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Khabib Nurmagomedov welcomes his little brother to the UFC

Abubakar Nurmagomedov will make his UFC debut in February at a UFC Fight Night in Belem, Brazil.

As if one Nurmagomedov wasn’t enough for the UFC roster to deal with, there will now be two. Khabib Nurmagomedov announced over social media that the promotion has gone ahead and signed him brother Abubakar Nurmagomedov to a deal. The 14-1 welterweight will kick off his UFC career at the UFC Fight Night card in Belem, Brazil on February 3rd.

As you might expect from a Nurmagomedov, Abubakar is a national combat sambo champion. He’s also got a Fedor-like story about the lone loss of his career, which came via a doctor’s stoppage over a cut. For the past two years he’s been working away in the World Series of Fighting where he earned notable wins over John Howard and Matt Secor.

There’s no word yet on who Abubakar will face for his fight in Belem, but here’s the rest of the card as it stands:

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
Iuri Alcântara vs. Joe Soto
Timothy Johnson vs. Marcelo Golm
Maia Stevenson vs. Polyana Viana
Alan Patrick vs. Damir Hadzovic

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UFC Mexico preview: Sergio Pettis ready to become more than just ‘Showtime’s’ little brother

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television this weekend (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) with the UFC Fight Night 114 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a flyweight main event between Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno, who battle for a spot in the 125-pound title chase.

See the entire fight card and line up here.

Pettis (15-2) entered the promotion with a ton of hype, thanks to his older brother and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Unfortunately, not everything went according to plan and Sergio got submitted in his sophomore effort.

Since then, “The Phenom” is 5-1 and coming off three straight wins, and finally able to step out from the shadow of his veteran brother.

“I feel like I’m growing into myself, I’m maturing as an individual and as a martial artist,” Pettis told UFC Tonight. “I’m feeling comfortable out there in the Octagon. In the beginning of my career, I was very timid out there. I feel like I’m expressing myself and having a great time doing it.”

Pettis was last seen turning away former division No. 1 contender John Moraga.

Waiting for him will be the red-hot Moreno (14-3), undefeated inside the Octagon and the winner of 11 straight with eight finishes. No question the winner will move themselves one step close to a division title shot.

But will it be Pettis … or Moreno?

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

For much more on UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City click here.

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Midnight Mania! BJ Penn’s brother arrested after airplane brawl, Thailand allowing prisoners to fight for freedom

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Today we have BJ Penn’s little brother, Reagan Penn, kicked off an airplane and arrested after an altercation involving alcohol, Thailand prison allowing prisoners to fight for their freedom (not making that up), and more.

According to this article by TMZ, Reagan Penn, BJ Penn’s younger brother and himself a mixed martial artist, was on board a Delta aircraft in Los Angeles to fly to Phoenix to see his brother compete. However, he got into it with airplane staff following a request for more alcohol before takeoff. Thing escalated and police were called. Allegedly, Penn yelled that he wouldn’t get off the plane without a fight. Two officers took him down and arrested him. He was later released.

Reagan Penn was heard to say that BJ would “kick his ass” if he didn’t make it to Phoenix. It is unknown whether he eventually managed to make it there. Hopefully this distraction does not take away from his brother’s performance this weekend. BJ has been in the news lately railing against fighters wanting “money fights”. He is apparently ready to return this weekend- finally, after a series of unfortunate events have kept him out of several scheduled Octagon appearances.

BJ has had his own run-ins with the law recently. In 2015, he was arrested following a parking lot brawl with his buddy, Kuuipo Mokiao, after a night of drinking. His friend suffered a broken orbital, while Penn suffered a cut on his face. More recently, he was accused of sexual assault by a former employee, but the charges were dropped due to insufficient evidence.

Will Penn see a return to vintage form this weekend?

For updates regarding UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, Arizona, click here.


Bobs and Weaves

In Thailand, prisons have begun a program whereby inmates can regain their freedom by fighting in the Muay Thai ring. Sound crazy? It is, but Thailand has a problem with overcrowding, and this program is meant to help with that.

Showtime is doing a documentary on the program and one of the prisoners in it, called Prison Fighters: Five Rounds to Freedom. This is the trailer:

That looks like must-see TV.

While we wait- more Sumo throws!

The Karate Hottie, Michelle Waterson, is trying a new workout tool:

Jon Jones does love his guns… good to see him doing a hobby that doesn’t require Cialis… or driving a vehicle.

5/5 from 10 yards.. Grouping within the size of a fist..

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Dana White has hobbies too, including his newest, one, owning bulls.

My bull Stankface had another test run. My boy looks good!!! I’m so into this bull. I love this shit!!!

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Ever wonder how to keep track of all the combat sports happening in any given weekend? Grabaka Hitman has got you.

Mike Kyle is fighting on ACB this weekend. Here he is getting disqualified for blatant fouls.

And here is another random moment from a Wes Sims fight, a man whom Mike Kyle once apparently bit during a fight

McGregor and Diaz have this in common: they both like having abs. And money. Lots of money.

Speaking of money, McGregor’s newest Pegasus commercial is just reinforcing that he’s got potential as an actor:

This KO by Roy Jones Jr. is awesome

How would you rate Paige VanZant’s spinning back kick?

This guy has skills


Podcasts and Audio

The Heavy Hands Podcast

The MMA Ratings Podcast, discussing Penn vs. Rodriguez, Lauzon vs. Held, and Mark Hunt’s lawsuit against the UFC. For full betting odds and guide to the fight card this weekend, click here

Luke Thomas’ Promotional Malpractice Live Chat:


Quick Hits

  • Scott Harris from Bleacher Report did this phenomenal in-depth article on poverty in the UFC, and the many fighters that need to work other jobs just to pursue their love of fighting.
  • Chuck Mindenhall wrote about what the UFC will look like in 2017
  • Mayweather has now offered McGregor fifteen million plus a cut of the PPV money. It’s more than he made in the UFC in a year… but is it as much as he deserves? This talk will no doubt continue, and only boosts McGregor’s position in bargaining for an ownership stake in the UFC


Randomland

A cat flipping the script on this poor little dog

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Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Team Alpha Male coach talks dust up between Nate Diaz, Clay Guida’s brother

Things got a little heated between Nate Diaz and Clay Guida’s team backstage at UFC 199.

Justin Buchholz, coach of Team Alpha Male, said on the Stud Show Radio podcast that it all started after Guida’s TKO loss to Brian Ortega. Guida was walking toward the locker rooms, Diaz popped out of a bathroom and the two crossed paths.

“Clay said something to him, but Clay was discombobulated at that time,” Buchholz said. “He just said something to Nate. He was all like, ‘Man, I’m gonna f*ck you up again’ or something like that.”

Guida defeated Diaz in 2009. But Diaz just smiled and laughed it up, mostly surprised, according to Buchholz. However, the coach said Jason Guida, Clay’s brother, provoked the situation by grabbing Diaz and pushing him up against a wall. Buchholz said Jason Guida was already emotional and smashed a stool backstage after his brother’s loss.

“Then f*cking Jason and Nate got into it,” Buchholz said. “I don’t know what happened, but Jason bull rushes Nate and tries to put him up against the wall. Nate has got him in a clinch. Like 50 people from the UFC come rushing into this thing. I’m standing in the middle like, ‘No!’”

Buchholz apologized to Diaz after and handed him his shirt that he apparently lost in the scuffle. Diaz went back to his seat cageside at The Forum like nothing happened. Soon after, he was shown on the screen when news of his rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202 was announced.

Cody Garbrandt added on Stud Radio that he ran into Diaz after the fights were over and Diaz just said he was surprised by the whole situation. Buchholz said there is absolutely no beef between Team Alpha Male and Team Diaz.

“Team Alpha Male versus everybody, except the Diaz brothers,” Garbrandt said.

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WSOF Just Booked the First Ever (?) Brother vs. Brother MMA Fight

The question of “who would win?” is one we’ve all inevitably asked ourselves when comparing some of MMA’s more famous brothers. The Nogueiras, the Freires, the Millers, the Brothers Diaz…we know that arbitrary things like weight classes and “love for one another” would keep most of these pairs from ever throwing down outside of the occasional family BBQ, but would a promotion even book such a fight if given the chance?

We’re kidding, of course. This is a sport that puts 68 year-old women and quadriplegics in ostensibly life-or-death scenarios without batting an eye, so the thought of booking a real-life Warrior scenario would be enough to make them shit their collective britches. As luck would have it, the World Series of Fighting appears to have shit those very britches.

