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Rafael Dos Anjos Is a Champ for Destroying Colby Covington on a Conference Call

Former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos deserves our respect for all that he’s accomplished in the cage. He deserves our undying love and affection for totally destroying Colby Covington on a media conference call today.

Dos Anjos and Covington are fighting in the co-main event of UFC 225, and Covington got that opportunity by running his mouth and being a complete douche. But it’s not a good persona that Covington has adopted – it’s more annoying than amusing – and when he gets slaughtered in the cage, the payoff will be never having to see him in the spotlight again.

Here’s a sample of the back-and-forth Dos Anjos and Covington had on the call, courtesy of MMAFighting:

“I grew up in Brazil in the favelas, man. Bullies, trash talking, doesn’t work with me,” dos Anjos said Thursday on a heated UFC 225 media conference call. “But I think Colby, he’s just trying [to be Conor McGregor]. Conor does it well. Conor, he’s a rich man, he makes a lot of money, he’s a businessman, and I can respect that. But Colby, he’s just a worse version of Conor McGregor. He’s trying to be like Conor, but when he loses to me, his career is done. All he has is talk, nothing else.”

“Dude, you don’t believe one word that’s coming out of your mouth, Ralphie,” Covington shot back. “Let’s be honest, you ain’t teaching me sh*t. I’ve been to Brazil more than you’ve been there. You live in America, land of the free and home of the brave.”

“That’s a Conor McGregor joke,” dos Anjos responded. “That’s Conor McGregor’s joke, man. You’ve got to create something new. … You’re so fake, bro. You’re so fake. I’m about to be a legend, man, getting two belts. You’re so fake. You say you’re going to say something to Joe Rogan’s face? You say nothing when you see people face-to-face, man. You’re a fraud. You just look at your phone, man. You just bow your head. You just bow your head down and not even look around, man. You don’t even look around.”

“Yeah, because I’m professional fighter,” Covington replied.

“Nah, you’re nothing,” dos Anjos said. “You’re fake. If you’re trying to be a bad guy, you’ve got to be a bad guy all the time. You’re trying to be a bad guy, man. You’ve got to be a bad guy all the time. Don’t be fake.”

If I had to guess, I’d say that when Covington got off the phone, he ran into his bathroom and cried.

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Where Does Michael Bisping Rank Amongst The All Time Greats?

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

 

When people talk about the absolute, greatest fighter of all time, Michael Bisping’s name doesn’t typically enter the discussion. But, where does “The Count” sit on the all time greats list? You could certainly make the case he’s up there.

Now, usually when people talk about the G.O.A.T., names like Fedor Emelianenko, Anderson Silva, Jon Jones, Georges St-Pierre and more recently, Demetrious Johnson get mentioned. After all, of those fighters reigned their respective divisions, or still do, for a prolonged period of time.

In the case of Bisping, yes, his reign as the UFC’s middleweight champ ended not long in. After the British star shocked the MMA world in June, 2016 by taking out Luke Rockhold, Bisping barely got by Dan Henderson in what turned out to be his first and only title defense.

But, if we pull out a little form the G.O.A.T. contenders, and review Bisping’s career through a bit of a different lens, there’s no denying that he is one of the greatest fighters to date.

Bisping remained in the contender mix, pretty much, during the entirety of his UFC run. When you consider he made his way into the UFC, after winning TUF 3 in 2006, that’s a ridiculously long time to compete against the best of the best, and remain in title contention. Further, a lot of people closed the book on Bisping’s championship aspirations years ago, and yet, the rugged fighter went on to secure the middleweight title when he was 37 year’s old.

In addition to Bisping’s wins over Rockhold and Henderson, he also defeated notable fighters like Cung Le, Brian Stann, Chris Leben, Thales Leites and the legendary, Silva. All of his defeats came against former champs or top contenders. Bisping also won 20, yes, 20 UFC bouts, and he’s currently tied with GSP and Donald Cerrone for the most wins ever in the promotion.

