UFC 244 Masvidal vs. Diaz promo: Who is the BMF?

UFC 244 Masvidal vs Diaz fight poster

(Courtesy of UFC) Two of the truest fighters in mixed martial arts will meet in “The World’s Most Famous Arena” on November 2, as Nate Diaz faces Jorge Masvidal in the five-round main event of UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The build-up between the two has been so intense that UFC president Dana White has decided to award the winner an actual BMF belt. What is a BMF belt?
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After Diaz defeated Anthony Pettis, he declared himself the Baddest Motherf—er in MMA and challenged Masvidal to throw down. And just like that, the fictional BMF championship and belt were willed into existence.

UFC 244 Jorge Masvidal vs. Nate Diaz first face-off

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Watch Chris Weidman knock Anderson Silva off his pedestal (UFC Boston free fight)

Chris Weidman knocks out Anderson Silva - UFC 162

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Chris Weidman shocked the mixed martial arts world when he became the man to upset long reigning UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva when they threw down in the UFC 162 main event on July 6, 2013. Not only did Weidman win, he laid Silva out on the canvas.

Weidman moves up to light heavyweight on Saturday at UFC on ESPN 6 in Boston, where he will square off with one of the division’s top contenders in Dominick Reyes. Before their main event, watch the full fight where Weidman become the first man to knock out Silva.

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Tune in to MMAWeekly.com on Friday, Oct. 18 for full UFC on ESPN 6: Reyes vs. Weidman live results from Boston, Mass. Former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman moves up to light heavyweight, where his welcoming committee is highly regarded contender Dominick Reyes.

Cain Velasquez issues farewell message to UFC, embarks on WWE journey

Cain Velasquez

Cain Velasquez’s rise to the top of the mixed martial arts world was meteoric. In less than three years, he went from Octagon newbie to UFC heavyweight champion.

The man he defeated to become champion? Brock Lesnar. 

Fast forward several years and the two are now set for a rematch, albeit under vastly different circumstances. Following a few injury-plagued years in the cage, Velasquez has opted to join Lesnar in the WWE sphere.

WWE officials last Friday made Velasquez’s signing official, announcing that he would face WWE champion Brock Lesnar at the pro wrestling promotion’s Crown Jewel event on Oct. 31 in Saudi Arabia. 

When the two met in the Octagon, it took Velasquez little more than four minutes to pound out Lesnar to capture UFC gold. Lesnar will now get the opportunity to even the score in a world in which he is vastly more experienced than Velasquez.

Over the course of 13 years, Velasquez amassed a 14-3 record in mixed martial arts, which included two stints as the UFC heavyweight champion.

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With the WWE match-up becoming official, Velasquez on Monday issued a farewell statement to UFC officials and fans, as he embarks on his WWE journey.

“To the UFC, my family, friends, and all the fans, thank you for the past 11 years. Thank you to all my coaches, teammates and agents. I am so blessed to have been able to have a career doing something I absolutely love. I knew from the time I was a junior in college I wanted to be a fighter and after graduating from college, I set off on my journey of becoming a fighter with the goal of being UFC Heavyweight champion. There are few people in this world that can say they have achieved what I have, and I am forever grateful for the opportunities and position I held being a part of the UFC. With my official retirement from the UFC, it’s time for the next chapter.

“A year ago, when I went to my first WWE show, I fell back in love with a sport that I had watched and participated in since I was a child. From that moment, I have been doing a crash course on all things that relate to pro wrestling. I’ve been training at different gyms, going to shows and watching more matches (than) I would like to admit, but I can honestly say I eat, sleep and breathe wrestling now. The contract is signed and I’m on my way to my next goal which is Universal Champion.

“WWE Universe, thank you for welcoming me with open arms.”

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants Kamaru Usman to beat Colby Covington’s ass (video)

Joanna Jedrzejczyk with Polish flag

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Former UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk typically isn’t one to talk out against a teammate, but she decided to make an exception for American Top Team stablemate Colby Covington.

Covington is gearing up to challenge UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 in Las Vegas, but don’t count Jedrzejczyk as a supporter. In fact, she stated during Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show on Monday, “I hope that Usman will beat his ass.” Later adding, “He’s acting like Conor McGregor.”

Jedrzejczyk specifically pointed to the disrespect she feels that Covington has shown American Top Team and some of her other teammates, such as Jorge Masvidal, who is slated to headline UFC 244 opposite Nate Diaz on Nov. 2 in New York City.

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Prior to discussing Covington, Jedrzejczyk also gave an update on the foot she believed to have broken in her UFC on ESPN+ 19 fight with Michelle Waterson over the weekend, and gave update on her expectations for a UFC strawweight title shot at current champion Weili Zhang.

Mackenzie Dern Releases Statement On UFC Tampa Loss

Mackenzie Dern suffered her first loss as a pro on Saturday at UFC Tampa at the hands of Amanda Ribas. She was also returning to the Octagon just four months after giving birth to her daughter. Following the decision loss, Dern, now 7-1, took to Instagram to release a statement on the loss. “No excuses! […]

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Ben Askren ‘Hopes’ For Jorge Masvidal Rematch

When Ben Askren retired from the sport, he said it was because he couldn’t prove he was the best in the world. Then, a rare trade happened that sent ‘Funky’ to the UFC and he had a shot to prove he was the best in the world. It started off rocky with a controversial win […]

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Aspen Ladd Appealing 16-Second Loss To Germaine de Randamie

Aspen Ladd will be appealing her 16-second loss to Germaine de Randamie. Ladd will go in front of the California State Athletic Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 15. There, she will try and get her 16-second knockout loss changed to a no-contest as she believes the fight was stopped too early by Herb Dean. Andy Foster […]

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Gastelum: I Was 60% or 70% Against Adesanya

Kelvin Gastelum will return to the Octagon in three weeks at UFC 244 against Darren Till, and he hopes to be in better condition than he was in his last Octagon outing. At UFC 236, Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum took part in a fight that many still believe is the frontrunner for fight of […]

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Dana White Says Michael Bisping Didn’t Fool Doctors With Fake Eye

UFC president Dana White says Michael Bisping didn’t pull a fast one on doctors with his prosthetic eye. Bisping turned heads during an edition of his Believe You Me podcast when he pulled out his fake eye. The UFC Hall of Famer told Joe Rogan back in late 2018 that he had a prosthetic eye, […]

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Brendan Schaub Expects Cain Velasquez To Use Steroids In WWE

Now that Cain Velasquez is off to the WWE, Brendan Schaub wouldn’t be surprised if the former UFC champion begins taking performance-enhancing drugs. Velasquez made his WWE debut on Oct. 4, confronting his former UFC foe Brock Lesnar. He then attended a press conference promoting WWE Crown Jewel. There, Velasquez told reporters that he has […]

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