Ferguson Warns Fighters Hoping To Use Him As A Stepping Stone

UFC veteran Tony Ferguson has sent a warning to up-and-coming fighters who are hoping to use his name as a stepping stone. At the Arizona-held UFC 274 pay-per-view earlier this month, Ferguson’s losing skid was extended in perhaps the most devastating way imaginable. Having lost consecutively to Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Beneil Dariush, “El…

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UFC veteran Tony Ferguson has sent a warning to up-and-coming fighters who are hoping to use his name as a stepping stone.

At the Arizona-held UFC 274 pay-per-view earlier this month, Ferguson’s losing skid was extended in perhaps the most devastating way imaginable. Having lost consecutively to Justin Gaethje, Charles Oliveira, and Beneil Dariush, “El Cucuy” had hoped to bounce back to contention against 2021 title challenger Michael Chandler.

Despite an impressive opening round, which even saw Ferguson record a knockdown, the former interim titleholder quickly found himself unconscious on the ground with a victorious Chandler doing flips.

How did we get there? A brutal Anderson Silva-esque front kick to the face.

But while the vicious fashion of the defeat has left many pondering Ferguson’s future inside the Octagon, with some even calling for his retirement, the man himself has claimed that he’s far from done.

And if his UFC peers see differently, he’s promised to give them a stark and “dangerous” reminder.

Ferguson: I’m A Dangerous Stone To Step On

During a recent appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Ferguson looked back on his latest setback and assessed what his future on MMA’s biggest stage looks like.

After reiterating his desire to return to contention in the UFC, Ferguson acknowledged that some fighters will be looking at his declining form, hoping to capitalize and use him as a stepping stone. According to “El Cucuy,” anyone following that belief is sorely mistaken.

“I would like to see myself back in the picture,” said Ferguson. “Obviously, I wanna fight this year. My dad asked me, ‘Who’s next?’ Obviously, there’s gonna be a lot of people who are gonna want to step up, and look at me like a stepping block, but that’s a dangerous block to be stepping on. When I have all my attention towards something, I have my full hunger — you saw it in the first round (versus Chandler).

“If I hadn’t sparred for about three to five years, imagine what I can do if I do spar, if I still add those new tools to my toolbox,” added Ferguson. “That’s a dangerous individual, and I don’t think I’m gonna be too easy for anybody to be able to finish, one, or two, be able to win (against) anymore.”

Since his fourth straight defeat, Ferguson has been extremely active on social media and is seemingly more motivated than ever to rebound in the cage. We’ll see if he can bounce back when he returns to action, potentially later this year.

Who do you think Tony Ferguson should face next?

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UFC Vegas 55 Betting Preview

UFC Vegas 55In the last event before the promotion takes a week off ahead of its stacked summer schedule, Holly Holm takes on Ketlen Viera in the headline fight of UFC Vegas 55 in the Apex Arena. Both women will be hoping to solidify their status as the No.1 contender at 135lbs with a big win at […]

UFC Vegas 55

In the last event before the promotion takes a week off ahead of its stacked summer schedule, Holly Holm takes on Ketlen Viera in the headline fight of UFC Vegas 55 in the Apex Arena.

Both women will be hoping to solidify their status as the No.1 contender at 135lbs with a big win at this event. Also featured on UFC Vegas 55 is an electric co-main event between two welterweight action fighters. Michel Pereira and Santiago Ponzinibbio square off in a bout that will establish the victor as a top player in the 170lb rankings.

Fan favorites Chase Hooper, Uros Medic, Vince Morales, and Parker Porter all also feature on this card. Join LowKickMMA as we preview, predict, and hopefully win some money betting on UFC Vegas 55.

Holly Holm vs. Ketlen Viera

Former champion Holly Holm will face off against Ketlen Viera in the five-round main event of UFC Vegas 55. Holm is a true veteran of the game at this point, and has developed a round-winning style that repeatedly sees her pick-up wins against all but the very best. Ketlen Viera is a physical force at 135lbs, and has often been able to dominate her opponents.

However, whilst Viera may have moments of success, it is hard to bet against Holm in fights like this. She will consistently rack points with her in and out striking, and her takedown defense is surprisingly solid, to the point where it’s fair to presume she will frustrate much of Viera’s attempts to take the fight to the ground.

