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Jose Aldo Calls Out Conor McGregor for Rematch: ‘You Have Nowhere to Run’

Despite his loss at UFC 229, Conor McGregor is still in high demand as an opponent.
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Midnight Mania! Ortega Recounts Dana & Co. Telling Him ‘You Didn’t Do Your Job’

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Brian Ortega wasn’t paid at all after his UFC 226 co-main event with Max Holloway fell through after Holloway showed very worrying signs of brain trauma.

Brian Ortega says that, for the first time ever, his team were 100% in agreement that he shouldn’t risk his spot on a last-minute replacement fight. Dana, though, wasn’t in the mood for dissent. Transcript via MMAFighting.com:

“All of [my team] were on the same page,” Ortega recently told Brendan Schaub on Below the Belt. “It never happened in the history of our team. It’s always like [one guys says] ‘I think you should take it,’ [another guy says] ‘No, you’re stupid!’ and then it’s this thing and we finally come to an agreement. This time, I walked in the room and everyone was on the same page…

“[So], we talked to Dana and he was pretty pissed off. He was just in a bad mood, a fight fell through, DC just fell, and then he walks in this meeting. So I tell him, ‘Hey, I’m not gonna fight.’ I’m holding my ground. ‘Listen, with all due respect, I stepped in and fought [Thiago] Tavares on two weeks’ notice, I stepped in and I fought Frankie on three weeks’ notice, and I stepped in and tried to fight Khabib [Nurmagomedov] on six days’ notice. It’s not a scared issued, it’s not that I’m not down for the company. I finished everyone you told me to, every single person you put in front of me, I took their heads off and, like Conor [McGregor] says, I put them on your f**king doorstep. That earned me a title shot and now that I’m here, why go anywhere else besides forward?”

Brian Ortega always comes across as an extremely calm, rational guy. Surely Dana White would see reason. But no, that’s not what happened.

“[Dana] put on his promoter hat and is like, ‘Listen man, just fight, we’ll work something out,’ and I was like, ‘We don’t need to work anything out. I want Max Holloway or I want the belt.’ [Dana says] ‘Well, we’ll see if we can do an interim belt.’ I’m not fighting for a fake belt. It looks cool but it’s not the real belt. There’s no real money involved with that one. Nothing really goes on in terms of being a champion. You just get something that says, ‘I’m first place.’ It just says I’m next in line for the belt but I’m already here! You just want to put something shiny around my waist to make me feel better. No, I’m not gonna do it.

As an aside, the UFC stripping Tony Ferguson of his interim title, and now talking about stripping Colby Covington of the interim belt he just won, signal that Ortega was 100% right in his estimation that an interim title means nothing.

“I showed up, I was cutting weight, I did all the media, even the media in Spanish. I had to do double the work and do all that in Spanish. Every fighter left and I’m still stuck there doing everything in Spanish. I showed I was a company man. I was down to promote the hell out of this fight, I took extra hours while I’m hungry, starving, to keep doing media. I showed up. Don’t you think that’s worth something? Even if I didn’t take the fight, I did my end of the deal. Then they came back and said ‘Well our deal is to find you a fight and we found you a fight and you turned it down. I did my job, you didn’t do yours. Your job is to show up and fight.’”

The UFC have been stunningly inconsistent on paying show and/or win money in the case of a cancelled fight, the deciding factor here seemingly being that Dana White was in a pissy mood. Despite record profits for the company last year, Dana White infamously said after several fights fell through at UFC 223 in Brooklyn that “we have that much money” to pay fighters both show and win money.

It is hardly unusual to see Dana White and the UFC play hardball with their labor; estimates for fighter share of revenue are somewhere at or below 17%, after all; that figure will only get lower with the new ESPN deal. This is the impetus behind several different attempts to organize fighters, the most recent, and potentially significant, being Leslie Smith’s attempt with Project Spearhead to get UFC fighters’ employment status reviewed; employee status would allow them to form a fighter union. She seemed to score an initial victory when the NLRB decided she had a case, but that victory was quickly delayed when the NLRB suddenly changed course and sent her complaint to D.C. for further review.

