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Welcome to Midnight Mania! It’s officially official — Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather are going to do the damn thing. And by that, I mean they are going to box each other in a ridiculously noncompetitive money grab, that, let’s be honest, is our faults because we are all going to watch it. Tonight, we’ve Nate Diaz taunting both of them, some of the juicy parts from the first conference call for the fight, Stipe Miocic trying to get in on that action, knockouts, podcasts and much more.
Nate Diaz had a simple response to the fight announcements: “It’s gonna be a good fight for that No. 2 spot.” Diaz rocked an unprepared and exhausted McGregor with punches and finished him with a choke in their first bout at UFC 196. After a $ 300,000 fight camp, McGregor managed to take a close, but clear, decision win in their rematch, an all-time great fight at UFC 202. In Diaz’ mind, he’s still the winner of their two meetings, and is waiting patiently for McGregor to return to the sport for the trilogy fight.
Conference Call Highlights
Dana White and Mayweather Promotion’s Leonard Ellerbe went on a media call to answer questions about the newly announced bout. Interestingly, no details about the financial aspect of this bout will be disclosed.
Leonard Ellerbe: “We have a confidentiality clause in place, and the financials will not be disclosed.”
White assured us that no one is bummed out about money in this one. There are several possible reasons to keep the financials confidential. One is that Conor is making much less than Floyd; another is that the UFC is taking a huge chunk of his portion of the split. However, it could also be to keep UFC fighters from understanding how much of the cut of a normal PPV the UFC takes, and how much more McGregor is making in a boxing match under the Ali Act.
I am starting to get vague hint of impression that fight promoters are a particularly kind of sleazy gentleman.
— superCalo (@superCalo) June 15, 2017
Mayweather’s official post announcing the bout:
— Floyd Mayweather (@FloydMayweather) June 14, 2017
White doesn’t think McGregor losing to Mayweather, as most predict, will damage his own or UFC’s brand:
“No, absolutely not. At the end of the day, these two guys wanted this fight, the fans wanted this fight, and Conor’s a mixed martial artist, he’s going into a boxing match with arguably the greatest boxer of all time. I don’t think it damages the brand or Conor McGregor at all, I think it actually elevates Conor McGregor- the fact that this kid who has so much to lose is willing to step in, and the fact that he is absolutely confident he will win this fight, I think its one of the many reasons people love Conor McGregor, and win, lose, or draw, I think it’s one of the reasons people will continue to love Conor McGregor.
This “Conor is courageous for taking this fight” line is complete fiction, of course. Any UFC fighter would take this fight for the money that the Irishman is making, as is proved by the amount of fighters lobbying for boxing matches. Heck, I would take that knockout loss for that amount of cash in a heartbeat.
— SHOWTIME Boxing (@ShowtimeBoxing) June 15, 2017
Bosslogic’s poster gets to the heart of this fight with those dollar bills:
— BossLogic (@Bosslogic) June 15, 2017
White also addressed the chance of McGregor using mixed martial arts (MMA) techniques in the fight:
“That will not happen. That will not happen. First of all, that is absolutely in the contract, number one, and number two, this is a boxing match under the Nevada State Athletic Commission, under Nevada boxing rules, and when you talk about a guy of Floyd Mayweather’s level and value in the sport, the lawsuit that would happen if that ever happened… Conor likes money and Conor would depart with a lot of money if that ever happened, so, that will not happen.”
Everyone on the call agreed the negotiations went extraordinarily smooth. Dana also discussed boxing fans being haters about this fight being made. Speaking of haters, Conor McGregor is setting out to make himself as many as possible by posting a picture with Floyd Sr. instead of Jr. Ostensibly, this is a jab at Floyd’s age.
If anyone bets on combat sports at all, now is the time to jump on Mayweather. At these odds, he’s radically undervalued and the surest bet possible in boxing.
