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Midnight Mania! Usman Claims He’s Next, Woodley Says He’s Lying

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Kamaru Usman says he’s signed a contract to fight for the welterweight title. Dana White said he’s fighting for the welterweight title. The only problem is, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley says he’s not fighting for the welterweight title just yet.

Woodley wants to face former interim champion Colby Covington first. Covington has been running his mouth for a long time, evidently to little effect, except to earn himself a White House visit with Donald Trump. The UFC seems uninterested in promoting a fight between Covington and Woodley, giving Kamaru Usman the same opponents Colby just faced, as if to negate his best victories, and promptly stripped him of interim gold when he couldn’t make his unification bout with Woodley in September.

Dana White has also been frustrated with Woodley, implicitly threatening to take his belt away unless he defends in March, though Woodley just defeated Darren Till in September. If the UFC did strip their sitting champion, it would be unprecedented, given that many champions have gone much longer between title defenses without this kind of visible frustration from Dana and Company.

Signed contracts are not a guarantee of a fight happening. In the past, the UFC has used contenders, such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, against each other to lower fighter pay. This also isn’t the first time Usman has claimed he had a bout agreement signed to face the champion. Woodley, though, insists that Usman is flat out lying.

How will the drama shake out? Will Woodley defend his title in March, and if so, will it be against Covington, or Usman?


Insomnia

Anthony Smith fires another shot at Jon Jones

Former UFC fighter Kajan Johnson points out a long-standing flaw in MMA: the judges are accountable to no one for individual decisions. This is somewhat understandable, but it screws with fighters’ paychecks and careers more often than it should.

Stipe Miocic is exactly the kind of silly that fits an Ohio firefighter.

In case people need more evidence for Tenshin-Mayweather was NOT a ‘work’.

MMA trainer Din Thomas with more explanation as to why MMA fighters might not be grasping the obvious reality of Mayweather destroying Tenshin.

I hope this guy goes to jail for assault. Glad she clocked him, but he deserves worse than that.

One of the greats

I just want to say that PFL’s million-dollar tournament, though I doubt its a sustainable business model, did give some lucky athletes amazing paydays, and thats always cause for celebration. 99% of MMA fighters do not get to retire with a million dollars in the bank, but Sean O’Connell does, and Louis Taylor does.

Elbows

Dominance MMA is Ali Abdelaziz’s management company. He appears to have quite restrictive contracts with his athletes.

Alexander Volkanovski is my pick to beat Max Holloway, if anyone at featherweight can beat him.


Random Land

Going into the new year, getting it right

He really tried to iron his clothes while still wearing them

I had a high school teammate named Czarnecki and man, you could hear the announcer pause before trying that one. That was nothing compared to this.

Visit this website if you want your mind blown by insanely powerful cameras pointed at cityscapes.


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

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Teruto Ishihara Says He’s Fighting Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234 in Melbourne

It appears that Teruto Ishihara will meet Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234.
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Teruto Ishihara Says He’s Fighting Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234 in Melbourne

It appears that Teruto Ishihara will meet Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234.
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Teruto Ishihara Says He’s Fighting Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234 in Melbourne

It appears that Teruto Ishihara will meet Kyung Ho Kang at UFC 234.
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Colby Covington on Scrapped Nick Diaz Fight: He’s Washed Up, He’s Done

A welterweight bout between former interim welterweight champion Colby Covington and Nick Diaz was rumored to be in the works for the main event at UFC 230 last month before the promotion decided to go with the heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis.
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Thomas Almeida Says He’s Fighting Cory Sandhagen at UFC’s Debut on ESPN+ in Brooklyn

A bantamweight matchup pitting Thomas Almeida against Cory Sandhagen has been added to the UFC Fight Night Brooklyn lineup on Jan. 19.
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Thomas Almeida Says He’s Fighting Cory Sandhagen at UFC’s Debut on ESPN+ in Brooklyn

A bantamweight matchup pitting Thomas Almeida against Cory Sandhagen has been added to the UFC Fight Night Brooklyn lineup on Jan. 19.
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‘Look, He’s Not Chuck Liddell’

Rising UFC middleweight contender Israel Adesanya will have a massive opportunity to further propel his name into superstardom when he takes on mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Anderson Silva at UFC 234 this February.

Adesanya, who often draws comparisons to Silva and former UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones, is coming off a big knockout win over veteran Derek Brunson back at UFC 230. It was a coming out party of sorts and a memorable finish that allowed “Last Stylebender” to lock down a fight opposite his hero.

While Silva is still a competent contender, Adesanya has encountered some criticism for taking a fight against a 43-year-old legend who has competed just once in well over two years. Adesanya understands his current position, but wants to reassure fight fans that Silva is no Chuck Liddell, who recently came out of an eight-year retirement to get knocked out by Tito Ortiz in a massively disappointing trilogy fight.

