Mike Winkeljohn Trolls Donald Cerrone After UFC Denver

It seemed Donald Cerrone put his bitter feud with former coach Mike Winkeljohn to rest by submitting Mike Perry (highlights) in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., November 10, 2018) UFC Fight Night 139 from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. However, even though Cerrone set UFC records for most wins and finishes, his rivalry with Coach Wink […]

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It seemed Donald Cerrone put his bitter feud with former coach Mike Winkeljohn to rest by submitting Mike Perry (highlights) in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., November 10, 2018) UFC Fight Night 139 from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

However, even though Cerrone set UFC records for most wins and finishes, his rivalry with Coach Wink rolls on. Winkeljohn released a lengthy statement degrading Cerrone on Instagram today:

“Where was ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone the last 10 years helping others at the gym? Nowhere to be found. He didn’t come to our classes, didn’t even use Greg Jackson his last two fight camps. When he came, he would grab sparring partners, and then he would take those sparring partners back up to his ranch, where he paid for fun, free (expletive). Those guys would sometimes go up there and stay and train, and they’d lose. Hmm.

“Any gym owner would tell you cancer has to be removed. It’s removed. The gym has no drama. It’s a happy place. I’m a happy guy. With that being said, I really wish Mike Perry had not taken ‘Cowboy’ down. Anyway, if you have fighter experience, and you want to come train with the best fighters in the world and help each other – Jon Jones, Holly Holm, Michelle Waterson, Devin Clark, Bevon Lewis, Carlos Condit, Siyar (Bahadurzada), John Dodson and so many others – you’re more than welcome.

“If you’re one of those guys that swings on Donald Cerrone’s you-know-what, that’s weak and weird.”

The Feud Rages Ahead

Cerrone and Winkeljohn’s rivalry has been raging since ‘Cowboy’ appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience and trashed his onetime gym. The UFC vet claimed Winkeljohn only cared about money. He called JacksonWink a ‘puppy mill’ for fighters.

The feud spilled over into the lead-up to UFC Denver after Perry began training at JacksonWink. ‘Cowboy’ got one last shot in via MMAJunkie after his submission over ‘Platinum’:

“My grandma went and told Winkeljohn, ‘You should have bet on the dinosaur,’” Cerrone said. “He knows what he did. It’s all over money, too. That’s the worst part. Looks like he’s still not getting paid, is he?”

That might be part of why Winkeljohn fired back so ferociously. He’s continually claimed that “Cowboy” was only ever about himself and didn’t care about helping out other fighters.

To him, Cerrone was a drama queen who only caused strain on his otherwise happy gym. This feud appears to not be over by a long shot now due to Wink’s latest statement.

Whose side are you joining?

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Mike Winkeljohn Trolls Donald Cerrone After UFC Denver

It seemed Donald Cerrone put his bitter feud with former coach Mike Winkeljohn to rest by submitting Mike Perry (highlights) in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., November 10, 2018) UFC Fight Night 139 from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. However, even though Cerrone set UFC records for most wins and finishes, his rivalry with Coach Wink […]

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It seemed Donald Cerrone put his bitter feud with former coach Mike Winkeljohn to rest by submitting Mike Perry (highlights) in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., November 10, 2018) UFC Fight Night 139 from Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado.

However, even though Cerrone set UFC records for most wins and finishes, his rivalry with Coach Wink rolls on. Winkeljohn released a lengthy statement degrading Cerrone on Instagram today:

“Where was ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone the last 10 years helping others at the gym? Nowhere to be found. He didn’t come to our classes, didn’t even use Greg Jackson his last two fight camps. When he came, he would grab sparring partners, and then he would take those sparring partners back up to his ranch, where he paid for fun, free (expletive). Those guys would sometimes go up there and stay and train, and they’d lose. Hmm.

