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Colby Covington praises Donald Trump coaching ahead of UFC 296 he would beat me if we fought

Colby Covington has allegedly received coaching from none other than Donald Trump ahead of his epic title fight against Leon Edwards at UFC 296.

The American superstar has not been the most active participant in the welterweight division lately but is still waltzing into a title shot this Saturday. The abrasive nature of ‘Chaos’ merely disguises his brilliance in the cage, and now that he’s received training from none other than Donald Trump himself, Covington is feeling unstoppable.

The former U.S. president and Colby Covington share a close bond, and ‘Chaos’ recently took the time to open up about their relationship. Detailing steamy trips to the former president’s vacation home, and late-night war meetings over the phone.

Colby Covington details the coaching he received from Donald Trump

“He is my good friend, it’s not like I was just meeting up with him every couple of months. I was at his house in Mar a Lago a couple of weeks ago, I call him regularly to ask him about a gameplan,” Colby Covington told Mirror Fighting, speaking about the former president. “He’s given me great coaching advice for this fight. Trump is the better fighter [than me], that guy has knuckles like lunchboxes.”

“That guy is so big that he would destroy me if we fought,” Covington continued. “I have the most important and famous person on planet earth coming to my fights to watch me front row. Who does Leon have? Does he have the royal family, Paddington the Bear, or Mary f****ng Poppins coming? Leon is a nobody, he is the B-side and I’m the A-side.”

The bond between the former president and ‘Chaos’ is strong, and Covington even went into vivid detail about the mastery that Trump has with his rod.

“The guy is a PGA tour level professional golfer, he shoots under par,” Colby Covington said, speaking of what he regularly witnesses when he and the former president play golf together. “It’s incredible to watch him and his golf swing, he is dedicated to his craft and the sport of golf. I like to go out there and watch him, sit in the golf cart sometimes to just be amazed at how good Trump is at golf. He is the smartest and best president we’ve had in the history of America.”

Do you think the special relationship between Colby Covington and Donald Trump will inspire ‘Chaos’ to defeat his British adversary?

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Song Yadong Petr Yan UFC Vegas 83

After a smothering victory over the red-hot Chris Gutierrez at UFC Vegas 83, Song Yadong continued to show off his newly-found apparent mastery of the English language by absolutely flaming the former UFC bantamweight champion on live-TV: Petr Yan.

Song Yadong came into UFC Vegas 83 in dire need of a victory. Not only did Yadong emerge from the cage victorious, but he also emerged as a young superstar. While many hardcore fans might have been sold on the young Chinese fighter for many years now, the casual MMA fan now knows the potential of this young stud. While the fight may have been gritty and lackluster in many places, it was still a beautiful exhibition of skill.

Song Yadong mixed the martial arts he’s been refining for many years into an elegant blend of sinister mayhem at UFC Vegas 83. He was everywhere, and nowhere at all. The elite and dangerous Chris Gutierrez came into the match with what some may call the world’s largest chip on his shoulder. He was fighting for his child; in an effort to prove his worth as a parent, and an adversary. These are words not chosen by us, but shared by Gutierrez himself in the leadup to the match.

Yet, Yadong was an indomitable force inside the cage. For as much emotion as Gutierrez carried into the matchup, it was ruled ineffective. Song Yadong defeated his opponent with a masterful blend of mixed martial arts. Nothing more, and nothing less.

The former bantamweight champion Petr Yan reacted to the fight with a yawning emoji, but that’s most likely to disguise Yan’s real feelings. Which, one could imagine would look a lot more like the flushed-face emoji. An emoji that is commonly used to show fear and awe.

Song Yadong burns Petr Yan, issues a warning to the former bantamweight champion

During his post-fight interview, the former champion Petr Yan tweeted a yawning emoji. This was obviously in direct reference to Song Yadong’s performance.

Inside the cage, Paul Felder (who was conducting the interview) asked Yadong how he felt about that disrespect, and the young Chinese superstar reacted brilliantly. Without the need for his translator to finish speaking, Yadong sneered and took the microphone. “Your last fight too, bro,” Yadong replied casually. This inspired Felder and the translator to let loose a wild laugh, as many fans watching at home probably did at that same moment as well.

