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‘Prime Time’ Confident About Weight Issues Heading Into UFC 226

Uriah Hall continues to regroup after missing weight for his bout with Vitor Belfort at UFC Fight Night 124 back in January and being hospitalized for acute kidney failure and a mini seizure.

It was truly a scary moment for Hall.

As Hall gears up for his return to the Octagon opposite undefeated middleweight contender Paulo Costa at UFC 226 on July 7 from Las Vegas, Nevada, he believes that his weight troubles are a thing of the past. After coming to grips with his physical needs, “Prime Time” is ready to turn over a new leaf.

“I’m a lot better now because I understand what was the issue and I’m attacking it,” Hall told MMAjunkie earlier this week in Las Vegas.

“As I get older, I’m forgetting that I’m not young,” Hall continued. “So my body is like, ‘Hey bro, we can’t do the same stuff we do.’ So, sleeping is one of them that I’m starting to do more, because I don’t sleep. Just small, basic things that my body is catching up to. It’s just mainly being disciplined.”

UFC president Dana White blasted Hall for going out and partying the week before his botched weight cut earlier this year. While White caught some heat for his remarks, he may have been right. If Hall can limit his extracurricular habits and give his body what it needs then he could finally cash in on the elite potential he possesses.

It all starts with UFC 226. Hall will have to be at his best, both physically and mentally, to overthrow one of the biggest wrecking balls in the division.

“He’s somewhat talented, but he’s hungry, so that makes me want to train even harder,” Hall said. “First fight didn’t happen for whatever reason, but I’m working on the diet part of it. And the training I switched up to focus on things that I haven’t, really.

“My body is one of the main things I neglected, because youth will leave you. My mindset and my pride was like, I’m fine, but as an athlete, you’ve got to work around that. You can’t just have one dimension to say I’m going to tough through it. You’ve got to have the responsibility to say, all right, there’s certain things that are not working in my favor. What can I do to adjust and move forward?”

Hall is coming off a Performance of the Night knockout finish over middleweight staple Krzysztof Jotko, while Costa stopped former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks via second-round TKO back on November.

UFC 226 will be headlined by a heavyweight superfight between current divisional champion Stipe Miocic and UFC light heavyweight titleholder Daniel Cormier. The main card will also feature a featherweight clash between current champion Max Holloway and undefeated contender Brian Ortega.

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Fabricio Werdum Talks About Failed Drug Test

Brazilian submission dude Fabricio Werdum has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight of late, hopping on cards all over the world to give people a reason to tune in. But alas, a run in with USADA will likely have Werdum on ice – possibly for about 80 years if USADA conducts any sort of investigation into tainted supplements or whatever.

Anyhoo, Werdum took to social media to address the failed test. He doesn’t really say mea culpa, he just says his team is working on resolving things.

(Hopefully, it’s not the same people who advised Jon Jones to go before the athletic commission with nothing but a shrug as his defense.)

Fala galera Fui pego de surpresa com a notícia de que um dos exames colhidos pela USADA em abril deu positivo para uma substância proibida. Me coloquei à disposição da USADA e do UFC e estou trabalhando com a minha equipe para entender o que aconteceu. Eu sempre fui muito cuidadoso com tudo o que eu tomo e sempre apoiei o esporte limpo. Vocês podem ter certeza de que vamos esclarecer esse mal entendido e espero em breve poder voltar a fazer o que eu amo, que é lutar. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Hey guys, I got up this morning to the news that one of my urine samples from April tested positive for a prohibited substance. I am working with my team, the UFC and USADA to understand what happened. I’ve always been careful with everything I take and I’ve always supported a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding and I hope soon to be able to go back to the octagon and do what I love

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Fabricio Werdum Talks About Failed Drug Test

Brazilian submission dude Fabricio Werdum has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight of late, hopping on cards all over the world to give people a reason to tune in. But alas, a run in with USADA will likely have Werdum on ice – possibly for about 80 years if USADA conducts any sort of investigation into tainted supplements or whatever.

Anyhoo, Werdum took to social media to address the failed test. He doesn’t really say mea culpa, he just says his team is working on resolving things.

(Hopefully, it’s not the same people who advised Jon Jones to go before the athletic commission with nothing but a shrug as his defense.)

