Malignaggi shows badly swollen hands, issues statement on Lobov fight

Paulie Malignaggi shows his badly swollen hands from competing in bare knuckle boxing. Paulie Malignaggi has notoriously had brittle hands throughout his boxing career that saw him win world titles in two divisions. That’s why it came as no…

Paulie Malignaggi shows his badly swollen hands from competing in bare knuckle boxing.

Paulie Malignaggi has notoriously had brittle hands throughout his boxing career that saw him win world titles in two divisions. That’s why it came as no surprise that the 38-year-old struggled with them during his bare knuckle boxing match against Artem Lobov this past weekend.

Malignaggi showed photos of his badly swollen hands, and issued a lengthy statement about the match up.

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Life is sometimes about being adventurous and trying new things. Many thought I was crazy for trying my hand at bare knuckle combat and while unfortunately I may not have been born with very durable hands, it is still an experience I get to look back on and say I lived it. People have always had very little expectations of me in my life but I can proudly say I’ve always fought my way to a better life. In life we all have obstacles and I’ve always been driven most when faced with adversity. In the end, despite my brittle hands (4 surgeries on my right hand) I have been able to accomplish more as mainly a 1 handed fighter than most fighters accomplish with 2 hands. And I did it with no shortcuts and having fought some amazing fighters, travelled to some amazing places and met some amazing people along the way. You always wonder if as you get older you still have the ability to dig down when things get tough. After 2 rounds Saturday night I sat in my corner now knowing I would be a 1 handed fighter for the remainder of this fight and I am proud I continued on and showed myself I still had a willingness to dig deep when faced with adversity as I found myself once again in a familiar predicament of having a damaged hand with a determined opponent across the ring coming to rip my head off yet now I was competing in a new form of combat. I assure you its not an enviable position but I’m glad I stayed true to myself as a man and as a fighter in the moment and continued to fight despite having to obviously adjust my strategy. Respect to @rushammer who always shows up to fight and give his best no mater what day or place or at what weight and respect to him for the fight on Saturday. Obviously I feel like I won the fight but that is in no way meant as a disrespect to him. I hope he can take the momentum he gained from this result and make plenty of money for himself and his family in his career . Here are some pics of my hands after Saturday nights fight . @bareknucklefc

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Despite saying he believes he did enough to win, Malignaggi again showed Lobov some respect. He also spoke about how he knew that from round 2, he’d be trying to fight with just one hand. The full statement is below:

“Life is sometimes about being adventurous and trying new things. Many thought I was crazy for trying my hand at bare knuckle combat and while unfortunately I may not have been born with very durable hands, it is still an experience I get to look back on and say I lived it. People have always had very little expectations of me in my life but I can proudly say I’ve always fought my way to a better life. In life we all have obstacles and I’ve always been driven most when faced with adversity. In the end, despite my brittle hands (4 surgeries on my right hand) I have been able to accomplish more as mainly a 1 handed fighter than most fighters accomplish with 2 hands. And I did it with no shortcuts and having fought some amazing fighters, travelled to some amazing places and met some amazing people along the way. You always wonder if as you get older you still have the ability to dig down when things get tough. After 2 rounds Saturday night I sat in my corner now knowing I would be a 1 handed fighter for the remainder of this fight and I am proud I continued on and showed myself I still had a willingness to dig deep when faced with adversity as I found myself once again in a familiar predicament of having a damaged hand with a determined opponent across the ring coming to rip my head off yet now I was competing in a new form of combat. I assure you its not an enviable position but I’m glad I stayed true to myself as a man and as a fighter in the moment and continued to fight despite having to obviously adjust my strategy. Respect to [Artem Lobov] who always shows up to fight and give his best no mater what day or place or at what weight and respect to him for the fight on Saturday. Obviously I feel like I won the fight but that is in no way meant as a disrespect to him. I hope he can take the momentum he gained from this result and make plenty of money for himself and his family in his career . Here are some pics of my hands after Saturday nights fight.”

