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It was announced Wednesday that the anticipated Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight bout this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 139 in Denver between Ray Borg and Joseph Benavidez had been cancelled after Borg came down with an undisclosed illness just days out from the bout.
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Bellator 208 ended on an entertaining note with a gutsy fight from Chael Sonnen against Fedor Emelianenko (watch the highlights here). Few gave the middleweight much of a chance against the heavyweight GOAT, but Sonnen dug deep and kept getting back to his feet and chasing more takedowns after multiple knockdowns and throws.
That aggressive momentum created some unique looking scrambles and breaks, which led to some MMA ‘fans’ on social media to question whether the fight was faked. There was enough rumbling that the press actually asked Bellator head Scott Coker about it during the post-fight press conference.
“Come on, that doesn’t even deserve a response to the people that are saying it,” Coker said (via MMA Fighting). “Listen, Chael got clipped. He told me, ‘Man, he hit me and he hit me really good,’ and he was done. So that’s it. With Chael, the thing with Tito, ‘oh, he let him go’ or something, come on, why would you do that? You’re a professional athlete and you’re a fighter. He wants to continue, he wants to go to the next round of the tournament. That’s just all rubbish.”
“To me, they see Chael, he’s got this character and I think they just feel like with Chael it’s just like this character, so maybe that’s what they’re thinking. But If you had Fedor punching you and kicking you and kneeing you like he was doing today — that was real, that was not fake.”
Chael himself was happy to confirm that statement.
”I don’t know why he hit me so hard,” Sonnen joked, his face covered in bruises. “I don’t know what ol’ Chael ever did to that guy but he sure felt like laying ‘em into me.”
”I would call him explosive with his punches,” Sonnen continued. “There wasn’t a ton of setups, they just came and came hard. And even on the ground, I had some good positions on him and he would just explode, it wasn’t necessarily technique based but it was impressive. He’s an impressive athlete. I don’t think I’ve ever been grounded and pounded like that.”
There were several moments in the fight where Chael seemed close to defeat, but each time he managed to regain position or stand back up. Well, until the final moments of the first round, anyway. As Fedor hit him with withering ground and pound, Sonnen covered up and the ref stopped the fight. According to Chael, that was strategy gone awry.
”The referee warned me, he said if I didn’t move they’d stop the fight,” he said. “I didn’t think he would because they were going into my hands, I thought I was blocking them. I thought I was having a rope-a-dope moment, I thought I was luring him in. That was a bad strategy, as it turns out. That was a bad plan.”
Emelianenko now moves on to the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, where he’ll face light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader on January 26th in Inglewood, California. As for Chael, maybe he’ll return to 185 pounds, but more likely we imagine he’ll remain a Bellator moneyweight, fighting across three divisions against any opponent that catches his fancy. Not a bad way to close out your career.
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Bellator welterweight champion Rory Macdonald is preparing for his superfight with Bellator middleweight champion, Gegard Mousasi, tomorrow night at arguably Bellator’s best-ever event on paper, Bellator 206. The event also features Wanderlei Silva vs. Rampage Jackson 4, uber-prospect Aaron Pico, and an exciting fight in Bellator’s welterweight Grand Prix, Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima, as well as Muay Thai spinning elbow master Gaston Bolanos.
Macdonald, aside from being on the wrong end of the greatest welterweight title fight of all time against Robbie Lawler, famously defeated current UFC champion Tyron Woodley by a wide margin back in 2014. He was asked if he still pays attention to the state of the UFC’s 170-lb. division. He does, and doesn’t seem sorry to have left it behind him.
I see what’s going on; Tyron’s doing very well. Seems very dramatic, from what I can tell, so I’m happy to not be a part of that. I’m happy that I’m fighting great competition over here, getting great opportunities. That’s it. Just enjoying my sport.
When asked what he meant about ‘drama’, Rory clarified that he meant all the trash talk between fighters.
I find that stuff just annoying, and fake, not what martial arts is about. I’m happy to be here, where I feel like mixed martial arts can be represented in a more old-fashioned way.
Rory is very open to the idea of facing Woodley again, and he thinks it would be a more difficult fight the second time around.
Sure, I think it would be a competitive fight. I think it would be more competitive than our last fight. I think Tyron had expressed he wasn’t at his best for that fight, and who knows, but when you are fighting the top five guys in the world, anything can happen. I would love to have that fight again, being that we are both champions of our weight divisions in different promotions. You never know what the future holds.
Gegard Mousasi, like Rory Macdonald at welterweight, could very well be the best fighter in the world at middleweight, having exited the UFC on a five-fight win streak that has since extended to seven in Bellator. Being in a promotion that runs a distant second to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in terms of size, market share and density of top talent means proving one is the very best can be a difficult task. Rory thinks his fight with Mousasi this weekend will bolster his claim, though he doesn’t worry too much about it at the end of the day.
