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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held a special media gathering for the top names of UFC 225, including Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, who collide this Saturday night (June 9, 2018) inside United Center in Chicago, Illinois.
The pair will run it back in “The Windy City” to see if the result is any different than UFC 213, where “The Reaper” captured a hard-fought decision victory over “Soldier of God” after five rounds of intense middleweight action.
Watch them face off above.
Also getting their hands dirty at UFC 225 are co-headliners Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington. The Brazilian is trying to add a second division title to his collection by turning away “Chaos,” who wants the interim title in this weekend’s showdown to guarantee him a Tyron Woodley title-unification bout.
Check out their lippy staredown, also embedded above.
MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 225 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.
For much more on this weekend’s UFC 225 event click here.
Bellator 199: “Bader vs. King Mo” takes place this Saturday night (May 12, 2018) at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., featuring an exciting Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament match in the main event of the evening as 205-pound kingpin, Ryan Bader (24-5), takes on Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC) in the final first round bracket bout.
Meanwhile, you can also look forward to a big match in the Bellator MMA debut of Jon Fitch (30-7-1, 1 NC) against the very hard-hitting Paul Daley (40-15-2). Daley earned the nickname “Semtex” after a form of highly compact and powerful explosive, which suits the 5’9” fighter with 30 mixed martial arts (MMA) wins by knockout (and 14 in kickboxing) very well.
Fitch had a reputation in UFC, though, for “making good fighters look bad.” He’s a relentless grinding wrestler with some power in his hands (five knockouts) and a decent Brazilian jiu-jitsu game (six submissions) whose single biggest asset is that he will never ever quit in a fight (19 decisions).
MMAmania.com recently spoke with “Semtex” about facing Fitch in San Jose — a fight he campaigned for and which he’s happy to take — even if Fitch may be a local favorite thanks to American Kickboxing Academy (AKA).
“I’m happy to be fighting. It could have been anybody really, but I’m just happy to be fighting. I’ve always performed well in San Jose. I know it’s his hometown, but I like to think that people know when they come to see me fight that there’s gonna be some kind of entertainment and they’re gonna get their money’s worth. And that’s what I’m looking forward to — I’m just looking forward to going out there and fighting, finally.”
That “finally” is the tip of a Titanic-sized iceberg. Daley has been unhappy in Bellator for a while and wasn’t shy about addressing it with the media before the Fitch fight.
“I feel like I should have been put out (to fight) a lot sooner than that, they obviously thought different, whether it’s the fact that I’ve got two fights left or what. What I don’t get is … I speak to people at Bellator and I don’t feel like I’m valued. Well, if I’m not valued why are you holding me for these cards? Why don’t you just put me out? Put me in your Pechanga Casinos, put me in your smaller shows, just get rid of me. They say one thing and they’re doing another.”
If I can speak directly to the readers for a moment, it’s a little awkward to have a fighter dogging a promotion on a call it arranged to promote an upcoming event. It wasn’t going to get easier.
“So either value me and treat me like you value me or you just put me out and let me run my contract and go somewhere else. That’s just how I feel. This is why I’m happy to be fighting because promises have been made and promises haven’t been kept. Bellator is saying this shit is like because I didn’t accept the MVP fight. Well, I’ve made it clear, I’m not going to beat Lorenz Larkin, who’s beat a former UFC Welterweight champion, who was ranked in the Top 10 when he left UFC, and go and fight MVP who hasn’t fought anybody and in his last performance looked horrendous against Fernando Gonzalez, a guy that I beat with one hand! Like, no, I don’t want that fight, give me a big name.”
Just to connect all the dots together here, Daley is referencing Larkin’s fight with Robbie Lawler and his kickboxing match with Gonzalez, so by his “MMA math” he’s bypassed a Michael “Venom” Page fight.
“Jon Fitch, um, the match up isn’t great for me as far as wrestlers versus strikers in my history book. Thankfully, Scott Coker listened to me and gave me someone that I’m worthy of fighting coming on the back of a win like Lorenz Larkin, and that’s that. As you can hear I’m not happy with the promotion, I don’t even want to be doing these hour-long interviews that I have to, not because I don’t like doing media, but because these guys treat me like I’m not valued.”
At this point, the dark clouds looming overhead threatened to rain on Fitch vs. Daley entirely, but thankfully “Semtex” brought it back into perspective by praising his opponent ahead of the fight.
“This is a great fight. Like I said, this is the kind of fight that I feel makes sense coming off the Larkin fight. He was a champion of another promotion and in that run as champion he beat some other fantastic guys. This is a good fight, this is the type of fight that I’m happy to be having. Do I wish it would have came sooner? Yes. I think Fitch — despite him being a little older than he was in his prime — he’s still a world class operator. So I’m happy that a fight like this has been put together.”
Bad weather nearly ruined Fitch’s last fight, and coincidentally, Fitch wasn’t happy in his promotion, either. He’s coming to Bellator looking for sunnier days, while Daley may be trying to make a statement on his way out of the sport altogether.
