Din Thomas wants to see UFC standout Jean Silva fight Ilia Topuria after bagging two KOs in two weeks

Din Thomas wants to see UFC standout Jean Silva fight Ilia Topuria after bagging two KOs in two weeksDin Thomas is high on Jean Silva. Maybe a little too high. Two weeks removed from his second-round knockout…

Din Thomas wants to see UFC standout Jean Silva fight Ilia Topuria after bagging two KOs in two weeks

Din Thomas is high on Jean Silva. Maybe a little too high.

Two weeks removed from his second-round knockout of Charles Jourdain at UFC 303, ‘Lord Assassin’ returned to the Octagon in The Mile High City for a short-notice scrap with heavy-handed Denver native Drew Dober.

Silva’s impressive speed was on full display from the get-go, peppering Dober with his left hand before busting open his opponent with a couple of perfectly timed spinning back elbows.

Jean Silva

Despite being in the driver’s seat from the opening bell, Dober never once took his foot off the gas. Unfortunately, Dober’s cut continued to widen as the fight went on, forcing referee Herb Dean and the cageside physician to intervene and bring a stop to the contest.

Dober was understandably frustrated, but the stoppage was understandable as he had sustained one of the worst cuts in recent memory. Or at least the worst one since Mayra Bueno Silva’s nasty gash two weeks prior.

With two impressive finishes in the span of two weeks, things are looking up for Jean Silva. Though he has yet to break into the featherweight top 15, former fighter turned analyst Din Thomas doesn’t care. He wants to see ‘Lord Assassin’ fight 145-pound champ Ilia Topuria right now.

“Man, I mean, Jean Silva is something else; he is absolutely nasty,” Thomas said during the UFC Denver post-show. “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” (h/t MMA Mania).

Jean Silva

Jean Silva has a long way to go

Kamaru Usman, who was also on post-fight duties in The Centennial State, quickly zapped Thomas back to reality, telling the one-time Fight of the Night winner to quit it with the title talk.

As exciting as Silva has looked over the last couple of weeks, we can’t forget that he’s still a rookie inside the Octagon, having only competed three times thus far. Not to mention he failed to make weight for his featherweight scrap with Jourdain in Las Vegas.

Ex-champion Kamaru Usman wants to see ‘the killer come out’ of Leon Edwards in UFC 304 title fight

Ex-champion Kamaru Usman wants to see 'The killer come Out' of Leon Edwards in UFC 304 title fightLeon Edwards is less than two weeks away from his next big title defense. Headlining the promotion’s return to…

Ex-champion Kamaru Usman wants to see 'The killer come Out' of Leon Edwards in UFC 304 title fight

Leon Edwards is less than two weeks away from his next big title defense.

Headlining the promotion’s return to Manchester on Saturday, July 27, ‘Rocky’ will put his welterweight title on the line in a long-awaited clash with the division’s top-ranked contender Belal Muhammad.

Leon Edwards

Kamaru Usman, the man Edwards took the title off of with the “kick heard around the world” at UFC 278, offered his assessment of the UFC 304 headliner, suggesting that it’s a tough one to call considering both men have been on the shelf for some time.

Leon Edwards

However, he does believe that a win for ‘Rocky’ will help push his former foe’s name up the coveted P4P rankings.

“I like Leon being a champion, I think he definitely has real skills but as a fan now, I’m frustrated as a fan because this fight should have happened already,” Usman said.

“It’s been such a long time but I’m glad that we were finally about to get the fight and for Leon to actually go in there and prove to people that he is high up on that pound-for-pound list because you know, I got my reservations on the order of that list” (h/t Bloody Elbow).

Leon Edwards’ is often touted as one of the best fighters on the planet courtesy of his technical prowess that has dismantled some of the biggest names in the game. Unfortunately, ‘Rocky’ hasn’t exactly lit up the Octagon with his performances. In particular, his trilogy fight with the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ at UFC 286 and his uneventful showdown with Colby Covington last December.

