Joe Rogan Features In UFC 259 Commentary Booth As Broadcast Team Set

Joe RoganLongtime UFC colour-commentator, Joe Rogan will make his return to commentary duty this weekend at UFC 259 in Las Vegas, Nevada — serving as a part of a three-man booth. Joining Rogan on commentary duty is renowned play-by-play leader, Jon Anik, as well as former two-division UFC titleholder, Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier, as per MMA Junkie. Returning […]

Joe Rogan

Longtime UFC colour-commentator, Joe Rogan will make his return to commentary duty this weekend at UFC 259 in Las Vegas, Nevada — serving as a part of a three-man booth.

Joining Rogan on commentary duty is renowned play-by-play leader, Jon Anik, as well as former two-division UFC titleholder, Daniel ‘DC’ Cormier, as per MMA Junkie.

Returning to the UFC Apex facility for a stacked pay-per-view event, the promotion fields a massive card from top to bottom, featuring a championship tripleheader

Headlining the PPV event is a light heavyweight championship tangle between incumbent gold holder, Jan Blachowicz as he attempts his first successful title defence in a matchup against current middleweight pacesetter, Israel Adesanya. A victory for 185-pound champion, Adesanya would see him follow in the footsteps of the aforenoted, Cormier and become just the fifth fighter in the promotion’s history to hold two titles simultaneously.

A current two-weight world champion features in co-main event as bantamweight and featherweight queen, Amanda Nunes looks to secure the second defence of that latter crown as she welcomes former Invicta FC 145-pound best, Megan Anderson to her first title challenge under the UFC’s banner. 

Kicking off our triple threat of title tilts; a bantamweight grudge-match between Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling — in a bout that has garnered the majority of fan interest in the weeks leading up to the event ahead of its title peers.

Also featuring on a five-fight main card, the highly-touted Islam Makhachev makes his return to action attempting to score his seventh consecutive victory in a pivotal lightweight clash against Elevation Fight Team striker, Drew Dober. Former light heavyweight championship challenger, Thiago Santos gets our main card action underway as he draws the #4 contender, Aleksandar Rakic in an important matchup for the outlook of the rank’s top-five.

In a featured preliminary matchup on ESPN+ — former two-time bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz returns to action in a bout against the gritty up and comer, Casey Kenney. 

Rogan features in the commentary booth for the first time since UFC 258 on February 13. — on a night where he also partnered the above mentioned, Anik and Cormier as Kamaru Usman scored his third consecutive title knockback with a third round knockout of former Sanford MMA teammate, Gilbert Burns.

Roving-reporter, Megan Olivi also returns to her slot in place of UFC Vegas 20 feature, Laura Sanko — as she conducts both post and pre-fight interviews with competitors as well as offering live updates and breakdowns. 

Legendary Octagon announcer, Bruce Buffer also makes his return in place of Joe Martinez. Buffer recently celebrated his twenty-fifth anniversary as UFC announcer. 

Serving on the desk following his time in the commentary booth at UFC Vegas 20 — lightweight contender, Paul Felder returns alongside former UFC middleweight and light heavyweight title chaser, Chael Sonnen, and Michael Eaves. 

EXCLUSIVE | Sage Northcutt Plotting Finish Over Shinya Aoki In ONE Championship Return

Sage NorthcuttDrawing Asian MMA pioneer and submission-threat, Shinya Aoki in his first professional mixed martial arts outing in just less than two years, ONE Championship feature, ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt plans on stopping the veteran and announcing himself to the promotion on April 28 at ONE on TNT IV.  Making his first walk since May of 2019, […]

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Drawing Asian MMA pioneer and submission-threat, Shinya Aoki in his first professional mixed martial arts outing in just less than two years, ONE Championship feature, ‘Super’ Sage Northcutt plans on stopping the veteran and announcing himself to the promotion on April 28 at ONE on TNT IV

Making his first walk since May of 2019, Northcutt returns from a devastating first round knockout loss to heavy-hitter, kickboxing ace, Cosmo Alexandre in his ONE Championship debut. Dropped with a massive overhand shot inside thirty-seconds at ONE Championship: Enter the Dragon — the Texan required plastic surgery to repair a whopping eight separate facial fractures suffered in his matchup against the Brazilian — at a 185-pound welterweight limit. 

