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Daniel Cormier: If Smith Gets That Tired, He Has No Chance Against Me

Daniel Cormier is nearing the end of his decorated mixed martial arts career with the announcement that the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight and heavyweight champ will be hanging up his gloves for good by March 2019. However, it is anyone’s guess who the former Olympic wrestler will face after defending his heavyweight strap against Derrick Lewis this weekend, with some high-profile opponents on the horizon.
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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! Mayweather Says 50/50 Chance He Makes His MMA Debut in 2018

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We truly live in a world where the truth is stranger, and much funnier, than fiction.

For instance, I couldn’t write a line this funny, from Floyd Mayweather. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“I started training already,” Mayweather said. “Not the physical part – endurance, as far as moving around. So far, I’ve started running. …

So… he’s started running. That’s a far cry from training “the MMA”, my man. I’m willing to make a Mayweather-sized bet that, put on the spot, Floyd couldn’t tell you what the letters in MMA stand for.

Does it get better? It gets better.

“I’m thinking about fighting in the MMA, I’ve thought about it. … I started training in Miami. I look forward to fighting probably by the end of the year. We don’t know. Right now it’s a 50-50 (chance), not a hundred percent. But we’ve started training.”

You mean you’ve started running.

However, as ridiculous as this whole scenario is, we have to remember that McGregor boxing Mayweather was pretty nearly as ridiculous, and that actually happened. I wrote maybe fifty articles on it, and you, y’all, the readers, lapped it up. It got millions of clicks, and made hundreds of millions of dollars. It’s no wonder then that UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has offered to train Mayweather for his MMA debut.

“Me and Woodley have spoke to each other on numerous occasions,” Mayweather said. “We talked. We said we’re going to start working out, as far as he’s got a great hand game already. I’m going to be working with different guys in the jiu-jitsu world. My wrestling game, I’m going to be working with guys with the wrestling. My kicking game, I’m going to be working with guys for the kicking game. Before I get in the octagon, I’ve got to be well rounded, all around the board.”

Besides sounding like my dad who is always just about to start an exercise program (sorry Dad), Mayweather sounds like someone who just hasn’t done any of this, ever, and so doesn’t understand how difficult it is going to be. At least McGregor boxed as part of his MMA training. Floyd has never needed to wrestle or learn submissions to be a boxer.

“Fighting is not nothing new for me,” he said. “Fighting barefoot is something new, but fighting is nothing new for me. The thing is this — (say I’m) fighting a guy that has some unbelievable jiu-jitsu skills, unbelievable wrestling skills, but the thing is this: His chances of getting to me, I mean, the percentage of his chances getting to me to lock up with me, he has to come in first. But he may lock up with me, and he may get wrapped up in certain ways. You don’t know how things could play out or how things could happen.

“With MMA, anything can happen. It’s brutal. It’s very, very brutal.”

My favorite part of that above transcript is just how little he says. Perhaps he should check the record on pro boxers getting into the cage with minimal training. But he may be right about the following:

“I know right now I’m the biggest name in MMA,” Mayweather said. “Hands down, I know this. And the second biggest name is Conor McGregor.”

See, there is money to be made here, and Floyd might just decide getting his ass kicked in the gym every single day for half a year, then in a cage in front of paying millions, is worth that sweet sweet cash.

However, despite the fact that this cash will only happen just once against a credible opponent, against exactly one UFC opponent in Conor McGregor, Mayweather is being coy about this all leading up to a McGregor rematch. He says he wants to fight at featherweight instead, perhaps a game to try to force McGregor to fight at a weight it is very draining for him to make.

“I can’t say right now,” Mayweather said. “I can’t really say how things are going to play out. I’m a numbers man. I’m all about the numbers.”

“Conor McGregor, tough, vicious competitor,” he continued. “Of course, just like he feels he got dynamite hands with the 4-ounce gloves on, I feel like I got dynamite power with the 4-ounce gloves on.”

“It’d be hard for me and Conor McGregor to fight, because if I was to fight in the MMA, I would have to fight at 145 (pounds),” Mayweather said. “The weight class I would fight at is 145. … In MMA it would be totally different, because we don’t have no shoes on, and with 4-ounce gloves on, you think I’m fast with 8-ounce gloves on, imagine how fast I’d be with 4-ounce gloves on.”

