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Jon Jones Wants to Fight Three Times This Year: ‘I’m Going to Kick the S–t Out of 2019′

In the past, Jon Jones claims he would fill his life with “partying and nonsense” following a big victory. However, in the aftermath of his light heavyweight championship triumph over Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 232, Jones only wants to fill his schedule with more fights.
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It is somehow fitting for 2018 to close with amazing events that were headlined with two of the most morally questionable people in combat sports getting dominant wins

Like Amanda Nunes, flyweight great Kyoji Horiguchi pulled off a remarkable superfight win against Bellator champion Darrion Caldwell.

Like Cris Cyborg, Caldwell took the loss incredibly well, like a true champion.

Just like UFC 232, RIZIN 14 had a series of weird, remarkable finishes

(inserts random video-game-esque knockout from another promotion)

I was sad to see Justin Scoggins lose to this highly unusual submission

Japanese MMA is just the best.

Coming back to weird triangle-ish submissions:

Daniel Cormier doesn’t think Jon Jones should come to the wrestling meet.

Ben Askren doesn’t, either, only he said it without DC’s grace

In case you wondered what 215-lb. Alexander Volkanovski looked like, here are photos of him during his League days:

Another look at Nunes flatlining Cris Cyborg:

Like I said, Cyborg took in incredibly well, a true role model in defeat.

This is wild

I have to say, Amanda Nunes is growing on me. She’s just a likable person.

Tyron Woodley’s win over Robbie Lawler felt very similar to Nunes’ win over Cyborg, the faster fighter landing first-round rockets on a champion with a notable advantage in the later rounds.

Speaking of Woodley, Covington won this poll running away, but apparently the UFC has Usman up next:

Forrest Griffin is giving up 14% of his manliness for this kitten, apparently.

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Cute Cats make you 14% less manly

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I got some ideas on this

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Who’s next, still hungry.

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Let’s not forget the situation surrounding Jones’ licensing didn’t magically go away with his win. This could have repercussions in 2019.

If you are travelling home over the holidays, don’t forget this valuable advice:

I really want to pet a cheetah in my lifetime. They are the best Big Cat there is.

Chad Mendes has reportedly called it a career. Better to retire early than late. Mendes had three cracks at UFC gold, including 2014’s fight of the year against Jose Aldo, and came close twice. He apparently has a thriving trail guide business, which is always a good indication a fighter will really be able to walk away, and hopefully he was able to stash that half a million from the McGregor fight into a nice nest egg.

All hail his successor as featherweight prince, Alexander the Great:

This makes no sense. How is Lineker on the prelims?

This seems unlikely to ever happen.

Speaking of things that made me laugh with how little sense they made, here’s Dillon Danis:

Mike Beltran just became way more likeable. Poor Gustafsson.

Gabi Garcia is a scary human.

Dominick Cruz calling fights where his current or former teammates are in the main event seems like a weird practice.

Brian Ortega with Halle Berry at the fights

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Megan Anderson put her toe in Cat Zingano’s eye


Random Land

Don’t watch this if you like iguanas.

This is how that always goes:

Sleep well in 2019, Maniacs! A better tomorrow is always possible. Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

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The 2018 ‘Fighter of the Year’ Is …

I’ve been rather terse with most of these, as I recognize that an introduction is just an obstacle between you, the list, and subsequently complaining about the list in the comments, but I did want to chime in here. Several fighters, namely Max Holloway, Henry Cejudo, Tyron Woodley and Robert Whittaker had massive victories in 2018, but competed just once. Unless it’s a Douglas vs. Tyson-level, Earth-shattering victory, I don’t think one good win is enough to earn a spot on this list.

Luckily, there were plenty of other worthy contenders to fill in the gaps. Here are our picks for 2018’s “Fighter of the Year.”

HONORABLE MENTIONS: Thiago Santos, Valentina Shevchenko, Gegard Mousasi, Tatiana Suarez, Anthony Smith

No. 5: Dustin Poirier

MMA: UFC Fight Night Phoenix-Poirier vs Gaethje
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“The Diamond” has gone 8-1 with one “No Contest” since moving up to Lightweight, and though he fought just twice this year as opposed to his three-bout 2015 and 2016 efforts due to an injury scrapping a planned fight with Nate Diaz, what he accomplished was significant enough to earn a spot.

Poirier’s first fight of 2018 remains arguably the year’s best, a grueling war with Justin Gaethje that saw Poirier survive a compromised lead leg to put away the incomparably gritty “Highlight” early in the fourth round. Then came revenge; Poirier had gone to war with Eddie Alvarez in 2017, nearly finishing the former UFC and Bellator champ before illegal knees from the “Underground King” ended proceedings early. This time around, headlining the penultimate Fox show in July, Poirier survived a rough spot to smash Alvarez into submission late in the second round.

