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A South Korean UFC Fighter Considered Throwing a Fight

Since its inception in 1993, there have been probably less than a handful of fights in the UFC that ended in a questionable manner. Yes, I’m talking about fight “fixing”, where a competitor purposely loses for whatever reason. It’s an insanely rare thing, though, due in part to how stringent athletic commissions can be about […]

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NAC to Reach Out to Nate Diaz for Possible Rehearing Regarding Water Bottle Throwing Fine

The Nevada Athletic Commission handed Conor McGregor a reduced punishment for the infamous UFC 202 pre-fight press conference bottle-throwing melee, and now it wants to look into doing the same for Nate Diaz.
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If Conor McGregor’s hearing told us anything, it’s that NAC is still throwing stuff at the wall to see what sticks

First of all, if there was one word to describe Monday’s Nevada Athletic Commission hearing to deal with that rascal Conor McGregor’s part in the UFC 202 bottle-throwing shenanigans, the one that comes immediately to mind is “hahahahaha.” It was funny. Not gut laughter funny, exactly, but funny in the sense of being astoundingly inappropriate, like if you stumbled upon a clown playing pool in the desert, or saw some bureaucrats shooting ice in their veins because they’d read somewhere that ice makes the eyes turn a formidable shade of blue.

You know, the kind of funny the NAC usually goes in for.

The panel watched the UFC 202 press conference video five times, the one where Nate Diaz snapped up his drink all of a sudden like and made his way for the exits at the Copperfield Theater with his Stockton, only to end up in a skirmish with McGregor that involved the lobbing of water bottles, Monster Energy tall boys and middle fingers. Even before they viewed the footage a fifth time, it was already the usual priss and pomp, a group of snoots ready to (once again) spray the fight game with sanitizer at the break of day. 

The Nevada Attorney General asked the NAC to consider giving McGregor 25 hours of community service and a $ 25,000 fine for his part, along with some “media training” (which in itself was laughable; he could teach the course, and charge far more than $ 25,000!). Pat Lundvall, whose breath was nearly visible in such icy conditions, suggested a five percent dock on his $ 3 million purse ($ 150,000) — or even 10 percent, $ 300,000, if we’re just throwing out numbers! Luckily chairman Anthony Marnell saw the $ 300,000 figure as too much, even when trying to appease an etiquette-monger like Lundvall.

They settled on five percent, 50 hours community service, and McGregor’s participation in an “anti-bully campaign” (which he can fund). Just like when they knocked Nick Diaz’s ban down to a five-year suspension, this was a whittled-down compromise to a shade below ridiculous.

(For the record, if Lundvall had her way, Diaz would be banished from fighting forever [for smoking pot] and McGregor would be coughing up two-thirds of his BMW i8. Seriously, she belongs in the Game of Thrones. Or perhaps she believes she’s in Game of Thrones. At any rate, it’s relatively easy to imagine her throwing a goblet at Peter Dinklage).

See, now this is where it gets funnier still. The NAC wants athletes like McGregor to be “humbled” and “taught a lesson” for doing what he did. If McGregor were as humble as the NAC is asking him to be, he wouldn’t be making $ 3,000,000, and they wouldn’t be smacking their lips at his percentages. McGregor is who he is because he is who he is, and nobody understands the dynamics of the fight game — from what it is we want from it, to how to deliver — better than him. Should he have tossed bottles? Probably not, but in a game of shoulds and should nots, McGregor excels at making them feel just about the same. You don’t want fighters crossing the line? Crossing the line is what distinguishes fighting from arguments.

Fighting can’t do away with its rogue element, and it’s difficult to refine chaos when chaos is a chief component of the game. It would be nice if the NAC had a more realistic grasp of just the kind of terrain it’s dealing in.

The problem is the NAC doesn’t fundamentally understand…well, anything. Not so long ago the commissioners took turns genuflecting for Floyd Mayweather, who is in far more need of being “humbled” and “taught a lesson” than McGregor. If McGregor had said he wanted to fight Mayweather while on the phone, Lundvall might have asked for his execution then and there. Why is everything so arbitrary with the NAC?

That’s a damn good question. There’s no rhyme or reason for most of it. Most the time these hearings feel like a groping process, everyone squeezing each other’s biceps to figure out how much punishment they can get by with ladling out (depending on mood, signs of contrition, and effective groveling).

It was funny, as they always are. When the tape played again and again, with McGregor’s voice yelling at Diaz and his camp — “You’ll do nuttin! Not one of you’s will do nuttin! Get the f*ck outta here. Get the f*ck outta here!” — it was tempting to believe he was speaking directly to the NAC.

