March 16, 2023 11: 00 am ET
LONDON– Jake Hadley has a strong flyweight test in front of him Saturday, however his very first test may be among will power.
Hadley (9-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) handles Malcolm Gordon (14 -6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) on the UFC 286 prelims at The O2 in London. The primary card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPNews and early prelims on ESPN .
But in the accumulation to that battle, Hadley has actually heard plenty from Muhammad Mokaev(8-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC), who battles in the future the prelims versus Jafel Filho. Mokaev on Wednesday detailed an encounter with Hadley at the fighter hotel and stated Hadley wasn’t thinking about a fight and guaranteed his daddy.
But Hadley’s variation of the story is a bit various.
” The kid’s simply a moron,” Hadley stated at the UFC 286 media day. “I suggest, he’s coming by to me attempting to eliminate me in the hotel– however you do not wish to battle me in the cage. He’s battling a launching man. He resembled, ah, I will not combat you due to the fact that you lost us versus Allan (Nascimento) and all this. Then he desires to combat me in the hotel. Like, what is this man doing? He’s an overall moron. If there’s such an issue with me, then why do not you simply combat me in a cagefight? We can’t be combating here. Individuals are going to break it up. Individuals are going to get in difficulty. What’s are going to occur if I sock him in his face when he comes and closes the range? I’ve currently had personnel grumble about me prior to, so they’re going to be grumbling, ‘Oh, you knocked Mokaev out’ in the back and they’re all going to groan at me.
” I’m the one who’s painted as the bad man all the while, however yet he’s coming by to me. He’s like, ‘Bro, unwind– back up, brother.’ … If there’s a lot of an issue, then either battle me or show up at my fitness center or something– since he’s in Birmingham all the while, anyhow– and I’ll f8cking bang you out there, no issue about it. Why are you attempting to combat me in the hotel? It makes no sense. These battles are going to be off, then my battle’s going to be off and it’s going to be we’ve trained all this time for absolutely nothing. (He’s a) dumb kid.”
Hadley stated the bitterness in between the 2 of them comes from their shared history in the U.K. MMA area, consisting of when they were beginners.
” I’ve had numerous (events) from the years, since undoubtedly he was an amateur when I was amateur,” Hadley stated. “He stated, ‘I’m going to strike you with a chair,’ ‘I’m going to f cking do this and I’m going to do that.’ When you threaten violence when you see someone, it puts you on your toes. You’re like, ‘All right, if he’s going to come at me, I can’t let him close the range. Boom. He’s going to run out there.’ I anticipate the security to be a bit more on point”
Hadley won his method into the UFC through Dana White’s Contender Series in 2021, however lost his 2022 marketing launching to Nascimento in an upset. He bounced back this previous November with a second-round submission of Carlos Candelario.
Check out Hadley’s complete media day interview in the video above.
For more on the card, see MMA Junkie’s occasion center for UFC 286
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