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Bellator 207 Weigh-in Video & Results: All Main Card Fighters on Weight

Bellator 207 is almost upon us as the fighters have finally weighed in. The event takes place Friday in Uncasville, Connecticut, with the prelims starting at 6:30 p.m. ET and the main card at 9 p.m. ET.
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McGregor Offers To ‘Spearhead More Weight Divisions’ In UFC

McGregor says it’s not about the belts, it’s about ending dangerous weight cuts.

The idea of a 165 pound division in the UFC has been a ball that the MMA media and fans have been kicking around for over a year now, and especially after rumors came out back in February that Conor McGregor asked the UFC to create it.

The talk has grown into a fairly loud roar over the past weeks after Nate Diaz and Dustin Poirier started stumping to have their UFC 230 fight changed into a 165 pound title fight. And now McGregor is adding even more heat to the fire, expanding on the topic by declaring there should be way more weight classes than the ones currently offered by the UFC.

”If there’s two things that’ll keep me away from this game, it’s the intense media obligations and the weight cuts and that’s it,” McGregor told The Mac Life in a new interview less than a week out from his UFC 229 fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov. “They always come together at the same damn time. There’s a lot of work involved in the media, and a lot of different type of energy. And then of course factor in you’re cutting weight. It’s not enjoyable at all.”

”The weight cuts are ruthless,” he continued. “I have gone through every single one of them throughout the years and I’ve never released footage. I’ve seen Till release some footage and it was an eye opener for people. This is the game that we’re in. It’s a horrible, horrible part of the business and if I could correct or come in and help a situation like that, I believe I’d like to come in and spearhead many more divisions in the game so we can figure this situation out. Because it’s not correct. You don’t see it happening in other sports as far as weigh ins are concerned. It shouldn’t be like this in the game. We should be on top of this.”

”There should be many more weights to choose from. 155 to 170, it’s a 15 pound gap. Even 10 pounds is … boxing is every three pounds there’s a new f**king division. So I mean, there’s definitely space for more divisions and something needs to be done so we can keep an eye on the way people are cutting weight and manage it and make it more enjoyable for the athletes that are actually competing. You’ll get better fights for it. You’ll get fighters that are able to do extraordinary things when they’re going in full of energy and correctly prepared rather than killing themselves.”

”If I could do something, that would be something I’m interested in doing.”

What do you think, Maniacs? Is it time to expand weight classes drastically?

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Video: Main Card Fighters On Weight for Saturday’s Bellator DAZN Debut

Bellator MMA is set to debut on the DAZN streaming service with a blockbuster card featuring a superfight between middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi and welterweight champ Rory MacDonald, as well as a fourth grudge match between Quinton Jackson and longtime rival Wanderlei Silva.
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Source: Renan Barao Was Offered Time To Make Weight, Declined To Try

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship bantamweight champion missed weight on Friday for his fight against Andre Ewell tomorrow night, and his opponent’s camp is not surprised.
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Robert Whittaker: UFC Should Do More To Deter Fighters From Missing Weight

Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Robert Whittaker believes fighters will keep missing weight in the UFC because the punishment is not severe enough. The 27 year-old Australian had first-hand experience with an opponent missing weight when he took on Yoel Romero at UFC 225 back in June.
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Kamaru Usman Compares Darren Till’s Weight Struggles With Anthony Johnson

Kamaru Usman has been officially named by the Ultimate Fighting Championship as a back-up for the UFC 228’s welterweight title fight between the current champion Tyron Woodley and Liverpool, England’s Darren Till. Usman was a recent guest on The MMA Hour and was asked about his status as a replacement for both fighters before stating his belief that Till would struggle again to make weight.
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Bellator 204 Weigh-In Video and Results: Two Fighters Miss Weight, One By 15 Pounds

The official weigh-ins for Friday’s Bellator 204 have concluded, and two fighters missed their mark, with one coming in 15 pounds overweight.
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Midnight Mania! GSP Says Sonnen Has ‘Smart’ Solution to Weight Cutting

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GSP says Chael Sonnen has the smartest solution to weight cutting. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Sonnen) proposed to do a weigh-in the day of the fight,” St-Pierre said during a news conference in Australia that was captured by Submission Radio. “So what he proposes, basically – we have weigh-in the night before the fight, like we normally do. But now, because the weigh-in is in the morning, people say, ‘Oh, I have more time to recuperate,’ so they try to cut more weight.

“And it’s sad to say, but sometimes I’m thinking, ‘Are we going to wait (for) someone (to) die out there to change things?’ I mean, it’s ridiculous. So what Chael’s proposed is very smart.”

St. Pierre joins a chorus of voices, including the recent opinion of Joe Rogan, that something must be done to improve on the current system of weight cutting, which saw most fighters at UFC 227 cut in excess of 10% of their bodyweight to fight at a specific weight class. Numerous recent injuries and medical problems have occurred to fighters while cutting weight, including problems with Cris Cyborg, Max Holloway, Darren Till, and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Some fighters have taken the stance that all the responsibility lies with the individual fighter to do their job. GSP doesn’t see it that way.

