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Manager: It’s Time To Book Edson Barboza Vs Justin Gaethje

File this under “no brainer.”

Edson Barboza and Justin Gaethje are both coming off back-to-back losses and both are known for being exciting stand-up fighters. So instead of watching the Brazilian fight off his back for three rounds, why not put him into a firefight with the lightweight “Highlight?”

That works just fine for manager Alex Davis, who told Portal do Vale Tudo that Barboza vs. Gaethje would be a fight that makes sense for both combatants and would undoubtedly electrify mixed martial arts (MMA) fans.

Barboza (19-6) is ranked No. 6 at 155 pounds, while Gaethje (18-2) clocks in at No. 7.

It’s also one of the few fights that isn’t dependent on what happens with the top of the lightweight pecking order (see it). Conor McGregor is out until September (or later), while Khabib Nurmagomedov has no plans to defend his newly-won strap until November.

And let’s not forget about Tony Ferguson’s injury timeout.

Sandwiched between all of the fighters I just mentioned? Eddie Alvarez (No. 3) and Dustin Poirier (No. 5), who collide at the upcoming UFC on FOX 30 event in Calgary.

Lightweight just might be the best division in all of MMA.

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UFC 224 Primer: Vitor Belfort Could Actually Retire This Time – No, Really

One-hundred year-old vial of synthetic testosterone Vitor Belfort might actually retired this weekend at UFC 224. No, really, it’s true.

The UFC 19 vet (!) is slated to face former champ Lyoto Machida, and as long as the fight doesn’t get canceled at the last minute (for whatever reason; seriously, just pick one), this could be it.

Oh man, this has been a long time coming. Especially since the UFC cracked down on testosterone replacement therapy, and steroids, and anything else that might enhance performance that Belfort has very likely already used ten times.

Here’s a clip of Belfort with superpowers:

Thankfully, stringent drug screening has seen those powers decline. Now, Belfort fights like he’s been in the game for ten years too long (which is accurate).

So yeah, this may be it for him, with UFC 224 and Machida giving Belfort the send-off he deserves after so many years of cheating.

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UFC 223 Primer: The Greatest UFC Embedded Episode of All Time

What makes an Embedded episode great?

Well, the premise of the series – a behind-the-scenes look at a UFC pay-per-view fight week – is already pretty solid. We get insight into the fighters’ lives during the lead-up to their meetings in the Octagon. What more could you ask for?

Apparently, we could ask for a video footage of UFC star-gone-berserk Conor McGregor, as he and his band of thugs wreck a van transporting fighters during UFC 223’s media day. We could ask for it, and we amazingly get it all in this Embedded episode.

(Note: You’ve already seen episodes one through three, but there’s no reason to watch UFC 223 Embedded number four because, well, this Conor McGregor thing happened and rendered so much of it moot.)

So here it is, McGregor and company going nuts, with some compelling perspective coming from those in the van (including a look at Michael Chiesa’s cut that negged him from competing).

Plus, there’s the breaking news that Max Holloway is off the card, and Al Iaquinta is in to face Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Seriously, this is the best Embedded episode ever.

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Greatest UFC Fight Of All Time?

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has staged a lot of great mixed martial arts (MMA) fights over the last 25 years, including the Robbie Lawler vs. Rory MacDonald bloodbath at UFC 189, as well as the five-round thriller between Dan Henderson and Shogun Rua at UFC 139.

But which bout stands as the greatest of all time, according to fickle fight fans?

The rematch between Nate Diaz and Conor McGregor, which took place in the UFC 202 pay-per-view (PPV) main event in August 2016, a do-over that allowed “Notorious” to avenge his submission loss at UFC 196 earlier in the year.

And it was a close one.

Unfortunately, Diaz hasn’t been seen since, which probably doesn’t come as a surprise when you consider this. Not that McGregor has been a busy little beaver. After taking the lightweight title from Eddie Alvarez at UFC 205, “Notorious” went on to box Floyd Mayweather Jr. and set sail for Ireland.

If and when he returns, remains to be seen.

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Former Fedor, ‘Minotauro’ Foe Wagner ‘Zuluzinho’ to Fight for First Time Since 2010

Super heavyweight Wagner da Conceicao Martins, better known as Wagner “Zuluzinho,” will return to action for the first time in nearly eight years when he faces “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil 3” competitor Job Kleber Melo at an Imortal FC event on June 2.
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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.


Insomnia

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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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

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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