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Midnight Mania! Khabib Has Worst Possible Advice For Female Fighters

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was asked if he had advice for female fighters. The Dagestani took his time before giving his response.

Be a fighter inside your home.

The audience erupted into cheers. Khabib continued.

All the time, finish your husband. [more cheers] smash him really bad.

This is far from the first time a male mixed martial arts champion has expressed regressive views regarding the role of women in the sport. George St. Pierre earned the ire of female mixed martial artists a few years ago by expressing his admittedly ‘traditional’ views about women and cage fighting. Khabib’s compatriot Fedor Emelianenko is also on record disapproving of female fighters in mixed martial arts (though, oddly enough, boxing or wrestling are fine).

This also isn’t Khabib’s first brush with controversy. He advised his countrymen in an Instagram post about the immorality of rap music, he has endorsed criminal Russian oligarchs, and of course he ignited a post-fight brawl with Conor McGregor’s teammates.


Insomnia

UFC PR evidently told MMA media to refrain from any questions about Greg Hardy’s past, and MMA media complied.

No one told the UFC to sign Greg Hardy, who according to evidence and sworn testimony has a record of domestic violence (his conviction was overturned on appeal and expunged after he settled with the victim), and certainly no one told them to book him on the same card as very recent domestic violence survivor Rachael Ostovich.


The UFC will look to move Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw to main event their January ESPN card in Brooklyn.

John Lineker shouldn’t be able to beat Dominick Cruz, but his power and aggression means the fight will be Cruz dancing on a knife edge.

We make fun of Tito Ortiz a lot but this is me in front of a camera too:

Down she goes

At least he tried…


Random Land

This is why people don’t like PETA.

Speaking of animals, the Russians sent their cosmonauts into space with pistols: three-barreled pistols with a machete attachment. It makes sense once you realize that the pistols were for bear.

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

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Morning Report: Amanda Nunes offers advice to Ronda Rousey: ‘Be strong, you’ll be able to come back like I did’

When Amanda Nunes defended her UFC women’s bantamweight title against Ronda Rousey at UFC 207, it was one of the most lopsided beatdowns in UFC championship history. Nunes demolished the former champion, knocking her out in a mere 48 seconds and putting Rousey’s future in the sport in serious question. After the fight, Nunes herself even said that she was confident Rousey would retire and that her time in the sport was over.

Now she’s changing her tune though. Speaking with Fox 11 Los Angeles yesterday, Nunes offered some advice to Rousey for a return to MMA based on her own experience.

“I already passed this moment in my career. It’s harder to lose but if you be strong, you’ll be able to come back like I did. Make some changes, adjust. The passion in her life, the family has to be with her. The base is very important. Make some changes in her camp, move to another gym and come back strong.”

Nunes is no stranger to comebacks. After debuting in the UFC with back-to-back first round stoppages, Nunes was placed in a title eliminator bout against Cat Zingano; Zingano won by third round TKO. The loss made Nunes decided to change things up and leave the MMA Masters gym to begin training at American Top Team with her partner Nina Ansaroff and dozens of other elite mixed martial artists. The combination has proved potent, with Nunes winning her last five bouts, taking the title, and becoming only the third woman in UFC history to successfully defend a belt.

Conversely, after losing the belt to Holly Holm in 2015, Rousey returned to her coach Edmund Tarverdyan to prepare her for the powerful punching combinations of Nunes. Rousey’s refusal to mix things up led many to believe that her hubris was blinding her ahead of one of the most difficult tests of her career and Nunes agrees, saying that the fight was over long before the stoppage came.

“I think it was ego. I knew she was gonna try to strike with me and I think that was the completely wrong strategy to fight a girl like me…

“When I landed I saw, in that moment I saw in her eyes she was done. That [first punch] was the moment that I saw something. Like scared; scared if I connect the other hand because it was the jab.”

Rousey has stayed pretty quiet about her future in the sport following the loss, releasing a brief statement congratulating Nunes and thanking her fans and then posting an inspirational quote to her Instagram account about rebuilding her life. And without a Rousey return, Nunes is left without a big name to continue to build herself against. Besides Rousey, the most well known women’s bantamweights are Miesha Tate, who is now retired, and Holly Holm, who is fighting Germaine de Randamie for the UFC’s inaugural women’s featherweight title next month. That suits Nunes just fine though. She plans to build her star by taking on the winner of that fight to become the first female simultaneous champion in UFC history.

“Next is the 145 [pound] belt, to move up to featherweight.”

