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McGregor Teammate James Gallagher Reacts To Viral p0wning At Bellator 204

The internet was not kind to Gallagher after a display of bad sportsmanship ended with his KO loss. At least he handled the aftermath better.

Things did not go well for up and coming prospect James Gallagher, whom Bellator has been banking on to become the next Conor McGregor.

There are reasons for the comparisons … the two are teammates at Straight Blast Gym in Ireland, and Gallagher comes with a similar cocky style that could make him a star if he backs it up in the cage. Unfortunately for James and Bellator both, he didn’t on Friday night at Bellator 204.

Gallagher entered the cage pretty pumped up and decided to scream right in opponent Ricky Bandejas’ face before their fight.

But halfway through the first round, Bandejas got sweet revenge, catching the Irish prospect and then putting him out with what a side kick many are noting is a carbon copy of WWE legend Shawn Michaels’ ‘Sweet Chin Music.’

That of course, resulted in the internet taking the piss out of young James, who attempted to make lemonade out of lemons with his statement following the loss.

”I talked a big game and got the big fall, that everyone is scared to do,” he wrote. “If I hadn’t of talk none of you would be talking about me either. It’ll be the best thing that ever happened me!! I’ll take it on the chin (literally) and move on.”

But before we move on? A little more internet savagery.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor Teammate Taunts Opponent, Eats Side Kick to Face

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This was a truly glorious knockout rendered more glorious by what transpired before. Conor McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher got in Ricky Bandejas face at Bellator 204, trying to intimidate him.

It didn’t work out for him.

The man has become a meme, and not in the good way.

Sweet chin music

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That’s just how the sport goes. Bandejas is now 11-1 at bantamweight and someone to keep an eye on. Check out the full Bellator 204 recap with GIFs!


Insomnia

Pankration, the original MMA, fought naked and sometimes to the death.

This guy, Bud Jeffries, and Tony Ferguson might get along

Great drawing but I can’t decide if it looks like Darren Till or not.

What Canadian maple syrup nonsense was happening at this old Kajan Johnson weigh-in faceoff?? Steve Claveau looks like he came straight from a cabin in the wilderness for this fight.

Sorry man, Palhares will not be outmuscled.

l This isn’t even his final form…

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Mike Perry has big ambitions

A mans gotta have goals @platinummikeperry

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Justin Gaethje is training at altitude with featherweight prospect Cory Sandhagen for his upcoming main event with James Vick.

Ido Portal, Conor McGregor’s erstwhile movement coach, on his new sleeping style.

That would get some attention.

Bantamweight prospect Petr Yan is getting his second UFC fight after a first round KO in his first.

All gloves should be banned from competition, it’s the repeat head trauma that’s the problem.

Oooh this is nasty. The classic “duck into a knee” Aljamain Sterling style KO (sorry Aljo)


Random Land

This kind of skill will always amaze me.

The goose is loose

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LIVE! Bellator 204 Results, Streaming Play-By-Play Updates

Caldwell vs Lahat

Bellator 204: “Caldwell vs. Lahat” takes place TONIGHT (Fri., Aug. 17, 2018) at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Expect a war in the Paramount Network-televised main event as dominating Bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (12-1) moves up to 145 pounds for a non-title match with Noad Lahat (12-3). In addition, South Dakota’s own Logan Storley (8-0) will look to extend his undefeated streak against elder statesman and Bellator veteran A.J. Matthews (9-7). His record does not begin to tell his story as several split decisions have not gone his way, so Storley is in for a challenge tonight.

Bellator 204’s main card will start at 9 p.m. ET on Paramount Network. MMAmania.com will deliver results and play-by-play for the entirety of the Bellator MMA card, including the online “Prelims” undercard that starts at 7 p.m. ET.

Many readers check in before, during and after the fights to share their thoughts on all of the action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 204) about the bouts and chat with all the other Maniacs during the show — it’s always a lot of fun!

BELLATOR 204 QUICK RESULTS:

Darrion Caldwell vs. Noad LahatCaldwell TKO R2.
Logan Storley vs. A.J. MatthewsStorley TKO 3:56 R2.
James Gallagher vs. Ricky BandejasBandejas KO 2:49 R1.
Tywan Claxton vs. Cris LencioniClaxton 30-27 X3 UD.
David Michaud vs. Corey DavisMichaud KO 1:42 R1.
Jason Jackson vs. Jordon LarsonJackson TKO 3:52 R1.
Troy Nawrocki vs. Omar MoralesMorales KO 0:58 R1.
DeMarques Jackson vs. Bryce LoganJackson SD 28-29, 29-28, 30-27.
Micah Peatrowsky vs. Keith PhathaemPhathaem UD 29-28, 30-27 X2.
Tyler Ray vs. Seth BassRay KO 3:30 R1.
Romero Cotton vs. Willie Whitehead Cotton TKO 4:12 R1.
Lloyd McKinney vs. Robiel TesfadeltMcKinney sub (arm triangle) 4:17 R3.
Wyatt Meyer vs. Jeff NielsenNielsen TKO 2:53 R1.

BELLATOR 204 PLAY-BY-PLAY:

Darrion Caldwell vs. Noad Lahat

Lahat is 12-3 out of Samaria, Israel. Caldwell is the Bantamweight champion and 12-1 overall fighting out of Rahway, New Jersey. Lahat has black trunks and blue gloves for our main event. Black/red trunks and red gloves for Caldwell. Our referee in charge is Mike Beltran. Both men touched gloves during final instructions.

