Morning Report: Multi-platinum rapper Wiz Khalifa open to fighting in MMA, PFL CEO says ‘He knows who to call’

Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty ImagesCameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, could be coming to MMA. Khalifa is best known for his chart-top singles “Black and Yellow” and “See You Again” but the Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist is also a huge MMA fan who has been training in Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai for many years at Jay Glazer’s Unbreakable gym in Los Angeles, CA. Given his long-time love affair withe sport, Khalifa says that he is open to competing one day, should the right opportunity arise. “I’ve always been a boxing fan and when MMA started to become big, my cousins convinced me to start training in jiu-jitsu,” Khalifa told Maxim. “That was about 5 years ago. “I love watching and [fighting is] definitely something I think about, but for now I’m happy as an owner. But you never know. I am always training so if the opportunity presents itself and is something that could be fun and good for everyone, I could see myself getting in the ring.” This is far from Khalifa’s first flirtation with the MMA world. Earlier this year, the multi-platinum selling rapper made headlines when he became a celebrity investor in the PFL and thus far, his partnership has been fruitful for the PFL. Khalifa penned a new theme song for the organization, “Million Dollar Moment,” which he released earlier this week and then performed live last night at the PFL 2021 Championships, and PFL Cofounder Donn Davis believes this is just the start of a very productive relationship. “I don’t think any league has had their own song since Monday Night Football,” Davis said. “The idea for the song was Wiz’s. The idea to perform it on Wednesday night? Wiz’s. He’s been fantastic. He’s overdelivered.” And so, given the success of their business ventures thus far, if Khalifa ever does decide to lace up his gloves for real, whether it be for charity or in legitimate competition, his business parters in the PFL say they would be happy to help. “If Wiz ever wants to get in the cage, whether it be for an exhibition, for charity, or for a professional bout, he’s got the PFL in his corner,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “He knows who to call.” TOP STORIES Results. Kayla Harrison’s dominance headlines night of six millionaires at the PFL Championships. Loss. Claressa Shields suffers first pro combat sports loss in stunner against Abigail Montes. Class. Jake Paul takes aim at Claressa Shields after PFL loss: ‘The fake always get exposed’. Business. Kayla Harrison on looming PFL free agency decision: ‘There are no friends in business’. Disturbing. Sean Strickland doubts UFC will release him despite opening up about homicidal thoughts. Honor. One-time UFC title challenger Sara McMann to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame. VIDEO STEW The MMA Hour. PFL Press Conference. Embedded. MixedMollyWhoppery on Jon Jones. Solid hype video from Jorge Masvidal. Sentence I never thought I’d write: Georges St-Pierre being a spokesperson for Tempur-Pedic mattresses while playing sled hockey. LISTEN UP We Got Next. Interviews with Modestas Bukauskas, David Onama, and Themba Gorimbo. Heavy Hands. Discussing the top three fights at UFC 267. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Support. Keep your head up @Claressashields I love how you are young and courages and not afraid to challenge yourself. The way you’re inspiring an entire generation of women to not be afraid of greatness is what makes you so powerful! @PFLMMA pic.twitter.com/rpIWFBLUGo— @CrisCyborg #Bellator271 Nov 12 (@criscyborg) October 28, 2021 Opinion. Pros and cons to tonight’s PFL tournament final:Pros: The fights delivered, I like 3 fighters in the booth especially Sean O’Connell, and I’m warming up to the extra fight metrics.Cons: The timing of this event sucked rocks. The amount of time between fights was ridiculous.— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) October 28, 2021 Throwing illegal knees and shade. Open workout #UFC267 pic.twitter.com/U5zPtVD8tm— Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) October 27, 2021 Response. Hilarious! Don’t lose another belt! https://t.co/L58mlEIV8G— Aljamain Sterling (@funkmasterMMA) October 27, 2021 Goldie is coming back. My friend, my brother ⁦@kennyflorian⁩ as good as it gets! See you soon bud! pic.twitter.com/hWS3CfqIMB— Mike Goldberg (@GoldieOnTV) October 28, 2021 Respect. Hey @Trailblaze2top Sorry to hear about the injury. Heal up. I’ll see you in February, but first I’m gonna handle some business. #Relentless #UFC— Kyle Daukaus (@KyleDaukaus) October 27, 2021 Well, I’m sure this can be arranged. I want one MMA fight before I retire. Just one.— Jordan Burroughs (@alliseeisgold) October 27, 2021 Bobby Knuckles. It’s not over when you lose, it’s over when you quit. #thereturn pic.twitter.com/CcYFXnf1op— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) October 28, 2021 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Valerie Loureda (3-1) vs. Taylor Turner (5-7); Bellator 271, Nov. 12. Bruna Ellen (5-3) vs. Desiree Yanez (5-3); Bellator 271, Nov. 12.

