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Luis Pena Announces Move To Featherweight, Calls Out Artem Lobov Unsuccessfully

Luis Pena has decided to change things up after suffering his first professional loss over the weekend.
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Dana White Calls Israel Adesanya ‘The Future’

The main card of UFC 230 in New York kicked off with a near-perfect performance by one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars in Israel Adesanya, who completed his transition from middleweight prospect to bona fide contender.
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Midnight Mania! Askren Calls Out Covington, Hints at Khabib Humbling

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Ben Askren is seemingly on his way to the Ultimate Fighting Championship, courtesy of what would be an historic trade deal, with Pound-for-Pound great Demetrious Johnson headed to ONE Championship in return. This is a deal with upside for all concerned; Johnson will (hopefully) be getting a better deal financially from ONE, while Ben Askren will finally get to test his undefeated mettle against the best fighters in the world, unless ONE manage to pull off some cross promotion with RIZIN and set up a rematch with Kyoji Horiguchi. Losing out are Demetrious Johnson fans, who will no longer get to see Johnson fighting the best in the world. The other potential development is that men’s flyweight could be shuttered as a division in the UFC, something that has been threatened before.

The possibilities for Askren’s debut opponent are wide, but Askren has the perfect opponent in mind. His college wrestling friend Tyron Woodley is already scheduled to fight him, but Ben has called dibs on infamous heel Colby Covington after Woodley is through, or if Covington happens to beat Woodley. The matchup would pit wrestler against wrestler.

He has also hinted at another marquee matchup: Khabib Nurmagomedov, the Dagestani lightweight champion who just choked out Conor McGregor, has been in Askren’s sights for years.

It will be interesting to see Askren finally facing a real challenge. The UFC was famously dismissive of him when he was angling for a matchup with then-champion Johny Hendricks, leading to his signing for ONE. Now, he will get his belated chance to show what he can do.

Demetrious Johnson, meanwhile, has changed his Twitter handle to @Mighty1Gaming after the trade rumors surfaced.

It is apparently standard language in Zuffa contracts to be able to trade fighters, though this is the first instance of it happening.

People’s minds are alight with the possibilities; this is potentially promising precedent both for fighters seeking higher pay through competition between promoters, and fans who want to see fresh matchups between fighters in different organizations.


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Eddie Alvarez on his 8-figure deal with ONE:

This doesn’t look promising for Khabib Nurmagomedov, who got half his two million dollar fight purse.

This would be a fun matchup

Abdul Razak Alhassan is still officially on the UFC website and still eligible to be voted on in rankings, and the UFC still hasn’t offered any public comment on his rape indictment whatsoever.

It’s crazy how little even the top UFC fighters get paid in comparison to the revenue they generate. This PPV easily grossed over 100 million, and probably netted them 60 million even after McGregor’s much more generous split.

It’s incredible that Snyder went down so easily to Sadulaev, but these things happen in wrestling.

Combat sports this weekend


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The GOAT, Artem Lobov, talks his upcoming fight and the McGregor situation

Anthony ‘Lionheart’ Smith sounds off


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Memes based on old art are some of my favorite

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Jose Aldo Calls Out Conor McGregor for Rematch: ‘You Have Nowhere to Run’

Despite his loss at UFC 229, Conor McGregor is still in high demand as an opponent.
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‘Cyborg’ Calls for UFC to Have A Backup Ready if Amanda Nunes Pulls Out of UFC 232

The first-ever women’s super-fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship takes place at UFC 232 in December between featherweight champion Cristiane Justino, better known as “Cyborg,” and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes.
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Thiago Santos Plans on Remaining at Light Heavyweight, Calls Out Jimi Manuwa

Thiago Santos has won his first ever fight at light heavyweight after moving up from 185 pounds to fill in for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 137 main event in Sao Paulo.
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Gokhan Saki Calls Out Mark Hunt For Hunt’s Last Fight at UFC Adelaide

Fans were wondering who Mark Hunt would face for his swan song fight inside the Ultimate Fighting Championship after his recent loss to Alexey Oleynik. Now, it looks as though someone has volunteered his services.
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Midnight Mania! Sage ‘Northbutt’ Calls Out Logan Paul, Who Accepts

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You know that saying about kids, that ANY attention is good attention? Well, it holds true in any public sphere of modern life as well. This is doubly the case in mixed martial arts, which is starved for any and all mainstream exposure. Sure, the UFC is worth somewhere between 4 and 7 billion dollars, depending on who you listen to, but the fighters themselves have precious little of that pie. Moreover, in this post-Reebok age of corporate sterilized monopoly, the secondary market for sponsors has collapsed, taking away opportunities for fighters to find a niche and develop their own audience.

