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Faber Still Being Drug Tested By USADA, Open To UFC Return

Retirement? What retirement?

When a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter officially retires from cage fighting, it often means “I need a vacation but I’ll be back when I A) run out of money or B) run out of things to do.” Former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) featherweight champion Urijah Faber, however, may be the exception to that rule.

“The California Kid” is not hard up for cash, nor does he need a hobby, thanks to his role at Team Alpha Male (TAM) in Sacramento, Calif. He just loves the thrill of competition and stays in fighting shape regardless of what’s on the horizon.

Which is why he told Submission Radio it only takes one phone call.

“I still get tested from USADA just because I’ve never taken drugs in my life so I don’t really care about that. It’s well worth it. The difference is, if there was a big opportunity and someone wanted you to fight and it sounded like a good idea, I wouldn’t want to wait four months to get cleared when I’m not doing drugs anyway. So I’ll take one for the team on a 6 a.m. wake-up call. I’ve got it down pat anyways. I pretty much sleep through the whole thing aside from when I’m giving the urine sample.”

This guy should try that.

Faber (34-10) turns 39 in May and hasn’t competed since his unanimous decision victory over Brad Pickett at UFC on FOX 22. While the bantamweight title managed to elude him, “The California Kid” is widely-considered the founding father of lighter weight classes and a big reason UFC was willing to dip below 155 pounds back in 2010.

Not sure what opportunities are out there for the aging Californian, especially with this rival already moving on to bigger and better things, but maybe Vitor Belfort was onto something when he called for a “Legends League.”

Or not.

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Midnight Mania! Mayweather tweets another bizarre video, McGregor still wants rematch

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

I’ll be honest. Like most MMA fans, I want to see McGregor in a “real” fight next… an MMA fight, against one of the many MMA fighters who have stacked up against the lightweight title damn like so much flotsam at a cracking beaver’s dam.

But with McGregor all but stripped of the lightweight title, there would seem to be little incentive for him to take a difficult fight against the toughest opponent in the division (whether that ends up being Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson). Nate Diaz has insinuated he’s warming up for a comeback fight, ostensibly for a trilogy. Aside from the distant possibility of Georges St. Pierre, that’s likely the biggest fight in terms of money that McGregor could take.

Except, of course, for the guy he just fought… er… boxed. Floyd Mayweather keeps teasing an entry into the foreign world of MMA. The latest video isn’t really any less cryptic than his other hints, with Mayweather just rubbing his hands together saying,

2018 Floyd Money Mayweather, MMA. What are the odds, Paddy? What are the odds?

What are the odds, indeed? Would Mayweather risk an almost certain, humiliating loss against McGregor? Unlike the Irishman, who gained access to a 100 million dollar payday he would never otherwise have gotten by crossing into boxing, Mayweather has other options. At least in McGregor’s case, boxing has been part of his skill set since his teenage years. Although obviously not a boxer on Mayweather’s level, he proved competent enough in the ring. Mayweather has no such experience to draw from in an MMA fight. We’ve seen boxers far out of their depth before in the Octagon. A rematch would not only be totally outside his comfort zone, it would also expose him to a feeling he has never allowed himself to experience: that of being beaten down on the most public stage imaginable.

Yet, there are upsides for Mayweather. The rivalry with McGregor clearly has steam; they nearly broke the Mayweather-Pacquaio record, with McGregor doing much of the promotional heavy lifting. It inspired plenty of post-fight talk. Somehow, people would talk themselves into buying a rematch in the boxing ring… but as many as the first bout? It’s doubtful. In the Octagon, Mayweather would be totally out of his depth, true- but it’s something we haven’t seen before. In that sense, it’s an easier sell. Casuals will believe Mayweather can knock out the Irishman in the cage too, and they will buy it. The novelty factor that helped make the first fight a cultural phenomenon would be back in full force for this one. In addition, Mayweather is risking his physical health, but his boxing record, his precious 50-0, would remain intact.

McGregor-Mayweather was a ridiculous circus fight the first time. A rematch in the Octagon would be exactly the same spectacle in reverse… which is the only reason it seems remotely likely.

McGregor obviously wants to get his loss back. Here, he admits as much at an award acceptance interview:


Insomnia

Belal Muhammad had the best response to Mayweather’s video:

TJ Dillashaw says he can make 125 without question

Derrick Lewis reflects my feelings on this music exactly.

