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Midnight Mania! Four Reasons Khabib’s Stand Is Coolest Moment to Date

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Khabib Nurmagomedov once wore a shirt into Brazil that said “If Sambo were easy, it would be called [Brazilian] Jiu Jitsu”, walked out into an arena of people chanting his death, and knocked his Brazilian opponent out cold. The man grew up wrestling bears. He learned to walk on a wrestling mat. While beating down Michael Johnson at UFC 205, he calmly informed Johnson, “I need to fight for the title. You know this. I deserve it” while dropping elbows on Johnson’s face. The Dagestani is a serious guy.

Yet, of all the unbelievable things Khabib has ever done, declaring solidarity with his teammate after he was cut during a brawl Nurmagomedov started in the aftermath of UFC 229 is his best ever, for four big reasons.

Firstly, Nurmagomedov told the UFC if they were going to cut Zubaira Tukhogov, “don’t forget to send me my broken contract, otherwise I’ll break it myself.” That willingness to walk away from the Ultimate Fighting Championship comes off as completely genuine. Khabib is not kidding. He doesn’t need the American-based promotion. Russia is its’ own market and Khabib is a national star there. The UFC, though, definitely stand to lose if Khabib walks. He just headlined the biggest UFC Pay-Per-View of all time, just under 2.5 million buys, and choked out the biggest draw in MMA history. That puts him in a position of unprecedented leverage.

Secondly, he told the UFC to keep their money. Who scoffs at millions of dollars? Khabib’s entire purse is currently being held by the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC), unlike McGregor’s. “I hope it doesn’t get stuck in your throat” is also a ridiculously cool line. This is the part that really lets us know, Khabib isn’t playing games. If he is leaving that much money on the table, he is truly willing to walk away. That is a terrifying man to sit across a bargaining table from, because it means the UFC have no leverage over him. Nurmagomedov does not care about the money.

Thirdly, this is the first time I can recall where a fighter of Khabib’s stature threw his entire weight behind a teammate in solidarity. That’s not a small thing. Fellow AKA fighter Josh Thomson wondered if this could be a dawning of a new collective consciousness in fighters’ minds. Despite the team format of MMA gyms, most fighters have an extremely individualistic approach to fighting. When Aljamain Sterling tried to get a better deal from the UFC and the company decided they would rather let him go than pay him more, it never occured to Chris Weidman to put his own position in the company at risk to support his gym mate. Project Spearhead, the anonymous card-collecting effort to unionize the UFC, just had another of their most public supporters- Kajan Johnson- leave the promotion. It may be too much to hope that this display galvanizes a collective identity among fighters, but it sets a bold precedent.

Lastly, Khabib set out his case in a way that made sense to people. “We never give up on our brothers in Russia and I will go to the end for my brother” is the kind of stirring line that people instantly connect with. From what I can tell in the comments sections, Khabib’s stand is wildly popular with fans. It was Khabib, after all, that started the brawl. Everything flowed from his actions, and from that perspective his ‘brothers’ were just backing him up. It makes sense for Khabib to take all the blame on his shoulders and not let his teammate suffer for something he started. He also pointed out that in his mind, he defended his honor. That “realness” is a quality people have an appetite for. In a world known for it’s bluster and promotion, Khabib doesn’t play.


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Artem Lobov doesn’t want Tukhugov cut, he wants to fight the guy.

Daniel Cormier might be reaching a little bit with this one. Lobov didn’t hurt anyone personally. Zub jumped into the cage and punched McGregor.

Breaking news: nothing has happened yet in regard to suspensions.

This story shared by MMA legend Frank Shamrock is so sad. The United States doesn’t do a good job caring for people with mental health issues.

UFC 230 is still a great fight card, especially if you forget the fights that could have been.

Well… this might be one more good thing to come from the incident

Stipe Miocic is miffed Cormier openly took the Lewis fight because he considered it easier on short notice.

Daniel Cormier was not taking prisoners online today

The best of Khabib and DC

Chael Sonnen wants Bellator to re-sign Eddie Alvarez

That’s a very big check for a regional show.

DC defends his stance on Zubaira

Fedor is also very cool, the original Russian GOAT.

Dillon Danis denies using an Islamaphobic slur

Derrick Lewis and DC’s backstage conversation is very funny.

