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Midnight Mania! Watch Claressa Shields, Halle Berry Console Cyborg in Locker Room

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Cris Cyborg takes a loss exceptionally well, perhaps better than any champion we’ve seen. After her first round KO loss to Amanda Nunes, she not only handled the post-fight press conference extremely well, but today she took the remarkable step of posting video of herself, after the bout in her locker room.

These scenes are usually somewhat traumatic, as fighters come to grips with the fact that they didn’t win, that their focus for months of training came to nothing. Cyborg, however, was calm, philosophical, stoic. It truly is remarkable that a dominant champion, undefeated for 13 years, can react with such composure to her first knockout defeat.

One criticism that could be leveled at her performance was that she opted to wade forward and engage with Amande Nunes in the pocket, giving the younger, quicker fighter the openings to land her thunder-god right hand of destruction.

It wasn’t a criticism lost on her sparring partners, one of which happens to be Olympic gold medalist and world champion Claressa Shields. (At 12:40, you can see Claressa Shields cheerfully but pointedly berating Cyborg for brawling with Nunes.

“What the f***? Hey, look, I’m not mad about the loss. I’m mad because you know how to f***ing box, and you shouldn’t have been out there just trying to brawl. What you do that for? You f***ing jab with me. Jab with her short ass. What the F***? Anyway, I’m still proud of you. Rematch?

Cyborg: Probably

Shields: F*** her up. Go out there and use your jab, she can’t hurt you, she can’t f*** with you. She got mush.

Also present was movie star Halle Berry, who expressed her emotions watching her friend Cyborg lose. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“I was shocked, a lot of mixed emotions,” Berry said. “But she’s a champion. You’ll see, she’ll be back. All champions have to face highs and lows. I faced it in my career, we all face it. But she’s a true champion. She’ll be back.”

The UFC brass don’t seem all that keen on the idea of a rematch, given the decisive nature of the bout. It would make sense to allow Nunes to fight someone else in the meantime — the ever-present Holly Holm, for instance — and normally, even a dominant champion should earn their way back to a title shot. However, in Cyborg’s case, there really isn’t anyone else. Women’s featherweight was a division built around her, and the only other natural featherweight is young prospect Megan Anderson, who just bounced back from a lopsided decision to Holm. In all likelihood, if Cyborg, who also happens to be a proven draw, sticks around, she will get a second fight with Nunes, and a chance to apply Shields’ advice: ‘Jab with her short ass.”


Insomnia

Cyborg’s conduct in defeat does stand in sharp, sharp contrast to Ronda Rousey.

This picture of Justin Scoggins is cool on multiple levels

Jon Fitch with a solid bit of life advice

Lando Vannata has re-signed with the UFC

Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker was deservedly the fight of the year. Hopefully we see Romero back in action in 2019.

Demetrious Johnson wanting Max Holloway to do the haka after his next win, and Max responding ‘say no more fam’, is one of the ways social media is pretty cool sometimes.

Amanda Nunes hanging up her belts

Dustin Poirier got jokes

It’s good to know we can include Brendan Schaub among the idiots who think Mayweather-Tenshin was fixed. He also can’t pronounce Tenshin Nasukawa.

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Shields Won’t Rule Out Jump To Bellator MMA

It’s been a rough couple of years for decorated mixed martial arts (MMA) veteran Jake Shields.

The former Strikeforce middleweight champion holds wins over some of the biggest names in the sport, including Dan Henderson, Tyron Woodley, and Robbie Lawler, just to name a few. But life after Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), where he once fought for the welterweight title, has not been kind.

Is it time to hang ‘em up?

“I’m in a kind of unsure phase right now,” Shields told BJPenn.com. “I still like training and enjoy the sport. I don’t want to make a decision so quickly, I want to sit down and give it a thought. I’m still under contract for one more season (with PFL), so we’ll see how that goes.”

After a successful run for the now-defunct World Series of Fighting (WSOF) promotion, Shields (33-11-1, 1 NC) transitioned to Professional Fighter’s League (PFL). In four appearances, the American Jiu-Jitsu master has been stopped twice by Ray Cooper, part of a dreadful 2-4 run dating back to early 2015.

Perhaps it’s time for a change of scenery?

“Definitely,” Shields told Cole Shelton about a possible jump to Bellator MMA. “They seem to have a lot of momentum and me and Scott Coker got along good before. It’s not something I would rule out because Bellator seems to be getting bigger and bigger. It’s a good time for them.”

Shields and Coker worked side-by-side in Strikeforce before UFC came calling. As luck would have it, Coker replaced the since-deposed Bjorn Rebney to helm the Spike TV Paramount TV ship, and it’s certainly a buyer’s market.

It should be noted that Shields turns 40 in less than two months.

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Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
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Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

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Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
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Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

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Highlights! Cooper III Stops Shields, Ferreira At PFL 10 To Advance To Welterweight Finale

Ray Cooper III truly capitalized on a lucrative opportunity last night (Sat., Oct. 20, 2018) at PFL 10 live on NBCSN from inside St. Elizabeths East Entertainment and Sports Arena in Washington D.C, when he finished Jake Shields and Handesson Ferreira via first-round TKOs to advance to the Professional Fighters League (PFL) $ 1 million welterweight tournament finale.

Cooper, 25, put a beating on Shields in the opening minutes of their quarter-final matchup. The Hawaiian knockout artist blasted the grappling expert with a perfectly-timed right hand counter along the cage. Shields dropped to the canvas and Cooper jumped on top for furious ground-and-pound en route to an eventual stoppage.

Check out the finish above courtesy of PFL.

Cooper’s dominate performance opposite Shields set him up for a semi-final showdown with Ferreira. During an exchange on the ground early into the first round, “Bradda Boy” leveled Ferreira with huge left hands. Ferreira tried to cover up by Cooper rained down even more offense before the referee jumped in for the TKO stoppage.

Check out the finish below courtesy of PFL:

With these two equally impressive performances, Cooper now advances to the final round of PFL’s $ 1 million welterweight tournament, where he’ll meet Russian veteran Magomed Magomedkerimov, who defeated Bojan Velickovic and Pavlo Kusch en route to his own tournament finale birth.

The two will square off at the 2018 PFL Championship (PFL 11) on Dec. 31 live on NBCSN from inside Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
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Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
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Ray Cooper III Blows Away Jake Shields, Handesson Ferreira in PFL Welterweight Playoffs

Ray Cooper III was one of the few bright spots for the Professional Fighters League during a lengthy PFL 10 card on Saturday in Washington, D.C.
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