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Video: Watch Rogan Lose His Sh*t After Pico KO Loss

Henry Corrales stunned the mixed martial arts (MMA) world last night (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) after he knocked out Aaron Pico in the very first round in the co-main event of Bellator 214 in Los Angeles Calif., handing Pico just his second loss in mixed martial arts (MMA).

See it all unfold here.

Naturally, the MMA world was tuning in, including Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) color commentator Joe Rogan, who was hosting a special Bellator edition of Fight Companion, a podcast he usually conducts with a few of his buddies for UFC events he isn’t calling.

Known for his priceless reactions following an upset, Rogan had another one last night after Corrales came back from the brink of defeat to knockout Pico. Seconds prior to delivering the crushing right hand that put the former Olympian out for the count, Henry found himself on the ground after eating a huge uppercut from the talented striker.

Once he was able to shake off the cobwebs, Corrales stood in the pocket and managed to sneak in a shot that stunned Pico on his feet before connecting a two-piece to seal the deal. The upset KO also had Brendan Schaub falling out of his chair, as evidenced in the video player above.

The loss is Aaron’s second under the Bellator banner, which will now slow his momentum after gaining some traction following his debut loss back in 2017. As for Corrales, that is now his fifth straight win after starting his Bellator MMA career with three straight defeats. And by the looks of it, “OK” is ready to become a legit a star for Coker and Co.

For complete Bellator 214 results and coverage click here.

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Midnight Mania! Why Did The Eagle Go After Danis? Everyone Else Was Too Old

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Khabib Nurmagomedov has shed significant light on his post-fight brawl with Conor McGregor’s teammates, most notably Dillon Danis. He dispelled rumors that he went after Danis due to hearing what Danis was shouting. Via BloodyElbow.com:

“No, I didn’t hear him, you know,” Nurmagomedov assured in a video published by Submission Radio. “I didn’t hear him, it was too loud.”

Why then, did he fly off the raised dais like a literal eagle? Because Danis was the only corner who could fight him.

“I jumped on him because other corner is too old; because Conor’s other corner, other coaches, too old, and that’s why I jumped on him,” said Nurmagomedov (transcribed by MMA Fighting). “Because he’s almost like my age.”

After all, “If I jumped on [coach John] Kavanagh, I don’t think it’s too — cause Kavanagh can’t fight me. That’s why I jumped on [Danis].”

He would have preferred to fight the whole team, if they had been up for it.

“I don’t like his whole team. I have choice what I’m gonna do, but all other old coaches were too old for me. They cannot fight with me,” he reiterated. “They’re almost like my father’s age.”

As for the fight itself, he explained why it felt so good to make his Irish opponent give up.

“I’m looking for punishment, first of all,” the Dagestan fighter said of the sanctioned fight with McGregor. “I wanted to make him tired. It’s very good when he tapped. It meant a lot for me [when he] tapped.”

If he had finished McGregor after knocking him down in the second round, Khabib thinks the victory would have been less impressive. While there is talk of an immediate rematch, Khabib doesn’t think McGregor wants that.

“‘Please,’ he asked me, ‘Finish.’ This is much better than knockout,” Nurmagomedov insisted. “If I knocked him out in the second round, you go down, but people gonna talk about, ‘Oh, it’s luck,’ you know. But what about if you smash him all four rounds and he taps? It’s finished there. No more. I don’t think he ever wants to compete with me. Because he felt everything. He feel my mental, he felt my control, my striking and all that, and he tapped too.”


Its all highlights this fine Friday

That wobble gave him away

Classic Muay Thai plum knee

Check out this slow-motion fall

This is cheat code level flexibility

Does Eddie Alvarez have his work cut out for him?

Muay Tank is the perfect way to describe this

Trapped him

Triangle choke

Always enjoy seeing a karate guy do well

There’s some serious horsepower in that kick

‘Torches’ is a fitting description for this finish

Karate combat

Out cold

What a knee

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

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After Cejudo At 125, Dillashaw Wants Holloway At 145

After years of refusing to even consider allowing it, the UFC has gone champion vs. champion crazy. Conor McGregor was first to achieve champ champ status, followed by Daniel Cormier in July and now Amanda Nunes in December. Their 2019 kicks off with yet another scrap between two belt holders: bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw will fight newly crowned flyweight champ Henry Cejudo on January 19th.

But why stop at double champ? Dillashaw and his coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig are already thinking TRIPLE CHAMP.

TJ let his interest in fighting featherweight champ Max Holloway be known in an Instagram livestream.

“Everyone wants me to go to featherweight and fight Max,” Dillashaw said. “I would love to. But look, one step at a time. Let’s run through Cejudo first then Max can be next. [I can] be the first one to ever go for three belts.”

MMA Junkie reached out to “Bang” Ludwig for his thoughts on the possibility.

”I think that would be more of a challenge to go up in weight than it has been to go down in weight,” Ludwig told MMA Junkie. “TJ is not a big bantamweight anyway. Going up in weight, that’s when we’ll see more change. I assume he would become possibly a little slower, but have more power. But we’ll see what ends up happening if that’s the journey for us. Right now we’re focused on the task at hand.”

