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Dana White Will Unveil ‘The Future Of Fighting’ In The Next Two Months

The UFC president is teasing major announcements that could change the face of combat sports.

Big things are going on behind the scenes with the UFC, apparently.

That’s according to Dana White, who has been known to engage in a bit of hyperbole in the past. But even for a guy who gets way too hyped for every new season of The Ultimate Fighter, White legitimately seems to believe the company is about to revolutionize fighting again.

That was the claim in an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto following the thrilling UFC 236, which featured two of the best title fights in recent memory.

”I told everybody yesterday, wait til you see what we’re working on in Vegas right now,” White said. “In the next two months, I’m going to unveil the future. Not of the UFC, of fighting. I’m going to unveil the future of fighting in the next two months. And the amount of talent that we’re looking at right now, the shows that we’re creating to create talent right now.”

”We’ve been on a roll for a while now where every weekend the fights are absolutely ridiculous and we’re going to continue. This partnership that we have with ESPN right now is … is a big deal, man.”

It’s unclear what White is referring to. There’s been talk of more UFC Performance Institutes around the world. Really big cards seem poised to be announced from July onwards, with a McGregor return seemingly inevitable. Aggressive pricing deals from Disney owned ESPN+ could make being a UFC fan a slightly less costly hobby.

Make me a believer, Dana White! All things are possible through ESPN and UFC and Endeavor!

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Dana White Will Unveil ‘The Future Of Fighting’ In The Next Two Months

The UFC president is teasing major announcements that could change the face of combat sports.

Big things are going on behind the scenes with the UFC, apparently.

That’s according to Dana White, who has been known to engage in a bit of hyperbole in the past. But even for a guy who gets way too hyped for every new season of The Ultimate Fighter, White legitimately seems to believe the company is about to revolutionize fighting again.

That was the claim in an interview with ESPN’s Brett Okamoto following the thrilling UFC 236, which featured two of the best title fights in recent memory.

”I told everybody yesterday, wait til you see what we’re working on in Vegas right now,” White said. “In the next two months, I’m going to unveil the future. Not of the UFC, of fighting. I’m going to unveil the future of fighting in the next two months. And the amount of talent that we’re looking at right now, the shows that we’re creating to create talent right now.”

”We’ve been on a roll for a while now where every weekend the fights are absolutely ridiculous and we’re going to continue. This partnership that we have with ESPN right now is … is a big deal, man.”

It’s unclear what White is referring to. There’s been talk of more UFC Performance Institutes around the world. Really big cards seem poised to be announced from July onwards, with a McGregor return seemingly inevitable. Aggressive pricing deals from Disney owned ESPN+ could make being a UFC fan a slightly less costly hobby.

Make me a believer, Dana White! All things are possible through ESPN and UFC and Endeavor!

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Midnight Mania! McGregor’s Coach Wants Cerrone Fight Next

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McGregor’s striking coach, Owen Roddy, is in favor of the proposed fight between McGregor and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone. He sees the fight itself as fun and the buildup, while perhaps not as contentious as previous McGregor bouts, being entertaining.

“The Cerrone one, it looks good,” Roddy told Eurobash.

“It’s a fan favorite fight. Cerrone comes out and he looks to swing and Conor’s going to be looking to knock him out. The banter beforehand, I don’t see it being as [turbulent], I think it will be funny. Both guys will go back and forth and that will be exciting for fans. I think it would be a very exciting fight.”

He acknowledged that other possibilities for a future matchup, including Max Holloway, who cleverly subtweeted McGregor’s whiskey brand on a visit to Ireland. Roddy thinks the Cerrone fight is the most likely.

“[Holloway is] putting the digs in. I saw the post of him the other day in the Jameson [Distillery]…but I don’t know. I think the Cerrone one…because [McGregor and Cerrone] both engaged directly…Conor said he’d do it and then Cerrone said he’d do it…I think that might be in the pipeline,” he said.

“I can’t confirm that 100 percent obviously, but I think the fans would love it. It’s a great fight that people want to see. They can see the two of them in there, standing up and having a bang.”

