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Midnight Mania! Woodley to Usman: ‘You Better Not Come in 30%’

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Kamaru Usman and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley got into a heated exchange at today’s press conference. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“You better not come in 30 percent,” Woodley told an already fired-up Usman after an exchange between the Nigerian challenger and Woodley’s coach Ben Askren, who also was on the dais for his fight against Robbie Lawler. “They’re going to need an ambulance.”

“Oh, it’s all good, playboy. I ain’t bringing 30 percent for you,” Usman shot back. “Hey, you know what I always say, man? I have the biggest shovel out here. When it comes down to digging, can’t nobody dig as hard as I can dig. So you know what, T-Wood? I want you to bring your best game. Best your best game.”

“Who have you dug against? Who have you fought?” Woodley replied.

“It doesn’t matter,” said Usman.

“It does matter. You can’t use your shovel in water. What have you done?” Woodley answered.

Usman has leaned heavily on his wrestling in the past, but he did show improved striking against Rafael Dos Anjos, really letting his hands go. Usman is less than impressed with Woodley’s repertoire on the feet.

“Listen, anybody can put their head down and throw a haymaker and pray and hope it lands,” Usman said. “Easy. That’s all you is, that right hand, that right hand.”

“I’m top-three for the most knockdowns in welterweight history, and I think I have the fastest KO, flat-out,” Woodley responded. “How many people have you knocked out in your career?”

“Same as you, six,” said Usman.

“No, don’t fool yourself, brother,” answered Woodley. “How many people’s consciousness have you stolen? You’ve stolen none. Nice try. Bruh, I’m your mentor. You’re talking back to your mentor right now.”

“Hey, it don’t matter,” Usman replied. “You could feel like a big brother all you want, but at some point big brothers gotta get their ass whooped too. … March 2nd, we’re going to see. When you hear ‘and new,’ you’re going to feel real special when you’re walking backstage.”

“You don’t even believe that yourself,” Woodley shot back. “You want to be so cool. You want to sound like LL Cool J. You don’t even believe it yourself.”

Woodley closed strongly, claiming to be better in every area than Usman.

“What you going to do better than me?” Woodley asked. “You going to out-wrestle me? If we get in the Octagon and I can throw no punches, no knees, no takedowns, no submissions, I would kick your ass in just wrestling, flat-out. When it comes down to striking, I would knock you out, flat-out. When it comes down to grappling, I would break your arm, flat-out. There’s nothing you can beat me in.

“I’m faster than you, I’m stronger than you, and I promise you that if you come at less than 100 percent, you will reconsider fighting every day of your life.”


Insomnia

Scamming folks with wrestling

This is hilarious to me, sorry

Cruz and Bisping do seem like guys who talk a lot of shit about their newsfeeds

Georges St. Pierre donated his belt to a museum

I’m picking Jose Aldo to beat Renato Moicano by decision, but maybe I should change that prediction

Johnny Walker is one goofy dude

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Ben Nguyen sounds extremely fun

Justin Scoggins has had one of the more bizarre careers in recent memory- incredible skill, undone repeatedly by mistakes on the mat- and this might shed some light on the why.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Jose Aldo doing Jose Aldo things

Terence Crawford is unbelievable

Tossing folks in creative ways

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Stomach throw thingies

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Knocking folks out in creative ways

The second time’s the charm


Random Land

The Earth is going through some stuff right now

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing

In case you missed it, the UFC administered Jon Jones their own little drug test before UFC 232, and because homeboy still had some steroids floating around inside him, they moved the event from Nevada to California. Because, you know, some athletic commissions are more cool with steroids than others.

Jones went on to defeat Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch, win back the belt, blah, blah, blah.

Well, the results from the UFC 232 drug tests are back, and according to the California State Athletic Commission and USADA, there is no evidence of any banned substances.

This means nothing. The fact is, the drug test the UFC made Jones take before UFC 232 was at least conclusive enough to warrant moving an ENTIRE event to another state.

Now, let’s see Jones pass a drug test in Nevada. Then we’ll talk.

The post Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing

In case you missed it, the UFC administered Jon Jones their own little drug test before UFC 232, and because homeboy still had some steroids floating around inside him, they moved the event from Nevada to California. Because, you know, some athletic commissions are more cool with steroids than others.

Jones went on to defeat Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch, win back the belt, blah, blah, blah.

Well, the results from the UFC 232 drug tests are back, and according to the California State Athletic Commission and USADA, there is no evidence of any banned substances.

This means nothing. The fact is, the drug test the UFC made Jones take before UFC 232 was at least conclusive enough to warrant moving an ENTIRE event to another state.

Now, let’s see Jones pass a drug test in Nevada. Then we’ll talk.

The post Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing

In case you missed it, the UFC administered Jon Jones their own little drug test before UFC 232, and because homeboy still had some steroids floating around inside him, they moved the event from Nevada to California. Because, you know, some athletic commissions are more cool with steroids than others.

Jones went on to defeat Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch, win back the belt, blah, blah, blah.

Well, the results from the UFC 232 drug tests are back, and according to the California State Athletic Commission and USADA, there is no evidence of any banned substances.

This means nothing. The fact is, the drug test the UFC made Jones take before UFC 232 was at least conclusive enough to warrant moving an ENTIRE event to another state.

Now, let’s see Jones pass a drug test in Nevada. Then we’ll talk.

