ONE: Dreams of Gold results – Stamp, Petrosyan, Ennahachi shine on finish-filled card

On Friday, ONE Championship returned to Bangkok, Thailand, with the stacked ONE: Dreams of Gold card.

The card was topped by a ONE Flyweight Kickboxing World Title bout between champion Petchdam Petchyindee Academy and challenger Ilias Ennahachi, and featured the semifinals of the ONE Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix as Giorgio Petrosyan rematched Smokin’ Jo Nattawut and Samy Sana took on Dzhabar Askerov. It also included the sophomore MMA bout of ONE Atomweight Kickboxing and Muay Thai World Champion Stamp Fairtex, who took on Indian boxing specialist Asha Roka.

Without further ado, here are the full results and highlights of this finished-fill ONE: Dreams of Gold card, featuring big wins from Stamp, Petrosyan, and Ennahachi (h/t Onefc.com).

ONE: Dreams of Gold Main Card

Flyweight Kickboxing World Championship
Ilias Ennahachi defeats Petchdam Petchyindee Academy via TKO in round 2

Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Semi-Final
Giorgio “The Doctor” Petrosyan defeats Smokin’ Jo Nattawut via knockout at 2:50 of round one

Mixed Martial Arts – Atomweight
Stamp Fairtex defeats Asha Roka via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:29 of round three

Featherweight Kickboxing World Grand Prix Semi-Final
Samy Sana defeats Dzhabar Askerov via majority decision

Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight
Alex Silva defeats Stefer Rahardian via submission (armbar) at 4:55 of round two

Super Series Muay Thai – Bantamweight
Muangthai PK.Saenchaimuaythaigym defeats Kenta Yamada via unanimous decision

Mixed Martial Arts – Featherweight
Thanh Le defeats Kotetsu “No Face” Boku via knockout at 1:28 of round one

ONE: Dreams of Gold Prelims

Super Series Muay Thai – Flyweight
Lerdsila Phuket Top Team defeats Savvas Michael via TKO (injury) at 0:29 of round two

Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight
Yusup Saadulaev defeats Dae Hwan Kim via unanimous decision

Mixed Martial Arts – Flyweight
Chan Rothana defeats Gustavo Balart via unanimous decision

Super Series Muay Thai – Catch Weight of 72.0KG
Bangpleenoi Petchyindee Academy defeats Liam Nolan via majority decision

Mixed Martial Arts – Strawweight
Ryuto Sawada defeats Aziz Calim via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:09 of round one

Super Series Muay Thai – Bantamweight
Alaverdi Ramazanov defeats Ognjen Topic via TKO at 2:25 of round one

Mixed Martial Arts – Bantamweight
Zhao Zhi Kang defeats Paul “The Great King” Lumihi via submission (rear-naked choke) at 4:08 of round two

What was your favorite moment from ONE: Dreams of Gold?

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Daniel Cormier advises fighters on how to maintain a good relationship with the UFC

Over the years, we’ve seen many top fighters butt heads with the UFC brass. Daniel Cormier is not one of them.

In an excellent interview with ESPN, Cormier explained how he’s been able to maintain such a positive working relationship with the UFC. Apparently, it’s not all that hard. In his eyes, it’s as simple as playing ball.

“It’s not hard,” Cormier said. “I swear to God, I don’t understand how these guys have all these issues. For me, it does not make any sense. It is our job. If you have to go do promotion, go do promotion. You’re getting paid massive amounts of money. Even for guys that are just starting, you’re making 30, 40 grand. You didn’t make 30, 40 grand [before]. You started doing this with the idea that someday the UFC could make you money. It’s not that hard. If they ask you to do something, do it. Get along with people. Again, it’s whenever you are someone at your core and you get in a position where you feel you can mistreat people, people mistreat people. It’s just silly. But it’s not that hard. Get along with the people and I promise it’ll be a lot easier for you.”

In the same interview, Daniel Cormier shared his advice on a number of other topics, including how to cope with a loss.

“You let it hurt,” Cormier stated. “A lot of people try to move on. I see guys that’ll lose a fight and they’ll be on Instagram 30 minutes later talking about, “We’re gonna get on to the next one.” No, live in that loss for a while, because it motivates you not to do the same thing again. Live in that loss so that pain that you feel will drive you to not be there again. Everybody wants to move on — “Let’s go, we’ve gotta get on to the next thing.” No. I let it sit with me. When I lose — those two fights I’ve lost — it’s been like a mourning process for me. I need it to be motivating and it to be a lesson that I learned so it doesn’t happen again.”

