Welcome to MMA News Today, a daily feature running down the most interesting stories in the world of mixed martial arts. For October 25, 2023, we’re taking a look at:
- Jake Paul Releases Contradictory PPV Sales Numbers For Brother Logan Paul’s Fight Against Dillon Danis
- Robert Whittaker Criticized By Ranked Middleweight For Calling Out Kamaru Usman
- Dana White Explains Why Stipe Miocic Wasn’t Offered Interim Title Fight At UFC 295 After Jon Jones Injury
Jake Paul Releases Contradictory PPV Sales Numbers For Brother Logan Paul’s Fight Against Dillon Danis
Having faced both men in the ring, Tommy Fury has given his take on who would win in a fight between KSI and Jake Paul.
As the faces of “YouTube boxing,” KSI and Paul are yet to fight one another, but there’s no doubt it would be a big deal if they did eventually meet.
Following the video where Fury said that he would expect Paul to stop KSI based on what he has experienced from both fighters, Paul gave his reaction to the clip on X.
Addressing Fury’s comments whilst taking a shot at both Fury and KSI, Paul stated that the Prime card, which featured both KSI vs. Fury and Logan Paul vs. Dillon Danis, brought in 700k buys on pay-per-view.
Giving his brother the praise for bringing in those numbers, 700k is a lot lower than the reported 1.3 million that some claim the card brought in.
“Hahahaha. KSI is going to appeal this interview. 700K buys globally they did. Great number. Less than Tommy and I but still a great outcome thanks to Logan being on the card.”
Hahahaha. KSI is going to appeal this interview.
700K buys globally they did. Great number. Less than Tommy and I but still a great outcome thanks to Logan being on the card. https://t.co/fF1teLK719
— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) October 26, 2023
Robert Whittaker Criticized By Ranked Middleweight For Calling Out Kamaru Usman
Georgian contender Roman Dolidze has injected some fresh blood into the middleweight top ten following his four-fight win streak that was stopped by Marvin Vettori.
After losing a close decision against “The Italian Dream” in March, Dolidze has been campaigning for another top opponent to bounce back against and climb the rankings.
With that in mind, he’s starting to take matters into his own hands, calling out the middleweights around him for not signing on the dotted line.
Among his targets was Robert Whittaker, who recently voiced his interest in fighting Kamaru Usman after the former welterweight champion moved up in weight to face Khamzat Chimaev at UFC 294.
In a video on his social media, Dolidze name-dropped the 185-pound rivals that he is campaigning to fight in the near future.
“All of this top level fighters talk so much, so loud but no one want to fight. After my Hermansson fight, I called out Khamzat, didn’t say nothing. Costa wanted to fight in December, I call out him, he’s quiet. Whittaker is calling out guy from 170, even Bo Nickal. I just need a good name and good fight. I think it’s better talk less and do more.”
Whittaker, Costa, Khamzat , Bo Nical , Marvin 2 , Duplessis, any good name! Just give me a date!
Talk less, do more! pic.twitter.com/ej5IIHErD9
— Roman Dolidze (@romandolidzeufc) October 26, 2023
Dana White Explains Why Stipe Miocic Wasn’t Offered Interim Title Fight At UFC 295 After Jon Jones Injury
When Jon Jones was announced to be out of his heavyweight title defense at UFC 295, it also meant Stipe Miocic would be withdrawing.
The two men were set to face each other at Madison Square Garden in a fight that whilst historic, got somewhat of a muted reception from the fans.
Instead, an interim title will be on the line in the co-main event as Tom Aspinall meets Sergei Pavlovich in a fight that has got people very excited.
During his press conference last night, Dana White was asked about whether there was ever a chance of Miocic fighting for the interim title after he was offered a replacement fight with Pavlovich.
Instead, Miocic chose to wait for Jones’ return so that they could rebook their fight whenever that would be.
“Stipe’s not fighting for an interim title, you know what I mean? Jones said, ‘I wanna fight Stipe.’ I said, ‘You’re fighting Stipe,'” White said. “You have the greatest heavyweight of all time versus the greatest mixed martial artist of all time. This is a legacy fight for both of those guys.
“I mean, to even call Stipe and ask Stipe to fight for an interim title is, you know, complete disrespect,” White continued. “This is a fight for two legends, legacy, two of the greatest to ever do it. Fans wanna see it, I wanna see it, and they both wanna do it.”
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