Derrick Lewis ‘Hasn’t Trained Like He’s Supposed To’ The Last Few Years

Heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis hasn’t stepped into the Octagon since June 2017 when he suffered a stoppage loss to veteran Mark Hunt. He was then scheduled to take on former champion Fabricio Werdum late last year, but he was forced to withdraw from the fight due to back issues. These back issues have actually been […]

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Heavyweight contender Derrick Lewis hasn’t stepped into the Octagon since June 2017 when he suffered a stoppage loss to veteran Mark Hunt. He was then scheduled to take on former champion Fabricio Werdum late last year, but he was forced to withdraw from the fight due to back issues.

These back issues have actually been causing “The Black Beast” problems for years, as he recently said that he hasn’t been able to train properly for quite some time. Ahead of his UFC Fight Night 126 (Feb. 19, 2018) bout against Marcin Tybura, however, Lewis said that everything has been fixed:

“I really haven’t trained the last few years the way I’ve supposed to be training because of my back issue,” Lewis told MMAjunkie. “We fixed it, and I trained my ass off for this fight. … I still feel like I’ve got a lot left in the tank. I’m taking my training more serious, my diet more serious. I’m just giving myself a chance. Before I wasn’t giving myself a chance. Doing half-ass training, my coaches would try to push me, and I’m still half-ass training. But this camp right here, I really pushed myself to the limits.

“I don’t have no pain nowhere, nothing. I’m training more than 30 minutes a day. I’m doing two-a-days. I’ve been doing two-a-days, training more than just stair master for 15 minutes and hitting pads for 15 minutes. I’ve been doing more than just that.”

Now healthy and rejuvenated, Lewis claims that he’s ‘hungrier’ than he was before:

“Of course it’s about the money and stuff like that, but I am hungrier than I was before, back in 2010 when I first started MMA,” Lewis said. “I feel ready to go. I got the rest that I needed and the time off, and I feel ready.”

Do you expect a new and improved Lewis to show up tomorrow night in Austin?

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UFC Austin Preview, Breakdown & Analysis

The UFC is set to bring its Octagon to Austin, Texas, this Sunday (Feb. 18, 2018), as UFC Fight Night 126 will take place live on FOX Sports 1 from the Frank Erwin Center. In the main event, veteran fan favorite Donald Cerrone will square off with rising Hawaiian contender Yancy Medeiros. The co-main event, […]

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The UFC is set to bring its Octagon to Austin, Texas, this Sunday (Feb. 18, 2018), as UFC Fight Night 126 will take place live on FOX Sports 1 from the Frank Erwin Center.

In the main event, veteran fan favorite Donald Cerrone will square off with rising Hawaiian contender Yancy Medeiros.

The co-main event, meanwhile, will play host to a battle between two top 10 heavyweights, as Derrick Lewis and Marcin Tybura will do battle.

Also on the main card, Texan James Vick will clash with veteran Francisco Trinaldo in a battle of lightweight contenders.

Without further ado, let’s take a deeper look into UFC Austin’s top fights:

Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros

This main event bout has all the makings to become a ‘Fight of the Night’-winning fight between two entertaining, offensive-minded fighters.

Cerrone, who spent the majority of his career competing in the 155-pound division, made the move up to welterweight in 2016 and saw immediate success, winning four consecutive bouts. More recently, however, he’s dropped three straight bouts with two of them ending via TKO.

Stylistically, “Cowboy” is quite well rounded.

On the feet, he’s long and rangy and possesses a dangerous Muay Thai skill set. His jab is crisp, and he mixes up his punches well, while also utilizing a devastating arsenal of kicks.

In terms of grappling, “Cowboy’s” wrestling has always been a bit underrated in my opinion, and his takedowns have improved a great deal in recent years. He’s also a fantastic submission artist, as 16 of his 32 professional victories have come via submission. I’d argue that he holds the advantage in this department, and he could use it as a path to victory in this fight.

Medeiros, on the other hand, has seemed to hit his stride lately, as he’s won three consecutive bouts with all three ending via stoppage.

The hard-hitting Hawaiian, who trains with featherweight champion Max Holloway, is a scrappy fighter who comes from a karate and wrestling background, which makes his style a bit unique.

On the feet, Medeiros uses a high volume attack, while often switching stances. He prefers to throw jabs and straight punches, but also possesses a solid kicking arsenal, although he may not want to trade kicks with Cerrone.

