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Midnight Mania! UFC 230’s New Main Event is Nonsense

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“In spite of my rage, I am still just a rat in a cage”

I was reminded of one of the UFC’s best-ever promo videos recently, ahead of UFC 183’s non-title main event involving Nick Diaz and Anderson Silva. It involved the elder Diaz brother pacing back and forth in the darkness, surrounded by screens with his face on them, and the Smashing Pumpkins song “Rat in a Cage” playing in the background. The song was exceptionally well-suited to Diaz, a figure famous for bucking the system, skipping press conferences he didn’t want to attend, and excoriating his promoter, the Ultimate Fighting Championship, for everything from selling “wolf tickets” to what he saw as their preferential treatment of his rival Georges St. Pierre. Nick was also hit with a ridiculously harsh penalty for weed use by the NSAC, despite the test being of questionable value, a penalty that many saw as a result of the commissioners’ dim view of his rebellious attitude.

His younger brother, Nate Diaz, exemplifies many of these same qualities. Nate (accurately) called the UFC’s title belts “fairy tales”, has slammed the promotion for under-promoting him, even slapped UFC president Dana White himself. His frustration fundamentally stems from his understanding that he works with a monopolistic corporation that systematically undervalues their labor force because they can, paying less than an estimated 17% of their revenue to fighters, while locking fighters into exclusive long-term contracts. Diaz knows this because he is familiar with the professional boxing world, where top fighters routinely take home 50-70% of the revenue. He has also demonstrated a willingness to hold out for his worth, for years at a time if need be. The UFC do not enjoy when one of their fighters gets bargaining power — as Diaz did after he choked out Conor McGregor at UFC 196— and knows how to use it, as Diaz did, forcing contentious negotiations before his rematch with McGregor at UFC 202.

It is hard not to see a pattern of punitive retribution in the UFC’s latest decision, to pass over a compelling main event between Diaz and violentweight champion Dustin Poirier for a fight between a woman who is proven NOT to be a significant draw fighting a complete unknown. (No disrespect to Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks; this is solely a statement in regard to their drawing power with casual fans).

For some background, when the UFC couldn’t find a compelling main event for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden, Nate and his opponent Dustin Poirier attempted to help their promoter out with some free buzz, with Nate “announcing” a 165-lb. ‘superfighter’ weight division, with himself and Poirier main eventing UFC 230 in Madison Square Garden for the inaugural title fight. It was a good idea, immediately backed up by a number of other fighters, including Conor McGregor in a recent interview. The UFC has a high concentration of talent between 155 and 170; many of the bigger lightweights on the roster struggle with large weight cuts, such as Kevin Lee, who has been asking for this division for years. It would also potentially set up a superfight with the winner of this weekend’s UFC 229 main event clash between Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov. Dana White seems very resistant to the idea, however, for reasons that aren’t quite clear.

Dustin Poirier seems to blame Nate Diaz for the UFC’s failure to make their fight the main event. It is the UFC who are the promoters; this extraordinarily unpopular decision falls on them and them alone. In the current era of devalued UFC titles and interim belts that appear and then vanish on the shifting needs of the promoter, a new division was a fresh idea with seemingly no downside. Perhaps welterweight would need to be shifted to 175 from 170, but in the current landscape that simply means a little less weight for fighters in that division to cut.

But even if the UFC didn’t create a new division, it’s hard to understand how a five-round main event between Poirier and Diaz, both with proven ability to bring high-level violence in main events, is less compelling than a fight in which the A-side headlined a Pay-Per-View that sold an abysmal 100,000 PPV buys. Seriously- that’s the bottom of the barrel for modern UFC events. It doesn’t get worse than that. Nate Diaz, by comparison, headlined the biggest UFC PPV event in history, a non-title grudge match with Conor McGregor at UFC 202. The Diaz bump in that fight was bigger than three belts combined, including a historic second belt for McGregor, a few months after that event at UFC 205. Diaz and Poirier will be fighting a mere month after McGregor’s return this Saturday, a great time to bring the Diaz-McGregor rivalry back into focus.

Dustin Poirier is not a bad B-side, either, a compelling figure with decent mic skills who has headlined free cards on Fox and Fox Sports 1. Poirier not been in a single boring fight since at least his Fight of the Year with Chan Sung Jun, win or lose — 17 straight exciting bouts. He has three bonuses in his last three fights. The clash with Diaz not only deserves, it fairly screams for five rounds.

The reactions have been universally negative, MMA fans online all wondering just what the promoter is thinking.

It isn’t too late to fix. The UFC just has to make Poirier vs. Diaz a five-round main event ahead of Shevchenko vs. Eubanks (I never even got into how we lost out on Shevchenko vs. Jedrzejczyk for this). Everyone, including Shevchenko and Eubanks, would win. As of now, the UFC are ensuring that all parties involved are losing, and there is nothing we can do about it. Diaz, is, despite all his rage, still just a rat in a cage.


Dana White did attempt to explain his refusal to consider 165, and failed to come up with even a single coherent reason not to do so.