According to Bloody Elbow, the promotion has recently announced that Caros Fodor will be taking on none other than his brother, Ben Fodor (better known around these parts as Phoenix Jones) on the main card of WSOF 32 in July. Being that Caros primarily competes as a lightweight while Ben fights at 155, the bout will be contested at a catchweight of 162 pounds.

How and why did this fight get booked, you ask? Good old fashioned hatred! Speaking with Yahoo following the announcement, the member of the Fodor family who doesn’t get his kicks dressing like a leather wombat and pepper-spraying drunks (can you tell that I think Phoenix Jones is a clown?), admitted that his brother’s alter-ego was largely at the root of their dislike for one another, ”It’s [strange]. I think it’s a gimmick for attention, if you want to know the truth. He started out meaning well, but, I don’t know.”

“He’s a liar and he just makes stuff up and throws it out there,” said Caros. “He’ll say almost anything. He likes to say he was raised in a foster home, but that’s not true.”

Jones, on the other hand, attempted to hype up the fight by saying that, “One hundred percent, it’s going to make our Mom cry. That’s a guarantee. But we’ve been circling each other for years. This was inevitable.”

Well if we weren’t stoked enough at the thought of potential fratricide, we sure as heck are now! (*begins “Make Mom Cry!” chant*)

As for how these brothers stack up against each other, well, it should come as little surprise that big brother Caros will enjoy a distinct experience advantage. Currently 10-5 as a pro, Caros has competed under the UFC, Strikeforce, and One FC banners, scoring wins over James Terry and Justin Wilcox and dropping contests to Sam Stout and Pat Healy. Ben, on the other hand, recently rebounded from a unanimous decision loss in his WSOF debut by submitting Alberto Young back in September, improving his record to 6-1-1 overall.

WSOF 32 is set to transpire on July 30th at the Xfinity Arena in Everett, Washington. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to watch the final fight from Warrior and cry like little girls.

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WSOF Just Booked the First Ever (?) Brother vs. Brother MMA Fight

The question of “who would win?” is one we’ve all inevitably asked ourselves when comparing some of MMA’s more famous brothers. The Nogueiras, the Freires, the Millers, the Brothers Diaz…we know that arbitrary things like weight classes and “love for one another” would keep most of these pairs from ever throwing down outside of the occasional family BBQ, but would a promotion even book such a fight if given the chance?

We’re kidding, of course. This is a sport that puts 68 year-old women and quadriplegics in ostensibly life-or-death scenarios without batting an eye, so the thought of booking a real-life Warrior scenario would be enough to make them shit their collective britches. As luck would have it, the World Series of Fighting appears to have shit those very britches.

According to Bloody Elbow, the promotion has recently announced that Caros Fodor will be taking on none other than his brother, Ben Fodor (better known around these parts as Phoenix Jones) on the main card of WSOF 32 in July. Being that Caros primarily competes as a lightweight while Ben fights at 155, the bout will be contested at a catchweight of 162 pounds.

How and why did this fight get booked, you ask? Good old fashioned hatred! Speaking with Yahoo following the announcement, the member of the Fodor family who doesn’t get his kicks dressing like a leather wombat and pepper-spraying drunks (can you tell that I think Phoenix Jones is a clown?), admitted that his brother’s alter-ego was largely at the root of their dislike for one another, ”It’s [strange]. I think it’s a gimmick for attention, if you want to know the truth. He started out meaning well, but, I don’t know.”

“He’s a liar and he just makes stuff up and throws it out there,” said Caros. “He’ll say almost anything. He likes to say he was raised in a foster home, but that’s not true.”

Jones, on the other hand, attempted to hype up the fight by saying that, “One hundred percent, it’s going to make our Mom cry. That’s a guarantee. But we’ve been circling each other for years. This was inevitable.”

Well if we weren’t stoked enough at the thought of potential fratricide, we sure as heck are now! (*begins “Make Mom Cry!” chant*)

As for how these brothers stack up against each other, well, it should come as little surprise that big brother Caros will enjoy a distinct experience advantage. Currently 10-5 as a pro, Caros has competed under the UFC, Strikeforce, and One FC banners, scoring wins over James Terry and Justin Wilcox and dropping contests to Sam Stout and Pat Healy. Ben, on the other hand, recently rebounded from a unanimous decision loss in his WSOF debut by submitting Alberto Young back in September, improving his record to 6-1-1 overall.