I can only imagine.

For now.


Insomnia

This is the world’s most amazing sport, hands down bar none.

The Black Beast

@azxd lmao

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This was fun to watch in slow motion

Boxing Glove vs Water Balloon! #SlowMoSunday

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I hope this guy was okay

Jon Jones likes weaponized violence as well as the unarmed kind.

Widespread but they all were a hit. #Hobbies #20Yards #NeedATrainer

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How about you try some REAL self defense training, Jonny Bones?

Truth

l He wasn’t ready Shout out to the homie – @pizzajitsu for this gem

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I’m not sure this is real, but if so, not cool from the ref, or the fighter who takes a cheap shot. Derrick Lewis, as always, is an Instagram must-follow.

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The GOAT, Artem Lobov

Joe Rogan and I both hate-love these. I see them as telling tokens of our world, one where ‘the market’ is just credulous people who will always fall for charlatans because they so badly want to believe.

Anthony Johnson lifting is a scary thing.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk getting down

This spectacular suplex KO was ruled a DQ the next day by what seems to be some very shady ONE FC decision making.

Here’s what the ONE fearless leader had to say as explanation:

And here’s why it doesn’t quite make sense…

This DQ was the most unnecessary DQ of all time. He was gifted the win.

Garry Tonon has bars as well as hands

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John Danaher recaps what went into Garry Tonon’s superb MMA win this weekend

Victory in Thailand: Garry Tonon won his first ever MMA fight here in Bangkok via TKO in the second round. Prior to the bout, Mr Tonon expressed a desire to use his fledgling striking skills rather than simply rely on grappling. Despite only around four months of MMA training he made remarkable progress and wanted to test his new skills as part of his development. After an understandably nervous start where he took some hits, he settled into his rhythm and started landed his own heavy blows leading to a first round knock down and very nearly finished in the first round. In the second, Mr Tonon took control both in the open and on the fence and ultimately to the floor where he landed many heavy punches and elbows to get a stoppage. It was impressive to see a grappling athlete with no real striking background other than some sporadic pad work until four months ago come out and win via TKO on a specialized striker. Obviously there is still a huge amount to work on, but it was an amazing performance by the rookie. It was also a brave choice to stay with striking when he could have easily gone into submission mode. Previous to tonight, Mr Tonon had never thrown a punch with bad intentions before, but here in his debut he landed well once he got settled in. Any debut into MMA is tough, but doing it in a foreign country, on the main card of one of the biggest organizations in the world, with only four months of experience behind you and big expectations from fans, and still have the presence of mind to work on new developing skills to help long term growth shows remarkable presence of mind. I hope you all enjoyed the bout. Thank you all so much for your interest and support. I know it means a lot to Mr Tonon and it certainly does to me. It was an honor come to Thailand, home of the mighty Thai fighters, a land steeped in martial arts tradition and influence, and make a memorable debut. Now it’s back to NYC to get the squad ready for upcoming grappling bouts!

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The event was fun

Comedian Hannibal Buress sponsored Invicta FC 28, which was by all accounts a bloody and fun event.

Case in point:

Cory Sandhagen spars with his dog

Leslie Smith explains the goals of Project Spearhead, the fighter-led attempt to organize and figure out if fighters are legally employees, and if so, to form a fighter’s union.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

This guy has fantastic knees

Wild sequence indeed. MMA is gloriously unpredictable

You don’t see this too often

Grappling has so many forms.

Sumo, which is also grappling


Good Reads

As someone whose whole job is aggregating social media content, I found this an interesting read, even if I disagreed on Darren Till.


Random Land

Promethean sacrifice

What am I watching

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Agility

Vid by @cowdogcallie

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Oh yeah. Worth the watch.

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Manager: There’s A 95-Percent Chance ‘Bones’ Fights In 2018 If…

Could Jon Jones return to the Octagon in 2018?

According to his manager, Malki Kawa, the chances of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion fighting again inside the Octagon in 2018 are looking very good. In fact, the confident agent says there is a 95-percent chance “Bones” fights this year.

That is, of course, if United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) does the right thing and take everything they’ve gathered so far and realize that everything points to Jon telling the truth of never intentionally taking any banned substance.

Malki broke it all down during a recent interview on the Luke Thomas Show.

“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well,” revealed Kawa.

