UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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Midnight Mania! Rogan Marvels at Little Girl Punching a Tree to Oblivion

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Joe Rogan posts the best of the internet sometimes, whether it be a feat of strength, a strange science story, a combat sports highlight, a tattoo someone got of him, or a picture of himself looking really intense after a workout. Recently, he found this one of a little girl just destroying a tree, evidently because she can.

Whoever set this up knew what would look impressive, but I guarantee if I tried this, I would get a speck of sawdust in my eye halfway through and have to stop the video for half an hour while I flushed it out.


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Is Chris Weidman angling for a third bout with Anderson Silva?

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Kelvin Gastelum tried to downplay trying to fight with a staph infection

This was just awesome from Donald Cerrone

I wonder how this translated to Pay-Per-View buys after the injury to Robert Whittaker

Paulo Costa was not impressed with Israel Adesanya, and yeah, that seems like a great matchup to make down the line

McGregor had a lot to say about UFC 234

He wasn’t wrong about that…

McGregor’s plans are evidently still fluid

Nick Diaz just wants to party, though

This turned out to be a pretty spot-on analogy for one of the coolest ninja fights we’ve ever seen.

Both guys were trying unusual, arcane techniques in the cage, from Silva’s spinning heel kicks to the calf to Adesanya’s question mark kicks

Mixed martial arts in other cultures is just… different.

This doesn’t seem like it would get enforced all that strictly, but also seems like it’s good regulation to have on the books.

Ray Borg really seems like a decent human being

Anything above three plates is work to me so this is damn near superhuman

This is just as impressive in it’s own way

Let Nick Diaz party in peace, he’s already given us some of the most memorable fights of all time.

While we are on unusual submissions…

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

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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Predictions! UFC On ESPN 1 ‘Prelims’ Preview – Pt. 1

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to both ESPN and ESPN+ this weekend (Sun., Feb. 17, 2019) when UFC on ESPN 1: “Velasquez vs. Ngannou” storms Talking Stick Resort & Casino in Phoenix, Arizona. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC on ESPN 1 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

Cain Velasquez finally makes his return to the Octagon this Sunday evening (Feb. 17, 2019), just in time for the first-ever Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) foray into the ESPN Fight Night era. Standing in the way of his triumphant comeback is Francis Ngannou, freshly removed from a knockout victory over highly ranked Curtis Blaydes in Beijing, China. UFC on ESPN 1 will also feature a fight between top Lightweight talents James Vick and Paul Felder, as well as Cynthia Calvillo against Cortney Casey in one of the most alliterative match ups in UFC history.

There are seven “Prelims” undercard bouts split between ESPN and ESPN+. Let’s look at the first batch:

115 lbs.: Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel

Jessica Penne (12-5) — the former Invicta Atomweight champion — reached the semifinals of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 20 before falling to top seed and eventual winner Carla Esparza. She edged Randa Markos in a “Fight of the Night” to open her Octagon career, then went on to lose three straight.

This will be her first fight in nearly two years.

Jodie Esquibel (6-4) fell short against Ashley Yoder in her TUF 23 bid, but joined UFC one year later, debuting against Karolina Kowalkiewicz in Gdansk, Poland. She lost a unanimous decision, then returned to action the following year with a loss to Jessica Aguilar.

She will give up five inches of height and three inches of reach to Penne.

I genuinely feel bad for Penne. Even though she’s undersized for the division, she’s a lot better than her 1-3 Octagon record would suggest — she deserved the win against Taylor and the other losses came against a pair of monsters in Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Jessica Andrade. She’s still a dangerous grappler with solid-if-unspectacular stand up, which should be enough to carry her past Esquibel.

Esquibel’s striking has been found wanting in the Octagon and she looks out-gunned on the ground. Penne wrangles her to the mat and chokes her out midway through.

Prediction: Penne via second-round submission

135 lbs.: Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders

It is now more than 28 months since Renan Barao (34-7) won a fight, and more than five years since he won more than one in a row. He is just 1-5 in his last six and was last seen losing a split decision to newcomer Andre Ewell in Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He has submitted 15 opponents and knocked out eight others.

Luke Sanders (12-3) hit the ground running in UFC with a “Performance of the Night” submission of Maximo Blanco, only to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Iuri Alcantara and Andre Soukhamthath, he rebounded with a decision over Patrick Williams, only to tap to a Rani Yahya heel hook four months later.

Six of his eight stoppage wins have come by form of knockout.

