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Silva Accepts McGregor’s Callout: ‘Let’s Make It Happen’

Hey, remember when “Anderson Silva Money” was still a thing?

That’s nothing but chump change these days, and the 43 year-old “Spider” knows it, which is why he’s so willing to fight Conor McGregor, despite the fact that “Notorious” is small enough to compete at featherweight, whereas the Brazilian has competed at 205 pounds and knocked out former light heavyweight champions.

But in his defense, it was McGregor with the recent callout.

“It would be an honor to test myself with Conor McGregor,” Silva wrote on Instagram (translated by MMA Fighting). “He’s an unorthodox fighter and has proven he must be respected. Let’s make it happen.”

I guess he’s moved on from that Georges St-Pierre super fight?

McGregor, 30, can’t be worried about fighting Silva or anyone else until he gets past Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) main event (details), which takes place this Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As for Silva, he’s wrapping up his latest United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug-test suspension and will not be eligible to compete until next month, though a potential fight is already in the works for January, according to this.

So … any interest in watching McGregor slug it out with Silva?

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Midnight Mania! DC Rips Gus After Rockhold Callout

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If you come for Daniel Cormier’s teammates, you better be ready for Cormier’s comeback.

I loved Gustafsson’s callout of Luke Rockhold, in which he did mention that he thought Cormier was holding up the light heavyweight title picture.

Cormier, though, wasn’t having it, reminding Gus that the lanky Swede last fought DC for the title coming off a loss with the hashtag #thegustafsonway

Of course, DC also fought for a title off a loss to Jon Jones. The difference, in his mind? He won his fight.

DC also thinks, trash talk aside, Luke Rockhold should take some time off.


An MMA Valentine’s Day

We can’t all be romantics.

Mackenzie Dern heart hands

Dang, Chas Skelly. That’s cold.

These cards by Justin Golightly are perfect. Dana White expresses love for McGregor.

Khabib love.

A lot of MMA fighters really love their families. They should.

No words can describe how much I love my girls ❤️

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6’6” sumo wrestler turned MMA fighter Baruto plays a gay man in a Japanese sitcom? As long as he’s practicing punches under waterfalls.


Insomnia

Will Brooks is out of the UFC and into that high-dollar PFL tournament.

For those of you who have been asking when my next fight is… well, I’m not sure when the next will be but it will not be with the UFC but rather with the @profightleague in the Million Dollar tournament. I’ve been doing this for a while now and I understand the business side of it. I didn’t do the job that was expected of me and like all jobs I was released, rightfully so. Unfortunately, I under performed with the UFC and didn’t achieve the goal I wanted to with that opportunity. I regret nothing, I took a chance at something I wanted and came up short. The fighter/competitor in me is highly disappointed with myself for allowing things to get away from me. The UFC chapter is closed for now… I’d like to thank the UFC staff for treating me so well during my employment. From day one I was treated well and with respect. I appreciate that greatly. Now with that being said, I am moving forward toward the next chapter. I’m extremely excited and fired up to be part of the @profighteague and their rebirth. The timing is perfect because I’m in my own rebirth process as well. As always I’m going to represent this organization as professionally as I possibly can. I look forward to being a pivotal part of the PFL’s growth in this sport. All praise and glory to God. 1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains— where does my help come from? 2 My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. – Psalms 121:1-2 At my highest and my lowest, He’s been with me and seen me through to lands of milk and honey. Thank you God for blessing me with this incredible opportunity for my family and myself. Now let’s go secure this bag!!!! #Godisgood #hardwork #dedication #mma #ufc #PFL #professional #athlete #Godsplan #winningatlife

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Carla Esparza vs. Claudia Gadelha is a good matchup.

It’s official! UFC 225 on June 9th in Chicago

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Jon Jones has his date with destiny.

Interesting insight from Jeremy Stephens

Elias Theodorou kinda, sorta called out Israel Adesanya, who he may or may not have been kinda, sorta talking shit about during Israel’s debut fight.

This ain’t right, UFC. Don’t do Sage Northcutt like this.

Such a potty mouth, that @SuperSageNorthcutt! #UFCAustin

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Eh… I changed my mind, go for it, UFC.

K-1 champion Takeru’s sparring looks intense.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This effortless old-school boxing:

It’s grainy, but this toehold is cool from Francisco Trinaldo:


Good Read


Seems like a good clip to end on tonight. Yes, I know a lot of you hate Luke Thomas. But the advice is relevant.


