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Midnight Mania! ‘Mighty Mouse’ Questions Logic In McGregor’s Flyweight Remark

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After Demetrious Johnson was ‘traded’ to ONE Championship for Ben Askren, news quickly got out that the UFC was planning on folding it’s flyweight division. Dana had threatened this as a way to get leverage over Johnson in 2017, but eventually backed down. With Johnson’s exit though, the promotion had evidently seen enough of 125-lb. male fighters.

According to Johnson, the decision had been brewing for years, and it didn’t matter how entertaining he was as champion.

“I mean they were talking about closing it two years ago,” Johnson said recently. “It’s not the first time they’ve ever brought it up, you know? They were talking about closing when I was a champion, and I was like ‘okay, it is what it is…

“The UFC was planning on getting rid of flyweight division when I was the champion — finishing people, not taking people to decision, finishing people.”

One of the oddest moments in the broader story was a tweet by Conor McGregor that placed all the blame on ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong for the UFC’s decision.

This made no sense to anyone, least of all Demetrious Johnson, who pointed out that of any fighter, McGregor was the only one who might be able to do something about it.

“I don’t get where this logic comes behind that,” Johnson said. “What makes him think Chatri owes somebody something?”

“If he’s worried flyweights losing their jobs, I’m pretty sure he has a huge stake in the UFC company now,. I’m sure he can go to Dana, and be like Dana, ‘Keep these guys, these guys are fucking amazing. Let’s try to do this right. Let’s try to promote them.’ Facilitate a meeting of those who can [change things], with Proper Whiskey. ‘Let’s sit down and have a good talk.’ I’m sure he could come up with something if he really wanted to do it.”

“As I said, that’s Conor’s opinion of what he thinks should happen. This is a guy who just business, you know, the Barclay’s Center [thing], throwing the dolly in the bus, hurting multiple people. I truly think he doesn’t care. But that’s just my personal opinion.”

He’ll do fookin’ nothing to save the flyweights, as it turns out. Some of the released 125-pounders have been scooped up by ONE; others have landed in RIZIN. Hopefully they will be more appreciated on foreign soil than they were by fans and the UFC in the United States.


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Prayers and good thoughts to Cub Swanson’s kids, who have been in the hospital all week.

Justin Scoggins practicing his karate combinations on the pads ahead of his RIZIN debut- practice makes permanent, as they say.

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Practice makes permanent. Reps, reps, reps

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I found this incredibly funny for some reason- Robert Whittaker covers Kelvin Gastelum’s fist bump

Mark Hunt’s people all look like Mark Hunt. He’s not even close to the biggest guy there, either.

The creativity and culture in Tai Tuivasa and Mark Hunt’s walkouts was very cool.

You can’t believe everything you see on the internet, apparently. Who knew? Cub shot down this rumor quickly.

This is technically a martial art, right? No? Close enough.

Will Dustin Poirier get his red panty night?

Those who don’t like animal kills, skip this video from Eryk Anders in which an alligator gets got.

Sometimes all you need is a buddy who has your back.

This isn’t surprising. Shogun coming back from that first round was almost as miraculous as Tyson Fury getting up from Deontay Wilder’s killshot.

Israel Adesanya doing a shoey and then getting scolded by his Mom was hilarious.

That look when you killed someone dead and they come back to life is priceless. One for the annals of boxing history.

The scorecards were awful, though.

I know Dana says a lot of stuff, but I believe him this time, fair or not.

Is it just me or has Gunnar Nelson bulked up?

An all-time classic moment

Only more entertaining shadow-boxer is Paulo Costa, in my opinion.


Slips. Rips. KO Clips.

Robocop is such a great fighter nickname.

“Dodge this”

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Wow

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The delayed reaction bodyshot: when you know it really hurt.

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Precision

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This one got scary for Adonis

Look at this armbar outta nowhere!

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Can’t even wait in peace in 50/50 these days

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Strap in because there was a lot of randomness over the weekend, starting with the big Neck Guy.

Add this to the vacation destinations I’ll never make it to.

This Boeing fighter-bomber was too late to make it to WW2 but its engine was so powerful that the designers opted for two contra-rotating propeller blades to offset the torque.

I’m still on an obscure firearms kick, and Russia has a lot of them. Here’s an upside-down pistol so accurate they banned it in international competition shooting… and according to the internet, the designer was blind.

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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?


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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 …


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This is very satisfying:

This is very funny

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Midnight Mania! Khabib Claims McGregor’s Grandfather Killed the Irish

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Conor McGregor attacked Khabib Nurmagomedov’s father, his loyalty to his people, his affilations with corrupt oligarchs and mass murdering dictators. The Dagestani had to fire back, and today at open workouts he told the Irish fans in attendance that McGregor’s grandfather had been an enemy of Ireland. Transcript via BloodyElbow.com:

In three days, you’re gonna like me. You’re gonna like me in three days. I have question for Ireland. What about your language? What about Irish language? Where is your language right now? What’s wrong with your language?

“You guys change it? What about your language? Please someone can give me answer? You guys with England right now?

“This guy talks (about) them fighting against English but his grandfather, Christopher McGregor was with the English navy. And he killed your people. And now you guys support him. I’m gonna change this Saturday night.”

Someone will need to ask Conor about his grandfather Christopher’s story. I’m sure it will come up at the press conference- if McGregor shows up on time.


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Recently unsealed documents reveal how the UFC executives view negotiations with their fighters and rival promotions. Lorenzo Fertitta texted Dana White back after White congratulated him for what he pulled off in negotiations with Gilbert Melendez and ‘the other guy’, replying “We gotta keep taking these f*ckers oxygen til they tap out. We have sacrificed too much too let anyone get traction now.”