So when a figure like Logan Paul, whose career IS mining mainstream attention, especially among young people, shows an interest in the sport, it’s like a feeding frenzy. Fighters trip over themselves in any and all attempt to call out the hot new guy. It’s only rational; non-fighters present both an easy fight and a LOT of attention. Brock Lesnar was among the first crossover stars to demonstrate this appeal; CM Punk showed that the UFC themselves are also greedy enough to cash in on the freak-show appeal even when a Famous Person has no fighting skill. Then, of course, there was McGregor-Mayweather, the Ultimate Circus.

Logan Paul is somewhere north of CM Punk on the “fighting skills” index, though it isn’t clear by how much. He wrestled in high school; he boxes with better form than Punk, but he lost drew in a boxing match with another YouTuber, KSI, so we can’t rate that too highly either. Today, Sage Northcutt called out Paul on Twitter, who responded by calling him Sage Northbutt.

Sage Northcutt might be the perfect opponent to capitalize on the popularity of Paul; also blond, unbelievably ripped and athletic, even more corny, probably the most likely fighter to capture the imagination of the demographic Paul brings to the table. The UFC absolutely ought to book this fight. It’s both an insult to the sport and the most rational decision for all parties, with the possible exception of Logan Paul. Sage Northcutt would beat the shit out of him while smiling the entire time, then do a standing gainer afterwards just for fun.

For that matter, Mike Perry jumping on the bandwagon and offering to train Paul is also perfect in many ways. Why not?

Darren Till explained why not, for anyone who was listening. This sport is incredibly hard work, getting mentally and physically broken over and over again until you are tough as nails, and then repeating that process ad infinitum until your career is over. Paul jumping in for one fight and undoubtedly making millions like Punk, is just insulting. But that’s our sport and our world now.


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Mike Perry’s Twitter attacks on Donald Cerrone border on being legally actionable.

This RIZIN 13 trailer will get you HYPE, as the kids say.

I really hope this guy is okay. Real world violence like this

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Darrion Caldwell, back in his wrestling days, might possibly have been a little bit of a show-off.

Islam Makhachev understands exactly how rankings work.

Twitter suspended an account for posting a PICTURE (not a video) of an MMA fighter

Aljamain Sterling is trying, with the rest of us, to figure out how Angela Hill comes up with these cosplay outfits. Turns out she makes them herself.

Derek Brunson might be onto something.

Shane Burgos is back for more high-octane featherweight action.

Floyd Mayweather posted this on Thursday


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Ted Cruz somehow sucks at basketball MORE than I do, which is almost impossible

This picture can really make you think about the passage of time, along which we are just ants in an ocean

Till the end of time . #CathayCreators #lifewelltravelled @cathaypacific

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AKA’s Javier Mendez Calls McGregor’s Standup ‘Best In The UFC’

American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez, who trains Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has come out in admiration of his fighter’s next opponent Conor McGregor ahead of their much-anticipated fight at UFC 229.
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Pederneiras Calls For Aldo Vs. McGregor Rematch

With Jose Aldo back in the UFC win column after defeating Jeremy Stephens via TKO last month, head coach Andre Pederneiras is already brainstorming what’s next for the former featherweight champion.

While it’s going to take Aldo an additional victory or two to lock down another title fight — especially after losing to Max Holloway twice in the past 14 months — Pederneiras is already setting the bar high for the Brazilian’s final few fights.

If Pederneiras had it his way, UFC would book a rematch between Aldo and former UFC champion Conor McGregor. Remember, “Notorious” knocked Aldo out in 13 seconds nearly three years ago to claim the 145-pound crown.

“We can try to angle for a rematch, because I really did think it was unfair and I think most people thought it was unfair that there wasn’t a rematch,” Pederneiras told MMAjunkie. “But, as far as Conor goes, he isn’t to blame. He may have turned it down, but the UFC had the power to tell him to fight. And they didn’t.

“I think the first fight didn’t really represent what the fight could have been – unfortunately for all of those who wanted to see it. So I’d choose Conor. Even though I don’t have anything against him.”

With McGregor already scheduled to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov for the undisputed lightweight title at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 it would take Aldo a very long time to get his hands back on the Irishman. It’s unknown if UFC would even be remotely interested in such a rematch, but given Aldo’s undying popularity in Brazil maybe it’s something that will surface in the future.

Despite finishing Aldo in 13 seconds back at UFC 194, Pederneiras still respects McGregor as a martial artist. The Brazilian coach believes McGregor isn’t the person he portrays to be leading up to a fight, but understands it’s all a show to bring in the big bucks.

“I think, behind that ‘artist,’ he’s a good person, who doesn’t represent the things he says,” Pederneiras said. “He talks a bunch of crap to get attention and sell. Outside of that, no, he’ll respect you whenever you meet up with him.

“I think that was that ‘artist,’ the way I see it. He knows he’s going to have to fight (Khabib Nurmagomedov) at some point. Since he knows that, why not start creating some chaos and start promoting it?”

If Aldo wants to get another crack at McGregor he may have to journey up to 155 pounds to do so. Aldo doesn’t have a lot of time left to make it happen considering the veteran is planning on retiring after his current UFC contract expires, so he must work quickly to regain the dominance he once possessed.

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