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Weidman, Gastelum Beef Over Who Gets Next UFC Title Shot

Now that UFC middleweight champion Robert Whittaker has gotten past Yoel Romero for the second time, the 185-pound class finally has some clarity.

Well, sort of.

The next shot at Whittaker’s middleweight title is ultimately down to two men. Either former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman gets another crack at gold or former welterweight contender Kelvin Gastelum makes good on his middleweight potential.

Leading the charge is Weidman, who recently declared himself the “most decorated guy in the division,” pointing out the fact that he beat Gastelum via submission when the two met back at UFC on FOX 25 last year.

Gastelum, who followed his first-round knockout victory over former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping with a split-decision win over Brazilian legend Ronaldo Souza this past May, took offense to Weidman’s comments. The former Ultimate Fighter winner believes he has done enough at 185 pounds to earn the next shot at Whittaker’s strap.

Gastelum took to Twitter earlier this week to plead his case and talk a little smack:

Never shy to speak his mind, Weidman returned the favor and pointed out the fact that he beat Gastelum head-to-head in his last Octagon appearance.

At this point, it’s difficult to determine which middleweight deserves the next shot at Whittaker, who is coming off a split-decision win over Romero at UFC 225.

Weidman, 33, is a former champion who holds victories over notable UFC greats like Anderson Silva, Vitor Belfort, and Lyoto Machida, but the New York native has lost three out of his last four.

Gastelum, 26, has compiled a 3-1, 1 NC record since joining the division back in 2016. And even though Weidman holds a win over him, Kelvin’s recent success inside of the cage warrants immediate title consideration.

What say you, Maniacs? Who deserves the next UFC middleweight title shot?

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Chris Weidman, Kelvin Gastelum Trade Words Over Next Title Shot

Now that Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight king Robert Whittaker has defeated Yoel Romero for the second time at UFC 225, the remaining Top-5 middleweights are jockeying for position to secure the next title shot.
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Chris Weidman, Kelvin Gastelum Trade Words Over Next Title Shot

Now that Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight king Robert Whittaker has defeated Yoel Romero for the second time at UFC 225, the remaining Top-5 middleweights are jockeying for position to secure the next title shot.
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Mickey Gall Picking CM Punk over Mike Jackson at UFC 225 in Chicago

On Saturday night, former World Wrestling Entertainment superstar Phil Brooks — better known as “CM Punk” — makes his return to the Ultimate Fighting Championship. In his second appearance inside the Octagon he is scheduled to take Mike Jackson to kick off the main card of UFC 225 in Chicago.
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Midnight Mania! NYSAC Claim They Pulled Aguilar Over ‘Potentially Contagious’ Condition

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The NYSAC says they pulled Jessica Aguilar from her fight Friday for a “potentially contagious” condition, via MMAFighting.com:

“Medical personnel identified a potentially contagious medical condition,” read the NYSAC statement, via New York State Department of State spokesperson Lee Park. “For the safety of the impacted fighter and her opponent, the fight was called off. UFC medical personnel were also consulted and concurred with the decision.”

Aguilar contended that she had consulted with a dermatologist who cleared her AFTER the weigh-ins Thursday… but that wasn’t good enough for the commission.

When asked about a doctor’s initial clearance of Aguilar, Park relayed that Aguilar’s condition “worsened overnight.”

“The reason the fight was canceled was because of the fighter’s condition on Friday,” Park wrote in an e-mail.

Her manager Abe Kawa appeared on the MMA Hour and said the UFC will take care of her, because this is her second fight in a row that was scrapped. He also said she got two tests and had a third one scheduled Monday (today).

“I do think that New York is going to get it right eventually,” Kawa said of the commission that just began regulating MMA in 2016. “I just think there’s certain people that are there right now that don’t understand what they’re doing, honestly. Not even the sport, just what they’re doing in general. It’s shameful, man. It’s shameful. Jessica didn’t deserve that. She deserved to be able to go out there and fight.”

“It is the worst way that I can think of, of telling a fighter they can’t fight,” Kawa said. “If you thought a fighter has something and you just sent them to a doctor that’s just a random doctor in the city that you’re in and you’re basically saying that doctor’s word is no longer good, I don’t know what we could have done to make this better.”

