UFC Fight Night: Clark v Alpar
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This weekend (Sat., Oct. 23, 2021), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) will remain inside UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nevada, for UFC Vegas 41. After a pair of pretty dismal cards, this weekend’s event features a genuinely intriguing main event that also promises heavy-handed action between Paulo Costa and Marvin Vettori. The rest of the night is a bit of a step up in quality too, featuring some reasonably well-known names prior to the biggest showdowns of the night.

Let’s take a closer look at these main card donnybrooks:

Women’s Bantamweight: Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Joselyne Edwards

Best Win for Clark? Paige VanZant For Edwards? Yanan Wu
Current Streak: Clark won her last bout, whereas Edwards came up short
X-Factor: Clark is coming off an ACL surgery
How these two match up: This reads like a kickboxing battle.

If, however, one woman were likely to switch it up and try some takedowns, it would be Clark. The Australian is a well-rounded fighter with good range kickboxing, clinch work, and a solid grappling game. She’s struggled a bit to find her home weight class, but Clark’s performance in his return to Bantamweight last time out was excellent.

This will be her first fight in 13 months.

Panama’s Edwards is a rangy striker. She does the majority of her work with long, straight punches, but the high-volume kickboxer has struggled a bit with her opponent’s takedowns inside the cage.

Provided Clark returns to action in similar form, the 33-year-old veteran has all the tools to win this fight on the feet or the mat. Her combination of movement and power kicks should allow her to navigate Edwards’ range advantage, and the takedown option is likely there if need be. Finally, Clark can probably win this fight in the clinch also, with her dirty boxing and knees!

Were it not for her injury, Clark’s destruction of Alpar would have put her on the fast track at Bantamweight. This is her chance to make up for it and regain that path.

Prediction: Clark via decision

Featherweight: Alex Caceres vs. Seung Woo Choi

Best Win for Caceres? Sergio Pettis For Choi? Julian Erosa
Current Streak: Caceres has won four straight (!!!), while Choi has put together three wins
X-Factor: Caceres is known for his inconsistency
How these two match up: This Featherweight clash should result in some fun exchanges.

Caceres grew from scrappy up-and-comer to composed veteran inside the Octagon, but he did so without sacrificing his unique flair and style. “Bruce Leeroy” has done well since returning to Featherweight, shucking off takedowns with good consistency and maintaining a bit more pop in his strikes.

Early in his UFC career, Choi was held back by his wrestling defense. Since he’s shored up that hole a bit, however, Choi has been able to put together combinations and find a home for his power punches far more effectively, resulting in his current win streak.

Both of these men spend more time defending takedowns than pursuing them, so this has the makings of a stand up scrap. In particular, all of Caceres’ recent victories came against grappling specialists, and that reads like a problem here. Choi is not going to be diving for legs and getting tired in the process; he’s going to be swinging for Caceres’ chin. Even after all these years, Caceres still gets caught leaning back with his hands low, and Choi has the skills to capitalize.

Choi is coming off a pretty brutal win over a lanky, defense-second volume striker; expect another here.

Prediction: Choi via decision

Welterweight: Francisco Trinaldo vs. Dwight Grant

Best Win for Trinaldo? Paul Felder For Grant? Alan Jouban
Current Streak: Trinaldo came up short last time out, whereas Grant returned to the win column
X-Factor: Trinaldo is 43 years old
How these two match up: I am cautiously optimistic about this one.

Trinaldo is awesome. “Massaranduba” is a big star in his home country of Brazil, a star of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) who parlayed the show into a long, successful stint inside the Octagon. A veteran kickboxer, Trinaldo carries big power and is plenty capable of delivering big shots from top position too.

American Kickboxing Academy’s Grant is an odd fighter. He’s got a gigantic reach and major power, but he struggles to pull the trigger often, resulting in strange, low-volume fights.

A few years ago, a match up like this would have read as a clear victory for Trinaldo. However, times have changed. At 170 lbs., he’s without the size advantage that was so helpful at Lightweight. Plus, he’s gotten a bit slower and less durable with age, meaning the chance of Trinaldo walking into a heavy shot and getting lamped have increased considerably.

I am not ready to give up on the Brazilian yet, however. Grant is not that much younger at 37 years of age, and he’s nowhere near as accomplished as Trinaldo, nor is he likely to push the pace.

Trinaldo has the skill to outpoint Grant, and if the two do trade wildly on occasion, he still packs a punch.

