Midnight Mania! Mike Perry Calls Woodley ‘My N****’, Woodley Doesn’t Care

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So… Mike Perry is really excited to be able to say the N-word. He posted this tweet after going live with welterweight champion Tyr…

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So… Mike Perry is really excited to be able to say the N-word. He posted this tweet after going live with welterweight champion Tyron Woodley on Instagram. Perry, who says the N-word is in his vocabulary from growing up in Flint, Michigan, recently took a DNA test that found 2% sub-saharan African genetics. He says this gives him a pass to use the word.

Woodley, though? He doesn’t mind. He thinks it’s funny. He did take some time to explain the difference between a racially-motivated slur and Perry’s use of the word… it’s evident from the reference to the recent Kendrick Lamar concert that they don’t completely agree on the use of the word.

Woodley, who is from Ferguson, Missouri, has previously pointed out discrepancies in treatment from fans and the UFC due to his race.

It shouldn’t need to be said, but hundreds of years of an American racial caste system, only officially ended fifty years ago, is the reason the n-word is considered an extremely offensive racial slur. As a current resident of the American South, I can confirm that, contrary to what I naively believed growing up, plenty of white people still hold the same deeply racist views towards black people their parents held. And, of course, the socio-economic status of black people has never caught up to white people, who have a median net worth 10 times that of black families.

Perry, a professional fighter, is right that most people won’t do anything when he uses the word. That approach is not recommended for the average white person. Don’t try this at home, kids.


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UFC Liverpool Loses Main Card Bout

The injury bug simply couldn’t stay away from the UFC Fight Night 130 event — which is set to go down this Sunday May 27, 2018 in Liverpool, England.
According to MMA NYTT’s Jim Edwards, a bantamweight showdown between Manny Bermudez and…

The injury bug simply couldn’t stay away from the UFC Fight Night 130 event — which is set to go down this Sunday May 27, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

According to MMA NYTT’s Jim Edwards, a bantamweight showdown between Manny Bermudez and Davey Grant has been scrapped just three days away from fight night after Grant came down with a staph infection.

It’s the latest blow for Grant, who was ready to make his long-awaited return to the Octagon after over a year and a half way from action, as he was last seen losing to Damian Stasiak at UFC 204 in October of 2016.

As for Bermudez, he was looking to improve on his undefeated record (11-0, 1-0 UFC), though no word on if the promotion will look to find him a new foe on just three days notice.

UFC Fight Night 130 will be headlined by a Welterweight showdown that will see Darren till look to take out Stephen Thompson in front of his hometown crowd. To see who else is fighting at the Fox Sports 1-televised event click here.

Till Returns To Liverpool, Where He Was Stabbed Twice And Left For Dead

Maybe it was this guy? Who says you can’t go home again?
Local hero and undefeated welterweight up-and-comer Darren Till returns to Liverpool, England for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 130 headliner, held inside Echo Arena on Sun., May 27, …

Maybe it was this guy?

Who says you can’t go home again?

Local hero and undefeated welterweight up-and-comer Darren Till returns to Liverpool, England for the upcoming UFC Fight Night 130 headliner, held inside Echo Arena on Sun., May 27, 2018, on FOX Sports 1.

Fortunately, Till will have to fight just one man as opposed to 20, something that happened to the not-dumb cunt when he was a “fucking crazy” lad and looking to get his fight fix in the seedy night clubs of Liverpool.

“I was a troubled kid, hanging out with the wrong people, getting into trouble in Liverpool,” Till said. “Got into trouble in a nightclub, this guy comes up and just stabs me twice. I was in the hospital for like a week or two.”

Once he was released, his coach sent him to Brazil to train (sans distractions).

After racking up four wins in five appearances inside the Octagon (with one draw), Till (16-0-1) — who made headlines last fall for wrangling “Cowboy” Cerrone — earned his toughest test to date in the form of Thompson.

“Wonderboy” (14-2-1) was able to punch his way back into the win column with a unanimous decision win over Jorge Masvidal at UFC 217, following a pair of unsuccessful title attempts against reigning division champion Tyron Woodley.

We’re roughly 72 hours from fight night and at this point, we should forget about the weight cut and worry more about Till dying in a knife fight against a killing, fornicating Alpha Male like this guy.

Predictions! Bellator 200 Main Card Preview, Quick Picks

Bellator 200: “Carvalho vs. Mousasi” takes place tomorrow night (Fri., May 25, 2018) at SSE Arena in London, England. A Middleweight who has never lost in Bellator faces a former Strikeforce and DREAM champion, while an undefeated Welterwe…

Gegard Mousasi

Bellator 200: “Carvalho vs. Mousasi” takes place tomorrow night (Fri., May 25, 2018) at SSE Arena in London, England. A Middleweight who has never lost in Bellator faces a former Strikeforce and DREAM champion, while an undefeated Welterweight with “Venom” in his veins takes on a “Caveman” from the United States. This card has all the dynamite it needs even without local favorite Paul “Semtex” Daley.

Let’s break it down:

185 lbs.: Rafael Carvalho (15-1) vs. Gegard Mousasi (43-6-2)

Middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho hasn’t lost a fight since 2011, his DEBUT as a pro in mixed martial arts. You might think that would be a bigger deal than it is. Unfortunately Carvalho has been handicapped by controversial fights and international title defenses that air on tape delay, diminishing his opportunities to shine as a star. Although this is yet another fight that will be time shifted for broadcast on Paramount Network, Carvalho’s opponent is a huge opportunity to raise his stature with both the casual fans and the hardcore MMA followers.

In a career spanning over 50 fights, Gegard Mousasi has been everywhere and done nearly everything an athlete in this sport can accomplish other than winning a UFC title. He seemed to be headed in that direction with a five fight win streak under his belt before his surprising jump to Bellator in 2017. Given his pedigree as a two weight class DREAM champion and former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight champion it only took one Bellator victory to put him into contention albeit a controversial one. The normally easy-going Mousasi did not take criticism of his win kindly.

If Mousasi is looking to answer the critics of his last performance there would be no better way to do so than by handing Carvalho his first loss in almost a decade. If you’re not that familiar with the king of 185ers in Bellator though here’s a news flash — that’s not an easy ask. He’s a broad and thick 6’3” with a 78” wingspan, and just looking at him I’m often surprised he makes the Middleweight cut. It probably helps that he’s still 31 years young. When you consider that Mousasi has been a champion at both 185 and 205 lbs. and he stands 6’2” with a 76” reach, that should tell you just how much weight Carvalho cuts for his title defenses. He always makes the mark though and then finds it with his strikes.

In the end this is the classic case of experience versus exuberance. Although they are only a year apart in age, they are a WORLD apart in terms of fights, and there’s no question at all that Mousasi has fought higher caliber opponents. He’s beaten Ovince Saint Preux, Dan Henderson, Mark Hunt, Jacare Souza and Vitor Belfort just to name a few. 23 of 43 wins (53%) have come by knockout and 12 of them (28%) by submission. Mousasi’s accuracy and ground game are kryptonite to even the hardest hitters and deadliest jiu-jitsu black belts. The biggest advantage in Carvalho’s pocket may simply be that he hasn’t worn as much tread off his tires as the experienced Mousasi. The bad news is that blowing through Alessio Sakara isn’t the kind of experience Carvalho needed to prepare for a world class fighter. Until now Carvalho has outmatched almost every opponent before the fight even started — not this time.

Final prediction: Gegard Mousasi collects another belt for his trophy case via unanimous decision

170 lbs.: Michael Page (12-0) vs. David Rickels (19-4, 2 NC)

If the last two fights didn’t already have you salivating this one should definitely kick your combat sports hunger into overdrive. Michael “Venom” Page is the undefeated phenom of the Welterweight division, and while his last fight left fans wanting more, his usual M.O. is flashy highlight reel finishes. Only two of his twelve fights have gone the distance. Rickels has gone to a decision seven times but “The Caveman” would much rather bang out a stoppage by any means necessary. In fact even though he’s got six submissions on his record, Rickels hasn’t tapped anybody out since Bellator 53 in 2011. On paper this has the makings of a quick and decisive bout either way and while I love Rickels’ propensity to sprawl and brawl, it’s the roundhouse kicks and flying knees of Page that will win the day.

Final prediction: Michael Page hits the button and turns the lights off on Rickels in round one

205 lbs.: Phil Davis (18-4, 1 NC) vs. Linton Vassell (18-6, 1 NC)

“Mr. Wonderful” Phil Davis would love to get the Light Heavyweight title back but he’s got two problems: the champion Ryan Bader has already beaten him twice, and in any case unavailable as he just fought in the Heavyweight Grand Prix two weeks ago. What’s a brother to do? Fight two time No. 1 contender “The Swarm” Linton Vassell instead. Vassell is ALSO on a quest for redemption after a defeat by Bader, so neither man can get what they want without going through the other. You know their stats well by now but in brief: Davis is 6’1” with a lanky 79” reach, Vassell is even bigger at 6’4” and 82”. What Davis lacks in stature to his opponent he makes up for in his superb wrestling pedigree, but Vassell has shown great improvement in that facet of his game. The biggest edge I can give here to Davis is strictly on the basis of the world class talent he’s faced in the past and trains with at Alliance MMA at present.

Final prediction: Phil Davis wrestles his way to a threeround unanimous decision

125 lbs.: Anastasia Yankova (5-0) vs. Kate Jackson (9-3-1)

A late addition to the main card that was originally scheduled for the Bellator app preliminary bouts, the popular and beautiful Yankova is a prospect on the rise who is dangerous on the ground and still developing in her stand-up. The more experienced Jackson will test that chin as a home grown favorite from Cornwall with five wins by knockout. Unfortunately she did not look good against Valerie Letourneau which may not bode well for her in the future. Letourneau looks like the fighter she always could have been in UFC at her “natural weight” and at 5’5” that may be even more true for Yankova. It all depends on how much Jackson revamped her striking since that humbling Bellator 191 loss.

Final prediction: Anastasia Yankova wins via split decision

163 lbs.: Aaron Chalmers (3-0) vs. Ash Griffiths (4-5)

This fight is on the main card because Chalmers is a reality TV show star who actually managed to parlay that into a successful MMA career, going 3-0 in the BAMMA promotion. He’s been granted the opportunity by BAMMA to fight for Bellator and in turn Bellator has granted him the opportunity to wax and tax a scrub. Ash Griffiths hasn’t won a fight in three years and tomorrow won’t be the night he turns things around. If anybody ought to be pursuing a career in reality television it’s him.

Final prediction: Aaron Chalmers wins via first round technical knockout

185 lbs.: Mike Shipman (11-1) vs. Carl Noon (7-2)

Mike “Seabass” Shipman has run off 11 straight wins since a loss in his pro debut, earning finishes in all 11 of those fights (seven knockouts, four submissions). That’s obviously what earned him the spot on this card, but Lancaster’s Carl Noon shouldn’t be overlooked. He’s been out of action for a long time (seven years according to Sherdog) but before a loss at BAMMA 7 seemingly derailed his career he had run off seven straight wins including three knockouts and three submissions. Shipman is the heavy favorite here but Noon is one hell of an X factor since there’s no way of knowing what kind of ammo he brings to this fight after so long and whether or not he’s still capable of firing it off in rapid succession.

Final prediction: Mike Shipman wins by second round anaconda choke

That’s a wrap!

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Broner rejects ‘slave deal’ offer from Anthony Joshua’s promoter

It appears as if controversial former boxing champion Adrien Broner won’t be a part of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA roster. British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to shake-up the American boxing scene with his newly announced eight-…

It appears as if controversial former boxing champion Adrien Broner won’t be a part of Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom USA roster.

British boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to shake-up the American boxing scene with his newly announced eight-year, $1 billion deal with sports streaming platform DAZN (Da-Zone), which will launch in the United States in June. With sixteen US-based fight cards to fill, Hearn is eying world champions, former champions, Olympians, rising prospects, and anyone else he can get to build up his American stable.

Among his initial list of fighters targeted, Hearn included Mikey Garcia, Errol Spence, Jermell and Jermall Charlo, and Adrien Broner, all of whom are a part of Al Haymon’s Premier Boxing Champions but aren’t contractually tied to any promoter.

The ever-controversial Broner (33-3-1-1 NC, 24 KOs) apparently received an initial offer from Hearn, and decided to put Hearn on blast in a short Instagram post, going as far as to call a three-fight, $6.75 million contract a “slave deal.”

I’m sorry @eddiehearn you a good guy and all but you tried to give me a worst deal than @rocnation offered me #TheShitIsOVA#SlaveDeal

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Broner once turned down Jay-Z’s Roc Nation Sports, who offered him a 5-year, $40 million contract in 2015, although in hindsight maybe it wasn’t that bad a move considering Roc Nation cratered quickly.

If the “slave” comment sounds familiar to longtime boxing fans, that’s because Floyd Mayweather, a mentor of Broner’s for years, used just about the exact same phrasing when he rejected a seven-fight, $12.5 million contract from HBO way back in 1999.

“The Problem” later wrote that his “loyalty was with Showtime Boxing, Stephen Espinoza, and Al Haymon.” Espinoza essentially let it slip that Broner is earning more than what’s on the official salaries.

In both boxing and in MMA, it’s common knowledge that not necessarily every official payout reported by the commission is the final total. Broner has had recorded fight purses ranging from $1 million to $1.75 million in his last eleven bouts, with only one of those fights broadcast on PPV, when he was on the Mayweather vs. Maidana II undercard in May 2014 against Carlos Molina. Evidently he’s been making much more than that, which seems to be a theme among many Al Haymon affiliated fighters.

The 28-year-old is coming off an entertaining draw with Jessie Vargas, which is on the heels of his wide decision loss to Mikey Garcia, whom Hearn is also looking to sign. The former world champion in four weight divisions may not have an actual quality win in recent years, but he’s one of Showtime’s biggest attractions, and it looks as if he wants to stay put with PBC.

With Werdum Out, Aleksei Oleinik vs. Mark Hunt Set For UFC Moscow

Aleksei Oleinik vs. Mark Hunt has reportedly been finalized for UFC Moscow after initial plans were derailed. The UFC had penciled in former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum to do battle with Oleinik on Sept. 15. “Vai Cavalo” was then h…

Aleksei Oleinik vs. Mark Hunt has reportedly been finalized for UFC Moscow after initial plans were derailed. The UFC had penciled in former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum to do battle with Oleinik on Sept. 15. “Vai Cavalo” was then hit with a flag by the U.S. Anti-Doping Policy (USADA). Due to Werdum’s provisional suspension, the […]

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