Unless they unionize, the anti-trust lawsuit pays off, or Dana White somehow gets exposed by the #MeToo movement, the fighters remain at the whims of an emotional, vindictive promoter.


Insomnia

In related news, Brian Ortega is a very big featherweight.

Hopefully the doctors can figure out what is going on with Max Holloway’s brain, and hopefully he really is feeling better and not just being positive. It would be an incredible shame to see his career end just as he’s reaching his peak.

This is the fight to make next- and it seems Adesanya is down to fight Anderson.

Eventually, Israel Adesanya vs. Paulo Costa will be a great middleweight fight. The Style Bender vs. the Eraser. Anderson Silva should come first.

Jim Miller teaches self defense with a fishing pole. Crucial stuff.

This raccoon was not dissuaded by this woman’s paddle. Maybe she should sign up for Jim Miller’s class.

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Courtney Casey replaces Alexa Grasso, facing Angela Hill next month in Nebraska.

Cat Zingano’s fan art is good.

Don’t forget steroids, Jonny Bones- I mean, dick pills, and cocaine. Also, happy birthday.

You have to love this- a cashier gave Paul Felder advice on his spinning back fist.

Ronda Rousey facing a basketball player for some reason

Yes, this fight was good before but it is better with lightsabers.

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I wonder what advice George St. Pierre got from Sugar Ray Leonard

Volkan Oezdemir being out of his fight with Gustafsson could end up being a huge favor to Gustafsson, who may face an easier opponent now. Or a more difficult one, who knows.

Everybody was Kung Fu Fighting

Mitt work flow from a Muay Thai expert

Fan art from Mike Perry’s fight with Paul Felder.

I said we would paint a beautiful masterpiece #FanArt #MasterPieceMikePerry

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

A dominant angle

This slam is almost balletic in it’s effortless grace

Arm-triangle choke from PFL

I would hate to be the guy who wasn’t out when they thought I was out, but congrats to Steven Siler

Firstly, amazing nickname. “The Mama’s Boy” is perfect. Secondly, I can’t believe this setup to the guillotine worked- Kelvin Tiller must have some serious squeeze

Fantastic technique. Immortal, almost.


Quick Hits

  • Luke Rockhold’s after the fact “I would totally have gone HAM on Brock Lesnar” when in real life he couldn’t be bothered to do anything besides stand there in his white pants was my chuckle of the day.
  • The real heavyweight contender who is being overlooked, Curtis Blaydes, shouldn’t be so hard on himself. His fighting style is plenty exciting. He slams and elbows his way to wins. The problem is solely that more people will pay to see Brock Lesnar and his screwed-up teeth fight than even know who Curtis Blaydes is.

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Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality. Also, I have an announcement:

I have a personal project I’ve been working on for the better part of a year in between writing Midnight Mania for you, and my day job. It will be live on Kickstarter this coming Monday- it has nothing to do with combat sports, but feel free to consider sharing and donating if it’s something you’re into. Here’s me explaining what its about- you can learn more at SwitchKick.org.

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CM Punk Issues Statement After Second UFC Defeat: ‘You Win Some, You Lose Some’

CM Punk may be 0-2 as a mixed martial artist, but that didn’t prevent him from having a positive outlook following his second Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance.
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CM Punk Issues Statement After Second UFC Defeat: ‘You Win Some, You Lose Some’

CM Punk may be 0-2 as a mixed martial artist, but that didn’t prevent him from having a positive outlook following his second Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance.
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CM Punk Issues Statement After Second UFC Defeat: ‘You Win Some, You Lose Some’

CM Punk may be 0-2 as a mixed martial artist, but that didn’t prevent him from having a positive outlook following his second Ultimate Fighting Championship appearance.
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White On Till: ‘You Shouldn’t Be Missing Weight In Your Hometown’

While Darren Till’s main event clash with Stephen Thompson tomorrow (Sun., May 27, 2018) at UFC Fight Night 130 in Liverpool, England, is still scheduled to take place as of now, missing weight by 3.5 pounds is not a good look for the young Englishman.

