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Midnight Mania! Macdonald’s Coach Calls Fitch ‘Cheater’ and ‘Coward’

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Rory Macdonald’s coach Firaz Zahabi was not mincing words when it came to Rory Macdonald’s upcoming Bellator 220 opponent Jon Fitch.

You know Fitch got busted for steroids.

That’s why he had a resurgence. He’s better now than he was before. He had a dip, then he had a surge.

Fitch did indeed fail a drug test when he was competing in World Series of Fighting (now the Professional Fighting League, or PFL) in 2015. That was after he claimed TRT, then legal in the UFC, was a ‘joke’, one he didn’t need because he had never wrecked his body with steroids. He went on to lose that PFL bout to Rousimar Palhares via first-round kneebar. He is currently riding high on a five-right winning streak. Zahabi went on:

Jon Fitch was tested positive for PEDs, Performance Enhancing Drugs, and he’s had a major resurgence in his career. In my opinion, let’s be honest, he’s a cheater. We’re not a group of guys playing golf here, we’re not playing soccer. We are hitting each other. We’re not hitting soccer balls, we’re not hitting baseballs, we’re hitting each other. It’s highly immoral, it’s a crime in my opinion, and the truth is, he’s not as good as people think he is. He’s really just a cheater. Because if I take a guy and give them testosterone, he’s going to be really good too… so in my opinion, this is a highly objectable contest, because I know, I feel it for sure, if he did it in 2015, here we are and it’s 2019, and he’s in a title fight, of course he’s gonna do it. But we don’t have USADA or VADA testing in Bellator, we only have the testing the week of the fight, which is very easy to get around. So in my opinion, Fitch, he’s not an authentic fighter.

Zahabi highlights a systemic issue with Bellator, that they do not have the strict drug testing protocols that the UFC can afford. We have seen that even with a drug testing program through USADA, fighters are able to avoid being caught for years, TJ Dillashaw being a notable recent example.

Zahabi, who also coached Georges St. Pierre when he defeated Fitch by lopsided decision in 2008, was also dismissive of Fitch’s skill.

This guy’s a coward, he’s a cheater. At the end of the day he’s a true coward. He’s not a competent fighter in my opinion, he’s really just a guy on a lot of juice. He’s a good wrestler, yeah, I’ll give him that. But really he’s just a guy on a lot of juice. I could take an average wrestler and give him testosterone and he would be competitive. The truth of the matter is, he can’t win without it, that’s the truth.

Rory Macdonald is coming off a crushing loss up at middleweight to Gegard Mousasi, where he failed in his bid to become a double champion. He now attempts to defend his Bellator welterweight title April 27 against Fitch as part of Bellator’s welterweight tournament, which also involves Neiman Gracie, Douglas Lima, and Michael Page. The event is streamed live on the DAZN digital platform.


Insomnia

Speaking of people who have failed drug tests in the past, Brock Lesnar was apparently tested again this week.

Bare-knuckle boxing returns, with Paulie Malignaggi vs. Artem Lobov and Chris Leben vs. Brennan Ward, on June 22.

Someone commented on this post and told Ultimate Fighter winner Sean O’Malley to stop smoking weed and do something with his life.

It sounds like Dustin Poirier is planning on facing Khabib Nurmagomedov in September.

Joe Rogan shared new research on this ancient hypercarnivore, whose remains have been sitting forgotten in a Kenyan museum drawer since 1980. It was part of a genus of mammals called hyainailourines, unrelated to modern mammals. It weighed at least 2,200 pounds, with a head the size of a rhino and teeth the size of bananas.

This is both hilarious and disturbing

Daniel Cormier called someone a f***ing idiot, which is unusual for him.

What does this guy tell himself after this?


Quick Hits


Slips, Rips, and Lethwei Clips

The utterly insane sport that is Lethwei.

Charles Oliveira does not get enough credit for his always-entertaining style. This up-elbow into a stranglehold was incredible, as good a finish as you will see in MMA.


Random Land

Very cool toy

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Midnight Mania! Nunes Plans to Defend 145-lb. Belt After Beating Holm

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No one has yet captured and then simultaneously defended two titles in the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Not Conor McGregor, not Daniel Cormier — but UFC bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes hopes to be the first. Via MMAJunkie.com:

For sure (I plan to) defend both, I will defend my belt at 135 then go up and defend my belt after at 145.