“Any gym owner would tell you cancer has to be removed. It’s removed. The gym has no drama. It’s a happy place. I’m a happy guy. With that being said, I really wish Mike Perry had not taken ‘Cowboy’ down. Anyway, if you have fighter experience, and you want to come train with the best fighters in the world and help each other – Jon Jones, Holly Holm, Michelle Waterson, Devin Clark, Bevon Lewis, Carlos Condit, Siyar (Bahadurzada), John Dodson and so many others – you’re more than welcome.

“If you’re one of those guys that swings on Donald Cerrone’s you-know-what, that’s weak and weird.”

The Feud Rages Ahead

Cerrone and Winkeljohn’s rivalry has been raging since ‘Cowboy’ appeared on The Joe Rogan Experience and trashed his onetime gym. The UFC vet claimed Winkeljohn only cared about money. He called JacksonWink a ‘puppy mill’ for fighters.

The feud spilled over into the lead-up to UFC Denver after Perry began training at JacksonWink. ‘Cowboy’ got one last shot in via MMAJunkie after his submission over ‘Platinum’:

“My grandma went and told Winkeljohn, ‘You should have bet on the dinosaur,’” Cerrone said. “He knows what he did. It’s all over money, too. That’s the worst part. Looks like he’s still not getting paid, is he?”

That might be part of why Winkeljohn fired back so ferociously. He’s continually claimed that “Cowboy” was only ever about himself and didn’t care about helping out other fighters.

To him, Cerrone was a drama queen who only caused strain on his otherwise happy gym. This feud appears to not be over by a long shot now due to Wink’s latest statement.

Whose side are you joining?

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Dana White Meets With Mayweather Camp About Khabib Fight

Leave it to Dana White to say one thing and do another. Just two days after the polarizing UFC executive told everyone that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Floyd Mayweather wasn’t happening in boxing, White to revealed ESPN (via MMA Weekly) that he met with “Money’s” team in Los Angeles this week. “I had a meeting yesterday in […]

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Leave it to Dana White to say one thing and do another.

Just two days after the polarizing UFC executive told everyone that Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Floyd Mayweather wasn’t happening in boxing, White to revealed ESPN (via MMA Weekly) that he met with “Money’s” team in Los Angeles this week.

“I had a meeting yesterday in Los Angeles about this. I don’t want to say anything that’s going to make it sound like ‘wow this could happen’ but we had talks yesterday.

White said he doesn’t believe the fight will happen in the UFC, but Mayweather’s team didn’t say no:

“I don’t think it’s going to happen. I don’t think the fight would happen in the UFC but they didn’t say no.”

Khabib’s Focus

Reports of the potential boxing match between Khabib and Mayweather have been circling ever since “the Eagle” submitted Conor McGregor at October 6’s UFC 229. But after McGregor went to boxing and was stopped by Mayweather last year, things have changed. White says the boxing great will now have to venture into MMA.

But White still wouldn’t close the door on Khabib vs. Mayweather in boxing. He claimed he hadn’t spoken to his undefeated champion about it yet. If and when Khabib wanted to do it, White said he would reconsider. Overall, however, he thinks Khabib’s focus needs to be on defending his belt:

“We went over there, we boxed him and if he wants to do it again, he’s gotta come fight in the UFC. I don’t think it’s very realistic at all but I didn’t the boxing match was either and it happened so we’ll see.

“There will no be a boxing match. Obviously if it was something that Khabib really wanted to do, we’d sit down and talk about it but I don’t like anything about it. I haven’t talked to Khabib about it at all. His interest needs to be defending his title over here. That’s what he should be focused on.”

No More One-Sided Fights

Mayweather has already opened as a monstrous favorite over Khabib in boxing for obvious reasons, just like he would be a massive dog to Khabib in MMA. White knows the boxing legend is looking to get paid big when with the odds stacked in his favor. White is done with those kind of fights even with the money involved.

