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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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Midnight Mania! Rogan: Weight Cutting ‘Sanctioned Cheating’, Worse Than Roids

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently stated on his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, that he believes weight cutting is sanctioned cheating, and more effective cheating than Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

It is stupid,” Rogan said. “What it is is sanctioned cheating. It’s sanctioned cheating and it’s cheating at a much higher scale even than PEDs. If you get two people and they both weigh 135 [pounds] but they’re both totally hydrated and one of them has been doing steroids and one of them hasn’t been doing steroids, the difference will be far less than if one person weighs in at 135 [pounds] but then balloons up to 160 [pounds] and then gets into that octagon at 160 [pounds] but there’s no PEDs involved. That’s a much greater advantage than someone whose doing some sort of testosterone thing or something. They’re compromised but the benefit of being so much larger might outweigh being compromised.

“Dude, if I was running s**t, I’d fix that first. That would be the first thing I would fix.

Rogan is right that extreme weight cutting is the norm and that it does seem to confer advantages. In the recent UFC 227 event, the California State Athletic Commission measured fighters’ weights after they rehydrated. They found that most fighters are rehydrating far beyond the 10% of bodyweight recommendation. Here is the full list of fighters’ weights on the day. Only six of the fighters on the card came in under the 10% recommendation, and five of those fighters lost, and the one that won, won against another fighter on that list of six.

Main card (PPV)

T.J. Dillashaw (135 pounds to 149.5 pounds = 10.7%) def. Cody Garbrandt (134.7 to 142 = 5.2%)

Henry Cejudo (124.5 to 141 = 12.8%) def. Demetrious Johnson (125 to 142 = 13.6%)

Renato Moicano (146 to 165.5 = 13.4%) def. Cub Swanson (145.2 to 160.5 = 9.9%)

J.J. Aldrich (115.8 to 130.5 = 12.5%) def. Polyana Viana (115 to 129.5 = 11.6%)

Thiago Santos (185.5 to 209.5 = 12.6%) def. Kevin Holland (184.7 to 193 = 3.8%)

Prelims (FX)

Pedro Munhoz (135 to 151 = 11%) def. Brett Johns (135.2 to 158 = 16.2%)

Ricky Simon (135.2 to 152 = 11.8%) def. Montel Jackson (136 to 152 = 11.8%)

Ricardo Ramos (135.5 to 153.5 = 12.9%) def. Kyung Ho Kang (136 to 154 = 13.2%)

Sheymon Moraes (146 to 164 = 12.3%) def. Matt Sayles (145.7 to 165 = 13%)

Prelims (UFC Fight Pass)

Alex Perez (126 to 146.5 = 16.3%) def. Jose Torres (125 to 143 = 13.5%)

Weili Zhang (115.5 to 127 = 9.5%) def. Danielle Taylor (115.4 to 124.5 = 7.3%)

Marlon Vera (135.5 to 150 = 10.3%) def. Wuliji Buren (135.5 to 149.5 = 9.9%)

There were several interesting takeaways from the daily weigh ins; this kind of information is necessary to collect if weight cutting is ever to be addressed. It also allows for interesting analysis- for instance, Cody Garbrandt weighed the same on fight night as Demetrious Johnson, who weighed one pound more than Henry Cejudo.

Rogan says the way forward is something similar to what Asian MMA promotion ONE FC has done, with regular weigh ins on fight week and hydration tests.

“People push it, they do push it,” Rogan said. “If you give them more time, they are gonna push it. If they know that they can rehydrate longer – which is the idea, that it’s safer because you can rehydrate from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. instead of from 4 p.m. on. I just think give them all the time they need. ONE FC has laid out the ground work. Look at what they did with their hydration tests and implement that.”

While actual implementation of such a systemmay prove tricky, this is a long-standing issue in the sport, and one that has derailed several main events recently as fighters such as Darren Till, Max Holloway and Yoel Romero struggle to finish their extreme weight cuts.


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Henry Cejuod sleeping with his belt. I don’t blame him one bit.

Dreams do come true. @Henry_Cejudo #UFC227

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Is this the most respectful callout ever from Curtis Blaydes?

