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Midnight Mania! Watch Brock Lesnar Back in Training

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It’s been half a year since Brock Lesnar jumped into the cage and shoved newly crowned heavyweight kingpin Daniel Cormier, flashing decayed teeth as he cut a promo against the champion. The prospective bout with Cormier had a built-in roadblock, with Lesnar needing to finish out his USADA suspension for the anabolic steroids he was suspended for after UFC 200. (Mark Hunt is still angry about that, in case anyone was wondering). Six months on, its still unclear whether Lesnar will actually return to the cage. However, he did spend some time on the mats recently, which could be a good sign.

The skillset that brought Lesnar his fame and glory was developed in his college wrestling days. Now, Brock is back on the mats, practicing with Gable Stevenson at the University of Minnesota.

Could his motivation be to train for a bout with two-time Olympic wrestler Daniel Cormier in the UFC’s Octagon? We will get our answer in 2019.


Insomnia

Alexander Volkanovski wins the ten-year challenge

Dana White’s entry was pretty funny too, courtesy of Michael Chiesa

Cub Swanson had a solid entry

Aljamain Sterling has stepped his beard game up

I never realized Angela Hill was an animator

This is the problem with superfights- the clog up the divisions every single time.

Darren Till vs. Jorge Masvidal is going to be an interesting staring contest

Lando Vannata drilling striking combinations

I don’t usually include John Danaher in Midnight Mania because he writes novels for captions, but something about the geometry in this triangle choke setup was aesthetically appealing.

Tony Ferguson needs to get his title shot in 2019, or we riot.

Anthony Pettis against Stephen Thompson seems like a mismatch, but Pettis is just here for the glory and the loot.

I love Dustin Poirier’s positive mentality.

Amanda Nunes was all over the place on Twitter today, but confirmed she seems to have no interest in a rematch with Cris Cyborg

Okay… what is going on with her account?

Megan Anderson says Nunes should be stripped if she won’t defend

Tatiana Suarez is the strawweight champion in waiting

Ben Askren and Kelvin Gastelum went back and forth on Twitter

I had never seen this incredible one-shot fight scene

Sumo has questionable decisions too

Ouch

On this note…

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Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing

In case you missed it, the UFC administered Jon Jones their own little drug test before UFC 232, and because homeboy still had some steroids floating around inside him, they moved the event from Nevada to California. Because, you know, some athletic commissions are more cool with steroids than others.

Jones went on to defeat Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch, win back the belt, blah, blah, blah.

Well, the results from the UFC 232 drug tests are back, and according to the California State Athletic Commission and USADA, there is no evidence of any banned substances.

This means nothing. The fact is, the drug test the UFC made Jones take before UFC 232 was at least conclusive enough to warrant moving an ENTIRE event to another state.

Now, let’s see Jones pass a drug test in Nevada. Then we’ll talk.

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Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing

In case you missed it, the UFC administered Jon Jones their own little drug test before UFC 232, and because homeboy still had some steroids floating around inside him, they moved the event from Nevada to California. Because, you know, some athletic commissions are more cool with steroids than others.

Jones went on to defeat Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch, win back the belt, blah, blah, blah.

Well, the results from the UFC 232 drug tests are back, and according to the California State Athletic Commission and USADA, there is no evidence of any banned substances.

This means nothing. The fact is, the drug test the UFC made Jones take before UFC 232 was at least conclusive enough to warrant moving an ENTIRE event to another state.

Now, let’s see Jones pass a drug test in Nevada. Then we’ll talk.

The post Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing

In case you missed it, the UFC administered Jon Jones their own little drug test before UFC 232, and because homeboy still had some steroids floating around inside him, they moved the event from Nevada to California. Because, you know, some athletic commissions are more cool with steroids than others.

Jones went on to defeat Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch, win back the belt, blah, blah, blah.

Well, the results from the UFC 232 drug tests are back, and according to the California State Athletic Commission and USADA, there is no evidence of any banned substances.

This means nothing. The fact is, the drug test the UFC made Jones take before UFC 232 was at least conclusive enough to warrant moving an ENTIRE event to another state.

Now, let’s see Jones pass a drug test in Nevada. Then we’ll talk.

The post Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Midnight Mania! Anderson Silva Wants the UFC to Bring TRT Back

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Anderson Silva did an interview in Portuguese (you can turn on English closed captions) in which he said he doesn’t mind the USADA program, but wishes the UFC would reconsider Therapeutic Use Exemptions (TUEs) for Testosterone Replacement Therapy (TRT) because he says a lot of older athletes need it. Transcription via MMAJunkie.com:

“There are some athletes who need to make use of the hormonal replacement,” Silva said. “I think, if USADA regulated that, we’d have the sport at a high level, with athletes who have stopped fighting. Vitor, for example. Even me, though I never had the replacement. But some athletes who really need it, who are older. Dan Henderson, many other athletes who have stopped because of this.”

Silva, who has been suspended twice for Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) use, had a rational-sounding explanation: MMA is an extremely intensive sport. TRT allows fighters to recover faster from the nagging little injuries the training schedule always brings on. Despite his own troubles with USADA, Silva doesn’t have a problem with the organization’s involvement in the sport. He just wishes they were a little more lenient.

