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Midnight Mania! Ngannou Explains Why He Left His Village Without Saying Goodbye

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Francis Ngannou has a true rags-to-riches story, perhaps the most unlikely in the entire Ultimate Fighting Championship. He grew up hauling sand in the mines of his village at age 12 in Cameroon, left home at 22, eventually made his way to France, and found a gym and coach while still homeless wandering the streets of Paris. His coach, also from Cameroon, let him sleep in the gym, seeing potential in the soft-spoken young giant, and the rest is history.

What he recently explained in an interview on Sirius XM makes the story even wilder: he left his village without saying a word to anyone, simply because he couldn’t tell them where he was going!

It wasn’t exciting because I didn’t know where I was going! I didn’t have a map. I couldn’t even tell them goodbye, because when you say, ‘okay, I’m leaving’, the first question is ‘where are you going?’ and I couldn’t tell anybody where I am going, so I couldn’t say goodbye to nobody. I just go visit my family. I stayed with my mom in my village for like three weeks. I was, like, looking at them like sometime like, this might be the last time that I’m seeing them. Because, you know, some people go there and some never come back, they died.

Interviewer: Damn.

Basically I knew that if I tell them, no one will accept that. I always have crazy dream, they always saw me as very ambitious, like over high, and I was like, I’m not gonna tell them, they know that people go there and someone die..

Interviewers: What did you tell them?

Nothing.

Interviewer: You just disappeared?

Yes.

After the flabbergasted hosts clarified that he really, truly left without saying a word, Ngannou said that his family didn’t know where he was for nearly three weeks.

I left, and after three weeks I called, and they were like, you were scaring us… I was like, no, I’m good, I’m in Morocco…

Ngannou most recently knocked out Cain Velasquez in the main event of the first UFC event on big ESPN, putting him on a two-fight win streak. His victory before that, a lightning finish of Curtis Blaydes, snapped a two-fight losing streak, in which he was outwrestled by Stipe Miocic and then dropped a lackluster decision to Derrick Lewis. His combination of size, athleticism, power, and timing make him a formidable opponent for anyone at heavyweight, and a win over, say, Junior dos Santos, could earn him another shot at the title.


Insomnia

Tony Evinger rocking the boom box

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And that’s how it’s done ppl.. @bumpboxx

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“A” for Alex Oliveira. Nice work by Rune King Gunnar Nelson

What is going on with PFL fighter Will Brooks these days? Just life.

Combat sports this weekend


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

The one good punch Darren Till landed on Stephen Thompson was pretty good

Jorge Masvidal on the backyard circuit

This was funny to me for some reason

The throws by the first kid are fine, but the slam by the second kid is egregious

Then adult version is the same except crazier

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Looks easy enough, why can’t you do it. J/k

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Slow-motion face smash


Random Land

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Say Goodbye to Fabricio Werdum for a While

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum, who for the past few years has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight for overseas- or moderately important fights, has been suspended for two years by USADA.

It seems the jiu-jitsu master and part-time boomerang throwing tested positive for an anabolic steroid (and not even one that’s good for combat sports – it’s used by bodybuilders!). So homeboy is one ice for the next two years.

Here’s the official statement from USADA:

USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Fabricio Werdum, of Redondo Beach, Calif., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and received a two-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

Werdum, 41, tested positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25, 2018. Trenbolone is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Werdum’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a first offense involving a non-Specified Substance, began on May 22, 2018, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.

When last we saw Werdum, he was getting knocked out by Alexander Volkov back in March. But prior to that he was beating scrubs like Marcin Tybura and Walt Harris, so he was definitely doing his thing in the division.

By the time Werdum’s suspension is up, he’ll be 43-years old. Which is perfect if he wants to fight in Bellator. For the UFC… not so much.

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Say Goodbye to Fabricio Werdum for a While

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum, who for the past few years has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight for overseas- or moderately important fights, has been suspended for two years by USADA.

It seems the jiu-jitsu master and part-time boomerang throwing tested positive for an anabolic steroid (and not even one that’s good for combat sports – it’s used by bodybuilders!). So homeboy is one ice for the next two years.

Here’s the official statement from USADA:

USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Fabricio Werdum, of Redondo Beach, Calif., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and received a two-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

Werdum, 41, tested positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25, 2018. Trenbolone is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Werdum’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a first offense involving a non-Specified Substance, began on May 22, 2018, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.

When last we saw Werdum, he was getting knocked out by Alexander Volkov back in March. But prior to that he was beating scrubs like Marcin Tybura and Walt Harris, so he was definitely doing his thing in the division.

By the time Werdum’s suspension is up, he’ll be 43-years old. Which is perfect if he wants to fight in Bellator. For the UFC… not so much.

