UFC on ESPN+4 Results: Junior Dos Santos Punches Derrick Lewis Into Oblivion

There was a UFC in Wichita, KS, last night, and if you know anything about American geography… you still probably don’t know where to find Wichita, KS. But! The main event was former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos against stone-fisted ham-and-egger Derrick Lewis! And the while it lasted, the fight was exciting!

Essentially, it was all about JDS stalking Lewis, pecking away with jabs to the body and leg-kicks. Lewis did well firing back with kicks of his own (wait, he can kick?), but the real thrills came whenever Lewis fed him some knuckle-sandwiches.

A few of them made the Brazilian stumble and fall, which, when you consider the times in recent history when JDS got smashed, really lent some gravity to the situation. Then Lewis ate a body blow that had him struggling to stay alive until the bell – fun!

Eventually, though, JDS was just too accurate and too aggressive, and in Round 2, he began tagging Lewis in the head until Lewis dropped.

I don’t know what a win over Lewis does for JDS and his standing in the division, but hey, it was a good enough performance for a show in Wichita.

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The Iceman Agree-eth: Making Conor McGregor Co-Main Is Dumb

The UFC has been making some real head scratcher decisions lately. Turning down Georges St-Pierre vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov is stupid, but makes a certain amount of sense when you understand UFC president Dana White’s general disdain for GSP. Then there’s Conor McGregor’s latest fight against Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, which according to some is being held up because the UFC wants it to be the co-main event.

Wait, what? McGregor as co-main? The biggest draw in UFC history? Well, you see, the UFC is apparently so obsessed with the concept of title fights always being the main event, they won’t even allow a beltless McGregor to headline a card if a championship fight is included.

”It’s a main event fight for sure, no matter what,” MMA legend Chuck Liddell told TMZ Sports when asked about the situation. “Come on, Conor McGregor and Cowboy? F**k. Those are two of my favorite fighters. I love watching those guys fight. Whether you like those guys are not, personality wise, those guys are studs. They fight, they fight tough, they fight brave.”

As for whether McGregor is actually willing to sign on the dotted line against “Cowboy?”

”I think he’ll fight him, he’s a fighter, they should fight,” Liddell said. “It’s a great fight, they’re both good strikers, it’s gonna be a lot of fun. I’m excited for that fight, I hope it happens. I think McGregor’s pulling back to make sure he gets paid right. I think he’s playing it soft cuz he’s ‘I’m not backsliding on this fight, you gonna pay me enough to do this.’ I hope they pay him well for that fight. They should.”

Many are assuming there must be more to it than just the main event slot. Whatever the case, Chuck definitely thinks it’s a fight worth putting together.

”Conor, I don’t have to tell Conor anything,” he said. “He’ll get to it, Conor’ll fight anybody, anyplace, anytime. He’s a businessman too, he’s trying to make some money. I ain’t getting in the way of him making money, but make it happen, boy. I wanna see you and Cowboy get at it!”

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UFC on ESPN+4 Results: Junior Dos Santos Punches Derrick Lewis Into Oblivion

There was a UFC in Wichita, KS, last night, and if you know anything about American geography… you still probably don’t know where to find Wichita, KS. But! The main event was former heavyweight champ Junior dos Santos against stone-fisted ham-and-egger Derrick Lewis! And the while it lasted, the fight was exciting!

Essentially, it was all about JDS stalking Lewis, pecking away with jabs to the body and leg-kicks. Lewis did well firing back with kicks of his own (wait, he can kick?), but the real thrills came whenever Lewis fed him some knuckle-sandwiches.

A few of them made the Brazilian stumble and fall, which, when you consider the times in recent history when JDS got smashed, really lent some gravity to the situation. Then Lewis ate a body blow that had him struggling to stay alive until the bell – fun!

Eventually, though, JDS was just too accurate and too aggressive, and in Round 2, he began tagging Lewis in the head until Lewis dropped.

I don’t know what a win over Lewis does for JDS and his standing in the division, but hey, it was a good enough performance for a show in Wichita.

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Kunitskaya Laughing Last After Brutal UFC Wichita Win

Yana “Foxy” Kunitskaya had a hard night in the cage during Saturday’s UFC Wichita prelims, taking some pretty serious shots to the face that left her nose broken and eye swelled shut by the end. She did, however, still manage to earn the win over Marion Reneau on the judges’ scorecards (29-28×3). That was enough to make her happy, as a post-fight Instagram shows.

The video post showed a bruised and blood covered Kunitskaya in a hospital bed with a medical mask covering the lower half of her face.

”So … Ray says this is funny,” she says, referring to her coach Ray Sefo. “You laughing? Yeah, I don’t think this is funny.”

”I’m okay, guys,” she says as she starts to laugh herself.

”You gotta laugh about it!” Sefo says as he continues to chuckle.

A follow up Instagram photo gave more news on her condition.

