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Coach: Adesanya’s Striking Pedigree Is Superior To Silva’s

With UFC 233 cancelled postponed, the next UFC pay-per-view is UFC 234 on Saturday February 9th in Melbourne, Australia. Headlining that fight is a solid match-up between Aussie champ Robert Whittaker and challenger Kelvin Gastelum. Also on a lot of fans’ radars: a legend vs. prospect fight between Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya.

Adesanya is the new hotness, while many think Anderson may be old and busted. That certainly seems to be the opinion of Israel’s striking coach Eugene Bareman.

“They’re on two different levels,” Bareman said in a Adesanya video blog (via MMA Junkie). “Israel’s a highly refined specialist at what he does. Anderson’s been doing MMA for most of his life, but that’s what makes it so interesting. It’s not a striking fight. In a striking fight it wouldn’t be a competition. It’s an MMA fight, which is like the great equalizer so to speak. That’s what makes it an interesting contest. It’s not a striking fight; it’s an MMA fight and has all those other aspects.”

“In a striking fight, the casual fan is definitely not going to agree with me,” he continued. “But that’s why they’re a casual fan. A striking match is not a competition with Israel Adesanya. His pedigree is much higher, and he’s a more high-caliber fighter. But this is an MMA fight, and that makes it more interesting. It makes the playing field more even, and that’s what makes it such an interesting fight.”

Who knows, maybe this is some 4D chess attempting to convince Anderson Silva he needs to stay standing with Adesanya to prove a point. We’re not 100% sure we’re willing to agree that Israel is better than Anderson on the feet, even with the advantage of youth. But we’re sure “The Spider” has a way better ground game, one Adesanya doesn’t particularly want to test.

That reluctance to get into it on the ground has led “The Stylebender” to work real hard on his takedown defense, and there’s a good chance Silva couldn’t take this thing down even if he tried. It’s clear what the UFC and Adesanya want: a stand up war that gives them a clear new #1 contender. Now we just have to see whether Silva has enough left in the tank to spoils things by winning.

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Coach: Adesanya’s Striking Pedigree Is Superior To Silva’s

With UFC 233 cancelled postponed, the next UFC pay-per-view is UFC 234 on Saturday February 9th in Melbourne, Australia. Headlining that fight is a solid match-up between Aussie champ Robert Whittaker and challenger Kelvin Gastelum. Also on a lot of fans’ radars: a legend vs. prospect fight between Anderson Silva and Israel Adesanya.

Adesanya is the new hotness, while many think Anderson may be old and busted. That certainly seems to be the opinion of Israel’s striking coach Eugene Bareman.

“They’re on two different levels,” Bareman said in a Adesanya video blog (via MMA Junkie). “Israel’s a highly refined specialist at what he does. Anderson’s been doing MMA for most of his life, but that’s what makes it so interesting. It’s not a striking fight. In a striking fight it wouldn’t be a competition. It’s an MMA fight, which is like the great equalizer so to speak. That’s what makes it an interesting contest. It’s not a striking fight; it’s an MMA fight and has all those other aspects.”

“In a striking fight, the casual fan is definitely not going to agree with me,” he continued. “But that’s why they’re a casual fan. A striking match is not a competition with Israel Adesanya. His pedigree is much higher, and he’s a more high-caliber fighter. But this is an MMA fight, and that makes it more interesting. It makes the playing field more even, and that’s what makes it such an interesting fight.”

Who knows, maybe this is some 4D chess attempting to convince Anderson Silva he needs to stay standing with Adesanya to prove a point. We’re not 100% sure we’re willing to agree that Israel is better than Anderson on the feet, even with the advantage of youth. But we’re sure “The Spider” has a way better ground game, one Adesanya doesn’t particularly want to test.

That reluctance to get into it on the ground has led “The Stylebender” to work real hard on his takedown defense, and there’s a good chance Silva couldn’t take this thing down even if he tried. It’s clear what the UFC and Adesanya want: a stand up war that gives them a clear new #1 contender. Now we just have to see whether Silva has enough left in the tank to spoils things by winning.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor Roasts ‘Twerp’ Coach For Picking Holloway in Rematch

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Conor McGregor was having none of Tristar coach Firas Zahabi’s claim that featherweight champion Max Holloway would tool him in a rematch. Holloway has won 13 straight fights since his 2013 loss to Conor McGregor, beaten Jose Aldo twice over, and defended his featherweight belt (see it in slow-motion here) with the most strikes ever landed in a UFC fight against Brian Ortega. In Zahabi’s mind, that is enough to pick him in a rematch with the former double champion. McGregor, though, did not take kindly to Zahabi’s analysis that Max would beat McGregor worse than Diaz.

Hey firaz. Young man afraid to get in and fight, himself. Stop talking about me like you know me, you twerp.