“Sheit, (you and your last fight) look sheit!” Song Yadong continued, in near-perfect English. “Sometimes, (people have lackluster performances) you know. (If we) fight next, I knock you out… Boxing, your boxing is good? Ok, let’s go. Let’s try it! Who has the heaviest hands?”

“I’m coming!” Song Yadong ended, in what was truly a glorious call-out. Following up on what was no doubt the biggest performance of his young career, Yadong also made sure to resonate with English-speaking fans more than he ever has before. This is important for an international superstar, as history has shown how fans can fail to appreciate greatness because of things such as language barriers.

How blown away were you by Song Yadong’s post-fight interview?

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Khalil Rountree calls for title fight with Alex Pereira after UFC Vegas 83 it makes sense

Off the back of last night’s standout win over former title challenger, Anthony Smith at UFC Vegas 83, surging light heavyweight contender, Khalil Rountree claims a championship showdown with division kingpin, Alex Pereira “makes sense” for him next.

Rountree, the current number eleven ranked light heavyweight contender – who is likely set to crack the division’s top 10 next week, turned in his fifth consecutive victory at UFC Vegas 83 overnight in a co-main event slot, laying waste to short-notice replacement, Smith with a thunderous third round TKO at the UFC Apex facility.

Alex Pereira called out by Khalil Rountree for UFC title fight

Turning in his fourth victory via knockout in his five most recent fights, The Ultimate Fighter alum, Rountree claimed a bout with Sao Paulo knockout artist, former middleweight champion-turned light heavyweight gold holder, Pereira makes total sense to him next.

“Say they [the UFC] put me at number ten and not number eight, where Anthony (Smith) was – so from nine up, in my opinion, and i think in the fans’ opinion, the most exciting fight would be me versus (Alex) Pereira,” Khalil Rountree told assembled media after UFC Vegas 83. “That’s just what I’ve seen from comments. After Alex’s win, I got flooded, people tagging me, and I think it makes sense.”

“Two dynamic, powerful strikers, I don’t plan to shoot any takedowns,” Khalil Rountree explained. “I don’t think I’ve ever shot for a takedown in my career. I don’t think he’s necessarily going to shoot for any takedowns, because the guy’s a warrior. So, then you have two explosive, dynamic [strikers] in my mind, it just makes sense.” 

Winning vacant light heavyweight spoils in the headliner of UFC 295 back in November, former middleweight kingpin, Pereira stopped former champion, Jiri Prochazka with a blistering second round knockout win at Madison Square Garden. 

Would you like to see Khalil Rountree fight Alex Pereira next?

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Georges St-Pierre

If you were hoping to see Octagon legend Georges St-Pierre make his long-awaited return at UFC 300, we’re afraid we’ve got some bad news.

Originally rumored to compete against Nick Diaz at a UFC Fight Pass Invitational event this month, GSP was pulled from the submission grappling showcase due to a reported injury. Enter former three-title UFC title challenger Chael Sonnen who suggested that “meaningful people” were talking about re-booking the bout between St-Pierre and Diaz in the cage rather than on the mat.

“You got to 300 a certain way,” Sonnen said on his YouTube channel. “Did you do that by bringing guys in on a one-off? I mean the St-Pierre versus Diaz, does that draw? sure. Why didn’t it happen at 199 or 201? Or 299 or 301? Why wouldn’t it happen there, if that is what got us to 300, why would we not continue to follow the principles and policies that got us here?

“I mean, I’m just asking because I’m hearing from some pretty good people, from some pretty meaningful people, a level of silliness within these fights.”

It wouldn’t be the first time the UFC pulled a legendary fighter out of mothballs for a milestone event. UFC 200 saw the return of former heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar. Perhaps there was some truth to what Sonnen was spitting.

Okay, maybe not.

Recently, St-Pierre poured cold water over the rumors of his epic comeback, making it abundantly clear that it’s not going to happen.

“I haven’t stepped foot in the UFC octagon in a very long time,” GSP wrote on X. “And no, I am not coming back!”

St-Pierre Says there is ‘No Chance’ he’s coming back

In case that wasn’t clear enough, St-Pierre responded to a fan directly on social media, letting him know that there is “No chance!” that he’ll be returning at UFC 300, or any other event for that matter when it comes to MMA.

Are you disappointed to find out that the former welterweight and middleweight world champ won’t be making his return in 2024?

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Joe Rogan Wesley Snipes

Joe Rogan loves telling the story of how he almost fought action film star Wesley Snipes.

