Jon Jones vs. Dominick Reyes Expected To Headline UFC 247 In February

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Reigning UFC light heavyweight champion, Jon ‘Bones’ Jones, is expected to defend his 205-pound championship at UFC 247 on February 8th. in Texas, against perennial division contender, Dominick ‘The Davastator’ Reyes.

The news of the meeting was first revealed by BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor via his official Twitter account. Both Jones and Reyes have recently traded barbs across their respective social media’s, with the matchup expected to feature during the first quarter of next year. Jones is attempting to secure a third successful title defense of his latest reign, after a narrow victory over Brazilian Muay Thai ace Thiago ‘Marreta’ Santos in his last Octagon outing.

UFC 247 challenger Reyes, retained his undefeated record against former middleweight best, Chris Weidman as the pair headlined UFC Fight Night Boston three week’s ago. The 29-year-old has edged out both Corey Anderson and UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo headliner Jan Blachowicz in terms of the next challenger to Jones’ throne, having secured six wins since his promotional bow two years ago.

UFC 247 takes place on February 8th. in Houston, Texas from the Toyota Centre.

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Joanna Jędrzejczyk Vows To “Beat The S**t” Out Of Weili Zhang Anywhere

 

Former UFC strawweight champion, Joanna Jędrzejczyk, has promised to not only reclaim the 115-pound throne in a matchup with Weili Zhang next year, but also plans to “beat the s**t” out of the China native in the process.

Polish Muay Thai ace Jędrzejczyk recently returned to the winner’s enclosure, after a brief challenge for flyweight gold, at UFC Fight Night Tampa, as she exacted a five-round beating of former Invicta FC atomweight champion, Michelle ‘The Karate Hottie’ Waterson. The victory over Jackson-Wink MMA staple Waterson has seemingly reinstated Jędrzejczyk into championship contention, against Hebei striker Zhang, who became the premier UFC champion hailing from Asia in August, via an opening minute knockout of Jessica Andrade. In a recent interview with South China Morning Post, the Pole outlined her thoughts on a potential championship showcase with the 30-year-old.

I signed an agreement before the fight with Michelle Waterson,” Jędrzejczyk said. “I knew that after I got the victory I was going to fight for the belt.. This is whats going to happen next, and I’m just waiting for the date and the location, and then we are going to rock it. Anywhere, anytime. Bangkok, Sri Lanka, Warsaw, Toronto, it doesn’t matter where. For me, it doesn’t matter. I will make my way. Even if we have to take a canoe, I will make it to China and beat the s**t out of her.

Jędrzejczyk, who turns 33-years-old next summer, began her dominant title run in 2015 against Carla Esparza, and would go on to lodge five consecutive title defenses against Jessica Penne, Valerie Letourneau, Claudia Gadelha, Karolina Kowalkiewicz, and the previously mentioned Andrade. In her sixth attempted title defense, Jędrzejczyk dropped the championship in shocking fashion to the popular Rose Namajunas via a earth-shattering first round knockout. A second loss followed against ‘Thug’ Rose, before the Olsztyn native made the leap to 125-pounds as she clashed with Valentina Shevchenko after a victory over Tecia Torres.

30-year-old finisher Zhang, has fast tracked her way to Octagon gold, scoring victories over Danielle Taylor, Jessica Aguilar, and Tecia Torres before she relieved Andrade of champion status earlier this year.

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VIDEO: Watch UFC on ESPN+ 22 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins live stream at 2 p.m. MT


FightBook MMA has your UFC on ESPN+ 22 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins live stream and you can watch a live video stream at 2 p.m. MT (1 p.m. PT).

The weigh-ins take place at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. UFC on ESPN+ 22 takes place Saturday at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. The card streams on ESPN+. You can check out the early and official UFC on ESPN+ 22 weigh-in results from earlier today by going here.