WSOF 32 is set to transpire on July 30th at the Xfinity Arena in Everett, Washington. Now if you’ll excuse us, we’re going to watch the final fight from Warrior and cry like little girls.

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Stephen Thompson: Rory MacDonald is like my brother, but I’ll punch him in the face anyway

Stephen Thompson admits he was bummed when he didn’t get the call to face Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler for his next bout.

Still, fighting the next best guy in the division, Rory MacDonald, was a good consolation prize even though he always tried his best to avoid a fight against “Red King.” Not because he fears him, but rather because he’s always seen him as a brother thanks to their days spent training side by side at TriStar Gym.

But at the end of the day, “Wonderboy” tells UFC.com that he is putting all that aside and looking at the business side of things, which is why he says come June 18, both of them won’t have a problem punching each other in the face at UFC Fight Night 89.

“I never really wanted to fight Rory because we’ve done training before, known each other for a long time, spent many years up at Tristar with (head coach) Firas (Zahabi) and Georges. That’s one thing I try to avoid, but sometimes you have to go out there and do it. It’s been a few years (since I last trained up there), but we’ve crossed paths many times – hung out, chatted. To me, it’s kind of like fighting a brother and me, I’ve got two brothers and we fight all the time. We both know it’s business and we’ll be friends before and after the fight; now we just get to punch each other in the face.”

The pairing raised a few eyebrows, as Thompson is currently riding a six-fight win streak, including a spectacular knockout win over Johny Hendricks, while MacDonald is coming off a brutal loss to the aforementioned Lawler.

Of course, it seems none of that matters when rankings are involved.

And since “Red King” currently occupies the No. 1 spot with Thompson at No. 2, it made sense to have “Wonderboy” take on the next big hurdle before jumping his way into a title fight.

All in all, we should just be thankful they aren’t pulling this move.

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Stephen Thompson: Rory MacDonald is like my brother, but I’ll punch him in the face anyway

Stephen Thompson admits he was bummed when he didn’t get the call to face Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight titleholder Robbie Lawler for his next bout.

Still, fighting the next best guy in the division, Rory MacDonald, was a good consolation prize even though he always tried his best to avoid a fight against “Red King.” Not because he fears him, but rather because he’s always seen him as a brother thanks to their days spent training side by side at TriStar Gym.

But at the end of the day, “Wonderboy” tells UFC.com that he is putting all that aside and looking at the business side of things, which is why he says come June 18, both of them won’t have a problem punching each other in the face at UFC Fight Night 89.

“I never really wanted to fight Rory because we’ve done training before, known each other for a long time, spent many years up at Tristar with (head coach) Firas (Zahabi) and Georges. That’s one thing I try to avoid, but sometimes you have to go out there and do it. It’s been a few years (since I last trained up there), but we’ve crossed paths many times – hung out, chatted. To me, it’s kind of like fighting a brother and me, I’ve got two brothers and we fight all the time. We both know it’s business and we’ll be friends before and after the fight; now we just get to punch each other in the face.”

The pairing raised a few eyebrows, as Thompson is currently riding a six-fight win streak, including a spectacular knockout win over Johny Hendricks, while MacDonald is coming off a brutal loss to the aforementioned Lawler.

Of course, it seems none of that matters when rankings are involved.

And since “Red King” currently occupies the No. 1 spot with Thompson at No. 2, it made sense to have “Wonderboy” take on the next big hurdle before jumping his way into a title fight.

All in all, we should just be thankful they aren’t pulling this move.

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Conor McGregor: ‘Quivering’ Nate Diaz is a ‘scared little brother’

LAS VEGAS — Will the real Nate Diaz please stand up?

Conor McGregor said he has seen a different Diaz over the last week since their fight has been booked — not the same guy who called him out back in December.

“I think it’s as clear as day,” McGregor said Wednesday at open workouts. “He’s not himself. He’s timid, his voice is quivering. It’s a different Nate there, but I still have respect for him. But again, ring the bell, I’m coming out fast. … That’s it, his head is coming off. It’s as simple as that.”

