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Lazy Jake Ellenberger Is Still ‘100 Times Better’ Than Inferior Ben Saunders

“Nobody beats me but me.” —Jake Ellenberger

For a guy who is 2-8 over his last 10 fights — getting finished six times along the way — you would expect maybe a softer approach when assessing what went wrong. Instead, Jake Ellenberger simply s—t all over his last opponent because it probably makes him feel better about losing.

The fighter in question is Ben Saunders, The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 6 grad who also made a name for himself in Bellator MMA. I guess the idea of losing to “Killa B” at UFC Utica by way of knockout is too much for “The Juggernaut” to process, judging by his comments to Submission Radio.

Here’s a snip:

“I should never lose to a guy like Ben Saunders. Ben Saunders is not… he’s not a world-class fighter. That’s just not a guy I should ever lose to. I shouldn’t lose to him on my worst day. Like, that’s just me being real. And I would tell him that to his face. I am a hundred times better fighter than he is. And he knows that. But at the end of the day I fucking got lazy, I got complacent, he caught me. I wouldn’t say I looked past him, but I had no respect for him. Literally, I had no respect for him. And I was kind of like, the longer this fight goes the better. I hope it goes three rounds. I don’t even care. Like I said, I got comfortable, I got complacent in his clinch and he only just touched me, caught me, that’s all it was. But it is what it is.”

“It is what it is” is the new GOT CAUGHT.

Ellenberger (31-14) will have the opportunity to snap his three-fight losing streak when he battles the venerable Bryan Barberena at the upcoming UFC Fight Night 135 event on FOX Sports 1, scheduled for Aug. 25, 2018 inside Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A loss could mean the inevitable pink slip.

As for Saunders (22-9-2), he looks to build on his “Juggernaut” win by taking on dangerous Brazilian bruiser Sergio Moraes at the pending UFC Fight Night 137 fight card next month inside Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, also on FOX Sports 1.

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White Still Bashing Ngannou: ‘The Guy Completely Lost His Mind’

The fact that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) President Dana White loves to gamble has been well documented, and the way he continues to shit all over heavyweight power puncher Francis Ngannou leaves me wondering if White bet the house on “The Predator” and came up empty at UFC 220.

I don’t know how else to describe the constant fighter bashing, as White previously tore into the Cameroonian for acting like an egomaniac. I’m not sure what his behind-the-scenes crime was, but it’s not like he destroyed a fight card on two-days notice.

And we can’t even blame this three-round snoozer, because White gave “Black Beast” a free pass and even rewarded him with a co-main event slot on the biggest pay-per-view (PPV) card in history.

“Francis Ngannou, at the time that he was coming up, I believed this guy was going to be the guy, was going to be the heavyweight champion,” White said in a recent media scrum (via MMA Junkie). “And he lost his mind. This guy completely lost his mind and started to act in a way that you just don’t act.”

When I think of “lost mind” I think of this.

“Ngannou has a lot of things he needs to fix personally and professionally to see if he ever gets back on track again,” White said.

The Las Vegas fight boss has been forced to endure some pretty big hardships over the years, like former champion Jon Jones crashing cars into people and blowing up drug tests and McGregor getting arrested and hauled off to jail.

But Ngannou gets too cocky and it’s a national crisis.

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UFC Champ Max Holloway Disputes Stroke Rumors, Still Seeking Answers Regarding Health

Max Holloway doesn’t have a definitive answer as to why his health deteriorated just prior to his scheduled title defense at UFC 226, but he knows that he definitely did not suffer a stroke.
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UFC Champ Max Holloway Disputes Stroke Rumors, Still Seeking Answers Regarding Health

Max Holloway doesn’t have a definitive answer as to why his health deteriorated just prior to his scheduled title defense at UFC 226, but he knows that he definitely did not suffer a stroke.
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UFC Champ Max Holloway Disputes Stroke Rumors, Still Seeking Answers Regarding Health

