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Amanda Nunes vs Raquel Pennington staredown video from UFC 224 media day

Big Nog in the house!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) held a special media day on Tuesday (March 20) to help promote the women’s bantamweight title fight between current division champion Amanda Nunes and top contender Raquel Pennington, who collide in the upcoming UFC 224 pay-per-view (PPV) main event on May 12 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Nunes (15-4) hasn’t competed since Sept. of 2017 where she outpointed Valentina Shevchenko at UFC 215. Prior to that, “Lioness” had an even better showing by knocking out former division titleholder Ronda Rousey in under two minutes.

Hear “Rowdy’s” take on that loss here.

As for Pennington (9-5), she fought her way up the 135-pound ladder by winning four in a row and hasn’t tasted defeat since dropping a close split-decision to another former champion, Holly Holm, way back in 2015.

The winner could be in line for this super fight.

To see who else is competing at the upcoming UFC 224 combat sports extravaganza, which also features the all-Brazilian co-main event between former champions Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida, click here.

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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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Robbie Lawler vs Rafael dos Anjos staredown video from UFC on FOX 26 media day

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos will get his wish and collide with ex-welterweight kingpin Robbie Lawler in the 170-pound main event of UFC on FOX 26, which takes place on Sat., Dec. 16, 2017, inside Bell MTS Place in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Dos Anjos (27-9) abandoned the 155-pound division after consecutive losses to Eddie Alvarez and Tony Ferguson, which he attributed to an unhealthy weight cut. Since his transition to 170 pounds, “RDA” scored wins over Tarec Saffiedine and Neil Magny.

Lawler (28-11, 1 NC) took a year off from mixed martial arts (MMA) following his knockout loss to Tyron Woodley in summer 2016. The rejuvenated slugger returned at UFC 214 to score a close decision victory over veteran “Cowboy” Donald Cerrone.

Watch them face off at the UFC on FOX 26 media day above.

UFC on FOX 26 will also feature grizzled veteran Ricardo Lamas, who looks to quell the uprising of venerable featherweight bruiser Josh Bennett, while Glover Teixeira and Misha Cirkunov collide for a spot in the 205-pound title chase.

To see the finalized UFC on FOX 27 fight card and line up click here.

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Fabricio Werdum vs Marcin Tybura staredown video from UFC Sydney media day

The show must go on, despite all the distractions from today’s boomerang fiasco, in which former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum was charged for (cough) “assault” against welterweight big mouth Colby Covington, who like “Vai Cavalo,” was on the scene for all the pre-fight festivities leading up to UFC Fight Night 121 mixed martial arts (MMA) event on Saturday night (Nov. 18, 2017) in Sydney, Australia.

That means the cast and crew of UFC Sydney were on hand for a special gathering with the combat sports media. Not surprisingly, most of the questions surrounded Werdum and his flying weapon, but that’s not why you’re here. You’re here to see how the Brazilian stacks up against Marcin Tybura ahead of their FOX Sports 1 main event and well, I have good news for you. That staredown is embedded above, along with the rest of the UFC Fight Night 121 main card face offs.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 121 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the UFC Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the FOX Sports 1 “Prelims” bouts at 8 p.m. ET, before the main card start time at 10 p.m. ET, also on FOX Sports 1.

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

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Midnight Mania! Conor McGregor reveals Floyd Mayweather’s trash talk during heated staredown – ‘MMA next!’

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Floyd Mayweather said some silly stuff during today’s kickoff press conference (watch it) that Conor McGregor was quick to refute. Namely, that he would be willing to enter the Octagon sometime after their 154-pound, 12-round boxing match concludes next month (Sat., Aug. 26, 2017). McGregor was quick to point out that this was nonsense. Floyd also said he would fight McGregor with eight or even four-ounce gloves. Conor noted that, in fact, Mayweather had been careful to specify 10-ounce gloves in the negotiation; and, in fact, had even required that the gloves not be Mexican or horsehair.

Mayweather can say all he wants — he is not about to enter the Octagon with McGregor after they box. That’s because it would mean a level playing field between them, which is something that Mayweather has been careful to avoid. He made that clear when he entered after McGregor, when negotiating the size of the gloves, and when Showtime cut the mic on McGregor during the presser. He made that clear the moment it was clear this would be boxing only, no other rule-set even considered. This is his territory, his world … it’s not meant to be fair.

