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Logan Paul vs. Sage Northcutt in the UFC? Sure, Why Not…

Just as they are inevitably prone to doing, a pair of reality TV stars (of the YouTube variety, not even actual television) had some kind of “celebrity boxing” bout in the Internet recently, and it made a lot of money in terms of pay-per-view sales. One of the participants was Logan Paul, who, after researching him… I still have no idea who he is.

But! While awash in the glow of combat and monetary success, Paul floated the idea of fighting in the UFC. Our favorite human Pokemon Sage Northcutt took the bait, and the wheels of intrigue began turning.

Logan Paul vs. Sage Northcutt in the UFC? Sure, Why Not…

Just as they are inevitably prone to doing, a pair of reality TV stars (of the YouTube variety, not even actual television) had some kind of “celebrity boxing” bout in the Internet recently, and it made a lot of money in terms of pay-per-view sales. One of the participants was Logan Paul, who, after researching him… I still have no idea who he is.

But! While awash in the glow of combat and monetary success, Paul floated the idea of fighting in the UFC. Our favorite human Pokemon Sage Northcutt took the bait, and the wheels of intrigue began turning.

Logan Paul vs. Sage Northcutt in the UFC? Sure, Why Not…

Just as they are inevitably prone to doing, a pair of reality TV stars (of the YouTube variety, not even actual television) had some kind of “celebrity boxing” bout in the Internet recently, and it made a lot of money in terms of pay-per-view sales. One of the participants was Logan Paul, who, after researching him… I still have no idea who he is.

But! While awash in the glow of combat and monetary success, Paul floated the idea of fighting in the UFC. Our favorite human Pokemon Sage Northcutt took the bait, and the wheels of intrigue began turning.

Midnight Mania! Tate: Jackson-Wink Treatment of Cowboy ‘Not Cool’

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Former UFC champion Meisha Tate weighed in on the controversy between Donald Cerrone and his old gym, Jackson-Winklejohn. Cerrone had a lot to say about Mike Winklejohn, in particular, after he was booted from the gym in favor of newcomer Mike Perry. He blasted Winklejohn for allowing anyone off the street to spar pro fighters, among other complaints. In return, Winklejohn called Cerrone “narcissistic” and said the split was a long time coming. Meisha Tate came down largely on the side of Donald Cerrone. Via MMAFighting.com:

“This is reminiscent,” Tate said. “I feel like we’ve heard this story about this camp before when it was Rashad Evans and him feeling like he was pushed out of the spot with Jon Jones coming in.

“What I think is not cool, if it had been someone that had been training there like Carlos Condit or someone like that who had been training there a long time and they were gonna fight each other and both had that mutual respect, and mutual foundation at that gym, that’s different. But when the new guy is coming in and he’s like, ‘I wanna fight Cowboy’ and he comes to Cowboy’s gym, I think that the right thing to do by the gym – I think there’s some loyalty that should be towards Cowboy. He’s been there a really, really long time.”

Winklejohn’s response to this would probably be similar to the response he already gave “Cowboy”, that loyalty runs both ways and Cerrone hadn’t been showing loyalty to the gym in his estimation.

Tate explained how she thought the situation should have been handled:

‘This is probably not the camp for you to come in, Mike, because you’re fighting our boy. Cowboy has been with us forever. We’d love for you to come in for the next camp but Cowboy’s our dude,’” Tate said. “That’s how I think. Even though I know Cowboy doesn’t drive there every single day, he doesn’t train at the gym – there are some other reasons I think behind that, I think – that’s just me. That’s how I hope my gym would operate if I was under those circumstances.”


Insomnia

The Chosen One

How will Darren Till’s historical cardio issues interact with Tyron Woodley’s historical cardio issues?

Disaster in slow motion. This guy is lucky he still has a nose

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Tito Ortiz tried to clarify his training schedule, and it did not go well.

Makes sense

Sorry, but this was funny.

It’s good to see that Ray Borg’s child is out of surgery and doing well!

BJ Penn vs. Ryan Hall? Sign me up.

Someone on Twitter replied, “five finger discount to five finger death punch”

Brian Kelleher explains why everyone is lining up to fight Logan Paul.

Good point

Power workout

Invicta FC 31 imminent


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Flying knee knockout

Controversy

Question mark kicks are awesome

Position before beatdown

Not what he planned

Nice throw

I’ve been seeing a lot of these land lately

Kyoji Horiguchi is a whirling dervish of violence


Random Land

I need one of these

This dog has an evil spirit

This is such a bizarre video and I can’t stop watching it.

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Torres ‘Not Scared’ Of Jedrzejczyk After Standing Toe-To-Toe For UFC Calgary

Talented UFC women’s strawweight contender Tecia Torres will have the biggest opportunity of her career tonight (Sat., July 28, 2018) at UFC ON FOX 30 live on FOX from inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, when she takes on former 115-pound champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

Torres, 28, has been fighting some of the best women in the world since making her debut in Invicta FC back in 2012. The former Ultimate Fighter alum holds victories over notable names like Michelle Waterson, Paige VanZant, Felice Herrig, Angela Hill, and Bec Rawlings, but she’s never faced someone quite as polarizing as “Joanna Champion.”

Torres got all the Jedrzejczyk she could handle during UFC on FOX 30’s media day faceoffs earlier this week in Calgary. Luckily, “Tiny Tornado” wasn’t fazed by Jedrzejczyk’s aggressive staredown and verbal trash talk.

“I thought it would be a little bit more than that,” Torres told reporters (h/t MMAjunkie). “It is what it is, but it was fine. She’s not scary at all.”

Jedrzejczyk, who is coming off back-to-back losses to current UFC women’s strawweight champion Rose Namajunas, is known to push the limit when confronting her opponents on stage. She did her best to shake Torres up, but it doesn’t seem like it worked.

“She said, ‘Welcome to hell,’” Torres said. “I told her, ‘I’m not scared.’ Then she said, ‘Just wait until the octagon door closes.’ I said ‘OK, I’m ready.’ And that’s what it was.”

If Torres isn’t scared then maybe she’ll be able to get into the head of Jedrzejczyk when the two tango this weekend on big FOX and push herself into title contention with a massive win.

“On my end, I think it can catapult me to that No. 1 contender spot, as no one else has been able to beat Joanna except for Rose,” Torres said. “But should Joanna become victorious this weekend, I don’t think she’ll be catapulted right back in there.”

Despite her recent struggles inside of the Octagon, Jedrzejczyk remains one of the very best female fighters in mixed martial arts (MMA) today. Her track record speaks for itself and Torres will have to put forth a perfect performance to walk away victorious.

“She’s going to be in for a surprise,” Torres said. “I think there hasn’t been many girls who could match her speed, and I’ll be able to do that.”

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC on FOX 30 fight card below, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX at 6 p.m. ET, before the FOX main card start time at 8 p.m. ET.

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Midnight Mania! Cyborg is interested in Zuffa boxing- “Why not?”

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We live in a strange version of reality. Cris “Cyborg” Justino, already the UFC women’s featherweight champion, faces former boxing champion Holly Holm at UFC 219. Holm, ironically, is already on record saying she isn’t interested in boxing again for Zuffa, which is Dana White’s project to expand into the boxing world. Floyd Mayweather, meanwhile, is reportedly really interested in a UFC fight, doubtless against Conor McGregor for one last payday.

Cyborg, meanwhile, says she would like the challenge of pure boxing.

You know, I just hear about the UFC want to make a boxing promotion. I would like to fight boxing, and if maybe they had the opportunity, why not? I’m young, I can train it. I like challenging myself, if I had the opportunity to fight one day in boxing, why not? Just keep training and learning each time.

She has been sparring with several professional boxers in preparation for Holm, including Mia St. John and Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields. She spoke about how she sees her relationship with Shields as an alliance that helps grow women’s presence in combat sports in general, whether boxing or MMA.

Cyborg has tried her hand at other combat sports before, to mixed results. She fought a few Muay Thai bouts, eventually running up against the limits of her skillset, as she was roundly schooled by Jorina Baars in 2014. She has been working and learning since then, and boxing is another sport entirely. If Zuffa Boxing really does take off, Cyborg might just get the chance to show off her talents in a third combat sport.


Insomnia

Lomachenko’s callouts are all jokes, apparently… but I would much rather see Mayweather return to box Lomachenko than get choked out in an MMA fight

Check out Lomachenko’s confidence and his dismissal of Mayweather here.

Francis Ngannou celebrates how far he’s come in a short time:

Someone drew UFC champion Rose Namajunas some amazing fan art:

Wow! @wherpig

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Get creative with it

Looks like Tim Elliot will be making a quick turnaround after all

Rafael dos Anjos’ handling of Stephen Thompson here is masterful

Oluwale Bamgbose explains why competing in MMA can be awful; not just the fans, but the lack of any actual money in this sport for the athletes.

Michael McDonald’s brutal hand break, in his victorious Bellator debut, sparked a conversation about hand wraps between Matt Brown and Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh.

Of course “throw more elbows” is the conclusion Matt Brown would reach.

Cowboy Cerrone practicing the back elbow Anderson Silva used in his Cage Rage days

Tyron Woodley had surgery… but why did he need a hair net when his beard remained this long??

