Will we see Rafael dos Anjos vs. Connor McGregor in 2023?
Earlier than Conor McGregor grew to become a UFC champ-champ in opposition to Eddie Alvarez in November 2016 the then UFC featherweight titleholder was scheduled to face UFC light-weight kingpin Rafael dos Anjos at UFC 196. That bout fell aside in late February of 2016 when a foot harm knocked Dos Anjos from the matchup. Nate Diaz changed Dos Anjos on that card, defeating McGregor through second-round submission in a welterweight scrap.
We’re closing in on seven years for the reason that Dos Anjos vs. McGregor battle reserving and it appears as if the ex-lightweight champ has but to let the concept go.
Within the aftermath of his UFC Orlando win over Bryan Barberena, Dos Anjos informed UFC commentator Daniel Cormier, “I wanna name out Conor McGregor. Seven years in the past, I earned this battle beating Donald Cerrone. He got here up a division, we have been imagined to battle, I broke my foot (and the battle acquired cancelled), however now right here I’m.
“He has a few months to wash his physique of all this shit that he’s taking, and I’ll see you in July!”
There are a number of fighters angling to satisfy McGregor when he returns to motion, however Dos Anjos is the one a kind of who had a battle booked in opposition to the previous two-division UFC champion.
What was Dan Miragliotta considering?
In one of many stranger moments in an already unusual sport, referee Dan Miragliotta appeared to wave off the primary occasion battle between Stephen Thompson and Kevin Holland after an change in opposition to the cage with 1:57 left within the spherical. Nevertheless, seconds later, Miragliotta signaled a day trip as a substitute for an unintentional low blow.
The above occurred after the veteran ref additionally paused the Darren Elkins vs. Jonathan Pearce battle earlier within the night, so the physician might have a look at a minimize close to Elkins’ eye. He then restarted the bout on the ft as a substitute of with Pearce on prime inside Elkins’ guard close to the middle of the Octagon.
Each incidents precipitated some confusion for the UFC commentary crew—and I’m positive, for followers within the area and people watching the published.
Will corners comply with the lead of Bob Perez?
Kevin Holland went to his nook after the fourth spherical of his bout reverse Stephen Thompson and plopped onto his stool. Holland then held up his gloved proper hand and informed his coach Bob Perez, “Take this off me.”
Perez instantly turned and informed referee Dan Miragliotta the battle was over. He then allowed the cageside physician room to are inclined to his fighter. What Perez didn’t do was attempt to speak his injured fighter into “toughing” it out, nor did he point out that Holland simply had “yet another spherical” to go. As an alternative, Perez listened to Holland and determined to wave off the battle.
Followers and media praised Perez for his actions on Saturday. Hopefully different coaches and corners will pay attention to that and we’ll see extra nook stoppages in MMA. I don’t suppose that may occur, but when I’m incorrect, I can be ecstatic.
What’s going to occur at heavyweight?
The final we heard, the UFC was seeking to e book heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou in opposition to Jon Jones in the primary occasion of UFC 285. That reserving is way from a lock because the UFC and Ngannou haven’t come to an settlement on a brand new contract. Barring that, there was some dialogue of Jones vs. Curtis Blaydes for that occasion for an interim strap. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t be stunned if the UFC matchmakers penciled within the identify “Sergei Pavlovich” into that spot following UFC Orlando.
The 30-year-old Pavlovich picked up his fifth straight first spherical KO win on the primary card f Saturday’s ESPN occasion, bloodying and collapsing Tai Tuivasa in 54 seconds of violence. Pavlovich was the No. 5 fighter within the official UFC heavyweight rankings heading into his matchup in opposition to the No. 4 ranked Tuivasa.
Blaydes is ranked increased than Pavlovich, however his wrestling-heavy type has by no means gave the impression to be a favourite of the UFC matchmakers and that would price him on this case.
Battle of the 12 months?
There have been a number of “battle of the 12 months” feedback thrown round throughout and after the primary occasion contest between Stephen Thompson and Kevin Holland. I’m prepared to forgive those that acquired caught up within the second and altered their minds about these accolades upon additional consideration on Sunday or Monday. Nevertheless, those that stay adamant that the Thompson vs. Holland battle deserves consideration for “battle of the 12 months,” enable me to elucidate why I’ve hesitations.
As soon as the battle moved past the primary spherical, it was not all that aggressive and a number of that truth needed to do with Holland agreeing to battle on Thompson’s phrases. Holland is an efficient combined martial artist, Thompson is an impressive striker. By limiting his possibilities to get the win to forgo every little thing however putting, Holland cheated himself—however rewarded the followers.
Was the battle one of many extra entertaining fights of 2022? Positive, however that leisure got here as a result of Thompson dominated Holland over three rounds and picked him aside on the ft. After I think about a “battle of the 12 months,” I would like it to be each aggressive and entertaining. I don’t suppose the primary occasion of UFC Orlando did met each of these standards for the length.
The place was the UFC?
On Friday, the Nevada State Athletic Fee suspended James Krause and the UFC knowledgeable fighters who proceed to work with Krause’s Glory MMA that they won’t be eligible to compete for the UFC whereas investigations proceed into betting irregularities surrounding a battle Krause coached at UFC Vegas 64.
That nobody from UFC administration was readily available to reply any questions from the entry media on the occasion was noticeable. Whereas I’m positive, with the continuing investigations, that the UFC is proscribed on what it could actually reply concerning the state of affairs, the promotion might have at the very least had somebody in Orlando to present what updates it might.
With UFC 282 going down this week in Las Vegas, the promotion wants to handle any questions and the UFC entry media must ask these questions. For starters, the credentialed UFC media ought to ask what modified between November 11, when White gave the beneath solutions and December 2.