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Midnight Mania! Ngannou Explains Why He Left His Village Without Saying Goodbye

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Francis Ngannou has a true rags-to-riches story, perhaps the most unlikely in the entire Ultimate Fighting Championship. He grew up hauling sand in the mines of his village at age 12 in Cameroon, left home at 22, eventually made his way to France, and found a gym and coach while still homeless wandering the streets of Paris. His coach, also from Cameroon, let him sleep in the gym, seeing potential in the soft-spoken young giant, and the rest is history.

What he recently explained in an interview on Sirius XM makes the story even wilder: he left his village without saying a word to anyone, simply because he couldn’t tell them where he was going!

It wasn’t exciting because I didn’t know where I was going! I didn’t have a map. I couldn’t even tell them goodbye, because when you say, ‘okay, I’m leaving’, the first question is ‘where are you going?’ and I couldn’t tell anybody where I am going, so I couldn’t say goodbye to nobody. I just go visit my family. I stayed with my mom in my village for like three weeks. I was, like, looking at them like sometime like, this might be the last time that I’m seeing them. Because, you know, some people go there and some never come back, they died.

Interviewer: Damn.

Basically I knew that if I tell them, no one will accept that. I always have crazy dream, they always saw me as very ambitious, like over high, and I was like, I’m not gonna tell them, they know that people go there and someone die..

Interviewers: What did you tell them?


Interviewer: You just disappeared?


After the flabbergasted hosts clarified that he really, truly left without saying a word, Ngannou said that his family didn’t know where he was for nearly three weeks.

I left, and after three weeks I called, and they were like, you were scaring us… I was like, no, I’m good, I’m in Morocco…

Ngannou most recently knocked out Cain Velasquez in the main event of the first UFC event on big ESPN, putting him on a two-fight win streak. His victory before that, a lightning finish of Curtis Blaydes, snapped a two-fight losing streak, in which he was outwrestled by Stipe Miocic and then dropped a lackluster decision to Derrick Lewis. His combination of size, athleticism, power, and timing make him a formidable opponent for anyone at heavyweight, and a win over, say, Junior dos Santos, could earn him another shot at the title.


Tony Evinger rocking the boom box

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And that’s how it’s done ppl.. @bumpboxx

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“A” for Alex Oliveira. Nice work by Rune King Gunnar Nelson

What is going on with PFL fighter Will Brooks these days? Just life.

Combat sports this weekend

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

The one good punch Darren Till landed on Stephen Thompson was pretty good

Jorge Masvidal on the backyard circuit

This was funny to me for some reason

The throws by the first kid are fine, but the slam by the second kid is egregious

Then adult version is the same except crazier

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Looks easy enough, why can’t you do it. J/k

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Slow-motion face smash

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Midnight Mania! Scientist Derrick Lewis’ Explains Why Balls Never Get Hot

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Derrick Lewis famously told Joe Rogan after his last-minute comeback knockout at UFC 229 that the reason he had taken his shorts off was because “my balls was hot.” To which Rogan, naturally, replied, “I understand.” The interview went viral, netting Lewis millions of new Instagram followers, a title shot, and a T-shirt line.

Well, it turns out, Lewis’ balls weren’t really that hot. However, if you are feeling disillusioned, don’t worry: his explanation of why balls can’t ever really get that hot is probably just as good as his Rogan interview:

I took my shorts off to throw into the crowd. [Joe Rogan] asked me that, and I didn’t know what to say.

[To reporter] I know you play with your balls sometimes, and you know that one feeling between your butthole and your balls that’s always cold? So your balls never that hot.

He said he doesn’t know where his shorts are, because he always throws his shorts and gloves into the crowd because he doesn’t care about that stuff. He said he would throw his belt into the crowd too if he wins it, but his coach wouldn’t like that. The entire interview is well worth watching; Lewis also says Cormier is scared to fight Jon Jones, and gives the (real) secret to a successful marriage. He also said his UFC 230 main event fight with Daniel Cormier will be an especially good one because his purse is guaranteed: he will go hunting for an early knockout because he’s getting the same paycheck win or lose.


This is 22 minutes from where I live, but if Lewis does knock DC out there is no way that two-hour window is enough time to get free chicken on Sunday. The lines will be out the door.

Still, what a perfect, well-deserved sponsorship for the Black Beast.

Maybe Cormier can get a Carl’s Jr. sponsorship instead.

Wrong fast food chain, photoshop genius…


Georges St. Pierre dressed up as one of his favorite characters- Darth Maul!

Chan Sung Jung is the perfect Halloween fighter because of his nickname (of course), the Korean Zombie

Angela Hill is Sonic the Hedgehog!

Guess who Olivier Aubin-Mercier is for Halloween…

This was hilarious. Israel Adesanya always swipes right!

The parodies were swift to come and it ain’t right…

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Happy Halloween folks be safe !

