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Frankie Edgar: Brian Ortega Should Have Accepted Jeremy Stephens Fight at UFC 226

Last weekend’s co-main event at UFC 226 was supposed to feature a 145-pound championship bout between Ultimate Fighting Championship featherweight champion Max Holloway and Brian Ortega.
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Dana White Still Believes Yoel Romero Should Move to 205, But, Should UFC Look at Third Fight With Robert Whittaker?

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

If following last night’s headliner at UFC 225 between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, you believe a third fight is in order, well, it looks like that might not happen.

If you watched the contest, then you know it was one of the best middleweight bouts in recent memory. Whittaker outscored Romero in the opening two rounds, but in round three, the latter decked the champ before he recovered and returned fire. Round four was competitive, but round five was pretty much a blow out for Romero, who dropped Whittaker again and appeared to be on the verge of finishing the fight. In fact, many folks have opined that the round should have been scored a 10 – 8 for Romero (via the new scoring rules). None of the judges, however, did so. Whittaker walked away from the bout with a controversial, split decision win.

Well, as you know, even if Romero had been handed the decision, he wouldn’t have been given the belt, since he came in at 185.2 for the fight. It was a repeat from what went down in February, when Romero didn’t secure the interim title after knocking out Luke Rockhold, because he missed weight for that fight as well.

After the card, White was asked if he still believes Romero should move to 205. Prior to the card, the UFC President had said he thinks that’s what the Cuban wrestler should do. White stood by that belief at the post-fight presser.

“Probably a good idea. We’re going to have to talk to him and his team, and it’s probably a good idea for him to go to 205. “

But is this really the route the UFC should go? Should they pass on Whittaker – Romero 3? Considering how last night’s bout unfolded? Yes, Romero missed weight, and he looked horrible after making his second attempt. But, the fighter has insisted his cut was stopped prematurely by the commission. Of course, health concerns need to be monitored here, but has the UFC thoroughly vetted what happened ? To conclude the book should be closed on Romero’s run at 185?

Now, another reason one could make the case for Whittaker – Romero III is due to the state of the middleweight division. When White was asked about the status of Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum, really, the only two 185’ers right now who you could tap for a title fight, he said this:

“Weidman’s still hurt; his hands still messed up. So he’s going to be out for a while longer.”

“No comment on Kelvin Gastelum. He should have been the back-up here tonight when this all went down. He couldn’t do it. He’s got some personal issues that he seriously needs to take care of.”

So, depending on what issue Gastelum is dealing with, perhaps, the former welterweight contender could be a possibility in the not too distant future. But, would that fight draw more views that Whittaker – Romero III? That’s a good question.

At the end of the day, as the news cycle moves on, and Whittaker takes times to recover from a broken hand, calls for a third bout with Romero will have likely diminished. It’s just really unfortunate that Romero missed weight again, as, in a vacuum, a third scrap between the two sounds about right.

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Daniel Cormier: Showdown with Stipe Miocic Should Determine MMA’s No. 1 P4P Talent

Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier takes on current heavyweight king Stipe Miocic in the much anticipated heavyweight title at UFC 226 on July 7 inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.
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Rockhold: If I Beat Gustafsson, I Should Be F—king Champion

Who’s up for another interim title?

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion, Luke Rockhold, has abandoned his post at 185 pounds after a series of increasingly difficult weight cuts, instead opting for greener pastures in the light heavyweight class.

Just don’t expect him to waste time working his way up the 205-pound ladder, as Rockhold (16-4) already has his sights set on two-time title contender Alexander Gustafsson, which should land him another championship title.

The part-time model elaborates to Submission Radio:

“There’s a lot of interest in the fight. He’s a guy that’s been right there, that’s only lost to champions. He’s the top, he’s the cream of the crop in the division. You beat him, you basically are the champion. The only problem is that DC is the champion. So, what? I go fight Alexander Gustafsson when DC is fighting for the heavyweight title? I’m not gonna fight Gustafsson for nothing, and I’m not gonna put myself in the position where it creates a weird moment for me and DC. So, I think it all depends on what happens with this fight with him and Stipe. If that goes forward, yeah, I mean, I’ll fight Gustafsson. But once you beat Gustafsson, if DC’s out – If I beat Gustafsson, I should be the fucking champion. Just realistically. And I mean, if you think about it, he is the man to beat, other than DC. And so the whole division is in a weird space.”

If this guy was still here, we wouldn’t be having this discussion.

The “weird space” was created when the promotion allowed reigning 205-pound champion, Daniel Cormier, the opportunity to head north and challenge heavyweight kingpin Stipe Miocic, a fight that happens this summer at the conclusion of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27.

Until then, the man to beat is “The Mauler,” who appears to have no problem welcoming Rockhold to his new home. When and where that fight gets booked remains to be seen, but it sounds like we can say finally goodbye to this rubber match.

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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next?

After seemingly endless attempts to put him in the cage for some sort of championship bout, it finally happened last night at UFC 223. Now, Dagestani wrestling powerhouse Khabib Nurmagomedov is the king of all lightweights.

