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Dana White Offers Little Clarity on Future of UFC’s Flyweight Division

The demise of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s flyweight division appears to be imminent, as the promotion has begun cutting ties with some its 125-pound talent.
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Midnight Mania! Diaz on Khabib-McGregor: They Are ‘Both My Little B*tches’

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Nate Diaz did not take the McGregor-Khabib announcement well. Perhaps he wanted to be fighting on that card.

He elaborated further in the above video, stating he isn’t certain he will be fighting Dustin Poirier on the stacked UFC 230 card in Brooklyn. He detailed why, explaining his frustrations with the UFC, who he feels have been underpromoting and misrepresenting him. Diaz claimed he was dealing with a lawsuit that he said made him ineligible to fight, and denied he had ever turned down a bout. He seemed open to continue with the Poirier fight, but said the UFC had better ‘overpromote’ him to make up for their past transgressions.

When asked who he was picking between Nurmagomedov and McGregor, Diaz showed his finest form, scornful dismissal.

I whipped ones’ ass, and I slapped the f*** out of the other one. so they’re both my little bitches. That’s who I got.

Interviewer: You slapped Khabib?

Diaz: F***, Right in his face, he didn’t do shit. Scared for his life, him and all his Russian friends. From a third-world country? I’m from Stockton. He got his ass slapped, blap, didn’t do shit. All their eyes lit up. They’re all pussies.

TMZ: You want the winner?

Diaz: I am the winner.

Dustin Poirier, Nate Diaz’ opponent in the co-main event of UFC 230, poked some fun at Diaz’ reaction to the Nurmagomedov-McGregor announcement.

Let’s hope they are fighting. UFC 230 will be better with them on the card.


Rafael Dos Anjos tried to get in on the joke and Nate Diaz shut him down- but RDA wasn’t done

Only spoiled kids talk like this to their parents.


Cokeheads recognize… never mind.

Poor Gokhan Saki

Throwback to Khabib first calling out Conor McGregor in Madison Square Garden after wrecking Michael Johnson.

Platinum Sage Northcutt thinks someone might die- just like Platinum Mike Perry once said!

Israel Adesanya spotted UFC 230 opponent Derek Brunson across the bar and proceeded to talk a whole lot of shit.

Then Derek Brunson calls Israel Adesanya a whole snack for some reason.

Strikeforce’s Scott Coker had an interesting proposal for Tito Ortiz in 2009 that never came to fruition

Darren Till towering over an amused Tyron Woodley

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Darren Till and Mike Perry have become friends after calling each other out on Twitter, and it’s a Fight Pass reality show waiting to happen.

Few rounds getting beat up by @platinummikeperry

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Forbes featured an article by economist Paul Gift that detailed the latest of the UFC’s side of the depositions in the anti-trust case, which they are hoping gets thrown out at summary judgement. This drew commentary from Project Spearhead’s Leslie Smith. The Reebok deal has been a bad one for the fighters, who saw their ability to generate independent revenue cut dramatically, by up to 90% in some cases.

It was, however, important for the UFC’s brand appeal to mainstream media.

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This is the funniest knockdown I’ve seen in a while


This guy drops people dead

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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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McKee Ready For Lawrence, Ignoring ‘Little Girl Drama’ Coming From McGregor Camp

Bellator 197: “Chandler vs. Girtz” comes to Family Center Arena in St. Charles, Mo., on April 13, 2018, featuring a main event between former Lightweight champion “Iron” Michael Chandler (17-4) against hard-hitting fellow long-time Bellator veteran, Brandon Girtz (15-7).

Elsewhere on the Paramount Network-televised card, two of the promotion’s top-ranked Featherweights will clash as one seeks to vault ahead of the pack, while the other looks to solidify his place at the front of the line. Justin Lawrence (11-4) is coming off two straight wins, but has previously lost fights to Emmanuel Sanchez and John Teixeira, which could have earned him contender status. Meanwhile, the sensational A.J. McKee (10-0) keeps on rolling through the competition. Only 30 percent of McKee’s fights have gone to a decision, and with his third round rear-naked choke at Bellator 187, he’s also proven he can bounce back late in a contest to find yet another big finish.

The subject of “Notorious” Conor McGregor was an unavoidable topic with A.J. McKee given that there is unfinished business between McKee and his fellow undefeated, friend, James Gallagher. I asked McKee for his comments on McGregor’s antics in Brooklyn the same day this interview was recorded.

“It’s Conor, man! He’s a wild man, he’s a fighting Irish, he’s wild. That’s one thing I’ve noticed about the Irish people — they’re wild. But, uhh, some of them back their shit up and some of them don’t. Some of them just like to talk. My previous fight, Brian Moore, he wasn’t a talker, but he came to fight. It was a good fight, fun fight, wish I would have trained more than three weeks for the fight but, HEY, I went in there and did what I had to do.”

McGregor’s antics at Bellator 187 also made headlines, although he wasn’t jumping in the cage a second time when Straight Blast Gym Ireland’s Moore got submitted. McKee promises that if the undefeated Gallagher wants some he can get some, too.

“Whatever!! That dude’s trash, too. He called me a pussy on national television, we’re supposed to fight, yet you’ve taken three (or) four different fights with other people and you still haven’t even attempted to fight me. You want to fight me, and then you pull out of a fight, and then you tell me you want to fight me, but you’re supposedly hurt. A week later you’re talking about you want a fight again. So are you hurt or do you want to fight? It’s a little girl drama. I think he’s scared to fight right now.”

Obviously, there’s no love lost between McKee and anybody at SBG, but the item on the docket at Bellator 197 says Justin Lawrence and not James Gallagher. McKee says he’s fully prepared for war.

“Man, Justin Lawrence is a great fighter. He’s a great opportunity for me to go out there and showcase my skills and really get a top-level contender. I feel like I haven’t fought anyone who’s on my level yet. I’ve kind of just been playing around and taking fights with mediocre guys who I can get away with training for (only) three weeks for a fight and winning, you know? Not really going into a fight prepared. Justin Lawrence isn’t someone that you can do that with. You’ve got to show up prepared, you’ve got to put in the full eight-week camp, and you’ve got to go out there and put on a show and bring the fight to him.”

Lawrence comes into Bellator 197 off back-to-back wins over Treston Thomison and Andrew Natividad. And he’ll also have the support of all the Missouri natives who’ve come to see their native son compete.

“That’s motivation! I’ve had haters motivate me my entire life. I came from nothing so what else are you supposed to do? You’re not supposed to make it if you’re coming from nothing so that’s just motivating me. When they sat there and sang their ‘ole ole ole’ (in Ireland) the whole time I laughed at them — and that thing was roaring loud. It was hilarious to me! So it’s motivation for me and I’m really looking forward to it. It’s gonna be fun and Justin Lawrence thanks for this opportunity. Thanks for making me train and preparing me to actually have to fight, you know?”

Even through all of McKee’s self-assured swagger you find a running thread of respect for Lawrence through his words. However, with current champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire that respect dwindles.

“I’m waiting for Pitbull. I told him! I got a leash and a kennel waiting for him. There’s a couple other things I want to accomplish (first) before then. My father’s still fighting so I’m looking forward to doing a father-son fight (card) and competing with my dad. No one’s competed as professional athletes together besides in baseball so for this to be such a hands-on sport I’m really looking forward to breaking more history and being able to do that with him. But, Pitbull, he knows he’s got it coming! 2018 he’s losing that belt. It’s going to be mine.”

Above all else, McKee promises that this will be the best version of him who we’ve ever seen.

“I don’t get tired, I never get tired unless I’m not training of course, and that kind of showed in my last fight. We still know I can dig deep and pull out a W even when I’m tired. That’s a good thing to know and training this full eight weeks, man, (I’m) going to be phenomenal. Nothing against Justin Lawrence, he’s a great fighter, (but) I haven’t taken a fight over 50 percent yet. The fight I fought at 50 percent was Mazzotta and look how that finished. Being 80-90 percent ready is fun, you know? It’s fun and I’m ready to go in there and see what I can actually accomplish and do with a full eight-week camp and feeling almost 100 percent.”

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

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Khabib Nurmagomedov welcomes his little brother to the UFC

Abubakar Nurmagomedov will make his UFC debut in February at a UFC Fight Night in Belem, Brazil.

As if one Nurmagomedov wasn’t enough for the UFC roster to deal with, there will now be two. Khabib Nurmagomedov announced over social media that the promotion has gone ahead and signed him brother Abubakar Nurmagomedov to a deal. The 14-1 welterweight will kick off his UFC career at the UFC Fight Night card in Belem, Brazil on February 3rd.

As you might expect from a Nurmagomedov, Abubakar is a national combat sambo champion. He’s also got a Fedor-like story about the lone loss of his career, which came via a doctor’s stoppage over a cut. For the past two years he’s been working away in the World Series of Fighting where he earned notable wins over John Howard and Matt Secor.

There’s no word yet on who Abubakar will face for his fight in Belem, but here’s the rest of the card as it stands:

Valentina Shevchenko vs. Priscila Cachoeira
Thiago Santos vs. Anthony Smith
Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Joseph Morales
Iuri Alcântara vs. Joe Soto
Timothy Johnson vs. Marcelo Golm
Maia Stevenson vs. Polyana Viana
Alan Patrick vs. Damir Hadzovic

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UFC Mexico preview: Sergio Pettis ready to become more than just ‘Showtime’s’ little brother

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is back on television this weekend (Sat., Aug. 5, 2017) with the UFC Fight Night 114 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on FOX Sports 1, which features a flyweight main event between Sergio Pettis and Brandon Moreno, who battle for a spot in the 125-pound title chase.

See the entire fight card and line up here.

Pettis (15-2) entered the promotion with a ton of hype, thanks to his older brother and former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis. Unfortunately, not everything went according to plan and Sergio got submitted in his sophomore effort.

Since then, “The Phenom” is 5-1 and coming off three straight wins, and finally able to step out from the shadow of his veteran brother.

“I feel like I’m growing into myself, I’m maturing as an individual and as a martial artist,” Pettis told UFC Tonight. “I’m feeling comfortable out there in the Octagon. In the beginning of my career, I was very timid out there. I feel like I’m expressing myself and having a great time doing it.”

Pettis was last seen turning away former division No. 1 contender John Moraga.

Waiting for him will be the red-hot Moreno (14-3), undefeated inside the Octagon and the winner of 11 straight with eight finishes. No question the winner will move themselves one step close to a division title shot.

But will it be Pettis … or Moreno?

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 114 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET on FOX Sports 1.

For much more on UFC Fight Night 114 in Mexico City click here.

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Midnight Mania! Dillashaw says violence not the answer, Garbrandt calls him a little bitch

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Cody Garbrandt calling TJ Dillashaw a little bitch for choosing the Zen way, Conor McGregor offering boxing tips to his fans, Benson Henderson getting profane, Scripture Sage, knockouts, podcasts, and much more.


TJ Dillashaw is out here with a peaceful message surely no one can have a problem with… right?

Cody Garbrandt, though? After the tumultuous first episode of TUF aired, he wasn’t having this.

Not just that, but Garbrandt went further, talking about how Dillashaw apparently injured Chris Holdsworth in training. Holdsworth, once an undefeated prospect and TUF winner, has been out of competition since 2014 with concussion-related issues. Dillashaw does have a reputation as an aggressive sparring partner, one of the issues Urijah Faber mentioned when he banned Dillashaw from the gym.

The ironic thing about Garbrandt’s tweet, of course, is that he himself claims to have laid TJ out cold in sparring.


Also… Team Night Riders?

Team Knight Riders:

Dillashaw is unbothered with Garbrandt’s twitter jabs, posting about riding an ass to the top of the mountain. Presumably the ass is Cody. I’m not sure what #grandcanyon is supposed to mean, however. That’s as inscrutable as #TeamNightRiders to me. Perhaps it means he’s peacefully enjoying the ride from this point of his career. Maybe it means I need to tune in to TUF this time.

Bobs and Weaves

Conor McGregor offers a fan some boxing tips, and talks about his protege Artem Lobov’s upcoming fight:

Blaze it 4/20!

Tommy Toehold’s skit featuring the Diaz brothers contemplating some cars:

Joe Rogan, of course, is going to enjoy 4/20.


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Amanda Nunes advocating for a kid in need:

What is this??? Benson Henderson, you’re cursing now? Since when? Who killed Ben Henderson and hacked his account?

While Benson is swearing on Twitter, young Sage Northcutt is taking up the mantle of the muscular Christian. Notice the Scripture on the wall behind him:

Take note, Ben. Choose you this day who you will serve.

UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad cracked me up with this PSA:

Update on Mark Hunt’s UFC lawsuit:

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

TJ Dillashaw sparring with the nearly anonymous top ten UFC bantamweight, Jimmie Rivera. Both guys look like they got some good licks in, but Rivera’s shots get the slow-motion treatment here:

They start them young in the East:

Slightly less professional, no less vicious.

