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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next?

After seemingly endless attempts to put him in the cage for some sort of championship bout, it finally happened last night at UFC 223. Now, Dagestani wrestling powerhouse Khabib Nurmagomedov is the king of all lightweights.

Thank you so much guys. Love you guys all.

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Of course, since the fight game is an endless timeline where new stories are constantly emerging to replace the old, we a different beast entirely on our hands: Who should the champ fight next?

The obvious choice would be former interim champ Tony Ferguson, who was supposed to be Nurmagomedov’s dance partner many times over but for various reasons never was. Since there’s a gypsy curse preventing that pairing, the UFC would be foolish to try to book it again.

That leaves us with two other intriguing names.

In his postfight victory speech, Nurmagomedov suggest Georges St-Pierre. However, if the notion of GSP – a former welterweight AND middleweight champ – cutting down to 155 pounds makes you laugh… yeah, that’s because it’s funny. Ain’t no way St-Pierre is making that weight.

Then there’s Conor McGregor, who’d most certainly be the biggest money-making match-up for Nurmagomedov and the UFC. After all, McGregor did fly all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in.

Unfortunately, McGregor flew all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in, and now the Irish idiot is going to be tangle up in legal tendrils for a good while.

What do you think? Who should Nurmagomedov face next?

Ponder that while you watch this interview from last night, courtesy of Brett Okamoto of ESPN:

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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next?

After seemingly endless attempts to put him in the cage for some sort of championship bout, it finally happened last night at UFC 223. Now, Dagestani wrestling powerhouse Khabib Nurmagomedov is the king of all lightweights.

Thank you so much guys. Love you guys all.

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Of course, since the fight game is an endless timeline where new stories are constantly emerging to replace the old, we a different beast entirely on our hands: Who should the champ fight next?

The obvious choice would be former interim champ Tony Ferguson, who was supposed to be Nurmagomedov’s dance partner many times over but for various reasons never was. Since there’s a gypsy curse preventing that pairing, the UFC would be foolish to try to book it again.

That leaves us with two other intriguing names.

In his postfight victory speech, Nurmagomedov suggest Georges St-Pierre. However, if the notion of GSP – a former welterweight AND middleweight champ – cutting down to 155 pounds makes you laugh… yeah, that’s because it’s funny. Ain’t no way St-Pierre is making that weight.

Then there’s Conor McGregor, who’d most certainly be the biggest money-making match-up for Nurmagomedov and the UFC. After all, McGregor did fly all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in.

Unfortunately, McGregor flew all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in, and now the Irish idiot is going to be tangle up in legal tendrils for a good while.

What do you think? Who should Nurmagomedov face next?

Ponder that while you watch this interview from last night, courtesy of Brett Okamoto of ESPN:

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Invicta FC 28 Results: Virna Jandiroba Wins Strawweight Belt – Is the UFC Next?

It’s pretty much a guarantee that if you win a belt in Invicta FC, you’re going to the UFC soon after. That might suck if you’re a 115-pound fighter and the UFC wants you to fight 145-pound champ Cris Cyborg, but whatever, it’s an Octagon invite and you never turn those down.

Virna Jandiroba was a Brazilian minor league badass who won in impressive fashion in her Invicta FC debut back in December, so why not give her a title shot? The promotion needed to fill its vacant strawweight title, so the main event of Invicta FC 28 was all about her and veteran Japanese fighter Mizuki Inoue battling it out for the belt (and the likely UFC opening that follows).

For five rounds, Jandiroba went full jiu-jitsu-badass on Inoue, taking her down and maintaining top position. She didn’t do any kind of damage that would’ve warranted a stoppage, and the submission attempts seemed to take a backseat to racking up points on the scorecards, but Jandiroba did her thing.

Inoue hung in there, took a beating, got a messed up eye early on, and did her best to fight back. She was never really in control though, and the only mystery when the judges rendered their decision was why the heck it was deemed a split decision.

Jandiroba is now the Invicta FC strawweight champ – you have to think the UFC is going to abscond with her in the near future.

 

Results: Virna Jandiroba def. Mizuki Inoue via Split Decision

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Blue-Chip Prospect Ed Ruth Drops to Welterweight for Next Bout at Bellator 196

Ed Ruth is dropping from middleweight to welterweight for his next Bellator MMA appearance.
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Blue-Chip Prospect Ed Ruth Drops to Welterweight for Next Bout at Bellator 196

Ed Ruth is dropping from middleweight to welterweight for his next Bellator MMA appearance.
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Midnight Mania! Ilir Latifi Wants to be the Next Steve Irwin

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Ilir Latifi, he of elephant-riding fame, wants to launch a wildlife show where he does more of what he already does- explore nature and ride wild beasts. I’m 100% on board with this. From Nick Baldwin at BloodyElbow.com:

“I’ve always said one day, I’m gonna do a Steve Irwin kind of animal show,” Latifi told BloodyElbow.com. “100 percent, you’re gonna see that. That is gonna be on another level. You’re never gonna see the things that I’m gonna do.”

