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Ferguson Would ‘Break’ McGregor In Both MMA And Boxing

I’m disappointed that Tony Ferguson went an entire tweet without referring to Conor McGregor as “McNugget.” I mean, he could have at least used the hashtag #SnapCity, but I guess nothing is sacred these days.

There was a point earlier this year when Ferguson was the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim lightweight champion, waiting for McGregor to defend his 155-pound strap. Fast-forward past UFC 229 and now neither of them can claim gold.

Blame this.

Anyway, all the cool kids want to box McGregor because beating him at mixed martial arts (MMA) is no longer good enough. Kinda says something about the sport as a whole. Remember when Eli Manning topped Tom Brady in the Super Bowl and then said, “What I really want is to get a basketball and beat him in a game of 1-on-1.”

Of course you don’t, because that’s stupid and it never happened.

“I feel I do my best against ‘Southpaws,’” Ferguson wrote. “Most of my finishes are against them with style points. I feel if I were to fight Conor McGregor in a cage or boxing match my athleticism and conditioning would be too much for the Irishman and he would easily break in a few rounds.”

Ferguson may get the chance to prove his mettle against the power-punching Irishman as current titleholder, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is expected to earn a mandatory timeout from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl.

If and when that finally happens, let’s just hope the promotion doesn’t create yet another substitute strap. Considering how long “Notorious” was able to hold the division hostage, “The Eagle” should be able to do likewise.

Actually, at this point, who even cares about the title, just make good fights.

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Oezdemir Waiting For His Chance To Break ‘Bones’

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, has been cleared to return to mixed martial arts (MMA) after striking a deal with United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) in the wake of his failed drug test.

That means “Bones” can try to recapture the soon-to-be-stripped strap from longtime nemesis Daniel Cormier, assuming he’s able to upend Alexander Gustafsson — again — when they rematch at UFC 232 in December.

And when he does, 205-pound contender Volkan Oezdemir will be waiting.

“I’m also happy he’s back because he can continue to fight and make a living out of it,” Oezdemir told Eurobash (via MMA Fighting). “It’s cool that he’s back and he’s able to fight, I’ll be waiting for him to get my fight [against him].”

That will take some work from all parties involved. Not only does Jones have to put down “The Mauler,” Oezdemir must first slug his way past light heavyweight smashing machine, Anthony Smith, at UFC Moncton this weekend on FOX Sports 1.

Oezdemir (15-2) won his first three fights with UFC — two by way of devastating knockout — before securing a Cormier title fight back in January. Despite a strong start, “No Time” was eventually schooled by “DC” but has vowed to come back stronger.

Strong enough to put down Jones? That remains to be seen.

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Midnight Mania! You Can’t Look Away From This Arm Break at LFA 39

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A fight between Jerome Rivera and Brandon Royval didn’t go as planned tonight at LFA 39, as Rivera found himself on the receiving end of an arm break so nasty, it makes Anderson Silva’s leg break look downright palatable by comparison.

The arm ain’t supposed to bend that way.

What’s odd is that it’s difficult to tell exactly what broke Jerome’s arm. In case you wanted to see it slowed down frame by frame, the internet has you:

The arm break joins a litany of limbs losing structural integrity in the course of a mixed martial arts bout. While certainly one of the hazards of the job, getting a bone broken in the cage is never fun to watch- or to experience. Best of luck to Jerome in recovery.


Tommy Toehold presents UFC Star Wars!

Tony Ferguson has blue hair but his mood seems cheery. How odd.

I’m guessing Alvarez didn’t sign?

Weird things happen when Elias Theodorou serves as Ring Boy for a women’s MMA event.

Dillon Danis loves starting shit with guys way above his pay grade and getting schooled online

Combat sports this weekend:

Slips, Rips, and Weekend KO Clips

Mobster grandson John Gotti III with the knockout

Bulldog choke win!

Former UFC fighter Pearl Gonzalez with the armbar win

Straight right counter to a left hook for the KO

When leg locking goes wrong

The desperation shot didn’t work

Manel Kape with the win

Out with a head kick

Pretty cool historical footage of Kyoji Horiguchi

Podcasts and Video

Make sure you watch the story of our own analyst, Andrew Richarson, making his debut out of Team Alpha Male! Also, follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Promotional Malpractice Live Chat

Random Land

The Jurassic Coast is now on my geographic bucket list

Speaking of geography, this volcanic eruption in Hawaii looks apocalyptic

Pigs start life so cute

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UFC 223 Primer: Dan Hardy and John Gooden Break Down Namajunas vs. Jedrzejczyk

Thanks to some Irish dude going crazy and throwing things at vans, we almost didn’t have a fight between strawweight champ Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 223 on Saturday night.

You see, Namajunas was in the van parked within the bowels of the Barclays Center when McGregor and company went on their rampage, and though Michael Chiesa suffered a cut from broken glass after McGregor shattered one of the windows, Namajunas was pretty shaken up.

But she’s a tough cookie (obviously), and remains on the card.

So! A breakdown of the fight… Namajunas is going to want to punch Jedrzejczyk in the face again, or submit her (which is actually her specialty), and the former champ is going to want to avoid those two outcomes at all cost.

UK commentating team Dan Hardy and John Gooden of course can give you better insight into the intricacies of the match-up. And here they are!

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Frank Mir Will Break Our Hearts by Destroying Fedor

I still remember vividly the day Fedor Emelianenko came to town.

