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UFC Veteran Tank Abbott Says He ‘Died 5 Times’ on Operating Table During Liver Transplant

UFC icon David “Tank” Abbott recently had a harrowing experience on the operating table, as a liver transplant nearly took his life.
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UFC Veteran Tank Abbott Says He ‘Died 5 Times’ on Operating Table During Liver Transplant

UFC icon David “Tank” Abbott recently had a harrowing experience on the operating table, as a liver transplant nearly took his life.
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Thomas Almeida Says He’s Fighting Cory Sandhagen at UFC’s Debut on ESPN+ in Brooklyn

A bantamweight matchup pitting Thomas Almeida against Cory Sandhagen has been added to the UFC Fight Night Brooklyn lineup on Jan. 19.
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Thomas Almeida Says He’s Fighting Cory Sandhagen at UFC’s Debut on ESPN+ in Brooklyn

A bantamweight matchup pitting Thomas Almeida against Cory Sandhagen has been added to the UFC Fight Night Brooklyn lineup on Jan. 19.
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Midnight Mania! Tito Says 200K Buys For Liddell Fight ‘Super Low’

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Tito Ortiz thinks that his trilogy bout with Chuck Liddell this Saturday should garner at least 200,000 Pay-Per-View (PPV) buys- and that’s being conservative.

To be a real success… a low number, 200? I mean, that’s shootin’ super low. If me and Chuck do 200,000 PPV buys, we shouldn’t even be in the business. I think this thing knocks it out of the park, I think we have a home run ahead of us, and I think all the fans at home will be interested in this fight because they want to see how this thing turns out.

As the reporter, Aaron Bronsteter, pointed out, no non-UFC Pay-Per-Views have broken that mark in MMA for some years, an objection Tito responded to with ‘glass half full’ optimism. There are some factors weighing in favor of Tito. Liddell and Ortiz do have considerable name value, and as Tito said, he has drawn big numbers on free TV for Bellator. There is no competition with the UFC Saturday night either- the UFC’s fight card, headlined by heavyweight contenders Curtis Blaydes and Francis Ngannou, is streamed online from China early Saturday morning. Golden Boy 1, the event headlined by Liddell-Ortiz, normally costs $ 39.99, but it will be half off on Black Friday for 2 hours, only $ 19.99. The big question is, after all this time, do fans still care about this rivalry? How powerful is nostalgia, exactly?

Liddell also gave his thoughts on the bout and said it will be a test whether the ‘boxing model’ of selling PPVs can work in mixed martial arts (MMA). The Ultimate Fighting Championship has had the PPV market in a death grip for some time in MMA, using a near-monopoly over the sports’ top talent and their name value to capture most of the revenue the sport generates.


Insomnia

This amateur fighter, Jack Culshaw, thinks he blew out both his knees jumping down from the cage after his win.

Sometimes freak accidents happen no matter how finely tuned the athlete

I might agree with Tito Ortiz and ‘Steven Jobs’ about kids and phone use.

Amanda Nunes is a sucker for cute dogs- and who isn’t?

Leave your kids with Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr, they said. It will be fine, they said.

Johnny Walker does have a vice-like Thai plum.

Justin Scoggins seems to have a grasp on what’s going on with the UFC flyweight division, and his career:

Platinum Mike Perry is back with the Platinum Princess

Georges St. Pierre has some serious snowman-building skills

The memes of the Florida man with the cartoonishly thick neck are still circulating

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Sometimes the martial arts are rougher than the stuff they are supposed to teach you self-defense for.

Numbers for UFC Fight Night prelims have been up two weeks in a row.

Well that was unexpected- Jamie Varner is now working in stem cell therapy

I enjoy watching Curtis Blaydes fight, and I’ll definitely be tuning into his bout with Francis Ngannou this weekend. I think fans as a whole care far more about personality than fighting style, but very few are good at presenting themselves as larger-than-life figures in that way.

Joe Yoga’n.


Slips, Rips, and Sumo Clips

This was a hard-fought match

I personally don’t enjoy the gi, but it does open up a lot of possibilities

There is something beautiful about watching someone get intense leverage on a choke.

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Random Land

This is stunning

While we are on skating…

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Cynthia Calvillo Says She Signed Contract to Face Michelle Waterson Before Marijuana Suspension

Cynthia Calvillo had an intriguing fight lined up before a Nevada State Athletic Commission suspension sidelined her for nine months. Now she wants that opportunity back.
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Midnight Mania! DC Says Trilogy With Jones Won’t ‘Change Much’

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Jon Jones is back, and that is always going to bring up questions about his rivalry with Daniel Cormier. As far as Jones is concerned, Cormier never won the title because he, Jon Jones, never lost it, so there is no reason to grant him a third fight. He also claims he isn’t interested in fighting Cormier at heavyweight, although he wouldn’t mind fighting Brock Lesnar.

Cormier, though, has dibs on Lesnar as long as he’s got the heavyweight belt, and he seems torn on whether to take the comparatively easier money fight with Brock or the legacy fight to avenge the losses to Jones. Via MMAFighting.com:

“For the legacy, to win against Jones would be better,” Cormier said at the UFC 230 media scrum (video by MMANytt). “But at the end of the day, even if I win the fight, I’m still down 2-1. It doesn’t really change much, he won the series. I’d have to stick around and try to beat him again. If I beat Lesnar, I’m up 1-0. But yes, for legacy, beating Jones because he’s the only guy that beat me in my career. That’s the one that means more for my legacy.”

Cormier’s insights on how he moved past the losses to Jones- the only person to defeat him in MMA- are a fascinating glimpse into a true competitor’s psychology when dealing with crushing loss.

“I had to change the mental process in regards to him,” Cormier said. “I had to truly let go of it completely because when he failed that next test I was like, ‘I know I’m done by 40. If everything is what it is, if USADA is what they say they are, I’m never going to get to fight this kid again.’ I had to truly remove myself from anything in regard to him. The reality is, if USADA is what USADA is, you fail the first time and you get a year, if you fail a second time, two years seems like it’s gonna be realistic. At two years, there was never gonna be a way and that’s what has allowed me to kind of move past it.”

“We’ll never be friends. We’ll never be cordial. Me saying he’s a good fighter and stuff is probably going to be the extent to which we say pleasant things about each other. Even, he did an interview where he said he was happy for me – I don’t believe that. It’s fine though. He does not have to be happy for me. My accomplishment is my accomplishment. On December 29, if he happens to win the belt, I am not going to be happy for him but his accomplishment does not mean less or more based on my reaction. It’s his. It’s not Daniel and Jon or Jon and Daniel. It’s Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier. We are two different people, so our reactions to each others success do not truly matter all that much.”

All speculation about whether or not a third matchup is in the cards is overlooking the fact that each man has a dangerous matchup in front of them. Daniel Cormier takes on power hitter Derrick Lewis this weekend at UFC 230, while Jon Jones faces Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch five years in the making. While Gustafsson does represent a uniquely difficult matchup for Jones, Cormier has faced both, and he thinks Jones will prevail again.

“I think Jones beats Gustafsson,” Cormier said. “I fought them both and with Alexander, outside of that big knee, nothing really hurt or anything. He kneed me in the third round but that was a round I won probably four minutes and 30 seconds of until he landed the knee, that’s why I won the fight. The second round he cut me but he won that round based on the fact that he got takedowns. That was at a time where I fought every takedown so hard that if I ever gave up a takedown, I lost the round.

“He’s a good fighter and he will present challenges to Jones because of his length that I can’t really present Jones with. But I think that Jones is just better. I know that when I’m fighting him, there are a number of things I need to worry about that I didn’t necessarily feel that against Alexander.”


Insomnia

Alexander Gustafsson’s ‘it was a little windy in there’ is a pretty decent response to Jones’s shove.

Derrick Lewis got a ‘good luck’ from impressive impressionist Al Foran

Matt Serra and Din Thomas, then and now:

Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes is going to be a fun one while it lasts.

I really, really hope Max Holloway is alright, but Brian Ortega is getting that title shot either way. Who would he face, I wonder?

Derrick Lewis and Popeyes demonstrating why they are a perfect match.

Brock Lesnar ‘won’ back his fake wrestling belt.

Paul Felder weighed in just for fun- 193.6 pounds is pretty heavy for a lightweight!

I feel bad for Sijara Eubanks. I empathize with her shrug attitude, but missing weight isn’t going to earn her any points towards a future title shot.

Derrick Lewis highlights an early win over an all-American wrestler.

Israel Adesanya has one more day to make fun of Derek Brunson

Yves Edwards on rude and unreasonable chicken:


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Some knockouts are just so casual

This is a crazy brawl

That’s some serious ground and pound

Old school brawl

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Midnight Mania! ‘Bones’ Return Seems ‘Unfair’ But is Good For 205, Says ‘Lionheart’

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Anthony “Lionheart” Smith is happy the UFC’s troubled light heavyweight son, Jon Jones, is returning from exile- even though on the face of it, it seems unfair he is rewarded with a title shot immediately.

Via MMAJunkie.com:

“As far as Jon Jones goes: Like I’ve said 100 times, I’ll never talk about anything Jon Jones does personally because that’s his own life,” Smith told MMAjunkie at UFC Fight Night 138 media day. “He wants to mess it up, that’s on him. As unfair as it does seem that Jon Jones is back in a title shot, the title’s back in rotation, and that’s something ‘DC’ wasn’t doing. I said 100 times I never thought ‘DC’ was going to come back to 205.”