The decision is just the latest in a long line of bizarre decisions and outright missteps from a commission new to the sport, including pulling Max Holloway from his fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov, nearly refusing to let Pearl Gonzalez fight with breast implants, sending Ashley Yoder to a local hospital instead of allowing her to be treated on site after her fight in Albany, etc.


Insomnia

I’m mostly surprised that TJ Dillashaw and the last man to beat him (albeit by split decision), Dominick Cruz, were able to be in the same space amicably enough to shoot this commercial.

Watch out, featherweight: Mirsad Bektic, already one of the best athletes and wrestlers at 145, is training with Georges St. Pierre.

Regional MMA is amazing. Andy Richardson tipped me off to this brawl- it’s the promotion he won his amateur title for.

Bear knuckle… I see what you did there, Matt Brown.

Why would anyone volunteer to take Chuck Liddell’s punch?

‘Evil Rogan’ is a great name for Jimmy Smith, except he’s actually Good Rogan.

Is Yoel Romero making fun of Jorge Masvidal?

Who’s this !!! @gamebredfighter

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This Max Holloway painting is great

John Wayne Parr with the body shot

Mission accomplished

Daniel Cormier promises to outjab Stipe Miocic

How is a blackout worse than a Nazi tattoo? Is the reason that it’s too difficult, or that inmates are quicker to speak to you? Can’t have it both ways. And by all inmates you mean… the white inmates?

I want to believe him, because I’ve met Lee and she seems like a genuinely nice person, but I’m just not completely sold on this explanation… what really blows me away, though, is how many people are defending swastika tattoos like they aren’t a thing.

Just a friendly street fight, nothing serious

He couldn’t do this again if he tried

Chad Mendes hitting mitts

Derek Lewis brings the content

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This was the amazing picture that Conor McGregor complimented from the bare knuckle boxing event this weekend

Fight & Aftermath #bareknuckleboxing

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Just a taste:

Joey Beltran vs Tony Lopez Repost: @highlights480

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Gregor Gillespie has indeed been fishing all weekend

CM Punk took the one true route to power and wealth- celebrity

Fear the return

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Great fight here

fuck you…fuck you…fuck you….YOU COOL…fuck you

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Yair Rodriguez got his job back but I’m guessing he didn’t get a pay raise for this fight.

Как вам новость?

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I’ve always maintained South Park’s humor is just going with the first and worst jokes the writers think of, and that fits Colby Covington perfectly.

Keenan Cornelius is NOT happy with the IBJJF.


Slips, Rips, and Submission Clips

Lethwei is even more metal than bareknuckle boxing

Spin kicks

With Alastair Overeem facing a dedicated wrestler in Curtis Blaydes, will we see a return of his deadly guillotine chokes?

I’m sorry, this is still extremely funny to me.


Podcasts and Video

UFC Fight Night 131 on Friday already feels like a lifetime ago, but here is our post-fight show! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

The MMA Hour


Random Land

I’ve got a long Random Land for you today

Colby Covington can’t ruin it for me any longer- I’ve finally seen Infinity War

This ramen commercial has no chill.

Not where you want to be right now

Where you want to be right now:

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UFC Fight Night 130 Results: Darren Till Takes Crappy Decision Over Wonderboy

Darren Till earned his main event slot UFC Fight Night 130 by stopping Donald Cerrone brutally and violently, and also by being from Liverpool, England, which is where the UFC wanted to hold a show.

So Till got to face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, a top-ranked welterweight. And when it came time to make weight, well, let’s just say Till failed.

But the show must go on, with Thompson more than eager to put his karate-based striking skills to work against the stand-up skills of Till. And here we are.

Apparently, Till went back and watched tape on Wonderboy, and studied all of his katas. Because after taking the center of the cage, Till stands just out of range, his arms up to block anything coming towards his head, and his legs flicking out in kicks. Yes, this is a mirror image of Thompson and how he fights, and though neither man really makes a mark on the other, it’s Wonderboy whose kicks land to the body with slightly more effectiveness.

Pretty much the same thing happens in Round 2… and Round 3… and Round 4. As the rounds wear on, Wonderboy charges every now and then, and sometimes ties up to throw short punches, or gets pushed away. To his credit, Till cuts off the cage and traps his foe against the fence over and over again, but Wonderboy expertly slips out of trouble once the punches start flying.

