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2018 World MMA Awards nominees announced
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Max Holloway, Demetrious Johnson, Cris Cyborg, and Rose Namajunas could be adding to their trophy cases soon with Fighters Only announcing the nominees for the 2018 World MMA Awards. Voting began with the announcement of the nominations on Monday and you can make your voice be heard at:
Submitted May 17, 2018 8:05PM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Nate Diaz wants a UFC comeback fight, but there's just one problem: 'Nobody’s interesting'
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...Diaz also talked about fighting, which he’s still interested in doing, contrary to UFC President Dana White’s continued assertions that he isn’t during the last year. “I’ve been trying to get in there and get going,” Diaz told MMAjunkie. “I’ve been wanting to get in there and get going this year. I just got this lawsuit out of the way that I’ve been going through for the last two years, so I wasn’t even able to fight. So that’s all done and over, and I’m ready to get back to fighting if I’m going to be fighting anymore. … “I’m training until there’s something good to do here.” Something good apparently doesn’t include former two-division champion Georges St-Pierre.
Submitted May 14, 2018 2:11AM by Braden - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Rory MacDonald and Ben Askren tweet about fighting each other in Bellator, but how possible is that?
(mmajunkie.com)
Bellator welterweight champion Rory MacDonald vs. Ben Askren: Is this a matchup that piques your interest? Because it’s been talked about now between the two fighters. A Twitter user today asked MacDonald, who already said he wants to move up to middleweight, if he would be interested in facing Askren, the former ONE Championship and Bellator 170-pound titleholder, who retired undefeated last November. MacDonald responded, and that got things going between him and Askren. Check it out:
Submitted Apr 19, 2018 2:47AM by Braden - 8 comments
Filed under: Bellator, MMA Personalities, General MMA
 
Russian supermarket's got jokes, puts 'Conor McGregor' label on chicken
(mmajunkie.com)
Khabib Nurmagomedov received a hero’s welcome when he returned to Russia following his UFC 223 win to claim the undisputed lightweight title, so maybe this shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise.
Submitted Apr 12, 2018 3:39AM by Braden - 0 comments
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities, UFC
 
Video: Drew Chatman flips off of KO’d opponent’s back, gets disqualified at LFA 36
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This is a new one. Following the main event of Legacy Fighting Alliance 36 on Friday, one of the amateur “postlims” saw heavyweight Irvins Ayala knock himself out by attempting to land a hammerfist on grounded opponent Drew Chatman. And yet that isn’t the strangest part of this story. For some reason, Chatman decided to celebrate the dubious win by standing on Ayala’s back and doing a front flip that ended with him landing partially on his opponent and partially with his butt on the canvas: Per the LFA Twitter account, Ayala KO’d himself by slamming his own chin into Chatman’s knee and Chatman was subsequently disqualified for his post-match antics,
Submitted Mar 24, 2018 3:42PM by Braden - 6 comments
Filed under: Other MMA Organizations, General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
MMA’s Naughty or Nice List: 2017 Edition
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I believe it was the late great John Lennon who turned an ordinary statement into an accusatory question — “So this is Christmas, and what have you done?” John didn’t waste time getting to his point, especially when harvesting suspicions that other people wasted time in general. What does Lennon’s song have to do with an MMA column on Christmas? Everything! Or nothing. The truth is it’s just a cheap way to set up a premise for this year’s MMA list of who’s been naughty, and who’s been nice. Some people did good things in MMA. Some didn’t. Some were decent people. Some were not. And some, like UFC president Dana White, just fanned their faces with cash while mouthing the words over and over again, “it is what it is.” Let’s get right into it.
Submitted Dec 26, 2017 1:16AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, MMA Personalities
 
