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Midnight Mania! Olympic Gold Medalist Offers to Train McGregor for Nurmagomedov

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If Conor McGregor ever does get as serious as he says he is about returning to the Octagon- or, more accurately, if the UFC ever gives him what he’s asking for in negotiations- then he has a wrestling coach qualified to teach him how to stop Khabib Nurmagomedov’s takedowns. (Assuming, of course, that Khabib ends up with the belt after UFC 223 in Brooklyn, instead of Tony Ferguson).

Kyle Snyder is not only the youngest Olympic gold medalist in American wrestling history, but also won the World Championship, the NCAA, and the Olympics in a single year, an incredible feat. Snyder may have an ulterior motive in offering to train McGregor- he has expressed a desire to compete in MMA at some point, and exposure to the game from the world’s most Notorious mixed martial artist could only be a boon to those plans. Snyder competes at 97 kilograms, or 213 pounds, which would make him a heavyweight or light heavyweight. Maybe by the time Jon Jones returns from suspension, he will face an Olympic gold medalist. Or, perhaps Brock Lesnar will return to face a wrestler qualified to stop him. Just… please… don’t be the next Dillon Danis on social media.


Insomnia

Speaking of Khabib, here he shares what Daniel Cormier’s pre-fight hype routine looks like

Let’s go @dc_mma DC what is it? This happen before his last fight in Boston #ufc220

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Why does Conor think this looks cool?

This made me laugh. A+ MMA meme work

Jacare vs. Gastelum? I’ll take it. Gastelum is the real threat to Robert Whittaker at middleweight.

No, Tito Ortiz. Stay retired. We already saw the Chuck Liddell fight twice.

Edson Barboza vs. Kevin Lee does sound fun, just like pretty much any top lightweight fight.

John Dodson sparring Michelle Waterson

I thought the fighters did have medical insurance?

Why boxing pay is so different from MMA pay, and the single biggest reason McGregor hasn’t returned to the Octagon yet:

Stipe Miocic is just a natural

Andre Fili’s new ink is bleeding

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This spinning wheel kick is gorgeous

Speaking of spinning shit, Raymond Daniels scored what remains one of the most spectacular knockouts I’ve ever seen.

I did not expect this outcome

Melvin Manhoef was a monster back in the day

Great body punches

Bulldog chokes are awesome

So are inverted triangles

Slick boxing

That’s some tenacious grappling


Podcasts and Video

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Heavy Hands

The MMA Ratings Podcast with special guest, ESPN’s Phil Murphy


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Funny joke…

Now I want to try this someday

Iron meditation or Extended time isometrics. Seated overhead press. 230lbs pressed hard against the top bars for 30 seconds. Very big pump and muscle fatigue. Most people do isometrics with nearly no or no weight for a long time or very heavy weight for very short holds but I honestly have found it to be most productive with a moderately heavyweight held for a much longer time until failure and building up the time over a few sessions to a full minute hold. You should do all three as well as isometrics in completely non-traditional nonlinear movements. It’s not as exciting as lighting something on fire but it’s killer training. Pressing hard into that second bar is what really makes it. Call that a functional or isontonic isometric. I’ve actually done two full courses on isometrics because they’re that powerful and that little is known about them in the training world. Also one of the primary effects and physical training is to learn about your own mind and if you want to learn about how you react to things try holding an isometric for extended period of time. It has a unique way of unifying mind and body and if you hold it long enough even spirit because you can concentrate on a whole different level. If you’ve ever done Chi Gong they can be like a strength meditation. Join #NoahsArmy today! Become a #blooddonor and #organdonor !! #isometric #presses #bigshoulders #strongman #oldtimestrongman #pump #beyondphysical #chigong

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Midnight Mania! Tyron Woodley confident Mayweather would train with him for UFC fight with McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather denied any plans to fight in the UFC… but the rule of thumb in combat sports is never to take a promoter’s word at face value. Mayweather is his own promoter, so that holds true for him as well. In addition to the initial talk and the smoke from Joe Rogan, Dana White (yes, the quintessential promoter) said the talks were real; Mayweather DOES always need Money to fund his lavish lifestyle, and no other fight in combat sports sells as many wolf tickets as a rematch with McGregor in McGregor’s world.

