Anthony Smith Roasts Jake Paul’s ‘Stupid And Careless’ CTE Comments

Anthony Smith Jake PaulAnthony Smith isn’t buying Jake Paul’s recent claims that he’s already showing signs of CTE heading into his boxing fight with Ben Askren. During his final press conference before the fight with Askren, Paul told members of the media that he’s already suffering brain damage after two matches as a professional boxer. “I’m putting my […]

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Anthony Smith isn’t buying Jake Paul’s recent claims that he’s already showing signs of CTE heading into his boxing fight with Ben Askren.

During his final press conference before the fight with Askren, Paul told members of the media that he’s already suffering brain damage after two matches as a professional boxer.

“I’m putting my mental health on the line, my brain is on the line,” Paul said on Thursday. “I’ve gone and gotten brain scans and have early signs of CTE.”

Smith, the UFC’s sixth-ranked light heavyweight, made his opinions about Paul’s comments known on Twitter, slamming the YouTuber turned Boxer for not being educated about the real circumstances regarding CTE.

“My take: 1. He’s exactly as stupid and careless as we all thought. 2. Lying about this to be cool or whatever shows his absolute disrespect for the real fighters and their families that have and will suffer from the very real, devastating effects of CTE. He’s disgusting.” Smith said in a now-trending Twitter post.

Paul is scheduled to take on Askren, a former MMA standout, in a boxing match hosted by Triller Fight Club on Saturday in Atlanta. In his two previous boxing matches, Paul has defeated retired NBA basketball player Nate Robinson and fellow YouTuber AnEsonGib by knockout.

This will be the first boxing match for Askren, who retired after falling to UFC welterweight Demian Maia at UFC Singapore in late 2019.

Smith will take on rising light heavyweight Jimmy Crute at UFC 261 next weekend in the UFC’s return to full-capacity events. ‘Lionheart’ is returning to the octagon after an impressive submission win over Devin Clark in November.

Paul’s comments over CTE have clearly not sat well with the combat sports community as a whole. Regardless, fans and critics of Paul alike will tune in to the highly-anticipated fight with Askren on Saturday.

What are your thoughts about Jake Paul’s recent claims that he’s already showing signs of CTE, and Anthony Smith’s heated response?

Frank Mir Says Bella Mir ‘Checks Off Every Box To Be A World Champion’

Bella MirFrank Mir believes his daughter, Bella, has all the tools to go down as one of the sport’s all-time greats. 18-year-old Bella Mir is already 2-0 as a professional, picking up a pair of victories under the iKon FF banner. Frank said that initially, he was opposed to the idea of his daughter going in […]

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Frank Mir believes his daughter, Bella, has all the tools to go down as one of the sport’s all-time greats.

18-year-old Bella Mir is already 2-0 as a professional, picking up a pair of victories under the iKon FF banner. Frank said that initially, he was opposed to the idea of his daughter going in to the family business due to how little fighters make. However, he eventually grew into liking the idea of having his daughter follow in his footsteps. Now that he has seen what Bella is capable of inside the cage, Mir told Just Scrap Radio that he is confident she will go down as one of the best to ever do it (Transcribed by BJPenn.com).

“It’s beautiful to watch your child do something they love and get recognition for it and be successful. I’m happy about that,” Frank Mir said. “Obviously, being a professional fighter, it’s not the injuries that scare me, it’s making a living out of it. You are not working on your business during a fight career so you are putting all your eggs in one basket. That’s scary to me because of the financial payback, there is a lot of luck involved.

“You might blow your knee out before a big fight, you might get caught and that was your chance for a title shot,” Mir continued. “Like Conor McGregor doesn’t have the accolades that Demetrious Johnson as pure as a mixed martial artist, like Johnson, is the better fighter. But, who makes more money? It’s not even close, it’s not even in the same ballpark. That’s the scary part because financial security is not easy. She wants to do it, so I’m either going to sit on the sidelines or be a part of it and try to make sure she can be the best she can be.”

While Bella Mir has been training at Syndicate MMA, Frank has still been offering his daughter advice on her career. He knows major organizations will be eager to sign her based on her last name alone, but he doesn’t want her rushing to sign with the UFC. Instead, he hopes his daughter will take the time to develop her skills and reach her full potential before making the leap.

“Right now, there are a lot of people saying let’s go to the UFC right now and as a father, I’m putting on the brakes,” Mir said. “Let’s not get ahead of herself. She’s talented, tough, smart, she has everything going and she checks off every box to be a world champion, a Hall of Famer. Anyone getting in there too soon is not good.”

While Frank is excited to cheer on his daughter during her career, he’s hoping for one last moment in his. He hopes to one day fight on the same card as Bella, and have the event serve as a symbolic passing of the torch as he moves on to retirement.

