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UFC Orlando Loses Lightweight Bout Following ‘Unsafe’ Weight Cut

We’re still two days out from the official UFC on FOX 28 weigh ins, but that hasn’t stopped the world’s preeminent mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion from yanking a scheduled lightweight scrap over a potentially unsafe weight cut.

Gilbert Burns will not be allowed to compete this Saturday night (Feb. 24, 2018), where he was expected to meet Olivier Aubin-Mercier in the UFC on FOX 28 “Prelims” on Fight Pass inside Amway Center in Orlando, Florida.

That’s according to a report from Flo Combat.

“Upon his arrival, the UFC medical team determined that it would be unsafe for Burns to cut additional weight necessary to meet the 156-pound limit,” UFC said in its official release. “The card will proceed as scheduled with twelve fights.”

No word yet on whether or not either competitor will receive their “show” money after being yanked from the line up, or rebooked for a future fight card. Expect that announcement in the next few days.

To see the revised UFC on FOX 28 fight card and line up click here.

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Yoel Romero Misses Weight, Screws Us Yet Again

Yoel Romero, the Cuban Olympic wrestler who earned a slot in the main event of UFC 221 tonight by being a badass, has screwed us all yet again.

Yoel Romero missed weight.

That means that the bout, which was against former champ Luke Rockhold for the interim belt, is no longer a championship bout on Romero’s end. If he wins, he gets a “W”; if Rockhold wins, Rockhold gets the interim belt.

For a while there, after Romero capped off his weight cut with an official weight of 188 pounds (185 is the limit), there wasn’t even a main event fight anymore. But Rockhold agreed to face Romero anyway.

Look, fights are all about violence, but that violence means nothing when the stakes aren’t high. You know what makes a bout have high stakes? A championship belt up for grabs. You know what makes a bout lose those high stakes? When it’s no longer a championship bout for all parties involved.

Our boy Luke sums it all up perfectly in a tweet:

Thankfully, Rockhold agreed to still face Romero, so UFC 221 still has a main event.

So where does this leave us with Romero?

In a bad place. Homeboy is an explosive finisher, as evidenced by him taking out former champ Chris Weidman at UFC 205. We love those kinds of fighters. But here are all the ways that Romero has been shady as hell:

  • When he fought Tim Kennedy at UFC 178, he was very nearly finished, but somehow weaseled his way to get extra time to recover via his cornerman not leaving the cage quick enough.
  • He loves to fail drug tests.
  • Did I mention his problem with drug tests?

Romero failed in his bid to win the interim middleweight title once already, courtesy of Rob Whittaker’s unerring striking and unwavering game plan. But with Whittaker sidelined by injuries, this UFC 221 main event bout was supposed to be important.

Now whatever happens is overshadowed by Yoel Romero letting us down.

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Update: Romero Officially Misses Weight For UFC 221 Title Fight

Update (1:33 a.m.):

According to reports by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto and BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor, Luke Rockhold has agreed to fight Yoel Romero after all and keep UFC 221’s main event in tact.

Update (12:21 a.m):

Romero has failed his second attempt to make the 185-pound benchmark for his interim UFC middleweight title fight with Luke Rockhold later today (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018) at UFC 221 in Perth, Australia.

“Solider of God” ended his cut at 187.7 pounds. Check out his final weigh in above courtesy of Submission Radio.

What makes matters worse is that Rockhold has yet to agree to fight Romero at his heavier weight, essentially putting the PPV main event in limbo. And even if Rockhold agrees to step inside of the cage, Romero would be ineligible to win the interim title after missing weight.

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Things can never go smoothly when it comes to a Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event, so it shouldn’t have come as a surprise earlier tonight (Fri., Feb. 9, 2018) at the UFC 221 weigh ins in Perth, Australia, when Yoel Romero came in at 188.3 pounds for his main event interim middleweight title fight against Luke Rockhold.

Romero will have his allotted two hour time slot to drop the final pounds and match the same 185-pound benchmark that Rockhold hit.

For complete UFC 221 weigh ins results click here.

While “Soldier of God” looks like a light heavyweight competing in a class far from his natural weight, he has never had trouble making 185 pounds. That successful streak spans nine UFC appearances, including a five-round title fight just seven months ago that required Romero to hit the middleweight mark.

For now, Romero will relinquish his ability to win the interim middleweight title tomorrow live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Perth Arena. Rockhold is still in play, but if “Soldier of God” is victorious, current champion Robert Whittaker will be the only one in the division with UFC gold.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 221 fight card, starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6:30 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.

Stick with Mania for ongoing updates on Romero’s final cut.

