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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones’ Manager Says Further Suspension Would be ‘an Outrage’

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Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, has been making the media rounds for his longtime client Jon Jones, attempted to convince media of Jones’ innocence over his most recent failed steroid test, and spin the public narrative in his favor. He expresses nothing but confidence, even telling MMAJunkie.com that if Jones served any more time than he already has, he would consider it an outrage.

“In my mind, he’s innocent – I know it for a fact,” Kawa told MMAjunkie Radio. “So for me, there’s no way in the world these guys are going to punish him. I just don’t see how they do it. It would be an outrage to me if they suspended him longer.”

He repeated the confidence interval he gave Luke Thomas, 95%, in support of Jones’ return in 2018. Jones’ anti-doping attorney, Howard Jacobs, said no date had been set for arbitration, which would be the process Jones would need to enter should he dispute USADA’s findings.

Kawa said he’s “95 percent” sure Jones will fight in 2018 and predicted his return would be big business, generating between 750,000 and 800,000 pay-per-view buys.

He also gave a timeline for the two hearings Jon Jones needs to navigate, USADA and the California State Athletic Commission, or CSAC.

“I’m expecting that USADA is also wrapped up (by that time),” Kawa said. “If it’s not wrapped up, I’m not sure if we push the (CSAC) hearing to March, or we still have the hearing and wait on USADA. From what I’m understanding, what USADA would like to do and we would like to do, is we’d like to have it all wrapped up by the CSAC hearing.”

Kawa’s job is to push a positive story on Jones’ behalf, but he has had help. The UFC’s Jeff Novitsky went on Joe Rogan’s podcast and gave Jones the benefit of the doubt as well, saying his tests don’t seem to indicate use. Kawa was careful to stress this narrative.

“Looking at the information they have, from what they’ve gathered, from what they told me, it doesn’t make any sense,” Kawa said. “No one understands it. You passed this test, then you failed this test that you knew was coming, and then you passed one after that. And it was such a small amount that, it came from somewhere that we just don’t know where, and it was such a small amount that it’s obvious he wasn’t trying to cheat.

“So what USADA is looking at is, how do we move forward with this? To me, it’s very simple. He’s not guilty. You’re supposed to test guys to keep the sport clean. Did it give him an advantage? The answer is no. USADA will tell you this, and the UFC will tell you this.”


If you don’t change your name to Batman after this, what are you doing?

Interesting conversation here about the WWE’s near-criminal contracts in light of efforts to unionize UFC fighters:

Khabib and his typical lightweight foe. (Tony Ferguson has elk blood though)

Photo by @chris_mclennan1 #destination_wild

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Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano looks like fun at featherweight

When asked about middleweight striking, Israel Adesanya just started laughing

Weird video time

Wanderlei Silva couldn’t resist coming after Luke Rockhold on social media.

Michelle Waterson hitting that side kick on the pads

Wink and Waterson time from the eyes of a drone! @karatehottiemma @mmacoachwink

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Alan Jouban is right.

This week in combat sports

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Some sweet wrestling slams

Lethwei is Muay Thai’s gloveless, head-butting cousin.

Albert Tumenov, still one of the world’s best welterweights.

Demetrious Johnson deserves all credit for this amazing armbar

Podcasts and Video

AJ and I recapped UFC 221 and previewed this weekend’s fight night card! Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!

The top three fights to watch this weekend! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Donald Cerrone’s kickboxing game, explained by Andrew Richardson:

Heavy Hands

The MMA Ratings Podcast

Random Land

It took me three times watching this to understand what was moving and what was standing still

I’m not sure why Teddy Roosevelt is so hot. Obama too.

Amazing slow motion

That wasn’t what she expected

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Midnight Mania! Roy Jones Jr. gets decision win in final fight, says Anderson Silva is only other option

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Roy Jones Jr. officially capped a long and illustrious career, tonight on UFC Fight Pass. He was unable to put away his overmatched opponent, Scott Sigmon, who he styled on for 10 rounds, winning 98-92 on all three scorecards. Sigmon stayed game, coming forward, thumping at Roy’s body with arm punches to the body.

