JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA - MAY 09: Henry Cejudo celebrates after his knockout victory over Dominick Cruz in their UFC bantamweight championship fight during the UFC 249 event at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on May 09, 2020 in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC)

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For a person who claims to be retired, Henry Cejudo’s title simply can not seem to keep out of the information cycle.  

The previous flyweight and bantamweight champion continues to see his title connected to some big-name fights, and he was the goal of a call-out from boxer Ryan Garcia in Might. 

The 21-year-old boxer and Cejudo have gone back-and-forth on social media, with the previous MMA star calling Garcia an “Oscar De La Hoya wannabe” after he requested his followers if Cejudo may give him an excellent boxing match in Might. 

Greater than a month later, Garcia hasn’t forgotten the Twitter beef. Chatting with Ariel Helwani of ESPN, he stated he can be open to a combat in both the Octagon or a boxing ring. 

Garcia competes at 135 kilos in boxing which additionally occurs to be one of many divisions that Cejudo sat atop of earlier than saying his retirement. He relinquished his belt after his win over Dominick Cruz at UFC 249 in Might. 

It isn’t shocking that Cejudo would attempt to choose a crossover combat with a well known title within the boxing world. At 33 years outdated, he is already achieved all the pieces he can in wrestling in addition to MMA. Discovering his approach right into a big-money spectacle in opposition to a boxer would simply be one other verify off the listing and a great way to develop his total internet value. 

The transfer is a peculiar one for Garcia, who’s a reliable rising star in boxing. He’s the WBC Silver light-weight titleholder and has received every of his final two fights by first-round knockout. 

Within the post-Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather Jr. panorama, this is not out of the bizarre for MMA fighters to name out boxers and vice versa. Nonetheless, Cejudo’s semi-retired state and Garcia’s openness to probably preventing him in MMA makes this a bit extra fascinating. 

Cejudo wasn’t the one fighter within the MMA world that Garcia had his sights set on. He additionally known as out Bellator fighter and McGregor affiliate Dillon Danis.


Daniel Cormier Addresses Eye-Poke Controversy Forward of Stipe Miocic Battle

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic have a historical past of some epic heavyweight fights marred solely by the alleged eye pokes by DC in each fights. 

Cormier completed Miocic within the first spherical of their unique bout in July 2018. There are those that nonetheless contend it was an eye fixed poke that precipitated the occasions that led to that end, although.

Of their second bout, it was Miocic who received however the eye pokes have been once more a narrative. 

For a person whose chief rival was Jon Jones, it is ironic that eye pokes have been a controversial a part of his different rivalry. Whereas Cormier has prevented the subject previously, he lately opened up in regards to the allegations. 

DC instructed Damon Martin of MMA Preventing:

“I am not purposely poking him within the eye. That first combat, I form of poked him within the eye however the situation with that was generally once I spar and since I am shorter, I’ve the 16-ounce gloves, I can form of flick my hand in the direction of guys and hit them after they’re a bit bit out of vary. I feel that’s what occurred the primary time.”

Cormier contends it wasn’t an precise eye poke of their second combat final 12 months. He caught Miocic with the knuckle of his thumb that was a part of his fist. 

Miocic suffered an harm to a retina after the second bout and needed to have surgical procedure to appropriate the issue. And whereas Cormier maintains any and all eye pokes have been purely unintended, it is nonetheless a storyline to observe within the subsequent combat.

Miocic and Cormier are probably the most achieved fighters within the present period of the heavyweight division. The winner of the rubber match can have the bragging rights and rightful declare as the very best heavyweight champion within the UFC’s historical past. 

In a combat with these form of stakes, you’d hope one thing like eye pokes do not play a job. Given the historical past between the 2, although, it’s one thing the official might want to watch additional fastidiously.


Rose Namajunas Prepared for ‘Spectacular Efficiency’

When Rose Namajunas is motivated and centered, there are few ladies within the recreation who’re as expert as her. Motivation and focus have not at all times been dependable for her, although. 

The 28-year-old’s skills have been by no means extra on show than when she beat Joanna Jedrzejczyk by first-round TKO and unanimous determination in back-to-back fights.

Nonetheless, by her personal admission, Namajunas misplaced her ardour for preventing shortly after profitable the championship and did not appear to be the identical fighter when she misplaced her belt to Jessica Andrade by second-round knockout in Might 2019. 

Since then Thug Rose apparently has regained her ardour and has excessive hopes for her rematch in opposition to Andrade at UFC 251 on July 11. 

Namajunas instructed Ariel Helwani of ESPN (h/t Farah Hannoun of MMA Junkie):

“Based mostly on my coaching and based mostly on simply my mentality and the place all the pieces is form of led up so far, it is positively the makings of a spectacular efficiency and hopefully the very best efficiency but. I imply, my ability and my skills and even simply the management over myself has been the very best it is ever been this entire coaching camp. So, yeah, I am trying ahead to performing.”

If Namajunas returns in the identical type we noticed when she dethroned Jedrzejczyk, the strawweight division will get actually fascinating. She is already the No. 2 contender, and Weili Zhang has already proved to be a worthy champion within the division. 

On a loaded card with three title fights, Namajunas’ return and rematch with Andrade continues to be one of the vital compelling bouts within the lineup.