For former Light Heavyweight title challenger and current ESPN+ analyst, Anthony Smith, it appear as if Nunes is enjoying fighting and all the responsibilities outside the cage that come with it. That’s why “Lionheart” actually looks forward to the day that the pound-for-pound best female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the world hangs up her gloves.
“Is it weird that, at times, I look forward to Amanda Nunes’ retirement?” Smith asked on The MMA Hour (via MMA Fighting). “It’s a very weird sentiment I have. Sometimes when I see her in these fight weeks, in these interviews, and she’s dragged her whole family there, and then she gets in and she fights — sometimes I almost feel bad for her.
“Like, just go enjoy your life, and just go have fun,” Smith continued. “Like, stop doing all this shht. Because a lot of times she doesn’t seem to always enjoy it that much.”
Nunes, 35, will soon be a mother of two, which could lead to perhaps even more time away from the sport for the devastating knockout artist. In fact, she has only competed five times since Dec. 2019 as double champion.
Her lone hiccup during her incredible run, which has seen her win 13 of 14 fights came against Julianna Pena in Dec. 2021, though she did return with a vengeance to recapture her 135-pound belt six months later. Still, Smith says Nunes may be happier all around if she just focuses on other aspects of her life.
“I don’t know, I just feel like she’s in a position where she can just, there’s so much — she has a whole lifetime ahead of her. And she’s done so much and, again, like, what else does she have to prove? At all?
“I just almost look forward to her to be able to just go off and just do something else great,” he added. I know that sounds weird, [but] I mean that in a really positive way. I mean that in a really positive way. I just want her to be happy.”
If Nunes defeats Irene Aldana at UFC 289 inside Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, this Saturday night (June 10, 2023), she will collect her sixth title defense at 135 pounds, further cementing her legacy as the best female mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter of all time.
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Former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor has taken his family on a cruise around the Mediterranean this week – taking in the scenery around the Basin after UFC president, Dana White appeared less than committal on a date for the Dubliner’s return to the Octagon. McGregor, a former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion under the banner […]
Former two-weight champion, Conor McGregor has taken his family on a cruise around the Mediterranean this week – taking in the scenery around the Basin after UFC president, Dana White appeared less than committal on a date for the Dubliner’s return to the Octagon.
McGregor, a former undisputed lightweight and featherweight champion under the banner of the UFC, recently returned to television last week, as the premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 31 aired on ESPN – with the 34-year-old featuring as an opposing coach on the reality television show against former lightweight title chaser, Michael Chandler.
Sidelined from the Octagon since July 2021, Conor McGregor suffered a fractured left tibia and fibula en route to a first round doctor’s stoppage TKO loss against former interim lightweight champion, Dustin Poirier at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
“We have a massive roster fo people that want to come in and people that are ready to fight and people that want to be Conor McGregor,” Dana White told assembled media following UFC Vegas 74. “And be at that level. It’s like for the last 20 years everybody said, ‘Oh my God, what are you guys going to do when Chuck Liddell retires? You guys are f*cked. Oh my God. GSP. Anderson Silva. This and that.’”
“First of all, Conor called me a couple of days ago and loved the first episode of ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ and saying how happy he was to be a part of it,” White explained. “And I think being here and part of the environment and everything else, he felt it again and felt like he wants to get back to fight. The one thing you guys have to understand is this kid has so much money. It’s like Khabib now. These guys got sh*tloads of money and it’s hard to reel these guys in and get them to get in and fight.”
Conor McGregor parties with American musician Rick Ross during family holiday
In the wake of White’s comments, McGregor – who recently attended a Formula One Grand Prix in Monte Carlo, shared footage of him cruising around the Mediterranean with members of his family, with fans and members of the mixed martial arts community again distancing the Dubliner from a comeback to fighting. (H/T TalkSPORT)
Former undisputed lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira has laughed off predictions of a dominant display from Beneil Dariush en route to a victory at UFC 289 this weekend, denying the Iranian will find it all his own way in their co-main event slot. Oliveira, the current #1 ranked lightweight contender, has been sidelined since October of […]
Former undisputed lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira has laughed off predictions of a dominant display from Beneil Dariush en route to a victory at UFC 289 this weekend, denying the Iranian will find it all his own way in their co-main event slot.
