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Diego Sanchez ‘Looking To Do a Michael Bisping Story’ Before he Retires

It seems as though Diego Sanchez has been with the Ultimate Fighting Championship forever. At 36 years of age one might think the former “Nightmare” would be ready to hang up the gloves. According to the veteran, the hunger still burns and he wants to make one last run at the welterweight belt before he retires.
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Cejudo Looking To Become ‘Triple Champ’ After UFC 227 Title Win

Henry Cejudo may not have finished Demetrious Johnson last night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) at UFC 227 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., but the former Olympic gold medalist did enough to edge out “Mighty Mouse” and walk away with the undisputed UFC flyweight title.

The performance put forth by Cejudo was simply amazing considering Johnson had never lost at flyweight and was aiming to secure his 12th straight title defense. In defeating the pound-for-pound legend, Cejudo cements his legacy as a UFC champion and steals away the momentum for a Johnson vs. T. J. Dillashaw superfight, which has been talked about too much.

After his victory, Cejudo declared himself eligible to move up in weight and challenge Dillashaw at 135 pounds, especially after the UFC champion defended his bantamweight belt opposite Cody Garbrandt in UFC 227’s main event. Cejudo is looking to become a “triple champ” after taking out “Mighty Mouse” and believes a move to 135 would do him well.

“If you guys watch my fight look at how muscular, how much bigger I am than Demetrious Johnson,” said Cejudo during the post-fight press conference (full video replay here). “I’m a tank, man. I can easily fill out at 135 pounds and feel good.

“The other reason, too, they’ve always talked about T.J and D.J. superfight. They neglected Henry Cejudo in the promos. They neglected Henry Cejudo in practically everything. And I get it because America is all about winners. Now that I’m a winner, I’m asking. I’m an Olympic champ. I’m a UFC champ. And now I’m asking to be a triple champ.”

The newly minted flyweight king is open to the idea of T.J. Dillashaw moving down and challenging for the 125-pound title, but “Messenger” would rather move up for the sake of the record books.

“If he wants to come down we can talk, I’d rather go up,” added Cejudo. “I want to make history.”

After UFC 227 Dillashaw revealed he was disappointed in Johnson’s performance, but did say he believes “Mighty Mouse” should get an immediate rematch with Cejudo given his flyweight track record. That would essentially put Cejudo’s triple champ request to rest, although nothing is set in stone.

For now, the talk of superfights will continue to buzz. In today’s mixed martial arts (MMA), that’s simply par for the course. But if Dillashaw were to move down or if UFC decides it wants a champion vs. champion showdown at bantamweight, Cejudo must be involved.

Talk about a good time to upset the greatest fighter of all time.

For complete UFC 227 results and coverage click here.

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Jose Aldo Looking to End Career on a High Note Once UFC Contract Concludes

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Jose Aldo will compete in his first non-title fight this Saturday since joining the promotion back in 2011, as he takes on Jeremy Stephens in a three-round tilt at UFC on Fox 30.
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Report: UFC Looking to Strip Covington of Interim Belt, Book Woodley vs. Till

The Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight division has been in a state of flux after divisional prospect Darren Till took to social media on Thursday to claim that interim welterweight champion Colby Covington had pulled out of his highly anticipated title fight against incumbent champ Tyron Woodley. Now more sources confirm that Covington is out and may be stripped of his interim belt.
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Jorge Masvidal Eviscerates Neil Magny, Kamaru Usman While Looking for Fight

Jorge Masvidal is having trouble getting a fight, and now “Gamebred” is targeting every Top 5 welterweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship in order to get one.
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Midnight Mania! Francis Ngannou Looking Scary Fast at New Gym

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Francis Ngannou is looking to rebound from his first UFC defeat, a five-round decision loss to champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. In order to take the next steps in his development, the talented African has moved his training to Syndicate Mixed Martial Arts ahead of his UFC 226 bout with fellow heavy hitter Derrick Lewis.

He is looking light on his feet with this pad work.

Per Damon Martin of FloCombat, Ngannou is also training at Xtreme Couture, where he can work with striking coach Ray Sefo and Sambo master Blagoy Ivanov, who is set to make his UFC debut against Junior Dos Santos.

He is missing out on those high-tech Performance Institute treadmills though.

