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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.


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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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:

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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.


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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Muay Thai left hook knockout

That’s a classic faceplant:

Can’t ignore a gogoplata win!

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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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Joanna Jedrzejczyk asks her fans ‘Who wants to see me a two division champion?’

Make no mistake, Joanna Champion has her eye on the upcoming women’s flyweight title.

Could Joanna Jedrzejcyk be following in the footsteps of Conor McGregor?

While the Polish UFC champion hasn’t been able to match McGregor’s popularity outside of the cage, she’s certainly managed to dominate the women’s strawweight division over her five defenses as champion. With a new women’s flyweight title about to debut at the end of this season’s The Ultimate Fighter, many are wondering whether she’ll move up and lay claim to that belt as well.

There’s been plenty of signs that Joanna wants to move up because of the stress making strawweight puts on her body, and now she’s adding fuel to that fire with this Instagram post:

“Who wants to see me a two division champion?” she asks.

First she’ll have to defeat Rose Namajunas at UFC 217 on November 4th. And then she’d have to convince the UFC to let her move up and challenge for the belt, something they’ve only ever allowed Conor McGregor to do. Jedrzejczyk already beat the brakes off the last TUF winner that was given a belt. They may want to let the new division breath for a bit before allowing her to (probably) run roughshod over it.

That being said, Joanna is in a similar situation to Demetrious Johnson. She’s on the verge of having cleaned out her division, which is usually when moving up appeals to the UFC more. And with the UFC undoubtedly ready to release her strawweight title back into the wild if she’s successful at winning the flyweight belt, it could make things very interesting for two divisions.

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Gavin Tucker Tells Fans to Lay Off The Ref Following One Sided Loss

Following Gavin Tucker’s decision loss to Rick Glenn, which saw him take a vicious beating in the latter half of the bout, the featherweight’s telling fans to stop criticizing the referee. Many people have relayed they think the referee, Kyle Cardinal, should have stopped the UFC 215 fight, since Tucker appeared to be badly hurt […]

The post Gavin Tucker Tells Fans to Lay Off The Ref Following One Sided Loss appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Any MMA fans looking for a full time job in the industry?

Evolve MMA in Singapore is expanding again and is currently looking for people with a passion for mixed martial arts (MMA).

Evolve MMA is hiring aggressively across all job functions and is inviting applicants from all over the world to work at one of the three facilities in Singapore or the online resource of Evolve University.

Competitive salaries and perks like an all expenses paid annual trip are on offer to successful candidates. Last year, the entire Evolve MMA team flew to the Maldives on a company holiday.

Evolve MMA is currently home to fighters like Ben Askren, Shinya Aoki, Angela Lee and Rafael Dos Anjos and trainers include Brian Ebersole, Heath Sims, Orono Wor Petchpun and Yodsanan Sityodong as well as 10 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belts.

Anyone interested in the opportunities and passionate enough to pursue a dream career in combat sports, should send a cover letter to: jobs@evolve-mma.com.

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Glory fighter wins by controversial KO, gets attacked by fans in the ring

Glory 42 had one of the most bizarre — and scary — sequences in recent combat sports memory.

Welterweight fighter Murthel Groenhart won the co-main event bout in Paris against Harut Grigorian by savage knockout when Grigorian inexplicably turned his back to Groenhart in the middle of the round. Seconds after the finish, fans jumped into the ring and attacked Groenhart.

The fans landed multiple punches on the Glory fighter, who said he might have had his jaw broken in the wild melee.

“Some guy caught me with a hook to my face,” Groenhart said on the broadcast. “I got my guard up. With those hands without gloves, it came through to my chin and my teeth. I think it’s broken [jaw], I don’t know. It hurts.”

Glory announcers explained on the broadcast that per the sanctioning body Groenhart didn’t break any rules by hitting Grigorian while his back was turned, because the referee did not step in to stop the action. It was a legal blow and knockout.

“When you are in the heat of the game, you just continue,” Groenhart said. “He turned away. I came after him and got him with the right hook that’s all. I did nothing wrong. It was all in the fight, all in the game. Everyone says in the rules to protect yourself at all times. The referee did not come in. I came in with the right hook. He fell down, and then I saw the referee come in. I did nothing wrong.”

