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Midnight Mania! McGregor ‘Disappointed’ Khabib Dropped Him

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Conor McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, told Joe Rogan that McGregor felt he let himself down when Khabib Nurmagomedov was able to drop him for the first time in McGregor’s career. Via BloodyElbow.com:

“He (Conor) hates technical mistakes. So that right hand, you know… he was very disappointed he got caught with a shot like that,” Kavanagh said on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, per BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor. “But it is actually funny, I was just thinking about this, you know that right hand, if you showed it to a boxing coach he would say ‘That’s horrible. Your head is down and you’re swinging’. But again, I don’t really care about people’s opinions on things. I just care about the strikes effectiveness. It was a damn effective technique. You know it’s one of the hardest clean shots Conor has been caught with in his MMA career.”

“He (Conor) hates technical mistakes. So that right hand, you know… he was very disappointed he got caught with a shot like that,” Kavanagh said on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, per BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor. “But it is actually funny, I was just thinking about this, you know that right hand, if you showed it to a boxing coach he would say ‘That’s horrible. Your head is down and you’re swinging’. But again, I don’t really care about people’s opinions on things. I just care about the strikes effectiveness. It was a damn effective technique. You know it’s one of the hardest clean shots Conor has been caught with in his MMA career.”

Khabib was able to neutralize ‘The Notorious’ offense throughout the fight, with McGregor mostly failing to land the punches he has against every other opponent. Clearly, while Khabib’s striking is far from textbook, it is very effective for him. McGregor has called for a rematch with the Russian champion.


Insomnia

The rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson is years overdue. It will be good to see Jones against someone his own size again.

Derrick Lewis’ legend is homegrown by himself and the people cooking up the memes he resposts.

Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen faced off for their first fight week staredown.

This made more sense once I realized John Wayne Parr was imitating Johny Hendricks

It’s a shame Sean O’Malley didn’t get to showcase his talents at UFC 229- hopefully the USADA results show his failed test was just a tainted supplement.

Al Iaquinta Realty is the best fighter parody account going. This rematch with Kevin Lee will tell us a lot about both fighters. Kevin Lee continues his pursuit of Khabib Nurmagomedov by fighting someone that just faced the Dagestani in their last bout.

Will Nate Diaz disappear into the ether again?

Was this the best picture Khabib could get with Putin? They couldn’t snap one where he was smiling? The caption reads (according to Google Translate)

Thank you very much Vladimir Vladimirovich for the warm welcome and for the congratulations.

And I am very pleased that my victory brought so much joy to our multinational Country.

This is our common victory.

Weird animation time.

Justin Gaethje has a policy against taking short-notice fights.

Derrick Lewis vs. Daniel Cormier has genuine heat thanks to Popeyes chicken.

Who did this?

This may well have been the peak of combat sports.

Brock Lesnar better hope Derrick Lewis lands that big right hand, because he’s not beating Daniel Cormier.

Credit to Curtis Blaydes for taking the hard, thankless fight but he deserves a title shot far more than the Black Beast. (Sorry, Derrick)

Dominick Reyes landed the single cleanest shot at UFC 229 in the last second of his fight with Ovince St. Preux

Max Holloway talks about dealing with depression on World Mental Health Day.


Random Land

I love weird goals. This should have been allowed to stand.

In real life this is literally a green bubble.

Work until you can afford a giraffe.

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Odd but also a legendary flex.

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Alexander Gustafsson Disappointed by Daniel Cormier’s Decision to Challenge Stipe Miocic

Alexander Gustafsson is understandably frustrated by the events that have played out in the last few months.
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‘Disappointed’ Daniel Cormier not ruling out Heavyweight return following knockout loss to Jon Jones

Other than this social media post, former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier has kept quiet following his knockout loss to Jon Jones at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017, in Anaheim, California.

During a recent episode on “The MMA Hour,” however, “DC” spoke for the first time following his second defeat to “Bones,” discussing the loss and his mixed martial arts (MMA) future moving forward. And to hear Cormier tell it, he’s more disappointed that he let down his team of coaches.

“It’s a tough pill to swallow,” Cormier said (via MMA Fighting). “You’ve got to remember, I’m a guy who wants to be the best. I train hard, I work hard and I feel like I was ready to go. I feel like I was prepared, and I was very disappointed in the result of the fight,” he said.

