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Insurance Doesn’t Cover ‘Stupid French People’ Like GSP

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, who also held (and surrendered) gold in the middleweight division, is showing mixed martial arts (MMA) fans his humorous side in this latest Instragram video.

Which might be the funniest wheelchair joke since Seinfeld’s “The Handicap Spot.”

“I’m with my friend Spencer and I wanna try his wheelchair,” St-Pierre said in the above video. “I want to take a drive with his wheelchair but he doesn’t want to let me drive!”

Probably because he’s afraid of “Rush” getting abducted by aliens.

“That’s correct,” Spencer responded. “Because my insurance doesn’t cover stupid French people.”

St-Pierre (26-2), who turned 37 back in May, has been battling health problems after ballooning up to 185 pounds. In fact, “Rush” is so happy to be shedding the extra skin, he’s actually contemplating a “bitch” drop to the lightweight division.

Where the winner of this fight would undoubtedly fulfill that “legacy” requirement.

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Midnight Mania! Conor McGregor Gave Cover to FBI Agents Raiding Trump’s Lawyer

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Here’s a bizarre addendum to Conor McGregor’s big week in New York City — it turns out his presence served as a distraction, so the press didn’t notice the FBI agents raiding Michael Cohen’s office. Cohen is Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, and the searches were carried out as part of Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation surrounding alleged Russian meddling and collusion in the election, as well as pre-election payments he made to porn star Stormy Daniels for her silence regarding an affair with Trump. According to Vanity Fair:

The paparazzi lingering outside the Loews Regency on Park Avenue, hoping to get a photo of UFC fighter Conor McGregor, appeared not to notice the stream of F.B.I. agents that entered the New York hotel early Monday morning, as they made their way up to the room where the president’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen has been staying.

Though just a side note to a NYC visit that saw McGregor throw a dolly at a UFC-chartered bus, injuring two fighters, getting three bouts canceled and getting himself arrested, the event is hardly the only connection Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has with President Trump. UFC President Dana White counts Trump a personal friend and spoke at the Republican National Convention where Trump was nominated to run.

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For Trump, the latest search intensifies an investigation that has proven to be a thorn in his side since the election.

Without getting partisan, I, too, am curious where Maniacs fall on this issue.


Insomnia

Zabit Magomedsharipov has one of those classic faces that would fit in an oil painting or a Fyodor Dostoevsky novel. His skills would fit into a John Wick movie.

What is happening in Mike Perry’s world? Just anger toward his old man.

Poor, tough Al Iaquinta. Even WD-40 couldn’t save him.

l Stuck in place…

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As far as Khabib striking with Al? According to him, he just watched too much Muhammad Ali during the week.

Joe Rogan took it upon himself to apologize — sort of — for his exaggerated critical commentary of striking rounds Khabib was easily winning.

It is insanely rare to have a fighter as dominant as @khabib_nurmagomedov. In one of the most talent stacked divisions to go 25 and 0 is incredible, but to do it without even having a rough moment in a fight is completely unheard of. The closest thing to adversity he’s had to face in the Octagon before Saturday was one solid punch that was landed by Michael Johnson in a fight that was otherwise a horrifically one-sided mauling. When I’m commentating on someone that dominant I am constantly looking for cracks in their armor, and on Saturday night we saw the first of those cracks exposed by an incredibly game Al Iaquinta. Most people, myself included, expected the highly favored Khabib to rag doll his last minute opponent the way he’s done to everyone else he faced in the Octagon, and that was the case in the early going, but as the fight got into the later rounds Al was able to keep the fight standing and we saw some possible flaws in Khabib’s defense. Make no mistake about it, Khabib won that fight by a landslide, but it went to a decision, and that in and of itself was an upset. When I’m looking at a fighter as spectacularly talented as Khabib fighting a guy like Al who is an almost impossible underdog I’m not just looking at this fight, but I’m looking at openings that can possibly be exploited by the best fighters in the division. I saw some of those openings Saturday night, and I certainly found them interesting. In no way am I biased against Khabib, in fact I’m a massive fan of his and he’s one of my all time favorite fighters. If any of you were annoyed by my concentrating on that aspect of an incredibly dominant performance by one of the most impressive guys in the history of the division, please accept my sincere apology. When I commentate on fights my goal is to highlight the action and make it more exciting for the fans at home. Obviously all this is done live in real time, and if I had to go back and do it again I would often be able to do a better job. Even after all the years I’ve been commentating I still learn something new about the position with each and every event, and when that stops happening that will most likely be when I quit.

