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Midnight Mania! Ngannou Explains Why He Left His Village Without Saying Goodbye

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Francis Ngannou has a true rags-to-riches story, perhaps the most unlikely in the entire Ultimate Fighting Championship. He grew up hauling sand in the mines of his village at age 12 in Cameroon, left home at 22, eventually made his way to France, and found a gym and coach while still homeless wandering the streets of Paris. His coach, also from Cameroon, let him sleep in the gym, seeing potential in the soft-spoken young giant, and the rest is history.

What he recently explained in an interview on Sirius XM makes the story even wilder: he left his village without saying a word to anyone, simply because he couldn’t tell them where he was going!

It wasn’t exciting because I didn’t know where I was going! I didn’t have a map. I couldn’t even tell them goodbye, because when you say, ‘okay, I’m leaving’, the first question is ‘where are you going?’ and I couldn’t tell anybody where I am going, so I couldn’t say goodbye to nobody. I just go visit my family. I stayed with my mom in my village for like three weeks. I was, like, looking at them like sometime like, this might be the last time that I’m seeing them. Because, you know, some people go there and some never come back, they died.

Interviewer: Damn.

Basically I knew that if I tell them, no one will accept that. I always have crazy dream, they always saw me as very ambitious, like over high, and I was like, I’m not gonna tell them, they know that people go there and someone die..

Interviewers: What did you tell them?

Nothing.

Interviewer: You just disappeared?

Yes.

After the flabbergasted hosts clarified that he really, truly left without saying a word, Ngannou said that his family didn’t know where he was for nearly three weeks.

I left, and after three weeks I called, and they were like, you were scaring us… I was like, no, I’m good, I’m in Morocco…

Ngannou most recently knocked out Cain Velasquez in the main event of the first UFC event on big ESPN, putting him on a two-fight win streak. His victory before that, a lightning finish of Curtis Blaydes, snapped a two-fight losing streak, in which he was outwrestled by Stipe Miocic and then dropped a lackluster decision to Derrick Lewis. His combination of size, athleticism, power, and timing make him a formidable opponent for anyone at heavyweight, and a win over, say, Junior dos Santos, could earn him another shot at the title.


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Tony Evinger rocking the boom box

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“A” for Alex Oliveira. Nice work by Rune King Gunnar Nelson

What is going on with PFL fighter Will Brooks these days? Just life.

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

The one good punch Darren Till landed on Stephen Thompson was pretty good

Jorge Masvidal on the backyard circuit

This was funny to me for some reason

The throws by the first kid are fine, but the slam by the second kid is egregious

Then adult version is the same except crazier

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Looks easy enough, why can’t you do it. J/k

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Fighter shakes head saying a strike didn’t hurt — then gets KO’d by head kick

The MMA gods will get you every time.

Jordan Powell, a light heavyweight fighter competing at LFA 13, shook his head during the bout to tell his opponent that the last strikes didn’t hurt him. Then, Dominick Reyes, his foe, landed a left head kick that ended the fight Friday night in Burbank, Calif. Powell was unconscious before he hit the ground and faceplanted.

Powell was doing his best to no-sell a previous exchange. And he was right — Reyes’ strikes didn’t hurt him or really hit him. But as soon as Powell let his guard down for a second, Reyes was there with the knockout blow :53 of the first round.

Reyes (6-0), a California native, is a real prospect at 205 pounds. He has finished all but one of his pro fights. Powell (8-7) came in on a three-fight winning streak that was abruptly stopped.

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What Is Vitor Belfort Saying Here?

Vitor Belfort has been fighting in the UFC since it was owned by Semaphore Entertainment Group, and thanks to the miracles of modern chemistry, he’s more or less been competitive until only recently. But the losses have been piling up, so today we got this cryptic statement from the Brazilian on his Instagram. Is he […]

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How Eric Spicely went from a phone call saying he was cut from the UFC to a huge upset in Brazil

BRASILIA, Brazil — Eric Spicely was a huge underdog against Thiago Santos at UFC Fight Night 95, and came out victorious via first-round submission. After the win, Spicely told the media how he went from getting a call from the UFC telling him that he would get cut, fighting “Marreta” in Brazil, training with Georges St-Pierre, what’s next for him, and more.

