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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier Are At It Again, And Cormier Is Winning

Former champ and part-time snitch Jon Jones has a little bit of history with Daniel Cormier.

Twice Jones has beaten the current light-heavyweight and heavyweight champ. And yet both those times, Jones ended up losing his belt because he can’t keep away from illicit substances.

Now Jones is back from his last drug suspension, and he’s working the social media angles to get under Cormier’s skin. It just might be working, but Jones is getting slapped around a little hard…

Here’s some of the back and forth:

First, Jones fired off some Hater-ade.

 

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@dc_mma You mad, Bro? USADA keeps calling but you’re not going to pick up the phone because the second you hear them say I’m innocent is the instant the illusion you’ve created shatters. Then it’s all real AGAIN and that’s not a step you’re willing to take. Instead you wrap yourself in your fake belt and keep telling yourself the shin that slammed into your face and the performance that buried you once again was enhanced. The fact you can’t beat me kills you and it stops you from picking up that phone. If you answer it then the nightmare becomes reality. Then again, maybe you do pick up, accept the truth that you were defeated by a superior fighter and that gives you peace. Or it goes another way and you get motivated to try a third time and that will save me the hassle of having to dig you up before I bury you. So now that the illusion you’ve built is crumbling and the “violation was not intended nor could it have enhanced the athlete’s performance” you still have to tell yourself something yeah? And while there was “absolutely no intention to use prohibited substances,” it was my intention to kick your ass once again. Mission accomplished. Pick up the phone #letstalkaboutit

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Then Cormier responded, and I have to say, he totally eviscerated the dude.

 

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So here we go again Jonny boy. First off, if you did nothing wrong and were “innocent“ then you’d have never been suspended. You’ve had to stand before these people and arbitrators so many times it’s insane. So you slipped again, how many times can one man slip? I’ve been tested 70 times and I haven’t slipped once. How do you explain that? And on top of all the cheating you’ve done around UFC 182, UFC 200 and UFC 214 that’s not even the straw that broke the camel’s back. You are actually a SNITCH! You think you’re the only one that’s been offered this deal? No, you’re just the only scumbag low enough to take it! Which one of your teammates did you tell on to get this joke of a punishment from USADA! I thought there was nothing lower than a cheater but it’s not surprising that you show me a whole new level. You’re a cheater and a SNITCH! Get off my page and go do some coke, or steroids or whatever you losers do in your spare time. #doublechamp

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Jones replied, but I don’t know… He’s probably hiding under the cage at Jackson-Winklejohn gym crying right now.

 

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@dc_mma that’s the face of the man who would have you washing his underwear. I run your house

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What do you think?

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The Reviews Are In: Conor McGregor’s Whiskey Is Hot Garbage

God bless Conor McGregor for shattering the financial ceiling MMA fighters have been knocking up against since forever. Through his hard work, and endless talent in the cage and outside of it, he’s made the world realize he’s something special many times – and he’s managed to rake in some worthwhile dough for his efforts.

He’s a true hero.

That said, he’s been pedaling his brand of whiskey lately, and apparently it’s hot garbage.

Now, the caveat here is that I’ve never tasted whiskey in my life. But the good folks at Business Insider claim to know whiskey, and when they got a free bottle, they passed it around.

The booze was bad.

Fintech guru Oscar Williams-Grut said: “It smelled like ethanol, and tasted only marginally better. A small initial sip was deceptively OK, but subsequent snifters were like vanilla flavouring trying to cover up rubbing alcohol.”

But the finance desk did not hold back, the brutes. Markets expert Will Martin followed up with this: “It tasted like bad whiskey watered down with cheap vanilla extract.” He added: “I am happy to be quoted on that.”

But none of this washed with BI. News editor and military blogging maestro Alex Lockie said: “I’ve drank a lot of bad whiskies in my day. This was one of them.”

Video producer Leon Siciliano said: “I don’t really like any whiskey and McGregor’s safely fits into that.”

Yeah, I’m not going to try McGregor’s stuff.

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Bellator Partners With Rapper 50 Cent, As You Do

We live in strange times.

Famed rapper “50 Cent” – or “that rapper guy” as most of you know him – is now inexplicably linked to Bellator. Apparently it has something to do with a clothing and champagne (!) line, and Fiddy sponsoring some sort of million-dollar bonus to whomever wins a welterweight tournament. I don’t know.

All I know is, more cheddar for the fighters is a good thing. So is fighters getting to wear something other than Reebok apparel that has their name misspelled. And also, more money for the fighters.

Honestly, I’m an old school hip-hopper, so wake me up when NWA reunites with the ghost of Eazy-E and they invest in Invicta FC. Because that would be dope.

Here’s Bellator’s official release:

Bellator MMA, a global combat sports leader owned by Viacom, has joined forces with entertainment superstar and business mogul Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson on an extensive partnership and licensing deal featuring a new apparel line based upon Jackson’s popular “Get The Strap” trademark and integrating Jackson’s elite champagne brand, Le Chemin du Roi in future Bellator events.

