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Midnight Mania! UFC 229 Presser ‘Darkest Ever’, McGregor Better Than Ali

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Dana White said that the press conference featuring Conor McGregor and undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was the “darkest press conference I’ve ever been a part of.” He also had high praise for McGregor’s trash talk, saying it surpassed even that of the great Muhammad Ali. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“It was dark, man,” White told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during a post-press conference scrum. “It was the darkest press conference I’ve ever been a part of. But Conor McGregor is the master of mental warfare. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: He’s better than anybody. Even (Muhammad) Ali. You don’t want to say anybody’s better than Ali, but I think when it comes to the mental war game in this sport, or any other sport, Conor McGregor is the best ever.”

The effusive respect for Conor McGregor’s trash talk was well-deserved, as the Irishman was making deep cuts in regards to Khabib’s shady associates. Dana White said that has been a hallmark of McGregor’s trash talk all through his historic rise to stardom in the sport.

“Here’s the thing about McGregor, too: He’s so good at it – he studies,” White said. “He studies every little thing. He talks to people. He finds out stories inside of a guy’s camp. Look at the whole thing he did on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ with Urijah Faber, with T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt and all those guys. At one point he had Cody Garbrandt jumping up trying to fight him. He is the master. He is the best ever to do it. Nobody does it better than Conor does.”

Khabib seemed stoic throughout, despite the savage verbal assault — one of his few defensive moments was a result of McGregor calling him a “pullout merchant” — but Dana White said there is no way he was unaffected by McGregor’s barbs.

“You’re not human if that doesn’t affect you,” White said. “It’s not possible for that not to affect you. Conor knows that. Conor came in, and Conor did what Conor does. That’s why I say it: He’s the best ever. There’s never been anybody better at the mental warfare game than Conor McGregor. He’s the absolute best of all-time.”

UFC 229 goes down October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Insomnia

I’ll call this a happy ending, but sometimes you aren’t sure with Derrick Lewis’ videos

Tyron Woodley will no longer be an option to headline UFC 230.

McGregor pulling out a line of Gaelic was a superb moment in the press conference.

There was also this:

Khabib can slip Luke Rockhold’s left straight… can he slip McGregor’s?

McGregor is selling the sex appeal of his whiskey

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Honey I’m home

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Israel Adesanya lands his spinning elbow in training

Killshot- did McGregor land it in his press conference?

Bag work by Lando Vannata


Good Reads


Podcasts and Video

Breaking down Thiago Santos

Eryk Anders has a mean left hook

The MMA Ratings podcast


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Roger Huerta looked disoriented before this finish

Get out of here with that kneebar

Slept

SUMO

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‘The Greatest Fighter To Ever Step Foot Inside The Octagon’

Hey, remember back in April when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White told the mixed martial arts (MMA) world that Daniel Cormier — not Jon Jones — was the greatest light heavyweight of all time?

Yeah, he was just kidding.

Or perhaps he was trying to sell “DC” to a bunch of up-and-coming fighters (and a casual audience) when Cormier was coaching season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Either way, that opinion has changed now that “Teflon Jon” is back in business.

“Jon Jones … and many people will tell you this … is probably the greatest of all time,” White told ESPN’s First Take. “I think Jon Jones is the greatest fighter to ever step foot inside the Octagon. If he could have kept his personal life on track, God knows what this guy would be doing right now.”

Jones was will be reinstated by UFC next month after serving a reduced sentence from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). That means White has to promote “Bones” for an upcoming pay-per-view (PPV), so I guess he’s “fixable” after all.

There were rumors of a UFC 230 return; however, White continues to put Jones back inside the Octagon in first-quarter 2019 against an opponent to be named. With Daniel Cormier tied up with Brock Lesnar, the next logical choice would be that Alexander Gustafsson rematch.

Time till tell.

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Dana White Strips Nicco Montano of Title, Ending Reign of Worst Champ Ever

Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.

Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.

Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.

You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.

Here’s MMAFighting with the news:

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

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Dana White Strips Nicco Montano of Title, Ending Reign of Worst Champ Ever

Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.

Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.

Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.

You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.

Here’s MMAFighting with the news:

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

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Dana White Strips Nicco Montano of Title, Ending Reign of Worst Champ Ever

Last December, Nicco Montano won a season of TUF and the women’s flyweight title, all in one fell swoop.

Today, she failed to step on the scale for her first title defense, and now, according to UFC boss Dana White, she’s no longer the champ.

Montano was supposed to face Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event of UFC 228. With the former 125-pound queen’s sudden exit, Shevchenko was left with no one to dance with, and the UFC was left scrambling.

You could say that probably factored into the UFC’s decision to strip Montano, but really, it probably has more to do with the fact that Montano simply hasn’t been able to make weight and fight. For ten months the new weight class has been on ice, with potential challengers ambling around like lunatics waiting for the ghost of Elvis to appear. That’s no bueno.

