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Midnight Mania! MMA Fans Head Kick Transit Officer in Perth Following UFC 221

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Watching a UFC event is supposed to be one of those “don’t try this on the way home, kids” experiences, but after UFC 221 in Perth, Australia, a couple drunk fans didn’t see it that way. Via Perthnow.com:

Police allege the men, from Rockingham and Wellard, were intoxicated and becoming loud and abusive about 3.25pm on Sunday, on their way home from the city’s first-ever UFC fight at Perth Arena.

PTA officers requested them to curb their behaviour and then asked them to leave the train at the next stop, Bull Creek station.

But it’s then alleged a fight took place with officers at the station and that one PTA employee was knocked out, after being kicked in the head.

The 32-year-old transit officer who was knocked out was left with severe concussion, swelling and bruises to the back and side of his head. He spent a night in hospital.

The other officer, aged 35, has swelling and bruising to the side of his face and jaw and is awaiting blood test results after being spat on.

With full-strength alcohol available from 6:30 AM Australian time, perhaps the bigger surprise is that more fans weren’t out of control. Only three people were ejected from Perth Arena for disorderly conduct, out of 12,000 fans. However, the 20 and 25-year old who fought the public officers face several charges, including escaping lawful custody, assaulting a public officer and endangering the life, health and safety of a person.


Alastair Overeem waxed poetic on the highs and lows of MMA after Luke Rockhold’s KO loss.

Someone fight Zabit Magomedsharipov.

I love good head movement.

We used to admire this man.

I hate Derrick Lewis for posting this video.

He even posted a reply meme!

@as_shopped_as_it_gets_ lmao

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Chris Weidman training with Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr, adding tools to the arsenal.

Muay Thai sweeps are awesome.

Ilir Latifi and Alex Gustafsson getting some clinch work in.

Mischief managed.

Yoel Romero had the most success when he just rushed Rockhold, who moved back in straight lines all the way across the Octagon:

Al Iaquinta points out exactly what’s wrong with UFC 3: he’s making exactly zero money off his likeness.

Because the fighters have so much leverage. This fan doesn’t understand how monopsony works in labor markets.

Kajan Johnson and Nathan Quarry explaining to more ignorant fans how little the UFC fighters get paid as professional athletes at the highest level of their sport. It never fails to surprise me how many fans don’t understand this. Fighters talk about money all the time now because they realize how little of it they are getting from a 5 billion dollar company.

Israel Adesanya has a social media game.

Derrick Lewis appreciated this, and so do I.

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Dustin Poirier hates the memes around the picture of Romero kissing Rockhold.

The memes surrounding this uncomfortable image will not go away, despite Poirier’s feelings on the matter.

America, No forget

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In the comments, Cody Garbrandt asked Sage Northcutt, where is the neck tattoo?

Should Luke Rockhold get back to his roots?

Violence everywhere I look on this poster.

Back to business. #UFCGlendale

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This combination is unreal from Tenshin.

A reminder of just what new UFC middleweight Israel Adesanya is capable of:

I can’t remember if I posted this yet

I have never seen a triangle this dedicated.

That’s next level commitment.

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Yoel Romero has been terrifying for a long, long time.

This kid is incredible

This was fun

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What’s it like to get soccer kicked in the head? Just ask UFC vet and FMD star Tommy Hayden

There aren’t many promotions around these days that allow soccer kicks. But fans with fond memories of seeing Mauricio “Shogun” Rua treat Quentin Jackson’s face like a football will enjoy Full Metal Dojo (FMD).

The Thai mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion positively encourages soccer kicks and we frequently see fighters use them to good effect. But what’s it like to be on the receiving end? Former FMD lightweight champion Tommy Hayden is the perfect person to pose that question to after his recent TKO loss.

”Well, I do quite enjoy the ruleset and I didn’t mind the soccer kicks. It was the first time I have been soccer kicked so it was an interesting experience. I will tell you this, getting hit by a taxi in Bangkok hurts a lot worse! So yeah, I didn’t mind them. I heard that some people gave (referee) Olivier grief saying he stopped the fight early. I want everyone to know that I agreed with his decision.”

Hayden saw a three fight winning streak going all the way back to 2014 snapped by last November’s loss to Jason Ponet at Full Metal Dojo 15. It was a major disappointment for the American, but things could be a lot worse.