Round 1: Caldwell starts with a leg kick and a high kick. Lahat shoots, Caldwell sprawls, and he’s on top 36 seconds into the round looking to pass. Caldwell jumps over one leg and briefly has half guard but Lahat recovers. Caldwell tries to make a move again at 2:08. Lahat almost gave up side control but once again recovered back to guard. Caldwell is winning on riding time but isn’t satisfied with that and steps back at 3:10 looking to improve position. The crafty Lahat puts him right back in full guard again when he tries and even tries to trap the head. Caldwell slips out. One minute remains. Caldwell had half guard for about a second. It’s a 10-9 round for Caldwell but Lahat did a good job of stifling his offense.

Round 2: Caldwell threw a head kick but it was merely a prelude to his takedown at 0:11, getting Lahat off balance by defending the strike. Lahat tries to sit up against the fence and Caldwell grinds him back down to the mat. Lahat sits up again and Caldwell works to his back and gets one hook in. He’s thinking rear naked choke but Lahat rolls to his back to avoid it, but when he scrambles Caldwell jumps on his back and throws multiple right hands until Beltran saves a defenseless Lahat from more blows. It’s all over in Sioux Falls.

Final result: Darrion Caldwell wins by technical knockout in the second round.


Logan Storley vs. A.J. Matthews

Matthews is 9-7 out of Samar, Philippines. Storley is 8-0 out of Webster, South Dakota. Both men are sporting black trunks. Storley has the red gloves and Matthews the blue. Our referee in charge is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Both men are bouncing on their feet at the start, with Storley gradually pushing Matthews backward until he lands a leg kick, then ducking under a punch to take Matthews to the ground. Matthews tries to get back up to one knee but Storley keeps hammering away at his thighs then jumps to his back to wrestle him to the ground. Matthews gets to one knee again as the fans chant for Storley. Matthews gets up and immediately goes backward to the ground again with Storley on top in half guard. Right elbows and right hands are pounding on Matthews as he turtles up. Herzog is taking a close look. Matthews survives the first storm but a second wave is coming. Left hands are jacking him up from behind. Left elbows follow. Storley drags him back to the ground, sits on top and pours on more right hands. Herzog is giving Matthews every chance. Matthews hasn’t been finished but hasn’t had a single second of offense either.

Herzog calls time because of a left knee to the head of a grounded opponent and sends Storley to his corner. When Matthews finally gets back up there’s a big knot on the right side of his head from the knee. He tells the doctor he’s good to continue, tells Herzog he’s good to continue, and we resume action with just over a minute left. Storley takes Matthews down sinks in a rear naked choke and squeezes for all he’s worth. Matthews survives it. The crowd chants KNOCK HIM OUT as Storley rides on top for the duration. I’m honestly not sure if that’s 10-8 or 9-8. I didn’t see Herzog signal a point deduction but even if he did I’d still have had Matthews down 2 for how little he did – Storley wins R1 either way.

Round 2: Storley gets a takedown 16 seconds into R2 and drives knees to the ribs from side control. Storley works his way to Matthews back and is firing away uncontested right hands to the head of Matthews as Herzog looks on with just under half the round to go. The right elbows that Storley is landing are pretty nasty. The crowd is roaring for it. He jumps on top in half guard and delivers even more of the same. Matthews may be too tough for his own good. Finally the ref steps in and saves A.J. from the beating with slightly over a minute left.

Final result: Logan Storley wins by TKO at 3:56 of the second round.


James Gallagher vs. Ricky Bandejas

Bandejas is 10-1 and fights out of Brick, New Jersey. Gallagher is 7-0 and fights out of Strabane, Ireland. Bandejas sports black trunks and blue gloves. Gallagher has the yellow trunks and red gloves. He runs over to get in Bandejas’ face and start yelling at him and officials have to pull them apart. It happens AGAIN during the commercial break. The referee (hopefully) in charge of this contest is Bobby Wombacher.

Round 1: Gallagher hits a few leg kicks, Bandejas trips him to the ground at 14 seconds, Gallagher pops right back up. Bandejas pushes him into the fence for a breather. Both men spend a moment on the ground. Bandejas drops him with a right hook and then rocks him again with a kick to the chin and pounds it out on the ground. IT IS ALL OVER. Replay shows us the first right hand that dropped Gallagher, the left kick to the chin that wobbled Gallagher, and the vicious onslaught that followed with multiple lefts to the head while Gallagher was down. The Sioux Falls crowd is chanting U-S-A over and over.

Final result: Ricky Bandejas finishes James Gallagher by KO at 2:49 in the first round.


Tywan Claxton vs. Cris Lencioni

Lencioni is in the black trunks and blue gloves. Claxton has black/red trunks and red gloves. Lencioni’s record is 4-1 and he fights out of Canby, Oregon. Claxton is 2-0 and he fights out of Cleveland, Ohio. Our referee in charge is Mike Beltran.

Round 1: Glove tap gets us underway. Lencioni throws a couple of head kicks early. Claxton wings out an overhand right. Claxton gets a takedown to side control off another head kick attempt and stacks Lencioni up to smash right hands. Lencioni is trying to push off the fence with his feet and simultaneously lock up an arm. Claxton drives knees to the ribs from side control. They end up North-South, Claxton pulls his leg free, then smashes home a left hook before they reset. Lencioni tries to spin his way toward Claxton. Lencioni lands a couple of leg kicks. Claxton pops two rights and a left. Lencioni throws a knee. Claxton looks like a matador as he ducks the charging bull and Lencioni crashes into the fence. Lencioni throws more head kicks. Body kick by Claxton as he circles. Lencioni answers in kind. Claxton ties up with him against the fence and Lencioni presses him with the hooks but Claxton presses back for a takedown into his guard. Claxton backs away from upkicks at 4:27 and mocks Lencioni, causing the crowd to erupt. 10-9 Claxton. Lencioni looked like he wanted to keep swinging after the bell but Beltran got between them.

