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White Says No World Tour For Khabib Vs. McGregor – ‘We Don’t Have Time’

Despite a marvelous UFC 227 fight card that lit up the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., UFC president Dana White still had to answer questions last night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s upcoming lightweight title fight with Conor McGregor.

The massive superfight was announced earlier this week and will take place at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 from Las Vegas, Nevada. That puts us just about two months away from arguably the biggest fight in UFC history.

The rivalry between McGregor and Nurmagomedov has been brewing for a very long time, and hit a whole new level this past April when “Notorious” attacked a Brooklyn bus to get to Khabib. McGregor ended up getting hit with a felony and misdemeanors, but was cleared of most charges late last month.

A title fight as big as Khabib vs. McGregor warrants all the attention in the world, especially from a promotional standpoint. But with 60 days to prepare for a Las Vegas showdown, White confirmed UFC won’t be bringing the circus on the road, which is exactly what UFC did for McGregor’s anticipated clash with Jose Aldo three years ago.

“We don’t have time for a world tour,” White said during UFC 227 post-fight press conference (full replay here). “These guys are going to fight the first week of October. Both guys are going to go into camp. We’ll do something fun, we’ll do some different stuff. We’re literally having a big meeting on Monday to get this stuff in order and get it going.”

Unfortunately for White, promoting Khabib vs. McGregor isn’t the only thing he has to worry about. In addition to attracting massive interest from fight fans all across the globe, White and company must do their best to prevent any out-of-cage encounters between Khabib, McGregor, or any members of their teams.

When one fighter throws a dolly through a bus window to get to another fighter you can understand UFC’s cautious approach.

“We’re pretty confident that we can control what happens,” White said. “What happened in New York, obviously if you look at what happened, everyone was loading onto the buses, everything was done, and our staff still handled it pretty damn well for what was going down.

“We’re very aware. Nothing is going to happen. We’ll be good.”

With just two months before Khabib and McGregor finally clash inside of the Octagon, expect countless Twitter feuds, verbal lashings, face-to-face staredowns, and behind-the-scenes video coverage, all of which will be used to promote the Russia vs. Ireland superfight.

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‘Shogun’ Releases Statement After UFC Hamburg: ‘We Don’t Always Get the Result We Want’

Mauricio Rua’s three-fight winning streak came to a resounding end in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday, as he was stopped by Anthony Smith via knockout just 89 seconds after their UFC Fight Night 134 headlining bout began.
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‘Shogun’ Releases Statement After UFC Hamburg: ‘We Don’t Always Get the Result We Want’

Mauricio Rua’s three-fight winning streak came to a resounding end in Hamburg, Germany, on Sunday, as he was stopped by Anthony Smith via knockout just 89 seconds after their UFC Fight Night 134 headlining bout began.
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Don’t Rush to Judgement on the Nick Diaz Incident

Nick Diaz is sitting in a jail cell in Las Vegas, NV, courtesy of domestic battery charges. As of this moment, rock-solid details are sparse, but TMZ tracked down the alleged victim, and she made some serious allegations.

Hat tip to MMAJunkie for finding Diaz’s buddy, who posted to Instagram a possible flipside to the ugly coin.

If it wasn’t clear, I’ve got this guys back if he needs me always and completely. One of the best people I know, and that’s the truth, he just plays by his rules, views the world very differently than most and has been fucked constantly. Seeing how everything evolved here infuriates me. The news is out so better to address than not, and for my own sake, not really on his behalf. I’ve seen drunk guys get in Nick’s face and avoid serious injury because he’s a martial artist and a killer but knows that and he’s passed the point of needing to prove it. He doesn’t even act tough to people… There is no scenario where Nick would put his hands on anyone unless it was necessary self-defense, and then watch the fuck out. Moving on, the girl who is accusing him is the most deranged and insane I’ve met to date. She has been obsessed with and stalked Nick for maybe 2 years now. Suicide attempts, calls to his family from fake numbers, thousand of calls a day – yes thousands, showing up everywhere he goes following his story… He changed his number to get away but Vegas is small and they crossed paths again. She left their interaction feeling some type of way yesterday and put in a fake report to get even and have him arrested which she’s threatened to do many times before as well. I can’t even fully digest this whole thing because of how insane and wrong it is. If Nick’s at fault it is because he has chosen again and again and again not to make a police report against her like I’ve advised profusely in the past when she has hit him or broke his phone or broke into his place or stolen things from him or threatened suicide, etc. Everyone is going to think what they think when they see the news so it’s very important for me to at least put something out that is actually factual. #fakenews

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Demian Maia Is All Class and We Don’t Deserve Him

Not that you didn’t already know this, but former middleweight- and welterweight contender Demian Maia is all class.

Yes, the Brazilian master of jiu-jitsu took a beating at the hands of TUF winner Kamaru Usman in the main event of UFC Fight Night 129 this past weekend. And yes, Usman’s wrestling stymied Maia to the put where the Brazilian had to fall to guard and beckon (fruitlessly) for Usman to come down and join him.

But when the dust settled, and Usman’s hand was raised in victory, Maia had nothing love and respect for his opponent.

We don’t deserve this level of niceness in the sport.

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UFC Fight Night 128 Primer: Don’t Count Edson Barboza Out

Momentum is a hell of a thing. If a fighter has it, you can easily assume that he’s going to roll right on over his opponents, regardless of skills and traits.

Right now, Kevin Lee has momentum. Sure, he lost pretty handily to Tony Ferguson in his last trip to the Octagon, but prior to that he was smoking dudes left and right.

Edson Barboza doesn’t have that same mojo, and over the course of the last two years, has fallen to Michael Johnson, Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov. When Lee and Barboza clash in the main event of UFC Fight Night 128 this weekend, the assumption is that Lee will eat Barboza like an Atlantic City sub sandwich. But…

…Barboza’s always been a deadly Muay Thai practitioner, with the ability to end things abruptly and violently.

