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UFC 227 Primer: For TJ Dillashaw, There Remains Another Mountain To Climb

Maybe I’m wrong, but as far as it goes, Dominick Cruz is still the best bantamweight of all-time.

TJ Dillashaw will defend his title this Saturday night at UFC 227 vs. Cody Garbrandt in a rematch of their November bout that ended with Dillashaw knocking Garbrandt out inside Madison Square Garden.

A two-time champion, Dillashaw believes the spot atop the Mount Rushmore of his division belongs to him with a second consecutive win over Garbrandt and the 16th of his career in 19 fights.

But is Dillashaw forgetting about that 2016 date with Cruz that resulted in “The Dominator” reclaiming the belt via split decision? How can you call yourself “the best” without having bested someone that many believe is just that?

Cruz has suffered an incredibly bad run of injuries that have limited him to just four fights since a 2011 win over Demetrious Johnson. That, in fact, was the last time the current UFC flyweight champion lost.

He finally returned in 2014 and knocked out Takeya Mizugaki, earning a shot at Dillashaw for the belt that he never lost. Officials had to move on and stripped Cruz of the belt that he had held dating back to winning it in the WEC in 2010.

Late in 2016, Cruz suffered a loss to Garbrandt via decision, just the second of his career. The other being a defeat he avenged vs. Urijah Faber, remains one I am sure Cruz would love to have a crack at.

But back to Dillashaw and his claim to being the G.O.A.T. in the bantamweight ranks.

You can definitely feel free to place him on the mountains with a second win over Garbrandt, as his victories vs. Renan Barao John Lineker, Raphael Assuncao and others give him a strong case.

Just don’t call him the greatest yet when Dominick Cruz is still lurking in the shadows.

Below is the current fight card:

MAIN CARD (PPV/10 p.m. ET)

UFC Bantamweight Championship
TJ Dillashaw (c) vs. Cody Garbrandt

UFC Flyweight Championship
Demetrious Johnson (c) vs. Henry Cejudo

Middleweight: Thiago Santos vs. Kevin Holland

Strawweight: Polyana Viana vs. JJ Aldrich

Featherweight: Cub Swanson vs. Renato Moicano

PRELIMINARY CARD (FX/8 p.m. ET)

Bantamweight: Pedro Munhoz vs. Brett Johns

Bantamweight: Ricky Simon vs. Montel Jackson

Female Bantamweight: Bethe Correia vs. Irene Aldana

Featherweight: Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass/6 p.m. ET)

Flyweight: Jose Torres vs. Alex Perez

Bantamweight: Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho Kang

Strawweight: Danielle Taylor vs. Zhang Welli

Bantamweight: Marlon Vera vs. Wuliji Buren

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UFC Fight Night 134 Results: Anthony Smith Takes Out Another Legend, Destroying Shogun Rua

Never mind that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has won his last three fights. He’s been fighting for so long, accomplished so much, and suffered so greatly, that given his mileage, every moment we get with him should be cherished. Because it could be the last one we get.

The main event of UFC Fight Night 134 has Shogun taking on Anthony Smith, a jumped-up former middleweight who, in his light-heavyweight debut, wrecked Rashad Evans. Granted, Evans is old as time, too, but still. A win over a name like that counts for something… and that something is a main event slot opposite a fading Brazilian legend.

They come out doing their respective Muay Thai shuffles, but it doesn’t take long for Smith to plant a front kick right on Shogun’s grill. That’s Shogun’s cue to come forward aggressively – which results in Smith battering him with punches until Shogun literally drops his arms and stands there absorbing punishment. He is out, despite being upright, and the ref jumps in.

Time to give Smith a real test.

 

Results: Anthony Smith def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via TKO (Punches) at 1:29, R1

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UFC Fight Night 134 Results: Anthony Smith Takes Out Another Legend, Destroying Shogun Rua

Never mind that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has won his last three fights. He’s been fighting for so long, accomplished so much, and suffered so greatly, that given his mileage, every moment we get with him should be cherished. Because it could be the last one we get.

The main event of UFC Fight Night 134 has Shogun taking on Anthony Smith, a jumped-up former middleweight who, in his light-heavyweight debut, wrecked Rashad Evans. Granted, Evans is old as time, too, but still. A win over a name like that counts for something… and that something is a main event slot opposite a fading Brazilian legend.