After all, there are worse ways to promote yourself in MMA than following in the footsteps of Conor McGregor.


MUST-READ STORIES

Boxing. Nate Diaz is applying for a boxing license in Nevada.

Association. Tim Kennedy announced his retirement from MMA and is looking to fight for fighter rights now.

Postponement. World Series of Fighting has postponed its next event.

Force. Mark Hunt says the UFC “forced” the Alistair Overeem fight on him.


MEDIA STEW

Amanda on FSLive.

Lauzon’s vlog.

Chael on Ronda and training with Floyd.

Bob Arum on MacWeather talks.

I enjoyed it.

Chael weighs in on BJ.

A look inside the TriStar dorms.


LISTEN UP

Jack Slack.

Beatdown.

TJMS w/ Eric Stinton


TWEETS

Farewell.

Sitting in the ER at Saint Michael’s hospital in Toronto, Canada after my fight, I looked up at my buddy Nick…

Posted by Tim Kennedy on Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Found ‘em.

Friends.

Very cool.

A lot of Gold in this picture! 2016 Olympic Gold medalist @helen_maroulis and @ufc Champion @thenotoriousmma

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Not outrage like with Brock. Wonder why?

#basicallyclean.

Tested by usada again 2night Keeping the sport as clean as fuck

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Gamebred.

Awesome.

Awesome. Super exciting and I’m sure the fans will be interested now!

Chasing.

One of these men is a welterweight.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Angela Hill (6-2) vs. Jessica Andrade (15-5); UFC Fight Night: Houston, Feb. 4.

Bethe Correia (10-2) vs. Marion Reneau (7-3); UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza, March 11.

Alex Nicholson (7-3) vs. Paul Henrique Costa (8-0); UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza, March 11.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2015: Conor McGregor knocked out Dennis Siver at UFC Fight Night: Boston, securing himself a shot at the UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo. It was the last time McGregor wouldn’t be fighting on a pay-per-view event.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Take it easy everyone and see y’all tomorrow.


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‘Frankenstein’ didn’t listen to his parents’ advice, and now he’s going for his third UFC win

Two UFC fights in four months, and Henrique da Silva’s life has changed completely.

The Brazilian light heavyweight, also known as “Frankenstein,” enters his third UFC bout at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 22 card in Sacramento, Calif., against Paul Craig. However, none of this would have ever happened if he had listened to his parents’ advice against fighting MMA.

“It all started as a joke,” Silva told MMA Fighting. “I told my master I wanted to try this sport, make my debut, but my parents didn’t let me fight. They said it was crazy, so I told them I was just going to the arena to watch the fights. ‘You don’t need to go, I’ll just watch some fights,’ I told them.”

Silva lied to his parents. At 24 years old at the time, the Para-native would enter the ring that night to face Jonathan Vale, and he went back home with a first-round TKO victory.

“I went there, fought and won,” Silva said. “I got a black eye, so I had to hide that from them for months [laughs].”

“Frankenstein” would return to the cage six months later against Alberto Ramos. He didn’t want to lie to his parents again, so he went to them one more time looking for approval.

“When I got my second fight, I told them I was going to fight,” Silva said. “They said ‘no, no, no, you can’t fight,’ and then I told them I had already fought and won before. They didn’t believe me, so I showed them the video of my win.”

Silva’s parents finally realized that nothing would drive him away from the cages.

“They love fights now,” he said. “My father watches me train in the gym sometimes. They realized that MMA isn’t as crazy as they thought it was, that it’s actually something nice. My entire family supports me now.”

After two second-round stoppage victories in the UFC, Silva’s life has turned into what he’s always dreamed. After a TKO win over Jonathan Wilson at UFC 199, the Brazilian tapped Joachim Christensen to pocket $ 50,000 for the “Performance of the Night” bonus.

Against Craig, Silva wants to impress once again.

“After this fight, people will see me with different eyes,” Silva said. “They will realize it wasn’t just lucky wins. After this third win in the UFC, I’m showing them I’m here to stay.

“It was really nice to get my first submission win the UFC, and against a good grappler. It was exciting. Jiu-jitsu saved me in my first UFC fights. I actually started in jiu-jitsu, but then I started training muay thai and loved brawling. When I was fighting in Brazil, I always got the knockout pretty quickly, but in the UFC I had to show my jiu-jitsu.”

Looking to stay unbeaten and improve his record to 13-0, “Frankenstein” admits that his UFC wins didn’t come easy – and probably won’t be easy to beat Craig, too. Silva’s opponent makes his UFC debut after racking up a perfect 8-0 record in Europe, capped off by a title win at BAMMA, and he knows exactly what to expect at UFC on FOX 22.

