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White Says No World Tour For Khabib Vs. McGregor – ‘We Don’t Have Time’

Despite a marvelous UFC 227 fight card that lit up the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., UFC president Dana White still had to answer questions last night (Sat., Aug. 4, 2018) about Khabib Nurmagomedov’s upcoming lightweight title fight with Conor McGregor.

The massive superfight was announced earlier this week and will take place at UFC 229 on Oct. 6 from Las Vegas, Nevada. That puts us just about two months away from arguably the biggest fight in UFC history.

The rivalry between McGregor and Nurmagomedov has been brewing for a very long time, and hit a whole new level this past April when “Notorious” attacked a Brooklyn bus to get to Khabib. McGregor ended up getting hit with a felony and misdemeanors, but was cleared of most charges late last month.

A title fight as big as Khabib vs. McGregor warrants all the attention in the world, especially from a promotional standpoint. But with 60 days to prepare for a Las Vegas showdown, White confirmed UFC won’t be bringing the circus on the road, which is exactly what UFC did for McGregor’s anticipated clash with Jose Aldo three years ago.

“We don’t have time for a world tour,” White said during UFC 227 post-fight press conference (full replay here). “These guys are going to fight the first week of October. Both guys are going to go into camp. We’ll do something fun, we’ll do some different stuff. We’re literally having a big meeting on Monday to get this stuff in order and get it going.”

Unfortunately for White, promoting Khabib vs. McGregor isn’t the only thing he has to worry about. In addition to attracting massive interest from fight fans all across the globe, White and company must do their best to prevent any out-of-cage encounters between Khabib, McGregor, or any members of their teams.

When one fighter throws a dolly through a bus window to get to another fighter you can understand UFC’s cautious approach.

“We’re pretty confident that we can control what happens,” White said. “What happened in New York, obviously if you look at what happened, everyone was loading onto the buses, everything was done, and our staff still handled it pretty damn well for what was going down.

“We’re very aware. Nothing is going to happen. We’ll be good.”

With just two months before Khabib and McGregor finally clash inside of the Octagon, expect countless Twitter feuds, verbal lashings, face-to-face staredowns, and behind-the-scenes video coverage, all of which will be used to promote the Russia vs. Ireland superfight.

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Joanna: I Will ‘Never Ever’ Call Rose The Best Strawweight In The World

Former UFC women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk returned to form last night (Sat., July 28, 2018) at UFC on FOX 30 from inside Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, when she defeated formidable contender Tecia Torres via unanimous decision.

Despite dropping her last two Octagon appearances to current divisional champion Rose Namajunas, Jedrzejczyk was able to channel her former dominant self and outclass Torres at almost every turn. Her takedown defense was perfect, her range control kept the smaller Torres at bay, and her Muay Thai once again led the damage count.

As a former champion on the rebound, this was a big step for Jedrzejczyk. Even though she lost to Namajunas in back-to-back contest Jedrzejczyk isn’t ready to address “Thug” as the better fighter, especially after a superb outing against Torres.

“I will not do this,” Jedrzejczyk said at UFC on FOX 30’s post-fight press conference (video replay here). “Never ever. She wants my honor? She must earn that. If she’s going to run, they’re going to make an interim belt. She was saying she’s afraid Conor McGregor will show up again and make a mess like he did before Brooklyn. He is not going to do this. Don’t be afraid, Rose. Come on. Just fight. Just face the best. You should face [Jessica] Andrade.

“If not, I will chase you. If you hold the belt, I will chase you. Until the next fight. That’s it.”

Jedrzejczyk, 30, has only lost to Namajunas in her entire professional mixed martial arts (MMA) career. Her track record and recent performance against “Tiny Tornado” at UFC Calgary would suggest she could lock down another title fight with “Thug,” but history shows that UFC is reluctant to book a trilogy fight if one fighter already holds all the wins.

That doesn’t seem to both the former UFC champion as she believes her legacy at 115 pounds is enough to warrant another shot at Namajunas.

“Rose saying that she will give me the third fight after I will say that she is the best? No way,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Maybe you beat me, and you’re the champion, and you won, but your legacy is not that big. You should bow down because I am the queen. I give her respect.”