Many wondered of the former 205-pound champion would hang up his gloves following the loss. But, according the American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) team captain, there is no reason for him to ride off into the sunset just yet.

“Why would I stop fighting?” Cormier said. “I feel like I still love the competition more than anything. That’s really what’s driving me. When I don’t have competition, I’m not in something like that, I’m miserable, man. I love to compete. I love to be in the environment.”

Furthermore, “DC” is confident he’ll cross paths with Jones again, despite saying during his post-fight speech that if a guy wins two fights there really is no rivalry. While that may be an admirable goal to try to obtain, getting back to a trilogy fight against “Bones” will be easier said than done, as the 205-pound division has experienced a re-emergence as of late.

Still, the former Olympian isn’t ruling out a return to Heavyweight if things don’t pan out down at Light Heavyweight.

“I really shrunk myself from Heavyweight,” Cormier said. “I used to have big ole’ traps and I was bigger guy when I fought at Heavyweight, but I’d entertain anything. The UFC values me and honestly, man, they’ve already reached out with some ideas about me fighting, and I was like, ‘Well, I need time,’ but there are options at Heavyweight and options at 205,” he said. “Obviously the Jimi Manuwa fight is a fight that could happen. Volkan Oezdemir has done fantastic for himself, a guy that’s a cool guy, but if the easiest path back to fighting the fights that I want is to go through somebody like that, then I’ll do it. So it’s a matter of just what I decide to do.”

At the end of the day, the opportunities for Cormier are endless inside the Octagon, who plans to return to “UFC Tonight” later this week, but will sit out the rest of 2017 from active competition.

“At this point, I’ve kinda gotten to a point in my career where UFC, they really are very open to a lot of my suggestions. This last 2.5 years since I fought Jones the first time through now, I’ve headlined cards, there were cards I was supposed to headline or had marquee fights on, I’ve sold millions and millions of pay-per-views, and with that comes some respect within the organization.”

Anyone care to see the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix winner return to land of the big men?

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Stephen Thompson ‘very disappointed’ in rematch with Tyron Woodley, but is moving on

It would be easy for Stephen Thompson to lash out at the critics who panned his performance in his UFC 209 rematch loss to UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley.

After all, it wasn’t the fans or media who had a killer like Woodley starting at them from the other side of the Octagon.

“It’s little different when you’re out there, especially when you’re fighting a guy as powerful as Tyron Woodley,” Thompson said on a recent edition of The MMA Hour. “He can knock me into next week with one punch, and if he wanted to, he can take you down and hold you there. He’s got that kind of power, so you have to be fairly smart getting out there with someone like that.”

But it’s also not in Thompson’s nature to be bitter. So while he knows the score like only those who step into the Octagon can claim, he’s also not going to go too hard after people who criticized his performance in his majority-decision loss.

“You know, we’re in the entertainment business, and from the audience standpoint, it was a fairly slow fight,” Woodley said of the matchup in Las Vegas. “And they’re there to see people get knocked out.”

Thompson believes expectations were set to a high level based on their exciting first match-up, a majority draw which took Fight of the Night honors on a loaded card at Madison Square Garden for UFC 205. But what happened instead was that a pair of high-level fighters gleaned almost too much information on one another based on the first bout.

“I think they’re gauging it on what the first fight was like,” Thompson said. “It was pretty crazy. But then again, me and Tyron both learned a lot from each other, from the fight. So we both learned a lot about what to do and what not to do. For me it was, this guys going to be a little more aggressive going into this fight, I think he even said he was going to be more aggressive, so for him to commit and me counter off him, I didn’t expect him to back up off me pretty much the entire time.”

Meanwhile, Thompson admits Woodley’s approach during the second fight got into his head a little bit, which led to the bout becoming a stalemate which the crowd at T-Mobile Arena didn’t love.

“Since he was backing off me, I knew he was waiting for me to come in so I would run into his right hand, he ended up knocking me out twice in the first fight doing that,” Thompson said. “So, it was kind of like, it was very slow, that fight, but, then again, there was a reason for that, you know? There were times in there were I could have pressed it more going back and watching it, but it’s different going back and watching and saying ‘I should have done that, I should have done this.’ But when you’re out there, it’s completely different, you know?”

