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The Weekly Grind: Conor McGregor shows off UFC belts, George St-Pierre knocks out wild front flips

The life of a professional fighter isn’t all glitz and glamour.

As if getting punched, kicked, kneed, choked and twisted into a pretzel on a regular basis isn’t enough, fighters attract a general wackiness that makes their lives, well…interesting.

To commemorate these day-to-day hardships, slip-ups, pranks, and more, we bring you, “The Weekly Grind.”

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Leg Plyometric exercises this morning at the gym with coach Pat!

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Good service please.

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Proof that I’m not having a bow wow moment…I kid I kid #closerthanever #setlife #gratefulchamp

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Always in my bracket right DC? #UFC214

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Yesterdays hiking Shenanigans #theothersideofvegas

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Love yourself, you’re the best friend you’ll ever have. #love #tbt #regardmagazine

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@flavrxtracts #canabis #

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Boa @wandfc !! Com certeza a melhor da semana!

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Y’all are too funny! But this is really on point whoever loses has to lick white dog shit!!

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#missusa #cowboys #thepredator

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@mishdapish1 So pretty ❤️

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Before breakfast #beyondthefight #badguyinc #thefourpackrevolution

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10k hike with @blackheartrum at 5am. Now off to the gym

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Doing the extra work @livecerulean

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Morning grind. #teamclaudia #ufc212 #reebokbrasil #reebok

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Strength and balance. Força e equilíbrio. @reebokbrasil @reebok #teamclaudia #ufc212 #reebokbrasil #reebok

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Good morning LA!!

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The #CoffeeAndWifi crew on top of a #Chinook in #Honduras, nbd… Big ups to the #SugarBears (South) for the hookup!!!

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Jon Jones doping case in front of Nevada commission postponed

Jon Jones‘ date with the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) will have to wait. 
Jones’ disciplinary hearing in front of the commission will not happen Monday as originally scheduled, NAC executive director Bob Bennett confirmed with MMA Fighting on Wednesday. Jones’ legal team requested the continuance.

Jones, the current interim UFC light heavyweight champion and pound-for-pound king, failed an out-of-competition drug test in June and was pulled from his UFC 200 main event title fight with Daniel Cormier. Jones tested positive for the banned substances clomiphene and letrozol in a test administered by UFC anti-doping partner USADA.

Jones, 29, is facing discipline from both the commission and USADA. His case with USADA is currently being adjudicated.

Nate Diaz’s disciplinary hearing will also be delayed until a future meeting, Bennett confirmed. Diaz and Conor McGregor, the headliners for UFC 202, got into an ugly, water bottle-throwing incident with their respective teams in a pre-fight press conference in August.

McGregor’s disciplinary hearing will take place Monday as planned.

Brock Lesnar, who failed in- and out-of-competition drug tests for clomiphene, in relation to UFC 200 in July will have a disciplinary hearing at a later date as well.

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Legacy FC 51 Results: Shining In Front Of Dana White

UFC president Dana White took a detour on his way back to Las Vegas for UFC Fight Night 82 Saturday, catching some live MMA action in Minnesota. The main event provided a shocking result, as Manny Vazquez choked out Ricardo Lucas Ramos to become the new Legacy FC bantamweight champion. Vazquez won the title that […]

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Morning Report: Dana White says Ben Henderson turned down incentivized UFC contract for ‘more up front’

Former UFC lightweight champion Ben Henderson made a splash Monday morning when he announced he’d be leaving the UFC’s ranks to head to chief rival Bellator.

Henderson had been signed under the Zuffa banner since 2009 with World Extreme Cagefighting and made sure to recognize his long-time employers during his exit.

“I’d be remiss to not thank [UFC president] Dana White and [CEO] Lorenzo Fertitta for the opportunities they presented me, you guys have helped me change my life for the better and to be able to provide my family with the things I didn’t have while growing up,” Henderson wrote on his official webpage. “For that I’ll always have the utmost appreciation. Thanks for all the advise you guys gave too, both business wise and personal.”

Henderson was 2-0 for the UFC since making the move to 170 pounds, but White doesn’t sound heartbroken to see the 32-year-old move on.

“The truth is we made him an offer that would have paid him substantially more – like not even in the same ballpark – than he’s getting now if he were to become world champion again, but he chose their deal, which offered more up front,” White told MMA Junkie.

“He’s a former world champion who’s ranked No. 15 now. We’re looking for top-5 guys, guys that are going from 15 to 1, not the other way around.”

White wished Henderson well, admitting the vet’s decision to sign elsewhere was likely the prudent call.

“But I’m honestly happy for Benson,” said White. “I’m not angry. Who knows? This could be the last contract he ever signs. He got the right deal for him. He’s a great guy, and we wish him all the best.”

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

More to come. Bellator president Scott Coker syas “No. 1 target” Benson Henderson is just “the tip of the iceberg” for the promotion.

Not so super. Sage Northcutt went to emergency clinic for strep throat “two days” before UFC on FOX 18 loss.