For now, Jedrzejczyk will have to put her nose to the grindstone and do whatever the promotion requires her to do to fight again for the women’s strawweight title. Until that day comes, the Polish queen is unwilling to recognize Namajunas as being the better mixed martial artist.

“No way I’ll say Rose is the best,” Jedrzejczyk said. “Maybe you beat me, you’re the champion and you won. But your legacy isn’t that big. You should bow down, because I am the queen.”

For complete UFC Calgary results and coverage click here.

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Khabib Nurmagomedov: No Reason to Approach Conor McGregor at World Cup Final

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor were both in attendance at Sunday’s FIFA World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium in Russia, but the two UFC stars never came face to face.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov: No Reason to Approach Conor McGregor at World Cup Final

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor were both in attendance at Sunday’s FIFA World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium in Russia, but the two UFC stars never came face to face.
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Khabib Nurmagomedov: No Reason to Approach Conor McGregor at World Cup Final

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor were both in attendance at Sunday’s FIFA World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium in Russia, but the two UFC stars never came face to face.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

Khabib Nurmagomedov: No Reason to Approach Conor McGregor at World Cup Final

Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor were both in attendance at Sunday’s FIFA World Cup final at Luzhniki Stadium in Russia, but the two UFC stars never came face to face.
Recent News on Sherdog.com

UFC 225 Primer: Is There Room for Joe Benavidez in this World?

At one point, Joseph Benavidez was the second-best flyweight around. In fact, when we last saw him back in 2016, he was the man who could beat everyone except champ Demetrious Johnson.

But Benavidez was relegated to the “injured list” soon after, and had to have all sorts of procedures done to cobble together some sort of athletic functionality, and, well, you know how well those go in combat sports…

Which is to say, this weekend Benavidez returns to face Sergio Pettis on the Fight Pass prelims of UFC 225, and we’re going to learn if there is any room for the great Almost Champ in this modern world.

These are the facts:

  • Benavidez beat Henry Cejudo, Zach Makovsky, Alie Bagautinov, Ian McCall, John Moraga… the list goes on.
  • He’s only ever lost to Dominick Cruz and “Mighty Mouse”.
  • He’s been fighting since 2006, and all that wear and tear takes a toll – regardless of how much surgery and rehab fixes a person.

Saturday night could be inspiring, or it could be incredibly sad. Either way, we’re going to know where Benavidez fits in.

Here’s a preview vid for your troubles.

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UFC 225 Primer: Is There Room for Joe Benavidez in this World?

At one point, Joseph Benavidez was the second-best flyweight around. In fact, when we last saw him back in 2016, he was the man who could beat everyone except champ Demetrious Johnson.

But Benavidez was relegated to the “injured list” soon after, and had to have all sorts of procedures done to cobble together some sort of athletic functionality, and, well, you know how well those go in combat sports…

Which is to say, this weekend Benavidez returns to face Sergio Pettis on the Fight Pass prelims of UFC 225, and we’re going to learn if there is any room for the great Almost Champ in this modern world.

These are the facts:

  • Benavidez beat Henry Cejudo, Zach Makovsky, Alie Bagautinov, Ian McCall, John Moraga… the list goes on.
  • He’s only ever lost to Dominick Cruz and “Mighty Mouse”.
  • He’s been fighting since 2006, and all that wear and tear takes a toll – regardless of how much surgery and rehab fixes a person.

Saturday night could be inspiring, or it could be incredibly sad. Either way, we’re going to know where Benavidez fits in.

Here’s a preview vid for your troubles.

The post UFC 225 Primer: Is There Room for Joe Benavidez in this World? appeared first on Caged Insider.

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RIZIN live stream: Watch World Grand Prix 2017 TONIGHT from Japan

RIZIN Fighting Federation (RIZIN FF) is just a few hours away from its World Grand Prix 2017, featuring a stacked bantamweight tournament on Friday (Dec. 29) inside Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Remember, this is going down in “The Land of the Rising Sun,” so broadcast times will reflect that location. That means stateside fans can catch all the mixed martial arts (MMA) action online in the embedded video above beginning at 1 a.m. ET (Thursday night into Friday morning) for $ 19.99.

It will also be available for purchase on the free FITE app from iTunes and Google Play.

