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For A Fake Fight, Fedor Sure Punched Chael Sonnen Really Hard

Bellator 208 ended on an entertaining note with a gutsy fight from Chael Sonnen against Fedor Emelianenko (watch the highlights here). Few gave the middleweight much of a chance against the heavyweight GOAT, but Sonnen dug deep and kept getting back to his feet and chasing more takedowns after multiple knockdowns and throws.

That aggressive momentum created some unique looking scrambles and breaks, which led to some MMA ‘fans’ on social media to question whether the fight was faked. There was enough rumbling that the press actually asked Bellator head Scott Coker about it during the post-fight press conference.

“Come on, that doesn’t even deserve a response to the people that are saying it,” Coker said (via MMA Fighting). “Listen, Chael got clipped. He told me, ‘Man, he hit me and he hit me really good,’ and he was done. So that’s it. With Chael, the thing with Tito, ‘oh, he let him go’ or something, come on, why would you do that? You’re a professional athlete and you’re a fighter. He wants to continue, he wants to go to the next round of the tournament. That’s just all rubbish.”

“To me, they see Chael, he’s got this character and I think they just feel like with Chael it’s just like this character, so maybe that’s what they’re thinking. But If you had Fedor punching you and kicking you and kneeing you like he was doing today — that was real, that was not fake.”

Chael himself was happy to confirm that statement.

”I don’t know why he hit me so hard,” Sonnen joked, his face covered in bruises. “I don’t know what ol’ Chael ever did to that guy but he sure felt like laying ‘em into me.”

”I would call him explosive with his punches,” Sonnen continued. “There wasn’t a ton of setups, they just came and came hard. And even on the ground, I had some good positions on him and he would just explode, it wasn’t necessarily technique based but it was impressive. He’s an impressive athlete. I don’t think I’ve ever been grounded and pounded like that.”

There were several moments in the fight where Chael seemed close to defeat, but each time he managed to regain position or stand back up. Well, until the final moments of the first round, anyway. As Fedor hit him with withering ground and pound, Sonnen covered up and the ref stopped the fight. According to Chael, that was strategy gone awry.

”The referee warned me, he said if I didn’t move they’d stop the fight,” he said. “I didn’t think he would because they were going into my hands, I thought I was blocking them. I thought I was having a rope-a-dope moment, I thought I was luring him in. That was a bad strategy, as it turns out. That was a bad plan.”

Emelianenko now moves on to the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, where he’ll face light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader on January 26th in Inglewood, California. As for Chael, maybe he’ll return to 185 pounds, but more likely we imagine he’ll remain a Bellator moneyweight, fighting across three divisions against any opponent that catches his fancy. Not a bad way to close out your career.

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Logan Paul vs. Sage Northcutt in the UFC? Sure, Why Not…

Just as they are inevitably prone to doing, a pair of reality TV stars (of the YouTube variety, not even actual television) had some kind of “celebrity boxing” bout in the Internet recently, and it made a lot of money in terms of pay-per-view sales. One of the participants was Logan Paul, who, after researching him… I still have no idea who he is.

But! While awash in the glow of combat and monetary success, Paul floated the idea of fighting in the UFC. Our favorite human Pokemon Sage Northcutt took the bait, and the wheels of intrigue began turning.

Logan Paul vs. Sage Northcutt in the UFC? Sure, Why Not…

Just as they are inevitably prone to doing, a pair of reality TV stars (of the YouTube variety, not even actual television) had some kind of “celebrity boxing” bout in the Internet recently, and it made a lot of money in terms of pay-per-view sales. One of the participants was Logan Paul, who, after researching him… I still have no idea who he is.

But! While awash in the glow of combat and monetary success, Paul floated the idea of fighting in the UFC. Our favorite human Pokemon Sage Northcutt took the bait, and the wheels of intrigue began turning.

Logan Paul vs. Sage Northcutt in the UFC? Sure, Why Not…

Just as they are inevitably prone to doing, a pair of reality TV stars (of the YouTube variety, not even actual television) had some kind of “celebrity boxing” bout in the Internet recently, and it made a lot of money in terms of pay-per-view sales. One of the participants was Logan Paul, who, after researching him… I still have no idea who he is.

But! While awash in the glow of combat and monetary success, Paul floated the idea of fighting in the UFC. Our favorite human Pokemon Sage Northcutt took the bait, and the wheels of intrigue began turning.

