Rafael dos Anjos Undergoes Ear Surgery Following UFC 225

Aside from suffering a loss, Rafael dos Anjos didn’t exit UFC 225 unscathed:

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Earlier this month (June 9, 2018), Rafael dos Anjos dropped a unanimous decision loss to Colby Covington in an interim welterweight title fight at UFC 225 at the United Center in Chicago.

During the fight, dos Anjos suffered what has now been revealed to be quite a serious cut on his ear, which was stitched immediately after the fight. According to MMAFighting.com, however, the issue has been a recurring one and this time around, dos Anjos even felt as if his ear could potentially fall off. With that being said, the Brazilian elected to have plastic surgery to fix the issue once and for all. 

Check out this photo he posted to his official Instagram account below:

Prior to his loss to Covington, dos Anjos, a former lightweight champion, had won three consecutive bouts since moving up to 170 pounds last year.

It’s expected that dos Anjos will be cleared to return to sparring in six weeks.

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Tyron Woodley Reveals Jon Jones Offered Him Assistance For Covington Camp

Could Jones be part of Woodley’s fight camp?

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Colby Covington has rubbed plenty of fighters the wrong way – and not just in the welterweight division.

The interim 170-pound champ has had issues with fighters in the welterweight, light heavyweight and heavyweight divisions. One man Covington seemed to upset was former UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones.

Jones and Covington are former college roommates. The pair had some words for each other on social media after Jones showed support for Covington’s UFC 225 opponent, Rafael dos Anjos, and offered $50,000 dollars to any fan who hit Covington with a boomerang at the event.

Covington wound up defeating RDA for the interim welterweight title and now has an inevitable meeting with undisputed champion Tyron Woodley to wait for. Woodley was on The MMA Hour and talked about some help Jones offered him recently.

Woodley revealed that Jones personally called him and offered his help for the training camp when the fight is announced (quotes via MMA Fighting):

“It funny because Jon doesn’t reach out to me very much,” Woodley said. “Jon said, ‘Hey, whatever you need, brother. I want to help you.’ I told Jon, I said, ‘Man, you work so hard for your platform, from actually kicking ass and beating legends in their prime, and being one of the greatest fighters we’ve ever seen. Don’t give him your platform.’

“Because he put a post up about him. I said, ‘I am going to kick his ass so bad, he’s gonna wish he was dead instead,’” Woodley continued. “‘He’s going to try to find a way out.’ I said, ‘So don’t worry about it.’ The dude was like, ‘It can’t happen soon enough.’”

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Brendan Schaub Destroys Joe Rogan For UFC 225 Commentary

You probably didn’t expect Joe Rogan to get called out by this source:

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In the week-and-a-half since June 9’s stacked UFC 225 pay-per-view, there’ve been many storylines to emerge from the Chicago-based card, and not many of them have been good.

There was the initial report that the card tanked at the box office by securing less than 150,000 pay-per-view buys, and while that story was eventually refuted and (supposedly) proven wrong, the card ultimately didn’t sell all that well. Then there was the bad blood-filled rivalry between welterweight champion Tyron Woodley and newly-crowned interim champ Colby Covington, which has already become personal in a strange way.

However, one storyline that hasn’t been discussed much until recently is Joe Rogan’s commentary of the awful Mike Jackson vs. CM Punk bout that opened the main card, a fight that drew the collective criticism of the entire mixed martial arts world and earned Punk his release from the promotion.

And that criticism is coming from the most unlikely of sources.

Rogan’s good friend and consistent podcast partner Brendan Schaub recently blasted the longtime color commentator’s choice of words on his “Below the Belt” podcast (via BJPenn.com), decimating Rogan and to a lesser extent, his broadcast partner Jimmy Smith for claiming Jackson had ‘high-level striking’:

“[My other problem] The commentators… Joe Rogan, one of my best friends, my brother. And even Jimmy Smith, those guys. When they would go, ‘Mike Jackson has high-level striking.’

“I think we have to be very careful, very careful not to throw around the term ‘high-level striking’. Trust me, a high-level striker would have beat CM Punk in under 30 seconds. It would not have been a competitive fight if any one of those two had some sort of high-level striking.

“That was the only cringe-worthy night…the only thing that made me go, ‘oh god!’. We got to be careful with that because if you’re a fan and you’re watching that and you go, ‘god, that’s high-level striking?’ No, it’s not.”

While Jackson did outclass the clearly overmatched Punk in the striking department, it appeared he could have finished the fight on the feet on more than one occasion and instead chose to clown around inside of Punk’s guard on the mat.

However, Rogan was not all that praising of Jackson’s skills, at one point even saying he didn’t look like he had the body of a true UFC welterweight and even going as far as to (somewhat jokingly) suggest that Jackson was even paid off to let the fight go on as long as it did.

Perhaps Rogan’s insistence that Schaub should retire from fighting during a shocking scene years ago has “Big Brown” looking to land a counter-jab on his so-called ‘brother’ in the media.

What do you think? Was Rogan’s commentary about Jackson off-base?