Compared to Roy Jones Jr., he was clearly athletically out of his depth, something the commentators were very open about. Roy revealed that he had torn his bicep before the fight, perhaps the reason he wasn’t able to get the KO.

I don’t make excuses, but all y’all can call the Andrews Institute and they’ll tell you that last week, I tore my left bicep once again. But because it was Pensacola, I refused to pull out.

Roy reiterated afterwards what he stated beforehand- that Anderson Silva is the only matchup that could draw him out of retirement.

Last but not least, Dana, I know you listening. I know Anderson’s suspended, but that’s the ONLY fight that Roy Jones may return to the ring for. Other than that, chapter closed.


How to shake Andrei Arlovski’s hand so he doesn’t attack.

This Pay-Per-View (PPV) is… lacking in depth, but the main event is amazing.

#good vs #evil

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This is a fascinating matchup.

Looks like Chiesa vs. Pettis is official for Brooklyn!

UFC 223

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Happy birthday to Kimbo Slice. Rest in power.

Don’t ever do this.

Slips, Rips, and Left Hook Clips

I was thinking about left hooks today and look at this.

This was cool too


Great fight

Some Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu

Fight Bookings

Good Reads

Podcasts and Video

AJ and I preview the main event of UFC 221, along with tackling other tough topics like the perfect scam. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!

Yoel Romero has some dangerous tools, including his left-handed punch. Andrew Richardson explains! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Heavy Hands

Firaz Zahabi lends his analytical weight to this matchup:

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Midnight Mania! Joe Rogan says Yamasaki should have stopped Shevchenko-Cachoeira fight ‘15-20 times’

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Joe Rogan has added his voice to the backlash from the trashfire that was the Shevchenko-Cachoeira fight. The bout was allowed to continue for two rounds while Shevchenko administered a clinical and brutal beating, 217 strikes landing from the top. It finally ended when Shevchenko secured a rear-naked choke, tapping Cachoeira. Transcript of Rogan’s take via MMAJunkie.com:

“Mario Yamasaki said he gave her the opportunity to, ‘Be a warrior,’” Rogan said. “That’s what he said. That was his take on it. I mean, not just beat up. Did you see the stats? The actual physical striking stats? It was some unbelievably overwhelming number, like one vs. several hundred, in the significant strike department. Like literally, she landed one decent punch.

“They should have stopped that fight a long time ago. That fight should have been stopped 15 or 20 times.”

As it turned out, Priscila Cachoeira had torn her ACL in the first round- but when she told her corner about it, they told her to shut up. There is plenty of blame to go around, including, perhaps more egregiously, the matchmakers themselves, who rarely book such mismatches.

“It was a bad matchup, because that girl, I believe it was her UFC debut,” Rogan said “To have a UFC debut, to have a woman that’s fought for the title and is a world-class striker, I mean literally one of the very-best strikers on the planet earth – male or female – it’s just not fair.”

What’s important to remember in this discussion is just how good Valentina Shevchenko is.

“Valentina is one of the most well-rounded women in the sport,” Rogan said. “She subbed Julianna Pena off her back, she stands up and out-strikes Holly Holm. She went toe-to-toe with Amanda Nunes, she went toe-to-toe with some of the best kickboxers in the world. She’s a world champion muay Thai fighter. She’s just a (expletive) beast. She’s an all-around just bad-ass fighter.”


Once again, the Tim Means decision is a perfect example of why we don’t need win bonuses. Fighters should get all the money up front.

The better to kick you with, my Yoel.

I agree with this breakdown if the fight goes to a decision, but I also think there is a high chance Yoel finds a spectacular finish

Part of me wants to find the supplements that are spiked so I can get some mild steroid gains going.

Ummm… no.

A head-butting sport sounds like a genius plan with no drawbacks at all.

