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Face Off! ‘Blessed’ Stares Down ‘Diamond’ In Atlanta

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is inching ever-so-closer to its UFC 236: “Holloway vs. Poirier 2” pay-per-view (PPV) event, set to go down this Sat. night (April 13, 2019) inside State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia.

Leading the charge will be the lightweight interim title fight main event between featherweight kingpin Max Holloway and top 155-pound contender Dustin Poirier, with the winner moving on to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov later this year.

In the UFC 236 championship co-main event, also scheduled for five punishing rounds, middleweight bruiser Kelvin Gastelum collides with 185-pound striking sensation Israel Adesanya for the interim title while current champion, Robert Whittaker, heals up from his recent “freak injury.”

Watch them all face off at the UFC 236 media day in the video above.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 236 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the ESPN+ PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Midnight Mania! Woodley Wants to Face Retired GSP in the Gym

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Tyron Woodley wanted a fight with Georges St. Pierre, but now that GSP is officially retiring, he would settle for facing GSP in the gym. He wrote this on Ariel Helwani’s Instagram post about the French-Canadian champion’s imminent retirement announcement.

Just had a vision of calling him out after my next fight @arielhelwani. Congrats to one of the Greatest! @georgesstpierre since we will never cross paths in the octagon would love to do so in the gym! Would be an honor. You have had the best run of any fighter to grace the caged canvas!

Woodley no doubt hopes to eventually surpass GSP’s run; he has a title defense against Kamaru Usman scheduled for UFC 235. St. Pierre didn’t seem to have much interest in facing Woodley in the Octagon, opting to face Michael Bisping for the middleweight belt instead at UFC 217. He had been hoping to secure a bout with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov next, again bypassing Woodley altogether, but when negotiations fell through, GSP opted to retire permanently.


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Paul Felder, the Collapsed Lung story

Roy Nelson should not have done this.

It is so fitting Israel Adesanya met Kelvin Gastelum at a buffet table

With his retirement imminent, people are reaching for Georges St. Pierre memories. GSP vs. Condit had this excellent segment backed by Live’s “Lightning Crashes” and it’s just awesome.

I missed Al Iaquinta hilariously offering to sell Dustin Poirier a house on Twitter the other day, and it’s worth revisiting

If somehow this were to happen, Khabib Nurmagomedov should just be stripped now. Waiting until November to not defend your belt is the same stuff he criticized Conor McGregor for, and we’ve had enough. The UFC’s deepest division needs to get moving.

Speaking of Georges St. Pierre, he’s repping some cool (if overpriced) gloves

Dan Henderson is enjoying his retirement

What would you call this choke?

The Exchange

Jon Jones preparing for UFC 235

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#ufc235 is fastly approaching

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Accurate

Combat sports this weekend

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Face Off! Watch Till Staredown Masvidal In London

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight contender, Darren Till, recently put pen to paper for a Jorge Masvidal fight in the UFC on ESPN+ 5 main event, which takes place Sat. March 16, 2019 inside O2 Arena in London, England.

Till (17-1-1) was last seen falling to Tyron Woodley in their short notice title fight, thanks to an impromptu vacation taken by Colby Covington. “The Gorilla’s” submission loss to “The Chosen One” was the first of his professional career, after disposing of Stephen Thompson and Donald Cerrone, among others.

Masvidal (32-13), meanwhile, recently snapped a three-fight winning streak by coughing up close decisions to Demian Maia and the aforementioned Thompson. “Gamebred” averaged three fights per year dating back to 2012, but sat out for all of 2018.

Watch them face off at the conclusion of Wednesday’s UFC London press conference in the embedded video above.

Whoever comes out on top is likely to face the winner of Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson, who were named UFC London co-main event, giving Woodley and Kamaru Usman plenty of time to handle their business at UFC 235.

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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.


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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

The MMA Ratings Podcast


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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.


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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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