Donald Cerrone vs. Niko Price Booked For September 19 UFC Event

Donald CerroneUFC 253 just keeps getting better and better as the UFC continues adding big names to it. The most recent names of which are Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Niko ‘The Hybrid’ Price, who will square off against one another in a welterweight bout. Brett Okamoto of ESPN broke the news on social media earlier tonight, […]

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UFC 253 just keeps getting better and better as the UFC continues adding big names to it. The most recent names of which are Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone and Niko ‘The Hybrid’ Price, who will square off against one another in a welterweight bout.

Brett Okamoto of ESPN broke the news on social media earlier tonight, he wrote.

Breaking: Cowboy Cerrone (@Cowboycerrone) and Niko Price (@Nikohybridprice) have verbally agreed to meet on Sept. 19, per multiple sources. Stylistically, hell of a fight. Should be all action.

This is such an exciting match up between two absolute killers! Price on one had is 14-4 (1 NC) with ten knockouts and three submissions, while Cerrone is 36-15 (1 NC), also with ten wins via knockout, and seventeen by submission.

It’s crazy, ‘Cowboy’ went 28-0-1 as a professional kickboxer before ever started his MMA career, and he didn’t pick up a knockout win in MMA until his sixteenth win. Twelve of his first fifteen wins came via submission, it’s almost unheard of how quickly he took to grappling after that long and extensive of a kickboxing career.

They’re both pretty well rounded too, but both have suffered defeat in their last fights. Cerrone is actually coming off of four setbacks, TKO losses to Tony Ferguson, Justin Gaethje, and Conor McGregor, and he lost his rematch to Anthony Pettis via unanimous decision.

Many people thought he won that last fight, that he should’ve gotten the nod, but he’ll have to right that wrong at UFC 253.

Price is coming off a defeat to Vicente Luque, who actually has two wins over him now. This means Price has only ever lost to three people, the other two being Abdul Razak Alhassan and Geoff Neal, both very dangerous welterweights.

Both of these men stand 6′ tall, but Price is the one who has a three inch reach advantage. He was getting boxed up by Tim Means on the feet before landing a thunderous right hook, securing the KO finish moments later. Means had never been finished via strikes before, and hasn’t since, Cerrone has definitely got to watch out for that power.

Each of these men also won their no contest; Cerrone’s was a first round submission (triangle choke) victory back in 2007, and Price’s was a second round KO (punch) in 2017. This is going to be a good one ladies and gentlemen, do not miss it!

UFC 253 Fight Card:

  • Israel Adesanya (19-0) vs. Paulo Costa (13-0)
  • Randa Markos (10-8-1) vs. Mackenzie Dern (8-1)
  • Donald Cerrone (36-15) 1 NC vs. Niko Price (14-4) 1 NC
  • Hakeem Dawodu (11-1-1) vs. Zuba Tukhugov (19-4-1)
  • Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5) vs. Ciryl Gane (6-0)
  • Casey Kenney (14-2-1) vs. Heili Alateng (14-7-1)
  • Jordan Espinosa (15-7) vs. David Dvorak (18-3)
  • Johnny Walker (16-5) vs. Ryan Spann (18-5)

Who do you see winning this epic welterweight clash?

Ryan Bader Says Corey Anderson Is Deserving Of Bellator Light-Heavyweight Title Shot

Ryan BaderThe addition of Corey Anderson to Bellator’s roster after his departure from the UFC has raised many questions regarding who he should face in his debut for the organization. Bellator Light-Heavyweight champion Ryan Bader who is set to face Vadim Nemkov to defend his title has shared that he would be willing to take a […]

Ryan Bader

The addition of Corey Anderson to Bellator’s roster after his departure from the UFC has raised many questions regarding who he should face in his debut for the organization.

Bellator Light-Heavyweight champion Ryan Bader who is set to face Vadim Nemkov to defend his title has shared that he would be willing to take a fight against Anderson for his debut.

Speaking to MMA Junkie, Bader said he see’s Anderson as a future title contender possibly after his next victory.

“Yeah, I was happy for Corey, I’ve trained with him before. It’s a great pickup for Bellator you know, 205-pound division needs some talent and he brings, you know he’s a top-five guy in the world you know,” said Bader.

“That’s a huge pickup and a couple guys I was looking at 205 you know one being Machida after this fight and Corey Anderson is right there too, so I assume they’ll fight and then potentially be next in line for a title so I look forward to that matchup.”

After being asked if he needed a win to earn the title shot Bader said that it does not really matter.

“You know it doesn’t really matter, I stepped in and had a title fight first fight, you know because my opponent got hurt so I got to step right into the title and he’s deserving so I wouldn’t mind that at all.”

