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Midnight Mania! Ortega Could Be Out Six Months

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UFC 231 medical suspensions are in, and in what should be no great surprise, a couple fighters got potentially lengthy ones. Brian Ortega, who took a record-breaking beatdown at the hands of Max Holloway, is suspended for 180 days or until medically cleared. Jimi Manuawa is suspended 60 days, and Alex Oliveira is suspended 30 days; both need medical clearance.

The full list of medical suspensions stemming from UFC 231, originally reported by MMAFighting.com, include:

Max Holloway: Suspended 30 days

def. Brian Ortega: Suspended 180 days or until medically cleared

Valentina Shevchenko: Suspended 30 days

def. Joanna Jedrzejczyk: Suspended 30 days

Gunnar Nelson: Suspended 30 days and needs medical clearance

def. Alex Oliveira: Suspended 30 days and needs medical clearance

Hakeem Dawodu: Suspended 14 days

def. Kyle Bochniak: Suspended 30 days and needs medical clearance

Thiago “Marreta” Santos: Suspended 14 days

def. Jimi Manuwa: Suspended 60 days and needs medical clearance

Nina Ansaroff: Suspended 14 days and needs medical clearance

def. Claudia Gadelha: Suspended 14 days

Gilbert Burns: Suspended 14 days

def. Olivier Aubin-Mercier: Suspended 14 days

Jessica Eye: Suspended 30 days

def. Katlyn Chookagian: Suspended 30 days

Elias Theodorou: Suspended 30 days

def. Eryk Anders: Suspended 30 days and needs medical clearance

Brad Katona: Suspended 14 days

def. Matthew Lopez: Suspended 30 days

Dhiego Lima: Suspended 14 days

def. Chad Laprise: Suspended 180 days or until medically cleared

Diego Ferreira: Suspended 14 days

def. Kyle Nelson: Suspended 60 days

Aleksandar Rakic: Suspended 14 days

def. Devin Clark: Suspended 60 days and needs medical clearance


Insomnia

This meme by Ben Askren made me chuckle.

Elias Theodorou goin’ nowhere, goin’ nowhere…

Katlyn Chookagian explains how you know who your true friends are

Conor McGregor congratulates Max Holloway on his win.

Some McGregor tweets are much less coherent.

Johnny Walker is back in action against Justin Ledet, which sounds like a good slow build for the Brazilian.

Brian Ortega has nothing if not heart.

I love how Tony Ferguson put the same words in the caption of his Instagram post as were in the screencap. Also, this would be one insane fight, but I want to see Ferguson vs. Poirier first.

I would prefer Holloway stay at featherweight if he can, but I’ll watch him fight anywhere.

Gunnar Nelson is one cold fighter

Some photoshop work of the Blessed One, Max Holloway.

This is a great idea from Angela Hill.

It’s always interesting to see what weight fighters actually weigh when they step into the cage to face each other.

Ben Henderson tried out a new cup

Oh, that’s it then. No more scrutiny or criticism, the boss man said so. We will all shut up and accept his wise decision now.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Some really remarkable stuff went down this weekend.

Firstly, Vasyl Lomachenko is a god among boxers

Speaking of excellent boxing combinations…

Max Holloway is becoming a truly remarkable boxer in his own right

Sometimes things get wild

Rakic may be a hot prospect at 205 but he got wild and sloppy here. Still, aggression is good to see on any young gun.

When was the last time you saw a triangle choke with no arm in?

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No fist inside even

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This one was slick too- the definition of tying someone up in knots

A gogoplata will always make a ‘cool submissions’ list


Random Land

Wild, if true

This is a funny prank

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Midnight Mania! Why Is A Brock Lesnar USADA Sample Missing?

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It could just be an error, but one of Brock Lesnar’s USADA samples is missing from the USADA database.

It is noteworthy mostly because of Lesnar’s history with USADA and the UFC. He was granted a special testing exemption in order fight Mark Hunt at UFC 200, a fight he handily won, only for tests to return afterwards positive, a result USADA could have sped up, but chose not to. Mark Hunt is currently in the process of suing Lesnar and the UFC over the entire incident.