UFC on ESPN+ 22 weigh-in results:

MAIN CARD
(ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET)

Jan Blachowicz vs. Ronaldo Souza
Paul Craig vs. Mauricio Rua
Jared Gordon vs. Charles Oliveira
Antonio Arroyo vs. Andre Muniz
Markus Perez vs. Wellington Turman

PRELIMINARY CARD
(ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET)

James Krause vs. Sergio Moraes
Eduardo Garagorri vs. Ricardo Ramos
Bobby Green vs. Francisco Trinaldo
Warlley Alves vs. Randy Brown
Renan Barao vs. Douglas de Andrade
Isabella de Padua vs. Ariane Lipski
Tracy Cortez vs. Vanessa Melo

Owen Roddy Excited At The Prospect Of McGregor vs. Cowboy In January

Former Straight Blast Gym Ireland striking coach, Owen Roddy, has spoke of his excitement at the possibility of a lightweight meeting between his long term pupil, Conor McGregor, and fan-favorite, Donald ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone.

Roddy, who has partnered John Kavanagh in the McGregor corner for every bout in the Dubliner’s Octagon career, played a huge role in the counter-striker’s preparation for his 2017 boxing match opposite, Floyd Mayweather Jr. Despite the recent rumblings of a fallout between the trio, Roddy has reassured us that he will feature in McGregor’s corner when he makes his expected January 18th. return against Cerrone. In a recent interview with Farah Hannoun from MMA JunkieRoddy confirmed his appearance in the corner, and gave his thoughts on the potential pairing.

Yup, yup, yup – yeah definitely, yeah,” Roddy said. “If it is ‘Cowboy’ (Cerrone) it would be an exciting fight, yeah. I said this a couple of months ago: ‘Cowboy’ and Conor (McGregor) is a great fight for the fans. Two guys that are exciting strikers – although ‘Cowboy’ is phenomenal on the ground, as well, but I think if it was a fight between them, It would be a striking battle, and I think it would be one for the fans, so if it is that, it’ll be an exciting one.

McGregor, who turns thirty-two next year, has yet to step foot inside the Octagon since his UFC 229 defeat to bitter-foe, Khabib Nurmagomedov in October of last year, revealed a blueprint of three bouts over the course of the next twelve months. McGregor spoke of his January return while carrying out a press tour for Parimatch in Russia and Ukraine recently, and told how he would also look to be paired with the winner of Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz who met for the BMF title two weeks ago. With Masvidal leaving Madison Square Garden victorious, McGregor must overcome ‘Gamebred’ before a meeting with either the aforementioned Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson for lightweight gold. Roddy further told of McGregor’s training regime, which one could speculate is about to ramp up with SBG Ireland head coach Kavanagh telling how the Dublin facility will be closed to “non-members” between 10a.m. and 4p.m.

I know he’s working very hard. There’s no official date set yet, but Conor’s been training very hard, as you can see. He’s in good nick. If you’re looking at any of the pictures, he’s in phenomenal shape, he’s ready to go. I’m sure everybody’s excited to see him back. I just want to see Conor back in. I think everybody just wants to see Conor back in the UFC, bring back that spectacle that is his fights. Nobody does it like Conor, and for me, I just want to see him back in there. Whatever happens after that, who knows?

As for Colorado native Cerrone, a matchup with McGregor has been a considerable time in the making. The two were primed to meet until Cerrone’s welterweight excursion, and an injury to Rafael dos Anjos before UFC 196 almost sealed the pairing, until Nate Diaz stepped in on short-notice. ‘Cowboy’ has featured at lightweight in his last four Octagon walks, besting both Alexander Hernandez and Al Iaquinta, before double-stoppage losses to former interim title holder Tony Ferguson, and top contender, Justin Gaethje.

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Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete defends title against Francisco “Panchito” Horta LIVE on ESPN+ December 7

PUEBLA, Mexico: Boxing’s busiest world champion, WBO junior featherweight king Emanuel “Vaquero” Navarrete, will make his fourth world title defense in less than seven months against Francisco “Panchito” Horta Saturday, Dec. 7 at Auditorio GNP Seguros in Puebla, Mexico.