Not only does Till have to hand over 30 percent of his fight purse to “Wonderboy,” who weighed in on point at 171 pounds, but he also has to weigh no more than 188 pounds tomorrow morning in order for the headliner to move forward as planned.

Considering Till has been known to walk around at upwards of 210 pounds, making 188 pounds after a full day of eating and drinking is no small task. That’s why UFC president Dana White was so disappointed in Till after learning about the young contender’s botched weight cut.

“Not the situation I was expecting to be in right now, especially in his hometown,” White told MMAjunkie following UFC Fight Night 130 ceremonial weigh-ins. “You shouldn’t be missing weight in your hometown. Now we’ve got to sweat this thing all night, because he’s got to weigh 188 pounds tomorrow at 1 o’clock when he gets on the bus. So, not a good position to be in.”

White added that should Till weigh more than 188 pounds it will be up to Thompson’s team to work out terms for a new agreement. That is no guarantee, so fight fans may wake up to bad news tomorrow.

Hopefully Till can keep the weight off this glorious Memorial Day weekend because anything outside of a “Wonderboy” vs. “Gorilla” showdown would be very disappointing.

Stick with Mania for ongoing updates on the situation.

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Midnight Mania! Jon Jones Promises Gus ‘You Will Never Beat Me’ in Savage Tweet

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Jon Jones, whatever else you may say about the man, and you may say a lot, is an unbelievably confident fighter. Evidently having gotten wind of Gustafsson’s latest talk in his direction, Jonny Bones directed a savage tweet in his direction tearing down the Swede with extreme verbal prejudice.

@AlexTheMauler Beat me in three? Your hands were the only thing you had over me in our first fight. That gap is closing fast. Our first fight will be the greatest thing you’ve ever done inside of that octagon. You will never beat me, and that’s my promise to you.

The cutting edge of the tweet is the assertion, likely true, that Gustafsson’s greatest moment in the Octagon was going five highly competitive rounds with Jon Jones back in 2013, at UFC 165. After landing a fight-altering spinning elbow in the fourth round, Jones battled back from adversity with his arsenal of kicks and elbows to win a unanimous decision, 48-47×2 and 49-46.

Gustafsson did outbox Jones in that bout, a deficiency Jones believes he is rectifying, perhaps with his late night mitt sessions. I’ll leave the discerning reader to decide if Jones is right about that.

Here’s a few clips from the other nights extreme pattycake session.

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Of course, for the lanky Swede to beat Jones- a feat he says would mean more than winning the belt- Jones will need to avoid a lengthy suspension from the NSAC. “Bones” is facing suspension because of a second failed drug test for steroids before his rematch with Daniel Cormier, the latest in a long string of life disasters for the widely regarded light heavyweight Greatest Of All Time (GOAT).

Gustafsson recently re-upped with the Ultimate Fighting Championship, but with division champion Daniel Cormier preparing to fight Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt in July, Gustafsson will either have to wait or look elsewhere for his next bout.


Insomnia

This is absolutely brutal. What an emotional roller coaster.

Looks like Nurmagomedov is interested in Poirier and not Alvarez

George St. Pierre’s pool workout is better than BJ Penn leaping out of the water. Come at me.

Forrest Griffin pushing the caffeine redline

Nice chain wrestling

Stipe’s version of Blue Steel

60% of the time it works every time

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This meme is totally true

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Israel Adesanya explains his bizarre post-fight speech

My doggo Milli thaught me that!! ☠ #millionaire #doggo #ufcglendale

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Look at this lion ducking under for the takedown

Relevant to Frankie Edgar and possibly Edson Barboza:

Project Spearhead is coming out with merch

Congrats to Drax the Destroyer

Chris Evans doing choreography for The Winter Soldier, still the best Captain America movie.

Speaking of Captain America 2, this is real life. I can’t be sure, but this has to be in Russia.