Jon Jones has been getting back to his insp

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The legend of Jon Jones

Speaking of Jon Jones, he appreciated this level of skill and so do I

Gang gang

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Lyoto Machida is still doing the same karate he practiced before he started his MMA career, which is amazing.

One thing you have to admit about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone- he always makes life look like so much fun.

Epic Day teaching @whoisjob to surf and @poopiesgram sendin the backflop!!!

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This made me chuckle

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Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz is going to be fun on a bun.

Update on Leslie Smith’s case with the NLRB, which was initially cleared but then abruptly sent to DC for review instead.

Tony Ferguson was working out with a bionic leg immediately after surgery, naturally. Who will the UFC match him up with? Anthony Pettis? The winner of UFC Boise’s main event between Justin Gaethje and James Vick?

Chris Pratt was very stoked for the fights at UFC 227.

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I thought this was two pictures of Henry Cejudo at first.

@henry_cejudo @frankshamrock #virtuallyidentical

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Beware the sound of one mitt hitting.

If McGregor and Khabib were ancient Pancrase competitors…


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Maybe I’m easily impressed but I thought this was cool.

We live in such a strange reality

Surprisingly cool


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UFC 227 Results: TJ Dillashaw Does It Again, Smashing Cody Garbrandt Ever Quicker Than Before

The last time they fought, it took TJ Dillashaw about a round and a half to knock then-champ Cody Garbrandt out. This time around, it took less than a round.

In the main event of UFC 227, bantamweight top dog Dillashaw gave former teammate-now rival Garbrandt his immediate rematch, and you have to think that maybe Garbrandt should’ve taken some extra time off to work on those holes Dillashaw keeps exploiting.

Yes, they threw down, firing fists that were almost faster than bullets while flitting into range and flitting out. And since we both know these guys are capable of banging, and putting people away with the heat they throw, at any moment either guy could’ve gone down.

But Dillashaw simply has Garbrandt’s number, and has a firm handle on when to unleash those counters, and soon it was a knee and some punches that had Garbrandt sinking to the canvas once more.

It was a pretty badass performance by both, but Dillashaw… he’s the man.

 

Results: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (Punches) at 4:17, R1

 

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UFC 227 Results: TJ Dillashaw Does It Again, Smashing Cody Garbrandt Ever Quicker Than Before

The last time they fought, it took TJ Dillashaw about a round and a half to knock then-champ Cody Garbrandt out. This time around, it took less than a round.

In the main event of UFC 227, bantamweight top dog Dillashaw gave former teammate-now rival Garbrandt his immediate rematch, and you have to think that maybe Garbrandt should’ve taken some extra time off to work on those holes Dillashaw keeps exploiting.

Yes, they threw down, firing fists that were almost faster than bullets while flitting into range and flitting out. And since we both know these guys are capable of banging, and putting people away with the heat they throw, at any moment either guy could’ve gone down.

But Dillashaw simply has Garbrandt’s number, and has a firm handle on when to unleash those counters, and soon it was a knee and some punches that had Garbrandt sinking to the canvas once more.

It was a pretty badass performance by both, but Dillashaw… he’s the man.

 

Results: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (Punches) at 4:17, R1

 

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UFC 227 Results: TJ Dillashaw Does It Again, Smashing Cody Garbrandt Ever Quicker Than Before

The last time they fought, it took TJ Dillashaw about a round and a half to knock then-champ Cody Garbrandt out. This time around, it took less than a round.

In the main event of UFC 227, bantamweight top dog Dillashaw gave former teammate-now rival Garbrandt his immediate rematch, and you have to think that maybe Garbrandt should’ve taken some extra time off to work on those holes Dillashaw keeps exploiting.

Yes, they threw down, firing fists that were almost faster than bullets while flitting into range and flitting out. And since we both know these guys are capable of banging, and putting people away with the heat they throw, at any moment either guy could’ve gone down.

But Dillashaw simply has Garbrandt’s number, and has a firm handle on when to unleash those counters, and soon it was a knee and some punches that had Garbrandt sinking to the canvas once more.

