The MMA Depressed-us: Melendez vs. Ayoki

Zane Simon, Connor Ruebusch, and Phil Mackenzie get together for another non-fight week to watch the worst MMA they can find. This week we’re watching Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum 2, Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Gilles Arsene, and Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki.

The UFC and other major MMA promotions are on holiday this week, which means the MMA Depressed-us is back on the job. This time around we’re watching a forgotten battle of elite lightweights in Strikeforce, as Gilbert Melendez defended his title against Shinya Aoki. But first, to start the show, we’re watching the heavyweight rematch nobody wanted or needed with Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum 2 (the UFC 203 fight), and to balance things out in the middle a Kazushi Sakuraba less-than-classic Pride fight against Gilles Arsene.

All bouts can be found on Fight Pass. Just sync them up to our countdowns to follow along. And as always, if you enjoyed the show, give us a “like” over on YouTube. Maybe even subscribe to our channel, MMANATIONDOTCOM. That way you’ll always be among the first to get the latest BE shows, interviews, and analysis.

If you just want the audio you can find our podcasts on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Browne vs. Werdum 2 (restart): 15:30
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Gilles Arsene: 39:49
Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki: 1:05:44

Zane Simon, Connor Ruebusch, and Phil Mackenzie get together for another non-fight week to watch the worst MMA they can find. This week we’re watching Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum 2, Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Gilles Arsene, and Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki.

The UFC and other major MMA promotions are on holiday this week, which means the MMA Depressed-us is back on the job. This time around we’re watching a forgotten battle of elite lightweights in Strikeforce, as Gilbert Melendez defended his title against Shinya Aoki. But first, to start the show, we’re watching the heavyweight rematch nobody wanted or needed with Travis Browne vs. Fabricio Werdum 2 (the UFC 203 fight), and to balance things out in the middle a Kazushi Sakuraba less-than-classic Pride fight against Gilles Arsene.

All bouts can be found on Fight Pass. Just sync them up to our countdowns to follow along. And as always, if you enjoyed the show, give us a “like” over on YouTube. Maybe even subscribe to our channel, MMANATIONDOTCOM. That way you’ll always be among the first to get the latest BE shows, interviews, and analysis.

If you just want the audio you can find our podcasts on SoundCloud and iTunes.

Browne vs. Werdum 2 (restart): 15:30
Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Gilles Arsene: 39:49
Gilbert Melendez vs. Shinya Aoki: 1:05:44

Mike Perry Thinks Al Iaquinta Needs To ‘Fix His Priorities’

Mike Perry may just have some beef to settle with Al Iaquinta. After not having received a bonus for his knockout of Diego Sanchez at UFC Nashville last weekend, while Perry did for his nasty finish of Jake Ellenberger, Iaquinta went off on the UFC’s bonus structure on both social media and an appearance on

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Mike Perry may just have some beef to settle with Al Iaquinta.

After not having received a bonus for his knockout of Diego Sanchez at UFC Nashville last weekend, while Perry did for his nasty finish of Jake Ellenberger, Iaquinta went off on the UFC’s bonus structure on both social media and an appearance on The MMA Hour earlier this week. That didn’t sit too well with ‘Platinum’, who decided to stick up for the promotion that’s been so well to him lately.

After responding directly to Iaquinta’s ‘f*ck you’ comments towards the UFC on Twitter, Perry took to The MMA Hour to explain his actions (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“I was trying to offer this man some advice,” Perry said. “The way I put it may have seemed disrespectful, but … you think you’re going to get a bonus when you just run around disrespecting somebody who’s paying your bills, things like that?

“You work hard for this, then conduct yourself properly. He said ‘f*ck you’ to the people who are setting this up for you. If you have a sour attitude towards these people who are giving you the opportunity people dream of, you need to fix your priorities.”

Being no stranger to post-fight bonuses during his brief run with the promotion, Perry is extremely thankful towards the UFC for putting the extra cash in his bank account. For this reason, Perry felt obligated to stand up for the UFC:

“I’m watching out for the UFC,” Perry said. “He can’t just be bad-mouthing people who are doing the same thing for me. I got their back too because they got mine.”

