Wanderlei Silva is entering politics in his native Brazil, Tom Aspinall gives us an update on the leg injury he suffered at the UFC in London last month, and Conor McGregor is making his big-screen debut. Just not in a movie that really needs a remake. All of this and more in this installment of our Sunday MMA Crash!
broken, not broken, broken again
Anthony Smith can be heard telling his corner he believes he broke his leg during last Saturday’s UFC 277 bout with Magomed Ankalaev.
After the bout, UFC president Dana White said Smith had been tested and came back negative. “No broken bones” is the echo of the UFC’s end.
Speaking to Ariel Helwani on Monday, “Lionheart” confirmed that yes, his leg – specifically his ankle – was broken and required surgery.
Anthony Smith fractured his left ankle Saturday night against Margomed Ankaraev, Smith told me tonight. This will require surgery.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 2, 2022
White also addressed the issue after Tuesday’s Contenders series. White clarified in an interview with the Cageside Press among others: “He did break his leg. His leg was broken. They eventually found the fracture, and I guess it was in a strange place. It was hard to find. He sat there and asked To myself, ‘What the hell is wrong with me? I feel like my leg is broken. I know my body. And all that stuff. I just wanted to tell you guys, because sometimes it looks like, ‘Oh, he’s trying to get out of a fight.’ He claimed he broke his leg.
“He was kicked so badly in my opinion, he thought his leg was broken, you know what I mean? You can imagine that. But he did have a serious fracture in his leg that needed surgery. Come on him. Say, I want to put it there because I’m the one who says it’s not bad.”
Who is responsible for the failure of the Jack Paul MSG boxing match?
Jack Paul was supposed to fight Saturday at MSG in New York. As you know, it didn’t happen.
Was anyone surprised to see the Jake Paul Circus Sideshow (TM, apologies to Jim Ross) derailed?
Paul was supposed to fight Tommy Fury on August 6th. The game was called off due to Fury’s alleged family ties to Irish gangster Daniel Keenahan. Next up was Paul vs Hasim Rahman Jr, but that fight – and the entire tournament – was also called off.
According to Paul’s camp, Rahman Jr. was the culprit because he wanted to change the contract weight of the game from 200 pounds to 215 pounds. Paul’s promoter, MVP (Most Valuable Promotions), made a lengthy statement on this matter.
Rahman admitted he couldn’t put on the weight – but was shocked to see the event canceled a week early, noting that he didn’t even get a chance to get close to his contracted weight.he posted Video statement Just saying that. He’s willing to cut as much as he can, pay fines, and even compete for free.
There are two ways to look at this: First, Paul is the A side. He is a draw. PPV won’t sell if he doesn’t show up, apologies to Amanda Serrano’s true boxing champ who will compete on the hole cards. So if Rahman’s involvement is too heavy and the committee cancels the fight, there will be a massive price to pay for everyone involved.
On the other hand, why not accept higher weights? After all, Paul weighs over 200 pounds. But then again, he’s spent his career beating undersized opponents, so not taking on people heavier than him is pretty important for YouTube celebrities.
Also, for a show at MSG, perhaps the most famous stage on the planet, you’d think a backup might be worth the investment. Or an adversary on short notice. Anderson Silva, anyone? Legend fights Daniel Cormier, a day’s notice? Huge oversized, we might add. At his age, that might not be a good idea, but there’s no doubt someone will play this game.
Tom Aspinall reveals extent of leg injury at UFC London last month
Ahead of surgery on a knee injury, Tom Aspinall has revealed the extent of his injury at the UFC in London last month.
“I’m in London now and I’m absolutely starving because I can’t eat before the surgery,” Aspinar said in a video posted on social media. “I’ve had a torn MCL, a torn meniscus and some ACL damage. So I’m going to fix it today, but just a quick message, just to thank you all for your support. I’m really grateful for that. Since then I’ve had so much love since this accident and I’ll see everyone on the other side. Rest in peace.”
Conor McGregor’s star turn?
Well, he’s already a star, but what about Hollywood stars? Conor McGregor joins the cast of the new Roadhouse remake starring Jake Gyllenhaal. There’s no word on what role he’ll play, but an updated version of the Patrick Swayze classic will turn Gyllenhaal as a former UFC fighter into bodyguard.
We might add that this is a completely unnecessary remake. It consists of MGM, now owned by Amazon Studios.
Is anyone still making new original concept movies now?
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) August 3, 2022
axe killer running for congress
Well, this is a title that I wrote myself. Wanderlei “Axe Killer” Silva is running for a seat in Brazil’s Congress.
Silva, 46, made the announcement on social media last Thursday. The UFC and Pride legend has not fought since losing to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at Bellator 206 in 2018.
“I made this decision because a lot of people complained about our country, a lot of people said nothing would work here, nothing would work. To change that, I am presenting myself as a candidate for federal representation in the state of Paraná,” a statement accompanying the announcement in Portuguese. “Our state has never had a famous athlete to represent us, and I want to be that personal. “