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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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UFC 235 Results: Kamaru Usman Makes Tyron Woodley Look Like a Chump, Takes Belt

He won TUF 21, but you can’t hold that against him now. No, not after Kamaru Usman beat the ever-loving crap out of champ Tyron Woodley for five full rounds.

Woodley has been a pretty okay champ. He’s got no charisma, so the division has suffered a bit because of it, but whatever. Woodley is a tough, talented dude.

And Usman made him look like a chump.

There’s a lot I could say about what went down, but the clips in these tweets paint the full picture best:

Maybe Woodley had an “off” night, maybe Usman is just that good. Regardless, now we’re going to get to see Usman destroy Colby Covington, and that’s good.

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‘Look, He’s Not Chuck Liddell’

Rising UFC middleweight contender Israel Adesanya will have a massive opportunity to further propel his name into superstardom when he takes on mixed martial arts (MMA) legend Anderson Silva at UFC 234 this February.

Adesanya, who often draws comparisons to Silva and former UFC light heavyweight king Jon Jones, is coming off a big knockout win over veteran Derek Brunson back at UFC 230. It was a coming out party of sorts and a memorable finish that allowed “Last Stylebender” to lock down a fight opposite his hero.

While Silva is still a competent contender, Adesanya has encountered some criticism for taking a fight against a 43-year-old legend who has competed just once in well over two years. Adesanya understands his current position, but wants to reassure fight fans that Silva is no Chuck Liddell, who recently came out of an eight-year retirement to get knocked out by Tito Ortiz in a massively disappointing trilogy fight.

“People who aren’t in my shoes (don’t understand),” Adesanya said in a recent interview with Submission Radio (shown above). “Look, he’s not Chuck Liddell. Don’t get me wrong, because of that being so recent people were like, ‘oh, how dare you, he’s 43’. Look, last time he was finished was when he broke his leg. He hasn’t been losing badly. He beat Derek Brunson. That was a close fight, I guess, but yeah, I think he’s just been bored.”

Silva, who hasn’t finished a fight since ending Stephan Bonnar via first-round TKO back at UFC 153 over six years ago, is widely considered one of the best fighters to ever do it. His performances of late haven’t been overly spectacular, but the Brazilian veteran still possesses enough skill to test almost any fighter in the middleweight top 10.

All of that said, Adesanya would be stupid not to jump at the opportunity to fight one of the best of all time. Silva may have initially declined the bout, but a guaranteed title shot by UFC president Dana White was all “Spider” needed to ready himself for a battle with the 29-year-old Adesanya.

“Initially I was disappointed (because he turned the fight down),” Adesanya said. “I was like, man, this is a guy who liked the big challenges, the great show. As he used to say, ‘I want great show,’ you know. And then he said no to me. I said, man, maybe he doesn’t have it anymore. And then he came back last Sunday, yup, I wanna do it. I’m like, they must have made him an offer he can’t refuse, and instantly I knew it was like, title shot. I was like, alright then. But I like to think it’s me.

“I feel like I’m the guy. Cause, you know, he said one time to Joe Rogan, ‘I want to fight my clone,’ and I’m better than his clone. I’ve studied everything he’s done, every single thing. I know some of him better than he knows himself, whether he likes to believe it or not, cause I’m on the outside looking in. And yeah, I just want to believe, I want to be the guy that brings the best out of him. You’re gonna see a different Anderson, Anderson of old, if you will. Anderson that teeped Vitor Belfort in the face and had me run to my room all, ‘ahhhhh, what the f*ck’. Yeah, I want to bring that guy back. So yeah, he back.”

If Adesanya is able to dominate Silva like he has dominated the majority of his opponents to date then there is no denying “Last Stylebender” his own shot at UFC gold. At the end of the day, not too many fighters have finished Silva inside of the cage.

“I’m gonna steal the show,” Adesanya concluded. “Look, this is the greatest middleweight of all time… and Anderson Silva going at it. What more could you want?”

UFC 234 takes place on Feb. 9 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia, and features a middleweight main event title fight between current champion Robert Whittaker and former Ultimate Fighter winner Kelvin Gastelum.

Stick with Mania for more UFC 234 fight card news.

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One Last Look At UFC 229’s Fight Card!

Fight card no longer subject to change!

With the weigh-ins complete (see staredown here), Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and former 145- and 155-pound “champ-champ,” Conor McGregor, are now officially set to compete later tonight (Sat., Oct. 6, 2018) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. And it’s going to be absolutely bonkers. Indeed, there hasn’t been this much excitement around a UFC pay-per-view (PPV) event since, well, when McGregor locked horns with Nate Diaz for a second time at UFC 202 more than two years ago. That’s actually right around the same time that “Notorious” last stepped foot in the Octagon — he has not competed in mixed martial arts (MMA) since stopping Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 in Nov. 2016 to win the promotion’s Lightweight title. It’s a belt — along with the Featherweight strap he claimed in Dec. 2015 — that he would never defend. That’s because McGregor was somehow able to finagle a “money” blockbuster boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, which the Irishman would lose via technical knockout in round 10.

But, he didn’t really lose anything, amirite? Nah …

Nurmagomedov and McGregor are expected to step into the cage sometime before midnight later this evening. The bout, which will be contested at 155 pounds, is scheduled for five, three-minute rounds. And the longer the fight goes, the more it favors Nurmagomedov, who pushes a brutal pace that grinds his opponents into fleshy red pulps. McGregor, meanwhile, has only fought for 25 minutes once (Diaz rematch), averaging just under five minutes in the cage throughout his 24-fight MMA career.

Nevertheless, before Nurmagomedov and McGregor hook ‘em up, Fight Pass will kickoff the action online at 6:30 p.m. ET then FOX Sports 1 will pick up the broadcast at 8 p.m. ET before transitioning to pay-per-view (PPV) at 10 p.m. ET. There, UFC 229 will also feature a pivotal match between top-ranked Lightweight contenders, Tony Ferguson (No. 1) and Anthony Pettis (No. 8), with the winner likely competing against the winner of the main event.

That’s not all, though … not by a long shot.

Check out the finalized “Khabib vs. McGregor” line up below:

UFC 229 PPV Main Event:

155 lbs.: UFC Lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Conor McGregor

UFC 229 PPV Main Card (10 p.m. ET start time):

155 lbs.: Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis
205 lbs.: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Dominick Reyes
265 lbs.: Derrick Lewis vs. Alexander Volkov
115 lbs.: Michelle Waterson vs. Felice Herrig

UFC 229 FOX Sports 1 ‘Prelims’ Undercard (8 p.m. ET start time):

125 lbs.: Jussier Formiga vs. Sergio Pettis
170 lbs.: Vincente Luque vs. Jalin Turner
135 lbs.: Aspen Ladd vs. Tonya Evinger
155 lbs.: Scott Holtzman vs. Alan Patrick

UFC 229 Fight Pass ‘Prelims’ Undercard (6:30 p.m. ET start time):

135 lbs.: Yana Kunitskaya vs. Lina Lansberg
155 lbs.: Gray Maynard vs. Nik Lentz
170 lbs.: Ryan LaFlare vs. Tony Martin

Remember that MAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 229 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

For much more on UFC 229 click here.

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Video! Does It Look Like Khabib Is Ready For McGregor?

Despite having a massive advantage over Conor McGregor in the wrestling department, UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov is still going to have his hands full when the two stars meet next weekend at UFC 229.

If Nurmagomedov is able to drag the brash Irishman to the canvas that means he had success getting past McGregor’s hands on the feet. It’s a daunting task considering McGregor is one of the very best strikers in mixed martial arts today, but Khabib’s 26-0 professional record suggests he’ll do whatever it takes to capture victory at UFC 229 and retain his 155-pound title.

In preparation for his impending grudge match with “Notorious,” Khabib has released the first episode of his behind-the-scenes training camp at American Kickboxing Academy (shown above).

Under the tutelage of head coach Javier Mendez, alongside notable sparring partners like former UFC middleweight champion Luke Rockhold, Nurmagomedov is honing his skills the best he can. Only time will tell if Khabib’s hard work pays off against a killer like McGregor. Because no matter how high “Eagle” has soared throughout his career he hasn’t met a fighter as unique as “Notorious.”

UFC 229 will take place on Oct. 6 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Midnight Mania! See How UFC 227’s Headliners Look in Mullets

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Sometimes, things just don’t come out right, and that’s okay. Artist Adam Nelson decided to have some fun with this poster he made, but ultimately wasn’t happy with.

He decided to draw the UFC champions and contenders… with mullets.

I’ll be honest… Henry Cejudo looks amazing. The former Olympian should think about adopting this mustache and hair for his permanent look.

Demetrious Johnson just looks strange with a mullet. He’s such a clean-cut, professional fighter, both in his near-flawless technique and in his interviews, that a mullet just seems out of place on him.

I can see the TJ Dillshaw mullet… but why does the KO’ed version of Cody Garbrandt wear these sunglasses??

Cody Garbrandt, who actually takes meticulous care of his hair and beard at all times, looks the most true to life of any of these fighters, which is frightening. Maybe it’s the Ohio roots- if it’s anything like rural Pennsylvania or western New York or where I grew up, there are surely more than a few Ohio natives who still rock a mullet.

Sometimes mistakes can be a good thing in the end. Cody Garbrandt and Henry Cejudo both attempt to make their own lemonade out of lemons in their rematches this weekend, each fighter professing to have learned from their mistakes against Dillashaw and Johnson, respectively. Their tasks, presumably, won’t be as easy as painting mullets on canvas. They must paint violence in the Octagon better than their opponents, or wind up in no man’s land in their divisions.


Insomnia

Belal Muhammad says that fighters lie about their weight cuts… could that be worrying for Henry Cejudo?

Colby Covington Goes to the White House

The memes were happening

It’s great that Colby got to use his belt that Dana is planning on stripping soon.

Dreams do come true @colbycovmma

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Trump supporter Ben Askren was confused

The memes went on and on

Kamurashops drew Nick Diaz in there, just for fun.

History in the making

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Combat sports this weekend


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Vinny Maghales scored this grazing headkick knockout at PFL 5 tonight!

What a remarkable beginning and ending to a fight by Chris Wade!

Highly entertaining

Remember when Demetrious Johnson effortlessly destroyed Henry Cejudo?

Old, but remarkable KO by Ricardo Ramos over Justin Rader. He knocks Rader down moving backwards on one foot.

Choke


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Look Out Western Europe, Bellator MMA Is Coming!

wave the Irish flag

It was a big day for Bellator MMA!

Bellator MMA President Scott Coker had a big announcement to make this week. Let’s just cut right to the chase:

“Growing the Bellator organization throughout U.K. and Ireland has been a top priority for us for quite some time. Adding up-and-coming, as well as established, talent from the region to our roster plays a crucial role in us being able to take the next steps in this market. Our fans in the U.K. and Ireland can anticipate a much stronger Bellator presence and can look forward to seeing some of western Europe’s best MMA fighters inside the Bellator cage in the near future.”

To that end Bellator has signed 24 fighters from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Notable names include two-division BAMMA champ Terry Brazier, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF): “The Smashes” Lightweight winner Norman Parke, popular Irish lightweight Paul Redmond, undefeated SBG Ireland-trained product Kiefer Crosbie and TUF season 27-veteran Richie Smullen.

Check out the full list of recruits below:

Lightweight:

* Terry Brazier (10-1; fighting out of England)
* Pedro Carvalho (8-3; fighting out of Ireland by way of Portugal)
* Constantin Gnusariev (1-0; fighting out of Ireland by way of Moldova)
* Luka Jelcic (10-3; fighting out of Ireland by way of Croatia)
* Charlie Leary (15-9-1; fighting out of England)
* Lewis Long (16-5; fighting out of Wales)
* Norman Parke (25-6-1, 1 NC; fighting out of Northern Ireland)
* Myles Price (10-7, fighting out of Ireland)
* Paul Redmond (14-8; fighting out of Ireland)
* Daniele Scatizzi (9-4; fighting out Ireland by way of Italy)
* Sam Slater (2-0; fighting out of Ireland)
* Richie Smullen (3-1-1; fighting out of Ireland)
* Tim Wilde (12-3; fighting out of England)

