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It Looks Like Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone Might Happen… For a Belt!

If Instagram posts are to be believed, then it seems like the match-up between Conor McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone might actually happen. And for an interim belt!

Keep in mind that this news tidbit is coming from Cowboy’s social media account, and for all we know, he could be on a Jack Daniels bender and shouting at clouds right now.

But another interim belt in rotation… (Note: This whole interim lightweight belt thing is floating around because champ Khabib Nurmagomedov said he’ll be out until November – which isn’t out of the ordinary, because the dude does observe Ramadan.)

It Looks Like Conor McGregor vs. Cowboy Cerrone Might Happen… For a Belt!

If Instagram posts are to be believed, then it seems like the match-up between Conor McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone might actually happen. And for an interim belt!

Keep in mind that this news tidbit is coming from Cowboy’s social media account, and for all we know, he could be on a Jack Daniels bender and shouting at clouds right now.

But another interim belt in rotation… (Note: This whole interim lightweight belt thing is floating around because champ Khabib Nurmagomedov said he’ll be out until November – which isn’t out of the ordinary, because the dude does observe Ramadan.)

Nevada Commission Licenses Jon Jones Because They Like Money

As if there were any doubt… the Nevada State Athletic Commission took up the issue of Jon Jones today, and they decided to grant him a license to compete at UFC 235.

If you’ll recall, the UFC had to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California because, well, Jones had steroids in his system (supposedly) left over from the last time he did them. And since it there wasn’t enough time to get the appropriate suitcases full of cash into the hands of appointed officials waiting in casino parking lots, the UFC did what they had to do to have Jones stay on the card.

So anyway, Jones was granted his license to face Anthony Smith. He’ll have to take all sorts of extra drug tests, and pay for them himself. He’ll also be restricted to a list of certain steroids – for instance, nothing whose name ends in “-ol” (like stanozolol).

Here’s MMAFighting:

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion was granted a one-fight license to compete on March 2 against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at a Tuesday afternoon hearing of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). In a lengthy meeting that spanned over three hours, NAC officials determined that Jones will be required to be drug tested a minimum of twice a month until UFC 235, then continue to comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule throughout all of 2019 if he wishes to fight in Nevada again.

Jones will be required to pay for the additional drug tests in the lead-up to UFC 235.

“This is on you,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell told Jones. “It’s on your shoulders. I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof’s in the pudding. So I’m happy that you’re back here, you’ll always be treated with respect here, and I wanted to make sure that you understood that today. Welcome back to Nevada, and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”

What.

Ever.

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Nevada Commission Licenses Jon Jones Because They Like Money

As if there were any doubt… the Nevada State Athletic Commission took up the issue of Jon Jones today, and they decided to grant him a license to compete at UFC 235.

If you’ll recall, the UFC had to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California because, well, Jones had steroids in his system (supposedly) left over from the last time he did them. And since it there wasn’t enough time to get the appropriate suitcases full of cash into the hands of appointed officials waiting in casino parking lots, the UFC did what they had to do to have Jones stay on the card.

So anyway, Jones was granted his license to face Anthony Smith. He’ll have to take all sorts of extra drug tests, and pay for them himself. He’ll also be restricted to a list of certain steroids – for instance, nothing whose name ends in “-ol” (like stanozolol).

Here’s MMAFighting:

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion was granted a one-fight license to compete on March 2 against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at a Tuesday afternoon hearing of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). In a lengthy meeting that spanned over three hours, NAC officials determined that Jones will be required to be drug tested a minimum of twice a month until UFC 235, then continue to comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule throughout all of 2019 if he wishes to fight in Nevada again.

Jones will be required to pay for the additional drug tests in the lead-up to UFC 235.

“This is on you,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell told Jones. “It’s on your shoulders. I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof’s in the pudding. So I’m happy that you’re back here, you’ll always be treated with respect here, and I wanted to make sure that you understood that today. Welcome back to Nevada, and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”

What.

Ever.

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Nevada Commission Licenses Jon Jones Because They Like Money

As if there were any doubt… the Nevada State Athletic Commission took up the issue of Jon Jones today, and they decided to grant him a license to compete at UFC 235.

If you’ll recall, the UFC had to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California because, well, Jones had steroids in his system (supposedly) left over from the last time he did them. And since it there wasn’t enough time to get the appropriate suitcases full of cash into the hands of appointed officials waiting in casino parking lots, the UFC did what they had to do to have Jones stay on the card.

So anyway, Jones was granted his license to face Anthony Smith. He’ll have to take all sorts of extra drug tests, and pay for them himself. He’ll also be restricted to a list of certain steroids – for instance, nothing whose name ends in “-ol” (like stanozolol).

