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Kamaru Usman Reveals Signed Bout Agreement for Proposed Tyron Woodley Fight

Kamaru Usman is putting the pressure on Tyron Woodley.
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Kamaru Usman Reveals Signed Bout Agreement for Proposed Tyron Woodley Fight

Kamaru Usman is putting the pressure on Tyron Woodley.
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Colby Covington Addresses Rumors of Usman Matchup: Tyron Woodley Is The Only Person I’m Fighting

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship interim welterweight champ Colby Covington says he is open to fighting undisputed champion Tyron Woodley at UFC 233 on Jan. 26 — if Woodley will accept the fight.
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Midnight Mania! Here’s Why Askren Will Never Fight Tyron Woodley

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Ben Askren isn’t quite ready to make his debut yet, but he’s already been making waves by calling out anyone and everyone at welterweight, and Khabib Nurmagomedov for good measure. There is only one guy he won’t fight at 170: his friend and old college wrestling teammate, Tyron Woodley. The only problem is, Woodley is currently the champion. Askren doesn’t see the issue, though, and spelled out his workaround on the MMA Hour. Via MMAFighting.com:

“Me and Tyron aren’t fighting, it’s simple,” Askren told Luke Thomas on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour. “We are not fighting. We are not fighting — no.”

“I think there’s a lot of scenarios in which I get to prove how good I am and we don’t fight,” Askren said of he and Woodley. “They could create the 165, 175 [divisions]. I think that’s a possibility. It’s almost like the UFC is pushing back a little bit despite how much all the fighters realize it would be beneficial to us. If it were up to the fighters, they’d probably create that division tomorrow, right?

Dana White said, ‘We’ll never have women fighting in UFC.’ And then they came upon a star named Ronda Rousey and damn, they created the division. Well, maybe the same thing is happening here. Maybe they don’t think Kevin Lee or Dustin Poirier is a big enough star. Sure, they’re great fighters. Maybe they’re waiting for ‘Funky’ Ben to come and get down. Maybe that’s what they’re waiting for.”

Even if the UFC doesn’t create division that it seems every fighter between 155 and 170 is calling for these days, Askren has options, and he didn’t hesitate to call a few of those options out. The first person he has been stoking beef with is Colby Covington.

“My objection is he’s a moron,” Askren said of Covington. “His lines are written for him, his wrestling sucks. And he’s appealing to the lowest common denominator of MMA fans. The people who are writing his lines are realizing the stupid shit people will react to and then he’s saying it. There’s just a much more eloquent way to say things. And it’s like if you’re so dumb and you’re so desperate that you’ve gotta play the Donald Trump card to get people interested in it — because that does get people interested in 2018. If you look at any news source, everything revolves around what Donald Trump says, right?

“I think he’s playing the lowest common denominator. I think his wrestling sucks. I think his fighting is not very good. And I just generally don’t like the guy. I think he’s a moron.”

He didn’t mince words when it came to others on the roster, either, singling out Masvidal in particular:

“This is the thing about these idiots,” Askren said. “I trained with Jorge Masvidal when I’ve been training MMA for 2-1/2 months in Coconut Creek, Fla., in like December 2008. I was beating him up then! Luke, I was in MMA for 2-1/2 months and he was no problem for me. Like, give me a break, dude. He’s out here talking on Twitter, like listen, you suck. Compared to me you sucked when I was doing MMA for 2-1/2 months. Imagine what would happen now.”

Either way, Askren is excited that he won’t go down as a ‘what could have been’ fighter. Finding out just how good he is, is far more important to him than protecting his 18-0 record.

“We didn’t know [before],” Askren said. “We don’t know if I was as good as I say I am. Nobody knows. We haven’t seen it. Everybody wants a finality, everyone wants closure and we didn’t have closure on this. And now we’re gonna get closure.

“And for me, I didn’t want to protect my record. I don’t give a damn about my record. I want to go and fight the best guys in the world and show people I’m the best. And hey, if something doesn’t go my way — I don’t think that’s gonna happen, I realize that’s a possibility in competition and that’s what happens. But we’re gonna get some finality, we’re gonna get some closure and we’re gonna see what’s going down.”


Insomnia

The UFC 232 poster has dropped!

Ben Askren may still be blocked by Dana White on Twitter but at least the promoter is now following him on Instagram!

Is Derrick Lewis foreshadowing his fight with Cormier here? The GOAT gets ridden for awhile until the rider stops paying attention and WHAM! Knockout.

