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Midnight Mania! Till: ‘Weight’s Not Great’— But After Friday Doubters Are ‘Getting Slapped’

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Darren Till was at 182 lbs. Wednesday morning, 12 pounds above the limit he needs to hit by Friday morning. He won’t say the cut is going particularly well, but said he was also 182 the Wednesday before his fight with Donald Cerrone, a cut that ended up going smoothly. Via MMAFighting.com:

“So, we’ll see,” Till said. “Friday I’m not stepping on any heavier than 170. Hopefully under, so I can have me traditional Coke I’m used to having. We’ll see. But I’m not looking ahead — I’m not thinking about tomorrow, I’m not thinking about Friday. I’m thinking about today, open workouts.”

Till, who suffered serious issues ahead of his last fight with Stephen Thompson that ultimately saw him miss weight by 3 pounds, is more honest than most fighters, saying that a weight cut is never fun, and anyone who claims otherwise is lying.

“I’m never gonna say it’s a great cut, it’s always hard,” Till said. “But listen, I’m lean, I’m focused. Weight’s OK. I never want to stand here and say the weight is great, this has been the best weight cut. Because the fighters do that and I just don’t agree with it. It’s a lie. Weight’s not great. I don’t want to speak to anyone. I just want to get me things done. It’s business. Business is business. And Saturday is business, Friday is business. My life is this business.”

One thing Till doesn’t want questioned is his dedication to the sport.

“I’ve put my life into this, so speed bumps along the way,” Till sad. “Not making weight, you get all this attention for it. It’s like you’re the only fighter who’s missed weight in the division, in the whole of the UFC. … It’s a mistake on my part, but Friday all the talk will be done. No mother f*cker can ask me about weight again — he’s getting slapped.”

UFC 228 is this Saturday, as Till attempts to unseat reigning welterweight kingpin Tyron Woodley, who looks to defend his title for the third time. In the co-main event, Valentina Shevchenko is a huge favorite to defeat current flyweight champion Nicco Montano.


The Nike memes are going around, thanks to their sponsorship of Colin Kaepernick that has some very ‘triggered’ conservatives burning their Nike shoes and cutting their socks to ribbons. At least some of the meme ripoffs to the Nike catchphrase are very funny.

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James Vick very politely asked Paul Felder for a fight, which looks like it will happen at 155 (my two cents would be, just fight at 170, it’s healthier)

Diego… Diego… why? How?

This made me think of what Daniel Cormier’s career might have looked like if he was still in his athletic prime instead of his mid-30’s when he took up MMA

Cody Garbrandt is taking a break from the internet, and it seems like a healthy decision.

Not sure if this guy is 320 lbs, but fighting him clearly wasn’t the best decision for this guy.

Tony Ferguson is smooth on the speed bag

Khabib Nurmagomedov has dope headgear

A reminder that a lot of decision making with the UFC happens behind closed doors.

Nick Newell gets it

Jon Jones showed Mike Perry the garage where the pad magic happens

Dan Hooker vs. Edson Barboza should be good

Balloon fight!

Random Land

Fight the power, shoot rockets at the man.

This little dog is a hypocrite!


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The British Association of Mixed Martial Arts has a championship tripleheader lined up for Friday and like proper professionals, all of the particulars hit their marks on the scales Thursday.
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Derek Anderson collects his show money, but bummed not to be fighting Michael Page on Friday

This Friday night’s Bellator 179 card in London is a good one on paper, featuring the promotional debut of Rory MacDonald against England’s own Paul Daley. Yet the card lost one of its star attractions when Michael Page was forced out of his fight with Derek Anderson with a knee injury.

Anderson was expected to be a significant test for “MVP,” who is undefeated in his professional career, including 8-0 in Bellator. And it smarted to learn that the fight was off only a little more than a week before he could try to take the goose egg from Page’s record. It also stung to lose the payday.

“Yeah man, it’s difficult,” Anderson told MMA Fighting. “That’s how I make my money, so it just worries me when these things happen. I don’t know if I am going to be able to make rent if I don’t get paid. Luckily Bellator said it’s going to take care of me for this fight, and give me my show money. I was going to show up. Regardless [of Page pulling out], I was planning on leaving on the flight tomorrow and going over there, and saying, hey I’m here.

“But I guess the cancelled my ticket already, so I’m stuck over here. But as long as they’re paying me man, I’m happy.”

For the 27-year old Anderson, signing up to fight British fighters has been a cautionary tale. He was supposed to fight Paul Daley at Bellator 163 in November, yet learned that Daley had to pull out the day before the fights at the weigh-ins. That time he had already went through the rigamarole of camp, his weight cut and the cross-country flight from his home in California to Connecticut.

After having his sights set on Daley, Anderson was rebooked into a fight with Derek Campos in January, and he came up on the short end of a decision.

With the Page news, the bad taste left in his mouth from that fight will have to linger. It didn’t help matters that Anderson saw himself as the perfect kryptonite for Page’s flamboyant striking style.

