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Midnight Mania! Woodley to Usman: ‘You Better Not Come in 30%’

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Kamaru Usman and welterweight champion Tyron Woodley got into a heated exchange at today’s press conference. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“You better not come in 30 percent,” Woodley told an already fired-up Usman after an exchange between the Nigerian challenger and Woodley’s coach Ben Askren, who also was on the dais for his fight against Robbie Lawler. “They’re going to need an ambulance.”

“Oh, it’s all good, playboy. I ain’t bringing 30 percent for you,” Usman shot back. “Hey, you know what I always say, man? I have the biggest shovel out here. When it comes down to digging, can’t nobody dig as hard as I can dig. So you know what, T-Wood? I want you to bring your best game. Best your best game.”

“Who have you dug against? Who have you fought?” Woodley replied.

“It doesn’t matter,” said Usman.

“It does matter. You can’t use your shovel in water. What have you done?” Woodley answered.

Usman has leaned heavily on his wrestling in the past, but he did show improved striking against Rafael Dos Anjos, really letting his hands go. Usman is less than impressed with Woodley’s repertoire on the feet.

“Listen, anybody can put their head down and throw a haymaker and pray and hope it lands,” Usman said. “Easy. That’s all you is, that right hand, that right hand.”

“I’m top-three for the most knockdowns in welterweight history, and I think I have the fastest KO, flat-out,” Woodley responded. “How many people have you knocked out in your career?”

“Same as you, six,” said Usman.

“No, don’t fool yourself, brother,” answered Woodley. “How many people’s consciousness have you stolen? You’ve stolen none. Nice try. Bruh, I’m your mentor. You’re talking back to your mentor right now.”

“Hey, it don’t matter,” Usman replied. “You could feel like a big brother all you want, but at some point big brothers gotta get their ass whooped too. … March 2nd, we’re going to see. When you hear ‘and new,’ you’re going to feel real special when you’re walking backstage.”

“You don’t even believe that yourself,” Woodley shot back. “You want to be so cool. You want to sound like LL Cool J. You don’t even believe it yourself.”

Woodley closed strongly, claiming to be better in every area than Usman.

“What you going to do better than me?” Woodley asked. “You going to out-wrestle me? If we get in the Octagon and I can throw no punches, no knees, no takedowns, no submissions, I would kick your ass in just wrestling, flat-out. When it comes down to striking, I would knock you out, flat-out. When it comes down to grappling, I would break your arm, flat-out. There’s nothing you can beat me in.

“I’m faster than you, I’m stronger than you, and I promise you that if you come at less than 100 percent, you will reconsider fighting every day of your life.”


Insomnia

Scamming folks with wrestling

This is hilarious to me, sorry

Cruz and Bisping do seem like guys who talk a lot of shit about their newsfeeds

Georges St. Pierre donated his belt to a museum

I’m picking Jose Aldo to beat Renato Moicano by decision, but maybe I should change that prediction

Johnny Walker is one goofy dude

Kyoji Horiguchi vs. Ben Nguyen sounds extremely fun

Justin Scoggins has had one of the more bizarre careers in recent memory- incredible skill, undone repeatedly by mistakes on the mat- and this might shed some light on the why.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Jose Aldo doing Jose Aldo things

Terence Crawford is unbelievable

Tossing folks in creative ways

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Stomach throw thingies

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Knocking folks out in creative ways

The second time’s the charm


Random Land

The Earth is going through some stuff right now

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Tyron Woodley Wants to Face Colby Covington in June After Beating Usman at UFC 235

Fear not Colby Covington, Tyron Woodley still has you on his to-do list.
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Tyron Woodley, Kamaru Usman to Clash for Welterweight Championship at UFC 235

Tyron Woodley will make his next welterweight title defense against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235.
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Tyron Woodley, Kamaru Usman to Clash for Welterweight Championship at UFC 235

Tyron Woodley will make his next welterweight title defense against Kamaru Usman at UFC 235.
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Report: Tyron Woodley Vs. Kamaru Usman Set For UFC 235

Sorry, Colby Covington. Kamaru Usman will be the next man to face Tyron Woodley for the welterweight strap at UFC 235 in March.

UFC 235 may have just gained a second title fight. The card, set for March 2nd in Las Vegas, recently gained a light heavyweight title scrap between Jon Jones and Anthony Smith (pending NSAC approval). Now, ESPN’s Ariel Helwani reports the event will also feature a welterweight title fight between Tyron Woodley and Karamu Usman.

”Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman is a done deal for UFC 235 on 3/2, sources say,” Helwani wrote on Twitter. “If all goes according to plan the fight will serve as co-main for Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith. However, unlike Woodley-Usman, Jones-Smith isn’t signed yet. Jones has to get his license on 1/29 first.”

Helwani also explained why Woodley is fighting Kamaru Usman rather than Colby Covington, who was originally expected to fight for the 170 pound strap first.

”In the end, while Colby Covington was ready to go for 235, UFC chose to go with Usman because his stock rose mightily in their eyes after the RDA win + his subsequent willingness to fight anyone on short notice in January despite being injured,” Ariel tweeted. “Covington held out and it cost him.”

Earlier in the week, Kamaru and Woodley went back and forth on social media about whether or not they’d actually be fighting. Looks like “Marty from Nebraska” was telling the truth: he is indeed next for “T-Wood.”

This turns UFC 235 into quite the card, should all these fights stay together. Take a peek at how the UFC’s big March 2nd card is looking:

Jon Jones vs. Anthony Smith (for light heavyweight championship)
Tyron Woodley vs. Kamaru Usman (for welterweight championship)
Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren
Holly Holm vs. Aspen Ladd
Jeremy Stephens vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
Diego Sanchez vs. Mickey Gall
Ovince Saint Preux vs. Misha Cirkunov
Tecia Torres vs. Weili Zhang

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Midnight Mania! Usman Claims He’s Next, Woodley Says He’s Lying

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Kamaru Usman says he’s signed a contract to fight for the welterweight title. Dana White said he’s fighting for the welterweight title. The only problem is, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley says he’s not fighting for the welterweight title just yet.

Woodley wants to face former interim champion Colby Covington first. Covington has been running his mouth for a long time, evidently to little effect, except to earn himself a White House visit with Donald Trump. The UFC seems uninterested in promoting a fight between Covington and Woodley, giving Kamaru Usman the same opponents Colby just faced, as if to negate his best victories, and promptly stripped him of interim gold when he couldn’t make his unification bout with Woodley in September.

Dana White has also been frustrated with Woodley, implicitly threatening to take his belt away unless he defends in March, though Woodley just defeated Darren Till in September. If the UFC did strip their sitting champion, it would be unprecedented, given that many champions have gone much longer between title defenses without this kind of visible frustration from Dana and Company.

Signed contracts are not a guarantee of a fight happening. In the past, the UFC has used contenders, such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, against each other to lower fighter pay. This also isn’t the first time Usman has claimed he had a bout agreement signed to face the champion. Woodley, though, insists that Usman is flat out lying.

How will the drama shake out? Will Woodley defend his title in March, and if so, will it be against Covington, or Usman?


Insomnia

Anthony Smith fires another shot at Jon Jones

Former UFC fighter Kajan Johnson points out a long-standing flaw in MMA: the judges are accountable to no one for individual decisions. This is somewhat understandable, but it screws with fighters’ paychecks and careers more often than it should.

Stipe Miocic is exactly the kind of silly that fits an Ohio firefighter.

In case people need more evidence for Tenshin-Mayweather was NOT a ‘work’.

MMA trainer Din Thomas with more explanation as to why MMA fighters might not be grasping the obvious reality of Mayweather destroying Tenshin.

I hope this guy goes to jail for assault. Glad she clocked him, but he deserves worse than that.

One of the greats

I just want to say that PFL’s million-dollar tournament, though I doubt its a sustainable business model, did give some lucky athletes amazing paydays, and thats always cause for celebration. 99% of MMA fighters do not get to retire with a million dollars in the bank, but Sean O’Connell does, and Louis Taylor does.

Elbows

Dominance MMA is Ali Abdelaziz’s management company. He appears to have quite restrictive contracts with his athletes.

Alexander Volkanovski is my pick to beat Max Holloway, if anyone at featherweight can beat him.


Random Land

Going into the new year, getting it right

He really tried to iron his clothes while still wearing them

I had a high school teammate named Czarnecki and man, you could hear the announcer pause before trying that one. That was nothing compared to this.

Visit this website if you want your mind blown by insanely powerful cameras pointed at cityscapes.


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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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