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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VIDEO: Jacare Souza is Dangerous

It’s still quite possible that Ronaldo Souza, a.k.a. “Jacare”, could win a belt. He is, after all, that good. But first he has to find his way past the elite of the UFC’s middleweight division, namely, the two dudes who’ve beaten him in the Octagon. However, walking back those losses to Robert Whittaker and Yoel […]

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UFC 221: Kelvin Gastelum ‘bothered’ by Luke Rockhold vs Yoel Romero title fight

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender, Kelvin Gastelum, was bothered when promotion matchmakers overlooked him when it came time to book an interim title fight.

A necessity after 185-pound kingpin Robert Whittaker was felled by Staph infection.

In his place, former champion Luke Rockhold and ex-division No. 1 contender Yoel Romero will collide for the substitute strap in the UFC 221 pay-per-view (PPV) main event next month in Perth, Australia.

More on that fight here.

“It does bother me a little bit that I haven’t even been considered for a shot, but it is what it is,” Gastelum told reporters at UFC 220 (via MMA Junkie). “I know this is a process, and I’m just dealing with the process.”

While Gastelum denies it, there’s a solid chance his perceived snub could be a result of turning down a “Soldier of God” fight at the UFC Fight Night 125 mixed martial arts (MMA) event in Belem, which eventually went to this guy.

Gastelum is currently ranked No. 6 in the division and only has claim to getting a crack at the crown after flattening Michael Bisping at UFC Shanghai. Prior to that, the former middleweight was stopped by Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25.

If you’re the UFC matchmaker, who does Gastelum fight next?

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It didn’t take long for Nate Diaz to find some potential suitors for his next Ultimate Fighting Championship bout.
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Midnight Mania! Nate Diaz hints comeback in ‘May-June’ on social media– is it against McGregor?

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Nathan Donald Diaz was very active on Instagram today. He posted a series of pictures, culminating in one that hinted at a comeback:

Sick of sitting around waiting for you fuckers to do shit there’s no excitement in this fight shit step your games up I’ll see u around may,June.Sincerely The Real Champ

Will we see Nate Diaz back in the Octagon in 2018? The main obstacle thus far has been money. Diaz has stated he wants to be paid 20 million dollars for a return bout. While no great sum for a draw of Diaz’ caliber in the boxing world, of which Diaz is well-versed, this is astronomical by the standards of the UFC, who, by all reports, cut their fighters only ~12-17% of gross revenue. By hiding most other revenue streams- apparel endorsements during fight week, banner ads, the cash from their lucrative TV deals, even the right to profit off their own likenesses in video games- the UFC is able to keep their fighters desperate enough for the next payday that they have to take whatever fight is offered to feed their family. In fact, they often have to work full-time in addition to training as professional athletes.

Diaz, however, by a combination of luck, skill, his unique brand of charisma, weed sponsorships, and two multi-million dollar paydays against McGregor, has escaped that rat race, and thus has the power to hold out for a higher sum in negotiations, which he so far has done. The only fight out there which satisfies his requirements at a level where the UFC can still take home their massive slice, is against that Notorious Irishman, Conor Anthony McGregor.

Is that the fight we are about to witness? It is possible. If Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov are battling for the “real” lightweight title at UFC 223, then what Dana White refused to admit, is true: McGregor has been, or will be, stripped of his lightweight title. (Another digression: there aren’t any real rules surrounding UFC titles because they aren’t legal titles, sanctioned by independent bodies; the UFC in fact have full control over their distribution. They are purely promotional tools, given to the “best fighter on the night”. They are fiat currency, only worth what we think they are worth. Hence Nate Diaz’ wisdom in declaring them, ultimately, fairy tales)

If McGregor is stripped, there is no reason for him to immediately fight for the 155-lb. belt upon his return. He could very well decide to finish his trilogy with Nate Diaz; their first and second bouts sold more Pay-Per-Views (PPVs), with no title on the line, than his massively promoted title fight against Eddie Alvarez. In other words, there is no UFC opponent, save perhaps Georges St. Pierre, that makes more financial sense for McGregor than Nathan Diaz.


Insomnia

The storm of pictures by Diaz seemed to be kicked off by this one, a throwback to ten years ago today, when Diaz won a fight night bonus for submitting Alvin Robinson with a triangle choke.

Animated Westside

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Nate also shared that he hates this classic image, taken after he choked out Conor McGregor in their first bout at UFC 196:

I hate this fukn picture..

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Eddie Alvarez wants the Diaz fight:

Excellent life advice from John Danaher, who is coaching elite grappling specialist Gary Tonon as he begins a transition to MMA:

I agree- their faces are too similar for this.

Dominick Cruz discusses the hardship associated with starting his MMA career:

This is great from one of Joanne Calderwood’s fans:

That is a cool poster, and Andrei Arlovski likes his beard in it.

Chris Weidman wrestled Ben Askren in college

Derrick Lewis with some light sparring:

Light moving around @dm_navarro_

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Yves Edwards had some fun with this video based on Aaron Pico’s knockout and celebration:

Chad Mendes is looking at this summer for a comeback too: that’s when his USADA suspension is up.

Tick tock……

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Justin Golightly made this comic celebrating the indestructible Darren Elkins, the Damage.

Speaking of people with incredible comebacks:

Muay Thai fighter John Wayne Parr has some fun with body shots.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Here are some knockouts from the weekend I didn’t see:

Holy shit, indeed. That’s an escape from back control I’ve always wondered about, but never seen work:


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What fights should you be paying attention to this weekend? Flyin Brian J has you covered:

While you are at it, check out his beer pairing for this weekend’s UFC card:

Luke Thomas takes a hard look at Francis Ngannou’s takedown defense:


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It’s almost a certainty that Rory MacDonald will give everything he’s got in his fights nowadays, and exit the cage a bloody mess. It’s also almost a certainty that he and his opponent – equally as hurt – will pose for a postfight pic. Which, if you think about it, is pretty awesome. Two men, […]

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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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