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UFC Denver, The Morning After: This Is What Makes MMA Great

What you may have missed from last night!

Sometimes, even after 25 years, this sport still comes up with completely new surprises. Sometimes, historic events have a way of living up to the hype. UFC 189, the arrival party of the rising Conor McGregor and the greatest UFC card of all time, featured the classic bloody battle between McDonald vs. Lawler 2 in the co-main event. (McGregor has had incredible luck- UFC 196, 202, 205 and 229 were all wildly entertaining) UFC 100 featured Dan Henderson’s classic knockout of Michael Bisping, probably the most iconic moment of Henderson’s UFC career. The last WEC round of the last WEC fight of the last WEC event ever, featured a five-round classic between Benson Henderson and Anthony Pettis, capped off with Pettis’ infamous Showtime Kick off the cage for all the marbles.

The UFC’s 25th anniversary main event between the Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, and El Pantera, Yair Rodriguez, was such a historic moment.

It was always a fascinating clash of styles, a perfect showcase for the cross-cultural violence that built the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Both men are known for excitement and originality; Chan Sung Jung owns what is still the only twister submission in UFC history, and his battles with Dustin Poirier and Leonard Garcia are legendary contributions to the annals of fighting history. Yair Rodriguez lands kicks no one else even attempts in the Octagon- I’m not even sure they all have names. This wasn’t supposed to be the main event, but Frankie Edgar had gotten injured. The gods of war had other plans, and Yair stepped up on short notice for a five-round fight at altitude.

It became clear early on that this fight would live up to the hype. The Korean Zombie was blitzing in, landing big rights and lefts, and Yair was countering with lightning-fast kicks that looked like they could take his head off. He was also landing crippling low kicks, but those went away after the first few minutes. After the fight, he revealed to Rogan that he had injured his foot on one of them in the first round, joining Jose Aldo on a list of fighters who have hurt themselves kicking the Korean Zombie.

In the second round, Chan Sung Jung got his jab going, and seemed to get getting the distance on Rodriguez. He used it to measure for his big right hand, and broke the rhythm with wild blitzes. He ended the second round with such a blitz, an exchange so quick you might have missed the back elbow Yair landed in the exchange. That will be important later.

In the third round, blood was flowing, and both men were tired. This fight was at altitude, in Denver, making it a feat of endurance to fight five rounds at all, much less five rounds at the pace these two were keeping. Yair’s body kicks looked like they were taking their toll, but the Korean Zombie was living up to his name and no-selling them as he always does. He was landing heavy punches of his own. He caught a headkick, then somehow ate two punches as Yair recovered his balance. The third round also ended with a wild exchange that saw Rodriguez try a rolling thunder, eat a hook for his troubles, then improvise a spinning backfist that missed as the Korean Zombie swung wildly.

In the fourth round, the Korean Zombie sent Yair staggering backwards with a huge right hand. He was taking over this fight in the championship rounds, despite Yair’s game approach. Yair’s creativity was bringing out the best in Chan Sung Jung; there kept being little moments of creativity that were utterly fascinating. Yair tried an Iminari roll but bailed quickly after Sung Jung eagerly engaged in the grappling. The scorecards showed that Jung was ahead, 39-36, on two of the three scorecards headed into the fifth round.

The fifth round saw more of the creative destruction, but also the jovial camaraderie that has been characteristic of many UFC fights over the past 25 years. Sometimes, in fights that seem lackluster, it can be frustrating to watch fighters congratulate each other; in fights like this, it only adds to the experience. Some fans like to see acrimony, but some of the best moments in fighting history come when two men go from beating the shit out of each other, to grinning from the sheer joy of expressing themselves through consensual violence, then going right back to beating the shit out of each other. Donald Cerrone, who broke the UFC win and finish record in the co-main event, is known for this. Two men or women often earn each other’s respect in the cage after throwing down. This was that kind of fight. Jung and Rodriguez embraced at the start of the round, then had a bizarre moment midway through where they each turned to the crowd and smiled. Even for those used to seeing the odd glove touch here and there, it was an odd break of the fourth wall, an armistice for a moment of mutual appreciation for each other and the enthusiastic crowd. When the battle resumed, Yair landed a clean head kick; Chan Sung Jung hit him with a hard right hand. They paused again for a moment of mutual congratulation with ten seconds to go, then went all out for the finish. Chan Sung Jung leaped in with one last signature blitz, but it was his undoing. Yair bent at the waist, moving backwards, and as he ducked under Jung’s wild swings, he threw his elbow up over his own back. It landed flush on Jung’s jaw, and he faceplanted forward. He had no sooner hit the ground that the horn sounded to end the fight. Rodriguez had landed a knockout at the very last second of the fight, 4:59.

