Midnight Mania! RIZIN CEO Confirms Mayweather-Tenshin Is Back On

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RIZIN’s head, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, has confirmed that Tenshin Nasukawa’s fight with Mayweather is back on for New Year’s Eve.

Misunderstanding with Floyd Mayweather was settled. He confronts Nasukawa Tenshin in the RIZIN.14 ring on New Year ‘s Eve on December 31. I will speak to you at the press conference when I return to Japan. #rizinff

Floyd made sure everyone knew that the fight was purely a boxing exhibition match- no kicks allowed.

We will see if Tenshin, who is not known for his restraint in the ring, will just be “moving around” with Floyd on December 31st.


Insomnia

Speaking of notable kickboxers, Nieky Holzken vs. Cosmo Alexandre is going to be hot fire- especially in four-ounce gloves!

Ben Askren wants the winner of Masvidal-Diaz

“He’s going to kill me for forgetting his last name” but what about his first name?

Cody McKenzie is one of a kind.

TKO! Rampage Jackson has some good content on his Instagram.

Bob Ross wants to cut another ten pounds to fight Artem Lobov and I kept thinking… how??

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Sean O’Malley got a six-month suspension from the NSAC, but has yet to appear before USADA.

I chuckled at Jessica Rose-Clark landing atomic knees on her trainer.

“I’ve got a snake in my boot”

A lot of leverage on this choke

This is slickness

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Nice back take + standing bow & arrow

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Andrea Lee is working out with Aspen Ladd

This is me. Especially in jiu-jitsu- I don’t have time for all that. I came to drill and roll.

I want to pass up on including these McDojo videos… but they are always so good, the technique in them so deadly.

The meme king Derrick Lewis is back.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Report: Mirsad Bektic Injured, Out of UFC 231 Bout Against Renato Carneiro

UFC 231’s main card just took a big hit, losing a pivotal featherweight matchup when Mirsad Bektic suffered an injury in training.
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Fallout: Chokes, Referees, and Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson Talking Major Trash

UFC Fight Night 112 saw some major controversy in the main event. The fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was anticipated to be a high stakes game between two fighters hoping to enter title contention with a win Sunday night. But instead of everyone speaking on how great the main event was, everyone is talking about Mario Yamasaki’s supposed “flub.”

Watch the fight the first time around, it appeared that Michael Chiesa was still conscious and willing to continue his grudge match again Kevin Lee. Yamasaki intervened and called the fight which seemed to many observers to be an early stoppage. Here’s the thing about being a ref: it’s an absolutely thankless job. No one appreciates what these refs have to go through with each and every fight they have to call. The thing about this fight was that it was apparent in multiple viewings that Michael Chiesa was on his way to blacking out completely.

The choke was locked in tight, there was thirty plus seconds left, Lee was cranking his choke and Chiesa’s arms went limp, eyes fading and rolling back into his head, a clear response from a blood choke rather than a wind choke. With Yamasaki on top of the action he had the best view out of anyone present. Rather than letting Chiesa go out like a “warrior” Yamasaki instead stopped the match. Sure, we want fighters to be given a chance at victory, at accomplishing the goals they’ve been obsessed with for weeks of training. Problem is that their ego can get in the way of their health at times and that’s what the refs are there for. As a result we have an angry fighter, angry fans, and people cursing the ref for his utter stupidity. Funny thing is, while the tough call may not be the most popular, Yamasaki had a job to do, did what he thought was right and shouldn’t be demonized for it.

On a side note, I never knew I wanted a Kevin Lee versus Tony Ferguson fight before last night. Ferguson congratulated Lee like a true class act, but the brash Detroit native took things a different way. In true McGregor form, Lee wasted no time in his additional time on television as he relegated the rest of the lightweight division as chumps and potentially set up a match between himself and Ferguson.

It was entertaining as hell and is just the kind of thing you want to see if you’re the UFC. Two personalities clashing making for a potentially exciting grudge match in the cage. It’ll sell and at the end of the day this sport is a business. Dollars and cents rule the day and Kevin Lee is setting himself up nicely to start making a nice profit.

What are your biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 112?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Report: Mirsad Bektic Injured, Out of UFC 231 Bout Against Renato Carneiro

UFC 231’s main card just took a big hit, losing a pivotal featherweight matchup when Mirsad Bektic suffered an injury in training.
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Nick Diaz to Face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 in All-Hood Battle

Nick Diaz is so street that he sometimes poops asphalt. Jorge Masvidal is so street, his middle name is “Main”.