“If you make a weigh-in the day of the event, a lot of guys will lose weight, but they won’t lose in terms of (dehydration) weight,” St-Pierre said. “You know that if you go in to compete the same day you can’t dehydrate yourself. If you weigh in an hour before your competition. That’s what they used to do in amateur wrestling in the United States and you know how many people miss weight? Zero. So, now, it’s very weird that in a professional sport, in a professional organization, at the highest level, that people miss weight.

“I think they need to change not the individual, they need to change the system. I think the system can be made better. I’m not saying that Chael’s proposition is the best. But I think it’s the best that we know of right now. I think it would be the best solution.”

Same-day weigh ins are far from the only proposed solution; Rogan, for instance, proposed monitoring fighters’ hydration levels all fight week, the way ONE FC does. Currently, the UFC has moved weigh ins further from the fight in an attempt to give more fighters time to rehydrate. Sonnen and GSP would reverse this in an attempt to do away with extreme cutting altogether.


McGregor inflation

The UFC are searching for a replacement for an injured Glover Texeira to fight Jimi Manuwa.

Anthony Smith has offered to step up.

It would be funny if Kevin Lee tapped Dillon Danis, because I find it hard to believe Dillon has 100K in cash.

Benson Henderson returns

Does Robert “Bobby Knuckles” Whittaker have a future in pro wrestling?

My kids rubbing off on me

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Khabib views his calm and composure as the calm of an apex predator.

Stay Relax

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This might, possibly, maybe, be hyperbole on the part of Duane Ludwig on behalf of TJ Dillashaw.

Agree or disagree?

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Earnest Hemingway was about that life, even if he wasn’t particularly good at fighting.

Cris Cyborg getting some love

Credit to Demetrious Johnson on taking full responsibility for his loss to Henry Cejudo.

Quick Hits

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Nearly took his head clean off

This gave me a concussion just watching.

Random Land

Since last night’s post concerned QAnon, it seems the cat is out of that bag.

The eagle has landed

Video by @falconry_crarsi Atila —– Black and Chestnut Eagle #Destination_wild

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One of those videos almost guaranteed to make your day or night better

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Cejudo Against Johnson Trilogy: ‘We Need New Storylines In Our Weight Class’

Henry Cejudo made history earlier this month when he defeated Demetrious Johnson at UFC 227 to claim the undisputed flyweight title and stop “Mighty Mouse” from securing his record 12th-straight UFC title defense.

Now the champion of an undervalued 125-pound class, Cejudo is hoping his title reign injects new life into a division dictated by one man over the past five years. While most people around the mixed martial arts (MMA) community agree that Johnson’s track record is enough to land him an immediate trilogy fight opposite Cejudo, especially considering “Might Mouse” defeated “Messenger” via TKO two years ago, Cejudo is making the case that he should fight a new challenger next.

“I would agree when it comes to the statistics side of it,” Cejudo recently said on the Ariel Helwani MMA Show when discussing Johnson’s bid for a trilogy bout. “But at the same time, I know what the UFC’s trying to create, man. I had to wait two and a half years to face Demetrious Johnson.

“I had to wait, too. And it’s also good, too, for our weight class to start new storylines that have noting to do with Demetrious Johnson. We need new storylines in our weight class.”

Johnson, who suffered his first loss at flyweight at UFC 227, will have to heal up before he even thinks about taking another fight. But if the former champion wants another crack at his crown, why wouldn’t UFC oblige?

According to Cejudo, anyone other than “Mighty Mouse” would be a good choice for UFC as the promotion tries to reinvent the 125-pound division and create new interest among fight fans.

“Think about it…let’s just say Demetrious Johnson beats me for the trilogy,” Cejudo said. “Again, that goes back to not building a storyline. I think Demetrious Johnson may agree with me. Just for the sake of our weight class, I think it would be good. I think it would be good to see somebody else, for now, except for Demetrious Johnson.”

If not Johnson then who?

Well, Cejudo has already competed in close bouts with top contenders Sergio Pettis, Joseph Benavidez, and Jussier Formiga, so either one of those guys would work. Pettis and Formiga are currently scheduled to lock horns at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 in Las Vegas so the winner could very well fight Cejudo by the end of the year.

We’ll have to wait and see how this entire situation plays out, but it wouldn’t surprise fight fans either way. Johnson undoubtedly deserves his chance for redemption, but the flyweight division hasn’t necessarily flourished under his rule in the past.

What do you think, Maniacs? Who gets the next shot at flyweight gold?

