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‘I Messed Up’

By now, we’ve heard from just about everyone in mixed martial arts (MMA) regarding the recent drug test suspension handed down to former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, TJ Dillashaw, who tested positive for recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO) in the wake of his UFC Brooklyn loss to Henry Cejudo.

One person we haven’t heard from was Dillashaw himself, likely because the disgraced ex-champion was too embarrassed to show his face. But it sounds like he’s ready to own up to his mistakes and wants the combat sports universe to know that he’ll spend his two-year timeout reflecting on his poor decisions, while also healing up from recent injuries.

From his lengthy Instagram post:

“I messed up. I have been having a hard time trying to forgive myself for this. Which I should have a hard time. I understand the criticism and scrutiny coming my way. But what I really feel bad about is the bad light bringing on to my coaches, my family and my teammates. They had no involvement in this and I feel the worst for them. I have a 15-month old son and I want to be a role model for him. As well as a lot of other kids out there too, it’s tough. But I got to man up for what I did. I accepted all penalties and I didn’t try to fight this. I am going to sit for the next two years. 2021 is when I am allowed to come back. The road to comeback is, I had shoulder surgery yesterday on my right shoulder. Two months later I am getting my left one done. I had a torn rotator cuff, labrum, for the last two and a half years and I’ve been dealing with it. It will be nice to get those healed up and come back. I have had people telling me I should just disappear and let this thing die out for the next two years. But I don’t think that’s the way to handle it. I’m coming out, showing my son that when you make a mistake face it to its face and don’t run form it. Trust me, I’d love to run away and go hide in a cave for the next two years and continue to grow out this shitty beard. It has been weighing on me, and like I said, it should. This is who I am, a fighter and I will fight my way through this one. I want to apologize to my fans and anyone I have let down. Obviously to my family and my coaches ad teammates. I can’t say sorry enough for stuff you are dealing with because of me. This won’t be the end of me and I will be back. I am making you a promise now that I will be back better and stronger and prove that all hard work that I put in is what brought me where I am at and not the bad decisions I made. All I can do to redeem myself is work hard and be better. I want to be better and I will.”

Dillashaw, who was also suspended for one year by New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC), was unsuccessful in his hasty attempt to drop down to the flyweight division to capture the crown from the 125-pound “Messenger.”

Following his departure, Cejudo has agreed to move up in weight to challenge Marlon Moraes for the vacant bantamweight strap. They’ll do the deed at the upcoming UFC 238 pay-per-view (PPV) event this June in Chicago.

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Jones On Walker: ‘I Know I’m Gonna Be Fighting Him Sooner Or Later’

Rising light heavyweight contender Johnny Walker is beginning to turn heads around the MMA community and reigning UFC champion Jon Jones is one of them.

Walker, who decimated light heavyweight veteran Misha Cirkunov in just 36 seconds last weekend at UFC 235 (highlights here), has already turned in some of the best knockout finishes you’ll ever see at 205 pounds. Outside of his memorable stoppage of Cirkunov, the Brazilian holds a debut knockout finish over Khalil Rountree and a 15-second destruction of Justin Ledet.

With such success so early into his UFC career Walker has already been revered as the next big contender at 205 pounds. In a division that has been left barren at the hands of Jones, having a young and flashy fighter like Walker goes a really long way.

Just ask Jones himself, who discussed Walker’s recent victory at UFC 235.

“Johnny Walker is somebody that I’m very aware of,” said Jones (via The Mac Life). “I know I’m gonna be fighting him sooner or later.

“And I just appreciate his energy,” Jones added. “He seems like a nice guy. He just radiates his happiness and his positivity, and it’s refreshing. He seems like the type of guy I’d go out and have a beer with. He’s cool. He seems cool… until we fight. And then after I beat him, he’ll be cool again.”

Jones, who knocked off Anthony Smith via unanimous decision to retain his light heavyweight strap at UFC 235, is short on contenders at 205 pounds. Streaking Brazilian veteran Thiago Santos is the next obvious choice for “Bones,” but there are limited options beyond that.

If Walker gets his wish and he’s able to land a matchup with three-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson sometime in 2019, that may be the win he needs to lock down a shot at Jones.

Of course, Walker has to make sure he doesn’t hurt himself with anymore post-fight celebrations if he wants to make a serious run at the light heavyweight throne.

