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Midnight Mania! Chael Admits Heartbreak Over Loss to Fedor

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Chael Sonnen has lost many times inside the Octagon. On the MMA Hour, via MMAFighting.com, he explained that the pain doesn’t go away- but at least his teeth are still intact.

“Physically, everything hurts,” said Sonnen. “[Emelianenko] hit me with a missile about five-seconds in. That one still hurts a little bit. But other than that, I am doing well…My teeth are okay. If I had one wish going into a fight, aside from serious injury, it’s that I won’t lose a tooth. I had that same wish since I started this when I was 19 years old. But, yes they are all intact.

“Emotionally, I get heartbroken about these things. From a competitive standpoint, I have dedicated my whole life to this since I was nine years old and I would have started earlier if my dad would have let me. He wouldn’t let me start until I was nine. It hurts. It hurts really bad that you don’t get those moments back.”

Sonnen got knocked down and ragdolled repeatedly by Fedor, and kept getting up and moving forward, until Fedor unleashed some particularly brutal ground and pound that turned Sonnen fetal. For Chael, it’s getting back up after a defeat like he just suffered, that defines the word ‘fighter’ to him.

“I’ve had these feelings before,” said Sonnen. “I am convinced, in my interpretation, this is what it means to be a fighter. Somewhere over time that word became corrupted. It became about the punches and the kicks. But I’ve always believed it’s feeling like I’m feeling right now and getting out of bed anyway and facing the media and getting back on it. So now I have to be a fighter. I prefer to be a winner, I prefer to be on top of the world and looking down on everybody else. But today I’ve got to fight.”

He elaborated on his gameplan further, explaining what went wrong. He also said this is the first time in his career he’s been outstruck, which seems incredible.

“I’ve fought 49 guys, well I guess 50 counting Fedor, and I’ve never been outstruck,” said Sonnen. “Not one single time have I lost the stand up part of a fight. I can’t that anymore. This is first stand up I’ve ever lost. I didn’t think he was fast enough to catch me. I thought I’d be too quick. So I was going across and distract him with some punches and get into a clinch or get into a double-leg and make it a wrestling match. I wanted to have my hands on him at all times. I was ready for some of those throws Sambo throws, I was ready for them to go against me, I was ready for him to succeed with those throws and have to scramble on the mat.

“It wasn’t like a real sophisticated gameplan as much as it was just pressure-based. I just wanted to fight him. I wanted to be on him and wanted him to have to respond. But I also thought I could take his shots. I still didn’t see those punches. They were so fast and I was so impressed. In spite of hanging my head here today, I have to give him his credit. He earned it. I’ve got to credit his sped and his power, they were very difficult for me.”

Sonnen concluded that his future will hopefully not be at heavyweight. Physically, he can compete more effectively there.

“When I get a phone call and they have an idea, I say yes,” said Sonnen. “But ideally, I liked to go back to light heavyweight. I had a really hard time in both of my heavyweights getting to some of the positions I wanted to be in. So I think physically, it’s a little better for me at light heavyweight.”


Insomnia

Okay… I really like the UFC 230 poster.

Dana White gets annoyed at fake news, which always elicits a sense of irony.

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This story is Number 1 BULLSHIT.

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Amanda Nunes compares her relationship with partner Nina Ansaroff to two red pandas play-fighting in the snow.

Holly Holm

Swords crossed…

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Very cool for Robert Whittaker

This is wild

Piers Morgan had a grumpy old man take on Daniel Craig carrying his baby in a pouch and UFC featherweight prospect Alexander Volkanovski had to set him straight.

Fedor Emelianenko wore one too:

Unintentional spinning backfist TKO

Dillon Danis comparing himself to Jesus was just one more moment beyond jumping the shark.

Now we know what kind of ink you need to impress Mark Hunt

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Now that’s a nice back piece

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Angela Hill practicing her spinning technique


Slips, Rips, and Calf Crushers

The guard of death

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Herbert Burns calf crusher

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Holy shit

Mark Hunt has been in some wars

I got some good fights from this question

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Midnight Mania! Four Reasons Khabib’s Stand Is Coolest Moment to Date

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Khabib Nurmagomedov once wore a shirt into Brazil that said “If Sambo were easy, it would be called [Brazilian] Jiu Jitsu”, walked out into an arena of people chanting his death, and knocked his Brazilian opponent out cold. The man grew up wrestling bears. He learned to walk on a wrestling mat. While beating down Michael Johnson at UFC 205, he calmly informed Johnson, “I need to fight for the title. You know this. I deserve it” while dropping elbows on Johnson’s face. The Dagestani is a serious guy.