Nunes has a uniquely decorated resume, perhaps the most impressive in women’s MMA. She has defeated just about every other female champion anywhere close to her weight class, from Valentina Shevchenko to Ronda Rousey to Meisha Tate, all the way up to Cris Cyborg. The only former champion who she hasn’t yet defeated is Holly Holm. When asked what her plans are, Nunes was very cognizant of that.

“Keep making history,” Nunes said. “Holly’s the only champion, the former champion, that I don’t beat yet. She’s going to be the next.”

The main issue with Nunes defending her featherweight belt is that the division is basically nonexistent except for Cris Cyborg. The second-best fighter at featherweight is, in fact, Holly Holm herself. Would Nunes rematch Cyborg?

“Honestly, I think about Holly now then we’ll see next,” Nunes said. “A (Cris) Cyborg rematch? Why not? We’ll see what’s next.”

Her mother will not be happy to hear that. Perhaps Nunes should not be so quick to overlook Holly Holm. Holm is known for her toughness and cardio. If she survives Nunes’ power early, she could give the double champion problems in the later rounds, especially if she manages to take Nunes down and get top control. Nunes and Holm are scheduled to clash in the co-main event of UFC 239 on July 6th.


Insomnia

Mike Perry accurately captures the shriveled essence of internet warriors.

Combat sports this weekend:

I don’t think Paulo Costa got the point of Yoel Romero’s caption contest.

This is why Colby is the only fighter I have muted.

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@mma_nerds / @lovemmaapparel / @as_shopped_as_it_gets

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So many champs.

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Lightweight division is stacked with Champs

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Conor McGregor has never had one of the new belts.

This was a quote from a documentary released months ago, but it is a reminder of Ronda Rousey’s relationship to MMA fans.

Dustin Poirier doing his talking with emojis.

I wonder if Israel Adesanya vs. Jon Jones ever comes about, and when, if ever, Israel would be physically ready for that. Personally, at this point, I agree with analyst Andrew Richardson that Robert Whittaker would actually be a tougher challenge.

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Who wins this fight? Idea credit: MacMally Twitter

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Why not to scare females of any species: they will slap you.

That slam at the end was straight MMA

Great knockout

Hopefully Angela Magana recovers from her coma. This is very scary stuff.

The best three fights of 2019 so far


Good Reads


Derrick Lewis’ Random Land

Thank you, Black Beast

I laughed

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Midnight Mania! Dillashaw Using Suspension For Long-Needed Surgeries

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Former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw is using his two-year suspension from USADA as a chance to finally take care of long-term injuries. He just had surgery on his right shoulder, and he posted on Instagram that two months from now, he will be getting surgery on his left.

Battle scars added to my hawk. Surgery went well, torn rotator cuff, labrum and some biceps tendon repair. Two months from now I’m getting my left shoulder done, it’s the worst of the two. The recovery time is long and sucks but it will be nice to have them finally fixed. Been needing these surgeries for three years now.

In the comments, someone suggested maybe not posting for awhile, because ‘all the haters’ would have a field day. Dillashaw replied,

let em I made the mistake. If talking to someone like that is what makes them feel better that’s on them.

Dillashaw tested positive for EPO, a performance-enhancing substance that helps athletes increase their stamina. EPO can not be taken orally, ruling out the possibility of a tainted supplement. USADA then retested some of his old samples and one of those came back positive for EPO as well. He faced a lot of backlash, particularly from former opponents like Cody Garbrandt and Henry Cejudo. His strength and conditioning coach released a ridiculous statement that has to be read to be believed. Dominick Cruz says that Dillashaw will return better than ever, having had a chance to heal up and spend time with his family. It’s too early to tell, but Cruz’s prediction may prove to be the most accurate.


Insomnia

After Yoel Romero called out Israel Adesanya, Jon Jones tweeted him saying they should train. Unrelated? Maybe.

Leslie Smith has joined Bellator and is moving to featherweight

Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya is going to be amazing.

You can never say Israel Adesanya doesn’t have a sense of humor.

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Jordan Burroughs wants one MMA fight

He doesn’t want to get paid peanuts for it, though, as Chael Sonnen found out.

Belal “Remember the Name” Muhammad vs. Kevin Holland, anyone?

Hockey fights are better than basketball elbows.

Crawford is a monster


Random Land

Anyone see the start of the last season of Game of Thrones?

