Tony Ferguson comes out firing at Beneil Dariush ahead of UFC 262 co-main event 

‘Kid, I’m going to hit you so f*****g hard… I’m going to slam you’: Tony Ferguson comes out firing at Beneil Dariush ahead of UFC 262 co-main event

  • Tony Ferguson is in desperate need of a victory over Beneil Dariush at UFC 262 
  • El Cucuy has lost his last two fights and risks sliding out of the picture altogether 
  • He was in bullish form during press conference ahead of Saturday night 
  • Ferguson told Dariush: ‘Kid, I’m going to hit you so f*****g hard’ 

Tony Ferguson came out all guns blazing in the pre-UFC 262 press conference, telling Beneil Dariush he ‘will hit him so f*****g hard’. 

El Cucuy’s trademark intensity was back and fans in Houston in attendance responded to his fighting talk. 

Ferguson is in desperate need of a win or risk sliding into irrelevance in the lightweight division having been well beaten by Justin Gaethje and Charles Oliveira in his last two fights. 

Tony Ferguson told Beneil Dariush that he would ‘slam him’ and ‘hit him so f*****g hard’

Ferguson showed off his trademark intensity in the press conference in Houston

Ferguson showed off his trademark intensity in the press conference in Houston 

And the American seems extra motivated to show the best of himself against Dariush. 

He said: ‘You think you f******g know me, you want to spinning s***, you think I’m unorthodox… kid, I am going to hit you so f*****g hard, that’s it. 

Dariush responded: ‘I love it Tony, I love it. I want to see every bit of it and I hope you show up like you say you will. I’ll be there for everything. 

Ferguson added: ‘I’m going to slam you. I’m going to slam you like I did my student, I broke his f*****g rib.’

Dariush has earned his shot at a big name fighter with six wins in succession lifting him up to No 9 behind Ferguson at No 5. 

The co-main event looks on paper to be one of the best fights on the card and both men are all-action competitors. 

El Cucuy is in desperate need of a win having lost his last two fights against top opponents

El Cucuy is in desperate need of a win having lost his last two fights against top opponents 

Dariush is known for his wild and flashy techniques on the feet and possesses a superb submission game. 

Ferguson meanwhile, showed he is not an easy man to tap out in his clash with Oliveira when it looked as though he accepted his arm being broken rather than give up. 

The winner will be possibly one more victory away from a title shot if the next one is given to either Conor McGregor or Dustin Poirier, as expected.  

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Michael Page inflicts BRUTAL knockout blow on Derek Anderson at Bellator 258

Michael Page inflicts BRUTAL knockout blow on Derek Anderson at Bellator 258 as Venom’s sensational leg kick breaks American’s nose to record fifth-straight victory

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  • Michael ‘Venom’ Page landed a sensational leg kick to stop Derek Anderson 
  • The Briton, 34, broke his rival’s nose with the perfect strike at Bellator 258
  • Anderson’s nose was seriously damaged and a physician stopped the fight 

Michael Page scored his fifth-straight Bellator victory on Friday night after the Briton stopped Derek Anderson after breaking his rival’s nose with a brutal leg kick in the first round.

The silky smooth Hackney-born mixed martial artist met Anderson at Bellator 258 in Uncasville, Connecticut at a catchweight of 175 pounds and all but ended the bout in the opening round after landing a perfect leg kick right on the button.

Anderson, 31, made it until the end of the round before a ringside physician stepped in to insist that the American was in no shape to continue, such was the damage done to the nose.

WARNING – GRAPHIC CONTENT BELOW 

Michael Venom Page inflicted a gruesome knockout on Derek Anderson at Bellator 258

The American was left with a badly broken nose after being struck by a perfect leg kick

The American was left with a badly broken nose after being struck by a perfect leg kick

Page’s victory moves ‘Venom’ a step closer to a rematch with Bellator’s welterweight champion Douglas Lima, the only man to inflict defeat on the Briton in his 20-fight career. 

The 34-year-old is also the first person to defeat Anderson via TKO/KO and his victory on Friday saw him break the record for most knockout wins in Bellator. 