Holm can be bet at her ML, which Betway have priced at 1.40. However, her decision prop at 1.83 is equally appealing.

Chidi Njokuani vs. Dusko Todorovic

In this UFC Vegas 55 main card bout, experienced striker Chidi Njokuani takes on Dusko Todorovic. We will be taking Njokuani in this fight, on account of Todorovic’s tendency to lunge into exchanges with little to no head movement, whilst his chin remains high in the air. Njokuani hits extremely hard, and will be sure to look for the counter.

Todorovic may have some success if he can bring the fight to the ground, but he will have to weather a storm to get there. We’re betting that his chin will not hold up.

Njokuani’s ML is priced at 1.44, whilst his KO prop can be found at 1.95.

Jonathan Martinez vs. Vince Morales

One of the hidden gems of UFC Vegas 55 is buried in the preliminary card. The fight in question is the bantamweight scrap between Jonathan Martinez and Vince Morales. Both men are high-level strikers who love to let their fights play out on the feet. Morales is more of a boxer, whilst Martinez’s style is more akin to that of a traditional kickboxer.

We will take Martinez to win this one, on account of his wider arsenal of striking options on the feet. Most notably are his leg kicks, which Morales has been susceptible to in the past. We expect Martinez to fight a war of attrition, cutting down Morales’ base, whilst simultaneously utilizing high kicks and step-in knees. Look for ‘The Dragon’ to win either by decision or a late KO.

Betway places Martinez’s ML at 1.44.

Do you agree with our bets for UFC Vegas 55?

Eagle FC 47 Results & Highlights: dos Santos Loses Via Dislocated Shoulder

Eagle FC 47: Dos Santos vs. De Castro took place live tonight (May 20, 2022) from the FLX Arena in Miami, Florida, and MMA News has the results and highlights for you right here! The main event of tonight’s card featured former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos taking on another ex-UFC veteran Yorgan De…

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Eagle FC 47: Dos Santos vs. De Castro took place live tonight (May 20, 2022) from the FLX Arena in Miami, Florida, and MMA News has the results and highlights for you right here!

The main event of tonight’s card featured former UFC heavyweight champion Junior dos Santos taking on another ex-UFC veteran Yorgan De Castro. The co-main event featured two more familiar faces to MMA fans as Hector Lombard battled Thiago Silva.

You can view all the highlights from tonight’s card below followed by the quick results.

Yorgan De Castro def. Junior dos Santos

Eagle FC 47 Quick Results

  • Yorgan De Castro def. Junior Dos Santos via TKO (injury/doctor’s stoppage): R3, 0:35
  • Hector Lombard vs. Thiago Silva ends in no contest (accidental foul) R2, 1:44
  • Maki Pitolo def. Doug Usher via knockout (punches): R1, 0:30
  • Andrew Sanchez def. Gabriel Checco via unanimous decision (30-27×3)
  • Akhmed Aliev def. Darrell Horcher via knockout (punches): R1, 0:30
  • Islam Mamedov def. Zach Zane via submission (rear-naked choke): R1, 1:50
  • Ronny Markes def. Reggie Pena via submission (knee injury): R2, 1:21
  • Roosevelt Roberts def. Alexandre Almeida via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28×2)
  • Paulo Silva def. Sean Soriano via split decision (28-29, 29-28×2)
  • Adi Alic def. Shawn Bunch via unanimous decision (29-28×3)
  • Dylan Mantello def. Dennis Hughes via TKO (doctor’s stoppage): R2, 5:00

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Khabib Dismisses Oliveira Comparisons: ‘No One Touched Me’

Former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t believe that Charles Oliveira has any business being in the same conversation as him. In 2017, it would have been hard to believe that Oliveira, who boasted an underwhelming 10-8-1 UFC record at the time, would be brought up in divisional GOAT discussions just five years later. But…

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Former UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib Nurmagomedov doesn’t believe that Charles Oliveira has any business being in the same conversation as him.

In 2017, it would have been hard to believe that Oliveira, who boasted an underwhelming 10-8-1 UFC record at the time, would be brought up in divisional GOAT discussions just five years later. But 11 consecutive wins down the line, and that’s exactly where “Do Bronx” finds himself.

