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Alistair Overeem still wants to fight Alexander Volkov

Alistair Overeem UFC 225 Media Day

Though Alistair Overeem is one of the most storied heavyweight fighters in mixed martial arts history, he still doesn’t feel his main event victory at UFC on ESPN+ 7 on Saturday in Saint Petersburg, Russia, should have him calling for a shot at current UFC champion Daniel Cormier.

Overeem has a record of 45-17, 1 NC and is 10-6 in the UFC, but his back-to-back victories over Sergey Pavlovich and Aleksei Oleinik aren’t enough for him just yet. He’s got plans on continuing a run at the title, but just not yet. Right now, he’s simply looking to get back in the cage in short order.

“I’m aiming for September. Fighting in September and then again later in the year. But after three wins we will start talking about the title,” Overeem said at the post fight press conference from Saint Petersburg, Russia on Saturday. “Not yet, it’s too soon.”

Overeem even has an opponent in mind, Alexander Volkov, the man he was originally supposed to have fought in Saint Petersburg instead of his longtime friend and former training partner Oleinik. 

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“Definitely, (Volkov) is a fight I would still like to have,” Overeem said in his UFC backstage interview. “I now have officially challenged him. That fight didn’t materialize tonight, but let’s go. I’m still very game for that fight.”

It’s also a fight that still makes sense for the UFC as well. While Overeem is currently ranked No. 7 in the division, Oleinik sat at No. 9. So it’s not likely that Overeem will move up the ranks. Volkov still currently sits at No. 6, so a fight between him and Overeem still makes sense to determine who will continue the climb into title contention.

Alistair Overeem’s UFC Saint Petersburg backstage interview

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Josh Burkman returns at LFA’s first trip to Utah in May

LFA CEO Ed Soares announced earlier this month that the promotion will make its first trip to Utah in May. He has now announced that a high-profile fight between two popular UFC veterans will serve as the penultimate bout of LFA 66.

The co-main event of LFA 66 will bring a welterweight showdown to the Salt Lake City metro area when Utah MMA pioneer Josh “The People’s Warrior” Burkman returns to his hometown to battle fellow UFC veteran William “Patolino” Macário.

LFA 66 – Diamond vs. Neal takes place Friday, May 10th at the Maverik Center in West Valley City, Utah. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV.

“I am excited to announce that Utah MMA pioneer and longtime UFC star Josh Burkman will return to action in the co-main event of LFA 66,” stated Soares. “Burkman made his pro debut in Utah over 16 years ago and has gone on to become one of the most successful and respected fighters in the state’s impressive combat sports history. He will face fellow UFC veteran William ‘Patolino’ Macário in the co-main event of LFA 66, which will be the first LFA event in the state of Utah.”

Burkman (28-17) is one of the longest tenured fighters in UFC welterweight history. 19 of his 45 career bouts have come inside the famed UFC Octagon and that is not including his win over Melvin Guillard on the second season of the UFC’s hit reality television show The Ultimate Fighter. Burkman will now return to his hometown on Friday, May 10th in the co-main event of LFA 66. This will be his first fight in his home state of Utah in nearly 7 years and his first fight in his hometown Salt Lake City area in more than 14 years. The man known as “The People’s Warrior” made his pro MMA debut all the way back in 2003 and is widely considered one of the most influential fighters in Utah’s long and storied MMA history.

Macário (9-4) will be the man tasked with fighting Burkman in his highly-anticipated return to Utah. The man known as “Patolino” (Daffy Duck in Brazilian-Portuguese) is 12 years younger with less than a third of the pro MMA experience than his veteran American opponent, but they still share some interesting similarities. While Burkman was a cast member on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, Patolino was a cast member on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil. Patolino picked up wins over Thiago Santos, Tiago Alves, and Viscardi Andrade on the show to reach The Finale. He would fight for the UFC four times. He then picked up a pair of wins in his native Brazil before signing with LFA last summer.

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The previously announced main event of LFA 66 will feature a high-stakes featherweight showdown when UFC veteran Tyler Diamond (9-1) squares off with top undefeated prospect Jon Neal (10-0). Diamond made his UFC debut last summer after reaching the semi-finals on the twenty-seventh season of The Ultimate Fighter. The Team Alpha Male standout will meet Utah’s top prospect in the marquee bout of LFA 66. Neal holds a flawless 10-0 record in MMA after competing against the top competition in his home state for more than a decade. The One Hit MMA product is a decorated multi-division champion who is eager to showcase his skills in front of a nationally televised audience for the first time.

