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UFC Fight Night Brooklyn Results: Henry Cejudo Wrecks TJ Dillashaw in Less Than a Minute

It was the latest installment of the “champ versus champ” series, with flyweight king Henry Cejudo taking on bantamweight champ TJ Dillashaw. But there was a lot more at stake than just a belt. You see, the UFC is on the cusp of getting rid of the flyweight division, and the 125-pound champ losing would be the perfect opportunity to kill it.

So of course the Olympic wrestler rose to the occasion.

It took a little more than half a minute for Cejudo to overwhelm Dillashaw with strikes. From a kick to the head to a storm of punches, Cejudo had Dillashaw stumbling, dropping, rising up and dropping again. The ref saw enough at the 32-second mark.

Is the division saved? Maybe. Hopefully. After beating the champ in the weight class above, the flyweight champ certainly deserves to keep his kingdom.

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Amanda Nunes: Bout vs. Cyborg ‘Definitely Bigger Than the Ronda Rousey Fight’

UFC women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes has seen her share of high-profile bouts.
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Israel Adesanya: I Know Anderson Silva Better Than He Knows Himself in Some Ways

When Israel Adesanya takes on Anderson Silva at UFC 234 in February, he will be meeting one of his longtime idols. In a way, he feels that is an advantage.
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Dana White: UFC on Fox 31 Co-Main Event ‘Should’ve Been Stopped Earlier Than It Was’

Edson Barboza unleashed a savage beating on Dan Hooker in the UFC on Fox 31 co-main event, but “The Hangman” showed incredible toughness for surviving as long as he did.
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Alex Oliveira: Tapout at UFC 231 Was Due More To The Cut Than The Choke

Alex Oliveira’s fight against Gunnar Nelson at UFC 231 on Dec. 8 was a wild back-and-forth affair that ended in the memorable image of Oliveira tapping to a rear-naked choke while blood poured everywhere from a huge gash on his forehead.
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Midnight Mania! GSP: Defending One Belt Harder Than Winning Two

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Who would have guessed, a few years ago, that we would get so many superfights, we would be wishing for a regular champion who was content to just defend his belt in his own division? Yet, for some fans, that is now the situation the Ultimate Fighting Championship and the trend-setting Conor McGregor have put us in. It’s a welcome problem to have. In the past few years, we have been treated to Conor McGregor vs. Eddie Alvarez, Georges St. Pierre vs. Michael Bisping, Daniel Cormier vs. Stipe Miocic, and currently on the schedule we have TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo (with TJ fighting down a weight class, in a bizarre twist) and Cris Cyborg vs. Amanda Nunes. This is in many ways a great change, as these fights have, so far, been a lot of fun, but the danger is that the promotion threatens to further devalue belts already cheapened with interminable interim title bouts. No fighter has yet managed to win and defend two separate belts, meaning that they are, in effect, vacating one division for the next.

Max Holloway is a perfect example. He just defended his featherweight title in one of the greatest performances the 145-lb. division has ever seen, and was immediately inundated with questions about facing Khabib Nurmagomedov, Tony Ferguson, or Conor McGregor, all fights that would take place a division up at lightweight. While a champion taking non-title fights a division up could be fun — who wouldn’t watch Max rematch McGregor, after all — it seems unnecessary when lightweight is so stacked, and featherweight already has more than one rising prospect booked to determine the next top contender.

There was also the question raised, when discussing Max’s potential legacy at featherweight: which counts for more, defending the title many times in a row, as Jose Aldo did, or vaulting up a weight class to claim a second title, like Conor McGregor? Which adds more to the legacy of a fighter?

As one of only five men to hold UFC titles across two weight divisions, as well as one of the longest-running champions in UFC history, Georges St. Pierre is uniquely suited to answer the question: which is a more difficult feat? GSP thinks that defending a belt over a long period of time is more difficult, and he explained why.

I think taking contenders is the hardest thing, and I’m gonna tell you why. Because when you are the champion, you are the target. Everybody is looking at you, everybody is studying your game. So, everything you do, everybody has seen it before. When you are coming as a contender- you’re the contender, you’re challenging the champion- it’s like the guy is looking at you for maybe a few months… which, when you’re champion, people are studying your game every day of your reign. Every guy that come up, their dream is to beat you. So they know your game, sometime better than you know yourself. So, for that reason, its a different perspective.

Is George St. Pierre right? If he is right, should the more difficult feat- defending the title over and over- count for more in terms of a champion’s legacy than winning a second belt in another weight class?


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Remember when Conor McGregor’s mindset was that the cage WAS his stage for excellence? It seems unlikely we will ever see a McGregor this focused in the Octagon again, but we can hope.

Jose Aldo is only entertaining to the point that he is being pushed by his opponent. Renato Moicano is young, hungry, aggressive, and skilled in the same phases of the fight Aldo is, to greater or lesser degrees- meaning, this fight is going to rock. The leg kick battle alone is going to be worth your time.

Some context as to the pace Moicano pushes:

Scott Coker’s GIF game is strong

These are some of the fights that had been booked

“We should be friends, probably.” is an all-time great line after the fight Max Holloway and Brian Ortega had

Jon Jones fully looks the part of the killer here

Max Holloway cheers on his Hawaiian sister, Bellator flyweight champion Ilima Lane-MacFarlane

Robert Whittaker is a sellout!

