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Dana To Khabib: You Can’t Sit Out That Long

The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight division is at a bit of a standstill at the moment, as division king Khabib Nurmagomedov won’t return to action until this November after he added three months to his nine-month suspension handed down by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC).

With plenty of contenders chomping at the bit for their chance at winning UFC gold, a lot of frustration is brewing around the division, with some taking the promotion to task for the current mess.

As far as Dana White is concerned, another interim title fight could be coming up soon,

“Guys can’t sit out and wait that long if they have the title, you can’t do it. So if that’s true and he is going to do that, then we have to figure out something else,” said White during the UFC 234 post-fight press conference (video replay here).

“You start looking at whether it’s Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson, or one of these other guys. Whoever wants to…when opportunity knocks, answer the door. So we will see how this thing plays out. That’s the criteria.”

According to Donald Cerrone, he and Conor McGregor will be fighting for the interim strap soon enough, though White didn’t confirm or deny it during the presser. One fight White does like is Tony Ferguson facing off against “The Eagle,” though things might get a bit more complicated should ““El Cucuy” opt to wait for Khabib while an interim title is introduced.

Indeed, the 155-pound division is very murky, but if White has his way and Khabib sticks to his self-imposed year long ban from the Octagon, it could get cleared up a bit in the coming weeks.

Stay tuned.

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Midnight Mania! The Internet Can’t Stop Roasting New UFC Belt

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The Internet spent much of today making fun of the new UFC belt design.

The Thanos comparisons came early

Max Holloway wanted rings

This is what he is talking about:

I think the new belt looks fine, but these were still funny

It was endless

Even Conor McGregor couldn’t make the new belt design seem cool

Al Iaquinta roasted him too

Now I just miss my old Indiglo watch

The UFC did have one response to a critical fan that was so good, he just conceded defeat and deleted his tweet.


Adam Nelson does some pretty cool fighter artwork, including this piece for Israel Adesanya

Forrest Griffin says that when you are as ugly as he is, it can’t get worse, it just stays the same.

Holly Holm is getting paid, good for her.

Nate Diaz def. Khabib Nurmagomedov by TKO via upkick?

Will 2019 be Aaron Pico’s breakout year in Bellator?

Slips, Rips, and Retainer KO Clips

Finish by broken retainer

“Jonny Tsunami” is a quality MMA nickname

Tombstone is also a great nickname

This was an insane fight- will Gregor Gillespie vs. another giant in Yancy Medeiros be as wild?

That cross counter over the jab…

Amanda Serrano is the champ-champ-champ-champ-champ-champ-champ.

Last-round comeback

Battle of attrition


Podcasts and Video

Breaking down Cejudo’s inside trip

Heavy Hands

MMA Ratings

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Stipe Miocic Reacts to LeBron James Leaving Cleveland: ‘Can’t Be Mad at the Man’

Both LeBron James and Stipe Miocic brought championships to Cleveland, a long-suffering sports city, in the same year.
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Stipe Miocic Reacts to LeBron James Leaving Cleveland: ‘Can’t Be Mad at the Man’

Both LeBron James and Stipe Miocic brought championships to Cleveland, a long-suffering sports city, in the same year.
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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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Midnight Mania! Rousey still can’t talk about her UFC losses, as Max Kellerman found out

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Ronda Rousey still can’t come to terms with her UFC losses. It could be an act for her new gig, the haunted former MMA fighter turned pro wrestler… but it’s probably not. At no point since her loss has Rousey given any signs that she’s come to terms with what was clearly a very traumatic event for her… twice. She avoided all MMA media after her KO loss to Holly Holm, even in the leadup to her return and second loss to Amanda Nunes. She did go on Ellen DeGeneres’ show and said that the loss made her suicidal, and what gave her ballast was thinking of having children with her boyfriend Travis Browne. Earlier today she gave an extremely prickly response to a question on ESPN suggesting she still isn’t over it.

To be fair, she did face a vicious backlash after the loss. It was in regard to this backlash she was asked a question on ‘First Take’. It wasn’t even a “gotcha” moment- Max Kellerman tried to couch the question in the nicest possible terms… but it still didn’t go his way.

It is difficult for any fighter to come to terms with a loss, but most fighters are eventually able to do so. Hopefully Rousey, retired though she is, eventually finds a way.


Stone Cold Stipe has some pretty awesome fans.

Chuck Liddell hitting pads. Random fact- the pad holder, Ernie Reyes Jr., is the kid from the 90’s movie Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II.

The guy using words like “parameters”, “texture combination”, and “temperature of serving” to describe a fruit salad is Ido Portal, the guy Conor McGregor was playing touch-butt in the park with.

No matter how UFC 223 goes for him, Tony Ferguson will always have his dog.

When Sonny Liston got sick of Cassius Clay’s trash talk- this probably wouldn’t be legal today.