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Of course, since the fight game is an endless timeline where new stories are constantly emerging to replace the old, we a different beast entirely on our hands: Who should the champ fight next?

The obvious choice would be former interim champ Tony Ferguson, who was supposed to be Nurmagomedov’s dance partner many times over but for various reasons never was. Since there’s a gypsy curse preventing that pairing, the UFC would be foolish to try to book it again.

That leaves us with two other intriguing names.

In his postfight victory speech, Nurmagomedov suggest Georges St-Pierre. However, if the notion of GSP – a former welterweight AND middleweight champ – cutting down to 155 pounds makes you laugh… yeah, that’s because it’s funny. Ain’t no way St-Pierre is making that weight.

Then there’s Conor McGregor, who’d most certainly be the biggest money-making match-up for Nurmagomedov and the UFC. After all, McGregor did fly all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in.

Unfortunately, McGregor flew all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in, and now the Irish idiot is going to be tangle up in legal tendrils for a good while.

What do you think? Who should Nurmagomedov face next?

Ponder that while you watch this interview from last night, courtesy of Brett Okamoto of ESPN:

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Who Should Khabib Nurmagomedov Fight Next?

After seemingly endless attempts to put him in the cage for some sort of championship bout, it finally happened last night at UFC 223. Now, Dagestani wrestling powerhouse Khabib Nurmagomedov is the king of all lightweights.

Thank you so much guys. Love you guys all.

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Of course, since the fight game is an endless timeline where new stories are constantly emerging to replace the old, we a different beast entirely on our hands: Who should the champ fight next?

The obvious choice would be former interim champ Tony Ferguson, who was supposed to be Nurmagomedov’s dance partner many times over but for various reasons never was. Since there’s a gypsy curse preventing that pairing, the UFC would be foolish to try to book it again.

That leaves us with two other intriguing names.

In his postfight victory speech, Nurmagomedov suggest Georges St-Pierre. However, if the notion of GSP – a former welterweight AND middleweight champ – cutting down to 155 pounds makes you laugh… yeah, that’s because it’s funny. Ain’t no way St-Pierre is making that weight.

Then there’s Conor McGregor, who’d most certainly be the biggest money-making match-up for Nurmagomedov and the UFC. After all, McGregor did fly all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in.

Unfortunately, McGregor flew all the way from Ireland to New York to throw hand-trucks at the windows of a van Nurmagomedov was sitting in, and now the Irish idiot is going to be tangle up in legal tendrils for a good while.

What do you think? Who should Nurmagomedov face next?

Ponder that while you watch this interview from last night, courtesy of Brett Okamoto of ESPN:

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Couture Believes McGregor Should Get Bigger Piece Of UFC Pie

With limited star power to satisfy high expectations in revenue and pay-per-view (PPV) sales, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) needs Conor McGregor back in the Octagon.

McGregor, on the other hand, doesn’t necessarily need UFC, especially after scoring an eye-popping payday opposite boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. this past summer. But just because McGregor doesn’t need to return to UFC to add to his already growing Irish bank account doesn’t mean “Notorious” shouldn’t come back to solidify his legacy in mixed martial arts (MMA).

All signs point to McGregor stepping back inside of the cage later this year, but the 29-year-old businessman is going to need considerable compensation to do so. While UFC is unlikely to grant McGregor his wish of receiving equity in the promotion, the organization will most likely open up its wallet more than ever before.

According to former UFC champion and all-around MMA personality Randy Couture, McGregor deserves every penny he gets. As a fighter who brings more to the table than any man or woman before him, including this sport-jumping star, McGregor holds the sort of leverage than you simply can’t ignore.

“[Conor McGregor]’s the poster child for why we need the amendment for Mixed Martial Arts,” Couture said during a recent interview with Submission Radio (shown above). “It will be interesting to see if he comes back to MMA. There’s been a lot of rumors and a lot of talk. Has he been stripped of both his titles? Is he gonna come back and fight again? What’s gonna happen? Who’s he gonna fight? And the big question, what’s he gonna get paid after just getting paid 100 million dollars for a boxing match, even though it was just an exhibition and not for a title? What’s he gonna get paid the next time that he comes back and fights in MMA under the UFC moniker? Why would he expect to get paid any less than he got for boxing? I can guarantee you they are not gonna give him that kind of money. So again, why? What’s the difference? Where is the flaw here?”

As the biggest star in combat sports today, McGregor holds a lot of power in his hands. But as a fighter looking to secure his own financial future and get his hands on multiple opportunities inside and out of the cage, the Irishman hasn’t utilized his notoriety and promotional pull to help out other fighters (yet).

“It’s all these things that I’ve been talking about with regards to why we need to be protected by the federal legislation,” said Couture. “There needs to be transparency in our sport. The exclusive contracts need to be eliminated. We shouldn’t be coerced into giving away all these things in order to be ranked and fight for a title. I should be able to know how much money is made off of any show that I fight in, so I can negotiate for my share of that, my portion of that. So if I’m Conor McGregor, he probably feels like he deserves a bigger piece, and certainly 15 percent of it or 17 percent of it as he’s the guy putting butts in seats and having people sell pay-per-views. So all those things get brought into question by what Conor’s done so far. We would love to obviously have him involved and testify or be involved in pushing the Ali Act through. He’s aware of us, but so far he’s been very focused on his own deal and doing his own deal. So it will be interesting to see how that shakes out for him.”