Daniel Cormier is set to return to the cage on Saturday night, in the main event of UFC 241, where he’ll attempt to defend the UFC heavyweight title in a rematch against Stipe Miocic. Win or lose, he’s one of the most successful fighters in MMA history, and his advice is definitely worth heeding.

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UFC 241 weigh-in results: Cormier heavier than Miocic

On Saturday night, the UFC will return to our screens with UFC 241, perhaps the promotion’s biggest card of the year thus far.

The card will be topped by a heavyweight title fight between champion Daniel Cormier and the man he won the title from last year, former champ Stipe Miocic.

The co-headliner, meanwhile, will occur in the welterweight division, where former lightweight champion Anthony Pettis will battle long-absent star Nate Diaz in perhaps the most anticipated fight on the bill.

The other big highlight of the UFC 241 main card is a middleweight contender bout between former title challenger Yoel Romero and the undefeated Paulo Costa, while the rest of the card features names like Derek Brunson, Sodiq Yusuff, Ian Heinisch, Raphael Assuncao and Cory Sandhagen.

On Friday morning the 24 fighters on the 12-fight UFC 241 card stepped onto the scales to weigh in for battle. In a fairly unprecedented development, one fight was changed to a catchweight at the last minute due to weight-cutting concerns.

Here are the full weigh-in results for the card (via MMA Junkie):

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UFC 241 Main Card | 10:00 pm ET on PPV

  • Champ Daniel Cormier (236.5) vs. Stipe Miocic (230.5) – for heavyweight title
  • Nate Diaz (170) vs. Anthony Pettis (169.5)
  • Paulo Costa (186) vs. Yoel Romero (184.5)
  • Gabriel Benitez (146) vs. Sodiq Yusuff (145)
  • Derek Brunson (186) vs. Ian Heinisch (185.5)

UFC 241 Prelims | 8:00 pm ET on ESPN

  • Devonte Smith (156) vs. Khama Worthy (155.5)
  • Raphael Assuncao (136) vs. Cory Sandhagen (136)
  • Christos Giagos (155) vs. Drakkar Klose (155.5)
  • Manny Bermudez (140) vs. Casey Kenney (139)*

UFC 241 Early Prelims | 6:15 pm ET on UFC Fight Pass/ESPN+

  • Hannah Cifers (114.5) vs. Jodie Esquibel (115)
  • Brandon Davis (136) vs. Kyung Ho Kang (136)
  • Shana Dobson (124.5) vs. Sabina Mazo (126)

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Jorge Masvidal: If Nate Diaz fight is offered ‘we’re taking it’

If Nate Diaz defeats Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 this weekend, he can potentially look forward to another huge fight in the welterweight division, as top contender Jorge Masvidal is more than willing to compete against him.

“In a heartbeat, we’re signing,” Masvidal told The Mac Life when asked how he’d react of a fight with Diaz was offered (transcript via MMA Junkie). “I’ve been chasing the belt for 16 years, but that’s such a fight for me, for the fans, for the sport, and it’s two Latin dogs just going at it. We haven’t seen that in the sport too much. We need to see it. You’re just going to lock up two dogs in the cage and let them go. Let’s find out what happens. That’s a fight I would love. If that fight gets offered, we’re taking it.”

Jorge Masvidal continued, reiterating that his primary goal is the UFC title, but adding that he’s willing to take other fights against big names for big paydays.

“I’ve got 16 years working with one goal in mind, and that’s to get the belt, and if I’m not fighting for that belt and I’m so close to it and it was promised to me after the Ben Askren fight, it has to be something of significant force — and they’ve gotta pay me, man. That’s about it.”

The UFC welterweight title is currently guarded by Kamaru Usman. While Masvidal is hellbent on taking Usman’s belt, he says he finds a matchup with Diaz more exciting than a matchup with Usman on a competitive level.

“I want the fights that will push me over the top,” Masvidal said. “The title for me means everything because I don’t have it, but Kamaru’s not like a dangerous dude. It’s not a fight that I’m scared to get hurt in. A guy like Nate, I know he’s going to try to rip my head off. He’s going to try to take my soul. So those big fights like that motivate me to work out, to get in there.”

Does a fight between Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal interest you?

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Anthony Pettis suspects ‘something was said’ before Conor McGregor threw punch

Anthony Pettis — like most members of the MMA community — saw the video of Conor McGregor punching an older man inside a bar in Ireland. Speaking to MMA Junkie at UFC 241 media day ahead of his fight with Nate Diaz, Pettis shared his thoughts on this incident.

He says he’s not rushing to judgement as the video doesn’t reveal what the man said to McGregor before the punch was thrown.

“It was crazy, but who knows what that dude said?” Pettis said. “I’m sure something was said for him to do that. He’s not going to punch somebody in the face for no reason.”

