Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier Will Headline UFC 200

27 Apr 2016 11:46 am Posted by jjwakrat

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UFC 200 is a big deal. Booked for July 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada, the plan was for Conor McGregor to take on Nate Diaz for the second time. But, things got a bit confusing this week.

Mad about not being able to have the time to train properly, Conor refusted to show up to a recent media appearance and pretended to retire over Twitter. It was a bluff, and the UFC pulled him off the card completely.

 

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Machida admits to use of banned substance, pulled from Henderson fight

13 Apr 2016 9:57 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has been pulled from his upcoming bout against Dan Henderson over a failed drug test.

The UFC has released details from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that Lyoto Machida declared the usage of a banned substance during an out-of-competition sample collection last week.

Machida claims he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition and, in accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, his disclosure of usage will be taken into consideration by USADA during any potential results management and adjudication process.

UFC officials have elected to remove Machida from his scheduled bout against Dan Henderson this Saturday in Tampa. Henderson will be re-booked for a new bout in the near future.

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Joao Carvalho’s Death Stirs Up Old Dispute Over What to Do About MMA in Ireland

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Following the death of Portuguese mixed martial artist Joao Carvalho on Monday after his knockout loss at a TEF event at the National Stadium in Dublin two days prior, the Irish media and the Irish government are once more at loggerheads with each other and themselves over the role that MMA should play in Irish life.

Those managing to keep their cool in the face of tragedy focused their reactions on sympathy and shared humanity and the need for stronger regulations on MMA in Ireland, a country whose ambivalent relationship with the sport seems only to have grown more heated with the rise of native son and UFC superstar Conor McGregor and now the death of a fighter on their soil.

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Everyone Wants to Step in to Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, Even BJ Penn

06 Apr 2016 1:05 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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MMA, like life, is a fickle mistress, and we have no one to blame but ourselves when she crushes our hopes. If only because it means we were foolish enough to have them in the first place.

Take the scheduled main event fight of UFC on Fox 19 on April 16 between lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. Did any of us believe, down in our hearts, that fight would actually take place? After all, it’s been two years since Nurmagomedov last fought in the Octagon, two years plagued by injury and misery and no fewer than three cancelled fights. For all his fighting acumen and his grappling genius and his incomparable fur hats, Nurmagomedov is known best at this point as a cautionary tale and a memento mori, a reminder to the human race of its fragility and its random decline and inevitable passing. Every one of the Dagestani wrestler’s long-for returns has been cut off by cruel fate, each cancellation more disheartening than the last. First hope then disappointment, and finally, despair. When he was forced to drop out of his last fight back in October with a rib injury, the usually indomitable Nurmagomedov seemed resigned to his fate, writing on Instagram, “I’m not sure if I will ever come back.” The MMA gods had gone a step too far that time. Something broke. For Nurmagomedov most of all but also for MMA fans. Fool us four times, shame on us.

 

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Four Division Lumpinee Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym Reflects on His Muay Thai Career

04 Apr 2016 11:01 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym has been one of the most successful fighters of the century. His collection of belts includes Lumpinee titles at four different weights, Thailand titles at three different weights and a Rajadamnern title while he has also won three separate Toyota Marathons.

He recently gave a rare video interview to Sean Fagan in which he talked about his rise through the ranks from fighting on the provincial scene in North East Thailand to becoming one of the biggest names at the stadiums in Bangkok.

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5 ridiculous misconceptions people still have about MMA

24 Mar 2016 4:19 am Posted by jjwakrat

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Huge news came out of New York For the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) earlier this week. The sport was given a huge boost, passing through the first stages towards becoming legalized in one of the biggest fight capitals in the world.

Yes, you read that correctly. At the moment, MMA is not legal in New York, home to Madison Square Garden and just about every other major professional sports league there is. Not to mention some of the biggest boxing matches of all time.

That is all about to change, as a bill lifting the state’s long-standing ban on MMA has just passed through the New York State Assembly. That’s despite the workings of several in the New York State Assembly that tried their hardest to keep it from passing.

During the Assembly, the notion that MMA is a barbaric sport popped up once again. To set the record straight, here is a look at five of the most ridiculous misconceptions about MMA that some still seem to have.

1. “MMA is nothing more than human cock-fighting”

This could not be more false. Some cannot get the “old days” out of their minds when they hear MMA mentioned. This is not a bar fight where two men enter and only one man leaves.

These are highly-trained, highly-skilled athletes doing battle in wrestling, jiu jitsu, karate and numerous other disciplines that take years and years to perfect.

There are also entire pages of rules and regulations in place to ensure the sport is kept as safe as possible. Whole organisations and commissions have been set up all around the world for just this purpose.

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Justin Bieber’s Prolific History of Almost Fighting

09 Mar 2016 3:26 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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On Sunday, “What Do You Mean” singer and new MMA fan, Justin Bieber, grieved Conor McGregor’s unprecedented loss to Nate Diaz in a series of posts to his Instagram. The heartbroken pop sensation posted a photo of McGregor that called him a “champ” in lieu of his loss, followed by a video post where he quipped that Diaz’s style was “terrible.” Diaz has since responded with a post of his own, calling the heartthrob, and qualified analyst, a “hater.” We trace the impressive history of Floyd Mayweather’s cornerman’s almost-fights.

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Beyond Defeat: The Importance of McGregor’s Reaction to Diaz Loss

07 Mar 2016 2:37 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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After Meisha Tate’s last gasp finish of Holly Holm in the co-main event of UFC 196, the overwhelming majority of the spectators in the MGM Grand Garden Arena believed they had witnessed the most significant upset of the night. And from the way ‘The Notorious’ Conor McGregor opened up proceedings in his headline clash with Nate Diaz, those members of the audience were on course to be proven correct.

Working the legs and body of Diaz on a number of occasions during the opening five minutes, the patented left straight of the Irishman landed on the outspoken Stockton native with devastating fashion. McGregor went out looking for a home run against the Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu student and as the claxon sounded to finish the Irishman’s first round as a UFC welterweight, surprisingly, Diaz was still standing despite the considerable damage to his left eye.

 

 

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Bellator branches out with new kickboxing league

18 Feb 2016 8:00 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Scott Coker, president of Bellator MMA, made a surprise announcement revealing his MMA promotion would expand into kickboxing, with its first event to take place in Torino, Italy.

Bellator Kickboxing was launched along side some of the biggest names in the sport, including Joe Schilling, Raymond Daniels, Kevin Ross, Keri Melendez and Anastasia Yankova, who were all in attendance at the launch event.

The current Bellator MMA team based out of Santa Monica, CA will run the new league.

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Conor’s Best Chance at Welterweight Strap Is With Lawler as Champ

12 Feb 2016 12:08 pm Posted by jjwakrat

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Although he has yet to make his lightweight debut, the rumor mill is already churning with suggestions that should Conor McGregor topple lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos, the Irishman could potentially move up to challenge 170 lbs champion Robbie Lawler at UFC 200 in July.

One of the golden rules of fighting is to never look past your next opponent, but ‘The Notorious’ appears to be the exception to the rule.

McGregor made it clear that he was targeting Jose Aldo’s championship even before he signed for UFC, and although he had to beat six opponents before he secured a date with the champ, he eventually dispatched him in spectacular fashion at UFC 194.

 

 

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