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RECAP! Matthews Survives Eye-Gouge, Wins Decision!

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Welterweight bruisers Jake Matthews and Li Jingliang battled last night (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018) at UFC 221 inside Perth Arena in Perth, Australia.

When Jingliang was first signed, it was with few expectations. However, the Chinese athlete has come a long way since then, securing multiple knockout wins and entering this bout on a significant win streak. Interestingly, the opposite was true for his opponent. Matthews entered UFC hyped as an Australian wunderkind, and he lived up to early expectations. Since then, however, “The Celtic Kid” has struggled, seemingly unsure of his own mid-fight decisions.

The 23-year-old turned that around last night, looking better than ever.

After a brief feeling out process, Matthews began to find success with his in-and-out combinations, scoring some hard shots on his advancing foe. Jingliang did not back off, moving forward behind the jab and trying to time a heavy right hand across his foe’s joe.

Jingliang had trouble finding his range and tried to force the issue, but he ran into a brutal counter right hand from Matthews that saw him hit the mat. Matthews immediately jumped into mount, dropping punches and transitioning into back mount. Matthews controlled the fight from there until the end of the round, trying to sink in a rear naked choke.

It was a drastically different start for Matthews compared to his tentative Welterweight debut.

An early exchange saw both men land power shots and gave Matthews a chance to jump on a guillotine, but Jingliang used toughness and some fingers in the eyes to escape. From top position, Jingliang dropped hammers on the Aussie, who scrambled up quickly and returned to the favor.

At the halfway point of the round, Jingliang’s forward march was beginning to wear on “The Celtic Kid.” Matthews found himself backed into the fence more often, where Jingliang’s big combinations were far more accurate. Matthews was not done though, he fired heavy shots back despite his obvious fatigue.

Cheater tactics or not, Jingliang was back in the fight.

Jingliang, as usual, continued walking his foe down into the third, firing right hands and low kicks. Matthews answered with a double leg takedown, but he was unable to hold “The Leech” down, who continued to stalk his foe with power shots.

A big right hand from Matthews stunned the Chinese athlete, but Jingliang somehow immediately scrambled into top position. Matthews was able to return to his feet rather quickly, and the pair scrapped to the final bell.

All three judges awarded Jake Matthews the victory.

This was a vastly superior “Celtic Kid” compared to his last few bouts. The biggest improvement was some mix of confidence and comfort, as Matthews has always shown skilled-but-inconsistent kickboxing. In this bout, he really did let his hands go, and the results were pretty stunning.

Matthews did a great job of maintaining an extra step of distance. Jingliang tried to lead with the cross and 1-2 all night, but Matthews stayed just out of range. When Matthews led, it was with a big movement — like a flying knee or lunging punch — but much of his success came by countering when Jingliang came up short.

All in all, both men found success in the grappling, so it really was Matthews’ improved kickboxing that earned him the victory.

First and foremost, Jingliang’s eye gouging is something I’m obligated to address. It was obviously an illegal way for Jingliang to escape the guillotine, and it was definitely intentional. From a fighter’s perspective, however, I have no real issue with “The Leech.” Those who fight tend to understand that anything goes, and if the referee doesn’t call it, it never happened.

Most fans will be pissed, but Jingliang’s tactic kept him in the fight and gave him a chance to win. Ask yourself, “would I cheat to give myself a chance at $ 20,000?” Jingliang’s win bonus is somewhere around that figure, and more than that, simply not wanting to lose on the big stage is a motivator to do crazy things. Outside of the foul, only Jingliang’s toughness and cardio kept the fight close. “The Leech” made few adjustments and made poor tactical errors throughout the fight, which allowed Matthews to do so much damage. In the future, Jingliang must do a better job of closing the distance.

Last night, Jake Matthews scored the biggest win of his pro career. What’s next for the young prospect?

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Bellator 192 Results: Rory MacDonald Wins War of Attrition Over Douglas Lima

Rory MacDonald was always well-rounded and dangerous. But in recent years, it seems like he has to give a pint of blood to the cage floor for every fight – and that takes a toll. That toll was too much for any kind of Octagon life, so the top-ranked welterweight jumped ship to Bellator. And […]

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Former UFC Talents Michael McDonald, Valerie Letourneau Earn Decision Wins at Bellator 191

It might not have been exactly the introduction he wanted, but Michael McDonald was nonetheless victorious in his Bellator MMA debut.
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UFC Fight Night 122 Results: Kelvin Gastelum Wins Big, Knocking Out Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping took a big risk when he stepped in late to fight then-champ Luke Rockhold, and the risk paid off with a knockout that put that belt around the waist of the Brit. But when you live by the sword you die by the sword, because when Bisping took this late-notice fight against Kelvin […]

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UFC Fight Night 122 Results: Kelvin Gastelum Wins Big, Knocking Out Michael Bisping

Michael Bisping took a big risk when he stepped in late to fight then-champ Luke Rockhold, and the risk paid off with a knockout that put that belt around the waist of the Brit. But when you live by the sword you die by the sword, because when Bisping took this late-notice fight against Kelvin […]

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Video: Aleksander Emelianenko Wins First MMA Bout Since Release From Prison

Aleksander Emelianenko made a successful return to mixed martial arts on Wednesday, defeating Geronimo dos Santos via first-round TKO at WFCA 42 in Moscow.
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Rousimar Palhares wins appeal, has loss against Shamil Amirov overturned to draw

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight basket case, Rousimar Palhares, continues to do work on the international mixed martial arts (MMA) circuit after burning most of his stateside bridges with moves like this.

His most recent appearance, which took place under the Fight Nights Global (FNG) banner on Sept. 4, ended in a controversial loss to Shamil Amirov, despite controlling the final two frames and nearly winning by submission.

That prompted an appeal by manager Alex Davis.

“If fighters are not happy with the decision, fighters themselves, or their management, send an official protest letter to the Russian MMA Union,” FNG President Kamil Gadzhiev today told MMAjunkie. “They invite three new judges, they watch again, and they can change the decision. Sometimes, they change the decision.”

The Russian MMA Union is no stranger to controversy.

With the draw, Palhares, 37, sits at 19-8-1 with 16 submission finishes. I’m sure this sort of drama will prompt a rematch against Amirov, which will hopefully yield better — or perhaps more conclusive — results when all is said and done.

Then again, death is always an option.

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  After Not Caring About Wins and Losses Early in Career, Chidi Njokuani Ready to Be Great

Early in his career, mixed martial arts was  little more than a hobby for Chidi Njokuani.
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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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