Tony Ferguson was FIRED UP at the UFC 229 press event, and understandably so.

Daniel Cormier trolled Jon Jones for being a snitch after Suga Sean O’Malley was forced to withdraw from UFC 229 after a positive drug test.

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Throwback to a hilarious Jon Jones moment with Ovince St. Preux:

I’m not the biggest fan of Brendan Schaub but this is pretty cool:

Anthony Pettis has been training hard for Tony Ferguson

Throwback to an Andrea Lee fight before she got to the UFC:

Michael Bisping shared this truly amazing video, which made me feel small in the best way possible.

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Gina Carano says instead of letting her choke you out, you could just take a class.

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Tim Kennedy Stuck Dealing With ISIS Nonsense

Being an MMA fighter is tough, but you know what’s even tougher? FIGHTING TERRORISTS IN REAL LIFE. Thankfully, former Strikeforce champ Tim Kennedy has some real life training and experience in that area – he’s a US Army Green Beret, after all – so he’s well equipped for that sort of thing. Still, it must […]

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WSOF president won’t tolerate ‘nonsense’ from Rousimar Palhares: ‘If it happens again, he’s gone’

World Series of Fighting surprised several observers when promotion officials announced the signing of welterweight veteran Rousimar Palhares in November, just one month after Palhares’ unceremonious release from the UFC.

Although Palhares (15-5) is a unquestionably talented fighter, the notorious leglock specialist has dealt with more than a few controversies over the course of his eight-year career.

Along with a failed 2012 drug test for elevated levels of testosterone, Palhares received widespread criticism for several instances in which he failed to relinquish a damaging leglock submission, including a 2010 incident against Tomasz Drwal, which drew a 90-day suspension, followed by the 2013 incident against Mike Pierce, which led to Palhares’ UFC release and initially caused doubt about whether any major organization would give him another chance.

“I was one of the first people that actually said the same thing, that I wasn’t interested because, again, this is a sport and I don’t want to see anybody get hurt badly or get paralyzed from that because of some silliness,” WSOF President Ray Sefo said on Tuesday.

“But after listening to Renzo Gracie, who is a master of jiu-jitsu, and what he had to say about that particular incident, there’s been discussions and dialogue going back and forth between our matchmaker and his team and (coach Antonio Rodrigo) Nogueira. Nogueira is giving us his word that he’s actually sitting down with [Palhares] and helping him with this camp, and they’re looking into getting him some help, as well. So all these things put together allowed me to look at it from a different perspective and talk to the team about it, and so we decided that we were going to sign him.”

Sefo is thus far unsure regarding details for Palhares’ upcoming WSOF debut, although he says it’s “most likely” the Brazilian fights in March 2014 against an opponent yet to be determined. Notable options listed among WSOF’s current welterweight roster include Josh Burkman, Jon Fitch, Gerald Harris and champion Steve Carl.

Yet regardless of his faith in Palhares’ ability to put the past behind him, Sefo made it clear that this opportunity is for one chance, and one chance only.

“I will not tolerate any of that nonsense that happened before. If it happens again, he’s gone,” Sefo vowed.

“It would be silly for it to happen again, because I’m pretty sure if he does it here, then he won’t have anywhere else to go. But again, Nogueira and the team have given us their word that things will be good from here on in, so we’ll wait and see.”

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UFC Quick Quote: It’s ‘nonsense’ that eye pokes aren’t treated like low blows in MMA


“I think that is all nonsense. You’re not going to put fingers over the gloves. That’s just ridiculous. Eye pokes are mostly isolated. It doesn’t really happen that often, and nobody’s lost their eyeball. I never think about getting poked in the eye when I’m fighting. I’m not, ‘I hope I don’t get poked in the eye by this guy’, [laughs]. One thing I think they should do, though, and I said this on Twitter … eyes are just as sensitive as balls. You should get five minutes with an eye poke, to see if you can get your vision to clear up. Villante should have gotten some time after he got poked in the eye. You see a black spot for a little bit, but if you’re given five minutes, you can probably recover. Don’t take the fight away from him without giving him the five minutes. That’s nonsense. You should get as much time for eye pokes as you do for kicks to the balls.”

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight Jason High talks to Stephanie Daniels of Bloody Elbow about one of the hot topics in mixed martial arts (MMA) as of late — eye pokes. The subject has picked up a tremendous amount of traction in recent weeks after two bouts at UFC 159 (Gian Villante vs. Ovince St. Preux, Michael Bisping vs. Alan Belcher) ended in unfortunate fashion due to accidental eye pokes. Since then, a debate has sparked regarding what can possibly be done to solve the problem. Some have suggested a complete overhaul of the way MMA gloves are built, UFC President Dana White has said there is no solution to the issue, but High seems to believe a simply change to the rules would benefit all competitors. “The Kansas City Bandit” feels fighters should be given a five-minute recovery period after an accidental eye poke, much like the recovery period given for an accidental low blow. Do you agree?

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