This will be fodder for the class-action anti-trust lawsuit.

This will be too:

Go support Ray Borg and buy his T-shirts!

Conor McGregor really likes the idea of a 165-lb. division

His baby was the star of the show

In this great article interviewing past McGregor and Nurmagomedov opponents, Eddie Alvarez talked about McGregor’s ‘hypnotic’ calm in the cage, and this clip really shows his ability to go from 0 to murder in a split second.

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What a quote from the Michaelangelo of UFC lightweights, Tony Ferguson

The statistics for this fight are surprising, especially Khabib’s striking scores.

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PUMPED!!!!!!

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Side note: okay, Dillon. Whatever you say.

Anthony Pettis vs. Tony Ferguson is an amazing co-main event.

Head kick!

Why did anyone feel the need to do this?

That guy went DOWN

Combat sports this weekend:


Podcasts and Video

One of these fights got cancelled, but who should you watch for this weekend at UFC 229?

Heavy Hands


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Silva Accepts McGregor’s Callout: ‘Let’s Make It Happen’

Hey, remember when “Anderson Silva Money” was still a thing?

That’s nothing but chump change these days, and the 43 year-old “Spider” knows it, which is why he’s so willing to fight Conor McGregor, despite the fact that “Notorious” is small enough to compete at featherweight, whereas the Brazilian has competed at 205 pounds and knocked out former light heavyweight champions.

But in his defense, it was McGregor with the recent callout.

“It would be an honor to test myself with Conor McGregor,” Silva wrote on Instagram (translated by MMA Fighting). “He’s an unorthodox fighter and has proven he must be respected. Let’s make it happen.”

I guess he’s moved on from that Georges St-Pierre super fight?

McGregor, 30, can’t be worried about fighting Silva or anyone else until he gets past Khabib Nurmagomedov in the UFC 229 pay-per-view (PPV) main event (details), which takes place this Saturday night (Oct. 6, 2018) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

As for Silva, he’s wrapping up his latest United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) drug-test suspension and will not be eligible to compete until next month, though a potential fight is already in the works for January, according to this.

So … any interest in watching McGregor slug it out with Silva?

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The Reviews Are In: Conor McGregor’s Whiskey Is Hot Garbage

God bless Conor McGregor for shattering the financial ceiling MMA fighters have been knocking up against since forever. Through his hard work, and endless talent in the cage and outside of it, he’s made the world realize he’s something special many times – and he’s managed to rake in some worthwhile dough for his efforts.

He’s a true hero.

That said, he’s been pedaling his brand of whiskey lately, and apparently it’s hot garbage.

Now, the caveat here is that I’ve never tasted whiskey in my life. But the good folks at Business Insider claim to know whiskey, and when they got a free bottle, they passed it around.

The booze was bad.

Fintech guru Oscar Williams-Grut said: “It smelled like ethanol, and tasted only marginally better. A small initial sip was deceptively OK, but subsequent snifters were like vanilla flavouring trying to cover up rubbing alcohol.”

But the finance desk did not hold back, the brutes. Markets expert Will Martin followed up with this: “It tasted like bad whiskey watered down with cheap vanilla extract.” He added: “I am happy to be quoted on that.”

But none of this washed with BI. News editor and military blogging maestro Alex Lockie said: “I’ve drank a lot of bad whiskies in my day. This was one of them.”

Video producer Leon Siciliano said: “I don’t really like any whiskey and McGregor’s safely fits into that.”

Yeah, I’m not going to try McGregor’s stuff.

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Owen Roddy Claims McGregor’s Antics Towards Nurmagomedov Are Not Personal

On Oct. 6, the Ultimate Fighting Championshipwill host what may be its biggest-ever fight, between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champion Conor McGregor.
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Owen Roddy Claims McGregor’s Antics Towards Nurmagomedov Are Not Personal

On Oct. 6, the Ultimate Fighting Championshipwill host what may be its biggest-ever fight, between UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and former champion Conor McGregor.
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Entry to UFC 229 Presser Requires Purchase of Conor McGregor’s New Whiskey

Anticipation for Thursday’s UFC 229 press conference, where fans will get to see the first encounter between Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and his opponent, Irish superstar and former champ Conor McGregor, is already at fever pitch.
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AKA’s Javier Mendez Calls McGregor’s Standup ‘Best In The UFC’

American Kickboxing Academy head coach Javier Mendez, who trains Ultimate Fighting Championship lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, has come out in admiration of his fighter’s next opponent Conor McGregor ahead of their much-anticipated fight at UFC 229.
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Conor McGregor’s Social Media Campaign Gets Befuddling, Mysterious

Our favorite Irish window smasher, Conor McGregor, has a fight to sell, and since he specializes in building hype for fights, he’s busy doing his thing.

But McGregor’s impending UFC 229 match-up against lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov has taken a confusing turn on social media. You see, usually McGregor impugns an opponent’s abilities, or confidence, or place on the food chain, and this gets all parties – and especially fans – riled up. But with ol’ Khabib…

I think McGregor is throwing shade at Khabib’s dad in that Instagram post. Which, okay, whatever. But then there’s this one:

What in the world is McGregor getting at? He’s obviously harping on the ethnic divide between the Chechens and Dagestanis, but… Is there a Chechen in Khabib’s crew? Is McGregor trying to drive a wedge between them?

Is this some sort of political statement?

Does McGregor want to become a Chechen warlord or something?

At this point, we can only sit back and watch as this unfolds, and pray that McGregor says something the rest of us can understand.

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