Al Iaquinta Vows Not to “Melt” Like Alex Hernandez against Cerrone

Al Iaquinta will face Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC Ottawa on Saturday, May 4 from the Canadian Tire Centre in a fight which will surely inch the winner of the bout closer to title contention. This will be a welcome change for Cowboy…

Al Iaquinta will face Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone in the main event of UFC Ottawa on Saturday, May 4 from the Canadian Tire Centre in a fight which will surely inch the winner of the bout closer to title contention. This will be a welcome change for Cowboy, who fought a ranked yet still very much […]

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Silva Open To UFC Title Run, But Content Doing ‘Something Special For The Fans’

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is always on the look out for another shot at UFC gold, but the legendary Brazilian fighter isn’t holding his breath here in 2019.
Silva, 44, only has a few fights left on his current UFC con…

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is always on the look out for another shot at UFC gold, but the legendary Brazilian fighter isn’t holding his breath here in 2019.

Silva, 44, only has a few fights left on his current UFC contract. He intends to finish out each and every one of them, starting with a showdown opposite Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 this May in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

If his remaining fights result in a middleweight title shot then “Spider” will be happy to oblige. But at this point in his career, Silva is content to simply compete and put his heart on the line every time he steps inside of the cage.

“I never put something in my mind like, ‘Oh I need to fight again for the belt,’” Silva told reporters earlier this week ahead to UFC 237 (h/t MMA Junkie). “No. That’s a part in my life I passed. But I continue to fight. But I don’t know – maybe I have a new opportunity to fight for the belt. I don’t know.

“But I’m not putting my whole energy like, ‘Oh, I need to get back to fight for the title.’ No. That’s the (second) point for me, the first point is just continue to fight, continue to put my heart in the sport, then maybe I have a chance to fight for the belt again.”

Silva, who is still widely regarded as one of the best fighters of all time, is coming off an impressive performance against Israel Adesanya back at UFC 234 this past February. The Brazilian legend may have lost a decision to Adesanya, who has since gone on to defeat Kelvin Gastelum to win the interim UFC middleweight title, but Silva looked damn good considering the matchup and difference in age with “Last Stylebender.”

While most fighters would try to parlay a performance like Silva’s into another shot at a top contender, “Spider” isn’t looking to pick his shots en route to a title shot. He’s simply trying to provide everlasting memories for fight fans everywhere.

“Everybody talk about ‘fight this guy or this guy,’ but for me I think it’s more important you make something special for the fans,” Silva said. “In my opinion and my position now I’m trying to do something very special for my fans. When I fight Israel (Adesanya) everybody talk about, ‘Why you fight him? Why you take the fight?’ Because it’s a good challenge for myself, for my mind.”

When asked how many fights he has left on his current UFC contract, Silva couldn’t give an exact answer although he believes it’s three or four. Regardless, “Spider” is eager to make every single one of them count, whether we all like it or not.

“I feel good – I intend to do all of them,” Silva said with a laugh. “For the joy of some and sadness of others, I intend to keep bothering people.”

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Bellator 220 – Jon Fitch is having fun again: ‘Somewhere along the way I lost it’

Our own Shakiel ‘Shak’ Mahjouri recently interviewed Welterweight Jon Fitch ahead of his Bellator 220 headliner bout against Rory MacDonald, from San Jose, CA on April 27th, 2019. Our own Shakiel “Shak” Mahjouri recently interviewed Welter…

Our own Shakiel ‘Shak’ Mahjouri recently interviewed Welterweight Jon Fitch ahead of his Bellator 220 headliner bout against Rory MacDonald, from San Jose, CA on April 27th, 2019.

Our own Shakiel “Shak” Mahjouri recently interviewed Welterweight fighter, Jon Fitch, ahead of his upcoming performance headlining the Bellator 220 event against Rory MacDonald, from San Jose, California, USA in April 27, 2019.

Jon is heading into this bout with a 31-7-1 record and a five-fight winning streak. While visiting with Shak, Jon touches on Leslie Smith’s dealings with the UFC, how personal problems derailed his early career post-UFC, the possibility of a quick-turnaround vs. Neiman Gracie in June and using yellow cards in MMA, and much more..

Discussion Points:

  • 1:00 – Jon Fitch’s livestreams
  • 1:45 – How the idea of “self-improvement” has changed
  • 4:50 – MMAFA vs. Project Spearhead
  • 11:03 – Fighting Georges St-Pierre and Rory MacDonald
  • 11:55 – Jon Fitch on being overlooked
  • 13:30 – How personal problems derailed Fitch
  • 15:50 – Change in mentality over the years
  • 16:18 – Possibly fighting Neiman Gracie in June
  • 16:55 – Yellow cards in MMA

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Report: Till arrested for allegedly trashing hotel, stealing taxi

A top UFC welterweight reportedly had a recent run-in with the law. Darren Till was arrested Thursday in Tenerife, Spain for allegedly trashing a hotel room and stealing a taxi, according to Spanish outlet ElDia.es.
The UFC welterweight co…

A top UFC welterweight reportedly had a recent run-in with the law.

Darren Till was arrested Thursday in Tenerife, Spain for allegedly trashing a hotel room and stealing a taxi, according to Spanish outlet ElDia.es.

The UFC welterweight contender and four other Brits allegedly damaged furniture and emptied fire extinguishers at a hotel in Costa Adeje. After being kicked out, the group travelled to a different hotel but was denied a room, according to the report.