I now know slacklining is less dangerous than free soloing, because this guy made a mistake and lived.

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Midnight Mania! Watch NBA Star Land ‘Bones’-Approved Spinning Elbow

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Every so often you see MMA emerge, sometimes completely by accident, in places and situations you least expect. That happened tonight, as Philadelphia 76ers power forward landed a pretty effective spinning elbow on Brooklyn Nets center Jarrett Allen.

The foul drew praise from UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, who tweeted, “That technique wasn’t too bad, always room in the UFC.” Jones is something of a specialist with the spinning elbow. He has landed it with frequency throughout his career, notably on Stephan Bonnar, Quinton ‘Rampage’ Jackson, and Alexander Gustafsson in their first bout. That particular spinning elbow may have saved his belt, rocking Gustafsson and turning the momentum in a very close fight against the Swede.

It is unlikely the 7-foot tall Embiid, who weighs 249 pounds, would ever consider competing in the Octagon. He signed a 147 million dollar contract over five years, earning 25 million dollars for the 2018/2019 season. If he ever wanted to take a massive pay cut to start over in a sport that inflicts unknown amounts of long-term damage on the brain, he could probably go train with ‘Bones’! He’s already got at least one technique down. We can officially add him to the list of non-MMA fighters we wouldn’t want to fight.

Embiid claimed the foul wasn’t intentional, but his own teammate couldn’t help but break into a chuckle when he said that.


Insomnia

Supposedly Conor McGregor declined to fight Justin Gaethje.

Israel Adesanya may or may not get past Robert Whittaker next, but he is already an unbelievable phenom. The progress he has made in a short time is incredible.

Max Holloway is nothing but class all day. For that matter, so was everyone else in the main and co-main event at UFC 236. It was a pleasure to watch four fighters with nothing but respect for each other go to war in the Octagon.

Khabib Nurmagomedov says he didn’t agree with the scorecards. That seems like a pointless debate, but it is only fair to Max to note that he did much better than the final score indicated; I half expected a split decision at the end.

For people arguing immediately after UFC 236 about scorecards and whether Poirier-Holloway or Adesanya-Gastelum was better, Justin Gaethje has a response: who cares about that? We just witnessed legends do battle!

Taking the gold back to Africa is a great angle for the UFC’s two Nigerian-born champions.

Everyone needs a friend as hyped for them and their success as Theo Von is for Dustin Poirier.

No shit. That was just about the toughest fight we’ve ever seen.

Imagine watching Israel Adesanya and Kelvin Gastelum pour their blood out in the Octagon and decide it was the interim titles that made the fight great. Also… maybe actually pay them some real coin for fights like that?

Dustin Poirier vs. Tony Ferguson would be unbelievable as a matchup. There are just no bad fights at the top of the lightweight division.

It’s this kind of difficult, boring work that often gets overlooked in favor of the difficult but fun sparring or grappling. Both are important for a fighter’s improvement.

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This is soooooooo much harder than it looks #Repost @jquintnmt with @get_repost ・・・ Working to increase physical capacity. . @iamtheimmortal actively exploring the outer ranges of the articular workspace within his hip joint post PAILs/RAILs training. . ✅Overall Objective: expand & improve neurological control by providing the central nervous system (CNS) with as much afferent feedback as possible within the newly acquired ROMs. . ✅Afferent Feedback: is information coming from the peripheral tissues structures (articulating tissues of the joint) that provides the CNS with information about where the joint is in space and what it is doing. . ———————————————————————— . ☑️PAILs/RAILs in hip internal & external rotation performed at ~70% of maximum voluntary contraction (MVC) for 3 repetitions of 15 seconds each. . ☑️15 second PAILs into 15 second RAILs; rest for 30 seconds within the newly acquire range (actively explore newly acquired range; searching for new lines of tension to load for the next repetition); then load again. . Cultivating physical capacities that did not exist prior, is an incremental process that occurs over time. . @functionalrangeconditioning @functionalrangerelease . #ufc #mma #functionalrangerelease #functionalrangeconditioning #functionalrangesystems #controlyourself #westsidebarbell #conjugate #conjugatemethod #conjugateclub #asseenincolumbus #physicalcapacity

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Maybe the guy in the red polo was a 39th degree blackbelt.

McGregor was tweeting over the weekend, as usual, saying ridiculous things like Khabib’s grappling was overrated.