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Quote: Jimi Manuwa Isn’t Qualified To Fight For Belt

No. 3-ranked UFC light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa feels as if he’s deserving of a title shot after scoring back-to-back T/KO victories over Ovince Saint Preux and Corey Anderson and he may just receive that shot if Jon Jones isn’t interested in fighting champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 this summer. While his recent performances

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No. 3-ranked UFC light heavyweight contender Jimi Manuwa feels as if he’s deserving of a title shot after scoring back-to-back T/KO victories over Ovince Saint Preux and Corey Anderson and he may just receive that shot if Jon Jones isn’t interested in fighting champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 this summer.

While his recent performances have been indeed been impressive, some don’t feel as if Manuwa should be fighting “DC” and No. 2-ranked Glover Teixeira is one fighter who feels that way:

“Jimi Manuwa isn’t qualified to fight for the belt,” Teixeira told MMA Fighting. “He didn’t beat any top fighter yet. I think Jimi Manuwa has to beat a top fighter first before thinking about fighting for the belt, or maybe two or three top guys. Jimi Manuwa is down there, in my opinion.”

The Brazilian slugger is set to take on No. 1-ranked Alexander Gustafsson next month in a bout that could be deemed a title eliminator. Teixeira, however, has already lost to Jones, while Gustafsson has already lost to both Jones and Cormier.

Do you feel as if Manuwa is deserving of a title shot, or does the “Poster Boy” need to beat another top contender before fighting for gold?

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Cub Swanson Broke Hand In Thrilling Win Over Artem Lobov

Surging featherweight contender Cub Swanson may have put him self dangerously close to earning a title shot with his thrilling win over Artem Lobov last weekend in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108, but he didn’t exit the bout unscathed. In fact, Swanson recently revealed that he broke his hand during the fight:

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Surging featherweight contender Cub Swanson may have put him self dangerously close to earning a title shot with his thrilling win over Artem Lobov last weekend in the main event of UFC Fight Night 108, but he didn’t exit the bout unscathed.

In fact, Swanson recently revealed that he broke his hand during the fight:

“Unfortunately, I just got back from the doctor’s (office), and I don’t know when, but I broke my hand at some point (in the fight),” he told FOX Sports’ PROcast (via YouTube). “That’s the 10th time I’ve broken my hand now, so it’s been a little bit of a problem.”

Swanson was able to pick apart Lobov over the course of five rounds, peppering “The Russian Hammer” with a wide variety of exciting techniques and attacks. He did, however, admit that as the fight dragged on, he began to feel pain in his hands when he would hit Lobov:

“But I was only throwing single shots because he had the hardest head,” Swanson said. “Every time I was hitting him by the third, fourth and fifth rounds, every time I hit him, my hands were just aching. Turns out one of my hands was broke.”

Given this latest injury, it’s currently unclear what’s next for Swanson, but 145-pound champion Jose Aldo will put his title on the line against interim titleholder Max Holloway in the main event of UFC 212 on June 3, 2017.

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Report: Anderson Silva could face Ovince Saint Preux in catchweight bout at UFC 212

OSP is reportedly being targeted for a 195 lbs. catchweight bout against Anderson Silva in Brazil.

The UFC is desperately looking at a replacement opponent for MMA legend Anderson Silva at UFC 212 after his original opponent, Kelvin Gastelum, was pulled from the pay-per-view after testing positive for marijuana metabolites.

Luke Rockhold and Vitor Belfort were thrown into the mix, but it looks like the UFC has their sights set on No. 8 ranked light heavyweight contender, Ovince Saint Preux, according to a recent report from Brazilian MMA outlet Combate.

The bout is being targeted at a catchweight of 195-pounds, but Silva, the greatest middleweight champion in UFC history, has fought at St-Preux’ native division of 205-pounds on several occasions, beating the likes of Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar in non-title fights.

‘The Spider’ snapped a four-fight losing streak in February, beating middleweight talent Derek Brunson in a controversial decision win.

OSP, 34, sprang back into the winner’s column with a submission victory over Marcos Rogério de Lima at UFC Fight Night 108 on Saturday, submitting the Brazilian with a Von Flue choke in the second round.

UFC 212, which features a headlining featherweight title unification bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway, is scheduled for June 3 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

OSP is reportedly being targeted for a 195 lbs. catchweight bout against Anderson Silva in Brazil.

The UFC is desperately looking at a replacement opponent for MMA legend Anderson Silva at UFC 212 after his original opponent, Kelvin Gastelum, was pulled from the pay-per-view after testing positive for marijuana metabolites.

Luke Rockhold and Vitor Belfort were thrown into the mix, but it looks like the UFC has their sights set on No. 8 ranked light heavyweight contender, Ovince Saint Preux, according to a recent report from Brazilian MMA outlet Combate.

The bout is being targeted at a catchweight of 195-pounds, but Silva, the greatest middleweight champion in UFC history, has fought at St-Preux’ native division of 205-pounds on several occasions, beating the likes of Forrest Griffin and Stephan Bonnar in non-title fights.

‘The Spider’ snapped a four-fight losing streak in February, beating middleweight talent Derek Brunson in a controversial decision win.

OSP, 34, sprang back into the winner’s column with a submission victory over Marcos Rogério de Lima at UFC Fight Night 108 on Saturday, submitting the Brazilian with a Von Flue choke in the second round.

UFC 212, which features a headlining featherweight title unification bout between Jose Aldo and Max Holloway, is scheduled for June 3 at the Jeunesse Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

UFC Rankings Update: Al Iaquinta Soars After Huge KO Win

After last weekend’s (Sat. April 22, 2017) UFC Nashville event, which featured some great bouts and thunderous finishes, the UFC’s latest rankings update has been released and we got it right here for you. After the returning Al Iaquinta’s vicious knockout win over Diego Sanchez, the New Yorker has jumped up three spots in the

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After last weekend’s (Sat. April 22, 2017) UFC Nashville event, which featured some great bouts and thunderous finishes, the UFC’s latest rankings update has been released and we got it right here for you.

After the returning Al Iaquinta’s vicious knockout win over Diego Sanchez, the New Yorker has jumped up three spots in the lightweight rankings. The main event of the evening may have featured a great contest between featherweights Cub Swanson and Artem Lobov, however, Iaquinta’s starching of Sanchez seemed to have stole the show.

You can check out the full rankings update here:

POUND-FOR-POUND
1 Demetrious Johnson
2 Conor McGregor
3 Daniel Cormier
4 Jose Aldo
5 Cody Garbrandt
6 Stipe Miocic
7 Joanna Jedrzejczyk
8 Dominick Cruz
9 Tyron Woodley
10 Michael Bisping
11 Amanda Nunes
12 Max Holloway
13 TJ Dillashaw
14 Khabib Nurmagomedov
15 Yoel Romero

FLYWEIGHT
Champion: Demetrious Johnson
1 Joseph Benavidez
2 Henry Cejudo
3 Ray Borg
4 Wilson Reis
5 Jussier Formiga
6 Sergio Pettis
7 Brandon Moreno +3
8 Tim Elliott -1
9 Ian McCall -1
10 Dustin Ortiz -1
11 John Moraga
12 Ben Nguyen +1
13 Louis Smolka -1
14 Alexandre Pantoja
15 Ryan Benoit

BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Cody Garbrandt
1 Dominick Cruz
2 TJ Dillashaw
3 Raphael Assuncao
4 John Lineker
5 Jimmie Rivera
6 Bryan Caraway
7 John Dodson
8 Aljamain Sterling
9 Thomas Almeida
10 Johnny Eduardo +1
11 Eddie Wineland -1
12 Pedro Munhoz +1
13 Iuri Alcantara -1
14 Joe Soto
15 Rob Font

FEATHERWEIGHT
Champion: Jose Aldo
1 Max Holloway (Interim Champion)
2 Frankie Edgar
3 Ricardo Lamas
4 Cub Swanson
5 Chan Sung Jung
6 Anthony Pettis
7 Yair Rodriguez
8 Jeremy Stephens
9 Brian Ortega
10 Dennis Bermudez
11 Renato Moicano
12 Darren Elkins
13 Dooho Choi
14 Mirsad Bektic
15 Renan Barao

LIGHTWEIGHT
Champion: Conor McGregor
1 Khabib Nurmagomedov
2 Tony Ferguson
3 Eddie Alvarez
4 Rafael Dos Anjos
5 Edson Barboza
6 Michael Johnson
7 Michael Chiesa
8 Nate Diaz
9 Dustin Poirier
10 Beneil Dariush
11 Al Iaquinta +3
12 Kevin Lee -1
13 Evan Dunham -1
14 Gilbert Melendez -1
15 Rashid Magomedov

WELTERWEIGHT
Champion: Tyron Woodley
1 Stephen Thompson
2 Robbie Lawler
3 Demian Maia
4 Carlos Condit
5 Jorge Masvidal
6 Neil Magny
7 Dong Hyun Kim
8 Donald Cerrone
9 Gunnar Nelson
10 Kamaru Usman
11 Tarec Saffiedine
12 Ryan LaFlare
13 Santiago Ponzinibbio
14 Matt Brown +1
15 Leon Edwards *NR

MIDDLEWEIGHT
Champion: Michael Bisping
1 Yoel Romero
2 Luke Rockhold
3 Robert Whittaker
4 Gegard Mousasi
5 Jacare Souza
6 Chris Weidman
7 Anderson Silva
8 Derek Brunson
9 Krzysztof Jotko
10 Vitor Belfort
11 Thales Leites
12 Uriah Hall
13 Sam Alvey
14 Daniel Kelly
15 Tim Boetsch

LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Daniel Cormier
1 Alexander Gustafsson
2 Glover Teixeira
3 Jimi Manuwa
4 Mauricio Rua
5 Volkan Oezdemir
6 Corey Anderson
7 Misha Cirkunov
8 Ovince Saint Preux
9 Ilir Latifi
10 Rogerio Nogueira
11 Patrick Cummins
12 Tyson Pedro
13 Jan Blachowicz
14 Gian Villante
15 Jared Cannonier

HEAVYWEIGHT
Champion: Stipe Miocic
1 Fabricio Werdum
2 Cain Velasquez
3 Alistair Overeem
4 Junior Dos Santos
5 Francis Ngannou
6 Derrick Lewis
7 Mark Hunt
8 Andrei Arlovski
9 Travis Browne
10 Alexander Volkov
11 Stefan Struve
12 Tim Johnson
13 Marcin Tybura
14 Aleksei Oleinik
15 Daniel Omielanczuk

WOMEN’S STRAWWEIGHT
Champion: Joanna Jedrzejczyk
1 Claudia Gadelha
2 Karolina Kowalkiewicz
3 Jessica Andrade
4 Rose Namajunas
5 Tecia Torres
6 Michelle Waterson
7 Joanne Calderwood
8 Randa Markos
9 Carla Esparza
10 Maryna Moroz
11 Paige VanZant
12 Jessica Aguilar
13 Felice Herrig
14 Justine Kish +1
15 Cynthia Calvillo *NR

WOMEN’S BANTAMWEIGHT
Champion: Amanda Nunes
1 Valentina Shevchenko
2 Julianna Pena
3 Ronda Rousey
4 Raquel Pennington
5 Holly Holm
6 Sara McMann
7 Cat Zingano
8 Liz Carmouche
9 Alexis Davis +1
10 Germaine de Randamie -1
11 Bethe Correia
12 Marion Reneau
13 Ketlen Vieira +1
14 Katlyn Chookagian -1
15 Ashlee Evans-Smith

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