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Covington: ‘I Might Be In WWE Soon’

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, is a pop culture personality now, right alongside Tila Tequila and that kid from Jerry Maguire, thanks to his outspoken personality and flair for the dramatic.

But his fame and fortune did not come from any sort of marketing push by the organization and “Chaos” was forced to promote himself (by any means necessary). Aping Chael Sonnen’s “bad guy” schtick, Covington turned heel roughly five years back.

“I mean, from day one the UFC has never put up a picture of me, never promoted me, never did anything,” Covington told Submission Radio. “And they say they want their stars to build themselves and I did that exactly for them, and then they still treated me the way they did. It’s unbelievable. I’m a self-made man, I worked very hard to get to this point, and I did it on my own, I never had any help from anyone.”

I suppose Covington’s definition of “working hard” includes calling the cops when confronted by bigger, stronger fighters like Fabricio Werdum. And I wouldn’t recommend a trip to this heavyweight’s home town without Sonnen’s fake mustache and glasses.

That said, disguises (and rubber mallets) are always welcome in pro wrestling.

“I’m not losing any sleep over it. I can tell you what, I’m on vacation right now with all my ladies in Miami, man, we having a good night, we having a good time,” Covington said. “We’re partying. I’m still making money. That’s the thing about the UFC, they can’t slow me down. I’m a personality now. I do whatever the fuck I want. If I’m gonna go to the WWE, you know, I might be in the WWE soon. So I could give a fuck less if I ever fight in the UFC.”

Covington is holding out for a welterweight title shot, which as of this writing would come against the winner of Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman at UFC 235, but “Uncle Fester” wants “Chaos” to fight his way back into contention.

Who budges first?

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Midnight Mania! Domestic Violence Won’t Stop Ostovich: ‘I Want To Take a Stand’

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Rachael Ostovich opened up about the reason she has opted to continue with her scheduled January 19th bout against Paige VanZant despite recently suffering injury from a brutal domestic violence incident that she reported had her coughing up blood as her husband punched her repeatedly in the face and body. She said she felt like she ‘have to do this’ because the platform gives her an opportunity to stand tall for other victims of domestic violence. Via KHON2.com:

“Although this is a very difficult time for me and my family, I felt that this fight in January was important. I felt that it was extremely important to me to follow through with it, not only for me but first for my daughter, and other people that might be going through similar situations. I want to take a stand against domestic violence, and show others that its okay to come out and speak about it, and not be quiet.

“I’m extremely grateful and blessed for my support system. My family, who has done so much for me and has kept me together and kept me strong. I feel like I am- like I have to do this. This is something that can’t be taken away from me, because I want to use this big, worldwide UFC platform to show people that, don’t let anyone or anything come between you and your career.”

Mr. Berdon, her husband, has pleaded innocent to the charges, downgraded from attempted murder, posted his $ 75,000 dollar bail, and is currently free until his next court date, December 18, 2018. He is under a temporary restraining order that extends to their 5-year-old child.

Ostovich is scheduled to face VanZant at the UFC’s ESPN+ debut January 19th in Brooklyn. Her training is limited currently, but she will transition back to full contact after getting a second opinion on the severity of her injuries.

Her incident is one of several to affect high-profile UFC fighters, including Jessica Rose-Clark and Andrea Lee. MMA, according to an HBO study, suffers from a much higher incidence of domestic violence than the general population, or even the NFL. In fact Dana White recently signed former NFL player Greg Hardy to a development contract after his history with domestic violence ended his football career.


Insomnia

Watch three generations of McGregors throw hands

Alex Hernandez, setting goals and accomplishing them.

Dominick Reyes survived what looks like a really serious car accident, for which he thanks his Lexus

Whoops. Floyd Mayweather supposedly is in some kind of crypto trouble.

Raphael Assuncao has signed a new fight deal that looks like it will start with a rematch with Marlon Moraes

I hadn’t thought about Junior Dos Santos’ power declining

Everyone who has trained knows this guy

Well that’s quite the sequence. Tofiq Musayev is a unique fighter.

Ben Askren is a 3-1 favorite against Robbie Lawler? How?

Tim Kennedy is still practicing what are technically martial arts

Welcome back, Sexyama.

Luke Rockhold and Robbie Lawler are odd teammates and almost totally opposite fighters, but they are both looking swole.

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We eating good. @ruthless_rl @barwismethods

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Chad Mendes hitting pads

See… Anderson Silva would actually get a title shot if he beat Israel Adesanya… but chances are he won’t, so…

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Ooh, a piece of candy!

