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Referee Marc Goddard Refuses to Take Crap Over Alvarez/Poirier Fight

Dustin Poirier defeated Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC on FOX 30 last night, and the rematch was as hotly contested – and controversial – as their first tangle. The ending came courtesy of a Poirier flurry of strikes, which came after a referee stand-up that saw Alvarez in mount, dropping an illegal elbow, and referee Marc Goddard saying, “Nope! Not on my watch!”

No matter how you slice this pie, Poirier would likely not have won the way he did (if at all) if not for that standup.

However, that standup would never have occurred if Alvarez had never dropped that 12-to-6 elbow, so…

Alvarez’s buddy Kamaru Usman took to Twitter to put Goddard on blast:

And so of course Goddard fired back.

And here’s Usman backtracking.

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Referee Marc Goddard Refuses to Take Crap Over Alvarez/Poirier Fight

Dustin Poirier defeated Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC on FOX 30 last night, and the rematch was as hotly contested – and controversial – as their first tangle. The ending came courtesy of a Poirier flurry of strikes, which came after a referee stand-up that saw Alvarez in mount, dropping an illegal elbow, and referee Marc Goddard saying, “Nope! Not on my watch!”

No matter how you slice this pie, Poirier would likely not have won the way he did (if at all) if not for that standup.

However, that standup would never have occurred if Alvarez had never dropped that 12-to-6 elbow, so…

Alvarez’s buddy Kamaru Usman took to Twitter to put Goddard on blast:

And so of course Goddard fired back.

And here’s Usman backtracking.

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Referee Marc Goddard Refuses to Take Crap Over Alvarez/Poirier Fight

Dustin Poirier defeated Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC on FOX 30 last night, and the rematch was as hotly contested – and controversial – as their first tangle. The ending came courtesy of a Poirier flurry of strikes, which came after a referee stand-up that saw Alvarez in mount, dropping an illegal elbow, and referee Marc Goddard saying, “Nope! Not on my watch!”

No matter how you slice this pie, Poirier would likely not have won the way he did (if at all) if not for that standup.

However, that standup would never have occurred if Alvarez had never dropped that 12-to-6 elbow, so…

Alvarez’s buddy Kamaru Usman took to Twitter to put Goddard on blast:

And so of course Goddard fired back.

And here’s Usman backtracking.

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UFC on FOX 30 Results: Dustin Poirier Stops Eddie Alvarez in Ultra-Violent But Muddled Battle

When last they fought, former champ Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier hurt each other, wobbled each other, and then Alvarez inadvertently kneed Poirier in the dome while he was down and the bout was rendered a “no contest”.

Well, in the main event of tonight’s UFC on FOX 30, these guys ran it back and settled things once and for all. And boy was it violent.

They traded kicks, and Alvarez made cursory attempts at takedowns, but the first round was mostly about them chipping away at each other with punches – Poirier’s fists came through openings to bang Alvarez in the head, Alvarez’s fists coming as quick counters to the head and body.

However, things got kicked up a notch in the second. When Alvarez ducked his head and entered for a takedown, Poirier latched on with a guillotine choke attempt, and it took some work for the former champ to escape. Another guillotine attempt had Alvarez escaping and stepping into mount, and with Poirier stuck against the fence in sitting position, Alvarez dropped an elbow straight down on his shoulder. Referee Marc Goddard didn’t like that 12-6 elbow (because it’s an illegal technique), so he stood them up and restarted them standing…

…And Poirier simply unloaded with everything, stunning Alvarez with knees and punches. Alvarez covered up and tried to fire back, but he was getting picked apart, and when he fell, Goddard jumped in.

 

Results: Dustin Poirier def. Eddie Alvarez via TKO (Punches) at 4:05, R2

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Paige VanZant Gives a Surgery Update and It’s Gnarly

Normally, for any posts about UFC starlet Paige VanZant, I’d make the main photo more relevant to the content of the story. But no, not this time.

You see, VanZant has been nursing a busted wing for a while, and got surgery to fix it. And she posted a post-surgery pic… and damn is it gnarly. So instead of tormenting everyone who goes to the CagedInsider main page with a look at Frankenstein’s forearm, I have posted a pic of the little dancer/fighter in more appetizing times.

Geez, get well soon, Paige, but definitely let that nastiness heal.

Soooooo, do you think there’s gunna be a scar?? #ufc

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UFC on FOX 30: Could Jose Aldo go “Out as Champion”?

