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Former UFC Champ, Israel Adesanya arrested in US over brass knuckles.


Former UFC middleweight champion, Israel Adesanya, has reportedly been arrested for taking brass knuckles through security and John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.

The 33-year-old, who lost his title by TKO to Alex Pereira in New York last Saturday, was arrested by Port Authority police in the American Airlines terminal on Wednesday.

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According to a report on Daily Mail, a Port Authority spokesperson at the John F. Kennedy Airport in New York confirmed the arrest, saying Adesanya was booked for possessing ‘metal knuckles.’

Brass knuckles are a Class A misdemeanor in New York, and it is also illegal to bring them aboard an airplane. It’s not clear where Adesanya allegedly stored the weapon.

Spokespeople from the UFC are yet to react to the incident.




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Adesanya’s loss has seen him plummet down the pound-for-pound rankings, dropping from No. 2 to No. 8 on MMAfighting.com.

A native of Lagos, Nigeria, Adesanya is now a citizen of New Zealand and currently lives in Auckland.

Longtime rivals Adesanya and Pereira went head-to-head on Saturday in a showdown for the UFC middleweight belt, where the latter emerged victorious after a brutal TKO stoppage late in the bout.

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Despite claims that referee Marc Goddard called an end to the fight prematurely, Canadian fighter and trainer Firas Zahabi insists Adesanya should be ‘grateful’ for the decision.


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Cain Velasquez breaks silence about being arrested for alleged shooting


Former WWE/UFC star Cain Velasquez is facing 10 charges after being involved in a shooting in late February.

Cain followed Harry Goularte, who was recently charged with 1 felony count of lewd and lascivious act for allegedly molesting Valesquez’s close relative, along with his mom and stepdad from their home. Goularte was let out of jail under supervised release despite being charged.

Velasquez allegedly fired shots at the vehicle where he hit Goularte’s stepfather. Police later found a 40-caliber semi-automatic handgun in Cain’s truck with 2-10 bullet magazines where 8 total bullets were missing from the mags.

The charges against him include 1st degree attempted murder, multiple counts of assault with a deadly weapon, and shooting an occupied motor vehicle, among others. If found convicted, the former UFC Heavyweight Champion faces decades in prison.

On Tuesday ahead of his court hearing, Velasquez issued the following statement regarding the situation:

“To everyone who has expressed their support for us, my family and I can never thank you enough. From the depths of our hearts and souls, we are eternally grateful for your love. Your selfless acts and encouraging words have given me strength in my darkest moments. This story is complex and is slowly unfolding right now. To all the true victims of this case, may God grant you the strength to speak publicly. Although the hardest part is reliving the pain you have suffered, by speaking honestly, justice will be done and your true recovery will begin. I will never stop helping and loving my community and all of you. Thank you for loving me. — Cain Velasquez”

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Kamaru Usman extends UFC reign after ‘Gilbert Burns knockout.’


It is also the longest-ever winning streak for a welterweight in the UFC, surpassing the 12-0 by Canada’s former champ Georges St-Pierre, arguably the greatest fighter the sport has seen.

Nigerian-American Kamaru Usman blasted away challenger Gilbert Burns on Saturday and extended his seemingly impregnable reign at the top of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight division with a third-round knockout at UFC 258 in Las Vegas.

“This is my cage,” Usman said afterwards. “I’m the undisputed welterweight champion for a reason. I am the best on the planet for a reason. I’m here to stay.”

The bout started with the Brazilian Burns rushing the champion in the center of the cage, landing a huge right to the temple with a minute gone that left Usman wobbling.


But Usman dusted himself off, his rapier-like left jab found its mark, and the champion found his range with some massive rights of his own before the TKO was called with 34 seconds of the third round gone.

It was a straight right that put Burns on his back then, and Usman rained down the blows before referee Herb Dean made the call.


“He caught me in the first round,” said Usman. “I thought: ‘Let’s go to work now’.”

