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UFC Flyweight Champ Demetrious Johnson Wins ESPY for ‘Best Fighter’

Demetrious Johnson, currently regarded as perhaps the best pound-for-pound mixed martial artist in the world, can add the ESPY award for “Best Fighter” to his trophy case.
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Midnight Mania! Demetrious Johnson wins “Best Fighter” ESPY over Conor McGregor, Ward, and Golovkin

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Demetrious Johnson, the diminutive UFC flyweight champion called “Mighty Mouse”, beat out Conor McGregor, Gennady Golovkin and Andre Ward for this the 2017 ESPY “Best Fighter” award.

Johnson has tied the UFC record with ten title defenses, most recently tapping Wilson Reis with an armbar in April. He is far and away the longest running current UFC champion, but has recently become embroiled in a uncharacteristic (for him) dispute with UFC president Dana White (who is all too willing to throw his own champions under the bus). White wanted Johnson to face TJ Dillashaw in August, despite Dillashaw having never competed at flyweight before. It was an exciting fight that garnered hardcore fans’ interest. When Johnson demanded some guarantees in case Dillashaw didn’t make weight, White refused to grant any. Johnson then demanded to fight the default top contender, Ray Borg. White then went public with his disgust, leading Johnson to release a full public statement on the matter, in which he alleged Dana White threatened to close down the entire flyweight division. Dana most recently concluded that Johnson could face Borg if he wanted to, but not to expect much fan interest.

This ESPY award is one of the rare cases where excellence in the sport gets recognition over promotional skill; the quiet Mighty Mouse stands in complete contrast to everything about today’s dramatic Mayweather-McGregor press conference.

The power to entertain is still king, though, as ESPN was quick to use McGregor and Mayweather to promote their awards ceremony.

We have a backstage look at what the #ESPYS did this year to avoid any major envelope snafus.

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Meanwhile, Demetrious was busy watching the Game of Thrones series 7 premiere.

Ooohhhh man it’s time for the @hbo #gotpremiereLA @hbo

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Conor McGregor had the crowd fully behind him today in Toronto (see more highlights here). He went after everyone- first the Mayweathers, and then Showtime itself, for cutting off his mic yesterday.

Unfortunately, he also doubled down on the racial slur of telling Mayweather, “dance for me, boy”

Charlamagne gave McGregor the “Donkey of the Day” award for the slur, saying McGregor probably doesn’t know the history behind white men using that word to belittle black men, and explaining why it’s problematic. This isn’t the first time McGregor has pushed the boundaries of racism, calling Nate Diaz a “little cholo gangster from the hood”, and saying he would storm Aldo’s favela on horseback in another era.

Floyd Mayweather Sr. was quick to give Conor a pass on the comment yesterday. That doesn’t mean it’s okay for McGregor to use a widely recognized racial slur; the truth that Floyd Sr. knows, however, is that the comment may motivate people (like Charlamagne) to buy the PPV to see McGregor get beaten up by Floyd. No one wants the race aspect to take over the narrative- least of all Conor- but it works very well (from a promotion standpoint) as barely concealed subtext.

There were other, better moments for Conor from today. Like when he stole Mayweather’s cash backpack. Or, like this perfectly timed beach ball punch:

Nice aim.

Instantly iconic moments in sports photography

Moments like these also sell Pay-Per-Views.


This meme was the funniest thing to come out of yesterday’s press conference.

Yesterday, Conor mentioned that “Paulie” had been talking shit and he would pay for it in sparring. Paul Malignaggi doesn’t seem bothered by that threat.

Speaking of sparring, Kevin Lee says that Mayweather has some very weird, diva sparring habits, like calling a round over the moment his partner lands a good shot on him.

Speaking of Kevin Lee, Tony Ferguson says Kevin Lee didn’t want any when they ran into each other on the streets.

Jon Jones spoke with Anderson Silva and wants everyone to know it.

Jedrzejczyk was at the presser yesterday… she missed out on the better one today.

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Glory fighter wins by controversial KO, gets attacked by fans in the ring

Glory 42 had one of the most bizarre — and scary — sequences in recent combat sports memory.

Welterweight fighter Murthel Groenhart won the co-main event bout in Paris against Harut Grigorian by savage knockout when Grigorian inexplicably turned his back to Groenhart in the middle of the round. Seconds after the finish, fans jumped into the ring and attacked Groenhart.

The fans landed multiple punches on the Glory fighter, who said he might have had his jaw broken in the wild melee.

“Some guy caught me with a hook to my face,” Groenhart said on the broadcast. “I got my guard up. With those hands without gloves, it came through to my chin and my teeth. I think it’s broken [jaw], I don’t know. It hurts.”

Glory announcers explained on the broadcast that per the sanctioning body Groenhart didn’t break any rules by hitting Grigorian while his back was turned, because the referee did not step in to stop the action. It was a legal blow and knockout.

