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MMA junkie Podcast: Episode 2,434: Brad Tavares, Daniel Gallemore

Guests: Brad Tavares and Daniel Gallemore. Tavares, who co-hosted the entire episode today, primarily discussed his recently announced matchup vs. Elias Theodorou at TUF 25 Finale on July7. Gallemore, View full post on MMAPodcast.com RSS feed

UFC champ Jose Aldo eyes boxing bout, insists he’s over McGregor, says Holloway was ducking


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RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Jose Aldo sees a contradiction in Max Holloway’s “Where’s (W)Aldo” campaign.

While the two finally have a date – they headline UFC 212 on Jun 3 at Rio de Janeiro’s Jeneusse Arena – there was certainly a tug-of-war to get there.

First, before even winning the division’s interim belt, it was Holloway (17-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) who accused Aldo (26-2 MMA, 8-1 UFC) of ducking him, amid the Brazilian’s publicly stated desires of scraps with Conor McGregor and Anthony Pettis.

Then, after Holloway beat Pettis in a matchup for the division’s interim title, the fight seemed all but on for UFC 208. A few days later, Aldo Aldo confirmed it. This time, however, Holloway was the one unable to make it. But in light of lightweight talk by Aldo, the interim champ continued to contest Aldo’s willingness to face him.

For Aldo, there’s a disconnect between talks and reality.

“It’s what I always say: Saying that in the media is very easy,” Aldo recently told MMAjunkie. “But me, him, all the athletes – we know what we say and what we answer to the UFC. But people don’t say that publicly. People say what’s convenient. So he was selling something that was convenient to him, saying I was running.

“We’d been trying to fight since December, January, and that didn’t happen.  Then March. And he never could. He had to travel and (go to Disneyland), and a bunch of things. It seemed like it was my fault when, bro, this fight’s been done. He was the one who ran from the first and then said he couldn’t fight until the middle of the year. So we’re fighting now. Hopefully nothing bad will happen and we’ll have this fight at UFC Rio.”

Aldo comes off a victorious UFC 200 rematch with former 155-pound champion Frankie Edgar to claim the featherweight division’s interim title. He was reinstated as the undisputed champ after current lightweight titleholder McGregor was stripped of the 145-pound belt he’d taken with the infamous 13-second knockout of Aldo in 2015.

Holloway, in turn, comes off an impressive nine-fight winning streak – with wins over the likes of Cub Swanson and Ricardo Lamas. The Hawaiian featherweight’s last loss was back in 2013, when he dropped a unanimous decision to McGregor. That stat sheet might seem impressive to some, but it certainly isn’t for Aldo.

“I think he hasn’t fought the top guys in the division,” Aldo said. “When you look at it, they weren’t at the top. The top guys he fought were tough fights, which went all three rounds, always split decisions. So it’s not about the streak. It’s about who he fights.”

One of Holloway’s arguments against Aldo’s commitment to the fight has been his interest in other endeavors. Holloway even brought a soccer ball – a “gift” to Aldo – to a recent press conference. The Brazilian champ, on his end, has also spoken about his issues with a contract that doesn’t allow him to compete in other sports – something that contributed to a later-changed decision to retire.

Aldo now says he’ll fulfill his five-fight contract. But after conversations in which UFC President Dana White indicated Aldo would be able to try his hand at other sports in Brazil, the Brazilian hopes to give that a go. First, he needs to get past UFC 212, but if a deal is made, he’d be ready to start boxing from scratch.

“I have a career planned out,” Aldo said. “Who to train with, with whom to do my debut against, agent, everything. So the only thing on the way is the contract I have with the UFC, but if I were free, I’d have everything planned out.”

It’s hard to miss the irony in the fact that, meanwhile, the only man to ever beat him in the octagon is reportedly negotiating astronomic figures for a fight with boxing legend Floyd Mayweather. In that regard, Aldo has already expressed that, first, he doesn’t think that the fight is happening. And even if it does, he doesn’t think McGregor would have a shot anyway.

