Bellator 210 Results: Joe Warren Is Falling Apart and Needs to Retire ASAP

Hey, guess what? There’s a Bellator going on tonight, with Bellator 210 bringing us the likes of Chidi Njokuani, David Rickels, Joe Schilling and Goiti Yamauchi. Essentially, it’s a “whatever” card. But the prelims just went down, and on it, we got to see former featherweight- and bantamweight champ Joe Warren get creamed by Shawn Bunch.

Both men are wrestlers, so of course this one was a face-punching contest. Unfortunately, Warren got hit in what looked like the collarbone, and was semi-defenseless after that, so Bunch just punched the living daylights out of him.

Warren didn’t go down, he just cowered, and eventually the ref mercifully jumped in.

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White Wants McGregor-Poirier 2, Khabib-Tony With Winners To Fight

UFC president Dana White revealed Conor McGregor’s next potential opponent last night (Fri., Nov. 30, 2018) during TUF 28 Finale’s post-fight show on FOX Sports 1.

White, who was asked what UFC had in store for “Notorious” as he awaits his hearing with Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) on Dec. 10 for UFC 229’s post-fight brawl, revealed that he wants McGregor to fight lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov to defend his title against top contender Tony Ferguson with the winners to fight each other.

“The fight that makes sense right now is probably [Dustin] Poirier,” White said of McGregor’s potential return. “And then Tony [Ferguson] gets a shot at the title and the two winners fight each other.

“But I’m not sure exactly on a date when Conor’s going to fight yet. We have to get through this Nevada State Athletic Commission stuff first.”

Remember, McGregor defeated ‘Diamond’ via first-round TKO at UFC 178 four years ago. While this is a stylistic matchup that bodes well for “Notorious,” Poirier has racked off a 8-1 (1 NC) record in his return to 155 pounds so all bets should be off. If it should happen, it would be the second rematch of McGregor’s UFC career (Nate Diaz being the other).

As far as the Khabib vs. Ferguson fight, that’s an obvious choice. They are the two best lightweights on the planet today and have already been scheduled to fight a whopping four times. There’s always a chance that either Khabib or Tony fall out of another fight, but it’s a clash of MMA stars that simply needs to happen.

Unfortunately for all you “Cowboy” fans, White also took a moment to clear the air about that pesky Donald Cerrone vs. McGregor rumor.

“The ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone fight has never, ever been discussed,” said White. “That’s completely not true.”

Only time will tell if White’s matchmaking stays true, but it’s an interesting setup to think about as we approach 2019, especially considering it’s a direct path for McGregor to get his rematch with Khabib.

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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?


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Bellator 210 Results: Joe Warren Is Falling Apart and Needs to Retire ASAP

Hey, guess what? There’s a Bellator going on tonight, with Bellator 210 bringing us the likes of Chidi Njokuani, David Rickels, Joe Schilling and Goiti Yamauchi. Essentially, it’s a “whatever” card. But the prelims just went down, and on it, we got to see former featherweight- and bantamweight champ Joe Warren get creamed by Shawn Bunch.

Both men are wrestlers, so of course this one was a face-punching contest. Unfortunately, Warren got hit in what looked like the collarbone, and was semi-defenseless after that, so Bunch just punched the living daylights out of him.

Warren didn’t go down, he just cowered, and eventually the ref mercifully jumped in.

‘Look, He’s Not Chuck Liddell’

Rising UFC middleweight contender Israel Adesanya will have a massive opportunity to further propel his name into superstardom when he takes on mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Anderson Silva at UFC 234 this February.

Adesanya, who often draws comparisons to Silva and former UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones, is coming off a big knockout win over veteran Derek Brunson back at UFC 230. It was a coming out party of sorts and a memorable finish that allowed “Last Stylebender” to lock down a fight opposite his hero.

While Silva is still a competent contender, Adesanya has encountered some criticism for taking a fight against a 43-year-old legend who has competed just once in well over two years. Adesanya understands his current position, but wants to reassure fight fans that Silva is no Chuck Liddell, who recently came out of an eight-year retirement to get knocked out by Tito Ortiz in a massively disappointing trilogy fight.

“People who aren’t in my shoes (don’t understand),” Adesanya said in a recent interview with Submission Radio (shown above). “Look, he’s not Chuck Liddell. Don’t get me wrong, because of that being so recent people were like, ‘oh, how dare you, he’s 43’. Look, last time he was finished was when he broke his leg. He hasn’t been losing badly. He beat Derek Brunson. That was a close fight, I guess, but yeah, I think he’s just been bored.”

Silva, who hasn’t finished a fight since ending Stephan Bonnar via first-round TKO back at UFC 153 over six years ago, is widely considered one of the best fighters to ever do it. His performances of late haven’t been overly spectacular, but the Brazilian veteran still possesses enough skill to test almost any fighter in the middleweight top 10.

All of that said, Adesanya would be stupid not to jump at the opportunity to fight one of the best of all time. Silva may have initially declined the bout, but a guaranteed title shot by UFC president Dana White was all “Spider” needed to ready himself for a battle with the 29-year-old Adesanya.

“Initially I was disappointed (because he turned the fight down),” Adesanya said. “I was like, man, this is a guy who liked the big challenges, the great show. As he used to say, ‘I want great show,’ you know. And then he said no to me. I said, man, maybe he doesn’t have it anymore. And then he came back last Sunday, yup, I wanna do it. I’m like, they must have made him an offer he can’t refuse, and instantly I knew it was like, title shot. I was like, alright then. But I like to think it’s me.

“I feel like I’m the guy. Cause, you know, he said one time to Joe Rogan, ‘I want to fight my clone,’ and I’m better than his clone. I’ve studied everything he’s done, every single thing. I know some of him better than he knows himself, whether he likes to believe it or not, cause I’m on the outside looking in. And yeah, I just want to believe, I want to be the guy that brings the best out of him. You’re gonna see a different Anderson, Anderson of old, if you will. Anderson that teeped Vitor Belfort in the face and had me run to my room all, ‘ahhhhh, what the f*ck’. Yeah, I want to bring that guy back. So yeah, he back.”

If Adesanya is able to dominate Silva like he has dominated the majority of his opponents to date then there is no denying “Last Stylebender” his own shot at UFC gold. At the end of the day, not too many fighters have finished Silva inside of the cage.

“I’m gonna steal the show,” Adesanya concluded. “Look, this is the greatest middleweight of all time… and Anderson Silva going at it. What more could you want?”

UFC 234 takes place on Feb. 9 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, and features a middleweight main event title fight between current champion Robert Whittaker and former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum.

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