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Midnight Mania! Joanna Jedrzejczyk is ‘very open’ to flyweight bout against Shevchenko

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Former strawweight champion and all-time great Joanna Jedrzejczyk said she is very open to facing Valentina Shevchenko up a weight class, at flyweight.

“Who knows – maybe this year,” Jedrzejczyk told MMAjunkie, adding: “The thing is, I’m very open to move up and face Valentina. I always want to face the best athletes, the best fighters in the world, and Valentina is one of the greatest muay Thai and also MMA fighters.

“I’m very open, but I must sit down and discuss some things. We’ll see what’s going to happen.”

Shevchenko has beaten Jedrzejczyk three times on the amateur kickboxing circuit. Joanna sees 125 in her future, and another meeting with Shevchenko as very possible. The recent stripping of flyweight champion Nicco Montano has opened speculation that this is the bout to make for the vacant title.

“One of my biggest dreams is becoming a champion in the 125-pound division and becoming a champion in two different divisions,” Jedrzejczyk said. “I’m still dreaming about it, and I know it’s going to happen sooner than later.”

Jedrzejczyk most recently defeated Tecia Torres by unanimous decision, bouncing back from a unanimous decision loss to current strawweight queen Rose Namajunas.


Insomnia

Why does one of these guys have to lose?

Nick Newell killed with this one. Let’s all give him a hand.

I had seen some of these knockouts, but not all of them.

Impressionist Al Foran does a remarkably good Conor McGregor.

Great for Tyron Woodley

Of course Colby Covington had a comeback. This one was at least somewhat funny

Las Vegas… California? Tito Ortiz remains indefatigably Tito.

This Jackie-Chan style KO was only sobered by the fact it occurred on concrete. Hopefully the guy was okay.

John Lineker vs. Petr Yan would be must-see TV.

This bulldog choke with a rear-naked choke grip is a fascinating look into American catch wrestling.

Conor McGregor is training a lot of bodyshots.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

The knockouts were the body-stiffening kind tonight, and this was perhaps the best of the bunch:

The timing on this deserves two looks

Right hook for the ages

Those follow-up punches were brutal and unnecessary.

Backing up doesn’t always mean losing


Podcasts and Video

Breaking down Mark Hunt’s counter-punching with the Andrews.

How exactly does Aleksei Oleinik get all those Ezekiel chokes?

Heavy Hands

MMA Ratings


Random Land

No.

Accurate

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Jones Inspired By McGregor, Says Irishman’s Wrestling ‘Shouldn’t Be Underestimated’ Against Khabib

Hate him or love him, Conor McGregor has done things in combat sports that no other fighter has ever even dreamed of.

The 29-year-old Irishman quickly rose the ranks as a UFC featherweight before knocking out champion Jose Aldo in 13 seconds back in 2015. After that, “Notorious” moved up in weight to fight Nate Diaz twice at 170 pounds, knocked out Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in New York City to claim the lightweight championship and become the first fighter in UFC history to simultaneously hold two titles, and then eventually locked down a $ 100 million boxing superfight with undefeated pugilist Floyd Mayweather Jr.

Add in McGregor’s marketing expertise and ever-growing bank account and it’s easy to see why other fighters around mixed martial arts (MMA) look up to the brash Irishman. This includes former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who is currently sitting on the sidelines after failing his second United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug test last year.

“Conor McGregor has definitely inspired me to reach for bigger fights,” said Jones during a recent appearance on Allow Me To Interrupt. “The higher the risk, the higher the reward. That’s my plan, take a page out of his book. And start challenging myself against some pretty scary dudes.”

While Jones is eager to return to the Octagon and test himself against the best fighters at light heavyweight and heavyweight, he can’t do anything until his USADA punishment is dished out. In the interim, “Bones” will have the chance to witness another chapter in McGregor’s historic career as “Notorious” makes his Octagon return against undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov next month at UFC 229.

