UFC 222 Primer: Frankie Edgar Is Great, Isn’t He?

His rise to the top of the lightweight division is the stuff of legend.

Frankie Edgar came to the Octagon as a late-replacement, unable to make it onto the The Ultimate Fighter show despite impressing Dana White at the tryouts. And when Edgar stepped into the cage against Tyson Griffin, in a fight no one else dared take, it was assumed that Griffin was going chew the New Jersey native up and spit him out.

But Edgar out-hustled him by a factor of ten, and out-hustled everyone after that (aside from Gray Maynard) until it was time to face the mighty BJ Penn for the title. Edgar kicked Penn’s ass that night, and again in a rematch, and then fought Maynard to a draw before finally knocking him out in the trilogy fight.

Greatness. That’s Edgar, in a nutshell.

Sadly, he was undersized as a lightweight, and after two losses to Benson Henderson, Edgar took on Jose Aldo for the featherweight belt. Ultimately, Edgar has faced Aldo twice, and in nine fights at 145 pounds, Aldo gave him his only two losses.

Which brings us to UFC 222.

Edgar and champ Max Holloway have been playing “Tag, you’re injured!” for a while now, first with Edgar missing the boat on their fight and then with Holloway doing the same. That left UFC 222 without a main event, until the UFC decided to put female featherweight champ Cris Cyborg in the marquee bout opposite Invicta FC champ Yana Kunitskaya. That has left Edgar in the co-main event, opposite up-and-comer Brian Ortega.

Fans have a lot of love for Edgar – both for his greatness and his down-to-Earth personality. So here’s a little vid the UFC has put together in his honor.

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Midnight Mania! White Takes Credit for McGregor: ‘I Turned Him Into a Star’

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The ongoing UFC anti-trust lawsuit continues to reveal interesting tidbits, including that Dana White very much takes credit for Conor McGregor’s rise. He stated the following in a deposition.

“Four years ago, Conor McGregor was available to everybody. Bellator, ONE FC, UFC, everybody out there. Do you know who went out- he was- he was 7 and 2, Okay? Guy’s record was 7 and 2. There’s a zillion of them, right? I went out and got Conor McGregor. I saw him, I liked his personality, and I turned him into a star, one of the biggest stars on earth right…”

This is factually incorrect as well as misleading; McGregor was already a two-weight champion in Cage Warriors with considerable hype, and his record was 12-2 when the UFC signed him.

Other details include how the UFC used anti-competitive practices to prevent free agency of fighters. Jon Fitch can certainly attest to this (as he does below).

Zuffa also retaliated against fighters if they turned down a fight offer from Joe Silva.

Fight Pass subscribers have reportedly gone from 140,000 subscribers to nearly 400,000.


Insomnia

TJ Dillashaw landing a couple late punches on K1 Kickboxing champion Takeru

Dominick Cruz’ dog is adorable

Al Iaquinta (officially) joined Project Spearhead to serve as it’s interim secretary/treasurer

Claudia Gadelha is training with… Joe Benavidez?

Surround yourself with greatness. Cerque-se de grandeza. #teamcg #ufc225

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Dexterity

Donald Cerrone and his inimitable grandma.

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This was one of the coolest moments of the fight night last weekend

I see you, Angela Hill. Black History month, amiright?

I also see you, Mackenzie Dern.

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Bob Knuckles has a message for all the haters

Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier

l You juss little

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Nate Diaz’s incredible cardio doesn’t just happen.

S-works mtb

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I would hate this.

Eddie Alvarez taking his daughter to Disney is still adorable.

Cody is right. This is very funny.

Don’t mess with Elvis

I believe this is 545 pounds… Jon Jones used to pull 575 off the blocks like this (I went back on his Instagram to check), but with sumo deadlifts. Presumably traditional is more difficult for someone of his height and long arms.

Old wise man once said don’t count the days make the days count.

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Chad Mendes has words for the anti-hunting folks on his timeline. He’s right in that, if you eat meat, you can’t have a moral issue with people hunting for their own meat.