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Cub Swanson and Kenda Perez are cosplaying as characters from Bob’s Burgers, but it’s a little weird that Kenda is supposed to be Louise, Bob’s daughter in the show.

This isn’t even an MMA page… stay in your lane, mainstream meme accounts.

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I cant with this

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How did Jon Jones compliment this man, roast him, and roast himself all at the same time??

How good a sponsor can GAT supplements be if they couldn’t find a tainted sample to get Jon Jones off for his second offense?

Anthony Pettis avoided taking an additional round of brain-rattling punishment from Tony Ferguson, flew off to a tropical beach and is enjoying life to the fullest. That’s a success story!

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I didn’t recall Chris Weidman’s beard game being this strong

Cory Sandhagen hitting pads is mesmerizing to watch.

Hey even Michael Myers sometimes wants to dress up for Halloween and feel pretty.

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Bellator Flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane is taking BJ Penn’s underwater Hawaii training to a new level

Better yet, don’t try this at all!

So true…

Apologies to anyone with moral objections to hunting, but congratulations to Chad Mendes on the buck and the meat for the winter!

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This is an amazing Halloween costume.

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Donald Cerrone Explains Departure from Jackson-Wink: ‘It’s All About the Money There Now’

Donald Cerrone has parted ways with longtime gym Jackson-Wink MMA ahead of his UFC Fight Night 139 showdown with Mike Perry, and to hear him tell it, it wasn’t on the best of terms.
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Mark Henry Explains Relationship With Dustin Poirier After Confrontation at UFC Calgary

Mark Henry, one of the most respected coaches in MMA, has spoken about the friction between himself and Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight contender Dustin Poirier and what transpired after the fight at UFC Calgary last month between Poirier and his fighter Eddie Alvarez.
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Dana White Explains How ‘Big Mouth’ Kevin Holland Won Him Over at UFC 227

Kevin Holland was a winner on Dana White’s Contender Series earlier this year, but he didn’t initially win over the man for whom the event is named.
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Dana White Explains How ‘Big Mouth’ Kevin Holland Won Him Over at UFC 227

Kevin Holland was a winner on Dana White’s Contender Series earlier this year, but he didn’t initially win over the man for whom the event is named.
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Woodley Explains Why Mayweather Smokes Most UFC Fighters Inside The Cage

Retired boxing icon Floyd Mayweather Jr. has been teasing a “billion-dollar comeback” in combat sports. But he won’t be lacing up the mitts in the “sweet science.” Instead, the pugilist known as “Money” claims he’ll be transitioning to mixed martial arts (MMA).

Where he can probably beat most Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighters.

That’s according to current UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley, who explains why Mayweather holds a distinct advantage inside the cage, despite having no experience in wrestling or jiu-jitsu.

“Floyd Mayweather’s one of the best strikers of all-time,” Woodley told TMZ Sports. “How many guys in the UFC that can’t wrestle and can’t grapple that consider themselves a standup fighter, but they have to stand across one of the greatest strikers ever, they gonna be in a world of smoke.”

And like Sidney told Billy back in ‘92, you either smoke, or you get smoked.

Woodley, who already volunteered to train Mayweather for a career in MMA, has beef with “Money’s” current UFC rival, Conor McGregor. “Notorious” tried to start some static at the UFC 205 weigh ins (more on that here).

The odds of Mayweather actually fighting inside the Octagon are currently idling on the corner of Slim & None, but the chances of the 41 year-old boxer doing it against McGregor are even more remote.

Not that we should let that stand in the way of a good headline.

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What towel? Coach explains decision to let Paige VanZant fight with broken arm

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) flyweight sensation, Paige VanZant, suffered a broken arm when trying to execute a spinning back fist against Jessica Rose-Clark last Sunday night (Jan. 14, 2018), as part of the UFC Fight Night 124 mixed martial arts (MMA) event in St. Louis, Missouri.

See her X-ray here.

Because “12 Gauge” snapped her wing so early in the fight — ending in favor of “Jessy Jess“ — questions were raised as to why her coach, Fabiano Scherner, allowed the injured fighter to continue and risk further damage to her arm.

Scherner defends his position to MMA Fighting:

“I was asking her to stay away from the clinch and keep the distance to use her boxing and kickboxing, and she said, ‘My arm is broken.’ She wasn’t feeling any pain, so I thought it could be a fissure, that sometimes hurts as much as a fracture. I let the fight play out because at any moment she… She wasn’t using her right hand, but I was looking at her face and she didn’t appear to be in pain or anything like that, so I thought it was serious but that she could continue. I didn’t think about throwing in the towel. We spoke about it after the fight and I saw the X-ray, I apologized to her for making that call, and she said, ‘It was the right call because I wanted to go back and continue fighting. I would be disappointed if you had stopped the fight.’ I didn’t ask her if she wanted to continue or not because she would lose confidence in the fight. I want to make clear that it was my decision to let the fight continue, and I would take all the responsibility if something worse had happened. But what matters to me is her opinion about it, and she was happy with my decision. She thought it was the right thing, and that’s what matters to me.”

