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  • On To the Next One: Matches to make after UFC Vegas 32
    by Mike Heck on July 26, 2021 at 1:00 pm

    Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty ImagesOn the 52nd episode of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee put on their matchmaker hats following Saturday’s UFC Vegas 32 event at the APEX. Future matchups were discussed for the former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw following his split decision win in the instant classic of a main event, Cory Sandhagen, Raulian Paiva, Darren Elkins, Maycee Barber, Adrian Yanez and more. The podcast can be found below, Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher.

  • Morning Report: Jake Paul claims he’s in talks with Conor McGregor’s team for ‘Money Fight’
    by Jed Meshew on July 26, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty ImagesNext month, Jake Paul will face former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in a professional boxing match. The upstart celebrity boxer has recorded three KOs in his first three bouts, including knocking out former Bellator and ONE Championship welterweight champion Ben Askren his last time out, and in Woodley, Paul faces his biggest challenge to date. But should he win, Paul says that a bout with another former UFC champion would be on the horizon: Conor McGregor. “I think it will happen. Look, I’m the money fight for Conor McGregor right now,” Paul told The Herd. “There is no other fighter right now who is on a bigger level than me that is calling out Conor McGregor and wants to fight Conor. Our team is in touch with his team and there’s talks of it actually happening. People at first thought I was just joking when I said I wanted to fight him. But now it’s as real as it gets, it’s more real than ever and by the way, if we do fight, I’m going to knock him out.” Paul has been calling out McGregor for nearly a year now, including making McGregor a $50 million offer to box him, and earlier this month, Paul engaged in a bit of schadenfreude following McGregor’s loss to Dustin Poirier at UFC 264, sending a gaudy “Sleepy McGregor” chain to Poirier who intends to auction it off for charity. McGregor, for his part, hasn’t fired back at Paul much but following his second straight loss to Poirier and his third loss in his last four fights, it’s possible McGregor is thinking a return to boxing could be good for him, once his leg heals. But before Paul can start focusing about McGregor, first he has to settle up with Tyron Woodley. The former UFC welterweight champion is renowned for his punching power and is seen as a big jump up in competition for the YouTube sensation and Paul agrees, saying that he even thinks his fight with Woodley will be more difficult than a fight with McGregor, though he, of course, plans to win both matches. “I think Tyron Woodley is a harder opponent than Conor McGregor,” Paul said. “Conor, I think the fame, the money has gotten to his head. He’s lost that fighter’s edge, that motivation. Look, he’s a smaller guy. He’s 5’8”, 155 pounds. Tyron Woodley is a 200-pound, massive, explosive guy. He’s a lot more dangerous than Conor McGregor. “He’s a very, very dangerous opponent but my boxing ability is just better. I have better coaches, I have a better team, and I have that natural talent. I’ve got a God-given gift of power and speed and I electrocute my opponent and shock them and leave them on the canvas.” Paul and Woodley face each other on Aug. 29 at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse in Cleveland, Ohio. TOP STORIES Results. T.J. Dillashaw takes split decision over Cory Sandhagen at UFC Vegas 32. Results. Rachael Ostovich takes unanimous decision over Paige VanZant at BKFC 19. Injuries. TJ Dillashaw reveals multiple injuries ahead of UFC Vegas 32 win, declares ‘I want my belt back’. Unhappy. Cory Sandhagen reacts to split decision loss to T.J. Dillashaw: ‘It sucks … but like I said, I don’t want to be a little whiny baby’. Stalwart. Maycee Barber doesn’t see any controversy in win over Miranda Maverick. Rematch. Aljamain Sterling vs. Petr Yan 2 in the works for UFC 267 on Oct. 30 in Abu Dhabi. VIDEO STEW UFC Vegas 32 Post Show. UFC Vegas 32 Post Fight Press Conference. Countdown to Bellator 263. Doctor discusses the cut on T.J. Dillashaw at UFC Vegas 32. LISTEN UP On To The Next One. Matchmaking for the fighters following UFC Vegas 32. Severe MMA. Discussing UFC Vegas 32 and T.J. Dillashaw’s return. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Reactions. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Paige VanZant (@paigevanzant) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miranda “Fear The” MAVERICK (@fearthemaverick_homt) View this post on Instagram A post shared by Miranda “Fear The” MAVERICK (@fearthemaverick_homt) The way of the Damage! Blood and Guts Fighter! pic.twitter.com/BKaAxr5yQq— Darren Elkins (@DarrenElkinsMMA) July 25, 2021 No injuries at all. It wasn’t a cardio thing. Adrian found my liver toward the end of the 1st round and then started chopping my down perfectly in the second. Adrian made incredible adjustments between rounds and that’s what’s going to make him so great. https://t.co/jNAL4iROf7— Randy Costa (@RandyCosta135) July 25, 2021 Easy money for me! I was generous to give him a 32 second beat down. I won’t be so generous next time! #bendtheknee https://t.co/RADDFpoLEv— Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) July 25, 2021 Respect. This makes me proud. Two guys that tried to separate one in other from consciousness yesterday, go to lunch with each other today. I hope @BrendanAllenMMA picked up the tab! @puna185 pic.twitter.com/9ZWBOHSJeh— Eric Nicksick (@Eric_XCMMA) July 25, 2021 Beef. It’s funny that RDA showed up after few days, only when rankings got updated don’t worry grandpa, I will smash you, despite you are lower in rankings pic.twitter.com/hBvKvD3FUy— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) July 25, 2021 I’m playing the same you are. Let’s meet in the cage. 5 rounds don’t be a pussy. https://t.co/Sm1wrgXVWg— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) July 25, 2021 Hey grandpa, what happened now? trying to find excuses to quit? Take the fight and start training, don’t be a pussy. https://t.co/YMIfGGMHlB— Makhachev Islam (@MAKHACHEVMMA) July 26, 2021 If was Islam I would seriously reply, but I know it’s not him. https://t.co/SVMsub9MUk— Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) July 26, 2021 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS N/A. FINAL THOUGHTS Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow. EXIT POLL If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, hit up @JedKMeshew on Twitter and let him know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram and like us on Facebook.

