Kamaru Usman Continues to Call Out ‘Scared’ Colby Covington to Meet Him at UFC 224

Kamaru Usman is not giving up on his request to meet Colby Covington in his next fight.

In a string of posts over social media this week, Usman blasted Covington for ducking him time and time again after calling for a fight against him over the past few months. While Covington has claimed in the past that Usman also turned down a bout with him, there’s no doubt the former “Ultimate Fighter” winner wants nothing more than to settle this score once and for all. 

In fact, Usman hopes that he can face Covington in Brazil as part of the UFC 224 card headed to Rio de Janeiro on May 12. 

Obviously, Covington has a sordid history with Brazil after his last fight where he defeated Demian Maia and then proclaimed the citizens there were ‘filthy animals’ while calling the country ‘a dump’. 

“Dana [White], I’m tired of waiting on this kid Colby Covington,” Usman wrote on Twitter. “I’m free and he’s free. If that scared little b–ch doesn’t take the fight this time, I will never give him the opportunity again.”

Usman’s tirade continued while taking a shot at Covington for getting into a beef with middleweight contender Derek Brunson while still not acknowledging his repeated messages. 

It’s funny how you got a lot to say about everyone else @colbycovmma but when you hear my name… #SILENCE #Twitterthug #keyboardwarrior #pleasedontcallthecops @danawhite @seanshelby @mickmaynard2

A post shared by Kamaru Usman (@usman84kg) on Feb 19, 2018 at 12:20pm PST

Covington has been waiting in hopes of getting a shot at welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, although all recent signs have pointed towards him facing former lightweight king Rafael dos Anjos instead. Covington last competed in October when he defeated Maia by unanimous decision to notch his fifth win in a row.

Meanwhile, Usman has remained undefeated since winning the reality show while putting together a perfect 7-0 record inside the Octagon. 


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/kamaru-usman-continues-to-call-out-scared-colby-covington-to-meet-him-at-ufc-224

 

Josh Emmett Addresses the Possibility of Teammate vs. Teammate Fights at Featherweight

Josh Emmett may still be fairly new to the UFC but he’s been a member of Team Alpha Male since the very beginning.

In fact, Emmett was one of the first fighters to walk through the doors when UFC Hall of Famer Urijah Faber opened his Sacramento based gym that eventually became the breeding ground for numerous UFC and WEC champions.

“I’ve been here since 2005 when Urijah [Faber] opened his gym,” Emmett said when speaking to MMAWeekly. “I was there when everybody was in the WEC and I was their main training partner. I was there when Danny Castillo made his UFC debut against Joe Stevenson, I was his main training partner. When Chad Mendes made his debut and fought [Jose] Aldo, I was his main training partner.

“I’ve been here so long and I’ve seen everybody get to where they’re at and it’s a great team. I’m truly blessed that the best team in the world is in my backyard.

While he arrived to the UFC a little later than some of his teammate, Emmett has now established himself as a top five ranked featherweight with another huge matchup ahead of him on Saturday night when he battles Jeremy Stephens in the main event at UFC on FOX 28.

A win could put Emmett within striking distance of a title shot at 145 pounds but that might also create some interesting scenarios within the dynamics of Team Alpha Male in the future.

See Emmett and fellow teammate Darren Elkins are both ranked in the top 10 by the UFC and in June former two time title contender Chad Mendes will return from suspension after occupying a spot in the top five of the division throughout his entire career. Add to that, Andre Fili has picked up two wins in a row while establishing himself as a solid featherweight contender as well.

It’s entirely possible by the end of 2018, Team Alpha Male fighters could occupy four of the top 15 slots in the featherweight division.

Now this isn’t the first time Team Alpha Male has been presented with a similar scenario where two training partners ended up on a collision course for the title. Sadly, the last occasion ended with T.J. Dillashaw leaving the team before eventually engaging in one of the most bitter rivalries in the history of the sport with former training partner Cody Garbrandt.

Of course, Emmett never wants to see his team go through that sort of turmoil again but it’s actually a conversation he’s already had with Mendes as he prepares to return to action later this year.