Yet, of all the unbelievable things Khabib has ever done, declaring solidarity with his teammate after he was cut during a brawl Nurmagomedov started in the aftermath of UFC 229 is his best ever, for four big reasons.

Firstly, Nurmagomedov told the UFC if they were going to cut Zubaira Tukhogov, “don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself.” That willingness to walk away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship comes off as completely genuine. Khabib is not kidding. He doesn’t need the American-based promotion. Russia is its’ own market and Khabib is a national star there. The UFC, though, definitely stand to lose if Khabib walks. He just headlined the biggest UFC Pay-Per-View of all time, just under 2.5 million buys, and choked out the biggest draw in MMA history. That puts him in a position of unprecedented leverage.

Secondly, he told the UFC to keep their money. Who scoffs at millions of dollars? Khabib’s entire purse is currently being held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), unlike McGregor’s. “I hope it doesn’t get stuck in your throat” is also a ridiculously cool line. This is the part that really lets us know, Khabib isn’t playing games. If he is leaving that much money on the table, he is truly willing to walk away. That is a terrifying man to sit across a bargaining table from, because it means the UFC have no leverage over him. Nurmagomedov does not care about the money.

Thirdly, this is the first time I can recall where a fighter of Khabib’s stature threw his entire weight behind a teammate in solidarity. That’s not a small thing. Fellow AKA fighter Josh Thomson wondered if this could be a dawning of a new collective consciousness in fighters’ minds. Despite the team format of MMA gyms, most fighters have an extremely individualistic approach to fighting. When Aljamain Sterling tried to get a better deal from the UFC and the company decided they would rather let him go than pay him more, it never occured to Chris Weidman to put his own position in the company at risk to support his gym mate. Project Spearhead, the anonymous card-collecting effort to unionize the UFC, just had another of their most public supporters- Kajan Johnson- leave the promotion. It may be too much to hope that this display galvanizes a collective identity among fighters, but it sets a bold precedent.

Lastly, Khabib set out his case in a way that made sense to people. “We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my brother” is the kind of stirring line that people instantly connect with. From what I can tell in the comments sections, Khabib’s stand is wildly popular with fans. It was Khabib, after all, that started the brawl. Everything flowed from his actions, and from that perspective his ‘brothers’ were just backing him up. It makes sense for Khabib to take all the blame on his shoulders and not let his teammate suffer for something he started. He also pointed out that in his mind, he defended his honor. That “realness” is a quality people have an appetite for. In a world known for it’s bluster and promotion, Khabib doesn’t play.


Insomnia

Artem Lobov doesn’t want Tukhugov cut, he wants to fight the guy.

Daniel Cormier might be reaching a little bit with this one. Lobov didn’t hurt anyone personally. Zub jumped into the cage and punched McGregor.

Breaking news: nothing has happened yet in regard to suspensions.

This story shared by MMA legend Frank Shamrock is so sad. The United States doesn’t do a good job caring for people with mental health issues.

UFC 230 is still a great fight card, especially if you forget the fights that could have been.

Well… this might be one more good thing to come from the incident

Stipe Miocic is miffed Cormier openly took the Lewis fight because he considered it easier on short notice.

Daniel Cormier was not taking prisoners online today

The best of Khabib and DC

Chael Sonnen wants Bellator to re-sign Eddie Alvarez

That’s a very big check for a regional show.

DC defends his stance on Zubaira

Fedor is also very cool, the original Russian GOAT.

Dillon Danis denies using an Islamaphobic slur

Derrick Lewis and DC’s backstage conversation is very funny.