This is a “loser goes home” fight if I’ve ever seen one. Barao hasn’t even looked good in victory since thrashing Urijah Faber in 2014 and Sanders, though clearly talented, just can’t stop shooting himself in the foot. The difference is that Sanders is still a strong fighter when he’s at his best, while Barao doesn’t seem capable of reaching even a fraction of the heights he once cruised at.

Weird part? Sanders is actually the older of the two.

Barao’s ironclad takedown defense and “meh” offense wrestling means we’re in for a striking battle, one which favors the more powerful and far less weathered Sanders. Volume and a good sprawl carry “Cool Hand Luke” to a decision victory.

Prediction: Sanders via unanimous decision

115 lbs.: Aleksandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire (3-2)

Aleksandra Albu (3-0) signed with UFC in 2013, only to pull out from her debut against Julie Kedzie with an injury. “Stitch” ultimately made her first Octagon appearance two years later, submitting Izabela Badurek, then took a 27-month layoff before winning a decision over Kailin Curran.

This will be her first fight in 1.5 years.

Emily Whitmire (3-2) tapped Christina Marks in the opening round of TUF 26, only to succumb to Roxanne Modafferi’s ground-and-pound in the quarterfinals. TUF teammate Gillian Robertson caught her in an armbar at the finale, but Whitmire successfully upset Jamie Moyle in her next appearance.

“Spitfire” stands three inches taller than Albu at 5’5.”

There are only two types of information my brain retains: pointless pop culture minutiae and fights. Even then, I can barely remember anything about Albu’s UFC efforts. I had to look up tape on someone with two fights in the Octagon and I am, frankly, disappointed in myself.

Albu’s strength is impressive, but her rock-bottom fight IQ is worrying. Worse, she compensates for technical deficiencies with athleticism, which does a number on her gas tank. Whitmire’s superior technique and cardio should allow her to control things on the feet, and if Albu pulls guard or tries to force a throw, Whitmire’s submissions are a real threat. Whitmire turns away an early surge to tap an exhausted Albu late.

Prediction: Whitmire via third-round submission

Four more UFC on ESPN 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts to preview and predict tomorrow, including a clash of unbeaten Bantamweight prospects and a featured fight between two Top 10-ranked fighters in the division. See you then, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on ESPN 1 fight card on fight night, starting with the ESPN+ (7-day free trial here) “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 7 p.m. ET, before the ESPN main card start time at 9 p.m. ET.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC on ESPN 1: “Velasquez vs. Ngannou” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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Adesanya: Weidman’s ‘Overrated,’ Costa’s A ‘Juice Monkey’

Israel Adesanya earned his his sixteenth straight win last Saturday night (Feb. 9, 2019) to remain undefeated (16-0, 5-0 UFC) in his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career after outlasting Anderson Silva in the UFC 234 main event (highlights).

In doing so, “The Last Stylebender” set himself up nicely to get the next title shot at Middleweight, which will come against either division king Robert Whittaker or Kelvin Gastelum, once they eventually handle their business, of course.

A couple of 185-pounders, though, weren’t too impressed with Adesanya, as former division champion Chris Weidman labeled the striker “overrated,” while Paulo Costa threatened to end the “scrawny clown’s” momentum in under two rounds.

Appearing on The MMA Hour, Israel responded to both men.

“Chris Weidman, I’m overrated, but why? Because he beat Silva a little more handily than me? Overrated? Interesting. I can say the same thing about him, heavily,” said Israel. “When I get this belt in my next fight, they can all line up and they can find out how overrated I am. Chris Weidman, that’s his opinion. But, I don’t have to pay attention. But, overrated is interesting.”

As far as Costa is concerned, “The Last Stylebender” took aim at his fighting style and physique.

“Now, the juice monkey Paula. Paula, a bitch. What did he say? See, the fight between me and Silva was physical chess on the highest level of striking. If you’re not about footwork, man, it was beautiful to watch,” said Israel. “A guy like Paula, he’s a walking punching bag. He’s juiced up, blown up and throws body shots heavy, heavy. Bring that ass over here and I will test him.”

“Uriah Hall was jabbing him up, how the fuck is he going to hit me with those T-Rex arms? If I’m behind those jabs, things that follow up will be much, much different. A guy like that should just focus on what he gots next in Yoel Romero,” he added.

To hear Israel tell it, Weidman and Paulo are putting in their two cents simply to try and steal a little bit of his shine.

