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Uriah Hall vs. Vitor Belfort removed from UFC St. Louis after ‘Prime Time’ failed to weigh in

With just more than 24 hours to go, UFC Fight Night 124 has lost its co-main event, as middleweight Uriah Hall failed to step on the scales earlier today (Sat., Jan. 13, 2018) for official weigh ins (full results here).

UFC broadcaster Brendan Fitzgerald announced that Hall could not step on the scale at the end of the weigh-in window, but offered no reason for the disappearance. As a result of Hall’s inability to make weight, his anticipated showdown with former UFC champion Vitor Belfort has been scrapped from the card.

According to a recent report by MMAjunkie’s John Morgan, Hall was apparently one pound away from the 186-pound threshold before medical issues forced him to stop cutting weight.

This is an unfortunate turn of events not only for Hall, who was on the cusp of his most high-profile Octagon appearance to date, but also Belfort, who was planning on walking away from mixed martial arts (MMA) after this weekend in St. Louis.

Hall revealed earlier this week in an interview with MMAjunkie that his “body shut down” last month, so maybe that had something to do with his weight-cut struggles. For what it’s worth, “Prime Time” has never failed to successfully make weight in his UFC career.

As a result of the co-main event fallout, Michael Johnson’s featherweight debut opposite Darren Elkins will now be moved to the main card.

Stick with Mania for further updates on Hall’s condition.

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Midnight Mania! Remember that time Conor McGregor predicted Khabib Nurmagomedov would be lightweight champion?

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Welcome to Midnight Mania- and happy New Year!

A new year is a time for contemplation, looking back at years past, but looking to the future as well. It is fully in this spirit that I present you with this clip: Conor McGregor, who had not yet consolidated his hold on the featherweight throne against Jose Aldo, predicting an eventual clash with lightweight champion… Khabib Nurmagomedov.

There are shades of Cormier predicting his own knockout here, or Ronda Rousey prophesying her downfall at Holly’s left high kick. Of course, it also reminds us how unpredictable the future can be. It was McGregor who got to the lightweight title first, with Khabib’s constant injuries keeping him out of the title conversation until after McGregor won his belt last year. Yet, time is a flat circle, and we find ourselves looking at a likely Nurmagomedov title fight once more, except with McGregor sitting on his absentee belt, asking Nurmagomedov and Ferguson to beg him.

Nurmagomedov was having none of that.

Contrast Ferguson’s reply with McGregor’s here:

The real issue, the vast majority of the time whenever one fighter or another gets accused of “ducking”, is always the UFC’s supreme reluctance to come correct with anything like the right amount of cold hard cash. That is no different here. The problem is not, primarily, McGregor ducking Ferguson OR Nurmagomedov. He’s never ducked an opponent in his career, reliably taking on all comers. He fought Max Holloway, Diego Brandao, Chad Mendes, and Nate Diaz on short notice. When Diaz beat him, he went straight into a high-risk rematch, despite knowing the stylistic matchup he faced. No, the issue is money. As Nurmagomedov said after his fight, McGregor made 100 million dollars. He isn’t about to return to the UFC to fight for 3 million up front, or even ten million. They have to meet him where he wants to be met in terms of pay and a slice of equity, or go without their top and only superstar.

On the meaning of Diddy bread:

BossLogic’s posters are a reminder that the UFC can rarely be bothered to put even the slightest effort into marketing:

Conor also trolled Floyd… again.


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Nurmy’s win was the most lopsided in UFC history, on the scorecards:

With Mackenzie Dern’s UFC debut set, here’s that time she grappled Gabi Garcia and submitted her.

She also did this:

A lot of fighters celebrated New Year’s in style.

Was this my 2017? Maybe…

Gunnar Nelson and his father are cooler than you.

Happy new year from the Nelsons

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Hi Tech training.

I must admit it warmed my heart to see Doo Ho Choi and Cub Swanson sitting together after having 2016’s Fight of the Year.

Relationship goals af @koreansuperboy @cubswanson

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Angela Hill hitting pads with her husband

Tony Ferguson didn’t like Rogan wearing Khabib’s papka.

TJ Dillashaw had a baby boy, and named him Bronson Jack… BJ Dillashaw!

Alrighty then.


Slips, Rips, and Rizin Clips

In no particular order:

Tenshin is a master and a monster

Rizin pays Horiguchi pretty well:

Rizin also has far better production value…

…Dropkicks…

…they also (like the UFC) have female fighters who knock people out…

… and no USADA. Is there any question who put on the superior show on New Year’s Eve?

