Jean Silva vs. Ilia Topuria?!?!?

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Title shot for “Lord”?
Jean Silva scored a gigantic win at UFC Denver last night (Sat., July 13, 2024) when he butchered Drew Dober’s eye and caused a doctor stoppage to ge…


UFC Fight Night: Dober v Silva
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Title shot for “Lord”?

Jean Silva scored a gigantic win at UFC Denver last night (Sat., July 13, 2024) when he butchered Drew Dober’s eye and caused a doctor stoppage to get a TKO win from inside Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado (watch highlights). Silva and Dober scored Fight of the Night as well.

During the ESPN+ UFC Denver post-show, UFC analyst Din Thomas made the case for Silva to get a Featherweight title shot next.

“Man, I mean, Jean Silva is something else; he is absolutely nasty,” Thomas said. “I was watching the fight next to Mick Maynard, the matchmaker, and I’m sitting there saying if this guy can make 145, let’s just put him in there with Ilia Topuria now. Yeah. He looks the part. His striking looks the part.”

Yeah, that is a preposterous idea from Thomas. Kamaru Usman, who was on the post-show with Thomas, rightfully told him to slow down with the title shot idea.

While Silva has had an incredible two weeks—stopping Dober last night and knocking out Charles Jourdain at UFC 303—he is still a UFC rookie and only has three fights under his belt. Plus, the Brazilian missed weight at UFC 303.

Nevertheless, Silva is definitely a fighter to watch and is absolutely a killer. “Lord” is riding an 11-fight win streak and has 11 knockouts to his name.


For complete UFC Denver results, coverage, and highlights, click HERE.

We haven’t seen the last of UFC fan favorite Dustin Poirier: ‘I think I’m going to fight again’

We haven't seen the last of UFC fan favorite Dustin Poirier: 'I think I'm going to fight again'It sounds like we haven’t seen the last of Dustin Poirier. After coming up short in his third bid…

We haven't seen the last of UFC fan favorite Dustin Poirier: 'I think I'm going to fight again'

It sounds like we haven’t seen the last of Dustin Poirier.

After coming up short in his third bid to become UFC lightweight world champion, ‘The Diamond’ appeared ready to leave the fight game behind to focus on his family and other ventures outside of the Octagon. However, Poirier conveniently left the door cracked open for a potential return.

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During a recent interview with MMA Fighting’s José Youngs, Poirier pushed the door open a bit more, revealing that while he’s still technically on the fence, all signs point towards him taking one more fight.

“I’m still in the same spot. I’m kind of on the fence, but if a big fight came along that was exciting, that was dangerous, I would probably take it. I still love this. That’s the problem. I love fighting. I love waking up and having a goal to prepare for—a battle. I’m the kind of person that needs that every day or I go crazy, so we’ll see.

“I’m kind of touching my toes in the civilian life, but it doesn’t feel right. But I’m still training, still running, still lifting. I haven’t been doing much MMA or jiu-jitsu because of my ribs, my knee, and my nose can’t yet, but we’ll see. I think I’m going to fight again.”

Champion or not, Dustin Poirier will go down as one of the greatest lightweights in UFC history

Though Dustin Poirier has never strapped undisputed gold around his waist, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest lightweights the sport has ever seen. Since making his Octagon debut all the way back in 2011, ‘The Diamond’ has gone toe-to-toe with the best fighters in the world, including Max Holloway, The Korean Zombie, Conor McGregor, Eddie Alvarez, Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Charles Oliveira, Michael Chandler, and Islam Makhachev.

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Poirier bested ‘Blessed’ at UFC 236 to claim the interim UFC lightweight championship, but failed the trade in the temporary title for undisputed gold when he squared off with Nurmagomedov five months later.

Recently, Poirier suggested a fight with TUF alumnus Nate Diaz could be a solid swan song for his UFC career, but is more than willing to strap on a pair of eight-ounce gloves to meet the ‘Stockton Samurai’ in a boxing ring.

Rose Namajunas calls for ‘Dream’ title fight in Lithuania after dominant UFC Denver victory

Rose Namajunas calls for dream title fight in Lithuania after UFC Denver winTurning in her second straight win at the flyweight limit overnight in her UFC Fight Night Denver main event,…

Rose Namajunas calls for dream title fight in Lithuania after UFC Denver win

Turning in her second straight win at the flyweight limit overnight in her UFC Fight Night Denver main event, former two-time strawweight champion, Rose Namajunas has set her stall out for a title charge at 125lbs in her next outing – calling for a “dream” bout in Lithuania. 

Namajunas, who entered last night’s main event fight in Colorado against short-notice replacement, Tracy Cortez, comfortably outstruck the emerging prospect over the course of five rounds, turning in a one-sided unanimous decision (49-46, 49-46, 48-47) victory.

