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Video: Michael Bisping Says Max Holloway Looks ‘A Little Sleepy’ During UFC Tonight Interview

Something wasn’t right with Max Holloway this week, and Michael Bisping noticed it before the featherweight champion pulled out of UFC 226.
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Video: Michael Bisping Says Max Holloway Looks ‘A Little Sleepy’ During UFC Tonight Interview

Something wasn’t right with Max Holloway this week, and Michael Bisping noticed it before the featherweight champion pulled out of UFC 226.
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Joe Rogan Feels Bad About That Post-Fight Interview With Cormier

Daniel Cormier got messed up pretty badly by the kick Jon Jones fed him – so much so that Cormier was stumbling around the Octagon during the announcement by Bruce Buffer of the official result. And those tears that flowed unbidden when Joe Rogan stuck a microphone in his face? Yeesh. That was cringeworthy. Rogan […]

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Joe Rogan Feels Bad About That Post-Fight Interview With Cormier

Daniel Cormier got messed up pretty badly by the kick Jon Jones fed him – so much so that Cormier was stumbling around the Octagon during the announcement by Bruce Buffer of the official result. And those tears that flowed unbidden when Joe Rogan stuck a microphone in his face? Yeesh. That was cringeworthy. Rogan […]

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Tyron Woodley, Stephen Thompson get testy in interview: ‘Why you gotta be so mean?’

Tyron Woodley and Stephen Thompson just turned up the promotion game.

The relationship between the two, even going back to before they fought at UFC 205, has been mostly cordial and respectful. It got pretty tense, though, in an interview Thursday on ESPN.

Woodley said it was funny that Thompson is considered the better striker since he outstruck him back in November in what ended up being a majority draw. Thompson replied that Woodley only hit him two times that did any damage. Woodley countered that he dropped him four times, which Thompson tried to laugh off as being untrue.

“That’s how you know your head is so shook,” Woodley said. “You got knocked down four times. How I hit you twice and you got knocked down four times?”

Thompson replied: “Four times? … That’s in the past, though.”

“Your math is off,” Woodley fired back. “Maybe you should have went to college.”

Both men, who will meet in the main event of UFC 209 on Saturday night in Las Vegas, still agreed that things were not personal between them. Woodley just wants to defend his UFC welterweight title and Thompson wants to take it from him.

“Why you gotta be so mean, man?” Thompson joked after the trash talk. “This guy is so mean.”

Woodley laughed, but said Thompson is the one who is always talking. Thompson said he’s going out there to prove he’s the best 170-pound fighter in the world, to which Woodley replied: “You’re going out there to fool yourself.”

Another thing they could both agree on: neither was pleased with the draw at UFC 205.

“It wasn’t the victory that I wanted to have and now we’re dong it again,” Woodley said. “I’m gonna let those 4-ounce gloves do the talking.”

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Midnight Mania! Daniel Cormier forces Rumble to stand during interview

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Daniel Cormier getting petty with Anthony Johnson, one last Fedor vs. Mitrione preview, Jorge Masvidal highlighting his backyard brawler days, regional MMA highlights including LFA4, Joanna Jedrzejczyk on a date, and much more.


Insomnia

Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson are gearing up to rematch at UFC 210. Given Johnson’s power, this is always a high-risk fight for DC, but he hasn’t let that get to him. Clearly.

Fedor is a candidate for GOAT status. Tomorrow night will show us if he can still pull out a good performance against a quality opponent.

That Bellator hype is perhaps the reason for this:

Jorge Masvidal reminds us how he got his nickname.

They would have beautiful, savage babies.

Speaking of women’s strawweight, Angela Hill may have a point. She gave Andrade a much harder fight than Penne or Calderwood, and she isn’t in the rankings. These rankings don’t mean that much, though, given that Valerie Letourneau isn’t even in the UFC any more.

Two of the greatest boxers and self-promoters in history. Vastly disparate historical context and impact aside, which is better pound for pound?

KRYLOV TOO?? What is the UFC doing exactly cutting all these talented young fighters?


Slips, Rips and KO Clips

Roy Jones Jr. can still find opponents to style on, but he’s scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point.

Got a fighter in the audience

This was not competitive.

Ask Jordan Mein if these always work out.

This was egregious.

