Ngannou says Gane matchup ‘not on the level of a Jon Jones fight’

UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou speaks to the press following his knockout victory over Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

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UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou speaks to the press following his knockout victory over Stipe Miocic at UFC 260. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Francis Ngannou: Fighting Ciryl Gane is ‘not the same thing’ as fighting Jon Jones.

Francis Ngannou is excited about his upcoming matchup with Ciryl Gane, but the UFC heavyweight champion admits that it’s ‘not on the level of a Jon Jones fight’.

“Not particularly,” Ngannou told MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani when asked whether the Gane matchup was as exciting as a potential Jones super-fight. “But it’s a good fight. You have to be aware of the danger of any fight, so it’s a fight, he’s a good opponent, but not on the level of a Jon Jones fight for example if that’s what you’re asking. It’s not the same thing.”

Ngannou and Jones both had a mutual interest in a heavyweight matchup following the former’s acquisition of the heavyweight title at UFC 260, but Dana White wasn’t so keen on the idea.

Now, with Jones facing more legal troubles following his recent arrest for misdemeanor domestic battery, Ngannou isn’t sure the bout will ever come to fruition.

“At this point, I don’t know much about what will happen in the future,” Ngannou said. “I don’t stress about that. What will happen will happen. I wish that fight will happen, but I’m not sure about it anymore. It will be okay. There are so many good fights out there if everything goes right, there’s so many fights that you can do and would be a good fight, so let everything go.”

Ngannou, who is fresh off a career-defining knockout win over Stipe Miocic, will take on Gane — the current interim champ — in a heavyweight title unification bout at UFC 270. The PPV is scheduled to take place on Jan. 22 at a TBA location.

Michael Bisping Lays Into ‘Bully’ Conor McGregor After Latest Incident

Michael BispingMichael Bisping has let rip at Conor McGregor following his alleged attack on an Italian DJ during a family trip to Rome for the Christening of his new son Rian. Francesco Facchinetti took to social media on Sunday to show off the injuries he sustained in what he says was an unprovoked attack from McGregor. […]

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Michael Bisping has let rip at Conor McGregor following his alleged attack on an Italian DJ during a family trip to Rome for the Christening of his new son Rian.

Francesco Facchinetti took to social media on Sunday to show off the injuries he sustained in what he says was an unprovoked attack from McGregor. The Italian musician’s wife corroborated his story on Instagram. Fancchinetti plans to sue McGregor for the assault.

Bisping, who has recently had a public falling out with McGregor, was quick to condemn ‘Notorious’ for his most recent skirmish with a member of the public. Just a few weeks ago, McGregor was trying to attack Machine Gun Kelly on the VMA’s red carpet. The former dual-weight UFC champion also infamously punched an old man at a bar in Ireland because he refused his offer of a drink.

Michael Bisping Is Not A Fan Of “Bully” Conor McGregor

“I’m not a fan of this guy [Conor McGregor] you know? I don’t think anyone is a fan of this guy, you know, and I think that soon he’s going to run out of steam, Bisping said. “The train is going to run out of steam, you know what I mean? It can’t continue like this and one day he’s gonna pick on the wrong person and by the way, the old guy at the bar, Machine Gun Kelly and DJ Francesco Facchinetti, these aren’t tough guys. I’m not trying to sound tough for myself but he’s not starting on me… Francesco Facchinetti looks like he couldn’t punch his way out of a wet paper bag. Machine Gun Kelly looks like the biggest wimp you’ve ever seen in your life and the old guy in the bar is an old guy at the bar. If you’re such a bada**, go and pick on someone your own size because someone not your own size isn’t hard is it? Pick up someone that can fight. You’re a professional fighter. You are supposed to be looking for challenges but what he is essentially turned into right now is a bully you know and no one likes a bully.” (Transcribed by Sportskeeda)

Do you agree with Michael Bisping? Is Conor McGregor a bully?

Ronda Rousey Wants To Normalize Breastfeeding

Ronda RouseyFormer UFC and Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey wants to help normalize breastfeeding. The MMA legend gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in September. ‘Rowdy’ took to social media to announce the birth of La’akea Makalapuaokalanip? Browne and share some intimate family snaps. Less than a month later the Rousey-Browne family is still […]

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Former UFC and Strikeforce bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey wants to help normalize breastfeeding.

The MMA legend gave birth to her first child, a daughter, in September.

‘Rowdy’ took to social media to announce the birth of La’akea Makalapuaokalanip? Browne and share some intimate family snaps.

Less than a month later the Rousey-Browne family is still getting to grips with all the things that come with a new baby including breastfeeding.

The WMMA pioneer took to social media to recall a conversation she had with her two stepchildren about how she would feed the baby in public.

“Our boys asked me the other day how I’m gunna feed P? on the plane when we take her with us to Hawaii. And I was like “uhhh, same way I always do” Then it occurred to me that they probably never seen anyone breastfeed before and weren’t sure if it was appropriate in public,” Rousey wrote on Instagram alongside a picture of her breastfeeding.

“Motherhood’s some badass, primal, beautiful shit that shouldn’t be hidden. It still blows my mind that my body assembled this little person, pushed her out and now makes everything she needs to thrive It’s really nothing to be ashamed of, it’s something to brag about #normalizebreastfeeding #proudmama”

Do you think Ronda Rousey can help normalize breastfeeding?

MMA SQUARED: Ngannou and Diaz are in limbo. Time to end UFC contract secrecy

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There ain’t no billion dollar back room bonuses. It’s 20% or sit down.

