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Dustin Poirier Withdraws from UFC 230 Co-Main Event Due to Undisclosed Injury

Just when things were looking up for UFC 230, some bad news has hit the Nov. 3 card scheduled for Madison Square Garden.
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Dustin Poirier Withdraws from UFC 230 Co-Main Event Due to Undisclosed Injury

Just when things were looking up for UFC 230, some bad news has hit the Nov. 3 card scheduled for Madison Square Garden.
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Dustin Poirier Withdraws from UFC 230 Co-Main Event Due to Undisclosed Injury

Just when things were looking up for UFC 230, some bad news has hit the Nov. 3 card scheduled for Madison Square Garden.
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Biggest Winners, Loser From UFC 229

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) invaded T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada last night (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) to stage a wild and crazy UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) event. In the headlining act, Khabib Nurmagomedov mauled Conor McGregor for four rounds before eventually sinking in a painful neck crank to force a tap (see it again here), holding on to his Lightweight title while handing Conor his second loss inside the Octagon.

In the co-main event, Anthony Pettis and Tony Ferguson duked it out in a highly-entertaining scrap which eventually ended after Anthony’s corner threw in the towel and refused to let “Showtime” answer the third round bell due to a broken hand (recap).

Biggest winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Irish gorilla, meet professional bear wrestler. Khabib did what everybody expected him to do to McGregor once he got his hands on him. He took him down, mauled him and eventually submitted him. But, to add insult to injury, “The Eagle” — the wrestling wizard — out-struck “Notorious” — the “professional boxer.” Khabib standing and trading with Conor caught most people by surprise, myself included. I figured if he decided to roll the dice and play that game, Khabib would be seeing stars. And boy did he prove me and everybody wrong, clipping Conor with a lighting quick strike that dropped him and had him retreating.

What’s even more impressive is that Khabib not once got rocked, once again winning every single round. I’m not condoning or applauding Khabib’s post-fight antics, but sometimes in real life you really do rub up against people who are “really about that life” when you call them out and insult them in the media any chance you get. Artem found that out a few months ago, Conor and his camp did as well. And spare me the “post-fight brawl marred his win” talk. Had it been Conor, “is normal,” would’ve been the echoing statement because after all, he’s worth the trouble and the headaches.

Runner Up: Derrick Lewis

On several occasions, Alexander Volkov had “Black Beast” defeated, even taking a bizarre timeout in the opening frame to inform the referee that Lewis was either seriously hurt or admitting to a fish hook or an eye poke, Either way it had me puzzled. Later in the fight, Volkov once against had Derrick on the ropes but couldn’t finish the visibly exhausted brawler. But when your facing a power puncher like Lewis, it isn’t over until the fat lady sings. And with only a few ticks left in the fight, Derick unleashed a brutal right hand that floor the Russian, eventually clipping him two more times to knock him out cold and score a highly-impressive come from behind win (see it again here). I just can’t figure out if his comeback or his post-fight speech was the real MVP.

Biggest Loser: Conor McGregor

The bully got bullied, plain and simple. Love him or hate him, Conor is good for the sport of mixed martial arts (MMA), as he brings eyeballs to the television set, butts to seats (even weigh-ins) and money to UFC’s bloated piggy bank. But, through all the trash talk, Conor simply didn’t have nothing to offer the bulldozer named Khabib, who had his way with him once the cage door slam shut. Even after “The Eagle” opted to stand-and-bang with him, “Notorious” couldn’t take advantage. It’s hard to call a man who is landing multi-million dollar sponsorship deals during fight week and scored an estimated $ 50 million check for his comeback fight a loser, but the loss will be a tough to swallow for the biggest name in MMA. On the bright side, despite all of the post-fight mayhem, we get to see a rematch. Because what Conor wants, Conor gets, regardless of potential legal hiccups.

To get full UFC 229 play-by-play results and updates click here.