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Did UFC 225 Do Better than 150,000 Buys? Totals Are In

The estimated buys for UFC 225 is now available, as Dave Meltzer reports that the event pulled in approximately 250,000 purchases for the pay per view headlined by Robert Whittaker in a non-title bout against Yoel Romero. A premature Los Angeles Times …

The estimated buys for UFC 225 is now available, as Dave Meltzer reports that the event pulled in approximately 250,000 purchases for the pay per view headlined by Robert Whittaker in a non-title bout against Yoel Romero. A premature Los Angeles Times report had the show at less than 150,000 buys, which then circulated to […]

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Estimated PPV Numbers For UFC 225 Released

Were UFC 225’s PPV numbers really as bad as reported?

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If this week’s report on the pay-per-view buys for June 9’s UFC 225 from Chicago are true, the show didn’t do quite as bad as initially reported – but it still isn’t great.

After word came from the LA Times’ Lance Pugmire last week that the stacked pay-per-view had only drawn ‘less than 150,000 buys,’ the UFC’s attorney vehemently denied that was true, insisting that the number was off by a number in excess of six figures despite refusing to give a total.

According to a report from MMA Fighting’s Dave Meltzer, that estimate from attorney Hunter Campbell may be closer to being true, as industry sources with knowledge of the number clarified that UFC 225 was estimated to have garnered a total of 250,000 buys.

While the number is quite a bit higher than what was first reported, the overall buyrate is still a disappointing figure considering UFC 225 was scheduled to have two title fights until Yoel Romero missed weight for his rematch with middleweight champ Robert Whittaker. Although the fight produced a classic middleweight title affair, it failed to produce big numbers with both Romero and Whittaker having proven unable to carry a PPV event with last July’s UFC 213.

The interim welterweight title bout between Colby Covington and Rafael dos Anjos in the co-main event, despite being fueled by the bad blood of Covington’s anti-Brazil campaign, apparently didn’t help either, falling in line with the trend of interim title fights not selling well on PPV. This one had the dynamic of actual champion Tyron Woodley returning soon working against it as well.

But UFC 225 was also littered with top stars (or at least names) from top to bottom, with former women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm picking up a one-sided win over previously hyped featherweight Megan Anderson and former WWE champion CM Punk returning for his second UFC bout. The luster of him competing in MMA was clearly lost for this fight, however, as he obviously didn’t bring many overall views to the card.

Punk was the top-searched Google name in conjunction with the card, yet that apparently didn’t translate to people wanting to spend their money to watch him fight.

Based on the above estimate, UFC 225 would trail April’s UFC 223, where lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov defeated last-minute replacement Al Iaquinta to finally win the title as well as a women’s strawweight title fight between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk, and January’s UFC 220, where heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier both defended their belts with impressive performances in terms of pay-per-view buys for the year.

Overall, it’s an indictment on the concerning trend that the UFC can’t sell a pay card without a top star like Conor McGregor or Ronda Rousey, however.

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Quote: Clay Guida ‘Got Punk’d Worse Than CM Punk’ At UFC 225

People are still making fun of CM Punk and now one UFC star is comparing Clay Guida’s performance to the former WWE champion.

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People are still making fun of CM Punk and now one UFC star is comparing Clay Guida’s performance to the former WWE champion.

That star is Bobby Green who has voiced his displeasure with how Guida has talked about him following his decision to pull out of their scheduled lightweight bout at UFC 225 earlier this month in Chicago, Illinois at the Allstate Arena.

For those who may not remember, Green suffered a knee injury that forced him out of the fight. The news was made official less than two weeks prior to UFC 225.

As a result of this knee injury, he had to undergo surgery to get it fixed and it actually went down this past week, which has him already on the comeback trail.

This is when Charles Oliveira stepped in as a late replacement and was able to submit the UFC Veteran in the first round at this pay-per-view event.

During a recent interview, Guida talked about Green’s withdrawal, which was not very positive.

“Bobby, ‘Bobby Yellow’ I call him, because he’s a coward,” Guida told MMAjunkie. “He ducked out three times against my coach Danny Castillo, so we weren’t the least bit surprised (he withdrew). He’s a taunter, he’s a talker. Very sloppy fighter.”

Green caught wind of Guida’s comments. Thus, he recently took to an Instagram Live session where he put Guida on blast for his comments. With his return to the Octagon expected to be in the coming months, Green made it clear that he wants a piece of Guida.

“He’s probably sitting somewhere on a loser’s couch icing his (expletive) coochy, icing his (expletive) vagina,” Green said. “My thing is like, he wants to talk all this super-(expletive) about me, about pulling out and ‘Bobby Yellow’ and ‘Bobby Brown’ and all this super talking (expletive). But you let a mother(expletive) come in here and beat your ass on two weeks’ notice, a 145er? And finished you? You didn’t even last two minutes.

“You were training on a full camp. You did worse than CM Punk. Are you serious? Are you serious? You did worse than CM Punk. You got Punk’d worse than CM Punk. Are you (expletive) serious? Get the (expletive) out of here. This mother(expletive). I don’t get that (expletive).”

“I apologized, I said to him and (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) for my shortcomings,” Green said. “Then I see this mother(expletive) article about him talking (expletive). I told him I’m sorry and I apologized for what happened, but I promise I will make it up to you. Then somewhere in there this (expletive) think he can come and overstep the boundaries. Now we going to really expose you. You got whooped up on in two minutes by a guy who jumped off the couch, and a 145er at that.”

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