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Rory MacDonald Discusses Teammate Georges St. Pierre’s Legacy, Fighting Future

Georges St. Pierre’s long-time friend and Tristar Gym training partner Rory MacDonald doesn’t believe the former welterweight and middleweight champion is done with the sport.
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Midnight Mania! Marcelo Garcia suspends McGregor teammate Dillon Danis

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we have Marcelo Garcia suspending top student and McGregor’s grappling partner Dillon Danis,


Insomnia

Marcelo Garcia, one of the greatest no-gi grapplers ever to compete, has suspended his student Dillon Danis, who trains with Conor McGregor and helps with his grappling coaching. Danis was originally brought in to help McGregor prior to the Diaz rematch. A decorated competitor in his own right, Danis is slated to face Jake Shields in a headlining bout at SUG 4, and also recently signed with Bellator MMA. While his profile has certainly risen since partnering with the brash Irishman, Danis has adopted what many would describe as a knock-off version of McGregor’s schtick. This divisive approach that has alienated some fans and BJJ competitors, a community that often prides themselves on camaraderie and a culture of martial arts-inspired respect.

Garcia, in typical Brazilian Jiu Jitsu instructor fashion, announced the decision in a long-winded, semi-philosophical speech that fully laid out the reasons behind the decision. See the full video below:


Bobs and Weaves

This is an absolutely fantastic bout. Marlon Moraes vs Raphael Assuncao is a matchup that puts Moraes, the former WSOF bantamweight champion, within touching distance of a title shot if he wins. With charismatic new champion Cody Garbrandt on the throne, and Moraes and Duquesnoy joining the ranks of the division, UFC’s 135 pound weight class looks extremely promising over the next couple years.

Donald Cerrone with Claudia Gadelha:

Cub Swanson freezing:

It’s RIZIN fight week and that means some pageantry.

I don’t recall exactly when this was, but Jon Jones and Anderson Silva were having a little fun.

Anderson Silva vs. Jon Jones!

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Muay Thai legend John Wayne Parr and Conor McGregor’s coach John Kavanagh are just shooting the breeze when a fight breaks out right in front of them.

Yoel Romero, or more probably Malki Kawa on his twitter, talking trash at Michael Bisping.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Moraes is a man of exceptional violence.

Ouch.

The reason Demetrius Johnson is as good as he is, especially in the clinch, is thanks to Matt Hume

Another reminder: RIZIN

That’s a lot of punching power

Suplexes too?

Not sure what the rules are with these big gloves but suplexes and chokes both seem to be legal so I’m down

Fight Motion is pretty violent this time


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Teammate Muhammed Lawal wants Robbie Lawler to take extra time to ‘recharge’ after KO loss

One of the most anticipated non-title fights on the UFC’s winter schedule abruptly fell apart this past month when former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler withdrew from his Madison Square Garden clash against Donald Cerrone less than a week after the bout was announced to great fanfare for UFC 205.

The news disappointed many in the mixed martial arts world, however Lawler’s teammate at American Top Team, Bellator contender Muhammed Lawal, believes the decision for Lawler to withdraw was necessary to protect the 34-year-old veteran, who suffered a brutal knockout loss to Tyron Woodley on July 30 at UFC 201.

“It’s like this, personally, me, I think that Robbie shouldn’t fight until December or January,” Lawal said recently on The MMA Hour. “Take time off, because these past two years, man, at the gym, Robbie’s been going to the max. Take some time to recharge, because Cerrone is a good fighter, it’s a great fight for the fans — why rush it? Cerrone ain’t going nowhere. Cerrone is always in shape, always ready. So once Robbie recharges, if Cerrone wants to fight Robbie, then they can fight.”

In truth, Lawler’s output since returning to the UFC in 2013 has been nothing short of incredible. The old-school fighter has competed 10 times over that span, and his title reign was perhaps one of the most ferocious in welterweight history. From Dec. 2014 to Jan. 2016, Lawler fought a trio of ‘Fight of the Year’ candidates against Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, and Carlos Condit, winning all three until succumbing to a first-round knockout at the hands of Woodley in his UFC 201 title defense.

And while the announcement of Lawler’s return at UFC 205 against Cerrone was widely met with excitement from the MMA fanbase, it appears the Nov. 12 target date ultimately ended up being too quick of a turnaround for a veteran who has suffered 16 years worth of damage and was coming off his first knockout loss since 2004.

“He came over and told me face-to-face, said, ‘I wanted to let you know man-to-man that this fight’s not happening,’” Cerrone said of Lawler at UFC 203. “I was like, what are you talking about? He’s like, ‘yeah, just not going to do it.’ I said this is Madison Square Garden. If I was to step aside, a little piece of fan died in me. Like, damn, that’s a fight that I would love to watch. So it sucked, but he just said he’s got some sh*t going on and wanted to let his head heal up a little more from the knockout he just had. So hey, I can’t make him fight.

“He’s still a friend of mine,” Cerrone added. “He’s one of the good guys, man, so [it hasn't changed my opinion of him] at all. Something must be off. Robbie is not a guy that just doesn’t show up to fights, he’s one of the last of a dying breed, so something must really be an issue.”

Lawal, a cornerman for Lawler in several of his UFC title fights, echoed Cerrone’s sentiments that Lawler ultimately needed to do what is best for himself, especially as he approaches the end of his window as a fighter able to compete at the highest level. And considering that Cerrone is the living embodiment of the ‘fight anyone, anywhere’ mentality, a fan-friendly match-up against Lawler is one that can easily be revisited at a late date.

“Robbie, he’s always in shape. It’s just that, why rush it,” Lawal said. “The past two years, man, his schedule and his fights — man, take some time for your family, take some time for yourself. Recharge. After his last three fights, the following Monday he’s back in the gym, lifting weights or doing something. He really hasn’t stepped away from the gym. He has to be forced out by coach Kami (Barzini), like, ‘hey, go home. Go do something. Go fish, go mow your lawn, go do something. Go swimming.’ They have to push him out of there because he always wants to be in there.”

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Teammate Muhammed Lawal wants Robbie Lawler to take extra time to ‘recharge’ after KO loss

One of the most anticipated non-title fights on the UFC’s winter schedule abruptly fell apart this past month when former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler withdrew from his Madison Square Garden clash against Donald Cerrone less than a week after the bout was announced to great fanfare for UFC 205.

The news disappointed many in the mixed martial arts world, however Lawler’s teammate at American Top Team, Bellator contender Muhammed Lawal, believes the decision for Lawler to withdraw was necessary to protect the 34-year-old veteran, who suffered a brutal knockout loss to Tyron Woodley on July 30 at UFC 201.

“It’s like this, personally, me, I think that Robbie shouldn’t fight until December or January,” Lawal said recently on The MMA Hour. “Take time off, because these past two years, man, at the gym, Robbie’s been going to the max. Take some time to recharge, because Cerrone is a good fighter, it’s a great fight for the fans — why rush it? Cerrone ain’t going nowhere. Cerrone is always in shape, always ready. So once Robbie recharges, if Cerrone wants to fight Robbie, then they can fight.”

In truth, Lawler’s output since returning to the UFC in 2013 has been nothing short of incredible. The old-school fighter has competed 10 times over that span, and his title reign was perhaps one of the most ferocious in welterweight history. From Dec. 2014 to Jan. 2016, Lawler fought a trio of ‘Fight of the Year’ candidates against Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, and Carlos Condit, winning all three until succumbing to a first-round knockout at the hands of Woodley in his UFC 201 title defense.

And while the announcement of Lawler’s return at UFC 205 against Cerrone was widely met with excitement from the MMA fanbase, it appears the Nov. 12 target date ultimately ended up being too quick of a turnaround for a veteran who has suffered 16 years worth of damage and was coming off his first knockout loss since 2004.

“He came over and told me face-to-face, said, ‘I wanted to let you know man-to-man that this fight’s not happening,’” Cerrone said of Lawler at UFC 203. “I was like, what are you talking about? He’s like, ‘yeah, just not going to do it.’ I said this is Madison Square Garden. If I was to step aside, a little piece of fan died in me. Like, damn, that’s a fight that I would love to watch. So it sucked, but he just said he’s got some sh*t going on and wanted to let his head heal up a little more from the knockout he just had. So hey, I can’t make him fight.

