Khabib Nurmagomedov: Lee Was Fighting Ferguson Like a Chicken

Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t impressed with Kevin Lee’s performance at UFC 216. Lee fell short in his bid to capture the interim UFC lightweight title. “The Motown Phenom” was submitted by Tony Ferguson in the third round. Lots had been made about Lee’s staph infection and his weight cut. During a recent appearance on MMAFighting.com‘s “The […]

Khabib Nurmagomedov isn’t impressed with Kevin Lee’s performance at UFC 216. Lee fell short in his bid to capture the interim UFC lightweight title. “The Motown Phenom” was submitted by Tony Ferguson in the third round. Lots had been made about Lee’s staph infection and his weight cut. During a recent appearance on MMAFighting.com‘s “The […]

Dana White Believes Jon Jones Is Biggest Waste Of Talent Ever

UFC President Dana White continues to sound off on former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones. Many people within the MMA community believe that Jones is the best fighter in the history of the sport. However, there is one man who thinks the former champion is the biggest waste of talent in the history of […]

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UFC President Dana White continues to sound off on former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Many people within the MMA community believe that Jones is the best fighter in the history of the sport. However, there is one man who thinks the former champion is the biggest waste of talent in the history of the sport. That man is White, who happens to fall into both categories.

Jones failed an in-competition drug test at UFC 214. Due to that failed drug test, Jones has been provisionally suspended by USADA pending a full investigation by the CAC (California Athletic Commission). Jones defeated Daniel Cormier by third-round TKO in the main event of UFC 214 on July 29 in Anaheim, California on PPV (pay-per-view) to regain the title. Jones tested positive Turinabol and had come out to publicly deny things.

White recently did an interview with The TSN MMA Show (transcript courtesy of MMA Fighting), and during the interview, White went on record by stating that if Jones does receive another long-term suspension, then he will be the biggest waste of talent not just in MMA, but in the history of sports.

“[It would be the biggest waste of talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports. The guy is so talented and gifted, God knows what he’d be doing right now if he had never got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones.”

Jones has had a heck of a career as a pro-MMA fighter as he is a two-time light heavyweight champion and the youngest fighter to ever hold UFC gold. His first run as a UFC champion featured eight title defenses, tied for third-most all time.

Despite his success in the sport, he has had a string of incidents that not only cost him money but opportunities to build his legacy. Jones has been stripped of three different UFC belts (also a record) and failed multiple drugs tests by USADA to go along with myriad legal troubles outside of the cage.

“Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.”

Keep in mind that White has written Jones off in the past by going on record that he would “never take the risk of headlining a show with Jon Jones again” after the fiasco Jones caused at UFC 200 by being forced off the card just days beforehand. However, he booked Jones in the main event of UFC 214.

Jones is facing a possible four-year suspension that even his own coaches say could end his career. The latest update on the status of the former champion is that he has a hearing scheduled with the California Athletic Commission in December in Sacramento, Calif.

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If I Did It: Mark Hunt vs the UFC

Welcome to If I Did It, the show where we handle MMA’s PR kerfluffles. This week we look at fall out of the UFC canceling Mark Hunt’s next fight and the drug testing of Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. Don’t forget to follow us to our non-MMA show If The Shoes Fit right after this episode.

Alexei Auld is back with a brand new book available 7 Secret Sources of Inspiration: A Snappy Guide for Creative Procrastinators to grill Eugene S. Robinson (who’s pushing OXBOW’s new record THIN BLACK DUKE) and me, Kid Nate (who has a new podcast on the history of rock and roll), with some PR stumpers from the world of combat sports.

Subscribe to co-host Alexei Auld’s new YouTube channel to see “If The Shoe Fits” the new non-MMA version of the show. Listen to the latest episode of If The Shoe Fits here.

For the audio only version check us out on SoundCloud and be sure to subscribe to MMA NATION on iTunes and subscribe to MMA Nation on YouTube so you’ll never miss an episode. This week’s kerfuffles include:

You’re Mark Hunt. After articulating your health concerns in Players Voice, you were pulled from the UFC Sydney main event for “safety reasons”. You replied, live and in public, if you will, with an expletive laden rant against Dana White. His response? “I don’t expect an apology at all” What response should we expect from you?

You’re WME-IMG. Is Michael Bisping’s trash talk better marketing for his UFC 217 title defense than dropping the pucks, gripping, grinning, and grimacing with GSP public events?

You’re USADA. Cris Cyborg says you’re picking on her: “Third visit from USADA in less than a month. I don’t have fight schedule yet! Let’s go see if my next opponent is doing exams in the same proportion I’m doing! I just saying,” So what are you saying?

KID NATE’S HEEL TURN

EUGENE’S LOST BATTALION

THANKS FOR JOINING US. FOLLOW US on Twitter @eugeneSrobinson, @alexeiauld and @kidnate. PLEASE GIVE THIS A THUMBS UP and leave comments on YouTube, read Eugene at Ozy.com and be sure and check out all three of us on Amazon.com

“We’ll be back next week with another installment of If I Did It and we don’t know what we’ll be talking about yet because the PR mistakes have yet to be made.”

Welcome to If I Did It, the show where we handle MMA’s PR kerfluffles. This week we look at fall out of the UFC canceling Mark Hunt’s next fight and the drug testing of Cris Cyborg and Holly Holm. Don’t forget to follow us to our non-MMA show If The Shoes Fit right after this episode.

Alexei Auld is back with a brand new book available 7 Secret Sources of Inspiration: A Snappy Guide for Creative Procrastinators to grill Eugene S. Robinson (who’s pushing OXBOW’s new record THIN BLACK DUKE) and me, Kid Nate (who has a new podcast on the history of rock and roll), with some PR stumpers from the world of combat sports.

Subscribe to co-host Alexei Auld’s new YouTube channel to see “If The Shoe Fits” the new non-MMA version of the show. Listen to the latest episode of If The Shoe Fits here.

For the audio only version check us out on SoundCloud and be sure to subscribe to MMA NATION on iTunes and subscribe to MMA Nation on YouTube so you’ll never miss an episode. This week’s kerfuffles include:

You’re Mark Hunt. After articulating your health concerns in Players Voice, you were pulled from the UFC Sydney main event for “safety reasons”. You replied, live and in public, if you will, with an expletive laden rant against Dana White. His response? “I don’t expect an apology at all” What response should we expect from you?

You’re WME-IMG. Is Michael Bisping’s trash talk better marketing for his UFC 217 title defense than dropping the pucks, gripping, grinning, and grimacing with GSP public events?

You’re USADA. Cris Cyborg says you’re picking on her: “Third visit from USADA in less than a month. I don’t have fight schedule yet! Let’s go see if my next opponent is doing exams in the same proportion I’m doing! I just saying,” So what are you saying?

KID NATE’S HEEL TURN

EUGENE’S LOST BATTALION

THANKS FOR JOINING US. FOLLOW US on Twitter @eugeneSrobinson, @alexeiauld and @kidnate. PLEASE GIVE THIS A THUMBS UP and leave comments on YouTube, read Eugene at Ozy.com and be sure and check out all three of us on Amazon.com

“We’ll be back next week with another installment of If I Did It and we don’t know what we’ll be talking about yet because the PR mistakes have yet to be made.”

Conor McGregor vs Georges St-Pierre? Dana White claims it’s ‘a real possibility’

Despite initially not showing much interest in a potential showdown against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre recently backtracked, saying that Dana White is the boss at the end of the day, and if he wants the bout to happen, then so be it. On cue, UFC’s president spoke to TSN about the potential big money showdown between “Rush” and “Notorious,” revealing that it isn’t out of the realm of possibility as long as all of the right pieces fall into place.

“GSP would need to defend his title first at 185 [pounds] and Conor has some business to handle himself,” he said via MMA Weekly. “It would be a year and a half down the road before we would even talk about that.”

The disrespect is real.

Indeed, St-Pierre is lined up to face current Middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017, in New York City. As for McGregor, while it isn’t concrete at the moment, he could be defending his 155-pound strap against interim title holder, Tony Ferguson, in his next combat outing.

