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Mason Jones Aims For Two In A Row at UFC London | FIGHT PREVIEW

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Just a week out from UFC London on July 23rd, the card has received an unexpected yet exciting upgrade in the form of a bout which has fight of the night written all over it. In light of Ignacio Bahamondes pulling out of his UFC 277 bout with Ludovit Klein, the UFC have given the Slovakian a fight the weekend prior, where he will take on Welsh lightweight standout Mason Jones.

Klein began his UFC career with an incredible finish over Shane Young on fight Island back in september of 2020. Prior to his arrival in the UFC, it was known that striking was quite clearly his strength, with a plethora of highlight reel knockouts on the European MMA scene.

Ludovit Klein. Image Credit: UFC

Most notable of his techniques is that patented left high kick, very much a staple of his game, a tool he tends to build off and set up with his fast boxing combinations. 4 fights Into his UFC career he sits at a record of 2-2, dropping two in a row after his debut win, a unanimous decision to Mike Trizano and a round 3 submission to Nate Landwehr, most recently getting back on track in March, moving up to lightweight and securing a split decision victory over Devonte Smith.

Despite the change of opponent, a victory over one of the UK’s finest at lightweight, in London, would speak volumes to his ability and composure, especially a finish, something which Mason is yet to experience and Klein is an expert at dishing out.

Mason Jones vs Mike Davis. Image Credit: UFC

Mason Jones came into the UFC with a huge amount of hype behind him from UK fans. Arriving with an undefeated record, a reassuring air of confidence and two Cage Warriors world titles to his name. His UFC debut came in January of last year, also on fight Island, where he fought Mike Davis.

The pair slugged it out for 3 rounds in a fight of the night effort. Although Mason suffered his first professional defeat, he wasn’t without his moments and displayed ridiculous toughness and endurance that we’ve come to expect of him. His second outing came in June against Alan Patrick, a fight he dominated from beginning to end, verging on a finish before an accidental eye poke on the Brazilian ended the contest.

His most recent outing came in October of last year against a debuting David Onama. In another great fight, Jones gave the Ugandan his first career loss via unanimous decision in a tough back and fourth affair. A victory that has aged very well, with Onama going back down to his natural weight of 145lbs and subsequently scoring two impressive finishes.

On paper, this fight is set to be a striking war. Ludovit will look to strike from range with those quick straight shots and that clubbing head kick, while Mason Jones will look to employ that pressure boxing approach which breeds action.

Jones is seemingly the more well rounded of the two, a former top 5 national judoka, pro boxer and with 21 years of kickboxing experience. Despite the judo chops, it’s clear to see he favours the striking exchanges. I expect him to March forward and take the fight to Klein, like he did to Davis and Patrick. He has great cardio and a granite chin, both aiding him in that pressure boxing style. Getting in close will nullify the threat of Kleins kicks and force grappling or boxing exchanges which is exactly what Jones wants.

On the other side, I’m sure Klein’s’ fast hands will make for some very fun exchanges, it’s just a question of whether he can match the Welshman’s pace for 3 rounds.

This fight has all the ingredients of a striking war and I can not wait. Be sure to tune in on July 23rd for what is primed to be an incredible night of fights and be sure to let us know your predictions!

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov OUT, Dilano Taylor & Juan Adams IN | PFL 8

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Magomed Umalatov & Denis Golstov have unfortunately been ruled out of their PFL semi-final playoff this weekend against Rory MacDonald & Matheus Scheffel as they were unable to secure a visa to enter the United Kingdom. The news was announced by PFL just moments ago.

Magomed Umalatov will now be replaced by welterweight alternate Dilano Taylor, whilst Golstov will now be replaced by former UFC heavyweight Juan Adams.

PFL 8 will take place at Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena this Saturday, August 13th. You can find the updated fight card for the event below.

