The Dutch veteran of the UFC heavyweight division Alistair Overeem paid tribute to his closest rival Alexey Oleynik and expressed the hope that their fight with Alexander Volkov would take place in the future. Initially Overeem’s rival was to be Volkov at the tournament in St. Petersburg, but the Russian was out due to health problems.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov spoke about his addictions to the training: “You come to the gym and fight all the training, and after training you catch yourself thinking that you are feeling tired. I call it addiction, I don’t know how to get rid of it. I just need to support it - the only way I find a way out. But there is also another side, everything comes to an end, and training is no exception.”
The experienced veterans of the UFC heavyweight division Alistair Overeem and Alexey Oleynik will meet in the main event of the UFC Fight Night 149 tournament, which will take place in St. Petersburg, Russia this Saturday, April 20. In anticipation for the fight, bookmakers in their odds give advantage of the Dutchman.
Ali Abdel-Aziz, manager of the Russian fighter Khabib Numagomedov and the American Justin Gaethje, called out the Irish Conor MacGregor to return to the ring. Abdel-Aziz offered McGregor to fight Gaethje.
Former UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson may face Conor McGregor in the octagon. Ferguson hinted at this by posting a video on his twitter.
The American bookmaker BetOnline has published odds for the upcoming title fights in the middleweight and lightweight UFC divisions.
UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov published in his Instagram photos from training, hinting at his imminent return. “I’m ready for war, I'll be back soon,” Nurmagomedov signed his photo.
On April 13 in Atlanta, Georgia, the UFC 236 tournament will take place. And today, on Friday, the participants of the upcoming show have gone through an official weigh-in procedure.
UFC President Dana White reported that Irish MMA fighter Conor McGregor, who announced his retirement, will be back in Octagon. According to White, he discussed with McGregor potential rivals for the Irish.
UFC superstar Jon Jones is firing back at Israel Adesanya saying he would destroy the 29-year-old so badly when they fight down the road "I’ll make you call me daddy by the third [round]." Jon is responding to comments Israel made during an interview, when Adesanya told that a fight with Jones "tickles my loins" and added, "I already killed one G.O.A.T. and I'm hunting the next."