‘The fight game is cruel.’ Chuck Mindenhall takes a look at the fallout from Sage Northcutt’s first professional loss.

Monday Morning Analyst. Luke Thomas talks UFC on FOX 18, Sage Northcutt’s tap and more.

Bruce Leeroy. Alex Caceres talks about his victory over Masio Fullen at UFC on Fox 18, his training at the MMA Lab, weight cutting, and much more.

Watch The MMA Hour with Fabricio Werdum, Sage Northcutt, Benson Henderson, Scott Coker, Artem Lobov, Anthony Perosh and Dave Meltzer.

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MEDIA STEW

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UFC Fight Night Countdown: Hendricks vs Thompson.

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UFC matchmaking Joe Silva previews Hendricks vs. Thompson.

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Michael Bisping chats with keyboard warriors picking Anderson Silva to beat him.

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Lots of finishes from ONE Championship.

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Dana White talks Ronda Rousey maybe returning in November, McGregor being like Ali.

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TTTHS.

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Long watches.

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TWEETS

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Bendo.

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Just easier this way.

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Warmer than New York.

Getting in some early work, to give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift! Hope Luke is keeping that belt warm for me.

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Camping.

Good work with @philmrw at @alliancemma

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Class act.

Well fight obv didn’t go as planned, took a stupid shot and ended up paying for it. It is what it is. You keep playing…

Posted by Ryan Bader on Monday, February 1, 2016

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Buds.

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Agree?

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Get it while you can.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Feb. 1 2016)

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Kyle Noke Is a Sniper With His Front Kick

Kyle Noke has gone about as far as he’s going to go in his MMA career, but that doesn’t mean he has no shine left on his shoes. In fact he does, as evidenced by his performance tonight on the UFC 193 prelims on FOX Sports 1. Taking on Peter Sobotta, it was expected that […]

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Former Pride Grand Prix fighter Hans Nijman shot to death in front of his gym

Hans Nijman, best known in MMA circles for being one of the participants in the 2000 Pride World Grand Prix tournament, was shot to death on Wednesday in front of a gym he partially owned in Holland in what was reported in the local media as a gangland killing.

Hans Nijman, a kickboxer and pro wrestler in Japan who fought in the now-legendary Pride Open Weight Grand Prix tournament in 2000, was shot to death on Wednesday while in his car in front of a gym he partially owned in Beverwijk, Holland, according to multiple Dutch media reports.

Nijman was 55.

There was conjecture the shooting was mob related. It took place just before 10 p.m. local time that night. People in the area reported hearing shots from automatic weapons.  Two vehicles were later found on fire at a car park that was then sealed off. Dutch news sources labeled it a gangland killing.

It was reported in the local media regarding the death that Nijman’s name had come up in a number of investigations into drug dealing and blackmail. He was also reportedly linked with Dino Soerel, who is reputed to be an Amsterdam crime boss.

The killing came at a time when Fred Ros, who knew Nijman from his gym, was testifying for the government in a major gangland trial in Amsterdam.

Nos TV in Holland reported that another former kickboxer, pro wrestler and MMA fighter, Dick Vrij, who co-owned the Top Team gym, was in voluntary police custody after learning over the summer that his life could be in danger.

Nijman and Vrij were part of the group of Amersterdam kickboxers who made their names as pro wrestlers for the RINGS organization in Japan, which was a monthly fixture in the 90s on the WOWOW Channel, a Japanese equivalent to HBO or Showtime. They were among the regular stars for the group which also included a number of fighters who later transitioned into MMA like Kiyoshi Tamura, Tsuyoshi Kosaka and Volk Han, and was also the organization that legendary Olympic Greco-Roman wrestler Alexander Karelin once performed in.

Nijman was one of the major stars with the group in the 90s. When RINGS made the transition from doing predetermined matches to doing non-predetermined matches, Nijman won three of his four fights with the group, even though he was nearly 40.

In 1999, after Pride started, Nijman, like eventually happened with future stars like Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Dan Henderson and Fedor Emelianenko, was signed away from RINGS.

But he only fought once in Pride, on January 30, 2000, losing via submission to Kazuyuki Fujita in the first round of the World Grand Prix tournament at the Tokyo Dome.  This was the tournament that Mark Coleman ended up winning, and where Kazushi Sakuraba beat Royce Gracie in their legendary 90 minute match in second round of the tournament.  He did some MMA fights for the next few years. In his final fight, at the age of 43, he lost via armbar to Cheick Kongo on June 8, 2003, in Amsterdam.

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Ray Longo has a message for Vitor Belfort: Man up, play by the rules, and stop lying to everybody in front of your kids

“What do we stand for?”

With his thrilling unanimous decision win over Lyoto Machida at the UFC 175 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (July 5, 2014) at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada (watch it again here), middleweight champion Chris Weidman will move on to the next challenger in the crowded 185-pound division.

Assuming he can get pardoned by Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), that challenger will be Vitor Belfort.