It’s a matchup that looks deadly on paper for “Notorious,” but Jones believes the former two-division UFC champion shouldn’t be overlooked at this point in his career.

”I believe that Conor McGregor has wrestling,” said Jones. “I don’t think it’s at the level of Khabib. I believe that Khabib will get the majority of his takedowns that he goes for. Conor, he’s an athlete. He shouldn’t be underestimated.”

Many believe that McGregor’s only chance to defeat Khabib on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas is to catch him with one perfectly-timed left hand. That may be true, but Nurmagomedov is going to have to find a way to finish McGregor on the ground when he gets him there. To this point, Khabib hasn’t necessarily stopped opponents inside of Octagon when he should have. Just look at how long Al Iaquinta, Edson Barboza, and Rafael dos Anjos lasted amidst one-sided beatdowns by “Eagle.”

”I think Khabib, his boxing defense isn’t the the strongest. I don’t understand why he doesn’t work a lot of jiu jitsu,” explained Jones. “If you can take down anybody, why not know how to finish them? He depends on ground-and-pound and he never finishes anyone with that. Khabib is a black belt wrestler. If he adds a black belt in jiu jitsu to his recipe, he’d be extremely scary.”

Jones may be right, but that doesn’t mean Khabib still can’t dominate McGregor at UFC 229, take him down at will, and punish him on the ground for the full 25 minutes. It will be up to McGregor to get back to his feet and let his hands lead the dance.

Luckily, we will find out in one month’s time if McGregor can shock the combat world yet against and instill even more inspiration into all-time great fighters like Jones.

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Roger Huerta Replaces Goiti Yamauchi Against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roger Huerta will be filling in for an injured Goiti Yamauchi against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205 on Sept. 21 in Boise, Idaho.
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Roger Huerta Replaces Goiti Yamauchi Against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roger Huerta will be filling in for an injured Goiti Yamauchi against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205 on Sept. 21 in Boise, Idaho.
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Roger Huerta Replaces Goiti Yamauchi Against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205

Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Roger Huerta will be filling in for an injured Goiti Yamauchi against Patricky Freire at Bellator 205 on Sept. 21 in Boise, Idaho.
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Huerta Takes Short Notice Fight Against ‘Pitbull’ At Bellator 205

Roger Huerta will have another opportunity to make a big splash in Bellator MMA as the veteran lightweight steps up on short notice to take on former title challenger Patricky Freire at Bellator 205 on Sept. 21 from inside CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, per a recent report by ESPN.

Freire’s original opponent, Goiti Yamauchi, recently withdrew from the event due to injury.

Huerta, 35, made his Bellator return this past April in Budapest when he was choked out by former UFC champion Benson Henderson in the second round. It has been quite some time since “El Matador” fought with the same magic he had when he won his first six UFC fights from 2006-2007, but he’ll try to recapture lightening in a bottle against “Pitbull” next month.

Freire, 32, has looked like a killer since getting knocked out by Michael Chandler back in 2016. The lightweight finisher has won three straight against notable contenders like Josh Thompson, Derek Campos, and Henderson. Given his track record and recent success, Freire may not have to do much more entering 2019 to lock down another Bellator title shot. Losing to Huerta will certainly set the Brazilian back so it’s a pretty dangerous fight.

Bellator 205 was expected to be headlined by a featherweight bout pitting former champion Pat Curran against undefeated sensation A.J. McKee, but a recent injury to Curran has left the main event in limbo.

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Cejudo Against Johnson Trilogy: ‘We Need New Storylines In Our Weight Class’

Henry Cejudo made history earlier this month when he defeated Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 to claim the undisputed flyweight title and stop “Mighty Mouse” from securing his record 12th-straight UFC title defense.

Now the champion of an undervalued 125-pound class, Cejudo is hoping his title reign injects new life into a division dictated by one man over the past five years. While most people around the mixed martial arts (MMA) community agree that Johnson’s track record is enough to land him an immediate trilogy fight opposite Cejudo, especially considering “Might Mouse” defeated “Messenger” via TKO two years ago, Cejudo is making the case that he should fight a new challenger next.

