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King Mo Holds Nothing Back When Talking About Bjorn Rebney

Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal doesn’t speak very highly of his time working with Bjorn Rebney. Lawal, a former Strikeforce champion, lashed out against Rebney following his loss earlier this year to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. While things settled down during the post-fight press conference, Lawal jumped at the chance to fire off comments against the former […]

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Posted on: 1 August 2014 - 6:00 pm  |   | 

LookOutaWhale’s Latest Creation Gives the Diaz-Riggs Hospital Brawl the Animated Treatment It Deserves

We all know the story of Nick Diaz's barnyard hospital brawl with Joe Riggs following their legal, in-ring brawl at UFC 57, but the real question is: Have we ever seen it set to wonky animation and with actual interview clips taken from Riggs and Diaz? Until now, that answer has been a dispiriting "no," but thankfully, MMAnimation master lookoutawhale has bequeathed us with "The Animated Tales of Nick Diaz", and my God is it glorious. While "Diesel" may have come away the unanimous decision win at UFC 57, it was Diaz who won the "real" war. That's according to Diaz himself, of course, but I'll be a monkey's uncle if the anti-bullshit superhero would embellish even the slightest detail of a story as infamous as this. Although if you ask me, Stockton's finest should be thanking his lucky stars that Riggs wasn't packing heat that night. Or maybe Riggs should be. Check out "The Animated Tales of Nick Diaz" above, then let us know if you think Diaz's undeniable realness will help him fare any better against Anderson Silva in January. -J. Jones
Posted on: 1 August 2014 - 2:53 pm  |   | 

Nick Diaz Takes His Turn With The Media

For Nick Diaz, the weight-disadvantage he’ll like have against Anderson Silva in January will not be an issue. Diaz, who will return from a self-imposed retirement to kick-start the new year, talked about his weight and return during a conference call with reporters recently. The bout is set to serve as the main event for […]

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Posted on: 1 August 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Rory MacDonald vs. Tarec Saffiedine to Headline UFC Fight Night Halifax in October

(Rory MacDonald — the forgotten fifth member of Kraftwerk. / Props: MMA-Freak) The UFC has announced that its first-ever event in Halifax, Nova Scotia — UFC Fight Night 54*, October 4th at the Halifax Metro Centre — will be headlined by top welterweight contender Rory MacDonald against former Strikeforce champion Tarec Saffiedine. It's a unexpected booking, in terms of MacDonald and Saffiedine's respective places in the 170-pound pecking order. Rory Mac is officially ranked as the UFC's #2 welterweight contender, and is off to a great start in 2014, with dominant decision wins against Demain Maia and Tyron Woodley. Saffiedine is way down at #10 in the rankings, partly due to injury-related inactivity. Though "Sponge" is on a five-fight win streak, he's only been able to compete once since the UFC brought him over from Strikeforce in January 2013, earning a decision win against Hyun Gyu Lim on the first Fight Pass card in January of this year. I mean, I'm sure you all remember that one. So yeah, a bit of a step down for MacDonald. Then again, part of the UFC's approach to new international markets involves getting a native fighter to stomp a foreigner, so I guess this booking is as good as any other. (It should be pointed out that MacDonald is originally from British Columbia, way the hell on the other side of Canada.) We'll update you when the card fills out and broadcast plans are announced. * I think it's #54, but honestly, I'm losing track of the numbers at this point. From now on, we'll just say "the Halifax one" and you'll know what I'm talking about.
Posted on: 1 August 2014 - 10:23 am  |   | 

Start Your Day With This Inspirational Message From Jon Jones…

(via Instagram.com/jonnybones) Inspirational for him, I mean — not so much for you or anybody else. Related: - Jon Jones just picked up a nasty gash in training... - ...and Daniel Cormier promises to put his elbows on it.
Posted on: 1 August 2014 - 8:58 am  |   | 

“El Nino,” “Showtime” Take To Twitter

Gilbert Melendez is listening to Anthony Pettis. It appears as if Pettis, the UFC lightweight champion, told Melendez the two should work on “selling” their upcoming planned title fight. While nothing has been set by the promotion, “El Nino” said December 6 in his latest Instagram post for a date. The two will be coaches […]

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Posted on: 31 July 2014 - 6:00 pm  |   | 

Throwback Thursday: Mark Schultz Grinds Out Gary Goodridge at UFC 9

(Mark Schultz vs. Gary Goodridge, UFC 9, 5/17/96) For most old-school UFC fans, the name UFC 9: Motor City Madness conjures up bad memories of "the Dance in Detroit" — an excruciatingly boring 30-minute headlining match between Ken Shamrock and Dan Severn. ("Fans pelted the ring with garbage after Severn won a split decision in overtime.") It wasn't all Dan and Ken's fault, though; due to a court ruling, fighters at UFC 9 were forbidden from using closed-fisted strikes — a rule that some of the participants broke without repercussions. But while the UFC 9 main event was completely forgettable, one of its supporting bouts remains a part of combat-sports mythology: The unexpected appearance of Olympic gold medalist Mark Schultz, and his sole MMA fight against Gary Goodridge. We've already told you about Schultz's backstory — his incredible success in freestyle wrestling, his gold medal at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles, and the murder of his older brother Dave Schultz, which forms the basis for the upcoming movie Foxcatcher. So how did Mark wind up in the cage that night in May 1996? Sometime after the UFC's debut in 1993, Schultz became interested in the new sport and began studying jiu-jitsu under Pedro Sauer in Utah. By 1996, Schultz was working with Canadian UFC old-schooler Dave Beneteau, helping to prepare Beneteau for a slated bout against Gary Goodridge at UFC 9. Less than a month before the event, Beneteau broke his hand. Figuring he could compete despite the injury, Beneteau decided to train through it — but plans changed at the last minute. Here's what happened, according to a profile on Schultz that was published after the event:
Posted on: 31 July 2014 - 3:55 pm  |   | 

