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No Doubt About It, Moraes Is ‘Magic’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight contenders Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes squared off for a second time last night (Sun., Feb. 2, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 144 on ESPN+ (watch here!) inside Northeast Olympic Training Center in Fortaleza, Brazil.

In the less than two years since their first, closely contested match, both men have done nothing but confirm their status as amazing Bantamweights. Assuncao picked up another pair of clear-cut victories, showcasing the advantage of experience against talented younger men. Meanwhile, Moraes picked up a trio of wins, most vitally a pair of high kick knockouts that took about a minute total. Both men entered with strong arguments for a title shot already, but this bout was all about securing that shot.

Assuncao took the center of the cage to start the fight, but Moraes began chopping into the leg early as he circled. His jab was more active as well, and it seemed like Assuncao was having a difficult time landing his punches early on. Then, Moraes dropped a pair of heavy overhands directly into the jaw, sending Assuncao falling back to the mat.

Moraes jumped on him. From top position, Moraes advanced into half guard and landed some hard elbows. His foe seemed to recover though and looked to use the fence to wall-walk, but that proved to be a fatal mistake. As Assuncao moved to stand, Moraes latched onto his neck with a guillotine and jumped guard.

Assuncao tried to save himself, fighting to jump around the guard as Moraes fell back. Instead, Moraes used that momentum to roll himself into mount, leaving his opponent no option but to submit. Judging solely from Moraes’ massive arm muscles, that was a seriously tight choke.

For the third straight time, Moraes walked into the cage with an elite opponent and dusted him effortlessly. Even before the knockdown that eventually ended the fight, Moraes was performing wonderfully. He was moving well, boxing smartly, and already had created a patch of bruising on Assuncao’s lead leg just a couple minutes in. Outside of a nice oblique kick, did Assuncao land anything significant?

Beyond the clean technical work of Moraes, his finishing instinct was admirably. His first overhand stunned Assuncao, so he immediately reloaded and threw another. In pursuit of the finish, Moraes never grew overeager or frustrated when Assuncao briefly tied him up on the mat. Instead, he advanced into a position where he could land well, unleashed some offense, then capitalized with the choke.

It was yet another incredible performance from “Magic” Moraes, who absolutely deserves the next title shot.

It’s also an unfortunate result for Assuncao, who sees his potential title shot vanish beyond the wall of tough contenders he’ll have to defeat to regain this status. It will be a tough road back to title contention for Assuncao, who’s already not one to receive favorable UFC matchmaking.

Last night, Marlon Moraes dominated his opponent in another amazing victory. What’s next for “Magic?”

For complete UFC Fight Night 144 “Assuncao vs. Moraes 2” results and play-by-play, click HERE!

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Fedor Thinking ‘More And More’ About Retirement

Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” takes place this Saturday night (Jan. 26, 2019) at The Forum in Inglewood, California. Early “Prelims” fights start at 7 p.m. ET on DAZN (try it free for one month right HERE), while the main card begins at 9 p.m. ET on Paramount Network.

Ahead of a historic card headlined by Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader, who will meet in the finals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, Bellator MMA held open workouts with the main card fighters earlier this week. After putting his 42-year-old body through the paces in the hot California sun, Emelianenko spoke to the mixed martial arts (MMA) media in attendance about what this fight means to him.

“Every fight in my career was a very important fight, but this very fight is the most important as that’s the final of the grand prix tournament and only two of us stayed in this tournament (until the end).”

After initially retiring from MMA in 2012, Emelianenko surprised many people with his comeback three years later, but admits the thought of retiring again lingers.

“I think I will be able to answer this very question (better) after the fight. After the fight I will have some time to rest a little bit. This is what I’m thinking. You know to tell the truth at my age right now, more and more I am thinking about retiring. It is not because I don’t want to fight, it’s definitely because of the age, and old injuries which I have.”

If the Russian legend wins the grand prix tournament this weekend, along with Bellator MMA’s Heavyweight title, few could blame “The Last Emperor” for hanging up his gloves for good and going out on top … in style.

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Forget About GOAT, Jones Wants To Be A ‘Bad Motherf*cker’

Jon Jones is already considered one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Despite his unpredictable layoffs and legal troubles outside of the cage, “Bones” remains arguably the most gifted martial artist to ever step foot inside of the Octagon.

Next weekend at UFC 232 in Las Vegas, Jones will make his return to the sport against rival Alexander Gustafsson and try to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title that he never actually lost in competition. A victory for Jones would put him back on the 205-pound throne and cap off a true MMA comeback story.

But despite all of his accolades and accomplishments inside of the Octagon, the only thing that matters to Jones is being remembered as a “bad motherf*cker.” Going down as the GOAT would be nice, but “Bones” believes that discussion is driven but popularity, not necessarily the overall resume of a fighter.