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Midnight Mania! Rogan: Weight Cutting ‘Sanctioned Cheating’, Worse Than Roids

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UFC commentator Joe Rogan recently stated on his podcast, the Joe Rogan Experience, that he believes weight cutting is sanctioned cheating, and more effective cheating than Performance Enhancing Drugs (PEDs). Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

It is stupid,” Rogan said. “What it is is sanctioned cheating. It’s sanctioned cheating and it’s cheating at a much higher scale even than PEDs. If you get two people and they both weigh 135 [pounds] but they’re both totally hydrated and one of them has been doing steroids and one of them hasn’t been doing steroids, the difference will be far less than if one person weighs in at 135 [pounds] but then balloons up to 160 [pounds] and then gets into that octagon at 160 [pounds] but there’s no PEDs involved. That’s a much greater advantage than someone whose doing some sort of testosterone thing or something. They’re compromised but the benefit of being so much larger might outweigh being compromised.

“Dude, if I was running s**t, I’d fix that first. That would be the first thing I would fix.

Rogan is right that extreme weight cutting is the norm and that it does seem to confer advantages. In the recent UFC 227 event, the California State Athletic Commission measured fighters’ weights after they rehydrated. They found that most fighters are rehydrating far beyond the 10% of bodyweight recommendation. Here is the full list of fighters’ weights on the day. Only six of the fighters on the card came in under the 10% recommendation, and five of those fighters lost, and the one that won, won against another fighter on that list of six.

Main card (PPV)

T.J. Dillashaw (135 pounds to 149.5 pounds = 10.7%) def. Cody Garbrandt (134.7 to 142 = 5.2%)

Henry Cejudo (124.5 to 141 = 12.8%) def. Demetrious Johnson (125 to 142 = 13.6%)

Renato Moicano (146 to 165.5 = 13.4%) def. Cub Swanson (145.2 to 160.5 = 9.9%)

J.J. Aldrich (115.8 to 130.5 = 12.5%) def. Polyana Viana (115 to 129.5 = 11.6%)

Thiago Santos (185.5 to 209.5 = 12.6%) def. Kevin Holland (184.7 to 193 = 3.8%)

Prelims (FX)

Pedro Munhoz (135 to 151 = 11%) def. Brett Johns (135.2 to 158 = 16.2%)

Ricky Simon (135.2 to 152 = 11.8%) def. Montel Jackson (136 to 152 = 11.8%)

Ricardo Ramos (135.5 to 153.5 = 12.9%) def. Kyung Ho Kang (136 to 154 = 13.2%)

Sheymon Moraes (146 to 164 = 12.3%) def. Matt Sayles (145.7 to 165 = 13%)

Prelims (UFC Fight Pass)

Alex Perez (126 to 146.5 = 16.3%) def. Jose Torres (125 to 143 = 13.5%)

Weili Zhang (115.5 to 127 = 9.5%) def. Danielle Taylor (115.4 to 124.5 = 7.3%)

Marlon Vera (135.5 to 150 = 10.3%) def. Wuliji Buren (135.5 to 149.5 = 9.9%)

There were several interesting takeaways from the daily weigh ins; this kind of information is necessary to collect if weight cutting is ever to be addressed. It also allows for interesting analysis- for instance, Cody Garbrandt weighed the same on fight night as Demetrious Johnson, who weighed one pound more than Henry Cejudo.

Rogan says the way forward is something similar to what Asian MMA promotion ONE FC has done, with regular weigh ins on fight week and hydration tests.

“People push it, they do push it,” Rogan said. “If you give them more time, they are gonna push it. If they know that they can rehydrate longer – which is the idea, that it’s safer because you can rehydrate from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. instead of from 4 p.m. on. I just think give them all the time they need. ONE FC has laid out the ground work. Look at what they did with their hydration tests and implement that.”

While actual implementation of such a systemmay prove tricky, this is a long-standing issue in the sport, and one that has derailed several main events recently as fighters such as Darren Till, Max Holloway and Yoel Romero struggle to finish their extreme weight cuts.


Henry Cejuod sleeping with his belt. I don’t blame him one bit.

Dreams do come true. @Henry_Cejudo #UFC227

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Is this the most respectful callout ever from Curtis Blaydes?

Jon Jones has been getting back to his insp

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The legend of Jon Jones

Speaking of Jon Jones, he appreciated this level of skill and so do I

Gang gang

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Lyoto Machida is still doing the same karate he practiced before he started his MMA career, which is amazing.

One thing you have to admit about Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone- he always makes life look like so much fun.

Epic Day teaching @whoisjob to surf and @poopiesgram sendin the backflop!!!

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This made me chuckle

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Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz is going to be fun on a bun.

Update on Leslie Smith’s case with the NLRB, which was initially cleared but then abruptly sent to DC for review instead.

Tony Ferguson was working out with a bionic leg immediately after surgery, naturally. Who will the UFC match him up with? Anthony Pettis? The winner of UFC Boise’s main event between Justin Gaethje and James Vick?

Chris Pratt was very stoked for the fights at UFC 227.

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I thought this was two pictures of Henry Cejudo at first.

@henry_cejudo @frankshamrock #virtuallyidentical

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Beware the sound of one mitt hitting.

If McGregor and Khabib were ancient Pancrase competitors…

Random Land

Maybe I’m easily impressed but I thought this was cool.

We live in such a strange reality

Surprisingly cool

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