Israel Adesanya with some different dancing

Paige VanZant is going from PVZ to PV.

This video with Mike Tyson explaining how he feels entering the ring is absolutely amazing.

Nate Diaz is too big for Hulk Hogan

Jackson Wink endorses this? No, they say don’t even watch unless you’ve got a steady stomach.

❗️WARNING ❗️Watch at your own risk ❗️ #sweat #much

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Chandler with the suplexes

#Suplexcity

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Great poster for Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier:

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva was entertaining as anything.

‪3 years ago today….‬

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Happy birthday to former bantamweight champion Renan Barao!

Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier feuding:


Slips, Rips, and Muay Thai Clips

If you like high-level wrestling, you will like this clip

These are always fun

This was a great fight

I’ve posted this before but it’s so good


Podcasts and Video

If you haven’t heard my interview with Nate Quarry, listen and learn how to get your free Zombie Cagefighter comic, and learn how Quarry got to live his UFC dream after growing up in a cult, and missing his father’s death to fight the bout that got him into the Ultimate Fighter. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube


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Don’t mess with the eagle if you don’t want the talons

Alright then

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Midnight Mania! Mayweather tweets another bizarre video, McGregor still wants rematch

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

I’ll be honest. Like most MMA fans, I want to see McGregor in a “real” fight next… an MMA fight, against one of the many MMA fighters who have stacked up against the lightweight title damn like so much flotsam at a cracking beaver’s dam.

But with McGregor all but stripped of the lightweight title, there would seem to be little incentive for him to take a difficult fight against the toughest opponent in the division (whether that ends up being Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson). Nate Diaz has insinuated he’s warming up for a comeback fight, ostensibly for a trilogy. Aside from the distant possibility of Georges St. Pierre, that’s likely the biggest fight in terms of money that McGregor could take.

Except, of course, for the guy he just fought… er… boxed. Floyd Mayweather keeps teasing an entry into the foreign world of MMA. The latest video isn’t really any less cryptic than his other hints, with Mayweather just rubbing his hands together saying,

2018 Floyd Money Mayweather, MMA. What are the odds, Paddy? What are the odds?

What are the odds, indeed? Would Mayweather risk an almost certain, humiliating loss against McGregor? Unlike the Irishman, who gained access to a 100 million dollar payday he would never otherwise have gotten by crossing into boxing, Mayweather has other options. At least in McGregor’s case, boxing has been part of his skill set since his teenage years. Although obviously not a boxer on Mayweather’s level, he proved competent enough in the ring. Mayweather has no such experience to draw from in an MMA fight. We’ve seen boxers far out of their depth before in the Octagon. A rematch would not only be totally outside his comfort zone, it would also expose him to a feeling he has never allowed himself to experience: that of being beaten down on the most public stage imaginable.

Yet, there are upsides for Mayweather. The rivalry with McGregor clearly has steam; they nearly broke the Mayweather-Pacquaio record, with McGregor doing much of the promotional heavy lifting. It inspired plenty of post-fight talk. Somehow, people would talk themselves into buying a rematch in the boxing ring… but as many as the first bout? It’s doubtful. In the Octagon, Mayweather would be totally out of his depth, true- but it’s something we haven’t seen before. In that sense, it’s an easier sell. Casuals will believe Mayweather can knock out the Irishman in the cage too, and they will buy it. The novelty factor that helped make the first fight a cultural phenomenon would be back in full force for this one. In addition, Mayweather is risking his physical health, but his boxing record, his precious 50-0, would remain intact.

McGregor-Mayweather was a ridiculous circus fight the first time. A rematch in the Octagon would be exactly the same spectacle in reverse… which is the only reason it seems remotely likely.

McGregor obviously wants to get his loss back. Here, he admits as much at an award acceptance interview:


Insomnia

Belal Muhammad had the best response to Mayweather’s video:

TJ Dillashaw says he can make 125 without question

Derrick Lewis reflects my feelings on this music exactly.

Israel Adesanya with some different dancing

Paige VanZant is going from PVZ to PV.

This video with Mike Tyson explaining how he feels entering the ring is absolutely amazing.

Nate Diaz is too big for Hulk Hogan

Jackson Wink endorses this? No, they say don’t even watch unless you’ve got a steady stomach.

