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Video: Yoel Romero Holds The Record For Missing Weight In Title Fights

Check out this quick video explainer to catch you up on the latest weigh-in craziness at UFC 225.

Mixed martial arts fans are no stranger to last minute injuries, but these days its the scale that seems to be the biggest enemy of fighters making it into the cage. We almost lost our UFC 225 main event between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero because Romero was .2 of a pound over, but fortunately everything has worked out. Yoel Romero is no longer eligible to win the middleweight strap, but the fight will go on for five full rounds at the United Center in Chicago, Illinois.

The whole thing is a bad look for the UFC and Romero. Yoel becomes the first fighter in UFC history to miss weight for multiple title shots – he missed weight at UFC 221 for an interim middleweight fight against Luke Rockhold earlier this year. The UFC probably shouldn’t have let someone unable to make 185 fight for the title, but they did and now they’re reaping the rewards of that decision.

It’s all explained above in this exclusive SBNation video that walks you though the latest weigh-in debacle to hit the UFC.

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Bare Knuckle FC, And the Irresistible Allure of Shady Fights

We call ourselves civilized, but we’re really not.

Sure, we took a sport that we loved – that shocked us with its brutality when it debuted in Denver, CO, back in 1993 – and we molded the violence into something with rules and weight classes. Now it’s on FOX, and soon to be ESPN, and some of the athletes can becomes stars and earn a decent wage, while organizations like the UFC and Bellator can boast legitimacy and go wherever they please. But that necessary evolution has done nothing to stifle the hunger we all share, all of us connoisseurs of combat sports and cagefighting and sanctioned face-punching.

Last night, the inaugural Bare Knuckle FC debuted on pay-per-view. Twitter, Facebook, the forums – everyone went bonkers over it. And rightly so. It was freakin’ awesome.

Bec Rawlings, the tattooed Aussie who struggled during her time in the Octagon, kicked ass. Bellator vet Eric Prindle got smoked by a dude who looked like he’d murdered more than a few troublemakers in prison while the guards looked away. Meanwhile, UFC and Bellator refugee Joey Beltran channeled his best Clint Eastwood in “Every Which Way But Loose”.

As per MMAFighting:

The highlight of the night was a burn burner of a battle between MMA veterans Joey Beltran and Tony Lopez.

In a back-and-forth bloodbath of a fight, Beltran bested Lopez by unanimous decision (49-45, 49-45, 49-46) in a heavyweight tournament alternate bout. Beltran opened up a nasty cut on Lopez’s head early on, but Lopez rallied in the late rounds with huge shots. The reaction on social media was that Beltran vs. Lopez seemed like the bare-knuckle equivalent of Forrest Griffin vs. Stephan Bonnar — a war that helps elevate the medium.

In a post-fight interview, Bare Knuckle FC promoter David Feldman said he could not have scripted the first event any better.

“We are here to stay and I think that we just showed the rest of the combat sports world that there is a new player in town,” Feldman told interviewer Ron Kruck.

Eddie Alvarez Not Accepting Fights Until Future with UFC is Resolved

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is not happy with current negotiations surrounding his contract with the UFC.
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Rousey: I’m Happy I Lost Those Fights In UFC

Bizarro world!

Remember last week when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White was actually pissed at Conor McGregor for blowing up the UFC 223 fight card? It was not long after Ronda Rousey was caught being a jerk to reporters for asking about her losses in mixed martial arts (MMA).

Well, today White and McGregor are bromantic again, and “Rowdy” is ready to talk about her Octagon shortcomings.

Not only that, the Olympian is actually grateful for knockout losses to Holly Holm and Amanda Nunes, because they led her to pro wrestling superstardom, starting with last weekend’s debut at WrestleMania.

From her conversation with ESPN:

“I thought I would never say this, but I’m so happy I lost those fights because it led me here. This is so worth it. Everything really does happen for a reason. I’m just so grateful. I thought I never would be [grateful] for [the losses], but time is a great teacher. I’m just really, really glad I gave it time instead of giving up and feeling it was the end of the world. There’s so many people who encounter tragedies who feel like the world and time won’t heal it. But all I can say to those people is: Just give it time, even if you think time can’t heal it. You never know what will happen and where it will lead you. Every missed opportunity is a blessing in disguise. I really believe it now.”

Watch some of her wrasslin’ highlights here.

In the wake of her knockout losses to both Holm and Nunes, Rousey continued to make headlines for her blatant refusal to address them, perhaps forgetting that superstar status is not all glass plaques and magazine covers.

Her position seems to have changed after earning her spot on the WWE roster, a childhood dream realized after months of flirting with the world’s largest pro wrestling promotion, alongside a couple of familiar faces.

Maybe it’s time for another one of these?

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Three UFC 223 Fights Canceled After McGregor Meltdown

And it just keeps getting worse by the minute.

Michael Chiesa has been forced out of his scheduled Lightweight showdown against former division champion Anthony Pettis, which was set to go down on the main card portion of this Saturday night’s (April 7, 2018) UFC 223 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Brooklyn, N.Y.

