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Cain Velasquez to Fight This Weekend, Then Disappear Again Into the Netherworld

Like some sort of primeval beast of legend, long lost heavyweight star Cain Velasquez will emerge from the shadows to face Francis Ngannou at UFC on ESPN+2 this weekend. Then, no matter the outcome, he once more disappear into the netherworld, invisible but for the highlight reel clips.

I mean, that’s at least what it feels like.

Thanks to a never-ending slew of injuries, the dude has been on the sidelines far more often than in the Octagon since, well, since forever. Velasquez was even the champ – more than once – and he rarely fought.

So yeah, we’re getting him in the main event of the UFC’s next big ESPN bash. But you can bet it will be years before Velasquez is in the cage again. If ever.

Anyway, here’s a video of Velasquez in action. Because you probably forgot what that looks like.

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Cain Velasquez to Fight This Weekend, Then Disappear Again Into the Netherworld

Like some sort of primeval beast of legend, long lost heavyweight star Cain Velasquez will emerge from the shadows to face Francis Ngannou at UFC on ESPN+2 this weekend. Then, no matter the outcome, he once more disappear into the netherworld, invisible but for the highlight reel clips.

I mean, that’s at least what it feels like.

Thanks to a never-ending slew of injuries, the dude has been on the sidelines far more often than in the Octagon since, well, since forever. Velasquez was even the champ – more than once – and he rarely fought.

So yeah, we’re getting him in the main event of the UFC’s next big ESPN bash. But you can bet it will be years before Velasquez is in the cage again. If ever.

Anyway, here’s a video of Velasquez in action. Because you probably forgot what that looks like.

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Cain Velasquez to Fight This Weekend, Then Disappear Again Into the Netherworld

Like some sort of primeval beast of legend, long lost heavyweight star Cain Velasquez will emerge from the shadows to face Francis Ngannou at UFC on ESPN+2 this weekend. Then, no matter the outcome, he once more disappear into the netherworld, invisible but for the highlight reel clips.

I mean, that’s at least what it feels like.

Thanks to a never-ending slew of injuries, the dude has been on the sidelines far more often than in the Octagon since, well, since forever. Velasquez was even the champ – more than once – and he rarely fought.

So yeah, we’re getting him in the main event of the UFC’s next big ESPN bash. But you can bet it will be years before Velasquez is in the cage again. If ever.

Anyway, here’s a video of Velasquez in action. Because you probably forgot what that looks like.

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Cain Velasquez to Fight This Weekend, Then Disappear Again Into the Netherworld

Like some sort of primeval beast of legend, long lost heavyweight star Cain Velasquez will emerge from the shadows to face Francis Ngannou at UFC on ESPN+2 this weekend. Then, no matter the outcome, he once more disappear into the netherworld, invisible but for the highlight reel clips.

I mean, that’s at least what it feels like.

Thanks to a never-ending slew of injuries, the dude has been on the sidelines far more often than in the Octagon since, well, since forever. Velasquez was even the champ – more than once – and he rarely fought.

So yeah, we’re getting him in the main event of the UFC’s next big ESPN bash. But you can bet it will be years before Velasquez is in the cage again. If ever.

Anyway, here’s a video of Velasquez in action. Because you probably forgot what that looks like.

The post Cain Velasquez to Fight This Weekend, Then Disappear Again Into the Netherworld appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Cain Velasquez to Fight This Weekend, Then Disappear Again Into the Netherworld

Like some sort of primeval beast of legend, long lost heavyweight star Cain Velasquez will emerge from the shadows to face Francis Ngannou at UFC on ESPN+2 this weekend. Then, no matter the outcome, he once more disappear into the netherworld, invisible but for the highlight reel clips.

I mean, that’s at least what it feels like.

Thanks to a never-ending slew of injuries, the dude has been on the sidelines far more often than in the Octagon since, well, since forever. Velasquez was even the champ – more than once – and he rarely fought.

So yeah, we’re getting him in the main event of the UFC’s next big ESPN bash. But you can bet it will be years before Velasquez is in the cage again. If ever.

Anyway, here’s a video of Velasquez in action. Because you probably forgot what that looks like.

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Predictions! UFC 234 Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ Preview

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to both UFC Fight Pass and ESPN this weekend (Sat., Feb. 9, 2019) when UFC 234: “Whittaker vs. Gastelum” storms Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC 234 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

The ludicrously stacked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Middleweight division gives us another terrific title fight this Saturday night (Feb. 9, 2019) when Robert Whittaker looks for his second defense against the ever-dangerous Kelvin Gastelum inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia. In UFC 234’s pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event Australia’s own Israel Adesanya challenges the legendary Anderson Silva, while top grapplers Rani Yahya and Ricky Simon duke it out at Bantamweight elsewhere on the main card.

The seven “Prelims” undercard matches are split 3:4 between Fight Pass and ESPN. Let’s see what Fight Pass has to offer first:

155 lbs.: Lando Vannata vs. Marcos Rosa

Lando Vannata (9-3-2) went above and beyond in his short-notice UFC debut, giving Tony Ferguson one of his toughest fights to date and nearly finishing the future interim champ with a head kick. He has since gone 1-2-2, picking up two more “Fight of the Night” bonuses and one “Performance of the Night” along the way.

His eight finishes are split evenly between knockouts and submissions.

Marcos Rosa (6-4) began his mixed martial arts (MMA) career just 2-3, but has won four of five since. His last three victories have all come by stoppage within 2:30.

“Dhalsim” stands at least three inches taller than Vannata, depending on which source you trust.

I feel like UFC is really digging into the bottom of the barrel in its search for someone Vannata can beat. The only things Rosa has going for him are his height, length and uncanny physical resemblance to Anderson Silva. He’s a decent striker, but his nonexistent ground game is a whole virtually anyone in UFC’s Lightweight division can exploit.

Literally all Vannata has to do to win this with ease is use his wrestling. It’s 50/50 between him doing that or brawling his way to another draw. Fingers crossed he actually uses his head this time.

Prediction: Vannata via first-round submission

155 lbs.: Jalin Turner vs. Callan Potter

Jalin Turner (7-4) put on a strong performance on “Contender Series,” forcing Max Mustaki to bow out with a broken foot, but did not receive a contract right away. “The Tarantula” instead stepped up on short notice against Vicente Luque, who knocked out the long-time Lightweight late in the first round.

All of his professional victories have come in five minutes or less.

Callan Potter (17-7) lost two of his first three professional bouts, facing the likes of future UFC competitors Richard Walsh and Jake Matthews along the way. He has now won nine of his last 10, the sole loss coming to dangerous submission ace Marcin Held.

He steps in for injured countryman Alex Gorgees on two weeks’ notice.

Turner had an easy assignment in front of him in Gorgees, and though Potter is a fair bit better than the man he’s replacing, the style matchup still favors Turner in a big way. Potter’s dangerous on the mat, but his striking defense is godawful, leaving him prone to relying on heroic comebacks.

Turner, unfortunately, hits like a truck, and Potter isn’t a good enough wrestler to keep him honest. So long as he stays aggressive and throws in combination, he should find his way around the Aussie’s guard before long and turn his lights out.

Prediction: Turner by first-round knockout

135 lbs.: Wuliji Buren vs. Jonathan Martinez

Wuliji Buren (11-6) entered UFC on a four-fight win streak, but couldn’t make it six against Rolando Dy despite a strong effort. “The Beastmaster” looked solid once again his next time out against Marlon Vera, only to succumb to a nasty body shot at the end of the second round.

He stands two inches taller than Martinez at 5’9.”

The only defeat for Jonathan Martinez (9-2) his first 10 fights came against future The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and UFC competitor Matt Schnell, whom Martinez hit with an illegal knee to earn a disqualification. He joined UFC on short notice in Oct. 2018, doing battle with Andre Soukhamthath and surviving a heavy knockdown en route to a unanimous decision loss.

He has knocked out five professional foes and submitted another two.

