Max Holloway mocks Ilia Topuria’s demands for potential title fight: ‘That’s kind of un-BMF’

Max Holloway mocks Ilia Topuria's demands for potential title fight: 'That’s kind of un-BMF'Max Holloway doesn’t think Ilia Topuria is acting like a true BMF. Following Holloway’s incredible buzzer-beating knockout of Justin…

Max Holloway mocks Ilia Topuria's demands for potential title fight: 'That’s kind of un-BMF'

Max Holloway doesn’t think Ilia Topuria is acting like a true BMF.

Following Holloway’s incredible buzzer-beating knockout of Justin Gaethje to win the UFC’s bragging rights belt on April 13, reigning featherweight champion Ilia Topuria opened the door for a potential clash between the two titleholders if — and only if — ‘Blessed’ puts his BMF title up for grabs

“Without the BMF belt [on the line], I don’t want him at all,” Topuria said on The MMA Hour. “If not, I’m gonna fight with Volk who deserves more than him, the rematch. Because he has that belt, I’m excited about that. That’s why I want him. He’s been saying, ‘Right now I have a lot of options.’ He doesn’t have any options. I’m the champion right now, I choose the date, I choose the place. He just has to be ready and wait for the call. Whenever I want him, he has to be ready.”

Responding to Topuria’s demand, Max Holloway questioned whether or not ‘El Matador’ was exhibiting the characteristics of a true BMF.

“That’s not a very ‘BMF’ way to say it,” Holloway told Jim Rome. “A ‘BMF’ wouldn’t say, ‘I’m not going to fight this guy unless …’ That’s kind of un-‘BMF.’ Doesn’t sound ‘BMF’ the way he’s trying to demand it and saying, ‘I’m not going to fight.’

“A ‘BMF’ fights whatever, fights whoever, whenever, any weight, any time, and that’s not a tone of a ‘BMF.’”

Staying true to the BMF way, Max Holloway is adamant that he’ll fight any man the UFC chooses to put in front of him, but a world title tussle with Ilia Topuria is at the top of his last.

Ilia Topuria open to a rematch with Alexander Volkanovski if Max Holloway Fight doesn’t happen

Topuria, on the other hand, did open the door to a potential rematch with Alexander Volkanovski, the man he took the featherweight strap from at UFC 298 in February.

Ilia Topuria

However, ‘El Matador’ has a great deal of respect for the former champ and wants ‘The Great’ to take plenty of time to rest and recover after suffering a pair of brutal back-to-back knockouts.

“Alexander Volkanovki’s been the world champ,” Topuria said. “He’s defended it six or seven times. He’s a pound-for-pound fighter. The most technical guy I’ve fought ever. There’s a reason he’s been a world champion, but I think he needs more time to recover. He fought at the end of the year and got knocked out [by Islam Makhachev]. 

“I knocked him out and if he doesn’t get the time to recover, he’ll get knocked out three times in one year, or something like that. I just want the best for him. I want the best version of Volkanovski.”

Ilia Topuria
Ilia Topuria
Ilia Topuria

UFC, WWE top Forbes’ 2024 list of the most valuable combat sports promotions

UFC, WWE top Forbes' 2024 list of the most valuable combat sports promotionsUltimate Fighting Championship is the most valuable combat sports promotion with its business buddy, World Wrestling Entertainment, sitting comfortably…

UFC, WWE top Forbes' 2024 list of the most valuable combat sports promotions

Ultimate Fighting Championship is the most valuable combat sports promotion with its business buddy, World Wrestling Entertainment, sitting comfortably in the No. 2 spot.

Combat sports are more popular than ever. That was more than evident following Saturday’s massive UFC 300 card in Las Vegas. Even before fight night, the UFC expected recording-breaking numbers at the gate and more than a million pay-per-view purchases.

Following the landmark event, UFC CEO Dana White confirmed that the event had brought in more than $16.5 million in ticket sales, making it the third-best in the company’s 30+ year history.

So it should come as no surprise that the UFC is listed as the most valuable combat sports organization in the world according to Forbes’ list of The Most Valuable Combat Sports Promotions Of 2024 with a whopping $11.3 billion evaluation.

UFC tops Forbes' list

Coming in second place is WWE, the pro wrestling giant received a $6.8 billion evaluation on the heels of WrestleMania 40. The two-night spectacular scored rave reviews from fans and per WWE, the gate for the event was up 78% compared to the previous record set during WrestleMania 39, with 145,298 in attendance across both nights this year.

In 2023, the UFC’s parent company Endeavor purchased WWE and merged the two organizations under one banner, TKO Group Holdings.

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Two of the UFC and WWE’s competitors make forbes’ top five Most Valuable Combat Sports Companies

Rounding out the top five was All Elite Wrestling, the WWE’s top competitor in the world of sports entertainment. Owned by Tony Khan, AEW is worth a reported $2 billion.

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Singapore-based combat sports entity ONE Championship, founded by CEO Chatri Sityodtong is listed at No. 4 with an estimated worth of $1.3 billion.