Now, he is back in the testing pool in order to potentially face UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier sometime in 2019. Naturally, suspicions run high around another MMA return for the 41-year-old athlete. Daniel Cormier wants to ‘drug test the hell out of him’, and former UFC bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz says he’s absolutely doping.

This is something to keep an eye on.


Insomnia

Good on the UFC for still paying Renato Moicano for training to be the backup fighter, even though he missed weight by a pound. That’s more generous than they needed to be.

Derrick Lewis shot his first day on his first TV show.

It was instantly meme-worthy stuff.

Tenshin Nasukawa hitting pads at Floyd Mayweather’s gym

The story of a man who beat Carlos Gracie- and paid the price.

Mayweather was asked a great question- why wasn’t he kickboxing Tenshin when he had been posting clips of training in an Octagon? He quickly revealed his true colors, confirming what we knew to be true- that the MMA rumors were, in his own words, “bullshit”.

Snow sparring

Michelle Waterson wishes a happy birthday to Claudia Gadelha, who fights tomorrow night.

Leslie Smith on Full Frontal:


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

This really could have been stopped at least half a minute before it was.

Under normal MMA rules, this would have been a finish.

Those uppercuts…

Elbows are like the shotgun blasts of striking: You can only land them at close range but man are they effective.

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Midnight Mania! RIZIN releases trailer, ruleset for Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa

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In what remains an odd event, Floyd Mayweather will box undefeated kickboxing sensation Tenshin Nasukawa on New Year’s Eve in Japan, at RIZIN 14. The event will also feature a superfight between flyweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi and Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell in a superb cross-promotional coup.

The ruleset this will be contested under basically eliminates all risk to Floyd Mayweather, as it is a 3-round exhibition that will not appear on either man’s boxing or MMA record. There will be no judges, so presumably there will be no winner unless someone gets a finish. Both fighters will wear 8-ounce gloves. Floyd is probably not very worried about fighting a man several weight classes below him for just three rounds.

At least the unrelentingly exciting Tenshin Nasukawa will be drawing a lot of eyes. The caption for this trailer auto-translated to:

I went to December, I cut 30 days until the final decisive battle! Floyd vs. the second trailer of the dim. I got the opportunity to converse Floyd and fist. The two strong men who have drawn the “locus” of undefeated myth in another world while putting oneself in the martial arts field play the encounter of “miracle”. Is there a more miracle going to happen? Please send it to everyone!


Insomnia

I agree with Dana White on this, especially after the troubling results from Holloway’s last two scheduled bouts. Not to be negative, but I’m just hoping nothing… bad… happens this weekend.

Gunnar Nelson says that next time Conor McGregor fights Khabib Nurmagomedov- and he expects a rematch at some point- he will definitely be involved in the preparation.

Sorry, but this is not only a stupid question from Robin Black, but also a perfect summation of his particular flair for esoteric nonsense.

Dana White calling a victim of domestic violence to make sure it is ‘cool’ to have her fight alongside a perpetrator of domestic violence is an unbelievably insensitive move, particularly as Ostovich is one of his lowest paid contractors. All this shows is that he had opportunity to think about this, and still, inexplicably, decided it was a good idea. Dana also keeps talking about redemption, but someone show me where Hardy has displayed any shred of genuine remorse for his actions. Without that, there can be no redemption, no growth.

This really shouldn’t be a question she has to face. Rachael Ostovich has enough on her plate without concerning herself with this too, and she says she would love to move forward and focus on training.

Brian Ortega has a special talent for losing fights right up until he wins them.

Brendan Schaub can’t math good.

Wilder vs. Fury, if Wilder talked like Thor.

That’s a lot of wins in a row.


Podcasts and Video

Max Holloway has a sweet sweep- let the other two Andrews break it down for you.

They also break down Brian Ortega:

Heavy Hands:


Random Land

Before the Russians went with the three-barreled space shotgun, they considered a design possibly even stranger- a space revolver chambered to accept shotgun rounds, long before the Taurus Judge.

I never thought of lemurs as ghostly but it fits.

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Midnight Mania! Khabib Has Worst Possible Advice For Female Fighters

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UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was asked if he had advice for female fighters. The Dagestani took his time before giving his response.

Be a fighter inside your home.

The audience erupted into cheers. Khabib continued.

All the time, finish your husband. [more cheers] smash him really bad.

This is far from the first time a male mixed martial arts champion has expressed regressive views regarding the role of women in the sport. George St. Pierre earned the ire of female mixed martial artists a few years ago by expressing his admittedly ‘traditional’ views about women and cage fighting. Khabib’s compatriot Fedor Emelianenko is also on record disapproving of female fighters in mixed martial arts (though, oddly enough, boxing or wrestling are fine).

This also isn’t Khabib’s first brush with controversy. He advised his countrymen in an Instagram post about the immorality of rap music, he has endorsed criminal Russian oligarchs, and of course he ignited a post-fight brawl with Conor McGregor’s teammates.


Insomnia

UFC PR evidently told MMA media to refrain from any questions about Greg Hardy’s past, and MMA media complied.

No one told the UFC to sign Greg Hardy, who according to evidence and sworn testimony has a record of domestic violence (his conviction was overturned on appeal and expunged after he settled with the victim), and certainly no one told them to book him on the same card as very recent domestic violence survivor Rachael Ostovich.


The UFC will look to move Henry Cejudo vs. TJ Dillashaw to main event their January ESPN card in Brooklyn.

John Lineker shouldn’t be able to beat Dominick Cruz, but his power and aggression means the fight will be Cruz dancing on a knife edge.

We make fun of Tito Ortiz a lot but this is me in front of a camera too:

Down she goes

At least he tried…


Random Land

This is why people don’t like PETA.

Speaking of animals, the Russians sent their cosmonauts into space with pistols: three-barreled pistols with a machete attachment. It makes sense once you realize that the pistols were for bear.

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Midnight Mania! Wilder Has ‘Proof’ Fury Never Beat The Count

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In an all-time classic heavyweight bout last weekend, Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury went the distance- but only after Fury got up from one of the most hellacious knockdowns you’ve ever seen, from the sports’ hardest puncher, as if from the dead. It was an astonishing moment, one that surprised Wilder as much as any of us, judging by his reaction. The fight went on to be scored a split draw, leaving most viewers thinking Fury had been robbed of a win, as many believe he won every round except the two that Wilder knocked him down in.

However, Wilder’s fans don’t concur, and in fact, Wilder himself believes that he won. In support of this belief, he tweeted ‘proof’ Fury didn’t really make the count, using a timer to clock ten seconds, and claiming that Fury didn’t make the count.

#AndStill

Keep the vids coming for The Sick MFs That hate I won, The Blind MFs that can’t face reality and the MFs that just don’t want to see US Succeed. #BombZquad #YouKnowWhoYouAre #AllTalkGoodTalk

Ultimately, Wilder said in interview that he’s glad that Fury did recover, as he doesn’t believe he would have gotten credit for the win given Fury’s backstory leading up to the bout. He probably also is seeing the opportunity to make money in a rematch, as their fight apparently did quite well even just with the US Pay-Per-View numbers.

There is a certain irony in Wilder making the factually incorrect claim that he ‘won’ a split draw most observers believe he should have lost, then using the phrase “blind MFs that can’t face reality”. According to former top MMA referee Big John McCarthy, the ten-count is just that: a count by the referee, not a ten-second interval of time.

Odds for the rematch between Wilder and Fury opened dead even.


Insomnia

Robert Whittaker is one of the nicest, most genuine guys in the sport- but he doesn’t think switching opponents at the last second from Gastelum to Adesanya would be right.

Adesanya has first-meeting stories with both main event fighters- even if Gastelum doesn’t remember meeting him a buffet, that’s too perfect.