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Initially booked to take on the streaking Maycee Barber, former two-time champion, Namajunas had landed her first win at the flyweight limit back in March against perennial division contender, Amanda Ribas.

Rose Namajunas calls for title fight in Lithuania

And welcoming the chance to take on incumbent gold holder, Alexa Grasso in her return to action, former champion, Namajunas called for a “dream” showdown in Lithuania. 

“I had this vision, I want to fight in Lithuania one day,” Rose Namajunas told ESPN following her win at UFC Denver. “Bring the UFC to Lithuania, and I would love to rematch Manon (Fiorot) or anybody for the belt, whatever. That’s my dream come true, but anything that the UFC has in mind, I’m cool with as well.

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Also weighing up options for her next Octagon outing, Wisconsin native, Namajunas – whose parents have Lithuanian heritage, suggested she take part in the inaugural women’s symbolic BMF championship fight.

Taking on the above-mentioned French star, Fiorot back in September of last year in the co-main event of UFC Fight Night Paris, Namajunas was beaten over the course of three rounds in a unanimous decision loss. 

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With last night’s decision win, Namajunas chalked up a two-fight winning run for the first time since reclaiming strawweight gold and defending it against current champion, Zhang Weili back in 2021.

Who would win in a potential future fight: Alexa Grasso or Rose Namajunas?

4 Positives & 2 Negatives From UFC Fight Night: Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez

On Saturday, the mixed martial arts leader returned for its latest event, UFC Fight Night: Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez. After a rare weekend off in the aftermath of the UFC 303 pay-per-view late last month, the promotion kicked off its schedule for July by bringing the Octagon back to Denver. The main event came […]

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On Saturday, the mixed martial arts leader returned for its latest event, UFC Fight Night: Rose Namajunas vs. Tracy Cortez.

After a rare weekend off in the aftermath of the UFC 303 pay-per-view late last month, the promotion kicked off its schedule for July by bringing the Octagon back to Denver. The main event came in the women’s flyweight division, with surging prospect Tracy Cortez receiving a major opportunity to climb the ranks against Rose Namajunas.

“Thug Rose,” a former two-time strawweight champion, was originally set to do battle with top five contender Maycee Barber. But with “The Future” out injured, the #11-ranked Cortez filled in on short notice, looking to extend her undefeated UFC record by adding the biggest scalp to her résumé thus far.

Elsewhere on the card, prominent names like welterweight veteran Santiago Ponzinibbio, always entertaining lightweight Drew Dober, and middleweight knockout artist Abdul Razak Alhassan were among those making the walk inside Ball Arena.

But did those athletes come together to put on an entertaining night of MMA? Let’s find out with all the positives and negatives from UFC Fight Night: Namajunas vs. Cortez.


Positive – The Flyweight Revolution

For a while now, the strawweights have quite clearly made up the premier women’s division in the UFC. Before its demise last year, featherweight was virtually non-existent anyway. As far as bantamweight goes, aside from Kayla Harrison and a few names like Irena Aldana, underwhelming. Flyweight? Well…

Across a number of years, the 125-pound weight class could be summed up as Valentina Shevchenko destroying her competition and a group of largely uninteresting contenders battling for a second place that not many paid attention to.

Now, with a new champion at the helm, a fresh crop of actually high-level and intriguing contenders, and some seriously talented up-and-comers, the tide has firmly turned in the women’s flyweight division.

When it comes to the third of those groups, one of the leading names was in action on Saturday night as Luana Santos moved to 3-0 on MMA’s biggest stage. The Brazilian welcomed Mariya Agapova back to the cage after a two-year layoff. Just like her previous fight in 2022, the Kazakh was left getting the life squeezed out of her while locked in a gruesomely tight rear-naked choke.

Despite her best efforts to fight the hands, Agapova was forced to tap out. And with that, Santos has joined Natália Silva and Karine Silva as another Brazilian prospect threatening to shake up a flyweight title picture that already boasts rising names like Manon Fiorot, Erin Blanchfield, and Maycee Barber.

Oh, and a fourth category I forgot to mention: gritty flyweights who will just throw down. Thanks Jasmine Jasudavicius and the debuting Fatima Kline for reminding me with one of the night’s best fights.

Speaking of Jasudavicius, however…


Negative – Dirty

So are we just going to ignore what Jasudavicius did at the end of her fight?

Jasudavicius once again delivered the goods inside the Octagon, pitching a shutout against a highly regarded newcomer in Kline. Unfortunately, she pulled off a dirty and classless move to add a stain to the result.

After attempting a choke in the final seconds, the horn sounded. Instead of releasing the hold and returning to her feet following the conclusion of the fight, the Canadian released it and launched an elbow at her opponent’s head.

