Cejudo names ‘winnable’ opponent for McGregor in UFC return

Henry Cejudo speaks with the media at the UFC Seasonal Press Conference on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Henry Cejudo thinks Conor McGregor should fight T…


UFC Seasonal Press Conference
Henry Cejudo speaks with the media at the UFC Seasonal Press Conference on April 12, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. | Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images

Henry Cejudo thinks Conor McGregor should fight Tony Ferguson in his UFC return.

Henry Cejudo thinks Conor McGregor needs to fight a “winnable” opponent before he starts taking on the likes of Charles Oliveira and Kamaru Usman.

McGregor is 1-3 in his last four fights and is expected to be out of action for the remainder of the year as he rehabilitates his broken leg suffered at the hands of Dustin Poirier in their trilogy bout at UFC 264.

‘The Notorious’ has named Usman as a potential opponent for his comeback fight but ‘Triple C’ thinks that would be a big mistake.

Cejudo thinks McGregor would be much better off returning to the lightweight division and facing Tony Ferguson, who is on a four-fight losing streak.

“I like the Tony Ferguson fight for him, I think that fight is winnable for Conor,” Cejudo said on a recent episode of The Triple C and Schmo podcast (h/t Sportskeeda). “He cannot be taking these high-level competitions. He’s gonna get hurt… I think, go up to Tony and then of course he’s a cash cow. Give him whoever he wants at 150 or 170. I think he needs to get his feet wet. Atleast f*****g win man, win a damn fight.”

Ferguson last fought at UFC 274 where he was knocked out by Michael Chandler with a perfectly-executed front kick to the face. The Ultimate Fighter 13 winner used to be under the same management as McGregor at Paradigm Sports and claims the organization prevented him from fighting the latter in the past.

Ferguson parted ways with Paradigm Sports in 2019 and “would love to fight Conor” now that he is represented by a different company.

“I would love to fight Conor if he still has his academy by my spot because that’s what he ended up doing. He ended up opening up an academy right near me. My neighbors come up to me and they’re like, ‘Hey, do you know that Conor is right next to you?’ I crack up because that’s how he is. The dude is so unhappy that he has to copy everybody’s stuff to find happiness. And maybe he’s doing it on purpose. Maybe it’s because he admires me and what I do.”

Ferguson is currently #9 in the UFC lightweight rankings while McGregor, the former champ-champ, is #8.

Watch: Josh Van Locks Up Rare Calf Slicer At Fury FC 62

Flyweight Josh Van picked up his fifth pro victory with a rarely seen calf slicer submission on the main card of Fury FC 62. Matched up with Mario Suazo, Van largely had his way with the Denver native on the feet before locking up the submission to finish the fight late in the second round….

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Flyweight Josh Van picked up his fifth pro victory with a rarely seen calf slicer submission on the main card of Fury FC 62.

Matched up with Mario Suazo, Van largely had his way with the Denver native on the feet before locking up the submission to finish the fight late in the second round.

Finishing a professional MMA bout via calf slicer isn’t something you see every day; Brett Johns memorably finished Joe Soto with just the second calf slicer in UFC history back in 2017. This win also marks Van’s first career submission victory.

The 20-year old Van has spent the entirety of his amateur and pro careers competing for Fury FC. He’s been on a torrid pace since turning pro in October 2021 and is already 5-1, with all of his wins coming via stoppage.

Van’s win wasn’t the only submission on the Fury FC 62 main card, although it was arguably the most impressive. Later on the card Adam Martinez finished Leonard Carvalho with an anaconda choke in the first round, and in the main event Austin Jones locked up a third-round triangle choke against Armus Guyton to close out the fight card in Castle Rock, Colorado.

What’s your reaction to Josh Van’s calf slicer submission?

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Nate Diaz is Being Fed to Dangerous ‘Shark’ Khamzat Chimaev According to Henry Cejudo

Nate Diaz‘Triple C’ Henry Cejudo believes the UFC is trying to diminish Nate Diaz’s earning potential outside of the company by feeding him to a “shark” in what would likely be his final fight with the promotion. Nate Diaz has been lobbying for a fight for months with little success. With Diaz on the last bout […]

Nate Diaz

‘Triple C’ Henry Cejudo believes the UFC is trying to diminish Nate Diaz’s earning potential outside of the company by feeding him to a “shark” in what would likely be his final fight with the promotion.

