Whittaker breaks unwanted UFC record as longest champ without a title defense

Robert Whittaker is now the longest reigning UFC champion without a title defense.

Since being promoted from interim champ to official UFC middleweight champion after Georges St-Pierre voluntarily relinquished the title in 2017, Robert Whittaker hasn’t actually defended his belt.

‘The Reaper’ did go on to beat Yoel Romero in a Fight of the Year (2018) epic at UFC 225, but that didn’t count as an official title defense due to ‘Soldier of God’ missing weight.

Couple that with a string of injuries and illnesses that have led to fight cancellations and general inactivity inside the Octagon and Whittaker is now officially the longest-reigning champion without a title defense to his name, breaking an unwanted UFC record formerly held by ex-featherweight and lightweight champ Conor McGregor.

Fansided reports that Whitaker has gone a whopping 512 days — that’s almost two years — without defending his middleweight title, but The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes winner will look break that streak when he takes on Israel Adesanya in a proposed title unification bout later this year.

No date or venue has been announced for the bout, but Whittaker wants to fight ‘The Last Stylebender’ on the same pay-per-view as Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier, preferably in his hometown of Sydney, Australia.

Adesanya became interim champ when he beat Kelvin Gastelum in a five-round war at UFC 236, and the former kickboxing champ has frequently criticized Whittaker for his inactivity as champion.

Jack Shore happy to defend Cage Warriors crown again if UFC offer doesn’t come

Jack Shore underlined his status as one of the best fighters outside the UFC with a successful title defense against Scott Malone on Saturday night at Cage Warriors 104, and now “Tank” wants to chance to mix it with the UFC’s bantamweights.

Ahead of the fight, Shore told Eurobash that he felt a win over Malone would prove that he is ready for his first walk to the Octagon. Speaking after the third-round submission victory, the Welsh fighter underlined his belief that he is ready to compete against the world’s best.

“Domestically, I’ve beaten everyone there is to beat,” Shore told Eurobash.

“Apart from me, Scott [Malone] and Mike [Ekundayo] would probably wipe out anyone else in the Cage Warriors bantamweight division, any of them would be in for a tough night’s work against either of those guys. That’s no disrespect to either of those guys, they’re both very high level fighters. I dealt with those guys, I didn’t take any damage doing it and I got the finishes. I think that it shows that I’m capable of calling for a shot at that top level. I’ve known it for a long time, but everyone else is seeing it now—the way I’m dealing with these guys shows that I need that step up and the chance to compete against some of the best in the world.”

Shorty after Shore had his hand raised, Cage Warriors tweeted an announcement regarding an Oct. 12 event in Cardiff, Wales. The announcement also declared that Shore would take to the cage for his second title defense on the night. The Tillery Combat frontrunner insists he will be happy to defend his title again if the UFC do not offer him a contract.

“I love fighting for Cage Warriors, and I love fighting in Wales. If the UFC doesn’t come, I’ll always head back to Wales to fight for Cage Warriors. The feeling of fighting in the Viola Arena is second to none; it’s a feeling that can’t be topped in the early stages of my career. If [the UFC] don’t come calling then I’ll happily defend my title again, or whatever they want me to do,” he said.

“Hopefully I’ll get the call-up and we can go from there and maybe get a different date or something. Either way you won’t hear me complaining.”

As for who he could compete against if he was to defend his strap again, Shore feels as though he’s running out of natural contenders.

“When I beat Mike, Scott called for a shot on the same night, and in all fairness, he had two big finishes. Especially after finishing Josh Reed the way he did, that’s not an easy thing to do. He was the standout guy and everyone thought, ‘He’s got to be next to get a shot’, and he did deserve to fight for that title,” stated Shore.

“At the minute, there are probably plenty of guys who would come forward and say they want to fight me, but there is no one that stands out who deserves it, in my opinion.”

Check out the latest episode of Eurobash. The Jack Shore interview beings at 1:06:00.

Svetlana Khautova out, Kayla Harrison now meets Larissa Pacheco in PFL’s Season 2 debut

The top of the lineup for the PFL’s second season debut this week has seen a change.

Svetlana Khautova (2-0) is out of the headliner against Kayla Harrison (3-0), a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, as part of the women’s lightweight regular season. Stepping in for Khautova is Larissa Pacheco (11-2), who moves up from the prelims and a fight against Roberta Samad.

Samad (4-1) now takes on Moriel Charneski (3-5), also part of the women’s lightweight regular season. PFL officials announced the changes today.

PFL 1 takes place Thursday at Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale, N.Y., on Long Island. The main car airs on ESPN2 following prelims on ESPN+. The promotion’s second and third events of the season also take place at that venue May 23 and June 6.

All three of Harrison’s pro MMA fights have come under the PFL banner. She fought three times in 2018 after turning pro, but none of them were part of a PFL $1 million season or playoff tournament. But she won all three by stoppage with a submission of Brittney Elkin and TKOs of Jozette Cotton and Charneski.