Random Land

Okay, one more before you go to sleep:

Smdh

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Jussier ‘Formiga’ Gets Callout from Sergio Pettis Following UFC 221 Victory

Jussier da Silver is hoping for a title shot following this past weekend’s win over Ben Nguyen, but if that doesn’t happen, he at least has another willing dance partner for a future fight.
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Jussier ‘Formiga’ Gets Callout from Sergio Pettis Following UFC 221 Victory

Jussier da Silver is hoping for a title shot following this past weekend’s win over Ben Nguyen, but if that doesn’t happen, he at least has another willing dance partner for a future fight.
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Jussier ‘Formiga’ Gets Callout from Sergio Pettis Following UFC 221 Victory

Jussier da Silver is hoping for a title shot following this past weekend’s win over Ben Nguyen, but if that doesn’t happen, he at least has another willing dance partner for a future fight.
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Jussier ‘Formiga’ Gets Callout from Sergio Pettis Following UFC 221 Victory

Jussier da Silver is hoping for a title shot following this past weekend’s win over Ben Nguyen, but if that doesn’t happen, he at least has another willing dance partner for a future fight.
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Chael Sonnen fires back at Chuck Liddell following Bellator callout: ‘Say when’

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell, who also rests comfortably in the promotion’s hall of fame, is contemplating a return to mixed martial arts (MMA) under the Bellator banner on Spike TV.

Depending on this.

While Bellator boss Scott Coker is more interested in using the melting “Iceman” as a promotional tool, considering the former Dancing with the Stars contestant turns 48 in December, Liddell (21-8) has other plans.

Like snapping his three-fight losing streak.

Unfortunately, he hasn’t competed in over seven years, so he might need a tune-up fight before taking on anyone of merit. In Liddell’s mind, former UFC stablemate Chael Sonnen fits the bill.

See those comments here.

Sonnen (29-15-1) has already registered two fights for Bellator and sits at 1-1. After getting submitted by Tito Ortiz back in January, “The American Gangster” turned away Wanderlei Silva last June.

Anyone interested in seeing these two throw down?

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Fabricio Werdum shoots down Luke Rockhold callout: ‘Why would I fight a chicken?’

Heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum has responded to middleweight Luke Rockhold’s callout with some less than kind words.

Luke Rockhold has been largely absent from the UFC news grind for months now as he slowly recovers from knee surgery. But he sure made some headlines yesterday, eschewing more conventional middleweight targets to call out heavyweight Fabricio Werdum instead.

“I think me and Werdum got some old beef from Strikeforce,” he said on UFC Tonight. “He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight. I’ve thought it through and I like the style matchup. Given what’s going on in the middleweight division right now, screw that, I’m coming to heavyweight. Let’s do this.”

Fabricio was all set to face Ben Rothwell on the UFC 211 card in Dallas, Texas … until Rothwell failed a drug test and got provisionally suspended by USADA. That leaves him without a dance partner for the May 13th card. So what does he say about a possible Rockhold fight?

“I only fight people, I don’t fight chickens,” Werdum told MMAFighting.com. “He’s just promoting himself because he knows nobody is talking about him. I’m one step away from the belt. Why would I fight a chicken?”

You’d think Werdum would jump on the chance to fight a much smaller opponent, especially one associated with a camp that he doesn’t get along with at all. But it seems like Werdum doesn’t like much of anything being offered to him these days, a Luke Rockhold fight included.

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Fabricio Werdum on Luke Rockhold’s callout: ‘Why would I fight a chicken?’

It looks like the rivalry between former UFC champions Fabricio Werdum and Luke Rockhold won’t be settled inside the Octagon.

Rockhold, an ex-middleweight champion, called out the 240-pound Brazilian following his comments on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, saying he’d move up to heavyweight to squash his beef with Werdum.

“Everyone’s steaming over this new fight I brought up,” Rockhold said Wednesday night on UFC Tonight. “I think me and Werdum got some old beef from Strikeforce. He’s a guy I’ve always wanted to fight. I’ve thought it through and I like the style matchup.

“Given what’s going on in the middleweight division right now, screw that, I’m coming to heavyweight. Let’s do this.”

Werdum, who bounced back into the win column with a win over Travis Browne after losing the UFC heavyweight championship to Stipe Miocic, recently had another fight canceled when Ben Rothwell got flagged for a potential USADA violation. He surely doesn’t like Rockhold, but is looking for bigger competition as he moves closer to another shot at the heavyweight championship.

“I only fight people, I don’t fight chickens,” Werdum told MMA Fighting after Rockhold’s comments. “He’s just promoting himself because he knows nobody is talking about him. I’m one step away from the belt. Why would I fight a chicken?”