Derrick Lewis, for his part, is ready to open up with the heavy firepower against Ngannou.

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Insomnia

Cub Swanson approves

This is a good matchup between Myles Jury and Chad Mendes on Mendes’ first fight back from a two-year suspension.

This is not a fun feeling

TJ Dillashaw thinks Vasyl Lomachenko is untouchable as he is set to box Jorge Linares next weekend

This is a good quiz. I’ll take 2 and 6

Matt Brown takes his right and left elbows

Middleweight Julian Marquez found himself defending Batman against Max Griffin’s slander. Nerd.

Well done, whoever turned Kevin Lee’s stanky leg into this. (It was apparently a guy who calls himself @rayrod747)

@rayrod747 deserves an award for this top notch edit.

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Bisping says he’s never making middleweight again and would happily jump up to light heavyweight to fight Luke Rockhold if he beats Alexander Gustafsson.

Lando Vannata working the angles on the pads

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How will Colby Covington slap Joe Rogan when he can’t see him?

Melvin Guillard has fallen on bad times.

Daniel Cormier celebrates eight years with his wife

How Carlos Condit spent his weekend

#CasualFriday at @hundredhandscoffee #SteelMace #SockGame #ShirtsAreAJailCell

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Obligatory slow-motion footage of Gennady Golovkin’s knockout

Tenshin Nasukawa

Epic fight

Emanuel Augustus, the Drunken Boxer

Is this cop Mark Hunt in disguise?

Or maybe it’s this guy

A lot of steam on this short uppercut

Pass the guard, go straight to armbar, collect 200 dollars


Good Reads


Random Land

This is the kind of low-percentage shot you throw up in fifth grade recess because you are just trying to look cool.

Not a good Monday

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Dustin Poirier Not Looking to Fight Fire with Fire Against Justin Gaethje

It’s safe to say fans were excited with the announcement that Dustin Poirier and Justin Gaethje would square off in the main event on April 14 at UFC on Fox 29.
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Werdum Looking To ‘Demonstrate Worth’ At UFC London

Former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum will aim to win his third-straight bout when he takes on former Bellator MMA heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov tomorrow evening (Sat., Mar. 17, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 127 live on Fight Pass from inside O2 Arena in London, England.

The main event tilt will mark Werdum’s third fight in the past five months. After losing his divisional title to Stipe Miocic via knockout at UFC 198, and then losing a close decision to Alistair Overeem at UFC 213, the Brazilian veteran has been trying to make up for lost time and quickly work his way back into position for another shot at UFC gold.

“I can’t think of the belt only, nor can I sit around and not fight, waiting for the belt to come to me,” Werdum told MMAjunkie earlier this week. “I have to demonstrate my worth by fighting as often as possible. I’m confident I’ll have another shot.”

Luckily, Werdum’s quick turnarounds and willingness to fight lesser known opponents hasn’t backfired. Instead, the 40-year-old contender got right back into the win column after his loss to Overeem by submitting Walt Harris in 65 seconds at UFC 216 and then battering rising contender Marcin Tybura via decision back at UFC Fight Night 121.

If Werdum is able to get past Volkov this weekend in London he’ll take one step closer to another heavyweight title shot. Whether that shot comes against Miocic or current light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, who are scheduled to collide in a superfight at UFC 226 this July, Werdum really doesn’t care.

“My greatest objective is being the champion for a third time,” said Werdum. “It doesn’t matter if it’s against Stipe Miocic or Daniel Cormier. I love Daniel Cormier. He’s my friend going back several years. But we’re professionals. If he wins, I’ll have to fight him. What can I do? My goal is the belt. That’s it. It doesn’t matter who’s holding it.

“If it’s Stipe Miocic, great – I get to avenge a loss. If it’s Daniel Cormier, we’ll fight. I have nothing bad to say about him. I don’t badmouth people to promote a fight. That’s not who I am. … My goal is the belt, regardless of who has it.”

Of course, Werdum can’t possibly overlook Volkov heading into tomorrow’s UFC Fight Night 127 main event. Volkov has won his last five professional bouts (3-0 UFC), has only been finished once since 2010, and possesses one of the more dangerous striking arsenals at the heavyweight level.

