MMA News This Week
MMA news this week has kept fans on their toes as COVID (and pre-fight injuries) called off many fights, including the Amanda Nunes vs. Julienne Pena main co-event planned for UFC 265 August 7. Lil wayne stepping out at an upcoming UFC event, a UFC athlete is in hot water after posting a meme on Instagram, a UFC fighter tells Olympian, Simone Bilès to ‘toughen it up’ tons of fight cards for you to enjoy watching the fights and lots of other information made this an exciting week in MMA.
Upcoming Battle Cards
Lots of fighting action this week in MMA! Catch the following cards on the respective dates and times.
Socket Titan FC 71 Friday. Prelims begin at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT with the main board at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT as Jacob Kilburn (8-4) battles Ali Al Qaisi (9-5) in the main event.
THOSE 63 takes place Fridays from 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT. The 11 fights card includes a fight between Yorgan De Castro (6-3) and Rakim cleveland (21-13-1) in the main heavyweight event.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT, catch XFC Young Guns 3 like Jett Emerson Grande (15-1) meet Damon morosko (3-2.) This fight marks the professional debut of each fighter.
The UFC card we’ve all been waiting for is here! UFC 265 descends Saturday August 7 from the Toyota Center in Houston. Preliminaries begin at 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT and the main card begins at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. Cyril Gane (9-0) fights Derrick lewis (25-7) in an interim heavyweight bout. The winner will likely face the current heavyweight title holder, Francois Ngannou.
MMA News: Fight Announcements
Julien marquez will face Jordan wright during the UFC event on October 16. The location and venue have yet to be announced, although it is supposed to take place at the UFC Apex Center in Las Vegas.
Nunes vs. Pena canceled
The main co-event at UFC 265 was canceled after Amanda “The Lioness” Nunes positive tests for COVID-19. Intended to fight Juliana Pena on the August 7 card, Nunes released a statement after the announcement, saying: “We were more than ready for this fight, unfortunately [s***] come. Stay tuned for a new date.
Jose aldo (29-7) will now face each other Pedro Munhoz (19-5) in the main co-event, leaving only the working title on the line as Ciryl Gane meets Derrick lewis on the main event of the card.
Best wishes to Nunes for a speedy recovery. Stay tuned to our weekly MMA posts for more details on the Nunes vs.Pena fight.
Cejudo overshadows Simone Biles
Far too many unqualified “experts” feel like they know what is best for other people’s lives, even if they have never met them or dealt with the same issues. As is the case after Olympian Simone Biles announced her departure from Olympic competition due to mental issues.
Many people have supported Biles, including the UFC commentator and former UFC Champion, Daniel Cormier. Others, like the former UFC bantamweight and flyweight champion Henri cejudo, instead cast a shadow over the gymnast. Cejudo says Biles needs a ‘kick in the ass’.
Cejudo, a former Olympic gold medalist himself, posted a video statement on Twitter, partly stating that Biles needed “tough love.” He went on to say, in part:
“I believe Simone Biles getting out of this thing, it’s like, I think she really needs to control herself. I think it’s time for some hard love. If she were my sister, that’s exactly what I would do ”, Cejudo said. “So I would never say something that I wouldn’t do to my personal family or something like that. Or even for me, because I think sometimes we need a good kick in the ass.
My take on Simone Biles’ withdrawal from the Olympics. 📠🏆🏆🏆 pic.twitter.com/Y7z4AJWejR
– Henry Cejudo (@HenryCejudo) July 30, 2021
Empower Grand Prix Date Announced
A championship announced that Empower, the long-awaited All-Women’s Grand Prix event, will take place on September 3. Originally slated for May 28, government concerns over the growing number of COVID-19 cases in Singapore canceled the event.
A new combat has been added to the map. american newcomer Grace “Thai Kitten” Cleveland (5-0) will face China Meng Bo (17-5.)
9th Annual International Fighting Week in Las Vegas
The UFC announced the 9th annual international wrestling week begins September 21 in Las Vegas. The 5-day event includes the UFC 266 battle card, Hall of Fame induction ceremony, autograph sessions, meetups and greetings, and more. More details about the event are yet to come!
Lil Wayne in MMA?
Kind of. UFC welterweight title candidate Colby Covington claims he will come out alongside the rapper Lil wayne in his next fight against Kamaru Usman To UFC 268 planned for a November fight card. Weezy reportedly planned to perform his hit song, “The Sky is the Limit,” during the walkout.
Till Under Investigation Over Meme
Never one to run away from controversy, UFC Darren till has police eyes looking in her direction after posting a meme of a pregnant transgender woman titled “The Gorilla”. The post was reported to Merseyside Police after some found the meme offensive, citing that it encouraged transphobia and homophobia. They are currently investigating the incident.
Till posted a video response on his Instagram page, saying: “As everyone knows, I always post very controversial stuff correctly, I will never, never, ever change. So the other day I posted this transgender meme, I thought it was funny and I knew that it was going to have a backlash. I actually have transgender friends, they thought it was hilarious. He went on to say: “You cancel someone who doesn’t give like that and I don’t give like that. ”
Till will face Derek brunson Later this year.
See you next week for more MMA news! In the meantime, follow me on Twitter @AmandaG_LWOS for the latest news from UFC, ONE Championship, Bellator and MMA.
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