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Holly Holm on Potential Matchup with ‘Very Tough’ Amanda Nunes: ‘Every Fighter Can Be Beat’

Holly Holm has carved out a spot as a contender at both bantamweight and featherweight during her Ultimate Fighting Championship tenure.
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UFC Fight Night 130 Primer: Does Till Have What It Takes to Beat Wonderboy?

Does Darren Till have what it takes to beat Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson at today’s UFC Fight Night 130?

I mean, sure, anyone can beat anyone if they land the right punch at the right time, and of course a striker like Till has a likelier chance to do so. But taking the figurative banana peel that Wonderboy would have to slip on out of the equation, can Till do it?

The facts are thus:

  • Till missed weight, and was forced to weigh in under 188 pounds today – which not only negates his ability to fully rehydrate and get back up to his normal fight-time weight, it will make him slightly more depleted.
  • Thompson is an elite fighter. So elite that he’s fought the champ, Tyron Woodley, twice, and both bouts were close ones.
  • Till, on the other hand, has beaten “no names” for much of his Octagon career, and when he beat Donald Cerrone… well, let’s just say Cerrone is smaller and older.
  • Finally, there’s an intangible factor involved in this match-up. The UFC wanted to break into Liverpool, England, and needed hometown hero Till to maximize their market impact. Maybe, just maybe, this is the only reason Till is getting thrust into the spotlight. In other words, he might not be ready for this kind of jump up in competition.

Technically, Wonderboy’s a much better fighter at distance – his karate background, and ability to maintain range just out of an opponent’s reach, has enabled him to wreck dudes who must get in close to strike.

Till of course has the hometown advantage. He’s going to have all of Liverpool cheering him on. But I can’t recall a fight where that made someone impervious to getting knocked out.

So what do you think – can Till do it?

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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones Promises Gus ‘You Will Never Beat Me’ in Savage Tweet

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Jon Jones, whatever else you may say about the man, and you may say a lot, is an unbelievably confident fighter. Evidently having gotten wind of Gustafsson’s latest talk in his direction, Jonny Bones directed a savage tweet in his direction tearing down the Swede with extreme verbal prejudice.

@AlexTheMauler Beat me in three? Your hands were the only thing you had over me in our first fight. That gap is closing fast. Our first fight will be the greatest thing you’ve ever done inside of that octagon. You will never beat me, and that’s my promise to you.

The cutting edge of the tweet is the assertion, likely true, that Gustafsson’s greatest moment in the Octagon was going five highly competitive rounds with Jon Jones back in 2013, at UFC 165. After landing a fight-altering spinning elbow in the fourth round, Jones battled back from adversity with his arsenal of kicks and elbows to win a unanimous decision, 48-47×2 and 49-46.

Gustafsson did outbox Jones in that bout, a deficiency Jones believes he is rectifying, perhaps with his late night mitt sessions. I’ll leave the discerning reader to decide if Jones is right about that.

Here’s a few clips from the other nights extreme pattycake session.

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Of course, for the lanky Swede to beat Jones- a feat he says would mean more than winning the belt- Jones will need to avoid a lengthy suspension from the NSAC. “Bones” is facing suspension because of a second failed drug test for steroids before his rematch with Daniel Cormier, the latest in a long string of life disasters for the widely regarded light heavyweight Greatest Of All Time (GOAT).

Gustafsson recently re-upped with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but with division champion Daniel Cormier preparing to fight Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt in July, Gustafsson will either have to wait or look elsewhere for his next bout.


Insomnia

This is absolutely brutal. What an emotional roller coaster.

Looks like Nurmagomedov is interested in Poirier and not Alvarez

George St. Pierre’s pool workout is better than BJ Penn leaping out of the water. Come at me.

Forrest Griffin pushing the caffeine redline

Nice chain wrestling

Stipe’s version of Blue Steel

60% of the time it works every time

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This meme is totally true

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Israel Adesanya explains his bizarre post-fight speech

My doggo Milli thaught me that!! ☠ #millionaire #doggo #ufcglendale

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Look at this lion ducking under for the takedown

Relevant to Frankie Edgar and possibly Edson Barboza:

Project Spearhead is coming out with merch

Congrats to Drax the Destroyer

Chris Evans doing choreography for The Winter Soldier, still the best Captain America movie.

Speaking of Captain America 2, this is real life. I can’t be sure, but this has to be in Russia.


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Brett Johns can really slice some calves

Holy flying knees, Batman

Knee to the body

Head kicks for days

Anthony Pettis’ long-lost MMA debut fight

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This guy is good

I wouldn’t exactly call this domination


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Rob Delaney plays a character, Peter, in the new Deadpool trailer, who appears to have no superpowers at all. He also has a Twitter account. I really just want to know who is running it. My guess is… Rob himself? He’s pretty funny, but this is just comedic and marketing genius.

