This Week In MMA – Jared Cannonier returns to winning ways, Miesha Tate books October headlining return

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Take a look back on a week in mixed martial arts where the #3 ranked UFC middleweight contender, Jared ‘Killa Gorilla’ Cannonier returned to the winner’s enclosure in main event of UFC Vegas 34 over the weekend — managing a close unanimous decision victory over former interim title chaser, Kelvin Gastelum. On October 16. — former undisputed UFC and Strikeforce middleweight queen, Miesha ‘Cupcake’ Tate returns to the Octagon in a headlining bout with Brazil’s, Ketlen Vieira. 

Starting off this week, former two-weight UFC champion, Conor McGregor hosted an impromptu #AskNotorious session on Twitter, where he flirted with a return to the welterweight division once he makes his comeback to the sport next year following recovery after he suffered a fractured tibia last month against Dustin Poirier.

The 33-year-old then claimed that before he calls a halt on his professional career, he plans to headline a stadium show on home soil in Dublin, Ireland.

In the same Q&A session, the former lightweight and featherweight champion claimed he would also “spark” current undisputed welterweight champion, Kamaru Usman. Taking umbrage with the former titleholder’s comments, Usman referred to McGregor’s quartet of stoppage losses against Poirier, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Nate Diaz.

Booked for a UFC Fight Night event on October 23. — a lightweight re-run between former two-weight Cage Warriors gold holder, Mason Jones and Brazilian veteran, Alan Patrick.

In an Instagram live session, former UFC lightweight title challenger, Diego Sanchez claimed that former head coach, School of Self Awareness founder, Joshua Fabia was “masterminding” a potential financial settlement against the UFC prior to his release from the organization.

Hoping to snap a two-fight losing run at UFC 266 on September 25. — City Kickboxing staple, Dan Hooker is set to return against surging uber-prospect, Nasrat Haqparast

Former UFC heavyweight contender, Brendan Schaub recounted how he had saved multiple children from a fatal car accident on a freeway in California last week, in an apparent murder-suicide attempt from the children’s father

Revealing her pregnancy this week, UFC bantamweight challenger, Yana Kunitskaya insisted that she did not, in fact, fight whilst pregnant at UFC 264 last month — in her knockout loss against Irene Aldana. 

Prior to her impressive PFL 8 knockout victory over Genah Fabian, the undefeated, Kayla Harrison claimed that the promotion needed to offer her “life-changing money” and bring in an influx of talent to the division in order for her to stay in the PFL.

Set to co-headline Bellator London on October 1. — streaking Down native, Leah McCourt returns for the second time this year in a showdown against two-fight promotional veteran, Jessica Borga. 

Booked for a UFC event on December 18. — a strawweight matchup between Nina Nunes and Brazilian knockout-ace, Amanda Lemos.

UFC heavyweight champion, Francis Ngannou claimed that he felt disrespected by the introduction of an interim title earlier this month for UFC 265 — explaining how he was also questioning if he was even the champion anymore.

Two-fight UFC alum, Rhys McKee is set to return to the Graham Boylan-led Cage Warriors organization for the promotion’s Trilogy event at the end of September — making his comeback to the promotion. 

Former UFC featherweight champion, Jose Aldo slammed the door firmly shut on a potential future rematch with the aforenoted, McGregor, claiming that a re-run against the Dubliner will “never” happen.

Set to headline a UFC Fight Night event on October 16. — former bantamweight champion, Miesha Tate meets with Manaus native, Kelten Vieira — booking her second bout of the year following a return from a November 2016 retirement.

Launching an incredible Knockout of the Year contender with just five seconds remaining in his preliminary bout, Chilean striker, Ignacio Bahamondes stopped Roosevelt Roberts with a staggering wheel kick at UFC Vegas 34.

Headlining the UFC Apex facility event, #3 ranked middleweight, Jared Cannonier edged out former interim title chaser, Kelvin Gastelum with a hugely competitive unanimous decision victory over the Kings MMA mainstay — before claiming afterward that he was “broke” and needed to fight in the not too distant future as a result, once more highlighting the rising fighter-pay issue within the promotion.

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