In his second walk under the Chatri Sityodtong banner, Northcutt continues following his baptism of fire, drawing the decorated submission-specialist, former DEEP, Dream, and ONE Championship lightweight best, Aoki. 

Under the tutelage of former WEC featherweight champion, Urijah Faber in Sacramento, California at Team Alpha MMA — Northcutt, spoke with LowKick MMA reporter, Ryan Jarrell recently, detailing how he plans to score his ninth career stoppage win when pitted with Aoki.

I mean, obviously, I go out there to try and finish my opponent,” Northcutt said. “That’s the only way I see it — going out there to finish. I mean, you gotta be ready for anything that’s thrown at you, but I mean, I’m going out there with the intent to try and win and to finish him (Shinya Aoki) so, that’s my plan.

A fourteen-fight professional veteran, Northcutt, who turned 25-years-old at the beginning of March, holds an 11-3 résumé — littered with five knockout wins and three submission stoppages. 
The former kickboxer has managed victories in the UFC over the likes of Francisco Trevino, Cody Pfister, Thibaut Gouti, and Zak Ottow. 

Faced with a formidable grappling threat in the form of Aoki, the 37-year-old Shikouza City veteran has managed to nab an incredible thirty separate submission victories across his storied career — besting the likes of Eduard Folayang, Kazushi Sakuraba, Kamal Shalorus, Antonio McKee, Tatsuya Kawajiri, Mizuto Hirota, Eddie Alvarez, Caol Uno, and George Sotiropoulos. 

Ramzan Kadyrov Details Conversation With Khamzat Chimaev, Persuades Him Against Retirement

KadyrovRepublic of Chechnya leader, Ramzan Kadyrov has detailed his recent conversation with UFC welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev, in which he essentially persuaded the 9-0 prospect against a retirement from professional mixed martial arts, despite his ongoing battle with the novel coronavirus. Testing positive for COVID-19 late last year, Chimaev was forced to withdraw from two […]

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Republic of Chechnya leader, Ramzan Kadyrov has detailed his recent conversation with UFC welterweight contender, Khamzat Chimaev, in which he essentially persuaded the 9-0 prospect against a retirement from professional mixed martial arts, despite his ongoing battle with the novel coronavirus.

Testing positive for COVID-19 late last year, Chimaev was forced to withdraw from two scheduled matchups with fellow welterweight contender, Leon Edwards in January and March — with doctor’s failing to grant him medical clearance to train or compete in active competition. 

Per UFC president, Dana White, Chimaev recently travelled to Las Vegas, Nevada to receive treatment for lingering health issues amid his battle with COVID-19, and was expected to follow through with plans to make his next Octagon appearance at an event in June, having recently expressed his interest in drawing division mainstay, Neil Magny.

Taking to his official Instagram account last night, Chimaev seemed to call time on his professional mixed martial arts career as he deals with the effects of his positive coronavirus test — also posting a picture on his official story of a bathroom sink containing droplets of blood.

I want to say thank you all so much for supporting me in my journey in this sport,” Chimaev wrote via Google Translate. “I think I’m done, yes I know I didn’t take the belt but it’s not the most important victory in this life. It may upset you but my heart and body tell me everything. I want to say a big thank you to my team @allstargymsweden. I want to say a big thank you to @ufc.

Chimaev also warned his followers that the novel coronavirus isn’t a disease that can be easily “outlived“.

Take yourself and your family this is the most important thing. The main thing is I do not know what this disease is but it is not easily outlived.

Speaking with MMA Junkie reporter, John Morgan after Chimaev posted on his social media, the above mentioned, White maintained that Chimaev was “emotional” when he made his decision to post, and how he isn’t in fact retired at all

When he (Khamzat Chimaev) got here (Las Vegas), the doctors took care of him, and they put him on prednisone, which is a nasty f*cking steroid,” White said. “So he’s on prednisone, and he’s supposed to be taking this thing and chilling, relaxing, and letting himself recover. He went in and f*cking trained today, felt like sh*t, and got super emotional and posted that.