Since storming onto the scene, everybody — and I mean everybody — has been eager to get a piece of the mouthy Irishman. And with good reason, too, as the box office draw isn’t opposed to fight in three weight classes in search of the next big payday.

“Everybody’s intriguing for Conor McGregor. I mean, if you look at Conor McGregor at 145, 155 and 170 [pounds], everything is intriguing,” White said.

If and when the fight ever takes place, White says there won’t be a shortage of locations to stage the massive event, which could potentially find itself touching down in McGregor’s stomping grounds.

“I don’t know where that would be,” White teased about a destination for McGregor vs. St-Pierre. “We could do it in Croke Park in Ireland, where there’s like 100,000 seats. You could do it here in Toronto, where we had 56,000 people, and you could do it in Vegas, which is always good, too.”

At the end of the day, both McGregor and St-Pierre have to take care of business in their next fights before legit talks can actually take place. After that, there isn’t much standing in the way of them doing the dance.

Or is there?

Despite initially not showing much interest in a potential showdown against current Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion Conor McGregor, Georges St-Pierre recently backtracked, saying that Dana White is the boss at the end of the day, and if he wants the bout to happen, then so be it. On cue, UFC’s president spoke to TSN about the potential big money showdown between “Rush” and “Notorious,” revealing that it isn’t out of the realm of possibility as long as all of the right pieces fall into place.

“GSP would need to defend his title first at 185 [pounds] and Conor has some business to handle himself,” he said via MMA Weekly. “It would be a year and a half down the road before we would even talk about that.”

The disrespect is real.

Indeed, St-Pierre is lined up to face current Middleweight champion Michael Bisping in the main event of UFC 217 on Nov. 4, 2017, in New York City. As for McGregor, while it isn’t concrete at the moment, he could be defending his 155-pound strap against interim title holder, Tony Ferguson, in his next combat outing.

Since storming onto the scene, everybody — and I mean everybody — has been eager to get a piece of the mouthy Irishman. And with good reason, too, as the box office draw isn’t opposed to fight in three weight classes in search of the next big payday.

“Everybody’s intriguing for Conor McGregor. I mean, if you look at Conor McGregor at 145, 155 and 170 [pounds], everything is intriguing,” White said.

If and when the fight ever takes place, White says there won’t be a shortage of locations to stage the massive event, which could potentially find itself touching down in McGregor’s stomping grounds.

“I don’t know where that would be,” White teased about a destination for McGregor vs. St-Pierre. “We could do it in Croke Park in Ireland, where there’s like 100,000 seats. You could do it here in Toronto, where we had 56,000 people, and you could do it in Vegas, which is always good, too.”

At the end of the day, both McGregor and St-Pierre have to take care of business in their next fights before legit talks can actually take place. After that, there isn’t much standing in the way of them doing the dance.

Or is there?

Midnight Mania! Dana White says Jon Jones ‘the most wasted talent ever’

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Jon Jones and Dana White have had a rocky relationship. Jones was supposed to be back after knocking out Daniel Cormier at UFC 214; he was supposed to fight Brock Lesnar, then possibly Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title. That was before we learned he failed a pre-fight drug test. After having his hopes dashed again and again by Jon Jones, Dana White has basically written off the former light heavyweight champion.

As reported by Justin Golightly of BJPenn.com, Dana White unloaded on Jon Jones on the TSN radio show:

“[He’s the most wasted talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports. [Jon Jones] is so talented and gifted, God knows what he would be doing now if he hadn’t ever got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones. Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.”

Jones currently awaits a hearing in December to decide his fate. Will his career be over, or will he return to fight another day?


Insomnia

Frankie Edgar wants to know why his eyes are so crazy in this poster

Why they got me all crazy eyed? #FireInThoseEyes #IdLikeToBuyAVowel #UFC218

A post shared by Frankie Edgar (@frankieedgar) on Oct 17, 2017 at 7:08pm PDT

It sounds like Edgar and Alvarez watch soccer together.

That’s the same look you get when the linesmen at soccer don’t do their job right

— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) October 18, 2017

Holly Holm on Cyborg’s USADA requests.

