The MMA hosts the greatest and rawest gladiatorial-style competition in a battle of martial arts, wits, and mental warfare outside the octagon. With many newcomers making rounds in the media, veterans coming back for exhibitions, and the wackiest fights around, many events might have just been missed.
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So, in this article, we will take a step back and bring you the events that transpired over the last few weeks. Read more below and stay updated on the latest MMA news, with the first being the most controversial.
Dana White gives us the latest updates on the potential match between two social media and business magnates, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk. According to White, the match can easily be the most bankable fight in sports history. But before settling down on FanDuel MMA odds and taking in predictions, note that both magnates are nowhere near professionals. Zuckerberg and Musk have some level of fighting experience and accolades.
To give you some gist of this wild and weirdly exciting event, the hype started when both businessmen agreed to an exhibition match in response to Zuckerberg’s reveal to Twitter’s social media competitor, Threads. Hours after the agreement on Twitter, talks quickly spread overnight in settling the score with Dana White jumped in the chance to promote such an event. And while the hype has toned down a bit over the weeks, Dana White says he is working behind the lines to make the fight real.
White also emphasized that both billionaires will take the standard checkups and prerequisites like drug testing and weigh-ins, just like a standard MMA match. And while most enthusiasts don’t expect the fight to be high-level and strategic, the match can still be competitive between two eccentric and able-bodied fighters. As of this writing, there is some news that both magnates are training with Musk, confirming that he spent time with Georges St-Pierre.
The combat sports industry had all eyes when it was announced that Logan Paul would fight Dillon Danis in a boxing match this year. Considering that Danis withdrew from a prior fight with Youtuber KSI, will this fight be confirmed as expected?
If you’re unfamiliar with both fighters, here’s a quick gist. Logan Paul is a social media influencer who has been making rounds in social and mainstream media with his eccentricity. Especially since he has been holding “celebrity boxing” with veteran boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. On top of that, he has become a bona fide WWE fighter over a few months now.
On the other hand, Dillon Danis is a US-based martial fighter who professionally competes in Bellator MMA under the Welterweight Division. Danis is now part of the misfits boxing program on DAZN scheduled for October this year. Both fighters have been making posts and updates hyping the fight, but considering Dillon’s withdrawal from a prior celebrity fight, we can only speculate if the fight would happen. And in case it does, we can expect high-level action.
Featherweight champion Cris Cyborg expressed her opinion with her next challenger, Cat Zingano, promoting the Bellator 300 fight “the wrong way.”
On an edition of MMA Hour, Cyborg talked about Zingano’s actions of tarnishing her image by engaging in so-called” bully tactics” to bring hype before the fight. One example Cyborg pointed out is ZIngano’s purchase of a website bearing her name as promotional material. The hype between featherweight fighters was interesting when Zingano signed with Bellator for a fight at 145-pound record weight, which puts her in a spot for Cyborg to pick for the title match.
Emelianenko has revealed his plans to return to combat sports for a fight. But instead of MMA, which he has retired from, he’s looking at the potential of boxing.
We recall Emelianenko’s last fight with Ryan Bader for the Bellator heavyweight match in the final bout of Emelianenko’s career. Despite losing by knockout, Emelianenko celebrated his last fight with cheers and refounded respect from his peers to honor his retirement. Fast forward now, Emelianenko told Helwani on The MMA Hour that he is looking into boxing. Before his retirement, Emelianenko was one of the most competent fighters in the heavyweight division in the 2010s. At this moment, Emalianenko is currently planning behind the scenes, but he has a first-choice pick for his potential match: And he chose Mike Tyson.
Mike Tyson is an international Hall of Famer and a former heavyweight champion. Now in his late 50’s. Tyson is far from his physical peak but still trains new-generation fighters and exhibition fights with Roy Jones Jr. in 2020. There is still no news about Tyson’s official response, but many sources say their fight will be devastating should both parties agree to an undercard or exhibition fight.