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Georges St. Pierre: ‘Nothing to Gain’ from ‘Easiest Fight I Can Take’ Against Nate Diaz

While Dana White had designs on adding Georges St. Pierre vs. Nate Diaz to his ideal UFC 227 card, it appears that neither fighter is much interested in the booking.
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Biggest Winners, Loser From UFC ‘Chile’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., May 19, 2018) for UFC Fight Night 129 inside Movistar Arena in Santiago, Chile, which was headlined by a Welterweight bout which saw Kamaru Usman defeat Demian Maia in a five-round main event. In the co-main event, Tatiana Suarez made quick work of Alexa Grasso by submitting her in the very first round.

Biggest Winner: Tatiana Suarez

Suarez kept her undefeated record in tact by absolutely taking it to Alexa Grasso — who was once considered to be one of the promotion’s future stars — submitting her in just a little over two minutes into the fight to move to 6-0, 3-0 UFC. As the kids say, Suarez has the juice now, as the PR love that used to go to Grasso should now be focused on Tatiana, who is determined to implement herself in the Strawweight division. Expect a huge bump in the rankings for her come next week, which means she can look forward to bigger challenges down the road.

Runner Up: Kamaru Usman

This won’t be a popular pick, as Usman didn’t get the dominant win or finish he was looking to score. But at the end of the day “The Nigerian Nightmare” got the win over a top five opponent he so desired after taking out Demian Maia. That is now eight straight wins inside the Octagon for Usman, 12 consecutive overall. With the win, Kamaru is slowly starting to separate himself from the pack, but he is still at least one more win away form a title fight. What’s more impressive, is that he managed to get a win despite breaking both his hands early in the fight. Ouch.

Biggest Loser: Demian Maia

After losing to Usman, the submission wizard extended his losing streak to three, losing to Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley before facing “The Nigerian Nightmare.” It’s a tough run indeed for the longtime veteran and former title challengers, who was already talking about his possible retirement from the fight game prior to the bout. At 40 years of age, three straight losses isn’t good for the former two-time title contender. On the bright side, he recently inked a new contract with the promotion, so he has that going for him.

For complete UFC Fight Night 129: “Maia vs Usman” results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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‘The Magician’ Won’t Disappear From UFC Anytime Soon

Top Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight contender John Dodson will be competing inside the Octagon for the foreseeable future after “The Magician” inked a new four-fight deal with the promotion, according to MMA Fighting.

Dodson didn’t last on the market too long, as he didn’t opt to test the free agent waters once his last deal ran out following his split decision victory over Pedro Munhoz at UFC 222 last March in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ranked No. 7, Dodson has competed in both the Flyweight and Bantamweight division, competing for the 135-pound strap in two separate occasions, though division king Demetrious Johnson stopped all of “The Magician’s” tricks both times.

While there is no timetable for Dodson’s return, the scrappy 135-pounder could make some noise in the division and inch himself toward another title shot with a few more impressive victories.

Care to throw out some suggestions for John’s first bout on his new UFC deal?

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Biggest Winners, Loser From UFC 224

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., May 12, 2018) for UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which was headlined by a barn-burner of a women’s Bantamweight title fight which saw division champion Amanda Nunes obliterate Raquel Pennington to hold on to her 135-pound strap (recap). Also, Kelvin Gastelum scored a huge win over Ronaldo Souza to put himself in the 185-pound title mix.

Biggest Winner: Kelvin Gastelum

The former Ultimate Fighter winner is really starting to make some noise in the 185-pound weight class, as he has won four of five since making the move back up with big wins over Vitor Belfort, Michael Bisping and now “Jacare.” His win over Souza was impressive given the fact that he won a split-decision in Ronaldo’s home country, something many didn’t expect to happen. While it seemed Kelvin could’ve finished a very tired Souza, at the end of the day the important thing is the victory. And with victory come the spoils, as Kelvin should get the winner of the upcoming title fight between champion Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero at UFC 225 on June 9 in Chicago.

Runner Up: Mackenzie Dern

Mackenzie didn’t endear herself to fans when she missed the 116-pound weight limit by a staggering seven pounds in her sophomore UFC fight. But the best way to silence critics is to put on a winning performance, and that’s exactly what she did. Surprisingly, Dern kept the bout on the feet, seemingly looking to prove a point by showing she is far from a one-trick pony. Halfway through round one, Dern clipped Amanda Cooper with a big overhand right that dropped her like a sack of potatoes.

From there, Mackenzie wasted no time on pouncing on her down foe, and eventually going into her specialty by sinking in an air-tight rear-naked choke to put an end to the fight. It was an impressive win indeed, but she’ll need to do a lot more of than and keep her weight on track if she really wants to be UFC’s next big star.

Biggest Loser: Vitor Belfort

Just because a fighter is on his way out, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t care about a win or a loss. For “The Phenom,” going out via knockout is not the way he imagined his storied and legendary mixed martial arts (MMA) career would end. But it was indeed a case of deja vu for Belfort, as he was knocked out with a front kick to the face, the same way he went out against Anderson Silva — who happens to be Lyoto Machida’s training partner — seven years ago. Afterward, Belfort made it official that his career had indeed come to an end.

After losing four of his last five via knockout, it really was the best option as it was obvious Vitor’s best days were behind him. But, it was a truly special career by one of the best to ever do it. And he did it for 22 long years. For his sake, I hope Vitor isn’t one of those fighters who simply can’t stay away — like this guy.

For complete UFC 224: “Nunes vs. Pennington” results, including play-by-play updates, click here.

