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Jon Jones Touts Science of USADA Testing in Recent Anti-Doping Case: ‘They Don’t Make Mistakes’

As Jon Jones’ Octagon return against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232 draws near, the former light heavyweight champion will make more and more appearances on national media shows to address his history with USADA and two failed drug tests within the Las Vegas-based promotion.
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UFC Fight Night 141 Primer: Another UFC in China! Because They Really Want to Tap That Market!

A strong business is all about growth – or at least the illusion of growth – and nothing would do more for the UFC in that regard than to tap into a market of billions of potential customers. Which is why the UFC has been trying to break into China all these years, and why UFC Fight Night 141 is going down in Beijing this weekend. (It’s also why the UFC just opened up a Performance Center over there, too.)

All of China’s MMA stars are on the card. There’s the hard-hitting Li Jingliang, there’s the tough Song Yadong, there’s… well, really, those two are about the only Chinese fighters who’ve shown any kind of skill above the regional MMA-level.

But hey, the floundering Francis Ngannou will be rematching with the steadily rising Curtis Blaydes, and even Alistair Overeem is found a slot in the co-main event.

Look, these throwaway cards meant for China and which air at 3am here in the States are important. Because if just a tiny percentage of the population gets into the sport, then that opens the door for more athletes to give the sport a try. And odds are, there’s at least one Chinese version of Conor McGregor just waiting to be discovered.

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UFC Fight Night 141 Primer: Another UFC in China! Because They Really Want to Tap That Market!

A strong business is all about growth – or at least the illusion of growth – and nothing would do more for the UFC in that regard than to tap into a market of billions of potential customers. Which is why the UFC has been trying to break into China all these years, and why UFC Fight Night 141 is going down in Beijing this weekend. (It’s also why the UFC just opened up a Performance Center over there, too.)

All of China’s MMA stars are on the card. There’s the hard-hitting Li Jingliang, there’s the tough Song Yadong, there’s… well, really, those two are about the only Chinese fighters who’ve shown any kind of skill above the regional MMA-level.

But hey, the floundering Francis Ngannou will be rematching with the steadily rising Curtis Blaydes, and even Alistair Overeem is found a slot in the co-main event.

Look, these throwaway cards meant for China and which air at 3am here in the States are important. Because if just a tiny percentage of the population gets into the sport, then that opens the door for more athletes to give the sport a try. And odds are, there’s at least one Chinese version of Conor McGregor just waiting to be discovered.

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UFC Fight Night 141 Primer: Another UFC in China! Because They Really Want to Tap That Market!

A strong business is all about growth – or at least the illusion of growth – and nothing would do more for the UFC in that regard than to tap into a market of billions of potential customers. Which is why the UFC has been trying to break into China all these years, and why UFC Fight Night 141 is going down in Beijing this weekend. (It’s also why the UFC just opened up a Performance Center over there, too.)

All of China’s MMA stars are on the card. There’s the hard-hitting Li Jingliang, there’s the tough Song Yadong, there’s… well, really, those two are about the only Chinese fighters who’ve shown any kind of skill above the regional MMA-level.

But hey, the floundering Francis Ngannou will be rematching with the steadily rising Curtis Blaydes, and even Alistair Overeem is found a slot in the co-main event.

Look, these throwaway cards meant for China and which air at 3am here in the States are important. Because if just a tiny percentage of the population gets into the sport, then that opens the door for more athletes to give the sport a try. And odds are, there’s at least one Chinese version of Conor McGregor just waiting to be discovered.

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UFC Fight Night 141 Primer: Another UFC in China! Because They Really Want to Tap That Market!

A strong business is all about growth – or at least the illusion of growth – and nothing would do more for the UFC in that regard than to tap into a market of billions of potential customers. Which is why the UFC has been trying to break into China all these years, and why UFC Fight Night 141 is going down in Beijing this weekend. (It’s also why the UFC just opened up a Performance Center over there, too.)

All of China’s MMA stars are on the card. There’s the hard-hitting Li Jingliang, there’s the tough Song Yadong, there’s… well, really, those two are about the only Chinese fighters who’ve shown any kind of skill above the regional MMA-level.

But hey, the floundering Francis Ngannou will be rematching with the steadily rising Curtis Blaydes, and even Alistair Overeem is found a slot in the co-main event.

Look, these throwaway cards meant for China and which air at 3am here in the States are important. Because if just a tiny percentage of the population gets into the sport, then that opens the door for more athletes to give the sport a try. And odds are, there’s at least one Chinese version of Conor McGregor just waiting to be discovered.

