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.
Wants to fight: EA Sports
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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.
Wants to fight: 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.
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.”
Next up, let’s check out the main card.