“I have plans about that,” he said. “I just want to find the right people and team to work with, great production team to do it. I would love to do it. A lot of people would love to see it, right? I’m gonna do a crazy show.”

“Probably we will start in Africa, do the big five: see all the lions, the buffalo, the rhinos — rhinos are my favorite — elephants,” Latifi said. “Then probably do the Amazon in Brazil, see that. And Australia. There’s a lot of cool places to see. Nature is amazing.”

Latifi explains that the famous photo of himself riding the horse bareback wasn’t something he did for social media. That’s just who he is.

“I’m very interested in everything with nature and animals and wildlife,” Latifi said. “I just love taking a ride on a horse on the beach.

“I never thought [there] would be such a hype about that photo. I think it’s just like it is a natural photo, and almost a little bit raw — like some kind of ancient time, I don’t know what. But it’s a cool photo, I can admit it.”

He also explained the following photo:

“I was at an elephant sanctuary that helps elephants that have been abused and stuff,” Latifi said. “They take care of them. I was there visiting and got the opportunity to meet some amazing animals. Elephants are very intelligent; they have a great memory.”

“Can you imagine seeing me riding a rhino?” Latifi asked. “It would be amazing.”


Insomnia

Rener Gracie with the smart babysitting.

I babysit like I jiu-jitsu.

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Who is this old lady??

In this fight, I’ve got Yoel Romero.

Here we go! @yoelromeromma

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Roger Huerta is back in Bellator.

Nick Newell draws a distinction between himself and CM Punk without being negative. 14-1 is a respectable regional record’ his only loss is to top ten lightweight Justin Gaethje. I would like to see him get a UFC shot.

Rich Franklin is living his best life

Is this useful or just for show?

I love good pad work.

Some days I truly think Dana White takes joy in people’s pain. Then I remember, that’s crazy talk, he’s the premiere fight promoter for the world’s most open widely accepted rule set of combat. Of course he enjoys violence.

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Sharing this clip mostly for the repeated footsweeps, which are great, staged or not.

This crocodile probably didn’t start his day thinking he would get jumped by a pack… pod… swarm… whatever a gang of hippos is called. (looks it up really quickly) Crash. A crash of hippos.

Gunnar Nelson is one of those quiet dudes who is quietly hilarious with his Michael Jackson parody videos and his tribute to Anchorman here.

Mustache March @mjolnirmma with @mgm_86

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Slap happy grappling

This was always McGregor’s most signature of signature punches, but the Jose Aldo fight made it iconic.

This kid is the most flexible human I think I’ve ever witnessed.

This takes an incredible amount of skill and composure


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

We got a lot of weekend knockouts to review… you’re going to want to see some of these.

Okay this was the best knockout of the weekend by far.

Nice debut indeed.

This is the kind of clinch punching I aspire to

Front kick to the face!

He definitely tapped

This got real violent

Ouch. Ouch ouch ouch.

This is why the gi changes everything

I can name a couple but this is pretty good

Here we have some old-ass fights in this thread and if you like that stuff you should go visit it. Lucas Bourdon has the old-school kickboxing knowledge.

Old school grappling is fun too

I never knew this about Ricardo Arona and Rampage Jackson’s famous powerbomb.


Good Reads


Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

The Monday Morning Analyst examines whether Nick Newell does or does not belong in the UFC


Random Land

This girl is insanely strong

This is hilarious

If Daylight Savings kicked your ass today this will cheer you up

Good Morning…

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I’m not ending tonight on fluffy cat and chick videos… because I’ve got something even better.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Because nothing can ever be simple, Cris Cyborg doesn’t want to fight Amanda Nunes next

Dana White wants a Nunes vs. Cyborg superfight next, but Cris Cyborg has other ideas.

Dana White kicked off our 2018 with a wide ranging interview given to Yahoo! Sports, dropping news about Conor McGregor, Robbie Lawler, and Cris Cyborg. Cyborg, according to White, will be fighting women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes next. Considering there aren’t really any interesting contenders at 135 right now and all of 2 women signed up for 145, that doesn’t sound like a terrible idea.

Unless you ask Cris Cyborg.

She had originally stated she’d fight whoever the UFC put in front of her, but now she’s gone on her website to say she doesn’t think Nunes deserves a title shot at 145. At this point, she’d like to face a real 145 pound opponent, please and thank you.

Instead of offering a fight to the next Featherweight contender available, Holly Holm was given the bout despite going 1-3 over her past 4 fights. The matchup proved popular with the fans, and our styles eventually made for Fight Of The Night, however Holm was given a title shot over girls who had been fighting at 145lbs and winning because she was more popular, and not because she was the next contender in line.

