This week in the crazy world of MMA
MMA news for the week of July 18 includes social media beef between alumni UFC heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and boxer Shannon Briggs, a permanent love bet on the best troll in combat sports Jacques Paul, Conor McGregor says he hurt his ankle before UFC 264, and more.
MMA News: Fights coming up this week (7-19-21 to 7-25-21)
Both BKFC and Fight the world have cards for Friday night.
BKFC returns with BKFC 19 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT, as a former UFC headliner, Paige VanZant (8-5) collides with Rachael Ostovich (4-6) in the main event. VanZant says she learned a lot from her first fight against BKFC and is ready to show fans her growth in that fight.
Fight the world 14 will air live at 10:30 p.m. ET / 7:30 p.m. PT in Miami with a light main event featuring Levy Saul Marroquin (15-3) to fight Carlos Calvo Calvo (7-2.) The action airs on Paramount +.
UFC Vegas 32 aired on saturday. Attend the preliminaries at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT. The main card starts at 5:30 p.m. / 2:30 p.m. PT. In the Main Event, Cory sandhagen (14-2) meeting TJ Dillashaw (17-4) as the former UFC bantamweight champion returns to the Octagon.
Fury FC 48 Airs Sundays from prelims at 3:30 p.m. ET / 12:30 p.m. PT. The main card begins at 5:30 p.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. PT. Do not miss this spectacular map of 15 fights with a main event between Alec williams (7-2) and Kolton Englund (8-3.)
New Bellator and UFC fight announcements
The fights recently announced and confirmed by the respective organizations include the following athletes and cards:
- Doo ho choi is off the map at UFC Vegas 33 July 31 after injury
- Khasan Magomedsharipov, brother of UFC featherweight Zabit Magomedsharipov, go face Nekruz Mirkohojaev (5-3 MMA; 1-1 BMMA) to Bellator 263 in a featherweight fight. The event takes place at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. On July 31.
Briggs; Jackson boxing match?
In other MMA news, former UFC heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and boxer Shannon Briggs staged a Kings of Comedy-worthy exchange of jokes, memes and garbage on various social media platforms. over the past two weeks – including Instagram and Twitter – but the fun seems to have hit the head this week.
Seemingly tired of Briggs’ trolling, Rampage returned to his Instagram on Wednesday, reposting a meme on his personal IG account that Briggs previously posted to his IG account (depicting Jackson after a knockout) with the caption, “Miss Shannon is getting a little personal on her IG… I’m trying not to be at her level of meanness… but I have time today.” @Cannon_briggs, the gloves are now off Fuck yourself. I want to beat you a little in MMA 1st to shut the fuck up big ass!
Rampage continued to troll Briggs’ hairstyle and tagged him as @chockfambo before a rather humorous Twitter post, “Before he was @Cannon_briggs, he was Miss Shannon Digs… back then it was’ let’s go, now it’s’ let’s go champion ‘. (On a side note, we’re days away from making this fight a real thing.) @ Tramp.
McGregor ankle injury at training camp
Conor McGregor suffered a devastating TKO leg injury in the first round against Dustin Poirier at UFC 264. Since then, a handful of MMA athletes and fans have scrutinized the fighter for the rapid loss of TKO.
Now the Irishman’s head coach, John kavanagh, said the injury occurred during McGregor’s training camp months before the fight.
McGregor posted a series of images on his Twitter account this week appearing to verify the ankle injury. In the pictures, McGregor’s ankle is wrapped in bandages or in a splint. He captioned the image saying: “Anything you take out of the merchants wouldn’t last 13 seconds in my world.” My upcoming four-part Netflix docuseries take it all behind the scenes. I’ll call it “Mad Mac’s: Fury Road”.
Sorenson signs with Bellator MMA
Sherdog.com confirmed that the old Invicta Fighting Championship title holder, Pam sorenson (8-3,) signed an exclusive agreement with Bellator MMA. Sorenson last attended Invicta FC 36 on August 9, 2019, winning a unanimous five-round victory over Kaitlin Young.
I like (Jake Paul) or (Tyron Woodley)
This is the news of MMA! Someone is getting a new tattoo. Love must be in the air!
At a press conference announcing the Jacques Paul vs. Tyron woodley boxing match scheduled for August 29, the self-proclaimed troll told Woodley, “So what about this, let’s make a new bet now” he said on stage. “Let’s make a new bet – if I beat you, you’ll have to get an ‘I love Jake Paul’ tattoo. But if you beat me, I’ll get an ‘I love Tyron Woodley’ tattoo and you have to post it on your Instagram feed.
Jake went on to say, “Agreement or not? Are you confident or not? This guy has no fucking self-confidence.
Woodley turned to the audience and asked: “What should I do,” before answering the bet by saying, “Bet. Okay.”
ONE Championship Adds Turner Broadcasting Exec to Board of Directors
Former Director of Turner Broadcasting David Levy joins ONE Championship as a Senior Director on the Board of Directors of Group ONE Holdings. Levy will help develop ONE events and markets in his new role.
See you next week for some exciting MMA news and battle announcements!
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