“He’s not supposed to be training, but you know, this guy’s a savage,” White said. “He wants to fight every f*cking weekend, and now he can’t even train, so he just got emotional and posted that, but he ain’t quitting.”

Whilst running this course of prednisone, Chimaev has been advised against training — with White further detailing how the Chechen-born finisher must heed that medical advice at least while he’s on this course of medication.

He was flown out here so that we could take care of him,” White said. “We get him taken care of. They got him on medication. He’s going to be fine, and he goes in and starts f*cking training. He’s not supposed to be training, and he’s super frustrated. He’s training when he’s supposed to be resting. He’s got to stay off, at least while he’s on this medication.

Posting on Instagram this morning, Kadyrov spoke of his conversation with Chimaev — in which he reminded the UFC prospect of his influence on the young generation in Chechnya. And how sad the country and his followers would be if he retired. 

Friends, you’ve probably already heard the news about Khamzat Chimaev, who announced his retirement from (the) UFC in his account. I couldn’t believe my eyes, I called and talked to Chimaev. Khamzat said recovery from illness was slow and, in an attempt to be honest and frank with fans, he decided not to discourage them. I told him that the WHOLE Chechen people were upset with this news. I reminded Chimaev that all our youth, whom he inspires, have great hopes for his victory, and what to say — millions of patients in Russia and the world!

And if fans have to wait for his return, then all of us will be anxiously awaiting his exit into the Octagon. During our conversation, Chimaev realized how important his career is to every Chechen citizen and promised to make every effort to recover as soon as possible. In the near future,he will fly to the Republic (of Chechnya), where he will finish the rehabilitation course, conduct training and start training. Which means that Khamzat does not leave, HE REMAINS AND HE WILL FIGHT TO THE END!

The heart and body whispered ‘everything’, — that’s exactly what Khamzat wrote on Instagram. But the Chechen SPIRIT and will to win shout to him, ‘Go!’. Therefore, I know for sure that he is the best of the best! And I urge the fans to make dua, and ask the almighty for health and speedy recovery for our beloved athlete, Muslim and true champion Hamzat (sic) Chimaev! I gave it to the boyla hyan, BUTCHCHCHIN BORZ HIMZAT!” (H/T Ariel Helwani)

Kadyrov, 44, assumed office in April of 2011 and has been come under mass criticism for a vast amount of human right abuses under his leadership of Chechnya, including the encouragement of the rounding up, torture and execution of homosexual males in the country. Last year, he was sanctioned by the United States for human right abuses. 

In an interview with HBO‘s Real Sports in the summer of 2017, Kadyrov claimed that Chechnya wouldn’t have any “gays” — and how Canada should take “those kind of people“. 

We don’t have those kind of people here,” Kadyrov said. “We don’t have any gays, If there are any take them to Canada. Praise be to God. Take them far from us so we don’t have them at home. To purify our blood, if there are any here, take them.

Israel Adesanya Tells Paulo Costa To ‘Swallow Your Ego’, Amid Claims He Was ‘Hungover’ At UFC 253

AdesanyaAhead of his upcoming UFC 259 headliner this weekend, middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has offered some career advice to most recent opposition, rival, Paulo Costa — amid claims from the Brazilian that he had drunk an entire bottle of wine the night prior to their UFC 253 matchup last September, resulting in a hangover. Attempting […]

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Ahead of his upcoming UFC 259 headliner this weekend, middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya has offered some career advice to most recent opposition, rival, Paulo Costa — amid claims from the Brazilian that he had drunk an entire bottle of wine the night prior to their UFC 253 matchup last September, resulting in a hangover.

Attempting to become just the fifth mixed martial artist in promotional history to hold two titles simultaneously this weekend, the City Kickboxing standout makes his light heavyweight debut as he challenges incumbent champion, Jan Blachowicz for undisputed spoils.