The Last Stylebender strikes a pose between the champion and challenger.

If you can dish it, you better be able to take it.

Jon Jones sparring in close,, preparing preparin for his rematch with Alexander Gustafsson

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26 more days. #UFC232 #AndStill

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You have to turn sound on for this one…

Super Sodiq Yusuff was an inspiring but sad story this weekend, crying on the treadmill over losing his brother but still going out and handling his business in his UFC debut.

Efficient.

This boxer, Dereck Chisora, said he was going to go through his opponent Dillion Whyte like a laxative, and I think it’s the funniest line of trash talk I’ve ever heard.

The Fight to Save Flyweight: Joseph Benavidez vs. Deiveson Figueiredo. Seriously, these two in the cage might just convince everyone flyweight is worth keeping.

Tenshin Nasukawa sparring Jorge Linares? I want to see the footage even more than the full Dillashaw-Lomachenko sparring video.

How exactly was this supposed to work?

“We hope this brings happiness to you and your family”

I didn’t know turtles could wrestle but it doesn’t look like you want to mess with them in their native element, the water:

This weekend in fights:


Random Land

This went with a whole series of pictures from the French protests that were both evocative and chilling. I highly recommend checking them out.

You have to watch this one with the sound on too

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No chill

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Part 4(?) of my Weird Pistol Tour: the rocket pistol. The Gyrojet was a government project in the 1960s that ended up getting terminated but not before they made tiny rocket bullets that fire out of specialized rifles and pistols. Read about it here, or just watch someone donate their irreplacable ammunition to blow a GoPro off a dummy and hit a watermelon:

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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.


Insomnia

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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Random Land

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! Domestic Violence Won’t Stop Ostovich: ‘I Want To Take a Stand’

Rachael Ostovich

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Rachael Ostovich opened up about the reason she has opted to continue with her scheduled January 19th bout against Paige VanZant despite recently suffering injury from a brutal domestic violence incident that she reported had her coughing up blood as her husband punched her repeatedly in the face and body. She said she felt like she ‘have to do this’ because the platform gives her an opportunity to stand tall for other victims of domestic violence. Via KHON2.com:

“Although this is a very difficult time for me and my family, I felt that this fight in January was important. I felt that it was extremely important to me to follow through with it, not only for me but first for my daughter, and other people that might be going through similar situations. I want to take a stand against domestic violence, and show others that its okay to come out and speak about it, and not be quiet.

“I’m extremely grateful and blessed for my support system. My family, who has done so much for me and has kept me together and kept me strong. I feel like I am- like I have to do this. This is something that can’t be taken away from me, because I want to use this big, worldwide UFC platform to show people that, don’t let anyone or anything come between you and your career.”

Mr. Berdon, her husband, has pleaded innocent to the charges, downgraded from attempted murder, posted his $ 75,000 dollar bail, and is currently free until his next court date, December 18, 2018. He is under a temporary restraining order that extends to their 5-year-old child.

Ostovich is scheduled to face VanZant at the UFC’s ESPN+ debut January 19th in Brooklyn. Her training is limited currently, but she will transition back to full contact after getting a second opinion on the severity of her injuries.

Her incident is one of several to affect high-profile UFC fighters, including Jessica Rose-Clark and Andrea Lee. MMA, according to an HBO study, suffers from a much higher incidence of domestic violence than the general population, or even the NFL. In fact Dana White recently signed former NFL player Greg Hardy to a development contract after his history with domestic violence ended his football career.


Insomnia

Watch three generations of McGregors throw hands

Alex Hernandez, setting goals and accomplishing them.

Dominick Reyes survived what looks like a really serious car accident, for which he thanks his Lexus

Whoops. Floyd Mayweather supposedly is in some kind of crypto trouble.

Raphael Assuncao has signed a new fight deal that looks like it will start with a rematch with Marlon Moraes

I hadn’t thought about Junior Dos Santos’ power declining

Everyone who has trained knows this guy

Well that’s quite the sequence. Tofiq Musayev is a unique fighter.

Ben Askren is a 3-1 favorite against Robbie Lawler? How?

Tim Kennedy is still practicing what are technically martial arts

Welcome back, Sexyama.

Luke Rockhold and Robbie Lawler are odd teammates and almost totally opposite fighters, but they are both looking swole.

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Chad Mendes hitting pads

See… Anderson Silva would actually get a title shot if he beat Israel Adesanya… but chances are he won’t, so…

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Ooh, a piece of candy!

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TJ Dillashaw taunts Henry Cejudo for not fighting him at bantamweight.

RIZIN is adding some new talent- Justin Scoggins will be debuting at 60 kilograms, which is 132 lbs.

They also are promoting a cross-promotion superfight between Darrion Caldwell and Kyoji Horiguchi that is going to be awesome.

This exhibition bout, of course, is still happening as well, which is going to bring an insane amount of attention to the event.

Showing great knockouts is tried and true, but still a good way to promote fights.


Random Land

Abandoned places have a haunting, yet peaceful aesthetic

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The Red #草ヒロ

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Christmas is coming up if anyone wants to buy me either of these Rhino revolvers. I would take a snub nose too, I’m not picky.

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Midnight Mania! Holloway Would Fight Moicano ‘On An Hour’s Notice’

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Max Holloway is nothing if not down for a fight anytime, anyplace. He suffered from some still undiagnosed neurological issues that canceled his last scheduled title defense. He is focused on the future, though. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“Why fix something that’s not broken?” Holloway said. “Ortega’s been doing something great. I’m a fighter. I fight whenever. I fight whoever. You’ve got to be ready to go if you’re the best in the world, and I believe I’m the best in the world. Training has been going great and ready to put all this talk about a ‘New Era’ – it’s still the ‘Blessed Era’ in full effect.”

Due to Holloway’s recent health issues, ultra-tough prospect Renato Moicano has been tapped as a stand-by replacement after his own opponent fell through. He even had some lighthearted trash talk ready for the champion.

I am really happy for this opportunity. I will become champ, be it this time or next. And, Holloway, you are a great champion, but Toronto is freezing! You should stay in Hawaii and take care of your health, man!

A last-minute change in opponent wouldn’t bother Max, who found Moicano’s comments funny.

“Tell Moicano thank you for the offer, but I’ll be seeing him sooner or later,” Holloway said. “Just be ready for anything. Thank you for the offer. He’s a great dude, cool guy, awesome guy. That’s very funny. I look forward to seeing that guy, too, one day.”

“I would take him on three hours’ notice,” Holloway said. “I’ll take you on an hour’s notice. I don’t care. Everyone was like, ‘The Khabib (Nurmagomedov) fight, you’re crazy for taking this on a weeks’ notice.’ Look, they’re taking the fight with me. You’re taking a fight with me. I don’t care who it is. Whoever. They’ve got to remember who they’re fighting and who they’re fighting against, and that’s me.”

Holloway is still focused on Ortega for now, though, and said he plans on making the fight look easy.

“I’m going to go out there and do what I do best,” Holloway said. “I’m going to open the door for you and whenever you’re ready, grab your hand and walk you through it. Thank you, come again. People keep saying this is going to be one of my hardest fights. I’m going to go out there and make people like, ‘What was that?’ That’s my game plan.”

Holloway faces Ortega in the main event of UFC 231 on December 8 in the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.


Insomnia

This Saturday’s fight card is considerably more intriguing than Friday’s; the main event winner between Junior dos Santos and Tai Tuivasa is a good candidate to face last weekend’s heavyweight winner, Francis Ngannou.

Junior is confident in his boxing

Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren is going to be a huge moment of truth for Ben. They are treating him like Vikings reportedly treated their toddlers, throwing him in the ocean and expecting him to swim. If Lawler’s sprawl is anything like it was at the height of his Renaissance, Askren could be in for a rude awakening.