Max Holloway doesn’t have a definitive answer as to why his health deteriorated just prior to his scheduled title defense at UFC 226, but he knows that he definitely did not suffer a stroke.
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UFC Champ Max Holloway Disputes Stroke Rumors, Still Seeking Answers Regarding Health

Max Holloway doesn’t have a definitive answer as to why his health deteriorated just prior to his scheduled title defense at UFC 226, but he knows that he definitely did not suffer a stroke.
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UFC Champ Max Holloway Disputes Stroke Rumors, Still Seeking Answers Regarding Health

Max Holloway doesn’t have a definitive answer as to why his health deteriorated just prior to his scheduled title defense at UFC 226, but he knows that he definitely did not suffer a stroke.
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Dana White Still Believes Yoel Romero Should Move to 205, But, Should UFC Look at Third Fight With Robert Whittaker?

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

If following last night’s headliner at UFC 225 between Robert Whittaker and Yoel Romero, you believe a third fight is in order, well, it looks like that might not happen.

If you watched the contest, then you know it was one of the best middleweight bouts in recent memory. Whittaker outscored Romero in the opening two rounds, but in round three, the latter decked the champ before he recovered and returned fire. Round four was competitive, but round five was pretty much a blow out for Romero, who dropped Whittaker again and appeared to be on the verge of finishing the fight. In fact, many folks have opined that the round should have been scored a 10 – 8 for Romero (via the new scoring rules). None of the judges, however, did so. Whittaker walked away from the bout with a controversial, split decision win.

Well, as you know, even if Romero had been handed the decision, he wouldn’t have been given the belt, since he came in at 185.2 for the fight. It was a repeat from what went down in February, when Romero didn’t secure the interim title after knocking out Luke Rockhold, because he missed weight for that fight as well.

After the card, White was asked if he still believes Romero should move to 205. Prior to the card, the UFC President had said he thinks that’s what the Cuban wrestler should do. White stood by that belief at the post-fight presser.

“Probably a good idea. We’re going to have to talk to him and his team, and it’s probably a good idea for him to go to 205. “

But is this really the route the UFC should go? Should they pass on Whittaker – Romero 3? Considering how last night’s bout unfolded? Yes, Romero missed weight, and he looked horrible after making his second attempt. But, the fighter has insisted his cut was stopped prematurely by the commission. Of course, health concerns need to be monitored here, but has the UFC thoroughly vetted what happened ? To conclude the book should be closed on Romero’s run at 185?

Now, another reason one could make the case for Whittaker – Romero III is due to the state of the middleweight division. When White was asked about the status of Chris Weidman and Kelvin Gastelum, really, the only two 185’ers right now who you could tap for a title fight, he said this:

“Weidman’s still hurt; his hands still messed up. So he’s going to be out for a while longer.”

“No comment on Kelvin Gastelum. He should have been the back-up here tonight when this all went down. He couldn’t do it. He’s got some personal issues that he seriously needs to take care of.”

So, depending on what issue Gastelum is dealing with, perhaps, the former welterweight contender could be a possibility in the not too distant future. But, would that fight draw more views that Whittaker – Romero III? That’s a good question.

At the end of the day, as the news cycle moves on, and Whittaker takes times to recover from a broken hand, calls for a third bout with Romero will have likely diminished. It’s just really unfortunate that Romero missed weight again, as, in a vacuum, a third scrap between the two sounds about right.

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UFC Employees Robbed at Gunpoint – Yeah, Brazil Is Still Pretty Rough

The other day I made a post about how much love there is in Brazil. Yeah, scratch that.

The UFC traveling show has come to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for UFC 224, and according to ESPN reporter Brett Okamoto, a bunch of UFC employees were robbed at gunpoint.

Yikes.

Details are sparse at the moment, but this is what we have:

Just a note on crime in Brazil: It’s bad. Really bad.

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Ian McCall Releases Statement After Rizin 10 Defeat: ‘I’m Broken But Still Smiling and Proud’

Ian McCall’s second appearance under the Rizin Fighting Federation banner did not go as planned.
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