Callout Collection: Who UFC on ESPN+ 10 winners want next – and how likely they’ll get them

Earning wins in the UFC is certainly no easy task, but what comes next is often even more important: the post-fight callout.

So after Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 10 event in Rochester, N.Y., who took advantage of their time on the mic? See below for this week’s Callout Collection – and just how realistic each one is.

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First up, let’s take a look at the night’s prelim winners.

Ed Herman

Wants to fight: EA Sports

EA Sports UFC 3

The callout: “Hey, can I get on the damn video game? I’ve been in the UFC for 13 years. I’m not on one video game. Come on, now. That’s all I want, so my son can play me on the damn game. Come on, baby.”

The reality: After a wild win over Patrick Cummins on the prelims of UFC on ESPN+ 10, Ed Herman (24-14 MMA, 11-11 UFC) made it clear he wants to be in the official UFC video game, even adding the caveat that it’s not just for him to fill some ego need, but because he wants his son to be able to use his dad as a character in the game.

Granted, “Short Fuse” might not be the most in-demand character in the game, but as he said, the man has been on the roster since “The Ultimate Fighter 3,” way back in 2006 – the same season that Michael Bisping won to launch his now-UFC Hall of Fame career. Surely that type of longevity is enough to get this man rendered in digital form? Maybe just a slight tweak of the C.B. Dollaway model or something? Just saying.

Grant Dawson

Wants to fight: Shane Young

Shane Young

The callout: “Shane Young – that fight still intrigues me. He’s super exciting. I’m super exciting. I think that’s bonus money written all over it. I’m down for that fight.”

The reality: Two fights into his UFC career, Grant Dawson (14-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has two UFC wins under his belt and is looking like quite the featherweight prospect, notching a “Performance of the Night” bonus while becoming the first man to defeat Mike Trizano.

After his debut back in March, Dawson asked for a fight with New Zealand’s Young, (13-4 MMA, 2-1 UFC), who has also shown a penchant for exciting fights, including one “Fight of the Night” bonus already to his name. On Saturday night, Dawson relayed that sentiment once again.

Honestly, who doesn’t love a respectful callout, especially when it’s one that appears motivated by an opportunity to put on the type of fight that fans enjoy most? That seems to be Dawson’s driving interest. He went on to mention he’d like a quick turnaround, fighting perhaps as soon as August. But maybe a trip to Australia in October could be in the cards, which certainly would have to tempt Young into action, especially if the UFC does end up going for a stadium show to host the Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya unification fight.

If that date makes sense for both guys, I say pull the trigger on matching up these two young guns.

Desmond Green

Wants to fight: “Someone who will get me closer to that title”

The callout: “I’m not going to call out any names. I just want someone who will get me closer to that title. Whoever is ranked higher than me, so I can climb that ladder.”

The reality:

Next up, let’s check out the main card.

Amanda Nunes and Tyron Woodley share nice exchange after 9 years of friendship

Tyron Woodley and Amanda Nunes have been friends for 9 years. The former UFC welterweight champ and current UFC bantamweight and featherweight champ first met each other during their days as Strikeforce fighters, and got close during their time as stablemates at American Top Team in Florida.

The pair opened up on their close friendship on Twitter over the weekend.

Nunes got the conversation started, explaining how she met Woodley.

“I came from Brazil for the first time and had nobody here in America,” Amanda Nunes wrote in a Twitter post that included a picture of her and Tyron Woodley. “My first fight for Strikeforce his family was the only ones I could hear from the crowd. We have been friends since that moment until today. 9 years later. Also…his beard smells good.”

Woodley was quick to respond from this kind message from Nunes, explaining how the two-division UFC champion has influenced his career.

“I love [Amanda Nunes] She inspires all of us, and she was the true def of when talent & hard work meets,” Woodley wrote about the Brazilian star. “Love coming up from nothing with you and seeing you develop into the greats female fighter of all time!”

Woodley also shared some kind words with Nunes’ fiancee, UFC strawweight contender Nina Ansaroff.

“Awwwweee,” Ansaroff wrote in response to Woodley’s message to Amanda Nunes.

“Don’t beat us up,” Woodley joked back. “You gave us a pass. Lol you know I love me some Nina too. You keep our ass in line or completely out of control #NoInBetween lol.”

Needless to say, Tyron Woodley and Amanda Nunes, two of the very best fighters in modern MMA, share a pretty awesome friendship.