“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance (he fights in 2018).”

USADA busted Jones pissing hot following his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, which ultimately lead to another suspension and “DC” getting crowned light heavyweight champion again.

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously on-going.”

Furthermore, Kawa pointed to Jon’s willingness to take a polygraph test on his own — which he passed — as further prove that “Bones” is an innocent man who is trying his hardest to prove his case.

Nevertheless, it will be an interesting few weeks waiting to see if in fact everything comes out roses for Team Jones. If it does, his presence will without a doubt shake up the 205-pound weight class once again, and talks of a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier will surely ramp up.

After “DC” takes care of this business, of course.

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Ben Askren gives Demian Maia’s ‘basic’ takedowns no chance against Tyron Woodley at UFC 214

Demian Maia will finally get his chance to fight for welterweight gold when he takes on UFC champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 214 on July 29 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Honda Center in Anaheim, California. The Brazilian veteran has waited a long time to get his second shot at a UFC title and will look to overthrow Woodley with world-class grappling. That is, of course, if Maia can drag Woodley to the ground.

According to Woodley’s training partner, former Bellator champion and current ONE FC champion Ben Askren, Maia will struggle to do just that.

“The thing is, I don’t think it’s going to hit the floor,” Askren told BJ Penn Radio. “That’s the thing about it. You know, Demian Maia’s takedowns are… they’re basic. The one thing he does well is he really sticks with it. But you look at his recent run of success, and he hasn’t really had to fight any high-level wrestlers. And even Jorge Masvidal, – I don’t want to say [he has] no wrestling background, I’m not 100% sure – I don’t think he has any wrestling background, was able to stop some of the takedowns, you know? And so, when you look at Tyron Woodley who has a very strong wrestling background, I just don’t see a scenario in which Demian Maia is able to get Tyron on the ground.”

Askren, 32, is one of the very best fighters competing outside of UFC. The undefeated wrestler is a menace on the ground and a guy who is extremely difficult to defend. Having Askren around to plan for Maia’s swift takedown attacks is only going to improve Woodley’s chances of winning at UFC 214.

“Even in those positions, Tyron’s really good in those positions,” Askren explained. “So even if Demian gets past the first and second-level defense, the movement and the sprawl… say he even gets to the leg and gets to a decent position, I still feel like even from there, or even from a body lock, he’s not going to get the takedown. Even if you were to ask me before I was working with him, I would have said ‘Demian’s going to have a hard time getting a takedown.’ Now I can’t foresee a scenario in which Demian gets a takedown.”

If Askren is right in his assessment and Maia is unable to get inside on Woodley and put him on his back, there’s almost no chance the Brazilian will win the fight. Woodley is a huge power puncher who possesses unparalleled athleticism at 170 pounds. If Maia is forced to stand and trade with the UFC champion it isn’t going to end well.

UFC 214 will be headlined by a light heavyweight title rematch pitting current champion Daniel Cormier against former divisional king Jon Jones.

For more UFC 214 fight card news click here.

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Mike Perry recalls chance encounter with UFC owner Ari Emanuel at Athlete Retreat

Mike Perry was among the hundreds of UFC fighters who descended upon Las Vegas last month for the much-discussed UFC Athlete Retreat. And while there were a few grumbles to be heard regarding the festivities, Perry said he enjoyed the weekend thoroughly. In fact, his time in the desert included an elusive encounter with Ari Emanuel, the rarely-seen executive of WME-IMG and new co-owner of the UFC.

“For 45 minutes, I sat by myself in this buffet area at breakfast and nobody wanted to mess with ‘Platinum’ Perry,” Perry recalled Monday on The MMA Hour. “… And then after about 45 minutes, one fighter comes up, his name is Dustin. His girlfriend and my girlfriend got along together, so he came and he sat with me. And then this woman, 30-something-year-old woman, sat across me, asked if she could.

“And (then) Ari Emanuel comes up. He comes straight to me, he taps me on the shoulder, shakes my hand, he says, ‘hi, I’m Ari Emanuel.’ I said, ‘I’m sorry, I don’t know that name. I know I’m supposed to be excited to meet you, but I don’t know who you are.’ He’s like, ‘I’m one of the guys who bought the joint.’ I said, ‘oh sh*t, it’s nice to meet you then!’ Then we just had a little conversation, just the four of us.”

