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Edson Barboza Approaching Bout With Dan Hooker Feeling ‘Zero Pressure’ Despite Two-Fight Skid

In spite of being in the midst of the first losing streak of his career, Edson Barboza claims his scheduled clash with Dan Hooker this weekend is just a fight like any other.
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Midnight Mania! Cyborg Goes Breaking Bad on Nunes: ‘I Am The Pressure’

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It is flying a little under the radar, because we are all getting stoked for Jon Jones vs. Alexander Gustafsson 2 — a rematch five years overdue — but the UFC 232 co-main event superfight between women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and featherweight champion Cris Cyborg is going to be fire. Cyborg will be facing an opponent with genuine knockout power, her toughest test to date. If she wins, she cements a legacy as the greatest female featherweight fighter of all time. If Nunes wins, she adds another belt to her collection and another superstar scalp to her legacy, having already choked Meisha Tate and blasted Ronda Rousey into oblivion.

Cyborg has done her homework, is confident ahead of the bout that she will give Nunes a fight the lighter fighter is not prepared for. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“I train for everything,” Cyborg said. “I have five rounds. I watched a couple fights of Amanda and I know she likes to do the pressure, but she don’t like when fighters put pressure on her. I’m the pressure. When she throws her best punch at me, I’m going to be the pressure. She’s going to feel that.”

UFC 232 goes down at the end of the year, on December 29th in Las Vegas. Who are you picking in the co-main event?


I thought this was a young Joe Rogan for a full few seconds.

Andrea Lee’s husband Donny Aaron is still at large.

Why has no one landed this knockout in MMA yet?

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One Minute Breakdown: Legal in Free Fighting!

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That Platinum dimension has Mike Perry’s name all over it.

Forrest Griffin is still funny.

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Just jog it off kid

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Is Cowboy vs. Notorious the fight to make?

I’m upset how this photoshop treats Nate Diaz’ face.

Chad Mendes trains his neck using this Space Age-looking contraption. Hey, if it works it works. His crackerjack matchup with Alex Volkanovski also goes down at UFC 232.

Old art edits are my favorite. Wrestling heads are insisting Ben Askren is better than Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Brian Kelleher has never been more relatable.

Combat sports this week and weekend:

These might be my favorite sumo moments

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You ever hear the myth of the chameleon?

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Chameleon lived in a forest, in the foliage he could hide. He knew he was different, when he looked at himself he knew he did not fit in. Hidden away he observed that the other creatures had similarities to others. Birds had wings, monkeys hands & antelope hooves. His feet were different. He chose to stay hidden away but catching food was limited when hidden under leaves. Each time he ventured out he was spotted by others that mocked him terribly. They picked on his feet, then his nose. These features everyone saw, those who studied him longer realised there was more wrong to him than that. His eyes moved independently & he had a swaying gait which made the other animals mock him as if he’d eaten too many fermented berries. Chameleon had never realised that his eyes moved differently or he wobbled as he walked, these features made him further worried about venturing out from home. Hidden in leaves he was happy, he liked his own company but the need for food, ever present. Chameleon began to worry. One day after an excursion he returned hungry & angry. The animals mocked him again. Something had to be done, so he turned to creator. Creator was shocked at chameleon, he had forgotten about this creation he had made after a heavy night, he instantly took pity & listened to chameleons request. Chameleon simply asked to be invisible. Creator granted his wish & chameleon could choose his appearance depending on the mood at hand, both happy for now, but it did not last too long. Chameleon found that he still needed to walk far to catch his food. His feet did not carry him fast at all & he realised covering distances made him giddy, he went back to creator. Chameleon was bashful to ask another request, after last visit he left happy for what creator had done. As chameleon appeared creator realised that the day he had made chameleon he must have not been well. Chameleons request was promptly met. To this day chameleon remains happy & hidden, his colour changing skin & extendable tongue means he never has to stray far from home.

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This thread on an 1800s Japanese version of the American Revolution is amazing, truly the best Twitter has to offer. You know it is about to be good when it starts picturing G. Washington with the Goddess of America, but it gets better- much, much better.

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Zabit Doesn’t Feel Pressure Ahead Of UFC 228, Eyes Aldo Or Mendes next

Streaking featherweight prospect Zabit Magomedsharipov is quickly becoming one of the most promising young contenders in UFC today.

The super-skilled Russian fighter has produced a 3-0 record since entering the promotion last year, while displaying outright dominance inside of the Octagon. While Magomedsharipov was expecting to fight featherweight contender Yair Rodriguez later this evening (Sat., Sept. 8, 2018) at UFC 228 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas, an injury forced “El Pantera” out of action and veteran Brandon Davis stepped in on short notice.

With the late change, “ZaBeast” now enters his UFC 228 main card clash with Davis as a ridiculous -1175 favorite. It’s a dangerous spot with limited upside for Magomedsharipov, but the 27-year-old remains confident across the board as he tries to cash in on his growing potential.