“One of my ambitions I have said and I would really like to stick to it, is I would like to fight on the same card as my daughter,” Mir said. “That would be a great father-daughter experience and how many people can say they’ve done that in their career? Compete as an athlete on the same playing field as their child. It would be a moment of passing the torch of the ending of my career and the starting of her career. I would have to make it an MMA fight to make that happen.”

Do you hope to one day see Bella Mir fight in the UFC?

Jake Paul Says He Has Been Diagnosed With ‘Early Signs Of CTE’

Jake PaulIn the lead-up to his boxing match against Ben Askren, Jake Paul has made a rather startling admission. Paul meets Askren in the ring on April 17 as part of the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view. During his media day presser, Paul claimed to have been diagnosed with early signs of CTE (Transcribed by MMA Mania). […]

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In the lead-up to his boxing match against Ben Askren, Jake Paul has made a rather startling admission.

Paul meets Askren in the ring on April 17 as part of the Triller Fight Club pay-per-view. During his media day presser, Paul claimed to have been diagnosed with early signs of CTE (Transcribed by MMA Mania).

“It’s a dangerous sport,” Paul told reporters Thursday. “That’s why, when people question my dedication to it—it’s like, I’m showing up every single day. I’m putting my mental health on the line, my brain is on the line. Like you said, I’ve gone and gotten brain scans and have early signs of CTE.”

CTE stands for chronic traumatic encephalopathy. It is a debilitating condition that, according to the Mayo Clinic, “is the term used to describe brain degeneration likely caused by repeated head traumas… CTE has been found in the brains of people who played football and other contact sports, including boxing.”

An admission to showing signs of CTE has usually ended any discussion about a fighter possibly returning to the ring. After hearing stories like those from Spencer Fisher about what it’s been like to live with brain injuries, it’s easy to see why commissions have been hesitant to give fighters like Wanderlei Silva and Mark Hunt licenses to fight.

“I love this sport and wouldn’t trade it for anything else,” Paul continued. “And I’m a fighter and people will see that. Whether it’s after Saturday night or whether it’s a year from now, they will see that I’m a fighter.”

The lasting effects and symptoms from brain injuries are hard to predict, and most diagnoses can only be made by a post-mortem examination. The UFC has taken steps to fund the research of long-lasting brain injuries, hopefully opening the door for other sports and organizations to follow suit.

Are you surprised by Jake Paul’s CTE admission?

EXCLUSIVE | Mackenzie Dern Picks Zhang Weili To Defeat Rose Namajunas At UFC 261

DernOff the back of her stunning armbar success against Nina Nunes at UFC Vegas 23 last weekend, Mackenzie Dern catapulted herself into title contention at strawweight. The victory marked the Arizona native’s fourth consecutively, and ahead of UFC 261 on April 24. — she predicted defending champion, Zhang Weili will knock back challenger and former […]

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Off the back of her stunning armbar success against Nina Nunes at UFC Vegas 23 last weekend, Mackenzie Dern catapulted herself into title contention at strawweight. The victory marked the Arizona native’s fourth consecutively, and ahead of UFC 261 on April 24. — she predicted defending champion, Zhang Weili will knock back challenger and former titleholder, Rose Namajunas to retain her crown. 

Upon the release of the official UFC rankings this week, Dern landed at #5 in the strawweight pile — priming herself for a potential title-eliminator in her next outing.

Following her victory over the returning Nunes at the UFC Apex facility event, speculation began to mount in regards to possible next opponents for the multiple-time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, with the likes of former champions, Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Carla Esparza, as well as Yan Xiaonan all suggested as potential opponents for Dern. 

Both before and after her matchup with Nunes, Dern had explained how she believes a strawweight title challenge could await her at the end of year, however, hoped to score one, if not two more outings prior to any sort of championship tilt.

I’m ready for the top girls, but maybe fight for the belt, maybe at the end of the year,” Dern said during a post-fight interview with ESPN MMA. “A couple more fights, because the belt you want to be one-hundred percent, and I’m not one-hundred percent on what I need to do.

I just need to be one-hundred percent on the go time, and that’s being able to be calm and to think. I’m getting there, but a first-round submission, you don’t really get to see those other parts. But I know that even if I submit my next (opponent) in the first round, I want to know that when I fight the champ, I’m ready even if I go the whole five rounds.

Speaking recently with LowKick MMA reporter, James Lynch, Dern gave her thoughts on the upcoming UFC 261 co-headlining, title clash between Weili and Namajunas — predicting a successful title defence for the former.

Yeah, I think Weili Zhang, you know,” Dern replied when asked who does she think will come out on top between the two. “I think she’s just got a (sic) good momentum right now, and I think Rose (Namajunas) — and I don’t know, I don’t know them personally so. I think Rose, she looks like she’s kinda — I see her traveling all the time and doing these things, and Zhang Weili is just posting training, training, training, training, training. And I say, ‘Man, I don’t think she does anything besides train’, you know.