Case in point: his fight against Beneil Dariush.

Obviously, Lee is going to want to wrestle Barboza to death, and Barboza is going to want to hit Lee so hard he goes to sleep. Who will impose their will first?

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Adrenaline Is A Hell Of A Drug (Just Don’t Die Out There)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is roughly 48 hours away from its upcoming UFC on FOX 29: “Poirier vs. Gaethje” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place this Saturday night (April 14, 2018) inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

As the title suggests, UFC on FOX 29 will be headlined by the lightweight showdown pitting Dustin Poirier against Justin Gaethje, in what is widely-expected to be one of the best fights of the year, stylistically speaking.

There is a reason they call Gaethje “The Highlight.”

“I know he’s gonna try to hurt me on Saturday and I’m gonna try to do the same,” the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) import said. “That’s what I signed up for. Adrenaline is a hell of a drug and my adrenaline is pumping. This is going to be the most exciting live event in the world on Saturday. If you’re there, you’re gonna remember it for the rest of your life.”

Especially if someone dies, which is why Poirier may take his foot off the gas.

“The Diamond” recognizes what Gaethje brings to the table and has to fight the temptation to get sucked into a war. Not only because it increases the chance of a flash knockout, but also because bloodbaths tend to scramble the brains and shorten careers.

“I want to be a world champion. I’m not going out there looking to see who’s willing to lose more blood, because I’ll die out there,” Poirier said. “I know I would, but I don’t want that. I want to go in there and have a smooth fight and show my skill.”

Combined, they have a staggering 33 finishes — 25 of them knockouts.

Poirier (22-5, 1 NC) is coming off a violent submission win over Anthony Pettis at UFC Fight Night 120, good enough for a “Fight of the Night” performance bonus. Not surprisingly, Gaethje (18-1) earned the same bonus — worth $ 50,000 — in his UFC 218 war against Eddie Alvarez. Could we see “Fight of the Decade” this Saturday in Glendale?

That’s up to Poirier.

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Midnight Mania! Dana: Brock Lesnar Coming Back, I Don’t Know When

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Dana White went on the UFC’s state-run television, UFC Tonight on Fox, to talk about Nurmagomedov-Holloway, Conor McGregor, and deny that Covington-Rafael Dos Anjos has been made. He said Eddie Alvarez was the first guy they called, but Alvarez couldn’t make the weight. He also made the following statement about Brock Lesnar:

Brock Lesnar is coming back. I don’t know when, but yes he is.

The claim is certainly an enticing one for fans and the promotion, which has struggled to field crossover stars since McGregor’s circus-style boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. White, despite his insistence in this interview not to believe the media unless he is the one talking, has a more than checkered history with facts. There is smoke to this rumor, though, as White posted a picture of himself hanging out with Lesnar earlier this year. Lesnar’s manager recently stated that Brock has a genuine desire to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship- that he’s not using it as a negotiating tactic to wring concessions from his current employers, the WWE. His current deal is up soon after Wrestlemania.

However, there are complications with a Lesnar return, thanks to his failed drug test after his last UFC return, a win-turned-no-contest against Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Hunt is suing the UFC (and Lesnar) for allegedly allowing Brock to compete knowing he was on steroids; Brock would presumably still have to serve out part of his one-year suspension, as he exited the testing pool after UFC 200. That hangup may be part of the reason Dana isn’t sure when he will be returning. A matchup with Jon Jones had been highly anticipated after Jones’ most recent fight with Daniel Cormier, but Jones subsequently tested positive for his own steroid, and is currently facing what is likely a lengthy suspension.

Who should Lesnar face if he does indeed return?


Insomnia

Max Holloway is channeling some serious teen heartthrob style.

Leslie Smith realized NBA2K players have it better than UFC fighters.

Max is going real easy on the pads… hopefully he has gas in his tank Saturday night.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ actor Chris Pratt hanging with the Nogueira brothers

Das wassup

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Dana White often tells half truths, or less than half truths.

How Artem Lobov must have felt in that hallway

Khabib Nurmagomedov was not playing around.

Apparently this is what Nurmagomedov confronted Lobov about

The real story:

True story.

Rampage doing whatever these are with his daughter on his back is endearing

My daughter is heavier than i thought

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An update on Chris Weidman

This is going to be fun.

The video of Luke Rockhold spearing these massive fish is really trippy and primal.

Time for a feast. @spearfishing_reviews @scott_skewt @buellsurf

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Gregor Gillespie is a good fisherman, but has he ever speared massive ocean-going fish with a speargun?

Khabib’s ground and pound is just qualitatively scarier.

Jose Aldo light sparring… he was the featherweight champion whose takedown defense and footwork I thought would be a really interesting foil for Khabib.

Michael Chandler, the Bellator lightweight champ, gets into some crazy wrestling scrambles in training.



Podcasts and Video

Khabib’s ground and pound, explained by pro fighter and MMA Mania’s native analyst Andrew Richardson, with Andrew Coyne of Team Alpha Male. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube for more!

Heavy Hands with an extended UFC 223 discussion

The Monday Morning Analyst rates Max Holloway’s chances of avoiding the takedown

BJJ Scout’s breakdown might be the most essential of all:


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Miesha Tate Says She’s ‘Checked Out’ on Jon Jones Saga: ‘I Don’t Really Care if He Comes Back’

Miesha Tate isn’t buying the “changed man” routine from Jon Jones anymore.
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Miesha Tate Says She’s ‘Checked Out’ on Jon Jones Saga: ‘I Don’t Really Care if He Comes Back’

Miesha Tate isn’t buying the “changed man” routine from Jon Jones anymore.
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