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Sean Grande to Make ‘One Night Only’ Return for Broadcast Duties at Bellator 196

Former Bellator MMA commentator Sean Grande will return to work for the California-based promotion for “one night only” next month.
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Josh Barnett Skirts Suspension in USADA Doping Case, Faces Only Public Reprimand

Despite a convicted past, Josh Barnett won’t be facing a suspension from the U.S. Doping Agency.
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Midnight Mania! Roy Jones Jr. gets decision win in final fight, says Anderson Silva is only other option

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Roy Jones Jr. officially capped a long and illustrious career, tonight on UFC Fight Pass. He was unable to put away his overmatched opponent, Scott Sigmon, who he styled on for 10 rounds, winning 98-92 on all three scorecards. Sigmon stayed game, coming forward, thumping at Roy’s body with arm punches to the body.

Compared to Roy Jones Jr., he was clearly athletically out of his depth, something the commentators were very open about. Roy revealed that he had torn his bicep before the fight, perhaps the reason he wasn’t able to get the KO.

I don’t make excuses, but all y’all can call the Andrews Institute and they’ll tell you that last week, I tore my left bicep once again. But because it was Pensacola, I refused to pull out.

Roy reiterated afterwards what he stated beforehand- that Anderson Silva is the only matchup that could draw him out of retirement.

Last but not least, Dana, I know you listening. I know Anderson’s suspended, but that’s the ONLY fight that Roy Jones may return to the ring for. Other than that, chapter closed.


Insomnia

How to shake Andrei Arlovski’s hand so he doesn’t attack.

This Pay-Per-View (PPV) is… lacking in depth, but the main event is amazing.

#good vs #evil

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This is a fascinating matchup.

Looks like Chiesa vs. Pettis is official for Brooklyn!

UFC 223

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Happy birthday to Kimbo Slice. Rest in power.

Don’t ever do this.


Slips, Rips, and Left Hook Clips

I was thinking about left hooks today and look at this.

This was cool too

Ouch

Great fight

Some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu


Fight Bookings


Good Reads


Podcasts and Video

AJ and I preview the main event of UFC 221, along with tackling other tough topics like the perfect scam. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!

Yoel Romero has some dangerous tools, including his left-handed punch. Andrew Richardson explains! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Heavy Hands

Firaz Zahabi lends his analytical weight to this matchup:

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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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UFC Fight Night 125 Results: Lyoto Machida Not Only Survives, But Earns Decision

If you loved Lyoto Machida when he was at his peak, the last few years have been hard on you.

First, the former champ somehow lost his ability to take a punch, so whenever he gets into the cage there’s a good chance he’ll wind up in a coma.

Then there’s the fact that he was on the wrong end of a USADA suspension, which kept him away from the UFC for so long.

Yes, folks, we’re seeing the last days of “The Dragon”, and it’s heartbreaking to see him go out like this. But Machida still has fans, especially in Brazil, so why not squeeze a little more juice out of him? Why not put him in the main event of UFC Fight Night 125, against Eryk Anders, an up-and-coming slugger?

The trick for Machida, as it always is, is to do that karate stuff he does so well, but do it without making any mistakes. And he barely makes any through much of the first and second rounds, staying elusive and mobile while dodging takedown attempt and flicking out his karate kicks and reverse punches. Anders is stuck pursuing, and largely hitting air.

Only in the third does the American start to make his mark, nailing a takedown and, later on, planting a knee in Machida’s chops that opens up a nice cut. Anders gets a knockdown in the fourth, and for the briefest of moments, it seems like the Brazilian is en route to getting murdered. But! Machida survives, resumes his constant movement, and the bout ends with him somehow still awake.

Though the decision is a split in favor of the former champ, it’s more of a moral victory than anything, as he gets to keep getting paid to fight.

 

Results: Lyoto Machida def. Eryk Anders via Split Decision

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Midnight Mania! Rousey only ranked UFC fighter not tested by USADA in 2017

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Ronda Rousey remains ranked in the UFC after a year, but, despite Dana White’s claims, she wasn’t tested once in all of 2017.

