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He’s Worthy

5 of the 15 fighters within the UFC’s present pound-for-pound rankings are lightweights, essentially the most of any division. The UFC has light-weight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov ranked No. 2 pound-for-pound, adopted by No. 8 Conor McGregor, No. 9 Dustin Poirier, No. 11 Justin Gaethje and No. 12 Tony Ferguson.

Khama Worthy hasn’t completed sufficient to even be included within the light-weight scores, not to mention the pound-for-pound standings. He’s exhibiting sufficient, although, that he must be added to the checklist of threats within the 155-pound class.

Worthy scored a sensational guillotine choke victory over Luis Peña within the third spherical of their bout Saturday at UFC Apex, making him 2-for-2 within the UFC and working his general successful streak to seven in a row.

He’s 33 years outdated and on the traditional clock, doesn’t have numerous time left, however he felt he made an announcement with the win over Peña.

“I needed to return on the market and never simply get one other quick win,” Worthy mentioned after defeating Peña. “I needed a tough struggle. I needed it to be even, and even be down two rounds, after which pull it off to point out I’m official. It took me a minute to get right here, however I am a risk to any 155er on this weight class. I can go on the market and deal with anybody. I don’t should punch you within the face. I can choke you out, as properly.”

Worthy bought what he needed. He was spectacular within the first spherical, controlling the 6-foot-Three Peña all through and successful the spherical on all three scorecards. 

However Peña took him down within the second and spent a lot of the spherical working for submissions. Worthy stayed calm and labored his manner out. When a gap got here his manner within the third, he rapidly capitalized.

There was loads of hype on Peña, and far of it’s deserved. However the hype additionally must comply with Worthy, who has proven he’s no pushover.

“He had my again, however by no means bought something stable,” Worthy mentioned. “I figured he was simply making an attempt to include me, like most individuals. I fought out of Pennsylvania and Ohio, the place there are among the high wrestlers on this planet and I’m a striker. So my complete profession has been folks making an attempt to include me, making an attempt to maintain me in a single place and never let me hit them. I’ve constructed up a mode for that.”

He’s constructed up a fan-friendly model and is, like lots of his friends at light-weight, making himself a can’t-miss attraction.

Obligatory quarantine for Hooker

It was unhealthy sufficient for Dan Hooker that he dropped a choice to Dustin Poirier in the primary occasion of Saturday’s card at UFC Apex in what could properly develop into the 2020 Battle of the 12 months.

However it was even more durable for Hooker when he returned dwelling to New Zealand after the present. There may be just about no COVID-19 in New Zealand, and officers there are decided to maintain it that manner.

As a result of Hooker was within the U.S., the world’s hotspot for the virus, he knew when he returned that he’d be in a compulsory two-week quarantine, so he couldn’t be together with his household immediately.

He posted a photograph on social media of his daughter behind two boundaries:

It’ll in the end be well worth the wait, as a result of Hooker proved himself one of many elite on this planet together with his efficiency. As interim light-weight champion Justin Gaethje tweeted, Hooker proved he “deserves a seat on the large canine desk.”

Coker figuring out Bellator return

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Bellator hasn’t staged a card since Bellator 240 in Dublin on Feb. 22. It hasn’t had a present within the U.S. because the day earlier when Bellator 239 was held at WinStar World On line casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma, on Feb. 21.

That’s about to alter. Bellator president Scott Coker mentioned he’s working towards a late July return to motion. Coker mentioned he’s in discussions with a number of venues, together with in California, the place Bellator is predicated, about internet hosting the present.

For the reason that pandemic started, the one exhibits within the U.S. have been in Florida and Nevada.

Bellator canceled its March 13 present at Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, Connecticut, on the day of the struggle due to the virus and hasn’t gone since.

Hill vs. Waterson set for August

Angela Hill will return to motion on Aug. 22 when she meets Michelle Waterson on a UFC Battle Night time present at Apex in Las Vegas. It will likely be an essential bout within the strawweight division, because the loser will seemingly drop from the rankings whereas the winner will transfer up.

Hill final fought on Might 16, which is like an eternity for her. She dropped a split-decision to Claudia Gadelha that was hotly disputed. Yahoo Sports activities scored that struggle for Hill.

It snapped a three-fight successful streak, however she was spectacular sufficient that she broke into the rankings.

Allen’s win comes at a price

Brendan Allen scored a powerful unanimous resolution victory over Kyle Daukaus on Saturday at UFC Apex in a bout which may have been thought of for Battle of the Night time had Dustin Poirier versus Dan Hooker not occurred.

It was an excellent back-and-forth bout during which the grapplers every had moments of management. 

The victory, his seventh in a row general and his third in as many UFC fights, got here at a price. In keeping with his supervisor, Brian Butler-Au, Allen will miss the rest of the yr.

Butler mentioned Allen suffered fractures within the nostril and orbital ground.

ONE set to return

ONE Championship will resume competitors on July 31 in Bangkok, Thailand, it introduced on Monday with ONE: Give up. To this point, two Muay Thai bouts and a kickboxing bout have been scheduled for the present. MMA bouts will quickly be added.

In its typical over-the-top style — ONE lately introduced a money infusion in the identical information launch it introduced layoffs — chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong confirmed the promotion’s return.

“The world is affected by the worst international disaster in 100 years,” he mentioned. “Most nationwide borders stay closed in Asia, and this has posed distinctive logistical and operational challenges. Nonetheless, our famous person group at ONE Championship continues to work arduous to ship followers the genuine martial arts experiences they crave. Our athletes are able to showcase their abilities and inform their tales.”

He mentioned it

“Me, Greg Jackson, Mike Winkeljohn and all my coaching companions at JacksonWink in Albuquerque just about had a three-week crash course. We crammed for a check. It was very last-minute for me to go on the market attributable to adjustments in my private life and adjustments in my coaching. We bought the job completed.” — Maurice “Crochet Boss” Greene, on preventing together with his job on the road Saturday coming off back-to-back losses. He submitted Gian Villante within the third spherical with an arm triangle from the underside.

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