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Rising Star Yair Rodriguez Cut From UFC Roster

Hey, remember that ultra-hot rising star fighter named Yair Rodriguez? The one who got promoted like crazy, headlined two UFC Fight Night events, won six in a row in the Octagon, and lost his last fight against Frankie Edgar?

Yeah, he’s been cut from the UFC roster.

Apparently, he was offered a fight against Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 227, but turned it down. So the UFC told him to hit the road.

As per the LA Times:

Mexico’s Yair Rodriguez, who balked at accepting an Aug. 4 UFC 227 fight against Russia’s Zabit Magomedsharipov, has been cut from the organization, UFC President Dana White told the Los Angeles Times Thursday night.

Rodriguez (11-2), the UFC’s No. 11-ranked featherweight, hasn’t fought since a humbling second-round technical-knockout (doctor’s stoppage) loss to former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar on May 13, 2017.

White chafed that Rodriguez previously turned down an offer to fight No. 7-ranked Ricardo Lamas before tweeting that a Times report based on information from White that he was to fight Magomedsharipov (15-1) was “#FakeNews.”

“The guy’s off a year, rejects a fight with Lamas and then doesn’t want to fight a guy below him in the rankings?” White asked Thursday night. “He can go somewhere else. We have no use for him.

“He calls that fight fake news. This is real news.”

There are, of course, two sides to every negotiation. And while we have yet to hear what Rodriguez has to say, another UFC fighter tweeted some insight.

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Rising Star Yair Rodriguez Cut From UFC Roster

Hey, remember that ultra-hot rising star fighter named Yair Rodriguez? The one who got promoted like crazy, headlined two UFC Fight Night events, won six in a row in the Octagon, and lost his last fight against Frankie Edgar?

Yeah, he’s been cut from the UFC roster.

Apparently, he was offered a fight against Zabit Magomedsharipov at UFC 227, but turned it down. So the UFC told him to hit the road.

As per the LA Times:

Mexico’s Yair Rodriguez, who balked at accepting an Aug. 4 UFC 227 fight against Russia’s Zabit Magomedsharipov, has been cut from the organization, UFC President Dana White told the Los Angeles Times Thursday night.

Rodriguez (11-2), the UFC’s No. 11-ranked featherweight, hasn’t fought since a humbling second-round technical-knockout (doctor’s stoppage) loss to former lightweight champion Frankie Edgar on May 13, 2017.

White chafed that Rodriguez previously turned down an offer to fight No. 7-ranked Ricardo Lamas before tweeting that a Times report based on information from White that he was to fight Magomedsharipov (15-1) was “#FakeNews.”

“The guy’s off a year, rejects a fight with Lamas and then doesn’t want to fight a guy below him in the rankings?” White asked Thursday night. “He can go somewhere else. We have no use for him.

“He calls that fight fake news. This is real news.”

There are, of course, two sides to every negotiation. And while we have yet to hear what Rodriguez has to say, another UFC fighter tweeted some insight.

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Midnight Mania! You Can’t Look Away From This Arm Break at LFA 39

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A fight between Jerome Rivera and Brandon Royval didn’t go as planned tonight at LFA 39, as Rivera found himself on the receiving end of an arm break so nasty, it makes Anderson Silva’s leg break look downright palatable by comparison.

The arm ain’t supposed to bend that way.

What’s odd is that it’s difficult to tell exactly what broke Jerome’s arm. In case you wanted to see it slowed down frame by frame, the internet has you:

The arm break joins a litany of limbs losing structural integrity in the course of a mixed martial arts bout. While certainly one of the hazards of the job, getting a bone broken in the cage is never fun to watch- or to experience. Best of luck to Jerome in recovery.


Insomnia

Tommy Toehold presents UFC Star Wars!

Tony Ferguson has blue hair but his mood seems cheery. How odd.

I’m guessing Alvarez didn’t sign?

Weird things happen when Elias Theodorou serves as Ring Boy for a women’s MMA event.

Dillon Danis loves starting shit with guys way above his pay grade and getting schooled online

Combat sports this weekend:


Slips, Rips, and Weekend KO Clips

Mobster grandson John Gotti III with the knockout

Bulldog choke win!

Former UFC fighter Pearl Gonzalez with the armbar win

Straight right counter to a left hook for the KO

When leg locking goes wrong

The desperation shot didn’t work

Manel Kape with the win

Out with a head kick

Pretty cool historical footage of Kyoji Horiguchi


Podcasts and Video

Make sure you watch the story of our own analyst, Andrew Richarson, making his debut out of Team Alpha Male! Also, follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Promotional Malpractice Live Chat


Random Land

The Jurassic Coast is now on my geographic bucket list

Speaking of geography, this volcanic eruption in Hawaii looks apocalyptic

Pigs start life so cute

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

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Kevin Lee Changing Focus From Khabib Nurmagomedov to Nate Diaz for Next Bout

Even though he’s been away from the Octagon for nearly two years, Nate Diaz has no shortage of potential suitors now that his return could be imminent.
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Kevin Lee Changing Focus From Khabib Nurmagomedov to Nate Diaz for Next Bout

Even though he’s been away from the Octagon for nearly two years, Nate Diaz has no shortage of potential suitors now that his return could be imminent.
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Kevin Lee Changing Focus From Khabib Nurmagomedov to Nate Diaz for Next Bout

Even though he’s been away from the Octagon for nearly two years, Nate Diaz has no shortage of potential suitors now that his return could be imminent.
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