Usman hopes to see the “killer” in Leon Edwards come out against Belal Muhammad when the champ competes in front of his home country at Co-op Live in the UK.

“I think it’s a good fight, I like the confident way in that Leon is carrying [himself], I think he understands the responsibility of being a champion, how you kind of have to train the mentality that you have to have,” Usman added. “Just a little thing that I would like to see from him is that killer come out because if you know that you’re the top dog, you got to prove it to each and every contender who wants your spot.”

Kamaru Usman is not a fan of leon edwards and Belal Muhammad waiting so long to fight

While neither Leon Edwards nor Belal Muhammad has fought in 2024, ‘Remember The Name’ will be returning after an especially long layoff, having last fought at UFC 288 all the way back in May 2023. On that night, Muhammad scored a big win over Gilbert Burns, extending his unbeaten streak to nine straight.

With the UFC choosing to hand Covington another unearned title opportunity in December, Muhammad opted to sit out instead of putting his spot on the line against another top-10 contender. Some might consider that a smart decision, but Usman believes there are benefits to staying active in the fight game.

“The one thing that I don’t like about this is the layoff, the time that these guys are sitting [out],” Usman said. “This is why boxers are fighting every other month, they’re fighting [often] because that’s how you get into your groove, that’s how you elevate yourself to see if all the stuff that you’ve been working on can actually work.

“When you have these long layoffs and you get in there, your timing is a little bit off, you’re a little gun-shy sometimes, and especially if you’re a champion when you have this long layoff – that mountain of defending starts to get heavier, and heavier, and heavier.”

Leon Edwards

Ex-champion Kamaru Usman wants to see ‘the killer come out’ of Leon Edwards in UFC 304 title fight

Ex-champion Kamaru Usman wants to see 'The killer come Out' of Leon Edwards in UFC 304 title fightLeon Edwards is less than two weeks away from his next big title defense. Headlining the promotion’s return to…

Ex-champion Kamaru Usman wants to see 'The killer come Out' of Leon Edwards in UFC 304 title fight

Leon Edwards is less than two weeks away from his next big title defense.

Headlining the promotion’s return to Manchester on Saturday, July 27, ‘Rocky’ will put his welterweight title on the line in a long-awaited clash with the division’s top-ranked contender Belal Muhammad.

Leon Edwards

Kamaru Usman, the man Edwards took the title off of with the “kick heard around the world” at UFC 278, offered his assessment of the UFC 304 headliner, suggesting that it’s a tough one to call considering both men have been on the shelf for some time.

Leon Edwards

However, he does believe that a win for ‘Rocky’ will help push his former foe’s name up the coveted P4P rankings.

“I like Leon being a champion, I think he definitely has real skills but as a fan now, I’m frustrated as a fan because this fight should have happened already,” Usman said.

“It’s been such a long time but I’m glad that we were finally about to get the fight and for Leon to actually go in there and prove to people that he is high up on that pound-for-pound list because you know, I got my reservations on the order of that list” (h/t Bloody Elbow).

Leon Edwards’ is often touted as one of the best fighters on the planet courtesy of his technical prowess that has dismantled some of the biggest names in the game. Unfortunately, ‘Rocky’ hasn’t exactly lit up the Octagon with his performances. In particular, his trilogy fight with the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ at UFC 286 and his uneventful showdown with Colby Covington last December.

Usman hopes to see the “killer” in Leon Edwards come out against Belal Muhammad when the champ competes in front of his home country at Co-op Live in the UK.

“I think it’s a good fight, I like the confident way in that Leon is carrying [himself], I think he understands the responsibility of being a champion, how you kind of have to train the mentality that you have to have,” Usman added. “Just a little thing that I would like to see from him is that killer come out because if you know that you’re the top dog, you got to prove it to each and every contender who wants your spot.”

Kamaru Usman is not a fan of leon edwards and Belal Muhammad waiting so long to fight

While neither Leon Edwards nor Belal Muhammad has fought in 2024, ‘Remember The Name’ will be returning after an especially long layoff, having last fought at UFC 288 all the way back in May 2023. On that night, Muhammad scored a big win over Gilbert Burns, extending his unbeaten streak to nine straight.

