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Recent MMA Retirees Johny Hendricks, Brennan Ward to Meet in Bare-Knuckle Boxing Match

A couple of recently retired welterweights from the two largest MMA promotions in the world are going to take their talents to the bare knuckle boxing realm.
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Leonard Garcia, Diego Sanchez Exchange Words Over Recent Jackson-Wink Drama

Anyone who has been following mixed martial arts for a while knows that Leonard Garcia and Donald Cerrone have a bond as tight as brothers.
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Leonard Garcia, Diego Sanchez Exchange Words Over Recent Jackson-Wink Drama

Anyone who has been following mixed martial arts for a while knows that Leonard Garcia and Donald Cerrone have a bond as tight as brothers.
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Jon Jones Responds to Recent PED Allegations from Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones has once again taken to Twitter to respond to one of his rivals.
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Jon Jones Responds to Recent PED Allegations from Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones has once again taken to Twitter to respond to one of his rivals.
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Jon Jones Responds to Recent PED Allegations from Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones has once again taken to Twitter to respond to one of his rivals.
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Jon Jones Responds to Recent PED Allegations from Daniel Cormier

Jon Jones has once again taken to Twitter to respond to one of his rivals.
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Morning Report: Tyron Woodley suggests Holly Holm try out commentating to clear her head from recent losses

It’s said all the time but the old adage is true: the fight game is 90 percent mental. Look no further than Ronda Rousey’s fall from the top after losing at UFC 193. That loss sent Rousey into depression, and her disastrous return at UFC 207 and the vicious beating she received, has many speculating that Rousey will never fight again. If one loss was bad, so the thinking goes, a second one can only be worse.

But what about a third? The woman who kicked over Rousey’s apple cart at 193, Holly Holm, now finds herself in the unenviable position of having dropped three straight since her title winning effort in 2015 after losing a contentious decision to Germaine de Randamie for the inaugural UFC women’s featherweight championship this past weekend. And while there’s no talk of retirement being bandied about, there is a definite uncertainty about where Holm goes from here.

Well, UFC welterweight champion Tyron Woodley has some ideas. Speaking with TMZ Sports recently, Woodley suggested Holm take a break from the sport and focus on other things for a short time, not unlike Rousey’s extended leave during 2016.

“I never want to give the pink slip to any fighter too soon. That’s a decision they want to make and they need to make themselves. I think maybe she needs to take some time away, maybe do something outside the octagon, hopefully something that builds her brand to make her more valuable inside the octagon. Just take a page out of Ronda’s book.

“I would love to see her do something definitely in the entertainment category. I don’t know if they’re too quick to throw another UFC fight on Dancing With The Stars like they did with Paige VanZant but there are so many different things going on. Mixed martial arts is so popular – it might be the most popular sport in the U.S. right now – so I’ve got to believe that someone will be looking to have a little spin off with a mixed martial arts competitor.”

By virtue of her victory over Rousey, Holm does remain one of the better known persons in the sport and as such, may well be able to parlay that into some outside-the-cage opportunities if she so wishes. But there is one role in particular Woodley says he’d like to see Holm pursue, the same one he and Miesha Tate (the woman who handed Holm her first of these three losses) currently enjoy: commentary.

“One thing I have not seen her do a lot of – and maybe she just doesn’t have any interest – maybe some commentating. For me, it always kept me fresh. You always have the control to reach so many hundreds of thousands of millions of people on a platform. So when I wasn’t even competing for eight months I kept my name in the mix, I kept my stance for why I should be next for the title and it held more weight than what people realized. So maybe she should consult with the FOX people and try to do an audition to maybe do commentating.”


MUST-READ STORIES

Champion. Michael Bisping responded to Yoel Romero and the UFC title situation.

Cyborg. Cris Cyborg thinks it’s funny that Germaine de Randamie is asking for a Holly Holm rematch.

#Conorbless. Conor McGregor asked for a re-hearing in his NAC disciplinary case.

Ratings. UFC 208’s cable prelims did middling numbers in the ratings.


MEDIA STEW

Couple of free fights for you.

First time I’ve noticed it but Forrest has a lot of white in that beard.

All the mainstream Conor-Floyd stuff.