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Jose Aldo has repeatedly said that he still wants to reclaim the UFC’s featherweight title. But at the same time, the legend says his career is winding down. Could the former champ go out on top like he hopes?

Although it wasn’t too long ago really, when Aldo was talking about walking away from MMA, more recently, the Brazilian star’s insisted he wants to reclaim the 145 crown. As he gets set to fight Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 30 this Saturday, Aldo has repeated that desire. But, the 31 year-old has also said he doesn’t plan to extend his fighting career, after his current contract is done (quotes via MMA Fighting):

”No, I don’t think so,” Aldo said. “It doesn’t cross my mind to sign a new contract after.”

”I think it’s easier because you know it’s coming near the end, so you have to give your all because you don’t want to go out on a loss, you want to go out on top…

”When you’re starting there’s that euphoria, but I remain the same. I dream of being champion and dream going out as champion. That’s my biggest motivation. … I take much pride in winning, I don’t accept losses, so I’m always going after that. The day I lose this fire, I think it’s time for us to stop.”

So, when you consider Aldo has talked about retiring before, or transitioning into pro-boxing, the fact he’s not interested in a new deal shouldn’t be a surprise. Further, Aldo talked about the fact that he wants to retire healthy, and while he is only 31, he’s been fighting for nearly 15 years.

But, could Aldo walk away from the game as the reigning UFC champ?  That’s going to be tough.

After Aldo faces Stephens this weekend he’ll have three bouts left on his current deal. If Aldo scores an emphatic victory, he’ll definitely remain in the title shot mix, and another top contender will almost certainly be next. If Aldo wins that fight, a title shot could materialize,  provided Holloway is not holding the belt. After all, the Hawaiian champ has already defeated Aldo twice.

Now, if Holloway does elect to leave 145 behind and does so in the short term future(and Aldo defeats Stephens), however, things could get interesting for the Brazilian. Aldo might even be booked for a championship bout with Brian Ortega in that situation. As UFC on FOX 30 approaches, Aldo is ranked #2 and Ortega is #1.

But, lots of pieces need to fall into place before Aldo can get another shot at the belt. If Holloway does return to the cage in the not too distant future, and say, defends the belt against Ortega, Aldo’s window to reclaim the title will close that much more. Or, if Ortega wins the belt, Aldo would need to defeat a guy who has never lost, in order to get back the belt.

So, at this juncture, it’s not looking good, as far as Aldo’s aforementioned dream. But, if the vaunted fighter goes out and cruises through Stephens, there’s going to be a lot talk on Sunday as to whether Aldo’s ‘back’.

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UFC on FOX 30: Could Jose Aldo go “Out as Champion”?

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Jose Aldo has repeatedly said that he still wants to reclaim the UFC’s featherweight title. But at the same time, the legend says his career is winding down. Could the former champ go out on top like he hopes?

Although it wasn’t too long ago really, when Aldo was talking about walking away from MMA, more recently, the Brazilian star’s insisted he wants to reclaim the 145 crown. As he gets set to fight Jeremy Stephens at UFC on FOX 30 this Saturday, Aldo has repeated that desire. But, the 31 year-old has also said he doesn’t plan to extend his fighting career, after his current contract is done (quotes via MMA Fighting):

”No, I don’t think so,” Aldo said. “It doesn’t cross my mind to sign a new contract after.”

”I think it’s easier because you know it’s coming near the end, so you have to give your all because you don’t want to go out on a loss, you want to go out on top…

”When you’re starting there’s that euphoria, but I remain the same. I dream of being champion and dream going out as champion. That’s my biggest motivation. … I take much pride in winning, I don’t accept losses, so I’m always going after that. The day I lose this fire, I think it’s time for us to stop.”

So, when you consider Aldo has talked about retiring before, or transitioning into pro-boxing, the fact he’s not interested in a new deal shouldn’t be a surprise. Further, Aldo talked about the fact that he wants to retire healthy, and while he is only 31, he’s been fighting for nearly 15 years.

But, could Aldo walk away from the game as the reigning UFC champ?  That’s going to be tough.

After Aldo faces Stephens this weekend he’ll have three bouts left on his current deal. If Aldo scores an emphatic victory, he’ll definitely remain in the title shot mix, and another top contender will almost certainly be next. If Aldo wins that fight, a title shot could materialize,  provided Holloway is not holding the belt. After all, the Hawaiian champ has already defeated Aldo twice.

