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Silva Open To UFC Title Run, But Content Doing ‘Something Special For The Fans’

Former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva is always on the look out for another shot at UFC gold, but the legendary Brazilian fighter isn’t holding his breath here in 2019.

Silva, 44, only has a few fights left on his current UFC contract. He intends to finish out each and every one of them, starting with a showdown opposite Jared Cannonier at UFC 237 this May in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

If his remaining fights result in a middleweight title shot then “Spider” will be happy to oblige. But at this point in his career, Silva is content to simply compete and put his heart on the line every time he steps inside of the cage.

“I never put something in my mind like, ‘Oh I need to fight again for the belt,’” Silva told reporters earlier this week ahead to UFC 237 (h/t MMA Junkie). “No. That’s a part in my life I passed. But I continue to fight. But I don’t know – maybe I have a new opportunity to fight for the belt. I don’t know.

“But I’m not putting my whole energy like, ‘Oh, I need to get back to fight for the title.’ No. That’s the (second) point for me, the first point is just continue to fight, continue to put my heart in the sport, then maybe I have a chance to fight for the belt again.”

Silva, who is still widely regarded as one of the best fighters of all time, is coming off an impressive performance against Israel Adesanya back at UFC 234 this past February. The Brazilian legend may have lost a decision to Adesanya, who has since gone on to defeat Kelvin Gastelum to win the interim UFC middleweight title, but Silva looked damn good considering the matchup and difference in age with “Last Stylebender.”

While most fighters would try to parlay a performance like Silva’s into another shot at a top contender, “Spider” isn’t looking to pick his shots en route to a title shot. He’s simply trying to provide everlasting memories for fight fans everywhere.

“Everybody talk about ‘fight this guy or this guy,’ but for me I think it’s more important you make something special for the fans,” Silva said. “In my opinion and my position now I’m trying to do something very special for my fans. When I fight Israel (Adesanya) everybody talk about, ‘Why you fight him? Why you take the fight?’ Because it’s a good challenge for myself, for my mind.”

When asked how many fights he has left on his current UFC contract, Silva couldn’t give an exact answer although he believes it’s three or four. Regardless, “Spider” is eager to make every single one of them count, whether we all like it or not.

“I feel good – I intend to do all of them,” Silva said with a laugh. “For the joy of some and sadness of others, I intend to keep bothering people.”

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Highlights! Lomachenko Scores Face-Plant KO In Dominant Title Defense

As boxing’s pound-for-pound best, reigning WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KO) needed to dominate last night (Fri., April 12, 2019) live on ESPN+ from inside Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. Luckily for the champ, he was able to put a stop to English veteran Anthony Crolla (34-7-3, 13 KO) via fourth-round knockout.

In typical “Matrix” fashion, Lomachenko took his time in the opening rounds to gauge Crolla’s movements with feints and pressure. Once he downloaded enough information Lomachenko piled on vicious combinations in Round 3 that put Crolla against the ropes and forced a referee break for a technical knockdown.

In Round 4, Lomechenko continue to pile on the offense. A few combinations and a body shot backed Crolla towards the corner. Lomachenko then landed a left hand followed by a brutal right hook on the side of the head that shut Crolla off and sent the Englishman into a faceplant on the canvas.

Check out the memorable fourth-round finish below along with some more action:

With this win, Lomachenko proves yet again that he’s the best pound-for-pound boxer in the world. The 31-year-old lightweight finally looked healthy after shoulder surgery last year and it showed in his performance against Crolla. “Matrix” is simply dominating the competition at every turn so it may be time to pit Lomachenko against WBC and IBF lightweight champion Mikey Garcia.

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Midnight Mania! If TJ Was Juicing The Whole Time, Should Cody’s Title be Reinstated?

