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Dana White Is Done With Greg Hardy Questions

UFC president Dana White has been getting a lot of heat for trying to turn former NFL player Greg Hardy into a new featured attraction in the UFC’s heavyweight division.

The problem? Hardy’s troubling past, which includes a pretty horrific case of domestic violence. After landing a development deal through Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series that paid him as he cut his teeth in the minors, Hardy will now debut in the big leagues on the UFC’s first ESPN+ card in January.

Including Hardy on a historic card was bad enough for some, even before they realized he was now sharing the card with flyweight Rachel Ostovich. Ostovich was nearly taken out of her fight with Paige VanZant after her husband allegedly assaulted her, damaging her orbital bone and causing her to cough up blood. Ostovich fought to stay on the card, not just for herself but to send a message … one the UFC is kinda muddying up with Hardy’s inclusion.

Much hay has been made on the topic since the announcement earlier this week, and White officially put the hammer down on Hardy questions at a UFC 231 media scrum Friday night.

”So we’ve been building this ESPN card for a while, and he was one of the guys that we had planned on putting on that card,” White explained. “But no, [Ostovich] wasn’t booked. And then she came off the card. I’m not going to talk about Greg Hardy any more. I already covered this. I’m not playing this bulls**t with you guys. He’s on the UFC roster. Period. End of story.”

”He’s on the roster!” White said, getting agitated. “Listen, you guys want to be sensitive about s**t? Anyone can be sensitive about anything. You can make an issue about everything. The wierd thing is that you guys give a f**k but she doesn’t. She doesn’t care! You know what she said yesterday in her statement? ‘Please stop asking me about this. I want to focus on training. I don’t want this to be an issue for me. I don’t know this guy, this guy has nothing to do with me. I have nothing to do with this guy, this guy has never done anything to me. This isn’t an issue.’ You, you, you, and a lot of other people are making this an issue.”

”It’s not an issue for her. She doesn’t have an issue with this. She actually doesn’t want to talk about it any more and she asked you yesterday ‘Please, I don’t want to talk about this any more. I want to move on with my training and focus on that. So if you guys want to keep bringing this up and making it an issue, you can. And I get it, it probably gets hits and probably does well for you guys, but she doesn’t want to talk about it any more.”

”So that’s the end of the story,” he said, cutting off follow up questions. “I’m done with it. I’m done with it. I’m done with it. I’M DONE WITH IT! I’m done! Don’t make me leave. I’m done with it.”

He thinks he’s done with it? UFC on ESPN+ 1 is still over 40 days away. We doubt he’s done with it at all.

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Midnight Mania! ‘Mighty Mouse’ Questions Logic In McGregor’s Flyweight Remark

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After Demetrious Johnson was ‘traded’ to ONE Championship for Ben Askren, news quickly got out that the UFC was planning on folding it’s flyweight division. Dana had threatened this as a way to get leverage over Johnson in 2017, but eventually backed down. With Johnson’s exit though, the promotion had evidently seen enough of 125-lb. male fighters.

According to Johnson, the decision had been brewing for years, and it didn’t matter how entertaining he was as champion.

“I mean they were talking about closing it two years ago,” Johnson said recently. “It’s not the first time they’ve ever brought it up, you know? They were talking about closing when I was a champion, and I was like ‘okay, it is what it is…

“The UFC was planning on getting rid of flyweight division when I was the champion — finishing people, not taking people to decision, finishing people.”

One of the oddest moments in the broader story was a tweet by Conor McGregor that placed all the blame on ONE Championship CEO Chatri Sityodtong for the UFC’s decision.

This made no sense to anyone, least of all Demetrious Johnson, who pointed out that of any fighter, McGregor was the only one who might be able to do something about it.

“I don’t get where this logic comes behind that,” Johnson said. “What makes him think Chatri owes somebody something?”

“If he’s worried flyweights losing their jobs, I’m pretty sure he has a huge stake in the UFC company now,. I’m sure he can go to Dana, and be like Dana, ‘Keep these guys, these guys are fucking amazing. Let’s try to do this right. Let’s try to promote them.’ Facilitate a meeting of those who can [change things], with Proper Whiskey. ‘Let’s sit down and have a good talk.’ I’m sure he could come up with something if he really wanted to do it.”

“As I said, that’s Conor’s opinion of what he thinks should happen. This is a guy who just business, you know, the Barclay’s Center [thing], throwing the dolly in the bus, hurting multiple people. I truly think he doesn’t care. But that’s just my personal opinion.”

He’ll do fookin’ nothing to save the flyweights, as it turns out. Some of the released 125-pounders have been scooped up by ONE; others have landed in RIZIN. Hopefully they will be more appreciated on foreign soil than they were by fans and the UFC in the United States.


Insomnia

Prayers and good thoughts to Cub Swanson’s kids, who have been in the hospital all week.

