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We have a potential BANGFEST on our hands, as Combate has reported that Edson Barboza and Dan Ige are likely squaring off on Sat., May 16, 2020 at UFC Fight Night 176 in Jacksonville, Florida.
Times have been difficult for Edson Barboza, who has won just one of his last five bouts. At one point, he requested his release from UFC entirely, and this Featherweight move does seem like a strange one. However, it is worth mentioning that the Brazilian’s sole win in that period was a dominant display against current top Lightweight contender Dan Hooker, and he arguably deserved the nod against Paul Felder too.
Simply put, Barboza is still plenty dangerous.
Meanwhile, Ige has turned a corner after a disappointing debut and put together a hell of a five-fight win streak over the likes of Mirsad Bektic and Kevin Aguilar. Ige has developed a formidable kickboxing attack to go along with his nasty top game. It seems like a very real challenge for both men: Barboza will be forced to deal with another pressure fighter, while Ige will face the most serious knockout threat of his career.
Who ya’ got?!?
An old lesson returns to the forefront: do not stand beneath the apple/can/whatever.
I cannot decide if Zabit Magomedsharipov looks like he’s sent by the holy powers above or is one of the four horseman of the apocalypse.
Ripping apart his scrotum has proven to be Bryce Mitchell’s ultimate trump card. What trash talk is more vicious?
I ripped my nuts in half and almost lost my weiner u think I’m worried about a limb https://t.co/8uKyl4VL6U— Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) April 27, 2020
I’m not trying to argue Kamaru Usman as a charismatic superstar, but he gets too much flack. He’s been winning all the while!
A universal reaction:
On one hand, it would be cool if UFC could avoid conflicts of interest such as the example below. However, it is also interesting to see how the commentators handle it. Dominick Cruz himself always tends to favor his team mates, whereas Daniel Cormier seems especially harsh on them!
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It’s hard to put into words what it’ll be like to call a fight involving a guy I’ve spent so much time with personally and professionally. I’ll never forget the first time we worked together in TV in 2013. For a second in an off-air conversation, @dominickcruz thought I wasn’t paying attention and snapped at me...”are you listening?” Well, I’ve tried to listen intently ever since! There is no fighter I have learned more from. There is no fighter who I have talked about fighting more with than Dom. Whether he was schooling me on underhooks or encouraging me to watch more college wrestling to help my play-by-play, Dom has always showed a vested interest in me as a friend and colleague since Day 1. And that consistency and concern has never waned. It is certainly remarkable and improbable that he is returning to competition in a championship setting. But doubt this man at your own peril. Cejudo v. Cruz. May 9th. UFC 249. PPV.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Slow-mo of a crushing left hook:
This slow-mo of Donaire's KO is just vicious. pic.twitter.com/YVLt4ogkKj— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 28, 2020
I like the second KO better because it seems less like an execution.
These two threw down like they’re headlining MSG!
Two days, two impressive marine mammals!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.