Round 2: Claxton gets a takedown nine seconds into the round. Lencioni is trying to hold onto his wrists and pull on his head to keep it chest to chest. Claxton tries to posture up to no avail. Beltran is staring at them both like he’s about go warn them to get busy. Claxton backs up and throws one down the pipe then backs away from the upkicks. He goes back down again to half guard as Lencioni tries to hang on. Claxton transitions to full mount and almost takes the back as Lencioni rolls but ends up reset into the guard. Lencioni throws pitter-pat shots off his back. Claxton stands up and drops more right hands on his head before going back into the guard, where more shots follow. Lencioni is breathing hard. Claxton works the body then goes left right to the head. 40 seconds left as Claxton stands up then drops back down as Lencioni tried to spin. He was almost sitting on Lencioni’s face. Lencioni lost this entire round. 10-9 at least.

Round 3: There’s an attempt at a glove tap but I don’t think they connected. Claxton is tagging Lencioni with his hands and punctuates it with a high kick. Claxton doubles up on the simultaneous jab and leg kick. Lencioni tries a spinning backfist and Claxton takes him down immediately. Claxton stacks up his hapless foe and mauls him with the elbow until Lencioni can get him to guard. That just makes Claxton back up and drop a right hand down the pipe. This fight has become rinse, lather, repeat. Whenever Claxton needs to he backs up, whenever he does he gets back on top in guard. Off his back Lencioni can do little to stop Claxton from doing whatever he wants. Now he’s worked his way to a mounted crucifix. Lencioni gets his arm free but all he’s doing for the last 20 seconds is defending. Claxton tries hard to finish in the closing seconds but Lencioni is totally turtled up. There’s still bad blood between the two after the bell.

Final result: Tywan “Air” Claxton wins via 30-27 unanimous decision.


David Michaud vs. Corey Davis

Blue gloves and black trunks for Davis. Black trunks and red gloves for Michaud. Michaud is 12-4 and Davis is 3-0 fighting out of Omaha, Nebraska. Michaud fights out of Pine Ridge, SD. Our referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: No glove tap. Michaud gets touched early and the two clinch up against the fence jockeying for control. Michaud pushes forward and gets a takedown but Davis quickly scrambles back to his feet. Davis lands a right hand. Davis goes for a single leg and tries to get a hook in from behind. Michaud is holding his base well as Davis tries to climb on him from behind. Michaud escapes lights him up with a right hand and pours on the kill shots as the partisan crowd at Sanford Pentagon erupts for the stoppage. The replay shows Michaud bucking Davis off by throwing his weight backward into the fence then clipping him with a right hand right behind the ear when he got free. Perfect timing.

Final result: David Michaud wins via first round knockout at 1:42.


Jason Jackson vs. Jordon Larson

Black trunks and blue gloves with a record of 7-3 out of Miami, Florida for Jackson. White trunks and red gloves for Larson out of Sioux Falls with a record of 9-4. Our referee for this fight is Mike Beltran.

Round 1: No tap as Larson charges quickly to the center. Larson circles and lands a leg kick. Jackson with a leg kick. Larson shoots for a single and Jackson gets out. Jackson throws the right hand. The crowd is cornering again, this time for Larson. Larson lands a left jab and circles away then comes over the top with a right arm. Jackson keeps pressuring forward. Larson shoots again and Jackson shrugs it off. Jackson with the left jab and Larson returns fire. Jackson tags Larson. He’s trying to cut Larson off against the fence. Jackson continues to throw rights to the hand and body. Larson drops for the double and turns Jackson around but again he slips away. Larson gets rocked and Jackson pours on hammers against the fence until Beltran waves it off, stunning the home town crowd into abject silence.

Final result: Jason Jackson wins via first round technical knockout at 3:52.


Troy Nawrocki vs. Omar Morales

Nawrocki is in the red trunks and blue gloves. Morales is in the green trunks and red gloves. Nawrocki is 3-0 and he fights out of Bellevue, Nebraska. Nawrocki is 6-0 and he fights out of Miami, Florida by way of Venezuela. Our referee is Jason Herzog.

Round 1: Nawrocki is looping out a right hook but he gets caught by one that’s flush and a second that drops him to the canvas. This one’s over quick.

Final result: Omar Morales wins via knockout at 0:58 of round one.


DeMarques Jackson vs. Bryce Logan

Black trunks and blue gloves for Jackson, black and red for Logan. Jackson is 8-2 out of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Logan is 9-2 out of Doland, SD. Our referee is Bobby Wombacher.

Round 1: Glove tap starts it off. Logan lands the first leg kick. Logan with a leg jab to the face. Jackson works his jab and suddenly pushes Logan into the fence for a flurry but he weathers the storm. Logan works back to the center. Left high kick stuns Jackson. Logan comes forward but doesn’t land a kill shot. Jackson answers with a right and a knee that seems to have the same effect. Logan and Jackson tie up on the fence. They finally break at 2:33. Both men trade jabs. Jackson unloads with a flurry and Logan dances backward then tags Jackson with a hook. Logan stumbles throwing a leg kick but recovers. Left hook by Jackson as he pushes Logan to the fence. Logan with a leg kick, Jackson with big strikes, Logan with a body kick. Logan shoots for a double and misses but throws a strike on the break. Every person in the building seems to be cornering Logan tonight. 10-9 Logan.