Poirier has now won three “Fights of the Night” and one “Performance of the Night” in his last five fights. Though the situation with Lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson remains up in the air, I’d love to see “The Diamond” finally get a shot at the belt.

No. 4: Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza

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This may seem like a weird inclusion considering that Souza suffered a loss this year, but let’s look closer.

Souza opened the year by easily defeating Derek Brunson, who was coming off of crushing knockout victories over Daniel Kelly and Lyoto Machida. He returned four months later against Kelvin Gastelum, and despite visibly fading from a rough weight cut and losing a split decision, gave the former Ultimate Fighter such a tough out that the MMA media was essentially split down the middle over who deserved the nod. Finally, he wiped out Chris Weidman with a gorgeous right hand despite having been originally preparing for David Branch.

With slightly different judging, Souza could have been 3-0 this year with two of those victories coming over a former champion and the man who will soon fight for the title. All while being 39 years old. I think that deserves some recognition.

No. 3: Khabib Nurmagomedov

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Nurmagomedov’s victory over Conor McGregor was the most-watched piece of MMA action of 2018 and one of the most-watched fights in the history of the sport. Unfortunately, so was the ensuing melee, and though I can definitely sympathize with the Dagestani wrecking machine after all the haranguing he received, it’s hard to overlook that when putting together a list of top fighters.

The win was still excellent, admittedly, and his dominant-but-uninspiring victory over Al Iaquinta looks a lot better after the latter’s upset of Kevin Lee a couple weeks back. Just a little too much baggage for those top spots.

No. 2: Israel Adesanya

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Adesanya is arguably tied with Gokhan Saki as the most accomplished kickboxer to ever step foot in the Octagon besides Semmy Schilt, who only became a kickboxing legend well after his UFC tenure. Unlike Saki, he joined the UFC in the midst of his athletic prime, and the results have been stunning.

After breaking down Rob Wilkinson and edging Marvin Vettori, Adesanya got a main event slot against Brad Tavares, whom he dismantled so thoroughly that he earned Performance of the Night for a decision win. He took on another wrestler in Derek Brunson four months later, thrashing him in a single round for his third post-fight bonus in four UFC bouts.

We won’t have to wait long to see him again, either; he’s booked to fight Anderson Silva in just over a month. Here’s hoping we see another busy year for “The Last Stylebender.”

No. 1: Daniel Cormier

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Undefeated (3-0) with three finishes, first man in UFC history to defend two different titles in the same reign. “The Daddest Man on the Planet” had an unprecedented year, handily disposing of Volkan Oezdemir, the heavily favored Stipe Miocic, and Derrick Lewis. I don’t think there’s any question he deserves the top spot.

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Cruz Out For An Entire Year, Still The Best Ever

Good thing those extended layoffs save brain cells or they might be good for nothing.

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) bantamweight champion, Dominick Cruz, has once again been forced to the sidelines after suffering a debilitating injury in training camp, one severe enough to leave him sidelined for an entire year.

So what the f—k happened?

“My subscapularis is completely torn off and my supraspinatus is 75 percent torn off,” Cruz told The Ariel Helwani MMA Show. “So from what I understand, they have to take the tendon and reattach it with a screw of some sort into the bone to get everything reconnected. . . It’s basically an ACL [tear] of the shoulder.”

Cruz was scheduled to face John Lineker at the since-canceled UFC 233 pay-per-view (PPV) event, previously scheduled for Jan. 26, 2019 inside Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., one of many mishaps that left Bellator unopposed in “The Golden State.”

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“With all that being said, how I feel is sadness, Cruz said. “Extreme sadness, to be honest. It hurts. I want to cry. But I also know that this is a long road that I’ve had already. You can attack whatever you want to in this situation but it never defeats me and it never will. I’m not the greatest bantamweight of all time despite my injuries. I’m the greatest bantamweight of all time because of my injuries.”

Despite an impressive record (22-2), Cruz holds just one victory against a Top 15 bantamweight opponent, a split-decision nod over former champion TJ Dillashaw from UFC Fight Night 81 roughly three years back.

See you in 2020?

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UFC Negotiates New PPV Split Worth $60+ Million A Year

The UFC just got a little more profitable.

It makes sense that cable companies make their money off pay-per-view by taking a cut of the sales, but you might be surprised to know how big of a cut they get. Up until recently, the UFC has had to split revenue with the big providers 50/50. But according to the Sports Business Journal, they’ve just renegotiated that number to a much more reasonable 70/30 split in favor of the fight promotion.

How’d this all come about? It’s due to the UFC’s status as one of the last companies standing in the pay-per-view market. Porn is everywhere on the internet. The WWE switched to their own subscription network. And major boxing pay-per-views are happening less and less often, especially with new streaming networks like DAZN snapping up rights.