Welterweight:

* Ruben Crawford (16-3; fighting out of Ireland by way of Germany)
* Kiefer Crosbie (4-0; fighting out of Ireland)
* Walter Gahadza (17-3; fighting out of England)
* Richard Kiely (2-1; fighting out of Ireland)
* Ion Pascu (18-8; fighting out of Ireland by way of Romania)
* Jim Wallhead (29-11; fighting out of England)

Featherweight:

* Dylan Logan (2-3; fighting out of Ireland)
* Nathan Rose (6-1; fighting out of England)

Middleweight:

* Claudio Conti (7-5-2; fighting out of Ireland by way of Italy)
* John Redmond (7-13; fighting out of Ireland)

Women’s Flyweight:

* Antonela Orlic – (0-0; fighting out of Ireland by way of Croatia)

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Dana White Still Believes Yoel Romero Should Move to 205, But, Should UFC Look at Third Fight With Robert Whittaker?

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

If following last night’s headliner at UFC 225 between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, you believe a third fight is in order, well, it looks like that might not happen.

If you watched the contest, then you know it was one of the best middleweight bouts in recent memory. Whittaker outscored Romero in the opening two rounds, but in round three, the latter decked the champ before he recovered and returned fire. Round four was competitive, but round five was pretty much a blow out for Romero, who dropped Whittaker again and appeared to be on the verge of finishing the fight. In fact, many folks have opined that the round should have been scored a 10 – 8 for Romero (via the new scoring rules). None of the judges, however, did so. Whittaker walked away from the bout with a controversial, split decision win.

Well, as you know, even if Romero had been handed the decision, he wouldn’t have been given the belt, since he came in at 185.2 for the fight. It was a repeat from what went down in February, when Romero didn’t secure the interim title after knocking out Luke Rockhold, because he missed weight for that fight as well.

After the card, White was asked if he still believes Romero should move to 205. Prior to the card, the UFC President had said he thinks that’s what the Cuban wrestler should do. White stood by that belief at the post-fight presser.

“Probably a good idea. We’re going to have to talk to him and his team, and it’s probably a good idea for him to go to 205. “

But is this really the route the UFC should go? Should they pass on Whittaker – Romero 3? Considering how last night’s bout unfolded? Yes, Romero missed weight, and he looked horrible after making his second attempt. But, the fighter has insisted his cut was stopped prematurely by the commission. Of course, health concerns need to be monitored here, but has the UFC thoroughly vetted what happened ? To conclude the book should be closed on Romero’s run at 185?

Now, another reason one could make the case for Whittaker – Romero III is due to the state of the middleweight division. When White was asked about the status of Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum, really, the only two 185’ers right now who you could tap for a title fight, he said this:

“Weidman’s still hurt; his hands still messed up. So he’s going to be out for a while longer.”

“No comment on Kelvin Gastelum. He should have been the back-up here tonight when this all went down. He couldn’t do it. He’s got some personal issues that he seriously needs to take care of.”

So, depending on what issue Gastelum is dealing with, perhaps, the former welterweight contender could be a possibility in the not too distant future. But, would that fight draw more views that Whittaker – Romero III? That’s a good question.

At the end of the day, as the news cycle moves on, and Whittaker takes times to recover from a broken hand, calls for a third bout with Romero will have likely diminished. It’s just really unfortunate that Romero missed weight again, as, in a vacuum, a third scrap between the two sounds about right.

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Midnight Mania! You Can’t Look Away From This Arm Break at LFA 39

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A fight between Jerome Rivera and Brandon Royval didn’t go as planned tonight at LFA 39, as Rivera found himself on the receiving end of an arm break so nasty, it makes Anderson Silva’s leg break look downright palatable by comparison.

The arm ain’t supposed to bend that way.

What’s odd is that it’s difficult to tell exactly what broke Jerome’s arm. In case you wanted to see it slowed down frame by frame, the internet has you:

The arm break joins a litany of limbs losing structural integrity in the course of a mixed martial arts bout. While certainly one of the hazards of the job, getting a bone broken in the cage is never fun to watch- or to experience. Best of luck to Jerome in recovery.