After securing a shot at gold with victories over Kevin Lee and Tony Ferguson, Oliveira provided a memorable crowning when he came from behind to TKO Michael Chandler last May. From there, he upset the odds against Dustin Poirier before emphatically submitting Justin Gaethje in one round earlier this month.

While he may have lost the belt due to a weight miss at UFC 274, Oliveira’s resurgence, form, and talent is undeniable. But not everyone is majorly impressed.

During an interview with ESPN MMA’s Brett Okamoto, UFC legend Khabib noted that Oliveira has been consistently knocked down by strikes in his recent outings.

“He impressed me, little bit. But, every fight he go down,” reminded Khabib. “This is a little bit bad for him. Every fight he go down, couple times. Last fight, it was how many times? Two, three times knocked down? (Against) Michael Chandler, Dustin Poirier, with Justin Gaethje; he always go down. This is like, little bit (of a) question.”

Citing that as evidence, Khabib practically laughed off those who compare Oliveira with his own legacy forged prior to his retirement.

Khabib On Oliveira Comparisons: “Come On…”

Khabib, widely regarded as one of the leading contenders in the overall GOAT debate, hung up his gloves following his 2020 submission victory over Gaethje. Prior to that, “The Eagle” had defended the lightweight gold against Poirier and former two-division champion Conor McGregor.

Having not only retired with an unblemished 29-0 record, but also with little to no damage, Khabib doesn’t understand the logic behind comparisons with Oliveira, who has fallen to defeat eight times inside the Octagon.

“Nobody ever touched my face, and all the time he go down. People can not compare me versus Charles Oliveira,” asserted Khabib. “He tap in UFC eight times, please, come on. When he (lost to) Jim Miller, Anthony Pettis, Holloway, Felder, it was Charles Oliveira; it was not Khabib.

“If you wanna deserve a name like the greatest lightweight, he have to beat Islam (Makhachev), Beneil (Dariush), couple more guys. Then we can talk,” added Khabib. “He has to be professional, make weight when he has championship belt.”

Nevertheless, Khabib did acknowledge that Oliveira’s ability to turn his career around has been impressive. But while that may be the case, the Dagestani believes that “Do Bronx” has a lot to do before entering the GOAT conversation, including registering a victory over his protégé, Islam Makhachev.

“What he’s doing is very impressive. This is very impressive, how he come back from so many losses, and now he has good ground (game), he has good striking game, knees, elbows, kicks. He looks good,” admitted Khabib. “That’s why I want to see him versus Islam. This is big test for both of them.”

If former champ-champ Daniel Cormier is believed, perhaps Oliveira will be able to prove his superiority over Khabib inside the cage. “DC” recently suggested that the Brazilian could lure “The Eagle” out of retirement by adding a defeat to the record of Makhachev.

How would you compare the legacies of Khabib Nurmagomedov and Charles Oliveira?

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Amanda Nunes Says Harrison’s Words Influenced Decision To Leave ATT

Former UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has provided more context for why she decided to leave her longtime gym American Top Team (ATT). Nunes left ATT following her loss to Julianna Peña at UFC 269 last December. She hinted at a desire to have her own private space for training as being a significant reason…

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Former UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has provided more context for why she decided to leave her longtime gym American Top Team (ATT).

Nunes left ATT following her loss to Julianna Peña at UFC 269 last December. She hinted at a desire to have her own private space for training as being a significant reason for her choosing to part ways with the gym.

But Nunes has recently opened up more about her leave, specifically pointing to multiple-time PFL champion Kayla Harrison.

During a recent interview with MMA Fighting’s Trocacao Franca podcast, Nunes explained how additions to ATT such as Harrison and UFC fighter Yana Kunitskaya changed her perception of the gym.

“There’s that saying, like it or lump it. I was bothered by the whole situation, of course,” Nunes said. “There were no girls when I got to American Top Team. I was the first woman to bring two belts and put the women’s team in history. When Kayla got there and then Kunitskaya, it began creating a weird situation for me because that was my territory.

“And then Kayla started talking. I was kind of, ‘Man, I’m not safe even in my territory.’ I was kind of cornered, even because we share the same coaches. She trains with Mike Brown and I train with Mike Brown. I was already training with them when she got there.

