In the world of MMA, it seems like everyone is talking trash. It is now encouraged to name a fighter that you want to fight next. We will be attempting to track any time a fighter calls for a fight with another fighter in a major organization. These callouts can be in a post-fight interview, an interview for TV show or podcast, a message on social media, or any other way. The callouts can come in a respectful way or they can come with animosity.
Here are some of the recent callouts:
Darren Till would like to fight Conor McGregor
In Till’s last fight he fought former UFC lightweight title contender Donald Cerrone and came away with a TKO victory in the first round. Till is an astounding 61-0 in professional martial arts. Now he has his sites set on the biggest star in the sport.
“I’m in this sport to be the champion,” Till was quoted as saying in an MTK press release. “I want to be a great champion and go down in history for it. Right now there are some big names out there for me. The likes of Demian Maia, Rafael dos Anjos, Robbie Lawler and Wonderboy [Stephen Thompson]. I don’t really care who the UFC put in front of me but ultimately I want that belt off Tyron Woodley.”
“There’s another fella I’d love to get inside the Octagon with,” said the fighter. “An Irish boy called McGregor who talks a lot. If Conor is ever stupid enough to come back up to 170, I’ll be waiting and only too happy to shut him up once and for all.”
Mark Hunt would like a rematch with former champion Fabricio Werdum
Werdum coming off a unanimous decision win against Marcin Tybura while Hunt was medically suspended but coming off of a TKO win against Derick Lewis. They previously fought and Werdum knocked Hunt out in the 2nd round. Hunt apparently hasn’t gotten over the first loss and wants a rematch.
“Hopefully I get a fight in Perth – we’re waiting for Werdum to say yes, but he’s such a little chicken rat,” Hunt said. “I’d like to be on the undercard for that world title fight for Rob Whittaker. That would be awesome being a part of history right there in Perth.” “I don’t know why Werdum doesn’t want to party,” said Hunt. “We asked to do Japan, we asked to do Sydney and he said no. Then the next minute gets the fight against Tybura. He said ‘no’ to me, but ‘yes’ to Tybura, the little rat. “He knows he’ll get knocked out. That’s the only reason I can think why (he won’t fight again),” Hunt said. “He got me in Mexico, but I sure as hell doubt it’ll go the same way the next time we fight. Three and a half weeks’ notice and 21 kilograms later … I was schooling that punk-ass too. He got lucky with that knee.” “I don’t want to sit around forever. I need a top guy, I need to get back to work,” Hunt said. “This is my last shot at getting the strap. Hopefully, they’ll give me someone in the top 10 – someone above me – and all I can see is that Werdum is the only one available. I don’t know what’s happening with Cain [Velasquez] – he hasn’t fought in forever. Alistair [Overeem] is still looking for his soul somewhere after getting upper-cutted out of the universe, and Ngannou’s got the title shot. “If I can get over Werdum, I should be next in line to fight the champ. I could be champ by next year. Now it’s just about getting Werdum to say yes.”
Eryk Andres willing to fight UFC legend Lyoto Machida
After Eryk Anders beat Markus Perez at UFC Fresno, he called for a fight with the former light heavyweight champion, Lyoto Machida.
“He has a very similar style to Markus’,” Anders said after the S1-televised main-card bout at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. “(He’s) probably a little bit more precise with the strikes. Obviously, much more experienced. A former title holder. I love the hostile environment. There’s no more hostile place on Earth, I feel like, than in the cage, in a ring, with a Brazilian in Brazil.” “Especially a guy that’s held in such high regard as Lyoto Machida. He’s a little bit better than Markus Perez, and I think I can get there and find that home on that chin.”
The UFC would grant Anders his wish. Machida and Anders face each other in the main event of UFC Belem.