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UFC 223 Primer: Dan Hardy and John Gooden Break Down Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk

Thanks to some Irish dude going crazy and throwing things at vans, we almost didn’t have a fight between strawweight champ Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223 on Saturday night.

You see, Namajunas was in the van parked within the bowels of the Barclays Center when McGregor and company went on their rampage, and though Michael Chiesa suffered a cut from broken glass after McGregor shattered one of the windows, Namajunas was pretty shaken up.

But she’s a tough cookie (obviously), and remains on the card.

So! A breakdown of the fight… Namajunas is going to want to punch Jedrzejczyk in the face again, or submit her (which is actually her specialty), and the former champ is going to want to avoid those two outcomes at all cost.

UK commentating team Dan Hardy and John Gooden of course can give you better insight into the intricacies of the match-up. And here they are!

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Nate Diaz Weighs In, Sides With Conor McGregor

Former lightweight champ Conor McGregor went crazy, and with an army in tow, stormed the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, where the UFC 223 media day was underway.

Things were thrown. Windows were smashed. Michael Chiesa was cut by broken glass. Total mayhem.

But apparently it all might stem from an altercation McGregor’s teammate, Artem Lobov, had with Khabib Nurmagomedov and team early in the week.

Anyway, according to Nate Diaz – who’s 1-1 fighting McGregor in the Octagon – Nurmagomedov had it coming. Because if you roll up on someone’s crew, expect to be rolled up on right back.

Or something like that.

UFC 223 Primer: Embedded, Episode 3 – Oh, Hey, It’s Michael Chiesa

Being a TUF winner doesn’t get you much nowadays. Like, I think you get a t-shirt (used) and a half-eaten burger from In-n-Out, but that’s about it.

And so it is that TUF 15 winner Michael Chiesa quietly creeps onto the UFC 223 card this weekend to face former champ Anthony Pettis.

Yes, the rest of the card is greatly overshadowed by the lightweight title up for grabs, and the strawweight championship rematch on deck. But still, it’s Michael Chiesa, yo. Does anyone care?

In the Embedded installment below, we get to see Chiesa in the back of car, talking about how Brooklyn is in his family’s blood (or something like that). We also get to see him interact with former champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk, while the two worship a sneaker (at least I think that’s what they’re doing).

Will Chiesa defeat the aging Pettis, and somehow earn that shot at the belt? Honestly, I don’t think anyone cares.

Watch and enjoy.

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UFC 223 Primer: Embedded, Episode 2 – Max Holloway Is the Coolest

It takes a gigantic set of heuvos to agree to face someone like Khabib Nurmagomedov on just six days notice, but I guess that’s what featherweight champ Max Holloway has.

This is in addition to his high-level striking and jiu-jitsu skills, toughness, and willingness to reach for greatness when it floats nearby.

Yes, the Hawaiian is likely getting paid oodles of money to replace the injured Tony Ferguson and save UFC 223, but whether or not he’s in perfect shape and honed to a razor’s keen edge, there’s still a killer Dagestani and possible beating waiting for him in the cage. Holloway truly believes he can win, and you know what? He probably can. It’s possible that when Nurmagomedov tries to give him a taste of that wilting forward pressure, Holloway cracks him in the mouth and pounds the top-ranked lightweight into the canvas until he’s jelly.

Anyway, in the Embedded episode below, Holloway is on the treadmill – he has hella weight to cut by Friday. But guess who joins him? Nurmagomedov and his team. And Holloway is totally cool with it, and even shakes Nurmagomedov’s hand and says that it’s honor to fight him.

(Nurmagomedov thanks him for taking the fight, which is also cool.)

Saturday is going to be fun, folks.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Eddie Alvarez Would Have Been Awesome

In an alternate timeline, interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson hurt his knee and bailed on his UFC 223 main event bout against Khabib Nurmagomedov, and instead of featherweight king Max Holloway stepping in on late notice, it was former champ Eddie Alvarez.

Actually, we came pretty damn close to having that match-up. You see, smart fighters stay healthy and in shape in the lead up to big fights – even those not scheduled to fight – because last-minute replacements are almost always needed. So Alvarez was prepared to be that guy in case something happened to the delicate Ferguson and Nurmagomedov.

Sadly, with but a week left until fight time, it seemed like Ferguson and Nurmagomedov were finally going to do it, and Alvarez broke down and ate that Philly cheesesteak.

As per MMAFighting:

“It would have been great to be ready for that fight and be ready to step in and save the day, but unfortunately, I am way, way too big to make the 155-pound limit on six days’ notice. I think most guys at 155, especially in the top five, can’t make that 155-pound limit on six days’ notice.”

