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Jessica Andrade Versus Rose Namajunas Would Be Awesome

Dominant champs are fun to root for, but the sad reality of it is that those kinds of champs can stymie division growth.

As strawweight champ, Joanna Jedrzejczyk kicked a ton of butt and fed us tons of violence. But things were on the cusp of getting stale. How many times would we have to see her beat down Claudia Gadelha?

Thankfully, Rose Namajunas stepped in and TKO’d Jedrzejczyk something fierce. Now, “Thug Rose” is queen of the 115-pound females, and though they’re scheduled to rematch at UFC 223 in Brooklyn, already people have been pondering the permutations of match-ups available with Namajunas at the top.

One such ponderer is Jessica Andrade, who lost to Jedrzejczyk and must get past Tecia Torres at UFC on FOX 28 this weekend before she can ask for another title shot.

Still, Andrade wouldn’t mind if Namajunas beat the former champ again.

As per MMAJunkie:

“It’s going to be a great fight between the two of them,” Andrade told MMAjunkie. “Because they’re fighting again so quickly, it’s kind of hard to imagine what’s going to happen this time around.

“I’m sure that with a win here, I should be able to get another title shot, but I don’t know what’s going to happen over there. If it’s Rose, great – I’m actually cheering for her. She’s a great representative for the sport and is a great champion. As much as I would like to get a rematch with Joanna, for this fight, I am cheering for Rose.”

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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones’ Manager Says Further Suspension Would be ‘an Outrage’

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Jon Jones’ manager, Malki Kawa, has been making the media rounds for his longtime client Jon Jones, attempted to convince media of Jones’ innocence over his most recent failed steroid test, and spin the public narrative in his favor. He expresses nothing but confidence, even telling MMAJunkie.com that if Jones served any more time than he already has, he would consider it an outrage.

“In my mind, he’s innocent – I know it for a fact,” Kawa told MMAjunkie Radio. “So for me, there’s no way in the world these guys are going to punish him. I just don’t see how they do it. It would be an outrage to me if they suspended him longer.”

He repeated the confidence interval he gave Luke Thomas, 95%, in support of Jones’ return in 2018. Jones’ anti-doping attorney, Howard Jacobs, said no date had been set for arbitration, which would be the process Jones would need to enter should he dispute USADA’s findings.

Kawa said he’s “95 percent” sure Jones will fight in 2018 and predicted his return would be big business, generating between 750,000 and 800,000 pay-per-view buys.

He also gave a timeline for the two hearings Jon Jones needs to navigate, USADA and the California State Athletic Commission, or CSAC.

“I’m expecting that USADA is also wrapped up (by that time),” Kawa said. “If it’s not wrapped up, I’m not sure if we push the (CSAC) hearing to March, or we still have the hearing and wait on USADA. From what I’m understanding, what USADA would like to do and we would like to do, is we’d like to have it all wrapped up by the CSAC hearing.”

Kawa’s job is to push a positive story on Jones’ behalf, but he has had help. The UFC’s Jeff Novitsky went on Joe Rogan’s podcast and gave Jones the benefit of the doubt as well, saying his tests don’t seem to indicate use. Kawa was careful to stress this narrative.

“Looking at the information they have, from what they’ve gathered, from what they told me, it doesn’t make any sense,” Kawa said. “No one understands it. You passed this test, then you failed this test that you knew was coming, and then you passed one after that. And it was such a small amount that, it came from somewhere that we just don’t know where, and it was such a small amount that it’s obvious he wasn’t trying to cheat.

“So what USADA is looking at is, how do we move forward with this? To me, it’s very simple. He’s not guilty. You’re supposed to test guys to keep the sport clean. Did it give him an advantage? The answer is no. USADA will tell you this, and the UFC will tell you this.”


Insomnia

If you don’t change your name to Batman after this, what are you doing?

