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During last night’s (Sat., Dec. 9, 2017) UFC Fight Night 123 event inside Save Mart Arena in Fresno, California, Aljamain Sterling suffered a nasty knockout loss to Marlon Moraes in main card action.
Indeed, “Magic” clipped “Funkmaster” with a nasty knee to the face the stiffened Aljamain, forcing the ref to stop the action. It was a knockout Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White compared to Francis Ngannou’s demolition of Alistair Overeem at UFC 218 last week.
After getting carried out in a stretcher to the hospital for precautionary reasons, Sterling issued a statement last last night via social media.
Hats off to Marlon. Thought I timed the TD perfectly and he was able to land a nasty knee. Sucks to be the nail, but this is the fight game. I’m ok for all those asking
— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) December 10, 2017
Knowing Sterling was already out, credit has to be given to Marlon, as he immediately stopped his offensive attack and did not follow up with any unnecessary blows to his fallen foe.
And in victory, “Magic’s” thoughts were all on Sterling.
Thank God for the win but way more importantly praying that Aljamain is fine and 100 % healthy !! This game is nothing compared to our health . Must respect for him and his amazing team !
— Marlon Moraes (@MMARLONMORAES) December 10, 2017
And while UFC broadcasters didn’t give fight fans an update regarding Sterling’s health status during the broadcast, Dana White did confirm in this post-event interview that Sterling was mobile and doing great.
To get full UFC Fight Night 123: “Swanson vs Ortega” play-by-play updates and results click here.
The long-time Featherweight champ shares some words following his latest defeat in Detroit.
With the unexpected removal of Frankie Edgar from UFC 218 weeks before the event with a broken orbital, Jose Aldo was called up and sat poised to retake the featherweight title that had once been his for so long. Unfortunately, things didn’t go his way in the rematch against Max Holloway, and the rugged Brazilian warrior fell in the third round to Holloway’s relentless assault.
Now Aldo has released a statement via social media.
“I only have to thank my family that I love for everything, and my team Nova Uniao, the best in the world, for making me great and champion, and my friends and fans that are always with me,” Aldo wrote. “Thank you all! I will be always optimistic because believing is the first step to making it happen.”
The loss to Holloway puts Aldo in the unfortunate position of having lost to the current champion twice, basically eliminating his chance of another shot at the title so long as “Blessed” holds the belt. It’s unclear whether the 145-pound legend will continue to fight at that weight class, and also uncertain that he continues fighting in UFC at all after the last two bouts on his contract are up.
In the past Aldo has talked about a move to 155, or even a move to boxing. Now might be a good time for either of those moves, as he looked completely destroyed on the scale during the UFC 218 weigh-ins. And if fighting in the UFC is getting old for him, maybe there’ll be a spot for him in the upcoming boxing events the UFC is working on putting together?
Whatever the case, no one can deny the amazing things Aldo did over his 13 year career and eight years at the top of the Featherweight division as champion.
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There isn’t a clearer contrast in all of MMA than that between Demian Maia and Colby Covington, who fought each other this past Saturday at UFC Sao Paulo. Demian Maia is, and remains, the nicest guy you will ever meet. He goes into fights with the goal of winning while inflicting the least hurt possible, living out the ethics of the “gentle art” he represents as well as anyone you will ever meet. Covington called all of Brazil a dump, full of filthy animals, and then apologized to the filthy animals for the comparison. It’s a promotional tactic designed to maximize shock value, getting Colby the most attention possible; a discount version of the strategy employed by Conor McGregor, or more accurately Chael Sonnen. Maia remained above it, seemingly immune to the verbal barbs.
That’s what made Saturday’s fight so compelling- it was clearly a fight between the “good guy” and the heel, on the good guy’s home turf. Brazilian crowds are notoriously hostile to outsiders, chanting death at anyone fighting one of their countrymen. Maia refused to stoop to Covington’s level on the mic before the bout; Covington gloried in the death chants, taunting the crowds. When the bell rang, Maia surprised just about everyone by knuckling up and going to war with the brash American, staying in the pocket and throwing bombs. Demian Maia, the 39-year-old grappler who specializes in taking people down and choking them out as efficiently as possible, had decided his best option was brawling with Colby Covington. For a round, it actually worked. Maia won the first round on two out of three scorecards, even busting up Covington’s face.
It wasn’t to last, though. There was no strategy that could have made up that decade gap in youthful stamina. Maia went back to his signature takedowns in the second rounds, trying to set them up with his striking, but it was no use. Covington is a powerful and active wrestler, who stuffed all of Maia’s shots and refused to shoot at all himself. Maia hung in the fight till the final bell, but at the end, he lay, face covered in blood, on the canvas, while Covington circled the Octagon to stony silence from the crowd.
Yet, it seems Maia holds no hard feelings. He has competed many, many times, twice with a UFC belt on the line. For Maia, this is just “one more step in the path.” He detailed his mindset in a Facebook post to his fans:
I want to thank everyone for their support and cheer, in one more step in my path. The great lesson of the sport is knowing that competing always brings lessons, and we have to be thankful for victory and defeat for learning. I did my best, I made some mistakes and moved a little, which may have embarrassed the execution of my strategy, but that does not take the credit of my opponent, who deserved the victory, and I come out of my head high knowing that I fulfilled my Role as best I could, and I move on to the next step of the journey. Thank you all!
I would love to say, “In a world of Covingtons, be like Maia”, but I don’t think it is quite that simple. Covington may be playing the part of an asshole, but I can’t blame him for trying to get all the attention he can in the short window of opportunity we call a career. What I can say though, is that every fighter should be authentically himself. If you aren’t McGregor, don’t try to be. Embrace the spiritual lessons of the journey; be authentic like Demian Maia.
I would love to see this matchup. Usman is one of the few with the wrestling chops to hang with Covington, and it would be a fight for the future of the division.
— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) October 29, 2017
There are some great fights this weekend.
Biggest fight this week: GSP-Bisping, Yi Long-Sittichai, or Jin vs. Devil Kazuya? pic.twitter.com/vgJUbwjoqh
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 30, 2017
Joe Rogan is excited about one fight card in particular:
I’m extremely excited about this card. TJ vs Cody is one of the best bantamweight matchups ever, GSP returning vs Bisping is a total mystery, and a very intriguing match up, and Joanna VS Rose should be chaos! #Repost @danawhite ・・・ Fiiiiiiiight weeeeeek!!!!! 3 title fights! Bisping vs GSP, Garbrandt vs Dillashaw and Joanna vs Rose LIVE on PPV!!!!!
If you wonder who Yi Long is, he’s a monk with a chin on him.
— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 30, 2017
If you missed this weekend’s Joshua-Takam boxing match, here’s a replay for you:
— Mojahed Fudailat (@MojahedFudailat) October 30, 2017
For the record, this stoppage was completely unnecessary and it doesn’t help anyone, least of all Anthony Joshua, to be so eager to stop the fight in his favor.
— Jim Edwards (@MMA_Jim) October 28, 2017
Francis Ngannou agreed
I thing that was an early stoppage!!! https://t.co/qgEdBJPCEK
— Francis NGannou (@francis_ngannou) October 30, 2017
Mike “Platinum” Perry pulverizing pumpkins
RT UFCONFOX: RT PROcast: UFC welterweight PlatinumPerry is crushing pumpkins before his fight with Santiago Ponzin… pic.twitter.com/kk3IQsmQzy
— Susan Cingari MMA (@SusanCingari) October 30, 2017
Sage wants to be Dolph Lundgren’s son so badly
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) October 30, 2017
Did Daniel Cormier loosen his belt and forget to tighten it back up?
It’s hard to imagine anyone forcing former UFC fighter Yves Edwards into eating anything but okay
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
This was the best submission of the weekend. Munhoz has a nasty, nasty guillotine
— FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) October 29, 2017
Ciprian Mariș KOs Róbert Micura in 10 seconds (RFX) pic.twitter.com/PIggsnQlD9
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 30, 2017
That’ll do, sir. That’ll do.
Nasty axe kick to the sternum from Drakula neighborhood by Laurentiu Caluugaru (RXF) pic.twitter.com/au5V2uTn40
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 30, 2017
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) October 29, 2017
I had literally never heard of this fighter, which shows you how deep my MMA knowledge does not go. Anyone that outgrappled Jake Shields in MMA is worth your attention:
— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) May 4, 2017
Garbrandt being a ghost against the previously ethereal Dominick Cruz remains one of the most amazing performances I have ever seen. It calls to mind a line from the last Batman movie ever made: “So that’s how it feels” (Ben Affleck? I don’t know who that is.)