It’s really impressive how far Chinese MMA has come; it feels like yesterday that Tiequan Zhang was their biggest representative, and now even their lower-level guys like Buren are dangerous. This looks like a pick-‘em — after seeing the way Soukhamthath dwarfed Martinez, Buren will have the size advantage. At the same time, Buren looked vulnerable to southpaw striking against Vera and Martinez looks like he can keep up with his wrestling.

Buren’s history of stoppage losses and Martinez’s ability to fight through adversity are the cincher for me. Buren could impose his physicality early, but once Martinez starts landing his body kicks, it’s only a matter of time.

Prediction: Martinez via second-round technical knockout

Four more UFC 234 “Prelims” undercard bouts to preview and predict, including a dynamite Flyweight match up between Kai Kara-France and top prospect Raulian Paiva. Same time as always, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 234 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on ESPN at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC 234: “Whittaker vs. Gastelum” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor’s Coach Wants Cerrone Fight Next

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McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, is in favor of the proposed fight between McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. He sees the fight itself as fun and the buildup, while perhaps not as contentious as previous McGregor bouts, being entertaining.

“The Cerrone one, it looks good,” Roddy told Eurobash.

“It’s a fan favorite fight. Cerrone comes out and he looks to swing and Conor’s going to be looking to knock him out. The banter beforehand, I don’t see it being as [turbulent], I think it will be funny. Both guys will go back and forth and that will be exciting for fans. I think it would be a very exciting fight.”

He acknowledged that other possibilities for a future matchup, including Max Holloway, who cleverly subtweeted McGregor’s whiskey brand on a visit to Ireland. Roddy thinks the Cerrone fight is the most likely.

“[Holloway is] putting the digs in. I saw the post of him the other day in the Jameson [Distillery]…but I don’t know. I think the Cerrone one…because [McGregor and Cerrone] both engaged directly…Conor said he’d do it and then Cerrone said he’d do it…I think that might be in the pipeline,” he said.

“I can’t confirm that 100 percent obviously, but I think the fans would love it. It’s a great fight that people want to see. They can see the two of them in there, standing up and having a bang.”

He also weighed in on the possibility of an immediate rematch with Khabib, who yesterday suspended himself for a year, saying he would return in November. A win over Cerrone would put ‘The Notorious’ in a better position for a rematch… to the detriment of Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier.

“Conor is a superstar. He could turn around and say, ‘No, I want to fight Khabib’, and he could probably swing it, just because he can. But when you lose a fight you sometimes have to fight someone else. Again, I don’t know, anything could happen with Conor, but I think [Cerrone] is a good fight. I would enjoy that and I think everyone would enjoy that.

“We’d enjoy the camp, we’d enjoy the build up…everyone would enjoy the buildup. It would be a nice fight.”


Insomnia

Sage Northcutt being Sage Northcutt

Jorge Masvidal is certainly rocking a… look.

Force field!

McGregor is bragging on the fight after the fight he lost

A young Robbie Lawler was a terrifying force of nature

Game recognizes game

John Nash lays out the history of collective bargaining in sports nicely in this piece

Glory Kickboxing had their star athletes fail tests and promptly cancelled their contract with the drug-testing agency

The Mark Hunt Atomic Butt Drop!

Combat sports this weekend

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Bellator 214 Salaries! Fedor Banks $300K, Bader Nabs $150K For Title Fight

Mo’ money, mo’ problems …

Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” takes place this weekend (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., with Ryan Bader and Fedor Emelianenko squaring off in the Paramount Network broadcast main event of the evening.

No matter who wins the Grand Priz heavyweight finale tomorrow night, the loser can be consoled by the size of the check he cashed. For their efforts both Emelianenko and Bader will receive six figure salaries according to MMA Fighting, with Fedor getting $ 300,000 guaranteed (no win bonus) and Bader getting half as much at $ 150,000 (also no win bonus).