“He’s still a friend of mine,” Cerrone added. “He’s one of the good guys, man, so [it hasn't changed my opinion of him] at all. Something must be off. Robbie is not a guy that just doesn’t show up to fights, he’s one of the last of a dying breed, so something must really be an issue.”

Lawal, a cornerman for Lawler in several of his UFC title fights, echoed Cerrone’s sentiments that Lawler ultimately needed to do what is best for himself, especially as he approaches the end of his window as a fighter able to compete at the highest level. And considering that Cerrone is the living embodiment of the ‘fight anyone, anywhere’ mentality, a fan-friendly match-up against Lawler is one that can easily be revisited at a late date.

“Robbie, he’s always in shape. It’s just that, why rush it,” Lawal said. “The past two years, man, his schedule and his fights — man, take some time for your family, take some time for yourself. Recharge. After his last three fights, the following Monday he’s back in the gym, lifting weights or doing something. He really hasn’t stepped away from the gym. He has to be forced out by coach Kami (Barzini), like, ‘hey, go home. Go do something. Go fish, go mow your lawn, go do something. Go swimming.’ They have to push him out of there because he always wants to be in there.”

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Teammate Muhammed Lawal wants Robbie Lawler to take extra time to ‘recharge’ after KO loss

One of the most anticipated non-title fights on the UFC’s winter schedule abruptly fell apart this past month when former UFC welterweight champion Robbie Lawler withdrew from his Madison Square Garden clash against Donald Cerrone less than a week after the bout was announced to great fanfare for UFC 205.

The news disappointed many in the mixed martial arts world, however Lawler’s teammate at American Top Team, Bellator contender Muhammed Lawal, believes the decision for Lawler to withdraw was necessary to protect the 34-year-old veteran, who suffered a brutal knockout loss to Tyron Woodley on July 30 at UFC 201.

“It’s like this, personally, me, I think that Robbie shouldn’t fight until December or January,” Lawal said recently on The MMA Hour. “Take time off, because these past two years, man, at the gym, Robbie’s been going to the max. Take some time to recharge, because Cerrone is a good fighter, it’s a great fight for the fans — why rush it? Cerrone ain’t going nowhere. Cerrone is always in shape, always ready. So once Robbie recharges, if Cerrone wants to fight Robbie, then they can fight.”

In truth, Lawler’s output since returning to the UFC in 2013 has been nothing short of incredible. The old-school fighter has competed 10 times over that span, and his title reign was perhaps one of the most ferocious in welterweight history. From Dec. 2014 to Jan. 2016, Lawler fought a trio of ‘Fight of the Year’ candidates against Johny Hendricks, Rory MacDonald, and Carlos Condit, winning all three until succumbing to a first-round knockout at the hands of Woodley in his UFC 201 title defense.

And while the announcement of Lawler’s return at UFC 205 against Cerrone was widely met with excitement from the MMA fanbase, it appears the Nov. 12 target date ultimately ended up being too quick of a turnaround for a veteran who has suffered 16 years worth of damage and was coming off his first knockout loss since 2004.

“He came over and told me face-to-face, said, ‘I wanted to let you know man-to-man that this fight’s not happening,’” Cerrone said of Lawler at UFC 203. “I was like, what are you talking about? He’s like, ‘yeah, just not going to do it.’ I said this is Madison Square Garden. If I was to step aside, a little piece of fan died in me. Like, damn, that’s a fight that I would love to watch. So it sucked, but he just said he’s got some sh*t going on and wanted to let his head heal up a little more from the knockout he just had. So hey, I can’t make him fight.

“He’s still a friend of mine,” Cerrone added. “He’s one of the good guys, man, so [it hasn't changed my opinion of him] at all. Something must be off. Robbie is not a guy that just doesn’t show up to fights, he’s one of the last of a dying breed, so something must really be an issue.”

