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Justin Gaethje threatens to break Tony Ferguson’s legs in heated Twitter beef

With the return of Conor McGregor looming in the distance, the UFC lightweight division is already beginning to get a little chippy. Top contenders like Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Justin Gaethje are all jockeying for position one way or another.

For Ferguson, his quickest chance to lock down a bout with McGregor is to defeat Lee at UFC 216 on Oct. 7 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, and claim the interim lightweight title. For Gaethje, his quickest opportunity to earn a title shot is to defeat former champion Eddie Alvarez at UFC 218 on Dec. 2 in Detroit, Mich., and then lobby for a No. 1 contender’s bout.

While Ferguson and Gaethje are currently on different paths towards UFC gold, the two lightweight contenders locked horns on social media this week while weighing in on a simple poll. Gaethje struck first, referencing the ankle pick threat “El Cucuy” threw Fabricio Werdum’s way during a UFC 216 media lunch altercation.

As one of the more outspoken members of the UFC roster, Ferguson wasted little time responding to “Highlight” and offering his own smack talk.

Fight fans have to love this. While Ferguson and Gaethje are two confident alpha males who have produced of late inside of the Octagon, their efforts are sure to ramp up now that the UFC lightweight champion is back in town.

Winning fights and performing well will always outweigh trash talking, especially the social media kind, but this only builds the intrigue fight fans will have for Ferguson’s upcoming battle with Lee at UFC 216, Gaethje’s Fight of the Night favorite against Alvarez in December, and everything relating to the 155-pound title picture.

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Midnight Mania! Conor McGregor reveals Floyd Mayweather’s trash talk during heated staredown – ‘MMA next!’

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Floyd Mayweather said some silly stuff during today’s kickoff press conference (watch it) that Conor McGregor was quick to refute. Namely, that he would be willing to enter the Octagon sometime after their 154-pound, 12-round boxing match concludes next month (Sat., Aug. 26, 2017). McGregor was quick to point out that this was nonsense. Floyd also said he would fight McGregor with eight or even four-ounce gloves. Conor noted that, in fact, Mayweather had been careful to specify 10-ounce gloves in the negotiation; and, in fact, had even required that the gloves not be Mexican or horsehair.

Mayweather can say all he wants — he is not about to enter the Octagon with McGregor after they box. That’s because it would mean a level playing field between them, which is something that Mayweather has been careful to avoid. He made that clear when he entered after McGregor, when negotiating the size of the gloves, and when Showtime cut the mic on McGregor during the presser. He made that clear the moment it was clear this would be boxing only, no other rule-set even considered. This is his territory, his world … it’s not meant to be fair.

These pinstripes have a hidden message that seems to be part of McGregor’s whole mindset to everyone pointing out the odds against him.

McGregor also got into his plans for a UFC return … turns out, that December date was only because he wanted to top the Forbes 100 list. Now that the Irishman knows the list is measured July to July, he’s not so willing to commit to a December date. He also refused to name a UFC potential 155-pound opponent for his return, saying priority will be given to those who are actually fighting, not just talking (looking at you, Justin Gaethje).

Meanwhile, UFC ‘s Lightweight contenders in question were not silent on the presser. Tony Ferguson was even in attendance And Had Something To Say In All Caps As Usual.

Diaz knows this first press conference didn’t live up to the quality of the hype he and McGregor generated … even if it is for a bigger audience.

Everyone wants in on this action, but boxers are always going to want boxing-size gloves. Much, much less risk.

Cody, 31-1 in amateur boxing, ain’t interested though …

Also, Cody doesn’t apparently understand sarcasm:

I have questions about this: Did he wake up in the morning and realize he had never had updated hats made? Maybe he forgot to pack it? “Oh well, 48 is almost 49”

Yeah, this made me chuckle.


Angela Hill defending the surprise takedown attempt in an even more surprising setting!

Having Snoop Dogg as commentator for the new Fight Pass show, Dana White’s Tuesday night “Contender Series,” was a brilliant move (full results here).

Reebok will now have at least one good design:

Ooh la la!

White men (still) cant jump:

Good question: How exactly does this work?

If only the press conference had been this entertaining:

This was the breakout moment for McGregor on pay-per-view (PPV):

Please, lets not. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is a waste of time and Eddie Alvarez is a much more exciting opponent for Justin Gaethje than Kevin Lee.

Slips, Rips and KO Clips

Highlights from the Tuesday Night “Contender Series!”

Snoop singing a lullaby is the reason he was hired for this job:

Down and out. I’ve never understood fighters whose footwork doesn’t serve a purpose. The guy in the green shorts doesn’t need to back up, but he does anyway. Black shorts is intentional with his pressuring footwork

This is great because you can see Snoop smoking. He’s not even trying to hide it.

Casual walk-off knee knockout by old school fan favorite, Joachim Hansen, back in 2005:

Arturo Gatti was one of the all-time greats …

Sumo has returned!

Quick Hits

  • Ever wonder what UFC fighters tell themselves after a hard fought loss? Michael Johnson had an especially bitter loss against Gaethje, and gives his statement here
  • Why does Overeem make 800K per fight but the UFC wouldn’t up Gegard Mousasi’s pay enough to keep him from going to Bellator? The world is a mysterious place that favors heavyweights- although I’m still not sure why Werdum only made 275K.

Podcasts and Video

Mayweather-McGregor first press conference reaction

DWTNCS Episode One reaction:

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Or like this: Andrew Richardson breaks down Gunnar Nelson’s brilliant guard passing:

The Co-Main Event podcast

Random Land

I used to want a Super Soaker so badly as a kid, but this is basically a water laser. I still want one.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter @Vorpality

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Colby Covington says ‘USADA changed the game for’ Rafael dos Anjos in heated exchange

Colby Covington didn’t get the fight he wanted against Rafael dos Anjos, but that isn’t slowing his crusade against the former UFC lightweight champion.

Covington, a highly regarded UFC welterweight prospect, campaigned for weeks on social media for the opportunity to welcome dos Anjos into the 170-pound division, including memorably posting a fake image of dos Anjos’ e-mail inbox.

Covington ultimately didn’t get the chance he wanted — he instead was slated to meet Dong Hyun Kim on June 17 at UFC Singapore, while dos Anjos was booked against Tarec Saffiedine on the same card. Nonetheless, this week Covington got the next best thing, as he and dos Anjos appeared in a joint press conference to promote the event, and Covington didn’t let “RDA” forget how things went down.

“I got a bigger fight, a better fight,” Covington told reporters in Singapore (video via Singapore’s The Straits Times). “So, he’s scared. He knows he’s scared, so this is the next best option. A tougher opponent, a guy that’s going to get me closer to the title. I’m the most feared guy in the game right now. I scare the ink out of pens.”

“I have nothing to say,” dos Anjos said when asked for a response. “I’m a former lightweight champion. I thought this gentleman was a Bellator fighter when he was attacking me on social media. I didn’t know who he was. And I think this kind of new generation of MMA fighters, they’re trying to get attention by talking.”

“USADA changed the game for him,” Covington sharply interjected. “So he’s just mad.”

“This new generation is trying,” dos Anjos continued. “I think there’s only one Conor McGregor. You’ve got to be yourself. You can’t try to copy somebody else. Just be yourself.”

Though the two welterweights are not slated to fight each other, UFC Singapore still represents a major moment in both men’s careers.

Covington is widely considered to be one of the more promising prospects in the 170-pound division, and after racking up a 6-1 record over lower ranked competition, his fight against the No. 7 ranked Kim is the 29-year-old’s first chance to shed his prospect label and establish himself a genuine welterweight contender. Dos Anjos, by contrast, is hunting for a change of scenery after losing back-to-back fights against the best at lightweight while battling increasingly difficult weight cuts down to 155 pounds.

And although Covington called him out for weeks on end, dos Anjos is happy with the match-up he ultimately received against Saffiedine, a former Strikeforce champion.

“I didn’t even know who this guy (Covington) was before he [started talking trash],” dos Anjos said. “People know who he is because he’s talking trash, and I don’t think that’s the way to get people to know you. I prefer to show my skills in Octagon.”

But that wasn’t the end of it. By Wednesday night, Covington had already issued his response on Twitter.

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Fireworks erupt between Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson in heated UFC 209 conference call

With a little over a week to go before Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson throw down for the UFC interim lightweight title at UFC 209, tensions are already running high between the world’s top 155-pound contenders.

The two lightweights effectively took over the UFC’s media conference call ahead of UFC 209 on Thursday, erupting into bitter exchanges over everything from their past opponents to Ferguson’s contract negotiations with the UFC, with neither man rarely letting the other get a word in edgewise.

“Look man, if somebody doesn’t piss me off, I’ll finish them in the first round. This dude pissed me off,” Ferguson said at one point following another heated exchange. “I’m going to drag him into deep waters and make him deal with the hammerhead.

“I’ve already talked to him about it. You guys are going to see f*cking fireworks. This should be the main event. I don’t know why Stephen Thompson and T-Wood (Tyron Woodley) are the main event. This is the sh*t everybody is talking about. This is the third time. The third time’s the charm.”

The fight between Nurmagomedov and Ferguson is one the UFC has attempted to make three times over the past several years, only for plans to inevitably fall apart due to injuries sustained on both sides. But now both lightweights are healthy and riding the two longest win streaks of the division. Ferguson has won nine UFC consecutive fights while Nurmagomedov has won eight, and the winner of UFC 209’s co-main event will claim the interim 155-pound title underneath reigning champion Conor McGregor.

Nurmagomedov went so far as to call the bout “the greatest match-up in lightweight history.” But he also continually pointed to the fact that the fight very nearly failed to come to fruition due to stalled contract negotiations on Ferguson’s side. Things were only booked after Nurmagomedov turned down an offer to fight current UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo for an interim lightweight strap, and Nurmagomedov reminded Ferguson of that fact over and over again on Thursday.

“Everybody knows I make this fight. And Tony knows I make this fight, because he tried running away,” Nurmagomedov said. “I ask you about money. Why don’t you take money? I ask you about $ 200,000. This is big money in USA.”

“I don’t want your fake-ass money, dude,” Ferguson responded. “You know what, you keep this money, you wipe your ass with it, do whatever the f*ck you want with it. Why don’t you donate it? Why don’t you be a man and donate that.”

“No, calm down, calm down, relax, relax,” Nurmagomedov said. “Because you understand. You understand who is who and what happens after this fight.

“I bring you here. Nobody bring you. I bring you.”

“You didn’t make sh*t, dude,” Ferguson said. “You didn’t make sh*t. What, you going to fight another Darrell Horcher? Is that what you’re going to fight? Another Darrel Horcher and bully him? Come on, man. Nobody brought (me here). So all the nine victories that I have, nine victories that I have in a row, you’re going to be like: ‘I did that. Tony, I did that. I did all the work.’ You didn’t do sh*t. F*ck you, Khabib. You didn’t do nothing, dude. You’re a bully. I’m a f*cking matador. I’m going to finish your ass. You ain’t got sh*t against me.”

And so it went, two of the world’s most dangerous 155-pounders trading shots back and forth about virtually every topic under the sun, from Ferguson’s wrestling capabilities to Nurmagomedov’s manager to both men’s combined records against shared opponents.

“You got too many people talking in your ear,” Ferguson said at one point. “And that’s your problem. That’s why I’m going to win. That’s it. You’re focusing on so much other bullsh*t, dude. You’re talking about breaking arms and talking about fighting Conor, doing this and that and all this other stuff. Dude, I hear you. I understand it, man. You’re going to lose. You’ve got to look out for yourself.”

“I think about you,” Nurmagomedov responded. “I think I’m going to break you. This is what I think. I don’t think about Conor, other stuff. What are you talking about? You talk about Conor.”

“Dude, I am unbreakable,” Ferguson said. “Trust me, dude, I’m a f*cking machine now. You have no idea what you’re dealing with. You just woke me up. You keep laughing. You keep laughing. I’m the new John Wick.”

“How many times you lose?” Nurmagomedov replied. “Danny Castillo beat your ass. You remember this?”

“Danny Castillo didn’t do sh*t,” Ferguson angrily shot back. “He f*cking laid on me, dude. I beat his ass too. Trust me, the only thing he could do is hold on for dear life. You lost to (Gleison) Tibau. I’m sorry but you lost to Tibau. Sorry, not sorry. You remember that fight? Look, I’ll post it up today. I’ll post it up today, and I’ve seen you lose in that Sambo fight, that Sambo match where you were f*cking crying on your knees because you lost.”

“Which Sambo fight?” Nurmagomedov said. “When I am 17 years old? Of course I lose a lot of times when I competed immature. But professional career…”

“Everything’s been handed to you,” Ferguson interrupted. “Nothing’s been handed to me. Nothing has been handed to me. I had to earn every single step of the way.”

Considering the length of time Nurmagomedov and Ferguson have been forced to think about one another due to past bookings, it was evident the rivalry had grown personal ahead of UFC 209. But through it all, the fire raging on the two sides always came back to Nurmagomedov’s assertion that it was his stand against the UFC that led Ferguson to secure the biggest payday of his Octagon career.

And with nine days to go until the two meet on March 4 in Las Vegas, Ferguson wasn’t trying to hear it.

“Doubt never got me here, and nobody else held my hand to get me here,” Ferguson said. “My f*cking hard work, my determination, and my finishing people and earning performance victories has gotten me here. I’m going to finish this dude like I did everybody else. I’m not going to tell you how, because I’m not like anybody else. This guy wants to talk about trying to break me, break my arm, break this, and he says I talk too much? Dude, I haven’t even f*cking said nothing. You got 1.9 million people that are going to be f*cking sad as f*ck when I go in and I finish your ass.”

“I want to say something,” Nurmagomedov interjected. “Please, listen. When you UFC asks me, ‘Khabib, you have to fight with Tony,’ I said okay, let’s go. This is what I want, because you have nine win streak, I have eight win streak, we have to fight. And after UFC asked me, you said, ‘please, please, give me money, give me this.’ You tried to run.”

“Oh, there’s no f*cking please, please,” Ferguson shot back. “Dude, it’s what I’ve earned. You can talk as much sh*t. Like I said, your management speaks for you. And you know what? I don’t give two f*cks. Try to hype it up. You were trying to f*cking pay me. I said, you know what? I spit on your money. Your money is f*cking worthless to me. I can give two f*cks. I want the UFC’s money because I earned it.”

“You know why you ask for too much money?” Nurmagomedov responded. “Because you know this is your last fight. This is your last fight in UFC. That’s why. We’ll see March 4th. I’m going to break your face. I’m going to break your career.”

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Yoel Romero calls into Michael Bisping’s show after heated Twitter exchange

The rivalry between Yoel Romero and UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping continues to grow.

Following a fiery Twitter exchange between the two on Thursday, Romero personally called into Bisping’s SiriusXM show The Countdown to confront Bisping live over the phone line.

The phrase “poopy-pants” may or may not have been repeated several times.

Audio of the exchange can be heard below.

Afterward, Bisping continued the feud online, tweeting several toilet emojis at Romero.

The back-and-forth took place just one day after Romero trolled Bisping by setting up a GoFundMe account to help pay for Bisping’s medical expenses and retirement party after the two potentially compete later this year.

Romero is currently the assumed No. 1 contender for the UFC middleweight belt. Following successful knee surgery, Bisping is expected to return to the cage to defend his strap later this summer, possibly in May.

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Jon Jones vs. Donald Cerrone? ‘Cowboy’ recounts heated gym dispute with UFC champion

Several months ago, Jon Jones came clean, admitting he had an addiction to select drugs in this extensive interview. But, prior to that, “Bones” didn’t want anyone to know he actually had a problem (though the writing was on the wall). That’s something his Jackson-Winkeljohn teammate Donald Cerrone found out the hard way, as the two almost came to blows at the Albuquerque, N.M.-based gym.

As “Cowboy” revealed on a recent episode of “The Fighter and The Kid” podcast with Bryan Callen and ex-UFC Heavyweight Brendan Schaub, Jones got upset with him for putting his personal business out in the open. However, when the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) film crew arrived, “Bones” turned into a different person.

He explains via FOX Sports:

“Me and him have plenty of disputes all the time. We almost had at it, him and I at Jackson’s. This is before all the wild Jon (stuff) came out and I spoke about him being wild and he was like, ‘what the (expletive) with you putting me out like that?’ and I was like, ‘what’s up mother (expletive)?’ But, that’s behind the scenes. What had happened was all the UFC cameras were there that day and I came at Jon like, ‘what’s up?’ and he comes at me, puts his God hat on and got to work. He just said, ‘Cowboy, I just don’t understand, I’m so nice to you, always try to help you and this is how you treat me, this is how you want to come at me? I remember pointing at him like, ‘you mother (expletive)’.”

Jones up to his old tricks.