They are not the only fighters on the main card who will pocket large checks for one night’s work. Indeed, co-main event attraction Aaron Pico will bank a respectable $ 45,000 with an optional $ 45,000 win bonus, while featherweight opponent Henry Corrales will earn $ 35,000 with a potential $ 35,000 win bonus. The co-main event winner may very well land a future title shot against current champion Patricio Freire.

Not bad pay for one night’s work if you can get it.

Here are the complete Bellator 214 payouts:

Fedor Emelianenko: $ 300,000 to show (no win bonus)

Ryan Bader: $ 150,000 to show (no win bonus)

Aaron Pico: $ 45,000 to show ($ 45,000 to win)

Henry Corrales: $ 35,000 to show ($ 35,000 to win)

Jake Hager: $ 50,000 (no win bonus)

J.W. Kiser: $ 7,000 to show ($ 7,000 to win)

Juan Archuleta: $ 25,000 to show (no win bonus)

Ricky Bandejas: $ 30,000 to show (no win bonus)

Adel Altamimi: $ 10,000 to show ($ 10,000 to win)

Brandon McMahan: $ 3,500 to show ($ 3,500 to win)

Jay Jay Wilson: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Tyler Beneke: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Ozzy Diaz: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Chris Reyes: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Jorge Juarez: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

David Pacheco: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Jesse Merritt: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Thor Skancke: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

A.J. Agazarm: $ 12,000 to show ($ 12,000 to win)

Jesse Roberts: $ 2,500 to show ($ 2,500 to win)

Weber Almeida: $ 5,000 to show ($ 5,000 to win)

Oscar Chinchilla: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Sean Johnson: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Arturo Rivas: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

James Barnes: $ 2,250 to show ($ 2,250 to win)

Ryan Lilley: $ 2,000 to show ($ 2,000 to win)

Ian Butler: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Craig Plaskett: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Steve Ramirez: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Desmond Torres: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

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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One & Done? ‘Michelle’ Perry Teases ‘Last UFC Fight’

He’s also not a Tribal Chief, but that never stopped him from playing the part.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) could be saying goodbye to longtime welterweight fan favorite, Mike Perry, but before he goes, he’s got his eyes on a couple of “white belts” in the form of Mickey Gall and Curtis Millender.

Assuming either of them can be ready by May.

“So first Mickey Gall talks shit on Thanksgiving while driving his Honda Accord to his pot dealers house (illegal but they leave him cuz he smoke reggie),” Perry wrote on Instagram. “And the worst part about a fight with Curtis Millender is he looks at me like I’m a pretty white girl named Michelle.”

Perry (12-4) is hoping to rebound from his submission loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC Denver last November (replay). After jumping out to an 11-1 start to his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career, “Platinum” is just 1-3 dating back to late 2017.

Which is why he’s hoping to go out with a bang.

“It is not my decision which of these board the pain train I plan to roll in on,” he continued. “It is YOURS! THE PEOPLE! I was thinking a third mystery option rather than the two UFC whitebelts I just mentioned. Maybe a famous Brazilian out of respect for the country, the sport and all my jitsu brothers here at home. Can you think of who you would want to see me risk my beautiful face against in what could be my LAST UFC fight!”

Famous Brazilian? Jiu-jitsu? I’m thinking Demian Maia, which is probably a one-way ticket to the sub way. Unless you, the “Platinum” fans, have other ideas?

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UFC Fight Night Brooklyn Results: Henry Cejudo Wrecks TJ Dillashaw in Less Than a Minute

It was the latest installment of the “champ versus champ” series, with flyweight king Henry Cejudo taking on bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But there was a lot more at stake than just a belt. You see, the UFC is on the cusp of getting rid of the flyweight division, and the 125-pound champ losing would be the perfect opportunity to kill it.

So of course the Olympic wrestler rose to the occasion.

It took a little more than half a minute for Cejudo to overwhelm Dillashaw with strikes. From a kick to the head to a storm of punches, Cejudo had Dillashaw stumbling, dropping, rising up and dropping again. The ref saw enough at the 32-second mark.

Is the division saved? Maybe. Hopefully. After beating the champ in the weight class above, the flyweight champ certainly deserves to keep his kingdom.

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