What's Going On?

What’s Going On? (Mar 4th – 10th)

A whole new week means a whole new set of MMA news and events that needs to be discussed by yours truly. So let’s get right into it with some interesting topics for this week:

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Darren Till vs. Rafael Dos Anjos?

Darren Till has expressed interest in fighting former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos in a recent interview.

Just because of his fan base there, and I’ve obviously lived there. I’ve got a lot of fans there, and I can speak the language. It would be a good sell in Brazil, if he’s willing to do it… I know he’s waiting for [Tyron] Woodley but Woodley doesn’t seem to want to come back.” – Darren Till

As fun as a fight this would be, Dos Anjos has earned the right to fight for the title and should not have to fight the #7 ranked fighter in his division. This would be a repeat of the Jacare Souza situation. Maybe Till can fight Colby Covington in the mean time (I know a lot of people want to see that guy get knocked out badly).

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Mackenzie Dern‘s Debut Draws Viewers

According to Dave Meltzer, Mackenzie Dern’s UFC debut was the most watched portion of the UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kuntskaya prelims. It was also a bigger draw than the crazy Wilder vs. Ortiz boxing fight. Although Mackenzie Dern herself wasn’t that impressive in her debut (completely lacking in the striking department), she has proven to be a pretty big cash cow for the UFC. I expect them to give her the Sage Northcutt treatment to make he a household name and protect her record. I just hope see fixes her striking or uses her grappling much more effectively, otherwise see will end up like Ronda Rousey when she was exposed in the striking department.

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Conor McGregor, Max Holloway, and Burger King

Conor McGregor and Max Holloway continued to poke jabs at each other after UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya.

So when McGregor announced that he was partnering with Burger King, similar to Anderson Silva, the UFC Featheweight Champion decided to take this opportunity to mock his former advisory.

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Don’t you just love when two fighters get along? In all seriousness, I don’t understand why McGregor is even talking trash to Holloway. I guess he may want to face him when either of those killers, Khabib Nurmagomedov or Tony Ferguson, take his belt. Regardless, in about a month only one of them can call themselves champion.

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Derrick Lewis vs. Francis Ngannou?

Derrick Lewis has been campaigning for a fight with recent title challenger Francis Ngannou. He said recently on a podcast that he would like to get the fight as soon as possible. This would definitely be an entertaining fight and would be easy for the UFC to sell as a must-watch bout. Ngannou may not want to fight Lewis now, especially after coming short against heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, but this could be the fight that would propel him back into title contention. Plus, the rivalry between these two has been bitter from the start. Let’s just hope that when they do fight, the UFC reinforces the octagon cage walls.

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Fabricio Werdum wants to be in WWE

This is probably the most surprising news of the week. Fabricio Werdum has stated that he will meet with WWE executives to talk about a potential crossover into the world of professional wrestling. Werdum then went on the record to say that the idea was nixed and instead he would be considering lucha libre style wrestling. This is a very off move as Werdum feels that he can balance both worlds which has me skeptical. If he ever does go to WWE, however, then I would love to see him and Brock Lesnar in a cage match. The cage should also be in the shape of an octagon.

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They Said What?

They Said What? (April 14th – 20th, 2017)

Talking has become a staple in the mixed martial arts world with the colorful personalities that are now present. Here are some of the quotes and tweets that have been making headlines this week:

UFC President, Dana White predicts purse for Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather

It depends on how much the fight sells, and if the fight sells as well as I think it can, Floyd makes a little north of $100 (million) and Conor makes $75 (million).” – Dana White

The president of the UFC is known for his little “White lies” in the past. Everything he says should be taken with a grain of salt especially this comment concerning the (so far) fictional between McGregor and Mayweather. The split between the two has been debated and it will be no doubt that Mayweather will take the bigger cut of the two. However much that will be is a mystery so far. But when it comes to Dana White’s take on the issue just remember:

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Michael Bisping says Robert Whittaker should be next challenger instead of Yoel Romero

“Yoel Romero is a dirty, lying, cheating scumbag. If you want to do Whittaker after I’ve beaten GSP, we can. If not, I’ll do Romero. But I see Robert as a more worthy contender. He stopped Jacare, Romero didn’t stop Jacare. And Robert hasn’t tested positive for steroids so really I think it should be Robert next. Let’s officially now start the campaign that after I beat GSP, it should be Robert Whittaker. Robert Whittaker vs. Michael Bisping because – okay, maybe there’s a case that he’s the most worthy contender – but more importantly, just to f**k with Yoel Romero. He is the only fight I will take after Georges St-Pierre. I just think, all those things together, Robert Whittaker – okay, admittedly, way better matchup for me stylistically – but, facts are facts and I think he should be the No. 1 contender.” – UFC Middleweight Champion, Michael Bisping

This is just a classic case of Michael Bisping being Michael Bisping (AKA a douchebag). The Count loves to pull the strings of everyone in his division and everyone knows that Yoel Romero earned the shot to face him as soon as he is done with Georges St-Pierre (assuming he wins that is). This troll attempt is good though as Yoel Romero may be baited into taking another fight to stay in his undisputed number one contender spot. Boy are things interesting in the middleweight division.

