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UFC Fans Want Queen Elizabeth To Knight Michael Bisping

Where’s Uryens when you need him?!?

“Sir” Michael Bisping?

The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight champion recently retired from mixed martial arts (MMA). Not only because he accomplished all the goals he set out to achieve, but also because he’s trying to preserve the sight in his “disfigured” right eye.

But now that he’s gone, some combat sports fans across the pond want “The Count” to join the Queen’s Knighthood. To get the ball rolling, an online petition has been started with a goal of 2,000 signatures (see it here).

As of this writing they have 1,163.

“Michael Bisping has established himself as one of the most successful and longest tenured fighters in UFC history while also becoming a pioneer for MMA in the United Kingdom,” the petition reads. “He is an inspiration for young fighters around the country and this should be recognized with a knighthood. All hail The Count!”

I’m not sure what it takes to get knighted, but sure I hope it looks something like this.

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Jackson: I Didn’t Want To Give CM Punk Brain Damage

While it’s safe to say the CM Punk experiment is over for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) after he suffered his second loss in as many tries at UFC 225 in Chicago, Ill., last weekend (Sat., June 9, 2018), the same could likely be said about Mike Jackson, the man who beat him up for 15 minutes.

That’s because UFC President Dana White wasn’t too thrilled with what he perceived to be showboating, declaring during the post-fight presser (see it), that perhaps “The Truth” should go back to where he came from if that’s how he’s going to conduct himself inside the cage.

Meanwhile, this temper tantrum still gets a pass.

During a recent appearance on “The MMA Hour,” Jackson talked about his performance against Punk and denies showboating or disrespecting his opponent, saying people are underestimating how tough Punk really is. He also didn’t understand the reason White let his feelings get the best of him after the fight.

“It was one of these things where I was confused because all I kept hearing about was that I was taunting him and showboating. That’s not my character, that’s not my style. Then I hear what Dana White was saying, he’s running his mouth,” he said. “Look, I know Dana is emotional, he’s like a little girl sometimes and he gets in his feelings. But, when you have a platform like that, you need to take a step back. I just didn’t understand it.”

According to Jackson, since he didn’t score the homerun out the gate, he decided to play it safer moving forward to avoid getting caught. And if White saw that as a sign of disrespect for Punk, Jackson wants to set him straight.

“What I think it is, it was sort of my style, it was a little bit different. I was going out there to get the first round knockout. And I told people beforehand, C.M. Punk, he’s a tough cat. I landed some solid shots, I rocked him. I landed some solid elbows and I hurt him but he never went to the ground,” he added. “For me, I am not going to run in and try to get a finish on someone, get caught with something silly and then I’m a meme forever in MMA. I played the smart role and I kept my distance. After the first round, he didn’t go down so I was like, well, I didn’t get the first-round knockout. Plan B was just to beat him up. And I told everybody before hand that alI wanted to do was to beat him up nice enough where he doesn’t want to do this anymore. I never wanted to hurt the guy.”

Afterward, Punk was taken to a local hospital to get treated for a busted up face. It’s something Jackson hated to hear, as he never wanted to hurt the former pro wrestler, which is why he didn’t lay the punishment on thick just to feed the savage fans and the brash president.

“What I learned is that Dana White and MMA fans, you guys are savages, man. It’s like, they wanted me to give this dude some sever CTE. And I was like, this guy has a family to feed, he has someone to go home to,” he added. “And I would feel bad, I sent him to the emergency room with just the cuts and bruises to his face. And they wanted me to give this dude severe brain damage. I’m not about that life. I guess fighting really isn’t for me, I don’t have that savageness like I used to when I was younger.”

While White has not officially cut Jackson at the time of this writing, the next few days and weeks will be interesting, as Jackson says he tried to reach out to his boss to see what exactly got him so hot and bothered.

His attempts, though, were unsuccessful.

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Midnight Mania! Dana Claims ‘Majority of Fighters’ Want Late Weigh-ins

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After today’s near-fiasco with Yoel Romero at the scale — in which he missed by just .2 pounds, looked like utter death, and after long uncertainty agreed to a non-title bout with Robert Whittaker— Dana White is eager to go through with the decision to move weigh-ins back to the old afternoon times.

It can’t happen fast enough. Yes, we are moving towards the old weigh-in system. It’s gonna happen. There are a couple people out there that say, “no no no”, but the majority of the fighters want to go back to 4 o’clock.

He also shot down any talk of a hybrid system, saying there was no way to get the commission to show up twice. He also said he doesn’t know many fighters who are morning people, saying they like to sleep in late. He acknowledged that Eddie Alvarez has a point, but claimed a lot of fighters are asking him to move the weigh-ins.

We never had a problem with 4 o’clock. Everybody was healthy, everybody was fine.

It’s possible that numerous fighters have indeed expressed that they want the weigh-ins moved back to the old time, but that’s certainly NOT been the prevailing mood on social media, where fighters like Alvarez, Gaethje, Iaquinta, Elias Theodorou, and Chas Skelly all prefer the earlier time. They also suggested extending the weigh-in window, as Jeff Novitsky said the UFC was attempting to do in 2016; White has evidently concluded this is not feasible. However, without any representative body like an association or a union to speak for the fighters and negotiate, perhaps even collectively, on their behalf, Dana is free to make these claims and decisions uncontested.


Insomnia

This clip put me through so many emotions in such a short time

Jonny Bones is now actively rooting against his college roommate for saying he’s been doing PEDs since then.

If Jon Jones finds you an impressive liar, that’s an interim title belt in and of itself. He would know.

The dog should have known not to run up on this ancient reptilian monster.

Nature man

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I’m not sure exactly what happened here but I wouldn’t want to try to break these two up.

So true; rolling with a black belt feels like trying to stop Thanos: impossible from the start.

l I mean, not even close

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Yoel Romero is breaking records at UFC 225 already

This is 100% not getting enforced


Slips. Rips. KO Clips.

Sometimes the whole fight hinges on being on the right side of this kind of throw:

Just keep throwing, just keep throwing…

Pink hair for the win

That up-elbow is nice

hook-cross

Remembering the weird and wonderful Buggy Choke

Take some time today to reminisce.


Podcasts and Video

Robert Whittaker is an incredibly impressive defensive wrestler. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube

UFC 225 pre-fight show

Heavy Hands

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Dana White Doesn’t Want to See Chuck Liddell Make Comeback With Golden Boy MMA

Retired boxing superstar Oscar De La Hoya recently revealed plans to launch his own mixed martial arts promotion, Golden Boy MMA.
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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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