Holly Holm on Cris Cyborg’s request she be tested the same amount of times by USADA leading up to their fight. https://t.co/mukbgbpoft pic.twitter.com/U2lvutpccz

— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 17, 2017

Edson Barboza says he’s been offered a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Edson Barboza offered Khabib Nurmagomedov fight at UFC 219https://t.co/NA54DmbDKX#ufc219 @arielhelwani @bokamotoESPN @mma_kings

— MMA Digest (@themmadigest) October 17, 2017

Michelle Waterson vs. Tecia Torres is a great fight between two karatekas-turned-MMA fighters.

Cody Garbrandt looking good on the pads ahead of his grudge match with TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217.

Born to Lose, Built to Win!!! #AndStill

A post shared by Cody Garbrandt (@cody_nolove) on Oct 13, 2017 at 11:53am PDT

I follow Al Foran, but I hadn’t seen this until Derrick Lewis posted it. I guess he has a lot of time on his hands after the back injury that threatens his career.

@alforancomedy lol

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on Oct 17, 2017 at 10:18am PDT

Cody Garbrandt and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, two talented champions with a bright future.

Champs @joannajedrzejczyk

A post shared by Cody Garbrandt (@cody_nolove) on Oct 17, 2017 at 9:16am PDT

Rampage is going to go broke.

Fuck it why not ‍♂️ pic.twitter.com/nfeWR9IAJB

— Rampage Jackson (@Rampage4real) October 17, 2017

This is how to interact with fans.

Yes. Yes I do.

— Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) October 17, 2017

He has Deadpool healing powers and martial arts skill, but is missing the charm, charisma. pic.twitter.com/uW6djazUrK

— Brandon Gibson (@SixGunGibson) October 17, 2017

Today in MMA history, fighting became (more of) a sport

20 years ago today,

The UFC banned hair pulling, strikes to the back of the head, groin strikes, head butting, & small joint manipulation.

— MMA History Today (@MMAHistoryToday) October 18, 2017

Jason Rony is no longer with the UFC- and apparently hasn’t been, since shortly after his last fight.

UFC told me days ago Jason was released shortly after his last fight, but Jason kept telling the media for months that he was not released.

— Guilherme Cruz (@guicruzzz) October 17, 2017


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Obligatory reminder that Cowboy Cerrone can kick your damn head off

#UFC214 pic.twitter.com/rvTuJL93yd

— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) July 27, 2017

Awe yeah.

In case I must remind you, it’s Pudzilla fight week. #KSWDublin pic.twitter.com/8l6ZfHuDUn

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) October 17, 2017

The greatest fighter alive returns soon. pic.twitter.com/7cUHAEZZmY

— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) October 18, 2017

Gilberto “Cangaceiro” Dias headlines #ShootoBrasil76 Dias has won 13 of his past 15 fights, including this spinning back fist knockout pic.twitter.com/qx8MuPsWM1

— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) October 17, 2017

He went all the way to sleep.

Callan Potter puts his six-fight stoppage streak on the line at #EternalMMA29 pic.twitter.com/qgSeD89O9Z

— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) October 17, 2017

Heather Hardy is a bright prospect in Bellator

Undefeated boxing champion Heather Hardy makes her return to Bellator #Bellator185 pic.twitter.com/6XTE1jb9tE

— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) October 17, 2017

Another former boxing champion, Ana Julaton, makes her debut soon as well

Former WBO and IBA world boxing champion Ana Julaton makes her Bellator debut this weekend #Bellator185 pic.twitter.com/jsYCLiP3JO

— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) October 17, 2017

Body shots!

RENA #RIZIN2017 pic.twitter.com/ycwLbKPWW7

— Streetfight Bancho (@streetfitebanch) October 15, 2017

UFC veteran Filip “Nitro” Pejić’s soccer kick knockout. He returns at #FFC30 pic.twitter.com/DM6fGe3QPQ

— Bestrafer7 (@Bestrafer7) October 17, 2017


Podcasts and Video

I’m going to keep leaving my podcast here because it’s my podcast and I can

Who the hell is Darren Till?

The MMA After Hour is a thing?

The Severe MMA podcast original co-host, Andrew McGahon, returns to guest host before Ophelia hits Ireland:

My good friend @andrewmcgahon_ steps in with me to guest host @SevereMMAPod. Get it downloaded before #Ophelia hits https://t.co/wtET5E9DT4

— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) October 16, 2017


Random Land

This guy is real. Check it out.

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on Oct 16, 2017 at 4:17pm PDT

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

Bringing you the weird and wild from the world of MMA each and every weeknight

Welcome to Midnight Mania!

Jon Jones and Dana White have had a rocky relationship. Jones was supposed to be back after knocking out Daniel Cormier at UFC 214; he was supposed to fight Brock Lesnar, then possibly Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight title. That was before we learned he failed a pre-fight drug test. After having his hopes dashed again and again by Jon Jones, Dana White has basically written off the former light heavyweight champion.

As reported by Justin Golightly of BJPenn.com, Dana White unloaded on Jon Jones on the TSN radio show:

“[He’s the most wasted talent] ever. Ever, in all of sports. [Jon Jones] is so talented and gifted, God knows what he would be doing now if he hadn’t ever got in trouble. He could possibly be the heavyweight champion and have the defense record that couldn’t be broken. The list goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones. Whatever happens [with his suspension], happens. Believe me, I’m not mentally or emotionally invested in that anymore.”

Jones currently awaits a hearing in December to decide his fate. Will his career be over, or will he return to fight another day?


Insomnia

Frankie Edgar wants to know why his eyes are so crazy in this poster

Why they got me all crazy eyed? #FireInThoseEyes #IdLikeToBuyAVowel #UFC218

A post shared by Frankie Edgar (@frankieedgar) on

It sounds like Edgar and Alvarez watch soccer together.

Holly Holm on Cyborg’s USADA requests.

Edson Barboza says he’s been offered a fight with Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Michelle Waterson vs. Tecia Torres is a great fight between two karatekas-turned-MMA fighters.

Cody Garbrandt looking good on the pads ahead of his grudge match with TJ Dillashaw at UFC 217.

Born to Lose, Built to Win!!! #AndStill

A post shared by Cody Garbrandt (@cody_nolove) on

I follow Al Foran, but I hadn’t seen this until Derrick Lewis posted it. I guess he has a lot of time on his hands after the back injury that threatens his career.

@alforancomedy lol

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Cody Garbrandt and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, two talented champions with a bright future.

Champs @joannajedrzejczyk

A post shared by Cody Garbrandt (@cody_nolove) on

Rampage is going to go broke.

This is how to interact with fans.

Today in MMA history, fighting became (more of) a sport

Jason Rony is no longer with the UFC- and apparently hasn’t been, since shortly after his last fight.


Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Obligatory reminder that Cowboy Cerrone can kick your damn head off

Awe yeah.

He went all the way to sleep.

Heather Hardy is a bright prospect in Bellator

Another former boxing champion, Ana Julaton, makes her debut soon as well

Body shots!


Podcasts and Video

I’m going to keep leaving my podcast here because it’s my podcast and I can

Who the hell is Darren Till?

The MMA After Hour is a thing?

The Severe MMA podcast original co-host, Andrew McGahon, returns to guest host before Ophelia hits Ireland:


Random Land

This guy is real. Check it out.

A post shared by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

Stay woke, Maniacs! Follow me on Twitter and Facebook @Vorpality

Bellator’s David Rickels welcomes you all to ‘The Caveman Show’

Bellator 185: “Mousasi vs. Shlemenko” comes to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., this Friday night (Oct. 20, 2017), featuring the promotional debut of Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) as he takes on former Middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC) is the Spike TV-televised main event of the evening.

Originally “The Caveman” David Rickels was set to fight “Irish Bad Boy” Brennan Ward at Welterweight on this card, but an injury removed Ward from the show on late notice. Rickels still had a lot to say about his last fight at the same weight at Bellator 171.

