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Bellator On Why UK Fans Got Peppa Pig Instead Of Main Event

Bellator fans in the UK that stayed up til 6AM to see Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald tussle for the middleweight strap were disappointed when the event ran past 6AM and was replaced with an episode of Peppa Pig.

Peppa Pig, as any parent of a child under the age of five knows, is a heavyweight champ in children’s programming. So at least bleary eyed Brits still got to see a top name perform.

After the event, Bellator execs at the California press conference explained what happened.

“Government regulations said at 6AM, that content was not suitable,” Bellator’s David Schwartz said. “They had to switch to children’s programming … Peppa the pig.”

“That’s a hiccup, and we will definitely fix that moving forward,” Bellator head honcho Scott Coker said. “Honestly, we thought that we would be way off the air by the three-hour mark, and that just didn’t happen. We ran over, and Peppa the pig took over. And that’s what happened.”

”Believe me, when it switched over there was a lot of texts going back and forth, and they were not friendly,” he continued. “We were trying to fix it, we thought it was technical glitch, but it wasn’t. It was a government issue. I can promise next time it’s not going to happen. We’ll keep it down to five fights instead of six like we normally do. We tried to over-deliver for the fans, and it’s just an unfortunate situation.”

By all accounts, Bellator 206 was an entertaining show. But complaints about the new DAZN streaming service buffering on various platforms and the slow pacing of the show were also numerous. Going over time was especially strange considering the number of first and second round finishes on the main card. Only the Keri Melendez vs. Dakota Zimmerman fight went to a decision, although a welterweight GP fight between Douglas Lima and Andrey Koeshkov did make it to the fifth round before Lima ended things with a submission.

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Midnight Mania! Dana White tells fighters to become stars themselves instead of begging for money fights

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It’s always a good look when the promoter just tells the fighters that promotion is up to them. That’s precisely what Dana White, the UFC president, did on Sunday after the St. Louis fight card. He was asked how relevant rankings are in the era of the money fight. White’s answer wasn’t completely coherent (via MMAJunkie.com).

“The only reason there are ‘money fights’ is because of the rankings,” White said. “A guy gets into the top 10, and then a guy breaks into the top five. When a guy breaks into the top five, that’s when everybody is interested in him. And when guys talk about money fights, it’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard.

“You know what’s a money fight? Any fight with Conor McGregor is a money fight. There are certain people. Ronda Rousey – any fight with Ronda Rousey is a money fight.”

White may be confusing correlation with causation here. Fighters and fans certainly use rankings as a proxy to assess their place in the division, but what drives those rankings is their wins, which also (along with charisma and a compelling story) drives fan interest, and has done so since long before official UFC rankings were implemented. Dana White then pivots the discussion to the two most recent superstars whose combination of talent, charisma, and a compelling story generated tremendous casual interest. Those are interesting examples, because McGregor’s appeal never relied on rankings. McGregor ultimately had to look outside the UFC for his money fight against Floyd Mayweather. Never taking a step backwards, jumping divisions and even sports to seek the biggest matchup possible, Conor is the poster child of looking for the money fight and being the superstar. This becomes important when reading White’s next quote:

“Build yourself into a star, and you won’t be talking about money fights,” White said. “It’s getting to a point where Conor McGregor has exploded and become so huge that this whole money fight thing came about. And even if you’re not fighting Conor McGregor, you want to be on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star. Don’t worry about Conor McGregor or fighting on Conor McGregor’s card. Become a star yourself.”

White’s comments fall apart on several levels. Firstly because, of course, he, the promoter, is telling fighters if they just promoted themselves they would never lack. It’s both true, and a sad admission of the UFC’s inability to do their core job. UFC viewership is declining across the board and has been for years now, both in terms of pay-per-views (PPVs) and cable TV numbers. McGregor is their only superstar, and his lone boxing match with Floyd Mayweather, along with stringent employee and budget cuts that further atrophied the UFC’s promotional muscle, is the only reason White can claim the UFC had their best year ever.

