PFL Chicago Weigh Ins Results, Staredowns!

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Professional Fighters League (PFL) will stage its third 2024 regular season event tomorrow night (Fri., April 19, 2024), inside Wintrust Arena in Chicago, I…


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Professional Fighters League (PFL) will stage its third 2024 regular season event tomorrow night (Fri., April 19, 2024), inside Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Ill, which will be streaming LIVE on ESPN+ and ESPN 2 for stateside viewers, while international PFL fans can catch the “Koreshkov vs. Umalatov” action on DAZN starting at 7 p.m. ET.

Headlining PFL Chicago — which will feature welterweights and featherweights — former Bellator 170-pound champion, Andrey Koreshkov, will face Magomed Umalatov, who is undefeated at 14-0. In the co-main event, Brendan Loughnane will take on Pedro Carvalho, while Neiman Grace rematches Goiti Yamauchi in a welterweight affair.

Checkout the full PFL San Antonio weigh ins results and staredowns below:

170 lbs.: Andrey Koreshkov (170.6) vs. Magomed Umalatov (170.3)
145 lbs.: Brendan Loughnane (145.6) vs. Pedro Carvalho (145.8)
170 lbs.: Logan Storley (170.6) vs. Shamil Musaev (170.8)
145 lbs.: Gabriel Alves Braga (145.4) vs. Justin Gonzalez (145.4)
170 lbs.: Goiti Yamauchi (170.8) vs. Neiman Gracie (170.2)
145 lbs.: Bubba Jenkins (145.8) vs. Kai Kamaka III (145.8)
145 lbs.: Adam Borics (145.8) vs. Enrique Barzola (145.8)
145 lbs.: Timur Khizriev (146) vs. Brett Johns (145.6)
170 lbs.: Don Madge (169.4) vs. Brennan Ward (170.6)
145 lbs.: Tyler Diamond (146) vs. Otto Rodrigues (145.2)
170 lbs.: Romain Debienne (170.4) vs. Thad Jean (170.8)

Check out the official staredowns below:

Andrey Koreshkov vs. Magomed Umalatov

Brendan Loughnane vs. Pedro Carvalho

Logan Storley vs. Shamil Musaev

Gabriel Alves Braga vs. Justin Gonzalez

Goiti Yamauchi vs. Neiman Gracie

Bubba Jenkins vs. Kai Kamaka III


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Max Holloway mocks Ilia Topuria’s demands for potential title fight: ‘That’s kind of un-BMF’

Max Holloway mocks Ilia Topuria's demands for potential title fight: 'That’s kind of un-BMF'Max Holloway doesn’t think Ilia Topuria is acting like a true BMF. Following Holloway’s incredible buzzer-beating knockout of Justin…

Max Holloway mocks Ilia Topuria's demands for potential title fight: 'That’s kind of un-BMF'

Max Holloway doesn’t think Ilia Topuria is acting like a true BMF.

Following Holloway’s incredible buzzer-beating knockout of Justin Gaethje to win the UFC’s bragging rights belt on April 13, reigning featherweight champion Ilia Topuria opened the door for a potential clash between the two titleholders if — and only if — ‘Blessed’ puts his BMF title up for grabs

“Without the BMF belt [on the line], I don’t want him at all,” Topuria said on The MMA Hour. “If not, I’m gonna fight with Volk who deserves more than him, the rematch. Because he has that belt, I’m excited about that. That’s why I want him. He’s been saying, ‘Right now I have a lot of options.’ He doesn’t have any options. I’m the champion right now, I choose the date, I choose the place. He just has to be ready and wait for the call. Whenever I want him, he has to be ready.”

Responding to Topuria’s demand, Max Holloway questioned whether or not ‘El Matador’ was exhibiting the characteristics of a true BMF.

“That’s not a very ‘BMF’ way to say it,” Holloway told Jim Rome. “A ‘BMF’ wouldn’t say, ‘I’m not going to fight this guy unless …’ That’s kind of un-‘BMF.’ Doesn’t sound ‘BMF’ the way he’s trying to demand it and saying, ‘I’m not going to fight.’

“A ‘BMF’ fights whatever, fights whoever, whenever, any weight, any time, and that’s not a tone of a ‘BMF.’”

Staying true to the BMF way, Max Holloway is adamant that he’ll fight any man the UFC chooses to put in front of him, but a world title tussle with Ilia Topuria is at the top of his last.

Ilia Topuria open to a rematch with Alexander Volkanovski if Max Holloway Fight doesn’t happen

Topuria, on the other hand, did open the door to a potential rematch with Alexander Volkanovski, the man he took the featherweight strap from at UFC 298 in February.

Ilia Topuria

However, ‘El Matador’ has a great deal of respect for the former champ and wants ‘The Great’ to take plenty of time to rest and recover after suffering a pair of brutal back-to-back knockouts.