Bellator 205 Results: Making Sure the Ghost of Roger Huerta Stays Dead

Oh, hey, there was a Bellator last night – Bellator 205 to be exact – and guess who was on it? Roger Huerta.

Maybe you remember Huerta from his ultra-brief run as a UFC superstar, which saw him grace the cover of Sports Illustrated (back when that was unheard of and really cool) and then disappear like serial killer in the Northwest because he wanted more than his UFC contract would give him.

The intervening years have not been kind to Huerta, and though he beat up a bigger bully outside a bar and the vid went viral, and he set up shop at a gym in Southeast Asia, he hasn’t been able to muster much momentum for a triumphant comeback in Bellator’s cage.

Anyway, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire had the honor of facing the former start, and while Huerta put up a heck a fight, banging away with the dangerous heavy-handed jiu-jitsu black belt… yeah, this one ended ugly.

On the plus side, after that knockout, Huerta probably doesn’t remember the fight at all. In fact, he might not remember any of his Bellator fights.

Elsewhere on the card, jiu-jitsu dude Rafael Lovato Jr. persevered with his relentless grappling and eventually caught John Salter in a choke. Lovato Jr. remains undefeated, but he’s a middleweight in Bellator, so no one will ever know his name.

In the main event, AJ McKee – son of the great Antonio McKee – also kept his undefeated record by knocking out John Teixeira. Again, a Bellator fighter, big fish in a small pond, the world will never know him.

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Bellator 205 Results: Making Sure the Ghost of Roger Huerta Stays Dead

Oh, hey, there was a Bellator last night – Bellator 205 to be exact – and guess who was on it? Roger Huerta.

Maybe you remember Huerta from his ultra-brief run as a UFC superstar, which saw him grace the cover of Sports Illustrated (back when that was unheard of and really cool) and then disappear like serial killer in the Northwest because he wanted more than his UFC contract would give him.

The intervening years have not been kind to Huerta, and though he beat up a bigger bully outside a bar and the vid went viral, and he set up shop at a gym in Southeast Asia, he hasn’t been able to muster much momentum for a triumphant comeback in Bellator’s cage.

Anyway, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire had the honor of facing the former start, and while Huerta put up a heck a fight, banging away with the dangerous heavy-handed jiu-jitsu black belt… yeah, this one ended ugly.

On the plus side, after that knockout, Huerta probably doesn’t remember the fight at all. In fact, he might not remember any of his Bellator fights.

Elsewhere on the card, jiu-jitsu dude Rafael Lovato Jr. persevered with his relentless grappling and eventually caught John Salter in a choke. Lovato Jr. remains undefeated, but he’s a middleweight in Bellator, so no one will ever know his name.

In the main event, AJ McKee – son of the great Antonio McKee – also kept his undefeated record by knocking out John Teixeira. Again, a Bellator fighter, big fish in a small pond, the world will never know him.

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Bellator 205 Results: Making Sure the Ghost of Roger Huerta Stays Dead

Oh, hey, there was a Bellator last night – Bellator 205 to be exact – and guess who was on it? Roger Huerta.

Maybe you remember Huerta from his ultra-brief run as a UFC superstar, which saw him grace the cover of Sports Illustrated (back when that was unheard of and really cool) and then disappear like serial killer in the Northwest because he wanted more than his UFC contract would give him.

The intervening years have not been kind to Huerta, and though he beat up a bigger bully outside a bar and the vid went viral, and he set up shop at a gym in Southeast Asia, he hasn’t been able to muster much momentum for a triumphant comeback in Bellator’s cage.

Anyway, Patricky “Pitbull” Freire had the honor of facing the former start, and while Huerta put up a heck a fight, banging away with the dangerous heavy-handed jiu-jitsu black belt… yeah, this one ended ugly.

On the plus side, after that knockout, Huerta probably doesn’t remember the fight at all. In fact, he might not remember any of his Bellator fights.

Elsewhere on the card, jiu-jitsu dude Rafael Lovato Jr. persevered with his relentless grappling and eventually caught John Salter in a choke. Lovato Jr. remains undefeated, but he’s a middleweight in Bellator, so no one will ever know his name.

In the main event, AJ McKee – son of the great Antonio McKee – also kept his undefeated record by knocking out John Teixeira. Again, a Bellator fighter, big fish in a small pond, the world will never know him.