Tony Ferguson didn’t even think this was him

Paulo Costa hitting pads


Slips, Rips, Spinning Elbow Clips

Combate Americas bringing the slugfest

Nice to meet you, Zaakir Badat

It was a good weekend for fans of spinning elbows!

Is this accurate?


Random Land

The Notre Dame burning was a sad sight.

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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

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Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

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Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

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Money Fights > Rankings

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The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Have we got a show for you.

Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

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Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

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Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

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Money Fights > Rankings

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The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

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Midnight Mania! MMA Manager Says He Knows ‘At Least 5’ On EPO

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Whenever an athlete fails for Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs), one of the first questions is always, who knew? Did their coach know? What about their teammates? Their strength and conditioning coach? What about their manager?

MMA manager Ali Abdelaziz, who manages such fighters as Kamaru Usman, Cody Garbrandt, Khabib Nurmagomedov, and Frankie Edgar, is getting ahead of these questions. He says he knows at least 5 people who are on EPO. Are they his clients, one wonders?

TJ going through what he’s going through. He’s already dealing with a lot of problems. But @Cody_Nolove those 2 losses should be no contests. Usada doing a horrible job testing guys for EPO, I know at least 5 ppl who are on it

He is referring, of course, to TJ Dillashaw’s positive test for EPO, and the revelation in the aftermath that USADA doesn’t test for EPO as part of their standard routine; it requires a special test that they do not always run. They retested a sample from before the Cejudo fight that also came back positive for the substance. This raised the question, if a retroactive test came back positive for the period prior to, say, a fight with Cody Garbrandt, should that result be overturned? We know how Garbrandt’s manager would vote.

While we are talking about the figures surrounding fighters who might have knowledge of their EPO habits, this statement from Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach is remarkable. It must be read to be believed.

Suffice it to say that when you start out a sentence “As a man of few words”, and the rest of that sentence is “preferring passion and belief as a shield to be carried out upon, I am bemused to careless and reckless dialog for no other purpose than to make myself heard among the masses plagued by willful ignorance”, you already lost credibility.


Insomnia

Dillashaw certainly has people talking, including Georges St. Pierre’s coach Firas Zahabi.

Lobov fails to see how Dillashaw is suffering.

I’ll believe it when I see it. Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa seems like it might turn out to be one of those Cursed Matchups that are too good for this plane

I honestly can’t tell if this picture of Ben Askren’s hair is real or not

Max Holloway is the man.

Good to know who tops McGregor’s number one enemy list.

There is a good chance that Dustin Poirier vs. Max Holloway is fought at the most furious pace in UFC history.

Ben Askren suggests a new way for Cris Cyborg to smash watermelons.

TMZ got the wrong guy from the Van Heusen commercial. Not Stephen Thompson!

‘When the kicks came with punches’ is an excellent short story title

This is amazing


Random Land

It is a day for stylized language applied to very ordinary scenarios

It’s nearly summer again

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Midnight Mania! If TJ Was Juicing The Whole Time, Should Cody’s Title be Reinstated?

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TJ Dillashaw has been suspended two years for EPO, an injectable Performance Enhancing Drug (PED). You can read all about it here. He voluntarily gave up his title, and the UFC’s current plan is to have Marlon Moraes fight flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for it. Once they had the positive result, USADA also went back and tested some older samples from Dillashaw, one of which also came back positive. This raises a couple questions: why aren’t they testing every sample for EPO (even if it does require a special test), and secondly, if Dillashaw was using EPO before he fought Cody Garbrandt, should Garbrandt’s title be reinstated? As Garbrandt pointed out, all of his losses (the two to Dillashaw and one to Pedro Munhoz) have been to fighters that have failed drug tests in the past. Of course, Garbrandt was self aware enough to realize that isn’t the only reason he lost.

The question was originally posed on Twitter. It seems like a far-fetched scenario, given that the UFC have no actual legal rules governing their belts. The Olympics does reverse old decisions, and Lance Armstrong had his title retroactively stripped. It would be an odd decision for a promoter to return the belt to a fighter who just lost three fights by knockout, even if two of those losses were to someone who is now known to be a PED abuser.

The question, therefore, is not whether the UFC will (they won’t), but whether they ought to return Cody’s belt to him, if his opponent was cheating to win. If not, Dillashaw may have been caught, but the damage has been done to Cody’s career.


