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BJ Penn Wonders What’s Next After UFC 232 Loss

BJ Penn has released a statement following his loss to Ryan Hall at UFC 232.

The former lightweight and welterweight champ was coming back after a two year break from the sport, and he actually looked pretty good right up until things went horribly wrong. Hall is another up and coming killer with nasty leg locks, and he used that proficiency to get the first submission loss from Penn in his 17 year MMA career.

Hall followed a kick with a lightning fast roll right into a heel hook that had Penn tapping just 2:46 into the first round. Take a look:

Here’s Penn breaking down what happened instead for his website, BJPenn.com.

“I was shocked at how deep Ryan [Hall] was able to sink in the leg lock right off the hop,” Penn said. “The timing was perfect. I tried to run and pull my leg out, but I wasn’t going anywhere as my knee was still stuck inside his hips. So I tried to defend my knee and turn it up towards the sky. By the time I looked back he had already switched to the heel hook and my ankle just popped.”

Fortunately, Penn’s leg is still in one piece.

“It is swollen,” he revealed. “There’s some bruising and what not. But it wasn’t my knee. It was my ankle that popped. It is what it is. Hats off to Ryan Hall, that submission was the perfect storm.”

Penn went on to say he had the best training camp ever at Nova Uniao, but this time we actually believe him. Even with just half a round to review, Penn was way more aggressive and smooth with his striking than he was in his last stink fest of a fight against Dennis Siver. Maybe that was from not cutting down to 145 pounds. Maybe it was from not hating life because he was cutting down to 145. Whatever it was, this actually looked like Classic Motivated Penn™. Unfortunately, he ran into another monster. Funny how that happens to a lot of aging stars.

As for his future?

”I’m going to let my ankle heal up and then I will contemplate what is next for my life,” he said.

Just going to put this out there: after what we saw at UFC 232, I’d be down for another BJ Penn fight. Maybe just not against another Yair or Hall?

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Megan Anderson: Cyborg’s Loss is Good For The Featherweight Division

Megan Anderson believes Amanda Nunes’ clinical KO victory over Cristiane Justino — better known as “Cris Cyborg” — is a positive sign for the future of the 145-pound division.
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Alexander Gustafsson Mulls Move To Heavyweight In Wake of UFC 232 Loss

After coming up short in his third shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight belt, Alexander Gustafsson may consider a change of scenery.
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Cat Zingano Provides Update on Eye Injury; Considering Appeal of TKO Loss

It was definitely an unforgettable night for Cat Zingano last Saturday at UFC 232, though probably not in the way she would have wanted.
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Kevin Lee Defiant After Loss to Al Iaquinta at UFC on Fox 31: ‘F–k Being Humble’

Kevin Lee only needed to be a couple days removed from his loss to Al Iaquinta to regain his trademark confidence.
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Joe Rogan Blames Liddell’s ‘Marauder’ Style For Knockout Loss To Ortiz

Ultimate Fighting Championship color commentator Joe Rogan didn’t like what he saw from Chuck Liddell at Golden Boy MMA last weekend, but he is just as concerned with the process as with the result.
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Boxer Adonis Stevenson In Coma Following KO Loss

In a sad reminder of the dangers of combat sports, former WBC light heavyweight champion Adonis Stevenson was hospitalized following an 11th round KO loss to Oleksandr Gvozdyk in Quebec City, Canada. Originally listed as being in critical condition on Saturday night, Stevenson was placed in a medical coma and has since been upgraded to stable.

”The state of Adonis has gone from criticism to a shift towards stability from yesterday to today which is, under the circumstances, good news,” promoter Yvon Michel wrote in French on Twitter. “He regains his strength in controlled sedation. All his family, his wife Simone and Groupe Yvon Michel warmly thank the many people who take the time to send comforting messages.

Via RDS:

Initially placed under observation for six hours, Stevenson’s condition appears to have deteriorated to the point of resorting to an artificial coma, which may be induced for anesthetic purposes, in cases of hematoma or cerebral hemorrhage, to reduce pressure on the brain and reduce pain during the treatment phase.

A health professional who requested anonymity then explained to RDS.ca that the available information is too fragmented and that any comment on Stevenson’s state of health or possible consequences is pure speculation for the moment.

The loss to Oleksandr Gvozdyk was just the second of the 41 year old Stevenson’s career and first since 2010. Gvozdyk was considered a stiff test for Stevenson, and the two went back and forth across a hard fight that saw them both land uncounted knockdowns before a final violent exchange in the 11th.

Here’s hoping we can update you with positive news over the next few days.

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Chuck Liddell Offers ‘No Excuses’ for Loss to Tito Ortiz, Uncertain of MMA Future

Chuck Liddell’s return to mixed martial arts following an eight-year absence went about as one might expect it would.
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The Korean Zombie On UFC Denver Loss: ‘I Am Embarrassed’

“The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung did it again on Saturday night, turning his fight with highly touted prospect Yair Rodriguez into an all out war that had fans on the edge of their seats. Unfortunately for Jung, he let a judge’s decision slip away from him with one second left when Rodriguez caught him with a crazy 6-12 elbow, knocking him out (watch it here).

Following the loss and a bill of relatively clean health from the hospital, Jung released this statement on his Facebook page.

“I have no excuse,” he wrote in Korean. “To everyone who has helped me, I’m truly sorry… thank you… to everyone who hates me, congratulations. I am not in a good enough condition to get on a plane so I will spend a few days in the hospital before going back to Korea. I am embarrassed, but I will see you when I get home.”

변명이 없네요.. 나를 도와주신 모든 분들에게 정말 미안하고..감사합니다..나를 싫어하시는 분들에겐 축하드리구요. 아직 비행기 탈 몸상태가 안된다해서 몇일 병원에 입원해있다 한국에 들어가게 됩니다. 부끄럽지만..돌아가서 찾아뵙겠습니다.

Posted by Chan Sung Jung on Sunday, November 11, 2018

Now let’s be clear here, I cannot read Korean so there’s some wiggle room in that quote. There are multiple English translations of Chan Sung Jung’s message floating around, and they’re all slightly unique. The most noteworthy difference? His last statement. Depending on who you ask, he said “It’s a shame” or “I’m ashamed” or “I am embarrassed.”

Embarrassed? How can a fighter feel embarrassed after such an amazing performance? I personally like “It’s a shame” because yeah, it is a shame you lost with 1 second left. It’s a shame that probably cost you some brain cells. It’s a shame your paycheck will be significantly lower due to the loss. But to feel ashamed or embarrassed? Hells no. That wasn’t embarrassing. That whole fight was awesome, and exactly the kind of performance that made “The Korean Zombie” a must-see commodity way back during his initial rise to fame in 2011.

Yep, it was that long ago. “The Korean Zombie” has only fought twice in the past five years. But now Chan Sung Jung is back. After three years of military service and a year and a half due to a knee injury, we get to see him again. There’s absolutely nothing embarrassing about his performances in any way. And it’d be a shame if he saw it any other way.

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Chan Sung Jung ‘Ashamed’ Following Last-Second KO Loss to Yair Rodriguez

Chan Sung Jung was one second away from his fifth UFC triumph before Yair Rodriguez dug into his bag of tricks.
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