It has been a relatively quiet week in the world of MMA news, but even so, needing to keep up with everything can be tiresome. So lets take a look back over the past week and refresh ourselves with the key talking points and stories.
UFC Branching Out
The biggest story this week came from the UFC’s announcement of their new performance institute coming to Shanghai. The brand new state-of-the-art training centre will be built in China in an attempt to boost the promotion of Mixed Martial Arts in the region, as well as to cultivate local talent. The $13 million Performance Institute is set to be three times the size of the original PI in Las Vegas upon completion, spanning over 93,000 square feet.
The Shanghai Performance Institute will offer scholarship-like positions to the most promising MMA talent in the area, allowing the fighters to improve on all areas of their game with the wide range of facilities that will be made available to them. The building will also serve as a base of operations for the UFC in Asia, having the necessary technologies to create original programming and even host full-blown UFC events.
John Kavanagh on McGregor Challenger
Head coach of Straight Blast Gym: Ireland and long time friend and mentor to “The Notorious” Conor McGregor, John Kavanagh, made an appearance on the True Geordie podcast earlier this week. Kavanagh spoke about many things, UFC 229, encountering Khabib and his father at another MMA event, among other topics. However, a particularly interesting moment was when Kavanagh detailed a mysterious email he received a few days ago.
Kavanagh revealed that earlier in the week, he received an email from a Chinese Kickboxer, who remains unknown at this point in time, challenging the former two-division UFC & Cage Warriors champion to a kickboxing exhibition match, with $5 million at stake. Kavanagh said he receives countless emails and messages from hopefuls looking to challenge McGregor, but understandably shrugs most of them off and pays little attention. But this time, he said, the challenge was sent from a well known kickboxing promoter who Kavanagh knows well, so he believes the challenge was legitimate. At this point, it seems that Kavanagh and his team have politely declined the offer.
Disgusting Attack on UFC Fighter
In the early hours of Monday morning, UFC flyweight prospect Rachael Ostovich was rushed to the hospital following a violent attack. At the time, it was revealed that the attack was carried out by someone close to her, but in the days that followed, more details have come out regarding the incident. Ostovich has claimed the beating came from her husband, Titan FC Bantamweight Arnold Berdon.
In a petition made by Ostovic to get a restraining order, the UFC Flyweight said: “After a night out with family, he punched me repeatedly on the head, face, ribs, making me fall to the ground. I gasped for breath and escaped through the balcony. I coughed up blood, threw up several times. Cracked orbital.”
At this time Berdon has yet to be officially charged, but is in the custody of the Honolulu Police Department on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder.
Shoeyvasa Takes On Cigano
Rising star in the UFC’s heavyweight division, Tai Tuivasa, will headline UFC Fight Night 142 on December 2nd, at the Adelaide Entertainment Center, Adelaide, Australia. Coming off a unanimous decision win against Andrei “Pitbull” Arlovksi at UFC 225, Tuivasa will take on Junior Dos Santos in his toughest contest to date.
The two have been trading verbal jabs in the lead up to the fight, with Junior Dos Santos criticising “Bam Bam” Tuivasa for being introduced by Bruce Buffer as a street fighter. JDS had an issue with the “street fighter” label, as it is not a martial art, saying: “In his last fight, with Arlovski, when Bruce Buffer was introducing him, he said he represents street fighting. I was watching the fight last night, and saw that and was like, ‘What?! That’s not even a martial art. I thought I was fighting against a martial artist, but that’s not the case. I want to know more about this, and one day I’ll ask him. To represent street fighting, that’s just stupid. Who fights in the streets? It’s not even fair. That’s a coward. Street fighting is not a martial art – it doesn’t exist. How can someone represent street fighting – that’s bullsh*t.”
Tuivasa fired back at “Cigano” Junior Dos Santos, in an interview with Sporting News, the same website who had spoke to JDS. Tuivasa believed Dos Santos was out of order calling him a coward, saying:
“I was giving him credit for being a great, but he can go f*ck himself now. Just because of what Bruce Buffer said? As if I’m gonna say I’m a black belt or something. Calling someone a coward is a bit shallow from a steroid injecting little muppet like that.”
- Santiago Ponzinibbio rewarded with key to the city of La Plata after knockout win at UFC Argentina.
- Fabricio Werdum to compete in combat Jiu Jitsu contest against Gordon Ryan.
- Alex Volkanovski vs Chad Mendes official for UFC 232.
- Overeem claims he had to Google upcoming opponent, Sergei Pavlovich.