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Midnight Mania! Al Iaquinta Eyeing Late Summer Tango With Justin Gaethje

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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.


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Speaking of lightweight, Tony Ferguson is back in training

The guy on the left is your hopes, dreams and ambitions. On the right is you.

Muhammad Ali was an inspiration to so many

Joe Rogan loves highlighting very ineffective traditional martial arts techniques.

Jose Aldo has really been working his wrestling lately ahead of his summer fight with Jeremy Stephens


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Some Muay Thai action

This guy looks like a solid addition to the UFC roster. Look at that combination. By God.


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So close

Say what you will about Trump, he’s the funniest president we have ever had and likely will ever have.

Look at this crazy volcano footage from Hawaii

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Midnight Mania! Cejudo’s Manager: Rematch with Mighty Mouse This Summer

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Several MMA managers have a… less than savory reputation. Like fight promoters, they often have incentive to misrepresent the facts. So, take the following with a grain of salt, but Ali Abdelaziz- one of the highest profile MMA managers to retain a shady reputation- tweeted that his client, Henry Cejudo, will be rematching Demetrious Johnson this summer.

This runs counter to claims by TJ Dillashaw that talks to implement the superfight between himself and Demetrious Johnson are in the early stages. Henry Cejudo last faced Demetrious Johnson in 2016, and lost by first round KO.


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The malcontents and disaffected are joining Project Spearhead, the latest effort for and by fighters to gain employee status and unionize. I encourage all fighters to join; collective bargaining is likely the only way they will ever see a bigger slice of the UFC’s pie than the 17% or so they currently receive.

Combat sports this weekend

Machida vs. Belfort was announced, which has been dubbed the Old Man and the Pee. It’s fitting, because that movie was very slow-paced and this fight will be too.

Alan Jouban may be a model but his expressions after he wins are wild.

Angela Hill working her head movement

I’m with Joe Rogan here: WTF, Russia? Curling??

What the fuck, Russia?

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Daniel Cormier was paid a visit by freestyle wrestling Olympic gold medalist Jordan Burroughs

Wow, how did they know exactly how CM Punk vs. Floyd Mayweather would go?

Biggest Fight in Combat Sports History @ufcfighteredits / @as_shopped_as_it_gets_ collab

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A suitably polite callout of Sage Northcutt from fellow uber-athlete Marc Diakiese

Weird video time

@mojahedfudailat

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This is what Georges St. Pierre spends his time thinking about? Makes sense.

Dennis Bermudez and his new friend

Made a new friend in Iraq . His name is Arthur .

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Another respectful callout, this one from from Derek Brunson

I mean… Whoever made this did their best. Israel Adesanya liked it.

I agree with Joe Lauzon. Who is out here eating cereal with no milk??

I want to punch him in the face.

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Teruto Ishihara is unhappy with his streak of decisions.

Dana White enjoys random violence from cats, and so do I.

I’m gonna knock that smirk right off your face!!! #fightweek

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I’m calling it now: Won’t be a thing. Sorry, Carla Esparza

“Under water fighting” I predict this will be the next big thing #whalesharks #faceoff

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Good for the justice system and Bec Rawlings.

Rousey training WWE stuff.

Tonya Evinger faces surgery this Friday

Mike Perry is the quintessential Florida Man

Elias Theodorou doesn’t have the market cornered on ring men. Not by half. Chas Skelly is coming for him.


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Good times

Outta here

You have to love moments like these if you love combat sports

Good bodywork is aesthetically pleasing to watch

Wild man

Hit his hips


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I like this picture

Let’s keep going, there’s so much to 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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UFC summer kickoff press conference video

At the UFC summer kickoff press conference, UFC president Dana White, along with the top UFC stars from UFC 212 to UFC 214, will discuss upcoming fights. Also, several fight announcements will be made. The video is expected to begin at 5:30 p.m. ET.

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UFC announces ‘Summer Kickoff’ press conference for Dallas

The big, seasonal press conference promoting all the upcoming UFC’s events is back.

Such media spectacles have become a promotional staple in recent years, as featured fighters across several upcoming cards were brought out in a public show.

After a bit of an absence, the big presser returns May 12, as the UFC will host a “Summer Kickoff” event at American Airlines Center in Dallas, one day before UFC 211.