“I would agree when it comes to the statistics side of it,” Cejudo recently said on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show when discussing Johnson’s bid for a trilogy bout. “But at the same time, I know what the UFC’s trying to create, man. I had to wait two and a half years to face Demetrious Johnson.

“I had to wait, too. And it’s also good, too, for our weight class to start new storylines that have noting to do with Demetrious Johnson. We need new storylines in our weight class.”

Johnson, who suffered his first loss at flyweight at UFC 227, will have to heal up before he even thinks about taking another fight. But if the former champion wants another crack at his crown, why wouldn’t UFC oblige?

According to Cejudo, anyone other than “Mighty Mouse” would be a good choice for UFC as the promotion tries to reinvent the 125-pound division and create new interest among fight fans.

“Think about it…let’s just say Demetrious Johnson beats me for the trilogy,” Cejudo said. “Again, that goes back to not building a storyline. I think Demetrious Johnson may agree with me. Just for the sake of our weight class, I think it would be good. I think it would be good to see somebody else, for now, except for Demetrious Johnson.”

If not Johnson then who?

Well, Cejudo has already competed in close bouts with top contenders Sergio Pettis, Joseph Benavidez, and Jussier Formiga, so either one of those guys would work. Pettis and Formiga are currently scheduled to lock horns at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas so the winner could very well fight Cejudo by the end of the year.

We’ll have to wait and see how this entire situation plays out, but it wouldn’t surprise fight fans either way. Johnson undoubtedly deserves his chance for redemption, but the flyweight division hasn’t necessarily flourished under his rule in the past.

What do you think, Maniacs? Who gets the next shot at flyweight gold?

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Money Talks: Demetrious Johnson Open to Fight Against Winner of Dillashaw-Garbrandt at UFC 227

Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight ace Demetrious Johnson wants the winner of Saturday night’s bantamweight title fight between T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt, but only if the money is right.
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Report: Cortney Casey-Sanchez to Replace Injured Alexa Grasso Against Angela Hill

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has found a replacement for Alexa Grasso on the same day she pulled out of her UFC Fight Night 135 bout against Angela Hill on Aug. 25, ESPN reported on Thursday afternoon.
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Patricky Freire Is Banging Against the Bellator Ceiling and It’s Sad

There was a Bellator double-header this weekend, and on the second night – in the main event of Bellator 203 – featherweight champ Patricky “Pitbull” Freire beat Daniel Weichel. It was a close fight, with Freire winning by split decision. But this was the second time the Brazilian slugger beat Weichel, and the match-up itself speaks volumes as to where Freire is in the organizational food-chain and what the future may hold.

Folks, Pitbull is banging against the Bellator ceiling, and it’s kind of sad.

The champ is, of course, the best of Bellator’s featherweights. And he’s done well avenging whatever losses he’s accrued during his long career with the promotion. He beat Daniel Straus pretty convincingly, and though he lost to Benson Henderson, it was something of an injury fluke, so there’s no need to retread over that ground.

But what’s next? More rematches with dudes he’s beaten?

What Freire needs is obvious. He needs a superfight. A match-up that transcends divisional rankings, and sparks the interest of the general public more than ever before.

Consider what winning the belts of two divisions did for Conor McGregor. Or what it’s doing for Daniel Cormier. Consider what fighting Royce Gracie did for Matt Hughes. Or what fighting James Toney did for Randy Couture.

Freire has essentially cleared out the featherweight division, but he’s stuck fighting on Bellator cards in Rome, Italy, because no one gives a crap about him. And that sucks, because he’s clearly a great fighter.

He deserves more.

Anyway, here’s a pic of former welterweight champ Andrey Koreshkov wrecking some dude on the Bellator 203 with a spinning back-kick in a little over a minute.

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