He’s just an ordinary guy who likes beekeeping and nature and thinks his wife is cheating on him

Peter would like this picture

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Michael Chandler Thinks He Would Beat Khabib Nurmagomedov

Homegrown Bellator star Michael Chandler says his contract is up soon, but he wants to stick with Bellator. However, in a world full of speculation, what’s a little more?

Right now, Khabib Nurmagomedov is the UFC’s top dog at lightweight. Chandler thinks he can beat him. Like, ten times out of ten.

Obviously, unless something drastic happens, we’ll never see this match-up. The UFC likes their Khabib, Bellator likes their Mike Chandler, and never the twain shall meet.

But what if…?

Here’s MMAJunkie:

“That’s the thing: From the outside perspective, people always think, ‘Bellator, UFC, ONE FC, blah blah blah,’” Chandler said. “I don’t think about promotions, I think about the guys. How do I match up against Khabib? How do I take exactly what Al Iaquinta did, except with my wrestling, and my striking, and my wrestling offense and defense.

“How I would nullify his takedowns, how I would even take him down, how I would get in his face, and how he would finally have somebody put hands on him and hurt him like Michael Johnson did? I think that picture has been painted a couple of times, of how to beat Khabib. And I think I beat him 10 times out of 10.”

Even though he lost the belt, it’s hard not to think of Chandler as Bellator’s best lightweight. So… do you think he can beat Khabib?

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Rockhold: If I Beat Gustafsson, I Should Be F—king Champion

Who’s up for another interim title?

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold, has abandoned his post at 185 pounds after a series of increasingly difficult weight cuts, instead opting for greener pastures in the light heavyweight class.

Just don’t expect him to waste time working his way up the 205-pound ladder, as Rockhold (16-4) already has his sights set on two-time title contender Alexander Gustafsson, which should land him another championship title.

The part-time model elaborates to Submission Radio:

“There’s a lot of interest in the fight. He’s a guy that’s been right there, that’s only lost to champions. He’s the top, he’s the cream of the crop in the division. You beat him, you basically are the champion. The only problem is that DC is the champion. So, what? I go fight Alexander Gustafsson when DC is fighting for the heavyweight title? I’m not gonna fight Gustafsson for nothing, and I’m not gonna put myself in the position where it creates a weird moment for me and DC. So, I think it all depends on what happens with this fight with him and Stipe. If that goes forward, yeah, I mean, I’ll fight Gustafsson. But once you beat Gustafsson, if DC’s out – If I beat Gustafsson, I should be the fucking champion. Just realistically. And I mean, if you think about it, he is the man to beat, other than DC. And so the whole division is in a weird space.”

If this guy was still here, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

The “weird space” was created when the promotion allowed reigning 205-pound champion, Daniel Cormier, the opportunity to head north and challenge heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic, a fight that happens this summer at the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27.

Until then, the man to beat is “The Mauler,” who appears to have no problem welcoming Rockhold to his new home. When and where that fight gets booked remains to be seen, but it sounds like we can say finally goodbye to this rubber match.

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UFC on FOX 29 Primer: Could Either Dustin Poirier or Justin Gaethje Beat Khabib?

Thanks to a week full of madness, we finally have someone sitting atop the lightweight mountain who might actually defend his belt.

Yes, you can forget Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, because Khabib Nurmagomedov is now the man. And provided you don’t try to book him any fights during Ramadan, he’ll fight whoever you put in front of him.

This Saturday, UFC on FOX 29 will be headlined by Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje – two lightweights clawing their way up the 155-pound division ladder. They are closer to the top than most, so it’s conceivable that an impressive win (and maybe a rematch with Eddie Alvarez, who’s defeated them both) could have them kneeling before Nurmagomedov’s throne petitioning the king for an audience.

Can either Poirier or Gaethje beat Khabib?

Well, from what we’ve seen of the champ, if you can’t survive his unearthly ground and pound, you’re toast. However, his striking is still a work in a progress. So any challenger is going to need just the right mixture of skill and resilience. According to Alvarez, Poirier is the more skilled of the UFC on FOX 29 main events, while Gaethje is so damn resilient he’d die before giving up.

Therefore, it all comes down to whether or not Poirier can grit his teeth and bear the Dagestani’s wrestling offense long enough to use his superior boxing on the feet, or whether or not Gaethje is savvy enough to know how not to get submitted or TKO’d until he can get up.

Ponder this riddle while watching Poirier and Gaethje’s “Road to the Octagon” vid.

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No More Cake! Fergie To Beat Khabib With Own Silver Spoon

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson will finally collide in the main event of UFC 223 on April 7, 2018 for what will be the undisputed Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight title.

