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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.


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.


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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.


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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Rory MacDonald Discusses Teammate Georges St. Pierre’s Legacy, Fighting Future

Georges St. Pierre’s long-time friend and Tristar Gym training partner Rory MacDonald doesn’t believe the former welterweight and middleweight champion is done with the sport.
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Conor BFF Artem Lobov Predicts McGregor’s Future

McGregor training partner and buddy Artem Lobov dishes on what’s next for his superstar pal.

UFC 223 is going to be a big day for the sport of MMA. Not just because there’ll be two titles going down on the April 7th card from Brooklyn, New York, but because it also marks the return of Artem “The Hammer” Lobov!

Lobov has become a bit of a cult sensation amongst followers of the sport due to his close friendship to Conor McGregor, and the featherweight fighter will be taking on Alex Caceres on the undercard of 223, which is headlined by a fight between Tony Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov for McGregor’s lightweight belt. So of course when people talked to Lobov about his fight, they also talked about McGregor and whether he’d be attending the event.

“It’s a little bit to soon to say now whether he’ll be there or not,” Lobov told the SevereMMA podcast (via BJPenn.com). “I of course always love seeing him at my fights. It means a lot to me when he is there and I know it means a lot to him to support me, and if he is able to be there, he will be there.”

Lobov also said McGregor was deep in negotiations with the UFC for a return fight and that the most likely opponent was the winner of Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov.

“Yeah, I think he will fight the winner of this fight,” Lobov said. “The winner of that fight will be the true, true challenger and he will fight Conor for the belt … Like I said, he’s the champion. So, you know, there will be a clear challenger decided April 7th and that’s who Conor is going to fight. That’s the way I see it.”

The UFC seems to already be setting up for a potential McGregor vs. Nurmagomedov showdown in Russia, with rumors swirling that the Olympic Stadium in Moscow has been reserved for a September date. That would also line up with the timeline UFC president Dana White said McGregor’s camp gave him for a return, the timeline that prompted him to set up April’s Tony vs. Khabib fight for McGregor’s soon-to-be stripped lightweight title.

Of course, who knows what’s ever going to shake out properly with the UFC. This is the fourth time Ferguson vs. Nurmagomedov has been booked, and what if Ferguson wins? Will McGregor still be as interested in the fight or will he turn to Nate Diaz or Floyd Mayweather instead? There’s a lot of moving parts, but the biggest gear gets in motion at UFC 223 on April 7th.

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Scott Coker: Bellator to ‘Keep That Door Open’ for Future Tournaments in Other Divisions

Before Scott Coker took over the helm, Bellator MMA was best known for holding “The Toughest Tournament in Sports.”
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Boxing: Manny Pacquiao-Jeff Horn To Air on ESPN; Future ESPN-Top Rank Cards to Follow

Manny Pacquiao’s (59-6-2, 38 KOs) July 1 World Boxing Organization 147-pound title defense against Australian Jeff Horn (16-0-1, 11 KOs) will air live on ESPN and ESPN Deportes. The news was announced Monday by ESPN and Pacquiao’s promoter, Top Rank.
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Fallout: UFC Fight Night 107 AKA Traditional Arts and The Future of European MMA

UFC Fight Night 107 was just another example of how a non pay-per-view card can not only be watchable, but can also offer a glimpse of some of the best talent the UFC has to offer. In particular, this weekend showcased what’s going on in the European theater as the fighter’s at the top of the card showcased why they could be the future of the sport.

Jimi Manuwa

Jimi Manuwa made a strong case to be next in line for a title shot at he completely annihilated Corey Anderson in the very first round of their contest. A feeling out process ensued in the opening moments until a fight ending left hook from Manuwa put Anderson to sleep. Manuwa has that kind of one shot power that makes him a threat to any man at light heavyweight. When you consider his options moving forward, a fight with either Glover Teixiera or former champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua makes a ton of sense.

Joe Duffy

Constantly referred to as one of the men to hold the privilege of defeating Conor McGregor, Joe Duffy showcased once again why that moniker simply doesn’t do him enough justice. It’s evident that Duffy has improved his game as he outclassed Reza Madadi over three rounds. Not only did Duffy’s boxing looking sharp, it’s also becoming clear that he’s been working on sexing up his kicking game. A delicious sidekick, a sexy hook kick, and all of a sudden I got the feeling like I was watching McGregor do work in the cage. It’s funny that with the introduction of McGregor and Stephen Thompson to the masses that we’ve seen an increase in traditional martial arts techniques. Sidekicks and hook kicks are here to stay and it’s apparent that these tools will only make Duffy all the more dangerous to deal with on the feet.

Arnold Allen

Like Joe Duffy, Arnold Allen made the move to Tristar and you can already see the improvements. His bout with Makwan Amirkhani showcased not only his immense striking ability but his technical ground skills. Amirkhani threatened with multiple submissions yet Allen was able to escape and gain top position a number of times. The second round of the bout saw Allen show the confidence to threaten with a submission against a man who considers himself a ground specialist. That kind of courage could be a sign of arrogance on Allen’s part, but it could also show his confidence in his ability to fight anywhere the fight takes him. In the featherweight division you need every tool in your toolkit and Allen surely has plenty to work with. With his boxing game as good as it is, seeing his ability to shut down Amirkhani’s strong ground work shows the glimmers of a featherweight that could one day carry the flag for England as a potential title challenger.

Marc Diakiese

This one was just pure fun. Marc Diakiese is not only athletic, but has some great timing as well. His kicking game looked pretty damn impressive as he threw some crazy spinning kicks. But the timing on his over hand right that laid out Teemu Packalen was absolutely perfect. Diakiese’s early aggression forced Packalen to push forward with some of his own forward pressure. Diakiese then immediately shifted from aggressor to counter fighter as he timed Packalen’s pawing left hand with his devastating right. The future is bright for this kid no doubt.

Gunnar Nelson

Gunnar Nelson once again showcased why I love karate so much. He may not have a tremendous amount of volume, but when Nelson does decide to throw it’s with conviction and accuracy. His bout with Alan Jouban showcased just how dangerous karate can be on the feet when used effectively. His feints, in and out movement and ability blitz hard and fast makes him ultra dangerous on the feet. We all know his ground game is crushing, but his striking is truly one of the more underrated parts of his game. You’re never quite sure when he’s gonna come forward, when he’s going to hang back and when he does come forward is he just looking to strike or is he going to be seeking a takedown. With rumblings of a possible Stephen Thompson fight, could we get to see a clash of karate styles at welterweight?

Which of these fighters has the best chance at winning a UFC belt?

Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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