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UFC President Dana White Will Continue to Criticize His Fighters’ Performances ‘If They Deserve It’

It might not come as a surprise to hear that Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White doesn’t intend to hold back his criticism of fighters if he feels it is warranted. White is a unique character in that he is the public figurehead of the largest MMA promotion in the world but at times finds himself at loggerheads with fighters on a raft of issues including weight cutting, performance inside the Octagon or a fighter’s personal life.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Amanda Nunes: It’s ‘Sad’ That Coaches Made Pennington Continue in Fifth Round at UFC 224

Amanda Nunes gradually inflicted more and more damage on Raquel Pennington as their UFC 224 headlining bout progressed, so much so that Pennington didn’t want to continue after the fourth round.
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Luke Rockhold, Michael Bisping Continue to Trade Barbs Regarding Possible Trilogy Bout

Luke Rockhold and Michael Bisping continue to build toward a possible trilogy fight with their social media feud.
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Shots After The Bell: Will the beatings continue until Women’s Flyweight evolves?

Dana White said mismatches like Shevchenko vs. Cachoeira are inevitable as the women’s 125 pound division kicks off.

It didn’t take long after the brutal one sided beating of Priscilla Cachoeira at the hands of Valentina Shevchenko for UFC president Dana White to weigh in on the fight, setting blame for the fiasco squarely on the shoulders of referee Mario Yamasaki. “Unfortunately the ref is there to protect you and Mario DID NOT do that,” White declared in an Instagram post directed to Cachoeira.

Completely missing from his initial statement was any mention of the part the UFC had to play in the fight, like, oh I don’t know, booking the #1 ranked women’s bantamweight against an unranked fighter who had never competed in the UFC before. But it didn’t take long for people on social media to point that out to White, who responded in typical fashion by calling them “goofy looking f**ks” and “morons.”

“For the MORONS says it’s her UFC debut … it’s the entire divisions debut,” he wrote. “There will be Fights like this until the entire division starts to weed out who belongs and who doesn’t. That’s why u need good officials who stop fights when they need to be stopped!!!!!!”

We can’t disagree with White’s declaration that the last line of defense is the referee, and the referee clearly failed Cachoeira in this fight. But there’s a big hole in the UFC president’s argument that this wasn’t avoidable because the division is too new for us to know any better.

Women’s flyweight may have just become a thing in the UFC, but Valentina Shevchenko has been fighting in the UFC for six fights over two and a half years. Her last fight in the organization was a title fight against 135 pound champ Amanda Nunes. It doesn’t take an expert matchmaker to see what a lopsided affair this would be. The sportsbook reflected this with Shevchenko a -1000 favorite, odds previously reserved for fighters like Ronda Rousey when she was on fire.

To put things in the starkest terms possible, when Cachoeira hit rock bottom as a crack addict in 2014, Shevchenko had already amassed a 10-1 MMA record and more kickboxing titles than you can count. That’s not to disparage Cachoeira’s past, it’s just an attempt to illustrate how obviously ridiculous this booking was on its face.

There is a disturbing truth in White’s statement, though: it’s very likely we’re going to see more ugly fights like this as the division shakes out. This win over Cachoeira puts Shevchenko firmly at the front of the line to face champ Nicco Montano, who is just 4-2 and won the inaugural women’s flyweight belt on The Ultimate Fighter. Minus the belt, you could say it’d be borderline promotional malpractice to match Shevchenko up against Montano. Yet here we are.

Still, the UFC would be smart to try to avoid more egregious mismatches when possible. As Shevchenko vs. Cachoeira showed, they’re not pretty to watch and could get someone seriously hurt. Since Cachoeira was allegedly a last resort after other fighters turned the Shevchenko fight down, they clearly knew she wasn’t a great choice … just the best available choice. The UFC decided to book it anyways, and that’s on them.

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UFC Fight Night 106: Francisco Trinaldo Looks To Continue His Cinderella Story Against Kevin Lee

UFC Fight Night 106 is fast approaching and one fight that catches my eye is the match up between Francisco Trinaldo and Kevin Lee. Both are prospects, both have shown tons of improvement since their UFC debuts, and both fight in a completely different style. That style clash makes for a pretty damn intriguing match up, but the fact that Francisco Trinaldo at 38 years of age is putting a beatdown on many of his younger opposition makes this a Cinderella story any fight fan can find intriguing. That being said, Kevin Lee is no slouch and could easily bring Trinaldo’s streak to an end.

With a mostly striking oriented attack, Francisco Trinaldo has changed since he first debut in the UFC back in 2012. Once a brawler with an over aggressive fighting style, Trinaldo has tapered things quite a bit and has created for himself a striking based attack that is focused on movement and sudden rhythm changes to throw his opponents off their game. He can be bouncing light on his feet backwards then suddenly move forward with a straight or looping left hand or left body kick when fighting an orthodox opponent. His movement will serve him well in this match up as Kevin Lee loves nothing more than to come forward and use his wrestling game. If Trinaldo is able to keep up his lateral movement throughout the fight, Lee will have trouble getting in on his hips. He’ll need to remain diligent and avoid his brawling tendencies.