It was, in many ways, the perfect end, though a gut-wrenching one for Chan Sung Jung. Sometimes the best stories are tragedies. Just like Rory Macdonald at UFC 189, Jung was winning the fight, right up until he wasn’t. The finish was totally original- in my years as a fan and of catching the most obscure finishes from combat sports in Midnight Mania, I have never seen anything quite like it. 25 years in, and we are still seeing new things in MMA. It might not even be the weirdest knockout this year (remember Niko Price’s hammerfists from the bottom?) but when you combine the timing and placement with the sheer creativity needed to even think of throwing that shot — so quick that some thought it was accidental — this one might just be the greatest knockout of all time.

Chan Sung Jung and Yair Rodriguez are what make this sport great- fighters who put their health at risk to try to hurt each other in the most creative, original, and exciting ways they can think of. Sometimes they pay for it with their consciousness. Sometimes they win it all at the last second. For all time, they are legends.

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De La Hoya: Current MMA Pay Structure Makes Me Sick!

Pay in the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) has been a hot topic for quite some time now, with many in the boxing arena scoffing at the pay their combat brothers and sisters make compared to their own purses.

Oscar De La Hoya, for one, is disgusted by the pay structure in the world of MMA, as he tells Fight Hub TV it makes him sick to his stomach to see just how little many professional cage fighters get paid to put their lives on the line.

That is one of the reasons why he created Golden Boy MMA, his brain child that will see Tito Ortiz take on Chuck Liddell for a third time at it’s inaugural event. “The Golden Boy” also revealed a possible date for the bout.

“We are looking at the weekend of November 25th, the Thanksgiving weekend. So yeah, we are going to do it big just like we do it. I am really looking forward to getting into the MMA world and making sure that these fighters are being compensated well. Look, we risk our lives up in the ring, so fighters should be compensated extremely well. The current structure is terrible. I have been talking to many, many fighters in MMA and it’s ridiculous what they get paid. It’s crazy, it makes me sick to my stomach. So I’m going to start Golden Boy MMA for a reason, and it’s going to start with Chuck Liddell and Tito Ortiz, to pay them correctly. To pay them what they deserve.”

The trilogy fight between Liddell and Ortiz has received plenty of harsh criticism from many, UFC president Dana White included.

But since Oscar and White haven’t seen eye-to-eye as of late, the former world boxing champion doesn’t really care a whole lot what his former friend thinks. Now, it remains to be seen if Dana White and Co. will reach into their old bag of tricks of trying to counter the competitions programming.

Nevertheless, I’m sure many fighters will be thrilled to know they now have another option to consider once free agency rolls around.

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Referee Makes 12-6 Elbow Call That May Have Cost Alvarez UFC Title Shot

Eddie Alvarez may have been on his way to victory earlier tonight (Sat., July 28, 2018) at UFC on FOX 30 from inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, before referee Marc Goddard flagged a 12-6 elbow that “Underground King” landed on the shoulder of fellow lightweight Dustin Poirier.

Alvarez had “Diamond” trapped along the cage in full mount and decided to elbow Poirier’s shoulder from a 12-6 position. Rules state that any form of a 12-6 elbow, not just to the head, is an illegal strike. Goddard made the call, stood the two fighters up, and allowed Poirier to regain momentum on the feet before an eventual TKO win over Alvarez.

It was certainly a difficult call to make, considering the minimal damage the elbow caused and the magnitude of the lightweight main event matchup, but Goddard ultimately blew his whistle.

Poirier, who captured the biggest win of his career tonight, revealed after the fight that the illegal elbow didn’t worry him at all.

“The elbow actually landed on my shoulder,” Poirier said during his post-fight interview. “It didn’t hurt me at all. It felt like a normal elbow, I’m not even sure.”

“After the fight Eddie said, ‘They stood you up though,’ like I won the fight because of that. But don’t throw a 12-6 elbow just like you don’t knee a downed opponent.”

There’s also this untimely video showing Alvarez’s corner signaling him to throw a 12-6 elbow on Poirier:

At the end of the day, Goddard made the proper call because it lies within the MMA rule book. But it’s an eye opener that maybe the rule needs to be changed. Alvarez was in optimal position along the cage, Poirier didn’t even feel a difference with the elbow, and the infraction may have cost “Underground King” a potential UFC lightweight title shot.