Combat sports this weekend include Derrick Crawford and not one but two Bellator events

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Demetrious Johnson lays out reasons why he doesn’t want to fight T.J. Dillashaw

Demetrious Johnson brought up both Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey to illustrate why he wants to continue to stay true to the flyweight division and his 125-pound title.

“Look what Conor is doing now,” Johnson told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Conor isn’t even in the sport of mixed martial arts, technically. He’s a champ and he’s not even ready to defend his belt. Where’s Ronda at? Exactly — nobody knows. Where’s my black ass at? I’m still out here trying to defend my title, I’m still trying to represent this company as the greatest combat sport on the planet Earth.”

The UFC wants Johnson to defend his title against former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw this summer. Johnson isn’t interested. He’d rather fight for the belt against someone from the flyweight division who has worked his way up the ranks. Johnson wanted Sergio Pettis as a foe, but ended up agreeing to face Ray Borg.

In his mind, there is no reason to have rankings in every division if they don’t mean anything. Johnson wants the UFC to be a true sport, based on climbing the ladder.

“If not, you’re basically lying to the public and selling wolf tickets like Nick Diaz would say,” Johnson said.

Johnson, 30, has 10 straight title defenses, which is tied for the most in UFC history with Anderson Silva. In his next title defense, Johnson has a chance to break that record. And he won’t do it against Dillashaw, someone who has never made 125 pounds before.

“Mighty Mouse” said he wanted some guarantees if Dillashaw could not make the weight — that he’d get his full purse, Dillashaw’s purse and the fight would be cancelled. The UFC responded, Johnson said, by saying Borg would be ready to fight as a last-minute opponent if Dillashaw missed weight. Johnson refused, questioning the UFC’s understanding of how fighters prepare for a fight.

“What is this?” Johnson said. “Is this f*cking amateur hour? This is the shit you do at smokers and amateur shows. … This is supposed to be the pinnacle of mixed martial arts and this is what we’re negotiating?”

Johnson wants to make it clear, too, that isn’t about Dillashaw personally. He would feel the same way about any other bantamweight contender coming down and jumping into a title fight. Johnson said he would perhaps make an exception for bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt if the money were right since that would be a champion vs. champion superfight.

“It’s just the principle of a bantamweight coming down and skipping the line,” Johnson said.

The court of public opinion is split on Johnson taking a stand. On one hand, close MMA followers do want to see the UFC stick to the rankings. On the other, Johnson has mowed down everyone in the flyweight division and Dillashaw is a fresh face, not to mention a former champ in another division.

The talks of Johnson ducking Dillashaw and the questioning of his legacy as one of the best fighters of all time is ludicrous, Johnson said. He doesn’t care about the opinion of fans, who “don’t know sh*t.”

“When somebody says you’ll tarnish your legacy, I say, ‘My legacy is in the back of my car,’” Johnson said. “My two children that I’m putting time and effort into. When i’m done my mixed martial arts career, the only people who are gonna remember me and respect what I did and how I lived my life are my two children. That’s my legacy, ladies and gentleman.

“People are already sh*tting on Jose Aldo’s legacy after he got knocked out by Max Holloway.”

Johnson spoke on this situation on The MMA Hour and also sent a statement to MMA Fighting on Monday, explaining what he feels are UFC bully tactics. Johnson said the UFC threatened to close the flyweight division if he didn’t fight Dillashaw.

“I’m just tired, I’m exhausted,” Johnson said. “I just felt this is the right time to do it, this way people understand my character and where that comes from, why I put my stance down, why I’m not fighting any bantamweight that comes down here and wants to get a title shot.”

The other thing bugging Johnson is Dana White’s usage of the media and social media to get his point across. He said he and the UFC president spoke at the UFC Athlete Retreat last month and the last he heard about the situation was from White on the UFC podcast Unfiltered. White said Johnson was fighting Dillashaw and he — not Johnson — was the one who decides the fights.

“I love fighting for the UFC,” Johnson said. “It’s an amazing company. I’ve done a lot of great things and they’ve done a lot of great things for my career.

“But I’m f*cking tired of seeing things about my career on Twitter. A phone call would be nice. Discuss it before you go out there saying all this stuff.”