Here’s MMAFighting:

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion was granted a one-fight license to compete on March 2 against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at a Tuesday afternoon hearing of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). In a lengthy meeting that spanned over three hours, NAC officials determined that Jones will be required to be drug tested a minimum of twice a month until UFC 235, then continue to comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule throughout all of 2019 if he wishes to fight in Nevada again.

Jones will be required to pay for the additional drug tests in the lead-up to UFC 235.

“This is on you,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell told Jones. “It’s on your shoulders. I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof’s in the pudding. So I’m happy that you’re back here, you’ll always be treated with respect here, and I wanted to make sure that you understood that today. Welcome back to Nevada, and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”

What.

Ever.

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Nevada Commission Licenses Jon Jones Because They Like Money

As if there were any doubt… the Nevada State Athletic Commission took up the issue of Jon Jones today, and they decided to grant him a license to compete at UFC 235.

If you’ll recall, the UFC had to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California because, well, Jones had steroids in his system (supposedly) left over from the last time he did them. And since it there wasn’t enough time to get the appropriate suitcases full of cash into the hands of appointed officials waiting in casino parking lots, the UFC did what they had to do to have Jones stay on the card.

So anyway, Jones was granted his license to face Anthony Smith. He’ll have to take all sorts of extra drug tests, and pay for them himself. He’ll also be restricted to a list of certain steroids – for instance, nothing whose name ends in “-ol” (like stanozolol).

Here’s MMAFighting:

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion was granted a one-fight license to compete on March 2 against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at a Tuesday afternoon hearing of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). In a lengthy meeting that spanned over three hours, NAC officials determined that Jones will be required to be drug tested a minimum of twice a month until UFC 235, then continue to comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule throughout all of 2019 if he wishes to fight in Nevada again.

Jones will be required to pay for the additional drug tests in the lead-up to UFC 235.

“This is on you,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell told Jones. “It’s on your shoulders. I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof’s in the pudding. So I’m happy that you’re back here, you’ll always be treated with respect here, and I wanted to make sure that you understood that today. Welcome back to Nevada, and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”

What.

Ever.

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Nevada Commission Licenses Jon Jones Because They Like Money

As if there were any doubt… the Nevada State Athletic Commission took up the issue of Jon Jones today, and they decided to grant him a license to compete at UFC 235.

If you’ll recall, the UFC had to move UFC 232 from Nevada to California because, well, Jones had steroids in his system (supposedly) left over from the last time he did them. And since it there wasn’t enough time to get the appropriate suitcases full of cash into the hands of appointed officials waiting in casino parking lots, the UFC did what they had to do to have Jones stay on the card.

So anyway, Jones was granted his license to face Anthony Smith. He’ll have to take all sorts of extra drug tests, and pay for them himself. He’ll also be restricted to a list of certain steroids – for instance, nothing whose name ends in “-ol” (like stanozolol).

Here’s MMAFighting:

The reigning UFC light heavyweight champion was granted a one-fight license to compete on March 2 against Anthony Smith in the main event of UFC 235 at a Tuesday afternoon hearing of the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). In a lengthy meeting that spanned over three hours, NAC officials determined that Jones will be required to be drug tested a minimum of twice a month until UFC 235, then continue to comply with a similarly rigorous testing schedule throughout all of 2019 if he wishes to fight in Nevada again.

Jones will be required to pay for the additional drug tests in the lead-up to UFC 235.

“This is on you,” NAC chairman Anthony Marnell told Jones. “It’s on your shoulders. I like what I hear, I like what I see, but the proof’s in the pudding. So I’m happy that you’re back here, you’ll always be treated with respect here, and I wanted to make sure that you understood that today. Welcome back to Nevada, and do the right thing from this point going forward. As you know, we’re going to be visiting you frequently.”

What.

Ever.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor to Cerrone: Whiskey Offer ‘Sounds Like a Party’

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Donald Cerrone seems more and more likely to land the biggest fight in MMA, Conor McGregor. McGregor offered to fight Cerrone after ‘Cowboy’ beat the brakes off Alex Hernandez in a bonus-winning performance on the UFC’s debut on ESPN (see the highlights). Today, he posted an offer on Instagram to drink the Notorious Irishman’s whiskey, Proper 12, at the pre-fight presser, the kind of offer Khabib Nurmagomedov famously turned down due to the tenets of his Islamic faith.

Don’t worry @thenotoriousmma I’ll drink @properwhiskey at the Press Conference with ya!! Hell I’ll bring the @budweiser

McGregor responded “Sounds like a party!” in the comments. It would be highly unusual to see a Conor McGregor respecting and having fun with his opponent before a fight. He should beware, though. Friendly, relaxed Donald Cerrone is the most dangerous Donald Cerrone.