Video: Anderson Silva’s son wins Muay Thai debut by TKO

Anderson Silva’s son can fight. Looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.
This past weekend, Anderson Silva’s son won his Muay Thai debut, showing that he also has some of his father’s vaunted striking ability.
Gabriel Silva, s…

Anderson Silva’s son can fight.

Looks like the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

This past weekend, Anderson Silva’s son won his Muay Thai debut, showing that he also has some of his father’s vaunted striking ability.

Gabriel Silva, said to be just 20-years-old, competed in an amateur Muay Thai bout at WCK 35, in Burbank, California. The son of the legendary UFC fighter won by second round TKO over Nick Navarro. His proud father posted an instagram clip showing Gabriel score two knockdowns in a round.

“I’m very proud,” the 44-year-old Silva wrote, as translated by MMA Fighting. “I saw a lot of me in you today. I’m happy, and think that the certainty that I can really stop really is closer. Love you, my son. Bad Boys.”

Here’s a photo of Silva’s son after his big win this weekend, along with an old sparring video with his father from a few years back.

Theodorou addresses UFC release, says it had to do with his paycheck

Elias Theodorou spoke about his UFC release. Elias Theodorou was released by the UFC despite a top 15 ranking, an 8-3 record with the promotion, and a TUF title to his name. The 31-year-old addressed the situation for the first time, sayin…

Elias Theodorou spoke about his UFC release.

Elias Theodorou was released by the UFC despite a top 15 ranking, an 8-3 record with the promotion, and a TUF title to his name. The 31-year-old addressed the situation for the first time, saying that he doesn’t have any hard feelings towards how his career was handled by the promotion.

“I have no ill will toward the UFC,” Theodorou told MMA Junkie. “I don’t think being upset about it does anyone good. Especially myself. I don’t want to burn any bridges, but I also want to look at it in the positive aspects where I’m happy and healthy, and I’ve been successful in 20 of my professional times.”

Dana White claimed the release was simply because they want to create roster space for those who can “break into the top five or possibly become world champions.” While not many fans and pundits believe that explanation, Theodorou says it’s probably more of a business decision.

“The UFC does have 600 athletes,” Theodorou said. “I think they just looked at what I was making now being 8-3 in the UFC, the five or seven Canadian fighters they recently added, they probably can pay every single one of their paychecks with my paycheck.

Theodorou, who is already one of the more marketable personalities outside the cage, understands that he also has to reinvent himself and make his in-cage performances more fan friendly.

“I’ve kind of looked at myself as a Pollack painting,” he said. “Abstract with its own beauty. But it seems if you don’t look at MMA as a sport, but rather entertainment, I’ve gotta be more Van Gogh, and cut my ear – or someone else’s ear.”

The Canadian fighter says multiple promotions have already reached out, and with their more relaxed rules on sponsorships, he expects to be making a similar amount of money as he would in the UFC.

Watch Machida vs Sonnen, MacDonald vs Gracie in their entirety

Watch the Bellator 222 main and co-mains in their entirety. Bellator had one of their tentpole events this past weekend, and in case you missed the action, Fox Sports Brazil has posted the full videos of Bellator 222’s top two offerings. W…

Watch the Bellator 222 main and co-mains in their entirety.

Bellator had one of their tentpole events this past weekend, and in case you missed the action, Fox Sports Brazil has posted the full videos of Bellator 222’s top two offerings. Watch what they dubbed as double main events, on the embedded videos below.