PFL 8 Full Card

Post Main Card European Qualifiers:

Will Fleury vs Anthony Salamone

Nathan Kelly vs Ben Ellis

Vojto Barborík vs Maxim Radu

Francesco Nuzzi vs Moktar Benkaci

Main card

Dilano Taylor vs Magomed Umalatov

Ante Delija vs Renan Ferreira

Juan Adams vs Matheus Scheffel

Sadibou Sy vs Carlos Leal

Preliminary Card

Josh O’Connor vs Emran Sakhizaada

Mohammad Fakhreddine vs Marcin Wójcik

Chris Mixan vs Christian Stigenberg

Szymon Bajor vs Hatef Moeil

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PFL Offers To Host Kayla Harrison vs Cris Cyborg

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After both women were featured on yesterday’s episode of the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani, Kayla Harrison and Cris Cyborg now have a serious offer on the table for their super fight. The founder and co-owner of the PFL Donn Davis tweeted saying that the PFL will host the fight and “handle all matters”. Offering up $1 million for each fighter’s purse and a $2 million winners bonus, the fight now has some serious money behind it.

Whilst on the MMA Hour, both women had something to say about the fight, Kayla Harrison actually called into the show when it was about to end to tell her side of the story. She said that the last she heard from the PFL was that Cyborg was a free agent and they had reached out. Harrison also said that she would be happy to negotiate on behalf of Cyborg to get her whatever she wants, whether the fight is winner takes all or not, whether Harrison has to go through a full USADA drug testing program etc. Her only request was that they allow elbows so she can “put one through her skull”.

Cyborg, on the other hand, said that if the PFL wants to make the fight happen, they should contact Scott Coker and Bellator to make the fight a co-promotion. Despite now being a free agent, Cyborg referred to the fact that she loves working with them and considers Coker to be family and would want them to be involved. Whilst co-promotion isn’t out of the question as it’s something Bellator have done before, it does make the deal more complicated.

Also on the MMA Hour, Cyborg announced that she will be making her professional debut in boxing on September 25th. She will face Simone Silva in Curitiba, Brazil and signed her contract live on air. Harrison’s next outing in the PFL comes in less than two weeks when she faces Martina Jindrová on the 20th August at PFL 9 in London as one half of the semi-finals.

Is this a super-fight you’d like to see made in the near future? Let us know your thoughts on the situation in the comments.

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Jesse Arnett vs Ali AlQaisi 2 | The Biggest Rematch in UAE Warriors History is Official!

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The biggest rematch in UAE Warriors history is confirmed as Jesse Arnett (20-8) is set to defend his UAE Warriors featherweight title against rival Ali AlQaisi (12-6) in the main event of ‘UAE Warriors 33’ on Saturday, September 17 live from the Etihad Arena on Yas Island in Abu Dhabi, UAE.

Arnett won the title from AlQaisi in an exciting and heated affair at ‘UAE Warriors 30’ this past July ending ‘The Royal Fighter’s’ triple championship reign. The bout was ended via doctor stoppage due to a cut sustained by AlQaisi in the second round. Emotions ran high and tempers flared in the aftermath, however officials quickly handled the situation and both fighters immediately agreed to a rematch.

Will Arnett retain and establish himself as the UAE Warriors featherweight champion or can AlQaisi regain his status as triple champion!? The score will officially be settled on September 17, live around the world on UFC Fight Pass.

If that wasn’t enough excitement, we will see the anticipated return of the Africa series as ‘UAE Warriors 32: Africa’ takes place the night prior on Friday, September 16.

History will be made as Kevin Oumar (8-3) and Emilio Quissua (3-0) compete become the first ever UAE Warriors Africa light heavyweight champion.

Hailing from Comoros, Oumar is based out of France where has become both a sanda and kickboxing champion. The 29-year-old is on a five-fight win-streak which includes an impressive submission win over the previously undefeated Mohamed Amine in his last fight in UAE Warriors this past March.

Oumar will once again need to be on top of his game as he faces Angola’s Emilio Quissua. A former kickboxer himself, Quissua trains out of the renowned Planet Eater gym in Germany and has won all three of his professional MMA bouts since making his debut just over a year ago.

Stay tuned for more fight announcements.

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