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TJ Dillashaw taunts Henry Cejudo for not fighting him at bantamweight.

RIZIN is adding some new talent- Justin Scoggins will be debuting at 60 kilograms, which is 132 lbs.

They also are promoting a cross-promotion superfight between Darrion Caldwell and Kyoji Horiguchi that is going to be awesome.

This exhibition bout, of course, is still happening as well, which is going to bring an insane amount of attention to the event.

Showing great knockouts is tried and true, but still a good way to promote fights.


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Abandoned places have a haunting, yet peaceful aesthetic

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The Red #草ヒロ

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Christmas is coming up if anyone wants to buy me either of these Rhino revolvers. I would take a snub nose too, I’m not picky.

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

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Tito Ortiz Plans to Make Liddell Trilogy His Last MMA Bout: ‘I Just Want to Keep My Health’

When UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell announced his intention to return to mixed martial arts some eight years after three consecutive knockout losses ended his Octagon run, there were plenty of concerns regarding the “Iceman’s” health.
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Tito Ortiz Plans to Make Liddell Trilogy His Last MMA Bout: ‘I Just Want to Keep My Health’

When UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell announced his intention to return to mixed martial arts some eight years after three consecutive knockout losses ended his Octagon run, there were plenty of concerns regarding the “Iceman’s” health.
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Midnight Mania! Cyborg Goes Breaking Bad on Nunes: ‘I Am The Pressure’

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It is flying a little under the radar, because we are all getting stoked for Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 2 — a rematch five years overdue — but the UFC 232 co-main event superfight between women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is going to be fire. Cyborg will be facing an opponent with genuine knockout power, her toughest test to date. If she wins, she cements a legacy as the greatest female featherweight fighter of all time. If Nunes wins, she adds another belt to her collection and another superstar scalp to her legacy, having already choked Meisha Tate and blasted Ronda Rousey into oblivion.

Cyborg has done her homework, is confident ahead of the bout that she will give Nunes a fight the lighter fighter is not prepared for. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“I train for everything,” Cyborg said. “I have five rounds. I watched a couple fights of Amanda and I know she likes to do the pressure, but she don’t like when fighters put pressure on her. I’m the pressure. When she throws her best punch at me, I’m going to be the pressure. She’s going to feel that.”

UFC 232 goes down at the end of the year, on December 29th in Las Vegas. Who are you picking in the co-main event?


Insomnia

I thought this was a young Joe Rogan for a full few seconds.

Andrea Lee’s husband Donny Aaron is still at large.

Why has no one landed this knockout in MMA yet?

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One Minute Breakdown: Legal in Free Fighting!

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That Platinum dimension has Mike Perry’s name all over it.

Forrest Griffin is still funny.

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Just jog it off kid

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Is Cowboy vs. Notorious the fight to make?

I’m upset how this photoshop treats Nate Diaz’ face.

Chad Mendes trains his neck using this Space Age-looking contraption. Hey, if it works it works. His crackerjack matchup with Alex Volkanovski also goes down at UFC 232.

Old art edits are my favorite. Wrestling heads are insisting Ben Askren is better than Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Brian Kelleher has never been more relatable.

Combat sports this week and weekend:

These might be my favorite sumo moments


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You ever hear the myth of the chameleon?

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Chameleon lived in a forest, in the foliage he could hide. He knew he was different, when he looked at himself he knew he did not fit in. Hidden away he observed that the other creatures had similarities to others. Birds had wings, monkeys hands & antelope hooves. His feet were different. He chose to stay hidden away but catching food was limited when hidden under leaves. Each time he ventured out he was spotted by others that mocked him terribly. They picked on his feet, then his nose. These features everyone saw, those who studied him longer realised there was more wrong to him than that. His eyes moved independently & he had a swaying gait which made the other animals mock him as if he’d eaten too many fermented berries. Chameleon had never realised that his eyes moved differently or he wobbled as he walked, these features made him further worried about venturing out from home. Hidden in leaves he was happy, he liked his own company but the need for food, ever present. Chameleon began to worry. One day after an excursion he returned hungry & angry. The animals mocked him again. Something had to be done, so he turned to creator. Creator was shocked at chameleon, he had forgotten about this creation he had made after a heavy night, he instantly took pity & listened to chameleons request. Chameleon simply asked to be invisible. Creator granted his wish & chameleon could choose his appearance depending on the mood at hand, both happy for now, but it did not last too long. Chameleon found that he still needed to walk far to catch his food. His feet did not carry him fast at all & he realised covering distances made him giddy, he went back to creator. Chameleon was bashful to ask another request, after last visit he left happy for what creator had done. As chameleon appeared creator realised that the day he had made chameleon he must have not been well. Chameleons request was promptly met. To this day chameleon remains happy & hidden, his colour changing skin & extendable tongue means he never has to stray far from home.

