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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


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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Coach: UFC Should Pay Nate Diaz $15 Million to Fight Tyron Woodley

It doesn’t appear that Nate Diaz is going to fight Tyron Woodley at UFC 219 unless the promotion is willing to make him an extremely lucrative offer.
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Midnight Mania! Conor McGregor rips Floyd Mayweather – ‘He should have paid his taxes and stayed retired’

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Conor McGregor was followed by TMZ and had some interesting takes on the price of his upcoming pay-per-view (PPV) event, Floyd Mayweather’s financial choices and the doubters.

On the doubters:

“Fuck them!”

On the price of the PPV:

“It should be $ 120!”

On Mayweather not paying his taxes:

“That’s gotta sting. I don’t give a fuck what he did. I don’t give a fuck … he should have stayed retired. He’s fucked now, and that’s the God’s honest truth. He should have paid his taxes and stayed retired, and kept my name out of his mouth.”


Insomnia

Everyone wants a crack at Justin Gaethje now- but he’s especially down to fight Eddie Alvarez. Real respects real.

Amanda Nunes’ explanation about removing herself from UFC 213’s main event this past weekend didn’t keep her from getting thrown under the bus by her own promoter, Dana White, who is the archetypal jerk boss. Nunes’ manager had some choice words for him.

This moment reveals what a genuinely nice guy Robert Whittaker is … and Yoel Romero gracious in defeat. Michael Bisping, though, is an entirely different story.

Speaking of warriors respecting each other …

Kelvin Gastelum is right that Gegard Mousasi to Bellator means one less guy to worry about — Middleweight is an aging division, so guys like Gastelum are poised to be at the top for a long time just by default. Gastelum faces Chris Weidman at UFC on Fox 25 on July 22

Accurate!

Fabricio Werdum gets paid six figures by a guy who rounds up homosexuals for concentration camps? That doesn’t seem good.

Mousasi speaks the truth on the Reebok deal, Joe Lauzon’s minority dissent aside.

Man… that’s a lot of taxes.

Frankie Edgar seems to be getting the next title shot … and Cub Swanson isn’t happy about it.

Derrick Lewis and Travis Browne will never squash their beef.


Slips, Rips, and Knockout Clips

Maybe watch out for this guy at UFC “Glasgow” — Galore Bofando has some pretty awesome highlights:


Podcasts and Video

UFC 213 post-fight show with Flyin’ Brian J. (subscribe to MMAMania.com’s Youtube channel here):

The MMA Hour!

The Monday Morning Analyst:

Tommy Toehold presents UFC 213 in 60 seconds:


Random Land

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Bellator NYC: Why You Should Care

Bellator is coming to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the first time on June 24, and yes, this is a very big deal. Regardless of the UFC already popping that MSG cherry, and the WSOF and a handful of amateur MMA events that have taken place in the Garden’s smaller venue (The Theater), […]

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Bellator NYC: Why You Should Care

Bellator is coming to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the first time on June 24, and yes, this is a very big deal. Regardless of the UFC already popping that MSG cherry, and the WSOF and a handful of amateur MMA events that have taken place in the Garden’s smaller venue (The Theater), […]

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Bellator NYC: Why You Should Care

Bellator is coming to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the first time on June 24, and yes, this is a very big deal. Regardless of the UFC already popping that MSG cherry, and the WSOF and a handful of amateur MMA events that have taken place in the Garden’s smaller venue (The Theater), […]

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Bellator NYC: Why You Should Care

Bellator is coming to New York City’s Madison Square Garden for the first time on June 24, and yes, this is a very big deal. Regardless of the UFC already popping that MSG cherry, and the WSOF and a handful of amateur MMA events that have taken place in the Garden’s smaller venue (The Theater), […]

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Mark Henry says Conor McGregor should pursue boxing career after Floyd Mayweather superfight

Everybody is weighing in on Conor McGregor’s growing opportunity to fight Floyd Mayweather inside of a boxing ring later this year. While the majority of combat enthusiasts and fans are giving “Notorious” no chance to stand and bang with one of the best defensive boxers of all time, MMA head coach Mark Henry, who saw star pupil Eddie Alvarez get destroyed by McGregor at UFC 205 this past November, truly believes that the Irishman has a bright future in boxing.

“Look, if I was Conor, I would definitely pursue the boxing, because he can make more in one fight than in 10 or 11 with the UFC,” Henry told MMAjunkie. “But, while he’s doing it, they should definitely make another 155-pound belt, because it would be ridiculous if they didn’t.”

Henry’s outlook in favor of McGregor shouldn’t come as a surprise. The renowned MMA coach stated earlier this year that he believes the Irish knockout artist can put an end to Mayweather within four rounds.

“Conor is one of the best boxers I’ve ever seen – ever. From his precision to his power to his speed, and I think he has a shot in the first two rounds,” Henry added. “Because Mayweather, like a lot of boxers do when they’re sparring MMA guys, he may not think he’s that good.

“He might not realize how fast Conor is, and you’ve got to remember that Conor is going to be taller, longer, 13 years younger, and a southpaw. Early on, I’d give him a chance of doing some damage. But after that, it’s not going to be too good (for McGregor).”

If McGregor is able to hang with Mayweather inside of the boxing ring and bank $ 75 million in the process, it’s highly likely that the MMA superstar journeys back to the boxing ring in the future. After all, there are more names to slay other than “Money.”

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