A taxi was called to pick the group up, per the report, but Till and one other person allegedly got into the vehicle while the driver was loading the trunk with their luggage and drove off.

Till, 26, and the others were arrested in nearby La Caleta after the National Police intercepted the vehicle, per the report.

Bloody Elbow was unable to reach police Sunday in attempt to confirm the report of Till’s arrest.

Till has lost two straight in the Octagon. The Liverpool native challenged Tyron Woodley for the 170-pound title last September at UFC 228, but fell via second-round submission. In his last bout, he was knocked out by Jorge Masvidal.

Anthony Joshua Fires Jab At Jarrell Miller After Positive Test For EPO

Anthony Joshua fired a jab at his now-former opponent Jarrell Miller following news of the latter’s latest failed drug test for HGH and EPO. Miller was set to challenge Joshua for his heavyweight titles at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1. However, he failed a drug test earlier this week for the banned […]

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Anthony Joshua fired a jab at his now-former opponent Jarrell Miller following news of the latter’s latest failed drug test for HGH and EPO.

Miller was set to challenge Joshua for his heavyweight titles at New York’s Madison Square Garden on June 1. However, he failed a drug test earlier this week for the banned substance GW1516.

“Big Baby” would subsequently fail further drug tests for human growth hormone (HGH) and most recently, GW1516 again and Erythropoietin (EPO) on Friday.

EPO notably increases the oxygen-carrying capacity of blood, which would increase a fighter’s endurance and conditioning. “AJ” would make a reference to that with a tweet over the weekend.

Hearn Enraged At Miller

Both Joshua and Miller are promoted by Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn, who was notably angry with the latter.

Miller first claimed innocence following the first failed test, stating he had never knowingly taken any banned substance. However, after the news of the third failed drug test, the American admitted his guilt in an Instagram post:

Hearn expanded on his anger at Miller as a result:

“This is one of the reasons I’m so enraged,” Hearn told iFL TV (via The Express). “Because I wanted to believe him. I’ve spent time with Jarrell Miller, I like the guy. I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. And when he text me the other day ‘I swear I’ve never taken anything, this is bullshit’, I was going to reply. But I thought: ‘You know what, I’m not going to say anything because I actually want to believe you.’

“This comes out, and I thought: ‘Fool me once, never fool me twice.’ Because that is how I feel. He was saying it was sabotage, ‘I swear on kids’ lives’ – f**k off. People lie every day. But to do that in a fight – this is a fight! It’s dangerous enough as it is.”

Meanwhile, Joshua and his team are still scrambling for a short-notice opponent for his U.S. debut. The opponent is expected to be announced next week and looks likely to be former cruiserweight title challenger Michael Hunter.

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Israel Adesanya Hopes He Gets ‘Salty’ Paulo Costa Before USADA Does

It’s safe to say newly-minted interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has taken the mixed martial arts (MMA) world by storm since his UFC debut in February 2018. ‘The Last Stylebender’ has won an incredible six straight fights in that time, an almost unheard of number in such a short span in today’s UFC. The […]

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It’s safe to say newly-minted interim UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has taken the mixed martial arts (MMA) world by storm since his UFC debut in February 2018.

‘The Last Stylebender’ has won an incredible six straight fights in that time, an almost unheard of number in such a short span in today’s UFC. The run was culminated by his thrilling decision win over Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of last weekend’s UFC 236 from Atlanta, Georgia.

After the win, Adesanya largely gained the praises of the collective MMA world. However, there were two high-profile names who weren’t impressed with ‘The Last Stylebender.’ One, of course, was UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who continued his social media beef with Adesanya before abruptly calling it off.

The other was middleweight contender Paulo Costa, who called out Adesanya for being a ‘fake champ.’

“Really this is the interim (fake) champ? Hahah. No doubt this weight division has already been better than this (expletive). Enjoy this while you can man, I really hope that you take the real belt one day to meet me. Note: And I’m not the Gastelum.”

Adesanya Fires Back At Costa

During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour, Adesanya had a heated response for Costa’s callout. He noted that the hulking Brazilian only wished he was a so-called ‘fake champ’ like him:

“Fake champ? Does he have belt?. He wishes he was a fake champion as well” Adesanya laughed. “Didn’t he get popped for something recently? Like Açaí in the stomach or something? I just want to get him before USADA gets him and eventually, if he climbs up the ranks like he thinks he will, then eventually we’ll see each other. Gastelum is a tough guy and he got touched up by Uriah. Did you see his face after the Uriah fight? He got touched up.”

“But, hey, even Chris Weidman gave me props. He gave me props when it was due. So, a guy like [Costa] is salty. He’s salty because I’m the one getting the shine so they’re trying to steal my shine and I’m like ‘f*ck no.’”

Bring On The Haters

Overall, Adesanya knows that with great success, there will always be haters. He boldly compared his situation to that of one Jesus Christ:

“If you ain’t got haters then you ain’t doing it right,” Adesanya said. “Before me, there was Jesus. I’m not saying I’m even close, I’m just saying no matter who you are you’re going to have haters. I just welcome it now.”

As for Costa, he’s been embroiled in a strange situation with the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) that has left him unable to fight due to a stomach medication issue. He’s been out of action since facing Uriah Hall last July as a result. ‘Borrachinha’ has long been linked to a fight with Yoel Romero, but it has yet to materialize at this point.

Adesanya, meanwhile, will move on to a huge title unification fight with undisputed middleweight champ Robert Whittaker later this year.

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