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It’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight. The UFC’s deepest division is brimming with scintillating talent- even the guys coming off losses are easy to get excited about. No two fighters represent that more than Justin Gaethje and ‘Raging’ Al Iaquinta. On his podcast, Iaquinta hinted that he might be in talks with the UFC to face Gaethje this summer. He was asked about a possible matchup with Gaethje, and his response indicated that the idea was not new to him. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:
“We’re hoping for sometime in August,” Iaquinta said. “August, September. I think (the UFC) wanted it to be sooner, but that guy needs a rest. I was looking out for his health with that one. He needs a break for a minute. If it goes down the way it’s supposed to, it’ll be a good fight, a tough fight.”
It’s peak Al to say that he’s looking out for Gaethje’s health by pushing a potential matchup back to late summer. But is the fight actually being discussed? “Little bit”, was all Al would say.
It would be a near-perfect matchup for Gaethje, and one fans would have an easy time getting behind. Iaquinta had won five straight before his high-profile decision loss to Khabib Nurmagomedov; Gaethje is on the most exciting two-fight skid in UFC history, coming agonizingly close to beating Dustin Poirier and Eddie Alvarez before going out on his shield in both fights. He needs a step back, but not too far back; someone that keeps him relevant with a win, and doesn’t consign him to the dust-bin with a loss. Iaquinta is in a similar space; his short-notice loss to Nurmagomedov may have dampened any title hopes, but he hung tough with the Russian for all five rounds. Both men are known for wanting to throw hands in the pocket in a fan-friendly manner; neither are known for meticulous risk avoidance.
Of course, it’s hard to make a bad fight at lightweight; Edson Barboza’s manager has also thrown his hat in the ring for a fight with Gaethje.
Speaking of lightweight, Tony Ferguson is back in training
“Total Kontrol” Check It Out… One-on-One You’d Get Dusted With My Speed & Be Left Blind w/ My Technique. You’ve Grown Out Of This Sport & Forgot What It’s Like To Hustle. Retire or Get Your Shit Together Paperboy @thenotoriousmma B A Good Example-Sad Bastard #HonestlyWhoThrowsADolly #ControlYoSelfBih SnapJtsu™ #SnapIntuit #TonyFergusonMMA I’m Gettin Too Old For This Shit
The guy on the left is your hopes, dreams and ambitions. On the right is you.
— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) May 22, 2018
Muhammad Ali was an inspiration to so many
Joe Rogan loves highlighting very ineffective traditional martial arts techniques.
#legitasfuck There seems to be no end to these dipshits teaching people fake martial arts. Thank Odin for @mcdojolife. Go there and be amazed at the delusional con artists demonstrating useless, made up shit that will definitely get you killed in the real world. #Repost @mcdojolife ・・・ Knock the opponent out by hitting yourself? ➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖➖
Jose Aldo has really been working his wrestling lately ahead of his summer fight with Jeremy Stephens
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Some Muay Thai action
Youssef Boughanem stops Talaytong Sor.Tanaphet in the fourth round to win the Lumpinee stadium middleweight title pic.twitter.com/NyZcLJlJHw
— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) May 22, 2018
This guy looks like a solid addition to the UFC roster. Look at that combination. By God.
— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) February 17, 2018
Quick Hits and Good Reads
- Yair Rodriguez explains his side of the story- probably a lot closer to what really went on in negotiations- and from what he said, it’s either a bad call by the UFC or a worrying signal to the rest of the roster that fighters attempting to negotiate what is best for their careers won’t be tolerated.
- Fab Werdum popped positive the same day his main event slot in Russia was announced. That’s impeccable timing.
- They don’t call her “Thug” Rose for nothing- Namajunas says she might be interested in giving Jedrzejczyk the rematch, but only if Joanna will admit she is the best. That’s truly superb.
Podcasts and Video
UFC Chile post-fight show
Say what you will about Trump, he’s the funniest president we have ever had and likely will ever have.
Not even Trump believes the stuff he says. pic.twitter.com/GiEWACnmHO
— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) May 23, 2018
Look at this crazy volcano footage from Hawaii
(May 19 at 9:30 AM): Unbelievable new aerial footage shows exactly where last night’s fast-moving pāhoehoe flow crossed Pohoʻiki Road southeast of Hinalo Street through #LanipunaGardens. Officials believe the flow coming from fissure 20 is heading in a direction toward Keahialaka, Mālama Ki Forest Reserve and MacKenzie State Park. Four homes were destroyed, but no highways are threatened at this time. The flow has advanced 1,000 feet in under 1 hour. Volcanic gas emissions are elevated throughout the area downwind of the vents. Hawaiʻi County Civil Defense Agency officials released this update: “Hawaiian Volcano Observatory reports a short-lived steam explosion from Kīlauea crater created an ash cloud around midnight that reached up to 10,000 ft. Ash was carried southwest by the wind toward Kaʻu, Pāhala, and Naʻalehu. Residents are reminded to protect themselves from ash fallout by remaining indoors. Residents in areas down rift from the flow need to stay alert and prepare for voluntary evacuation should it be deemed necessary. Pohoʻiki Road is closed. Highway 132 and 130 are open to local traffic, to those with ID. For those evacuating, the Pāhoa Community Center, Keaʻau Community Center, and Sure Foundation Church are open. Be aware shelters are pet friendly.” Stay tuned to @HawaiiNewsNow for the very latest developments #HawaiiNews Video by @milekalincoln