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Rivera: Garbrandt Should Lose His Spot For Stalling

Note to up-and-coming fighters: stop wasting time working your way up the ladder by doing stupid things like winning fights and building your brand.

Instead, try soliciting some of the major players in the UFC front office, because it’s not who you know, it’s who you … well, you get the idea. That’s according to top bantamweight contender Jimmie Rivera, who takes issue with the way former champion, Cody Garbrandt, “earned” his title shot.

“Cody was the seventh-ranked guy that got lucky and sucked somebody’s d—k or something like that and got a f—king shot,” Rivera told “Inside The Cage” on BJPenn.com. “He ended up beating [Dominick] Cruz who can’t box and became champ. He defended his belt and lost it right away to Dillashaw, then he fought for it again and lost to TJ and they were quick finishes. So, I don’t think he’s one of the best fighters out there. I think he’s in the way and him not wanting to fight until next year, I think he should lose his spot.”

Rivera is sour because Garbrandt is sitting on the sidelines until 2019, a timeout designed to help his recovery from lingering injuries, which means “El Terror” can take a different fight, or ride the pine until “No Love” is good and ready.

That might be easier said than done, as the waters remain stagnant at 135 pounds with champion TJ Dillashaw dropping to flyweight for a Henry Cejudo showdown, while Marlon Moraes and Raphael Assuncao run it back for the next crack at the crown.

Until UFC matchmakers come up with something better, check out the rest of the bantamweight Top 10 right here to see some of Rivera’s other options.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor’s Coach:‘We Trained Not To Lose’

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Conor McGregor didn’t quite look himself in his UFC 229 main event against Khabib Nurmagomedov. He suffered his first-ever knockdown in UFC competition, getting tagged hard in the second round. Even when he managed, after a round of control and a round of punishment from the Dagestani champion, to keep the fight standing in the third, he couldn’t seem to put together shots that would hurt Nurmagomedov. Several observers noted that his left hand was a noticeably absent factor. He won the third round, the first UFC round Khabib has unanimously lost, but wasn’t able to come close to hurting his indefatigable opponent.

This was McGregor’s first fight since his rise to regional stardom in Ireland where he didn’t manage to find the range with his left hand for even one flush shot. Whether that was due to Khabib’s deceptively acute attention to striking defense, the threat of his wrestling or McGregor’s fatigue from getting wrestled and beaten up by Nurmagomedov in the first two rounds, wasn’t immediately clear.

John Kavanagh, his head coach, made an appearance on the Joe Rogan Experience today. He said McGregor is angling for an immediate rematch and when Joe Rogan asked if the lopsided nature of the fight would make it hard to sell, Kavanagh suggested that their preparation may have been partly to blame. See around 1:11 for the exchange:

I do think Round 3 showed promise. I would like to have changed things up a little bit. Specifically, a more offensive mindset. I thought defensively we did quite well, but offensively, we weren’t really where we usually are. Right when the fight was over, I was thinking, you know what, I was kinda going into this not to lose, but not to win. His shots weren’t as crisp as they normally are. He had opportunities to hit him, especially in the third round, and he just … seemed to be the range … something was off.

Kavanaugh admitted that cage rust might have been a factor, despite bringing in unfamiliar sparring partners and imitating the fight night experience to try to get Conor re-acquainted with the feeling.

Now that the dust has had a chance to settle after the fracas, does McGregor deserve an immediate rematch, or, as Rogan and Kavanaugh agreed, should he take a tune-up fight first?


Insomnia

Derrick Lewis, who now has a million followers and will no doubt get more after he goes on the Joe Rogan Experience, is making the most of his UFC 229 victory.

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True story

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Chris Pratt was roughly as excited as I was when Derrick Lewis got that KO. The neighbors were pounding on the walls wanting me to be quiet.

Kung Fu bullfighting?? Every time you think you’ve seen it all, you realize you have not.

What a perfect Nurmagomedov meme.

Two lightweight champions clashed in the cage on Saturday night in an instant classic, and Joe Rogan is right to celebrate Tony “El Cucuy” Ferguson and Anthony “Showtime” Pettis.

Many have caught blame for the after-melee at UFC 229, but it truly is remarkable that so much slipped straight past everyone standing in the Octagon and around it.

