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Midnight Mania! ‘Baby K’ Steps In to Face Teixeira on UFC’s 1st ESPN Event

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The UFC’s depth of talent is never more evident when they can replace a fight without seeming to lose quality in so doing. Ion Cutelaba and John Lineker were forced out of their bouts next weekend with Glover Teixeira and Cory Sandhagen, respectively. While the UFC are still searching for an opponent for Sandhagen, they have found one for Glover: middleweight prospect Karl Roberson.

Anytime a fighter carries a nickname like ‘Baby K’, you know he’s gotta be a pretty tough dude. Roberson has been a professional MMA fighter since 2015, and he’s 7-1, with a win on the Tuesday Night Contender series and two UFC wins under his belt. He faces a big opportunity in the form of Glover Teixeira, a ranked light heavyweight on the downswing of his career. Roberson has two fights at light heavyweight, including a win over current UFC light heavyweight Ryan Spann.

Roberson’s most recent performance was a unanimous decision win over Jack Marshman at UFC 230. Teixeira, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Corey Anderson. UFC on ESPN 1 is headlined by bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, who is dropping to flyweight to face champion Henry Cejudo.


Insomnia

A couple days ago Karl was feuding with middleweight action fighter Elias Theodorou

Al Iaquinta respects Khabib Nurmagomedov more than any other top lightweight

The UFC’s gambit paid off for them… maybe not so much the fighters not named Jon Jones

Are we really going to see McGregor box Paulie Malignaggi next? Please, no, thank you.

Raymond Daniels doing his best Anthony Pettis impersonation, possibly before Anthony Pettis did it.

Tony Ferguson deserves a title shot more than anyone has ever deserved a title shot.

Whoops

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Someone lied on the application #bangbang

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This is another kind of knee

TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo is an interesting bout from a betting perspective

Who said powerlifters can’t hit?

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@boxhead_mel @pain_away_australia

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Joe Rogan getting a kick out of science

Whoops

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Trippy

This Chinese meme is pure

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Polyana Viana to Face Hannah Cifers at UFC 235 in Las Vegas on March 2

Polyana Viana, who gained a measure of fame for beating up a man who was attempting to rob her in Rio de Janeiro, has her next Octagon assignment, as she will meet Hannah Cifers at UFC 235.
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Tyron Woodley Wants to Face Colby Covington in June After Beating Usman at UFC 235

Fear not Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley still has you on his to-do list.
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UFC 235 Update: Ex-Champ Cody Garbrandt to Face Pedro Munhoz in Las Vegas

The UFC 235 lineup continues to grow, as former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will return to meet Pedro Munhoz in Las Vegas on March 2.
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UFC 235 Update: Ex-Champ Cody Garbrandt to Face Pedro Munhoz in Las Vegas

The UFC 235 lineup continues to grow, as former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt will return to meet Pedro Munhoz in Las Vegas on March 2.
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Midnight Mania! You’ll Never Believe How Ortega’s Face Looks a Week Later

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Brian Ortega has access to some dark magic, or he has an X-man healing factor, or maybe he just has really good skin. A week after taking a UFC-record 290 significant strikes from Max Holloway, here is Brian Ortega today:

In case you forgot, this is what Max Holloway did to Brian Ortega a week ago:

This is a close-up of what his face looked like:

I can’t figure it out. It’s almost as astonishing a recovery as Tyson Fury casually getting up from Deontay Wilder’s sure knockout. Maybe Ortega’s selfie is just taking advantage of some really good lighting. He still has some discoloration under his left eye, but otherwise… he looks fine. Remember, Ortega received a provisional six-month suspension for his UFC 231 loss. The doctors had to stop the fight because he couldn’t see out of his eye, a decision all of us, including Ortega, agreed with, because he said he was willing to die in the Octagon.

A week later, he looks ready to take a stroll on Malibu beach, not like a man who was on the losing end of the most intense title fight in UFC history. If he’s got some secret skin-care regime, I want to know. This is a mystery.


Insomnia

Speaking of crazy recoveries, Ed Ruth was tapped out by Neiman Gracie this Saturday. Now, look at him.

