Jorge Masvidal Eyeing August Or September Return: Somebody Is Getting Baptized

MasvidalWith rumblings suggesting current BMF championship holder, Jorge Masvidal is set to earn an immediate rematch with Kamaru Usman for the undisputed welterweight championship in his next matchup — the Floridian is currently targeting a return to the Octagon in August or September.  Dropping a unanimous decision shutout loss to incumbent 170-pound champion, Usman at […]

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With rumblings suggesting current BMF championship holder, Jorge Masvidal is set to earn an immediate rematch with Kamaru Usman for the undisputed welterweight championship in his next matchup — the Floridian is currently targeting a return to the Octagon in August or September. 

Dropping a unanimous decision shutout loss to incumbent 170-pound champion, Usman at UFC 251 on ‘Fight Island’ last July — Masvidal was the subject of a somewhat surprising callout from Usman following his successful title knockback against former Sanford MMA teammate, Gilbert Burns at UFC 258 in February. 

Masvidal replaced Burns on just six day’s notice back in July of last year, and Usman has now claimed that if he clashed with the American Top Team veteran again — he would put him in a “coffin“, and how he wants to leave Masvidal no excuses this time around. 

Masvidal, who attended Canelo Alvarez’s knockout win over Avni Yildirim last night in the ‘Sunshine State’ — claimed that he was fighting for the “belt” in September.

Right now, I’m focusing on me,” Masvidal said during an interview with Boxing Social. “(I’m) fighting for the belt, which is gonna be in August or September — September, we just got word of it.

Masvidal also spoke with IFLTV reporter, Andrew McCart — where he echoed claims that he’ll be back in action in August or September, but failed to elaborate on a potential opponent.

August, (or) September, somebody is getting baptised in my realm, that’s what I’m worried about,” Masvidal said. “And the people are going to like it when they find out who it is.” (H/T Chisanga Malata)

Whilst Usman has presented himself as a potential opponent for Masvidal, the longtime contender has constantly been linked with a grudge-match against former American Top Team teammate, Colby Covington which has so far yet to materialise.

The 36-year-old Miami native’s last professional victory came at UFC 244 in November of 2019 where he was crowned the symbolic BMF champion via a third round doctors’ stoppage win over Nate Diaz at a Madison Square Garden main event. 

Ciryl Gane Plans To Make Title Run After WIn Over Jairzinho Rozenstruik

GaneIn a largely tentative and tepid UFC Vegas 20 headliner, French standout, Ciryl Gane took home a one-sided unanimous decision win over a lacklustre, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and off the back of his first promotional headliner, Gane plans to make a title run in the ever-evolving heavyweight division.  Utilising his almost unrivalled movement and distance management […]

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In a largely tentative and tepid UFC Vegas 20 headliner, French standout, Ciryl Gane took home a one-sided unanimous decision win over a lacklustre, Jairzinho Rozenstruik, and off the back of his first promotional headliner, Gane plans to make a title run in the ever-evolving heavyweight division. 

Utilising his almost unrivalled movement and distance management at the weight class, Gane took a straight forward 50-45 unanimous decision win on all three judge’s scorecards. And come the release of the official rankings over the course of next week, the Ferland Lopez and MMA Factory staple is likely to claim the faltering, Rozenstruik’s #4 rank at heavyweight. 

Finding his way in the clinch on occasion, Gane dominated largely on the feet, as Rozenstruik failed to ever get his feet moving in a positive, forward pressing motion — as he looked to counter as usual off his back foot. Pot shotting the Suriname kickboxer on cue, Gane found his target with both oblique and stiff calf kicks, as well as a whipping jab from his southpaw right to comfortably outpoint the now 11-2 striker. 

Following on the heels of Derrick Lewis’ stunning knockout win over Curtis Blaydes last weekend at UFC Vegas 19, Gane spoke with press assembled following last night’s win — detailing how he’s “legit” and how he plans to make a siege to the heavyweight title next.