But, while reflecting on Bisping’s career, and how much impact he had on the game, you also have to factor in his persona. There’s no question that at times, Bisping was one of the most polarizing fighters in the sport. In terms of the best trash talkers and self promoters MMA has seen, the former champ is right up there with Chael Sonnen and Conor McGregor. Few could pull of the smug act like Bisping, as a means to enrage his opponent’s fans, and drive interest in a bout. Leading up to his fights with Henderson and GSP, depending on who you talked to, Bisping was loathed.

Finally, there’s been a tidal wave of support sent Bisping’s way since he announced his retirement, and that doesn’t typically happen with fighters who aren’t great. “The Count’s” bouts, and the lead up to them, will be sorely missed.

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Two Fighters Had Some Post-UFC Fight Night 130 Drama

Two barely consequential fighters – Claudio Silva and Nordine Taleb – clashed in the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 130 this past weekend. Silva won via submission.

The story should have ended there, but apparently there was some post-fight drama stemming from Taleb’s unhappiness with the result of their fight. Something about… I don’t know. Taleb thought the Brazilian had cheated somehow.

Anyway, unless you’re Nick Diaz scrapping with Joe Riggs in the emergency room, it’s really unfashionable to start trouble postfight.

Here’s MMAJunkie:

Silva said he was drinking a juice in the lobby of the Radisson Blu hours after the fight when Taleb approached him in an agitated state. He said Taleb immediately began berating him about the outcome of their fight and accused him colluding with the referee to get a submission win.

“He kicked me in the leg as I was sitting on the ground,” Silva said. “He said, ‘(Expletive) you, you’re a (expletive). You robbed me. You didn’t win that fight. You told the referee I was holding your gloves and then you got the choke.’”

Silva said he tried to defuse the situation, but Taleb continued to abuse him and used a homophobic slur. He said Taleb also challenged him by saying, “If someone talked to me like that, I would kill the person.” Taleb was then restrained by his teammates and left shortly afterward.

Taleb better be careful. He’s not Conor McGregor – who could literally get away with murder and not be fired.

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Michael Bisping Officially Hangs Up the Gloves

That’s it for Michael Bisping.

The TUF winner, pioneer of British MMA, and former UFC champ has decided to call it quits and hang up the gloves.

We’ve known for a while that his career in the cage was in its end stages, with more than a few fighters jockeying for the opportunity to be a part of his retirement fight. But no fight ever materialized, and for mostly medical reasons, Bisping has decided that his time to ride off into the sunset has come.

In his most recent trips to the Octagon, the brash-talking Brit fell to Kelvin Gastelum and the legendary Georges St. Pierre. But let’s not forget his greatest moment of glory: he was a late-replacement and total underdog when he faced then-champ Luke Rockhold, and he knocked Rockhold out and snatched up that belt.

Here’s MMAFighting:

“So obviously I’ve teased this for a long time now, I might fight again, I might not. And unfortunately it’s not a fight that I’m announcing. I am going to announce my official retirement from mixed martial arts,” Bisping said.

Bisping said doctors diagnosed him with a vitreous detachment in his left eye, a condition that puts him at an increased risk for another detached retina. Regardless, Bisping said he still moved forward with negotiations for a farewell fight against Rashad Evans for May 17 at UFC London. The matchup never came together though, and Bisping said he ultimately came to his decision to hang up his gloves Sunday night after watching the film Journeyman on a plane — a film in which an aging prizefighter suffers severe mental and physical problems as a result of brain trauma sustained in a late-career fight.

“I was watching this movie last night and I just thought, it ain’t worth it,” Bisping said. “It ain’t worth it. I mean, what else am I going to do? I’ve won the belt, I’ve had tons of wins, I’ve done everything that I set out to achieve. What’s the point in flogging a dead horse? Not that I’m a dead horse, but what’s the point? I’ve done everything that I set out to achieve, and fortunately now I’ve used my platform to open other doors. You know, you’ve got to know when to walk away. I’m almost 40 years old, the time is now. So, I want to say, first of all, thank you to my wife. Without her, it wouldn’t have happened. That’s a fact. She was incredible every single step of the way. My children. My dad. My dad was amazing. And of course everyone in the U.K. and around the world that supported me.