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Boxing: Manny Pacquiao Apologizes for Saying Gay People Are ‘Worse Than Animals’

Manny Pacquiao has once again come under fire from the gay community after making inflammatory remarks in a recent interview on the Filipino station TV5.
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Now undisputed Bellator champ, Will Brooks doesn’t mind saying ‘I told you so’

Excuse “Ill” Will Brooks for saying “I told you so.”

Eleven months ago, the American Top Team lightweight was thrust into the spotlight, a late replacement for Eddie Alvarez after Alvarez had to pull out of his much-anticipated trilogy fight with Michael Chandler on Bellator’s first pay-per-view event.

Brooks knew the MMA world by and large seemed less than impressed with the new matchup, and he let everyone know what he thought of their reaction.

“If you watch, you watch,” Brooks said at the time. “If you don’t, you’re a damn fool.”

Reminded of his quote nearly a year later, Brooks let out a hearty laugh. “I told you all,” Brooks said in a recent telephone interview with MMAFighting.com. “If you want me to say I told you so, I told you so. Y’all didn’t know me back then, but y’all know who I am now.”

Can you blame Brooks for having a little swagger? Not only did he back up his talk by going out and winning a decision over Chandler on May 17, he followed with a fourth-round finish in their November rematch. Now the undisputed Bellator 155-pound champ, Brooks is back in action Friday night, as he headlines Bellator 136 with a title defense against Dave Jansen on the campus of the University of California at Irvine.

“Nothing has changed about me,” said Brooks (15-1). “It’s people’s perceptions of me that have changed. I’m staying true to the person I was on my way up.”

An ancient fight sports saying holds that staying at the top is more difficult than getting there, but thus far, Brooks disagrees with that assessment.

“You just have to keep doing your thing,” the Chicago native said. “Don’t change just because you’ve gotten a little bit of fame. All you have to do is look around you and see guys who got to the top, and let it get to their head, and didn’t work as hard as they used to, and then they’re gone as soon as they got here,” Brooks said. “I look at guys like Anderson Silva and Georges St-Pierre and how hard they worked to stay on top. Or in Bellator, look at how Ben Askren did it when he was here. Or Douglas Lima, the way he kept with it as long as he did and it finally paid off. That’s the type of thing that motivates me.”

In Jansen, Brooks will meet a veteran who plugged away for a long time before finally getting such an opportunity. The 35-year-old Oregonian is a WEC veteran who has been in Bellator for four years. His title shot is one of the last remaining promised shots under the old Bellator tournament format. Jansen (20-2) won the season seven tournament in 2013, then had to wait while the Chandler-Alvarez and then Brooks-Chandler sagas played out.

Not exactly known for trash talk, Jansen has directed some eyebrow-raising words in Brooks’ direction, saying in a recent interview, “I think the best for Will Brooks is a lesson in humility, and I’m happy to oblige giving him that lesson.”

Appraised of Jansen’s comments, Brooks bristled. “I don’t know what he means by that,” Brooks said. “I think the thing here is that Jansen is just kind of a quiet guy, a basic fighter, so he has to go make something out of me in his head and turn me into something I’m not, in order to pump himself up. I understand that, because I did that with Michael Chandler. I realized they were portraying him as a hero and I decided to embrace the villain role. But with Dave Jansen, I don’t need any special motivation to beat him.”

Indeed, Brooks predicts the finish of Friday night’s bout could look similar to the last Chandler fight, which would offer him another chance to say “I told you so.”

“I’m going to finish him,” Brooks said. “In the first round or maybe the second. I used to get criticized for going to decisions, but that’s because I was trying to get through those tournaments. You saw what I can do when I finished Chandler, that’s the fighter Will Brooks can be and what you’re going to see from now on.”

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Scott Coker: I probably had 200 people call me ‘saying I’m ready to fight Kimbo Slice’

TEMECULA, Calif. — Kimbo Slice is back in MMA. And the line has already formed of fighters wanting to take him on.

“Honestly, I probably had about 200 people call me last night saying, ‘I’m ready to fight Kimbo Slice, put me with Kimbo Slice,’” Bellator MMA president Scott Coker joked Friday night.

