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 the latest issue, we talk about a UFC broadcaster interested in a pro wrestling role, Darren Till navigating his current emotional turmoil, and more.
#3. UFC Espanol commentator Alberto Del Rio likes the idea of an AEW signing
Former MMA fighter and WWE superstar Alberto Del Rio signed with the UFC as a Spanish language commentator earlier this year. He made his debut at the March 19 event in London, featuring Alexander Volkov against Tom Aspinall.
Speaking to NBC Sports Boston, Del Rio expressed interest in a possible return to professional wrestling and rebuilding his name in the business.
“I would be interested in going to AEW or any other big company…I deserve to be in a big company. Once it’s proven that I’ve always told the truth about these things…I deserves to be out there continuing to entertain and continuing to work to rebuild my legacy at the company I love.”
Del Rio’s reputation was tarnished when sexual assault and kidnapping charges were brought against him in 2020 by his ex-fiancée. However, the charges were later dropped. The former WWE Champion recounted the ordeal in an interview with Sportskeeda WrestlingThis is Riju Dasgupta.
Watch the interview below:
#2. Darren Till thanks Khamzat Chimaev for not letting him quit
Darren Till has been going through a tough time since his UFC middleweight debut. After picking up a split decision win over Kelvin Gastelum, Till lost two and pulled out of three fights due to injury. More recently, he had to pull out of UFC London and let Chris Curtis take his place against Jack Hermansson.
The misery left “The Gorilla” frustrated and feeling like he was having a “Tyson Fury moment.” The British boxer has opened up about his mental health struggles and battles with alcoholism, drug addiction and anxiety before getting his life back on track and chasing the heavyweight championship once again.
In a recent tweet, Till admitted he was close to quitting the sport out of mental and physical exhaustion, but was pushed by fellow Allstars teammate Khamzat Chimaev and others.
“Today was one of those days where I almost wanted to quit. 1 hour S&C and right after floor, pound and 3X5 pads. Thanks @khamzat_chimaev for pushing me every day bro. Thanks @ mohammadbabadivand for training. Waiting for all the technical experts to comment on my post now.”
Till followed up with training videos where he is seen angrily hitting the pad.
#1. Khabib Nurmagomedov unfazed after Conor McGregor’s bus attack
In one of the most infamous displays of violence outside the cage, Conor McGregor stormed Barclays Center and attacked a busload of UFC fighters to stoke his bitter rivalry with Khabib Nurmagomedov. The Irishman’s actions left Nurmagomedov unscathed, but cut off Michael Chiesa’s head and injured Ray Borg’s cornea with shards of glass.
Reed Harris, the UFC’s vice president of athlete development, sat next to Chiesa on the bus. Following the incident, he said in a now-deleted tweet:
“In the hospital with a colleague of mine. Possibly a broken hand from being attacked by Conor and his gang of thugs. I was cut and doused in glass. We thought we were going to die.”
Harris recalled the incident in a recent video by Will Harris of The Dagestan Chronicles fame, best known as the creator of the Anatomy of a fighter Youtube channel. Will Harris was present backstage at the 2022 Hall of Fame ceremony, where he filmed Reed Harris revealing what Nurmagomedov had told him after the attack.
True to his nature, “The Eagle” was calm and poised.
“So he [Nurmagomedov] comes to me afterwards and he says – he’s trying to be nice, I’m a little shaken. He says, ‘Reed, in Dagestan I’ve been in a lot of bus attacks, it’s ok, you’ll get used to it.'”
Watch Anatomy of a Hall of Famer below: