Poirier: Before I’m done fighting, I’ll go up to 170 to fight Diaz

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Dustin Poirier says he “always wanted to fight” Nate Diaz. Before he calls it quits on his MMA career, Dustin Poirier wants to tick a welterweight fight with Nat…


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Dustin Poirier says he “always wanted to fight” Nate Diaz.

Before he calls it quits on his MMA career, Dustin Poirier wants to tick a welterweight fight with Nate Diaz off his bucket list.

Poirier and Diaz were scheduled to meet at UFC 230 in 2018, but the matchup fell through when Poirier suffered an injury. The Lafayette native Poirier is likely to fight for the UFC lightweight title next, whilst Diaz hasn’t fought since losing to Jorge Masvidal in 2019.

Despite never fighting at welterweight, the top lightweight contender Poirier said on The Joe Rogan Experience that he will move up to 170-pounds before retiring.

“Before I’m done fighting, I’ll go up to 170,” Poirier said (via MMA Fighting). “Yeah, I’ll go up to 170 to fight Nate.”

Following their cancelled fight in 2018, Poirier went on to capture interim gold against Max Holloway and Diaz picked up his first win in over three years against Anthony Pettis.

“Me and him were supposed to fight at Madison Square Garden,” Poirier said. “I kind of was the fall guy—He gets to point and say I pulled out of the fight and I did. I went to get stem cells done on my hip.

“But I was going to fight, I was going to go through a camp and fight him if they wouldn’t have started offering me other replacement opponents, Nate was playing games with the UFC, UFC started offering me opponents and I said, ‘Look guys, if this is happening, I’m just going to have my hip taken care of.’ He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight.”

Diaz has shown no interest in returning to lightweight, calling out Poirier for a welterweight scrap earlier this month.

WATCH: UFC Vegas 20 Post-Fight Press Conference Live Stream

The UFC Vegas 20 post-fight press conference will be live once the action concludes. In the headliner, Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane will collide in a clash. The co-main event will see a clash between Magomed Ankalaev and Nikita Krylov. action w…

The UFC Vegas 20 post-fight press conference will be live once the action concludes. In the headliner, Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane will collide in a clash. The co-main event will see a clash between Magomed Ankalaev and Nikita Krylov. action will also be featured on the main card as Pedro Munhoz shares the Octagon […]

UFC Vegas 20: Rosenstruik vs. Gane live results, discussion, PBP

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Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC Vegas 20 event in Vegas on ESPN+, which features a heavyweight tilt on top. Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, disc…


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Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC Vegas 20 event in Vegas on ESPN+, which features a heavyweight tilt on top.

Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and full play-by-play (main card) as UFC Vegas 20: Rosenstruik vs. Gane goes down in Vegas.

The headliner of the card comes in the heavyweight division, with Jairzinho Rosenstruik taking on the surging Ciryl Gane to see who the next big challenge is for Stipe Miocic (other than Francis Ngannou or Jon Jones). The co-main comes at light heavyweight, with Nikita Krylov and Magomed Ankalaev facing off.

This is an ESPN+ show and is kicking off slightly earlier than usual. The four-fight preliminary card is scheduled to start at 6pm ET/3pm PT on ESPN+. The five-fight main card will kick off at 8pm ET/5pm PT on the same streaming network.

Main Card (8pm ET)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane

Nikita Krylov vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Bueno Silva ends in majority draw (28-27 Silva, 28-28, 28-28)

Pedro Munhoz def. Jimmie Rivera by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Alex Caceres def. Kevin Croom by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27)

Preliminary Card (6pm ET)

Thiago Moises def. Alex Hernandez by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Alexis Davis def. Sabina Mazo by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)

Ronnie Lawrence def. Vince Cachero by TKO (punches) at 2:38 of round 3

Dustin Jacoby def. Maxim Grishin by unanimous decision (29-28 x3)

Dan Hardy ‘waiting on the call’ from UFC over Matt Brown fight

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Dan Hardy is ready to accept a comeback fight against Matt Brown. UFC veteran Dan Hardy is ‘ready to accept’ a fight against Matt Brown after spending almost nine years on the s…


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Dan Hardy is ready to accept a comeback fight against Matt Brown.

UFC veteran Dan Hardy is ‘ready to accept’ a fight against Matt Brown after spending almost nine years on the sidelines due to a rare medical condition called Wolff–Parkinson–White syndrome.

Hardy was reportedly medically cleared to fight again in 2018 but has yet to make the walk back to the octagon.

In a recent tweet, however, ‘The Outlaw’ hinted of a comeback…

“If it’s going to happen, I need it to be someone worthwhile… I’m not doing all of this preparation to fight some bum. I need names and faces… ??#LineThemUp??,” Hardy wrote last week, to which Brown responded with the following tweet.

Asked whether he would take up Brown on his offer, Hardy said he is currently ‘waiting on the call from the UFC’.

“I’m waiting on the call from the UFC. Ready to accept,” Hardy posted on Friday.

Hardy hasn’t fought since his unanimous decision win over The Ultimate Fighter 7 winner Amir Sadollah in 2012. The former welterweight title challenger has since worked as a commentator and analyst for the UFC and is widely considered one of the best analysts in the sport today, earning notoriety for his UFC 257 pre-fight analysis in which he accurately predicted Poirier’s calf kicks would be a huge path to victory against Conor McGregor.