Slips, Rips, and Calf Slicers

Brett Johns can really slice some calves

Holy flying knees, Batman

Knee to the body

Head kicks for days

Anthony Pettis’ long-lost MMA debut fight

Edson Barboza’s greatest hits

This guy is good

I wouldn’t exactly call this domination


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Random Land

Rob Delaney plays a character, Peter, in the new Deadpool trailer, who appears to have no superpowers at all. He also has a Twitter account. I really just want to know who is running it. My guess is… Rob himself? He’s pretty funny, but this is just comedic and marketing genius.

He’s just an ordinary guy who likes beekeeping and nature and thinks his wife is cheating on him

Peter would like this picture

Photo by @alex_dawson_photography #Destination_wild

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Jon Jones to Daniel Cormier: ‘You protect your pride with lies’

Oh, you thought Jon Jones was going to let this one go?

On this week’s UFC Tonight, UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier opined about Jones’ past history of drug use. Jones tested positive for two banned substances last year, scrapping his title fight with Cormier just three days before UFC 200. Cormier theorized Wednesday on the FS1 show that Jones was taking something illegal before — perhaps when the two of them fought previously — then got off it before going back on again prior to UFC 200.

“I think he fought Ovince Saint Preux clean, and he didn’t like the way he felt, and tried to do something again dirty and he got caught at UFC 200,” Cormier said.

Jones took to Twitter on Thursday to respond to those accusations. He’ll meet Cormier in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, Calif.

“Imagine having so much power over a man that he thinks your abilities are supernatural,” Jones wrote in one tweet.

Alexander Gustafsson said Monday on The MMA Hour that he believes Jones was “on something” when the two of them fought in 2013. Jones won that via a close unanimous decision. Jones beat Cormier at UFC 182 in January 2015 by unanimous decision.

The substances Jones tested positive for, and that earned him a one-year USADA suspension, were clomiphene and letrozol, both anti-estrogen agents and not steroids. Jones has maintained that those got into his system inadvertently through the ingestion of off-brand male enhancement pills.

“You heard Alexander Gustafsson now is saying he believes that Jon was enhanced throughout his career,” Cormier said on UFC Tonight. “But before, we had no sanctioning body like USADA. USADA now is on top of all that, so I do believe that we will see a different fighter in Anaheim, because I do believe he’ll have to be clean this time, otherwise he’ll be caught.”

Jones, regarded as arguably the greatest fighter of all time, fired back on Twitter, saying Cormier is just protecting his “pride” with comments like that, insinuating that Cormier is trying to explain away his loss to Jones two years ago with PED allegations.

“The difference between you and I,” Jones said. “I’ve punished the motherfuckers I thought were on steroids. You protect your pride with lies.”

Update

Cormier took to Twitter to respond, writing Jones has, indeed, punished cheaters — he’s punished himself.

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Max Holloway sends message to ‘cry babies’ in the UFC: ‘You guys don’t deserve sh*t’

Max Holloway is the new undisputed UFC featherweight champion, and it’s safe to say he’s worked hard to earn that title.

The 25-year-old Hawaiian captured UFC gold Saturday night by defeating Jose Aldo in the main event of UFC 212 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. This was a title unification bout, as Holloway held the interim belt – which he won in December – and Aldo was the actual champ. The road to this fight with the Brazilian was a long one for Holloway since the Hawaiian had to go undefeated for more than three years and rack up 10 straight impressive victories before getting the shot at the belt.

Yet, despite having to go to hell and back, Holloway never really publicly complained about not receiving a title shot. He just kept fighting until it was the clear he was the only contender left.

“You know, jut keep grinding, keep grinding,” Holloway said at the UFC 212 post-fight conference regarding his odyssey. “Too many cry babies in this game. I could’ve sat there and weeped and cried and, ‘Where is my title shot, blah, blah, blah.’ I don’t want to say it, but you’re a bitch, you’re a bitch if you act like that, for real. Keep making your payday, they tell us to go out there and fight out our contracts, go out there and make fights.