There is a rumor going around that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Georges St. Pierre is in the works for 2019! It is exactly what I would do as a promoter… even though Tony Ferguson has richly earned a title fight.

Nick Newell had a pretty good idea that seems unlikely but could potentially make everyone happy

Khabib’s manager is talking some backhanded trash to Tony Ferguson

Malki Kawa, the always reliable truthteller, says his client Demetrious Johnson is getting paid even more than Eddie Alvarez by ONE Championship. Still, he must be getting paid more than he was by the UFC if he keeps saying the move is good for his family.

Anthony Smith may not be favored to beat Jon Jones, but he has certainly done enough to earn a title shot.

Jessica Eye didn’t have a great Monday morning

This must have been such an awful moment for Rockhold.

Demetrious Johnson is in a better place (for him) now:

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The next chapter!!! #blessed

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The GOAT, Derrick Lewis, a week out from winning heavyweight gold:

Daniel Cormier claims his hand is healed up- and predicts a third-round armbar of Derrick Lewis

Khabib has been stepping up his video game

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#Alhamdulillah

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Jon Jones draws confidence from the people surrounding him, and quotes a scripture fit for the moment.

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Whom shall we fear

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So, this is the guy who will be taking on Urijah Hall next: Bevon Lewis.

This guy will need a gas mask to continue grappling

Josh Thomson didn’t expect this from Uber.

Don’t be this guy!

Equally terrible, but far more depressing, was the news that Stephan Bonnar has been arrested- by citizens, no less- for felony DUI. See his mugshot here.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

This clip is mesmerizing because the karate kid really thought he could try this stuff in a fight.

A much higher level counter:

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Nice counter

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Israel Adesanya vs. Derek Brunson will be a fascinating test for the Stylebender’s unique striking abilities.

Misha Cirkunov is a beast, and proved it with a quick win against Patrick Cummins

Nasrat Haqparast has a face like a smaller Kelvin Gastelum and a name that sounds like coughing up a loogie, but he’s a dangerous prospect in his own right:

An old Bas Rutten highlight? Why not!

Ezekiel choke!!!

These things do happen in MMA…


Random Land

I can’t take this level of cuteness.

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Georges St. Pierre: Fighting Tyron Woodley Not a ‘Complete Win-Win Situation for Me’

When Georges St. Pierre returned from retirement last year to face Michael Bisping for the UFC middleweight championship, he felt that all the cards were in his favor.
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Midnight Mania! Woodley Willing to Fight Colby at UFC 230- on One Condition

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The otherwise stacked UFC 230 is still without an official main event- though rumors have been swirling about the possibility of a Jon Jones return. Tyron Woodley, who just defended his welterweight title against Darren Till, said he is open to putting it on the line again at UFC 230. His dance partner would be erstwhile interim champion, inveterate trash talker Colby Covington. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“I’ve got an MRI on my thumb and I’m sending it for a second opinion,” Woodley said. “If I’m good, then I have no issue with fighting in November. The more I fight, the better rhythm I get in the swing of things. Obviously, I just fought, so I’m still in phenomenal shape. I’ve been eating pancakes, shrimp fried rice, brownies – taking a week and eating some bullcrap.

“… It all depends on how severe my thumb injury is. I dislocated it in the first round punching him in the back of the head. I thought it was just jammed.”

That’s not why punching someone in the back of the head is against the rules, but it would seem Woodley suffered unintentional consequences for breaking them.

“The Chosen One” was quick to brush off Covington as a credible threat, saying that his former teammate wouldn’t try to wrestle him. That seems like quite the assumption.

“Think about it: I was going to fight Nate Diaz with a torn labrum,” Woodley said. “He’s not going to try to wrestle me. The only thing he does better than me is dress horribly and wear terrible hats. Outside of that, that’s it. That’s his only advantage – and having extremely corny trash talk.”

He said even if his thumb isn’t one hundred percent, he’s still confident against Covington.

“I would love to fight in Madison Square Garden again,” he said. “Not to sound arrogant, but would never take a fight against Darren Till if not 100 percent confident in both my hands. So I think I could beat (Covington) even if my hand’s a little jacked up.”


Insomnia

Rest in peace to Kid Yamamoto

The man was a legend

Kyoji Horiguchi fights to honor his legacy

See, this is a good promo

So McGregor really DID like that statue

Can he do this?