Sure! This fight this weekend, it could be better for me in that argument. If I go up and I win a middleweight title, it improves my standing in that argument in people’s opinion. I’m not worried about it. It’s just people’s opinion. I’m going out, challenging myself and enjoying it.
Leslie Smith confirms that the NLRB never reviewed the employee claims of UFC fighters, and will be appearing on an episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.
Your random fact for the day: Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz have 59 fights between them without pulling out of a single one.
Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have collectively fought 59 times with not one fight cancelled by their own fault. #UFC230
— Alex Scaffidi (@alexscaffidi_) September 28, 2018
I had to laugh at how perfectly this fit- credit to Derrick Lewis for finding a good one.
Tobin’s weightlifting buddy was making some petulant expressions at his hearing, and they have entered MMA memeography
Jon Jones wrote some savage words to Daniel Cormier and the two-weight champion threw it right back at him.
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So here we go again Jonny boy. First off, if you did nothing wrong and were “innocent“ then you’d have never been suspended. You’ve had to stand before these people and arbitrators so many times it’s insane. So you slipped again, how many times can one man slip? I’ve been tested 70 times and I haven’t slipped once. How do you explain that? And on top of all the cheating you’ve done around UFC 182, UFC 200 and UFC 214 that’s not even the straw that broke the camel’s back. You are actually a SNITCH! You think you’re the only one that’s been offered this deal? No, you’re just the only scumbag low enough to take it! Which one of your teammates did you tell on to get this joke of a punishment from USADA! I thought there was nothing lower than a cheater but it’s not surprising that you show me a whole new level. You’re a cheater and a SNITCH! Get off my page and go do some coke, or steroids or whatever you losers do in your spare time. #doublechamp
Khabib does have to stand up with McGregor… for at least a fraction of a second.
Find someone who won’t rip your yoga mat out from under you in a fit of rage, ideally.
Find someone that looks at you the way Rumble looks at weed pic.twitter.com/OemYzKQZHh
— RC Woodley (@RcTWood) September 28, 2018
Yeah, this was hilarious. Wait for Sage Northcutt
Nick Newell is stepping up his social media game
If I know Maniacs, this is worth your click.
Just before I sold MiddleEasy, I created a Tumblr of impossibly rare MMA imagery that I feared would get lost on the internet. It’s a time capsule of what MMA was. Never really shared it until now: https://t.co/OrJcmlow8f pic.twitter.com/JxJTHDB1w3
— Zeus Tipado (@tipado) September 28, 2018
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Oh MAN. This is one of those all-time classics, straight out of a movie
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 29, 2018
Speaking of classics, anyone remember this one?
That awkward moment when you find the one person in the world with the same sporting ability as you. pic.twitter.com/UI2evSkVTK
— Boxing Kingdom (@BoxingKingdom14) September 28, 2018
Fantastic combination, the knee into the same-side punch is a classic, but turning the knee into a jump knee? Next level.
— AXS TV Fights (@AXSTVFights) September 29, 2018
The rhythm on this
— LORD HONKY HUMUNGUS (@Mr_Honky) September 28, 2018
Brutal body kick
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 29, 2018
Stephen Thompson will join baffled Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Tyron Woodley in the promotion’s head-scratching club, as “Wonderboy” remains a bit perplexed as to why Rafael dos Anjos and Colby Covington are fighting for an interim title.
Woodley has not competed since his unanimous decision victory over Demian Maia last July, opting for shoulder surgery that sidelined “The Chosen One” for a few short weeks. While he’s certainly dragged his feet regarding an Octagon return, the promotion also struggled to produce a viable contender during that span.
No, this guy doesn’t count.
Woodley was targeting a July return, which is roughly one month after Dos Anjos and Covington compete at UFC 225 in Chicago (more on that fight here). That would leave the division with belts two for a relatively short period of time.
Maybe the promotion is not confident it can sell a welterweight pay-per-view (PPV) title fight without the added (cough) “drama” of making it champion vs. champion?
“It almost diminishes the value of the title, because they’re just throwing it out there — it’s like, ‘You can fight for an interim title, sure,’” Thompson told Bloody Elbow. “I don’t think they should be fighting for an interim title. If [Woodley] says he’ll be back in July or August, then just say, ‘Hey, the winner of this will fight for the title.’ I don’t know what the UFC is playing at or what their thinking is when it comes to the interim title. But they’re just like, ‘You can fight for it anytime. Anybody can fight for an interim title.’”
That’s music to the ears of this welterweight contender.