“I haven’t changed my training that much,” Silva said. “The only thing I focused more is to avoid the ground game and takedowns, submissions, but I haven’t drastically changed anything compared to my previous camps.

“I think this fight might last two or three rounds,” he continued. “I always went for the kill in my fights in Brazil, trying to finish it in the first round. I believe nine of my wins ended in the first round. I like to strike more and and study my opponents more now, so I think this time I’ll win in the second or third round. I don’t really care how it ends, though. A knockout or a submission, that’s what I want.”

Two months after tasting what it feels like to win a life-changing bonus, “Frankenstein” wants more. The $ 50,000 check that came after his most recent win helped him buy a house and a car in Brazil. “Life is better now,” he says.

“I want the win more than anything, but a bonus would be nice, right? That bonus completely changed my life in a way I never expected. I signed with the UFC in March, fought in June, and my life has changed completely.”

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‘Frankenstein’ didn’t listen to his parents’ advice, and now he’s going for his third UFC win

Two UFC fights in four months, and Henrique da Silva’s life has changed completely.

The Brazilian light heavyweight, also known as “Frankenstein,” enters his third UFC bout at Saturday’s UFC on FOX 22 card in Sacramento, Calif., against Paul Craig. However, none of this would have ever happened if he had listened to his parents’ advice against fighting MMA.

“It all started as a joke,” Silva told MMA Fighting. “I told my master I wanted to try this sport, make my debut, but my parents didn’t let me fight. They said it was crazy, so I told them I was just going to the arena to watch the fights. ‘You don’t need to go, I’ll just watch some fights,’ I told them.”

Silva lied to his parents. At 24 years old at the time, the Para-native would enter the ring that night to face Jonathan Vale, and he went back home with a first-round TKO victory.

“I went there, fought and won,” Silva said. “I got a black eye, so I had to hide that from them for months [laughs].”

“Frankenstein” would return to the cage six months later against Alberto Ramos. He didn’t want to lie to his parents again, so he went to them one more time looking for approval.

“When I got my second fight, I told them I was going to fight,” Silva said. “They said ‘no, no, no, you can’t fight,’ and then I told them I had already fought and won before. They didn’t believe me, so I showed them the video of my win.”

Silva’s parents finally realized that nothing would drive him away from the cages.

“They love fights now,” he said. “My father watches me train in the gym sometimes. They realized that MMA isn’t as crazy as they thought it was, that it’s actually something nice. My entire family supports me now.”

After two second-round stoppage victories in the UFC, Silva’s life has turned into what he’s always dreamed. After a TKO win over Jonathan Wilson at UFC 199, the Brazilian tapped Joachim Christensen to pocket $ 50,000 for the “Performance of the Night” bonus.

Against Craig, Silva wants to impress once again.

“After this fight, people will see me with different eyes,” Silva said. “They will realize it wasn’t just lucky wins. After this third win in the UFC, I’m showing them I’m here to stay.

“It was really nice to get my first submission win the UFC, and against a good grappler. It was exciting. Jiu-jitsu saved me in my first UFC fights. I actually started in jiu-jitsu, but then I started training muay thai and loved brawling. When I was fighting in Brazil, I always got the knockout pretty quickly, but in the UFC I had to show my jiu-jitsu.”

Looking to stay unbeaten and improve his record to 13-0, “Frankenstein” admits that his UFC wins didn’t come easy – and probably won’t be easy to beat Craig, too. Silva’s opponent makes his UFC debut after racking up a perfect 8-0 record in Europe, capped off by a title win at BAMMA, and he knows exactly what to expect at UFC on FOX 22.

“I haven’t changed my training that much,” Silva said. “The only thing I focused more is to avoid the ground game and takedowns, submissions, but I haven’t drastically changed anything compared to my previous camps.

“I think this fight might last two or three rounds,” he continued. “I always went for the kill in my fights in Brazil, trying to finish it in the first round. I believe nine of my wins ended in the first round. I like to strike more and and study my opponents more now, so I think this time I’ll win in the second or third round. I don’t really care how it ends, though. A knockout or a submission, that’s what I want.”

Two months after tasting what it feels like to win a life-changing bonus, “Frankenstein” wants more. The $ 50,000 check that came after his most recent win helped him buy a house and a car in Brazil. “Life is better now,” he says.

