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Midnight Mania! Should Khabib Fans Be Worried About This McGregor Training Video?

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Conor McGregor is gearing up for his MMA return, and it seems he is not pulling punches in the gym. I mean that literally, as he is shown dropping training partner(s) in this heavily edited and condensed training montage.

He is seen throwing an elaborate spinning roundhouse kick, practicing his bodyshots, pairing his kicks with his punches, throwing jumping switchkicks like the version of McGregor that fought Max Holloway, sticking his training partners with side-kicks to the gut, and doing a LOT of wrestling. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace Dillon Danis can be seen prominently attempting to take him down, among others, and McGregor appears to drop one training partner with a shot to the head and seems to buckle another with a body blow.

Are Khabib fans worried, or confident?

McGregor faces Khabib at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, on October 6th.


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Is Khabib jacking Conor’s style?

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Brutal body knee in sparring by a world class Muay Thai athlete

Mark Hunt talks Brock Lesnar, JDS vs. his teammate Tai Tuivasa, and much more.

Mike Perry isn’t quite convinced the 9/11 conspiracy theories aren’t real but he is promoting a message of positivity here no matter what.

Gunnar Nelson has a creepy way of welcoming you to his fight team

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Welcome to Mjölnir my sweet boy

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BJJ Scout breaks down Conor McGregor

CM Punk has been paid more in his MMA stint than most other athletes who have trained MMA their entire careers.

Chad Mendes killed this elk to feed his family for half a year.

CSA has prepared a gameplan for Cris Cyborg against Amanda Nunes

The real ‘I’ll take his head clean off’

I’m confused now which is the real image

These people are insanely talented and incredibly skilled

Khabib still doesn’t like rap concerts. Russia can be a reactionary place, and Khabib’s views seem especially reactionary.

I don’t know how staged this is, but the choke slam was hilarious.

Imagine the sparring


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Classic Pride fight, with Liddell on loan from the UFC back when they did cross promotion.

Classic

What a battle


Random Land

Enjoy

Amazing spot.

This guy is cooler than I will ever be

This article on the anniversary of 9/11 was utterly extraordinary

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Donald Cerrone Explains Departure from Jackson-Wink: ‘It’s All About the Money There Now’

Donald Cerrone has parted ways with longtime gym Jackson-Wink MMA ahead of his UFC Fight Night 139 showdown with Mike Perry, and to hear him tell it, it wasn’t on the best of terms.
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Champ Robert Whittaker Talks About The UFC’s Weight-Cutting Problem

The UFC has a weight-cutting problem, and finally Robert Whittaker has said something about it.

No, I’m not talking about the dangers inherent in fighters losing too much weight too fast in an effort to game the divisional cutoffs. I’m talking about ALL THESE DUDES MISSING WEIGHT AND STILL GETTING TITLE SHOTS.

You see, the UFC likes narratives. Narratives sell fights. So if Yoel Romero has gained momentum by knocking out dudes but has trouble making weight, screw it, they’ll give him a title shot.

The same with Darren Till, who was so fat for his fight against Stephen Thompson he looked like “Fat Bastard” from those Austin Powers flicks. For beating Thompson, Till gets a crack at champ Tyron Woodley. That sucks.

As per MMAFighting:

Whittaker, 27, seems to find the whole thing ludicrous. He said Monday at a media lunch to promote Wednesday’s premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 28.

“It’s like me going down to bantamweight, not making weight, winning because I’m much bigger and then getting a title shot,” said Whittaker, who coaches opposite Kelvin Gastelum on TUF 28. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair. Because on the flip side, the guys that are making weight don’t make it easy. It wasn’t easy to cut weight and make weight and do the job. We still had to struggle, we still had to diet weeks out. We’re just more professional at it. We just did it right.”

Whittaker (20-4) said he thought about not fighting Romero when he missed weight at UFC 225 in Chicago, but it was a nearly impossible decision to make. He wanted to fight, flew a long way from Australia to compete, needed to get paid and didn’t want to let down all of his fans.

“The people who do make weight are also in a hard position,” Whittaker said. “Because they’re in a position where they still need to make money to pay the bills, to earn a wage, to do their job. But they also have the support of hundreds of thousands of people who have come to see them fight or that are watching them on TV to watch a fight. The fans. That’s kind of why you fight — they drive the sport.”

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Champ Robert Whittaker Talks About The UFC’s Weight-Cutting Problem

The UFC has a weight-cutting problem, and finally Robert Whittaker has said something about it.

No, I’m not talking about the dangers inherent in fighters losing too much weight too fast in an effort to game the divisional cutoffs. I’m talking about ALL THESE DUDES MISSING WEIGHT AND STILL GETTING TITLE SHOTS.

You see, the UFC likes narratives. Narratives sell fights. So if Yoel Romero has gained momentum by knocking out dudes but has trouble making weight, screw it, they’ll give him a title shot.

The same with Darren Till, who was so fat for his fight against Stephen Thompson he looked like “Fat Bastard” from those Austin Powers flicks. For beating Thompson, Till gets a crack at champ Tyron Woodley. That sucks.

As per MMAFighting:

Whittaker, 27, seems to find the whole thing ludicrous. He said Monday at a media lunch to promote Wednesday’s premiere of The Ultimate Fighter 28.

“It’s like me going down to bantamweight, not making weight, winning because I’m much bigger and then getting a title shot,” said Whittaker, who coaches opposite Kelvin Gastelum on TUF 28. “It’s not fair. It’s not fair. Because on the flip side, the guys that are making weight don’t make it easy. It wasn’t easy to cut weight and make weight and do the job. We still had to struggle, we still had to diet weeks out. We’re just more professional at it. We just did it right.”

Whittaker (20-4) said he thought about not fighting Romero when he missed weight at UFC 225 in Chicago, but it was a nearly impossible decision to make. He wanted to fight, flew a long way from Australia to compete, needed to get paid and didn’t want to let down all of his fans.

“The people who do make weight are also in a hard position,” Whittaker said. “Because they’re in a position where they still need to make money to pay the bills, to earn a wage, to do their job. But they also have the support of hundreds of thousands of people who have come to see them fight or that are watching them on TV to watch a fight. The fans. That’s kind of why you fight — they drive the sport.”

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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.

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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.