Oliveira, the current #1 ranked lightweight contender, has been sidelined since October of last year, most recently headlining UFC 280 in Abu Dhabi, UAE – seeing his 12-fight winning run halted against Islam Makhachev in the pair’s vacant lightweight title fight.
On the same card, Kings MMA staple, Dariush managed to secure his seventh consecutive victory – landing himself a one-sided unanimous decision success against former two-weight KSW champion, Mateusz Gamrot in the Middle East – earning this weekend’s title-eliminator against former gold holder, Oliveira.
And breaking down this weekend’s showdown with Oliveira, Dariush has predicted a one-sided success against the Brazilian – in rather dominant fashion to boot, citing a lack of “hunger” for the former.
“I think he (Charles Oliveira) didn’t start his camp when he should have,” Beneil Dariush said. “And then tried to catch up and probably overtrained, and that’s how he got injured.”
“I just think comfort is an enemy for athletes like us, and I think he’s (Charles Oliveira) gotten really comfortable. Obviously, he’s a wealthy guy now and he’s living good. I think those are things that can cause you some problems – cause you to lack desire, basically. I think that’s something that could take place in his life.”
Charles Oliveira laughs off Beneil Dariush’s prediction for their UFC 289 fight
Laughing off Dariush’s prediction of a one-sided victory this weekend, Oliveira has insisted he will be the one leaving Vancouver, British Columbia with a win in tow.
“(Beneil) Dariush is a great fighter,” Charles Oliveira said during a recent interview with Sports Illustrated. “He’s one of the best in the world. If he thinks he will dominate me, he is wrong. I will be the one leaving with my hand raised.”
Without a victory since May of last year, Oliveira managed to submit former interim gold holder, Justin Gaethje with a one-sided opening round rear-naked choke in the main event of UFC 274 in Phoenix, Arizona.
Slated to headline UFC 289 this weekend in a bantamweight title fight against Irene Aldana, two-weight promotional champion, Amanda Nunes has been urged to embrace a potential impending retirement from active competition, from one-time light heavyweight title challenger, Anthony Smith. Nunes, the current undisputed featherweight and bantamweight champion, is slated to headline UFC 289 this […]
Slated to headline UFC 289 this weekend in a bantamweight title fight against Irene Aldana, two-weight promotional champion, Amanda Nunes has been urged to embrace a potential impending retirement from active competition, from one-time light heavyweight title challenger, Anthony Smith.
Nunes, the current undisputed featherweight and bantamweight champion, is slated to headline UFC 289 this weekend in the promotion’s return to Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada – taking main event honors against Mexican replacement, Aldana in a reworked main event clash.
Yet to feature since July of last year, Bahia native, Nunes managed to reclaim the bantamweight throne with a largely one-sided unanimous decision victory over Julianna Peña in the pair’s championship rematch in Dallas, Texas.
Amanda Nunes urged to embrace a potential retirement from MMA
“Is it weird that, at times, I look forward to Amanda Nunes’ retirement,” Anthony Smith told Ariel Helwani on The MMA Hour. “It’s a very weird sentiment I have. Sometimes when I see her in these fight weeks, in these interviews, and she’s dragged her whole family there, and then she gets in and she fights – sometimes I almost feel bad for her.”
“Like, just go enjoy your life, and just go have fun,” Smith explained. “Like, stop doing all this sh*t. Because a lot of times, she [Amanda Nunes] doesn’t seem to always enjoy it that much.”
A decorated two-weight champion, over the course of her professional career, Nunes has landed spectacular triumphs over the likes of Valentina Shevchenko, Miesha Tate, Ronda Rousey, Cris Cyborg, Holly Holm, Germaine de Randamie, Felicia Spencer, Megan Anderson, and the aforenoted, Julianna Peña.
