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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

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Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

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Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

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Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

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Money Fights > Rankings

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The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

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Midnight Mania! Think Gastelum Hits Hard? Watch ‘Style Bender’ Spar ‘Rumble’

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Have we got a show for you.

Israel Adesanya is set to face former welterweight Kelvin Gastelum in an interim middleweight title fight this Saturday in the co-main event of UFC 236. If he wins, he will face another former welterweight, Robert Whittaker. Facing hard-hitting former welterweights is nothing new for Israel, however. Back before his UFC days, when he was only 3-0 in mixed martial arts competition, he was flown in to imitate Jon Jones in sparring against now-retired light heavyweight contender Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson.

It is clear they weren’t sparring at full power, but it is also evident how much power Anthony Johnson can generate. Adesanya is wholly unphased sparring with the bigger man, calmly rolling his shoulder, measuring the distance, and lining up his punches and kicks. It makes one wonder how Johnson would have done against Jones… and how Adesanya might do against Jones in a future matchup.

Will Adesanya’s striking wizardry and massive reach advantage prevail over Gastelum’s grit, power and one-two? We will find out, Saturday night. Until then, read professional fighter and resident analyst Andrew Richardson’s technical breakdown!


Insomnia

An old classic

View this post on Instagram

Wow!! Sticks and Stones do hurt

A post shared by Javier Mendez (@akajav) on

Disney’s business moves now have implications for UFC fans, especially those with families:

The UFC leaving the PPV providers let boxing promoters shake them down for more money.

2018 was a pretty good year for the UFC

Charge. Definitely a charge.

Cody Garbrandt offers to take a lie detector test saying he’s never taken performance enhancing drugs while competing in the UFC. Professor Marston would be proud, but that wouldn’t prove anything.

Daniel Cormier claiming Brock Lesnar deserves a title fight? I’m willing to tune in and watch DC get his swan song money fight, but let’s not kid ourselves.

View this post on Instagram

Money Fights > Rankings

A post shared by As Shopped As It Gets (@as_shopped_as_it_gets) on

The ol’ Bobby Hill tactic

Michael Chiesa was among those not buying TJ Dillashaw’s strength and conditioning coach’s Shakespearean diatribe.

The idea that the S&C coach didn’t know anything, doesn’t exactly hold water.

I wanted to write a whole translation article, but Artem Lobov summed it all up in one sentence.

USADA was very interested in Ali Abdelaziz’ very intelligent comments about knowing athletes on EPO.

What I had forgotten about this immortal moment was TJ’s sneer as he shrugged off Cody’s incensed accusations.

Unbelievably good round of boxing

Gary Busey??

That wig and glasses act ain’t fooling us, Dana!

Sean O’Malley hitting pads is always a pleasure to watch

This would be embarrassing

This is ridiculously impressive, but did she just stab her carpet??


Random Land

Touching

For some reason I can’t quite place, this seems like a bad idea.

Very modern art

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

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Midnight Mania! Watch Cyborg spar multiple-time boxing world champion Mia St. John

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Cris “Cyborg” Justino will be facing a multiple-time boxing world champion in Holly Holm in her next fight, the likely main event of UFC 219, but the UFC women’s featherweight champion is no stranger to being in the ring with phenomenal boxers. She went toe-to-toe with two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, and more recently brought in boxing legend Mia St. John for this technical sparring session.

Mia St. John retired in 2016, but at 50 years old she moves very well. Self-billed as “The hottest woman in boxing”, she was also a taekwondo champion and had one MMA fight in 2008, which she won by KO.

Cyborg clearly has a size advantage in the above clip, but regardless, she looks very good in the light sparring session, slipping punches and putting together solid combinations. Her upcoming opponent, Holly Holm, is known more for her head kicks in the cage than her punching power. She famously knocked out Ronda Rousey, and more recently Bethe Correira, with a well-placed shin to the cranium. The bout is scheduled to headline the big year-end card, UFC 219, on December 30th.