“USADA’s entrance in the UFC to control the doping situation, the way I see it, was good,” Silva said. “But, in a certain way, it ends up being a disturbance. Because MMA isn’t a regular sport like all the others. It demands from the athlete fighting training, physical training. There are other countless technical valencies that they have to maintain(like) injuries, etc.

“I’m in favor of doping control, for sure. I think no athlete should or can be, on fight day, taking advantage of some situation. But I think they need to review this. Because there are many injuries, many athletes getting hurt, many fights getting cancelled due to athletes getting injured, etc.

“… For instance, you take a Tylenol, you can get caught in the doping. You take aspirin, you can get caught in the doping. There are many things, many medicines that the athlete uses, that they have to always be policing themselves. … I’m not against USADA; I’m totally in favor, but I think there should be a certain (flexibility) when it comes to what is allowed and what isn’t.”

The problem with Silva’s logic is that even were the UFC to change their policy on TRT, Silva himself probably wouldn’t be eligible to use it. One of the causes of low testosterone is past steroid use. Rewarding a steroid user by allowing them to then take synthetic testosterone isn’t something the UFC seems as… into these days. Technically, Silva could even apply for a TUE now with USADA… but he would still most likely run into trouble with the athletic commissions.

Anderson, who seems to have recorded this interview before his UFC 234 co-main event bout with Israel Adesanya was announced, also went into some detail on the way the UFC matches their legends up with young prospects. He still thinks a rematch with Nick Diaz would be ‘very cool’, and said he has spoken with Diaz about the way the UFC feeds their legends to up-and-comers.

“I think the fight with Nick Diaz would be a very cool fight, very interesting,” Silva said. “Because our last fight, both of us ended up getting caught in the doping, and it was a no-contest. So, actually, the fight didn’t exist. But I think Nick is a guy who has a name, a guy who has a history in this sport. And what we can’t accept is going into the UFC’s game of wanting to use the legends that they have to promote the young guys.

“I’ve talked about this a lot with Nick and with other athletes, as well. We don’t have an issue with fighting any of these kids. We don’t have an issue. We just want to be respected for everything we have built in this sport. Never, in my early trajectory, I never called out anyone. I always let things happen naturally. And I think it can’t be different.

“The UFC has this thing of wanting to promote new talents that don’t have the charisma with the older athletes who have the charisma and who knew how to get the machine working when we were in there. And that’s something that today’s kids can’t do. They go up there, they fight, do good fights. But, once they open their mouths, they only say crap. And they can’t get charisma with the audience. It’s no use being a good fighter and not being charismatic.”

Lacking charisma is not an accusation you can level against Israel Adesanya; perhaps that’s why Silva accepted the bout, widely regarded as an obvious setup for ‘The Last Stylebender’ to build his name by defeating his aging counterpart. Time will tell if Adesanya is able to ‘get the machine working’ as Silva did, and become one of the UFC’s biggest superstars.


Insomnia

Kyoji Horiguchi got dorms named after him at American Top Team- Horiguchi Hall.

Alex Volkanovski celebrating a Petr Yan fight announcement is kinda cool because they are two of the hottest prospects in mixed martial arts.

Jon Jones celebrated this on social media

He’s kind of in that zone where if he does ‘pulse’ with more long-term metabolites, we will wonder if he’s still on the sauce somehow, and if they never show up in his tests again, we will wonder if it was all BS.

Jason Knight is looking for a new promoter. Hopefully The Kid can get his career back on track.

Since we are probably getting a rematch at some point, worth going back to Brendan Schaub’s analysis of their first bout.

Mike Tyson getting work done

This knee is why it pays to be flexible. He just curves his kneecap right over the guard

Colby Covington vs. Darren Till would be an interesting fight. Till’s defensive wrestling seemed to hold up pretty well against Tyron Woodley. Covington could just hold out and probably still get a title shot after Usman, though, so we will see what happens.

Jessica Eye says she is outshining her haters

Rachael Ostovich’s brother and dad are jacked.

The seven deadly moves all rolled into one

Luke Rockhold went in hard at welterweight Jason Jackson, but Jackson didn’t back down one inch — nice bit of head movement from both guys.

Khabib Cat!

Santiago Ponzinibbio and Rafael dos Anjos got into it last night on Twitter, Ponzi apparently tweeting drunk. These are the tweets that were in English.


Podcasts and Video

I get a shoutout on this episode of Heavy Hands a little past minute 51.

One of these fights is already gone, sadly


Random Land

I just came across this sport, Kabaddi, for the first time and I can’t figure out what is going on.

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De La Hoya Fires Back At Dana – ‘Shut The F*ck Up!’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White recently had some harsh words for ex-boxing champion turned promoter, Oscar de la Hoya, calling him a “crackhead junkie” for criticizing Ultimate Fighting Championship’s (UFC) pay.

