We’re only a few days away from the return of the Octagon, as UFC touches down at the O2 Arena in London, England for a UFC Fight Pass exclusive-event headlined by Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexander Volkov.
Of course, you know what that means by now.
It’s time to step outside the squared circle and into the Octagon for the latest MMA News Roundup. Let’s jump right in and take a look at the top stories from the MMA world since our last MMA News Roundup.
UFC CHAMPION TYRON WOODLEY TRAINING FLOYD MAYWEATHER
This Floyd Mayweather thing just won’t go away!
The pound-for-pound boxing king met up with UFC Welterweight Champion and frequent TMZ Sports guest host Tyron Woodley at NBA All-Star Weekend and after that, the two began training mixed-martial arts together. According to “The Chosen One,” Mayweather has the potential to win a couple of fights in MMA. He pointed out that it wouldn’t be smart for “Money Mayweather” to compete against anyone with a strong wrestling background, but noted that wrestling and defending leg kicks is specifically what the two have been focusing on in the gym.
“If you’re an athlete and you can pay attention and learn quick, you can stop a takedown, especially when you got the octagon to help you,” Woodley said. “I think [Mayweather] has a chance for sure.”
Woodley also addressed how a potential rematch between Mayweather and Conor McGregor would play out inside the Octagon under UFC rules.
“Conor’s not that great a wrestler,” said Woodley. “He’s not like a world-class jiu-jitsu guy, so if he can’t land one of those kicks on Floyd and he can’t take him down…”
Watch the complete video of Tyron Woodley talking about training Floyd Mayweather and find out what Conor McGregor thinks of all of this by clicking here.
CM PUNK TEASES UFC RETURN IN JUNE
As noted, CM Punk has been teasing a potential return to the Octagon when the UFC returns to his hometown of Chicago, Illinois this coming June.
Punk teased a fight at the event on 6/9 as soon as UFC announced it a few weeks ago, and rumors began swirling that he would be fighting 0-1 UFC veteran Mike Jackson, the man Mickey Gall defeated in his UFC debut to earn the fight against Punk.
CM Punk returned to social media this week, responding to a fan mocking him about crying and asking when we’d see him shed some tears inside the Octagon again. Punk replied, “June nine, after I win and lock eyes with my beautiful wife, embrace my coaches and shout out my entire team.”
UFC 225 comes to Chicago on June 9th with a card headlined by a rematch between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero. Whittaker, the linear UFC Middleweight Champion, will look to once again defeat Romero, the reigning interim UFC Middleweight Champion, in a title unification bout in the main event. Also scheduled for the card is Alistair Overeem vs. Curtis Blaydes, Rashad Evans vs. Anthony Smith and Joseph Benavidez vs. Sergio Pettis.
RONDA ROUSEY ALL BUT CONFIRMS MMA RETIREMENT
It looks like the MMA community has lost one of its’ top stars to the pro wrestling community for good.
While the buzz seems to be that WWE may lose Brock Lesnar to UFC in the latest round of negotiations for “The Beast Incarnate,” the opposite can be said about pop culture crossover mega-star “Rowdy” Ronda Rousey.
Rousey appeared on the “Ellen” talk show recently and all-but-confirmed that she is done with her days as an active professional fighter.
“I don’t know. I think it’s just as likely as me going back to another Olympics for judo,” Rousey said when asked about the possibility of going back to the UFC (Watch Here). “No one demanded a written resignation from me for judo and I don’t really think the same thing is necessary for fighting.”
Rousey added, “I’m just doing what I enjoy and WWE is what I enjoy right now.”
Enjoy “Rowdy” Ronda, but be good to her, pro wrestling fans! She’s all yours.
GSP SUPER FIGHT COMING IN 2019?
If you believe the words of “Funky” Ben Askren, UFC all-time great Georges “Rush” St-Pierre could be gearing up for a super fight by the end of next year.
Askren appeared on “The MMA Hour” with Ariel Helwani, and made some other media stops throughout the past week, pretty much guaranteeing MMA fans that they will see the long anticipated showdown between himself and GSP by the end of 2019.
“I have been on record saying I will go to Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 2019, I will beat up GSP, and I will have 20,000 Canadians booing me and it will be a fantastic site to see. Absolutely, yes,” said Askren. “In 2019, I will fight Georges St-Pierre at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada it’s going to be sold out and we will make a lot of money.”
As things stand right now, St-Pierre is on the sidelines after returning from a lengthy hiatus last year to defeat Michael Bisping to win the UFC Middleweight Championship. He became one of a handful of fighters to win belts in multiple weight classes in the UFC. After the fight, however, GSP relinquished the title and announced that he has health issues to address. Whether or not those are cleared up and the Canadian star is ready to return to the Octagon, and whether or not Ben Askren can get past his issues with UFC President Dana White to sign with the promotion, all remains to be seen.
That will do it for this installment of the MMA News Roundup. Make sure to visit our affiliate website at MMANews.com this weekend for live results coverage of the UFC Fight Night 127: Werdum vs. Volkov event.