To clarify, Dana White claimed earlier this year that Rousey was still being tested.

“She has not retired. USADA is still popping up at her house testing her,” White said about Rousey. “She refuses to retire. She’s not ready to say ‘I quit.’ She’s not ready to say, ‘I’m done,’ for whatever reason. She doesn’t tick like everybody else ticks. We found that out over the years.”

Bloody Elbow’s Iain Kidd dug a little deeper and, in a piece of excellent reporting, found that a little-known loophole in the UFC-USADA arrangement could secretly allow fighters to avoid testing completely by retiring and then un-retiring. He put it succinctly, so I’ll just let him explain it:

Under the WADA code, athletes returning from retirement have to undergo testing for six months. WADA may give a waiver after consulting the relevant national anti-doping organization and sport federation. Under the UFC’s anti-doping policy, the UFC gives the waiver. I wrote about that here.

That wouldn’t be a big deal if we knew which athletes had retired. If an athlete suspiciously retired and un-retired, skipping the testing pool whenever they didn’t have a fight, we would notice, right? Wrong.

It turns out the UFC and USADA can, and do, hide that information. There is no way for anyone to see who is and is not part of the registered testing pool at any time. USADA cannot or will not confirm which athletes are part of the pool, and the UFC, thus far, haven’t even responded to questions about it.

Is this the case with Ronda Rousey? There isn’t any actual way to know. This is just another way that the UFC being held largely by private equity causes problems with the long-term integrity of the sport of mixed martial arts. Private equity groups such as the firms that financed the WME-IMG deal are exempt from many of the transparency and financial disclosure rules mandated with other forms of business, meaning that they can more or less do whatever they want. I wrote more about that issue here, but in the case of USADA, it essentially allows the UFC to play fast and loose with the rules (see: Brock Lesnar) in pursuit of short-term profit, to the neglect of long-term concerns.


Insomnia

UFC Flyweight champion Rose Namajunas with long hair threw me off. I love her look now, this Furiosa from Fury Road/Eleven from Stranger Things look works for me, but she looked good with long hair too.

Stipe Miocic looks like he’s from the 1920’s in this shot and he’s about to take a Tommy gun to some Chicago mobsters.

Stipe may refuse to be anything other than his quiet Midwestern self, may refuse to engage in a war of words, but he, without doubt, looks the part of heavyweight champion- and his record speaks for itself.

Pat Miletich’s Croatian grandma is with Stipe 100%.

Pettis got engaged to his girlfriend, Lisette Gadzuric, over New Years.

She happens to be very attractive. Good for Anthony.

Kajin Johnson is everyone who went out on New Year’s Eve.

All the Canadians are back in the gym- Rory Macdonald is prepping for his Bellator welterweight title fight against Douglas Lima.

Desus and Mero couldn’t help but comment on Gabi Garcia’s weird weigh-ins. That’s because Japanese MMA is amazing.

Check out this video of the first black world champion in boxing- from 1906. That’s 112-year-old footage.

McGregor does it for his Ma.

You can thank me for spotting this Jean Claude Van Damme hook kick to the face of then-UFC champion Cody Garbrandt.

Cyborg is angling for a quick turnaround fight with Megan Anderson at UFC 221. Hopefully it happens!

Random fan art can get you noticed!


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Which one was your favorite?

Moat Fights are by far the coolest version of MMA


Insomnia

TJ Dillashaw really wants this superfight with Mighty Mouse.

Kevin Lee says Justin Gaethje sounds like a good matchup for him.

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TJ Dillashaw suggests Cody Garbrandt is only mad at him because ‘Urijah is Cody’s daddy’

TJ Dillashaw continues to pour the insults onto Cody Garbrandt following the filming of The Ultimate Fighter 25: ‘Redemption’.

The Ultimate Fighter: “Redemption” is set to premiere on April 19th and coach TJ Dillashaw has begun doing the media rounds talking about his experience filming the show alongside opposing coach and current bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt. Last week, promo footage revealed that things got so heated between the two that Cody grabbed TJ by the throat. So unsurprisingly, Dillashaw isn’t exactly singing praises about Garbrandt at this point.