“I want the win more than anything, but a bonus would be nice, right? That bonus completely changed my life in a way I never expected. I signed with the UFC in March, fought in June, and my life has changed completely.”

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Matt Serra’s advice to Sage Northcutt on haters: ‘You gotta have a thick skin’

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CALIF. — If anyone can counsel Sage Northcutt on the highs and lows of the fight game, it’s Matt Serra.

The first part of Serra’s UFC career was a comedy of errors. There was the infamous spinning back fist knockout loss to Shonie Carter in the closing seconds of a bout he was dominating at UFC 31. At UFC 41, Serra was announced as the split decision winner over Din Thomas, only to find out later in the locker room there was a scorecard error and he had actually lost via split decision.

“I started my career off on the wrong side of a highlight finish I still see to this day,” said Serra, who was on a media tour of the Los Angeles area Monday promoting the UFC Fight Pass series “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.” “They still show that clip. You gotta have a thick skin to be a fighter. You gotta be able to brush it off.”

Of course, Serra turned things around in spectacular fashion, winning season four of “The Ultimate Fighter” to earn a shot at then-welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, where he scored one of the biggest upsets in MMA history, winning the title at UFC 69 via first-round TKO.

And as far as Serra is concerned, while Northcutt is experiencing the lowest of the sport’s lows in the wake of his loss to Bryan Barberena on Saturday at UFC on FOX 18, he should be well-positioned to shake it off and move forward, similar to how Serra himself moved past his early missteps.

“He’s got a bright future and he’s going to bounce back,” Serra said. “Like I said, I was a highlight reel finish by spinning back fist. You grow, and this is a rough game. If It doesn’t happen now, it will happen.”

Serra may feel he has a bit of a vested interest in Northcutt’s success. He and UFC president Dana White were at now-legendary Legacy Fighting Championship show last year in Lake Charles, Louisiana, in which they discovered Northcutt and signed him to a UFC deal, all as part of the pilot episode of “Lookin’ for a Fight.”

“Everyone’s hating on him,” Serra said. “But first of all, if you ever meet the kid, he’s, I’m talking, Brady Bunch nice. It’s almost ridiculous how nice this kid is, such a good kid, so you want him to do well. But I really think his best fights are ahead of him.”

And as Serra himself discovered when he became UFC welterweight champion and suddenly seemed to have the entire nation of Canada hating him after defeating GSP, the backlash only gets more intense the bigger the stakes get.

“The more popular you get, the more it’s going to get like that,” Serra said. “Look at Ronda [Rousey]. When she’s winning, you can do nothing wrong. When you lose, people that you think aren’t going to come at you, will come at you, because they’re haters. This kid, just from the noise you’re hearing now with him losing, I mean, hey, they’re still talking about him.”

Serra did note Northcutt, as was revealed Monday, had strep throat going into the bout

“If Dana was here, he’d show you a picture that would make you not want to eat your lunch,” Serra said. “That kid had an infection in his throat, it looked like something out of ‘Aliens.’ He’s probably kicking himself thinking ‘I shouldn’t even have been fighting.’”

Sick or not, these things happen in the fight business. So Serra believes the best thing the first ‘Lookin’ for a Fight’ signee can do is get right back at it.

“What I’d tell Sage is, the best thing to do is make an example of the next guy you see in the cage,” Serra said. “You can’t sit around and go ‘what if.’ The kid’s 19, By the time he’s 23 he could be a different guy. He’s surrounded by good people and he still has a bright, bright future.”

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Paige VanZant’s advice to Sage Northcutt: ‘Embrace every second’

HOUSTON — Paige VanZant spoke with reporters Saturday night at UFC 192 and discussed all the media attention, who she credits with her poise and her advice for fellow top prospect Sage Northcutt.

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Daniel Cormier’s Advice to Jon Jones: ‘Get it Together, Man’

Jon Jones triumphed over Daniel Cormier when when the two squared off in January, but on Tuesday, Jones’ loss became Cormier’s gain.
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Daniel Cormier’s Advice to Jon Jones: ‘Get it Together, Man’

Jon Jones triumphed over Daniel Cormier when when the two squared off in January, but on Tuesday, Jones’ loss became Cormier’s gain.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Daniel Cormier’s Advice to Jon Jones: ‘Get it Together, Man’

Jon Jones triumphed over Daniel Cormier when when the two squared off in January, but on Tuesday, Jones’ loss became Cormier’s gain.
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Morning Report: CM Punk talks timetable for UFC debut, advice from Brock Lesnar and says ‘MMA is pro wrestling’

WWE star CM Punk has done an admirable job sidestepping professional wrestling questions since he signed with the UFC in December.

