Mohammed Usman vs. Terrance Hodges headlines Titan FC 63

Mohammed Usman (pictured, second from right) celebrates a win with brother Kamaru Usman and team | @umohammed97, Instagram One of the top heavyweight prospects is set to headline Titan Fighting Championship’s next event later this month. Promotional officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that Mohammed Usman, the younger brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, will take on Terrance Hodges in the main event of Titan FC 63. The event takes place Aug. 28 from the InterContinental Miami in Miami and will stream on UFC Fight Pass. Usman (6-1) looks to improve his promotional record to 4-0 in his first fight of 2020. “The Motor” had signed with PFL earlier in the year, but it was revealed on the Titan FC 62 broadcast this past month that he would be competing at their next event. The 31-year-old capped off an unbeaten 2019 campaign with back-to-back first round finishes of Alexis Garcia and Reggie Cato. Hodges (2-6) also makes his first 2020 appearance after capturing a one-night kickboxing tournament championship for regional combat sports promotion Xtreme Fight Night. The 36-year-old has won two of his last three MMA fights, but is coming off of a loss in his most recent bout in September 2019. The vacant Titan FC flyweight title will be on the line in the co-main event as surging prospect Christian Ynastrilla takes on Wascar Cruz. Unbeaten welterweight Roman Faraldo will also compete as he looks to make it four straight finishes against Legacy Fighting Alliance, Ressurection Fighting Alliance, and Bellator veteran Tommy Aaron. Check out the current Titan FC 63 lineup below: Mohammed Usman vs. Terrance Hodges Christian Ynastrilla vs. Wascar Cruz — vacant flyweight title fight Roman Faraldo vs. Tommy Aaron Devon Dixon vs. Jose Vasquez Gus Villamil vs. Nekoro Bunsie Ryan Kuse vs. TBD

Mohammed Usman vs. Terrance Hodges headlines Titan FC 63
Mohammed Usman (pictured, second from right) celebrates a win with brother Kamaru Usman and team | @umohammed97, Instagram

One of the top heavyweight prospects is set to headline Titan Fighting Championship’s next event later this month.

Promotional officials confirmed to MMA Fighting that Mohammed Usman, the younger brother of UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman, will take on Terrance Hodges in the main event of Titan FC 63. The event takes place Aug. 28 from the InterContinental Miami in Miami and will stream on UFC Fight Pass.

Usman (6-1) looks to improve his promotional record to 4-0 in his first fight of 2020. “The Motor” had signed with PFL earlier in the year, but it was revealed on the Titan FC 62 broadcast this past month that he would be competing at their next event. The 31-year-old capped off an unbeaten 2019 campaign with back-to-back first round finishes of Alexis Garcia and Reggie Cato.

Hodges (2-6) also makes his first 2020 appearance after capturing a one-night kickboxing tournament championship for regional combat sports promotion Xtreme Fight Night. The 36-year-old has won two of his last three MMA fights, but is coming off of a loss in his most recent bout in September 2019.

The vacant Titan FC flyweight title will be on the line in the co-main event as surging prospect Christian Ynastrilla takes on Wascar Cruz.

Unbeaten welterweight Roman Faraldo will also compete as he looks to make it four straight finishes against Legacy Fighting Alliance, Ressurection Fighting Alliance, and Bellator veteran Tommy Aaron.

Check out the current Titan FC 63 lineup below:

Mohammed Usman vs. Terrance Hodges

Christian Ynastrilla vs. Wascar Cruz — vacant flyweight title fight

Roman Faraldo vs. Tommy Aaron

Devon Dixon vs. Jose Vasquez

Gus Villamil vs. Nekoro Bunsie

Ryan Kuse vs. TBD

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Morning Report: Aljamain Sterling is confident Dana White will ‘do the right thing’ and grant him next title shot