In a similar case earlier in the night, Andre Petroski had already began to throw his punch at Josh Fremd when the first-round horn sounded. Jasudavicius had not. Just like Kline was aware that the fight had ended when she was released from the submission attempt, Jasudavicius knew that the fight had ended when she opted to take a cheap shot at her opponent.

For whatever reason, not much was said by the commentary team about the illegal shot, and it wasn’t exactly a hot topic on social media either. Perhaps that’s down to Kline’s reaction, which saw her avoid any animosity and simply move on.

But having also pulled the hair of Tracy Cortez in their 2023 fight, Jasudavicius is going the right away about gaining a reputation for ugly antics.


Positive – ‘Quik?’ Yeah, You Don’t Say…

Montel Jackson has something in his hands reminiscent of dynamite.

The 32-year-old Wisconsin native has long been one of the bantamweight division’s most intriguing prospects. But that’s been the case for years, with inactivity preventing him from rising the ranks toward those in contention at 135 pounds and fulfilling his potential.

Prior to Saturday’s event in Denver, Jackson hadn’t competed in 15 months since a statement knockout of Rani Yahya at the Apex. With those kind of gaps between fights, an emphatic performance is required in a return fight to remind the division.

“Quik” did that quikly (intentional, thanks. Please don’t email us a correction), sending Da’Mon Blackshear to sleep with a clean left hand after just 18 seconds — the second fastest knockout in the division’s history.

I’d say reminder to the division firmly sent, wouldn’t you?

That’s now five straight wins for Jackson and eight in his last nine. That form should bag a chance to climb the ladder next time out, providing that “Quik” is able to get back in the cage relatively soon.

For the sake of his own career and for the enjoyment of us, the fans, the quiker (intentional, again…) he makes the walk again, the better.


Positive – Uppercut From Hell

The term ‘turn up for the books’ comes to mind…

One of the most intriguing matchups on Saturday’s UFC Fight Night card pitted the highly touted Joshua Van against former LFA champion Charles Johnson in the featured prelim. The Burmese prospect entered the Octagon with a perfect 3-0 UFC record in tow and many predicting big things for him.

And through two rounds, it appeared the unblemished nature of his Octagon slate and big forecasts for success down the line would continue. Van was simply too good for Johnson in most exchanges and should have raced to a lead on the scorecards (he somehow didn’t, with one judge instead having Johnson up two rounds).

In round three, though, tables turned in a gigantic way. “InnerG” came out from his corner to throw down, and “The Fearless” lived up to his moniker by obliging. That ultimately led to his downfall, however, as he found himself backpedaling after getting rocked.

Van was not given any time to recover, with Johnson pouncing to land a truly vicious uppercut that sent the Burmese 22-year-old to the canvas with such a thud that the referee immediately scrambled to intervene.

From what we’ve seen, it’s hard to say that Johnson has the talent to make a real run up the 125-pound pecking order. But with three wins from three fights in 2024, and having turned away the challenges of promising prospects like Van and Azat Maksum, it’s easy to acknowledge “InnerG” as one of the flyweight division’s most entertaining names.


Negative – Not An Ideal Start

When it comes to setting the tone, the main card opener in Denver firmly failed.

The middleweight matchup between Abdul Razak Alhassan and Cody Brundage always looked likely to deliver a quick finish. And it was the Ghanaian powerhouse on track to finding it after putting pedal to the metal from the word go.

Unfortunately, “Judo Thunder” soon began losing control of his offense and finding the back of Brundage’s head. Despite referee Dan Miragliotta’s warnings, Alhassan threw another particularly egregious elbow to the back of the head, leading to an intervention.

Now, I neither want to guess the effect the blatantly illegal blows had on Brundage nor accuse him of looking for a way out. But as soon as the fight was paused, there was zero doubt in my mind that it wouldn’t restart. Perhaps that was due to the memory of Brundage’s disqualification win over Jacob Malkoun last year.

On this occasion, the American didn’t get a free win. And while it wouldn’t be ideal for him to have had another DQ win added to his record, I find it hard to see the logic in Miragliotta not ruling it as such. At one point do multiple illegal shots post-numerous warnings become not accidental? And even if the argument is that Alhassan was just careless, should that not be better punished?

The accurate and consistent enforcement of rules in MMA remains an uncrossed bridge toward absolute sporting legitimacy.


Positive – As Advertised

Some fights just can’t possibly underdeliver on how they appear on paper. Drew Dober vs. Jean Silva is among ‘some fights’.

Silva has had some two weeks. First, he had the disappointment of missing weight ahead of UFC 303, but that asterisk on his International Fight Week outing was largely erased when he put in a violent showing to knock out Charles Jourdain.