Combat sports this weekend include Derrick Crawford and not one but two Bellator events

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Midnight Mania! McGregor ‘Disappointed’ Khabib Dropped Him

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Conor McGregor’s head coach, John Kavanagh, told Joe Rogan that McGregor felt he let himself down when Khabib Nurmagomedov was able to drop him for the first time in McGregor’s career. Via BloodyElbow.com:

“He (Conor) hates technical mistakes. So that right hand, you know… he was very disappointed he got caught with a shot like that,” Kavanagh said on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, per BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor. “But it is actually funny, I was just thinking about this, you know that right hand, if you showed it to a boxing coach he would say ‘That’s horrible. Your head is down and you’re swinging’. But again, I don’t really care about people’s opinions on things. I just care about the strikes effectiveness. It was a damn effective technique. You know it’s one of the hardest clean shots Conor has been caught with in his MMA career.”

“He (Conor) hates technical mistakes. So that right hand, you know… he was very disappointed he got caught with a shot like that,” Kavanagh said on a recent episode of the Joe Rogan Experience, per BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor. “But it is actually funny, I was just thinking about this, you know that right hand, if you showed it to a boxing coach he would say ‘That’s horrible. Your head is down and you’re swinging’. But again, I don’t really care about people’s opinions on things. I just care about the strikes effectiveness. It was a damn effective technique. You know it’s one of the hardest clean shots Conor has been caught with in his MMA career.”

Khabib was able to neutralize ‘The Notorious’ offense throughout the fight, with McGregor mostly failing to land the punches he has against every other opponent. Clearly, while Khabib’s striking is far from textbook, it is very effective for him. McGregor has called for a rematch with the Russian champion.


Insomnia

The rematch between Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson is years overdue. It will be good to see Jones against someone his own size again.

Derrick Lewis’ legend is homegrown by himself and the people cooking up the memes he resposts.

Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen faced off for their first fight week staredown.

This made more sense once I realized John Wayne Parr was imitating Johny Hendricks

It’s a shame Sean O’Malley didn’t get to showcase his talents at UFC 229- hopefully the USADA results show his failed test was just a tainted supplement.

Al Iaquinta Realty is the best fighter parody account going. This rematch with Kevin Lee will tell us a lot about both fighters. Kevin Lee continues his pursuit of Khabib Nurmagomedov by fighting someone that just faced the Dagestani in their last bout.

Will Nate Diaz disappear into the ether again?

Was this the best picture Khabib could get with Putin? They couldn’t snap one where he was smiling? The caption reads (according to Google Translate)

Thank you very much Vladimir Vladimirovich for the warm welcome and for the congratulations.

And I am very pleased that my victory brought so much joy to our multinational Country.

This is our common victory.

Weird animation time.

Justin Gaethje has a policy against taking short-notice fights.

Derrick Lewis vs. Daniel Cormier has genuine heat thanks to Popeyes chicken.

Who did this?

This may well have been the peak of combat sports.

Brock Lesnar better hope Derrick Lewis lands that big right hand, because he’s not beating Daniel Cormier.

Credit to Curtis Blaydes for taking the hard, thankless fight but he deserves a title shot far more than the Black Beast. (Sorry, Derrick)

Dominick Reyes landed the single cleanest shot at UFC 229 in the last second of his fight with Ovince St. Preux

Max Holloway talks about dealing with depression on World Mental Health Day.


Random Land

I love weird goals. This should have been allowed to stand.

In real life this is literally a green bubble.

Work until you can afford a giraffe.

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Odd but also a legendary flex.

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Midnight Mania! Nate Diaz ‘Definitely Off’ UFC 230

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The vengeful MMA gods have struck again. Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz, a sure contender for action fight of the year, has fallen through, Poirier having to withdraw due to injury.

The offers to replace Poirier at UFC 230 (which now, bizarrely, features a heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Derrick Lewis as the main event) have already begun rolling in, but Dana White confirmed that Diaz is officially off the card.

Now that Diaz is not fighting in November, there is one fight that would no doubt interest him more than anyone: Conor McGregor, fresh off his loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 229, is first on many people’s lists to step up and face Diaz for a third time.

The first question is, would McGregor do it? His coach indicated he has been fixated on getting a rematch with Khabib Nurmagomedov, which my informal poll yesterday indicated was considered a good idea by 1 in 5 people. It’s not a good idea.

McGregor looked off against Nurmagomedov in a way that didn’t seem completely explained by Khabib’s wrestling control for two rounds. His coach John Kavanagh expressed this sentiment, saying that perhaps they trained too defensively in preparation for Nurmagomedov. A rematch against a known opponent would reveal definitively whether McGregor is the same fighter who departed MMA in 2016- although if the answer is not the one he likes, McGregor could see his career at an interesting juncture.


