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Oops, They Did It Again | Pimblett & McCann Steal The Show

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The date is March 20th, 2022. As you lazily wake from the best Saturday night’s sleep you’ve had in recent memory, having not stayed up until 5am for a UFC main event, you make yourself a coffee and reflect on the excitement of last night. You recall Molly McCann and her lethal spinning elbow, and Paddy Pimblett’s electrifying walkout and subsequent submission victory. Fast forward 4 months, and your experiencing a state of déjà vu like never before.

UFC London may not have matched the excitement of March’s edition, but when the atmosphere inside the O2 Arena was in dire need of a boost, the scousers were on hand to provide exactly that.

Up first was ‘Meatball’ Molly McCann, who emphatically dispatched Hannah Goldy in the first round. Her signature spinning elbow came out to play, and although it didn’t shut Goldy’s light out this time, a brutal left hook, right hook combination put Goldy on the canvas and Herb Dean’s intervention was inevitable. As we’ve come to expect, Molly was launching herself out of the Octagon in celebration, faster than you can say ‘meatball’.

We’ve seen this before… Credit: Sherdog

After a brief and sorry interval, in the form of Alexander Gustafsson surviving just over a minute against Nikita Krylov, it was the turn of Paddy ‘The Baddy’ Pimblett. In a much-anticipated match up against the evening’s pantomime villain Jordan Leavitt, an emotional Paddy, blew the roof off the gaff in typical style. After a tame opening round that was mostly spent in the clinch on Leavitt’s terms, Paddy trapped Leavitt’s arm in a triangle halfway through the second round, leaving him defenceless as Paddy sealed the win via rear naked choke. You could say once the arm was trapped, Paddy had this one in’t bag.

Can’t defend a choke with your arm trapped there pal… Credit: MMA Junkie

What Next?

So, what comes next for the Liverpool pair? Well, firstly, a rest. Paddy was clearly emotional having lost a close friend just hours before Friday’s weigh-in, adding to the recent loss of Lee-Joshua Hodgson, a child close to Paddy’s heart. After delivering a powerful message post-fight, encouraging men to talk about their mental health struggles, Paddy needs to spend some time with his loved ones. Once he’s back however, Vegas will be calling…

Paddy is likely one more unranked opponent away from looking at the top 15 of the lightweight division. Opponents like Terrance McKinney, Drew Dober or Ilia Topuria all make sense, but my choice would be Bobby Green. Ignoring the defeat to Islam Makhachev, Green is knocking on the door of the top 15 himself, and can compete no matter where the fight takes place. It would be a big jump for Paddy, but a match-up with Green would guarantee fireworks, and victory over him in Vegas would be a huge statement.

As for Molly McCann, I think it is time for a ranked opponent. With that in mind, my pick would be Erin Blanchfield. On a 6-fight win streak and 3 in 3 in the UFC, Blanchfield has eyes on a title fight in the future, but so does Molly. If Molly is serious about those aspirations, facing an opponent of Blanchfield’s stature would be the perfect way to back it up.

Picture it now, Bobby Green vs Paddy Pimblett and Erin Blanchfield vs Molly McCann in Las Vegas at the end of the year. Maybe another Sunday morning coffee with a shot of déjà vu will be on the cards. Whoever the opponents are, the scousers will be guaranteed to take the noise and the action wherever they go.

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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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