Paige VanZant Says Reebok Did Not Renew Her Endorsement Contract

Paige VanZant was one of a handful of UFC athletes to sign exclusive contracts with Reebok after the athletic apparel company became the official outfitter of the Las Vegas-based promotion. Now, it appears that VanZant’s endorsement deal with Reebok has come to an end.
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Darrion Caldwell Hints at Kyoji Horiguchi Rematch: ‘Next Time We Dance in the Cage’

Darrion Caldwell came up short in his bid to become a champion in two promotions, falling to Kyoji Horiguchi at Rizin 14 on New Year’s Eve.
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Jones Has No Time For Bisping’s Dumb S—t

The difficulties begin at the 1:45 mark.

Before Jon Jones recaptured his light heavyweight title, thanks to a technical knockout victory over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 (watch it), UFC on FOX analyst and former 185-pound kingpin, Michael Bisping, had a very legitimate question about post-fight drug testing.

“The Count” wanted to know if “Bones” was still at risk of testing positive for picograms of Turinabol, since it seemed to be happening with greater frequency ahead of the Dec. 29 fight card and caused the entire event to be relocated.

Jones avoided the question, asked during last Friday’s weigh-in show, and did not sound overly enthusiastic about returning to the airwaves and going through yet another battery of drug-related questions after finishing “The Mauler.”

I guess Bisping didn’t get the “better journalism” memo from Izabelle Kostic.

“I don’t care about asking difficult questions and I asked Jon Jones some questions,” Bisping said on his official podcast. “Which apparently he didn’t like, because after the fight, we interviewed him again. When we were on commercial break, he was talking shit. ‘Is that motherfucker…’ to whoever the powers to be are at FOX, ‘is that motherfucker Michael Bisping going to be asking questions again, with his dumb shit?’ I was like ‘oh yeah.’”

Bisping is no stranger to starting shit after an event.

If Jones was popping for Turinabol before the event, and the pulsing effect is rumored to last for years, then it’s not outrageous to suggest that more positive results are on the way. That would lead us into uncharted territory, in terms of how athletes are screened.

It also puts pressure on Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) to establish protocol for this sort of thing, since Jones was barred from competing in Las Vegas until the results of his tests were sorted through and explained.

And if Jones thought Bisping had difficult questions…

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Jon Jones Wants to Fight Three Times This Year: ‘I’m Going to Kick the S–t Out of 2019′

In the past, Jon Jones claims he would fill his life with “partying and nonsense” following a big victory. However, in the aftermath of his light heavyweight championship triumph over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, Jones only wants to fill his schedule with more fights.
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RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.

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Midnight Mania! Opinion: Mayweather-Tenshin Wasn’t Fixed, Idiots

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In the wake of the Mayweather-Tenshin fight, a mindbogglingly stupid conspiracy theory is going around that the lopsided fight was somehow fixed. Never mind that the theory makes no sense from any perspective, it has been given credence by so-called analysts like Robin Black, and, more surprisingly, professional MMA fighters Rory Macdonald, Alan Jouban, and Zach Makovsky.

This claim just doesn’t square with reality. While fights in Japan have been fixed in the past, there is no motive for having Mayweather wreck Nasukawa that makes any kind of sense. It would have made sense for Mayweather to make Tenshin look good, but what could possibly be gained by Mayweather taking him apart so conclusively? It was embarrassing for one of RIZIN’s biggest stars, doing a lot of damage to his future reputation with a Western audience. Mayweather is retired, has fought at least 30 pounds heavier, and among the greatest boxers of his generation. He didn’t need Tenshin to take a dive. In an exhibition fight, there isn’t even any betting on the outcome, so that’s not a motivation either.