Prediction: Trinaldo via knockout

Light Heavyweight: Nicolae Negumereanu vs. Ike Villanueva

Best Win for Negumereanu? Aleksa Camur For Villanueva? Vinicius Moreira
Current Streak: Negumereanu won his last bout, whereas Villanueva lost
X-Factor: Negumereanu has fought a low-level of opposition throughout his career
How these two match up: This is not a great fight, but it might be fun!

Romania’s Negumereanu is more physical talent than technical skill. Despite some submission wins on his record, his work inside the Octagon suggests that he prefers to trade strikes than wrestle. On the flip side, Villanueve also likes to trade, but his gifts fall more in the realm of toughness and experience than athleticism.

What to do in a fight between unproven prospect and underwhelming veteran? Truthfully, neither man is particularly great at anything. With technique up in the air, however, I like to side with toughness.

“Hurricane Ike” has power, and he’s no quitter. Maybe he gets overwhelmed early on by his younger foe, but if not, the odds that Negumereanu wilts a bit when faced with an opponent who won’t go away seem high.

Prediction: Villanueva via knockout

‘X-Factor’ Picks for 2021: 27-19-2 (1)

UFC Fight Night: Ewell v Rivera
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Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight!

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Following a January arrest and a pair of felony charges of attempted first degree murder with a deadly weapon, UFC Bantamweight Irwin Rivera was released from custody earlier today following a decision from a Palm Beach County Judge. ESPN Deportes provided the first report and court details, while MMAFighting confirmed Rivera’s release with the Palm Beach Sheriff’s office.

Rivera pled not guilty, citing insanity. He was granted a conditional release provided Rivera continues his bipolar medication, therapy, and remains under permanent supervision by his friends and family. When initially arrested, Rivera explained to police that he had been instructed by a “higher power” and been given the purpose of killing his sisters, the stabbing victims.

Court documents revealed a large amount of support for Rivera’s rehabilitation. His two sisters, the stabbing victims, came out in support of Rivera almost immediately, and they spoke on his behalf in court. Rivera’s manager, Ali Abdelaziz, also provided a written statement, while team mates Gilbert Burns and Sean Soriano offered to supervise the newly released Rivera. Doctors testified that Rivera’s actions were the results of an “acute episode of psychosis,” and testified that his condition has since stabilized.

All three of Irwin’s UFC bouts took place in 2020. He lost a short-notice debut opposite Giga Chikadze before splitting a pair of decisions to Andre Ewell and Ali AlQaisi. After his arrest, UFC released a statement promising to monitor the situation closely before offering Rivera any future fights, but at this time of writing, he is still technically a member of the UFC Bantamweight roster.


While I have no insight to offer about Donald Cerrone’s supposed mushroom use, I do know several fighters who micro dose prior to workouts on a fairly regular basis. I’m sure it happens for real fights too!

Gregor Gillespie vs. Arman Tsarukyan is not looking likely.

This is a cliché statement that’s always likely to backfire, but … someone is getting knocked out!

An update to UFC Vegas 41:

Joanna Jedrzejczyk ranks highly among the most violent blue belts on the planet.

For some reason, I think either Yana Kunitskaya or Thiago Santos are next up from the ATT roster to appear on AEW …

How’s everyone feel about the Aspen Ladd corner controversy? I don’t have a problem with an angry corner, but from my outside perspective, she looked closer to tears rather than all fired up afterward.

Slips, rips, and KO clips

Getting blasted by an uppercut while barely alive and leaning against the Octagon fence never looks fun.

The rare inside shoulder look from within the triangle choke:

IMO: up kicks should always be allowed, regardless of whether or not the knee is down.

Random Land

Some dude on the Internet keeps pouring molten aluminum on stuff, and now he’s famous on TikTok.

Midnight Music: There are many great stages to the career of Miles Davis, but his fusion period draws me back the most.

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

UFC Fight Night: Boser v Pessoa
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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing more “Prelims” fights to ESPN+ this weekend (Sat., Oct. 23, 2021) when UFC Vegas 41: “Costa vs. Vettori” returns to UFC APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada.’s Patrick Stumberg continues the UFC Vegas 41 “Prelims” party with the second (and final) installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight shark tank offers yet another banger this Saturday (Oct. 23, 2021) when Paulo Costa locks horns with Marvin Vettori in a clash of genuine division elites. UFC Vegas 41 also features a Lightweight bout between hard-charging Ricky Glenn and grappling ace Grant Dawson, as well as Nick Negumereanu duking it out with fellow Light Heavyweight brawler Ike Villanueva.

