Usman Compares Covington’s Character Dedication To The Undertaker’s

Kamaru Usman is not surprised by Colby Covington’s post-UFC 268 behavior.

It is no secret that both bouts between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington had highly contentious build-ups to say the very least. This particularly rings true when replaying t…

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Kamaru Usman is not surprised by Colby Covington’s post-UFC 268 behavior.

It is no secret that both bouts between Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington had highly contentious build-ups to say the very least. This particularly rings true when replaying the words of Covington. Covington has taken shots at Usman’s family, made accusations of steroid use, and has generally spoken without boundaries whenever addressing his rival.

Immediately after their rematch at UFC 268, however, something unexpected happened—“out of character” even, if you will. Covington appeared to extend a show of respect to Usman after the fight, whispering something in his ear that referee Dan Miragliotta heard up close. Miragliotta seemed to consider the words to be overly positive if anything, telling the welterweights to ‘kiss’ later as he split them apart.

By the time Covington made it to the post-fight press conference, however, he was back to running down Usman without missing a beat. He reiterated that he was incapable of respecting a cheater like Usman and that he once again felt robbed in the fight.

Kamaru Usman Unsurprised By Covington ‘Staying In Character’

Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman
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In an appearance on The FULL SEND PODCAST this week, the welterweight champion explained why he wasn’t surprised to see Covington continue with the insults and disrespect despite the apparent show of respect after the fight.

“I mean, he’s supposed to,” Usman said of Covington sticking to his guns after the fight. “That’s what you’re supposed to do. Like, Undertaker was wrestling for how many years? Have you ever seen him break character, really? So I mean, it is what it is. He has to do what he can.”

The Undertaker is a pro wrestling legend who performed in the WWE for three decades. He is considered to be one of the greatest characters in the history of sports entertainment. If you were to ask Colby Covington, however, there is no character being played on his part and every word out of his mouth is what they would call in the wrestling business a “shoot.”

Covington is adamant that he and Usman still have unfinished business, so he continues to cut promos on the Nigerian American left and right in true WWE fashion. One of them could be found with us here on MMA News, where Covington continued to bash Usman and also covered a litany of other topics, such as Jon Jones’s latest arrest, the “downfall” of Conor McGregor, the origins of his beef with Jorge Masvidal, and so much more.

You can view that full interview below!

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Triller Really Wants To Teach Dana White ‘How A Proper Production Is Done’

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Triller founder Ryan Kavanaugh fired shots at Dana White for turning down their invite to Triad Combat, saying he could use some lessons in putting on proper shows. Triller Fight C…


Triller Fight Club Presents: Triad Combat
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Triller founder Ryan Kavanaugh fired shots at Dana White for turning down their invite to Triad Combat, saying he could use some lessons in putting on proper shows.

Triller Fight Club returned on Saturday night with another oddball night of combat sports, this time with their new sub-promotion Triad Combat (watch the highlights here). The concept: a triangular boxing ring where fighters box with smaller gloves and clinch fighting is allowed. The apparent idea is to give MMA fighters more of a fair chance against boxers in crossover affairs, because that’s the niche Triller is trying to build itself in.

That, and with ridiculously expensive concert experiences jammed in the middle of cards. Metallica led into the Triad Combat main event, while past acts include Justin Bieber, The Black Keys, and several other artists we’re way too old to even recognize as a big deal. Thus far each event looks like a total bonfire of venture capital money, but Triller execs seem convinced that you gotta spend money to make money in this biz.

During the event, they took a moment to interview Triller exec Ryan Kavanaugh, who mocked UFC president Dana White for holding such dry and dusty events focused on nothing but the fights.

“I did ask him [Dana White] if he wanted to come to learn how a proper production is done,” Kavanaugh said. “Because, you know, Dana’s idea of a proper production is throw up a little rusty ring. He will pay his fighters what we pay our ushers. You know, throw one little fight, have a guy knock the guy out, call it a night. This is what a production is… and I thought he might wanna come and learn a thing or two here. But, he can keep underpaying his fighters, taking home his own money and throwing up that rusty little ring.”

Okay, first let’s admit: the UFC’s production IS pretty boring. At this point they’ve honed their event production process to a point where it’s become cookie cutter. Spontaneous moments are rare. Most fun and fresh ideas get murdered in the crib if they get that far. Fighters aren’t allowed to spice up their entrances, goof around at the weigh-ins, or show much of a personality at all. So Kavanaugh has a point there.

But let’s not pretend what Triller is doing is ‘proper’ … we wouldn’t keep tuning in if it was. It’s the opposite of UFC, but not in the way Kavanaugh would like to depict it. It’s messy, wild, and ridiculous. It’s Snoop Dog and Donald Trump on commentary, it’s slapfights on the undercard hosted by Ric Flair. It’s Pete Davidson wandering around the event with a mic seemingly just as confused as we are. It’s wondering if the celebrity guests are coked up or merely drunk.