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Say Goodbye to Fabricio Werdum for a While

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum, who for the past few years has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight for overseas- or moderately important fights, has been suspended for two years by USADA.

It seems the jiu-jitsu master and part-time boomerang throwing tested positive for an anabolic steroid (and not even one that’s good for combat sports – it’s used by bodybuilders!). So homeboy is one ice for the next two years.

Here’s the official statement from USADA:

USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Fabricio Werdum, of Redondo Beach, Calif., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and received a two-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

Werdum, 41, tested positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25, 2018. Trenbolone is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Werdum’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a first offense involving a non-Specified Substance, began on May 22, 2018, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.

When last we saw Werdum, he was getting knocked out by Alexander Volkov back in March. But prior to that he was beating scrubs like Marcin Tybura and Walt Harris, so he was definitely doing his thing in the division.

By the time Werdum’s suspension is up, he’ll be 43-years old. Which is perfect if he wants to fight in Bellator. For the UFC… not so much.

The post Say Goodbye to Fabricio Werdum for a While appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Say Goodbye to Fabricio Werdum for a While

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum, who for the past few years has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight for overseas- or moderately important fights, has been suspended for two years by USADA.

It seems the jiu-jitsu master and part-time boomerang throwing tested positive for an anabolic steroid (and not even one that’s good for combat sports – it’s used by bodybuilders!). So homeboy is one ice for the next two years.

Here’s the official statement from USADA:

USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Fabricio Werdum, of Redondo Beach, Calif., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and received a two-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

Werdum, 41, tested positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25, 2018. Trenbolone is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Werdum’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a first offense involving a non-Specified Substance, began on May 22, 2018, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.

When last we saw Werdum, he was getting knocked out by Alexander Volkov back in March. But prior to that he was beating scrubs like Marcin Tybura and Walt Harris, so he was definitely doing his thing in the division.

By the time Werdum’s suspension is up, he’ll be 43-years old. Which is perfect if he wants to fight in Bellator. For the UFC… not so much.

The post Say Goodbye to Fabricio Werdum for a While appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Say Goodbye to Fabricio Werdum for a While

Oh, how the mighty have fallen.

Former heavyweight champ Fabricio Werdum, who for the past few years has been the UFC’s “go to” heavyweight for overseas- or moderately important fights, has been suspended for two years by USADA.

It seems the jiu-jitsu master and part-time boomerang throwing tested positive for an anabolic steroid (and not even one that’s good for combat sports – it’s used by bodybuilders!). So homeboy is one ice for the next two years.

Here’s the official statement from USADA:

USADA announced today that UFC® athlete Fabricio Werdum, of Redondo Beach, Calif., has tested positive for a prohibited substance and received a two-year sanction for his anti-doping policy violation.

Werdum, 41, tested positive for trenbolone and its metabolite epitrenbolone following an out-of-competition urine test conducted on April 25, 2018. Trenbolone is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents and prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List.

Werdum’s two-year period of ineligibility, the standard sanction for a first offense involving a non-Specified Substance, began on May 22, 2018, the date his provisional suspension was imposed.

When last we saw Werdum, he was getting knocked out by Alexander Volkov back in March. But prior to that he was beating scrubs like Marcin Tybura and Walt Harris, so he was definitely doing his thing in the division.

By the time Werdum’s suspension is up, he’ll be 43-years old. Which is perfect if he wants to fight in Bellator. For the UFC… not so much.

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Say Goodbye to Chad Mendes for a While

For a while, Chad Mendes was one of the top dogs in the featherweight division and part of every discussion about who could wear the belt. But two failed runs at Jose Aldo and a devastating KO at the hands of Frankie Edgar put the kibosh on that, and now – thanks to a failed […]

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Say Goodbye to Chad Mendes for a While

For a while, Chad Mendes was one of the top dogs in the featherweight division and part of every discussion about who could wear the belt. But two failed runs at Jose Aldo and a devastating KO at the hands of Frankie Edgar put the kibosh on that, and now – thanks to a failed […]

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Say Goodbye to Chad Mendes for a While

For a while, Chad Mendes was one of the top dogs in the featherweight division and part of every discussion about who could wear the belt. But two failed runs at Jose Aldo and a devastating KO at the hands of Frankie Edgar put the kibosh on that, and now – thanks to a failed […]

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Say Goodbye to Chad Mendes for a While

For a while, Chad Mendes was one of the top dogs in the featherweight division and part of every discussion about who could wear the belt. But two failed runs at Jose Aldo and a devastating KO at the hands of Frankie Edgar put the kibosh on that, and now – thanks to a failed […]

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