Three Four UFC Vegas 41 “Prelims” undercard bouts remain to preview and predict (check out the first batch here) and there’s no time to check them out like the present …

185 lbs.: Jun Yong Park vs. Gregory Rodrigues

A seven-fight win streak, including a submission finish of future PFL tournament champion Ray Cooper III, carried Jun Yong Park (13-4) to the world’s largest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Though he fell to “Contender Series” graduate Anthony Hernandez in his promotional debut, “The Iron Turtle” has gone on to win three straight, most recently upsetting unbeaten Tafon Nchukwi in May 2021.

He stands five inches shorter than “Robocop” and gives up two inches of reach.

Gregory Rodrigues (10-3) put a 1-2 professional start to win his next six fights, setting up an ultimately unsuccessful “Contender Series” bid opposite Jordan Williams. He bounced back to win the LFA Middleweight championship, then cruised past Dusko Todorovic on late notice in his Octagon debut.

He has knocked out and submitted four professional foes apiece.

Park’s nickname isn’t an empty joke; in fact, I’m not at all confident that Rodrigues can finish him on the feet despite the latter’s monstrous power. Luckily, he doesn’t have to because, like most turtles, Park doesn’t particularly like being on his back, and Rodrigues boasts the wrestling and jiu-jitsu pedigrees to ruin Park’s day from there. While Park’s usually adept at scrambling back to his feet, I don’t see him getting out from underneath a physical best like “Robocop.”

Rodrigues has been hurt and stopped before, so it wouldn’t be too outlandish to see Park clip him. Considering how reliant Park’s been on his own grappling, though, I like Rodrigues to hold his own on the feet and dominate in his wheelhouse.

Prediction: Rodrigues via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Mason Jones vs. David Onama

Though he didn’t walk away with the decision, former two-division Cage Warriors champion, Mason Jones (10-1), earned plenty of accolades for his “Fight of the Night” war with Mike Davis in his promotional debut. Next came Alan Patrick, whom Jones brutalized before an errant eye poke produced an anti-climactic “No Contest.”

He has knocked out four opponents and submitted another two.

David Onama (8-0) — the latest Glory MMA standout to join the world’s largest fight promotion — made his name under the KC Fighting Alliance and FAC banners. He’s fought twice already in 2021, stopping Mike Plazola and Brad Robison in less than three minutes combined.

He steps in for Patrick on just four days’ notice.

I really like the look of Onama, who seems more than Octagon-ready at 27 years old. He’s sharp, he hits like a truck, he’s got very solid grappling instincts, and he’s remarkably seasoned for having such a short career. However, Jones is just the wrong person to debut against. That’s because between his ridiculous durability and non-stop aggression, “The Dragon” is poised to drag Onama into by far the deepest waters of his career.

That’s not to say that Onama doesn’t have a strong gas tank or the ability to fight through adversity, just that he’s never had to deal with someone this implacable and devoted to beating the snot out of him. He’ll keep it competitive early, but Jones’ high-level experience should turn the tide for a mid-round finish.

Prediction: Jones via second round technical knockout

115 lbs.: Tabatha Ricci vs. Maria Oliveira

Tabitha Ricci (5-1) went 3-0 under the LFA banner before stepping up on short notice to meet Manon Fiorot in her Flyweight UFC debut. Ricci proved unable to tame “The Beast,” succumbing to strikes midway through the second round.

“Baby Shark” stands five inches shorter than Oliveira and gives up seven inches of reach.

Maria Oliveira (12-4) reached the second round of Rizin’s Atomweight tournament before running afoul of eventual champion Kanna Asakura, snapping a nine-fight winning streak in the process. Though she similarly fell short against Marina Rodriguez on the Contender Series, she went on to defeat her next two opponents on the Brazilian circuit.

Her eight professional finishes include seven by submission.

The bad news for Ricci is that she’s once again facing a much taller, much lengthier opponent. The good news is that Oliveira’s far easier to tie up then Fiorot, is a much lesser wrestler, and lacks the Frenchwoman’s stopping power. So long as Ricci still has the confidence to push forward and get the fight into her preferred range, she shouldn’t have too much trouble tying up and dragging Oliveira to the mat, where she holds an absolutely massive edge.