“I was going to smoke him,” Anderson said. “I really wanted that fight. I like to be the shorter guy. I’m not scared of anybody, and I was going to put it on him. He’s got this big name, everybody thinks he’s a hotshot. I was going to show him I’m the hotshot.”

Anderson said he didn’t mind playing the role of interloper in Page’s backyard of London, either.

“I just relished the opponent,” he said. “I was really excited about fighting a taller guy who wants to strike, getting in there and putting good hands on him, and looking good also. Being in London would have been cool also, but we can do it over here in America, too.”

With the fight cancelled, it’s unclear whether Bellator will look to rebook Anderson-Page for another date. As of right now, Anderson said he doesn’t know what the plans are.

“I haven’t been told anything like that yet,” he said. “I hope [they do book me against Page again], because this is the fight I was thinking about. I wasn’t thinking about anything going on after this, it kind of puts a big stick in my road here. I don’t know what’s next for me. I can still make lightweight sure. So I don’t know what I’ll be doing, maybe lightweight, welterweight. If it’s welterweight I just want to fight tall strikers mostly. If it’s lightweight, I’ll fight anybody.”

One thing that bothered Anderson about Page’s short notice withdrawal was that injuries in MMA are prevalent and commonly fought through. He said he’s been dealing with his own slate of injuries, yet was going to go through with the commitment he made.
“He pulled out for an injury man, and trust me, I’m injured,” he said. “I got stitches on my foot right now. There’s no way I should have been fighting, but I was going to fight because I’m not a wuss. So I’m just going to get healed up and I can’t wait to get back to training. I’m a machine. I’m in the best shape I’ve ever been in, and I’m ready to kick some ass. So whoever’s in line, I’ll be ready.”

As for whether he believed Page’s injury was serious enough to warrant him pulling out so close to the fight, Anderson said he had his doubts.

“He better be on crutches man,” he said. “He didn’t get anything broken. He didn’t get his knee bent backwards I’m sure. I bet you he’s been doing some road work and his knees are sore and he thought I was going to kick his ass so he didn’t want to fight.”

Anderson said he would like to get back in the cage as soon as possible, and that Bellator had mentioned an August return. But he’s leaving himself open for one possibility — when Bellator makes its debut at Madison Square Garden next month, he wants to be ready in case something should happen.

Namely, should something happen to lightweight title challenger Brent Primus, who fights Michael Chandler during the main event on the June 24 card. Primus and Anderson squared off in 2015, with Anderson losing a controversial split decision, that to this day he swears he won.

“It kind of just sickens me that Brent Primus is fighting for the title in the first place, because I think he’s garbage already,” Anderson said. “So hopefully he falls out and I can jump in there for that or something. I’m just going to stay ready. Whatever the got for me. I’m just glad to be getting a little bit of money at least, because I need it.”

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Cris Cyborg still needs to lose 24 pounds before Friday weigh-in

The last time Incivta featherweight champion Cris Cyborg had to make the cut to 140 pounds was a harrowing affair. Justino looked gaunt and frail on the scales the day before her swift UFC 198 victory over Leslie Smith.

This week doesn’t look like it’s going to be any better for the fighter many consider the best women’s pound-for-pound fighter in the world.

“Cyborg” will meet the unheralded Lina Lansberg on Saturday in Brasilia, Brazil, once again meeting at a 140-pound catchweight. But Justino said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that as of Monday, she’s still got an astonishing 24 pounds to cut before Friday’s weigh-ins.

“I fly from America to Brazil [five days ago] 168 pounds,” Justino said. “Today, I wake up 165.”

Last time out, Justino had a 12-week camp and entered fight week at 153. This time around, though, she’s had eight weeks to prepare, and there’s been one big difference: According to “Cyborg,” she’s been on birth control, which has caused her to retain water weight.

“In this camp, my nutrition coach, he starts giving to me birth control, and I never take this in my life, and I take this three months, every day,” Justino said. “My coach says it will be good for me, I believe in him, and, man I fly from America to Brazil 168 pounds. My body will hold more water than normal, and I don’t think this will really help my body.”

Justino said she’s done everything by the book for this camp, but simply hasn’t been able to drop the weight, never getting down to 150 at any point.

“This camp I don’t touch 150,” she said. “It’s really scary, I look in the mirror, I trained double and I don’t know why I don’t touch ’50. Just something different in this camp is I take birth control. Last fight, I make 140, it was successful.”

Justino said that her doctor has advised against going this route again. While Justino, who has talked about getting down to 140 to do superfights with some of the top bantamweight names, won’t rule out another drop to 140, she says things need to change before she attempts it again.

“I don’t want to say I’ll never fight 140 again, that’s probably not true,” Cyborg said. “But a lot of things have to change. If I make 140, I sacrifice a lot of things in my life, my diet, my training, my thyroid, its insane to make 140, I think a lot of things have to be put on the table before I make 140 again.”

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