Bellator announced the signing of Slice, whose real name is Kevin Ferguson, during the Spike TV broadcast of Bellator 132 on Friday. The acquisition was initially reported Thursday by Combat Press.

Slice is one of the most infamous names in MMA history — a running gag, yet someone who drew extremely well. The wildly popular YouTube street fighter helped Elite XC get major ratings and was the main reason for record numbers for the UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter: heavyweight season.

Of course, the 40-year-old is also woefully inexperienced in mixed martial arts and was the reason why Elite XC crashed and burned following his stunning loss to Seth Petruzelli in 2008.

Slice’s record stands at 4-2. He departed MMA after being cut from the UFC after a loss to Matt Mitrione in May 2010. Slice’s lone UFC victory came against Houston Alexander, who is now with Bellator.

Since leaving MMA, Slice has competed in boxing, drawing criticism because some people believe his bouts have been fixed. The Bahamas native and Miami resident is 7-0 as a pro boxer with six knockouts.

“Bellator is up there in the tops and they’re giving me the opportunity to fight on primetime and Spike TV,” Slice said on the broadcast. “You know you can’t resist Spike TV.

“You gotta think, I’m still hungry out there. I haven’t got my fill yet. Whoever steps up to the plate, they got to bring it. I’m coming to get it.”

Coker said Bellator is targeting a summer return for Slice, but nothing is set in stone. Slice has been training at American Top Team, but even Coker is not sure for how long. Bellator reached out to Slice a few months ago, Coker said, and a deal was only finalized Wednesday.

“We’ll take our time,” Coker said. “We don’t even know when he’s gonna be ready to fight. So we got some work to do to see what the target date will be. And then we’ll go find an opponent that we think will be a lot of fun to watch and drive some big ratings.”

Slice will still be able to box in between fights with Bellator, Coker said, but once he signs for a bout with the MMA organization his sole focus must be on MMA. Coker said he isn’t sure if Slice will be a main-event attraction.

“We haven’t really talked about it, but my guess would be there would be other fights that might be the headliner,” Coker said.

Slice’s win over James Thompson in May 2008 drew nearly 7 million viewers on CBS. Obviously, Bellator is hoping to catch lightning in the bottle with the name fighter.

“We said all along that we were going to do fights at the world-class level like we just saw tonight,” Coker said of Bellator 132. “The main event [between Patricio Freire and Daniel Straus] was awesome. It was amazing. But we’re gonna do some fun fights. We just thought that fit really nicely in our future plans.”

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Here’s the Video of Conor McGregor Saying That Thing About His Balls and Chad Mendes’ Forehead


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UFC featherweight contender Chad Mendes was doing a segment for BT Sport yesterday, just trying to hype his title fight rematch against Jose Aldo this Saturday at UFC 179. Then, disaster struck. Host Gareth A. Davies asked him if he had a message for Conor McGregor, who was conveniently in the studio at the time. In retrospect, Mendes should have declined the offer.

First, Mendes argues that he is in fact only three inches shorter than McGregor. Then, Mendes asks if the Irishman knows what wrestling is. “I can rest my balls on your forehead,” McGregor says, causing pandemonium among the partisans in the building. It’s the kind of diss you’d hear from a middle-schooler, but when delivered from the smoothie in the suit, it’s OMG THE MOST EPIC BURN EVER #SHOTSFIRED #GAMERGATE. McGregor goes on to brag that he’ll be bunking up with the Fertittas in their suite this weekend.

Poor Chad. I’m sure he’d much rather talk about the actual fight that’s happening three days from now, instead of hypothetical grudge matches against cereal mascots. But unfortunately, his opponent is pretty much M.I.A. from the promotional trail, except for random interviews about how he deserves more money.

Yes, there is a UFC PPV this weekend. The card looks like this. Who’s watching?

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Morning Report: Josh Thomson labels welterweights and heavier as one-dimensional, saying ‘They’re not mixed martial artists’

UFC lightweight Josh Thomson better keep his head on a swivel the next time he strolls into the American Kickboxing Academy. A training partner to UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez and light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier, Josh Thomson aparently doesn’t think much of athletes competing in MMA’s weightier weight classes.

