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‘Wonderboy’ Wants To Ban Side Kicks To The Knee

After tearing his MCL against Darren Till, Stephen Thompson is not a fan of attacks to the knee.

Side kicks to the knee. Once the exclusive domain of Jon Jones, we’ve now started to see them more and more in big UFC fights. Just this past pay-per-view at UFC 225, Robert Whittaker side kicked Yoel Romero’s knee repeatedly (but hey, Romero did it to him in their first fight). And then there was the UFC’s trip to Liverpool where Darren Till hit Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson with a side kick that damaged Thompson’s MCL and stymied his movement.

Effective use of violence or a cheap shot? Considering the attack could blow out a fighter’s knee and sideline them for over a year, it should be no surprise that many UFC athletes don’t like side kicks to the knee. BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor got the chance to sit down with Stephen Thompson and ask him what he thought. Considering “Wonderboy” is currently out of training for 8 weeks off that one Till side kick, you can guess how he feels about them.

“I honestly think that strike should be made illegal. It could end somebodies career. You know Robert Whittaker had to have ACL surgery following his first fight with Yoel Romero due to that particular strike. And as you could see, Robert Whittaker made sure to beat Yoel Romero to the punch in their second fight. He threw a lot more than he did this time around. It is just a very dangerous technique. I think a lot of fighters throw that strike but sometimes it is for different reasons. When I fought Jorge Masvidal he used that same side kick to the knee. But when Jorge threw it, he was doing so just to keep me away. Not in an attempt to injure my knee. But when I was in the cage fighting Till it felt like ok this guy is trying to break my leg. It was like he had intentions of ripping everything out in my knee. That’s how I felt anyway. Like this dude is really trying to injure me in here. I think it an ugly strike and that it should be made illegal.”

You know what they say: a side kick for a side kick leaves the entire UFC roster out until the end of 2019. I’m more of a PRIDE rules kind of guy when it comes to what should and shouldn’t be allowed to fly during a fight, but maybe discouraging this particular attack before we lose years off the careers of some great athletes wouldn’t be the worst idea.

Who knows, though. Perhaps the problem is already taking care of itself in a ‘You kick my knee, I’ll kick yours’ kind of way.

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‘Wonderboy’ Wants To Ban Side Kicks To The Knee

After tearing his MCL against Darren Till, Stephen Thompson is not a fan of attacks to the knee.

Side kicks to the knee. Once the exclusive domain of Jon Jones, we’ve now started to see them more and more in big UFC fights. Just this past pay-per-view at UFC 225, Robert Whittaker side kicked Yoel Romero’s knee repeatedly (but hey, Romero did it to him in their first fight). And then there was the UFC’s trip to Liverpool where Darren Till hit Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson with a side kick that damaged Thompson’s MCL and stymied his movement.

Effective use of violence or a cheap shot? Considering the attack could blow out a fighter’s knee and sideline them for over a year, it should be no surprise that many UFC athletes don’t like side kicks to the knee. BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor got the chance to sit down with Stephen Thompson and ask him what he thought. Considering “Wonderboy” is currently out of training for 8 weeks off that one Till side kick, you can guess how he feels about them.

“I honestly think that strike should be made illegal. It could end somebodies career. You know Robert Whittaker had to have ACL surgery following his first fight with Yoel Romero due to that particular strike. And as you could see, Robert Whittaker made sure to beat Yoel Romero to the punch in their second fight. He threw a lot more than he did this time around. It is just a very dangerous technique. I think a lot of fighters throw that strike but sometimes it is for different reasons. When I fought Jorge Masvidal he used that same side kick to the knee. But when Jorge threw it, he was doing so just to keep me away. Not in an attempt to injure my knee. But when I was in the cage fighting Till it felt like ok this guy is trying to break my leg. It was like he had intentions of ripping everything out in my knee. That’s how I felt anyway. Like this dude is really trying to injure me in here. I think it an ugly strike and that it should be made illegal.”

You know what they say: a side kick for a side kick leaves the entire UFC roster out until the end of 2019. I’m more of a PRIDE rules kind of guy when it comes to what should and shouldn’t be allowed to fly during a fight, but maybe discouraging this particular attack before we lose years off the careers of some great athletes wouldn’t be the worst idea.

Who knows, though. Perhaps the problem is already taking care of itself in a ‘You kick my knee, I’ll kick yours’ kind of way.

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Dana White Says UFC Wants to Get Rid of Early Weigh-Ins in Favor of Original Format

Over the past couple years, it has become basically a time-honored tradition to see at least one bout drop off a UFC fight card shortly before the event.
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Matt Mitrione Wants Fedor Rematch in Russia for Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Final

Matt Mitrione has a vision of how he would like the Bellator heavyweight grand prix to unfold.
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King Mo Just Wants To ‘Whup Some Ass’ In San Jose

Bellator 199: “Bader vs. King Mo” takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., this Saturday night (May 12, 2018), featuring a main event between Ryan Bader (24-5) against Muhammed Lawal (21-6, 1 NC) in the final fight in the opening round of the promotion’s Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.

