civil suit against Harry Goularte. [CW…


Cain Velasquez’s supporters outside the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice.
Cain Velasquez’s supporters outside the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice. | Photo by Aric Crabb/MediaNews Group/East Bay Times via Getty Images

The Velasquez family has launched a civil suit against Harry Goularte.

[CW: The following story contains details of an alleged sexual assault on a minor]

According to The Washington Post a lawsuit was recently filed against Harry Goularte, the man accused of molesting Cain Velasquez’s 4-year-old son. The plaintiffs named in the lawsuit are Velasquez’s son and a legal guardian.

Goularte has been charged with one felony count of a lewd or lascivious act upon a minor. He has plead not guilty to that charge and is currently out on bail.

The Velasquez family lawsuit against Goularte claims the 43-year-old exposed himself before disrobing and touching the genitals of Velasquez’s son.

Earlier it was reported that the alleged victim in this case told police that Goularte may have assaulted him a hundred times. It is claimed that these alleged attacks happened at a daycare facility operated out of a home owned by Goularte’s mother.

Goularte’s mother, Patricia Goularte, and his step-father, Paul Bender, are also named as defendants in the suit. The daycare business, 25 of its employees and a concrete business owned by Goularte are also named in the suit.

The lawsuit accused the defendants of having “fostered, maintained, and allowed an environment for its attendees to fall victim to sexual abuse at the hands of [Goularte].” The suit also claimed that Goularte, despite not working for the daycare, had “daily access” to children.

The Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office is investigating whether there are any other potential victims who attended this daycare center.

Former UFC heavyweight champion Velasquez remains behind bars after being denied bail, on two occasions, over an attempted murder charge and various gun-related offences.

Velasquez’s charges stem from an incident in February where Velasquez allegedly fired a gun into a vehicle carrying Goularte, Patricia Goularte and Paul Bender. Only Bender was hit by gunfire. He sustained non-life-threatening injuries.

Velasquez is accused of firing the gun during an 11-mile high-speed chase through San Jose.

Velasquez is due in court in August. If he is convicted of attempted murder he faces the possibility of a 20-year prison sentence.

Watch: Robbie Lawler Couldn’t Contain Himself During Sean Strickland’s UFC UFC 276 Press Conference Display

Robbie LawlerThe UFC’s 276 press conference has set the tone for what is to come In Last Vegas on Saturday. However, veteran Robbie Lawler (29-15 MMA) was in hysterics as he found himself in a front-row seat to a Sean Stricklands comedy show. Dana White has made it his goal to steal July 4th weekend, and it’s […]

Robbie Lawler

The UFC’s 276 press conference has set the tone for what is to come In Last Vegas on Saturday. However, veteran Robbie Lawler (29-15 MMA) was in hysterics as he found himself in a front-row seat to a Sean Stricklands comedy show.

Dana White has made it his goal to steal July 4th weekend, and it’s been so far so good for the UFC president, with the pay-per-view press conference already setting the tone for what’s to come in the T-Mobile arena later this evening.

Middleweight Sean Strickland (25-3 MMA) took to his social media where he expressed concern over his own behavior prior to the press event.

Inevitably Strickland didn’t disappoint as he couldn’t contain his excitement on his first question, before standing up and labeling the MMA media and fans in attendance as “vicious b*stards” until telling himself to “calm down”.

“This is my first press conference; you guys are a bunch of vicious bastards. Hearing the way, you guys talk, I want to go down there and punch all of you f**kers in the face. Jesus Christ you guys are mean.”

The reaction of the former Welterweight Champion Robbie Lawler is everything, perfectly epitomizing how many MMA fans around the world reacted to the madness that unfolded on Thursday.

Strickland seemed to play off the laughter of Lawler, even going after the Middleweight King and the headliner of the UFC 276 event, Israel Adesanya. As he eyes his 185lbs title fight if all things go to his plan against Alex Pereira (5-1 MMA) on Saturday night. 

“We are gonna have a war, but after I beat Alex, you’re gonna see a whole different guy. I’m gonna start painting my nails, act like a female … I’m gonna be the best Champion you’ve ever seen. Let’s go!”

Robbie Lawler makes his return to the octagon on Saturday

Robbie Lawler will make the walk back into the octagon, as he takes on dangerous striker Bryan Barberena (17-8 MMA) who is coming off an impressive fight of the year contender against a durable Mike Brown (25-19 MMA).