Insomnia

Carlos Condit and Lando Vannata practice some Chinese martial arts goodness

Nunchuck parking lot battle between @groovylando & Carlos Condit. #WellThatSureDidEscalateQuickly

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Speaking of styles that came out of China: drunken boxing. In this case, drunken kickboxing.

Drunken

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Speaking of crazy…

Eddie Alvarez is a throwback fighter

Tony Ferguson is a card-carrying member of the Cult of Jiu-Jitsu.

“Season’s Beatings” Happy Thanksgiving Ya’ll -Champ #TonyFergusonMMA SnapJitsu™#SnapDownCity #DefendorVacate

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Demetrious Johnson’s got jokes.

Did you know Francis Ngannou has the (dubious) honor of being the world’s hardest hitter?

Speaking of unusual honors, Robert Whittaker qualified to represent Australia in freestyle wrestling!

Alexander Gustafsson is feeling pretty good these days, with that pesky shoulder surgery out of the way.

Stupid fun, you mean, Angela Hill. Snapchat is stupid fun.

Someone got eloquent in defense of Michael Bisping, the first British UFC champion.

He has been in the cage for a long time- literally

Rory Macdonald is living in the future, and letting go of old losses

Fellow Canadian Elias Theodorou agrees

Derrick Lewis plays too many games

@mma_stance lol

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Justin Gaethje had a lot of emoticons to describe this clip of him going at it hammer and tongs like a savage

One of the most adorable moments from the weekend


Slips, Rips, and of course KO clips

What an ankle lock

This is one of the weirder submissions I’ve seen

It’s been a long time since I’ve screamed SUMO!!!! at you through the screen.

Textbook Muay Thai clinch

This is how guys shot in old action movies went down

He may not have won this weekend, but Salikhov once did this:

Angel’s Fighting?

Look low, go high

I didn’t know Hong Man Choi was still fighting

Jab knockout while moving backwards? Eat your heart out, Anderson Silva.


Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

UFC Fight Night 122 Highlights

Andrew Richardson reveals the secrets to Kelvin Gastelum’s power:

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The Co-Main Event podcast

The Severe MMA podcast


Random Land

This photograph is of a sad chapter in American history, but it’s an incredible shot nonetheless

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Midnight Mania! Watch Volkan Oezdemir spar Luke Rockhold

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MMA has a big gym culture that sees a lot of top fighters migrate to centralized super-camps to train with other top-flight mixed martial artists.

One such super-camp is Combat Club, a relatively new gym headed by Henri Hooft in central Florida. Hooft, a top level kickboxer, is one of the best-regarded striking coaches in the game.

Watch Volkan Oezdemir, who Cormier has decided is the next contender, spar Luke Rockhold and Matt Mitrione, plus footage of Gilbert Burns, Michael Johnson, and several other high-level fighters. Luke Rockhold looks huge next to “No Time”, who is a weight class above the AKA contender. Rockhold also spars Cormier at his home gym, American Kickboxing Academy, showing just how small and connected the world of MMA is at the highest levels.


Insomnia

Jimmie Rivera’s wife came at Aljamain Sterling on the Twitter dot com and they had what can most aptly be described as an exchange. It got real personal real quick.

It started out with Aljo explaining why he turned down a fight with Rivera in the past. Samantha Rivera, Jimmie’s spouse, jumped in to reply.

She was clear to point out her status as Rivera’s spouse.

“She said it first”

Aljamain Sterling responded that he has had the same girl for almost seven years, and suggested Mrs. Rivera fight his sisters.

He ended by going full circle back at Jimmie Rivera.

I’m not sure why Cyborg tweeted out the number “143”, but Chase Sherman was ready with another random number.

Cub Swanson, contrary to recent reports, isn’t fighting Ortega… or at least, nothing has been signed yet.

Here was the original rumor, and let me be clear: this fight would rock.