For those wondering, the current betting line for Mayweather vs McGregor:
McGregor +500 pic.twitter.com/h02xFzZkxn
— Justin Hartling (@justinhartling) June 14, 2017
Stipe wants in on the action:
— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) June 14, 2017
So does Jessica Eye
Connor vs Mayweather fights actually happening.The money this fight will make is can I be a cheerleader for small amount or towel girl 1%
— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) June 15, 2017
Flying under the radar is this important title bout in the works:
Tyron Woodley vs. Demian Maia is happening. Tyron wants it on UFC 214, just waiting on Demian Maia to accept that date#UFC
— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) June 15, 2017
The real reason Conor didn’t want to play soccer against Jose Aldo during their first world tour…
Sage Northcutt training montage:
Getting ready for the countdown to UFC Anaheim pic.twitter.com/IiVEDGmMSv
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) June 15, 2017
Fun fact. I sat in my oatmeal this morning. Great way to start the day. Oatmeal pants lol
— Paige VanZant (@PaigeVanzantUFC) June 15, 2017
Is Meisha Tate just exploring every career option in existence now? Budweiser delivery driver? Also, yes, no beer belly here.
Miesha is able to enjoy her Bud & watch her figure! An advantage of being a Champion athletepic.twitter.com/a3GhDo0ZHU
— Maria Panova (@notsleeeping) June 15, 2017
Invicta FC champion Megan Anderson
Teruto bulking up
— Teruto Ishihara (@teruto_ko) June 15, 2017
Andre Fili is looking for a UFC 214 opponent after Doo Ho Choi pulled out with injury. Artem Lobov says he is unavailable because he’s training with McGregor for Mayweather.
You can help a teammate and still be in your own camp? I seen’t it lots of times. I’m doing it right now. July 29th- You in or you out? pic.twitter.com/oa0bxYLqOe
— Andre Fili (@TouchyFili) June 14, 2017
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Right in the family jewels! And it doesn’t look like he’s wearing a cup. This defines ball busting … literally.
It sounds exactly the same as popping a sandwich bag. I’m in pain just thinking about that fact.
It’s never too early to catch a teep to the liver. pic.twitter.com/MFiVwQr4fG
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) June 14, 2017
Sergiu Spivac def.Travis Fulton by 1R RNC (WWFC 7) pic.twitter.com/kmPefnKOJr
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) June 14, 2017
This cracked me up:
We can see this guy in MMA)) Championship of Russia on Freestyle Wrestling. Today. pic.twitter.com/yB7NMCbG0h
— MMA MOVEMENT (@mma_movement) June 14, 2017
- Great explanation by Dave Meltzer as to why this kind of crossover superfight was impossible in the past (but possible now).
- This video of Cody Garbrandt drunk-wrestling his TAM buddies is as homo-erotic as anything MMA I’ve seen. Plus, as TJ points out, shouldn’t he be healing up from that back injury?
- This is the worst take I’ve heard on the Reebok deal — Joe Lauzon claims fighters griping about Reebok hurt sales and possible future sponsorships from other companies. He’s got it exactly backward; fighters are not culpable for a bad deal they had no part in negotiating, that ended their opportunities to land future sponsorships on their own; this toxic deal started the griping, not the other way around. Moreover, the boring, vanilla gear, which failed to live up to promises made by Reebok and the UFC, is responsible for bad sales and poor fan image. Blaming the fighters for speaking out about this is exactly the wrong response.
Podcasts and Video
Jack Slack’s podcast, Fights Gone By:
Ant-Man has nothing on this small savage
Just dropped that MF
Posted by Chris J Carr on Wednesday, June 14, 2017
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When Fedor Emelianenko steps into the cage on Saturday night against Matt Mitrione, it will be the exact location of his most famous loss. But that seems of little concern to him.
Fedor Emelianenko, the man who still has to be regarded as the most successful heavyweight fighter in MMA history, returns on Saturday night to the exact spot where he went from myth to human.
On June 26, 2010, in just his second fight with Strikeforce, Emelianenko was facing Fabricio Werdum in San Jose, Calif., at what was then the HP Pavilion and is now the SAP Center, a hotbed for MMA for more than a decade that had housed some of the most historically significant fights in history. By no means was the fight expected to be one-sided, as Werdum was among the most skilled heavyweights in the sport and had been in the ring and cage with top competition for years.
