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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


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An old classic

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Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

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Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

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Money Fights > Rankings

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The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


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Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Have we got a show for you.

Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

View this post on Instagram

Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

A post shared by Javier Mendez (@akajav) on

Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

View this post on Instagram

Money Fights > Rankings

A post shared by As Shopped As It Gets (@as_shopped_as_it_gets) on

The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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UFC 236 Free Fight Video! Gastelum Sleeps Bisping In Shanghai

Kelvin Gastelum will look to win gold next weekend at UFC 236 when he takes on undefeated contender Israel Adesanya for the interim UFC middleweight title.

Remember, Gastelum was expected to face current 185-pound titleholder Robert Whittaker back at UFC 234 this past February, but an injury to “Bobby Knuckles” put that championship bout on ice.

In preparation for Gastelum’s upcoming clash with “Last Stylebender,” UFC has released arguably the best performance of Kelvin’s accomplished career, which can be seen in the above video player. The action focuses on Gastelum’s main event bout with former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping back at UFC Fight Night 122 in 2017. In just over two minutes into the very first round, Gastelum was able to land a ferocious left hand counter that put “The Count” out for good.

Only time will tell if Gastelum is able to apply this sort of punching power against the longer and more versatile striking of Adesanya, or if the former Ultimate Fighter winner will have to rely on his ground game to subdue “Last Stylebender” en route to his first UFC title.

UFC 236 will take place on April 13 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, Georgia, and feature a main event interim lightweight title fight between current UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway and 155-pound contender Dustin Poirier.

For more UFC 236 fight card news click here.

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Gastelum Will Knockout Whittaker In The First Round

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is just a few weeks away from its upcoming middleweight title fight between reigning 185-pound titleholder, Robert Whittaker, and top division contender, Kelvin Gastelum, who recently finished their assignments as opposing coaches on season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).

They’re currently scheduled to hook ‘em up in the UFC 234 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, scheduled for five rounds on Sat., Feb. 9, 2019 (Sun., Feb. 10 local time) inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.

They’ll only need one.

“I’m predicting a first-round knockout,” Gastelum said (via MMA Fighting). “I’ve put in so much work and I feel so confident in my abilities and confident in what I’ve done in the sport that I’m predicting a first-round knockout. I know that if I clip them, anybody, I mean anybody in the world, not just Rob, anybody, when I cut my left hand in, he’s going down. But yeah, Rob has a lot of heart. I’m expecting a hard-fought fight, but at the same time, I’m so prepared for this opportunity that I’m expecting it not to even be close.”

Gastelum is no stranger to close fights.

Whittaker (20-4) was named middleweight champion when Georges St-Pierre skipped town in late 2017 (more on that here). After battling a gnarly Staph infection, “The Reaper” returned to action and made his first title defense against Yoel Romero, who also fell to the Aussie when they threw hands for the interim strap at UFC 213.

As for Gastelum (15-3, 1 NC), the former welterweight contender cemented his place atop the 185-pound leaderboard with a split-decision win over Ronaldo Souza back in May. Turning away “Jacare” marked his second straight victory after stiffening Michael Bisping at UFC Shanghai the previous November.

Whittaker vs. Gastelum … who ya’ got?

For the complete UFC 234 fight card and line up click here.

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UFC 234 Poster Drops For ‘Whittaker Vs Gastelum’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is gearing up for the upcoming UFC 234 pay-per-view (PPV) event, going down Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. The fight card will air live on Saturday night (Feb. 9) in most markets due to the discrepancy in time zones.

Headlining the “Down Under” extravaganza will be the middleweight title fight between reigning 185-pound titleholder, Robert Whittaker, and top division contender, Kelvin Gastelum, who recently finished their assignments as opposing coaches on season 28 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF).

Now we have an official poster.

Also competing at UFC 234 is red-hot middleweight sensation Israel Adesanya, who will look to continue his march toward the 185-pound crown by locking horns with former division kingpin and one of the greatest strikers the weight class has ever seen, Anderson Silva. They’ve managed to carve out a tiny piece of real estate at the bottom of the poster but you can bet “The Last Stylebender” will be headlining his next card if he can squash “The Spider.”