It was a pretty badass performance by both, but Dillashaw… he’s the man.

 

Results: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (Punches) at 4:17, R1

 

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UFC 227 Results: TJ Dillashaw Does It Again, Smashing Cody Garbrandt Ever Quicker Than Before

The last time they fought, it took TJ Dillashaw about a round and a half to knock then-champ Cody Garbrandt out. This time around, it took less than a round.

In the main event of UFC 227, bantamweight top dog Dillashaw gave former teammate-now rival Garbrandt his immediate rematch, and you have to think that maybe Garbrandt should’ve taken some extra time off to work on those holes Dillashaw keeps exploiting.

Yes, they threw down, firing fists that were almost faster than bullets while flitting into range and flitting out. And since we both know these guys are capable of banging, and putting people away with the heat they throw, at any moment either guy could’ve gone down.

But Dillashaw simply has Garbrandt’s number, and has a firm handle on when to unleash those counters, and soon it was a knee and some punches that had Garbrandt sinking to the canvas once more.

It was a pretty badass performance by both, but Dillashaw… he’s the man.

 

Results: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (Punches) at 4:17, R1

 

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UFC 227 Results: TJ Dillashaw Does It Again, Smashing Cody Garbrandt Ever Quicker Than Before

The last time they fought, it took TJ Dillashaw about a round and a half to knock then-champ Cody Garbrandt out. This time around, it took less than a round.

In the main event of UFC 227, bantamweight top dog Dillashaw gave former teammate-now rival Garbrandt his immediate rematch, and you have to think that maybe Garbrandt should’ve taken some extra time off to work on those holes Dillashaw keeps exploiting.

Yes, they threw down, firing fists that were almost faster than bullets while flitting into range and flitting out. And since we both know these guys are capable of banging, and putting people away with the heat they throw, at any moment either guy could’ve gone down.

But Dillashaw simply has Garbrandt’s number, and has a firm handle on when to unleash those counters, and soon it was a knee and some punches that had Garbrandt sinking to the canvas once more.

It was a pretty badass performance by both, but Dillashaw… he’s the man.

 

Results: TJ Dillashaw def. Cody Garbrandt via TKO (Punches) at 4:17, R1

 

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Midnight Mania! Poirier Won’t Answer Phone For Less Than Title Fight… Unless…

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Dustin Poirier had some strong words for what he wants after his impressive second-round TKO win over Eddie Alvarez this past weekend. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“They already know what I’m going to say: If it’s not a title fight, I’m not answering the phone,

He went on to explain why, and how his priorities are with his family right now.

“I’m just trying to enjoy my life and my family now,” he said. “I started this camp injured from my (Justin) Gaethje fight. I’m not in a big rush. They’ll call me when they’re ready.”

However, there is one opponent Poirier might be willing to bend on, and that’s Tony Ferguson- for the right price.

“It’s really up to them for an offer,” Poirier said. “It has to make sense. … Money talks.”

Poirier has said he is confident he can beat anyone in the division, and that includes Ferguson. However, the ideal scenario for him. is a straight title shot from here. He recently inked a new deal with ‘championship language’, so he’s looking at winning the belt.

“The best-case scenario would be Conor and Khabib fight, and I fight the winner at the beginning of next year.”


Insomnia

Both the man and the guy driving the car were paying exactly 0 attention here.

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This woman used her dog like Thor’s hammer on her assailants!

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Remember the one about the fighter who knocked himself out trying a throw?

Eddie Alvarez made a long post, most of which is very good except for the part where he says he and Poirier are 1-1.

