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UFC President Dana White Says He’ll Only Make a ‘Superfight’ When It’s Right

The term “superfight,” once understood to mean a matchup between the champions of two weight divisions — the most recent example being Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier facing off against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic — has been thrown around a lot recently. UFC President Dana White says the term is being “completely overused.”
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Colby Covington Wins Interim Belt, Only to Be Stripped of It

Hey, remember back when trash-talker Colby Covington won the interim welterweight belt by defeating Rafael dos Anjos back in UFC 225 in June? Well, homeboy is going to be stripped of his belt in September when actual champ Tyron Woodley faces challenger Darren Till. Because the UFC!

That’s right, folks. The value of that interim belt has now dropped so low it’s comparable to a Big Mac with a bite taken out of it, or maybe scratched DVD of old Home Improvement TV shows. Three months! Covington just won the damn thing last month, and because he wanted to take some time to heal some nagging injuries, he gets to deposit that interim belt in the nearest trash bin.

On the flipside, this is Covington we’re talking about, so… bwahahahahh!

Here’s ESPN:

Tyron Woodley will defend his welterweight title against Darren Till on Sept. 8, UFC president Dana White tells ESPN’s Brett Okomoto.

The highly anticipated 170-lb bout will headline UFC 228 in Dallas.

The UFC had been looking to secure a headline bout for the card for days now. One possibility invovled Woodley fighting interim welterweight champion Colby Covington. However, Covington was unable to fight on that date. Covington, who won the interim title on June 9, had successful surgery on Tuesday to correct a nasal issue, according to sources. Covington said he’d be ready to returnto the octagon for UFC 230 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 3, but the UFC could not afford to wait that long to book the champion vs. champion fight because there were few options available to headline the pay-per-view in September. Covington, who won the interim title by defeating Rafael dos Anjos in June, will be stripped of that title the moment the fight between Woodley and Till starts, White said.

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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

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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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