Insomnia

For better or worse, the Diaz brothers always show up. That was true of Poirier as well up until today.

Sijara Eubanks doesn’t appreciate her career being jerked around like this

Why is this accurate??

Here’s footage that almost shows what happened…

Wow, shots fired from Mike Perry

Why is this the reality we live in? If Donald Trump Jr. fights with the same form he deadlifts with, he would be in trouble.

Not a bad idea from light welterweight Michael Chiesa

Derrick Lewis says Daniel Cormier disrespected Popeyes with his funny music video.

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Title shot Vs DC November 3rd #newyorkcity

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I hate this fight because it’s going to be all DC unless Lewis knocks him out, which seems like a pointless matchup. Fun matchups are where both fighters can potentially do their thing. This fight will either be all one way or the other. The odds reflect that.

Derrick Lewis was at the doctor’s office when he found out about the bout.

Daniel Cormier and Stipe Miocic are going back and forth on social media.

UFC 229 Pay-Per-View numbers are shaping up to be far and away the best in the company’s history.

This sport has always been this way

It still amazes me there are ways to twist the human body into pretzels that I hadn’t seen before.

Stephen Thompson and his team doing backflips

I don’t know why I found this funny, but I did.

I’m mad at this promo for Derrick Lewis underwear.

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@beard_and_thebeast lol

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It had to be memed

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Khabib in his element #ufc229

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Extremely realistic combat scenarios here…

Lando Vannata hitting the bag

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Late night. Light work.

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Tony Ferguson is the right kind of crazy, not this kind… we think.


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You gotta be kidding me.

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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?


Insomnia

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 …


Random Land

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.


Insomnia

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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#UFC229

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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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Midnight Mania! UFC 230’s New Main Event is Nonsense

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“In spite of my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage”

I was reminded of one of the UFC’s best-ever promo videos recently, ahead of UFC 183’s non-title main event involving Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva. It involved the elder Diaz brother pacing back and forth in the darkness, surrounded by screens with his face on them, and the Smashing Pumpkins song “Rat in a Cage” playing in the background. The song was exceptionally well-suited to Diaz, a figure famous for bucking the system, skipping press conferences he didn’t want to attend, and excoriating his promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, for everything from selling “wolf tickets” to what he saw as their preferential treatment of his rival Georges St. Pierre. Nick was also hit with a ridiculously harsh penalty for weed use by the NSAC, despite the test being of questionable value, a penalty that many saw as a result of the commissioners’ dim view of his rebellious attitude.

His younger brother, Nate Diaz, exemplifies many of these same qualities. Nate (accurately) called the UFC’s title belts “fairy tales”, has slammed the promotion for under-promoting him, even slapped UFC president Dana White himself. His frustration fundamentally stems from his understanding that he works with a monopolistic corporation that systematically undervalues their labor force because they can, paying less than an estimated 17% of their revenue to fighters, while locking fighters into exclusive long-term contracts. Diaz knows this because he is familiar with the professional boxing world, where top fighters routinely take home 50-70% of the revenue. He has also demonstrated a willingness to hold out for his worth, for years at a time if need be. The UFC do not enjoy when one of their fighters gets bargaining power — as Diaz did after he choked out Conor McGregor at UFC 196— and knows how to use it, as Diaz did, forcing contentious negotiations before his rematch with McGregor at UFC 202.

It is hard not to see a pattern of punitive retribution in the UFC’s latest decision, to pass over a compelling main event between Diaz and violentweight champion Dustin Poirier for a fight between a woman who is proven NOT to be a significant draw fighting a complete unknown. (No disrespect to Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks; this is solely a statement in regard to their drawing power with casual fans).

For some background, when the UFC couldn’t find a compelling main event for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden, Nate and his opponent Dustin Poirier attempted to help their promoter out with some free buzz, with Nate “announcing” a 165-lb. ‘superfighter’ weight division, with himself and Poirier main eventing UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden for the inaugural title fight. It was a good idea, immediately backed up by a number of other fighters, including Conor McGregor in a recent interview. The UFC has a high concentration of talent between 155 and 170; many of the bigger lightweights on the roster struggle with large weight cuts, such as Kevin Lee, who has been asking for this division for years. It would also potentially set up a superfight with the winner of this weekend’s UFC 229 main event clash between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Dana White seems very resistant to the idea, however, for reasons that aren’t quite clear.