In spite of the fact that he is now entering his forties, Lawler has decided to continue to keep his gloves strapped, for the genuine love he has for his job and everything that comes with it.

Do you think Robbie Lawler can still get the job done at the age of 40?

Joe Rogan seemingly backs Ron DeSantis—architect of ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law—for president

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The UFC commentator revealed during a recent episode of Joe Rogan Experience podcast that DeSantis “would work as a good president.” After once endorsing Bernie Sanders for president, Joe …


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The UFC commentator revealed during a recent episode of Joe Rogan Experience podcast that DeSantis “would work as a good president.”

After once endorsing Bernie Sanders for president, Joe Rogan is now throwing his weight behind rising star in Republican circles.

The UFC commentator and controversial comedian revealed on a recent episode of The Joe Rogan Experience that he believes Florida governor Ron DeSantis “would work as a good president.”

“I mean, what he’s done for Florida has been admirable,” Rogan said on Tuesday’s episode, which featured conspiracy monger Gina Carano as his guest. “I feel like what he did for Florida, a lot of people gave him a lot of grief, but ultimately he was correct. He was correct when it comes to like deaths, he was correct. And when it comes to protecting all vulnerable populations, he was correct in terms of distribution of monoclonal antibodies.”

DeSantis was among the politicians most resistant to imposing Covid-19 restrictions and mandates, even going so far as to designate professional sports as “essential services” in order to lobby organizations such as World Wrestling Entertainment and the Ultimate Fighting Championship to hold events in Florida. His critics referred to him as “DeathSantis” in the face of a rising death toll in 2020, with many believing he prematurely lifted mandates and placed vulnerable populations at even greater risk.

DeSantis courted even more controversy this year when he signed a bill into law Monday that restricts the education of LGBTQ topics in the state’s public schools. The bill, which critics have labeled “Don’t Say Gay,” states that “classroom instruction by school personnel or third parties on sexual orientation or gender identity may not occur in kindergarten through grade 3 or in a manner that is not age-appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”

DeSantis has emerged as one of the leading candidates for the 2024 presidential nomination, with many believing that the GOP may prefer him over Trump. Last week, conservative activists in Colorado placed DeSantis above Trump in their preference for their party’s 2024 nominee. DeSantis won 71 percent of the vote while the former president earned 67 percent in the straw poll.

Yet despite DeSantis placing restrictions on LGBTQ+ people and galvanizing his base in a culture war against Disney, whom he labels as “groomers,” Rogan argued that the governor is all about “freedom.”

“He is not perfect, he’s a human being but what he’s done is stand up for freedoms,” Rogan said.

Pereira Rejects That Adesanya History Brought Him UFC 276 Opportunity

Relative UFC newcomer Alex Pereira doesn’t believe that his victories over champion Israel Adesanya are the main reasons why he’s where he is today. While the rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington stole most headlines, one of the…

Relative UFC newcomer Alex Pereira doesn’t believe that his victories over champion Israel Adesanya are the main reasons why he’s where he is today. While the rematch between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington stole most headlines, one of the most intriguing storylines heading into last November’s UFC 268 pay-per-view was the debut of kickboxing great…

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UFC 276 Start Time, Line Up, Who Is Fighting Tonight!

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) market later TONIGHT (Sat., July 2, 2022) with a stacked UFC 276 event, featuring a Middleweight title fight bet…


UFC 276 Press Conference
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) market later TONIGHT (Sat., July 2, 2022) with a stacked UFC 276 event, featuring a Middleweight title fight between division kingpin, Israel Adesanya, taking on Jared Cannonier. In the co-main event, Alexander Volkanovski will defend his Featherweight title against Max Holloway in a highly-anticipated trilogy fight.

What’s Hot:

As champion, Adesanya has had his eye on Cannonier for a long time. Which is odd, really, because the titleholder is usually the one with the target on his back, but “The Last Stylebender” has always been very outspoken about how much he respects “Killa Gorilla” and how he’s wanted to test his skills against the former Heavyweight. Thankfully, Cannonier did his part to make the fight happen, winning his last two fights, going 5-1 over his last six to shoot up to the No. 2 spot on UFC’s official rankings list. Along the way, he picked up huge wins over Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum and knocked out Derek Brunson in his previous fight to get the title shot. Adesanya, though, will obviously be the biggest test of his decade-long career.