Wing Chun fighter vs. the MMA fighter turned Kung Fu killer.

Jon Bones hitting the garage pads again.

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Kajan Johnson and Project Spearhead offering a useful service to fighters. They are right- weed isn’t a PED.

Conor McGregor today.

In the name of fighting

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Conor McGregor 500 days ago.

Garry Tonon has a great sense of humor about his growing striking skills.

Head kicks for days

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Combat sports this weekend include Joshua vs. Parker

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

A reminder of how violent Paul Felder is

Felder vs. Iaquinta is going to be awesome.

She reeeeally didn’t want to tap.

Podcasts and Video

AJ and I discuss the happenings of a UFC-less weekend. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

The MMA Hour

The Co-Main Event

Random Land

Ever wonder why Stefan Struve, his brothers, and most of the men in the Netherlands are so tall? It might be related to income distribution there (via nutrition)- which might help explain why average height in the US has been declining since the 1970s.

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Mitrione: UFC Can’t Get Out Of Its Own Way

Matt Mitrione was one of the biggest pickups for Bellator MMA when free agency in mixed martial arts (MMA) started picking up.

For “Meathead,” the grass was indeed greener on the other side, as the towering Heavyweight inked a nice contract with the promotion.

Aside from the pay, Mitrione says the differences are vast, but what he finds more comforting is knowing he has more freedom and plenty more sponsorship dollars.

Furthermore, while UFC seems to be doing well at the bank, Matt says the promotion can’t get out of its own way when it comes to fighter treatment.

“Freedom and obviously the sponsorship dollars. So, I am happy, I mean I can always be happier (with sponsorship ), but I am happy. It’s good business. It’s just nice, man. The UFC can not get out of its own way. I think it’s pretty evident in what they do, their consistent missteps. How they handle their guys, the media, like not giving the show money to that cat who made weight. Stuff like that, little tiny things that are just another notch against. I feel like they are, not in a colossal nose dive, but I do not think they are in the right spot. I feel like what Mr. Coker does very casually is what he needs to do to bring fans, eyes over to Bellator. And I think the production is completely different over at Bellator. It’s a spectacle, he took a page out of old Japanese MMA and made it bananas.”

Tyron Woodley can attest to that.

Of course, if you ask UFC president Dana White everything is roses with his company, though some of his other employees still want a bigger piece of the pie.

As for Matt, he’s very happy with his decision to jump ship. And he’ll have the chance to win gold for the first time ever in MMA as he is taking part in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix which will crown a division king once it wraps.

His first hurdle will be against another UFC castaway in Roy Nelson, as they will collide this Friday Feb. 16, 2018 at Bellator 194.

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Midnight Mania! Cormier on Rockhold training with Oezdemir: ‘Luke can’t beat me!’

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Daniel Cormier, at 38 years old, is quintessential Old Dad when it comes to technology. The UFC had him on Facebook Live recently, something he had apparently never done before. He was nonplussed at first- “When did this happen?”, but quickly adapted to the format, dropping knowledge on fans about his mindset going into the bout, even revealing his kids got slime on his shirt. “They get you when it’s unexpected. That’s why I’m expecting Volkan.”

He also addressed concerns about Luke Rockhold training with Volkan Oezdemir. Rockhold’s home is American Kickboxing Academy, but lately he has been doing his fight camps with Henri Hooft, honing his striking. This has given him the benefit of consistent sparring partners, one of whom is, you guessed it, “No Time”. But Cormier isn’t worried:

“Luke training with my opponent? Eh. Doesn’t matter. Luke can’t really help him. Luke can’t beat me! (laughs) What’s Luke gonna teach him?”

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Luke will be attempting to beat a fighter Cormier says would beat himself in straight wrestling at UFC 221, when he faces the fearsome Yoel Romero for the interim middleweight title. Cormier’s test comes much sooner, this weekend, when he defends his light heavyweight title- which he admits does feel a bit like an interim title too- against Volkan Oezdemir at UFC 220.


Stipe will not be outworked.

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Ronda’s identity apart from fighting is hard to get used to. She is repping nutritional supplements.

Angela Hill would love to be on the undercard of UFC 223 in Brooklyn.

This twitter meltdown was extraordinary.

And then today a last hurrah, a shoutout to Bjorn Rebney…

This would be a great fit for the Brooklyn card

Uh oh. Cynthia Calvillo just (potentially) popped positive for a marijuana metabolite. It’s not a performance enhancing drug… but USADA doesn’t care about that.

In other suspension news:

Weird techniques from Greg Jackson

Gaston Bolanos got back to his Muay Thai roots

Kickboxer Artem Levin practicing getting offline and pivoting footwork

Rory Macdonald is excited to make another human hurt this Saturday, but that human is far from helpless. Yes, I’m very stoked for Lima-Macdonald.