Grigorian’s trainer Nicky Hemmers said on the broadcast that his fighter turned his back due to a cut — “which you never do in a fight,” he said — and he didn’t hold it against Groenhart for hitting him.

“It was not illegal,” Hemmers said. “It was not nice to do, but it was not illegal.”

Groenhart, 30, is one of Glory’s top welterweight fighters and the 2016 Glory welterweight tournament champion. This was his third straight win for the kickboxing promotion and very likely the strangest one, considering how everything unfolded.

“I was in the corner and I saw these guys coming out,” Groenhart said of the attackers. “I was like come on guys this is a sport. Things happen. Some people get emotional, too close. But this is a sport and little children are watching this sport at home. You can not come into a ring like this.”

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Donald Cerrone’s message for fans not watching his fight with Robbie Lawler: ‘F*ck you’

LOS ANGELES — The UFC these days is a $ 4B entity broadcast on network television, with all the headaches and controversies that go with sport as a big business.

But all that should be shoved aside on July 8, when Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone square off on the main card of UFC 213 in Las Vegas.

This is an old-school fight, with old-school excitement, the sort of throwdown fans used to get excited about back when there was little money in the sport and people watched because of their passion for fighting.

And Cerrone knows it.

“I’m f*cking pumped,” Cerrone said during a UFC 213 press event on Wednesday. “It’s going to be exciting, you know? I don’t even know why they need me to keep selling this fight, it’s already, if you’re not a f*cking MMA fan and watching this fight, then f*ck you.”

This bout was briefly scheduled for UFC 205 in New York last November before Lawler, the former UFC welterweight champion, had to withdraw.

Cerrone went on to knock out Matt Brown at UFC 206, then was finished by Jorge Masvidal in January. Coming off the loss, Cerrone was simply itching to get back into action, so getting that opportunity to fight Lawler which he thought has forever passed was a bonus.

“This is a fight that I think everyone’s going to want to see,” Cerrone said. “It’s like a fighter’s fight, you know? Two old-school boys getting down, I gotta say, my mentality was it doesn’t matter who they give me. I just got my ass whipped, coming off a hard fight, and now I’ve got another one. It’s good, man. It’s awesome. I’m looking forward to it.”

With 45 career finishes between the two of them, Cerrone knows the duo has a reputation to live up to, but he’s not sweating it.

“I don’t think you have to gas this up, Cerrone said. “We’re already full tanks, man. You know, Robbie’s old school. He’s been around forever, so have I. Someone’s going to lose, but I don’t think Robbie looks like at it like and neither do I. …

“I’m going to fight, fight one of the best brawlers in the standup, f*cking throw down and put on a show,” Cerrone added later. “This fight’s for me. This is what I love, there’s no place I’d rather be than in that motherf**ker. And then throwing down with one of the greatest? C’mon. I’m loving it, every minute of it.”

Your ordinary fighter might feel intense pressure coming into the Lawler fight. Cerrone’s had 70 pro fights between MMA and kickboxing, is 34, coming off a loss, and already had a title shot. A win over Lawler could put him right back into the mix.

But Cerrone says that if it ever was his motivation, it isn’t now.

“Some people are like born, and their sole purpose is they love the belt, that’s their mission in life,” he said. “Me? I enjoy having fun and doing what I love. Fighting is just something I do, man, it’s not who I am. It doesn’t complete me. So the end of the day if I get the belt, f*cking great. If I don’t, I had such a good run and I love it. There’s literally no place I’d rather be July 8 then in the fucking ring throwing down. I love it. It’s my passion. So for me, it’s the highest pinnacle of my life, It’s my passion, doing what I love every f*cking day. People are like, Cowboy, you should probably quit drinking, you should probably quit partying. I’m like no, f*ck you all, I’m doing it my way. This is what I want to do.”