Navarrete, from Mexico City, will fight in his home country for the first time since before he won the world title from Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden last December.

In the co-feature, Jerwin “Pretty Boy” Ancajas will make the eighth defense of his IBF junior bantamweight world title against Chilean veteran Miguel “Aguja” Gonzalez. The opening bout will showcase three-time world title challenger Miguel Marriaga against Alfredo Mejia Vargas in an eight-round featherweight bout.

Promoted by Top Rank, in association with Zanfer Promotions, Navarrete-Horta, Ancajas-Gonzalez and Marriaga-Vargas will stream live on ESPN+, the leading multi-sport streaming service, beginning at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT.

“Emanuel Navarrete is one of Mexico’s great young champions, and he’s only getting started,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “At 24 years of age, he is wise beyond his years and hungry to challenge himself against the very best. He’ll have defended his belt four times in 2019, and 2020 is shaping up to be another spectacular year for ‘Vaquero.’”

“I am very excited to close the year by defending my world title in my beloved Mexico,” Navarrete said. “This will be another dream that will be fulfilled, and I assure you another exciting fight. I always go for the knockout. I think it is best to win by knockout, and on Dec.7, the fans in Puebla will see another action-packed fight from ‘El Vaquero.’”

“On Dec. 7, the fans will get to know who I am. This will be guaranteed war because we are both Mexican warriors,” Horta said. “This is a golden opportunity. Definitely a dream that will come true sooner than expected. I will dispute the world title against the best 122-pounder in the world, Emanuel Navarrete. I will win the title at any cost.”

Navarrete (29-1, 25 KOs) made his United States debut last December against Dogboe, but in 2019, he has crisscrossed the western part of the country knocking out top opposition. He repeated the deed in May against Dogboe in Tucson, Ariz., scoring a 12th-round stoppage. In August, headlining the inaugural fight card at Banc of California Stadium in Log Angeles, he stopped the then-unbeaten Francisco De Vaca in three scintillating rounds. Four weeks later, he returned on the Tyson Fury-Otto Wallin card in Las Vegas and knocked out Filipino contender Juan Miguel Elorde in four. The upset-minded Horta (20-3-1, 10 KOs), from Campeche, Mexico, is unbeaten in 13 fights dating back to 2014.

Ancajas (31-1-2, 21 KOs), one of boxing’s longest-reigning world champions, was scheduled to fight Jonathan Rodriguez Nov. 2 in Carson, Calif., but Rodriguez had to withdraw on Thursday of fight week due to visa issues. Ancajas, the Filipino star who won his world title in September 2016, remained in America to prepare for Gonzalez. Ancajas last fought May 4 in Stockton, Calif., knocking out Japanese challenger Ryuichi Funai in six rounds. This will be Ancajas’ first professional bout in Mexico. Gonzalez (31-2, 8 KOs), from Santiago, Chile, has fought only once outside of his home country. He has won two in a row since dropping a WBA world title eliminator earlier this year to Australian standout Andrew Moloney.

“I am ready to defend my world title in front of the great Mexican fans,” Ancajas said. “Since my fight against Rodriguez was canceled, I’ve stayed in America to train, and I am in fantastic shape. Gonzalez is a worthy challenger and has beaten good opposition to earn this title shot.”

“This is the opportunity I’ve been waiting for,” Gonzalez said. “Ancajas is a great champion, but this is my time.”

The Thursday Throwback: UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm

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November 14th. 2015, Holly ‘The Preacher’s Daughter’ Holm not only shocks the entire mixed-martial-arts world, but alters the landscape of the women’s bantamweight division forever. In a sold out Marvel Stadium, ‘Down Under’, Holm meets undefeated Judoka, ‘Rowdy’ Ronda Rousey for all the marbles.

Rousey had fast tracked her way to mixed-martial-arts immortality in just four years. The Californian had bested each and every challenger to her 135-pound throne, in almost effortless displays. The 32-year-old had submitted Cat Zingano inside just fourteen seconds, had finished Bethe Correia and Alexis Davis with strikes, and had one of the most prominent armbars in the sport.