For the live play-by-play of their fight click here.

No medical suspensions have been released (yet) for last weekend’s big shebang in “Gateway City;” however, you can expect VanZant to be on the shelf for the better part of 2018, depending on what surgery she needs (if any).

No doubt this will prove to be a disappointing turn of events for the former strawweight, who was hoping to reinvent herself at 125 pounds after struggling to make weight in her old stomping grounds.

The good news is, at just age 23, she has plenty of time to get back on the winning track.

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UFC Japan’s Gokhan Saki explains decision to leave kickboxing for MMA – ‘I’m hungry again’

Gokhan Saki will make his surprising — albeit much-anticipated — Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) debut this weekend (Fri., Sept. 22, 2017) when he faces off against Henrique da Silva at UFC Fight Night 117 inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

So why after years in the kickboxing arena did the former GLORY champion decide it was time to focus full-time on mixed marital arts (MMA), and more important, make his UFC debut? It was simply time.

“If you asked me 10 years ago why not MMA, it wasn’t the time,” Saki told MMA Junkie. “I was still hungry to beat people up in kickboxing. That time, there were still big challenges in kickboxing, which I didn’t have for two years. I decided to stop kickboxing because I wasn’t hungry any more to train and to fight, because there was nobody like in the old times with K-1. So I stopped for 2.5 years,” he admitted.

In 2015, Saki was stripped of his GLORY world title for lack of fighting. To hear him tell it, though, he was waiting for a rematch against Rico Verhoeven that never came, which prompted his move to MMA. Plus, fighting the best in the world on the biggest stage was something he knew would fill a void.

“One year ago, there was an empty place in my heart. Like, I fought for 20 years and I won the title, and I stopped,” he said. “(It was) in my prime. It was not the right time to stop, because I was 30 years old, and I won the title, but didn’t defend it, and also because of a couple of issues with the organization.

I stopped for two years, and I felt an emptiness (in my heart), and I came back on a bigger stage, the biggest martial arts organization in the world, UFC, with a lot of challenge for me,” he continued. “I am hungry again, and it’s time to open a new book and finish my career in the right way.”

With only one MMA fight to his credit — a loss to James Zikic in 2004 — Gokhan says he feels like a young boy learning all the tricks and trades of MMA at a rapid pace.

“In my mind, it’s like I’m 11 or 12 years old again, learning things very fast again,” he said. “I’m ready to fight for four or five years more.”

It’s no secret Saki prefers to bang it out on the feet, so fight fans — as well as his opponents — can expect a heavy dosage of striking once the cage door slams shut.

“I am a striker, and they try to be a striker,” he said. “I’m 100 percent sure I’m going to bring new things to MMA. My style is kickboxing, but my style is special. Why? I can fight everybody. I can fight Thai style. I can fight with a lot of footwork. I can fight big guys.

“So for every fight, I have a different gameplan,” he continued. “I train 20 different systems. Because of that, my style became special. Explosive. Hard. This is what people want to see. I’m sure, they’re not used to this — they’re going to be in shock.”

Question is: Will Henrique da Silva be the first to get KTFO?

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Boxer who schooled Conor McGregor explains decision to release controversial footage ahead of Floyd Mayweather bout

By now, most combat sports fans — from both mixed martial arts (MMA) and boxing — have seen the video of former IBO and IBF welterweight champion Chris van Heerden outclassing Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight kingpin Conor McGregor when the two shared a ring back in 2016.

If not, you can rewatch the footage here.

But “Notorious” fans were immediately crying foul and charged Van Heerden with using the short clip to promote himself at the expense of McGregor, who surpassed just about every pugilist on the planet by securing a zillion-dollar payday against Floyd Mayweather Jr. later this summer.

The South African slugger defends his position to MMA Junkie:

“When people ask me why I’ve released this footage now, it’s because it hurts me that there are guys like myself who have been devoted to this sport, risking our lives. And to see McGregor, who has zero knowledge of professional boxing, make it out like he could just get out of an octagon, step in the ring and beat up the best pound-for-pound fighter out there – to just make out like our lifestyle is so easy and that anybody could do it, and then for people to be saying he has a big chance of beating Floyd. I just thought, judge for yourself. Boxing is a completely different type of standup fighting to MMA, and 12 rounds is a hell of a long time. If you’ve never done it, you’re in for a rude awakening.”

A relevant point in the wake of this tragedy.

McGregor did not earn his fight with Mayweather because of his accomplishments inside the Octagon, he simply provided all parties involved with a ticket to red-panty night, thanks to his mainstream appeal and gift of gab. Not surprisingly, the booking has left the fight world divided.

For and against.

What’s being dubbed “The Money Fight” — a card that will not feature anything but straight-up boxing — takes place Sat., Aug. 26, 2017 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, promoted by Mayweather Promotions and broadcast on Showtime pay-per-view (PPV).

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