He could still be stuck in his hometown doing a soul-destroying 9-5 job while reflecting on a UFC career that didn’t quite turn out the way he planned,

”After getting dropped from the UFC my dad told me to get a real job. So I did, I worked for a company called Hill-Rom. They pride themselves on being the worlds No. 1 hospital bed manufacturer. Well I was working in QA, checking paperwork to meet FDA standards and helping engineers circumvent problems that could kill people in field. I was put on the an integration team for a new company and made to work seven days a week getting only one Sunday off per month. I ended up working under an “engineer” who was a high school drop out, only had a two year degree in business management and was not qualified to do any sort of engineering work. She couldn’t even do simple arithmetic without a calculator. On top of that the environment working there was so hostile and negative that I couldn’t get over working under such rude disgusting unqualified people. So I found a job in Thailand.”

Hayden wasn’t exactly “living the dream” back home. He had featured on Season 9 of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) and subsequently strung together a four-fight winning streak which took his overall record to 8-0 and secured a UFC contract.

However, he was released after just two defeats and found himself making the unpleasant transition from MMA to medical manufacturing. it’s worth nothing that former lightweight champion and No. 1 welterweight contender Rafael dos Anjos also lost his first two UFC bouts, which goes to show how thin the margins between success and failure can be in the MMA game.

But while Hayden wasn’t given ample opportunity to realize his UFC ambitions, he has succeeded in establishing himself as Bangkok’s toughest teacher. After moving to Thailand to work at a school he says a chance encounter rekindled his interest in MMA.

”Honestly I never planned to get involved in fighting competitively in general when I moved out here. I was done. Then one day I was walking around a university campus and I saw a sign that said MMA on it. I was surprised and curious so I walked in. That day I met the man who changed my life here. I rolled with this dude that introduced himself as Jaa and from that point forward I was back in the game. I became the head coach at Hero Factory a small gym outside of Bangkok that was about two and a half years ago. From there I met the FMD crew and started fighting again. Now I own gyms and I focus on teaching Thais MMA and how to integrate their Muay Thai styles into MMA.”

Hayden featured on episode one of Rich Franklin’s “Warrior” series which was partly filmed at the Fight Lab in Bangkok. He taught an aspiring Indian fighter a harsh lesson about the sort of skills and experience required to succeed in the sport.

That said, Hayden believes there is a lot of talent in the region and hopes to see several of his training partners make the breakthrough this year.

”I currently train with a good number of talented fighters and up and comers. Shannon Wiratchai and Rika Ishige are both in ONE FC and doing well. I also have a few ONE FC prospects that I am training with. On top of that both my boxing coach and my No Gi coach are coming along quite nicely. 2018 looks like it will be promising year for us.”

Hayden has seen strawweights like Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke and Pongsiri Mitsatit enjoy success with ONE Championship and been a part of the growth of Full Metal Dojo. He says it’s an exciting time to be involved in MMA in Thailand.

”I feel like Thailand has the potential to produce some world level contenders, especially in the lower weights. I also see how hard Jon and the FMD crew works to promote MMA here and they are doing a great job! FMD is a show like no other. It’s not just a fight it is an experience! An over the top 90’s movie-esq experience that fans can’t find anywhere else on the planet. I am super thankful to get to work with them because they are so incredibly different from any other promotion I have had the pleasure of working with.”

Hayden has several goals for 2018. But his top priority is to secure a rematch with Ponet and restore his status as an FMD champion.

“My immediate personal goals are to kill the next guy I fight, so Jon will give me a rematch against Jason. I will get my sword back this year. After that I want to continue to grow my schools, get a few of my Thai fighters into world level organizations and continue to grow my MMA and BJJ brand.”


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Conor McGregor opens up about Paulie Malignaggi fallout – ‘He took a lot of head trauma’

The ongoing feud between Team McGregor and former professional boxing champion Paulie Malignaggi came to a climax earlier tonight (Fri., Aug. 11, 2017) when Conor McGregor opened up about the incident during his open media workout (full replay here) live from inside the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Remember, Malignaggi joined Team McGregor to help “Notorious” train for his upcoming boxing match with Floyd Mayweather Jr. on Aug. 26 from Las Vegas, Nevada. Unfortunately, Malignaggi had a fallout with McGregor and his camp after a photo was released showing the former boxer down on the canvas. From there, Malignaggi spilled the beans about all the horrible experiences he had while sparring with “Notorious.” Up until now, McGregor hadn’t publicly responded.

“It shows his character in my opinion,” McGregor said of Malginaggi leaving on bad terms. “He was looking for an exit. The spars were not good for him. He took a lot of head trauma. Straight after it we were worried. The sparring partners were actually telling us when he was drove back to the home he was stumbling out of the car after the 12-rounder.

“He was knocked down. He was flattened against the ropes. Multiple times the ropes kept him on his feet. We were worried about him. We thought the worst was happening. He was certainly badly concussed.

