Dana White gets awfully generous when it comes to one of the NELK boys’ birthdays (can you tell them apart? We can’t), while Frankie Edgar looks to fight for his UFC retirement 281 in New York in November. It’s Sunday, you know what that means – it’s time for your Sunday MMA Quick Hits!
Dana White Gifts NELK Boys Kyle Forgeard 250K Cash
Very few fighters will ever earn $250,000 per fight in the UFC, but promotion president Dana White gave Mississauga, Ont.-born Kyle Forgeard of the NELK Boys just as much a birthday present. Almost just to exist.
Social media “stars” are Canada’s answer to Jake and Logan Paul, or something like that. They host the Full Send podcast and also launched Full Send MMA (which recently had a reporter slapped by Nate Diaz, in what may or may not have been a publicity stunt).
“Uncle” Dana’s gift is truly a publicity stunt, and it worked – over two million people watched Forgeard unwrap his gift on Twitter alone.
— KYLE (@KyleForgeard) July 12, 2022
A former UFC fighter had the perfect answer. Having parted ways with the promotion for the second time recently, Louis Smolka dropped the U-bomb. “When do we start the wood union?”
Not soon enough.
Jake Paul returns fire, misses the mark
Speaking of Jake Paul…sorry. Paul’s Social Media Antics, The NELK Boys, And More went boring at this point, but after Conor McGregor called Paul a “flop”, Paul retaliated with a video that pretty much missed the mark. And since we kind of need to report on this stuff, here it is.
Picking up on old accusations of infidelity and claiming McGregor hasn’t fought in five years, Paul’s latest video flame goes out. Especially since Paul is referring to McGregor’s fight with Donald Cerrone, which happened two years ago (and he’s fought twice since).
Considering McGregor is nursing a broken leg, it’s just an odd choice, going with the “you’re not active” argument. Meanwhile, Paul goes on to list his accomplishments on Pay-Per-View, claiming to have sold half a million buys for his first fight with Tyron Woodley and 200,000 for his second.
The facts are the facts. Conor should have learned from his boss Dana White that I’m not the only one messing with. Dana has been hiding from me since last year. pic.twitter.com/y9wbMhmWIs
—Jake Paul (@jakepaul) July 12, 2022
The problem with this bluster? Even if that’s true, when was the last time a Conor McGregor Pay-Per-View sold for less than a million? The answer, based on industry estimates, is his first, which would still have made more than 800,000 purchases.
Again, Paul misses the mark and should probably stick to preparing for a boxing match, assuming he still has one on August 6th.
Ex-Figueiredo manager speaks out and calls champion a ‘bastard’
Walid Ismail, a veteran-turned-manager and one of mixed martial arts’ most colorful figures, isn’t keeping quiet about former client Deiveson Figueiredo.
Ismail and the former champion split recently, and although things initially remained cordial, the relationship between the two quickly soured. In an interview with Ag.Fight, Figueiredo claimed that Ismail did not inform him of the UFC’s plan to create an interim title and did not notify the promotion of his hand injury.
This drew a sharp rebuke from Ismail.
“From the beginning, I didn’t want to talk so as not to expose Deiveson,” Ismail told Sherdog last week. “I had informed Deiveson that the UFC was going [create] the interim belt if he couldn’t fight before July. The UFC knew he was injured. I have conversations with matchmakers informing [them] about the injury. He made a statement in the press saying he only wanted to fight Kai Kara France in October, even though I asked him to fight Brandon Moreno again, because it would be the best fight of his career.
“He wants to look for someone to blame for his bad decisions, I’m just talking because, even though he apologized to me for lying that he didn’t know about the interim belt, now he’s starting to lie again , that I hadn’t notified the UFC of his injury. It’s a lack of character.”
According to Ismail, Figueiredo outright lied.
“This wanderer has become a shameless bastard,” he said. “First he lied saying I didn’t warn him about the interim belt (the bastard told me he didn’t care). The bastard apologized to me for lying, now he’s telling another lie. You’re very mean, Deiveson. I told the UFC he was injured and he couldn’t fight until October. That bastard asked me to say that.
Figueiredo is currently replaced by Vayner Sports, under the watchful eye of Urijah Faber.
Jan Blachowicz at 185? Former LHW champ hints at Adesanya rematch going forward
Former light heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz appears to be the odd man out at 205lbs, with current champion Jiri Porchazka pursuing a rematch with Glover Teixeira.
This makes him consider going down to 185 pounds.
Blachowicz, if you recall, is the only man to defeat middleweight champion Israel Adesanya. That decision victory came when “The Last Stylebender” challenged for light heavyweight gold. It looks like Blachowicz could return the favor and go down.
“If I have a chance, why not? For Izzy and her belt, fighting for the belt? I can try,” Blachowicz recently told The MMA Hour.
The Polish fighter is among those who think Adesanya has been fighting safe lately. “Maybe that’s why he will now be very careful in fights not to make a mistake,” Blachowicz suggested. “Don’t lose the fight. Maybe I need to cut the weight and give him a rematch in his class.
Frankie Edgar calls for final fight in New York
Former UFC lightweight champion Frankie Edgar is asking to have his last fight booked for UFC 281 in New York.
According to TSN’s Aaron Bronsteter, who had a chat with the legend’s manager, Edgar is ready to take on anyone the UFC puts in front of him. As long as he can get on the card at Madison Square Garden.
just spoke with @AliAbdelaziz00who says Frankie Edgar has asked to fight one last time at UFC 281 in Madison Square Garden and will face whoever the promotion puts ahead of him.
—Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 17, 2022
It will be the end of an era when Edgar will bow out. Don’t deliver Edgar to a showdown hoping to build the next big thing.