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Did Joanna Jedrzejczyk Just Get Screwed by the UFC?

It’s tough being a former champ, and that’s probably especially true if you’re Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The former queen of the strawweight division put the new weight class on the map, and beat nearly everyone put before her. She also got to be the center of the UFC universe – or at least a part of it – and entire cards were erected around her fights.

Now, she’s offered match-ups, and after she agrees to them, they get snatched away and given to others.

In case you didn’t know, the UFC was struggling to find a title fight for UFC 230, and nothing was coming together for the Madison Square Garden show. Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, was supposedly going to take on Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight title at UFC 231. Then came the ol’ switcheroo, and now Shevchenko will scrap against Sijara Eubanks for that belt. Where does that leave the former strawweight champ?

In the cold, apparently.

And she’s a little peeved about it. As per an Instagram post:

 

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Did Joanna Jedrzejczyk Just Get Screwed by the UFC?

It’s tough being a former champ, and that’s probably especially true if you’re Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

The former queen of the strawweight division put the new weight class on the map, and beat nearly everyone put before her. She also got to be the center of the UFC universe – or at least a part of it – and entire cards were erected around her fights.

Now, she’s offered match-ups, and after she agrees to them, they get snatched away and given to others.

In case you didn’t know, the UFC was struggling to find a title fight for UFC 230, and nothing was coming together for the Madison Square Garden show. Jedrzejczyk, meanwhile, was supposedly going to take on Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant flyweight title at UFC 231. Then came the ol’ switcheroo, and now Shevchenko will scrap against Sijara Eubanks for that belt. Where does that leave the former strawweight champ?

In the cold, apparently.

And she’s a little peeved about it. As per an Instagram post:

 

View this post on Instagram

 

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Nick Diaz Just Got Hit With Another Felony Charge

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight title contender and longtime mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran, Nick Diaz, is taking his licks from the Clark County District Attorney’s office — and his case hasn’t even gone to trial yet.

Diaz, 34, was hit with a second felony charge on Tuesday (July 10, 2018) when prosecutors filed an amended complaint, which now includes a felony count of battery constituting domestic violence by strangulation and felony battery domestic violence resulting in substantial bodily harm.

“We were surprised that the state filed an amended complaint in court this morning given that there is no new evidence that would warrant adding charges,” attorney Ross Goodman told MMAjunkie.com. “Regardless, we are confident that that truth will come to light vindicating Mr. Diaz after a thorough cross-examination exposing inconsistent and contradictory allegations.”

Diaz was arrested back on May 24 after allegedly injuring a female acquaintance. He was arrested and initially charged with felony domestic battery, but later released on $ 18,000 bond. UFC has frozen his contract and will not take any action until the legal process is complete, stressing its code of conduct while also citing the right to due process (read the full statement here).

The Stockton slugger has not competed since his 2015 no contest opposite Anderson Silva.

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Did Drake Just Namedrop Max Holloway?

A lyric in the song ‘8 Out Of 10’ from Drake’s new album ‘Scorpion’ sure sounds like it’s talking about ‘Blessed’

Did R&B / hip hop superstar Drake namedrop UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in his latest album, Scorpion?

Drake has made several appearances backstage at UFC events and even introduced Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather to the crowd during the Toronto stop of their world tour. But does his knowledge of cage fighting extend to “Blessed?”

Here’s the lyrics in question, from the song ‘8 Out Of 10’:

“Max said they only bless when they attached to you
The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ to
And the product is still the best though
It’s only good in my city because I said so
Just to fit the estate man, I had to cop a feel like presto, voilà, tada
Never a matter of ‘could I?’ or ‘should I?’
Kiss my son on the forehead then kiss your ass goodbye
As luck would have it I’ve settled into my role as the good guy
I guess luck is on your side”

And Max’s response when asked about it: a shrug emoji.

Either way, the featherweight champ is into it, which is unsurprising considering he walked out to a Big Sean song featuring Drake for his fight against Jose Aldo at UFC 218.

The UFC was also quick to jump on it in a bid to promote Holloway’s title defense against the extremely dangerous Brian “T-City” Ortega at UFC 226 on July 7th.

Listen to the track yourself:

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Did Drake Just Namedrop Max Holloway?

A lyric in the song ‘8 Out Of 10’ from Drake’s new album ‘Scorpion’ sure sounds like it’s talking about ‘Blessed’

Did R&B / hip hop superstar Drake namedrop UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway in his latest album, Scorpion?