McGregor seems to be back in the gym training, as he also posted this today.

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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, meanwhile, is doing what Cowboy does: riding a snowmobile in the great outdoors.

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Turbos and fresh tracks

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Donald Cerrone is in many ways the perfect opponent for McGregor. He’s been a model UFC fighter for years, taking on any and all opponents, no questions asked, on short notice, and beating most of them. He has well-documented weaknesses to the high-pressure style McGregor prefers, but also poses a legitimate threat on the mat. He has a name, at least among hardcore fans, and a persona that works well opposite a proven draw in McGregor.

Imagine the kind of promo video you can cut: Cerrone, riding his horse on his ranch, a light dusting of snow on the mountains; McGregor driving an Aston Martin in his suit, the city lights flashing off his sunglasses. That’s… about all you need, actually. Maybe throw in a showdown at a dusty saloon, like that old Anderson Silva vs. Steven Seagal commercial. (The outtakes were great too, by the way)


Insomnia

It turns out reports of Ronda Rousey’s departure were greatly exaggerated, but she is considering taking a break to start a family.

Sweet chin music outta nowhere

I’m sure these exercises are useful and easy on the joints but Georges St. Pierre still looks silly doing them.

When you and your partner are professional fighters but also love each other

Yeah… not so sure about that one

Bellator flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane has an interesting take on motivation: she lacks it for herself, and piggybacks on others’ expectations of her to achieve greatness. Success looks different for different people.

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LONG POST IF YOU CARE TO READ I basically have been on a 5 week long vacation since my last fight and just started going back to the gym this week. Even though my body hates me right now, I’m relieved to be home and back on my routine. However, I definitely needed some motivation to bring myself in. What a lot of people don’t know about me is that I have THE WORST internal motivation. By internal motivation I mean that if I don’t have to make weight for a fight or go to a team workout, I’ll sit my ass at home and eat cookies. I hate working out. Period. Sure I’ll feel better after a hard session, but I also feel better after cleaning my house. You wanna know the reason why I even started fighting in the first place? Cause Manolo told me to. That’s right. I’m only in this position as a world champion because my coaches kept telling me what to do and I listened because I wanted to please them. THEY were my motivation. And I found out that what I need, what I thrive on is EXTERNAL motivation. I cannot bring myself to get off of the couch for a run if I don’t have a reason to. That reason could be me getting booked for a fight, me promising a teammate that I would lift with them, or even me paying for an expensive ass month long yoga membership and trying to get my money’s worth. But I know that that reason won’t come from within me, and I’m ok with that. Everyone has their different motivations for getting up and doing shit, and mine is simply because I have to, not because I want to. I’m an “obliger” and I’m fine with being on vacation until someone tells me to get off of my ass. You don’t need to have a crazy internal drive to be active or to be world champion, you just need to find ways to trick yourself into doing it. So anyway, since I’m in the gym full-time again maybe that means I have some news for you. You may even want to watch the @bellatormma fights this Saturday . P.S. I chose this picture of me from three years ago in fight shape cause some would think that wanting to look good all the time is enough motivation to workout. Nah lol. My body goes through seasons and I accept each one. I also wanted more likes. #thirstythursday #tbt #fakeabs @tc1gel

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Anthony Smith doesn’t care.

Gregor Gillespie fishing in ice-cold water

Mighty Mouse sparring with the warrior who will one day kill him

Aaron Pico thinks a win would put him in title contention, but Bellator hasn’t told him anything about future plans.

What a knockout

Great counter kick:

I really enjoy Karate Combat’s aesthetic

These guys are tired

Sonned him:

Airborn

Good contest

Great armdrag!

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.

RIZIN 14 Results: Floyd Mayweather Eats Tenshin Like Sushi, The Gooch Taps Caldwell

Japan loves its big New Years Eve fighting extravaganzas, so RIZIN 14 just went down to oblige them. Yes, there were tons of fights full of names you’ve never heard of, but the two biggest fights were at the top, and they featured a somewhat well-known boxer, a UFC vet and a Bellator vet.

In the co-main event, the aforementioned UFC vet was Kyoji Horiguchi – a.k.a. “the Gooch” – versus Bellator champ Darrion Caldwell. Meanwhile, the main event had Japanese kickboxing superstar Tenshin Nasukawa against Floyd Mayweather.

Now, if you thought the Mayweather fight was going to be a work, or some sort of half-hearted attempt at combat entertainment, well, nope. Mayweather came out, chased Tenshin down, ate maybe one hard left with a smile, and proceeded to drop the Japanese star three times with punches to the dome. Less than a round, three knockdowns, and while Tenshin was stumbling around trying to remember where he was, his corner threw in the towel.