Jorge Masvidal seriously wants to fight Conor McGregor and box Floyd Mayweather in 2020

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Jorge Masvidal is nearing two decades as a professional fighter and he’s ready to get paid like one of that top athletes in the world. 

Though Masvidal has been fighting professionally since 2003, it’s only in the last year that he has ascended to the upper reaches of mixed martial arts. 

A blistering 2019 saw Masvidal knock out Darren Till, record the fastest knockout in UFC history (his five-second knockout of Ben Askren), and capped it with a UFC 244 Pay-Per-View topping stoppage of Nate Diaz at Madison Square Garden.

Now he’s aiming for even bigger fights, but not the traditional ones. While his resume would surely put him in line for a shot at the winner of the upcoming UFC 245 welterweight championship main event between titleholder Kamaru Usman and challenger Colby Covington, Masvidal hasn’t appeared all that interested in either fighter.

Laying out his plans for 2020, Masvidal glossed over Usman vs. Covington, telling TMZ Sports that his ideal plan for the coming year includes a UFC fight with Conor McGregor and a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, who said he has plans to come out of retirement.

The last time Mayweather came out of retirement was to box McGregor. The Irishman reportedly garnered roughly $100 million for that endeavor. Though Masvidal simply loves to bring the violence to his fight, he’s also at a point in his career when he realizes the need to make hay while the sun is shining.

Masvidal’s star power is still rising and he intends to take full advantage.

“It’s time for me to get paid and I’m gonna get paid motherf—ers,” he proclaimed. “I’ve been doing this for a long time and I’m getting paid, whether it’s boxing, it’s MMA. The next one is gonna be the next biggest check and so on.”


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Jorge Masvidal believes he can beat Floyd Mayweather

While McGregor primarily represents a payday to him, Masvidal assures everyone that he isn’t simply an MMA guy that thinks he can box and collect a check by facing Mayweather. He’s been boxing for a long time and believes he has the skill to hang with Mayweather.

“One of my first loves was boxing. And then I fell in love with wrestling. And then UFC came about,” he recounted. “I can box my ass off. I’m not saying I’m a better boxer than Mayweather, but man, I’m gonna be in there with bad intentions trying to hurt him. I’m not gonna fade in the eighth or ninth round. I’m gonna be there for the whole night.

“Mayweather has done so much, I can never discredit that guy. If he wants to fight someone who is gonna come give it his all, try to execute him and get him out of it, that’s the only thing I’m trying to do is turn his lights off… that’s me man.”

Tito Ortiz rolls over Alberto ‘El Patron’ Rodriguez in Combate Americas first pay-per-view

Tito Ortiz wins Combate Americas debut - Donald Trump skull shirt

It didn’t take long for Tito Ortiz to take out famed wrestler Alberto “El Patron” Rodriguez at Combate Americas: Tito vs. Alberto on Saturday in Hidalgo, Texas. 

Ortiz finished Rodriguez in little more than three minutes of the first round of the main event, as he continues to prove that age is just a number.

Even after he finally avenged himself of two UFC losses to Chuck Liddell late last year, Ortiz hadn’t known that he would or wouldn’t ever fight again. But when Combate Americas came calling, they hit all the right buttons for the 44-year-old UFC Hall of Famer, who is physically the best he’s been in years after finally correcting several medical issues that plagued the latter half of his career.

“From 2003 to 2014, 2015, I’ve always had injuries. Now I don’t have injuries. They’re gone. My surgeon has taken care of me. I’m the Six Million Dollar Man – I’ve been rebuilt, and I’m able to push myself in training like I never have before,” Ortiz told MMAWeekly.com ahead of the bout.

Taking Liddell out inside of a single round, Ortiz’s confidence was at an all-time high heading into the bout with El Patron, who is only two years younger than Ortiz but with much less mixed martial arts experience.

Ortiz has fought professionally for more than 20 years, while El Patron fought to a 9-5 record in the 2000s. He is much more well known for his professional wrestling career, where he was a multiple time WWE champion.

Ortiz’s wealth of experience was evident from the opening moments of the fight. The two exchanged a couple of punches before El Patron took Ortiz to the canvas, but the former UFC champion immediately scrambled to side control and never looked back.

Though El Patron escaped to his feet a couple of times, Ortiz continually put him right back on the mat, all the while punching relentlessly. 

El Patron kept trying to find a way out, but Ortiz eventually took his back and sank a rear-naked choke that forced him to tap out. 

After three minutes and 10 seconds, Ortiz had won the fight. Less than a minute later, he had performed his gravedigger routine and ignited the Texas crowd.

Adorned in Trump 2020 gear – from his fight shorts to his post-fight shirt – Ortiz said little about US President Donald Trump in the cage, but said a few inspiring words and promised at least one more bout under the Combate Americas banner.

“I came from nothing. As a kid, I was in gangs. Wrestling saved my life,” Ortiz proclaimed.

“I got another fight with Combate. But who knows, I might do a couple more.”