This bout was originally scheduled for Bellator 180 in June 2017 before the open-weight grand prix event was ever even announced. After Lawal was forced out with an injury, Bader faced — and defeated — Phil Davis instead, taking his Bellator Light Heavyweight title in the process. It’s a new year and a new fight now with a whole lot more for both men at stake. For Lawal, in particular, the benefits of a win are tremendous — he’d advance to a second round fight with Matt Mitrione and have instant credibility to get a world title shot against Bader in a rematch where the champion would already know “King Mo” had his number once before.

MMAmania.com recently spoke with “King Mo” about the unique opportunity ahead of him at SAP Center on Saturday night, which won’t feel real for Lawal until the cage door closes.

“I guess I’ll feel good once it happens, you know what I’m saying? I’m just waiting for [fight] week to hurry up and come — and pass.”

In truth, Lawal is so anxious for this fight to come he couldn’t care less whether it’s the Heavyweight Grand Prix, Light Heavyweight … or any weight. He just wants to scrap.

“To be honest with you it’s (just) a fight. Like people like to be — I don’t give a damn who I’m fighting, man. A fight’s a fight, man. It can be Bader, it can be Fedor, it can be whoever man. I’m gonna train hard, I’m gonna train smart, I’m gonna come whup that ass.”

Even though a “fight’s a fight” there’s a little extra hot sauce on this one since beating Bader could also earn Lawal a future 205-pound title shot. In Mo’s mind, though, why wait and do it again later?

“Like if I beat him at walk around weight, why should I even go down? Once I beat Bader they should go ahead and just — he should forfeit the title to me anyway.”

Lawal is adamant on the subject of weight, even going so far as to claim he never cuts weight.

“I never cut weight. Even when I fight 205, I never cut weight. (*scoffs*) Like I just show up man! Look, when I fought Cro Cop, I weighed 210. When I fought Quinton Jackson, I weighed 210. When I fought Ishii, I weighed 210, man, so like … like making weight, I don’t care. Weight don’t mean nothing, man. He can be (as) big as he wants. When the cage closes, all that is forgotten about.”

On paper, it’s a battle between two Division I All-American wrestlers — Lawal at Oklahoma State and Bader at Arizona State. “King Mo” couldn’t care less — he crumpled up that paper and threw it away.

“It’s a fight, so I’m gonna go out there and punch him in his mouth. How should I respond? If he backs up, like yo I’ll punch him in his mouth. If he comes forward, I’m gonna punch more (and) make his ass back up. And if he wants to make it a wrestling match, we can make it a wrestling match, man. Like everybody’s like … it’s a fight you, know what I’m saying? All we can do is see what happens when the cage closes.”

Some readers may be reminded of the “Rampage vs. King Mo” fight last year by Lawal’s demeanor, only this time around Lawal isn’t cracking any jokes. According to Lawal, all fights feel the same way.

“I’ve always had that feeling. Real fighters do whatever it takes to win. So it can be an ugly fight, it can be a pretty fight, it can be a fast fight, it can be a long fight. A fight’s a fight, man.”

One fight that’s not “a fight,” though, is Bellator 154 at the same venue in San Jose. To this day, Lawal is still convinced that he beat Phil Davis in that main event.

“Everybody knows I won, you know what I’m saying? Phil Davis got booed, you know what I’m saying? Everybody at ringside had me winning, media had me winning … you know what I’m saying? Like — I don’t know what the judges were looking at. Phil didn’t do nothing in the third round (and) I won the first two rounds.”

There may be a little poetic justice for “King Mo” to return to the same venue almost three years to the day if he can go out there and blast his way through Bader — or at least put on a better show than Lawal thinks Davis and Bader put on in MSG.

“The only people that lost in that fight between Phil Davis and Ryan Bader was the fans! Would you watch that fight again? Would you watch them fight for that third time? You saw the first one they fought. Okay. They showed each other too much respect. Which I UNDERSTAND, they’re both high level, but I never saw Bader be like, ‘You know what? Fuck it, I’m gonna come forward and swing.’ I never saw Phil go ‘You know what? I’m just gonna punch his ass in the mouth, fuck it.’ You know what I’m saying? They was like, ‘Okay, he hits hard, I’m gonna be cautious. I’m gonna watch out for that takedown, cautious.’”

The bottom line for Lawal is that he’s not going to be cautious in the “Shark Tank” this weekend, nor when it comes to his fight career in general.

“If I could fight every month I would, but injuries prevent that and the people that are available to fight prevent that. I’m just cool with winning this tournament, man. It doesn’t matter to me … just keep me busy.”

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal will be plenty busy with Ryan “Darth” Bader on Saturday night.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Bader vs. King Mo” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

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Cris ‘Cyborg’ Wants to Pursue Boxing Match After Completion of Current UFC Contract

When her current UFC contract expires, Cristiane Justino wants to try her hand at professional boxing.
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