The Reebok deal both enforces bland uniformity, and works as a disincentive to fighters’ self-branding efforts. That is because, without independent sponsorship money, fighters will only receive about 15% of the gross revenue of whatever self-promotion effort they put forth. With the promotion keeping 85% of the profits, anyone with any level of charisma might as well sell real estate or live off marijuana sponsorships instead.

That’s the really perverse reality under Dana White’s statements: the money is actually there. It’s just being hoarded to undergird the bottom line and, they hope, trigger payouts for the executives and owners. Without a successful lawsuit, legislative action or collective bargaining, that isn’t likely to change anytime soon, either.

It really no coincidence MMA only has a couple stars, much less superstars; fighters really have very little agency, either in terms of matchmaking, or in terms of opportunities to stand out. That’s why only champions really have the opportunity, however obnoxious, to demand money fights. Only holding a belt gives fighters any opportunity, however slim, to try to pick their opponents. Meanwhile, when the promotion does choose to get behind a blond, promising fighter such as Sage Northcutt or Paige VanZant, their efforts can work in terms of building an audience for such athletes- but those lucky few fighters may not actually pan out as championship caliber talent.

Even the ones that have every ingredient for superstardom, such as Francis Ngannou, find themselves criminally underpaid. This is very smart of the UFC and Dana White in the short and medium term, maximizing profit and minimizing cost, but it could be a core reason why their audience is declining long term. Without investment in both properly promoting and paying their fighters, the UFC will most likely continue to see its audience shrink, and the sport it dominates to languish on the sidelines of the mainstream.


Insomnia

Woodley is learning to use his left while his right arm is out of commission

Al Iaquinta Parody- but in all honesty, this is just another amazing fight at lightweight with Paul Felder.

Francis Ngannou will make half a million dollars for his next fight- a good sum by UFC standards, but not even on the same scale as a boxer in a similar situation.

Dustin Poirier is confident 2018 is his year

Nate Diaz has a different focus

Great photoshop work

@stipemiocicufc ‘s twitter lately #ufc220 #stipemiocic vs #ngannou

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pre-Madonna. Jessica Eye would be proud of Colby’s spelling.

Bellator did Douglas Lima and Rory MacDonald dirty. I understand the decision, but they could have at least kept their fighters in the loop about it.

Alexander Gustaffson had a good birthday

Thank u all for all the b-day wishes ❤️ means a lot to an old man

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Kamaru Usman clarifies his 30% comments, but Emil Meek is having none of it:

VanZant said the spinning backfist she threw in the first round was what broke her arm.

This was a tremendous head kick, but Jessica Eye absorbed it and finally snapped her losing streak

Michael Chandler and Kamaru Usman practicing the skill that won Usman his fight: wrestling

Chandler loves his wrestling throws:

Dana White: nerd! (okay, I enjoyed it too)

This is SO BAD ASS!!!!

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Rose Namajunas tweeted this surprising video:

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Joe Rogan is an avid bow hunter

Hashtag just Florida things.

Nate Diaz, a real American ninja.

Super ninja from the Westside

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I mean Tyron Woodley does try this every time, so this doesn’t feel like a reach from Rafael Dos Anjos.

Robert Whittaker dropping out of his fight with Luke Rockhold was one of the saddest things to happen this weekend, but Yoel Romero vs. Luke Rockhold means I can’t be too upset.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

The answer: No. No, he does not.

Highlight reels you can enjoy

MMA veteran Pat Healy retired after this fight.

Invicta puts on a great mix of martial arts:

See this thread for more action like this:

Could be fun:


Podcasts and Video

UFC Fight Night 124 Highlights

The MMA Hour:

Monday Morning Analyst:


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Awwwwwe

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Midnight Mania! Nate Diaz claims UFC offered him title shot ‘in any weight class,’ but he’s going to box instead

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There was a lot going on in this tweet by Nathan Donald Diaz today. Firstly, he said he has been offered a title fight in any weight class. This is part of the ongoing narrative that began when it was rumored Diaz vs. Woodley was in the works for UFC 219. That never materialized, probably because the UFC didn’t offer Diaz enough money. Afterward, Dana White claimed that talks were never serious, that one of their lawyers went off the reservation. Both Diaz and Woodley were quick to call Dana on his shit, Diaz doing it via hilarious video meme.