Drake has made several appearances backstage at UFC events and even introduced Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather to the crowd during the Toronto stop of their world tour. But does his knowledge of cage fighting extend to “Blessed?”

Here’s the lyrics in question, from the song ‘8 Out Of 10’:

“Max said they only bless when they attached to you
The only deadbeats is whatever beats I been rappin’ to
And the product is still the best though
It’s only good in my city because I said so
Just to fit the estate man, I had to cop a feel like presto, voilà, tada
Never a matter of ‘could I?’ or ‘should I?’
Kiss my son on the forehead then kiss your ass goodbye
As luck would have it I’ve settled into my role as the good guy
I guess luck is on your side”

And Max’s response when asked about it: a shrug emoji.

Either way, the featherweight champ is into it, which is unsurprising considering he walked out to a Big Sean song featuring Drake for his fight against Jose Aldo at UFC 218.

The UFC was also quick to jump on it in a bid to promote Holloway’s title defense against the extremely dangerous Brian “T-City” Ortega at UFC 226 on July 7th.

Listen to the track yourself:

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Anastasia Yankova Staying Positive After First Career Defeat: ‘This Is Just the Beginning’

Anastasia Yankova tasted defeat for the first time in her young MMA career last week, as she dropped a unanimous decision to Kate Jackson at Bellator 200 in London.
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Kamaru Usman Lobbies for Title Shot: ‘I Just Dominated Maia Better Than Tyron Woodley’

Kamaru Usman has compiled one of the quietest eight-bout UFC winning streaks in recent memory, but he has big plans after earning the signature victory of his career.
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Kamaru Usman Lobbies for Title Shot: ‘I Just Dominated Maia Better Than Tyron Woodley’

Kamaru Usman has compiled one of the quietest eight-bout UFC winning streaks in recent memory, but he has big plans after earning the signature victory of his career.
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King Mo Just Wants To ‘Whup Some Ass’ In San Jose

Bellator 199: “Bader vs. King Mo” takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., this Saturday night (May 12, 2018), featuring a main event between Ryan Bader (24-5) against Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC) in the final fight in the opening round of the promotion’s Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.

This bout was originally scheduled for Bellator 180 in June 2017 before the open-weight grand prix event was ever even announced. After Lawal was forced out with an injury, Bader faced — and defeated — Phil Davis instead, taking his Bellator Light Heavyweight title in the process. It’s a new year and a new fight now with a whole lot more for both men at stake. For Lawal, in particular, the benefits of a win are tremendous — he’d advance to a second round fight with Matt Mitrione and have instant credibility to get a world title shot against Bader in a rematch where the champion would already know “King Mo” had his number once before.

MMAmania.com recently spoke with “King Mo” about the unique opportunity ahead of him at SAP Center on Saturday night, which won’t feel real for Lawal until the cage door closes.

“I guess I’ll feel good once it happens, you know what I’m saying? I’m just waiting for [fight] week to hurry up and come — and pass.”

In truth, Lawal is so anxious for this fight to come he couldn’t care less whether it’s the Heavyweight Grand Prix, Light Heavyweight … or any weight. He just wants to scrap.

“To be honest with you it’s (just) a fight. Like people like to be — I don’t give a damn who I’m fighting, man. A fight’s a fight, man. It can be Bader, it can be Fedor, it can be whoever man. I’m gonna train hard, I’m gonna train smart, I’m gonna come whup that ass.”

Even though a “fight’s a fight” there’s a little extra hot sauce on this one since beating Bader could also earn Lawal a future 205-pound title shot. In Mo’s mind, though, why wait and do it again later?

“Like if I beat him at walk around weight, why should I even go down? Once I beat Bader they should go ahead and just — he should forfeit the title to me anyway.”

Lawal is adamant on the subject of weight, even going so far as to claim he never cuts weight.

“I never cut weight. Even when I fight 205, I never cut weight. (*scoffs*) Like I just show up man! Look, when I fought Cro Cop, I weighed 210. When I fought Quinton Jackson, I weighed 210. When I fought Ishii, I weighed 210, man, so like … like making weight, I don’t care. Weight don’t mean nothing, man. He can be (as) big as he wants. When the cage closes, all that is forgotten about.”