“Urijah is Cody’s daddy,” TJ said during a Fight Society podcast (as transcribed by FOX Sports). “Cody can’t make any decisions without Urijah. Urijah’s involved with everything. That’s why Urijah was mad when I left. He likes to be in control. He wants to be the top dog. I hardly even know Cody. It’s kind of comical that Cody wanted to get mad about this whole thing cause I hardly even know the guy. He was on his way in when I was on my way out.

“He was on the team when everyone was making fun of him for who he was. Now everyone’s got his back cause he’s doing great. He’s doing good for the team and getting a good name out there. But really the beef with Cody is just comical because it shouldn’t concern him at all. Just because it involves Urijah, he wants to get all riled up and puff out his feathers and act like a tough guy. I expected this from Cody. He’s a hot head and just for him to not really be able to express himself mentally but just get all worked up.”

Recently, Garbrandt tried to get under Dillashaw’s skin by repeating an insult originally hurled at TJ by Conor McGregor on a previous season of TUF: that TJ was a snake in the grass about to betray Team Alpha Male. But the insult didn’t exactly sting … in fact, Dillashaw went so far as to include a snake in his TUF team logo.

#TEAMKILLASHAW #TUF25 #NOMERCY

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“They’ve got Conor’s dick in their mouth talking about what he’s talking about and they can’t really come up with their own sh*t,” Dillashaw said. “They don’t really have anything.”

Ironically, Cody isn’t the only one cribbing insults from other fighters. TJ’s line about Urijah being Cody’s daddy? Totally taken from Dominick Cruz. But then again, we imagine all the best Team Alpha Male insults were already used up by Cruz.

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Morning Report: Dominick Cruz says Cody Garbrandt wants the rematch ‘because I’m the only fight that raises the bar in this division’

AT UFC 207, the man widely considered to be the best bantamweight in the history of MMA, Dominick Cruz, was upset by Cody Garbrandt, losing the UFC bantamweight championship. In the aftermath, Cruz didn’t shy away from the loss but promised to return and make another run at the title.

But Garbrandt doesn’t want to wait. In the post-fight press conference, the new champion was adamant that Cruz deserved an immediate rematch and Garbrandt has maintained that these past couple of weeks. Cruz however seems to be in no rush, and while co-hosting TMZ Sports this week, the former bantamweight champion questioned why the new champion is so keen on rematching him.

“I expect him to be mad at me from that camp. I embarrassed him pretty good leading up to it with the things that I said which where the honest truth and he proved they were the truth by getting mad. But more than anything he keeps saying, ‘I’m at the top’ and ‘rematch, rematch.’ You’ve got the title. Why are you asking to rematch me?

“He knows that I am better than him. He wants the rematch because I’m the only fight that really raises the bar in this division.”

The trash talk leading up to their fight at UFC 207 was some of the most heated in the sport. Indeed, most believe Garbrandt jumped to the head of line of contenders because of the war of words the two were sharing for most of the year. And though Cruz won the verbal battles, Garbrandt ended up winning the physical one pretty cleanly, even breaking out into dance moves during the fight, and afterwards claiming that he could have knocked out Cruz but opted not to because he was having so much fun. Cruz is specious of the claims though.

“If you’re in there to fight me fight me. Don’t back up the whole time and dance… He’s trying to portray that he’s this tough guy that wanted it to go that long.”

It may well be that Garbrandt is once again trying to goad Cruz into fighting him. If Cruz refuses the immediate rematch, Garbrandt’s next opponent is most likely his former training partner and former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw. Garbrandt has insisted he’d rather not fight Dillashaw because Dillashaw doesn’t “draw pay-per-views” but appears to be willing to do so if he can’t get Cruz again.

For now it seems like that is the plan. Cruz seems perfectly content to let Dillashaw get the shot he’s earned and he’ll fight whoever’s left standing when it’s all said and done.

“Whenever I come back, I’m fighting for the title. I don’t know who it’s gonna be though.”

And as for losing his belt to Garbrandt and how a rematch would play out differently, Cruz remains confident he will win in the rematch, and isn’t unhappy about his performance this time.

