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Bellator 207 Weigh-in Video & Results: All Main Card Fighters on Weight

Bellator 207 is almost upon us as the fighters have finally weighed in. The event takes place Friday in Uncasville, Connecticut, with the prelims starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and the main card at 9 p.m. ET.
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Kevin Lee-Al Iaquinta Rematch to Serve as Main Event for UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee

A rematch between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta will headlined UFC on Fox 31.
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Kevin Lee-Al Iaquinta Rematch to Serve as Main Event for UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee

A rematch between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta will headlined UFC on Fox 31.
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Kevin Lee-Al Iaquinta Rematch to Serve as Main Event for UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee

A rematch between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta will headlined UFC on Fox 31.
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Kevin Lee-Al Iaquinta Rematch to Serve as Main Event for UFC on Fox 31 in Milwaukee

A rematch between Kevin Lee and Al Iaquinta will headlined UFC on Fox 31.
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Midnight Mania! UFC 230’s New Main Event is Nonsense

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“In spite of my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage”

I was reminded of one of the UFC’s best-ever promo videos recently, ahead of UFC 183’s non-title main event involving Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva. It involved the elder Diaz brother pacing back and forth in the darkness, surrounded by screens with his face on them, and the Smashing Pumpkins song “Rat in a Cage” playing in the background. The song was exceptionally well-suited to Diaz, a figure famous for bucking the system, skipping press conferences he didn’t want to attend, and excoriating his promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, for everything from selling “wolf tickets” to what he saw as their preferential treatment of his rival Georges St. Pierre. Nick was also hit with a ridiculously harsh penalty for weed use by the NSAC, despite the test being of questionable value, a penalty that many saw as a result of the commissioners’ dim view of his rebellious attitude.

His younger brother, Nate Diaz, exemplifies many of these same qualities. Nate (accurately) called the UFC’s title belts “fairy tales”, has slammed the promotion for under-promoting him, even slapped UFC president Dana White himself. His frustration fundamentally stems from his understanding that he works with a monopolistic corporation that systematically undervalues their labor force because they can, paying less than an estimated 17% of their revenue to fighters, while locking fighters into exclusive long-term contracts. Diaz knows this because he is familiar with the professional boxing world, where top fighters routinely take home 50-70% of the revenue. He has also demonstrated a willingness to hold out for his worth, for years at a time if need be. The UFC do not enjoy when one of their fighters gets bargaining power — as Diaz did after he choked out Conor McGregor at UFC 196— and knows how to use it, as Diaz did, forcing contentious negotiations before his rematch with McGregor at UFC 202.

It is hard not to see a pattern of punitive retribution in the UFC’s latest decision, to pass over a compelling main event between Diaz and violentweight champion Dustin Poirier for a fight between a woman who is proven NOT to be a significant draw fighting a complete unknown. (No disrespect to Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks; this is solely a statement in regard to their drawing power with casual fans).

For some background, when the UFC couldn’t find a compelling main event for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden, Nate and his opponent Dustin Poirier attempted to help their promoter out with some free buzz, with Nate “announcing” a 165-lb. ‘superfighter’ weight division, with himself and Poirier main eventing UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden for the inaugural title fight. It was a good idea, immediately backed up by a number of other fighters, including Conor McGregor in a recent interview. The UFC has a high concentration of talent between 155 and 170; many of the bigger lightweights on the roster struggle with large weight cuts, such as Kevin Lee, who has been asking for this division for years. It would also potentially set up a superfight with the winner of this weekend’s UFC 229 main event clash between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Dana White seems very resistant to the idea, however, for reasons that aren’t quite clear.

Dustin Poirier seems to blame Nate Diaz for the UFC’s failure to make their fight the main event. It is the UFC who are the promoters; this extraordinarily unpopular decision falls on them and them alone. In the current era of devalued UFC titles and interim belts that appear and then vanish on the shifting needs of the promoter, a new division was a fresh idea with seemingly no downside. Perhaps welterweight would need to be shifted to 175 from 170, but in the current landscape that simply means a little less weight for fighters in that division to cut.

But even if the UFC didn’t create a new division, it’s hard to understand how a five-round main event between Poirier and Diaz, both with proven ability to bring high-level violence in main events, is less compelling than a fight in which the A-side headlined a Pay-Per-View that sold an abysmal 100,000 PPV buys. Seriously- that’s the bottom of the barrel for modern UFC events. It doesn’t get worse than that. Nate Diaz, by comparison, headlined the biggest UFC PPV event in history, a non-title grudge match with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. The Diaz bump in that fight was bigger than three belts combined, including a historic second belt for McGregor, a few months after that event at UFC 205. Diaz and Poirier will be fighting a mere month after McGregor’s return this Saturday, a great time to bring the Diaz-McGregor rivalry back into focus.

Dustin Poirier is not a bad B-side, either, a compelling figure with decent mic skills who has headlined free cards on Fox and Fox Sports 1. Poirier not been in a single boring fight since at least his Fight of the Year with Chan Sung Jun, win or lose — 17 straight exciting bouts. He has three bonuses in his last three fights. The clash with Diaz not only deserves, it fairly screams for five rounds.

The reactions have been universally negative, MMA fans online all wondering just what the promoter is thinking.

It isn’t too late to fix. The UFC just has to make Poirier vs. Diaz a five-round main event ahead of Shevchenko vs. Eubanks (I never even got into how we lost out on Shevchenko vs. Jedrzejczyk for this). Everyone, including Shevchenko and Eubanks, would win. As of now, the UFC are ensuring that all parties involved are losing, and there is nothing we can do about it. Diaz, is, despite all his rage, still just a rat in a cage.


Insomnia

Dana White did attempt to explain his refusal to consider 165, and failed to come up with even a single coherent reason not to do so.

Tony Ferguson was FIRED UP at the UFC 229 press event, and understandably so.

Daniel Cormier trolled Jon Jones for being a snitch after Suga Sean O’Malley was forced to withdraw from UFC 229 after a positive drug test.

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#oneshotonekill #sniper #snitch

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Throwback to a hilarious Jon Jones moment with Ovince St. Preux:

I’m not the biggest fan of Brendan Schaub but this is pretty cool:

Anthony Pettis has been training hard for Tony Ferguson

Throwback to an Andrea Lee fight before she got to the UFC:

Michael Bisping shared this truly amazing video, which made me feel small in the best way possible.

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How’s this make you feel?

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Gina Carano says instead of letting her choke you out, you could just take a class.


Random Land

Mess with the rhino and you get the oxpecker.

How is this level of skill, fair?

This account has some of the most haunting and poignant images on the internet.

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Bellator On Why UK Fans Got Peppa Pig Instead Of Main Event

Bellator fans in the UK that stayed up til 6AM to see Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald tussle for the middleweight strap were disappointed when the event ran past 6AM and was replaced with an episode of Peppa Pig.

Peppa Pig, as any parent of a child under the age of five knows, is a heavyweight champ in children’s programming. So at least bleary eyed Brits still got to see a top name perform.

After the event, Bellator execs at the California press conference explained what happened.

“Government regulations said at 6AM, that content was not suitable,” Bellator’s David Schwartz said. “They had to switch to children’s programming … Peppa the pig.”

“That’s a hiccup, and we will definitely fix that moving forward,” Bellator head honcho Scott Coker said. “Honestly, we thought that we would be way off the air by the three-hour mark, and that just didn’t happen. We ran over, and Peppa the pig took over. And that’s what happened.”

”Believe me, when it switched over there was a lot of texts going back and forth, and they were not friendly,” he continued. “We were trying to fix it, we thought it was technical glitch, but it wasn’t. It was a government issue. I can promise next time it’s not going to happen. We’ll keep it down to five fights instead of six like we normally do. We tried to over-deliver for the fans, and it’s just an unfortunate situation.”

By all accounts, Bellator 206 was an entertaining show. But complaints about the new DAZN streaming service buffering on various platforms and the slow pacing of the show were also numerous. Going over time was especially strange considering the number of first and second round finishes on the main card. Only the Keri Melendez vs. Dakota Zimmerman fight went to a decision, although a welterweight GP fight between Douglas Lima and Andrey Koeshkov did make it to the fifth round before Lima ended things with a submission.

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Video: Main Card Fighters On Weight for Saturday’s Bellator DAZN Debut

Bellator MMA is set to debut on the DAZN streaming service with a blockbuster card featuring a superfight between middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and welterweight champ Rory MacDonald, as well as a fourth grudge match between Quinton Jackson and longtime rival Wanderlei Silva.
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Midnight Mania! Diaz, Poirier Deserve to be UFC 230’s Main Event

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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier, entirely independent of their fight promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), have managed to generate considerable noise around the idea of a super lightweight (or “superfighter”) 165-lb. division, with themselves as the inaugural title fight at UFC 230. With the UFC’s tried-and-true attempt to put together yet another interim title fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Yoel Romero seeming like it has fallen through, the time is now to pull the trigger and make the division.

It’s the only additional weight class that makes sense in the UFC; welterweight probably should be bumped up to 175 pounds- which only means fighters in that weight class would cut less weight- and the wealth of talent jammed into two of the UFC’s most talent-deep divisions would get a chance to breathe.

Moreover, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier are going to bring it. Their fight won’t lack for violence. UFC 230 is a deep card. It deserves a novel and exciting main event.


Insomnia

Bellator 206 might be the best Bellator card ever- it’s worth the free DAZN trial. Rory Macdonald and Gegard Mousasi could very well be the best welterweight and middleweight fighters in the world- AND we get Aaron Pico, Koreshkov vs. Lima and of course Rampage vs. Wanderlei 4.

Nick Diaz and AJ Agazarm sparring near a pool.

One-time UFC title challenger Michael “Mayday” McDonald has retired.

The joke lands because it might as well be true. Also, Parkour is still impressive.

The real Tony Ferguson has a really nice blindfolded flow on the speed bag.

People need to stop bothering Daniel Cormier with their nonsense.

Watching this in slow-motion is anxiety inducing.

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We should appreciate Charles Oliveira for being the rare action fighter who can make any grappling exchange fun, and has probably never had a boring fight, win or lose.

Yoel Romero says, see you soon boi.

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It is what it is #iseeyousoonboi #iluhju

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I missed seeing this promo. Kyoji Horiguchi, the best flyweight not in the UFC, pays homage to his late Karate master is incredible.

This fighter artwork is very cool


Slips, Rips, and Karate Combat

Karate Combat held their event in the Freedom Tower in New York City and the setting looks amazing.

The pit is a great idea. It eliminates so many issues with the cage.

Ouch

Super heavyweight

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Super heavyweight kimura is the best kimura

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Bellator 206 Main Card Gets Sixth Bout After Bolanos vs. Gutierrez Elevated from Prelims

MacDonald-69637″>Bellator 206 main card will be a six-bout affair after a featherweight clash pitting Gaston Bolanos against Ysidro Gutierrez was promoted from the preliminary draw.
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