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Manager: If Hand Heals as Planned, Robert Whittaker Wants Chris Weidman at MSG

Surgery seems to have gone well for Robert Whittaker, and if the healing process goes as planned, the UFC middleweight champion could be eyeing a blockbuster fight near the end of the year.
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Manager: It’s Time To Book Edson Barboza Vs Justin Gaethje

File this under “no brainer.”

Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje are both coming off back-to-back losses and both are known for being exciting stand-up fighters. So instead of watching the Brazilian fight off his back for three rounds, why not put him into a firefight with the lightweight “Highlight?”

That works just fine for manager Alex Davis, who told Portal do Vale Tudo that Barboza vs. Gaethje would be a fight that makes sense for both combatants and would undoubtedly electrify mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.

Barboza (19-6) is ranked No. 6 at 155 pounds, while Gaethje (18-2) clocks in at No. 7.

It’s also one of the few fights that isn’t dependent on what happens with the top of the lightweight pecking order (see it). Conor McGregor is out until September (or later), while Khabib Nurmagomedov has no plans to defend his newly-won strap until November.

And let’s not forget about Tony Ferguson’s injury timeout.

Sandwiched between all of the fighters I just mentioned? Eddie Alvarez (No. 3) and Dustin Poirier (No. 5), who collide at the upcoming UFC on FOX 30 event in Calgary.

Lightweight just might be the best division in all of MMA.

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Report: Former Manager Sues Ray Borg for Fraud, Stolen Trade Secrets

Ultimate Fighting Championship flyweight contender Ray Borg (11-3) is being sued by his former management team, Wild Bunch Management LLC, according to a report by MMAJunkie.
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Midnight Mania! Cejudo’s Manager: Rematch with Mighty Mouse This Summer

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Several MMA managers have a… less than savory reputation. Like fight promoters, they often have incentive to misrepresent the facts. So, take the following with a grain of salt, but Ali Abdelaziz- one of the highest profile MMA managers to retain a shady reputation- tweeted that his client, Henry Cejudo, will be rematching Demetrious Johnson this summer.

This runs counter to claims by TJ Dillashaw that talks to implement the superfight between himself and Demetrious Johnson are in the early stages. Henry Cejudo last faced Demetrious Johnson in 2016, and lost by first round KO.


Insomnia

The malcontents and disaffected are joining Project Spearhead, the latest effort for and by fighters to gain employee status and unionize. I encourage all fighters to join; collective bargaining is likely the only way they will ever see a bigger slice of the UFC’s pie than the 17% or so they currently receive.

Combat sports this weekend

Machida vs. Belfort was announced, which has been dubbed the Old Man and the Pee. It’s fitting, because that movie was very slow-paced and this fight will be too.

Alan Jouban may be a model but his expressions after he wins are wild.

Angela Hill working her head movement

I’m with Joe Rogan here: WTF, Russia? Curling??

What the fuck, Russia?

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Daniel Cormier was paid a visit by freestyle wrestling Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs

Wow, how did they know exactly how CM Punk vs. Floyd Mayweather would go?

Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History @ufcfighteredits / @as_shopped_as_it_gets_ collab

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A suitably polite callout of Sage Northcutt from fellow uber-athlete Marc Diakiese

Weird video time

@mojahedfudailat

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This is what Georges St. Pierre spends his time thinking about? Makes sense.

Dennis Bermudez and his new friend

Made a new friend in Iraq . His name is Arthur .

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Another respectful callout, this one from from Derek Brunson

I mean… Whoever made this did their best. Israel Adesanya liked it.

I agree with Joe Lauzon. Who is out here eating cereal with no milk??

I want to punch him in the face.

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Teruto Ishihara is unhappy with his streak of decisions.

Dana White enjoys random violence from cats, and so do I.

I’m gonna knock that smirk right off your face!!! #fightweek

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I’m calling it now: Won’t be a thing. Sorry, Carla Esparza

“Under water fighting” I predict this will be the next big thing #whalesharks #faceoff

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Good for the justice system and Bec Rawlings.

Rousey training WWE stuff.

Tonya Evinger faces surgery this Friday

Mike Perry is the quintessential Florida Man

Elias Theodorou doesn’t have the market cornered on ring men. Not by half. Chas Skelly is coming for him.


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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Good times

Outta here

You have to love moments like these if you love combat sports

Good bodywork is aesthetically pleasing to watch

Wild man

Hit his hips


Random Land

I like this picture

Let’s keep going, there’s so much to see.