Adesanya has ran roughshod through the 185-pound weight class, racking up an impressive resume in just four years with the promotion. Yes, “The Last Stylebender” has been fighting inside the Octagon for just 48 months, taking out the likes of Anderson Silva, Yoel Romero, Paulo Costa, Kelvin Gastelum and Robert Whittaker (twice). Undefeated as a Middleweight, Adesanya’s star keeps shining brighter after each win and a victory over Cannonier gives him wins over six of the Top 10-ranked fighters in the weight class. While all of his aforementioned opponents can crack, it’s safe to say they don’t pack the power that Cannonier has. Keep in mind, Cannonier was cracking heads as a Heavyweight early on in his career and has 10 (technical) knockouts wins to his credit. But, tagging Adesanya cleanly has been troublesome for many thanks to his elusive footwork and ability to create space and his use his reach well. It’s something he mastered as a kickboxer and transitioned perfectly into mixed martial arts (MMA).

Adesanya has the striking advantage here with Cannonier taking the edge in the power. When it comes to wrestling, neither man is a specialist in the area, though I don’t expect this fight to hit the canvas all that much. This fight will be played out on the feet and as great as both men are in the striking department, I don’t expect a finish. That means we can expect a pretty decent five-round war that will ultimately go Adesanya’s way after 25 hard-fought minutes.

What’s Not:

Being one of the most stacked cards of the year, there isn’t much to complain about here. The PPV main card is loaded, while the undercard has a several intriguing match ups across several divisions, making it a very worthwhile card to spend your hard-earned cash on.

Original Card Vs. Actual Card:

Miesha Tate was all set to make her Flyweight debut against Lauren Murphy on this card before it was removed from the lineup a week out from fight night after Murphy tested positive for COVID-19. The bout was re-booked and will now take place at UFC Long Island on July 16, 2022.

Also, a fight between Jim Miller and Bobby Green was scrapped after Green bowed out of the bout for unknown reasons. Thankfully, Donald Cerrone was game as always to step in on short notice to accept the rematch. Cerrone knocked out Miller eight years ago, and since his fight against Joe Lauzon was supposed to happen a little more than two weeks ago, “Cowboy” was in fighting shape and available to take the 170-pound bout.

Injuries:

Casey O’Neill tore her ACL and was forced out of her scheduled fight against Jessica Eye. As a result, Maycee Barber was pegged as her replacement. Barber is in search of a three-fight win streak after she managed to turn it around following back-to-back losses in 2020. As for Eye, she is looking to end her three-fight losing streak.

New Blood:

No newcomers at this event!

How The ‘Prelims’ Look:

Headlining the undercard will be a Lightweight scrap between Brad Riddell and Jalin Turner. Riddell recently had his seven-fight win streak snapped by Rafael Fiziev, so he is hungry for a win after the tough loss to his former teammate. Turner, on the other hand, is in search of his fifth straight win after earning four straight stoppage victories.

Also, Welterweight sensation Ian Garry continues to build up his resume, aiming to take out Gabriel Green. Garry is undefeated (9-0), which includes two wins inside the Octagon. Garry is being touted as a potential next star for the promotion, so every win is crucial for his ascension up the ladder. Green is 2-1 inside the eight-walled cage and a big win over Garry will give him a bigger share of the spotlight.

Uriah Hall and Andre Muniz will finally scrap after having the fight scrapped on a few occasions. Hall saw his win streak — which was up to four — come to an end after he ran into Sean Strickland, sending him to the back of the line once again. As for Muniz, the man is firing on all cylinders at the moment, having won seven straight fights, including his first four under the UFC banner. While Hall makes his bread on the feet, Muniz prefers to mix it up on the ground, so this will come down to whoever can implement their gameplan first.

In women’s Bantamweight action, Jessica Rose-Clark will battle Julija Stoliarenko, who is trying to stop the bleeding of her horrid three-fight losing streak. And as we touched on earlier, Barber eyes her third straight win when she battles former title contender, Jessica Eye, while Cerrone attempts to snap his losing skid against Miller. Cerrone needs a win in a bad way here if he wants to complete his goal of competing a whopping 50 times for UFC/Zuffa.

