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Wonderboy: Fake Belt Diminishes Value Of UFC Title

What value?

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.


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Video: O’Malley Fake Sparks Joint During UFC On FOX 29 Broadcast

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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Sonnen Says Khabib Pretends To Practice ‘Fake Sport’ Of Sambo

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.”

Too harsh?

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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Midnight Mania! Nurmagomedov Tells Cain to Stop Talking About ‘Fake’ WWE

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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:

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.


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Delayed reaction KO by Terrion Ware.

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Brazilian commission slams Cortney Casey over phantom head kick, fake injury

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.

Is normal.

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.

Dissenting opinons?

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Khabib Nurmagomedov told Dana White to stop sending him ‘fake’ contracts

NEW YORK – Khabib Nurmagomedov talks about his submission win over Michael Johnson at UFC 205, his chances of getting a shot at the lightweight title, Conor McGregor, and much more.

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk says Karolina Kowalkiewicz is a ‘fake person’

With the UFC’s first ever event at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 12 already a historical marker for the sport of MMA, Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s strawweight title defense against fellow Polish fighter Karolina Kowalkiewicz is the miniature history within. Yet just because they share a country of origin doesn’t mean they are simpatico with each other.

Or at least, not entirely.

Jedrzejczyk sees Kowalkiewicz as a nice enough person on the surface, but ultimately something else when it comes down to it. She explained her first impressions of Kowalkiewicz on Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, describing the turnabout.

“She was super-nice, super-cute, she came to me with her coach, they hugged me, they were talking to me,” she said of Kowalkiewicz. “But…she isn’t a great person. That’s her problem. She’s a fake person.”

Things went a little sour between the two when Kowalkiewicz upset Rose Namajunas at UFC 201 in July to establish herself as Jedrzejczyk’s next challenge. 

“For my fight with Gadelha, we had to record some media for our sponsor and we had a photo shoot together,” Jedrzejczyk said. “She was super-nice, we were talking a lot. But after her fight with Rose she said some bad things. And that’s the reason.”

It perhaps boiled down to Kowalkiewicz’s instinct to sell the fight. Asked specifically what Kowalkiewicz said to make her change her mind about her, Jedrzejczyk pointed in that direction.

“That I’m afraid of her and that I’m going to lose my belt,” she said. “There’s no trash talk, but she’s fake. And I’m going to prove that she’s a fake person.”

Jedrzejczyk is coming off an empathic decision victory over Claudia Gadelha in July, which capped off a coaching stint against her Brazilian rival for The Ultimate Fighter 23. Namajunas, who was a star from TUF 20, was being groomed in many people’s eyes as the next challenge for Jedrzejczyk, yet Kowalkiewicz was able to eke out a split decision victory to change the narrative.

Now that it’s slated for MSG at UFC 205, the fight will take on a bigger spotlight, particularly with Conor McGregor challenging Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight belt in the headlining spot.

Asked if Kowalkiewicz was on her level, Jedrzejczyk was straightforward.

“She’s not, but she’s a tough chick,” she said. “So it’s going to be a really tough and interesting fight, but she’s not on my level.

“She deserved to fight for this title. She beat Rose, and Rose was supposed to be my next opponent. But Karolina won and she’s the challenger.”

Overall, Jedrzejczyk — who has defended the 115-pound title three times and is one of the more dominant champions in the UFC currently — was matter-of-fact when asked if she was impressed with “The Polish Princess.”

“No, I am not impressed with Karolina Kowalkiewicz,” she said.

And as for having to fight her fellow Polish fighter, if there were mixed feelings associated? No.

“It’s my business, it’s my job,” she said. “I don’t mind who’s going to be my next opponent or who’s Karolina. She could be from Cuba and I’m still going to fight her. She could be from my city and I’m still going to fight her if I have to fight her.”

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Michael Bisping Pulls a Sonnen, Calls Anderson Silva a “Fake Who Can Speak English”

Michael Bisping may not be regarded in the same light as Conor McGregor, when it comes to trash talk, but there aren’t many who can beat “The Count” in this element of the game. The British fighter has become one of the UFC’s most marketable fighters, not only because of his talents, but his rare […]

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Michael Bisping Pulls a Sonnen, Calls Anderson Silva a “Fake Who Can Speak English”

Michael Bisping may not be regarded in the same light as Conor McGregor, when it comes to trash talk, but there aren’t many who can beat “The Count” in this element of the game. The British fighter has become one of the UFC’s most marketable fighters, not only because of his talents, but his rare […]

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Chad Mendes says he fought Conor McGregor for the ‘fake belt’ at UFC 189

All eyes will soon be on the featherweight division, and in more ways than one.