Shutup bitch. Your both thirsty …. And why is u lying

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Secondly, Diaz says that he’s kool, and he will give them a shot when they do something good. In other words, he isn’t about to give up millions of dollars to fight someone besides Conor McGregor.

Speaking of Conor McGregor …

The last part of the tweet is “On to the next sport for now”, and in case you thought he was referring to water polo, Diaz included two boxing glove emojis. Guess what news got announced earlier today?

Diaz has a history of watching what McGregor does and then imitating that behavior — especially when it comes to boxing. In Diaz’s mind, he’s the original, and McGregor is stealing everything he worked for, motherfucker. He’s the guy who has been sparring high-level boxers since before McGregor got into UFC; he should be the one boxing professionally now.

It’s not clear what opponent Diaz has in mind, if any, but it could be interesting seeing where he, and McGregor for that matter, take things. Dana White has said Zuffa is getting into boxing, but will Nate Diaz be at all interested in being promoted by Zuffa boxing? If he decides to box under another promotion, as is his right under the Ali Act, will the UFC be able to stop him? If McGregor is serious about boxing Manny Pacquiao, are the UFC just going to let him keep the lightweight title while chasing another big-money fight in boxing?


Insomnia

#Neverforget

Justin Gaethje released this statement today:

With Robert Whittaker booked against Rockhold at UFC 221, it’s a good time to bring up how hard he hits again:

It’s always too much to expect for Reebok and UFC to gear their fighters correctly.

Uber Tale of the Tape for Swanson-Ortega tomorrow night:

Gokhan Saki doing recovery exercises …

I will never cease to be impressed with the kind of shape fighters are in:

Matt Brown might stay retired if you buy his exercise equipment …

Always fun when blood is spattering on the commentator’s notes outside the cage:

Gotta love a woman who can fight with vocabulary.

Mackenzie Derrrr … I feel bad for this tasteless joke already.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s strength and conditioning coaches RIP into her weight cut team, blaming them in large part for her poor performance at UFC 217.

Speaking the TRUTH!! #Repost @fightshape_ricci (@get_repost) ・・・ I do my best to stifle negative comments about fightsport colleagues, but, Joanna is one of my favorite fighters. Yet respect to Rose, she is a great fighter & wonderful young woman. Joanna’s skill is superb, conditioning elite as her S&C coach is amongst the best in MMA, if not the best @darustrong. Amongst her skill, Joanna is known for her chin & resiliency so last fight was completely inconsistent with her career (I know anyone can knock out anyone, it’s a fight) I understand fully Joanna became champ with this very weightcut team so I get why blame PA now? Obviously, adjustments need be made as a fighter ages, there are potential metabolic adaptive effects over years of cuts, & fighters like Joanna are so skilled, in such great shape, & so tough, they override shit cuts most of their career. My experience with this weightcut team started on a phone call in which I was belittled & talk down to for an hour, condemnation towards my training & nutritional protocols, particularly my supplement protocol as whey protein, creatine, essential aminos, & even beta-alanine, were considered deleterious to fight performance & inconsistent with their -Holistic Approach- which includes God Dam hummus & pretzels as a valid post-training meal! The result of these holistic practices was a solid camp ending with my fighter in the cage 12Ibs light & unsuccessful title defense, which to this day, I attribute the lost to the absolute worst rehydration protocol I have seen in 2O yrs of full-time MMA practice. Actually, it was quite impressive as i have never seen an athlete’s Biomotor & Cognitive abilities destroyed so well in only 24 hrs. I wish the best for Rose in her title defenses, but will certainly pull diligently for Joanna to get her Belt Back & hope she remodels her metabolism & again achieves optimal fight performance. I’ think it best she is no longer with PA team. To PA Team, my words, treat your peers with decency, & STAY THE F$ CK OUT OF OUR WAY SHOULD I or PHIL DARU have the misfortune of having to collaborate with your arrogance again.

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Apparently it was really awful …

It IS snowing in Houston … but Derrick Lewis has another goal:

Who’s up for this Bellator heavyweight tourney?