Simply put, by the time the Octagon rolled around to Australia, Rousey was more than a household name and one of the most recognisable figures on the globe. Along with Conor McGregor, the pair became the ‘posterboy’ and ‘postergirl’ for a new, never before seen age of mixed-martial-arts. By the time the masses exited the Docklands arena, Rousey was title-less as the mixed-martial-arts community tried to gather their thoughts. It seemed impossible, the prospect of bettering Rousey. Within the opening round, the danger of Jackson-Wink MMA product Holm was evident. Within the opening minute of the second frame, Rousey was unconscious. One of the most iconic photo’s snapped in the sport’s young history, is the image of Holm launching that massive left high kick at Rousey, who subsequently sunk into her frame.

Rousey was dominated in every sense of the word. Second to the punch on each occasion, highlighted with an infamous wild swing in the early goings of the second round. Holm ducked under a winging hook and circled away as Rousey’s composure followed her to the canvas. The downfall of Rousey is common knowledge at this stage. After an eleven month hiatus, the Riverside born Judo practitioner returned to the Octagon in an attempt to reclaim her title from Amanda Nunes. Inside sixty seconds, Rousey was once again finished with strikes.

2015 opponent Holm, has followed an similarly unfortunate fate. The bantamweight title juggled in the following year, as Holm exacted a masterclass against Miesha Tate, only to suffer a final round rear-naked choke loss. Tate then lost by rear-naked choke to Nunes, who has maintained her rank as queen of the bantamweights to the current day.

Rousey remains a household name worldwide, carrying a great deal of mixed-martial-arts viewers to World Wrestling Entertainment in the years since. Rocky form has dominated the recent times of Holm’s career. The former boxing champion was scheduled to meet Raquel Pennington at UFC 243 recently, with an injury forcing her from the contest. The Albuquerque based kickboxer has challenged for Octagon gold three times since, losing one-sided displays to Cris Cyborg and the aforementioned Nunes most recently. Holm also featured in the inaugural featherweight title showing, opposite Dutch striker Germaine de Randamie in an hugely controversial and debated bout.

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Darren Till Issues UFC London Call Out To Robert Whittaker

Liverpudlian striking ace, Darren ‘The Gorilla’ Till has already made a huge impact on the ranks at 185-pounds, despite only joining the his peers at middleweight, two-weeks ago. The Muay Thai practitioner returned to the win column at UFC 244 via a unanimous decision win over Kelvin Gastelum, and the #5 ranked contender, has his eyes firmly set on a matchup with former division best, Robert ‘The Reaper’ Whittaker.

Till, who challenged Tyron Woodley unsuccessfully for the welterweight championship last year, was then finished by Jorge Masvidal in London earlier this year, has his sights fixed on a title siege a division higher. Taking to his official Twitter account on Thursday evening, Till, who has already challenged Cuban freestyle-wrestler, Yoel Romero to a meeting, issued a come and get it plea to former champion Whittaker. @darrentill2 – “Let’s fight at @UFC London then @robwhittakermma? #YouAreNotReady

Three hours after the initial offering, Till returned after posting two GIFs relating to perennial middleweight contender Romero. The promotion are expected to return to London in the opening quarter of next year, with Till eager to feature in the headlining spot once more, or even sooner if Whittaker can accomodate. @darrentill2 – “I’m ready to fight now to be honest. F**k injuries, f**k time off, f**k it all. When are you ready @robwhittakerma. Need to know basis…

Australian technician Whittaker, suffered his first defeat at middleweight at UFC 243 recently, as he dropped the middleweight championship to Israel ‘The Last Stylebender’ via a second round knockout. Adesanya has spoke of his intentions to face the previously mentioned Romero in his first title defence, as the middleweight division continues to heat up, particularly with the rise of Jared ‘The Killa Gorilla’ Cannonier and now, the addition of Till.

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