Dustin Poirier seems to blame Nate Diaz for the UFC’s failure to make their fight the main event. It is the UFC who are the promoters; this extraordinarily unpopular decision falls on them and them alone. In the current era of devalued UFC titles and interim belts that appear and then vanish on the shifting needs of the promoter, a new division was a fresh idea with seemingly no downside. Perhaps welterweight would need to be shifted to 175 from 170, but in the current landscape that simply means a little less weight for fighters in that division to cut.

But even if the UFC didn’t create a new division, it’s hard to understand how a five-round main event between Poirier and Diaz, both with proven ability to bring high-level violence in main events, is less compelling than a fight in which the A-side headlined a Pay-Per-View that sold an abysmal 100,000 PPV buys. Seriously- that’s the bottom of the barrel for modern UFC events. It doesn’t get worse than that. Nate Diaz, by comparison, headlined the biggest UFC PPV event in history, a non-title grudge match with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. The Diaz bump in that fight was bigger than three belts combined, including a historic second belt for McGregor, a few months after that event at UFC 205. Diaz and Poirier will be fighting a mere month after McGregor’s return this Saturday, a great time to bring the Diaz-McGregor rivalry back into focus.

Dustin Poirier is not a bad B-side, either, a compelling figure with decent mic skills who has headlined free cards on Fox and Fox Sports 1. Poirier not been in a single boring fight since at least his Fight of the Year with Chan Sung Jun, win or lose — 17 straight exciting bouts. He has three bonuses in his last three fights. The clash with Diaz not only deserves, it fairly screams for five rounds.

The reactions have been universally negative, MMA fans online all wondering just what the promoter is thinking.

It isn’t too late to fix. The UFC just has to make Poirier vs. Diaz a five-round main event ahead of Shevchenko vs. Eubanks (I never even got into how we lost out on Shevchenko vs. Jedrzejczyk for this). Everyone, including Shevchenko and Eubanks, would win. As of now, the UFC are ensuring that all parties involved are losing, and there is nothing we can do about it. Diaz, is, despite all his rage, still just a rat in a cage.


Insomnia

Dana White did attempt to explain his refusal to consider 165, and failed to come up with even a single coherent reason not to do so.

Tony Ferguson was FIRED UP at the UFC 229 press event, and understandably so.

Daniel Cormier trolled Jon Jones for being a snitch after Suga Sean O’Malley was forced to withdraw from UFC 229 after a positive drug test.

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#oneshotonekill #sniper #snitch

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Throwback to a hilarious Jon Jones moment with Ovince St. Preux:

I’m not the biggest fan of Brendan Schaub but this is pretty cool:

Anthony Pettis has been training hard for Tony Ferguson

Throwback to an Andrea Lee fight before she got to the UFC:

Michael Bisping shared this truly amazing video, which made me feel small in the best way possible.

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How’s this make you feel?

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Gina Carano says instead of letting her choke you out, you could just take a class.


Random Land

Mess with the rhino and you get the oxpecker.

How is this level of skill, fair?

This account has some of the most haunting and poignant images on the internet.

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Midnight Mania! McGregor Willing to Face Either Tony if Khabib Bails

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Conor McGregor covered a lot of thoughtful ground in an interview with one of MMA media’s many talented Andrews, Andrew McGahon. Thoughtful McGregor is the best McGregor, and he had a lot to say, including the revelation that he would be willing to fight either Pretty Tony Pettis or Crazy Tony Ferguson if the need arises- but he didn’t start out with that willingness.

Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“I’ve already been mapping out what I want to do next,” McGregor told The Mac Life.

“I know Pettis and Ferguson is in the co-main. Originally, about a month or two ago when that fight got announced for the co-main, I was like, ‘Man, if Khabib bottles this fight, like he has bottled many fights before…if he bottles this one I don’t think…you know…f*ck those other two’. No disrespect to those other two…I don’t think I give a f*ck about those other two to step in and [fight]. I think I probably would have just disappeared back into the shadows and got that man [Nurmagomedov] somewhere else outside of here.”

