Midnight Mania! Dana On Paying Khabib $50 Million: ‘They Know What’s Realistic’
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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has been known to spin some tall tales. He once claimed that in deposition for UFC that releasing fighter pay information would be dangerous for some of his fighters, as they might become kidnapping targets. That didn’t seem to be a concern more recently when he claimed Khabib is worth $50 million per fight. Oh, and McGregor is now just a guy selling liquor at the corner store, which is an amazing way to downplay McGregor’s commercially successful new whiskey line.
Dana White, at the recent UFC 232 press conference, dismissed Abdelaziz’s demands as hot air (transcript via MMAFighting.com):
“Sure. [Laughing] Come on! They know what’s realistic for them,” said White. “They know the answer to that question. It’s fun to say though, $50 million.”
It is fun to say. Dana also said that he has talked to McGregor, who sounds uncharacteristically reasonable about who his next opponent might be.
“Conor and I talked for an hour last week,” White said. “Typical Conor. ‘I would love an immediate rematch. I want to fight him again, but I’ll fight whoever I gotta fight to get back to him if that’s not the case.’”
Uber-prospect Aaron Pico meets another streaking Lightweight, Henry Corrales, on Bellator’s Fedor-Bader card.
Two @BellatorMMA featherweights on four-fight win streaks collide when Aaron Pico (@AaronPicoUSA) takes on Henry Corrales (@HenryCorrales86) at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., on Jan. 26— Alexander K Lee (@AlexanderKLee) November 8, 2018
Winner gets a title shot?
First reported by @latimespugmire https://t.co/CsSZqrtVhb
Very normal rankings
Note: The voter who ranked Gustafsson ahead of Jones appears to work for a Swedish website that sells shoes.— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) November 8, 2018
Demetrious Johnson is doing well over in ONE ...
it’s about to be LIT!!— Demetrious Johnson (@MightyMouse) November 7, 2018
... but the rest of UFC’s Flyweights just got their pink slips, or will soon.
BREAKING: We're hearing the #UFC men's flyweight division is 100% being dissolved, likely done by the end of 2018.— FloCombat (@FloCombat) November 7, 2018
THE KICKER: Not all flyweights are being asked to move up to bantamweight. They're just getting cut. Unreal.
We'll update you as we receive more info.
Jose Torres and Justin Scoggins weigh in:
Im the 1st to be let go. I didnt get to finish my UFC contract with 2 fights left because they are cutting most of my division n not giving some of us a chance to bump up n prove ourselves like myself. So now it’s time to move on to bigger and better things. Good luck small guys! pic.twitter.com/lUMijsRoDm— Jose Shorty Torres (@ShortyTorres125) November 7, 2018
Looks like the ufc is dropping the flyweight division. I guess I’m a free agent...— Justin Scoggins (@combatcobain) November 7, 2018
I’m ready to keep fighting my ass off. #mma
Lando Vannata is also a free agent. Despite his 1-3-2 record (that’s right, two draws) he is an exceptional action fighter and would make an interesting addition to any Lightweight division he might land in.
Interesting time in my career. https://t.co/EhPn3Jo3b7— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) November 8, 2018
At first I thought Vannata was being a little delusional, but he does get his feet crossed right before the punch lands and knocks him down. He fought like someone trying to learn a new style, but hadn’t mastered it yet; hopefully he figures things out going into free agency.
Floyd Mayweather walked back that RIZIN announcement quickly, but what are the chances he still ends up fighting Tenshin in an exhibition match?
Congratulations to UFC Featherweight Megan Anderson on the tattoo magazine feature:
.It's been a dream of mine to feature in a tattoo magazine for years! Being an avid collector of skin art, I've always strived to be recognised for the amazing art that my tattooist Zak created.— Megan Anderson (@MeganA_mma) November 8, 2018
Thank you to @freshlyinkedmagazine for making my dream come true
- @tmronin pic.twitter.com/3zLHkMmcrm
Israel Adesanya, the inimitable.
Dustin Poirier working the bag.
Henry Cejudo has really good hops!
crazy balance training from Henry Cejudo pic.twitter.com/Gira7bWuuo— The Roots of Combat (@RootsOfCombat) November 6, 2018
This is an old video, but I never noticed the guy getting up and punching his own friend before. He must have been out of it.
If yo friends don’t run up like this they ain’t yo real friends pic.twitter.com/C5KQT6PM4c— ᏉᎥᏰᏋᏕ ❦ ᎶᏗᏝᎧᏒᏋ (@CamLowkey_) September 18, 2018
Alright, that’s a pretty funny line from Cowboy Cerrone. He and Mike Perry don’t seem to have any hard feelings about punching each other in the face.
Combat sports this weekend:
I don’t believe this video is real: