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Fallout: Chokes, Referees, and Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson Talking Major Trash

UFC Fight Night 112 saw some major controversy in the main event. The fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was anticipated to be a high stakes game between two fighters hoping to enter title contention with a win Sunday night. But instead of everyone speaking on how great the main event was, everyone is talking about Mario Yamasaki’s supposed “flub.”

Watch the fight the first time around, it appeared that Michael Chiesa was still conscious and willing to continue his grudge match again Kevin Lee. Yamasaki intervened and called the fight which seemed to many observers to be an early stoppage. Here’s the thing about being a ref: it’s an absolutely thankless job. No one appreciates what these refs have to go through with each and every fight they have to call. The thing about this fight was that it was apparent in multiple viewings that Michael Chiesa was on his way to blacking out completely.

The choke was locked in tight, there was thirty plus seconds left, Lee was cranking his choke and Chiesa’s arms went limp, eyes fading and rolling back into his head, a clear response from a blood choke rather than a wind choke. With Yamasaki on top of the action he had the best view out of anyone present. Rather than letting Chiesa go out like a “warrior” Yamasaki instead stopped the match. Sure, we want fighters to be given a chance at victory, at accomplishing the goals they’ve been obsessed with for weeks of training. Problem is that their ego can get in the way of their health at times and that’s what the refs are there for. As a result we have an angry fighter, angry fans, and people cursing the ref for his utter stupidity. Funny thing is, while the tough call may not be the most popular, Yamasaki had a job to do, did what he thought was right and shouldn’t be demonized for it.

On a side note, I never knew I wanted a Kevin Lee versus Tony Ferguson fight before last night. Ferguson congratulated Lee like a true class act, but the brash Detroit native took things a different way. In true McGregor form, Lee wasted no time in his additional time on television as he relegated the rest of the lightweight division as chumps and potentially set up a match between himself and Ferguson.

It was entertaining as hell and is just the kind of thing you want to see if you’re the UFC. Two personalities clashing making for a potentially exciting grudge match in the cage. It’ll sell and at the end of the day this sport is a business. Dollars and cents rule the day and Kevin Lee is setting himself up nicely to start making a nice profit.

What are your biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 112?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Fallout: Chokes, Referees, and Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson Talking Major Trash

UFC Fight Night 112 saw some major controversy in the main event. The fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was anticipated to be a high stakes game between two fighters hoping to enter title contention with a win Sunday night. But instead of everyone speaking on how great the main event was, everyone is talking about Mario Yamasaki’s supposed “flub.”

Watch the fight the first time around, it appeared that Michael Chiesa was still conscious and willing to continue his grudge match again Kevin Lee. Yamasaki intervened and called the fight which seemed to many observers to be an early stoppage. Here’s the thing about being a ref: it’s an absolutely thankless job. No one appreciates what these refs have to go through with each and every fight they have to call. The thing about this fight was that it was apparent in multiple viewings that Michael Chiesa was on his way to blacking out completely.

The choke was locked in tight, there was thirty plus seconds left, Lee was cranking his choke and Chiesa’s arms went limp, eyes fading and rolling back into his head, a clear response from a blood choke rather than a wind choke. With Yamasaki on top of the action he had the best view out of anyone present. Rather than letting Chiesa go out like a “warrior” Yamasaki instead stopped the match. Sure, we want fighters to be given a chance at victory, at accomplishing the goals they’ve been obsessed with for weeks of training. Problem is that their ego can get in the way of their health at times and that’s what the refs are there for. As a result we have an angry fighter, angry fans, and people cursing the ref for his utter stupidity. Funny thing is, while the tough call may not be the most popular, Yamasaki had a job to do, did what he thought was right and shouldn’t be demonized for it.

On a side note, I never knew I wanted a Kevin Lee versus Tony Ferguson fight before last night. Ferguson congratulated Lee like a true class act, but the brash Detroit native took things a different way. In true McGregor form, Lee wasted no time in his additional time on television as he relegated the rest of the lightweight division as chumps and potentially set up a match between himself and Ferguson.

It was entertaining as hell and is just the kind of thing you want to see if you’re the UFC. Two personalities clashing making for a potentially exciting grudge match in the cage. It’ll sell and at the end of the day this sport is a business. Dollars and cents rule the day and Kevin Lee is setting himself up nicely to start making a nice profit.

What are your biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 112?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Fallout: Chokes, Referees, and Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson Talking Major Trash

UFC Fight Night 112 saw some major controversy in the main event. The fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was anticipated to be a high stakes game between two fighters hoping to enter title contention with a win Sunday night. But instead of everyone speaking on how great the main event was, everyone is talking about Mario Yamasaki’s supposed “flub.”

Watch the fight the first time around, it appeared that Michael Chiesa was still conscious and willing to continue his grudge match again Kevin Lee. Yamasaki intervened and called the fight which seemed to many observers to be an early stoppage. Here’s the thing about being a ref: it’s an absolutely thankless job. No one appreciates what these refs have to go through with each and every fight they have to call. The thing about this fight was that it was apparent in multiple viewings that Michael Chiesa was on his way to blacking out completely.

The choke was locked in tight, there was thirty plus seconds left, Lee was cranking his choke and Chiesa’s arms went limp, eyes fading and rolling back into his head, a clear response from a blood choke rather than a wind choke. With Yamasaki on top of the action he had the best view out of anyone present. Rather than letting Chiesa go out like a “warrior” Yamasaki instead stopped the match. Sure, we want fighters to be given a chance at victory, at accomplishing the goals they’ve been obsessed with for weeks of training. Problem is that their ego can get in the way of their health at times and that’s what the refs are there for. As a result we have an angry fighter, angry fans, and people cursing the ref for his utter stupidity. Funny thing is, while the tough call may not be the most popular, Yamasaki had a job to do, did what he thought was right and shouldn’t be demonized for it.

On a side note, I never knew I wanted a Kevin Lee versus Tony Ferguson fight before last night. Ferguson congratulated Lee like a true class act, but the brash Detroit native took things a different way. In true McGregor form, Lee wasted no time in his additional time on television as he relegated the rest of the lightweight division as chumps and potentially set up a match between himself and Ferguson.

It was entertaining as hell and is just the kind of thing you want to see if you’re the UFC. Two personalities clashing making for a potentially exciting grudge match in the cage. It’ll sell and at the end of the day this sport is a business. Dollars and cents rule the day and Kevin Lee is setting himself up nicely to start making a nice profit.

What are your biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 112?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Fallout: Chokes, Referees, and Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson Talking Major Trash

UFC Fight Night 112 saw some major controversy in the main event. The fight between Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee was anticipated to be a high stakes game between two fighters hoping to enter title contention with a win Sunday night. But instead of everyone speaking on how great the main event was, everyone is talking about Mario Yamasaki’s supposed “flub.”

Watch the fight the first time around, it appeared that Michael Chiesa was still conscious and willing to continue his grudge match again Kevin Lee. Yamasaki intervened and called the fight which seemed to many observers to be an early stoppage. Here’s the thing about being a ref: it’s an absolutely thankless job. No one appreciates what these refs have to go through with each and every fight they have to call. The thing about this fight was that it was apparent in multiple viewings that Michael Chiesa was on his way to blacking out completely.

The choke was locked in tight, there was thirty plus seconds left, Lee was cranking his choke and Chiesa’s arms went limp, eyes fading and rolling back into his head, a clear response from a blood choke rather than a wind choke. With Yamasaki on top of the action he had the best view out of anyone present. Rather than letting Chiesa go out like a “warrior” Yamasaki instead stopped the match. Sure, we want fighters to be given a chance at victory, at accomplishing the goals they’ve been obsessed with for weeks of training. Problem is that their ego can get in the way of their health at times and that’s what the refs are there for. As a result we have an angry fighter, angry fans, and people cursing the ref for his utter stupidity. Funny thing is, while the tough call may not be the most popular, Yamasaki had a job to do, did what he thought was right and shouldn’t be demonized for it.

On a side note, I never knew I wanted a Kevin Lee versus Tony Ferguson fight before last night. Ferguson congratulated Lee like a true class act, but the brash Detroit native took things a different way. In true McGregor form, Lee wasted no time in his additional time on television as he relegated the rest of the lightweight division as chumps and potentially set up a match between himself and Ferguson.

It was entertaining as hell and is just the kind of thing you want to see if you’re the UFC. Two personalities clashing making for a potentially exciting grudge match in the cage. It’ll sell and at the end of the day this sport is a business. Dollars and cents rule the day and Kevin Lee is setting himself up nicely to start making a nice profit.

What are your biggest takeaways from UFC Fight Night 112?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Instagram, Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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‘Upset’ Kevin Lee says Michael Chiesa took mom comments the wrong way, reflects back on brawl

DALLAS – Kevin Lee speaks to the media at UFC 210 about his brawl with Michael Chiesa at the UFC Summer Kickoff Press Conference, Daniel Cormier vs. Jon Jones, his relationship with Al Iaquinta, and much more.

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Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson on how he fares in rematches: ‘Ask Kevin Burns’

Anthony Johnson knows the prevailing line of thinking about his UFC 210 rematch with Daniel Cormier.

