Alexander Volkanovski Eyeing Ranked Opponent with a Victory at UFC 221

Emerging Australian Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight fighter Alexander Volkanovski is confident that a victory over Jeremy Kennedy this weekend at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia
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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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Bookies lay odds on Floyd Mayweather vs Conor McGregor UFC fight … and it’s not pretty

Bookies will lay odds on anything (proof), so we shouldn’t take this latest betting line between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Conor McGregor as an indication that a potential mixed martial arts (MMA) fight in on the horizon.

Not that it’s stopped Mayweather from fanning the flames.

According to our fiscal friends at Bovada, “Money” is anything but inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Octagon, limping in at +550 (11/2) against the reigning UFC lightweight champion at -900 (1/9).

Those numbers are nearly identical to their first go-round (in favor of Floyd).

Mayweather stopped McGregor in their much-ballyhooed boxing match last August, a performance that brought in big bucks for the “Notorious” MMA fighter. Now the trash-talking Irishman wants “Money” to return the favor and meet him inside the cage.

This is what it would cost.

Fortunately for the “sweet science,” Mayweather is retired and not holding up any of the weight classes he once ruled with an iron leather fist. The same can’t be said for McGregor, who has the lightweight division chasing its own tail.

Which hopefully gets caught here.

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Emerging Australian Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight fighter Alexander Volkanovski is confident that a victory over Jeremy Kennedy this weekend at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia
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Dana White: Tyron Woodley ‘Couldn’t Be More Full of S—t’ About Nate Diaz Fight

Just like he did in December, UFC President Dana White is denying Tyron Woodley’s claims that a fight with Nate Diaz is in the works.
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Despite Dana White’s strong feelings about it, Tyron Woodley continues to push for this Nate Diaz fight. Nate wants the bout too, telling ESPN.com:

“I’m getting to the point where I’m sick of not fighting. I’m not getting any younger,” Diaz told ESPN. “I put that tweet out saying I wanted to fight in May or June, but I didn’t say who because I was weighing my options. And now, Woodley is my best option.

”I see him on TMZ every week, talking about me. I’m like, ‘What the f—? If that’s what you want to do.’ It’s not really my weight class, but I’m with it. I think it’s my title we’re fighting for. If he’s the one calling me out, whose title are we fighting for? Who’s the real champion here?”

Diaz is right about Woodley calling him (literally) on TMZ.

Dana fired back with all the scorn he could muster, telling UFC Tonight that the welterweight champion is full of shit. Via MMAFighting.com:

“[Woodley’s] full of sh*t,” White said. “That fight was never made, you couldn’t be more wrong, he couldn’t be more full of sh*t, and it’s absolutely not true. It’s so not true that our lawyer hit him up today and said he needs to stop saying these kind of things, because it’s absolutely not true.”

“Dos Anjos is the fight we’re looking at for Woodley,” White said. “That’s the fair fight, he just won a great fight against Robbie Lawler and looked good and what I love about that fight is dos Anjos will bring it. He will come after Tyron Woodley and it will be a great fight. That’s the fight that’s gonna happen.”

White also repeated his talking point that Diaz had turned down several fights with lightweight opponents:

“We’ve offered Nate Diaz five or six fights in the last several months and he’s turned them all down,” White said. “I’ve said many times over the last several months that I don’t see Nate Diaz fighting. Will he fight this year? Maybe he’ll come out and see he wants to fight eventually, but no, he’s turned down every fight we’ve offered.“

Woodley wasn’t long in responding to Dana White, and he certainly has a point.

White, not unlike the current United States President, does have a long and frequent history of factually incorrect and misleading statements. Among many other examples, he said Anderson Silva would not be fighting Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 (hours before the bout was announced), and most memorably denied the UFC was being sold for 4 billion dollars, including releasing a memo to his employees to that effect. (Many of those employees were subsequently let go.)

In this case, Tyron Woodley is angling for a bout which, divisionally, makes very little sense, but from a promotional standpoint, might very well make sense. Given the direction WME-IMG have taken in these cases lately, it does seem possible Woodley is right.


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Some Wednesday trash talk between Tyron Woodley and Rafael Dos Anjos also went down:

TJ Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt went at it on Twitter too:

Congratulations to Robert Whittaker and his wife on the birth of Bobby Knuckles Jr., destined to rule women’s divisions twenty years from now.

Do we approve or disapprove of these Reebok jerseys?

I never wanted to know this about Kenny Florian.

Head movement! Head movement! Head movement:

This seems like a great grappling match to make.



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My top three fights for UFC 221 are Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero, Mark Hunt vs. Curtis Blaydes, and the debut of Israel Adesanya.