Still, few thought Werdum would win. For all real purposes, Emelianenko had gone 33 fights without a clean loss. The lone blemish on his record came nearly ten years earlier, a cut stoppage from an illegal elbow in a bout with Tsuyoshi Kosaka. By all rights that fight should have been a disqualification on Kosaka or a no contest. But it was in Japan in 2000. The sport was in its formative years, with no set rules, and decisions didn’t always make logical sense.
While no championship was at stake, many considered Emelianenko the legitimate heavyweight world champion going into that fight. He had been champion of Pride when it had the best heavyweight talent in the world since 2003. Pride may have gone out of business, but Fedor had not lost since. Even when Werdum got him in a triangle — because Emelianenko had found himself in deep trouble in so many fights, yet always managed to find his way out — it was hard to envision he could lose. Time seemingly stood still as he was in that triangle, and then he tapped out.
That shocking moment — one of the most memorable in the sport’s history — seems to have less meaning to Emelianenko (35-4-1-1) than fans.
When asked if it means something to him to come back to the same location more than six years later, he unemotionally replied through an interpreter, “Maybe not, this is how it happened due to God.”
Emelianenko headlines Saturday’s Bellator show on Spike TV against Matt Mitrione (11-5), a former college football star at Purdue who bounced around the NFL for a few years before making a name for himself with his outgoing personality as a mid-level UFC heavyweight. One year ago, he let his UFC contract expire, frustrated with the organization, and signed with Bellator, a decision he said he has never second-guessed.
“I didn’t like where UFC was headed,” Mitrione said. “I didn’t like the forced nature of things. I didn’t like the way we were manipulated.”
His deal started when he auditioned for a sport as a color commentator for Bellator’s kickboxing league, and was told that they wouldn’t hire him for that spot if he still worked for UFC.
“It’s played out well,” he said. “I’m happy at all levels, happy with the appreciation, happy with the opportunity I’ve gotten at all levels. I don’t see this as being a short-term thing. Its not a way to get back. I’ll retire with Bellator.”
Bellator president Scott Coker noted that the deal to bring Emelianenko back to the U.S. was very different from his previous one in 2009 when he was running Strikeforce. Back then it was all about negotiations with M-1 Global, which made getting on the same page very difficult. This deal had its rocky moments, but in the end it was Coker and Emelianenko who struck an agreement without third-party involvement.
“Honestly, we kind of talked about a deal, and we got some lawyers involved, and then it got kind of hung up,” said Coker. “And then I jumped on a call with Fedor and his translator, Tanya, and we hammered it out in 45 minutes.
“We had hired a lawyer in Russia to represent us. It took three or four months of back-and-forth, and once we started talking directly, 45 minutes later, we had a deal, and they inked it within a couple of days.”
“The contract is for several fights, so that’s the goal,” said Emelianenko, who said how long he remains in the sport is God’s will.
Mitrione is about four inches taller, and will probably be 20 or more pounds heavier. He’s also more athletic than most of Emelianenko’s previous foes. But none of that seems to have any effect on Emelianenko.
“At this moment, I don’t have any concerns,” he said. “We’ll see during the fight.”
But at 40 — and ever since the Werdum loss — it’s clear he’s not the same fighter he once was. Even Fedor himself admits things are different.
“I feel myself getting old,” he said. “But the training is still the same. I’m the same weight. The training is always very difficult, hard and long.”
Mitrione is 38 yet, having come to the sport in his thirties, says he doesn’t necessarily feel the encroachment of age.
“I’m really lucky, but I don’t feel differently,” he said. “I believe I’m a Highlander. I’m not the only one, but I’m one of the few. My body feels great. It feels fantastic, I also changed the way I train. I don’t spar with big gloves and I don’t take punches to the face in training. Everything is live from the neck down.”
Mitrione noted that over the years his motto has become that he’s not paid to spar and get hurt in training, he trains to make sure he gets to the fight. He’s also concerned about his brain, noting he constantly engages in things to stimulate his brain after a lifetime in football and fighting.