“Alexander Volkanovki’s been the world champ,” Topuria said. “He’s defended it six or seven times. He’s a pound-for-pound fighter. The most technical guy I’ve fought ever. There’s a reason he’s been a world champion, but I think he needs more time to recover. He fought at the end of the year and got knocked out [by Islam Makhachev]. 

“I knocked him out and if he doesn’t get the time to recover, he’ll get knocked out three times in one year, or something like that. I just want the best for him. I want the best version of Volkanovski.”

Ilia Topuria
Ilia Topuria
Ilia Topuria

UFC, WWE top Forbes’ 2024 list of the most valuable combat sports promotions

UFC, WWE top Forbes' 2024 list of the most valuable combat sports promotionsUltimate Fighting Championship is the most valuable combat sports promotion with its business buddy, World Wrestling Entertainment, sitting comfortably…

UFC, WWE top Forbes' 2024 list of the most valuable combat sports promotions

Ultimate Fighting Championship is the most valuable combat sports promotion with its business buddy, World Wrestling Entertainment, sitting comfortably in the No. 2 spot.

Combat sports are more popular than ever. That was more than evident following Saturday’s massive UFC 300 card in Las Vegas. Even before fight night, the UFC expected recording-breaking numbers at the gate and more than a million pay-per-view purchases.

Following the landmark event, UFC CEO Dana White confirmed that the event had brought in more than $16.5 million in ticket sales, making it the third-best in the company’s 30+ year history.

So it should come as no surprise that the UFC is listed as the most valuable combat sports organization in the world according to Forbes’ list of The Most Valuable Combat Sports Promotions Of 2024 with a whopping $11.3 billion evaluation.

UFC tops Forbes' list

Coming in second place is WWE, the pro wrestling giant received a $6.8 billion evaluation on the heels of WrestleMania 40. The two-night spectacular scored rave reviews from fans and per WWE, the gate for the event was up 78% compared to the previous record set during WrestleMania 39, with 145,298 in attendance across both nights this year.

In 2023, the UFC’s parent company Endeavor purchased WWE and merged the two organizations under one banner, TKO Group Holdings.

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Two of the UFC and WWE’s competitors make forbes’ top five Most Valuable Combat Sports Companies

Rounding out the top five was All Elite Wrestling, the WWE’s top competitor in the world of sports entertainment. Owned by Tony Khan, AEW is worth a reported $2 billion.

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Singapore-based combat sports entity ONE Championship, founded by CEO Chatri Sityodtong is listed at No. 4 with an estimated worth of $1.3 billion.

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Coming in fifth is Matchroom Boxing, a UK-based sporting event promotions company founded by Barry Hearn and run by him and his son Eddie Hearn, valued at $850 million. The three other boxing promotions in the top 10 were Top Rank Boxing ($630 million), Premier Boxing Championship ($600 million) and Golden Boy Promotions ($450 million).

No Foul Play! ‘The Cutman Used A Boxing Technique’

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Yan Xiaonan went through quite the rollercoaster ride in her first career Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title fight.
The co-main event of UFC 300 saw the Strawweigh…


UFC 300: Zhang v Yan
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Yan Xiaonan went through quite the rollercoaster ride in her first career Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title fight.

The co-main event of UFC 300 saw the Strawweight title on the line this past weekend (April 13, 2024). The reigning two-time champion, Zhang Weili, was set to defend for the fourth time overall when tasked with her fellow countrywoman, Yan. Zhang won the China vs. China showdown via a hard-fought unanimous decision, but the majority of the drama came at the end of round one.

After a largely successful opening four minutes for the challenger, Yan fell into a precarious position with the champion on her back in the waning seconds. Zhang locked in a deep rear-naked choke with 10 seconds left and ultimately put Yan to sleep — or as close to it as possible — as the bell sounded. Between rounds, the commentators speculated whether or not the cutman was using smelling salts or something potentially banned to re-awaken Yan in her corner. The top contender has since disputed the notion after the fact, and retired veteran referee, “Big” John McCarthy, has provided clarity on what happened.

“There were no smelling salts used in the Zhang vs. Xiaonan fight,” McCarthy tweeted. “The Commentators thought they saw the Cutman who works for the UFC (not the fighter) putting something under the nose of Yan after saying ‘Do you want me to wake her up??’ The Cutman (Rudy Hernandez) used a technique often seen in boxing where you push at the base of the nose, in and up to create pain. It makes the brain respond to the pressure of the push. Rudy was using his fingers to create the pressure and the gloves he was wearing were black. The commentary mistook the verbal question and the technique used. There was nothing done that broke any rules.”