Pachecho is a two-fight UFC veteran from Brazil who started her pro career 10-0 before losing to Jessica Andrade in a bantamweight bout at UFC Fight Night 51 in 2014. She then was stopped by Germaine de Randamie and found herself looking for work outside the UFC. After a little more than three years away, she returned for a win in 2018, then got a slot on Season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” on which she lost to Macy Chiasson.

The PFL 1 lineup now includes:

MAIN CARD (ESPN2, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Kayla Harrison vs. Larissa Pacheco
  • John Howard vs. Magomed Magomedkerimov
  • Ray Cooper III vs. Zane Kamaka
  • Morgan Frier vs. Sarah Kaufman
  • David Michaud vs. Sadibou Sy

PRELIMS (ESPN+, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Handesson Ferreira vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Bobbi Jo Dalziel vs. Genah Fabian
  • Glaico Franca vs. Gamzat Khiramagomedov
  • Chris Curtis vs. Andre Fialho
  • Moriel Charneski vs. Roberta Samad

For more on PFL 1, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Per Ariel Helwani, Tony Ferguson and his management team are meeting with the UFC today. I said this when the management switch happened and stick by it; there’s just no way to take Ferguson signed with guys who willingly have left the UFC for more money (namely in Asia) for no reason.

TMT Fighter Tarek Suleiman becomes AE Warriors light-heavyweight Champion!

Congratulations to Tiger Muay Thai fighter Tarek Suleiman on winning the UAE Warriors light-heavyweight title at the weekend!

Tarek stopped UFC and Bellator veteran Oli Thompson with ground strikes to take the belt!

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What to expect at Shamrock 318 this Friday May 10th Live on FloCombat

St. Louis, MO: Jesse Finney and the Shamrock Fighting Championships crew have done it once again. Bringing another loaded card to River City Casino Friday May 10th for Shamrock 318. Headlining the card will be Ty Flores (6-2) who will look to run his win strike to five. The heavy handed yet slick on the ground Flores has finished three of his last four by finish via the rear naked choke.  He will be taking on Erick Murray (5-2) who will be in the Shamrock cage for a second time and will look for a second win under the banner.

The Co Main Event will feature two fun to watch Bantamweights as Dustin Lampros (3-0) will do battle with Colton Minster (pro debut). Lampros has finished all three of his opponents in the first round due to strikes and will look to make it four in a row since turning pro. Minster will look to notch is first win as a pro. Fans should look for a fast paced and fun to watch slugfest from these two.

Middleweights will clash as Shaun Scott (2-2) will be taking on Derek Holly (3-2). Scott will look to bounce back after taking a heartbreaking decision loss to Adam Osmoe at Shamrock 301. With a little over a year away from the cage look for Scott to be the best Shamrock fans have seen to date.  Holly will look to run his win streak to three as he visits the Shamrock cage for the first time.

Lightweights Derik Scott (1-0) and Antonio Atkins (0-1) will do battle. Scott will step into the Shamrock cage for the eighth time dating back to his amateur career. Scott who finished second in NBC’s Titan Games will be getting back in the cage for the first time in over a year. Atkins will look for his first win since turning pro in 2018.

What could be the sleeper fight of the night will spotlight Travon Crawford (1-2) throwing down with Dan Busch (2-1). Crawford the Danger Room product will look to right the ship and into the win column under the Shamrock banner. Busch who hasn’t fought in nearly two years may have to knock off a little cage rust but looks for his second win in the Shamrock cage. With these two warriors don’t blink as both have knockout power.

Featherweights will open the pro portion of the card as David Evans (pro debut) is pitted against Sergio Robles (0-2). Evans who went 12-6 as an amateur but will be under some bright lights as he steps into the Shamrock cage for the fifth time but this time as a professional. Robles will look to break through and get his first win as a pro. Sure be a fun one with both combatants having something to prove.

The amateur portion of the card will feature Murdobek Choriev (5-0} and Peter Keepers (5-0). The records say it all for these two Welterweights. Choriev has finishes in all five of his wins two by knockout and three by submission making him a pick your poison type of fighter. Keepers is coming off a TKO victory is his last outing. Much like Choriev he’s a pick your poison type as well having two submission victories and three by way of knockout. This one is sure to have the Shamrock faithful on their feet throughout the match up.

Lightweights Tim Eschenfelder (5-1) and Irfan Mulabitinovic (5-1) will go to war. Eschenfelder has reeled off five straight wins and will be looking to make it six in this contest. Mulabitinovic is streaking as well winning his last three and looks to make it four. A win streak will have to come to end in this one.

Kickboxing will also be on the amateur card as well. One match up that is sure to be as Jim Ross would say a slobber knocker between veterans Jason Brown and Chuckie Brooks. This one is another sleeper fight of the night type. Brown has dynamic striking and quickness and Brooks has great power and cuts angles well. See the full card below. If you can’t make it to River City Casino on Friday, you can catch all the heavy hitting action at Shamrock 318 live on flocombat.com

Look for a fighter spotlight of Derik Scott this week right here at FightBookMMA.com.

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