The Blade and Demolition Man star found himself in some hot water when The IRS tried to collect $ 23.5 million from Snipes in outstanding taxes for the years between 2001 to 2006 during the late 2000s. Originally the actor attempted to settle for significantly less than the amount owed by only paying $ 850,000 in cash.

The offer was declined and US Tax Court Judge Kathleen Kerrigan upheld the IRS’ decision for Wesley Snipes to pay $ 9.5 million, adjusted from the initial demand for $ 23.5 million. In a desperate attempt to come up with the cash quickly, Snipes planned to call out fellow film star Jean-Claude Van Damme for a fight.

UFC co-creator Campbell McClaren advised against that option and instead suggested that he fight Joe Rogan.

“I was supposed to fight Wesley Snipes,” Rogan said during a recent episode of his popular podcast, The Joe Rogan Experience. “That was real. Lawyers were in negotiation. I was training twice a day for six months. It was f*cking hard. I was so tired all the time and I only got a taste of what it’s like to train like an MMA fighter. I was training knowing that the fight was eventually going to take place so I was building up a base. I was kickboxing every morning and then I was doing jiu-jitsu every night and I was doing it for six months.

Rogan Says Wesley Snipes Bailed once he found out the former Fear Factor host was a trained martial artist

The longtime UFC commentator went on to suggest that Wesley Snipes ultimately bowed out of the bout after realizing that Rogan was an experienced martial artist, training in both taekwondo and jiu-jitsu.

“I think it’s because he knew I was going to kill him,” Rogan continued. “I think in the beginning he thought that he would be able to stuff takedowns and he would kick my ass. Then he found out that I’m a taekwondo champion. I’m a kickboxer. I’m way better at standing up than I am on the ground.

“I don’t know what happened. There’s a bunch of different demands. At first, it was going to be 50/50 and then he wanted it to be 60/40 and I agreed to everything. Then finally, it was like, ‘Just give me this amount of money and give him whatever the f*ck else you want. I’m gonna f*cking strangle that guy’ and it never happened.

“This would be a perfect thing to do; he’s never fought in MMA before. I’ve never done it before. This would be fun and I’ll make a lot of money. Just the idea of this guy who had never had any competitive fights at all, that he thought he could do that.”

In the end, Wesley Snipes was sentenced to three years in prison for misdemeanor charges of willful failure to file federal income tax returns. He served 28 months behind bars and was released in April 2013.

“He was doing a lot of blow if I had to guess,” Rogan said. “He was in a bad situation where he owed a lot of taxes and he had some advisor or one of those dudes that tells you that it’s unconstitutional to pay taxes. There’s a few of those guys out there that will get you convinced that they’re not going to prosecute you because then it’ll have to be revealed that taxes are against the Constitution. There’s a lot of wacky people that people fall under the influence of and unfortunately, he wound up going to jail.”

Who do you think would have won between Joe Rogan and Wesley Snipes inside the Octagon?

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Islam Makhachev calls for Justin Gaethje title fight at UFC 299 in Miami in March

Earmarked to fight former foe and prior undisputed lightweight champion, Charles Oliveira in a championship rematch in his return to the Octagon, current gold holder, Islam Makhachev has suggested a pairing with former interim titleholder, Justin Gaethje instead, eyeing a comeback at UFC 299 in March in Miami, Florida.

Makhachev, the current undisputed lightweight champion and current pound-for-pound number one ranked fighter, most recently headlined UFC 294 back in October in Abu Dhabi, UAE, landing a one-sided rematch win over Alexander Volkanovski, stopping the Australian with a brutal first round high-kick knockout.

Initially scheduled to feature in a main event bout against Sao Paulo favorite, Oliveira in a championship rematch, Makhachev saw the pairing shelved after the Brazilian suffered a nasty laceration above his right eyebrow ahead of the clash.

Islam Makhachev eyes Justin Gaethje fight at UFC 299

And receiving a recent call out from UFC Austin main event winner, Arman Tsarukyan in a championship rematch, Makhachev has ruled out a fight with the Armenian or Oliveira next, instead mentioning a return at UFC 299 in Miami, in a clash against Arizona native, Gaethje.“To be honest, I’ve already told I’m not that interested in rematches,” Islam Makhachev told Ushatayka. “Because if you want to win someone in a good way, you have to add new names.”

