Rockhold Lays Into Full Send Reporter For Vera “Disrespect”

Turns out it’s not just the Nelk Boys who former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold sees as “degenerates,” it’s also their Full Send MMA reporter. As the popular YouTube group’s association with the UFC has grown — pe…

Turns out it’s not just the Nelk Boys who former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold sees as “degenerates,” it’s also their Full Send MMA reporter. As the popular YouTube group’s association with the UFC has grown — peaking with a contract-awarding role on an episode of Dana White Lookin’ For a Fight — they’ve been…

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Paulo Costa credits Paddy Pimblett with weight-cutting advice ahead of UFC 278 bout with Luke Rockhold: ‘It’s not a joke anymore’

Paulo CostaAll eyes will be on Paulo Costa when he steps on the scale ahead of his UFC 278 co-main event. The Brazilian will welcome Luke Rockhold back to the Octagon after nearly three years on the shelf. The last time Costa was in action, it was at UFC Vegas 41 when he faced former title […]

Paulo Costa

All eyes will be on Paulo Costa when he steps on the scale ahead of his UFC 278 co-main event. The Brazilian will welcome Luke Rockhold back to the Octagon after nearly three years on the shelf.

The last time Costa was in action, it was at UFC Vegas 41 when he faced former title challenger Marvin Vettori. Arriving at media day events ahead of the scheduled bout, Costa showed up weighing 211 pounds for the 185-pound middleweight contest. Knowing full well he wouldn’t make the necessary weight cut, Costa negotiated to move the bout to a 195-pound catchweight bout. Vettori agreed to the change, but then Costa once again requested the weight limit be moved once again, this time to 205-pounds.

It was a bad look for the man who had just admitted to downing a whole bottle of wine prior to his UFC middleweight world title opportunity against reigning champion Israel Adesanya.

Now Paulo Costa is back and admittedly looking good ahead of the co-main event clash. During his UFC 278 media day appearance, Costa was asked if he had gotten any weight-cutting tips from surging fan-favorite Paddy Pimblett.

“Yeah, he gave me a few instructions. Man, if you look for me and Paddy, it’s not a joke anymore. We have to cut a lot of weight in a short time. When I saw Paddy fight two weeks ago, I tweeted this I said man, this is a short time to cut that much weight, but he did it. He did great, and me as well! We know how to cut weight.”

Paulo Costa Guarantees He Will Make Weight on Friday Ahead of UFC 278

While some within the MMA community have remained skeptical ahead of Paulo Costa’s return to the Octagon given his recent antics, the No. 6 ranked middleweight offered a guarantee that he would be on weight for his UFC 278 bout.

“Yes, I guarantee [he’ll make weight]. If you want to bet, I’ll bet. I can make the weight tonight.”

If his posts on Twitter are any indication, it appears that Paulo Costa is in incredible shape and ready to make another run toward the middleweight championship. First, he has to get through a former middleweight titleholder in Luke Rockhold.

Following his shocking loss to Michael Bisping at UFC 199, Luke Rockhold exited the UFC losing three of his last four bouts. After some time away, Rockhold has had the opportunity to rediscover his love to compete and is feeling a sense of calmness leading into his big return. During his appearance on ‘The MMA Hour‘ with Ariel Helwani, Rockhold discussed how he is feeling ahead of the showdown with Paulo Costa.

“It feels good. It really does, you know. People like me, we thrive off this and these nerves and this test in life. It’s good to be back, you know. I’m not here chasing this one to the end. I’m doing this because I want to, not because I need to. There’s a sense of relaxation that I have in this time and I’m just ready to fight. 

Report – Carla Esparza vs. Zhang Weili slated for UFC 281 on November 21. at MSG

Zhang WeiliAn undisputed strawweight championship fight between reigning division champion, Carla Esparza, and challenger, former division titleholder, Zhang Weili is set to co-headline UFC 281 on November 12. from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York. Attempting to secure her first successful title defense since beginning her second reign as strawweight champion, Californian veteran, […]

Zhang Weili

An undisputed strawweight championship fight between reigning division champion, Carla Esparza, and challenger, former division titleholder, Zhang Weili is set to co-headline UFC 281 on November 12. from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York.

Attempting to secure her first successful title defense since beginning her second reign as strawweight champion, Californian veteran, Esparza managed to clinch the undisputed crown back in May of this year in a lacklustre UFC 274 co-main event win over common-foe, Rose Namajunas. 

Carla Esparza will look to land her first-ever successful UFC title defense, when paired with Zhang Weili

As for Hebei native, Zhang Weili, the former undisputed champion snapped a run of back-to-back defeats against the aforenoted, Namajunas back in June at UFC 275 in Singapore – stopping another common-opponent, Joanna Jedrzejczyk with a blistering second round spinning back-fist knockout. Ariel Helwani was first to report the news of Carla Esparza’s title defense against Zhang Weili at UFC 281. 

