Al Iaquinta’s return to the UFC has been accompanied by a return to open hostility with the promotion.
When Al Iaquinta effectively retired from the UFC back in September of 2016, the reasons seemed fairly obvious. He wasn’t happy. Negotiations for a new contract had turned sour and, for him, fighting was no longer worth the money. Despite being scheduled for a fight later that year (against Thaigo Alves at UFC 205), Iaquinta chose to hang up his gloves instead, and give real estate sales a try.
Despite the injuries he is currently dealing with, Al Iaquinta is confident about his chances in a possible fight against Kajan Johnson
UFC lightweight Al Iaquinta just put on what could be the best performance of his career last April, when he knocked out veteran Diego Sanchez in the first round. But as of right now, his immediate fighting future remains uncertain.
Jose Aldo discussed his former rival’s boxing match against Floyd Mayweather.
Conor McGregor performed better than many expected, but at the same time, Floyd Mayweather still won their boxing match somewhat comfortably. According to his former rival Jose Aldo, he doesn’t see a moral victory for McGregor.
“Of course not. It’s not a moral (victory),” Aldo said on the opening of his new burger joint in Brazil. "First of all, you’re trying to prove (what) against a 41-year-old fighter who hasn’t fought in years… Of course, it’s a fight for a lot of money, but a moral victory would be against an active boxer, a champion. Then he wouldn’t even last a round. It’s a completely different sport.
“We need to put ourselves in our places. I’m an MMA athlete. I can’t go tomorrow and say I’m going to do muay Thai in Thailand with a Thai fighter, because I can punch and kick well. There’s no way. Each one in their places. I respect martial arts, so I put myself in my place. I don’t see a moral victory.”
Aldo says that even a retired Mayweather who took McGregor lightly, was able to win easily.
"Mayweather just waited for the time to attack," he added. "He hasn’t fought in two years. Many people talk shit, not the media, but many people keep saying ‘oh, he landed more punches than Pacquiao, Cotto and everyone else,' but they don’t take into consideration that (Mayweather) hasn’t fought in two years. He didn’t even train properly for the fight. He knew it would work. Brother, one chance in a million for Conor to defeat Mayweather."
Everything said, Aldo thinks it was nice that the massive fight put the spotlight to MMA, as it could eventually lead to better paydays for other Mixed Martial Artists.
"I think this fight was good because of that, it put MMA in the spotlight,” he said. "I’m happy for that. I think that’s something good for fighters. We deserve to make more (money). Not taking anything away from other sports, but our sport is unique. We don’t train only one martial art per day, we train three or four, plus conditioning training. We deserve to make a lot more than we make.
"Nothing against it, I’m happy because the guy did a big fight and promoted MMA, I’m happy because of that, but not about the fight. Nobody liked the fight. It was a joke. I don’t know how people saw it here in Brazil, but in America the comments that I heard were those. It was a circus fight."
Aldo also admitted that he didn’t watch the fight when it aired as he was at a football game at the time. The former long time featherweight champion also wants to complete his UFC contract and move to boxing, but unlike McGregor foray, he says he plans on doing it the right way.
Transcripts and translations by MMA Fighting and MMA Junkie.
Alex Oliveira has a gameplan for when he takes on Ryan LaFlare at UFC on Fox 25
Alex Oliveira is not too worried about Ryan LaFlare’s wrestling prowess when they in New York. As “Cowboy” explained to Combate, he has a gameplan to nullify LaFlare’s game, which consists on a lot of footwork and also hitting him in the face as hard and often as possible.
Jon Jones is adamant he did not take any type of steroids prior to UFC 200 after it was revealed he was flagged by United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for Hydroxy-clomiphene, an anti-estrogenic agent, and Letrozole metabolite, an aromatase inhibitor.
Alistair Overeem and Fabricio Werdum completed for the third time at UFC 213, but it didn’t really put a definite end to their trilogy. After a pretty uneventful opening round, Overeem edged the 2nd, and Werdum took the third with a wide margin as he hurt Alistair pretty bad.
With over 80 professional fights spread across mixed martial arts and kickboxing, Alistair Overeem knows combat sports better than almost anybody and he knows it can be an unforgiving and brutal endeavor the best athletes how have spent their lives preparing for battle.
Check out the official weigh-in results for UFC 213: Nunes vs. Shevchenko 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The UFC 213 weigh-ins are in the books, with everyone able to make weight. Amanda Nunes was 135 pounds on the money, while her women’s bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko came in at 134.5. Robert Whittaker weighed in quite early for his interim middleweight title bout vs. Yoel Romero, who needed the towel as he tipped the scales at 185.
Amanda Nunes doesn't really see Julianna Pena as a threat to her belt as she believes the TUF 18 champ doesn't know how to finish a fight.
On the same night Amanda Nunes brutally finished Miesha Tate to become the new UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Julianna Pena scored the biggest win of her career.
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes is pleased with all the new divisions that have been added to the UFC.
Reigning UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, is happy to see the UFC expanding its women’s divisions. As she revealed to Combate, the more weight classes the UFC keeps on adding, the bigger the chances are for the first ever two-division women’s champ to come to surface. In Nunes' eyes, it'll be either herself or strawweight champion, Joanna Jedrzejczyk.
UFC women’s bantamweight champ Nunes calls out the winner of Holm vs. de Randamie for a shot at the featherweight title.
Will 2017 see a rise in multi-division champions? It’s looking that way.
Conor McGregor’s historic achievement at UFC 205, which saw him capture the lightweight title to become the promotion’s first two-division champ, has spurred several fighters to accomplish the same feat.
RIO DE JANEIRO – A title takes on different meanings for its different holders. For some, it’s about pride. For others, it’s about status. For newly-crowned champion Amanda Nunes, however, the UFC women’s bantamweight belt means everything.
Why is Amanda Nunes in such a hurry to fight Ronda Rousey?
UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes explains why shes wants to fight Cris Cyborg in December, as opposed to September.
Amanda Nunes still longs for that super fight.
Amanda Nunes feels no pressure as she prepares to take on Valentina Shevchenko a second time.
As female bantamweight champion, Amanda Nunes, is making her final preparations to take on Valentina Shevchenko for the second time. She revealed to Combate that there is no pressure coming in to the fight, even though she is the last Brazilian with a UFC title for the time being.
After earning a win over Cat Zingano at UFC 200 (see it ), Julianna Pena called for a shot at the title, which is now in the grasp of Amanda Nunes following the Brazilian's first-round submission win over Miesha Tate on the monumental pay-per-view (PPV) event.
Boxer Amir Khan recently uploaded a series of pictures related to MMA, hinting that he is perhaps making a switch from boxing to MMA.
FORMER middleweight champion Anderson Silva is not happy with the UFC.
Silva voiced his displeasure with the promotion in a recent interview with Brazilian outlet UPO, where he discussed his treatment by the UFC after his recent bout against Daniel Cormier.
UFC’s 212 PPV card just took a big notoriety hit with the absence of former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
The UFC’s PPV card in Rio de Janeiro this June is all set to feature a lineup for Brazilian MMA stars, but it’ll be without it’s most marquee attraction. Anderson Silva was set to face Kelvin Gastelum in a bout on the PPV card, but a failed drug test for marijuana and subsequent suspension by the Brazilian MMA Sports Court for saw Gastelum pulled from the card.
Anderson Silva is fed up with the UFC, that he vows retirement if he does not get an interim title fight against Yoel Romero.
Just five years ago, Anderson Silva was the UFC’s poster boy, as he held his six-year reign as the world middleweight champion. While he is still a big name these days, he is no longer on the company’s top priority list.
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