Here’s MMAFighting with the news:

UFC president Dana White said Friday on the FS1 UFC 228 weigh-in show that Montaño is no longer the UFC women’s flyweight champion after she was taken to the hospital Friday morning, stopping her weight cut short. Montaño’s title defense against Shevchenko was cancelled later in the morning.

White told interviewer Megan Olivi that the flyweight title is now vacant and Shevchenko will fight another opponent for the belt in the near future. White said that title bout will happen “before the end of the year.”

“The belt becomes vacated,” White said. “So, the title is vacated. Obviously, Shevchenko is dying to fight for this title. So we’re in the process right now of trying to make another fight.”

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Midnight Mania! Mayweather: Conor Was ‘Easiest 9 Figures I Ever Made’

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I guess Floyd misses the limelight.

With McGregor pointedly turning down his offer to allow the Irishman to train in his gym for the upcoming Khabib Nurmagomedov fight at UFC 229 (why?), Mayweather has turned to social media to roast McGregor one more time. He posted a photo of himself landing a punishing blow on the Irishman with the caption

“Easiest 9 figures I ever made! All work is what #mayweatherpromotions #TMT #TBE”

Easiest 9 figures I ever made! All work is what? #mayweatherpromotions #TMT #TBE

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All this latest drama has done is remind me how thankful I am McGregor is preparing for a legitimate high-level mixed martial arts contest and not another crossover carnival boxing event. UFC 229 goes down October 6 in Las Vegas.

Speaking of which, this Khabib vs. McGregor promo might just give you chills.

Roasting Mayweather is all too easy.

McGregor himself can’t help reminding us all how easy it would have been to beat Floyd under MMA rules

1 year ago what a trip. Outside trip.

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Insomnia

Sparring day at Alliance MMA with Dominick Cruz looks intense

It’s a shame there isn’t more footage of Sugar Ray Robinson, the man may have been the greatest ever.

Curtis Blaydes posted this over the weekend and for some reason has been getting largely negative replies. I don’t really understand why.

Now I need to try these. Thanks, John Wayne Parr.

Working on explosive power. Give these a try at the gym today and see how you go.

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Mike Perry has been getting a lot of crap, not for his continuous use of the N-word, but for his footwork and technique on the pads here.

I never knew Mirko Cro Cop said this about Chael Sonnen.

This might be wild speculation, but I would be interested to know where he heard it. It wouldn’t be too surprising to learn Dana and Company pulled some strings behind the scenes, because the NLRB did approve the case, then suddenly reversed their decision and sent Leslie Smith’s case to DC for review.

Yves Edwards may have retired, but he’s still got it.

It’s all about angles #thugjitsu @joe_schilling @bombatuf

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Remember this insanity?

Speaking of welterweights, what are the odds Darren Till gets to use his ground-and-pound against Tyron Woodley?

Combat sports this weekend:

This is just adding insult to injury

Justin Gaethje and Trevor Wittman are a remarkable coach-fighter duo, and this was a perfect moment.


Random Land

This made me angry at what the internet has made us.


Help my dog walk again


Chic Jae Portrait Photography

Andrew Pearson and Nala

My dog (more accurately my girl’s dog, but she’s mine too) threw her hip out Saturday. This is pretty serious for her; without surgery very soon, she won’t ever be able to walk again, and with an artery exposed the vet told us it’s a ticking death sentence. She’s ten, and up to that has been very active and playful. I set up a GoFundMe. If you can donate anything, I would appreciate it.


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One of her favorite pastimes

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Midnight Mania! Watch Darren Till Claim ‘Worst Dad Ever’ Title

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Darren Till, who fights Tyron Woodley for the UFC welterweight championship in the headliner of UFC 228 on September 8, said with apparent sincerity that he doesn’t care about his family or daughter. His daughter, who lives in Brazil, hasn’t seen him in a year, his current girlfriend is seven months pregnant. Darren Till says he doesn’t care, he just cares about getting the belt and being the greatest.

Transcript via MiddleEasy.com:

“I’ve got a girlfriend who’s nearly seven months pregnant. I don’t really care. I’ve got a daughter in Brazil right now who I haven’t seen for one year. I don’t really care. I just care about legacy and greatness. That’s what I’m in this for.”

There is a certain level of selfishness that just comes with the territory for elite fighters and athletes, but this goes beyond that. Till, if we can take his comments seriously, doesn’t see his family as motivation and a source of stability the way other fighters do. Everyone from Cody Garbrandt to TJ Dillashaw to Daniel Cormier to Robert Whittaker… hell, even Jon Jones is proud of his family and kids. He doesn’t consider them at all. I can’t think of any other fighter who would openly admit to being that bad of a father. At 25, Darren Till is well on his way towards being the greatest… the greatest deadbeat dad in the sport of MMA.