It was a cold New York City day, with dirty snow on the ground and flurries in the air. But the excitement in the air – put there because Fedor was paying a visit to a local sambo school – made us all immune to the chill.

The legendary Russian heavyweight had already lost to Fabricio Werdum via triangle choke seven months before, but he was about to take part in Strikeforce’s heavyweight tournament, and presumably take out “Bigfoot” Silva, and all would be redeemed. And so we gathered around, swarming him when he exited his limo, swarming him when he stepped on the mats at the sambo school, and listening intently to the Russian he spoke (and which we couldn’t understand). It was glorious. He was glorious.

Sadly, Bigfoot beat the hell out of him. So did Dan Henderson. And last year Matt Mitrione knocked him the hell out.

The man we once worshipped as the greatest fighter the UFC could never have is gone, replaced by someone who wears his mileage on his quirky sweater’s sleeve.

At Bellator 198, Fedor will be giving the Bellator heavyweight tournament a go. He’s taking on Frank Mir, the former UFC champ who will outweigh Fedor by probably 50 pounds or more.

Fedor is going to get destroyed. I hate to say it, but it’s true.

He no longer has that speed and accuracy that enabled him to compete against the bigger guys, and no matter what the years have taken from Mir, the UFC vet will still be bigger and more capable of absorbing punishment.

Does anyone disagree? I mean, it’s obvious what’s going to happen.

Anyway, here’s a Countdown vid devoted to the fight. Watch it and weep over the Fedor who’s gone.

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“Platinum” Mike Perry is one hell of a brawler and an entertaining force outside the Octagon, but his one dimensional fighting style is starting to get figured out by his opponents, who are more than happy to let his fists of fury hit nothing but air while they stay out of range and counter him at will. That’s exactly what Max Griffin did on his way to a 29-27, 29-27, and 30-27 decision win at UFC on FOX Orlando.

Halfway through round 2 it was clear Perry would need a hail mary knockout to win. Not the most unlikely thing in the world, but less likely unless he switched up his gameplan. Because what he was doing against Griffin simply wasn’t working. The broadcast then cut to Perry’s corner to see what sage advice they’d offer their fighter. From there his girlfriend screamed out the useful instructions “KICK THE KNEE! BREAK THAT LEG!”

To say folks on Twitter found her cornering unhelpful would be an understatement.

And of course, undisputed social media s**theel extraordinaire and welterweight blanket Colby Covington took it way too far with his tweet on the subject.

Damn, guy. That’s a good way to end up on the wrong end of a ‘Florida Man’ headline.

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UFC 221 Primer: Hardy and Gooden Break Down Rockhold vs. Romero

The best thing about Saturday night’s UFC 221 pay-per-view is that both competitors – Luke Rockhold and Yoel Romero – are capable of anything.

Well, almost anything, because we have yet to see Romero win by submission…

But former champ Rockhold, he can do it all! Want to see a TKO via a kick to the body? Rockhold’s got you covered.

Want to see someone tap out from a choke? Rockhold’s your man.

Want to see a grinding decision victory that makes you question why you’re a fan of this sport? That’s Rockhold, too.

Romero, for his part, is great at explosive TKO’s where his knee splits open a dude’s head. That’s something, right?

Anyway, anything can happen when these two meet for the interim middleweight title on Saturday. And to help break down what you’ll be looking at once the action is underway in the cage, here’s UFC UK commentating team Dan Hardy and John Gooden.

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VIDEO: Dan Hardy and John Gooden Break Down Johnson vs. Borg

When I gaze my crystal ball and focus on Saturday night – specifically, the co-main event between flyweight champ Demetrious Johnson and challenger Ray Borg – I see only a limited number of outcomes for the fight. Obviously, all those outcomes have Johnson kicking Borg’s butt. It’s just a question of how he feels like […]

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Justin Gaethje threatens to break Tony Ferguson’s legs in heated Twitter beef

With the return of Conor McGregor looming in the distance, the UFC lightweight division is already beginning to get a little chippy. Top contenders like Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Justin Gaethje are all jockeying for position one way or another.

For Ferguson, his quickest chance to lock down a bout with McGregor is to defeat Lee at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and claim the interim lightweight title. For Gaethje, his quickest opportunity to earn a title shot is to defeat former champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit, Mich., and then lobby for a No. 1 contender’s bout.

While Ferguson and Gaethje are currently on different paths towards UFC gold, the two lightweight contenders locked horns on social media this week while weighing in on a simple poll. Gaethje struck first, referencing the ankle pick threat “El Cucuy” threw Fabricio Werdum’s way during a UFC 216 media lunch altercation.

As one of the more outspoken members of the UFC roster, Ferguson wasted little time responding to “Highlight” and offering his own smack talk.

Fight fans have to love this. While Ferguson and Gaethje are two confident alpha males who have produced of late inside of the Octagon, their efforts are sure to ramp up now that the UFC lightweight champion is back in town.

Winning fights and performing well will always outweigh trash talking, especially the social media kind, but this only builds the intrigue fight fans will have for Ferguson’s upcoming battle with Lee at UFC 216, Gaethje’s Fight of the Night favorite against Alvarez in December, and everything relating to the 155-pound title picture.

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VIDEO: Dan Hardy and John Gooden Break Down Johnson vs. Borg

Every champ needs a challenger to threaten his reign, otherwise, no one cares when that champ fights. Such is the case with Demetrious Johnson, who’s beaten back all comers, and is now so far ahead of the rest of the division that his fights are practically foregone conclusions. On Saturday, at UFC 215, Johnson will […]

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