A whole new week means a whole new set of MMA news and events that needs to be discussed by yours truly. So let’s get right into it with some interesting topics for this week:
Paige Vanzant posts sexy Reebok ad of herself then deletes it after backlash
You knew we were going to talk about this. The ad that Paige Vanzant created herself to promote Reebok has created criticism from many of her co-workers and MMA fans alike. I watched the video myself and can see why some people would be upset. Vanzant should be promoting herself as an MMA fighter and not a model. The way she acted was more like one of thos instagram models who get paid to take selfies instead of an actual athlete. However, she does have the power to do whatever the hell she wants (whether I think it makes her look like a jackass or not). Her deleting the post shows that she regretted something about the video when the response came back at her. I think if she wants to be viewed as an actual threat in the UFC strawweight division then she needs to stop creatiing thee softcore porn videos and get back into the octagon as soon as possible to show that this is what she want to do. If not then she can stick to dancing and making these types of videos for her “male followers.”
Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier get into heated Twitter exchange (again)
This was not really much of a huge shocker but the internet has been buzzing of Jon Jones’ pretty funny comeback to Daniel Cormier. I think a guy like Jones who said the PED he used was actually viagra should not be talking about popping anyone’s cherry. Just saying. Still, as an MMA fan I cannot wait for this fight to happen to see if Jones still has it or if DC is the new face of the light heavyweight division.
Anthony Joshua‘s stops Wladimir Klitschko in epic boxing match
This was some good TV right here. I’m not one to watch boxing, but when I heard how good this fight was then I had to watch the replay. For a moment there I (like a lot of people) thought that Wladimir Klitschko was going to hand Anthony Joshua his first loss when he dropped him in the 6th round if I remember correctly. But Joshua came back to put his opponent away. If you have not watched this fight yet then I recommend that you do because this fight may have just put the boxing heavyweight scene back on the map.
ESPN layoffs an its impact on the UFC
This is a bit more grimmer news as ESPN has been laying off employees left and right. Many have associated this as bad news for the UFC as what was once the biggest cable sports network is now starting to realize that live cable sports is no longer what people are interested in. The UFC may realize the same which could drastically change how MMA is presented to audiences. I’m not exactly sure about much of this stuff. I’m just a fan and nothing more. However, I am not too happy about change in my favorite sport broadcast. Here’s to hoping that this signifies good change and will instead enhance our way of viewing MMA.
This is going to be one of my favorite female matchups of the year because of who is involved. Bether Correia has been trying to get another title shot after blowing it against the once dominant Ronda Rousey. Beating Holly Holm will definitely give her another shot at the title. Holm as actually on a three fight losing streak but still believes she is in the title mix. If she is right then a win will put her in an interesting match against Amanda Nunes or a rematch against Germaine De Randamie. Correia on the other hand believes she can knockout Holm. This is crazy in my opinion but it is this kind of confidence that Correia will need to defeat Holm. This is an interesting contest that a lot of people are immediately giving to Holm, but do not forget that Correia had an impressive winning streak before running into Rousey. This could be anyones and I cannot wait to see how their styles matchup.
- Floyd Mayweather Sr. says he can beat Conor McGregor himself
- Mike Perry wants to fight four more times this year
- Robert Whittaker is willing to wait for UFC title shot
- Jimmie Rivera wants to fight Thomas Almeida instead of John Dodson
- MMA veteran Matt Hamill KOs Luiz Cane at Fight2Night 2 in the main event