Round 2: Jackson comes out jabbing and throws the right hook. Logan throws a kick at the knee and a jab to the body. Jackson and Logan trade hard jabs. Jackson throws a shot as Logan turns and the fans complain about a shot to the back of the head. Wombacher wasn’t going to call that — it wasn’t intentional. Body shot for Logan is answer with a jab and a leg kick. Logan is trying to keep his hands high but Jackson is getting through the defense enough to leave redness on Logan’s face. Logan lands leg kicks inside and outside to Jackson’s left leg. Jackson with hands and a knee up the middle. Jackson starts complaining about being poked in the right eye. Wombacher does nothing. Leg kick for Logan. Body kick for Logan. Jackson hammers with lefts and rights. Logan is now bleeding from the nose. His defense is dropping as well. Jackson keeps landing the left repeatedly. He stings Logan with a hard right before R2 ends. 10-9 Jackson.

Round 3: Glove tap opens R3. Jackson is immediately head hunting with his left hand. Logan is backing up toward the fence. He misses wildly with a right hook. Right hook for Jackson. Jackson is keeping the pressure on. Repeated left jabs to the chin. Logan keeps trying to force his way to the center but winds up retreating and looking to counter strike. The crowd is begging him to keep the center. That’s going to be hard to do as Jackson just single legged him to the ground with only 2:20 left. Jackson works his way to the back looking to sink in a rear naked choke. Logan spins his way to the top and the crowd explodes like he just finished the fight. He’s got 50 seconds left to work. Even if he throws a strike that misses they are so happy just to see him on top. Shame for them he wasn’t on top for the majority of the round. 10-9 Jackson.

Final result: The judges score it 29-28 Logan, 29-28 Jackson, 30-27 for Jackson by split decision.


Micah Peatrowsky vs. Keith Phathaem

Blue gloves, record of 2-0, fighting out of Fremont, Nebraska is Peatrowsky. Red gloves, record of 0-1, fighting out of Sioux Falls is Phathaem. Jason Herzog is our referee. Black trunks for both men.

Round 1: Tap of gloves gets us underway. Phathaem lands the first leg kick. A second leads to an exchange of fists. Phathaem dances back and forth feinting with his hands. Peatrowsky charges in and eats a hard one to the chin before he resets. Peatrowsky with the jab and leg kick. Phathaem circles and looks for an opening but Peatrowsky lands a hard right. Now it’s Peatrowsky trying to shadowbox, feinting low and then firing high. Peatrowsky tries a spinning back kick. Peatrowsky tries to push Phathaem toward the fence with no success. They keep meeting back in the middle. Clean left hand for Peatrowsky. Phathaem lands a leg kick and eats a flurry in response. Peatrowsky makes him back up with a right hand flush. He paws with the left hand to get the range. Peatrowsky is getting the better of the exchanges as this round wears on. 10-9 Peatrowsky.

Round 2: Another glove tap to start R2. Peatrowsky wastes little time unloading with combos pushing Phathaem backward into the fence. Phathaem tries to turn it around into a takedown. Peatrowsky widens his stances but Phathaem keeps digging. He just can’t get him off his feet. He gets close and then Peatrowsky spins back to his feet. Jason Herzog calls time to check the tape on Peatrowsky’s left hand and then signals to continue. Phathaem lands a right and a leg kick but as usual Peatrowsky gives harder firepower in return. Peatrowsky is clearly the aggressor now. He accidentally lands a groin shot but Phathaem waves it off. Phathaem misses an overhand right and lands a push kick. Peatrowsky with a combo. Peatrowsky gets stunned by a right hand. Phathaem follows with an uppercut but inexplicably switches to leg kicks instead of going for the kill. Peatrowsky seems recovered as the clapper sounds. Spinning heel kick from Peatrowsky. I don’t think Phathaem stole the round when he froze Peatrowsky but a judge might. 10-9 either way.

Round 3: One last glove tap. Phathaem immediately goes for a right to the head and Peatrowsky fires a combo back. Leg kick by Phathaem. Phathaem lands an uppercut going backwards as Peatrowsky pushes toward him. Jumping left hand from Peatrowsky lands hard. Body kick for Phathaem. It’s still a 2-for-1 combo as Peatrowsky gives more than he gets whenever he’s touched. Phathaem lands a clean left jab. He goes for it again and eats a combo. He lands another and may have hurt Peatrowsky a bit. Leg kick by Phathaem. Phathaem is the aggressor at this point. Clean right hook lands. Peatrowsky looks gassed. Phathaem probably needs a to land a home run. He nearly does with a hard right hook and starts swinging for the fences but can’t drop Peatrowsky before the bell. 10-9 Phathaem.

Final result: The judges score it 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 all for Phathaem.


Tyler Ray vs. Seth Bass

Bass is in the blue trunks and gloves. Ray is in the black trunks and red gloves. Our referee for this fight is Mike Beltran. Bass’ record is 4-2 and he fights out Omaha, Nebraska. Ray’s record is 2-1 and he fights out of Boca Raton, Florida.

Round 1: Glove tap. Ray is quickly trying to find a home for the right hand buts it’s the left that touches the chin as he follows up with kicks. Bass pushes forward but his chin keeps getting touched. Ray shoots and pushes Bass into the fence. Ray digs and gets the single leg takedown. Bass traps an arm and flips over but Ray escapes and gets side control. Now Ray may be trying to return the favor. Ray wins up in half guard but it’s a better position for him to land hands and elbows to Bass’ head. Bass moves him to full guard and Ray comes over the top with big right elbows and one more big right hand that shuts down the fight.

