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Midnight Mania! Nate Diaz Roasts Khabib, Gets Roasted By Askren

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Ben Askren and Dillon Danis have been roasting each other online, but “Funky” has no shortage of words for anyone, including Nate Diaz.

Diaz posted a picture of Khabib in the sauna with his boys. The picture is funny because, like many things in mixed martial arts (MMA), it has homoerotic overtones, but Khabib is very traditional and religious, and on good terms with Chechen dictator Ramzan Kadyrov, who is famously and violently homophobic. (The part that isn’t funny at all is that Kadyrov allegedly conducted a ‘gay purge’ in Chechnya). Nevertheless, Diaz and Khabib have had bad blood between them for a long time, even getting into a brawl back in 2015.

Askren couldn’t resist a counter-dig at Diaz and his crew in the “209.”

Jake Shields, Nate Diaz’ long-time teammate, was quick to point out that this kind of thing would get Askren slapped in Stockton … and Ben was quick to counter that it would get you stabbed in Dagestan, but Diaz still posted it.

This fun exchange of awkward insinuation, predicated on homophobia, has been brought to you by MMA in 2019.


Insomnia

What is Dana White so happy about?

A focused Dustin Poirier training for Max Holloway …

Rafael dos Anjos is thinking of cutting from nearly 200 pounds down to Lightweight?

Paulo Costa’s manager denies Yoel Romero’s claim that he tested positive for PEDs.

Askren’s #BoomRoasted line is very corny, but some of his lines are accurate. Dillon Danis isn’t a difficult target.

Then again, he had a couple good lines of his own:

A Novel, by John Danaher: sometimes just knowing is half the battle.

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The legend of Alabama Joe – part 1: Would it be possible to become a better fighter just by knowing the theory of what you ought to do in a fight without ever actually practicing? That’s a question I have always found interesting. I got an answer years ago while working as a bouncer during my early years in NYC. Working around the city in was often teamed with interesting characters with many different approaches, theories and styles of combat. Some of them (especially wrestlers, BJJ and Judo players and boxers) were very effective – others not so much. At one time I was briefly paired with a fellow who we called “Alabama Joe” He was man of average build, not in particularly good shape whose main joys were drinking, smoking cigarettes and fighting. We worked a door together for just four nights in the lower east side mid 1990’s but I never forgot the experience for a good reason. As we worked, Joe talked incessantly about his prowess in brawling and how he would whip any man who was foolish enough to step up to the plate with him. I was rather skeptical as I’ve always believed fighting prowess to be mostly determined by ones training regimen and Joe’s training regimen appeared to be based around nothing more than Bourbon and Marlboro’s. He proudly told me he had never trained a day in his life but that he was a huge fan of the early UFC’s which he would watch incessantly. I was intrigued by this as I had begun training with Renzo Gracie And was similarly fascinated. He told me that when he fought he just did what he saw Royce do – run forwards and tackle people, climb up to mount, hit them and wait for them to turn and then strangle them. Later that night we threw some fellows out of the bar after a dispute and outside one of them was unimpressed by the appearance of Alabama Joe and demanded a fight. This fellow was a powerful looking man and I had to do some work to get him outside with a body lock and some light wrestling – I was not at all confident that Joe would be able to handle him. They immediately went to fisticuffs and true to his word, Joe tackled him, got mounted and punched him enough to make him turn and strangled him out!

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John Wayne Parr has had nearly 100 fights, so he is always posting highlights I’ve never seen before of him in some war or other.


Slips, Rips, and Sumo Clips

Phenomenal fight. The guy who lost has a mean overhand.

Nasty choke!

I love seeing obscure techniques being pulled off, such as this Aikido-esque wrist drag!

Short, but sweet …

It’s not the size of the sumo wrestler in the sumo ring, but the size of the sumo in the sumo wrestler … or something like that.

