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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

The top three UFC Fight Night 130 fights! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

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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Midnight Mania! Cain Velasquez releases measured update on fight future – ‘I can’t train the way I know how’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got Cain Velasquez with a message to his fans, Dillon Danis — Conor McGregor’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach — signing with Bellator MMA, Jorge Masvidal as a hitman, the return of sumo, sweet sweet knockouts, including some incredible knees, podcasts, fight posters and much more.


Insomnia

Cain Velasquez isn’t training much these days, according to his coach, but that’s on purpose. He’s still in recovery from surgery, and is taking his time (for once) to work back into fighting shape. He says he owes it to his fans not to try to take fights when he’s not 100 percent healthy — the kind of thing that got his last fight canceled.

Quick update for all my fans. Thanks again. #SiSePuede

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Hopefully, that means Cain is finally learning to listen to his body and avoid the repeated injuries that have plagued his career. Hopefully. Although, if he manages to get back to full health and win a title shot just as Junior Dos Santos wins the belt back… you can count me out of watching that a fourth time, folks.


Bobs and Weaves

Conor McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach and ace grappler Dillon Danis has signed with Bellator MMA.

Here’s where his skills were developed —- on the mats … against the best in the world.

Jorge Masvidal gets a chance to spoil Demian Maia’s Welterweight hopes and dreams at UFC 211. After his comment on UFC using him as a hitman to take out 170-pound fighters it doesn’t like, some fans have begun to embrace that image. It suits “Gamebred” well.

Even the way he gets his jewelry is gangster.

This is pretty creative!

He isn’t the only Welterweight able to pull off the gangster image. Gunnar Nelson fights Alan Jouban this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 107.

Happy new years everyone

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Bosslogic poster magic for the stacked UFC 211:


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Did you see this double KO yet?

Sumo is back!!!

This is what Mackenzie Dern’s opponent was trying — and failing — to pull off:

Grabaka Hitman with the top five KOs from the weekend (you’ll never believe number 2!)*

*I love listicles. Clickbait listicles are the cat’s pajamas

The #1 knockout started off a sequence of great knees landed:

The OG!

Gokhan Saki is a legend.


Quick Hits

  • Read the Naked Gambler’s insight into how this weekend was an experiment in process vs. athleticism
  • Hector Lombard was in a car accident this weekend. (photos included)
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Nate Diaz is such an appetizing fight, and Tony wants it. (it’s probably not happening, though)

Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

Jack Slack’s Fights Gone By, where Jack introduces his new book on Conor McGregor

Monday Morning Analyst

The Co-Main Event podcast


Stay woke, Maniacs!

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