That task involves getting the 135 pound Dillashaw down to 125 pounds, a process that has some fans worried as we watch TJ waste away. Meanwhile, his opponent Cejudo only seems to be packing on more muscle, making us wonder whether “Bang” recognizes just how much of a challenge this flyweight challenge will be. Whatever happens, Dillashaw is one game mofo. Garbrandt twice, Cejudo, then Holloway? That’s be a run for the ages.

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BJ Penn Wonders What’s Next After UFC 232 Loss

BJ Penn has released a statement following his loss to Ryan Hall at UFC 232.

The former lightweight and welterweight champ was coming back after a two year break from the sport, and he actually looked pretty good right up until things went horribly wrong. Hall is another up and coming killer with nasty leg locks, and he used that proficiency to get the first submission loss from Penn in his 17 year MMA career.

Hall followed a kick with a lightning fast roll right into a heel hook that had Penn tapping just 2:46 into the first round. Take a look:

Here’s Penn breaking down what happened instead for his website, BJPenn.com.

“I was shocked at how deep Ryan [Hall] was able to sink in the leg lock right off the hop,” Penn said. “The timing was perfect. I tried to run and pull my leg out, but I wasn’t going anywhere as my knee was still stuck inside his hips. So I tried to defend my knee and turn it up towards the sky. By the time I looked back he had already switched to the heel hook and my ankle just popped.”

Fortunately, Penn’s leg is still in one piece.

“It is swollen,” he revealed. “There’s some bruising and what not. But it wasn’t my knee. It was my ankle that popped. It is what it is. Hats off to Ryan Hall, that submission was the perfect storm.”

Penn went on to say he had the best training camp ever at Nova Uniao, but this time we actually believe him. Even with just half a round to review, Penn was way more aggressive and smooth with his striking than he was in his last stink fest of a fight against Dennis Siver. Maybe that was from not cutting down to 145 pounds. Maybe it was from not hating life because he was cutting down to 145. Whatever it was, this actually looked like Classic Motivated Penn™. Unfortunately, he ran into another monster. Funny how that happens to a lot of aging stars.

As for his future?

”I’m going to let my ankle heal up and then I will contemplate what is next for my life,” he said.

Just going to put this out there: after what we saw at UFC 232, I’d be down for another BJ Penn fight. Maybe just not against another Yair or Hall?

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Tyron Woodley Wants to Face Colby Covington in June After Beating Usman at UFC 235

Fear not Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley still has you on his to-do list.
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UFC 232, The Morning After: Can Anyone Beat Jon Jones Now?

What you may have missed from last night …

UFC 232 was a blast. It absolutely delivered the promise it held on paper, crowning the first women’s double champion, the likable and happy Amanda Nunes; giving at least two future contenders their breakout performances (Petr Yan and Alexander Volkanovski); granting us a plethora of weird finishes (Megan Anderson toe-poking Cat Zingano’s eye, Michael Chiesa twisting Condit’s arm nearly off with one hand, Ryan Hall hitting the fastest heel hook in recent memory); and last but not least, affirming Jon Jones as the best light heavyweight ever.

Afterwards, Jones called out Daniel Cormier, but seemed oddly unwilling to go to heavyweight. He doesn’t seem interested in fighting a fatter Cormier, perhaps because with the added weight Cormier hits harder, and Jones doesn’t think the risk of a knockout is worth it. However, at 205 pounds, he established himself tonight as the GOAT.

Before the fight, Andrew Richardson and I wrote a list of anyone from middleweight to heavyweight who had a realistic shot at beating Jon Jones, knowing that he was likely to defeat Gustafsson. Given that he showed improvements over the only challenger to ever really come close to beating him, how does that list hold up?

First, what Richardson wrote about Gustafsson himself seems pretty spot on:

If Gustafsson commits to kicking the hell out of Jones’ legs, he stands a fair chance at dethroning the king. That’s not his game though, and as Pearson mentioned, he does a lot of his best work with the lead hand. Sadly for the Swede, nothing interrupts the jab and left hook like a low kick.

Indeed, Gustafsson opted to try to pressure instead of running laps around the cage, but conceded kicking range entirely to Jones. He just didn’t return the leg kicks Jones was throwing, for whatever reason. Perhaps his groin injury played a role. Whatever it was, Jones was able to sit back and interrupt his attack very effectively, and Gustafsson didn’t have the footwork to get in range to use his boxing. It was frustrating to watch, especially on a night where we had seen Alexander Volkanovski use intelligent pressure to break the elusive Chad Mendes. Volkanovski understood that to corral an opponent to the fence, one had to go deeper than two strikes, but Gustafsson seemed unable to string together cohesive combinations that put him in range. For a second, Gus’ double jab into a right hand reminded me of Max Holloway, and I had a glimmer of hope, but unlike Holloway, Gustafsson never played with the timing enough to figure out the entry.

In the post-fight interview, Jones said that the difference had been his own understanding of range; in the first fight, Gustafsson had been able to keep the fight in the narrow bandwith that suited him long enough to pile up damage. In the rematch, he just wasn’t able to, with Jones able to kick him, elbow him when he got too close, clinch him when he over-committed, then finally get his decisive takedown in the third. It was the same fight Jones always wants: avoiding the middle distance, except accomplished with even greater skill.