Weidman will fight “The Phenom” any day of the week, according to his coach Ray Longo. But if pen does in fact get put to paper, the man behind “the man” is expecting Belfort to man up, play by the rules, and stop lying to everyone in front of his kids.

From his post-fight conversation with MMA Fighting:

“I think the world got to see what a tough S.O.B. [Weidman] is. I’m gonna say this [about Vitor]: Play by the rules, man up, don’t be a liar. What do we stand for? You got kids, you’re lying to everybody? Just play by the rules and Weidman will fight him any day of the week.”

Or any month of the year.

These two were expected to hook ‘em up in the main event of UFC 173 back in May; however, Belfort failed a pre-fight drug test (more on that here) and was benched indefinitely. Not only does the Brazilian have to rid his body of testosterone in order to return (thanks to this), he must also convince the commission he’s playing by the rules.

Think about the children!

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Tim Kennedy takes Knockout of the Night bonus after win in front of fellow troops

Tim Kennedy sent the soldiers at Ft. Campbell home happy Wednesday night with his knockout of Rafael Natal.

He also left $ 50,000 richer.

The former Army Ranger’s finish of his Brazilian foe late in the first round of their Fight for the Troops 3 main event won him the evening’s Knockout of the Night bonus.

Kennedy, of course, wasn’t the only fighter on the evening to pocket extra cash. Michael Chiesa used a sick throw to set up a rear-naked choke finish in the second round of his battle of former Ultimate Fighter winners. The Spokane, Wash. native took Submission of the Night honors.

Fight of the Night went to a back-and-forth lightweight battle between Rustam Khabilov and Jorge Masvidal. Khabilov won the entertaining scrap via unanimous decision.

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TUF 16 episode 7: Michael Hill embarrassed after ‘freezing’ in front of Matt Secor

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Last night’s (Oct. 26, 2012) episode seven of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 16 featured a boring but controversial fight pitting Michael Hill against TUF house annoyance Matt Secor.

That talk was big leading into the bout but it turned out it was cheap.

After two plodding rounds of little activity, the judges decided another round was necessary. This one was slow too but it was just back-and-forth enough that judges sided with Hill over Secor, a decision blasted by all those in attendance. Or at least that’s how it was edited and presented on FX.

Here’s what UFC President Dana White had to say about the fight and the judging during the show last night (props to our friends at Bloody Elbow for the transcription):

“That first round would probably have to go down as one of the shittiest rounds in TUF history. One punch was thrown by each guy and then a bunch of laying around. The first round, maybe they didn’t hear me say, ‘This is 2 five-minute rounds.’ This is a fight! You’ve got two fucking rounds to win this fight! At the end of the first round, I gave Matt that round. They said to me, ‘No, no, no, mike won that round.’ I wouldn’t argue it. Second round, if you don’t give that round to Matt…I don’t know what you’re doing. There was no doubt who won that round. [Third round], nobody is fighting with a sense of urgency! Nobody is fighting like they want to fucking win. Are you on summer vacation right now did you come here to win this show, become the ultimate fighter, make it into the UFC, and become champion someday? Why did you come here? This isn’t fucking summer camp!

“That is fucking beyond comprehension. The judges handed me the piece of paper and I’m like, ‘You gotta be fucking kidding me.’ If that doesn’t keep someone from judging ever again, nothing should. I had a hard time walking up there and reading the score. Even the blue team is pissed about the outcome of the fight! The Nevada State Athletic Commission should be embarrassed. No matter what side of this decision you’re on it’s bad.”

But what about the competitors who actually took part in one of the worst recorded fights in recent memory?

For his part, Hill says he froze up under the pressure of the situation:

“After my fight I felt embarrassed. I felt like I let everybody down, from Dana White, to the producers, my teammates and my country. I think everyone wanted to see Matt Secor’s mouth shut. I have never ever felt that pressure or jitters before. It was like I forgot everything I’d learned to this day. I just froze. It’s the worst feeling ever, to know that that fight would be talked about all season, and once I got out of the house, on TV worldwide. I have so much to improve on. Every fight can’t be pretty but you do what you can to win, and one thing’s for sure I won’t ever give up.”

Secor, meanwhile, is just upset he broke his hand as opposed to losing in the manner he did:

“I felt mad because of the loss. I was mad because my hand was broken and that I got robbed. I wish that my hand didn’t break. When something like that happens in a fight it makes the fight change completely. I was trying to finish but I couldn’t use my right hand at all. The mood on Team Carwin didn’t change after my loss because obviously I won that fight, it was more that everyone was pissed at the judges than anything else.”

For complete blow-by-blow coverage of the fight, and the entire episode, click here and here.

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Josh Thomson Willing To Take Whomever They Put In Front Of Him Whether It’s In Strikeforce Or The UFC

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BJPENN.COM’s Lynn Mitchell caught up with top Strikeforce lightweight fighter Josh Thomson who talks about his upcoming fight and discusses his promotional options.

Thomson (19-5, 1NC) is scheduled to face Caros Fodor (7-2) on the Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Healy card which is scheduled for September 29, 2012 at the Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, California.

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