It would look like this:

My Houston-area Texas boys are fighting this weekend (Disclaimer: I’ve never met Sage or Derrick Lewis. I’m still claiming them)

This weekend in combat sports:

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

If you watch any fight this weekend, make it Israel Adesanya’s debut.

Nicely done

I really want to try this on someone

Podcasts and Video

AJ and I discuss UFC Belem and preview the main event of UFC 221! Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube too.

Luke Rockhold’s striking along the fence!

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Midnight Mania! Dana White says Nate Diaz not the answer for UFC 222

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UFC 222 remains in need of saving, and despite Nate Diaz’s stated willingness to step in and save it, UFC president Dana White doesn’t think he’s the man for the job. From the LA Times:

In another text message exchange with The Times, White sent back the rolled eyes emoji when asked if a Diaz return would be considered to compensate for Holloway’s loss from the event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Then, White repeated a statement he gave The Times last week: “He [Diaz] doesn’t want to fight.

”We have made around five or six fights in the last six months and he has turned them all down. Alvarez, [Justin] Gaethje, [Edson] Barboza and [interim lightweight champion Tony] Ferguson multiple times.”

Diaz also told the LA Times he that while he was willing to step in to save the Pay-Per-View (PPV), he isn’t willing to fight Eddie Alvarez. Alvarez had previously called Diaz out, then cursed him out when it was clear Diaz wasn’t interested in that bout. Diaz has also recently told the LA Times that he doesn’t consider himself a lightweight.

It’s not difficult to connect the dots here. Contrary to Dana White’s blunt statement, Diaz is more than willing to fight for the right money, but completing his trilogy with McGregor remains the biggest payday he will ever have. He isn’t about to jeopardize that by taking a fight at lightweight against a difficult stylistic matchup. Historically, both Diaz brothers have struggled against powerful top-position grapplers such as Rory Macdonald, Ben Henderson, and Rafael dos Anjos.

Fighting a division up, as a welterweight, allows him to compete without risking his standing for a McGregor trilogy. Unlike a loss to Eddie Alvarez, a loss to welterweight champion Tyron Woodley wouldn’t jeopardize his standing in the lightweight division, in which he is ranked eighth. As the only 155-lb. fighter with a recent win over current champion Conor McGregor, Diaz still has a plausible case to be booked straight into a trilogy finisher.

It will be difficult, however, for the UFC to find a short-notice opponent for Diaz at 170. Tyron Woodley is nursing an injury. Robbie Lawler tore his ACL in a loss to Rafael Dos Anjos. Stephen Thompson is still rehabbing his hands after breaking both thumbs in the Jorge Masvidal fight. Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone is booked, although bumping him up to a rematch with Diaz on Pay-Per-View might be a fun option. Cerrone has improved since his emotional loss to a surging Nate Diaz way back in 2011, and over five rounds his leg kicks might have more time to work. Diaz would no doubt take a fight to someone he has already beaten.


Cody Garbrandt said he is willing to step up to featherweight to fight Frankie Edgar, and if you are asking, hell yeah, I would love that fight.

Fighters have come out to support the lack of a fight stoppage after Shevchenko landed 217 unanswered shots on Priscila Cachoeira, who had already torn her ACL. A fighter’s mentality is, let me keep fighting until I can’t. That’s not to say we should listen to the fighters, who are often too tough for their own good; but perhaps the real lesson here is that mismatches like this one shouldn’t be made in the first place. Although, Valentina Shevchenko would dispute that. In fact, no one is taking any responsibility here, including Mario Yamasaki, who said he gave Cachoeira the chance to be a warrior. Okay.

Dustin Poirier’s point is well made: the win bonus system means no corner is going to throw in the towel, and no fighter, however undermatched is going to give up unless forced to, with half their paycheck on the line.

Nate Quarry offered an alternative that would also incentivize more exciting fights:

Pretty cool tutorial

Maybe this is a practice the fighters should get rid of. Just saying.

