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UFC 230 Primer: Derrick Lewis Is the Right Man for the Job, But for the Wrong Reasons

Just a few weeks ago, the UFC was scrambling to find a worthy fight for the UFC 230 main event. They couldn’t quite pin down Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier for a co-main event slot, so never mind trying to get them to be the marquee bout. Then they were going to have Valentina Shevchenko face Sijara Eubanks, which would’ve sucked to high hell. Nothing was coming together.

Then Derrick Lewis has a come-from-behind win against Alexander Volkov at UFC 229, and when Lewis got on the mic afterwards he made the audience laugh.

BOOM. Now Lewis is facing double-champ Daniel Cormier this weekend, and UFC 230 has a main event.

Lewis actually stated after UFC 229 that he wasn’t keen on a title shot just yet. And Cormier was supposed to be waiting for Brock Lesnar or Jon Jones. But since UFC 230 is a Madison Square Garden show – and the UFC has to at least try to make those pay-per-views special – the event needed some extra special secret sauce.

It needed a title fight.

Lewis was the only warm body available.

Maybe Lewis would’ve earned himself a shot the old fashioned way. Maybe he would’ve gotten past top challengers like ex-champ Stipe Miocic, or Francis Ngannou, or even Alistair Overeem. But that’s doubtful.

Sure, Lewis could land a lucky punch and put Cormier away. The champ might even slip on a banana peel and bang his head against an Octagon post, starting a chain reaction that ends with Lewis’ hand raised.

But again, that’s doubtful, too. Clearly, Lewis is here for all the wrong reasons.

At least we have a main event for UFC 230, though. Am I right?

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Was the UFC Right to Strip Nicco Montano of Her Belt?

The UFC wanted to flesh out a 125-pound division for the ladies, so they put together a season of TUF that would crown a champ, and Nicco Montano ended up winning it. But that was ten months ago, and when it came time for her to defend her belt for the first time – at UFC 228 this past weekend – her weight cut put her in the hospital.

So the UFC stripped her of her title.

The reasons why are obvious. For a litany of health reasons, Montano has been stuck on the sidelines, resulting in a division that has been frozen in suspended animation. Sure, flyweights have fought. But for what? Fighters battling for top contender status are fighting for nothing when the champ is completely out of reach.

The other obvious reason for stripping Montano is the fact that her latest health woe resulted from a failed weight cut. At the end of the day, a champ of a particular division has to be able to make weight in that division. Otherwise, it’s all a charade.

Was the UFC right to take away her belt?

Montano doesn’t think so.

 

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Of course, the argument can be made that the UFC did her a favor. Because if trying to make 125 pounds puts her in the hospital, then Montano shouldn’t be obligated to make that weight anymore. Let her seek her fortunes at bantamweight.

Valentina Shevchenko got screwed out of fighting for, and likely winning, a championship belt on Saturday night. But according to Dana White, Shevchenko is still at the front of the line when a bout to determine the new champion is made. It sucks that Shevchenko, and the entire division, had to weight nearly a year for the logjam to be cleared, but whatevs.

As for Montano… now she has all the time in the world to get better. There’s no pressure, and she doesn’t have to deal with would-be challengers spitting venom at her. I think that’s a definite upside to this whole debacle.

What do you think?

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Was the UFC Right to Strip Nicco Montano of Her Belt?

The UFC wanted to flesh out a 125-pound division for the ladies, so they put together a season of TUF that would crown a champ, and Nicco Montano ended up winning it. But that was ten months ago, and when it came time for her to defend her belt for the first time – at UFC 228 this past weekend – her weight cut put her in the hospital.

So the UFC stripped her of her title.

The reasons why are obvious. For a litany of health reasons, Montano has been stuck on the sidelines, resulting in a division that has been frozen in suspended animation. Sure, flyweights have fought. But for what? Fighters battling for top contender status are fighting for nothing when the champ is completely out of reach.

The other obvious reason for stripping Montano is the fact that her latest health woe resulted from a failed weight cut. At the end of the day, a champ of a particular division has to be able to make weight in that division. Otherwise, it’s all a charade.

Was the UFC right to take away her belt?

Montano doesn’t think so.

 

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Of course, the argument can be made that the UFC did her a favor. Because if trying to make 125 pounds puts her in the hospital, then Montano shouldn’t be obligated to make that weight anymore. Let her seek her fortunes at bantamweight.

Valentina Shevchenko got screwed out of fighting for, and likely winning, a championship belt on Saturday night. But according to Dana White, Shevchenko is still at the front of the line when a bout to determine the new champion is made. It sucks that Shevchenko, and the entire division, had to weight nearly a year for the logjam to be cleared, but whatevs.

As for Montano… now she has all the time in the world to get better. There’s no pressure, and she doesn’t have to deal with would-be challengers spitting venom at her. I think that’s a definite upside to this whole debacle.

What do you think?