Meisha Tate says the Cyborg title defense isn’t enough for her to buy UFC 222.

Dominick Cruz on the secrets to life:


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Dana White: Tyron Woodley ‘Couldn’t Be More Full of S—t’ About Nate Diaz Fight

Just like he did in December, UFC President Dana White is denying Tyron Woodley’s claims that a fight with Nate Diaz is in the works.
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Dana White: Tyron Woodley ‘Couldn’t Be More Full of S—t’ About Nate Diaz Fight

Just like he did in December, UFC President Dana White is denying Tyron Woodley’s claims that a fight with Nate Diaz is in the works.
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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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UFC 221 odds: Latest Vegas lines and betting guide for ‘Rockhold vs Romero’

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC 221, which is set to hit Perth Arena in Perth, Australia, this weekend (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites, and much more!

I have a feeling we’re going to hear the word “athletic” a lot …

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold, gets another shot at the gold (albeit “interim”) this Saturday evening (Feb. 10, 2018) when he faces Cuban superhuman, Yoel Romero, in UFC 221’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event from inside Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

Also in town are local heroes Mark Hunt, who takes on rising prospect Curtis Blaydes, and Tai Tuivasa, who throws down with Cyril Asker.

It’s almost Valentine’s Day, which means you need some extra dough to get something nice for that special someone. Here’s how to get it:

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 125?

Well, I guess the karma for the Kim vs. Kish decision had to come from somewhere. I thought Tim Means clearly won the last two rounds against Sergio Moraes, but the judges disagreed, and without John Dodson, the other successful bets weren’t enough to cover the loss. Dumb luck giveth and it taketh away.

UFC 221 Odds For The Undercard:

Dong Hyun Kim (-155) vs. Damien Brown (+135)
Israel Adesanya (-300) vs. Rob Wilkinson (+250)
Alex Volkanovski (-170) vs. Jeremy Kennedy (+150)
Jussier Formiga (-130) vs. Ben Nguyen (+110)
Ross Pearson (-145) vs. Mizuto Hirota (+125)
Jose Quinonez (-220) vs. Teruto Ishihara (+180)
Daichi Abe (-130) vs. Luke Jumeau (+110)

Thoughts: You know what? I think it’s Ben Nguyen’s time.

Since his loss to Louis Smolka, Nguyen’s scrambling and counter-wrestling have improved leaps and bounds. Combined with his athleticism and stunning punching power, he’s become a legitimate threat to the division. I thought he had a real shot against Joseph Benavidez before that fight fell through and I believe his speed and power will carry him past Formiga. Aside from “Ben 10,” Dong Hyun Kim seems like a safe investment. He’s a proven scrapper who can hold his own on the feet and a sufficiently skilled takedown artist to keep Brown guessing all night.

UFC 221 Odds For The Main Card:

Luke Rockhold (-140) vs. Yoel Romero (+130)
Curtis Blaydes (-155) vs. Mark Hunt (+135)
Tai Tuivasa (-280) vs. Cyril Asker (+240)
Li Jingliang (-190) vs. Jake Matthews (+165)
Tyson Pedro (-265) vs. Saparbek Safarov (+225)

Thoughts: Putting Li Jingliang and Tyson Pedro together produces positive odds, so let’s work with that.

The majority of the mixed martial arts (MMA) media believe that Jake Matthews deserved the “L” in his Welterweight debut against Bojan Velickovic. And while I had it for Matthews, it wasn’t exactly a heartening performance. Li can match Velickovic’s prodigious strength and offers a cleaner, more powerful striking attack to back it up. I fully expect Li to tear up Matthews on the feet and hold his own in the grappling.

I know this sounds mean, but I believe any Light Heavyweight who can’t comfortably beat Gian Villante does not belong in UFC. Even giving Safarov the benefit of the doubt for it being a short-notice fight, that just wasn’t enough to sway me. Pedro’s striking is significantly smoother than Villante’s and his takedowns ought to be more than sufficient to overpower Safarov should the stand up get too hairy for him.

UFC 221 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Ben Nguyen: Bet $ 50 to make $ 55
  • Single bet — Dong Hyun Kim: Bet $ 77.50 to make $ 50
  • Parlay — Li Jingliang and Tyson Pedro: Bet $ 70 to make $ 77

Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero is the stuff dreams and highlight reels are made of. The rest? Well, that’s up to you. See you Saturday, Maniacs!

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC 221 results on fight night, which is as good a place as any to talk about all the action inside the Octagon, as well as what you’ve got riding on the sportsbook.

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