Grilled over his past in nearly every media appearance done to promote his new career, Punk has artfully avoided having to explain what his time in the ring will lend to fighting.

Speaking about MMA and pro wrestling with Wisconsin’s WISports, Punk says the two ‘are quite similar.’

“I think MMA is pro wrestling,” said Punk. “If you go back to the early 1900′s and the whole genesis of professional wrestling, and then you go back to the early beginnings of MMA, it was all pro wrestlers.”

According to Punk, much of MMA’s success is due to ‘attractions,’ not unlike in professional wrestling.

“The characters, the action, the media, the mouths,” said Punk. “There’s a reason people are interested in this, whether it’s good or it’s bad, whether they love me or they hate me.”

Punk says he’s also been offered help from another athlete who made the jump from WWE to professional fighting, former UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar.

“I’ve talked to him and he’s offered all his help, even if it’s just bug him with a stupid question,” said Punk. “It’s cool to know he supports me. He’s a good guy to know, I think.”

Asked whether a return to pro wrestling could be in his future, Punk says ‘it hasn’t crossed his mind.’

“I don’t think about it at all,” Punk said. “I don’t want to say one track minded, I’m very focused and goal-oriented. I did everything I could in pro wrestling. I don’t like going backwards. I have, what I think is, a very bright future.”

As for when we may see him make his Octagon debut, Punk’s best guess is sometime between October and December, but possibly even later.

“I’m not sure,” Punk said. “My attitude is I’d fight tomorrow, but I’d pretty much know the outcome. I’m on an accelerated path. This is college and I’m cramming four years of college into one year.”

Training alongside veterans like Tyron Woodley, Ben Askren and UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis at Milwaukee’s Roufusport camp, Punk says his debut depends on a few different factors.

“I’ve been here a little over one month now,” said Punk. “Five more months we’re going to sit down and we’re going to talk, and we’re going to see where my weight’s at, we’re going to see how I feel. It’s no longer just up to me. It’s up to my coaches.”

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Bendo. Chuck Mindenhall explains why Benson Henderson is more than just your average, everyday huckleberry.

Out of options. UFC president Dana White jokingly remarks that UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey ‘will have to start fighting men’ if she cruises past No. 1 contender Cat Zingano.

All mapped out. Khabib Nurmagomedov says he wants to beat Donald Cerrone at UFC 187 in May, then take UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis’ belt and defend it all before year’s end.

‘She’s there, because I’m not yet.’ Cat Zingano is ready to send Ronda Rousey on her way. ‘She’s never seen or had to deal with anyone like me before.’

Deadpool. Women’s MMA pioneer Gina Carano has landed a role in the superhero movie alongside Ryan Reynolds.

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MEDIA STEW

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Highlights and interviews from Ben Henderson vs. Brandon Thatch.

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Presser highlights from UFC Fight Night: Broomfield. (Full presser here)

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Dana White impressed with Henderson at 170, talks Holloway vs. Swanson, Rousey fighting men, PEDs.

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Al Iaquinta takes a post-fight trip to compete in a grappling tourney.

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Behind the scenes at GLORY 19.

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Luke is pissed about Tom Brady, Tiger Woods, James Dolan, and more.

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Long watches.

Joe Rogan Experience – Fight Companion – February 14, 2015

Mentality of Combat Sports – PEDs with Sports Psychologist Dave Mullins

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TWEETS

See how the pros reacted to UFC Fight Night: Henderson vs. Thatch.

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Victory lap.

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Better luck next time.

Lost the game.
Thank you for your support.
I think you want anti-flux migration from this defeat.
Cloth disappeared not costed.
I think and want to come back and learn from the defeat.
Really thank you cheer. Male! – via BING

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Here we go.

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Dropping Knowledge.

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TUF Japan vs. Gomi?

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#believe

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ICYMI.

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Varied experiences.

Happy belated Valentineshite

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced this weekend (Feb. 13-15 2015)

Max Holloway vs. Cub Swanson at UFC on FOX 15

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via MikeMorganMMA

Sex Tapes: Ep One

In the run up to Valentines Day #WHOATV asked a selection of fighters in various promotions their opinions on sex before a fight. Newly signed UFC prospect Joseph Duffy, Bellator’s Michael ‘Venom’ Page and One FC’s Chi Lewis-Parry all wade in with their opinions.

Check out the rest of the post here.

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