Chandler’s Bellator MMA Contract Due To Expire ‘Imminently’

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler could be a free agent very shortly.
According to a report by ESPN, Chandler’s contract with Bellator is due to expire “imminently.” The exact date is unknown, but it is expected to …

Former Bellator MMA lightweight champion Michael Chandler could be a free agent very shortly.

According to a report by ESPN, Chandler’s contract with Bellator is due to expire “imminently.” The exact date is unknown, but it is expected to happen soon. As arguably the greatest fighter in Bellator history, Chandler would be a huge loss for the promotion.

Luckily for Bellator, negotiations for a new contract have already begun. Chandler is open to sinking his teeth into free agency, but the 32-year-old would also like to stay with the organization he has called home since 2010.

If Bellator ended up losing out on Chandler, it’s highly likely that we’d see Chandler shifting over to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC). Fight fans have long imagined a world in which Chandler was competing inside of the Octagon. A contractual fallout between Chandler and Bellator now could eventually lead to that scenario.

Chandler has resigned with the promotion once before so it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he stayed right where he is. But without a belt wrapped around his waist — Chandler lost his 155-pound title to Brent Primus last year — it may be easier for Chandler to walk away this time around.

We shall see what Chandler does heading into the second half of 2018. Whether it’s Bellator or UFC, you better believe the veteran contender will be on the hunt for gold.

‘Motown Phenom’ Proposes 165-Pound Title Fight With GSP

You can’t really blame Kevin Lee for reaching for the stars, but “Motown Phenom” may be in over his head this time around.
In a recent interview with The Straits Times, Lee proposed a 165-pound title fight with former UFC welterweight and …

You can’t really blame Kevin Lee for reaching for the stars, but “Motown Phenom” may be in over his head this time around.

In a recent interview with The Straits Times, Lee proposed a 165-pound title fight with former UFC welterweight and middleweight champion Georges St-Pierre this November in New York City. Even though Lee has never fought over 160 pounds and GSP has never fought below 170 pounds, the brash youngster still believes it’s the fight to make in order to gain some clarity among the various divisions.

“The 155lb and 170lb (divisions) are so messed up right now,” Lee explained. “You’ve got three titles between the two divisions already, so they’ve got to add another weight class.

”I think me and Georges for the 165lb title makes the most amount of sense. You do Conor [McGregor] and Khabib [Nurmagomedov] in October, you do me and Georges in November, at Madison Square Garden.

”And maybe you do Tyron [Woodley] and Colby [Covington] to figure out the 170lb division.”

This isn’t the first time Lee has explained the need for a new 165-pound division, but it is the first instance in which he has called out St-Pierre. Considering GSP has already been linked to a lightweight clash with Nate Diaz, a drop down from weight wouldn’t be entirely out of the question.

But is Lee is the one to draw St-Pierre out of another lengthy hiatus and drag him south of the welterweight/middleweight border in the process?

Probably not. Lee is super talented and can work the microphone better than most, but he’s not the type of fighter St-Pierre is looking to fight at the moment. The Canadian superstar only wants superfights. It’s that simple.

“Georges is one of the ones that really got me into the sport, I’ve kinda even modelled my career after him a little bit,” said Lee.

”We started in the same first promotion, we had the same first manager, we have the same management (Creative Artists Agency) now.

”There are so many parallels to us now, that I think that adds even more intrigue to the fight

”It will be the hardest fight of my career, it’ll be the biggest challenge But, as soon as I get back home from UFC Singapore, I’m going to go back and figure out how to beat the man.”

Lee, 25, is coming off an impressive TKO win over Edson Barboza this past April. He has only lost to Tony Ferguson since 2016 and remains one of the best fighters at 155 pounds. His wrestling and striking could potentially cause problems for GSP, but “Motown Phenom” is unlikely to ever get his chance to prove it.

If Lee is looking for some action outside of the stacked lightweight division then maybe he should finally make the jump up to 170 pounds, especially after missing weight for his last bout with Barboza.

Miocic Wouldn’t Fight Lesnar ‘Right Away’ After UFC 226

While Stipe Miocic has a huge title fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier next month at UFC 226 only July 7 in Las Vegas, a bigger superfight may be on the horizon for the UFC heavyweight king.
Reports have surfaced stat…

While Stipe Miocic has a huge title fight with UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier next month at UFC 226 only July 7 in Las Vegas, a bigger superfight may be on the horizon for the UFC heavyweight king.

Reports have surfaced stating that former UFC heavyweight champion and current WWE superstar Brock Lesnar may show up at UFC 226 and eventually get the first crack at the winner of Miocic vs. Cormier. While fight fans may scoff at the idea of Lesnar stepping back into the promotional limelight and securing an instant title shot, UFC needs to produce big pay-per-view (PPV) numbers and this would be a good way to do just that.

If Miocic is able to get past “DC” at UFC 226 he would essentially line himself up for the biggest payday of his career in a bout with Lesnar. But money isn’t everything for the UFC champion and Miocic isn’t entirely sold on fighting Lesnar immediately after his tilt with Cormier.

“Honestly, I heard about that too, they’ve talked about it before at that press conference,” Miocic said about the Lesnar rumors in a recent interview with Submission Radio (shown above). “Like I said, all I care about it July 7th, it’s all I’ve got my mind on, and after that, I’ll worry about it afterward. Then I’ll worry about my daughter being born.”

“No, probably not, [I wouldn’t fight Brock] right now. I’d do it, but not right away,” Miocic continued. “I plan on [taking a break after my daughter is born]. I mean, it’s the plan. I gotta enjoy my daughter.”

