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Exclusive: UFC’s Dustin Ortiz Discusses KO Win Over Matheus Nicolau, The Title Shot Mix at 125 & More

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MMA Frenzy’s Kelsey Mowatt talks to UFC flyweight contender, Dustin Ortiz, about his recent stoppage win over Matheus Nicolau at UFC on FOX 30. In addition, the veteran fighter discusses his next bout, where he sits in the title shot mix and more.

With the win, the 29 year-old moved extended his winning streak to three and his overall record to 19-7. It also was the second time in Ortiz’s last three fights that he’s scored a first round stoppage.

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Exclusive: UFC’s Dustin Ortiz Discusses KO Win Over Matheus Nicolau, The Title Shot Mix at 125 & More

(This post first appeared on MMAFrenzy.)

MMA Frenzy’s Kelsey Mowatt talks to UFC flyweight contender, Dustin Ortiz, about his recent stoppage win over Matheus Nicolau at UFC on FOX 30. In addition, the veteran fighter discusses his next bout, where he sits in the title shot mix and more.

With the win, the 29 year-old moved extended his winning streak to three and his overall record to 19-7. It also was the second time in Ortiz’s last three fights that he’s scored a first round stoppage.

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Midnight Mania! UFC’s Covington Treatment Shows Interim Belts Are Worthless

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So much for Colby Covington’s White House plans.

I’m not exactly crying for the UFC’s least likable figure, but the UFC just skipping past their own interim champion AGAIN (Remember El Cucuy!) shows how utterly worthless interim belts are. Covington had that belt for less than two months before they made plans to strip him- for a fighter who missed weight in his last bout! I generally enjoy watching Darren Till fight, but he squeaked by Stephen Thompson in a staring contest where basically nothing happened, yet the UFC opted to go with him over the guy with interim gold around his waist.

That tells you all you need to know about how the UFC themselves see the interim belts.

Their belts are fiat currency as it is, held up by the good faith and trust of the MMA fanbase. There are no sanctioning bodies behind the belts, no legal weight justifying their existence. The UFC owns the belts; they have no independent value. Their only value is the value the UFC itself holds as a near-monopoly on the sport’s top talent. That faith and trust in their brand and title belts can be eroded, and has been eroded, as the UFC has created more divisions over the years. Lately, they have been handing out interim belts like candy whenever a sitting champion so much as sneezes. When they then strip their own interim champions whenever they please, it becomes obvious what is happening here: UFC gold is suffering from runaway inflation.

Fighters are catching on. Brian Ortega recently turned down a last-minute fight for an interim belt, and this Covington situation seems to justify his call. The fans have largely caught on already; the question becomes, what good, exactly, is a belt as a promotional tool when no one believes it means anything? The answer doesn’t reflect a long-term strategy for growing the sport, but more of the myopic decision-making the UFC has been making ever since the Fertittas decided to sell the company. With the ESPN deal insulating the UFC’s revenue stream through 2024, will these short-term decisions cost them anything?


Insomnia

Nick Newell was given a tough matchup and lost his second MMA fight on the DWTNCS tonight. He’s taking the loss on the chin and moving forward:

She hit him with the Yoel Romero uppercut. To be clear, I’m not condoning this, exactly, but it sure sounded like he said the black kids stank because they are dirty. Whoever has been teaching him that, is the person that needs to get punched.

Congrats to Jim Miller.

Oh.

Mike Perry pledges his love to his only girl.

The only girl who love me

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I really want to see the Platinum-Borrachinha sparring sessions.

Speaking of Paulo Costa, this is an amazing fight, the ageless Cuban musclehead vs. the young Brazilian powerhouse.

In case you missed it, Cyborg is really gunning for this superfight with Amanda Nunes.

You know that saying about jiu-jitsu being like drowning lions in the ocean? Jaguars wouldn’t have that problem.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Mike Davis might have lost to Sodiq Yussuf but this was slick

Remarkable kicks do not always mean UFC contracts, exhibit 2:

When you forget which sport you are in:


Podcasts and Video

UFC Fight Night 134 highlights! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

What can be done about weight cutting in MMA?

UFC on Fox 30 is going to be a banger! Pair it with the right beer, courtesy of Flyin Brian J:

It was amazing to hear my personal favorite MMA show, the Co-Main Event podcast, shout out my Kickstarter project, SwitchKick as I was driving to work this morning- listen at 31:15! Hearken to the words of Chad Dundas:


Random Land

Impressive skills


SwitchKick

My project is live on Kickstarter and I am 5% of the way towards my goal. It has nothing to do with combat sports, but feel free to consider sharing and pledging if it’s something you’re into. Here’s me explaining what its about- you can learn more at SwitchKick.org.

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Mike Perry Added to UFC’s 25th Anniversary Card in Mile High City

Another fan-friendly matchup was announced for UFC Fight Night 139 on Friday, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed Donald Cerrone will take on Mike Perry just hours after announcing Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung.
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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Mike Perry Added to UFC’s 25th Anniversary Card in Mile High City

Another fan-friendly matchup was announced for UFC Fight Night 139 on Friday, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed Donald Cerrone will take on Mike Perry just hours after announcing Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung.
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‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, Mike Perry Added to UFC’s 25th Anniversary Card in Mile High City

Another fan-friendly matchup was announced for UFC Fight Night 139 on Friday, as the Ultimate Fighting Championship confirmed Donald Cerrone will take on Mike Perry just hours after announcing Frankie Edgar vs. Chan Sung Jung.
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Tina Lahdemaki, Part of UFC’s First-Ever Female Strawweight Bout, Announces Retirement

Tina Lahdemaki, who competed in the first-ever women’s strawweight bout in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, has officially announced her retirement from mixed martial arts.
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UFC’s International Fight Week Schedule Revealed

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing International Fight Week back to Las Vegas for the seventh straight year, beginning Tues., July 3 and ending Sun., July 8, in and around “Sin City” including stops at Las Vegas Event Center, The Palms Casino Resort, and T-Mobile Arena.

You can download the UFC International Fight Week app on June 25 to help navigate the festivities.

Said festivities include the 2018 UFC Hall of Fame on Thurs., July 5, held just one day before The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 27 live finale and two days ahead of the UFC 226 pay-per-view (PPV) event, headlined by Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier.

More details on those upcoming fight cards here and here.

The biggest turnout is likely to take place at the two-day “Fan Experience” from July 6-7 inside Las Vegas Events Center, which is essentially “MMA Con” with expo booths, autograph sessions, meet-and-greets, various vendors, tournaments, and several other activities.

And let’s not forget the pool parties at Hard Rock Hotel and Casino’s Rehab Beach Club on July 4 and then again on July 8. As for the official UFC 226 after party, head over to Hakkasan after the show.

See the pic below:


For much more on UFC Fight Week, as well as how to buy tickets, click here.

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Is the UFC’s ESPN Deal Actually Good?

Thanks to the inevitable expiration of a contract, the FOX era of the UFC is coming to close, with ESPN soon taking over as the major broadcaster of Octagon-related content.

*Pours a little of my Starbucks coffee out for the FOX homies no longer with us*

Okay, so we know the UFC is a multi-billion dollar operation now, and with that huge valuation and subsequent loan- and investor obligations to take care of, you have to assume that the UFC really wrung out the most money they could from ESPN. And they probably did. Because even though the sport lost its biggest stars in Jon Jones and Ronda Rousey, and Conor McGregor pretty much does what he wants and can’t be counted on for consistent revenue, the UFC still has the potential to have monster money-making years when new stars emerge. So of course ESPN would want a piece of that.

But was the deal truly a good one for the UFC? MMAFighting‘s Dave Meltzer thinks maybe not.

Being on ESPN has its obvious advantages: A sports property having the promotional synergy of working with the sports leader in the U.S. It’s a lock that there will be more promotional time to events, and the fighters, particularly the ones with personalities, will have more opportunities to sell themselves to a far larger sports audience than before. The deal also has its disadvantages, including far less television airtime and no broadcast network component, as well as no longer being top dog on a station, but simply being one of many, and inherently a far lower-profile sports property than the big five (NFL, NBA, MLB, college football and basketball) on the station.

The negative is fewer television shows and fewer television hours.

In 2018, between FOX, FS1, and FS2, the UFC will be on approximately 35 or 36 television dates and have 159 live fight hours. With the new deal, that declines in 2019 to 22 television dates and 54 total hours per year.

Another key is that FS1 on most Saturdays was broadcasting five hours. ESPN, on the other hand, will not only broadcast fewer dates, but its live shows will only be three hours. The one thing that had changed in recent years is that the UFC audience that had remained was more likely to be watching some or all of the prelims in greater number than ever before.

In other words, whereas FOX spread UFC content around like butter on toast, ESPN won’t be doing the same. That’s less exposure, and less potential for growth.

Was the deal a good one? Time will tell.

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Fabricio Werdum vs. Alexey Oleynik Targeted to Headline UFC’s Debut Event in Russia

A heavyweight clash pitting Fabricio Werdum against Alexey Oleynik has been targeted to headline the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s first-ever card in Russia on Sept. 15.
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