When it comes to McGregor’s octagon career, Aldo is no longer publicly conjecturing about a rematch to avenge his first loss in more than a decade. In fact, Aldo has no space in his mind for the Irishman at this point. If it seems like McGregor is in every single conversation, Aldo said, it’s simply because we keep putting him there.

“He’s not everywhere – it’s people who say that,” Aldo said. “To me, it sucks. I don’t even answer because this has nothing to do with me. My career is going somewhere else. If he didn’t want to fight me, too bad. It’s his problem. I’m the champion again. I’m going to do my first defense again.

“I’m going into my second fight since that one to me. So to me, it doesn’t matter what he’s doing or anything. The only time I remember it is when you guys ask me. (It’s) always the same.”

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Let’s all stare at this pic of Mark Hunt’s man boobs and plastic penis

Which part is “Crazy Durable?”

So a friend just texted me and asked what I was doing for work and I replied, “Writing about some dude’s cock” — and I quickly realized that all that shit my high school guidance counselor said about me (none of it good) was pretty spot on.

That’s okay, because he was an 80-something curmudgeon and this was back in 1991, so I’m pretty sure he’s in a pine box somewhere in the muddy hills of North Jersey, so I win!

Anyway, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight Mark Hunt joins the long list of mixed martial arts (MMA) fighters to be immortalized in plastic. And since those Round 5 characters were unable to turn a profit (can’t imagine why those rubber Matt Hughes dolls didn’t fly off the shelves) this latest endeavor opted for realism over idealism.

But this prototype may be a little too realistic for Hunt’s tastes.

Why would u do this to me man boobs and penis on display why bleeeee why u do it Mei Wen Ti how dare u bastards

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According to that official stamp in the right hand corner, he’s 100-percent virgin material.

You’re 43 Mark, pull the trigger already.

I think the detachable hands are what sold me. Since Hunt’s mug remains static, the only way to tell if he’s angry or calm is by the shape of his mitts. Though admittedly, I can’t help but think of that King Missile song regarding his little (but still “Super”) Samoan.

Opportunity lost.

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Boxing: Anthony Joshua, Wladimir Klitschko Cleared for Title Tilt

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Dr. Dre Gives Anthony Joshua An Inspiring Skype Call Before His Fight With Wladimir Klitschko

When 27-year-old undefeated Olympic champion boxer Anthony Joshua steps into the ring against Wladimir Klitschko, he’ll know Dr. Dre has his back. That’s a confidence boost for anyone. Who knew that Dr. Dre was such an avid boxing fan as to keep up with the relatively-unknown monster that is Joshua? Fans of the sport know he’s 18-0 with 18 finishes on his record, which is an incredible feat, and most are looking at this fight as the true changing of the heavyweight guard, but props to Dre. He knows what’s up.

Joshua is currently the favorite amongst bookies in what could be Wladimir Klitschko’s final fight, but Joshua knows that the old champion, even coming off a loss against the utterly ridiculous Tyson Fury, is still extremely motivated and dangerous. That’s why it’s nice to just chat with Dr. Dre for a while and talk about weightlifting. You gotta get your mind off fighting in front of a Wembley Stadium crowd against one of the best ever.

Will this weekend go better for Klitschko than the Fury fight? Will it be better for him than when his brother got blasted in the face with a fire extinguisher? Maybe. A serious, healthy “maybe.”

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Anthony Joshua-Wladimir Klitschko Weigh-In Results, Video Replay

Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko successfully weighed in Friday for their heavyweight boxing title fight on Saturday night.

The event airs live on Showtime at 4:15 p.m. ET, with a replay scheduled for HBO later that night.

Joshua, unbeaten at 18-0 with 18 career knockouts, weighed in at 250.1 pounds and will be defending his IBF title.

Klitschko (64-4) was 240.5 pounds for the fight, which takes place from Wembley Stadium in London.