Fala galera Fui pego de surpresa com a notícia de que um dos exames colhidos pela USADA em abril deu positivo para uma substância proibida. Me coloquei à disposição da USADA e do UFC e estou trabalhando com a minha equipe para entender o que aconteceu. Eu sempre fui muito cuidadoso com tudo o que eu tomo e sempre apoiei o esporte limpo. Vocês podem ter certeza de que vamos esclarecer esse mal entendido e espero em breve poder voltar a fazer o que eu amo, que é lutar. ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖ Hey guys, I got up this morning to the news that one of my urine samples from April tested positive for a prohibited substance. I am working with my team, the UFC and USADA to understand what happened. I’ve always been careful with everything I take and I’ve always supported a clean sport. We will work hard to solve this misunderstanding and I hope soon to be able to go back to the octagon and do what I love

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UFC Fight Night 130 Primer: That Darren Till Hype Is About to Die

It’s an amazing confluence of events that goes into making a star. First, there’s the stellar performance in the cage – which, with Darren Till, came when he wrecked superstar Donald Cerrone. Then there’s the promotional opportunity, usually created with a new market for the UFC to break into. Again, with Till, it came when the organization decided they wanted to hold an event in Liverpool, England – and hey, guess what? Till is from Liverpool!

So it is that Till gets to headline UFC Fight Night 130 this weekend, in front of his hometown crowd, and against welterweight contender Stephen Thompson.

Yup, it’s an amazing confluence of events for Till. Too bad he’s going to get murdered.

Look, Till is a game little scrapper, and in five UFC appearances has done everything right. But taking one of the very elite members of the division – and especially Thompson, who does what Till does only better – that’s a surefire recipe for the Liverpool crowd to witness their local hero get destroyed.

Maybe Till will get a few good licks in. Maybe he’ll even look impressive for a little while. But Thompson is going to karate-kick that accent right out of Till’s mouth, and that’s all there is to it.

Anyway, here’s a little hype reel devoted to Till.

The post UFC Fight Night 130 Primer: That Darren Till Hype Is About to Die appeared first on Caged Insider.

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UFC 224 Primer: Brazil Is All About Love

Sure, whenever the UFC travels to Brazil and a non-Brazilian fights a Brazilian in the Octagon, the crowd chants, “You’re going to die!” in Portuguese. And yeah, Colby Covington can’t fight down there because, well, he’d get torn to pieces by an angry mob. But you know what? There’s a lot of love in Brazil, too.

Take, for instance, the Embedded episodes below.

Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza will (in theory) be taking on Kelvin Gastelum in the co-main event of UFC 224 on Saturday night. But what happens when he runs into Gastelum’s coach in the days leading up to the fight? Love. Nothing but love.

Then there’s the main event between bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes and challenger Raquel Pennington.

Nunes and girlfriend Nina Ansaroff are actually pals with Pennington and girlfriend Tecia Torres – guess how much love they show each other when they cross paths? (Hint: there’s lots of love.)

Unlike cards that had Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey at the helm, and the trash-talk and hate was copious, UFC 224 in Brazil has so much respect and affection going on that it’s hard to imagine there will be fights on Saturday night.

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Tony Ferguson Wasn’t Kidding About That Knee Injury

Former interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson was supposed to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 223, but about a million things went sideways the week of the fight, and, well, it ended up being Nurmagomedov versus Al Iaquinta for the belt, and now the Dagestani is champ.

Setting off the chain reaction of weird and confounding events was, of course, Ferguson injuring his knee in a freak accident.

As per a pic he posted to Instagram, he really did mess that thing up.

Tony Ferguson Wasn’t Kidding About That Knee Injury

Former interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson was supposed to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 223, but about a million things went sideways the week of the fight, and, well, it ended up being Nurmagomedov versus Al Iaquinta for the belt, and now the Dagestani is champ.

Setting off the chain reaction of weird and confounding events was, of course, Ferguson injuring his knee in a freak accident.

As per a pic he posted to Instagram, he really did mess that thing up.

Tony Ferguson Wasn’t Kidding About That Knee Injury

Former interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson was supposed to face Khabib Nurmagomedov in the main event of UFC 223, but about a million things went sideways the week of the fight, and, well, it ended up being Nurmagomedov versus Al Iaquinta for the belt, and now the Dagestani is champ.

Setting off the chain reaction of weird and confounding events was, of course, Ferguson injuring his knee in a freak accident.

As per a pic he posted to Instagram, he really did mess that thing up.

