Questions on your mind about recent happenings in the UFC or the sport of MMA in general? MMA Junkie’s Twitter Mailbag is here – and this week it’s @mma_kings to answer:
- What are the odds Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier 2 happens?
- Will Nick Diaz fight in the next 12 months? If so, against whom?
- Are there any welterweights who could move up and beat Israel Adesanya?
- Who should Paulo Costa fight next?
Those are answered in the video above. You can also read on a few more topics below.
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Who should @stylebender fight next
— Fav (@fav702) September 29, 2020
Who should Israel Adesanya fight next?
Israel Adesanya’s next opponent is clear-cut, but with an asterisk. If Jared Cannonier beats Robert Whittaker, there’s no one who should be inserted ahead of Cannonier for a title shot. Everyone knows it. Champions seldom name drop their next challenger on the mic following a title defense, but Adesanya did just that at UFC 253. UFC president Dana White says he doesn’t “like to make the next matchups the night of the fight.” Guess what? White did just that, expressing interest in Adesanya vs. Cannonier. Former champ Whittaker presents a big “if,” no doubt – but Cannonier could definitively punch his ticket Oct. 24 at UFC 254.
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Was the Iaquita fight the last time we will ever see a good Donald Cerrone performance?
— Diet Dr Handsome (@everythangsux) September 29, 2020
Have we seen the last of ‘good’ Donald Cerrone fights?
Everyone’s definition of “good” is different. If “good” means making a statement in the title picture, then yes, we’ve seen the last of it. However, if “good” means putting on fun, exciting bouts against solid opponents, then I think Donald Cerrone has a few more rodeos left. His recent fight against Niko Price, in my estimation, was quite good. Sure, it started off rough – but Cerrone rallied. The two battled. When the dust settled, the bout was a draw. Price is no bum, and Cerrone hung in there. That’s why I was a bit surprised White decided to mention retirement when he did at the post-fight presser. At a minimum, the UFC should let Cerrone have one more fight. Hopefully if they do, it’s a good one.
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Did you throw up in your mouth when you learned of Conor vs Manny?
— Bobby Bufoo (@Justafangoomba) September 29, 2020
Pac-Mac: Yay or yuck?
Yes, I know. I should throw up in my mouth over this one. I really should. But I recognize I’d be a hypocrite. The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter if Conor McGregor isn’t fighting in the UFC. It doesn’t matter that this makes no sense. It doesn’t matter that the McGregor-to-boxing sideshow already happened. It doesn’t even matter that McGregor will likely lose to Manny Pacquiao. All that matters is I know, at the end of the day, I’ll still watch. I can’t in good conscience allow myself to talk down upon a spectacle that I will clear my calendar to watch. For that, I will keep my lunch down.
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