Khabib’s Cousin, Usman Nurmagomedov Arrested For Hit & Run On Cop

Usman Nurmagomedov has found himself in some hot water in Moscow.

Usman, cousin to former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, fights under the Bellator banner, where he is an undefeated 14-0 lightweight contender. Of course, having the last name that…

Usman Nurmagomedov

Usman Nurmagomedov has found himself in some hot water in Moscow.

Usman, cousin to former UFC champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, fights under the Bellator banner, where he is an undefeated 14-0 lightweight contender. Of course, having the last name that he does, he has drawn serious attention in every fight, with his most recent bout being a rear-naked choke victory over Patrik Pietilä, at last month’s Bellator 269.

However, it seems that he will be having a hard time competing again in the immediate future following an incident in Moscow. According to a police statement obtained by Russian outlet VT and translated by The Sun, Nurmagomedov was apprehended by law enforcement following a situation that saw him and another individual involved in a hit-and-run with a police officer at an airport.

“The Department of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for Kaspiysk is looking for Kamal Khabibovich Idrisov, 10/29/1998, and Osman Magomednabievich Nurmagomedov, 04/17/1998, who hit a police officer at the airport checkpoint in a Toyota Camry,” the statement reads.

“The abovementioned persons flew to the Sheremetyevo airport – the source of RIA Novosti quoted a police orientation. They are suspected of having run over a police officer at the Airport checkpoint by car. Citizens were taken to the duty unit of the line unit. The issue of detention and placement in a temporary detention facility is being resolved.”

While the initial statement says that authorities were still seeking out Usman Nurmagomedov and Kamal Idrisov, it seems that this issue was resolved. The lightweight prospect posted to his Instagram Stories shortly after news broke of this situation, apparently saying that all is well.

“I don’t know who writes what,” Nurmagomedov wrote (translated via Google). “Please calm down already ?”

At the time of writing, this is really all that is known from this situation with Usman Nurmagomedov. There has been no statement from Bellator regarding the matter.

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Fedor Emelianenko Open To Boxing Match With Roy Jones Jr.: ‘It Would Be An Honor For Me’

Fedor EmelianenkoFormer Pride FC heavyweight champion and Grand Prix victor, Fedor Emelianenko has revealed he would be open to fighting former professional boxing champion, Roy Jones Jr. in the future — in a future boxing match. Emelianenko, revered as arguably the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artist of all time, lodged his second consecutive victory last month […]

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Former Pride FC heavyweight champion and Grand Prix victor, Fedor Emelianenko has revealed he would be open to fighting former professional boxing champion, Roy Jones Jr. in the future — in a future boxing match.

Emelianenko, revered as arguably the greatest heavyweight mixed martial artist of all time, lodged his second consecutive victory last month in the main event of Bellator 269 in his native Russian homecoming — stopping former interim heavyweight title chaser, Timothy Johnson with a patented first round knockout with just over a minute and a half elapsed in the first round. 

The veteran Russian earned the #3 rank in the heavyweight division with his first round knockout victory — which followed a prior, one-sided first round knockout victory over former UFC light heavyweight titleholder, Quinton Jackson. 

Fedor Emelianenko believes a future exhibition fight with Roy Jones Jr. is possible

At the time of publication, the 45-year-old has yet to book his next professional bout, however, the next walk under the Bellator banner is likely to be his final in the sport, and it could come in a heavyweight title fight.
Nevertheless, Emelianenko has expressed an interest in potentially matching with the aforenoted former four-weight professional boxing champion, Jones Jr.

I have great respect for him [Roy Jones Jr.] as an athlete, a person, like a legend,” Fedor Emelianenko told Russian outlet TASS. “He is one of the most outstanding boxer in the world of all time. Of course, it would be a great honor for me to perform in such a fight. I am interested in such fights. There are a few things we need to do — we need a promotion that is ready to organize such a fight. We also need to discuss the terms.