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Norma Dumont On The UFC PI: “They Fixed Me, I Was Defeated”

UFC featherweight contender Norma Dumont is crediting the UFC Performance Institute’s staff for her recent success in the Octagon. Dumont earned another dominant win over Aspen Ladd at UFC Vegas 40 in her first career main event. She showcased her elite kickboxing to earn the unanimous decision victory and move up in the featherweight title […]

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UFC featherweight contender Norma Dumont is crediting the UFC Performance Institute’s staff for her recent success in the Octagon.

Dumont earned another dominant win over Aspen Ladd at UFC Vegas 40 in her first career main event. She showcased her elite kickboxing to earn the unanimous decision victory and move up in the featherweight title picture.

However, it wasn’t always easy for Dumont in her professional career, as she’s had a history of brutal weight cuts during her time at bantamweight. She was nearly let go from the promotion after missing weight ahead of UFC Vegas 15.

Following her win at UFC Vegas 40, Dumont teared up when thinking about how the UFC PI helped change her weight cutting process and overall nutrition.

Norma Dumont Defeated Aspen Ladd By Unanimous Decision

“I made weight so much better this time,” Dumont said. “I came into the [UFC P.I.] defeated and broken, so I want to thank all of them for all the work they did. Those people put me back together because I was almost fired for missing weight [at UFC Vegas 15]. They fixed me.”

Dumont went on to elaborate on her intentions to make the UFC women’s featherweight division great, despite there being a limited amount of contenders at the moment. Nunes most recently defended her featherweight belt against Megan Anderson at UFC 259.

With her win over Ladd, Dumont is right in the thick of things in the featherweight title picture. She has the Muay Thai background to potentially give Nunes some issues on the feet.

Despite missing weight by almost five pounds ahead of her fight with Ashlee Evans-Smith at UFC Vegas 15, the fight continued and Dumont won by a unanimous decision. Still, Dumont needed to earn the respect and trust of the UFC brass following the bad miss on the scales.

Dumont has one of the true ‘feel good’ stories of 2021, and her escape from a dark moment in her life has proven to be one of the main reasons for her success.

Do you think Norma Dumont should get the next featherweight title shot against Amanda Nunes?

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Adesanya On Costa/Vettori Fight: “I Wanna See My Children Do Well”

“If I were to bet money on this fight, it would be hard to bet because they both suck.” – Israel Adesanya Sunday, Israel Adesanya released a video where he pulled up a chair; enjoyed a nice, tall glass of Brazilian wine paired with Italian pizza; and gave a thorough breakdown of the upcoming fight […]

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“If I were to bet money on this fight, it would be hard to bet because they both suck.” – Israel Adesanya

Sunday, Israel Adesanya released a video where he pulled up a chair; enjoyed a nice, tall glass of Brazilian wine paired with Italian pizza; and gave a thorough breakdown of the upcoming fight between his two “children,” Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori.

It’s fight week again, and the upcoming main event this Saturday features top-5 middleweights Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya is no stranger to either competitor, with the Last Stylebender holding a total of three victories over them.

Although both men lost to Adesanya in their most recent contest, Izzy remains an invested observer in the movement around the top of the division. Thus, he will be tuning in this Saturday night along with the rest of us, but don’t expect to catch the champ in the Sportsbooks come fight night.

“How do I see this fight going? To be honest, like I said, if I was gonna bet, I’m not too sure,” Adesanya said on his YouTube channel. “But I’ll go first with Vettori.”

Adesanya Shares Marvin Vettori’s Path To Victory Over Paulo Costa

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Despite making the decision not to put any skin in the game, Adesanya went ahead and provided a free breakdown on par with any gambling sharp’s input.

“I would say Vettori is a guy that, when he fought me the last time, he didn’t want to fight. He wanted to survive,” Adesanya said. “He wasn’t trying to win, if you know what I mean. I’ll give him his improvements. His boxing defense was improved. He had better leg movement. His leg was open to bet hit. His attacks were basic. Nothing’s wrong with basics because basics are good. But yeah, his attacks were basic. He was repetitive. He was predictable, very predictable.”

Notwithstanding the flaws Adesanya picked up on from The Italian Dream and the fact that he has already picked Costa to win, the champion still sees a path to victory for Vettori.

“To be honest, I think Vettori’s biggest weapon in this fight is his chin, is that block head, that fuckin’ LEGO block head,” Adesanya assessed. “That’s his biggest weapon in this fight because he can take Costa to deep water by taking punishment, some rope-a-dope shit without the rope-a-dope. Just walking forward and taking punishment…

“I’d say his method of victory is just taking Costa to deep water by grappling him and stalling or just making him work.” 

Adesanya Gives Advice To ‘Son’ Paulo Costa Ahead Of Main Event

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Israel Adesanya, Paulo Costa

Adesanya would then turn his attention to Borrachina, whom the champion says must bring the fight to his Italian opposition from the opening stanza.

“Costa’s path to victory in this fight: Get him out early,” Adesanya advised. “I feel like: Do what he did that got you to the dance, that got you this far. Because you’re not fighting me. You’re fighting Vettori. And he’s got shitful work, even worse than you. So I feel like Costa can just do what he does and just bullrush him, bulldoze him. But be careful of the takedowns because Vettori’s gonna try that: to time it and take him down.”

Ultimately, Adesanya claims that as long as his “children” give it their best, that’s all a proud father could really ask for, regardless of the final outcome.

“I don’t really care who wins, to be honest,” Adesanya admitted. “I just wanna see a good fight. I wanna see my children do well. I really wish the best for my kids and my kid’s kid.”

It was at this point in the video that Adesanya was ambushed with “paternity test results,” which revealed in Maury Povich-esque fashion that he is, in fact, the father of Paulo Costa.

You can view Adesanya’s full breakdown as well as the surprise paternity test results in the video below.

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