Even without a UFC event this past weekend, the MMA community sure was busy. Check out below to see if you missed any of the action.
You Will Be Missed Mike Goldberg
As many people know, UFC 207 was Mike Goldberg’s last gig with the UFC. Goldberg started his career as a commentator and play by play analyst with the UFC in 1997. There were no farewell videos at UFC 207 to acknowledge his departure from the company. Tommy Toe Hold released an awesome video in remembrance of Mike Goldberg. The former commentator even acknowledged the famous Youtube star’s video in his Farewell Tweet.
For now, it seems the UFC has found a fill in replacement. The company picked up Todd Grisham, who is best known for his work with the WWE and Pride Kickboxing.
Khabib Nermagomedov and Tony Ferguson both want to fight each other. So they should fight, right? If only it was the simple. Ferguson seems to be upset that he isn’t getting paid the same as Khabib for the fight. In response, Khabib offered 200k out of his own pocket to Tony if he accepts the fight. Well Tony wants the UFC’s money, not Khabib’s.
After some back and forth work, it seems the fight is almost finalized. Both fighters have announced that they have a big fight coming up, and Khabib’s father stated that his son will be fighting Tony Ferguson next. The fight is rumored to occur at UFC 209 for the Interim Lightweight Title. The winner would go on to face Conor McGregor to unify the belt.
Cheap Shot KO
Over the weekend at WBK 22, one fighter earned himself quite the quick knock out. Ibragim Khalilo faked a glove touch with his opponent, then punched him when he had his opponent fooled. The fight lasted only 3 seconds. Check It Out Below!
UFC Fight Night: #10 Yair Rodriguez vs BJ Penn (Sunday January 15)
In the Main Event, Yair Rodriguez looks to continue his climb up the Featherweight rankings against future Hall of Famer BJ Penn. Yair entered the UFC through the Ultimate Fighter and after winning his season, Yair Rodriguez has been on a 5 fight win streak. BJ Penn has only fought at Featherweight once, and it resulted in being destroyed by Frankie Edgar. Since then Penn has been scheduled for 3 fights at Featherweight, but they’ve all fallen through due to various reasons. Will the killer BJ Penn show up, or will Yair continue his destructive win streak?
In the Co-Main Event, Marcin Held looks to rebound after losing his UFC debut against Diego Sanchez. The UFC is doing him no favors with matching him up against BJJ ace Joe Lauzon. Marcin Held is best known for his leg lock submissions, and Joe Lauzon is the proud owner of 6 Submission of the Night Bonuses. Sanchez was able to stifle Held on the ground with his wrestling, and it will be interesting to see what Lauzon’s game plan will be. Meanwhile Lauzon destroyed Sanchez earning a first round KO at UFC 200.
UFC Fight Night: Valentina #1 Shevchenko vs. #2 Julianna Pena (Saturday January 28)
In the Main Event, both ladies will be looking to earn a shot at Bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes. Shevchenko is currently 2-1 in the UFC with her lone loss coming to now champion Amanda Nunes. Shevchenko lost a Unanimous Decision, but she did end up winning the 3rd round. In her last outing, Shevchenko impressively out struck Holly Holm on the feet over the duration of 5 rounds. Julianna Pena impressively won her season of The Ultimate Fighter and is currently riding a 4 fight win streak in the UFC. Pena last fought at UFC 200 and out grappled BJJ stud Cat Zingano. It was the impressive victory that she needed to jump into the Top 5. This will most likely be labeled the Striker vs Grappler matchup, and it’ll be interesting to see who wins.
In the Co-Main Event, Donald Cerrone looks to make a quick turnaround against always game Jorge Masvidal. Cerrone is currently riding a 4 fight win streak (All Stoppages) since making the move up to the Welterweight Division. After demanding a spot on the UFC return to Denver, Masvidal went to Twitter to call out Cerrone. Masvidal is currently 2-2 in the Welterweight division and like Cerrone, he too used to fight in the Lightweight division. Both fighters excel in striking and are tricky on the ground. Early contender for Fight of the Night.
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