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Perhaps the most important and least expected winner of UFC 280 was Henry Cejudo.
Prior to the event, Cejudo was not widely considered an immediate contender at 135 pounds. Although he retired with that title and has since returned to the USADA test group, Cejudo seemed really insistent on pursuing Alexander Volkanovski for a third UFC title. ‘The Great’ never seemed interested, and his move to Lightweight apparently hurt Cejudo’s chances of returning to a title.
Next, UFC 280! Aljamain Sterling defeated an injured TJ Dillashaw in dominant but odd fashion. Sean O’Malley won, but his win over Petr Yan was controversial enough that a title shot at this moment seemed odd. Marlon Vera is in talks to fight Cory Sandhagen, and Sterling won’t be fighting teammate Merab Dvalishvili, who retired Jose Aldo last month!
Suddenly there is an opening for a title shot, and Cejudo is in pursuit. He did his best to spark interest in the match with his cringe-worthy trash talk, and this time around he’s mocking Sterling for beating an injured opponent.
“Hey Alljizzblade,” Cejudo tweeted. “Your last 3 fights.
1. Beat Yan via Oscar
2. Gifted Dec via Guilt
3. Hate crime against a disabled combatant
Sign the contract”
“Alljizzlame” is perhaps just a nickname worse than all the garbage Colby Covington has cooked up over the years. Still, in his post-fight interview, Sterling expressed his willingness to fight whoever the UFC put in front of him. Is the “Triple C” now the fight to lead?
Everyone is keeping their fingers crossed and hoping for the return of Francis Ngannou’s healthy knees.
The RIZIN x Bellator New Year’s Eve event is taking shape!
Sean O’Malley reviewed his fight against Petr Yan and came to a shocking conclusion.
I just watched the fight, definitely won. ❤️
— Sean O’Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) October 26, 2022
Belal Muhammad also offers his thoughts:
I’ve rewatched the O’Malley yan fight 3 times and I think at the end of the day Conor sucks and won’t win another fight
— Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) October 26, 2022
Muhammad Mokaev calls out Matt Schnell in what seems like a reasonable and fun step up in the competition after his 3-0 start.
Mokaev vs. Matt Schnell
UK march card
I hope he accepts this fight…
— Muhammad Mokaev (@muhammadmokaev) October 25, 2022
Although not booked, Max Holloway is still working.
18-year-old prodigy Raul Rosas Jr. will make his official UFC debut in December.
— Nolan King (@mma_kings) October 26, 2022
Charles Oliveira is still the coolest.
Slips, tears and KO clips
A good piece that most readers probably haven’t seen.
Demian Maia performing a trick jiu-jitsu to stop Ben Askren was a great moment for grappling fans. Great scrambles and some weird uppercuts in that one!
If you’re going to storm a dojo, maybe go to a BJJ school. They’ll probably just slap you a few times and then pat you…
This shark was in the trenches.
Midnight Music: Stoner Rock, 1998
Sleep well fools! More martial arts madness is always on the way.
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