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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: The Definitive Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje Breakdown

UFC on FOX 29 is rapidly approaching, and with it comes a main event that will see more violence and more blood spilled than an NC-17 movie.

Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje are gonna clash, and by clash, I most certainly mean they’re going to stand about a foot away from each other and start punching, and they won’t stop until someone’s face caves in.

At this point, we know both guys are tough as nails and game as hell. Poirier has been in there with the just about every elite fighter there is, and though he’s racked up a few losses here and there, he’s put away dudes like current champ Max Holloway, Yancy Medeiros, Bobby Green and former champ Anthony Pettis. When it comes to boxing, Poirier’s hands are on point, and his jiu-jitsu ain’t shabby either.

Gaethje was one of the only good things to come out of the World Series of Fighting, and his badassery was enough to warrant him getting a coaching slot on TUF after just one fight in the Octagon. He’s got skills similar to Poirier, but if there’s anyone who thrives on getting punched in the face, it’s him.

Who’s going to come out on top in this one? It’s hard to say. But an impressive win by either man could mean a date with reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in the future.

I’d say those are pretty high stakes, eh?

Here’s UFC commentator Jimmy Smith hyping the match-up.

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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: The Definitive Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje Breakdown

UFC on FOX 29 is rapidly approaching, and with it comes a main event that will see more violence and more blood spilled than an NC-17 movie.

Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje are gonna clash, and by clash, I most certainly mean they’re going to stand about a foot away from each other and start punching, and they won’t stop until someone’s face caves in.

At this point, we know both guys are tough as nails and game as hell. Poirier has been in there with the just about every elite fighter there is, and though he’s racked up a few losses here and there, he’s put away dudes like current champ Max Holloway, Yancy Medeiros, Bobby Green and former champ Anthony Pettis. When it comes to boxing, Poirier’s hands are on point, and his jiu-jitsu ain’t shabby either.

Gaethje was one of the only good things to come out of the World Series of Fighting, and his badassery was enough to warrant him getting a coaching slot on TUF after just one fight in the Octagon. He’s got skills similar to Poirier, but if there’s anyone who thrives on getting punched in the face, it’s him.

Who’s going to come out on top in this one? It’s hard to say. But an impressive win by either man could mean a date with reigning champ Khabib Nurmagomedov in the future.

I’d say those are pretty high stakes, eh?

Here’s UFC commentator Jimmy Smith hyping the match-up.

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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: Is the Karate Hottie a Bust?

The worst ways to screw up in the Octagon are to lose like a chump, and beat one of the UFC’s rising stars. Michelle Waterson has miraculously done both.

Since coming to the organization from a somewhat successful run in Invicta FC, “The Karate Hottie” smoked cannon fodder Angela Magana. Then she wrecked Paige VanZant – and in case you didn’t know, VanZant was the female equivalent of Sage Northcutt. That win earned her a crack at the strawweight divisional elite, but Waterson seemed totally out of her league against now-champ Rose Namajunas, and she failed to deliver the goods against Tecia Torres. In sum, beyond the Magana fight, Waterson diminished a UFC star-in-the-making, then fell to the best.

That’s not good for a UFC career.

This weekend, Waterson will take on ham-and-egger Cortney Casey in the opening bout on the main card of UFC on FOX 29. You have to think that if Waterson had done what she was supposed to do, she’d likely be headlining that card instead of playing curtain-jerker.

I guess it’s time to start wondering if the Karate Hottie is a bust…

Anyway, here’s her and Casey’s Road to the Octagon vid.

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Paige VanZant Goes All in With Biography, Describes Rape Incident

There are a ton of biographies out there on MMA fighters, and the line separating the good ones from the crappy ones is the degree of insight they provide.

Apparently, UFC and “Dancing With the Stars” standout Paige VanZant knew this, so when she sat down with a ghostwriter to tackle her biography, “Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life”, she didn’t shy away from getting deep and personal.

In fact, she discussed an incident in high school when she was gang-raped.

I’m not going to reprint the details she gives here, because they’re pretty awful. But here’s some of what MMAFighting said on it:

VanZant told MMA Fighting in a phone interview Monday that she wanted to open up for multiple reasons, especially the fact that she can be an advocate for those who have been the victims of sexual assault and bullying like she was. Writing a book, VanZant said, was the preferable method — so she could do it in her own words.