“It was a good fight. It was competitive the whole time. I’m out there to put a show on. that team alone has 35 rounds against me. It was about time they got one.”


MUST-READ STORIES

Fire. Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson is official for UFC 209.

Clean. Chael Sonnen and Tito Ortiz both passed pre-fight drug tests.

Confidence. B.J. Penn is confident UFC Phoenix will not be his last fight.

Injury. Stefan Struve pulled out of his fight with Junior dos Santos due to injury.

Contender. Jessica Andrade wants to return at UFC Houston against a top contender.


MEDIA STEW

Wonderboy on his newfound trash talking.

Bellator Focus series on Chael Sonnen.

Lauzon’s blog.

Facebook Q&A w/ Lauzon.

We have Joe Lauzon taking your questions LIVE ahead of #UFCPhoenix

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Bermudez training vlog.

This goalie apparently trains MMA for real.


LISTEN UP

Fight Society.

Bushido Talk.

MMA Mad


TWEETS

Means Conor has to fight the winner.

Was he asking for Anderson Silva money again?

Jimmie is trying.

So Peggy Morgan retired.

Staying humble.

Gangster.

Struve’s pull out.

Conor would have a pretty big size edge on PBF. Not that it would matter.

Caught up with @floydmayweather while in New York!

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The kid could be a big star.

Tito’s last camp.

USADA selfies are the new thing.

See. The dude is clean.

My monthly check up with #usada I never need to go to the #doctor they got my back every #month #ynuevo

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

A.J. McKee (6-0) vs. Brandon Phillips (6-2); Bellator 171, Jan. 27.

Jessica Middleton (1-0) vs. Alice Yauger (4-4); Bellator 171, Jan. 27.

Gaston Reyno (6-1, 2 NC) vs. Justin Overton (3-2); Bellator 171, Jan. 27.

Khabib Nurmagomedov (24-0) vs. Tony Ferguson (22-3); UFC 209, March 4.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2006: Mike Pyle submitted Shonie Carter with a triangle choke at WEC 18 to retain his WEC welterweight championship.


FINAL THOUGHTS

Love him or hate him, you do have to respect that Chael doesn’t pull out of fights. Here’s hoping neither Khabib nor Tony pull out of this one because it may be the best fight in MMA right now.

That’s all folks. Have a good weekend and see y’all Monday.


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Anthony Pettis: The only good striker Max Holloway faced is Conor McGregor and I have way more tools than ‘Notorious’

Anthony Pettis is without a doubt one of the best and most creative strikers in all of mixed martial arts (MMA). But as he gears up to vie for the interim featherweight title at this weekend’s (Sat., Dec. 10, 2016) UFC 206 pay-per-view (PPV) event in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, he’ll be doing it against someone who isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe in Max Holloway.

That said, “Showtime” is more than confident he has the striking, power, and overall skill set to take out “Blessed,” who he best describes as a younger version of himself. Besides, the only good striker Max has faced thus far is Conor McGregor, according to Pettis, and Anthony says he has way more tools in his arsenal than “Notorious” does.

“I see Max as a younger version of myself; raw, natural talent and he definitely wants it bad. But I got the skill set to beat the guy with the striking and I got the power and size on him,” said Pettis during a recent stop at the UFC Unfiltered podcast with Jimmy Norton and Matt Serra.

“The only other striker he fought of my caliber is Conor McGregor, and you saw how that went down. I feel like I have way more tools than Conor McGregor,” he said. “Conor McGregor has a big left hand and some decent kicks. I have submissions, wrestling, I have everything; I’m the complete package. Now I have the size, so it’s a great weight class for me.”

While it may be a “great” weight division for Pettis, he has no plans to stay there permanently, as he intends to climb back up to lightweight down the line in an attempt to reclaim his strap.

Still, Pettis won’t deny that he enjoys having the size and power advantage at 145 pounds. Whether or not that equates to a win over “Blessed” and another world title, remains to be seen.

To learn more about the upcoming UFC 206 PPV event click here.