Interesting conversation here about the WWE’s near-criminal contracts in light of efforts to unionize UFC fighters:

Khabib and his typical lightweight foe. (Tony Ferguson has elk blood though)

Photo by @chris_mclennan1 #destination_wild

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Calvin Kattar vs. Renato Moicano looks like fun at featherweight

When asked about middleweight striking, Israel Adesanya just started laughing

Weird video time

Wanderlei Silva couldn’t resist coming after Luke Rockhold on social media.

Michelle Waterson hitting that side kick on the pads

Wink and Waterson time from the eyes of a drone! @karatehottiemma @mmacoachwink

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Alan Jouban is right.

This week in combat sports


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Some sweet wrestling slams

Lethwei is Muay Thai’s gloveless, head-butting cousin.

Albert Tumenov, still one of the world’s best welterweights.

Demetrious Johnson deserves all credit for this amazing armbar


Podcasts and Video

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Donald Cerrone’s kickboxing game, explained by Andrew Richardson:

Heavy Hands

The MMA Ratings Podcast


Random Land

It took me three times watching this to understand what was moving and what was standing still

I’m not sure why Teddy Roosevelt is so hot. Obama too.

Amazing slow motion

That wasn’t what she expected

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Urijah Faber Remains in USADA Testing Pool, Would Consider Return for ‘Big Opportunity’

Don’t rule out a Urijah Faber comeback in the Ultimate Fighting Championship just yet.
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Midnight Mania! Ben Askren says UFC said they would sign him- until he left Bellator

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This weekend saw the Bellator welterweight title change hands, with Rory Macdonald snatching it from Douglas Lima in a hard-fought bout. Macdonald, with a convincing win on his record over UFC champion Tyron Woodley, has a case for being the best welterweight in the world right now.

He’s not the first Bellator welterweight champion to make that case. For years, Ben Askren claimed that he was the best in the world. Unlike Rory, he never got the chance to test himself against top-flight UFC competition; he left Bellator, hoping to join the UFC, but they famously rebuffed him, refusing to make him an offer. Instead of taking their suggestion he go to the now-defunct World Series of Fighting (WSOF), he went to ONE FC, a top Asian promotion, and finished out his career there.

Recently, however, he went on the JRE to spill the beans on what went wrong- and it’s quite the story. Transcription via BJPenn.com:

So when I was 12-0, I had my last fight in Bellator against Andrey Koreshkov on July 30, maybe 31, of 2013 and I beat him up pretty good. I had a 12-month matching period, so what was expressed to me by the UFC brass was that you need to get out of your matching clause and we will make you an offer, but, we won’t make you an offer until that happens. So I called Bjorn [Rebney] and I said ‘Hey Bjorn, I’m not going to re-sign, let me go. Bjorn had a terrible reputation, but I never had a problem with him, we never butted heads too bad. Anyway, I said Bjorn, I don’t want to come back, but people say that they didn’t want me back, but that’s not true at all, but every day, I was like ‘Bjorn let me go, Bjorn let me go,’ and I love challenges. There’s nothing more in the world that I love than a challenge. Go through my wrestling career, it’s what I’m all about, taking the next best single thing every time. So all this time, Dana and the UFC are saying ‘We want Ben Askren. We want Ben Askren.’ I’m ranked number 7 in the world and 12-0 and so, I was going to the Asian store because I was going to make some Tom Kah soup and Bjorn called me and said ‘You’re released. You’re released, you can go.’ I said, ‘I appreciate that.

But that’s where things went wrong.

So Friday morning I go, it’s in November some time, mid-November. So they fax over the release and my manager faxes it over to UFC headquarters and in the afternoon, there’s a media scrum where one of the questions was asked about me and Dana [White] said ‘we aren’t interested in Ben Askren,’ and I was like wait, what’s just happened there because for the last three months they were saying they were interested. Now I finally produce this full release from Bellator which was a miracle that I got, and now they aren’t interested. So I was like, wow, I just got caught in the middle of this.