Speaking of beards, Emil Meek’s beard may have gotten a bit… out of hand

How did Chael Sonnen know this back in 2012, and was he genuinely not aware the cameras were rolling?

UFC featherweight Dan Hooker apparently fought a 282-lb. man in a ring once:

Jim Miller has a great voice, will definitely be pursuing a second career in music:


Good Reads


Random Land

This is why there won’t ever be another Muhammad Ali

No pun intended

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Matt Hughes: UFC ‘Not as Special’ in Modern Era with Fights on ‘Darn Near Every Week’

Count Matt Hughes among those in the MMA community who believes the Ultimate Fighting Championship has oversaturated the market with fight cards.
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Joe Rogan: Tickets for UFC 217 ‘not selling well’ with Bisping vs St-Pierre headliner

The “king” is dead?

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre is finally making his return to the Octagon after nearly four years away from mixed martial arts (MMA).

“Rush” was previously considered the top draw in UFC and Michael Bisping, who will fight St-Pierre at middleweight, was hoping the French-Canadian would retain his box office success, which of course would return beaucoup bucks for “The Count.”

Yeah, about that…

UFC color commentator Joe Rogan has some bad (or perhaps sobering) news for the brash Brit, courtesy of his Fight Companion podcast (via Bloody Elbow):

“Bisping vs. GSP. Now, I’m hearing that’s not selling well, Madison Square Garden. That’s unfortunate. Here’s the thing, though. If you really stop and think about it, that was four years ago since (St-Pierre) last fought Jonny Hendricks. The people that are into the UFC now, they’re post-Ronda Rousey, post-Conor McGregor, the casual fans. The hardcore fans like you and I, we’re gonna watch that fight, for sure.”

So is this guy.

Bisping and St-Pierre will collide in the UFC 217 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, which takes place Sat., Nov. 4, 2017 inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, featuring preliminary bouts on FOX Sports 1 and UFC Fight Pass.

It’s surprising to hear UFC 217 is not moving seats, considering the headliner is anchored by two addition title fights in the men’s bantamweight and women’s strawweight divisions (see the entire fight card here).

Maybe this wasn’t a fluke after all?

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Midnight Mania! McGregor back in training, Ferguson fight “not far off”

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Conor McGregor continues to generate headlines without trying. He’s in hypothetical matchups with everyone from Paulie Malignaggi to Georges St. Pierre. However, the most obvious matchup, with Tony Ferguson, seems to be gaining traction. McGregor’s teammate Artem Lobov spoke about it as the most logical matchup, and now McGregor’s striking coach says he is on board as well.

Not only Conor’s striking coach, but one of the pioneers of Irish MMA, “Rowdy” Owen Roddy opened up recently about where the ethereal Irish superstar is at. Although previously he had been touting Nate Diaz as McGregor’s next opponent, it seems the hype Tony Ferguson has been able to generate has had an effect. Via the Maclife.com:

“It’s exciting,” Roddy said, speaking on the Severe MMA podcast “Talking Brawls“. “When the word goes out like that, and people start to talk about it, it’s usually not far off the deal being done. It could be a good one. Ferguson is the interim champion and rightfully so, he had a good performance against Lee. And he’s had a lot of good performances.

“I’d like to see it. People, including myself, were talking about the Diaz fight, but who knows that may come again. But if it’s Ferguson, that’s going to be a cracker as well. I still see Conor — if they’re standing for any sort of extended period, it’ll be a quick one and that’s it.”

He thinks that in terms of striking, Ferguson is not as clean as McGregor. He admits Ferguson can bring problems on the ground, but if Conor can keep his characteristic composure, then the grappling is solvable as well.

“He’s just not as tidy as Conor,” Roddy said. “You play the percentages, and Conor’s the cleaner, more refined striker. Ferguson is tough, he’s unorthodox, but in my opinion Conor’s just the superior striker.

“You got to give it to Ferguson, he’s tricky on the ground and he’s got some nice submissions and stuff. But if it was to go to the ground and Conor keeps it simple, and doesn’t get caught up in any of that crazy stuff [he’ll be fine].”

Tony Ferguson recently received his black belt from Eddie Bravo- in fact, was awarded with Eddie Bravo’s own black belt. But Roddy isn’t too worried about his 10th Planet style of Jiu-Jitsu.

“It’s a great style,” Roddy said of Bravo’s system. “It’s great if you’re getting caught up in that guard, because you don’t know it. But I think if you’ve got very good fundamentals, it makes it very difficult for you to get anything off in 10th planet. I think some of it as well is a little bit attribute based. you need to be really, really flexible to play that rubber guard stuff.