Insomnia

Cody knew it the whole time- after all, he said TJ was the guy who taught Team Alpha Male how to do it!

The memes abounded. All those supplements to blame, and you got busted for something that can only be done via needle.

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Of course Conor McGregor had to get his two cents in.

Imagine Jon Jones being the snitch behind the TJ Dillashaw drug bust

The commentary is the best part of this video by far

Dillon Danis apparently had his eyes dilated right before this press conference

Maybe I’m a sucker, but I’m still interested in seeing how Machida vs. Sonnen plays out.

Don’t mess with the jiu-jisu competitors!

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l Unleash the Beast

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Weight classes

Destroyer of worlds

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Midnight Mania! Holloway Reveals It Was Really Son That Called The Round Against Ortega

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UFC featherweight champion Max ‘Blessed’ Holloway has turned in 13 incredible wins in a row, but it was his last that broke records. Before the 4th round of his title fight with tough-as-nails Brian Ortega, Holloway could be seen ‘calling his shot’, pointing down to indicate this was when he would finish the fight. He landed a record 134 strikes in that round, and Ortega called it quits on the stool afterwards. I highly recommend watching the entire fight again.

Only now had Holloway revealed who really called the shot: his son, affectionately known as ‘Mini Blessed’. Check it out:

Max Holloway next faces Dustin Poirier for the interim lightweight championship this Saturday at UFC 236. Poirier defeated Holloway in his UFC debut in 2012. In fact, both men have rebounded from early career losses- including to Conor McGregor- to go on impressive runs exceeding all expectations. Poirier has only lost one fight in his last 10, defeating Anthony Pettis, Justin Gaethje, and Eddie Alvarez. The UFC 236 headliner promises to be a barnburner, as neither man seems capable of being in a boring fight.


Insomnia

My fighting namesake, Ross Pearson, has retired

Truth

Accurate

Jason Knight posted this afterwards, which makes him awesome on so many levels

LOBOV IS UNDEFEATED

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Le undefeated

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If Dominick Cruz had never won a world title, then came back and won it back, we would all be relentlessly making fun of how he looks when shadowboxing.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Dustin Poirier vs. Jim Miller was a fun fight, as are all Dustin Poirier fights

THE DREADED FALCON KNEE!!!

Sometimes it’s not the impact, it’s the fallout

Tornado kick knockouts are never not cool

You can so clearly see how one guy’s night is going amazing while the other’s guy’s night is going very badly


Random Land

I’ve seen some bad mistakes in my time, and made even worse mistakes, but this may be the worst… ever…

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Midnight Mania! Why Is Nick Diaz Still Being Tested by USADA in 2019?

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Nick Diaz is still in the USADA testing pool in 2019.

That’s kind of strange, given that Diaz the Elder spends a lot of his time around pools these days, but has historically had little use for testing pools. He hasn’t fought since 2015, a no-contest with Anderson Silva, and seemingly has little interest in fighting anyone these days, at least not unless he gets paid by the truckload. Nonetheless, he is still maintaining his eligibility.

USADA has tested Hannah Cifers and Francis Ngannou six times already this year. Adesanya has been tested five times, Jon Jones four, Khabib three times, McGregor two, Cormier and Lesnar once each.


Insomnia

Firstly, this wasn’t a hammerfist, it was a punch that grazed the back of Cain’s head. Secondly, how do you start out a post ‘for everyone who says I make excuses’ and proceed to make an excuse??

Sage Northcutt is a cat guy

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My massage therapist for the day

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Nice lace

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He should have listened.

Big boy went down

Tatiana Suarez, who should be the top contender at strawweight with a win over Nina Ansaroff, talks about her battle with cancer

This is impressive

I actually think this lady could catch someone off guard with this

Michael Chandler is always trying some incredibly challenging workout

Michael Bisping, hero

What did this guy do that everyone in the neighborhood jumped him after the cop didn’t?

Not that sparring video, the other one

Benson Henderson, eat your heart out.

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Looks easy enough, why can’t you do that

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Combat sports this weekend


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

What a two-piece

High-level Muay Thai looks so different

Speaking of high-level…

Violent ground and pound

The old ‘forearm in the throat’ technique

Waking up, and everything is different

This is the kind of grappling I don’t understand but it looks potentially painful

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Nice lace

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Low kicks for the win

This hurts my ribs to watch

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