‘It is a good one to come back on,’ Page said after his win. ‘Now Bellator have got going again it is a great one to start on to get me going as well and hopefully I am just active. 

‘I feel great right now, as soon as I can get back in the cage I am going to be back.’

Anderson made it to the end of the first round before a physician stepped in to stop the contest

Anderson made it to the end of the first round before a physician stepped in to stop the contest

British martial artist Page moved to 19 wins, one defeat after beating his American rival

British martial artist Page moved to 19 wins, one defeat after beating his American rival

MMA fans have likened Page’s fighting style to that seen in video games, and the Briton says that he is in his ‘element’ when he is in the Octagon.   

‘Fighting genuinely is my home,’ he said. ‘I genuinely feel at peace. I don’t feel stressed, I am in my absolute element when I am fighting. 

‘I enjoy combat, it is more of a game for me. I don’t see the brutality in it. You can see by the way I demonstrate my martial arts that that’s what it is for me. I’m just at home.’

Fans took to Twitter to react to Page’s sensational kick, with one social media user comparing the damage sustained by Anderson to that of a crinkled can of Coke. 

‘Michael Venom is scary’ one user wrote, while another fan labelled the 34-year-old ‘an absolute savage’. 

MMA fans took to Twitter to laud Page after he secured his fifth successive victory

MMA fans took to Twitter to laud Page after he secured his fifth successive victory

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Michael Bisping REJECTED an offer to box YouTuber Jake Paul because ‘it wasn’t enough money’

Michael Bisping REJECTED an offer to box YouTuber Jake Paul because ‘it wasn’t enough money’ as the UFC legend praises ‘smart’ internet star for ‘knowing how to p*** people off’

  • Michael Bisping rejected an offer to fight Jake Paul due to the low sum offered 
  • Paul, 24, is pursuing a boxing career and has defeated three non-boxers 
  • Bisping, 42, says he received an offer before Paul agreed to fight Ben Askren
  • The British fan-favourite praised Paul for ‘knowing how to p*** people off’ 
  • The YouTuber has riled Floyd Mayweather and Daniel Cormier in recent weeks 

Michael Bisping has confirmed that he received an offer to fight YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul, but the UFC legend deemed the sum too low as the American pursued a bout with Ben Askren instead.

Paul, 24, has stirred fury among boxing and MMA fans after setting about a career in the ring. The YouTuber is undefeated in three professional bouts against non-boxers, most recently knocking out retired UFC star Askren inside the first round.

The Problem Child has been linked with a clash against Tommy Fury as well as Dillon Danis and Kamaru Usman, while he was involved in a bust-up with boxing great Floyd Mayweather in Miami this week.

UFC legend Michael Bisping rejected an offer to fight YouTuber Jake Paul in a boxing match 

The 24-year-old has pursued a boxing career and has defeated three non-boxers professionally

The 24-year-old has pursued a boxing career and has defeated three non-boxers professionally

And Bisping, Britain’s first and only UFC champion, has revealed that he had received an offer to take on the YouTuber, having been rumoured to take on Paul after he viciously knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson.

‘I got offered a contract, it wasn’t enough money,’ the 42-year-old told LowKickMMA. ‘They made an offer and it was some decent cash. But, if I’m going to make a fool out of myself by boxing a YouTuber, then I’d want a bit more for that.’

Bisping retired in 2018 and has since pursued punditry roles with the UFC, often commentating Octagon-side for the organisation’s biggest events. The Count said that a fight with Paul would have been ‘free money’.  

Bisping, 42, says the offer received was too low and did not tempt him out of retirement

Bisping, 42, says the offer received was too low and did not tempt him out of retirement

‘I’m not going to come out of retirement, but that’s essentially free money to me. If the number was big enough, then I’d be a fool not to go and pick up that money.’

‘But I wasn’t pursuing it. And I think if anything, I think Jake was very clever. I think he just used me to try and make it seem like he was looking for real challenges. 

‘Because we got sent an offer and we countered with more than double. And we never heard anything again, and then we got the news that he’s fighting Ben Askren.’