McGregor said he didn’t get the Diaz he thought he would last week at a press conference at UFC Gym in Los Angeles. It wasn’t what the brash Irishman was expecting out of the Stockton tough.

“He has that swagger about him [usually], he’s gonna do this, he’s gonna do that,” McGregor said. “He done nothing. He just sat there and quivered. That’s what he done. And he looked at [his brother] Nick every two seconds.”

McGregor and Diaz will face off Saturday in the main event of UFC 196 here at MGM Grand. That wasn’t the initial plan. McGregor, the UFC featherweight champion, was supposed to fight at lightweight against champion Rafael dos Anjos in an attempt to become a two-division champion. But dos Anjos pulled out 11 days out of the fight due to a broken foot.

One of the reasons McGregor wanted to fight Diaz after dos Anjos got hurt was an expletive-filled rant Diaz had after his win over Michael Johnson at UFC on FOX 17 in December. Diaz called McGregor out, said he was taking money out of his pocket and said that he would be the next big-money fight for McGregor.

“He shouldn’t have said anything,” McGregor said. “He shouldn’t have said anything, I wouldn’t have even picked up the phone call. Trying to call me out, trying to do this and that. Now I came hunting for him. He’s trying to say people are afraid to fight him. I hunted him down, stalked him, got him. Now I have him trapped on Saturday night.”

At the press conference last week, McGregor took a few digs at Diaz. He said he makes “gun signs with his left hand and balloon animals with his right.” McGregor, who called Diaz a “cholo” gangster, joked last week that Diaz takes bike rides with the elderly and teaches kids jiu-jitsu on Sunday morning.

“He has this kind of demeanor about him and then, he ain’t what he portrays,” McGregor said. “That’s what I was getting to with that.”

Last week, McGregor predicted he would knock out Diaz inside the first round. He doubled down on that Wednesday, saying he hopes Diaz can last longer so McGregor can showcase some more of his skills. But he doubts it.

“I just can’t see him taking the shots,” McGregor said. “He’s gonna see a new level of precision and new level of power and a new level of unorthodox fighting that he’s never experienced in his life. I hope he can last until the end of the first, but I don’t really see it. I hope so. I hope he can take it.”

McGregor believes this fight is a culmination. Diaz is an opponent he was interested in, because of the things he has said in the past. There is a respect there. But McGregor isn’t sure Diaz is quite the person he thought he was getting when he signed the bout agreement.

“Let’s see if this man can fight,” McGregor said. “He’s talked for a bit. If you’ve been following me or him, you know there’s been subtle digs over the course of last year, maybe the last two years where he’s gonna say this and say that. Now, all of a sudden he’s a scared little brother of some sort. Let’s see what he has to say. I’m here for the fight and the check.”

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Coach Kavanagh: Nate Diaz got lit up by Josh Thomson, can’t take shots like his brother Nick

Nate Diaz is going back to welterweight to fight Conor McGregor.

That’s because Rafael dos Anjos broke his foot and was forced to withdraw from his “Notorious” title fight at the upcoming UFC 196 pay-per-view (PPV) event, which takes place on March 5, 2016 inside MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Cardio is always a concern when a fighter takes a bout on short notice (just ask this guy), but that should be a problem for Diaz, since he’s going to have an early night next month in “Sin City.”

That’s according to McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh (via The42.ie):

“You must be ready for every type of opponent. As for Nate, if you look at his last fight when he beat Michael Johnson by decision, Michael comes from a great team but he is quite new to striking, yet he still managed to land a lot of shots. Josh Thomson badly lit Nate up when they fought in 2013. The Diaz brothers are known for walking through shots but Nate doesn’t quite have Nick’s ability to absorb punishment. It’s a different ballgame when you face somebody who has been striking for their entire life, as opposed to a wrestler who’s still trying to develop their striking. I think it will be an early night for Nate.”

Diaz (18-10) was knocked out by “The Punk” at UFC on FOX 7.

The promotion has been accused of “fishy” matchmaking when it comes to the Diaz fight (by this former champion), as both Donald Cerrone and Anthony Pettis were available to compete at UFC 196, but were passed over in favor of Stockton’s finest.

Any chance Diaz will make Kavanagh — and a lot of other doubters — eat these words?

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