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Luke Rockhold Happy to Fight Weidman at UFC 230 But Needs ‘The Right Contract’

It has been reported for a number of weeks now that a matchup between former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champions Luke Rockhold and Chris Weidman was in the works for UFC 230 in November at Madison Square Garden, New York although nothing has been made official yet.
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UFC President Dana White Says He’ll Only Make a ‘Superfight’ When It’s Right

The term “superfight,” once understood to mean a matchup between the champions of two weight divisions — the most recent example being Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier facing off against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic — has been thrown around a lot recently. UFC President Dana White says the term is being “completely overused.”
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Midnight Mania! ‘Lionheart’ on DC’s Future at 205: ‘He Knows Right Now’

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith, fresh off his huge knockout of Mauricio “Shogun” Rua in the main event of UFC: Hamburg, has some thoughts on the state of the light heavyweight division. Via MMAFighting.com:

“The top of the division is a disaster right now. ‘Shogun’ was supposed to be next and now he’s not. No one knows what’s going on with Cormier. I think that that’s the first step, we need to figure out if Cormier’s staying or going. I’ve said this before, I think that Daniel is an honorable man and it wouldn’t be a very honorable thing to do to hold up the division. He knows right now. You guys could ask him 100 times and he won’t tell you, but he knows if he’s coming back down or not, and I think that he needs to make that public so we can figure out what we’re all doing.”

Smith had attempted to call out Alexander Gustafsson after making quick work of Shogun, but as it turned out, Gustafsson had suffered some minor injuries and was no longer fighting at UFC 227.

“That’s ironic, isn’t it?” Smith said at the UFC Hamburg post-fight press conference. “It’s kinda weird how that works out. He needed an opponent yesterday. What happened between then and now? I don’t know, but that’s mighty ironic.”

Smith is completely right about Cormier’s future at light heavyweight. Gustafsson has speculated that Cormier is never cutting to 205 lbs. again, and frankly it makes no sense to jeopardize what surely would be his biggest payday ever for the lesser-known contenders at light heavyweight. Cormier will no doubt attempt to hold onto both belts for as long as he can, but it isn’t fair to the contenders- including the “entitled” Alexander Gustafsson- to hold up the belt while waiting for Lesnar to make it through six months of drug testing.


Insomnia

Nick Newell is here to be an inspiration, but not just because he’s got one hand. He fights tomorrow night on the Tuesday Night Contender Series.

Mike Perry wonders why anyone would risk their lives for an obscure sport.

Why bro ‍♂️

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I would watch Alex Volkanovski vs. Chad Mendes in a heartbeat.

This deeply disturbs me for whatever reason. Sage Northcutt should not have reposted this cursed image.

#Repost @kamurashops ・・・ #shazam

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Eddie Alvarez’s response to what he was thinking when he landed those illegal knees: he wasn’t thinking. It was just a moment of pure instinct.

When I was this age I played soccer, and there was a black girl built like a miniature tank and she also ran me over just like this. All that to say, I empathize very much with the kids getting ran over.

Oddball strongman Bud Jeffries trains to be Thor and I’m very entertained by it.

So true.

I can’t believe people get knocked out… Just dodge that shit

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I feel for Marc Diakese, who showed improvement yet still got wrecked for a third consecutive loss by Nasrat Haqparast, whose name is extremely fun to say.

#UFCHamburg on rn

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Who did this to Mark Hunt? It’s perfect.

Don’t mess with this guy. He will end you.

I just assume a large number of you can relate to Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu memes, and the resigned terror of rolling with a black belt.

l Top Because Jitsu Memes Of 2017

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Daniel Cormier using his best Dad voice to scold Alexander Gustafsson. I wonder how different the world would be now if Gustafsson had taken that split decision in Houston in 2015.

Zabit Magomedsharipov showing us his roots in kung fu competition

Suga Sean O’Malley smoking a joint while hitting pads is extremely on-brand for him.

$ hitz Ea$ y #mma #ufc

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You can see the strong MMA influence in this street fight. The sport has changed the world forever.

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I can appreciate this approach, and the joke.

In the dudevorce of the week, Floyd Mayweather is tearing his old pal 50 Cent apart. It seems doubtful based on this screed that 50 Cent really got a million dollars from Bellator for his phrase, “Get the Strap”.

It is good to see Brian Ortega did finally receive some compensation (though he doesn’t specify what) for his expenses prior to his cancelled bout with Max Holloway at UFC 226.

I can’t wait for The Korean Zombie, Chan Sung Jung, to return against the Answer, Frankie Edgar.

Invicta allows fighters to express their creativity in ways the UFC can’t because they made the disastrous Reebok deal.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

I don’t know about knockout of the year but this was a solid KO

The delayed collapse KO is a classic subspecies of knockout I find particularly pleasing, aesthetically.

Remember when Erik Silva was the Next Big Thing at welterweight? Good to know he’s still out there getting dropped and then snatching armbars.

This shouldn’t be illegal in a grappling competition, but that’s just my two cents.

I got a strong feeling of deja vu watching this, which means I’ve been compiling KO highlights for too long.

Ran right into it


Random Land

This seems safe and not at all dangerous.

I love this old picture posted by Disney imagineer Joe Rohde, and his explanation of the unpredictability of the future.


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Anthony Smith: Top of the UFC Light Heavyweight Division ‘Is a Disaster Right Now’

Anthony Smith calls it like he sees it.
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Anthony Smith: Top of the UFC Light Heavyweight Division ‘Is a Disaster Right Now’

Anthony Smith calls it like he sees it.
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Anthony Smith: Top of the UFC Light Heavyweight Division ‘Is a Disaster Right Now’

Anthony Smith calls it like he sees it.
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Anthony Smith: Top of the UFC Light Heavyweight Division ‘Is a Disaster Right Now’

Anthony Smith calls it like he sees it.
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