Daniel Cormier Torches Alexander Gustafsson After Calling Out Luke Rockhold

When you come at one of Daniel Cormier’s friends, you better be ready to go to battle.

Earlier this week, Alexander Gustafsson called out Rockhold for a fight following his knockout loss to Yoel Romero at UFC 221. Gustafsson accused Cormier of holding up the light heavyweight division while he participates in a super fight against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic in July so the former two-time title contender took aim at his teammate instead.

Well it didn’t take long for Cormier to respond and he definitely turned up the heat on Gustafsson. 

“Nice timing Alexander,” Cormier wrote on Twitter. “Kick him while he’s down, huh? I got a better idea though. He doesn’t fight you next. He fights Robert Whitaker, I mean sometimes that happens right. You lose your way into a title shot!”

Cormier finished the post with a hash tag that read ‘the Gustafsson way’ as reference to his 2015 matchup against the Swedish light heavyweight contender, who got a shot at the title despite being knocked out by Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in his previous fight.

Cormier took the fight with Miocic not only as a chance to become a two-division UFC champion but also in part because Gustafsson was still recovering from shoulder surgery and wasn’t ready to fight just yet.

Obviously, the light heavyweight champion still has time to fire off a few shots at Gustafsson, especially if he’s going to target his friend and teammate Luke Rockhold coming off a loss. 


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/daniel-cormier-torches-alexander-gustafsson-after-calling-out-luke-rockhold

 

Will Brooks Released from the UFC, Moving to Professional Fighters League

Following a 1-3 stint inside the Octagon, Will Brooks has been released from the UFC.

The lightweight fighter made the announcement on his Instagram account on Wednesday while also adding that he has signed onto join the Professional Fighters League (PFL) to compete in their upcoming $1 million tournament starting later this year.

“For those of you who have been asking when my next fight is. Well, I’m not sure when the next will be but it will not be with the UFC but rather with the Professional Fighters League in the $1 million tournament,” Brooks revealed. “I’ve been doing this for a while now and I understand the business side of it. I didn’t do the job that was expected of me and like all jobs I was released, rightfully so.

“Unfortunately, I under performed with the UFC and didn’t achieve the goal I wanted to with that opportunity. I regret nothing, I took a chance at something I wanted and came up short. The fighter/competitor in me is highly disappointed with myself for allowing things to get away from me. The UFC chapter is closed for now… I’d like to thank the UFC staff for treating me so well during my employment. From day one I was treated well and with respect. I appreciate that greatly.”

For those of you who have been asking when my next fight is… well, I’m not sure when the next will be but it will not be with the UFC but rather with the @profightleague in the Million Dollar tournament. I’ve been doing this for a while now and I understand the business side of it. I didn’t do the job that was expected of me and like all jobs I was released, rightfully so. Unfortunately, I under performed with the UFC and didn’t achieve the goal I wanted to with that opportunity. I regret nothing, I took a chance at something I wanted and came up short. The fighter/competitor in me is highly disappointed with myself for allowing things to get away from me. The UFC chapter is closed for now… I’d like to thank the UFC staff for treating me so well during my employment. From day one I was treated well and with respect. I appreciate that greatly. Now with that being said, I am moving forward toward the next chapter. I’m extremely excited and fired up to be part of the @profighteague and their rebirth. The timing is perfect because I’m in my own rebirth process as well. As always I’m going to represent this organization as professionally as I possibly can. I look forward to being a pivotal part of the PFL’s growth in this sport. All praise and glory to God. 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalms 121:1-2 At my highest and my lowest, He’s been with me and seen me through to lands of milk and honey. Thank you God for blessing me with this incredible opportunity for my family and myself. Now let’s go secure this bag!!!! #Godisgood #hardwork #dedication #mma #ufc #PFL #professional #athlete #Godsplan #winningatlife

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Brooks came to the UFC with very high expectations following a successful run in Bellator where he was the lightweight champion with several big wins under his belt including two victories against Michael Chandler.

Unfortunately he was unable to duplicate that success in the UFC where Brooks won his debut fight and then lost the next three in a row by either submission or knockout. 

That led to his release from the organization but Brooks wasted no time bouncing back with a new deal already in place to join the PFL in 2018.

“I am moving forward toward the next chapter. I’m extremely excited and fired up to be part of the Professional Fighters League and their rebirth,” Brooks wrote. “The timing is perfect because I’m in my own rebirth process as well. As always I’m going to represent this organization as professionally as I possibly can. I look forward to being a pivotal part of the PFL’s growth in this sport.”

There’s no word yet on when Brooks will debut but the PFL is expected to kick off their new season in June with cards airing live on the NBC Sports Network as well as Facebook for international viewers. 


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/will-brooks-released-from-the-ufc-moving-to-professional-fighters-league

 

Tywan Claxton: ‘Something Will Present Itself’ Against Jose Antonio Perez at Bellator 194

More often than not, having the unexpected happen in a bout usually plays out with negative consequences for a fighter, but in the case of featherweight prospect Tywan Claxton, things not going as he anticipated played out very much in his favor for his pro debut.

Prior to his pro debut against Jonny Bonilla-Bowman at Bellator 186 this past November, Claxton figured he was in for a difficult night. What ended up happening was Claxton picking up a 90-second TKO victory in a contender for Knockout of the Year fashion.

“I was prepared for a long, tough, fight with Jonny,” Claxton told MMAWeekly.com. “I saw some of his GLORY kickboxing fight, and I saw he was a former collegiate wrestler, so I thought he was tough. I was prepared to go out there for a battle and a grind, but the fight was over quicker than I expected.”

For Claxton, making his pro debut on the Bellator stage wasn’t as nerve-wracking as it might have been for other fighters for a few reasons.