Morning Report: Multi-platinum rapper Wiz Khalifa open to fighting in MMA, PFL CEO says ‘He knows who to call’
Photo by Bryan Steffy/Getty Images

Cameron Jibril Thomaz, better known by his stage name Wiz Khalifa, could be coming to MMA.

Khalifa is best known for his chart-top singles “Black and Yellow” and “See You Again” but the Grammy-nominated hip-hop artist is also a huge MMA fan who has been training in Brazlian Jiu-Jitsu and Muay Thai for many years at Jay Glazer’s Unbreakable gym in Los Angeles, CA. Given his long-time love affair withe sport, Khalifa says that he is open to competing one day, should the right opportunity arise.

“I’ve always been a boxing fan and when MMA started to become big, my cousins convinced me to start training in jiu-jitsu,” Khalifa told . “That was about 5 years ago.

“I love watching and [fighting is] definitely something I think about, but for now I’m happy as an owner. But you never know. I am always training so if the opportunity presents itself and is something that could be fun and good for everyone, I could see myself getting in the ring.”

This is far from Khalifa’s first flirtation with the MMA world. Earlier this year, the multi-platinum selling rapper made headlines when he became a celebrity investor in the PFL and thus far, his partnership has been fruitful for the PFL. Khalifa penned a new theme song for the organization, “Million Dollar Moment,” which he released earlier this week and then performed live last night at the PFL 2021 Championships, and PFL Cofounder Donn Davis believes this is just the start of a very productive relationship.

“I don’t think any league has had their own song since Monday Night Football,” Davis said. “The idea for the song was Wiz’s. The idea to perform it on Wednesday night? Wiz’s. He’s been fantastic. He’s overdelivered.”

And so, given the success of their business ventures thus far, if Khalifa ever does decide to lace up his gloves for real, whether it be for charity or in legitimate competition, his business parters in the PFL say they would be happy to help.

“If Wiz ever wants to get in the cage, whether it be for an exhibition, for charity, or for a professional bout, he’s got the PFL in his corner,” said PFL CEO Peter Murray. “He knows who to call.”


TOP STORIES

Results. Kayla Harrison’s dominance headlines night of six millionaires at the PFL Championships.

Loss. Claressa Shields suffers first pro combat sports loss in stunner against Abigail Montes.

Class. Jake Paul takes aim at Claressa Shields after PFL loss: ‘The fake always get exposed’.

Business. Kayla Harrison on looming PFL free agency decision: ‘There are no friends in business’.

Disturbing. Sean Strickland doubts UFC will release him despite opening up about homicidal thoughts.

Honor. One-time UFC title challenger Sara McMann to be inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.


VIDEO STEW

The MMA Hour.

PFL Press Conference.

Embedded.

MixedMollyWhoppery on Jon Jones.

Solid hype video from Jorge Masvidal.

Sentence I never thought I’d write: Georges St-Pierre being a spokesperson for Tempur-Pedic mattresses while playing sled hockey.


LISTEN UP

We Got Next. Interviews with Modestas Bukauskas, David Onama, and Themba Gorimbo.

Heavy Hands. Discussing the top three fights at UFC 267.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

Support.

Opinion.

Throwing illegal knees and shade.

Response.

Goldie is coming back.

Respect.

Well, I’m sure this can be arranged.

Bobby Knuckles.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Valerie Loureda (3-1) vs. Taylor Turner (5-7); Bellator 271, Nov. 12.

Bruna Ellen (5-3) vs. Desiree Yanez (5-3); Bellator 271, Nov. 12.

Roman Faraldo (5-0) vs. Robert Turnquest (11-7); Bellator 271, Nov. 12.

Jordan Newman (3-0) vs. Shane O’Shea (4-2); Bellator 271, Nov. 12.

Calvin Kattar (22-5) vs. Giga Chikadze (14-2); UFC Fight Night, Jan. 15.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I seriously hope the UFC gets Sean Strickland to see a professional. To call his interview disturbing undersells it tremendously.

Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow.


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Joanna Jedrzejczyk reveals biggest roadblock to her UFC return: ‘I deserve a bigger piece of the cake’
Esther Lin, MMA Fighting

Joanna Jedrzejczyk wants to fight again but she also wants to get paid.

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“They did [tell me]. [UFC matchmaker] Mick [Maynard] called us and said if I’m going to pull out of the fight, they’re going to take me out of the rankings because the girls are complaining. I think it’s more about me not fighting. It’s been a while, it’s been 19 months. I agreed to that.”

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