Justin Scoggins practicing his karate combinations on the pads ahead of his RIZIN debut- practice makes permanent, as they say.

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Practice makes permanent. Reps, reps, reps

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I found this incredibly funny for some reason- Robert Whittaker covers Kelvin Gastelum’s fist bump

Mark Hunt’s people all look like Mark Hunt. He’s not even close to the biggest guy there, either.

The creativity and culture in Tai Tuivasa and Mark Hunt’s walkouts was very cool.

You can’t believe everything you see on the internet, apparently. Who knew? Cub shot down this rumor quickly.

This is technically a martial art, right? No? Close enough.

Will Dustin Poirier get his red panty night?

Those who don’t like animal kills, skip this video from Eryk Anders in which an alligator gets got.

Sometimes all you need is a buddy who has your back.

This isn’t surprising. Shogun coming back from that first round was almost as miraculous as Tyson Fury getting up from Deontay Wilder’s killshot.

Israel Adesanya doing a shoey and then getting scolded by his Mom was hilarious.

That look when you killed someone dead and they come back to life is priceless. One for the annals of boxing history.

The scorecards were awful, though.

I know Dana says a lot of stuff, but I believe him this time, fair or not.

Is it just me or has Gunnar Nelson bulked up?

An all-time classic moment

Only more entertaining shadow-boxer is Paulo Costa, in my opinion.


Slips. Rips. KO Clips.

Robocop is such a great fighter nickname.

“Dodge this”

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Wow

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The delayed reaction bodyshot: when you know it really hurt.

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Precision

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This one got scary for Adonis

Look at this armbar outta nowhere!

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Can’t even wait in peace in 50/50 these days

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Random Land

Strap in because there was a lot of randomness over the weekend, starting with the big Neck Guy.

Add this to the vacation destinations I’ll never make it to.

This Boeing fighter-bomber was too late to make it to WW2 but its engine was so powerful that the designers opted for two contra-rotating propeller blades to offset the torque.

I’m still on an obscure firearms kick, and Russia has a lot of them. Here’s an upside-down pistol so accurate they banned it in international competition shooting… and according to the internet, the designer was blind.

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Daniel Cormier Questions Stipe Miocic’s Previous Strength of Schedule Ahead of UFC 226 Showdown

It’s been relatively civil between the two men who will be headlining Saturday’s heavyweight spectacle at UFC 226 between current Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and his challenger, light heavyweight king Daniel Cormier.
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Joe Rogan Questions Motivation Behind Third Chuck Liddell-Tito Ortiz Bout

Earlier this week, boxing powerhouse Golden Boy Promotions announced its first foray into the world of mixed martial arts.
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Midnight Mania! Frankie Edgar: ‘If he has questions, I have answers. I’m like Jeopardy’

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High noon is coming between New Jersey’s Frankie Edgar and Hawaii’s Max Holloway, too. Edgar feels that March 3rd in Vegas is his time. The matchup is the second attempt to make the fight, with Max whooping Jose Aldo in lieu of an injured Edgar at UFC 218. Via FloCombat:

“I have so many reasons why I feel like this is meant to be,” Edgar told FloCombat. “I obviously wasn’t thinking that way or being that optimistic when I got my face broken in practice. It felt like the world was crashing in around me, but I’m very happy things all still worked out because it all could have gone a much different way.

”Despite the things that happened everything pretty much stayed on track and I was able to still get this fight. That’s why I feel like it’s already written. I just have to go in there, follow through and make it happen.”

As far as the matchup goes, Edgar says the prospect of fighting Max gets his blood up. No one can ever accuse Edgar of not being as game as they come. Despite Holloway’s two wins over Aldo to Edgar’s two losses, the former lightweight champion is confident.

“Styles definitely make fights and I love this matchup,” Edgar said. “I’m hearing these people on the internet talking and asking how I’m going to beat him when I lost to [Jose] Aldo. MMA math doesn’t always work that way. I’m confident in my skills and I truly believe I’m still improving with each performance. I think that showed in my last fight because that was one of my strongest performances. I’m ready to go out there and have a defining fight with Holloway and he’s the perfect guy for me.

“He’s going to bring it. I’m not going to have to look for him out there and it’s going to be an exciting fight that’s for damn sure.”

True to his nickname, “The Answer”, Edgar is a notoriously difficult opponent no matter who he is placed against. He has only lost to three men in his life, avenged one of those losses, and arguably should have avenged the other. He has never been finished, and like Max, his cardio never fades. He made sure to point out his nickname accurately reflects who he is as a fighter.

“If he has questions he’s coming to the right guy for the answers. I’m like Jeopardy: What is…I’m gonna whoop that ass. That’s the answer he’s coming to find.”

That is a hell of a quote.


Insomnia

Eddie Alvarez got in some absolutely incredible shape ahead of his soul-sapping fight with Justin Gaethje.