It’s a fight three years in the making that has seen the promotion book it three times before only to have it scratched prior to fight night. A lot has happened since then, as Khabib has gone on to add to his undefeated mark while Ferguson became the interim division champion while Conor McGregor seems to have taken a permanent hiatus from the fight game.

And while UFC president Dana White has proclaimed that the winner will be the true division champion, Ferguson believes there is still an undiscovered talent waiting in the wings to challenge for the throne.

“There is always going to be somebody better. I believe that 150-percent, there will always be someone in the jungle kicking down trees,” said “El Cucuy” during a recent media conference call. “There is always going to be somebody better, and I know how to take a loss. Khabib has never lost and he doesn’t know how to bounce off a loss. So I hate to see what that ‘L’ is going to do to him.”

Indeed, “The Eagle” has started off his career with 25 straight win,s proving to many that he is without a doubt one of the best fighters in the world. And though Tony recognizes Nurmagomedov’s talents, he still can’t get past Khabib’s failed weight cut ahead of UFC 209.

“Khabib is a strong challenger, I have to give him that, but in order for that he has to have someone hold his hand in practice, someone to show him how to cut weight,” said a very tasty Ferguson. “He’s a fucking cake eater. He has a silver spoon, cake eater and I am about to take that spoon and hit him over the head with that shit.”

Tiramisu, never again.

To avoid another repeat of that catastrophic night, Nurmagomedov got his health and weight in order and says he is now walking leaner than ever before. Now, all he has to do is hit his mark on weigh-in day to secure that the fourth time will indeed be the charm.

And judging by his previous dominant performance, making the weight seems to be the hard part.

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Could Khabib Nurmagomedov Beat Conor McGregor?

Every day we inch closer to UFC 223, and the main event that will pit interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson against undefeated challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Ferguson will be the most dangerous boxer Nurmagomedov has faced, with the TUF winner’s ability to meet the Dagestani wrestler’s infamous constant pressure with a counter-hook to the chin the most intriguing wrinkle in their match-up.

So… we’ll obviously see if Ferguson is capable of knocking Nurmagomedov out on April 7, but you know who else excels at knocking dudes out while they’re coming at him? I’ll give you a hint: he pulled that trick off masterfully against Jose Aldo.

Yeah, the real champ (for now, he might be stripped soon), Conor McGregor.

Don’t tell me you haven’t wondered this before. You definitely have. Given their respective tools and talents, can Nurmagomedov beat McGregor? Would Nurmagomedov’s relentless capacity for moving forward and crumbling opponents with aggressive mean his downfall against an Irishman with the uncanny ability to knock fools unconscious while moving backward?

Ponder this while you watch this Nurmagomedov hype vid.

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Could Khabib Nurmagomedov Beat Conor McGregor?

Every day we inch closer to UFC 223, and the main event that will pit interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson against undefeated challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Ferguson will be the most dangerous boxer Nurmagomedov has faced, with the TUF winner’s ability to meet the Dagestani wrestler’s infamous constant pressure with a counter-hook to the chin the most intriguing wrinkle in their match-up.

So… we’ll obviously see if Ferguson is capable of knocking Nurmagomedov out on April 7, but you know who else excels at knocking dudes out while they’re coming at him? I’ll give you a hint: he pulled that trick off masterfully against Jose Aldo.

Yeah, the real champ (for now, he might be stripped soon), Conor McGregor.

Don’t tell me you haven’t wondered this before. You definitely have. Given their respective tools and talents, can Nurmagomedov beat McGregor? Would Nurmagomedov’s relentless capacity for moving forward and crumbling opponents with aggressive mean his downfall against an Irishman with the uncanny ability to knock fools unconscious while moving backward?

Ponder this while you watch this Nurmagomedov hype vid.

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Could Khabib Nurmagomedov Beat Conor McGregor?

Every day we inch closer to UFC 223, and the main event that will pit interim lightweight champ Tony Ferguson against undefeated challenger Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Ferguson will be the most dangerous boxer Nurmagomedov has faced, with the TUF winner’s ability to meet the Dagestani wrestler’s infamous constant pressure with a counter-hook to the chin the most intriguing wrinkle in their match-up.

So… we’ll obviously see if Ferguson is capable of knocking Nurmagomedov out on April 7, but you know who else excels at knocking dudes out while they’re coming at him? I’ll give you a hint: he pulled that trick off masterfully against Jose Aldo.

Yeah, the real champ (for now, he might be stripped soon), Conor McGregor.

Don’t tell me you haven’t wondered this before. You definitely have. Given their respective tools and talents, can Nurmagomedov beat McGregor? Would Nurmagomedov’s relentless capacity for moving forward and crumbling opponents with aggressive mean his downfall against an Irishman with the uncanny ability to knock fools unconscious while moving backward?

Ponder this while you watch this Nurmagomedov hype vid.

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