It’s also dangerous. That Pulev vs. Mir fight was dangerous. Vitor Belfort vs. Evander Holyfield was dangerous.

We’re loving the fact that Triller is splashing these athletes with cash, and we’re entertained by the hijinx that are going on. But a ‘proper production’ would be taking more care to make sure the elder statesmen of combat sports they’re booking aren’t going to get completely outmatched and annihilated in the ring or cage or triangle or whatever the hell.

Adrian Yanez Pitches A UFC Boxing Tournament

Rising bantamweight Adrian Yanez is keen to prove he belongs in ‘the best boxer in the UFC’ discussion and has pitched a tournament to prove just that.

Yanez has been rapidly rising up the 135-pound division and proving himself to be one of the hot…

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Rising bantamweight Adrian Yanez is keen to prove he belongs in ‘the best boxer in the UFC’ discussion and has pitched a tournament to prove just that.

Yanez has been rapidly rising up the 135-pound division and proving himself to be one of the hottest prospects in the promotion. After building a three-fight winning streak with triumphs under the Fury FC and LFA banners, the Texan established his name with a memorable contract-winning performance on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2020.

In the year that followed, Yanez made an immediate impact with Performance of the Night-worthy knockouts of Victor Rodriguez, Gustavo Lopez, and Randy Costa. Continuing his bonus streak last weekend, the 27-year-old faced his toughest test to date in the form of the always-tough and durable Davey Grant.

Despite being unable to maintain his 100% UFC finish rate, Yanez emerged victorious on the judges’ scorecards and added an established name to his résumé.

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Yanez Names 7 Bantamweights He’d Love To Box

Following his fourth UFC victory, Adrian Yanez made an appearance on Ariel Helwani’s The MMA Hour. After discussing his ongoing success in the UFC and his latest triumph n the Octagon, Yanez was asked whether he believes his boxing should be spoken about more.

In recent weeks, many have debated which UFC stars boast the most talent with the hands, and some have listed the top-five pugilists in the promotion. The likes of Alexander Volkanovski, Conor McGregor, and Max Holloway have staked their claim for the title. But Yanez believes he deserves to be towards the top of the rankings and admitted it frustrates him when his boxing ability isn’t considered among the best in the UFC.

“Oh absolutely, absolutely (I should be in ‘the best boxer in the UFC’ discussion). It needs to be said. Every time I see someone, see those forums put up or they make lists or anything like that, I’m just always annoyed ‘cos I’m like, ‘I know I’m one of the best, I know I’m one of the best.’ I should be up there for sure. It’s not even just… a lot of people just look at the offensive stuff and I’m just like, ‘Bro, you gotta look at the defensive side as well.’ You’ve gotta look at the defensive side, the footwork; there’s a lot of things to look at.”

Yanez went on to pitch the idea of a tournament in the UFC. After naming a host of bantamweights he’d love to trade boxing-glove leather with, the 27-year-old pleaded with Dana White to let them duke it out in an elimination format.

“I know UFC has Zuffa boxing, so man, Dana White, let’s put on some boxing gloves with a lot of these guys in the 135-pound division and let’s duke it out. I think that would actually be fun. Like a little bit of a fun thing that you can do with UFC fighters who haven’t took like, an MMA fight in a while, be like, ‘Man, throw on some boxing gloves for Zuffa boxing,’ and just have them duke it out. I have a couple of matchups that I would like to see, for myself.

“There’s a lot of guys, man. Of course, the champ Petr Yan, the interim champ, the interim champ, Petr Yan. I’d like to strap on the eights with him. It’d be fun, I would love it. Also, Cody Garbrandt, he has some great boxing as well… Rob Font, José Aldo, of course, Sean O’Malley; I think he has some great striking.

“Who else… Oh yeah, Julio Arce. I know he just lost to Song Yadong but he has some really great boxing, and also Song Yadong as well. They have some really great hands. I think just throw us in a tournament and we all go out there and duke it out with the boxing gloves on. I think that’d be fun.”

Would you like to see a UFC boxing tournament featuring the likes of Adrian Yanez, Petr Yan, and Sean O’Malley?

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Polaris 18 Results: Big upsets in the UK

UK’s longest running BJJ event returns with a night of significant upsets. The UK’s longest running jiu-jitsu super fight promotion returned to action on Saturday, November 27th with a lineup featuring BJJ World Champions, MMA f…



UK’s longest running BJJ event returns with a night of significant upsets.

The UK’s longest running jiu-jitsu super fight promotion returned to action on Saturday, November 27th with a lineup featuring BJJ World Champions, MMA fighters, and no-gi grappling specialists. The main card of the event featured Paulo Miyao versus Ash Williams, Jed Hue versus AJ Agazarm, and Tommy Langaker versus Igor Tanabe.