Insomnia

Marlon Moraes calls his shot

Zlatan called it

Dillashaw memes were dominating the MMA interwebs

l King Snake win the big W!

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video by @mojahedfudailat

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Nate Diaz found a two-handed sword somewhere

Warlord 209

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https://www.mmafighting.com/2018/8/6/17655020/ufc-227-fight-night-weights-all-but-six-fighters-come-in-over-csac-regulations

Chris Pratt really enjoys MMA

This must be an amazing feeling for Marlon Vera, though it also seems like he shouldn’t have to literally fight for the chance to get his daughter healthcare.

Brett Johns lost but he wouldn’t change a thing.

This is a good callout- Islam Makhachev vs. Alex Hernandez for prince of the grinders at 155.

Rumors are flying that Claudia Gadelha and Brian Ortega are an item.

A lot BJJ in this pic. #ufc227 #teamcg

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Nate Diaz and Rafael Dos Anjos went back and forth over the weekend.

Mike Perry is stoked for his fight with Donald Cerrone

Now that Khabib and McGregor are booked, look at this picture of Khabib utterly unimpressed in the crowd after UFC 194.

Great poster for a great event

A lot of faceoffs went down this weekend at the big 25-year anniversary press conference

#UFC #228

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Colby Covington got his mug on the front page of CNN

Truth

Joe Rogan had some pretty good thoughts on redeeming people from hate cults like the Westboro Baptist church, who are protesting him.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Nice combination

I remember this fearsome knockout by Koreshkov

Defense


Podcasts and Videos

UFC 227 Highlights! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

UFC 227 Post-fight show

The Severe MMA podcast returns to talk McGregor vs. Khabib and UFC 227


Random Land

This looks fun

Creepy

This video went viral, then the narrator got fired


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UFC 227 Results: TJ Dillashaw Does It Again, Smashing Cody Garbrandt Ever Quicker Than Before

The last time they fought, it took TJ Dillashaw about a round and a half to knock then-champ Cody Garbrandt out. This time around, it took less than a round.

In the main event of UFC 227, bantamweight top dog Dillashaw gave former teammate-now rival Garbrandt his immediate rematch, and you have to think that maybe Garbrandt should’ve taken some extra time off to work on those holes Dillashaw keeps exploiting.

Yes, they threw down, firing fists that were almost faster than bullets while flitting into range and flitting out. And since we both know these guys are capable of banging, and putting people away with the heat they throw, at any moment either guy could’ve gone down.

But Dillashaw simply has Garbrandt’s number, and has a firm handle on when to unleash those counters, and soon it was a knee and some punches that had Garbrandt sinking to the canvas once more.

It was a pretty badass performance by both, but Dillashaw… he’s the man.

 

Results: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (Punches) at 4:17, R1

 

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UFC 227 Results: TJ Dillashaw Does It Again, Smashing Cody Garbrandt Ever Quicker Than Before

The last time they fought, it took TJ Dillashaw about a round and a half to knock then-champ Cody Garbrandt out. This time around, it took less than a round.

In the main event of UFC 227, bantamweight top dog Dillashaw gave former teammate-now rival Garbrandt his immediate rematch, and you have to think that maybe Garbrandt should’ve taken some extra time off to work on those holes Dillashaw keeps exploiting.

Yes, they threw down, firing fists that were almost faster than bullets while flitting into range and flitting out. And since we both know these guys are capable of banging, and putting people away with the heat they throw, at any moment either guy could’ve gone down.

But Dillashaw simply has Garbrandt’s number, and has a firm handle on when to unleash those counters, and soon it was a knee and some punches that had Garbrandt sinking to the canvas once more.

It was a pretty badass performance by both, but Dillashaw… he’s the man.

 

Results: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (Punches) at 4:17, R1

 

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UFC 227 Results: TJ Dillashaw Does It Again, Smashing Cody Garbrandt Ever Quicker Than Before

The last time they fought, it took TJ Dillashaw about a round and a half to knock then-champ Cody Garbrandt out. This time around, it took less than a round.

In the main event of UFC 227, bantamweight top dog Dillashaw gave former teammate-now rival Garbrandt his immediate rematch, and you have to think that maybe Garbrandt should’ve taken some extra time off to work on those holes Dillashaw keeps exploiting.

Yes, they threw down, firing fists that were almost faster than bullets while flitting into range and flitting out. And since we both know these guys are capable of banging, and putting people away with the heat they throw, at any moment either guy could’ve gone down.

But Dillashaw simply has Garbrandt’s number, and has a firm handle on when to unleash those counters, and soon it was a knee and some punches that had Garbrandt sinking to the canvas once more.

It was a pretty badass performance by both, but Dillashaw… he’s the man.

 

Results: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (Punches) at 4:17, R1

 

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