A move up to lightweight was not surprising, but just 14 days later to square off against a formerly ranked contender at 155 pounds like Dober? Yeah, that was a shock.

It’s hard to think of many assignments for a divisional debut that come tougher than Dober, but “Lord Assassin” did not make it look as such. From the very first seconds, he found a home for his shots, leaving his veteran opponent leaking from above the right eye in the first round.

In round two, Dober gave as good as he got at times, even landing the kind flush superman punch that brings out a joyous giggle from hardcore fans. But toward the end of the frame, a stiff spinning elbow from Silva (joyous giggle 2.0) further opened up the cut above the American’s eye.

Speaking of spinning elbows, the Brazilian landed another in round three, and that was all she wrote. The ringside physician rightly took one look at the gaping hole in Dober’s eyebrow and said enough was enough.

Would we have liked a final-round brawl to cap off the clear Fight of the Night? Of course, but we got that for the best part of two and a half rounds, so let’s be grateful. Welcome to 155 pounds, “Lord Assassin.”

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‘There Is No Shame In Failure’

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Drew Dober is a dog.
Dober suffered his second straight loss at UFC Denver last night (Sat., July 13, 2024) when he endured an absolutely grisly cut at the hands of late re…


UFC Fight Night: Dober v Silva
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Drew Dober is a dog.

Dober suffered his second straight loss at UFC Denver last night (Sat., July 13, 2024) when he endured an absolutely grisly cut at the hands of late replacement Jean Silva from inside Ball Arena in Denver, Colorado. The fight was stopped in the third round as the doctors concluded it would be unsafe for Dober to continue (check out the disgusting cut here).

Following UFC Denver, Dober took to his Instagram to show everyone he was okay and show off his doctor’s visit.

“Such an honor to be able to step in there and show off my heart and determination,” Dober wrote. “Thank you, Denver, and the UFC for these moments and opportunities. There is no shame in failure. Just an opportunity to become a better man.”

UFC officials confirmed to MMAMania.com that it took less than 45 minutes to stitch up Dober’s ridiculous deep cut.

Since his magical 2022 run, where he rattled off three knockout wins against Terrance McKinney, Rafael Alves, and Bobby Green – Dober has gone 1-3 with two stoppage losses and has tumbled out of the Top 15 rankings.

Luckily for the 35-year-old knockout artist, he could lose 70 fights in a row, and the fanbase will love watching Dober fight.

Dober did pick up $50k, though.


For complete UFC Denver results, coverage, and highlights, click HERE.

Report – Noche UFC card leaked during broadcast, Topuria – Holloway, O’Malley – Dvalishvili title fights confirmed

Noche UFC card leaked with Topuria vs. Holloway and O'Malley vs. Dvalishvili title fights setAhead of September’s Noche UFC card at the Las Vegas Sphere, fans appear to have had two significant fights…

Noche UFC card leaked with Topuria vs. Holloway and O'Malley vs. Dvalishvili title fights set

Ahead of September’s Noche UFC card at the Las Vegas Sphere, fans appear to have had two significant fights on the card leaked overnight during the promotion’s broadcast for their return to Denver, Colorado.

Slated to take over the Las Vegas Sphere in September for a Riyadh Season sponsored, Noche UFC card, promotional CEO, Dana White has claimed the event which comes as the organization’s second iteration of the card, would once again tribute to combat sports culture in Mexico.

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Noche UFC sees Topuria vs. Holloway, O’Malley vs. Dvalishvili leaked

And while the likes of undisputed flyweight champion, Alexa Grasso and former champion, Valentina Shevchenko – who serve as coaches on The Ultimate Fighter 32 have been linked with another showdown in ‘Sin City’, last night’s French-Canadian broadcast for UFC Denver confirmed two title fights for the event.

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In an apparent leaking of information, the broadcast revealed undisputed featherweight champion, Ilia Topuria would feature against former champion, Max Holloway in a title grudge fight at Noche UFC – before also revealing bantamweight kingpin, Sean O’Malley – fresh from his ESPY victory, would be taking on Merab Dvalishvili. 

Sharing a distinct rivalry since their respective title fight victories this annum, Topuria and Holloway will lock horns at Noche UFC according to the promotion’s broadcast, at least – with the two battling it out on social media over the course of this month in a bid to land a date for their featherweight title affair.

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As for O’Malley, the Montana native is expected to face the sternest challenge to his undisputed bantamweight crown to date following his April win over Marlon Vera – preparing to take on streaking Georgian ace, Dvalishvili

The addition of that championship fight doubleheader would also put the brakes on a linked comeback for Conor McGregor on the same card in a welterweight reworked fight with Michael Chandler – who overnight then confirmed he would most definitely fight the MIssouri veteran before the close of 2024

What are your thoughts on the apparent leaking of the Noche UFC card?