“I see Volkov as a very difficult opponent,” Werdum said. “He’s very tall. He has a great reach, and very good muay Thai. He just beat three guys in the UFC. And every heavyweight in the UFC is dangerous. I think it will be a great fight. I’m able to visualize it. I envision a lot of muay Thai. And like everyone says, I expect to knock him out or submit him. (But) the main thing is to get the win.”

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 127 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 1:45 p.m. ET, followed by the main card start time of 5 p.m. ET, also on Fight Pass.

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Midnight Mania! Joe Rogan thinks Francis Ngannou has UFC looking at “Mike Tyson days”

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Joe Rogan thinks Francis Ngannou could be the UFC’s modern version of Mike Tyson. He has finished all six of his UFC fights, most of them in the first round, and according to the UFC’s measurement, he holds a world record for power, beating out professional kickboxer Tyrone Spong. However dubious that distinction may be, it is no secret Ngannou has mind-numbing power. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“Now they’ve got a star,” Rogan said. “I think Ngannou, one or two more fights, you’re going to be looking at Mike Tyson days. That’s what I think. You’re going to watch fights just to see how long these mother(expletives) can survive against this guy. That’s what I think. That could be their big, breakout star.”

The story is certainly there. Ngannou came up from nothing, going from a child working in sand mines, to wandering the streets homeless in Paris, to the next UFC title contender. He used his platform after his win over Overeem at UFC 218 to bring attention to the human slavery happening in Libya. He’s a gentle, soft-spoken, terrifying giant, a PR dream. The real question is, will the UFC be able to adjust their usual monotonous messaging to capitalize on the obvious potential?

Ngannou, if indeed he does establish himself as a Pay-Per-View star, would fill a hole in the current UFC landscape. Ronda is transitioning to the WWE, GSP’s future is uncertain (but probably won’t include defending that middleweight belt) and Conor is spending most his nights waiting outside after-parties and punching folks connected to the mob.

“Conor, who knows if he’s ever going to fight again,” Rogan said. “We really don’t know. We haven’t heard Conor saying, ‘This is my plan. This is who I’m thinking of fighting. This is who I want to fight.’ He’s been talking (expletive) to Max Holloway, he’s been talking (expletive) to Tony Ferguson, but he’s not set it up.”

Ngannou will face Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt at UFC 220 on January 20th in Boston, headlining above a light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir. The double headliner seems to be a gamble by the UFC to get as many eyes as possible on this heavyweight fight. Stipe Miocic has won his last five fights via knockout, four in the first round; if he wins, he will set the heavyweight record with three consecutive title defenses. If Ngannou wins, the world is his oyster.


Insomnia

Eddie Alvarez recounting his fight with Justin Gaethje:

Is Ben Askren hinting GSP may come back to welterweight to fight him, or his friend Tyron Woodley?

Don’t try Saul Alvarez’s neck exercises at home, kids.

CSA gym has a rule not to back up more than three times in sparring, which would improve the striking of so many MMA fighters

This is extremely exciting, mostly because I love watching Robert Whittaker fight. I never thought GSP would defend his belt against Whittaker, no matter how pissed Dana White said he would be.

“Fart noise” is what Kelvin Gastelum thinks of this.

Whoops

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I’ve never hit mitts at the Black Volcano and now, somehow, I feel my life is not complete.

flow with @groovylando

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Kyoji Horiguchi joins Santiago Ponzinibbio and Marc Diakese doing cognitive conditioning drills with Nic Davenport at American Top Team.

How serious is your fandom?


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Karate kick knockout!

I’m told elbows are the best in street fights

Throwback to Raymond Daniels throwing two-touch spinning back kicks in pajama pants karate

The great Ramon Dekkers


Podcasts and Video

Flyin Brian J previews UFC: Fresno main event between Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega

Cub Swanson said Max Holloway played with Jose Aldo’s ego, and that he had been scouting Brian Ortega as a potential opponent.

Brian Ortega is very relaxed

The Fight Society podcast with Damon Martin and Matt Brown

Swanson’s double overhand, explained by the other two Andrews who contribute to this site. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube!


Random Land

When Subway turns you down for prom

Meanwhile in LA…

California fires have provided us the most compelling visual metaphors for America in 2017.

Seriously though, this looks really bad.

If you live there:

Stipe Miocic sends his fellow firefighters his thoughts and prayers:

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Midnight Mania! Are we looking at the turning point in the McGregor era?

