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Midnight Mania! Joe Benavidez: Dillashaw ‘Never a Good Friend’

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“You consider TJ Dillashaw a friend? He’s a friend of yours, right?”

Joseph Benavidez took a long time to answer the question, his jaw working.

Ehh… I mean… we were really good friends and really close. Things are… a little compromised right now, and, its easy to say you’re a friend and this guys a friend and this guys a friend of mine. But its more like, to act like a friend, you know what I mean? Kinda like actions and words and stuff like that, so, um, I wouldn’t say he acts like the best friend, but, I mean, we have a history, so we go back, and there is friends where you go… you get annoyed or whatever by each other for awhile, so.

I guess he was never a good friend. We were teammates and gone through a ton together, so I guess that brings you close.

He went on to explain how TJ bragging he was being paid a f*ck-ton of money to kill the UFC’s flyweight division, rubbed him the wrong way, as he himself is one of those flyweights. Joe B had no problem with TJ dropping to flyweight to pursue a second belt; rather, the ‘annoyed’ feeling comes from the way TJ seems pleased to take away livelihoods of people who aren’t even in his way.

Dillashaw does have a long history with both Benavidez and fracturing relationships with teammates. His acrimonious split with Team Alpha Male was famously foretold by Conor McGregor, who told Team Alpha Male founder Urijah Faber that Dillashaw was a ‘snake in the grass’, a man with no loyalty, only out for himself. Training room stories circulated amidst the split that painted TJ as a bully in the gym. After getting snake emojis on every social media post for years, Dillashaw embraced the moniker, styling himself the Viper. He knocked out Team Alpha Male’s champion, an angry Cody Garbrandt, to win back the belt, and then repeated the feat in his last bout.

His pursuit of the best route for himself and his career wasn’t something that seemed to bother TAM’s Benavidez, at least not publicly. Long after the split, Benavidez was still traveling to train with Dillashaw and his striking coach Duane “Bang” Ludwig. As he said, they have a long history.

Now, though, things are different. Cejudo, who once faced Joe in the cage, said Benavidez approached him and shook his hand, telling him he was rooting for him. Cejudo sees himself as fighting for the flyweight division, though Dana White won’t guarantee its future.

A lot could be riding on the UFC’s first card on ESPN and ESPN+ for the UFC’s lowest weight classes. In addition to Dillashaw, Benavidez faces Dustin Ortiz in a rematch of a 2014 bout. If Dillashaw succeeds in his superfight quest, it will put the division in a very weird position not entirely dissimilar to women’s featherweight, where Nunes seems uninterested in the division or a rematch with Cris Cyborg. Dillashaw’s priority won’t be defending his flyweight belt; he has targeted a featherweight superfight with Max Holloway, and has contenders piling up at bantamweight as well.

Ultimately, the unilateral decision-making power rests with UFC president Dana White. Will he, too, ultimately decide the UFC’s flyweight division was never his friend?


Insomnia

Cejudo’s smashing of the snake was more than a little corny, but at least he and TJ wore ridiculous outfits to make up for it.

Accurate

Alex Hernandez really nailed this look, which seems to go with his personality.

I won’t lie and say Jon Jones’ response to Kevin Lee didn’t make me chuckle.

Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson got really heated over whether 145 is a real division, and if it isn’t, is Nunes a real champion? The answer, of course, is that no, it isn’t a real division, but Cyborg was a real champion. The world is weird like that. I also refuse to believe Nunes is tweeting out this stuff herself.

TJ Dillashaw hitting pads.

Is Sage Northcutt’s Jeep really at an insane angle, or is the picture tilted?

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Trying to conquer the biggest hill lol ❄️

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Featherweight prospect Mirsad Bektic training with Georges St. Pierre, who will probably stay in this kind of shape into his fifties.

These people should be too ashamed to ever record or post these videos.

Kayla Harrison vs. Cris Cyborg next? I would watch it in a heartbeat.

Brawling with eight limbs

Speaking of Muay Thai, the legend John Wayne Parr had a boxing career too

There have been a lot of fights announced in the past week, and in terms of quiet quality, Leon Edwards vs. Gunnar Nelson is right up there with the best of them.