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Why the ESPN layoffs should terrify MMA promoters and fans – Bloody Elbow


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Why the ESPN layoffs should terrify MMA promoters and fans
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So why is this week's news so staggering? Or, more to the point for an MMA blog, why should this cause ripples of fear in the offices of UFC, Bellator and anyone else who wants to show fights on TV? Perhaps it's because these cuts hit across the board.

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‘Big’ John McCarthy says weight-cutting more dangerous than PEDs in MMA – MMAjunkie.com


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Veteran MMA referee John McCarthy doesn't believe fighters should be able to dope. But when it comes to the sport's health risks, he sees weight-cutting as an even bigger issue. “There's no fight you're going to show me – caused by performance

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‘Big’ John McCarthy says weight-cutting more dangerous than PEDs in MMA


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Veteran MMA referee John McCarthy doesn’t believe fighters should be able to dope. But when it comes to the sport’s health risks, he sees weight-cutting as an even bigger issue.

“There’s no fight you’re going to show me – caused by performance-enhancing drugs – that almost killed the fighter in a way that weight-cutting is doing,” McCarthy told MMAjunkie Radio.

The figures on performance-enhancing drug use in the sport are a mere guess, with estimates ranging from 50 percent to 95 percent of active fighters. But the number that should catch people’s attention, McCarthy indicated, is the one associated with those trying to gain an advantage by fighting the scale.

“Almost 100 percent of fighters are going through weight-cutting, and they are doing things that are negatively affecting their health in a really bad way,” he said. “Although it negatively affects them now, they don’t understand the repercussions that are going to come down the road.”

The issue has prompted some regulators to crack down on the practice, with the California State Athletic Commission recently upping its penalty for fighters who miss weight and moving to implement a variety of measures to make sure they are competing at a healthy weight. That includes holding them to the weight division they identify in licensing paperwork and further empowering medical officials to make sure they aren’t endangering themselves through excessive dehydration.

McCarthy expects the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the UFC’s anti-doping partner, to soon play a part in curbing excessive weight cuts, putting fighters they test on the scale to establish a baseline for their walk-around weight so if the number drops precipitously on fight week, regulators know to scrutinize them further.

“There’s a doctor that’s going to say you can go no lower than ‘this,’” he said.

McCarthy cited a recent light heavyweight title fight between champ Daniel Cormier and Anthony Johnson at UFC 210 as an example of the problem. He said Cormier weighed in on the night of the fight at 236 pounds, or 31 pounds over the 205-pound mark certified for the contest, after he appeared to game officials following an initial weight miss.

Several fighters have been forced to withdraw from events in the days beforehand due to complications from weight cutting. Some have been hospitalized. Although none have knowingly suffered immediate long-term effects, the international MMA scene has been rocked by a pair of deaths in 2013 and 2015. McCarthy indicated the problem will continue to get worse until regulators step in.

“Now, (a death from weight cutting) hasn’t happened in the UFC, but we’ve had serious problems,” he said. “It’s a situation where we have got to start to limit what people can do. Because when we don’t limit it, we’ve seen they’ll go to extremes to try to be the bigger guy in the lighter weight class.”

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You are welcome with Chael Sonnen: A Moment in Time

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Nick Diaz Is Living His Best Life Partying With The Wu-Tang Clan And Tossing Free Weed At People

Nick Diaz has fought in only one UFC fight in the last four years (one of the greatest fights ever) thanks to various failed drug tests for marijuana metabolites, but it doesn’t seem like he minds. Even away from the Octagon, the former Strikeforce champion and long-time UFC contender’s star continues to get brighter. It doesn’t hurt that his brother is involved in a feud with Conor McGregor, but it’s his ever-growing fame as a weed spokesman that is leading him to his best life. Who knew it would turn out this way?

But this seems like it’s how Nick always wanted it to be — smoking weed, enjoying himself, and not getting punched in the head. He even gets to keep his nunchucks, as we see in the video. Who can blame the guy for probably making more money throwing free weed to people and watching Wu-Tang than he did in the first five years of his career?