Amir Albazi picked up his sixth straight victory after winning a split decision over Kai Kara-France last Saturday (June 3, 2023) at UFC Vegas 74 inside UFC Apex in Las Veg…
Amir Albazi picked up his sixth straight victory after winning a split decision over Kai Kara-France last Saturday (June 3, 2023) at UFC Vegas 74 inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, which had several people calling robbery in more ways than one. With the win, Albazi took France’s No. 3 ranking in the men’s Flyweight division.
There wasn’t any other movement, including Alex Caceres, who didn’t get a bump and remains at No. 15 at Featherweight despite winning his seventh fight in his last eight tries after beating Daniel Pineda.
Rankings were generated by a voting panel made up of media members. The media members were asked to vote for who they feel are the top fighters in the UFC by weight-class and pound-for-pound. A fighter is only eligible to be voted on if they are in active status in the UFC. A fighter can appear in more than one weight division at a time. The champion and interim champion are considered to be in the top positions of their respective divisions and therefore are not eligible for voting by weight-class. However, the champions can be voted on for the pound-for-pound rankings.
Take a look at what the latest rankings field looks like courtesy of UFC.com. Note: (+/- = movement in rankings, T = tie, *NR = Not previously ranked).
1. Jon Jones 2. Alexander Volkanovski 3. Islam Makhachev 4. Leon Edwards 5. Israel Adesanya 6. Aljamain Sterling 7. Kamaru Usman 8. Charles Oliveira 9. Brandon Moreno 10. Alex Pereira 11. Jiri Prochazka 12. Max Holloway 13. Dustin Poirier 14. Jamahal Hill 15. Robert Whittaker
Champion: Brandon Moreno
1. Deiveson Figueiredo 2. Alexandre Pantoja 3. Amir Albazi + 4 4. Brandon Royval 5. Kai Kara-France -2 6. Matheus Nicolau -1 7. Alex Perez -1 8. Matt Schnell 9. Manel Kape 10. David Dvorak 11. Tim Elliott 12. Muhammad Mokaev 13. Su Mudaerji 14. Tagir Ulanbekov 14. Bruno Silva
Champion: Aljamain Sterling
1. Merab Dvalishvili 2. Sean O’Malley 3. Henry Cejudo 4. Cory Sandhagen 5. Petr Yan 6. Marlon Vera 7. Rob Font 8. Song Yadong 9. Dominick Cruz 10. Pedro Munhoz 11. Umar Nurmagomedov 12. Ricky Simon 13. Adrian Yanez 14. Chris Gutierrez 15. Jonathan Martinez
Champion: Alexander Volkanovski
1. Interim Champion Yair Rodriguez 2. Max Holloway 3. Brian Ortega 4. Arnold Allen 5. Josh Emmett 6. Calvin Kattar 7. Chan Sung Jung 8. Giga Chikadze 9. Ilia Topuria 10. Movsar Evloev 11. Bryce Mitchell 12. Sodiq Yusuff 13. Dan Ige 14. Edson Barboza 15. Alex Caceres
Champion: Islam Makhachev
1. Charles Oliveira 2. Dustin Poirier 3. Justin Gaethje 4. Beneil Dariush 5. Michael Chandler 6. Rafael Fiziev 7. Mateusz Gamrot 8. Arman Tsarukyan 9. Rafael dos Anjos 10. Jalin Turner 11. Dan Hooker 12. Damir Ismagulov 13. Renato Moicano 14. Matt Frevola 15. Grant Dawson
Champion: Leon Edwards
1. Kamaru Usman 2. Colby Covington 3. Belal Muhammed 4. Khamzat Chimaev 5. Gilbert Burns 6. Shavkat Rakhmonov 7. Stephen Thompson 8. Geoff Neal 9. Sean Brady 10. Vicente Luque 11. Neil Magny 12. Michael Chiesa 13. Ian Machado Garry 14. Jack Della Maddalena 15. Michel Pereira
Champion: Israel Adesanya
1. Alex Pereira 2. Robert Whittaker 3. Marvin Vettori 4. Jared Cannonier 5. Paulo Costa 6. Dricus Du Plessis 7. Sean Strickland 8. Derek Brunson 9. Roman Dolidze 10. Jack Hermansson 11. Kelvin Gastelum 12. Nassourdine Imavov 13. Brendan Allen 14. Chris Curtis 15. Andre Muniz
