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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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Dana White ‘Would Love to See’ Adesanya Fight Jon Jones

Adesanya wasn’t taking questions about Jon Jones last night, but the UFC president was

Israel Adesanya won the UFC interim middleweight belt last night at UFC 236 in a historic Fight of the Year candidate with Kelvin Gastelum (watch the highlights!). The flashy striker has proven he has endless heart. Afterwards, Adesanya brushed away questions about Jon Jones, saying “This is about me. None of that. This is about me and Kelvin. I’ll address that another time.”

UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones didn’t seem to like not being the center of attention. In quick succession this morning, he tweeted,

Just waking up to the morning news, this is about you now bitch

Everybody else [hang loose emoji] Have the best day today

This wasn’t the first shade Jones has thrown Adesanya’s way. He had posted about the Nigerian-born New Zealander before the bout, responding to Israel’s assertions that Jones is smart enough to worry about him. After the fight, he was critical of Israel’s performance, retweeting someone else’s analysis that Israel is not ready for Jones yet.

Well said, my man had a toe to toe kick boxing match with a short stubby wrestler. There’s only one Jon Jones ladies and gentlemen

When someone pointed out this was also a criticism of Gastelum’s abilities, Jones said that he was impressed Gastelum almost beat Adesanya without throwing a single kick. (The only sequence in the fight where Kelvin visibly rocked Israel started with Gastelum’s head kick)

That wasn’t my intention, nothing but respect for Kelvin. Dude Almost beat a kickboxer without throwing a single kick

Jones then woke up in the morning and apparently saw Israel dismissing the question about him. It isn’t clear what ‘This is about you now bitch’ means in this context. Jones isn’t about to drop to middleweight, and Adesanya has a massive title unification bout ahead of him against the great Robert Whittaker. Still, if the Last Stylebender does get past Whittaker, Dana White said he would be interested in seeing a superfight between the two 6’4” phenoms. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“(Adesanya has) got Whittaker to look forward to now,” White said. “Whittaker is a bad dude. He’s bigger than Kelvin, he hits harder than Kelvin, and he needs to focus on him right now.

“I know him and Jon Jones have been talking some smack, and listen, if he wins, and he becomes the middleweight champion, obviously I’d love to see him and Jon Jones fight. But we’ll see how everything plays out and timing. Because the other thing is if Israel fights Whittaker and wins, there’s other guys that have been waiting in line, too, to fight for the title. If (Ronald) ‘Jacare’ (Souza) keeps winning and doesn’t get a title fight, that guy might kill me.

“But that Jon Jones fight is going to be out there for Israel no matter what. That ain’t going anywhere.”

The undefeated Adesanya walks around considerably lighter than Jones, and we saw in the main event last night how a power disparity can affect a fight. The difference in size was the main problem MMA Mania analyst Andrew Richardson brought up when I posed Adesanya as a potential future opponent for Jones.

Still, the possibility remains, and we will no doubt hear more about it in the days ahead.

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Midnight Mania! Holloway Would Fight Moicano ‘On An Hour’s Notice’

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Max Holloway is nothing if not down for a fight anytime, anyplace. He suffered from some still undiagnosed neurological issues that canceled his last scheduled title defense. He is focused on the future, though. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“Why fix something that’s not broken?” Holloway said. “Ortega’s been doing something great. I’m a fighter. I fight whenever. I fight whoever. You’ve got to be ready to go if you’re the best in the world, and I believe I’m the best in the world. Training has been going great and ready to put all this talk about a ‘New Era’ – it’s still the ‘Blessed Era’ in full effect.”

Due to Holloway’s recent health issues, ultra-tough prospect Renato Moicano has been tapped as a stand-by replacement after his own opponent fell through. He even had some lighthearted trash talk ready for the champion.

I am really happy for this opportunity. I will become champ, be it this time or next. And, Holloway, you are a great champion, but Toronto is freezing! You should stay in Hawaii and take care of your health, man!

