Midnight Mania! Woodley to Usman: ‘You Better Not Come in 30%’

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Kamaru Usman and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley got into a heated exchange at today’s press conference. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“You better not come in 30 percent,” Woodley told an already fired-up Usman after an exchange between the Nigerian challenger and Woodley’s coach Ben Askren, who also was on the dais for his fight against Robbie Lawler. “They’re going to need an ambulance.”

“Oh, it’s all good, playboy. I ain’t bringing 30 percent for you,” Usman shot back. “Hey, you know what I always say, man? I have the biggest shovel out here. When it comes down to digging, can’t nobody dig as hard as I can dig. So you know what, T-Wood? I want you to bring your best game. Best your best game.”

“Who have you dug against? Who have you fought?” Woodley replied.

“It doesn’t matter,” said Usman.

“It does matter. You can’t use your shovel in water. What have you done?” Woodley answered.

Usman has leaned heavily on his wrestling in the past, but he did show improved striking against Rafael Dos Anjos, really letting his hands go. Usman is less than impressed with Woodley’s repertoire on the feet.

“Listen, anybody can put their head down and throw a haymaker and pray and hope it lands,” Usman said. “Easy. That’s all you is, that right hand, that right hand.”

“I’m top-three for the most knockdowns in welterweight history, and I think I have the fastest KO, flat-out,” Woodley responded. “How many people have you knocked out in your career?”

“Same as you, six,” said Usman.

“No, don’t fool yourself, brother,” answered Woodley. “How many people’s consciousness have you stolen? You’ve stolen none. Nice try. Bruh, I’m your mentor. You’re talking back to your mentor right now.”

“Hey, it don’t matter,” Usman replied. “You could feel like a big brother all you want, but at some point big brothers gotta get their ass whooped too. … March 2nd, we’re going to see. When you hear ‘and new,’ you’re going to feel real special when you’re walking backstage.”

“You don’t even believe that yourself,” Woodley shot back. “You want to be so cool. You want to sound like LL Cool J. You don’t even believe it yourself.”

Woodley closed strongly, claiming to be better in every area than Usman.

“What you going to do better than me?” Woodley asked. “You going to out-wrestle me? If we get in the Octagon and I can throw no punches, no knees, no takedowns, no submissions, I would kick your ass in just wrestling, flat-out. When it comes down to striking, I would knock you out, flat-out. When it comes down to grappling, I would break your arm, flat-out. There’s nothing you can beat me in.

“I’m faster than you, I’m stronger than you, and I promise you that if you come at less than 100 percent, you will reconsider fighting every day of your life.”


Insomnia

Scamming folks with wrestling

This is hilarious to me, sorry

Cruz and Bisping do seem like guys who talk a lot of shit about their newsfeeds

Georges St. Pierre donated his belt to a museum

I’m picking Jose Aldo to beat Renato Moicano by decision, but maybe I should change that prediction

Johnny Walker is one goofy dude

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Ben Nguyen sounds extremely fun

Justin Scoggins has had one of the more bizarre careers in recent memory- incredible skill, undone repeatedly by mistakes on the mat- and this might shed some light on the why.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Jose Aldo doing Jose Aldo things

Terence Crawford is unbelievable

Tossing folks in creative ways

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Stomach throw thingies

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Knocking folks out in creative ways

The second time’s the charm


Random Land

The Earth is going through some stuff right now

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UFC on ESPN+2 Primer: The Jose Aldo Train Is Coming to the End of the Line

It sort of goes without saying that Jose Aldo is a legend.

He was the first dominant “little guy” when the UFC got into the “little guy” business, and his run as featherweight champ saw a lot of carnage befall his enemies. A lot of carnage.

Of course, that all came to an end the night Conor McGregor starched him in seconds. And then there was now-champ Max Holloway, who beat the stuffing out of Aldo not once but twice.

Which brings us to today. Aldo has long flirted with the idea of retiring, and now that he’s gotten older and less capable of hanging with the youngsters, maybe that exit date has grown closer. He fighting against Renato Moicano at UFC on ESPN+2 this weekend in Brazil, in the co-main event slot, and you have to think that whenever a Brazilian fighter is close to calling it quits, he asks matchmaker Sean Shelby to make that last fight close to home, so…

…So I guess savor his fight this weekend? I mean, maybe he wins and fights again, or maybe he doesn’t and doesn’t.

Anyway, here’s Daniel Cormier giving the match-up some hype.