“You hit 185, 205, and heavyweight, those guys are always just good at like one thing, two things, but they’re not great all the way around,” Thomson tells FOX Sports. “There’s ways to finish them. So if you’re a well-rounded athlete, you can finish those guys. You can find ways to finish those guys.

“With 55-pounders and below, good luck, man. Everybody’s good all around — they’re good wrestlers, they’re good jiu-jitsu guys, they’re good standup guys, they’re game to throw down and they’re always in shape. 170 is kind of like the limbo — like there’s some well-rounded guys in there. [Georges St-Pierre] was the champion so long because he was the most well-rounded and usually in the best shape. But that’s kind of like the whole new guy — that’s why Rory MacDonald does well. He’s in shape, he’s got pretty good jiu-jitsu, he’s hard to take down but he’s got good standup. He’s well-rounded with good shape. Those are the guys that are hard to beat.”

While guys like Chris Weidman, Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson would likely feel pretty secure in their skill sets, Thomson insists they don’t stack up with lighter-weight fighters.

“You start getting in the 185′s, 205, heavyweight, they start being one-dimensional, two-dimensional fighters,” says Thomson. “They’re not mixed martial artists. They’re not as good as the 55-pounders and below,” Thomson said. “They’re just not. To me that’s just a fact.”

The owner of a cardio studio in San Jose, Thomson might be just the man to rescue these souls from the top of the UFC’s pound-for-pound rankings.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Peahead’s revenge. Dustin Poirier will get his chance to derail Conor McGregor’s hype at UFC 178.

Nurmy. Khabib Nurmagomedov is headed for surgery after tearing the meniscus in his right knee.

Signal to noise. Luke Thomas breaks down the best and worst of UFC Fight Night: McGregor vs. Brandao.

Baroni blog. Phil Baroni details his return to fighting ahead of his bout with Karo Parisyan at Bellator 122.

King. Bobby Green talks working through his brother’s death, a broken ankle and raising a newborn while preparing for this weekend’s UFC on FOX 12.

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MEDIA STEW

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Free Fight: Robbie Lawler vs Bobby Voelker.

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Speak of the devil. ”Josh Thomson breaks down the techniques behind the moves that have made him one of the most exciting fighters in the history of the lightweight division.”

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Eddie Bravo explains the Rubber Guard to Rickson Gracie.

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Team Alpha Male takes over a golf course.

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Fighters remember their favorite B.J. Penn moments.

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Joan Jett approves.

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Long watches.

Did Police “Choke” NY Man to Death? (Gracie Breakdown – Viewer Discretion Advised)

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Scary.

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Big week.

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The struggle.

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But the abs.

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A little boxing.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Jul. 22 2014)

Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier at UFC 178

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via HerrDannyboy.

Why 2013 Kicked this MMA Fan’s @ss Part 7A: July: He took it for granted… Prologue

Note: To those who care: Part 6 can be found here:

Why 2013 Kicked this MMA Fan’s @ss Part 6: June: The Thrill of Brazil, the Agony of Winnipeg

Mea culpa: This one will be updated with [more] vitriol.

I was so taken aback and disgusted by the absurdity of Schaub and the ennui of UFC 161 (Why 2013? Why!!), I ended up overlooking some very noteworthy Folklore and Tidbits, namely:

Mark Hunt giving the usual number of fucks (How many?) and brushing off his painful and life-threatening UFC 160 battle wounds like they were mere mosquito bites (I dare you to click on these 2 links. Go on! I double dare you).

Brandon Schaub and Matt Mitrione engaging in a meeting of the minds on Twitter (Surprise! The minds are a no-show).

Roy Nelson channeling his inner Harriet Beecher Stowe.

A Noob challenging Anderson Silva.
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Disclaimer

Anderson Silva and George St-Pierre are the reason I started watching MMA religiously.

As I’ve said before, they are my 2 favorite fighters (JDS being the 3rd) in that order… and as you found out in March Madness, I’m a Montrealer that only watches fight sports.

Therefore, the magnitude of the psychological beating I’ve received in July 2013 cannot be expressed in the number of words acceptable for a thesis, let alone a Fanpost.

It was impossible for me to be succinct, so this one’s been dismembered.

You’ll be getting the limbs one at a time.

Check out the rest of the post here.