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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones’ Manager Says Further Suspension Would be ‘an Outrage’

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Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, has been making the media rounds for his longtime client Jon Jones, attempted to convince media of Jones’ innocence over his most recent failed steroid test, and spin the public narrative in his favor. He expresses nothing but confidence, even telling MMAJunkie.com that if Jones served any more time than he already has, he would consider it an outrage.

“In my mind, he’s innocent – I know it for a fact,” Kawa told MMAjunkie Radio. “So for me, there’s no way in the world these guys are going to punish him. I just don’t see how they do it. It would be an outrage to me if they suspended him longer.”

He repeated the confidence interval he gave Luke Thomas, 95%, in support of Jones’ return in 2018. Jones’ anti-doping attorney, Howard Jacobs, said no date had been set for arbitration, which would be the process Jones would need to enter should he dispute USADA’s findings.

Kawa said he’s “95 percent” sure Jones will fight in 2018 and predicted his return would be big business, generating between 750,000 and 800,000 pay-per-view buys.

He also gave a timeline for the two hearings Jon Jones needs to navigate, USADA and the California State Athletic Commission, or CSAC.

“I’m expecting that USADA is also wrapped up (by that time),” Kawa said. “If it’s not wrapped up, I’m not sure if we push the (CSAC) hearing to March, or we still have the hearing and wait on USADA. From what I’m understanding, what USADA would like to do and we would like to do, is we’d like to have it all wrapped up by the CSAC hearing.”

Kawa’s job is to push a positive story on Jones’ behalf, but he has had help. The UFC’s Jeff Novitsky went on Joe Rogan’s podcast and gave Jones the benefit of the doubt as well, saying his tests don’t seem to indicate use. Kawa was careful to stress this narrative.

“Looking at the information they have, from what they’ve gathered, from what they told me, it doesn’t make any sense,” Kawa said. “No one understands it. You passed this test, then you failed this test that you knew was coming, and then you passed one after that. And it was such a small amount that, it came from somewhere that we just don’t know where, and it was such a small amount that it’s obvious he wasn’t trying to cheat.

“So what USADA is looking at is, how do we move forward with this? To me, it’s very simple. He’s not guilty. You’re supposed to test guys to keep the sport clean. Did it give him an advantage? The answer is no. USADA will tell you this, and the UFC will tell you this.”


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If you don’t change your name to Batman after this, what are you doing?

Interesting conversation here about the WWE’s near-criminal contracts in light of efforts to unionize UFC fighters:

Khabib and his typical lightweight foe. (Tony Ferguson has elk blood though)

Photo by @chris_mclennan1 #destination_wild

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Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano looks like fun at featherweight

When asked about middleweight striking, Israel Adesanya just started laughing

Weird video time

Wanderlei Silva couldn’t resist coming after Luke Rockhold on social media.

Michelle Waterson hitting that side kick on the pads

Wink and Waterson time from the eyes of a drone! @karatehottiemma @mmacoachwink

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Alan Jouban is right.

This week in combat sports


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Some sweet wrestling slams

Lethwei is Muay Thai’s gloveless, head-butting cousin.

Albert Tumenov, still one of the world’s best welterweights.

Demetrious Johnson deserves all credit for this amazing armbar


Podcasts and Video

AJ and I recapped UFC 221 and previewed this weekend’s fight night card! Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!

The top three fights to watch this weekend! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Donald Cerrone’s kickboxing game, explained by Andrew Richardson:

Heavy Hands

The MMA Ratings Podcast


Random Land

It took me three times watching this to understand what was moving and what was standing still

I’m not sure why Teddy Roosevelt is so hot. Obama too.

Amazing slow motion

That wasn’t what she expected

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Manager: There’s A 95-Percent Chance ‘Bones’ Fights In 2018 If…

Could Jon Jones return to the Octagon in 2018?

According to his manager, Malki Kawa, the chances of the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion fighting again inside the Octagon in 2018 are looking very good. In fact, the confident agent says there is a 95-percent chance “Bones” fights this year.

That is, of course, if United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) does the right thing and take everything they’ve gathered so far and realize that everything points to Jon telling the truth of never intentionally taking any banned substance.

Malki broke it all down during a recent interview on the Luke Thomas Show.

“By the end of this month I think we get some clarity on the issues. We have a hearing with the California State Athletic Commission and we’re hoping to get the investigation with USADA wrapped up by then, as well,” revealed Kawa.

“Hopefully it all works out that way. I got to assume that by the end of March, for a fact, we will get this resolved and get an idea of what it’s looking like. I’d like to say about a 95-percent chance (he fights in 2018).”