Thompson showed up for the post-fight press conference following the loss and put on a brave face in public. But while he has a decent poker face, he admits he was more disappointed than he let on. After all, both fights were razor-tight decisions, and with a judge here or there scoring another round in his favor in either fight, Thompson would be champ today.

“I was very disappointed,” Thompson said. “I’m fairly good at hiding it, but then again I’ve got a great support system around me, my family, and win or lose, when I go home my family is still going to love me, my students are still going to love me, and you know we’ll work our way back up. I’ve always been a very positive guy and move forward from things. You can’t look back or dwell on things.

Thompson, whose career record stands at 13-2-1 after the loss, recently underwent a surgical procedure to repair an injury to his MCL and meniscus and hopes to be back at it within four weeks.

In the meantime, after thinking about nothing but Tyron Woodley for the better part of half a year, and often being reduced to a secondary character as Woodley vented his frustrations about the his perceived treatment in the company, Thompson is quite eager to move on to new challenges.

“His hatred for me, I don’t think it was hatred, but a lot of it was hyping the fight, but the bad talk from him, it don’t know where was coming from with me,” Thompson said. “It was like, c’mon. It was kind of getting tiring, but it’s part of the game and that’s something I’ve experienced a little of at the highest level of the game. It’s nothing that Conor McGregor and his opponents have to go through, but, it was a little different. It was a little different. Right now I’m focused on healing up but I’m excited I’ll be facing a different opponent, a different look, someone different to prepare for. It’s going to be new and exciting.”

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Lorenz Larkin disappointed when he hears fans decrying Bellator move: ‘You can’t have one superpower’

Lorenz Larkin became one of the latest UFC contenders to make the leap to Bellator this month when he inked a deal to join the promotion’s ever-improving welterweight division. Larkin’s move was immediately followed by similar moves from top-five UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader and longtime bantamweight contender Michael McDonald, and added to the recent spending spree that has landed Bellator a handful of compelling free agents over the past year, from Rory MacDonald and Phil Davis, to Benson Henderson and Chael Sonnen.

After spending seven months in contractual limbo, Larkin said this week on The MMA Hour that he was happy to simply receive some clarity regarding his fighting future, and he hoped to get back into action as quickly as possible. But in the aftermath of his Bellator announcement being made official, one thing surprised Larkin that he didn’t expect: grumbling from fans confident he was making a mistake by leaving the UFC.

“I guess the only thing that I’ve kinda been disappointed with in this whole experience, some — I’m not going to say all of them, because there’s a lot of people who support my decision — but I feel like a lot of the MMA fans are really disappointing in this thing, that they’re just big UFC people,” said Larkin, who faces welterweight champion Douglas Lima at his Bellator 180 debut. “And I always took pride in saying that MMA fans are really knowledgeable about this sport. They’re really knowledgeable about what’s going on in this sport, more than I feel like (fans are) with boxing and things like that.

“I just get this whole, like, ‘why would you go to Bellator?’ And, ‘you’re over, it’s just a B-league,’ and all this other type of sh*t. And I’m just like, this is good for the sport, man. There can’t be one (option for fighters). I’m not saying it just because I left. I’ve watched Bellator before, even when I was in the UFC. I’ve watched all these other leagues when I was in the UFC, so it’s not like now I’ve left them and now I’m just like this. I’ve felt like this the whole time. It can’t be like that, especially being a fighter.

“You can’t have one superpower and no other organizations on the come-up,” Larkin continued. “It’s good for the sport. All these guys always talk about, ‘this fighter made five-and-five for a fight, this is bullsh*t.’ Well, the whole reason why that’s bullsh*t is because that’s one organization being the superpower. So it’s like these guys complain about one thing, and then they don’t want another thing.”

Larkin, 30, isn’t the first fighter to echo such sentiments. Angst over the UFC’s stranglehold on the market has existed for years, as well as the public’s general perception that fighters in the UFC are superior to their counterparts elsewhere. Similar arguments were made back in the day regarding the WEC, Strikeforce, and other non-UFC promotions, and Larkin couldn’t help but point out how wrong those arguments were, considering that many of the WEC’s and Strikeforce’s best fighters went on to become major successes in the UFC.