Nate Diaz has been lobbying for a fight for months with little success. With Diaz on the last bout of his contract, the Stockton native looks to move on from the organization and take advantage of financial opportunities elsewhere. To speed up the process, Diaz has called for a trilogy fight with Conor McGregor and has been recently linked to fights with Dustin Poirier and Michael Chandler. So far, none of those fights have come to fruition leading many fans to ask why. 

During an episode of ‘Triple C & The Schmo Shoe’, Cejudo claimed that the UFC intends to feed Diaz to rising prospect Khamzat Chimaev. The goal is to use Diaz as another big money fight for Chimaev while damaging the credibility and drawing power of Diaz when he attempts to sign with another organization.

“Yeah, right now the UFC, I think they want, they want to feed him to a shark,” said Cejudo.  “That’s why they’re trying to kill… Because Diaz knows that there’s so much money to be made outside the UFC, that he doesn’t even care what millions they’re gonna end up giving him.”

According to Cejudo, Diaz’s exit from the UFC could give leverage to other fighters looking for a way out of the promotion to seize more lucrative opportunities.

“I do believe that Nate leaving the UFC is just going to generate more money for fighters, and kind of giving that leverage to fighters like: Hey man, it’s not the UFC, is not the only place where you can make a good living.”

Nate Diaz Asks For His UFC Release Online

Diaz has been active on social media as of late, calling out the UFC and Dana White, even going as far as to ask for his outright release on Twitter.

“I Would like to request to be released from the @ufc @danawhite @hunter. I apologize for asking online but u don’t give me a fight asap I got shit to do,” tweeted Diaz.

Diaz created quite the stir online when he posted a picture of himself appearing to urinate on the grounds of the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas.

Do you want to see Nate Diaz fight for the UFC one more time or do you believe Diaz should be granted his release from the promotion?

Gilbert Burns Says Charles Oliveira Can Beat Islam Makhachev With His Superior Striking Skills

Gilbert BurnsUFC Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns, believes that Charles Oliveira would beat Islam Makhachev due to his striking being better all around than Makhachev’s at this point. Oliveira has gone head to head with some of the best strikers in the lightweight division. The lightweight division has some of the most elite strikers in the […]

Gilbert Burns

UFC Welterweight title challenger Gilbert Burns, believes that Charles Oliveira would beat Islam Makhachev due to his striking being better all around than Makhachev’s at this point.

Oliveira has gone head to head with some of the best strikers in the lightweight division. The lightweight division has some of the most elite strikers in the UFC and is one of the most dangerous divisions in the entire sport. Oliveira has had times in all his fights when he out struck Dustin Poirier, Michael Chandler, and Justin Gaethje in his recent title run and defenses.

Justin Gaethje is known for his striking ability, and Oliveira rocked him in the first 10 seconds of the fight and even knocked him down. Makhachev’s striking is no where close to any of the previous three fighters mentioned, but his ground game and wrestling is one on the best we have ever seen in UFC history.

Gilbert Burns believes that Charles Oliveira may have a hand up in a title fight against Islam Makhachev

“If I was the matchmaker, I would make Islam vs Oliveira for sure,” Burns said in an interview with Helen Yee. “That’s a fight that is very intriguing. I still believe Oliveira can get the win, because his striking. The pressure that he does and the jiu-jitsu. People say all the sambo and hey I got it, but Oliveira is huge for that division…. I think he’s on a different level.”

Burns is ready to see the fight between Oliveira, much like mostly everyone involved in the sport. The only thing that may be holding the UFC back from making the fight at the moment, is the fact that Makhachev has yet to beat a top five ranked fighter in the division. He has also only beaten one top 10 fighter, Dan Hooker on short notice.

Burns himself is coming off an amazing bout against Khamzat Chimaev, that could have easily went either way. Burns is one of the best strikers in his division and he pairs that with phenomenal jiu-jitsu, much like Oliveira does.