Daniel Cormier celebrates his teammate, Khabib.

Boxing hasn’t gotten any better than this.

Khabib’s father had the best response to his… lack of discipline.

Dana White didn’t take criticism for how he handled the promotion of UFC 229 well … at all.

freeze frame, tape scratch

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“It all started 2 years ago when…” sound on

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Israel Adesanya took another route with the meme:

Is McGregor referring to the brawl afterward as “the battle”?

Khabib is a happy man. From his Instagram:

Fraternal, even now you are slowing down, otherwise I’m uncomfortable for you myself I told you, on October 6, I’ll tell you everything, or did you really want to beat me there?))) I apologize to everyone I hurt with our common victory✊️ And my sincere Fans – you are just a space thank you for your incredible support, I love you, yours truly – Habib Nurmagomedov. #ThereCity #VoResAhl

McGregor takes losing pretty well compared to most mixed martial artists.

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I’ll be back.

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The guy who attacked McGregor in the cage can kiss his fight with Artem Lobov and his UFC career goodbye.

This boxer Naoya Inoue looks lethal!

Another look at that fan knockout after the fight.

KSW also went down over the weekend, in Poland, to violent end:

Nate Diaz rolling out with his crew …


Random Land

This is very satisfying:

This is very funny

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UFC 228 Primer: Who Do You Want to Lose More – Woodley or Till?

Sometimes you’re offered a plate of dirt and a bowl of mud and you’re forced to choose one of them to eat. That’s certainly the case with UFC 228‘s main event, which pits welterweight champ Tyron Woodley against middleweight Darren Till.

And I say middleweight because Till has trouble making weight. That’s right, the Brit has failed to make the 170-pound cutoff twice in his UFC career, including the bout that earned him this title shot – a main event scrap against Stephen Thompson.

Woodley, meanwhile, has had flashes of excitement in his career, but he’s gotten so terrified of losing that he fights solely to not lose. Which sucks. And which gives us such stellar “non-fight” performances like what we saw against Thompson twice, Demian Maia, and Kelvin Gastelum.

Sure, both men have earned their status as champ and challenger. Woodley beat an awful lot of dudes to get that belt, although “beat” might be a charitable way of describing it. Till, of course, beat some quality opponents, too. There’s Thompson, and there’s also Donald Cerrone on that list.

(Worth noting: Cerrone has fought at lightweight a lot, so as welterweights go, he was always pretty small… which made him easy pickings for the overweight Till.)

So. Dirt and mud. That’s what we’re getting. Which flips the usual equation of tuning-in-to-see-your-hero-win into one all about hoping both men could lose (and lose their belts, and lose their jobs, and lose the real estate they take up in your fandom).

Who do you want to see lose more? The chubby bastard Till, who often brags how he’s bigger than opponents? Oh, hey, here’s a video of his unfair size advantage in action.

Or do you want to see Woodley lose, who is the most boring-est fighter since… since… I don’t know. He’s freakin’ boring though. And he thinks he’s amazing, so don’t expect him to change anytime soon.

Enjoy your dirt and mud, folks.

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UFC 228 Primer: Who Do You Want to Lose More – Woodley or Till?

Sometimes you’re offered a plate of dirt and a bowl of mud and you’re forced to choose one of them to eat. That’s certainly the case with UFC 228‘s main event, which pits welterweight champ Tyron Woodley against middleweight Darren Till.

And I say middleweight because Till has trouble making weight. That’s right, the Brit has failed to make the 170-pound cutoff twice in his UFC career, including the bout that earned him this title shot – a main event scrap against Stephen Thompson.

Woodley, meanwhile, has had flashes of excitement in his career, but he’s gotten so terrified of losing that he fights solely to not lose. Which sucks. And which gives us such stellar “non-fight” performances like what we saw against Thompson twice, Demian Maia, and Kelvin Gastelum.

Sure, both men have earned their status as champ and challenger. Woodley beat an awful lot of dudes to get that belt, although “beat” might be a charitable way of describing it. Till, of course, beat some quality opponents, too. There’s Thompson, and there’s also Donald Cerrone on that list.

(Worth noting: Cerrone has fought at lightweight a lot, so as welterweights go, he was always pretty small… which made him easy pickings for the overweight Till.)

So. Dirt and mud. That’s what we’re getting. Which flips the usual equation of tuning-in-to-see-your-hero-win into one all about hoping both men could lose (and lose their belts, and lose their jobs, and lose the real estate they take up in your fandom).

Who do you want to see lose more? The chubby bastard Till, who often brags how he’s bigger than opponents? Oh, hey, here’s a video of his unfair size advantage in action.

Or do you want to see Woodley lose, who is the most boring-est fighter since… since… I don’t know. He’s freakin’ boring though. And he thinks he’s amazing, so don’t expect him to change anytime soon.

Enjoy your dirt and mud, folks.

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UFC 228 Primer: Who Do You Want to Lose More – Woodley or Till?

Sometimes you’re offered a plate of dirt and a bowl of mud and you’re forced to choose one of them to eat. That’s certainly the case with UFC 228‘s main event, which pits welterweight champ Tyron Woodley against middleweight Darren Till.

And I say middleweight because Till has trouble making weight. That’s right, the Brit has failed to make the 170-pound cutoff twice in his UFC career, including the bout that earned him this title shot – a main event scrap against Stephen Thompson.

Woodley, meanwhile, has had flashes of excitement in his career, but he’s gotten so terrified of losing that he fights solely to not lose. Which sucks. And which gives us such stellar “non-fight” performances like what we saw against Thompson twice, Demian Maia, and Kelvin Gastelum.

Sure, both men have earned their status as champ and challenger. Woodley beat an awful lot of dudes to get that belt, although “beat” might be a charitable way of describing it. Till, of course, beat some quality opponents, too. There’s Thompson, and there’s also Donald Cerrone on that list.

(Worth noting: Cerrone has fought at lightweight a lot, so as welterweights go, he was always pretty small… which made him easy pickings for the overweight Till.)

So. Dirt and mud. That’s what we’re getting. Which flips the usual equation of tuning-in-to-see-your-hero-win into one all about hoping both men could lose (and lose their belts, and lose their jobs, and lose the real estate they take up in your fandom).

Who do you want to see lose more? The chubby bastard Till, who often brags how he’s bigger than opponents? Oh, hey, here’s a video of his unfair size advantage in action.

Or do you want to see Woodley lose, who is the most boring-est fighter since… since… I don’t know. He’s freakin’ boring though. And he thinks he’s amazing, so don’t expect him to change anytime soon.

Enjoy your dirt and mud, folks.

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UFC 228 Primer: Who Do You Want to Lose More – Woodley or Till?

Sometimes you’re offered a plate of dirt and a bowl of mud and you’re forced to choose one of them to eat. That’s certainly the case with UFC 228‘s main event, which pits welterweight champ Tyron Woodley against middleweight Darren Till.

And I say middleweight because Till has trouble making weight. That’s right, the Brit has failed to make the 170-pound cutoff twice in his UFC career, including the bout that earned him this title shot – a main event scrap against Stephen Thompson.

Woodley, meanwhile, has had flashes of excitement in his career, but he’s gotten so terrified of losing that he fights solely to not lose. Which sucks. And which gives us such stellar “non-fight” performances like what we saw against Thompson twice, Demian Maia, and Kelvin Gastelum.

Sure, both men have earned their status as champ and challenger. Woodley beat an awful lot of dudes to get that belt, although “beat” might be a charitable way of describing it. Till, of course, beat some quality opponents, too. There’s Thompson, and there’s also Donald Cerrone on that list.

(Worth noting: Cerrone has fought at lightweight a lot, so as welterweights go, he was always pretty small… which made him easy pickings for the overweight Till.)

So. Dirt and mud. That’s what we’re getting. Which flips the usual equation of tuning-in-to-see-your-hero-win into one all about hoping both men could lose (and lose their belts, and lose their jobs, and lose the real estate they take up in your fandom).

Who do you want to see lose more? The chubby bastard Till, who often brags how he’s bigger than opponents? Oh, hey, here’s a video of his unfair size advantage in action.

Or do you want to see Woodley lose, who is the most boring-est fighter since… since… I don’t know. He’s freakin’ boring though. And he thinks he’s amazing, so don’t expect him to change anytime soon.