You are what age? Why are not in there yourself? Are you not up to it?

You rent dorms and hit a clock for a living.

Shut your pie, kid.

Zahabi, the longtime coach of double champion Georges St. Pierre and Bellator welterweight champion Rory Macdonald, is 38. He has picked against McGregor several times, according to MMA History Today, though it is worth noting he’s praised McGregor’s skill as well.

Not to be left out, UFC lightweight contender Al Iaquinta asked McGregor to roast him too, a wish the Irishman quickly granted.

Will we ever see McGregor and Holloway run it back? Who would you give the edge to if they did?


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Bellator fighter John Salter is good at marketing because he’s funny

What exactly is going on here?

*Queue training montage music*

Jon Jones is proceeding under the assumption his hearing goes well for him.

This is my new gold standard for how good you can get on the double-end bag. His timing is impeccable.

Aaron Pico is one of the world’s most exciting prospects- perhaps THE most exciting prospect anywhere right now- and I’m predicting 2019 is his year to pick up a belt.

It’s true, no one cares about Colby Covington’s plight. It couldn’t happen to a more obnoxious person, but that doesn’t change the fact that the UFC stripped his interim belt at the first opportunity and now aren’t even giving him a title fight.

Covington might be onto something when he mentions the way Ali Abdelaziz lies for the UFC at the expense of the fighters.

Ben Askren was also right, though.

Sometimes these videos make me laugh, sometimes they just make me angry for some reason.

This dude is wearing the Black Panther suit, there is no other explanation for flexing off a taser like this.

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Sergio Pettis to Return to Bantamweight Following UFC 229 Setback, Coach Says

Sergio Pettis appeared to have turned a corner at 125 pounds with a signature win against Joseph Benavidez earlier this summer.
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Coach John Kavanagh: I Wish We Had Taken A More Offensive Mindset

Khabib Nurmagomedov showed on Saturday night why he is undefeated in his professional mixed martial arts career, by shutting down arguably his most dangerous opponent to date in Conor McGregor.
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Donald Cerrone Parts Ways With Striking Coach Brandon Gibson

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight title contender Donald Cerrone has parted ways with his striking coach, Brandon Gibson, in an effort to change things up going forward in his career.
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Coach: 12-6 Elbow Was My fault, I Feel Horrible

There’s a lot of blame being tossed around in the wake of UFC on FOX 30.

After fans got done screaming at referee Marc Goddard, who penalized Eddie Alvarez for throwing an illegal elbow against Dustin Poirier last Saturday night (July 28, 2018) in Calgary, “The Underground King” came under fire for making such a boneheaded move.

One that cost him mount against the fence.

Now, it’s coach Mark Henry’s turn to fall on his sword, after revealing to The Ariel Helwani Show that he instructed Alvarez to land an elbow on “The Diamond,” but inadvertently made the 12-6 motion with his arm when he really intended for it to be slanted.

“It was my fault,” Henry said. “I feel horrible.”

Rightly so. Not only was this a technical knockout loss for Alvarez — who got smashed by Poirier after the referee stand up — it was the final fight on “The Underground King’s” UFC contract, so he now heads to the bargaining table on a loss.

As for Poirier, he may very well be in line for a crack at the lightweight crown, depending on how things shake out between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Until then, only time will tell if Alvarez ends up with UFC.

Or back here.

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Midnight Mania! Francis Ngannou’s Coach Doesn’t Take Death Threats Well

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One of the unique facets of modern MMA is the unfiltered access fans have to fighters and coaches through social media. Because professional MMA fighters are usually not as big of celebrities as mainstream athletes — and also because they ostensibly gain value from social media attention, as opposed to team sports where negative attention can have a cost for a franchise or a college, and athletes are coached to give boring, safe answers — they find themselves in uniquely acerbic interactions with fans online. It’s always wild to see MMA fans address professional fighters directly with taunts or threats or other trolling behavior.

Francis Ngannou’s coach Dewey Cooper has been involved in combat sports- kickboxing and MMA- for twenty years, but he never got death threats. That was before he coached Francis Ngannou for his championship bid against Stipe Miocic. Ngannou lost, and the Instagram death threats came in unbidden, but certainly not unanswered. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“I responded to every single one of them – ‘(Expletive) you, I’m at One Kick’s Gym on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays,’” Cooper told MMAjunkie Radio. “‘I’m at Mayweather’s gym on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays. I’m at the UFC gym at 2 o’clock on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Come kill me, mother(expletive).”

Cooper has been the coach in big fights before- his charge Jesse Vargas once faced off with Manny Pacquiao for the WBO title. He gets protective when someone threatens his fighters, or the cousin of one of his fighters, as happened after Kevin Lee fought Michael Chiesa.