Stay tuned for more UFC 234 fight card announcements in the coming weeks.


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Whittaker Vs. Gastelum Targeted For UFC 234 In Australia

Robert Whittaker is expected to make his return to the Octagon at UFC 234 on Feb. 9 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from Melbourne, Australia, to defend his UFC middleweight championship against surging contender Kelvin Gastelum.

UFC president Dana White broke the news to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto on Friday.

Whittaker, 27, last fought at UFC 225 where he defeated Yoel Romero in a non-title fight rematch. The Australian champion will make his return to the cage on home soil for the first time since UFC Fight Night 101 back in 2016, in which Whittaker finished middleweight veteran Derek Brunson via first-round TKO. Another victory for Whittaker will extend his 185-pound record to an astounding 9-0.

Gastelum, also 27, is coming off back-to-back wins over former UFC champion Michael Bisping and Brazilian contender Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. The former Ultimate Fighter winner has turned in some very impressive outings since his return to middleweight so it will be interesting to see how he pieces it all together in a championship fight. Having only been finished once in his career (a submission loss to Chris Weidman at UFC on FOX 25) Gastelum should be able to go tit-for-tat with Whittaker into the later rounds.

The main event middleweight title fight will also mark the culmination of Whittaker and Gastelum’s head coaching stints on The Ultimate Fighter Season 28.

Stick with Mania for more UFC 234 fight card news.

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Midnight Mania! Gastelum ‘Dumbfounded’ by Dana’s UFC 225 Comments

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Kelvin Gastelum was taken aback by Dana White’s comments after UFC 225. The UFC president said after the bout that Gastelum had some “personal issues” he needed to “get together and handle. Quick.” Gastelum was not sure what issues Dana was referring to, but he indicated that the ire may be related to not stepping in to save the event after the UFC had refused to pay him to be ready as a late notice replacement.

Transcription via MMAFighting.com:

“I was dumbfounded,” Gastelum said. “Because I don’t know where those comments are coming from. I just figured he was upset over me not taking the fight a day-and-a-half before.”

“My manager was negotiating money to get from that,” Gastelum said. “I wasn’t gonna be doing it for free. That fell through. So they told me that’s not happening.”

Gastelum said his manager had been in negotiations with the UFC to be available as a late notice replacement, but evidently the UFC was unwilling to pay Gastelum, so the negotiations fell through, and Kelvin went to Cancun instead. When Romero’s weight troubles emerged a day and a half before the bout, Gastelum was over 200 pounds and in no condition to make 185 in that time-frame.

“I looked down at my belly and I’m like, ‘No, I don’t think I can do this in a day and a half,’” Gastelum said with a laugh. … “In a day and a half’s notice while I’ve been out drinking and eating, I probably would have been in the hospital if I would have tried that.”

Gastelum has had numerous weight cutting troubles before, which is the reason he is now fighting at middleweight instead of welterweight. Riding a two-fight win streak over Michael Bisping and Jacare Souza, Gastelum feels he is next in line for the middleweight title and has no issues with a title fight in November, though it’s not clear how soon Robert Whittaker will be back after breaking his hand. Either way, Gastelum is happy Whittaker won, though he thought the decision would go Romero’s way.

“I thought Romero would have been getting the nod, but obviously he didn’t,” Gastelum said. “And selfishly I thought, I was hoping they’d give it to Whittaker. Just because Romero had missed weight, he wouldn’t have been getting the belt and then it just would have created this whole scenario where I’m definitely not getting the next shot. It just wouldn’t be a position where I would be fighting for a title any time soon.”

But first, he probably needs to sort out his relationship with the UFC’s boss first.

“I would love to sit down and see what those comments are about,” Gastelum said. “I just haven’t reached out to him about it. Eventually, I want to sit down with him and talk to him and meet with him and see what the future holds.”


