MMA Round Up 11/21/20
Jones and DC reignite the fumes
In life, there are three things certain: Death, taxes, and Jon Jones and DC still hating each other. The two rivals in the MMA world were going back and forward on twitter too much of our MMA fans delight. The cause of this was Jones being once again passive-aggressive on Twitter.
The above tweet isn’t the tweet mentioned but it is because Jones loves to tweet and delete. DC and Jones have each other block but it is hilarious as they respond to one another knowing what each other say. DC has brought up the two drug tests Jones failed both leading up to their rematch, and during their rematch.
Jones keeps bringing up the fact how steroids don’t make you a better fighter. Jones is not winning this debate but it provides humor and entertainment value as MMA fans rejoice in a possibility of a third fight at Heavyweight.
Now Daniel Cormier has stated he is retired. Though a money fight with Jones especially at Heavyweight could convince the former champ- champ to train once again. The first time these men fought it was one-sided domination by Jon Jones who tested positive for having cocaine in his system that weekend.
This caused DC to always call Jon Jones a junkie loser when the two met. The second time that fight was close with many giving Round 1 to the defending champ Cormier. However, a head kick in the third round was the end of Cormier and Jones regained his title. Cormier brings up the lack of failures as Jones trying to cheat against him.
Fans hope with enough fuel still left in the fire we can get a third fight. MMA is like pro-wrestling a fighter is never really done.
Tony Ferguson gets Charles Oliveira
Tony Ferguson wanted to fight one more time before 2020 wrapped up. Newest UFC signee Michael Chandler deemed Ferguson called him out too late for him to accept the fight. Instead Ferguson draws the hand of Charles Oliveira.
Charles Oliveira is not the biggest name in the world but when it comes to UFC records the man has a bunch of them. Oliveira has the most submission wins in UFC history with 14, and is tied with the most finishes in UFC history with 16. He holds the record with the most performance bonuses in UFC history at 10.
Oliveira’s career has been an interesting one as he came to the UFC as a highly touted 14-0 prospect. Oliveira was a jiu-jitsu ace as he wowed people with his submission game. However, Oliveira could never capitalize on his hot stretches. Oliveira also made the mistake of moving down to 145. That mistake cost him good graces with the UFC brass missing weight four times while being at 145. Oliveira than in his biggest fight against Max Holloway just didn’t look like himself and when he pulled Holloway into the guard and hurt his neck. Luckily only a minor injury. After his loss to Ricardo Lamas which is one of the four missing weight Oliveira was told by UFC brass no more 145 and you have to fight at 155.
Oliveira since returning to lightweight has established an 8-1 record and is currently on a seven fight win streak. Oliveira was putting on phenomenal performances. The brass of UFC though still didn’t want to give Charles a top guy because of his weight issues. Oliveira gets a big opponent in Ferguson and this one might be another performance of the night for Charles Oliveira.
UFC 255 Quick Hits
Tonight is UFC 255. Many fans aren’t too excited about this card has some fun fights let’s do a quick preview.
Prelim fights to watch
Joaquin Buckley vs Jordan Wrightoaquin Buckley, T
That clip alone should be a reason to watch this fight. Oh yeah it is free too on ESPN even better.
Brandon Moreno vs Brandon Royval.
Kind of odd this isn’t on the main card. Moreno is one fight away from a title shot. Though Brandon Royval is a fun fighter and is looking to make it 3-0 in 2020 against Moreno.
The Co-Main event
Valentina Shevchenko vs Jennifer Maia
The dominate Shevchenko is facing Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace Jennifer Maia. Kind of odd Maia got the shot here coming off only a one fight win streak but that just shows how Shevchenko has cleaned out her division. Cynthia Calvillo who is fighting on the undercard will most likely get the winner of this or Valentina may fight former 115 pound champion Jessica Andrade. Either way I don’t see how Valentina loses. I think Maia’s skills on the ground and being a bigger 125 is a reason why she got this shot. She is the only one physically and with good technique that could pull off an upset. Though Valentina has been working on her takedown defense and I think she will be ready and still reign supreme at 125.
The Main Event
Deiveson Figueiredo vs Alex Perez
Figueiredo is the heavy favorite going into tonight. Perez is a nice kid and one that the UFC was definitely giving a bump due to the fact he fought on the contender series but Figueiredo is just on another level right now. Perez is no slouch but Figueiredo is so confident with his striking and his abilities on the ground it is hard to see Perez winning. Well, if Perez is able to get his gameplan with his leg kicks just maybe but Figuieredo is smart and will see if he will remain still the UFC flyweight champion.