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Midnight Mania! Should Khabib Fans Be Worried About This McGregor Training Video?

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Conor McGregor is gearing up for his MMA return, and it seems he is not pulling punches in the gym. I mean that literally, as he is shown dropping training partner(s) in this heavily edited and condensed training montage.

He is seen throwing an elaborate spinning roundhouse kick, practicing his bodyshots, pairing his kicks with his punches, throwing jumping switchkicks like the version of McGregor that fought Max Holloway, sticking his training partners with side-kicks to the gut, and doing a LOT of wrestling. Brazilian Jiu Jitsu ace Dillon Danis can be seen prominently attempting to take him down, among others, and McGregor appears to drop one training partner with a shot to the head and seems to buckle another with a body blow.

Are Khabib fans worried, or confident?

McGregor faces Khabib at UFC 229 in Las Vegas, on October 6th.


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Is Khabib jacking Conor’s style?

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#ufc229 let’s go!

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Brutal body knee in sparring by a world class Muay Thai athlete

Mark Hunt talks Brock Lesnar, JDS vs. his teammate Tai Tuivasa, and much more.

Mike Perry isn’t quite convinced the 9/11 conspiracy theories aren’t real but he is promoting a message of positivity here no matter what.

Gunnar Nelson has a creepy way of welcoming you to his fight team

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Welcome to Mjölnir my sweet boy

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BJJ Scout breaks down Conor McGregor

CM Punk has been paid more in his MMA stint than most other athletes who have trained MMA their entire careers.

Chad Mendes killed this elk to feed his family for half a year.

CSA has prepared a gameplan for Cris Cyborg against Amanda Nunes

The real ‘I’ll take his head clean off’

I’m confused now which is the real image

These people are insanely talented and incredibly skilled

Khabib still doesn’t like rap concerts. Russia can be a reactionary place, and Khabib’s views seem especially reactionary.

I don’t know how staged this is, but the choke slam was hilarious.

Imagine the sparring


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Classic Pride fight, with Liddell on loan from the UFC back when they did cross promotion.

Classic

What a battle


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Enjoy

Amazing spot.

This guy is cooler than I will ever be

This article on the anniversary of 9/11 was utterly extraordinary

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Urijah Faber Reassures Fans Regarding Cody Garbrandt’s Social Media Absence

Last month, former Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight king Cody Garbrandt suffered his second consecutive loss to bitter rival and former teammate T.J. Dillashaw at UFC 227 in an unsuccessful attempt to recapture his bantamweight title.
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Midnight Mania! A Lot of QAnon Conspiracy Theorists are MMA, Joe Rogan Fans

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QAnon, the truly bizarre conspiracy theory that posits Trump and Mueller as heroes of a secret campaign to bust pedophile rings of the rich and powerful, has a number of followers that also happen to be MMA and Joe Rogan fans.

This is the finding from Vox’s analysis of the QAnon subreddit, the thread on Reddit where much of the plot percolates. It’s the casual followers who tend to be MMA fans:


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Joe Rogan featuring prominently isn’t altogether surprising. He is known for giving a platform on his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, to a number of right-wingers such as Ben Shapiro and Jordan Peterson, as well as people who entertain theories outside of the normal realm of discourse, including most famously Eddie Bravo, but also figures like Graham Hancock, who push fringe theories (unrelated to QAnon) that appeal to the imagination but are, to say the least, controversial from a scientific point of view.

Perhaps Rogan is the link from QAnon to MMA, or perhaps our oddball sport just attracts minds susceptible to wild, implausible theories. At any rate, there was a stronger overlap with crypocurrency, gaming, and men’s rights activism. Of those, gaming just has a wide reach among males. Cryptocurrency happens to be an interest of several MMA fighters including Jon Fitch, Rory Macdonald and Ben Askren. As for men’s rights… safe to say it reinforces the notion that the audience for QAnon is a mostly (though far from exclusively) male audience.

Happy birthday to Joe Rogan, by the way. The man remains the greatest MMA color commentator of all time, an iconic figure in the sport.


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Tyron Woodley talks his break into Hollywood.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier disagrees with Alex Hernandez about why he lost a decision to the young Texan.