“And then he just got out of there and went running. I don’t know, I don’t mind Paulie. He came in. He spoke a hell of a game previously. Very disrespectful to the skill set. Very disrespectful to the discipline. But no matter what a man says, if they shows up and tries to answer that and tries their best you have to give respect. And that’s what happened. He showed up and tried his best. It didn’t go his way, he got his ass whooped. He got his pride dented and then he wanted a way out.”

But what about the leaked images that started this entire mess? According to McGregor, he had nothing to do with it, instead opting to post just one single picture.

They say I’ve got no hands.

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“As far as the images that got leaked, let me clear this,” McGregor said. “I didn’t leak any images. The image I released, the only image I released, was the original one where my hands were behind my back. And that was in response to the comment where he said ‘I will beat him with one hand tied behind my back.’ So I released one picture with me whooping his ass with both hands behind my back.”

Until the actual sparring footage is released and settles this back-and-forth dispute, fight fans will continue to wonder what really happened between McGregor and Malignaggi. Whichever side of the story rings true, it won’t really help or hurt McGregor’s chances against Mayweather on Aug 26.

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‘Emotional’ Brandon Girtz plans to take Derek Campos’ head off at Bellator 181

Bellator 181 comes to WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., this weekend (Fri., July 14, 2017), with Brandon Girtz and Derek Campos looking to settle their score with a trilogy fight after trading wins and losses in their last two encounters.

The first meeting was at Bellator 96 back in 2013, a fight Campos won by unanimous decision after he failed to meet the 155-pound weight limit. That probably didn’t sit well with Girtz, so he avenged that loss with a first round knockout at Bellator 146 in 2015. Unfortunately for Girtz, things have not gone well since, suffering back-to-back losses to Adam Piccolotti and then moving up in weight unsuccessfully to face Fernando Gonzalez. Girtz will be coming back down to Lightweight for the third encounter with Campos.

MMAmania.com recently spoke with Girtz about opponents who miss weight, his standing in the 155-pound division, and whether or not we can expect another fight to end in less than one minute.

“I’m aiming for it! You know I’m definitely going out there to take him out as quickly as possible, but to say I’m gonna get him in 37 seconds again that’s gonna be a little foolish of me to think for sure.”

What may not be foolish, though, is Girtz feeling that a win like that could give him an edge over Campos for the rubbermatch this Friday night.

“Oh, I absolutely believe I do (have an edge). Any time you lose like, a fighter loses like that, that don’t go away. That’s gonna be in the back of his head for sure.”

Having suffered two losses of his own in a row, Girtz is not taking anything for granted in his next fight, though he does feel there was a significant weight factor in the Gonzalez fight.

“It’s a loss, but there was a lot of factors in that one. It hit hard because it was a fight I thought I won. Definitely with all the weight issues (for Gonzalez) and things like that, I went up, I fought a much bigger man, you know? I weighed in on that fight at 165, he weighed in at like 174. There was a lot of factors in that fight, but you take away from it what you can.”

In addition, it can at least be argued there was questionable scoring when one judge gave all three rounds to Gonzalez after Girtz almost completely dominated the first round with takedowns.

“When you go in there, you take a guy down 10 times, you know I’ve never done that in my career. It definitely caught up to me in that third round, and it played a little factor in my head. I thought I had won rounds one and two. I even remember in the middle of round three I thought to myself, ‘You know I’m winning, but don’t give him a 10-8 round’ because he was hitting me a lot.”

A 30-26 score for Gonzalez begs the question why a dominant third round was 10-8 Gonzalez for striking, but an equally dominant first round wasn’t 10-8 Girtz for takedowns.

“It was definitely a tough fight. I mean after re-watching I still felt like I won, but the second round was definitely a close round, I can see people going either way on it. That’s the crappy part with judges. You don’t know that they’re looking for. There’s no unified way to judge a fight. It’s called mixed martial arts, and when you dominate somebody in one category, I feel like it should show for something.”

Be that as it may, Girtz will have to let it go and focus on Campos next, who coincidentally enough he lost the first match to when Campos also missed weight, but Girtz won’t blame it on that.

“I go in there to fight my fight. When I don’t fight my fight — that’s aggressive (and) taking the shots when they’re given for takedowns — it doesn’t turn out well for me. I’m an aggressive fighter, I’m an emotional fighter, I go in there to take somebody’s head off. When I try to do a different kind of ‘smart’ fight, it never turns out well for me.”

Campos was originally set to face another aggressive fighter in Patricky Freire so there may be some similarities in the overall approach.

“I think on the feet me and (Patricky) are the same, but the difference is I’m an all around fighter. I take people down, I throw heavy, and the fight can go either way.”

So what gameplan does “Cold Roll” Brandon Girtz put into effect to be assured he’s the “aggressive” fighter from their second fight and not the “smart” fighter from their first?

“You know I have no gameplan. I’m not thinking I’m gonna take Derek down. When I get takedowns, they’re because they’re open. I took down Gonzalez 10 times because they were wide open. I wasn’t planning on just keep taking him down like that, it was just instincts take over and they come.”

And despite having to follow a blockbuster Bellator card in New York City, Girtz feels the time is right to step into the spotlight in Thackerville. In fact, he may be better off as a result.

“I think if anything that that last card brought a few more Bellator fans that will be tuning into their next card, which is me and Campos. I think it was a great card and maybe we’ve got some new fans.”

Bellator has new fans and a new Lightweight champion, but Girtz thinks even a dominant main event win may not be enough to propel him to contention in a reshuffled division.

“I feel like there’s going to be an immediate rematch. There’s no argument from me on that. Obviously, I don’t like to see that just because it backs it up a little bit, but I definitely see why they would do that.”

Even if the winner has to wait for “Primus vs. Chandler 2” to happen first, you still don’t want to miss “Girtz vs. Campos 3” to see climbs a rung up that ladder to be next.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Girtz vs. Campos 3” resides here at MMA Mania all week long.

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VIDEO: Awesome UFC 214 Promo Tackles Jon Jones’ Failures Head On

Just about every sport has a superstar athlete who is their own worst enemy. Our sport has Jon Jones, who would be champ many times over if not for his penchant for cocaine, weed and disobeying traffic laws. There are two UFC events between now and UFC 214, but since it’s the organization’s big summer […]

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Former UFC champ Matt Hughes airlifted to hospital with head trauma following collision with train

Not the kind of news I was hoping to bring you this afternoon.

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was involved in a vehicular accident earlier today (Fri., June 16, 2017), after his truck collided with a moving train. The longtime wrestler has since been airlifted to a medical facility where his condition is unknown.

“Apparently he has head trauma,” UFC President Dana White told ESPN. “His family is traveling to him now.”

More on this unfortunate news in just a bit.

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Fighter shakes head saying a strike didn’t hurt — then gets KO’d by head kick

The MMA gods will get you every time.

Jordan Powell, a light heavyweight fighter competing at LFA 13, shook his head during the bout to tell his opponent that the last strikes didn’t hurt him. Then, Dominick Reyes, his foe, landed a left head kick that ended the fight Friday night in Burbank, Calif. Powell was unconscious before he hit the ground and faceplanted.

Powell was doing his best to no-sell a previous exchange. And he was right — Reyes’ strikes didn’t hurt him or really hit him. But as soon as Powell let his guard down for a second, Reyes was there with the knockout blow :53 of the first round.

Reyes (6-0), a California native, is a real prospect at 205 pounds. He has finished all but one of his pro fights. Powell (8-7) came in on a three-fight winning streak that was abruptly stopped.

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Midnight Mania! Brutal four-second MMA head kick knockout goes down in Arkansas

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we have a four-second knockout, Nick Diaz calling the UFC bitches, Paige VanZant in the opening pages of a mystery novel, fighters appreciating their mothers, knockouts, podcasts, grappling highlights and much more

Over in Four

Remember this? If you were paying attention, this record-setting knockout showed up in The Morning After, my post-fight UFC 211 column.

According to MMAFighting.com, the amateur fight was in Arkansas, at 195 pounds. Fowler had yet to win a fight up to this point in his amateur career, while Goforth was 2-0.

At just four seconds in, on the first strike thrown, this knockout is among the fastest in MMA, ever. Jordan Fowler steps forward to throw and Dylan Goforth, perhaps expecting a body kick, drops his hands. It’s an ill-timed reflex, as Fowler’s head kick lands with a sickening slap, dropping Goforth like a sack of potatoes. There is no need for a follow-up. The fight is over.


Nick Diaz got salty at the UFC today

He and Nate do respect their Mom, though:

#NinamomNate @ninameg209 @natediaz209

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Paige VanZant found herself in the opening scene of a mystery movie yesterday.

The Baddest Man on the Planet appreciates his mother.

Now that’s a visual.

Dustin Poirier plans to appeal the No Contest to Eddie Alvarez, but only to get his win money. He doesn’t care a whole lot about the result in itself.

Mississippi Mean, Jason Knight, finds himself on a four-fight win streak at featherweight:

Speaking of featherweights, this is a really good matchup.