Having re-established myself as the WORLD CHAMPION at 145lbs I feel it is my obligation to fight the #1 contender at 145lbs in my next fight. I have fought 4 consecutive fights against girls who have come up from 135lbs to fight me, because they were “SUPERFIGHTS” for the fans. Besides Lina Lansburg (I fought her at 140) none of these girls had been fighting at featherweight.

As a World Champion it is important that you face the #1 contender. That is what makes it sport and not entertainment, otherwise what are the girls fighting at 145lbs training to work towards if they know they will never be given a title shot even if they become the best in the world? I have a responsibility to the sport to ensure that when I retire the 145lbs division continues to exist, and it is because of that I want my next fight to be against a contender from the featherweight division that has fought at 145lbs within the last year.

Look, Cyborg’s not wrong: it’s been ridiculous how the UFC has been pilfering from the 135 pound division to fill slots at 145, instead of signing talent at 145 pounds. But that’s the reality of where we are right now: because they haven’t been signing women’s featherweight fighters, there are no contenders at that weight.

That mis-management extends down to the women’s bantamweight division as well, where the matchmaking needed to push new talent up to the top of the division hasn’t happened, leaving Amanda Nunes without any competition to face either.

So at this point, we have to make lemonade out of these lemons. Put Cyborg and Nunes against each other and take the next 6 to 9 months to get these divisions rolling again. A superfight between the two is the biggest thing that can happen, and hopefully in the meantime the UFC might actually sign a few featherweights and separate the wheat from the chaff at 135.

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UFC 219 results: Next matches to make for ‘Cyborg vs Holm’ main card winners

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Dec. 30, 2017) for UFC 219, which took place inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

In the main event of the evening, Cris Cyborg defeated Holly Holm after five intense rounds to hold on to her women’s Featherweight title in a highly-entertaining title fight (see it again here). In the co-main event, Khaib Nurmagomedov smothered Edson Barboza for five rounds to stake his claim as the No. 1 contender in the lightweight division (highlights).

Winner: Cris Cyborg

Who She Should Fight Next: Megan Anderson

Cris and Anderson were all set to throw down this past summer at UFC 214 before personal issues forced the Invicta FC Featherweight champion out of the title fight. Megan’s hasn’t competed since then, so it only makes sense to have Cris’s next title defense come against her. I mean, it’s not like the 145-pound weight class is filled with contenders at the moment. The bout will without a doubt pit the two best female 145-pound fighters in the world, so at the end of the day it’s a no-brainer.

Winner: Khabib Nurmagomedov

Who He Should Fight Next: Tony Ferguson

Conor McGregor is not walking through that door. At least not until next summer. Then again, I still wouldn’t hold my breath on that happening, as “Notorious” can and will do whatever he wants, so if he chooses to extended his hiatus even more, Ferguson’s best option is to face Khabib in an interim title fight. It’s probably not the sexy fight “El Cucuy” wants, but if he wants to get paid, taking on “The Eagle” is his best bet. And who knows, should Conor decided to not return when Dana White predicted, then the promotion could very well strip him of the strap — which they should done a long time ago — and crown Ferguson the real champion, making Khabib vs Ferguson for the real strap.

Winner: Dan Hooker

Who He Should Fight Next: James Vick

Hooker looked impressive in his third-round submission win over Marc Diakiese, and he is on the verge of breaking into the top 15. Before he gets there, he will need to acquire one or two more impressive wins. That’s why I’d like to see him face off against No. 15 ranked James Vick. James has been on a roll as of late, too, winning three in a row including his most previous win against Joseph Duffy at UFC 217. It may be hard to convince Vick to take the fight, as he will likely want a ranked for next, but I really like this fight.

Winner: Carla Esparza

Who She Should Fight Next: Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Calvillo is without a doubt the real deal. But after suffering a loss to former women’s Strawweight champion Carla Esparza, the Team Alpha Male-trained fighter is forced to start from scratch. For Esparza, though, the win is a huge step in her march to reclaiming her title. Up next for “Cookie Monster” should be a fight against former title contender Karoline Kowalkiewicz. Karolina got back on the winning track after dropping two straight by taking out Jodie Esquibel in her previous outing. A matchup between these two ladies will clear up the title picture, though they victor will likely have to wait a bit for a championship fight, as Jessica Andrade and Tecia Torres are set to tango in a few months in a bout that will produce the next title contender. After Joanna Jedrzejczyk, of course.

Winner: Neil Magny

Who He Should Fight Next: Jorge Masvidal

Magny got back on the winning track by absolutely dominating former interim 170-pound champion Carlos Condit. Up next, I’d love to see Neil face off against “Gamebred.” Masvidal came up short in his previous two bouts, I get it, but the fight still makes sense rankings wise. Jorge is six spots ahead of Condit, so Neil getting a win over Masvidal will surely put him into the top 10 in a very crowded division. Plus, both men like to stand-and-bang, so the fight will be an all-out brawl and treat for fans.

