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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.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

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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Mackenzie Dern Relocated Training Camp from MMA Lab to California Ahead of UFC 224

UFC strawweight Mackenzie Dern has left the camp where she began her mixed martial arts career.
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Junior Dos Santos Freed From Suffocating Yoke of USADA Suspension

Former heavyweight champ and all-around nice guy Junior dos Santos was supposed to face Francis Ngannou at UFC 215, but USADA swooped in like a hungry pterodactyl and put the kibosh on that.

Since then, the Brazilian has been languishing in administrative hell, waiting for USADA to conduct their tests and determine that yes, he failed a drug test because of tainted supplements.

And guess what? They have finally come to that conclusion.

As per ESPN:

“I am not a cheater,” dos Santos told ESPN. “Since the first day we found out about this, we have cooperated with USADA and done everything they’ve asked or suggested to prove this was not intentional doping. It’s taken a really long time.”

“We want to know the real results of fights, but in a case like this, with a diuretic, I think they should have allowed me to continue my life until they proved it was my fault. If they prove that, they can do whatever they want. But if I prove I’m innocent, I’m here for almost nine months, doing nothing with my life. I want to keep fighting for a long time, but I don’t have any time to lose.”

Immediately after his failed test, dos Santos submitted multiple supplements to be tested for contamination. Initially, he did not even test any supplements from the Brazilian pharmacy, as he had built a high level of trust with the facility over time.

The Farmacia Analitica supplements were eventually tested, however. In December, USADA confirmed several bottles were in fact contaminated with hydrochlorothiazide. Per USADA’s protocols, the agency still needed to obtain and test those specific supplements independently, before moving forward with dos Santos’ case. So, even though dos Santos had supplied tainted supplements, his case was still on hold.

“I was happy when those results came back, because I thought it was done,” dos Santos said. “They would see it’s not my fault and I could resume fighting. But then, they started to say other things, like maybe I could have contaminated them on purpose. I said, ‘My God, I’m not a chemist.’”

Poor JDS. Screwed by the system. Oh well. Now he can come back.

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