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UFC Fighter Elias Theodorou to Serve as ‘Ring Boy’ at Invicta FC 28 on March 24

Elias Theodorou will attempt to redefine gender roles in the industry when he serves as a “ring boy” at Invicta Fighting Championships 28 on March 24.
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UFC Fighter Elias Theodorou to Serve as ‘Ring Boy’ at Invicta FC 28 on March 24

Elias Theodorou will attempt to redefine gender roles in the industry when he serves as a “ring boy” at Invicta Fighting Championships 28 on March 24.
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Northcutt ‘Improving Every Day,’ Hopes To Become Most Well-Rounded Fighter

The sky is the limit for Sage Northcutt after the 21-year-old announced last month that he’s leaving college to pursue a full-time fighting career. Obtaining an education is obviously important, but Northcutt possesses a high level of talent that needs to be nurtured on a day-to-day basis.

Northcutt is hoping that a full-time commitment to mixed martial arts (MMA) will help him take his game to the next level. With “Super” set to compete later tonight (Sun., Feb. 18, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 126 live on FOX Sports 1 from inside Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas, against talented Frenchman Thibault Gouti, fight fans will soon find out if Northcutt has taken the next step in his career.

“It’s been way more comfortable since I withdrew from school,” Northcutt told MMAjunkie earlier this week. “Now I’m not studying to be a petroleum engineer. I’m able to focus full-time on the fight. Now the confidence is going up, and I’m feeling way more better because I know I’m improving every single day instead of taking the talent I had from when I was a little kid and going off that. Now I’m able to build that talent and get better.”

Luckily for Northcutt, his maturation as a fighter has been held under a microscope by head coach Uriah Faber, who has taken the young fighter under his wing as a member of Team Alpha Male. With “California Kid” by his side, the Texas native has been able to make the necessary adjustments to make him a more versatile fighter.

“Team Alpha Male’s been amazing,” Northcutt said. “I have my coach, Urijah Faber. He’s watching me do everything pretty much all the time. I’m training or grappling or sparring live. He’s over there making adjustments. He’s really hands on, so that makes a big difference.”

Despite some struggles at 170 pounds, Northcutt has produced a 3-0 record as a UFC lightweight. He’ll be looking to add to that undefeated clip this weekend in Austin while showcasing his ability to threaten wherever the fight happens to go.

“I want to be super well-rounded,” Northcutt said. “I want to be eventually be the best wrestler out there, be the best grappler out there, along with being the best striker – be all of them at one time.”

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Midnight Mania! ‘The Cage Fighter’ Explores the Dark Side of MMA

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

It’s a dark night. Joe Carman, a mixed martial artist cutting weight, has stumbled into the parking lot and is leaning against a wall, his head in his arm. His trainer strides out to collect him, quipping, “If you get sick, that’s less weight you need to cut”, before bringing him back towards the light from the gym door.

Trainer: You wanna know what separates us from normal people?

Joe: Yes.

This. This right here is what separates us from normal people. Normal people are sitting on a couch watching TV right now.

An early scene from the documentary “The Cage Fighter”, these words form the motivation behind Joe’s continued training. Joe keeps taking amateur fights, despite his family’s dismay, his issues with concussion, and the personal drama in his life. As he tells his wife when questioned, fighting is “the only time I like me.”

“The Cage Fighter” tells the real story of the culture of everyday MMA- fighters who never are going to make it into the limelight of the UFC, much less mainstream stardom. In fact, Joe Carman is an amateur. He’s not even making money. But if you’ve ever trained at MMA gyms for any length of time, his story will ring true to you. Really, this is a movie about addiction. That’s what director Jeff Unay told me in our interview, and having screened the movie, I have to agree.

Joe is the protagonist, but the real drivers of the plot center on the people around him. His wife. His recalcitrant father. His coach. His daughters. Joe doesn’t like the conflict it creates in his family, but he keeps training MMA because… he needs to. His wife hates it. His daughters cry. His doctor tells him he’s probably dealing with post-concussion syndrome.

