My Left Foot

“The doctor did inform me that the bacteria does not know jujitsu so we should be safe.” —Dustin Poirier Dustin Poirier remains hospitalized with Staph infection and his wife Jolie recently uploaded an Instagram story that gave …



“The doctor did inform me that the bacteria does not know jujitsu so we should be safe.” —Dustin Poirier

Dustin Poirier remains hospitalized with Staph infection and his wife Jolie recently uploaded an Instagram story that gave fans a glimpse of what “The Diamond” is dealing with during his stay. The longtime UFC lightweight contender has extreme swelling in his left foot that left him temporarily deformed.

“Not making much progress,” Jolie wrote. “Actually looking worse. Be patient.”

Poirier, 33, was last seen submitting Michael Chandler at the UFC 281 pay-per-view (PPV) event last month in New York City and has won eight of his last 10 with six finishes. No telling how long this medical setback will keep him out of the cage but it sounds like Poirier is not opposed to a fourth fight against lightweight nemesis and “Road House” actor Conor McGregor.

“You done filming Roid House and ready to get slapped around again?” Poirier wrote on Twitter, taking a jab at the recent drug-testing news involving McGregor.

“Ye I’m in Amsterdam jacked like van damn,” McGregor replied in a since-deleted tweet. “You weren’t just hurt pal. You were scared hurt don’t forget it. I’m coming back to put you in a box. Full of it. I’m sending you off this earth. Permanent. Stay waiting for the road house as well pal you and the missus will love it.”

Poirier is listed as day-to-day.

Aljamain Sterling: The Onus Is On Me To Get The UFC Onboard With My Reign

UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling may feel somewhat hard done by with his treatment from the promotion, but he believes it’s his responsibility to force a change. As far as title runs go, not many have had one as turbulent as Sterling. …

UFC Bantamweight Champion Aljamain Sterling may feel somewhat hard done by with his treatment from the promotion, but he believes it’s his responsibility to force a change. As far as title runs go, not many have had one as turbulent as Sterling. Perhaps the main reason for that has been a common fan consensus, which…

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Gordon Questions Whether Paddy Pimblett ‘Deeply Cares’ About Mental Health

Ahead of their fight at UFC 282 this weekend, lightweight Jared Gordon has questioned whether Paddy Pimblett “deeply cares” about the topic of mental health in the same way that he does. In Saturday’s pay-per-view co-main event, two u…

Ahead of their fight at UFC 282 this weekend, lightweight Jared Gordon has questioned whether Paddy Pimblett “deeply cares” about the topic of mental health in the same way that he does. In Saturday’s pay-per-view co-main event, two unranked 155lbers will look to take a step up the divisional ladder at the other’s expense. While…

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‘Let Them Sue’

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As if defending the UFC heavyweight belt on on leg wasn’t tough enough, Ngannou had to deal with a bunch of business-related drama on UFC 270 fight day. Francis Ngannou hasn’t fought since…


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As if defending the UFC heavyweight belt on on leg wasn’t tough enough, Ngannou had to deal with a bunch of business-related drama on UFC 270 fight day.

Francis Ngannou hasn’t fought since a January decision win over Ciryl Gane at UFC 270 in January 2022. “The Predator” shredded his knee in training weeks out from that bout, but refused to pull out because he wanted to complete the final fight on his UFC contract. Ngannou and the UFC had been on the outs for over a year, but things really hit their worst on the day of the fight as the UFC threatened to sue Ngannou’s manager.

In a new episode of Ngannou’s Road to Recovery YouTube series, Ngannou’s (reportedly former) manager Marquel Martin detailed the negative vibes they were dealing with coming into the pivotal Gane fight.

“The morning of UFC 270 I get some pretty racist texts, and a little bit threatening,” Martin said. “And you know, listen, it was from a burner phone, but it was sad to see that it’s gotten to this point. And I don’t know who it was. Whoever it was is, you know, to me, a racist coward and probably afraid in what could happen and did happen in Francis being in the position that he’s in today [as a free agent]. But it’s unfortunate, it’s no place in it for society, no place for the sport that we love.”

“To add onto the drama, later on that day we’re getting dressed to go to the arena, I get an email from UFC, kind of a legal letter, maybe a threat to sue,” Martin continued. “But at the time it was just … call it a coincidence, but the timing of it was so interesting to us. I remember showing it to Francis like ‘Hey bro, you know I’m not going to keep anything from you, so listen: this is what I just got, I don’t even know if they’re going to let me into the arena or backstage because I’ve had issues in the past. And in true Francis fashion, he was like ‘So? Let them sue. For what?’”

According to Ngannou, the UFC was threatening to sue Martin for speaking with Jake Paul’s business partner (and former UFC CFO) Nakisa Bidarian.

“For him to not listen to the noise, it was all the negativity, all the bulls— that’s uncalled for and unnecessary, right? Talk about the business after the fight or way before … And we want to talk about contracts the day of his fight? It’s ridiculous. You’re not going up to Lebron James and talking about a contract before game seven of the finals. You’re not doing it. But this is the crazy sport that we’re in and needless to say it was a wild fight week. A crazy, crazy fight day. And at the end of it all, Francis was victorious. We as a team were victorious.”

Martin was the star of this episode but Ngannou put in his two cents throughout.

“I was being frozen because I didn’t want to sign that contract,” Ngannou summed up. “Was having fight like every 10 months or more. And I do believe that was because of that contract situation, because every time I was talking about fight they would bring up the contract. A lot of things got involved and it became more than that.”