Twenty-four hours before Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor collide in Las Vegas at UFC 194, Chad Mendes and Frankie Edgar will meet in a table-setting match on Dec. 11 at The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale. Aside from being an obvious fallback in case injury derails Aldo-McGregor once again, the fight is a fascinating stylistic pairing with significant stakes at hand, as the winner could set themselves up for a big 2016 campaign in a division that’s never been hotter than it is now.

“Frankie is a guy who is right there at the top, you know? This is a fight, in my opinion, that is going to cement the true No. 1 contender,” said Mendes.

“I feel like the winner of this fight should be right back in line for it, whether it’s me or Frankie. Obviously I’ve fought Aldo twice, and Conor for the fake belt. But if you beat a guy like Frankie who’s been just on a tear, then you have no choice but to give the guy who wins that fight a title shot, in my opinion.”

The “fake belt” Mendes is referring to is the same interim belt that McGregor captured with a memorable second-round TKO back in July at UFC 189.

McGregor was initially slated to challenge Aldo at that event, however a last-second rib injury led to Aldo’s withdrawal, and the show moved on with Mendes as a replacement and an interim belt up for grabs, despite Aldo having defeated Mendes nine months prior at UFC 179.

Ultimately the injury delay and McGregor’s subsequent victory over Mendes only served to ratchet up the hype even further for the eventual grudge match between the two featherweight champions. That hype will at last be settled on Dec. 12, and the result could complicate things for the rest of the division.

While Mendes said he would be content sit out and wait for the Aldo-McGregor winner should he emerge victorious at TUF 22 Finale, Edgar knows all too well how long rivalries can stretch out from his time as UFC lightweight champion, and he wouldn’t be ready to accept the same fate as Mendes.

“Speaking to Dana (White), he pretty much said you just don’t know what’s going to happen with Aldo and McGregor,” Edgar said. “Barring a barnburner between those guys, I think the winner of our fight should get the next title shot, especially with me coming off five straight wins over top notch guys. But again, nothing is guaranteed and I’m not banking on anything.

“I’m not putting a date on anything,” Edgar added. “I feel great. I don’t feel like I’m getting older. It’s just the fact that time is ticking and I don’t want to sit around and wait for anything. I do want to stay active, I want to make money. I feel like I’m getting better as I go along, so I don’t want to be sitting dormant at all.”

With a McGregor victory likely resulting in an immediate rematch, or even a controversial McGregor loss potentially doing the same, the featherweight belt could be tied up well into the new year.

But those are matters for Mendes and Edgar to worry about after Dec. 12. For now, they must simply focus on the foe standing across from them, and in both cases, that foe presents one of the most daunting physical and mental challenges the division can offer.

“I feel like me and Frankie have pretty similar styles, as far as our boxing and wrestling,” Mendes said. “I feel like I have a little more power. People say he has the speed advantage there. I think ultimately this is going to come down to heart. This is a fight that, I’m not going to back down. I know Frankie is not going to back down. It’s going to come down to grit and who wants it the most. We both have wrestling backgrounds, and we have that ability to grind, so this is a fight that fight IQ is going to play a huge role in.”

“Anything could happen,” Edgar agreed. “That’s the beauty of fighting, you never know what’s going to happen, especially with styles like Chad and myself. I think we match up pretty well, so I’m expecting us to touch every part of the Octagon.”

One potential advantage Mendes carries into the bout is the fact that his mentor and friend, Urijah Faber, just fought Edgar in the summer. And while Faber dropped a five-round decision to Edgar in that contest, the preparation and subsequent information he gleaned from the experience has helped Mendes tremendously in the lead-up to Dec. 11.

“I got to see a lot of things going on in that fight,” Mendes said.

“Faber is fighting the day after me (at UFC 194), so that makes it great that he just fought Frankie and he’s going through an entire training camp with me. We’ve been training a lot for this fight. Obviously we sat down and re-watched the fight a few times, Frankie’s with Faber, and came up with a solid gameplan, so it’s definitely something we’ve talked about and gone over.”

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