“My mind’s right for this fight so, I think that’s the key to this fight, my mind’s right. I know what I have to do, I’m relaxed, and yeah I’m ready to perform. I’m not too concerned about the titles no more. I just want to fight. I’m 12 months left in this sport, and I just want to fight big fights, fights that my fans will love. That’s why I’m still here and that’s why I keep heading up these cards in America, because people like to see me fight, so who cares who it is? Just bring me bodies.”
Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Bader vs. King Mo” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.
To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.
Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight, especially when Conor throws a dolly through a bus window
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Conor McGregor turned himself into police custody and is officially under arrest, as of 10:23 ET. He has multiple charges pending, per Ariel Helwani and NBC News.
Conor McGregor was taken into custody and officially arrested at 10:23 pm ET. Multiple charges pending. He is currently at the 78th precinct in Brooklyn.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 6, 2018
This follows his wild day of throwing a dolly through a bus window, injuring several, as he targeted one half of UFC 223’s main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Khabib had confronted his teammate Artem Lobov the day before over a video Lobov made in which he spoke ill of Khabib. McGregor flew in from Ireland, showing up unexpectedly on media day. He found his way to the bus with a cadre of followers, and, after picking up a barricade, hurled a dolly through the window of a bus on which Khabib, as well as several other fighters and managers were sitting. Michael Chiesa suffered multiple lacerations and his fight with Anthony Pettis was cancelled; Ray Borg had small pieces of glass in his eye and his fight with Brandon Moreno was also cancelled. Artem Lobov, who was with McGregor during the fracas, had his fight with Alex Caceres cancelled as well. The UFC issued a statement in which it stated McGregor would not be welcome at UFC 223. Dana White, with his typical hyperbole, referred to the event as the most disgusting thing to happen in UFC history.
Champion UFC fighter Conor McGregor is in custody and is at the NYPD’s 78th precinct where he is expected to be charged with assault following an incident in Brooklyn, New York, according to two senior New York City law enforcement officials. pic.twitter.com/w1fpmZQ4oz
— NBC News (@NBCNews) April 6, 2018
This isn’t the first aberrant behavior for the Irishman, who slapped an official and shoved a referee at a Bellator event last year, and allegedly got into a bar fight with the father of an Irish mobster, leading many to fear for his life. I posited back then we were seeing a familiar story, the descent of a superstar who has no higher mountains left to conquer. Graduating from monster cans and fines to dollies and jail time certainly supports that hypothesis.
Mug shots coming soon.
Stipe Miocic updated the official record:
McGregor’s escape didn’t last long.
— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) April 5, 2018
This is no bueno. I feel bad for Ray Borg, and hope there is no permanent damage to his eyes.
Translation: Ray Borg is being taken to the hospital because he is having trouble opening his eyes as a result of what he believes is shrapnel that entered his eye as a result of the incident with Conor McGregor earlier today. https://t.co/oTem3oMJ8E
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 6, 2018
Nick Newell wants to step in and fight Anthony Pettis- why not?
Shitty situation for Chiesa & Pettis…….. I only live an hour from the Barclays Center & I’m more than game
— Nick Newell (@NotoriousNewell) April 6, 2018
Even Norm Kelly, a city councilor in Toronto, had a take.
I’m not condoning Conor McGregor’s actions, but find yourself a friend that will literally fly in from another continent to defend you.
— Norm Kelly (@norm) April 5, 2018
Jim Miller wrote a ballad about McGregor and cocaine
— Jim Miller (@JimMiller_155) April 6, 2018
Dana White is hyperbolic but he’s right that it’s serious.
Khabib wasn’t even close to phased.
I just spoke to @TeamKhabib. Story coming.
“I am laughing inside. You broke window? Why? Come inside. If you real gangster why don’t you come inside? This is big history gangster place. Brooklyn. You want to talk to me? Send me location. I am going to come. No problem.”
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) April 5, 2018
So Khabib Nurmagomedov makes his first comment on this situation under our post on Instagram.
“Well done “ pic.twitter.com/oAa3HrcvSQ
— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) April 5, 2018
We interrupt this McGregor stream to bring you Sage Northcutt’s day:
Look what I found on my front door pic.twitter.com/yGX8xTpM4W
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) April 5, 2018
And some good news amidst the destruction:
Michael Chiesa told me today – pre-melee – that Marc Ratner told him Mario Yamasaki wouldn’t ref in the UFC ever again.
— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) April 5, 2018
Nate Diaz sticking up for McGregor wasn’t what I expected, but he did brawl with Nurmagomedov himself after all.
I allready slapped and punked both these guys and they teams though so that’s none of my buisness
— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) April 5, 2018
Someone dug up this old picture, which is how the memes came rolling in.
Cormier clarifies that the Dagestani knuckle game cartel was not, in fact, present, or things would have gotten a lot worse.
I keep hearing @TeamKhabib whole team was on this bus. I know for a fact that it was only Khabib and Ali on this bus with the rest of the red corner fighters. It would have been much , much worse if his whole team was on the bus.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 5, 2018
Take in custody….
Escort to arena on Saturday night to make him fight Khabib…..
