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Video: Inside Khabib Nurmagomedov's Brutal Weight Cut For UFC 254
It is common knowledge for die-hard MMA fans that undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov has had trouble making the 155-pound weight limit. The 29-0 Russian-born champion has never missed weight in his UFC career; however, Khabib has certainly looked drained before.
Take a look at footage of the gruelling weight cut that Khabib endured ahead of his UFC 254 title defense against Justin Gaethje this past October.
Khabib Nurmagomedov has released footage of his weight cut for #UFC 254.— Chisanga Malata (@Chisanga_Malata) December 11, 2020
We’ve known for a long time that the cut is absolutely gruelling for him.
Seeing it, however, really rams it home. It’s difficult viewing.
-- via @TeamKhabib on YouTube pic.twitter.com/UzGo0ZHDTD
Dana White Slams Bellator
The always brash President of the UFC Dana White rarely holds back and certainly did not bite his tongue when asked about Bellator's recent roster moves. Bellator made headlines by inking former two-time UFC light heavyweight title challenger Rumble Johnson to a multi-fight deal. The promotion also brought in one of the most highly touted Japanese prospects, in the form of flyweight Kana Watanabe.
Those moves, however, were not nearly enough to impress Mr. White, who had the following to say: (h/t TheMacLife)
Tony Ferguson Takes Aim At MMA Media
Fan-favorite UFC lightweight contender Tony Ferguson made his return to the Octagon on Saturday. Ahead of his co-main event scrap against the always dangerous Charles Oliveira, "El Cucuy" had some choice words for the MMA media.
Here's what the former-interim UFC lightweight champion had to say when speaking to TSN's Aaron Bronsteter:
"Where’s my title shot? Where’s all my stuff that’s supposed to be ‘owed’ to me? Nothing’s owed to you. You got to earn it." Ferguson said. “And I keep my earning my way to victory every single time. But nobody speaks up. You guys don’t speak up because you guys are getting paid by Conor. You guys are getting paid by Proper Twelve and all that other bullshit."
“You guys got that fucking facade over your face. You guys don’t want to speak up for me and be like, ‘yo, give Tony the fucking title shot.’ You guys got umpteen amount of time to talk to Dana but you guys aren’t speaking up for me," he continued. "You guys are watching me get fucked over left and right by my old management companies. Nobody’s saying sh*t right but yet here I am saving the fucking day and making sure everyone’s got entertainment in the world and then taking heat afterwards saying, ‘why didn’t you win?’”
“I would just say stop kissing so much ass,” Ferguson explained. “Saying Conor’s name. I’m going to be real — the guy hasn’t competed in how long? You’re saying there’s not a household name [in these cards] because the name that’s in your guys’ mouth [is Conor]. You guys aren’t putting the other names out there. You’re not giving a chance for these other athletes like myself or Charles Oliveira. You guys are putting in people like Chandler who did what for the UFC? Now he’s got a top three position. Get the fuck out of here.”
Darren Till Has Hilarious Response To Callout From Marvin Vettori
Former UFC welterweight title challenger Darren Till was recently called out by the surging Marvin Vettori.
Vettori, 27, is fresh-off a five-round thrashing of fellow welterweight contender Jack Hermansson at UFC Vegas 16. Coming off of the biggest win of his young career, Vettori was quick to call out the fan-favorite Till via Twitter:
The challenge was met with a quick response from Mr. Till, followed up with an odd request by Vettori:
For sure Marvin let’s do it, that was a great victory last weekend.— D (@darrentill2) December 12, 2020
Just waiting for my first meme— Marvin Vettori (@MarvinVettori) December 12, 2020
That request was immediately honored by the brash Till:
There u go ya ugly cunt pic.twitter.com/40IbmdRyoQ— D (@darrentill2) December 12, 2020
Video: Anthony Joshua Brutalizes Kubrat Pulev
Anthony Joshua made his return to the ring on December 12th and was faced with the task of taking on Kubrat Pulev. Joshua (24-1) absolutely dominated his Bulgarian-opposition from bell-to-bell. The bout would end via ninth-round knockout which allowed Joshua to retain his WBA, IBF, WBO and IBO heavyweight titles.
Rachael Ostovich Responds To Fans Saying She Should Get Into Adult Content
Former UFC women's strawweight Rachael Ostovich was recently let go from the UFC due to the latest roster trimming by the promotion. After her TKO loss to Gina Mazany in late-November, the news came down of Ostovich's release by the UFC.
Ostovich (4-6), took to Twitter to respond to fans who have suggested a change of profession for the 29-year old Hawaiian born TUF-veteran:
If you on your only fan game making that money ... GET IT GIRL----....but all you weirdos saying “OF” next for me.. like that’s my only option can kiss my a$$.— rachaelostovich (@rachaelostovich) December 8, 2020
Video: Arm-wrenching Hammerlock Leads To Screaming Submission
On December 4th, UFC undefeated light champion Khabib Nurmagomedov's newly-purchased MMA promotion Eagle Fighting Championships held an event. During the aforementioned event, bantamweight contender Azamat Markabaev locked-in a nasty hammerlock into his opponent Selem Evloev.
The submission forced Evloev to scream-out in agony, forcing the referee to stop the bout: