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It can be easy to get mixed up with the frequent UFC shows, but this weekend’s main event of Marvin Vettori vs. Kevin Holland was supposed to feature “The Italian Dream” opposite England’s premier Middleweight, Darren Till. Unfortunately, Till suffered a major injury in training, reportedly breaking his collar bone.
In recent interviews, Vettori has referred to the injury as “suspicious,” wondering aloud if Till was simply using the injury as an excuse to pull out of the contest. Till did not appreciate his comments, and he took to Instagram to fire back.
“@marvinvettori whats up with you mate? You missing a few cells or something?” Till wrote. “If only you f*cking knew what I went through this camp to get 2 fight you. Inside & outside the gym! Let’s have it right mate you were going to be my easiest fight, You are a walking punch bag who’s tough. Nothing more & nothing less. So keep ur bitter mouth shut.
“For you or anyone to even think for one minute I’d pull out of a fight with some bullsh*t excuse makes me howl. Every fight camp I guarantee I train through way harsher injuries than you and 90% of the roster. What you want me to do? I’ve broke my f*cking collarbone u utter moron. Make sure u win Saturday. & here’s some advice u ugly looking lord of the rings ork motherf*cker. Just be happy for ur peers, Be happy the fact adesanya beat u, Be happy the fact I was going to school u, & be happy ur at the top in one of the most devastating sports in the world, Stop being a hater u bum. And ur not from Italy uve lived in California most of ur life u lying bastard. I’ll tag u in my x-ray so u can sleep easy tonight.”
Since this rant, Till has followed up with more Lord Of The Rings-related trash talk. If Vettori is indeed victorious this weekend, perhaps this additional element of Till’s pullout and the subsequent bad blood will raise the stakes when the two do eventually meet inside the Octagon.
There are a whole lot of opinions and memes about grounded knees following last night’s One Championship bout between Demetrious Johnson and Adriano Moraes.
DJ (post-fight) saying he's still totally supportive of the rules. Says if the roles were reversed he would have blasted Moraes the same way. pic.twitter.com/I2djW5xlsz— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 8, 2021
Congrats to Adriano Moraes! Nice knee. And good to see DJ recovered quickly— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) April 8, 2021
This is why knees to downed opponents are vicious and ILLEGAL in MMA in the UFC! If this was the USA that knee is not allowed and Mighty Mouse can get up in a more safe and protective manner.— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) April 8, 2021
I hope Mighty Mouse is ok, but this is why I disagree with those rules. #ONEonTNT1
Speaking of “Mighty Mouse,” after a certain amount of time, fighters are going to analyze and figure out openings even opposite a legend like DJ.
I would assuming taking Amanda Nunes’ last name immediately makes one a more powerful puncher.
Looks like Nina Ansaroff is officially going as Nina Nunes per TSNs latest update. pic.twitter.com/6EgVORm30w— Andy Hickey MMA (@UpTheDarce) April 8, 2021
I’m not a dietician, but perhaps Jorge Masvidal should avoid McDonald’s given his fatigue in the first bout vs. Kamaru Usman?
Send some positive vibes to David Michaud, who essentially just found out his MMA career is over days out from competition.
because of the dilation of the aorta, fighting puts me at risk for an aortic dissection -- a tear in the aorta. That would be fatal under almost all circumstances. For this reason I will not be able to fight Rory Macdonald on April 29th, and unless anything changes, ever again.— David Michaud (@bulldawg_170) April 8, 2021
Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor III, James Bond edition!
Slips, rips, and KO clips
This column stans a double body shot counter:
Muay Thai in 4 oz. gloves continues to be insanely violent, particularly when Rodtang is involved.
What a war between Rodtang and Danial Williams! Despite coming in on short-notice, the Australian slugger brought the action & surprised everyone standing toe-to-toe with the Thai Tank.@ONEChampionship | #ONEonTNT pic.twitter.com/wkcr1OlHlu— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) April 8, 2021
Blue walks directly into this counter right hand:
This feels like one of the most appropriate Random Land posts ever.
Jackie Chan jumping over things appreciation post. pic.twitter.com/XZTBSIgvLq— dailyL (@dailylaney) April 7, 2021
Midnight Music: The Zombies had one of the coolest sounds in an era of very unique sounding bands!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.