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Holm Vs. Ladd Yanked From UFC 235

In some rather interesting news that completely came out of left field, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White revealed during a UFC 235 pre-fight press conference (video replay here) that despite being scheduled to fight at the pay-per-view (PPV) event on March 2 in Las Vegas, Nevada, Holly Holm and Aspen Ladd have both been yanked from the lineup.

“That fight is not going to happen, that’s why they are not up here,” said White when asked why neither fighter was present at the presser. “We are working on another fight for both of them,” he concluded.

That’s as far into detail White opted to go into, offering no rhyme or reason as to why the bout was suddenly and mysteriously scrapped.

What sticks out is the fact that UFC isn’t keen on booking them against one another at another event, which will now lead to further speculation and confusion as to why the promotion suddenly didn’t feel up for the matchup.

The news apparently also blindsided Ladd herself:

Very strange, indeed.

Holm was looking to collect her second straight win after taking out Megan Anderson at UFC 225 last summer. Ladd, meanwhile, was looking to extend her undefeated winning streak to eight (5-0, 2-0 UFC). She will still get the chance to do so down the road, it just won’t be against Holm.

Anyone else thinking UFC is interested in booking a women’s Bantamweight title fight between division queen Amanda Nunes and Holm pretty soon? It could be based on the champ’s tweet:

If not, then what’s your guess as to why this bout was pulled from UFC 235?

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Nevada Commission Licenses Jon Jones Because They Like Money

As if there were any doubt… the Nevada State Athletic Commission took up the issue of Jon Jones today, and they decided to grant him a license to compete at UFC 235.

If you’ll recall, the UFC had to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California because, well, Jones had steroids in his system (supposedly) left over from the last time he did them. And since it there wasn’t enough time to get the appropriate suitcases full of cash into the hands of appointed officials waiting in casino parking lots, the UFC did what they had to do to have Jones stay on the card.

So anyway, Jones was granted his license to face Anthony Smith. He’ll have to take all sorts of extra drug tests, and pay for them himself. He’ll also be restricted to a list of certain steroids – for instance, nothing whose name ends in “-ol” (like stanozolol).

Here’s MMAFighting:

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion was granted a one-fight license to compete on March 2 against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at a Tuesday afternoon hearing of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). In a lengthy meeting that spanned over three hours, NAC officials determined that Jones will be required to be drug tested a minimum of twice a month until UFC 235, then continue to comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule throughout all of 2019 if he wishes to fight in Nevada again.

Jones will be required to pay for the additional drug tests in the lead-up to UFC 235.

“This is on you,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell told Jones. “It’s on your shoulders. I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof’s in the pudding. So I’m happy that you’re back here, you’ll always be treated with respect here, and I wanted to make sure that you understood that today. Welcome back to Nevada, and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”

What.

Ever.

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GSP On New Diet For ‘Big-Mouth Irish Boy’

According to longtime trainer, Freddie Roach, Georges St-Pierre has just one more fight left in his storied mixed martial arts (MMA) career, and wants to use it against lightweight cash cow, Conor McGregor, before retiring as three-division world champion.

I guess someone should tell Roach that “Notorious” is no longer on top.

The belt is instead being held by Khabib Nurmagomedov, who has also been linked to a St-Pierre fight. Working against them is promotion president, Dana White, who is fed up with the French-Canadian’s “one-and-done” policy on title fights.

“I think one more. Just one,” Roach told Below the Belt podcast. “The Irish boy. He’s got a big mouth. We’ll make the weight. Georges is on a new diet; it’s doing really great. We wanted to prove that we could go up in the higher weight division, and we did that. Then Dana got mad that we dropped that title. We want to go the lower weight now and be a three-time world champion, three weight divisions.”

After several years on the sidelines, due to a self-imposed hiatus, St-Pierre returned to combat sports in late 2017, where he strangled Michael Bisping into submission and left Madison Square Garden as UFC middleweight champion.

Then surrendered it to battle health issues.

Both McGregor and Nurmagomedov are unavailable after receiving suspensions from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Tuesday (more on that here). “Notorious” is out of action through April 6 while “The Eagle” won’t fly until November.

Maybe St-Pierre can fight McGregor for Chael Sonnen’s phonyweight belt in July?

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Nevada Commission Licenses Jon Jones Because They Like Money

As if there were any doubt… the Nevada State Athletic Commission took up the issue of Jon Jones today, and they decided to grant him a license to compete at UFC 235.