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Midnight Mania! Ronda Rousey fallout, Cody Garbrandt callout … of Conor McGregor?

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! And welcome to 2017! We officially live in a post-2016 world. Let me break the fourth wall for a second and say I actually had a good year in 2016, personally, though not without challenges. It ended well for me, in part because I started writing here at MMAmania.com. Thank you for all the positive feedback, reading and commenting on Midnight Mania in 2016. In 2017, the goal is to keep this up … except better.

Obviously, the big story from the weekend was Amanda Nunes pasting Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 (watch highlights here), this time in even more devastating fashion than when Holly Holm did it one year ago.

No small part of the blame for this goes to her awful, terrible, no-good coach, Edmond Tarverdyan.

I can’t stress enough how awful he is.

Derrick Lewis took his own shots at his upcoming opponent, the also-unpopular Travis Browne:

Also from Lewis’ Twitter …

ANYWAY …

I found this hilarious from Invicta FC champion Tonya Evinger:

This knockout is absolutely insane. I’ve never seen one quite like this before.

Dillon Danis, Conor McGregor’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach, posted this caricature of himself and “Notorious:”

Brazilian ring girls, y’all.

I don’t think we will see this one, but it’s pretty amazing how both Tyron Woodley and Michael Bisping seem to be going out of their way to pick fights that are not with the most deserving fighters in their divisions:

One of the breakout fighters of 2016, Lando Vannata, is one to keep an eye on in 2017.

World Series of Fighting (WSOF) put on an entertaining night of fight’s on New Year’s Eve (complete results here). Justin Gaethje has an uncanny ability to put himself into highlight reels.

This was a bizarre injury stoppage, but entertaining exchanges leading up the injury.

Jon Fitch defeated Jake Shields in what may have been his final fight at this event. He’s had quite the career — all the best to him moving forward. It’s always good when a fighter can retire off a win.

Max Holloway with the Diaz brothers? It makes sense.

If you missed it, Tim Means hit Alex “Cowboy” Oliveira with two knees that he insists he did not know were illegal.

Rogan and even Marc Ratner, who should know, contributed to the confusion on the rules. The bout was ruled a “No Contest.”

You don’t see ring girls get punched in the jaw every day:

Whoopsies!

In case you missed it, Carla Esparza and Claudia Gadelha got into it over the weekend on Twitter.

This was how we thought the Cruz-Garbrandt fight was going to go:

How it actually went:

Garbrandt took Cruz to school and made him bleed:

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Cody “No Love” Garbrandt takes Dominick Cruz to #Breakdancing School while putting on a #Boxing clinic..
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The win was inspiring not in small part because Garbrandt was able to fulfill his promise to his young friend and inspiration, Maddux Maple:

Afterward, they celebrated Team Alpha Male style:

Cruz, meanwhile, handled the defeat as well as anyone I’ve ever seen. He won two rounds on my scorecard (the second and fifth) so this fight wasn’t a steamrolling, and showed a toughness and a refusal to give up that we didn’t know existed beneath the slick movement and cerebral … until now.


#ICYMI: Weekend Breakdowns

  • Jack Slack’s breakdown of Cody Garbrandt’s sensational win over Dominick Cruz is incisive and also filled with Graphic Interchange Format goodness.
  • Phil Mackenzie’s “So Meta” discussion of why grappling as a primary skill set seems to be going away in modern MMA. It’s illuminating, to say the least.
  • And Chuck Mindenhall on why it has been so difficult to root for Ronda Rousey in this most recent fight, and why perhaps some of that schadenfreude is justified.

Podcasts and Audio-Visual Thingamajigs

What’s next for Ronda Rousey?

The “Severe MMA” podcast: Irish accents, fighting knowledge, occasionally funny.

The “Co-Main Event Podcast:” No accents from the fictional nation of Ireland, literary knowledge, consistently amusing and also occasionally funny.

Luke Thomas’s “Monday Morning Analyst,” in which he find an old interview that highlights why Edmond Tarverdyan is unfit to be a high-level MMA coach.

Tommy Toehold’s UFC 207 Postmortem:

“The MMA Hour,” in which Garbrandt opens up about how much fun he had fighting Cruz and calls out Aldo and McGregor:

Conor and Cody have already gotten into it in the past:


Random Land

Extremely awkward and incredibly close …

Dogs and toddlers are hilarious mixes.

Wendy’s don’t play!

Stay woke, Maniacs.

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