Just checking in on Old man Dan Henderson… yep, looks like he is living his best life, at an event called Bubba Fest in Tennessee.

Michelle Waterson doing burst conditioning

What exactly is being accomplished here

Mia St. John, female champion boxer, admitted she took steroids throughout her career with no repercussions.

No thank you, I will not be this zookeeper

Video by @tigerworld_nc #Destination_Wild

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I’m not saying Boss Logic’s poster is better, but the level of effort does look roughly similar.

I swear Tony Ferguson actively TRIES to injure himself.

Robert Whittaker working his elbows

Suga Sean O’Malley ought to be a hit with McGregor fans for the similarities in their fighting styles, if nothing else.

Throwback to this ridiculous comeback story told in slow motion

When you overthink everything.

This is me:

McGregor kicked up the old Malignaggi reaction train this weekend with a well-worded tweet. Out of all the stupid McGregor-Mayweather drama, I had at least hoped we would see the full sparring footage of training camp McGregor vs. a washed up former boxer.

Speaking of MMA vs. boxing, it is not clear where or how this fight would take place, and it won’t ever actually happen… there are benefits to having only one McGregor in this sport.


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This knockout by Luiz Gustavo at RIZIN 12 was brutal.

I like how the body punching pays dividends at the end of this video

Goodnight, Angela Magana.

Well that’s a rare one for wmma

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Who says you can’t kick moving backwards? (It takes a lot of skill)

Picture-perfect hook

Tricky

Cool trick bro

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What a slugfest. This doesn’t seem like it ought to be able to continue as long as it did.

When you zig that time you should have zagged

See above

Good job, Heber Castillo


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Ryan Reynolds is one of the only funny celebrities on Twitter.

This is an incredible human feat

There is something astonishingly cinematic about this goal orchestrated by Wayne Rooney. You could write an entire magazine article about it.

For every glorious moment like the one above, soccer provides one like this to even the scale

This rogue goat may have helped dozens of other farm animals escape


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Blaydes: UFC Fans Fascinated By Big Muscles, Ugly Tattoos

Brock Lesnar is not a very good mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter.

That’s according to top-ranked heavyweight contender Curtis Blaydes, who smashed his way up the 265-pound ladder and positioned himself for a division title shot. Then UFC went full WWE and trumped “Razor” with Lesnar vs. Daniel Cormier in 2019.

Not because it makes sense for the division, but rather because it’s a fight that will likely sell over one million pay-per-view (PPV) buys, thanks to MMA fans and their “weird” fascination with big muscles and ugly tattoos.

“Will Smith is very popular. You think Will Smith can go in there at 185 and get a title shot? No. Brock Lesnar, he’s going to go fight for the title, go make beaucoup money, and he’s going to go get knocked out,” Blaydes told MMA Fighting.

“He’s not good. It’s weird how MMA fans are, like, just fascinated by his muscles,” he said. “Like, they just like to see a big guy with his physique in the Octagon. They don’t believe he can win, they just like to see him in Octagon. I don’t get it. Maybe they just like his tattoos, I don’t know.”

Lesnar (5-3, 1 NC) has not competed since his no contest against Mark Hunt at UFC 200 in summer 2016, which also saw the former NCAA Division-1 National Champion fail his pre-and post-fight drug tests (more on that here).

Blaydes, meanwhile, had some drug testing issues of his own back in early 2017, though you can probably argue a marked difference between marijuana (Blaydes) and clomiphene (Lesnar) when it comes to banned substances.

It’s unlikely these two will ever meet inside the cage, but it sounds like Blaydes — who recently called for a Stipe Miocic match up later this year — is ready to stake his claim to the 265-pound crown.

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UFC Fans Want Queen Elizabeth To Knight Michael Bisping

Where’s Uryens when you need him?!?

“Sir” Michael Bisping?

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion recently retired from mixed martial arts (MMA). Not only because he accomplished all the goals he set out to achieve, but also because he’s trying to preserve the sight in his “disfigured” right eye.

But now that he’s gone, some combat sports fans across the pond want “The Count” to join the Queen’s Knighthood. To get the ball rolling, an online petition has been started with a goal of 2,000 signatures (see it here).