“We’re not being bullied physically or on social media,” Cooper said. “You talk (expletive) about me, I’m talking (expletive) about you. Period. I don’t give a (expletive) if I’m at the White House with the president. I don’t care if I’m at the hospital with my girl having my child. You disrespect me, I’m disrespecting you.

“I’m a Malcolm X follower. I believe eye for an eye, cheek for a cheek, and that’s what it’s going to be until the day I die. But I’m the nicest, coolest guy in the world. But I’m no punk (expletive). I’m not going to be disrespected and my life challenged and not have some serious recourse about it.”

That’s one way to respond to online trolls.


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Gator grappling on display here.

Ray Borg’s son needs help, so if you want to help out, click on this link.

A reminder that the UFC doesn’t pay for family health benefits because they don’t classify fighters as employees.

I’ve seen this before but this guy’s reflexes in a street fight are still very impressive to me.

The only professional to beat Vasyl Lomachenko was recently arrested for stealing sixteen cans of beer.


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Raquel Pennington’s Coach Defends Sending Out for Fifth Round

In the main event of UFC 224 on Saturday night, challenger Raquel Pennington gave champ Amanda Nunes everything she had, but it wasn’t even close. Pennington took a beating.

But Pennington is hella resilient, and always has been, so she hung in there. That is, until the fourth round ended, at which point Pennington went back to her corner and informed her coach she was done.

Coach Jason Kutz wasn’t having it. He ignored her, and she went out for the fifth round, took even more of a beating, and was eventually TKO’d.

Many were appalled at Kutz’s seeming lack of compassion for his fighter. Did Pennington really need to take all that extra damage? If she said she was done, then she should’ve been done – right?

Kutz appeared on “The MMA Hour” to defend himself.

“What I’m going to say is, the way she said it, and more importantly, the look in her eye — that’s what I don’t think people understand,” Kutz said. “When you spend four hours a day doing what she does and doing what we do, I know her. I can read her face like a book. And I know that had she stopped [the fight] right then and there, and I’ve talked to her about this afterward — like, ‘Hey, in 10 years when you look back at this, I think you’d be kicking yourself in the pants had you not gone out there.’

“I knew it was going to take an extraordinary effort, because she had to stop Amanda. She had to do something huge, right? Something extra ordinary. And if I didn’t think that Raquel could do something extraordinary, then hey, we would’ve went the other way with it. And the thing is, like I said, the mentality of her at that moment, I just felt if she could somehow flip it around and go out there and do something extraordinary, we got a chance. And you know what? She trained her ass off for a long time to get this title shot, and in the fifth round of the title fight, I know her leg hurts, but hey, I thought that she could go out there and go.”

What do you think? Should Pennington’s coach have thrown in the towel before Round 5?

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Machida Has Belfort’s Old Coach In His Corner For UFC 224

Vinicio Anthony should be able to help Machida prepare for Belfort considering he used to train Vitor.

There’s something about Brazilian vs. Brazilian matches that turn a lot of Brazilian UFC fighters off. Maybe they really believe in that whole national brotherhood stuff … or maybe it has something to do with everyone being connected to everyone via very few degrees of separation.

For example, Lyoto Machida is fighting Vitor Belfort at UFC 224 in Rio, and it just so happens that Lyoto’s coach Vinicio Anthony was once Vitor’s coach. That’s definitely going to be an advantage for Machida.

”He has already trained Belfort, but I think that every fight is unique,” Machida explained to MMA Fighting. “Every training process is a process. That gives me an advantage in a technical aspect, of course, but a fight is way more than the technical part. A fight involves the emotion, the strategy of combat. There are many factors connected to a fight. The fact that he has known Vitor in the past is only one of them.”

But just to make it clear, this isn’t some crazy coach grudge match and Machida isn’t being devious about it. Anthony coached Machida to his win over Eryk Anders at UFC Belem, so Lyoto is going to stick with him. No disrespect intended!

”I have a good relationship with (Vitor), we’ve trained together in the past, but we’re professionals and want to do our best for the fans,” Lyoto said. “This is a fight that could have happened in the past, but hasn’t. I have a lot of respect not only for the fighter, but the man Vitor Belfort. I think he has done a lot for the sport, and we all have to respect him. I mean, what’s in the past is in the past. Moments like those are part of any athlete’s career.”

The fight will mark the end of Belfort’s career, but Machida has no plans on stopping just yet. In fact, he still has his eye on a UFC belt.

”I feel well, I don’t think about stopping now,” he said. “I always say I still have a lot of wood to burn. I’m happy with my return and motivated for the next challenges. My goal is to put on a good fight and climb the ranking to earn another shot at the title again. I know that I still have fights to fight before I get there, but my focus is one challenge at a time.”

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