Fight News: Pacio Defends ONE title, Khabib's $100M Conor Offer and MORE
All the latest combat news from around the fight world.
PACIO HANGS ON FOR ONE STRAWWEIGHT TITLE DEFENCE
Joshua Pacio made his second-consecutive defence of the ONE Strawweight title at Fire and Fury in Manila, taking a split decision over Alex “Little Rock” Silva.
It was a gruelling fight that saw both men have their moments. BJJ black belt Silva almost had Pacio in the second with a head and arm choke but was forced to weather some creative combination work from the Team Lakay champ.
Pacio proved he had some grappling chops of his own in the final round, surviving long enough to take it to the judges’ decision. The win capped a mixed night for Team Lakay in front of their home crowd.
The first of Pacio's teammates to fight was perennial contender Danny Kingad, who immediately put his stamp on his match by unceremoniously dumping his Chinese opponent Xie Wei.
Xie fought back, putting pressure on Kingad with some clean striking, but he had few answers for the Filipino’s superior wrestling. The local fighter won the unanimous decision, and there was clear respect between the two warriors post-fight.
Things didn't go so well for former lightweight champ Eduard Folayang. The Lakay man found himself deep in a triangle from Dutchman Pieter Buist in round two but managed to muscle through it.
Buist showed some delightful feet, staggering Folayang in the third with a highlight reel counter head kick. The attempted sub and bell-ringing were enough for the local judges to give Buist the split decision.
During the card, ONE heavyweight champ Brandon Vera announced that he would be defending his title on May 29. The fight will headline the promotion’s 113th card, with his opponent rumoured to be former UFC fighter Arjan Bhullar.
THE LOGAN PAUL JOKE KNOWS NO END
YouTube star Logan Paul has announced a couple of potential moves in the combat world because even the dumbest dreams can come true if you have enough social media followers.
Whilst at his brother Jake’s fight AnEsonGib (another YouTube "star") the blonde influencer made it clear that he would like to fight in the Bellator cage. Bellator President Scott Coker was quick to signal his enthusiasm for the idea, tweeting “If you’re in Miami for the Superbowl, let me know.”
Paul’s boxing promoter, Eddie Hearn, also announced that he is currently negotiating for the 24-year-old to box NFL star and accused sexual transgressor Antonio Brown on April 25th. We are living in dark times indeed.
KHABIB NURMAGOMEDOV OFFERED $100M TO REMATCH CONOR
Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager has mentioned a potential $100 million bid from Saudi Arabia to see the Dagestani champion fight Conor McGregor again.
Ever the realist, Nurmagomedov had little positive to say about the bid, despite his own manager being the source of the news.
Why do I need that kind of money? Giving me $100 million for me to beat up that idiot again? I don’t think that’s rational.
All of the talks about Conor-Khabib 2 ignores the very real and exciting fact that the champ has a fight booked on April 18 against Tony Ferguson. Anyone who would rather see Nurmy fight McGregor instead of the Dog Catcher should 'go back to soccer'.
In the boxing, Tevin Farmer and Daniel Roman both suffered shock upsets. Demetrius Andrade continued to make his case for a big fight with a ninth-round stoppage of Luke Keeler.
And Ilunga Makabu took the vacant WBC cruiserweight belt in Kinshasa while Pedro Taduran retained his strawweight title, but only after a cut to the eye of Daniel Valladares forced a technical draw after only four rounds.