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UFC Fight Night 141 Primer: Another UFC in China! Because They Really Want to Tap That Market!

A strong business is all about growth – or at least the illusion of growth – and nothing would do more for the UFC in that regard than to tap into a market of billions of potential customers. Which is why the UFC has been trying to break into China all these years, and why UFC Fight Night 141 is going down in Beijing this weekend. (It’s also why the UFC just opened up a Performance Center over there, too.)

All of China’s MMA stars are on the card. There’s the hard-hitting Li Jingliang, there’s the tough Song Yadong, there’s… well, really, those two are about the only Chinese fighters who’ve shown any kind of skill above the regional MMA-level.

But hey, the floundering Francis Ngannou will be rematching with the steadily rising Curtis Blaydes, and even Alistair Overeem is found a slot in the co-main event.

Look, these throwaway cards meant for China and which air at 3am here in the States are important. Because if just a tiny percentage of the population gets into the sport, then that opens the door for more athletes to give the sport a try. And odds are, there’s at least one Chinese version of Conor McGregor just waiting to be discovered.

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UFC Fight Night 141 Primer: Another UFC in China! Because They Really Want to Tap That Market!

A strong business is all about growth – or at least the illusion of growth – and nothing would do more for the UFC in that regard than to tap into a market of billions of potential customers. Which is why the UFC has been trying to break into China all these years, and why UFC Fight Night 141 is going down in Beijing this weekend. (It’s also why the UFC just opened up a Performance Center over there, too.)

All of China’s MMA stars are on the card. There’s the hard-hitting Li Jingliang, there’s the tough Song Yadong, there’s… well, really, those two are about the only Chinese fighters who’ve shown any kind of skill above the regional MMA-level.

But hey, the floundering Francis Ngannou will be rematching with the steadily rising Curtis Blaydes, and even Alistair Overeem is found a slot in the co-main event.

Look, these throwaway cards meant for China and which air at 3am here in the States are important. Because if just a tiny percentage of the population gets into the sport, then that opens the door for more athletes to give the sport a try. And odds are, there’s at least one Chinese version of Conor McGregor just waiting to be discovered.

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Midnight Mania! Dana on Paying Khabib 50 Million: ‘They Know What’s Realistic’

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Khabib Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdelaziz has been known to spin some tall tales. He once claimed that in deposition for the UFC that releasing fighter pay information would be dangerous for some of his fighters, as they might become kidnapping targets. That didn’t seem to be a concern more recently when he claimed Khabib is worth 50 million dollar per fight. Oh, and McGregor is now just a guy selling liquor at the corner store, which is an amazing way to downplay McGregor’s commercially successful new whiskey line.

Dana White, at the recent UFC 232 press conference, dismissed Abdelaziz’s demands as hot air. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“Sure. [Laughing] Come on! They know what’s realistic for them,” said White. “They know the answer to that question. It’s fun to say though, $ 50 million.”

It is fun to say. Dana also said that he has talked to McGregor, who sounds uncharacteristically reasonable about who his next opponent might be.

“Conor and I talked for an hour last week,” White said. “Typical Conor. ‘I would love an immediate rematch. I want to fight him again but I’ll fight whoever I gotta fight to get back to him if that’s not the case.’”


Insomnia

Uber-prospect Aaron Pico meets another streaking lightweight, Henry Corrales, on Bellator’s Fedor-Bader card.

Very normal rankings

Demetrious Johnson is doing well over in ONE…

… but the rest of the UFC flyweights just got their pink slips, or will soon.

Jose Torres and Justin Scoggins weigh in:

Lando Vannata is also a free agent. Despite his 1-3-2 record (that’s right, two draws) he is an exceptional action fighter and would make an interesting addition to any lightweight division he might land in.

At first I thought Vannata was being a little delusional but he does get his feet crossed right before the punch lands and knocks him down. He fought like someone trying to learn a new style but hadn’t mastered it yet; hopefully he figures things out going into free agency.

Floyd Mayweather walked back that RIZIN announcement quickly- but what are the chances he still ends up fighting Tenshin in an exhibition match?

Congratulations to UFC featherweight Megan Anderson on the tattoo magazine feature

Israel Adesanya, the inimitable.

Dustin Poirier working the bag.

Henry Cejudo has really good hops

This is an old video but I never noticed the guy getting up and punching his own friend before. He must have been out of it.