Podcasts and Video

Jack Slack’s Fights Gone By:

Episode two of the Naked Godcast, featuring Jed Meshew, Esquire, and the legendary Naked Gambler. I currently have an unofficial “Enemy of the Podcast” title and I hope to make it official in the coming weeks.

Little-known fact: Cub Swanson once tapped my former coach with his guillotine in the dying seconds of the third round, back in the WEC. Andy Richardson breaks the move down:

Fight Nerds episode three: UFC Nashville pre-fight show with Flyin Brian J (subscribe to MMAMania.com on Youtube)

Beer pairing for UFC Fight Night 108:

Quick Hits

Random Land

Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Michael Chiesa: ‘Little turd’ Eddie Alvarez will have to stop ducking me eventually

Hello, Michael Chiesa, nice to meet you.

The usually-reserved Lightweight contender has never been known for talking smack, but “Maverick” has been calling out the rest of the division lately for making up one excuse after another to not fight him.

It’s bottled up frustration that needs to come out, says Chiesa, who turned his attention to Eddie Alvarez after clowning on “hypocrite” Tony Ferguson on “The MMA Hour,” saying that Eddie is ducking him in favor of lower-ranked fighters.

Which is baffling on many fronts, as “Maverick” is confident the “little turd” that is Alvarez will eventually have to fight him anyway if he wants to get back into the title picture.

“At first I felt disrespected. But then I wondered, ‘Why am I being such a puss about it?’ A former world champion is avoiding me, he is ducking me. That is just the way it looked like to me. He’s like, ‘He’s some Ultimate Fighter guy.’ And you’re like, ‘Michael Chiesa?’ And he says, ‘Yeah, him.’ So you do know my name. Why are you acting like you don’t know who I am? You’re talking about how a fight with me is a step in the wrong direction, but you want to fight Poirier? He is tough, don’t get me wrong, but I am ranked two spots higher than him right now. I am No. 7 in the world right now. How am I a backward step? Because Dustin has a bigger Twitter following? What does that have to do with anything? You want to get that belt back, you got to go through me. You know what sucks is, even if he beats Poirier, there’s a chance he’s still going to have to fight me. You’re not going to go from No. 10 and then just jump back into a title fight. Chances are, that little turd is going to have to fight me. Know what I mean? May the best man win in Dallas. I’m here, training. The longer these guys wait, the better I’m getting. Every fight I come out and compete hard and I’m improving. Every fight I look better and better and I’m not the same guy out there. So, it’s like you are only giving me more time to get better and only making the odds worse for yourself.”

Chiesa has look good as of late, racking up three straight victories before a back injury forced him out of his chance to collect number four against the aforementioned Tony Ferguson last July.

Meanwhile, Alvarez didn’t get his much-desired fight against Nate Diaz, as UFC matchmakers instead matched up “The Underground King” against Dustin Poirier for a 155-pound scrap that will go down at UFC 211 on May 13, 2017 in Dallas, Texas (details). Chiesa, meanwhile, will be in the training room, getting better while hoping someone finally takes him on his challenge.

Any suggestions?

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Returning to spot of shocking loss means little to Fedor

When Fedor Emelianenko steps into the cage on Saturday night against Matt Mitrione, it will be the exact location of his most famous loss. But that seems of little concern to him.

Fedor Emelianenko, the man who still has to be regarded as the most successful heavyweight fighter in MMA history, returns on Saturday night to the exact spot where he went from myth to human.

On June 26, 2010, in just his second fight with Strikeforce, Emelianenko was facing Fabricio Werdum in San Jose, Calif., at what was then the HP Pavilion and is now the SAP Center, a hotbed for MMA for more than a decade that had housed some of the most historically significant fights in history. By no means was the fight expected to be one-sided, as Werdum was among the most skilled heavyweights in the sport and had been in the ring and cage with top competition for years.

Still, few thought Werdum would win. For all real purposes, Emelianenko had gone 33 fights without a clean loss. The lone blemish on his record came nearly ten years earlier, a cut stoppage from an illegal elbow in a bout with Tsuyoshi Kosaka. By all rights that fight should have been a disqualification on Kosaka or a no contest. But it was in Japan in 2000. The sport was in its formative years, with no set rules, and decisions didn’t always make logical sense.

