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Yoel Romero Misses Weight, Screws Us Yet Again

Yoel Romero, the Cuban Olympic wrestler who earned a slot in the main event of UFC 221 tonight by being a badass, has screwed us all yet again.

Yoel Romero missed weight.

That means that the bout, which was against former champ Luke Rockhold for the interim belt, is no longer a championship bout on Romero’s end. If he wins, he gets a “W”; if Rockhold wins, Rockhold gets the interim belt.

For a while there, after Romero capped off his weight cut with an official weight of 188 pounds (185 is the limit), there wasn’t even a main event fight anymore. But Rockhold agreed to face Romero anyway.

Look, fights are all about violence, but that violence means nothing when the stakes aren’t high. You know what makes a bout have high stakes? A championship belt up for grabs. You know what makes a bout lose those high stakes? When it’s no longer a championship bout for all parties involved.

Our boy Luke sums it all up perfectly in a tweet:

Thankfully, Rockhold agreed to still face Romero, so UFC 221 still has a main event.

So where does this leave us with Romero?

In a bad place. Homeboy is an explosive finisher, as evidenced by him taking out former champ Chris Weidman at UFC 205. We love those kinds of fighters. But here are all the ways that Romero has been shady as hell:

  • When he fought Tim Kennedy at UFC 178, he was very nearly finished, but somehow weaseled his way to get extra time to recover via his cornerman not leaving the cage quick enough.
  • He loves to fail drug tests.
  • Did I mention his problem with drug tests?

Romero failed in his bid to win the interim middleweight title once already, courtesy of Rob Whittaker’s unerring striking and unwavering game plan. But with Whittaker sidelined by injuries, this UFC 221 main event bout was supposed to be important.

Now whatever happens is overshadowed by Yoel Romero letting us down.

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Georges St. Pierre Doesn’t Think He Will Compete at 185 Pounds If He Fights in UFC Again

It was never a given that Georges St. Pierre would return to the Octagon following his victory over Michael Bisping at UFC 217.
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UFC 218 Results: Max Holloway Crushes Jose Aldo – Again

When first they met, Jose Aldo was the featherweight champ and Max Holloway was the challenger. And normally, given that Aldo reigned as king for so long, that usually meant that Holloway was just fodder waiting to be killed on the battlefield. But this is Holloway’s time, and after amassing an ultra-impressive win streak and […]

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Midnight Mania! Dana White says McGregor may never fight again

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Which is it, Dana?

The UFC president tried to answer how the UFC was punishing McGregor for his antics at Bellator 187, where he slapped an official and shoved a referee. He started off with the company line that McGregor had been dropped from a planned bout at UFC 219… then revealed the truth that McGregor simply wasn’t going to be ready for that date. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“Listen, the punishment, he was being dealt with by the head of the (Association of Boxing Commissions), and we were going to fight him, regardless of what (McGregor manager) Audie (Attar) says,” White said. “We were working on a fight for him at the end of the year, and he’s just not ready.”

Then Dana White admitted that at this stage of negotiations, he’s not even sure McGregor will ever fight again. (Transcript by me)

Listen, we’re still in that, “Conor might not ever fight again.” Guy’s got a f***ing 100 million dollars! You know? I’ve got guys that made less than that, and were lawyers, and went to school their whole life and quit working. Right? When you go to school your whole life to be a lawyer, and you’re a good lawyer, you make a few bucks, and you’re done. The guy is sitting at home every day watching cartoons or whatever he’s doing, I don’t know. Joe Silva doesn’t work any more. These guys make money and that’s it.

Fighting’s the worst. Try getting up and getting punched in the face every day when you’ve got 100 million dollars in the bank. You know? Money changes everything, with a lot of people. We’ll see.

Every time you talk to Conor, you don’t know… who knows? He’s a… he’s a very unique individual. I love the kid. I love the kid, man. I think he’s fun, he’s definitely… when you look at all the money Conor’s made… there’s guys that always bitch about money, I should have more money. Conor can’t be paid enough money. Conor’s worth every penny and more.

And the other thing with the Bellator thing. He’s a young rich kid who’s a god in Ireland. That’s not the healthiest environment either. It’s all part of… I don’t know if you guys remember in the very beginning, with Jon Jones, there’s no doubt the talent was there. I used to go, ‘the guy is talented, but he’s young, he’s rich, he’s the king of the world right now. Hopefully he can keep it together’, and that was way before all the crazy shit started happening. And there it is… it happens. What’s weird is it happens more in this sport, in fighting, in the fighting business, than in any other sport.

He went on to discuss the people surrounding McGregor, his philosophy on fighting, and a host of other issues. He said he knew before the fight with Mayweather that Conor might never fight again. He said McGregor’s not actually that difficult to deal with, except for showing up late. He included this gem about Tony Ferguson:

So that’s fun.


