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Morning Report: Multi-platinum rapper Wiz Khalifa open to fighting in MMA, PFL CEO says ‘He knows who to call’

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Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, could be coming to MMA.

Khalifa is best known for his chart-top singles “Black and Yellow” and “See You Again” but the Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist is also a huge MMA fan who has been training in Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai for many years at Jay Glazer’s Unbreakable gym in Los Angeles, CA. Given his long-time love affair withe sport, Khalifa says that he is open to competing one day, should the right opportunity arise.

“I’ve always been a boxing fan and when MMA started to become big, my cousins convinced me to start training in jiu-jitsu,” Khalifa told Maxim. “That was about 5 years ago.

“I love watching and [fighting is] definitely something I think about, but for now I’m happy as an owner. But you never know. I am always training so if the opportunity presents itself and is something that could be fun and good for everyone, I could see myself getting in the ring.”

This is far from Khalifa’s first flirtation with the MMA world. Earlier this year, the multi-platinum selling rapper made headlines when he became a celebrity investor in the PFL and thus far, his partnership has been fruitful for the PFL. Khalifa penned a new theme song for the organization, “Million Dollar Moment,” which he released earlier this week and then performed live last night at the PFL 2021 Championships, and PFL Cofounder Donn Davis believes this is just the start of a very productive relationship.

“I don’t think any league has had their own song since Monday Night Football,” Davis said. “The idea for the song was Wiz’s. The idea to perform it on Wednesday night? Wiz’s. He’s been fantastic. He’s overdelivered.”

And so, given the success of their business ventures thus far, if Khalifa ever does decide to lace up his gloves for real, whether it be for charity or in legitimate competition, his business parters in the PFL say they would be happy to help.

“If Wiz ever wants to get in the cage, whether it be for an exhibition, for charity, or for a professional bout, he’s got the PFL in his corner,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “He knows who to call.”


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FINAL THOUGHTS

I seriously hope the UFC gets Sean Strickland to see a professional. To call his interview disturbing undersells it tremendously.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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