I was like f’ that and I bought a plane ticket to Vegas for Monday. I was like fuck that, I’m not taking this shit, I’m going to Vegas. So on the Monday, I fly out to Las Vegas to the UFC headquarters and I sit with Lorenzo [Fertitta] and Dana is on the speakerphone. They offered me a Zuffa contract, but it would be confidential and that I would have to fight one fight for World Series Of Fighting, which was like, that’s bizarre. I think the old relationship between the old WSOF and UFC was pretty hazy, but people went the other way right. Like Andrei Arlovski got dropped into World Series, Anthony Johnson, boom, all these people. So they said one fight in WSOF and Zuffa will pay you, but you do one fight. So that was f’d up, but OK. I don’t think they thought I was going to go for it, but I said I’d do it. So I leave, and about six hours later and I got a phone call saying that deal is no longer available, we aren’t’ going to make you an offer. So, wow.

Ben Askren isn’t sure exactly why Dana White didn’t want to sign him. It certainly colored his perception of the man, who he recently called an “insecure scumbag”.

Here’s my guess and I never got to sit face-to-face and say what was your problem with me. There are four things in my mind. Number one, he didn’t really like me, stemming from the, I called him out on the steroid thing where he said it’s impossible to test all UFC athletes. I said that’s not true because USADA does it all over the world for all sorts of sports. You can do it, but it’s just expensive so let’s just call it what it is. They do it now and I was correct, but when Dana is wrong in an argument, and he’s got this huge army that following him and I think his quote was, ‘I’d rather watch flys fuck than Ben Asken fight.’ So the personal attacks started and that’s number one.

Number two, my fighting style isn’t highly attractive. I also think that’s a little bit of fake news because if you look at Georges St-Pierre, consistently, now [Conor] McGregor has trumped him, but if you look on a consistent basis Georges has been the biggest draw. He heavily relied upon takedowns and ground and pound.

Three I think they wanted to take a key piece from Bellator. Four, I think they really believed I could be their champion and having a champion from Bellator transition right into the UFC and become champion, remember Bellator was going to Spike around now, and Bellator could’ve used that to say they’re the same.

Ben Askren says he can theorize all day, but he doesn’t know because he’s never had the chance to ask Dana about it.

I’ve never had the chance to sit down with Dana and ask why there was no offer. You know when like Anthony Pettis was the champ and I’m helping coach him and I think Tyron was, I’ve never had more than five words with Dana in passing right and so it would be really interesting for me to sit down and talk and say ‘tell me for real.’ I’ve got my assumptions on what the deal was, but I don’t really know.

If I had to have number five, I think he got the idea that I’d never be a ‘yes man’. I’m not going to be, I’m never going to be. He likes the ‘yes man’ champion. He’s got some heat with Tyron, he’s got some heat with Stipe as we saw on Saturday night. Dana really struggles with the personalities that won’t cater to what he wants to happen.”

Askren says he would be willing to return, but only for a fight that would prove he is the best in the world. He has frequently picked on Rory Macdonald in the past- could Bellator’s new champion be the catalyst for the Funky One’s return?


Insomnia

Rory Macdonald’s victory at Bellator 192 wasn’t easy.

Accurate bobblehead

Rory loved it.

So pumped on this, @plasticcell did an amazing job #art

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His leg was all messed up

“it hurts but it will fade” is one of the phrases which make Rory… different.

Bruce Buffer always has a great view- in this case Francis Ngannou coming in hot at Stipe Miocic.

@brucebufferufc with the best seat in the house

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I like this version of the Fedor meme

Dana put all his Ngannous in one basket

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The Miocic family have their priorities straight

Dan Henderson wrestling like this is a LONG time ago.

Good lil throwback

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Tony Ferguson loves weird jiu-jitsu, and this is beyond weird- and looks incredibly painful.

Demetrious Johnson hurt his shoulder on his Twitch stream- the best part of this is a UFC champion asking “why do they have to do it so violently??”

Michael Venom Page isn’t remotely bothered by Paul Daley’s bitter criticism of Bellator’s handling of his career.