Ovince St. Preux said yesterday that he is open to moving to heavyweight if he can’t find an opponent in his division

For some reason this series of drills run by Phil Daru at American Top Team was mesmerizing to watch.

Khabib Nurmagomedov came by his skillset honestly.

Maybe not the most exciting wrestler in the entire world, but fun to watch nonetheless.

Podcasts and Video

In case you missed my interview with Chuck Liddell: (and follow MMA Mania on Youtube)

This is what he is talking about:

Heavy Hands

Random Land

Pretty cool

I like this picture

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Yoel Romero can’t get anyone to fight him, says Luke Rockhold ducked him in favor of ‘easier fight’

After losing to Robert Whittaker at UFC 213 in an interim Middleweight title fight, Yoel Romero hoped to return to action against Luke Rockhold. But, apparently Luke wasn’t having it, much to the chagrin of “Solider of God.”

However, it was all strategy on the part of Rockhold, as Yoel says the former Strikeforce and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion was simply looking for the easiest fight available.

“I don’t understand why he said no. I don’t understand. Maybe he had a strategy in the mind. He say, ‘No I wont fight Yoel, I will fight somebody easy.’ Respect to David Branch, but that’s the way he thinks, you know? That’s Luke’s mentality, ‘I want a more easy fight, win and Yoel Romero lose his last fight.’” said the tank of a middleweight on a recent edition of The MMA Hour.

After submitting David Branch in his first fight in over a year this past September (see it), Rockhold was the recipient of a surprise title shot a couple months later against Robert Whittaker after Georges St-Pierre decided to vacate the 185-pound strap due to an ongoing battle with colitis.

To hear the Yoel tell it, Rockhold needed to face him first with winner getting dibs on the next title shot.

“For my opinion, he needed a fight with me and the winner fight with Robert. The problem is UFC has a show in Australia and this guy is the champion right now in my division. So he needed somebody and UFC gave it to Luke Rockhold because he win his last fight,” added Romero, who says he is now waiting for someone to just agree to step into the cage with him.

“I am waiting for UFC for a fight. I want to main event Feb. 24 in Orlando. I am waiting for the fight for Luke Rockhold, but I know now he has a fight with Robert. Now I am waiting for somebody. But nobody say ‘Yes, I want to fight Yoel.’ So give me somebody, maybe Michael Bisping,” he said with a laugh, while confirming Kelvin Gastelum also turned down a fight against him.

Of course, on the heels of two straight brutal defeats, “The Count” is unlikely to return to action in February, as he instead plans to end his career on his home turf of London, England a month later.

Still, Romero needs a worthy contender to welcome him back into the cage, and I personally wouldn’t mind him facing off against the aforementioned Branch.

Or is he too “easy?”

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Even with value of titles diminishing, middleweight division can’t wait for GSP

Georges St-Pierre’s statement earlier this week that he would be ready to fight after October is just the latest in what has to be a frustrating period for those waiting for the kind of big fights that propel the UFC into mainstream consciousness.

After two straight banner years, in particular a 2016 that saw a record for any sport of five different shows doing 1 million buys on pay-per-view, we are in early May and UFC’s combined pay-per-view buys for the year are closer to 800,000.

But unlike 2014, when UFC business took a hit due to a high rate of injuries, this year has been very different.

This year the culprit has included retirements of big names like Dan Henderson, Brock Lesnar (after a failed drug test), Urijah Faber, Miesha Tate and — while not official — in all likelihood Ronda Rousey.

The other, even more significant culprit is that the biggest active names aren’t fighting. Conor McGregor is chasing Floyd Mayweather Jr. and holding up a lightweight division filled with talent. Jon Jones is still suspended, although looks to be returning in late July. St-Pierre’s return — which at first people hoped would come in late 2016, and then for July for what would have been the year’s first true marquee money fight with Michael Bisping for the welterweight title — is now sounding realistically like November.

Nate Diaz is fighting in the media back-and-forth with Dana White. Neither he nor brother Nick are fighting. CM Punk helped draw a solid buy rate last year at UFC 203, and he’s had nothing new scheduled, with the flip side of the problem. UFC probably feels they can’t viably use him because he’s not a good enough fighter, but doesn’t want to release him because he would likely draw well for Bellator.

And the biggest issue of all is the inherent problem with an individual sport where business and sport contradict each other due to the fan base.

While it’s an argument that has raged from the beginning of time in combat sports, the UFC’s big successes and occasional failures in recent years has taught us that what is a key aspect of every major sport — the quest for the championships — matters little to the majority of MMA fans. Sure, the most vocal hardcore base is cares about the meritocracy, but they can’t pay the bills for a company that has gigantic interest payments due to the enormity of debt in the $ 4 billion purchase price. The UFC needs fights that big scores of people are willing to pay to see, and the promotion needs to draw ratings that keep the television industry pumping huge money back.

