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Midnight Mania! Watch Claressa Shields, Halle Berry Console Cyborg in Locker Room

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Cris Cyborg takes a loss exceptionally well, perhaps better than any champion we’ve seen. After her first round KO loss to Amanda Nunes, she not only handled the post-fight press conference extremely well, but today she took the remarkable step of posting video of herself, after the bout in her locker room.

These scenes are usually somewhat traumatic, as fighters come to grips with the fact that they didn’t win, that their focus for months of training came to nothing. Cyborg, however, was calm, philosophical, stoic. It truly is remarkable that a dominant champion, undefeated for 13 years, can react with such composure to her first knockout defeat.

One criticism that could be leveled at her performance was that she opted to wade forward and engage with Amande Nunes in the pocket, giving the younger, quicker fighter the openings to land her thunder-god right hand of destruction.

It wasn’t a criticism lost on her sparring partners, one of which happens to be Olympic gold medalist and world champion Claressa Shields. (At 12:40, you can see Claressa Shields cheerfully but pointedly berating Cyborg for brawling with Nunes.

“What the f***? Hey, look, I’m not mad about the loss. I’m mad because you know how to f***ing box, and you shouldn’t have been out there just trying to brawl. What you do that for? You f***ing jab with me. Jab with her short ass. What the F***? Anyway, I’m still proud of you. Rematch?

Cyborg: Probably

Shields: F*** her up. Go out there and use your jab, she can’t hurt you, she can’t f*** with you. She got mush.

Also present was movie star Halle Berry, who expressed her emotions watching her friend Cyborg lose. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“I was shocked, a lot of mixed emotions,” Berry said. “But she’s a champion. You’ll see, she’ll be back. All champions have to face highs and lows. I faced it in my career, we all face it. But she’s a true champion. She’ll be back.”

The UFC brass don’t seem all that keen on the idea of a rematch, given the decisive nature of the bout. It would make sense to allow Nunes to fight someone else in the meantime — the ever-present Holly Holm, for instance — and normally, even a dominant champion should earn their way back to a title shot. However, in Cyborg’s case, there really isn’t anyone else. Women’s featherweight was a division built around her, and the only other natural featherweight is young prospect Megan Anderson, who just bounced back from a lopsided decision to Holm. In all likelihood, if Cyborg, who also happens to be a proven draw, sticks around, she will get a second fight with Nunes, and a chance to apply Shields’ advice: ‘Jab with her short ass.”


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Cyborg’s conduct in defeat does stand in sharp, sharp contrast to Ronda Rousey.

This picture of Justin Scoggins is cool on multiple levels

Jon Fitch with a solid bit of life advice

Lando Vannata has re-signed with the UFC

Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker was deservedly the fight of the year. Hopefully we see Romero back in action in 2019.

Demetrious Johnson wanting Max Holloway to do the haka after his next win, and Max responding ‘say no more fam’, is one of the ways social media is pretty cool sometimes.

Amanda Nunes hanging up her belts

Dustin Poirier got jokes

It’s good to know we can include Brendan Schaub among the idiots who think Mayweather-Tenshin was fixed. He also can’t pronounce Tenshin Nasukawa.

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Midnight Mania! Cyborg to UFC: ‘How Can You Call Media And Not Your Fighters?’

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UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg was as taken by surprise with the entire UFC 232 event being moved to a new city on a few days notice- and she had an issue with that.

“This is crazy,” Cyborg said. “They’re supposed to contact everybody. We’re partners. We’re partners. We can’t partner together … and they don’t contact you before. But I was in touch with my manager and he didn’t know, too. He was buying gifts for his family. Nobody knows. Just really don’t like. How can you call media and not call your fighters? For you to prepare yourself before and handle things before. How long do they know this?”

She does think the event has a side benefit for a lot of her fans, because Los Angeles, where she lives and trains, is the new home for UFC 232. She is, however, concerned that many who bout tickets and made plans be able to change them at the last second, a process that is giving a lot of UFC fans proverbial whiplash.

“I think for Cyborg Nation fans, it’s gonna be an amazing thing, really,” Cyborg said. “But I know a lot of Cyborg Nation fans already had a lot of tickets for Las Vegas. But for sure you’re gonna have a lot more Cyborg nation fans in California, because it’s the place I live. It’s gonna be I’m fighting in my house now. But I feel sad for the people who made plans. I hope they can make LA, too.”

As far as the timing, Cyborg is just happy the fight is still on, as she spent 34 of the year training for Amanda Nunes. She wants the show to go on, though she is sad for the fans who won’t be able to make it.

“I trained for this fight nine months,” Cyborg said. “I want to fight. I just feel upset about my fans, the people who bought a ticket. And about family that’s gonna come. But my thoughts continue, I’m gonna fight Amanda. It doesn’t matter where, if you move the city. It’s just, this is really crazy because people bought a ticket, made plans for family in Las Vegas. But in my mind, I’m training, I’m ready, I was ready a long time ago for this fight. I really don’t want to change the date. But I’m sad about the people who cannot come and make it [to] LA.”

Indeed, those seem to be the main victims here, as the UFC seemingly gave them no consideration at all in their change of plans to accommodate Picogram Jones.


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Credit to Al Iaquinta for “Picogram Jones”

Galaxy Brain Jones

Let’s not forget Snitch Jones

Herb Dean is the sacrificial lamb to the main event injury curse for UFC 232.

Jon Jones had to know he was going to get dunked on for this, and sure enough, Anthony Smith took the opportunity.

It is fitting that Cain Velasquez begins the ESPN era opposite Junior Dos Santos’ spiritual successor, Francis Ngannou, who in all likelihood will end him the same way Junior did in the opening bout of the Fox era.

The single worst aspect of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu is the lack of urgency towards takedowns.