He wasn’t, of course, but he might as well have been.

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Watch Nick Diaz TKO Ralek Gracie for throwing spinning s–t while sparring

Doesn’t Ralek Gracie know that Nick Diaz really hates when his opponents throw spinning shit?

Cesar Gracie — longtime manager of the Diaz brothers  – revealed to the mixed martial arts (MMA) community on Twitter last night that he found footage of his cousin and the Stockton bad boy sparring in boxing practice when the jiu-jitsu ace decided to get all fancy and throw a spinning back fist.


Who wouldn’t want to see that!?

Check out the video in all its glory below:

Nick Diaz and Ralek sparring. Ralek throws spinning back fist so Nick picks up the pace

Posted by Cesar Gracie on Friday, May 8, 2015

Why does it always seem to be Diaz whenever old footage is found?

At least Ralek has Metamoris 6 to look forward to tomorrow night.

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Watch Nick Diaz TKO Ralek Gracie for throwing spinning s–t while sparring

Doesn’t Ralek Gracie know that Nick Diaz really hates when his opponents throw spinning shit?

Cesar Gracie — longtime manager of the Diaz brothers  – revealed to the mixed martial arts (MMA) community on Twitter last night that he found footage of his cousin and the Stockton bad boy sparring in boxing practice when the jiu-jitsu ace decided to get all fancy and throw a spinning back fist.


Who wouldn’t want to see that!?

Check out the video in all its glory below:

Nick Diaz and Ralek sparring. Ralek throws spinning back fist so Nick picks up the pace

Posted by Cesar Gracie on Friday, May 8, 2015

Why does it always seem to be Diaz whenever old footage is found?

At least Ralek has Metamoris 6 to look forward to tomorrow night.

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College roommate reveals Jon Jones’ violent past: ‘He’d be throwing people through windows and stuff, it was nuts’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight kingpin Jon Jones is perhaps the greatest mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter in the game today, racking up an impressive 20-1 record with 15 violent finishes.

Turns out he had plenty of practice.

His old college roommate and former wrestling buddy Colby Covington has given fight fans a glimpse of what “Bones” was like in his younger days, and let’s just say it was a rough couple of years for the “townies.”

From the MMA Roasted podcast (via FOX Sports):

“We got into a lot of trouble. When you’re in a small town in Iowa, a lot of kids are farm kids and they always wanted to start some stuff with the wrestlers and I was a national champ in college and Jon was a national champ, so they’d always try to pick fights at our house parties and stuff. We would just clear out the place of a bunch of townies. Especially Jon — he’d be throwing people through windows and stuff. It was nuts. He has a bad temper, when he gets mad — he gets mad.”

Have a listen:

Hey pussy, are you still there?

If so, make sure you watch Jones try to treat Daniel Cormier like a drunken farm kid at the UFC 182 pay-per-view (PPV) event on Jan. 3, 2015 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada (more on that here).

Fortunately, there are no windows inside the Octagon.

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Nam Phan’s Strategy for Bellator Debut: ‘Start Throwing and Have a Good Time’

As recently as March of this year, Nam Phan was unsure of what was going to happen with his mixed martial arts career.
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He’s Back: Silva Throwing Kicks, Lifting Weights (Video)

If his video blogs are any indication, maybe former UFC champion Anderson Silva is planning a return in 2015 because he wants to bulk up to light heavyweight. The former middleweight champion added two new videos recently to his Instagram account. In the first, which you can view below, “The Spider” is throwing leg kicks […]

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Morning Report: Nate Diaz talks the politics of throwing in the towel, not paid well enough to take ‘ass whoopings’

Ahead of his rubber match with Gray Maynard this weekend at The Ultimate Fighter 18 Finale, Nate Diaz delves into the unwritten warrior ethos of throwing in the towel. Diaz, who found himself on the business end of the white flag in his most recent bout with Josh Thomson in April, says the onus weighs on a man’s corner to protect him when he fails to.

“I think it’s a lot of pressure for people to throw in the towel,” says Diaz. “But at the same time, my brother fights. He’s experienced in fighting and he understands. I understand, too. I just saw the last Junior dos Santos fight with Cain Velasquez. I’m like ‘what the f**k is wrong? Does this guy have friends?’ For me, if my partner is fighting and he’s not doing well and I get time to talk to him or if it’s early in a round I’m gonna say ‘if he doesn’t start doing better and keeps catching punches and shots I’m gonna throw this towel.’ He’s gonna have to be mad at me later but I’m the one who’s going to have to go to sleep at night thinking how I let you get your ass whooped.”

After seeing his younger brother take an onslaught of punishment late in round two against Thomson, Nick Diaz had seen enough. While the towel was somewhat inconsequential given the referee’s stoppage came prior to even seeing it, it’s safe to say Diaz’ corner agreed with the call.

“I ain’t mad at [Nick],” says Diaz. “He was doing what he thought was right. He was like ‘I don’t want to see my brother take no shots. I don’t think they pay us well enough to be taking f***ing ass whoopings like this.’

Diaz admits he agrees with his brother’s call, but that he’d always like to be given the benefit of the doubt.

“I didn’t feel like the fight should be ended, but that’s just my opinion. And if I was watching from the outside I probably would have thought, too ‘oh yea, that didn’t really look good.’ But the only people who know are people in that fight.”

“I felt I was defending myself a little bit but I watched it, too. It didn’t look good. It looked like it was time to throw in the towel so I agree with it.”

After the flak dos Santos’ camp caught for allowing their man to continue, Diaz believes ‘ignorant’ mindsets by fighters and trainers alike aren’t fully grasped until later on.

“I’m sure Junior dos Santos’ coaches were probably thinking ‘we should throw the towel in’ but didn’t. Later that night they probably thought ‘f**k man, I feel really bad. We just let our friend get his ass whooped.’ He’s a soldier, he wasn’t going to quit. A fighter ain’t gonna quit. That’s when it’s up to your friends and your brothers to not let you die.”

Diaz faces Gray Maynard in the main event of this Saturday’s TUF 18 Finale live on FOX Sports 1.

I’m off for Thanksgiving so no report for Friday. See you back here Monday morning.

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5 MUST-READ STORIES

TUF Finale card set. The women’s bantamweight final is set with Julianna Pena facing Jessica Rakoczy.

Del Rosario. UFC heavyweight Shane del Rosario remains in critical condition after suffering cardiac arrest.

Chat Wrap. Luke Thomas covers a TUF 18 Finale preview, UFC 168 discussion and more in this week’s live chat.

Changed man. Rousimar Palhares says his days of lingering heel hooks are over. “We’re working hard to make sure that it never happens again,” Palhares told MMAFighting.com. “I wasn’t focused and I didn’t realize that I was doing it. Now that I can see it, I hope I can work hard on that. We’re training the right way, fixing the issues. It’s perfect now.”

Forgotten at 170. Tarec Saffiedine can’t wait to reintroduce himself to the world with a win over Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 34.

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MEDIA STEW

With no report tomorrow, I’m going hard on videos. Not necessarily better, just more of them.

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Liz Carmouche teaches some clinch work to Team Rousey.

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Gray Maynard pre-fight interview.

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New Bellator signee Darrion Caldwell.

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Georgi Karakhanyan vs. Waylon Lowe at WSOF 5.

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Road to Invicta FC 7: Honchak vs Smith.

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Herb Dean’s just glad it wasn’t him.

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This week’s Knuckle Up with Eugene S. Robinson.

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Action on FFC 4:

Kev Brooks vs. Mark Duncan.

Chris Bungard vs. Tom Richards.

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Guy breaks opponent’s rib, claims ring girls. Skip to about 11:00.

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Action from Premium Fight 3:

Cesar Tozi vs. Fernando Neguinho.

Márcio Azevedo vs. Gustavo Erak.

Francisco Maciel vs. Joselino Indio.

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FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Announced yesterday (Nov. 27 2013)

Junior Hernandez vs. Hugo Viana at UFC on FOX 10

Charles Oliveira vs. Andy Ogle at UFC Fight Night 36

Julianna Pena vs. Jessica Rakoczy at TUF 18 Finale

Roxanne Modafferi vs. Raquel Pennington at TUF 18 Finale

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FANPOST OF THE DAY

Today’s Fanpost of the Day comes via Jonnyboy6969.

Who Should Fight Who? UFC 167 Winners & Losers

St. Pierre should fight Hendricks – Reason: This was a very close fight. I do not think it was a robbery. Watching it Live I scored it 48-47 GSP but after watching it again I now believe that the fight was a Draw. You could make a case for both GSP and Hendricks, it all comes down to that first round and how you scored it. Two of the judges gave that Round to GSP which won him the fight. I believe that round was even. The good news is there will be an immediate rematch. Its going to be huge and I’m really looking forward to it.

Hendricks should fight St. Pierre – Reason: I thought Hendricks did a very good job. I don’t think he did enough to get the Win though. He wasn’t aggressive enough, he should have tried to finish GSP when he had him hurt. He let GSP take that fifth round because he thought he was ahead on the scorecards. Never take a round off like Hendricks did. You’ll regret it. All this 70% nonsense is really dumb. All I know is he better come out guns blazing and throw 100% in the rematch. Otherwise he’ll be 0-2 in UFC Title fights. I do believe he will be more aggressive in the rematch and I think he’ll knock GSP out and become the new Welterweight Champion.

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Johny Hendricks: Thin hand wraps led to throwing at ’70 percent’

Less than two weeks after dropping a split decision against champion Georges St-Pierre at UFC 167 — and regardless if popular opinion is that he won on the scorecards — Johny Hendricks says he’s more focused on what comes next rather than what happened last.

The freshly shaved welterweight challenger appeared on Monday’s episode of the MMA Hour and told host Ariel Helwani that, though he thinks he won the fight and has heard the outcry, he’s already looking forward to his rematch with St-Pierre.

“You know what? I’m over it,” he said. “I’m looking forward to the future, and that’s really I can do at this point. It is what it is. Just move forward, and I know I’m going to get him again if he doesn’t retire. And the next time I will make sure it doesn’t go to the judges. There’s a couple of things I’m going to take into my hands — literally — and I’m going to do everything I can to finish GSP. I had him hurt in the second round, and next time I’ll make sure I do finish it.”

Hendricks recently went on record complaining about his hand wraps being too thin on the night of the fight with St-Pierre. When asked if that’s what he meant by “literally,” he said yes.

“[The hand wraps] were sort of not so much rushed, but what happened was he was wrapping them and I saw that they just weren’t as thick as they should have been,” Hendricks said. “I know I hit hard. I know I can’t allow that to happen. But instead of speaking up, I just went with the flow. I didn’t want to cause any ripples. So it’s all my fault, but that’s why my hands were that bruised, because that padding wasn’t thick enough for them.”

Hendricks appeared to be throwing a little more tentatively and with increasingly less force as the fight wore on. By the fifth round, the decisive one for St-Pierre, his hands were clearly hurting him. Hendricks later made waves by saying he was throwing punched at only “70%,” which left people to wonder why he wouldn’t go for broke.

And the reason, Hendricks said, was that he didn’t want his hands to end up broke.

“After the second round, after I sort of rocked him I threw one hard punch,” he said. “I could tell that that wasn’t good enough. If I would have thrown, let’s say I threw at 100%, do I break my hand in the second round, or do I break it in the third? Or do I break it in the fourth? Or do I break it in the fifth?

“That’s something you can’t count on. You can’t have that in your mind whenever you’re throwing punches because you’re going against the best, and if you break a tool, you think he’s going to figure that out? Yeah. He’s going to figure it out. That’s why I toned down my punches, that way I knew that if I hit him that it wouldn’t break.”

In the aftermath of the fight there was a kick up of smaller controversies, such as whether or not Hendricks “tapped” during the fight. Though the claim always seemed conspiratorial (if not dubious), Hendricks explained in detail that he did not tap, and parlayed that with the sequence of events.

The other controversial moment came in the second round when Hendricks lost his mouthpiece and referee Mario Yamasaki intervened just when St-Pierre seemed most vulnerable to being knocked out. Hendricks had rocked St-Pierre with a left hand, which left him scrambling to regather his wits when Yamasaki moved in.

Even here, Hendricks sided with the referee while centering the brunt of the blame on himself.

“No, here’s the thing — my mouthpiece fell out, and I’m the one doing the damage,” he said. “And who’s to say that GSP doesn’t land a punch, and I don’t have a mouthpiece in, boom, break a tooth…there’s a lot of things that could happen to a fighter without the mouthpiece. And so, no, I don’t think he made a bad call. It’s my fault for not keeping my mouthpiece in my mouth.”

While Hendricks has hunches that his next fight will be an immediate rematch with St-Pierre, it’s wait and see with the current champion as he figures out his future. Given that that’s the case, Hendricks was asked who he thought might be out there besides that he may need to stand in there with next.

“Realistically there’s two guys that are probably going to get a shot at me, and I’m pretty sure [St-Pierre] knows who they are,” he said. “One of them is Robbie Lawler, and the other one is Carlos Condit. If there’s an interim belt one of those two guys is going to get the shot. [Or Matt Brown] if he beats Condit. So you’ve got three guys.”

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