A passionate and knowledgeable MMA fan, Jackson has already agreed to re-invest a portion of his deal by offering one million dollars in cash to the winner of the upcoming Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix that will air exclusively on DAZN.

“We are thrilled to partner with such a legendary icon who has been a friend to the Bellator family for quite some time. The “Get The Strap” apparel line is just the beginning of many joint ventures we will explore together,” said Scott Coker, President of Bellator MMA.

“I am excited to partner with the Bellator Viacom franchise. Mixed martial arts yields some of the most action-packed events in the world. I’m excited for people to see how I plan to shake up MMA with the integration of my ‘Get The Strap’ trademark as well as my luxury champagne Le Chemin du Roi.” said Jackson.

Leveraging his viral “Get The Strap” moniker, Bellator and Jackson will launch a global apparel line that will be fashionable and edgy, with distinctive attitude.

Also, Jackson’s popular new champagne, Le Chemin du Roi, will become fully integrated into Bellator events from in-arena signage to mat placements and more.

“Bellator has a roster filled with some of the most charismatic athletes in the world,” adds Jackson. “As my relationship with Bellator deepens, you will see me moving into fighter management opportunities that will allow me to integrate top stars into both scripted and unscripted projects across the Viacom networks, as well as the other outlets I have access to.”

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Bellator Partners With Rapper 50 Cent, As You Do

We live in strange times.

Famed rapper “50 Cent” – or “that rapper guy” as most of you know him – is now inexplicably linked to Bellator. Apparently it has something to do with a clothing and champagne (!) line, and Fiddy sponsoring some sort of million-dollar bonus to whomever wins a welterweight tournament. I don’t know.

All I know is, more cheddar for the fighters is a good thing. So is fighters getting to wear something other than Reebok apparel that has their name misspelled. And also, more money for the fighters.

Honestly, I’m an old school hip-hopper, so wake me up when NWA reunites with the ghost of Eazy-E and they invest in Invicta FC. Because that would be dope.

Here’s Bellator’s official release:

Bellator MMA, a global combat sports leader owned by Viacom, has joined forces with entertainment superstar and business mogul Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson on an extensive partnership and licensing deal featuring a new apparel line based upon Jackson’s popular “Get The Strap” trademark and integrating Jackson’s elite champagne brand, Le Chemin du Roi in future Bellator events.

A passionate and knowledgeable MMA fan, Jackson has already agreed to re-invest a portion of his deal by offering one million dollars in cash to the winner of the upcoming Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix that will air exclusively on DAZN.

“We are thrilled to partner with such a legendary icon who has been a friend to the Bellator family for quite some time. The “Get The Strap” apparel line is just the beginning of many joint ventures we will explore together,” said Scott Coker, President of Bellator MMA.

“I am excited to partner with the Bellator Viacom franchise. Mixed martial arts yields some of the most action-packed events in the world. I’m excited for people to see how I plan to shake up MMA with the integration of my ‘Get The Strap’ trademark as well as my luxury champagne Le Chemin du Roi.” said Jackson.

Leveraging his viral “Get The Strap” moniker, Bellator and Jackson will launch a global apparel line that will be fashionable and edgy, with distinctive attitude.

Also, Jackson’s popular new champagne, Le Chemin du Roi, will become fully integrated into Bellator events from in-arena signage to mat placements and more.

“Bellator has a roster filled with some of the most charismatic athletes in the world,” adds Jackson. “As my relationship with Bellator deepens, you will see me moving into fighter management opportunities that will allow me to integrate top stars into both scripted and unscripted projects across the Viacom networks, as well as the other outlets I have access to.”

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Bellator 206 Primer: Rampage Is Fighting This Weekend and the Joke Is on Us

Bellator is hitting us over the head with a big show this weekend – Bellator 206 to be exact. It will air on that new DAZN platform, which is sort of the equivalent of the UFC’s Fight Pass, and there are some big, compelling fights on the card.

There’s also a very much not-eagerly anticipated rematch between Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, because, I don’t. Maybe promoter Scott Coker thought he could squeeze more money out of these long-faded warriors’ names.

Listen, the joke is on us, people. Neither Rampage nor Silva should be fighting anymore. And they certainly shouldn’t be fighting each other!

They’ve fought three times already. The first two meetings were in PRIDE FC, where Silva destroyed Jackson with knees. Then the UFC had the rubber match, and Jackson won via knockout.

That bout – back in 2008 – was pretty much the last time Rampage looked awesome. Since then, he’s gotten older and slower and infinitely more bitter.

And of course Silva has gotten old, too, and his last fight was a dismal one against Chael Sonnen last year.

There are plenty of other good fights on the Bellator 206 card. Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald is probably the best match-up Bellator could make in all of their divisions, and it’s always fun watching Aaron Pico.

But Coker is relying on whatever residual love fans may have for the ancient Rampage and Silva, and if you haven’t been living in an underground bunker for the last ten years, or maybe in jail, it’s hard not to see this bout for what it is.

