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Hey, Does This Look Like Anyone You Know?!?

And here Dr. Malcolm thought taking dinosaurs off Isla Sorna was the worst idea in the long, sad history of bad ideas.

I have bad news for that unemployed architect who thinks he’s hitting the big time with his sports arena shaped like Conor McGregor’s beard: plans are already in place to erect a stadium resembling Khabib Nurmagomedov’s furry hat.

And if you’re thinking, “It’s not a hat, ignorant dumbass, it’s a papakha,” I will gladly argue the point just as soon as I finish my existing squabble with Bellator MMA correspondent, Steve Juon, over whether or not a waistcoast can be called a vest.

Anyway, Karim Zidan over at Bloody Elbow has the details on this ridiculous venue, affectionately labeled “Khabib Arena,” which will seat 7,000 sports fans and also include gyms, training facilities, a hotel, and a museum that showcases Dagestani athletes.

You know the old saying, “If you build it, they will come laugh.”

Just so we’re clear, I don’t think it’s a dumb idea to construct an arena in honor of an athlete. Heck, we have a Rocky statue just outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art. My issue is trying to make it look like a furry hat, because the spec photos instead look more like my old popcorn ceiling when my toilet started leaking.

Not surprisingly, some local residents are not in favor of the proposed eyesore venue, undoubtedly a major factor for phase two: seeking approval and funding. If and when it does come to light, maybe this wish will finally be fulfilled?!?

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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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Everyone Will Know Moicano Soon Enough

Unless your name is Conor McGregor or Max Holloway, everyone plays second fiddle to the former, longtime Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight champion, Jose Aldo.

Despite wrecking shop for the better part of his UFC career, Renato Moicano doesn’t exactly resonate with the masses when it comes to getting top billing or spotlight exposure. But as he gets prepared to face Aldo at UFC on ESPN+ 2 on February 2, 2019 in Fortaleza, Brazil, Moicano is preparing for the spoils that come with taking out a well-known name in the game.

And he is adamant everyone will know him after what he does to his fellow countryman.

“Jose Aldo is a true legend, he is a warrior,” Moicano said to BJPENN.com. “He has been in many, many wars in the UFC and beat the best guys in the featherweight division. So, to me, this fight means everything. After I get this win against him, for sure people will know me better. People will know me. This fight, I just have to win this fight. It’s a fight, and I only win.”

Originally planned to be the headlining bout, it was later revealed it would co-headline, with the rematch between Raphael Assuncao and Marlon Moraes getting top billing. Naturally, Renato was disappointed he didn’t get his first-ever main event.

“In the beginning, I thought this would be the main event. I heard Aldo saying he wants a three-round fight. For me, that is not a problem, three-rounds is good, too. But, I would prefer to be the main event.”

With a victory over “Junior,” Moicano gets his third straight win and moves to 5-1 overall inside the Octagon with his lone loss coming to former title contender, Brian Ortega. Renato feels that should be good enough to warrant him a shot at “Blessed’s” 145-pound strap.

“For sure. It depends on what Max Holloway will do if he goes to lightweight to fight someone up there,” he said. “If he stays at 145, then for sure I will fight for the title against Max after this fight,” he added. “This is my time. This is my chance to prove I’m a real contender. After this fight, I’m coming for the belt,” he concluded.

Currently ranked at No. 5, Moicano will definitely have a case to be made for a shot at the title with a win over the former champion. That said, Frankie Edgar has also been pining for another chance at winning the 145-pound title.

And since we’re on the subject of name value, it’s safe to assume “The Answer” has a leg-up on Renato in that department. So when it comes time to award the next title shot, Renato getting a highly-convincing win over Jose will go a long way in helping him close the gap with Edgar.

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Israel Adesanya: I Know Anderson Silva Better Than He Knows Himself in Some Ways

When Israel Adesanya takes on Anderson Silva at UFC 234 in February, he will be meeting one of his longtime idols. In a way, he feels that is an advantage.
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Midnight Mania! Dana on Paying Khabib 50 Million: ‘They Know What’s Realistic’

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has been known to spin some tall tales. He once claimed that in deposition for the UFC that releasing fighter pay information would be dangerous for some of his fighters, as they might become kidnapping targets. That didn’t seem to be a concern more recently when he claimed Khabib is worth 50 million dollar per fight. Oh, and McGregor is now just a guy selling liquor at the corner store, which is an amazing way to downplay McGregor’s commercially successful new whiskey line.

Dana White, at the recent UFC 232 press conference, dismissed Abdelaziz’s demands as hot air. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“Sure. [Laughing] Come on! They know what’s realistic for them,” said White. “They know the answer to that question. It’s fun to say though, $ 50 million.”

It is fun to say. Dana also said that he has talked to McGregor, who sounds uncharacteristically reasonable about who his next opponent might be.

“Conor and I talked for an hour last week,” White said. “Typical Conor. ‘I would love an immediate rematch. I want to fight him again but I’ll fight whoever I gotta fight to get back to him if that’s not the case.’”


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Uber-prospect Aaron Pico meets another streaking lightweight, Henry Corrales, on Bellator’s Fedor-Bader card.

Very normal rankings

Demetrious Johnson is doing well over in ONE…

… but the rest of the UFC flyweights just got their pink slips, or will soon.

Jose Torres and Justin Scoggins weigh in:

Lando Vannata is also a free agent. Despite his 1-3-2 record (that’s right, two draws) he is an exceptional action fighter and would make an interesting addition to any lightweight division he might land in.

At first I thought Vannata was being a little delusional but he does get his feet crossed right before the punch lands and knocks him down. He fought like someone trying to learn a new style but hadn’t mastered it yet; hopefully he figures things out going into free agency.

Floyd Mayweather walked back that RIZIN announcement quickly- but what are the chances he still ends up fighting Tenshin in an exhibition match?

Congratulations to UFC featherweight Megan Anderson on the tattoo magazine feature

Israel Adesanya, the inimitable.

Dustin Poirier working the bag.

Henry Cejudo has really good hops

This is an old video but I never noticed the guy getting up and punching his own friend before. He must have been out of it.

Alright, that’s a pretty funny line from Cowboy Cerrone. He and Mike Perry don’t seem to have any hard feelings about punching each other in the face.

TUF 28 results and updates here

Combat sports this weekend


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I don’t believe this video is real

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Max Holloway Doesn’t Know What Went Wrong, But He’s Getting Better

UFC 226 was supposed to see featherweight champ Max Holloway defend his belt against challenger Brian Ortega, but Holloway was a medical disaster in the days leading up to the fight, so the bout was called off.

What happened? According to the champ, doctors still haven’t been able to pin that down. But! He’s getting better.

That’s something, I guess.

Here’s ESPN:

“I’ve seen multiple doctors and experts, but they haven’t been able to give any answers about what happened,” Holloway said. “But I’m OK. I’m going to fight again. That’s all we know.”

Holloway is still unsure exactly what caused his health to deteriorate the week of UFC 226. He said he never suffered an actual concussion in training. The Hawaii native said he said he was “conned” into going to the emergency room on Monday before the bout after being told he was going to do media obligations. He was released Tuesday afternoon but the symptoms continued and was deemed unfit to compete.

The UFC’s medical staff placed him on a 30-day suspension. He recently saw a specialist in Las Vegas who had good news.

“All of the tests were great,” Holloway says. “When you hear those kind of things, it’s great but yet scary. You want to know what’s wrong. It’s crazy we just don’t have the answers. I’m just glad I’m healthy and OK.”

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Max Holloway Doesn’t Know What Went Wrong, But He’s Getting Better

UFC 226 was supposed to see featherweight champ Max Holloway defend his belt against challenger Brian Ortega, but Holloway was a medical disaster in the days leading up to the fight, so the bout was called off.

What happened? According to the champ, doctors still haven’t been able to pin that down. But! He’s getting better.

That’s something, I guess.

Here’s ESPN:

“I’ve seen multiple doctors and experts, but they haven’t been able to give any answers about what happened,” Holloway said. “But I’m OK. I’m going to fight again. That’s all we know.”

Holloway is still unsure exactly what caused his health to deteriorate the week of UFC 226. He said he never suffered an actual concussion in training. The Hawaii native said he said he was “conned” into going to the emergency room on Monday before the bout after being told he was going to do media obligations. He was released Tuesday afternoon but the symptoms continued and was deemed unfit to compete.

The UFC’s medical staff placed him on a 30-day suspension. He recently saw a specialist in Las Vegas who had good news.

“All of the tests were great,” Holloway says. “When you hear those kind of things, it’s great but yet scary. You want to know what’s wrong. It’s crazy we just don’t have the answers. I’m just glad I’m healthy and OK.”

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Max Holloway Doesn’t Know What Went Wrong, But He’s Getting Better

UFC 226 was supposed to see featherweight champ Max Holloway defend his belt against challenger Brian Ortega, but Holloway was a medical disaster in the days leading up to the fight, so the bout was called off.

What happened? According to the champ, doctors still haven’t been able to pin that down. But! He’s getting better.

That’s something, I guess.

Here’s ESPN:

“I’ve seen multiple doctors and experts, but they haven’t been able to give any answers about what happened,” Holloway said. “But I’m OK. I’m going to fight again. That’s all we know.”

Holloway is still unsure exactly what caused his health to deteriorate the week of UFC 226. He said he never suffered an actual concussion in training. The Hawaii native said he said he was “conned” into going to the emergency room on Monday before the bout after being told he was going to do media obligations. He was released Tuesday afternoon but the symptoms continued and was deemed unfit to compete.

The UFC’s medical staff placed him on a 30-day suspension. He recently saw a specialist in Las Vegas who had good news.

“All of the tests were great,” Holloway says. “When you hear those kind of things, it’s great but yet scary. You want to know what’s wrong. It’s crazy we just don’t have the answers. I’m just glad I’m healthy and OK.”

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Midnight Mania! Dana: Brock Lesnar Coming Back, I Don’t Know When

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Dana White went on the UFC’s state-run television, UFC Tonight on Fox, to talk about Nurmagomedov-Holloway, Conor McGregor, and deny that Covington-Rafael Dos Anjos has been made. He said Eddie Alvarez was the first guy they called, but Alvarez couldn’t make the weight. He also made the following statement about Brock Lesnar:

Brock Lesnar is coming back. I don’t know when, but yes he is.

The claim is certainly an enticing one for fans and the promotion, which has struggled to field crossover stars since McGregor’s circus-style boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. White, despite his insistence in this interview not to believe the media unless he is the one talking, has a more than checkered history with facts. There is smoke to this rumor, though, as White posted a picture of himself hanging out with Lesnar earlier this year. Lesnar’s manager recently stated that Brock has a genuine desire to return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship- that he’s not using it as a negotiating tactic to wring concessions from his current employers, the WWE. His current deal is up soon after Wrestlemania.

However, there are complications with a Lesnar return, thanks to his failed drug test after his last UFC return, a win-turned-no-contest against Mark Hunt at UFC 200. Hunt is suing the UFC (and Lesnar) for allegedly allowing Brock to compete knowing he was on steroids; Brock would presumably still have to serve out part of his one-year suspension, as he exited the testing pool after UFC 200. That hangup may be part of the reason Dana isn’t sure when he will be returning. A matchup with Jon Jones had been highly anticipated after Jones’ most recent fight with Daniel Cormier, but Jones subsequently tested positive for his own steroid, and is currently facing what is likely a lengthy suspension.

Who should Lesnar face if he does indeed return?


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Max Holloway is channeling some serious teen heartthrob style.

Leslie Smith realized NBA2K players have it better than UFC fighters.

Max is going real easy on the pads… hopefully he has gas in his tank Saturday night.

‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ actor Chris Pratt hanging with the Nogueira brothers

Das wassup

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Dana White often tells half truths, or less than half truths.

How Artem Lobov must have felt in that hallway

Khabib Nurmagomedov was not playing around.

Apparently this is what Nurmagomedov confronted Lobov about

The real story:

True story.

Rampage doing whatever these are with his daughter on his back is endearing

My daughter is heavier than i thought

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An update on Chris Weidman

This is going to be fun.

The video of Luke Rockhold spearing these massive fish is really trippy and primal.

Time for a feast. @spearfishing_reviews @scott_skewt @buellsurf

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Gregor Gillespie is a good fisherman, but has he ever speared massive ocean-going fish with a speargun?

Khabib’s ground and pound is just qualitatively scarier.

Jose Aldo light sparring… he was the featherweight champion whose takedown defense and footwork I thought would be a really interesting foil for Khabib.

Michael Chandler, the Bellator lightweight champ, gets into some crazy wrestling scrambles in training.



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Khabib’s ground and pound, explained by pro fighter and MMA Mania’s native analyst Andrew Richardson, with Andrew Coyne of Team Alpha Male. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube for more!

Heavy Hands with an extended UFC 223 discussion

The Monday Morning Analyst rates Max Holloway’s chances of avoiding the takedown

BJJ Scout’s breakdown might be the most essential of all:


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We Know Who Da Fook That Guy Is After UFC Orlando

There was a point in the latter half of round one when Josh Emmett was feeling pretty good about himself. After all, the Team Alpha Male product — who catapulted into the No. 4 slot in the official featherweight rankings by melting Ricardo Lamas — had already put Jeremy Stephens on his ass in the UFC on FOX 28 main event.

Shortly thereafter, Emmett pointed to the ground when “Lil’ Heathen” scrambled back to his feet, perhaps calling his shot inside Amway Center in Orlando, Fla., in a 145-pound headliner scheduled for five, five-minute rounds.

It never saw a third.

Emmett crumpled under the blitzkrieg of his resurgent opponent, who shook off the cobwebs and came back angrier. And one thing mixed martial arts (MMA) fans have learned after more than 10-plus years of watching the bearded brawler, is that Stephens is the opposite of Bruce Banner.

We do like him when he’s angry.

In 28 fights for the world’s preeminent combat sports promotion, Stephens (28-14) has 15 wins, eight of which have come by way of devastating knockout. His biggest issue to date has been consistency, resulting in a lukewarm reception to his inclusion in the UFC Fight Night 124 headliner opposite Doo Ho Choi back in January.

It also didn’t help that Conor McGregor, the most famous UFC fighter in the world, publicly mocked Stephens for competing in obscurity over the past decade, while “Notorious” punched his way into the mainstream in just a couple of years.

The question, as I’m sure you know by now, was “Who da fook is that guy?”

He’s the guy who will take pictures with your mom!

He’s also the guy who will put your head into the fifth row, which will no doubt have the MMA media rethink its hasty decision to drop Emmett in the No. 4 spot based on a single one-hitter quitter against a former title contender, especially considering he was unranked heading into UFC on FOX 26.

No matter.

By trashing Emmett in the UFC Orlando main event, Stephens proved that not only is he a featherweight work horse capable of taking out anyone willing to stand and bang, he’s also worthy of headlining major events on network television.

Stephens topped four events in his UFC career (so far) and three of them have returned performance bonuses, which include two “Fight of the Night” honors against Cub Swanson and the aforementioned Choi.

Hard to believe “Lil’ Heathen” is just 31.

That’s great news for both Stephens — now the winner of three straight — and the fans who support him. There’s still plenty of time to make a run at the division strap, currently held by Max Holloway, and it may not be as far away as it sounds. Frankie Edgar vs. Brian Ortega eliminates one top contender at UFC 222 and sends the other into a “Blessed” title fight.

Elsewhere in the division, Swanson and Lamas are both coming off recent losses and Emmett just got wasted, so that leaves us with Chan Sung Jung. Unfortunately, “The Korean Zombie” has been sidelined until further notice as a result of a devastating knee injury.

It’s hard to say where Stephens fits into all of this but I would expect him to land in the top five after UFC on FOX 28. He may not be popular enough to generate this level of mass hysteria, but one thing he can generate is some serious knockout power.

I hear UFC on FOX 30 needs a main event.

For much more on UFC Orlando, including results, video highlights, reactions, and so much more, check out our “Emmett vs. Stephens” archive by clicking here.

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