The substitute strap is just one example of UFC “politics,” the other being Thompson’s 170-pound showdown against budding contender Darren Till. “Wonderboy” will slug it out with the Englishman in an attempt to prove he’s still the top dog in the division, despite coming up short in two appearances against Woodley.
“I think it’s just politics,” Thompson said. “I think that they are trying to make that market out there (in Liverpool). And he’s calling me out, so why not make that happen? I fought for the title twice, and I guess they don’t want to see it again until I prove myself again.”
Thompson vs. Till is set for this Sunday afternoon (May 27, 2018) in the UFC Fight Night 130 main event on FOX Sports 1, taking place inside Echo Arena in Liverpool, England. Sorry, no interim title for this important contest.
Rising UFC bantamweight prospect Sean O’Malley went full Cheech last night (Sat., April 14, 2018) during the FOX broadcast for UFC on FOX 29 from Glendale, Arizona, when he acted like he was sparking up a joint on live television (seen above).
A little awkward for UFC women’s flyweight contender Mackenzie Dern, who was siting right beside “Sugar,” but a moment most fight fans took in with a smile.
O’Malley, 23, is one of UFC’s most promising young athletes, although he’s not really a standard role model like other fighters that would be featured at the forefront of a mixed martial arts (MMA) broadcast. As a fighter who utilizes a chunk of his free time to enjoy the greener side of things, O’Malley took time during his short TV spot to pull out a rolled joint and pretend to light it.
Whether or not you’re someone who partakes in that sort of thing, you have to applaud the kid’s effort. After all, this isn’t new to UFC or the many fans who follow O’Malley. Ever since “Sugar” released footage of a side-by-side smoke session with rap icon Snoop Dogg, the talented bantamweight has publicly revealed marijuana-infused after parties and plans to roll out his own customized weed strain.
Not too shabby, especially for a young fighter with only two Octagon appearances under his belt (both victories).
O’Malley is a unique character to say the least and a fighter UFC is certainly going to lean on to attack a specific demographic moving forward. Not for nothing, but this guy has already paved the way for the second generation of UFC weed smokers.
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For all you Sambo practitioners out there, now may be the time to close your eyes and walk away from the computer.
Because even though surging UFC lightweight title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov hails from a storied background in Sambo and has dominated all 25 of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts to date, the Russian’s Sambo background still isn’t getting the credit it may deserve.
According to outspoken MMA analyst and current Bellator MMA fighter Chael Sonnen, Sambo wouldn’t be considered a sport if ran the world. In fact, Sonnen believes Nurmagomedov derives absolutely nothing from his Sambo background, instead suggesting “Eagle” is dominant because of his wrestling pedigree.
“Sambo sucks, Sambo has always sucked and I don’t believe Khabib [Nurmagomedov] is a Sambo player,” Sonnen said during a recent episode of his Beyond the Fight podcast. “I think somewhere he just wanted to pay respect to Sambo. Being Dagestani, I believe he got the skills he got in a wrestling room. He clings to that Sambo.
“In the history of them setting up that [UFC] cage, there has never been a contender – let alone a stand-out – that was good at Sambo. It sucks. It’s not real. It’s a fake sport.”
While Sambo is a widely respected discipline, especially within the military framework of Russia, Sonnen isn’t convinced that the martial art is an effective tool in today’s professional combat world. So even though Khabib has produced a perfect 9-0 UFC record since his Octagon inception in 2012, Sonnen isn’t attributing that success to Sambo in any way, shape, or form.
“Sambo is the martial art of the Russian military,” Sonnen explained. “The Russians have a very good military so it adds credibility to Sambo. Nobody has stopped to think well, those sons of bitches have guns and tanks too. They’re not really out there doing this Sambo with their Sambo jackets on.”
“I’m actually now taking joy in the fact that I know I’m going to offend a bunch of people,” Sonnen added. “Let those crybabies cry. Sambo sucks. But Khabib doesn’t suck, he just pretends he does Sambo. That’s a wrestler right there.”
Sambo expert, wrestling prodigy, or brawler of bears, it really doesn’t matter. When Nurmagomedov steps inside of the cage opposite interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 on April 7 in New York City he’s going to need every ounce of expertise and experience to capture his 10th UFC win.
We’ll have to wait and see exactly what “Eagle” can do against “El Cucuy” when the two square off in just two weeks, especially if the action hits the canvas (which it probably will).
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Khabib Nurmagomedov thinks Cain Velasquez should stop talking about the WWE and focus on his long-awaited UFC comeback.