“They will fight so hard [against] it, just for you to be free,” he concluded. “They don’t want you to be free. Then as I realized that, it was a goal. I’m like: I will be free, no matter what the price of freedom is never too much.”

While Ngannou’s public content and interviews continue to be extremely pro-free agency, recent reports speculate that negotiations between “The Predator” and the UFC have taken a positive turn in recent weeks. That’s good news for fans eager to see Jon Jones vs. Francis Ngannou in March 2023, or just Ngannou staying in MMA in general. The longer we’ve had to think about this boxing crossover, the less interested we are. Bring on the heavyweight title defenses!

UFC 282 Clash: Mitchell Vs. Topuria!

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight up-and-comers Bryce Mitchell and Ilia Topuria will battle this weekend (Sat., Dec. 10, 2022) at UFC 282 i…


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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Featherweight up-and-comers Bryce Mitchell and Ilia Topuria will battle this weekend (Sat., Dec. 10, 2022) at UFC 282 inside T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

I don’t know that anyone expected “Thug Nasty” to be quite this good. He joined the roster off an unheralded season of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF), didn’t have any serious credentials, and still doesn’t train with a major camp. Nevertheless, Mitchell has more than proven himself, winning six straight to break into the Featherweight Top 10.

Conversely, expectations have been high surrounding Topuria since the beginning, and he hasn’t underwhelmed either. When a highly touted grappler suddenly starts knocking opponents out left and right, fight fans tend to take notice, and the Georgian talent has quickly gain momentum as a result.

Let’s take a closer look at the keys to victory for each man:

Bryce Mitchell

Record: 15-0

Key Wins: Edson Barboza (UFC 272), Andre Fili (UFC Vegas 12), Charles Rosa (UFC 249), Matt Sayles (UFC on ESPN 7)

Key Losses: None

Keys to Victory: Mitchell is a really suffocating wrestler. He doesn’t always take the cleanest shots, but Mitchell has good drive behind his double and can chain wrestle very well. Once on top, Mitchell’s top pressure and submission threat is very real. For a man that doesn’t look like a top-tier athlete, Mitchell sure seems to surprise opponents with his speed and strength.

Mitchell has to back Topuria up. “El Matador” fights more like a bull than his moniker implies, using the threat of his right hand and wrestling to walk opponents down. Mitchell has a crisp, long cross of his own, as well as the grappling skill to stand up to Topuria — he doesn’t have to back off.

Chain wrestling along the fence is generally Mitchell’s path to victory, and that holds true here. Again, Topuria is accustomed to imposing his will. Mitchell can keep up with his wrestling, and if he jams Topuria into the cage, he can really flip the script. Plus, Topuria has a difficult weight cut, and there’s nothing more exhausting than an endless wrestling match on the cage.


Ilia Topuria

Record: 12-0

Key Wins: Ryan Hall (UFC 264), Damon Jackson (UFC Vegas 16), Jai Herbert (UFC London), Youssef Zalal (UFC Fight Island 5)

Key Losses: None

Keys to Victory: Topuria is very clearly a great natural athlete, and at 25 years of age, he’s already developed plus skills in all areas. The Climent Club-trained fighter looks like one of the division’s best prospects, which is really saying something considering just how talented the Featherweight ranks stand.

11 of his victories came before the final bell.

I’m not advocating for a full sprawl-and-brawl strategy here, but Topuria sure seems to have an advantage in the stand up. His right hand is like a fastball, sudden and devastating, and overall, he just puts combinations together with more fluidity than Mitchell. If the two were in a kickboxing bout, Topuria would be the clear favorite.

This is not, however, a striking match. If this fight goes beyond a couple minutes, there will surely be some wrestling/grappling exchanges. On that end, the goal for Topuria should be to draw out bad shots from Mitchell and capitalize. If Topuria is pressuring him and sticking the right hand in Mitchell’s chest, he should be able to get a read on Mitchell’s takedown attempts.

Most of Mitchell’s opponents are solely focused on stopping the shot and getting away. Topuria, meanwhile, can look to snatch the neck or snap Mitchell down and counter with his own takedowns.


Bottom Line

This is a really fun match up over a spot in the Featherweight Top 10.

If Mitchell wins here, it’s time for a Top Five opponent. It doesn’t matter that he’s technically fighting down, not when everyone already understands that Topuria is really damn good! Handing Topuria his first defeat is a big deal, particularly since it would extend Mitchell’s win streak to seven.

On the other hand, Topuria is fighting to steal Mitchell’s No. 9 spot. Beyond the detail of their current positions, however, the stakes are similar. Topuria has momentum and can derail an undefeated fighter’s own strong win streak to score the biggest win yet of his career. It’s a big deal, and victory should set him up for another bump in competition.

At UFC 282, Bryce Mitchell and Ilia Topuria will open the main card. Which man will earn the victory?

MMA Fighters React To TJ Dillashaw’s Retirement

MMA fighters flocked to social media on Monday following news that former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw had informed the promotion of his retirement. Dillashaw was in action this past October at UFC 280, where he challenged the reign of Aljama…

MMA fighters flocked to social media on Monday following news that former UFC bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw had informed the promotion of his retirement. Dillashaw was in action this past October at UFC 280, where he challenged the reign of Aljamain Sterling in Abu Dhabi. The champion made quick work of the veteran, whose shoulder…

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