Watching Cody Garbrandt tape to prep for UFC 217. What an incredible talent. pic.twitter.com/2OmKIEewMU
— Patrick Wyman (@Patrick_Wyman) October 29, 2017
I don’t know if this was real or just as “pro wrestling” as the rest of it, but that’s a sweet kick regardless.
The final Halloween Havoc was 17 years ago tonight featuring this sweet cartwheel kick by The Cat on Mike Sanders in their kickboxing match pic.twitter.com/nqyqgiQG8c
— Old Wrestling Pics (@OldWrestlingPic) October 30, 2017
Speaking of long pants kickboxing, this is the best clip I’ve ever seen of that infamous Raymond Daniels vs. Stephen Thompson fight in Chuck Norris’ now-defunct World Combat League.
— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) August 18, 2017
The hotly anticipated rematch was settled in devastating style
2010 KO of the Year pic.twitter.com/KQ0e799AwL
— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) April 21, 2017
You got 28 minutes and 51 seconds?
Quick Hits and Good Reads
- Tim Means doesn’t know if he will get any money, but he wants to bankrupt the supplement company that got him suspended by USADA and I’m fully behind him.
The product is on usadas high risk list. Everything else has to be handled in court before any names can be mentioned. Not my choice.
— tim means (@MeansTim) October 30, 2017
- I’m guessing this many not be some people’s cup of tea, but here’s a long-overdue exploration of how the male gaze has affected women’s MMA
- Piracy led to this bar owing 30,000 for UFC 201. That wasn’t even a good card to pirate.
- Here’s a great fight that’s getting overlooked this weekend: Hendricks vs. Borrachinha
Podcasts and Video
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The MMA Hour
The Severe MMA podcast
— SevereMMA Podcast (@SevereMMAPod) October 30, 2017
Marshawn Lynch doing a Darth Vader voice over is everything I wanted it to be
As I’m sure most of you are aware by now, some madman went berserk during a concert in Las Vegas, Nevada, and gunned down several hundred people last night on the Las Vegas strip after opening fire from the 32nd floor of the nearby Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
As of this writing, 58 people are confirmed dead.
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), headquartered in Las Vegas, is expected to host the UFC 216: “Ferguson vs. Lee” pay-per-view (PPV) event this Saturday night (Oct. 7, 2017) at the nearby T-Mobile Arena, but no word yet if this weekend’s tragedy will affect the timing of the show.
That information may come at a later date, but for now, the promotion is simply offering its condolences to the victims and their families.
“Our hearts are home in Las Vegas,” the statement read on UFC.com. “We are saddened by this senseless act of violence and offer heartfelt condolences to all those affected.”
There are really no words at a time like this. It just sucks, plain and simple.
If and when UFC decides to move UFC 216 or keep it right where it is, we’ll be sure to pass along that information just as soon as it becomes available.
— City of Las Vegas (@CityOfLasVegas) October 2, 2017
Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones was notified earlier today by United States Anti Doping Agency (USADA) that he had failed a drug test administered prior to his win over Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 on July 29, 2017 in Anaheim, California.
Now, the “Bones” camp has released an official statement regarding the blockbuster new to MMA Fighting:
We are all at a complete loss for words right now. Jon, his trainers, his nutritionists and his entire camp have worked tirelessly and meticulously the past 12 months to avoid this exact situation. We are having the samples tested again to determine the validity or source of contamination. Jon is crushed by this news and we are doing whatever we can as a team, to support him.
According to this report, Jon tested positive for the steroid turinabol.
The new is devastating in more ways than one, as the win was Jon’s first after serving a one-year suspension for failing a drug test prior to his scheduled showdown against “DC” in July of 2016 at UFC 200.
Should USADA decide to lay the hammer down, Jones could be out of action for two years, if not longer, seeing as how it is his second such infraction. It’s a huge black eye for Jon’s legacy, as he has long been considered the best fighter to ever grace the Octagon, though he could never seem to get out of his own way.