Miocic, 35, is coming off a unanimous decision win over knockout sensation Francis Ngannou back at UFC 220 in which he broke the UFC heavyweight record for most consecutive title defenses (3). He has won six in a row, including five knockouts and four post-fight bonuses, and remains the most dangerous man on the planet.

That said, Miocic wouldn’t necessarily overlook Lesnar if the two ever did come together inside of the cage. Despite fighting just once since 2011 — a decision win over Mark Hunt at UFC 200 that was later overturned to a no contest due to a failed drug test — Lesnar is a very dangerous opponent for any heavyweight in the world, the champion included.

“Everyone’s tough, it doesn’t matter,” Miocic said. “Everyone can win on any given night. It’s the fight game. Honestly, like I said, I don’t really care what’s happening outside of it right now, my focus is on July 7th. Good for Brock, good for Curtis [Blaydes], I wish nothing but the best for them, but right now all I care about is DC, July 7th.”

Only time will tell how this heavyweight title picture plays out. Even if Miocic ends up relinquishing his belt to “DC” at UFC 226 fight fans could still get a Cormier vs. Lesnar matchup later this year.

Edwards Calls Out ‘Old Gun’ Masvidal Following UFC Singapore Win

Rising UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards made the most out of his main event spot earlier today (Sat., June 23, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 132 live on Fight Pass from inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, when he defea…

Rising UFC welterweight contender Leon Edwards made the most out of his main event spot earlier today (Sat., June 23, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 132 live on Fight Pass from inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, when he defeated former UFC title challenger Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision.

It wasn’t the cleanest of wins, especially considering “Cowboy” battled back late to make it a one-round fight, but Edwards looked good throughout. He bloodied Cerrone, led most exchanges, did the most damage, and proved that he’s able to go five hard rounds with a world-class fighter.

Following his victory over “Cowboy,” Edwards wasted little time calling out his next opponent at 170 pounds.

“Who said I can’t go five rounds? I go five rounds easy,” Edwards said during his post-fight interview. “Sean Shelby, UFC Bimingham, me and Jorge Masvidal. Let’s go. Make it happen”

Having won his last six Octagon appearances, it makes sense for the promotion to push Edwards further up the welterweight ladder and give him a hard-nosed contender like Masvidal. While Masvidal hasn’t fought since his decision loss to Stephen Thompson back at UFC 217, he remains one of the toughest outs in the division.

“Not really,” said Edwards when asked if there’s a reason he called out Masvidal following his victory over Cerrone. “He’s the same kind of style as ‘Cowboy.’ I like to take out these old guns and keep chipping away. I want to push for that UFC Birmingham card.”

Whether or not UFC is able to grant Edwards his wish of fighting in England later this year, the next step for “Rocky” is going to be a big one. The 26-year-old has joined fellow welterweight Darren Till as two of the most promising English contenders in the sport. Edwards should have no problem locking down a highly-ranked opponent next time out.

For complete UFC Singapore results and coverage click here.

RDA Vs. Usman In The Works For This Fall

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos could have a chance to make a quick turnaround after losing to Colby Covington at UFC 225 earlier this month, as BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor is reporting that a welterweight scrap between RDA …

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos could have a chance to make a quick turnaround after losing to Colby Covington at UFC 225 earlier this month, as BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor is reporting that a welterweight scrap between RDA and Kamaru Usman is in the works for this fall.

Dos Anjos, 33, had won his first three fights at 170 pounds before getting outworked by Covington for the interim welterweight title in Chicago. The Brazilian holds key wins over divisional mainstays like former UFC champion Robbie Lawler and Neil Magny, which is why he’s still able to land a surging contender like Usman off a loss.

Usman, 31, is coming off a dominant performance opposite Demian Maia at UFC Fight Night 129 this past May. “Nigerian Nightmare” has posted a 8-0 record since making his Octagon debut back in 2015, but has only managed two finishes. A victory over a former champion like RDA could land Usman on the doorstep of a title shot entering 2019.

While a date/location has yet to be determined, a potential landing spot for dos Anjos vs. Usman could be the promotion’s Fight Night event this September in Sao Paulo, Brazil. Other possible options include UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas and UFC 230 on Nov. 3 in New York City.

Stick with Mania for more updates on RDA vs. Usman.

Edwards Vs. Cerrone Full Fight Video Highlights

Leon Edwards extended his current win streak to six earlier today (Sat., June 23, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 132 live on Fight Pass from inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, when he defeated Donald Cerrone via unanimous dec…

Leon Edwards extended his current win streak to six earlier today (Sat., June 23, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 132 live on Fight Pass from inside Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore, when he defeated Donald Cerrone via unanimous decision in the main event.

Edwards controlled most of the fight. He was stronger inside and landed the more meaningful shots over the course of five rounds, including some vicious body kicks and slicing elbows inside. “Cowboy” would battle back in the later frames and land his own offense, but it just wasn’t enough to edge out “Rocky” on the scorecards.

In the end, it was Edwards who walked away with the unanimous decision win, leaving a bloodied Cerrone with his fourth loss in his last five fights.

Check out below for some of the most memorable action from Edwards’ main event clash with Cerrone:

With this performance, Edwards captures the biggest victory of his career thus far and pushes himself further up the 170-pound ladder. The UFC’s welterweight division is one of the most jam-packed factions around, but six in a row should put the 26-year-old Englishman in good position to contend among the elite heading into the second half of 2018.

For complete UFC Singapore results and coverage click here.