“So, yeah, there you go. Great career. That’s that. Thank you everybody.”

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Michael Bisping Officially Hangs Up the Gloves

That’s it for Michael Bisping.

The TUF winner, pioneer of British MMA, and former UFC champ has decided to call it quits and hang up the gloves.

We’ve known for a while that his career in the cage was in its end stages, with more than a few fighters jockeying for the opportunity to be a part of his retirement fight. But no fight ever materialized, and for mostly medical reasons, Bisping has decided that his time to ride off into the sunset has come.

In his most recent trips to the Octagon, the brash-talking Brit fell to Kelvin Gastelum and the legendary Georges St. Pierre. But let’s not forget his greatest moment of glory: he was a late-replacement and total underdog when he faced then-champ Luke Rockhold, and he knocked Rockhold out and snatched up that belt.

Here’s MMAFighting:

“So obviously I’ve teased this for a long time now, I might fight again, I might not. And unfortunately it’s not a fight that I’m announcing. I am going to announce my official retirement from mixed martial arts,” Bisping said.

Bisping said doctors diagnosed him with a vitreous detachment in his left eye, a condition that puts him at an increased risk for another detached retina. Regardless, Bisping said he still moved forward with negotiations for a farewell fight against Rashad Evans for May 17 at UFC London. The matchup never came together though, and Bisping said he ultimately came to his decision to hang up his gloves Sunday night after watching the film Journeyman on a plane — a film in which an aging prizefighter suffers severe mental and physical problems as a result of brain trauma sustained in a late-career fight.

“I was watching this movie last night and I just thought, it ain’t worth it,” Bisping said. “It ain’t worth it. I mean, what else am I going to do? I’ve won the belt, I’ve had tons of wins, I’ve done everything that I set out to achieve. What’s the point in flogging a dead horse? Not that I’m a dead horse, but what’s the point? I’ve done everything that I set out to achieve, and fortunately now I’ve used my platform to open other doors. You know, you’ve got to know when to walk away. I’m almost 40 years old, the time is now. So, I want to say, first of all, thank you to my wife. Without her, it wouldn’t have happened. That’s a fact. She was incredible every single step of the way. My children. My dad. My dad was amazing. And of course everyone in the U.K. and around the world that supported me.

“So, yeah, there you go. Great career. That’s that. Thank you everybody.”

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UFC 225 Primer: How Long Will Robert Whittaker Reign?

Robert Whittaker is the middleweight champ, and although he seized the throne via some decent wins, there was a healthy dose of kismet involved in his ascension.

First, Georges St. Pierre rightfully won the belt when he defeated Michael Bisping – a total money-grab of a match-up for the UFC that blew up in their face when GSP said, “Yeah, I don’t need to defend this title, see ya!”

Second, Whittaker beat Yoel Romero to earn the interim title, and now, in his first title defense, Whittaker gets to face… Romero again in the main event of UFC 225.

Finally, Whittaker was supposed to fight sooner – like against former champ Luke Rockhold – but injuries have kept him on the sidelines.

I don’t know, I just expect more from my UFC champs, and thus far, Whittaker hasn’t shown that he’s truly the best in the world.

Anyway, here’s a little preview vid of some content the UFC is churning out on his behalf.

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UFC Fight Night 130 Results: Darren Till Takes Crappy Decision Over Wonderboy

Darren Till earned his main event slot UFC Fight Night 130 by stopping Donald Cerrone brutally and violently, and also by being from Liverpool, England, which is where the UFC wanted to hold a show.

So Till got to face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, a top-ranked welterweight. And when it came time to make weight, well, let’s just say Till failed.

But the show must go on, with Thompson more than eager to put his karate-based striking skills to work against the stand-up skills of Till. And here we are.

Apparently, Till went back and watched tape on Wonderboy, and studied all of his katas. Because after taking the center of the cage, Till stands just out of range, his arms up to block anything coming towards his head, and his legs flicking out in kicks. Yes, this is a mirror image of Thompson and how he fights, and though neither man really makes a mark on the other, it’s Wonderboy whose kicks land to the body with slightly more effectiveness.