Emmett says there’s no way he’d ever voluntarily face a teammate but as Mendes pointed out there’s always going to be at least one scenario where they’d have to agree to throw down.

“Chad and I were just talking about this. It’s a good problem to have but it kind of sucks because there’s going to be four of us in the top 10 and I’m not going to fight one of my teammates. But Chad and I were talking and it was funny because he was like ‘hey if it’s for a title, we’re fighting’ and I know,” Emmett said. “I totally understand that.

“If maybe I become champion and Chad comes back as the No. 1 contender, maybe you’ll see Emmett vs. Mendes. We’ll be training partners the whole damn time. He knows everything I do, I know everything he does. To me I think it would suck, but it could happen down the road.”

Obviously it’s not something Emmett has to worry about right now but he can’t ignore the possibility given the landscape of the division and how many featherweight sharks from Team Alpha Male will soon be occupying the same pool.

In one way, Emmett gets the best possible preparation for any fight because he’s training alongside a slew of top ranked competitors from his own division. The down side is one day being forced to look across the Octagon and seeing one of them staring back at him.

“It’s a good problem to have but when you actually think about that, I’d never want to fight a teammate,” Emmett said. “We’ve just have to talk about it and make sure the money is right.”

Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/josh-emmett-addresses-the-possibility-of-teammate-vs-teammate-fights-at-featherweight

 

Brian Ortega: A Bad Match-up for the UFC Featherweight Division

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After watching Royce Gracie in the early days of the UFC, a young Brian Ortega tried out jiu-jitsu — and turned out to be a prodigy. Now that he’s added striking to his game, all while cultivating his unteachable resilience, Ortega may be the most exciting prospect in the UFC’s stacked featherweight division.

Recount his undefeated rise through the UFC as told by Ortega, his trainers, UFC analysts and his opponents.

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Ortega faces former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar at UFC 222 on March 3 in Las Vegas.


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/brian-ortega-a-bad-match-up-for-the-ufc-featherweight-division

 

Tito Ortiz Ready and Willing to Fight Chuck Liddell for a Third Time

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There is one man that Tito Ortiz said that he would be willing to come out of retirement for: fellow UFC Hall of Famer and longtime rival Chuck Liddell.

“I don’t want to fight, I don’t need to fight, but if Chuck needs to, I’ll be a good friend like he was once and give him a payday,” Ortiz told TMZ Sports.

Ortiz said that he even went so far as to ask one of the UFC’s matchmakers if they’d be interested in a trilogy between the two UFC legends, but didn’t exactly get an encouraging answer. Ortiz twice lost to Liddell in the Octagon during their lengthy tenures with MMA juggernaut.

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“He kinda looked at me and laughed and said, ‘Chuck couldn’t fight again. He’s been knocked out unconscious five times. I guarantee you the doctor won’t give him a license.”

Liddell has teased a return on a couple of occasions, but has primarily been focused on his Hollywood exploits. But when and if he does decide to come out of retirement and can pass a physical, Ortiz will be waiting.


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/tito-ortiz-ready-and-willing-to-fight-chuck-liddell-for-a-third-time

 

UFC on FOX Orlando: Road to the Octagon – Josh Emmett vs. Jeremy Stephens

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Witness the relentless training camps and extraordinary lives of six world-class mixed martial artists as they ready for February 24th’s UFC on FOX 28 in UFC Road to the Octagon: Emmett vs Stephens. In the thrilling featherweight main event, No. 4 ranked Josh Emmett and No. 8 Jeremy Stephens look to display their fight finishing potential and stake claim to a 2018 title shot.

On the heels of a first round KO that rocketed Emmett from unranked to title contender just two months ago, the Sacramento power puncher’s confidence grows with the support of colorful Team Alpha Male. In San Diego, human highlight reel Stephens soaks up the sun and success earned by 20 career stoppage wins while looking to prove worthy of the first UFC title shot in his storied career.

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Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/ufc-on-fox-orlando-road-to-the-octagon-josh-emmett-vs-jeremy-stephens

 

 

 

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