The MMA Twitter wars seem to be heating up right along with the weather. After watching his younger brother score a win on Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Khabilov in Albuquerque, UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis faced another callout from Sambo savant Khabib Nurmagomedov. Sidelined with an injured posterior cruciate ligament and booked to face No. 1 contender Gilbert Melendez at year's end, Pettis has yet to defend his title since taking it off Ben Henderson at UFC 164 last August.
@TeamKhabib who have you beat again? Every has something to say when I'm Injured lol!!!— Anthony Pettis (@Showtimepettis) June 8, 2014
That back and forth pales in comparison to our main event. For a promotion quick to rely on manufactured animosity to sell a fight there's no need for it with Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran and top contender Patricio Freire. After injuring his calf, Curran was forced out of a rematch with the two-time tournament winner booked for Bellator 121 on Jun. 6. Needless to say the Brazilian isn't happy. "I think Pat Curran did the right thing if he doesn't feel 100 percent for the fight, but it pisses me off because it's the third time he postponed a fight with me," Freire told MMA Fighting Thursday.
.@PatCurranMMA you used your disease to get an undeserved title shot.You think it was fair?Now who has to go fuck himself?Who's the crybaby?— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) June 8, 2014
.@PatCurranMMA whilst you wish bad things for me and tell me to fuck myself, I really wish God blesses you and give you a fast recovery. +— Patricio Freire (@PatricioPitbull) June 8, 2014
The fight is expected for July according to Freire, but we may not have to wait long if he and Curran run into one another.
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My best fan! Here at the victory party! Haters gonna hate but Jesus gets all the glory way!truth!life pic.twitter.com/gmSYLUsXq0— Diego Sanchez UFC (@DiegoSanchezUFC) June 8, 2014
Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) June 8, 2014
I'm back! http://t.co/kyht4EbqCy— Piotr Hallmann (@PiotrHallmann) June 8, 2014
Thanks for all the support everybody ! Got the W,back in the groove, and ready for the next one. #improving— Sergio Pettis (@sergiopettis) June 8, 2014
Thanks to everyone last night for your tweets, support and for having my back.— Lance Benoist (@LanceBenoistMMA) June 8, 2014
So many tweets from a lot of awesome fans I can't get to em all but know I'm reading them and thanks for having my back!— Scott jorgensen (@Scottjorgensen) June 8, 2014
I want 2 say thx to @JakeLibrarian 4 a really fun fight! Such a tough dude & heard ur a hell of a gamer. Wishing u a speedy recovery!— Jon SuperSaiyan Tuck (@JonCruzTuck) June 8, 2014
The first of many. Thanks for believing in the barista! http://t.co/NL6Fvwf2eY— Patrick Cummins (@OfficialDurkin) June 8, 2014
Better luck next time.
Thanks for all the great fan I'll be back strong @ufc— Rustam Khabilov (@RustamTheTiger) June 8, 2014
Idk why they stopped it. Doc kept saying they couldn't stop the bleeding my trainer says they did stop it. Don house said I was fine. Damn— John Moraga (@chicanojohn) June 8, 2014
Nose not broken btw. Four stitches and by the time I walked into the hallway and looked in the mirror bleeding was pretty much done.— John Moraga (@chicanojohn) June 8, 2014
Incredibly sorry & embarrassed for the ref incident. Will never happen again.— Marcelino Evil (@KCBanditMMA) June 8, 2014
Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) June 8, 2014
Danny Martinez (@dannymma125) June 8, 2014
Heading home contemplating a disappointing loss pic.twitter.com/HvzkwhMpM9— Roger Narvaez (@Silverback316) June 8, 2014
Care for another?
Ben Askren (@Benaskren) June 8, 2014
Great to hear.
When you see it.
Urijah Faber (@UrijahFaber) June 8, 2014
Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) June 8, 2014
Your new favorite meme.
Announced this weekend (June 6-9 2014)
Walmir Lazaro vs. James Vick booked for UFC 176
FANPOST OF THE DAY
Today's Fanpost of the Day comes via NamesJack.
Today marks another step in the progression of MMA here in Ireland. Irish television outlet 3e, a free to view televison channel here in the green isle (owned by "TV3") has secured the rights to show upcoming Irish sports superstar Conor McGregor bring his brash, arrogant and talented traits to the Octogon here in Ireland. From my powerful obsession of this sport I have learned that much like Ali back in the day, McGregor and his open minded blabbering has single-handedly brought the UFC back to Ireland after an absence of more than five whole years, something of which me and many others have been chomping at the bit for. Not only did McGregor help create revenue for the sport here in Ireland, this past week he has contributed towards two huge milestones for this small country in that helping UFC Dublin being one of the fastest selling UFC events of all time, with tickets selling out almost immediately and also McGregor also promising and succeeding in bringing this country the UFC to an Irish TV outlet something of which I am proud of and a little fascinated by how a single man such as McGregor with no political power can change the whole landscape of a sport in a country.
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