MMA News Roundup: Joe Rogan Makes P4P Claims for Alexander Volkanovski; Khabib’s Exit Disappointed Tony Ferguson; Islam Makhachev & Charles Oliveira Go Back and Forth

Published 10/03/2023, 4:41 AM EDT

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Several incidents have taken shape in the world of MMA over the last 24 hours. Hence, we present to you yet another edition of the daily roundup to keep up with the most significant events in our favorite sports. Catch the biggest headlines in just a few minutes of your time.

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We will start with the news of Joe Rogan claiming that Alexander Volkanovski is the top pound-for-pound fighter in MMA. Then we will shift to Tony Ferguson, who claimed to have been affected by Khabib Nurmagomedov‘s retirement. Finally, we will sum up our daily news compilation with Islam Makhachev shutting down Charles Oliveira‘s concerns regarding the venue of their fight at UFC 294.

Joe Rogan deems Alexander Volkanovski as the best fighter in MMA

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There is a lot of debate regarding the greatest fighter of all time, not just in the UFC, but in MMA as a whole. People seem to have different opinions in that regard. However, Joe Rogan believes that the moniker rightfully belongs to the Aussie icon, Alexander Volkanovski. The 56-year-old claims that ‘The Great’ is the rightful no.1 pound-for-pound fighter, even though the UFC hasn’t listed him on the top spot due to his loss to Islam Makhachev at UFC 284.

“He’s [Volkanovski] no.1 P4P… They [The UFC] have him not listed as [the top] P4P because he lost that [Makhachev] fight,” said Joe Rogan. He further stated that he believes the featherweight champion was the real winner of the UFC 284 main event. Rogan continued, “You can make a real argument that he won the fight. I think he won the fight.”

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Alexander Volkanovski has proven himself to be one of the greatest featherweights ever. Moreover, Joe Rogan praised him for jumping from 145lbs to 155lbs and put on a great show against someone like Islam Makhachev. We will have to wait and see if the Australian fighter can reclaim his P4P top spot in the future.

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s retirement affected Tony Ferguson

UFC veteran and former interim champion Tony Ferguson has found himself in a tough spot as of late. He has suffered six losses in a row and has yet to win a fight since 2020. Meanwhile, he recently opened up about a negative affect he had when UFC Hall of Famer Khabib Nurmagomedov announced his retirement. They were scheduled three times to fight each other, but certain circumstances made it impossible for that fight to happen.

Ferguson stated that he lost a part of himself when the legend from Dagestan hung up his gloves. “And I know when Khabib left, a little part of me left with that,” he said. ‘El Cucuy’ mentioned the hype surrounding that fight and how the failure to get to fight him left a void in his MMA career. “When that [the hype] disappeared and the pandemic hit and the f***ing team left and then just the whole bunch, there was nothing else left for me kind of except what I told is I wanted to compete,” said Tony Ferguson. It is certainly one of the biggest fights that never came to fruition in the history of the UFC.

Islam Makhachev rubbished Charles Oliveira’s claims about the UFC 294 venue

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Charles Oliveira recently expressed his concern regarding competing in the rematch against Islam Makhachev in Abu Dhabi yet again. He claimed that it was unfair. As such, Makhachev responded to those comments on Twitter (X). He stated that he had already asked to fight him earlier in the US. However, the UFC brass had other plans in mind. Moreover, the lightweight champion also mentioned that he had never set the conditions for a fight. Instead, he follows through with whatever the promotion offers him.

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Islam Makhachev even reminded ‘Do Bronx’ of fighting Alexander Volkanovski in Australia. It was ‘The Great’ who had the home advantage. Hence, Makhachev believes that there is no basis for what Charles Oliveira is complaining about. Moreover, UFC Hall of Famer Michael Bisping echoed the same sentiment. It remains to be seen if the Brazilian will respond to the champion as both of them gear up for one of the biggest fights of the year.

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