Aljamain Sterling to Urijah Faber: Stop the BULL$#!@ title talk
I usually don’t do this but when I do, it’s to stop the bullshit! Back to business! Your title challenger is here! Faber, great finish, but you need to at least beat someone in the Top 10. I’ll handle CeDooDoo, aka Triple Chump from here!" Funk Master' is currently on a four-fight streak, most recently decisioning Pedro Munhoz at UFC 238 on 6/8 in Chicago. h/t Facebook
Eddie Alvarez back in ONE lightweight tournament
The UnderGround King lost his promotional debut vs. Timofey Nastyukhin at ONE 99, but the Russian is injured, so the American is back in, and fights former champion Eduard Folayang in a lightweight tournament semi-final bout. This is not some sleight of hand to keep the high-profile Alvarez in the tournament; in fact, of the four semi-finalists, three are subs. Amir Khan lost to Ariel Sexton but is back in due to a Sexton injury, Folayang is in for Lowen Tynanes, and Alvarez is in for Nastyukhin. ONE Championship 99: Dawn of Heroes on 8/2 at Mall of Asia Arena in Manila, Philippines will feature the Alvarez-Folayang semifinal fight, as well as Demetrious Johnson’s flyweight tournament semifinal fight vs. Tatsumitsu Wadam.
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Artem Lobov to attend BRAVE 24; has huge Amir Khan plan
A long-time member of SBGi, Lobov will personally support his teammates at the invite-only, groundbreaking BRAVE 24: London, set for the Copper Box Arena, inside the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, on July 25th. The fighter turned bare-knuckle athlete is one more VIP guest confirmed for the historic show, which will connect the highest level of influencers, celebrities, politicians and businessmen to the sport of mixed martial arts. "The Russian Hammer" is interested in facing world champion Amir Khan in a boxing match. According to SBG Ireland leader and Lobov's mentor John Kavanagh, the fight could take place at BRAVE Combat Federation's November show, set for the International Combat Week, the largest combat sports festival in Asia. As it happens, Khan has also been confirmed to attend BRAVE 24: London and Lobov will no doubt look to get face time with BRAVE CF president Mohammed Shahid and Amir Khan himself in order to get negotiations going about a potential crossover bout.
Latest 10 UFC fights, today's in bold
•Michal Oleksiejczuk vs. OSP official for UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 9/28 in Copenhagen
•Alessio Di Chirico vs. Peter Sobotta at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 9/28 in Copenhagen
•Askar Askarov Faces Brandon Moreno at UFC on ESPN+ 17 on 9/21 in Mexico City
•Ion Cutelaba vs. Khalil Rountree Jr. at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 9/28 in Copenhagen
•Macy Chiasson vs. Lina Lansberg at UFC on ESPN+ 18 on 9/28 in Copenhagen
•Li Jingliang vs. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos at UFC on ESPN+ 15 on 8/31 in China
•Cub Swanson vs. Kron Gracie at UFC on ESPN+ 19 on 10/12 in San Francisco
•Yorgan De Castro vs. Justin Tafa to square off atUFC 243 0n 10/6 in Melbourne
•Mickey Gall vs. Salim Touahri at UFC on ESPN 5 on 8/3 in Newark
•Mark De La Rosa vs. Kai Kara-France at UFC on ESPN+ 15 on 8/31 in China
Claressa Shields: I'm the G.W.O.A.T. not Amanda Nunes
"They are calling her the greatest MMA fighter of all-time, not the greatest fighter. I'm the G.W.O.A.T., the greatest woman fighter of all-time. She ain't been to the Olympics two times. I've been to the top of the world two times. And I'm not putting myself against Amanda because we're both woman athletes. Actually I praise her like I praise Cris [Cyborg]. She's the greatest women's fighter in MMA and I'm the greatest women's fighter in boxing. And if we were to fight, I would win. That's what I think. [In MMA I wouldn't win], I can't wrestle. But in boxing, yeah [I would win], Amanda Nunes would go to sleep." h/t Boxing Scene • Watch TMZ interview
Kamaru Usman: I don't mind defending vs. Jorge Masvidal but ...