❗️WARNING ❗️Watch at your own risk ❗️ #sweat #much

A post shared by Official Page Jackson Wink MMA (@jacksonwink_mma) on

Chandler with the suplexes

#Suplexcity

A post shared by Michael Chandler (@mikechandlermma) on

Great poster for Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier:

Nick Diaz vs. Anderson Silva was entertaining as anything.

‪3 years ago today….‬

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Happy birthday to former bantamweight champion Renan Barao!

Alexander Gustafsson and Daniel Cormier feuding:


Slips, Rips, and Muay Thai Clips

If you like high-level wrestling, you will like this clip

These are always fun

This was a great fight

I’ve posted this before but it’s so good


Podcasts and Video

If you haven’t heard my interview with Nate Quarry, listen and learn how to get your free Zombie Cagefighter comic, and learn how Quarry got to live his UFC dream after growing up in a cult, and missing his father’s death to fight the bout that got him into the Ultimate Fighter. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube


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Don’t mess with the eagle if you don’t want the talons

Alright then

Alright yeah that’s just cool

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Invicta FC 27 Results: Sarah Kaufman Is Still a Killer

In case you were wondering, yes, Sarah Kaufman is still a killer. In Invicta FC 27’s main event on Saturday night, Kaufman – who was briefly a Strikeforce champ before Ronda Rousey came along – stepped into the cage to face Pannie Kianzad. And she pretty much beat the former Cage Warriors champ from pillar […]

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Midnight Mania! Darren Till bigger, better version of McGregor, still lives in his uncle’s spare bedroom

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In 2017, Darren Till went from a relatively anonymous youngster in the most crowded division in the UFC, to a standout contender in less than a round. That’s how long it took him to demolish Donald Cerrone, handing “Cowboy” the first three-fight skid of his career. In his previous fight, Cerrone had narrowly lost by split decision to Robbie Lawler. Till picked him apart with efficiency and elegance, crowding Cerrone against the cage and unleashing clinical one-twos until Cerrone crumbled.

“All the welterweights were jealous of that and calling me Dana’s new cash cow,” Till told MMAJunkie. “If Dana’s put a target on my back, I want that. I want people to want to come and fight me so I can beat everyone on my way to the title.

“They can say what they want because if they want to come and fight me, then come and fight me. But they’re going to have a hard night because I am hard (expletive).”

Till doesn’t want to be resting on his laurels, nor does he want to take the easy road to the title. When he talks about being a light heavyweight, he’s being completely serious; that’s the division he wants to end up in after rolling through welterweight and middleweight.

“In all honesty, I am too big for the division,” he said. “You could see with Cerrone, and I know he’s a former lightweight, but I am huge at this weight. I’m going to spend some time taking over at welterweight, but then I will move up.

“People think I’m joking, but I’m also planning on going up to light heavyweight because I still have years to go and I’m going to continue to grow. I want to be a three-weight world champion.”

A former Muay Thai champion in Brazil, Till’s pressure and style have drawn obvious comparisons to Conor McGregor, and Till not only agrees, but embraces the comparison. He thinks his long fighting style and accuracy makes him a nightmare matchup for another top contender, Rafael Dos Anjos.

“A pay-per-view against dos Anjos in Brazil would be huge, and I am totally up for it,” Till said.

“The great thing is, I would go there and beat him in a round because he’s designed for me and is just too scrappy on the feet. I think Conor McGregor would have absolutely annihilated him, and I’m twice Conor’s size. I’m also a similar fighter to Conor – just much better. I would kill dos Anjos, and I just don’t know what he’s doing in this division.”

He has thoughts on Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson too:

“I don’t feel like I’ve earned a title shot and, to be totally honest, I don’t even feel like I’ve earned a top-three spot,” the Liverpudlian said. “The only reason why I asked for ‘Wonderboy’ is because I think it would decipher who the best striker is (in welterweight division). But I don’t really care if it’s No. 1 or No. 10.

“He’s an excellent fighter, one of the best, and I don’t want to fight him for an easy route to the title, but because I want to test myself against the best. If he’s the guy to beat me and take all my momentum, then fair play to him. But I don’t believe he could do it.”