Maybe these two guys should fight again and again until a result without controversy occurs.

What say you, Maniacs?

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Adesanya Will Style On Silva Once ‘Spider’ Makes UFC Return

After Paulo Costa demolished Uriah Hall at the UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, fantasy matchmakers were already calling for a showdown against Israel Adesanya, fresh off his unanimous decision win over Brad Tavares at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27 Finale.

Unfortunately “The Eraser” never heard of Adesanya and instead called out Chris Weidman.

That’s just fine with “The Last Stylebender,” who will now set his sights on former middleweight champion Anderson Silva, once “The Spider” returns from his drug-test suspension in November.

“Yo for real…no bullshit, if not for Anderson Silva I wouldn’t have looked at fighting from a different perspective,” Adesanya wrote on Instagram. “I was under the impression you gotta look like [Paulo Costa] to be a fighter. ‘The Spider’ been fucking up muscled up beefcakes since ages ago as a lean aerodynamic man. Just cuz I’m a fan don’t mean you can’t catch these hands…and feets. So yes I am down…will do it fih di culture of fighting!”

Hopefully the Brazilian isn’t too busy dreaming about this fight to notice.

Adesanya (14-0) remains undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA) career after a stellar run on the kickboxing circuit. While his wins have been impressive, “The Last Stylebender” has yet to face the upper echelon of the division.

As for Silva (34-8, 1 NC), he’s now 43 years old and has just one victory over the last five years, a controversial decision win over Derek Brunson at UFC 208. What’s left in “The Spider’s” tank remains to be seen.

This potential match up doing anything for ya’?

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Bellator 201 Results: Saad Awad Beats Up Ryan Couture, Makes Randy Sad

The biggest mistake Ryan Couture ever made was to be born with the last name “Couture”, because his name has way too much value in terms of recognition than his record and ability warrant.

In the co-main event of Bellator 201, Couture, with dad Randy in his corner, squared off against Saad Awad. And in case you don’t remember, Awad is so good he once knocked out Will Brooks before Brooks became champ. On paper, this match-up was a mismatch. In reality, it was a huge mismatch.

Which isn’t to say that Ryan didn’t put up a good fight. He did, or tried to at least. By throwing kicks and punches whenever he was in range, and reaching for the tie-up whenever his foe was in close, the Couture lad made Awad work for it.

But Awad was simply too dangerous and too accurate with his strikes, and in the waning seconds of the bout’s only round, he clipped Ryan, pursued him, unloaded with a storm of leather, and eventually withered the poor dude against the cage. The ref mercifully jumped in.

Results: Saad Awad def. Ryan Couture via TKO (Punches) at 4:29, R1

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Bellator 201 Results: Saad Awad Beats Up Ryan Couture, Makes Randy Sad

The biggest mistake Ryan Couture ever made was to be born with the last name “Couture”, because his name has way too much value in terms of recognition than his record and ability warrant.

In the co-main event of Bellator 201, Couture, with dad Randy in his corner, squared off against Saad Awad. And in case you don’t remember, Awad is so good he once knocked out Will Brooks before Brooks became champ. On paper, this match-up was a mismatch. In reality, it was a huge mismatch.

Which isn’t to say that Ryan didn’t put up a good fight. He did, or tried to at least. By throwing kicks and punches whenever he was in range, and reaching for the tie-up whenever his foe was in close, the Couture lad made Awad work for it.

But Awad was simply too dangerous and too accurate with his strikes, and in the waning seconds of the bout’s only round, he clipped Ryan, pursued him, unloaded with a storm of leather, and eventually withered the poor dude against the cage. The ref mercifully jumped in.

Results: Saad Awad def. Ryan Couture via TKO (Punches) at 4:29, R1

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Bellator 201 Results: Saad Awad Beats Up Ryan Couture, Makes Randy Sad

The biggest mistake Ryan Couture ever made was to be born with the last name “Couture”, because his name has way too much value in terms of recognition than his record and ability warrant.

In the co-main event of Bellator 201, Couture, with dad Randy in his corner, squared off against Saad Awad. And in case you don’t remember, Awad is so good he once knocked out Will Brooks before Brooks became champ. On paper, this match-up was a mismatch. In reality, it was a huge mismatch.

Which isn’t to say that Ryan didn’t put up a good fight. He did, or tried to at least. By throwing kicks and punches whenever he was in range, and reaching for the tie-up whenever his foe was in close, the Couture lad made Awad work for it.