Polaris super fight matches were 10 minutes in duration and could only be decided by submission or judges’ decision, incentivizing the athletes to take risks and attempt to finish their opponents.

ADCC European Trials Winner Ash Williams gets decision over Paulo Miyao

Coming off a big win at the ADCC European Trials in the 66 kg division, it seemed safe to assume that Ash Williams would continue to focus on the ADCC ruleset leading up to the 2022 ADCC World Championships. He decided to veer from that path however, taking a gi match with one of the best featherweight gi competitors ever in Paulo Miyao.

Miyao started the match from the bottom position, utilizing the lasso and de la riva positions to entangle Ash’s legs and come up to the top position. Once Paulo was on top, he started to work a series of leg drags. Ash showed great defense and attempted a few foot locks on Miyao, both to earn favor in the eyes of the judges and to stave off Miyao’s passing attempts. The strategy worked perfectly for Ash, who despite being under pressure from Miyao most of the match, was able to come away with the decision victory.

Jed Hue uses submission-focused strategy to earn decision over Agazarm

In the co-main event, Bellator MMA fighter AJ Agazarm was a late replacement for Edwin Najmi to take on Jed Hue of Elite Jiu-Jitsu.

Hue immediately sat to guard as Agazarm worked various passing strategies to get around his opponent’s legs. Agazarm attempted to pass the guard with a cartwheel early in the match, but Hue countered with a kimura that had Agazarm’s arm in reasonable danger. Agazarm escaped and Hue continued to play guard throughout the rest of the match, going for another armbar and later inverting to attack a kneebar.

Agazarm turned to defend the kneebar, which Hue used to transition to a heel hook. Agazarm defended and fought out of the position well, but was unable to mount much offense against Hue. Hue’s final submission attempt came with about 30 seconds left in the match, as he latched onto another heel hook that Agazarm was able to turn out of. Hue’s style played very well with the submission based ruleset, and he earned a unanimous decision victory over the always tough AJ Agazarm.

Igor “Fat Ninja” Tanabe submits European Champion Tommy Langaker

Igor “Fat Ninja” Tanabe was promoted to black belt by Eduardo Telles and Walter Franco in May 2020 after a great run in the colored belts that included a purple belt World Championship title. Since then, Igor has yet to lose a match at his new rank.

Up until this match with Langaker, Igor has competed solely in Japan, mainly due to travel restrictions from the pandemic. Langaker, a Norwegian grappler, has wins in Polaris over Sebastian Brosche, Marcos Tinoco, and Gilbert Burns. This match took place at 90 kg, a weight better suited for Tanabe, as Langaker normally competes as a middleweight. Despite the size disadvantage, Langaker did a great job of being aggressive throughout the match, never taking a break to rest and hold a position.

Tanabe, however, was able to dictate the pace throughout, mixing in multiple flying triangles and omoplatas in addition to his guard passes. At about the two minute mark, Tanabe initiated a long step pass, getting around the guard and forcing Langaker to give up his back. Once Tanabe was on the back, he set his grips in the collar and finished the match with a bow n’ arrow choke. With the submission win, Tanabe improved his record as a black belt to 18-0.

Full results can be found below:

Ash Williams def. Paulo Miyao via decision (split)
Jed Hue def. AJ Agazarm via decision (unanimous)
Igor Tanabe def. Tommy Langaker via submission (bow n’ arrow)
Stevie Ray def. Craig Ewers via submission (twister)
Leon Larman def. Bryn Jenkins via decision (unanimous)
Lloyd Cooper def. Tom Barry via decision (split)
Josh Williams def. Adam Adshead via submission (armbar)
Aled Rees def. Ash Amos via submission (lapel choke)
Tom Cellamare def. Oli Cole via submission (armbar)
Owen Livesey def. Max Bickerton via decision (unanimous)
Ashley Bendle def. Kate Bacik via decision (unanimous)
Jamie Dicks def. Finn Carey via decision (unanimous)
William Southern def. Rhys Davis via submission (triangle)

Today In Combat Sports: 5 vs. 5 Team Battles & Professional Pillow Fights

The limbs of combat sports continue to branch out, and in the case of the TFC & PFC, it is going in two completely opposite directions.

At this moment, you may be wondering what the heck TFC & PFC stand for. Team Fighting Championship (TFC)…

Pillow Fighting Championship

The limbs of combat sports continue to branch out, and in the case of the TFC & PFC, it is going in two completely opposite directions.

At this moment, you may be wondering what the heck TFC & PFC stand for. Team Fighting Championship (TFC) and Pillow Fight Championship (PFC) are two new forms of competition that fall under the “combat sports” umbrella term, albeit to wildly varying degrees.

