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Curtis Millender on Early Celebration vs. Alves: ‘I Don’t Want to Permanently Hurt Someone’

Curtis Millender is a knockout artist with a heart.
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Because nothing can ever be simple, Cris Cyborg doesn’t want to fight Amanda Nunes next

Dana White wants a Nunes vs. Cyborg superfight next, but Cris Cyborg has other ideas.

Dana White kicked off our 2018 with a wide ranging interview given to Yahoo! Sports, dropping news about Conor McGregor, Robbie Lawler, and Cris Cyborg. Cyborg, according to White, will be fighting women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes next. Considering there aren’t really any interesting contenders at 135 right now and all of 2 women signed up for 145, that doesn’t sound like a terrible idea.

Unless you ask Cris Cyborg.

She had originally stated she’d fight whoever the UFC put in front of her, but now she’s gone on her website to say she doesn’t think Nunes deserves a title shot at 145. At this point, she’d like to face a real 145 pound opponent, please and thank you.

Instead of offering a fight to the next Featherweight contender available, Holly Holm was given the bout despite going 1-3 over her past 4 fights. The matchup proved popular with the fans, and our styles eventually made for Fight Of The Night, however Holm was given a title shot over girls who had been fighting at 145lbs and winning because she was more popular, and not because she was the next contender in line.

Having re-established myself as the WORLD CHAMPION at 145lbs I feel it is my obligation to fight the #1 contender at 145lbs in my next fight. I have fought 4 consecutive fights against girls who have come up from 135lbs to fight me, because they were “SUPERFIGHTS” for the fans. Besides Lina Lansburg (I fought her at 140) none of these girls had been fighting at featherweight.

As a World Champion it is important that you face the #1 contender. That is what makes it sport and not entertainment, otherwise what are the girls fighting at 145lbs training to work towards if they know they will never be given a title shot even if they become the best in the world? I have a responsibility to the sport to ensure that when I retire the 145lbs division continues to exist, and it is because of that I want my next fight to be against a contender from the featherweight division that has fought at 145lbs within the last year.

Look, Cyborg’s not wrong: it’s been ridiculous how the UFC has been pilfering from the 135 pound division to fill slots at 145, instead of signing talent at 145 pounds. But that’s the reality of where we are right now: because they haven’t been signing women’s featherweight fighters, there are no contenders at that weight.

That mis-management extends down to the women’s bantamweight division as well, where the matchmaking needed to push new talent up to the top of the division hasn’t happened, leaving Amanda Nunes without any competition to face either.

So at this point, we have to make lemonade out of these lemons. Put Cyborg and Nunes against each other and take the next 6 to 9 months to get these divisions rolling again. A superfight between the two is the biggest thing that can happen, and hopefully in the meantime the UFC might actually sign a few featherweights and separate the wheat from the chaff at 135.

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Paulo Borrachinha: Middleweights ‘might not want to face me’ after ‘knocking out’ Johny Hendricks at UFC 217

While rising UFC middleweight prospect Paulo Borrachinha has looked completely unstoppable throughout his entire professional career, the undefeated 26-year-old Brazilian will be taking a huge step up in competition tonight (Sat., Nov. 4, 2017) at UFC 217 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City, when he takes on former UFC welterweight champion Johny Hendricks.

Even though Hendricks has posted a pedestrian 1-4 record since the beginning of 2016, the 34-year-old veteran represents the biggest test to date for Borrachinha. Fortunately for the Brazilian, his confidence is riding high entering his PPV showdown with “Big Rigg” in NYC.

“I think I’m well trained for what [Hendricks] is going to try to do,” Borrachinha said in a recent interview with FloCombat. “I think he’s going to want to take the fight to the mat or stay on the fence to clinch. I came to the U.S. three weeks early to train for this. He’ll not be able to take me down, and if it does end up on the ground, I’ll get up fast.

“The fight will remain where I want it to be, which is standing up in order to score the knockout. Stylistically, I think I have all the advantages. I’m bigger, stronger, younger, and I have more potential to end this fight faster.”

While Borrachinha has never encountered a wrestler as distinguished and talented as Hendricks, the Brazilian is one of the bigger and stronger names on the UFC’s middleweight roster. It’s going to be very difficult for Hendricks to drag the rising youngster to the canvas, let alone hold him down.

