POLLOCK'S MMA UPDATE: Weidman injury, Jake Paul, UFC 261 fallout

Originally published at POLLOCK'S MMA UPDATE: Weidman injury, Jake Paul, UFC 261 fallout

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**Our UFC 261 POST Show is available to download with Phil Chertok and I reviewing the UFC’s first event in front of a full capacity crowd.

**We will have an IMPACT Rebellion POST Show later tonight with Davie Portman & John Siino reviewing the pay-per-view after it concludes. They will also host a live Watch Along at 8 pm ET at Twitch.tv/upNXTpodcast.

Below is the full card for Rebellion airing at 8 pm ET tonight:
*AEW World & IMPACT Unified World Championships: Kenny Omega (w/ Don Callis) (c) vs. Rich Swann (c)
*IMPACT Tag Team Championships: FinJuice (David Finlay & Juice Robinson) (c) vs. The Good Brothers (Doc Gallows & Karl Anderson)
*Matt Cardona vs. Brian Myers
*X Division ChampionshipThree Way Match: Ace Austin (c) (w/ Madman Fulton) vs. Josh Alexander vs. TJP
*IMPACT Knockouts Championship: Deonna Purrazzo (c) vs. Tenille Dashwood (w/ Kaleb)
*Last Man Standing Match: Trey Miguel vs. Sami Callihan
*Violent By Design (Eric Young, Rhino, Cody Deaner & Joe Doering) vs. Eddie Edwards, Willie Mack, James Storm & Chris Sabin
*Knockouts Tag Team Championships: Fire ‘N Flava (Kiera Hogan & Tasha Steelz) (c) vs. Jordynne Grace & Rachael Ellering

**MCU L8R is available for all members of the POST Wrestling Café with Wai Ting, WH Park & Nate Milton reviewing the finale of The Falcon & The Winter Soldier.

MMA NEWS

**The UFC announced an attendance figure of 15,269 at the VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night in Jacksonville, Florida. The number equated to a live gate of $3,300,000 with the company’s first full capacity card since March 2020. Upcoming events with full capacity include next month’s UFC 262 card at the Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, and the big UFC 264 card featuring Dustin Poirier vs. Conor McGregor at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas set for July 10th.

**Chris Weidman suffered a brutal injury in the opening seconds of his middleweight contest with Uriah Hall. Weidman threw a leg kick causing his leg to snap in a similar fashion to Anderson Silva and Sid Vicious. The fight was immediately stopped after seventeen seconds with Weidman transported to the hospital. Before the end of the broadcast, Megan Olivi stated he would undergo surgery on Sunday but was “stable”. In the UFC, there have three leg injuries of that nature with Weidman involved with two of those fights. The first was Corey Hill that was grotesque at a level you could not believe. The second one was the rematch at UFC 168 between Silva and Weidman that led to Silva not competing for over a year. Weidman is 36 years old and it will be a tough road to recovery from such a violent injury. Uriah Hall was in a difficult position being interviewed in the cage but gave an extremely classy speech and wishing Weidman a full recovery.

Later in the evening, Anderson Silva issued the following statement wishing Weidman well:

 

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**The Fight of the Night bonus was awarded to the early prelim fight between Jeffrey Molina and Qileng Aori. The Performance of the Night bonuses went to Kamaru Usman and Rose Namajunas with each recipient earning an additional $50,000. It was one of those nights where several people would have been easy choices for the bonus specifically Randy Brown, who pulled off a one-arm guillotine on Alex Oliveira, which is beyond impressive at this level.

**Nick Diaz attended the card in Jacksonville, Florida. After the card, Dana White said Diaz was waiting to meet with him and that the fighter wants to compete again. Diaz has not fought since January 2015 and is now 37 years old and sat out during some prime years of his career but also made a lot of money in those final few fights with Georges St-Pierre and Silva.

**The figure that cast the largest shadow over the event was Jake Paul, who attended the show and the recipient of continual chants of “F—k Jake Paul” that was deafening when they erupted. After acknowledging he was at the event, commentator Daniel Cormier confronted Paul just before the pay-per-view broadcast began after the two had gone back-and-forth since last weekend’s Triller event. It was funny because Cormier had stated on his ESPN show that he wouldn’t “punch down” by giving Paul attention and by confronting him, did more than Paul than he could imagine and for marketing purposes was a great way for Paul to be inserted into the discussion for the second weekend in a row and asked about during the post-fight press conference. For UFC, unless they were to sign Paul, there is no benefit to fanning the flames or calling attention to him, although he was identified on camera during the pay-per-view when they cut to the notable figures in the audience.

Daniel Cormier online
“Imma Smack Jake Paul when I see him”

Daniel Cormier in person… 🤔 pic.twitter.com/zHnssneYBV

— Jake Paul (@jakepaul) April 25, 2021

**At the post-fight press conference, Dana White was pretty adamant that Colby Covington was next in line to fight Kamaru Usman for the welterweight title. The two had an incredible fight in December 2019 that Usman won by TKO in the fifth round at UFC 245. Usman has ascended to another level as one of the all-time great fighters by this stage of his career. No one has figured out an answer for his wrestling and dominant top control but now his striking is every bit as dangerous with one of the all-time highlight reel knockouts displayed Saturday night against Jorge Masvidal. It was only the second time of Masvidal’s eighteen-year career where he was finished with strikes with the last time occurring in June 2008 when he fought Rodrigo Damm.

**It was confirmed on the broadcast that UFC 263 on June 12th will be headlined by a middleweight championship fight between Israel Adesanya and Marvin Vettori. The two fought in April 2018 where Adesanya won by split decision. Since that fight, Vettori has won five in a row. Robert Whittaker was the one that deserved the title fight, but the timing didn’t work as he just fought Kelvin Gastelum over five rounds and would be too quick a turnaround.

**The UFC returns to the Apex in Las Vegas next Saturday with a Fight Night card headlined by Dominick Reyes vs. Jiri Prochazka.

**The PFL kicked off its 2021 season this past Friday night with several upsets including recent signing and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis dropping a decision to Clay Collard. The other notable outcome was two-time PFL champion, Lance Palmer, losing to Bubba Jenkins over three rounds. Here are the results from Friday’s show in Atlantic City, New Jersey:
*Clay Collard def. Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-28)
*Marcin Held def. Natan Schulte by unanimous decision (29-28 all)
*Movlid Khaybulaev def. Lazar Stojadinovic by unanimous decision (30-27 all)
*Bubba Jenkins def. Lance Palmer by unanimous decision (30-27 all)
*Brendan Loughnane def. Sheymon Moraes by knockout at 2:55 of Round 1
*Raush Manfio def. Joilton Lutterbach by split decision (29-28 all)
*Akhmet Aliev def. Mikhail Odintsov by unanimous decision (29-28 all)
*Chris Wade def. Anthony Dizy by unanimous decision (29-28 all)
*Tyler Diamond def. Sung Bin Jo by unanimous decision (30-27 all)
*Alexander Martinez def. Loik Radzhabov by split decision (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)

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Yeah Dana White being forced to acknowledge Jake Paul is gold to me.

Dana also claimed to be only interested in the best fighting the best. Cough! CM Punk Cough!

I don’t know but Paul trolling the UFC has babyfaced him in my book. He’s basically taken their for formula for attention grabbing and turned it against them. Dana is coming off like Vince Mcmahon here.