Top Flyweight Insists Henry Cejudo Must Defend Title To Be ‘True Champion’

Jussier Formiga believes it’s his turn at the top of flyweight after his victory over Deiveson Figueiredo at last night’s UFC Nashville. Formiga stood in the center of the Octagon after his victory and called out champion Henry Cejudo for not defending the title. He picked up right where he left off when he spoke […]

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Jussier Formiga believes it’s his turn at the top of flyweight after his victory over Deiveson Figueiredo at last night’s UFC Nashville.

Formiga stood in the center of the Octagon after his victory and called out champion Henry Cejudo for not defending the title. He picked up right where he left off when he spoke to reporters backstage post-fight.

“I think it’s my turn, I’m the No. 1 contender,” Formiga said backstage (via MMA Junkie).

The 33-year-old has been close to a title shot in years past. However, key losses and bad timing have forced Formiga to climb the rankings several times. Despite putting the first loss on Figueiredo’s record, Formiga finds himself in the familiar position of waiting.

Last night, UFC President Dana White revealed that the plan is to have Cejudo move up to bantamweight to fight Marlon for the vacant UFC bantamweight title. This, of course, would leave all the flyweights, including Formiga, without a champion at the helm of the division.

White’s plan did include a rematch between Formiga and Joseph Benavidez on the same night of the 135-pound title fight. Essentially that fight would serve both as back-up for the title fight and a No. 1 flyweight contender bout. Formiga believes Cejudo is only moving up to make more money and a true champion would defend his belt.

“I think this thing Cejudo is doing, of fighting at 135, is more for him to make money,” Formiga said. “I think a true champion fights in their division. If he moves up to 135, I want to fight for the (interim) title, against whomever it is. With Benavidez or whomever it is.”

For now anyway, Formiga can enjoy his highest-profile victory to date. At best, he is just one win away from his dream of fighting for UFC gold.

“I feel very happy with a job well done,” Formiga said. “We did great training, a great camp for this. So I’m very happy I got this win against a top-5.”

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Jussier Formiga Feels Henry Cejudo’s Champ-Champ Effort Is Money Grab

Jussier Formiga made a statement at UFC Nashville, but it won’t be enough for him to get a crack at Henry Cejudo immediately. Last night (March 23), Formiga went one-on-one with Deiveson Figueiredo on the main card of UFC Nashville. While Figueir…

Jussier Formiga made a statement at UFC Nashville, but it won’t be enough for him to get a crack at Henry Cejudo immediately. Last night (March 23), Formiga went one-on-one with Deiveson Figueiredo on the main card of UFC Nashville. While Figueiredo was the favorite, Formiga certainly wasn’t viewed as an easy task. Formiga proved […]

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‘Wonderboy’ on Pettis KO loss: ‘Crap happens, you know?’

“Wonderboy” spoke from the hospital after getting knocked out by Anthony Pettis in the UFC Nashville main event. Stephen Thompson has been dropped in five of his last seven fights, but for the first time in his career, the UFC welterweight…

“Wonderboy” spoke from the hospital after getting knocked out by Anthony Pettis in the UFC Nashville main event.

Stephen Thompson has been dropped in five of his last seven fights, but for the first time in his career, the UFC welterweight contender was knocked out. A superman punch by Anthony Pettis wiped “Wonderboy” out with seconds remaining in the second-round of Saturday’s UFC Nashville main event, sending Thompson to his third defeat in his last four fights.

Thompson was taken to the hospital after that devastating KO, and it was there he published a Facebook Video of himself talking about what happened… as well as the fact that he (unsurprisingly) had no idea what transpired in the closing stages of the fight.

Posted by Stephen Wonderboy Thompson on Saturday, March 23, 2019

“I’m at the hospital, I just got knocked out,” Thompson said (via MMA Fighting). “I don’t even remember a dang thing. All I just remember is punching him in the face, his nose bleeding, and then I wake up in the back. … But I’m okay, everything’s good.

“Crap happens, you know? It happens, especially when you’re in this sport long enough.”

Pettis had landed only five head strikes for the nine minutes and 55 seconds the bout lasted, but three of those consisted of the superman punch and two follow-up strikes after Thompson had hit the canvas.