I’m legit,” Gane said. “I’m undefeated and I’m the only one undefeated in this division in the rankings. I think I’m legit. I want to say it to everybody: In the next months, if you have a place, if someone has an injury, I’m here. I’m here, man.

Taking relatively no substantial damage against Rozenstruik, Gane had claimed that he would be open to filling in on short notice for either Stipe Miocic, or former teammate Francis Ngannou at UFC 260 at the end of March in a title clash. 
If his services aren’t required on short-notice, however, Gane still has championship aspirations in the not too distant future.

I talked with my coach (Fernand Lopez) and he said if I win this weekend, I’m going to go after the belt,” Gane said. “It doesn’t matter who or how — we’re going to go after the belt now.

With the win, Gane improved to 5-0 in the UFC, notching previous victories over Raphael Pessoa, Don’Tale Mayes, Tanner Boser, and Junior dos Santos. 

Ciryl Gane Earns One-Sided Decision Win Over Jairzinho Rozenstruik – UFC Vegas 20 Highlights

GaneStill undefeated. Improving to 8-0 — Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane scores his fifth promotional victory, taking home a dominant unanimous judging win over monstrous striker, Jairzinho ‘Bigi Boy’ Rozenstruik. A lot of feints and pops from the shoulders of Ciryl Gane to get the first round started, before he fires off a lightening fast southpaw […]

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Still undefeated. Improving to 8-0 — Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane scores his fifth promotional victory, taking home a dominant unanimous judging win over monstrous striker, Jairzinho ‘Bigi Boy’ Rozenstruik.

A lot of feints and pops from the shoulders of Ciryl Gane to get the first round started, before he fires off a lightening fast southpaw jab — grabbing Rozenstruik’s attention, who as usual, looked to play counter. Decent left hand for Rozenstruik lands after he briefly catches a body kick attempt from Gane. Faking another body kick, Gane launched a solid straight right hand before closing the distance and clinching. Takedown secured for Gane, however, Rozenstruik retains his full guard before closure of the opening round. 10-9 Gane.

Patience opening to the second again from Gane while Rozenstruik continues to attempt to fire off counter shots. Rozenstruik then rushes forward with Gane level changing, circling and putting the Suriname native back on the fence before almost scoring a stunning outside trip takedown. Another 10-9 for Gane. Rozenstruik yet to find his mark with any substancial counters.

A tad more lively midway through the third with both Rozenstruik and Gane trading for a moment in the middle of the Octagon. Gane working well from his southpaw right side, bouncing well on the balls of his feet and mixing up his strikes. 10-9 again for Gane who is utilizing his movement well to evade some counters from Rozenstruik, although, they are coming few and far between.

Jump knee to the body for Gane finds it’s target on the right hand side of Rozenstruik’s midsection — with the latter still yet to get out of the starting blocks at all really here in the fourth. Another knee entry from Gane catches Rozenstruik just above the cup it seems, however, we get a brief stoppage in the action. Another 10-9 for Gane who scores a decent check left hook at the fence before the klaxon. Rozenstruik in need of a finish here.

Briefly taking Rozenstruik’s back in a less than eventful round, Gane took the final round with another 10-9 — scoring a dominant 50-45 unanimous decision victory.

Below, check out the highlights from Gane’s striking masterclass win over Rozenstruik.

UFC Vegas 20 Results: Rozenstruik vs. Gane

UFCLowKick MMA will be bringing you UFC Vegas 20: Rozenstruik vs. Gane results throughout the afternoon (Sat. 27th. February 2021) from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada. Pushing forward with a second consecutive headliner, the UFC field a pivotal division clash between kickboxing ace, the heavy-hitting talent, Jairzinho ‘Bigi Boy’ Rozenstruik and dynamic French uber-prospect, Ciryl […]

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LowKick MMA will be bringing you UFC Vegas 20: Rozenstruik vs. Gane results throughout the afternoon (Sat. 27th. February 2021) from the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Pushing forward with a second consecutive headliner, the UFC field a pivotal division clash between kickboxing ace, the heavy-hitting talent, Jairzinho ‘Bigi Boy’ Rozenstruik and dynamic French uber-prospect, Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane in a mouth-watering matchup.

