UFC Rankings Update: Zabit and Volkov Rise

In the main event of UFC Moscow, Zabit Magomedsharipov beat Calvin Kattar to remain undefeated in the UFC. The win also put him into the top-four of the featherweight division. In the co-main event, Alexander Volkov beat Greg Hardy by decision which ra…

In the main event of UFC Moscow, Zabit Magomedsharipov beat Calvin Kattar to remain undefeated in the UFC. The win also put him into the top-four of the featherweight division. In the co-main event, Alexander Volkov beat Greg Hardy by decision which raised Volkov’s stature in the heavyweight rankings. Check out the newest UFC rankings […]

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Randy Couture Wished Greg Hardy Luck Before UFC Moscow (Video)

It looks like Greg Hardy received quite the pep talk before his UFC Moscow co-main event this past weekend. Hardy met Alexander Volkov in Russia on Saturday afternoon, but couldn’t get the job done, losing via decision. Prior to the fight, however, Hardy received a Cameo video message from UFC Hall Of Famer Randy Couture, […]

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It looks like Greg Hardy received quite the pep talk before his UFC Moscow co-main event this past weekend. Hardy met Alexander Volkov in Russia on Saturday afternoon, but couldn’t get the job done, losing via decision.

Prior to the fight, however, Hardy received a Cameo video message from UFC Hall Of Famer Randy Couture, wishing Hardy good luck before his fight. Cameo is a service in which fans can buy personalized shoutout messages from their favorite celebrities.

Couture is one of several names in mixed martial arts (MMA) who provide the service. In his video, Couture wished Hardy good luck against Volkov, commended him on fighting for the fifth time this year, and joked about his previous inhaler use.

Check it out here:

Couture is just getting over a heart attack that he suffered late last month. The incident occurred after a workout at his gym. Couture then walked himself to the hospital where he was treated immediately. He released the following statement shortly after.

“Contrary to recent rumors, I have not kicked the bucket yet,” Couture wrote. “I am alive and well. Special thanks to the amazing staff at Cedars Sinai Hospital. From the ER to cardiac ICU thanks for taking care of me.

“I’m one of those people that has crazy thick blood and nominally high bad cholesterol. Unfortunately, those 2 factors combined to create a nice clot including my diagonal artery. The (catheterization laboratory) at Cedars got right on it, cleared it out and placed a stent in its place.

“Thanks to all of you out there expressing your concern. Your love and support mean the world to me and my family. Live your lives to the fullest. You never know when you’ll draw that last breath in!”

What do you make of Couture’s good luck video to Hardy?

 

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Zabit Magomedsharipov ‘Happy’ To Face Max Holloway vs. Alexander Volkanovski Winner

Zabit Magomedsharipov believes he is deserving of the next crack at the UFC featherweight title. Magomedsharipov made it six straight wins with the promotion following a unanimous decision triumph over Calvin Kattar in the UFC Moscow headliner on Saturday. Kattar served as the Dagestan native’s toughest task yet and even troubled Magomedsharipov in the third […]

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Zabit Magomedsharipov believes he is deserving of the next crack at the UFC featherweight title.

Magomedsharipov made it six straight wins with the promotion following a unanimous decision triumph over Calvin Kattar in the UFC Moscow headliner on Saturday. Kattar served as the Dagestan native’s toughest task yet and even troubled Magomedsharipov in the third round. However, Magomedsharipov did enough to get the win.

As for his slow third round showing, the 28-year-old attributed it to an infection he had while he was training in Thailand:

“I knew he was a tough guy,” he said via translator about Kattar during the ESPN post fight show (via MMA Fighting). “We didn’t expect him to block so much, so I had to kick him in the legs. This is what was different from our expectations.

“… I got a little tired in the third round because I had an infection when I was in Thailand. I have to take antibiotics, so I think that influenced my performance.”

Regardless, Magomedsharipov got the victory and is now seemingly in title contention. Featherweight champion Max Holloway is scheduled to defend his title against Alexander Volkanovski at UFC 245 next month.

And Magomedsharipov wants to face the winner next:

“I think it is going to be a very exciting fight; I can’t wait to see it,” Magomedsharipov added of the UFC 245 co-headliner. “I will also be happy to face the winner of this upcoming fight.

“I think I fully deserve the title fight and after enough preparation, I should be more than ready to have a go at the title.”

Do you think Magomedsharipov should get the next crack at the title?

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Greg Hardy Speaks On UFC Moscow Loss To Alexander Volkov

Greg Hardy has spoken on his UFC Moscow loss and he isn’t making excuses. Yesterday (Nov. 9), Hardy shared the Octagon with Alexander Volkov. The heavyweight clash served as the co-main event of UFC Moscow. Hardy stepped up as a late replacement …

Greg Hardy has spoken on his UFC Moscow loss and he isn’t making excuses. Yesterday (Nov. 9), Hardy shared the Octagon with Alexander Volkov. The heavyweight clash served as the co-main event of UFC Moscow. Hardy stepped up as a late replacement opponent when Junior dos Santos was yanked due to a bacterial infection. Volkov […]

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Greg Hardy ‘Devastated’ By Performance At UFC Moscow

Heavyweight prospect Greg Hardy is taking his loss to Alexander Volkov harder than most would expect. Hardy stepped in on short notice to face Volkov in the co-main event of UFC Moscow on Saturday. It was a huge step up in competition and while the former NFL star went on to lose via unanimous decision, […]

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Heavyweight prospect Greg Hardy is taking his loss to Alexander Volkov harder than most would expect.

Hardy stepped in on short notice to face Volkov in the co-main event of UFC Moscow on Saturday. It was a huge step up in competition and while the former NFL star went on to lose via unanimous decision, he wasn’t really dominated like most expected.

He also hurt his hand early on in the fight, taking away his main weapon. But despite all that, he isn’t offering any excuses as he felt he could have done better on the night:

“Not a single one [excuse],” he told ESPN after the fight (via MMA Junkie). “No excuses. … I fought a great opponent, and (I’m) clearly devastated by the decision. I didn’t fight well enough, plain and simple. That’s the hardest thing to tell yourself after you go to war. I didn’t earn it today.

“I’m going to have to check out the film, see what I did wrong, analyze it professionally. But right now, the only thing that matters is the ‘W,’ and I didn’t leave with the ‘W,’ so that means there’s work to be done. I didn’t do exactly what I said I was going to do, and that makes me feel very bad.”

Despite his disappointment, Hardy still hopes to eventually reach his high expectations. The first step in achieving that is returning to the Octagon better than ever after this experience:

“I don’t think the bar is too high. I think it’s there,” he added. “The bar where I want to get to is astronomically high. It’s so far away from me now, I’m in tears on the inside, man.

“I have a lot to go and get, man, and I’m going to go and get it. I’m going to bleed, and I’m going to sweat until it’s done, and when I come back I will be the ‘King of War’. But right now, I’m humbly bowing down as the ‘Prince of War’ in defeat to one of the best in the game right now.”

What did you think of Hardy’s reaction?

 

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UFC Moscow Reebok Fighter Payouts: Ed Herman Tops List

UFC Moscow is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money. UFC Moscow (also known as UFC on ESPN+ 21) took place on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at CSKA Arena in Moscow, Russia. The main card aired on ESPN…

UFC Moscow is in the books, and now it’s time for Reebok to pay the fighters their sponsorship money. UFC Moscow (also known as UFC on ESPN+ 21) took place on Saturday, November 9, 2019 at CSKA Arena in Moscow, Russia. The main card aired on ESPN+ at 2 p.m ET. The preliminary card aired […]

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