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Midnight Mania! Fedor Emelianenko Favored Over Chael Sonnen

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Fedor Emelianenko rolled back the clock this past weekend, knocking out fellow aging veteran Frank Mir in a fight that somehow managed to pack an entire narrative, including momentum swings, Fedor getting knocked down, getting back up to land a gorgeous Judo throw, and then knocking Frank Mir out cold, into less than fifty seconds of action.

Next, he faces up-cycled middleweight Chael Sonnen for a spot in the final. While Fedor has always been a small heavyweight, and hasn’t faced a consistent wrestler since Matt Lindland in 2007, he opened as a favorite over the American, at -200. Fedor’s power, sambo experience, and submission skill is evidently weighted higher by the bookies than an undersized Sonnen’s wrestling chops.

Sonnen, of course, disagrees, and has gone on record recently discounting Fedor’s wins in Pride due to alleged match fixing. UFC commentator Joe Rogan is also on record saying he thinks the rampant steroid use in Pride made it a different era for fighters.


This is going to be fun

Good news for Ray Borg’s family

A retired Dan Henderson wants to look like this painting, which is an exact depiction of his musculature as an active fighter.

How Michelle Waterson settles marriage disputes:

McGregor’s baby is one pale child, but he’s got that mean mug down pat.

The Prince.

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Well, that’s… not good.

Tito Ortiz’ top five bands of all time.

Violent Bob Ross is just such a good fighter nickname

Happy birthday to the Rock from the Jones brothers.

Happy birthday champ @therock I appreciate the role you play in life

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

This spinning elbow is the best knockout you will see today

That was quick.

Gi grappling can get weird

Classic ground and pound

Podcasts and Video

Andrew Richardson’s pro debut, episode 1! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

The MMA Ratings podcast discusses Adesanya vs. Tavares and much more

MMA Squared Episode 12

Good Reads

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China’s incredible karst topography doesn’t even look real.

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Sonnen Says Khabib Pretends To Practice ‘Fake Sport’ Of Sambo

For all you Sambo practitioners out there, now may be the time to close your eyes and walk away from the computer.

Because even though surging UFC lightweight title contender Khabib Nurmagomedov hails from a storied background in Sambo and has dominated all 25 of his professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts to date, the Russian’s Sambo background still isn’t getting the credit it may deserve.

According to outspoken MMA analyst and current Bellator MMA fighter Chael Sonnen, Sambo wouldn’t be considered a sport if ran the world. In fact, Sonnen believes Nurmagomedov derives absolutely nothing from his Sambo background, instead suggesting “Eagle” is dominant because of his wrestling pedigree.

“Sambo sucks, Sambo has always sucked and I don’t believe Khabib [Nurmagomedov] is a Sambo player,” Sonnen said during a recent episode of his Beyond the Fight podcast. “I think somewhere he just wanted to pay respect to Sambo. Being Dagestani, I believe he got the skills he got in a wrestling room. He clings to that Sambo.

“In the history of them setting up that [UFC] cage, there has never been a contender – let alone a stand-out – that was good at Sambo. It sucks. It’s not real. It’s a fake sport.”

While Sambo is a widely respected discipline, especially within the military framework of Russia, Sonnen isn’t convinced that the martial art is an effective tool in today’s professional combat world. So even though Khabib has produced a perfect 9-0 UFC record since his Octagon inception in 2012, Sonnen isn’t attributing that success to Sambo in any way, shape, or form.

“Sambo is the martial art of the Russian military,” Sonnen explained. “The Russians have a very good military so it adds credibility to Sambo. Nobody has stopped to think well, those sons of bitches have guns and tanks too. They’re not really out there doing this Sambo with their Sambo jackets on.”

“I’m actually now taking joy in the fact that I know I’m going to offend a bunch of people,” Sonnen added. “Let those crybabies cry. Sambo sucks. But Khabib doesn’t suck, he just pretends he does Sambo. That’s a wrestler right there.”

Too harsh?

Sambo expert, wrestling prodigy, or brawler of bears, it really doesn’t matter. When Nurmagomedov steps inside of the cage opposite interim UFC lightweight champion Tony Ferguson at UFC 223 on April 7 in New York City he’s going to need every ounce of expertise and experience to capture his 10th UFC win.

We’ll have to wait and see exactly what “Eagle” can do against “El Cucuy” when the two square off in just two weeks, especially if the action hits the canvas (which it probably will).