Longtime MMA fans know that Nick Diaz used to be one of the most active, hardest working dudes in the sport. His fights were always electric, and fans loved him for his bullshit detector. If this is how he wants to spend his time, I say more power to him. He’s been in enough wars that he deserves a good time. It’s like, whatever.

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Brazilian Still Rattled by KO Loss, Thinks His Opinion Matters

Glover Teixeira’s fight against Anthony “Rumble” Johnson lasted all of 13 seconds, and it ended with the Brazilian so unconscious, he woke up thinking he was Abraham Lincoln (not really). So of course that qualifies him to have a valuable opinion on whether or not Jimi Manua deserves a shot at the light-heavyweight belt (not […]

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A man has been arrested on abuse charges after a 3-year-old girl was found unresponsive in a home on Tucson's south side.

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Twitter Mailbag: What are we doing here, ‘Cyborg’ Justino?

In this week’s Twitter Mailbag, what’s going on with “Cyborg” Justino? And which man in the UFC’s light heavyweight title picture needs a rematch more? Plus, what’s the “best” fight on tap for Bellator’s pay-per-view in NYC?

All that and more in this TMB. To ask a question of your own, tweet to @BenFowlkesMMA.

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Seems to me that Cristiane Justino is in danger of alienating a lot of fans with the way she’s going. It’s one thing to be a brash prima donna when you’re a swaggering superstar in multiple divisions like Conor McGregor, but it’s something else when you’re the sole feature of a single lackluster weight class like “Cyborg” is.

When someone as levelheaded and generally positive as Brian Stann calls you out for being difficult, you might want to take a hard look at yourself. Failed drug tests have already cost Justino some fans. Missing out on a chance to be the UFC’s first women’s featherweight champ didn’t help her image much either.

She gets some slack because people love watching her cut a wide, destructive swath through the division. But if you pick a bunch of petty social media fights and don’t end up in any actual MMA ones, due at least in part to your own stubbornness? You won’t get the same slack for long.

They both are. Or, well, maybe they aren’t lying, but they’re both wrong. They each need this rematch, though for different reasons.

Daniel Cormier needs it because he’ll never be considered the true UFC light heavyweight champ if he doesn’t beat Jon Jones. We all know that. If Jones retired tomorrow and Cormier defended his title 10 more times (and just imagine how hard the UFC would have to scrape at the bottom of the 205-pound barrel by the end of that), he’d still be regarded as a temporary belt-holder in Jones’ absence.

And Jones needs the rematch because he needs to prove that he’s still the guy he used to be, but without all the extracurricular problems this time. Another win over Cormier would close a chapter in his career. It would silence anyone who said he’d frittered away his talent on suspensions and self-imposed hiatuses. It would forever cement him as the greatest light heavyweight ever, if not the greatest MMA fighter of all time.

Without that rematch, though, both guys are left with a gap in their careers and a question that never got answered. They don’t have to like each other, but they should admit that they need each other.

Mostly agree, but it doesn’t have to be that way if the UFC would only realize what they have here. Al Iaquinta is a hotheaded bro from Long Island whose nickname is “Ragin’ Al.” He knocks people out and then trashes hotel rooms when the UFC doesn’t hit him with a bonus.

He is like a living “Jersey Shore” episode, complete with the unbuttoned collared shirt at the end of the night. You’re telling me that guy’s not marketable?

One of my persistent complaints with the way the UFC promotes its fighters is that it fails to recognize that there’s more than one path to the waterfall. Not everybody has to be a scary pound-for-pound killer. MMA has all kinds of fighters, and instead of trying to squeeze them all into the same mold, seems like you’d be better off figuring out who they already are and then work with that.

Iaquinta is the dudebro with anger issues who can’t stop yelling at his boss. People will pay to see a guy like that, for one reason or another. It’s way better than a roster full of forgettable company guys who just want to fight whoever the UFC puts in front of them.