Dispatching Belo Horizonte power-puncher, Costa in the main event of UFC 253 on ‘Fight Island’ last September, with relative ease — Adesanya scored a second round knockout after chopping down the Brazilian’s lead leg and firing off a massive left high-kick before follow-up ground-strikes.

Detailing his woes prior to the matchup during a video on his official YouTube channel over the weekend, Costa claimed that he consumed an entire bottle of wine in the early hours of ghd morning ahead of his Abu Dhabi, UAE matchup with Adesanya, in a bid to score some sleep — but was left with the effects of a hangover as he made his Octagon walk.

I was kind of drunk (when) I fought, maybe, on (sic) hangover,” Costa said. “I couldn’t sleep because of the (leg) cramps. Keep in mind that the fight happens at 9 a.m. (local time), we have to wake up at 5 (a.m.) to get ready, stretch, wrap the hands. The UFC told us to wake up at 5 in the morning to go to the arena to fight. I hadn’t slept until 2:30 (a.m).

It was my mistake and I don’t blame anyone else, it was something I chose (to do), but, in order to try to sleep, because I had to sleep since I was awake for twenty-four hours, I had wine, too much wine, a bottle (of wine) to try to black out. I had a glass and (it) didn’t work. Two glasses, it didn’t work. Half bottle didn’t work. I had it all.” (H/T MMA Fighting)

Reacting to Costa’s claims during a recent interview with MMA Junkie — Adesanya encouraged the soon to return contender to just accept the reality that he lost, and to put his ego surrounding the matchup to one side.

That’s just funny,” Adesanya said. “There’s certain things I’ve done before some of my fights in the past where I learnt my mistakes, but I went in and got my job done. Some people aren’t cut out for that lifestyle.

I’ll tell you one thing: The best thing to do in his position is accept the fact he lost,” Adesanya explained. “He got his ass whooped. The fact that he keeps trying to make all these excuses, it’s only going to do him worse in the long run. He’s making excuses because his ego can’t handle the fact that ‘The Skinny Clown’ whooped his ass badly then double-tapped him twice.

If Costa remains attached to his ego, as Adesanya put it, that would only serve to hamper him in the future.

Just swallow your ego,” Adesanya said. “You got your ass whooped. Get back to the drawing board and reassess your whole game. You can’t just rest on that because if you do — this is my advice — you’ll never get far in life, or in this game.

Returning to action on April 17 in a UFC Fight Night headliner, Costa looks to rebound to the winner’s enclosure as he draws former division titleholder, common-foe, Robert Whittaker in a potential title-eliminator as the pair of strikers look to earn possible rematches against Adesanya. 

Petr Yan Claims Aljamain Sterling’s Grappling Doesn’t ‘Bother’ Him, Predicts A ‘Very Violent Finish’

YanIt’s arguably the most competitive bantamweight matchup you could put together in the division today, and this weekend’s title fight between the incumbent Petr Yan and the challenger, Aljamain Sterling has some real animosity fueling it. Initially set to match at UFC 256 in December, Yan was forced to withdraw from the matchup, citing personal […]

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It’s arguably the most competitive bantamweight matchup you could put together in the division today, and this weekend’s title fight between the incumbent Petr Yan and the challenger, Aljamain Sterling has some real animosity fueling it.

Initially set to match at UFC 256 in December, Yan was forced to withdraw from the matchup, citing personal reasons, with Sterling also removed from the card as a result. Rescheduled for this weekend’s stacked UFC 259 event at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas — in the months since, the rivalry has only continued to develop.

Taking his camp to South Florida at American Top Team from Tiger Muay Thai in Thailand amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, reigning champion Yan recently spoke with BJ PENN.com reporter, Cole Shelton, claiming that while the consensus would believe Sterling has a distinct grappling advantage, that aspect of the challenger’s game doesn’t “bother” him.