Nunes is scheduled to return to the cage at UFC 239, where she will defend her bantamweight belt against Holly Holm. Woodley, meanwhile, recently withdrew from a rematch with Robbie Lawler with a hand injury.

This article first appeared on BJPENN.COM on 5/17/2019.

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Check out the UFC 239 poster with Jones vs. Santos, Nunes vs. Holm

UFC 239 is drawing near, and now the International Fight Week pay-per-view event has an official poster.

UFC 239, which takes place July 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, promises to be one of the biggest shows of the year, with two title fights atop the card. In the main event, light heavyweight champion Jon Jones will defend his title against Thiago Santos. And in the co-headliner, champ-champ Amanda Nunes will put her bantamweight belt on the line against former titleholder Holly Holm.

Of course, there’s also the highly anticipated welterweight bout between Ben Askren and Jorge Masvidal to look forward to, as well as a heavyweight showdown of ex-champ Junior Dos Santos vs. Francis Ngannou.

With all those big names, the UFC could’ve gone a number of ways with the official poster. But the promotion settled on just featuring the two title fights, and here it is (via <a href="

I like it. I actually think it might be the best poster this year to date. They at least tried something a little different, you know? And the red backdrop makes the poster pop the way it should for an event of this magnitude.

But that's just me. What do you think?

For more on UFC 239, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Megan Anderson wants answers on UFC dual champ Amanda Nunes’ featherweight future


ROCHESTER, N.Y. – With so few fighters at women’s featherweight, Megan Anderson should have an easy road to the title. Pick up another win or two, and it’s hard to see why the former Invicta FC champion wouldn’t get her shot.

Then again, she isn’t so sure champ-champ Amanda Nunes will stick to her schedule. Nunes (17-4 MMA, 10-1 UFC) has said she’ll defend the featherweight title after she meets Holly Holm in a bantamweight title fight in July.

Anderson (9-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC), however, would like some assurances.

“If she is (defending), that’s awesome,” Anderson told MMA Junkie on Wednesday prior to a meeting with Felicia Spencer at UFC on ESPN+ 10. “If she’s not, then we need to come up with a plan going forward.

“The division has already taken so long to be developed, I think it’s a little unfair to wait around for a year or a year-and-a-half when she decides ‘I don’t want to defend my featherweight belt anymore.’ It’s already been put back enough. Let’s just make a decision and go forward.”

There are encouraging signs that the promotion is trying to build a women’s division at 145 pounds. Spencer (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the latest transfer from the all-female Invicta FC, and she has history with Anderson. What’s more, she’s never competed south of 145 pounds in a major promotion.

The UFC did cast featherweights on the 28th season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” though winner Macy Chiasson immediately dropped to bantamweight. Anderson wasn’t thrilled to see her potential opposition disappear. She believed the promotion should have forced “TUF” competitors to stay at featherweight at least for a little while. Instead, she is left with fewer possible fights.

The most frustrating part for Anderson in all this is that she can’t lose any more weight than she already does. Without opponents at 145, she doesn’t have a career.

“It’s kind of bull(expletive), but we’ve got to make do with what we’ve got,” she said. “Hopefully moving forward it’s going to look better.”

To hear more from Anderson, watch the video above.

For more on UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

Daily Debate results: How many women’s titles will change hands at UFC 237, 238 and 239?

It’s going to be a busy next couple of months for the UFC’s women’s champions.

Over the next nine weeks or so, all three champs – Rose Namajunas (strawweight), Valentina Shevchenko (flyweight) and Amanda Nunes (bantamweight and featherweight) are scheduled to put their titles on the line within 60 days of each other.

Namajunas (8-3 MMA, 6-2 UFC) takes on challenger Jessica Andrade (19-6 MMA, 10-4 UFC) next week in the UFC 237 main event in Rio de Janeiro. It will be her second attempted title defense after she beat former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk in a rematch at UFC 223.

Shevchenko (16-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) puts her flyweight belt on the line for the first time when she meets Jessica Eye (14-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC) in the UFC 238 co-main event in Chicago on June 8.

And dual champion Nunes (17-4 MMA, 10-1 UFC) defends her bantamweight title against former champ Holly Holm (12-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the UFC 239 co-feature in Las Vegas on July 6.

So in the latest edition of our MMA Junkie Radio Daily Debate, we asked a simple question how many titles you think will stay with the champions after the dust settles from those three fights.

The results (via Twitter):

To hear the MMA Junkie Radio crew of “Gorgeous” George, “Goze” and Dan Tom debate the topic, check out the video above.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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