Coroner: Death of decorated MMA coach Robert Follis, 48, ruled suicide
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The death of legendary mixed martial arts head coach Robert Follis has been ruled a suicide by the Clark County (Nev.) Coroner, a spokesperson from the coroner’s office told MMA Fighting on Monday. Follis, the former coach at Xtreme Couture and a founding member of Team Quest, died Friday of a gunshot wound to the head, the spokesperson said. The place of death was Nevada State Route 160. Follis was 48 years old.
Submitted Dec 19, 2017 12:22AM by grappler0000 - 2 comments
Filed under: Miscellaneous, General MMA
 
Edmonton city council imposes one-year ban on combat sports following Tim Hague death
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Edmonton officials have imposed a one-year ban on combat sports in the city. The city council passed a new bylaw that will stop the Edmonton Combative Sports Commission from issuing new licenses or event permits until Dec. 31, 2018 “or until Council provides further direction,” per a news release issued Friday. The provision will go into effect Saturday.
Submitted Dec 8, 2017 7:20PM by Braden - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Why are MMA referees seemingly so hesitant to take points? Marc Goddard explains
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How many times have we seen it? A fighter, in a clinch up against the fence, sticks his or her fingers in and grabs the cage to help jockey for leverage. It can happen multiple times over the course of a contest and, even after verbal warnings are given for the prohibited maneuver, it still seems like referees are loathe to take a point away. Why is that? Why do referees view taking a point as more of a last-ditch effort rather than a regular procedure?
Submitted Nov 26, 2017 7:31PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA
 
Nearly catatonic MMA fighter dragged onto stage to weigh in, still allowed to fight at Pancrase
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Daniel Lima had his seven-fight winning streak snapped Sunday in Japan, and the loss came 24 hours after a scary scene at the Pancrase 290 weigh-ins. Lima could barely stand on his own in Tokyo, Japan, to weigh in for his strawweight bout with Daichi Kitakata. Lima missed weight by two pounds. The scene wasn’t enough for his coaches or promoters to pull the plug on the fight, so Lima went on to compete and lose a decision Sunday. The Brazilian fighter spoke with MMA Fighting a few hours before the bout, explaining that he cut 16 pounds in two days.
Submitted Oct 10, 2017 9:04PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
MMA fighter pulls off incredible pro-wrestling style Boston Crab submission
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An MMA fighter pulled off a ridiculous, pro-wrestling style submission Saturday in a fight at Full Contact Contender 19 in Bolton, England. Jonno Mears finished Aaron Jones with what looked exactly like a Boston Crab ripped right from the world of WWE. With Jones laying on his stomach, Mears grabbed both of Jones’ legs and bent them backward until Mears was in a sitting position. Jones was forced to tap out — either to the pressure on his back or what could have also been a foot lock variation. Either way, it was a unique and spectacular way to end a fight. It was reminiscent of the finishing move used by WWE’s Chris Jericho, which he has dubbed The Walls of Jericho.
Submitted Oct 1, 2017 8:18PM by Braden - 4 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
CBD will no longer be prohibited by WADA beginning in 2018
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Cannabidiol will be removed from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) prohibited list beginning in 2018, WADA announced Friday. Cannabidiol, most commonly known as CBD, is a cannabinoid contained in cannabis. Currently, all cannabinoids are prohibited in-competition by WADA.
Submitted Sep 30, 2017 2:32PM by Braden - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Cornerman, referee open up about chaotic fight that went viral
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A welterweight title bout between Silmar "Sombra" Nunes and Caio "Paturi" Silva ended in chaos in Capanema, Brazil. Nunes choked out Silva in the main event of Capanema Fight Combat on Sept. 23, but the referee didn’t stop the fight when Silva went unconscious. While still holding the submission, Nunes warned the referee multiple times that his opponent was out, but referee Jorge Gomes insisted Silva was fine. That’s when Silva’s cornerman jumped into the cage and started to punch Nunes in the face in an attempt to stop the fight. The chaotic video quickly went viral, and MMA Fighting spoke with everyone involved in the wild scene.
Submitted Sep 27, 2017 3:14PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Another cornerman had to jump the cage to save his unconscious fighter from an inept ref
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Combat sports officials have been getting savaged in the press these days after a number of high profile flubs. But what about all the screw ups that don't get much exposure because they happen way down in the minor leagues in countries far far away? Check out this latest incident of referee malfeasance:
Submitted Sep 26, 2017 7:14PM by Braden - 5 comments
Filed under: General MMA
 
Shayna Baszler talks move to pro wrestling, Mae Young Classic and Ronda Rousey WWE rumors
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To a lot of people, Shayna Baszler's move from MMA to pro wrestling was leaving one world for another. But for her, given her background, it's more like switching branches on the same tree, an analogy she's used for years, long before she became a pro wrestler, since it was taught to her that way by Billy Robinson.
Submitted Aug 20, 2017 12:05PM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
Filed under: General MMA, Other Combat Sports, MMA Personalities
 
GoFundMe launched for UFC/WEC veteran Javier Vazquez after colon cancer diagnosis
(mmajunkie.com)
Former UFC and WEC fighter Javier Vazquez, 40, is in need of financial support after being diagnosed with colon cancer. Vazquez (16-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) last competed in MMA in June 2011, earning a unanimous-decision win over “The Ultimate Fighter 2” winner Joe Stevenson. The UFC, WEC, EliteXC and King of the Cage veteran recently underwent surgery to have a tumor removed and is now facing a regimen of chemotherapy. One of Vazquez’s, friends recently launched a GoFundMe page to help raise money for medical care, establishing a goal of $35,000.
Submitted Aug 13, 2017 2:28PM by Budgellism - 1 comment
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
Pat Barry recalls battles with addiction, hurting Rose Namajunas’ career, and getting sober
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For Pat Barry, everything came crashing down because of a pizza. It was last July and he had finished a sparring session with Brock Lesnar in Alexandria, Minn. and wanted to eat, and what’s a little pizza without a drink? Especially when the locals are spending their time side-eyeing you, wondering what in the hell you’re doing there?
Submitted Aug 9, 2017 12:43AM by grappler0000 - 3 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Interviews
 
Alistair Overeem says Fedor Emelianenko is not the greatest heavyweight ever: He fought cans and declined to fight me
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One of the biggest questions that has persisted throughout combat sports history is how long is too long to stick around? The nature of the fight game, blunt force trauma to the head, means that it’s better suited to young men but the reality is that aging veterans and legends of the sport often have a hard time letting go, often to their detriment. Most recently, these questions about when to walk away have surfaced regarding two of MMA’s all-time greats: B.J. Penn and Fedor Emelianenko.
Submitted Jul 4, 2017 12:48AM by grappler0000 - 11 comments
Filed under: General MMA, Interviews
 
CSAC holds historic weigh-ins 30 days before UFC 214
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UFC 214 is a month away, however, the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) has already held its first weigh-in for the event. Earlier this week, the commission had the six fighters competing in title fights on the July 29 card -- Daniel Cormier, Jon Jones, Tyron Woodley, Demian Maia, Cris Cyborg and Tonya Evinger — weigh-in via FaceTime.
Submitted Jul 1, 2017 2:48PM by grappler0000 - 4 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
First Dana White’s Tuesday Night Fight Card Includes 3 UFC Vets
(mmaweekly.com)
UFC recently announced a new, live, and exclusive UFC Fight Pass show titled: Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The show is set to launch Tuesday, July 11, 2017. The new weekly series will feature five live fights in each episode, showcasing up-and-coming talent, as well as athletes striving to revive their professional mixed martial arts careers. On Thursday, the UFC unveiled the first Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series fight card topped by three UFC veterans trying to earn their way back into the Octagon: Joby Sanchez, Justin Jones, and Kurt Holobaugh.
Submitted Jun 24, 2017 1:56PM by grappler0000 - 5 comments
Filed under: UFC, General MMA
 
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