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Video: Usman vs. Covington, trash talk edition

Source: Bloody Elbow
Date: 2021-10-28

Kamaru Usman and Colby Covington square off before UFC 245. | Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesCheck out all the trash talk between the UFC welterweight champion and his challenger. Despite soundly beating Colby Covington, and breaking his jaw, at UFC 245 Kamaru Usman is set to defend his UFC welterweight title against ‘Chaos’ for a second time. That rematch is slated to take place at UFC 268 on November 6. To get hyped for the rematch, check out the video below that was assembled by our friends at Combat Culture. This compilation includes the best (and worst) trash talk between these two rivals. After beating Covington in 2019, in his first title defence, Usman then defended his belt against Jorge Masvidal and Gilbert Burns. He rematched Masvidal at UFC 261 in April and won that bout with a thunderous KO. Since losing to Usman, Covington has only had one fight in the Octagon. That bout, versus Tyron Woodley, ended in a TKO win for Covington (due to a rib injury

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Cooper To UFC? Not So Fast...

Source: MMA Mania
Date: 2021-10-28

Cooper NeillRay Cooper III earned his second $1 million check from Professional Fighters League (PFL) last night (Weds., Oct. 27, 2021) by stopping Magomed Magomedkerimov via devastating knockout in the third round. By doing so, “Bradda Boy” repeated as season champion and got revenge on Magomedkerimov, who defeated him in 2018 to win that season. Afterward, Cooper talked about his win and threw down the gauntlet, saying he is confident he can take out not only Bellator’s champion Yaroslav Amasov, but UFC wrecking machine Kamaru Usman, as well. “I know I’m the best. I’ll take out the UFC champion, the Bellator champion. We should go out and unify the belts. Put me against anybody, I’ll take them all out,” said a highly-confident Cooper. His comments were echoed by PFL President Ray Sefo, who said his fighter is without a doubt the best 170-pounder in the game today. When asked about his fighting future, Cooper says he is more than happy with PFL but wouldn’t comment

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Claressa Shields reacts to Jake Paul’s comments following PFL loss: ‘You won’t accomplish 10 percent what I have’

Source: MMA Fighting
Date: 2021-10-28

Photo by Elsa/Getty ImagesClaressa Shields is keeping her head up after suffering the first pro loss of her combat sports career on Wednesday. In just her second MMA fight, the world champion boxer in multiple weight classes dropped a split decision to Abigail Montes at the PFL Championship event in Hollywood, Fla. Shields is now 1-1 in her short mixed martial arts career. Following the loss, YouTuber and undefeated pro boxer Jake Paul took the opportunity to call Shields “a loser,” and anoint Amanda Serrano as the greatest women’s boxer of all-time. On Thursday, Shields responded to Paul, and to her loss, via her Twitter. “This is funny,” Shields said when responding to Paul. “You come running when I lose a split decision in a [whole] new world [in] MMA but never even once said, ‘Congrats on all you’ve done and aspire to do.’ Two things that remain Jake, I still fight better than you and you won’t accomplish 10 percent of what I have in boxing or life. “I los

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Happy with change of scenery, ex-Bellator champ Julia Budd eyeing a 2022 PFL title

Source: MMA Junkie
Date: 2021-10-28

HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – Julia Budd’s PFL debut was a successful one Wednesday, and now she’s firmly focused on winning a title with the promotion in 2022. Budd (16-3) swept the judges’ scorecards for a unanimous decision win over Kaitlin Young (12-11-1) on the 2021 PFL Championship prelims. The former Bellator featherweight champion moved up to lightweight for the first time in her career, and that’s presumably the division in which she’ll compete in next year in PFL’s 2022 season. “I actually could (feel the difference in weight),” Budd told MMA Junkie after her win. “I weighed in (Wednesday morning) at 154 (pounds). I know I’m strong, and I’m fit and athletic. I just knew it’s not about the size of the person in there. It’s everything else. But I definitely felt the size difference.” In Wednesday’s main event, Kayla Harrison stayed unbeaten and won her second PFL $1 million championship in the women’s lightweight division. But Harrison is a free agent n

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Live! UFC 267 Press Conference Video!

Source: MMA Mania
Date: 2021-10-28

Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLCThe live stream kicks off at 11:30 a.m. ET. Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held a special pre-fight press conference for select fighters competing at the upcoming UFC 267 event this Saturday afternoon (Oct. 30) from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, including light heavyweight headliners Jan Blachowicz and Glover Teixeira as well as bantamweight co-headliners Petr Yan and Cory Sandhagen. Watch them field questions from reporters in the embedded video above. Today’s full press conference lineup includes: Glover TeixeiraPetr YanCory SandhagenIslam MakhachevDan HookerAlexander VolkovMarcin TyburaLi JingliangKhamzat ChimaevMagomed AnkalaevVolkan Oezdemir Remember, the UFC 267 main card starts at 2 p.m. ET on ESPN+. MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 267 fight card RIGHT HERE, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” bouts at 10:30 a.m. ET, followed by the ESPN+ main card start time at 2 p.m. ET. For much more

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Virna Jandiroba expecting rebounding Amanda Ribas to be 'hungry' at UFC 267

Source: MMA Junkie
Date: 2021-10-28

Virna Jandiroba knows she’s getting a very game Amanda Ribas on Saturday. Ribas, who had her first octagon loss to Marina Rodriguez in her most recent outing, will look to get back to the win column when she faces Jandiroba (17-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the featured prelim of UFC 267. With rising star Ribas (10-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) coming off a knockout loss, Jandiroba knows her opponent has a lot to prove – which makes her even more dangerous. “She’s a complete fighter, and on my side I’m trying to focus on myself and what I’m doing and what I can do to her than her as an opponent – just trying to focus on vulnerabilities and things that we’re able to explore,” Jandiroba said Wednesday at the UFC 267 media day. “Coming off a win, it was a very interesting camp and the last two fights were very interesting opponents that allowed me to develop a lot. She’s coming off a loss, so I think for sure she’s going to be very hungry, so it has the makings to be a very interesting