“Getting a win in your hometown, nothing feels better than that! And then when you just completely maul a human being, another grown ass man you just MAUL HIM… for three rounds until you knock him out, I mean it was a one sided and it was a great night. I’m just gonna say I drank whiskey and had a good night.”

What does a “Caveman” drink when he decides to have a finger (or two) of whiskey?

“Ahh … well typically I drink Maker’s (Mark), I do love Maker’s, Maker’s and Jameson. Those are my like go to! Have you ever had Angel’s Envy? GOOGLE IT or whatever you gotta do. It’s like the best whiskey I’ve ever had. It’s actually really a bourbon.”

Rickels knows a thing or two about his liquor, but with 24 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts under his belt, he knows even more about fighting. One thing he knows is that his body just won’t cut to 155 pounds anymore.

“Man, I’m tired of destroying my body for nothing really. And not for nothing, I won’t say that, but it takes all the damn fun out of fist fighting a grown man in cage. Like when you had to just eat leaves for eight weeks? Eight to 12 weeks is like usually how long it took me to get my weight down.”

The struggle was so real for Rickels he had to go to ridiculous lengths to keep himself from eating anything off diet during a training camp.

“Man, I bought a safe! Like let me tell you, this is how bad the mind of a man gets when he’s that hungry. I bought a safe that I would put all of the foods into at night so I wouldn’t be able to break into it. That’s like a mental, that’s an eating disorder! I was through with that man. I’m like, ‘Dude I don’t need to treat my body like this!’ Man the only profession in the world where you’re like, ‘Hey we’ll burn 3,000 calories at this workout and then eat two pieces of lettuce.’”

So now that Rickels is off the starvation diet and fighting at a healthier weight, he can channel all of that energy into a great performance when he finally gets his chance to face Ward … or another fighter for that matter if Bellator doesn’t reschedule the match up.

“I think he’s a great opponent. To be honest I feel like he’s kind of the gate keeper at 170. He’s an O.G. of Bellator, too! He’s had some great fights and this and that, man. I kinda feel I’m the same way. Man, it’s just a great match up, really. He likes to come out there and throw down and swing hard. I like to do the same thing. I’m more of a volume striker, volume and pressure, but it makes for a really great bout. There’s just no way it’s gonna be boring.”

In truth there’s one way it could be boring, but Rickels says it would be a huge mistake for Ward to have a cautious conservative fight against him if and when they finally meet.

“His best bet of betting me is like just going out there (and going) fucking bonkers. If he tries to fight me technically I’m gonna whoop his ass. Like just wipe the floor with him. I’m sure his coaches are like ‘Make this shit a dogfight bro.’ And when we do that it’s like ‘Who’s gonna get who?’ Like ‘Who’s gonna catch who?’ At that point like who’s gonna catch who at when?”

For Rickels there’s nothing better than a dogfight. He wants it, he encourages it, he delights in it. If Ward — or anyone for that matter — wants to stand in the pocket and bang he’s more than happy to oblige.

“Man, I love to hit people. I sure do! (*laughing*) And, uh, yeah man, I’ve got some things planned. I’ve got a few tricks that I think will work. I never really draw out some crazy gameplan or anything like that. I’ve just got some moves I’d like to hit and hopefully that’ll make heads hit the floor.”

No matter when or where they meet — or even if his next opponent is someone different altogether — Rickels plans to go out there and put on a show.

“When the cameras hit me it becomes ‘The Caveman Show.’ They need to do logos, logo placement, where Spike TV you put ‘The Caveman Show.’ Do that! And we’re gonna see some greatness. It’s gonna be good man! I’ve always got something planned, I’m always having fun, this is the best job I’ve ever had.”

Whether it’s in the cage or on his way to the cage, Rickels guarantees fight fans will have a fun time.

Complete audio of our interview is embedded above, and complete coverage of “Mousasi vs. Shlemenko” resides here at MMAmania.com all week long.

To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here.

Bellator 185: “Mousasi vs. Shlemenko” comes to Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., this Friday night (Oct. 20, 2017), featuring the promotional debut of Gegard Mousasi (42-6-2) as he takes on former Middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko (56-9, 1 NC) is the Spike TV-televised main event of the evening.

Originally “The Caveman” David Rickels was set to fight “Irish Bad Boy” Brennan Ward at Welterweight on this card, but an injury removed Ward from the show on late notice. Rickels still had a lot to say about his last fight at the same weight at Bellator 171.

“Getting a win in your hometown, nothing feels better than that! And then when you just completely maul a human being, another grown ass man you just MAUL HIM… for three rounds until you knock him out, I mean it was a one sided and it was a great night. I’m just gonna say I drank whiskey and had a good night.”

What does a “Caveman” drink when he decides to have a finger (or two) of whiskey?

“Ahh … well typically I drink Maker’s (Mark), I do love Maker’s, Maker’s and Jameson. Those are my like go to! Have you ever had Angel’s Envy? GOOGLE IT or whatever you gotta do. It’s like the best whiskey I’ve ever had. It’s actually really a bourbon.”

Rickels knows a thing or two about his liquor, but with 24 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts under his belt, he knows even more about fighting. One thing he knows is that his body just won’t cut to 155 pounds anymore.

“Man, I’m tired of destroying my body for nothing really. And not for nothing, I won’t say that, but it takes all the damn fun out of fist fighting a grown man in cage. Like when you had to just eat leaves for eight weeks? Eight to 12 weeks is like usually how long it took me to get my weight down.”

The struggle was so real for Rickels he had to go to ridiculous lengths to keep himself from eating anything off diet during a training camp.

“Man, I bought a safe! Like let me tell you, this is how bad the mind of a man gets when he’s that hungry. I bought a safe that I would put all of the foods into at night so I wouldn’t be able to break into it. That’s like a mental, that’s an eating disorder! I was through with that man. I’m like, ‘Dude I don’t need to treat my body like this!’ Man the only profession in the world where you’re like, ‘Hey we’ll burn 3,000 calories at this workout and then eat two pieces of lettuce.’”

So now that Rickels is off the starvation diet and fighting at a healthier weight, he can channel all of that energy into a great performance when he finally gets his chance to face Ward … or another fighter for that matter if Bellator doesn’t reschedule the match up.

“I think he’s a great opponent. To be honest I feel like he’s kind of the gate keeper at 170. He’s an O.G. of Bellator, too! He’s had some great fights and this and that, man. I kinda feel I’m the same way. Man, it’s just a great match up, really. He likes to come out there and throw down and swing hard. I like to do the same thing. I’m more of a volume striker, volume and pressure, but it makes for a really great bout. There’s just no way it’s gonna be boring.”

In truth there’s one way it could be boring, but Rickels says it would be a huge mistake for Ward to have a cautious conservative fight against him if and when they finally meet.

“His best bet of betting me is like just going out there (and going) fucking bonkers. If he tries to fight me technically I’m gonna whoop his ass. Like just wipe the floor with him. I’m sure his coaches are like ‘Make this shit a dogfight bro.’ And when we do that it’s like ‘Who’s gonna get who?’ Like ‘Who’s gonna catch who?’ At that point like who’s gonna catch who at when?”

For Rickels there’s nothing better than a dogfight. He wants it, he encourages it, he delights in it. If Ward — or anyone for that matter — wants to stand in the pocket and bang he’s more than happy to oblige.

“Man, I love to hit people. I sure do! (*laughing*) And, uh, yeah man, I’ve got some things planned. I’ve got a few tricks that I think will work. I never really draw out some crazy gameplan or anything like that. I’ve just got some moves I’d like to hit and hopefully that’ll make heads hit the floor.”

No matter when or where they meet — or even if his next opponent is someone different altogether — Rickels plans to go out there and put on a show.

“When the cameras hit me it becomes ‘The Caveman Show.’ They need to do logos, logo placement, where Spike TV you put ‘The Caveman Show.’ Do that! And we’re gonna see some greatness. It’s gonna be good man! I’ve always got something planned, I’m always having fun, this is the best job I’ve ever had.”

Whether it’s in the cage or on his way to the cage, Rickels guarantees fight fans will have a fun time.

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