He doesn’t say what he chops this stuff with though. Loopholes.


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I love comic fighter art.

Weekend drama:

When there is no referee to save you.

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My favorite part of Max Holloway’s rebuttals to McGregor is that he doesn’t bother to tag the man. Because, you know, he’s also the champ now.

Photoshop had a savage reply too

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I didn’t count them but sure seemed like 98

It’s good to see Robert Whittaker well.

Emmanel Augustus was an inspiration.

Rory MacDonald realized his mistake

When the UFC does a good job promoting their stars:

It’s been in the news now, but I loved TJ Dillashaw’s reply when asked about rematching Garbrandt on a month’s notice.

No one seems to care about Jimmie Rivera.

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

In case you missed these over the weekend:

Anderson Silva working a closed guard sweep back in the day

One of my old training partners, Jeremy Post defended his amateur title with this nice armbar.

Fight video 1st rnd armbar #andstill#hardworkpaysoff @5th_round_fitness_mma

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Quick Hits

Podcasts and Video

UFC: Belem took it’s toll, but AJ and I managed to discuss it anyway. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel! And follow MMA Mania on Youtube

UFC: Belem Highlights

The MMA Hour

Monday Morning Analyst

The Co-Main Event Podcast

Random Space

This incredible, heart-breaking story of Jackie Wallace, a homeless man who played in two Super Bowls, rehabbed, then became homeless again is a must-read.

You all complained about the lack of Random Land… it’s a feast or famine section.

This was a long chase. I got tired just watching it.

A series of unfortunate events

Learn something new every day:

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Midnight Mania! Ben Askren says UFC said they would sign him- until he left Bellator

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This weekend saw the Bellator welterweight title change hands, with Rory Macdonald snatching it from Douglas Lima in a hard-fought bout. Macdonald, with a convincing win on his record over UFC champion Tyron Woodley, has a case for being the best welterweight in the world right now.

He’s not the first Bellator welterweight champion to make that case. For years, Ben Askren claimed that he was the best in the world. Unlike Rory, he never got the chance to test himself against top-flight UFC competition; he left Bellator, hoping to join the UFC, but they famously rebuffed him, refusing to make him an offer. Instead of taking their suggestion he go to the now-defunct World Series of Fighting (WSOF), he went to ONE FC, a top Asian promotion, and finished out his career there.

Recently, however, he went on the JRE to spill the beans on what went wrong- and it’s quite the story. Transcription via BJPenn.com:

So when I was 12-0, I had my last fight in Bellator against Andrey Koreshkov on July 30, maybe 31, of 2013 and I beat him up pretty good. I had a 12-month matching period, so what was expressed to me by the UFC brass was that you need to get out of your matching clause and we will make you an offer, but, we won’t make you an offer until that happens. So I called Bjorn [Rebney] and I said ‘Hey Bjorn, I’m not going to re-sign, let me go. Bjorn had a terrible reputation, but I never had a problem with him, we never butted heads too bad. Anyway, I said Bjorn, I don’t want to come back, but people say that they didn’t want me back, but that’s not true at all, but every day, I was like ‘Bjorn let me go, Bjorn let me go,’ and I love challenges. There’s nothing more in the world that I love than a challenge. Go through my wrestling career, it’s what I’m all about, taking the next best single thing every time. So all this time, Dana and the UFC are saying ‘We want Ben Askren. We want Ben Askren.’ I’m ranked number 7 in the world and 12-0 and so, I was going to the Asian store because I was going to make some Tom Kah soup and Bjorn called me and said ‘You’re released. You’re released, you can go.’ I said, ‘I appreciate that.

But that’s where things went wrong.

So Friday morning I go, it’s in November some time, mid-November. So they fax over the release and my manager faxes it over to UFC headquarters and in the afternoon, there’s a media scrum where one of the questions was asked about me and Dana [White] said ‘we aren’t interested in Ben Askren,’ and I was like wait, what’s just happened there because for the last three months they were saying they were interested. Now I finally produce this full release from Bellator which was a miracle that I got, and now they aren’t interested. So I was like, wow, I just got caught in the middle of this.