These pinstripes have a hidden message that seems to be part of McGregor’s whole mindset to everyone pointing out the odds against him.

McGregor also got into his plans for a UFC return … turns out, that December date was only because he wanted to top the Forbes 100 list. Now that the Irishman knows the list is measured July to July, he’s not so willing to commit to a December date. He also refused to name a UFC potential 155-pound opponent for his return, saying priority will be given to those who are actually fighting, not just talking (looking at you, Justin Gaethje).

Meanwhile, UFC ‘s Lightweight contenders in question were not silent on the presser. Tony Ferguson was even in attendance And Had Something To Say In All Caps As Usual.

Diaz knows this first press conference didn’t live up to the quality of the hype he and McGregor generated … even if it is for a bigger audience.

Everyone wants in on this action, but boxers are always going to want boxing-size gloves. Much, much less risk.

Cody, 31-1 in amateur boxing, ain’t interested though …

Also, Cody doesn’t apparently understand sarcasm:

I have questions about this: Did he wake up in the morning and realize he had never had updated hats made? Maybe he forgot to pack it? “Oh well, 48 is almost 49”

Yeah, this made me chuckle.


Angela Hill defending the surprise takedown attempt in an even more surprising setting!

Having Snoop Dogg as commentator for the new Fight Pass show, Dana White’s Tuesday night “Contender Series,” was a brilliant move (full results here).

Reebok will now have at least one good design:

Ooh la la!

White men (still) cant jump:

Good question: How exactly does this work?

If only the press conference had been this entertaining:

This was the breakout moment for McGregor on pay-per-view (PPV):

Please, lets not. The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) is a waste of time and Eddie Alvarez is a much more exciting opponent for Justin Gaethje than Kevin Lee.

Slips, Rips and KO Clips

Highlights from the Tuesday Night “Contender Series!”

Snoop singing a lullaby is the reason he was hired for this job:

Down and out. I’ve never understood fighters whose footwork doesn’t serve a purpose. The guy in the green shorts doesn’t need to back up, but he does anyway. Black shorts is intentional with his pressuring footwork

This is great because you can see Snoop smoking. He’s not even trying to hide it.

Casual walk-off knee knockout by old school fan favorite, Joachim Hansen, back in 2005:

Arturo Gatti was one of the all-time greats …

Sumo has returned!

Quick Hits

  • Ever wonder what UFC fighters tell themselves after a hard fought loss? Michael Johnson had an especially bitter loss against Gaethje, and gives his statement here
  • Why does Overeem make 800K per fight but the UFC wouldn’t up Gegard Mousasi’s pay enough to keep him from going to Bellator? The world is a mysterious place that favors heavyweights- although I’m still not sure why Werdum only made 275K.

Podcasts and Video

Mayweather-McGregor first press conference reaction

DWTNCS Episode One reaction:

Subscribe to MMA Mania’s Youtube Channel here for more content like that.

Or like this: Andrew Richardson breaks down Gunnar Nelson’s brilliant guard passing:

The Co-Main Event podcast

Random Land

I used to want a Super Soaker so badly as a kid, but this is basically a water laser. I still want one.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter @Vorpality

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Chuck Liddell teases comeback with Tito Ortiz staredown: ‘Why not?’

Who’s down for round three?

It’s no secret whispers have been growing louder about a potential comeback from former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell. Well, the 47-year-old Hall of Famer threw more fuel onto the fire Sunday night on Instagram, posting a staredown opposite his old rival, “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy,” Tito Ortiz.

Why not?

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Liddell and Ortiz, of course, share quite a history.

The two legends were friends and training partners in the early days of the UFC before turning on one another and forging one of the most memorable rivalries of the early Zuffa era. Liddell and Ortiz ultimately met twice inside the Octagon, with Liddell winning both matches — a second-round knockout at UFC 47, followed by a third-round knockout at UFC 66 two years later.

Liddell parted ways with the UFC in late 2016 after serving in a largely honorary executive role with the company since his retirement in 2010, a casualty of the promotion-wide staff cuts made by the new UFC owners at WME-IMG. Since then, Liddell has posted a variety of training videos and images on his social media accounts, teasing the idea of the comeback. Liddell’s longtime trainer John Hackelman even recently said “it would all depend on the opponent” when asked about the possibility of the “Iceman” lacing up the gloves for one more run.