The post Jon Jones Post-Fight Drug Tests Come Back Clean, Which Means Nothing appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Nutritionist Says Till ‘Can Make 170 With Ease For Years To Come’

Darren Till may not have defeated UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley earlier this month at UFC 228, but the young contender still has a very bright future in the organization.

But where exactly should that future take place?

While Till is a proven title hunter at 170 pounds, the weight cut has not been kind to him. Blessed with a bigger frame better suited for the middleweight division, “Gorilla” has struggled to get his body down to welterweight standards. He did surprisingly come in at 169 pounds for his title fight opposite Woodley, but missed weight by 3.5 pounds for his main event clash with Stephen Thompson at UFC Liverpool back in May.

Till also weighed in at 176 pounds for his third Octagon appearance against Jessin Ayari back in 2017.

Despite his storied troubles with the cut down to welterweight, Till’s nutritionist, Eoghan Gallagher, believes the 25-year-old Englishman can continue to do it for years to come.

“[The weight cut] did go extremely well in the end. I was very confident [he would make weight] and I think he can make 170 with ease for years to come, it’s just all about what his preference is moving forward,” Gallagher told MMAFighting’s Peter Caroll.

Even though Till would most likely succeed at the middleweight level, he’s an absolute headache at 170 pounds. His big body, strong frame, and precise striking skills is good enough to defeat any top contender on any given night. Remember, many people were picking Till to defeat Woodley at UFC 228.

“Ideally, what I’d like to do moving forward is spend six to eight weeks with him in Liverpool in a much longer camp than this one, obviously this was a short-notice fight,” Gallagher said of Till’s UFC 228 camp. “I’d look to get the weight down earlier, get him a bit slimmer — a little bit less aggressive than I had to do it this time. I’d get the weight down slowly, making the cut in the end extremely easy.”

“This cut was super easy,” he continued. “The actual water cut itself did not take a significant amount of time. When he jumped on the scales and we saw 170, his teammate Mike Grundy and I were there, we were all together and it was a really emotional moment for us.

“We just hugged it out and we were like, ‘Wow’. Absolutely, Darren can make 170 with ease with the systems that we have in place.”

If that system is a prolonged solution to Till’s difficult cut down to 170 pounds then there is no reason for “Gorilla” to move up in weight. His loss to Woodley earlier this month was the first of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career and not enough to completely wipe Till out of contention entering 2019.

However, that doesn’t mean UFC won’t push him up a division at the first sign of trouble. With so many fighters failing weight cuts before monster fights, the promotion can’t afford to play with fire anymore.

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UFC Vet Manny Gamburyan to Come Out of Retirement, Planning Return in 2019

Manny Gamburyan has the itch again.
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UFC Vet Manny Gamburyan to Come Out of Retirement, Planning Return in 2019

Manny Gamburyan has the itch again.
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UFC Vet Manny Gamburyan to Come Out of Retirement, Planning Return in 2019

Manny Gamburyan has the itch again.
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Firas Zahabi: Georges St. Pierre Will Come Back to UFC for a ‘Big, Exciting Fight’

A blockbuster middleweight title fight lured Georges St. Pierre out of a four-year retirement, and it will likely take something of similar magnitude to get him back in the Octagon again.
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Oscar De La Hoya wants to come out of retirement to box Conor McGregor

Here we go again.

Oscar De La Hoya wants a piece of Conor McGregor in the boxing ring.

The boxing statesman may be 44, but he’s convinced he’s in good enough shape to take out the UFC champ in two rounds. He made the surprising statements during a DashRadio interview (via The Mac Life).

“You know I’m competitive,” De La Hoya said. “You know I still have it in me. I’ve been secretly training. Secretly training. I’m faster than ever, and stronger than ever. I know I could take out Conor McGregor in two rounds. I’ll come back for that fight. Two rounds.”

Asked if he was planning on coming out of retirement, De La Hoya specified it would only be for McGregor.

“Just one more. I’m calling him out. Two rounds. That’s all I need. That’s all I’m going to say.”

Things between Oscar and Conor devolved quickly once the hypothetical Mayweather vs. McGregor fight turned into a reality and became competition for a Canelo vs. Golovkin fight promoted by De La Hoya’s Golden Boy Productions. De La Hoya called the match a circus and urged boxing fans to boycott the fight. Dana White responded by calling Oscar a coke snorting jerk, and things only got worse from there.

While there’s a clear desire from MMA fans for Conor to ditch all the boxing nonsense and get back to the MMA cage where he does his best work, there’s no doubt a fight between McGregor and De La Hoya would sell millions of pay-per-views and made McGregor more money than anything on the table from the UFC right now.

UFC president Dana White has been pretty firm on the idea that McGregor will face interim champ Tony Ferguson next, but his last fight sold only 120,000 PPV units. In comparison, McGregor’s fight with Eddie Alvarez at UFC sold an estimated 1.3 million buys.

Dana White hasn’t seemed all that worried about getting McGregor back into the Octagon, despite the fact that UFC payouts are much smaller than those at the top of boxing.

“If our fights do what the buys did here tonight and the gate, we’ll all be good,” he said after the Mayweather fight. “Nobody will be bitching about anything.”

But at this point, no deal has been reached to get McGregor to UFC 219. And now there’s this Oscar De La Hoya distraction, which could pull Conor back into the boxing ring.

What do you think, Maniacs? Excited, or exhausted by all this boxing talk?

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