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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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Honey I’m home

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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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Roger Huerta looked disoriented before this finish

Get out of here with that kneebar

Slept

SUMO

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Gegard Mousasi, Rory MacDonald Agree That Bellator Offers Better Opportunities Than UFC

Gegard Mousasi and Rory MacDonald had successful stints in the UFC, but now both fighters agree that their current home — Bellator MMA — does a better job utilizing the talent on its roster than the Las Vegas-based promotion.
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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.


Insomnia

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…


Random Land

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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