Derrick Lewis on set

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Israel Adesanya is, at heart, an unapologetic nerd.

Jimmie Rivera vs. Aljamain Sterling is another great bantamweight fight

What would you do?


Podcasts and Video

The most relevant fight to watch before Kevin Lee mauls Al Iaquinta this weekend, is undoubtedly their first bout:

Heavy Hands

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

What a round

Defense is often more impressive than offense

Thiago Santos vs. Jimi Manuwa was awesome


Random Land

After the slow apocalypse, this will be how we get lions, tigers and genetically engineered sabertooth cats back in North America

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Derrick Lewis Can Win in More Ways Than One at UFC 230

Derrick Lewis has been winning over more than just fans since he explained why he removed his shorts after winning at UFC 229.
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Smith: ‘Hittable’ Jones Less Dangerous Than Oezdemir

If Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight contender, Anthony Smith, was able to dispose of fellow 205-pound bruiser, Volkan Oezdemir, then former division kingpin, Jon Jones, should be even easier to dispatch.

That’s because the “hittable” Jones doesn’t have the same knockout power as “No Time,” so the streaking “Lionheart” will merely have to compensate for his disadvantage in reach, and perhaps fight I.Q., should the “Bones” fight come to fruition in the middle of 2019.

“I think that Jon Jones is less dangerous than Volkan is — Jon Jones isn’t one-punch knocking out anybody,” Smith told The MMA Hour. “He’s super crafty, he’s dynamic, I think he has a high fight IQ, but I think that he’s hittable, and I think that I match up with him size-wise pretty well. Obviously he’s got a longer reach than everybody in the entire UFC, but I think that Jon Jones beats a lot of people in that short range with the elbows and stuff, and I think that I’m just as dangerous in that elbow fighting range as anybody in the division.”

That’s a fight that won’t be under consideration until Jones finishes his business with longtime rival, Alexander Gustafsson, in the upcoming UFC 232 pay-per-view (PPV) main event, going down Dec. 29, 2018 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, assuming current titleholder Daniel Cormier doesn’t interfere.

As for Smith (31-13), he’s now the winner of three straight with three violent finishes, including last weekend’s submission over Oezdemir (video). While “Lionheart” is currently ranked No. 10 at the time of this writing, his trail of carnage and ability to take out the No. 2 contender should get him title consideration in a division that is currently up for grabs.

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Jon Jones Responds to George St. Pierre’s PED Comments: ‘You’re Better Than This’

Many prominent figures in the mixed martial arts community have opinions on the Jon Jones situation, and not a lot of them have been positive.
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Midnight Mania! UFC 229 Presser ‘Darkest Ever’, McGregor Better Than Ali

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Dana White said that the press conference featuring Conor McGregor and undefeated lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov was the “darkest press conference I’ve ever been a part of.” He also had high praise for McGregor’s trash talk, saying it surpassed even that of the great Muhammad Ali. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“It was dark, man,” White told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during a post-press conference scrum. “It was the darkest press conference I’ve ever been a part of. But Conor McGregor is the master of mental warfare. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: He’s better than anybody. Even (Muhammad) Ali. You don’t want to say anybody’s better than Ali, but I think when it comes to the mental war game in this sport, or any other sport, Conor McGregor is the best ever.”

The effusive respect for Conor McGregor’s trash talk was well-deserved, as the Irishman was making deep cuts in regards to Khabib’s shady associates. Dana White said that has been a hallmark of McGregor’s trash talk all through his historic rise to stardom in the sport.

“Here’s the thing about McGregor, too: He’s so good at it – he studies,” White said. “He studies every little thing. He talks to people. He finds out stories inside of a guy’s camp. Look at the whole thing he did on ‘The Ultimate Fighter’ with Urijah Faber, with T.J. Dillashaw and Cody Garbrandt and all those guys. At one point he had Cody Garbrandt jumping up trying to fight him. He is the master. He is the best ever to do it. Nobody does it better than Conor does.”

Khabib seemed stoic throughout, despite the savage verbal assault — one of his few defensive moments was a result of McGregor calling him a “pullout merchant” — but Dana White said there is no way he was unaffected by McGregor’s barbs.

“You’re not human if that doesn’t affect you,” White said. “It’s not possible for that not to affect you. Conor knows that. Conor came in, and Conor did what Conor does. That’s why I say it: He’s the best ever. There’s never been anybody better at the mental warfare game than Conor McGregor. He’s the absolute best of all-time.”

UFC 229 goes down October 6 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.


Insomnia

I’ll call this a happy ending, but sometimes you aren’t sure with Derrick Lewis’ videos

Tyron Woodley will no longer be an option to headline UFC 230.

McGregor pulling out a line of Gaelic was a superb moment in the press conference.

There was also this:

Khabib can slip Luke Rockhold’s left straight… can he slip McGregor’s?

McGregor is selling the sex appeal of his whiskey

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Israel Adesanya lands his spinning elbow in training

Killshot- did McGregor land it in his press conference?

Bag work by Lando Vannata


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Podcasts and Video

Breaking down Thiago Santos

Eryk Anders has a mean left hook

The MMA Ratings podcast


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Roger Huerta looked disoriented before this finish

Get out of here with that kneebar

Slept

SUMO

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