”Thank u everyone for kind words,” Kunitskaya wrote. “It’s mean a lot for me. Most of u worry about my face. Flying back to Vegas today to fix it! Will be good next week.”

The win over Marion Reneau improves Yana’s record to 12-4 MMA and puts her on a two fight win streak. Her sole defeat thus far in the UFC was her debut match against Cris Cyborg, which saw the Russian fighter suffer a TKO loss 3:25 into the first round. She’s seeing much more success now that she’s back at bantamweight, although she’d obviously prefer to take less damage in the future.

“I am sure I can do better than this but still we got the W,” she wrote immediately after the UFC Wichita win.

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Biggest Winners, Loser For UFC Wichita

UFC Fight Night 146 went down last night (Sat., March 9, 2019) inside INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, as the ESPN+ fight card saw Junior dos Santos knockout Derrick Lewis in the headlining act to earn his his third straight victory (see it again here). Also, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos took out Curtis Millender rather easily in the co-main event, while Niko Price dispatched of Tim Means in an exciting Welterweight war (highlights).

Biggest Winner: Junior dos Santos

With the heavyweight division about to become a bit thinner with the looming retirement of division king Daniel Cormier, now is the time for the big men to start making their move to the top. And “Cigano” is doing just that, winning three in a row — two via stoppage. His win over “Black Beast” looked like vintage “JDS,” as he was light on his feet on swinging his haymakers with mean intent and accuracy.

After a wild first round, Junior connected with a kick to the mid-section of Lewis, which left him wounded. Though Derrick tried his best to fight through it, even playing possum at one point, eventually Junior connected with a clean right hand and from there it was all she wrote. Now, “JDS” — who isn’t a big fan of Cormier vs Lesnar — has set himself up to jump up the rankings and make a case for a title shot, as he currently hold the longest winning streak in the weight class.

Runner Up: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Elizeu got his first big shot as co-main event, and he made the most of it, running right through rising contender Curtis Millender like a hot knife through butter. I mean it was surgical. That is now seven in a row for dos Santos, with his lone loss inside the Octagon coming via questionable split decision in his debut back in 2015. Elizeu should be saying hello to a top 10 foe in his next outing, and he should remain on the main card for the foreseeable future, as this man has truly an exciting talent with unlimited potential to make some loud noise in the welterweight division.

Biggest Loser: Derrick Lewis

Lewis looked to get back in the winner’s circle after being submitted by Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 in his previous outing. Unfortunately for Derrick, he ran into a highly-motivated dos Santos, who handed him his second straight defeat, the first time Lewis has suffered back-to-back losses in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The climb back to the title gets a bit tougher, as does a do-over against Francis Ngannou. On the bright side, Lewis has the power in his hands to end fights rather quickly, so racking up three or four impressive wins in rapid pace isn’t out of the realm of possibility, which means he can get back in the mix sooner, rather than later. But the possibility and risk of dropping three straight will weigh heavy on his mind in his next fight.

For complete UFC Wichita results and coverage click here.

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Biggest Winners, Loser For UFC Wichita

UFC Fight Night 146 went down last night (Sat., March 9, 2019) inside INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, as the ESPN+ fight card saw Junior dos Santos knockout Derrick Lewis in the headlining act to earn his his third straight victory (see it again here). Also, Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos took out Curtis Millender rather easily in the co-main event, while Niko Price dispatched of Tim Means in an exciting Welterweight war (highlights).

Biggest Winner: Junior dos Santos

With the heavyweight division about to become a bit thinner with the looming retirement of division king Daniel Cormier, now is the time for the big men to start making their move to the top. And “Cigano” is doing just that, winning three in a row — two via stoppage. His win over “Black Beast” looked like vintage “JDS,” as he was light on his feet on swinging his haymakers with mean intent and accuracy.

After a wild first round, Junior connected with a kick to the mid-section of Lewis, which left him wounded. Though Derrick tried his best to fight through it, even playing possum at one point, eventually Junior connected with a clean right hand and from there it was all she wrote. Now, “JDS” — who isn’t a big fan of Cormier vs Lesnar — has set himself up to jump up the rankings and make a case for a title shot, as he currently hold the longest winning streak in the weight class.

Runner Up: Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos

Elizeu got his first big shot as co-main event, and he made the most of it, running right through rising contender Curtis Millender like a hot knife through butter. I mean it was surgical. That is now seven in a row for dos Santos, with his lone loss inside the Octagon coming via questionable split decision in his debut back in 2015. Elizeu should be saying hello to a top 10 foe in his next outing, and he should remain on the main card for the foreseeable future, as this man has truly an exciting talent with unlimited potential to make some loud noise in the welterweight division.