But Awad was simply too dangerous and too accurate with his strikes, and in the waning seconds of the bout’s only round, he clipped Ryan, pursued him, unloaded with a storm of leather, and eventually withered the poor dude against the cage. The ref mercifully jumped in.

Results: Saad Awad def. Ryan Couture via TKO (Punches) at 4:29, R1

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Conor McGregor Now Makes More Money Than LeBron James

LeBron James may be “King” of the NBA, but he’s a mere prince — and perhaps even a pauper — when it comes to sports salaries. That’s because the Cleveland cager finished behind former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in the Forbes list of world’s highest-paid athletes for 2018.

“Notorious” landed at No. 4 with $ 99 million, thanks primarily to the $ 85 million he banked by boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. last August. Not surprisingly, “Money” topped the list at No. 1 with $ 285 million while James was No. 6 at $ 85.5 million.

Forbes reveals the criteria for this year’s list:

Our earnings include prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12-month period based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders. We do not deduct for taxes or agents’ fees, and we don’t include investment income. It is harder than ever to qualify for the 100 highest-paid athletes, with the cutoff up $ 1.5 million to $ 22.9 million.

Suddenly this seems like chump change.

McGregor made his Forbes debut at No. 85 back in 2016, before shooting up the chart to No. 24 the following year. The chances of him finding his way into the money rankings for 2019 appear to be slim, as “Notorious” has not competed since falling to Mayweather and as of this writing, is not booked to compete.

No one else in the mixed martial arts (MMA) industry comes close to that exorbitant salary and those who do, typically compete against McGregor and enjoy some of those pay-per-view (PPV) points, which is why they often join the trash-talking Irishman on the inactive list.

Mo money, mo problems.

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Midnight Mania! Jon Stewart Makes Max Holloway Back Down

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

UFC 145-lb. champion Max Holloway went on tour to entertain the troops with comedian Jon Stewart and Paige VanZant (among others) and got into a staredown with Stewart. Everyone was intimidated when the middle-aged comedian tore his shirt off, including the featherweight champion of the world, who found himself backing away from laughter… er… fear.

The experience seemed like a pretty positive experience for everyone.

Max Holloway faces Brian Ortega for the title in the co-main event of an extraordinarily stacked UFC 226 on July 7th.


Insomnia

It might be too much too soon, but Israel Adesanya is getting a big step up against Brad Tavares in a main event.

Houston traffic leaves me deeply existentially angry, but this guy found a way to make it fun.

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Robert Whittaker’s training location looks both incredibly hard to run up and incredibly idyllic.

It never gets easier , you just get better

A post shared by Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) on

Khabib Nurmagomedov, world traveller

This guy works in one of my favorite genres, art memes.

MMA, but with guns looks fun

This was the first MMA fight I bet money on, and both because of that and because this was the peak of Matt Brown’s run as the Immortal, it remains one of my favorite fights ever.

Thanks Ryan Madigan for an amazing camp for this fight!

A post shared by Matthew Brown (@iamtheimmortal) on

Sage in the north, cutting logs with his bare hands.

How I feel rolling with a black belt in grappling.

Gunnar Nelson had to withdraw from his fight with Neil Magny, and of course both athletes were extremely respectful about it.

Will Brooks speaks up against racially biased police brutality.

Brooks’ old rival Michael Chandler (who he bested twice) was, to say the least, not impressed by Dillon Danis.

To be fair Danis’ toehold was pretty cool

My money is on Garry Tonon when this inevitably happens

Make it happen. @rich_chou @bellatormma @onechampionship @garrytonon @dillondanis

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Keep an eye out for my shirtless head shots, coming soon 2020

I was as happy as anyone to see Fedor Emelianenko get himself a KO win over the weekend.

Derrick Lewis should be doing Midnight Mania at this point.

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Whoops

Be careful which snowflake your punk ass decides to sling them slurs at, bruh.

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This is me

l What could it be tho??

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Some narrated Joe Rogan during his podcast and it’s pretty great.

Wow

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Deep cut

This is elite training

Jorge Masvidal gives his timeline for return


Podcasts and Video

Some of our podcast Friday is still relevant (and two out of three of us picked Fedor-Mir correctly)- Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

This looks really interesting and right at the intersection of my professional worlds.


Slips, Rips- all the Weekend Clips

Standing arm triangle? Don’t mind if I do.

I don’t know what this was, but I’m gonna slap all these highlights up here in random order so just get used to it.

EFC

Wrasslin’

All of Bellator 198 in two minutes.

Some single-leg takedown defense

Hellbows

Last weekend I was the guy in black and red shorts, getting my arm twisted off all day long. I tapped much more quickly than this though.

We love Kikuno kicks around these parts

Flying triangle to say goodnight.


Good Reads


Random Land

Zercher squats are supposed to be really good for MMA

Your daily dose of politics*

A post shared by Jessica Anteby Tebele (@beigecardigan) on

*consuming entertainment is not doing politics.

Hyenas are massive animals up close.

Wow! Amazing… Video by @maxstrong #Destination_Wild

A post shared by Destination Wild (@destination_wild) on

Someone named Rodrigo Koxa set the world record for largest wave surfed and boy did he take his life in his hands.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Midnight Mania! Jon Stewart Makes Max Holloway Back Down

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

UFC 145-lb. champion Max Holloway went on tour to entertain the troops with comedian Jon Stewart and Paige VanZant (among others) and got into a staredown with Stewart. Everyone was intimidated when the middle-aged comedian tore his shirt off, including the featherweight champion of the world, who found himself backing away from laughter… er… fear.

The experience seemed like a pretty positive experience for everyone.

Max Holloway faces Brian Ortega for the title in the co-main event of an extraordinarily stacked UFC 226 on July 7th.


Insomnia

It might be too much too soon, but Israel Adesanya is getting a big step up against Brad Tavares in a main event.

Houston traffic leaves me deeply existentially angry, but this guy found a way to make it fun.

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Robert Whittaker’s training location looks both incredibly hard to run up and incredibly idyllic.

It never gets easier , you just get better

A post shared by Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) on

Khabib Nurmagomedov, world traveller

This guy works in one of my favorite genres, art memes.

MMA, but with guns looks fun

This was the first MMA fight I bet money on, and both because of that and because this was the peak of Matt Brown’s run as the Immortal, it remains one of my favorite fights ever.

Thanks Ryan Madigan for an amazing camp for this fight!

A post shared by Matthew Brown (@iamtheimmortal) on

Sage in the north, cutting logs with his bare hands.

How I feel rolling with a black belt in grappling.

Gunnar Nelson had to withdraw from his fight with Neil Magny, and of course both athletes were extremely respectful about it.

Will Brooks speaks up against racially biased police brutality.

Brooks’ old rival Michael Chandler (who he bested twice) was, to say the least, not impressed by Dillon Danis.

To be fair Danis’ toehold was pretty cool

My money is on Garry Tonon when this inevitably happens

Make it happen. @rich_chou @bellatormma @onechampionship @garrytonon @dillondanis

A post shared by As Shopped As It Gets (@as_shopped_as_it_gets_) on

Keep an eye out for my shirtless head shots, coming soon 2020

I was as happy as anyone to see Fedor Emelianenko get himself a KO win over the weekend.

Derrick Lewis should be doing Midnight Mania at this point.

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Whoops

Be careful which snowflake your punk ass decides to sling them slurs at, bruh.

A post shared by Secret Moves (@secretmovesmma) on

This is me

l What could it be tho??

A post shared by Because jitsu (@because_jitsu) on

Some narrated Joe Rogan during his podcast and it’s pretty great.

Wow

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Deep cut

This is elite training

Jorge Masvidal gives his timeline for return


Podcasts and Video

Some of our podcast Friday is still relevant (and two out of three of us picked Fedor-Mir correctly)- Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

This looks really interesting and right at the intersection of my professional worlds.


Slips, Rips- all the Weekend Clips

Standing arm triangle? Don’t mind if I do.

I don’t know what this was, but I’m gonna slap all these highlights up here in random order so just get used to it.

EFC

Wrasslin’

All of Bellator 198 in two minutes.

Some single-leg takedown defense

Hellbows

Last weekend I was the guy in black and red shorts, getting my arm twisted off all day long. I tapped much more quickly than this though.

We love Kikuno kicks around these parts

Flying triangle to say goodnight.


Good Reads


Random Land

Zercher squats are supposed to be really good for MMA

Your daily dose of politics*

A post shared by Jessica Anteby Tebele (@beigecardigan) on

*consuming entertainment is not doing politics.

Hyenas are massive animals up close.

Wow! Amazing… Video by @maxstrong #Destination_Wild

A post shared by Destination Wild (@destination_wild) on

Someone named Rodrigo Koxa set the world record for largest wave surfed and boy did he take his life in his hands.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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