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Joanna Jedrzejczyk will carry the Olympic torch for Poland
Joanna Jedrzejczyk is set to carry the Olympic flame for Poland as it travels around the world on its way to Korea for 2018.
Submitted Dec 27, 2017 4:53PM by Braden - 2 comments
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MMA’s Naughty or Nice List: 2017 Edition
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
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Mackenzie Dern believes she’s ready to fight in the UFC
Undefeated prospect Mackenzie Dern discusses her recent win over Kaline Medeiros at Invicta FC 26 and successfully making weight for a strawweight bout, the improvements as an athlete a little over a year since her first fight, balancing her careers in MMA and jiu-jitsu, when she hopes to fight in the UFC, and much more.
Submitted Dec 23, 2017 5:05PM by Braden - 2 comments
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UFC champ Max Holloway impressed with new contenders Brian Ortega, Josh Emmett
December was a good month for the UFC’s featherweight division. Champion Max Holloway made his first successful title defense, Brian Ortega scored a slick submission in a televised main event, and Josh Emmettconnected with a massive knockout in the co-headliner of a network-televised fight card. Holloway, who defended his title with a third-round TKO of Jose Aldo at UFC 218, said he liked what he saw out of the latter two, who are making a surge up the 145-pound rankings toward a crack at the gold.
Submitted Dec 23, 2017 6:55AM by Braden - 7 comments
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Bellator’s Daniel Straus recovering in hospital after bad motorcycle accident
Former Bellator champion Daniel Straus was injured in a serious motorcycle accident last weekend and is recovering at a Florida hospital.
Submitted Dec 23, 2017 6:54AM by Braden - 0 comments
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After last three fights on UFC contract, Mark Hunt plans to leave organization
It’s been a tumultuous couple of years for Mark Hunt fighting for (and with) the UFC, and he’s ready to move on to the next stage of his career. The 43-year-old MMA and kickboxing veteran recently appeared on Submission Radio to talk about where he stands with the world’s largest fight promotion. Hunt had a disagreement with the UFC recently after he was pulled from a Nov. 19 show due to comments he made to “Players Voice”. In that article, Hunt admitted to having issues with his memory and that he sometimes slurred his words, which prompted officials to seek further testing before allowing Hunt to compete again. Hunt was not happy with the decision and suggested that it was tied to his ongoing lawsuit against the UFC, company president Dana White, and Brock Lesnar over the promotion allegedly knowing that Lesnar was taking performance enhancing drugs ahead of a fight with Hunt at UFC 200 in July 2016. Regardless, the UFC has since deemed Hunt fit to fight and he meets Curtis Blaydes at UFC 221 on Feb. 11 in Perth, Australia. According to Hunt, that’s one of the last three fights on his current contract, and he was asked if his run in the Octagon will soon be over.
Submitted Dec 22, 2017 5:02AM by Braden - 9 comments
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Floyd Mayweather squashes fighting in the UFC talk: ‘I’m not doing it’
Floyd Mayweather in the UFC? Think again. Hours after UFC president Dana White said the promotion was having “real” talks with Floyd Mayweather about competing in the Octagon, Mayweather himself shot down the rumblings. In an interview with FightHype (h/t MMA Weekly), Mayweather said people misconstrued what he said last week about the UFC. He didn’t say he was going to compete in MMA — he said he could make a billion dollars in the UFC if he chose to. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s something he will be doing.
Submitted Dec 20, 2017 7:48PM by Braden - 2 comments
Filed under: MMA Personalities, UFC
Longtime MMA head coach Robert Follis dies
One of the most accomplished coaches in mixed martial arts has died. Robert Follis, who most recently was the head coach at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas, died Friday, his girlfriend Myra Fukuno confirmed Sunday on Facebook.
Submitted Dec 17, 2017 8:17PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Mike Perry explains why he sniffed Santiago Ponzinibbio at UFC on FOX 26 weigh-ins
Ceremonial weigh-ins with Mike Perry are never dull, and that held true on Friday. At the ceremonial UFC on FOX 26 weigh-ins in Winnipeg, Perry pulled an unusual move on welterweight opponent Santiago Ponzinibbio, sniffing the Argentinian up and down during the pair’s faceoff. So what exactly was Perry sniffing around for?
Submitted Dec 16, 2017 4:13AM by Braden - 3 comments
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Michael Bisping scuffles outside courthouse, ordered to pay ex-manager over $400K for unpaid commissions
Former UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping isn’t just losing fights these days, he stands to lose more than $400,000 after a Manchester judged ordered “The Count” to pay ex-manager and Wolfslair MMA Academy founder Anthony McGann for unpaid commissions.
Submitted Dec 16, 2017 4:12AM by Braden - 3 comments
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MMA veteran Marlon Sandro allegedly attacked, choked out fiancee
Brazilian MMA fighter Marlon Sandro has been accused of domestic violence. The 37-fight veteran, a former Sengoku featherweight champion who also competed under the Bellator banner, allegedly injured his fiancee Tayssa Wuensche on Thursday morning in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Submitted Dec 15, 2017 1:16PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Diego Sanchez talks fulfilling dreams of superfan Isaac Marquez, a fighter with Down syndrome
Isaac Marquez came into the JacksonWink MMA gym earlier this year, walked two inches from the mat there and that’s when he met Diego Sanchez.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 7:02PM by Braden - 2 comments
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UFC's Joseph Benavidez on initial pain, isolation, helplessness of injury recovery
Scrolling through Joseph Benavidez’s Instagram account, you’ll see a few things: pictures of him with wife Megan Olivi, snapshots of movies, and cute selfies with their dog, Benny. What you won’t see are too many pictures of his recovering knee. That doesn’t mean that the two-time UFC flyweight title challenger isn’t going to the UFC Performance Institute every day. Or that he isn’t training. Or that he isn’t powering through every rough stage of rehabilitation after surgically repairing a torn ACL. In the more than six months that have passed since Benavidez announced that an injury had forced him out of a scheduled bout with Ben Nguyen, he’s done all those things. We just haven’t since much of it.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:21PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Frankie Edgar aiming to return in March or April to fight Max Holloway
Frankie Edgar is recovering from an orbital injury that knocked him out of a featherweight title opportunity vs. champion Max Holloway, and he’s optimistic that they can make that fight happen soon.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:16PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Dustin Poirier wants to give Eddie Alvarez a couple of nicely wrapped 'Christmas presents'
Dustin Poirier really wants a rematch with Eddie Alvarez. There’s just no two ways about it. Poirier appealed the result of their first bout but to no avail. Ever since, he’s continued to lobby for a rematch, which he did yet again with a clever tweet Tuesday night in the spirit of the holiday season.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:13PM by Braden - 1 comment
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Gokhan Saki hopes to return in March after suffering meniscus tear
Kickboxing legend Gokhan Saki hopes to return to the Octagon in March or April following his recovery from a bucket handle meniscus tear.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:05PM by Braden - 0 comments
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Ex-UFC star Keith Jardine finding successful second act in Hollywood
In the fall of 2007, two days after Keith Jardine celebrated his most famous victory by defeating UFC legend Chuck Liddell, he was back home in New Mexico. The adrenaline of the win had long since worn off, leaving Jardine feeling as though he’d suffered through a car crash. After visiting his doctor to address some of the injuries he’d sustained throughout his training camp and in the fight, he was relaxing in a cafe in Bernalillo with his fiancée Jodie Esquibel when he noticed two people slowly approaching them. He assumed the duo to be shy fans, but instead, they introduced themselves as Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor, co-directors of a movie that was in pre-production in the area. After a few minutes of speaking, and out of the blue, the duo asked him if he was interested in reading for a part in their movie, Gamer, which starred Gerard Butler and was eventually released in 2009. For Jardine, it was a strange but welcome bit of serendipity. He’d grown up a huge movie fan and had contemplated acting; now an opportunity was presenting itself to him. Jardine won a part, and in the decade since, has earned over 30 credits in film and television. The last year has been a particularly productive one in Jardine’s second act. During the course of 2017, he has appeared in nine releases, including a recurring role on the long-running Showtime series Shameless and more recently, a regular role on the new, critically acclaimed Netflix western Godless. There are long odds on building a successful career in professional sports. Jardine beat them; to do the same in another wildly challenging venue is his next trick, and one he is fully embracing.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 3:04PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Robert Whittaker, Luke Rockhold discuss Georges St-Pierre's departure before UFC 221 title fight
Georges St-Pierre is out of the UFC middleweight title picture, and UFC 221’s headliners are ready to move on without him.
Submitted Dec 13, 2017 2:37AM by Braden - 1 comment
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Daniel Cormier says Cain Velasquez is back to training, readying for ‘a long, sustained run’
It’s been a long time since the heavyweight division has seen Cain Velasquez. The former two-time UFC heavyweight champion has missed all of 2017 after being forced to pull out of his Dec. 2016 fight against Fabricio Werdum due to a lingering injury in his back, which ultimately required surgery. But the light at the end of the tunnel may soon be approaching for Velasquez.
Submitted Dec 11, 2017 6:40PM by Braden - 2 comments
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Dana White interested in re-signing Cub Swanson: ‘I want him to be happy’
Cub Swanson’s first loss in over two years couldn’t have come at a worse time. The 34-year-old featherweight veteran entered Saturday’s UFC Fresno main event with a four-fight winning streak and the knowledge that this would be the last fight of his current contract. Unfortunately for “Killer Cub,” his successful run came to a halt when opponent Brian Ortega submitted him with a guillotine choke in the second round.
Submitted Dec 11, 2017 12:47AM by grappler0000 - 1 comment
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