Yo, Edson Barboza – Mairbek Taisumov wants to know if you wanna fight

Figure out a possible opponent, direct a tweet at that fighter, tag some media members, and then sit back and hope for the best? That seems to be Mairbek Taisumov’s plan.

And Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC), who’s won five straight bouts while picking up three consecutive knockouts and “Performance of the Night” bonuses, hopes it leads to a bout with Edson Barboza (19-4 MMA, 13-4 UFC), who’s No. 6 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings.

Here’s his respectful callout – which follows a seemingly failed but humorous callout of Nate Diaz and other top 155-pounders – where he explains that it’s a potential fight that fans want to see (via Twitter):

Taisumov isn’t currently ranked in our rankings, though he’s No. 15 on the official UFC list, where Barboza is No. 4.

A fight with Barboza, who recently scored a flying-knee knockout of Beneil Dariush for his third consecutive victory, could certainly get Taisumov some rankings consideration. The 31-year-old Brazilian, though, seems focused on other potential opponents, including Tony Ferguson and reigning champion Conor McGregor.

However, if Taisumov, a 29-year-old Chechen fighter, and Barboza did meet in the octagon, fans could probably expect fireworks. In 46 combined career wins, they’ve tallied 27 knockouts. Additionally, they’re both frequently fight-night bonus winners.

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MMAjunkie's 'Knockout of the Month' for September: A prospect shows what he can do

With another action-packed month of MMA in the books, MMAjunkie looks at the best knockouts from September. Here are the five nominees, listed in chronological order, and winner of MMAjunkie’s “Knockout of the Month” award for September.

At the bottom of the post, let us know if we got it right by voting for your choice.

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The Nominees

Mairbek Taisumov def. Felipe Silva at UFC Fight Night 115

After nearly 17 months away from competition, Mairbek Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) returned with an incredible finish, needing just one shot to hand Felipe Silva (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) his first loss in their lightweight clash.

A few exchanges from both men showed their skills before Taisumov landed an absolute stunner. With Silva charging forward with a combination, Taisumov slipped a big right and landed one of is own directly on the button, face-planting his opponent in a devastating one-punch finish.

Alex Lohore def. Nathan Jones at BAMMA 31

Alex Lohore (13-1) needed less than a round to destroy Nathan Jones (11-6) and win the BAMMA welterweight championship. After staggering his opponent with some strikes, Lohore’s pressure forced Jones into a sloppy, telegraphed takedown attempt.

That was the last move Jones would make. He was greeted by a perfectly timed knee from Lohore that slumped his limp body against the canvas.

Kamaru Usman def. Sergio Moraes at UFC Fight Night 116

Kamaru Usman (11-1 MMA, 6-0 UFC) scored the biggest win of his burgeoning career, devastating Sergio Moraes (12-3-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) with a crushing blow for a sixth consecutive victory to start his UFC welterweight tenure.

Usman was on point from the start, wobbling Moraes with a low kick and then dropping him briefly with a right hand. Unsurprisingly, Usman refused to follow to the floor, and Moraes crawled back to his feet and looked to brawl. Haymakers followed, but Usman slipped well and scored a beautiful finish with a destructive straight right to the chin. Moraes crashed to the canvas, and Usman landed one hammerfist to an already vanquished foe.

Sabina Mazo def. Linsey Williams at LFA 23

Five months after a vicious head-kick knockout earned Sabina Mazo (4-0) viral backing, she repeated the feat with another crushing kick, this time against Linsey Williams (0-2).

Mazo used another high kick to the dome to score another first-round knockout. This time, it was a finish of Williams, who was left sprawled out on the canvas after Mazo’s right foot whipped up and caught her flush on the chin.

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Aaron Pico def. Justin Linn via punch at Bellator 183

Want to make people forget about your embarrassing debut? Send your next opponent crashing to the canvas. Aaron Pico (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) did just that.

Things didn’t quite go as planned for Pico’s coming out party in June. But they couldn’t have gone any better for his follow up, because Pico manhandled Justin Linn (7-4 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) on the mat before a perfectly placed left hook knocked his opponent out cold.

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The Winner: Aaron Pico

Pico’s second Bellator fight went much better than his first. Not only did he win at Bellator 183, but he picked up a highlight-reel knockout in the opening round.

Pico, who was competing just a few days shy of his 21st birthday at the event, knocked Linn out cold with a picture-perfect left hook at the 3:45 mark of Round 1, giving him the first victory of his MMA career.