Small dogs sometimes know no fear.

#mood

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Derrick Lewis is Always Online, so he never misses classics like this:

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Or knockouts like this:

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Max Holloway with his finger on the pulse of martial arts in pop culture

Chael Sonnen outwrestled a very overweight Rampage in the main event of Bellator 192 and acted like he had really accomplished a feat. I guess he did: he earned a cool 300K, just like Rampage.

Volkan Oezdemir was instantly focused on learning from his loss to Daniel Cormier this weekend- a good sign for him moving forward

This real-life spinning elbow turned out to be a fantastic sucker-punch… er… sucker-bow.

Rose Namajunas came by her skills honestly

#tbt when I’d get ribbed for being a #martialartist #whatevs

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Tara LaRosa finally fought that internet troll… sort of. They rolled, and it was underwhelming, to say the least. He gassed quickly, and she tapped him a couple times.

Tara LaRosa vs Kris Zylinski (Internet Troll)

#Rolljunkie #McDojoLife

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Jack Slack’s Fights Gone By with the overly harsh take on Francis Ngannou

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Random Land

Nice blade

Check out this shot

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Midnight Mania! Remember that time Conor McGregor predicted Khabib Nurmagomedov would be lightweight champion?

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Welcome to Midnight Mania- and happy New Year!

A new year is a time for contemplation, looking back at years past, but looking to the future as well. It is fully in this spirit that I present you with this clip: Conor McGregor, who had not yet consolidated his hold on the featherweight throne against Jose Aldo, predicting an eventual clash with lightweight champion… Khabib Nurmagomedov.

There are shades of Cormier predicting his own knockout here, or Ronda Rousey prophesying her downfall at Holly’s left high kick. Of course, it also reminds us how unpredictable the future can be. It was McGregor who got to the lightweight title first, with Khabib’s constant injuries keeping him out of the title conversation until after McGregor won his belt last year. Yet, time is a flat circle, and we find ourselves looking at a likely Nurmagomedov title fight once more, except with McGregor sitting on his absentee belt, asking Nurmagomedov and Ferguson to beg him.

Nurmagomedov was having none of that.

Contrast Ferguson’s reply with McGregor’s here:

The real issue, the vast majority of the time whenever one fighter or another gets accused of “ducking”, is always the UFC’s supreme reluctance to come correct with anything like the right amount of cold hard cash. That is no different here. The problem is not, primarily, McGregor ducking Ferguson OR Nurmagomedov. He’s never ducked an opponent in his career, reliably taking on all comers. He fought Max Holloway, Diego Brandao, Chad Mendes, and Nate Diaz on short notice. When Diaz beat him, he went straight into a high-risk rematch, despite knowing the stylistic matchup he faced. No, the issue is money. As Nurmagomedov said after his fight, McGregor made 100 million dollars. He isn’t about to return to the UFC to fight for 3 million up front, or even ten million. They have to meet him where he wants to be met in terms of pay and a slice of equity, or go without their top and only superstar.

On the meaning of Diddy bread:

BossLogic’s posters are a reminder that the UFC can rarely be bothered to put even the slightest effort into marketing:

Conor also trolled Floyd… again.


Insomnia

Nurmy’s win was the most lopsided in UFC history, on the scorecards:

With Mackenzie Dern’s UFC debut set, here’s that time she grappled Gabi Garcia and submitted her.

She also did this:

A lot of fighters celebrated New Year’s in style.

Was this my 2017? Maybe…

Gunnar Nelson and his father are cooler than you.

Happy new year from the Nelsons

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Hi Tech training.

I must admit it warmed my heart to see Doo Ho Choi and Cub Swanson sitting together after having 2016’s Fight of the Year.

Relationship goals af @koreansuperboy @cubswanson

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Angela Hill hitting pads with her husband

Tony Ferguson didn’t like Rogan wearing Khabib’s papka.

TJ Dillashaw had a baby boy, and named him Bronson Jack… BJ Dillashaw!