With my continued growth of new followers, especially those who follow me because of mma, I feel it’s necessary to educate u on why I hunt. I know this is a never ending cycle but As a hunter, I feel we have to educate those who don’t understand or have no idea why we do it. The disconnect between human and food is so strong nowadays that some people have completely forgotten where it comes from. I’ve been called a murder or killer on social media hundreds/thousands of times. What blows my mind is that most of those people have pics of steak dinners or roasted chicken or fish all over their pages. Others claim to be vegan and say it’s not necessary but they have 4 cats and 2 dogs. The food they are buying at the store and feeding them comes from dead animals. Animals that were raised in a cage or pen then slaughtered. No matter if u eat meat or live a Vegan lifestyle, death must happen. The leather in your cars or on ur shoes, the skin products, the wheat harvest where thousands of reptiles and rodents were killed by the machinery, it all requires something to die. I’m not here to judge what lifestyle u choose. I completely respect both lifestyle choices. I just ask that I get the same respect back for my choice of being a meat eater. I’ve said this before and ill say it again, I don’t enjoy killing. I don’t crave death. Watching an animal die is just as difficult for me to watch now as it was when I was a young boy. Being in the wilderness, away from the fast paced life I live, and knowing that I can go out into the wild on my own and fill my freezer with lean, organic, hormone free meat is why I hunt. This is one of my freezers at home. It’s amazing being able to live off of so much wild game variety. Elk, deer, wild pig, ducks and geese, wild turkey and fish! I’d say 85% of @ab_raines and my diet consists of wild game we have both harvested. This is why we hunt. Just a heads up guys, rude or ignorant comments will get ya blocked. I’d rather have 5 followers that understand or willing to try to understand then a million idiots. Thx for letting me speak my mind. #hunting #fishing #providing #howilivemylife #dontbeahater #educateurself #itsnotwhatuthink

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Good Reads


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Lethwei is brutal

This step-around KO is just gorgeous

Chris Weidman’s first MMA fight

Nice

That’s quite the incredible trip/throw


Podcasts and Video

The top three can’t-miss fights on the Stephens-Emmett fight card this weekend! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Jeremy Stephens’ counter punching


Random Land

That’s a big boy

Adorable small horses

@suetoshi_farm

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I thought this was a painting for a second

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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‘Toquinho’ Meets Aliaskhab Khizriev, Two Title Fights Announced for Fight Nights Global 85

Protect your legs, “Toquinho” is back.
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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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Ex-Middleweight Champ Michael Bisping Denies Being Offered Fight with Derek Brunson

Michael Bisping is calling Derek Brunson’s bluff.
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UFC On FOX 28 Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC on FOX 28, which is set to hit Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., this weekend (Sat., Feb. 24, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!

Two Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight bangers on the heels of knockout victories do battle inside Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., this Saturday evening (Feb. 24, 2018) when Jeremy Stephens takes on Josh Emmett in the main event of UFC on FOX 28.

The four-fight broadcast also includes a clash between top-tier women’s Strawweight contenders Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres, a Light Heavyweight throwdown between the heavy-handed Ovince Saint Preux and Ilir Latifi, and what ought to be a genuine banger between Mike Perry and Max Griffin.

Valentine’s Day is over, but your special someone could always use more treats. Here’s how to afford them:

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 126?

For one, I didn’t recommend nearly enough money on Roberto Sanchez. For two, James Vick took Francisco Trinaldo’s punches much better than I expected. Trinaldo didn’t have nearly as much success pressuring as I anticipated, but I stand by my assessment that he was sorely undervalued by the bookies. Vick will get flattened someday soon, though. You can quote me on that.

UFC on FOX 28 Undercard Odds:

Renan Barao (-155) vs. Brian Kelleher (+135)
Sara McMann (-220) vs. Marion Reneau (+180)
Angela Hill (-145) vs. Maryna Moroz (+125)
Alan Jouban (-240) vs. Ben Saunders (+200)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (-170) vs. Gilbert Burns (+130)
Marcin Prachnio (-285) vs. Sam Alvey (+205)
Rani Yahya (-400) vs. Russell Doane (+280)
Alex Perez (-190) vs. Eric Shelton (+150)
Manny Bermudez (-195) vs. Albert Morales (+155)

Thoughts: I see quite a bit of potential here. Brian Kelleher, Gilbert Burns and Eric Shelton all look like quality underdog investments.

