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Chuck Liddell Offers ‘No Excuses’ for Loss to Tito Ortiz, Uncertain of MMA Future

Chuck Liddell’s return to mixed martial arts following an eight-year absence went about as one might expect it would.
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Dana White Offers Little Clarity on Future of UFC’s Flyweight Division

The demise of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s flyweight division appears to be imminent, as the promotion has begun cutting ties with some its 125-pound talent.
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Dana White Calls Israel Adesanya ‘The Future’

The main card of UFC 230 in New York kicked off with a near-perfect performance by one of the sport’s fastest-rising stars in Israel Adesanya, who completed his transition from middleweight prospect to bona fide contender.
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Michael Johnson Open to Taking Fights at Lightweight, Featherweight in Future UFC Bouts

Michael Johnson’s gamble paid off, as he was able to earn a win against Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 138 co-main event on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
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Michael Johnson Open to Taking Fights at Lightweight, Featherweight in Future UFC Bouts

Michael Johnson’s gamble paid off, as he was able to earn a win against Conor McGregor training partner Artem Lobov in the UFC Fight Night 138 co-main event on Saturday in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.
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Midnight Mania! ‘Lionheart’ on DC’s Future at 205: ‘He Knows Right Now’

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, fresh off his huge knockout of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC: Hamburg, has some thoughts on the state of the light heavyweight division. Via MMAFighting.com:

“The top of the division is a disaster right now. ‘Shogun’ was supposed to be next and now he’s not. No one knows what’s going on with Cormier. I think that that’s the first step, we need to figure out if Cormier’s staying or going. I’ve said this before, I think that Daniel is an honorable man and it wouldn’t be a very honorable thing to do to hold up the division. He knows right now. You guys could ask him 100 times and he won’t tell you, but he knows if he’s coming back down or not, and I think that he needs to make that public so we can figure out what we’re all doing.”

Smith had attempted to call out Alexander Gustafsson after making quick work of Shogun, but as it turned out, Gustafsson had suffered some minor injuries and was no longer fighting at UFC 227.

“That’s ironic, isn’t it?” Smith said at the UFC Hamburg post-fight press conference. “It’s kinda weird how that works out. He needed an opponent yesterday. What happened between then and now? I don’t know, but that’s mighty ironic.”

Smith is completely right about Cormier’s future at light heavyweight. Gustafsson has speculated that Cormier is never cutting to 205 lbs. again, and frankly it makes no sense to jeopardize what surely would be his biggest payday ever for the lesser-known contenders at light heavyweight. Cormier will no doubt attempt to hold onto both belts for as long as he can, but it isn’t fair to the contenders- including the “entitled” Alexander Gustafsson- to hold up the belt while waiting for Lesnar to make it through six months of drug testing.


Insomnia

Nick Newell is here to be an inspiration, but not just because he’s got one hand. He fights tomorrow night on the Tuesday Night Contender Series.

Mike Perry wonders why anyone would risk their lives for an obscure sport.

Why bro ‍♂️

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I would watch Alex Volkanovski vs. Chad Mendes in a heartbeat.

This deeply disturbs me for whatever reason. Sage Northcutt should not have reposted this cursed image.

#Repost @kamurashops ・・・ #shazam

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Eddie Alvarez’s response to what he was thinking when he landed those illegal knees: he wasn’t thinking. It was just a moment of pure instinct.

When I was this age I played soccer, and there was a black girl built like a miniature tank and she also ran me over just like this. All that to say, I empathize very much with the kids getting ran over.

Oddball strongman Bud Jeffries trains to be Thor and I’m very entertained by it.

So true.

I can’t believe people get knocked out… Just dodge that shit

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I feel for Marc Diakese, who showed improvement yet still got wrecked for a third consecutive loss by Nasrat Haqparast, whose name is extremely fun to say.

#UFCHamburg on rn

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Who did this to Mark Hunt? It’s perfect.

Don’t mess with this guy. He will end you.

I just assume a large number of you can relate to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu memes, and the resigned terror of rolling with a black belt.

l Top Because Jitsu Memes Of 2017

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Daniel Cormier using his best Dad voice to scold Alexander Gustafsson. I wonder how different the world would be now if Gustafsson had taken that split decision in Houston in 2015.

Zabit Magomedsharipov showing us his roots in kung fu competition

Suga Sean O’Malley smoking a joint while hitting pads is extremely on-brand for him.

