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Israel Adesanya: I Know Anderson Silva Better Than He Knows Himself in Some Ways

When Israel Adesanya takes on Anderson Silva at UFC 234 in February, he will be meeting one of his longtime idols. In a way, he feels that is an advantage.
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Midnight Mania! Adesanya Is Anderson’s Clone, Only Better

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Israel Adesanya dropped some verbal bombs today on Anderson Silva today, revealing that he had initially been reluctant to fight his hero, but now that the fight is booked, he is looking to assume Silva’s mantle of greatness- “I’ll take the torch by force if I have to.”

He also said that he’s been studying Silva his entire career, and claimed he knows Silva better than the Spider knows himself. Silva famously said that his ideal opponent would be a clone of himself. Adesanya is saying he is that clone- but better.

Adesanya, “The Last Stylebender”, is in many ways the spiritual successor to “The Spider”. Silva was for years known as the best striker in mixed martial arts, looking nigh untouchable during his 16-fight unbeaten streak, including 10 title defenses as middleweight champion. Adesanya, 75-5-1 in kickboxing, brings a truly elite track record to mixed martial arts, a record he has backed up by going 4-0 in his first year with the company. His latest win was a highlight-reel KO of Derek Brunson at UFC 230, leaving him one fight from a title shot.

This will most likely be the last opportunity to see these two striking savants in a cage together. Anderson Silva is not who he was at the height of his powers. Does the old Jedi master still have a few last tricks up his sleeve? Or will the young lion be too much for him?


Insomnia

Will this be the scene at UFC 234?

This interview with Jon Jones is truly fascinating, a man who boldly proclaims his innocence in the face of evidence, while touting Lance Armstrong as the example of USADA’s legitimacy. He truly is one of a kind.

Jon Jones and former training partner and foe Rashad Evans traded words on Twitter over the weekend. Jones claims that any theory saying he normally juices, but was clean for the Ovince St. Preux fight makes no sense because he was bigger for that fight than any before it… but being big isn’t what all steroids do. A lot of PEDs, like the ones Lance Armstrong took, help with endurance, which Jones was having some issues with in that bout.

What in the world is going on at Combate Americas?

Daniel Cormier really enjoys sparring day

Sometimes stuff is just impressive

This was by far the funniest part of the weekend. These officials evidently had no idea Tito digs the grave after his wins.

This made most of us kinda sad, even if we knew it was coming.

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Chuck still celebrated like a champion though

This guy was living his best life and so was his human.

Mickey Rourke just looks rough these days.

When a soccer player turns to MMA:

Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.

There are worse fighting gimics

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He neckotiated a solid contract

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Sadly, Jean Pascal did not succeed this weekend.

Eryk Anders has been doing tape study

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Stay sucka free #okiedoke

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These are fun. A lot of your favorite fighters looked weird as kids

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Can you recognize them all? Via @Southpaw_MMA_

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Frank Shamrock fan art

Curtis Blaydes is going to keep the same energy off a loss as he had on his win streak. He will surely be back.

Michael Bisping told Anderson Silva to get over himself.

He won, but let’s listen in to one last Tito Ortiz clip that makes zero sense:

Kevin Holland also had a great sophomore win at middleweight, his first UFC victory after a fun but losing debut against Thiago Santos.

Louis Smolka had a great win back in the UFC- he knows his motivation.

I didn’t know this. “add oil” is kind of a cool idiom.

There is a lot of fighting happening this weekend.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

In some Lethwei rulesets, they don’t end a fight at a knockout. Sometimes they give a fighter a two-minute timeout. It sounds like a great recipe for secondary concussions, but Lethwei is crazy like that.

The smile beforehand

Kevin Holland is the fun action fighter middleweight needs

Houston’s own Alex Morono is doing our local scene proud

When Overeem was UBEREEM

Great combination

One of my favorite knockouts

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Khabib Willing To Box McGregor, Prove He’s The Better Striker

“What would you do for a Klondike bar?”

Would you box Conor McGregor? Punch-punch-punch!

Would you post nonsensical clickbait? Click-click-click!

Now that Floyd Mayweather is too busy training to pay attention to the theatrics of UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, the 30 year-old grappler is forced to troll elsewhere, so I guess it only makes sense to come full circle.

At least now we understand his obsession with boxing.

“As for the fight against Conor under boxing rules, this is a fight we are interested in,” Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, told the Russian media. “Khabib showed that he is able to beat the best strikers of mixed martial arts. He said this before, but few believed it. However, after strong victories over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, and Conor, people begin to believe.”

Nurmagomedov (27-0) has only been outstruck once in 11 trips to the Octagon, and that was by Gleison Tibau back in summer 2012. But most of “The Eagle’s” offense comes from top position, as the Sambo master has 52 takedowns during that same span.

I guess his newfound confidence on the feet came during his five-round jab-a-thon opposite the flat-footed Al Iaquinta earlier this year in New York, followed by the knockdown Nurmagomedov scored in his submission win over McGregor at UFC 229.