Barao has not looked good, even in victory, since 2014. He looked pedestrian against Phillipe Nover and showed rock-bottom fight IQ against Jeremy Stephens and Aljamain Sterling, both of whom he had the skills to dominate. He’s also cutting to 135 pounds without an IV, which he’s flat-out not allowed to do in at least one state because of the effects on his health. Kelleher is durable and relentless, which is enough to get me leaning his way.

The last time Aubin-Mercier took on a world-class Brazilian jiu-jitsu artist, he got dominated for three rounds. Burns is certainly capable of recreating Diego Ferreira’s triumph, especially since he’s a more complete kickboxer with every bit as much stopping power in his strikes. “Durinho” for the win.

There’s a difference between dominating the likes of Carls Jon de Tomas and giving Tim Elliott a run for his money. Alex Perez — despite having more professional fights — doesn’t have anywhere near Shelton’s level of experience against the cream of the crop. Shelton can hold his own wherever the fight goes, so expect him to earn the victory.

UFC on FOX 28 Main Card Odds:

Jeremy Stephens (-165) vs. Josh Emmett (+145)
Jessica Andrade (-320) vs. Tecia Torres (+260)
Ovince Saint Preux (-120) vs. Ilir Latifi (EVEN)
Mike Perry (-340) vs. Max Griffn (+280)

Thoughts: All of these fights, save perhaps for Andrade vs. Torres, could turn on a dime, so I would not recommend putting any money on them. Even the exception is worth staying away from, as Torres has upset potential, but isn’t a sufficiently live dog to justify putting money on.

UFC on FOX 28 Best Bets:

  • Single bet — Brian Kelleher: Bet $ 50 to make $ 67.50
  • Single bet — Gilbert Burns: Bet $ 60 to make $ 78
  • Single bet — Eric Shelton: Bet $ 80 to make $ 104

There are lot of folks who are going to get knocked senseless, methinks, so be sure you’re there to watch. See you Saturday, Maniacs!

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver live UFC on FOX 28 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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UFC Fight Night 126 Averages 893K Viewers for Sunday Card; Bellator 194 Draws 476K on Friday

UFC Fight Night 126 averaged 893,000 viewers for a Sunday night offering on Fox Sports 1, according to ShowBuzz Daily.
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Derrick Lewis Reveals Fractured Hand Following Win Over Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 126

Derrick Lewis did not escape his UFC Fight Night 126 encounter with Marcin Tybura unscathed.
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UFC Orlando Loses Lightweight Bout Following ‘Unsafe’ Weight Cut

We’re still two days out from the official UFC on FOX 28 weigh ins, but that hasn’t stopped the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion from yanking a scheduled lightweight scrap over a potentially unsafe weight cut.

Gilbert Burns will not be allowed to compete this Saturday night (Feb. 24, 2018), where he was expected to meet Olivier Aubin-Mercier in the UFC on FOX 28 “Prelims” on Fight Pass inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

That’s according to a report from Flo Combat.

“Upon his arrival, the UFC medical team determined that it would be unsafe for Burns to cut additional weight necessary to meet the 156-pound limit,” UFC said in its official release. “The card will proceed as scheduled with twelve fights.”

No word yet on whether or not either competitor will receive their “show” money after being yanked from the line up, or rebooked for a future fight card. Expect that announcement in the next few days.

To see the revised UFC on FOX 28 fight card and line up click here.

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Gilbert Burns vs. Olivier Aubin-Mercier Pulled from Saturday’s UFC on Fox 28 Card

Weight cut concerns for Gilbert Burns have led to the cancellation of his proposed UFC on Fox 28 showdown with Olivier Aubin-Mercier.
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