Street Violence With A Professional Twist

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Founded in 2014, TFC introduced to the world what is tantamount to group street fighting inside a ring. After all, fights in the real world are not limited to one-on-one confrontations, so this promotion essentially aims to bring the slice of gang life into the sports arena. These contests feature two teams representing their countries competing in a 5-on-5 single-elimination MMA team battle, i.e. a “shoot” version of WWE’s Survivor Series.

However, according to Jody Poff, who has served as the head coach of the US team, this isn’t street fighting at all. Because, unlike streetfighting, TFC teams devise clear strategies, or at least his team does (h/t Vice.com).

“My guys are technical. Some of these other teams are brawlers,” Poff said. “If we go in there and brawl with them, we will lose.”

Poff admitted that things can turn grizzly when fighters inevitably become outnumbered, especially when it’s one versus several. Still, he views the TFC as a sport every bit as legitimate as boxing and traditional MMA.

“First, everybody did boxing, then kickboxing got popular, then MMA became the next thing,” Poff said. “As a sport, we’re going to go through the same growing pains as MMA and the UFC went through. Yeah, we’re a little crazy, but we’re pro athletes and we want to explore what’s next. The next level…

“It can get ugly fast once guys start dropping,” Poff says. “But there are five referees in there with you, and they are watching everything. So in a way, by the time it gets mismatched, it’s pretty safe. In a normal fight, there’s only one ref.”

You can view some of the action from the most recent TFC event below.

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Quite frankly, whether or not the PFC qualifies as a “combat sport” is subject to some very worthy debate. Both the “combat” and the “sport” terms could be disputed on some level. After all, anything that can be done in a slumber party will rarely if ever be joined with the aforementioned two terms. Yet, the PFC might just be the literal one exception to this rule.

“It’s not something where you sit there and laugh and feathers are flying,” PFC’s CEO Steve Williams told Reuters. “It’s serious. It’s hardcore swinging with specialized pillows.”

And unlike that barbarous “MMA” and “boxing” you degenerates love, the PFC likes to ensure that their athletes make it back home in one piece.

“The fighters don’t like to get hurt, and there’s a lot of people who don’t want to see the blood,” Williams said. “They want to see good competition, they just don’t want to see the violence.”

PFC contests are scheduled for three rounds. The next PFC event, PFC 3: Pound Down takes, place January 29, 2022, and is available on FITE TV.

Will you be giving either the TFC or PFC a try?

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Glover Teixeira: Alex Pereira Three Fights From Facing Israel Adesanya Again

Glover Teixeira Alex PereiraGlover Teixeira believes it won’t be long until we see Alex Pereira fight Israel Adesanya. Pereira recently enjoyed a successful UFC debut earlier this month when he knocked out Andreas Michailidis with a flying knee on the UFC 268 featured prelim earlier this month. Naturally, many were already eyeing up a future middleweight contest between […]

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Glover Teixeira believes it won’t be long until we see Alex Pereira fight Israel Adesanya.

Pereira recently enjoyed a successful UFC debut earlier this month when he knocked out Andreas Michailidis with a flying knee on the UFC 268 featured prelim earlier this month.

Naturally, many were already eyeing up a future middleweight contest between him and current champion Israel Adesanya. That’s because the pair are 1-1 against each other in kickboxing with Pereira notably being the only fighter to knock out Adesanya.

And training partner and UFC light heavyweight champion Glover Teixeira believes a trilogy in the form of an MMA contest could take place in a year’s time.

“I told [Pereira], ‘One year,’” Teixeira said on The MMA Hour. “I told him when he signed with the UFC, ‘Hey man, they’ll be talking about you in about one year, three fights.’ Especially the way he fought. It couldn’t go better.

“I couldn’t be more happy as a coach as a training partner that’s been telling people that this guy is no joke. He’s got a lot to learn, but he’s learning things quick. He’ll get things quick. I’m talking about you get a regular guy and whatever, that guy’s gonna learn in six months – [Pereira will] learn in a week. You show him a move and he just does it.”

Glover Teixeira: Three More Fights For Adesanya vs. Pereira

Although it wasn’t Pereira’s MMA debut, it’s still very early in his MMA career as it was just his fourth fight in the sport.

However, Teixeira sees similarities between Pereira and himself in how they’re able to quickly pick up things and utilize it straight away.

That’s just another reason why he is confident Pereira is just three fights away from facing Adesanya.

“Alex is kind of like [me in training] and couldn’t have done better [at UFC 268],” Teixeira said. “He got taken down, he defended takedowns, he got up and he stayed there. You see the other guy come out of the clinch, the guy’s face was all messed up, he was dead tired and he come out with the flying knee. So calm, so relaxed.

“I say three more fights the most, and he wants to fight quick. He wants February already, he wants to fight quick, so he’s going to fight back to back probably. No injuries, no nothing. By this time next year, they’ll be talking about him and Adesanya.”

Do you agree with Glover Teixeira?