Conor McGregor opens up about Michael Chandler after filming wraps on The Ultimate Fighter 31, while the trailer for Fight Circus 6’s Bob Sapp-Rampage Jackson “Siamese Twin Fight” is absolutely bonkers in the best way. The UFC gets charitable, and Jake Paul’s trainer is lucky to be alive — all in your Sunday MMA Quick Hits!
Endeavor and UFC make $250,000 donation to Women’s Sports Foundation
Under the Endeavor Impact banner, the UFC and its parent company Endeavor have made a $250,000 donation to the Women’s Sports Foundation (WSF) as part of a new partnership to push for “gender equity in women’s athletics.”
UFC officials announced the news in a press release this past week.
An oft-overlooked factor of the UFC is that, once Dana White finally came around on allowing women to fight inside the octagon, it has consistently produced some of the biggest stars in women’s professional sports, from Ronda Rousey (crossing over from Strikeforce), to Joanna Jedrzejczyk, to Amanda Nunes and “Thug” Rose Namajunas.
“We at the Women’s Sports Foundation are thrilled to be joining forces with Endeavor to showcase the importance of investing in women,” said WSF CEO Danette Leighton. “This partnership is vital as we work to illuminate the equity gaps for girls and women on and off the field of play. Together with Endeavor, we will be able to deepen our impact and inspire more girls and women to experience the transformative power of sport.”
IMMAF lands sponsorship deal with Brave CF
The International Mixed Martial Arts Federation, an amateur governing body who have helped produce talents like current UFC star Muhammad Mokaev, have landed a sponsorship deal with Brave CF.
The goal of the new, multi-year deal is to help push towards the inclusion of mixed martial arts in the Olympic Games.
IMMAF President, Kerrith Brown was quoted in a press release announcing the news as saying that “BRAVE CF has contributed greatly to the development of IMMAF having hosted three IMMAF World Championships and a World Team Championships [MMA SuperCup]. I am delighted that BRAVE CF have decided to move their support to the next level with this sponsorship agreement.
“This support will allow the good work already done to continue and solidify our position as the only legitimate international governing body for amateur MMA. Through mutual collaboration and leveraging of resources, BRAVE CF will undoubtedly accelerate our continued growth across the globe and toward Olympic recognition.”
The IMMAF appeared to be in financial trouble earlier this month, due to reports circulating that they had burned through sponsorship money provided by the UFC.
This has been flying under the radar – things are not looking good for the IMMAF, who have helped produce some serious amateur talent including Muhammad Mokaev (23-0 as an amateur). 2022 IMMAF World Championships just wrapped in Feb. https://t.co/7yO0lhvAYF
— Jay Anders🎆n 🇨🇦 (@CageSideJay) March 11, 2023
McGregor doesn’t mind Michael Chandler, going to “hunt him down” regardless
After coaching opposite the former Bellator lightweight champ on The Ultimate Fighter 31, Conor McGregor says he doesn’t mind Michael Chandler.
“I don’t mind Mike. I don’t mind him, to be honest with you,” McGregor stated during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour. “I’m gonna go after him, I’m going to hunt him down. He’s talking about coming out, putting me on the back foot. There’s not one man on this planet who’s ever put me on the back foot off the opening bell. So we’ll see after that what’s what. And other than that, I’m happy with the match-up, I’m excited to get going, and that’s it.”
That’s not to say everything on the show was smooth sailing. UFC President Dana White previously revealed that tempers had flared between the two fighters during filming of the show, though McGregor downplayed the incident.
“We had a little tussle,” McGregor said, suggesting it had to do with the Irish fighter’s teammate, Lee Hammond. “He was on the show, he’s 5-0, undefeated. So I had skin the game, and it was just, it was emotional. Tempers got flared. But it was all good, we settled it. It was no problem. It was a great experience, and all the competitors fought their heart out. I was happy and honored to in my guys corner and just to be present and experience it.”
There’s no date yet for McGregor vs. Chandler, but “Mystic Mac” predicted a fight later in the summer.
What the hell did we just watch?
Bob Sapp and Rampage Jackson are teaming up for a freakshow fight at the aptly named Fight Circus 6 in Thailand on March 31. In advance of what is being called a Siamese Twin Fight, the promotion brought to you by Full Metal Dojo has released a 70s grindhouse style trailer promoting Sloppy Balboa vs. Twopollo Ramsapp Creed.
It has to be a work, right? This is either the worst idea in combat sports history, or the best thing ever. There is no middle ground.
It is The Underdog Story of Sloppy Balboa 👊 facing The Greatest Siamese Twin Fighter of All Time.
🎪 Fight Circus Vol.6: The Rise or Fall of Sloppy Balboa
🗓️ March 31st
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🎫 Tickets on SALE SOON!!! pic.twitter.com/atAJlvS1fj
— FMD ☣️ (@FullMetalDojo) March 16, 2023
Jake Paul’s trainer shot in armed robbery attempt
Benjamin Flores, a pro boxing trainer who has worked with Jake Paul, was shot this past week in an armed robbery attempt in Medellin, Colombia.
Flores posted video of the aftermath on social media, following an incident that saw him with a gun pressed to his temple. Flores was able to defend himself, but took a bullet to the leg — a much better outcome given where the gun was initially aimed.
“Armed robbery at Gunpoint… At a red light in Medellin Colombia on passenger side… Pistol to my right temple, I was able to move the weapon down and manage to only get shot in the leg one time,” wrote Flores. “Hospital now waiting surgery to remove the bullet . Thank GOD I’m alive.”
Armed robbery at Gunpoint… At a red light in Medellin Colombia on passenger side…
Pistol to my right temple,
I was able to move the weapon down and manage to only get shot in the leg one time. Hospital now waiting surgery to remove the bullet . Thank GOD I’m alive. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 pic.twitter.com/n06LbNc2FN
— Benjamin Flores (@bjfloresboxing) March 17, 2023
Flores believes the robbery attempt was targeted. No word on any arrests in the case.