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Brittney Elena makes a living on her looks, as a model, but it turns out she is a very skilled athlete as well. She completely shut F…

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Brittney Elena makes a living on her looks, as a model, but it turns out she is a very skilled athlete as well. She completely shut Floyd Mayweather down at a charity basketball game Tuesday, just using good fundamental defense.

So, so beautiful.

It may not mean much in the scheme of things, but when a woman shuts down an athlete with the cowardly history of beating other women that Floyd has, forgive me for taking a moment to savor it.

He also got crossed up by an R&B singer later.


Insomnia

Rose Namajunas is so right. It will never stop surprising me how professional basketball players are just built to another scale than the rest of us.

If basketball players start training we all dead. @dwighthoward #espys

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GSP was with Rose at the ESPYs.

Look who we bumped into here at the Heroes party for the #espys

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Israel Adesanya is clearly the fight to make for Anderson Silva; he is Silva’s spiritual successor and the chance for them to fight is fleeting. Style Bender vs. Spider. Last generation of great striker vs. new generation of great striker. Adesanya works best when given space; Silva will give him space. Silva works best when on the counter; Adesanya is probably confident enough to come forward without having to worry about the takedown.

Donald Cerrone got a custom lever-action Henry rifle for his kid and that’s pretty damn awesome.

All of these seem accurate though

l Completely, probably true!

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Jessica-Rose Clark

Olivier Aubin-Mercier wins with this one

The wider world is seeing this and I’m ashamed

Bruh

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I included Angela Hill’s post about Alexa Grasso for the pun

Hopefully Bellator’s welterweight tournament sees Michael Page actually fight Paul Daley and/or some other good welterweights.

I don’t know who to root for because both these guys have gotten raw deals in their last couple bouts. Merab Dvalishvili fights at an utterly insane pace and nearly survived that guillotine for thirty seconds by just bicycling his feet, and Terrion Ware has fought hot prospects or top fifteen guys in each of his three UFC fights so far.

This link is worth watching. The kid knows how to fight. Of course, bullies can also learn MMA…

I saw this work in Fast and Furious 7 so it’s definitely a real technique.

The last round kick defense you will ever need! ???????????? Sponsored by @jitzsoap

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Slips, Rips, KO Clips

The ‘truck driver’ literally cleaned his clock with this punch, sending the sand flying off his face.

Size isn’t always everything- this ‘turn his own strength against him’ moment is straight out of the camp action movies I used to watch as a kid.

I like this shifting punch

Judo


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This is pure and adorable

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MVP: Semtex Sucks, Bellator Tourney Doesn’t Need Him

Bellator’s recently announced Welterweight Grand Prix is shaking things up at 170 pounds. Michael “Venom” Page is excited about his prospects and unconcerned that Paul “Semtex” Daley isn’t in the tournament. At a recent press conference, B…

Michael ‘Venom’ Page

Bellator’s recently announced Welterweight Grand Prix is shaking things up at 170 pounds. Michael “Venom” Page is excited about his prospects and unconcerned that Paul “Semtex” Daley isn’t in the tournament.

At a recent press conference, Bellator MMA announced the start of its Welterweight Grand Prix for 2018, a 10-man bracket that kicks off September 29th with a rematch between Douglas Lima and Andrey Koreshkov. Other announced participants are reigning champion Rory MacDonald, Lorenz Larkin, Ed Ruth, Jon Fitch, Neiman Gracie, Yaroslav Amosov and Michael “Venom” Page.

There will be two “play in” fights including one man yet to be determined. While speculation has pointed toward Paul “Semtex” Daley as the tenth man, Page told MMA Fighting that he’d be an irrelevant addition.

“Like, he kinda sucks. He’s a person that’s done well in the past. If he ends up in the tournament I’d love to be the first person to kick him back out. You saw his last performance. He’s a bit of a wild cat, does his own thing, but for me I’m in the tournament and that makes sense.”

Daley got wind of these remarks and had a thing or two to say of his own.

Time will tell.

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UFC ‘Hamburg’ Odds, Under Dogs And Best Bets!

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 134, which is set to hit Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, this weekend (Sun., July 22, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more!  I don’t k…

Get a detailed breakdown of the betting lines for UFC Fight Night 134, which is set to hit Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany, this weekend (Sun., July 22, 2018), including best bets, underdogs, favorites and much more! 