“Maverick” was one of the innocent victims caught in the crossfire of the horrific incident that occurred earlier today in Brooklyn after Conor McGregor threw a dolly through a window of a bus transporting various fighters from their media day obligations (see it). Unfortunately for Chiesa, he was sitting at the very front of the bus and was hit by flying glass, which caused multiple lacerations to his face

But that’s not all. Ray Borg, who was sitting next to “Maverick” and was also hit with flying glass in his eyes, will not be able to compete against Brandon Moreno.

Chiesa took to social media to announce the decision made by the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC).

While it’s safe to assume UFC will compensate “Maverick” and Borg for their troubles, you can bet they would rather be competing this Saturday night instead of sitting on the sidelines. Also affected is Pettis and Moreno, who no longer have fights to look forward to, which could very well cost them a potential “win” and “Fight Night” bonuses.

Earlier today, UFC president Dana White revealed that Artem Lobov was pulled from his fight against Alex Caceres for his involvement in the madness.

Furthermore, UFC Vice President of Athlete Development Reed Harris also revealed that one of his co-workers suffered a broken hand in the melee, and many in the bus feared for their lives. As for McGregor, he is still on the run and has not been located by local law enforcement.

Once he is eventually in the hands of local police, you can bet it won’t go too well for the fiery Irishman, who also has to worry about plenty of lawsuits coming his way.

UFC 223 will feature a Lightweight title fight between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Max Holloway, while Rose Namajunas defends her women’s Strawweight title against Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

To see who else is fighting at the PPV event click here.

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‘Toquinho’ Meets Aliaskhab Khizriev, Two Title Fights Announced for Fight Nights Global 85

Protect your legs, “Toquinho” is back.
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Manager: There’s A 95-Percent Chance ‘Bones’ Fights In 2018 If…

Could Jon Jones return to the Octagon in 2018?

According to his manager, Malki Kawa, the chances of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion fighting again inside the Octagon in 2018 are looking very good. In fact, the confident agent says there is a 95-percent chance “Bones” fights this year.

That is, of course, if United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) does the right thing and take everything they’ve gathered so far and realize that everything points to Jon telling the truth of never intentionally taking any banned substance.

Malki broke it all down during a recent interview on the Luke Thomas Show.

“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well,” revealed Kawa.

“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance (he fights in 2018).”

USADA busted Jones pissing hot following his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, which ultimately lead to another suspension and “DC” getting crowned light heavyweight champion again.

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously on-going.”

Furthermore, Kawa pointed to Jon’s willingness to take a polygraph test on his own — which he passed — as further prove that “Bones” is an innocent man who is trying his hardest to prove his case.

Nevertheless, it will be an interesting few weeks waiting to see if in fact everything comes out roses for Team Jones. If it does, his presence will without a doubt shake up the 205-pound weight class once again, and talks of a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier will surely ramp up.

After “DC” takes care of this business, of course.

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Midnight Mania! Dana White tells fighters to become stars themselves instead of begging for money fights

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It’s always a good look when the promoter just tells the fighters that promotion is up to them. That’s precisely what Dana White, the UFC president, did on Sunday after the St. Louis fight card. He was asked how relevant rankings are in the era of the money fight. White’s answer wasn’t completely coherent (via MMAJunkie.com).

“The only reason there are ‘money fights’ is because of the rankings,” White said. “A guy gets into the top 10, and then a guy breaks into the top five. When a guy breaks into the top five, that’s when everybody is interested in him. And when guys talk about money fights, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

“You know what’s a money fight? Any fight with Conor McGregor is a money fight. There are certain people. Ronda Rousey – any fight with Ronda Rousey is a money fight.”

White may be confusing correlation with causation here. Fighters and fans certainly use rankings as a proxy to assess their place in the division, but what drives those rankings is their wins, which also (along with charisma and a compelling story) drives fan interest, and has done so since long before official UFC rankings were implemented. Dana White then pivots the discussion to the two most recent superstars whose combination of talent, charisma, and a compelling story generated tremendous casual interest. Those are interesting examples, because McGregor’s appeal never relied on rankings. McGregor ultimately had to look outside the UFC for his money fight against Floyd Mayweather. Never taking a step backwards, jumping divisions and even sports to seek the biggest matchup possible, Conor is the poster child of looking for the money fight and being the superstar. This becomes important when reading White’s next quote:

“Build yourself into a star, and you won’t be talking about money fights,” White said. “It’s getting to a point where Conor McGregor has exploded and become so huge that this whole money fight thing came about. And even if you’re not fighting Conor McGregor, you want to be on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star. Don’t worry about Conor McGregor or fighting on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star yourself.”

White’s comments fall apart on several levels. Firstly because, of course, he, the promoter, is telling fighters if they just promoted themselves they would never lack. It’s both true, and a sad admission of the UFC’s inability to do their core job. UFC viewership is declining across the board and has been for years now, both in terms of pay-per-views (PPVs) and cable TV numbers. McGregor is their only superstar, and his lone boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, along with stringent employee and budget cuts that further atrophied the UFC’s promotional muscle, is the only reason White can claim the UFC had their best year ever.

