Bryce Mitchell says the Abu Dhabi main event was rigged and accuses the UFC of fixing fights for “oil money.”
Alexander Volkanovski defeated lightweight king Islam Makhachev at UFC 284, in Bryce Mitchell’s opinion. The No. 11-ranked featherweight recently asserted that there was collusion and maintained that the outcome of the main event of UFC 284 was affected by corruption.
The featherweight champion Volkanovski and the Dagestani grappling sensation engaged in a super fight in Perth, Australia, to determine who would become only the sixth person to hold titles in two different weight classes simultaneously. ‘The Great’ pushed Makhachev to the limit and finished the fifth round strongly, but sadly it wasn’t enough to earn him the victory in the judges’ eyes.
The official scoresheet was contested by a large number of spectators and competitors, but Bryce Mitchell went one step further and claimed that the judges had been paid off and the contest had been “rigged.” ‘Thug Nasty’ recently said in an interview with Fanatics View:
“That fight was rigged as f**k… But he [Islam Makhachev] brings in all that money from the Middle East. When you’re bringing in that kind of oil money… I guess they just f***king paid the judges to… I don’t know. I know Alexander Volkanovski won a decision. I don’t think nothing. I know he won and I know that s**t was rigged, and I’m not f***king stupid… I know Alexander Volkanovski won that fight.”
On May 6 at UFC 288 in Newark, New Jersey, Bryce Mitchell will take on Jonathan Pearce in an effort to avenge his submission defeat to Ilia Topuria in December 2022.
Mitchell made his professional MMA debut in August 2014 and amassed a record of 11-0 before signing with the UFC in 2018. He made his promotional debut in July of that year, where he defeated Tyler Diamond via majority decision.
Since then, Mitchell has competed in a total of eight UFC fights and currently holds a record of 7-1. He has notable victories over Charles Rosa, Matt Sayles, and Andre Fili, and his only loss came in a close split decision to former UFC lightweight champion, Clay Guida.
Mitchell is known for his impressive grappling skills, having earned six submission victories in his professional career, including a rare twister submission that he executed on fellow UFC fighter, Matt Sayles.
Next battle for Bryce Mitchell: “Thug Nasty” seeks “McGregor money” to participate in the Power Slap League
The No. 11-ranked featherweight Bryce Mitchell is not a supporter of Dana White’s Power Slap League, but with enough cash, he might be persuaded otherwise.The president of the UFC’s newest fighting sport endeavour, Power Slap, has drawn criticism ever since it debuted. Two contestants engage in the sport by slapping each other as hard as they can until one is eliminated or gives in.
Bryce Mitchell was questioned in the same interview about the new sport and whether he would ever think about taking part. He responded:
“It’s just a waste of time, man, I mean, shoot. It’s crazy… I mean, they’d have to pay me, like, f***king Mcgregor money to do that sh*t, dude. If you pay me, like, $10 million, I’ll f***king go slap happy, man.”
The combat sports world has taken note of the brutality of this new sport. In light of worries about the health of the fighters, the Power Slap League has come under fire from numerous health professionals and combat fans for its hazardous ruleset.