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
Colby Covington Calls Out Conor McGregor and Tyron Woodley
Everyone has been calling for fights with Colby Covington and it seems like he is trying to cash in on his recent fame. In a recent, live stream, Covington called for a fight with Conor McGregor.
“I am coming for Conor man. I have said it from the beginning. I can make 155 but I want to challenge myself though. I want to get the 170 belt first. Then I am coming for Conor’s ass.”
Here is the video where Covington calls out Conor McGregor and has some harsh words for Tyron Woodley
Covington appears to be obsessed with a fight with Woodley. Here are just some of the Tweets he aimed at Woodley this week.
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) November 20, 2017
.@Twooodley has to be stripped of the title for Conduct Unbecoming of @UFC Champ. Since I became Undisputed #1 Contender of Earth Tyrone has faked a labrum injury, defiantly declared 185 his next bout, then retracted back to 170 but against 155 gatekeeper. #scaredbitch @danawhite https://t.co/clrROH4YYE
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) November 21, 2017
— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) November 23, 2017
Warlley Alves Calls Out Colby Covington
Warlley Alves is the only fighter to defeat Colby Covington. They fought at UFC 194, where Alves quickly submitted Covington by guillotine choke. Alves, who is not happy with Covington’s recent comments about Alves’ home country of Brazil, gave the following statement to MMA Fighting.
“He will pay for what he said,” Alves told MMA Fighting. “I heard that the UFC will punish him. I don’t know if that is true or not, but I have a suggestion to make. Do you want really punish him, UFC? Make him fight me again, and you’ll see what a real punishment is.”
TJ Dillashaw Calls for a Fight with Demetrious Johnson Again
Newly crowned UFC bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw really wants to become a two-division champion. He also wants to be crowned the pound for pound king. He can accomplish both of the feats by beating current flyweight champion, Demetrious Johnson. Dillashaw called for a fight with the man called “Mighty Mouse” several times and did it again in a recent interview with TMZ. Here is one of the quotes from the interview.
Don’t be scared, man. Let’s get this done. This is the fight that makes sense for you and me. This is the fight the fans want to see. This is the fight I want to see. Not sure if you want to see it, but man up – let’s do it.
Check out the rest of the TMZ interview for more quotes from Dillashaw.
Kelvin Gastelum Offers to Fight Robert Whittaker in Australia
Kelvin Gastelum picked up the biggest win of his career when he beat Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC Shanghai. He took the opportunity in the spotlight to try and get a shot at interim middleweight champion, Robert Whittaker. During a post-fight interview with Jon Anik, he said the following
I heard a rumor that Robert Whittaker needs a main eventin February in Australia. I am up for the challenger.
John Lineker Volunteers To Fight Jimmie Rivera
After Dominick Cruz got hurt and was forced to pull out of his UFC 219 fight against Jimmie Rivera, many fighters including John Lineker volunteered to replace Cruz. The man called “Hands of Stone” gave the following statement to FloCombat.
“I would fight with Jimmie Rivera. I’m at the UFC’s disposal to fight him,” Lineker told FloCombat. “I’m ready. I want to fight again, and it’ll definitely be a different fight from my last performance against Marlon Vera. I’ll be more in the rhythm and John Lineker will fight as he always has: aggressively. All the time, I am ready.”
The UFC would take John Lineker up on his offer. They announced earlier this week that he will face Jimmie Rivera at UFC 219 on December 30th in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Zabit Magomedsharipov Wants to Fight Yair Rodriguez
Zabit Magomedsharipov is one of the biggest prospects in all of MMA. Many fans and members of the media are ready to crown him the next featherweight title, while critics are saying he needs to beat a big name first. Seems like Magomedsharipov agrees with the latter group. After dispatching of Sheymon Moraes at UFC Shanghai, he was asked who he would like to fight next by Jon Anik. Magomedsharipov asked for a fight with Yair Rodriguez
Of course I would like to fight a ranked fighter from the top 15. Yair Rodriguez would be a good matchup for me. Many people think we have similar striking styles. I think it would be a great fight.
Jared Brooks and Jose Torres Want to Fight Each Other
It’s extremely rare for a UFC fighter to call for a fight with a fighter that fights on the regional scene but that is what Jared Brooks recently did. He called for a fight with Jose Torres, who is the Titan FC flyweight and bantamweight champion. He tweeted towards Torres, who responded to the challenge.
Might be a little longer now 😅 Calf kicks really hurt lol but you know I’m down! Fingers crossed @Mickmaynard2 does a Chicago vs Detroit fight very soon!!!
— Jose Shorty Torres (@ShortyTorres125) November 18, 2017