McGregor had a change of heart once he got to Vegas and mentally got into the full swing of fight camp. McGregor and his camp have previously indicated that Khabib’s history of injury and weight cutting trouble is a potential problem waiting to happen.

‘The Notorious’ also gave some indication of his future plans, which could vary a lot depending on whether he decides to defend his belt or go outside the box and fight Anderson Silva, or box Mayweather again (Click here to see my reaction if that happens).

“Now that I’m here, I’m back and I’m close, if he didn’t show up. I think I would take a fight against either of those,” he said.

“I’m already mapping out what’s happening next in my head. I know Dustin and Nate [are] competing. I know the 170-pound belt has also just been defended and I know Tyron [Woodley], the current welterweight champion, is itching for that one — like they all f*cking are. I know Georges is test cutting to 155. I know everyone is around looking for it. I’m here, let’s see what happens next.

We will see what happens indeed.


Insomnia

Elias Theodorou is the perfect bounce-back fight for Eryk Anders.

Is it just me, or does Jon Jones really make it sound like he did steroids in this caption?

What… what IS this?

John Danaher really does train a death squad.

The Khabib Nurmagomedov/Conor McGregor memes are out in force this week- stay vigilant on the internet

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l The double Champ will do what the FOOK he wants!!

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Marlon Moraes calls out TJ Dillashaw again

RIZIN’s production values are great, and this walkout was very cool- especially when Andy Nguyen explained the significance behind the music choice

Sounds right

Credit to this woman for flawless execution to beat the man who was fighting her

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Wow

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Light heavyweight/heavyweight legends Daniel Cormier and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson met each other at Bellator 206, after Rampage won an Actually Good fight in 2018

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Met the champ for the 1st time DC!!!

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Conor McGregor is the only person to ever beat Nate Diaz by moving forward and throwing with him in the pocket, without trying to wrestle- and even then, he’s 1-1.

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Show stealer @road2war #ufc230 Line ‘em up

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Suga Sean O’Malley popped for… something… so he’s off UFC 229. It’s a shame, he was one of the highlights of the undercard.

This is a hilarious entry into the ‘dumb criminal’ annals and also the best street fight annals.

This guy can really throw hands. He timed that hook perfectly.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Remember when Conor McGregor won with the quasi-legal death elbow?

That soccer kick made me wince in pain

The best and the brightest are back to win in 2018

Mirko Crop Cop does have sneaky good elbows

Tenshin Nasukawa and Kyoji Horiguchi put on a SHOW at RIZIN 13.

This kick started the winning sequence for Tenshin Nasukawa

Daron Cruickshank killed him with this knee

That’s one way to counter a guillotine

Aaron Pico is the future- Leandro Higo is no joke, and Pico smashed him

Nice armbar

Just an Inocente little throw… I’ll see myself out

Brutal combination

When in doubt repeat what’s working


Random Land

The fictional land of Iceland

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Midnight Mania! Macdonald Happy Away From UFC’s ‘Fake’ 170-lb. Division

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Bellator welterweight champion Rory Macdonald is preparing for his superfight with Bellator middleweight champion, Gegard Mousasi, tomorrow night at arguably Bellator’s best-ever event on paper, Bellator 206. The event also features Wanderlei Silva vs. Rampage Jackson 4, uber-prospect Aaron Pico, and an exciting fight in Bellator’s welterweight Grand Prix, Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima, as well as Muay Thai spinning elbow master Gaston Bolanos.

Macdonald, aside from being on the wrong end of the greatest welterweight title fight of all time against Robbie Lawler, famously defeated current UFC champion Tyron Woodley by a wide margin back in 2014. He was asked if he still pays attention to the state of the UFC’s 170-lb. division. He does, and doesn’t seem sorry to have left it behind him.

I see what’s going on; Tyron’s doing very well. Seems very dramatic, from what I can tell, so I’m happy to not be a part of that. I’m happy that I’m fighting great competition over here, getting great opportunities. That’s it. Just enjoying my sport.

When asked what he meant about ‘drama’, Rory clarified that he meant all the trash talk between fighters.

I find that stuff just annoying, and fake, not what martial arts is about. I’m happy to be here, where I feel like mixed martial arts can be represented in a more old-fashioned way.

Rory is very open to the idea of facing Woodley again, and he thinks it would be a more difficult fight the second time around.