To see what UFC officials had to say on the matter click here.
After a tough 2106, Saad Awad is looking to become a factor this year in either Bellator’s lightweight or welterweight division.
In the meantime, he’s going to split the difference.
The San Bernardino, Calif.-based veteran will meet Ryan Quinn on the main card of Bellator 178 on Friday night in Uncasville, Conn. And when Awad noticed that that his American Top Team opponent is also capable of going either up or down in weight, he came up with a proposal: let’s meet in the middle.
“I mean, he can do it, I can do it, and it’s not like catchweight is this big taboo like it used to be,” Awad told MMAFighting.com. “So I put the idea out to him to fight at 165 a few weeks after we signed at lightweight and he agreed and it’s on. Why torture yourself cutting weight if you don’t have to?”
Regardless what the scale reads on the day before the fight, Awad (19-9) feels he has something to prove going into Friday night’s matchup. Old-school Bellator fans remember the Southern California native for his 43-second knockout of Will Brooks in the semifinals of the Bellator season eight lightweight tourney at Bellator 91
But while Awad’s maintained a veteran presence on the roster as it morphed from Bjorn Rebney’s floundering vision for the company to Scott Coker’s current model, he’s been inconsistent since his most memorable victory, posting a 5-5 record.
Complicating matters, Awad admits in hindsight he had some trouble adjusting his training schedule to the life of a new father following the birth of his first child last year, which he feels played a factor in his most recent performances, losses to Derek Anderson and Brennan Ward.
“What can I say? Personally I had one of the best years of my life and professionally it didn’t come together,” Awad said. “But I’m making the best of it. It made me realize that I need to do a better job of making the most of the window I have in this sport. I don’t want to be remembered just as ‘that guy who beat Will Brooks that one time.’ I’ve still got a good run left in me.”
For Awad, that’s meant shaking things up a bit. He’s spent much of his camp at Big Bear Lake, the 6,752-foot elevation training home over the years for SoCal combat sports stars Oscar De La Hoya to Tito Ortiz. It’s also meant bringing along one of Bellator’s most high-profile recent signees, fellow Millennia MMA competitor Lorenz Larkin.
“It’s not like I talked him into going to Bellator or anything like that, he’s his own man and makes his own decisions,” Awad said. “But I gave my opinion when I was asked and I let him know that, by and large, Bellator does what they say they’re going to do. There’s been a little extra bounce, a little extra energy with Lorenz coming over to Bellator. You feel it in the gym. I don’t know how to describe it better than that, but I know this was my best camp in awhile and I’m coming into this fight sharp.”
Awad knows there is a bit of pressure to perform after dropping three of his past four fights, but he seems to be channeling it into motivation as he looks to get back into the win column.
“I’ve got my priorities in order, I’m motivated to show everyone I’m going to become the fighter everyone thought I could be,” Awad said. “If you wrote off Saad Awad, you should think again.”
After medical issues related to his weight cut canceled his Ultimate Fighting Championship interim lightweight title bout with Tony Ferguson scheduled for UFC 209, Khabib Nurmagomedov has spoken for the first time.
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The Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson clash was pulled from last Saturday’s UFC 209 in Las Vegas after the Russian lightweight was rushed to the hospital due to weigh-management issues. Nurmagomedov provided an update on his health status via Instagram.
Nurmagomedov, who would battle Ferguson for the interim lightweight championship at the T-Mobile Arena, revealed that his health is “fine,” but gave no word on what his next move will be.
Whoever you are or whatever you do, you’ll get only what God prescribed for you.
AlhamduliLlah for everything God gifted me for my 28 years, I got much more than I asked. I know that many people was waiting for this fight and I fail them.
Want to bring my apologies for all my fans, UFC and my opponent Tony.
My health is fine now, thanks God. These tough testing only makes me stronger.
Thank everyone for the support.
Ferguson was willing to fight Michael Johnson on a day’s notice at UFC 209 after Nurmagomedov pulled out, but said that the promotion wasn’t willing to pay him as much as he would make before to take the non-title bout Saturday.
UFC 209 marked the third time the promotion has booked Nurmagomedov vs. Ferguson, and once again the bout has not happened. The UFC has yet to announce what’s next for both fighters.