Darren Till Praises Adesanya, Maps Path To Middleweight Title Shot

Darren TillDarren Till has praised UFC Middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya after his dominant win against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on Fight Island. Till also set out his own path for a title shot against the last style bender in the same tweet he praised the champion in. The number 6 middleweight contender, Till believes if […]

Darren Till

Darren Till has praised UFC Middleweight Champion, Israel Adesanya after his dominant win against Paulo Costa at UFC 253 on Fight Island.

Till also set out his own path for a title shot against the last style bender in the same tweet he praised the champion in.

The number 6 middleweight contender, Till believes if he puts on a dominant performance in his next fight against the number 4 ranked middleweight, Jack Hermansson then he will have done enough to earn a fight against Adesanya.

Speaking to his 240,000 followers, Till said: ‘What a fight by the champ, he’s some striker. I have got to come back, beat Jack. Beat maybe one more, or if I beat jack badly… jump straight in & fight the champ!’ Till also believes he can beat Adesanya, explaining that if he works hard he can outstrike Adesanya by being quicker than him: ‘I do believe I can outstrike him if I’m faster… I have to work extremely hard now though. More than ever before!’

Till also continued his praise of Adesanya in a successive tweet in which he posted a picture of the champion with the caption ‘Champ!!!!.’

Till and Adesanya have been known to have a joke between the two of them. Both of the fighters have uploaded videos which they have DM’d to each other on Instagram. Recently Adesanya sent a video to Till asking if he was ‘going to show up to his next fight or will he have visa issues.’ referring to the Brit’s late trouble with getting into America before his fight with Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 244.

Darren Till last fought against Robert Whittaker at UFC Fight Island on the 25th July where he lost on a unanimous decision to the former Middleweight king. Till is next expected to fight against Jack Hermansson on December the 5th.

Will Darren Till ever get a Middleweight title shot and would he beat Israel Adesanya?

Video: Mike Tyson Says He Could’ve Fought in UFC; Reveals Biggest Weak Spot

Boxing legend Mike Tyson thinks he would have succeeded in mixed martial arts provided there was one rule change. “I could of done all that stuff,” the 54-year-old said in a video by TMZ Sports …

Boxing legend Mike Tyson thinks he would have succeeded in mixed martial arts provided there was one rule change. “I could of done all that stuff,” the 54-year-old said in a video by TMZ Sports …

Adesanya demands 90 percent pay cut for fighters who miss weight

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UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is calling for stiff monetary penalties on fighters who miss weight. Two fighters missed their marks on the scale for UFC 253. 145-pounders ?udovít Klein and Zubair…

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UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya is calling for stiff monetary penalties on fighters who miss weight.

Two fighters missed their marks on the scale for UFC 253. 145-pounders ?udovít Klein and Zubaira Tukhugov both tipped the scales at 150 pounds, turning their scheduled featherweight fights into catch-weights.

Klein ended up defeating Israel Adesanya’s teammate Shane Young, which greatly upset “The Last Stylebender.” During the post-fight presser, he vocalized his demand for an overhaul in the penalty system for competitors who miss weight.

“It’s just cheating. I saw the guy that Dawodu fought right after,” Adesanya said, referring to Tukhugov. “With 90 minutes left, he’s on the blueberries and the water and whatnot. These guys, some of them are gangsters. Some of them are making money outside the UFC. Some of them have trust funds. 30 percent of their purse ain’t sh-t.

“But I’m telling you, if you fine someone 90 percent of your purse if you miss weight, I guarantee you, no matter how much money you’re making, no one’s go through this whole camp, through this whole sh-t and be willing to give 90 percent of their pay to the other guy. They will take that 90 minutes they had left to make the weight. They’ll take every second to make the weight.”

Adesanya spoke to Dana White about this issue right after his second-round TKO win over Paulo Costa in the main event. The UFC president didn’t disagree one bit, but did admit that it’s all beyond their control.

“He’s not wrong,” White said when he spoke to the media after the event. “But that’s not our place, it’s the Commission that handles that. But he’s not wrong. Take 80 or 90% of anybody’s money, they’re gonna show up the right way.”

The California State Athletic Commission is one of those that implement stricter policies on weight cutting. For one, fighters who gain more than eight percent of the weight after weigh-in day are required to move up. Erring competitors will also be fined from both their show and win money.