Final result: Tyler Ray wins by knockout at 3:30 of round one.


Romero Cotton vs. Willie Whitehead

White trunks and blue gloves for Whitehead. Black trunks and red gloves for Cotton. Whitehead missed weight by 15 pounds (200.2 to 185.4) but both men still agreed to the bout. Whitehead is 2-2 and Cotton is 2-0. Whitehead fights out of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Cotton fights out of Hutchinson, Kansas. Our referee is Bobby Wombacher.

Round 1: No glove tap. No surprise either. Whitehead takes the center and Cotton circles around him before throwing a leg kick. Cotton eventually changes the dynamic and pushes Whitehead to the outside before landing a few hands. They go into the fence and break clean. Whitehead with a low kick. Cotton shoots and easily gets a takedown, landing a left to the chin on top. Whitehead gives up side control and Cotton mashes on his face with the right hand, elbow, forearm, everything. He’s looking for a mounted crucifix. Whitehead gets him back to half guard then full. Cotton is trying to posture up and drop bombs. Whitehead is trying to hand on and survive. Cotton gets up and takes the back. Whitehead stands and slips out with just over a minute left. Cotton clips him with a right and multiple knees then drops hammers on him from behind as the ref quickly runs over to save Whitehead. Cotton is extremely pleased and starts miming celebrations to the crowd before tossing his mouthpiece into the center of the cage. The slow motion of the final 2-3 left hammerfists that Cotton landed leave little doubt in the stoppage. Whitehead was defenseless.

Final result: Romero Cotton wins via first round knockout at 4:12.


Lloyd McKinney vs. Robiel Tesfadelt

McKinney is in the red gloves and Tesfadelt the blue. Tesfadelt is 2-1 in the red trunks and fights out of Sioux Falls. McKinney is in the black trunks, 7-5, and fights out of Lacrosse, Wisconsin.

Round 1: Tesfadelt comes out swinging and McKinney tries to keep him at range with a high kick and body kicks. Tesfadelt ties up after landing a big right hand and takes McKinney down. He wants to pass but McKinney keeps his knees up high. Eventually he moves to half but McKinney stands up. Tesfadelt tries to turn it into a choke but loses it and McKinney takes his back. One hook is in. Tesfadelt is trying to turn over on top. McKinney is going for the rear naked choke. Tesfadelt pushes off the cage with his feet to escape then slams McKinney to the ground. He’s on top in half. McKinney tries and fails to trap an arm. McKinney gets him back to full guard as the action stalls out. McKinney goes for an arm late but the bell sounds. 10-9 round for Tesfadelt.

Round 2: McKinney paws at Tesfadelt with low kicks. Tesfadelt throws high in response. Tesfadelt is knocked back by a body kick. McKinney lands a good right hook. Tesfadelt closes the distance, McKinney goes for a takedown and Tesfadelt traps the head. McKinney pops out and is on top. He’s in side control. Tesfadelt moves him to half guard but isn’t going much of anywhere. McKinney with right hands to the head. Tesfadelt moves him to full guard. He’s still on his back. The crowd behind press row is acting like his corner man telling him to get to the cage and wall walk. He’s trapped McKinney’s head again for a moment but once again he pops out. McKinney can’t stop him from spinning on top but McKinney sweeps him and puts his back against the fence. 10-9 McKinney.

Round 3: Tap of gloves to start our final round. Tesfadelt misses a single leg attempt. His leg kick connects. McKinney airs a spinning high kick. They clinch up and McKinney pushes Tesfadelt into the cage. Tesfadelt makes him break with a knee to the body. McKinney throws a high kick. Tesfadelt clinches but McKinney takes him down. The ref calls for more work as McKinney gets stuck trying to pass but he’s in half guard eventually throwing elbows to the ribs. Tesfadelt scoots backward trying to get to the fence. McKinney hits a hard reverse elbow to the head and takes the back as Tesfadelt tries to stand. Knees to the butt. (Seriously.) More knees from McKinney. McKinney winds up on top in half guard as Tesfadelt tries to get up. He’s got an arm triangle choke. Tesfadelt taps out!

Final result: Lloyd McKinney wins via submission (arm triangle choke) 4:17 R3.


Wyatt Meyer vs. Jeff Nielsen

2-0 record for Nielsen out of Sioux Falls in the blue gloves. SD. 1-0 record for Meyer out of Wahpeton, ND in the red gloves.

Round 1: Early takedown finds Nielsen on top passing to side control and securing the position. Meyer is trying to buck him off but Nielsen moves to his back looking to grab the left arm while rabbit punching him in the head. Meyer is eating lots of right hands and trying to cover up. It’s a pretty one sided beating so far. He stands up and Nielsen puts him right back on his knees and keeps hammering away. The ref is taking a close look. Nielsen gets the right hook in and left hands finish the fight from there.

Final result: Jeff Nielsen wins by technical knockout at 2:53 of the first round.


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Lazy Jake Ellenberger Is Still ‘100 Times Better’ Than Inferior Ben Saunders

“Nobody beats me but me.” —Jake Ellenberger

For a guy who is 2-8 over his last 10 fights — getting finished six times along the way — you would expect maybe a softer approach when assessing what went wrong. Instead, Jake Ellenberger simply s—t all over his last opponent because it probably makes him feel better about losing.

The fighter in question is Ben Saunders, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 grad who also made a name for himself in Bellator MMA. I guess the idea of losing to “Killa B” at UFC Utica by way of knockout is too much for “The Juggernaut” to process, judging by his comments to Submission Radio.