“Out of how many years of fighting, I’ve never been knocked out,” Thompson said. “80 fights, I’ve never been knocked out. Why does it have to be this time? Dang it. … I know, I was fighting a 155er and he puts me out. What the heck?”

Thompson was a heavy favorite to beat Pettis and presumably had he won without much difficulty, he would’ve been favored to headline UFC Greenville in his home state of South Carolina on June 22nd. He did admit it’s now doubtful he’ll be medically cleared for such a relatively quick turnaround.

Beyond that, he says he felt fine beyond jaw soreness after taking such a cracking shot from “Showtime.”

RDA Reveals Why He’s Not Fighting Santiago Ponzinibbio

Santiago Ponzinibbio had lobbied for a fight against Rafael dos Anjos (RDA) for months until he finally threw in the towel and decided to begin pursuing former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley instead. It is unclear whether or not Ponzinibbio will g…

Santiago Ponzinibbio had lobbied for a fight against Rafael dos Anjos (RDA) for months until he finally threw in the towel and decided to begin pursuing former welterweight champion Tyron Woodley instead. It is unclear whether or not Ponzinibbio will get that wish, either, but Rafael dos Anjos has revealed that Ponzinibbio shouldn’t hold his […]

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Video: Taunting boxer gets KO’d with seconds left in last round

When keeping it real goes wrong: Boxing edition. On Saturday’s BT Sport Fight Night event in Leicester, England, French boxer Sabri Sediri had a dream start in his junior welterweight bout against fellow undefeated fighter England’s Sam Ma…

When keeping it real goes wrong: Boxing edition.

On Saturday’s BT Sport Fight Night event in Leicester, England, French boxer Sabri Sediri had a dream start in his junior welterweight bout against fellow undefeated fighter England’s Sam Maxwell. Sediri scored knockdowns in rounds one and two to build a considerable lead on the scorecards, and he felt that he was ahead by enough that he could spend the tenth round taunting Maxwell for the hell of it.

Wrong move, Sabri. Wrong move.

With less than 15 seconds to go, Maxwell uncorked a wicked right hand that flattened Sediri and stunned everyone in the crowd. Sediri tried to beat the count but he was far too gone, and the referee waved the fight off. Maxwell extended his record to 11-0 (9 KOs) at the expense of Sediri (10-1-1, 5 KOs).

Watch the video of the entire round below, or if you feel like only watching the last few seconds, there’s another clip for that too.

To add insult to injury, Maxwell was apparently up on two of the three scorecards, which is curious in itself, but Sediri nevertheless squandered his lead and then thought he could showboat to victory, and instead took an L on his way back to France.

Justin Willis Answers Curtis Blaydes’ ‘Big Titty’ Callout In Nashville

Curtis Blaydes dominated Justin Willis in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., March 23, 2019) UFC on ESPN+ 6 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. After some pre-fight trash talk where ‘Big Pretty’ took aim at Blaydes’ father, “Razor” responded by using his wrestling skills to ground Willis and keep him there (‘highlights’ […]

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Curtis Blaydes dominated Justin Willis in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., March 23, 2019) UFC on ESPN+ 6 from the Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee.

After some pre-fight trash talk where ‘Big Pretty’ took aim at Blaydes’ father, “Razor” responded by using his wrestling skills to ground Willis and keep him there (‘highlights’ here) for three rounds.

Following the domination, Blaydes twisted the knife on Willis by giving him a new nickname of ‘Big Titty’ in his post-fight interview:

”It feels so good to shut him up. Big Titty, go home! Go home, work on your wrestling! Go home!”

With little left to do than own the loss, ‘Big Pretty’ did just that in a statement on his Instagram. He said he would go home and work on his wrestling. Willis closed by telling his haters to enjoy this moment of defeat:

“Learn, Grow, Conquer. I will be back greater! Great fight @razorblaydes265. Thanks for showing your true colors, I understand you but anywho we shall undoubtedly see each other again soon, enjoy. Until then I will get back to work. The rest of the division is in trouble and to all my haters enjoy it while it last. God bless.”

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