“Let them talk. They are just trying to get some shine because I’m in the spotlight and I don’t give a fuck about what they’re doing. I’m here living my best life,” he concluded. Israel’s best life will soon include a world title fight.

Though it could be a while before he gets the chance to accomplish that goal.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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Video: Whittaker Issues Statement From Hospital Bed

Robert Whittaker was unable to defend his Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight title last night (Sat., Feb. 9, 2019) against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC 234 in Melbourne, Australia due to an internal hernia.

As a result, “Bobby Knuckles” underwent emergency surgery, as it was discovered he had a twisted and collapsed bowel on top of the already-existing hernia. Facing an extended road to recovery, Whittaker will remain in the hospital for a few more days and will face a lengthy road to recovery.

Being the warrior that he is, Whittaker posted a video message for all of his supporters on Instagram updating us on his health.

Hey guys ! Still kicking. I’m sorry to all my friends, fans and family for not being able to get in there Sunday. Apparently if you get emergency surgeries you can’t be cleared to fight. Thanks for the overwhelming support from all my fans I am so blessed to know you guys have my back. A big thanks to my team mates @fabricioitte @alexprates07 @standstrongboxingcoachjustin @justinlang_ep @titusday77 and all the others from behind the scenes you guys were there from start to finish worrying and prioritizing my health above all. Lastly to @danawhite and @ufc for the immediate help and support throughout the process of testing and the emergency surgeries. I am blessed I found out when I did and avoided life long consequences. I’ll be back better than ever.

Despite his removal from the card, Whittaker is still UFC’s middleweight champion. As a result of Robert’s withdrawal, Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya were bumped up to the headlining act and wowed fans for 15 minutes of striking action (full video replay here).

As for what “The Last Stylebender’s” win over “The Spider” means for the 185-pound weight class remains to be seen depending on Robert’s recovery time. That’s because Israel stamped his ticket to the big dance, though he won’t be able to tango until after Whittaker and Gastelum take care of their unfinished business.

Above all else, Whittaker seems to be in good spirits following his double surgery. Just last year, Robert was bounced from his title fight against Yoel Romero — also in Australia — after a sever staph infection spread to his stomach.

For complete UFC 234: “Silva vs. Adesanya” results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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Dana To Khabib: You Can’t Sit Out That Long

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight division is at a bit of a standstill at the moment, as division king Khabib Nurmagomedov won’t return to action until this November after he added three months to his nine-month suspension handed down by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

With plenty of contenders chomping at the bit for their chance at winning UFC gold, a lot of frustration is brewing around the division, with some taking the promotion to task for the current mess.

As far as Dana White is concerned, another interim title fight could be coming up soon,

“Guys can’t sit out and wait that long if they have the title, you can’t do it. So if that’s true and he is going to do that, then we have to figure out something else,” said White during the UFC 234 post-fight press conference (video replay here).

“You start looking at whether it’s Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, or one of these other guys. Whoever wants to…when opportunity knocks, answer the door. So we will see how this thing plays out. That’s the criteria.”

According to Donald Cerrone, he and Conor McGregor will be fighting for the interim strap soon enough, though White didn’t confirm or deny it during the presser. One fight White does like is Tony Ferguson facing off against “The Eagle,” though things might get a bit more complicated should ““El Cucuy” opt to wait for Khabib while an interim title is introduced.

Indeed, the 155-pound division is very murky, but if White has his way and Khabib sticks to his self-imposed year long ban from the Octagon, it could get cleared up a bit in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

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UFC 234 Results: Adesanya Wins, But Lets Anderson Silva Bang, Bro

Last night’s UFC 234 main event was noticeably lacking in terms of having a hometown champ defend his belt against a dangerous challenger. However, what it did have was ultra-hot rising star Israel Adesanya trying out his next-level striking skills against the man who first introduced the world to next-level striking skills: Anderson Silva.

And thankfully, Adesanya let Silva bang, bro.

For three rounds, Adesanya danced, flicked out strikes at improbable angles, and scored points. But for three rounds, the former champ did the same, and though he was noticeably a step behind and a bit slower, he scored here and there.

It was actually quiet thrilling to see a younger version of Silva in the cage against the older version.

We so rarely get to see our old heroes go out gracefully. They usually get brutally maimed and murdered by the next generation hungry for blood. So it was cool to see Silva do his thing, and come away with just some dings and bruises.

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