UFC Fight Night: Whittaker v Aliskerov
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Robert Whittaker closed the show at UFC Saudi Arabia with a quick, and brutal knockout of Ikram Aliskerov, and sent a message to the top of the middleweight division in the process. While “The Reaper” hinted at wanting to be the backup fighter for the Dricus du Plessis vs. Israel Adesanya title fight at UFC 305, would that be enough to get him the winner, or will he need another fight?

On an all-new edition of On To the Next One, MMA Fighting’s Mike Heck and Alexander K. Lee discuss what could be next for Whittaker following his second consecutive victory. Additionally, future matchups are discussed for Alexander Volkov after his dominant decision win over Sergei Pavlovich in the co-main event, Shara Magomedov following his third-round knockout of Antonio Trocoli, Volkan Oezdemir after his nasty knockout of Johnny Walker, and more.

Audio-only versions of the podcast can be found below, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and wherever you find your favorite podcasts.

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‘I’m Young, No Regrets’

by Site Admin ~ June 24th, 2024

UFC Fight Night: Whittaker v Aliskerov
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UFC Saudi Arabia went down this past weekend (Sat., June 22, 2024) inside Kingdom Arena in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, leaving several fighters feeling the post-fight blues. Among them was Antonio Trocoli, who was knocked out by by Shara Magomedov in the third and final round of their Middleweight fight (see it again here).

And Sergei Pavlovich, who suffered his second straight defeat (and possibly more) after coming up short against former training partner, Alexander Volkov, in the co-main event of the evening. But, which fighter is suffering from the worst post-fight hangover, now a few days removed from the show?

Ikram Aliskerov.

Originally scheduled to face Antonio Trocoli last weekend in Las Vegas, Nevada, Aliskerov was given a huge opportunity to fill the void left behind by Khamzat Chimaev against Robert Whittaker, headlining the promotion’s first-ever event in Saudi Arabia. It was a low-risk, high-reward type of situation because he was coming in as slight favorite over his unranked foe, and a loss wouldn’t affect his stock too much, while a win would’ve him shot him up the division like a rocket.

Unfortunately for Aliskerov, he wasn’t given much room to operate by the much more experience former champion, as “The Reaper” put the pedal to the metal and absolutely rocked the Russian brawler with a nasty uppercut early that put him out for the count just two minutes into the fight.

While most expected Whittaker to win, a quick finish wasn’t what Aliskerov had in mind. Still, he has no regrets for stepping in on short notice to take on one of the absolute best fighters in the sport.

“Alhamdulilla, no excuses — I don’t regret anything,” he said on X. “It was a big experience against one of the best in the sport. I’m young, I’ll work on my mistakes , learn and get back into business soon. Thank to everyone for support messages.”

The loss was Aliskerov’s first in five years, losing to — coincidentally enough — Khamzat Chimaev in the first round back in April 2019 (via vicious uppercut, too!). The loss snapped his seven-fight win streak, but it doesn’t hurt his stock one bit. He stepped up to the plate, and while he didn’t deliver he did earn some points with Dana White and Co., who will remember the solid he did for the company down the road.

In this sport, opportunity rarely knocks and when it does, it’s typically in the fighters best interest to answer it because it may not come again. He rolled the dice and it came up craps, but in doing so, he got some experience headlining a major event against a former champion.

He will learn from this and come back stronger.

As far as what could realistically be next for him, why not book him against the aforementioned Trocoli again? Both men had a change of plans, both had to make the long trip to Saudi Arabia to face new opponents, and both came up brutally short. Give them some time to recover and have them hook ‘em up before the year is over.

Keep it simple.

For complete UFC Saudi Arabia results, coverage and highlights, click HERE.

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This is a repost of my post from yesterday. I tried yo updated it with some links and it was removed by the reddit's filter.

Hi! I wanted to provide some context to this fight to non-Russian speakers after watching some interviews to Russian media.

  1. They were not friends. All their interactions were related strictly to sparring. They are very different people. At the press conference he said jokingly “Baumanka beat VDV”. Baumanka is prestigious Russian science university and Alexander had finished it with a degree in rocket science. VDV is Russian airborne armed forces and Sergei was a part of it if I’m not mistaken. Roughly saying, it was engineer vs meathead fight lol
  2. Alexander is a troll and a bit of a cool nerd. Smart guy too. It’s hard to appreciate since a lot is lost in translation. Combing hair was a sketch comedy thing. His trainers also said it was Alexander’s mom who asked them to comb his hair so her son looks beautiful during the fight lol. He also said that this fight is arranged by reptilians to make Russians fight each other, with a reference to a meme game “Slavs vs Reptilians”. Alexander’s jokes towards Sergei were very lighthearted and even self-deprecating. There were no bad intentions or getting in Sergei’s head attempts.
  3. Pavlovich has zero sense of humor and a bit of a dense dude. Partly conflict is rooted in the fact that he doesn’t get Alexander humor at all, which is hilarious in its own right.
  4. Ali is a piece of shit. Nothing new here. It’s possible that Rizvan misinformed Sergei too.

I hope Alexander would improve his English to let his personality shine for American audience too. If you have any questions, I’d be happy to answer!

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The MMA Hour

The Mixed Martial Arts Hour is back in your life! Below is a rundown of Wednesday’s show, which begins at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT / 6 p.m. UK time.

1 p.m. ET: We kick things off by recapping this past weekend in combat sports, including UFC Saudi Arabia, PFL Salt Lake City, and Bellator Dublin.

2 p.m.: Paul Hughes joins the show to talk about his impressive PFL/Bellator debut and where he goes from here.