Mike Tyson is embracing the memes but not willingly

There is something oddly compelling about watching two men with a lot of extra mass throw bombs at each other.


Random Land

This lizard is kinda creepy but also very cute

Sandstorm

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Megan Anderson: Cyborg’s Loss is Good For The Featherweight Division

Megan Anderson believes Amanda Nunes’ clinical KO victory over Cristiane Justino — better known as “Cris Cyborg” — is a positive sign for the future of the 145-pound division.
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Midnight Mania! ‘Bones’ Return Seems ‘Unfair’ But is Good For 205, Says ‘Lionheart’

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is happy the UFC’s troubled light heavyweight son, Jon Jones, is returning from exile- even though on the face of it, it seems unfair he is rewarded with a title shot immediately.

Via MMAJunkie.com:

“As far as Jon Jones goes: Like I’ve said 100 times, I’ll never talk about anything Jon Jones does personally because that’s his own life,” Smith told MMAjunkie at UFC Fight Night 138 media day. “He wants to mess it up, that’s on him. As unfair as it does seem that Jon Jones is back in a title shot, the title’s back in rotation, and that’s something ‘DC’ wasn’t doing. I said 100 times I never thought ‘DC’ was going to come back to 205.”

The objection in regard to Daniel Cormier is one other fighters have made- that he has no intention of making the very tough weight cut to 205 again when he has the heavyweight title. DC himself hasn’t admitted that- he says if he loses his heavyweight title at UFC 230 to Derrick Lewis, he might just come back and upset the planned UFC 232 matchup between Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. Smith doesn’t think DC has any intention of doing that, and is just glad the situation will be resolved one way or the other, for the sake of himself and the rest of the light heavyweight contenders.

“I understand,” Smith said. “He’s the double champ, and he wanted to hold onto that as long as he could, and I couldn’t say that I would’ve done any different. I’m just glad that it’s moving again. I just hope that Jon doesn’t beat Gustafsson and then hold the division up again.

“I just don’t think that Daniel has any intention (of defending). I think that’s what it comes down to. If he had a timeline of like, ‘I’m going to fight Derrick Lewis at this time, and then in March I’m going to defend the 205 title,’ I think he’d still have it. But I think Jon Jones and Gustafsson fighting for it, he has no intention.”

Anthony Smith faces Volkan Oezdemir tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Moncton tomorrow night.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 138 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.


Insomnia

This is very cool of Artem Lobov

A crazy Jiu-Jitsu story:

Jiu Jitsu and Weed mix very well, as the Diaz brothers could tell you.

Ben Askren kept up his trash talk today on Twitter.

The trade, Askren for Demetrious Johnson, seems like a positive event in and of itself, but it might be less of a positive development for the fighters going forward.

Rachael Ostivich grappling with her partner

Of course Tito Ortiz wants to outlive his kids

How… how do you not know Floyd Mayweather’s name as an expert in anything related to combat sports?


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Body kick!

Sometimes a kick catch doesn’t pan out:

The T-rex dance from Marcelo Rojo!

George Foreman and Ron Lyle was a heavyweight fight I hadn’t known about until today. What a slugfest!

I missed Aaron Pico in slow motion. After beating Leandro Higo, I can’t wait to see him against the elite in Bellator and perhaps eventually the UFC.


Random Land

Its been some day for Florida. First the MAGA bomber, now this.

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Dana White Says Things Are Good With Khabib Now

At UFC 230, lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov roughed up superstar Conor McGregor in the cage, then jumped out of the cage and into the audience to fight McGregor’s teammates.

It was… pretty ugly.

It’s expected that ol’ Khabib is going to face some form of punishment at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In fact, the Commission held onto Nurmagomedov’s paycheck in anticipation of the fines he’ll be hit with.

The UFC, on the other hand, wasted no time dropping the hammer on Khabib’s teammates who participated in the extracurricular fracas. In particular, they pulled UFC Fight Night 138 headliner Zubaira Tukhugov from his fight, and replaced him with Michael Johnson.