Lawal, a cornerman for Lawler in several of his UFC title fights, echoed Cerrone’s sentiments that Lawler ultimately needed to do what is best for himself, especially as he approaches the end of his window as a fighter able to compete at the highest level. And considering that Cerrone is the living embodiment of the ‘fight anyone, anywhere’ mentality, a fan-friendly match-up against Lawler is one that can easily be revisited at a late date.

“Robbie, he’s always in shape. It’s just that, why rush it,” Lawal said. “The past two years, man, his schedule and his fights — man, take some time for your family, take some time for yourself. Recharge. After his last three fights, the following Monday he’s back in the gym, lifting weights or doing something. He really hasn’t stepped away from the gym. He has to be forced out by coach Kami (Barzini), like, ‘hey, go home. Go do something. Go fish, go mow your lawn, go do something. Go swimming.’ They have to push him out of there because he always wants to be in there.”

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Alistair Overeem on fighting teammate Andrei Arlovski: ‘There are no regrets’

Few things bring the awkward to an MMA gym like a high-profile fight between teammates.

Such was the case for the elite JacksonWink camp in Albuquerque, N.M., when it was announced that a pair of the crew’s heavyweights, Alistair Overeem and Andrei Arlovski, would square off in the main event of UFC Fight Night 87 in Rotterdam.

But after Overeem finished off Arlovski in the second round via TKO on Sunday, the victor says it will go back to business as usual when both return to the gym.

“There was a handshake, there was a lot of respect, we looked each other in the eyes,” Overeem said of the postfight scene. “This wasn’t a good moment, the whole thing was not good for the team, but I’ve done the best I could to keep the energy positive, it doesn’t have to disrupt anybody. I think the respect is there. It’s not going to be gone. I mean, we’re obviously going to see each other in the gym. For me there’s no bad vibes.”

Overeem did his part to keep the piece by agreeing to work with his Netherlands team while Arlovski, who has been at Jackson’s longer than Overeem, stayed in New Mexico.

The way Overeem sees it, there’s a very short list of elite heavyweight contenders, meaning eventually, it’s inevitable teammates in the division will have to square off.

“There are no regrets. It would be stupid to think  — Andrei’s a former champion, he’s top 10, I’m top 10 — there’s not that many out there. It would stupid to think we would not face each other at some point,” said Overeem, who won his fourth consecutive bout. “On another note, we’re not training together. We’re not sparring together. We’re not buddies, we don’t hang out. So for me, I think he and I have a great relationship with the coaches, he and I are going to pick up right off where we left off after the fight. I expected to be back in the gym in no time.”

For his part, Arlovski did not directly address the teammate vs. teammate situation, simply congratulating Overeem on his victory.

“Of course I’m disappointed, but Alistair is a great fighter no doubt,” said the former UFC heavyweight champion, who lost his second straight fight. “Tonight it was his night. I’m going to go back to the gym and i’m going to move forward. I still have great coaches and I have a lot of work to do.”

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Roufusport Teammate Emmanuel Sanchez: CM Punk ‘Absolutely’ Will Fight in UFC

Earlier this week, CM Punk revealed that back surgery would delay his highly-anticipated Octagon debut, which was expected to take place at either UFC 199 or UFC 200.
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Urijah Faber’s teammate thinks ‘California Kid’ would retire with win over Dominick Cruz

How many fights does Urijah Faber have left in mixed martial arts (MMA)?

Well, if his next fight is against Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion Dominick Cruz, it could be his last. That’s according to Faber’s teammate Cody Garbrandt, who told Submission Radio it’s not too far fetched to see “The California Kid” ride off into the sunset if he scores a victory over his longtime nemesis.

His words (via Bloody Elbow):

“If Urijah would be the champion, I think he would beat Cruz in the next fight. We talked about it before, he’ll go out as champion, retire. Urijah has done so much for the sport and been a world champion, he’s been the featherweight king at the WEC – and people seem to forget Urijah ruled that era for a very long time, fought some of the best fighters. What else would he have to prove? You win the title and go out, storybook ending. Boom, done. If he goes two and one against Cruz, wins a world title, he then goes on and lives his life. He’s the California Kid, he does what he always does. He’s always in the gym. He’s got his other business endeavors. We’ve been talking about it, that would be the perfect storybook ending. We talked about it. I mean, what else does he do? You beat Cruz, who just beat TJ for the title. His fight with Cruz is a storybook ending. He’s had his career, being champion and then fighting back, losing the title, coming back, dropping a weight class, losing a close fight to the champion, another title fight, losing these close title fights and then coming back and then winning the last fight to win the title. That’s the story book ending.”