Alrighty then.


Slips, Rips, and Rizin Clips

In no particular order:

Tenshin is a master and a monster

Rizin pays Horiguchi pretty well:

Rizin also has far better production value…

…Dropkicks…

…they also (like the UFC) have female fighters who knock people out…

… and no USADA. Is there any question who put on the superior show on New Year’s Eve?

More Tenshin

Rena, their star female fighter, had her first loss since 2011:

Kyoji Horiguchi is one of the best flyweights on the planet. Winning this tournament, fighting twice on one night, was no easy feat.

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Midnight Mania! Tyron Woodley confident Mayweather would train with him for UFC fight with McGregor

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Floyd Mayweather denied any plans to fight in the UFC… but the rule of thumb in combat sports is never to take a promoter’s word at face value. Mayweather is his own promoter, so that holds true for him as well. In addition to the initial talk and the smoke from Joe Rogan, Dana White (yes, the quintessential promoter) said the talks were real; Mayweather DOES always need Money to fund his lavish lifestyle, and no other fight in combat sports sells as many wolf tickets as a rematch with McGregor in McGregor’s world.

Sorry, Demetrious Johnson, as much as I would love to see you choke Mayweather out in under a minute, you probably aren’t what Floyd has in mind.

Tyron Woodley, who counts Mayweather as a friend, says this all makes perfect sense to him, and he is confident Mayweather would reach out to him for coaching if such a fight does indeed become a reality. Transcript via MMAJunkie.com:

“Conor makes sense, because Conor is really a stand-up fighter,” Woodley said on TMZ’s “The Hollywood Beatdown.” “He throws some kicks. Most of those kicks are flashy kicks just to keep you off of him. But he’s not going to do anything really beyond boxing. He’s not going to be wrestling you; he’s not going to be grappling you. So, for Floyd Mayweather, if I was coming into the sport to do MMA, I would want an opponent like that: a striker. (Not) someone who’s going to wrestle him, kick him or a Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist, and he gets put in submissions, and he doesn’t even know what the hell is going on.”

Woodley is only partially correct, of course. We’ve seen Conor’s ground game before, notably against a young featherweight named Max Holloway, and it was pretty slick, with the Irishman landing effortless takedowns for two rounds. His rocked and gassed takedown attempt against Nate Diaz aside, McGregor doesn’t even need to be a notable high-level MMA wrestler against Floyd. He got Mayweather’s back with ease in their boxing match. It’s a short trip from there to the ground. Woodley also underrates the effect and intent of McGregor’s kicking game.

He is completely correct about the financial incentive. Their boxing match did 4.3 million buys, second-highest of all time; one has to assume a rematch in the Octagon would draw similar numbers. Hence McGregor’s one-word tweet in response to Mayweather’s reticence today. What does Mayweather have to lose, after all, besides of course taking a brutal beating in an eight-sided cage?

“Shit, I might be walking down to the octagon with him,” Woodley said.

He continued, “Do it, man. Your legacy is cemented in boxing. This is something that’s just for fun to rack up some more cash. (You’ve) got a crazy lifestyle, you spend a lot of money, and this is another way where you can stack some (cash). Fight Conor McGregor in MMA, let me know when you need me to slide through. We’ll get you trained, get you ready and beat the brakes off of him inside the octagon.”


Insomnia

Stipe Miocic speaks for us all:

Some days, you run across several fighters giving us a glimpse into the less than ideal world of being a professional athlete and fighter for the world’s premiere MMA organization. Today was such a day.

Manuwa is in awe with Ngannou’s power.

This fight is a travesty in every way.

#gabigarcia VS #shinobukandori #WHYDOH #rizin @rizin_pr

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How Darren Till sees himself

Skill

What is going on here??

I agree with Joe Rogan

Combat sports over the next two weekends:


Good Reads

  • Karim Zidan is essential reading for anyone interested in what sports can mean, geopolitically. This latest piece is among his best work.
  • I love that Nate Diaz can live his life on his terms. If the UFC really want him to fight, they’ve got to put some respect on his name.
  • I also love that GSP taking Bisping’s belt and then abdicating it respectfully, pissed Bisping off, because he spent a year and a half doing the exact opposite.

Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Some fun to be had here:

Marc Diakese is a special athlete, has been since his amateur days.

I love this kick setup:

I don’t think most people can do this:


Random Land

This is the heart of a blue whale, the largest animal to ever live:

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Rory MacDonald ‘would not have advised’ Georges St-Pierre to move up to 185 pounds

The almighty Georges St-Pierre will finally return to the Octagon at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 live on pay-per-view (PPV) from inside Madison Square Garden in New York City when he matches up against current UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping.

St-Pierre, 36, will be fighting for the first time in nearly four years and making his unexpected debut at 185 pounds. Considering GSP hasn’t stepped foot inside of the Octagon since defeating Johny Hendricks at UFC 167 to retain his UFC welterweight title, nobody knows for sure how the Canadian superstar is going to perform at UFC 217. That includes Tristar Gym teammate Rory MacDonald, who essentially tailored his game after St-Pierre’s when he first came into the sport so many years ago.

“It will be hard to say, because we haven’t seen him in a while,” MacDonald told MMAjunkie when asked how St-Pierre will look. “That’s the exciting part.”

While many fight fans expected GSP to make an eventual return to combat sports after taking a hiatus back in 2013, nobody would have guessed the all-time great welterweight would compete at middleweight in his first fight back. St-Pierre’s build and athletic capability could transfer well to 185 pounds, but his entire track record and proven fighting ability remain at 170 pounds.

“The 185 thing, I probably wouldn’t have advised it, but he is his own guy,” MacDonald added. “He has his own goals. He’s obviously very talented.

“He is the most dominant champion in welterweight, and one of the most dominant champions ever. It’s hard for me to say what’s right and wrong to a guy like that.”

MacDonald makes a valid point, but St-Pierre isn’t just competing against any ordinary middleweight. Bisping is not only the reigning UFC champion and a guy who has amassed more victories inside of the Octagon than St-Pierre himself, but “The Count” is one of the bigger middleweights around. He won The Ultimate Fighter as a light heavyweight and will most likely weigh over 200 pounds come fight night.

Be that as it may, GSP will have the opportunity to prove he made the right decision to challenge Bisping on his own terms and attempt to capture another UFC title in another division.

“It will be interesting to see what new skills he brings in there, or if he’s going to revert back to his natural strengths,” MacDonald said. “I’ll be watching. I hope for the best.”

UFC 217 will also feature a co-main event title fight pitting current UFC bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt against former divisional king T.J. Dillashaw, as well as a women’s strawweight title fight between current champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk and top contender Rose Namajunas.

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Jon Jones Says He Would Never Do Steroids

Jon Jones says he would never do steroids… …which is exactly what someone who does steroids would say, am I right? It’s been a vicious newscycle for the man who’d be champ many times over if he could just somehow stop messing things up. After snatching the belt away from Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, […]

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Jon Jones Says He Would Never Do Steroids

Jon Jones says he would never do steroids… …which is exactly what someone who does steroids would say, am I right? It’s been a vicious newscycle for the man who’d be champ many times over if he could just somehow stop messing things up. After snatching the belt away from Daniel Cormier at UFC 214, […]

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Midnight Mania! Floyd Mayweather says Conor McGregor going the distance would be “a victory for him”

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Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Mayweather has said a couple things in the lead-up now to try to convince people that his fight against McGregor will be exciting, unlike his normal fighting style. He mentioned going after Conor in that interview where he also brought up racism; he has said he and Conor owe the fans an entertaining fight; and now, he says that if Conor goes all twelve rounds, that would be regarded as a win for the Irishman. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“It is a victory for him,” Mayweather said. “If he goes the distance, it’s a victory for him. In my eyes, also.”