Paul’s antics have angered several big personalities in boxing and MMA, including Mayweather and former UFC heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier – who squared up to the 24-year-old at UFC 261 last month.

The Count praised Paul for 'knowing how to p*** people off' and attract a lot of attention

The Count praised Paul for ‘knowing how to p*** people off’ and attract a lot of attention

The American has riled boxing great Floyd Mayweather and UFC legend Daniel Cormier

The American has riled boxing great Floyd Mayweather and UFC legend Daniel Cormier

But Bisping has praised the American for his ‘smart’ venture into boxing. 

‘Listen, good for Jake Paul,’ he added. ‘You can’t hate on the guy. Everyone is trying to get ahead in life, and he’s been smart enough to take his YouTube following and parlay it into a boxing career.

‘The guy is obviously passionate about the sport. He trains very hard. He’s a switched-on guy. He knows how to p*** people off and everyone being p***ed off, all that emotion, that transfers into dollars in the bank account.’

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Kamaru Usman sends chilling warning to Jake Paul as pair continue war of words on Twitter

‘I can change your life in the worst way’: Kamaru Usman fires back at Jake Paul with chilling warning by claiming ‘this is how people truly get hurt’ after YouTuber-turned-boxer attempts to rile up UFC champion over ‘Disney kid’ comment

  • Kamaru Usman has sent a chilling warning to Jake Paul over facing him in a fight
  • Paul – a YouTuber-turned-boxer – has called out the UFC champ in recent weeks
  • Usman claimed he ‘wasn’t a Disney kid’ when challenged by ex-Disney star Paul
  • Paul responded by posting a picture of Usman with his daughter at Disney World
  • In response, Usman warned Paul he can change his life ‘in the worst way’

Kamaru Usman has issued a chilling warning to Jake Paul by claiming he can change his life ‘in the worst way’ as the war of words between the pair rumbles on.

After delivering a sensational KO win over Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261, Usman insisted that he was happy to take care of Paul after the YouTuber-turned-boxer had a heated confrontation with Daniel Comier during the event.

Paul accepted the challenge and tried luring Usman into a boxing fight if UFC president Dana White, who has been strictly against giving Paul any limelight, would allow it.

YouTuber-turned-boxer Paul is looking to face as many high-profile fighters as he can

Kamaru Usman (left) has sent a chilling warning to Jake Paul (right) over facing him in a fight

The UFC welterweight champion responded to Paul’s challenge by saying he ‘doesn’t do play fighting’ and that he ‘isn’t a Disney kid’ – referring to Paul’s past as being a television star for the company.

Paul continued the back-and-forth on Twitter by posting a picture of Usman posing for a photograph with his daughter and Mickey Mouse at Disney World, trying to contradict the Nigerian’s claims.

Once again, Usman responded to Paul over Twitter who continues to try and raise his own profile by trying to fight a current world champion in mixed martial arts.

‘I understand you think this is a game which is probably why you don’t realize that this is how people truly get hurt,’ Usman wrote on Twitter. ‘I don’t play fighting and I can change your life in the worst way.’ 

After Paul posted a picture of Usman at Disney World with his daughter (above), the Nigerian responded by claiming he can change his life 'in the worst way'

After Paul posted a picture of Usman at Disney World with his daughter (above), the Nigerian responded by claiming he can change his life ‘in the worst way’

Paul is making a name for himself in the combat sports world by competing against big-name athletes in the ring. 

He knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson and followed it up with the heavy KO of Askren, who was almost exclusively a wrestling-based fighter in MMA. 

Usman has not been known for his heavy hands but showed another level to his game in separating the dangerous Masvidal from consciousness. 

There’s no doubt a bout with Paul would be hugely lucrative but the UFC are unlikely to sanction a cross-over fight for Usman, especially with the celebrity putting himself on the wrong side of Dana White. 

He recently wrote: ‘In my third fight, I made more money in total pay than any fighter in UFC history. 