$ hitz Ea$ y #mma #ufc

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You can see the strong MMA influence in this street fight. The sport has changed the world forever.

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I can appreciate this approach, and the joke.

In the dudevorce of the week, Floyd Mayweather is tearing his old pal 50 Cent apart. It seems doubtful based on this screed that 50 Cent really got a million dollars from Bellator for his phrase, “Get the Strap”.

It is good to see Brian Ortega did finally receive some compensation (though he doesn’t specify what) for his expenses prior to his cancelled bout with Max Holloway at UFC 226.

I can’t wait for The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, to return against the Answer, Frankie Edgar.

Invicta allows fighters to express their creativity in ways the UFC can’t because they made the disastrous Reebok deal.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

I don’t know about knockout of the year but this was a solid KO

The delayed collapse KO is a classic subspecies of knockout I find particularly pleasing, aesthetically.

Remember when Erik Silva was the Next Big Thing at welterweight? Good to know he’s still out there getting dropped and then snatching armbars.

This shouldn’t be illegal in a grappling competition, but that’s just my two cents.

I got a strong feeling of deja vu watching this, which means I’ve been compiling KO highlights for too long.

Ran right into it


Random Land

This seems safe and not at all dangerous.

I love this old picture posted by Disney imagineer Joe Rohde, and his explanation of the unpredictability of the future.


SwitchKick

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Midnight Mania! Dana Will Discuss Future With McGregor in Liverpool

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Dana White is planning on taking the opportunity while in Liverpool to sit down with ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor to discuss if and when McGregor will return to combat sports. That conversation will not, however, include any of McGregor’s legal issues, which Dana White now says are his own business. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“We’re going to sit down and talk about his future and what’s next.

I have nothing to do with the legal issues, he’ll need to figure that out on his own.”

McGregor got into some legal trouble after hurling a dolly through a UFC charter bus window in Brooklyn prior to UFC 223, injuring multiple fighters, getting put into cuffs and, oddly enough, providing cover for the FBI agents who raided Trump’s lawyer’s office. At the time, Dana White called the event the most despicable thing to happen in UFC history. However, McGregor, the 100-million-dollar man, no longer plays by the same rules as most fighters, so the issue is clearly behind White, though McGregor’s legal team will no doubt continue to clean up behind the superstar for some time.

“Obviously, he has to deal with [his legal situation] in June,” White said. “I’m flying to Liverpool this weekend for a fight there, and he and I are going to meet in Liverpool.”

Liverpool’s own Darren Till and Stephen ‘Wonderboy’ Thompson meet in the main event of UFC Fight Night 130 this Saturday, live and free on Fox Sports 1.


Insomnia

This is a slapping championship, which seems like possibly an even more painful idea than MMA. I bet the Diaz brothers would clean up in their weight classes though.

My girlfriend saw this meme and told me not to come for the Controller.

Holly Holm is looking shredded ahead of her pivotal featherweight matchup with Invicta champion Megan Anderson.

Travis Browne vs. Andrei Arlovski remains one of the craziest one-round fights in UFC history.

This qualifies as MMA training, right?

George Foreman on why he named all his kids George Foreman; it makes sense.

The Great and Powerful Georges St. Pierre

About to go live with the great and powerful @georgesstpierre! http://joerogan.live

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A reminder that the UFC wanted 450 million for their new deal, but they were always unlikely to get it.

Follow MMA Mania on Twitter to see stuff like this infamous long pants karate fight between Stephen Thompson and current Bellator kickboxer Raymond Daniels.

Dennis Bermudez in training

Meisha Tate doing some pregnant mitt sessions. She should join Donald Cerrone and his wife wake-surfing.


Podcasts and Video

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Heavy Hands

Michael Chiesa is an analyst for UFC Tonight now. Maybe this is unfair, but it strikes me as an odd choice.


Random Land

Bamboo scaffolding around a small skyscraper is something I have never seen before

This is adorable

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Eddie Alvarez Not Accepting Fights Until Future with UFC is Resolved

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is not happy with current negotiations surrounding his contract with the UFC.
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‘Korean Zombie’ Calls for Future Matchup with Featherweight Contender Frankie Edgar

Chan Sung Jung isn’t one for elaborate callouts, but he gets his point across nonetheless.
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‘Korean Zombie’ Calls for Future Matchup with Featherweight Contender Frankie Edgar

Chan Sung Jung isn’t one for elaborate callouts, but he gets his point across nonetheless.
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