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Jimi Manuwa says Thiago Santos Needs to Be Taught Some Respect

Britain’s Jimi Manuwa was scheduled to fight Glover Teixeira next month at UFC Fight Night 137 in a light heavyweight bout before injury forced the Brazilian off the card. With Teixeira’s withdrawal, Ultimate Fighting Championship matchmakers offered a replacement in the form of heavy hitting middleweight Thiago Santos which Manuwa initially declined before having a change of heart after some trash talk from Santos.
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Luke Rockhold Happy to Fight Weidman at UFC 230 But Needs ‘The Right Contract’

It has been reported for a number of weeks now that a matchup between former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman was in the works for UFC 230 in November at Madison Square Garden, New York although nothing has been made official yet.
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Tyron Woodley Needs to Chill the Heck Out

If you’re an exciting fighter – a dominant fighter, with a UFC belt around your waist and legions of fans – you can get away with a lot.

If you’re a boring fighter with a bad attitude, well, that’s a different story altogether.

Tyron Woodley is the UFC’s welterweight king. He thinks he’s the former kind of fighter; sadly, he’s the latter.

Since winning the championship by knocking out Robbie Lawler, Woodley has fought Stephen Thompson to a draw, won a decision against Thompson, and beat Demian Maia via decision. You know what kind of championship fight sucks the most? Those kinds.

Which makes Woodley one of the those types of fighters that no fans get excited for, a paradox of fighting prowess and sucky-ness that causes the UFC more problems than he’s worth.

So it’s pretty laughable whenever Woodley tries to angle for the “big money” fights he doesn’t deserve while dissing the worthy challengers. And it’s hilarious when he gripes that the UFC isn’t treating him right. Sure, not everyone can be a Conor McGregor and make millions of dollars for their bosses because they resonate with the fans… but you don’t see heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic or bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes acting bitter all the time.

Last week Woodley claimed that the UFC was considering a bout featuring him against Nate Diaz. Dana White refuted that claim in typical Dana White fashion, and now Woodley is in full complain-mode.

As per Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” (h/t MMAFighting):

To Woodley, all he was saying was that he thinks the fight could happen. He never said that there was a bout agreement or specific negotiations going on. Woodley said he thinks White went too far in essentially calling him a liar.

“That’s a little bit harsh, a little bit hardcore for somebody who is wearing the belt of your organization, that people and young fighters aspire to enter the UFC, they aspire to be UFC champion,” Woodley said. “I don’t think many people are going to aspire to be the champion when they see how champions are treated. And they see that the non-champions and the people that are unprofessional — middle-finger flicking, shit talking — they’re actually making the money.

“So what kind of picture are we trying to put out? I thought we were going in the direction to be parallel with the NFL, NHL, MLB and the other professional sports. It’s a circus until it comes to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.”

You know what, Tyron? Be the dominant champ we expect you to be and win some fans. Until then, chill the heck out.

No one likes a complainer.

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Tyron Woodley Needs to Chill the Heck Out

If you’re an exciting fighter – a dominant fighter, with a UFC belt around your waist and legions of fans – you can get away with a lot.

If you’re a boring fighter with a bad attitude, well, that’s a different story altogether.

Tyron Woodley is the UFC’s welterweight king. He thinks he’s the former kind of fighter; sadly, he’s the latter.

Since winning the championship by knocking out Robbie Lawler, Woodley has fought Stephen Thompson to a draw, won a decision against Thompson, and beat Demian Maia via decision. You know what kind of championship fight sucks the most? Those kinds.

Which makes Woodley one of the those types of fighters that no fans get excited for, a paradox of fighting prowess and sucky-ness that causes the UFC more problems than he’s worth.

So it’s pretty laughable whenever Woodley tries to angle for the “big money” fights he doesn’t deserve while dissing the worthy challengers. And it’s hilarious when he gripes that the UFC isn’t treating him right. Sure, not everyone can be a Conor McGregor and make millions of dollars for their bosses because they resonate with the fans… but you don’t see heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic or bantamweight queen Amanda Nunes acting bitter all the time.

Last week Woodley claimed that the UFC was considering a bout featuring him against Nate Diaz. Dana White refuted that claim in typical Dana White fashion, and now Woodley is in full complain-mode.

As per Ariel Helwani’s “The MMA Hour” (h/t MMAFighting):

To Woodley, all he was saying was that he thinks the fight could happen. He never said that there was a bout agreement or specific negotiations going on. Woodley said he thinks White went too far in essentially calling him a liar.

“That’s a little bit harsh, a little bit hardcore for somebody who is wearing the belt of your organization, that people and young fighters aspire to enter the UFC, they aspire to be UFC champion,” Woodley said. “I don’t think many people are going to aspire to be the champion when they see how champions are treated. And they see that the non-champions and the people that are unprofessional — middle-finger flicking, shit talking — they’re actually making the money.

“So what kind of picture are we trying to put out? I thought we were going in the direction to be parallel with the NFL, NHL, MLB and the other professional sports. It’s a circus until it comes to Tyron and now we want to go back to the old-school rubric. I got issues with that.”

