Latest MMA News (Week 3 June 2019)

 

Brendan Loughnane misses out on UFC contract

The Dana White’s Contender series put forth some strong outings in Las Vegas, all hoping to land the prestigious UFC contract. Perhaps, the most impressive of them all, was the feather weight potential Brendan Loughnane. The young MMA fighter put up a very strong bout against Bill Algeo, which he ended up winning via a unanimous decision. Despite everything going for him, the young fighter still missed out on a contract with UFC.

According to UFC president Dana White, there was one moment in the bout which prevented him from giving the contract. Towards the end of the fight, Brendan went for a late takedown on his opponent, which did not sit well with White. After the event, White said that, he was looking for killers, fighters who would bring it all from the moment the bell rang and not double leg when there was hardly ten seconds left. But hope’s not lost for the young fighter, as White believes he would certainly get into UFC in the future.

 

Gegard Mousasi is on the hunt for his next challenger

Gegard Mousasi is already on the lookout for his next challenger for his title. The Dutch fighter already has his hands full in the form of Rafael Lovato Jr. but ‘The Dreamcatcher’ is already looking for the next challenger for his middle weight belt. In a casual chat after a light training session, Mousasi said that he is quite excited to fight Lovato, as his progression through the ranks has been quite impressive. Rafael Lovato Jr. is undefeated in nine matches and has got rid of some big names on the way.

But the Dutchman is more excited to continue his excellent form in Bellator. Mousasi said that once he defends his belt he will be considering moving to the welter weight division for a shot at that title. But he revealed a condition; given Douglas Lima wins the grand prix final. A match between Mousasi and Lima will be one the fans will be eager to see. Mousasi himself is quite excited for the match to happen.

 

Henry Cejudo out till 2020 due to injury

In a major blow for the promotion, UFC bantam weight and fly weight champion Henry Cejudo will most likely be out for the rest of the year due to his shoulder surgery. The former wrestler recently claimed the bantam weight title against Marlon Moraes. The Olympic gold medallist will be undergoing a surgery for tearing his subcapularis muscle which he suffered in UFC 238.

The champ’s manager Ali Abdel Aziz confirmed the news, which means Cejudo will have to sit out for the remainder of the year and as well as for some time in 2020.