The victory took his lifetime record to 18-1, and the 33-year-old dubbed the “Nigerian Nightmare” is now 13-0 in the UFC the longest active winning streak across all divisions in the world’s leading mixed martial arts promotion.

It is also the longest-ever winning streak for a welterweight in the UFC, surpassing the 12-0 by Canada’s former champ Georges St-Pierre, arguably the greatest fighter the sport has seen.


Saturday’s effort showcased the skill set that has taken Usman to the top.

Burns came to MMA after winning multiple world titles in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, and Usman looked to keep the action standing.

Burns had said coming into the fight that he had developed the power to match Usman on his feet and the first blow backed the claim.

But a slip then found the Brazilian on his back and Usman used the time to recover, recalibrate, and then come out with all guns blazing.


Saturday’s 10-fight card was the first pay-per-view event the UFC has hosted at its Las Vegas headquarters this year, after its UFC 257 card was staged inside the “Fight Island” complex in Abu Dhabi last month.

The UFC’s Apex facility in Las Vegas remains fan-free with strict protocols being enforced as the United States continues to struggle with the coronavirus pandemic.



UFC: Poirier beats McGregor in round 2.


But Poirier, who now has a UFC record of 27-6, used low calf kicks in an effort to put McGregor (22-5) off his usual ferocious stand-up game – and it worked.

American underdog Dustin Poirier has shaken up the world of mixed martial arts by beating up the legs of Irish superstar Conor McGregor before knocking him out at UFC 257 in Abu Dhabi.

Dustin Poirier, right, punches Conor McGregor during the UFC 257 event at Etihad Arena on ‘Fight Island’ on Saturday in Abu Dhabi [Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images]

“I’m happy but I’m not surprised. I put in the work,” Poirier on Sunday after the referee stepped in after two minutes and 32 seconds of the second round to save McGregor from further damage after he was dropped by a fierce combination of punches.

Poirier, 32, was ranked second in the lightweight division going into the fight, but still rated a heavy underdog by bookmakers to beat his fourth-ranked opponent, arguably the most famous fighter the sport has seen.

The controversial McGregor, known as “Notorious”, was returning to the octagon for the first time in a year and hoping for a repeat of the pair’s first contest in 2014, which he won by TKO after just 109 seconds.


“First off I want to say Conor took this result professionally. We’re 1-1 and maybe we’re going to have to do it again,” said Poirier, hinting at the prospect of a trilogy fight.

McGregor, right, spent the week up to the fight predicting he would end it inside 60 seconds [Reuters]

“I’m happy with the place I am in. I’m happy with the face I see in the mirror. The goal was to be technical and to pick my shots, not brawl at all. I had him hurt and I went a little crazy.”


Worked the legs
McGregor likes to call himself “Mystic Mac” and had spent the week leading into the fight predicting he would end it inside 60 seconds.

But he met a different Poirier to the one who had looked overmatched when the pair previously met at UFC 178 at the lighter featherweight.

Poirier, right, used low calf kicks in an effort to put McGregor off his usual ferocious stand-up game – and it worked [Getty]

Poirier worked the legs and took McGregor down into a grapple for much of the first round – avoiding a boxing face-off against a man who once shared the ring with Floyd Mayweather and had touted a future fight against Manny Pacquiao.

Poirier then found his range in the second, weakening McGregor’s base with more calf kicks before exploding for the shock finish.


He staggered McGregor with a big overhand left and then dropped him to the canvas with a straight right flush on the Irishman’s nose before referee Herb Dean waved it off.

“You know, it’s hard to overcome inactivity over long periods of time,” said McGregor, who had not fought since beating Donald Cerrone in 40 seconds last January.


“The low calf kick was very good but Dustin is some fighter,” said McGregor.

“I’ll dust it off and come back because that’s what I’ll do. I’ll take my licks. I’m gutted, it’s a tough one to swallow. I just want to go back to the hotel and chill with my kids and regroup.”