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Some other highlights from Dana White’s scrum today:

Nate Diaz is not going to risk the money of the third McGregor fight for a bout that nets him less than half what he would make against the Irishman.

Will Joanna Jedrzejczyk get an immediate rematch?

Of course he would

Commentary on that Tony Ferguson remark:

McGregor in the new UFC game:

He’s not just the face of the fight game anymore, he’s the face of the selling used cars game too #EAUFC

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Alastair Overeem is going to be game planning not to be hit by Francis Ngannou’s record-setting power

I’d do the same thing tbh, but I stand by this meme none the less

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Meisha Tate continues the hustle

Justin Gaethje vs. Eddie Alvarez is going to be bonkers

“I don’t want to win. I want to put on a show. I want to be the most violent lightweight in the world.” – @justin_gaethje

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I have to think Gaethje’s leg kicks will be relevant if this fight goes any length of time

Looks like there is a gap between the sales pitch and the reality here

Max Holloway pulling a Cowboy Cerrone before his headlining bout with Jose Aldo at UFC 218

Snapchat rules

Remember when Lorenzo Fertitta thought he was direct messaging ring girl Chrissy Blair but he was actually just tweeting her? I didn’t.

Khabib Nurmagomedov sweeping mats

Stay Humble @khabib_nurmagomedov and even when he wins @ufc Gold Humble he will stay

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Young Daniel Cormier


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‘Foxes catching mice in the snow’ is the most idyllic predator-prey chase ever

Red fox hunts field mice by listening for the sound of them moving under the snow Via @wildlifefriend #destination_wild

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Dana White Says Conor McGregor Might Never Fight Again: He’s Got a ‘F—-ing $100 Million’

Where UFC President Dana White was once extremely optimistic that Conor McGregor would step into the Octagon again before the conclusion of 2017, he now has a different perspective on the Irish star’s future.
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Mirko Cro Cop returns, yet again, set for Dec. 31 RIZIN event in Japan

Hey, remember when Mirko Filipovic said THIS IS DEFINITELY THE END after winning the RIZIN 2016 Openweight World Grand Prix and we were all like “haha yeah okay Mirko” … well, it turns out we had a right to be skeptical.

“Cro Cop” is back, yet again.

The kickboxer-turned-mixed martial arts (MMA) legend, who was a heavyweight headliner for PRIDE FC and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), among others, will return to the RIZIN ring on Dec. 31 in Japan, according to The Underground.

“He has decided to fight in front of his beloved Japanese fans a few more times before he retires,” RIZIN head cheese Nobuyuki Sakakibara told his social media followers. “He would like to continue to face meaningful opponents until he hangs his gloves.”

His opponent will be Tsuyoshi Kohsaka because his first choice is too busy doing this.

Filipovic (35-11-2) used retirement to skip out on his United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test suspension back in 2015 after admitting to injecting growth hormone to repair a bum shoulder.

The Croat turned 43 back in September.

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UFC Fight Night 119 Results: Lyoto Machida’s Karate Fails Him Yet Again

The last time we saw Lyoto Machida victorious was 2014. Since then, there’s been a lot of ugliness, and a USADA-spawned suspension that kept him away from the cage. At UFC Fight Night 119, the former light-heavyweight king was all set for a comeback in front of a partisan crowd, against an opponent in Derek Brunson […]

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Midnight Mania! CM Punk’s wife confirms he wants to fight again

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Since his first abysmal fight at UFC 203 in Cleveland, Ohio, rumors have been swirling about whether CM Punk, given name Phil Brooks, will fight again; and whether that bout will occur under the UFC banner.

His wife, AJ Mendez-Brooks, appeared on the Jim Norton and Sam Roberts show to talk about an upcoming book she’s been writing, “Crazy is My Superpower”. In the interview, she also talked about her husband’s future in combat sports, and how difficult it was for her to watch him in a cage fight. Transcription via FloCombat’s Damon Martin:

“Yes, he wants to fight again,” Mendez-Brooks told the Jim Norton and Sam Roberts show. “I’m never going to be the person that stops someone from doing whatever their dream is so I support it.

“I just look at his face and say stay that way.”

Punk’s coach, Duke Roufus, has been posting on Instagram hinting that the professional wrestling star is in training for his next bout- but nothing official has been announced.

Punk earned praise for being courageous enough to step into the Octagon. He delivered a rousing speech afterwards about following your dreams. However, it always felt a little hollow when thousands of less famous people have had the courage to take that step for much less than the seven-figure payday Punk received. AJ Mendez-Brooks did confirm that he made at least a million dollars for the bout; the best guess for his actual payout is closer to two million with pay-per-view (PPV) points.