“It doesn’t pressure me at all,” Magomedsharipov told MMAjunkie ahead of UFC 228. “Actually that’s my goal, to be here, to get the title, the championship. It’s cool. It’s nothing that pressures me. That’s how it’s supposed to be.

“I’m this kind of person since I was a kid. I’m quiet, not emotional. I never expose my emotions that much. But all this attention and people recognizing me, that people start talking to me, it’s OK. I’m pleased with that. I’m OK with that. I’m cool.”

As far as Rodriguez goes, Magomedsharipov holds no hard feelings. He understands that it was a fight combat fans were drooling over, but also feels for his injured featherweight counterpart.

“Of course I was frustrated,” Magomedsharipov said. “It was sad to hear that he got injured. Many people were waiting for this fight. I was getting ready for this fight, I was calling for this fight, but it’s a part of the game. You cannot judge him. No one is protected from injuries. I can be injured tomorrow. He’s injured, and I only wish him the best and that he’s back as soon as possible, and maybe we can finish the history.”

A victory over Davis this weekend at UFC 228 will push Magomedsharipov’s promotional record to 4-0. That sort of success usually leads to a big step up in competition. While Zabit would be open to re-booking a bout with Rodriguez he also has his sights set on two of the biggest names in the 145-pound division.

“If everything goes fortunate Saturday night and I’ll do my best, if Yair is not coming back, I know that Chad Mendes is back,” Magomedsharipov said. “He’s one of the guys I wish to fight with, or Jose Aldo. I want to fight someone in the top three of the division.”

If Magomedsharipov is able to walk through Davis in fashion there’s no arguing that he deserves a top-flight featherweight contender. At that point, we’ll find out how far Zabit can climb the divisional ladder.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 228 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Feeling No Support From The UFC, Al Iaquinta is Enjoying Life Without Pressure of Fighting

The relationship between Al Iaquinta and the Ultimate Fighting Championship seems to get worse by the day and now it might be close to breaking point after the New York native pulled out of his most recent fight with Justin Gaethje at UFC Lincoln.
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Mike Dolce: Ronda Rousey ‘puts more pressure on herself’ than anyone I’ve worked with

Mike Dolce has worked with some of the best known — and most decorated — fighters in MMA history as a noted nutrition coach. None, though, are quite like Ronda Rousey in the respect of putting pressure on himself or herself to emerge victorious in the cage, Dolce said.

“I can say externally, she does put a lot of pressure on herself to win, like most great athletes do in every sport,” Dolce told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Ronda, I believe, of all the athletes I’ve worked with, and I’ve worked with the greats — ‘Rampage Jackson,’ Randy Couture, Vitor Belfort, I’ve worked with some of the best ever — Ronda puts more pressure on herself than any of those athletes. She does have this unique desire to win, not just for herself, but to win for everyone who supported her, but also to spite those who have hoped against her.”

Rousey fell in her second straight bout Friday night at UFC 207, getting knocked out by Amanda Nunes in just 48 seconds. The former UFC women’s bantamweight champion failed in her effort to regain the title from Nunes. Rousey lost that belt to Holly Holm, via second-round knockout, at UFC 193 in November 2015.

All of a sudden, the most dominant champ in UFC history is on a losing skid with many people expecting her to never fight again. Rousey also took a decent amount of damage in both defeats. It’s a far cry from the days when people talked about not if she would win, but how quickly.

After Rousey’s loss to Holm, she said on “Ellen” that she had suicidal thoughts immediately afterward. That isn’t the case now, Dolce said.

“I’ve been with athletes — and I don’t want to name names — that just destroy locker rooms, as you’re probably aware, they destroy hotel rooms, they become extremely despondent and belligerent to the people closest to them,” Dolce said. “Ronda doesn’t do any of that. So I think it’s just different. Each athlete is different. Their internal drive is different. Their external representation of what’s happening inside is different. Ronda becomes rather quiet and standoffish. She needs her space, which is very important. Some athletes, they act out in a more aggressive manner.”

Dolce, who has worked with Rousey for years, believed her to be well-prepared for the Nunes fight — and in better shape than she has been for bouts in the past. Dolce said Rousey was already in the mid-140s two months before she had to weigh-in at 135 pounds last week. That’s normally a good sign.

The coach, though, could not factor in Rousey putting more pressure on herself than most others do. Might that have played a factor in both losses? It’s hard to say scientifically. All Dolce knows now, after keeping in close contact with her team, is that Rousey seems to be doing OK now. Her post-fight demeanor is not as sullen as it was following the Holm knockout.

“It’s status quo,” Dolce said. “It’s no different than the loss of any other high-level athletes. I think some of the media portrayal is a little distorted from the reality of what any athlete goes through at such a high level.

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Michael Bisping: ‘I’m Expected to Lose’ at UFC 199, Pressure Is on Luke Rockhold

When Michael Bisping faces Luke Rockhold in the UFC 199 headliner on Saturday, it will have been nearly a decade since “The Count” made his Octagon debut at “The Ultimate Fighter 3” finale.
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Wife: Dana White tried to pressure Jose Aldo to fight injured at UFC 189, promotion denies claims

As if the upcoming title unification fight between Featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim title holder, Conor McGregor, didn’t have enough drama built into it going into this weekend’s (Sat., Dec. 12, 2015) UFC 194 pay-per-view (PPV) event, Aldo’s wife just added a little more to the explosive mix.

