Questions in your thoughts about current happenings in MMA or the game generally? MMA Junkie’s Twitter Mailbag is right here – and this week it’s @John Morgan to reply your inquiries.
We talked about doing a video this week, however that might most likely imply I’d should shave. I’m beginning to get used to this not going to work stuff, in order that’s not going to occur. As an alternative, verify for solutions beneath:
What’s up with Jon Jones’ mild heavyweight title?
UFC champ and MMA GOAT candidate Jon Jones has made it clear he’s very happy at hand over his title if his monetary calls for can’t be met. And the UFC has clearly stripped the title from him earlier than, so it’s not as if precedent hasn’t been set. That mentioned, I are likely to imagine these two sides can come to an settlement in some unspecified time in the future over the subsequent few months.
UFC president Dana White has made it clear how troublesome the duty of placing on fights throughout a pandemic has been for the promotion. I’ve seen a lot of it first-hand, from the three exhibits in Florida to the present run in Las Vegas, in addition to listening to concerning the quantity of labor at present happening behind the scenes to make “Combat Island” a actuality.
Whereas White and his crew proceed to work on logistics and plans, I merely don’t suppose he believes he has time to become involved in in depth negotiations for anyone explicit combat in the interim. Add within the monetary uncertainty that each firm on the planet is going through proper now, and I feel you perceive why he’s involved at making any form of assured commitments on the entrance finish of contracts – although I feel he’d be simply wonderful discussing the phrases of what’s shared on the again finish, as soon as revenues are secured.
My hope is that because the UFC will get the practice absolutely rolling after “Combat Island,” White and his crew can come again and tackle a few of these lingering considerations. If not, you could be assured the UFC will transfer ahead with Jan Blachowicz vs. Dominick Reyes for a vacant title, although I don’t imagine that’s their major possibility.
Might Francis Ngannou beat the world’s prime 15 bantamweights concurrently?
Ah sure, the epic superfight we’ve all been clamoring for: Francis Ngannou vs. the world’s finest 135-pounders in a Battle Royale.
Pay attention, I feel the bantamweights can get this carried out, however there’s going to must be some severe technique concerned right here. Assuming we’re utilizing the MMA Junkie bantamweight rankings, we’re truly going to have some historical past made right here with the UFC, Bellator, ONE Championship and Rizin FF all working collectively to make this occur. Thrilling instances, certainly. However will the dearth of time collectively make it powerful for the fighters to plan?
This needs to be a concurrently executed, multi-pronged attacked. Kyoji Horiguchi continues to be on the mend from knee surgical procedure, so he’s going to should be extra of a distraction than anything. Dominick Cruz, I’m not risking his future fights, both – so along with his observe file of accidents, I’ve obtained to maintain him on the skin, as properly.
Rattling, simply realized T.J. Dillashaw can’t take part both, except we’re reserving this factor for subsequent yr.
All proper, now we’re all the way down to 12 guys, however I feel we’ve nonetheless obtained a plan.
Darrion Caldwell and Cody Stamann, they should shoot the legs. On the similar time, Pedro Munhoz and Raphael Assuncao hit flying armlocks. Aljamain Sterling? Come on. Straight to the again for “The Human JanSport.”
With each limb entangled, Marlon Moraes can begin throwing kicks to the physique. Petr Yan and Cody Garbrandt rifle off punches to the jawline. We’ve nonetheless obtained Cory Sandhagen, Jimmie Rivera and Bibiano Fernandes on backup, as properly.
Tune Yadong solely will get concerned if this factor by some means goes the gap. He by no means loses a call.
I see the trail to victory, clear as day. Give me the bantamweights, and if issues occur to go fallacious, might God have mercy on their soul.
When does Chael Sonnen defend his UFC mild heavyweight title?
I’m afraid pandemic MMA simply isn’t for Chael Sonnen. You possibly can’t take the undefeated, undisputed “American Gangster” and have him combat and not using a stay viewers. The monetary calls for of the highest-paid athlete within the historical past of the game merely can’t be met with out the advantage of a stay gate.
For now, your finest wager is just to stroll the imply streets of West Linn, Oregon – for those who dare – and hope to see outdated Chael P. run throughout the kind of scum he witnessed as a baby, casually dropping gum wrappers on the street and jaywalking as if legal guidelines have been by no means invented. Phrase is these confrontations go a bit totally different lately.
What number of posters do UFC fighters signal?
Properly, proper now, the reply is none. With all the things about MMA reimagined within the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the thought of getting each fighter on the cardboard signal a poster is not an appropriate observe. So in the interim, these are relics of the previous.
However pre-pandemic, the reply was 125. A handful went to the UFC workplace, each fighter on the cardboard acquired one, as properly. The remainder are offered to the general public. Most sell-out on the stay occasion, however you possibly can nonetheless get a couple of from random occasions on the UFC’s on-line retailer.
Ought to Jorge Masvidal have stored his negotiations with the UFC personal
That is an attention-grabbing query that I feel actually boils all the way down to what Jorge Masvidal finally hopes to realize. If his aim is just to get the very best deal for himself, then actually, I most likely would have beneficial a personal dialogue for a couple of causes.
First, it’s concerning the relationship with the individuals on the other aspect of the desk. UFC president Dana White has no drawback combating again if you wish to try to push him. So attempting to leverage some sort of public strain on him as a tactic is probably going by no means going to be terribly efficient. And naturally, if the thought is to get a floor swell of public help behind him to sway UFC brass, Masvidal couldn’t have picked a worse time by way of what is de facto shifting the general public proper now. It’s positively not about anybody amassing extra monetary wealth, even when they’re seemingly definitely worth the sum.
Nevertheless, if what Masvidal needs is actual change within the sport shifting ahead, then sure, going public was the fitting transfer. We’re actually seeing rather more dialogue amongst fighters about how finest to method negotiations and deal calls for. That’s all very constructive. Passing on data gained in these moments will solely assist to serve youthful athletes coming into the sport so that they have a greater thought of what offers can be found.
I bear in mind the primary time I came upon a fellow journalist had it written into their contract that each one of their air journey needed to be booked enterprise class. I instantly thought, “Wait, I can be certain it’s in my employment contract that I don’t should be caught within the center seat once I’m flying to Brazil? Who knew?”
(Facet observe: I’ve not been in a position to efficiently negotiate such a clause for myself. Sigh.)
I don’t know if fighters will ever manage. I’ve seen too many failed makes an attempt alongside the best way to suppose one effort goes to come back alongside and instantly get everybody on board. However within the meantime, protecting dialogues of communication open is a constructive for everybody concerned and may solely serve to teach fighters (and even managers) to raised perceive how far they’ll push in negotiations.
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