We are evidently all on McGregor’s team, except for me because I’m not a journalist.

While I’m on that beat, though, here’s this fan promo:

Georges St. Pierre, the quintessential martial artist

He also looks like a wax statue here

Henry Cejudo got his lost UFC title back!

Relevant fighting skills Brock Lesnar is working on:

Imagine this guy fighting at 170


Slips, Rips, and Sumo Clips

What a throw

Classic misdirection

Get outta here

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Kamaru Usman Unfazed by Dana White’s Comments That Covington Will Fight Woodley Next

One might think Kamaru Usman would have an issue after hearing Ultimate Fighting Championship President Dana White announce that outspoken former interim champion Colby Covington would be next to challenge for Tyron Woodley’s welterweight belt, but he professes not to be bothered by the news.
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It Was ‘Do Or Die’ For Woodley At UFC 228

It’s no secret that Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and its Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley have not always been on the best of terms. Heck, company president Dana White didn’t even bother to speak with “The Chosen One” after he routed and submitted Darren Till at UFC 228 this past weekend inside American Airlines Center in Dallas, Texas (highlights).

This UFC 228 post-fight pic pretty much sums up everything:

Indeed, Woodley had his back up against the wall this past weekend, coming into the bout with Till on the heels of three lackluster matches against the always-dangerous Demian Maia and his top-shelf Brazilian jiu-jitsu and two snoozers opposite Stephen Thompson (one of which White thought “Wonderboy” won). Woodley, of course, wasn’t shy about defending his performance(s).

Nevertheless, UFC seemed intent on moving in a different 170-pound direction with Till. And had that panned out there was a laundry list of worthy contenders for “The Gorilla” to fight waiting in the wings, including Colby Covington, Kamaru Usman and Rafael dos Anjos, among others.

It’s a scenario not lost on Woodley nor his coach, Din Thomas (via MMAFighting.com).

“He understood what Darren Till was capable of and respected it throughout camp. Some of the other guys, with like Demian Maia or even ‘Wonderboy,’ it was like we knew that we had that puzzle to solve, but he never really felt like those guys could hurt him and put him away and embarrass him,” Thomas said. “But, he knew that Darren Till, if Darren Till was able to get off, he knew that Darren Till could embarrass him. So he said, ‘You know what, I’m not going to let this happen. I can’t afford to lose. The position I’m in now, the position that the world treats me, the way the UFC and everybody treats me, I cannot lose this fight.’”

Woodley was the embodiment of class after his big win. He didn’t gloat. He didn’t complain. He just won. He won huge. And, in the process, he reminded fight fans — and hopefully Dana White and Co. — of what he’s capable of inside the Octagon. Sure, that explosive talent has always been in there, somewhere, the previous three fights, but Woodley has explained he’s not going to “force opportunities.

In hindsight, it’s hard to blame him with his mixed martial arts (MMA) career basically on the line.

“I was saying that if Tyron loses that fight, he might as well retire,” Thomas continued. “He was in a do-or-die position, because they’re going to push him way to the back. If Tyron loses that fight, they would’ve never given him a rematch. He would’ve had to fight every top guy coming up. His next fight would’ve been (Kamaru) Usman and then Leon Edwards and then Santiago Ponzinibbio. He would never have been in a position to get back to that title, so he cannot lose.”

Woo-sah!

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UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.

UFC 228 Results: Tyron Woodley Crushes Darren Till and Finally Shines

Since winning the belt, we’ve gotten some uninspiring performances out of welterweight champ Tyron Woodley. He just did barely enough to win against Stephen Thompson – not once, but twice – and he cruised past Damian Maia like he cared more about not losing than winning. But in the main event of UFC 228 last night, we finally saw Woodley shine.

Too bad (or maybe not too bad, I don’t know) it was at the expense of Brit striker Darren Till.

The first round was all about caution and jockeying for dominance against the cage. Which of course resulted in the ref breaking them up and imploring them to fight, and the rest of us wishing someone else – someone exciting – were champ.

But then came Round 2, and almost immediately Woodley cracked Till in the grill with a punch that dropped him. From then on it was Ground and Pound City, population: Till. To the Brit’s credit, he survived a long time. But when he tried to get up and left his neck exposed, Woodley slipped on the D’Arce Choke and got the tap.

I don’t take back every bad thing I’ve ever said about Woodley, but I will say he showed that he could be exciting, and it was awesome.