Given that Emanuel has effectively taken the reigns from the Fertitta brothers, Lorenzo and Frank, as the chief authority figure in the new UFC, such an inauspicious first impression may not have been Perry’s best move. But the hard-hitting welterweight simply laughed it off.

“It was the truth, you know what I mean?” Perry said, chuckling. “You can’t be afraid of the truth. It is what it is. I don’t read a lot or pay any attention to certain things like that, I guess. But then it came to me anyways, so if I’m supposed to know something, I think I will.”

WME-IMG made history last July when it purchased the UFC from the Fertitta brothers for a then-record $ 4 billion. Public statements from Emanuel and the new owners have been scant ever since, but Perry said Emanuel promised to him that good things were in store from the bosses at WME-IMG.

“He’s like, ‘I hope you’re having a good time. I hope you’re learning some things,’” Perry said. “He said he has big plans for all of the UFC and all of the fighters in it, all of the athletes. But winners, baby. You’ve got to be a winner.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Despite UFC’s new 125-pound class, Joanne Calderwood says there’s a chance she stays at strawweight

When the UFC announced it would be adding a new women’s flyweight division to its ranks this summer, the thoughts of many turned quickly to Joanne Calderwood.

“Dr. Kneevil” is one of the women who has been most vocal about the need for a 125-pound female weight class over recent years. She is also the only active woman on the UFC’s roster to have actually fought a 125-pound contest inside the Octagon, having done so in a special one-off against now-Bellator fighter Valerie Letourneau last June.

But just days after plans for the new women’s division were made official, the UFC announced a strawweight tilt between Calderwood and undefeated 115-pound prospect Cynthia Calvillo for July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Glasgow, Scotland. And for Calderwood, the surprising turn of events was simply a matter of bad timing.

“So, I accepted the fight at 115,” Calderwood explained Monday on The MMA Hour. “When I was talking to (UFC matchmaker) Sean Shelby, I said — not even that time but before, I was always saying, ‘125, 125.’ He was always just getting back to me saying, ‘no, it has to be at 115.’ So I just had to make a decision, and I was like f*ck it, I’m just going to go back to 115 because I want to fight, and I guess that’s the only way. And to be honest, I’ve changed a few things up.

“I’ve started seeing a nutritionist outside of camp, so I was a little bit more motivated about making 115. So I told him, ‘okay, I’m good for a fight.’ And then, the next day, I find out that [UFC was considering] a 125 division. I was like, ‘ah sh*t.’ But like I said, I can look at these things as a positive or a negative, and I’m going to look at it as a positive because this means I can go put on a good performance in Glasgow, and then who knows? Maybe I’ll stay at 115. But at least there’s an option for 125, but I’ll make that decision after this fight. I’ve committed to this fight and I’m going to do it.”

Calderwood said she already signed her official contract to fight Calvillo at 115 pounds by the time she heard the news about flyweight, so she figured she would just bite the bullet and continue with her plans to make UFC Fight Night 113 the healthiest weight cut of her career, then decide what to ultimately do next once her meeting against Calvillo was behind her.

“I’m just focusing on this fight,” Calderwood said. “I’ve committed to it and I have to make this weight. But yeah, as you get older and have more fights — I’ve been fighting at 115 for all of my career, so yeah, I don’t know. I’ll see how this fight goes, this weight cut goes, and obviously like I said, I’m working with a nutritionist, so I feel like it’s a little bit easier. I just have to reach out and get as much help as I can and make sure I’m doing things right.”

For Calderwood, an unfortunate side effect of her meeting with Calvillo is that its July 16 date precludes her from being able to vie for the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight title, if she so desired. The belt will be up for grabs on The Ultimate Fighter 26, which is slated to begin filming in July. The structure of the new season will be nearly identical to the season Calderwood competed on in 2014, The Ultimate Fighter 20, which crowned an inaugural UFC women’s strawweight champion.

And while many past TUF competitors have commented that they would never compete on the grueling series a second time, Calderwood would have been more than willing to dive back into the experience for another go-round.

“Especially at 125, yeah,” Calderwood said. “That whole seven weeks I was in the house, all I could order was eggs and spinach, so can you imagine if I was fighting at 125? I could be having, like, lobster and sh*t.