As of this writing they have 1,163.

“Michael Bisping has established himself as one of the most successful and longest tenured fighters in UFC history while also becoming a pioneer for MMA in the United Kingdom,” the petition reads. “He is an inspiration for young fighters around the country and this should be recognized with a knighthood. All hail The Count!”

I’m not sure what it takes to get knighted, but sure I hope it looks something like this.

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Iaquinta Shuts Down Dopey UFC Fans Who Snickered At Khabib’s Striking

Respect the Dagestani jab of doom!

Newly-crowned Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, received heavy criticism for his inability to finish Al Iaquinta in the UFC 223 pay-per-view (PPV) main event earlier this month in Brooklyn, New York.

But one person who won’t shit on “The Eagle” is “Raging Al,” who was outstruck 172-43 in their five-round championship headliner (highlights). In fact, Iaquinta praised Nurmagomedov for his awkward (but accurate) style that made him hard to hit.

From his conversation with MMA Fighting:

“His standup was really good. I felt like I was a step behind him, just from the first two rounds of trying to get up and stay against the cage, he was kind of wearing on me a little bit. So I felt a little behind, but his jab is good. Every time I tried to let so combos go, he’s awkward, he’s got like the Russians — it’s just a different style of boxing. They were saying he’s got his head up. I connect with everybody. … It was hard to get to him. He’s tough, he’s tough. He’s got his own style. He’s awkward. Maybe it doesn’t look like it from the outside, but, he’s definitely, he’s fucking tough man. I knew we had a mutual respect on the standup when it was going back and forth, he was definitely worried about my power shots. But he kept me away with his jab and his movement was a little awkward and good.”

The still-undefeated Nurmagomedov is best known for his unstoppable takedowns and punishing top game, but the Dagestani champion seemed content to bang it out on the feet against a legitimate knockout artist.

Granted, Iaquinta entered the bout on super short notice after both Tony Ferguson and Max Holloway were pulled from the UFC 223 fight card, but he was already scheduled to compete in “The Empire State” and was not coming in cold.

Is it time to give Nurmagomedov more credit for his striking prowess?

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Midnight Mania! MMA Fans Head Kick Transit Officer in Perth Following UFC 221

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Watching a UFC event is supposed to be one of those “don’t try this on the way home, kids” experiences, but after UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, a couple drunk fans didn’t see it that way. Via Perthnow.com:

Police allege the men, from Rockingham and Wellard, were intoxicated and becoming loud and abusive about 3.25pm on Sunday, on their way home from the city’s first-ever UFC fight at Perth Arena.

PTA officers requested them to curb their behaviour and then asked them to leave the train at the next stop, Bull Creek station.

But it’s then alleged a fight took place with officers at the station and that one PTA employee was knocked out, after being kicked in the head.

The 32-year-old transit officer who was knocked out was left with severe concussion, swelling and bruises to the back and side of his head. He spent a night in hospital.

The other officer, aged 35, has swelling and bruising to the side of his face and jaw and is awaiting blood test results after being spat on.

With full-strength alcohol available from 6:30 AM Australian time, perhaps the bigger surprise is that more fans weren’t out of control. Only three people were ejected from Perth Arena for disorderly conduct, out of 12,000 fans. However, the 20 and 25-year old who fought the public officers face several charges, including escaping lawful custody, assaulting a public officer and endangering the life, health and safety of a person.


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Alastair Overeem waxed poetic on the highs and lows of MMA after Luke Rockhold’s KO loss.

Someone fight Zabit Magomedsharipov.

I love good head movement.

We used to admire this man.

I hate Derrick Lewis for posting this video.

He even posted a reply meme!

@as_shopped_as_it_gets_ lmao

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Chris Weidman training with Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr, adding tools to the arsenal.

Muay Thai sweeps are awesome.

Ilir Latifi and Alex Gustafsson getting some clinch work in.

Mischief managed.

Yoel Romero had the most success when he just rushed Rockhold, who moved back in straight lines all the way across the Octagon:

Al Iaquinta points out exactly what’s wrong with UFC 3: he’s making exactly zero money off his likeness.

Because the fighters have so much leverage. This fan doesn’t understand how monopsony works in labor markets.