Speaking of top welterweights, here is Santiago Ponzinibbio meeting with the president of Argentina. The caption reads, “Pleased with the recognition of the president of my country. I am proud to represent the colors of my flag on the world stage and help the growth of this sport in my homeland”

Hang in there, little Borg.

I sincerely hope Rachael Ostovich is in a good enough physical and mental state for her “just fight through it” strategy to work as he gears up to face Paige VanZant after a brutal episode of domestic violence at the (alleged) hands of her MMA fighter husband.

Bantamweight is one of the divisions that has a lot of primo talent outside the UFC, and that’s only going to get better now that the UFC flyweights (most of whom can also fight up at bantamweight) have been cast to the four winds. Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi would be hot fire, and a great example of cross promotion, or at least fighters being able to fight for different promoters while under contract, benefiting the fans.

It’s great that genocidal dictators are getting more influence in the sport of MMA, I can’t see any problems with this whatsoever.

How does the meme go? ‘One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain’

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This is an Oreo, change my mind

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Tito Ortiz isn’t wrong that the UFC got rich to the tune of 5 billion (once everything was totaled) off the rivalries he, Chuck, and a handful of others forged. But that’s the fight game, and it won’t get better until the fighters learn to bargain collectively, which under the current structure is impossible. Who knows, maybe that anti-trust lawsuit will make it to settlement. It seems unlikely in the current climate.

Didn’t Frankie Edgar see Jurassic Park 3? Watch out for the fog.

Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson should fight for yes, yet another interim belt if Khabib isn’t going to defend promptly. I just want to see them throw down, dammit.

“An amiable fellow” — control the titles, control the fight world

Someone is having way too much fun with Artem Lobov’s Wiki page- according to this he fought Demi Lovato for the Clan Wars Lightweight Championship.

Good to know regional guys are still pulling crazy stuff off! Suman Mokhtarian fights fellow featherweight standout prospect striker, Sudiq Yusuff, at UFC Fight Night 142 this Saturday.

He routinely pulls off arcane submissions you’ve only ever seen a couple times in your life in the cage.

Worst headline of the day:


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Podcasts and Video

It’s been a while since I’ve included podcasts and video, but since there are not one but two UFC events this weekend, what are the top fights to keep an eye on?

Andrew Richardson breaks down Kamaru Usman’s rudimentary striking- all the best to Andrew as he recovers from surgery.

I also been really enjoying this series from Felix Beiderman and Jon Bois, Fighting In the Age of Loneliness. Some of the links to the broader cultural and political climate seem tenuous — I came to MMA relatively late, so I don’t really have a reference from personal experience — but Felix takes tremendous joy describing the transcendent experience watching early MMA.


Random Land

If you haven’t seen ‘Florida Man Goes to Switzerland’, the latest in the ongoing reality-bending adventures of Florida Man, you have to check it out. This guy holds on to a hang-glider strut for more than two minutes with nothing holding him up but his own iron grip, just dangling hundreds of feet in the air.

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Midnight Mania! Tito Defends Liddell Bout: ‘He Called Me Out’

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Tito Ortiz and Chuck Liddell seem to both think of their bout Saturday night in different terms than the rest of us. Whereas most people, both in the buildup and in the actual event, were awestruck by just how much age had taken its toll on Liddell, in particular, that isn’t a framework that either man seems to want to take into consideration. Liddell insisted after the bout that he just made a mistake and got caught. Ortiz, despite mocking Liddell for his ‘junk’ form on the pads beforehand, is now upset that people aren’t giving him credit for his awesome win.

How the fight even got made has been a subject after the result, with the commission defending itself- it’s just business- to Ortiz defending how the bout came together on social media. He said this was something Chuck wanted- he had been just fine, minding his own business, when Liddell called him out.