Till has clearly remained grounded since his breakout win; in fact, he still lives in his uncle’s spare bedroom. He’s even taking the bus to get around, since his car is in the shop. Unlike McGregor, Till doesn’t care about flashing his wealth on social media. He’s just here to work hard and talk shit.

“As long as I can eat and buy a pair of trainers (shoes), I’m happy,” Till said. “I’m a very content and happy man. I don’t care about the Mercs and Lamborghinis. You can leave that for the show ponies, who post all that on Instagram. I just want to work hard and talk (expletive).”


Insomnia

Matt Brown and Chuck Liddell

Someone memed Dominick Cruz and he thought it was hilarious

Of course I want to see this.

Whatever works, I guess.

Anthony Johnson trains defense with a tennis ball.

Boxing training is some of my favorite to watch, clearly.

Speaking of boxing, I would also watch these two fight half a dozen times and not get tired of it.

Sir Robert Knuckles Whittaker, New Zealand’s first UFC champion.

Mike Tyson sent Khabib Nurmagomedov some gear

Thank you my Brother @miketyson for sending me this beautiful gear. @rootsoffight

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Khabib is a funny guy. He’s a threat to all the tiramisu out there, as well as the lightweight division.

Or welterweights, if Tyron Woodley’s thinking is correct.

In case you want creepy dreams tonight:

#khabibnurmagomedov #conormcgregor #danawhite

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Michael Bisping hitting pads. Will his next fight be his last?

Working. @sanabul @myproteinuk @rvca

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I want the iron neck wrestling snake charm.

A few clips of today’s training with @kingmofh @alexcorbs @scottaskham1 and @illwavybrooks86 all athletes are in different stages of fight camp at different stages in their career and at different levels of experience so my approach is to make sure all exercise volume/intensity and modality match the circumstances. ______________________________ Without a plan you plan to fail, and without structure there is chaos. It’s about choosing the exercises that will initiate the greatest overall response while selecting the volume and intensity needed for that subjective time frame. ______________________________ Exercises in video include: -@theironneck wrestling snake charm: neck and posterior chain isometrics/quasi isometrics strength ______________________________________________ Banded Zercher Split Squat RDL: stability and posterior chain strength ______________________________________________ #fatgripz KB bent over row: grip strength and back hypertrophy ______________________________________________ Weighted Box Squat Box Jump: rate of force development, static overcome by dynamic, and explosive power _____________________________ Banded Reverse GHR Supine Plank Punches: trunk stability and quasi isometrics with anterior delt and tricep strength endurance _____________________________ Med Ball Isometric Guillotine Hold: sports specific isometric strength ______________________________ For training program templates, virtual coaching, and seminar schedule go to Darustrong.com or DM #mmastrengthandconditioningcoach #mmastrengthandconditioning #strengthcoach #periodization #programming #power #strength #performance #darustrong #americantopteam @fightcampconditioning

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Slips, Rips, and Double-Leg Clips

Douglas Lima is a dangerous fighter

Doo Ho Choi has been in amazing fights for a long time now.

That entry is so silky smooth from Jordan Burroughs

Another brutal choke #bjjlife #jiujitsulifestyle #bjjlifestyle #judo

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Podcasts and Video

The MMA Ratings Podcast

Bushido Talk

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Midnight Mania! Max Holloway responds to Edgar’s injury: “Santa is still coming early to Detroit”

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Max Holloway is nothing if not a fighter to his core. After Frankie Edgar’s injury knocked him out of the much-anticipated title bout with Holloway in Detroit, Holloway took to Twitter to assure Detroit that they deserve a show, because they “a bunch of tough mfers.” He doesn’t care who he faces; he promised Detroit that he will be fighting no matter what. That’s an attitude we can get behind.

He also holds no grudge or casts any aspersions on Frankie Edgar, who has proven his toughness over a long career.

There were no shortages of offers to step in against Holloway in December.

We can all dream, right?


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Speaking of injured former champions, Dominick Cruz is out of UFC 219 and Aljamain Sterling wants to be the guy to step up and fight Jimmie Rivera.

Andrei the Giant and John the Magician are a duo for the ages

Vasyl Lomachenko working my favorite bag like a pro.

Angela Hill with the sass

Anthony Paul Pettis explains how Dana White’s harsh words made him feel.

This level of skill and balance is not learned in a day.

Wrestling, a worldwide phenomenon.