T.J. Dillashaw backing the man who once kicked his butt in boxing sparring, Vasyl Lomachenko:

Max Holloway, who said he “Lomachenko’d” Aldo, will be in attendance:

Cannot wait for this!


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Some day, Ronda Rousey is going to come back and fight Mackenzie Dern …

A lot of armbars tonight!

Out cold!

I love this sequence — bounced back up with a spinning backfist:

These do look fun:

This was a nice classic armbar:

It’s the body shot, idiot!

Nice trip …

Defense is the hardest part of striking to learn:


Podcasts and Video

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In my Facebook memories I found this old gem: my first (and only official) amateur MMA fight. I didn’t really know how to strike at this point, as you can see by the way I threw 60 million kicks in the second round, or the way I dropped my hands and ran into the overhand that broke my jaw. It was the only good punch he landed the entire fight, which annoyed me to no end. I also remember everything seeming surreal and feeling like I was punching through jelly … with no power.

Despite Andrew breaking his jaw in this fight he was still able to pull out a 2nd round tko win

Posted by 5th Round Fitness MMA on Sunday, December 8, 2013

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Islam Makhachev Out; Michel Prazeres Faces Mads Burnell at UFC Fight Night 115 Instead

Brazilian lightweight Michel Prazeres was slated to face Islam Makhachev at UFC Fight Night 115 next month, but that is no longer going to happen.
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Islam Makhachev Out; Michel Prazeres Faces Mads Burnell at UFC Fight Night 115 Instead

Brazilian lightweight Michel Prazeres was slated to face Islam Makhachev at UFC Fight Night 115 next month, but that is no longer going to happen.
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Morning Report: Frankie Edgar explains why he’s fighting Yair Rodriguez instead of Ricardo Lamas at UFC 211

Recently, former UFC lightweight champion and current No. 2 featherweight in the world, Frankie Edgar, has exchanged social media messages with the third-ranked Ricardo Lamas about a fight with each other. It was a matchup that had some support among the fans, in part because it would have created a natural challenger for the winner of the Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway title unification bout taking place at UFC 212 in June. However, that fight is not to be. Last week, the UFC announced that Edgar would be taking on rising prospect and ninth-ranked featherweight Yair Rodriguez at UFC 211.

Edgar, who recently signed a new six-fight deal with the UFC, went on The Anik and Florian Podcast on Monday where he explained how the bout with Rodriguez came to be instead of the de facto title eliminator against Lamas.

“I don’t know. I wanted to fight May 13th. I know [Ricardo] Lamas reached out to me on Twitter a couple of times. I was cool with that fight but the UFC looked like they wanted to go in a different direction. They suggested Yair, and I’m pretty easy so I said, ‘Let’s do it. May 13th sounds pretty good to me.’”

Rodriguez is coming off demolishing UFC Hall of Famer B.J. Penn in January and has built a good amount of hype with his flashy, athletic style. He is viewed as one of the best young prospects in the game and many believe he has the potential to be a true star. And while Lamas is an established veteran and former title challenger, Edgar says that the hype behind Rodriguez makes this fight potentially even bigger.

“I don’t know [if it’s a bigger fight]. If it’s any indicator in the buzz I’m getting, I’m definitely getting a lot of buzz. This fight seems like a pretty big fight. People are interested in seeing Yair and testing him against someone like myself. So yeah, the buzz has been great with the media and my social network so maybe it is the bigger fight. To me it doesn’t matter. I’ve still got to show up on May 13th and get the job done.”

The bigger fight also comes with a downside; Edgar is risking a lot by taking a fight with Rodriguez. A win for Rodriguez builds his name even more but a win for Edgar doesn’t necessarily get him back to a title shot. Moreover, young prospects lose all the time but a loss for Edgar, still at the top of the division, may spell the end of his title aspirations. Edgar believes that the UFC is probably hoping for that, agreeing that this fight feels a bit like the UFC is setting him up to lose.

“A little bit. I’d be stupid not to see the picture they’re painting here a little bit. Yair’s kind of in a win-win situation I think. He beats me, that’s great for him, it’s good for the UFC to push a prospect. But if he loses, he wasn’t supposed to win, kind of situation. For me, a lot’s on the line.”