Now, if Holloway does elect to leave 145 behind and does so in the short term future(and Aldo defeats Stephens), however, things could get interesting for the Brazilian. Aldo might even be booked for a championship bout with Brian Ortega in that situation. As UFC on FOX 30 approaches, Aldo is ranked #2 and Ortega is #1.

But, lots of pieces need to fall into place before Aldo can get another shot at the belt. If Holloway does return to the cage in the not too distant future, and say, defends the belt against Ortega, Aldo’s window to reclaim the title will close that much more. Or, if Ortega wins the belt, Aldo would need to defeat a guy who has never lost, in order to get back the belt.

So, at this juncture, it’s not looking good, as far as Aldo’s aforementioned dream. But, if the vaunted fighter goes out and cruises through Stephens, there’s going to be a lot talk on Sunday as to whether Aldo’s ‘back’.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov Ready to Make That Conor McGregor Money

Now that Conor McGregor is free to physically assault people via legal means (i.e., in the cage) and no longer concerned with going to jail for it, a world of opportunities has opened up.

But no greater portal to combat – and monster pay-per-view dollars – exists than the focus of the Irishman’s original ire on that fateful day in Brooklyn back in April. That’s right, I’m talking about the lightweight champ, Khabib Nurmagomedov.

If you’ll recall, McGregor assaulted that bus because Nurmagomedov was on it. And all that unwanted (or was it actually wanted) legal attention has made a match-up between the Irishman and the Dagestani one heck of a tantalizing prospect.

So now McGregor is free of legal entanglements, and Nurmagomedov is ready to face him and make that gigantic chunk of change that comes with pay-per-view percentage points. Here’s Nurmagomedov’s statement… although it’s worth noting that Nurmagomedov doesn’t exactly make it clear that he wants McGregor solely in the Octagon. He might still be willing to face McGregor in a park in Brighton Beach at midnight.

#SendmeLocation

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Conor McGregor Accepts Plea Deal, Is Free to Attack More Buses

Our great national nightmare is over.

International combat sports superstar Conor McGregor, who was in hot water for attacking a bus prior to a UFC event in Brooklyn earlier this year, has accepted a plea deal. He has plead guilty to disorderly conduct, which is so far below a felony that the State of New York actually has to apologize to him for putting him through this trouble (not really). McGregor will have to do some form of community service, pay for the bus, and stay away from Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa (who were injured in the bus attack), but that’s it.

No jail time. No probation. Ah, to be rich and famous…

Here’s MMAFighting:

The former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion agreed to a plea deal at a hearing at Kings County Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday which saw all felony counts against the popular fighter dismissed. Per the terms of the plea deal, McGregor plead guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and will be forced to undergo five days of community service, 1-3 days of an anger management evaluation, and will be required to pay restitution for the damage he inflicted on a UFC fighter bus during UFC 223 fight week. Three orders of protections were also served against McGregor, including two by UFC fighters Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa. McGregor will not permitted near them until July 2020.

McGregor’s agreement to the plea deal will not affect McGregor’s travel visa, and means “The Notorious” will receive no jail time and will not have a criminal record.

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Conor McGregor Accepts Plea Deal, Is Free to Attack More Buses

Our great national nightmare is over.

International combat sports superstar Conor McGregor, who was in hot water for attacking a bus prior to a UFC event in Brooklyn earlier this year, has accepted a plea deal. He has plead guilty to disorderly conduct, which is so far below a felony that the State of New York actually has to apologize to him for putting him through this trouble (not really). McGregor will have to do some form of community service, pay for the bus, and stay away from Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa (who were injured in the bus attack), but that’s it.

No jail time. No probation. Ah, to be rich and famous…

Here’s MMAFighting:

The former featherweight and lightweight UFC champion agreed to a plea deal at a hearing at Kings County Courthouse in Brooklyn, New York on Thursday which saw all felony counts against the popular fighter dismissed. Per the terms of the plea deal, McGregor plead guilty to one count of disorderly conduct and will be forced to undergo five days of community service, 1-3 days of an anger management evaluation, and will be required to pay restitution for the damage he inflicted on a UFC fighter bus during UFC 223 fight week. Three orders of protections were also served against McGregor, including two by UFC fighters Ray Borg and Michael Chiesa. McGregor will not permitted near them until July 2020.

McGregor’s agreement to the plea deal will not affect McGregor’s travel visa, and means “The Notorious” will receive no jail time and will not have a criminal record.

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