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Curtis Blaydes vs. Francis Ngannou Rematch Booked For UFC in Beijing

Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight contenders Francis Ngannou and Curtis Blaydes are set to run back their April 2016 encounter, as ESPN first reported on Thursday that the two have agreed to rematch at UFC Fight Night 141 in Beijing on Nov. 24.
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White Still Bashing Ngannou: ‘The Guy Completely Lost His Mind’

The fact that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White loves to gamble has been well documented, and the way he continues to shit all over heavyweight power puncher Francis Ngannou leaves me wondering if White bet the house on “The Predator” and came up empty at UFC 220.

I don’t know how else to describe the constant fighter bashing, as White previously tore into the Cameroonian for acting like an egomaniac. I’m not sure what his behind-the-scenes crime was, but it’s not like he destroyed a fight card on two-days notice.

And we can’t even blame this three-round snoozer, because White gave “Black Beast” a free pass and even rewarded him with a co-main event slot on the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) card in history.

“Francis Ngannou, at the time that he was coming up, I believed this guy was going to be the guy, was going to be the heavyweight champion,” White said in a recent media scrum (via MMA Junkie). “And he lost his mind. This guy completely lost his mind and started to act in a way that you just don’t act.”

When I think of “lost mind” I think of this.

“Ngannou has a lot of things he needs to fix personally and professionally to see if he ever gets back on track again,” White said.

The Las Vegas fight boss has been forced to endure some pretty big hardships over the years, like former champion Jon Jones crashing cars into people and blowing up drug tests and McGregor getting arrested and hauled off to jail.

But Ngannou gets too cocky and it’s a national crisis.

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Francis Ngannou ‘Hurt’ by UFC President Dana White’s Ego Remarks

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White has a history of criticizing fighters he feels don’t perform, especially if they’re on high profile pay-per-views like at UFC 226, when a hugely-anticipated heavyweight clash between two of the biggest hitters in the division in Francis Ngannou and Derrick Lewis took place in the co-main event.
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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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UFC 226: Where Does Derrick Lewis Have Francis Ngannou Beat? “The Predator” Says Nowhere

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Derrick Lewis hasn’t been shy about letting folks know that he’s not all that impressed with Francis Ngannou. But “The Predator” is firing back some verbal shots of his own, as the two get set to battle.

The powerful heavyweights will throw hands at UFC 226, which will go down on Saturday, July 7th. During Ngannou’s meteoric rise up the heavyweight ranks, Lewis questioned whether the hype surrounding the rising fighter was warranted. Lewis believes that Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski have no chins, and cited that, while scrutinizing Ngannou’s wins over the veterans. Lewis also took some jabs at Ngannou via social media, after the latter lost to the champ, Stipe Miocic in January.

Well, recently Ngannou spoke with Helen Yee, and while discussing how he matches up with Lewis, the 31 year-old said this:

“What advantages do you think I have over Derrick Lewis? All of them,” Ngannou said. “Of what you can imagine, I think I have all that over him. He said I knocked [Andrei] Arlovski out because he’s old — he was 37. Mark Hunt was 43 when he beat [Derrick Lewis]. Hunt made him quit. I think [Lewis] just doesn’t know what he’s saying.”

Now, there’s a couple of things to look at here. While there’s no question that Ngannou hits ridiculously hard, it’s hard to deny that Overeem isn’t as durable as he once was. Arlovski, however, has taken some big shots in some of his most recent bouts, and has kept coming. After all, he just went the distance with Tai Tuivasa, and before that, defeated Stefan Struve and Junior Albini.

In terms of advantages, and whether Ngannou has Lewis beat in all areas, that’s an interesting question. Is Ngannou the better striker? Chances are a lot of folks would say yes, due to Ngannou’s explosiveness. Is he the better wrestler and grappler? Hard to say. Miocic’s wrestling and top game ruled the day against Ngannou, so might Lewis look to take the bout down? It wouldn’t be surprising.

We’ve also seen Lewis battle through some very tough spots, late in fights, and score victories. So, it’s going to be really interesting to see how things play out, if this fight makes it out of the first round. Prior to facing Miocic, Ngannou had never competed outside of the second frame.

UFC 226 will be hosted by the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Midnight Mania! Francis Ngannou Looking Scary Fast at New Gym

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Francis Ngannou is looking to rebound from his first UFC defeat, a five-round decision loss to champion Stipe Miocic at UFC 220. In order to take the next steps in his development, the talented African has moved his training to Syndicate Mixed Martial Arts ahead of his UFC 226 bout with fellow heavy hitter Derrick Lewis.

He is looking light on his feet with this pad work.

Per Damon Martin of FloCombat, Ngannou is also training at Xtreme Couture, where he can work with striking coach Ray Sefo and Sambo master Blagoy Ivanov, who is set to make his UFC debut against Junior Dos Santos.

He is missing out on those high-tech Performance Institute treadmills though.

Derrick Lewis, for his part, is ready to open up with the heavy firepower against Ngannou.

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Insomnia

Cub Swanson approves

This is a good matchup between Myles Jury and Chad Mendes on Mendes’ first fight back from a two-year suspension.

This is not a fun feeling

TJ Dillashaw thinks Vasyl Lomachenko is untouchable as he is set to box Jorge Linares next weekend

This is a good quiz. I’ll take 2 and 6

Matt Brown takes his right and left elbows

Middleweight Julian Marquez found himself defending Batman against Max Griffin’s slander. Nerd.

Well done, whoever turned Kevin Lee’s stanky leg into this. (It was apparently a guy who calls himself @rayrod747)

@rayrod747 deserves an award for this top notch edit.

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Bisping says he’s never making middleweight again and would happily jump up to light heavyweight to fight Luke Rockhold if he beats Alexander Gustafsson.

Lando Vannata working the angles on the pads

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How will Colby Covington slap Joe Rogan when he can’t see him?

Melvin Guillard has fallen on bad times.

Daniel Cormier celebrates eight years with his wife

How Carlos Condit spent his weekend

#CasualFriday at @hundredhandscoffee #SteelMace #SockGame #ShirtsAreAJailCell

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Obligatory slow-motion footage of Gennady Golovkin’s knockout

Tenshin Nasukawa

Epic fight

Emanuel Augustus, the Drunken Boxer

Is this cop Mark Hunt in disguise?

Or maybe it’s this guy

A lot of steam on this short uppercut

Pass the guard, go straight to armbar, collect 200 dollars


Good Reads


Random Land

This is the kind of low-percentage shot you throw up in fifth grade recess because you are just trying to look cool.

Not a good Monday

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Derrick Lewis Says Francis Ngannou Found Success Beating Up ‘Old Guys’

Two of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s most powerful men are set to collide in a heavyweight bout on July 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas when Francis Ngannou faces Derrick Lewis.
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