Conor McGregor says he’s launching rockets in 2019

Eddie Alvarez doesn’t get the point of this drill, which is to feed the ego of the bald guy.

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Lesson : I’m drawing a blank here

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This is information from a hearing between lawyers. Per Suzanne Davis, Rachael Ostovich’s husband is scheduled to have a preliminary hearing tomorrow.

This doesn’t always work, but its still a smart move by Anderson Silva ahead of his bout with Israel Adesanya. Alex Pereira is the only man to knock Adesanya out in the kickboxing ring.

Of course, this was an equally smart move:

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Same body type, wise decision by the spider

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Dan Hooker had a concussion too after that fight with Edson Barboza, probably the most brutal bodywork I have ever seen in MMA

Seriously, I can’t recall seeing someone take that many blows to the gut in one fight. Even Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje wasn’t as intense as this.

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And then wash it all down with some pepto

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Wishing Sean Strickland a swift and smooth recovery after his motorcycle accident

Yes, people are still teaching BS in 2018

Mike Bisping is a sucker for fluffballs, evidently

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What’s this say to you?

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Too soon

Tony Ferguson says he said yes to an opponent for Anaheim, but the other fighter evidently didn’t want the bout.

Chris Weidman congratulates his teammate Al Iaquinta on a fantastic underdog win. This is a scary guy to have coming after you in the cage.

Yeah… that lost shot is dirty

This could be a wrestling clinic for Zabit Magomedsharipov but my gut tells me Jeremy Stephens will knock him the f—- out.

Al seems to think Gaethje would be a step back, but this is the fight the fans want

Give Michael Chandler a break, he just won his belt back


Slips. Rips. KO Clips.

This Invicta KO might have been the most shocking knockout of the weekend, and that’s saying something

It wasn’t a good weekend for fighter midsections

Congrats to Ilima-Lei Macfarlane for retaining her Bellator flyweight title

Distance control:

Road FC brought the violence

Falling ‘em with style

Genuinely good head movement remains the most impressive skillset in all of martial arts to me

Joaquim Silva doesn’t care.

Machine-gun punches


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This thread is a trip if you decide to click through

“Sleep, you black-eyed pig

Fall into a deep pit full of ghosts.”

-Icelandic mothers wanted their children to have nightmares in the early 19th century, evidently.

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Darrion Caldwell to Face Kyoji Horiguchi for Rizin Bantamweight Title on Dec. 31

A cross-promotional, champion vs. champion bout has been added to Rizin Fighting Federation’s New Year’s Eve lineup.
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Olympic Gold Medalist Kayla Harrison to Face Moriel Charneski at PFL Championship Event

Olympic gold medalist Kayla Harrison will make her third mixed martial arts appearance when she faces Moriel Charneski at Professional Fighters League’s championship event on Dec. 31.
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Cynthia Calvillo Says She Signed Contract to Face Michelle Waterson Before Marijuana Suspension

Cynthia Calvillo had an intriguing fight lined up before a Nevada State Athletic Commission suspension sidelined her for nine months. Now she wants that opportunity back.
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Nick Diaz to Face Jorge Masvidal at UFC 235 in All-Hood Battle

Nick Diaz is so street that he sometimes poops asphalt. Jorge Masvidal is so street, his middle name is “Main”.

Okay, these were awful jokes, but they’re a clear indication of my excitement over the match-up between Diaz and Masvidal at UFC 235. Bros, the older, poorer Diaz sibling is finally coming back!

Neither dude is prone to slacking or hugging in the cage. In fact, these dudes are so keen on throwing down “street” style that referee Herb Dean has confiscated about a dozen switchblades from them prior to their fights. This bout will be insane!

Here’s ESPN with the scoop:

UFC welterweight Nick Diaz will return to competition on March 2 in Las Vegas, according to UFC president Dana White.

Diaz (26-9) has agreed to face Jorge Masvidal (32-13) in a welterweight contest at UFC 235 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Additional sources told ESPN contracts for the bout are not yet signed, but it is close to being finalized.

A former Strikeforce champion, Diaz has not fought since he suffered a decision loss to Anderson Silva in January 2015. The result of that bout was later changed to a no-contest, after both Silva and Diaz failed their respective drug tests.

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