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Midnight Mania! Rogan Knows Why We Love Nate Diaz

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Neither of the Diaz brothers have fought in years. Nate Diaz last stepped into the Octagon in a rematch with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. The younger Diaz earned millions of dollars over the course of two fights with the Irisman for the first time in his career, and promptly absconded from the sport for a variety of reasons, including the unwillingness of the UFC to meet his pay demands, Conor McGregor’s absence that kept Diaz from fighting the one draw big enough to give him that payday, and a variety of legal troubles that kept him on the sidelines. He nearly returned in 2018 opposite Dustin Poirier, but Poirier had to withdraw from a fight for the first time in his career, and the disgruntled Diaz withdrew again. Nick Diaz was supposed to fight Jorge Masvidal, but the bout fell through amidst increasingly erratic behavior from the elder Diaz.

Yet, despite the fact that we haven’t seen either brother inside the Octagon for well over two years, their popularity endures. Joe Rogan had some ideas on the lasting appeal of the famous duo, and believes the UFC underestimates their fanbase. Via BJPenn.com:

“Cause he doesn’t give a f**k,” Rogan said. “He legitimately doesn’t give a f**k. He smokes weed all the time. People love it. They love the fact that those guys are like that.

He went on to remind us that McGregor opposite Diaz at UFC 202 did bigger numbers than McGregor fighting Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title a few months later, establishing that Diaz has an appeal all his own, apart from Conor McGregor.

One of the reasons why Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor was so big is because people love Nate Diaz too,” Rogan explained. “It’s not just Conor McGregor. No disrespect to Eddie Alvarez, but when Conor McGregor fought Eddie Alvarez, the vast majority of the eyes were on Conor McGregor. When Conor McGregor fights Nate Diaz, you’re looking at a lot of people who love Nate Diaz.

I think those guys are superstars, I think the UFC doesn’t know.”

Will 2019 feature the return of Nate Diaz? The potential for a trilogy closer with McGregor lingers, but is their rivalry wearing out its shelf life? Rogan is right that the UFC seems unwilling or unable to promote Nate Diaz as an independent draw, perhaps because of exactly the ‘don’t give a f***’ attitude that makes him so appealing as a character to fans.


Insomnia

Demetrious Johnson got some of the more random fan art I’ve ever seen

Anthony Smith says he will be a champion or die trying

Israel Adesanya doing wrestling practice

I’ve never seen this- what an amazing moment. Takanori Gomi gave us some incredible MMA moments

Funny if true

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@_asaig_ did you do this ?

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Elbow battle!

Watch the referee

Great fight

This is why a 165-lb. division is the only one that makes sense to add.

Amazing moment.

Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade is likely the co-main event for UFC 237; the most sense would be to have Amanda Nunes defend against Cyborg, Ketlen Vieira, or the winner of Holm-Ladd

This fight was truly insane.


Quick Hits


Random Land

Who among us doesn’t like fluffballs?

High drama in Antarctica

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Report: Nate Diaz Also Off UFC 230 Card Following Dustin Poirier Injury Withdrawal

It appears that UFC 230 is down a fight, as Nate Diaz will not compete on the Madison Square Garden card following Dustin Poirier’s injury-related exit.
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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.


Random Land

You gotta be kidding me.

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Conor McGregor Believes Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier Should Headline UFC 230

The announcement that Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks would headline UFC 230 came as a surprise to the MMA community, especially considering some of the other available options.
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Conor McGregor Believes Nate Diaz vs. Dustin Poirier Should Headline UFC 230

The announcement that Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks would headline UFC 230 came as a surprise to the MMA community, especially considering some of the other available options.
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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier Pushing Hard for a 165-Pound Title Fight

The UFC is coming to Madison Square Garden for UFC 230, and as they’re wont to do, they’re trying hard to cobble together an epic main event. But they’re having trouble doing that, so co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have an idea: Make their fight into a title fight. The weight class? A heretofore unheard of 165-pound division.

The idea is insane. And also perfect.

Here’s Diaz and Poirier going back and forth on Twitter over the issue:

Now, there’s is no 165-pound division. The cutoff for welterweights is 170 pounds, the cutoff for lightweights is 155, and in between are just dudes living their small lives as borderline dwarves and hobbits. Diaz and Poirier are playing us, and playing the UFC by very publicly trying to force their hand.