“No, I don’t think being considered the best — I don’t think one fight makes you, one fight doesn’t make my career. It’s the journey, it’s not about one fight,” replied Jones during Thursday’s UFC 232 media call (replay here) when asked his thoughts on the being considered the greatest fighter of all-time.

“I feel like there will always be a debate about who is the best, whoever is the best is whoever is hot at the current moment. I feel like MMA fans are very quick to forget a lot of peoples’ accomplishments.”

Jones, who is guaranteed to land on MMA’s Mount Rushmore when it’s all said and done, pointed to other combat greats to help support his claim.

“For example, Anderson Silva is not even considered to be in the conversation anymore as the GOAT, which is a shame because he’s done so much for our sport. Jose Aldo, these guys have been kicking ass for years, they’ve done so much for our sport and then one defeat, and now they’re not the best any more,” he said.

“I understand that the conversation will always just be an opinion and I’ve just got to focus on the things that I can control, which is preparing myself the best that I can for each fight and making sure my hand is raised at the end of the day.”

So if Jones isn’t fighting to be considered the “GOAT,” what is the New York native hoping to accomplish? Like most fighters competing in the game today, “Bones” simply wants to be remembered as a fighter who put it all on the line and absolutely demolished the competition (which he has to this point in his career).

“What is my legacy? What would I want it to be? Let’s see here, just being a bad motherf*cker at the end of the day. Just a bad dude, man. Am I perfect? No. Am I a Christian who swears? Yes. Do I love God? Yes. Do I love my family? Yes. Am I bad motherf*cker in that ring? Yes,” Jones said.

“That’s it, man. One thing I’m realizing is, being the champion, you don’t have to wear a suit everyday, you don’t have to be politically correct and have all the kids look up to you and say that you’re such an angel. Who said that’s what a champion has to be?”

UFC 232 will take place on Dec. 29 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and be headlined by the highly-anticipated Jones vs. Gustafsson rematch.

For complete UFC 232 fight card news click here.

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Forget About GOAT, Jones Wants To Be A ‘Bad Motherf*cker’

Jon Jones is already considered one of the best fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) history. Despite his unpredictable layoffs and legal troubles outside of the cage, “Bones” remains arguably the most gifted martial artist to ever step foot inside of the Octagon.

Next weekend at UFC 232 in Las Vegas, Jones will make his return to the sport against rival Alexander Gustafsson and try to reclaim the UFC light heavyweight title that he never actually lost in competition. A victory for Jones would put him back on the 205-pound throne and cap off a true MMA comeback story.

But despite all of his accolades and accomplishments inside of the Octagon, the only thing that matters to Jones is being remembered as a “bad motherf*cker.” Going down as the GOAT would be nice, but “Bones” believes that discussion is driven but popularity, not necessarily the overall resume of a fighter.

“No, I don’t think being considered the best — I don’t think one fight makes you, one fight doesn’t make my career. It’s the journey, it’s not about one fight,” replied Jones during Thursday’s UFC 232 media call (replay here) when asked his thoughts on the being considered the greatest fighter of all-time.

“I feel like there will always be a debate about who is the best, whoever is the best is whoever is hot at the current moment. I feel like MMA fans are very quick to forget a lot of peoples’ accomplishments.”

Jones, who is guaranteed to land on MMA’s Mount Rushmore when it’s all said and done, pointed to other combat greats to help support his claim.

“For example, Anderson Silva is not even considered to be in the conversation anymore as the GOAT, which is a shame because he’s done so much for our sport. Jose Aldo, these guys have been kicking ass for years, they’ve done so much for our sport and then one defeat, and now they’re not the best any more,” he said.

“I understand that the conversation will always just be an opinion and I’ve just got to focus on the things that I can control, which is preparing myself the best that I can for each fight and making sure my hand is raised at the end of the day.”

So if Jones isn’t fighting to be considered the “GOAT,” what is the New York native hoping to accomplish? Like most fighters competing in the game today, “Bones” simply wants to be remembered as a fighter who put it all on the line and absolutely demolished the competition (which he has to this point in his career).

“What is my legacy? What would I want it to be? Let’s see here, just being a bad motherf*cker at the end of the day. Just a bad dude, man. Am I perfect? No. Am I a Christian who swears? Yes. Do I love God? Yes. Do I love my family? Yes. Am I bad motherf*cker in that ring? Yes,” Jones said.

“That’s it, man. One thing I’m realizing is, being the champion, you don’t have to wear a suit everyday, you don’t have to be politically correct and have all the kids look up to you and say that you’re such an angel. Who said that’s what a champion has to be?”

UFC 232 will take place on Dec. 29 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and be headlined by the highly-anticipated Jones vs. Gustafsson rematch.

For complete UFC 232 fight card news click here.