If everything goes as planned and Borrachinha is able to keep the fight standing, he believes a memorable knockout finish of a former UFC champion will further reveal his growing star potential at 185 pounds.

“On the side of me getting better known, [an impressive victory] should get me bigger names from now on,” Borrachinha explained. “But on the other hand, [potential opponents] will recognize that I’m a more complete fighter and they might not want to fight me then.”

Considering the UFC’s middleweight division is home to a slew of top contenders entering the latter part of their careers, a fresh threat like Borrachinha would be welcomed with open arms. But before the Brazilian gets ahead of himself he’s going to have to deal with a Johny Hendricks fighting for relevancy this weekend at UFC 217.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 217 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

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Leonard Ellerbe lashes out at Mayweather vs. McGregor haters: ‘If you don’t want to watch it, don’t buy it.’

The Mayweather Promotions CEO wasn’t in too great of a mood at today’s media event from the Mayweather Boxing Club.

The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor superfight is mere weeks away, but the hype for the fight seems to be slightly less than you’d expect considering the lofty expectations leading up to the official announcement. Maybe that’s why Mayweather Promotions CEO Leonard Ellerbe seemed a lot less calm and composed than usual today during a media event at Floyd’s gym.

Ellerbe didn’t hesitate to lambaste the press, which has at best been giving Mayweather a heavy advantage and at worst writing it off as a cynical money grab.

“Mind your f**king business, you know?” he said. “It’s like do your job, cover the sport. Obviously, you have to give your opinion, which we understand that. It’s like, we don’t see you saying nothing else about anybody else’s events. We know what this is about. It’s like okay, one thing is for sure, you’re not gonna stop this event. The fans demanded this event and that’s what they’re gonna get. We didn’t ask for this.”

“That’s what’s wrong with boxing today. You guys are always complaining and looking for shit to complain about when there’s nothing there. That’s the reason why we can’t be innovative. That’s what Floyd Mayweather has done differently than anybody else. He’s thought outside the box.”

He didn’t exempt the fans, or at least the boxing purists denouncing the fight, from his rant.

“We appreciate all the fans,” Ellerbe said. “We don’t ever want to turn our back or say anything. But again, the hardcore fans, that’s the reason why our sport isn’t where football and basketball is. It’s because we stay in our own little box. It’s like, you tell me what’s wrong with these two guys fighting. If you don’t want to watch it, don’t buy it. It’s as simple as that.”

It sounds like Leonard is taking a page out of the Dana White school of promotion. The UFC president has never been shy about telling fans dissing his card to screw off and not buy it. With Mayweather vs. McGregor, it seems like a lot of people are still on the fence regarding whether they want to shell out the $ 99.95 to watch it. We’re not sure if Ellerbe’s rant today will have helped convince too many.

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Midnight Mania! Max Holloway on Jose Aldo: This guy don’t want to fight

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight, we’ve got Max recounting his bout with Jose Aldo, some sad news for the Jones family, Conor taunting Floyd over his age, Valentina Shevchenko being savage, Bruce Buffer working out, knockouts, podcasts, and much more.


Maximum Effort

The Max Holloway legend continues to grow. His story of feeling Jose Aldo break in the Octagon in front of him is a remarkable tale, one only he can tell.

Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“When I was putting my hand out and stuff, every time I’d put it, he would shut it down,” Holloway told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “He would throw something, he would do something reactive. Every time in the beginning rounds when I feinted at him, he was jumping back. I [saw these] big motions from him and he was countering super fast at certain things I was doing.”

That confirms this piece of amazing post-fight analysis- Max was reading Aldo’s counters as he threw them. But then, at the end of the second round, he felt Jose begin to slow.

“I told myself, he’s not firing,” Holloway said. “It’s time to taunt. Let’s taunt. Let’s see if he cracks me. I taunted him — I put my hands up for a couple of seconds. And he didn’t do nothing. I was like OK, I’m gonna do it again. And he did nothing. I was like man, this guy don’t want to fight.”

According to Holloway, dragging Aldo into the later rounds and tiring him out was always the plan. He speaks for a new generation of fighters, the evolving cutting edge of the sport of MMA, with his faster pace, versatility, ability to adapt on the feet, and attritive arsenal.