Gotta love Muay Thai in MMA gloves.


Podcasts and Video

The Joe Rogan Experience

Luke Thomas weighs in on Cyborg’s situation

Why Edmond Tarverdyan isn’t in Travis Browne’s corner:


Quick Hits

  • MVP’s actual next opponent has been revealed
  • Cyborg has been exonerated with a Retroactive Therapeutic Use Exemption. All is forgiven, all is good. Nothing to see here, moving on.


Random Land

Read about how carrots became orange (It’s because of the Prince of Orange, which is because of the city of Orange, which is because of the color orange, which is because of the fruit orange… just read about it)


Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Nate Diaz walks out on interview with CNBC

“Who gives a f*ck? What the f*ck is this the money channel?”

In another colorful and profane interview with Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz, the two UFC fighters promoted their upcoming fight at UFC 196 on CNBC on Friday.

After some early small talk, McGregor said he’ll get paid Saturday night, revealing he’ll “breeze past” the $ 10 million mark for the fight. Diaz wouldn’t disclose his salary.

“The main thing to succeed in the game is to either be me or fight me. Everything else is peanuts,” McGregor said.

Diaz looked annoyed throughout much of the questioning, but it was a question about how the UFC can compete with the NBA and the NHL that pushed the Stockton native past the breaking point.

Diaz responded, “next question,” then took his mic off during the next question and walked off the set. Watch the exchange below.

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The Samurai Returns: An Interview With ‘King of the Cage’ Prospect Gabe Sagman


(via King of the Cage)

By Brian J. D’Souza

The professional MMA landscape in Ontario is pretty barren due to a lack of shows, so what do talented fighters do in order to progress their careers? In the case of my Toronto BJJ teammates who fight MMA, just like previous generations of Ontario-based fighters, they end up having to travel in order to get fights.

One such individual is Gabe “Samurai” Sagman (1-1) who is heading 2700 kilometers (that’s 1468 miles for you yanks) to Calgary, Alberta to face Keegan Oliver (3-4) this Friday at King of the Cage: Wrecking Ball. Gabe last fought in November 2014, so he’s primed and ready to get his momentum back.

“For the past month and a half, I’ve been training really hard,” says Gabe.

Check out Brian’s full interview after the jump.

I have had a unique perspective, because I trained alongside Gabe at Toronto BJJ under MMA coach, former UFC veteran Claude Patrick.

One thing that makes Gabe special is that he’s a consummate professional at his trade, a man who coaches and teammates know they can expect to see show up time and time again. There’s no excuses, or story or evasion of the job at hand—just a record of nearly-perfect attendance.

Skilled in all areas of MMA, Gabe has a plan to dispatch Keegan Oliver.

“I want to get in there—ideally, use my movement, out-strike the guy. If there’s an opening for me to take him down, I’ll take it. Obviously my strength is on the ground,” says the Ribeiro BJJ brown belt.

As MMA fighters have morphed into athletes, the conditioning routine Gabe follows outside of his Muay Thai, wrestling or jiu-jitsu training is also worth noting. Working out with his brother, Reuben, Gabe does an impressive array of exercises designed to give him a mix of strength and explosiveness.

What I learned from Gabe is that a person has to do the maximum preparation. It’s impossible to predict the future, but the harder you work, the luckier you get. He’s got the tools to win and that’s backed by his heart.

Says Gabe, “I’m putting on a great show, I’m coming to fight.”

Brian J. D’Souza is the author of the critically acclaimed book Pound for Pound: The Modern Gladiators of Mixed Martial Arts. You can check out an excerpt right here.

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Video: Jake Ellenberger caught fibbing about Donald Trump vote in hysterical Jimmy Kimmel ‘Lie Witness News’ interview

Jugs appears at the 1:50 mark.

Fake Ellenberger?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Jake Ellenberger claims he voted for Donald Trump this week during “Super Tuesday,” when several U.S. states hold primary elections. Unfortunately, California wasn’t one of them, which is why this video is so hilarious.

Reporter: Did you vote this morning on Super Tuesday?

Ellenberger: I did.

Reporter: Who did you vote for?

Ellenberger: Donald Trump.

Reporter: What was that voting experience like for you?

Ellenberger: It was pretty smooth.