As someone who’s experienced what it’s like to go through a training camp and fight on the amateur level, it’s not hard to see why, at 40, Joe still does MMA. In fight camp, everything is about you. You get to be selfish. In fact, you have to be selfish. You get to push yourself, too; it feels good to get that sense of improvement. You have the full attention of your coaches. It’s far from being fun. But it’s rewarding. It’s an identity you feel you can be proud of. Then, there is fight night; putting on a show in front of hundreds of people. That’s addictive too. In the documentary, Joe is seen after a win taking pictures with fans, absorbing those good feelings. And when he loses to an impressive younger fighter, he’s obsessed with getting that loss back. Fighters are optimists; he knows he could win a rematch.

The definition of addiction is continuing to pursue an activity when it’s not healthy for you, past expressing a desire to quit. One of the core components is conflict, and in Joe’s life MMA creates plenty of conflict. His daughters cry after watching him lose a fight. His wife has serious health issues of her own. He’s getting older- he can’t just keep beating up in a cage forever. That’s the primary tension in this masterful film.

It’s all too common a story. That’s what makes it compelling. Just like Crossfit or Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu or any other sport-oriented community, MMA can be a cult, all-absorbing, an unhealthy influence on people’s lives as well as a healthy one. Anyone who has spent enough time around a gym of fighters knows this. That’s what is clear about Joe’s journey. He loves MMA. That’s the version of himself he is happiest identifying as. “I’m an MMA fighter” is a satisfying self-image, especially in an America where life can be a relentless grind. Overcoming adversity in a cage can be a satisfying proxy, an alternative to navigating the labyrinthine and confusing maze that is real life. For Joe, that includes a powerful theme of fatherhood- both overcoming his issues with his own father, and being a good father to his daughters.

Like any real story, this one doesn’t stop happening once the camera turns off. It’s happening in gyms across the country. As Jeff told me, Joe could be anyone, in any city in America. That’s what makes “The Cage Fighter” a must watch.


Insomnia

Okay, Floyd.

This is funny from Chris Weidman

This is a great GIF, applicable to many things in life.

Demetrious Johnson and Jamie Foxx just hanging out playing video games:

Din Thomas with another take on that Floyd Mayweather video:

The Black Beast, Derrick Lewis!

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

This is a nice knockout

What a beautiful superman punch

I’ve always wanted to see someone get countered off of that missed high kick spin

Rodbod with the delayed knockout!

I love hellbows.

This was a weird flying knee

It was a day for weird knockouts to the body

Just keep hitting


Podcasts and Video

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Quick Hits


Random Land

Shoebills seem fun

A Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex)…

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Paulo Costa offers to ‘beat up’ transgender fighter Fallon Fox for ‘free’

Despite not competing in professional mixed martial arts (MMA) since 2014, transgender women’s bantamweight fighter Fallon Fox is still grabbing headlines.

This time around, rising Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight contender Paulo Costa was the one to take shots at Fox during a recent Facebook video submission, offering to step in and take out the transgender fighter for free.

“I would love it if this Fallon Fox fought a man,” said Costa (translation via AG Fight). “A well-prepared fighter. In fact, I’m making myself available to fight him for free, just so I can beat him up. I wouldn’t even need much time. Just a few minutes.”

Remember, this isn’t the first time someone in the MMA community took shots at Fox for fighting in women’s MMA after being born a man. Former UFC superstar Ronda Rousey discussed chopping off peckers, while former UFC heavyweight Matt Mitrione called Fox a “sick, sociopathic disgusting freak.”

“He was born a man, and he is a man, even though he calls himself a transsexual”, said Costa. “It’s absurd cowardice, not only by him, but also by the promoters of any event that has accepted this kind of absurdity. He has simply annihilated the girls who have fought against him. They were slaughtered, they put their lives at risk, they put their physical integrity at risk”.