To get full UFC 219: “Cyborg vs Holm” play-by-play updates and results click here.

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UFC Fight Night 122 results: Next matches to make for ‘Gastelum vs Bisping’ main card winners

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returned to the hurt business last night (Sat., Nov. 25, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 122, which took place inside Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, China. The UFC Fight Pass event featured a Middleweight showdown which saw Kelvin Gastelum flatten former division champion Michael Bisping in the very first round with a vicious knockout (see it again here).

Winner: Kelvin Gastelum

Who He Should Fight Next: Luke Rockhold

Kelvin wants an interim title fight against title holder Robert Whittaker. But that’s not going to happen, though you can’t blame Kelvin for taking his shot. That said, I’d like to see the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) take on former 185-pound champion, Luke Rockhold. Luke has also been eying a shot at the strap, but after one win, he isn’t there yet. Booking these two men against one another makes sense, as Luke is the only top fighter in the division without a fight lined up, or in the works. The winner of the matchup could make a big case for a shot at the championship belt.

Winner: Li Jingliang

Who He Should Fight Next: Alex Garcia

Why not? Li called for the fight after his win over Zak Ottow, and it’s not a bad idea. Li has been on a tear as of late, winning four in a row. Garcia has been fighting inside the Octagon since 2013 with mixed results, failing to capture a big significant win in order to catapult him onto people’s radars. After getting back on track against Muslim Salikhov, I’m feeling a fight between Alex and Li. They will both have the same recovery time and should be gearing up for a return around the same time.

Winner: Wang Guan

Who He Should Fight Next: Rolando Dy

We’re just following the UFC’s matchmaking model — which seems to have fallen by the wayside over the years — with this one, folks. Cacares last win was over Dy. Since then, Rolando has gone 1-1, winning his last outing against Burne Wuliji. I like this fight between these two up-and-coming fighters. Both are coming off an win and both would love nothing more than to score back-to-back wins inside the Octagon in order to start ruffling some feathers in the divisions.

Winner: Alex Garcia

Who He Should Fight Next: Li Jingliang

See above.

To get full UFC Fight Night 122 play-by-play updates and results click here.

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What’s next for Kelvin Gastelum after KO win over Michael Bisping at UFC Shanghai?

Michael Bisping took a big, bold step to fill in for Anderson Silva against Kelvin Gastelum in the main event of UFC Fight Night 122 in Shanghai, China after “The Spider” was busted by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) for the second time.

More on that here.

And though “The Count” saw the opportunity as win-win, it really wasn’t as he suffered a devastating first-round knockout loss to Gastelum after the former Welterweight decked “The Count” with a wicked one-two combo. Sure, Bisping got paid, but losing that way he didn’t look like a victory, at all.

For Gastelum, though, it was one of the biggest wins of his career against a former world champion. What that means for the former Ultimate Fighter (TUF) winner is that he likely won’t be heading down to Welterweight anytime soon chasing a rematch against Tyron Woodley. After his win, Gastelum took to the mic to call for a title fight against interim champion Robert Whittaker.

But, as impressive as his win was, there is no rhyme or reason the promotion would book that fight. After all, Georges St-Pierre is still the champion, and despite being uncertain about his next move, he barely wont the strap three weeks ago.

What Gastelum will be chasing, though, is a big time fight against Luke Rockhold. And it’s actually the only thing that makes sense, rankings wise.

Anderson Silva currently has his own troubles to deal with on the USADA front. As for two other men ranked ahead of Kelvin, Ronaldo Souza and Derek Brunson, they are currently, sort of, negotiating a fight. But they need to get together to iron out the details.

As for Romero, there is no telling when he’s planning his comeback. Meanwhile, Robert Whittaker is keeping his fingers crossed and hoping Georges St-Pierre will finally make up his mind to unify the title sometime in 2018.

That leaves Rockhold as the only viable option.

Of course, it the bout is presented to him, It will be hard for UFC matchmakers to convince Luke to take it. That’s because the former 185-pound champion firmly has his eyes set on the big prize. And Kelvin is far from it. He’s close, but he isn’t there yet.

Still, I personally like this fight, and pitting Kelvin someone ranked lower than him simply doesn’t make sense. Furthermore, a win over Gastelum will look good on Luke’s resume and inch him closer to his goal of reclaiming his strap.

Of course, that’s just one man’s opinion, as the middleweight landscape could change drastically in the coming months, and fights that are supposed to be made could fall by the wayside, leaving Gastelum with other options to consider.

Care to throw out a couple?

To get full play-by-play results and updated form UFC Fight Night 122: “Gastelum vs Bisping” click here.

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