After going into his debut fight as arguably the most hyped prospect in the sport’s history, Pico stumbled badly in the form of a 24-second submission loss to Zach Freeman at Bellator NYC in June. Pico kept his head held high after the stunning defeat and bounced back with a much better performance against Linn.

After a brief standup exchange, Pico shot for a takedown on Linn and got it with ease. They stayed on the ground for a short while before Pico stood up and the action returned to the feet, and from there it got really good.

Pico stood toe-to-toe with Linn, eating some hard shots in the process. He waited for his moment to strike with the fight-ending shot, and when it arrived, he planted a mean left hook to the chin of his opponent. Linn went down in a heap, and Pico celebrated the ideal birthday moment.

“I’m really happy right now – really happy,” Pico said in his post-fight interview. “It’s a proud moment to get my first victory, something I’ll always remember on my 21st birthday.”

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Paul Felder would fight Mairbek Taisumov next – he's just not going overseas to do it

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Paul Felder heard the fan enthusiasm for a showdown with fellow UFC lightweight striking stud Mairbek Taisumov following the Russian’s recent knockout victory at UFC Fight Night 115.

Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) said he’s completely on board. However, there’s a catch involved. “The Irish Dragon,” who makes his commentary debut for the UFC on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 116 in Pittsburgh, has gone out-of-country to Scotland, Canada and Brazil for his past three fights.

According to Felder, he wants a home game next. That could be a problem for Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC), who hasn’t fought in the U.S. since July 2011 and may not be able to again because of visa issues.

“I see a lot of people calling for that name,” Felder told MMAjunkie. “It depends on where he wants to fight to be honest. If he can’t fight here in America or something because of visa issues, it’s not going to happen. I’m not looking to go overseas to go to Australia or something like that. That’s just not in the cards right now.

“I just fought three overseas fights, guys in their hometown, guys in their territory. There’s a lot of good USA cards coming up right now, and I would really like to keep it close to home.”

The fan desire for a fight with Taisumov, who starched Felipe Silva in 84 seconds at UFC Fight Night 115 to push his UFC winning and knockout streak to five, is due to the clash of styles with Felder, who is coming off back-to-back first-round knockout wins of his own.

Felder couldn’t speak to exactly what’s going on with Taisumov’s situation, but said it’s either stateside or bust when it comes to that matchup. When it comes to his own wishes, Felder said he wants someone in the 155-pound division with a ranking next to their name.

Being realistic, Felder said a top-five opponent wouldn’t make sense for him at this point, but someone at the lower-end of the top 15 would be logical. With just two fights remaining on his current UFC contract, Felder wants to close out his deal with a splash and ensure he sets himself up to negotiate for more profitable, high-profile fights going forward.

“I’m kind of in a weird spot because it’s two big wins that I’m coming off of, but a lot of the top 10, top 15 guys are booked up or they don’t necessarily want to take a guy that’s unranked yet,” Felder said. “I’m still waiting to hear. Maybe a veteran name, someone who has a ton of fights who could give me a push without having to take on somebody that’s way above me yet. I’m nearing the end of my contract, too, so I just want to – you never take it safe by any means, but I’m not necessarily looking to fight a super-ranked, top-five guy where I’m at right now.

“I think I have a couple more fights in me before I really start pushing for high-ranked guys. The top 15 would for sure be nice if possible.”

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Video: After visa issues, Mairbek Taisumov returned to score this dazzling 1-punch KO

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ROTTERDAM – Unable to fight in the U.S. due to visa issues, Mairbek Taisumov made the most of his rare opportunity to actually get in the octagon.

At UFC Fight Night 115 on Saturday, Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) blasted fellow lightweight Felipe Silva (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with a one-punch knockout and picked up a $50,000 fight-night bonus as a result.

Here’s the stunning shot (via Twitter)

“Yeah, I felt it that I caught him,” he told MMAjunkie about the preliminary-card bout, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. “I felt that the punch landed.”

It was the 29-year-old Chechen fighter’s first bout since April 2016, and it moved him to 5-0 with five knockouts over the past three years.

“I was happy to get back in the octagon,” he said. “It’d been a long time since I fought – about one-and-a-half years, and without injuries. I didn’t have injuries. I was just training. … But I’m finally here, and I got that win.”

Why the delay? And what’s next?

Following his UFC Fight Night 115 win, he (comically) called out a number of potential opponents, including Nate Diaz and Anthony Pettis (via Twitter):

As for a date, he said UFC Fight Night 118 on Oct. 21 would work just fine.