Pretty much the same thing happens in Round 2… and Round 3… and Round 4. As the rounds wear on, Wonderboy charges every now and then, and sometimes ties up to throw short punches, or gets pushed away. To his credit, Till cuts off the cage and traps his foe against the fence over and over again, but Wonderboy expertly slips out of trouble once the punches start flying.

UFC Fight Night 130 Results: Darren Till Takes Crappy Decision Over Wonderboy

Darren Till earned his main event slot UFC Fight Night 130 by stopping Donald Cerrone brutally and violently, and also by being from Liverpool, England, which is where the UFC wanted to hold a show.

So Till got to face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, a top-ranked welterweight. And when it came time to make weight, well, let’s just say Till failed.

But the show must go on, with Thompson more than eager to put his karate-based striking skills to work against the stand-up skills of Till. And here we are.

Apparently, Till went back and watched tape on Wonderboy, and studied all of his katas. Because after taking the center of the cage, Till stands just out of range, his arms up to block anything coming towards his head, and his legs flicking out in kicks. Yes, this is a mirror image of Thompson and how he fights, and though neither man really makes a mark on the other, it’s Wonderboy whose kicks land to the body with slightly more effectiveness.

Pretty much the same thing happens in Round 2… and Round 3… and Round 4. As the rounds wear on, Wonderboy charges every now and then, and sometimes ties up to throw short punches, or gets pushed away. To his credit, Till cuts off the cage and traps his foe against the fence over and over again, but Wonderboy expertly slips out of trouble once the punches start flying.

UFC Fight Night 130 Primer: Does Till Have What It Takes to Beat Wonderboy?

Does Darren Till have what it takes to beat Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at today’s UFC Fight Night 130?

I mean, sure, anyone can beat anyone if they land the right punch at the right time, and of course a striker like Till has a likelier chance to do so. But taking the figurative banana peel that Wonderboy would have to slip on out of the equation, can Till do it?

The facts are thus:

  • Till missed weight, and was forced to weigh in under 188 pounds today – which not only negates his ability to fully rehydrate and get back up to his normal fight-time weight, it will make him slightly more depleted.
  • Thompson is an elite fighter. So elite that he’s fought the champ, Tyron Woodley, twice, and both bouts were close ones.
  • Till, on the other hand, has beaten “no names” for much of his Octagon career, and when he beat Donald Cerrone… well, let’s just say Cerrone is smaller and older.
  • Finally, there’s an intangible factor involved in this match-up. The UFC wanted to break into Liverpool, England, and needed hometown hero Till to maximize their market impact. Maybe, just maybe, this is the only reason Till is getting thrust into the spotlight. In other words, he might not be ready for this kind of jump up in competition.

Technically, Wonderboy’s a much better fighter at distance – his karate background, and ability to maintain range just out of an opponent’s reach, has enabled him to wreck dudes who must get in close to strike.

Till of course has the hometown advantage. He’s going to have all of Liverpool cheering him on. But I can’t recall a fight where that made someone impervious to getting knocked out.

So what do you think – can Till do it?

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Fat Darren Till Gorges on Fish and Chips, Fails to Make Weight

Hometown hero Darren Till was supposed to face top ranked Stephen Thompson in the main event of UFC Fight Night 130 tomorrow in a welterweight clash that could’ve had serious implications for the welterweight division.

Instead, the Liverpool, England-native gets to fight before his home crowd as a middleweight who failed to make the welterweight cutoff because he’s a chubby layabout.

Seriously, why is the UFC pushing this guy?

Till stepped onto the scale for today’s weigh-ins at 174.5 pounds. This wouldn’t normally be so egregious… except Till has publicly bragged how big he is for the division, and how much that size helps him.

The fight will, however, go on, with Thompson’s team forcing some steep stipulations on the Brit.

Size advantage or no, Till is still facing someone with much more experience and striking savvy. So maybe those extra helpings of fish and chips won’t help him…

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