Emelianenko hinted that an exhibition bout between the two would be the more likely avenue to a showdown with Jones Jr. — but maintains the former middleweight, supper-middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight champion would still prove incredibly dangerous even on exhibition terms.

We probably will not fully commit to strikes,” Fedor Emelianenko said. “But even without committing to punches, Roy [Jones Jr.] can show everything he is capable of. Hopefully, I won’t pale in comparison.

We now have the wind blowing in different directions,” Fedor Emelianenko said. “I think that this fight will be interesting for many. But there are many pitfalls, including many people who will take it negatively.” (Transcribed by Bloody Elbow)

Bellator 270 Results: Queally vs. Pitbull 2

Bellator 270LowKick MMA will be bringing you Bellator 270: Queally vs. Pitbull 2 results throughout the night (Sat. 30th. October 2021) live from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland. Taking main event status on the promotion’s return to Dublin — the vacant lightweight title is up for grabs between Peter ‘The Showstopper’ Queally and division veteran, Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire — […]

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LowKick MMA will be bringing you Bellator 270: Queally vs. Pitbull 2 results throughout the night (Sat. 30th. October 2021) live from the 3Arena in Dublin, Ireland.

Taking main event status on the promotion’s return to Dublin — the vacant lightweight title is up for grabs between Peter ‘The Showstopper’ Queally and division veteran, Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire — as the pair rematch following a May matchup earlier this year.

Initially matching up at Bellator 258, Waterford native, Queally managed to score an eventual second round TKO victory due to a doctor’s stoppage at the end of the frame, after he opened up a significant laceration on the hairline of Pitbull via a series of slashing elbows from the bottom.

The win came as Queally’s second straight under the promotion’s banner following an impressive rallying effort against common-foe, Ryan Scope back at the 3Arena in September of 2019.

For Brazilian veteran, Pitbull, the loss came as his second consecutively following a unanimous decision loss to Tofiq Musayev under the Rizin FF banner back in December 2019.

In the night’s co-headliner, a pivotal bantamweight matchup between streaking grappling standout, James ‘The Strabanimal’ Gallagher and the #3 ranked one-time title challenger, Patchy ‘No Love’ Mix.

Unbeaten in his last four on the bounce, Strabane native, Gallagher most recently headlined Bellator Euro Series 9 in October of last year in Milan, Italy — submitting Cal Ellenor with a first round rear-naked choke.

For New York native, Mix, the one-time bantamweight title challenger returned from his first career loss in May — stopping short-notice replacement, Albert Morales with a third round arm-triangle.

Bellator 270 Results: Queally vs. Pitbull 2

Main Card: (Showtime (US) BBC iPlayer (UK) Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (Ireland) 9 p.m. GMT 5 p.m. ET 2 p.m. PT)

Lightweight: Peter Queally vs. Patricky Pitbull

Bantamweight: James Gallagher vs. Patchy Mix

Lightweight: Daniel Weichel vs. Pedro Carvalho

Featherweight: Ilias Bulaid vs. Georges Sasu

Preliminary Card: (Bellator MMA YouTube channel Showtime (US) BBC iPlayer (UK) Virgin Media Two & Virgin Media Sport (Ireland) 6 p.m. GMT 2 p.m. ET 11 a.m. PT)

Featherweight: Ciaran Clarke vs. Jordan Barton

Lightweight: Daniel Scatizzi vs. Brian Hooi

Heavyweight: Lee Chadwick vs. Arunas Andriuskevicus

Welterweight: Nicolo Solli vs. Bobby Pallett

Strawweight: Danni Neilan vs. Audrey Kerouche

Welterweight: Stephen Costello vs. Yusuf Nazokatov

Heavyweight: Gokhan Saricam vs. Charlie Milner

Diego Sanchez Wants Dillon Danis Fight In Gambred FC

Diego Sanchez is looking for a bare-knuckle fight with Dillon Danis. There could be some unusual matchmaking going on for an upcoming Gambred FC fight card. Former UFC vet, Diego Sanchez is looking to make his bare-knuckle MMA debut and he knows exactly who he wants to fight and where. Sanchez has called out Bellator’s […]

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Diego Sanchez is looking for a bare-knuckle fight with Dillon Danis.