A trilogy title fight between Cruz and Faber isn’t too far out of the picture, as both men been warm to the idea of settling their business after Cruz defeated T.J. Dillashaw last month to reclaim the 135-pound title.

Faber initially defeated Cruz at WEC 26 back in 2007 to retain his featherweight strap. Four years later, “The Dominator” got his revenge with a unanimous decision win over Faber at UFC 132.

With Urijah currently sitting at No. 3 in the official rankings, and the other two in front of him (Dillashaw and Renan Barao) coming off losses, is the time right for UFC to set up a third and final fight between the longtime rivals?

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Jose Aldo Teammate Tries to Bite Off More Than He Can Chew

Hacran Dias is 3-2 since entering into the UFC, is all about going to the scorecards and making judges do work, and has about as much a future in the sport as any ham-and-egger. But he’s also the teammate of fallen featherweight king Jose Aldo, so of course when Aldo fell to Conor McGregor at […]

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Josh Thomson on teammate Khabib Nurmagomedov: He reminds me of a 155-pound Frankie Edgar

The resemblance, at least in “The Punk’s” eyes, is uncanny.

No. 3-ranked Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov (22-0) is already preparing for his return to the Octagon in the Dagestan mountains, but as his tussle with the streaking Tony Ferguson (19-3) at The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 22 Finale on Dec. 11, 2015 draws closer, “The Eagle” will move stateside to begin training camp with head coach Javier Mendez and the star-studded American Kickboxing Academy roster.

The soon-to-be 27-year-old raced out to a 6-0 UFC record before an ACL injury hobbled the Sambo master, taking him out of action for the past 17 months.

But when Nurmagomedov sets foot in the Octagon against “El Cucuy” inside “The Chelsea” at The Cosmopolitan, don’t expect the title aspirations to subside or ring rust to show it’s ugly mug, teammate Josh Thomson told MMAjunkie.

“There’s no doubt about it (that he’s a future UFC champion),” Thomson said. “The current UFC champion right now is someone he already beat, and he didn’t just beat him, he destroyed him. He threw him around with ease. Outside of getting caught with something like a fluke punch or fluke kick or anything like that, I really don’t see him being beat.”

In six UFC appearances, Nurmagomedov has decimated competition. The ferocious grappler finished Kamal Shalorus and Thiago Tavares, before clobbering the cream of the crop.

Current 155-pound champion Rafael dos Anjos became Nurmagomedov’s 22nd victim back at UFC on FOX 11 in Apr. 2014, losing in a lopsided effort that saw the latter achieve six takedowns.

When it comes down to it, Nurmagomedov will have the inside scoop on Ferguson as he was Thomson’s last UFC opponent at UFC Fight Night 71 in July before the former Strikeforce lightweight champion bolted to rival mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion Bellator. “The Punk” lost to his fellow Californian via a malicious three-round beatdown.

The 31-year-old Ferguson is 10-1 in UFC and rides a six-fight win streak into his tussle with Nurmagomedov. He holds lopsided wins over not only Thomson, but MMA veteran Gleison Tibau and the heavy-handed Abel Trujillo as well.

However, because of his extensive background in combat sports and his sheer mental fortitude, Thomson can’t see the freight train that is Nurmagomedov being stopped. He even believes his training partner is in some great company.

“What he has, what I think a lot of people misunderstand, is that his mental (strength) is definitely what gets him through a lot of stuff,” said Thomson. “He understands his body can do everything that he wants it to do and can push harder than a lot of people’s bodies can. He reminds me of a 155-pound Frankie Edgar. There’s no quit in him”

For more on the TUF 22: ‘Edgar vs. Mendes’ fight card, click here.

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