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Coming in fifth is Matchroom Boxing, a UK-based sporting event promotions company founded by Barry Hearn and run by him and his son Eddie Hearn, valued at $850 million. The three other boxing promotions in the top 10 were Top Rank Boxing ($630 million), Premier Boxing Championship ($600 million) and Golden Boy Promotions ($450 million).

Sean Strickland vows to make ‘dirty Brazilian’ Paulo Costa bleed in anticipated UFC 302 fight

Sean Strickland vows to make 'dirty Brazilian' Paulo Costa bleed in anticipated UFC 302 fightSean Strickland is going to make Paulo Costa bleed. On Saturday, June 1, Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the…

Sean Strickland vows to make 'dirty Brazilian' Paulo Costa bleed in anticipated UFC 302 fight

Sean Strickland is going to make Paulo Costa bleed.

On Saturday, June 1, Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey for a stacked night of fights headlined by a lightweight title clash between reigning champion Islam Makhachev and No. 4 ranked contender Dustin Poirier.

Also scheduled to go down that night is a high-stakes middleweight showdown between former titleholder Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa.

Sean Strickland vs. Paulo Costa

Initially, Costa claimed that Strickland had turned down the proposed fight which prompted ‘Tarzan’ to clarify that he didn’t turn down the fight — he turned down the UFC’s lowball offer to fight on seven weeks’ notice. That has since been resolved, resulting in the bout being officially announced by Dana White during the UFC 300 post-fight press conference.

Sean Strickland

Gearing up for their summertime scrap, Strickland sent his opponent a message on Instagram in an unsurprisingly Strickland-esque way.

“You know, you guys, I like Costa.  He’s a funny guy.  He makes me laugh.  He’s pro-free speech.  I like that guy,” Strickland said in a video.  “But I’m going to make that dirty Brazilian bleed.  I’m going to do it for Brazil because Brazil doesn’t even like Costa.  So, hey, Brazil, this is for you guys.  Let’s get it done.”

Sean Strickland and Paulo Costa Looking to get back in the win column

UFC 302 will be Sean Strickland’s first fight since surrendering the 185-pound crown to current champ Dricus Du Plessis.

Sean Strickland vs. DDP

‘Tarzan’ lobbied hard for an immediate rematch with ‘Stillknocks,’ but with the promotion intent on booking DDP’s first title defense against two-time titleholder Israel Adesanya, Strickland will have to fight down in the rankings before bagging another shot at UFC gold.

Competing for the first time in a year and a half, Costa returned at UFC 288 for a fight with Robert Whittaker. ‘The Eraser’ came up short, suffering a unanimous decision defeat at the hands of ‘The Reaper.’

Paulo Costa vs. Robert Whittaker

Rejected! Jiri Prochazka declines Jamahal Hill’s post-UFC 300 callout: ‘I’d like to fight for the title’

MixCollage 18 Apr 2024 03 51 PM 8541Jiri Prochazka has no interest in a fight with Jamahal Hill. Following his big win over Aleksandar Rakic at…

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Jiri Prochazka has no interest in a fight with Jamahal Hill.

Following his big win over Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 300, Prochazka moved into the No. 1 spot in the light heavyweight rankings — though Jamahal Hill deserves some of the credit for that. ‘Sweet Dreams’ was the division’s top-ranked-contender before suffering a brutal first-round knockout at the hands of reigning 205-pound king Alex Pereira in the landmark event’s headliner.

Alex Pereira KOs Jamahal Hill

Since then, Hill laid down a proposal to Jiri Prochazka, challenging the Czech to a fight for the right to rematch ‘Poatan’ later this year.

Jamahal Hill challenges Jiri Prochazka

Responding to the former champ’s request during an appearance on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Prochazka declined the offer. Instead, ‘BJP’ would prefer to jump right into the Octagon with Pereira — even if it means riding into enemy territory on two weeks’ notice.

“I like to fight for the title,” Prochazka said. “Especially after the decision in New York. The fact I won the fight last Saturday, that’s the only thing I feel right now. That’s what my management is working on. I am [confident]. As soon as possible. If that will be for the title with Alex, I am open to take the date in Brazil, like in two weeks. If there will be another date, let’s see.”

Jiri Prochazka may have to get in line behind Magomed Ankalaev

Prochazka came up short against Alex Pereira in their inaugural meeting in November at MSG for the vacant light heavyweight title. With the win over Rakic, ‘BJP’ certainly has a case for the rematch, but he may have to get in line as Russian standout Magomed Ankalaev appears to be the defacto next man in line for the Brazilian powerhouse.

Magomed Ankalaev

Ankalaev is currently sitting on a 10-fight win streak, with knockouts against Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith and Johnny Walker. In between those two performances came a split draw against ex-titleholder Jan Blachowicz at UFC 282.

With things a bit cluttered at the top of the light heavyweight division, Pereira’s next opponent is not exactly clear. Perhaps Dana White and Co. can work that out while ‘Poatan’ makes a pit stop to bag a third UFC title?