Is there, then, anyone who can beat Jones? Two finishes over his closest rivals- steroids or not- make that seem unlikely, and his refusal to entertain heavyweight means we won’t get to see Stipe Miocic or Francis Ngannou try their hand at it. That leaves middleweight and light heavyweight. Yoel Romero is still an intriguing fight, and if he ever wanted to jump up, this would be the perfect opportunity. Now that Jones has also developed a knack for finishing people in the third, their third-round forms would be fascinating to see matched against each other. Richardson was not optimistic about his chances, though, and he would need a finish to win. Robert Whittaker is focused on beating Kelvin Gastelum, and that’s really the only other middleweight who could possible get the job done. Rockhold is headed for 205, but Richardson was dismissive of his chances.

The only native 205-lb. contender with a realistic hope of success isn’t quite ready yet. Dominick Reyes has the frame, the takedown defense, the power, and the skills at range- particularly the kicking- to give Jones real problems. He hasn’t shown that he can keep up a five-round pace yet, though, and his one top ten win over Ovince St. Preux isn’t enough to pick him to beat Jones yet. If the 205 lb. king avoids getting stripped for more nonsense, he will probably roll through a couple contenders- Thiago Santos being the most interesting- while Reyes builds experience. A bout against Corey Anderson, or Gustafsson himself would be a good test to see where Reyes is at.

Until then, Picogram Jones is the king. All hail the king.

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NAC Refuses to License Jon Jones After Drug Test Abnormality; UFC 232 Moved to California

UFC 232 has been moved from Las Vegas to California after the Nevada Athletic Commission refused to license Jon Jones due to an abnormal finding in his drug test results.
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NAC Refuses to License Jon Jones After Drug Test Abnormality; UFC 232 Moved to California

UFC 232 has been moved from Las Vegas to California after the Nevada Athletic Commission refused to license Jon Jones due to an abnormal finding in his drug test results.
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NAC Refuses to License Jon Jones After Drug Test Abnormality; UFC 232 Moved to California

UFC 232 has been moved from Las Vegas to California after the Nevada Athletic Commission refused to license Jon Jones due to an abnormal finding in his drug test results.
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Mir Hints At Retirement After Breaking Mouth At Bellator 212

Frank Mir experienced one of the worst defeats of his career earlier this month when he was forced to tap due to strikes against Javy Ayala at Bellator 212 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

The finish came about after Mir lost his mouthpiece in the second round only to have Ayala’s punches fracture his alveolar ridge. The injury, which effects the jaw ridges, extensions of the mandible or maxilla, either on the roof of the mouth between the upper teeth and the hard palate or on the bottom of the mouth behind the lower teeth (via wikipedia), rendered Mir unable to continue and forced the former UFC champion to tap.

Mir, who was handed out a suspension of no less than 30 days, recently posted the following message to Facebook to discuss the loss and remind us all that the life of a mixed martial artist is a brutal one:

Fight Life

Thank you for all the support and messages from everyone. It means a lot.
Thank you @bellatormma and to @…

Posted by Frank Mir on Wednesday, December 19, 2018

“Fight life,” Mir wrote. “Thank you for all the support and messages from everyone. It means a lot. Thank you [Bellator MMA] and to [Javy Ayala], best of luck in your career.

Things don’t always go your way but you learned and keep moving forward.”

In addition to his social media post, Mir took some time to discuss his recent defeat during the latest edition of his “Phone Booth Fighting” podcast, hinting that it may be time to walk away from the sport.

“I would actually like to have a rematch with Javy, reason being is because really he was a testing moment for me to feel if I should continue fighting or not,” Mir said. “He’s somebody that doesn’t have – obviously, he hits hard, but so does every other heavyweight. But he was picked as an opponent that was a very winnable fight – should be if I’m worthy of still fighting, and so then it’s really a crossroads for me.

“Immediately after, I’m like, ‘Well, I lost. I guess it’s time to hang it up.’ But then going back and looking at it, knowing what I was going through and knowing that, ‘OK, well, I won the first round. Is it really time for me to hang it up?’ I think the only way to really answer that is to rematch with Javy Ayala again. If I come through short again and it doesn’t work out, then it is time to hang it up. If I can’t beat the Javy Ayalas, then I probably shouldn’t be fighting anymore.”

Mir, 39, has now lost four fights in a row including his first two under the Bellator MMA banner. Remember, the heavyweight veteran was knocked out by the legendary Fedor Emelianenko back in April as part of Bellator’s Heavy Grand Prix opening round. In total, Mir has been knocked out in each of his last three bouts.

That said, Mir did look good in his fight with Ayala prior to the stoppage. The veteran not only controlled Ayala on the ground with takedowns and top pressure, but he landed strong punches on the feet. Mir just happened to lose his mouthpiece at the wrong time against the wrong opponent and that was all she wrote.

If Mir decides to continue his professional fighting career entering 2019 I’m sure Bellator MMA will have no issue welcoming the heavyweight back with open arms.

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