You know exactly how we will take it. Not well.

I don’t know if this counts.

Stann previewing how Maia-Woodley will go- if indeed this fight gets made. Woodley is dead set on alienating every hardcore fan out there by insisting he would rather fight Diaz or GSP, although he thinks he matches up the best with Maia out of anyone in the top ten.

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Out cold

Leg Kick Technical Knockout

I will never get over spinning back elbow knockouts

He’s done

Michael Chandler survived a deep kneebar attempt by Marcin Held, and went on to be Bellator Lightweight champion:

Eddie Alvarez doesn’t know how to quit. Just another reminder how impressive the McGregor KO was.

Submission Underground had a great event on Sunday- Jake Shields beat Dillon Danis in the main event. Here are a couple of the highlights from earlier in the event

Some old boxing highlights for you, and a reminder for Conor that Floyd Mayweather has made very skilled, champion-level boxers look like amateurs.

See if you can guess who knocks out who before you press play. Not to brag, but I got it right the first time.

Dance fighting!

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The MMA Hour, lasting 4:27:24

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Tommy Toehold’s UFC Postmortem:

The Co-Main Event Podcast

Damon Martin interviews Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Dustin Poirier, and Kevin Lee on his podcast

Secret Smoke Show with Justin Golightly:

Dustin Poirier doesn’t care about wins or losses, he just wants the win money:

Will Frankie Edgar find himself in limbo land again?

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Patricio Freire on Michael Chandler: ‘I want to rip his head off, I want to kill him’

Patricio Freire is focused on regaining the Bellator featherweight championship, but he already has another champion in mind as well.

“Pitbull” will face Daniel Straus for the fourth time in the main event of Bellator 178 on Friday. He’s looking to go 3-1 against the current 145-pound titleholder, then after that, he wants to move up to lightweight to take on champion Michael Chandler.

“I don’t want Michael Chandler’s belt. I want his head,” Freire told MMA Fighting. “I don’t want that piece of metal, I want to rip his head off. I want to kill him. That’s the word. For real. I want to beat him up so bad that I want him to have ill aftereffects.”

“Pitbull” explained that his rivalry with the lightweight talent started after Chandler’s first win over his brother, Patricky Freire, back in 2011. They recently fought a second time, with Chandler winning the vacant belt with a highlight-reel knockout in a little over two minutes.

“The first fight was close, and he fought dirty,” Freire said. “He hit my brother with three low blows and wasn’t punished. My brother came back to fight because he’s a man, but it wasn’t fair. It was a close fight before he landed the illegal blows, and then he started going for takedowns with that lay and pray game. He knocked my brother out in the second fight, but I already wanted to fight him before that. I knew it would be a good fight. He does some unnecessary things. He thinks he’s better than everyone, and he’s not. Someone has to stop him, and I’m the one to stop him.

“He’s stupid, a jerk,” Freire continued. “Nobody likes him. He can’t stay in one gym, nobody likes him. Not even the promotion likes him, and he knows that. I’ll beat him up. I don’t care if he has the belt or not, I want his head. I want to hurt him.”

Chandler is currently slated to defend his belt against undefeated contender Brent Primus at Bellator’s first trip to New York on June 24, and Freire guarantees he’s focused only on Straus now despite calling for a fight with the lightweight kingpin.

“Every fight is the fight of my life, and my fight right now is Daniel Straus,” said Freire, who lost the belt in their last bout, via unanimous decision, in Nov. 2015. “He has something that I have to return to my son.”

Should he beat Straus later this month, “Pitbull” admits that there are plenty of fighters that deserve a shot at the 145-pound belt, but he would prefer to move up to lightweight before defending the strap.

“I respect the division, so I’m obligated to mention a few names here because they are working hard for this,” the Brazilian said. “Daniel Weichel, someone that I have already knocked out, is coming strong.

“There’s also Emmanuel Sanchez, Pat Curran, Conor McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher, and A.J. McKee. They are coming off good wins, they are coming up. I don’t know what’s going to happen, if I’m fighting one of these guys or if I’m fighting Michael Chandler,” Freire added.

“Chandler said at the press conference in New York that he wants to fight me, and I want the same. If you ask me, I want Michael Chandler after this fight.”

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Nikolay Veretennikov floors Clovis Hancock with head kick at LFA 7

Nikolay Veretennikov left quite an impression at LFA 7 on Friday night.

After a brief exchange, Veretennikov drilled Hancock with a left kick to the head that ended the fight at the 2:21 mark of the third round.

Vertennikov improved to 4-2 with the win, while Hancock dropped to 2-2.

Watch the KO below.

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