“I had written stuff in high school, and I had written things here and there,” she said. “It got to the point where it was like, you know, it’s time for me to share it. I guess being on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and being on all these shows and I kept being asked about it, I guess it was time to just be very transparent. If I was gonna say anything and be open about it, the best way to do it is to write it down in a book and let people read it. So it doesn’t necessarily have to come out of my mouth, but people get to hear my story.”

VanZant, 24, went into some graphic details about being attacked. While in high school in her native Oregon, she wrote that boys got her drunk at a party and several of them raped her when she could not defend herself.

Sometimes people really suck.

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Paige VanZant Goes All in With Biography, Describes Rape Incident

There are a ton of biographies out there on MMA fighters, and the line separating the good ones from the crappy ones is the degree of insight they provide.

Apparently, UFC and “Dancing With the Stars” standout Paige VanZant knew this, so when she sat down with a ghostwriter to tackle her biography, “Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life”, she didn’t shy away from getting deep and personal.

In fact, she discussed an incident in high school when she was gang-raped.

I’m not going to reprint the details she gives here, because they’re pretty awful. But here’s some of what MMAFighting said on it:

VanZant told MMA Fighting in a phone interview Monday that she wanted to open up for multiple reasons, especially the fact that she can be an advocate for those who have been the victims of sexual assault and bullying like she was. Writing a book, VanZant said, was the preferable method — so she could do it in her own words.

“I had written stuff in high school, and I had written things here and there,” she said. “It got to the point where it was like, you know, it’s time for me to share it. I guess being on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and being on all these shows and I kept being asked about it, I guess it was time to just be very transparent. If I was gonna say anything and be open about it, the best way to do it is to write it down in a book and let people read it. So it doesn’t necessarily have to come out of my mouth, but people get to hear my story.”

VanZant, 24, went into some graphic details about being attacked. While in high school in her native Oregon, she wrote that boys got her drunk at a party and several of them raped her when she could not defend herself.

Sometimes people really suck.

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Paige VanZant Goes All in With Biography, Describes Rape Incident

There are a ton of biographies out there on MMA fighters, and the line separating the good ones from the crappy ones is the degree of insight they provide.

Apparently, UFC and “Dancing With the Stars” standout Paige VanZant knew this, so when she sat down with a ghostwriter to tackle her biography, “Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life”, she didn’t shy away from getting deep and personal.

In fact, she discussed an incident in high school when she was gang-raped.

I’m not going to reprint the details she gives here, because they’re pretty awful. But here’s some of what MMAFighting said on it:

VanZant told MMA Fighting in a phone interview Monday that she wanted to open up for multiple reasons, especially the fact that she can be an advocate for those who have been the victims of sexual assault and bullying like she was. Writing a book, VanZant said, was the preferable method — so she could do it in her own words.

“I had written stuff in high school, and I had written things here and there,” she said. “It got to the point where it was like, you know, it’s time for me to share it. I guess being on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and being on all these shows and I kept being asked about it, I guess it was time to just be very transparent. If I was gonna say anything and be open about it, the best way to do it is to write it down in a book and let people read it. So it doesn’t necessarily have to come out of my mouth, but people get to hear my story.”

VanZant, 24, went into some graphic details about being attacked. While in high school in her native Oregon, she wrote that boys got her drunk at a party and several of them raped her when she could not defend herself.

Sometimes people really suck.

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Paige VanZant Goes All in With Biography, Describes Rape Incident

There are a ton of biographies out there on MMA fighters, and the line separating the good ones from the crappy ones is the degree of insight they provide.

Apparently, UFC and “Dancing With the Stars” standout Paige VanZant knew this, so when she sat down with a ghostwriter to tackle her biography, “Rise: Surviving the Fight of My Life”, she didn’t shy away from getting deep and personal.

In fact, she discussed an incident in high school when she was gang-raped.

I’m not going to reprint the details she gives here, because they’re pretty awful. But here’s some of what MMAFighting said on it:

VanZant told MMA Fighting in a phone interview Monday that she wanted to open up for multiple reasons, especially the fact that she can be an advocate for those who have been the victims of sexual assault and bullying like she was. Writing a book, VanZant said, was the preferable method — so she could do it in her own words.

