Midnight Mania! Blaydes: Ngannou Is In a ‘Dark, Dark Place’

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UFC heavyweight contender Curtis “Razor” Blaydes is scheduled to put his six-fight win streak on the line to rematch Francis Ngannou …

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UFC heavyweight contender Curtis “Razor” Blaydes is scheduled to put his six-fight win streak on the line to rematch Francis Ngannou at UFC: Beijing. The former UFC title challenger Ngannou has lost some momentum after also dropping a lackluster decision to Derrick Lewis in his last bout. According to Blaydes, this has to be bad news for his mental state. Via MMAJunkie.com:

“He’s probably in a hole right now,” Blaydes said. “0-2 after being the hotshot? That’s got to be a dark, dark place. I want him to be his best. I don’t want any excuses out of his camp or the fans or the company. I want him at his best. I’ll beat him 10 out of 10 times.”

One could argue that he has already lost 1 out of 10… but Blaydes wasn’t stopped by Ngannou. He was stopped by the doctor, and he’s quick to remind us all of that.

“It is a loss,” Blaydes said. “On my record it’s a loss, but any loss that you don’t lose any sleep over is that one. It wasn’t the referee’s decision, it wasn’t the judge’s decision, it was the doctor.”

Still, that doesn’t mean the official L on his record doesn’t bother him. He wants it back.

“I wouldn’t say it kept me up at night, but I knew it would happen eventually,” Blaydes told reporters during a recent media scrum. “It was inevitable. I knew he’d be around, I’d be around. The UFC likes natural stories like this. We already have a natural storyline. It’s not fake. We had a fight, he won, but I didn’t get to finish it. So I do have a bit of redemption I want to get.”


Insomnia

25 years of champions, all in one picture- that’s pretty cool.

UFC bantamweight Tonya Evinger and her girl had themselves a truly amazing vacation, by the looks of things.

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Sea trader hanging off a cliff..cool dive .

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It’s us again..

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Yoel Romero might be asking if Anderson Silva is scared- “Are you afraid of [spider emoji]” but is Anderson Silva his best next opponent? He could rematch Jacare, or he could fight Israel Adesanya. Either way, he is the most dangerous man in the middleweight division, even including Robert Whittaker.

Georges St. Pierre hanging out with tennis star Genie Bouchard!

Monkey style!

Chad Mendes looks like he’s in a video game here. His fight with Alex Volkanovski, the Australian Chad Mendes, is going to be awesome.

Pretty cool fan art of light heavyweight contender Dominick Reyes

Ouch- Adesanya said he has to dumb down his striking to mimic Edson Barboza, Dan Hooker’s next opponent.

This is such an incredible picture of camaraderie.

The KO was so insane, yet so sad for the Korean Zombie, who had been 1 second away from victory.

We were all thinking it

Football brawl!

Did anyone else read “The Moves Make the Man” as a kid? This is the MMA version.

I was waiting for this face to get memed.

I just didn’t expect Mike Perry to meme his own arm breaking.

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Levels

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I’m mad Adesanya referred to “2%” Mike Perry as a black man.

A+ tweet from Angela Hill.

Cowboy really wouldn’t be the worst option for a returning McGregor.

This is fantastic. Art Jimmerson, the boxer who opted to fight with one glove at UFC 1, is making fun of himself.

This cracked me up. If you are editing videos, why stop with a little fast-forwarding?

Is Cain Velasquez really returning in 2019?

This is surprising.

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Didn’t see that coming!

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Slips, Rips, and Kneebar Clips

This knockout is still surreal to me.

Russian Sambo for the soul

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Sambo no chill

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Well that was skillful. Calf crusher

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Alexander Usyk is an all-time great when it comes to beating men in their own country

Marcin Held can hook a heel

Giorgio Petrosyan is one of the all-time greats

Amazing. Yi Long knocked out Choi Hong-Man via spinning kick to the nuts.

That lead uppercut is a treat.

Like a bull against a matador


Random Land

The pictures coming out of California are apocalyptic. I understand why Californians are so concerned about climate change. Abnormally dry climate patterns mean… this.

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Israel Adesanya Says Yair Rodriguez’s UFC Denver KO Win Wasn’t Luck

Israel Adesanya dismisses those who say that Yair Rodriguez’s knockout win at UFC Denver was luck. This past Saturday night (Nov. 10), UFC Denver took place inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. In the main event, Rodriguez went one-on-one…

Israel Adesanya dismisses those who say that Yair Rodriguez’s knockout win at UFC Denver was luck. This past Saturday night (Nov. 10), UFC Denver took place inside the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. In the main event, Rodriguez went one-on-one with Chan Sung Jung. With just one second left to go in a thrilling contest, […]

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Viedo: Shaolin Monk Drops Hong Man Choi With Vicious Low Blow

Hong Man Choi stepped back into the ring after a two-year absence to take on actual monk Yi Long on Saturday at MAS Fight in Macao. Shaolin Monk Yi Long landed a brutal low blow via spinning kick that sent the big man hobbling off in obvious pain. Watch here: uhhh, Yi Long with some […]

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Hong Man Choi stepped back into the ring after a two-year absence to take on actual monk Yi Long on Saturday at MAS Fight in Macao.

Shaolin Monk Yi Long landed a brutal low blow via spinning kick that sent the big man hobbling off in obvious pain.

Watch here:

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Gustafsson: Jon Jones Is ‘Best Fighter’ In The World

Alexander Gustafsson calls former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones “the best fighter in the world.”

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Next month (Sat. December 29, 2018) the UFC will host a rematch of one of the best fights in the promotion’s history.

Back in 2013, Jon Jones and Alexander Gustafsson put on a classic of a light heavyweight title contest. Both men endured the most damage of their fighting careers, however, “Bones” emerged victorious with the unanimous decision win. Ever since, Gustafsson has been gunning for a rematch with Jones.

He’ll now get it. Jones vs. Gustafsson II will main event UFC 232 on pay-per-view (PPV) from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. The winner will be crowned the new UFC light heavyweight champion. Current titleholder Daniel Cormier will be stripped after the fight starts.

“The Mauler” came closer than anyone to defeating Jones, who has yet to be bested inside the Octagon. Speaking on “The MMA Hour” recently, Gustafsson said he believes Jones is still “the best fighter in the world” (via BJPenn.com):

“He’s a really talented fighter. He’s a very smart fighter,” Gustafsson said. “Whatever Jon does, in that Octagon he has a strategy and he’s a very smart fighter with a good eye, so you can’t relax.

“You can’t relax with this guy, you can’t even give him an inch. You have be on your toes the whole fight, you have to be ready the whole fight.

“So, that’s how I see Jon now. Jon has just been so impressive, that’s why he never lost. So, he is just that guy. He’s been beating everybody, so we all know how he is and how he’s been.

“He’s the best fighter in the world. For me, he’s the pound-for-pound best fighter, so like I said, I can’t relax for a second when I fight him.”

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Dillashaw: UFC Hired Me To Kill Flyweight Division

Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will make the drop down to Flyweight to challenge division champion, Henry Cejudo, at UFC 233 on January 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California, despite talks of th…

Current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw will make the drop down to Flyweight to challenge division champion, Henry Cejudo, at UFC 233 on January 26, 2019 in Anaheim, California, despite talks of the promotion doing away with the weight class.

According to “Viper,” the 125-pound weight class won’t be done until after he defeats “The Messenger,” as he says the promotion paid him plenty of cash to put the division out to pasture.

“UFC wants to get rid of the division and they hired me to go down and close it and get another belt in the process. It’s a win-win for me, man. They are paying me a fuck load of money to kill the 125 division and collect a second belt. It’s game time,” said T.J. during a recent interview on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show.

According to Cejudo, he is looking at facing Dillashaw for his 135-pound strap in an immediate rematch once he defeats him in Anaheim. It’s simply not an option, says T.J., as he says “The Messenger” won’t have nothing to offer him come fight night. In fact, T.J. wants Henry to bring his Olympic gold medal with him to Anaheim and hand it over to him once he beats him at his own game.

“I just want to continue to grow my legacy, as I believe I’m the best fighter on earth right now. By doing what I am doing right now I am going to be able to prove it. TO be able to have a belt in both weight classes, he said.”

Of course I am disappointed I didn’t get to fight Demetrious Johnson (because of this), but now I get to beat a gold medalist. I am going to beat him at his own game, too. I will go out there and I will wrestle him. So he should bring that gold medal to the Octagon so I can take his belt and his gold medal.”

Bold.

Should Cejudo come up short against T.J. and a rematch not be granted, “The Messenger” could look for a way out of his UFC commitments and bolt to ONE Championship if his financial desires aren’t full-filled by the Endeavor-owned promotion.

Because apparently ONE Championship has no problem paying boatloads of cash to acquire new talent, while UFC is apparently paying up to get rid of some.

UFC 230 pulls in estimated 250,000 PPV buys

The pay-per-view buy numbers are in for UFC 230. As expected, the UFC’s third trip to Madison Square Garden didn’t come close to matching the commercial success of its previous two shows at the famous New York City venue, but for a card th…

The pay-per-view buy numbers are in for UFC 230.

As expected, the UFC’s third trip to Madison Square Garden didn’t come close to matching the commercial success of its previous two shows at the famous New York City venue, but for a card that didn’t have a main event until roughly a month away from fight night, it wasn’t exactly a pay-per-view disaster.

MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer reported over the weekend that UFC 230 drew an estimated 250,000 buys, with heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier predictably defeating popular but severely overmatched Derrick Lewis in the main event. It’s well down from the reported 375,000 buys for both Cormier’s historic title win over Stipe Miocic at UFC 226, as well as UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou, which featured Cormier in the co-main event defending his light heavyweight title vs. Volkan Oezdemir.

This is more in line with the buys for UFC 192, when Cormier edged out Alexander Gustafsson in a thriller back in October 2015. For a 2018 comparison, that number is identical to the estimate for UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero in June. It’s higher than UFC 221, 224, and almost double that of 228, but is otherwise somewhere in the middle in the overall PPV landscape.

While it’s not setting the world on fire in terms of it being a big pay-per-view, the alternative was nearly a women’s flyweight title bout between Valentina Shevchenko and Sijara Eubanks, which quite conceivably wouldn’t have cleared 125,000 buys. Fan response to that contest was overwhelmingly negative, and the UFC went another direction. Lest we forget of course that Dustin Poirier vs. Nate Diaz was slated to be the co-main event, only to be scrapped when Poirier pulled out with injury. The slow ticket sales and lack of promotion may be a sign though that Diaz’s starpower was a tad overplayed when not fighting Conor McGregor.

The live gate at MSG was around $2.7 million, which is just about the same at UFC 227: Dillashaw vs. Garbrandt 2 from August, but down from the $5.6 million for UFC 226. Obviously Cormier has his sights set on a big money fight vs. Brock Lesnar, one of the biggest draws in combat sports history between both his time in the WWE and as the former UFC heavyweight champion.