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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Exclusive: Stephen Thompson aims for a sell-out rematch with Jorge Masvidal: “The NMF vs. The BMF? Let’s go!”

Stephen ThompsonStephen Thompson (16-6-1 MMA) has expressed his desire for an all-out striking rematch against his old foe, Jorge Masvidal (35- 16 MMA).  After signing a new six-fight contract with the UFC in December of 2021, Thompson has still yet to be booked in for his next trip to the octagon, having lost his last bout […]

Stephen Thompson

Stephen Thompson (16-6-1 MMA) has expressed his desire for an all-out striking rematch against his old foe, Jorge Masvidal (35- 16 MMA). 

After signing a new six-fight contract with the UFC in December of 2021, Thompson has still yet to be booked in for his next trip to the octagon, having lost his last bout against Belal Muhammed (21-3 MMA) via a unanimous decision.

Despite the fact that the Simpsonville native coming off back-to-back losses against both welterweight contenders Belal Muhammed and Gilbert Burns, during a recent interview with LowKickMMA reporter, Mike Owens, Thompson expressed that he is still confident he will rediscover his title-challenging form as he continues to focus on winning UFC gold at 170lbs.

The goal has always been and always will be the title,” Stephen Thompson explained.

 “Yeah, I had those two setbacks and everybody’s like, ‘Stephen, you’re turning 40 years old,’ it’s like common man I feel like I’m 25! I haven’t taken a tone of damage, I feel great and still improving every day. I came into this game fairly late at 28 years old and I’m still learning. I think it’s still there… so yeah, the goal is always the same.

Stephen Thompson eyes up a rematch against Jorge Masvidal

‘Wonderboy’ last competed against Masvidal during UFC 217 at the Madison Square Garden in 2017. 

The pair’s encounter was a classic striking affair between a lightning-quick boxer versus an unconventional kickboxer, as Stephen Thompson managed to prevail with a convincing majority decision.

However, since then Masvidal has become the UFC’s only BMF champion and one of the biggest earners on the entire roster after picking up impressive knockout victories against Darren Till, Ben Askern and Nate Diaz, thus before losing his last three fights on the bounce.

With both UFC veterans desperate for a win, it’s hard for any MMA fans not to be intrigued by this potential barnburner.

I think it would be great. I think it would be a good fight.”

He’s improved, I’ve improved. The last time we faced each other I think was UFC 217 at Madison Square Garden, they got another one of those coming up.

I know he’s going through allegations right now with Colby Covington well see how that turns out and I don’t think he’ll be fighting until that is over. He’s still looking for them big money fights at this point, but I think that would be exciting, the NMF vs the BMF? Let’s go!

Do you like the idea of Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal?

White On Rockhold’s Title Talk: “This Is Normal Rockhold Babble”

UFC President Dana White has dampened Luke Rockhold’s hopes of securing a title shot with a victory over Paulo Costa at UFC 278 this weekend. In Saturday’s co-main event, set for Salt Lake City, Utah, former middleweight champion Rockhold w…

UFC President Dana White has dampened Luke Rockhold’s hopes of securing a title shot with a victory over Paulo Costa at UFC 278 this weekend. In Saturday’s co-main event, set for Salt Lake City, Utah, former middleweight champion Rockhold will make the walk to the Octagon for the first time since 2019. Having suffered back-to-back…

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Adesanya Breaks Down Costa/Rockhold At UFC 278

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya has provided a breakdown and prediction for this weekend’s 185-pound collision between Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold. Whilst he’s got his own fight to look forward to later this year — a title defen…

UFC Middleweight Champion Israel Adesanya has provided a breakdown and prediction for this weekend’s 185-pound collision between Paulo Costa and Luke Rockhold. Whilst he’s got his own fight to look forward to later this year — a title defense against two-time kickboxing rival Alex Pereira at UFC 281 in New York — Adesanya will certainly…

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