Oliveira’s visibly improved since her defeats, which occurred before she even turned 22, but her historical troubles with pressure and inability to fight off of her back present juicy targets for a fighter with Ricci’s credentials. In the end, Ricci overpowers her on the ground for a quick finish.

Prediction: Ricci via first round submission

185 lbs.: Jamie Pickett vs. Laureano Staropoli

These two were supposed to fight earlier this month and I haven’t changed my mind, so here’s the previous write up …

Undaunted by a pair of losses on “Contender Series,” Jamie Pickett (11-6) returned to the program to demolish Jhonoven Pati and finally secure a UFC contract. He’s still looking for his first Octagon victory, having fallen to fellow alumni Tafon Nchukwi and Jordan Wright in successive efforts.

“Nightwolf” will enjoy one inch of height and a whopping 10.5 inches of reach on “Pepi.”

Argentina’s Laureano Staropoli (9-4) warred his way into the Welterweight picture with entertaining wins over Hector Aldana and Thiago Alves, only to fall short against division standouts Muslim Salikhov and Tim Means. A subsequent move to Middleweight failed to produce immediate dividends, as he dropped a decision to Georgian bruiser Roman Dolidze earlier this summer.

He’s scored five knockouts as a professional.

Even with his recent struggles, I don’t think Staropoli is a bad fighter, just someone who got pushed too hard, too fast. While I’m still not sold on Middleweight being his ideal division, I do like his chances here; Pickett is notoriously vulnerable to aggressive strikers due to his poor cage awareness, making him an ostensibly easy mark for the all-action Argentinean. It’s not like Pickett’s reach will do him much good, either, as he constantly struggles to keep smaller men at a distance.

It’s not that I don’t like Pickett or that he can’t do some damage when he turns up the heat, but he’s just too fundamentally flawed to beat even a standard-issue slugger like “Pepi.” In the end, Staropoli walks him down and overpowers him inside for 15 minutes.

Prediction: Staropoli via unanimous decision

UFC Vegas 41 will host banger main event and some well-matched, if not particularly star-studded, tussles that make for a solid event overall. Hope you’ll join us for it — see you Saturday, Maniacs.

Remember that will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Vegas 41 fight card right here, starting with the ESPN+ “Prelims” matches, which are scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. ET, then the remaining main card balance on ESPN+ at 4 p.m. ET.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC Vegas 41: “Costa vs. Vettori” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

Current UFC “Prelims” Prediction Record for 2021: 145-73-2 (2 NC)

Jorge Masvidal vs Jake Paul UFC 269 mma news
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Jorge Masvidal says Jake Paul is a cakewalk in a one-on-one fight.

Jorge Masvidal vs. Jake Paul will not happen anytime soon in a professional capacity, but the Baddest Motherf**ker (BMF) titleholder says the YouTuber-turned-boxer can get it.

Masvidal and Paul started trading barbs in the media in the leadup to Paul’s Showtime boxing pay-per-view (PPV) headliner against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley (watch highlights). While Masvidal (35-15, MMA) is more focused on fighting the UFC elite, he says Paul (4-0, boxing) can get it one day.

“He knows at the end of the day, on a face-to-face, he can’t say any of that,” Masvidal told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour (h/t “Unless he has his 50 bodyguards and I’m by myself. Because at the end of the day I can always pick this little kid up and slam him through the concrete so hard that he will be invalid for the rest of his life.

“Right now, where I’m at in my career, I’m gonna fight the world’s best fighters in the world,” Masvidal said. “We can both agree that they’re in the f—king UFC. In 170 pounds there’s a lot of good guys and I could f—king beat them. Those other options will always be there. But right now while I’m in my prime, I gotta do things that people in their prime do and that’s fight the world’s best. He’s not in that conversation or ever will be.”

Masvidal is scheduled to fight welterweight contender Leon Edwards (see betting odds) at UFC 269, scheduled for Sat., Dec. 12, 2021 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada via ESPN+ PPV. Paul is reportedly finalizing a boxing bout with Tommy Fury for late 2021.

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UFC Fight Night: Tavares v Peralta Kenny Florian MMA News
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PFL commentator and former UFC title challenger Kenny Florian ranks the best martial arts for MMA.

Kenny Florian is making his case for why Brazilian jiu-jitsu is unrivalled in the world of MMA (mixed martial arts).