“I never cried one time. Like I said before, when we got the Aldo fight, the email was in my inbox for 15 minutes. It took me a under a minute to send it back, I didn’t even know it was in there, I was randomly checking my email and I was like, ‘oh UFC agreement, what?’ and send it back with my signature. Stop crying, ‘I deserve this, I deserve that’, you guys don’t deserve shit. Keep trying, keep working hard. We’re here now, they can’t deny me now.”

Now champion, Holloway is not too interested in money fights, which seems to be the trend for newly crowed titleholders in the UFC. Instead, “Blessed” wants to defend his belt as many times as possible, but also get payed accordingly.

“I don’t want money fights,” Holloway said. “We [Holloway and UFC president Dana White] had a meeting before [the fight] and he said this is big-game hunting. The bigger the game you bring to the table, the bigger the paycheck you get, and I think Aldo is a silver back gorilla – I want my paycheck. I don’t want money fights, I want to get paid, and like I said, I want to defend my throne. I’m going to be here for a long time.

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Donald Cerrone’s message for fans not watching his fight with Robbie Lawler: ‘F*ck you’

LOS ANGELES — The UFC these days is a $ 4B entity broadcast on network television, with all the headaches and controversies that go with sport as a big business.

But all that should be shoved aside on July 8, when Robbie Lawler and Donald Cerrone square off on the main card of UFC 213 in Las Vegas.

This is an old-school fight, with old-school excitement, the sort of throwdown fans used to get excited about back when there was little money in the sport and people watched because of their passion for fighting.

And Cerrone knows it.

“I’m f*cking pumped,” Cerrone said during a UFC 213 press event on Wednesday. “It’s going to be exciting, you know? I don’t even know why they need me to keep selling this fight, it’s already, if you’re not a f*cking MMA fan and watching this fight, then f*ck you.”

This bout was briefly scheduled for UFC 205 in New York last November before Lawler, the former UFC welterweight champion, had to withdraw.

Cerrone went on to knock out Matt Brown at UFC 206, then was finished by Jorge Masvidal in January. Coming off the loss, Cerrone was simply itching to get back into action, so getting that opportunity to fight Lawler which he thought has forever passed was a bonus.

“This is a fight that I think everyone’s going to want to see,” Cerrone said. “It’s like a fighter’s fight, you know? Two old-school boys getting down, I gotta say, my mentality was it doesn’t matter who they give me. I just got my ass whipped, coming off a hard fight, and now I’ve got another one. It’s good, man. It’s awesome. I’m looking forward to it.”

With 45 career finishes between the two of them, Cerrone knows the duo has a reputation to live up to, but he’s not sweating it.

“I don’t think you have to gas this up, Cerrone said. “We’re already full tanks, man. You know, Robbie’s old school. He’s been around forever, so have I. Someone’s going to lose, but I don’t think Robbie looks like at it like and neither do I. …

“I’m going to fight, fight one of the best brawlers in the standup, f*cking throw down and put on a show,” Cerrone added later. “This fight’s for me. This is what I love, there’s no place I’d rather be than in that motherf**ker. And then throwing down with one of the greatest? C’mon. I’m loving it, every minute of it.”

Your ordinary fighter might feel intense pressure coming into the Lawler fight. Cerrone’s had 70 pro fights between MMA and kickboxing, is 34, coming off a loss, and already had a title shot. A win over Lawler could put him right back into the mix.

But Cerrone says that if it ever was his motivation, it isn’t now.

“Some people are like born, and their sole purpose is they love the belt, that’s their mission in life,” he said. “Me? I enjoy having fun and doing what I love. Fighting is just something I do, man, it’s not who I am. It doesn’t complete me. So the end of the day if I get the belt, f*cking great. If I don’t, I had such a good run and I love it. There’s literally no place I’d rather be July 8 then in the fucking ring throwing down. I love it. It’s my passion. So for me, it’s the highest pinnacle of my life, It’s my passion, doing what I love every f*cking day. People are like, Cowboy, you should probably quit drinking, you should probably quit partying. I’m like no, f*ck you all, I’m doing it my way. This is what I want to do.”

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