Thankfully, Cerrone declared that cooler heads eventually prevailed and the confrontation didn’t escalate to the point of getting physical. In fact, “Cowboy” says he and “Bones” have gotten closer since the incident.

Chael Sonnen, though, might want to watch his back.

Jones will next step foot inside the Octagon on July 9, 2016, when he attempts to unify the Light Heavyweight title in a highly-anticipated rematch at UFC 200 against division champion, Daniel Cormier. As for “Cowboy,” he’ll face Patrick Cote in a Welterweight fight at UFC Fight Night 89 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

For more on those respective bouts click here and here.

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UFC 193 ‘Embedded’ video, Ep. 5: Heated staredowns, Ronda Rousey makes final media rounds

Stars of the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) blockbuster UFC 193 pay-per-view (PPV) and mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which emanates from inside Etihad Stadium tomorrow night (Sat., Nov. 14, 2015) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, have allowed the “Embedded” video cameras to captures every last moment as they prepare for their respective fights.

Check out the rundown of “Embedded” episode four below:

On Episode 5 of UFC 193 Embedded, women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey gets a message of encouragement from a big name in news before talking about loss at Ultimate Media Day. Her challenger Holly Holm, strawweight champion Joann Jedrzejczyk and strawweight challenger Valerie Letourneau also take questions from the media in Melbourne. After finishing their weight cuts, all parties head to the official weigh-in. Both champions get into heated staredowns, with Rousey and Holm having to be separated on stage. UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the double-championship fight night at UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm, Saturday, November 14 on Pay-Per-View.

For the complete UFC 193: “Rousey vs. Holm” card and results, including play-by-play updates, click here and here. And if you missed any of the first four “Embedded” episodes, click hereherehere, and here.

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Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold get heated during face off

Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold are in Sydney promoting their Nov. 7 fight, and as expected, things got heated when the two rivals squared off in front of the media.

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Michael Bisping, Luke Rockhold get heated during face off

Michael Bisping and Luke Rockhold are in Sydney promoting their Nov. 7 fight, and as expected, things got heated when the two rivals squared off in front of the media.

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Chael Sonnen mocks Wanderlei Silva at press conference; leads to heated faceoff

LAS VEGAS — For half an hour Friday, Wanderlei Silva sat there and took Chael Sonnen’s taunts.

“I know what he’s thinking now, he’s asking himself ‘uuhhh, is there a number higher than 11?” Sonnen mocked during the UFC 175 press conference at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Later, noting that Silva, whom Sonnen will face in Vegas on July 5, was using a translator, Sonnen said “My pet idiot has been here since 1999 and he’s never used an interpreter until today.”

The event was open to the public, and the crowd roared with each Sonnen barb. The former longtime PRIDE middleweight champion stewed while Sonnen used him as a human punchline, even holding Silva’s own title credentials against him.

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“I was sitting at home scratching and clawing trying to make it, Sonnen said. “I was fighting at the dog park, I’m fighting anywhere I’m getting a chance, and I’m watching this knucklehead coming out of Japan wearing his belt, I thought I want to kick that guy’s ass. He wouldn’t have been the champion if I was in PRIDE.”

Finally, by the end of the festivities, Silva had enough. When the two were squared off for staredown photos, Silva smiled and jawed at Sonnen. Sonnen mocked Silva; Silva turned angry; UFC president Dana White tried to separate the two, but Silva didn’t leave before trying to make an end around White’s back.

Such is the state of this long and curious rivalry, one which has been teased for a couple years, but will finally happen in about six weeks.

Well, officially, at least. Sonnen and Silva, of course, had an unofficial go at it on the set of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil, a confrontation for which UFC president Dana White was all but apologizing on Friday.

“I don’t fault either one of these guys,” White said. “These guys don’t like each other … the people who were running the production in Brazil, they shouldn’t have let this escalate to the point to where the guys where they put their hands on each other. They did that, and that’s, it’s on us in the end. We take responsibility for that one.”

Meanwhile, as Sonnen mocked, Silva appeared to be a ticking time bomb. He dodged questions both about the altercation and about the injury which forced this fight to get moved from a May event in Brazil to Las Vegas.

Asked what he was thinking during the Chael Sonnen show, Silva’s message was succinct.

“On fight night I’m going to show that he’s going to have to swallow everything he said.”

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