Insomnia

Sage Northcutt catching air

Having fun filming for @labradanutrition after training

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Two Muay Thai greats, sparring

Michelle Waterson getting mauled by a police dog… safely, of course.

This is what people’s conception of martial arts looked like before MMA

This took a turn

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Old school boxing

Former UFC lightweight and current Fox commentator Yves Edwards has a gimmick where he poses totally still… in this case with famous people made out of wax.

I’ve been in a few movies.

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“That’s why I love working with you Steven, you get it.”

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Guess which one is Cody Garbrandt’s wife. I had to check where she was tagged.

Happy Birthday Girls! Kai and I are thankful for you both ❤️ #Family

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Paul Felder hitting pads

Matt Brown working his head movement

Working on my head movement. No counters today though. #dadlife

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Mike Bisping’s brash young photos make it easy to see why he was widely disliked.

UFC lightweight Drakkar Klose doing hand-eye conditioning drills

Rousey doing theater fighting in the WWE

Everybody was kung fu fighting…

This kid is very good at the one throw he knows

Jon Jones on social media — before he went off on Daniel Cormier today. He’s still a hero to some.

Puppies are sometimes morning people, as Megan Anderson is finding

Nick Diaz with the sneaky bodyshot on Ralek Gracie

Al Iaquinta makes fun of Kevin Lee’s callout of Georges St. Pierre

When the choreographers know grappling but are still white belts

Doesn’t sound as fun as chewing gum but anything to improve your chin is worth it for Bellator’s Joe Schilling.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Congratulations to my old training partner Cameron Graves for winning his LFA debut with this stunning head kick knockout. Cameron has always been talented, but it’s surreal to see someone from your small gym sending dudes face first to the canvas like they are pole-axed. Keep an eye on him moving forward.

This is a slick side kick

That was quick

Back and forth

I’ve never seen that one before

Remind me never to compete in judo- the referees do not care whether you go unconscious at all.


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Jason Bourne would approve

I watched this over and over

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Chris Weidman, Kelvin Gastelum and the Middleweight Title Sweepstakes

It’s taken some effort, and hella damage, but Robert Whittaker is officially the clear-cut baddest man in the middleweight division. Which, given the current state of the weight class, isn’t as impressive as being the king during the Anderson Silva Era, but whatever. He’s beaten Yoel Romero twice. He’s the man.

So now it’s all about Whittaker recovering from the self-destruction required of those who sit upon the throne, while his loyal subjects below him bicker and plot his overthrow.

Cue tweets between former champ Chris Weidman and the ever-persistent TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum. Apparently Weidman said something about how deserves the next title shot because of his accomplishments. Gastelum disagreed.

Chris Weidman, Kelvin Gastelum and the Middleweight Title Sweepstakes

It’s taken some effort, and hella damage, but Robert Whittaker is officially the clear-cut baddest man in the middleweight division. Which, given the current state of the weight class, isn’t as impressive as being the king during the Anderson Silva Era, but whatever. He’s beaten Yoel Romero twice. He’s the man.

So now it’s all about Whittaker recovering from the self-destruction required of those who sit upon the throne, while his loyal subjects below him bicker and plot his overthrow.

Cue tweets between former champ Chris Weidman and the ever-persistent TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum. Apparently Weidman said something about how deserves the next title shot because of his accomplishments. Gastelum disagreed.

Chris Weidman, Kelvin Gastelum and the Middleweight Title Sweepstakes

It’s taken some effort, and hella damage, but Robert Whittaker is officially the clear-cut baddest man in the middleweight division. Which, given the current state of the weight class, isn’t as impressive as being the king during the Anderson Silva Era, but whatever. He’s beaten Yoel Romero twice. He’s the man.

So now it’s all about Whittaker recovering from the self-destruction required of those who sit upon the throne, while his loyal subjects below him bicker and plot his overthrow.

Cue tweets between former champ Chris Weidman and the ever-persistent TUF winner Kelvin Gastelum. Apparently Weidman said something about how deserves the next title shot because of his accomplishments. Gastelum disagreed.

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