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If you have been paying any attention, you know today was full of bad news for mixed martial arts (MMA). First, Conor McGregor goes and shoves referee Marc Goddard, then slaps an official just for good measure. Then, to give an aftertaste to that bad flavor in our mouths, Anderson Silva went and popped positive again, bumping him out of his UFC: Shanghai main event against Kelvin Gastelum.

The McGregor news seems… familiar. It’s a trope we’ve seen, in fact, almost as often as we’ve been watching the behavior of superstars. The story goes, a young, successful star breaks into the public consciousness. Somehow, in a combination of luck, timing, charisma and talent, they get to the top, they have everything they ever wanted, and then… they lose focus. They make public missteps. Drug use is usually involved.

Then they do something like this:

There were many “takes” online today on McGregor’s antics, ranging from serious to funny. Dan Hardy blamed money:

There is also this; McGregor seems as though he is at that point in his career where he no longer has any bigger challenge to channel that energy. He loves to party, and there is some evidence that he isn’t doing his partying substance-free.

Conor has talked before about doing better in life when he has immediate goals to work towards. For a long time, he has done nothing but hit bigger and bigger goals. He won a Cage Warriors Featherweight belt, then their lightweight crown. Next, he was climbing the featherweight rankings. Then, he was taking on short-notice Chad Mendes for an interim title; knocking out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds; moving up in weight to face Nate Diaz. His first, embarrassing UFC loss to Diaz could have been a setback; instead, McGregor insisted on an immediate rematch. He edged out Diaz at UFC 202 and immediately turned around to win the lightweight crown at Madison Square Garden. That was the the point he outgrew the sport, and stepped into the world of boxing. His last fight was a 100-million dollar payday against the highest paid athlete in all combat sports, Floyd Mayweather.

Where does he go from there? That’s the top of the proverbial mountain. He’s got to come back down now, at least a little bit. No fight is going to have the feel of a “first”, unless the UFC get really ridiculous and give him GSP for the middleweight title.

He needs something though, or this might be the watershed moment. This might be the day we look back on as the time the wheels fell off the McGregor train


Bellator wasted not a second using McGregor’s antics to promote their event; for them, this was as good as gold.

You get the feeling McGregor feels he is invincible, that he is the center of the world. Why shouldn’t he be? Everything has been about him for so long. But take a look at the concussed fighter Marc Goddard is trying to pay attention to.

The jokes abound:

This wasn’t McGregor and Goddard’s first encounter. Goddard also warned the Irish star to sit down at UFC: Gdansk.

JUST ANNOUNCED!!! Who wins this match up?

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Even Mike Goldberg’s got jokes.

(He also loves the Irish)

What will the official response be? Is McGregor really too big to punish? They’ve got him, and GSP. That’s about it for superstars. But when he gets a slap on the wrist, it is just going to reinforce that he now lives in a world with no consequences.

McGregor earlier today:


Insomnia

Gunnar Nelson is up to fight Darren Till, who returns the sentiment. Liverpool or London? Doesn’t fucking matter son!

Nick Newell has an idea for who should step in now that Anderson popped positive…

Platinum Perry is up for a trip to middleweight too

Megan Anderson is proud of her tats.

Pay-Per-View estimates for UFC 217 are approaching that million-dollar mark. It would seem GSP lost none of his drawing power.

Good news for the Muhammed Ali Expansion Act

This is some strong Scottish brogue coming through in tweet format.

An already shredded Northcutt looks inhuman after a weight cut. Look at those quads. Almost disconnected from the rest of his legs.

Robert Whittaker is willing to fight St. Pierre wherever he wants.

Stop holding pads like this!

The Iceman, living up to his name in Hawaii.

Getting my freeze on after a work out. Recovery is everything ❄️☃️

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This was a laser-guided fist to face

That’s an amazing knee

This? This is an entrance

Genki Sudo

Some old-school brawls for you

Pretty sure this was my favorite fight in 2014

Arlovski’s last great win


Podcasts and Video

Whitney Miller discusses being in the UFC 217 and Glory 47. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube!

Jon Fitch discusses the Muhammed Ali Act and tells us about the time he fought to keep his house from foreclosure against Erick Silva:

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Random Land

Air travel in the 1930s seems like more fun

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