I don’t know if it’ll be a black sabbath, but I’m assuming there will be several shades of red involved.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) hits Hamburg this Sunday for UFC Fight Night 134, live on FOX Sports 1. The main event pits the legendary “Shogun” Rua against the surging Anthony Smith, while Glover Teixeira faces Corey Anderson in the crossroads co-feature.

Viewers will also get to see local favorite Abu Azaitar against Brazilian knockout artist Vitor Miranda, while Marcin Tybura returns to heavyweight action against Stefan Struve.

Let’s see how much ultimately meaningless material wealth we can squeeze out of this day of rest.

What Went Wrong at UFC Fight Night 133?

The judging, for one, but thankfully the controversy steered well clear of the picks. Back in the black and rarin’ to go.

Undercard:

Nick Hein (-155) vs. Damir Hadzovic (+135)

Emil Meek (-165) vs. Bartosz Fabinski (+145)

Nad Narimani (-240) vs. Khalid Taha (+200)

Justin Ledet (-115) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (-105)

Manny Bermudez (-235) vs. Davey Grant (+195)

Darko Stosic (-260) vs. Jeremy Kimball (+220)

Damian Stasiak (-120) vs. Liu Pingyuan (EVEN)

Thoughts: The line that really stands out to me is Bartosz Fabinski at +145. While Meek has exponentially more name value and Fabinski is coming off a considerable layoff, the style matchup is in the Pole’s favor.

Fabinski is a Judo expert who can easily rack up double digits of takedowns over the course of 15 minutes and is strong enough to manhandle Middleweights. Meek, meanwhile, has been taken down 11 times in two UFC appearances. As dangerous as Meek is on the feet, Fabinski isn’t going to give him the time or space to get comfortable. Unless Meek can recreate his upset of Rousimar Palhares and drill Fabinski with elbows as he changes levels for his umpteenth double-leg, Fabinski’s going to throw him around all night.

Nick Hein seems to be worth a look as well. Hadzovic has had approximately three cumulative seconds in the UFC in which he was winning a fight, while Hein beat Drew Dober and was competitive against James Vick. Don’t put too much, as Hadzovic has height and reach on him, but it’s worth considering.

Main Card:

Anthony Smith (-225) vs. Mauricio Rua (+185)

Glover Teixeira (-170) vs. Corey Anderson (+150)

Abu Azaitar (-185) vs. Vitor Miranda (+160)

Marcin Tybura (-245) vs. Stefan Struve (+205)

Marc Diakiese (-190) vs. Nasrat Haqparast (+165)

Danny Roberts (-380) vs. David Zawada (+315)

Thoughts: Not nearly as confident in this pick as I am of Fabinski, but Vitor Miranda looks undervalued to me. Abu Azaitar has been out of action for nearly two years and looked iffy in his last two bouts. He’s also massively outgunned on the feet in both technique and power, and though he can wrestle, the fact that he can make Welterweight and is fighting a former Light Heavyweight suggests that he’ll struggle to muscle “Lex Luthor” to the mat.

Miranda’s 40 years old and seriously lacks urgency in his fights, but his finishing ability is enough to make him a bargain.

Best bets for UFC Fight Night 134:

Single bet-Bartosz Fabinski: $60 to make $87

Single bet-Nick Hein: $40 to make $25.80

Single bet-Vitor Miranda: $40 to make $64

Just because you’re not supposed to exert yourself on Sunday doesn’t mean you can’t watch others do it. See you then, Maniacs.

Initial Investment For 2018: $300

?Current Total: $360.02

Costa takes surfer Kelly Slater to task for steroid allegations

Surfing legend Kelly Slater recently accused UFC middleweight Paulo Costa of steroid use, and Costa isn’t taking the accusations lightly. Another day, another steroid allegation for Paulo Costa. The hulking UFC middleweight is no stranger…

Surfing legend Kelly Slater recently accused UFC middleweight Paulo Costa of steroid use, and Costa isn’t taking the accusations lightly.

Another day, another steroid allegation for Paulo Costa. The hulking UFC middleweight is no stranger to these sorts of questions about himself, considering his size and success. He says he has faced this ever since he got to the UFC. But strangely, the person that got him to speak out about it was a surfer – a surfing legend in fact – Kelly Slater.

On a UFC Instagram post about Costas’ UFC 226 win over Uriah Hall, Slater decided to pipe up and accuse Costa of using steroids (screen grab via MMA Fighting):


”Didn’t Cung Le get caught because he looked suspect in a photo after a fight? Costa makes Yoel’s physique look almost attainable. If this guy ain’t juiced they shouldn’t bother testing at all.”

It didn’t take Costa long to respond. He spoke to MMA Fighting and defended himself:

“Kelly Slater talked too much, said stupid things. He doesn’t understand how the anti-doping system works in the UFC, he doesn’t know how USADA works, doesn’t understand the USADA policy of testing any fighter at any moment anywhere in the world, blood and urine.

”We do random tests all the time, so if someone says a UFC fighter is fighting on the juice, to me that someone is completely ignorant about MMA, UFC, anti-doping and USADA.”

Costa has been tested 19 times by USADA, and has passed all 19 of those tests. As a clean fighter, he is annoyed by all of the questions and accusations:

“It does bother me because people talk without knowing,” Costa said. “They judge me because I have a good physique, an excellent condition, and think I got this by cheating instead of hard work, diet, effort and sacrifice. I keep working really hard, so it bothers me because they diminish my work and effort. But I know where my results come from, so my conscience is clear.”

Costa (12-0) is now 4-0 in the UFC with four TKO stoppages. He has already picked up two performance bonuses as well.

Nine fights official for UFC 228, including Montano vs Shevchenko

Nine fights have been made official for UFC 228 in Dallas, and finally we will see UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano back in the octagon. Nine fights have been confirmed for the UFC’s return to Dallas – one of which is a women’s flyweig…

Nine fights have been made official for UFC 228 in Dallas, and finally we will see UFC flyweight champion Nicco Montano back in the octagon.

Nine fights have been confirmed for the UFC’s return to Dallas – one of which is a women’s flyweight title fight between current champion, Nicco Montano, and former bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko. The fight was first reported by ESPN’s Ariel Helwani.

Montano (4-2) hasn’t fought since defeating Roxanne Modafferi by unanimous decision to win the inaugural flyweight title in December 2017. Shevchenko (15-3) has been campaigning for a fight against Montano since defeating Priscila Cachoeira in February, but a bacterial infection that required surgery has delayed Montano from competing.

Another marquee fight added to the September 8th card is a fight between former women’s strawweight title challengers Karolina Kowalkiewicz and Jessica Andrade. Both fighters are riding consecutive decision wins entering their UFC 228 matchup, with Kowalkiewicz last defeating Felice Herrig and Jodie Esquibel, and Andrade last beating Tecia Torres and Claudia Gadelha.

In addition, Carla Esparza (13-5) will hope to rebound off her recent loss to Gadelha when she meets the undefeated Tatiana Suarez (6-0) on the Dallas card. After an initial report by FanSided, Top bantamweights Aljamain Sterling (15-3) and Cody Stamann (17-1) will also fight on the card after months of back and forth on social media.

Two previously reported bouts have also been confirmed, with a highly anticipated featherweight matchup between Yair Rodriguez and Zabit Magomedsharipov set to provide fireworks; and top bantamweight Jimmie Rivera and meeting former flyweight title challenger, John Dodson.

Other fights announced for the UFC 228 card on Wednesday were a bantamweight fight between Ryan Benoit (10-5) and Roberto Sanchez (8-1), a middleweight contest between Charles Byrd (10-4) and Darren Stewart (8-3), and a welterweight fight between Geoff Neal (9-2) and Frank Camacho (21-6).

UFC 228 goes down on September 8th in the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX.

Kelvin Gastelum: I Match up Well With Robert Whittaker

Kelvin Gastelum believes he has what it takes to dethrone Robert Whtitaker. Gastelum and Whittaker will serve as opposing coaches on season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The two are expected to clash for Whittaker’s Ultimate Fighting …

Kelvin Gastelum believes he has what it takes to dethrone Robert Whtitaker. Gastelum and Whittaker will serve as opposing coaches on season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” The two are expected to clash for Whittaker’s Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight title. Gastelum will have to wait a while as “The Reaper” will be sidelined until […]

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