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Coker: Lack Of ‘A Game’ Caused UFC 233 Cancelation

Wanderlei Silva tried to warn you … but no, you wouldn’t listen.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has once again canceled a major mixed martial arts (MMA) event that was scheduled to run the same night as a Bellator MMA fight card. And not just any old fight card, one that was headlined by the mighty Fedor Emelianenko.

The same “Emperor” who smashed and trashed six former UFC heavyweight champions (go ahead and do the math, I’ll wait).

“We’ve been going on that date for the last three years or however long, so everybody knows we’re going to go on that date,” Coker told MMA Junkie. “It didn’t work out for them because, to me, it’s a roster issue. Who is going to fight? And if you’re going to bring someone to fight against the Fedor-Bader card, and ours is free on Paramount and on DAZN, and you’re going to run on pay-per-view, then you better have your A-game. I think they just ran out of bullets.”

The empty chamber was UFC 233, which the promotion had hoped to fill with the welterweight title fight pitting Tyron Woodley against Colby Covington, but “The Chosen One” was still recovering from a hand injury and unable to answer the call.

That means Jan. 26, 2019 belongs to Bellator MMA.

The Fedor vs. Bader card will take place inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. as part of the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix. In addition, former UFC middleweight Gegard Mousasi will be in action, as well as ex-WWE headliner Jack Swagger.

“This is not the first time,” Coker said. “This is like the second, maybe even the third time this happened on that weekend. It is what it is. For the most part I feel like we’ve just got to focus on our business and keep running, but we have a great card on that day.”

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UFC Superstar Conor McGregor Attends Dallas Cowboys Game, Mingles with Owner Jerry Jones

It doesn’t appear as though Conor McGregor is spending much time feeling sorry for himself following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
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UFC Superstar Conor McGregor Attends Dallas Cowboys Game, Mingles with Owner Jerry Jones

It doesn’t appear as though Conor McGregor is spending much time feeling sorry for himself following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
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UFC Superstar Conor McGregor Attends Dallas Cowboys Game, Mingles with Owner Jerry Jones

It doesn’t appear as though Conor McGregor is spending much time feeling sorry for himself following his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229.
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Report: Greg Hardy Injures Knee in Arena Football Game

Former National Football League defensive lineman Greg Hardy, who made waves by scoring an emphatic knockout in his professional mixed martial arts debut last week, injured his knee during an arena football game on Saturday night, ESPN reports.
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Greg Hardy Injured in Football Game, UFC Career on Hold

NFL player and accused domestic abuser Greg Hardy made a splash in the Octagon recently when he scored a knockout on “Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series”. He earned a UFC contract, but also earned a good bit of uproar because he once wound up in cuffs for beating his woman, and why would the UFC even hire this guy?

Well, karma stepped in and meted out some justice.

Despite being the proud owner of a UFC contract, Hardy still plays football, albeit arena football. And young homie injured his knee.

Here’s ESPN:

Former NFL player turned MMA fighter Greg Hardy suffered a knee injury in an arena football game Saturday night.

Hardy, who also currently stars for the Richmond Roughriders of the American Arena League, was hurt in the first quarter of the Roughriders’ 57-43 win over the Carolina Energy. Hardy is expected to get the knee examined by doctors in the coming days, sources told ESPN. The severity of the injury is unclear at this time.

The timing is unfortunate for Hardy, who won his professional mixed martial arts debut four days prior to the football game and was subsequently signed by the UFC. According to sources, Hardy isn’t sure if the knee injury will delay his next fight, which hasn’t been signed yet.

*Cue sad trombone music*

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Benson Henderson sees holes in Roger Huerta’s game he can capitalize on in Budapest

Bellator 196 ‘Henderson vs Huerta’ takes place Apr. 6, 2018 at Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary. Today MMA Mania talks to former WEC and UFC champion Benson Henderson about the short notice call to stand tall against Roger Huerta!

Bellator 196 “Henderson vs. Huerta” comes to Budapest Sports Arena in Budapest, Hungary on April 6, 2018. The card is headlined by two Lightweights looking to rebound to top form as Benson Henderson (24-8) takes on “El Matador” Roger Huerta (24-9-1, 1 NC).

The way this fight together is as much of a story as the fight itself. Budapest was set to receive a James Gallagher (7-0) vs. Adam Borics (6-0) main event, but Gallagher suffered a hand injury which shuffled Borics to co-main event status with a replacement opponent.

It wasn’t much of a surprise to bring in Henderson as an established star with name value now taking his fifth Bellator fight, but unfortunately he’s 1-3 in four bouts to date. Huerta left a largely successful run in UFC to jump to Bellator, but he too languished at 1-2 before making the jump to ONE Fighting.

