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Stipe Miocic wants Fury more than DC trilogy fight
UFC heavyweight champion wants to fight Tyson Fury in a boxing match, even more so than a trilogy bout with Daniel Cormier.
The Ohio-native regained his heavyweight crown in August when he stopped DC in a rematch of their 2018 classic.
Given both men are veterans of the game and the division is rather sparse in terms of top contenders, one final trilogy fight seemed to make perfect sense.
However, Miocic appears to be on board to face Fury in the ring or in the octagon.
“Tyson Fury is coming in the mix now, I hear,” Stipe Miocic said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show. “I like a new challenge.”
“I’d love to box him. He’s a great fighter. He’s a good dude, and I think we’d put on a good show.
“With DC, I didn’t fluke knock him out, I beat him. I decisively beat him. The first fight DC caught me with a punch in the first round. But [the] second fight I won. I didn’t get lucky. Right now, [a Cormier fight] doesn’t really intrigue me. More with the Tyson Fury, I like that.”
Bisping claims MMA has surpassed boxing in America
Michael Bisping believes UFC 244 showed the world MMA has surpassed boxing in the USA.
Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Sergey Kovalev were forced to wait for almost two hours so fans in Las Vegas’ MGM Grand could watch the main event at Madison Square Garden.
Jorge Masvidal produced a composed and convincing performance against Nate Diaz to lift the inaugural BMF title in New York.
Despite being one of the highest-paid sports stars in history, Canelo still managed to take a back seat and could be seen pacing his dressing room awaiting the result from UFC 244.
And given how the UFC matchmakers are continually delivering sensational fights for fans across the globe, the former middleweight champion told talkSPORT there is a considerable shift from fight fans from the squared circle to the octagon.
“Well I think in the States it has surpassed boxing,” Bisping said. “Now, I’m a massive boxing fan, so I don’t look at it as ‘UFC vs Boxing’ or anything like that.
“But listen, in the States it has surpassed boxing, it has. That’s a fact. You don’t live there, so you don’t see it.
“It has surpassed boxing, that’s why it did that, that’s why [the MGM] waited for [MSG to finish].
“Because they want the viewers and they know they are all watching that.”
Adesanya incredible rant at Jon Jones – ‘shut the f*** up’
The rivalry between Israel Adesanya and Jon Jones is threatening to boil over into one of the most heated in the fight game after the latest verbal spars.
Despite not even being in the same weight class, Jones has taken to Twitter to offer a series of patronising comments to ‘The Last Stylebender’.
But Adesanya, who stopped Robert Whittaker last month to be crowned undisputed middleweight champion, insists he will not be pressured into moving up to light-heavyweight to face ‘Bones’ just yet.
“He will face me eventually, but I’m going to respect the game,” Adesanya said, per BJPenn.com. “I’m going to do what got me to the dance which is honour the game and defend my belt.
“I mean, he didn’t jump up to heavyweight right after he won the belt.
“F***, you know? I want to do the work. If he wants to come down, come see me boy, if not shut the f*** up and wait ’til I come see you.
“I don’t care (about waiting), we’ll still fight at the end of the day. I’m not going to move too fast, because I’ve always had a plan and I never deviate from the plan. I’m going to stick to my guns.”
Khabib ‘freezes’ cousin as punishment for tapping
Khabib Nurmagomedov has never lost inside the octagon and it seems as though he is not willing to forgive his cousin for doing so either.
Abubakhar was making his UFC debut, where big things were expected after he amassed a 15-2-1 record.
However, the Russian was submitted just two minutes into the contest with David Zawada in the opening round of their preliminary welterweight contest.
And Khabib clearly does not take losing well after forcing his cousin to undergo a rigorous cyrotherapy treatement after the defeat.
Shouting ‘AKA [American Kickboxing Academy] never give up’, the undisputed lightweight champion refused to let the loser leave the chamber.
Nate Diaz responds to fan who lost his rent money at UFC 244
Nate Diaz has vowed to help a fan who lost his rent money by betting on him at UFC 244.
The Stockton native was forced to retire from his BMF title fight with Jorge Masvidal after sustaining two nasty gashes over his right eye.
And while Diaz was particularly annoyed with the decision, it seems as though one fan lost big betting on the welterweight in New York.
Diaz, though, has vowed to help the supporter get back on his feet and earned praise across social media in the process.
Replying to a post on Diaz’s Instagram account the fan said: “Nate I lost my rent money betting on you now I’m sleeping in my car till I can come up with my half.”
Diaz was quick to spot the post and suggest he will do what he can to help, sparking a slew of positive responses from his followers.
One wrote: “@natediaz209 is the goat” while another replied by telling the disappointed punter he had “bet on the right dude” followed by saying “the biggest problem you’ve got is your roommate sounds like a clown and doesn’t deserve to live with you.”
Others were quick to point out that Diaz’s behaviour was that of a champion with one saying “Nate the real BMF and another “BMF worthy.”