  • UFC Vegas 33 fight card
    by MMA Fighting Newswire on July 25, 2021 at 11:00 pm

    Uriah Hall | Photo by Alex Menendez/Getty ImagesThe UFC Vegas 33 fight card will be headlined by a middleweight clash between Uriah Hall and Sean Strickland. Hall (17-9) and Strickland (23-3) have both won four fights in a row. Strickland defeated Krzysztof Jotko via unanimous decision at UFC Vegas 25 this past May in his most recent outing, while Hall defeated Chris Weidman via first-round TKO (injury) at UFC 261 in April. Check out the UFC Vegas 33 fight card below. Main card (ESPN/ESPN+ at 9 p.m. ET) Uriah Hall vs. Sean Strickland Shamil Abdurakhimov vs. Chris Daukaus Cheyanne Buys vs. Gloria de Paula Kyung Ho Kang vs. Rani Yahya Sam Alvey vs. Roman Kopylov Bryan Barberena vs. Jason Witt Prelims (ESPN/ESPN+ at 6 p.m. ET) Niklas Stolze vs. Mounir Lazzez Nicco Montano vs. Wu Yanan Collin Anglin vs. Melsik Baghdasaryan Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Rafa Garcia Danny Chavez vs. Kai Kamaka III Jinh Yu Frey vs. Ashley Yoder Ronnie Lawrence vs. Trevin Jones Phil Rowe vs. Orion Cosce Ryan Benoit vs. Zarrukh Adashev

  • Taylor Starling reacts to 28-second knockout win at BKFC 19, eyes title opportunity
    by Mike Heck on July 25, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    TAMPA, Fla. – BKFC 19 winner Taylor Starling speaks with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck moments after her 28-second TKO win over Cassie Robb on Friday night to discuss the follow up to her wild fight at KnuckleMania, her aggressiveness in the fight, not wanting to call anybody out, wanting to be a champion, and more.

  • Video: Britain Hart open to ‘easy fight’ with Pearl Gonzalez after BKFC 19 win
    by Mike Heck on July 25, 2021 at 7:00 pm

    TAMPA, Fla. – BKFC 19 winner Britain Hart speaks with MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck following her finish of Jenny Savage at Friday night’s event and discussed her performance, her thoughts on the main event between Rachael Ostovich and Paige VanZant, why she believes she’s the sport’s breakout fighter of the year, Pearl Gonzalez, and more.

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