Usman (right) delivered an emphatic knockout to Jorge Masvidal (left) at UFC 261

Usman (right) delivered an emphatic knockout to Jorge Masvidal (left) at UFC 261

Paul was in attendance and is chasing fights with MMA stars having beaten Ben Askren

Paul was in attendance and is chasing fights with MMA stars having beaten Ben Askren

After calling out Paul, Usman warned him to 'stay on that side' of combat fighting

After calling out Paul, Usman warned him to ‘stay on that side’ of combat fighting

‘Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing. Dana, you say you make the fights the fans want to see, so hurry up and make [Jon] Jones vs. [Francis] Ngannou. Pay them their fair share. $10 million purse for each guy plus pay-per-view.’   

Paul is aware of how much traction he can get by playing the pantomime villain and was cage-side for Usman’s win over Masvidal. 

Whether White will release any of his fighters from their contracts to compete with the 24-year-old is another matter entirely.

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Colby Covington brands ‘joke’ Conor McGregor ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’

Colby Covington brands ‘joke’ Conor McGregor ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’ as UFC welterweight hits out at ‘WASHED UP’ Irishman amid his bitter feud with 170-pound king Kamaru Usman

  • Colby Covington has labelled UFC star Conor McGregor a ‘joke’ and ‘washed-up’ 
  • The Irishman has been embroiled in a bitter feud with champion Kamaru Usman
  • Welterweight contender Covington has dismissed the Irishman’s credentials 
  • Covington claims that McGregor is ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’ 
  • McGregor has one win in his last three fights and recently lost to Dustin Poirier 

Colby Covington has branded Conor McGregor a ‘joke’ and ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’ as the welterweight contender weighed in on the Irishman’s feud with champion Kamaru Usman.

McGregor, 32, has teased a move up to 170 pounds to take on the all-conquering Nigerian Nightmare, who he has accused of ‘copying’ his one-liners and fighting style. 

However, the Irishman is unlikely to move up in weight in the near future as he bids to avenge his January defeat to Dustin Poirier and kickstart his tilt at the lightweight title. 

Colby Covington has labelled UFC star Conor McGregor a ‘joke’ in a series of stinging remarks

McGregor is embroiled in a feud with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman over 'copying'

McGregor is embroiled in a feud with welterweight champion Kamaru Usman over ‘copying’

And Covington, who is No 1 contender at welterweight, has dismissed McGregor’s credentials as a worthy challenger at 170 pounds, claiming that the Irishman’s feud with Usman is attention-seeking on the 32-year-old’s part.

‘I haven’t seen it, but I’ve heard about it and that’s obviously just Conor trying to get some hype, get some headlines,’ Covington told MMA Fighting. 

‘Come on, dude, the guy just got knocked out by ‘Dustin Sorry-ier.’ Come on, are you serious? You want a title shot at 170? You’re getting beat up by gatekeeper lightweights and now you want to come to the top of the 170 welterweight division?

However, 170-pound contender says McGregor is 'washed up', dismissing his credentials

McGregor has just one win from his last three UFC fights

However, Covington (left) says McGregor (right) is ‘washed up’, dismissing his credentials

He said McGregor is 'the laughing stock of the MMA community' after losing to Dustin Poirier

He said McGregor is ‘the laughing stock of the MMA community’ after losing to Dustin Poirier

‘Everybody knows what Conor’s doing. He’s not really gonna do that. He’s not gonna come up and fight welterweight. 

‘He’s just doing that to grab attention, to grab headlines, make people think he’s being taken seriously because honestly, he’s a joke.’

Covington added that McGregor, who has one win and two losses from his last three UFC fight, is ‘washed up’ and ‘has nothing left in the tank’. 

‘He’s the laughing stock in the MMA community and even to casual fans because they’re just like, “Conor’s washed up. He’s done.”

‘He made all that money with his whiskey, he made all that money for the Mayweather fight, he has no motivation. 

‘Nothing gets him up early in the morning to go fight. He tries to say it’s for his kids but man, the guy’s done. He has nothing left in the tank.’ 