Sorry, Demetrious Johnson, as much as I would love to see you choke Mayweather out in under a minute, you probably aren’t what Floyd has in mind.

Tyron Woodley, who counts Mayweather as a friend, says this all makes perfect sense to him, and he is confident Mayweather would reach out to him for coaching if such a fight does indeed become a reality. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“Conor makes sense, because Conor is really a stand-up fighter,” Woodley said on TMZ’s “The Hollywood Beatdown.” “He throws some kicks. Most of those kicks are flashy kicks just to keep you off of him. But he’s not going to do anything really beyond boxing. He’s not going to be wrestling you; he’s not going to be grappling you. So, for Floyd Mayweather, if I was coming into the sport to do MMA, I would want an opponent like that: a striker. (Not) someone who’s going to wrestle him, kick him or a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, and he gets put in submissions, and he doesn’t even know what the hell is going on.”

Woodley is only partially correct, of course. We’ve seen Conor’s ground game before, notably against a young featherweight named Max Holloway, and it was pretty slick, with the Irishman landing effortless takedowns for two rounds. His rocked and gassed takedown attempt against Nate Diaz aside, McGregor doesn’t even need to be a notable high-level MMA wrestler against Floyd. He got Mayweather’s back with ease in their boxing match. It’s a short trip from there to the ground. Woodley also underrates the effect and intent of McGregor’s kicking game.

He is completely correct about the financial incentive. Their boxing match did 4.3 million buys, second-highest of all time; one has to assume a rematch in the Octagon would draw similar numbers. Hence McGregor’s one-word tweet in response to Mayweather’s reticence today. What does Mayweather have to lose, after all, besides of course taking a brutal beating in an eight-sided cage?

“Shit, I might be walking down to the octagon with him,” Woodley said.

He continued, “Do it, man. Your legacy is cemented in boxing. This is something that’s just for fun to rack up some more cash. (You’ve) got a crazy lifestyle, you spend a lot of money, and this is another way where you can stack some (cash). Fight Conor McGregor in MMA, let me know when you need me to slide through. We’ll get you trained, get you ready and beat the brakes off of him inside the octagon.”


Insomnia

Stipe Miocic speaks for us all:

Some days, you run across several fighters giving us a glimpse into the less than ideal world of being a professional athlete and fighter for the world’s premiere MMA organization. Today was such a day.

Manuwa is in awe with Ngannou’s power.

This fight is a travesty in every way.

#gabigarcia VS #shinobukandori #WHYDOH #rizin @rizin_pr

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How Darren Till sees himself

Skill

What is going on here??

I agree with Joe Rogan

Combat sports over the next two weekends:


Good Reads

  • Karim Zidan is essential reading for anyone interested in what sports can mean, geopolitically. This latest piece is among his best work.
  • I love that Nate Diaz can live his life on his terms. If the UFC really want him to fight, they’ve got to put some respect on his name.
  • I also love that GSP taking Bisping’s belt and then abdicating it respectfully, pissed Bisping off, because he spent a year and a half doing the exact opposite.

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Some fun to be had here:

Marc Diakese is a special athlete, has been since his amateur days.

I love this kick setup:

I don’t think most people can do this:


Random Land

This is the heart of a blue whale, the largest animal to ever live:

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Gokhan Saki tried to train through a bucket handle meniscus tear for UFC 219

Who is crazy enough to try and fight through a torn meniscus? Gokhan Saki, that’s who.

Gokhan Saki is one tough son of a bitch.

As if his crazy back and forth war with Henrique da Silva in his first UFC fight wasn’t enough proof of that, it turns out the kickboxing legend tried to train through a bucket handle meniscus tear to fight at UFC 219.

The issues with Saki’s knee started all the way back in 2012 but really started to impede him following the da Silva fight in September. After that, his knee started swelling up while training for UFC 219 , and he finally went to a doctor to have it checked out.

“They took me to an MRI and they found that I had a bucket handle tear in my meniscus,” Saki told MMA Fighting. “So there’s just a big hole in the middle of my meniscus. I told the doctor that I really wanted to fight on Dec. 30th. I told him even with the injury I wanted to fight. He told me to take one or two weeks rest and then to start training again, but not jiu-jitsu or anything that’s too tough on your knees.”

“I took the two weeks off and I flew to Miami to do a camp there and in the first training I hurt it more. I threw a kick, I didn’t turn my leg enough and now the tear is even bigger.”

Whoops.

Now that he’s stopped trying to fight through the injury, Gokhan could be recovered in time to fight in March or April.

“For so long I have been dealing with this injury,” he said. “And now that it’s fixed I’m going to be able to do a lot more.”

That’s a scary thought for those in the Light Heavyweight division. Saki is already looking extremely dangerous this early into his UFC career. Now he’ll have both legs firmly under all his power punches. Watch out!

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Artem Lobov turns down Andre Fili fight to help train Conor McGregor

Sometimes you have to sacrifice for the greater good. In the case of rising UFC featherweight contender Artem Lobov, that means skipping out on his own fighting opportunity in favor of helping teammate Conor McGregor prepare for his upcoming superfight with boxer Floyd Mayweather on Aug. 26 in Las Vegas.

“I was offered a fight with Andre Fili,” Lobov told MMA Junkie. “He was calling me out on Twitter. I would’ve taken the fight, but it’s just too hard for me to commit to something on July 29. I’m needed in this camp. It would’ve been too much of a risk for me.”

Lobov, 30, recently lost a main event war opposite Cub Swanson this past April at UFC Fight Night 108. The Straight Blast Gym fighter is more than willing to step inside of the Octagon with Fili later this year, but he has some greater business to take care of first.

“Let’s be honest: I don’t give a (expletive) about Andre Fili,” Lobov said. “I could fight that guy any day of the week. Once this fight is out of the way, and Conor knocks out Mayweather and has the world at his feet, we can see what’s going to happen then.

“Conor got into the UFC. We all helped him to get there, and then he pulled everybody up there with him. I owe it to him to help him in any way I can.”

Some people might be surprised that McGregor is sticking with “Russian Hammer” as a main training partner for his preparation for “Money.” That’s not intended to be a knock on Lobov, it’s just that Mayweather is considered one of the most technical boxers of all time.

“If you look at it, they said the same things about getting specific training partners before the Jose Aldo fight,” Lobov said. “They said the same for the (Eddie) Alvarez fight, too. They even said the same for the Dustin Poirier fight and for all of the other fights. Look at how those fights ended.

“(Conor) had no issues with sparring partners then. I was his sparring partner then and it was just fine. Obviously, this is boxing and it’s a slightly different game. We understand that and there are sparring partners lined up. We will leave no stone unturned in this camp. Everything is going to be taken care of. The preparation is going to be 100 percent on point.”

If Lobov can help McGregor dethrone Mayweather on Aug. 26, his own stock will probably go up around the combat community. But that’s very unlikely to happen.

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Former UFC champ Matt Hughes airlifted to hospital with head trauma following collision with train

Not the kind of news I was hoping to bring you this afternoon.

Former UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes was involved in a vehicular accident earlier today (Fri., June 16, 2017), after his truck collided with a moving train. The longtime wrestler has since been airlifted to a medical facility where his condition is unknown.

“Apparently he has head trauma,” UFC President Dana White told ESPN. “His family is traveling to him now.”

More on this unfortunate news in just a bit.

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Midnight Mania! Cain Velasquez releases measured update on fight future – ‘I can’t train the way I know how’

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got Cain Velasquez with a message to his fans, Dillon Danis — Conor McGregor’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu coach — signing with Bellator MMA, Jorge Masvidal as a hitman, the return of sumo, sweet sweet knockouts, including some incredible knees, podcasts, fight posters and much more.


Insomnia

Cain Velasquez isn’t training much these days, according to his coach, but that’s on purpose. He’s still in recovery from surgery, and is taking his time (for once) to work back into fighting shape. He says he owes it to his fans not to try to take fights when he’s not 100 percent healthy — the kind of thing that got his last fight canceled.

Quick update for all my fans. Thanks again. #SiSePuede

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Hopefully, that means Cain is finally learning to listen to his body and avoid the repeated injuries that have plagued his career. Hopefully. Although, if he manages to get back to full health and win a title shot just as Junior Dos Santos wins the belt back… you can count me out of watching that a fourth time, folks.


Bobs and Weaves

Conor McGregor’s jiu-jitsu coach and ace grappler Dillon Danis has signed with Bellator MMA.

Here’s where his skills were developed —- on the mats … against the best in the world.

Jorge Masvidal gets a chance to spoil Demian Maia’s Welterweight hopes and dreams at UFC 211. After his comment on UFC using him as a hitman to take out 170-pound fighters it doesn’t like, some fans have begun to embrace that image. It suits “Gamebred” well.

Even the way he gets his jewelry is gangster.

This is pretty creative!

He isn’t the only Welterweight able to pull off the gangster image. Gunnar Nelson fights Alan Jouban this Saturday at UFC Fight Night 107.

Happy new years everyone

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Bosslogic poster magic for the stacked UFC 211:


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Did you see this double KO yet?

Sumo is back!!!

This is what Mackenzie Dern’s opponent was trying — and failing — to pull off:

Grabaka Hitman with the top five KOs from the weekend (you’ll never believe number 2!)*

*I love listicles. Clickbait listicles are the cat’s pajamas

The #1 knockout started off a sequence of great knees landed:

The OG!

Gokhan Saki is a legend.


Quick Hits

  • Read the Naked Gambler’s insight into how this weekend was an experiment in process vs. athleticism
  • Hector Lombard was in a car accident this weekend. (photos included)
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Nate Diaz is such an appetizing fight, and Tony wants it. (it’s probably not happening, though)

Podcasts and Video

The MMA Hour

Jack Slack’s Fights Gone By, where Jack introduces his new book on Conor McGregor

Monday Morning Analyst

The Co-Main Event podcast


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Prospect Marc Diakiese: A lot of UFC fighters don’t train or think like I do

There’s a tiny bit of Conor McGregor inside Marc Diakiese. Especially when it comes to how he views himself compared to his peers.

Diakiese told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour that he has worked with plenty of UFC fighters over the years, including at AllStars gym in Sweden, and he believes he is not quite like them.

“I’ve trained with a lot of UFC fighters,” Diakiese said. “They don’t train as I do and they don’t think as I do. So that’s what I’m thinking. I’m a little bit different.”

Diakiese, 23, is coming off a second-round TKO of Lukas Sajewski in his UFC debut at UFC 204 last week in Manchester, England. The England native, by way of the Congo, had a tough time early in that fight, but rallied and really put it on Sajewski in the second round.

In terms of pure natural ability, Diakiese is off the charts and his skills are rounding into form as well. Many believe he is a future star in the already very loaded lightweight division.

Diakiese (10-0) feels like a great deal of his edge comes from the mental and not the physical. He observed the goings on backstage at UFC 204. He was a bit surprised about what he saw.

“In the back room, I see a lot of people seem to be panicking,” Diakiese said. “They all look nervous, like they’re going to be killed or something. At the end of the day, you’re fighting. Just enjoy it. You wait for your entire life to get there.”

Diakiese said he can’t relate much to the nerves. There’s something else that drives him. Not the butterflies in his stomach; perhaps a little something more sinister. Diakiese had a rough time growing up, emigrating from Africa with his uncle. He said he’s estranged from his parents.

“My success comes from my background,” he said. “I feel like I have anger behind me. I tunnel it through MMA. I feel if I didn’t have MMA, I wouldn’t know what to do. I use that to make me a better person.”

A pretty damn good fighter, too. When asked how long it will take him to earn a title shot in the UFC, Diakiese was matter of fact — “probably another two fights.” That would be quite the leap for a 23-year-old prospect in one of the toughest divisions in MMA.

Yet he doesn’t feel that way. As naturally talented as Diakiese is inside the cage, his greatest gift might be between the ears.

“You’ve gotta be confident,” he said. “I don’t really like to talk crap, but this is me. I like to be honest.”

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Anderson Silva to undergo surgery Wednesday, could be cleared to train in 4 to 6 weeks

CURITIBA, Brazil — Anderson Silva is out of a UFC 198 middleweight clash with Uriah Hall, and Silva’s doctor Marcio Tannure told MMA Fighting that the former champion is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday morning to remove his gall bladder.

Silva was expected to fly from Rio de Janeiro to Curitiba on Tuesday morning, but was rushed to the hospital four hours before his team was supposed to leave.

“He called me and said ‘I’m going to the hospital, but I’ll get better’, so we came to Curitiba,” Silva’s coach Luiz Carlos Dorea said. “When we arrived in Curitiba, he said ‘Master, I came home but the pain is too much.’ I told him to eat something, but he said ‘I can’t, I’m eating and throwing up.’ He told me this afternoon that it was too painful and he had to go back to the hospital.”

According to the boxing coach, Silva was only five pounds away from making weight for UFC 198 and excited to be fighting in Curitiba for the first time in more than a decade.

“He was doing great, and this came out of nowhere,” Dorea said. “He felt some (abdominal) pain before, but nothing serious. He always came back to train the next day, so we never imagined it would be something like this.”

The UFC has yet to announce if Hall will get a new opponent for Saturday’s UFC pay-per-view event.

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Anderson Silva to undergo surgery Wednesday, could be cleared to train in 4 to 6 weeks

CURITIBA, Brazil — Anderson Silva is out of a UFC 198 middleweight clash with Uriah Hall, and Silva’s doctor Marcio Tannure told MMA Fighting that the former champion is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday morning to remove his gall bladder.

Silva was expected to fly from Rio de Janeiro to Curitiba on Tuesday morning, but was rushed to the hospital four hours before his team was supposed to leave.

“He called me and said ‘I’m going to the hospital, but I’ll get better’, so we came to Curitiba,” Silva’s coach Luiz Carlos Dorea said. “When we arrived in Curitiba, he said ‘Master, I came home but the pain is too much.’ I told him to eat something, but he said ‘I can’t, I’m eating and throwing up.’ He told me this afternoon that it was too painful and he had to go back to the hospital.”

According to the boxing coach, Silva was only five pounds away from making weight for UFC 198 and excited to be fighting in Curitiba for the first time in more than a decade.

“He was doing great, and this came out of nowhere,” Dorea said. “He felt some (abdominal) pain before, but nothing serious. He always came back to train the next day, so we never imagined it would be something like this.”

The UFC has yet to announce if Hall will get a new opponent for Saturday’s UFC pay-per-view event.

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Anderson Silva to undergo surgery Wednesday, could be cleared to train in 4 to 6 weeks

CURITIBA, Brazil — Anderson Silva is out of a UFC 198 middleweight clash with Uriah Hall, and Silva’s doctor Marcio Tannure told MMA Fighting that the former champion is scheduled to undergo surgery Wednesday morning to remove his gall bladder.

Silva was expected to fly from Rio de Janeiro to Curitiba on Tuesday morning, but was rushed to the hospital four hours before his team was supposed to leave.

“He called me and said ‘I’m going to the hospital, but I’ll get better’, so we came to Curitiba,” Silva’s coach Luiz Carlos Dorea said. “When we arrived in Curitiba, he said ‘Master, I came home but the pain is too much.’ I told him to eat something, but he said ‘I can’t, I’m eating and throwing up.’ He told me this afternoon that it was too painful and he had to go back to the hospital.”

According to the boxing coach, Silva was only five pounds away from making weight for UFC 198 and excited to be fighting in Curitiba for the first time in more than a decade.

“He was doing great, and this came out of nowhere,” Dorea said. “He felt some (abdominal) pain before, but nothing serious. He always came back to train the next day, so we never imagined it would be something like this.”

The UFC has yet to announce if Hall will get a new opponent for Saturday’s UFC pay-per-view event.

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