When speaking to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto, Anderson was asked if he though a matchup against Bader would be the right first fight for him at Bellator.

“I mean it could be. If it is if it’s Ryan Bader or if it’s the kid that he’s fighting. If it is the winner of that I’m with it, if its Phil Davis I’m with it, if it’s Lyoto Machida I’m with it.” Said Anderson.

UFC Releases Max Rohskopf After Controversial End To UFC Debut

Max Rohskopf has been cut by the UFC following his UFC on ESPN 11 fight with Austin Hubbard. In between the second and third rounds of the fight, Rohskopf repeatedly told his coach to, ‘call it’. His coach, Robert Drysdale, tried to talk him out of it, but he just couldn’t get Rohskopf to believe […]

Max Rohskopf has been cut by the UFC following his UFC on ESPN 11 fight with Austin Hubbard. In between the second and third rounds of the fight, Rohskopf repeatedly told his coach to, ‘call it’. His coach, Robert Drysdale, tried to talk him out of it, but he just couldn’t get Rohskopf to believe he had it in him.

Rohskopf started off the fight doing great, he was very clearly an incredibly talented kid right from the jump. He opened up the fight with an array of strikes, he was switching stances, and he took Hubbard down with a beautiful suplex.

He was trying hard for a heel hook he’d locked up, but was unable to finish it. He’s a wacky type of grappler, it was fun to watch, and it was working. Hubbard spent a good amount of time on the mat with World BJJ Champion Davi Ramos and didn’t get submitted, he’s a tough guy to submit. There’s no shame in that.

Round two was a much different story however. Rohskopf started this round out with a takedown as well; this time he attempted an Imanari roll, but failed and turned it into a single leg. He was only able to keep Hubbard down for about 40 seconds however, and he spent the rest of the fight getting picked apart.

Him not having the stamina to perform at his highest level is why he decided to quit on the stool. This is because he took the fight on six days notice, and also perhaps because he finished all five opponents he’d fought previous. He came into the fight with a 5-0 record, all wins via submission, and four in the first round.

Rohskopf has an enormous amount of potential, and he’s just 25-years-old. It’s too bad he’s been released from the UFC. Dana White said after the fight that he didn’t know what he’d do with him, and at this point it seems he doesn’t believe him to be worthy of a contract. People close to him that have trained with him have said he’s needed an extra push at times.

The lightweight talent from Ohio had the following to say to MMAFighting on the matter:

“I’ve done this my whole life. I’ve self-boycotted myself. Even when I was wrestling in high school, I was the best in the state and ended up getting third because I self-boycotted myself. I was one of the best guys in the country in college, was never an All-American when it counted, because I was telling myself that, for whatever reason, I don’t deserve it.

“That’s exactly what I did in my fight with Austin. Shit got hard, and I looked at my coach and said, ‘I don’t want to be here anymore.’ Not because I didn’t want to be there, but because I didn’t think I deserved to be there.”

It looks like Max Rohskopf will have to continue his career outside of the UFC, for now at least. Hopefully this isn’t the last we see of him.

Where would you like to see Max Rohskopf end up next?

Khabib Nurmagomedov Reunites With McGregor Brawl Corner Ahead Of UFC 254

Khabib NurmagomedovUFC Lightweight Champion Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov recently took to Instagram to announce that he’ll be reuniting with the same corner he had involved in the UFC 229 brawl ahead of his upcoming fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. It was some time ago when that happened, almost two years ago at this point. […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov

UFC Lightweight Champion Khabib ‘The Eagle’ Nurmagomedov recently took to Instagram to announce that he’ll be reuniting with the same corner he had involved in the UFC 229 brawl ahead of his upcoming fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC 254. It was some time ago when that happened, almost two years ago at this point.

To make a long, dramatic story short, Dillon Danis (McGregor’s teammate) was talking trash to Nurmagomedov during the fight, and even directly after the finish. ‘The Eagle’ then took matters into his own hands, jumping the fence to persue an altercation with Danis. This led to Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zuba Tukhugov jumping the cage to attack McGregor.

The whole event ended in absolute chaos, they didn’t even put the belt on Nurmagomedov in the cage, Dana White wouldn’t allow it. He said the fans would go way too crazy had they done that, they were already throwing things at Nurmagomedov on his way to the back, and there were a few fan brawls at the event as well. It wasn’t the best way to end the night after the biggest fight in MMA history.