“I already knew our game plan was gonna work,” Holloway said. “There’s enough tape. Aldo, he’s one of the greatest ever, but it’s just time for a new era. It’s time for the new wave of guys, us young guys are coming up and we’re proving it. We’re showing to the world that we’re here to stay, we’re taking forever. MMA is forever evolving. You either evolve with the sport or you get left behind. I’m trying to lead the pack. I’m trying to sprint.”

Many have tried to break Aldo in the later rounds before, though. Holloway was the first to be able to do so because, in his mind, he’s approaching this sport at a higher level

“These guys are playing checkers,” Holloway said. “I’m out here playing chess. When they figure it out, it’s too late.”

However, he still has tremendous respect for the all-time great fighter that is Jose Aldo, who he defended on social media following the bout. Aldo apparently couldn’t throw leg kicks in the fight because of an injury (according to his coach)

“I felt the need, because people keep f*cking trying to tarnish and throw this guy away,” Holloway said. “You’ve gotta understand what this guy did for all the little guys. He’s a pioneer for the small guys. When you think of the 35 and 45 class, the guys who built it, you think of Urijah Faber, you think of Dominick and you think Jose Aldo. Jose Aldo has been the greatest.”

Now, however, he stands crowned the king of a new era, and he doesn’t intend to let up on his blistering style.

“I’m gonna go out there until you want to give up,” Holloway said. “He opened the door, I just hold his hand and walked him through it and said thank you for the fight. It’s Blessed Era time.”


Insomnia

First, some genuinely sad news- Jon Jones’ mother passed away today. His brother Arthur posted this heartfelt message earlier today.

Shade

Man, much respect to Floyd Senior still getting a few rounds in at the gym. I hope I can still train at that age. Respect.

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Andre Ward doesn’t share Oscar De La Hoya’s pessimism about McGregWeather, the date of which is once again unknown.

Bruce Buffer working the ropes

Speaking of familiar voices of the Octagon…

Thank you @joerogan my friend forever! Miss you too powerful partner! #headtap!

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Going old school with some of these tonight.

When you can’t punch with closed fists

This was a long time ago

If you ever get hit like this, you tend to believe in the power of body shots.


Good Reads

  • Anton Tabuena shares the last portion of his three part series on competing in Muay Thai. Fight nerves are very real. I can say from experience in amateur competition that managing your adrenaline and nerves is the most difficult part of fighting in a cage or ring.
  • Mike Winklejohn thinks Holm should get a title shot with a win over Bethe Correira… okay, Mike. Sure. Whatever you say.

Podcasts and Video

The Smooth and Bo show


Random Land

I’ve always wanted to try a slingshot. Didn’t get to experience that ride on vacation last week, but I can say the new Pandora ride at Disney World, Flight of Passage, is incredible.

Don’t mess with Wendy’s

Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Max Holloway says he realized Jose Aldo ‘don’t want to fight’ when he taunted him at UFC 212

Max Holloway was reading Jose Aldo early during their fight at UFC 212. He noticed Aldo was reacting a certain way to things he was doing — and quickly. Aldo won the first two rounds of the UFC featherweight title fight, seemed sharp early and even had Holloway in some real trouble in the first.

“When I was putting my hand out and stuff, every time I’d put it, he would shut it down,” Holloway told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “He would throw something, he would do something reactive. Every time in the beginning rounds when I feinted at him, he was jumping back. I [saw these] big motions from him and he was countering super fast at certain things I was doing.”

At some point, though, Holloway noticed that Aldo wasn’t doing that as much. So he put out a feeler — he began taunting Aldo, waving him in and daring him to throw. Aldo didn’t and Holloway said that’s when he knew the fight was about to turn in his favor.

“I told myself, he’s not firing,” Holloway said. “It’s time to taunt. Let’s taunt. Let’s see if he cracks me. I taunted him — I put my hands up for a couple of seconds. And he didn’t do nothing. I was like OK, I’m gonna do it again. And he did nothing. I was like man, this guy don’t want to fight.”

Holloway ended up winning by TKO in the very next round to win the UFC 145-pound title in Rio de Janeiro. The patient start, he said, was very much a part of the strategy. Aldo, Holloway said, is known for fading in the late rounds and the Hawaiian said he wanted to pace himself.