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I’ve had some time to think about this fight verse @chuckliddell How it came to be? This is something that chuck wanted I was ok doing my businesses. He called me out. Yes I agree and helped make it happen with @goldenboyboxing . I took this fight very serious that’s why I put in a 18 week camp. 3x a day 6 days a week. I sacrificed everything. I was willing to put my life on the line. One year ago I had 3 level disk replacement in my neck. Plus 7 other major surgeries since 2009. But was still willing to take a chance against someone who beat me twice before. There is not quit in me. I have made mistakes and I have learned from them. That’s life! I want to fail so I can learn to better myself. I have lived my life with ups and downs but at the end of the day I keep learning. I wish more people would. Having everyone saying why are you fighting chuck again he beat you twice? 1. He called me out 2. I always wanted redemption. 3. I’m here to prove my fans were right and the haters were wrong. 4. An opportunity to start a new organization that will take care of the fighters as they should be. I showed the world what hard work and dedication can get you. I’ve never been so nervous before a fight like this one but I knew I was ready. The mind games that chuck was playing made me work harder. So thank you chuck. I was in a lose lose situation but I was willing to gamble with my health. Chuck said he was ready I knew I was ready, may the best fighter win. In this case it was me. I need to thank all my fans,friends and family that supported me for this fight. I couldn’t have done it without you! I respect chuck for stepping up and following through with the fight. You’re a champion and hall of fame legend that brought the best out of me! Sorry to all your fans I was on a mission. Thank you @moses___murrietta @parilloboxing @herdemkalash @raphaeldavis205 @scottcarrgbcm @jaysilvamma @ufcgymhuntingtonbeach @rvca you all help build me up so I could knock him down! THANK YOU!!!!

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I’ve had some time to think about this fight verse @chuckliddell How it came to be? This is something that chuck wanted I was ok doing my businesses. He called me out. Yes I agree and helped make it happen with @goldenboyboxing . I took this fight very serious that’s why I put in a 18 week camp. 3x a day 6 days a week. I sacrificed everything. I was willing to put my life on the line. One year ago I had 3 level disk replacement in my neck. Plus 7 other major surgeries since 2009. But was still willing to take a chance against someone who beat me twice before. There is not quit in me. I have made mistakes and I have learned from them. That’s life! I want to fail so I can learn to better myself. I have lived my life with ups and downs but at the end of the day I keep learning. I wish more people would. Having everyone saying why are you fighting chuck again he beat you twice? 1. He called me out 2. I always wanted redemption. 3. I’m here to prove my fans were right and the haters were wrong. 4. An opportunity to start a new organization that will take care of the fighters as they should be. I showed the world what hard work and dedication can get you. I’ve never been so nervous before a fight like this one but I knew I was ready. The mind games that chuck was playing made me work harder. So thank you chuck. I was in a lose lose situation but I was willing to gamble with my health. Chuck said he was ready I knew I was ready, may the best fighter win. In this case it was me. I need to thank all my fans,friends and family that supported me for this fight. I couldn’t have done it without you! I respect chuck for stepping up and following through with the fight. You’re a champion and hall of fame legend that brought the best out of me! Sorry to all your fans I was on a mission. Thank you @moses___murrietta@parilloboxing @herdemkalash@raphaeldavis205 @scottcarrgbcm@jaysilvamma @ufcgymhuntingtonbeach@rvca you all help build me up so I could knock him down! THANK YOU!!!!

The language here- bordering on ‘he made me do it’, is telling, because it speaks to some level of understanding that Liddell’s performance reflected the amount of wear and tear his body has seen. Yet, Tito’s remaining frustration with not getting all the credit for beating an aged and decrepit Liddell, seems to center around that sense that he had been on the receiving end of trash talk beforehand, which is a remarkable stance to take.

He also clarified how often he was training leading up to this, which I personally appreciated.


Insomnia

Dustin Poirier is still gunning for lightweight gold in a division that seems to have stalled again.

Israel Adesanya is pretty good at this social media thing

Cain Velasquez checks out Senegalese wrestling, which doesn’t seem that different from MMA except it happens in the sand and the first knockdown or takedown wins the match.

Ben Askren said what we were all thinking

Jonny Bones, using the irrevocable science of snitching to clear his name.