Reporter: Did you have to pay a little bit? They were charging $ 5 at the door.

Ellenberger: Yeah.

Reporter: What were you charged, $ 5 or $ 10?

Ellenberger: $ 10.

Ellenberger was last seen dropping a unanimous decision to Tarec Saffiedine at the UFC on FOX 18 event back in January. “The Juggernaut” is just 1-5 dating back to 2013, but based on this video, there’s a good chance he believes he won the “Sponge” fight and is actually 5-1.

FEEL THE BERN.

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Bellator 149 interview: Fresher, more dangerous, Linton Vassell ready to settle score with Emanuel Newton

Bellator 149: “Shamrock vs. Gracie 3″ brings an explosive mixed martial arts (MMA) card to Toyota Center in Houston, Texas, this Friday night (Feb. 19, 2016). In the main event of the evening, MMA legends Ken Shamrock and Royce Gracie will collide in a trilogy match, while Kimbo Slice and Dada 5000 will slug it out in Spike TV’s Heavyweight co-main event.

Linton Vassell and Emanuel Newton is another intriguing fight set for the main card, a rematch between from Bellator 130 that saw ”Hardcore Kid” prevail in a Light Heavyweight title defense, submitting “The Swarm” in the fifth and final round via rear-naked choke.

That’s a result Vassell (15-5, 1 NC) would surely like to avenge, but Newton (25-9-1) is no easy win for any opponent — he has only been knocked out once and submitted three times in 35 professional fights.

Vassell recently spoke with MMAmania.com about his big rematch with Newton this weekend, revealing that his fans have been clamoring for this one to happen.

“After we fought at the first fight they were like, ‘Aww when are you gonna have your rematch?’ That’s the only fight they’ve been asking me for. ‘When are you gonna fight Emanuel? When are you gonna fight Emanuel? Rematch! Rematch!’ They wanted it the most and it looks like they’re actually getting it.”

It’s understandable that fans are excited given Vassell took Newton into the championship rounds and claimed his title in the process. Vassell gave me his own scorecards for the fight.

“I’ll say I was three rounds ahead. Going into the fourth round I’ll say he can have that round, and then in the fifth is where he obviously beat me. So if that went to points, I’d be the champion now.”

If the rematch played out the same way as their first match, Vassell believes he’d take home the win at Toyota Center.

“Oh definitely! Yeah definitely! It’s not five rounds it’s three rounds. If it’s there like the last fight we had, them three rounds are mine, so y’know I see it going exactly the same way to be honest.”

Vassell may also be fresher in the rematch given he won’t have to fly in from the United Kingdom on fight week.

“It’s not a factor now because I’m currently in Florida (with the Blackzilians). I’ve been here now for seven weeks, so I only have to get a flight from Florida to Houston, which is just a couple of hours. It don’t take it out of me now cause I’m not doing those 14- to 15-hour flights like I was before, and I done that in my last fight I had. This time I’m going to be more than ready and be fresh and right ready to go.”

In fact, to hear Vassell tell it, the training he’s getting now with the Blackzilians makes him more dangerous than he has ever been in his Bellator career.

“I’ve been here now (with the Blackzilians) for just over a year. It’s a great team and I’ve really found my home here. They have people coming in day-in, day-out so I’m getting some great sparring in.”

The main event of “Shamrock vs. Gracie 3″ has a special appeal for Vassell because he shares some personal history with Royce Gracie.

“I’ve grown up watching both of those guys, y’know in UFC 1 through 3 and so on. I actually met (Royce) Gracie when I first started out. I met him, we rolled, and he actually gave me my first blue belt after we rolled. It’s going to be amazing to fight on the same night as their fight.”

Finally, I wanted to know if Vassell thinks the American fans have taken to him after being part of the promotion dating back to his fight with Matt Jones at Bellator 107 and how it compares to the fans back home.

“I’ve got a great reception, y’know the fan response has been great. I have a lot of fun for them so I’m feeling the love. My fans back at home (are) always on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, messaging me after the fight (ends). They’re very very loyal fans that way.”

If they stay up late this Friday night, they’re sure to see another classic bout between “The Swarm” and “Hardcore Kid.”

Complete audio of our interview is below and complete Bellator MMA coverage can be found right here on fight night.

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