“These guys are playing checkers,” Holloway said. “I’m out here playing chess. When they figure it out, it’s too late.”

Holloway (18-3) said he thought it was funny that people on social media were saying he had a slow start and Aldo was getting to him early. That was expected, Holloway said. They wanted to bring Aldo into deeper waters.

“I already knew our game plan was gonna work,” Holloway said. “There’s enough tape. Aldo, he’s one of the greatest ever, but it’s just time for a new era. It’s time for the new wave of guys, us young guys are coming up and we’re proving it. We’re showing to the world that we’re here to stay, we’re taking forever. MMA is forever evolving. You either evolve with the sport or you get left behind. I’m trying to lead the back. I’m trying to sprint.”

Holloway, 25, said he told referee John McCarthy not to worry about a cut on his eye in between the second and third rounds, because he was just starting the fight. “Blessed” said he told something similar to his coach Rylan Lizares.

“I looked at him,” Holloway said, “and I said, ‘No worries, it’s starting now. I’m gonna get going now.’ It got going. Everything worked.”

Indeed it did. But Holloway was clear about something else, too. The taunting was not about disrespect. Neither were some of the things he said about Aldo before UFC 212. It was just a part of the strategy and the marketing, respectively. After the fight, Holloway took to social media to heap praise on Aldo, who some pundits were blasting immediately following the bout.

“I felt the need, because people keep f*cking trying to tarnish and throw this guy away,” Holloway said. “You’ve gotta understand what this guy did for all the little guys. He’s a pioneer for the small guys. When you think of the 35 and 45 class, the guys who built it, you think of Urijah Faber, you think of Dominick and you think Jose Aldo. Jose Aldo has been the greatest.”

Holloway now holds that crown of greatest, at least in the current-day featherweight division. It took a little taunting for him to see his opportunity through to get there.

“I’m gonna go out there until you want to give up,” Holloway said. “He opened the door, I just hold his hand and walked him through it and said thank you for the fight. It’s Blessed Era time.”

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Demetrious Johnson lays out reasons why he doesn’t want to fight T.J. Dillashaw

Demetrious Johnson brought up both Conor McGregor and Ronda Rousey to illustrate why he wants to continue to stay true to the flyweight division and his 125-pound title.

“Look what Conor is doing now,” Johnson told Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “Conor isn’t even in the sport of mixed martial arts, technically. He’s a champ and he’s not even ready to defend his belt. Where’s Ronda at? Exactly — nobody knows. Where’s my black ass at? I’m still out here trying to defend my title, I’m still trying to represent this company as the greatest combat sport on the planet Earth.”

The UFC wants Johnson to defend his title against former bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw this summer. Johnson isn’t interested. He’d rather fight for the belt against someone from the flyweight division who has worked his way up the ranks. Johnson wanted Sergio Pettis as a foe, but ended up agreeing to face Ray Borg.

In his mind, there is no reason to have rankings in every division if they don’t mean anything. Johnson wants the UFC to be a true sport, based on climbing the ladder.

“If not, you’re basically lying to the public and selling wolf tickets like Nick Diaz would say,” Johnson said.

Johnson, 30, has 10 straight title defenses, which is tied for the most in UFC history with Anderson Silva. In his next title defense, Johnson has a chance to break that record. And he won’t do it against Dillashaw, someone who has never made 125 pounds before.

“Mighty Mouse” said he wanted some guarantees if Dillashaw could not make the weight — that he’d get his full purse, Dillashaw’s purse and the fight would be cancelled. The UFC responded, Johnson said, by saying Borg would be ready to fight as a last-minute opponent if Dillashaw missed weight. Johnson refused, questioning the UFC’s understanding of how fighters prepare for a fight.

“What is this?” Johnson said. “Is this f*cking amateur hour? This is the shit you do at smokers and amateur shows. … This is supposed to be the pinnacle of mixed martial arts and this is what we’re negotiating?”

Johnson wants to make it clear, too, that isn’t about Dillashaw personally. He would feel the same way about any other bantamweight contender coming down and jumping into a title fight. Johnson said he would perhaps make an exception for bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt if the money were right since that would be a champion vs. champion superfight.

“It’s just the principle of a bantamweight coming down and skipping the line,” Johnson said.