But…

Why not let Diaz and Poirier fight for a made-up title? I mean, what’s the difference between that and the UFC having them fight for an interim belt in an established division?

There is no difference. The prize for the victor at the end is still some arbitrary thing that has no real value when it comes to the UFC’s stars and those stuck in their orbit. And Diaz is certainly a star, while Poirier is on the cusp of breaking out, too.

I saw let them have their fake belt. If it makes them happy, and adds luster to their match, why not?

What do you think?

 

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Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier Pushing Hard for a 165-Pound Title Fight

The UFC is coming to Madison Square Garden for UFC 230, and as they’re wont to do, they’re trying hard to cobble together an epic main event. But they’re having trouble doing that, so co-main eventers Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier have an idea: Make their fight into a title fight. The weight class? A heretofore unheard of 165-pound division.

The idea is insane. And also perfect.

Here’s Diaz and Poirier going back and forth on Twitter over the issue:

Now, there’s is no 165-pound division. The cutoff for welterweights is 170 pounds, the cutoff for lightweights is 155, and in between are just dudes living their small lives as borderline dwarves and hobbits. Diaz and Poirier are playing us, and playing the UFC by very publicly trying to force their hand.

But…

Why not let Diaz and Poirier fight for a made-up title? I mean, what’s the difference between that and the UFC having them fight for an interim belt in an established division?

There is no difference. The prize for the victor at the end is still some arbitrary thing that has no real value when it comes to the UFC’s stars and those stuck in their orbit. And Diaz is certainly a star, while Poirier is on the cusp of breaking out, too.

I saw let them have their fake belt. If it makes them happy, and adds luster to their match, why not?

What do you think?

 

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Midnight Mania! Dana Denies Nate Diaz’ ‘Superfighter’ Title Fight Claims

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Nate Diaz claimed tonight that he is headlining UFC 230, and fighting for a title in a new weight class- the 165-lb. “superfighter devision”.

I’m Happy to announce that I’m bringing a new weight devision to the Ufc

I’ll be fighting the main event November 3rd in nyc against Dustin Poirier for the first ever 165lb belt superfighter devision

I’m happy to be apart of history @ufc @danawhite

Dana White was quick to deny reports, according to ESPN’s Brett Okamoto. Apparently the UFC boss is against having fun.

Dustin Poirier had already been calling for the bout, and fully supported Diaz’ news. A 165-lb. weight class is one of the few additional weight classes that makes sense; welterweight and lightweight are two of the UFC’s deepest divisions. As it is right in the center of the bell curve for the weight of the average male, that weight range will never lack for men’s MMA talent. Fighters like Kevin Lee have previously called for such a weight class.

It might be rushed, but the timing would be convenient on a number of levels. The winner would naturally have an opportunity to call out the winner of McGregor-Nurmagomedov — if that ends up being McGregor, he would have the unprecedented opportunity to face a fighter he’s previously beaten for a third title. And surely it can’t be worse than ANOTHER interim title. I mean… come on. At the very least, just make Poirier-Diaz a five-round non-title main event. Market it as the lineal violent-weight title fight.

Fighters have lined up supporting the idea.


Insomnia

Daniel Cormier and AKA coach Javier Mendez working with Khabib Nurmagomedov ahead of UFC 229

Extremely Useful Training

Conor McGregor in comic book form

Why does Donald Cerrone always do this to himself?

So true

Some people online have no sense of humor

Anthony Pettis in training for his pivotal UFC 229 showdown with Tony Ferguson on October 6

Gi chokes are endless.

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Peruvian again, sorta

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Random Land

When your single-leg takedown becomes a matter of life and death.

This is evil.

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That’s trippy. @worldstar #WSHH

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Nate Diaz Responds to Bruce Buffer: ‘Get Off the UFC’s Nuts’

It didn’t take long for Nate Diaz to respond to Bruce Buffer after the longtime UFC ring announcer ripped the fighter for his gripes about being underpromoted.
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