Darren Till hits back at ‘Stupid Orc’ Vettori, UFC Fighter Twerks at weigh-in

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Ailin Perez, UFC Paris ceremonial weigh-in Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

A UFC fighter twerks at the weigh-in, a former legend retires and Darren Till responds to Marvin Vettori in this abridged edition of our Sunday MMA Quick Hits. Let’s go!

Missing BKFC champ found safe and sound

Bare Knuckle FC champion Reggie Barnett Jr. was listed as missing and endangered last week by Virginia Beach police, but luckily this story has a happy ending.

Barnett’s fiancé originally posted an emotional video on social media revealing that Barnett failed to show an open gym session and did not return home as planned on Sunday. Virginia Beach PD issued a missing persons alert, as did state police, noting that there were concerns for Barnett’s “mental health due to vague suicide threats” (via MMA Junkie).

Shortly before her disappearance, Barnett was said to have been with her “sponsor” from a substance abuse program, taking her to a nearby airport, but dropped the woman off after just a few minutes and was reportedly intoxicated.

Fortunately, on Tuesday Barnett’s mother confirmed that the fighter had been found. “Thank you all for all of your prayers and love, Reggie was found alive and safe.”

Barnett clinched an interim title in his last fight, winning a technical majority decision over Jarod Grant at BKFC Fight Night: Tampa 2.

Wanderlei Silva officially retires from MMA

It was sort of a no-brainer, as he hasn’t competed in years and recently decided to pursue a political career – but Wanderlei Silva has officially retired from mixed martial arts.

The former PRIDE, UFC and Bellator MMA fighter broke the news on MMA Fighting’s Portuguese-language podcast Trocação Franca. And while he retires from competition, the family name will live on in the sport, as his son Thor seeks to follow in his father’s footsteps.

Thor, 19, is expected to make his amateur MMA debut in the near future.

Silva’s last fight came in 2018, when he fell to Rampage Jackson in a fourth fight that came years too late (Silva won the first two encounters, Rampage the second). Before that, he had given up a fight to rival Chael Sonnen. Both fights took place under the Bellator MMA banner, but it was PRIDE and later the UFC where “The Ax Murderer” found glory. Although he never won a major title, Silva (35-14-1, 1NC) was a fan favorite and a downright scary human being to be locked in a cage with. His wars with Brian Stann, Cung Le, Rampage, Dan Henderson, Chuck Liddell and others are still remembered, as is his willingness to fight anyone, including heavyweights Mark Hunt and Mirko Cro-Cop.

Silva also has a win over Japanese legend Sakuraba.

UFC newcomer twerks at weigh-in

An otherwise pedestrian UFC Paris weigh-in got a bit more spectacle when female featherweight newcomer Ailin Perez, clearly in good spirits, decided to twerk for the crowd.

Ailin Perez, UFC Paris weigh-in ceremony Credit: Jay Anderson/Cageside Press

Perez, aka “Fiona” (yes, named after Princess Fiona from Shrek), is originally from Argentina and was clearly enjoying himself before his first UFC fight. She also opted to tease the crowd before stripping down for the ceremonial weigh-ins, and earlier in the day shouted “championship weight” as she hit 144.5 at the official weigh-in.

Perez faced Stephanie Egger at UFC Paris.

Darren Till responds to “Stupid Orc” Marvin Vettori

There’s also feedback calling someone an “orc” is very timely, with Amazon’s Rings of Power series set to debut.

Of course, Israel Adesanya has referred to Vettori as an orca in the past, which is more likely what got the label started.

Either way, Marvin Vettori called fellow middleweight Darren Till “irrelevant” and “delusional” during the UFC Paris media day when the idea of ​​fighting the Briton was floated ( mainly as a replacement for Robert Whittaker after the pair’s failed June date, although Whittaker did manage to fight on Saturday night).

“Marvin, listen you stupid ass: I wish you the best this week in your fight,” Till said. ESPN in a recent interview. “I hope you are doing very well because you are a great fighter. But let’s get one thing clear, bro: It’s true, I’m 29. When I’m healthy, it’s just fight, fight, fight. That’s all I will do.

“There’s nothing I think about more than fighting, so what are you talking about, mate?” Stop trying to put me down, you stupid orc, because we’re going to meet one day and I’m going to punch you in the face.

BKFC Thailand fighter celebrates by making the crowd shine

No explanation needed for this one. Tai Emery, a former lingerie soccer athlete, gave fans a show to celebrate her win at BKFC Thailand 3 on Saturday.

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