Edgar fights Rodriguez at UFC 211 on May 13th in Dallas, Texas.


MUST-READ STORIES

Rematches. Anderson Silva wants rematches with Nick Diaz and Michael Bisping.

Interim. Yoel Romero wants an interim title fight against Anderson Silva.

Needle mover. Tony Ferguson wants to fight Nate Diaz next.

Hope. Mauricio Rua says he still has title aspirations but knows he’s not next in line.

Bellator. Bellator signed Conor McGregor’s teammate, BJJ ace Dillon Danis.


MEDIA STEW

Monday Morning Analyst.

UFC 210 preview.

Always great to have Skip Bayless talk MMA.

TTTHS.

ACB puts all their fights online. Here’s Robert Whiteford smoking Nam Phan but there are tons of other fights to check out there.

Cody calling TJ a generic version of Cruz.


LISTEN UP

Brit Pack.

Jack Slack.

TFATK.


TWEETS

Lookin’ for a fight.

Timeline.

Aren’t you not a flyweight?

Legends division.

Cain update.

Cash her inside the octagon, only on FightPass.

Cody.

Thanks coach @sixgungibson for the Championship gift!!

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Heel Bisping.

Yoel knows.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Misha Cirkunov (13-2) vs. Volkan Oezdemir (13-1); UFC Fight Night: Stockholm, May 28.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2014: Pat Curran became the Bellator featherweight champion by submitting Daniel Straus at Bellator 112.

2015: Rafael dos Anjos became the UFC lightweight champion, winning a unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis at UFC 185. In the co-main event that evening, Joanna Jedrzejczyk stopped Carla Esparza to become the UFC strawweight championship.


FINAL THOUGHTS

That’s all folks. See y’all tomorrow.


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UFC Suggesting Fighters and Coaches Purchase Fight Pass Instead of Sending Fight Tapes

Cheap Shot

We all know UFC is on the hunt for economy. After the WME-IMG’s 4 billion dollar purchase of the promotion from the Fertitta brothers things have been a bit tight to say the least.  We’ve seen a myriad of “big money” fights and interim titles to garner interest in the casual fan. However there are some amenities a professional sports organization MUST provide, and tape of the rival individual/ team the athlete is facing is one of them.

In a recent twitter post Brandon Gibson (coach at JacksonWinkMMA) let the social media community know that the UFC will no longer be providing coaches and fighters with fight tape and want fight team to purchase UFC fight pass instead in order to study their opponents.

While we all love UFC fight pass, professionals who are in the sport need tape to properly prepare their fighters. Tape provides things like slow motion, the ease of rewind, and other tools fight camps need to adequately study the competition. Now coaches will either have to DVR and edit or hire someone to do it for them.

The UFC use to provide zip drive links to download which lead Brandon Gibson and the Jackson Wink fight team to 3 of the top 10 knockouts of 2016, so we’d like to think they know what they’re talking about.

The question you have to ask yourself is do the ends justify the means? Do a couple of thousand dollars justify making it harder for coaches to prepare their fighters for quality fights? You would think as a business the UFC would want to put out the highest quality product for the least amount of give. The most return for your invest. If you’re viewing it from that sense then this latest move is a real head scratcher. Is the promotion really bleeding that bad?

Hit us up in the comments section below on your views of the latest UFC changes. Should the fighters and coaches just get over it or is this just a little ridiculous.

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Tecia Torres believes UFC should’ve started a women’s flyweight division instead of featherweight

HOUSTON – Tecia Torres talks to the media about her decision win over Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 104, fighting after a 10 month lay off, the possibility of a women’s flyweight division, and much more.

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Tecia Torres believes UFC should’ve started a women’s flyweight division instead of featherweight

HOUSTON – Tecia Torres talks to the media about her decision win over Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 104, fighting after a 10 month lay off, the possibility of a women’s flyweight division, and much more.

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Tecia Torres believes UFC should’ve started a women’s flyweight division instead of featherweight

HOUSTON – Tecia Torres talks to the media about her decision win over Bec Rawlings at UFC Fight Night 104, fighting after a 10 month lay off, the possibility of a women’s flyweight division, and much more.

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