Khamzat Chimaev and Alexander Gustafsson shoot off big guns, and the UFC removes Donald Trump documentary from Fight Pass — this and much more on Saturday's social media roundup.
Khamzat Chimaev Shoots Off Very Large Guns with Alexander Gustafsson
Rising middleweight prospect Khamzat Chimaev packs a lot of power in the cage, but he packed even more when he took to the firing range along with Alexander Gustafsson.
Chimaev burst onto the UFC scene in 2020 with three stoppage victories, including two just ten days apart in July. He had been expected to face Leon Edwards in the UFC's final card of 2020 until complications with the Coronavirus delayed that bout indefinitely.
Michael Chandler Joins Parler and Telegram
Former Bellator lightweight champion Michael Chandler joined the controversial social media services Parler, and Telegram just in time to make his UFC debut at UFC 257.
Follow me on Parler if you can... Join me on Parler Social Media! https://t.co/XPQyaF9iAv— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) January 10, 2021
Joined telegram... look me up “@MikeChandlerMMA” there too. Spreading out the social media.— Michael Chandler (@MikeChandlerMMA) January 10, 2021
Parler has been in the news recently with their service having been pulled from the App Store over violent content, and their web services may be halted entirely by early next week.
UFC Removes Doland Trump Documentary From Fight Pass
The UFC continues to remove some of its more controversial content, as the documentary "Combatant In Chief: The Story of Donald Trump's History In Combat Sports" has been removed from Fight Pass.
The documentary details Trump's long history with the sport, going back as far as hosting UFC 28 and 31 at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City. This comes in the wake of the UFC also removing the propaganda video they posted in December attempting to dunk on the media, and likely is to prevent future backlash stemming from the storming of the Capitol earlier in the week.
Trash Talk Continues From Petr Yan and Aljamain Sterling
After being previously canceled for December, the war of words has only heated up between bantamweight champion Petr Yan, and his upcoming challenger Aljamain Sterling.
Don’t worry about me, worry about your ass. I trained for title fight in the garage, nothing special about it. https://t.co/Dp0TQ5tGPl— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) January 8, 2021
Just don’t fucking cancel again. That was some bullshit you pulled. https://t.co/B0k7lrrPAQ— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) January 8, 2021
Previously scheduled to headline UFC 256 in December, Yan was forced to pull out of that fight for visa and travel issues. The fight has been rescheduled to serve as the co-main event of the stacked UFC 259 card set for March.
Chael Sonnen Trolls Oregon Lawmaker, Teases Return To Politics
One of the greatest trash-talkers in MMA history has taken his aim at a Democratic congressman from Oregon and has dropped hints he may be looking at taking him on.
Rep. Schraeder, a representative for Oregon's 5th district, made news earlier in the day for his comments comparing the potential impeachment of Donald Trump to "lynching", but its unclear if that was the catalyst for Sonnen's rant.
Get some followers nerd. @RepSchrader I’m coming.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
They say it takes a Good Guy to stop a bad guy. I believe it takes a WORSE guy.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
See you soon.
I’ve followed your career closely. Ya started at the bottom... then sank.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
I don’t want to call him stupid because I feel I’d be insulting... stupid people.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
I’m not worried about what he comes up with as a response. You say hello to the guy, he’s stuck for an answer.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
He’s #1. #1 on a scale of 1-10— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
Your just like yesterday's newspaper. Nothing more than a piece of trash.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
He’s the type of person who watches the whole commercial instead of clicking skip ad on YouTube.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
I’m com’n!— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
He’d eat a baked potato w just butter.— Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) January 10, 2021
Sonnen previously dipped his toe into electoral politics announcing his candidacy for Oregon's 37th district back in 2010, only to drop out of the race citing prior legal troubles.
Jorge Masvidal Threatens To Leave Twitter In Repsonse To Trump Being Banned
In the wake of Donald Trump being banned from the service, Jorge Masvidal has threatened that may drive him off the service soon as well.
Masvidal has made his political leanings very well known in recent months, appearing at Trump rallies, as well as speaking extensively about his family's experience in Cuba. Masvidal hasn't fought since losing his shot at the UFC welterweight title against Kamaru Usman in July.
Brandon Moreno Incredibly Respectfully Calls Out Deiveson Figueiredo
In the wake of their fight of the year in December, Brandon Moreno wants to make sure that Deiveson Figueiredo doesn't forget about him, as he's going hunting for bigger fights.
It seems unfathomable after an indecisive, and incredibly exciting draw in their first bout, the UFC wouldn't immediately book a rematch, but it is good to see Moreno making sure he isn't about to be overlooked. Also, what a sweet-heart.
James Krause Calls Out Both Diego Sanchez And His Coach
The war of words between UFC veterans Diego Sanchez and James Krause continues to rage on as Krause has now claimed he wants to fight both Sanchez and his coach Joshua Fabia in the same night.
The beef began when Sanchez took exception to Krause's comments about his seemingly highly unqualified head coach. Krause explained more in an appearance on the
“I basically said I thought his coach was a joke and apparently he took offense to that,” Krause explained (h/t MMA Fighting) “This was like six or eight months ago. Sh*t, I had forgotten all about it. It may have been even longer, but I just said I thought the dude was a master manipulator. I think he’s a joke. I don’t know him personally but I don’t think he knows anything about combat sports, period.
“He’s a dude that you see on the McDojo Instagram page doing like magical sh*t and people believe it,” Krause stated. “Unfortunately he’s got a hold of Diego who believes it, and I don’t know what that’s about. But Diego should know better, he’s always been a little odd anyway.”
Krause concluded with a very simple message for the TUF 1 winner.
“I was just giving my opinion and if you don’t like it, fight me,” Krause said. “I don’t know how else to say it. Apparently he wants to fight me but I haven’t heard a response since I posted that [from him] or his guy.”
Khabib Nurmagomedov Gets Served A Very Fancy Meal in Dubai
While in Dubai in advance of UFC's return to Fight Island, Khabib Nurmagomedov was treated to a fantastic mean, including a very fancy cake, from celebrity chef CZN Burak.
Nurmagomedov was last seen in the cage retiring after defeating Justin Gaethje in the main event of UFC 254 in October, tho Dana White appears to be putting on the full-court press to bring him back.
Legacy Fighting Alliance Announces 2020 Fans Choice Awards
Regional promotion Legacy Fighting Alliance (LFA) has announced its year-end Fan Choice Awards,
The list of winners includes:
Female Fighter of the Year: Lupita Godinez
Male Fighter of the Year: Josh Fremd
Knockout of the Year: Alex Pereira (LFA 95)
Submission of the Year: Vanessa Demopoulos (LFA 85)
Fight of the Year: Maycon Mendonça vs. Batsumberel Dagvadorj (LFA 96)
Alum of the Year: Brandon Moreno
Event of the Year: LFA 80 (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Photo of the Year: Vince Cachero honoring Kobe Bryant, LFA 81 (Amy Kaplan)
The LFA (and its predecessors Legacy Fighting Championship and Resurrection Fighting Alliance) has long functioned as a fantastic farm system for the UFC, and that will look to continue into 2021.