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CagePotato Ban: Saying You Don’t Care If Your Opponents Are Using PEDs


(Bagautinov’s doping wasn’t enough to earn him a victory — but that’s no reason to let him off the hook. / Photo via MMAJunkie)

Now that random drug testing is nailing MMA fighters on a regular basis, the truth is inescapable: PEDs have become the sport’s most urgent and embarrassing problem. But not every fighter is an anti-drug crusader like Tim Kennedy and Georges St. Pierre. Before his star-making beatdown of Diego Brandao at UFC Fight Night 46 on Saturday, Conor McGregor told MMAJunkie how he really feels about performance-enhancing drugs:

“I don’t really care about that stupid s–t,” McGregor said. “I’m just doing my thing. I’m just performing and getting better. I don’t care what anyone else does….Take whatever you want, I’m still going to whoop your ass.”

His words were nearly identical to what former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson said about steroids last year, and also echoed those of UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, who expressed similar sentiments on The MMA Hour recently, after it came out that his last opponent Ali Bagutinov was using EPO going into the fight:

“I don’t care if my opponents are cheating or not,” Johnson said. “I train my butt off to fight the man who is put in front of me whether he’s on steroids or not. I want to play on a level playing field, but if they knew about it beforehand and didn’t stop it, at the same time, I took care of business. No big deal.”

Except it is a big deal, and saying otherwise makes MMA look like a joke.

Look, I get it. Claiming that you don’t care if your opponents are doping scores you badass points, and it can endear you to the segment of the MMA fanbase that really doesn’t care about the ongoing scourge of PEDs. (“I like Conor because he doesn’t bitch about drug-testing like these other pussies. Let ‘em take what they want!” — Darryl T. Justbleedguy)

But that “Do what thou wilt” stance towards cheating — especially when it’s expressed by champions and top contenders — is exactly the kind of thing that will keep mixed martial arts ghettoized as a small-time sideshow. At a time when MMA’s drug problem is reaching the ears of mainstream sports fans, we don’t need the UFC’s most public faces to play devil’s advocate and argue that doping is acceptable behavior.

To paraphrase the 24th Thesis: Do you half-wits realize that athletes of other sports do not behave this way? Is Yasiel Puig doing interviews claiming that A-Rod should be able to take as many steroids as he wants? Have you ever heard Peyton Manning say, “yeah, the Chargers can grab our face masks all game, we’re still gonna whoop ‘em on Sunday.” Of course not, because why in God’s name would a professional athlete support cheating? Why wouldn’t you care that your opponents are competing with an unfair advantage, if you’re trying to win?

By the estimates of every MMA fighter who has dared to speak out about it, at least half of MMA fighters use performance enhancing drugs. Some fighters, like Matt Serra and Krzysztof Soszynski, have stated that only a small percentage of professional fighters don’t do some form of illegal doping. (“I don’t give a [expletive] if it’s happening in baseball,” Serra said. “But when a guy can kick your head off, someone can get hurt. There’s a chance for serious bodily harm.”) But if you make a stink about it, you’re a troublemaker, and if you pretend that PEDs aren’t really a big deal, you’re a superhero. I mean, after all, it’s a fist fight, y’know? Chemicals don’t give you technique or heart, and those steroids aren’t gonna help you when I touch your chin. Ugh.

Random question: If Demetrious Johnson lost to Ali Bagautinov, would he feel the same way about PEDs — that doping is “no big deal”? And if he tried to defend Bagautinov’s EPO-usage after that loss, how ridiculous would he sound?

MMA fighters are a different breed — for better or worse — and the tough-guy culture of the sport leads generally-rational fighters to say some boneheaded shit. While I’m sure that many MMA fans would be fine with the sport returning to its barely regulated Golden Age (PRIDE NEVA DIE…OR TEST FOR STEROIDS!), anybody who wants to see this sport become universally respected as a legitimate enterprise should be publicly against cheating in all of its forms. Especially the athletes themselves, who this issue actually affects directly.

So we hereby drop the CagePotato Ban on MMA fighters saying they don’t care if their opponents are doping. Steroids and other performance enhancing drugs have become a potential sport-killer, and honestly, you’re not helping.

- Ben Goldstein

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