In terms of grappling, Medeiros’ wrestling may also be a bit underrated, although he rarely shoots for a takedown. On the ground, he has a solid submission game, but he’ll need to be extra careful scrambling with “Cowboy”.

Ultimately, I find this fight to difficult to call.

Medeiros will be coming off of a quick turnaround from a difficult fight, which raises some concern, but Cerrone’s recent skid also raises questions about the state of not only his chin but his career as well.

Regardless, I expect the fight to play out on the feet, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see the Hawaiian land the big shots, but I feel as if Cerrone is the more polished striker, and if he can mix up his attack, he may be able to hurt Medeiros.

Prediction: Donald Cerrone def. Yancy Medeiros via fourth-round TKO

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UFC Anti-Trust Lawsuit Could Pay Fighters Massive Windfall

The ongoing anti-trust lawsuit against the UFC appears to be gaining traction, and fighters could receive a massive windfall of money for damages if the lawsuit were to pass. MMA journalist John Nash tweeted about his discoveries regarding the anti-trust lawsuit, and any fighter who fought in the UFC since 2010 will be entitled to […]

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The ongoing anti-trust lawsuit against the UFC appears to be gaining traction, and fighters could receive a massive windfall of money for damages if the lawsuit were to pass.

MMA journalist John Nash tweeted about his discoveries regarding the anti-trust lawsuit, and any fighter who fought in the UFC since 2010 will be entitled to a part of the proposed $1.6 billion settlement:

The UFC’s huge sale last year for over $4 billion will likely work against them here, as the massive settlement could be viewed as coverable by the deep pockets of new owners WME-IMG.

For comparison, Nash says former UFC competitor Strikeforce paid their fighters 63 percent of their overall revenue. Meanwhile, economist Andrew Zimbalist denies the authenticity of the UFC’s claim of fighter/revenue numbers:

A group of fighters led by former UFC title contender Jon Fitch banded together in 2010 in an effort to create a fighters’ union. Fitch says any fighter who competed for the UFC between December 2010 to December 2014 are entitled to payouts unless they choose to opt out.

Economists actually place the money owed to said fighters could be three times as much as the $1.6 billion figure.

How do you see this lawsuit playing out? Will the fighters ever receive money due them?

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Joe Rogan Trashes Referee For Blatant UFC 221 Eye Gouge

Although it was a back-and-forth bout worthy enough to win UFC 221’s ‘Fight of the Night’ in Perth, Australia, last weekend (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018), the welterweight match-up between Jake Matthews and Li JingLiang was marred by a blatant eye gouge from Jingliang that many felt should have disqualified him – let alone allow him […]

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Although it was a back-and-forth bout worthy enough to win UFC 221’s ‘Fight of the Night’ in Perth, Australia, last weekend (Sat., Feb. 10, 2018), the welterweight match-up between Jake Matthews and Li JingLiang was marred by a blatant eye gouge from Jingliang that many felt should have disqualified him – let alone allow him to be rewarded by winning a post-fight bonus bonus.

But a point was not even taken away from “The Leech,’ leading to a justified outcry from many MMA fans. Earlier this week, Octagon commentator Joe Rogan joined those legions, blasting the officiating during the most recent episode of The JRE MMA Show (transcribed by MMA Junkie). To Rogan, Jingliang’s eye poke was simply cheating:

“I thought it was f-cking bullsh-t,” Rogan said. “You can’t let a guy get away with that, or he’s going to do it again. … You don’t do it that way. You tap. It’s straight up cheating; it’s not just shady. It’s cheating.

“They should tell him, ‘If this ever happens again, if you ever think you’re going to do this again, we’re going to kick you out of the league.’ You can’t do that. You can’t gouge someone’s eye when they’re choking you.”

Several fighters have been permanently injured by far less egregious fouls, and Matthews sported what looked like a significant cut despite holding no ill will towards Jingliang, who he thought merely acted in the heat of the moment.

But he may not have brushed the blatant foul off so easily if he had lost the fight, something that was a possibility once Jingliang escaped a potentially fight-ending guillotine choke with the gross infraction.

Because of that, most felt a point should have been deducted at the very least, but the referee instead brushed Jingliang’s fingers nonchalantly, leading to some justifiable outrage. Due to the referee’s perceived incompetence, Rogan said the official should be suspended or fined and unable to referee any longer because a fighter’s vision could be lost:

“It felt like the fingers were in long enough for him to know the fingers were in there,” Rogan said. “The referee f-cked up. The UFC should do something. Someone should do something. Maybe, even in Nevada? You’ve got to look at that and go, ‘Hey man, you can’t ever do this again. And we have to fine you. You should be suspended, and if you ever do this again, you’re out.’ You can’t gouge someone’s eyes. They’ll lose their vision. We can’t have any leniency whatsoever toward intentional eye-gouging. Zero.”