A last-minute change in opponent wouldn’t bother Max, who found Moicano’s comments funny.

“Tell Moicano thank you for the offer, but I’ll be seeing him sooner or later,” Holloway said. “Just be ready for anything. Thank you for the offer. He’s a great dude, cool guy, awesome guy. That’s very funny. I look forward to seeing that guy, too, one day.”

“I would take him on three hours’ notice,” Holloway said. “I’ll take you on an hour’s notice. I don’t care. Everyone was like, ‘The Khabib (Nurmagomedov) fight, you’re crazy for taking this on a weeks’ notice.’ Look, they’re taking the fight with me. You’re taking a fight with me. I don’t care who it is. Whoever. They’ve got to remember who they’re fighting and who they’re fighting against, and that’s me.”

Holloway is still focused on Ortega for now, though, and said he plans on making the fight look easy.

“I’m going to go out there and do what I do best,” Holloway said. “I’m going to open the door for you and whenever you’re ready, grab your hand and walk you through it. Thank you, come again. People keep saying this is going to be one of my hardest fights. I’m going to go out there and make people like, ‘What was that?’ That’s my game plan.”

Holloway faces Ortega in the main event of UFC 231 on December 8 in the Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, Canada.


Insomnia

This Saturday’s fight card is considerably more intriguing than Friday’s; the main event winner between Junior dos Santos and Tai Tuivasa is a good candidate to face last weekend’s heavyweight winner, Francis Ngannou.

Junior is confident in his boxing

Robbie Lawler vs. Ben Askren is going to be a huge moment of truth for Ben. They are treating him like Vikings reportedly treated their toddlers, throwing him in the ocean and expecting him to swim. If Lawler’s sprawl is anything like it was at the height of his Renaissance, Askren could be in for a rude awakening.

Speaking of top welterweights, here is Santiago Ponzinibbio meeting with the president of Argentina. The caption reads, “Pleased with the recognition of the president of my country. I am proud to represent the colors of my flag on the world stage and help the growth of this sport in my homeland”

Hang in there, little Borg.

I sincerely hope Rachael Ostovich is in a good enough physical and mental state for her “just fight through it” strategy to work as he gears up to face Paige VanZant after a brutal episode of domestic violence at the (alleged) hands of her MMA fighter husband.

Bantamweight is one of the divisions that has a lot of primo talent outside the UFC, and that’s only going to get better now that the UFC flyweights (most of whom can also fight up at bantamweight) have been cast to the four winds. Darrion Caldwell vs. Kyoji Horiguchi would be hot fire, and a great example of cross promotion, or at least fighters being able to fight for different promoters while under contract, benefiting the fans.

It’s great that genocidal dictators are getting more influence in the sport of MMA, I can’t see any problems with this whatsoever.

How does the meme go? ‘One taught me love, one taught me patience, one taught me pain’

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Tito Ortiz isn’t wrong that the UFC got rich to the tune of 5 billion (once everything was totaled) off the rivalries he, Chuck, and a handful of others forged. But that’s the fight game, and it won’t get better until the fighters learn to bargain collectively, which under the current structure is impossible. Who knows, maybe that anti-trust lawsuit will make it to settlement. It seems unlikely in the current climate.

Didn’t Frankie Edgar see Jurassic Park 3? Watch out for the fog.

Dustin Poirier and Tony Ferguson should fight for yes, yet another interim belt if Khabib isn’t going to defend promptly. I just want to see them throw down, dammit.

“An amiable fellow” — control the titles, control the fight world

Someone is having way too much fun with Artem Lobov’s Wiki page- according to this he fought Demi Lovato for the Clan Wars Lightweight Championship.

Good to know regional guys are still pulling crazy stuff off! Suman Mokhtarian fights fellow featherweight standout prospect striker, Sudiq Yusuff, at UFC Fight Night 142 this Saturday.

He routinely pulls off arcane submissions you’ve only ever seen a couple times in your life in the cage.