He also weighed in on the possibility of an immediate rematch with Khabib, who yesterday suspended himself for a year, saying he would return in November. A win over Cerrone would put ‘The Notorious’ in a better position for a rematch… to the detriment of Tony Ferguson and Dustin Poirier.

“Conor is a superstar. He could turn around and say, ‘No, I want to fight Khabib’, and he could probably swing it, just because he can. But when you lose a fight you sometimes have to fight someone else. Again, I don’t know, anything could happen with Conor, but I think [Cerrone] is a good fight. I would enjoy that and I think everyone would enjoy that.

“We’d enjoy the camp, we’d enjoy the build up…everyone would enjoy the buildup. It would be a nice fight.”


Insomnia

Sage Northcutt being Sage Northcutt

Jorge Masvidal is certainly rocking a… look.

Force field!

McGregor is bragging on the fight after the fight he lost

A young Robbie Lawler was a terrifying force of nature

Game recognizes game

John Nash lays out the history of collective bargaining in sports nicely in this piece

Glory Kickboxing had their star athletes fail tests and promptly cancelled their contract with the drug-testing agency

The Mark Hunt Atomic Butt Drop!

Combat sports this weekend

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BJ Penn Wonders What’s Next After UFC 232 Loss

BJ Penn has released a statement following his loss to Ryan Hall at UFC 232.

The former lightweight and welterweight champ was coming back after a two year break from the sport, and he actually looked pretty good right up until things went horribly wrong. Hall is another up and coming killer with nasty leg locks, and he used that proficiency to get the first submission loss from Penn in his 17 year MMA career.

Hall followed a kick with a lightning fast roll right into a heel hook that had Penn tapping just 2:46 into the first round. Take a look:

Here’s Penn breaking down what happened instead for his website, BJPenn.com.

“I was shocked at how deep Ryan [Hall] was able to sink in the leg lock right off the hop,” Penn said. “The timing was perfect. I tried to run and pull my leg out, but I wasn’t going anywhere as my knee was still stuck inside his hips. So I tried to defend my knee and turn it up towards the sky. By the time I looked back he had already switched to the heel hook and my ankle just popped.”

Fortunately, Penn’s leg is still in one piece.

“It is swollen,” he revealed. “There’s some bruising and what not. But it wasn’t my knee. It was my ankle that popped. It is what it is. Hats off to Ryan Hall, that submission was the perfect storm.”

Penn went on to say he had the best training camp ever at Nova Uniao, but this time we actually believe him. Even with just half a round to review, Penn was way more aggressive and smooth with his striking than he was in his last stink fest of a fight against Dennis Siver. Maybe that was from not cutting down to 145 pounds. Maybe it was from not hating life because he was cutting down to 145. Whatever it was, this actually looked like Classic Motivated Penn™. Unfortunately, he ran into another monster. Funny how that happens to a lot of aging stars.

As for his future?

”I’m going to let my ankle heal up and then I will contemplate what is next for my life,” he said.

Just going to put this out there: after what we saw at UFC 232, I’d be down for another BJ Penn fight. Maybe just not against another Yair or Hall?

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Midnight Mania! Usman Claims He’s Next, Woodley Says He’s Lying

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Kamaru Usman says he’s signed a contract to fight for the welterweight title. Dana White said he’s fighting for the welterweight title. The only problem is, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley says he’s not fighting for the welterweight title just yet.

Woodley wants to face former interim champion Colby Covington first. Covington has been running his mouth for a long time, evidently to little effect, except to earn himself a White House visit with Donald Trump. The UFC seems uninterested in promoting a fight between Covington and Woodley, giving Kamaru Usman the same opponents Colby just faced, as if to negate his best victories, and promptly stripped him of interim gold when he couldn’t make his unification bout with Woodley in September.

Dana White has also been frustrated with Woodley, implicitly threatening to take his belt away unless he defends in March, though Woodley just defeated Darren Till in September. If the UFC did strip their sitting champion, it would be unprecedented, given that many champions have gone much longer between title defenses without this kind of visible frustration from Dana and Company.