Okay, these were awful jokes, but they’re a clear indication of my excitement over the match-up between Diaz and Masvidal at UFC 235. Bros, the older, poorer Diaz sibling is finally coming back!

Neither dude is prone to slacking or hugging in the cage. In fact, these dudes are so keen on throwing down “street” style that referee Herb Dean has confiscated about a dozen switchblades from them prior to their fights. This bout will be insane!

Here’s ESPN with the scoop:

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz will return to competition on March 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC president Dana White.

Diaz (26-9) has agreed to face Jorge Masvidal (32-13) in a welterweight contest at UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Additional sources told ESPN contracts for the bout are not yet signed, but it is close to being finalized.

A former Strikeforce champion, Diaz has not fought since he suffered a decision loss to Anderson Silva in January 2015. The result of that bout was later changed to a no-contest, after both Silva and Diaz failed their respective drug tests.

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UFC 231 Promo Video Welcomes To ‘The New Era’

Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) next pay-per-view (PPV) offering will see the promotion stage UFC 231 inside Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Ontario, Canada on Sat., Dec. 8, 2018.

The event will be headlined by a highly-intriguing Featherweight title fight that will see division king Max Holloway defend his title against undefeated (14-0-1, 6-0 UFC) submission wizard, Brian Ortega. Working his way up the ladder, “T-City” has dominated the competition, finishing all seven of his fights inside the Octagon, including one over Mike de la Rosa, which was eventually overturned to a no-contest due to a failed drug test.

His next test, though, will be the biggest one of all.

Indeed, Holloway has been blitzing through the 145-pound division, winning 12 straight fights including capturing the strap by defeating Jose Aldo, and then subsequently defending it against “Junior” months later. In fact, Max hasn’t tasted defeat in four years since losing to Conor McGregor.

Now, two of the youngest and brightest stars in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) will test their skills against one another in a bout that could very well usher in a new era.

In the co-main event, former women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Valentina Shevchenko duke it out for the vacant Flyweight title.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 231: “Holloway vs Ortega” click here.

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Report: Mirsad Bektic Injured, Out of UFC 231 Bout Against Renato Carneiro

UFC 231’s main card just took a big hit, losing a pivotal featherweight matchup when Mirsad Bektic suffered an injury in training.
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Report: Floyd Mayweather NYE Bout with Tenshin Nasukawa Back on as Boxing Match

Just a week after announcing the fight was no longer happening, Floyd Mayweather appears to have revived the furor about a boxing match against Japanese wunderkind Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin FF 14 on New Year’s Eve in Japan.
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Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone? Yes, Please!

The lovable adrenaline junkie Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone managed to notch another win this past weekend at UFC Fight Night Whatever, and fresh off his armbar victory over Mike Perry, he’s already teasing a future match-up.

Can you guess who that opponent may be?

Supposedly, it’s Conor McGregor.

Obviously, this is all just talk until the contracts are signed. But… that’s not a bad match-up at all. In fact, it’s a great opportunity for both men to make some healthy cheddar while throwing down in crowd-pleasing fashion.

Because you know damn well that Cowboy isn’t going to Khabib McGregor, and ground him into oblivion. Nope, they’re going to bang.

I like this fight (if it happens, and that’s a BIG if). What do you think?

 

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Face Off! Magny Stares Down ‘Gente Boa’ In Argentina

An intriguing welterweight showdown between top contenders Neil Magny and Santiago Ponzinibbio is set to headline the upcoming UFC Fight Night 140 mixed martial arts (MMA) event this Sat. night (Nov. 17, 2018) inside Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

It’s a no-brainer to have the hometown hero, Ponzinibbio, headline the FOX Sports 1 event in what will mark the promotion’s first trip to Argentina. “Gente Boa” is currently riding a six-fight win streak and was last seen beating the brakes off Mike Perry in Dec. of 2017.

As for Magny, he currently owns a two-fight win streak and was scheduled to face off against Alex Oliveira at UFC Fight Night 137 back in September, but was ultimately yanked from that contest in favor of pairing him against Ponzinibbio.

Watch them come face-to-face at Thursday’s media day in the embedded video above.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 140 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

To see who else is fighting at UFC Argentina click here.

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