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Fallout: The Real Reasons Ronda Rousey Lost At UFC 207

She got hit in the face. That would probably be the meathead’s quick and easy version of what went wrong for former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey when she faced off against the new champ Amanda Nunes. That certainly isn’t an incorrect statement by any means, but it’s not really telling the full story of proceedings. Ronda Rousey, her coach Edmond Tarverdyan, and the UFC made some pretty big gaffs leading up to UFC 207.

Media Black Out

So, let’s talk about the fact that Ronda Rousey refused to fulfill her media obligations leading up to the last event of 2016. Speaking to a few colleagues about this situation, it seemed that many people didn’t have too much of a problem with Rousey skipping media scrums and interviews. The major problem I had with all this is that Rousey and her camp were choosing to look at the media as a form of distraction, as if skipping out on the interviews before the fight would somehow elevate her fighting skills to a new level. The unfortunate thing is that while less distractions can sometimes help performance, there was no evidence indicating that media obligations is what led to her first loss in the cage.

In a sense, by going through with the media blackout, it gave Ronda and her camp a false sense of security. Media or no, it’s all about the skill and will once you get inside the cage. Everything else is dust. The UFC allowing her to skip all the media didn’t help things either. She certainly helped to revolutionize the sport, but at the same time codling the once dominant champion wasn’t going to help her confidence but damage it in the long run.

Little Improvements

What I saw at the opening bell of the UFC 207 main event wasn’t a Ronda Rousey who had made major improvements since her loss to Holly Holm. In fact, because of how quickly the fight ended, it’s hard to say what, if anything Ronda was able to learn during her time away from the cage. What was evident is her lack of improvement where strategy as well as footwork is concerned. She came straight forward on the same line, offered no feints or fakes, and looked pretty stiff out there. It seemed like Nunes had little issue dismantling Rousey simply because she was there to be hit. The former champion has always been aggressive, but when you don’t evolve your game, add new tools, or keep your opponent guessing then guess what? It’s only a matter of time before you’re figured out.

The Coaching Problem

Now the biggest issue I had with this match up has already been stated above. Ronda Rousey didn’t look like a fighter who took a year off to improve her game. In fact, she seemed even less impressive this time around. Nunes made a statement after her victory suggesting that Ronda’s coach, Edmond Tarverdyan, did her a disservice and I’m inclined to agree. While Ronda Rousey’s ability to hit mitts has improved, her footwork hasn’t seemed to improve all that much. Distance management is the most important dimension of striking and in MMA it’s importance is even more paramount than in boxing or kickboxing. Understand the range in which your opponent can land strikes, enter for takedowns, and have the best chance of winning is overwhelmingly important.

From what we’ve seen so far out of Edmond Tarverdyan as a coach is that he taught Ronda how to throw a decent punch. We haven’t seen feints out of Ronda, no pumping the jab to gauge distance, little to no kicks, and overall little fluidity in her striking combinations. Ronda’s game is all about closing distance, yet we haven’t seen anything to indicate that her abilities to do so with sophistication has improved since her last bout. Either she wasn’t training to learn how to close the gap or she simply had a hard time in doing so against a fighter of Nunes’ caliber.

Total blame can’t be forced on Tarverdyan, but at this point you have to wonder if Ronda had the best preparation possible for this fight with the coaching staff on hand.

Where do you think Ronda Rousey goes from here?


Jonathan Salmon is a writer, martial arts instructor, and geek culture enthusiast. Check out his Twitter and Facebook to keep up with his antics.

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Tank Abbott Pulled From Dan Severn Superfight For the Most Tank Abbott of Reasons


(For reference, this is “in shape” Tank Abbott.)

(*wipes away tear*)

Guys, I’m not quite sure how to break this, so I’ll just come right out and say it. You remember that mother of all freakshow fights between Tank Abbott and Dan Severn that was supposed to headline that insanely-awesome looking UR Fight card this weekend? You know, the one that was set to feature Sonnen vs. Bisping in a grappling match, Angle vs. Mysterio in a professional wrestling match, and Roy Jones Jr. killing a guy? The one that was basically the summation of everything great about America in an era dominated by PC feminazi libtards who want to take away our guns?

It’s off. The fight is off and my heart is literally tearing in two right now.

And why has Abbott vs. Severn been called off, you ask? Oh, only because of the stupidest reason of them all: SAFETY CONCERNS. As MMAFighting reports:

A rematch between legends Dan Severn and Tank Abbott has been scrapped.