But if Mayweather has been working on his ground game, that may be different. If “Money” truly wants to come over to the UFC, White said there’s a spot lined up for him:

“There’s a reason why Floyd Mayweather wants to fight my guys,” White said. “Because there’s big money there for him. Obviously, there’s big money there for us but I’m not into making those kinds of fights.

“If Floyd wants to come over here, he said he’s been wrestling and doing this and that, if he wants to come over and fight in the UFC, he’s more than welcome.”

Even if Mayweather has been wrestling, he’ll never catch up to Khabib. That doesn’t sound like a fight he’d be willing to take – even for the amount of money he’d make.

Should the UFC squash this talk? Or should they leave the door open as White seems to be open to?

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‘Mighty Mouse’ Reveals Reasons He Departed UFC For ONE Championship

MMA’s first major trade became official this past Saturday. Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson was traded to ONE Championship for welterweight champion Ben Askren. The sport is in a never-before-seen state because of the deal. The UFC has never traded a major star from the promotion. “Mighty Mouse” is arguably the most […]

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MMA’s first major trade became official this past Saturday. Former UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson was traded to ONE Championship for welterweight champion Ben Askren.

The sport is in a never-before-seen state because of the deal. The UFC has never traded a major star from the promotion. “Mighty Mouse” is arguably the most dominant champion in the promotion’s history. But he was curiously shipped off to a rising competitor two months after he lost his title in a thin split decision.

The decorated former champion touched on his UFC exit in an appearance with reporters via MMA Weekly’s Damon Martin this week. “Mighty Mouse” claimed he simply felt there was nothing left to accomplish in the UFC. With that said, he clarified that he was still on good terms with his longtime employer:

“I leave the UFC with no regrets, on good terms,” Johnson stated. “I believe I accomplished everything I could there, I defended the belt 11 times, I won every single way you can possibly think of — knockout, submission that nobody has ever seen before — I’ve done everything I can over there.”

‘Mighty’s’ Motivation

Moving his focus to his future in ONE Championship, Johnson brought up a different style of martial arts present in Asia. The pound-for-pound legend was excited for the many new possible match-ups and achievements ahead:

“I think me coming to ONE Championship, there’s a lot of new goals, a lot fresh things, a lot of fresh matchups. This is different. The guys in Asia have been doing it since they were three or four years old, they bring a different style of mixed martial arts to the table.”

Tired Of Trash Talk

“Mighty Mouse” delved into another reason why he was growing tired of the UFC. To him, the current focus on trash talk and belittling opponents on social media was not the spirit of martial arts he wanted to be involved with:

“I was always never the biggest fan of all the way people went about promoting their fights in North America. I thought of it in a way as some athletes using it as a way of bullying. A way of trying to gain followers. As athletes on Twitter, why haven’t you signed a contract yet to another athlete and to me I see that as a form of bullying.

“All that’s going to do is stir people to go to that person’s Twitter or social media to say ‘you’re scared’ or ‘you don’t want this’ or ‘you’re chicken’ and when I see professional athletes doing that, that are trying to embody the spirit of martial artists, it just puts a bad taste in my mouth.”

 

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MMA’s True Spirit

Johnson expounded on his view of martial arts and MMA, noting that he was proud of how he carried himself throughout his tenure in MMA. He believes ONE is about respect and testing your skills against another top fighter rather than who can talk the most trash online. He felt he never really fit in the UFC’s current climate of promotion:

“I’m glad I don’t have to go through that whole thing and to be able to carry myself as a true martial artist. I felt I’ve always done that in my time in North America and it’s in everybody’s DNA in Asia.

“It’s always about respect and promoting the fight the correct way as two martial artists going in there, we’re going to test our skills against each other. I’m very looking forward to that way of promoting fights. That was something I just didn’t really fit in.”

True To Himself

“Mighty Mouse” had simply had enough with people telling him he needed to talk more trash in order to become a bigger star. He never resonated with mainstream pay-per-view (PPV) audiences in North America despite the UFC’s attempts to build him up as a star.