They come out doing their respective Muay Thai shuffles, but it doesn’t take long for Smith to plant a front kick right on Shogun’s grill. That’s Shogun’s cue to come forward aggressively – which results in Smith battering him with punches until Shogun literally drops his arms and stands there absorbing punishment. He is out, despite being upright, and the ref jumps in.

Time to give Smith a real test.

 

Results: Anthony Smith def. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua via TKO (Punches) at 1:29, R1

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Nick Diaz Just Got Hit With Another Felony Charge

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title contender and longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran, Nick Diaz, is taking his licks from the Clark County District Attorney’s office — and his case hasn’t even gone to trial yet.

Diaz, 34, was hit with a second felony charge on Tuesday (July 10, 2018) when prosecutors filed an amended complaint, which now includes a felony count of battery constituting domestic violence by strangulation and felony battery domestic violence resulting in substantial bodily harm.

“We were surprised that the state filed an amended complaint in court this morning given that there is no new evidence that would warrant adding charges,” attorney Ross Goodman told MMAjunkie.com. “Regardless, we are confident that that truth will come to light vindicating Mr. Diaz after a thorough cross-examination exposing inconsistent and contradictory allegations.”

Diaz was arrested back on May 24 after allegedly injuring a female acquaintance. He was arrested and initially charged with felony domestic battery, but later released on $ 18,000 bond. UFC has frozen his contract and will not take any action until the legal process is complete, stressing its code of conduct while also citing the right to due process (read the full statement here).

The Stockton slugger has not competed since his 2015 no contest opposite Anderson Silva.

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Weidman Headed For Yet Another Surgery

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Chris Weidman, has one of the worst records in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) when it comes to debilitating injuries, rivaling the oft-hurt Dominick Cruz in the “oh shit, not again” category.

His latest setback stems from a hand injury suffered in his submission win over Kelvin Gastelum at UFC on FOX 25 last July (more on that here), one that was expected to be — but wasn’t — corrected by way of surgery.

From his conversation with the Slip ‘N Dip podcast:

“I had a surgery back after my Gastleum fight and I’ve been on the sidelines and I’ve had some great opportunities offered and I couldn’t take them because I was trying to get the hand better. And I pretty much found out that it’s not going to get better. I need to get another surgery. So I am getting another surgery in a week and a half. It could be a two-to-three month recovery and then I should be good to go. It’s been a tough last eight months.”

That puts an “All American” return somewhere in the vicinity of mid-summer.

Fortunately for Weidman, he’s currently ranked No. 4 in the division, which continues to search for its identity after burning through a couple of big names in the past few months. As it stands, Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero will collide for “The Reaper’s” middleweight strap this June in Chicago.

Weidman will be 34 when — and if — he finally returns to action.

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Ronda Rousey: UFC Return ‘As Likely As Me Going Back to Another Olympics for Judo’

Ronda Rousey has never officially announced her retirement from mixed martial arts, but she came pretty close during a recent appearance on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.”
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Bellator Just Had Another ‘WTF’ Moment

Bellator 194 is going down in Uncasville, CT right now, and though the main event is all about UFC refugees Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione going at it, there’s still all the usual undercard goodness.

And by “goodness”, I mean, “WTF did I just see?”

Because Bellator undercards – especially the prelims – are where the crazy stuff happens.

You know, stuff like spinning back-elbow knockouts, and this:

Tonight, just moments ago, a Bellator 194 prelim pitted Ross Richardson against Ronie Arana Leon. Neither person is anyone you should know about at this point in their careers.

What you should know is that Leon did his best imitation of a frog, which, um, was kind of crazy.

The dude lost via TKO in the second round, but man, give him points for doing something wacky.

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Bellator Just Had Another ‘WTF’ Moment

Bellator 194 is going down in Uncasville, CT right now, and though the main event is all about UFC refugees Roy Nelson and Matt Mitrione going at it, there’s still all the usual undercard goodness.

And by “goodness”, I mean, “WTF did I just see?”

Because Bellator undercards – especially the prelims – are where the crazy stuff happens.

