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Midnight Mania! McGregor Somehow Ranked 9th Fittest Athlete of 2018

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This seems… wrong. Conor McGregor, who is not even close to the fittest athlete in mixed martial arts, was ranked the 9th fittest athlete in the world for 2018 by Sports Illustrated, ahead of athletes like Canelo Alvarez, Russell Westbrook, Luka Modric, triathlete Patrick Lange, and two-time Olympic gold medalist rower Hamish Bond.

To back up their claim, SI cited McGregor’s ability to compete in both boxing to mixed martial arts. There are a couple problems with that. Firstly, McGregor’s lone boxing match didn’t take place in 2018. Secondly, while McGregor certainly gave as good an account of himself as anyone could reasonably expect in terms of skill, Mayweather was still able to finish him… because he gassed. In McGregor’s lone MMA bout in 2018, he gassed again, giving up a fourth-round rear-naked choke to exhausting grappler Khabib Nurmagomedov. This is not the first trouble McGregor has had with his fitness. He lost to Nate Diaz at UFC 196 because he got tired and then Diaz rocked him; he struggled in the rematch to overcome the same symptoms of fatigue, but pressed through to a five-round victory in his most impressive display of fortitude to date. It is hard to imagine ranking McGregor 9th on any fitness list when his cardio-respiratory fitness is, in fact, a recurrent problem for him. You can read SI’s stated selection criteria here.

Sports Illustrated needn’t have looked far for a better delegate from mixed martial arts. The insanely conditioned Max Holloway, McGregor’s successor as featherweight champion, returned from a worrying health scare to set an all-time UFC record for the most strikes landed in a round and a fight. Robert Whittaker outlasted a clobbering from Yoel Romero due to his phenomenal conditioning in the Fight of the Year. Khabib Nurmagomedov destroyed both McGregor himself and Al Iaquinta with apparent ease. Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson both used their phenomenal conditioning to win tough, spectacular fights, as did UFC featherweight contender Alexander Volkanovski. If they want to cite an ability to compete in multiple combat sports, Israel Adesanya transitioned from an extremely successful kickboxing career to beat ranked mixed martial artists in impressive fashion within a year of his UFC debut. The point is, there are a lot of mixed martial artists Sports Illustrated could have chosen, but their only real metric appears to have been fame, in this case.


Insomnia

Paige VanZant on Good Morning America

Takeru training with Duane Ludwig

This fight seems like it could be fun, but also kinda pointless.

Edson Barboza vs. Justin Gaethje is much more exciting. Gaethje should be the favorite, but Barboza is tough as nails, throws excellent body shots, and could really do some damage kicking Gaethje on his way in.

Jackie Chan was an incredibly talented martial artist

This guy got more than he bargained for

It would be funny if TJ Dillashaw made weight and Henry Cejudo missed

Combat sports are back with a vengeance this weekend

Alistair Overeem is focusing on the important things in life

The pop lock was amazing

Kevin Lee gets his ass kicked by little girls at gymnast exercises. Its amazing how hard it is doing stuff that was easy as a little kid.

Matt Brown is back kicking the pads

Derrick Lewis is back with the content, and this guy is… not quite right.

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Coked up

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Amanda Nunes and Nina Ansaroff are a cute couple.

“There is no reason to be alive” is a peak mystical caption from Gunnar Nelson. Just how much weight is he lifting?

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There is no reason to be alive…

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Slips, Rips, and Sumo Clips

Spinning elbows are always cool

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I love the variety in sumo wrestling. Sometimes a match is a back-and-forth battle of footwork

Sometimes its a head-on clash

Sometimes a sumo wrestler will play the matador with success

Sometimes its a tactical battle of position that ends with a throw


Random Land

This was hilarious above and beyond politics. We can see his brain slowly melting in real time

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Alexander Volkanovski Eyeing Ranked Opponent with a Victory at UFC 221

Emerging Australian Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight fighter Alexander Volkanovski is confident that a victory over Jeremy Kennedy this weekend at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia
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Alexander Volkanovski Eyeing Ranked Opponent with a Victory at UFC 221

Emerging Australian Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight fighter Alexander Volkanovski is confident that a victory over Jeremy Kennedy this weekend at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Alexander Volkanovski Eyeing Ranked Opponent with a Victory at UFC 221

Emerging Australian Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight fighter Alexander Volkanovski is confident that a victory over Jeremy Kennedy this weekend at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Alexander Volkanovski Eyeing Ranked Opponent with a Victory at UFC 221

Emerging Australian Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight fighter Alexander Volkanovski is confident that a victory over Jeremy Kennedy this weekend at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Alexander Volkanovski Eyeing Ranked Opponent with a Victory at UFC 221

Emerging Australian Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight fighter Alexander Volkanovski is confident that a victory over Jeremy Kennedy this weekend at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Alexander Volkanovski Eyeing Ranked Opponent with a Victory at UFC 221

Emerging Australian Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight fighter Alexander Volkanovski is confident that a victory over Jeremy Kennedy this weekend at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia
Recent News on Sherdog.com

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.


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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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Alex Oliveira vows to beat up more ranked fighters until he’s in the top 15

RIO DE JANEIRO — Alex Oliveira is done fighting at 155 pounds. Now, he just wants to be seen as one of the best welterweights in the world.

Coming off big wins over Tim Means and Will Brooks, “Cowboy” is now set to meet Ryan LaFlare at the UFC on FOX 25 event in Long Island, N.Y., on July 22. LaFlare is a former Ring of Combat champion with six wins in his seven UFC bouts, but Oliveira wasn’t interested in picking names.

“I went to Las Vegas (for the UFC Athlete Retreat) and asked for a fight, and they gave me him,” Oliveira told the media during UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. “To me, it’s just another name. It doesn’t mean anything. I’ll beat him and take his spot.”

“Cowboy” only went the distance twice in the UFC, scoring two knockouts and two submission finishes inside the Octagon. Against the durable LaFlare, whose only UFC loss was a five-round decision against Demian Maia, Oliveira expects to secure the victory before the third round.

“I have the advantage standing,” said Oliveira, who made his UFC debut that night, facing Gilbert Burns on short notice. “I think he will try to stand with me a little bit, and when he thinks about it, I’ll grab him and take him to the ground. I’ll use his game against him, wrestling.”

“We’ll brawl. And when he blinks, I’ll take him down,” he added. “I see myself knocking him out. I’ll knock him out on the ground. I think it ends in the second round. … I see myself at least in the top 15 (after this win). If not, cool, send me another ranked fighter and I’ll beat him up.”

The Brazilian welterweight only fought once so far this year, a rematch with Means following the controversial no contest last December. One of the most active athletes in the UFC roster, Oliveira competed eight times between March 2015 and December 2016.

“I wish I had fought three times already this year,” Oliveira said. “If I can fight once or twice more, cool. It’s up to the boss.”

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Alexander Volkov reflects on win over Roy Nelson, wants higher ranked opponents

KANSAS CITY – Alexander Volkov talks to the media at UFC on FOX 24 about his decision victory over Roy Nelson, his game plan against Nelson, what’s next for his career, and much more.

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