While Costa believes that Fox is taking advantage of his/her ability to compete against female fighters, the Brazilian also wants his fans to know he’s not speaking out against transgenders in general or homosexuality.

“I don’t want to get into [the personal aspect] of his choice, to be transsexual or not, homosexual or not,” said Costa. “What happens here is that a man is fighting against girls, against women, as if he were one. This is absurd, and it can’t be accepted.”

As it stands today, current UFC bantamweight fighter Ashlee Evans-Smith is the only fighter to defeat Fox. But if Costa ever gets his hands on the transgender 42-year-old, that lone loss would most certainly turn into two.

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Midnight Mania! Rousey only ranked UFC fighter not tested by USADA in 2017

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Ronda Rousey remains ranked in the UFC after a year, but, despite Dana White’s claims, she wasn’t tested once in all of 2017.

To clarify, Dana White claimed earlier this year that Rousey was still being tested.

“She has not retired. USADA is still popping up at her house testing her,” White said about Rousey. “She refuses to retire. She’s not ready to say ‘I quit.’ She’s not ready to say, ‘I’m done,’ for whatever reason. She doesn’t tick like everybody else ticks. We found that out over the years.”

Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd dug a little deeper and, in a piece of excellent reporting, found that a little-known loophole in the UFC-USADA arrangement could secretly allow fighters to avoid testing completely by retiring and then un-retiring. He put it succinctly, so I’ll just let him explain it:

Under the WADA code, athletes returning from retirement have to undergo testing for six months. WADA may give a waiver after consulting the relevant national anti-doping organization and sport federation. Under the UFC’s anti-doping policy, the UFC gives the waiver. I wrote about that here.

That wouldn’t be a big deal if we knew which athletes had retired. If an athlete suspiciously retired and un-retired, skipping the testing pool whenever they didn’t have a fight, we would notice, right? Wrong.

It turns out the UFC and USADA can, and do, hide that information. There is no way for anyone to see who is and is not part of the registered testing pool at any time. USADA cannot or will not confirm which athletes are part of the pool, and the UFC, thus far, haven’t even responded to questions about it.

Is this the case with Ronda Rousey? There isn’t any actual way to know. This is just another way that the UFC being held largely by private equity causes problems with the long-term integrity of the sport of mixed martial arts. Private equity groups such as the firms that financed the WME-IMG deal are exempt from many of the transparency and financial disclosure rules mandated with other forms of business, meaning that they can more or less do whatever they want. I wrote more about that issue here, but in the case of USADA, it essentially allows the UFC to play fast and loose with the rules (see: Brock Lesnar) in pursuit of short-term profit, to the neglect of long-term concerns.


Insomnia

UFC Flyweight champion Rose Namajunas with long hair threw me off. I love her look now, this Furiosa from Fury Road/Eleven from Stranger Things look works for me, but she looked good with long hair too.

Stipe Miocic looks like he’s from the 1920’s in this shot and he’s about to take a Tommy gun to some Chicago mobsters.

Stipe may refuse to be anything other than his quiet Midwestern self, may refuse to engage in a war of words, but he, without doubt, looks the part of heavyweight champion- and his record speaks for itself.

Pat Miletich’s Croatian grandma is with Stipe 100%.

Pettis got engaged to his girlfriend, Lisette Gadzuric, over New Years.

She happens to be very attractive. Good for Anthony.

Kajin Johnson is everyone who went out on New Year’s Eve.

All the Canadians are back in the gym- Rory Macdonald is prepping for his Bellator welterweight title fight against Douglas Lima.

Desus and Mero couldn’t help but comment on Gabi Garcia’s weird weigh-ins. That’s because Japanese MMA is amazing.

Check out this video of the first black world champion in boxing- from 1906. That’s 112-year-old footage.

McGregor does it for his Ma.

You can thank me for spotting this Jean Claude Van Damme hook kick to the face of then-UFC champion Cody Garbrandt.