Here is tonight’s complete RIZIN line up:

Men’s Bantamweight Grand Prix:

Ian McCall vs. Manel Kape
Kyoaji Horiiguchi vs. Gabriel Oliveira
Takafumi Otsuka vs. Khalid Tahna
Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Kevin Petshi

Reserve: Anthony Birchak vs. Je Hoon Moon

Women’s Super Atomweights:

Rena Kubota vs. Irene Rivera
Kanna Asakura vs. Maria Oliveira

Special Light Heavyweight Attraction:

Jiri Prochazka vs. Karl Albrelktsson

Other Featured Fights:

Satoru Kitaoka vs. Kiichi Kunimoto
Shizuka Sugiyama vs. Kana Watanabe
Kizaemon Saiga vs. Kai Asakura
Hiroyuki Takaya vs. Battaryn Azjavkhlan
Reina Miura vs. Cindy Dandois
Gabi Garcia vs. Shinobu Kandori

Remember, RIZIN will complete its year-end spectacular this Sunday (Dec. 31) with the semifinals and final of its bantamweight grand prix, on a pay-per-view (PPV) card that also features the return of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Once again, we’ll have the live stream right here at MMAmania.com.

See you then!

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Midnight Mania! Watch Cyborg spar multiple-time boxing world champion Mia St. John

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Cris “Cyborg” Justino will be facing a multiple-time boxing world champion in Holly Holm in her next fight, the likely main event of UFC 219, but the UFC women’s featherweight champion is no stranger to being in the ring with phenomenal boxers. She went toe-to-toe with two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, and more recently brought in boxing legend Mia St. John for this technical sparring session.

Mia St. John retired in 2016, but at 50 years old she moves very well. Self-billed as “The hottest woman in boxing”, she was also a taekwondo champion and had one MMA fight in 2008, which she won by KO.

Cyborg clearly has a size advantage in the above clip, but regardless, she looks very good in the light sparring session, slipping punches and putting together solid combinations. Her upcoming opponent, Holly Holm, is known more for her head kicks in the cage than her punching power. She famously knocked out Ronda Rousey, and more recently Bethe Correira, with a well-placed shin to the cranium. The bout is scheduled to headline the big year-end card, UFC 219, on December 30th.


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Carlos Condit and Lando Vannata practice some Chinese martial arts goodness

Nunchuck parking lot battle between @groovylando & Carlos Condit. #WellThatSureDidEscalateQuickly

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Speaking of styles that came out of China: drunken boxing. In this case, drunken kickboxing.

Drunken

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Speaking of crazy…

Eddie Alvarez is a throwback fighter

Tony Ferguson is a card-carrying member of the Cult of Jiu-Jitsu.

“Season’s Beatings” Happy Thanksgiving Ya’ll -Champ #TonyFergusonMMA SnapJitsu™#SnapDownCity #DefendorVacate

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Demetrious Johnson’s got jokes.

Did you know Francis Ngannou has the (dubious) honor of being the world’s hardest hitter?

Speaking of unusual honors, Robert Whittaker qualified to represent Australia in freestyle wrestling!

Alexander Gustafsson is feeling pretty good these days, with that pesky shoulder surgery out of the way.

Stupid fun, you mean, Angela Hill. Snapchat is stupid fun.

Someone got eloquent in defense of Michael Bisping, the first British UFC champion.

He has been in the cage for a long time- literally

Rory Macdonald is living in the future, and letting go of old losses

Fellow Canadian Elias Theodorou agrees

Derrick Lewis plays too many games

@mma_stance lol

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Justin Gaethje had a lot of emoticons to describe this clip of him going at it hammer and tongs like a savage

One of the most adorable moments from the weekend


Slips, Rips, and of course KO clips

What an ankle lock

This is one of the weirder submissions I’ve seen

It’s been a long time since I’ve screamed SUMO!!!! at you through the screen.

Textbook Muay Thai clinch

This is how guys shot in old action movies went down

He may not have won this weekend, but Salikhov once did this:

Angel’s Fighting?

Look low, go high

I didn’t know Hong Man Choi was still fighting

Jab knockout while moving backwards? Eat your heart out, Anderson Silva.


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Random Land

This photograph is of a sad chapter in American history, but it’s an incredible shot nonetheless

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