This is perfect.


LISTEN UP

Beatdown.

TFATK


TWEETS

Brandon Gibson airing justifiable grievances.

Bubba Jenkins sounds like he’s got a lot to get off his chest.

Floyd’s response to the rumors.

Meanwhile, back with Conor.

And Kavanagh.

Wonder why?

RDA wants a fight it looks like and Colby Covington trying to be that guy.

Swoll.

The friendship of the “other” Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones is one of the best things about Twitter.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Joe Soto (17-5) vs. Rani Yahya (23-8, 1 NC); UFC Fight Night: Fortaleza, March 11.

Gunnar Nelson (15-2-1) vs. Alan Jouban (15-4); UFC Fight Night: London, March 18.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2004: Pride Bushido 2 took place featuring Wanderlei Silva knocking out Ikuhisa Minowa with punches from the guard and Shogun Rua soccer kicking Akihiro Gono’s head in.

2012: Jake Ellenberger won a unanimous decision over Diego Sanchez in the main event of the UFC’s first ever event on Fuel TV. The event also saw future bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw get his first octagon win ever, a dominant decision over Walel Watson.

2014: Lyoto Machida secured himself a shot at the UFC middleweight championship by winning a decision over Gegard Mousasi in the main event of UFC Fight Night 36.


FINAL THOUGHTS

This would actually be the perfect time for Holly to start jumping into the analyst booth. With Mayweather-McGregor soon to happen, what better personality to have talking about it than a former world champion in both disciplines?

Take it easy everyone and see y’all tomorrow.


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Video: Dana White fires back at ‘uppity, 80-year-old’ Meryl Streep for recent comments about MMA

The mixed martial arts (MMA) community was caught off guard last night (Sun., Jan. 8, 2017) when actress Meryl Streep took to the stage at the 74th annual Golden Globes Awards and stated that the sport is “not an art.” While nobody should be moved by Streep’s uneducated view on MMA, it’s interesting to see how some people look at the sport. According to Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White, Streep’s outlook on MMA was to be expected.

“It’s not going to be everybody’s thing and the last thing in the world I expect is an uppity, 80-year-old lady to be in our demographic and love mixed martial arts,” said White in a recent interview with TMZ Sports (shown above).

“If you really look at who follows the UFC and is into…

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Michael Bisping, Chris Weidman bury Yoel Romero for recent drug suspension

It sure doesn’t look like the top fighters in the UFC middleweight division are buying Yoel Romero’s tainted supplement defense.

Romero, who failed an out-of-competition USADA test following his UFC 194 victory over Ronaldo Souza, had a suspension which could have run as long as two years cut all the way down to six months by an arbitrator.

Current champion Michael Bisping, for one, claimed Romero was “suspended for steroids” as part of a rant against all the top contenders at UFC 204.

And now former champion Chris Weidman is chiming in as well. Weidman, who meets Yoel Romero at UFC 205 at Madison Square Garden in a bout which could determine the next challenger to Bisping, is highly skeptical of the “tainted supplement defense” after test failures.

“Once you have PEDs in your system, any time you put the PEDs in your system, I think you should be suspended forever,” Bisping said on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “And now you have this whole thing where, tainted supplements, I’m not sold on it. I feel like every time someone failed a drug test the first thing they go to was ‘oh, I was taking this and it was tainted,’ I mean, it doesn’t take too much time to be like, I failed for testosterone or whatever it is, let me find a supplement inside GNC that people might feel is not a big deal to take and they might be a little more lenient on me.”

So with that in mind, Weidman doesn’t mind admitting that he considers his matchup with Romero to be a little more personal than most fights.

“It’s personal because the guy, he’s a gifted athlete, he just failed for steroids, and this is the biggest fight of my life,” Weidman said. “I don’t like when people take steroids and cheat, especially when they walk into a cage, it pisses me off. And then when you have all these excuses and people start feeling bad for you, it pisses me off. Either way I still go crazy, these guys are taking steroids, I was in this sport pre-USADA and I was used to the idea all these guys were taking steroids and now they’re getting caught for it. At the end of the day I was fighting guys on steroids even before this and now they’re getting caught for it.”

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