Is it time to see “The Eagle” take his talents to this upstart boxing promotion?

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Diaz Fires Off At Canelo: ‘I’m A Better Fighter, Bigger Draw’

Ready for another boxing superfight?

Even if you’re not, former UFC welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz sure sounds like he’d be up to the task. That’s according to Diaz himself, who recently took aim at Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez.

The Stockton callout comes a few days removed from Canelo’s massive $ 365 million deal with DAZN, which will keep him on the streaming service for five years and 11 fights. His first bout under contract will come against WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding this December. It will be Canelo’s first appearance at 168 pounds.

As a professional mixed martial artist who has trained alongside the likes of former boxing world champion Andre Ward, Diaz isn’t too impressed with Canelo.

“I’ve never even thought about that, but the guy is moving up to 168 and fighting some no names,” Diaz told TMZ (shown above). “Let’s be real Canelo moving up to my weight, he ain’t gonna win that fight. No way, come on man. You’re just basically one of them little guys I spar before I fight. I am a professional fighter, I’ve had over 37 fights.”

“Nothing personal. Motherf**ker don’t speak English so he ain’t knowing what I’m saying anyway.”

Diaz, 35, has been focused on a potential return to the Octagon, but the former welterweight standout seems more than willing to test his luck inside of the boxing ring and get his piece of pie.

“Y’all getting the money, if y’all gonna make all that money, making billions of dollars or millions of dollars now, I’m a better fighter, I’m a bigger draw,” he said.

Bigger draw than Canelo in boxing? Probably not. But Diaz is one of the most recognizable names in MMA today, despite having not competed since a no contest opposite Anderson Silva nearly three years ago.

While a Diaz vs. Canelo crossover fight is unlikely to actually take flight, it’s yet another option fight fans have been presented with in this crazy thing we call combat sports. After seeing Conor McGregor step inside of the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year anything seems possible at this point.

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Diaz Fires Off At Canelo: ‘I’m A Better Fighter, Bigger Draw’

Ready for another boxing superfight?

Even if you’re not, former UFC welterweight title challenger Nick Diaz sure sounds like he’d be up to the task. That’s according to Diaz himself, who recently took aim at Mexican boxer Canelo Alvarez.

The Stockton callout comes a few days removed from Canelo’s massive $ 365 million deal with DAZN, which will keep him on the streaming service for five years and 11 fights. His first bout under contract will come against WBA super middleweight champion Rocky Fielding this December. It will be Canelo’s first appearance at 168 pounds.

As a professional mixed martial artist who has trained alongside the likes of former boxing world champion Andre Ward, Diaz isn’t too impressed with Canelo.

“I’ve never even thought about that, but the guy is moving up to 168 and fighting some no names,” Diaz told TMZ (shown above). “Let’s be real Canelo moving up to my weight, he ain’t gonna win that fight. No way, come on man. You’re just basically one of them little guys I spar before I fight. I am a professional fighter, I’ve had over 37 fights.”

“Nothing personal. Motherf**ker don’t speak English so he ain’t knowing what I’m saying anyway.”

Diaz, 35, has been focused on a potential return to the Octagon, but the former welterweight standout seems more than willing to test his luck inside of the boxing ring and get his piece of pie.

“Y’all getting the money, if y’all gonna make all that money, making billions of dollars or millions of dollars now, I’m a better fighter, I’m a bigger draw,” he said.

Bigger draw than Canelo in boxing? Probably not. But Diaz is one of the most recognizable names in MMA today, despite having not competed since a no contest opposite Anderson Silva nearly three years ago.

While a Diaz vs. Canelo crossover fight is unlikely to actually take flight, it’s yet another option fight fans have been presented with in this crazy thing we call combat sports. After seeing Conor McGregor step inside of the boxing ring against Floyd Mayweather Jr. last year anything seems possible at this point.

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Jon Jones Responds to George St. Pierre’s PED Comments: ‘You’re Better Than This’

Many prominent figures in the mixed martial arts community have opinions on the Jon Jones situation, and not a lot of them have been positive.
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Midnight Mania! UFC 229 Presser ‘Darkest Ever’, McGregor Better Than Ali

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Dana White said that the press conference featuring Conor McGregor and undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was the “darkest press conference I’ve ever been a part of.” He also had high praise for McGregor’s trash talk, saying it surpassed even that of the great Muhammad Ali. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“It was dark, man,” White told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during a post-press conference scrum. “It was the darkest press conference I’ve ever been a part of. But Conor McGregor is the master of mental warfare. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: He’s better than anybody. Even (Muhammad) Ali. You don’t want to say anybody’s better than Ali, but I think when it comes to the mental war game in this sport, or any other sport, Conor McGregor is the best ever.”

The effusive respect for Conor McGregor’s trash talk was well-deserved, as the Irishman was making deep cuts in regards to Khabib’s shady associates. Dana White said that has been a hallmark of McGregor’s trash talk all through his historic rise to stardom in the sport.