VIDEO | Joanna Jedrzejczyk Reacts To Jan Blachowicz Claiming UFC Gold

Joanna JedrzejczykFormer strawweight UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has posted her reaction to fellow Polish fighter Jan Blachowicz winning the light-heavyweight title. Blachowicz scored an upset win in the UFC 253 co-main event last night. The 37-year-old made quick work of Dominick Reyes, knocking his opponent out inside two rounds to claim the 205lb title recently made vacant […]

Joanna Jedrzejczyk

Former strawweight UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has posted her reaction to fellow Polish fighter Jan Blachowicz winning the light-heavyweight title.

Blachowicz scored an upset win in the UFC 253 co-main event last night. The 37-year-old made quick work of Dominick Reyes, knocking his opponent out inside two rounds to claim the 205lb title recently made vacant by heavyweight bound former champ Jon Jones.

The Cieszyn, Poland native has reached the pinnacle of the sport after a tough 13-year career that has seen him compete on 35 different occasions. Blachowicz is currently riding a four-fight winning run after beating Luke Rockhold, ‘Jacare’ Souza, and Corey Anderson to earn his title shot. He also holds several other high-profile wins over the likes of Jimi Manuwa, Nikita Krylov, and Jared Cannonier. During his rise to the top Blachowicz has suffered eight defeats, He most recently lost to Thiago Santos who very well could be next in line at light-heavyweight if he gets by Glover Teixeira later this year.

Former strawweight queen Jedrzejczyk was quick to revel in having a new Polish UFC champion. The fan favourite took to social media posting the below video which shows her reacting to Blachowicz’s sublime win at UFC 253.

Jedrzejczyk last competed in March where she went to war with Weili Zhang for 25 minutes for the women’s strawweight title. After a fight many considered to be the greatest in women’s mixed martial arts history, it was Zhang who retained her title following a razor-thin split decision victory.

Jedrzejczyk notably took a lot of damage in the fight including a huge hematoma on her forehead. It was also her second failed attempt at regaining the title as well as her third overall since losing the strawweight strap to Rose Namajunas in 2017.

Do you like to see fighters like Joanna Jedrzejczyk supporting their countrymen?

Israel Adesanya Rips ‘Gremlin’ Paulo Costa Coach

Israel AdesanyaIsrael Adesanya has gone in on the coach of Paulo Costa after beating the Brazilian in the UFC 253 main event last night. Adesanya took exception to the pre-fight antics from his opponent who was being cheered on by Eric Albarracin who is most well known for his work with former dual-weight UFC champion Henry […]

Israel Adesanya

Israel Adesanya has gone in on the coach of Paulo Costa after beating the Brazilian in the UFC 253 main event last night.

Adesanya took exception to the pre-fight antics from his opponent who was being cheered on by Eric Albarracin who is most well known for his work with former dual-weight UFC champion Henry Cejudo.

Speaking at the UFC 253 post-fight press conference Adesanya explained that he knew Costa was going to try and give him a white belt and speculated that Albarracin was the man who concocted the stunt, he said.

“At the weigh-ins, that stare down. I could see it already. I knew what he was gonna do. I knew he had a black belt underneath his shirt, and I knew he was gonna try hand me a white belt. I know that’s the work of old cringe, little gremlin, little smeagle. He tried to throw it in my face and I swooped it with my left hand and I whooped his face with my right hand.”

Adesanya clearly wasn’t happy with the antics from Costa’s cornerman and took time out to slam Albarracin while talking to reporters after his emphatic second round win over Costa, he said.

“That little gremlin. The guy with the white glasses, the jizz glasses. All his little antics. He was the one who was HAM’ing it up at the presser. Anything ‘Borrachinha’ said (hysterically laughs) like a little b*tch, like a little girlfriend. He was the one, it was his idea with the whole black belt – white belt thing.”

The antics didn’t stop even on fight night as Albarracin continued to try and get a rise out of the champ even as he was in the Octagon ready to go to war.

“Even before the fight I could see him through the fence, my peripherals could see him through the fence trying to like (waves arms) he was doing this sh*t. Literally he was doing this sh*t (waves arms and laughs),” Adesanya explained. “What do you think I’m going to do? Focus on you? I’ve got a beast in front of me. Someone who is actually going to try and f*ck me up. This is bulletproof (points to head), this is bulletproof you cant get through this. I said something to him I can’t remember. He said, ‘we’re coming for you and I said something like na I’m c*mming on you.”

Do you think Eric Albarracin stepped over the line while trying to get in the head of Israel Adesanya pre-fight?