Florian currently serves as a commentator for the Professional Fighter’s League (PFL). The three-time world title challenger picked up a wealth of knowledge during his time as an active fighter under the Ultimate Fighting Championship banner. Florian (14-6) catches up with SB Nation’s Combat Culture to rank 10 martial arts by effectiveness in MMA. Topping that list is the gentle art.

“Perhaps I’m showing a bit of bias here, but I would put it at the top,” Florian begins. “I feel like Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, as it is devised, it’s a pretty complete system. I think if you go back to the Royce Gracie days, it showed that it was quite competent in defending itself against all different styles.

“We don’t see the same sort of dominance these days; however, I do think everything from the clinch to working a takedown, defending a takedown, if you are taken down, you are on your back, immobilizing your opponents, pulling off submissions, etc. I think Brazilian jiu-jitsu is still highly effective and I would put it there at the top.”

To see how the other martial arts — boxing, judo, karate, American kickboxing, kung-fu, muay thai, sambo, taekwondo and wrestling — stacked up against BJJ and each other, watch the video embedded above.

“I could sit here and doubt myself for the next couple of hours, but we don’t have time for that,” Florian concludes. “I like it where it is for the most part.”

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UFC 225: Whittaker v Romero 2 Joe Rogan MMA News
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UFC commentator has a punch me as hard as you can policy with his children.

Joe Rogan gets a whooping at home from his children.

Rogan, 54, is a martial artist through and through and that extends to his family. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) commentator has three children who are permitted to beat him up at their leisure.

“My kids are allowed to hit me as hard as they can,” Rogan told Cigar Aficionado (h/t MMA Junkie) “I teach them — they’re taking martial arts classes — but I teach them… It hurts.”

Rogan’s obsession with martial arts was rooted in fear.

“I went from being a kid who was terrified of conflict to being a martial arts champion,” he explained. “The reason why I became a martial arts champion is I was being picked on all the time. I was like, I do not like this. So I am going to become what I am terrified of.

“Martial arts develops your human potential, when you get through something really, really difficult” Rogan said. “There is nothing more difficult, outside of war, than agreeing to step into a closed area with another guy who’s a f*cking trained killer.”

If you would like to hit Rogan, you can do so in all three entries of the EA Sports UFC franchise.

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MMA: SEP 21 UFC Press Conference Dana White mma news
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The UFC sends a memo to UFC fighters about the U.S. government’s policy for COVID-19 vaccines and travel.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters based outside of the U.S. might have trouble entering the country.

UFC Chief Business Officer Hunter Campbell issued a memo to fighters on Tuesday addressing changes to the U.S. international travel requirement, particularly as it pertains to COVID-19 vaccines. A copy of the memo was acquired and published by MMA Junkie.

“Foreign national air travelers to the United States will be required to be fully vaccinated and to provide proof of their vaccination status to fly to the United States,” Campbell wrote. “Fully vaccinated travelers will also be required to show a pre-departure negative COVID-19 test taken within three days of travel prior to boarding their flight. This policy also applies to foreign nationals crossing the land borders with Canada and Mexico or arriving in the United States by passenger ferry.

“To be clear, this is NOT a UFC policy,” he continues. “UFC is not requiring you to get vaccinated. We are simply communicating the new guidelines recently announced by the U.S. government.”

Campbell’s statement is in line with UFC President Dana White’s opposition to vaccine mandates.

“You should consider your options, such as traveling to the United States before this new U.S. government policy takes effect, or if you choose, make arrangements to take the appropriate vaccination.

“…This policy takes effect on November 8, leaving very little time to make arrangements if you are fighting on a UFC card in November. If you choose to travel to the U.S. before the new policy takes effect, you will need a waiver if you are traveling from one of the restricted countries. Please contact the UFC Immigration team at (redacted contact information) so we can ensure you have a valid travel waiver in place… It is unclear at this time what parameters will be applied to U.S. citizens or permanent residents (green card holders) who are not vaccinated.”

UFC events scheduled for November include UFC 268: “Usman vs. Covington 2” in New York City on Nov. 6, UFC Vegas 42: “Holloway vs. Rodriguez” in Las Vegas on Nov. 13, and UFC Vegas 43: “Vieira vs. Tate” in Vegas on Nov. 20.

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Fighting Fedor Emelianenko has long been on the bucket list of most heavyweights. So when Bellator MMA announced it would be touching down in Moscow, Russia for the first time with an event to be spearheaded by “The Last Emperor,” every big man’s hand on the roster went up.