Abbott could not pass his physical and has been removed from the fight against fellow UFC veteran Severn by the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission, a spokesman for UR Fight confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday morning. A replacement is being sought.

Now, before you take to the streets to burn everything held sacred by this unjust world to the ground, you should know that the event itself is still scheduled to go on as planned, and a last-minute replacement opponent is being sought for Severn (please let it be Royce Gracie, please let it be Royce Gracie…). It would appear that the near-death of Dada 5000 at Bellator 149 has once again reared its ugly head, forcing athletic commissions around the country to step up their game and only sanction fights between “healthy” and “able-bodied” fighters.

It’s a f*cking disgrace if you ask me, even if it does make you wonder how Tank Abbott couldn’t pass a physical that this guy could:

I mean, come on. Tank could destroy this chump with a belly full of chicken wings and a half-empty keg tied to his belt, Always Sunny-style.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated when/if Severn’s new opponent is announced, but one thing’s for sure: this does not bode well for The Beast’s proposed “Master’s Division.” Hell, it doesn’t bode well for America.

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Tank Abbott Pulled From Dan Severn Superfight For the Most Tank Abbott of Reasons


(For reference, this is “in shape” Tank Abbott.)

(*wipes away tear*)

Guys, I’m not quite sure how to break this, so I’ll just come right out and say it. You remember that mother of all freakshow fights between Tank Abbott and Dan Severn that was supposed to headline that insanely-awesome looking UR Fight card this weekend? You know, the one that was set to feature Sonnen vs. Bisping in a grappling match, Angle vs. Mysterio in a professional wrestling match, and Roy Jones Jr. killing a guy? The one that was basically the summation of everything great about America in an era dominated by PC feminazi libtards who want to take away our guns?

It’s off. The fight is off and my heart is literally tearing in two right now.

And why has Abbott vs. Severn been called off, you ask? Oh, only because of the stupidest reason of them all: SAFETY CONCERNS. As MMAFighting reports:

A rematch between legends Dan Severn and Tank Abbott has been scrapped.

Abbott could not pass his physical and has been removed from the fight against fellow UFC veteran Severn by the Arizona Boxing and MMA Commission, a spokesman for UR Fight confirmed with MMA Fighting on Thursday morning. A replacement is being sought.

Now, before you take to the streets to burn everything held sacred by this unjust world to the ground, you should know that the event itself is still scheduled to go on as planned, and a last-minute replacement opponent is being sought for Severn (please let it be Royce Gracie, please let it be Royce Gracie…). It would appear that the near-death of Dada 5000 at Bellator 149 has once again reared its ugly head, forcing athletic commissions around the country to step up their game and only sanction fights between “healthy” and “able-bodied” fighters.

It’s a f*cking disgrace if you ask me, even if it does make you wonder how Tank Abbott couldn’t pass a physical that this guy could:

I mean, come on. Tank could destroy this chump with a belly full of chicken wings and a half-empty keg tied to his belt, Always Sunny-style.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated when/if Severn’s new opponent is announced, but one thing’s for sure: this does not bode well for The Beast’s proposed “Master’s Division.” Hell, it doesn’t bode well for America.

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Friday Link Dump: GSP’s Quells Comeback Rumors, Reasons to Watch UFC on FOX 18 + More


(An early contender for KO of the Year, compliments of heavyweight Jeff Hughes at Caged Madness 40)

Paul Daley: Josh Koscheck Pulling Out of Bellator 148 Shows He Had “No Balls to Begin With” (MMAFighting)

Georges St-Pierre and Manager Quell Comeback Reports (BloodyElbow)

10 Reasons to Watch UFC on FOX 18 (MMAJunkie)

Ben Rothwell and the Fear of Being Yourself
(Bleacher Report)

Lyoto Machida vs. Dan Henderson II set for UFC on FOX 19
(Globo)

Stretch Armstrong is Coming to Netflix (ScreenJunkies)

8 Fictional Planets You Should Never Visit (Escapist)

What’s New on Netflix: February 2016 (EveryJoe)

19 Hilariously Painful Apology Letters (Radass)

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Friday Link Dump: Alan Belcher Retires, Reasons to Watch Fight Night 77, Ronda Rousey Destroys Feminist Questions + More