“When you are in the heat of the game, you just continue,” Groenhart said. “He turned away. I came after him and got him with the right hook that’s all. I did nothing wrong. It was all in the fight, all in the game. Everyone says in the rules to protect yourself at all times. The referee did not come in. I came in with the right hook. He fell down, and then I saw the referee come in. I did nothing wrong.”

Grigorian’s trainer Nicky Hemmers said on the broadcast that his fighter turned his back due to a cut — “which you never do in a fight,” he said — and he didn’t hold it against Groenhart for hitting him.

“It was not illegal,” Hemmers said. “It was not nice to do, but it was not illegal.”

Groenhart, 30, is one of Glory’s top welterweight fighters and the 2016 Glory welterweight tournament champion. This was his third straight win for the kickboxing promotion and very likely the strangest one, considering how everything unfolded.

“I was in the corner and I saw these guys coming out,” Groenhart said of the attackers. “I was like come on guys this is a sport. Things happen. Some people get emotional, too close. But this is a sport and little children are watching this sport at home. You can not come into a ring like this.”

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Bellator 178 Results: Patricio Pitbull Submits Daniel Straus, Wins Featherweight Belt

Patricio “Pitbull” Freire tapped out featherweight champ Daniel Straus at Bellator 178 last night, and if you’re keeping score, that makes three wins for Pitbull and one for Straus in their “best out of ten” series. But seriously, this was the fourth time these guys fought, so it wasn’t like there would be many surprises […]

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Kyoji Horiguchi, Tatsuya Kawajiri pick up wins at RIZIN FF 5

RIZIN Fighting Federation made its first trip to Yokohama, Japan, on April 16, and featured a mix of rising Japanese prospects and longtime veterans.

Competing for the 49th time in a MMA fight, Tatsuya Kawajiri scored his first win under the RIZIN banner against fellow UFC veteran Anthony Birchak. Kawajiri started pushing the pace early, taking his opponent back and working on a standing rear-naked choke, but wasn’t able to secure the finish.

From that moment on, Kawajiri dominated the 30-year-old Arizona-native with heavy punches on the ground and pound. Birchak’s best moment in the bout came when he locked an armbar, but Kawajiri was able to escape.

The Japanese veteran continued to dominate in the second and final round, landing punches from the mount en route to a decision victory. Kawajiri improved to 36-11-2 with the unanimous decision, bouncing back from losses to Dennis Bermudez, Cub Swanson and Kron Gracie.

The event also featured Kyoji Horiguchi’s return to Japan. The former UFC flyweight title contender, who left the promotion on a three-fight winning streak after losing to 125-pound champion Demetrious Johnson, defeated Yuki Motoya in an exciting contest.

Horiguchi rocked Motoya a few times in the first 10-minute round, countering Motoya’s flying attacks with heavy punches that rocked his opponent. Motoya took Horiguchi’s best punches and was able to go the distance, losing via unanimous decision.

In the co-main event, RIZIN tournament finalist Amir Aliakbari bounced back from the first loss of his MMA career (a first-round knockout defeat to Mirko Cro Cop in December) with a TKO victory over promotional newcomer Geronimo dos Santos.

The Iran-native heavyweight quickly took “Mondragon” down to the ground, trapping the Brazilian in the crucifix position and landing dozens of punches until the referee stopped the fight.

UFC veteran Daron Cruickshank was looking to bounce back to the winning column after Satoru Kitaoka snapped his 2-0 run under the RIZIN banner, but Yusuke Yachi had other plans.

After trading punches and kicks in the first half of the 10-minute round, Yachi countered with a perfectly timed right hand that put Cruickshank out cold. Yachi, who was coming off a 19-second knockout win in his RIZIN debut, improved to 17-6 in MMA.

In the heavyweight division, Heath Herring and Satoshi Ishii desperately needed a victory, yet their bout was a let down. Herring was looking for his first MMA win since 2008 after coming back with a loss in December, but Ishii — who had lost three straight — used his superior judo to control Herring on the ground and win via unanimous decision.

After the lackluster heavyweight contest, 18-year-old flyweight prospect Tenshin Nasukawa woke up the crowd with another impressive victory, improving to 3-0 in MMA with a quick first-round TKO finish over Francesco Ghigliotti. All of his MMA fights took place under the RIZIN banner.

RIZIN’s first event of the year also featured four female fights, crowning Kanna Asakura, Saori Ishioka, Reina Miura and Rena Kubota. Click here to check RIZIN FF 5’s complete results.

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Chris Weidman: UFC Belt System Has Changed, But Wins Still Get Title Shots

On Saturday, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman will attempt to halt a two-fight skid when he faces Gegard Mousasi in the UFC 210 co-headliner in Buffalo, N.Y.
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Chris Weidman: UFC Belt System Has Changed, But Wins Still Get Title Shots

On Saturday, former middleweight champion Chris Weidman will attempt to halt a two-fight skid when he faces Gegard Mousasi in the UFC 210 co-headliner in Buffalo, N.Y.
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UFC 209 bonuses: Darren Elkins and Iuri Alcantara each earn 50k for wild comeback wins

Darren Elkins and Iuri Alcantara have each earned $ 50,000 after scoring memorable comeback wins Saturday night.