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Sean O’Malley Announces Failed USADA Test, Exit from UFC 229 Bout

Sean O’Malley will not be competing at UFC 229 after failing a drug test, the fighter announced Sunday.
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Sean O’Malley Announces Failed USADA Test, Exit from UFC 229 Bout

Sean O’Malley will not be competing at UFC 229 after failing a drug test, the fighter announced Sunday.
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Sean O’Malley Announces Failed USADA Test, Exit from UFC 229 Bout

Sean O’Malley will not be competing at UFC 229 after failing a drug test, the fighter announced Sunday.
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Midnight Mania! Macdonald Happy Away From UFC’s ‘Fake’ 170-lb. Division

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Bellator welterweight champion Rory Macdonald is preparing for his superfight with Bellator middleweight champion, Gegard Mousasi, tomorrow night at arguably Bellator’s best-ever event on paper, Bellator 206. The event also features Wanderlei Silva vs. Rampage Jackson 4, uber-prospect Aaron Pico, and an exciting fight in Bellator’s welterweight Grand Prix, Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima, as well as Muay Thai spinning elbow master Gaston Bolanos.

Macdonald, aside from being on the wrong end of the greatest welterweight title fight of all time against Robbie Lawler, famously defeated current UFC champion Tyron Woodley by a wide margin back in 2014. He was asked if he still pays attention to the state of the UFC’s 170-lb. division. He does, and doesn’t seem sorry to have left it behind him.

I see what’s going on; Tyron’s doing very well. Seems very dramatic, from what I can tell, so I’m happy to not be a part of that. I’m happy that I’m fighting great competition over here, getting great opportunities. That’s it. Just enjoying my sport.

When asked what he meant about ‘drama’, Rory clarified that he meant all the trash talk between fighters.

I find that stuff just annoying, and fake, not what martial arts is about. I’m happy to be here, where I feel like mixed martial arts can be represented in a more old-fashioned way.

Rory is very open to the idea of facing Woodley again, and he thinks it would be a more difficult fight the second time around.

Sure, I think it would be a competitive fight. I think it would be more competitive than our last fight. I think Tyron had expressed he wasn’t at his best for that fight, and who knows, but when you are fighting the top five guys in the world, anything can happen. I would love to have that fight again, being that we are both champions of our weight divisions in different promotions. You never know what the future holds.

Gegard Mousasi, like Rory Macdonald at welterweight, could very well be the best fighter in the world at middleweight, having exited the UFC on a five-fight win streak that has since extended to seven in Bellator. Being in a promotion that runs a distant second to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in terms of size, market share and density of top talent means proving one is the very best can be a difficult task. Rory thinks his fight with Mousasi this weekend will bolster his claim, though he doesn’t worry too much about it at the end of the day.

Sure! This fight this weekend, it could be better for me in that argument. If I go up and I win a middleweight title, it improves my standing in that argument in people’s opinion. I’m not worried about it. It’s just people’s opinion. I’m going out, challenging myself and enjoying it.


Insomnia

Leslie Smith confirms that the NLRB never reviewed the employee claims of UFC fighters, and will be appearing on an episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Your random fact for the day: Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz have 59 fights between them without pulling out of a single one.

I had to laugh at how perfectly this fit- credit to Derrick Lewis for finding a good one.

Tobin’s weightlifting buddy was making some petulant expressions at his hearing, and they have entered MMA memeography

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Aldo vs Faber in the WEC

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Jon Jones wrote some savage words to Daniel Cormier and the two-weight champion threw it right back at him.

Khabib does have to stand up with McGregor… for at least a fraction of a second.

Find someone who won’t rip your yoga mat out from under you in a fit of rage, ideally.

Yeah, this was hilarious. Wait for Sage Northcutt

Nick Newell is stepping up his social media game

If I know Maniacs, this is worth your click.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Oh MAN. This is one of those all-time classics, straight out of a movie

Speaking of classics, anyone remember this one?

Fantastic combination, the knee into the same-side punch is a classic, but turning the knee into a jump knee? Next level.

The rhythm on this

Brutal body kick

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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Friday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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LFA Flyweight Champ Sabina Mazo Pulled From Friday’s LFA 51 After Opponent Suffers Injury

Legacy Fighting Alliance flyweight champion Sabina Mazo has been pulled her main event bout at LFA 51 this weekend after her opponent Jaimelene Nievera announced she was injured on Thursday.
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