Let’s go @officialcainvelasquez it’s not @wwe it’s #MMA bro, be ready, @ufc fans waiting for you, stop talking about fake #wwe trainig. #realfighter #ufcfighter #ufc #mma #wwe #CainVelasquez#2timeufcheawyweightchampion
This is the tweet Khabib was referencing:
— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) March 5, 2018
In other news, Khabib standing next to Cain Velasquez looks massive ahead of his lightweight title fight at UFC 223 with Tony Ferguson, a fight that has already been booked and cancelled three times due to injuries and failed weight cuts.
Hopefully his injury-prone heavyweight teammate can muster his own comeback soon.
— Cain Velasquez (@cainmma) March 7, 2018
To the sofa scrubs,
If you see a man in full charge from a 3 point stance, storming the cage to reach you and your thoughts are “He’s probably just coming in hot for the high five.” You need to reassess what the fuck you’re doing in that cage.
Nothing funny about this business.
— Alex Hernandez (@TheGreat155) March 8, 2018
Belal Muhammad and Paul Felder try putting on their own WWE-style drama.
— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) March 8, 2018
Joe Rogan has crazy friends… but also I want to do this.
My friend @andystumpf212 is fucking crazy. #Repost @andystumpf212 ・・・ Wingsuit Wednesday from the Lauterbrunnen valley. Notice the checking and re-checking of gear, the shuffling of feet, and ridiculous breathing. It’s called fear, and we all have it, or at least you do if your not a sociopath. The only variable is whether or not you let it govern your behavior. @killcliff @gatorzeyewear @511tactical @roguefitness
This is me on the heavy bag too:
Fabricio Werdum clarifies his comments about doing pro wrestling.
Hey guys to make it clear I spoke about maybe doing Lucha libre in México. Not WWE. I meant wwe style(pro wrestling) but I am a @ufc fighter and my focus 100% is fighting in the ufc and whatever decision I make after my fighting career @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 will be involved.
— Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) March 7, 2018
Great heavyweight fight for young prospect Curtis Blaydes.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) March 7, 2018
I had this reaction too
Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone doing his thing. That’s a pretty sweet over-under shotgun he’s got.
Delayed reaction KO by Terrion Ware.
Terrion Ware’s KO of Jared Papazian was pretty nice… pic.twitter.com/oS2vSIzC4x
— Joshua Yandle (@JoshYandle) March 7, 2018
Who would have possibly guessed? The truly amazing part is how a guy with this much on his record has managed to gain the trust of so many high-level MMA fighters.
Just got Ali Abdelaziz’s rap sheet from 2000-2004. No way NSAC did an FBI fingerprint check on him. Charges include counterfeiting, forgery, criminal impersonation, check & credit card fraud, assault (felony x2, aggravated x1, simple x2) burglary, auto theft, fraud & harassment.
— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) March 7, 2018
How I hope to be in my 80s
He threw up right in the guy’s face. Chemical defense.
Look how small Yoel Romero is next to Shaquille O’Neal.
Robert Whittaker family photos are evidently going well.
- Andre Soukhamthath is still getting called the dumbest fighter in UFC history. It is worth pointing out he was still concussed after taking a beating in the first round. Credit to him for not letting the mistake he admits he made get to him.
- It’s criminal that Darren Till hasn’t fought since his knockout win over Cowboy Cerrone; hopefully the UFC can get him booked soon. He’s got an opponent and a date in mind.
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This is the terrifying feature y’all have invited into your homes and I won’t be having that in my household ever.
Plot twist: Amazon confirms Alexa devices are randomly laughing, but it’s unable to determine why and any attempts to stop the laughter are thwarted.
— John Paczkowski (@JohnPaczkowski) March 7, 2018
Rolling with black jaguars > rolling with black belts
Well this is certainly an interesting turn of events.
Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission COO Cristiano Sampaio was irate with the “illegal” kick that Claudia Gadelha allegedly landed on Cortney Casey during their women’s strawweight showdown at UFC Fight Night 100 last weekend in Sao Paulo.
But it wasn’t over “Claudinha.”
Instead, Sampaio went after Casey for selling the referee — and fans in attendance — a fake injury from a kick that never landed, which then afforded her several minutes to rest and recover from a fight she was likely losing.
From his statement to MMA Fighting:
“The kick didn’t land, the athlete forged the injury. Had she not done that, and not used that time to her benefit and rest, he would have deducted the point. Had the kick landed, Claudia could get two points deducted or being disqualified. (Casey’s) conduct was wrong and unsportsmanlike, which could even be interpreted by the referee as she was giving up on the fight.”
According to Sampaio, the referee was just in his decision to not take a point.
Gadelha acknowledged the blow during the fight; however, changed her tune during the UFC Fight Night 100 post-fight press conference (watch it here). The victory pushed the Brazilian to 3-2 inside the Octagon (14-2) overall.