The No 1 contender at welterweight is hoping for another shot at champion Usman next

The No 1 contender at welterweight is hoping for another shot at champion Usman next

Usman broke Covington's jaw as he suffered a fifth-round stoppage defeat to the champion

Usman broke Covington’s jaw as he suffered a fifth-round stoppage defeat to the champion 

McGregor takes on Poirier for a third time on July 10, with the lightweight pair tied at a one win apiece over each other. Covington believes that his former American Top Team team-mate, Poirier, will defeat the Irishman again.

‘Yeah, and that’s not saying like Dustin Sorry-ier is any good or like, is anything special. Because the guy’s not. The guy’s a gatekeeper at lightweight. He’s nothing more. All in the big fights he always gets knocked out and beaten. He’s a jobber, that’s the definition of what Dustin Sorry-ier is.’ 

Usman has vowed to ‘lap’ his competition and Covington is the next contender in his sights after knocking out Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261.

The welterweight king faced his toughest test against the loudmouth American when they first met at UFC 245, winning via fifth-round stoppage having broken Covington’s jaw in the midst of the enthralling contest. 

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UFC becomes the latest sport to delve into the world of cryptocurrency with Socios partnership

UFC becomes latest sport to delve into the world of cryptocurrency after announcing partnership with blockchain platform Socios, joining football giants Barcelona and PSG… with followers set to have input on action inside the Octagon using Fan Tokens

UFC has become the latest sport to get involved in the world of cryptocurrency and blockchain in a bid to bring fans closer to the action than ever before.

Dana White’s ultimate fighting empire has announced a partnership with leading blockchain provider Socios, which will enable loyal followers to get hold of $UFC Fan Tokens which will, in turn, allow unique opportunities to make important decisions within the sport itself.

Fan Tokens are minted on the Chiliz blockchain and are set to provide owners with access to exclusive content and opportunities on Socios.com, such as fan voting, VIP rewards, exclusive promotions, AR-enabled features, chat forums, games and competitions.

UFC has announced a partnership with blockchain provider Socios due for launch in June

It it the latest move from Dana White as he bids to grow the status of the rapidly rising sport

It it the latest move from Dana White as he bids to grow the status of the rapidly rising sport

WHAT ARE NFTs?

As per The Verge, NFTs allow you to buy and sell ownership of unique digital items and keep track of who owns them using the blockchain. 

NFT stands for “non-fungible token,” and it can technically contain anything digital, including drawings, animated GIFs, songs, or items in video games. 

An NFT can either be one-of-a-kind, like a real-life painting, or one copy of many, like trading cards, but the blockchain keeps track of who has ownership of the file.

The $UFC Fan Token is scheduled for launch on Socios.com in June and will have a maximum lifetime supply of 20 million. 

UFC will join a strong network that now features 26 major sports clubs and organisations around the world which have partnered with Chiliz to launch Fan Tokens, including European football royalty Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan and Manchester City.  

AC Milan, Juventus, Roma and Atletico Madrid also feature among the sports teams who usethe tokens, in a market which now worth nearly £300million and rising.  

‘Socios.com and Fan Tokens will empower UFC to connect with its global following like never before,’ said Alexandre Dreyfus, CEO of Chiliz and Socios.com. 

‘By giving fans around the world the ability to influence their favorite teams and sports, we are transforming what it means to be a fan. 

The partnership with Socios and the UFC will come into play before Conor McGregor's return

The partnership with Socios and the UFC will come into play before Conor McGregor’s return

‘We’re delighted to welcome UFC to our growing roster of Fan Token partners and we are very excited to continue our expansion in the U.S. and globally, throughout 2021.’

Last January the sporting world saw one of it’s first influences of blockchain and Fan Token on the big stage, after Juventus fans used Chilliz to take control of the set-up of matchday and change the club’s long-standing goal anthem.

Each time the ball hit the back of the net the famous Turin stadium became momentarily British, as Blur’s iconic anthem Song 2 reverberated across all four stands – as decided by supporters.

The vote coincided timely with Cristiano Ronaldo scoring his fifty-sixth career hat-trick, as Juve stormed to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Cagliari.

