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The MMA Hour – 323 – Mike Wilkinson
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Mike Wilkinson announces he was released by the UFC
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Mike Wilkinson announced Monday on The MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani that he was cut by the promotion following his last fight, a unanimous decision loss to Makwan Amirkhani in February. Wilkinson went 2-2 in the UFC and earned a Performance of the …

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Mike Wilkinson hasn’t had an easy go at it in his UFC career thus far, and it has nothing to do with wins and losses, as he’s emerged victorious in two of his three Octagon bouts. The problem for the Leigh, Lancashire native is that those three fights took place over the course of the last three-plus years, with Wilkinson’s body being a more fearsome opponent than anyone he’s faced in competition. It makes you wonder why he continues to do this, but he has no such questions.“I will never quit,” Wilkinson said. “There is no quit in me. I’ll never … Read the Full Article Here

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LONDON – It’s hard enough to get the even-tempered Makwan Amirkhani fired up before a fight. Throw in an opponent who doesn’t exactly worry him, and it’s essentially impossible.

Amirkhani (12-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC) meets fellow featherweight Mike Wilkinson (9-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 84, and prior to the UFC Fight Pass-streamed event, he said it’s simply another matchup.

The 27-year-old, now known as “Mr. Finland,” suggested he’ll easily move to 3-0 when taking on Englishman Wilkinson, who’s jousted with Amirkhani on social media and through the media.

“I know that – and we all know – has anybody heard about (Masio) Fullen or Andy Ogle since they fought against me?” said Amirkhani, referencing his two previous UFC opponents. “So, the same thing will happen with to Mike. And he knows and we all know that, so he needs to get some attention to get some sponsors so he can live his life for the next year.”

“I don’t mind whatever he’s saying because we all know London will cry on Saturday.”

As far as a prediction for the fight, Amirkhani, a nearly 2-1 favorite, said he’s got the edge wherever the action goes.

“It doesn’t matter,” he said. “If he wants to strike, that’s fine with me. If he want to grapple, he’s going to feel like a white belt against me. If he wants to wrestle, that’s like me teaching somebody who just tried wrestling for the first time.”

” … I just see Mike as an easy opponent.”

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If you’re UFC featherweight Mike Wilkinson there’s only place you ever want to be and that’s Manchester, England.

Anywhere else, especially Ireland, sucks. At least that’s what he told Peter Carroll of regarding his next opponent, Makwan Amirkhani, going to train at SBG in Dublin with Conor McGregor and company.

“He’s been training in a gym for four weeks, you can’t pop over for such a short period of time and expect to develop as a fighter. His game hasn’t developed jack shit. All he’s probably developed is speaking Irish.”

“You don’t want people like that, fighters from your own weight division, showing up to train with you. It doesn’t make sense. Makwan is only doing that because he doesn’t have confidence in his own ability. He should train where he’s from. I’m from Manchester, so I train in Manchester, I can learn everything I need to know there.”

Wilkinson, 9-1, is set to face Amirkhani, 12-2, on the prelims of UFC Fight Night 84 in London, U.K., on Feb. 27, 2016.

Ordinarily that fight wouldn’t warrant much press coverage, but I have to admit Wilkinson’s comments are so absurd I can’t help but marvel. For instance, the Brit insists training with the UFC’s featherweight champion is just a huge waste of time and effort.

“Listen, the only reason he went to SBG was to get a bit of glory off the back of Conor McGregor,” he said. “Conor McGregor doesn’t want people like him in his gym. I’ll bet you any amount of money Conor has not followed him back on Twitter or anything like that.”

Damn that’s cold. However, I did a cursory look at McGregor’s Twitter account and didn’t immediately spot Amirkhani so maybe he’s right. The Finn, however, was thrilled to train with the “Notorious” fighter.

Wilkinson further speculated that Amirkhani spent four weeks at the famous SBG gym solely to “get a bit of glory off the back of Conor McGregor,” something he would never do because he plans on fighting the Irishman for the belt someday.

Well, dare to dream, Manchester. Dare to dream.

Wilkinson was last seen inside the Octagon in October of 2014, dispatching Niklas Backstrom via strikes just over a minute into the first round to improve his UFC record to 2-1. Amirkhani is 2-0 in UFC with back-to-back first round stoppages, including a six second starching of Andy Ogle.

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