Dern wants to make UFC history, eyes three more fights in 2020

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Mackenzie Dern is ready to stand out as a fighter in the UFC’s strawweight division after her win over Hannah Cifers. The kneebar win against Hannah Cifers sure put Mackenzie Dern on a good mood regarding h…

UFC Fight Night: Dern v Cifers

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Mackenzie Dern is ready to stand out as a fighter in the UFC’s strawweight division after her win over Hannah Cifers.

The kneebar win against Hannah Cifers sure put Mackenzie Dern on a good mood regarding her future plans in the Octagon. After scoring the first ever leg lock submission win in all of the UFC’s women’s divisions, the decorated Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion seems ready to take on any opponents at strawweight.

In an interview with Ag Fight, Mackenzie emphasized how she is not taking her career lightly, despite some mishaps with the scale in the past and a bad loss against Amanda Ribas back in October.

Additionally, Dern says she wants to fight three more times this year, even if that means juggling between taking care of her home, being a mom to her baby daughter and training at the same time.

“I’m here to make history,” Dern said. “I’m not here to get punched in the face and be just another one. I’m up for being the first ever mom champion, the first one to score a leg lock, an omoplata with a choke. I’ll do anything to represent jiu-jitsu.”

“I want to fight three more times this year,” Dern continued. “My husband (professional surfer Wesley Santos) won’t be fighting in any tournaments this year, so I’ll enjoy all the support I can get at home. It’s hard being a mom, taking care of the house, the family and of yourself as an athlete. I’ll train as much as I can so I may begin another win streak.”

So far in her UFC career, Mackenzie Dern (8-1) has scored wins over Ashley Yoder, Amanda Cooper, and Cifers. Her sole loss happened in the aformentioned bout against Amanda Ribas, which she lost via unanimous decision only four months after giving birth to her daughter, Moa.

St-Pierre: I Could Fight Again If I Wanted To, Never Say Never

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The new addition to the UFC Hall of Fame still thinks he could be the best again if he wanted to be, but is it really worth the stress? During a recent flare up on Twitter regarding who was the real MMA GOAT,…

Georges St-Pierre Press Conference

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The new addition to the UFC Hall of Fame still thinks he could be the best again if he wanted to be, but is it really worth the stress?

During a recent flare up on Twitter regarding who was the real MMA GOAT, a whole bunch of fighters chimed in to big-up their position on the charts. One contender for the label that never bothered to log in and compete online was Georges St-Pierre.

In the past GSP has gone so far as to claim there’s no such thing as a GOAT, that it’s a construct based on an incorrect understanding of what fighting is really like. This is the kind of off-the-beaten-path opinion you often get with Georges … a bit more philosophical, more introspective and sensitive.

In a recent interview with the South China Morning Post to discuss his addition to the UFC Hall of Fame, St-Pierre once again dove deeper and more personal than you’d expect, this time about his reasons for hanging up his gloves.

“In my sport there is a lot of mental warfare,” Georges said. “There is a lot of trash talking. There is a lot of intimidation. A lot of my opponents tried to intimidate me. It didn’t work. I’ve always been scared, of course, but I am scared of not being good enough, of not performing, or not being as good as I want to be. That’s what I am scared of. I am scared of myself in a way.”

“I retired not because I can’t fight any more,” he said. “I could fight again if I wanted to and I believe I could probably be one of the best, maybe the best. But I stopped because of the stress. It was an unbearable feeling for me, so I never enjoyed it, the moment of competing and fighting. That’s something that, a little bit, I regret. I should have enjoyed it more.”

“But in my sport a lot of people retire too late. Not only in MMA but in boxing. The fighter is always the last person to know when to retire. So one of the things I didn’t want to do is retire too late. Yeah you never say never but for me right now I am very satisfied with what I have done and I believe in an extreme sport like MMA that when you are satisfied then it’s the end.”

There’s enough ‘never say never’ sentiment sprinkled through that to make you wonder whether we could see Georges back in the cage someday. But it’s not just about whether or not GSP is interested. The UFC would have to be interested as well, and all signs point to them being strangely uninterested in St-Pierre’s return, even as their latest GOAT contender Khabib Nurmagomedov begged them for the fight.

It seemed very strange at the time when St-Pierre said he reached out to the UFC about a Nurmagomedov fight but was shut down without so much as a discussion. These days, hearing a similar story about the UFC refusing to negotiate on a Jones vs. Ngannou superfight, it sounds like that’s just how the promotion handles things these days. UFC brass is clearly deadset on keeping fighter pay from growing even marginally, and if that denies us who knows how many superfights along the way, well that’s just the cost of doing (bad?) business.