Kevin Lee’s road to victory is pretty straight forward. He’ll want to use his striking skills primarily to set up his takedown. He has a great reactive double leg takedown and knows exactly when he should abandon the wrestling game and shoot in for a double or a single. Even if the takedown is unsuccessful, Kevin Lee could use his game to smother Trinaldo into the fence. Where Lee is sure to find success with his wrestling game is drawing Trinaldo into an exchange. If he can bring some of that old brawling Trinaldo out, Lee will have little issue ducking under the strikes and entering in on the hips of ‘Massaranduba’ for a reactive double.

Both men have tools to bring the other into their game so strategy is absolutely key in this match up. The intangibles will be equally important like scrambles and the orthodox versus southpaw tactics, but ultimately it’s the fighter that draws the other into their rhythm that will ultimately prove to be the victor.

Who do you think wins: the veteran Francisco Trinaldo or the young prospect Kevin Lee?


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Morning Report: Tyron Woodley, Dana White continue trading verbal shots

UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and UFC President Dana White have had a publicly tumultuous relationship over the last year with Woodley voicing displeasure over the way the UFC has treated him, and White brushing off Woodley’s claims and calling him “a drama queen.” But the two had seemingly returned to a happy relationship with White and Woodley attending the Super Bowl together and the two of them joking about the “drama queen” comments together. But that happy time may be coming to an end soon.

On Saturday, after Woodley retained his welterweight title with a narrow decision win over Stephen Thompson in a fight widely viewed as miserable, White declared that he believed Thompson should have won the bout. White also criticized Woodley’s performance and the overall quality of the fight.

Yesterday, speaking with TMZ Sports, Woodley responded to White’s criticism, reiterating his complaints with the way the UFC has treated him as champion and threatening to do something about it.

“Dana White thought I won the first fight but he didn’t publicly come out and say he thought I won the first fight, so I thought it was a bit distasteful for the promoter to say he thought [Thompson] won the fight. That’s like me coming out and saying as a fighter that I don’t think he didn’t do a good job of promoting the fight. Which I don’t. I don’t think they’ve done a good job of promoting me as champion.

“Have you ever heard of a commissioner going off on a [judge] for — ‘Oh man, he should have never awarded that 10-8 round.’ Have you ever heard that before? Why in my fight would the person do that when, in fact, the 10-8 round did not fix the outcome at all. The person that gave the 10-8 was the person that gave the draw. So why would we be making such a huge travesty on that? They should have did that in New York.

“I’m going to just fall back. I’m going to do my thing. But God damn, I’m going to be a tough dude to deal with.”

Never one to back down, White responded to Woodley’s comments with TMZ Sports, doubling down on his assertion that Woodley’s performance was lacking and advising the champion to slow his roll with the threatening talk.

“Tyron Woodley came out and said he was going to destroy Thompson and there would be no question he was the champ. Well guess what? There’s questions again.

“Let me tell you what…when you have a performance like you did at 209 and you get booed for 5 straight rounds and then people are booing so loud you can’t even do your interview, you should probably just take your lumps and move on. Get your next fight as fast as you can and try to put that performance behind you.”

“There’s one guy around here who calls the shots and as soon as you learn that, the better off you’ll be.”


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Withdraw. Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager detailed the events that led to withdrawing from UFC 209 co-main event.

Embarrass. Georges St-Pierre says Michael Bisping “embarrassed himself” at their press conference.

Beef. Tony Ferguson calls Khabib Nurmagomedov “disrespectful” and “unprofessional.”

Paydays. UFC 209’s salaries were released with Tyron Woodley taking home $ 500,000.


MEDIA STEW

TTTHS.

Cody Garbrandt has a Geico commercial.

TMZ Sports has really gone in on MMA.

Decent fan made promo for Aldo-Holloway.


LISTEN UP

Anik and Flo.

Brit Pack.

Severe MMA.


TWEETS

Yoel mad.

The people are speaking to you @danawhite I think we should speak soon #ynuevo #seeyousoonboi

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Jacare isn’t too happy either.

Twitter topic of convo yesterday.

Lightweights.

Mike Jackson really wants that fight.

Doubt this would happen but I’d like to see it.

Neat.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

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TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2009: Quinton Jackson won a unanimous decision over Keith Jardine at UFC 96.

2014: Eduardo Dantas submitted Anthony Leone at Bellator 111 to defend his bantamweight championship.


FINAL THOUGHTS

That’s it for today y’all. Have a good one and I’ll see y’all tomorrow.


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