“They say ‘minor league’ and all this other sh*t, but they said the same thing about Strikeforce,” Larkin said. “Luke Rockhold was a champion, Tyron Woodley is a champion, (Daniel) Cormier, Robbie Lawler, Fabricio (Werdum). I don’t like Ronda (Rousey), but she came from Strikeforce. So it’s like, everybody has to know, this is a good change in the sport. All this free agency stuff and these things, this is like the evolution of MMA. This is like a turning point, that other organizations are starting to fight for fighters, and everybody has to understand that’s a good thing for the sport as a whole.”

In Larkin’s case, the Riverside native was a top-10 ranked fighter in the UFC before he switched over to Bellator’s side of the game. In his 2016 campaign alone, Larkin defeated both Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny, two men who are currently ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in the UFC’s welterweight division, respectively. That momentum gave Larkin good enough leverage to secure a better deal on the open market than he would have found if the UFC had been his only option.

That’s why Larkin can’t help but be surprised when he reads and hears from fans who indicate that his Bellator move means that he is no longer a relevant factor at 170 pounds, especially when he considers the strength of a Bellator welterweight division that already includes MacDonald, Paul Daley, Michael Page, Andrey Koreshkov, and champion Douglas Lima, among others.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m getting a lot of people who are supporting me,” Larkin said. “A lot of people. It’s just, I see [the criticism] every so often, because I don’t really reply, but I am a lurker. I do just scroll (through) little posts and I’ll just read the comments. But it was just boggling my mind, man. I just felt like, all MMA fans should know that this is good for the sport. This is not a bad thing, that people are starting to test free agency and things like that.”

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Bubba Jenkins ‘disappointed’ next fight is on Bellator prelims, but using it to his advantage

Bubba Jenkins has publicly expressed his displeasure with being on the prelims in his next fight.

The rising featherweight told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour that Bellator initially told him the contender bout against Georgi Karakhanyan would be on the main card of Bellator 160 on Aug. 26 in Anaheim. Plans changed, though, and Jenkins vs. Karakhanyan will be the featured prelim fight on spike.com.

“It was pretty disappointing to hear that it’s on the prelims,” Jenkins said. “I obviously have friends back home, tons of people who want to throw Bubba J fight parties, so to not have that opportunity kind of was like, ‘Aw man.’ I’m excited either way. The results will be the same. The fight is going to go the way I planned it.”

Jenkins (11-2) isn’t happy about not being on television. But he’s using his real-life irritation as a means to pump up the encounter with Karakhanyan and get people to watch. It’s a clever little marketing ploy by the former NCAA Division I wrestling standout. Jenkins tore down the fourth wall a bit on The MMA Hour.

“I think it’s along the lines of promoting the fight,” Jenkins said. “If people want to see me fight or people are making noise about it, they’re gonna go to the prelim card on spike.com and check out the fight or look at it on Spike TV regular TV to see if Bellator actually pushed me up. I think I’m promoting the fight like they want me to. I think any publicity is good publicity.”

That very well could be the case. And at the end of the day, Jenkins is a company man. He’s not upset at Bellator specifically. He actually likes the promotion a great deal. So much so that he plans on staying there when his contract is up after his next two fights.

“My bread is being butter at Bellator,” Jenkins said. “It’s going down in the BM. I don’t mind Bellator and they like me, too. I’m pretty excited with everything that I have going. I want to be at the top of that division in Bellator. I don’t see myself leaving any time soon without getting that strap.”

Jenkins, 28, has won two in a row coming into the clash with Karakhanyan. He’s still one of the most promising 145-pound prospects in the promotion. A victory at Bellator ? would put him closer to a title shot against champion Daniel Straus. Not that Jenkins is thinking about that.

“I don’t like to have those cliche answers, but honestly I focus on what I do, because I don’t put my trust in man,” Jenkins said. “The world didn’t give me my peace and the world can’t take my peace away. So if I start trusting in man and thinking they’re gonna do this or they’re gonna say this and they’re gonna say that and then they don’t, then that starts to distract me from my main goal.”

That main goal does still remain the Bellator featherweght title. But first Jenkins has to contend with the very game, Karakhanyan, who beat him by first-round submission when the two fought in 2015.

No matter where the fight will be aired — on TV or the web — it’s a massively critical one for Jenkins. And he’s taking a unique approach to building it up by calling out the placement.

“I basically wanted to pull some Conor [McGregor] card and get everybody involved on social media to follow me,” Jenkins said.

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