In today’s interview Benson Henderson talks about accepting the bout with Huerta, his plans for the future in Bellator MMA, and even how the fight would have looked nine years ago in WEC or UFC.

“I’d say if we were matched up nine years ago that’d be pretty rough, because I was just starting out.”

Give yourself more credit sir. 2009 was when you beat Donald Cerrone for the WEC interim lightweight title, pocketing a $ 20,000 Fight of the Night bonus in the process.

“I’ve been fighting for ten years now. I remember watching Roger Huerta in his friggin’ — who was he fighting when he had great slugfest that was like fight of the decade, fight of the year or whatever it was?”

To answer his question I came up with another Fight of the Night bonus winner — Huerta’s TUF 6 Finale with Clay Guida.

“Yeah Guida, Guida yeah! And that’s what got him the SI cover too right?”

That would have been the UFC 69 fight with Leonard Garcia.

“Yeah I think I was just barely starting, maybe I might have been still in college or just barely starting out so… I think he would have beat the TAR out of me then! So I’m glad it took nine years to let me grow my skill set and get good and stuff. Now I think the timing is perfect. Nine years ago when I was just starting out it would have been a rough night for me.”

Imagine telling a MMA legend that he’s not only better than he believes but that he’s been fighting longer than he thinks. Moving on from that I asked Henderson who needs the win more in Budapest.

“I think we both need this win! I’m coming off two losses in a row right? That’s a weird spot for me. I think it’s only ever happened once in my career before. I hope it never happens again. I would say I need it for sure bad, (and) he needs it for sure bad. I know he’s all in with his chips on not signing a long term deal but taking a one fight deal. From some of the headlines I’ve read (he’s) taking a one fight deal so that he can get a bigger multi-fight contract. That’s a gambler right there!”

The gambling started when James Gallagher withdrew from the original main event, leaving a hole Bellator decided only Henderson and Huerta could fill. Henderson had other cards on the table though.

“They threw me a couple of names. Like oh yeah, that’s what I’m here for. You guys signed me for big name fights and for short notice fights, that was part of our thing. You guys know I’m always good for short notice. So they hit me up with a couple of different names — Derek Anderson, Brandon Girtz, Mike Chandler, this date in Budapest or this date in St. Louis, and this and that against everybody.”

A split decision win at Bellator 165 left Chandler wondering who the better man was, and given he promised to run it back with Henderson again, it’s not surprising Henderson feels the same way.

“I’m fully of that same mindset good sir! I think I definitely want to get my hands on him again. I think it was his choice on his opponent and he chose who he chose. They asked me, I said yes, so you know I’m game for it — but it is what it is.”

And interestingly enough Chandler chose Girtz, one of the same men Henderson was offered. Until that potential rematch can be made between the two Henderson is preparing for a war with “El Matador.”

“I think (Huerta) has a wealth of knowledge and wealth of experience. I think he’s really good in that sense. I think that he does a good job of putting it all together. A lot of guys have a hard time doing that. I think he’s just as explosive, just as skilled as he was before. I think the holes he leaves (in his game) are some of the same holes as before, and it’s gonna be my job to make sure I capitalize on those holes that he leaves open and take advantage of them.”

Mentioning those holes made me wonder if Henderson had seen Huerta’s bouts in ONE Fighting.

“Watching some of his fights from there, I was definitely able to pick up a few things. But I watched the fights mostly like just one time, one time through to get eyeballs on him, watch how he moves, get a feel for him. But my coaches are the ones – John Crouch my head coach at the MMA Lab and then Eddie Cha the stand-up coach at the MMA Lab – those guys are the ones who watch his fights three, four, five, six seven times in a row. I kind of leave it up to them and then they tell me what to do and we work on it from there.”

With a team of analysts behind him giving him strategy and advice for the fight, all that’s left for Henderson now is to pack his bags for Budapest and catch a flight.

“First time in Budapest will be interesting. See how it plays out, see what kind of stores they have as far as my dietary needs go. Most of the times when I fight out of the country, not just MMA but jiu-jitsu and all that sort of stuff, I tend to bring everything with me just in case. I tend to be more on the conservative side and bring all of it with me. I’ll bring a whole week of food with me to Budapest to make sure what I have it is I need to have for keeping down the weight but still taking in calories.”