While there are a ton of questions surrounding McGregor’s potential return to MMA, the current UFC lightweight champion has made it known that he wants to continue his fighting career. When McGregor comes back to UFC he’s going to have the ability to pull more strings than ever before, so it will be interesting to see how that leverage is used and what it changes for fighters that come after him.

With only a few fights left, McGregor will have limited time to set new trends as a star capable of digging deeper into UFC’s pockets. But considering the lightweight king has increased his earnings every step of the way, we’d be crazy to think “Notorous” won’t push the envelope in his ongoing contract negotiations.

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Chris Weidman: I Think I Should Fight Robert Whittaker

Unsurprisingly, Weidman thinks his stoppage win over Kelvin Gastelum should grant him the next title shot at 185 pounds.

Chris Weidman has been out of action for several months now as he nurses a bunged up thumb injury he suffered in his July victory over Kelvin Gastelum. But that didn’t stop him from flying all the way to Australia for UFC 221 where the future of his division was being decided.

Even with all signs pointing towards the winner of the Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero semi-interim fight getting the next shot at Robert Whittaker, he made his case to reporters in Perth that he was the most deserving.

”I think it’s good that the division will be less chaotic, less weird, so you’ll have just a straight up champion, no interims,” he told Submission Radio. “As for who should fight Whittaker? I don’t know, I think I should. I just beat – what is Gastelum ranked, top five? He’s ranked fifth? I just finished him, he’s never gotten finished in his career.”

As for Romero?

”He just had a loss to Whittaker,” Weidman argued.

Unfortunately for Weidman, that loss from UFC 213 and Romero missing weight didn’t stop UFC president Dana White from confirming Romero as next up for Whittaker. A small glimmer of hope opened up for “The All American” when Yoel declared he’d broken his leg en route to his third round victory over Rockhold. But doctors soon cleared that up and declared Romero ‘good to go’ with a few weeks rest.

That’s longer than it will take for Weidman to get back to training.

”There’s still pain, I’m able to punch decent,” he said regarding his ongoing thumb problems. “But still if I clip the thumb it still hurts. But it’s more the grappling right now, when I go to grab or do any movement I get little sharp pains so I’m not able to squeeze like I’d like. And so I’m at about the six month mark, Khabib says it takes about eight months, so maybe another two months or maybe less.”

”I’m going to go see a doctor in Las Vegas coming up here and get some injections and hopefully speed up the process.”

We assume he’s talking about stem cells. Why fighters aren’t soaking in the stuff like Neo in the Matrix is beyond me. Regardless of his thumb, it sounds like Weidman will be stuck on the sidelines with no title shot unless something crazy happens … which given the past two years at 185 pounds, is not that unlikely.

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Chris Weidman: I Think I Should Fight Robert Whittaker

Unsurprisingly, Weidman thinks his stoppage win over Kelvin Gastelum should grant him the next title shot at 185 pounds.

Chris Weidman has been out of action for several months now as he nurses a bunged up thumb injury he suffered in his July victory over Kelvin Gastelum. But that didn’t stop him from flying all the way to Australia for UFC 221 where the future of his division was being decided.

Even with all signs pointing towards the winner of the Luke Rockhold vs. Yoel Romero semi-interim fight getting the next shot at Robert Whittaker, he made his case to reporters in Perth that he was the most deserving.

”I think it’s good that the division will be less chaotic, less weird, so you’ll have just a straight up champion, no interims,” he told Submission Radio. “As for who should fight Whittaker? I don’t know, I think I should. I just beat – what is Gastelum ranked, top five? He’s ranked fifth? I just finished him, he’s never gotten finished in his career.”

As for Romero?

”He just had a loss to Whittaker,” Weidman argued.

Unfortunately for Weidman, that loss from UFC 213 and Romero missing weight didn’t stop UFC president Dana White from confirming Romero as next up for Whittaker. A small glimmer of hope opened up for “The All American” when Yoel declared he’d broken his leg en route to his third round victory over Rockhold. But doctors soon cleared that up and declared Romero ‘good to go’ with a few weeks rest.

That’s longer than it will take for Weidman to get back to training.

”There’s still pain, I’m able to punch decent,” he said regarding his ongoing thumb problems. “But still if I clip the thumb it still hurts. But it’s more the grappling right now, when I go to grab or do any movement I get little sharp pains so I’m not able to squeeze like I’d like. And so I’m at about the six month mark, Khabib says it takes about eight months, so maybe another two months or maybe less.”

”I’m going to go see a doctor in Las Vegas coming up here and get some injections and hopefully speed up the process.”

We assume he’s talking about stem cells. Why fighters aren’t soaking in the stuff like Neo in the Matrix is beyond me. Regardless of his thumb, it sounds like Weidman will be stuck on the sidelines with no title shot unless something crazy happens … which given the past two years at 185 pounds, is not that unlikely.

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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.”


Insomnia

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


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