Gegard Mousasi Reveals Plan To Beat Robert Whittaker

Despite them being in two different promotions, Mousasi is keeping a close eye on Whittaker.

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Gegard Mousasi sounds off on how fighters can beat UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker – even if they don’t fight in the same promotion.

Different Places

Whittaker won the interim title when he beat Yoel Romero back at UFC 213 in July of 2017 by unanimous decision. Whittaker became the official champion in late 2017.

The UFC has already announced that once Whittaker is healthy enough to fight again, he will make his next title defense against top contender Kelvin Gastelum. Whittaker will also coach The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 28 opposite of Gastelum prior to them fighting for the strap.

The Bellator middleweight champion is slated to fight welterweight champion Rory MacDonald at the Bellator 206 event.

Mousasi Sounds Off

Although they are not in the same promotion obviously, that hasn’t stopped Mousasi from keeping a close eye on the UFC middleweight champion.

He talked about it during a recent conference call. Mousasi noted that Whittaker has an exceptional level of striking ability. He believes that in order to beat him, his opponent needs some good skills in the stand-up area.

“It’s all about matchups,” Mousasi said (transcript courtesy of MMAJunkie). “To fight Whittaker, I think a guy with good skills in standup can defeat him. I don’t care about being the best or not,” Mousasi said. “But on the 29th, I have to be the best.”

Bellator 206 will go down this weekend (Saturday, September 29, 2018). The card will air live from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. The preliminary card will air online at 7:00 pm EST while the main card will air on DAZN and Paramount Network at 9:00 PM EST.

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Quote: Conor McGregor Is ‘Doing Cocaine’ Instead Of Promoting UFC 229

Very little has been heard from Conor McGregor heading into October 6’s UFC 229 from Las Vegas. Apparently, that’s okay, however, as another outspoken UFC trash talker is ready to get the smack talk rolling for him. McGregor has eschewed appearing in the limelight in order to focus on training for a fight many think will be […]

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Very little has been heard from Conor McGregor heading into October 6’s UFC 229 from Las Vegas.

Apparently, that’s okay, however, as another outspoken UFC trash talker is ready to get the smack talk rolling for him.

McGregor has eschewed appearing in the limelight in order to focus on training for a fight many think will be his toughest ever. The UFC is reportedly a bit miffed with McGregor’s lack of promotion for the fight.

One prominent UFC name believes there is another reason for his media silence.

“Chaos” Sounds Off Again

Former UFC interim champion Colby Covington recently told BJ Penn Radio (via MMA Mania) that McGregor has gone soft and is doing cocaine and partying with hookers instead of training:

“He’s doing his little cocaine, and he’s partying a lot with his hookers. He’s getting a little soft, he’s a little, he’s a coked-up little leprechaun who’s getting a little soft, so I completely understand why he doesn’t want to do promotion.”

Covington defeated former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos by unanimous decision at June’s UFC 225. He was offered a fight against champion Tyron Woodley. Covington cited a recent sinus surgery as the reason he couldn’t participate in the biggest fight of his career so far.

Woodley went on to dominate Darren Till at September 8’s UFC 228. The consensus is that he and Covington will eventually face off for the title soon. McGregor has his hands full with Nurmagomedov, meanwhile. The Irish superstar will finally appear opposite his Dagestani rival at a press conference this Thursday.

The MMA world expects the trash talk to get rolling at that date and time. The fight has received precious little mainstream promotion despite its billing as the biggest UFC match of all-time. McGregor has been out of action since defeating Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title in late 2016.

The 155-pound title was stripped from McGregor due to inactivity. McGregor will attempt to win back the belt he never officially lost against ‘The Eagle.’

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Manager Shoots Down Reports Of RDA vs. Usman

A high-profile welterweight match reportedly isn’t happening – yet. Word broke today (Wed., September 12, 2018) from Combate that recent interim title challenger Rafael dos Anjos would take on surging contender Kamaru Usman at November 30’s The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 28 Finale from the Pearl Theatre at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. The […]

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A high-profile welterweight match reportedly isn’t happening – yet.

Word broke today (Wed., September 12, 2018) from Combate that recent interim title challenger Rafael dos Anjos would take on surging contender Kamaru Usman at November 30’s The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 28 Finale from the Pearl Theatre at the Palms Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The bout was supposed to headline the event, however, Usman’s manager Ali Abdelaziz replied on Twitter that he heard no word of the fight:

Former lightweight champ dos Anjos was last seen losing an interim title bout to Colby Covington in the co-main event of June’s UFC 225. He had previously been on quite the tear since moving up to welterweight, winning three straights bouts at 170 pounds.

Meanwhile, the dominant Usman was last seen dominating former title contender Demian Maia in a lackluster unanimous decision win in Santiago, Chile, this May. The 17-1 contender has won all eight of his UFC match-ups since debuting as the TUF 21 champion in 2015.