Leon Edwards Reacts To Tyron Woodley’s Loss To Gilbert Burns

Leon Edwards has given his take on Tyron Woodley’s one-sided loss to Gilbert Burns. Last night (May 30), Woodley shared the Octagon with Burns. The bout served as the main event of UFC on ESPN 9. Woodley was hoping to bounce back from his March 2…

Leon Edwards has given his take on Tyron Woodley’s one-sided loss to Gilbert Burns. Last night (May 30), Woodley shared the Octagon with Burns. The bout served as the main event of UFC on ESPN 9. Woodley was hoping to bounce back from his March 2019 welterweight title loss, while Burns hoped to extend his […]

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Sunday Punch: Carl Froch’s epic KO of George Groves

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A rare instance of a boxer ending his career on a high note. This week’s Sunday Punch doubles as an anniversary, because it was on this day (May 31st) in 2014 that two British super-middleweights took par…

Froch v Groves II

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A rare instance of a boxer ending his career on a high note.

This week’s Sunday Punch doubles as an anniversary, because it was on this day (May 31st) in 2014 that two British super-middleweights took part in a mega-rematch at London’s Wembley Stadium.

Carl Froch entered as the reigning unified WBA and IBF champion, having controversially stopped George Groves in their gripping first encounter. Groves had dropped Froch in the opening round, built up a lead on the scorecards, but Froch had George hurt in the ninth round. Referee Howard Foster ludicrously stopped the fight standing even with Groves throwing back and not out on his feet, leading to outrage that Froch got favorable officiating in his hometown of Nottingham.

No need to worry about favorable refs in the rematch, which Froch will remind you over and over again took place in front of 80,000 screaming fans at Wembley.

In round eight, with Froch ahead on two of the judges’ scorecards, he uncorked a massive right hand that flattened Groves. The referee called the fight over mid-count and even as Groves tried getting up he was in no shape to continue. This won Ring Magazine’s KO of the Year for 2014, and you can see why at the top of the page.

That sensational KO was the literal final punch of Carl Froch’s career, as he announced his retirement in 2015 with a record of 33-2 (24 KOs). He is currently working as an analyst for Sky Sports. Groves (28-4, 20 KOs) finally did win a major world title in 2017 when he stopped Fedor Chudinov to take the WBA super-middleweight belt. He lost his title and retired after he was knocked out by Callum Smith in the World Boxing Super Series final in September 2018.

WWE’s Triple H: We’d Love To Do Something With Daniel Cormier

CormierCormier To The WWE? If things don’t pan out for Daniel Cormier, he always has a career in professional wrestling. Cormier is expected to face Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title later this year in a trilogy that is expected to be the final fight of his professional career. In the meantime, “DC” has recurring […]

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Cormier To The WWE?

If things don’t pan out for Daniel Cormier, he always has a career in professional wrestling.

Cormier is expected to face Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title later this year in a trilogy that is expected to be the final fight of his professional career. In the meantime, “DC” has recurring gigs as a commentator as well as an analyst for the UFC and that looks like it will only continue even after he officially retires from competition.

However, it’s no secret that Cormier is a professional wrestling fan. He’s already had discussions in the past about being involved with the WWE in some form. And former wrestler and current WWE executive Triple H would love to be able to do something with Cormier in the future.

“I love Daniel. We’ve obviously talked a lot in the past,” Triple H told TMZ. “We’ve had conversations about him doing stuff with us in the past whether that’s in-ring or whether that’s commentary or doing different things. … I think we’d love to do something with him if the time is right — obviously, respectful to UFC and to Dana and everything else.

“We’d love to chat with him and we have an open relationship as far as communication so I’m sure shortly we will when he figures out what he wants to do.”

Cormier turned 41 earlier this year so a potential in-ring future with the WWE seems unlikely even if it’s a part-time gig. However, a one-off fight could work, especially if it’s to settle things with Brock Lesnar.

In reality, commentary seems to be the more realistic option. But given Cormier’s popularity as a UFC commentator, the WWE will have a hard task if they want to recruit the former two-weight champion.

Do you think Cormier will end up working for the WWE in the future?

Jon Jones Suggests Vacating UFC Light Heavyweight Title

Jon Jones has suggested relinquishing his UFC light heavyweight championship. The relationship between Jones and UFC president Dana White has been rocky for years but it may be at its worst now. Jones and White were at odds back in 2012. Jones was set …

Jon Jones has suggested relinquishing his UFC light heavyweight championship. The relationship between Jones and UFC president Dana White has been rocky for years but it may be at its worst now. Jones and White were at odds back in 2012. Jones was set to meet Dan Henderson in the main event of UFC 151. […]

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