In his opinion, even an unintentional eye gouge should involve the point, but one so obvious and intentional is clearly grounds for disqualification:

“Every time an eye-poke happens, whether it’s intentional or not, take a point away,” Rogan said. “I think it’s a good move. Eye-gouges like that, I think is grounds for disqualification. You can’t allow any room for that. Guys are going to get blind. It could happen. Most guys are completely ethical and would never think of doing this.”

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UFC Austin Weigh-In Results

UFC Austin (UFC Fight Night 126) is set to take place on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas. The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET and the promotion’s […]

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UFC Austin (UFC Fight Night 126) is set to take place on Sunday, February 18, 2018 at Frank Erwin Center in Austin, Texas.

The main card will air on FOX Sports 1 at 9 p.m. ET while the preliminary card will be split broadcasted on FOX Sports 1 at 7 p.m. ET and the promotion’s streaming service, UFC Fight Pass, at 6 p.m. ET.

Donald Cerrone vs. Yancy Medeiros in a welterweight bout will serve as the main event while Derrick Lewis vs. Marcin Tybura in a heavyweight bout will serve as the co-main event.

Rounding out the six bout main card is James Vick vs. Francisco Trinaldo in a lightweight bout, Thiago Alves vs. Curtis Millender in a welterweight bout, Steven Peterson vs. Humberto Bandenay in a featherweight bout, and Sage Northcutt vs. Thibault Gouti in a lightweight bout.

UFC officials held the weigh-ins for UFC Austin on Saturday and here are the weigh-in results:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 9 p.m. ET)

Donald Cerrone () vs. Yancy Medeiros ()

Derrick Lewis (264) vs. Marcin Tybura ()

Francisco Trinaldo () vs. James Vick ()

Thiago Alves (170.5) vs. Curtis Millender ()

Brandon Davis () vs. Steven Peterson (145.5)

Sage Northcutt (155.5) vs. Thibault Gouti (155.5)

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 7 p.m. ET)

Diego Ferreira (155.5) vs. Jared Gordon (156)

Brian Camozzi () vs. Geoff Neal ()

Joby Sanchez () vs. Roberto Sanchez ()

Sarah Moras (135.5) vs. Lucie Pudilova ()

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

Josh Burkman (170.5) vs. Alex Morono ()

Oskar Piechota () vs. Tim Williams ()

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Jon Jones Targets Online Haters In Brutal Callout

Jon Jones’ future in the UFC or any kind of MMA may be in significant jeopardy, but the troubled former champion is choosing to put the focus on his online detractors. And he’s done so in a not-too-subtle fashion. Earlier today, Jones, who will appear before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on February 27 to face […]

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Jon Jones’ future in the UFC or any kind of MMA may be in significant jeopardy, but the troubled former champion is choosing to put the focus on his online detractors.

And he’s done so in a not-too-subtle fashion.

Earlier today, Jones, who will appear before the California State Athletic Commission (CSAC) on February 27 to face potential punishment for his UFC 214 drug test failure for anabolic steroid Turinabol, issued a Tweet saying he was going to ‘talk to his haters’ who ‘blamed his greatness on things they don’t understand’ before an emphatic ending statement.

Check it out:

Pure class from the troubled former champion, who would almost assuredly be the finest competitor in MMA history were it not for his litany of drug and alcohol-related issues.

But they are there tainting his legacy nonetheless, and even though his manager recently claimed there was a “95 percent chance he fights in 2018” if the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) was a respectable organization.

After Jones was given a one-year suspension for testing positive for clomiphene and Letrozol before 2016’s UFC 200, that could be a difficult proposition to attain, however, considering we’ve never seen a fighter get off completely scot-free in the more stringent USADA testing era.

Jones has shown an almost uncanny ability to avoid major punishment and come back, so it’s anyone’s guess if he’ll somehow return this year. Based on the brash manner in which he’s told his fans to “s**k it,” it would seem he’s betting firmly on himself to indeed make an umpteenth comeback to the Octagon.

Does he deserve it? Or is he simply digging himself a bigger hole by blurting out the callout online?

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