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UFC information, rumors: Jon Jones, Sean O’Malley and extra spotlight the largest MMA moments of Might

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Might was a sluggish month for UFC because the promotion recovered from an all-time nice UFC 300 card. The identical wasn’t true outdoors of the cage. There was drama galore that stored the information cycle turning.

UFC champions Jon Jones and Sean O’Malley had been a few of the huge names producing headlines in final month. The information wasn’t restricted to present champions, both. Bonafide legends Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo and Ronda Rousey captured the general public’s consideration over the past 30 days.

Check out a few of the greatest MMA tales you might need missed in Might 2024.

Jon Jones continues to get on Tom Aspinall’s nerves

Jones vs. Stipe Miocic will occur by hell or excessive water. UFC president Dana White is decided to make the outdated dream match a actuality, presumably a full calendar yr after their battle at UFC 295 fell via. Tom Aspinall stuffed in for an injured Miocic on that card however did not battle undisputed heavyweight champion Jones. As a substitute, Aspinall defeated Sergei Pavlovich to turn out to be the interim champ final November. Aspinall is pressured to occupy his time elsewhere regardless of incomes a title unifier whereas Jones and Miocic wrap their infinite enterprise. Aspinall and Jones have repeatedly sparred on social media over the scenario. Jones additional drew the interim champion’s ire by mulling over a battle with UFC gentle heavyweight champion Alex Pereira after Miocic.

“If Alex P grew to become champion of the heavyweight division, would you guys take into account him the GOAT?” Jones wrote on social media. “Being again within the gymnasium has acquired me pondering otherwise. That battle after Stipe would be the subsequent greatest transfer I may presumably make. This killer has already defeated so many champions, and is already thought-about a legend to hundreds of thousands world wide. Essentially the most large battle the UFC may make. Give Alex an opportunity to avenge all these nice Brazilian champions I’ve defeated.”

Sean O’Malley will get swatted

A day of rest grew to become a high-stress scenario for the UFC bantamweight champion. O’Malley was taking part in video video games and streaming them to his followers when a police drive swarmed his property. O’Malley seems to be the sufferer of swatting, a development during which perpetrators make hoax emergency cellphone calls trying to have a Particular Weapons and Ways (SWAT) workforce despatched to somebody’s home. The victims are sometimes streamers broadcasting stay on-line.

“I peek out my head out the window to see if possibly it is one thing else, however then they’re on the intercom and I see a bunch of cops,” O’Malley mentioned on the “Timbo Sugarshow” podcast together with his coach Tim Welch. “They’re like, ‘Stroll out along with your palms up.’ So I f—in’ stroll out, palms up. I used to be like, ‘I am simply going to hear. I may get shot.’ I was like, ‘OK, if I simply hearken to them, I will be all proper.’ However you by no means know: Somebody sneezes, pulls the set off — I’ve acquired f—in’ shotguns pointed at me, AR-[15]s from like 4 completely different cops pointed at me. I used to be like, ‘I am simply going to hear and stroll again.”

O’Malley mentioned he was detained by officers who didn’t acknowledge him; nevertheless, extra reinforcements recognized him as a UFC fighter.

“I used to be sitting at the back of that cop automobile in handcuffs and I used to be like, ‘Dude, that is loopy: I had freedom 5 minutes in the past. Now I’ve none. Zero,'” O’Malley mentioned. “They mentioned I killed my mother and father or one thing like that, and they thought there was an energetic shooter inside.”

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Ronda Rousey goes scorched Earth

Rousey was as soon as UFC’s prime draw and among the many hottest American athletes alive. Today her relationship with the MMA group is strained. Rousey went radio silent after consecutive knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes — her solely two skilled defeats — earlier than transitioning to a fruitful skilled wrestling profession with WWE. Rousey is now opening up after retiring from each professions to advertise her new guide. Throughout an interview with the “Excessive Efficiency” podcast, Rousey blamed the media for her strained relationship with MMA followers.

“Ask the MMA media [why what I gave wasn’t enough] — they’re those saying it,” Rousey mentioned. “That I used to be a fraud and I used to be hype and I used to be uncovered and I was by no means something and simply fortunate and all of this stuff, that I used to be ungracious or I used to be a loser or each different factor that I simply assume at this level as a result of I do not take the time to learn it.”

UFC legends commonly populate seats at pay-per-view occasions however Rousey is noticeably absent since retiring. The UFC Corridor of Famer and former bantamweight champion fears she’d be booed if she attended a stay UFC occasion.

“Every little thing that might be mentioned that was unfavourable was mentioned, and I really feel actually vilified by MMA media at this level and never actually welcome again, which is why I have not gone to a UFC battle since,” Rousey mentioned. “I am fairly certain if I walked into the sector, I might be booed. That is the way it feels.”

Derrick Lewis goes nude

What’s crazier: Lewis’ knockouts or his post-fight antics. It is a troublesome query to reply. The UFC’s KO chief has turn out to be a fan favourite resulting from his unequalled KO energy and colourful character. His stoppage win in opposition to Rodrigo Nascimento at UFC Struggle Evening on Might 11 was spectacular, however his post-fight antics drew extra consideration. Lewis celebrated the KO by eradicating his shorts and fanning Nascimento with them. He adopted up by slipping down his underwear to moon the St. Louis crowd. The manufacturing truck even switched pictures at one level to keep away from the potential of displaying viewers greater than what’s appropriate for tv.

Jose Aldo returns, enters free company

UFC Corridor of Famer Aldo is in full management of his profession. Aldo made a shocking comeback at UFC 301, ending his 18-month MMA retirement to battle bantamweight contender Jonathan Martinez. “The King of Rio” was victorious on residence soil whereas preventing out his UFC contract. Aldo advised CBS Sports activities he would not instantly re-sign with UFC as he explored choices. The previous featherweight champion was hesitant to signal with one other MMA group however expressed enthusiasm about boxing fights on the horizon. No matter Aldo’s subsequent step, it was comforting to see his hand raised in entrance of his countrymen in what might be his final UFC battle.

Silva vs. Sonnen in boxing

Aldo is not the one Brazilian UFC legend dabbling in boxing. File-setting UFC middleweight champion Silva is scheduled for an exhibition boxing match in opposition to a well-known foe. Silva will field two-time UFC rival Sonnen in Silva’s hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil on June 15. The battle is scheduled for 5 two-minute rounds. Apparently, their first battle at UFC 117 might be inducted into the UFC Corridor of Fame Struggle Wing later that month throughout Worldwide Struggle Week. Silva is basically favoured to beat Sonnen because of his exercise and huge hanging edge. Silva has competed in 5 professional boxing bouts, notably beating Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. and dropping to Jake Paul. Sonnen’s background is primarily in grappling. Sonnen claimed on his “Good Man/Dangerous Man” ESPN present that Silva provided an MMA battle, however Sonnen opted for boxing in preparation for a subsequent boxing match with Jorge Masvidal.

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