Both coming off statement knockout victories over former undisputed heavyweight champion, Junior dos Santos — Rozenstruik rebounded from a May knockout defeat to incoming title challenger, Francis Ngannou to stop the Brazilian at UFC 250 in June — with second round strikes.

Improving his undefeated professional record to 7-0, Fernand Lopez product and MMA Factory mainstay, Gane stuck a massive elbow to stop dos Santos also in the second round — moving to 4-0 under the UFC’s banner.

In an important light heavyweight matchup, former Fight Nights Global titleholder, Nikita Krylov makes his Octgon return as he draws the highly-touted, Magomed Ankalaev in an important clash for the light heavyweight landscape.

Ukrainian finisher, Krylov has notched a whopping fifteen submission wins, as well as a further ten knockout stoppages — most recently taking his first career decision victory in a UFC Fight Night Brasilia judging win over Johnny Walker last March.

Removing any doubt surrounding his first knockout win over Ion Cutelaba at UFC Fight Night Norfolk last February, Ankalaev moved to 2-0 against the Romanian via a late first frame stoppage at UFC 254 last October on ‘Fight Island’ — moving to 14-1 as a professional and extending his promotional-streak to five-fights.

UFC Vegas 20 Results: Rozenstruik vs. Gane

Main Card: (ESPN+ 8 p.m. ET)

Heavyweight: Jarizinho Rozenstruik vs. Ciryl Gane

Light Heavyweight: Nikita Krylov vs. Magomed Ankalaev

Flyweight: Montana De La Rosa vs. Mayra Beuno Silva

Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz vs. Jimmie Rivera

Featherweigth: Alex Caceres vs. Kevin Croom

Preliminary Card: (ESPN+ 6 p.m. ET)

Lightweight: Alexander Hernandez vs. Thiago Moises

Bantamweight: Alexis Davis vs. Sabina Mazo

Bantamweight: Vince Cachero vs. Ronnie Lawrence

Catchweight (210.5-pounds): Dustin Jacoby vs. Maxim Grishin

UFC Vegas 20 Weigh-In Results

RozenstruikTomorrow night’s UFC Vegas 20 monstrous heavyweight main event is officially set, with both Jairzinho ‘Bigi Boy’ Rozenstruik and Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane both successfully making weight below the division’s limit of 265-pounds. Expected to replace Randy Brown and make his promotional debut against the wily Alex Oliveira, Ramzan Kurmagomedov was forced out of his […]

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Tomorrow night’s UFC Vegas 20 monstrous heavyweight main event is officially set, with both Jairzinho ‘Bigi Boy’ Rozenstruik and Ciryl ‘Bon Gamin’ Gane both successfully making weight below the division’s limit of 265-pounds.

Expected to replace Randy Brown and make his promotional debut against the wily Alex Oliveira, Ramzan Kurmagomedov was forced out of his matchup this afternoon due to illness, with the pairing ultimately shelved and his debut put to one side for the time being.

Tipping the scales, Maxim Grishin will see his preliminary card opener against Dustin Jacoby proceed at a catchweight bout after he missed the lightweight limit by 4.5-pounds.

Main Card:

Jairzinho Rozenstruik (254.5-pounds) vs. Ciryl Gane (247-pounds)

Nikita Krylov (205.5-pounds) vs. Magomed Ankalaev (205.5-pounds)

Montana De La Rosa (126-pounds) vs. Mayra Bueno Silva (125.5-pounds)

Pedro Munhoz (135.5-pounds) vs. Jimmie Rivera (135.5-pounds)

Angela Hill (116-pounds) vs. Ashley Yoder (116-pounds)

Alex Caceres (146-pounds) vs. Kevin Croom (145.5-pounds)

Preliminary Card:

Thiago Moises (155.5-pounds) vs. Alexander Hernandez (156-pounds)

Sabina Mazo (135.5-pounds) vs. Alexis Davis (135-pounds)