Midnight Mania! NSAC Are Really About to Take Away Canelo-GGG 2

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The NSAC make no sense.

Canelo failed two tests for banned substance clenbuterol, which is a known problem with Mexican and Chinese beef. Remember, this is the commission that delayed Floyd Mayweather’s jail sentence for domestic violence so he could fight Miguel Cotto; they not only licensed 0-0 Conor McGregor to fight Mayweather, but even arbitrarily changed the glove size. But now Bob Bennett, the NSAC head, is filing an official complaint against Canelo and changing the hearing date. Via MMAFighting.com:

“After completing my investigation, I made the determination to file a complaint against Mr. Alvarez and set the matter for a disciplinary hearing during the Commission’s regularly scheduled meeting on April 18th,” Bennett’s statement read. “Therefore, I am cancelling the hearing that was scheduled for Friday, March 30th.”

The fight is in genuine danger for being cancelled because of what should be a non-issue. Golden Boy, the promoter, has said that, consistent with WADA’s long-standing observations of meat from China and Mexico, there is evidence the sample came from contaminated meat.

Golden Boy’s claim was backed up by Daniel Eichner, the director at WADA-accredited lab SMRTL in Salt Lake City. Eichner said in the release that the levels “are all within the range of what is expected from meat contamination.”

You speak like stupid guy, NSAC.


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Khabib Nurmagomedov is a wordsmith

Angela Hill is picking a fight with Randa Markos

Jumping switchkick

Matt Brown’s mental training

Tommy Toehold can’t make that conference call more ridiculous than it already was.

Useful graphic for journalists interviewing Ronda Rousey

MMA Squared has some suggestions for the UFC that I like.

Anthony Pettis practicing his footwork.

Meisha Tate saved her dog from another dog by tackling it- and also yes she has that pregnancy glow.

This girl is amazing at hitting the tennis ball

This can’t be easy to do.. but WBC world champion Eva Wahlström makes it look easy.. that double jab is on point!

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Midnight Mania! Rousey still can’t talk about her UFC losses, as Max Kellerman found out

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Ronda Rousey still can’t come to terms with her UFC losses. It could be an act for her new gig, the haunted former MMA fighter turned pro wrestler… but it’s probably not. At no point since her loss has Rousey given any signs that she’s come to terms with what was clearly a very traumatic event for her… twice. She avoided all MMA media after her KO loss to Holly Holm, even in the leadup to her return and second loss to Amanda Nunes. She did go on Ellen DeGeneres’ show and said that the loss made her suicidal, and what gave her ballast was thinking of having children with her boyfriend Travis Browne. Earlier today she gave an extremely prickly response to a question on ESPN suggesting she still isn’t over it.

To be fair, she did face a vicious backlash after the loss. It was in regard to this backlash she was asked a question on ‘First Take’. It wasn’t even a “gotcha” moment- Max Kellerman tried to couch the question in the nicest possible terms… but it still didn’t go his way.

It is difficult for any fighter to come to terms with a loss, but most fighters are eventually able to do so. Hopefully Rousey, retired though she is, eventually finds a way.


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Stone Cold Stipe has some pretty awesome fans.

Chuck Liddell hitting pads. Random fact- the pad holder, Ernie Reyes Jr., is the kid from the 90’s movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II.

The guy using words like “parameters”, “texture combination”, and “temperature of serving” to describe a fruit salad is Ido Portal, the guy Conor McGregor was playing touch-butt in the park with.

No matter how UFC 223 goes for him, Tony Ferguson will always have his dog.

When Sonny Liston got sick of Cassius Clay’s trash talk- this probably wouldn’t be legal today.

Wing Chun fighter vs. the MMA fighter turned Kung Fu killer.

Jon Bones hitting the garage pads again.

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Kajan Johnson and Project Spearhead offering a useful service to fighters. They are right- weed isn’t a PED.

Conor McGregor today.

In the name of fighting

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Conor McGregor 500 days ago.

Garry Tonon has a great sense of humor about his growing striking skills.

Head kicks for days

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Combat sports this weekend include Joshua vs. Parker


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A reminder of how violent Paul Felder is

Felder vs. Iaquinta is going to be awesome.

She reeeeally didn’t want to tap.


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Ever wonder why Stefan Struve, his brothers, and most of the men in the Netherlands are so tall? It might be related to income distribution there (via nutrition)- which might help explain why average height in the US has been declining since the 1970s.

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