Here’s a snip:

“I should never lose to a guy like Ben Saunders. Ben Saunders is not… he’s not a world-class fighter. That’s just not a guy I should ever lose to. I shouldn’t lose to him on my worst day. Like, that’s just me being real. And I would tell him that to his face. I am a hundred times better fighter than he is. And he knows that. But at the end of the day I fucking got lazy, I got complacent, he caught me. I wouldn’t say I looked past him, but I had no respect for him. Literally, I had no respect for him. And I was kind of like, the longer this fight goes the better. I hope it goes three rounds. I don’t even care. Like I said, I got comfortable, I got complacent in his clinch and he only just touched me, caught me, that’s all it was. But it is what it is.”

“It is what it is” is the new GOT CAUGHT.

Ellenberger (31-14) will have the opportunity to snap his three-fight losing streak when he battles the venerable Bryan Barberena at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 135 event on FOX Sports 1, scheduled for Aug. 25, 2018 inside Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A loss could mean the inevitable pink slip.

As for Saunders (22-9-2), he looks to build on his “Juggernaut” win by taking on dangerous Brazilian bruiser Sergio Moraes at the pending UFC Fight Night 137 fight card next month inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, also on FOX Sports 1.

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Midnight Mania! Scott Coker on Rory Macdonald: ‘This Guy Is Nuts’

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Scott Coker knew Rory Macdonald’s reputation when he brought the current Bellator welterweight champion over from the UFC, but when Rory fully lived up to the eager disregard for pain he had shown in his UFC career, Coker was still a little shook. He spoke to Rory after the Canadian had won the title in a fight with Douglas Lima that Macdonald himself described as the toughest bout of his career. Via MMAFighting.com:

“Two weeks later, he calls me and he’s like, ‘I’m ready to schedule a fight,’” Coker said. “I said, ‘Rory, no, no. You need to put on the brakes here for a second. Let’s just rest.’ He said, ‘No, no, I’m ready. I’m just about ready to walk. I still have a limp, but I think I can start training in another week.’ I’m like, ‘This guy is nuts.’”

“He just wants to fight, he wants to stay busy,” Coker said of MacDonald. “He wants to get out there and compete. So, I think it’s my job to slow him down. He’s chomping at the bit. And he wanted this fight with Gegard and Gegard wanted to fight him. And they wanted to test themselves.”

While Rory didn’t get back into action as quickly as he would have liked, he did get the superfight he was angling for, at a stacked Bellator 206 on September 29 against middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi. After that, no matter the result, he plans on competing in the Bellator welterweight Grand Prix, with Coker targeting a February date against Jon Fitch. His welterweight belt will be on the line in each of his fights throughout the tourney, other competitors including Douglas Lima, Andrey Koreshkov, Paul Daley, Michael Page, Ed Ruth, and Neiman Gracie.

“I have never met a fighter like Rory,” Coker said.


Insomnia

Dana White credits Trump with helping the UFC when it wasn’t a popular sport

Jon Jones is firmly back on his inspirational shtick.

Jessica Eye and Sijara Eubanks went back and forth and Eye referred to Sijara as her “little cum dumpster”; all in all a normal day on MMA Twitter.

Tony Ferguson could do worse than fight Al Iaquinta but he evidently doesn’t want that fight.

Nick Diaz appears to be itching for a fight. Either that, or he got stuck in traffic.

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Some drama on Twitter happened yesterday when boxer Amanda Serrano, who is transitioning to MMA, claimed she rolled for six hours a day and UFC lightweight Jared Gordon said that was an impossible training schedule.

UFC fighters sided with Jared Gordon against Amanda when she brought up his past addiction.

Once again, combat sports this weekend:


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Goodnight at PFL 6.

Don’t mess with anyone who has ‘Magomed’ in their name.

Kayla Harrison got her second MMA win

Slick choke

Rick Story with the win


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RIP Aretha Franklin

Not a month goes by when I don’t get a little sad that I will never see Quetzalcoatlus Northropi fly.

Whoops

I had somehow never heard this American accent before. It’s very odd.

“…Nothing beside remains. Round the decay

Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare

The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

⌜ untitled ⌟ _ nov 20, 2017 @ deserto do namibe

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Predictions! Full Bellator 204 Main Card Preview For ‘Caldwell Vs. Lahat’

Noad Lahat

Bellator 204: “Caldwell vs. Lahat” takes place tomorrow night (Fri., Aug. 17, 2018) at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. With no other contenders on the horizon for awhile at Bantamweight, a unique non-title fight has emerged for the main event pitting two men with 12 wins each against each other for pride and glory.

Let’s break it down:

145 lbs.: Darrion Caldwell (12-1) vs. Noad Lahat (12-3)

When Darrion Caldwell walks into the Sanford Pentagon the crowd can chant “The Champ Is Here” like Jadakiss. With only one blemish on his record for his entire professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career — contested almost entirely inside the Bellator cage — Caldwell is a homegrown Bantamweight champion. He made it look it easy by wrestling Eduardo Dantas to defeat at Bellator 184, then made it look even easier with a first round finish of Leandro Higo in March. Caldwell has put such a stamp on his weight class that for the moment — at least — there’s literally nowhere to go but up.

That makes Israeli fighter Noad Lahat the man of the hour for his second main event in a row. With a 3-1 record in Bellator’s competitive Featherweight division, Lahat is certainly on the rise toward a title shot somewhere down the road. Even though he was born in Petah Tikva he fights out of American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) in San Jose, already well known as one of MMA’s elite stomping grounds for current and future world champions. Lahat has scored submissions in 50 percent of his wins (six out of 12) and — given that Caldwell’s lone loss comes via a guillotine choke — that has to give Lahat a lot of confidence going into this fight.