Hardy’s most notable wins include victories over Marcus Davis, Mike Swick and Duane Ludwig. Brown, on the other hand, is arguably the more decorated fighter but hasn’t won a fight since his second-round KO of Ben Saunders in 2019.

UFC Vegas 20 Results: Rozenstruik vs. Gane

UFCLowKick MMA will be bringing you UFC Vegas 20: Rozenstruik vs. Gane results throughout the afternoon (Sat. 27th. February 2021) from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pushing forward with a second consecutive headliner, the UFC field a pivotal division clash between kickboxing ace, the heavy-hitting talent, Jairzinho ‘Bigi Boy’ Rozenstruik and dynamic French uber-prospect, Ciryl […]

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LowKick MMA will be bringing you UFC Vegas 20: Rozenstruik vs. Gane results throughout the afternoon (Sat. 27th. February 2021) from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pushing forward with a second consecutive headliner, the UFC field a pivotal division clash between kickboxing ace, the heavy-hitting talent, Jairzinho ‘Bigi Boy’ Rozenstruik and dynamic French uber-prospect, Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane in a mouth-watering matchup.

Both coming off statement knockout victories over former undisputed heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos — Rozenstruik rebounded from a May knockout defeat to incoming title challenger, Francis Ngannou to stop the Brazilian at UFC 250 in June — with second round strikes.

Improving his undefeated professional record to 7-0, Fernand Lopez product and MMA Factory mainstay, Gane stuck a massive elbow to stop dos Santos also in the second round — moving to 4-0 under the UFC’s banner.

In an important light heavyweight matchup, former Fight Nights Global titleholder, Nikita Krylov makes his Octgon return as he draws the highly-touted, Magomed Ankalaev in an important clash for the light heavyweight landscape.

Ukrainian finisher, Krylov has notched a whopping fifteen submission wins, as well as a further ten knockout stoppages — most recently taking his first career decision victory in a UFC Fight Night Brasilia judging win over Johnny Walker last March.

Removing any doubt surrounding his first knockout win over Ion Cutelaba at UFC Fight Night Norfolk last February, Ankalaev moved to 2-0 against the Romanian via a late first frame stoppage at UFC 254 last October on ‘Fight Island’ — moving to 14-1 as a professional and extending his promotional-streak to five-fights.

UFC Vegas 20 Results: Rozenstruik vs. Gane

Main Card: (ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Jarizinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane

Light Heavyweight: Nikita Krylov vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Flyweight: Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Beuno Silva

Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera

Featherweigth: Alex Caceres vs. Kevin Croom

Preliminary Card: (ESPN+ 6 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Alexander Hernandez vs. Thiago Moises

Bantamweight: Alexis Davis vs. Sabina Mazo

Bantamweight: Vince Cachero vs. Ronnie Lawrence

Catchweight (210.5-pounds): Dustin Jacoby vs. Maxim Grishin

Aniah’s Law passes Alabama House vote

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Aniah’s Law will now need to pass through the Alabama Senate before becoming law. Aniah’s Law passed through the Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday with a unanimous vot…


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Aniah’s Law will now need to pass through the Alabama Senate before becoming law.

Aniah’s Law passed through the Alabama House of Representatives on Tuesday with a unanimous vote of 101-0 (per WBRC). The bill, named for Aniah Blanchard—the late stepdaughter of UFC heavyweight Walt Harris, will now head to the Alabama Senate. If Senators approve the bill it will become State Law.

If passed, the law would give judges more power to deny bail for people charged with serious crimes. Alabama’s constitution currently states that judges can only deny bail for people charged with capital murder.

Aniah’s Law would make an amendment to the constitution and add first-degree assault, rape, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and aggravated child abuse as crimes for which a judge can deny bail.

The motivation for this bill is the disappearance and death of Aniah Blanchard. Prosecutors claim Ibraheem Yazeed abducted Blanchard from a convenience store parking lot on October 23, 2019.

Blanchard was reported missing the next day, leading to appeals from Harris and the UFC for information regarding her whereabouts. The UFC, and other figures in the MMA world, helped contribute to a reward fund that eventually exceeded $100,000.

In November Yazeed was apprehended by U.S. Marshals and was charged with first-degree kidnapping and murder. Blanchard’s remains were found soon after.

At the time of Blanchard’s killing, Yazeed was awaiting trial for unrelated kidnapping and attempted murder charges. Those charges were laid against Yazeed in January 2019 after he was accused of holding two individuals, including a 77-year-old man, against their will inside a hotel room and beating the older man until he was severely injured and near death.

Since Yazeed was not charged with capital crimes in this earlier incident the judge had no grounds to deny him bail. He was released from custody on a $280,000 bond.

Yazeed is currently being held without bond as he awaits trial for both incidents. If convicted of murdering Blanchard Yazeed could receive the death penalty.

Aniah’s Law is supported by Harris and Blanchard’s mother Angela Hailey-Harris.

Hailey-Harris has publicly campaigned for the law, saying, “My mission now is to save the world that is how I feel. I know I can’t save the world, but I’m gonna try. Aniah’s Law is one of the most amazing things. Our state needs it so bad. It will keep violent offenders from being out on the street out on bond.”

The Alabama branch of the American Civil Liberties Union has expressed concerns over Aniah’s Law. The ACLU writes that “if enacted, [the bill] would result in significantly widening Alabama’s detention net.”

The ACLU has also pointed out that the law would give judges the power to deny bail to people who the court believes may not appear for a court date, may participate in witness tampering or be at risk to the community at large.