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Melissa Martinez defeats Desiree Yanez to become strawweight champion

Martinez did well in the first round lighting Yanez up with her more accurate striking, but Yanez turned the tables in round two. She put Martinez on her back and kept her there for a large portion of the round, dropping punches and elbows to her face.

Yanez again tried to put Martinez on the canvas in round three, but got caught in a guillotine that Martinez used to put Yanez on the defensive on the canvas. Yanez regained her feet, but again got caught in a guillotine. Yanez slipped her head out with just seconds to go, but ate a couple of strikes as they separated.

In the end, the judges at cageside ruled the fight a split decision. Two judges scored the fight 29-28 in Martinez’s favor, the other 29-27 for Yanez. With the decision falling to her, Martinez became the first Combate Americas women’s strawweight champion.

Combate Americas: Tito Ortiz vs. Alberto El Patron

Main Card

  • Tito Ortiz def. Alberto “El Patron” Rodriguez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:10, R1
  • Melissa Martinez def. Desiree Yanez via split decision (27-29, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Levy Marroquin def. Enrique Gonzalez via submission (guillotine choke) at 4:53, R1
  • Dani Barez def. Joao Camilo via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
  • Gaston Reyno def. Rey Trujillo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Dulce Garcia def. Anali Lopez Hernandez via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:47, R1

Preliminary Card

  • Jose Flores def. Clarence Brown via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:16, R1
  • Victor Martinez def. Luis Luna via TKO (strikes) at 1:39, R1
  • Elias Urbina def. Mike Tovar via knockout (kick) at 3:14, R1
  • Edmilson Freitas vs. Raymond Banda ruled a majority draw (29-27, 28-28, 28-28)

Jairzinho Rozenstruik scores come from behind knockout against Alistair Overeem in UFC on ESPN 7 main event

For the second time, the UFC Octagon was in the nation’s capital on Saturday with Washington D.C. playing host to UFC on ESPN 7 at Capital One Arena. Heavyweights Alstair Overeem and Jairzinho Rozenstruik headlined the 12-bout fight card in a night filled with finishes. 

Overeem and Rozenstruik are strikers by trade with extensive kickboxing backgrounds.  On paper, the matchup leaned heavily toward the fight being a standup battle but that’s not what happened.  Overeem entered the bout on a two-fight win streak and nearly put together the perfect game plan against the undefeated Rozenstruik.  UFC DC - Overeem vs Rozenstruik weigh-in faceoff

Overeem kept his hands high as he inched forward.  His left hand landed early and often, but “The Demolition Man” wanted to get the fight to the ground.  He secured a takedown in the opening round and controlled Rozenstruik while delivering short punches and elbows. 

In the second round, Overeem utilized the clinch to nullify Rozenstruik’s offense.  On the outside, he continued to land his left hand.  Overeem kept the strategy up in the third round.  He secured a takedown in the later portion of the frame and delivered some heavy shots. 

Rozenstruik picked up the pace in the fourth round.  He unleashed flurries and had Overeem covering up against the fence.  Overeem’s defense held up but Rozenstruik inflicted damage. 

The pace slowed in the final round with both fighters visibly fatigued.  Overeem was unable to secure takedowns and and his output diminished.  Rozenstruik was behind on the scorecards with the judges having Overeem winning the first four rounds.  In dramatic fashion, Rozenstruik landed a combination that sat Overeem down.  After landing the devastating right hand, Rozenstruik walked away with his hands up, but the fight hadn’t been stopped yet.  Overeem immediately got to his feet but stumbled badly along the cage and the referee stepped in with just four seconds remaining. 

“It was a really hard fight,” said Rozenstruik following the knockout win.  “I don’t need too much.  One shot.  One kill.” 

“Going deep is what we do everyday in the gym and that’s what I showed.  I showed some heart out here and knocked him out in the last round.  When you work hard you can do those things,” he added. 

Top-ten ranked strawweights Marina Rodriguez and Cynthia Calvillo met in the co-main event in a catchweight bout due to Calvillo missing weight by 4.5 pounds at Friday’s weigh-in. Rodriguez entered the fight unbeaten while Calvillo was looking to extend her winning streak.

In the first round, Rodriguez took the fight to Calvillo. She landed right hands and set the pace until Calvillo changed levels and took the fight to the ground. Rodriguez quickly made her way back to her feet and went on the attack. He landed a head kick and a knee that hurt Calvillo. Calvillo secured a takedown and mounted Rodriguez in the closing seconds of the frame.

Despite the action at the end of the first round, Rodriguez looked to be controlling the majority of the action. In the second frame, Rodriguez targeted Calvillo’s body with kicks, punches and knees. Calvillo absorbed the shots but was unable to mount an effective offense.

Calvillo secured an early takedown in the final frame and dominated the round.  She mounted Rodriguez and delivered an onslaught of punches.  After absorbing dozens of punches, Rodriguez scrambled to her feet with 40 seconds remaining and went on the offensive.  The fight went the distance and the judges scored the fight a majority draw. 

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In women’s bantamweight action, No. 5 ranked Aspen Ladd faced former Invicta FC champion and No. 7 ranked Yana Kunitskaya. Ladd was looked to rebound from her first career loss to Germaine de Randamie in her last outing while Kunitskaya hoped to move into contender status.