“I’ll be honest, I’m disappointed in myself a little bit because I kind of had the foresight to see this happening,” said Alvarez. “I even talked about it happening but when it got like three to four weeks out, I just said ‘F**k it, these guys are gonna fight. There’s really no reason for me to be ready.’

“I’m every bit of 190 right now so there wasn’t even a small chance that I could make 155. . . I asked about doing a catchweight at welterweight but all they asked me was what’s the lowest that I could get to. I’m probably a little more than 190. I’m heavier than I’ve ever been because I haven’t fought in a long time.”

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UFC 223 Primer: Embedded, Episode 1 – Khabib Gets the Bad News

The biggest story going into UFC 223 fight week isn’t that we’ll get to see if Rose Namajunas’ shocking knockout victory over former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk was a fluke.

Nor is it whether or not the match-up between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will see Conor McGregor officially stripped of his undisputed lightweight belt, with the title going to the victor.

Nope. It’s all about Ferguson getting injured, and featherweight champ Max Holloway stepping in ON SIX DAYS NOTICE to face Nurmagomedov for McGregor’s belt.

This is what greatness is all about, folks. Holloway is stepping up for the sake of greatness, and if he somehow pulls off the win, you can bet he’s earned that huge money fight against the superstar Irishman.

Here’s the first episode of Embedded for the week, and of course the most notable thing is Nurmagomedov getting the news that Ferguson is out.

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UFC 223 Primer: Embedded, Episode 1 – Khabib Gets the Bad News

The biggest story going into UFC 223 fight week isn’t that we’ll get to see if Rose Namajunas’ shocking knockout victory over former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk was a fluke.

Nor is it whether or not the match-up between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will see Conor McGregor officially stripped of his undisputed lightweight belt, with the title going to the victor.

Nope. It’s all about Ferguson getting injured, and featherweight champ Max Holloway stepping in ON SIX DAYS NOTICE to face Nurmagomedov for McGregor’s belt.

This is what greatness is all about, folks. Holloway is stepping up for the sake of greatness, and if he somehow pulls off the win, you can bet he’s earned that huge money fight against the superstar Irishman.

Here’s the first episode of Embedded for the week, and of course the most notable thing is Nurmagomedov getting the news that Ferguson is out.

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UFC 223 Primer: Embedded, Episode 1 – Khabib Gets the Bad News

The biggest story going into UFC 223 fight week isn’t that we’ll get to see if Rose Namajunas’ shocking knockout victory over former strawweight champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk was a fluke.

Nor is it whether or not the match-up between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov will see Conor McGregor officially stripped of his undisputed lightweight belt, with the title going to the victor.

Nope. It’s all about Ferguson getting injured, and featherweight champ Max Holloway stepping in ON SIX DAYS NOTICE to face Nurmagomedov for McGregor’s belt.

This is what greatness is all about, folks. Holloway is stepping up for the sake of greatness, and if he somehow pulls off the win, you can bet he’s earned that huge money fight against the superstar Irishman.

Here’s the first episode of Embedded for the week, and of course the most notable thing is Nurmagomedov getting the news that Ferguson is out.

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Matt Brown’s Torn ACL Is Proof the MMA Gods Hate Us

Yesterday we lost the eagerly-anticipated UFC 223 match-up between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov due to Ferguson suffering a freak knee injury.

Today, it’s the April 14 UFC on FOX 29 co-main event between Matt Brown and Carlos Condit – another bout we were excited for, and another one brought low by a knee injury.

The MMA gods hate us.

Here’s MMAFighting:

Just one day after Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov was wiped off the schedule, another April fight fans had savored is also off.

The welterweight matchup between Carlos Condit and Matt Brown, which was slated to be the co-feature attraction of UFC on FOX 29 in Glendale, Ariz., is off. MMA Fighting’s Ariel Helwani learned Monday that Brown had to withdraw from the April 14 event due to a torn ACL.

UFC officials are attempting to arrange a substitute opponent for Condit (30-11), a former WEC champion and UFC interim champion. Condit lost his return to action after a long hiatus back at UFC 219, a unanimous decision against Neil Magny.

This is not the first time a Condit-Brown fight has fallen out. The duo were slated to meet at UFC on FOX 9 in 2013, but Brown pulled out due to a back injury.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Has a Message for Tony Ferguson

They’ve talked a mountain of trash to each other, and their supposedly impending match-up has fallen apart again and again.

I am of course talking about Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson, who are two of the best lightweights in the sport, but for one reason or another can’t seem to meet in the cage.

Their latest snafu was the main event for next weekend’s UFC 223, which, with Ferguson now injured, has Nurmagomedov taking on featherweight champ Max Holloway for the undisputed lightweight title.

Understandably, Nurmagomedov has some words for his fallen foe.

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