Sure, I think it would be a competitive fight. I think it would be more competitive than our last fight. I think Tyron had expressed he wasn’t at his best for that fight, and who knows, but when you are fighting the top five guys in the world, anything can happen. I would love to have that fight again, being that we are both champions of our weight divisions in different promotions. You never know what the future holds.

Gegard Mousasi, like Rory Macdonald at welterweight, could very well be the best fighter in the world at middleweight, having exited the UFC on a five-fight win streak that has since extended to seven in Bellator. Being in a promotion that runs a distant second to the Ultimate Fighting Championship in terms of size, market share and density of top talent means proving one is the very best can be a difficult task. Rory thinks his fight with Mousasi this weekend will bolster his claim, though he doesn’t worry too much about it at the end of the day.

Sure! This fight this weekend, it could be better for me in that argument. If I go up and I win a middleweight title, it improves my standing in that argument in people’s opinion. I’m not worried about it. It’s just people’s opinion. I’m going out, challenging myself and enjoying it.


Insomnia

Leslie Smith confirms that the NLRB never reviewed the employee claims of UFC fighters, and will be appearing on an episode of Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.

Your random fact for the day: Dustin Poirier and Nate Diaz have 59 fights between them without pulling out of a single one.

I had to laugh at how perfectly this fit- credit to Derrick Lewis for finding a good one.

Tobin’s weightlifting buddy was making some petulant expressions at his hearing, and they have entered MMA memeography

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Aldo vs Faber in the WEC

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Jon Jones wrote some savage words to Daniel Cormier and the two-weight champion threw it right back at him.

Khabib does have to stand up with McGregor… for at least a fraction of a second.

Find someone who won’t rip your yoga mat out from under you in a fit of rage, ideally.

Yeah, this was hilarious. Wait for Sage Northcutt

Nick Newell is stepping up his social media game

If I know Maniacs, this is worth your click.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Oh MAN. This is one of those all-time classics, straight out of a movie

Speaking of classics, anyone remember this one?

Fantastic combination, the knee into the same-side punch is a classic, but turning the knee into a jump knee? Next level.

The rhythm on this

Brutal body kick

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Midnight Mania! Diaz, Poirier Deserve to be UFC 230’s Main Event

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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier, entirely independent of their fight promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), have managed to generate considerable noise around the idea of a super lightweight (or “superfighter”) 165-lb. division, with themselves as the inaugural title fight at UFC 230. With the UFC’s tried-and-true attempt to put together yet another interim title fight between Alexander Gustafsson and Yoel Romero seeming like it has fallen through, the time is now to pull the trigger and make the division.

It’s the only additional weight class that makes sense in the UFC; welterweight probably should be bumped up to 175 pounds- which only means fighters in that weight class would cut less weight- and the wealth of talent jammed into two of the UFC’s most talent-deep divisions would get a chance to breathe.

Moreover, Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier are going to bring it. Their fight won’t lack for violence. UFC 230 is a deep card. It deserves a novel and exciting main event.


Insomnia

Bellator 206 might be the best Bellator card ever- it’s worth the free DAZN trial. Rory Macdonald and Gegard Mousasi could very well be the best welterweight and middleweight fighters in the world- AND we get Aaron Pico, Koreshkov vs. Lima and of course Rampage vs. Wanderlei 4.

Nick Diaz and AJ Agazarm sparring near a pool.

One-time UFC title challenger Michael “Mayday” McDonald has retired.

The joke lands because it might as well be true. Also, Parkour is still impressive.

The real Tony Ferguson has a really nice blindfolded flow on the speed bag.

People need to stop bothering Daniel Cormier with their nonsense.

Watching this in slow-motion is anxiety inducing.

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We should appreciate Charles Oliveira for being the rare action fighter who can make any grappling exchange fun, and has probably never had a boring fight, win or lose.

Yoel Romero says, see you soon boi.

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It is what it is #iseeyousoonboi #iluhju

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I missed seeing this promo. Kyoji Horiguchi, the best flyweight not in the UFC, pays homage to his late Karate master is incredible.

This fighter artwork is very cool


Slips, Rips, and Karate Combat

Karate Combat held their event in the Freedom Tower in New York City and the setting looks amazing.

The pit is a great idea. It eliminates so many issues with the cage.

Ouch

Super heavyweight

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Super heavyweight kimura is the best kimura

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