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UFC on Fox 26 Weigh-in Results: Two Fighters Miss Weight

Who blinks first in this high-stakes game of chicken will determine much about the immediate future of the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s welterweight division.
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Midnight Mania! Nate Diaz claims UFC offered him title shot ‘in any weight class,’ but he’s going to box instead

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There was a lot going on in this tweet by Nathan Donald Diaz today. Firstly, he said he has been offered a title fight in any weight class. This is part of the ongoing narrative that began when it was rumored Diaz vs. Woodley was in the works for UFC 219. That never materialized, probably because the UFC didn’t offer Diaz enough money. Afterward, Dana White claimed that talks were never serious, that one of their lawyers went off the reservation. Both Diaz and Woodley were quick to call Dana on his shit, Diaz doing it via hilarious video meme.

Shutup bitch. Your both thirsty …. And why is u lying

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Secondly, Diaz says that he’s kool, and he will give them a shot when they do something good. In other words, he isn’t about to give up millions of dollars to fight someone besides Conor McGregor.

Speaking of Conor McGregor …

The last part of the tweet is “On to the next sport for now”, and in case you thought he was referring to water polo, Diaz included two boxing glove emojis. Guess what news got announced earlier today?

Diaz has a history of watching what McGregor does and then imitating that behavior — especially when it comes to boxing. In Diaz’s mind, he’s the original, and McGregor is stealing everything he worked for, motherfucker. He’s the guy who has been sparring high-level boxers since before McGregor got into UFC; he should be the one boxing professionally now.

It’s not clear what opponent Diaz has in mind, if any, but it could be interesting seeing where he, and McGregor for that matter, take things. Dana White has said Zuffa is getting into boxing, but will Nate Diaz be at all interested in being promoted by Zuffa boxing? If he decides to box under another promotion, as is his right under the Ali Act, will the UFC be able to stop him? If McGregor is serious about boxing Manny Pacquiao, are the UFC just going to let him keep the lightweight title while chasing another big-money fight in boxing?


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#Neverforget

Justin Gaethje released this statement today:

With Robert Whittaker booked against Rockhold at UFC 221, it’s a good time to bring up how hard he hits again:

It’s always too much to expect for Reebok and UFC to gear their fighters correctly.

Uber Tale of the Tape for Swanson-Ortega tomorrow night:

Gokhan Saki doing recovery exercises …

I will never cease to be impressed with the kind of shape fighters are in:

Matt Brown might stay retired if you buy his exercise equipment …

Always fun when blood is spattering on the commentator’s notes outside the cage:

Gotta love a woman who can fight with vocabulary.

Mackenzie Derrrr … I feel bad for this tasteless joke already.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s strength and conditioning coaches RIP into her weight cut team, blaming them in large part for her poor performance at UFC 217.

Speaking the TRUTH!! #Repost @fightshape_ricci (@get_repost) ・・・ I do my best to stifle negative comments about fightsport colleagues, but, Joanna is one of my favorite fighters. Yet respect to Rose, she is a great fighter & wonderful young woman. Joanna’s skill is superb, conditioning elite as her S&C coach is amongst the best in MMA, if not the best @darustrong. Amongst her skill, Joanna is known for her chin & resiliency so last fight was completely inconsistent with her career (I know anyone can knock out anyone, it’s a fight) I understand fully Joanna became champ with this very weightcut team so I get why blame PA now? Obviously, adjustments need be made as a fighter ages, there are potential metabolic adaptive effects over years of cuts, & fighters like Joanna are so skilled, in such great shape, & so tough, they override shit cuts most of their career. My experience with this weightcut team started on a phone call in which I was belittled & talk down to for an hour, condemnation towards my training & nutritional protocols, particularly my supplement protocol as whey protein, creatine, essential aminos, & even beta-alanine, were considered deleterious to fight performance & inconsistent with their -Holistic Approach- which includes God Dam hummus & pretzels as a valid post-training meal! The result of these holistic practices was a solid camp ending with my fighter in the cage 12Ibs light & unsuccessful title defense, which to this day, I attribute the lost to the absolute worst rehydration protocol I have seen in 2O yrs of full-time MMA practice. Actually, it was quite impressive as i have never seen an athlete’s Biomotor & Cognitive abilities destroyed so well in only 24 hrs. I wish the best for Rose in her title defenses, but will certainly pull diligently for Joanna to get her Belt Back & hope she remodels her metabolism & again achieves optimal fight performance. I’ think it best she is no longer with PA team. To PA Team, my words, treat your peers with decency, & STAY THE F$ CK OUT OF OUR WAY SHOULD I or PHIL DARU have the misfortune of having to collaborate with your arrogance again.

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Apparently it was really awful …

It IS snowing in Houston … but Derrick Lewis has another goal:

Who’s up for this Bellator heavyweight tourney?

T.J. Dillashaw backing the man who once kicked his butt in boxing sparring, Vasyl Lomachenko:

Max Holloway, who said he “Lomachenko’d” Aldo, will be in attendance:

Cannot wait for this!


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Some day, Ronda Rousey is going to come back and fight Mackenzie Dern …

A lot of armbars tonight!

Out cold!

I love this sequence — bounced back up with a spinning backfist:

These do look fun:

This was a nice classic armbar:

It’s the body shot, idiot!