LFA 66: Diamond vs. Neal Fight Card

Main Card (Televised on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT):

  • Main Event | Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
    – Tyler Diamond (9-1) vs. Jon Neal (10-0)
  • Co-Main Event | Welterweight Bout (170 lb)
    – Josh Burkman (28-17) vs. William “Patolino” Macário (9-4)
  • Featherweight Bout (145 lb)
    – Andrew Tenneson (7-1) vs. Westin Wilson (7-3)
  • Light-Heavyweight Bout (205 lb)
    – Emillio Trevino (4-0) vs. Joe Rodriguez (8-5)
  • Lightweight Bout (155 lb)
    – Bobby King (6-2) vs. Fabio Serrão (9-6)
  • Women’s Flyweight Bout (125 lb)
    – Kaytlin Neil (4-3) vs. Lisa Mauldin (2-0)
  • Bantamweight Bout (135 lb)
    – Hunter Azure (5-0) vs. L.J. Schulz (6-4)

LFA 64 Park vs. Jackson Preview: Lightweight title on tap

LFA 64 Park vs Jackson fight poster

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The main event of LFA 64 will feature a lightweight title fight between Sheriff’s Deputy Harvey “Fightbot” Park and fellow top prospect Demarques “Scrap Iron” Jackson. The top contenders were originally vying for the interim lightweight title, but the fight was elevated to undisputed status when champion Austin Hubbard was signed by the UFC.

LFA 64: Park vs. Jackson takes place Friday, April 26 at the Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. The entire main card will be televised live and nationwide on AXS TV at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT.

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“Harvey Park and Demarques Jackson will now fight for the undisputed LFA lightweight title at LFA 64,” stated promotion president Ed Soares. “They were originally going to fight for the interim lightweight title, but our champion Austin Hubbard was just signed by the UFC. We will now return to South Dakota with the undisputed LFA lightweight championship on the line.”

Jordan Williams says Bellator 220 bout with Diego Herzog will end how he wants it to

For middleweight Jordan Williams, 2018 is a year told in two halves.

Following back-to-back wins to kick off his 2018 for Dragon House and Bellator, Williams spent the second half of the year on suspension due to a positive test for marijuana following his June victory over Tim Caron at Dana White’s Contender Series.

“Last year I had my first fight coming off of a two year layoff, and in that fight before the layoff I was knocked out, so I basically spent two years trying to get back into the cage physically and mentally,” Williams told MMAWeekly.com. “(In my first fight back) I ended up knocking that guy out in the first round. (Then) I fought an undefeated fighter and knocked him out in the second round.

“Then I got a call for a five days’ notice to fight in The Contender Series, and I ended up winning that fight with a third round TKO. I ended up having a suspension from the State Athletic Commission for the use of marijuana. My suspension is up, and that’s where we are at here right now.”

Rather than sit back during his suspension, Williams continued to push himself and develop his game.

“I always had the drive to get back in there no matter what,” said Williams. “I’m always training to stay ready. Even though I had time out, I was still training pretty religiously throughout that whole time period.”

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On April 27 in San Jose, Calif., Williams (7-2) will look to kick off his 2019 in strong fashion when he faces Diego Herzog (4-2-1) in a Bellator 220 middleweight preliminary bout.

“I feel like I have better striking and better wrestling and jiu-jitsu background,” Williams said. “In a fight anything can happen, but I feel like if I wanted to force the knockout and keep it standing, I could. I feel like that could be an option for me, even if I forced it. But I can take the fight where I want it and it’s going to end how I want it to end.”

When it comes to the remainder of 2019, Williams just wants to focus on fighting and leave the rest of the rest up to the team around him.

“I like to take it fight by fight,” said Williams. “Management has already given me the heads up that if this fight goes my way they already have other fights lined up. So I just need to keep going how I’m going and get this W.”

Khabib Nurmagomedov eyes Dustin Poirier in September: How do they match up?

Khabib Nurmagomedov stern

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov talked about his countryman following UFC on ESPN+ 7 in Saint Petersburg, Russia, on Saturday, but then shifted heavily to talking about his planned upcoming fight with interim titleholder Dustin Poirier.

All signs have indicated that September is the target for the match-up and Nurmagomedov talked specifically about that being the time he expected to fight Poirier.

But how do the two match up?

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Nurmagomedov has rolled through most of his competition, including former dual-division champion Conor McGregor, and is one of the few fighters in mixed martial arts that is competing at the UFC championship level without a blemish on his record.

Poirier, however, has been transforming his skillset over the years, so is he going to be the man to beat Nurmagomedov or just another contender taking a shot at the champ?

UFC Saint Petersburg Post-fight Press Conference Video

Alistair Overeem - UFC 213

(Courtesy of UFC)

Watch the UFC Fight Night: Overeem vs Oleinik Post-fight Press Conference from Yubileyny Sports Palace in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Heavyweights Alistair Overeem and Alexey Oleinik headlined the fight card with Overeem finishing the fight in spectacular fashion.  The event marks the second time the fight promotion has held an event in Russia. 