Let’s hope this means the UFC is going to Hawaii soon- so many great fighters to showcase.

That’s talent.

I’m a huge fan of this Sunday’s main event between Doo Ho Choi and Jeremy Stephens, because Choi is a baby-faced assassin, and Stephens is a Lil Heathen, but they will both stand in front of each other and attempt to take each other’s heads off.

Never shave. Chuck Liddell shows you why not.

Amanda Nunes is pretty attached to this belt.

Muay Thai fighter John Wayne Parr is doing parenting right… I think.

The UFC throwing their financial weight behind coaching certain fighters could result in some conflicts of interest down the road.

Even old Mike Tyson still had the power.

Gunnar Nelson is out in Iceland just eating sheep’s head and drinking a Coke.

This escalated quickly

Jeff Blatnick, potential originator of the term MMA? I didn’t know that.

Combat sports this weekend:


Quick Hits


Slips. Rips. KO Clips.

Some of these are indeed insane

This whole fight was fantastic. Now that Bobby Green doesn’t stop to explain why he’s not hurt every time someone punches him, he’s infinitely more watchable.

This is why fighters are optimists: because that mental resilience can really pay off big.

The official had no idea they were looking at a choke, until she demonstrated the other girl was out cold on the mat.


Podcasts and Video

Doo Ho Choi’s slick trip to front headlock, explained by the inimitable Andrews:

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Gennady Golovkin vs. Daniel Jacobs does 170,000 PPV buys, Oscar De La Hoya questions GGG’s superstar status

Undefeated middleweight king Gennady Golovkin may have defeated Daniel Jacobs earlier this month in New York City, but the knockout specialist didn’t look as dominant as usual (highlights here). While early projections had the fight doing south of 150,000 pay-per-view (PPV) buys, GGG’s promoter, Tom Loeffler, revealed to Yahoo’s Kevin Iole on Friday that the fight actually churned out 170,000. That’s significantly better considering Golovkin was paid $ 2.5 million to show up and record his first decision win since 2008.

Still, GGG’s most recent PPV appearance is well below that of impending opponent Canelo Alvarez, who did 300,000 buys for his recent TKO effort opposite Liam Smith back in September. As Golovkin and Canelo continue their march towards one another, boxing promoter Oscar De La Hoya revealed in an interview with the LA Times that he’s disappointed in GGG’s selling ability and will have to revise his offer for a Canelo fight.

“Because when Triple-G [Golovkin] and Jacobs does between 100,000 and 200,000 homes, it’s a big risk for me to put up a lot of money up front,” said De La Hoya. “So if we want to make this fight happen, we have to work with each other. It all depends on the pay-per-view and that’s the risk we all have to take.”

Canelo, who arguably took over as boxing’s biggest star when Floyd Mayweather Jr. called it quits, is currently scheduled to fight Julio Cesar Chavez Jr. on May 6 from Las Vegas, Nevada.

“People talk about Golovkin being this big superstar. Why is he selling only between 100,000 and 200,000 homes?” asked De La Hoya. “He’s no Canelo, that’s for sure.”

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Cris Cyborg questions nutritionist George Lockhart’s decision to have her take birth control pills before fight

On Monday’s episode of The MMA Hour, Cris Cyborg said she needed to cut 24 pounds to make Saturday’s 141-pound catchweight fight against Lina Landsberg.

In her latest video blog, Cyborg is seen arguing with her nutritionist George Lockhart, considered one of the very best in the business, about his decision to have her take birth control pills during this cut.

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UFC 203 pay-per-view numbers bring up tough questions about CM Punk’s future

The question of what’s next for C.M. Punk has become even more interesting because early indications are that he drove millions of dollars in new revenue to the company.

Current early estimates for Saturday’s UFC 203 have it doing in the range of 425,000-475,000 buys. While not monster numbers, that would be the UFC’s best pay-per-view numbers so far this year for a show not headlined by Conor McGregor, or UFC 200.

One would have figured a show headlined by Stipe Miocic vs. Alistair Overeem for the heavyweight title to do around 250,000-300,000 buys. That’s based on UFC 198, where Miocic challenged Fabricio Werdum for the title, with a far stronger undercard, which is estimated at doing just under 300,000 buys.

In other words, Punk probably brought in anywhere from 125,000-225,000 extra buys, meaning he generated added revenue of somewhere between $ 3.75 million and $ 6.75 million for the company. So for all the criticism of the $ 500,000 base pay Punk earned for his debut, along with a possible percentage of pay-per-view that was Punk’s deal ended up being a financial bargain.

What’s notable is that is far more added buys than Punk ever drew when he headlined pro wrestling pay-per-view shows. Most likely the majority of that added audience was pro wrestling fans, either showing loyalty to Punk as a star, or just had an interest in seeing a top wrestler fight.