While no championship was at stake, many considered Emelianenko the legitimate heavyweight world champion going into that fight. He had been champion of Pride when it had the best heavyweight talent in the world since 2003. Pride may have gone out of business, but Fedor had not lost since. Even when Werdum got him in a triangle — because Emelianenko had found himself in deep trouble in so many fights, yet always managed to find his way out — it was hard to envision he could lose. Time seemingly stood still as he was in that triangle, and then he tapped out.

That shocking moment — one of the most memorable in the sport’s history — seems to have less meaning to Emelianenko (35-4-1-1) than fans.

When asked if it means something to him to come back to the same location more than six years later, he unemotionally replied through an interpreter, “Maybe not, this is how it happened due to God.”

Emelianenko headlines Saturday’s Bellator show on Spike TV against Matt Mitrione (11-5), a former college football star at Purdue who bounced around the NFL for a few years before making a name for himself with his outgoing personality as a mid-level UFC heavyweight. One year ago, he let his UFC contract expire, frustrated with the organization, and signed with Bellator, a decision he said he has never second-guessed.

“I didn’t like where UFC was headed,” Mitrione said. “I didn’t like the forced nature of things. I didn’t like the way we were manipulated.”

His deal started when he auditioned for a sport as a color commentator for Bellator’s kickboxing league, and was told that they wouldn’t hire him for that spot if he still worked for UFC.

“It’s played out well,” he said. “I’m happy at all levels, happy with the appreciation, happy with the opportunity I’ve gotten at all levels. I don’t see this as being a short-term thing. Its not a way to get back. I’ll retire with Bellator.”

Bellator president Scott Coker noted that the deal to bring Emelianenko back to the U.S. was very different from his previous one in 2009 when he was running Strikeforce. Back then it was all about negotiations with M-1 Global, which made getting on the same page very difficult. This deal had its rocky moments, but in the end it was Coker and Emelianenko who struck an agreement without third-party involvement.

“Honestly, we kind of talked about a deal, and we got some lawyers involved, and then it got kind of hung up,” said Coker. “And then I jumped on a call with Fedor and his translator, Tanya, and we hammered it out in 45 minutes.

“We had hired a lawyer in Russia to represent us. It took three or four months of back-and-forth, and once we started talking directly, 45 minutes later, we had a deal, and they inked it within a couple of days.”

“The contract is for several fights, so that’s the goal,” said Emelianenko, who said how long he remains in the sport is God’s will.

Mitrione is about four inches taller, and will probably be 20 or more pounds heavier. He’s also more athletic than most of Emelianenko’s previous foes. But none of that seems to have any effect on Emelianenko.

“At this moment, I don’t have any concerns,” he said. “We’ll see during the fight.”

But at 40 — and ever since the Werdum loss — it’s clear he’s not the same fighter he once was. Even Fedor himself admits things are different.

“I feel myself getting old,” he said. “But the training is still the same. I’m the same weight. The training is always very difficult, hard and long.”

Mitrione is 38 yet, having come to the sport in his thirties, says he doesn’t necessarily feel the encroachment of age.

“I’m really lucky, but I don’t feel differently,” he said. “I believe I’m a Highlander. I’m not the only one, but I’m one of the few. My body feels great. It feels fantastic, I also changed the way I train. I don’t spar with big gloves and I don’t take punches to the face in training. Everything is live from the neck down.”

Mitrione noted that over the years his motto has become that he’s not paid to spar and get hurt in training, he trains to make sure he gets to the fight. He’s also concerned about his brain, noting he constantly engages in things to stimulate his brain after a lifetime in football and fighting.

“I think he’s excited,” said Coker about Mitrione. “That’s a big tough kid, really athletic, he’s got a big punch. This is an even fight to me, 50/50, whoever gets there first. I think Fedor’s excited. I think you’ll see a great match on Saturday night.”

“Is it my Super Bowl?” Mitrione said, when asked how this would compare to anything else he’s done in sports. “I don’t know. I can tell you after I win. I don’t know now. I think it’s just another day right now. It’s just another competition I’m involved in.”

Mitrione said the only thing he can compare this to right now was his 2010 fight with Kimbo Slice in Montreal.

“My first real fight in the UFC, not on Ultimate Fighter, was with Kimbo,” Mitrione said. “Kimbo had a Tyson-esque aura about him back then.”

“It parallels to fighting Kimbo, the aura, the hype, the trash talk from his fans. I see a lot of parallels. As far as every other sport, a fight is it’s own animal. I don’t really see it (a comparison to a football game). The Kimbo fight was somewhat similar although obviously the level of fighter isn’t similar.”

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