Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The ‘UFC 248 Countdown’ video features the main event between UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya and Yoel Romero as well as UFC strawweight champion Zhang Weili and former UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Three-time UFC title challenger Joseph Benavidez is moving on with his career after a knockout loss at UFC Norfolk, but he’ll have to wait three months before getting back to the gym. Benavidez received the longest suspension of combatants at this past Saturday’s UFC Norfolk, receiving a 90-day term for his latest title setback in a fight against Brazilian slugger Deiveson Figueiredo, according to medical suspensions released by the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation. A total of seven fighters were suspended following the event. Notes from the suspensions indicate Dos Santos was transported to the hospital after her first-round knockout loss to Megan Anderson. All fighters are advised not
Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images Ion Cutelaba’s manager is in the process of filing an appeal with Virginia’s Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation in an effort to overturn a TKO loss to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC Norfolk. The UFC light heavyweight’s rep, Tiago Okamura, told MMA Fighting he is required to be licensed as a manager with the DPOR, which oversees the state’s athletic commission, before he’s able to file the appeal. The dispute centers around referee Kevin MacDonald’s stoppage in the ESPN+ bout at Chartway Arena this past Saturday. Cutelaba, 26, contends he was faking out Ankalaev when he visibly wobbled after an exchange of punches. He said his actions were part of his
Lee Hamilton-Cooper, Bellator MMA Although there seems to be more interest than ever in a fight between James Gallagher and Cal Ellenor ahead of their third scheduled bout in the main event of Bellator London on May 16, the Sunderland native still questions if the Irish bantamweight was really forced out of their second booking due to injury. Gallagher took exception to Ellenor questioning his injury on a recent episode of MMA Fighting’s Eurobash podcast. Responding to the interview, this week on the podcast, the 8-2 British prospect outlined why he has some questions regarding his rival’s exit from the bill prior to Bellator Dublin. “He said on your podcast that he couldn’t even lift his gym bag up, but then
Ryan Loco Lance Palmer knows he can compete with the best fighters in the UFC and Bellator, but he’s not going to sacrifice his bank account to prove it. The two-time PFL champion, who has banked over $2 million as a result of those winning seasons, re-upped with the promotion just before his last fight against Alex Gilpin at the close of 2018. Prior to that fight, Palmer had come dangerously close to the end of his deal with the PFL but ultimately the two sides came to an agreement to keep him on the roster for 2020 and beyond. “I know there’s a lot of different things in the contract that are there to help me and also help the PFL.
Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports Felicia Spencer and Megan Anderson both believe they have good cases for the next UFC featherweight title shot. As for who wants it more, that’s a question up for debate. After winning their respective fights at UFC Norfolk, the featherweight contenders argued why they should be next. For Spencer, who stopped Zarah Fairn dos Santos in the co-headliner, a previous win over Anderson might be the strongest point in favor of advancement. ”I didn’t get to see Megan’s performance; I heard it was really great,” she said. “But I think I put myself in a great position to get a shot. I just need to have a conversation with the UFC. It all comes down to
Mariana Morais won a pair of fights on Sunday night to secure a contract with PFL. | Marcell Fagundes, Shooto Brazil Shooto Brazil held a one-night lightweight tournament Sunday night in Rio de Janeiro to determine which Brazilian 155-pounder would earn a spot in Professional Fighters League’s 2020 season, and Mariana Morais secured the deal with a bang. Morais, a teammate of former UFC champion Jessica Andrade at Parana Vale Tudo, edged out Contender Series alum and Shooto Brazil bantamweight champion Dayana Silva via split decision in the semifinal, setting up a final with Bianca Daimoni, who got past Yana Gadelha on the other side of the bracket. Daimoni was making her return to the Brazilian circuit after losing a decision
Deiveson Figueiredo wasn’t eligible to win the title when he beat Joseph Benavidez. | Peter Casey-USA TODAY Sports Deiveson Figueiredo knocked out Joseph Benavidez at Saturday’s UFC Norfolk, but didn’t claim the flyweight championship after he missed weight by 2.5 pounds on Friday morning. The UFC has yet to announce what’s next for the weight class and the vacant title, but Figueiredo’s manager Wallid Ismail told MMA Fighting the company is interested in booking an immediate rematch for the 125-pound title. “Joseph Benavidez was a warrior for accepting to fight him one kilo overweight and deserves the rematch,” Ismail said. “We like the guy, but on fight week it’s war, man. Since the UFC isn’t satisfied and wants another fight, it’s
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Paulo Costa will start a training camp this month with the expectation of meeting the winner of UFC 248’s main event. And for a little extra fuel, he plans to be in Las Vegas when champ Israel Adesanya faces Yoel Romero. “I’ll be there to see if Adesanya can beat Romero like I did,” Costa told MMA Fighting. “Everybody wants to see that, if he can beat Romero or not. I believe Adesanya himself feels he has to prove he can beat Romero, too, so I’ll be there watching.” Before a bicep surgery sent him to the sidelines, Costa was supposed to be in Romero’s position. A grueling win at UFC 241 over the Cuban-born standout made