Fighters announced for the event include:

Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on June 3.

Holly Holm and Bethe Correia, who square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 11 on June 17 in Singapore.

Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, who headline UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City.

Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, who meet for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas.

Other fighters will also be announced for the event, which will be hosted by UFC president Dana White. The UFC also says additional fight announcements for the summer will be made at the press conference.

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UFC announces ‘Summer Kickoff’ press conference for Dallas

The big, seasonal press conference promoting all the upcoming UFC’s events is back.

Such media spectacles have become a promotional staple in recent years, as featured fighters across several upcoming cards were brought out in a public show.

After a bit of an absence, the big presser returns May 12, as the UFC will host a “Summer Kickoff” event at American Airlines Center in Dallas, one day before UFC 211.

Fighters announced for the event include:

Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on June 3.

Holly Holm and Bethe Correia, who square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 11 on June 17 in Singapore.

Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, who headline UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City.

Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, who meet for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas.

Other fighters will also be announced for the event, which will be hosted by UFC president Dana White. The UFC also says additional fight announcements for the summer will be made at the press conference.

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UFC announces ‘Summer Kickoff’ press conference for Dallas

The big, seasonal press conference promoting all the upcoming UFC’s events is back.

Such media spectacles have become a promotional staple in recent years, as featured fighters across several upcoming cards were brought out in a public show.

After a bit of an absence, the big presser returns May 12, as the UFC will host a “Summer Kickoff” event at American Airlines Center in Dallas, one day before UFC 211.

Fighters announced for the event include:

Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on June 3.

Holly Holm and Bethe Correia, who square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 11 on June 17 in Singapore.

Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, who headline UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City.

Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, who meet for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas.

Other fighters will also be announced for the event, which will be hosted by UFC president Dana White. The UFC also says additional fight announcements for the summer will be made at the press conference.

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UFC announces ‘Summer Kickoff’ press conference for Dallas

The big, seasonal press conference promoting all the upcoming UFC’s events is back.

Such media spectacles have become a promotional staple in recent years, as featured fighters across several upcoming cards were brought out in a public show.

After a bit of an absence, the big presser returns May 12, as the UFC will host a “Summer Kickoff” event at American Airlines Center in Dallas, one day before UFC 211.

Fighters announced for the event include:

Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on June 3.

Holly Holm and Bethe Correia, who square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 11 on June 17 in Singapore.

Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, who headline UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City.

Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, who meet for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas.

Other fighters will also be announced for the event, which will be hosted by UFC president Dana White. The UFC also says additional fight announcements for the summer will be made at the press conference.

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UFC announces ‘Summer Kickoff’ press conference for Dallas

The big, seasonal press conference promoting all the upcoming UFC’s events is back.

Such media spectacles have become a promotional staple in recent years, as featured fighters across several upcoming cards were brought out in a public show.

After a bit of an absence, the big presser returns May 12, as the UFC will host a “Summer Kickoff” event at American Airlines Center in Dallas, one day before UFC 211.

Fighters announced for the event include:

Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on June 3.

Holly Holm and Bethe Correia, who square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 11 on June 17 in Singapore.

Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, who headline UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City.

Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, who meet for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas.

Other fighters will also be announced for the event, which will be hosted by UFC president Dana White. The UFC also says additional fight announcements for the summer will be made at the press conference.

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UFC announces ‘Summer Kickoff’ press conference for Dallas

The big, seasonal press conference promoting all the upcoming UFC’s events is back.

Such media spectacles have become a promotional staple in recent years, as featured fighters across several upcoming cards were brought out in a public show.

After a bit of an absence, the big presser returns May 12, as the UFC will host a “Summer Kickoff” event at American Airlines Center in Dallas, one day before UFC 211.

Fighters announced for the event include:

Claudia Gadelha and Karolina Kowalkiewicz, who meet at UFC 212 in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, on June 3.

Holly Holm and Bethe Correia, who square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 11 on June 17 in Singapore.

Michael Chiesa and Kevin Lee, who headline UFC Fight Night 112 on June 25 in Oklahoma City.

Cody Garbrandt and T.J. Dillashaw, who meet for the UFC bantamweight title at UFC 213 on July 8 in Las Vegas.

Other fighters will also be announced for the event, which will be hosted by UFC president Dana White. The UFC also says additional fight announcements for the summer will be made at the press conference.

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