Vince Cachero (135.5-pounds) vs. Ronnie Lawrence (135.5-pounds)

Dustin Jacoby (204.5-pounds) vs. Maxim Grishin (210.5-pounds)

Chris Leben Staying Retired, ‘Unless I’m Fighting Jake Paul Or Something’

Chris LebenChris Leben is happy in his retirement, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be coaxed out of it if the money was right. the 40-year-old had actually intended to hang up the gloves after his five-round war against Dakota Cochrane at BKFC. However, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, it put a pause on his plans […]

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Chris Leben is happy in his retirement, but that doesn’t mean he couldn’t be coaxed out of it if the money was right.

the 40-year-old had actually intended to hang up the gloves after his five-round war against Dakota Cochrane at BKFC. However, when the coronavirus pandemic hit, it put a pause on his plans to open up a new gym and gave BKFC matchmaker Nate Shook an idea.

“The Dakota Cochrane fight, there was a lot of things in the build up to that fight that didn’t work out well for me. The weight cut and everything else,” Leben explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “Nonetheless, the fight was a five-round war. Obviously, the judges had it going the other way but for me, I was actually happy that I went out on a bloodbath fight. I fought all five rounds. I was OK, that’s it, I’m done.

“It was really (BKFC matchmaker) Nate Shook was in my ear. He’s like ‘I know all the stuff before the fight that you were going through, you should go out on a win.’”

Despite finishing his MMA career at 22-12 and holding a 3-1 record in bare-knuckle boxing, something about finishing his career off a loss didn’t sit right with Leben.

“I love Nate but being a little bit of a promoter though. I was like yeah, I should go out on a win,” Leben said. “It would be way better to retire with a ‘W’ than an ‘L.’

“I start thinking about it, I’m like I’m healthy with Covid and everything else going on, there’s not a lot I can do in the way of reffing and focusing on opening my gym out here so I’m kind of a landing pattern, more or less, until this vaccination gets out further. So let’s do it. You’re right. I went for it.”

The decision ended up paying dividends, as Leben stopped Quentin Henry in just 67-seconds. Afterwards, he was able to make good on his promise and retire from combat sports for good. He plans to spend the next chapter of his life being a coach and mentor to young up-and-coming fighters, much the same way Robert Follis was to him. But if someone were to offer him a substantial paycheck, perhaps against a certain internet-celebrity-turned-boxer, he wouldn’t say no.

“Unless I’m fighting Jake Paul or something crazy like that, that’s it. I’m done,” Leben said. “I really don’t have a desire, I don’t have anything to prove. If I did, it’s because somebody wants to pay me a zillion dollars.”

Paul has called out a number of notable MMA stars, and is currently training for a boxing match against Ben Askren. a number of fans have reached out to Leben over social media and suggested he should be the one to silence the YouTube star. While Leben may not like the way Paul has done things, he doesn’t fault him for taking advantage of his opportunities.

“Honestly, a lot of people want to act like they’re true martial artists and they’re pure to the sport and it’s a disgrace. That’s all bulls—,” Chris Leben said. “Listen, they’re bringing a lot of eyes to combat sports. They’re bringing a lot of attention and a lot of focus and that’s good for us. Right now, BKFC is the fastest-growing sport in the world. Combat sports are now in everybody’s home. These combat sports athletes are household names. 10 years ago, that wasn’t the case. People are getting greedy. Don’t act like that.

“Let’s take it. It makes sense. It makes money. It draws attention. It’s like Conor [McGregor] fighting [Floyd] Mayweather, look that’s a great fight. It was great for MMA. It was great for boxing. Because you had the MMA fans watching the MMA guy, you had MMA guys ordering a boxing pay-per-view. Now all of a sudden you’ve got crossover fans, more embedded in combat sports as a whole. I think there’s no bad about it.”

“Absolutely [I’d fight Jake Paul]. You want to put an extra zero on my paycheck to fight that guy? I just fought Quentin Henry. Yeah, absolutely could fight that guy.”

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