BJ Penn annihilator Dennis Siver is apparently gone from the UFC and signed with ACB. Now he gets to fight in his homeland!

In other non-UFC news, Lorenz Larkin will have the opportunity to bounce back on January 26 against Fernando Gonzalez

Nothing like a good mistaken identity typo. From a guy who makes typos on a daily basis, this is still funny.

Tyron Woodley got to meet Dan Hardy in New York.

Mark Ratner’s statement to Congress hits all the “American Dream” tropes and conveniently brushes over or minimizes the real problems of fighter poverty, monopoly power, and wage exploitation by the UFC. In this way, the UFC is an exact picture of American capitalism.

That seems like a pretty good re-introduction to the MMA Outsiders interview with Jon Fitch, in which he addresses (starting at the 36 minute mark when he talks about his fight with Demian Maia) all the issues I mentioned above, the function of the Ali Act, and much more:

Wonderboy doesn’t want to fight Darren Till- but neither does Colby Covington, apparently. I don’t blame either one of them. Till is a high risk, low reward fight at this point in his career.

What an incredible visual burn by Derek Brunson on Paulo Costa

Someone had to do it.

St. Pierre getting that New York Stock Exchange appearance money:

I love the internet.

True story y’all ladies be trippin. Lucky for me I’m 6’0

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Speaking of Mighty Mouse, he started his week out nicely.

Any fighter can tweet a picture of their puppy and get instant inclusion in Midnight Mania, just FYI. That’s the secret strategy Amanda Nunes employed here.


Podcasts and Video

Whitney Miller attended UFC 217 in person and told us how incredible that was in this special edition of the MMA Outsiders. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!

(In case you Maniacs forgot who Whitney Miller is)

Sweet escape

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Flyin Brian J previews UFC Norfolk’s main event! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

Heavy Hands


Good Reads and Quick Hits


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This woman wanted to use Terry Crews’ picture on her credit card so she would be reminded not to spend money. Her bank told her she needed his permission to put his likeness on a card- so he gave it.

This is just good advertising.

Anyone remember Fly Away Home? I’ve wanted an ultralight ever since I saw it.

I wanna fly #destination_wild

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Henry Cejudo Flees Fire, Promises He’ll Still Fight at UFC 218

Apparently those wildfires raging in Northern California are no joke – as Olympic wrestler and flyweight title contender Henry Cejudo learned when he found himself fleeing the flames in the middle of the night. It is literally a story that could be plucked from a bad writing class. Take it away, MMAJunkie: MMAjunkie today spoke […]

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Henry Cejudo Flees Fire, Promises He’ll Still Fight at UFC 218

Apparently those wildfires raging in Northern California are no joke – as Olympic wrestler and flyweight title contender Henry Cejudo learned when he found himself fleeing the flames in the middle of the night. It is literally a story that could be plucked from a bad writing class. Take it away, MMAJunkie: MMAjunkie today spoke […]

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Featherweight champion Max Holloway is still without a UFC contract

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) featherweight champion Max Holloway, at some point over the past four years, forgot how to lose, racking up 11 straight wins, including last June’s finish over Jose Aldo, which netted the promotion’s 145-pound strap.

When will “Blessed” make his first title defense?

That remains to be seen, since the 25-year-old Hawaiian is a king without a castle, as the “Junior” showdown was the last fight on his current UFC contract. As you might expect, being champion with that kind of winning streak demands a pretty penny.

From his conversation with told KHON2.

“I’m just asking for a fair shake. You see a lot of these guys, a lot of these other champions making what they’re making. I’m not trying to take anything away from them, but I feel like I’m one of the more exciting fighters under contract in the UFC. At the end of the day, I’m the king. I’m in my throne, you know? If you want to come see me, come see me.”

Holloway (18-3) is expected to meet with UFC officials over the next few days.

“Blessed” has a legitimate claim to being the most exciting fighter in his (or any) division, grabbing eight violent finishes during that 11-fight streak, which includes technical knockout victories over Aldo and Anthony Pettis.

Time to see what that’s worth to UFC.

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‘Money Fight’ PPV Buys Likely Less Than Dana White’s Claim, But Still a ‘Massive Success’

The “Money Fight” could still be a record breaker in terms of pay-per-view buys, but it will likely fall far below UFC President Dana White’s recent projection.
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