He’s doubtless correct, for many. Not everyone, of course; some, including McGregor fans, or MMA fans who don’t watch boxing, or casuals who know little about either sport, would be disappointed in any outcome other than a McGregor knockout. McGregor himself has repeatedly forecast an early knockout for him. Most who watch boxing, however, agree that the odds are hugely stacked in Floyd’s favor; if Conor just goes the distance, and lands any significant shots at all, many would call that a win for him, even say McGregor performed above expectations. Floyd knows this.

“He believes it’s not gonna go past four ,and I believe that it’s not gonna go the distance at all,” Mayweather said. “He feels one way, I feel another way. we’re both confident in our skills. We’ll just have to see.”

This is where Mayweather began to oversell McGregor’s skill, using Trumpian levels of gaslighting:

Of course, the so-called boxing experts, they say things like, ‘Oh when a guy is bigger and stronger, that means he’s better,’” Mayweather said. “What I’m saying is this: On paper, we know he’s taller, we know he has a longer reach, we know youth is on his side. OK? And I guess everybody is saying power is on his side. But I’m saying IQ is on my side, experience is on my side and i think just fighting knowledge is on my side.

No boxing experts are saying that for this fight. Floyd is literally pulling that out of thin air. He goes on:

“So I never said that I feel that I’m gonna lose. I never get involved in anything if I think I’m gonna take a loss. That’s like me saying, ‘Yes I’m gonna invest my money, but I know I’m gonna take a loss, but I’m still gonna invest it.’”

He went on to detail his scouting process, which he says is more detailed than just studying tape:

“It’s about doing your homework,” Mayweather said. “It’s not really watching fight tapes. It’s really just knowing the person you’re facing, that’s across the ring from you. You want to know what that person likes to eat, you want to know what that person is doing when they’re not in training camp. If they’re drinking, how much they’re drinking, who they’re hanging out with. Those are the things that you want to know. Thats called really doing your due diligence and your homework on your opponent. Not just watching fight tapes.”

He said he knows that McGregor weighs about 160 right now. And then he reiterated that he owes the fans a memorable performance, especially after the Pacquaio fight:

“When it’s something of this magnitude, this is not just a fight,” Mayweather said. “This is an event. This is billion-dollar fight, it’s an event. I think we both owe the fans as well as the public, everyone that’s tuning in, I think that we both should give them excitement.”

I’ll believe that when I see it.


Insomnia

Max Holloway says he will be your huckleberry, Conor (presumably)

This i

Leonard Ellerbe with the heat

This glove thing will be interesting, because that’s still McGregor’s (very slim) best path to victory

I second the shoutout to Megan Anderson’s makeup artist.

A prospect to watch in September

Tyron Woodley and Demian Maia inspired some research for the fewest strikes landed in a UFC title fight

Rampage airing some drama online

Who is Tonya Evinger’s boxing coach? I must do more research here

Anderson Silva fighting Kelvin Gastelum in Shanghai is one of the most random matchups I can think of… or is it?

MMA memes are good. Salty MMA memes are great. Nurmagomedov and Ferguson may be too good a fight to ever happen


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Tommy “Hitman” Hearns was from a golden age of boxing

Judo throws in this facsimile of MMA are fun, I guess


Podcasts and Audio

Wonderboy explains how he injured his knee and who he wants next:

The MMA Ratings Podcast


Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter @Vorpality. And to all, I have to apologize for last night’s headline. That was all me, and to be honest the headline was misleading. In my head, it made sense. Jones Jones thinks Cormier crying indicates he cares about the sport, which is beautiful. Therefore, Jones thinks Cormier crying is beautiful. A=B, B=C, therefore A=C. I thought, and still think, that for Jon Jones, who has never lost, who is the guy inflicting the career-altering defeat, this was an incredibly arrogant and pathological thing to say. However, that was pretty clearly opinion, and while I am allowed to write opinion in Midnight Mania, I’ve pretty much always led with news. I should have indicated that it wasn’t strictly news, or re-worked the headline entirely.

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