When you are a martial arts master but have to train in a regular gym:

Alexander Volkanovski’s motivation? His children watch his fights

Tony Ferguson just going in on Khabib on social media is made less impactful — for me anyway — because he still capitalizes every word like he’s Jaden Smith.

Practicing boxing defense, the skill that takes the most time to perfect.

Not all throws are great, but great throws can come from anywhere


Random Land

This guy is another level of chill.

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Midnight Mania! Adesanya Is Anderson’s Clone, Only Better

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Israel Adesanya dropped some verbal bombs today on Anderson Silva today, revealing that he had initially been reluctant to fight his hero, but now that the fight is booked, he is looking to assume Silva’s mantle of greatness- “I’ll take the torch by force if I have to.”

He also said that he’s been studying Silva his entire career, and claimed he knows Silva better than the Spider knows himself. Silva famously said that his ideal opponent would be a clone of himself. Adesanya is saying he is that clone- but better.

Adesanya, “The Last Stylebender”, is in many ways the spiritual successor to “The Spider”. Silva was for years known as the best striker in mixed martial arts, looking nigh untouchable during his 16-fight unbeaten streak, including 10 title defenses as middleweight champion. Adesanya, 75-5-1 in kickboxing, brings a truly elite track record to mixed martial arts, a record he has backed up by going 4-0 in his first year with the company. His latest win was a highlight-reel KO of Derek Brunson at UFC 230, leaving him one fight from a title shot.

This will most likely be the last opportunity to see these two striking savants in a cage together. Anderson Silva is not who he was at the height of his powers. Does the old Jedi master still have a few last tricks up his sleeve? Or will the young lion be too much for him?


Insomnia

Will this be the scene at UFC 234?

This interview with Jon Jones is truly fascinating, a man who boldly proclaims his innocence in the face of evidence, while touting Lance Armstrong as the example of USADA’s legitimacy. He truly is one of a kind.

Jon Jones and former training partner and foe Rashad Evans traded words on Twitter over the weekend. Jones claims that any theory saying he normally juices, but was clean for the Ovince St. Preux fight makes no sense because he was bigger for that fight than any before it… but being big isn’t what all steroids do. A lot of PEDs, like the ones Lance Armstrong took, help with endurance, which Jones was having some issues with in that bout.

What in the world is going on at Combate Americas?

Daniel Cormier really enjoys sparring day

Sometimes stuff is just impressive

This was by far the funniest part of the weekend. These officials evidently had no idea Tito digs the grave after his wins.

This made most of us kinda sad, even if we knew it was coming.

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Chuck still celebrated like a champion though

This guy was living his best life and so was his human.

Mickey Rourke just looks rough these days.

When a soccer player turns to MMA:

Something’s happening here. What it is ain’t exactly clear.

There are worse fighting gimics

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He neckotiated a solid contract

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Sadly, Jean Pascal did not succeed this weekend.

Eryk Anders has been doing tape study

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Stay sucka free #okiedoke

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These are fun. A lot of your favorite fighters looked weird as kids

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Can you recognize them all? Via @Southpaw_MMA_

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Frank Shamrock fan art

Curtis Blaydes is going to keep the same energy off a loss as he had on his win streak. He will surely be back.

Michael Bisping told Anderson Silva to get over himself.

He won, but let’s listen in to one last Tito Ortiz clip that makes zero sense:

Kevin Holland also had a great sophomore win at middleweight, his first UFC victory after a fun but losing debut against Thiago Santos.

Louis Smolka had a great win back in the UFC- he knows his motivation.

I didn’t know this. “add oil” is kind of a cool idiom.

There is a lot of fighting happening this weekend.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

In some Lethwei rulesets, they don’t end a fight at a knockout. Sometimes they give a fighter a two-minute timeout. It sounds like a great recipe for secondary concussions, but Lethwei is crazy like that.

The smile beforehand

Kevin Holland is the fun action fighter middleweight needs

Houston’s own Alex Morono is doing our local scene proud

When Overeem was UBEREEM

Great combination

One of my favorite knockouts

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