Esther Lin, MMA Fighting 2020 has been a rollercoaster year for MMA, but perhaps no division has been in more turmoil than the UFC’s bantamweight division. But with Petr Yan crowned as the new champion last month, and obvious No. 1 contender Aljamain Sterling waiting in the wings, the 135-pound division may finally return to normalcy, at least that’s what Sterling believes will happen. At UFC 250, Sterling submitted Cory Sandhagen in 88 seconds, earning a Performance of the Night bonus and putting a stamp on his claim for a bantamweight title shot. After the performance, UFC President Dana White even said as much. However, following Petr Yan’s win over Jose Aldo to claim the vacant 135 title, White would not commit to calling Sterling next in line for a title shot. And while some fighters might get frustrated at the change of tune, Sterling believes that in the end he’ll get the first crack at Yan’s title. “Honestly, I don’t know what Dana’s waiting for,” Sterling to The Schmo recently. “I don’t know if I pissed in his Cheerios or something, talked to his ex-girlfriend, I have no idea. But, Dana knows the fight to make and I think he’s gonna do the right thing. I think he had to just get over the jet lag from Abu Dhabi. Maybe he forgot how great the performance was and how quick it was, so it’s hard to remember, but I’ve got the camera, I’ve got the film, and he said I was the next guy.” Sterling does, in fact, have the receipts from Dana, And with Cody Garbrandt now dropping to flyweight for a title shot, and Marlon Moraes rumored to be facing Cory Sandhagen in October, all signs seem to point to Sterling as the next contender. Add in the fact that following his title win, Yan declared that Sterling deserved the next title shot, saying he’d like to return in October, and everything is coming up “Funkmaster” right now. “Yan’s a pretty smart guy,” Sterling said. “He’s intelligent and I think he’s honorable in terms of the fight game and fighting No. 1 contenders and not looking for these clown fights. I think that’s what builds your legacy, not jumping around and trying to fight the guy who is not even ranked or not on a win streak. I want to fight the best guys, he wants to fight the best guys, and obviously you see the banter we have going back and forth for almost a year now. I’m still coming for that ass, Pete.” Aside from being the most deserving contender at the moment, a Yan-Sterling fight also has a lot of promotional legs to it. The two bantamweights have been going back and forth on social media with one another for nearly a year now, and while the trash talk has never devolved into something malicious, it’s clear this would be a real grudge match fight, the kind the UFC loves to promote. And for Sterling, that grudge is pretty simple: he thinks Yan is overhyped and he believes he can beat Yan. “I’ve been wanting to fight this guy for a very long time because I don’t think he’s this great boogie man that everyone says,” Sterling said. “I’m not saying he’s not good. I know he’s talented, and I’m gonna have my hands full, but I think my style, stylistically I shut that man down and I think I can finish that fight as well.” MUST-READ STORIES Timberlake. Stipe Miocic: Trilogy with Daniel Cormier will determine GOAT but ‘unfortunately for him, it’s going to be me’. Bare knuckle. Paige VanZant signs with BKFC, declines Bellator offer. Trash talk. Colby Covington gives update on targeted bout with Tyron Woodley, predicts his rival will ‘leave on a stretcher’. On top. Dana White: With UFC 252 win, Daniel Cormier’s exit from MMA would be ‘neck and neck’ with Georges St-Pierre. Noooo. Former title contender Bethe Correia, veteran lightweight Evan Dunham released from UFC. Honor. MMA, jiu-jitsu legends honored with walk of fame in Rio de Janeiro. VIDEO STEW The A-Side Live Chat. Embedded 3. Top finishes of Daniel Cormier. Behind the Fight: Chandler-Henderson II. LISTEN UP Heavy Hands. Breaking down the biggest fights at UFC 252. UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE ... It was brought to my attention that I came off as NEGATIVE in my interviews. Anyone that knows me, knows I'm not the best when it comes to speaking. This was/is nothing but business on all ends (ufc/bellator/myself) never personal. #thefightbusiness pic.twitter.com/HBjCdJBWJO— Corey 'Overtime' Anderson (@CoreyA_MMA) August 12, 2020 Paige will have no shortage of possible opponents. Sign me UP!! Put Paige in with me I’m up for that challenge. https://t.co/zN8EkFOTDl— AVA KNiGHT (@A_V_A_Knight) August 12, 2020 Just the best dude. Credit should be going to @SabahHomasi The good fight is just Helping raise funds and get the message across https://t.co/UxhQD9SLsf— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) August 12, 2020 Askren on possibly unretiring. Will funky come back? Here’s my final answer. pic.twitter.com/3MpkAZy0oR— Funky (@Benaskren) August 13, 2020 Chase Hooper

Morning Report: Aljamain Sterling is confident Dana White will ‘do the right thing’ and grant him next title shot
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

2020 has been a rollercoaster year for MMA, but perhaps no division has been in more turmoil than the UFC’s bantamweight division. But with Petr Yan crowned as the new champion last month, and obvious No. 1 contender Aljamain Sterling waiting in the wings, the 135-pound division may finally return to normalcy, at least that’s what Sterling believes will happen.