The inaugural UFC strawweight champion, Team Oyama mainstay, Esparza managed to defeat Namajunas first back in December 2014, winning The Ultimate Fighter 20 as a result to boot.

Dropping the title immediately in a dominant striking loss to Jedrzejczyk, Esparza currently finds herself in the midst of an impressive run of six straight wins, adding Namajunas to prior victories against Virna Jandiroba, Alexa Grasso, Michelle Waterson, Marina Rodriguez, and Yan Xiaonan. 

Winning her strawweight title on home soil in an August 2019 knockout win over Jessica Andrade, Weili would turn in a consensus 2020 Fight of the Year performance en route to a decision win over Jedrzejczyk in her sole title defense, before dropping the title to Namajunas in April of last year in a brutal high kick KO loss. 

UFC 281 takes place on November 12. from Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York – with an official headlining bout for the penultimate pay-per-view event of 2022 yet to be determined by the promotion.

Esparza vs. Zhang Reportedly Signed For UFC 281 On Nov. 12

A second title fight looks set to go down inside Madison Square Garden on November 12, with a bout between Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili reportedly agreed to for UFC 281. Joining a blockbuster headliner between middleweight king Israel Adesanya and Ale…

A second title fight looks set to go down inside Madison Square Garden on November 12, with a bout between Carla Esparza and Zhang Weili reportedly agreed to for UFC 281. Joining a blockbuster headliner between middleweight king Israel Adesanya and Alex Pereira later this year will be the first defense of Esparza’s second reign….

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Exclusive | Jay Perrin looking for a Nate Diaz moment against Aoriqileng at UFC 278: ‘I want that more than anything’

Jay PerrinIn the early prelims of UFC 278, Jay Perrin faces off against Aoriqileng in an exhilarating bantamweight bout that promises to be an instant contender for fight of the night. Jay Perrin recently spoke with Mike Owens in a LowKickMMA Exclusive, where he discussed exactly why there is so much excitement surrounding this bout. He […]

Jay Perrin

In the early prelims of UFC 278, Jay Perrin faces off against Aoriqileng in an exhilarating bantamweight bout that promises to be an instant contender for fight of the night.

Jay Perrin recently spoke with Mike Owens in a LowKickMMA Exclusive, where he discussed exactly why there is so much excitement surrounding this bout. He stated:

“I think the matchmakers did a good job. I do. I think after my last fight I proved that I’m willing to stand there and trade with people. My boxing’s good enough to do all that. Aoriqileng is – he’s deceptive because he appears to have more tools than he does, but he’s hyper aggressive. And there’s two versions of him. He’s either gonna back up, he backed up a little bit against Cameron Else, I don’t think he’s going to do that against me. I think that me and him are going to stand in the middle and trade a little bit. And we’re gonna figure out whose gonna take a backstep first. That s**t sets my teeth on edge, I love that idea.”

‘The Joker’ went on to state that he has hopes of recreating similar moments to that of the iconic fan favorite, Nate Diaz.

“I have that photo of Nate Diaz, he’s got all the blood all over him. He’s f**king throwing – I want that more than anything. And I think Aoriqileng is the guy to give it to me. He’s got a big right hand. He’s gonna come forward at me, he’s not gonna stop. But again, I’ve said it before and this is just a fact, you got sat down by a 125er. More than one time. I’m not a 125er. I really do think one of my right hands are gonna connect on his jaw and he’s gonna fall down.”

Jay Perrin talks fighting in front of a sold out crowd

Whilst this is not Jay Perrin’s first bout in the UFC, it will be his first fight in front of a sold out arena full of fans. ‘The Joker’s’ only prior fight for the promotion came in the Apex Arena, when he dropped a competitive decision loss to Mario Bautista.

“The Apex is wonderful. But it feels more like a regional fight, if that makes sense. Because it’s so intimate. You can hear everybody. Not that you can’t hear everybody in a big crowd, but 30,000 people, all that s**t is just noise. That’s what we live for. We live for the walk I’m about to make. You can either look at it as something that’s a giant hill, or you can be like ‘look man, this is what I’ve been wanting for my whole life.’ So I can’t be anything but excited to walk out through the tunnel, finally, it’s a tunnel, that I’m gonna walk through, and there’s gonna be 30,000 people. I’ve waited since I was 14 to do this.”

Are you looking forward to Jay Perrin’s fight this weekend?

Usman Responds To If He’d Fight Jon Jones At Light Heavyweight

UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman didn’t reject the idea of a light heavyweight meeting with Jon Jones down the line during a recent media interaction. Usman currently occupies the throne at 170 pounds, where he’s defended the gold fiv…

UFC Welterweight Champion Kamaru Usman didn’t reject the idea of a light heavyweight meeting with Jon Jones down the line during a recent media interaction. Usman currently occupies the throne at 170 pounds, where he’s defended the gold five times since unseating Tyron Woodley in 2019. Having dispatched Jorge Masvidal, Colby Covington, and Gilbert Burns,…

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