“I had written stuff in high school, and I had written things here and there,” she said. “It got to the point where it was like, you know, it’s time for me to share it. I guess being on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and being on all these shows and I kept being asked about it, I guess it was time to just be very transparent. If I was gonna say anything and be open about it, the best way to do it is to write it down in a book and let people read it. So it doesn’t necessarily have to come out of my mouth, but people get to hear my story.”

VanZant, 24, went into some graphic details about being attacked. While in high school in her native Oregon, she wrote that boys got her drunk at a party and several of them raped her when she could not defend herself.

Sometimes people really suck.

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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: Could Either Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje Beat Khabib?

Thanks to a week full of madness, we finally have someone sitting atop the lightweight mountain who might actually defend his belt.

Yes, you can forget Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, because Khabib Nurmagomedov is now the man. And provided you don’t try to book him any fights during Ramadan, he’ll fight whoever you put in front of him.

This Saturday, UFC on FOX 29 will be headlined by Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje – two lightweights clawing their way up the 155-pound division ladder. They are closer to the top than most, so it’s conceivable that an impressive win (and maybe a rematch with Eddie Alvarez, who’s defeated them both) could have them kneeling before Nurmagomedov’s throne petitioning the king for an audience.

Can either Poirier or Gaethje beat Khabib?

Well, from what we’ve seen of the champ, if you can’t survive his unearthly ground and pound, you’re toast. However, his striking is still a work in a progress. So any challenger is going to need just the right mixture of skill and resilience. According to Alvarez, Poirier is the more skilled of the UFC on FOX 29 main events, while Gaethje is so damn resilient he’d die before giving up.

Therefore, it all comes down to whether or not Poirier can grit his teeth and bear the Dagestani’s wrestling offense long enough to use his superior boxing on the feet, or whether or not Gaethje is savvy enough to know how not to get submitted or TKO’d until he can get up.

Ponder this riddle while watching Poirier and Gaethje’s “Road to the Octagon” vid.

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Nick Diaz Suspension to End Soon

Lovable MMA fighter and ardent weed smoker Nick Diaz may return soon. Or at least he’ll be able to from a USADA-suspension perspective.

According to ESPN, Diaz’s suspension – which he was hit with for totally blowing off telling USADA his whereabouts – will be up on April 19. After that, Diaz could return to fighting… if that’s what he even wants.

Despite ascending to great heights in popularity, both in the Octagon and in other organizations, the older Diaz brother has made it clear this whole fighting thing sucks and he’d rather be doing something else.

Which is sad for us, because when Diaz fights, it’s usually fun as hell. His last fight, against Anderson Silva at UFC 183 back in 2015, was chock full of Diaz shenanigans.

Here’s ESPN:

Diaz, 34, has accepted a one-year suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) for missing three out-of-competition drug tests within a 12-month span. He is the first athlete to record that violation under the UFC’s program.

USADA announced Diaz’s suspension on Monday. The timing of the announcement is unique, in that Diaz has already served nearly all of the suspension.

The one-year period of ineligibility is retroactive to the date of Diaz’s third missed test, which was April 19, 2017. That means the suspension ends in just 10 days.

Diaz (26-9) has not expressed interest in a fight for some time, but has never officially retired.

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Benson Henderson Finds Elusive ‘W’ at Bellator 196

With Conor McGregor doing a pretty spot-on impression of Ol’ Dirty Bastard in Brooklyn on Thursday, the world pretty much forgot that there was a Bellator installment going down in Budapest, Hungary. Which is understandable.

So! Bellator 196 was a thing, and former UFC star Benson Henderson finally found that elusive “W” in the Bellator cage. His opponent was former UFC star Roger Huerta, and though it’s pretty clear the years haven’t been kind to “Bendo”, they’ve been downright mean to Huerta. But whatevs, Henderson got the finish via choke, and that victory mitigates some of the utter crap he’s been putting forth since joining the number two MMA organization.

Other notable results include wrestling stud Ed Ruth winning a decision, and this high-flying knockout courtesy of Adam Borics.

Bellator 196

Here’s a highlight reel for your troubles.

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