Kajan Johnson and Nathan Quarry explaining to more ignorant fans how little the UFC fighters get paid as professional athletes at the highest level of their sport. It never fails to surprise me how many fans don’t understand this. Fighters talk about money all the time now because they realize how little of it they are getting from a 5 billion dollar company.

Israel Adesanya has a social media game.

Derrick Lewis appreciated this, and so do I.

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Dustin Poirier hates the memes around the picture of Romero kissing Rockhold.

The memes surrounding this uncomfortable image will not go away, despite Poirier’s feelings on the matter.

America, No forget

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In the comments, Cody Garbrandt asked Sage Northcutt, where is the neck tattoo?

Should Luke Rockhold get back to his roots?

Violence everywhere I look on this poster.

Back to business. #UFCGlendale

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This combination is unreal from Tenshin.

A reminder of just what new UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya is capable of:

I can’t remember if I posted this yet

I have never seen a triangle this dedicated.

That’s next level commitment.

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Hellbows

Yoel Romero has been terrifying for a long, long time.

This kid is incredible

This was fun


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We don’t have flying cars in 2018 but we do have terrifying robot dogs

Treat your fears like this guy treats his cobras.

I want to visit:

These Nollywood (Nepalese Hollywood) videos make my day every time I watch them.

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Midnight Mania! “Notorious” director says McGregor needs to win fans back

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I had the opportunity last week to interview Gavin Fitzgerald, the director of the documentary “Notorious”, which is out now. It’s a fantastic look at the transformation Conor has gone through. The documentary includes footage of Conor before he even got into the UFC, when he had no money, and lived in his parent’s house with his girlfriend Dee Devlin. It’s an incredible watch; as someone who has been watching McGregor’s star rise, almost inexorably, from a brash newcomer to double UFC champion, it’s a little surreal seeing an early, broke McGregor talk enthusiastically about getting into the UFC.

The interview starts at the hour and four minute (1:04:00) mark:

Gavin spilled the goods on first meeting Conor and hearing him talk about “watching gorillas on the nature channel and observing their movements”, what McGregor is like off camera (which the documentary does a great job of capturing), whether McGregor scripts any of his press conference material, what it was meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the moment he eventually realized Conor was going to knock out Jose Aldo.

He also gave his take on McGregor’s recent troubles, with the Bellator 187 slapping and shoving incidents, to apparently punching Irish mobsters in a bar. While he admitted he knows no more about the recent incidents than anyone else, he did think Dana White’s comments about Conor needing to find motivation again were insightful.

It’s kind of unfortunate, like from, he’s making bad press headlines at the moment, in conjunction with the film. I guess he’s probably going through something, but, you know, I think Dana made a good comment, he did, about Conor, and him waking up making 100 million in the bank account, and him finding that drive to fight again, you know? I guess that’s unprecedented, you know? Like, he went into this game for a knock and a few quid, as he said, and now he’s absolutely loaded. I mean, it’s, yeah. I just hope it doesn’t get any worse. I don’t know much more than anyone else about recent events, but I hope he gets his focus back.

I think the best thing for him is fighting, you know? I think at the moment, he’s only 29, he’s a lot to prove, a lot of records to break still. I mean, don’t forget, he’s already won two belts, he could easily win a third, so, there’s so much he can achieve still. And I’m sure he will.

I think he’ll win the fans back, because he has some of that to do. I think he has a lot of people who are turning, you know? So I think he needs to win them back, and the best way for him to do that is to get back fighting, and yeah, to become focused again.

I asked Gavin about the last time Conor had an extended break, when he tore his ACL in his last fight with Max Holloway. Gavin said that Conor’s fame has increased exponentially since then, so the situations are difficult to compare.

Back then, there weren’t as many cameras around him, you know? Like his stardom now is out of control, especially in Ireland. He can’t go anywhere without everyone knowing about it. I think he might have gone through a dark period after his first ACL surgery as well. But, like you said, he found his focus after that, and came back better than ever… I think the best thing for him is to get a goal in mind and get a fight lined up.

Seriously, watch “Notorious” if you get a chance. It’s on Netflix as well. Amazing inside look at Conor McGregor’s rise.