Cyborg is angling for a quick turnaround fight with Megan Anderson at UFC 221. Hopefully it happens!

Random fan art can get you noticed!


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Which one was your favorite?

Moat Fights are by far the coolest version of MMA


Insomnia

TJ Dillashaw really wants this superfight with Mighty Mouse.

Kevin Lee says Justin Gaethje sounds like a good matchup for him.

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UFC Fighter Gets Cut, Burns Bridges Spectacularly

Like the Sword of Damocles, Oluwale Bamgbose knew the ax of unemployment was dangling over his head at UFC on FOX 26. And still he lost. And now he’s been cut from the UFC’s roster, and boy oh boy is he flaming out in spectacular fashion. First, let me preface all this by noting that […]

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UFC Fighter Gets Cut, Burns Bridges Spectacularly

Like the Sword of Damocles, Oluwale Bamgbose knew the ax of unemployment was dangling over his head at UFC on FOX 26. And still he lost. And now he’s been cut from the UFC’s roster, and boy oh boy is he flaming out in spectacular fashion. First, let me preface all this by noting that […]

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UFC/MMA ‘Fighter of the Year’ 2017 – Top 5 List

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is — by its very nature — an extremely volatile sport, but nobody could have predicted how much the landscape would shift in 2017. Champions rose, legends fell, and both the old and new generations set the stage for a brilliantly tumultuous future. Nobody stood out quite like these five, though.

Honorable Mentions: Rafael dos Anjos, Francis Ngannou, Brian Ortega, Martin Nguyen, Darren Till

Number Five: Volkan Oezdemir

UFC 214 Jimmy Manua vs.  Volkan Oezdemir
Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images

Whether or not Oezdemir topples Daniel Cormier next month, he came out of nowhere to have an incredible 2017.

He started off by stepping up on two weeks’ notice to defeat Ovince Saint Preux by unanimous decision. The decision was admittedly iffy, with 14 of 16 media members scoring it for “OSP,” and the bookies accordingly listed him as a 3:1 underdog against Misha Cirkunov.

Cirkunov — who had stopped four consecutive UFC opponents — was expected to overpower the Swiss striker with his Greco-Roman skills. Instead, Oezdemir lamped him in 28 seconds with a boop to the ear. Jimi Manuwa fared exactly six seconds worse, providing Oezdemir a new nom de guerre: “No Time.” Three wins over top Light Heavyweight fighters in the span of six months, two of which lasted a combined 0:58. I think that’s enough to earn a place on this list.

Number Four: Rose Namajunas

UFC 217: Jedrzejczyk v Namajunas
Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images

Rose Namajunas had built a career out of incredible moments, but her lack of consistency and champion Joanna Jerdzejczyk’s overwhelming dominance left “Thug Rose” one of the larger underdogs on UFC 217. Sure, she’d dropped and choked out Michelle Waterson in April, but she was just two fights removed from a rough loss to Karolina Kowalkiewicz and her prior victory over Tecia Torres could have easily gone “The Tiny Tornado’s” way.

Namajunas’ only avenue of victory, it appeared, lay in her venomous submission game, but she’d have to take Jedrzejczyk down and keep here there. Neither Cláuda Gadelha nor Jéssica Andrade had been able to do so and they looked like far stronger wrestlers than Namajunas.

So Rose just knocked Jedrzejczyk flat with a left hook instead. Props for lateral thinking!

She’s got another row with Jedrzejczyk ahead of her before she can move on, but Namajunas made an incredible impression in 2017, one that deserves recognition

Number Three: Demetrious Johnson

UFC Fight Night: Johnson v Reis
Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Demetrious Johnson happily grappled with two Brazilian jiu-jitsu aces this year and submitted them both. That is how freakishly good this man is.