That’s the good news for Lahat. Now, here’s the bad news: Even though he’s a naturally strong and stocky 145-pound fighter, he gives up both height (5’9” vs. 5’10”) and reach (69” to 74”) to Caldwell. “The Wolf” has always been an incredibly tall drink at Bantamweight, so going up for this fight is simply a matter of cutting less weight, which may if anything make him stronger and faster. Caldwell is also in the habit of training for five rounds, but here he can dump his gas tank quicker for a non-title fight. Even though Caldwell only has one knockout versus five submissions, his striking technique and reach are what can rock the bells of opponents to make them vulnerable to a finish. If it doesn’t come the decorated collegiate champion can double Lahat to the ground over and over to grind out a win.

Final prediction: Darrion Caldwell wins via unanimous decision

170 lbs.: Logan Storley (8-0) vs. A.J. Matthews (9-7)

This fight isn’t necessarily as lopsided as their pro MMA records may indicate. Veteran experience benefits Matthews as he’s had twice as many fights at 30 as the younger Storley has at 25. Matthews has also been on the wrong end of a few split decisions, including a fight with Andre Fialho that could have gone either way. After an emotional win over his friend Kendall Grove, Matthews has proved himself ready for this fight, but Storley is as blue chip a wrestler as they come and learned from one of the best as both an amateur and a “pro.” Matthews does have some stopping power (six knockouts), but we haven’t seen it since 2014, and Storley is what Jim Ross would call a “hoss” — he’s got thick, stocky strength straight off the farm in Webster, S.D., with six knockouts. Matthews is a good test of his potential.

Final prediction: Logan Storley wins via technical knockout

135 lbs.: James Gallagher (7-0) vs. Ricky Bandejas (10-1)

Bandejas comes to Bellator straight out of Cage Fury Fighting Championship (CFFC) in New Jersey. The former CFFC interim champion boasts a 10-1 record with three knockouts and three submissions. By now you know “The Strabanimal” Gallagher, but if you need a refresher he’s a training partner of Conor McGregor out of Straight Blast Gym (SBG) in Dublin, Ireland, submitting all but one opponent he has faced. Gallagher is so young (21) that he can only be getting better with age, and that’s a scary prospect for nearly every Featherweight out there — only he’s going the opposite direction of Caldwell and cutting to 135 pounds. He’ll still be the bigger man at 5’9” vs. 5’7,” so if he doesn’t have a difficult drawn out weight cut this is his fight to lose, although Bandejas didn’t sign a multi-fight deal just to be anyone’s stepping stone.

Final prediction: James Gallagher via majority decision

145 lbs.: Tywan Claxton (2-0) vs. Cris Lencioni (4-1)

Featherweight prospects get a nice share of the main card spotlight on the same night as Gallagher thanks to this bout. Tywan Claxton’s nickname is “Speedy” although only one of his professional wins was “fast” per se — his flying knee knockout of Jonny Bonilla-Bowman at Bellator 186. That highlight reel finish gained him some viral fame and a bigger push from Bellator though, so he’ll get another fight with a slightly more experienced man. If Claxton keeps it standing he should score the win whether or not he makes the highlight reel again.

Final prediction: Tywan Claxton via unanimous decision

That’s a wrap!

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One-Punch Man? Watch Jones Flaunt New KO Power (Video)

Dread it, run from it, destiny still arrives.

Remember last week when longtime striking coach Brandon Gibson was telling the MMA media how Jon Jones was developing one-punch knockout power and we all LOL’d and were like, “Okay Mr. Grape Buster.”

Well, looks like Gibson may have been right.

The former UFC light heavyweight champion appears to be gearing up (no pun intended) for his Octagon return and during his time away from cage fighting, “Bones” has been working on his knockout power.

Just listen to those pads:

Yikes.

Jones is currently suspended for flunking his UFC 214 drug test back in July 2017. His license to compete was also pulled in California and “Bones” would need to rectify that before getting cleared by any other stateside commission.

That said, the Jones camp expects a 2018 return and there is currently an open slot in the UFC 230 pay-per-view (PPV) main event for the promotion’s November return at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

Which is when this light heavyweight should be ready to compete.

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Midnight Mania! Watch Kid Take Off Own Legs, Win Street Fight

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It’s weird. It’s wild. It involves MMA. UFC heavyweight Derrick Lewis shared the video tale of this handicapped kid taking off his prosthetic legs- both of them- and somehow still winning the fight. While his opponent in the black shirt doesn’t seem to exactly be a very skilled fighter, it is still an amazing feat, the handicapped boy showing off impressive head movement, courage, and fighting knowledge to close distance and land schooled ground-and-pound.

Here’s a slightly longer version, because you are going to want to watch that again.

There are handicapped people who have had a lot of success in MMA, including congenital amputee Nick Newell, who fights with only one arm. Matt Hamill, who was deaf, had a very successful UFC career. Still, seeing someone win a fight with no legs is an extraordinary sight.


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By far the saddest story today was that Andrea Lee’s husband, Donny Aaron, a real piece of work, has been (allegedly) beating her. He has warrants pending; hopefully Andrea is able to extricate herself and her child safely from this abusive situation. Donny Aaron is the same guy who refused to get his multiple Nazi tattoos covered after they surfaced on social media earlier this year. He defended the symbols as prison tattoos; Aaron spent five years in prison for negligent homicide, after he shot and killed an unarmed black man outside his home. This isn’t his first case of domestic abuse, either.