More recently, French giants PSG saw fans select a bespoke captain’s armband message using Fan Token, which now remains a part of the club to this day.

European football giants PSG have already given fans access to the club's inner workings

European football giants PSG have already given fans access to the club’s inner workings

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Nate Diaz’s return to the octagon against Britain’s Leon Edwards ‘DELAYED until June 12’

Nate Diaz’s return to the octagon against Britain’s Leon Edwards ‘DELAYED until June 12 after fan-favourite picks up minor injury’ ahead of UFC 262 co-main event

  • Nate Diaz’s return to the UFC has been rescheduled due to a minor injury 
  • The 36-year-old was due to fight Leon Edwards in the co-main event at UFC 262 
  • However, the bout has been moved to June 12 as a result of an injury sustained
  • Britain’s Edwards is looking to earn himself a shot at Kamaru Usman’s title 

Nate Diaz’s return to the UFC has been rescheduled for June 12 after the fan-favourite picked up a ‘minor injury’ ahead of his bout with Leon Edwards, according to ESPN.

Diaz, 36, has been out of action since competing for the BMF title against Jorge Masvidal at Madison Square Garden in November 2019, where he was stopped after three rounds due to cuts sustained.

The Stockton-born fighter was due to face British welterweight contender Edwards in the five-round co-main event of UFC 262, scheduled for May 15.

Nate Diaz’s return to the UFC has been delayed by a month due to a minor injury sustained

The fan-favourite, 36, was due to take on Britain's Leon Edwards at UFC 262 on May 15

The fan-favourite, 36, was due to take on Britain’s Leon Edwards at UFC 262 on May 15

However, ESPN reports that Edwards vs Diaz has been pushed back owing to an undisclosed, minor injury sustained by the 36-year-old.  

The fight has subsequently been moved to UFC 263 next month in Glendale, Arizona, with the UFC opting to keep the bout intact rather than search for a late replacement to take on Edwards.

Birmingham-based Briton Edwards is hoping that a victory over Diaz will propel him into a title fight with welterweight king Kamaru Usman. 

Edwards is the No 4-ranked contender at 170-pounds and is on a nine-fight winning streak, although his last bout against Belal Muhammad ended in a no contest due to an accidental eye poke. 

However, an undisclosed injury has delayed the five-round contest until UFC 263 on June 12

However, an undisclosed injury has delayed the five-round contest until UFC 263 on June 12

Diaz was last in action over 18 months ago when he took on Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244

Diaz was last in action over 18 months ago when he took on Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244

Usman recently defeated Masvidal at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Florida, and is expected to take on Colby Covington next. Edwards will look to put himself in a strong position should that fight fail to materialise.

UFC 262 is set to be headlined by Michael Chandler and Charles Oliveira, who are competing for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s vacant lightweight title. Former interim champion Tony Ferguson is taking on Beneil Dariush on the undercard.

ESPN adds that Edwards vs Diaz will remain a five-round contest at UFC 263, where Israel Adesanya defends his middleweight crown against Marvin Vettori while Deiveson Figueiredo defends his flyweight title against Brandon Moreno in the co-main event.

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Ion Cutelaba grabs Dustin Jacoby’s neck as fighters have to be separated at UFC Vegas 25 weigh-in

Ion Cutelaba grabs Dustin Jacoby’s neck as light heavyweight stars have to be separated by Dana White and security at UFC Vegas 25 weigh-in ahead of Saturday night showdown

  • Ion Cutelaba grabbed Dustin Jacob’y neck at the UFC Vegas 25 weigh-in 
  • Jacoby responded by pushing his Moldovian opponent as things got heated 
  • UFC president Dana White and security had to step in to separate them
  • Cutelaba has history for trying to unsettle opponents ahead of their fight 

Ion Cutelaba grabbed Dustin Jacoby’s neck as the light heavyweight fighters had to be separated after squaring up to each other at the UFC Vegas 25 weigh-in.

Cutelaba was seemingly unable to wait until their Saturday night fight to get his hands on Jacoby with the Moldovian immediately making a grab for his American opponent.

