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I don’t have the data to back it up, but MMA fans seem to be tuned in to the idea that boxing matches featuring MMA fighters against real boxers don’t usually go so well for them. cage fighters. It may have started with Conor McGregor stealing Floyd Mayweather, but Jake Paul beating the Octagon champions and legends with relative ease woke up many fans.
That didn’t stop Francis Ngannou from leaving the UFC in pursuit of glory.
On paper, Ngannou vs. Tyson Fury looks like an intriguing matchup regardless of venue. An active UFC Heavyweight champion against the best big man boxer of the last decade? This is a fight that should attract a lot of eyes! Still, in what looks like an attempt to woo jaded fight fans, Fury has offered a special set of rules — “in a cage, four-ounce gloves, under Queensbury” — that surely offers Ngannou a better chance. a classic boxing battle.
Surprisingly, former UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen disagrees. The ESPN analyst has a major problem with the proposed mixed rules, and he just doesn’t understand why Fury hasn’t agreed to a straight boxing match.
“I see Tyson Fury coming out this weekend and finally clarifying first what we’re going to do first with Francis,” Sonnen said on his Youtube channel (via MMAJunkie). “They always said they were going to invent a sport. These two were going to make a game, but they were going to do something combat-related. For unknown reasons, they weren’t going to box. Francis offered to box, and for unknown reasons, Tyson didn’t accept that invitation, and they were going to make some rules.
“Tyson finally explained to us what they are. They were going to fight in a cage. I do not know why. They will fight in a cage. OK fine. They will wear gloves four times. I don’t know why, but OK, fine. They will then follow the rules of boxing, the rules of Queensbury. …
“I put that out there because it’s disappointing to see these boxers as beggars. Guys who are hot to fight to go out there and do it on their own, who have physical abilities that other men can only dream. But they don’t know how to go out there and get it on their own. They just don’t know how. I bring it to you because seeing Tyson Fury begging, it was amazing. I don’t mean it’s disappointing It was really close to calling it that but I don’t want to call it that So Tyson comes to us with maybe the dumbest idea in history sport, he knows it.
It takes a lot of nerve to label something “the dumbest idea in sports history” in the same month that Power Slap debuted.
Things will get really interesting if Alexander Volkov can survive the first round, but that’s a big IF!
Good luck finding Umar Nurmagomedov a fight after his knockout victory over Raoni Barcelos.
Social media skills like these must explain why Dana White is so untouchable.
Jack Shore will make his featherweight debut against Makwan Amirkhani. Can Shore handle the size at 145 lbs? Can Amirkhani manage more than seven minutes of combat without getting tired? Only one way to find out!
Jamahal Hill pissed off many fight fans with his views on Dana White and Andrew Tate’s wife, but “Sweet Dreams” showed his class on many occasions as well. Could it be that people are complicated?
Darren Till has been banned from Instagram…again.
Click for a full thread on Kamaru Usman’s great takedown defense habits and techniques:
Rather than attacking with a choke or immediately turning around, you can see Usman fully extend and punch his face. At the end of this clip, you can see Maia trying to go deeper, but Usman’s strength and weight is 2 for him.pic.twitter.com/jHOWklsWvX
— (@DiamondElbows) January 21, 2023
Slips, tears and KO clips
Just in case anyone has any silly thoughts about Alex Pereira not hitting as hard at 205 pounds…
Remember that getting out of a submission is legal in MMA.
Someone put this in the Team Alpha Male group chat and said it was Urijah Faber vs. Darren Elkins, well… that’s hard to argue.
Watch your fingers.
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