More Tenshin

Rena, their star female fighter, had her first loss since 2011:

Kyoji Horiguchi is one of the best flyweights on the planet. Winning this tournament, fighting twice on one night, was no easy feat.

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VIDEO: That Time Robbie Lawler Nearly Killed Josh Koscheck

TUF 1 veteran Josh Koscheck was already on his way out of the realm of competitive UFC fighters by the time he met Robbie Lawler in the cage back in 2013. But if you wanted to say that Lawler helped speed up the process, and make sure that Koscheck would forevermore be prone to knockouts, well, […]

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Midnight Mania! Tyron Woodley has partial labrum tear, plans to take time off

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Tyron Woodley announced today on Sirius XM that he partially tore the labrum of his left shoulder. He also tore it a long time ago, but didn’t have insurance, so he wasn’t able to take care of it properly at that time. (looking at your bill, Bernie Sanders)

Now that there isn’t a clear-cut number one contender, he says he is going to take time off to try to get it rehabilitated.

Obviously, if I can avoid going under the knife, I obviously want to try to do that. So that’s my option right now. I tore my left labrum in 2008. At that time, I wasn’t really financially set up to go out and get PRP and stem cell, and I didn’t have insurance at that time, so my options were really limited. I had to wait like two or three years to get it done because I didn’t have insurance. Long story short, it’s gonna be a minute before I’m out in the Octagon, which almost works to the division’s credit because the deck needs to be shuffled a little bit more. There’s no real and true clear-cut number one contender right now, and once these fights take place and these guys get out there and compete, doing a training camp and fight, the world champ will just be getting back in the mix. So it’s perfect timing.

He wants to avoid surgery, if possible. When Cody Garbrandt needed work done on his back recently, the UFC sent him to Germany to work with top specialists. Woodley said the UFC called him today as well. He also opened up on the current status with volatile UFC president Dana White, who heavily criticized his last performance. In response, Woodley promised to reveal some dirt he had on Dana White unless he got an apology. Woodley says they’ve worked through that.

As the young kids say, we’re Gucci right now.

You can hear the interview below:


Insomnia

I’m not that into the main event, but I’ll watch this whole card with pleasure.

This is actually a pretty deep card as well. Its just light on name value at the top, but it will be fun to watch.

When it rains it pours baby #pain #blood #bone #ouch

Ripped the tip of my finger off today f*** when it rains it pours baby #pain #blood #bone #ouch

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Maybe I should have warned you about that one.

According to his trainer, Gennady Golovkin was running in California when he came across a brown bear. Wisely, the bear decided not to mess with Golovkin. At least, that’s how his trainer told it.

Everyone who saw the headline had one question:

Canelo looking ready for the Russian bear-killer.

Bisping turning up the trash talk on George St. Pierre. What’s up with GSP and pre-fight altercations in elevator lobbies anyway?

Bye George

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Would I ever love to see those sparring sessions

Cyborg doesn’t like Megan Anderson for some reason

Elias Theodorou is out to share his sponsorship monies

Ronda Rousey, painful acting notwithstanding, has a future in the WWE.

Keep Tony Ferguson Weird should be a T-shirt, right?

Combat Sports this weekend


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Anyone else stoked to hear about Joanna Violence vs. Thug Rose?

Did you miss this on the weekend?

This one is from a little further in the past


Podcasts and Video

Flyin Brian J breaks down UFC: Pittsburgh’s main event

Free fight! This was a fun night.

This fight was not so fun. Please don’t waste your time watching this.

If you didn’t listen to me and subjected yourself to the above fight, watch this to cleanse your pallet.


Good Reads and Quick Hits


Random Land

Y’all saw that Ted Cruz “liked” a porn video from his Twitter, right? Well…

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UFC ‘Rotterdam’ start time, TV schedule, who is fighting tonight at ‘Volkov vs. Struve’’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) returns to the hurt business tonight after a four-week hiatus (Sat. Sept. 2, 2017) for UFC Fight Night 115, which is set to go down from inside Ahoy Rotterdam in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The UFC Fight Pass card will feature a Heavyweight fight between Alexander Volkov and towering striker Stefan Struve. In the co-main event, Siyar Bahadurzada takes on newcomer Rob Wilkinson

What’s Hot:

The good thing is mixed martial arts (MMA) is back in your lives after a month-long hiatus to make way for the boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor.