2:30 p.m.: Ian Machado Garry stops by to speak about his fight with Michael “Venom” Page at UFC 303 this Saturday in Las Vegas.

3 p.m.: Devin Haney comes on to discuss his fight with Ryan Garcia getting overturned to a no-contest and what’s next for him.

3:30 p.m.: Jiri Prochazka joins the show to discuss stepping in on short notice to rematch Alex Pereira and save UFC 303.

4 p.m.: The Parlay Boys recap their bets from this past weekend, plus more.

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Alex Pereira spars 6ft 6in heavyweight boxer Demsey McKean before UFC 303 fight with Jiri Prochazka

Putting his final preparations in place for his short-notice return this weekend, undisputed light heavyweight champion, Alex Pereira took in some sparring rounds with 6ft 6in heavyweight boxer, Dempsey McKean – ahead of his UFC 303 return against Jiri Prochazka on Saturday night.

Pereira, a former undisputed middleweight gold holder and the incumbent light heavyweight titleholder, is slated to make his return this weekend in a short-notice headliner during International Fight Week at UFC 303.

Alex Pereira backed as new face of the company after accepting short notice title fight at UFC 303

Taking on former-foe, Prochazka, Pereira looks to rack up his second win over the Czech Republic star as well as his second successful defense of the 205lbs crown in his return to Las Vegas.

Headlining the monumental UFC 300 card earlier this year, Sao Paulo striking phenom, Alex Pereira stopped returning former gold holder, Jamahal Hill with a stunning opening round KO – improving his winning spree to three straight fights at the weight limit.

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And replacing an injury-stricken, Conor McGregor at this weekend’s UFC 303 card during International Fight Week, Brazilian fan-favorite, Pereira more than held his own over the course of four rounds against the above-mentioned Australian heavyweight puncher, McKean.

Alex Pereira plans to rest a little after UFC 303 return still fight in a December comeback

Alex Pereira spars Demsey McKean before UFC 303

Sparring the Ipswitch native, Pereira managed to land notable shots on the 22-1 former WBO world championship victor – whose sole loss came in the form of a final round TKO defeat to Croat striking star, Filip Hrgovic back in August of last year in London. 

First sharing the Octagon with former light heavyweight champion, Prochakza at UFC 295 back in November of last year at Madison Square Garden, Pereira would stop the Czech finishing ace with a second round TKO in New York, felling him with a slew of elbow strikes at the fence before landing ground and pound blows.

Who are you picking to win at UFC 303: Alex Pereira or Jiri Prochazka?


Paddy Pimblett in 2011, 13 years manifestation.

by Site Admin ~ June 24th, 2024
Paddy Pimblett in 2011, 13 years manifestation.

We need to actually appreciate all these MMA fighters. We don't see it but they've all worked so hard to make a living out of this sport, and most of them don't even make enough having to sacrify many things.

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Paddy Pimblett in 2011, 13 years manifestation.

by Site Admin ~ June 24th, 2024
Paddy Pimblett in 2011, 13 years manifestation.

We need to actually appreciate all these MMA fighters. We don't see it but they've all worked so hard to make a living out of this sport, and most of them don't even make enough having to sacrify many things.

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UFC 264: Poirier v McGregor 3
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McGregor details one of the treatments he had on his broken pinky toe, and how it may have made the toe worse than before.

Conor McGregor is opening up about his toe injury and some of the treatments they used to try and keep him on June 29th’s UFC 303 card.

McGregor was forced off the card last week, and finally he revealed it was due to a broken pinky toe. There was a lot of effort put into keeping the nature of his injury secret, but “The Notorious” can’t even wear a shoe right now. So it was either let the cat out of the bag or hide from the public eye until he was healed.

McGregor chose to show off x-rays of the injury, and on Saturday night he turned up to Bellator Dublin in slippers. He discussed the broken toe with Severe MMA and how a stem cell shot into the injured pinky may have caused more pain than gain.

“This is it. This run is for the parish, you know what I’m saying?” he said about his comeback fight. “So I’m getting this right, and that’s it.”

As for a return date?

“I’m hoping soon as … August. September I’d love,” McGregor said. “You know the way it is. I’m in recovery mode. It’s three weeks to the day, it happened three weeks ago today. I’m still rocking around here in the slippers. They’re not bad slippers, thankfully, and they’re cozy enough. But I can’t get into a shoe.”

“They put stem cells into me,” he revealed. “They took ‘em from my back, they put ‘em in my foot. 20mg of stem cells out of my own back bone marrow, in. Right into the break. There was a little bit left over so I said ‘Yeah, lob it into me shoulder, it feels a little bit sore.’ The shoulder’s actually feeling amazing.”

“Them stem cells are good stuff, I’m reading a bit about them, it’s an eye opener with them stem cells. But my toe is f—ing sore, and I don’t know if the stem cells into the break was the right move. Because now it’s like, you know when the chicks put filler in their face? My baby toe looks like that. I don’t think it’s the swelling any more, it’s the fluid, it’s the stem cells in my toe.”

“So it’s looking like I’m gonna have a swollen toe thing, all the time,” he concluded. “I don’t know. But I’m just recovering man, and that’s it. Day by day.”

With this latest delay, there’s some indication that Michael Chandler may move on to a new opponent. For his part, McGregor said “Iron Mike” was still the target opponent.

“I would hope so, I would say so,” he said. “But again I’m on my journey, I’m on my path. I need to get this right for my team, the fans, we deserve this. And I’m gonna f—ing bring it home, and that’s it.”

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