Yan rallied to the best of her abilities despite the tough end of the opening frame. Surviving more danger in round two after a pummeling of strikes on the ground, Yan won round three on all judges’ scorecards. Ultimately, the wrestling of Zhang was too much to overcome in the championship rounds for the challenger.


For complete UFC 300 results and LIVE play-by-play click HERE.

Sean Strickland vows to make ‘dirty Brazilian’ Paulo Costa bleed in anticipated UFC 302 fight

Sean Strickland vows to make 'dirty Brazilian' Paulo Costa bleed in anticipated UFC 302 fightSean Strickland is going to make Paulo Costa bleed. On Saturday, June 1, Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the…

Sean Strickland vows to make 'dirty Brazilian' Paulo Costa bleed in anticipated UFC 302 fight

Sean Strickland is going to make Paulo Costa bleed.

On Saturday, June 1, Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey for a stacked night of fights headlined by a lightweight title clash between reigning champion Islam Makhachev and No. 4 ranked contender Dustin Poirier.

Also scheduled to go down that night is a high-stakes middleweight showdown between former titleholder Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa.

Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa

Initially, Costa claimed that Strickland had turned down the proposed fight which prompted ‘Tarzan’ to clarify that he didn’t turn down the fight — he turned down the UFC’s lowball offer to fight on seven weeks’ notice. That has since been resolved, resulting in the bout being officially announced by Dana White during the UFC 300 post-fight press conference.

Sean Strickland

Gearing up for their summertime scrap, Strickland sent his opponent a message on Instagram in an unsurprisingly Strickland-esque way.

“You know, you guys, I like Costa.  He’s a funny guy.  He makes me laugh.  He’s pro-free speech.  I like that guy,” Strickland said in a video.  “But I’m going to make that dirty Brazilian bleed.  I’m going to do it for Brazil because Brazil doesn’t even like Costa.  So, hey, Brazil, this is for you guys.  Let’s get it done.”

Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa Looking to get back in the win column

UFC 302 will be Sean Strickland’s first fight since surrendering the 185-pound crown to current champ Dricus Du Plessis.

Sean Strickland vs. DDP

‘Tarzan’ lobbied hard for an immediate rematch with ‘Stillknocks,’ but with the promotion intent on booking DDP’s first title defense against two-time titleholder Israel Adesanya, Strickland will have to fight down in the rankings before bagging another shot at UFC gold.

Competing for the first time in a year and a half, Costa returned at UFC 288 for a fight with Robert Whittaker. ‘The Eraser’ came up short, suffering a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of ‘The Reaper.’

Paulo Costa vs. Robert Whittaker

Rejected! Jiri Prochazka declines Jamahal Hill’s post-UFC 300 callout: ‘I’d like to fight for the title’

MixCollage 18 Apr 2024 03 51 PM 8541Jiri Prochazka has no interest in a fight with Jamahal Hill. Following his big win over Aleksandar Rakic at…

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Jiri Prochazka has no interest in a fight with Jamahal Hill.

Following his big win over Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 300, Prochazka moved into the No. 1 spot in the light heavyweight rankings — though Jamahal Hill deserves some of the credit for that. ‘Sweet Dreams’ was the division’s top-ranked-contender before suffering a brutal first-round knockout at the hands of reigning 205-pound king Alex Pereira in the landmark event’s headliner.

Alex Pereira KOs Jamahal Hill

Since then, Hill laid down a proposal to Jiri Prochazka, challenging the Czech to a fight for the right to rematch ‘Poatan’ later this year.

Jamahal Hill challenges Jiri Prochazka

Responding to the former champ’s request during an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Prochazka declined the offer. Instead, ‘BJP’ would prefer to jump right into the Octagon with Pereira — even if it means riding into enemy territory on two weeks’ notice.

“I like to fight for the title,” Prochazka said. “Especially after the decision in New York. The fact I won the fight last Saturday, that’s the only thing I feel right now. That’s what my management is working on. I am [confident]. As soon as possible. If that will be for the title with Alex, I am open to take the date in Brazil, like in two weeks. If there will be another date, let’s see.”

Jiri Prochazka may have to get in line behind Magomed Ankalaev

Prochazka came up short against Alex Pereira in their inaugural meeting in November at MSG for the vacant light heavyweight title. With the win over Rakic, ‘BJP’ certainly has a case for the rematch, but he may have to get in line as Russian standout Magomed Ankalaev appears to be the defacto next man in line for the Brazilian powerhouse.

Magomed Ankalaev

Ankalaev is currently sitting on a 10-fight win streak, with knockouts against Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith and Johnny Walker. In between those two performances came a split draw against ex-titleholder Jan Blachowicz at UFC 282.

With things a bit cluttered at the top of the light heavyweight division, Pereira’s next opponent is not exactly clear. Perhaps Dana White and Co. can work that out while ‘Poatan’ makes a pit stop to bag a third UFC title?