Khamzat Chimaev claims to have signed next UFC fight, actor-fighter dies at 49, Israel coach Adesanya happy with Alex Pereira stoppage

Welcome to today’s edition of Sportskeeda MMA Daily News Roundup, where we feature the biggest UFC updates and other stories from the world of mixed martial arts.

In today’s issue, we talk about Khamzat Chimaev claiming to have signed his next fight, Israel coach Adesanya weighing in on the early stoppage controversy, and more.


#3. Khamzat Chimaev agrees to fight Alex Pereira at UFC 282

Khamzat Chimaev knows his next opponent
Khamzat Chimaev knows his next opponent

Khamzat Chimaev has been calling for a fight against Alex Pereira since becoming the new middleweight champion. He now expects “Poatan” to make an extremely quick turnaround and fight him on the UFC 282 card game which takes place on December 10.

Chimaev claimed on Twitter that he signed the dotted lines for the fight and was waiting for Pereira to do the same.

@AlexPereiraUFC December 10, let’s go, I have already accepted. Now it’s up to you ⚔️

Considering Pereira only fought a week ago and tends to cut his weight drastically to gain 185 pounds, it’s unlikely the UFC has offered him another fight so soon.


#2 Jason David Frank dies; reports claim it was a suicide

MMA fighter and actor Jason David Frank has died aged 49.

He was known worldwide for his iconic role as Tommy Oliver, aka the Green Ranger, and later the White Ranger in Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. He was also a trained mixed martial artist with knowledge of a wide range of styles, including Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai. In 2003 he was inducted into the World Karate Union Hall of Fame. He also appeared in the Arnold Classic In 2008.

Jason David Frank sadly passed away at the age of 49. https://t.co/rAowJsU7Jy

He trained with UFC fighter Melvin Guillard after signing with SuckerPunch Entertainment in 2009. Frank had only one professional MMA fight under the banner of Texas Cage Fighting – Pure Combate 1 and won the submission fight against Jose Roberto Vasquez. He was undefeated in his amateur career, with all of his wins coming via finishes.

Citing sources with direct knowledge of the situation, TMZ reported that Frank’s death was by suicide. In a statement provided to the outlet, Frank’s rep asked fans to respect the privacy of his friends and family.


#1. Eugene Bareman knew Israel Adesanya was in trouble

Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira at UFC 281
Israel Adesanya vs. Alex Pereira at UFC 281

The MMA community is divided over Israel Adesanya’s veteran referee Marc Goddard’s stoppage of Alex Pereira. According to many, including Adesanya himself, it was early. According to Adesanya’s coach Eugene Bareman, that was not the case.

face to face with Fight TVBareman candidly explained why he was happy about the stoppage:

“I’m personally happy with the stoppage. I thought Israel were in trouble. From all my experience in the sport, I’ve seen signs that they were in trouble.”

As one of Adesanya’s closest confidants, Bareman’s priority was to see Adesanya live to fight another healthy day, and he is grateful that Goddard’s stoppage ensured that:

“I felt that extending the fight longer than when Marc Goddard stopped it would not have been good for Israel’s health. So, I’m happy with the referee’s decision. In the end, we live to fight another day. You never know what might have happened if this fight could have progressed.”

Watch the interview below:

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