It doesn’t appear Tukhugov will be in his corner this time around, but he has added a new addition to it. Nurmagomedov had the following to say on the matter: “The three of us will be back one day to UFC 254. Abubakar Nurmagomedov, Islam Makhachev. In addition, there will be Umar Nurmagomedov. In short, there will be four fighters from our team.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov puts his undefeated 28-0 record on the line on October 24, at UFC 254 against six-time WSOF Lightweight Champion, the 22-2 Justin Gaethje. This is one of the highest level match ups we’ll ever see.

Jordan Burroughs couldn’t take Gaethje down when they wrestled one another in NCAA Division I Freestyle Wrestling competition, and Burroughs is the best wrestler in the entire country to this day. That being said, Nurmagomedov is the most dominant fighter we’ve ever seen in the sport, and it’s because of his wrestling and ruthless ground-and-pound. He’s the most well rounded grappler in the sport.

Gaethje’s takedown defense, along with his incredibly violent, yet technical stand up attack is going to be a very tough challenge for ‘The Eagle’. It’s an incredibly exciting match up. Nineteen of Gaethje’s twenty-two wins come via knockout, while the champions wins are pretty evenly mixed between knockouts, submissions, and decisions. With the passing of Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, Khabib’s father, it’s great to see our lightweight champion reuniting with his old corner.

Tito Ortiz Backed By The Trump Family As He Begins Political Career

Donald TrumpFormer UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has received backing from the Trump family as he begins a career in politics. The 45-year-old previously spoke about wanting to get involved with law enforcement after helping prevent riots in Huntington Beach after the death of George Floyd. “I plan on it,” Ortiz said about his desire […]

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Former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz has received backing from the Trump family as he begins a career in politics.

The 45-year-old previously spoke about wanting to get involved with law enforcement after helping prevent riots in Huntington Beach after the death of George Floyd.

“I plan on it,” Ortiz said about his desire to become a cop back in June. “It just depends on what ranking I want to do. Do I want to be a sheriff or do I want to be a police officer? I haven’t really made my decision yet.”

Speaking to TMZ Sports yesterday Ortiz revealed he is running for the Huntington Beach City Council after deciding against becoming a cop.

“I kind of realized I’d be putting myself into danger and my family into danger maybe a partner if I did become a police officer,” Ortiz said. “My community has gave me so much through my career now it is time to give back to my community and I’m ready for city council.”

Ortiz has a friendly relationship with President Donald Trump but the two haven’t discussed the MMA fighters’ transition to politics yet although Ortiz states he does have the full support of the Trump family.

“I haven’t reached out to him (Donald Trump) yet, Donald Trump Jr. reached out to me and said ‘I heard you’re running Huntington Beach go get ‘em champ’. I’m very thankful of that.”

Ortiz ultimately wants to be the mayor of Huntington Beach.

“So that was the idea was to be mayor of Huntington Beach, Ortiz said. “But you’ve got to run through city council first and then you are appointed mayor of Huntington beach. I think I could fill those shoes 100 percent.”

Do you think Tito Ortiz will enjoy a successful career in politics?

Roman Bogatov Released By UFC Following Foul-Filled Defeat To Leonardo Santos

Former M-1 Challenge Lightweight Champion Roman Bogatov has reportedly been released from the UFC, as confirmed earlier today by MMAJunkie.com. The former undefeated (10-0) Russian fighter landed repeated fouls on Leonardo Santos throughout the bout at UFC 251, perhaps the reason he was cut. Most don’t lose their UFC debut and get cut, especially former […]

Former M-1 Challenge Lightweight Champion Roman Bogatov has reportedly been released from the UFC, as confirmed earlier today by MMAJunkie.com. The former undefeated (10-0) Russian fighter landed repeated fouls on Leonardo Santos throughout the bout at UFC 251, perhaps the reason he was cut. Most don’t lose their UFC debut and get cut, especially former world champions.

Bogatov fouled Santos once in round one, about two minutes in with an eye poke, and then three fouls in round three after an incredibly tough round two. Round two saw Santos almost finish Bogatov with numerous strikes once he was already hurt, and it could have justifiably been stopped, but Bogatov was able to stay composed enough to continue.

Round three saw Bogatov knee Santos in the groin twice, as well as land a brutal knee to Santos’ face while he was downed. This forced Marc Goddard to step in and take two points from him. He ultimately lost the fight via unanimous decision (29-26, 29-26, 29-26). It’s good the points taken away didn’t effect the decision to say the least, that’s always unfortunate.

Bogatov did handily win round three despite his three fouls and two points taken away. It’s unfortunate he’s been cut, M-1 Challenge has a lot of highly elite mixed martial artists, many of which belong in the UFC. Perhaps he’ll resume his career with them.

Where would you like to see Roman Bogatov go from here?