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Source: Daniel Gallemore to Defend Victory FC Heavyweight Title on UFC Fight Pass

Victory Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Daniel Gallemore will put his title on the line against Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Razak Al-Hassan at Victory FC 57 on May 5, Sherdog.com has learned from a source close to the promotion.
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Source: Daniel Gallemore to Defend Victory FC Heavyweight Title on UFC Fight Pass

Victory Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Daniel Gallemore will put his title on the line against Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Razak Al-Hassan at Victory FC 57 on May 5, Sherdog.com has learned from a source close to the promotion.
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Source: Daniel Gallemore to Defend Victory FC Heavyweight Title on UFC Fight Pass

Victory Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Daniel Gallemore will put his title on the line against Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Razak Al-Hassan at Victory FC 57 on May 5, Sherdog.com has learned from a source close to the promotion.
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Source: Daniel Gallemore to Defend Victory FC Heavyweight Title on UFC Fight Pass

Victory Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Daniel Gallemore will put his title on the line against Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Razak Al-Hassan at Victory FC 57 on May 5, Sherdog.com has learned from a source close to the promotion.
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Source: Daniel Gallemore to Defend Victory FC Heavyweight Title on UFC Fight Pass

Victory Fighting Championship heavyweight champion Daniel Gallemore will put his title on the line against Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Razak Al-Hassan at Victory FC 57 on May 5, Sherdog.com has learned from a source close to the promotion.
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Alistair Overeem says he was hospitalized twice before victory over Mark Hunt

A little fight week sushi might have done more damage to Alistair Overeem than Mark Hunt did.

Overeem explained his plight with food poisoning last week in an interview with Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. In the 36 hours before fighting Hunt at UFC 209 on Saturday in Las Vegas, Overeem said he was hospitalized not once, but twice.

“I was dizzy in the head, I was nauseous, extremely low energy,” Overeem said of his condition Friday. “I had a hard time coming out of the bed. I didn’t want to come out of the bed. … Yeah, it was pretty bad.”

Overeem still somehow ended up beating Hunt by TKO with a series of vicious knees in the third round. Just getting to the Octagon, though, was a chore for the Dutch slugger.

Overeem said he went out to Bellagio with his team for sushi Thursday night. It’s a luxury heavyweights who don’t cut any pounds to make weight can enjoy on fight week. On Friday morning, though, Overeem felt terrible getting up before weigh-ins, he said.

“I was messed up,” Overeem said. “It kind of got worse during the day. Then it got really bad.”

Overeem, 36, made weight fine Friday morning, but he said he barely ate all day and felt poorly in the evening and had to go to the hospital. Overeem said doctors there gave him an IV and medications for nausea and diarrhea. They also gave him a sleep aid, he said.

The situation has come under some scrutiny, because IVs are a prohibited method under USADA, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, and the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC). However, in the event of hospitalization, a IV is allowed without a therapeutic use exemption (TUE), per USADA’s rules.

“If the athlete has an acute medical condition where an IV line was essential for treatment in a hospital admission, surgical procedure, or clinical investigation,” the USADA rules on its website state.

Overeem (42-15, 1 NC) has failed a drug test before as a member of the UFC roster and whispers of performance-enhancing drug usage has followed the well-muscled heavyweight’s career. Hunt even called him a “cheater” in the pre-fight lead up last week.

“We checked everything with USADA before,” Overeem said. “Listen, we don’t want to get in any trouble. We’ve had our troubles, we learned from it. We’re not gonna go in that direction any time again. We really did our homework.”

Overeem said he felt a bit less ill Saturday morning, but not well enough. He had to go back to the hospital.

“When I woke up I was kind of better, but not really,” he said. “Still low energy. So again, hospital and IV. That was fight day.”

NAC executive director Bob Bennett said in a post-fight press conference that he was made aware of the situation Saturday morning and a Nevada ringside physician checked Overeem on fight day to see if he was fit to compete, ultimately clearing him.

“He was fit and ready to go, which was evident by his performance tonight,” Bennett said.

IVs are also prohibited by the NAC, which follows the World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines. On IVs, WADA says they are prohibited “except for those legitimately received in the course of hospital admissions, surgical procedures or clinical investigations.”

Overeem said he was motivated to fight despite the illness because of what Hunt was saying about him during fight week and a speech UFC president Dana White gave to the fighters after ceremonial weigh-ins Friday. Khabib Nurmagomedov had already dropped out of the UFC 209 co-main event due to weight-cutting issues and Overeem did not want to be next.

“I felt kind of OK for the fight and I really wanted to do it,” Overeem said. “Especially, you know Khabib dropped and we had the weigh-ins and always after the weigh-ins we get this motivational speech from Dana. And Dana was pissed, because the Khabib fight was cancelled. If that happens, then there’s not gonna be another cancellation. That’s just the way it is.

“I just knew that this is gonna be enough. Even if I’m 70 percent, I can still beat Mark Hunt. So that’s what we did.”

Overeem said he barely ate anything Friday and Saturday and still does not feel 100 percent. It was a rough few days, but he at least has a win to put himself right back in the contender mix to show for it.

“It turned out good, but I would not hope it on anybody,” Overeem said. “Food poisoning sucks. It takes away energy, focus. We pulled through.”

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Holly Holm sums up Germaine de Randamie’s controversial win at UFC 208: ‘That’s not a real victory’

Holly Holm was big enough to take her loss against Germaine de Randamie like a pro, showing up at the press conference, answering tough questions, and trying to make sense of it after UFC 208. Still, a little reflection on what transpired at the Barclays Center fueled the fire for a rematch. The late punches after the second and third rounds that de Randamie landed fueled an official appeal to the New York State Athletic Commission.

And Holm’s competitive spirit fueled her own reluctance to give in to easy excuses.

“I know a lot of people say I won the fight clear, regardless of the late hits and all this, but I don’t really want a victory like that,” Holm said during an appearance on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “I don’t necessarily want it overturned to like a win, but I definitely want to get a rematch. Hopefully the appeal will help with that.

“I also feel like I had her rocked so badly in the last round that I should have just sat back and picked my shots, and not even left it to the judges. So there’s a lot of things that I feel like in myself that I could have done better, and I should have done better, and I know I could have done better. In hindsight, everything is 20/20 you know?”

Just a few weeks removed from suffering her third straight loss, Holm says she is pushing forward with life, and trying to get her bearings again. She just returned from a trip to Peru, and said she’s trying not to let what happened in Brooklyn dictate her own general happiness.

Still, the loss gnaws at her when she gets to thinking about it. From the lack of execution on her own end, to the late punches that she believes were intentional. Her appeal to the New York commission was denied, but she hopes it will lead to a rematch with de Randamie, who has publicly said she would welcome a second fight with Holm ahead of a showdown with Cristiane Justino.

“I want to be able to feel I have the opportunity to move forward. Like I said, I wouldn’t want to have a victory that way. To me, that’s not like a real victory. I would just love to have the opportunity to do it again,” Holm said.

The 35-year-old Holm said she hasn’t backed off the idea that de Randamie delivered the hard blows after the horn on purpose. The first time, between the second and third rounds, she says she was “rocked” pretty good.

“I was with it mentally, because I knew exactly what happened,” she said. 
“[But], of course she did it on purpose. You’re not just waiting for the bell, you hear the 10-second taps before that. You know the end is coming. So, no, she wasn’t in the heat of the moment, and especially doing it twice, and especially with the cockiness she had after it. Even still I wish I’d have kept going after the bell, too.”

Holm was cautious not to let herself off the hook for her part in the fight, or to come off like she was complaining.

“I’m not trying to be like a wuss about it and whine,” she said. “That’s definitely not what I’m trying to do. I think that’s a hard spot for me. A lot of people keep saying, well, she hit you after the bell, how do you feel? Well, I’m a fighter. I’m not going to sit here and whine about it and complain. There’s a lot of things I could have done.

“At least own it. She knows she did it on purpose and one of them definitely rocked me.”

Since defeating Ronda Rousey for the women’s bantamweight title at UFC 193 in Nov. 2015, it’s been a hard stretch for the former boxing champion Holm. She lost her title against Miesha Tate at UFC 196 last March, and then showed up flat in her rebound fight against Valentina Shevchenko at UFC on FOX in July.

The move up to featherweight to fight for the inaugural belt in that weight class was a chance for her to make history. Yet she came up short in a fight that will forever carry asterisks, which she admits is hard to swallow.

Asked if she still enjoyed fighting, with the initial highs and the recent string of lows, Holm said she did.

“Yes, I love it,” she said. “Right now there’s a big hole in my heart. There’s an ache in my heart, having two losses that hole just got bigger. I’m not saying it doesn’t bother me. I think a lot of people, they see me still wanting to live my life and still wanting to push forward and wonder how I really feel.

“Yeah, I cry. I have days where I’m really upset about it. But I’m not going to go hide under a rock for the rest of my life, and I’m still in charge of my own happiness. The only thing to cure this is another victory, so that’s what I need to go for. I don’t want to just sit aside and just be in a dark place. I still want to surround myself with my team and my friends, people who know what I’m passionate about and know that I still want to be involved in this with the passion I have.”

Holm said it’s a delicate thing when dealing with losses, because she has to contend with wondering how long she wants to continue fighting, and hear concerns about the ticking of the biological clock.

“I do sometimes have to separate myself from the people that don’t do that,” she said. “From the people that think I should be retiring and having babies and all that kind of stuff. I don’t even like to really listen to it, because that’s not where my passion’s at right now or where my mind’s at. So everybody else that’s out there saying, oh you’re 35, what do you really want to do? Well I’m still fighting, and that’s what I want to do, and I want to surround myself with the people that are supportive of my passion.

“I would rather know in my heart I won, than know in my heart I lost. That hurts more.”

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Midnight Mania! Story behind Fedor’s ‘Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory’ revealed

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight …

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, Bellator raises the curtain and shares the dramatic tale behind Fedor’s “Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory,” Max Holloway will finally face off against Jose Aldo at UFC 213 in Brazil, UFC 208’s Nik Lentz contemplates metaphysical questions of existence, LFA3 knockouts and highlights, Khabib Nurmagomedov answers questions, and much more.


Ever catch a glimpse of “Last Emperor” on television and wonder where his sweater came from? Wonder no longer, Maniacs. Bellator took a deep dive into the origins, the story, and the overlooked influence of the sweater on mixed martial arts (MMA). It is a tale that will by turns shock, surprise and delight you. Without further ado, I present to you:

The Glorious Sweater of Absolute Victory

This is good marketing.

Bobs and Weaves

MAX HOLLOWAY AND JOSE ALDO ARE FINALLY BOOKED TO FIGHT IN BRAZIL … and it’s not until UFC 212 … on June 3, 2017. That’s about 20 months away. Can you feel my excitement ebbing as I pack it up and put it on a high shelf in my closet?

This has got to be embarrassing … especially after the effects of a dehydrating weight cut.

It wasn’t let go, actually — Lentz knocked the towel out of official’s hands when he moved to flex.

Podcasts and Video:

UFC 208 “Embedded,” episode five:

Here’s Khabib Nurmagomedov answering questions earlier this afternoon (McGregor’s name may or may not have come up)

Khabib Nurmagomedov Q&A

Khabib “the Eagle” Nurmagomedov Q&A ahead of his title fight at #UFC209

Posted by MMAFighting.com – The Mixed Martial Arts News Website on 10hb Februari 2017

Jack Slack did a mini Friday podcast. That is evidently a cheeky thing to do.

This still looks like an interesting program:

Bronson, an amateur Navajo MMA fighter, explains the importance of his people’s history and what it means to be a “warrior.” RISE tonight at 9.

Posted by VICELAND on Friday, February 10, 2017

Quick Hits

  • Dana White says that Woodley is not booed because he is black. He also calls Woodley a drama queen. He also mispronounced Woodley’s first name. Even I know his name is Tyron. None of which hurts Woodley’s claim that he is the worst-treated UFC champion in history (as overblown as that sounds):

Slips, Rips and KO Clips

Legacy Fighting Championships 3 is tonight — enjoy the .GIFs!

This was many nights ago:

This was last night!

Anderson Silva is tomorrow night:

That covers all the nights!

Random Land

Legend says Chuck Norris has no chin. Indeed, beneath his beard is a third fist.

Google eviscerated this man.

I’m teaching my Google home to talk like me, but I created a monster ✋. She too much, these machines is out of line they will run the world. She did call me fat and handsome though
Snapchat: floodhp

Posted by Travis Cee on Thursday, February 9, 2017

Stay woke, Maniacs!

Follow me @Vorpality on Twitter

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Megan Anderson hoping Invicta interim title victory puts her on UFC fast track

There has never been a better time to be a 145-pound female MMA fighter than right now.

The UFC will put its inaugural women’s featherweight title on the line in a matchup between Holly Holm and Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208 on Feb. 11 in Brooklyn. Bellator will pit Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd against one another for its women’s featherweight belt at Bellator 174 on March 3 in Oklahoma.

First up is an interim Invicta women’s featherweight title fight between Megan Anderson and Charmaine Tweet in the main event of Invicta FC 21 on Saturday night in Kansas City. Cris Cyborg is currently still the Invicta champ, but is in limbo. Her last two fights were in the UFC and now she’s facing a drug suspension from USADA.

Ironically, Cyborg, the best women’s featherweight fighter in the world, is not a part of any of the three title fights. But Anderson sees it as a chance to get the rest of the division some spotlight.

“This is a very exciting time for the featherweights,” Anderson told MMA Fighting. “I think it’s finally been given the opportunity and the recognition that it should have gotten a long time ago. I think us female athletes in the featherweight division are ready to showcase why the UFC are making the right decision.”

Anderson, 26, is the top prospect of the bunch. She has won her last three Invicta fights via knockout and, at a statuesque 6-feet tall, is a dream for UFC marketers. The Australia native thinks there’s a strong chance she could be in the UFC before the end of 2017. The winner of her fight with Tweet this weekend, she said, will get a jump start to that next level.

“I think they already know who they want,” Anderson said. “They already have names that they’re looking at. I think this fight is just who is fast-tracked higher than the other. I’m sure that both of us will be in the UFC at one point. It just depends on this fight. I feel like it’s going to [determine] who’s gonna go first.”

Anderson (7-2) debuted for Invicta in September 2015, falling by second-round submission to veteran Cindy Dandois. Anderson then decided to stay in the Kansas City area (nearby Lee’s Summit) and train at Glory MMA & Fitness with the likes of UFC fighters James Krause and Tim Elliott. She hasn’t been home and has been training there ever since. The move has hastened her development as a fighter exponentially.

Win or lose against Tweet, Anderson will be paying very careful attention to the bout next month between Holm, the former UFC bantamweight champ, and de Randamie. Those are legitimate future opponents for her now.

“I feel like I match up very well with both those girls,” Anderson said. “That’s two fights that never would have happened without the 145-pound division being implemented. I feel like they will be fireworks fights. I think I’m ready for that level. On Saturday night, it’s just about me showcasing why I should be on the top, why I should be on that level and getting the exposure the featherweights should be.”

After crowning a champion at UFC 208, the promotion will surely need to fill the division at least a bit. And Anderson knows she can put herself on that short list — and gain some gold to boot — by beating Tweet.

“That would be a massive opportunity,” Anderson said. “It’s something that, as a fighter, the UFC is the top organization. For me to be able to get there, it’s definitely a dream and I’m going to do everything that I possibly can to get there.”

Anderson doesn’t know what the outcome of Cyborg’s USADA situation will be, but understands that her path is very influential for the rest of the 145-pound division due to her standing at the top. Anderson thinks Invicta needs to decide if it wants an interim belt moving forward or if Cyborg will ever return to the promotion.

“Every day it’s something different with Cris. I respect the hell out of her. She’s been a pioneer in the sport, but every day is something different,” Anderson said. “She wants to fight in the UFC, she wants to defend the [Invicta] belt, she’s doing this, she’s doing that, she doesn’t want to fight unless they bring in a 145 division. Her first two [145] fights, she turns them down. Well, OK. It’s very confusing. Every day I read another article that comes out with her. OK, something new today.”

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Mirko ‘Cro Cop’ Retires Again Following Rizin Grand Prix Victory

Mirko Filipovic has announced his retirement — again.
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