On paper, it’s a battle between two Division I All-American wrestlers — Lawal at Oklahoma State and Bader at Arizona State. “King Mo” couldn’t care less — he crumpled up that paper and threw it away.

“It’s a fight, so I’m gonna go out there and punch him in his mouth. How should I respond? If he backs up, like yo I’ll punch him in his mouth. If he comes forward, I’m gonna punch more (and) make his ass back up. And if he wants to make it a wrestling match, we can make it a wrestling match, man. Like everybody’s like … it’s a fight you, know what I’m saying? All we can do is see what happens when the cage closes.”

Some readers may be reminded of the “Rampage vs. King Mo” fight last year by Lawal’s demeanor, only this time around Lawal isn’t cracking any jokes. According to Lawal, all fights feel the same way.

“I’ve always had that feeling. Real fighters do whatever it takes to win. So it can be an ugly fight, it can be a pretty fight, it can be a fast fight, it can be a long fight. A fight’s a fight, man.”

One fight that’s not “a fight,” though, is Bellator 154 at the same venue in San Jose. To this day, Lawal is still convinced that he beat Phil Davis in that main event.

“Everybody knows I won, you know what I’m saying? Phil Davis got booed, you know what I’m saying? Everybody at ringside had me winning, media had me winning … you know what I’m saying? Like — I don’t know what the judges were looking at. Phil didn’t do nothing in the third round (and) I won the first two rounds.”

There may be a little poetic justice for “King Mo” to return to the same venue almost three years to the day if he can go out there and blast his way through Bader — or at least put on a better show than Lawal thinks Davis and Bader put on in MSG.

“The only people that lost in that fight between Phil Davis and Ryan Bader was the fans! Would you watch that fight again? Would you watch them fight for that third time? You saw the first one they fought. Okay. They showed each other too much respect. Which I UNDERSTAND, they’re both high level, but I never saw Bader be like, ‘You know what? Fuck it, I’m gonna come forward and swing.’ I never saw Phil go ‘You know what? I’m just gonna punch his ass in the mouth, fuck it.’ You know what I’m saying? They was like, ‘Okay, he hits hard, I’m gonna be cautious. I’m gonna watch out for that takedown, cautious.’”

The bottom line for Lawal is that he’s not going to be cautious in the “Shark Tank” this weekend, nor when it comes to his fight career in general.

“If I could fight every month I would, but injuries prevent that and the people that are available to fight prevent that. I’m just cool with winning this tournament, man. It doesn’t matter to me … just keep me busy.”

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will be plenty busy with Ryan “Darth” Bader on Saturday night.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Bader vs. King Mo” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

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Adrenaline Is A Hell Of A Drug (Just Don’t Die Out There)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is roughly 48 hours away from its upcoming UFC on FOX 29: “Poirier vs. Gaethje” mixed martial arts (MMA) event, which takes place this Saturday night (April 14, 2018) inside Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

As the title suggests, UFC on FOX 29 will be headlined by the lightweight showdown pitting Dustin Poirier against Justin Gaethje, in what is widely-expected to be one of the best fights of the year, stylistically speaking.

There is a reason they call Gaethje “The Highlight.”

“I know he’s gonna try to hurt me on Saturday and I’m gonna try to do the same,” the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) import said. “That’s what I signed up for. Adrenaline is a hell of a drug and my adrenaline is pumping. This is going to be the most exciting live event in the world on Saturday. If you’re there, you’re gonna remember it for the rest of your life.”

Especially if someone dies, which is why Poirier may take his foot off the gas.

“The Diamond” recognizes what Gaethje brings to the table and has to fight the temptation to get sucked into a war. Not only because it increases the chance of a flash knockout, but also because bloodbaths tend to scramble the brains and shorten careers.

“I want to be a world champion. I’m not going out there looking to see who’s willing to lose more blood, because I’ll die out there,” Poirier said. “I know I would, but I don’t want that. I want to go in there and have a smooth fight and show my skill.”

Combined, they have a staggering 33 finishes — 25 of them knockouts.

Poirier (22-5, 1 NC) is coming off a violent submission win over Anthony Pettis at UFC Fight Night 120, good enough for a “Fight of the Night” performance bonus. Not surprisingly, Gaethje (18-1) earned the same bonus — worth $ 50,000 — in his UFC 218 war against Eddie Alvarez. Could we see “Fight of the Decade” this Saturday in Glendale?

That’s up to Poirier.

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