Who Needs A Win Badly:

Once a women’s Flyweight title contender, Eye has been unable to get back into contention following a brutal knockout loss at the hands of division queenpin, Valentina Shevchenko. While she did bounce back with a win after the head kick knockout loss (see it again here), she’s gone on to drop three in a row, putting her in danger of her first-ever, four-fight losing streak and a potential one-way ticket out of the promotion. She is facing off against a rejuvenated Barber, who now has some great momentum after winning her last two fights.

Interest Level: 9.5/10

Holloway will finally get his chance to get revenge on the only the second man (Dustin Poirier is the other) to ever beat him twice, taking on Featherweight champion, Alexander Volkanovski. “The Great” initially defeated “Blessed” at UFC 245 in 2019, and then took home a split-decision six months later in the rematch. Now, Holloway will have one final shot to pick up a win over the 145-pound champion, or potentially face no other choice but to possibly move up to Lightweight for good in hopes of earning a title fight there. That’s because his chances of getting back to the big dance at 145 pounds will be very slim as long as Volkanovski is champion. For “The Great,” taking out Holloway puts the Hawaiian in his rear-view mirror for good.

While Adesanya and Cannonier handle business in the main event title fight, Sean Strickland and Alex Pereira will collide in another pivotal bout to see who gets to face the winner. Strickland has been putting in work inside the Octagon for more than eight years now, but it hasn’t been until recently that he’s really been shining. And while a lot of the attention he gets has a lot to do with the outlandish things he says in interviews and on social media, his work inside the cage speaks for itself. He has won six straight fights to earn him the No. 4 spot in the rankings. Pereira, meanwhile, isn’t ranked in the Top 15, but has the chance to catapult himself all the way into the Top 5 with a win. He is perfect (2-0) inside the Octagon, but one more win could get him to the big dance even faster that Jiri Prochazka earned his championship fight.

In further action, Sean O’Malley will look to continue his rise up the Bantamweight ranks when he takes on one of his stiffest tests to date in Pedro Munhoz. The rainbow-haired contender has risen to the occasion against all but one (Marlon Vera) of his opponents thus far, but Munhoz will be one of the most seasoned fighters he has ever faced. And defeating him will silence some of the naysayers. Munhoz, though, is out for a statement win of his own after losing his last two fights to former champions Dominick Cruz and Jose Aldo. Despite his recent woes, Munhoz is still a tough draw for anyone. If he can get back on track with a win over “Suga,” it would be a great way to get some momentum going.

Former UFC Welterweight champion, Robbie Lawler, will look for his second straight win when he battles Bryan Barberena in what is a sure-fire barn burner. Both men have a knack for putting on entertaining battles and their preference to stand up and bang have made them fan favorites. There is no telling how much longer Lawler plans on competing, but a win here assures hardcore fight fans that “Ruthless” will still around a bit longer. As for Barberena, he has won two straight and a third straight victory would give him the longest win streak of his UFC career. While a victory over a legend like Lawler may not hold as much weight now, it’s still a good name to have on the resume.

Enjoy the fights!

Full UFC 276 Fight Card

UFC 276 PPV Main Event on ESPN+:

185 lbs.: UFC Middleweight champion Israel Adesanya vs. Jared Cannonier

UFC 276 PPV Co-Main Event on ESPN+:

145 lbs.: UFC Featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski vs. Max Holloway

UFC 276 PPV Main Card on ESPN+ (10 p.m. ET):

185 lbs.: Sean Strickland vs. Alex Pereira
125 lbs.: Lauren Murphy vs. Miesha TateSCRATCHED (details here)
135 lbs.: Pedro Munhoz vs. Sean O’Malley
170 lbs.: Robbie Lawler vs. Bryan Barberena

UFC 276 Prelims Card on ABC/ESPN/ESPN+ (8 p.m. ET):

155 lbs.: Brad Riddell vs. Jalin Turner
170 lbs: Ian Garry vs. Gabe Green
170 lbs.: Donald Cerrone vs. Jim Miller

UFC 276 Early Prelims Card on ESPN+ (6 p.m. ET):

125 lbs.: Jessica Eye vs. Maycee Barber
185 lbs.: Uriah Hall vs. Andre Muniz
185 lbs.: Brad Tavares vs. Dricus du Plessis
135 lbs.: Jessica Rose-Clark vs. Julija Stoliarenko

*Fight card, bout order and number of fights remain subject to change due to COVID-19.*


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