“I don’t think it hurt that for one night of working you get paid a million dollars. He was pretty psyched about that,” Mendez-Brooks said with a laugh. “He came backstage with the most giant smile on his face. He’s incredibly sweaty and I just threw myself on him and I’m like ‘I’m so freaking proud of you’.

“His speech was just so moving and I try not to get emotional in front of people so we just went to our little corner and it was so f*cking cool and I’m so proud of him.”

One can’t really blame Punk for either wanting to fight, or wanting to make the most money out of the experience possible. The UFC also took criticism for booking the bout. In pure economic terms, it made sense; Punk likely made the UFC five times the money he got paid to fight. I always maintained that the real blame lies with the fans that wanted to see the spectacle. Will those same fans turn out to see him fight after Mickey Gall dominated and choked him out? That remains to be seen.


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Best padholder ever:

On the topic of creative pad-work…

Do people still care about GSP?

Garbrandt keeping it real with Michael Bisping is great. We are all thinking it.

Now that’s an entrance

Listen to Rose Namajunas is killing it on the piano! That’s not just one song she learned, either. She is reading the music. Color me impressed.

Fantasie Impromptu-Chopin my favorite piano composer!

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This is great cosplay. Longtime readers of this column will recognize Takeru for his brutal knockouts and Baruto for standing under waterfalls and crushing apples.

Speaking of Japanese MMA, enjoy this old Gomi fight:

Yoel Romero posts all the typical teenager pics on Instagram, like he’s just discovering how he looks in selfies.

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I never wanted to see the pec flex from Demetrious Johnson:

Call me Professor Johnson

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Huh… this… is something. Abdelaziz is a shady character who manages everyone from Khabib to Frankie Edgar.


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Andrew Richardson breaks down Derek Brunson’s southpaw punching game:

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Twice in one month.

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UFC Japan’s Gokhan Saki explains decision to leave kickboxing for MMA – ‘I’m hungry again’

Gokhan Saki will make his surprising — albeit much-anticipated — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut this weekend (Fri., Sept. 22, 2017) when he faces off against Henrique da Silva at UFC Fight Night 117 inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

So why after years in the kickboxing arena did the former GLORY champion decide it was time to focus full-time on mixed marital arts (MMA), and more important, make his UFC debut? It was simply time.

“If you asked me 10 years ago why not MMA, it wasn’t the time,” Saki told MMA Junkie. “I was still hungry to beat people up in kickboxing. That time, there were still big challenges in kickboxing, which I didn’t have for two years. I decided to stop kickboxing because I wasn’t hungry any more to train and to fight, because there was nobody like in the old times with K-1. So I stopped for 2.5 years,” he admitted.

In 2015, Saki was stripped of his GLORY world title for lack of fighting. To hear him tell it, though, he was waiting for a rematch against Rico Verhoeven that never came, which prompted his move to MMA. Plus, fighting the best in the world on the biggest stage was something he knew would fill a void.

“One year ago, there was an empty place in my heart. Like, I fought for 20 years and I won the title, and I stopped,” he said. “(It was) in my prime. It was not the right time to stop, because I was 30 years old, and I won the title, but didn’t defend it, and also because of a couple of issues with the organization.

I stopped for two years, and I felt an emptiness (in my heart), and I came back on a bigger stage, the biggest martial arts organization in the world, UFC, with a lot of challenge for me,” he continued. “I am hungry again, and it’s time to open a new book and finish my career in the right way.”

With only one MMA fight to his credit — a loss to James Zikic in 2004 — Gokhan says he feels like a young boy learning all the tricks and trades of MMA at a rapid pace.

“In my mind, it’s like I’m 11 or 12 years old again, learning things very fast again,” he said. “I’m ready to fight for four or five years more.”

It’s no secret Saki prefers to bang it out on the feet, so fight fans — as well as his opponents — can expect a heavy dosage of striking once the cage door slams shut.

“I am a striker, and they try to be a striker,” he said. “I’m 100 percent sure I’m going to bring new things to MMA. My style is kickboxing, but my style is special. Why? I can fight everybody. I can fight Thai style. I can fight with a lot of footwork. I can fight big guys.

“So for every fight, I have a different gameplan,” he continued. “I train 20 different systems. Because of that, my style became special. Explosive. Hard. This is what people want to see. I’m sure, they’re not used to this — they’re going to be in shock.”

Question is: Will Henrique da Silva be the first to get KTFO?

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Jon Jones Officially Stripped of Title, Cormier Champ Again

Apparently you can still be a champion even after getting knocked out in your last fight. Such is the case with Daniel Cormier, who lost his belt to Jon Jones in dramatic fashion at UFC 214, but with Jones failed drug test – and the UFC having no choice but to strip the cheater of […]

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