Ryan Garcia questions who would win in a hypothetical ‘Coked Out’ fight versus Jon Jones

Ryan Garcia questions who would win in a hypothetical 'coked out' fight versus Jon JonesRyan Garcia is mere hours away from a 12-round title fight with Devin Haney — and yet that seems…

Ryan Garcia questions who would win in a hypothetical 'coked out' fight versus Jon Jones

Ryan Garcia is mere hours away from a 12-round title fight with Devin Haney — and yet that seems to be the furthest thing from his mind.

Returning to the ring on Saturday, April 20, ‘The Flash’ will look to claim the WBC super lightweight championship when he steps inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY.

Ryan Garcia vs. Devin Haney

Unfortunately, in the weeks leading up to their highly anticipated scrap, Garcia has come completely unhinged on social media.

It all seemingly began with a post in March that had many, including Garcia’s ex-wife, legitimately concerned about whether or not he was still alive. Shortly after revealing that he was still alive, Garcia engaged in a bizarre interview with Andrew Tate which prompted the Nevada State Athletic Commission to request a mental health examination.

Continuing the trend, Garcia posed a question to his fans on social media that is sure to turn some heads.

Ryan Garcia

“Ok hypothetically, hear me out,” Garcia wrote on X. “Jon Jones vs Ryan Garcia. We are both coked out. WHO WINS????”

Jon Jones is certainly no stranger to partying with a little white stuff, but we’re assuming ‘Bones’ is a little too busy dealing with his latest legal debacle to get cranked up and have a slap fight with ‘King Ryan.’

Ryan Garcia booted from NY Mets games during fight week

Earlier this week, Garcia was booted from a New York Mets game where he was scheduled to throw out the first pitch.

Both Garcia and his opponent, Devin Haney were in attendance and set to participate in the festivities ahead of the Mets-Pirates game on Tuesday night at Citi Field. However, stadium officials decided to pull the plug at the last minute, prompting Garcia to post yet another rant on social media.

‘’Yo guys, the Mets just wasted three hours of our life,” Garcia shouted on social media. “To say at the end, ‘You can’t throw the pitch,’ for whatever reason. There was no reason, and they kicked us out for no reason. I’m personally gonna say f*ck the Mets. Don’t ever go to a f*cking Mets game again, f*ck the Mets.’’

Ryan Garcia

According to Chris Mannix, a senior writer for Sports Illustrated, the Mets were afraid that having both Garcia and Haney together would result in a repeat of their viral altercation atop the Empire State Building.

“Bizarre scene tonight at Citi Field in New York, where Devin Haney and Ryan Garcia were scheduled to throw out the first pitch of Mets-Pirates,” Mannix wrote on X. “Mets officials pulled the plug on it after the fighters arrived, I’m told by sources with direct knowledge, because they didn’t want to risk an incident on the field. Haney and Garcia, who will face off Saturday at Barclays Center, scuffled at the Empire State Building earlier today.”

Devin Haney shoves Ryan Garcia

Jorge Masvidal confirms plan to make UFC return after Nate Diaz boxing match: ‘I’m definitely coming back’

Jorge Masvidal confirms plans to make UFC return after Nate Diaz boxing I'm coming backFormer two-time welterweight title challenger, Jorge Masvidal may be gearing up for a June return to the boxing ring…

Jorge Masvidal confirms plans to make UFC return after Nate Diaz boxing I'm coming back

Former two-time welterweight title challenger, Jorge Masvidal may be gearing up for a June return to the boxing ring in a rematch against fellow UFC alum, Nate Diaz – however, the Miami native has confirmed plans to make an Octagon comeback before too long.

Masvidal, a former perennial contender at the welterweight limit and the promotion’s inaugural symbolic BMF champion, called time on his professional mixed martial arts career back in April of last year. 

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Suffering a fourth consecutive loss in a decision shutout defeat to Gilbert Burns, Florida veteran, Masvidal confirmed plans to end his tenure in the sport, following a decision loss to arch-rival, Colby Covington – and a pair of championship fight losses to former champion, Kamaru Usman. 

Nate Diaz set to fight Jorge Masvidal in boxing rematch in Inglewood on June 1

And switching his attention to fight promoting with Gamebred Fighting Championship, Masvidal will renew his career in combat sports in June in a return to Las Vegas, taking on the above-mentioned, Diaz in a re-run of their 2019 fight under the UFC banner. 

Jorge Masvidal confirms plans for UFC return

Despite his upcoming sophomore outing inside the ring, Masvidal confirmed he would making a return to the UFC in the near future, vowing to finally snap a losing skid spanning four fights.

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“I’m definitely coming back to the UFC and get a W for my city, and my family, my kids and everybody that believes in me,” Jorge Masvidal explained during an interview with MMA Junkie. “I have to go back to the UFC.” 

In his most recent win, Masvidal would turn in a third round doctor’s stoppage TKO win over the above-mentioned Diaz in the pair’s symbolic BMF title fight, during a clash at Madison Square Garden five years ago. 

Who would you like to see Jorge Masvidal fight in a return to the UFC?