According to Vivianne Pereira’s comments to Combate.com (via MMA Fighting), Dana White tried to pressure her husband into sucking it up after he broke a rib that eventually forced him out of his original fight against McGregor at UFC 189 earlier this year.

Full details on that fiasco right here.

And when Team Aldo didn’t fold to the pressure of losing out millions of dollars, Pereira says the promotion had no other choice but to finally cancel the bout.

Her words:

“Aldo was really injured, there’s video of it. The guy threw a spinning kick, hit his left rib and broke it. ‘Dede’ [Andre Pederneiras, Nova Uniao head coach] called me half an hour after going to the hospital to ask me to stay calm because they didn’t know if it was broken. We didn’t want to frighten anyone because we didn’t know if he would fight or not. After a while, ‘Dede’ calls me and say it’s broken and he would need three or four weeks to get back. It was two weeks before the fight, we were desperate. And Dana calling, talking about numbers,‘It’s millions of dollars that you are losing. You have to fight. You never made this in your life.’ Junior trying everything, doing everything. But, they didn’t want to announce it because who else would they put in the fight? They spent millions on the fight. How would they say he broke his rib? They didn’t want to admit, they held it back, threw that on us, and we were saying it was broken. The commission wouldn’t let him fight with a broken rib. He would have to do exams before the fight. We wouldn’t want to say it was broken, but there was no other way. Would we turn ourselves into liars? It was a fight. Them saying it wasn’t broken, the doctor there saying it wasn’t broken, and there was this fight.”

Of course, it didn’t take long for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) to respond and refute such claims:

“Jose’s health and safety were always a priority and we worked closely with he and his team to ensure that he had access to the best medical care and consultation after sustaining the injury. We respect and understand that he could not proceed with the fight at UFC 189 due to the injury. Both fighters have now arrived in Las Vegas for this historic event, and we’re excited that UFC 194 is just days away.”

Thankfully, everything seems to be on track this time around, as both fighters are currently in “Sin City” and are only a few days away from finally getting it on inside the Octagon.

And the promotion, for one, did everything in its power to make sure nothing happened to Aldo’s rib, even purchasing him a special protective vest to wear during training.

Just a few more sleeps, and all the talking will finally come to an end.

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Underdog Brandon Girtz Believes Bellator 141 Foe Melvin Guillard Will Break Under Pressure

Minnesota transplant Brandon Girtz estimates that his arrival at Grudge Training Center in Denver came about a month or two after Melvin Guillard skipped town.
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Bethe Correia: I won’t crack under pressure like Vitor Belfort

GOIANIA, Brazil — Bethe Correia’s biggest weapon against Ronda Rousey is confidence.

The undefeated bantamweight, who earned a shot at the UFC title after three wins inside the Octagon, faces Rousey at UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 1, and promises to perform better than countrymen Vitor Belfort did against Chris Weidman for the middleweight title on May 23.

“I don’t fear anything. Fear comes, and I reject it,” Correia said during a Q&A with fans before Friday’s UFC Fight Night 67 weigh-ins in Goiania. “Vitor has a lot of qualities, but I’m different than him. He has the conditioning and psychology of a great fighter, but he’s not like me. I’m a fighter that grows under pressure. I don’t put my head down under pressure. I don’t get desperate and give up.

“What happened with Vitor is that he lost himself with the pressure. It was an important title for him. He’s a great athlete, but the pressure of the title was a big weight for him. But I believe a lot in myself, in my striking. I will win.”

Rousey finished three of her five UFC bouts by submission, but Correia doesn’t believe that going to the ground with “Rowdy” means the fight is over.

“I don’t have any problems with going to the ground with her,” Correia said. “People think you will be submitted if you go to the ground with her. If I go down, I come back stronger. I walk straight forward and get better. I grow in situations like that. Pressure makes me wake up.

“I believe I can beat Ronda,” she added. “I have a good team around me, good jiu-jitsu and judo trainers, a good team working on my striking, and I will be able to defend her armbars. I won’t fall into her game and make the same mistakes the other fighters who fought her before did. I will make her fight my fight.”

Unbeaten in nine MMA fights with a pair of TKO victories, Correia expects to beat Rousey with two punches.

“I will only need two punches to beat her,” she said. “The first punch will be to knock that mole off her face. I want to take that mole out of there. And the second punch will be to knock her out. I need two punches.

“Nobody ever fought for a world title in three years as MMA fighter. I did in three years what people do in an entire life. It wasn’t easy, but it was worth it.”

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Carla Esparza says she feels pressure to continue what Ronda Rousey started

DALLAS — Carla Esparza talks about her UFC 185 strawweight title fight against Joanna Jedrzejczyk, taking the baton from Ronda Rousey, Jedrzejczyk’s antics, and much more.

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