Former WW IC Colby Covington was scheduled to fight champ Kamaru Usman, but 'The Nigerian Nightmare' is recovering from hernia surgery, so Covington fights Robbie Lawler on 8/3. And then Jorge Masvidal flew himself into title consideration: “Slow down people. Slow down, slow down. Listen, that’s not necessarily up to me. That’s up to the company. My job is to prepare whoever they throw in front of me next, take care of them and continue my title reign. So I don’t care who they put in front of me. If it’s him, if it’s Colby, if it’s Woodley, if it’s Ponzinibbio. ... Yeah I don’t mind. I don’t care. Like I said, it’s not up to me it’s up to the company. I’ll take anybody.” h/t MMA News • Watch TMZ interview
Garbrandt cleared for November return
"I’m feeling great. I’m looking forward to a November return. I just got cleared. I ended up tearing my hand. I tore my tendon in my wrist so that was a pretty extensive injury in the Munhoz fight. I don’t know what happened in there. We were in a little bit of a gun battle and it just didn’t heal. I know I’m way better than these guys but I sometimes go to their level when I bang it out. But when I stick to my skills, my speed, when I do what I’ve done to become a world champion, no one can match me. The main thing is just staying hungry, motivated. ... November I’d like to return and anyone in the top five can get it. I like all those fights. Dominick Cruz, that would be a fun rematch. He hasn’t fought since I beat him and he’s had a lot of injuries. Raphael Assuncao. There’s that Russian kid, I forget his name now[Petr Yan]. There’s so many dudes that I’d like to fight at the top. I truly believe I’m the best in the world.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch MMA Junkie interview
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Chatri Sityodtong: ONE Is benchmarking against the NFL, not the UFC
“For us, our internal benchmark is actually NFL. NFL is worth $80 billion and that’s the world’s most valuable sports media property right now. There’s no reason why ONE Championship cannot be a $100-billion dollar property. We’re truly global, the market is truly global, so, in that sense, our opportunity is also truly global. NFL has 17 million viewers per game. NBA has 4 million viewers per game. Last year, we averaged 20 million viewers per event. Once you have that asset base, there are nine ways to monetize it because now I can sell a T-shirt to my 20 million fans per event, right? So that’s the idea of what I mean by scaling viewership. The real monetization, meaning billions of dollars, happens now. Our genre might be martial arts, but our platform is humanity. That’s why we were able to scale across so many different markets.” h/t Deal Street Asia
Ryan Hall doesn't understand why his striking isn't talked about more
“Darren [Elkins] is just tough as nails. Getting him out of there is not easy. You try to be as tricky as possible to deal with. My striking has really come along. I’ve cleanly outstruck every opponent I’ve fought. I don’t know why the narrative is different. Nobody wants to grapple with me, but we’ll see what happens when that changes. Darren’s been in the top 10 or 15 for some time. He’s an unbelievably tough fighter. There’s a card in D.C. at the end of the year that’s about five minutes away from my house. I’d be excited to be on that and I’d love to fight someone in the top 10.” h/t MMA Junkie
Urijah Faber not one and done in comeback
“I’m lucky enough to have the best team in the world, so I can gauge myself against guys like Song Yadong and Cody Garbrandt. So I know where I stand. I’m not a delusional guy. I purely retired because I wanted to. I wanted to take a break and maybe retire. Having a baby and getting that part of my life established was a major win for me. It was a breath of fresh air, but I wanted to get back at it. I heard Henry Cejudo challenged me to a fight. Henry, I remember 10 years ago when you challenged me as a friendly gesture. I’m down to get in there and mix it up. I do this to test myself against the best in the world. I want to take fights that make sense. I took this fight because if I didn’t beat him, I’d know I don’t need to go for super fights. You then saw what happened. I want to hop right back in because I don’t have a lot of time in this game. I want to make the most of my time and then get out when I feel like it.” h/t Sherdog
Germaine de Randamie not waiting around for title shot
#1 cotender GDR earned a bantamweight title shot by beating Aspen Ladd in 16 seconds on Saturday, but she's waiting. The full-time Dutch police officer is all fighter: “I love my job. I love helping people. Every day, I look in the mirror and I never forget who I am. I never forget where I’m born, where I’m raised. Money will never change me. Money is not everything. Love, having a pure soul, being healthy, being happy, what more do you want in life? I am a blessed person. ... I think it was a good stoppage because I really, really rocked her with the punch and I threw another punch. And if Herb Dean wasn’t going to step in, I was going to jump on top of her and finish the fight anyway. Why do more damage? ... [Fighting for the title] would be, of course, a dream picture. But I’ve heard Amanda wants to defend her 145 belt first. I absolutely respect that. I’ve heard the UFC is going to New Zealand. I love traveling and I want to go to New Zealand. So let’s fight a fight before and when Amanda’s ready, I’m ready.” h/t MMA Weekly • Watch
Champ champ Cejudo's cringey response to Urijah Faber callout
Aspen Ladd all class in response to Herb Dean stoppage
Fan and fighter criticism was withering when Herb Dean appeared to stop GDR vs. Aspen Ladd prematurely, but the fighter herself remained the consummate professional: “I lost the fight. Germaine’s a great competitor. I was still aware, so I wish he hadn’t stopped the fight, but there’s nothing I can do about it now. Referees have a tough job. They have to make split-second decisions. This one did not go my way so I wish it hadn’t occurred, but I really can’t tell you what he saw. I haven’t spoke to him after. No hard feelings. ... I’ll take it a little bit easy. Maybe do a little bit of traveling, but as soon as I get the call for the next one, we’ll be back.” h/t MMA Junkie • Watch