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‘The No. 1 Pound-For-Pound Fighter On The Planet’

I don’t typically watch these goofy “Embedded” video blogs, but this one actually matters as we gear up for the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event, scheduled for Sat., Oct. 6, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

That’s because UFC 229 marks the first time mixed martial arts (MMA) fans will see Conor McGregor in almost two years, which means his Khabib Nurmagomedov title fight will let us know if he’s still the king of combat sports, or just the promotion’s part-time court jester.

From the official YouTube description:

On Episode 1 of UFC 229 Embedded, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov finishes his training camp, surrounded by his coach, fans and “big energy.” Former lightweight champions Tony Ferguson and Anthony Pettis prepare in their respective hometowns for a high-stakes co-main event. And two-division champ Conor McGregor returns to form, gathering his team for a late-night training session in Las Vegas. UFC 229 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to UFC 229: Khabib vs. McGregor taking place Saturday, October 6th on Pay-Per-View.

We’re just five days out.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 229 click here.

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Fighter Gets DQ’d Over Crazy Flying Finishing Move

This move may have cost Austin Batra an amateur title, but the highlight will live on forever.

Well, that’s one way to lose a fight.

Amateur welterweight Austin Batra had the 170 pound Battlefield Fight League belt in the bag following a KO blow to his opponent Perry Hayer in a fight that went down in Coquitlam, BC. Unfortunately for Batra, he couldn’t help but attempt an unusual finishing maneuver moments after the ref clearly stepped in to stop the fight.

Take a look at the finish of the fight, which came a mere 30 seconds into the first round and was ruled a DQ win for the downed Hayer:

MMA Fighting dubbed this a flying double axe handle strike, and we’ll take their word for it because it does indeed look like Batra is about to put an axe through his opponent while flying through the air.

The move, clearly begun after the referee called an end to the fight, may have cost Batra the win and the BFL title, but now he can lay claim to a Crazy Mofo title. Batra moves to 4-2 as an amateur. 170 pound champ Perry Hayer is now 6-7.

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Fighter Gets DQ’d Over Crazy Flying Finishing Move

This move may have cost Austin Batra an amateur title, but the highlight will live on forever.

Well, that’s one way to lose a fight.

Amateur welterweight Austin Batra had the 170 pound Battlefield Fight League belt in the bag following a KO blow to his opponent Perry Hayer in a fight that went down in Coquitlam, BC. Unfortunately for Batra, he couldn’t help but attempt an unusual finishing maneuver moments after the ref clearly stepped in to stop the fight.

Take a look at the finish of the fight, which came a mere 30 seconds into the first round and was ruled a DQ win for the downed Hayer:

MMA Fighting dubbed this a flying double axe handle strike, and we’ll take their word for it because it does indeed look like Batra is about to put an axe through his opponent while flying through the air.

The move, clearly begun after the referee called an end to the fight, may have cost Batra the win and the BFL title, but now he can lay claim to a Crazy Mofo title. Batra moves to 4-2 as an amateur. 170 pound champ Perry Hayer is now 6-7.

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‘The Greatest Fighter To Ever Step Foot Inside The Octagon’

Hey, remember back in April when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White told the mixed martial arts (MMA) world that Daniel Cormier — not Jon Jones — was the greatest light heavyweight of all time?

Yeah, he was just kidding.

Or perhaps he was trying to sell “DC” to a bunch of up-and-coming fighters (and a casual audience) when Cormier was coaching season 27 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). Either way, that opinion has changed now that “Teflon Jon” is back in business.

“Jon Jones … and many people will tell you this … is probably the greatest of all time,” White told ESPN’s First Take. “I think Jon Jones is the greatest fighter to ever step foot inside the Octagon. If he could have kept his personal life on track, God knows what this guy would be doing right now.”

Jones was will be reinstated by UFC next month after serving a reduced sentence from United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). That means White has to promote “Bones” for an upcoming pay-per-view (PPV), so I guess he’s “fixable” after all.

There were rumors of a UFC 230 return; however, White continues to put Jones back inside the Octagon in first-quarter 2019 against an opponent to be named. With Daniel Cormier tied up with Brock Lesnar, the next logical choice would be that Alexander Gustafsson rematch.

Time till tell.

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Fighter On Fighter! Breaking Down ‘Boa Constrictor!’

Smothering grappling master, Aleksei Oleinik, will throw down with fellow legendary veteran, Mark Hunt, this Saturday (Sept. 15, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 136 inside Olimpiyskiy Stadium in Moscow, Russia.

Oleinik is a throwback fighter to an era he fought extensively in. A professional since 1996, “Boa Constrictor” has never kept his intentions hidden, as Oleinik very often runs straight to the takedown or to clasp hands around his opponent’s neck in some manner. Watching Oleinik, it’s easy to get nostalgic about the golden days of Pride FC, where specialists and strange strategies were a common part of the fun.

In truth, the best part of watching Oleinik is that he’s improved in the last few years. The 41-year-old combatant has aged like wine, climbing into the top 10 and picking up some of the best wins of his career.

Let’s take a closer look at his skill set.