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Dana White Responds to Criticism About Booking Greg Hardy on Brooklyn Card

Addressing the controversy regarding the booking of Greg Hardy on the same card as recent alleged domestic violence victim Rachael Ostovich, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White defended the decision while responding to criticism.
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Dana White Responds to Criticism About Booking Greg Hardy on Brooklyn Card

Addressing the controversy regarding the booking of Greg Hardy on the same card as recent alleged domestic violence victim Rachael Ostovich, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White defended the decision while responding to criticism.
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Dana White Responds to Criticism About Booking Greg Hardy on Brooklyn Card

Addressing the controversy regarding the booking of Greg Hardy on the same card as recent alleged domestic violence victim Rachael Ostovich, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White defended the decision while responding to criticism.
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Dana White Responds to Criticism About Booking Greg Hardy on Brooklyn Card

Addressing the controversy regarding the booking of Greg Hardy on the same card as recent alleged domestic violence victim Rachael Ostovich, Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White defended the decision while responding to criticism.
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Francis Ngannou Realistic About Standing in Heavyweight Division After UFC Beijing Win

Francis Ngannou went from being “The Next Big Thing” in the UFC to being labeled a bust in just a few short fights.
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Midnight Mania! Only Dana White ‘Cared’ About Khabib-McGregor Brawl

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Dana White said the melee after UFC 229, which saw Khabib leap into the crowd like an eagle to attack McGregor’s grappling coach Dillon Danis — after he tapped McGregor- was a big deal, but no one seemed to care except him. Transcript via For The Win:

For me personally, all the work I put that I put into this the last 20 years of my life… I didn’t want to see it go down like that. I was upset about it. I was the only one. The rest of the world could care less.

For me, it was just our biggest moment, the most people watching ever, and that’s just not who we are. And it’s not even who Khabib is. He said many time after the fight that he went crazy after the fight and it happens sometimes. This is the fight business.

But yeah, I was the most upset guy on the planet after that fight. Nobody else cared.

There were, in fact, a wide range of reactions after the melee, some of which condemned Khabib, some of which pointed to the lack of consequence McGregor had faced for throwing a dolly through a bus window, which was at least as serious an attack. McGregor himself, who threw punches and was attacked in the cage by Khabib’s teammates, declined to press charges.

White also addressed who he thought should be next for Khabib (Tony Ferguson, let’s try it again for the first time!) and his perception that Derrick Lewis’ last-second knockout and personality turned him into a huge star at the historic event. He also praised Cormier and said fans are guaranteed to get their money’s worth from the Lewis-Cormier fight, as well as gave his thoughts on Nate Diaz.


Insomnia

Time for a little game of who does it better- Conor McGregor’s erstwhile movement coach Ido Portal, or absolute madman Tony Ferguson?

Derrick Lewis truly is a remarkable man.

Two of the best strikers in women’s MMA are training together- sparring sessions between Cris Cyborg and Valentina Shevchenko would be fascinating to watch.

This sounds almost as interesting as Renato Moicano vs. Chad Mendes, which had been the rumored bout. Mirsad Bektic is a powerful wrestler and a legitimate prospect in his own right.

This little mongoose chasing several lions made my day.

As someone in the comments on Instagram pointed out, did Gina Carano just repost the Jerry Bruckheimer logo?

Some thoughts on Artem Lobov, the GOAT.

He got back up… but that’s a concussion.

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That’s a stiff right

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Lyoto Machida being a cool dad

Dustin Poirier’s experience with fans confirms what we already know: some of y’all earn the title, Maniacs.

The Lakers’ player landed a nice left hand but in my heart I know Houston would have won if it wasn’t instantly broken up.

Renato Laranja doesn’t make it in Midnight Mania often, but this was just too good, because extreme pole dancing does look like something Tony Ferguson would try on a dare.

Jose Aldo was hanging with my favorite player circa Konami’s Winning Eleven 9: Kaka, who somehow was also a Ballon D’Or winner in 2007.

Conor McGregor was very impressed with Ireland’s own Katie Taylor.

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Ireland’s Katie Taylor

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I saw this clip right after watching ‘Blade’ and it’s amazing how well the impossible fighting scenes blended with gorillas flying at each other.

You can’t blame Derrick Lewis for saying whatever comes into his brain to the media. Some of these questions are boring.

Never mind the caption, why does Anderson Silva look like an amnesiac Jason Bourne washed up on the beach here?

As Joe Rogan commented, maybe subliminally she wanted to punch him in the face. Maybe not. Either way, it’s funny.

Nothing to see here, just Mike Perry posting a video of people riding whale sharks

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Check uppercut!

Slept

The Hangman

The more traditional check hook

Slep’t

The jump-off-the-cage superman punch

LFA brings the fighting

Down he goes. Bareknuckle boxing is the best boxing ruleset (even if it doesn’t host the best boxers)

EMPHATICALLY!

Sometimes it’s as simple as ‘get in his face and punch him till he falls over’

G’night

That is impressive from Josh Emmett. I’m not sure how this guy survived four knockdowns though, so I’m not sure which to be more impressed by.


Random Land

Best correction on Twitter goes to Sean Astin

Weird game but impressive skill

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