The court of public opinion is split on Johnson taking a stand. On one hand, close MMA followers do want to see the UFC stick to the rankings. On the other, Johnson has mowed down everyone in the flyweight division and Dillashaw is a fresh face, not to mention a former champ in another division.

The talks of Johnson ducking Dillashaw and the questioning of his legacy as one of the best fighters of all time is ludicrous, Johnson said. He doesn’t care about the opinion of fans, who “don’t know sh*t.”

“When somebody says you’ll tarnish your legacy, I say, ‘My legacy is in the back of my car,’” Johnson said. “My two children that I’m putting time and effort into. When i’m done my mixed martial arts career, the only people who are gonna remember me and respect what I did and how I lived my life are my two children. That’s my legacy, ladies and gentleman.

“People are already sh*tting on Jose Aldo’s legacy after he got knocked out by Max Holloway.”

Johnson spoke on this situation on The MMA Hour and also sent a statement to MMA Fighting on Monday, explaining what he feels are UFC bully tactics. Johnson said the UFC threatened to close the flyweight division if he didn’t fight Dillashaw.

“I’m just tired, I’m exhausted,” Johnson said. “I just felt this is the right time to do it, this way people understand my character and where that comes from, why I put my stance down, why I’m not fighting any bantamweight that comes down here and wants to get a title shot.”

The other thing bugging Johnson is Dana White’s usage of the media and social media to get his point across. He said he and the UFC president spoke at the UFC Athlete Retreat last month and the last he heard about the situation was from White on the UFC podcast Unfiltered. White said Johnson was fighting Dillashaw and he — not Johnson — was the one who decides the fights.

“I love fighting for the UFC,” Johnson said. “It’s an amazing company. I’ve done a lot of great things and they’ve done a lot of great things for my career.

“But I’m f*cking tired of seeing things about my career on Twitter. A phone call would be nice. Discuss it before you go out there saying all this stuff.”

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Patricio Freire on Michael Chandler: ‘I want to rip his head off, I want to kill him’

Patricio Freire is focused on regaining the Bellator featherweight championship, but he already has another champion in mind as well.

“Pitbull” will face Daniel Straus for the fourth time in the main event of Bellator 178 on Friday. He’s looking to go 3-1 against the current 145-pound titleholder, then after that, he wants to move up to lightweight to take on champion Michael Chandler.

“I don’t want Michael Chandler’s belt. I want his head,” Freire told MMA Fighting. “I don’t want that piece of metal, I want to rip his head off. I want to kill him. That’s the word. For real. I want to beat him up so bad that I want him to have ill aftereffects.”

“Pitbull” explained that his rivalry with the lightweight talent started after Chandler’s first win over his brother, Patricky Freire, back in 2011. They recently fought a second time, with Chandler winning the vacant belt with a highlight-reel knockout in a little over two minutes.

“The first fight was close, and he fought dirty,” Freire said. “He hit my brother with three low blows and wasn’t punished. My brother came back to fight because he’s a man, but it wasn’t fair. It was a close fight before he landed the illegal blows, and then he started going for takedowns with that lay and pray game. He knocked my brother out in the second fight, but I already wanted to fight him before that. I knew it would be a good fight. He does some unnecessary things. He thinks he’s better than everyone, and he’s not. Someone has to stop him, and I’m the one to stop him.

“He’s stupid, a jerk,” Freire continued. “Nobody likes him. He can’t stay in one gym, nobody likes him. Not even the promotion likes him, and he knows that. I’ll beat him up. I don’t care if he has the belt or not, I want his head. I want to hurt him.”

Chandler is currently slated to defend his belt against undefeated contender Brent Primus at Bellator’s first trip to New York on June 24, and Freire guarantees he’s focused only on Straus now despite calling for a fight with the lightweight kingpin.

“Every fight is the fight of my life, and my fight right now is Daniel Straus,” said Freire, who lost the belt in their last bout, via unanimous decision, in Nov. 2015. “He has something that I have to return to my son.”

Should he beat Straus later this month, “Pitbull” admits that there are plenty of fighters that deserve a shot at the 145-pound belt, but he would prefer to move up to lightweight before defending the strap.

“I respect the division, so I’m obligated to mention a few names here because they are working hard for this,” the Brazilian said. “Daniel Weichel, someone that I have already knocked out, is coming strong.