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DJ Miley B on the ones and twos …

Been a while since I’ve had a mess about lol. Dj Miley B back in the house

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Great ground and pound pad work

It’s me:

l Are people still fighting? I’m in.

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BJJ Scout has some solid Khabib studies- here’s the lightweight champion wrestling the light heavyweight champion and the former middleweight champion

Joe Benavidez takes some nice style pictures of fighters

Jab and Cross

Dana White has Khabib in a special category of fighter reserved for Cowboy Cerrone and Conor McGregor

Nate Diaz, naturally, was not impressed

Neither was Kevin Lee

Stipe Miocic won’t let Stephen Thompson take himself too seriously

He’s also inspirational

Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero don’t have to be enemies to fight each other.

Why’s there only 1 bus…. #wherestheotherone @yoelromeromma

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Even if the NYSAC did nothing wrong this weekend, they are far from innocent in boxing- look up this man’s tragic story.

This would have topped the weekend off

Ilir Latifi just hanging out with rapper Action Bronson.

Pretty cool

Audi Attar managing to say exactly nothing here.

Daniel Cormier’s face when Dana White mentioned fighting Brock Lesnar:

Still blows my mind that some idiots think Ray Borg was somehow afraid to fight and used an excuse to back out of his bout.

Just truth

Make Al Iaquinta a champion at realty


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

MMA Panda is a great nickname

Suplex!

Counter hook

When the wheel kick lands just right …

Nice choke!

Beautiful armbar:

Go USA!

Boxing has some guys who have good hands, surprisingly


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Random Land

Just like Holloway-Nurmagomedov, I am sad I will never get to see this in real life.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Bellator Will Cover Evangelista Cyborg’s Medical Costs

On Saturday, at Bellator 158 in London, England, Brazilian veteran fighter Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos took on superstar striker Michael Page, and Cyborg got his skull crushed by a jumping knee. Literally. It’s actually dented. As of yesterday, Cyborg was still waiting to have surgery, but there’s already a digital hat being passed around to help […]

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Bellator Will Cover Evangelista Cyborg’s Medical Costs

On Saturday, at Bellator 158 in London, England, Brazilian veteran fighter Evangelista “Cyborg” Santos took on superstar striker Michael Page, and Cyborg got his skull crushed by a jumping knee. Literally. It’s actually dented. As of yesterday, Cyborg was still waiting to have surgery, but there’s already a digital hat being passed around to help […]

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Ronda Rousey Lands Cover For SI Swimsuit Edition

Ronda Rousey’s 2016 is starting off much better than the way her 2015 ended. It was announced on Saturday night that Rousey is one of three cover girls for the upcoming edition of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition. Rousey was photographed in a painted-on suit. According to TMZ Sports, the former UFC female bantamweight champion […]

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Chael Sonnen renews contract as fight analyst with ESPN, will cover 11 UFC events

Chael Sonnen may not be returning to the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), but the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight champion will be returning as an analyst for ESPN.

That’s according to Jeremy Botter, who revealed a few days ago that “The American Gangster” has re-upped his deal with the world wide leader in sports.

Sonnen’s manager got fight fans a bit excited when he stated that he was confident his client would be making a return to the cage once his suspension was complete. Chael, though, put ice on those flames as he confirmed his fighting days were done once and for all.

Sonnen has been with ESPN since he decided to retire from active competition in 2014.