Nice trip …

Defense is the hardest part of striking to learn:


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In my Facebook memories I found this old gem: my first (and only official) amateur MMA fight. I didn’t really know how to strike at this point, as you can see by the way I threw 60 million kicks in the second round, or the way I dropped my hands and ran into the overhand that broke my jaw. It was the only good punch he landed the entire fight, which annoyed me to no end. I also remember everything seeming surreal and feeling like I was punching through jelly … with no power.

Despite Andrew breaking his jaw in this fight he was still able to pull out a 2nd round tko win

Posted by 5th Round Fitness MMA on Sunday, December 8, 2013

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Kelvin Gastelum Not Committing to One Weight Class Ahead of Bout vs. Michael Bisping

Kelvin Gastelum is approaching his UFC Fight Night 122 showdown with Michael Bisping like a man who has options.
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Kevin Lee Scares Us All, Almost Misses Weight

There was high drama at the weigh-ins for UFC 216 yesterday, with main event fighter Kevin Lee stepping on the scale for his interim lightweight title bout against Tony Ferguson and weighing in at 156 pounds. Since it’s a title fight, Lee had to be no more than 155 pounds. Lee had an additional hour […]

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Kevin Lee misses weight for UFC 216, interim title fight against Tony Ferguson in limbo

When it rains, it fucking pours.

Not long after word came that Nik Lentz was unable to make it to the scale, forcing the cancellation of his Will Brooks fight, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) lightweight contender Kevin Lee missed the 155-pound mark for his interim title fight against Tony Ferguson.

“El Cucuy” was on point at 155 pounds (complete UFC 216 weigh in results here), while Lee tipped the scale at 156 pounds.

Because the UFC 216 headliner is for the substitute strap, it’s bound by the championship ruleset; meaning, there is no one-pound allowance at weigh ins and “Motown Phenom” is required to make the 155-pound mark. Lee has one hour to make the weight.

Sorry, no Canadian loopholes here in Las Vegas.

The UFC 216 pay-per-view (PPV) event takes place tomorrow night (Sat., Oct. 7, 2017) inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, with preliminary bouts on FX and the UFC Fight Pass digital network.

MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC 216 fight card on fight night (click here), starting with the Fight Pass “Prelims” matches online, which are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. ET, then the remaining undercard balance on FX at 8 p.m. ET, before the PPV main card start time at 10 p.m. ET.

To see the current UFC 216 fight card and line up click here.

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Paige VanZant: Eating disorder, fainting spells during weight cuts reason for move up to UFC flyweight division

Weight cutting in mixed martial arts (MMA) has long been a dangerous procedure, as many fighters go to great lengths to lose the weight, with some fainting, getting very sick, and even losing their lives in an attempt to hit their mark.

Paige VanZant — who has long competed in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Strawweight division — recently stated that she too, struggled getting down to 115 pounds, and revealed that she passed out in her bathroom during her weight cut for her last three scheduled UFC bouts in which she went 1-2.

“People don’t realize how heavy I walk around. My last three fights, I’m cutting from 137 to 115. It’s a big cut for me,” Paige stated on The MMA Hour. “I am a lot heavier than people realize.”

“I was honestly killing myself for this sport in my last two fights. My last two or three fights I passed out in my bathroom. In my last fight, I passed out and I had the doctors almost not clear me for the fight,” she added in reference to her last cut ahead of her showdown against Michelle Waterson in December. “They saw me on the floor and had to call Uriah to come save me.”

VanZant is set to return to action at UFC 216 on October 7 to face Jessica Eye in her first-ever fight at Flyweight. For VanZant, the addition of the 125-pound weight class was a welcome one, and says now she no longer has to kill herself to make weight.

“It was just perfect timing and they have The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) coming out, the 125 division is finally getting built. It just made more sense for me to try it out“ added Paige, who also revealed she developed an eating disorder just to make the 115-pound limit.

“I am moving up and I am a big advocate for body positivity and I was putting myself through an eating disorder to make weight. It became not fun for me anymore, I hated cutting weight, hated the process. Passing out in your bathroom floor is not fun because your dying in your bathtub,” she added. “It just made sense, I need to try it out, I need to move up and I want to love what I do. The weight cut made it so where I hated this and now I am back to loving it.”

Cris Cyborg feels your pain.

According to Paige, her parents never really knew the details of her vigorous weight cuts, but they actually experienced her last attempt and did not like what they saw and advised her that killing herself for a sport simply wasn’t worth it.

And they’re right.

Now that she’s healthy and not worried about going through another ruthless cut down to strawweight, VanZant — who is now training in Portland, Oregon — says the world will see just how good she is inside the cage.

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Conor McGregor Still Considers Himself ‘Multiple Weight World Champion of the UFC’

Conor McGregor was forced to “relinquish” his UFC featherweight championship belt late last year, but in his mind he remains the undisputed champion of the 145-pound division.
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