Welcome to today’s edition of Sportskeeda’s Daily MMA News Roundup, where we feature the biggest UFC updates and other news from the mixed martial arts world.
In the latest installment, we talk about the UFC being accused of being favorites, Cain Velasquez being denied bail again and more.
#1. Ricky Simon isn’t happy with the UFC rankings
In an unexpected turn of events, Sean O’Malley rose in the bantamweight rankings despite his last fight not being a contest. Frankie Edgar also advanced despite losing in his previous game.
In conversation with Sportskeeda MMAs Andrew Whitelaw, Simon left nothing to be desired and pointed out a possible error in the ranking system:
“There’s definitely a preference in bantamweight and it’s not unique to O’Malley. Who knows how the rankings work, but I’ve beaten quite a few ranked opponents at this point… Some of these guys have never beaten a ranked opponent – [Sean] O’Malley, Jack [Shore], [Adrian] Yanez, Umar [Nurmagomedov] and they’re in the rankings and I’m getting crushed. Some of these guys are inactive, some of these guys are 1-4 in the last 5 fights and I’m getting knocked out.”
Watch the interview below:
Ricky Simon takes on undefeated Jack Shore this weekend at UFC Fight Night: Ortega vs. Rodriguez.
#2. Fans furious after Cain Velasquez was denied bail (yet again)
A third attempt to bail Cain Velasquez was unsuccessful when Judge Brown denied a motion last Monday at the Santa Clara County Hall of Justice in San Jose, California. According to information obtained by MMA Junkie from Velasquez’s defense attorney Mark Geragos, the former heavyweight champion was willing to post $1 million bail and “accept all of the court’s requirements” to be reunited with his family to be.
A large segment of MMA fans took to social media to express their outrage after the news broke. From proposing a jury and asking if the judge was biased to hitting the justice system directly, reactions have varied.
Velasquez is scheduled to return for a court hearing on August 5, with a plea hearing also scheduled for August 19.
#1. Paddy Pimblett and Molly McCann are strong defenders of UFC fighter pay
Whether or not the UFC puts its fighters down has been a hot topic in the MMA community for some time. Fighters have taken their sides in the conversation, and those who have complained about their paychecks may have a certain someone named Jake Paul to thank for keeping the topic in the spotlight.
However, Paddy “The Baddy” Pimblett appears to be on the other end of the spectrum, along with his close friend and fellow Liverpool crusader Molly McCann.
In a recent chat with Gary Neville for The intersectionPimblett blamed the fighters’ lackluster personalities for their inability to make more money in the UFC:
“You’re either a boring fighter, have no personality, you know what I mean? It’s always stuff like that … they never like, go, ‘Oh yeah, it’s my own fault because [I don’t sell] or I’m a boring b***ard,’ you know what I mean? Some people can’t speak on a mic, but they’re the boss of the cage.”
Molly McCann banged the same drum, pointing out that no other promotion would pay for the fighters’ airfare, five-star accommodations and free training program at the Performance Institute like the UFC.
Watch Pimblett and McCann at The Overlap below:
https://www.sportskeeda.com/mma/news-mma-news-roundup-ufc-accused-favoritism-cain-velasquez-denied-bail-third-time-paddy-pimblett-defends-fighter-pay-july-15-2022?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=sportskeeda UFC accused of “favoritism”, Cain Velasquez denied bail a third time, Paddy Pimblett defends fighter pay (July 15, 2022)