If you’ll recall, the UFC had to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California because, well, Jones had steroids in his system (supposedly) left over from the last time he did them. And since it there wasn’t enough time to get the appropriate suitcases full of cash into the hands of appointed officials waiting in casino parking lots, the UFC did what they had to do to have Jones stay on the card.

So anyway, Jones was granted his license to face Anthony Smith. He’ll have to take all sorts of extra drug tests, and pay for them himself. He’ll also be restricted to a list of certain steroids – for instance, nothing whose name ends in “-ol” (like stanozolol).

Here’s MMAFighting:

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion was granted a one-fight license to compete on March 2 against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at a Tuesday afternoon hearing of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). In a lengthy meeting that spanned over three hours, NAC officials determined that Jones will be required to be drug tested a minimum of twice a month until UFC 235, then continue to comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule throughout all of 2019 if he wishes to fight in Nevada again.

Jones will be required to pay for the additional drug tests in the lead-up to UFC 235.

“This is on you,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell told Jones. “It’s on your shoulders. I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof’s in the pudding. So I’m happy that you’re back here, you’ll always be treated with respect here, and I wanted to make sure that you understood that today. Welcome back to Nevada, and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”

What.

Ever.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor’s Coach Wants Cerrone Fight Next

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McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, is in favor of the proposed fight between McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. He sees the fight itself as fun and the buildup, while perhaps not as contentious as previous McGregor bouts, being entertaining.

“The Cerrone one, it looks good,” Roddy told Eurobash.

“It’s a fan favorite fight. Cerrone comes out and he looks to swing and Conor’s going to be looking to knock him out. The banter beforehand, I don’t see it being as [turbulent], I think it will be funny. Both guys will go back and forth and that will be exciting for fans. I think it would be a very exciting fight.”

He acknowledged that other possibilities for a future matchup, including Max Holloway, who cleverly subtweeted McGregor’s whiskey brand on a visit to Ireland. Roddy thinks the Cerrone fight is the most likely.

“[Holloway is] putting the digs in. I saw the post of him the other day in the Jameson [Distillery]…but I don’t know. I think the Cerrone one…because [McGregor and Cerrone] both engaged directly…Conor said he’d do it and then Cerrone said he’d do it…I think that might be in the pipeline,” he said.

“I can’t confirm that 100 percent obviously, but I think the fans would love it. It’s a great fight that people want to see. They can see the two of them in there, standing up and having a bang.”

He also weighed in on the possibility of an immediate rematch with Khabib, who yesterday suspended himself for a year, saying he would return in November. A win over Cerrone would put ‘The Notorious’ in a better position for a rematch… to the detriment of Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier.

“Conor is a superstar. He could turn around and say, ‘No, I want to fight Khabib’, and he could probably swing it, just because he can. But when you lose a fight you sometimes have to fight someone else. Again, I don’t know, anything could happen with Conor, but I think [Cerrone] is a good fight. I would enjoy that and I think everyone would enjoy that.

“We’d enjoy the camp, we’d enjoy the build up…everyone would enjoy the buildup. It would be a nice fight.”


Insomnia

Sage Northcutt being Sage Northcutt

Jorge Masvidal is certainly rocking a… look.

Force field!

McGregor is bragging on the fight after the fight he lost

A young Robbie Lawler was a terrifying force of nature

Game recognizes game

John Nash lays out the history of collective bargaining in sports nicely in this piece

Glory Kickboxing had their star athletes fail tests and promptly cancelled their contract with the drug-testing agency

The Mark Hunt Atomic Butt Drop!

Combat sports this weekend

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Covington: Joke UFC Will Never Be A Big As NBA, NFL

Fabricio Werdum recently took the opportunity to respectfully ask for his release from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), saying that while he was thankful for all the promotion has done for him, he preferred to not have anything to do with United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA).

Others, though, aren’t taking the polite road as Colby Covington continues his UFC-trashing tour by daring the world’s leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organization to let him go. “Chaos” was not too pleased when it was revealed Kamaru Usman would be getting the nod over him to face Tyron Woodley, which is set for UFC 235 on March 2, 2019.

According to Dana White, however, Covington didn’t respond to fight offers in a timely manner, which prompted the organization to move on. That won’t make it any better for “Chaos,” who felt as interim champion, he deserved the next title fight regardless.

It’s UFC not running a tight ship that will ultimately hold it back from join the big leagues in sports, according to the welterweight contender.