“But if you go in there lazy and you don’t know that game, you can be caught out very quick — But that wont be the case if Conor does go and meet Ferguson. We have a lot of guys in the gym that play that 10th planet style, watching Tony seeing what he likes to use, and having answers and options if that occurs.”

He then related where McGregor is after the whirlwind of a 100-million dollar fight with Floyd Mayweather and the extensive partying McGregor has been engaging in, since. He said if Conor wants to fight at UFC 219 on December 30th, that would be possible.

“If Conor wants to go at the end of the year, then we go straight into camp,” Roddy said. “He came back training last week, and got a couple of sessions in. He’s back in the gym, after the whole whirlwind. I think it’d be great to let him get back training and enjoy training and take it from there. But at the end of the day, whatever happens happens. If we go into camp tomorrow, we go into camp tomorrow and that’s it.”

If so, he reiterated that the important part is what fight makes the most money for McGregor and his team:

“It’s an exciting fight isn’t it?” he said. “[Ferguson] definitely brings problems, and people are asking for it, and that’s the most important thing. Money talks at the end of the day, and whatever makes the most money is what both people would go for. But because people are asking for it and posting about it, that’s starting to generate the momentum that they needed to get that big fight. It’ll be a good fight. It’ll definitely be a good fight.”


Insomnia

Follow your dreams, party hard and smoke weed. That’s a message we can all get behind… right?

You’ve never met a thirstier fighter than Tonya Evinger

Aljamain Sterling was on Twitter beefing with a former opponent, Augusto Tanquinho.

Did you know Japan has a Ninja certification test? That’s all.

Muhammed Ali getting airplaned.

The fights this weekend:

This is a great stylistic matchup.

Tony Ferguson getting Eddie Bravo’s own black belt is pretty awesome.

Gegard Mousasi has been around.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Primal FC: Dark Moon Rising is the most memorable name for a regional event I’ve ever heard.

Slick grappling

Sometimes striking is a game of inches and milliseconds

The shot he was trying to throw:

That’s just wrong…


Podcasts and Video

If you’ve seen it by now, just ignore this: the MMA Outsiders interviewed the lovely Whitney Miller. Next week we will have American Top Team strength and conditioning coach Phil Daru, dropping knowledge about the cutting edge of fitness in our sport.

Flying Brian J breaks down Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till

Before the Battle

The MMA Ratings podcast


Quick Hits and Good Reads


Random Land

Looks like something out of Dr. Strange.

That went well

An eagle eating a black cat on the sidewalk? Is that some sort of omen?

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UFC 217: ‘Not scared’ Rose Namajunas won’t lose Joanna Jedrzejczyk title fight before it begins

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk has a knack for getting under her opponent’s skin with her up close and personal staredowns, which prove to be intimidating for some.

Prime examples here and here.

Rose Namajunas, however, is as stone-faced as they come, as she wasn’t rattled by Joanna when they came face-to-face for the first time last week during a press conference to promote their upcoming title fight at UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017 in New York.

That’s because unlike many of the champ’s past foes, “Thug Rose” isn’t scared of the longtime titleholder, and won’t lose the fight before it begins.

“I think that they almost lose the fight before it even starts,” Namajunas said about Jedrzejczyk’s past opposition in a recent interview with Flo Combat. “You see that with all the greatest in the world or all the greatest of all time. They all have this intimidation factor and it’s for a reason. It’s not just, ‘Oh, they play mind games.’ They can smell it off of them. They’re not joking around. I think that a lot of the opponents she’s faced, not all of them, but they’re afraid of her and it shows.”

Aside from Joanna’s pre-fight intimidation tactics, she’s a pretty good fighter, too, as she has racked up five straight title defenses, and hasn’t tasted defeat in her entire mixed marital arts (MMA) career (14-0, 8-0 UFC).

Namajunas, meanwhile, won’t let the champ’s accolades shake her, either, as she says Joanna has yet to face a complete fighter such as her self.

“I’m definitely the most complete fighter she’s ever faced. I have that going into it,” Namajunas said. “I have the previous title fight experience going into it. I have a lot of things going for me. It all really comes to do to desire and want and what is the reasoning behind what I’m doing and when I have those things in line, I snap into myself. I become something that is just a work of art and it’s hard to touch,” she concluded.

Namajunas has experienced an up-and-down career, but recently turned it around by submitting Michelle Waterson at UFC on FOX 24 earlier this year (see it) to earn another shot at reclaiming the 115-pound strap after coming up short against Carla Esparza in the first-ever women’s strawweight title fight back in 2014.

Can she get the job done the second time around?

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