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UFC 208 Embedded, Episode 1: ‘He’s gonna take Bisping’s belt, for sure’

In the first episode of UFC 208 Embedded, Anderson Silva trains, Holly Holm gets work in at JacksonWink MMA, Germaine de Randamie does interviews for the Dutch press, and Derek Brunson takes his daughter to a beauty pageant.

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Jon Jones on Dana White’s main event comments: ‘I’m sure he didn’t mean it’

Last week, in the midst of the festivities surrounding UFC 205 in New York, UFC president Dana White told Jim Rome at a Sirius XM town hall that he “would never take the risk of headlining a show with Jon Jones again.”

The comments came just days after arbitrators handed Jones the worst possible penalty, a one-year suspension, for his failed drug test ahead of UFC 200, and White explained that he simply wouldn’t trust Jones to main-event a card until Jones “consistently gets back on track.”

The UFC had to scramble back in July when Jones’ failed drug test threw its blockbuster UFC 200 card into disarray just days out from the bicentennial event. Left without many options, a women’s bantamweight title bout between Amanda Nunes and Miesha Tate ended up headlining UFC 200, while Anderson Silva was tabbed to fight Jones’ initial opponent, Daniel Cormier, at the eleventh hour on the event’s pay-per-view card.

The situation was just the latest example of Jones’ outside-the-cage indiscretions getting in the way of a fighter who may very well be one of the greatest to ever live. But when asked about White’s promise to never headline Jones again, the troubled light heavyweight dismissed the idea on Twitter.

“I don’t think he thought that through before saying it,” Jones said about White to a fan. “I’m sure he didn’t mean it.”

Jones, 29, is suspended until July 2017 after arbitrators determined that he did not do his due diligence in researching the sexual-performance pill that led to Jones testing positive for two banned substances, the anti-estrogen agents clomiphene and Letrozol, in an out-of-competition drug test prior to UFC 200. The Nevada Athletic Commission are also expected to rule on the matter and could suspend Jones for an additional length of time.

So while Jones may be out of the public eye for awhile, that didn’t stop him from weighing-in on a variety of current events in the same impromptu Twitter Q&A that led to his comments about White. Check out Jones’ thoughts on McGregor-Alvarez, his return, Michael Bisping’s reign as champion, and more below.

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WWE boss Triple H eyes Conor McGregor: ‘You don’t need to be 300 pounds, he could do it for sure’

Conor McGregor was already sitting on top of the mixed martial arts (MMA) world before knocking out Eddie Alvarez in the main event of UFC 205 last weekend (Sat., Nov. 12, 2016) to claim the lightweight title; becoming the only man to hold two division titles simultaneously.

Full video highlights here.

But after making history, the avenues for “Notorious” to explore have widened, as Paul “Triple H” Levesque — VP of Talent at WWE — says if McGregor wants to make the jump over to that arena, it would be an easy transition for an athlete who seems to have the complete package.

“He could come over, he’s got it all,” Levesque told The Telegraph. “He’s got the personality, the skills, the talk. He’s an entertainer, for sure.”

Triple H, who was in attendance at Madison Square Garden to witness Conor’s history-making moment, says the days when you had to be a massive and muscular athlete to make it in professional wrestling are long gone.

“What does he walk around at? 180 pounds? I have smaller guys now in the WWE. We have 200-pound guys who are stars. You don’t need to be 300 pounds any more,” he added. “But yeah, he could do just as well as Floyd Mayweather when he fought the Big Show. That really worked. Conor could do it for sure.”

And there wouldn’t be a shortage of athletes on the WWE roster who’d be anxious to get their hands on the Irishman, as he took the roster to task recently, calling them all “messed up pussies,” except for a select few, Levesque included.

Of course, Conor won’t be stepping into the cage — or ring — anytime soon, as the multi-division champion is planning on taking a break from all combat sports as he welcomes the birth of his baby sometime next year.

After that, he intends to have a pow-wow with the powers that be at UFC to talk about getting a piece of the company pie.

That said, Conor won’t have a shortage of options to fill the void MMA will leave behind when the day comes he hangs up his gloves for good. In the meantime, it wouldn’t be too farfetched to see him make a cameo at an upcoming WWE event, just to see how it plays out and how well he’s received by the WWE universe.

The promotion has lent its stars out before to the biggest wrestling organization on the planet, and if I remember correctly, Dana White might owe Vince McMahon a favor.

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