With the UFC choosing to hand Covington another unearned title opportunity in December, Muhammad opted to sit out instead of putting his spot on the line against another top-10 contender. Some might consider that a smart decision, but Usman believes there are benefits to staying active in the fight game.

“The one thing that I don’t like about this is the layoff, the time that these guys are sitting [out],” Usman said. “This is why boxers are fighting every other month, they’re fighting [often] because that’s how you get into your groove, that’s how you elevate yourself to see if all the stuff that you’ve been working on can actually work.

“When you have these long layoffs and you get in there, your timing is a little bit off, you’re a little gun-shy sometimes, and especially if you’re a champion when you have this long layoff – that mountain of defending starts to get heavier, and heavier, and heavier.”

Leon Edwards

UFC Denver, The Morning After: Travis Browne Elbows Strike Again

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Here’s what you may have missed! Travis Browne-style elbows are one of the most problematic weapons in MMA.
First, let’s define the strikes made famous by former UFC Heavyw…


UFC Fight Night: Alhassan v Brundage
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Here’s what you may have missed!

Travis Browne-style elbows are one of the most problematic weapons in MMA.

First, let’s define the strikes made famous by former UFC Heavyweight Travis Browne, who melted both Gabriel Gonzaga and Josh Barnett with these blows back in 2013 (video). These are the sideways elbows delivered rapid fire while in defense of a takedown, usually along the fence. The defending fighter gives up on actually defending the shot via wrestling, relies on the fence for a moment to stand, then unleashes hell on the side of their opponent’s head.

In theory and practice, it’s a bold gambit that can pay off hugely in the former of an instant knockout. A hard shot directly to the side of the head/around the ear can wreak havoc on an opponent’s equilibrium. Given that the fighter defending the takedown is already standing above the fighter shooting, that shooting athlete who lost his ability to drive forward is stuck there to receive more damage.

The result can be some truly vicious stoppages.

The problem is that they’re almost always hitting illegal areas. The back of the head is a tricky topic in MMA already, but generally, those elbows are considered legal if any part of the blow touches the ear. Given the chaotic and rapid manner in which these elbows are thrown, however, at least some of them will always connect just passed the ear or directly to the back of the head.

What happens next is up to the referee. More often than not — as is the case in the original Travis Browne KOs — the iffy targeting is overlooked. At least some of the blows landed were legal, and referees hate interfering with outcomes, so the knockout win stands. The defeated man has no option but to go backstage, take a shower, and feel over all the lumps on the back of his skull in areas theoretically protected by the officials.

Last night, we saw the messier option in Abdul Razak Alhassan vs. Cody Brundage. Alhassan’s elbows sent Brundage limp pretty much immediately, but the wrestler woke back up. He rolled around and kept shooting, denying Alhassan the immediate knockout win. “Judo Thunder” continued firing elbows, but the position changed away from the fence, and things slowed down.

This is where Alhassan screwed up: Travis Browne elbows rely on chaos and quickness. They stop the fight in an instant before the location of the lands can really be considered too heavily. Alhassan tried to use them for too long, even after Brundage moved him into the open and blocked most of the legal striking area with his shoulder.

After already being warned, Alhassan threw more elbows at the available illegal area. The action was paused, and the ref was right on top of them. It was no longer in question. It was blatant.

What’s hilarious is that Alhassan’s clearly illegal, worst-case scenario usage of the Travis Browne elbows still resulted in a “No Contest” rather than disqualification! Clearly, there’s no actual risk to wailing away wildly in the general direction of an opponent’s brain stem. Best case, the opponent goes down in a heap, and worst case, the referee will probably opt for a “No Contest” rather than actually punish the foul.

Well, the actual worst case scenario is that rabbit punches can kill people, but MMA won’t worry about that little obstacle until it pops a tire.


For complete UFC Denver: “Namajunas vs. Cortez” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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.

Dustin Poirier

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.

Dustin Poirier

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.