“There’s also Emmanuel Sanchez, Pat Curran, Conor McGregor’s teammate James Gallagher, and A.J. McKee. They are coming off good wins, they are coming up. I don’t know what’s going to happen, if I’m fighting one of these guys or if I’m fighting Michael Chandler,” Freire added.

“Chandler said at the press conference in New York that he wants to fight me, and I want the same. If you ask me, I want Michael Chandler after this fight.”

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‘Rumble’ Says He Doesn’t Want Cormier Stripped, But Does Want Answers for UFC 210 Weigh-ins

Although his appeal says otherwise, Anthony Johnson claims he doesn’t want light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier stripped of his title for his actions at the UFC 210 weigh-ins.
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Midnight Mania! Jeff Mayweather says the UFC want 80% of McGregor’s purse

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Welcome to Midnight Mania! I’m pretty sick of writing about it by this point, but today we’ve got Jeff Mayweather saying the UFC want 80% of McGregor’s purse, fallout from Gastelum’s marijuana test failure, a UFC flyweight’s connection to a regime that is rounding up gay people to kill them, Cage Warriors highlights from last weekend, podcasts, news roundup and more.


Insomnia

So, yesterday we discussed Dana White saying he felt he had to make the McGregor-Mayweather fight out of a sense of obligation for McGregor. Right. It has nothing to do with taking 80% of the fight purse. Now, that’s a bit more than the 50% figure Bob Arum mentioned. It is a little closer to the figure that the UFC usually takes in terms of profit share. It also brings to mind the time Dana said that if McGregor were to try to promote the fight without them, he would be in for an epic fall. Nevertheless, as Floyd’s uncle Jeff says, that split is “horrendous”.

Transcription via BloodyElbow.com:

“80-20 percent,” Mayweather said. “(Conor) would have to take 20 percent, if he’s allowed to fight. And the one thing is that Dana’s his boss. He’ll still make more money than he ever did, but at the same time, that’s very tough pill to swallow.

“If somebody tells you ‘I’m gonna take 80 percent of your money, and you’re the one that’s fighting for it, that’s still a tough pill to swallow. Even if you made more money than you ever did. But, it is what it is.”

However, the elder Mayweather did say that this is the only real obstacle in the way of the bout.

“That (purse split) is the major issue,” Mayweather said. “And if he (McGregor) signed the contract, fight will be made.”

“Floyd has no problem signing the contract. It’s up to Conor.”

That’s good, because McGregor is already training for a boxing match at 147 pounds.


Bobs and Weaves

You’ll know it when you spot it.

Kelvin Gastelum was suspended and pulled from his fight with Anderson Silva for marijuana in his urine. Suspending fighters for marijuana use is as outdated a practice as the outlawing of cannabis in general. However, even so, Gastelum ought to have some options available to him. Iain Kidd explains:

Of course, it’s hard to feel sympathy for a Kelvin Gastelum that seems to be trying his hardest to derail his promising career. Despite undeniable talent, he has missed weight so many times he has been forced to middleweight, and now he fails a drug test for marijuana that costs him his highest profile bout yet.

Is this what’s next? It is possible Gastelum’s failed test may be the best possible thing for an aging Anderson Silva, especially if Gastelum came in with the kind of form he showed against Vitor Belfort. I don’t really need to see Diaz-Silva II, but surely the UFC can find a more forgiving fight for Anderson’s twilight tour.

This newspaper is highlighting the newest UFC flyweight, Magomed Bibulatov, and his connection to the evil Chechnyan leader, who is rounding up gay people to kill them. Karim Zidan wrote at length about it here.

Jouban and his kid look like they are having quality father-son time

Jessica Eye’s tweets are usually notable for the complete disregard for grammar and spelling, which makes them great. This one isn’t so bad…


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Anthony Johnson may be the most powerful striker in the UFC, and certainly the most powerful below the light heavyweight limit.

This is random, but I would love to see Johnson fight Yoel Romero… just for kicks.

Cage Warriors has been a quality regional product for some time now. Enjoy their highlights from last weekend:

Apropos of nothing:


Quick Hits


Podcasts and Video

Fights Gone By with Jack Slack

UFC 210 Countdown:

Fight Nerds: UFC 210 preview from MMAMania.com’s Youtube channel:

Stay woke, Maniacs!

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