Insomnia

Tommy Toehold presents UFC Star Wars!

Tony Ferguson has blue hair but his mood seems cheery. How odd.

I’m guessing Alvarez didn’t sign?

Weird things happen when Elias Theodorou serves as Ring Boy for a women’s MMA event.

Dillon Danis loves starting shit with guys way above his pay grade and getting schooled online

Combat sports this weekend:


Slips, Rips, and Weekend KO Clips

Mobster grandson John Gotti III with the knockout

Bulldog choke win!

Former UFC fighter Pearl Gonzalez with the armbar win

Straight right counter to a left hook for the KO

When leg locking goes wrong

The desperation shot didn’t work

Manel Kape with the win

Out with a head kick

Pretty cool historical footage of Kyoji Horiguchi


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Promotional Malpractice Live Chat


Random Land

The Jurassic Coast is now on my geographic bucket list

Speaking of geography, this volcanic eruption in Hawaii looks apocalyptic

Pigs start life so cute

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Midnight Mania! NYSAC Never Even Had a Doctor Look at Max Before Pulling Him

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Of everything that happened in Brooklyn, N.Y., over the past couple days, this probably made me the angriest, from the perspective of a fight fan. That’s saying a lot, as Conor McGregor threw a dolly through a bus window, got three fights canceled and himself arrested. But, UFC 223’s pay-per-view (PPV) main event was still slated to continue, a bout between featherweight champion Max Holloway and the undefeated Russian wrestler, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Max had a tough weight cut on short notice after interim champion Tony Ferguson blew out his knee in a freak accident, surely a result of powerful wizards somewhere casting a powerful hex over this event. The hex would continue, as the New York State Athletic Commission (NYSAC) — being entirely incompetent — decided by looking at Max Holloway that he couldn’t finish his weight cut. They evidently didn’t have a medical doctor make the medical decision that “Blessed” was medically unfit to compete, as any commission that was even minimally intelligent would have done.

Holloway himself wanted to continue the cut, which his nutritionist said had been going “great.” But, none of that mattered, because the NYSAC is stupid.

They wouldn’t allow Paul Felder, who was on championship weight, to compete for the title because he wasn’t “ranked”- perhaps not realizing that the UFC control the rankings anyway, and they are quite arbitrary. Al Iaquinta, who is now in the main event, will, technically, not be allowed to compete for the title either, as he weighed in at 155.2 pounds- even though they weighed his underwear later and determined that this would more than account for the .2 pound difference.

Of course, the NYSAC has a long history of being both inept and corrupt. In the short time they have been regulating MMA, they have been piling up numerous complaints from fighters both in the UFC and Bellator. They suspended Kelvin Gastelum for six months for missing weight, and Yoel Romero for sixty days for jumping on the cage to celebrate his win over Chris Weidman. They are also the commission that was fooled by Daniel Cormier’s towel trick, and denied Rashad Evans a chance to compete at UFC 205.

Before that, they had a long and sordid history when it came to regulating boxing, including the Arturo Gatti-Joey Gamache fiasco, which resulted in permanent brain damage for Gamache, as well as being at fault for a bout which resulted in paralysis for a Dagestani boxer. They also presided over the death of Beethavean Scottland in 2001, as well as numerous other examples of incompetence.

UFC 223 was just the latest victim.


Insomnia

Does Al Iaquinta have the touch of destiny on him?

Imagine being this overlooked and suddenly becoming the main event in a title fight

Tony Ferguson started this whole mess with his freak injury.

Former UFC fighter Tyson Griffin tweeted at Jon Jones and Conor McGregor and quickly got roasted by Jonny Bones.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier, Canadian gangster.

Matt Brown hit Conor McGregor with this savage meme…

#mysticmac

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Now here’s a group you don’t want to mess with. But why is Ilir Latifi chilling in the corner??

Accurate

McGregor’s file

Oh yes, the worst news of the weekend.

Only Al is left.

Stipe Miocic’s got jokes.


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