“Here’s the thing about McGregor, too: He’s so good at it – he studies,” White said. “He studies every little thing. He talks to people. He finds out stories inside of a guy’s camp. Look at the whole thing he did on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ with Urijah Faber, with T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt and all those guys. At one point he had Cody Garbrandt jumping up trying to fight him. He is the master. He is the best ever to do it. Nobody does it better than Conor does.”

Khabib seemed stoic throughout, despite the savage verbal assault — one of his few defensive moments was a result of McGregor calling him a “pullout merchant” — but Dana White said there is no way he was unaffected by McGregor’s barbs.

“You’re not human if that doesn’t affect you,” White said. “It’s not possible for that not to affect you. Conor knows that. Conor came in, and Conor did what Conor does. That’s why I say it: He’s the best ever. There’s never been anybody better at the mental warfare game than Conor McGregor. He’s the absolute best of all-time.”

UFC 229 goes down October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Insomnia

I’ll call this a happy ending, but sometimes you aren’t sure with Derrick Lewis’ videos

Tyron Woodley will no longer be an option to headline UFC 230.

McGregor pulling out a line of Gaelic was a superb moment in the press conference.

There was also this:

Khabib can slip Luke Rockhold’s left straight… can he slip McGregor’s?

McGregor is selling the sex appeal of his whiskey

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Honey I’m home

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Israel Adesanya lands his spinning elbow in training

Killshot- did McGregor land it in his press conference?

Bag work by Lando Vannata


Good Reads


Podcasts and Video

Breaking down Thiago Santos

Eryk Anders has a mean left hook

The MMA Ratings podcast


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Roger Huerta looked disoriented before this finish

Get out of here with that kneebar

Slept

SUMO

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Gegard Mousasi, Rory MacDonald Agree That Bellator Offers Better Opportunities Than UFC

Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald had successful stints in the UFC, but now both fighters agree that their current home — Bellator MMA — does a better job utilizing the talent on its roster than the Las Vegas-based promotion.
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Lazy Jake Ellenberger Is Still ‘100 Times Better’ Than Inferior Ben Saunders

“Nobody beats me but me.” —Jake Ellenberger

For a guy who is 2-8 over his last 10 fights — getting finished six times along the way — you would expect maybe a softer approach when assessing what went wrong. Instead, Jake Ellenberger simply s—t all over his last opponent because it probably makes him feel better about losing.

The fighter in question is Ben Saunders, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 grad who also made a name for himself in Bellator MMA. I guess the idea of losing to “Killa B” at UFC Utica by way of knockout is too much for “The Juggernaut” to process, judging by his comments to Submission Radio.

Here’s a snip:

“I should never lose to a guy like Ben Saunders. Ben Saunders is not… he’s not a world-class fighter. That’s just not a guy I should ever lose to. I shouldn’t lose to him on my worst day. Like, that’s just me being real. And I would tell him that to his face. I am a hundred times better fighter than he is. And he knows that. But at the end of the day I fucking got lazy, I got complacent, he caught me. I wouldn’t say I looked past him, but I had no respect for him. Literally, I had no respect for him. And I was kind of like, the longer this fight goes the better. I hope it goes three rounds. I don’t even care. Like I said, I got comfortable, I got complacent in his clinch and he only just touched me, caught me, that’s all it was. But it is what it is.”

“It is what it is” is the new GOT CAUGHT.

Ellenberger (31-14) will have the opportunity to snap his three-fight losing streak when he battles the venerable Bryan Barberena at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 135 event on FOX Sports 1, scheduled for Aug. 25, 2018 inside Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A loss could mean the inevitable pink slip.

As for Saunders (22-9-2), he looks to build on his “Juggernaut” win by taking on dangerous Brazilian bruiser Sergio Moraes at the pending UFC Fight Night 137 fight card next month inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, also on FOX Sports 1.

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Max Holloway Doesn’t Know What Went Wrong, But He’s Getting Better

UFC 226 was supposed to see featherweight champ Max Holloway defend his belt against challenger Brian Ortega, but Holloway was a medical disaster in the days leading up to the fight, so the bout was called off.

What happened? According to the champ, doctors still haven’t been able to pin that down. But! He’s getting better.

That’s something, I guess.

Here’s ESPN:

“I’ve seen multiple doctors and experts, but they haven’t been able to give any answers about what happened,” Holloway said. “But I’m OK. I’m going to fight again. That’s all we know.”

Holloway is still unsure exactly what caused his health to deteriorate the week of UFC 226. He said he never suffered an actual concussion in training. The Hawaii native said he said he was “conned” into going to the emergency room on Monday before the bout after being told he was going to do media obligations. He was released Tuesday afternoon but the symptoms continued and was deemed unfit to compete.

The UFC’s medical staff placed him on a 30-day suspension. He recently saw a specialist in Las Vegas who had good news.

“All of the tests were great,” Holloway says. “When you hear those kind of things, it’s great but yet scary. You want to know what’s wrong. It’s crazy we just don’t have the answers. I’m just glad I’m healthy and OK.”

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