In a nutshell, the comparison of two specific fighters gives you the issue.

Demetrious Johnson may be the best fighter currently in the sport, and — as far as not having any discernible major weaknesses — he and Jon Jones are likely the two best fighters MMA has ever seen. Leading up to his April 15 title defense against Wilson Reis, Johnson was talked of as being the best pound-for-pound fighter in the world. He was attempting to tie one of the sport’s most important records against Reis by recording his tenth title defense, a record held by Anderson Silva.

Johnson had already run through almost every top contender in his division. In a terrain where dominant athletes usually thrive, the general public hasn’t much cared. Johnson never gets into trouble. As champion, Johnson has never had his Fedor scary moment like with Kazuyuki Fujita where he was almost beaten in his prime via knockout, nor his Jon Jones moment with Alexander Gustafsson where the dominant champion squeaked by in a close decision, nor his Anderson Silva moment with Chael Sonnen where he needed a late submission to avoid what was going to be a one-sided decision loss at UFC 117.

He just dominates the flyweight division.

The result in his historic fight with Reis was the second lowest rated FOX special in history. It would have been the lowest had it not been for a FOX broadcast last August, Carlos Condit vs. Demian Maia, that was preempted in 15 key markets for NFL preseason football.

Johnson, when called on to headline pay-per-view shows, has usually drawn just over 100,000 buys.

Meanwhile, Nate Diaz has a 19-11 record, has never held a championship, and his lone title shot against then-champion Benson Henderson was not even competitive. Yet he and McGregor have drawn the two biggest pay-per-view numbers in UFC history, both garnering over 1.3 million buys. He’s made so much money during those fights he doesn’t have to compete again. Even though he’s done little to truly deserve it, Diaz probably could walk in and get a title shot at welterweight tomorrow. And if McGregor ever comes back to defend the lightweight title, Diaz — even if he were to lose at welterweight — could walk right back and get that shot at well.

And none of that seems to matter to him. Given the current climate, it’s hard to argue where he’s wrong in his thinking.

When the UFC exploded in 2005 and 2006, there were four total championships: Heavyweight, light heavyweight, middleweight and welterweight. Lightweight didn’t return until late 2006. In those days it seemed like every fan knew every champion. If there was a title at stake, it seemed like a lock that there would be 300,000 or more buys on pay-per-view. While the right personality mix meant more than a championship, the title belts and being champion were a draw on their own.

Today, with 11 divisions — and the tease of a possible twelfth with women’s flyweight — along with constant teases of interim titles, only the fans who follow the sport closely can name the champions and the top contenders. We have very real contenders like Tony Ferguson, Khabib Nurmagomedov, Yoel Romero, Robert Whittaker, Edson Barboza and Luke Rockhold all waiting for shots. On the flip side, we’ve had non-contenders like Germaine de Randamie and Holly Holm thrust into a PPV main event (UFC 208) to create a title in a nearly nonexistent division (women’s featherweight) because UFC simply had no championship fight they could put on early in the year.

But in the big picture, it’s increasingly no longer about championships primarily, it’s about big personalities. Unfortunately, the lessons of this year are that the big personalities don’t care enough about championships. And the casual fan, the one that makes the difference between a struggling and flourishing company, doesn’t care unless it’s the big personalities in championship fights. The big personalities make so much money that they don’t need to fight. And even if they win a title, they aren’t quick to defend them. More and more commonly if they do, they’re looking for big personalities as opponents rather than the top contenders.

McGregor won two titles, was stripped of one, and right now there’s no telling when he’ll defend the other. St-Pierre voluntarily vacated his belt as a champion, was gifted a title fight in a different weight class for his comeback, and has delayed it to the point it’s holding up one of the sport’s most interesting divisions. Daniel Cormier won a title, but was never truly accepted by the public as champion. On whole, people still believe Jones is the best while the prime of his career has been derailed by a suspension and legal matters.

Fighters are paid by the box office, so it makes all the sense in the world why a Bisping would prefer to fight St-Pierre instead of Romero, because it’s an enormous difference in pay. But from a sports standpoint, the middleweight division — with the legitimate contenders possibly now having to wait until 2018 before any of them gets a shot — drops the already declining value of the championship belt.

The UFC has tried, without success, to put together a fight to create an interim lightweight championship, with Ferguson against either Nurmagomedov or Nate Diaz. Given McGregor’s situation, this is a time with a unique circumstance, where an interim belt makes sense.

Whereas in the middleweight division, the UFC needs to get Bisping to defend against Romero or Whittaker. November is too long to wait for a St-Pierre fight. There will always be an opponent somewhere out there, whether it be Bisping, Tyron Woodley, Anderson Silva, or one of the Diaz Brothers, who St-Pierre can draw big with when he’s ready. But it’s not right to put a division on hold until that day comes.

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