The second-ranked Poirier is now in prime position to either inherit or fight for the UFC’s lightweight belt, most recently held by the now-retired unbeaten Russian Khabib Nurmagomedov.


“I felt like this was the title fight. If Khabib’s not coming back then I’m the champion,” said Poirier.

Conor McGregor of Ireland, left, punches American Dustin Poirier in a lightweight fight during the UFC 257 event inside Etihad Arena in Abu Dhabi, UAE [Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images]

UFC President Dana White had made no secret of the fact that he would like to see Nurmagomedov, who retired undefeated after beating Justin Gaethje last October, come back for a lucrative rematch with McGregor.

White was in immediate contact with Nurmagomedov to see if he had seen anything that would entice him back into the octagon, but he said the undefeated Dagestani was apparently sticking by his decision to retire, for the time being at least.

“He said ‘Dana, be honest with yourself. I’m so many levels above these guys. I beat these guys’,” White told a media conference as he watched what would undoubtedly have been a very lucrative pay-per-view event slip away.


Saturday’s fight was held inside the new Etihad Arena on the “Fight Island” bio-secure sporting hub of Yas Island, which Abu Dhabi’s government established last July.

The three UFC events staged over the past week have been the first to allow fans to sit cage-side, with about 2,000 in attendance for the main event.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is an American mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion company based in Las Vegas, Nevada, which is owned and operated by Endeavor Group Holdings along with Silver Lake Partners, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts and MSD Capital via Zuffa, LLC.



Nigerian govt congratulate Kamaru Usman amid his win to retain UFC title


• Buhari Congratulate Kamaru Usman •

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated Kamaru Usman over successful UFC welterweight title defense against Jorge Masvidal.

Buhari through a statement signed by his Senior Special Adviser, Garba Shehu, said that Usman lifted spirits in this COVID-19 with his win.

“As the first African-born and Nigerian UFC Champion, President Buhari commends the courageous fighter for finishing strong inside the octagon, proudly flying the green and white colours in distant lands, and reminding the world that good things and great people still come out of Nigeria.


“While the global COVID-19 pandemic may have brought gloom to many families and nations, the President is delighted and gratified that our welterweight champion has lifted our spirits with another professional performance proving that things will surely get better at the fullness of time when we remain committed to our vision”, the statement read.

• How Kamaru Usman defeats Jorge Masvidal to retain UFC welterweight title •

Kamaru Usman has successfully retained his welterweight championship by defeating Jorge Masvidal at UFC 251, but it’s safe to say fans are far from happy with regards to his performance.

The Nigerian Nightmare made it his main goal to stop and nullify his opponent, which he did so by grappling and tackling to the mat, as well as holding him up against the cage and restricting Masvidal from doing basically anything.

There were also A LOT of toe stomps going on, which received the meme treatment on social media throughout and after the fight.

Despite having a change of opponent very last minute, the Nigerian got the job done and left Fight Island with his belt still wrapped firmly round his waist.


The main event in Abu Dhabi was supposed to be Usman vs Gilbert Burns, but after he and his coach tested positive for coronavirus, they had to withdraw from fight night.

With president Dana White refusing to let that ruin the event, he went in search of a replacement, and in stepped Masvidal.

Despite such short notice and despite having to lose 20 pounds in a week, the American agreed to the fight.


However, it was all too much for him come fight night, as Usman got the job done and retained his belt.

The victory for the champion leaves him with a professional record of 17 wins and just the one defeat, whilst Masvidal now has a record of 35 wins and 14 defeats.

Dancing and singing his way to the Octagon, it was clear that the ‘Nigerian Nightmare’ was in confident mood, and that showed inside the cage as well.

Yes he was heavy criticised, and yes fans were bored and left unimpressed with the fight itself, but you have to give props to the champion, he did what he needed to do and scored a resounding victory via unanimous decision.



Conor McGregor posts never-before-seen footage of final spar before Cerrone fight

Conor McGregor has released never-before-seen footage of his last sparring session before defeating Donald Cerrone on his UFC return back in January.