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Bellator 192 Salaries: Sonnen, ‘Rampage’ Both Pull Down $300K Flat; MacDonald, Lima Earn $100K

Even if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson never pays up on his side bet over whether or not Chael Sonnen could take him down, both men are $ 300,000 richer after Bellator 192.
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Bellator 192 Salaries: Sonnen, ‘Rampage’ Both Pull Down $300K Flat; MacDonald, Lima Earn $100K

Even if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson never pays up on his side bet over whether or not Chael Sonnen could take him down, both men are $ 300,000 richer after Bellator 192.
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Bellator 192 Salaries: Sonnen, ‘Rampage’ Both Pull Down $300K Flat; MacDonald, Lima Earn $100K

Even if Quinton “Rampage” Jackson never pays up on his side bet over whether or not Chael Sonnen could take him down, both men are $ 300,000 richer after Bellator 192.
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Rampage Jackson vs Chael Sonnen staredown video from Bellator 192 weigh ins

Bellator MMA is less than 24 hours away from its Bellator 192: “Rampage vs. Sonnen” mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Paramount Network (formerly Spike) and CMT, locked and loaded for this Saturday night (Jan. 20, 2018) inside The Forum in Inglewood, California.

Prior to this weekend’s big show, which also features “Prelims” bouts on ParamountNetwork.com, the promotion sent all 38 fighters to the scale for the official Bellator 192 weigh ins.

Crunch the numbers here.

Of course, no weigh-in event is complete without the corresponding staredowns, and Bellator 192 is no exception. Watch Quinton “Rampage” Jackson come nose-to-nose with Heavyweight opponent Chael Sonnen, along with all the other fighters, in the embedded video player above.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire Bellator 192 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the ParamountNetwork.com “Prelims” matches at 7 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 9 p.m. ET, live on Paramount Network and CMT.

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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Sonnen vs. ‘Rampage’ Promoted to Bellator 192 Headliner over Lima vs. MacDonald Title Fight

Bellator MMA has opted for name recognition when choosing an official headliner for its debut on the Paramount Network.
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Bellator 192: ‘Old school’ Rampage Jackson is not terribly excited to fight wrestling-minded Chael Sonnen

Bellator 192: “Lima vs. MacDonald” comes to The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Jan. 20, 2018. The first Bellator show of the year is a “tent pole” event for Paramount Network (formerly Spike TV) that will see Welterweight champion Douglas Lima defend his title against Rory MacDonald in the main event of the evening.

That fantastic match up will also be joined by the first bout of the Heavyweight Grand Prix, featuring two brash former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) stars, Quinton Jackson and Chael Sonnen. The good news for both “Rampage” and “The American Gangster” is that neither man has to watch his weight or his mouth for the big fight.

Jackson and Sonnen recently participated in a conference call to promote their fight and the upcoming event. And given their mutual propensity for verbal tirades, the discourse was surprisingly non-combative.

The call opened with talk of a viral video where Jackson said he’d pay Sonnen $ 10,000 each time he was taken down, with Sonnen claiming he’d get nine takedowns and pocket $ 90,000 in response. Jackson was asked if he’ll get the same money in return.

“That wasn’t part of the deal for me to take him down to get my $ 10,000. Chael’s supposed to come back with something for me to bet so I can benefit from it, but he said he had to check with his WIIIIIFE.”

Jackson was asked for his prediction on how the bout is going to go on fight night.

“It ain’t no secret. Chael’s gonna definitely try to take me down. You know, I’m gonna try my best to stay on my feet and throw them hands. It’s no secret, it’s no secret. Everybody knows what type of fight it’s going to be.”

Sonnen was asked to further explain this proposed bet between the two of them.

“Yeah, people think that’s a joke, man. I didn’t know how to take it, either. Rampage is a man of honor, we shook, I think we’ve got a bet here so … you know, I told him I can’t pay him anything. He said, ‘I want $ 500 for every jab that I land.’ I said ‘Rampage, I’m married, I’m a married man, I can’t go around making $ 500 bets.’ Now I can’t make a bet, I’ve got to go get clearance. As a man of honor I am not involved with that (bet). I am not part of that. Chael P. is purely here to collect.”

Sonnen then gave his prediction of what the style of their fight would be.

“I’ll tell you I do agree with Rampage, I’ve got to take him down, he’s got to stand up. I’ve got one way to win, that’s to be on top of him and annoy him for 15 minutes. He’s got one way to win that’s to put me to sleep. I’ve taken a lot of people down, he’s put a lot of people to sleep. This one isn’t rocket science.”

Sonnen was asked what his ideal weight would be for the Heavyweight Grand Prix.

“I’d like to be 214. I was 221 this morning. I was 224 a week ago so I’m headed in the right direction, but I have a goal of getting to 214. It’s always been tough. You know it’s been tough. I’ve never had to lose weight at any point in my life, I’ve never tried to diet for weight loss, aside from having to make a weight contractually. So that was always the force of discipline that I had in place and I don’t have that this time. It’s taken an extra element which I have found some struggles with. It’s very hard when you’re hungry and laying in bed at night to not eat something when you can, but to answer your question … 214.”

Jackson is asked what his ideal weight for the fight with Sonnen would be.

“I want to weigh 210, but that’s not going to happen! (laughter)”

Jackson was then asked what kind of fights he wants to have going forward.

“I don’t care who I fight, but I’d like to fight guys who don’t mind standing up and fighting. I just fought a wrestler my last fight. I’d like to fight guys who like to fight. You just heard Chael say he’s got to hold me down for 15 minutes. Why would I be excited about a guy who’s going to hold me down for 15? Honestly, I don’t care — it’s a tournament you got to fight everybody. If I’m going to be excited it’s going to be somebody who makes it an exciting fight. I’m old school. I’m one of a dying breed.”

Jackson was asked if he has any animosity with Sonnen.

“I don’t have any problem with Chael right now. Only problem that I got is that he’s in my way and I’m trying to get that Heavyweight belt. Nothing personal.”

Sonnen was asked if he can fight Jackson without beef between them.

“In fighting we’ve found that we need a little animosity. This is different, it’s a tournament. This is the way the Olympics does it, the NFL does it, the NCAA does it. It’s a straight line bracket like every other sport out there.”

Sonnen was asked if he would stay to defend the title if he wins the Grand Prix.

“I definitely would not go anywhere else or use that as a negotiating tool, I’m completely loyal to Bellator, but I really believe that you’ve got to defend it. I don’t think anybody should go out on top. Aside (from GSP) and Lennox Lewis I can’t think of anybody who goes out on top. I don’t want to leave anything on the table. If I’ve got one more good bad or indifferent, I’m going to take it.”

Sonnen claimed that Jackson is underrated when it comes to his verbal skills.

“I’ve seen all of Rampage’s matches. People always ask me who’s the better talker — you or Conor? I always say they’re leaving one name out — Rampage.”

Sonnen was asked if it bothers him to play second fiddle to Rory MacDonald.

“I love it. My ego is greatly affected any time I’m not the main event, and co-main event is exactly where I belong on this card. GSP doesn’t hand out compliments and he says Rory MacDonald if not being the best Welterweight in the world is the second best to him. You can go on and on about this guy, and with that said he’s not our champion — Douglas Lima is! He’s got incredible hands, he’s huge, he should be a Middleweight, but he’s a man of honor he honors the contract. If anything comes of this night it should be that if Lima gets over Rory we should finally give him his due.”

Sonnen was asked if he can remember an incident with Jackson that Michael Bisping broke up.

“It’s just heat that goes back a long time and I really can’t remember and Rampage was such a gentleman two weeks ago we had to start this over. Dana offered us coaching spots on The Ultimate Fighter and it just never came around. I don’t remember the history. I was in Chicago and we were socializing and I got into it with some guy and it turned out to be Rampage’s brother and things just escalated and ultimately Bisping had to get in and break the whole thing up. I’m jumping around on the story, but I’ve got you 90 percent there.”

Sonnen was asked if he’d talk trash just to get something started between them.

“I got out to L.A. about 10-12 days ago and Rampage was such a nice guy I don’t know what to say. If I don’t see it, I won’t say it. I won’t make something up to sell a fight. Fortunately, we’re in a bracketed format where animosity has nothing to do with it. I’ll leave it where it lies.”

Finally, Sonnen was asked if he sees a path to victory through the tournament.