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UFC’s Mark Hunt derides action figure with his ‘man boobs and penis on display’ – Bloody Elbow


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UFC's Mark Hunt derides action figure with his 'man boobs and penis on display'
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An amusing action figure of Mark Hunt features a little more of The Super Samoan than he apparently expected. by Tim Burke@TB_Money Apr 27, 2017, 10:00pm EDT. tweet · share · pin · Rec. Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images. As a longtime combat sports …

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Anthony Joshua vs Wladimir Klitschko: ‘Greatest Hits’ video preview

Though never a fan favorite, 20 years in the boxing ring have seen Wladimir Klitschko put together the strongest resume among active heavyweights, going undefeated for 11 years. After suffering a shocking loss to Tyson Fury in 2015 and missing out on 2016 because of “Gypsy King” shenanigans repeatedly scrapping the rematch, the Ukrainian giant returns to the ring this Saturday afternoon (April 29, 2017) against British bruiser Anthony Joshua. The majority of the card will take place exclusively on Britain’s Sky Box Office, but Showtime will host the main event live while HBO broadcasts on tape-delay. In anticipation, the latter network has put together a collection of “Dr. Steelhammer’s” greatest hits. In addition to the one good right hand Klitschko landed on Fury, the highlight includes his beatings of Sam Peter, Alexander Povetkin, Kubrat Pulev and many of the others he has laid low throughout more than two decades in the ring. The question, of course, is whether he has enough left to do the same to the heretofore unstoppable Joshua.

MMAmania will have LIVE coverage of Saturday’s fight, starting with the live Showtime broadcast at 4:15 p.m. ET!

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Alliance CPA Ben Childers very successful as an MMA fighter – The-review

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But at night, he's an unbeaten MMA fighter. The numbers all add up to success for Alliance resident Ben Childers. Childers, 28, admits he never thought he would end up as an MMA fighter and explained how it came to be. "I have always respected fighters …

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UFC reportedly signs Justin Gaethje – BJPenn.com (press release) (blog)


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The MMA Road Show: The MMA Road Show with John Morgan – Episode 109 – Vegas

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Cheick Kongo vs. Augusto Sakai added to Bellator 179, 9-bout prelim card set

A bout between heavyweight veteran Cheick Kongo and Augusto Sakai will complete Bellator 179’s main card, the promotion announced today.

Kongo and Sakai open the Spike-televised main card of the May 19 event, which takes place at The SSE Arena in London.

Kongo (26-10-2 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) is riding a four-fight winning streak after a decision over Oli Thompson in February at Bellator 172. He now meets the nearly undefeated Sakai (9-0-1 MMA, 4-0-1 BMMA), who is 4-0 under the promotion’s banner with one draw this past May at Bellator 155 against Dan Charles.

The card is headlined by a highly anticipated welterweight clash between onetime UFC title challenger and high-profile acquisition Rory MacDonald (18-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) and the hard-hitting Paul Daley (39-14-2 MMA, 5-1 BMMA).

Also announced for Bellator 179 is a full slate of preliminary-card bouts, which feature Jay Dods (6-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Alfie Davis (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA); Rob Beech (4-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Stav Economou (17-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA); Jamie Powell (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Amir Albazi (8-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA); Umer Kayani (4-3 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Nathan Jones (10-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA); Dan Vinni (14-14 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Alex Lohore (10-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA); Liam Etebar (6-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Rafal Cejrowski (2-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA); Jeremy Petley (10-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Chase Morton (6-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA); Marcin Prostko (4-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Mike Shipman (9-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA); and Salih Kulucan (4-5 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) vs. Diego Barbosa (3-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA).