At UFC 250, Sterling submitted Cory Sandhagen in 88 seconds, earning a Performance of the Night bonus and putting a stamp on his claim for a bantamweight title shot. After the performance, UFC President Dana White even said as much. However, following Petr Yan’s win over Jose Aldo to claim the vacant 135 title, White would not commit to calling Sterling next in line for a title shot. And while some fighters might get frustrated at the change of tune, Sterling believes that in the end he’ll get the first crack at Yan’s title.

“Honestly, I don’t know what Dana’s waiting for,” Sterling to The Schmo recently. “I don’t know if I pissed in his Cheerios or something, talked to his ex-girlfriend, I have no idea. But, Dana knows the fight to make and I think he’s gonna do the right thing. I think he had to just get over the jet lag from Abu Dhabi. Maybe he forgot how great the performance was and how quick it was, so it’s hard to remember, but I’ve got the camera, I’ve got the film, and he said I was the next guy.”

Sterling does, in fact, have the receipts from Dana, And with Cody Garbrandt now dropping to flyweight for a title shot, and Marlon Moraes rumored to be facing Cory Sandhagen in October, all signs seem to point to Sterling as the next contender. Add in the fact that following his title win, Yan declared that Sterling deserved the next title shot, saying he’d like to return in October, and everything is coming up “Funkmaster” right now.

“Yan’s a pretty smart guy,” Sterling said. “He’s intelligent and I think he’s honorable in terms of the fight game and fighting No. 1 contenders and not looking for these clown fights. I think that’s what builds your legacy, not jumping around and trying to fight the guy who is not even ranked or not on a win streak. I want to fight the best guys, he wants to fight the best guys, and obviously you see the banter we have going back and forth for almost a year now. I’m still coming for that ass, Pete.”

Aside from being the most deserving contender at the moment, a Yan-Sterling fight also has a lot of promotional legs to it. The two bantamweights have been going back and forth on social media with one another for nearly a year now, and while the trash talk has never devolved into something malicious, it’s clear this would be a real grudge match fight, the kind the UFC loves to promote. And for Sterling, that grudge is pretty simple: he thinks Yan is overhyped and he believes he can beat Yan.

“I’ve been wanting to fight this guy for a very long time because I don’t think he’s this great boogie man that everyone says,” Sterling said. “I’m not saying he’s not good. I know he’s talented, and I’m gonna have my hands full, but I think my style, stylistically I shut that man down and I think I can finish that fight as well.”


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Timberlake. Stipe Miocic: Trilogy with Daniel Cormier will determine GOAT but ‘unfortunately for him, it’s going to be me’.

Bare knuckle. Paige VanZant signs with BKFC, declines Bellator offer.

Trash talk. Colby Covington gives update on targeted bout with Tyron Woodley, predicts his rival will ‘leave on a stretcher’.

On top. Dana White: With UFC 252 win, Daniel Cormier’s exit from MMA would be ‘neck and neck’ with Georges St-Pierre.

Noooo. Former title contender Bethe Correia, veteran lightweight Evan Dunham released from UFC.

Honor. MMA, jiu-jitsu legends honored with walk of fame in Rio de Janeiro.


VIDEO STEW

The A-Side Live Chat.

Embedded 3.

Top finishes of Daniel Cormier.

Behind the Fight: Chandler-Henderson II.


LISTEN UP

Heavy Hands. Breaking down the biggest fights at UFC 252.

UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

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Paige will have no shortage of possible opponents.

Just the best dude.

Askren on possibly unretiring.

Chase Hooper makes an excellent point.

Creepy.

Conspiracy theory.

This is a tremendous picture.

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Kai Kamaka II (7-2) vs. (5-1); UFC 252, Aug. 15.

(16-6) vs. (12-0); UFC Fight Night, Sep. 5.

(11-5) vs. (8-2); UFC Fight Night, Sep. 5.


FINAL THOUGHTS

With Yan looking to compete in October, the most logical landing spot for this fight would be on UFC 254 as the co-main event to the lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Justin Gaethje. That just makes all kinds of sense. You get the UFC’s two Russian champions defending their titles in Abu Dhabi. Book it Dana.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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