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Lorenz Larkin disappointed when he hears fans decrying Bellator move: ‘You can’t have one superpower’

Lorenz Larkin became one of the latest UFC contenders to make the leap to Bellator this month when he inked a deal to join the promotion’s ever-improving welterweight division. Larkin’s move was immediately followed by similar moves from top-five UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader and longtime bantamweight contender Michael McDonald, and added to the recent spending spree that has landed Bellator a handful of compelling free agents over the past year, from Rory MacDonald and Phil Davis, to Benson Henderson and Chael Sonnen.

After spending seven months in contractual limbo, Larkin said this week on The MMA Hour that he was happy to simply receive some clarity regarding his fighting future, and he hoped to get back into action as quickly as possible. But in the aftermath of his Bellator announcement being made official, one thing surprised Larkin that he didn’t expect: grumbling from fans confident he was making a mistake by leaving the UFC.

“I guess the only thing that I’ve kinda been disappointed with in this whole experience, some — I’m not going to say all of them, because there’s a lot of people who support my decision — but I feel like a lot of the MMA fans are really disappointing in this thing, that they’re just big UFC people,” said Larkin, who faces welterweight champion Douglas Lima at his Bellator 180 debut. “And I always took pride in saying that MMA fans are really knowledgeable about this sport. They’re really knowledgeable about what’s going on in this sport, more than I feel like (fans are) with boxing and things like that.

“I just get this whole, like, ‘why would you go to Bellator?’ And, ‘you’re over, it’s just a B-league,’ and all this other type of sh*t. And I’m just like, this is good for the sport, man. There can’t be one (option for fighters). I’m not saying it just because I left. I’ve watched Bellator before, even when I was in the UFC. I’ve watched all these other leagues when I was in the UFC, so it’s not like now I’ve left them and now I’m just like this. I’ve felt like this the whole time. It can’t be like that, especially being a fighter.

“You can’t have one superpower and no other organizations on the come-up,” Larkin continued. “It’s good for the sport. All these guys always talk about, ‘this fighter made five-and-five for a fight, this is bullsh*t.’ Well, the whole reason why that’s bullsh*t is because that’s one organization being the superpower. So it’s like these guys complain about one thing, and then they don’t want another thing.”

Larkin, 30, isn’t the first fighter to echo such sentiments. Angst over the UFC’s stranglehold on the market has existed for years, as well as the public’s general perception that fighters in the UFC are superior to their counterparts elsewhere. Similar arguments were made back in the day regarding the WEC, Strikeforce, and other non-UFC promotions, and Larkin couldn’t help but point out how wrong those arguments were, considering that many of the WEC’s and Strikeforce’s best fighters went on to become major successes in the UFC.

“They say ‘minor league’ and all this other sh*t, but they said the same thing about Strikeforce,” Larkin said. “Luke Rockhold was a champion, Tyron Woodley is a champion, (Daniel) Cormier, Robbie Lawler, Fabricio (Werdum). I don’t like Ronda (Rousey), but she came from Strikeforce. So it’s like, everybody has to know, this is a good change in the sport. All this free agency stuff and these things, this is like the evolution of MMA. This is like a turning point, that other organizations are starting to fight for fighters, and everybody has to understand that’s a good thing for the sport as a whole.”

In Larkin’s case, the Riverside native was a top-10 ranked fighter in the UFC before he switched over to Bellator’s side of the game. In his 2016 campaign alone, Larkin defeated both Jorge Masvidal and Neil Magny, two men who are currently ranked No. 5 and No. 6 in the UFC’s welterweight division, respectively. That momentum gave Larkin good enough leverage to secure a better deal on the open market than he would have found if the UFC had been his only option.

That’s why Larkin can’t help but be surprised when he reads and hears from fans who indicate that his Bellator move means that he is no longer a relevant factor at 170 pounds, especially when he considers the strength of a Bellator welterweight division that already includes MacDonald, Paul Daley, Michael Page, Andrey Koreshkov, and champion Douglas Lima, among others.

“Don’t get me wrong, I’m getting a lot of people who are supporting me,” Larkin said. “A lot of people. It’s just, I see [the criticism] every so often, because I don’t really reply, but I am a lurker. I do just scroll (through) little posts and I’ll just read the comments. But it was just boggling my mind, man. I just felt like, all MMA fans should know that this is good for the sport. This is not a bad thing, that people are starting to test free agency and things like that.”

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