I was like f’ that and I bought a plane ticket to Vegas for Monday. I was like fuck that, I’m not taking this shit, I’m going to Vegas. So on the Monday, I fly out to Las Vegas to the UFC headquarters and I sit with Lorenzo [Fertitta] and Dana is on the speakerphone. They offered me a Zuffa contract, but it would be confidential and that I would have to fight one fight for World Series Of Fighting, which was like, that’s bizarre. I think the old relationship between the old WSOF and UFC was pretty hazy, but people went the other way right. Like Andrei Arlovski got dropped into World Series, Anthony Johnson, boom, all these people. So they said one fight in WSOF and Zuffa will pay you, but you do one fight. So that was f’d up, but OK. I don’t think they thought I was going to go for it, but I said I’d do it. So I leave, and about six hours later and I got a phone call saying that deal is no longer available, we aren’t’ going to make you an offer. So, wow.

Ben Askren isn’t sure exactly why Dana White didn’t want to sign him. It certainly colored his perception of the man, who he recently called an “insecure scumbag”.

Here’s my guess and I never got to sit face-to-face and say what was your problem with me. There are four things in my mind. Number one, he didn’t really like me, stemming from the, I called him out on the steroid thing where he said it’s impossible to test all UFC athletes. I said that’s not true because USADA does it all over the world for all sorts of sports. You can do it, but it’s just expensive so let’s just call it what it is. They do it now and I was correct, but when Dana is wrong in an argument, and he’s got this huge army that following him and I think his quote was, ‘I’d rather watch flys fuck than Ben Asken fight.’ So the personal attacks started and that’s number one.

Number two, my fighting style isn’t highly attractive. I also think that’s a little bit of fake news because if you look at Georges St-Pierre, consistently, now [Conor] McGregor has trumped him, but if you look on a consistent basis Georges has been the biggest draw. He heavily relied upon takedowns and ground and pound.

Three I think they wanted to take a key piece from Bellator. Four, I think they really believed I could be their champion and having a champion from Bellator transition right into the UFC and become champion, remember Bellator was going to Spike around now, and Bellator could’ve used that to say they’re the same.

Ben Askren says he can theorize all day, but he doesn’t know because he’s never had the chance to ask Dana about it.

I’ve never had the chance to sit down with Dana and ask why there was no offer. You know when like Anthony Pettis was the champ and I’m helping coach him and I think Tyron was, I’ve never had more than five words with Dana in passing right and so it would be really interesting for me to sit down and talk and say ‘tell me for real.’ I’ve got my assumptions on what the deal was, but I don’t really know.

If I had to have number five, I think he got the idea that I’d never be a ‘yes man’. I’m not going to be, I’m never going to be. He likes the ‘yes man’ champion. He’s got some heat with Tyron, he’s got some heat with Stipe as we saw on Saturday night. Dana really struggles with the personalities that won’t cater to what he wants to happen.”

Askren says he would be willing to return, but only for a fight that would prove he is the best in the world. He has frequently picked on Rory Macdonald in the past- could Bellator’s new champion be the catalyst for the Funky One’s return?


Rory Macdonald’s victory at Bellator 192 wasn’t easy.

Accurate bobblehead

Rory loved it.

So pumped on this, @plasticcell did an amazing job #art

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His leg was all messed up

“it hurts but it will fade” is one of the phrases which make Rory… different.

Bruce Buffer always has a great view- in this case Francis Ngannou coming in hot at Stipe Miocic.

@brucebufferufc with the best seat in the house

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I like this version of the Fedor meme

Dana put all his Ngannous in one basket

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The Miocic family have their priorities straight

Dan Henderson wrestling like this is a LONG time ago.