Through the first half of the opening round, Kuniskaya controlled Ladd in the clinch position. Ladd was able to create enough space to change levels and put Kunitskaya on the canvas. After taking the Russian’s back, Ladd opened up with punches. In the final seconds of the round, Kunitskaya reversed the position.

Kunitskaya began targeting Ladd’s lead leg in the second frame. She used her jab to keep Ladd on the outside before deciding to clinch. She overpowered Ladd along the cage while delivering knees to the body. After separating, Ladd changed levels and took Kunitskaya down but was unable to inflict damage. Heading into the final round, it was anyone’s fight.

At the start of the third round, Ladd rushed in with a combination and dropped Kunitiskaya wiht a left hook. She followed Kunitskaya to the ground and delivered punches. He took Kunitskaya’s back and hammered away with left hands until the referee stopped the fight.

“I definitely could have done better, but I’m happy to be back. It feels like I’m home,” said Ladd after the TKO win. “It was a good hook, but there’s a lot more that I could do. As always, I have a lot of work to do. I’m very proud that I was able to show some of what we have worked on since the last fight.”

Jairzinho Rozenstruik calls out Francis Ngannou after Alistair Overeem knockout

Jairzinho Rozenstruik calls out Francis Ngannou

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Following his knockout of Alistair Overeem at UFC on ESPN 7 on Saturday in Washington, DC, streaking heavyweight Jairzinho Rozenstruik continued to aim at the top of the division, calling out No. 2 ranked Francis Ngannou.

It has taken some time for Rozenstruik to gain traction with UFC fans and pundits alike, but having now run his record to 10-0 should get some attention. If his spotless resume isn’t enough, check out the fact that he has knocked out 9 of his 10 opponents, including Overeem and former UFC heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski.


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Ngannou wasted little time in responding, but didn’t exactly say he wanted to fight Rozenstruik next.

“I heard you babayga. You made yourself very clear tonight. Congrats on your come back by the way.”

Bryce Mitchell earns bonus for UFC on ESPN 7 twister finish

Following Saturday’s UFC on ESPN 7 event at Capital One Arena in Washington D.C., promotion officials announced the recipients of the performance-based bonuses. Rob Font, Bryce Mitchell, Makhmud Muradov, and Ricky Simon took home the $50,000 incentives.

Fight of the Night honors went to bantamweights Font and Simon for their hard-fought battle that kicked off the main card on ESPN. Font won the action-packed fight by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) but they both walked away with some extra Christmas money.

Mitchell earned a Performance of the Night award for his first-round submission win over Matt Sayles on the preliminary fight card. Mitchell got the fight to the ground and methodically locked on a rarely seen twister. The submission finished earned him a bonus and will likely add his list to the candidates for 2019 Submission of the Year.

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Middleweight Makhmud Muradov was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus for his knockout win over Trevor Smith. Late in the final round, Muradov connected right hand during an exchange that left Smith unconscious and face-first on the canvas.

UFC on ESPN 7 took place in front of 10,816 spectators at Capital One Arena generating $932,593.20 in gate receipts. The fight card featured 12 bouts. Four fights went the distance, four bouts ended by submission, and four resulted in knockouts.

Rob Font talks about UFC DC Fight of the Night victory over Ricky Simon

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Rob Font and Ricky Simon went all three rounds to open the UFC on ESPN 7 main card on Saturday in Washington, DC. When all was said and done, Font walked away with the victory, but each of them scored a $50,000 bonus check. 

After the bout, Font talked about the win over Simon and their Fight of the Night.


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WARNING: NSFW images of Alistair Overeem’s shredded lip

Alistair Overeem NSFW - UFC on ESPN 7

It may have taken him all but the last four ticks of the clock, but that didn’t make the damage Jairzinho Rozenstruik’s knockout did to Alistair Overeem’s face any less brutal.

Losing the fight on all of the scorecards heading into the final frame, Rozenstruik landed the knockout blow at the 4:56 mark of the fifth round.

It was one of the latest finishes in UFC history, but man did it do damage. The left side of Overeem’s upper lip was busted wide open. There was no word yet at the time of publication as to how many stitches (other than lots of them!!!) that Overeem would need or if he might also have to add plastic surgery into the repair process.

Overeem did post on Twitter that he was being stitched up and to vent about a bit of an early stoppage…

The UFC, ESPN, and even UFC head honcho Dana White started blasting graphic, not safe for work images of the damage shortly after the fight:

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Jairzinho Rozenstruik thinks he can knock out Francis Ngannou too

Jairzinho Rozenstruik blasts Alistair Overeem at UFC on ESPN 7

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UFC Washington Highlights: Rob Font Outlasts Ricky Simon

Rob Font vs. Ricky Simon went the distance at UFC Washington. The two fighters met in a bantamweight bout at the UFC Washington event from the Capital One Arena in Washington, D.C on Saturday night (December 7, 2019) that aired on ESPN. It was a solid back and forth fight that saw Font out work […]

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