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Veteran UFC referee blamed for bad stoppage, Dana White has advice for Jake Paul, Valentina Shevchenko accuses Amanda Nunes in uncharacteristic tweet (July 31, 2022)

Welcome to today’s edition of Sportskeeda’s daily MMA News Roundup, where we present the biggest UFC updates and other stories from the world of mixed martial arts.

In the latest issue, we talk about a veteran UFC referee getting called out for a seemingly early stoppage, Dana White offering candid advice to Jake Paul, and more.


#3. “That’s definitely an early stoppage” – Francis Ngannou

Derrick Lewis vs.  Sergei Pavlovich stoppage by Dan Miragliotta

You don’t stop that in Texas

Lewis’ opponent Sergei Pavlovich caught him flush with a left hook less than a minute into the fight that rocked ‘The Black Beast’ and stumbled him to the floor.

Miragliotta intervened while Lewis was apparently attempting to stand back up on his feet and immediately protested the stoppage.

Not only was Lewis himself visibly upset at the decision, the same sentiment was shared by many other fighters and fans. Francis Ngannou, Daniel Cormier, Jamahal Hill, Al Iaquinta, and Kevin Lee were among the many who thought it was a bad stoppage by Miragliotta.

That’s definitely an early stoppage

Read all their tweets as well as fan reactions to the stoppage here.


#two. “Jake Paul probably needs to get some different people around him” – UFC president Dana White

Jake Paul at Hasim Rahman Jr. fight press conference

First Tommy Fumbled and now Hasim Rahman Crumbled. These boxers are the most difficult people to work with and continually lack professionalism and confidence to fight me. I apologize to all of the other fighters on the card, our partners, our team and the fans. twitter.com/mostvpromotion…

During the post-event press conference, White was asked to comment on the matter. For once, the UFC head honcho did not fire shots at ‘The Problem Child’, but took the opportunity to jibe at Nakisa Bidarian.

While at it, White advised Paul to surround himself with better company.

“Just because you were an accountant here doesn’t mean you know what the f*ck goes on here and doesn’t mean you can run a fight promotion company. I think Jake Paul needs to get some different people around him. If he’s going to stay in the sport, he needs to be with guys that actually really know how to put on fights.”

Bidarian, a former UFC Chief Financial Officer, is an adviser to Paul and runs his Most Valuable Promotions.

White has long maintained the stance that what they do at the UFC is very difficult to replicate, especially when it comes to finances, logistics, and other aspects of the fight business. He was not ready to believe the reason that was given for the cancellation, and theorized that they had possibly sold less than $1 million in tickets.


#1. Could Valentina Shevchenko be showing her mean streak of her?

Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 275 pre-fight press conference

Looks like Amanda decides to fully copy my stand up game 🤔Great fight both ladies! 💪🏻 #UFC277

Whether Nunes ripped it from Shevchenko or not, the bloodbath battle she had with Pena left them both viscerally bruised. Nunes appeared at the press conference on crutches, while Pena was taken to the hospital immediately afterwards and will be undergoing plastic surgery on her face.

The trilogy with Amanda Nunes is the only fight that ‘Bullet’ has repeatedly pitched for in the media, having suffered two decision losses to the two-division champ. Hence, the uncharacteristic tweet could be a hint that she will be pushing for a third fight even more now that ‘The Lioness’ has reclaimed her throne from her.


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