Signed contracts are not a guarantee of a fight happening. In the past, the UFC has used contenders, such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, against each other to lower fighter pay. This also isn’t the first time Usman has claimed he had a bout agreement signed to face the champion. Woodley, though, insists that Usman is flat out lying.

How will the drama shake out? Will Woodley defend his title in March, and if so, will it be against Covington, or Usman?


Insomnia

Anthony Smith fires another shot at Jon Jones

Former UFC fighter Kajan Johnson points out a long-standing flaw in MMA: the judges are accountable to no one for individual decisions. This is somewhat understandable, but it screws with fighters’ paychecks and careers more often than it should.

Stipe Miocic is exactly the kind of silly that fits an Ohio firefighter.

In case people need more evidence for Tenshin-Mayweather was NOT a ‘work’.

MMA trainer Din Thomas with more explanation as to why MMA fighters might not be grasping the obvious reality of Mayweather destroying Tenshin.

I hope this guy goes to jail for assault. Glad she clocked him, but he deserves worse than that.

One of the greats

I just want to say that PFL’s million-dollar tournament, though I doubt its a sustainable business model, did give some lucky athletes amazing paydays, and thats always cause for celebration. 99% of MMA fighters do not get to retire with a million dollars in the bank, but Sean O’Connell does, and Louis Taylor does.

Elbows

Dominance MMA is Ali Abdelaziz’s management company. He appears to have quite restrictive contracts with his athletes.

Alexander Volkanovski is my pick to beat Max Holloway, if anyone at featherweight can beat him.


Random Land

Going into the new year, getting it right

He really tried to iron his clothes while still wearing them

I had a high school teammate named Czarnecki and man, you could hear the announcer pause before trying that one. That was nothing compared to this.

Visit this website if you want your mind blown by insanely powerful cameras pointed at cityscapes.


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Darrion Caldwell Hints at Kyoji Horiguchi Rematch: ‘Next Time We Dance in the Cage’

Darrion Caldwell came up short in his bid to become a champion in two promotions, falling to Kyoji Horiguchi at Rizin 14 on New Year’s Eve.
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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next? – Part 2

It’s time for part 2 of the game “Who Should Khabib Fight Next?” The premise is that UFC lightweight champ in Khabib Nurmagomedov is dominant, and needs an opponent after he clears the gaping legal maw of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Khabib ideally deserves a money fight. But he just beat Conor McGregor pretty handily, forcing the Irishman to tap. So… who should be next? I say a good option would be Al Iaquinta.

Forget names like Tony Ferguson. The MMA Gods have made it clear that pairing will never happen. And Conor needs an easy fight next, otherwise he’s in danger of losing some of his precious luster. Who else is there that could move the needle?

How about the last person to go the distance with the Dagestani grinder? You know, the dude who took the matchup on about a day’s notice, and ended up going the distance. Heck, for his sheer grit, Iaquinta earned Khabib’s respect. So much so that Khabib watched “Ragin’ Al” beat up Kevin Lee this past weekend intently.

If Iaquinta was able to withstand Khabib’s withering beatdown and go a full five rounds, how well would Iaquinta do with, say, a full fight camp to prepare?

After beating up Lee, Iaquinta wasted no time crapping on McGregor and demanding a rematch with Khabib. As per MMAFighting:

“If Conor thinks he’s getting a rematch before me, I think that’s some nonsense,” Iaquinta said after defeating Kevin Lee via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on FOX 31 on Saturday night.”

“I’m the guy who if he wants to get a rematch, I’m the guy,” Iaquinta said. “No immediate rematch for him, he tapped out. I took it like man on a week’s notice, he had all the time in the world to prepare, and he wanted a way out.”

In case he hadn’t made his point clearly enough, he made sure to punctuate it “Raging Al”-style.

“I’m the f*cking guy in this division.”

What do you think? Not just if Iaquinta has a chance in beating Khabib, but if this is a worthwhile fight to make?