Would Ortiz be a tantalizing enough foe to coax Liddell back? Or how about Vitor Belfort, the 40-year-old legend who picked up a win at UFC 212 and called out Liddell?

As Liddell recently told TMZ, “we’ll see.”

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Joanne Calderwood fueled by Cynthia Calvillo’s ‘smirk’ at Summer Kickoff staredown

Joanne Calderwood wasn’t too excited to leave her training camp in Montreal to attend last week’s UFC Summer Kickoff press conference in Dallas. But luckily for her, the trip ended up adding more fuel to her fire following a contentious staredown with opponent Cynthia Calvillo.

“I didn’t really want to miss training, but I’m so glad that I went,” Calderwood said Monday on The MMA Hour, “because that smirk just adds a little bit more fierceness to my training camp.”

Calderwood is scheduled to meet Calvillo on July 16 at UFC Fight Night 113 in Calderwood’s home country of Glasgow, Scotland.

The two strawweights kicked off the match-up last week at the UFC’s big press conference, after which Calvillo confronted “Dr. Kneevil” with a confident smile while putting a fist in her face during their faceoff. Calderwood answered back with her own sarcastic grin, and the exchange stuck with the 30-year-old Scotland native.

“I’ve never had that before,” Calderwood said. “I saw her smirking and I was like, ‘you’re in for a hell of a night.’ Like, don’t think you’re coming into Glasgow to — I’m so determined that I’m going to show my true potential and just, no one is going to take that away from me. I guess I was just in the zone and it could’ve been anyone in front of me, I’m just like, ‘no, this is where I’m supposed to be, and no one in front of me can stand there and smirk at me and think they’re going to take it away from me.’”

Altogether, the opportunity on July 16 is a significant one for Calderwood. Calvillo appears to be someone the UFC has targeted for a big promotional push; both of her first two UFC fights were slotted on pay-per-view main cards, and UFC president Dana White spoke glowingly of the Team Alpha Male prospect following her UFC 210 victory over Pearl Gonzalez.

But the chance to be a part of a major UFC press conference like the Summer Kickoff was a new one for both Calvillo and Calderwood, and both caught a firsthand glimpse of the explosive rivalry between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier, who took over the proceedings even before they began by hurling threats (and a water bottle) at one another behind the scenes.

“I was sitting in the back watching,” Calderwood said. “I was thinking, ‘oh sh*t, this is before the curtain was down? So God knows what they’re going to do when people are watching,’ because you know, they want to put on a good show and stuff. That was just for the fighters backstage, so I was like, ‘oh, it’s going to get a lot worse when there’s a whole bunch of fans in front of us.’ But to be fair, there was probably more action when the curtain was up.”

After the festivities were over, Calderwood headed back to Montreal to resume her training camp at Tristar Gym for one of the most important fights thus far of her career.

While Calderwood entered the UFC with high expectations as an undefeated contender in the strawweight class, her Octagon run has thus far been a rocky one, slowed by a 3-2 record and issues in her personal life. But Calderwood said she learned a lot from her last fight, a first-round submission loss to Jessica Andrade at UFC 203.

Andrade went on to unsuccessfully challenge UFC champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the strawweight title, and Calderwood indicated that much has changed in her life since that disappointing performance against the Brazilian.

“With my fight with Jessica, I saw that I have to — I can’t just lay there and play jiu-jitsu. I have to get back to my feet,” Calderwood said. “And that was a problem for me last year, I was trying to get better at jiu-jitsu, whereas I should’ve been getting better at scrambling, getting back to my feet, getting back to my strength and doing more Muay Thai.

“That fight taught me a lot, because being a mixed martial arts fighter, it’s so hard. Like, you have to schedule everything and you have to know what you want to do, and what you want to do in the fight, so it just taught me that I had to take a step back and look at the holes in my game and then look at my strengths and just put everything together.

“Also, finding a team, that’s been a big thing as well,” Calderwood added. “It’s so hard being in this sport, there’s so many coaches and so many different martial arts that you need to know and put all your time into. And obviously I was a little bit vulnerable last year and the year before, so a lot of people see that and they want to control me, and they try and give me good advice and stuff, but now it’s just a case of me knowing what’s good for me and me working with myself and doing what I want to do. And I guess all this sh*t just takes time, and I’m getting there.”