There could be some unusual matchmaking going on for an upcoming Gambred FC fight card. Former UFC vet, Diego Sanchez is looking to make his bare-knuckle MMA debut and he knows exactly who he wants to fight and where. Sanchez has called out Bellator’s Dillon Danis for a future Gambred FC card.

“There’s a guy out there. His name is Dillon Danis and he was on the MMA Hour yesterday, saying how he wants to fight me when he comes back from his injuries,” Sanchez said to Robin Black on Instagram. “So, hey, Jorge, there’s your main event right there buddy. Everybody wants to see Dillon get beat. I’m the legend to do it. Let’s take the gloves off and see if this troll talker really is a fighter.”

Sanchez was released from the UFC back in April. Since then he has not been signed to any promotion. He did have some interest in joining the BKFC and was even close to signing with them. He spent 16 years with the UFC before the release. Even after such a long career, Sanchez isn’t ready to quit, but he may hang up his gloves.

He first began to show interest in Jorge Masvidal’s bare-knuckle organization over the summer, but now has doubled down on it with the Danis callout. Danis was the one who first began the trash talk when he asked for Sanchez in an MMA bout on his recent appearance of The MMA Hour.

Danis himself has not fought since June of 2019. He had two MMA fights in Bellator but has been dealing with injuries every since. He was recently arrested at a bar in New Jersey. Although Danis is now an MMA fighter, he is more widely known for his grappling skills.

Who do you think would win a bare-knuckle MMA bout between these two men?

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John McCarthy Says Cormier Made A “Huge Mistake” After Fedor Comments

“Big” John McCarthy took to his Weighing In podcast to defend Fedor Emelianenko from Daniel Cormier’s recent comments.  Daniel Cormier whipped MMA social media into a frenzy when he claimed that Emelianenko would have been “average at best”  in the UFC. This isn’t a new conversation; it’s been a hot topic of  debate since the […]

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“Big” John McCarthy took to his Weighing In podcast to defend Fedor Emelianenko from Daniel Cormier’s recent comments. 

Daniel Cormier whipped MMA social media into a frenzy when he claimed that Emelianenko would have been “average at best”  in the UFC. This isn’t a new conversation; it’s been a hot topic of  debate since the sambo expert was competing in PRIDE throughout the 2000s. 

McCarthy, who has been around the sport since its inception in America, disagreed with Cormier’s analysis in his most recent podcast. 

“Look, DC is making a huge mistake saying Fedor would have been average. People said that DC was going to be average too, he wasn’t average and Fedor wouldn’t have been average. He was right when he said Fedor would have come in and he would have wrecked Brock Lesnar. He would have wrecked him. Wouldn’t even have been close.”

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Fedor Emelianenko walks away after finishing Frank Mir Image Credit: Bellator MMA

Better Than Average Against UFC Champions

The GOAT debate is as old as sport, but few fighters ignite the conversation like Emelianeko. The Russian heavyweight went undefeated for a decade, but many of his wins were against bottom-tier athletes. And while it’s fair to point out he fought the likes of Zuluzhino and Yuji Nagata, “The Last Emperor” also dispatched a prime Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic, Antonio Rodrigo Noguiera, and multiple former UFC Champions, a fact McCarthy pointed out. 

“Out of 10 fights against UFC champions, heavyweight champions, he was 8-1-1. Yeah, that’s a guy who’s gonna do average [in the UFC]. Stop. You’re just sounding like you’re being a homer for the UFC when there’s no reason for it. You got to give due where due is deserved… He’s fought twice as much as you, dude, and take a look at his record… That will never be average.”

Daniel Cormier, 42, surely had an impressive career of his own that he called an end to last year after being unable to reclaim his heavyweight gold from Stipe Miocic. Emelianenko, on the other hand, has fought way past what many felt was his prime years. After a series of crushing losses, fans and pundits began calling for his retirement. 