“Rumble,” of course, squared off with Cormier in a UFC 187 match to fill the vacant UFC light heavyweight title. Cormier took the acclaimed knockout artist’s best shot, survived, and went on to win via submission in the third round.

So Johnson understands why the average fan might look at this matchup and wonder how it might play out any differently.

And to that, he has a simple retort: Kevin Burns.

“Ask Kevin Burns what happened when he had a second fight with me,” Johnson (22-5) said at Thursday’s open workouts in Buffalo.

Johnson’s 2008 matchups with Burns, a fighter who would otherwise be forgotten by now, was seemingly a lifetime ago, when “Rumble” fought at welterweight.

But the series represents the only time in 27 fights Johnson has rematched an opponent until Saturday night’s meeting with DC in at KeyBank Center.

In the first fight, Johnson lost a highly controversial TKO to Burns after several fouls, including one of the nastiest eye pokes you’ll ever see, which most felt should have resulted in a disqualification of Burns. In the rematch, Johnson all but knocked Burns’s skull into the crowd in Las Vegas with a ruthless third-round head kick.

“We’re going to see how everything plays out,” Johnson said. “I don’t think I’ve ever felt this loose, I don’t think I’ve ever felt this great. I’m happy, I’m focused. It’s the second opportunity for me and it’s not good for the other person. Ask Kevin Burns.”

Of course, Burns is no Cormier, and Johnson isn’t taking the only opponent who has defeated him in his past 13 fights lightly. And while Johnson insists he’s no one-trick pony, he admits it would be extra sweet if he made Cormier (18-1) his 17th career knockout victim.

“It’s sweet to knock out anybody,” Johnson said. “But knocking out Cormier would be the icing on the cake, you know what I mean? It will be worth it if it happens, but if it doesn’t happen, if we go five rounds, we go five rounds. I’m gonna fight. A knockout will be better, I’d love it, the fans would love it. Let’s see what happens.”

Johnson says he’s on target for his weight cut, teasing reporters who asked him about it by pointing out he’s no longer making the insane weight cuts down to welterweight, or middleweight, for that matter.

“This isn’t 170 no more, [you’re] asking the same questions as when I was at 170,” Johnson said. “Back then I’ve got something to worry about. Now it’s peaches and cream, I’ve got 10 pounds and that’s that. Who can’t lose 10 pounds in two days, you know what I mean?”

“Rumble” is also not sweating the idea the former longtime light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, will loom over the proceedings, as he’ll be in the building in Buffalo come Saturday night.

“I haven’t been thinking about it,” Johnson said. “If he’s here, it’s great for the fans. I think it’s awesome overall to have the top three guys in the world in the building together. There’s so much energy there between all three of us. DC beat me, Jon beat DC, everyone picked me to beat Jon. If it happens, it happens, but I’m not focused on it.”

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Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns full fight video

At The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale, back in December 2008, Anthony Johnson fought Kevin Burns in an immediate rematch after their first bout ended in controversial fashion due to an eye poke from Burns that didn’t allow Johnson to continue fighting. In their second bout, Johnson knocked out Burns with a head kick in the third round of the fight.

Now, almost nine years later and two weight classes heavier, Johnson will be challenging UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 210. This card is set to take place on April 8 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns full fight video

At The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale, back in December 2008, Anthony Johnson fought Kevin Burns in an immediate rematch after their first bout ended in controversial fashion due to an eye poke from Burns that didn’t allow Johnson to continue fighting. In their second bout, Johnson knocked out Burns with a head kick in the third round of the fight.

Now, almost nine years later and two weight classes heavier, Johnson will be challenging UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 210. This card is set to take place on April 8 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns full fight video

At The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale, back in December 2008, Anthony Johnson fought Kevin Burns in an immediate rematch after their first bout ended in controversial fashion due to an eye poke from Burns that didn’t allow Johnson to continue fighting. In their second bout, Johnson knocked out Burns with a head kick in the third round of the fight.

Now, almost nine years later and two weight classes heavier, Johnson will be challenging UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 210. This card is set to take place on April 8 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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Anthony Johnson vs. Kevin Burns full fight video

At The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale, back in December 2008, Anthony Johnson fought Kevin Burns in an immediate rematch after their first bout ended in controversial fashion due to an eye poke from Burns that didn’t allow Johnson to continue fighting. In their second bout, Johnson knocked out Burns with a head kick in the third round of the fight.

Now, almost nine years later and two weight classes heavier, Johnson will be challenging UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier in the main event of UFC 210. This card is set to take place on April 8 at the KeyBank Center in Buffalo, N.Y.

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