“They wanna be legitimate like a f—ng sport, like NFL, like NBA, you can’t be legitimate when a team wins a championship and you don’t let them go to the championship game,” Covington said in a recent guesting on BJPenn Radio (via BJPenn.com). “I don’t give a f—k. If you’re in the NBA, you win the Eastern Conference Championship and you’re LeBron and the Cavaliers, you’re going to the motherf—ng ‘ship.

“It doesn’t matter if David Stern doesn’t like you, you’re going to go to the championship. This isn’t a sport no more, it’s a joke, it’s a circus, it’s being run by a bunch of bozos. You got Uncle Fester (Dana White) up there, up top in his power position and it’s just a complete joke,” he added. “If this is a legitimate sport when you win the conference championship, you go to the championship,” he continued. “It doesn’t matter if the promoter hates the f—ng coach or hates the manager.”

If Colby had his way, he’d be talking to Scott Coker and Co. about a potential home for him at Bellator MMA. But since he is currently tied up with UFC, that’s a big no-no.

“I wish I could talk to Bellator but I can’t do that. I’m under UFC contract, I would never breach my contract. I’m the true professional. I did everything UFC asked, always f—ng made weight, always on time at their events, flew all over the world, went to Australia, their show, sold it. Went to Singapore, went to Brazil, went to wherever they wanted me to go. I did everything, I’m an ultra-professional. And as a professional I wouldn’t breach my contract.”

Speaking of the NBA, the league recently docked Anthony Davis $ 50,000 for publicly requesting a trade. So if UFC were up there with NBA or NFL, Covington’s pockets would be a bit lighter at the moment.

“I’m not allowed to talk to other promoters about fights because I’m in UFC contract. So, that’s what I’m saying to the UFC, like, come on motherf—ers, you guys think you’re so tough then let’s see how tough you are. Release me man, I don’t need you guys. If you guys think you’re so tough and try to think that I’m not worth anything and you don’t need me then release me. Let’s see it man, let’s see how f—ng big your balls are.”

UFC doesn’t seem to be in good standing with some of its top fighters as of late.

If history has shown us anything is that UFC doesn’t respond to threats, as Nate Diaz has learned that the promotion won’t grant releases just for the sake of it. That is, of course, you’re this guy.

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Nevada Commission Licenses Jon Jones Because They Like Money

As if there were any doubt… the Nevada State Athletic Commission took up the issue of Jon Jones today, and they decided to grant him a license to compete at UFC 235.

If you’ll recall, the UFC had to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California because, well, Jones had steroids in his system (supposedly) left over from the last time he did them. And since it there wasn’t enough time to get the appropriate suitcases full of cash into the hands of appointed officials waiting in casino parking lots, the UFC did what they had to do to have Jones stay on the card.

So anyway, Jones was granted his license to face Anthony Smith. He’ll have to take all sorts of extra drug tests, and pay for them himself. He’ll also be restricted to a list of certain steroids – for instance, nothing whose name ends in “-ol” (like stanozolol).

Here’s MMAFighting:

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion was granted a one-fight license to compete on March 2 against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at a Tuesday afternoon hearing of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). In a lengthy meeting that spanned over three hours, NAC officials determined that Jones will be required to be drug tested a minimum of twice a month until UFC 235, then continue to comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule throughout all of 2019 if he wishes to fight in Nevada again.

Jones will be required to pay for the additional drug tests in the lead-up to UFC 235.

“This is on you,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell told Jones. “It’s on your shoulders. I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof’s in the pudding. So I’m happy that you’re back here, you’ll always be treated with respect here, and I wanted to make sure that you understood that today. Welcome back to Nevada, and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”

What.

Ever.

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Face Off! Watch Till Staredown Masvidal In London

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender, Darren Till, recently put pen to paper for a Jorge Masvidal fight in the UFC on ESPN+ 5 main event, which takes place Sat. March 16, 2019 inside O2 Arena in London, England.

Till (17-1-1) was last seen falling to Tyron Woodley in their short notice title fight, thanks to an impromptu vacation taken by Colby Covington. “The Gorilla’s” submission loss to “The Chosen One” was the first of his professional career, after disposing of Stephen Thompson and Donald Cerrone, among others.

Masvidal (32-13), meanwhile, recently snapped a three-fight winning streak by coughing up close decisions to Demian Maia and the aforementioned Thompson. “Gamebred” averaged three fights per year dating back to 2012, but sat out for all of 2018.

Watch them face off at the conclusion of Wednesday’s UFC London press conference in the embedded video above.

Whoever comes out on top is likely to face the winner of Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson, who were named UFC London co-main event, giving Woodley and Kamaru Usman plenty of time to handle their business at UFC 235.

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