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Fired up Alexander Gustafsson Has Made Some Interesting Bout Proposals…

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Alexander Gustafsson is still looking for his next fight, and the perennial, light-heavyweight contender has made some pretty interesting proposals on that front…

Gustafsson hasn’t fought now since May, 2017, when he took out Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109. “The Mauler” believed the win, and his #1 ranking would deliver him a rematch with the champ, Daniel Cormier. But, then the UFC dropped jaws throughout the sport by announcing Cormier will fight heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, on July 7th. That didn’t sit too well with the Swedish star.

Well, more recently Gustafsson has offered to welcome Luke Rockhold to the light-heavyweight division. But, following Yoel Romero’s failure to make weight for UFC 225, Dana White’s comments that the middleweight should move to 205, and Cormier’s  call for Gustafsson to fight Romero, “The Mauler” shared out this:

Now, of course, everyone and their dog would like to see Gustafsson fight Romero. But, so far, it doesn’t sound like the Cuban wrestler plans to leave middleweight behind. 

Gustafsson’s offer to step in for either Cormier or Miocic at UFC 226 is also, pretty, pretty interesting. If Cormier went down with an injury, one would think the UFC would tap another heavyweight contender to fight Miocic. But, if the heavyweight champ was sidelined, would the UFC have Gustafsson fight Cormier again? In a rematch at heavyweight?

Oezdemir is scheduled to fight “Shogun” on July 22th, so, if either one of those guys goes down, then Gustafsson would be an obvious option. All this aside, hopefully we see Gustafsson back in the cage, sooner than later.

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Fired up Alexander Gustafsson Has Made Some Interesting Bout Proposals…

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Alexander Gustafsson is still looking for his next fight, and the perennial, light-heavyweight contender has made some pretty interesting proposals on that front…

Gustafsson hasn’t fought now since May, 2017, when he took out Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109. “The Mauler” believed the win, and his #1 ranking would deliver him a rematch with the champ, Daniel Cormier. But, then the UFC dropped jaws throughout the sport by announcing Cormier will fight heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, on July 7th. That didn’t sit too well with the Swedish star.

Well, more recently Gustafsson has offered to welcome Luke Rockhold to the light-heavyweight division. But, following Yoel Romero’s failure to make weight for UFC 225, Dana White’s comments that the middleweight should move to 205, and Cormier’s  call for Gustafsson to fight Romero, “The Mauler” shared out this:

Now, of course, everyone and their dog would like to see Gustafsson fight Romero. But, so far, it doesn’t sound like the Cuban wrestler plans to leave middleweight behind. 

Gustafsson’s offer to step in for either Cormier or Miocic at UFC 226 is also, pretty, pretty interesting. If Cormier went down with an injury, one would think the UFC would tap another heavyweight contender to fight Miocic. But, if the heavyweight champ was sidelined, would the UFC have Gustafsson fight Cormier again? In a rematch at heavyweight?

Oezdemir is scheduled to fight “Shogun” on July 22th, so, if either one of those guys goes down, then Gustafsson would be an obvious option. All this aside, hopefully we see Gustafsson back in the cage, sooner than later.

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Fired up Alexander Gustafsson Has Made Some Interesting Bout Proposals…

(This post originally appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

Alexander Gustafsson is still looking for his next fight, and the perennial, light-heavyweight contender has made some pretty interesting proposals on that front…

Gustafsson hasn’t fought now since May, 2017, when he took out Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 109. “The Mauler” believed the win, and his #1 ranking would deliver him a rematch with the champ, Daniel Cormier. But, then the UFC dropped jaws throughout the sport by announcing Cormier will fight heavyweight champ, Stipe Miocic, on July 7th. That didn’t sit too well with the Swedish star.

Well, more recently Gustafsson has offered to welcome Luke Rockhold to the light-heavyweight division. But, following Yoel Romero’s failure to make weight for UFC 225, Dana White’s comments that the middleweight should move to 205, and Cormier’s  call for Gustafsson to fight Romero, “The Mauler” shared out this:

Now, of course, everyone and their dog would like to see Gustafsson fight Romero. But, so far, it doesn’t sound like the Cuban wrestler plans to leave middleweight behind. 

Gustafsson’s offer to step in for either Cormier or Miocic at UFC 226 is also, pretty, pretty interesting. If Cormier went down with an injury, one would think the UFC would tap another heavyweight contender to fight Miocic. But, if the heavyweight champ was sidelined, would the UFC have Gustafsson fight Cormier again? In a rematch at heavyweight?

Oezdemir is scheduled to fight “Shogun” on July 22th, so, if either one of those guys goes down, then Gustafsson would be an obvious option. All this aside, hopefully we see Gustafsson back in the cage, sooner than later.

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CM Punk Issues Statement After Second UFC Defeat: ‘You Win Some, You Lose Some’

CM Punk may be 0-2 as a mixed martial artist, but that didn’t prevent him from having a positive outlook following his second Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance.
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CM Punk Issues Statement After Second UFC Defeat: ‘You Win Some, You Lose Some’

CM Punk may be 0-2 as a mixed martial artist, but that didn’t prevent him from having a positive outlook following his second Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance.
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CM Punk Issues Statement After Second UFC Defeat: ‘You Win Some, You Lose Some’

CM Punk may be 0-2 as a mixed martial artist, but that didn’t prevent him from having a positive outlook following his second Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance.
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Two Fighters Had Some Post-UFC Fight Night 130 Drama

Two barely consequential fighters – Claudio Silva and Nordine Taleb – clashed in the Octagon at UFC Fight Night 130 this past weekend. Silva won via submission.

The story should have ended there, but apparently there was some post-fight drama stemming from Taleb’s unhappiness with the result of their fight. Something about… I don’t know. Taleb thought the Brazilian had cheated somehow.

Anyway, unless you’re Nick Diaz scrapping with Joe Riggs in the emergency room, it’s really unfashionable to start trouble postfight.

Here’s MMAJunkie:

Silva said he was drinking a juice in the lobby of the Radisson Blu hours after the fight when Taleb approached him in an agitated state. He said Taleb immediately began berating him about the outcome of their fight and accused him colluding with the referee to get a submission win.

“He kicked me in the leg as I was sitting on the ground,” Silva said. “He said, ‘(Expletive) you, you’re a (expletive). You robbed me. You didn’t win that fight. You told the referee I was holding your gloves and then you got the choke.’”

Silva said he tried to defuse the situation, but Taleb continued to abuse him and used a homophobic slur. He said Taleb also challenged him by saying, “If someone talked to me like that, I would kill the person.” Taleb was then restrained by his teammates and left shortly afterward.

Taleb better be careful. He’s not Conor McGregor – who could literally get away with murder and not be fired.

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King Mo Just Wants To ‘Whup Some Ass’ In San Jose

Bellator 199: “Bader vs. King Mo” takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., this Saturday night (May 12, 2018), featuring a main event between Ryan Bader (24-5) against Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC) in the final fight in the opening round of the promotion’s Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.

This bout was originally scheduled for Bellator 180 in June 2017 before the open-weight grand prix event was ever even announced. After Lawal was forced out with an injury, Bader faced — and defeated — Phil Davis instead, taking his Bellator Light Heavyweight title in the process. It’s a new year and a new fight now with a whole lot more for both men at stake. For Lawal, in particular, the benefits of a win are tremendous — he’d advance to a second round fight with Matt Mitrione and have instant credibility to get a world title shot against Bader in a rematch where the champion would already know “King Mo” had his number once before.

MMAmania.com recently spoke with “King Mo” about the unique opportunity ahead of him at SAP Center on Saturday night, which won’t feel real for Lawal until the cage door closes.

“I guess I’ll feel good once it happens, you know what I’m saying? I’m just waiting for [fight] week to hurry up and come — and pass.”

In truth, Lawal is so anxious for this fight to come he couldn’t care less whether it’s the Heavyweight Grand Prix, Light Heavyweight … or any weight. He just wants to scrap.

“To be honest with you it’s (just) a fight. Like people like to be — I don’t give a damn who I’m fighting, man. A fight’s a fight, man. It can be Bader, it can be Fedor, it can be whoever man. I’m gonna train hard, I’m gonna train smart, I’m gonna come whup that ass.”

Even though a “fight’s a fight” there’s a little extra hot sauce on this one since beating Bader could also earn Lawal a future 205-pound title shot. In Mo’s mind, though, why wait and do it again later?

“Like if I beat him at walk around weight, why should I even go down? Once I beat Bader they should go ahead and just — he should forfeit the title to me anyway.”

Lawal is adamant on the subject of weight, even going so far as to claim he never cuts weight.

“I never cut weight. Even when I fight 205, I never cut weight. (*scoffs*) Like I just show up man! Look, when I fought Cro Cop, I weighed 210. When I fought Quinton Jackson, I weighed 210. When I fought Ishii, I weighed 210, man, so like … like making weight, I don’t care. Weight don’t mean nothing, man. He can be (as) big as he wants. When the cage closes, all that is forgotten about.”

On paper, it’s a battle between two Division I All-American wrestlers — Lawal at Oklahoma State and Bader at Arizona State. “King Mo” couldn’t care less — he crumpled up that paper and threw it away.

“It’s a fight, so I’m gonna go out there and punch him in his mouth. How should I respond? If he backs up, like yo I’ll punch him in his mouth. If he comes forward, I’m gonna punch more (and) make his ass back up. And if he wants to make it a wrestling match, we can make it a wrestling match, man. Like everybody’s like … it’s a fight you, know what I’m saying? All we can do is see what happens when the cage closes.”

Some readers may be reminded of the “Rampage vs. King Mo” fight last year by Lawal’s demeanor, only this time around Lawal isn’t cracking any jokes. According to Lawal, all fights feel the same way.

“I’ve always had that feeling. Real fighters do whatever it takes to win. So it can be an ugly fight, it can be a pretty fight, it can be a fast fight, it can be a long fight. A fight’s a fight, man.”

One fight that’s not “a fight,” though, is Bellator 154 at the same venue in San Jose. To this day, Lawal is still convinced that he beat Phil Davis in that main event.

“Everybody knows I won, you know what I’m saying? Phil Davis got booed, you know what I’m saying? Everybody at ringside had me winning, media had me winning … you know what I’m saying? Like — I don’t know what the judges were looking at. Phil didn’t do nothing in the third round (and) I won the first two rounds.”

There may be a little poetic justice for “King Mo” to return to the same venue almost three years to the day if he can go out there and blast his way through Bader — or at least put on a better show than Lawal thinks Davis and Bader put on in MSG.

“The only people that lost in that fight between Phil Davis and Ryan Bader was the fans! Would you watch that fight again? Would you watch them fight for that third time? You saw the first one they fought. Okay. They showed each other too much respect. Which I UNDERSTAND, they’re both high level, but I never saw Bader be like, ‘You know what? Fuck it, I’m gonna come forward and swing.’ I never saw Phil go ‘You know what? I’m just gonna punch his ass in the mouth, fuck it.’ You know what I’m saying? They was like, ‘Okay, he hits hard, I’m gonna be cautious. I’m gonna watch out for that takedown, cautious.’”

The bottom line for Lawal is that he’s not going to be cautious in the “Shark Tank” this weekend, nor when it comes to his fight career in general.

“If I could fight every month I would, but injuries prevent that and the people that are available to fight prevent that. I’m just cool with winning this tournament, man. It doesn’t matter to me … just keep me busy.”

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will be plenty busy with Ryan “Darth” Bader on Saturday night.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Bader vs. King Mo” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Jon Fitch is ready to ‘put some Big Ten’ on Paul Daley and his ‘no longer granite’ chin

Bellator 199 ‘Bader vs King Mo’ takes place May 12, 2018 at SAP Arena in San Jose, Calif. MMA Mania talks to Jon Fitch about making his Bellator debut against the explosive striking of Paul ‘Semtex’ Daley!

Bellator 199 “Bader vs. King Mo” takes place May 12, 2018 at SAP Arena in San Jose, California. Ryan Bader (24-5) takes on Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC) in the final first round bracket of the Heavyweight Grand Prix in the main event at the vaunted “Shark Tank.”

Earlier in the night a critical bout in the Welterweight division offers a promotional newcomer a chance to instantly jump to the top of the ladder. Jon Fitch (30-7-1, 1 NC) was the WSOF and PFL Welterweight champion before leaving both behind to sign with Bellator in March. There are no shortage of guys in line to face “Red King” Rory MacDonald, but Fitch’s name and reputation could shortcut him to the top with a very impressive win.

Paul Daley (40-15-2) has something to say about that. Every time “Semtex” fights there’s a strong possibility of a knockout. He’s got some of the heaviest hands this division has ever seen and even though both men had a past in UFC they’ve never crossed paths until right now.

Today MMA Mania talks to Fitch about leaving his last promotion to start over again in Bellator, what he thinks of Paul Daley as an opponent, and why he bailed out on “Sugar” Ray Sefo’s organization this year.

“I was dissatisfied with them not sticking to the contract. I was supposed to have guarantees in my contract about numbers of fights in a year, and time in between fights, and that was unsatisfactory for me to be waiting around. I also felt that I had beaten everybody of significance in the organization and (that) there was just greener pastures in Bellator.”

There’s little question it’s been too long for the now 40 year old Fitch to wait. His last bout was in June 2017 so that’s nearly a full year of inactivity for an elite level fighter.

“I asked them to either pay me the money owed for the fights that I didn’t get or to release me, and they chose to release me. You know it was a bit of a risk but I figured that I’d find a place in Bellator and I did so everything worked out.”

In the process Fitch vacated his WSOF/PFL title, not that he seems too broken up about it, especially given the prospect of a Daley fight looming just around the corner in San Jose.

“I feel great about the match up! You know Paul Daley comes to fight hard, he brings it, and I do best when guys bring the fight to me.”

Once place “Semtex” never brought it to him was UFC. Even though both men were in the organization between 2009 and 2010, for whatever reason that match never came to fruition.

“There were a lot of fights I think I should have had or could have had in UFC but they never put them together — I don’t know why. You know some of it could have been that Joe Silva always said I was one of the hardest guys to match up. No one ever wanted to fight me. People were always hurt or they wanted (to fight) somebody else.”

In 18 UFC fights Fitch went 14-3-1, with his only losses coming against Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks and Demian Maia. Fitch admits though that some folks may be sleeping on the “old man.”

“I think I’ve been around long enough to have built a name up for myself. I think a lot of guys see me as old, so uhh, they think I’m a little bit softer target now — which is a big mistake.”

That would be a mistake given that Fitch has won six of his last seven and four straight in a row. Even at 40 years old Fitch just may be coming into the prime years of a long and storied career.

“It’s not so much the age, it’s the number of years put in I think. You know not too many guys fight 16 years. Josh Thomson’s got me beat, he’s got 20 years in so, I know I’m still not that old.”

Daley may be five years younger than Fitch but he’s been in the fighting game just as long, racking up an astounding 57 MMA fights in that span plus 24 more in kickboxing. He’s also lost 15 MMA fights though so Fitch sees chinks in his armor.

“Yeah you’ve got two guys who definitely know how to fight and I think it’s going to turn into a great night. Man he’s definitely got power, he’s got long arms, but he doesn’t have a lot of other threats. His grappling defense isn’t great, and he doesn’t have a granite chin any more either. If you can sneak in some clean shots on him you can hurt him.”

In addition with Fitch’s 19 wins by decision he knows he can take tough opponents to the judges with his Purdue wrestling and AKA cardio.

“You know he comes to fight and I respect what he does, but I think I’ve got him outclassed as a fighter. I mean that’s generally what I do with everybody (in a fight), that’s what I try to do — see if they can sink or swim. Yeah I think it’s a good strategy to get in his face and put some Big Ten wrestling on him.”

While Fitch can’t afford to look past Daley and his prodigious punching power, he’s still got his eyes on the prize in the Welterweight division.

“I think if I have a really good performance it does (make me a contender). You know I’m coming off a little bit of a layoff, and I want to make sure that I’m ready for that too. Jumping from a three round fight to a five round fight, the training’s different, and I want to make sure that I’m ready to make a step up. My performance Saturday will be a big indicator of that for me.”

Tune in to Bellator 199 on May 12, 2018 to see if Jon Fitch can knock off Paul Daley and take that next step toward facing Rory MacDonald.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Bader vs. King Mo” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

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Mirko Cro Cop Throws Some Shade at Roy Nelson

Former kickboxer and PRIDE FC superstar Mirko Cro Cop is the last dude on the planet to ever talk trash.

But for some reason, Roy Nelson has him throwing some shade in regards to their bout at Bellator 200.

Obviously, it stems from Nelson voicing some… apprehensions about facing a juiced-up Cro Cop. Because, let’s face it, Cro Cop and drug tests have never really mixed. And, given that Bellator 200 is going to take place in London, England, where drug testing isn’t as stringent as in the States, sure, maybe Nelson is right to have these misgivings.

Anyway, here’s Cro Cop posting some words to Nelson. And they’re not kind in regards to his beard.

 

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