Time for this guy’s weird animations again:

Jessica Eye puts Ariel’s calls for a DC-Miocic fight down. Consider this, though: the size difference between Cormier and Miocic is roughly the same as between Miocic and Ngannou

And you thought American politics were dysfunctional…

Here is a video of the encounter, which saw one man dragged out bodily by other suited men. Chaos reigned.

How Conor saw the Nate Diaz fight, version Galactus

MMA Mania started this when Ferguson quoted this story.

Pretty ironic that Ferguson is correcting grammar, considering:


Slips, Rips, and Headbutt Clips


Podcasts and Audio

If I Did It

The MMA Ratings Podcast


Random Land

Got two dogs for you tonight I think you will enjoy.

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Daniel Cormier and Jimi Manuwa spar on Twitter, ‘DC’ asks UFC to send the contract

Daniel Cormier has had a busy few weeks.

A week after defending his UFC light heavyweight title against Anthony Johnson with ease, Cormier played the role of FOX broadcaster for Saturday’s nationally televised UFC on FOX 24 event. Then on Monday, Cormier awoke to a callout from a budding rival at 205 pounds, and unsurprisingly, it didn’t take long for Cormier to answer the call from No. 3 ranked Jimi Manuwa.

Check out the exchange below.

Manuwa (17-2) has won back-to-back fights via vicious knockouts over Ovince Saint Preux and Corey Anderson. He was in attendance earlier this month for UFC 210, where he got into a bit of a spat with Cormier following the champion’s victory over Johnson.

So what do you think, folks?

UFC president Dana White has already voiced hesitation about throwing Jon Jones into a big spot post-suspension. Is Cormier-Manuwa something you want to see?

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Midnight Mania! Daniel Cormier’s UFC 210 towel trick exposed, Liddell and Couture spar

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got Roan Carneiro showing off Cormier’s last minute weight loss program, Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture in the gym long after their epic rivalry a la Rocky-Apollo, Robbie Lawler sparring at Henri Hooft’s new gym, John Kavanagh talking McGregor vs. Mayweather, knockouts, podcasts and much more.


I Am Number Four

Chuck Liddell and Randy Couture had one of the most memorable trilogies in early mixed martial arts (MMA) history, with “Iceman” taking two out of three. Now, the UFC legends are going at it a fourth time in training … albeit not with the intent to hurt each other. Via BloodyElbow.com:

Roan Carneiro explains and demonstrates how Daniel Cormier lost that last pound and change at UFC 210’s controversial weigh ins. It’s perfectly feasible, as you can see, despite Cormier’s bold-faced denial. Even though he is now retired, Anthony Johnson’s team wants 20 percent of Cormier’s purse for the shenanigans, which saved Cormier’s right to defend his Light Heavyweight belt.

Say what you will, but the trick worked for Cormier. Now, we just await the return of Cialis Boy.


Bobs and Weaves

Henri Hooft may have been the trainer for American Top Team rivals the Blackzilians, but it appears Robbie Lawler is now training under him at his new gym. Lawler is scheduled to fight Donald Cerrone on July 8, 2017, at UFC 213.

Here he can be seen in the background ahead of Johnson’s ill-fated clash with Cormier.

Conor McGregor’s coach, John Kavanagh, says that the boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather is on, riffing about the Irishman’s desire to take on outsized challenges.

Bellator MMA plans on snapping up top Middleweights while UFC and Michael Bisping mess around with “super fights.”

Fabricio Werdum getting riled ahead of his trilogy fight with Alastair Overeem at UFC 213.

Tito Ortiz … always ahead of the curve with forward-thinking questions:


Slips, Rips and KO Clips

I missed this one from the weekend:

Unrelenting:

This clip has a lot of rewatch value!

Another look at Lomachenko’s showboating …

This guy also clowns and does crazy stuff, and I had never heard of him before. Apparently he fights in RIZIN this weekend!

An old classic:


Quick Hits


Podcasts and Video

“The MMA Hour,” lasting three hours, 39 minutes and 29 seconds!