There was naturally a lot of anger in the MMA community following the story.

This is badass.

Boat party with fighting? Sounds like a fun cruise, except maybe for the losing fighters.

This is a great concept: The Batman slap meme, but Nate Diaz doing the slapping.

Thiago Santos got turned down in his bid to jump to light heavyweight to fight Jimi Manuwa.

Grappling wizard Garry Tonon says transitioning to MMA can be an uncomfortable journey

Jon Jones working on his one shot one kill power

Just because there isn’t UFC this weekend doesn’t mean there aren’t combat sports happening

McGregor was in the mood to write today and explained what he loved about Mexican gloves, Mexicans, the Irish, and tasty four-ounce gloves.


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Speaking of long screeds on Mexico, Joe Rohde, Disney imagineer, tells a good tale of the background of the Aztec-Spanish conflict.

Episode One. The Conquest of Mexico. An IG straight talk History Mini-Serious-Series. Most conquistadors come from a part of Spain that was so nasty they’re like: “We GOTTA to get out of here! ANYTHING is better than this!” Plus, “We hate each other, too, so we’re really competitive. And we spent about 800 years in a perpetual state of war fighting Muslims, so we’re kind of knee-jerk reactionary types and pretty violent.” Most colonial expeditions were like, venture capital investments, see? With a business license from the government. Not so much like the Marines…more like Blackwater. (Academi, now, ..if you’re checking.) So, Cortes is like a entrepreneurial civil servant mercenary soldier. His plan isn’t to wreck the Aztec Empire, just to get the Emperor Montezuma to sign a contract with his Emperor Charles V….so Mexico would be a subsidiary of the Hapsburg Empire, kinda like Instagram and Facebook, and Cortez would be, like the head of Instagram. But his whole plan is all illegal anyway because he doesn’t have a license. So he just kind of improvises the whole thing. The Aztecs are newbies. Really we should call them Mexica, but everybody knows Aztec… So…The Aztecs just show up one day about 150 years back and all these super-ancient civilizations are like “Eeeew! You guys suck. Go live on that crappy island.” Big mistake. The Aztecs turn out to be badass as hell. Their war god is a hummingbird. Hummingbirds are badass. Ask an ornithologist. Pretty soon they conquer almost everybody. In really mean ways, too. Plus, they are reeeeeally into the human sacrifice thing…Industrial Scale. Even the locals are like “Geez!! We get it already!” They turn their little island into a huge beautiful floating city in the middle of the lake, connected by aqueducts and a long bridge. Most of their rulers are more or less generals. But as luck would have it, Montezuma is kind of introverted, you know? The kinda guy who doesn’t like to shake hands? Then one day…a cliffhanger!

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Video: ‘UFC 25 Years in Short’ Trailer Will Give You The Chills

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is gearing up to premiere its upcoming short film documentary series which will highlight the promotion’s growth over the last 25 years.

From Royce Gracie’s dominance early on in the dark days of mixed martial arts (MMA), to Ronda Rousey’s historic run as UFC’s first ever female champion, “25 Years in Short” will highlight all of the company’s biggest fights and accomplishments.

From the official YouTube description:

2018 marks twenty-five years of the UFC, and in celebration of our silver anniversary, we’re presenting a groundbreaking, 25-part series of original, documentary short films. UFC 25 YEARS IN SHORT brings together an award-winning team of documentary filmmakers, to tell twenty-five captivating stories, one for each year of the UFC’s extraordinary history. UFC 25 YEARS IN SHORT premieres this September, only on UFC Fight Pass.

It has a “30 for 30” feel to it.

Indeed, UFC has paved the way for the sport of MMA to become the powerhouse it is today, thanks in large part to company president Dana White and former owners Lorenzo and Frank Fertitta, who sold the company to WME-IMG in a staggering $ 4 billion deal a few short years ago.

Now under the Endeavor umbrella, UFC continues to set the bar for all other promotions to follow in its footsteps. And while there have been a few speed bumps along the way, the promotion continues to try and out-do itself year after year.

In celebration of it’s 25th anniversary, the promotion will return where it all began, as it is set to stage UFC Fight Night 139 on Nov. 10, 2018 in Denver, Colorado, which will be 25 years since UFC 1 took place in Denver back on November 12, 1993.

The event is set to feature a featherweight showdown between Frankie Edgar and Chan Sung Jung, as well as welterweight showdown between Donald Cerrone and Mike Perry.

“25 Years in Short” will premier this September only on UFC Fight Pass.

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Teixeira Eyes Surgery Following UFC Sao Paulo Pullout

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is looking to replace Glover Teixeira in the upcoming UFC Fight Night 137 main event after the Brazilian blew out his shoulder and was forced to withdraw from the Sept. 22 fight card, scheduled for Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

While I’m sure both the promotion and opponent Jimi Manuwa would prefer to postpone the pairing rather than cancel it altogether, it sounds like Teixeira will opt to go under the knife to correct a lingering issue.

“We’ll see if I need surgery or only physical therapy. I think I’ll need surgery because I wanted to have surgery before,” Teixeira told MMA Fighting. ”The doctor had already told me that my rotator cuff was injured and I think it just got worse now.”

This is a considerable setback for the soon to be 39 year-old slugger, especially when factoring in how pedestrian he looked in defeat to Corey Anderson. That loss put him at 2-3 over the last two years in a span that saw him get finished twice.

Teixeira will find out his fate on Thursday as the promotion continues to hunt for a 205-pound replacement. As it stands, Manuwa remains attached to the FOX Sports 1 fight card, which goes live in just over a month.

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