“I play the bracket through 10 times a day every single day. I like to be distracted, I like to have something else to look forward to, but looking past Rampage is a risky game. I’m interested in Mir and Fedor, I feel that could go both ways, I’m not one of those guys that writes Fedor off. I don’t want to fight Mo because we go back to college days and I’d rather not fight him, but he does his best work against those bigger guys, so I think he’s a likely guy to advance. I think Mitrione is the real No. 1 guy if there wasn’t a tournament, he’s also the Vegas favorite, but I think Rampage and I got lucky in that we’re first. It’s about who can hold up. That’s why they have to have alternates. I can promise we’ll walk out there no matter how we feel, but I can’t say that for sure about the other guys. If nothing else we have the most time to recover.”

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Chael Sonnen Wanted to Face Chuck Liddell in Bellator

Like some sort of hyper-violent retirement community, Bellator has become the place where spent fighters squeeze the last bit of mojo out of their names for a paycheck. And that’s great, because how else are people like Chael Sonnen, Fedor Emelianenko and Frank Mir going to make their mortgage payments? But apparently there were whiffs […]

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Midnight Mania! Chael Sonnen and Rampage Jackson face off… cordially

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Quinton Jackson says he’s not “Rampage”… not just yet.

That will come closer to fight day. This early face-off with Chael Sonnen was, therefore, very cordial.

The pair are scheduled to kick off the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix, their heavyweight tourney, at Bellator 192 on January 20th. The event will be headlined by a welterweight title clash between Rory Macdonald and Douglas Lima.

When asked about how he and Rampage matched up, along with all the other matchups of the tournament, Sonnen claimed they had “heat” that goes way back:

Rampage and I have heat that goes way back. Last time we were together, we had to be separated in a hotel lobby in Arizona. I always thought that match could happen, but I thought it was impossible because he was going back to the UFC. Contractually, I’m not privy to how that worked out, but I’m happy it did. What other reason is there to fight than two guys want to?

However, tonight, when asked if they “saw something” in each other’s eyes, both men concurred it was too early for all that.

R: It’s too far out.

S: I’m waitin’ for him to turn, man. I’m waitin for him. It’s comin’.

R: you won’t see Rampage until the cage close.

C: Until the chains? Necklace Rampage, apparently a nice guy. Chain Rampage is who I gotta watch out for.

R: I’m Quinton! I’m not even Rampage, I’m Quinton.

The question is, will you still buy what they will be selling? UFC 220, with Francis Ngannou vs. Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir, is set for the same night. It looks as though MMA fans will have a wealth of options January 20th.


Maybe its the kid or his party life keeping him up at night, but Conor McGregor looks tired here.

Good night beautiful world I love you ❤️

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This is about a useful as any other martial arts drill that starts out drills with stepping punches.

Why would they think attacking this guy was a good idea??

Not the first time Floyd Mayweather has spent time hanging out with Russian tyrant and human rights violator Ramzan Kadyrov.

I Was Over In Russia Discussing Boxing With My Family @kadyrov_95 My Guy Is A Real One!! #Boxing #TMTRussia

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Stipe Miocic got on Joe Rogan’s podcast today and riffed about defending his UFC championship belt, whether he would give up firefighting or cagefighting first, and whether Ngannou intimidates him.

Thanks @joerogan for having me on JRE today while I was in town! #AndStill

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Okay, I’ll give it away: he wouldn’t give up firefighting.

This is incredibly cool: K-1 champion Takeru drills with two-time bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw

Not ever day we get to see the @UFC Champ do sparring drills with a K-1 Champ @tjdillashaw @k1takeru

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Really cool MMA art by Chris Rini

I do appreciate MMA art, even unintentional MMA art:

The town of Babylon officially appreciates Dennis Bermudez

Today is the 2nd Annual #InternationalDennisBermudezDay !!! #December13 How are you going to spend your day ?

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Robbie Lawler is a hitter

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Will we see Final Round Robbie Lawler this weekend? Or Rafael Dos Anjos the destroyer.

Could we get something like this?

Probably not this… I had never seen this before!

This knockout is so clean

Mike Perry got KOed in a boxing match

He’s also been scoring knockouts since the beginning

Mike Perry on the mic is… unmistakable, to say the least.

Misha Cirkunov is an incredibly strong submission grappler

He can strike too

Podcasts and Video

Andrew and Andrew break down Rafael dos Anjos’ pressure footwork. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube for more!

Flyin Brian J breaks down the bout:

Here’s that interview with Rogan and Stipe

Rafael Dos Anjos on fighting Robbie Lawler:

Random Land

I hope this is real

I like this picture

i really hope this eagle sees snow in the future. #eagleeyes #prayforsnow

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