(Conor McGregor awakens deez tings. via Blonders)

Alan Belcher Announces Retirement From MMA (MMAFighting)

The MMA Vivisection – UFC Sao Paulo: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 Picks, Odds, and Analysis (BloodyElbow)

10 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 77, Including a Pair of Young Dinosaurs (MMAJunkie)

Holly Holm Could Ruin Ronda Rousey for Mainstream Fans (Bleacher Report)

GLORY Kickboxing Headed to ESPN (MMAMania)

Japanese Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Has Loads of New Footage (The Escapist)

New ‘Star Trek’ Show: Dream Crew!! (ScreenJunkies)

Man’s Hilarious Post-It-Note Graphs and Drawings Make Him an Instant Instagram Star (Radass)

The Greatest “Worst Sweaters” Ever (WorldWideInterweb)

This Amazing Compilation Features Ronda Rousey Destroying Feminist Questions (EveryJoe)

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Friday Link Dump: Alan Belcher Retires, Reasons to Watch Fight Night 77, Ronda Rousey Destroys Feminist Questions + More


(Conor McGregor awakens deez tings. via Blonders)

Alan Belcher Announces Retirement From MMA (MMAFighting)

The MMA Vivisection – UFC Sao Paulo: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 Picks, Odds, and Analysis (BloodyElbow)

10 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 77, Including a Pair of Young Dinosaurs (MMAJunkie)

Holly Holm Could Ruin Ronda Rousey for Mainstream Fans (Bleacher Report)

GLORY Kickboxing Headed to ESPN (MMAMania)

Japanese Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Has Loads of New Footage (The Escapist)

New ‘Star Trek’ Show: Dream Crew!! (ScreenJunkies)

Man’s Hilarious Post-It-Note Graphs and Drawings Make Him an Instant Instagram Star (Radass)

The Greatest “Worst Sweaters” Ever (WorldWideInterweb)

This Amazing Compilation Features Ronda Rousey Destroying Feminist Questions (EveryJoe)

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Friday Link Dump: Alan Belcher Retires, Reasons to Watch Fight Night 77, Ronda Rousey Destroys Feminist Questions + More


(Conor McGregor awakens deez tings. via Blonders)

Alan Belcher Announces Retirement From MMA (MMAFighting)

The MMA Vivisection – UFC Sao Paulo: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 Picks, Odds, and Analysis (BloodyElbow)

10 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 77, Including a Pair of Young Dinosaurs (MMAJunkie)

Holly Holm Could Ruin Ronda Rousey for Mainstream Fans (Bleacher Report)

GLORY Kickboxing Headed to ESPN (MMAMania)

Japanese Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Has Loads of New Footage (The Escapist)

New ‘Star Trek’ Show: Dream Crew!! (ScreenJunkies)

Man’s Hilarious Post-It-Note Graphs and Drawings Make Him an Instant Instagram Star (Radass)

The Greatest “Worst Sweaters” Ever (WorldWideInterweb)

This Amazing Compilation Features Ronda Rousey Destroying Feminist Questions (EveryJoe)

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Friday Link Dump: Alan Belcher Retires, Reasons to Watch Fight Night 77, Ronda Rousey Destroys Feminist Questions + More


(Conor McGregor awakens deez tings. via Blonders)

Alan Belcher Announces Retirement From MMA (MMAFighting)

The MMA Vivisection – UFC Sao Paulo: Belfort vs. Henderson 3 Picks, Odds, and Analysis (BloodyElbow)

10 Reasons to Watch UFC Fight Night 77, Including a Pair of Young Dinosaurs (MMAJunkie)

Holly Holm Could Ruin Ronda Rousey for Mainstream Fans (Bleacher Report)

GLORY Kickboxing Headed to ESPN (MMAMania)

Japanese Star Wars: The Force Awakens Trailer Has Loads of New Footage (The Escapist)

New ‘Star Trek’ Show: Dream Crew!! (ScreenJunkies)

Man’s Hilarious Post-It-Note Graphs and Drawings Make Him an Instant Instagram Star (Radass)

The Greatest “Worst Sweaters” Ever (WorldWideInterweb)

This Amazing Compilation Features Ronda Rousey Destroying Feminist Questions (EveryJoe)

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