“People who aren’t in my shoes (don’t understand),” Adesanya said in a recent interview with Submission Radio (shown above). “Look, he’s not Chuck Liddell. Don’t get me wrong, because of that being so recent people were like, ‘oh, how dare you, he’s 43’. Look, last time he was finished was when he broke his leg. He hasn’t been losing badly. He beat Derek Brunson. That was a close fight, I guess, but yeah, I think he’s just been bored.”

Silva, who hasn’t finished a fight since ending Stephan Bonnar via first-round TKO back at UFC 153 over six years ago, is widely considered one of the best fighters to ever do it. His performances of late haven’t been overly spectacular, but the Brazilian veteran still possesses enough skill to test almost any fighter in the middleweight top 10.

All of that said, Adesanya would be stupid not to jump at the opportunity to fight one of the best of all time. Silva may have initially declined the bout, but a guaranteed title shot by UFC president Dana White was all “Spider” needed to ready himself for a battle with the 29-year-old Adesanya.

“Initially I was disappointed (because he turned the fight down),” Adesanya said. “I was like, man, this is a guy who liked the big challenges, the great show. As he used to say, ‘I want great show,’ you know. And then he said no to me. I said, man, maybe he doesn’t have it anymore. And then he came back last Sunday, yup, I wanna do it. I’m like, they must have made him an offer he can’t refuse, and instantly I knew it was like, title shot. I was like, alright then. But I like to think it’s me.

“I feel like I’m the guy. Cause, you know, he said one time to Joe Rogan, ‘I want to fight my clone,’ and I’m better than his clone. I’ve studied everything he’s done, every single thing. I know some of him better than he knows himself, whether he likes to believe it or not, cause I’m on the outside looking in. And yeah, I just want to believe, I want to be the guy that brings the best out of him. You’re gonna see a different Anderson, Anderson of old, if you will. Anderson that teeped Vitor Belfort in the face and had me run to my room all, ‘ahhhhh, what the f*ck’. Yeah, I want to bring that guy back. So yeah, he back.”

If Adesanya is able to dominate Silva like he has dominated the majority of his opponents to date then there is no denying “Last Stylebender” his own shot at UFC gold. At the end of the day, not too many fighters have finished Silva inside of the cage.

“I’m gonna steal the show,” Adesanya concluded. “Look, this is the greatest middleweight of all time… and Anderson Silva going at it. What more could you want?”

UFC 234 takes place on Feb. 9 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, and features a middleweight main event title fight between current champion Robert Whittaker and former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum.

Stick with Mania for more UFC 234 fight card news.

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Khabib Willing To Box McGregor, Prove He’s The Better Striker

“What would you do for a Klondike bar?”

Would you box Conor McGregor? Punch-punch-punch!

Would you post nonsensical clickbait? Click-click-click!

Now that Floyd Mayweather is too busy training to pay attention to the theatrics of UFC lightweight champion, Khabib Nurmagomedov, the 30 year-old grappler is forced to troll elsewhere, so I guess it only makes sense to come full circle.

At least now we understand his obsession with boxing.

“As for the fight against Conor under boxing rules, this is a fight we are interested in,” Khabib’s father, Abdulmanap Nurmagomedov, told the Russian media. “Khabib showed that he is able to beat the best strikers of mixed martial arts. He said this before, but few believed it. However, after strong victories over Michael Johnson, Edson Barboza, and Conor, people begin to believe.”

Nurmagomedov (27-0) has only been outstruck once in 11 trips to the Octagon, and that was by Gleison Tibau back in summer 2012. But most of “The Eagle’s” offense comes from top position, as the Sambo master has 52 takedowns during that same span.

I guess his newfound confidence on the feet came during his five-round jab-a-thon opposite the flat-footed Al Iaquinta earlier this year in New York, followed by the knockdown Nurmagomedov scored in his submission win over McGregor at UFC 229.

Is it time to see “The Eagle” take his talents to this upstart boxing promotion?

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UFC 230 Results: Israel Adesanya Crushes Derek Brunson, Proves He’s the Real Deal

Kickboxing stud Israel Adesanya has had a good 2018. Three trips to the Octagon has resulted in three wins, and his foray into the UFC 230 cage yielded yet another “W”. This time the victim was Derek Brunson – a step up in competition.

Brunson wisely wanted to get this one to the mat, and time and again shot for takedowns or got the bodylock only to have Adesanya stuff them and wiggle free.

Why was Brunson so keen on turning this into a grappling match? Because…

…Once Adesanya had space, he stunned Brunson with a knee, then with a flying knee, and picked him apart until Brunson was on the verge of being murdered.

It’s time to give Adesanya another step up in competition.

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