“I think he’s excited,” said Coker about Mitrione. “That’s a big tough kid, really athletic, he’s got a big punch. This is an even fight to me, 50/50, whoever gets there first. I think Fedor’s excited. I think you’ll see a great match on Saturday night.”
“Is it my Super Bowl?” Mitrione said, when asked how this would compare to anything else he’s done in sports. “I don’t know. I can tell you after I win. I don’t know now. I think it’s just another day right now. It’s just another competition I’m involved in.”
Mitrione said the only thing he can compare this to right now was his 2010 fight with Kimbo Slice in Montreal.
“My first real fight in the UFC, not on Ultimate Fighter, was with Kimbo,” Mitrione said. “Kimbo had a Tyson-esque aura about him back then.”
“It parallels to fighting Kimbo, the aura, the hype, the trash talk from his fans. I see a lot of parallels. As far as every other sport, a fight is it’s own animal. I don’t really see it (a comparison to a football game). The Kimbo fight was somewhat similar although obviously the level of fighter isn’t similar.”
LAS VEGAS — On Wednesday night, one of the greatest fighters of all time was pulled from UFC 200. About 24 hours later, one of the greatest fighters of all time was added to the card.
Anderson Silva will be replacing Jon Jones at UFC 200 on Saturday here at T-Mobile Arena against Daniel Cormier, it was announced Thursday night. Jones tested positive for a banned substance in a June 16 out-of-competition drug test and was flagged by USADA for a potential anti-doping violation.
After a day-long search, UFC president Dana White said it came down to three choices: Silva, Dan Henderson or Gegard Mousasi. “The Spider,” the longtime former UFC middleweight champion, was the top choice and after he passed his medicals the fight was booked.
At an impromptu press conference Thursday night after UFC Fight Night: dos Anjos vs. Alvarez, Silva addressed the media and spoke briefly about Jones failing a drug test. Silva, himself, tested positive for steroids in January 2015 and served a one-year suspension imposed by the Nevada Athletic Commission. Silva and Jones have also developed a friendship over the years as perhaps the two best fighters of all time.
“I was sad,” Silva said, through a translator, about the Jones situation. “I know he went through a lot and I know he was very well prepared to fight Daniel Cormier. With USADA coming into the UFC, things have gotten a lot more professional. You have to watch out for everything we put into our bodies, every supplement. Things can happen. I think something happened and I hope he doesn’t get mad I took his place.”
Silva, 41, said his manager Ed Soares reached out to White about two hours after he found out about Jones being pulled. Silva was going to be in Las Vegas this weekend anyway, to induct his mentor Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in the UFC Hall of Fame on Sunday. Other than the fight with Cormier, the UFC light heavyweight champion, on Saturday night, Silva said he won’t really do anything differently here.
“I came with my kids, so we’re gonna do what we were gonna do before,” Silva said. “We’re gonna go to the mall, have some ice cream and hang out.”
Silva (33-7, 1 NC) has not recorded an official win since 2012 and just had surgery to remove his gall bladder about seven weeks ago. “The Spider” admitted he hasn’t really trained for two months, but he is on weight, willing and thinks he is up to the challenge of facing Cormier in a three-round, non-title fight at 205 pounds.
“I think it’s gonna be interesting,” Silva said. “I’m gonna have to run from him a lot.”
Silva then turned to White and said in English: “I’m joking, boss. I’m joking. I come to fight.”
The Brazilian legend seemed like he was trying to parlay this act of good will in filling in toward a middleweight title shot against Michael Bisping, the man Silva fell to by unanimous decision in January. Bisping was the victor in that bout, but it was a close fight and Bisping was nearly knocked out.
White said if Silva can beat Cormier, he wouldn’t rule that out. Silva held the middleweight title from 2006 to 2013. He holds the UFC records for most consecutive wins (16) and most consecutive title defenses (10).
“We’ll see how this thing plays out,” White said. “Listen, anything can happen. You guys know how this sport is. This sport is crazy.”