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MMA News Round-Up: Joe Rogan Reacts to Francis Ngannou Exit, Horrific Power Slap Video Goes Viral, UFC 285 Gets 3 Title Bouts

Published 01/20/2023, 7:09 AM EST

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The world of MMA has seen quite a number of noted advancements in the last few hours. Right from frustrated reactions to mind-boggling event announcements, the fast-paced MMA world maintained its nature for the previous day as well. The UFC color commentator and noted podcaster, Joe Rogan gave out his take on the controversial exit of the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion, Francis Ngannou. The former comedian was far from happy about Ngannou’s exit. Further, combat sports fans were left shaken after a video from the recently trending slap fighting went viral. A lot of fans, including MMA fighters, stood against this game, sighting its dangerous effects. Lastly, UFC fans have a lot to cheer about as the company has reportedly worked out three championship bouts for UFC 285.

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Joe Rogan expressed disgust at Francis Ngannou’s controversial UFC exit

The abrupt exit of the reigning UFC Heavyweight Champion, Francis Ngannou, garnered massive reactions from the entire MMA world. Now, the UFC color commentator, Joe Rogan, also presented his take on the sudden exit of ‘The Predator’ from UFC.


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Rogan went vocal about his wish on an episode of his noted podcast, ‘The Joe Rogan Experience’. He stated his desire to witness the awesome matchup between Ngannous and the returning Jon Jones and despised the fact that he would probably never get to see that matchup again.


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The ‘JRE host’ stated, “That’s why I’m mad. I’m mad because I feel like we were deprived of one of the great fights in MMA, one of the most compelling fights in MMA.” A lot of fans will actually agree with Rogan on this.

Fight fans are left bewildered by the disfigured face of slap fighter

The power of slap fighting has been gaining on many fight fans. But a recent video from the RXF Slap Fighting Championship in Romania showcased the devastating effects that a gruesome slap fight could have. One side of the face of the RXF competitor, Sorin Comsa, had swollen up like it had been stung by tens of bees.

But the fighter kept on going despite his crazy condition and won the slap fight. This video disgusted a lot of fans worldwide, including MMA fighters.

The UFC 285 is all set to be an enthraller with 3 title fights on the card

The UFC 285 became one of the most awaited events right from the time it was announced that it would feature a returning Jon ‘Bones’ Jones.

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After a change of opponent for ‘Bones’ due to ‘The Predator’ Francis Ngannou’s abrupt exit, the UFC is stacking up the card even more. Reports suggest that the UFC has put 3 world title fights on the UFC 285 card.

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The first title on the line will obviously be the UFC Heavyweight Title. The victor of the coveted Jon Jones vs Ciryl Gane main event will claim the Heavyweight belt. The UFC women’s Flyweight title will also be put on the line on the same night. Current champion, ‘Bullet’ Valentina Shevchenko will look for a title defense against the noted, Alexa Grasso.


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Further, the final title bout is expected to be for UFC women’s Bantamweight title. It would feature current champion, Amanda ‘The Lioness’ Nunes taking on challenger, Irene Aldana. It’s understandable that fans will be eagerly awaiting the superb night of 4 March 2023.


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Some more MMA news

  • The youngest UFC fighter, Raul Rosas Jr. will take the Octagon once more. The UFC has scheduled a matchup for him against Christian Rodriguez at UFC 287.
  • ‘Power Slap’ fighting from UFC boss Dana White made its broadcast debut on TBS.
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Written by:

Souvik Roy


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Souvik Roy is currently a UFC writer at EssentiallySports. An avid UFC follower, Souvik combined his love for the sport and his passion for words to turn his interest into his Livelihood. A Diploma holder in Electrical Engineering, Souvik has worked as a Freelance Link Builder and Content Writer previously and wrote for various clients and businesses.
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Rohini Kottu