UFC Flyweight Champion, Demetrious Johnson comments on his low ratings

If you don’t like what I did Saturday night, if you don’t like a white belt who never did one jiu-jitsu tournament submitting a black belt, that’s your bag. I’m done defending myself.” – Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson

Demetrious Johnson just seems like the smartest fighter in the UFC yet he has a hard time being able to gain a massive audience like other UFC champions. People love to point out his size and stature as the main culprit to “Mighty Mouse’s” low popularity. I believe the UFC has not spent a lot of time promoting the champion. I know they made a whole The Ultimate Fighter season based around finding someone to beat him but that show has been dropping in popularity recently. I saw little commercials for his fight and putting him on a free card is a bit insulting. Having him on a PPV which usually draws a larger audience would improve his draw rate especially if you put him as a co-main every once in a while. As for the people who call themselves MMA fans, why are you not watching this guy especially when he was on FREE TV? If that is not exciting then you must just be a casual.

Daniel Cormier and Jon Jones get into heated argument over steroid use

Once you get caught cheating then it hangs a dark cloud over your career forever. Daniel Cormier claims that Jon Jones has been using steroids forever, which is not a bad claim to make. Jones denies this which is what we all expected. A lot of people point towards Cormier’s towel controversy as an indication that he’ a cheater but I honestly saw nothing. It would be hard for him to lean exactly 1.2 lbs. on the towel without even looking at the scale’s number. Jones cheating was way worse than what at best could have been accidental by Cormier. But back to the topic: Jones cheated, Cormier may have cheated, and they will fight becaue Dana White loves money. Whether it will be a main event or not is an interesting question though.

UFC commentator, Brian Stann believes that Demetrious Johnson is the GOAT

In my eyes, the best ever was Georges St-Pierre before DJ and I just thought GSP’s total dominance, his ability to take the fight and dictate where it goes, takedown defense, offense, the ability to end a fight striking and on the ground — I thought he was the best ever, but when you add up everything, [him] being so fluent lefty, righty, angles, hard to hit, beautiful offense, power — he was doing legitimate damage to Wilson Reis during this fight — mixing in punches, kicks, excellent boxing, kickboxing, wrestling ability from both sides, passing the guard consistently, having an answer for every single position, being good off his back, having excellent submissions. To me, this fight solidified the fact that he’s the best to ever do it.” – Brian Stann

Demetrious Johnson is brought up again on this article but with his recent win over Wilson Reis this past Saturday, it’s not hard to see why. Brian Stann claims that Demetrious Johnson has surpassed Georges St-Pierre as the GOAT of MMA. I love debating these GOAT claims because its a good question as to who is the Muhammad Ali of this sport. However, it is pointless as it is already hard enought to talk about who the pound for pound best fighter is because of the MANY different weight classes today. Now adding past fighters makes it completely insane. I’m going to pass on this debate for now and maybe save it for a future article but I can say for certain that being a bigger draw does not make you the GOAT. I’m looking at you Conor McGregor.

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Leo Kuntz on his opponent Tae Hyun Bang being accused of fight fixing

To me, he was not fighting like somebody who was fighting to lose. From everything that I’ve gathered, what basically happened, from what I understand, is that he got scared by the UFC, when the UFC came to talk to him, and he panicked and decided not to throw that fight. And that’s why he came out to the police now, because he’s fearing for his life, his safety, so he went to the South Korean police. Even though he’s under investigation, too.” – Leo Kuntz

Former UFC Middleweight Champion, Luke Rockhold addresses the state of the UFC

The best fight the best. That’s what made this company what it is and they need to get back to it.” – Luke Rockhold

UFC Bantamweight Champion, Cody Garbrandt teases the release of a video of him knocking out former teammate TJ Dillashaw

Hey Dillashaw, let’s put an end to all of this. I’m going to go out and get as much money as I can from the video of me knocking you out. How about you pick a charity that you want to support and I’ll donate 100-percent of the proceeds to that charity.” – Cody Garbrandt to TJ Dillashaw

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What's Going On?