Jacoby then shoved Cutelaba before UFC president Dana White tried to step in to separate them with both fighters eventually pulled back by security.  

Ion Cutelaba (left) grabbed Dustin Jacoby’s neck at the UFC Vegas 25 weigh-in on Friday

Jacoby responded by pushing the Moldovian fighter as things got heated ahead of their fight

Jacoby responded by pushing the Moldovian fighter as things got heated ahead of their fight

White has previously criticised MMA matchmaker Sean Shelby for being unable to stop a similar situation between Jeremy Stephens and Drakkar Klose earlier this month.

Stephens pushed Klose and it was enough to force the American to pull out of their fight after spraining his ankle.

‘Oh, f*** come on,’ White was heard saying on camera after Cutelaba and Jacoby were separated.

‘I was just ragging on Sean (Shelby) before I walked in here.’ 

Dana White tried to separate the two fighters before security stepped in to calm things down

Dana White tried to separate the two fighters before security stepped in to calm things down

The 27-year-old cheekily tweeted a picture of him grabbing his American opponent alongside the caption: 'See you tomorrow'

The 27-year-old cheekily tweeted a picture of him grabbing his American opponent alongside the caption: ‘See you tomorrow’

This is not the first time Cutelaba has tried to unsettle his opponent ahead of their fight.

The ‘Hulk’ has previously painted his skin green before turning up to a weigh-in and has also got up close and personal with other fighters.

The 27-year-old cheekily tweeted a picture of himself grabbing Jacoby with the shushing face emoji alongside the caption: ‘See you tomorrow.’

Cutelaba and Jacoby will have the chance to settle their score at the UFC Apex on Saturday’s maincard.

The night is headlined by the light heavyweight fight between Dominick Reyes and Jiri Prochazka.

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Kamaru Usman warns ‘Disney kid’ Jake Paul not to challenge him

‘Stay on that side… I don’t play fighting’: Kamaru Usman warns ‘Disney kid’ Jake Paul not to challenge him after YouTuber-turned-boxer promised his ‘biggest pay day’ in cross-over bout

  • Kamaru Usman elevated his stock even higher with KO of Jorge Masvidal  
  • Jake Paul wrote ‘challenge accepted’ in trying to lure Usman into boxing match 
  • But UFC welterweight champion warned him that he ‘doesn’t play fighting’ 
  • Paul was in crowd at UFC 261 and has called out Dana White over fighter pay 

Kamaru Usman has warned Jake Paul that he ‘doesn’t play fighting’ and told the YouTuber-turned-boxer to ‘stay on his side’ of combat sports. 

The welterweight champion’s stock is at an all-time high after delivering a sensational KO win over Jorge Masvidal in the main event of UFC 261. 

And Paul indicated that he wants to lure Usman into a boxing match having easily dispatched Ben Askren on April 17. 

Kamaru Usman defeated Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 and Jake Paul wants to box him

Paul was in attendance and is chasing fights with MMA stars having beaten Ben Askren

Paul was in attendance and is chasing fights with MMA stars having beaten Ben Askren

Paul tweeted: ‘Challenge accepted. @Usman84kg if your boss Dana gives you permission to box me and make more money than you ever have, let me know and we can lace them up. I promise it will be your biggest pay day.’

But the Nigerian Nightmare later responded, writing: ‘Keep making your money young man, and stay on that side. I ain’t no Disney kid and I don’t play fighting.’

Paul is making a name for himself in the combat sports world by competing against big-name athletes in the ring. 

He knocked out former NBA star Nate Robinson and followed it up with the heavy KO of Askren, who was almost exclusively a wrestling-based fighter in MMA. 

Usman's stock has never been higher and he has a claim to be pound-for-pound No 1

Usman’s stock has never been higher and he has a claim to be pound-for-pound No 1

Usman has not been known for his heavy hands but showed another level to his game in separating the dangerous Masvidal from consciousness. 

There’s no doubt a bout with Paul would be hugely lucrative but the UFC are unlikely to sanction a cross-over fight for Usman, especially with the celebrity putting himself on the wrong side of Dana White. 