Hopefully nobody jacks his meals in transit. We look forward to seeing what “Smooth” Ben Henderson and Roger Huerta do in the main event of Bellator 196.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Henderson vs. Huerta” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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UFC President Dana White a Playable Character in UFC 3 Video Game

If you’ve ever had an issue with Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White , then now’s your chance to air your grievances.
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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones the fighter finally gets a tweet meant for Jon Jones the game designer

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For years now, Jon Jones the game designer has been getting tweets meant for Jon Jones, the fighter. He’s acted as Jon’s internet spam filter, especially when Jon messes up, as has happened numerous times over the years.

Today, though, the tables turned for once, and “Bones” made it into a hilarious joke.

From what I can tell, Jason Dake was trolling here- he knows which Jon Jones he’s tweeting.

But Bones rolled with the joke, tagging Jon Jones, who for some reason he has kept blocked for the past five years.

Seeing tweets go to the right guy for once was incredibly satisfying for Jon Jones.


Mike Perry is a fictional character.

Dramatic staredown between @platinummikeperry and @sponzinibbiomma #UFCWinnipeg

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For reference, this is what he is talking about- the cognitive conditioning Santiago Ponzinibbio has been doing with Nic Davenport.

This is genuinely scary.

Some fight schedule updates- I hope Doo Ho Choi vs. Jeremy Stephens gets five rounds to play out, but Kamaru Usman and Emil Meek is a great fight as well.

It may be tame in the era of Trump, but Dana White jumping into the random conversations of internet nobodies is still peak Dana White.

Dustin Poirier has the important questions:

Robbie Lawler on why he’s not tried for a submission in the past twenty fights or so:

This is the CM Punk fight that actually makes sense- Mike Jackson (whose blog I used to contribute content to) is the guy Mickey Gall had to fight to get to CM Punk in the first place.

Here’s a video I never asked for: GSP was asked about the first time he had sex. His expression says it all.

This is what Dana White pictures in his head whenever fighters ask for more pay.

Lando Vannata doing padwork

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Colby Covington just picks fights with everyone

Kenny Florian’s trash talk wasn’t what got him his title shots, that’s for sure.

It took me a second while scrolling to realize what was off about this picture.

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Joseph Benavidez equates Demetrious Johnson’s greatness to chess, says UFC champ has best formula in the game

When UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson steps inside of the Octagon tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) at UFC 216 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he will attempt to overthrow challenger Ray Borg and become the first fighter in UFC history to record 11-consecutive title defenses, breaking Anderson Silva’s current record of 10.

Johnson has been near-perfect during his reign atop the UFC’s 125-pound division and has knocked off some serious contenders on his way to MMA immortality. While many fighters have stepped up and tried to dethrone “Mighty Mouse” by using boxing, wrestling, grappling, and downright athleticism, all have come up short.

This includes former flyweight title challenger Joseph Benavidez, who is constantly haunted by his failed attempts to hand Johnson his first flyweight loss.

“I was that close to finishing someone many consider the best ever [in the first fight],” Benavidez said during a recent interview with ESPN. “It’s something that goes through my head all the time. Every little thing that I could have done different. I will randomly be driving and get upset. My wife will say ‘what’s the matter?’ and I will say ‘nothing.’ But sometimes I think about little things like that and if it could have gone another way. When I fought [Demetrious Johnson] the first time, you couldn’t predict the epic run that he would go on. But when you see him going through other opponents you think, ‘Wow, he tears these guys apart and makes them look normal.’ [His speed] is something you can’t adjust to. I tried to go with the fastest people I could leading up to the fights with him and you still can’t get as fast as him until you get there.”

Benavidez, who has only lost to Johnson and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz in his entire career, last fought “Mighty Mouse” in a rematch at UFC on FOX 9 back in 2013. Johnson unexpectedly finished Benavidez via one-punch knockout and essentially put the nail in the coffin on their budding rivalry.

“The second fight he finished me so it wasn’t nearly as close as the first,” Benavidez explained. “That goes to show that he made adjustments. He knocked me out — saw a mistake within two minutes — a person who has never been finished in 30 fights previously, so he’s done what no one else has done. It’s like playing chess. We all have the same pieces, but he goes out there and executes them better than we do at the right time. I think he has great coaching — I have to give them credit. His preparation for every fight really sets him apart. Everyone has a formula to get beat. He goes out and pretty much runs that formula on every single person he fights.”

If the fight game is in fact a chess match, Johnson would be the Bobby Fischer of MMA. The flyweight king has quickly become one of the greatest pound-for-pound fighters of all time and has destroyed each and every one of his divisional opponents by relying on physical and mental greatness, and beating them at their own game.

Johnson’s track record and in-cage ability are legendary at this point and it’s going to take everything that Borg has to pull off the massive upset at UFC 216. But if Borg is able to force “Mighty Mouse” into a rare mistake then maybe he can put the UFC champ in checkmate.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 216 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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