“There is (Justin) Gaethje, who I would say deserved a fight,” Islam Makhachev continued. “I think it would be more interesting to fight him. I think in March, maybe – most likely, yes, at the number event [UFC 299].” 

Gaethje, a former interim lightweight champion and current symbolic BMF championship holder, headlined UFC 291 back in July most recently, landing a spectacular second round high-kick knockout win over fellow former interim gold holder, Dustin Poirier in the pair’s long-awaited rematch. 

Who wins in a potential fight at UFC 299 in Miami: Islam Makhachev or Justin Gaethje?

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Rubi Rose

American hip-hop sensation Rubi Rose appears to have former UFC standout Darren Till reconsidering his career as a professional fighter.

In recent years, OnlyFans, a subscription-based site for content creators, has seen a massive explosion in popularity with athletes, celebrities, aspiring models, and adult entertainment workers looking to bolster their financial security, or in some cases, replace their employers altogether.

Born in Lexington, Kentucky, 26-year-old rapper Rubi Rose has seen her star rise immensely thanks to a gig on OnlyFans. Recently, she revealed some rather interesting offerings that garnered the attention of her two million followers on X.

Rose posted a text message exchange with one of her adoring followers, offering nearly $ 400,000 for a one-word response.

The reveal caught the attention of former UFC standout Darren Till, who was left floored by the insane offer.

“Does this baldy nugget know what kind of bird he could get for £400K? I am speechless,” he wrote in response.

The fan, who Rubi Rose has saved in her phone as ‘Brandon weird OF fan,’ did not directly offer $ 400 thousand. Instead, he agreed to send her 10 Bitcoin said to be valued at nearly 400k. It’s far from the first time that the rapper has interacted with this particular fan. She previously shared a text exchange with ‘Brandon’ where his long drawn-out paragraphs caused some concern as they appeared to be somewhat hostile in tone.

“Tat my face on u so I know it’s real,” she wrote in the post’s caption.

Who is Rubi Rose?

For those over the age of 40, Rubi Rose first gained attention by appearing in Migos’ music video for their single Bad and Boujee. Around this time, she began regularly featuring on Twitch streams by YouTuber DJ Akademiks before kickstarting her own music career in 2018.

She signed with Hitco Entertainment and cameoed in Cardi B’s music video for her single WAP before releasing her first mixtape on Christman Day in 2020. It received mostly negative reviews.

After a hiatus from making music, she released her single Hood B*tch Aesthetic in October before going on tour with fellow-rapper Sexyy Red.

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Shavkat Rakhmonov eyes title fight with win at UFC 296 Of course I'm ready

Undefeated welterweight contender, Shavkat Rakhmonov has claimed he will “be ready” for a shot at the division’s championship following his return to the Octagon at UFC 296 later this month, should he land a victory over former title chaser, Stephen Thompson.

Rakhmonov, who currently holds the number five ranked welterweight contender, most recently featured at UFC 285 back in March, landing an eventual third round standing rear-naked choke win over common-foe, Geoff Neal in his return to active competition.

Improving to 17-0 as a result, Rakhmonov also maintained his jaw-dropping run of consecutive finishes, landing his ninth career submission win to go with a further eight separate knockout stoppage victories. 

Shavkat Rakhmonov keen on title fight after UFC 296

In the midst of a five-fight winning run since landing the Dana White-led promotion back in 2020, Rakhmonov, a former M1-Global welterweight champion, claims with a victory over Simponsvilla native, Thompson in two weeks’ time at UFC 296, will prepare him for a long-anticipated and pegged title opportunity.

“Nobody won [against] him (Stephen Thompson) in standing game, but of course, I mentioned that sometimes he missed shots,” Shavkat Rakhmonov told Morning Kombat through an interpreter during a recent interview. “I never see him lose by choke. Only one time I remember Anthony Pettis won by knockout.”

“I don’t know, it depends on what the UFC says, but I think Belal Muhammad also deserves the title shot,” Shavkat Rakhmonov explained. “As of now, he will [be] backup [for] this fight [between Leon Edwards and Colby Covington], but of course I’m ready.” 

Over the course of his brief Octagon tenure, fan-faovrite Uzbekistan finisher, Rakhmonov has latched onto stunning wins over Alex Oliveira, Michel Prazeres, Carlston Harris, Neil Magny, and the above-mentioned, Neal. 