He recently wrote: ‘In my third fight, I made more money in total pay than any fighter in UFC history. 

‘Maybe it’s time to pay your fighters their fair share? No wonder they all want to get into boxing. Dana, you say you make the fights the fans want to see, so hurry up and make [Jon] Jones vs. [Francis] Ngannou. Pay them their fair share. $10 million purse for each guy plus pay-per-view.’   

Usman wants to stay in the octagon and warned Paul to remain 'on that side' of fighting

Usman wants to stay in the octagon and warned Paul to remain ‘on that side’ of fighting

Paul is aware of how much traction he can get by playing the pantomime villain and was cage-side for Usman’s win over Masvidal. 

He was involved in a confrontation with former UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who left his spot on commentary duty for the altercation and later claimed he would ‘torture’ the YouTuber for ‘disrespecting’ his legacy. 

The entire crowd chanted ‘f*** Jake Paul’ in unison and presenting himself as the enemy to MMA is undoubtedly a shrewd move. 

Whether White will release any of his fighters from their contracts to compete with the 24-year-old is another matter entirely.  

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Jorge Masvidal open to fighting Nick Diaz as he targets return just days after UFC 261 defeat

Jorge Masvidal ‘more than willing’ to fight Nick Diaz having beated his brother Nate at UFC 244 as he targets return to the octagon just days after being knocked out by Kamaru Usman

Jorge Masvidal insists he would be ‘more than willing to throw down’ with Nick Diaz later this year as he looks to regroup following his emphatic defeat by Kamaru Usman on Saturday.

Usman produced a stunning knockout to defend his welterweight title in the main event at UFC 261, leaving Masvidal to ponder his next move after his brutal second round loss.

While the result was disappointing for the American, Masvidal is already outlining his return to the octagon for later this year but insists he won’t be rushed into taking any fights at short notice.

Jorge Masvidal is already targeting a return to the octagon after his defeat by Kamaru Usman

However, a fight with Nick Diaz has been mooted after he was spotted in the crowd at UFC 261, sparking talk that a long-awaited return to the sport is on the agenda. 

Revenge will also be on the cards for Nick seeing how Masvidal beat his brother Nate at UFC 244. And while he picks himself up following back-to-back defeats by Usman, Masvidal believes a fight with Nick makes a lot of sense.

‘Definitely, Nick is a stud,’ the 36-year-old told ESPN when asked if a fight with Diaz was on the cards. ‘If Nick wants to throw down I’m more than willing to throw down. Like I said, I’m going to do it on my time, I’m not taking short-notice fights, no matter who it is

Usman (right) emphatically knocked Masvidal (left) out in the main event at UFC 261

Usman (right) emphatically knocked Masvidal (left) out in the main event at UFC 261

‘I’m not going to do that right now. But, if Nick does want to fight towards the end of this year, what can I say, I’m here. You want to do right for your little brother?

‘Let’s go. I heard a lot of interviews that he wasn’t too keen on what I did to his little brother. Neither would I,’ Masvidal continued. 

‘I feel for Nick in that situation. I know what I’d wanna do if somebody did that to my little brother. So, let’s go.’ 

Nick Diaz has not fought in the UFC since UFC 183 in 2015, when his fight with Anderson Silva was declared a no contest. 

Masvidal insists he would be open to fighting Nate Diaz (pictured) later on this year

Masvidal insists he would be open to fighting Nate Diaz (pictured) later on this year

The 36-year-old beat Nick's younger brother, Nate (right), at UFC 244 in November 2019

The 36-year-old beat Nick’s younger brother, Nate (right), at UFC 244 in November 2019

However, after watching his brother Nate’s defeat by Masvidal, the 37-year-old told ESPN in 2019 that he wants to fight ‘Gamebred’ after not being happy with Masvidal’s reaction to the win.

The pair were ready to meet at UFC 235 in 2018 but a deal was never reached, which saw Masvidal go on to fight Darren Till instead.

But while a return for Diaz is still no certainty, Masvidal insists he is ready to be his next dance partner should he decide to step back inside the octagon. 

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