In a detailed breakdown on MMAFighting.com, PPV insider Dave Meltzer broke down the numbers and estimated the UFC should pull in around $ 65 million extra a year based on current PPV figures. That’s money that goes right into the UFC’s pocket, as the few fighters who receive a cut of PPV sales make a set price per unit sold.

That’s not an insignificant sum. Let’s compare it to the UFC’s new broadcast deal which sees ESPN pay UFC $ 1.5 billion over 5 years. Keep in mind the UFC has to produce 30 events a year for that money. Over that same 5 year period, the UFC could take in $ 325 million off this one simple change, with no extra work or expense involved.

Chalk that up as another win for UFC parent company Endeavor. And as another sign that UFC fighters really, really, really need to unionize in order to get themselves a piece of this action.

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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The Best Bellator Event of the Year Is Tonight – You Should Tune In

The UFC may have everyone salivating in anticipation of next week’s installment of Conor McGregor: Superhero, but Bellator’s got some big in store tonight. It’s definitely worth tuning in for.

Setting aside Bellator 206‘s  co-main event of Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Wanderlei Silva, which is a joke of a fight, there’s the main event of Gegard Mousasi versus Rory MacDonald.

In case you forgot, Mousasi is the organization’s middleweight champ, while MacDonald is the welterweight champ. And they were top contenders in the UFC when they decided to jump ship and dominant in Bellator.

They are literally two of the best middleweights and welterweights around.

Also… HOLY CRAP MACDONALD IS MOVING UP A WEIGHT CLASS TO FIGHT ONE OF THE BEST! THAT’S INSANE!

I think MacDonald might have bitten off more than he can chew with Mousasi, just based on the size difference. But if there’s anyone on the Bellator roster that can beat Mousasi, it’s MacDonald, so…

If the notion of that ultra-compelling fight doesn’t move you, there’s also a rematch between two of Bellator’s other elite welterweights, Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Lima was champ when he knocked out Koreshkov, but now that MacDonald is king, the Brazilian is back in the mix with this, the first fight on Bellator’s welterweight tournament.

Finally, there’s Aaron Pico. The superstar wrestler will forever be living down that dismal Bellator debut last year, but the three subsequent KO/TKOs are helping his cause.

Tune in. I certainly will be.

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Stephen Thompson Eyeing Fight With Robbie Lawler Early Next Year

Fans will have to wait to see the next title fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship welterweight division after the champ Tyron Woodley was forced to withdraw from his fight with Colby Covington due to a thumb injury he suffered in his win over Darren Till. However, there could be another high profile welterweight bout joining them in early 2019 between former champion and knockout artist Robbie Lawler and two-time title challenger Stephen Thompson.
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Re-live 2017’s ‘Fight of the Year’ Ahead Of UFC ‘Lincoln!’

Before Justin Gaethje attempts to get back into the win column when he takes on James Vick in UFC Fight Night 135’s FOX Sports 1-televised main event this Saturday night (Aug. 25, 2018) in Lincoln, Neb., let’s take a look back at his explosive Octagon debut.

Back in July 2017, Gaethje stepped into the eight-walled cage for the very first time after spending the majority of his combat career fighting for World Series of Fighting (WSOF). And he wasn’t given a warm-up fight, either, when he was matched up opposite long-time veteran, Michael Johnson, in the headlining bout of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 25 Finale in Las Vegas, Nevada.

What ensued was an all out barn-burner, as Gaethje and Johnson wasted no time exchanging haymakers, with “The Menace” connecting early on. In true “Highlight” form, Gaethje took it on the chin and kept pushing forward. In doing so, he clipped Johnson with a few solid strikes to let him know he wasn’t going to back down an inch.

And he let him hear about it throughout the fight, too.

Still, Johnson didn’t back down, either, calling for Gaethje to come in after each strike, which only encouraged “Highlight” to do what he does best: Stand and bang. In the closing seconds of round one, Johnson rocked Gaethje with a huge right hand and proceeded to follow up with haymakers in an attempt to end the fight. Instead, the round came to an end and Gaethje survived.

In round two, though, Gaethje proved to be too much for Johnson, as his relentless pace was simply more than “The Menace” could handle, as he was visibly exhausted. After Gaethje connected with a flying knee, he proceed to pound out his foe on the feet to ultimately force a referee stoppage … and ultimately earn 2017’s “Fight of the Year” honors from us fine folks at MMAmania.com.

While his Octagon debut was impressive, Gaethje went on to drop his next two outings against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Now, he faces the up-and-coming James Vick in a crucial bout for both men.

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UFC on Fox 29 Salaries: Dustin Poirier Earns Event-High $170K in ‘Fight of the Year’ Contender

Dustin Poirier earned every bit of his salary against Justin Gaethje in the
UFC on Fox 29 headliner.
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