Michael Bisping and his son are amateur fight choreographers

Merry Christmas from the last time Conor McGregor won an MMA bout.

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Retired bantamweight Urijah Faber is going to be a father- congratulations to him and to Jaslyn.

Someone filmed me in the gym doing my thing, and I don’t appreciate it.

Brian Ortega, whose black eye looks worse here than it did a week ago, poses with actor and martial arts enthusiast Robert Downey Jr.

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Alex Oliveira got attacked by someone with a grenade in an altercation on his block, and I have to note that his block is much crazier than my block, and probably crazier than your block.

A note on picograms:

The memes were spicy this Christmas

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The thing is, they didn’t even need to photoshop Jones on Santa’s lap

The egregious thing is, the re-released tickets for the new venue are thousands of dollars apiece

Merry Christmas to everyone from Angela Hill

What a gorgeous knockout

Darren Till explains how to throw an elbow


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Cookie cutter machines are somehow satisfying to watch in action.

The turinabol in Jon Jones’ system, going into hiding so it can pop up again 18 months later:

The capybaras look so content

All the father’s years of foosball instincts came to bear here

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Cris Cyborg Unhappy Promotion Didn’t Contact UFC 232 Fighters Regarding Location Change

The Ultimate Fighting Championship apparently didn’t do a good job informing those competing on the UFC 232 card that the event would be relocating from Las Vegas to California on less than one week’s notice.
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Amanda Nunes: Bout vs. Cyborg ‘Definitely Bigger Than the Ronda Rousey Fight’

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has seen her share of high-profile bouts.
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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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UFC 232 Primer: Cyborg vs. Nunes Is the Biggest Fight in WMMA But No One Cares

Next weekend, after all your presents have been unwrapped and you’ve cashed in those Walmart giftcards, is UFC 232. It’s the UFC’s year-end pay-per-view, and since the organization likes to make a big deal of those, they’ve finagled Jon Jones to come back and rematch Alexander Gustafsson.

Naturally, the Jones vs. Gustafsson fight is garnering all the attention. Which sucks, because the biggest female match-up to make in the entire sport is going down with featherweight champ Cris Cyborg fighting bantamweight champ Amanda Nunes. And no one cares!

Here’s Cyborg falling on her face because she gets no love:

Few champs can claim the kind of dominance Cyborg has shown – not just in the UFC, but in her entire MMA career. She’s an absolute killer. And after taking out Holly Holm, who was perceived to be the greatest striking threat in the division, what’s left? A superfight, of course.

Which brings us to the other half of this equation: Nunes. Nunes is a power puncher, and blah, blah, blah. Look, the greatest thing Nunes has ever done outside of becoming champ is this:

So who’s going to be tuning in to watch two of the best female fighters go at it in a superfight vs. who’s tuning in for unrepentant drug addict Jon Jones?

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Watch Cyborg Get Her Ass Whooped By A Shopping Cart

Heel, toe, and away we go!

With just over a week until fight night, someone decided to release video of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s featherweight champion, Cristiane Justino, getting ejected from a shopping cart straight onto the pavement.

Hi, my name is Cris Cyborg, and you’re watching Jackass.

There is no word yet on when the video was taken, or whether or not the Brazilian suffered any injuries ahead of her Amanda Nunes title fight at UFC 232, scheduled for Dec. 29, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Hopefully this is much ado about nothing, as their pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event is for “Cyborg’s” 145-pound strap, which Nunes was hoping to add to her bantamweight trophy case while becoming the first women’s “champ-champ” in promotion history.

Justino is certainly not helping our anxiety in the matter, publishing a tweet earlier today with nothing but sad face emojis. It’s since been deleted but this is the internet and well, nothing is really gone forever.


UFC 232 will be headlined by the light heavyweight title fight pitting Jon Jones opposite Alexander Gustafsson, who collide for the 205-pound strap that is soon to be relinquished by reigning heavyweight champion, Daniel Cormier.

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Midnight Mania! Why Is Shevchenko Picking Cyborg Over Nunes?

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Valentina Shevchenko has shared the cage with Amanda Nunes twice, in Nunes’ most competitive bouts of her championship run. She fell just short in her UFC debut against Nunes and again in a bantamweight title match. Now a champion in her own natural weight class, flyweight, after defeating former strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 231, she has some thoughts on how Cris Cyborg matches up with her former foe. As a training partner of Cyborg, she is far from a neutral observer, but also offers unique insight into both fighters’ capabilities. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“Cris has an advantage in her endurance – a very huge advantage, because she’s training like a fanatic,” Shevchenko said. “And most important, she’s not tiring.

“In the morning, she runs marathons, and after marathons, she comes to training and does her work hitting pads and sparring. She doesn’t get tired. She has the power to move forward. So in this fight, I will support Cris.”

Nunes is currently a 2-1 underdog to Cyborg, closer odds than any previous Cyborg bout, including Holly Holm, who was a little more than a 3-1 underdog against the defending featherweight champion. Cyborg herself feels her pressure and pace will break Nunes, who brings the most firepower of any challenger to face the legendary Cyborg. Cris has said this will be her last fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Will ‘the Lioness’ unseat Cyborg from her championship throne?


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Max Holloway is the man.

This will be fun. The sense of anticipation that Alexander Gustafsson is finally getting his rematch with Jon Jones is palpable.

This tweet by Conor McGregor made me chuckle

The man is clearly back in training

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McGregor’s constant Proper 12 shoutouts on Twitter are just about as appealing as this picture.

That’s quite the throw


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Some classic MMA throws, trips and takedowns

The one time Israel Adesanya got knocked out was from this hook

This is Demetrious Johnson’s next opponent

Hideo Tokoro is evidently an extremely exciting fighter I didn’t know anything about.


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This is how life feels sometimes

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