UFC Vegas 55: Holm vs. Vieira – Results

UFC Vegas 55LowKick MMA will be bringing you UFC Vegas 55: Holm vs. Vieira results throughout the night (Sat. May 21. 2022) live from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taking main event honors at the UFC Apex facility, a high-stakes bantamweight main event feature between former undisputed division champion, Holly Holm, and Brazilian puncher, the #6 ranked contender, […]

UFC Vegas 55

LowKick MMA will be bringing you UFC Vegas 55: Holm vs. Vieira results throughout the night (Sat. May 21. 2022) live from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Taking main event honors at the UFC Apex facility, a high-stakes bantamweight main event feature between former undisputed division champion, Holly Holm, and Brazilian puncher, the #6 ranked contender, Ketlen Vieira.

Returning to the Octagon for the first time after an almost two year layoff, Holm, a former undisputed bantamweight champion and tw0-time featherweight title challenger, most recently landed her second consecutive victory with a UFC Fight Island main event win against Irene Aldana back in October 2020.

For Vieira, the Manaus native has also landed victories in two of her last three Octagon appearances — rebounding with an impressive unanimous decision win over another former bantamweight champion, common-opponent, Miesha Tate in her main event debut back in November of last year.

UFC Vegas 55: Holm vs. Vieira – Results

UFC Vegas 55 Main Card Results: (ESPN+ 7 p.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Holly Holm vs. Ketlen Vieira

Welterweight: Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Michel Pereira

Middleweight: Dusko Todorovic vs. Chidi Njokuani

Middleweight: Eryk Anders vs. Jun Yong Park

Strawweight: Polyana Viana vs. Tabatha Ricci

UFC Vegas 55 Preliminary Card Results: (ESPN+ 4 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Jailton Almeida vs. Parker Porter

Middleweight: Joseph Holmes vs. Alen Amedovski

Lightweight: Omar Morales vs. Uros Medic

Bantamweight: Vince Morales vs. Jonathan Martinez

Featherweight: Felipe Colares vs. Chase Hooper

Strawweight: Sam Hughes vs. Elise Reed

UFC odds: Holm favored to win decision over Vieira in main event

Holly Holm is favored over Ketlen Vieira in the UFC Vegas 55 main event | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Check out the betting odds for tonight’s UFC Vegas 55 card, where former women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm…


Holly Holm is favored over Ketlen Vieira in the UFC Vegas 55 main event
Holly Holm is favored over Ketlen Vieira in the UFC Vegas 55 main event | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC

Check out the betting odds for tonight’s UFC Vegas 55 card, where former women’s bantamweight champion, Holly Holm, is favored over Ketlen Vieira in the main event. 

It’s time for another UFC Vegas card as the 55th installment is going down at the company’s APEX facility in Nevada. We’ve goto top-ranked women’s bantamweights gracing the main event when former champ, Holly Holm, tangles with the #5 rated 135-pounder, Ketlen Vieira. Let’s get to the betting odds!

Holm is clocking in as a strong -225 betting favorite, and at that line, a $100 wager stands to see a total payout of $144.44. As for Vieira, she is posted up with an underdog tag of +185, and a $100 gamble on her could potentially earn a return of $285.

The oddsmakers are expecting this one to go all five rounds, and rightfully so. Under the UFC banner, Holm has stopped Ronda Rousey (2015) and Bethe Correia (2017) with a kick to their respective heads, but other than those two instances it’s been nothing but decisions whenever she got her hand raised. Vieira is a decision machine herself. She submitted Sara McMann with an arm triangle back in 2017, but all of her other UFC victories involved the scorecards. The proposition bet ‘Fight goes to decision’ possesses a strongly favored cost of -225, with a +165 comeback on the ‘Fight doesn’t go to decision’ option.

The betting odds actually have Holly favored to get the job done against Ketlen on points. The prop bet ‘Holm wins by decision’ is trending at -120, while the ‘Vieira wins by decision’ selection is positioned with a hefty underdog value of +400. If you’re curious about the finishing props, there’s ‘Holm wins inside distance’ residing at +330, and then ‘Vieira wins inside distance’ at a much higher offering of +500.

Check out the UFC Vegas 55 betting odds, courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook:



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