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UFC St. Petersburg Full Live Results: Overeem vs. Oleinik (Results & Fight Stats)

UFC St Petersburg Live Results

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live stats and full results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first UFC on ESPN+ 7: Overeem vs. Oleinik bout from Saint Petersburg, Russia, is scheduled to begin on Saturday, April 20, at 10 a.m. ET / 7 a.m. PT.) UFC on ESPN+ 7: Overeem vs. Oleinik marks the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s return to Russia, but its first foray into Saint Petersburg. The heavyweights top the card with Alistair Overeem facing Aleksei Oleinik fighting in the main event on ESPN’s digital streaming service. Overeem and Oleinik are friends and former training partners that have no personal heat leading up to the fight. They are simply two world-class athletes looking to notch the victory and take another step toward UFC heavyweight championship contention. Though Overeem (44-17, 1NC) dropped back-to-back bouts to Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes before rebounding with knockout victory over Sergey Pavlovich, a victory over Oleinik would keep his name etched at the top of the division. Overeem has been at or near the top of the heavyweight class for the better part of two decades, but at 38 years of age, he’s not done just yet. Oleinik has flown somewhat under the radar for much of his career, but at 41, he has amassed a 57-11-1 record over his nearly 23-year career. Perhaps most impressive is the fact that he has submitted 45 of the 57 opponents he has defeated.  Overeem, however, has only been submitted one time in his career, that being a Kimura submission loss to former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum 13 years ago. Oleinik has also admitted that he was unable to submit Overeem when they trained together.  It’s a bout that harkens back to the days of the grappler vs. the striker, promising one of the more interesting heavyweight match-ups that we’ve seen in some time. The card also features the first UFC women’s bout in Russia, as Roxanne Modafferi squares off with Antonina Shevchenko in a flyweight contest. Check out the MMAWeekly.com Rumors page for more scheduled events and rumored fight cards.

UFC St. Petersburg Full Live Results: Overeem vs. Oleinik

UFC on ESPN+ 8: Jacare vs. Hermansson Fight Card and Event Information

UFC on ESPN

UFC on ESPN+ 8: Jacare vs. Hermansson
Date: April 27, 2019
Venue: BB&T Center
Location: Sunrise, Florida

 

UFC on ESPN+ 8 Fight Card

Main Card (9 p.m. ET on ESPN+)

  • Jacare Souza vs. Jack Hermansson
  • Greg Hardy vs. Dmitirii Smoliakov
  • Alex Oliveira vs. Mike Perry
  • Glover Teixeira vs. Ion Cutelaba
  • John Lineker vs. Cory Sandhagen
  • Roosevelt Roberts vs. Thomas Gifford

Prelims (7 p.m. ET on ESPN) 

  • Ben Saunders vs. Takashi Sato
  • Andrei Arlovski vs. Augusto Sakai

Early Prelims (5:30 p.m. ET on ESPN+) 

  • Jim Miller vs. Jason Gonzalez
  • Jodie Esquibel vs. Angela Hill
  • Court McGee vs. Dhiego Lima

UFC St. Petersburg Prelim Highlights: fight card opens with a flurry of finishes

UFC St Petersburg prelim fight highlights

Movsar Evloev def. Seung Woo Choi by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-26)

Sultan Aliev def. Keita Nakamura by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Alexander Yakovlev def. Alex da Silva by submission (guillotine) at 3:10, R2

Shamil Abdurakhimov def. Marcin Tybura by TKO at 3:15, R2

 

Michał Oleksiejczuk def. Gadzhimurad Antigulov by KO at 0:44, R1

Magomed Mustafaev def. Rafael Fiziev by TKO at 1:26, R1

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Check out the highlights from the UFC on ESPN+ 7: Overeem vs. Oleinik preliminary bouts in St. Petersburg, Russia. The fight card started off with a flurry of excitement, as the first four bouts all ended in finishes.

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Following UFC on ESPN+ 7 in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Ultimate Fighting Championship heads to Sunrise, Florida, for UFC on ESPN+ 8. The event is highlighted by a middleweight showdown between top contenders Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Jack Hermansson on Saturday, April 27.

Fighters blown away by Alistair Overeem’s knees from the clinch

Alistair Overeem took out friend and former training partner Aleksei Oleinik with a first-round finish at UFC on ESPN+ 7 on Saturday in St. Petersburg, Russia. True to form, The Demolition Man landed a brutal series of knees from the clinch and finished Oleinik with some heavy punches on the ground.

Overeem’s brutal finish had his fellow fighters lighting up Twitter.

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