The footage was uploaded by TheMacLife – the media company owned by the UFC star – and it showed his final preparations before his 40-second KO against the 36-year-old.

The video showed the 31-year-old Irishman hitting pads with striking coach Owen Roddy followed by a few rounds of sparring.

With just a week out from fighting, McGregor’s accuracy and speed was on show as he landed some breathtaking shots, even when the spars were light.

Without a UFC win for three years at that point, the southpaw admitted that he couldn’t hold back his energy as he grew in anticipation, which the video showed.

McGregor said: “Now I’m trying to hold it, right? I just wanna go now, I’m up for a fight.

“This is the part where you’ve got to hold it, to bottle it in there, and then release it in there.”

He decided to eliminate his gruelling weight to cut it at lightweight, where he made his Octagon return at welterweight.

And the former two-division champion beamed as he revealed his stress-free training camp which involved enhancing his power.

McGregor added: “Happy days, phenomenal camp. I just want to fight, man. I’ve been training for it for so long now.

“Usually when you’re cutting weight you don’t feel that, you’ve got the weight cut to worry about, so this is a little new to me.

“I’m just eager to go, so they’re trying to pull me back on the reigns and I’m just raring to go.”

The decision to move up a division paid off following his first-round victory, but, even though he won at welterweight, UFC boss Dana White initially promised the Irishman a thrilling rematch against lightweight king Khabib Nurmagomedov.

However, The Notorious’ recovery back to the title has taken a hit after Nurmagomedov’s defence against Tony Ferguson was scrapped amid the coronavirus pandemic.


Ruiz Jr. sacks manager after losing to Anthony Joshua

Andy Ruiz Jr. has sacked his coach Manny Robles who helped him to defeat Anthony Joshua in June last year.

Robles coached Ruiz and helped him defeat the odds to beat Joshua in June 2019 before Joshua came back to school the Mexican-American six months later in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Andy Ruiz Jr. sacks his coach Manny Robles one month after losing to Anthony Joshua

Now a month after Ruiz’ defeat, Robles has been sacked by Ruiz as he prepares to mount a come back in 2020, but Robles has blasted Ruiz saying he refused to listen to him or his dad after winning the heavyweight belts from Joshua and his stubbornness eventually led to his loss six months later.

Speaking to ESPN, he added that the relationship between him and Ruiz was never going to work going forward because Ruiz ‘wasn’t listening’. NobleSport learnt

‘I’ve seen it coming, I’ll be honest with you,’ he said. ‘Andy was just doing whatever the hell he wanted to do. The dad, obviously with him being the manager, he just had no control over his son. None of us had control of him, for that matter.

‘So I just saw it coming, it wasn’t going to work because he wasn’t listening. He’s not listening to me, he’s not listening to his dad, he’s not listening to anybody. He said it himself after the [post-fight] press conference..

‘Fortunately for me, Andy took the blame on himself and didn’t sit there like a majority of fighters and blame the coach.’..

Robles said the decision was taken by the fighter’s promoter Al Haymon to give him a fresh start.

‘They apparently told them that they didn’t want the same thing to repeat itself again,’ Robles continued.

‘It is what it is, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s not the first time it’s happened to me. I’m absolutely grateful and blessed to have been able to experience everything that I was able to experience in 2019

Speaking after his one-sided loss to Joshua in December, Ruiz said his emotional victory over his rival last year had put him on cloud nine ..

‘I think I ate everything… EVERYTHING… that’s why I gained so much weight,’ he said…
I was having too much fun, I was celebrating too much. Even out of shape, even the way that I was training back and forth (between Mexico and California)… f******, I did pretty good, dude! I did pretty good! But, I wish I had taken it more serious.’

‘I mean, we made history, and I have to be thankful for that. I have to be thankful to Andy and his dad for giving me the opportunity to be part of something special, to have made history – for him to become the first Mexican heavyweight champion of the world.’