In conclusion, this makes no sense. Why, then, has it gotten so much steam? Robin Black’s initial, thoughtless breakdown appeared to sell a lot of people on the conspiracy, claiming that Mayweather’s punches didn’t really land. However, a close viewing shows that not only did his punch land, taking Tenshin’s equlibrium away, but the follow-up punch that Black claimed missed, connected as well. The modern iteration of Mayweather isn’t known for his power punches, but he is fighting a much smaller opponent, and clearly wasn’t too worried about return fire, letting him sit down on his blows. Tenshin’s attempts to recover his equlibrium seem to contribute to people’s incredulity as well, but that can be attributed much more simply to Tenshin not having his legs under him after Floyd rocked him.

Tenshin himself confirmed this was the case afterwards: he lost his balance after Floyd’s hook clipped him on the back of his head. Regular readers of Midnight Mania know that knockouts can look strange- when fighters get ‘put on skates’, they can look ridiculous. Remember Kevin Lee going full Bambi-legs against Edson Barboza?

Tenshin also admitted afterwards that he had underestimated Mayweather in the lead-up.

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There goes my hero, watch him as he goes. #Repost @tenshin.nasukawa (@get_repost) ・・・ I have worked hard with a big dream in the combat world. Karate, Kickboxing, MMA and Boxing. When I first got the offer I took it in a flash. I thought this was an opportunity of a lifetime, and although there were significant differences in accomplishments and weight classes, I felt that I must not run and take on the challenge. The days since the fight was confirmed have been enjoyable but with concerns, and I spent the time thinking about many things. At the end of the day, I got finished, but I have no regrets. I am disappointed at myself since I thought I could have done better. But I will face the facts and will continue to take on any challenge. I learned that I didn’t work hard enough to earn this opportunity, and I will use this defeat to improve myself and move forward this year. Despite all the things that happened leading up to the fight, I came to realize how truly great Mayweather was. I was the one underestimating him. I promise to make it to that level! It may take some time for me to become the man to haul the industry on my shoulders, but please continue to support me! Everybody who work to make this fight happen, thank you very much. Mr. Mayweather, thank you very much. 僕は格闘界に大きな夢を見て頑張って来ました。空手、キックボクシング、MMAそしてボクシング。 この試合の話が来た時、メイウェザー選手と戦うチャンスはもう絶対巡ってこないから今しかないと思ったし、階級も違う、やって来たことも違うとは思いましたが、僕自身も逃げずにやらなくてはならないと思い試合を受けました。 試合が決まってからこの一戦に向けての日々は、とても楽しかったし、不安だったし色々なことを考えながらの時間でした。 結果は倒されてしまいましたが、後悔はないです。もっと出来ると思った自分が情けないし、悔しかったですが、現実を受け入れて、またチャンスがあれば何事にも逃げずに挑戦したいと思います。 チャンスを活かす為の努力がまだ自分には足りなかったことに気付きましたし、この敗戦を機に自分自身を改善して今年は突き進んでいこうと思います。色々ありましたがメイウェザー選手は本当に凄く強かったです。 舐めていたのは僕自身でした。 僕も必ずそこの域に行きます! 本当に格闘界を背負って行ける男になるまでは、まだまだ先ですが、これからも応援よろしくお願いします! この一戦に携わってくれた皆様、ありがとうございました。 戦ってくれたメイウェザー選手、ありがとうございました。 #Cygames #rizin14 #BOXING #teppengym #target #RISE

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Insomnia

In case you missed it, here’s the real main event of RIZIN 14, Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell.

I knew a Wing Chun guy in NYC who said his sister knocked him out with this kick

Bears are incredibly powerful creatures

I like this meme because this is an amazing image of Dana… and also because its true.

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Watch out for the Jon Jones 84.5 inch helicopter.

All those videos of Jones in his garage paid off.

Kayla Harrison is congratulated by the original Judo girl, Ronda Rousey herself

In case you missed her dominant performance:

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Kayla Smash

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McGregor and one of Mayweather’s promoters had a war of words.

Oh boy

This is funny on a couple levels


Random Land

Cops with a sense of humor

This rock doesn’t even look real.

Once again- Happy New Year!

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Teruto Ishihara Says He’s Fighting Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234 in Melbourne

It appears that Teruto Ishihara will meet Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234.
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RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.

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