‘Queen’ Wants Covington To ‘Bow Down And Say Sorry’

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, made a bunch of enemies at American Top Team (ATT) with his incessant trash talk, designe…

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) interim welterweight champion, Colby Covington, made a bunch of enemies at American Top Team (ATT) with his incessant trash talk, designed to secure a 170-pound title unification bout against Kamaru Usman.

The move (eventually) paid off, but Covington failed to capitalize on the opportunity and returned to ATT with his tail between his legs. If he hopes to mend fences with teammate Joanna Jedrzejczyk, he’ll have to prepare a somewhat unusual apology.

“He has to bow down to the queen and say sorry,” Jedrzejczyk said on Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show (transcribed by Tom Taylor). “Colby should be more respectful to his teammates and women in general. He should learn how to say ‘Hi, I’m sorry,’ ‘I apologize.’ He’s getting there.”

Jedrzejczyk isn’t the only fighter to turn her back on Covington. Longtime staples of ATT, Jorge Masvidal and Dustin Poirier, have also doorslammed “Chaos” for his lack of loyalty, who refuses to let those beefs drive him to another gym.

There’s still no timeline for Covington’s UFC return and the extent of his injuries after losing to Usman by technical knockout remain unclear. As for Jedrzejczyk, she makes her way back to the cage against Weili Zhang at UFC 248 next month in Las Vegas.

Dana White Comments On UFC 251 Being Held In Perth

The UFC is returning to Perth and Dana White is expressing his excitement. UFC 251 is set to take place inside the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia on June 6. Already on tap for the card is a women’s flyweight title bout between champion Valentina S…

The UFC is returning to Perth and Dana White is expressing his excitement. UFC 251 is set to take place inside the RAC Arena in Perth, Australia on June 6. Already on tap for the card is a women’s flyweight title bout between champion Valentina Shevchenko and Joanne Calderwood. While not official, many are expecting […]

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MMA SQUARED: Twitch streamer comments on Saturday’s UFC flyweight title bout

What could a keyboard warrior possibly have to say?

How many of you have been following DJ’s career in ONE? I do like watching him, and it’s a curious situation where he seems to be fighting at a size disadvantage but with f…

What could a keyboard warrior possibly have to say?


How many of you have been following DJ’s career in ONE? I do like watching him, and it’s a curious situation where he seems to be fighting at a size disadvantage but with far more fanfare and promotional focus. I do like that he gets to use knees on grounded opponents and drew this a while back.


Take care of yourself and I’ll talk to you tomorrow.

Chris

Stephen A. Smith: Backlash Over Cowboy Cerrone Criticism Was ‘Ridiculous’

Stephen A. Smith will not be changing his tune on Donald Cerrone’s performance at UFC 246. Last month, Conor McGregor made his highly anticipated return to the Octagon. In the main event of UFC 246, the “Notorious” one collided with &…

Stephen A. Smith will not be changing his tune on Donald Cerrone’s performance at UFC 246. Last month, Conor McGregor made his highly anticipated return to the Octagon. In the main event of UFC 246, the “Notorious” one collided with “Cowboy.” While McGregor was the favorite, many considered Cerrone to be a live underdog. McGregor […]

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Stephen A. Smith: ‘Bright lights’ were too much for Cerrone

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Stephen Smith admits he is still learning about MMA, but his criticism of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 is justified. Despite facing heavy criticism after his harsh words on Donald Cerrone’s UFC 246 performa…

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Stephen Smith admits he is still learning about MMA, but his criticism of Donald Cerrone at UFC 246 is justified.

Despite facing heavy criticism after his harsh words on Donald Cerrone’s UFC 246 performance, ESPN’s Stephen A Smith has stood by his comments on “Cowboy.”

Following Cerrone’s 40-second KO loss to Conor McGregor in the main event of UFC 246 last month, Smith said he was “disgusted” by Cerrone’s “atrocious” performance and thinks he “gave up” in the octagon. Some of the biggest names in MMA caught on to Smith’s comments with the likes of Joe Rogan disagreeing and Nate Diaz defending with the broadcaster.

Talking recently on Sirius XM’s “The AK & Batak Show”, Smith discussed his controversial opinion of Cerrone’s fight with McGregor.

“Fellas, I’m learning the sport,” Smith said. “Muay Thai, being in a rear-naked choke. I don’t know. I never said I knew. What I said was, I was at that fight. I know what the hell I saw for those 40 seconds. I’m not debating the sport. Like for example, there’s a whole bunch of cats that talk basketball, you think they know basketball like I know basketball? I’ve been covering the sport for 25 years. I got inside information all over the place. No, I’m an aficionado on basketball. I’m a reporter and spectator everywhere else.”

Smith might not be informed enough to know the technical terms of MMA, but the 52-year-old seasoned basketball reporter admitted he is a spectator in every other sport he covers. In his opinion, Smith wouldn’t have gotten such backlash if it was another fighter losing in this fashion, but because it was a veteran like Cerrone he took a lot of heat for his comments.

“I saw this dude get hit with three shoulder shrugs right to his nose. He backed up, had a chance to run away for a few seconds to gather himself, didn’t do it. Only did one side kick, which didn’t connect. Then got kicked in the side of his head by Conor McGregor, he goes down and out.

“This is your 50th fight, dog,” Smith added. “You didn’t know how to back up and catch your breath? Then, oh — by the way — you went out in 40 seconds. Then we find out it’s your first pay-per-view fight. Oh, how man times we’ve seen brothers step in the ring and we go like this, ‘Bright lights might have been too much for them.’ But because it’s Cowboy Cerrone and it’s the MMA, suddenly I’m not allowed to say that? It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous.”

Midnight Mania! Watch: Epic UFC Spinning Sh*t Knockouts Compilation

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The glory of spinning sh*t (besides the Nick Diaz quote, which is forever etched into the hive mind of the MMA world) is that it really emphasis the high risk, high reward nature of combat sports. A well-executed spinning maneuver can end the fight in an instant — view the video above for about a dozen excellent examples — whereas a mistimed spinning strike can run the attacking fighter into a counter shot. In the case of Chris Weidman, a sloppy spin kick saw him give up a counter takedown that effectively ended his title reign.

Somehow, the video misses arguably the most famous spinning strike in UFC history: Edson Barboza’s destruction of Terry Etim. Regardless, it’s a fun trip down memory road, and I’m forced to ask for more spinning violence (unrestricted to the Octagon) in the comments below!

Insomnia

I hate to say it, but it’s tough to see Karolina Kowalkiewicz return from this injury and her recent losses. Brutal.

The fact that Darren Till used the credit card company logo as his symbol for visa issues makes this much funnier.

Anthony Johnson competing in Sumo is both awesome and one of the more unlikely events of the year.

Thanks “Black Beast.”

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He’s ok

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This has to be the lamest excuse in the long history of lame excuses. Sure, walking around in a 45 pound suit might be a bit tiring, but how long did Wilder have to recover after taking it off, getting checked out by the officials, stepping into the ring, and the long introduction? Plenty of time.

Former Bantamweight champ vs. coconut tree.

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Need them electrolytes! #Organic #virginislands

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Slips, rips, and KO clips

Who gets knocked out? The guy with giant traps or the dude keeping his chin worryingly exposed in front of his body?

On topic finish of the night: throwing consecutive spinning and flying blows to score a knockout is the height of cool.

Sergei Kharitonov might have the nastiest uppercut in Heavyweight history. It wasn’t ultra prominent in this win, but before I even clicked on the clip, I knew it would make an appearance.

Random Land

Don’t yell at me about Bernie and Bloomberg (I’ll ignore it), but I found the visualization interesting.

Midnight Music: My Discover Weekly was strong this week and gave me a few solid options for tonight’s pick.

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