Enjoy your dirt and mud, folks.

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UFC 228 Primer: Who Do You Want to Lose More – Woodley or Till?

Sometimes you’re offered a plate of dirt and a bowl of mud and you’re forced to choose one of them to eat. That’s certainly the case with UFC 228‘s main event, which pits welterweight champ Tyron Woodley against middleweight Darren Till.

And I say middleweight because Till has trouble making weight. That’s right, the Brit has failed to make the 170-pound cutoff twice in his UFC career, including the bout that earned him this title shot – a main event scrap against Stephen Thompson.

Woodley, meanwhile, has had flashes of excitement in his career, but he’s gotten so terrified of losing that he fights solely to not lose. Which sucks. And which gives us such stellar “non-fight” performances like what we saw against Thompson twice, Demian Maia, and Kelvin Gastelum.

Sure, both men have earned their status as champ and challenger. Woodley beat an awful lot of dudes to get that belt, although “beat” might be a charitable way of describing it. Till, of course, beat some quality opponents, too. There’s Thompson, and there’s also Donald Cerrone on that list.

(Worth noting: Cerrone has fought at lightweight a lot, so as welterweights go, he was always pretty small… which made him easy pickings for the overweight Till.)

So. Dirt and mud. That’s what we’re getting. Which flips the usual equation of tuning-in-to-see-your-hero-win into one all about hoping both men could lose (and lose their belts, and lose their jobs, and lose the real estate they take up in your fandom).

Who do you want to see lose more? The chubby bastard Till, who often brags how he’s bigger than opponents? Oh, hey, here’s a video of his unfair size advantage in action.

Or do you want to see Woodley lose, who is the most boring-est fighter since… since… I don’t know. He’s freakin’ boring though. And he thinks he’s amazing, so don’t expect him to change anytime soon.

Enjoy your dirt and mud, folks.

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UFC 228 Primer: Who Do You Want to Lose More – Woodley or Till?

Sometimes you’re offered a plate of dirt and a bowl of mud and you’re forced to choose one of them to eat. That’s certainly the case with UFC 228‘s main event, which pits welterweight champ Tyron Woodley against middleweight Darren Till.

And I say middleweight because Till has trouble making weight. That’s right, the Brit has failed to make the 170-pound cutoff twice in his UFC career, including the bout that earned him this title shot – a main event scrap against Stephen Thompson.

Woodley, meanwhile, has had flashes of excitement in his career, but he’s gotten so terrified of losing that he fights solely to not lose. Which sucks. And which gives us such stellar “non-fight” performances like what we saw against Thompson twice, Demian Maia, and Kelvin Gastelum.

Sure, both men have earned their status as champ and challenger. Woodley beat an awful lot of dudes to get that belt, although “beat” might be a charitable way of describing it. Till, of course, beat some quality opponents, too. There’s Thompson, and there’s also Donald Cerrone on that list.

(Worth noting: Cerrone has fought at lightweight a lot, so as welterweights go, he was always pretty small… which made him easy pickings for the overweight Till.)

So. Dirt and mud. That’s what we’re getting. Which flips the usual equation of tuning-in-to-see-your-hero-win into one all about hoping both men could lose (and lose their belts, and lose their jobs, and lose the real estate they take up in your fandom).

Who do you want to see lose more? The chubby bastard Till, who often brags how he’s bigger than opponents? Oh, hey, here’s a video of his unfair size advantage in action.

Or do you want to see Woodley lose, who is the most boring-est fighter since… since… I don’t know. He’s freakin’ boring though. And he thinks he’s amazing, so don’t expect him to change anytime soon.

Enjoy your dirt and mud, folks.

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‘Emotional’ Weichel Won’t Lose Focus Again During ‘Pitbull’ Rematch In Rome

Bellator 203: “Pitbull vs Weichel 2” comes to Foro Italico in Rome, Italy, this Saturday evening (July 14, 2018), featuring a main event between Featherweight champion Patricio “Pitbull” Freire (26-4) defending his 145-pound title against Daniel Weichel (39-9) for a second time.