This left Khabib pretty heated, and he threatened to quit the UFC.

But UFC boss Dana White says Khabib has calmed down, and everything is good now. As per TMZ Sports:

Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.

“We’re good with Khabib,” Dana said … “He’s staying. This will all work out.”

“We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up.”

He continued, “Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a great relationship with him.”

The other question … does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster?

“Well, [Khabib’s] staying in the UFC,” Dana said … telling us he’s not 100% sure about Zubaira’s future.

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and “this will all work out.”

Of course everything is good now. The UFC’s pay-per-view stars are dwindling big time, so they need Khabib.

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Dana White Says Things Are Good With Khabib Now

At UFC 230, lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov roughed up superstar Conor McGregor in the cage, then jumped out of the cage and into the audience to fight McGregor’s teammates.

It was… pretty ugly.

It’s expected that ol’ Khabib is going to face some form of punishment at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In fact, the Commission held onto Nurmagomedov’s paycheck in anticipation of the fines he’ll be hit with.

The UFC, on the other hand, wasted no time dropping the hammer on Khabib’s teammates who participated in the extracurricular fracas. In particular, they pulled UFC Fight Night 138 headliner Zubaira Tukhugov from his fight, and replaced him with Michael Johnson.

This left Khabib pretty heated, and he threatened to quit the UFC.

But UFC boss Dana White says Khabib has calmed down, and everything is good now. As per TMZ Sports:

Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.

“We’re good with Khabib,” Dana said … “He’s staying. This will all work out.”

“We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up.”

He continued, “Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a great relationship with him.”

The other question … does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster?

“Well, [Khabib’s] staying in the UFC,” Dana said … telling us he’s not 100% sure about Zubaira’s future.

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and “this will all work out.”

Of course everything is good now. The UFC’s pay-per-view stars are dwindling big time, so they need Khabib.

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Dana White Says Things Are Good With Khabib Now

At UFC 230, lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov roughed up superstar Conor McGregor in the cage, then jumped out of the cage and into the audience to fight McGregor’s teammates.

It was… pretty ugly.

It’s expected that ol’ Khabib is going to face some form of punishment at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In fact, the Commission held onto Nurmagomedov’s paycheck in anticipation of the fines he’ll be hit with.

The UFC, on the other hand, wasted no time dropping the hammer on Khabib’s teammates who participated in the extracurricular fracas. In particular, they pulled UFC Fight Night 138 headliner Zubaira Tukhugov from his fight, and replaced him with Michael Johnson.

This left Khabib pretty heated, and he threatened to quit the UFC.

But UFC boss Dana White says Khabib has calmed down, and everything is good now. As per TMZ Sports:

Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.

“We’re good with Khabib,” Dana said … “He’s staying. This will all work out.”

“We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up.”

He continued, “Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a great relationship with him.”

The other question … does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster?

“Well, [Khabib’s] staying in the UFC,” Dana said … telling us he’s not 100% sure about Zubaira’s future.

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and “this will all work out.”

Of course everything is good now. The UFC’s pay-per-view stars are dwindling big time, so they need Khabib.

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Dana White Says Things Are Good With Khabib Now

At UFC 230, lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov roughed up superstar Conor McGregor in the cage, then jumped out of the cage and into the audience to fight McGregor’s teammates.

It was… pretty ugly.

It’s expected that ol’ Khabib is going to face some form of punishment at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In fact, the Commission held onto Nurmagomedov’s paycheck in anticipation of the fines he’ll be hit with.

The UFC, on the other hand, wasted no time dropping the hammer on Khabib’s teammates who participated in the extracurricular fracas. In particular, they pulled UFC Fight Night 138 headliner Zubaira Tukhugov from his fight, and replaced him with Michael Johnson.

This left Khabib pretty heated, and he threatened to quit the UFC.

But UFC boss Dana White says Khabib has calmed down, and everything is good now. As per TMZ Sports:

Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.

“We’re good with Khabib,” Dana said … “He’s staying. This will all work out.”

“We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up.”