Champion: Jamahal Hill
1. Jiri Prochazka 2. Magomed Ankalaev 3. Jan Blachowicz 4. Aleksandar Rakic 5. (T) Nikita Krylov 5. (T) Johnny Walker 7. Anthony Smith 8. Volkan Oezdemir 9. Paul Craig 10. Ryan Spann 11. Azamat Murzakanov 12. Dominick Reyes 13. Khalil Rountree 14. Jim Crute 15. Dustin Jacoby
Champion: Jon Jones
1. Ciryl Gane 2. Sergei Pavlovich 3. Stipe Miocic 4. Curtis Blaydes 5. Tom Aspinall 6. Tai Tuivasa 7. Alexander Volkov 8. Serghei Spivac 9. Jailton Almeida 10. Marcin Tybura 11. Derrick Lewis 12. Jairzinho Rozenstruik 13. Chris Daukaus 14. Alexandr Romanov 15. Blagoy Ivanov
1. Julianna Pena 2. Raquel Pennington 3. Holly Holm 4. Ketlen Vieira 5. Irene Aldana 6. Yana Kunitskaya 7. Pannie Kianzad 8. Macy Chiasson 9. Karol Rosa 10. Mayra Bueno Silva 11. Miesha Tate 12. Julia Avila 13. Norma Dumont 14. (T) Josiane Nunes 14. (T) Chelsea Chandler
There you have it.
You can expect these rankings to change next week, particularly in the women’s Bantamweight division, following the UFC 289 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on ESPN+ pay-per-view (PPV) going down Sat. night (June 10, 2023) featuring Amanda Nunes defending her belt against Irene Aldana.
For much more on that upcoming fight card click here.
UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall backs Francis Ngannou to beat Deontay Wilder should they meet in the boxing ring. Since leaving the UFC and signing his monumental deal with PFL, Ngannou is not only set up financially, but also free to explore other fighting opportunities out with the promotion such as boxing. ‘The Predator’ has previously […]
UFC heavyweight Tom Aspinall backs Francis Ngannou to beat Deontay Wilder should they meet in the boxing ring.
Since leaving the UFC and signing his monumental deal with PFL, Ngannou is not only set up financially, but also free to explore other fighting opportunities out with the promotion such as boxing. ‘The Predator’ has previously expressed his interest in getting a big boxing fight, and has been pursuing a fight with reigning WBC champion, Tyson Fury.
Tom Aspinall backs Francis Ngannou in fight with Deontay Wilder
While a fight against one of the big name heavyweights may be hard to pin down for Francis Ngannou, it hasn’t stopped people fantasising about how he may get on. A lot of MMA fighters who have made the switch to the squared circle have come up short, but when talking with JNMediaUK, fellow big man, Aspinall liked his chances against one of the heavyweight elites.
“I would love to see him against Wilder, because it’s just two f—ing massive guys who can punch holes through walls,” Aspinall began. “It’s ridiculous. I’d love to see that. If there’s anybody he could beat, it would be Wilder,” Aspinall added. “Because Wilder is … and I don’t want to slag the guy off, because he’s one of the hardest punchers ever. But as far as actual boxing ability, his level is way lower than an Usyk or Tyson Fury or someone like that.
“The guy’s punching power is off the charts, absolutely ridiculous, out of this world, “ Aspinall continued. “But I think he’s quite hittable and his fight IQ doesn’t see to be, like, great. I think if there’s any of em who [Ngannou] could beat, it would be Wilder.” (H/T MMA Mania)