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Since I can confirm that all our readers have access to the Internet, anyone clicking on this article is already at the very least aware of the Coronavirus that is burning through China. With a reported death toll well-above 200, much of Asia is in a panic. Flights to and from China are being cancelled (I re-booked a flight myself just hours ago!), and roughly the entire world is wrapped up in concern and fear of this potential pandemic.
There are consequences in the world of MMA as well. Just a few days ago, UFC Strawweight champion Weili Zhang’s manager, Brian Butler, stated that Zhang’s camp was going great and did not seem to anticipate any changes. Something has changed since then, as to avoid any potential clash with the virus, Zhang plans to head to Las Vegas quickly and finish her camp there.
“The UFC has been working hard to expedite getting Weili and her team here for precautionary reasons,” Butler told MMAFighting. “I have connected the UFC with Tulsi Gabbard again who has graciously trying to help push things forward.”
Hopefully, Zhang is able to figure out her visa situation quickly, otherwise she may find herself unable to leave China at all. Stay tuned for further updates on her title defense opposite Joanna Jedrzejczyk, which is scheduled for Sat., March 7, 2020 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Someone get Jared Cannonier a fight! I’d really like to see the Darren Till match up personally.
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5 weeks out from UFC 248 and still no fight. @robwhittakermma can’t make it. @darrentill2 is still thinking about it. I’ve got people asking me left and right if they can go ahead and buy tickets and plan trips to Vegas @mickmaynard2 @danawhite @ufc if Darren won’t fight and @yoelromeromma can get a title shot on a 2 fight L streak, then give @kgastelum a contenders match on one too. This is me waiting to hear back.
Speaking of finding Cannonier an opponent, wouldn’t it be nice if Gegard Mousasi were still in the mix?
In the immortal words of the wise DJ Khaled, “Anotha One.” Umar Nurmagomedov has signed with UFC!
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Я, лошадь и боец @ufc - Братишка @umar_nurmagomedov тебе многое предстоит доказать, когда я подписался в #ufc было много людей, которые не верили в меня, но моя команда и близкие мои люди поддерживали и верили в меня. - Упование на Всевышнего и труд принесут свои плоды. - У тебя есть все для результата, а теперь действуй и доказывай, что твоё место среди лучших атлетов мира. @umar_nurmagomedov
If UFC absolutely must proceed with this Jose Aldo vs. Henry Cejudo goofiness, this is absolutely the fight to make.
My wrists hurt.
Is this the greatest moment in UFC history? Probably.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Another pretty legendary moment in MMA:
As one would expect, I appreciate a well-executed back take and strangle.
I think this guy might be dead, that’s a pretty scary knockout.
Is this my first random post about flowers? I think it might be.
Midnight Music: I will die firmly holding the opinion that the 2003 Beatles’ release Let It Be... Naked is vastly superior to the original mix and tracklist.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.