He continued, “Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a great relationship with him.”

The other question … does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster?

“Well, [Khabib’s] staying in the UFC,” Dana said … telling us he’s not 100% sure about Zubaira’s future.

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and “this will all work out.”

Of course everything is good now. The UFC’s pay-per-view stars are dwindling big time, so they need Khabib.

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Dana White Says Things Are Good With Khabib Now

At UFC 230, lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov roughed up superstar Conor McGregor in the cage, then jumped out of the cage and into the audience to fight McGregor’s teammates.

It was… pretty ugly.

It’s expected that ol’ Khabib is going to face some form of punishment at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In fact, the Commission held onto Nurmagomedov’s paycheck in anticipation of the fines he’ll be hit with.

The UFC, on the other hand, wasted no time dropping the hammer on Khabib’s teammates who participated in the extracurricular fracas. In particular, they pulled UFC Fight Night 138 headliner Zubaira Tukhugov from his fight, and replaced him with Michael Johnson.

This left Khabib pretty heated, and he threatened to quit the UFC.

But UFC boss Dana White says Khabib has calmed down, and everything is good now. As per TMZ Sports:

Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.

“We’re good with Khabib,” Dana said … “He’s staying. This will all work out.”

“We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up.”

He continued, “Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a great relationship with him.”

The other question … does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster?

“Well, [Khabib’s] staying in the UFC,” Dana said … telling us he’s not 100% sure about Zubaira’s future.

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and “this will all work out.”

Of course everything is good now. The UFC’s pay-per-view stars are dwindling big time, so they need Khabib.

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Dana White Says Things Are Good With Khabib Now

At UFC 230, lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov roughed up superstar Conor McGregor in the cage, then jumped out of the cage and into the audience to fight McGregor’s teammates.

It was… pretty ugly.

It’s expected that ol’ Khabib is going to face some form of punishment at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In fact, the Commission held onto Nurmagomedov’s paycheck in anticipation of the fines he’ll be hit with.

The UFC, on the other hand, wasted no time dropping the hammer on Khabib’s teammates who participated in the extracurricular fracas. In particular, they pulled UFC Fight Night 138 headliner Zubaira Tukhugov from his fight, and replaced him with Michael Johnson.

This left Khabib pretty heated, and he threatened to quit the UFC.

But UFC boss Dana White says Khabib has calmed down, and everything is good now. As per TMZ Sports:

Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.

“We’re good with Khabib,” Dana said … “He’s staying. This will all work out.”

“We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up.”

He continued, “Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a great relationship with him.”

The other question … does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster?

“Well, [Khabib’s] staying in the UFC,” Dana said … telling us he’s not 100% sure about Zubaira’s future.

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and “this will all work out.”

Of course everything is good now. The UFC’s pay-per-view stars are dwindling big time, so they need Khabib.

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Dana White Says Things Are Good With Khabib Now

At UFC 230, lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov roughed up superstar Conor McGregor in the cage, then jumped out of the cage and into the audience to fight McGregor’s teammates.

It was… pretty ugly.

It’s expected that ol’ Khabib is going to face some form of punishment at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In fact, the Commission held onto Nurmagomedov’s paycheck in anticipation of the fines he’ll be hit with.

The UFC, on the other hand, wasted no time dropping the hammer on Khabib’s teammates who participated in the extracurricular fracas. In particular, they pulled UFC Fight Night 138 headliner Zubaira Tukhugov from his fight, and replaced him with Michael Johnson.

This left Khabib pretty heated, and he threatened to quit the UFC.

But UFC boss Dana White says Khabib has calmed down, and everything is good now. As per TMZ Sports:

Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.

“We’re good with Khabib,” Dana said … “He’s staying. This will all work out.”

“We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up.”

He continued, “Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a great relationship with him.”

The other question … does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster?

“Well, [Khabib’s] staying in the UFC,” Dana said … telling us he’s not 100% sure about Zubaira’s future.

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and “this will all work out.”

Of course everything is good now. The UFC’s pay-per-view stars are dwindling big time, so they need Khabib.

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