Striking

Let’s get this out of the way early: any part of Oleinik’s game that does not directly involve cranking on necks is at least a bit awkward. That’s especially true of his kickboxing, which is wooden and somewhat predictable.

That does not, however, mean that Oleinik is ineffective on his feet or without craft.

Mostly, Oleinik plods forward with his guard high and chin down, looking to step deep into hard shots before driving for a takedown. When pushing forward, Oleinik is generally in good defensive position — although that changes once he starts winging shots. At first, Oleinik will try to whack opponents with a hard jab, but the Russian does most of his work with an overhand and follow up left hook.

Not complicated, but Oleinik can put some surprising speed and power into his shots.

Oleinik does do some interesting things with his right hand. Often, he throws the overhand with his knuckles fully turned over, landing with the knuckles of his pinky and ring fingers. Known as a casting punch and somewhat common among Russian fighters, this type of overhand can slip through the guard and also be used as a clinch entry.

Since his right hand generally has a considerable arc, Oleinik will capitalize on that threat with the uppercut and body shots. In addition, Oleinik does a great job of pounding at the mid-section the second he and his opponent clinch. It’s as simple as whacking his opponent repeatedly in the ribs with his right hand the second they engage, but it’s an effective technique in making a fight ugly and slowing opponents down.

Wrestling

If Oleinik could consistently take down the best fighters in the world, he would be unstoppable. That’s not the case, but Oleinik is certainly an above-average wrestler at Heavyweight.

Often, Oleinik’s first move is to drive for a takedown from the standing position. To be frank, it rarely works — his shot isn’t fast enough to simple blast people off their feet. Luckily, it serves the important purpose of moving the exchange towards the fence. Using the fence to keep his opponent in place, Oleinik can hang on his foe and tire him out, either by continually pushing for the double or walloping the body with his right hand.

If Oleinik manages to get under his opponent and in on the hips, he’ll complete the shot.

If not, Oleinik will move to an upper body throw. For the Russian, this can be technical or pure strength. The International Master of Sports in Sambo clearly knows what he is doing — he steps deep into tosses, uses his hip to block well, and can threaten the throw from many different positions. Sometimes though, Oleinik will simply grab the head and just try to jam his opponent into the mat.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

A fourth-degree black belt with an insane 46 submission victories on his record, Oleinik’s moniker “Boa Constrictor” is perhaps the most appropriate in all of MMA. The combination of an 80 inch reach, immense physical strength, and well-over 20 years of experience makes Oleinik an absurdly dangerous man on the mat.

Oleinik has some armbars and heel hooks on his record, and I’m sure he’s better than 99% of Heavyweights at those submissions, but his game is all about the choke. Oleinik’s squeeze is the stuff of legends, as he seems to be able to create an unmatched level of compression with his arms. The result is rare finishes and submissions from odd angles, things generally not possible for most grapplers.

Look at the picture below, for example. Though undoubtedly a rear naked choke, the position is absolutely wrong for a classic rear naked choke. Oleinik was not behind Browne — that’s the “rear” part — he was on his side. In addition, Oleinik’s top hand is in a position where Browne can grab it, generally a flaw that makes finishing the submission more difficult, particularly since the choking arm was not exactly under the chin. Against a regular grappler, each of those issues makes the finish less likely, and all together nearly impossible.

Oleinik has no problem securing the tap. Oh, and he also squeezed the hell out of Browne’s belly with his legs, furthering that “Boa Constrictor” analogy.


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The Ezekiel choke is another incredibly rare submission in the world of MMA. It’s almost entirely used in the gi, generally from top position. Oleinik, meanwhile, has a dozen of them on his record and commonly finishes the choke from his back (GIF).

It’s the obvious topic for this week’s technique highlight.

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Another great head-squeezing submission from Oleinik is the scarf-hold head lock. It’s resposnible for two of his fairly recent victories, a pair of cranks over Mirko Filipovic and Anthony Hamilton. The technique here is pretty simple: Oleinik wraps up his opponent’s head and arm, sits back, and squeezes the hell out of them (GIF).

As far as I know, Oleinik is also the only man to secure a scarf-hold headlock tapout in the modern era of the UFC.

Aside from Oleinik’s beastly squeeze, Oleinik is also a large man. When he sits back, his opponent’s shoulders are off the mat, which compacts the diaphragm and makes the position even more miserable. Also from this position, Oleinik can attack the trapped arm with his legs, a maneuver known as the scarf-hold arm lock that has also earned Oleinik a pair of submission wins.

Conclusion

Like his opponent, Oleinik may not be a title contender, but he is awesome to watch and likely near the end of his career. Oleinik’s remarkable 5-2 record inside the Octagon has been a blast to watch, and it’s really great that he has been able to compete in the UFC after so many years in Europe. Now, Oleinik returns to Russia in his first main event slot against a fellow veteran. It’s a well-deserved opportunity and pretty great full circle moment for “Boa Constrictor.”

*****

Andrew Richardson, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, is a professional fighter who trains at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, California. In addition to learning alongside world-class talent, Andrew has scouted opponents and developed winning strategies for several of the sport’s most elite fighters.