“I feel like I’m a better person now,” Calderwood added. “A lot of things have changed in my life, so I would see it as a positive thing and I would go in (wanting to) enjoy it more. And, depending, I don’t think all the girls that were in the house would be going back in, because some of them have kinda disappeared and some of are still fighting but I doubt they’d be in the house, so maybe it’d be a different group, hopefully talented up-and-comers.”

In the meantime, Calderwood is simply focused on what she has in front of her. Calvillo is a tough opponent who the UFC appears to have pinpointed as a potential star, meaning a win at UFC Fight Night 113 would put Calderwood in a good position moving forward.

Still, Calderwood admits that the secrecy of everything regarding the new 125-pound class has been a bit frustrating.

“I would like to know these things, but I guess they have to keep their cards close to their chest as well,” Calderwood said. “But it does kind of frustrate me a little bit, because I see myself as a business and I’m an athlete. I need to know my plans. It would be good to know what would be next after Cynthia, or that kind of thing, but I guess it’s just part of the sport, you never know.”

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Cub Swanson gives Conor McGregor ‘some chance’ against Floyd Mayweather

With a fight this weekend against Artem Lobov in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108, Cub Swanson has his immediate future in view. But beyond that, he’s as open-minded about the possibilities as the champion who was recently stripped of his title in the featherweight division.

Swanson is a boxing fan who has sparred with many boxers throughout his years a mixed martial artist. He says that if Conor McGregor lands the colossal boxing match with Floyd Mayweather (which looks like he will), he wouldn’t mind being on that card, too.

“I would love for there to be a boxing versus MMA card,” Swanson said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I think it would be awesome. I think MMA guys doing boxing is hard, you know, but it’s exciting and people want to see it. It’s almost like when MMA first started, when it was style versus style. So, I would love to be in on it, and I would love to see it.”

Swanson joins a growing cast of MMA fighters who’ve expressed interest in stepping in the boxing ring. Anderson Silva has long coveted a bout with Roy Jones Jr., and recently English light heavyweight Jimi Manuwa made it known he’d love to box his countryman David Haye if he can’t get a title shot next against Daniel Cormier.

As for who Swanson would like to fight specifically, he did have a name in mind — but was ultimately open to suggestions.

“I mean, I had called out [Paulie] Malignaggi,” Swanson said during the interview. “He said he would fight me, but I would fight anybody. I spar a lot of good guys. I’m not afraid.”

Swanson admitted that the prospect of the current lightweight champion McGregor taking on the undefeated Mayweather has major allure. And as somebody who has stood in the ring and tried to out-fox boxers he doesn’t necessarily like McGregor’s chances of winning. Then again, he doesn’t see it as a sure thing that Mayweather will defeat McGregor.

“Only in the fact that [McGregor]’s so awkward,” he said. “He would have to really train for it and be ready, and he’d have to land big shots early. I’d give him some chance, but I don’t think he’s going to win.”

Swanson has been vocal about MMA fighters venturing into the boxing ring, and he explained why on the show.

“I’ve chimed in a lot because I felt that if anybody should be doing a boxing match that’s been an MMA fighting, it’d be me,” he said. “I don’t think anybody’s done more rounds. But I’ll tell you though, the one thing that keeps me able to hang with all these guys at a high level is the fact that I keep them guessing. When I try to box like them, within two rounds they’ll just figure me out and just out box me.

“But if I box them and I switch to southpaw, and I’m throwing big shots, and I clinch with them and I stick and move, and I’m fighting on the inside like a dirty boxer, and I just keep switching it, throwing a lot of things they’re not used to seeing — that’s the way that I dominate rounds.

“That being said, that’s going to be the biggest ‘what if’ for Conor fighting him.”

Swanson is coming off a Fight of the Year against the young Korean prospect Doo Ho Choi at UFC 206, a fight that he prevailed in via unanimous decision. He’s now won three fights in a row after he dropped a couple of fights against Frankie Edgar and Max Holloway in late-2015/early-2015.

Asked directly if he thought Mayweather would win against McGregor, Swanson leaned that way — but left the door open a little bit for surprises.

“That would be the safe money bet, that Floyd beats him,” he said. “But it’s very possible that Conor throws some real awkward stuff and if he lands something big it could kind of throw Mayweather off his game.”

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