The Co-Main Event Podcast:

The Monday Morning Analyst:


Random Land

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UFC 210 ‘Embedded’ video blog (Ep. 2): Watch Anthony Johnson spar (be afraid)

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the pay-per-view (PPV) market this Saturday night (April 8, 2017) with UFC 210: “Cormier vs. Johnson 2,” taking place inside KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York, featuring lots of tough talk from light heavyweight headliners Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson in the latest edition of UFC “Embedded.”

From the official YouTube description:

On Episode 2 of UFC 210 Embedded, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman trains a new generation of fighters on his last day of training camp. Opponent Gegard Mousasi breaks down the matchup on a scenic drive to his Leiden gym. Light heavyweight title contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson stays focused on his striking, as divisional champ Daniel Cormier packs up for a family trip to Buffalo. UFC 210 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the light heavyweight title rematch at UFC 210: Cormier vs. Johnson 2, taking place Saturday, April 8th live on Pay-Per-View.

If you missed episode one click here.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 210 fight card on fight night, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, and then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see who else is fighting at UFC 210 click here.

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Video: Watch Jon Jones and Anderson Silva spar on the streets of New York

We may never get the chance to see them square off inside the Octagon, but former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, and ex-middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva, gave fight fans a glimpse of what it would be like to see them go toe-to-toe.

“Bones” and “Spider” got involved in what can best be described as short simulation of a sparring session on the streets on New York over the weekend, which Jones posted to his Twitter account.

A fight between the two talented fighters has long been at the top of everyone’s list, as far as fantasy bouts are concerned. But the two never crossed paths, mainly because they were too busy cracking heads in separate weight classes.

And after both suffered personal setbacks — Jones with his legal issues and Silva with his failed drug tests — a showdown between them slipped further and further away.

But now that both men are gearing up to make returns in 2016, anyone think we’ll get to see them finally throw down for real inside the eight-walled cage?

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Video: Watch Jon Jones and Anderson Silva spar on the streets of New York

We may never get the chance to see them square off inside the Octagon, but former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight champion, Jon Jones, and ex-middleweight kingpin, Anderson Silva, gave fight fans a glimpse of what it would be like to see them go toe-to-toe.

“Bones” and “Spider” got involved in what can best be described as short simulation of a sparring session on the streets on New York over the weekend, which Jones posted to his Twitter account.

A fight between the two talented fighters has long been at the top of everyone’s list, as far as fantasy bouts are concerned. But the two never crossed paths, mainly because they were too busy cracking heads in separate weight classes.

And after both suffered personal setbacks — Jones with his legal issues and Silva with his failed drug tests — a showdown between them slipped further and further away.

But now that both men are gearing up to make returns in 2016, anyone think we’ll get to see them finally throw down for real inside the eight-walled cage?

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Morning Report: Daniel Cormier says he doesn’t just spar with Cain Velasquez, they ‘fight five rounds’

If you think UFC light heavyweight contender Daniel Cormier is sweating Dana White’s ‘stone age’ comments regarding the training habits of San Jose’s American Kickboxing Academy, guess again.

“We have to train hard,” Cormier told Chael Sonnen this week on the latter’s podcast. “Guys get praised for what they do when they come out of this gym. Only good things are said about Luke Rockhold right now. When [UFC heavyweight champion] Cain Velasquez fights, only good things. Myself, all of our guys, not even just the top guys.

“Our guys train really hard and we’re going to continue to do it. We’re going to continue to train hard. We’re going to continue to work our butts off. We’re going to continue to spar hard.”

In the wake of former champion Jon Jones‘ being stripped of the light heavyweight title, Cormier will face Anthony Johnson for the vacant championship in the main event at UFC 187 May 23 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Earlier this week, White elaborated on his concerns of the training habits of select gyms like AKA, saying, ‘You can’t have all the best guys in the world beating the living s**t out of each other every day.’