What’s Going On? (March 19th – March 25th, 2017)

A whole new week means a whole new set of MMA news and events that needs to be discussed by yours truly. So let’s get right into it with some interesting topics for this week:

Ryan Bader and Lorenz Larkin leave UFC for Bellator

The UFC just lost two top ten fighters in Ryan Bader and Lorenz Larkin to business rival Bellator. Ryan Bader stated that he left due to Bellator giving him “one of the better contracts out there, outside of being a UFC champion with pay-per-view points and stuff like that.” He last fought against Ilir Latifi where he knocked out the Swede with a well placed knee. Lorenz Larkin said he decided to leave the UFC partly because he felt disrespected by the UFC when they did not immediately try to resign the welterweight after his contract ran out.

I had a deal on the table (from the UFC), and it just didn’t feel right. My whole reasoning for testing free agency was to see what I was worth and get somebody behind me. I want to feel like an asset to a promotion, and I want to feel like the promotion wants to really drive me and really use me. I’ve made this point a lot of times that I’m ready to work. Anything you can use me for, let me know. I’m here. And it just wasn’t happening for me (in the UFC), so I don’t know if it was just the timing or, just, there was no interest in that. But that’s a big thing that I was focused on.” – Lorenz Larkin

He was instead offered a contract by Bellator and the rest is history. This was a good move by Bader as he was a high level athlete who lost to only the elite in the business. He has come close to reaching the top of the mountain but always fell short when at the peak. Moving to Bellator not only gives him a better pay day but also a greater chance at capturing gold. Lorenz Larkin on the other hand has just made a make or break decision with his move to Bellator. He had won four of his last five fights in the UFC and now has to start over in a new promotion. If he fails and ends up losing then it might signal an early end to a once promising career. However, I believe he has the ability to capture the gold with the skillset he has and this may prove to be a wise financial choice for him if he continues to win fights in Bellator.

War Machine found guilty of assault

Dissapointing news as former UFC and Bellator competitor War Machine was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, Christy Mack, and Corey Thomas. The charges are very serious and include sexual assault, batter, and kidnapping. He had a record of fourteen wins and only five losses. A very talented athlete that wasted his life by performing such heinous acts. He is awaiting his sentence which could be life in prison. Hopefully others learn from his mistake and try to only use their fighting skills in the octagon instead of on innocent people.

Conor McGregor vs Floyd Mayweather

The rivalry between Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is intensifying as the two continue to trade barbs back and forth. McGregor appeared at Madison Square Garden and shouted t boxing reporters that he was boxing and thet he would make the whole world eat their words by beating Mayweather ina boxing match. Money has told McGregor many times to clear things up with his boss before fighting him. UFC president, Dana White, did say he would not stop Mystic Mac from battling Mayweather ina boxing match but we all know he would like to be involved in the moneey being made there if he could. Then the (in my opinion) future UFC Lightweight Champion, Tony Ferguson, claimed that there is no way McGregor can beat Mayweather ina boxing match. He more than likely is right, I wrote a whole article that agrees with this, but the hype involved here is going to make this an must-see. Let’s just hope it doesn’t mean McGregor gets to keep that belt if he continues to be absent from the real party.

Bellator 180 in New York

The first ever Bellator event in New York is shaping up to rival UFC 205. Headling the card will be Chael Sonnen vs Wanderlei Silva in a grudge match that was supposed to happen in the UFC after they coached against eachother on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil 3. In the co-main event, Fedor Emelianenko will finally get to face Matt Mitrione in match that should have happened earlier this year but got cancelled last minute due to Mitrione feeling ill hours before the fight. It may have been for the best because now the card for Bellator in New York appears to be capable of becoming a PPV. This is going to be an exciting match full of legend in the sport and will rival and event that the UFC decides to put on this weeken if they decided to do so.

Nate Diaz rants about Dana White

Nate Diaz and Dana White’s rocky relationship is becoming more and more clearer as the Stockton native is voicing his displeasure at some of the things the UFC president is saying. Diaz last fought Conor McGregor in a five round war at UFC 202 which drew the highest buyrate in UFC history, more than UFC 205 which has Conor McGregor and three title fights. He is a huge draw and demands to be paid for the draw that he is similar to Conor McGregor. Dana White and him obviously have different ideas of how much Diaz so be paide and it is getting ugly between the two. This is evident for both Diaz brothers as Nate along with Nick Diaz are healthy and ready to fight for the right amount of money. I, lik many others, love to see the Diaz brothers fight and would pay for a PPV in a heartbeat if they were on it. But I also see the business side of things and why Dana White might not want to pay Diaz all that much. The two have had problems in the past when deciding on how much Diaz should make for a rematch with McGregor. Hopefully they get on the same page like they did then, even though Diaz felt he got screwed by the UFC after UFC 202. Here’s to hoping for better times for the Diaz brothers. They deserve a good payday after all.

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