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This thread on an 1800s Japanese version of the American Revolution is amazing, truly the best Twitter has to offer. You know it is about to be good when it starts picturing G. Washington with the Goddess of America, but it gets better- much, much better.

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The Korean Zombie On UFC Denver Loss: ‘I Am Embarrassed’

“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung did it again on Saturday night, turning his fight with highly touted prospect Yair Rodriguez into an all out war that had fans on the edge of their seats. Unfortunately for Jung, he let a judge’s decision slip away from him with one second left when Rodriguez caught him with a crazy 6-12 elbow, knocking him out (watch it here).

Following the loss and a bill of relatively clean health from the hospital, Jung released this statement on his Facebook page.

“I have no excuse,” he wrote in Korean. “To everyone who has helped me, I’m truly sorry… thank you… to everyone who hates me, congratulations. I am not in a good enough condition to get on a plane so I will spend a few days in the hospital before going back to Korea. I am embarrassed, but I will see you when I get home.”

변명이 없네요.. 나를 도와주신 모든 분들에게 정말 미안하고..감사합니다..나를 싫어하시는 분들에겐 축하드리구요. 아직 비행기 탈 몸상태가 안된다해서 몇일 병원에 입원해있다 한국에 들어가게 됩니다. 부끄럽지만..돌아가서 찾아뵙겠습니다.

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Now let’s be clear here, I cannot read Korean so there’s some wiggle room in that quote. There are multiple English translations of Chan Sung Jung’s message floating around, and they’re all slightly unique. The most noteworthy difference? His last statement. Depending on who you ask, he said “It’s a shame” or “I’m ashamed” or “I am embarrassed.”

Embarrassed? How can a fighter feel embarrassed after such an amazing performance? I personally like “It’s a shame” because yeah, it is a shame you lost with 1 second left. It’s a shame that probably cost you some brain cells. It’s a shame your paycheck will be significantly lower due to the loss. But to feel ashamed or embarrassed? Hells no. That wasn’t embarrassing. That whole fight was awesome, and exactly the kind of performance that made “The Korean Zombie” a must-see commodity way back during his initial rise to fame in 2011.

Yep, it was that long ago. “The Korean Zombie” has only fought twice in the past five years. But now Chan Sung Jung is back. After three years of military service and a year and a half due to a knee injury, we get to see him again. There’s absolutely nothing embarrassing about his performances in any way. And it’d be a shame if he saw it any other way.

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White: ‘I Will Try’ To Make Diaz Vs. Poirier A 5 Round Fight

Dana White has heard your complaints about the UFC 230 main event fiasco, and he wants to make things right.

That’s the message we’re getting from an Instagram exchange White had with a fan in the comments section of a photo.

In case you weren’t aware of the drama, fans have been upset at the UFC for making a lackluster women’s flyweight title fight the headliner at UFC 230, robbing us of a potential five round main event between Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier.

”Dawggg, just make Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier the main event for more PPV buys, happy fans, and do it for the children,” user ApolloTheOne wrote. “People just want good fights and who the f**k doesn’t want to see a 5 round war between Diaz and Poirier? Even you, don’t lie!”

”I do,” White responded. “I said DEAL. I will try to make it.”

Before you get too excited, note that this is nothing more than Dana saying he’ll try. In a buried comment on Instagram. But he is the guy in charge, right? We’re sure he can make it happen if he really wants to.

Of course, when dealing with the Diaz brothers, you know nothing comes for free. Changing the terms of Diaz’s signed 3 round bout agreement would undoubtedly cost the UFC more money … on a card they just financially crippled with a real lame main event.

What do you think, Maniacs? Will the UFC pull this one out of the fire and deliver on five rounds of Diaz vs. Poirier madness?

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Mike Jackson: ‘I Wasn’t Showboating’

In what appears to be a rare case of a fighter having to apologize for a dominant victory, Mike Jackson has found himself on the defensive regarding his three-round blanking of CM Punk in the days since UFC 225.
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