It’s a sentiment White found ironic seeing as how many of the combatants who competed at Golden Boy MMA 1 were paid very little (full payouts here) after Oscar promised he’d take care of fighters better than UFC.

Now, the former boxing champion has fired back at White, telling TMZ Sports that White is simply threatened by the new competition in town.

“Dana is so small and threatened by our success with DAZN and now in MMA that he is bringing up news from a decade ago to try to stay relevant,” said Oscar while taking a dig at White’s ventures into the boxing world.

”Boxing has entirely rejected him. And, MMA fighters are now realizing they don’t have to risk their lives just so he can get rich. Golden Boy and I are moving forward and are bigger than ever,” he added while saying the outspoken-president should worry about saving his sinking ship.

“Dana should shut the f*ck up and try to figure out how to save his own company.”

Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell — the two men who headlined Oscar’s first event — did manage to walk away with a combined purse of $ 450,000. With pay-per-view (PPV) numbers still being tallied, De La Hoya plans to move forward despite being heavily-criticized by the MMA community after the fight.

As for Oscar and White, it seems the two promoters’ once-friendly relationship is now beyond repair.

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Ngannou Releases Statement: ‘The Predator Is Back!’

Ngannou took to social media to celebrate his UFC Beijing win and the ‘redemption’ that came with it.

After a two fight stumble that saw him mauled in his first title fight by Stipe Miocic and then psyched out in a headscratcher of a decision loss to Derrick Lewis, some had written Francis Ngannou off.

Those people are crazy, of course. Fighters have ups and downs, and it was inevitable that Ngannou’s relative inexperience would cost him some losses at some point. But since that January loss to Miocic, there’s been non-stop quotes from bosses and coaches about Ngannou losing his way. Freezing up against Lewis in July only made things worse.

Ngannou did his best to put that talk to rest in Beijing, China, knocking the equilibrium out of Curtis Blaydes and forcing a stoppage just 45 seconds into their second fight (watch it here).

Now he’s taking to social media to thank those that stood by him during his slump.

“I finally saw the light yesterday night at UFC Beijing by overcoming my darkness which dragged me deep to the bottom,” Ngannou wrote. “My fans, my family and all those people who trust and believe in me have got persecuted by haters and doubters but they didn’t give up and they kept supporting me and that’s where I found strength to overcome all this.”

“I wanna thank every single one of you, who once trusted me and who kept supporting me, who stayed beside me and who didn’t stumble,” he continued. “I’m grateful to have any of you known and unknown by my side and in my life since this is all my life.”

“Thank you China and particularly Beijing for welcoming us and for all the love and energy you guys put in, it was an honor for me to perform for you guys such an amazing people and a great crowd.”

He finished off his letter with hashtag #TheRedemption, but it may take more than a single win to convince some followers of the sport that Stipe Miocic didn’t steal a bit of his soul during their fight.

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Midnight Mania! RIZIN CEO Confirms Mayweather-Tenshin Is Back On

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RIZIN’s head, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, has confirmed that Tenshin Nasukawa’s fight with Mayweather is back on for New Year’s Eve.

Misunderstanding with Floyd Mayweather was settled. He confronts Nasukawa Tenshin in the RIZIN.14 ring on New Year ‘s Eve on December 31. I will speak to you at the press conference when I return to Japan. #rizinff

Floyd made sure everyone knew that the fight was purely a boxing exhibition match- no kicks allowed.

We will see if Tenshin, who is not known for his restraint in the ring, will just be “moving around” with Floyd on December 31st.


Insomnia

Speaking of notable kickboxers, Nieky Holzken vs. Cosmo Alexandre is going to be hot fire- especially in four-ounce gloves!

Ben Askren wants the winner of Masvidal-Diaz

“He’s going to kill me for forgetting his last name” but what about his first name?

Cody McKenzie is one of a kind.

TKO! Rampage Jackson has some good content on his Instagram.

Bob Ross wants to cut another ten pounds to fight Artem Lobov and I kept thinking… how??

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Sean O’Malley got a six-month suspension from the NSAC, but has yet to appear before USADA.

I chuckled at Jessica Rose-Clark landing atomic knees on her trainer.

“I’ve got a snake in my boot”

A lot of leverage on this choke

This is slickness

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Nice back take + standing bow & arrow

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Andrea Lee is working out with Aspen Ladd

This is me. Especially in jiu-jitsu- I don’t have time for all that. I came to drill and roll.

I want to pass up on including these McDojo videos… but they are always so good, the technique in them so deadly.

The meme king Derrick Lewis is back.

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Report: Floyd Mayweather NYE Bout with Tenshin Nasukawa Back on as Boxing Match

Just a week after announcing the fight was no longer happening, Floyd Mayweather appears to have revived the furor about a boxing match against Japanese wunderkind Tenshin Nasukawa at Rizin FF 14 on New Year’s Eve in Japan.
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Daniel Cormier Admits He Nearly Pulled Out of UFC 230 After Injuring Back While Sneezing

UFC 230 had its share of issues leading up to Saturday’s event at Madison Square Garden, including the promotion’s well-documented struggles to find a suitable headliner.
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