“We have changed our training a little bit,” Cormier explained. “Like, over the course of the week we’ll go lighter. Cain and I tomorrow, we’ll spar five rounds. We’ll spar five rounds, light. Yesterday, Cain and I fought. We didn’t spar yesterday, we fought. We fought for five rounds and today I’m feeling it. [Cain] says he’s feeling it, but it’s why we will be prepared whenever the Octagon door closes.”

Sonnen brought up Velasquez’s struggles to stay healthy, the champion not having fought since scoring a TKO victory over Junior dos Santos at UFC 166 in October 2013.

Velasquez is booked to headline UFC 188 opposite interim heavyweight champion Fabrício Werdum in Mexico City, Mexico.

“He’s going to walk out there and fight Fabricio Werdum finally,” Cormier said of his teammate. “Get to finally fight in Mexico City. They’ve tried three times. This is the third time they’ve gone to Mexico City with the idea that Cain Velasquez is going to main event the card. This time he’s healthy. This time he looks amazing. The dude’s ready to go. I can’t wait.”

Barring a loss to Vitor Belfort at UFC 187 later this month, middleweight champion Chris Weidman would likely see AKA’s Rockhold named the next No. 1 contender.

Cormier happily took the chance to remind everyone AKA isn’t the only camp with casualties.

“We get a lot of flak, man, but Weidman hasn’t made it to the Octagon as many times as he’s been scheduled, too. So it’s a situation where Chris needs to come out healthy in this [Belfort] fight if him and Luke are going to fight later in the year.”

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

Get paid? UFC announces how much (or how little) fighters will be paid through the Reebok uniform deal.

‘These are minimums.’ UFC brass outlines why it believes Reebok compensation terms are a win for fighters. ‘This athlete outfitting policy is going to create guaranteed income, thus eliminating the burden of acquiring sponsors.’

Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas discusses Miocic vs. Hunt, Joe Rogan’s comments on Jon Jones, the Reebok numbers, Metamoris 6 and more in this week’s live chat.

Reebok, explained. Paul Gift crunches the numbers for the new Reebok sponsorship tiers to show fighters and fight fans what the UFC world may look like.

‘We’re fighting for the real belt.’ Daniel Cormier says it’s not his fault Jon Jones got into trouble.

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MEDIA STEW

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Performance Replay: Valdir ‘Baby Monster’ Araujo vs. Steve Carl from TUF.

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DC is setting the bar low for CM Punk.

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Nice profile on Kailin Curran.

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Tyrone Spong is too expensive.

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Fighters least likely to elbow you in the head for talking crap over Facebook.

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Dave Chappelle enjoyed Floyd vs. Manny, Adam Carolla did not.

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Long watches.

UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs Miocic Care/Don’t Care Preview

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TWEETS

See how the pros reacted to the UFC releasing the Reebok pay scale.

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More Reebok reactions.

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Beef.

(Steve Carl)

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OK.

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Cool.

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Interested?

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Damn.

YUP!

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Nice.

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Get yours today.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (May 6 2015)

Mark Eddiva vs. Levan Makashvili at UFC Fight Night: Edgar vs. Faber

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via jaywolf1.

UFC-level prospect Lowen Tynanes returns May 22 at ONE FC: Warrior’s Quest

May 22, ONE Championship: Warrior’s Quest in Kallang, Singapore is a 2015 Card of the Year Candidate & features some of the best UFC-level talent on ONE’s roster…and in the entire world for that matter.

Lowen Tynanes, from Hawaii USA, is one of those fast rising Stars for ONE Championship.

A Hawaiian State Wrestling Champ, 24 year old Lowen Tynanes is already on many sites’ top prospect lists because Tynanes is such a well rounded beast Lightweight with a strong American wrestling base. Tynanes has great size, strength, speed, explosive power, and very well rounded skillset. Lowen Tynanes is the total package for 155 lbs.

Check out the rest of the post here.

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