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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier Pushing Hard for a 165-Pound Title Fight

The UFC is coming to Madison Square Garden for UFC 230, and as they’re wont to do, they’re trying hard to cobble together an epic main event. But they’re having trouble doing that, so co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have an idea: Make their fight into a title fight. The weight class? A heretofore unheard of 165-pound division.

The idea is insane. And also perfect.

Here’s Diaz and Poirier going back and forth on Twitter over the issue:

Now, there’s is no 165-pound division. The cutoff for welterweights is 170 pounds, the cutoff for lightweights is 155, and in between are just dudes living their small lives as borderline dwarves and hobbits. Diaz and Poirier are playing us, and playing the UFC by very publicly trying to force their hand.

But…

Why not let Diaz and Poirier fight for a made-up title? I mean, what’s the difference between that and the UFC having them fight for an interim belt in an established division?

There is no difference. The prize for the victor at the end is still some arbitrary thing that has no real value when it comes to the UFC’s stars and those stuck in their orbit. And Diaz is certainly a star, while Poirier is on the cusp of breaking out, too.

I saw let them have their fake belt. If it makes them happy, and adds luster to their match, why not?

What do you think?

 

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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier Pushing Hard for a 165-Pound Title Fight

The UFC is coming to Madison Square Garden for UFC 230, and as they’re wont to do, they’re trying hard to cobble together an epic main event. But they’re having trouble doing that, so co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have an idea: Make their fight into a title fight. The weight class? A heretofore unheard of 165-pound division.

The idea is insane. And also perfect.

Here’s Diaz and Poirier going back and forth on Twitter over the issue:

Now, there’s is no 165-pound division. The cutoff for welterweights is 170 pounds, the cutoff for lightweights is 155, and in between are just dudes living their small lives as borderline dwarves and hobbits. Diaz and Poirier are playing us, and playing the UFC by very publicly trying to force their hand.

But…

Why not let Diaz and Poirier fight for a made-up title? I mean, what’s the difference between that and the UFC having them fight for an interim belt in an established division?

There is no difference. The prize for the victor at the end is still some arbitrary thing that has no real value when it comes to the UFC’s stars and those stuck in their orbit. And Diaz is certainly a star, while Poirier is on the cusp of breaking out, too.

I saw let them have their fake belt. If it makes them happy, and adds luster to their match, why not?

What do you think?

 

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Jon Jones’ Manager Tries to Say He Didn’t Snitch… But He Snitched

Anyone who’s seen that flick “Jerry McGuire” knows that a sports agent’s job is to both show his client the money and help keep the athlete’s image intact. Well, former champ but forever drugged-out mess Jon Jones was recently handed a light punishment by USADA because he availed himself of their “snitching policy”.

And now Jones’ agent, Malki Kawa, has been making the media rounds, pushing the narrative that nope, no way, Jones didn’t snitch.

Except he did.

Here’s what Kawa said to ace journo Luke Thomas:

Malki Kawa told Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that Jones did not get a reduced suspension in his anti-doping case because he was informing USADA about performance-enhancing drug use by his teammates.

Jones was suspended 15 months, retroactive to July 2017, in the case due to what USADA described as “substantial assistance” and the belief by arbitrator Richard McLaren that Jones was not knowingly cheating. Jones tested positive for a steroid metabolite in relation to UFC 214 last year and has been adamant that he didn’t intentionally take a prohibited substance.

“It’s not like Jon Jones is sitting around in a room watching guys do steroids and then turning around and saying, ‘Oh, wait a minute, I just got popped, I’m gonna go tell on my poor teammates that I know for a fact are sitting in a room doing it, because I just watched them do it,’” Kawa said. “That’s not what happened. Jon goes to training, he trains and he leaves. There’s no hanging out in a room, there’s not going to a bathroom, there’s no shooting somebody up. He doesn’t do that.”

That’s all well and good… except it’s crap.

Hey, Kawa is just doing his job, so you can’t fault him too much. On the flipside, though… if you or someone you know has done juice with Jones, expect a visit from the authorities soon.

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But Really, Can Conor McGregor Beat Khabib Nurmagomedov?

I’m just going to keep asking if Conor McGregor can beat Khabib Nurmagomedov over and over again until they fight at UFC 229. Why? Because if the UFC is going to milk their golden calf for pay-per-view riches, I can at least squeeze out some web traffic!

Obviously, McGregor can beat Khabib. Heck, he might even knock the Dagestani wrestler out, snatching away that lightweight belt. Remember what happened when the Irishman faced another wrestler whom everyone thought would grind him into putty?

Anyway, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: besides being a killer in the cage (but not the boxing ring!), McGregor is the master of hype. I know this, you know this, and the UFC knows this. Hence, these vids they’ve put together.

You know you’re doing something right when the UFC makes a highlight reel of just you saying stuff. And for McGregor, they did it twice!

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