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Francis Ngannou will open as a betting favorite over champion Stipe Miocic. Ngannou has won all six of his UFC fights via stoppage, the past four in the first round. Stipe has stopped his past five opponents, the last four in the first round as well. This, my Maniacs, is the most excited I’ve been for a heavyweight championship fight in a long time. If Stipe wins, he sets the all-time record for UFC heavyweight title defenses. If Ngannou wins, a new superstar is born.

Ngannou isn’t shy about calling his shot, either:

I do wonder, questionable power punching test aside, whether Ngannou is the UFC’s hardest hitter ever.

This is a good shout.

Everything about this is timeless:

The Overeem knockout memes are never going to go away. This T-shirt is pure art:

Frankie Edgar and Kelvin Gastelum both liked this portrait of the newly crowned King of Violence, Eddie Alvarez.

Alvarez and Gaethje had nothing but respect for each other.

Poirier vs. Alvarez is the fight to make.

Max Holloway is awesome.

Max and his son are adorable.

The @blessedmma Era continues. #AndStill #UFC218

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That Korean military duty…

Nate Quarry says he made 6 times more than Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje made (combined) for Reebok sponsorship money 8 years ago. They made $ 7,500 combined, meaning Quarry made $ 45,000 for a free fight on Spike TV. It’s truly insane how much revenue the Reebok deal stole from the fighters, without any of their input.

Eating Doritos between grappling matches. Gordon Ryan is a monster.

Canelo Alvarez seems to spend his time riding lion-horses these days.

Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira was the best fight of UFC 218, one of those battles so jaw-droppingly intense it’s like catching lightning in a bottle.

Did you see this guy pretending to “play” UFC 218 in order to stream it for free? Yeah, that’s a lawsuit incoming:

Rachel Ostovich-Berdon won her last UFC fight by armbar, and also she has some powerful quads:

Hardwork always pays off.

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Muay Thai left hook knockout

That’s a classic faceplant:

Can’t ignore a gogoplata win!

The open air is what they are afraid of, but the UFC has to make this happen sooner or later:


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The future is bright. Or snowy. Or whatever the AI turns it into.

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Video: Francis Ngannou shatters world record for punching power (and ‘Reem’ fans are sh—ting themselves)

As if Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight smashing machine Francis Ngannou wasn’t scary enough, we now have video of “The Predator” shattering the world record for punching power, previously set by kickboxing bruiser Tyrone Spong.

That’s bad news for those mixed martial arts (MMA) fans rooting for Alistair Overeem, who meets Ngannou in the UFC 218 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event this Saturday night (Dec. 2, 2017) inside Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

Ngannou (10-1) has made a mockery of the UFC heavyweight division since making his Octagon debut in late 2015, racking up five straight wins with five violent finishes. Overeem (43-15, 1 NC), meanwhile, punched his way back to the top of the weight class with consecutive wins over Mark Hunt and Fabricio Werdum.

The former sits at No. 4 in the divisional rankings while the latter recently reclaimed the No. 1 spot (check out the entire top 15 here). And it should be noted “Demolition Man” has been knocked out 10 times in his MMA career.

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First 5,000 fans at Bellator 185 in Uncasville get free Royce Gracie bobbleheads

Bellator 185: “Mousasi vs. Shlemenko” goes down at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., on Oct. 20, 2017, as former mixed martial arts (MMA) champions Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) and Alexander “Storm” Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC) collide in Spike TV’s main event of the evening.

The success of a previous Fedor Emelianenko bobblehead giveaway at Bellator 183 last month has led Bellator MMA to do it all over again for this card. And this time it’s Royce Gracie who will be given to the first 5,000 fans to walk through the door. Much like “The Last Emperor,” Gracie has long-standing ties with Bellator President Scott Coker dating back to his days running Strikeforce; however, Gracie also owns a Bellator MMA win thanks to a third (and presumably final) bout with Ken Shamrock.

In addition, those who want to congratulate Gracie on his victory (and not just pick up a collectible) can meet the MMA legend at the concourse of Mohegan Sun on Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. ET. Space is limited, though, so fans are encouraged to arrive early to reserve their place in line.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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