You know what, Tyron? Be the dominant champ we expect you to be and win some fans. Until then, chill the heck out.

No one likes a complainer.

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Midnight Mania! “Notorious” director says McGregor needs to win fans back

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I had the opportunity last week to interview Gavin Fitzgerald, the director of the documentary “Notorious”, which is out now. It’s a fantastic look at the transformation Conor has gone through. The documentary includes footage of Conor before he even got into the UFC, when he had no money, and lived in his parent’s house with his girlfriend Dee Devlin. It’s an incredible watch; as someone who has been watching McGregor’s star rise, almost inexorably, from a brash newcomer to double UFC champion, it’s a little surreal seeing an early, broke McGregor talk enthusiastically about getting into the UFC.

The interview starts at the hour and four minute (1:04:00) mark:

Gavin spilled the goods on first meeting Conor and hearing him talk about “watching gorillas on the nature channel and observing their movements”, what McGregor is like off camera (which the documentary does a great job of capturing), whether McGregor scripts any of his press conference material, what it was meeting Arnold Schwarzenegger, and the moment he eventually realized Conor was going to knock out Jose Aldo.

He also gave his take on McGregor’s recent troubles, with the Bellator 187 slapping and shoving incidents, to apparently punching Irish mobsters in a bar. While he admitted he knows no more about the recent incidents than anyone else, he did think Dana White’s comments about Conor needing to find motivation again were insightful.

It’s kind of unfortunate, like from, he’s making bad press headlines at the moment, in conjunction with the film. I guess he’s probably going through something, but, you know, I think Dana made a good comment, he did, about Conor, and him waking up making 100 million in the bank account, and him finding that drive to fight again, you know? I guess that’s unprecedented, you know? Like, he went into this game for a knock and a few quid, as he said, and now he’s absolutely loaded. I mean, it’s, yeah. I just hope it doesn’t get any worse. I don’t know much more than anyone else about recent events, but I hope he gets his focus back.

I think the best thing for him is fighting, you know? I think at the moment, he’s only 29, he’s a lot to prove, a lot of records to break still. I mean, don’t forget, he’s already won two belts, he could easily win a third, so, there’s so much he can achieve still. And I’m sure he will.

I think he’ll win the fans back, because he has some of that to do. I think he has a lot of people who are turning, you know? So I think he needs to win them back, and the best way for him to do that is to get back fighting, and yeah, to become focused again.

I asked Gavin about the last time Conor had an extended break, when he tore his ACL in his last fight with Max Holloway. Gavin said that Conor’s fame has increased exponentially since then, so the situations are difficult to compare.

Back then, there weren’t as many cameras around him, you know? Like his stardom now is out of control, especially in Ireland. He can’t go anywhere without everyone knowing about it. I think he might have gone through a dark period after his first ACL surgery as well. But, like you said, he found his focus after that, and came back better than ever… I think the best thing for him is to get a goal in mind and get a fight lined up.

Seriously, watch “Notorious” if you get a chance. It’s on Netflix as well. Amazing inside look at Conor McGregor’s rise.


Insomnia

Francis Ngannou will open as a betting favorite over champion Stipe Miocic. Ngannou has won all six of his UFC fights via stoppage, the past four in the first round. Stipe has stopped his past five opponents, the last four in the first round as well. This, my Maniacs, is the most excited I’ve been for a heavyweight championship fight in a long time. If Stipe wins, he sets the all-time record for UFC heavyweight title defenses. If Ngannou wins, a new superstar is born.

Ngannou isn’t shy about calling his shot, either:

I do wonder, questionable power punching test aside, whether Ngannou is the UFC’s hardest hitter ever.

This is a good shout.

Everything about this is timeless:

The Overeem knockout memes are never going to go away. This T-shirt is pure art:

Frankie Edgar and Kelvin Gastelum both liked this portrait of the newly crowned King of Violence, Eddie Alvarez.

Alvarez and Gaethje had nothing but respect for each other.

Poirier vs. Alvarez is the fight to make.

Max Holloway is awesome.

Max and his son are adorable.

The @blessedmma Era continues. #AndStill #UFC218

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That Korean military duty…

Nate Quarry says he made 6 times more than Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje made (combined) for Reebok sponsorship money 8 years ago. They made $ 7,500 combined, meaning Quarry made $ 45,000 for a free fight on Spike TV. It’s truly insane how much revenue the Reebok deal stole from the fighters, without any of their input.

Eating Doritos between grappling matches. Gordon Ryan is a monster.

Canelo Alvarez seems to spend his time riding lion-horses these days.

Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira was the best fight of UFC 218, one of those battles so jaw-droppingly intense it’s like catching lightning in a bottle.

Did you see this guy pretending to “play” UFC 218 in order to stream it for free? Yeah, that’s a lawsuit incoming:

Rachel Ostovich-Berdon won her last UFC fight by armbar, and also she has some powerful quads:

Hardwork always pays off.

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Muay Thai left hook knockout

That’s a classic faceplant:

Can’t ignore a gogoplata win!

