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The Welterweight title picture is something of a clogged mess right now, but really in the best way possible. There are three men who have a strong argument for a shot at gold: Gilbert Burns, Leon Edwards, and Jorge Masvidal. With Masvidal stuck in negotiation hell and Edwards seemingly stranded in London, Burns is the clear favorite.
Being ranked as the No. 1 contender certainly doesn’t hurt.
While on the “Steve-O’s Wild Ride” podcast, Dana White spoke with the Jackass veteran himself and explained how Burns’ anyone, anytime mentality helped push the odds into his favor.
“You got Colby Covington, you got Jorge Masvidal, you got Leon Edwards and now obviously you’ve got Gilbert Burns,” White said (transcription via MMAFighting). “The reality is, we’re going to reach out tomorrow and say: ‘Who wants the next fight? Who wants this fight? Who is ready to go? Who wants to fight Usman?’ If it’s Masvidal, Edwards or Burns.
“Burns told me that night, ‘Let’s turn this (expletive) right round, I’ll fight Usman now. I’m ready.’ I love that kind of (expletive). When you’re that guy, it’s highly likely you’re getting that (expletive) fight.”
Dana White said @GilbertDurinho is highly likely to fight Kamaru Usman for the title next! pic.twitter.com/o0pTO0ABg7— Ben Askren's Ghost (@BenAskrenGhost) June 4, 2020
Another wrinkle of intrigue to remember is that Burns and Usman are team mates who share a head coach and work out together quite a bit. While both have remained respectful and are willing to fight for a belt, one can imagine UFC is already salivating at the idea of another bad-blood-former-training-partners marketing promo!
Check out the latest episode of our Thailand adventures, this time featuring an officiated bar fight! Full details HERE!
Kyoji Horiguchi is back to work for the first time after his knee surgery, which is great news if you like elite fighters!
How’s this for a throwback?
Cartoon depicting Jack Johnson's 1907 2nd round KO victory over former three-division champion Bob Fitzsimmons #boxing #history pic.twitter.com/AtPdZ5coOM— Boxing History (@BoxingHistory) June 2, 2020
I agree with Aljamain Sterling and have written as much. His bout with Cory Sandhagen should be five rounds for the Bantamweight strap; their recent resumes are currently the best at 135 lbs.
For them to be giving [Petr Yan] this kind of a push, it’s really… a slap in the face, maybe just disrespectful to the entire division.”@funkmasterMMA believes he and Sandhagen have better cases for a title shot than Yan. #UFC250 (via @arielhelwani) pic.twitter.com/YtnpNJNhQv— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) June 4, 2020
Does UFC have a backup Middleweight lined up, or is Gerald Meerschaert confident that Ian Heinisch will make it into the cage after all?
Everyone take a deep breath, you'll see me in the octagon Saturday— Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) June 4, 2020
Georges St. Pierre has still got it!
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Une autre preuve que l’on peut bouger tout en étant bien habillé grace à la collection Taillée pour le mouvement de @Vincent_damerique! 10 round spin kicks en alternance Choisissez un endroit où vous avez assez d’espace. Surtout ne faites pas comme moi car je me suis presque pété la tête au plafond en sautant lors de mon avant dernier kick pour essayer de vous impressionner ♂️. J’ai senti le plafond toucher à mes cheveux Another proof that you can move while being well dressed thanks to the Tailored for Movement collection by @Vincent_damerique! 10 round spin kicks alt. Choose a place where you have enough space. And don’t do like me, because I almost knocked my head on the ceiling while jumping to try to impress you ♂️. I felt the ceiling touch my hair .
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Dan Henderson could barely walk like normal human at this point in his career, but that didn’t stop him from scoring one of the most incredible knockouts of all time.
Dan Henderson put Hector Lombard to sleep at UFC 199, four years ago today#UFC— Jon Realejo (@BloodyCanvasJon) June 4, 2020
It’s my opinion as an analyst that Sean O’Malley is the real deal. That’s not to say he’s a contender right now (maybe!), but he will be in the mix at some point.
“The Sugar Show”’..— Mikey Thomas (@MikeyThomasMMA) June 4, 2020
Returns This Saturday #UFC250!
Eddie Wineland (24-13)
“Where The Future is NOW!” pic.twitter.com/xJYqN5UJ5j
Staying in the ring is a small goal, but an important one.
Best of luck comprehending this Tweet on the first (or second) read:
Spanish porn star Nacho Vidal, who likes to advertise his aromatic candles shaped like male genitalia on Twitter, has been arrested on manslaughter charges following a man's death during a mystic ritual in which he inhaled psychedelic toad venom @AFP https://t.co/csPGMAnQOq— Hazel Ward (@WardieJerusalem) June 3, 2020
Midnight Music: Killer Mike has been a prominent political voice in the hip hop community for at least the last decade, so here’s one half of Run The Jewels with his 2012 tirade against the system:
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.