We’ll keep you updated on this potential match-up.

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Colby Covington Predicts Dismal PPV Buy Rate For UFC 228

Colby Covington predicts UFC 228 buy rate.

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Interim UFC welterweight champion Colby Covington has predicted the buy rate for UFC 228: Woodley vs. Till- it’s dismal.

It’s not surprising to see the brash Covington take a shot at the upcoming UFC 228 card. After all, “Chaos” himself believes he holds the “real” welterweight strap. And that the title Tyron Woodley and Darren Till will fight for next weekend (Sept. 8, 2018) is nothing more than a glorified paperweight.

Covington has repeatedly stated that the fans have no interest in watching Woodley fight. The confident wrestler believes that if he was fighting at UFC 228 that the buy rate would far exceed what is expected next weekend.

“It’s short-sighted. That fight’s not going to do 100,000 buys. Mark my words. If it does 100,000 buys, it will barely be over that,” Covington told FloCombat. “If they would have waited a couple of months, it’s going to do a minimum of 500,000 buys.”

Covington may have a slightly inflated self-worth. After all, his co-main event fight at UFC 225 helped produce a PPV buy rate of 250,000 buys. That’s half of Covington’s claim of 500,000 for a potential fight between Woodley and himself.

“Chaos” also believes the UFC purposely paired Woodly and Till on a card with a solid co-main event, as to help drive PPV numbers.

“I don’t know why they wanted to rush it, but unfortunately they needed a main event for that Dallas card ‘cause that women’s fight, no one knows who they are,” Covington said. “No one even knows they’re fighting. I don’t even know what the girls’ names are and I don’t care about that fight. So they needed a main event and everybody else is sucking on their thumbs and not ready to make the UFC and MMA great again.”

”They had to put Tyron out there since he’s been faking injuries and hanging out in Hollywood like a little liberal soy boy.”

The usually outspoken Covington was reluctant to predict a winner in the Woodley-Till fight. However, he was more than happy to talk about who was going to lose. The fans.

“I don’t know who’s going to win but I do know who’s going to lose, and that’s the fans,” Covington said. “They’re really going to lose with that fight. I hope Tyrone [sic] Woodley doesn’t f*ck this up. That’s the money fight. We’ve got a real beef. We used to train at American Top Team and I whooped his *** and he hasn’t been back since ‘cause he knows I’ll whoop his *** again.”

”I hope he doesn’t f*ck this up and f*ck up this money fight but I’ll tell you who loses in all of this and that’s the fans.”

 

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Yoel Romero Says He’ll ‘Start Charging USADA Rent’

Yoel Romero says USADA might as well just move in with him.

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Yoel Romero says USADA might as well move in with him.

The hulking top-ranked UFC middleweight recently shared a photograph of his latest USADA drug test. “The Soldier of God” doesn’t appear too pleased with the frequency they’re testing him at.

Romero posted on his Instagram that they had visited him twice in this month alone. He then joked he would “start charging them rent” because of that frequency:

“2 times in the month #iluhju usada. Soon I will start charging rent and you can just stay with me in my house ? #seeyousoonboi”

Romero recently saw his supposedly confirmed fight with rising star Paulo Costa stricken off November’s UFC 230. The Cuban powerhouse said he needed more time to recover due to surgery for a broken orbital suffered in his close loss to Robert Whittaker at UFC 225.

The Olympic medalist has missed weight for his last two fights, rendering them non-title affairs because of it. He recently confirmed he would not move up to light heavyweight regardless.

As for USADA, Romero was suspended for six months due to a failed test that was ultimately deemed a contaminated supplement.

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Report: Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou Set For UFC Beijing

A truly massive heavyweight showdown is reportedly set for UFC Beijing.

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Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou is reportedly set for the UFC’s first foray into Beijing.

Sources told ESPN that the fight will headline the event on November 24, 2018. Both camps have agreed to the fight.

The bout is also a rematch of their 2016 fight which Ngannou won by TKO via doctor’s stoppage.

The surging “Razor” comes into the bout off of by far his biggest win. He finished former title challenger Alistair Overeem via brutal TKO at UFC 225 earlier this year. Blaydes has won five of his six UFC bouts since. The lone blemish was a no contest in his original TKO win over Milstead. That result was overturned when Blaydes tested positive for cannabis.

Ngannou, meanwhile, will come into the fight off a concerning two-fight skid. The once-touted challenger was on top of the MMA world as recently as this January. He knocked out Overeem with one of the more brutal uppercuts MMA has ever seen to earn a shot at then-champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. Miocic proceeded to throttle Ngannou over the course of five rounds.

He then went on to face Derrick Lewis in one of the summer’s most anticipated fights at UFC 226 in July. The bout was one of the most jaw-droppingly boring fights in UFC heavyweight history. Ngannou lost by unanimous decision to put his future in question.

“The Predator” had knocked out or submitted six straight foes prior to the losing streak.

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