I’m ready for every aspect of MMA,” Yan said. “I can hurt him (Aljamain Sterling) standing and on the ground too. I’m not gonna shy away from the challenge. I’m training with many high-level grapplers, his grappling doesn’t bother me.

In his sole professional loss, Yan dropped a split decision defeat to recent Bellator MMA acquisition, Magomed Magomedov — in which he was taken down on multiple occasions in a vacant ACB bantamweight championship matchup. Sterling himself has recently claimed that whilst Yan may be able to defend some takedowns — all he needs is one successful shot to find his route to victory this weekend.

Opening another title tripleheader back in July of last year at UFC 251 — Yan claimed the vacant bantamweight crown with an eventual fifth-round knockout victory over former featherweight kingpin, Jose Aldo — sealing Octagon gold in just his seventh promotional appearance.

Yan had previously claimed he’s going to finish Sterling in relatively quick fashion come this weekend’s bantamweight title clash — and now predicts his finish retention will be a “very violent one“.

My goal is always to finish the fight early and do the damage,” Yan said. “I see me getting a very violent finish. It will play out very violently for him,

Earning his well-overdue title challenge, longtime contender, Sterling met with the fellow streaking, Cory Sandhagen at UFC 250 in June — lodging a career-best, highlight-reel performance. Taking the recent big winner’s back early in the opening-minute, Uniondale native, Sterling locked up a patient rear-naked choke — forcing the tap from Sandhagen. 

Nate Diaz Calls Jorge Masvidal A ‘Bitchass Sellout’ Amid Recent Summer Comeback Talks

DiazWith current BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal expected to sit out until at least August or September until he makes his next Octagon walk — the projected May returning, Nate Diaz has labelled his one-time opponent, a “bitchass sellout“. Masvidal was the subject of a somewhat surprising callout from undisputed UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman after […]

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With current BMF champion, Jorge Masvidal expected to sit out until at least August or September until he makes his next Octagon walk — the projected May returning, Nate Diaz has labelled his one-time opponent, a “bitchass sellout“.

Masvidal was the subject of a somewhat surprising callout from undisputed UFC welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman after UFC 258 in February — with the defending gold holder offering him a rematch of their July 2020 UFC 251 clash, this time on a full-camp rather than leaving him with “excuses” of a six-day short-notice draft in.

Detailing how he’s targeting a return to the Octagon in either August or September — Masvidal claimed his next opponent would be “baptized“.

August, (or) September, somebody is getting baptised in my realm,” Masvidal said. “And the people are going to like it when they find out who it is.” (H/T Chisanga Malata)

Originally scheduled to meet with eventual foe, Gilbert Burns at the ‘Fight Island’ event last year, Usman instead met with Masvidal on short-notice after his former Sanford MMA teammate returned a positive COVID-19 test result. Dropping his first defeat after a three-fight run of stoppages, Masvidal suffered a rather one-sided unanimous decision loss, including two 50-45 judgings on two scorecards. 

Yet to feature since that July outing, Masvidal has been consistently linked to a grudge-match, potentially on the reboot of The Ultimate Fighter against former American Top Team stablemate and former interim champion, Colby Covington, however, that matchup has failed to come to fruition. Covington has since rejected a short-notice matchup against Leon Edwards in two week’s time, maintaining that Masvidal turned down a seven-figure payday to coach opposite him on TUF.

With signs pointing toward a potential rematch of Usman and Masvidal, Stockton veteran, Diaz has claimed that Masvidal is a “bitchass sellout” for postponing his Octagon return until the end of the summer, replying to a recent post from ESPN MMA
Recently speaking of his own plans to make his Octagon return in May, Diaz has called for welterweight matchup against lightweight elites, Dustin Poirier and Charles Oliveira upon his return to active-competition. 

Making his most recent walk at UFC 245 in November of 2019 — Diaz headlined a Madison Square Garden event against the aforenoted, Masvidal — for the symbolic BMF championship. Suffering an early elbows and high kick knockdown, a sizeable cut developed both above and below Diaz’s right-eye — with the ringside physician calling a halt to proceedings before the fourth round due to the laceration.