Do you think Shavkat Rakhmonov can win a UFC title in the future?

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Colby Covington calls Leon Edwards a cheater ahead of UFC 296 he's always drooling on himself

Colby Covington labels Leon Edwards as a cheater ahead of their UFC 296 showdown.

On December 16, Covington and Edwards will square off in a contest for the UFC’s undisputed welterweight title in the main event of UFC 296 which is set to be held in the T-Mobile, Las Vegas.

Covington, a former interim champion, is a proven talent with elite cardio and wrestling – adding a solid stand-up game throughout his career. However, when someone signs to fight Covington, it’s not just his skills that will keep you preoccupied, but also his relentless, at times personal, trash talk. 

‘Chaos’ has made a name for himself over the years because of his mockery and it has been no different this time around, aiming Edwards in almost every media appearance. 

Colby Covington blasts ‘cheater’ Leon Edwards

Talking with All Out Fighting about his upcoming matchup, Covington took the opportunity to 

As a fighter, Leon Scott is the biggest cheater the sport’s ever known,” Covington said. “I thought ‘Marty’ (Usman) was a cheater. Man, this guy makes ‘Marty’ look like a freakin’ saint. Leon is a cheater. (H/T MMA Junkie) 

“He’s poking people in the eyes, kicking people in the nuts, he’s grabbing the fence,” Covington continued. “I mean, the guy’s the biggest cheater the sport’s ever seen and that’s the only way I was able to prepare for him. Just prepare for all the cheating he’s going to do.”

Edwards took on Bella Muhammad in 2021 and after wobbling Muhammad in the first, an unfortunate eye poke from Edwards left ‘Remember The Name’ unable to continue resulting in a no contest.

Covington wouldn’t stop there however, the 35-year-old would then take aim at Edwards’ intelligence and label him as a ‘waste of space’  

“As a person, ‘Leon Scott,’ AKA ‘Low IQ Leon,’ what’s his grade level? What’s his level of education?” Covington asked. “I swear, that guy’s a mumbling, fumbling idiot. He’s literally always drooling on himself. As a person, I just think that that guy’s a waste of f*cking chromosomes and a waste of space.”

Who wins, Colby Covington or Leon Edwards?

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Jiri Prochazka offers to fight Aleksandar Rakic at UFC 299 on short notice in Miami

Former undisputed light heavyweight champion, Jiri Prochazka has offered to step-in for fellow former titleholder, Jan Blachowicz in a clash with the returning, Aleksandar Rakic – offering the Austrian-born contender a showdown at UFC 299 in March of next year in Miami, Florida.

Prochazka, a former undisputed light heavyweight champion, most recently headlined UFC 295 at the beginning of last month, suffering a second round TKO loss to former middleweight kingpin, Alex Pereira in the pair’s vacant light heavyweight title showdown at Madison Square Garden.

As for Rakic, the current number five ranked contender has yet to feature since he suffered a third round TKO due a brutal knee injury suffered against the aforenoted Pole, Blachowicz in the pair’s main event clash back in May of last year. 

And slated to return to the Octagon on the main card of UFC 297 in January, Rakic was booked to take on Blachowicz in a rematch on the Canada card, however, the latter has been forced from the re-run through injury, and is set for surgery.

Weighing up a quickfire return to the Octagon following a recent welcome to Khamzat Chimaev to make a stunning light heavyweight divisional leap, Czech Republic favorite, Jiri Prochazka offered to fight Rakic in an all-European outing – receiving a slew of responses from the latter.

“You said February or March,” Aleksandar Rakic replied to Jiri Prochakza. “I accepted and offered you February 17th. Now you’ve gone quiet. Where’s your Samurai code now? Sign the contract, big boy, sign the contract. @jiri_bjp.” 

Jiri Prochazka suggests UFC 299 for fight with Aleksandar Rakic

Suggesting a rescheduled pairing at UFC 299 in March – which currently features a bantamweight title main event rematch between Sean O’Malley, and former-foe, Marlon Vera, Prochazka welcomed the chance to compete in ‘The Sunshine State’.

“March 9 Miami?” Jiri Prochakza posted on his official X account.

Who wins in a future clash: Jiri Prochazka or Aleksandar Rakic?

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