There were some, including myself, who thought that the two-and-a-half year gap between Punk’s quitting the WWE, and not being the monstrous looking freak Brock Lesnar was, that he wouldn’t bring nearly as much of that audience to his new endeavor. In addition, Punk’s mic work, which was the major key in him becoming such a great star in pro wrestling, didn’t translate into MMA. He refused to play his pro wrestling character, and didn’t even promote himself to his base wrestling fans.

Perhaps the most notable thing about the buildup is that somebody like Dominick Cruz, one of UFC’s best fighters, whose promotional work for his recent fights was far superior to that of Punk, couldn’t touch having this kind of drawing power. It’s a significant reality check that a television personality walking into UFC would have more people willing to pay to see him fight than all but the top tier of UFC fighters.

Granted, you can point to the precedent set by Brock Lesnar, who became UFC’s biggest drawing card in 2009 and 2010. But Lesnar’s fights were strong grudge matches and his opponents like Frank Mir and Randy Couture in particular, were longtime UFC champions and top stars. Lesnar was a featured main eventer in the biggest championship matches of his era.

In addition, in 2008, when Lesnar debuted in UFC and had an even greater affect on the numbers, the UFC was only a few years removed from its main television audience coming from pro wrestling when Ultimate Fighter aired directly after WWE Raw on Spike TV. It gave the UFC its first mass weekly viewership.

Now, it’s been more than a decade and the UFC has long since grown its own distinct audience, and the popularity of UFC has also greatly changed the dynamic of the pro wrestling audience. It was thought the two audiences were far more distinct now, with wrestling fans being more entertainment oriented than ever. Questions wrestling fans asked for a century about its stars like who would be the toughest if it was real, a staple until recent years, are virtually never asked nowadays.

Punk got no meaningful offense in and there was a valid reason why Dana White’s gut reaction, and the gut reaction of most watching the show is that Punk wasn’t a UFC-caliber fighter.

There were those who believed Punk should have started, like most fighters do nowadays, working on small shows and if he did well, then UFC should bring him in. But that’s economically stupid because the biggest money was likely to be the first fight. For him to fight under the radar would mean his drawing power would be wasted. That’s why he was put on a pay-per-view and promoted hard.

Granted, since he didn’t look good, it’s doubtful that a second fight would drive anywhere near the revenue of the first. But a significant interest level would still be there.

Punk signed a multi-fight deal, but UFC has the right to cut anyone after a loss.

So does UFC cut a fighter who can drive revenue and bring eyeballs to the product? Every winner at UFC 203, from Miocic to Werdum to Jessica Andrade, benefited by being on the same show with Punk, economically in some cases, and exposure-wise in all cases.

The question, harder to answer, is it worth $ 500,000 to UFC for Punk to help television ratings for a second show? And while the UFC would only need Punk to be able to drive 17,000 added buys to make it worth their while on pay-per-view, a figure he’d easily surpass, there is a question of putting him in a pay-per-view slot after his first performance.

Or does UFC cut him and allow Bellator to reap the rewards?

UFC did cut Kimbo Slice after two fights, but Scott Coker’s Strikeforce, known for great action fights, wasn’t a good fight and Slice never went there. Coker’s Bellator is a different animal, one where Slice was the company’s biggest draw until his untimely death, and one where you can’t deny the evidence, even if you’d want to that it’s the freak show fights that bring the eyeballs.

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DONE! PR rep secretly filmed warning media member not to ask Ronda Rousey fight-related questions

It’s crystal clear that former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) women’s Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, took her crushing knockout loss to Holly Holm in Nov. 2015 very, very hard. In fact, “Rowdy” was so broken up that she even had suicidal thoughts creep into her mind.

“Rowdy” has since backed up the revealing statement as a weakness that should not be “condemned,” garnering support from the likes of former Heavyweight boxing champion, Mike Tyson (read more about that here), among others.

But, the one thing that Rousey seemingly does not want to talk about is fighting, and perhaps more specifically, her eventual return to the Octagon. Indeed, company president Dana White has already given her the green light for an extended break from competition, which appeared to work out well for Rousey after filming for upcoming role in the “Road House” remake was delayed once again.

The speculation persists nonetheless. And rather than answer the same question(s) about her fight future, Rousey — who was recently in Vancouver, Canada, to promote her inclusion in the upcoming EA Sports UFC 2 video game (see a sneak peek video here) — would rather just avoid them all together.

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It’s a safe assumption that the media representative never thought this clip would ever go viral, but perhaps it wouldn’t be such a big deal if he worked on his delivery. Nonetheless, Rousey did admit that her UFC “shelf life” is relatively short in comparison to her potential acting career, which is probably the last thing that White and Co. want to hear from its biggest box office star.

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The MMA Hour – 317 – Fan questions

Ariel Helwani and Eric Jackman answer fan questions.

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