It’s obvious they want trash talkers in the mold of Conor McGregor, and Johnson’s critics told him to be just like that. The thing is, he isn’t, and he was tired of people telling to be someone he is not as a result. He’s a martial artist – focusing on the artist part of that statement – not a confrontational person who manufactures a beef that may or may not be authentic.

With that established, he’s looking ahead to a new style and a fresh start for his career (transcribed by MMAjunkie):

“People told me … there’s nothing worse than when I’m at the gym working out and somebody says, ‘Dude, if you want to sell more tickets and get your name on the (next box of) Frosted Flakes, you’ve got to talk more trash.’

“That’s not who I am. I’m not a confrontational person. I do mixed martial arts because it’s something I love, and it helps me express my feelings. I’m an artist when I get to compete. Artists don’t run their mouth and attack people or cause a big scene. They focus and put their energy on what they love to do, which is being a martial artist. What I love to do, which is being a martial artist. So I’m very much looking forward to it.”

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McGregor’s Coach Issues Emotional Statement On Artem Lobov

Artem Lobov lost a unanimous decision to Michael Johnson in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., October 27, 2018) UFC Moncton from New Brunswick, Canada. The loss gave him three straight defeats in the UFC. He hasn’t been demolished or finished in any of the losses. But he has lost each fight unanimously on all […]

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Artem Lobov lost a unanimous decision to Michael Johnson in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., October 27, 2018) UFC Moncton from New Brunswick, Canada. The loss gave him three straight defeats in the UFC.

He hasn’t been demolished or finished in any of the losses. But he has lost each fight unanimously on all of the judges’ scorecards. His latest defeat predictably has online critics jumping on Lobov’s back. They claim he’s only in the UFC due to his longtime friendship with former champion Conor McGregor.

Not Just About Record

McGregor and Lobov’s Straight Blast Gym (SBG) coach John Kavanagh took offense to those doubters. He issued an emotional statement on Lobov on his Facebook page this afternoon. In it, he posed the question of whether or not a fighter’s win/loss record was the only determining factor for their overall body of work:

“Artem Lobov is only in the UFC because of his relationship with Conor McGregor. Maybe. Only for Conor he would not have been brought back after his preliminary loss on the Ultimate Fighter and, who knows, maybe quit. He has a losing record and just suffered another loss last night.

“If it’s just records you’re interested in, if someone’s win/loss record is as deep as your analysis is capable of then I’d stop reading now. Actually if you’ve never really tried to achieve anything yourself and instead enjoy making snide remarks and commentating on where the ‘the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better’ then I recommend Chuck Mindenhall’s recent article.”

A Fighters’ Fighter

Kavanagh went on to attest to Lobov’s toughness. That has never really been at question. The Russian has proven he’s willing to take five strikes to land one.

The coach claims Lobov never wanted an easy road to becoming a contender. Because of that, Kavanagh chose to focus on his view that Lobov is “a fighters’ fighter” who takes on the toughest challenge each fight:

“Artem is a rare breed of fighter. A fighters’ fighter. I’ve had conversations with top brass in the top organisations and they tell me it doesn’t matter who your guys fight, just get them winning records and we’ll take them on. That’s all that matters and has been commonplace in professional boxing for a long long time. Get them to 12-0 and we’ll sign them.

“That’s not Artem’s approach. Every fight was the toughest fight he could possibly find. Often times we would argue about that as I would try and guide him a little bit. He did not want to know. It is absolutely not the most efficient approach if you want to get to the ‘big organisations’. It’s one I’ve learned from but it’s also one that is impossible not to respect.”

Anyone At Anytime

You can’t deny that facing Johnson, a former lightweight who has fought the absolute best 155-pound challengers, was an extremely tough challenge for Lobov. But he showed his respect for Johnson taking the fight on short notice by offering to pay back the fine when “The Menace” missed weight. Johnson is approaching the gesture gingerly with skepticism, yet Lobov is steadfast he will pay it back.