The Reebok deal both enforces bland uniformity, and works as a disincentive to fighters’ self-branding efforts. That is because, without independent sponsorship money, fighters will only receive about 15% of the gross revenue of whatever self-promotion effort they put forth. With the promotion keeping 85% of the profits, anyone with any level of charisma might as well sell real estate or live off marijuana sponsorships instead.

That’s the really perverse reality under Dana White’s statements: the money is actually there. It’s just being hoarded to undergird the bottom line and, they hope, trigger payouts for the executives and owners. Without a successful lawsuit, legislative action or collective bargaining, that isn’t likely to change anytime soon, either.

It really no coincidence MMA only has a couple stars, much less superstars; fighters really have very little agency, either in terms of matchmaking, or in terms of opportunities to stand out. That’s why only champions really have the opportunity, however obnoxious, to demand money fights. Only holding a belt gives fighters any opportunity, however slim, to try to pick their opponents. Meanwhile, when the promotion does choose to get behind a blond, promising fighter such as Sage Northcutt or Paige VanZant, their efforts can work in terms of building an audience for such athletes- but those lucky few fighters may not actually pan out as championship caliber talent.

Even the ones that have every ingredient for superstardom, such as Francis Ngannou, find themselves criminally underpaid. This is very smart of the UFC and Dana White in the short and medium term, maximizing profit and minimizing cost, but it could be a core reason why their audience is declining long term. Without investment in both properly promoting and paying their fighters, the UFC will most likely continue to see its audience shrink, and the sport it dominates to languish on the sidelines of the mainstream.


Woodley is learning to use his left while his right arm is out of commission

Al Iaquinta Parody- but in all honesty, this is just another amazing fight at lightweight with Paul Felder.

Francis Ngannou will make half a million dollars for his next fight- a good sum by UFC standards, but not even on the same scale as a boxer in a similar situation.

Dustin Poirier is confident 2018 is his year

Nate Diaz has a different focus

Great photoshop work

@stipemiocicufc ‘s twitter lately #ufc220 #stipemiocic vs #ngannou

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pre-Madonna. Jessica Eye would be proud of Colby’s spelling.

Bellator did Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald dirty. I understand the decision, but they could have at least kept their fighters in the loop about it.

Alexander Gustaffson had a good birthday

Thank u all for all the b-day wishes ❤️ means a lot to an old man

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Kamaru Usman clarifies his 30% comments, but Emil Meek is having none of it:

VanZant said the spinning backfist she threw in the first round was what broke her arm.

This was a tremendous head kick, but Jessica Eye absorbed it and finally snapped her losing streak

Michael Chandler and Kamaru Usman practicing the skill that won Usman his fight: wrestling

Chandler loves his wrestling throws:

Dana White: nerd! (okay, I enjoyed it too)

This is SO BAD ASS!!!!

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Rose Namajunas tweeted this surprising video:

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Joe Rogan is an avid bow hunter

Hashtag just Florida things.

Nate Diaz, a real American ninja.

Super ninja from the Westside

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I mean Tyron Woodley does try this every time, so this doesn’t feel like a reach from Rafael Dos Anjos.

Robert Whittaker dropping out of his fight with Luke Rockhold was one of the saddest things to happen this weekend, but Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold means I can’t be too upset.

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

The answer: No. No, he does not.

Highlight reels you can enjoy

MMA veteran Pat Healy retired after this fight.

Invicta puts on a great mix of martial arts:

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Podcasts and Video

UFC Fight Night 124 Highlights

The MMA Hour:

Monday Morning Analyst:

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Watch out, lightweight division: Khabib Nurmagomedov is targeting three fights in 2018

After long absences due to a variety of injuries and mishaps, Khabib is ready to turn right around and get back into another fight.

Last Saturday was the first time we’ve seen Khabib Nurmagomedov fight in the Octagon in over a year, the unfortunate result of a bad weight cut at UFC 209 back in March that sent him to the hospital and off the card. He returned in fine form, dominating Edson Barboza to the point where all three judges awarded him multiple 10-8 rounds.

I’m pretty excited about Nurmagomedov, but it’s hard to get too hyped at this moment because the guy is second only to Dominick Cruz for disappointingly long layoffs. A steady stream of injuries and mishaps make this UFC 219 fight with Barboza just his third match since April of 2014.

Fortunately, it sounds like Khabib is ready to make up for lost time. During his post fight interview with Megan Olivi, Nurmagomedov laid out his desire to get three fights in this 2018.

“The perfect date I think is April or May,” he said. “Because May is beginning Ramadan, I want to fight before Ramadan, and I want to fight after Ramadan, September, and I want to fight December. This is my plan, three times this year.”

While there’s plenty of moving parts that could get in the way, it’s always nice to hear a fighter commit to staying active and not disappearing for six to nine months. A couple of quick turnarounds and more intense ass whuppings like he delivered in his last two fights, and Khabib could be the UFC’s next big star. That was so close to happening in 2017. Let’s hope nothing gets in the way in 2018.

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McGregor Coach John Kavanagh Vows to Do ‘Riverdance Naked’ if Mayweather Fights in UFC

Floyd Mayweather says he has a multi-fight contract offer to compete in the UFC, and Dana White says the promotion is in ”real” talks with the retired boxing champion.
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