Another week of MMA action is in the books, with the UFC going primetime this past weekend. That event delivered a lot of headlines and stories to break down, all of which we are going to get into in a moment. Much of the news comes after the outcome of the headline event from Saturday night, but we also have some rumors and potential matchups to discuss. It has certainly been a bit of a crazy week, so let’s not waste any more time as we head into the news and rumors from last week in MMA so you can continue making your bets against their UFC odds.
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The headline event from this past weekend saw Marvin Vettori get the job done against Derek Holland, which was perhaps not a huge surprise given that Holland was added late and was coming in on just 3 weeks rest. Holland was in to replace Darren Till, who was forced to dop out of the bout. Leading up to the main event, Vettori was taking shots at Till, claiming that he was faking injury to get out of the fight. Till responded early last week and then took to social media after the fight to say that he was not impressed with the Vettori and that he would have beaten him in all 5 rounds if he was able to fight.
While all of that chatter is probably more about Till looking to get a shot at Vettori once he is injury free, the reality is that Vettori appears to be looking elsewhere for his next fight. While the main event was not as explosive as we had all hoped, it was still a convincing win for Vettori, who now has Israel Adesanya in his sights. After the win, Vettori was quick to call out Adesanya, claiming that he had beaten his, despite what the scorecards said, in their last meeting.
Julian Marquez is always fun to watch inside the octagon, just as he was on Saturday night with a fantastic performance against Sam Alvey. As good as he is there, he is equally entertaining in his post-fight tweets. Last time out, he tried to get a Valentine’s date with Miley Cyrus, although he ultimately failed, while this past weekend saw him call out the Kansas City Chiefs. This time, it was challenging them to a game of pickleball, to which he got some positive responses, most notably from Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes. We’ll be watching closely to see if that showdown takes place.
When Dustin Poirier beat Conor McGregor at UFC 257, much of the chatter after the fight was the respect that the fighter showed for one another. These two will be meeting again in July, but it seems that the respect is gone, and some bad blood is brewing. It all stems from a promise from McGregor to donate $500,000 to Poirier’s charitable foundation, a promise that, according to Poirier, has not be fulfilled. While Poirier said that the McGregor team ghosted him, the Irishman says that it was a donation not a debt and that he wanted more info on what would be done with his money. It’s going to be interesting to see how this all plays out ahead of their next meeting.