UFC Fight Night 130 Results: Darren Till Takes Crappy Decision Over Wonderboy

Darren Till earned his main event slot UFC Fight Night 130 by stopping Donald Cerrone brutally and violently, and also by being from Liverpool, England, which is where the UFC wanted to hold a show.

So Till got to face Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson, a top-ranked welterweight. And when it came time to make weight, well, let’s just say Till failed.

But the show must go on, with Thompson more than eager to put his karate-based striking skills to work against the stand-up skills of Till. And here we are.

Apparently, Till went back and watched tape on Wonderboy, and studied all of his katas. Because after taking the center of the cage, Till stands just out of range, his arms up to block anything coming towards his head, and his legs flicking out in kicks. Yes, this is a mirror image of Thompson and how he fights, and though neither man really makes a mark on the other, it’s Wonderboy whose kicks land to the body with slightly more effectiveness.

Pretty much the same thing happens in Round 2… and Round 3… and Round 4. As the rounds wear on, Wonderboy charges every now and then, and sometimes ties up to throw short punches, or gets pushed away. To his credit, Till cuts off the cage and traps his foe against the fence over and over again, but Wonderboy expertly slips out of trouble once the punches start flying.

Midnight Mania! Fedor Emelianenko Favored Over Chael Sonnen

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Fedor Emelianenko rolled back the clock this past weekend, knocking out fellow aging veteran Frank Mir in a fight that somehow managed to pack an entire narrative, including momentum swings, Fedor getting knocked down, getting back up to land a gorgeous Judo throw, and then knocking Frank Mir out cold, into less than fifty seconds of action.

Next, he faces up-cycled middleweight Chael Sonnen for a spot in the final. While Fedor has always been a small heavyweight, and hasn’t faced a consistent wrestler since Matt Lindland in 2007, he opened as a favorite over the American, at -200. Fedor’s power, sambo experience, and submission skill is evidently weighted higher by the bookies than an undersized Sonnen’s wrestling chops.

Sonnen, of course, disagrees, and has gone on record recently discounting Fedor’s wins in Pride due to alleged match fixing. UFC commentator Joe Rogan is also on record saying he thinks the rampant steroid use in Pride made it a different era for fighters.


Insomnia

This is going to be fun

Good news for Ray Borg’s family

A retired Dan Henderson wants to look like this painting, which is an exact depiction of his musculature as an active fighter.

How Michelle Waterson settles marriage disputes:

McGregor’s baby is one pale child, but he’s got that mean mug down pat.

The Prince.

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Well, that’s… not good.

Tito Ortiz’ top five bands of all time.

Violent Bob Ross is just such a good fighter nickname

Happy birthday to the Rock from the Jones brothers.

Happy birthday champ @therock I appreciate the role you play in life

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

This spinning elbow is the best knockout you will see today

That was quick.

Gi grappling can get weird

Classic ground and pound


Podcasts and Video

Andrew Richardson’s pro debut, episode 1! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

The MMA Ratings podcast discusses Adesanya vs. Tavares and much more

MMA Squared Episode 12


Good Reads


Random Land

China’s incredible karst topography doesn’t even look real.

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UFC Fight Night 128 Results: David Branch Scores Upset Knockout Over Thiago Santos

David Branch did well in his run in the World Series of Fighting, but come on, it was the WSOF – how good could someone be there?

Thiago Santos is a Brazilian striker who’s been knocking ’em dead lately. Given Branch’s propensity for being good and methodical at striking but not great, this could be a tough one for the American.

As expected, Santos is all confidence and leg-kicks, and he’s taking big chunks out of Branch’s calf while the jiu-jitsu black belt tries to throw them hands.

And then Branch steps in with an overhand right that catches Santos square on the chin, and Santos is out cold.

Well, that was surprising.

Results: David Branch def. Thiago Santos via KO (Punch) at 2:30, R1

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UFC Fight Night 128 Weigh-ins: Kevin Lee, Aspen Ladd Over the Mark

Drama on Ultimate Fighting Championship weigh-in day seems to be becoming a regular occurrence.
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