Aside from his duties with the sports news network, Chael also serves as part of the broadcast team for World Series of Fighting (WSOF). When you see just how full his plate is, it’s no wonder the one-time mouth of the Octagon has decide to hang up his gloves for good.

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Winner of Jose Aldo vs. Conor McGregor to join Ronda Rousey on cover of EA Sports UFC 2

There’s more at stake for Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 194 than a shiny golden belt.

Speaking on Thursday morning’s edition of SportsCenter, UFC President Dana White announced that the winner of Dec. 12′s main event will land a spot opposite Ronda Rousey on the cover of EA Sports’ upcoming title, EA Sports UFC 2.

“For the first time in EA Sports history, who will go on the cover will be decided by the fight,” White said. “It’s never happened in sports history where a sporting event determined who will go on the cover.”

Rousey was announced as the EA Sports UFC 2 cover athlete ahead of her Nov. 15 UFC 193 bout opposite Holly Holm, where she failed to defend her title, losing via second-round knockout. During that original announcement, it was also revealed that a soon-to-be-announced fighter would join Rousey on the cover.

The first installment to the EA Sports UFC franchise featured then-light heavyweight champion Jon Jones opposite 205-pound challenger Alexander Gustafsson, so EA Sports UFC 2 sticks with tradition in featuring two high-profile UFC athletes.

EA Sports UFC 2 is expected to be released in Spring 2016 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. A trailer for the game can be seen here.

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Ronda Rousey selected as EA Sports UFC 2 cover athlete

Add another accolade to the trophy case of UFC women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Video game publisher EA Sports announced Friday that Rousey has been selected as the cover athlete for EA Sports UFC 2, marking the first time that a female athlete will grace the cover of a global EA Sports title.

“EA Sports is a cultural barometer to know what’s going on in sports at the moment,” Rousey said in a statement. “As a gamer myself, it’s pretty surreal to be on the cover of the game and to have a woman on the cover of a UFC game shows a lot of progress. I’m really happy to be involved with it.”

The announcement comes just days before Rousey (12-0) is scheduled to defend her UFC title against undefeated challenger Holly Holm at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia at UFC 193. With over 50,000 fans expected to attend, the Nov. 15 show could wind up being the biggest UFC event in the promotion’s history.

Rousey, 28, has seen her star explode over the past two years, propelled in large part by a trio of victories in a combined 64 seconds of fight time. She defended her UFC title with a stunning 16-second knockout of Alexis Davis in July 2014, then bested that time with a 14-second submission of Cat Zingano in Feb. 2015. Her masterpiece, though, came this past August when Rousey scored a brutal one-punch knockout over Bethe Correia in 34 seconds at UFC 190.

Rousey’s victory over Correia pulled in the largest estimated pay-per-view buyrate of 2015, cementing the judo champion as unquestionably the biggest draw in the UFC.

She now joins the company of Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson, the two light heavyweight rivals who last year graced the cover of EA Sports’ debut into the MMA space. Similar to that game, Rousey will share the cover with another as-of-yet unnamed UFC fighter.

EA Sports UFC 2 is expected to be released in Spring 2016 on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. A trailer for the game can be seen here.

“Like any champion fighter going into their next fight, we listened to our corner — in our case, the fans — and took a detailed look at everything we can do to take the fight game to a whole new level,” Creative Director Brian Hayes said in a statement. “We’re doing that by introducing innovative gameplay features, delivering a game mode for every fighter regardless of their style of play, and adding helpful tools so fans can master MMA, all while retaining our belt as the best looking sports game on the market.”

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UFC says it did not cover up sketchy Vitor Belfort drug test in 2012

HOUSTON — The UFC has responded to an explosive accusation hurled by Deadspin in a Sept. 21 article.

The piece, headlined “A sketchy drug test didn’t stop Vitor Belfort from fighting at UFC 152,” strongly intimated Belfort was doping and the UFC knew it, but allowed him to fight then-champion Jon Jones for the UFC light heavyweight championship on Sept. 22, 2012 in Toronto anyway.