Good lil throwback

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Tony Ferguson loves weird jiu-jitsu, and this is beyond weird- and looks incredibly painful.

Demetrious Johnson hurt his shoulder on his Twitch stream- the best part of this is a UFC champion asking “why do they have to do it so violently??”

Michael Venom Page isn’t remotely bothered by Paul Daley’s bitter criticism of Bellator’s handling of his career.

Small dogs sometimes know no fear.


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Derrick Lewis is Always Online, so he never misses classics like this:

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Or knockouts like this:

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Max Holloway with his finger on the pulse of martial arts in pop culture

Chael Sonnen outwrestled a very overweight Rampage in the main event of Bellator 192 and acted like he had really accomplished a feat. I guess he did: he earned a cool 300K, just like Rampage.

Volkan Oezdemir was instantly focused on learning from his loss to Daniel Cormier this weekend- a good sign for him moving forward

This real-life spinning elbow turned out to be a fantastic sucker-punch… er… sucker-bow.

Rose Namajunas came by her skills honestly

#tbt when I’d get ribbed for being a #martialartist #whatevs

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Tara LaRosa finally fought that internet troll… sort of. They rolled, and it was underwhelming, to say the least. He gassed quickly, and she tapped him a couple times.

Tara LaRosa vs Kris Zylinski (Internet Troll)

#Rolljunkie #McDojoLife

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Podcasts and Video

UFC 220 Highlights! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

The MMA Hour

Jack Slack’s Fights Gone By with the overly harsh take on Francis Ngannou

The Severe MMA podcast

The Co-Main Event podcast

Random Land

Nice blade

Check out this shot

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Ovince St. Preux Says UFC on Fox 27 Opponent Ilir Latifi Injured, Out of Scheduled Jan. 27 Fight

Another Ultimate Fighting Championship co-main event looks to has fallen by the wayside.
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Ovince St. Preux Says UFC on Fox 27 Opponent Ilir Latifi Injured, Out of Scheduled Jan. 27 Fight

Another Ultimate Fighting Championship co-main event looks to has fallen by the wayside.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ovince St. Preux Says UFC on Fox 27 Opponent Ilir Latifi Injured, Out of Scheduled Jan. 27 Fight

Another Ultimate Fighting Championship co-main event looks to has fallen by the wayside.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Ovince St. Preux Says UFC on Fox 27 Opponent Ilir Latifi Injured, Out of Scheduled Jan. 27 Fight

Another Ultimate Fighting Championship co-main event looks to has fallen by the wayside.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Midnight Mania! Zak Cummings out of UFC: St. Louis, says he cracked his skull on handrail

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Zak Cummings will no longer be competing this weekend on the UFC’s St. Louis card. He was scheduled to face Thiago Alves on the FOX Sports 1 prelims, but has been removed from the card due to injury.

According to a reply Cummings posted on Twitter, he hit his head on a handrail and “cracked my fucking skull.” Hopefully he’s not being literal, but it must have been a serious knock to take him out of the fight, and he says he’s “absolutely fucking devastated.” Cummings has won his last two fights and was looking to make it three in a row against the veteran Thiago Alves.

This is a rough break for any fighter; hopefully he heals up well and gets to spend some time with his 3-month old daughter.


I wouldn’t like these birthday presents but Angela Hill is taking them in stride.

Cage fighting fans are well known for their respect of women.

When fighting in the back of a semi truck goes wrong.

This doesn’t look fun.

Neither does this.

Pro wrestling needs to get back to it’s roots.

Holloway looks like a skinny Hawaiian god of violence. Which, incidentally, he is.

A bit creepy from Amanda Nunes

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This weekend’s fights have already begun.


That’s what the kids call an overhand.

Slam KO


Podcasts and Video

The MMA Outsiders preview this weekend’s fights in a shorter-than-usual episode.

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The MMA Ratings Podcast interviewed Nicco Montano’s striking coach, Arlene Sanchez.

Random Land

This hedgehog will make your day better.


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