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TJ Dillashaw has been suspended two years for EPO, an injectable Performance Enhancing Drug (PED). You can read all about it here. He voluntarily gave up his title, and the UFC’s current plan is to have Marlon Moraes fight flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for it. Once they had the positive result, USADA also went back and tested some older samples from Dillashaw, one of which also came back positive. This raises a couple questions: why aren’t they testing every sample for EPO (even if it does require a special test), and secondly, if Dillashaw was using EPO before he fought Cody Garbrandt, should Garbrandt’s title be reinstated? As Garbrandt pointed out, all of his losses (the two to Dillashaw and one to Pedro Munhoz) have been to fighters that have failed drug tests in the past. Of course, Garbrandt was self aware enough to realize that isn’t the only reason he lost.

The question was originally posed on Twitter. It seems like a far-fetched scenario, given that the UFC have no actual legal rules governing their belts. The Olympics does reverse old decisions, and Lance Armstrong had his title retroactively stripped. It would be an odd decision for a promoter to return the belt to a fighter who just lost three fights by knockout, even if two of those losses were to someone who is now known to be a PED abuser.

The question, therefore, is not whether the UFC will (they won’t), but whether they ought to return Cody’s belt to him, if his opponent was cheating to win. If not, Dillashaw may have been caught, but the damage has been done to Cody’s career.


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Cody knew it the whole time- after all, he said TJ was the guy who taught Team Alpha Male how to do it!

The memes abounded. All those supplements to blame, and you got busted for something that can only be done via needle.

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Of course Conor McGregor had to get his two cents in.

Imagine Jon Jones being the snitch behind the TJ Dillashaw drug bust

The commentary is the best part of this video by far

Dillon Danis apparently had his eyes dilated right before this press conference

Maybe I’m a sucker, but I’m still interested in seeing how Machida vs. Sonnen plays out.

Don’t mess with the jiu-jisu competitors!

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Weight classes

Destroyer of worlds

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Midnight Mania! Cerrone Says He’s Fighting McGregor For Interim Lightweight Title

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According to Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone, he is fighting Conor McGregor for the interim lightweight title. Via his Instagram:

Good News @thenotoriousmma looks like we get to fight for 155 Interim Title vs @properwhiskey vs @budweiser

It seems likely, considering comments made by Dana White after the UFC 234 press conference, in which he said that both men have ‘earned’ this opportunity. Via BloodyElbow.com:

“Those two want to fight each other, they’ve both earned it,” White told MMAjunkie following the UFC 234 pre-fight press conference in Australia. “‘Cowboy’s’ fought anybody we’ve ever put against him. We throw this young killer Hernandez at him, ‘Cowboy’s’ the underdog and he goes in and does it the way he did it, then Conor’s fought everybody.

“If these two want to fight, I’m down.”

According to Dana’s comments, he also thinks Tony Ferguson is next for current lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, which makes the timeline interesting. If Cerrone fights McGregor this summer, the UFC will presumably want Khabib to fight Ferguson around the same time, but Khabib wants to wait until November. The man left out in the cold in that scenario, of course, is Dustin Poirier, who has been holding out hope for a title shot of his own.

Not everyone is going to end up happy in any scenario, particularly with the weight of McGregor’s drawing power warping the gravity around any hope of rational decisions involving the UFC lightweight title. Cerrone vs. McGregor is an easy sell, and that might be what ends up counting.


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Joe Rogan is evidently a really popular tattoo for some reason

Dominick Cruz too?? Who is getting these tattoos?

I really wish I hadn’t seen this, this looks like an alien is trying to climb out the back of Gastelum’s neck.

This is a less gross version of the meme

Max Holloway is hilarious

In related news, Jose Aldo’s coach also wants that Alex Volkanovski fight.

“Bobby Knuckles” is hated by Dana, which is a great reason to keep calling Robert Whittaker that.

Nate Quarry having too much fun


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Ouch!

I can almost feel her pain

Dance like a butterfly, hit like a hammer

People are calling for Anderson to turn this around on Israel Adesanya


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I love this account, which is all abandoned places.

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Midnight Mania! Volkanovski Discusses Aldo Snub, Asks for Title Shot

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UFC featherweight contender Alex Volkanovski is not scared to take on any and all comers. He saw Jose Aldo destroy Renato Moicano and thought to himself, that’s a guy I want to fight. Aldo, though, didn’t seem to know who he was when asked about him, something Volkanovski said he wasn’t offended by.

Of course, he would take a title shot against Max Holloway immediately with no complaints. Right now, he has the best case for a title shot in the division, coming off a knockout win over Chad Mendes, and before that, a lopsided win over Darren Elkins. At 19-1, no one in the UFC has been able to stop him, as he’s racked up a 6-fight win streak. Max hasn’t faced a dedicated wrestler since his split decision loss to Dennis Bermudez in 2013, and if fellow cardio machine Volkanovski could find success with his takedowns, he could make a fight with Max really interesting.

However, he seems more concerned with staying busy than waiting for a title shot, confident one will come his way after one more win at most. A bout with Brian Ortega was suggested as well, and Volkanovski was open to it, but said he didn’t want to wait until Ortega’s hand healed.

“I’m not scared of anyone in the division. Anyone that’s gonna move me forward.

To be honest, I think Frankie Edgar’s the most likely, the most realistic. He’s the only one that can fight anytime soon. Aldo doesn’t- that’s why I said, if you want a quick turnaround, I just want to fight.

Frankie Edgar would be a fascinating matchup as well, as both wrestle-boxers are known for their cardio, pace, and nigh-unbreakable wills, though Edgar has compiled a much longer, more illustrious record at this point in their respective careers.


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I like hearing Israel Adesanya talk up Anderson Silva up. Legends deserve respect.

How cool is this??

Let’s hope Cory Sandhagen vs. John Lineker isn’t one of those cursed fights like Condit-Brown or Khabib-Ferguson.

Speaking of Tony Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov…

I’m liking kickboxing-meets-soccer

This was a crazy fight, Brunson had Whittaker in trouble before he rallied

This is a Mortal Kombat level finish

Kelvin Gastelum has an impressive body of work

Renzo Gracie has a sense of humor

Israel Adesanya could have a second career as a pro wrestler if this MMA thing doesn’t pan out

Awesome

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Tecia Torres has an impressive sumo deadlift

Khabib Nurmagomedov grappling with Luke Rockhold, who he calls “fat boy”

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Andrew Richardson breaks down Kelvin Gastelum’s game

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MMA Ratings


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I don’t have a desire to be in a place this cold unless I’m snowboarding, but this is beautiful.

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Bellator 214 Salaries! Fedor Banks $300K, Bader Nabs $150K For Title Fight

Mo’ money, mo’ problems …

Bellator 214: “Fedor vs. Bader” takes place this weekend (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., with Ryan Bader and Fedor Emelianenko squaring off in the Paramount Network broadcast main event of the evening.

No matter who wins the Grand Priz heavyweight finale tomorrow night, the loser can be consoled by the size of the check he cashed. For their efforts both Emelianenko and Bader will receive six figure salaries according to MMA Fighting, with Fedor getting $ 300,000 guaranteed (no win bonus) and Bader getting half as much at $ 150,000 (also no win bonus).

They are not the only fighters on the main card who will pocket large checks for one night’s work. Indeed, co-main event attraction Aaron Pico will bank a respectable $ 45,000 with an optional $ 45,000 win bonus, while featherweight opponent Henry Corrales will earn $ 35,000 with a potential $ 35,000 win bonus. The co-main event winner may very well land a future title shot against current champion Patricio Freire.

Not bad pay for one night’s work if you can get it.

Here are the complete Bellator 214 payouts:

Fedor Emelianenko: $ 300,000 to show (no win bonus)

Ryan Bader: $ 150,000 to show (no win bonus)

Aaron Pico: $ 45,000 to show ($ 45,000 to win)

Henry Corrales: $ 35,000 to show ($ 35,000 to win)

Jake Hager: $ 50,000 (no win bonus)

J.W. Kiser: $ 7,000 to show ($ 7,000 to win)

Juan Archuleta: $ 25,000 to show (no win bonus)

Ricky Bandejas: $ 30,000 to show (no win bonus)

Adel Altamimi: $ 10,000 to show ($ 10,000 to win)

Brandon McMahan: $ 3,500 to show ($ 3,500 to win)

Jay Jay Wilson: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Tyler Beneke: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Ozzy Diaz: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Chris Reyes: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Jorge Juarez: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

David Pacheco: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Jesse Merritt: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Thor Skancke: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

A.J. Agazarm: $ 12,000 to show ($ 12,000 to win)

Jesse Roberts: $ 2,500 to show ($ 2,500 to win)

Weber Almeida: $ 5,000 to show ($ 5,000 to win)

Oscar Chinchilla: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Sean Johnson: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Arturo Rivas: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

James Barnes: $ 2,250 to show ($ 2,250 to win)

Ryan Lilley: $ 2,000 to show ($ 2,000 to win)

Ian Butler: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Craig Plaskett: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Steve Ramirez: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

Desmond Torres: $ 1,500 to show ($ 1,500 to win)

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Colby Covington Screwed Out of Title Fight Because He Is an Idiot

For a hot minute there, Colby Covington was almost the man. He beat Dong Hyun Kim, beat Demian Maia, and then beat former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (albeit at welterweight). Added to that formula was his incessant trash talk, and it seemed like Covington was a lock for a heated bout against reigning welterweight king Tyron Woodley.

Well, you know that old adage about striking while the iron is hot? Apparently Covington’s unwillingness to fight on the UFC’s timetable has cost him that would-be money fight.

I want to feel bad for Covington, maybe make the argument that he got screwed… but he’s an idiot who screwed himself. Sure, fighters are supposed to make the most of their time in the spotlight, because that time won’t last forever, but Covington’s wins were never all that exciting to begin with.

I guess he over-valued his worth. Because hated trash-talkers who are only minimally exciting are a dime a dozen, don’t you know?

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Colby Covington Screwed Out of Title Fight Because He Is an Idiot

For a hot minute there, Colby Covington was almost the man. He beat Dong Hyun Kim, beat Demian Maia, and then beat former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (albeit at welterweight). Added to that formula was his incessant trash talk, and it seemed like Covington was a lock for a heated bout against reigning welterweight king Tyron Woodley.

Well, you know that old adage about striking while the iron is hot? Apparently Covington’s unwillingness to fight on the UFC’s timetable has cost him that would-be money fight.

I want to feel bad for Covington, maybe make the argument that he got screwed… but he’s an idiot who screwed himself. Sure, fighters are supposed to make the most of their time in the spotlight, because that time won’t last forever, but Covington’s wins were never all that exciting to begin with.

I guess he over-valued his worth. Because hated trash-talkers who are only minimally exciting are a dime a dozen, don’t you know?

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Colby Covington Screwed Out of Title Fight Because He Is an Idiot

For a hot minute there, Colby Covington was almost the man. He beat Dong Hyun Kim, beat Demian Maia, and then beat former lightweight champ Rafael dos Anjos (albeit at welterweight). Added to that formula was his incessant trash talk, and it seemed like Covington was a lock for a heated bout against reigning welterweight king Tyron Woodley.

Well, you know that old adage about striking while the iron is hot? Apparently Covington’s unwillingness to fight on the UFC’s timetable has cost him that would-be money fight.

I want to feel bad for Covington, maybe make the argument that he got screwed… but he’s an idiot who screwed himself. Sure, fighters are supposed to make the most of their time in the spotlight, because that time won’t last forever, but Covington’s wins were never all that exciting to begin with.

I guess he over-valued his worth. Because hated trash-talkers who are only minimally exciting are a dime a dozen, don’t you know?

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PFL Championship Weigh-in Results: All Six Title Bouts Set for New Year’s Eve

The first season of the Professional Fighters League is about to come to a close, as six titles will be on the line Monday night with the winner of each earning $ 1 million.
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