See the video in question below and decide for yourself:

Anthony Pettis, the former UFC lightweight champion, will enter his UFC 241 fight with Nate Diaz having recently debuted in the welterweight division with a shocking knockout victory over Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson.

Pettis claims that, after his victory over Wonderboy, he was offered a fight with Conor McGregor, targeted for UFC 244 in New York City. Unfortunately, the bout never materialized.

“First it was McGregor, and I was like let’s do it in Madison Square Garden,” he said. “Something fell off with that and then it popped up Nate and I was just like we’ll see what happens.”

“Then he [Diaz] signed the contract and we’re here,” he added.

Speaking to MMA Junkie at UFC 241 media day, Anthony Pettis admitted that he’s still interested in a fight with Conor McGregor, but that he won’t be chasing a matchup with the Irishman.

“That’s another fan favorite fight,” Pettis said. “I’m not going to sit here and wait for Conor McGregor and call him out or anything. If he wants to fight and he wants to fight me, send the contract and I’ll be there.”

What do you think of these comments from Anthony Pettis?

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Dana White pulls plug on featherweight title fight at UFC 243

Many fans were hoping to see Australia’s Alexander Volkanovski get the opportunity to challenge Max Holloway for the UFC featherweight title at UFC 243 this October in Melbourne, Australia. Unfortunately, UFC President Dana White says that won’t be happen.

The UFC boss shared this unfortunate news on Submission Radio. He explained that Max Holloway, who just fought at UFC 240 in late July, will be unable to make the featherweight limit in time for the October card in Melbourne.

“Yeah, no, that’s not happening,” White told Submission Radio of a Max Holloway vs. Alex Volkanovski fight at UFC 243 (h/t MMA Fighting). “I don’t think that Max could turn around and cut the weight again that fast.

“So, I don’t want to put him in that type of situation.”

This news is bound to sting or Alex Volkanovski, who seemingly earned a featherweight title shot with a recent decision defeat of Jose Aldo, but was then passed up for former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar. Volkanovski showed up in Edmonton, Alberta — the scene of Holloway and Edgar’s fight — and made weight as a back-up fighter, dispelling any doubts that he was healthy enough to fight for the title at that time.

The expectation has always been that Volkanovski will get the next crack at Holloway, but the widespread hope was that it would happen at UFC 243 on the Australian’s home turf. The card is considered the biggest in the history of Australian MMA.

Unfortunately, as Dana White says, that’s not happening.

The good news is that UFC 243 will still be anchored by a blockbuster middleweight title fight between Australian undisputed champion Robert Whittaker and Kiwi interim champion Israel Adesanya.

Do you think Dana White should have scheduled a Max Holloway vs. Alex Volkanovski title fight for UFC 243?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov buries Conor McGregor for punching man in pub

On Thursday, video surfaced of former two-division UFC champ Conor McGregor allegedly punching an older man at a bar in Ireland. TMZ reported that this incident occurred when the man refused a sample of McGregor’s popular Proper No. Twelve whiskey. Khabib Nurmagomedov, the reigning UFC lightweight champ and McGregor fiercest rival, was not impressed by what he saw in this video.

“It’s crazy,” Nurmagomedov told TMZ Sports (transcript via MMA Mania). “All media stayed quiet. Nobody posted about this. I can’t imagine if I punched this guy how many media are gonna post it and talk about me. This is like really, really bad thing. Like, even if this old guy on video punch your face 10 times, you can’t punch this guy’s face. You can’t. This is like impossible. We have to respect all people. I don’t understand.

Khabib Nurmagomedov continued, sharing his belief that the Irish government — and even the United States government — should take heavy-handed action and discipline Conor McGregor.

“I think these people have to go jail, bro,” he said. “They have to go jail. This happened in Ireland? What happened about Ireland government? We guys from Russia have problem with visa, but why this bullsh*t guy don’t have problem with visa in U.S.A? How U.S.A. can give him visa or something like this, respect or job? These people, they have to go jail.”

Suffice it to say that this incident curdled Nurmagomedov’s opinions on McGregor even further.

“I told you guy, this guy have no class, no respect,” Khabib said. “This is very bad for sport. Somethings he’s done are good for sport but right now, he without his mind. He lose his mind. It’s crazy and government has to smash him, this is my opinion.

“I’m really, really mad about this video. I don’t understand how you can punch old man. How you can punch him. Even if he punch your face 10 times, 20 times. This is big, big disrespect, not only for this old guy, this is big disrespect for all people. . .

“100 percent [they should arrest him]. Today he punches old guy, what’s gonna happen tomorrow? Nobody knows.”

What do you think of these comments from Khabib Nurmagomedov?

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