Alright, that’s a pretty funny line from Cowboy Cerrone. He and Mike Perry don’t seem to have any hard feelings about punching each other in the face.

TUF 28 results and updates here

Combat sports this weekend


Random Land

I don’t believe this video is real

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Ben Askren: UFC Booked Me With Lawler Because They Don’t Want Me To Win

Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White promised that Ben Askren would be given a top-five welterweight in his debut and delivered, with Askren now scheduled to fight No. 5-ranked former champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 233 in January.
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UFC 230 Fighters Pick Who They Want Traded Next

The mixed martial arts (MMA) world was in a buzz last month when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) dealt pound-for-pound legend Demetrious Johnson to ONE Championship for undefeated welterweight Ben Askren.

The historic trade opened up the MMA community to unlimited possibilities. If a fighter as decorated and dominant as “Mighty Mouse” could be traded away from UFC then what other talent swaps could be in the pipeline.

While the Johnson-Askren deal is truly the first of its kind, it could open the door to future trades of epic proportions. But who could be next? Which fighters hold the most value?

Some of UFC 230’s finest, who are scheduled to fight later tonight (Sat., Nov. 3, 2018) in New York City, recently discussed some names that should be on the MMA trading block (courtesy of MMA Fighting).

ALJAMAIN STERLING

“You know what, I like a lot of guys, I don’t want to give anyone the boot. But let’s bring in Darrion Caldwell [from Bellator]. And let’s get rid of John Dodson. Get the f*ck out of here …get him the f*ck out.”

DAVID BRANCH

“I know that I wish Gegard Mousasi was here. He’s somebody I respect a lot, and actually somebody I’ll be training with in the near future.”

DERRICK LEWIS

“The thing about it is I don’t even watch martial arts. Who should be traded out of the UFC? Let’s get rid of Francis [Ngannou]. Him and [Curtis] Blaydes.”

ISRAEL ADESANYA

“If I beat this guy [Derek Brunson], trade him for Gegard Mousasi. [Mousasi]’s a middleweight champ of the world right now, so yeah, I want to fight him. Because he was in the UFC, so yeah, trade [Brunson] for Gegard Mousasi because I want to beat him as well.”

JACARE SOUZA

“I don’t know what to say, but I wish Mousasi wouldn’t have left the UFC, so I’ll say Mousasi.”

JARED CANNONIER

“If I had to choose somebody, not too many people are fans of Colby Covington, you know, with his antics. So, we’ll trade him out. And let’s bring back Benson Henderson, and give him the biggest contract in the world, the best contract. Let’s bring back ‘Smooth’ Henderson.”

JASON KNIGHT

“If I could trade somebody, get rid of Conor McGregor. Don’t get me wrong, I love watching the guy fight, he has an awesome skill set, but I am so tired of hearing his f*cking mouth. Forgive me, I’m not trying to hate on the guy, but man — I cannot stand of just listening to this guy all the time. Get rid of him, and I don’t give a shit who you bring in. Bring in anybody. Bring in Marcus Sursa.* Get rid of Conor McGregor and bring in Marcus Sursa.”

(*Sursa is a training partner of Knight’s)

ROXANNE MODAFFERI

“I didn’t even know trades could happen. I would like to see Ayaka Hamasaki in the UFC. She’s one of my Japanese fighter friends, and I think she’s in Rizin. I don’t know who I’d trade honestly, but I think Tom Lawlor should fight in Japan.”

SIJARA EUBANKS

“I don’t have anybody to kick out, but I would trade for Fedor. Fedor’s the king, and he’s never fought in the UFC. Bring Fedor in. I would trade two or three guys to bring Fedor in. Is Angela Magana fired yet? We could trade her. We could kick her out.”

KARL ROBERSON

“Man, I don’t want to trade anybody out of the UFC, they’ve worked so hard to get in. Anybody who’s not really working. If you out here just talking, messing with Instagram, so Colby Covington. He’s kind of annoying. Some people won’t touch that because he talks a lot of shit, but I don’t care. He’s a little annoying, but I see what he’s doing, so I let him be. He is who he is. But trading into the UFC, anybody I say would be a friend. So I’d bring in my boy Phil Caracappa, he’s Ring of Combat. Stephen Regman, he’s a welterweight. And my boy ‘Shorty.’”

When asked who Shorty was, and if Shorty had a last name, Roberson faltered.

“Shorty, my bad, I don’t know your last name bro.”

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 230 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:15 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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