Worst headline of the day:


Quick Hits


Podcasts and Video

It’s been a while since I’ve included podcasts and video, but since there are not one but two UFC events this weekend, what are the top fights to keep an eye on?

Andrew Richardson breaks down Kamaru Usman’s rudimentary striking- all the best to Andrew as he recovers from surgery.

I also been really enjoying this series from Felix Beiderman and Jon Bois, Fighting In the Age of Loneliness. Some of the links to the broader cultural and political climate seem tenuous — I came to MMA relatively late, so I don’t really have a reference from personal experience — but Felix takes tremendous joy describing the transcendent experience watching early MMA.


Random Land

If you haven’t seen ‘Florida Man Goes to Switzerland’, the latest in the ongoing reality-bending adventures of Florida Man, you have to check it out. This guy holds on to a hang-glider strut for more than two minutes with nothing holding him up but his own iron grip, just dangling hundreds of feet in the air.

Sleep well, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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Ferguson Would ‘Break’ McGregor In Both MMA And Boxing

I’m disappointed that Tony Ferguson went an entire tweet without referring to Conor McGregor as “McNugget.” I mean, he could have at least used the hashtag #SnapCity, but I guess nothing is sacred these days.

There was a point earlier this year when Ferguson was the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim lightweight champion, waiting for McGregor to defend his 155-pound strap. Fast-forward past UFC 229 and now neither of them can claim gold.

Blame this.

Anyway, all the cool kids want to box McGregor because beating him at mixed martial arts (MMA) is no longer good enough. Kinda says something about the sport as a whole. Remember when Eli Manning topped Tom Brady in the Super Bowl and then said, “What I really want is to get a basketball and beat him in a game of 1-on-1.”

Of course you don’t, because that’s stupid and it never happened.

“I feel I do my best against ‘Southpaws,’” Ferguson wrote. “Most of my finishes are against them with style points. I feel if I were to fight Conor McGregor in a cage or boxing match my athleticism and conditioning would be too much for the Irishman and he would easily break in a few rounds.”

Ferguson may get the chance to prove his mettle against the power-punching Irishman as current titleholder, Khabib Nurmagomedov, is expected to earn a mandatory timeout from Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) for his role in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl.

If and when that finally happens, let’s just hope the promotion doesn’t create yet another substitute strap. Considering how long “Notorious” was able to hold the division hostage, “The Eagle” should be able to do likewise.

Actually, at this point, who even cares about the title, just make good fights.

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Colby Covington Would Be Happy To Welcome Conor McGregor Back To Welterweight

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight challenger Colby Covington believes that sometime in the future Irish mega star Conor McGregor will return to the welterweight division and “Chaos” will be ready to greet him when he does.
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Colby Covington Would Be Happy To Welcome Conor McGregor Back To Welterweight

Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight challenger Colby Covington believes that sometime in the future Irish mega star Conor McGregor will return to the welterweight division and “Chaos” will be ready to greet him when he does.
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Anderson Silva Believes it Would Be ‘A Great Honor’ to Fight Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor got tongues wagging earlier this week when he discussed potential future opponents inside the Octagon after his clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov this weekend at UFC 229. One name that stood out from his comments was Brazilian legend and former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
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Anderson Silva Believes it Would Be ‘A Great Honor’ to Fight Conor McGregor

Conor McGregor got tongues wagging earlier this week when he discussed potential future opponents inside the Octagon after his clash with Khabib Nurmagomedov this weekend at UFC 229. One name that stood out from his comments was Brazilian legend and former Ultimate Fighting Championship middleweight champion Anderson Silva.
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UFC President Dana White ‘Would Like to See’ Third Fight Between Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones

It’s safe to say there is more than enough intrigue for a third meeting between Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones.
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Gegard Mousasi Expected Rory MacDonald ‘Would Do More’ in Bellator 206 Title Fight

Gegard Mousasi expected to emerge from Bellator Bellator 206 with his hand raised. But he also expected a little bit more resistance from Rory McDonald.
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