In the end, it was No. 2-ranked Timothy Johnson who got the nod to face the former PRIDE FC heavyweight kingpin in the main event of Bellator 269, which goes down this Sat. (Oct. 23, 2021) in Moscow. For Johnson, fighting Emelianenko is an honor, but he won’t get caught up in the aura of the man many still consider the best heavyweight of all time.

“I think if you allow yourself to, you can get wrapped up in that pretty quickly,” Johnson told MMA Mania during a recent media conference call. “When the fight was announced, for the first couple of weeks I was like, ‘I am fighting Fedor!’ And didn’t allow me to think that this is the fight.”

“So for the first couple of weeks I allowed myself that type of thinking, but for the last month or so it’s now, ‘this is a fight and this is what I do,’” he added. “This is what I get paid to do and this is for my and my family’s future. So I cannot go out there and think ‘I am fighting Fedor!’ This is just another opponent in front of my goals.”

Johnson is coming off a tough loss to Valentin Moldavsky — a protege of Fedor’s — at Bellator 261 earlier this year in what was an interim heavyweight title fight, snapping his three-fight winning streak in the process.

While he isn’t sure a win over Fedor — who is unranked at the moment — will put him back in the championship picture, Johnson is okay with Plan B, which could be a potential trilogy fight against Cheick Kongo after splitting their first two encounters.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

UFC 263 Press Conference
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Middleweight contender Marvin Vettori took umbrage with Paul Felder’s commentary at UFC 266 last month in Las Vegas, which appeared to favor “The Hangman” in what would ultimately end with a unanimous decision victory for the New Zealand lightweight.

Vettori was quick to criticize Felder on social media, leading to a barrage of insults from both sides, including a tweet from “The Irish Dragon” that suggested “The Italian Dream” was perhaps too dumb to understand his retort.

“Like he’s a Stanford PhD professor or some shit like that,” Vettori told MMA Uncensored. “He’s what? He’s a commentator, man. Some people can just smile at your face the first day, then they talk the worst shit at you like they don’t care. I guess that’s what they’re good at.”

Felder is a retired UFC lightweight who like former heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier, used his knowledge of the fight game to transition to a spot on the UFC broadcast team. And also like “DC,” Felder has been called out for his favoritism.

“Sometimes I feel like commentators, they just try to bias the public and whoever watches the fight because they have that power sometimes and it’s wrong,” Vettori told MMA Fighting. “We put our heart and soul out there and even him being a fighter and even him talking to the fighters before they fight, he should know better. Sometimes, I don’t know what goes on but I just feel like him in particular, he’s a puppet. I’ll see him and I’ll talk to him. I like to talk face-to-face.”

Vettori and Felder will cross paths at the UFC Vegas 41 fighter meetings this week in Las Vegas, just a few days before “The Italian Dream” takes center stage for his five-round headliner opposite fellow middleweight contender Paulo Costa.

For much more on that upcoming fight card click here.


Top 5 bantamweight contenders Rob Font and Jose Aldo will look to separate contender from pretender when they take center stage atop the UFC Vegas 44 fight card on ESPN, a primetime lineup on Dec. 4 that also features the welterweight war between “The Immortal” Matt Brown and Bryan “Bam Bam” Barberena!

Event: UFC Vegas 44: “Font vs. Aldo”
Date: Sat., Dec. 4, 2021
Location: APEX in Las Vegas, Nevada
Broadcast: ESPN, ESPN+ (7 p.m. ET Prelims | 10 p.m. ET Main Card)

UFC Vegas 44 Main Event On ESPN/ESPN+:

135 lbs.: Rob Font vs. Jose Aldo

UFC Vegas 44 Main Card, Prelims On ESPN/ESPN+:

155 lbs.: Rafael Fiziev vs. Brad Riddell
170 lbs.: Jake Matthews vs. Jeremiah Wells
265 lbs.: Tanner Boser vs. Sergei Pavlovich
155 lbs.: Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Claudio Puelles
115 lbs.: Montserrat Conejo vs. Mallory Martin
185 lbs.: Brendan Allen vs. Brad Tavares
170 lbs.: Bryan Barberena vs. Matt Brown
135 lbs.: Vince Morales vs. Louis Smolka

*Fight card, bout order and number of fights remain subject to change due to COVID-19.*

To check out the latest and greatest UFC Vegas 44 news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archives here and here. For more upcoming UFC events click here.