Biggest Loser: Derrick Lewis

Lewis looked to get back in the winner’s circle after being submitted by Daniel Cormier at UFC 230 in his previous outing. Unfortunately for Derrick, he ran into a highly-motivated dos Santos, who handed him his second straight defeat, the first time Lewis has suffered back-to-back losses in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career. The climb back to the title gets a bit tougher, as does a do-over against Francis Ngannou. On the bright side, Lewis has the power in his hands to end fights rather quickly, so racking up three or four impressive wins in rapid pace isn’t out of the realm of possibility, which means he can get back in the mix sooner, rather than later. But the possibility and risk of dropping three straight will weigh heavy on his mind in his next fight.

For complete UFC Wichita results and coverage click here.

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Paige VanZant Doing That Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Shoot Like a Boss

UFC darling Paige VanZant won’t be fighting for any belts anytime soon, because, you know, she’s not the best fighter. But she is for sure the absolute best at crossing over into the mainstream and soaking up whatever opportunities come her way.

She nearly won “Dancing With the Stars”. She’s been on TV like crazy. And now she’s appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Because she’s Paige VanZant – what else would you expect?

Anyway, she posted some behind-the-scenes to her Instagram.

I think she’s doing okay. What do you think?

 

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Price KO’s Means Outta Nowhere in Insane One-Round War

Welterweight bangers Tim Means and Niko Price threw down tonight (Saturday, March 9, 2019) in the INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kansas, only on ESPN+ (start your free trial here)

Price opened with kicks and then unloaded on Tim Means! He caught Means with a barrage of punches, and Means switched from covering up to a double-leg, picking up and slamming Price to the mat. He postured and landed hard punches on a grounded Price, looking to pass the guard. He got to knee on belly and rained down hammerfists for a moment, then looked for a kimura. Price got to his base, and Means landed a hard knee as he stood. Price landed a leg kick, ate a left straight, threw a high kick. Means grabbed his wreist and landed a quick combination. Means landed another quick combination, and another left straight. Price ate a hard left straight and somehow stayed on his feet. He rocked Price, who was still swinging back. Means landed another mean hook and a slap behind it. Price staggered backward, looking out of it, but a second later slept Means out of nowhere with an overhand! Unbelievable knockout from Niko Price! The man can literally find a finish from anywhere. He was getting tagged hard there, too.

Price was excited in the post-fight interview, and kept saying ‘BOOM!’, and ‘Glory to God!’ with a ‘Hell yeah!’ mixed in there. What a win, what a war. These guys delivered, that was a one-round scrap for the ages.

Official result: Niko Price def. Tim Means via KO at 4:50 of Round 1

Fight Night 146 results, including play-by-play, click here

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Paige VanZant Doing That Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue Shoot Like a Boss

UFC darling Paige VanZant won’t be fighting for any belts anytime soon, because, you know, she’s not the best fighter. But she is for sure the absolute best at crossing over into the mainstream and soaking up whatever opportunities come her way.

She nearly won “Dancing With the Stars”. She’s been on TV like crazy. And now she’s appearing in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Because she’s Paige VanZant – what else would you expect?

Anyway, she posted some behind-the-scenes to her Instagram.

I think she’s doing okay. What do you think?

 

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Mayweather Responds To McGregor: ‘Everybody Wants A Rematch With Me’

Conor McGregor, despite riding the sidelines due to suspension, drew attention from most of his rivals this past week.

Not only did Nate Diaz take a shot at McGregor for the Irishman’s recount of their UFC 196 showdown, but Donald Cerrone blasted “Notorious” for not accepting a potential co-main event bout, Paulie Malignaggi challenged McGregor to a grudge match after signing with Bare Knuckle Fighting Championship (BKFC), and now Floyd Mayweather Jr. is throwing his hat into the mix.

McGregor, who had his professional boxing debut spoiled by a Mayweather TKO back in 2017, posted the following message to Twitter earlier this week hinting at a potential rematch with the undefeated pugilist:

“I spoiled it with the rush right hook here,” wrote McGregor. “The angle was made. He was in the dirt. I just had to set correctly into my feet and fire. Rushing the right hook I lost balance on my back hand. Great boxing fight! A rematch will be interesting no doubt.”

Never one to bite his tongue, Mayweather responded to McGregor in a recent interview with TMZ Sports (shown above).

“Everybody wants a rematch with me. “Don’t worry about that,” said Floyd while flaunting his expensive watch.

Mayweather, who used his win over McGregor to push his undefeated boxing record to an astounding 50-0, also didn’t sound to keen on a rematch with boxing superstar Canelo Alvarez.

“Yeah, yeah, yeah … everybody’s saying something,” said Mayweather. “I don’t worry about that. I already made over a billion! You already know that!”

“I’m not worried about all that my man. Floyd is undefeated. Nobody can beat me. You already know that, man!”

While Mayweather was briefly linked to a crossover into the Octagon, the 42-year-old retired combat star currently has no plans of returning to fighting. But fight fans know from past experience that Mayweather can easily be brought out of hiding once the money hits the table.

What say you, Maniacs? Do you want to see Mayweather vs. McGregor 2?

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