“I cannot fight in the U.S., so I think I will be ready for October in Poland,” he said. “No injuries. No worries. I feel good.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Rotterdam bonuses: Zabit Magomedsharipov, Mairbek Taisumov earn $50K for finishes

Heavyweight headliners Alexander Volkov and Stefan Struve, as well as Zabit Magomedsharipov and Mairbek Taisumov each earned $50,000 bonuses for their work at Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115.

Volkov vs. Struve earned “Fight of the Night” honors, while Magomedsharipov (for his second-round submission of Mike Santiago) and Taisumov (for his one-punch knockout finish of Felipe Silva) each won “Performance of the Night” honors.

UFC officials announced the winners following the event.

UFC Fight Night 115 card took place at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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'He smoke too much:' Mairbek Taisumov's callout of Nate Diaz, others was as great as his KO win

It’s clear Mairbek Taisumov had a lot of pent up emotions following a career-long layoff ahead of UFC Fight Night 115. From his performance to his post-fight interview, he let it all out.

Taisumov (26-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) picked up his fifth consecutive win in the lightweight division – all by stoppage – when he put Felipe Silva (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) away in just 84 seconds at UFC Fight Night 115, which took place at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and streamed on UFC Fight Pass.

Following his incredible one-punch finish, Taisumov put the 155-pound division on notice.

“Really happy to be back in this octagon,” Taisumov told UFC commentator Dan Hardy. “I say this before, and I’m going to tell this again: I’m here not to talk, I’m here to smash, smash anyone who steps into the octagon with me. I need top 10 (opponent). I need top 10. Anyone. These guys don’t want to fight me. I ask all top-10 fighters; nobody want to fight me. I am five finishes in a row, all knockouts, TKOs. Hey, UFC, Sean (Shelby), I think I deserve that.”

Taisumov followed that energetic statement by naming a few specific foes he would like to get his hands on next. Michael Chiesa and former champ Anthony Pettis were among those, but no callout had the zest of that directed at Nate Diaz.

“Michael Chiesa, he say if I beat someone else he wants to fight me,” Taisumov said. “But since I finish three guys in a row, he doesn’t answer anymore. Anthony Pettis, he says I’m not famous enough to fight me. (Nate) Diaz says he’s the best, Nate Diaz is the best; he says if UFC pays him $20 million he’s going to fight me in my home country, but I think he smoke too much.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC-Rotterdam results: Mairbek Taisumov needs just 84 seconds for one-punch knockout finish

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After nearly 17 months away from competition, Mairbek Taisumov returned with an incredible finish, needing just one shot to hand Felipe Silva his first loss.

The lightweight bout took place on the prelims of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 event, which streamed live on UFC Fight Pass from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands.

Both men looked lively early, anxious to impress with their capable striking. A few exchanges from both men showed their skills but came up short before Taisumov landed an absolute stunner. With Silva charging forward with a combination, Taisumov slipped a big right and landed one of is own directly on the button, face-planting his opponent in a devastating one-punch finish.

Taisumov (27-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) now boasts a five-fight winning streak. Silva (8-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) comes up short for the first time as a pro.

Up-to-the-minute UFC Fight Night 115 results include:

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UFC Fight Night 115 in Netherlands gets 2 new additions

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Two new fights have been added to the lineup for next month’s UFC Fight Night 115 event.

Officials recently announced lightweights Felipe Silva (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (26-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) and welterweights Darren Till (14-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) vs. Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Silva, a 32-year-old Brazilian, made his UFC debut in April 2016 and scored a TKO victory over Shane Campbell. It marked his seventh stoppage in eight career wins. He now fights for the first time in 15 months.

He takes on Taisumov, 28, who looks for his fifth straight UFC victory. All of the wins have come via knockout during his recent winning streak, and he picked up “Performance of the Night” bonuses in his recent wins over Alan Patrick and Damir Hadzovic.

Till, meanwhile, recently signed a new deal with the UFC. After a “Fight of the Night” draw with Nicolas Dalby, the 24-year-old Englishman recently scored a decision victory over Jessin Ayari to maintain an undefeated record since his 2013 pro debut.

He meets Velickovic, a 28-year-old Serbian now based in Colorado. The former RFA champ recently scored a knockout victory over Nico Musoke for his “Performance of the Night” bonus.

The latest UFC Fight Night 115 card now includes:

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Saparbek Safarov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards
  • Abu Azaitar vs. Siyar Bahadurzada
  • Islam Makhachev vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Nick Hein vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic

For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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