That’s true punishment!
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) April 5, 2018
This was the clip that sealed it.
yoooooo… first time seeing this one. Conor has legit lost his mind. pic.twitter.com/XcLFd2FIMo
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) April 5, 2018
Another aside: Mike Perry wants to fight Emil Meek. Platinum vs. Valhalla.
Let’s fucking gooooooo ⚔️
Battle of the year!
— Emil Valhalla Meek (@emilvalhalla) April 5, 2018
Eventually it became true.
Despite Dana White’s comments about an arrest warrant on McGregor, ABC News reports NYPD is currently investigating the incident and has not issued a warrant yet.
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) April 5, 2018
Justin Gaethje’s take is succinct.
Fortunately McGregor turned himself in and didn’t climb a tower.
A side note on Ali Abelaziz, who was in the bus with Khabib. He’s among MMA’s shadiest characters.
Got a slew of new Ali Abdelaziz court/police docs this week for my upcoming serial podcast. Two quick notes: his name is actually Alaa’eldin Ragb Fekry Abd Al Aziz Ahmed and one of his fake identities was a female one. First name Lillian. Sex on the docs/cards was changed to “M.”
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) April 5, 2018
Gotta admit this made me laugh.
they’re gonna shoot Conor…from the waist down
— Tom Feely (@omgitsfeely) April 5, 2018
View from inside the bus:
Indeed a strange day.
Khabib is active on his Instagram account as we speak. Makes no mention of McGregor but came to the defence of the arrested oligarch who financed his career. Says he plans to appeal to Putin to take the case under his consideration via online petition.
What a strange day. pic.twitter.com/mwvxxOaPqV
— Karim Zidan (@ZidanSports) April 5, 2018
Mike Jackson finally got his fight with CM Punk, which means Punk is headed for his second L.
Before it all went down:
Conor McGregor invadiu a Barclays Center correndo com mais umas dez pessoas à procura de Khabib e Holloway. Os dois já tinha saído do media day. Conor e sei staff subiram pelo elevador. Irlandês chegou de surpresa!!!! Dia promete! #feedmma pic.twitter.com/gEBn4xKmmJ
— Zeca Azevedo (@zeca_geraldo) April 5, 2018
Felice Herrig’s video of the incident:
Felice Herrig captured part of the ruckus caused behind the scenes when Conor McGregor and his team arrived. This is from her Instagram account pic.twitter.com/9R6T2eNNTs
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) April 5, 2018
Hawaii Tourism Authority “shutting down” a UFC event in Hawaii wasn’t exactly true- they just wanted a cut of the money.
Per Hawaii News, UFC wanted Hawaii Tourism Authority to pay the promotion a $ 6 million sponsorship fee in order to host a pay-per-view fight card at Aloha Stadium this summerhttps://t.co/xj2SN4c6hA
— Jason Floyd (@Jason_Floyd) April 5, 2018
This is awesome artwork of Rose Namajunas
She’s got the Run The Jewels stamp of approval.
#UFC223 Open Workouts: @rosenamajunas working out to “Get It” by @runjewels, who play at @barclayscenter tonight, the same building that she will fight in this Saturday. @KillerMike @therealelp
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) April 4, 2018
Let’s hope after all this that Khabib does make weight.
Nope, Velcro is definitely worse pic.twitter.com/5eutfMsBDN
— Patrick Cummins (@OfficialDurkin) April 5, 2018
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Billionaires, always such good wholesome kind folks.
Sumner Redstone, the 94-year-old who controls Viacom and CBS, communicates with an iPad preloaded with clips of his voice saying ‘Yes’, ‘No’ and ‘Fuck You’.
— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) April 5, 2018
The great part of having the biggest roster in mixed martial arts (MMA) is having plenty of options to call up for a last-minute bout in case the injury bug bites. And the bug has been active as of late, as Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) recently lost a big fight between Matt Brown and Carlos Condit after “Immortal” tore his ACL, subsequently forcing him out of the upcoming UFC on FOX 29 event on April 14, 2018, in Glendale, Arizona.
Stepping up to take Brown’s place will be Alex Oliveira, who will face “Natural Born Killer” in the co-headlining act of the FOX-televised event on just 11 days notice, according to a report from MMA Fighting. Oliveira hasn’t competed since Dec. 2017 when he suffered a third round technical knockout loss to Yancy Medeiros in what was a highly-entertaining Welterweight war (highlights). Prior to that, “Cowboy” was the proud earner of a four-fight win streak.
As for Condit, he has seen better days after dropping his last three bouts inside the Octagon to Robbie Lawler, Demian Maia and more recently against Neil Magny last December. Indeed, the former UFC interim Welterweight champion needs a win in a bad way after recently cutting his retirement short.
As for the fight itself, fight fans should be in for an entertaining affair as both men are keen on letting the action play out on the feet, totaling of 11 “Fight Night” bonuses between them.
UFC on FOX 29 will be headlined by a rather intriguing Lightweight scrap between Justin Gaethje and Dustin Poirier. To see who else is competing at the event click here.