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Commission head: Conor McGregor was only fined $75K for bottle-throwing incident

Conor McGregor isn’t getting fined nearly as much as people thought, according to Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) executive director Bob Bennett.

Bennett told MMA Fighting on Saturday that the $ 150,000 being reported has been misinterpreted — McGregor will only be fined $ 75,000 for his role in an ugly water bottle-throwing fracas at a press conference in August.

The $ 150,000 number, Bennett said, is representative of the $ 75,000 fine plus what Bennett and commission chairman Anthony Marnell determined to be the value of a public-service announcement McGregor must do for the commission. McGregor was also given 50 hours of community service by the NAC on Monday at his disciplinary hearing.

Bennett said the public-service announcement was something McGregor and his attorney agreed to do. He only owes the commission $ 75,000 in fines, a sum that does not go to the commission directly, but to the state general fund, Bennett said.

“It appears the media and others got it wrong,” Bennett said.

McGregor and his team got into a nasty skirmish with Nate Diaz and his team at the UFC 202 pre-fight press conference Aug. 17 at the Copperfield Theater inside MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Diaz and his team were leaving the event, but before they could exit the venue, egged on by a cursing McGregor, they began throwing water bottles and other foreign objects at McGregor’s team, seated below them. McGregor responded himself by throwing water bottles and an energy drink can toward Diaz’s team from the stage.

Diaz will go before the commission for a disciplinary hearing, likely next month.

McGregor’s $ 75,000 fine is representative of 2 1/2 percent of his $ 3 million purse, which does not include his pay-per-view share and other bonuses. Diaz’s purse was $ 1 million.

The state attorney general’s office’s initial recommendation was a $ 25,000 fine and 25 hours of community service for McGregor, but the commissioners motioned and voted for more.

The hefty commission fine drew criticism last week from fans, media, McGregor himself and even UFC president Dana White, who dubbed an $ 150,000 fine “insane” on Fox Sports 1. McGregor was flippant in remarks to Rolling Stone on Friday, telling the commission “good luck trying to get it” referring to the fine.

“I don’t see Nevada in my future, for the foreseeable future is how I see it,” McGregor said. “I’m free to do what I want.”

Bennett was disappointed about the comments. He said McGregor threw an energy drink can that hit someone in the theater and still faced no criminal or civil case, nor a suspension from the commission. Bennett said the actions by McGregor and Diaz were “unacceptable” and when it happened White said himself that he was expecting commission discipline.

“They’re both getting punished,” White told TMZ the day after the press conference. “I mean, what everybody has gotta understand is we’re overseen by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. I guarantee you both of these guys are gonna get massive fines and there’s probably going to be a hearing, too, after the fight. There could be suspensions, community service. It’s gonna be ugly.”

When Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones got into a press conference brawl in 2014, both men were fined 10 percent of their purses. That came to a $ 50,000 fine for Jones and a $ 9,000 fine for Cormier.

Bennett said he spoke with McGregor before UFC 202 and appreciated him calling in for the commission meeting Monday. He said he believes McGregor was being contrite when he apologized.

“I understand that he’s upset,” Bennett said. “I understand that he commands a phenomenal following and paydays and he’s a world-renowned champ. I get that he’s frustrated — $ 75,000 is a lot of money. But I think the remark is inappropriate. In fairness to Conor — and I say this with the utmost respect — I just don’t think he understands how the system works when he’s fined.”

If McGregor doesn’t square up with the NAC and pay his $ 75,000 fine, it’s possible the New York State Athletic Commission will not license him to fight against Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York City, though that seems like an unlikely scenario.

The Nevada commission came under fire from the public last year when it suspended Nick Diaz five years for a third marijuana offense in the state. A settlement was agreed to months later and Diaz’s ban was bumped down to 18 months.

Bennett said the commission is trying to do what it believes it is right and thinks the consistency will only increase under this current regime.

“[McGregor] wasn’t suspended, nor were people in either fighter’s camp that participated in this,” Bennett said. “The Nevada State Athletic Commission didn’t go after anybody else. … I’ll be the first to say that we’ve got it right sometimes and we haven’t gotten it right other times. When we don’t, we want to right the wrong.”

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