You know, stuff like spinning back-elbow knockouts, and this:

Tonight, just moments ago, a Bellator 194 prelim pitted Ross Richardson against Ronie Arana Leon. Neither person is anyone you should know about at this point in their careers.

What you should know is that Leon did his best imitation of a frog, which, um, was kind of crazy.

The dude lost via TKO in the second round, but man, give him points for doing something wacky.

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Midnight Mania! Mayweather tweets another bizarre video, McGregor still wants rematch

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

I’ll be honest. Like most MMA fans, I want to see McGregor in a “real” fight next… an MMA fight, against one of the many MMA fighters who have stacked up against the lightweight title damn like so much flotsam at a cracking beaver’s dam.

But with McGregor all but stripped of the lightweight title, there would seem to be little incentive for him to take a difficult fight against the toughest opponent in the division (whether that ends up being Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson). Nate Diaz has insinuated he’s warming up for a comeback fight, ostensibly for a trilogy. Aside from the distant possibility of Georges St. Pierre, that’s likely the biggest fight in terms of money that McGregor could take.

Except, of course, for the guy he just fought… er… boxed. Floyd Mayweather keeps teasing an entry into the foreign world of MMA. The latest video isn’t really any less cryptic than his other hints, with Mayweather just rubbing his hands together saying,

2018 Floyd Money Mayweather, MMA. What are the odds, Paddy? What are the odds?

What are the odds, indeed? Would Mayweather risk an almost certain, humiliating loss against McGregor? Unlike the Irishman, who gained access to a 100 million dollar payday he would never otherwise have gotten by crossing into boxing, Mayweather has other options. At least in McGregor’s case, boxing has been part of his skill set since his teenage years. Although obviously not a boxer on Mayweather’s level, he proved competent enough in the ring. Mayweather has no such experience to draw from in an MMA fight. We’ve seen boxers far out of their depth before in the Octagon. A rematch would not only be totally outside his comfort zone, it would also expose him to a feeling he has never allowed himself to experience: that of being beaten down on the most public stage imaginable.

Yet, there are upsides for Mayweather. The rivalry with McGregor clearly has steam; they nearly broke the Mayweather-Pacquaio record, with McGregor doing much of the promotional heavy lifting. It inspired plenty of post-fight talk. Somehow, people would talk themselves into buying a rematch in the boxing ring… but as many as the first bout? It’s doubtful. In the Octagon, Mayweather would be totally out of his depth, true- but it’s something we haven’t seen before. In that sense, it’s an easier sell. Casuals will believe Mayweather can knock out the Irishman in the cage too, and they will buy it. The novelty factor that helped make the first fight a cultural phenomenon would be back in full force for this one. In addition, Mayweather is risking his physical health, but his boxing record, his precious 50-0, would remain intact.

McGregor-Mayweather was a ridiculous circus fight the first time. A rematch in the Octagon would be exactly the same spectacle in reverse… which is the only reason it seems remotely likely.

McGregor obviously wants to get his loss back. Here, he admits as much at an award acceptance interview:


Insomnia

Belal Muhammad had the best response to Mayweather’s video:

TJ Dillashaw says he can make 125 without question

Derrick Lewis reflects my feelings on this music exactly.

Israel Adesanya with some different dancing

Paige VanZant is going from PVZ to PV.

This video with Mike Tyson explaining how he feels entering the ring is absolutely amazing.

Nate Diaz is too big for Hulk Hogan

Jackson Wink endorses this? No, they say don’t even watch unless you’ve got a steady stomach.

❗️WARNING ❗️Watch at your own risk ❗️ #sweat #much

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Chandler with the suplexes

#Suplexcity

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Great poster for Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier:

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva was entertaining as anything.

‪3 years ago today….‬

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Happy birthday to former bantamweight champion Renan Barao!

Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier feuding:


Slips, Rips, and Muay Thai Clips

If you like high-level wrestling, you will like this clip

These are always fun

This was a great fight

I’ve posted this before but it’s so good


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If you haven’t heard my interview with Nate Quarry, listen and learn how to get your free Zombie Cagefighter comic, and learn how Quarry got to live his UFC dream after growing up in a cult, and missing his father’s death to fight the bout that got him into the Ultimate Fighter. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube


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Midnight Mania! Mayweather tweets another bizarre video, McGregor still wants rematch

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

I’ll be honest. Like most MMA fans, I want to see McGregor in a “real” fight next… an MMA fight, against one of the many MMA fighters who have stacked up against the lightweight title damn like so much flotsam at a cracking beaver’s dam.