Kavanagh finally admitted that he was writing his rant from a place of emotion due to the hate Lobov receives online. At the end of the day, he knows Lobov like few others do. He claimed a book written about his difficult life would be far more entertaining than Kavanagh’s own best-selling text:

“I’ll admit I’m writing this partially from a position of emotion. Artem is a friend and because I know about his incredibly tough life, I really hope he writes a book one day as it’d be far more interesting than the book I put out, it stings more than most. Plus his genuine ‘anyone, anytime’ attitude, often cited….so rarely true cannot help but impress the fan in me.

“As a training partner he will be incredibly tough on you, ruthlessly honest and would give you his last euro if you needed it. However that being said, I believe his performances in the cage against the highest level opposition in the world is worthy of a lot more respect that it gets.”

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Michael Johnson Skeptical Artem Lobov Returns Weigh-In Fine

UFC featherweight Michael Johnson picked up a hard-fought decision win over Artem Lobov in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., October 27, 2018) UFC Moncton from New Brunswick, Canada. The bout came with a ton of buzz and backstory. Johnson filled in on short notice for Lobov’s original opponent Zubaira Tukhugov. The teammate of Khabib Nurmagomedov […]

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UFC featherweight Michael Johnson picked up a hard-fought decision win over Artem Lobov in the co-main event of last night’s (Sat., October 27, 2018) UFC Moncton from New Brunswick, Canada.

The bout came with a ton of buzz and backstory. Johnson filled in on short notice for Lobov’s original opponent Zubaira Tukhugov. The teammate of Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced off due to his involvement in the UFC 229 post-fight brawl. Khabib said he would leave the UFC if Tukhugov was cut, and Lobov later said the same.

All that will be sorted out in time. Johnson came in to save the day in terms of keeping Lobov on UFC Moncton. He had to cut a ton of weight in a short amount of time to do so. “The Menace” missed weight by one pound as a result. Lobov said he respected Johnson’s efforts and would give him back his 20 percent fine.

Johnson Isn’t Sure

It was a rare gesture that is still apparently uncertain at the time. Johnson told MMAjunkie after his win last night that it has to go through the commission first. Then Lobov will have to give it back to him. He doesn’t sound like he fully believes that will happen:

“Apparently the commission has to take it out and give it to him. We’ll see if he’s a man of his word like he said, and he’ll give it back. My management team’s going to get with his management team, and we’ll see what happens.”

Johnson then dove into detail about his win over Lobov. Although “The Russian Hammer” pushed the pace, he didn’t land too many punches. On the flip side, he landed a ton of shots that bloodied the Russian striker. In fact, “The Menace” said the most damage he absorbed was from a headbutt:

“He hit me what, three times, maybe?” Johnson said. “I think the damage I have on my face was from a headbutt. He hit me with a few kicks, but that was pretty much it. I was in and out, and he really couldn’t touch me that much, and I did a lot of damage. I don’t see how he would have thought he would have won the fight at all.”

Keep The Ball Rolling

“The Menace” depleted himself to make it to UFC Moncton. But he’s now on a two-fight win streak at 145 pounds after posting up-and-down results against the best lightweights in the world. He wants to keep that momentum rolling by fighting again soon. Johnson is aiming at December’s UFC Adelaide as a potential date:

“A great fight in December (is what I want next),” Johnson said. “The Australia card or anytime in December. I’m available, I’m here to fight. I’m a fighter, that’s what I do. I’m in the gym training 24-7, and whenever the UFC calls then I’m here for a short-notice fight, I’m going to take it. Nobody in mind. I just want to fight.”

He won’t be calling anyone out for the bout, however. After years of fighting the top lightweights in the world, he said he’s pat callouts:

“I’m done calling people out. I’m not one of these new guys that just came into the UFC and needs to call people out to make a name for himself. I’m a veteran. I’ve grown out of that aspect.”

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