Despite being already scheduled to fight at UFC 280 against Mateusz Gamrot, top lightweight contender Beneil Dariush has confirmed that he will be serving as the back up fighter to the main event which is Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev for the UFC lightweight title — this and much more on Thursday's social media roundup.
Beneil Dariush reveals that he is the back up fighter for the main event at UFC 280
UFC 280 is shaping up to be one of the best fight cards of the year so far. There are many great fights scheduled on this card which will be held in Abu Dhabi, some of them include Charles Oliveira vs Islam Makhachev for the UFC lightweight title, Aljamain Sterling vs T.J. Dillashaw for the UFC bantamweight title and an incredible bantamweight fight between former champion Petr Yan and Sean O'Malley.
Another one of the great fights which is scheduled on the card is Beneil Dariush vs Mateusz Gamrot which is a very important fight for the lightweight division.
Dariush today confirmed to MMA Fighting that he will officially be serving as the back up fighter to the main event at UFC 280 despite being scheduled to fight on the same card against Gamrot.
-- Beneil Dariush as told @MMAFighting that he will serve as the backup for the lightweight title main event at #UFC280 in Abu Dhabi despite being scheduled to face Mateusz Gamrot on the same card.#UFC280 #UFC #MMA pic.twitter.com/8JCKiVwrBE— The MMA Media (@The_MMA_Media) September 15, 2022
This is once again very good planning by the UFC as they will certainly not want a repeat of what went down this past weekend at UFC 279 where they had to re-shuffle the top three fights all around.
Leon Edwards achieves his black belt in BJJ
The recently crowned UFC welterweight champion Leon Edwards has added another achievement to his resume as he has just achieved his black belt in BJJ.
David Feldman wants Nate Diaz in BKFC
After his win over Tony Ferguson this past weekend in the main event at UFC 279, Nate Diaz's contract with the UFC was officially up.
Diaz explained in his post fight interview that he was going to step away from the UFC for the time being and focus on his own promotion as well as competing in a different sport.
Many people instantly speculated that the sport which Diaz was alluding to was boxing and a potential fight against Jake Paul.
However, it seems Diaz has an offer on the table from BKFC too.
The president of BKFC David Feldman has expressed his desire in wanting to bring Diaz to the promotion. See the post below to see what Feldman had to say regarding Diaz.
-- BKFC president David Feldman wants Nate Diaz.— The MMA Media (@The_MMA_Media) September 14, 2022
"I can't tell you whether he's coming or not, but I can tell you that we want him here at Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship, and we're going to do everything we can do to get him a bare-knuckle fight," - Feldman#BKFC #UFC #MMA pic.twitter.com/6iHX6XgLgh
Do you think Diaz would be a good fit for BKFC?
Andy Ruiz teases a huge fight against Deontay Wilder
Mexican heavyweight boxer Andy Ruiz has teased that a huge fight between himself and former world champion Deontay Wilder could take place next for them both.
-------- pic.twitter.com/kbYAlTlUAs— AndyRuizJr (@Andy_destroyer1) September 12, 2022
Despite both fighters not holding any top titles in the heavyweight division right now, Ruiz vs Wilder would still be an awesome fight which all the fans would love to see.
Floyd Mayweather reportedly in talks to face YouTube star Deji in an exhibition boxing bout
It seems that Floyd Mayweather is continuing his exhibition boxing career as he is reportedly in talks to face YouTube boxing star Deji.
It is unsurprising that Mayweather is continuing to fight in exhibition bouts as he will still be making good money but the choice of opponent seems bizarre.
Deji, who is slated to be Mayweather's next opponent is the younger brother of fellow YouTube boxing star KSI who fought Logan Paul twice and will apparently be fighting Jake Paul next year.
Hasbulla signs 5 year deal with the UFC
Hasbulla Magomedov has taken the social media world by storm in the past year with his extremely funny videos and connections to Khabib Nurmagomedov and other Russian MMA fighters.
It was recently revealed that Hasbulla has just put pen to paper on a 5 year deal with the UFC to do PR and content work.
Huge featherweight fight set for October 29
A huge featherweight fight between top contenders Arnold Allen and Calvin Kattar is now official and will take place on October 29.
THIS FIGHT IS --— UFC on BT Sport (@btsportufc) September 15, 2022
No. Arnold Allen -- No. Calvin Kattar --
It doesn't get much better than this --
First reported by Brett Okamoto. pic.twitter.com/EE5FHiGWao
Whoever wins this fight will leave themselves in a good position to potentially be the next challenger for Alexander Volkanovski.
The UFC officially requests 7 event licenses in Vegas for October 1 through until the end of the year
Despite the UFC now regularly doing overseas shows and shows around America, they have requested 6 event licenses for the UFC Apex.
The #UFC has officially requested event licenses from the Nevada State Athletic Commission for...— Nolan King (@mma_kings) September 15, 2022
UFC Apex: Oct. 1, Oct. 15, Oct. 29, Nov. 5, Nov. 19, Dec. 17
T-Mobile Arena: Dec. 10 (#UFC282) pic.twitter.com/ufIoPKGJpA
In total the UFC have requested 7 event licenses, 6 for the UFC Apex and 1 for the T-Mobile Arena on December 10.
Muhammad Ali's grandson signs with the PFL
Biaggio Ali Walsh, who is the grandson of legendary boxer Muhammad Ali has officially signed with the PFL.
-- The PFL have announced the signing of Biaggio Ali Walsh, the grandson of Muhammad Ali.— The MMA Media (@The_MMA_Media) September 14, 2022
Ali Walsh will make his PFL debut in November on the undercard of the 2022 PFL World Championship.#PFL #MMA pic.twitter.com/tyjU45JyfU
Bizarre story of how Tony Ferguson accepted the offer to fight Nate Diaz at UFC 279 is revealed
What went down prior to UFC 279 last weekend was bizarre, but something which might be even more strange is the story which has surfaced about how Tony Ferguson decided to accept the fight against Nate Diaz.
Ferguson apparently convinced UFC Business Officer Hunter Campbell to take his Bentley for a spin as it would make him think better about the situation.
Check out the post below to see the full details of this strange yet hilarious story.