I’m sure you’ve had your fill of superlatives about “Mighty Mouse,” but he absolutely deserves them. Wilson Reis is a former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion (at brown belt) who had never been submitted as a professional and Ray Borg is a scrambling prodigy who’s huge for the division. Johnson gave them every opportunity to show their skills, then easily dominated them anyway.

And Dana White’s claiming he can’t market this guy?

Number Two: Robert Whittaker

UFC 221 Perth Workouts
Photo by Will Russell/Getty Images

Going into 2017, the Middleweight division had two boogeymen: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza and Yoel Romero, who had run roughshod over all comers save each other and struggled to get the top match ups they deserved. Whittaker, who got to UFC through a filler season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and had two losses at Welterweight in the organization, fought them both in succession.

Against “Jacare,” Whittaker managed to dislodge the jiu-jitsu legend from his back and systematically dismantle him before putting him away with a vicious head kick. Souza had won 10 of his previous eleven dating back to 2011, throttling the likes of Gegard Mousasi and giving Yoel Romero his toughest UFC out, but had zero answers for “Bobby Knuckles.”

Then came Romero.

“Soldier of God” has the sort of athletic prowess you expect out of a fighting game boss the players aren’t supposed to be able to use without hacking. He’s so fast that it looks like the laws of physics are struggling to keep up with him when he explodes. If the man could get any traction on the cage floor he’d be unstoppable.

Whittaker, after a rough couple rounds, beat him on one leg.

“The Reaper” is entertaining, powerful, young and has another potential “Fight of the Year” lined up against Luke Rockhold. Mad, mad props.

Number One: Max Holloway

UFC 218: Holloway v Aldo
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Ordinarily, spending your year fighting the same guy twice isn’t enough to get the top spot. When that guy is Jose Aldo and you make him look pedestrian, though, that’s another story.

Of all the fighters to earn a belt this year, Holloway has my highest hopes for establishing a dynasty. Jose Aldo is a technician of the highest caliber and Holloway took him apart twice in a row.

And he’s a measly 26 years old. His potential is so far off the charts that a five-man belay team couldn’t climb high enough to see the top. Nobody did more in 2017 to stake their claim as the future of the sport.

My expectation? He’ll be back in this top spot more than once.

UFC has fewer dynasties than ever right now, and that means some quality drama in store for 2018 when this new crop of champions gets to show their mettle. Can’t wait!

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UFC on FOX 26: Rafael dos Anjos, ‘Fighter to Watch’ tonight in Winnipeg

Former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will aim to continue his dominant ways as a welterweight when he takes on former UFC champion Robbie Lawler later tonight (Sat., Dec. 16, 2017) at UFC on FOX 26 from inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Canada.

Since making the jump up to 170 pounds earlier this year, dos Anjos has looked rejuvenated. Not only did the 33-year-old pressure former Strikeforce welterweight champion Tarec Saffiedine into a one-sided decision loss, but RDA is coming off a sensational submission victory over divisional staple Neil Magny back at UFC 215. Needless to say, dos Anjos has regained nearly all of the promotional momentum he lost after dropping back-to-back lightweight contests opposite Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson.

But despite all of his recent success at the welterweight level, RDA is entering the lion’s den this weekend in Winnipeg when he tries to derail Lawler’s return to prominence. Dos Anjos has encountered some stiff competition throughout his nine-year UFC career, but never anyone quite like “Ruthless.” That doesn’t mean RDA doesn’t possesses the ferocious offense and elite motor to outpace Lawler over the course of five rounds. It simply means that dos Anjos will put himself in more danger than ever before against a bona fide knockout artist like Lawler.

On paper, this is a No. 1 contender’s bout in the UFC’s welterweight class. The winner should certainly get the next shot at current champion Tyron Woodley, but things change and the promotion sometimes throws a curve ball at even the most deserving of contenders. That said, RDA must take this opportunity by the horns, do everything in his power to overthrow “Ruthless” in fashion, and prove that his new success at 170 pounds can be sustained far into 2018.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 26 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 5 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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