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Midnight Mania! Police Warn MMA Gyms Not to Hide Wanted Husband of UFC Fighter

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Donny Aaron, wanted on domestic battery and false imprisonment charges, is still at large. Police have reached out to local MMA gyms after receiving multiple tips, and warn that anyone harboring him could also be charged.

Via MMAJunkie.com:

After receiving multiple tips from the public, investigators have reached out to several gyms “associated with MMA community” and warned that anyone harboring the fugitive MMA coach can be charged with a crime, Shreveport (La.) police spokesperson Angie Willhite told MMAjunkie.

“I don’t know if people understand there are consequences to that,” Willhite said. “If they’re intentionally harboring this man, that’s against the law. You can’t do that, and I would certainly hope that wouldn’t be the case.”

Aaron, a former police officer himself, has done time for shooting and killing an unarmed black man outside his home, and also has a previous domestic abuse charge on his record. He first garnered controversy for displaying a number of Nazi tattoos, declining to have them covered or removed after public backlash.

“You can’t run from this forever,” Willhite said. “We’re going to find him eventually.”

Andrea Lee has declined to comment on the incident, requesting privacy and saying that her career will move forward unaffected. She has been booked to face fellow action fighter Jessica Rose-Clark, herself a survivor of domestic abuse, in a flyweight bout on UFC on Fox 31 in December.

#headmovement #footwork #drills #boxing @dementbrosboxingclub

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Insomnia

Jon Jones came after Daniel Cormier today on social media.

Jon Jones doesn’t like being considered a cheat.

Must be the roids @dc_mma

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Cormier’s comeback was both dismissive and genuine. He is convinced Jones was indeed on steroids during their two fights.

Jon Jones has been tested only once this year, but he says he’s still in the program.

Meanwhile, Cormier is living his best life.

Combat sports this weekend

Self defense for women, by women

Ouch

Conor is doing a lot of grappling preparing for Khabib Nurmagomedov

Titanoboa

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McGregor in Technicolor, circa 2018

Whenever I see the padholder doing more work than the guy hitting…

Funny? Yes or no

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This new meme has been going around ever since someone changed Cardi B’s “full name” to “Cardigan Backyardigan” so here are some grappling versions.

l Who knew ‍♂️

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This woman couldn’t self-defend her way clear of a paper bag

Kaepernik didn’t sacrifice the troops for this, meme guy.

#jonjones #nike

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This is a good fight. Bobby Green and Drakkar Klose have both found a lot of success as the unmovable guy.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Knockouts from the bottom are wild, and Niko Price’s is right up there among the most shocking.

This one is downright unbelievable. I always make fun of action movies that show something like this happening.

That’s an impressive streak

MMA can be so beautiful

This kind of stuff makes me angry

Calculated Madness

Clever girl

Clever switch

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Podcasts and Video

Top 3 Fights to watch this weekend at UFC 228. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube!

The Co-Main Event podcast

The Fistic Arts, Episode 7


Random Land

The leader of Britain… well… she shouldn’t have done this to herself.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Fighter Undergoes Emergency Surgery Following Brutal KO Loss

Professional Fighters League (PFL) wrapped up its inaugural regular season schedule last Thursday night (Aug. 30, 2018) inside Ocean Resort and Casino in Atlantic City, New Jersey, and the biggest story coming out of its “Garden State” fight card was the finalized playoff brackets.

Until now.

That’s because heavyweight fighter LeRoy Johnson was forced to undergo emergency surgery in the wake of his devastating knockout loss to Muhammed DeReese, one that rendered him unconscious for over seven minutes.

“For those wondering about LeRoy Johnson, here’s the update I have,” manager David Rubinsteain wrote on Twitter. “Had emergency surgery for a vertebrae that slipped out of place and a second surgery for high blood pressure issues. Has feeling in arms and legs. PFL flying his fiancé to Philly to be with him. Thats all I know now.”

The fight-ending finish is available in GIF form by clicking here.

Johnson, who turned 38 back in January, has bounced around the regional circuit for most of his mixed martial arts (MMA) career, making pit stops in Bellator MMA and King of the Cage (KOTC), just to name a few.

We’ll keep you updated on his condition just as soon as more information becomes available.

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UFC Fighter Andrea Lee Releases Statement Regarding Husband’s Domestic Violence Charge

Andrea Lee has broken her silence regarding the domestic violence charges against her husband.
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UFC Fighter Andrea Lee Releases Statement Regarding Husband’s Domestic Violence Charge

Andrea Lee has broken her silence regarding the domestic violence charges against her husband.
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UFC Fighter Bryce Mitchell Fights Power Tool, Loses Badly

Give some people a power tool and they’ll create a table out of thin air, or put together some shelves, or even build an extension on your house. They’re just incredibly handy.

Give TUF 27 washout Bryce Mitchell a power tool, though, and the dude will just about chop his own nuts off.

Seriously. This actually happened.

I’mma let ol’ Bryce tell it himself…

Mitchell even posted a pic of his bloody boxers to social media. Ugh.

If you’re looking for an upside to this horrible tale, you can take solace in the fact that more than a few underwear companies have reached out to the fallen fighter with offers.

Thankfully, no power tool companies have done the same.

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