Speaking for the UFC, company PR head Dave Sholler denied the insinuation.

“I think one of the things to keep in mind with this particular topic is, any suggestion or inference that there was a coverup in regards to that was categorically false,” Sholler said at the UFC 192 post-fight press conference at Toyota Center.

Belfort was one of the most infamous beneficiaries of the controversial testosterone replacement therapy practice, which is now banned. Sholler conceded that the TRT area created murky waters for all involved in the sport of mixed martial arts.

“That period of time with TRT is one that was tricky for everyone: For the UFC, for athletic commissions, and for athletes alike,” Sholler said. “I think when everyone came to a conclusion it didn’t have a place in the sport and was outlawed in 2014, we were quick to make sure that we too followed suit, as Nevada has said.”

Sholler went on to say that the company’s new testing regime is proof the company is serious about eliminating performance-enhancing drugs.

“As we look at it today, we have signed on with one of the greatest and most stringent anti-doping policies in the world in USADA,” Sholler said. “So our position on doping is the same. There’s no place for it in the sport and we’re going to work with Jeff Novitzky and the USADA folk to continue to make sure that performance enhancing drugs have no place in the UFC.”

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Ronda Rousey’s place on the Sports Illustrated cover is historically significant

Ronda Rousey may the the second UFC fighter to garner a cover of Sports Illustrated, but she was the first to make it on her own merits with a major profile in the newest issue.

Ronda Rousey’s promotion of her autobiography, “My Fight, Your Fight,” which is officially released today, has led to her appearing on the cover of the May 18 issue of “Sports Illustrated,” that hits the newsstands later this week.

Rousey gets full cover treatment with an article entitled, “Ronda Rousey is the world’s most dominant athlete.” This makes her the second UFC fighter to get a cover, which at one point was considered a standard in the sports world for making it as a true mainstream superstar. MMA, which is rarely covered in the pages of the country’s highest profile sports magazine, has had one prior cover.

Roger Huerta, a then-UFC lightweight fighter who for the past few years has been best known as the answer to a trivia question that is no longer valid about being the only UFC fighter on the SI cover.

But the Huerta cover was completely different. The magazine was doing a story on the growth of UFC in 2007, and Huerta was more a photo representing UFC action than a sports superstar gracing the cover. He was never a major superstar in the sport and was gone from the organization by 2009.

Rousey, UFC’s bantamweight champion, sporting an 11-0 record, has emerged as the unlikely biggest drawing card in a sport where the company was heavily criticized just two years ago when the decision was made to include women fighters.  Part of that is by default, with Jon Jones and Anderson Silva both suspended, and Georges St-Pierre on a sabbatical that may or may not end up as a retirement. But her numbers on pay-per-view have blown away any numbers for events headlined by a female. Prior to her fight with Liz Carmouche the record was 125,000 buys for a 2001 Laila Ali vs. Jacqui Frazier-Lyde boxing match, a bout between the daughters of one of the greatest sports rivalries of modern times, Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. Rousey’s first pay-per-view main event, against Liz Carmouche in 2013 drew 450,000 buys.

The former Olympic judoka now duels tennis star Serena Williams as the most-talked about female athlete in the country. As far as domination, her last three title defenses, against Sara McMann, Alexis Davis and Cat Zingano, have lasted a total of 96 seconds.

With the exception of iconic boxing figures, a Sports Illustrated cover is a rarity for combat sports athletes. Rousey would be the first judoka ever to make the cover. Nobody from the jiu-jitsu world has ever made a cover, and the lone amateur wrestler, Danny Hodge, did so back in 1957.

Still, the other part of the cover is the jinx. The lone female combat sport athlete to make the cover was boxer Christy Martin in 1996. While Martin didn’t lose a fight until 1998, her career never really advanced past that point. Martin is best known as a nostalgia figure from the 90s when for a brief period of time, people talked about women boxing. Like Huerta, she is probably best known as the answer to a trivia question about the cover. As a sports figure, Rousey is almost assuredly going to be remembered as something far more significant.

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