Given the UFC’s matchmaking tendencies, it appears from the outside that the promotion is matching Calderwood up against Calvillo as not only a test for Calvillo’s readiness in the division, but also a chance for the up-and-comer to use Calderwood’s name as a springboard into her own title run.

But Calderwood isn’t concerned with the reasoning behind the match-up. She’s simply ready to get back on track for her own road to gold.

“Who knows what they’re thinking?” Calderwood said. “I’m just there to fight and I don’t care about all the politics and all that sh*t. Like, if they think that, then so be it. But I just have to do my job and turn up to these pressers or do my P.R. and stuff, but my job is to deliver in the Octagon.”

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Amanda Nunes explains why she pushed Valentina Shevchenko’s face with her fist during staredown

LOS ANGELES — Amanda Nunes and Valentina Shevchenko are not exactly known for pre-fight trash talk. Both come from traditional martial arts backgrounds — Nunes in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and judo, Shevchenko in taekwondo and Muay Thai — and are traditionally respectful to opponents before bouts.

That changed, though, last week. The two women, who will fight each other for Nunes’ women’s bantamweight title at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas, had heated verbal exchanges last Friday at the UFC Summer Kickoff press conference. And when the two met to face off, things got physical.

Nunes said she felt Shevchenko touch her face, so she put her fist on Shevchenko’s face and shoved it. Shevchenko fell backward a bit and the two were separated.

“You guys never see me do that before,” Nunes said Wednesday at a UFC 213 media lunch here in Century City. “If she didn’t touch me, nothing is gonna happen. Imagine in that situation, a lot of emotions involved, somebody touch your face. It’s not cool. I kind of responded in that moment. It was more than she did to me, but I reacted.

“You never know, especially how you feel in that moment and somebody talks so much sh*t about you and touches you, your face. At that angle, you guys couldn’t see it that well, but I felt it.”

The basis of the talk between Nunes and Shevchenko had to do with their last fight. Nunes beat Shevchenko by unanimous decision at UFC 196 in March 2016. Shevchenko, who was doing well toward the tail end of that fight, believes she has the advantage in a five-round bout, which the two will be competing in at UFC 213. Nunes obviously took umbrage.

“I beat her,” Nunes said. “She keeps talking about some things that doesn’t make any sense. The numbers don’t lie. If she looks at my record, she’s gonna see that she lost. Why does she keep saying over and over again the same thing? It doesn’t make any sense.”

After Nunes beat Shevchenko, she defeated Miesha Tate for the bantamweight title at UFC 200 last July. Nunes went on to knock out Ronda Rousey at UFC 207 back in December. It was a massive year for the Brazilian slugger. And it all started with a victory over Shevchenko.

“If I have to respond over and over again letting her know I beat her, I will do it,” Nunes said. “It’s not personal for me. I will get this done the day of the fight.”

Shevchenko rebounded from falling to Nunes by beating Holly Holm at UFC on FOX 20 last July and Julianna Pena by second-round submission back in January. “The Bullet” has earned the title shot rematch and it is an anticipated one. There is little argument that Nunes and Shevchenko are the best in the world at women’s 135 pounds at this moment.

While the fight is sure to be an intriguing one, the pre-fight trash talk — uncharacteristic as it may be — doesn’t seem to be going away any time soon, either. Nunes knows Shevchenko will have a lot to say.

“I think all of my opponents say that, I gas out or whatever,” Nunes said. “They have to say something about me. I will do my job. I’m the champ for a reason.”

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Joanna Jędrzejczyk explains uncommonly friendly staredown with Jessica Andrade

DALLAS — At UFC 211 media day, Joanna Jedrzejczyk discusses why she didn’t have a usual staredown against Jessica Andrade, the possibility of one day winning the flyweight belt, her reaction to Rose Namajunas possibly being next and more.

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Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonald Bellator 179 staredown

Rory MacDonald is set to make his Bellator debut on May 19 against heavy-hitter Paul Daley, and the welterweight talents faced off Tuesday in London to promote their upcoming clash at Bellator 179.

MacDonald (18-4) enters the Bellator cage for the first time looking to bounce back from losses to Robbie Lawler and Stephen Thompson in the UFC. Prior to the defeats, the Canadian star beat Tarec Saffiedine, Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia.

Daley (39-14-2) recently scored the 29th knockout victory of his career, finishing Brennan Ward with a flying knee on Jan. 21 to improve to 4-1 under the Bellator banner. His only defeat in the promotion was against current champion Douglas Lima.

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