There are no grey areas in Fighting , one man will lose and the other will win , this is why I love this game . Controversial calls , judging , and fan support can always add to the drama but in the end 1 will stand and 1 will fall . Hats off to Dustin and his team he stayed calm under pressure and fought beautifully this makes us 1-1 . In no way will I judge Godard harshly , We have the same Job ! he has to make decisions in split seconds just like I do , and he makes them with my health and my opponents in mind . What’s done is done . As for Mark Henry calling for an elbow in the heat of the moment . An angled elbow is an incredible shot from the position I was in , it’s actually the only shot you can throw . We simply had a miscommunication, it happens in war more often than not , this was a case of “friendly fire” and we ended up on the losing end of this battle . But let’s remember Ricardo and Mark are also responsible for my UFC world title , and wins over some of the greatest fighters in the UFC , He’s the hardest worker on our team , obsessive, detailed , and pushes us all to understand the opportunity we have in front of is on a world stage . He’s my coach , friend , and Been a mentor of mine for longer than most of you know . Losing is never satisfying , I don’t lose often but when I do I grow the most as a person/fighter . Adjustments will be made , if anything this loss will add to the joy of my next Victory ! I want to thank my team , coaches , my family , and everyone who supports me in this journey . My family especially, the sacrifice falls on the back of my wife and our children . We experience great Joy in our victories and incredible Pain in our losses but our only other option is to avoid the experience and feel nothing at all . We are grateful to be able to fight every time the walk is made to the octagon , and anxiously awaiting the the opportunity to make that walk again . Thank you @ufc . I was brought here , not to win , but to entertain…. Are you not entertained ???? T.H.N.Q

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It’s not that the money isn’t there… it’s the UFC is keeping it instead of paying it to the fighters.

Emil Meek hits his girlfriend… but don’t worry it’s not what you think.

Hints on when the Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov fight will happen.

This social media performer got a lot of internet attention for tossing this smaller guy into the pool. It was a great stunt.

Seeing him get slammed by this Judo Olympian was fun too.

Hmmmm…

Good light heavyweight scrap here- Nikita Krylov returns to the UFC to face Jan Blachowicz.

Sometimes the knockouts come out of nowhere

This old audio is remarkable

Yeah this wasn’t supposed to happen

Daniel Cormier congratulates Lebron James on his impressive public school in his hometown. It makes you wonder why all public schools can’t do more stuff like this.

Jon Jones sure has been posting a lot of philosophical thoughts about getting his life together, lately.

The ideal place to hit pads?

Anthony Pettis hitting pads in his color-coordinated gym

1% better everyday is the goal @dukeroufus #teampettis #pruviteveryday

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Who says powerlifters can’t punch?


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This is uncanny if real

Look at this weird baby

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Conor McGregor Now Makes More Money Than LeBron James

LeBron James may be “King” of the NBA, but he’s a mere prince — and perhaps even a pauper — when it comes to sports salaries. That’s because the Cleveland cager finished behind former UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in the Forbes list of world’s highest-paid athletes for 2018.

“Notorious” landed at No. 4 with $ 99 million, thanks primarily to the $ 85 million he banked by boxing Floyd Mayweather Jr. last August. Not surprisingly, “Money” topped the list at No. 1 with $ 285 million while James was No. 6 at $ 85.5 million.

Forbes reveals the criteria for this year’s list:

Our earnings include prize money, salaries and bonuses earned between June 1, 2017, and June 1, 2018. Endorsement incomes are an estimate of sponsorships, appearance fees and licensing incomes for the same 12-month period based on conversations with dozens of industry insiders. We do not deduct for taxes or agents’ fees, and we don’t include investment income. It is harder than ever to qualify for the 100 highest-paid athletes, with the cutoff up $ 1.5 million to $ 22.9 million.

Suddenly this seems like chump change.

McGregor made his Forbes debut at No. 85 back in 2016, before shooting up the chart to No. 24 the following year. The chances of him finding his way into the money rankings for 2019 appear to be slim, as “Notorious” has not competed since falling to Mayweather and as of this writing, is not booked to compete.

No one else in the mixed martial arts (MMA) industry comes close to that exorbitant salary and those who do, typically compete against McGregor and enjoy some of those pay-per-view (PPV) points, which is why they often join the trash-talking Irishman on the inactive list.

Mo money, mo problems.

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Kamaru Usman Lobbies for Title Shot: ‘I Just Dominated Maia Better Than Tyron Woodley’

Kamaru Usman has compiled one of the quietest eight-bout UFC winning streaks in recent memory, but he has big plans after earning the signature victory of his career.
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