Welcome to today’s edition of Sportskeeda’s daily MMA news digest, where we feature the biggest UFC updates and other stories from the world of mixed martial arts.
In today’s issue, we talk about a certain UFC featherweight threatening Joe Rogan for “making fun of Flat Earthers”, Dana White comparing Petr Yan vs. Sean O’Malley to Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor, and more.
#3. Bryce Mitchell wants to debate Joe Rogan for ‘making fun of Flat Earthers’
Up-and-coming UFC featherweight Bryce Mitchell has a bone to pick with Joe Rogan.
The 28-year-old recently took to Instagram to call out Rogan for apparently “making fun of Flat Earthers” on his social media platforms. Mitchell, who identifies as a proponent of the flat Earth theory, took offense to Rogan’s comments.
On top of that, Mitchell is confident he can take on Rogan in a debate over the shape of the planet. In a video he uploaded to Instagram, Mitchell said:
“I would love to argue with you Joe Rogan, because I’m sick of you making fun of Flat Earthers. And if you’re so confident, come and debate me mate, because I’m sick of this shit.”
Watch the video below:
#2. Dana White says Petr Yan is to Sean O’Malley what Jose Aldo was to Conor McGregor
Dana White thinks fighting Petr Yan gives Sean O’Malley the same opportunity Jose Aldo presented Conor McGregor years ago.
The rising star has repeatedly mentioned how he wants to become the next McGregor. According to White, ‘Sugar’ is ready to get closer to his goals if he can overcome the enormous challenge in the same way McGregor passed his test against Aldo years ago:
“There was this comparison recently where Sean O’Malley said ‘I would like to be the next Conor McGregor and be a big global superstar.’ Well, it’s about winning key fights. He already has this thing that people love about him, now it’s about winning key fights. This fight for him is like Conor’s fight against Jose Aldo.
Check out Dana White’s comments below:
#1. UFC issues memo banning fighters from betting on fights
UFC fighters will no longer be allowed to bet on UFC fights whether or not they are involved.
In a memo obtained by MMA reporter Ariel Helwani, Hunter Campbell said the company’s athlete code of conduct will now include a ban on betting on fights. The company’s chief commercial officer wrote:
“In light of the clear guidance we have received from regulators responsible for the regulated sports betting industry in the United States, we are currently obligated to recognize in the UFC Athlete Conduct Policy certain restrictions on betting our athletes, their team members and certain others.”
Check out the memo below: