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Kairat Akhmetov-Geje Eustaquio Tops One Championship ‘Total Victory’ on Sept. 16 in Jakarta

Former One flyweight champion Kairat Akhmetov will headline One’s “Total Victory” card, squaring off with the Philippines’ Geje Eustaquio in a 135-pound main event.
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Midnight Mania! Floyd Mayweather says Conor McGregor going the distance would be “a victory for him”

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Mayweather has said a couple things in the lead-up now to try to convince people that his fight against McGregor will be exciting, unlike his normal fighting style. He mentioned going after Conor in that interview where he also brought up racism; he has said he and Conor owe the fans an entertaining fight; and now, he says that if Conor goes all twelve rounds, that would be regarded as a win for the Irishman. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“It is a victory for him,” Mayweather said. “If he goes the distance, it’s a victory for him. In my eyes, also.”

He’s doubtless correct, for many. Not everyone, of course; some, including McGregor fans, or MMA fans who don’t watch boxing, or casuals who know little about either sport, would be disappointed in any outcome other than a McGregor knockout. McGregor himself has repeatedly forecast an early knockout for him. Most who watch boxing, however, agree that the odds are hugely stacked in Floyd’s favor; if Conor just goes the distance, and lands any significant shots at all, many would call that a win for him, even say McGregor performed above expectations. Floyd knows this.

“He believes it’s not gonna go past four ,and I believe that it’s not gonna go the distance at all,” Mayweather said. “He feels one way, I feel another way. we’re both confident in our skills. We’ll just have to see.”

This is where Mayweather began to oversell McGregor’s skill, using Trumpian levels of gaslighting:

Of course, the so-called boxing experts, they say things like, ‘Oh when a guy is bigger and stronger, that means he’s better,’” Mayweather said. “What I’m saying is this: On paper, we know he’s taller, we know he has a longer reach, we know youth is on his side. OK? And I guess everybody is saying power is on his side. But I’m saying IQ is on my side, experience is on my side and i think just fighting knowledge is on my side.

No boxing experts are saying that for this fight. Floyd is literally pulling that out of thin air. He goes on:

“So I never said that I feel that I’m gonna lose. I never get involved in anything if I think I’m gonna take a loss. That’s like me saying, ‘Yes I’m gonna invest my money, but I know I’m gonna take a loss, but I’m still gonna invest it.’”

He went on to detail his scouting process, which he says is more detailed than just studying tape:

“It’s about doing your homework,” Mayweather said. “It’s not really watching fight tapes. It’s really just knowing the person you’re facing, that’s across the ring from you. You want to know what that person likes to eat, you want to know what that person is doing when they’re not in training camp. If they’re drinking, how much they’re drinking, who they’re hanging out with. Those are the things that you want to know. Thats called really doing your due diligence and your homework on your opponent. Not just watching fight tapes.”

He said he knows that McGregor weighs about 160 right now. And then he reiterated that he owes the fans a memorable performance, especially after the Pacquaio fight:

“When it’s something of this magnitude, this is not just a fight,” Mayweather said. “This is an event. This is billion-dollar fight, it’s an event. I think we both owe the fans as well as the public, everyone that’s tuning in, I think that we both should give them excitement.”

I’ll believe that when I see it.


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Leonard Ellerbe with the heat

This glove thing will be interesting, because that’s still McGregor’s (very slim) best path to victory

I second the shoutout to Megan Anderson’s makeup artist.

A prospect to watch in September

Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia inspired some research for the fewest strikes landed in a UFC title fight

Rampage airing some drama online

Who is Tonya Evinger’s boxing coach? I must do more research here

Anderson Silva fighting Kelvin Gastelum in Shanghai is one of the most random matchups I can think of… or is it?

MMA memes are good. Salty MMA memes are great. Nurmagomedov and Ferguson may be too good a fight to ever happen

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Tommy “Hitman” Hearns was from a golden age of boxing

Judo throws in this facsimile of MMA are fun, I guess

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Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter @Vorpality. And to all, I have to apologize for last night’s headline. That was all me, and to be honest the headline was misleading. In my head, it made sense. Jones Jones thinks Cormier crying indicates he cares about the sport, which is beautiful. Therefore, Jones thinks Cormier crying is beautiful. A=B, B=C, therefore A=C. I thought, and still think, that for Jon Jones, who has never lost, who is the guy inflicting the career-altering defeat, this was an incredibly arrogant and pathological thing to say. However, that was pretty clearly opinion, and while I am allowed to write opinion in Midnight Mania, I’ve pretty much always led with news. I should have indicated that it wasn’t strictly news, or re-worked the headline entirely.

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Artem Lobov feels no moral victory from Cub Swanson loss, wants Doo Ho Choi next

Moral victory? Artem Lobov doesn’t know the meaning of it.

Sure, Lobov proved himself as a tough-as-nails, UFC-caliber fighter in a unanimous decision loss to Cub Swanson last month at UFC Fight Night 108 in Nashville. Yes, Lobov likely took a round off Swanson and landed more than 100 punches against the highly ranked featherweight.

But at the end of the fight, it was Swanson — not Lobov — with his hand raised. And that is truly all that matters to Lobov, he told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour.

“I lost, so I don’t really see it probably that way,” Lobov said when asked about the positives in defeat. “To me, I was going into the fight to try and win, obviously. That’s why I called for the fight. And I generally thought that I could win. Obviously I didn’t, so I’m still trying to get over that.”

Lobov (13-13-1, 1 NC) had to shake the perception that he was only in the UFC due to his friendship with Conor McGregor before the bout. Many questioned why Swanson was fighting someone with a poor record. Others couldn’t understand why Lobov was in a main-event spot ahead of seemingly more deserving talent.

All those things, most of them valid arguments, could have worn at “The Russian Hammer.” But he didn’t seem to care at all about what others said and then went on to put forth his best performance in the Octagon.

It still wasn’t a victory, though, so it wasn’t enough for him. The idea of a moral victory is lost on Lobov.

“No,” Lobov said. “Never. I would never look at any fight like that. To me, if I’m going in, I’m going in to win. If you don’t win, well that’s it. Obviously, I’m not gonna dwell on it. I’m not gonna cry about it. I’m a learner and I’m a go-getter. I have to look over the mistakes, I have the fix them and I’m gonna keep moving forward. And hopefully one day I’ll meet Cub again.”

Lobov, 30, will now head back to the drawing board, which in his case is SBG Ireland and coach John Kavanagh. When Lobov would like to fight is very much up in the air. If McGregor ends up having a boxing match booked against Floyd Mayweather Jr., as discussed, Lobov said he’ll take time away from his own career to concentrate fully on helping McGregor, a close friend.

If the McGregor-Mayweather talks are stalled, Lobov knows who he’d like next: Doo Ho Choi. “The Korean Superboy” fell to Swanson by unanimous decision at UFC 206 in what was a candidate for 2016’s Fight of the Year. All-action fights are what Lobov want and he’d be down to dance with Choi.

“I mean, why not?” Lobov said. “He was one of the guys that I called out originally. It was either him or Cub. Now we both lost to Cub, the two of us both went the distance, the two of us both got the Fight of the Night, so why not? It makes sense, no?”

While that would likely be an entertaining fight for the fans, it’s unclear what the UFC will do with Lobov, who admits he’s not in a position to make demands. The Russia native was on a two-fight winning streak heading into the Swanson fight, but has now lost three of five overall in the UFC. The one thing Lobov wants fans to do is not pay so much attention to those numbers and judge for themselves when they watch him fight.

“Your record is where you’ve been, but it’s not necessarily where you are or where you’re going,” Lobov said. “That just shows that I’ve had a tough road. I’ve taken fights when others wouldn’t.”

And while Lobov doesn’t like the idea that he lost to Swanson and he’s not celebrating it, he does admit that it should give the pundits pause when they talk about how he shouldn’t be in the UFC.

“I guess that shows where my skill level is at,” Lobov said. “And I guess if you’re a true MMA fan, you should assess somebody by their skill, rather than where they’ve been or how they got that skill.”

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Keys to Victory! Who will win Demetrious Johnson vs. Wilson Reis UFC on FOX 24 main event fight tonight

The pound-for-pound best fighter in MMA will be on full display later tonight (Sat., April 15, 2017) at UFC on FOX 24 live on FOX from inside Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri, as UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson puts his title on the line opposite Brazilian contender Wilson Reis. Johnson will be looking to lock down his record-tying 10th consecutive UFC title defense while Reis aims to capture his fourth-straight win inside of the Octagon.

Considering Johnson has demolished the entire division over the course of five years, Reis may very well represent the champ’s final flyweight obstacle before taking his talents to 135 pounds for some good old fashioned superfights. But before that happens, the two must go to war tonight in Kansas City.

What will each fighter do? How can they walk away with victory? Look no further. Here are the keys to victory for both Johnson and Reis.

Demetrious Johnson

1. Protect ya neck…

In his last Octagon outing, Johnson ran into some early trouble against Ultimate Fighter winner and resurgent title contender Tim Elliott. Elliott was able to threaten “Mighty Mouse” with a deep guillotine choke and force the champion to scramble and defend, nearly sinking it in along the way. It was the first time in a long time that Johnson looked mortal, although he got out of harm’s way and won a lopsided five-round decision.

Against a more seasoned grappler like Reis, “Mighty Mouse” must protect his neck at all times. This doesn’t just apply on the ground, but also in the clinch and during any takedown attempts. Because if the Brazilian gets a chance to lock in a guillotine choke and squeeze, that could mean the end of Johnson’s trek towards history.

2. Turn it on early…

Whenever “Mighty Mouse” is able to turn it on early and implement dizzying offense on unsuspecting foe, the results are tremendous. Just look at quickly Johnson was able to put away Henry Cejudo at UFC 197 and Joseph Benavidez back in 2013. He’s a methodical fighter for sure, but Johnson is extremely dangerous when he goes for broke early.

While Reis isn’t a quick starter that you need to disrupt, Johnson will find it very beneficial to attack early and pour it on in heaps. That’s because Reis is entering the biggest fight of his career and most likely going to rely on a specific gameplan. If the champion can ruin that early and force the Brazilian to fight reactionary instead of intelligently then he could exit the Sprint Center victorious earlier than expected.

Wilson Reis

1. Set traps inside…

Reis wants Johnson to get as close to him as humanly possible. He isn’t going to win a battle of striking with one of the quickest and defensively-clad champions the promotion has ever seen. Instead, the challenger must welcome the champ inside in hopes of tying him up, dragging him to the canvas and softening him up with world-class grappling.

In order to do this, Reis must invite Johnson in. He may have to eat a few shots here and there, maybe even a knee or two, but the closer the champ gets the better chance Reis has to take over the fight. Even if Johnson ends up in top control that bodes well for the submission artist. Any point in the fight that isn’t being contested on the feet is a victory in itself for Reis.

2. Conserve and concentrate…

Seems easy, right? All Reis has to do is conserve his energy and concentrate on the gameplan he and his team put together for the most well-rounded champion in the sport today. It seems like the best way to win a title and shock the world in the process, but Reis is going to find it more than difficult to retain cardio and resiliently stick to his own strategy.

The reason being that Johnson isn’t an ordinary fighter. He’s going to force Reis to expand loads of energy by chasing the champion around the cage and connecting his punches to air. Johnson has done it time and time again to the very best flyweights in the world. Once an opponent finds themselves exhausting more energy than they expected to, all gameplans fly out the window. Johnson will pressure and pick apart any challenger incapable of lasting deep into the championship rounds with an offensive and defensive strategy in tact.

If Reis doesn’t want to burn out like John Dodson or lose all strategy like Ali Bagautinov, Kyoji Horiguchi, and just about every fighter Johnson has faced at 125 pounds, he must fight patient, wait for his window of opportunity and not get goaded into the champ’s desired realm of combat.

Prediction: Johnson via unanimous decision

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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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