USADA busted Jones pissing hot following his championship win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, which ultimately lead to another suspension and “DC” getting crowned light heavyweight champion again.

“If USADA is a respectable organization, which I think that they are, and they take all the information they compiled, all the interviews that they’ve done and all the things they’ve seen, they know for a fact that Jon Jones was not cheating and he was not intentionally taking any kind of substance. I think they know that and everybody can come to that conclusion based on the circumstances of his situation. That’s the most I am going to say at this point because it is obviously on-going.”

Furthermore, Kawa pointed to Jon’s willingness to take a polygraph test on his own — which he passed — as further prove that “Bones” is an innocent man who is trying his hardest to prove his case.

Nevertheless, it will be an interesting few weeks waiting to see if in fact everything comes out roses for Team Jones. If it does, his presence will without a doubt shake up the 205-pound weight class once again, and talks of a trilogy fight against Daniel Cormier will surely ramp up.

After “DC” takes care of this business, of course.

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Manager for McGregor, Ferguson Calls Lightweight Title Unification Bout ‘Inevitable’

Audie Attar, who represents both Conor McGregor and Tony Ferguson under the Paradigm Sports umbrella, believes that the lightweights are destined to meet in the Octagon.
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Crushed! Manager issues statement on Jon Jones’ failed UFC 214 drug test

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones was notified earlier today by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) that he had failed a drug test administered prior to his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California.

Now, the “Bones” camp has released an official statement regarding the blockbuster new to MMA Fighting:

We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.

According to this report, Jon tested positive for the steroid turinabol.

The new is devastating in more ways than one, as the win was Jon’s first after serving a one-year suspension for failing a drug test prior to his scheduled showdown against “DC” in July of 2016 at UFC 200.

Should USADA decide to lay the hammer down, Jones could be out of action for two years, if not longer, seeing as how it is his second such infraction. It’s a huge black eye for Jon’s legacy, as he has long been considered the best fighter to ever grace the Octagon, though he could never seem to get out of his own way.

To see what UFC officials had to say on the matter click here.

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Manager: Jon Jones is highest paid fighter in UFC, Dana White issues ‘will get resolved with time’

Jon Jones made a triumphant return to the Octagon this past Saturday night (July 29, 2017) by knocking out Daniel Cormier in the third round of their championship rematch at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.

Afterward, it was reported that “DC” banked a cool $ 1 million in defeat, while “Bones” only got paid $ 500,000. According to Jon’s longtime manager Malki Kawa, you don’t always have to believe what’s being reported, as he revealed on The MMA Hour that Jon is the highest paid fighter in the promotion.

“A lot, he will make a lot. He makes a lot already as it is. People see all that stuff that gets reported on the internet,” said Malki. “I’ve been telling you guys for a long time, Jon is the highest paid guy in the UFC, aside from pay-per-view, just on the base guarantees, and I guess people never really believe, so I just let you guys believe what you want to. The pay-per-view (PPV) stuff is just extra.”

When asked if “Bones” banks more than box office machine Conor McGregor, Kawa pulled back just a tad.

“Listen, I’m not going to get into all of that. I’m just letting you guys know that he is definitely up there, top two or three. Take that and run with it.” As far as revealing the finer details of his UFC 214 pay, Malki wasn’t about to put Jon’s business out on the street.

“I don’t necessarily need to put his business out like that. He doesn’t necessarily like that. Just put it like this, he makes good money and he will be making more money and if the pay-per-view does well he will make even more money. So, you can’t beat any of that.”

According to UFC president Dana White, the UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event is expected to do over a million buys, which means Jon gets that much more “extra.”

It’s good to be king.

As far as Jon’s issues with UFC president Dana White, Kawa was confident in saying that it “will all get resolved with time,” seeing as how “it’s not as bad as it seems.”

So why is Malki so confident it will get resolved? Because he put Demetrious Johnson and White in a room together to hash out their beef this past weekend and they ultimately “buried the hatchet,” and says he will likely do the same with Jones and Dana down the road, too.

All’s well that ends well.

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Manager: McGregor an Apparel ‘Free Agent,’ Not Tied to Reebok for Mayweather Bout

On June 14, it was officially announced that McGregor’s fantastical dream, a boxing showdown with 49-0 legend Floyd Mayweather Jr., would become a reality on Aug. 26. Now, it’s been confirmed by the UFC lightweight champion’s manager, Audie Attar, that McGregor won’t be contractually bound or restrained in any way when it comes to seeking apparel sponsors for the bout with “Money Mayweather.”
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