The post Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next? – Part 2 appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next? – Part 2

It’s time for part 2 of the game “Who Should Khabib Fight Next?” The premise is that UFC lightweight champ in Khabib Nurmagomedov is dominant, and needs an opponent after he clears the gaping legal maw of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Khabib ideally deserves a money fight. But he just beat Conor McGregor pretty handily, forcing the Irishman to tap. So… who should be next? I say a good option would be Al Iaquinta.

Forget names like Tony Ferguson. The MMA Gods have made it clear that pairing will never happen. And Conor needs an easy fight next, otherwise he’s in danger of losing some of his precious luster. Who else is there that could move the needle?

How about the last person to go the distance with the Dagestani grinder? You know, the dude who took the matchup on about a day’s notice, and ended up going the distance. Heck, for his sheer grit, Iaquinta earned Khabib’s respect. So much so that Khabib watched “Ragin’ Al” beat up Kevin Lee this past weekend intently.

If Iaquinta was able to withstand Khabib’s withering beatdown and go a full five rounds, how well would Iaquinta do with, say, a full fight camp to prepare?

After beating up Lee, Iaquinta wasted no time crapping on McGregor and demanding a rematch with Khabib. As per MMAFighting:

“If Conor thinks he’s getting a rematch before me, I think that’s some nonsense,” Iaquinta said after defeating Kevin Lee via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on FOX 31 on Saturday night.”

“I’m the guy who if he wants to get a rematch, I’m the guy,” Iaquinta said. “No immediate rematch for him, he tapped out. I took it like man on a week’s notice, he had all the time in the world to prepare, and he wanted a way out.”

In case he hadn’t made his point clearly enough, he made sure to punctuate it “Raging Al”-style.

“I’m the f*cking guy in this division.”

What do you think? Not just if Iaquinta has a chance in beating Khabib, but if this is a worthwhile fight to make?

The post Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next? – Part 2 appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next? – Part 2

It’s time for part 2 of the game “Who Should Khabib Fight Next?” The premise is that UFC lightweight champ in Khabib Nurmagomedov is dominant, and needs an opponent after he clears the gaping legal maw of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Khabib ideally deserves a money fight. But he just beat Conor McGregor pretty handily, forcing the Irishman to tap. So… who should be next? I say a good option would be Al Iaquinta.

Forget names like Tony Ferguson. The MMA Gods have made it clear that pairing will never happen. And Conor needs an easy fight next, otherwise he’s in danger of losing some of his precious luster. Who else is there that could move the needle?

How about the last person to go the distance with the Dagestani grinder? You know, the dude who took the matchup on about a day’s notice, and ended up going the distance. Heck, for his sheer grit, Iaquinta earned Khabib’s respect. So much so that Khabib watched “Ragin’ Al” beat up Kevin Lee this past weekend intently.

If Iaquinta was able to withstand Khabib’s withering beatdown and go a full five rounds, how well would Iaquinta do with, say, a full fight camp to prepare?

After beating up Lee, Iaquinta wasted no time crapping on McGregor and demanding a rematch with Khabib. As per MMAFighting:

“If Conor thinks he’s getting a rematch before me, I think that’s some nonsense,” Iaquinta said after defeating Kevin Lee via unanimous decision in the main event of UFC on FOX 31 on Saturday night.”

“I’m the guy who if he wants to get a rematch, I’m the guy,” Iaquinta said. “No immediate rematch for him, he tapped out. I took it like man on a week’s notice, he had all the time in the world to prepare, and he wanted a way out.”

In case he hadn’t made his point clearly enough, he made sure to punctuate it “Raging Al”-style.

“I’m the f*cking guy in this division.”

What do you think? Not just if Iaquinta has a chance in beating Khabib, but if this is a worthwhile fight to make?

The post Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next? – Part 2 appeared first on Caged Insider.

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Chuck Liddell Wants ‘Rampage’ Next After This Weekend’s Fight With Tito Ortiz

At 48 years of age, one would think former Ultimate Fighting Championshiphall of famer Chuck Liddell would be enjoying retirement.
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