“I think there were two factors to not having any nerves during my pro debut,” said Claxton. “One: I’ve been competing in wrestling my entire life, so I’m used to competing no matter what.

“Second: along with a long amateur career where I fought six times in the course of seven or eight months, I also trained with some of the best guys. It gives you a sense of belonging and a meter to set where you are as a fighter. That helped me stay cool, calm, and collected in fights.”

Claxton (1-0) will look to build off his momentum of last year when he takes on Jose Antonio Perez (0-1) in a main card 145-pound bout at Bellator 194 on Friday in Uncasville, Conn.

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“This is a guy (in Perez) with the same amount of experience I have in professional fights,” Claxton said. “I just have to go out there and do what I do. I mix things up how I like to. I have make sure my motion is sharp, my angles are sharp, and something will present itself and I’ll take it.”

In a stacked division such as featherweight, fighters have to do more than just win in order to make a case for themselves as they move up the ranks. Claxton understands this, and intends to be the kind of fighter that can distance himself from the pack with strong performances going forward.

“I think I just have to go out there and put people away,” said Claxton. “I have to go out there and dominate. There can’t’ be any decisions. I can’t leave anything up to the judges. I have to put people away, and once I do that, people will realize that by either a big move or by domination, I’m a finisher. I think that’s the key. “

Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/tywan-claxton-something-will-present-itself-against-jose-antonio-perez-at-bellator-194

 

Wrestling Pundit Jason Solomon Sounds Off on Ronda Rousey’s Move to the WWE

Just a couple months into 2018 and possibly the biggest story not only in MMA, but also in pro wrestling, has to be the announcement that former UFC bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey had signed with the WWE and will be crossing over to their brand of sports entertainment.

Shortly after the official contract signing was announced, Jason Solomon of the popular Solomonster Sounds Off Podcast spoke to MMAWeekly.com from a pro wrestling perspective about Rousey’s impact on the WWE, prospects of future crossovers, and could the company eye an expansion into full-blown MMA next.

MMAWeekly.com: Firstly, Jason, from a pro wrestling perspective, what does Ronda Rousey’s signing with the WWE mean to the company, and in particular their women’s division?

Jason Solomon: On the whole, it’s a huge plus. Rousey is a mainstream star. Her signing with WWE likely brings more eyeballs to the product, sells more tickets to their shows and can only help their leverage when they enter negotiations for a new TV rights deal in the next few months. For their women’s division, it makes it that much more of an attraction at a time when there has never been as much emphasis on women’s wrestling as there is now.

MMAWeekly.com: What sort of role do you see Ronda playing in the WWE, at least for the coming year? Will she be sent to NXT for training or is she the type of draw that demands she go straight to the main roster right away?

Jason Solomon: My understanding is that she has been secretly training for a number of months already. With the star power she brings, you don’t send someone like her to NXT. You put her on television right away and slowly build to programs with the biggest names in the division, names like Sasha Banks, Becky Lynch and Asuka.

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MMAWeekly.com: On the main roster you see her as more like former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar and be more of a part-time performer, or do you expect her to be a full-time presence?

Jason Solomon: All of the news reports I saw referred to her signing a “full-time deal” with no clear indication of what that actually means. I think it would be a huge mistake to have her on television every week and working house shows every weekend. Giving her a Lesnar-type schedule with a handful of TV appearances each month and a few big matches per year would make the most sense. That way, they avoid overexposing her, particularly given that she still has a lot to learn.

MMAWeekly.com: Do you see the WWE actively pursuing other MMA talent in the near future? If so, do they focus on talent whose fighting careers have seemingly ended, like Rousey’s, or can they make a run at athletes who are still viable fighters?

Jason Solomon: I don’t know about actively pursuing them, but I do see them working with more MMA names in the future. If you’re dealing with an active fighter under contract to UFC, it becomes more difficult. I think working with someone who is more accessible and able to make appearances, and who has more time to adequately train, would be ideal. That said, if WWE has a chance to do a big match with someone like Conor McGregor, they would be foolish not to try to work something out with Dana White.

MMAWeekly.com: With the revival of the XFL, could you see the WWE perhaps branching out into other sports like MMA?

Jason Solomon: I don’t think so. The XFL is more of a personal pet project for Vince McMahon, separate and apart from WWE. McMahon tends to have more success with his bread and butter anyhow, which is wrestling. Once he starts branching out into other areas, it doesn’t really work.

MMAWeekly.com: Thanks for taking time out for us, Jason. Please let our readers know where they can find you and what they can expect when tuning into Solomonster Sounds Off.

Jason Solomon: I just celebrated my 10 year anniversary of doing the show, which is very cool. If you’re into pro wrestling talk, the show drops every Sunday across most major platforms, including iTunes and Stitcher Radio. On Twitter, @solomonster is my handle if anyone wants to say hello.

Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/wrestling-pundit-jason-solomon-sounds-off-on-ronda-rouseys-move-to-the-wwe

 

Jeremy Stephens Confident Conor McGregor Fight Could Happen

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Though he’s got Josh Emmett immediately in front of him at UFC on FOX 28, Jeremy Stephens fully believes that a fight with Conor McGregor could easily happen.

Meeting with the press at a UFC on FOX 28 media luncheon in Los Angeles, Stephens was confident that a fight with McGregor could happen, but then again, he is confident that a fight with anyone could happen. He’s ready and willing to throw down with anyone and any time. 

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But to be clear, Stephens is not looking past the fight that could propel him into the UFC featherweight title picture, and that’s his UFC on FOX 28 throwdown with Emmett.


Article source: http://www.mmaweekly.com/jeremy-stephens-confident-conor-mcgregor-fight-could-happen

 

 

 

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