Weichel’s first chance to dethrone Freire came at Bellator 138 in St. Louis, Mo., filling in for an injured Georgi Karakhanyan. Weichel had Freire badly hurt at the end of the first round only for Freire to get a much-needed minute to recover. And just 32 seconds later, Freire came roaring back to finish Weichel by knockout. Since that time, Weichel has gone on a four-fight win streak to earn his second chance at the title. Meanwhile, Freire would lose the belt for a short time only to regain the title from Daniel Straus in an epic fourth encounter between the two last year.

MMAmania.com spoke to Weichel about how he intends to avenge his loss to Freire in a match that he was originally supposed to happen at Bellator 188 until Freire pulled out with an injury.

“It’s been a great camp, you know? I didn’t really take too much time off after the fight got canceled. Of course, I got one or two weeks (of) keeping it easy, but basically I was on the mat until then and kept training and kept preparing for the next fight.”

That’s a pretty long time to only take “one or two weeks” off given the fight was originally set for Nov. 2017! Nevertheless, Weichel is not only ready for a fight this weekend … he’s more than ready.

“It is exactly like that! Just give me a big meal (*laughing*) and after that I can go and fight.”

If he wasn’t eager to fight already the “fighting words” used by Freire may put him on edge, starting with the accusation that Weichel actually lost two recent fights he won by split decision.

“You know I think with Emmanuel Sanchez, I think I won this fight clearly. I know it was a close fight, but I won the fight, definitely. With John Teixeira I know it was a very close fight, but I feel I had the advantage from the second round on. My punches were more specific and I had a better impact on the punches. Yeah, I think I really won the close fight with Teixeira.”

You could watch the Sanchez fight three times and draw three different conclusions (as the judges did), but on our unofficial scorecard I gave Teixeira two rounds. Still, Freire seems to have an even bigger gripe with the fact he’s facing an old opponent again.

“If you look at the last fight (between us) it makes sense to have a rematch, especially when you see what happened in the first round and that I was close to finishing. Okay, he won the fight, I don’t take anything away from him. But, also I think I fought the toughest contenders who were out there and there’s no one else out there who they can put in front of him who’s a fair No. 1 contender.”

As you might expect, “Pitbull” had an answer for that, too, saying that no matter how close Weichel was to finishing him in the first round, he proved who was better by getting his hand raised at the end.

“I don’t take anything away from (him on) that, but I know where my mistake was. It was not a technical fault, it was like an emotional fault. Like … I lost my focus for a tenth of a second, and I paid for it. This is not gonna happen again, and I will make it different this time.”

If emotions got the better of Weichel the first time they fought, does he have to reign in his emotions for this rematch, especially if he puts Freire in danger once again?

“I am aggressive and I will be aggressive in this fight, but I’ll keep it inside of me. I won’t rush. I have my game plan, I have my focus, and I will execute that. So as long as I keep my focus, I don’t see how he can do anything with me.”

Since “Pitbull” had made it very clear he was tired of rematches and felt the fans (and him. obviously) deserved fresh fights, the $ 64,000 question was in the air — would Weichel give a third fight to Freire if he won the title?

“It always depends on how the fight plays out. If it’s a close fight, I think he would deserve a rematch, but yeah it all depends on how this fight goes.”

No matter how it goes Weichel is very happy that Bellator brought this fight card to Rome, which for him also brings it much closer to home in Frankfurt, Germany.

“I feel great about it in many ways. Of course it’s a short flight, that’s really really good, but also a lot of my friends and fans and family are coming with me to Rome. My parents and my brother will be there, a lot of guys from our gym will come to watch and support me, so I will have great energy out there and I’m already very thankful and grateful to have so many amazing supporters over there.”

Since a lot of fans compare Weichel’s features to famous actor/musician Drake, I asked Weichel if we might get a song from Drake’s new album “Scorpion” for his entrance to feed off that energy.

“It’s quite possible, but I haven’t made the final decision, so it will be a surprise.”

What won’t be a surprise is a fantastic bout between two of the promotion’s best Featherweights going today in the main event of Bellator 203 in Rome, Italy.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Pitbull vs. Weichel 2” resides here at MMA Mania all week long.

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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CM Punk Issues Statement After Second UFC Defeat: ‘You Win Some, You Lose Some’

CM Punk may be 0-2 as a mixed martial artist, but that didn’t prevent him from having a positive outlook following his second Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance.
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