She just seems like she’s (Weili) really motivated right now,” Dern explained. “I don’t know —  I don’t know how much motivation you get right? You get the belt, then you lose it and you come back again and it’s a lot to keep putting your body through that. Mentally-wise, it’s draining, you know. So I don’t know how mentally-wise Rose is prepared for this fight — not just for this fight but to go back at all (sic) you 100% for the belt again.

Tying UFC flyweight contender, Gillian Robertson for the most submission wins in the history of the UFC’s women’s divisions, Dern scored her fourth submission win last weekend. Improving her Octagon record to 6-1, the 28-year-old has notched wins over Ashley Yoder, Amanda Cooper, Hannah Cifers, Randa Markos, Virna Jandiroba, and the aforenoted, Nunes — with her sole loss coming against fellow grappler, Amanda Ribas.

Rose Namajunas Doubles Down On Zhang Weili & Communism

Rose NamajunasUFC strawweight Rose Namajunas has no regrets about recent controversial remarks she made about strawweight champion Zhang Weili and her native China. It all started when Namajunas spoke with Lithuanian National Radio and Television this past weekend and was asked about her upcoming fight with Weili. In response, Namajunas used the phrase “better dead than red”, alluding […]

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UFC strawweight Rose Namajunas has no regrets about recent controversial remarks she made about strawweight champion Zhang Weili and her native China.

It all started when Namajunas spoke with Lithuanian National Radio and Television this past weekend and was asked about her upcoming fight with Weili. In response, Namajunas used the phrase “better dead than red”, alluding to Weili’s home in communist China.

The phrase “better dead than red” was used as an anti-communist slogan during the height of the Cold War in the mid-1950s.

Namajunas, who is Lithuanian-American, expanded on her comments in an interview with ESPN earlier this week.

“My opinions are based on my experiences,” Namajunas said during an appearance on “Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show” on ESPN. “You can watch ‘The Other Dream Team’ documentary, and you could get a good idea as to what my family had to go through, the reason I’m in the United States today, the reason that I do mixed martial arts, all of that stuff.”

“The Other Dream Team” is a documentary about the 1992 Lithuanian men’s national basketball team’s struggles under soviet rule, and how they became symbols of the country’s movement towards independence.

When asked about Weili specifically as a person, Namajunas clarified that she holds no direct animosity towards the champion and that her past comments are in regards to her country in particular.

“I love Weili. I don’t know her. I know she wants to be friends and all that stuff, and it would be great to get to know her,” Namajunas said.

The two top strawweights are scheduled to fight in the co-main event of UFC 261 on April 24th. Namajunas is coming off of an impressive victory over former strawweight champion Jessica Andrade at UFC 251, while Weili hasn’t fought since defeating Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a slugfest at UFC 248 in March 2020.

Weili hasn’t responded to Namajunas’ recent comments but has said in the past that she hopes the two can be friends going forward.

What do you think about Rose Namajunas’ comments about Zhang Weili and China?

Conor McGregor Reacts To Official Booking Of UFC 264 Trilogy Fight

Conor McGregorUFC 264 is a done deal for July 10th in Las Vegas, and it appears that Conor McGregor is ready for the challenge that awaits in his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier. Shortly after the UFC made the official announcement of UFC 264, McGregor looked ahead to his main event fight with Poirier. “I signed my […]

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UFC 264 is a done deal for July 10th in Las Vegas, and it appears that Conor McGregor is ready for the challenge that awaits in his trilogy bout with Dustin Poirier.

Shortly after the UFC made the official announcement of UFC 264, McGregor looked ahead to his main event fight with Poirier.

“I signed my bout agreement this morning,” McGregor said in a brief conversation with ESPN’s Ariel Helwani. “I’m going to rip this game a new asshole July 10th. The Mac is back in Sin City! Full house!”

The UFC 264 main event has been in the works in recent weeks, after Poirier signed his end of the bout agreement earlier this month.

The timing of the official booking between McGregor and Poirier comes just days after the two went at it on social media regarding an alleged failed donation to Poirier’s charity. After their second fight at UFC 257 in January, McGregor promised a $500,000 donation to The Good Fight Foundation, led by Poirier and his wife Jolie.

The recent bad blood between the two top lightweights fuels the fire even more heading into their highly anticipated showdown in their trilogy fight this summer. The card also marks the UFC’s full-capacity return to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which hasn’t held a UFC event since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The third fight between McGregor and Poirier is also an extremely important fight in the UFC’s lightweight division. Whoever wins the rubber match is expected to be the next lightweight title challenger, after Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira compete for the vacant title at UFC 262 in Houston.

McGregor has gone on-record in predicting a front kick knockout of Poirier when they meet in the octagon.

Fans who are eager to attend the monumental event in UFC history can buy their tickets later this week, as announced by UFC president Dana White.

What do you think about the UFC’s return to T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and the trilogy between Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier?