ONE Championship to Air in United States on TNT Network

If you were scratching your head in wonder as to why Asia-based promotion ONE Championship signed Sage Northcutt, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson, well, wonder no more.

The promotion is going to be airing events on TNT in the United States.

Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, but while we were all sucking on the UFC’s pay-per-view and FOX Sports teat, the broadcast industry was changing. Nowadays, it’s becoming more and more about digital streaming platforms, and the sports content they can offer. So by offering up some heretofore unseen MMA flavor to the domestic consumer, TNT has made their broadcast rights that much more valuable.

Anyway, here’s ESPN:

ONE Championship is coming to America.

The Asia-based promotion has signed a three-year broadcast deal with Turner Sports, sources told ESPN.

The deal, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, calls for 24 events to air live on B/R Live, Turner’s digital platform. The partnership is expected to be announced in the coming days.

In addition to the live events, Turner will air shoulder programming and taped events on TNT and there is also a reality show in the works, as well, according to sources.

The first event is scheduled for Jan. 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Predictions! Bellator 212 Main Card Preview, Quick Picks

Salute the Troops

Bellator 212: “Salute the Troops” airs tomorrow night (Fri., Dec. 14, 2018) from Neal S. Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu, Hawaii, featuring a Lightweight title defense in the main event of the evening that is so long overdue it almost doesn’t feel real that it’s finally happening.

Let’s break it down:

155 lbs.: Brent Primus (8-0) vs. Michael Chandler (18-4)

This all started on June 25, 2017, at Bellator 180 in Madison Square Garden. Then-defending Lightweight champion, “Iron Mike” Chandler, was ready to collect his fifth straight win against the previously undefeated Brent Primus, but then the unthinkable happened. Primus landed a precise kick that wobbled his left leg and left him unsteady on his feet. Despite barely being able to stand, Chandler roared back and hurt Primus with a right hand, but as he continued to limp and stumble, referee Todd Anderson paused the match. And on the advice of the ringside doctor, the bout was stopped moments later. Indeed, Primus officially became a world champion via technical knockout at 2:27 of round one.

Several opportunities to make the rematch since fell through, including Bellator 197 earlier this year, and every step of the way Chandler blasted Primus as “heartless” and a “part timer” in the sport. Given Primus hasn’t taken a single fight until now since winning the Lightweight title it’s very hard to argue with at least one of Chandler’s two points. Unless a monster tsunami rises from the ocean and takes Honolulu off the map, we’ll finally find out if he’s right about the other point and see just how much “heart” Primus has in a rematch.

The Oregon-born, raised and trained Primus stands 5’10” with a 73” reach and mixed bag of finishes — two knockouts, four submissions, two decisions. Of those two knockouts one was actually the doctor’s stoppage mentioned above, so his power in the striking department can be questioned. Chandler’s power, on the other hand, cannot be disputed. He has knocked out seven foes, submitted seven more, and only four wins went to the judges scorecards. Even notoriously tough brawlers like “Pitbull” Patricky Freire have fallen to the power of his right hand.

In addition, Chandler’s two return fights since losing the title have both been convincing, from a brutal beatdown of Goiti Yamauchi for a lopsided unanimous decision to a strangulation of Brandon Girtz in a match Primus bowed out of. He has looked so good that the loss of his title now seems like even more of a fluke than it did in New York City. Meanwhile, because of his sheer inactivity, there’s little of Primus to compare against him, and split decision wins in two of his last three fights don’t suggest an ability to dominate over five rounds if it even lasts that long. There was no reason on paper to pick Primus the first time and sadly for the champion there’s even less reason to do so now.

Final prediction: Michael Chandler whoops ass until scoring a technical knockout in round two

205 lbs.: Frank Mir (18-12) vs. Javy Ayala (10-7)

This is another fight that is unlikely to go the distance. Already the loser of three straight, Mir has competed just once over the last two years, getting destroyed by Fedor in just 48 seconds back in April. Ayala, meanwhile, has been more active over that same span, but he lost a decision to Roy Nelson then got knocked cold by Cheick Kongo in May. You can put as much sugar and honey on this fight as you like, including the fact Mir is a former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) title holder and Ayala once finished Kharitonov, but the fact is neither of these fighters are even near the middle of Bellator’s Heavyweight division. The only deciding factor to me is that Mir actually tagged Emelianenko with a punch in their fight that he admitted hurt him, and if Kongo can rock Ayala, I suspect Mir will too in a fight that should end quickly … and dramatically.

Final prediction: Frank Mir knocks out Javy Ayala in round one

145 lbs.: Derek Campos (19-7) vs. Sam Sicilia (15-9)

Campos was on a four-fight roll before Patricky Pitbull stopped him cold at Bellator 194 earlier this year. That may have motivated him to drop down from Lightweight to Featherweight, and if so, it could work well against Sam Sicilia. Campos stands 5’9” and has a 68” reach, while recent Bellator newcomer Sicilia is 5’8” with a 67” reach. Not only does that make the weight a better fit for Campos, he benefits from fighting a fighter on the decline who has lost four of his last five bouts dating back to 2015. As long as he makes a successful weight cut and isn’t dried up like a raisin this will go Campos’ way.

Final prediction: Derek Campos scores a third round technical knockout

125 lbs.: Alejandra Lara (7-2) vs. Juliana Velasquez (7-0)

Alejandra Lara had the honor of being the first woman to challenge Ilima-Lei Macfarlane for the women’s Bellator Flyweight title, but easily got outclassed in that fight and hasn’t been heard from since. This will mark her most active year since 2015 though as Lara has previously taken approximately one bout a year until now. Other than her debut and last year, Velasquez typically has two fights a year, and this will be her second of 2018 following an impressive technical knockout of Rebecca Ruth in April. The young Lara (24) stands 5’7” with a 68” reach, while the elder Velasquez (32) stands 5’6” with a 67.5” reach. As Mike Goldberg would say other than their age, “everything else is virtually identical.”

Velasquez has finished 57 percent of her opponents (three knockouts, one submission) in a thus far flawless career. Lara has fought more though and has finished 66 percent (three knockouts, three submissions). The most telling thing for me though is what doesn’t show up in the stats — how one-sided Lara’s loss to the champion was. When she’s faced older fighters — even if they have relatively the same number of professional bouts — they clearly don’t have the same level of experience between fights in the gym. I suspect what was true with Macfarlane is perhaps even more true with Velasquez — when “everything else is virtually identical” it’s that hard work outside of the cage that gives one woman the edge.

Final result: Alejandra Velasquez wins via technical knockout in round three

145 lbs.: A.J. McKee (12-0) vs. Daniel Crawford (10-2)

I’d like to say the Englishman Crawford has a chance here … but if I did I’d be lying. For “Mercenary” McKee this is simply a “stay busy” fight until he finally gets a world title shot against Emmanuel Sanchez. Crawford already lost his Bellator debut to Pedro Carvalho by split decision, and if that’s the best he can muster at anything above the BAMMA level, I don’t see him beating McKee. McKee stands 5’10” and has a 73” reach, while Crawford is at least one inch shorter in height with an undisclosed reach I don’t see closing the range of McKee with his hand speed and devastating kicks.

Final result: A.J. McKee wins via first round knockout

That’s a wrap!

MMAmania.com will deliver coverage of Bellator 212 tomorrow with Paramount fights starting at 9 p.m. ET. To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Bellator 212 Weigh-in Results: All Fighters on Weight

Michael Chandler is set to exact his revenge on Brent Primus, with the latter defending his lightweight belt for the first time against the man he toppled to win it.
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How, When To Buy Tickets For UFC Brooklyn

With the UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) dead in the water, a handful of existing match ups are heading to the promotion’s ESPN+ debut, scheduled for Sat., Jan. 19, 2019 inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.

Chief among them is the flyweight title fight pitting newly-crowned 125-pound kingpin, Henry Cejudo, opposite current bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw. Their five-round showdown will be contested for “The Messenger’s” division title.

Wanna go see it live?

That will require tickets, made available to UFC Fight Club members on Wednesday (Dec. 12), subscribers to the UFC Newsletter today (Dec. 13), and the general public on Friday (Dec. 14). Tickets are priced at $ 200, $ 150, $ 120, $ 100 and $ 90 (not including those bullshit fees).

Seats will also be available for purchase online at www.ticketmaster.com, as well as the American Express Box Office at Barclays Center on Saturday (Dec. 15) at noon. Tickets are limited to eight (8) per bot person.

To see who else is fighting at UFC on ESPN+ 1 click here.

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Michael Bisping Reflects on ‘Big’ Victory over Anderson Silva, Silva’s ‘Cheap’ Knee Strike

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ONE Championship to Air in United States on TNT Network

If you were scratching your head in wonder as to why Asia-based promotion ONE Championship signed Sage Northcutt, Eddie Alvarez and Demetrious Johnson, well, wonder no more.

The promotion is going to be airing events on TNT in the United States.

Maybe you noticed, maybe you didn’t, but while we were all sucking on the UFC’s pay-per-view and FOX Sports teat, the broadcast industry was changing. Nowadays, it’s becoming more and more about digital streaming platforms, and the sports content they can offer. So by offering up some heretofore unseen MMA flavor to the domestic consumer, TNT has made their broadcast rights that much more valuable.

Anyway, here’s ESPN:

ONE Championship is coming to America.

The Asia-based promotion has signed a three-year broadcast deal with Turner Sports, sources told ESPN.

The deal, which goes into effect on Jan. 1, calls for 24 events to air live on B/R Live, Turner’s digital platform. The partnership is expected to be announced in the coming days.

In addition to the live events, Turner will air shoulder programming and taped events on TNT and there is also a reality show in the works, as well, according to sources.

The first event is scheduled for Jan. 19 in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Edson Barboza Approaching Bout With Dan Hooker Feeling ‘Zero Pressure’ Despite Two-Fight Skid

In spite of being in the midst of the first losing streak of his career, Edson Barboza claims his scheduled clash with Dan Hooker this weekend is just a fight like any other.
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Midnight Mania! GSP: Defending One Belt Harder Than Winning Two

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Who would have guessed, a few years ago, that we would get so many superfights, we would be wishing for a regular champion who was content to just defend his belt in his own division? Yet, for some fans, that is now the situation the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the trend-setting Conor McGregor have put us in. It’s a welcome problem to have. In the past few years, we have been treated to Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez, Georges St. Pierre vs. Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic, and currently on the schedule we have TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo (with TJ fighting down a weight class, in a bizarre twist) and Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes. This is in many ways a great change, as these fights have, so far, been a lot of fun, but the danger is that the promotion threatens to further devalue belts already cheapened with interminable interim title bouts. No fighter has yet managed to win and defend two separate belts, meaning that they are, in effect, vacating one division for the next.

Max Holloway is a perfect example. He just defended his featherweight title in one of the greatest performances the 145-lb. division has ever seen, and was immediately inundated with questions about facing Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, or Conor McGregor, all fights that would take place a division up at lightweight. While a champion taking non-title fights a division up could be fun — who wouldn’t watch Max rematch McGregor, after all — it seems unnecessary when lightweight is so stacked, and featherweight already has more than one rising prospect booked to determine the next top contender.

There was also the question raised, when discussing Max’s potential legacy at featherweight: which counts for more, defending the title many times in a row, as Jose Aldo did, or vaulting up a weight class to claim a second title, like Conor McGregor? Which adds more to the legacy of a fighter?

As one of only five men to hold UFC titles across two weight divisions, as well as one of the longest-running champions in UFC history, Georges St. Pierre is uniquely suited to answer the question: which is a more difficult feat? GSP thinks that defending a belt over a long period of time is more difficult, and he explained why.

I think taking contenders is the hardest thing, and I’m gonna tell you why. Because when you are the champion, you are the target. Everybody is looking at you, everybody is studying your game. So, everything you do, everybody has seen it before. When you are coming as a contender- you’re the contender, you’re challenging the champion- it’s like the guy is looking at you for maybe a few months… which, when you’re champion, people are studying your game every day of your reign. Every guy that come up, their dream is to beat you. So they know your game, sometime better than you know yourself. So, for that reason, its a different perspective.

Is George St. Pierre right? If he is right, should the more difficult feat- defending the title over and over- count for more in terms of a champion’s legacy than winning a second belt in another weight class?


Insomnia

Remember when Conor McGregor’s mindset was that the cage WAS his stage for excellence? It seems unlikely we will ever see a McGregor this focused in the Octagon again, but we can hope.

Jose Aldo is only entertaining to the point that he is being pushed by his opponent. Renato Moicano is young, hungry, aggressive, and skilled in the same phases of the fight Aldo is, to greater or lesser degrees- meaning, this fight is going to rock. The leg kick battle alone is going to be worth your time.

Some context as to the pace Moicano pushes:

Scott Coker’s GIF game is strong

These are some of the fights that had been booked

“We should be friends, probably.” is an all-time great line after the fight Max Holloway and Brian Ortega had

Jon Jones fully looks the part of the killer here

Max Holloway cheers on his Hawaiian sister, Bellator flyweight champion Ilima Lane-MacFarlane

Robert Whittaker is a sellout!

Derrick Lewis on set

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Israel Adesanya is, at heart, an unapologetic nerd.

Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling is another great bantamweight fight

What would you do?


Podcasts and Video

The most relevant fight to watch before Kevin Lee mauls Al Iaquinta this weekend, is undoubtedly their first bout:

Heavy Hands

MMA Ratings


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

What a round

Defense is often more impressive than offense

Thiago Santos vs. Jimi Manuwa was awesome


Random Land

After the slow apocalypse, this will be how we get lions, tigers and genetically engineered sabertooth cats back in North America

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

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