But with McGregor all but stripped of the lightweight title, there would seem to be little incentive for him to take a difficult fight against the toughest opponent in the division (whether that ends up being Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson). Nate Diaz has insinuated he’s warming up for a comeback fight, ostensibly for a trilogy. Aside from the distant possibility of Georges St. Pierre, that’s likely the biggest fight in terms of money that McGregor could take.

Except, of course, for the guy he just fought… er… boxed. Floyd Mayweather keeps teasing an entry into the foreign world of MMA. The latest video isn’t really any less cryptic than his other hints, with Mayweather just rubbing his hands together saying,

2018 Floyd Money Mayweather, MMA. What are the odds, Paddy? What are the odds?

What are the odds, indeed? Would Mayweather risk an almost certain, humiliating loss against McGregor? Unlike the Irishman, who gained access to a 100 million dollar payday he would never otherwise have gotten by crossing into boxing, Mayweather has other options. At least in McGregor’s case, boxing has been part of his skill set since his teenage years. Although obviously not a boxer on Mayweather’s level, he proved competent enough in the ring. Mayweather has no such experience to draw from in an MMA fight. We’ve seen boxers far out of their depth before in the Octagon. A rematch would not only be totally outside his comfort zone, it would also expose him to a feeling he has never allowed himself to experience: that of being beaten down on the most public stage imaginable.

Yet, there are upsides for Mayweather. The rivalry with McGregor clearly has steam; they nearly broke the Mayweather-Pacquaio record, with McGregor doing much of the promotional heavy lifting. It inspired plenty of post-fight talk. Somehow, people would talk themselves into buying a rematch in the boxing ring… but as many as the first bout? It’s doubtful. In the Octagon, Mayweather would be totally out of his depth, true- but it’s something we haven’t seen before. In that sense, it’s an easier sell. Casuals will believe Mayweather can knock out the Irishman in the cage too, and they will buy it. The novelty factor that helped make the first fight a cultural phenomenon would be back in full force for this one. In addition, Mayweather is risking his physical health, but his boxing record, his precious 50-0, would remain intact.

McGregor-Mayweather was a ridiculous circus fight the first time. A rematch in the Octagon would be exactly the same spectacle in reverse… which is the only reason it seems remotely likely.

McGregor obviously wants to get his loss back. Here, he admits as much at an award acceptance interview:


Insomnia

Belal Muhammad had the best response to Mayweather’s video:

TJ Dillashaw says he can make 125 without question

Derrick Lewis reflects my feelings on this music exactly.

Israel Adesanya with some different dancing

Paige VanZant is going from PVZ to PV.

This video with Mike Tyson explaining how he feels entering the ring is absolutely amazing.

Nate Diaz is too big for Hulk Hogan

Jackson Wink endorses this? No, they say don’t even watch unless you’ve got a steady stomach.

❗️WARNING ❗️Watch at your own risk ❗️ #sweat #much

A post shared by Official Page Jackson Wink MMA (@jacksonwink_mma) on

Chandler with the suplexes

#Suplexcity

A post shared by Michael Chandler (@mikechandlermma) on

Great poster for Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier:

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva was entertaining as anything.

‪3 years ago today….‬

A post shared by MMA History Today (@mmahistorytoday) on

Happy birthday to former bantamweight champion Renan Barao!

Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier feuding:


Slips, Rips, and Muay Thai Clips

If you like high-level wrestling, you will like this clip

These are always fun

This was a great fight

I’ve posted this before but it’s so good


Podcasts and Video

If you haven’t heard my interview with Nate Quarry, listen and learn how to get your free Zombie Cagefighter comic, and learn how Quarry got to live his UFC dream after growing up in a cult, and missing his father’s death to fight the bout that got him into the Ultimate Fighter. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube


Random Land

Don’t mess with the eagle if you don’t want the talons

Alright then

Alright yeah that’s just cool

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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