“If there’s someone that carries the name of the team, that’s me, who brought two belts (to ATT). If I wasn’t who I really am, a champion in two divisions, cool, no problem. But I was the champion already. She would have to train somewhere else to fight me.” (h/t BJ Penn)

Harrison re-signed with the PFL despite talks with the UFC and Bellator during her free agency. She most recently alluded that wins over Nunes and Bellator champion Cris Cyborg would cement her status as the greatest female fighter.

Nunes is coaching the current season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite Pena and the two bantamweights will face off in a rematch later this year. With Harrison re-joining the PFL for at least this season, talks of a fight with Nunes seem to be on hold for now, but Nunes has still felt the impact of Harrison’s rise at ATT.

What are your thoughts on Amanda Nunes’ comments about her ATT exit?

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EXCLUSIVE: Jairzinho Rozenstruik Previews Fight With Alexander Volkov, Talks Aspinall vs. Blaydes & Jon Jones-Stipe Miocic Title Fight

Jairzinho RozenstruikUFC heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik will headline UFC Fight Night 207 against Alexander Volkov this June 4. In an interview with LowKick MMA, Rozenstruik shared his thoughts on his upcoming match against Volkov. ‘Bigi Boy’ believes the fight will mostly be on the feet and any error in the cage will lead to a quick finish. […]

Jairzinho Rozenstruik

UFC heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik will headline UFC Fight Night 207 against Alexander Volkov this June 4.

In an interview with LowKick MMA, Rozenstruik shared his thoughts on his upcoming match against Volkov. ‘Bigi Boy’ believes the fight will mostly be on the feet and any error in the cage will lead to a quick finish.

“I think it can be a stand-up fight because he’s also a striker. I know he has some jiu-jitsu but mostly I think is going to be stand-up. Yeah, we’re going to see how it plays out. Of course, I’m looking for a win,” Rozenstruik continued, “When I see him, I’ll be there. He’s a big guy, he’s a big tree so I’ll be more moving, finding my angles and try to land what I can land and then see how he reacts. But I would say any error, any mistakes you’re out”

James Lynch probed the Surinamese fighter about Tom Aspinall’s recent win over Volkov and whether he was surprised about that.

“Actually I think it was expectable that Tom is good but I didn’t expect it to be so early in the match. So, I was surprised about that.”

The knockout artist gave props to Aspinall and speculated what might have led to Volkov’s loss. “I think maybe he’s (Aspinall) that excellent,” Rozenstruik added. “It’s the moment, it’s the time you had the fight, you don’t know what happened. Anything can happen.”

Jairzinho Rozenstruik on Aspinall v. Blaydes

Coming off a loss to Curtis Blaydes, Jairzinho Rozenstruik will fight against an opponent who was defeated by Blaydes’s next adversary, Aspinall. With the top and rising heavyweights being matched up against each other, Rozenstruik is excited to see how things play out.

“I think it’s a pretty good matchup. I know those fights are going to come, same as the fight with Ciryl Gane and Tuivasa. The whole heavyweight division is kinda booked so it’s going to be awesome after all these fights so we know where we stand and who we going to face after this.”

The 34-year-old does not seem to be concerned with who wins the contest and is ready to take on whoever comes out on top.

“I don’t really care who wins. For me, the most important thing is who I’m going to face after this. If it’s going to be him or Blaydes or somebody else. I hope it play out good for them and then I face one of them after.”

Jairzinho Rozenstruik on Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic

When Jon Jones announced his move to heavyweight over two years ago, fans were excited to see the greatest mixed martial artist compete against the big boys. There have been strong indications suggesting Jones will take on the greatest heavyweight of all-time in the UFC, Stipe Miocic, in his debut fight in the division.

While Jairzinho Rozenstruik believes the fight makes sense for the fans, he shared his discontent with the possibility of it being for the interim UFC heavyweight title.

“I definitely think it’s the fight to make for the fans,” he said. “But I disagree with him coming in and fighting for the title because we’ve been there running the division. He doesn’t, he was on the side sitting and saying he’s coming to heavyweight. At first, I was motivated that he’s coming to heavyweight, it can be a possible fight. It takes so long, what two years, two years and a half. So I kinda disagree with that that he wasn’t fighting doing anything and he jumped right in for the title.”

Do you want to see Jairzinho Rozenstruik take on Jon Jones in the future?