LAS VEGAS — Lightweight Roosevelt Roberts spoke with the media following his second-round submission win over Brok Weaver at UFC on ESPN 9. “GoGetta” explains why the fight with Weaver wasn’t personal, why he wants to fight Matt Frevola, having another name in mind that he can’t say just yet, and the meaning behind his tattoos.
Jon Jones | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The UFC might need a new UFC light heavyweight champion. Jon Jones, who has feuded with UFC President Dana White publicly over the past couple of days, admitted Sunday evening that he’s done with the title. Yes https://t.co/QHDrkMtBeI— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) May 31, 2020 The argument between Jones and White began over a possible showdown between Jones and heavyweight star Francis Ngannou and what Jones should be paid for the potential clash. White claimed Jones wanted $30 million for the fight against Ngannou, but Jones balked at the number, and suggested on multiple occasions that the UFC release him if they didn’t consider him to be that valuable. Jones even suggested a new clash for the
LAS VEGAS — Former women’s flyweight title challenger Katlyn Chookagian spoke with the media backstage at the UFC APEX following her unanimous decision win over Antonina Shevchenko at UFC on ESPN 9. Chookagian discusses the evolution of her ground game, bouncing back from her title loss to Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 247, wanting to become a mother eventually and why she’s been hesitant to talk about it in the past, and when she’d like to return.
Augusto Sakai throws a kick at Blagoy Ivanov at UFC on ESPN 9 in Las Vegas on Saturday | Zuffa LLC Augusto Sakai isn’t putting an asterisk next to his latest win. The heavyweight improved to 4-0 in the UFC with a split decision win over Blagoy Ivanov in the co-main event of UFC on ESPN 9 on Saturday at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. His win wasn’t without controversy, as aside from the close call on the scorecards, he also got away with a fence grab in the third round that could have changed the complexion of the fight. Sakai was asked about the foul at the evening’s post-fight presser and he dismissed it’s impact on the fight. “It was
Tyron Woodley | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Former UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley had barely broken a sweat in his main event fight against Gilbert Burns on Saturday night before he was down on the ground with a pool of blood collecting behind his head. An opening flurry from Burns put Woodley on the canvas and the Brazilian followed up with a barrage of ground-and-pound strikes. That included one slicing elbow that opened a gruesome cut over Woodley’s left eye. Thankfully, the UFC cut man was able to stave off the bleeding so the wound didn’t really affect Woodley for the remainder of the 25-minute main event. Afterwards, the ex-champ had to get a number of stitches to repair the
Francis Ngannou and Ryan Garcia | Twitter, @Francis_Ngannou What makes professional fighters so relatable? At first glance, probably nothing. But take away the gloves, gis, and bulging hematomas, and they’re actually not so different than the rest of us. These posts prove even the toughest fighters are only human after all. Here is the latest edition of “The Weekly Grind.” Heavyweight power with lightweight speed https://t.co/L0fQn4mV6l pic.twitter.com/Z7XF527X4O— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) May 30, 2020 What do you think about our combination: My power and @KingRyanG speed ?? pic.twitter.com/9TatRkzhYq— Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) May 30, 2020 View this post on Instagram
Jon Jones | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting If it’s up to Jon Jones, there’s a lot more that needs to be said between him and UFC President Dana White. Jones and White have been embroiled in a war of words this week, with White accusing Jones of of asking for too much of a boost in pay for a discussed superfight with heavyweight Francis Ngannou. The UFC light heavyweight champion responded by calling White “a f**king liar” and daring him to release him if he considered didn’t value him at the same level as other combat sports stars, such as boxer Deontay Wilder. Speaking to the media this week, White said it was “absurd” for Jones to demand that kind of
Gilbert Burns | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC As the minutes wound down on last night’s UFC Fight Night main event, there was no hiding the resignation on Tyron Woodley’s face. The longtime welterweight champion, looking for a rebound nearly 15 months after losing the belt, was stuck in neutral. His wrestling had mostly remained holstered. His leg kicks were few and far between. His powerful overhand right, the thing that made him famous, repeatedly flung wide of its target. Opposite him, Gilbert Burns looked sensational. He staggered the champion in the opening minute. He took down a guy who’d boasted the best statistical takedown defense in UFC welterweight history. He consistently connected with all of his offense. Between the
Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC It wasn’t one thing that UFC welterweight Gilbert Burns changed to turn around his career after his octagon career nearly came to an end. Instead, it was many things the Brazilian veteran put together to get to where he is today, a top contender who may have a title shot in his future after soundly beating ex-champ Tyron Woodley at UFC on ESPN 9. Burns changed MMA coaches. He hired a mental coach. But after a must-win against Jason Saggo, he started getting back to one of his first loves, jiu-jitsu. “I was falling in love with striking, and I was just doing striking,” he told reporters after his key win at UFC APEX in Las Vegas.
Tyron Woodley | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Tyron Woodley isn’t happy with his loss to Gilbert Burns, but he’s in a much different place following this fight than when he lost the UFC welterweight title to Kamaru Usman in 2019. After a 15-month layoff, Woodley returned to action on Saturday night in Las Vegas and ended up losing a lopsided decision to Burns, who has now picked up four straight wins at welterweight. While it’s now his second loss in a row overall, Woodley was in a better place compared to how he felt after his fight with Usman, which he described as an out-of-body experience that he couldn’t quite explain. That wasn’t the case against Burns, who was ultimately