Midnight Mania! Iaquinta Flames Kevin Lee – ‘He Needs A Brain Transplant’

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While speaking with Ariel Helwani on his MMA show, Lightweight contender Al Iaquinta was asked about two-time opponent Kevin Lee and his return to the 155 lbs. division. Never one to mince words, Iaquinta immediately ripped into his former foe, mostly attacking his intelligence and ego.

Check it out below:

For those who cannot view the video, Iaquinta says that, “That guy (Lee) is shot… you can tell he’s never going to be good because of his attitude, the way he sees things. No one gives a shit about him coming down to Lightweight. He’s like ‘You know what, Khabib impressed me this weekend, I’m going to come down to Lightweight and I think I can help out Georges St. Pierre in case they fight.’ Like bro, shut the f*ck up.” Iaquinta also adds that a “brain transplant is the only way he’ll ever become a good fighter” as Lee “never learns his lesson.”

Overall, this makes for a pretty entertaining “Raging Al” rant, and I would expect a response for Kevin Lee sooner than later. Even though Iaquinta is up 2-0 in their beef, don’t be surprised if we see a rubber match at some point — the two just cannot help but hate each other.

Insomnia

Give my Team Alpha Male coach and friend Mike Malott’s new page a follow for great technical instruction.

What could have been

Yikes.

I watched the whole video strictly to see if “Platinum” fell.

In the following video, Chandler combines two of my least favorite workouts into something that looks quite miserable.

Who wins this weekend between Rodriguez’s flashy kicks and Stephens’ clubbing hooks?

A cool photo of Khalil Rountree in Thailand:

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

Some of the best kickboxing highlights I’ve seen in a while:

A great sumo clip plus some extra ambiance:

Brutal body work:

Random Land

This video produces the same feeling of frustration I get from watching a sand mandala wiped away.

Midnight Music: RIP to Ric Ocasek, who was the front man of brilliant new wave group The Cars as well as producer of albums like Weezer’s Blue Album and Nada Surf’s High/Low. One of the greats in pop songwriting!

Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.

Tyron Woodley Says Khabib Bout Would Motivate Him ‘Beyond Measure’

Tyron Woodley has explained why a catchweight bout with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov interests him. Woodley is a former UFC welterweight champion. He’s even entertained the idea of moving up to middleweight when Michael Bisping wa…

Tyron Woodley has explained why a catchweight bout with UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov interests him. Woodley is a former UFC welterweight champion. He’s even entertained the idea of moving up to middleweight when Michael Bisping was the 185-pound title holder. Still, “The Chosen One” is intrigued by a potential match-up with Nurmagomedov. Woodley Explains […]

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T-Wood On Khabib – ‘I Have To Know What It Feels Like’

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After Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks ago, he proved once again why he is widely considered to be the most dominant UFC champion ever.
His performance dr…

MMA: UFC 242- Nurmagomedov vs Poirier

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After Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi a couple of weeks ago, he proved once again why he is widely considered to be the most dominant UFC champion ever.

His performance drew praise from most of his colleagues — except this one — which produced some callouts, as well.

Among the men who opted to lay down the gauntlet was former UFC Welterweight king, Tyron Woodley. During a recent Q&A in Vancouver, British, Columbia, “The Chosen One” explained why he called out “The Eagle.”

“He’s a beast,” Woodley said via MMA Fighting. “I just think that right now in my life and my career, I need the impossible. I need the stuff that nobody can do, I need the thing that’s gonna motivate me beyond measure and I think that he provides that,” he added.

Of course, if the fight ever went down, Woodley says it would have to be at a catchweight since he’s too big to cut down to 155 pounds and Khabib moving up to 170 pounds would put him at a disadvantage.

“Obviously, I could never make 155. I’m already kind of alluding to handling business at welterweight and going up to middleweight. It would have to be something at a catchweight, it would have to be something that he would be interested in,” he said.

Of course, Khabib does cut plenty of weight to hit 155 pounds, so perhaps a catchweight fight of 160 or 165 against Tyron could even out the playing field. And since Woodley is one of the better wrestlers in the game today with legit knockout power, he could pose some threats for “The Eagle.”

And after seeing Khabib pretty much run through everyone with such brute force, Woodley says he is eager to know what exactly it feels like to go toe-to-toe with such a dominant and aggressive champion.

“He’s on top of the world right now, I might not even be an option for him. It’s more out of respect of what he can do. I know Dustin, he spars middleweights, light heavyweights, and for him to go out there and put on a performance like that against Dustin, I gotta see what it feels like.”

28 fighters have had the chance to know what it feels like, and they’ve all left disappointed at the outcome.

Woodley, meanwhile, had never gotten any of the money fights he’s longed for, including ones against Nick Diaz and Georges St. Pierre. So the chances of him getting the Khabib fight are pretty slim at the moment

Especially since Khabib is perhaps the No. 1 targeted guy in MMA at the moment, as Tony Ferguson and Justin Gaethje want a shot, while Conor McGregor and Poirier want another chance to crack the Dagestani code.

That said, you do miss 100-percent of the shots you don’t take, so you can’t blame Tyron for shooting his.

Fury’s father criticizes son’s performance against Wallin

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Tyson Fury’s father, John Fury, wants his son to ditch his corner team after his performance against Otto Wallin this past weekend. John Fury, the father of Tyson Fury, has criticized his son’s performance, and t…

Tyson Fury v Otto Wallin

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Tyson Fury’s father, John Fury, wants his son to ditch his corner team after his performance against Otto Wallin this past weekend.

John Fury, the father of Tyson Fury, has criticized his son’s performance, and that of his team, after his fight this past weekend against Otto Wallin. Fury defeated Wallin by unanimous decision (116-112, 117-111, 118-110) this past Saturday night, however that outcome doesn’t paint a picture of the actual bout itself. The Brit suffered a huge cut in the third round that raised fears the fight would be waved off, but Fury’s cutman did an excellent job of managing the cut in between rounds and the fight went the distance.

Talking to BT Sport after the fight, Fury’s father was not a fan of Tyson’s performance, saying ‘The Gypsy King’ never even landed a “meaningful punch” in the whole fight.

“I don’t know how he has taken the cut in the third and made it to the 12th,” Fury Sr. said. “It has gone terribly wrong in the camp and someone is to blame. Tyson never landed a meaningful punch. If Tyson had been in front of one of the top-three, or Alexander Povetkin, he would not have won. I am a straight talker and that is the worst I have ever seen him.

“I have half an idea what went wrong but I cannot share it,” he continued. “He has done an eight-week camp but his strength and power have gone. He was as weak as a kitten. His body looked a lot softer tonight. He is not an 18 stone fighter, he wants to be body beautiful. I have seen this coming. I saw this coming. If he keeps hold of that team, that whole team, they will cost him his career. Ben Davison and everyone.”

Soon after Fury’s father’s comments, Tyson’s head coach Ben Davison responded by downplaying the fact that Tyson was “weak” in the fight.

“John is Tyson’s dad so of course you have to respect him,” he said. “But Tyson was fully prepared and you can’t do anything about sustaining a bad cut. Just because he’s gone 12 rounds it doesn’t mean he’s weak. If he was weak he wouldn’t have been able to do 12 rounds there.”

Fury is expected to rematch Deontay Wilder, if “The Bronze Bomber” gets past Luis Ortiz later this year, in February 2020.

Predictions! UFC ‘Mexico City’ ‘Prelims’ Preview – Pt. 1

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UFC Fight Night: Font v Pettis

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is bringing a bevy of “Prelims” fights to ESPN+ this weekend (Sat., Sept. 21, 2019) when UFC Fight Night 159: “Rodriguez vs. Stephens” storms Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico. MMAmania.com’s Patrick Stumberg kicks off the UFC Fight Night 159 “Prelims” party with the first installment of a two-part undercard preview series below.

High-flying Mexican sensation Yair Rodriguez looks to build off of his “Knockout of the Year” contender this Saturday (Sept. 21, 2019) when he takes on perennial contender Jeremy Stephens inside Mexico City Arena in Mexico City, Mexico, headlining the latest Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) show on ESPN+. UFC Fight Night 159 also features fast-rising prospect Alexa Grasso against former champion Carla Esparza, as well as the return of Brandon Moreno against undefeated Russian standout Askar Askarov.

UFC Fight Night 159 features seven “Prelims” undercard bouts this time around, so let’s check out the first four and go from there …

125 lbs.: Sergio Pettis vs. Tyson Nam

Sergio Pettis (17-5) fought his way into Flyweight title contention with four consecutive victories, capped off by a decision over Brandon Moreno in “The Phenom’s” first-ever main event. He’s just 1-3 since that victory, though he did become the first man since 2009 to beat Joseph Benavidez in a non-title fight in that one victory.

He’s one inch shorter and nine years younger than Tyson Nam (16-9-1).

Hawaii’s Nam shocked the mixed martial arts (MMA) world back in 2012 with a one-punch knockout of Bellator champ Eduardo Dantas, only to lose his next four bouts. He’s found more success in his current run, which includes a draw with future The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) competitor Yoni Sherbatov and a head kick knockout of former UFC title challenger Ali Bagautinov.

He steps in for the injured Alex Perez on little more than three weeks’ notice.

Pettis is fortunate that Perez had to withdraw. That’s because Nam, though a quality fighter, is nowhere near the stylistic nightmare the wrestling-heavy Perez was. “The Phenom’s” rock-solid striking fundamentals look like an excellent answer for the overly patient Nam, who has a habit of letting the striking stats get lopsided as he waits for a perfect countering opportunity.

Nam does have some real power when he bothers to swing and Pettis’ chin has failed him before, but Pettis is unlikely to give him the clear shots he needs to let his hands go. Expect Pettis to potshot and frustrate Nam, never really hurting him but racking up enough of a volume edge to take home a wide decision.

Prediction: Pettis via unanimous decision

205 lbs.: Vinicius Moreira vs. Paul Craig

Vinicius Moreira (9-3) showed his toughness and grappling skill on “Contender Series: Brazil,” where he survived some early trouble to choke out Muay Thai specialist John Allan and earn himself a contract. Said toughness hasn’t quite held up in the Octagon, as “Mamute” suffered a pair of first-round knockout losses to Alonzo Menifield and Eryk Anders.

Neither he nor Paul Craig (11-4) have ever gone the distance, combining for 18 submission wins and two (technical) knockouts.

“Bearjew” followed up his claiming of the BAMMA Light Heavyweight title with a bonus-winning armbar of Henrique da Silva in his Octagon debut. He’s since gone 2-4, though he did pick up two more bonuses via comeback submissions of Magomed Ankalaev and Kennedy Nzechukwu.

He’ll give up one inch of height to his Brazilian foe.

This should be a loser-goes-home match — Moreira is way too slow and hittable to bring his grappling to bear, while Craig’s striking and wrestling have yet to catch up to his submissions. Both need highly favorable match ups to make any sort of run in the Octagon and I’m not sure even the top-heavy UFC Light Heavyweight division has enough potential victims.

This, however, is a highly favorable match up for “Mamute.” Craig’s striking is … existent, which already gives him the edge on the feet, but his willingness to pull guard and the ease with which he’s taken down bode ill. Moreira’s the far larger man and his top control is scarier than Craig’s bottom game; therefore, he muscles Craig to the mat, wraps up a submission, and sets himself up to get knocked the hell out by his next UFC foe.

Prediction: Moreira via first-round submission

135 lbs.: Sijara Eubanks vs. Bethe Correia

Sijara Eubanks (4-3) defied a low ranking on TUF 26 to smash her way through the competition, only to pull out of the Finale because of issues with the weight cut. She went on to beat Lauren Murphy and Roxanne Modafferi, missing weight against the latter, then fell once again to Aspen Ladd in her “Fight of the Night”-winning return to 135 pounds.

Both of her pre-UFC professional wins came by ground-and-pound technical knockout.

It’s been four years since Bethe Correia’s (10-4-1) unsuccessful title bid against Ronda Rousey, and the Brazilian has fought just five times in that span. Her last three fights have seen her battle Marion Reneau to a draw, suffer a head kick knockout loss to Holly Holm in her second main event, and tap to an Irene Aldana armbar after ending a nearly two-year hiatus.

“The Pitbull” is one inch taller than Eubanks, but will give up three inches of reach.

Correia has won one (1) fight in the last five years, and that was a robbery against Jessica Eye. She did much better than I expected against Aldana last time out, but at 36 years old, I think we’re past the point of her being a threat in the division … being a decent brawler isn’t enough in the modern UFC.

“Pitbull” doesn’t have enough power to slow down Eubanks’ pressure and she faces a considerable disparity in wrestling and Brazilian jiu-jitsu, giving her few avenues of victories. Though I can see her possibly outlasting Eubanks if the latter doesn’t pace herself, there’s not enough going her way to bank on that hypothetical. Eubanks walks her down and racks up long stretches of top control for the win.

Prediction: Eubanks via unanimous decision

155 lbs.: Claudio Puelles vs. Marcos Mariano

Claudio Puelles (8-2), representing Team Chuck Liddell, won three bouts on TUF: “Latin America 3” before falling to Martin Bravo at the Finale. He entered his subsequent bout with Felipe Silva as a sizeable underdog, only to score an improbably comeback kneebar to earn “Performance of the Night.”

This will be his first fight in 16 months because of injury.

Marcos Mariano (6-5) — who opened his professional career 2-3 — won four of his next five before joining UFC in February. He debuted against the all-action Lando Vannata in Melbourne, tapping to a kimura late in the first round.

He stands three inches taller than Puelles and will have a four-inch reach advantage.

It really speaks to how much UFC loves Lando Vannata that they signed a guy for the express purpose of losing to the “Groovy” one. Mariano’s height is literally the only notable thing about him; otherwise, he’s an okay striker with no ground game to speak of.

Puelles is no world-beater himself, but he’s a very capable grappler with considerably more experience against competent opposition. Once he lands his first takedown, it’s only a matter of time. He sends Mariano back to the Brazilian circuit with a quick rear-naked choke.

Prediction: Puelles via first-round submission

Three more UFC Fight Night 159 “Prelims” undercard bouts remain to preview and predict, all of which feature at least one knockout artist. Same time tomorrow, Maniacs.

Remember that MMAmania.com will deliver LIVE round-by-round, blow-by-blow coverage of the entire UFC Fight Night 159 fight card this weekend, starting with the ESPN+“Prelims” that are scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. ET, then the main card portion that will stream on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET.

To check out the latest and greatest UFC Fight Night 159: “Rodriguez vs. Stephens” news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive event archive right here.

Costa slams ‘skinny clown’ Israel Adesanya, will be ringside for UFC 243

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“Yes, I am going to Melbourne. Dana White is sending me there and said I get the next title shot. I fight the winner of Whittaker-Adesanya.” Paulo Costa has a score to settle with interim UFC middl…

UFC 241 Cormier v Miocic 2: Ultimate Media Day

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“Yes, I am going to Melbourne. Dana White is sending me there and said I get the next title shot. I fight the winner of Whittaker-Adesanya.”

Paulo Costa has a score to settle with interim UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya, which is why ‘Borrachinha’ is hoping ‘The Last Stylebender’ will beat official champ Robert Whittaker to unify the titles at UFC 243.

Costa, who has gone back-and-forth with Adesanya over the past year and will be ringside for UFC 243, called the former kickboxing champion a ‘skinny clown’ and says he has a ‘personal problem’ with the New Zealand-based fighter.

“Yes, I am going to Melbourne. Dana White is sending me there and said I get the next title shot. I fight the winner of Whittaker-Adesanya,” Cost said in a recent interview with BJPenn.com.

“I can beat both. I think Adesanya is a fake champion. He hasn’t fought anyone tough, he is a skinny clown. I have a personal problem with him. If he beats Whittaker, which I don’t think, I’m going to kill him. He doesn’t stand a chance against me. As for Whittaker, he is good, tough guy. He is not as strong as Yoel, so I can take him. He is like Yoel with less power, so I can beat both of them. I really want Adesanya, though.”

Costa last fought earlier this year at UFC 241, where the Brazilian powerhouse beat former middleweight title challenger Yoel Romero in a Fight of the Night classic at Anaheim’s Honda Center.

The 28-year-old is hoping to return to the Octagon and fight the winner of Whittaker vs. Adesanya in the new year.

“I want to fight in January against whoever wins in October. UFC is the boss, so they will decide when it will happen. I want that fight in January.”

UFC 243: Whittaker vs. Adesanya takes place next month, October 6 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.