Yet, Emelianenko persevered and is currently on a two-fight streak following crushing knockouts of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and more recently, Timothy Johnson at Bellator 269.

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Cormier On Backlash To Fedor Comments: Don’t Make It Anything It Isn’t

Former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier has responded to the backlash he’s received following the comments he made about Fedor Emelianenko ahead of Bellator 269. Cormier caused controversy ahead of Emelianenko’s first fight since 2019 this past weekend. During his new Debate DC show on Vover, the color commentator discussed how “The Last Emperor” would […]

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Former two-division UFC champion Daniel Cormier has responded to the backlash he’s received following the comments he made about Fedor Emelianenko ahead of Bellator 269.

Cormier caused controversy ahead of Emelianenko’s first fight since 2019 this past weekend. During his new Debate DC show on Vover, the color commentator discussed how “The Last Emperor” would have fared against the likes of Junior dos Santos, Brock Lesnar, and Cain Velasquez in the UFC.

Assessing the period between the years 2009 and 2012, “DC” suggested the Russian would have been “average at best” on MMA’s biggest stage, and would have been only managed to reach the division’s top-five or top-seven.

Fedor had been linked with the UFC in 2009. After a signing with the Dana White-led promotion failed to come to fruition, the heavyweight great continued fighting under the banner of Strikeforce, before transitioning to M-1 Global, and now Bellator MMA.

Given Emelianenko’s fanbase and status as one of the greatest mixed martial artists of all time, it’s no surprise that Cormier’s comments weren’t taken well by many in the MMA community, especially considering his suggestion that Fedor’s prior opposition wouldn’t have prepared him for fights against the UFC’s best.

Cormier has now responded to the backlash he’s received across the past few days. In a video uploaded to his YouTube channel, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion defended his comments, reiterating that he’d only discussed a specific time period that came after Fedor’s prime years.

“Guys, let’s just put this out there. I absolutely love Fedor. Let’s not make it anything that it isn’t. Earlier in the week I had this conversation on my show Debate DC… We had a conversation about whether or not Fedor could rule the UFC in the way that he did in Pride (and) all of the other organizations he fought in prior. I said no, but I was very specific in the timeframe. I didn’t say that 2005, four, three, six Fedor couldn’t… I didn’t say that. I said in a window of nine to 12, I didn’t think that he would be as good as he had shown to be prior.

“I don’t understand how this ruffled so many people’s feathers. Because it was proven, in that timeframe, that he wasn’t as effective. It’s that simple. I love Fedor. I watch today if he fights, and I root for him every single time. the guy is a wonder of the world. He’s a guy that doesn’t come around very often.”

Further explaining how he formed the opinion that bothered so many, Cormier suggested a combination of Fedor’s decreasing speed and the increasing all-round nature of the UFC’s heavyweight fighters meant the Russian legend would have struggled. He did, however, clarify that he sees “The Last Emperor” as the greatest heavyweight of all time.

“I pointed to the hand speed starting to slow down at that time (2009 onwards), and just guys becoming much more well-rounded. With all that being said, I still believe Fedor Emelianenko is the greatest heavyweight of all time… I have no issues with the man. I’m talking about a specific window in which I don’t believe, in my opinion, that he would be as effective as he was in the years earlier.”

It’s likely that Fedor’s return this past weekend only added to the negative response Cormier received for the opinion he expressed. Having not fought since a 2019 TKO victory over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Fedor had his 47th fight at Bellator 269 on Saturday.

Fighting in his home country under the promotional banner of Bellator for the first time, Fedor came up against #2-ranked heavyweight Tim Johnson. After just under two minutes of the opening round, the 45-year-old slept Johnson with a brutal combination. Despite talk of a possible retirement heading into his latest outing, it seems unlikely we’ve seen the last of the great Fedor.

Do you agree with Daniel Cormier’s take on how Fedor Emelianenko would have fared in the UFC between 2009 and 2012?

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