Stefan Struve will look to climb the 265-pound ladder as he eyes his third straight win against Alexander Volkov, who has won four in a row.

What’s Not:

The bad thing is there isn’t much of a card to get excited about aside from the main event, unfortunately. How bad is the card? The co-main event is Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson. No disrespect to those two talented men, but the lack of talent on the card shows by the placement of this fight.

Original Card vs. Actual Card:

Abu Azaitar was expected to face Siyar Bahadurzada in his UFC debut at this event, but pulled out and was replaced by fellow newcomer Rob Wilkinson. Islam Makhachev pulled out of a scheduled bout against Michel Prazeres and was replaced by Mads Burnell.

Marcos Rogerio de Lima was pulled from his Saparbek Safarov fight after he was notified of a potential U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) violation.

Injuries:

After Marcos Roferio de Lima was flagged by USADA, Saparbek Safarov was also forced off the card with a rib injury Nick Hein was set to face newcomer Zabit Magomedsharipov, but pulled out on August 21 due to injury. Hein was replaced by promotional newcomer Mike Santiago.

Ex-UFC Women’s Featherweight Champion Germaine de Randamie was expected to faced Marion Reneau at the event but pulled out of the fight with an injury and replaced by Talita Bernardo.

Talk about getting hint wit the injury bug.

New Blood:

All of the countless injuries allowed many newcomers to make their unexpected debuts at this event. Rob Wilkinson, Mads Burnell, Mike Santiago, Zabit Magomedsharipov and Talita Bernardo will all fight inside the octagon for the first time. Also making their debuts for the promotion are Aleksandar Rakić and Abdul-Kerim Edilov.

How The “Prelims” Look:

Just, dreadful. With a bunch of newbies making their way onto the card, it’s really hard to get excited about the underbelly of an event that was already lacking in star power.

Who Needs A Win Badly:

Thibault Gouti, yes, that Thibault Gouti, is riding a three-fight losing streak, losing all of his fights inside the octagon since entering the promotion back in 2016. Should he lose his fourth straight fight against Andrew Holbrook, don’t be surprised to see him get his walking papers shortly thereafter.

Interest Level: 3/10

I really, really, really can not get excited about this event. Like at all. Call me a hard critic if you’d like, but in a day where people want excitement, and fast, you have to start with big names and good matchmaking. Now, the event could turn out to be fireworks, but getting people interested in it is half the battle, and its a battle UFC lost. Plus, it’s not like too many people are thrilled with the UFC’s digital platform at the moment. And once again, overseas fight fans get stuck with an event the promotion hopes to sell tickets to based on the UFC brand alone. That said, the Heavyweight bout coud lprove to be fireworks, as Volkov, the former Bellator MMA champion, looks to put a stamp on his curretn run inside the octago nand perhps punchig nhis way up the ladder with a win over season veteran Stefan Struve. It could lend early, so don’t blink.

Full UFC Fight Night 115 Fight Card:

UFC Fight Night 115 Main Event:

265 lbs.: Alexander Volkov vs. Stefan Struve

UFC Fight Night 115 Main Card (3 p.m. ET):

135 lbs.: Marion Reneau vs. Talita de Oliveira

185 lbs.: Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson

170 lbs.: Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards

UFC Fight Night 115 Prelims (11:30 a.m. ET):

205 lbs.: Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic

155 lbs.: Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov

155 lbs.: Mads Burnell vs. Michel Prazeres

155 lbs.: Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov

205 lbs.: Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic

145 lbs.: Mike Santiago vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov

205 lbs.: Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

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Manager: Jon Jones is highest paid fighter in UFC, Dana White issues ‘will get resolved with time’

Jon Jones made a triumphant return to the Octagon this past Saturday night (July 29, 2017) by knocking out Daniel Cormier in the third round of their championship rematch at UFC 214 in Anaheim, California.

Afterward, it was reported that “DC” banked a cool $ 1 million in defeat, while “Bones” only got paid $ 500,000. According to Jon’s longtime manager Malki Kawa, you don’t always have to believe what’s being reported, as he revealed on The MMA Hour that Jon is the highest paid fighter in the promotion.

“A lot, he will make a lot. He makes a lot already as it is. People see all that stuff that gets reported on the internet,” said Malki. “I’ve been telling you guys for a long time, Jon is the highest paid guy in the UFC, aside from pay-per-view, just on the base guarantees, and I guess people never really believe, so I just let you guys believe what you want to. The pay-per-view (PPV) stuff is just extra.”

When asked if “Bones” banks more than box office machine Conor McGregor, Kawa pulled back just a tad.

“Listen, I’m not going to get into all of that. I’m just letting you guys know that he is definitely up there, top two or three. Take that and run with it.” As far as revealing the finer details of his UFC 214 pay, Malki wasn’t about to put Jon’s business out on the street.

“I don’t necessarily need to put his business out like that. He doesn’t necessarily like that. Just put it like this, he makes good money and he will be making more money and if the pay-per-view does well he will make even more money. So, you can’t beat any of that.”

According to UFC president Dana White, the UFC 214 pay-per-view (PPV) event is expected to do over a million buys, which means Jon gets that much more “extra.”

It’s good to be king.

As far as Jon’s issues with UFC president Dana White, Kawa was confident in saying that it “will all get resolved with time,” seeing as how “it’s not as bad as it seems.”

So why is Malki so confident it will get resolved? Because he put Demetrious Johnson and White in a room together to hash out their beef this past weekend and they ultimately “buried the hatchet,” and says he will likely do the same with Jones and Dana down the road, too.

All’s well that ends well.

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Any MMA fans looking for a full time job in the industry?

Evolve MMA in Singapore is expanding again and is currently looking for people with a passion for mixed martial arts (MMA).

Evolve MMA is hiring aggressively across all job functions and is inviting applicants from all over the world to work at one of the three facilities in Singapore or the online resource of Evolve University.

Competitive salaries and perks like an all expenses paid annual trip are on offer to successful candidates. Last year, the entire Evolve MMA team flew to the Maldives on a company holiday.

Evolve MMA is currently home to fighters like Ben Askren, Shinya Aoki, Angela Lee and Rafael Dos Anjos and trainers include Brian Ebersole, Heath Sims, Orono Wor Petchpun and Yodsanan Sityodong as well as 10 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ) black belts.

Anyone interested in the opportunities and passionate enough to pursue a dream career in combat sports, should send a cover letter to: jobs@evolve-mma.com.

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Midnight Mania! Watch Dana White meet Conor McGregor for first time

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The first time Conor McGregor met Dana White, it was love at first sight. McGregor had just finished knocking out Marcus Brimage, and you can almost see the dollar signs in Dana’s eyes. McGregor came into the UFC with a lot of promise, a two-division regional champion in Cage Warriors, having won the featherweight and lightweight belts in quick succession- and never defending either. Sound familiar?

Dana immediately offers him fights in Boston and Ireland. You can also see Analyst McGregor appear in this clip, describing how he knew Brimage was emotional and felt he would overreach- an eerie foreshadowing of the fight that made his career, the 13-second knockout of Jose Aldo.

McGregor would go on to defeat tougher and tougher opponents at featherweight (sans Dennis Siver), culminating in his astonishing win over Aldo to claim featherweight gold. Two fights against Nate Diaz and a historic second belt at lightweight against Eddie Alvarez, and it’s tough to remember a time before Conor McGregor put an entire sport in his shadow. Yet, when Dana first met Conor, he was still on the dole, living on government support to fund his regional MMA career. That first $ 60,000 “Knockout of the Night” bonus changed his life. “60 G’s baby!”

His next bout, in fact, was against a young Max Holloway, and McGregor made all of $ 24,000 dollars for that decision win. That was the last loss on Max Holloway’s record, and Max went on to win eleven straight fights, the most recent a devastating win over Jose Aldo to claim the featherweight belt Conor McGregor left behind.

Now, the irascible Irishman finds himself set to make $ 100 million or more from this fight with Floyd Mayweather. That kind of career requires a step back to appreciate fully.


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The infamous movement coach, Ido Portal.

Hand-eye co-ordination work with @portal.ido today. Great work Great shot @serpiconinja.

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Was this the last time McGregor competed in anther combat sport?

Did you know Wanderlei Silva and Chael Sonnen are going to fight this weekend? I had forgotten completely, which says a lot about how poorly this pay-per-view has been promoted by Bellator.

What Wanderlei used to be able to do

Fedor is fighting Mitrione this weekend, too. How did RIZIN get Ric Flair’s belt?

I’m a big fan of Lorenz Larkin

Oh yeah this is hilarious.

It may not be a widely anticipated fight, but I’m looking forward to seeing Shevchenko-Nunes 2 at UFC 213. Having watched Shevchenko kickbox in person, I find it incredible she was able to make the transition to mixed martial arts and climb to the top so quickly.

Yeah that looks like it’s gonna be sore for awhile.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

I hope you are okay with watching some boxing tonight

I wanted McGregor to pull something like this against Mayweather but it seems boxing officials are much quicker to penalize fouls than MMA referees.

This was awesome

Body shots

This got weirdly serious


Good Reads

  • This lingerie football brawl appears to be right up your alley, Maniacs.
  • Matt Mitrione speaks a lot of sense, saying Tim Hague’s death is a wake up call for fighter unions, better pay and life insurance. A fighter who fought as long as Hague should not have needed to take to the boxing ring to make money. “It sucks man. And I heard about a post he made on Facebook where he said he just wanted to get some money so he can have a great Father’s Day with his kid
  • Why, exactly is Artem Lobov in Conor’s corner for the Mayweather bout? You know what, never mind. It won’t make a difference anyway.
  • Chuck Mindenhall gives five reasons why it’s impossible to discount that tiny, tiny chance that McGregor has of taking away Mayweather’s pristine undefeated record. Yeah, none of those will make a difference either. But I bet by the time the fight rolls around a small part of me will believe they could.

Podcasts and Video

GGG talks Mayweather-McGregor and gets suckered into saying he supports Real Madrid

Andrew Richardson breaks down Chiesa’s back attacks

Flyin Brian J predicts UFC Fight Night 112

And here is his Beer Pairing for the night:


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UFC 212 start time, TV schedule for Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway

The UFC 212 start time, TV schedule for the Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway event at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Saturday night. The fight card is broken into three different parts, each airing on three different mediums. This post will help explain which fights are airing where and at which times.

The main card airs on pay-per-view beginning at 10 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Jose Aldo vs. Max Holloway

Claudia Gadelha vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz

Vitor Belfort vs. Nate Marquardt

Paulo Borrachinha vs. Oluwale Bamgbose

Erick Silva vs. Yancy Medeiros

The second portion of the preliminary card airs on FX at 8 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Raphael Assuncao vs. Marlon Moraes

Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Eric Spicely

Johnny Eduardo vs. Matthew Lopez

Iuri Alcantara vs. Brian Kelleher

The first portion of the preliminary card airs on UFC Fight Pass at 6:30 p.m. ET. It is listed as follows:

Viviane Pereira vs. Jamie Moyle

Luan Chagas vs. Jim Wallhead

Marco Beltran vs. Deiveson Figueiredo

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Rory MacDonald confirms he’s still with TriStar, splitting time with B.C. camp

If Rory MacDonald had indeed left Montreal’s famed TriStar gym, it would have probably come as a shock to gym leader Firas Zahabi.

Zahabi, after all, is with MacDonald in London this week, and will corner the welterweight star when he makes his Bellator MMA debut on Friday night against Paul Daley in the main event of Bellator 179 in London.

“Firas is in my corner, and we’re actually going to go train in the room right after this call,” MacDonald told The MMA Hour on Monday from his London hotel.

Rumors that MacDonald had left the Montreal gym, best known as the home of former longtime welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre, after news surfaced that MacDonald has been training at the gym where he started his career, Toshido MMA in Kelowna, British Columbia.

From there sprang erroneous reports that MacDonald was officially done with TriStar. But MacDonald said he’s likely to split time between the two gyms, and even spent time at TriStar training for the Daley fight.

“I think people just, when you say something in an interview, they really like to make it their own story rather than, you know they like to spin it off, almost,” MacDonald said. “So, to clear the air, I went back to where I originally started training martial arts at the beginning of my career for a big portion of my training camp this time. I guess they spun it they way they wanted to and make it look like I had bad blood with TriStar, but I still, I spent a good three weeks in TriStar for this training camp as well.”

MacDonald, who currently calls Montreal home, envisions himself splitting his time between his current place of residence and the place where he grows up for the foreseeable future.

“I’m pretty sure,” MacDonald said about splitting his time. “I go with the flow but this training camp went excellent. I’m happy with it. I feel like I’m going to go out there and really show myself to the fans and just be myself out there and have a fun time in the cage… I think everybody will appreciate that.“

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