Following UFC 209, the UFC announced that Elkins and Alcantara had each won Performance of the Night bonuses for their wild bouts on the FOX Sports 1 preliminary card.

Elkins was on his way to lose a decision to talented prospect Mirsad Bektic when the Team Alpha Male prospect clipped Bektic with a series of knees and punches that sent him head first to the canvas. Elkins won the fight midway through the third round after getting dominated in both the grappling and striking department for the majority of the fight. With this victory, Elkins is now on a four-fight win streak and 22-5 as a professional fighter.

In the bantamweight division, Alcantara fought another prospect in Luke Sanders. The Brazilian came close in losing the fight in the first round, as Sanders landed many shots from the top of the turtle position that had the referee coming close to stopping the action. Things looked rough for Alcantara, as the momentum seemed to be completely on Sanders side, but the 36-year-old veteran was able to make the best out of a scramble, locking up a slick knee bar in the second round. The bonus marks the third consecutive Fight Night award for Alcantara.

Additionally, exciting strikers David Teymur and Lando Vannata earned the Fight of the Night award after a three-round war. Both lightweights will be taking home an extra $ 50,000. Vannata had very good moments in the fight, but it was Teymur who ultimately did enough on the feet to earn a unanimous decision victory.

With this result, Teymur remained undefeated in the UFC with three straight victories, while Vannata dropped to 1-2 since joining the UFC roster last July.

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UFC 209 results: Tyson Pedro wins battle of unbeatens over Paul Craig

The featured Fight Pass bout between Tyson Pedro and Paul Craig on Satuday featured not just a battle of unbeatens, but a duo who had collectively never gone past the second round in 14 pro fights.

After UFC 209, one fighter’s streak remained. The Australian Pedro showed solid striking in finishing Craig at 4:10 of the opening round at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, improving to 6-0 with a TKO win in a battle of notable light heavyweight prospects.

Scotland’s Craig (9-1), who came into the bout with eight submissions in his nine previous fights, seemed overly committed to his grappling game, which left him wide open to Craig’s striking.

A series of knees in the clinch softened Craig up and led to a straight right hand which dropped him. Pedro let Craig back up, then finished the job, ultimately polishing him off with ground-and-pound elbows.

Craig has never gone beyond a round in his young career, with two KOs and four submissions.

“I threw a straight right way too late, but it eventually came and I made it work,” Pedro said. “We’ve been practicing but usually it’s me on the bottom, I like it better up on top.”

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Video: Cruz May Have Won The Battle But Who Wins The War?

First Blood

In case you haven’t realized, Dominick Cruz is a shit talker. Not the brass, off the cuff, charismatic shit talk of a Conor McGregor, but the cold, calculated, pinpoint accuracy of a cerebral assassin. And it all started with Urijah Faber and team Alpha fail Male.

At UFC Fight Night Sacramento, a lot happened. Alan Jouban defeats Mike Perry via unanimous decision, Mickey Gall submits Sage Northcutt in the 2nd round and Michelle Waterson followed suite with a rear naked on Page Vanzant in Round 1. But probably the biggest news was Urijah Faber’s win over Brad Pickett and eventual retirement. During the Post fight show Faber and longtime nemesis Dominick Cruz buried the hatchet and all seemed geared up for a happy ending. But while one fire was being put out, another was already burning bright.

During a fight Break Jon Anik interviewed Cruz and his new alpha male wonder boy opponent Cody Garbrandt. Although Cody is the well known power puncher, it was Cruz delivering all the knockout blows.

” I was able to buy a house with all the wins from your team”

- Cruz

Savage. But besides the verbal assault what impressed me most was how unemotional Cruz got during the whole thing, even staying present enough to correct Garbrandt when he got a little excited and dropped an F-bomb. This is a far cry from the earlier days of Cruz. I always felt Faber was the more Alpha male (sorry, couldn’t help myself) of the two and held his space a lot better than Cruz during verbal quips. Cruz always seemed a bit emotional. But then the 3rd fight came, and Cruz turned a corner. Though still a bit clunky in the Dillashaw matchup, his set-up is on point in this video and his retorts seem to flow naturally. Garbrandt simply gets owned in this one.

“They’ll be busting on your face – Cruz

“I hope so” – Garbrandt

“It’s going to be fun” – Cruz

“Imma eat everything you got” – Garbrandt

Yeah, things got a bit weird. The real question is will this trash talk get inside of Garbrandt’s head? If he gets emotional and starts swinging for the fences, I can see it being a long night for Cody. But something tells me he’s the type of guy that’s use to fighting emotional and this won’t faze him one bit. Either way the next 13 days will be fun to watch with these two.

Dominick Cruz defends his title against Cody Garbrandt on December 30th on the UFC 207 Card.

Check out the video and let us know what you think.

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