Lyoto Machida vs Chael Sonnen:

Rory MacDonald vs Neiman Gracie:

Bellator 222 full results:

Main card

Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie via unanimous decision

Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen via second-round TKO (0:22)

Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey via submission (armbar) (R1, 4:28)

Patrick Mix def. Ricky Bandejas via submission (rear-naked choke) (R1, 1:06)

Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas via second-round KO (4:59)

Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrion Caldwell via unanimous decision

Prelims

Lindsey VanZandt def. Rena Kubota via submission (rear-naked choke) (R1, 4:04)

Haim Gozali def. Gustavo Wurlitzer via submission (triangle choke) (R1, 4:02)

Mike Kimbel def. Sebastian Ruiz via split decision (30-27, 28-29, 30-27)

Robson Gracie Jr. def. Oscar Vera via first-round armbar submission (3:15)

Marcus Surin def. Nekruz Mirkhojaev via split decision (30-27, 27-29, 29-27)

Phil Hawes def. Michael Wilcox via first-round TKO (doctor stoppage) (5:00)

Adam Borics def. Aaron Pico via second-round KO (3:55) | Watch finish

Taylor Turner def. Heather Hardy via first-round TKO (3:53)

Valerie Loureda def. Larkyn Dasch via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)

Brandon Polcare def. Brandon Medina via submission (guillotine) (R1, 4:33)

Kastriot Xhema def. Whitney Jean Francois via second-round TKO (3:17)

John Beneduce def. Kenny Rivera via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27 x2)

Fedor Emelianenko books Bellator ‘farewell tour,’ could face Rampage, Barnett

Fedor Emelianenko will end his career in Bellator. Fedor Emelianenko contemplated retirement following his 35 second KO loss to two-division Bellator champ Ryan Bader last January, but it looks like he will be putting those plans on hold f…

Fedor Emelianenko

Fedor Emelianenko will end his career in Bellator.

Fedor Emelianenko contemplated retirement following his 35 second KO loss to two-division Bellator champ Ryan Bader last January, but it looks like he will be putting those plans on hold for now. According to Scott Coker, Emelianenko has signed a multi-fight extension with Bellator, effectively ensuring that the MMA legend will be ending his career with the promotion.

Coker says he plans on bringing the heavyweight pioneer to multiple countries, with a retirement tour of sorts being possibly against the likes of fellow PRIDE stars Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Josh Barnett.

“This will be his farewell tour,” Coker said on Friday night as he announced the new signing. “We’ll do fights in locations we haven’t been before, multi-city, multi-continent.

“To me, Fedor is the greatest heavyweight fighter of all time. For him to end his career here in Bellator, it makes me very proud, very honored.”

Coker says more details of Fedor’s next fight will be announced soon, but they are targeting it to happen on November or December.

Fedor, now 42, had his two fight winning streak against Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir snapped by Bader early in 2019. The all-time great heavyweight has compiled a 38-6 (1 NC) record in his almost two decade long MMA career.

Video: Machida stops Sonnen with flying knee, Chael retires

Lyoto Machida retired Chael Sonnen with a flying knee and follow up punches at Bellator 222. In the co-main event of Bellator 222, long time MMA veterans Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen faced off in a light heavyweight match up. In the end,…

Lyoto Machida retired Chael Sonnen with a flying knee and follow up punches at Bellator 222.

In the co-main event of Bellator 222, long time MMA veterans Lyoto Machida and Chael Sonnen faced off in a light heavyweight match up. In the end, the former UFC champion added another name to his resume, landing a perfectly timed flying knee for yet another highlight reel finish.

After the loss, Sonnen decided to announce his retirement from mixed martial arts.

Check out highlights of the bout below, along with a snippet from our play-by-play:

Lyoto Machida vs. Chael Sonnen

Round 1 – Chael pressing immediately and he dives in on a takedown. He can’t get it, but he’s battling in the clinch. They separate. Machida lands a body kick. Chael lands his own and clinches again. Sonnen almost hits a trip but he jumps onto Machida’s back. He spins around with a body lock, but Machida shucks him off. Sonnen is still on him though. Foot stomps. They stall out. Machida backs out and lands two hard body kicks. Jump knee and Sonnen goes down! Machida is all over him! Sonnen is holding on. Chael eventually got up but not a bunch happened after that. 10-9 Machida.

Round 2 – Big knee from Machida again immediately! The Dragon is all over him, and it’s over! Just like that

Lyoto Machida defeated Chael Sonnen via TKO (strikes), round 2