The open air is what they are afraid of, but the UFC has to make this happen sooner or later:


Good Reads and Quick Hits


Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

The Monday Morning Analyst Holloway said he should charge for

UFC 218 Highlights

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Random Land

The future is bright. Or snowy. Or whatever the AI turns it into.

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Aaron Pico: James Gallagher needs to ‘grab his nuts and fight’

LOS ANGELES — As far as Aaron Pico is concerned, James Gallagher needs to stop yapping and start fighting.

Sure, both will compete for Bellator in New York City on June 24. The much-heralded Pico makes his pro debut against Zac Freeman on the Bellator NYC main card, while Gallagher fights Chinzo Machida on the Madison Square Garden undercard.

But this arrangement came after Gallagher called out both Pico and his buddy, fellow wrestling standout and SoCal native A.J. McKee, and neither fight materialized.

So Pico has a message for the bombastic young Irish featherweight: Time to put up or shut up.

“James Gallagher needs to fight A.J. McKee, stop running his mouth and finally grab his nuts and fight,” Pico said.

Pico, a descendent of Pio Pico, the last governor of Mexican California, has been accustomed to the more respectful culture of amateur wrestling. But Gallagher, who Pico seems to believe is ducking him, has helped warm him up to the trash-talking aspect of the mixed martial arts game.

“It fires me up when people, for example, James Gallagher said certain things and he won’t take the fight,” Pico said. “The guy has a bunch of confidence in himself and I don’t blame him, but for me, the fight was presented to him to fight me. His management team, his coach said ‘let’s pump on the breaks on this a little bit,’ So when you’re running your mouth and you’re not taking the fight, that’s kinda, that’s not cool.”

Pico is making his pro debut at lightweight, but at the end of the day, if McKee doesn’t get a crack at Gallagher first, the much-hyped prospect said he’d be fine with going to featherweight and doing the job himself.

“He said something about American wrestlers and stuff, and he never even fought an American wrestler,” Pico said. “He knows the fight that was presented, he’s got a smart team, a smart manager, and he’ll probably go back to the drawing board.

“Like I said, as soon as he gets into title contention and does what you need to do, you might see Aaron Pico at 145 get ahold of him.”

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Invicta FC 23 Primer: Badass Kickboxer Needs an MMA Win

Tiffany van Soest is one of the most accomplished female kickboxers to make the leap to mixed martial arts. Too bad her MMA debut, at Invicta FC 19, ended with her getting submitted. But that’s okay, because on Saturday night Invicta FC 23 will give Van Soest another chance to prove herself. Christine Ferea is […]

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Invicta FC 23 Primer: Badass Kickboxer Needs an MMA Win

Tiffany van Soest is one of the most accomplished female kickboxers to make the leap to mixed martial arts. Too bad her MMA debut, at Invicta FC 19, ended with her getting submitted. But that’s okay, because on Saturday night Invicta FC 23 will give Van Soest another chance to prove herself. Christine Ferea is […]

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Invicta FC 23 Primer: Badass Kickboxer Needs an MMA Win

Tiffany van Soest is one of the most accomplished female kickboxers to make the leap to mixed martial arts. Too bad her MMA debut, at Invicta FC 19, ended with her getting submitted. But that’s okay, because on Saturday night Invicta FC 23 will give Van Soest another chance to prove herself. Christine Ferea is […]

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Tyron Woodley: Holly Holm doesn’t need a pink slip, she needs a vacation

How the mighty have fallen…

Holly Holm jumped out to a perfect 10-0 record in mixed martial arts (MMA), not long after crossing over from the ranks of boxing, where “The Preacher’s Daughter” held multiple championship titles.

Her last win, a crushing, second-round (disappearing) knockout that sent Ronda Rousey to the sidelines for over a year, was the highlight of her Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) career.

It was also the last time she saw the win column.

“I never want to give the pink slip to any fighter too soon, that’s a decision they want to make and they need to make themselves,” UFC welterweight champion and UFC on FOX analyst Tyron Woodley told TMZ. “I think maybe she needs to take some time away, maybe do something outside the Octagon, hopefully something that builds her brand to make her more valuable inside the Octagon.”

Holm dropped her third straight fight by way of dubious decision at the UFC 208 pay-per-view (PPV) event last Saturday night (Feb. 11, 2017) inside Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, after five grueling rounds against featherweight Germaine de Randamie.

Watch the replay here.

“One thing I have not seen her do a lot of — and maybe she just doesn’t have any interest — maybe some commentating,” Woodley continued. “For me, it always kept me fresh. You always have the control to reach so many hundreds of thousands of millions of people on a platform. So when I wasn’t even competing for eight months I kept my name in the mix, I kept my stance for why I should be next for the title and it held more weight than what people realized.”

Maybe she can train with Sage Northcutt instead.

Holm is calling for a De Randamie do-over (echoed by “Iron Lady”), though she also has the option of returning to 135 pounds. “The Preacher’s Daughter” is currently ranked No. 4 behind Julianna Pena (see the full list here).

Who do you, as a fan, want to see Holm fight next?

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