The objection in regard to Daniel Cormier is one other fighters have made- that he has no intention of making the very tough weight cut to 205 again when he has the heavyweight title. DC himself hasn’t admitted that- he says if he loses his heavyweight title at UFC 230 to Derrick Lewis, he might just come back and upset the planned UFC 232 matchup between Jones and Alexander Gustafsson. Smith doesn’t think DC has any intention of doing that, and is just glad the situation will be resolved one way or the other, for the sake of himself and the rest of the light heavyweight contenders.

“I understand,” Smith said. “He’s the double champ, and he wanted to hold onto that as long as he could, and I couldn’t say that I would’ve done any different. I’m just glad that it’s moving again. I just hope that Jon doesn’t beat Gustafsson and then hold the division up again.

“I just don’t think that Daniel has any intention (of defending). I think that’s what it comes down to. If he had a timeline of like, ‘I’m going to fight Derrick Lewis at this time, and then in March I’m going to defend the 205 title,’ I think he’d still have it. But I think Jon Jones and Gustafsson fighting for it, he has no intention.”

Anthony Smith faces Volkan Oezdemir tomorrow night in the main event of UFC Moncton tomorrow night.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 138 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” undercard bout at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” undercard bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.


Insomnia

This is very cool of Artem Lobov

A crazy Jiu-Jitsu story:

Jiu Jitsu and Weed mix very well, as the Diaz brothers could tell you.

Ben Askren kept up his trash talk today on Twitter.

The trade, Askren for Demetrious Johnson, seems like a positive event in and of itself, but it might be less of a positive development for the fighters going forward.

Rachael Ostivich grappling with her partner

Of course Tito Ortiz wants to outlive his kids

How… how do you not know Floyd Mayweather’s name as an expert in anything related to combat sports?


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Body kick!

Sometimes a kick catch doesn’t pan out:

The T-rex dance from Marcelo Rojo!

George Foreman and Ron Lyle was a heavyweight fight I hadn’t known about until today. What a slugfest!

I missed Aaron Pico in slow motion. After beating Leandro Higo, I can’t wait to see him against the elite in Bellator and perhaps eventually the UFC.


Random Land

Its been some day for Florida. First the MAGA bomber, now this.

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Dana White Says Things Are Good With Khabib Now

At UFC 230, lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov roughed up superstar Conor McGregor in the cage, then jumped out of the cage and into the audience to fight McGregor’s teammates.

It was… pretty ugly.

It’s expected that ol’ Khabib is going to face some form of punishment at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In fact, the Commission held onto Nurmagomedov’s paycheck in anticipation of the fines he’ll be hit with.

The UFC, on the other hand, wasted no time dropping the hammer on Khabib’s teammates who participated in the extracurricular fracas. In particular, they pulled UFC Fight Night 138 headliner Zubaira Tukhugov from his fight, and replaced him with Michael Johnson.

This left Khabib pretty heated, and he threatened to quit the UFC.

But UFC boss Dana White says Khabib has calmed down, and everything is good now. As per TMZ Sports:

Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.

“We’re good with Khabib,” Dana said … “He’s staying. This will all work out.”

“We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up.”

He continued, “Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a great relationship with him.”

The other question … does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster?

“Well, [Khabib’s] staying in the UFC,” Dana said … telling us he’s not 100% sure about Zubaira’s future.

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and “this will all work out.”

Of course everything is good now. The UFC’s pay-per-view stars are dwindling big time, so they need Khabib.

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Dana White Says Things Are Good With Khabib Now

At UFC 230, lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov roughed up superstar Conor McGregor in the cage, then jumped out of the cage and into the audience to fight McGregor’s teammates.

It was… pretty ugly.

It’s expected that ol’ Khabib is going to face some form of punishment at the hands of the Nevada State Athletic Commission. In fact, the Commission held onto Nurmagomedov’s paycheck in anticipation of the fines he’ll be hit with.

The UFC, on the other hand, wasted no time dropping the hammer on Khabib’s teammates who participated in the extracurricular fracas. In particular, they pulled UFC Fight Night 138 headliner Zubaira Tukhugov from his fight, and replaced him with Michael Johnson.

This left Khabib pretty heated, and he threatened to quit the UFC.

But UFC boss Dana White says Khabib has calmed down, and everything is good now. As per TMZ Sports:

Dana White tells TMZ Sports … he and Khabib Nurmagomedov have worked out their issues and “The Eagle” will not be leaving the UFC.

“We’re good with Khabib,” Dana said … “He’s staying. This will all work out.”

“We worked it out. We’re gonna get everything worked out. Obviously, he was a little upset and a little fired up.”

He continued, “Listen, guys get very emotional man and that was a very emotional fight for him. At the end of the day, Khabib is a great guy and we’ve always had a great relationship with him.”

The other question … does this mean Khabib AND Zubaira will remain on the UFC roster?

“Well, [Khabib’s] staying in the UFC,” Dana said … telling us he’s not 100% sure about Zubaira’s future.

He did assure us that Khabib is happy and “this will all work out.”

Of course everything is good now. The UFC’s pay-per-view stars are dwindling big time, so they need Khabib.

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