The full Bellator 179 includes:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Paul Daley vs. Rory MacDonald
  • Derek Anderson vs. Michael Page
  • Liam McGeary vs. Linton Vassell
  • Cheick Kongo vs. Augusto Sakai

PRELIMINARY CARD (Unaired)

  • Jay Dods vs. Alfie Davis
  • Rob Beech vs. Stav Economou
  • Jamie Powell vs. Amir Albazi
  • Umer Kayani vs. Nathan Jones
  • Dan Vinni vs. Alex Lohore
  • Liam Etebar vs. Rafal Cejra Cejrowski
  • Jeremy Petley vs. Chase Morton
  • Marcin Prostko vs. Mike Shipman
  • Salih Kulucan vs. Diego Barbosa

For more on Bellator 179, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Here’s the first promotional ad for Ronda Rousey’s appearance on NBC’s ‘Blindspot’

Ronda Rousey guest stars as gun runner turned rough and tumble prisoner Devon Penberthy on the May 3rd episode of ‘Blindspot.’

Ronda Rousey is back to kicking ass, but it’s not inside the Octagon. Rather, the former UFC women’s bantamweight champion is taking on Hollywood as she makes a guest star appearance on the NBC hit show ‘Blindspot.’ Ronda herself tweeted a 15 second commercial for her episode, set to air this Wednesday May 3rd at 8PM EST.

‘Blindspot’ follows the adventures of mysterious tattooed woman Jane Doe as she and the FBI solve various crimes of the week. This episode brings her face to face with “her Ultimate match” Ronda Rousey, who plays Devon Penberthy, a rough no nonsense inmate in jail for smuggling guns across state lines.

The role will be Rousey’s second TV appearance following a ‘Drunk History’ episode where she got to bite off the ear of ‘2 Broke Girls’ star Kat Dennings. But ‘Blindspot’ is a much bigger deal … as one of NBC’s more popular shows, Rousey’s appearance will hopefully garner her enough attention from both the public and Hollywood that it could perhaps push some of her other TV and movie projects out of development hell.

There’s still no sign Ronda intends to return to cage fighting any time soon. In fact, she just got engaged to fellow UFC fighter Travis Browne during a New Zealand hunting trip, confirming that she isn’t on the couch crying and brooding over her loss like some coverage of her may have you believe.

As far as all the Hollywood biz goes though, you’ll have to tune into ‘Blindspot’ on NBC on May 3rd to see if she’s looking as mean on television as she did in the cage. The fate of that long-rumored gender swapped ‘Roadhouse’ remake could depend on it!

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Video: Dana White talks humble beginnings, childhood street fights on ‘The Exchange’

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) president Dana White may be rolling in the dough now (thanks to this), but the outspoken leader of the world’s leading mixed marital arts (MMA) organization wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

In fact, he was downright broke, as he had to wear knockoff clothing since his family couldn’t afford the good stuff growing up. But, according to White, whether you are financially rich or poor, you’re always going to be on the receiving end of criticism.

Much like this.

During a video preview of White’s interview on “The Exchange” with Megan Olivi, he talks about his humble beginnings as a kid, sharing the tale of a huge street fight in his front lawn in Las Vegas during his high school days. He also reveals that his mother let those same guys into their home hours later much to his surprise. Perhaps that’s where it all went south for mother and son.

Enjoy the preview of the one-one-one interview in the video player embedded above, and make sure to subscribe to UFC Fight Pass if you want to see the entire conversation.

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Video: Take a very NSFW look at Michael Bisping’s trashtalk, courtesy of fellow fighters


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After a decade of riling up his opponents at every turn, UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping’s trashtalk has become a thing of legend.

But is it good? Well, that depends on who you ask.

Bisping (30-7 MMA, 20-7 UFC) and former UFC welterweight champ Georges St-Pierre (25-2 MMA, 19-2 UFC) are set to clash later this year, though an exact date for the matchup has yet to be made official.

At this past month’s UFC 209 event in Las Vegas, the two fighters were brought on stage for an infamous press conference, in which Bisping showed up late – and presumably slightly inebriated.

Bisping drew some criticism for the appearance, but “The Count” hasn’t exactly backed down in the weeks since, firing off verbal salvos at every opportunity.

Following that classic performance from “The Count,” we asked some of his fellow UFC fighters, “What do you think of Michael Bisping’s trashtalk?”

Check out the video above to hear their answers, which are predictably as wide-ranging as the champ’s own material.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Jorge Masvidal previews his UFC 211 fight vs. Demian Maia | UFC TONIGHT – FOXSports.com


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Jorge Masvidal previews his UFC 211 fight vs. Demian Maia | UFC TONIGHT
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Now, Woodley doesn't spend the bulk of his time training at the main American Top Team academy in Florida where Masvidal trains, but retired UFC fighter Din Thomas is one of the champion's main coaches, who works with him throughout his preparation for …

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UFC® debuts in Edmonton in September

Edmonton, Canada – UFC® announced today that it will stage its first-ever event in Edmonton at Rogers Place on Saturday, September 9. Edmonton now becomes the 10th Canadian city to host a UFC card. UFC® 216 marks the UFC’s second Canadian event this year, following a successful return to Halifax in February. A special UFC® 216 microsite – UFC.com/edmonton – launches today, providing registering fans with pre-sale access to tickets and event related information. “We are thrilled to hold our first pay-per-view event in Edmonton,” Joe Ca … Read the Full Article Here View full post on UFC News

Midnight Mania! Justin Gaethje has (almost) signed with the UFC

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania! Tonight we’ve got Lightweight Ultraviolence Brawler, Justin Gaethje, about to sign with the UFC, Tonya Evinger being funny, Demetrious Johnson getting confused for Yoel Romero somehow, grappling highlights, knockouts, and much more


Importing the Violence

According to World Series of Fi- I mean, Pro Fight League president Ray Sefo, Justin Gaethje is on his way to the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

What happened to this?

Regardless, it isn’t completely final yet

However, when he does, there are no shortages of fun matchups awaiting him.

I’m a huge fan of the Al Iaquinta matchup. Pay Al, put him in there with Gaethje and see what shakes out.

A highlight reel:


Insomnia

Tonya Evinger can be hilarious.

How do you mix these two up??

I honestly have zero idea what to make of these at this point.

Woodley seems to find them funny though

Nunes too

This reads like a plug for a martial arts school. But for Jason “Mayhem” Miller, this is just a way of life.

Now that’s an interesting idea.

Scoggins, the most talented flyweight you can count on to lose fights he’s winning, is scheduled for a return to 125 after an ill-fated jump up to bantamweight.

UFC Fight Night 111 in Singapore. Who’s coming with me maaaaan #ufc #864

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Slips, Rips, and Awesome Clips

All the fights this weekend:

Mini highlight of Koga, some throws in his career I’ve not typically seen in his HLs #judo #bjj

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Podcasts and Video

Jack Slack’s Fights Gone By:

Tommy Toehold:

The MMA Depressed-us:

Big John McCarthy explains the Weidman-Mousasi call and his role in it:

Relevant: How would Gaethje stack up in the UFC?


In other News

  • Patrick Wyman wrote his last article for Bleacher Report describing the technical and tactical changes he’s seen in MMA over the course of the 100+ UFC events he’s analyzed.
  • Why would Ovince St. Preux be touted as a possible UFC opponent? WHY??
  • Tony Ferguson offered to jump up in weight and fight Tyron Woodley. He would either get knocked out by Woodley, or win easily. I would watch.

Random Land

What is going on here??

Stay woke, Maniacs!

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Michael Bisping on not-smart Al Iaquinta’s UFC rampage – ‘Don’t bite the hand that feeds you’ – MMAmania.com


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Michael Bisping on not-smart Al Iaquinta's UFC rampage – 'Don't bite the hand that feeds you'
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Al Iaquinta is not happy with his current employer, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), as the “Raging” Lightweight contender has gone on a warpath against the mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. It all began at UFC 205, when Iaquinta pulled out of
Mike Perry offers Al Iaquinta advice regarding dispute with UFC …BJPenn.com (press release) (blog)
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