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Gaslighting fans and fighters key part of UFC negotiation strategy 

Source: Bloody Elbow
Date: 2021-10-28

Dana White is trying to gaslight Nate Diaz, Kayla Harrison and UFC fans | Photo by Michael Owens/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLCThe UFC President tries to create false narratives around Nate Diaz, Kayla Harrison, and other people they want to negotiate with. UFC president Dana White worked in two of the UFC’s favorite negotiating tactics into a single interview. Neither strategy was new, but to hear and see White use them back-to-back in discussing Nate Diaz and Kayla Harrison was a little jarring in its brazenness. Nate Diaz, who White once referred to as “not a needle mover” to downplay Diaz’s popularity and degrade the fighter’s negotiating power, has one fight left on his UFC contract. It appears Diaz, who is one of the company’s biggest draws, plans to fight out his deal and see what the free market brings to the table. The UFC usually tries to dissuade fighters from taking that route. The promotion likes to re-sign fighters when they have one or more fights on their deals. Wh

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UFC 267 press conference video

Source: MMA Fighting
Date: 2021-10-28

Photo by Louis Grasse/PxImagesAt the UFC 267 press conference, UFC light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz, UFC president Dana White and a host of fighters will answer questions from the media Thursday in Abu Dhabi. The following fighters are also slated to attend: Glover Teixeira Petr Yan Cory Sandhagen Islam Makhachev Dan Hooker Alexander Volkov Marcin Tybura Li Jingliang Khamzat Chimaev Magomed Ankalaev Volkan Oezdemir The UFC 267 press conference will begin above at 11:30 a.m. ET.

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Kattar Vs Chikadze Main Event Set For Jan. 15

Source: MMA Mania
Date: 2021-10-28

Photo by Mike Lawrie/Getty ImagesUltimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently booked featherweight boxer Calvin Kattar against 145-pound “Ninja” Giga Chikadze for the upcoming ESPN+ “Fight Night” card on Sat., Jan. 15, 2022, though a city and venue have yet to be determined. That’s according to MMA Junkie. Kattar (22-5) has not seen action since his near-death experience against former champion Max Holloway in the UFC on ABC event back in January. “The Boston Finisher” is 6-3 under the UFC banner with four knockouts. Chikadze (14-2) is currently ranked three sports below Kattar at No. 8 and is mad as hell about it. “Ninja” has put together an impressive nine-fight winning streak, including last August’s destruction of Edson Barboza. Also scheduled for the Jan. 15 fight card is the bantamweight battle between Saidyokub Kakhramonov and Brian Kelleher. Elsewhere in the lineup, Kay Hansen looks to make random guys rich opposite Jasmine Jasudavicius, while Ramiz Brahim

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Claressa Shields 'not discouraged at all' after first MMA loss; fires back at Jake Paul

Source: MMA Junkie
Date: 2021-10-28

Claressa Shields is maintaining a positive attitude in the wake of her first combat sports loss at 2021 PFL Championship. Shields (1-1), a two-time Olympic gold medalist and undefeated boxing champion, fell short in her sophomore MMA effort Wednesday when she lost a split decision to Abigail Montes (3-0). It was a competitive, back-and-forth fight, but ultimately an inability to get up from her back in Round 3 cost Shields the fight. After putting together a flawless boxing run and winning her MMA debut earlier this year, Shields experienced defeat for the first time as a professional fighter – in any sport. There were immediate questions about how she would handle a setback, but the early signs show her intent to bounce back stronger. Shields took to social media Thursday and shared her perspective on the loss (via Twitter): https://twitter.com/Claressashields/status/1453726265819598860 I loss a split decision, I didn’t get my ass whooped I also improved. All I’m going to do i

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We Got Next: Modestas Bukauskas, David Onama, and Themba Gorimbo

Source: MMA Fighting
Date: 2021-10-28

Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLCModestas Bukauskas has experienced a lot over the last several weeks, including recently being released from the UFC, which he discusses in detail on the sixth episode of We Got Next with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck. Bukauskas (5:44) talks the injury he suffered in his most recent bout with Khalil Rountree at UFC Vegas 36 in September, when he plans on being cleared to compete again, whether or not he believes the oblique kick has a place in MMA, his reaction to the release from the UFC, Paulo Costa’s big weight miss ahead of UFC Vegas 41, and if he has any interest in competing for Bellator or the PFL. Then, Welterweight Themba Gorimbo (38:42) discusses his upcoming fight with Handesson Ferreira at UAE Warriors 24 this Friday in Abu Dhabi, his incredible journey to finding the sport of mixed martial arts, becoming an orphan at 13, becoming a blood diamond smuggler at 16 and having to escape from Zimbabwe to South Africa and why it took him two tries to

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UFC 267 commentary team, broadcast plans set: Bruce Buffer's incredible PPV streak ends

Source: MMA Junkie
Date: 2021-10-28

The UFC’s busy October schedule comes to a close this week with UFC 267 on Saturday at Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. As always, some marquee on-air talent will be there to help guide viewers through the experience. Details of who will be working as commentators and analysts for each event have been acquired by MMA Junkie through a person with knowledge of the plans, and you can see the scheduled broadcast team below.

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