From The Sandlot to the Schoolyard: My Experience With Bullying and Learning to Fight Back

By Wil Horneff My name is Wil Horneff. I’m a black belt in BJJ and an instructor at Training Grounds Jiu-Jitsu & MMA in Westwood, NJ. My biggest claim to fame was being the bully ‘Phillips’ in the classic film The Sandlot. At the age of 35, I can safely say that I have been told through the years that I “play ball like a girl!!!” more times than any other man alive. Unfortunately, this accusation is undeniably true. In the 8th grade, I stood an impressive four foot eleven inches tall and was always the last kid picked for teams; it just went without saying. So it was ironic that in the Sandlot I was supposed to be a badass baseball player (and the team captain, no less). But what's a child actor doing talking about baseball on an MMA website? I'll get to that in a second. As a kid doing his first film, everything about The Sandlot was incredible and it’s hard not to look back on it with a bit of nostalgia. The lot itself was nestled behind houses in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was there for about 2 weeks for shooting and even though I had a smaller role, I hung out with the sandlot kids as one of the gang. In real life, everyone seemed pretty true to the characters they played in the film which is one of the strategies for casting kids. However, leaving the set and going back to real life was always a let down because when I left the set the real life bullying would resume. Bullying is a hot topic nowadays. On the one hand, even the smallest slight can summon accusations of bullying, as was the case with a student who attended my Jiu-Jitsu school. The child did not want to invite a particular student to his birthday party and the uninvited child’s parents accused them of bullying their child by not inviting them. These days, bullying not only includes sins of commission but omission as well, apparently. On the other hand, you have California mayor Cameron Hamilton saying that kids who are bullied need to simply “grow a pair.” There is a ditch on either side of the road and keeping oneself on level ground is not always an easy task.
Posted on: 31 July 2014 - 2:00 pm  |   | 

Strong Words Coming From Vitor Belfort In Regards To Haters

Vitor Belfort has had enough of the trash talk regarding his name. Belfort, who will face Chris Weidman for the UFC middleweight title in December at UFC 181 as long as he successfully passes all drug tests given to him by the Nevada Athletic Commission, lashed out against the likes of Luke Rockhold and others […]

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Posted on: 31 July 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Report: Donald Cerrone to Welcome Eddie Alvarez to the Octagon at UFC 178

(You know, I was a little concerned about the idea of standard fighter uniforms in the UFC...until this very moment. Photo via Eddie's Instagram.) We don't mean to jump the gun here, but multiple sources are confirming that Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez is in talks to face Donald Cerrone at the already stacked UFC 178 card in September. To repeat: UFC 178. Eddie Alvarez. Donald f*cking Cer-ro-ne. This potential meeting of top lightweights is heavily dependent, of course, on whether or not the UFC is able to acquire Alvarez from Bellator, as he is still under contract with his much maligned promotion. But Scott Coker is no Bjorn Rebney, and Alvarez is no Gina Carano, so expect to hear the official word of Alvarez's signing any day now.
Posted on: 31 July 2014 - 11:54 am  |   | 

UFC Drug-Fail Alert: Kevin Casey Tests Positive for Steroids, Robert Drysdale Tests Positive for Elevated Testosterone (Again)

(And yet, this is still the most shameful thing that Kevin Casey has ever done.) Drug testing at the UFC's back-to-back events in Las Vegas earlier this month caught two more PED-cheaters, who will be facing fines, suspensions, and the overturning of their victories. MMA Junkie broke the news yesterday evening. We'll begin with middleweight Kevin Casey, who tested positive for the anabolic steroid drostanolone following his 61-second TKO of Bubba Bush in the curtain-jerking match at UFC 175. The fight represented a second chance in the UFC for "King" Casey, who bounced out of the promotion last year after a stint on TUF 17. Unfortunately, Casey has pissed all over that chance, and might find himself on the chopping block after this one. Fun fact: Though 2014 has been plagued by positive drug tests for elevated testosterone, HGH, EPO, hCG, and assorted hormone regulators and diuretics, this is the first time all year that a fighter has tested positive for old-school steroids. UPDATE: I was wrong. Bellator welterweight Herman Terrado tested positive for the same steroid in April. And in "enough testosterone to choke a horse" news...
Posted on: 31 July 2014 - 8:35 am  |   | 

ICYMI: Vitor Belfort Just Lobbed Two “Quote of the Year”-Worthy Insults at Luke Rockhold

(Knockout via TRT. Photo via Getty.) In addition to laying a physical beatdown on Luke Rockhold back at UFC on FX 8 (and earning himself the "Knockout of the Year" Potato Award in the process), Vitor Belfort has now doled out a verbal ass-whooping to the former Strikeforce middleweight champion in a recent interview with MMAFighting. As you might've heard, Rockhold has been doing his damndest to discredit his loss to Belfort, and really, the entire revitalization of Belfort's career, in recent weeks. That Belfort failed a random drug test back in February didn't exactly hurt Rockhold's case, but it hasn't endeared the latter to a ton of fans, either. Now that Belfort has been relicensed to fight, Rockhold has decided to kick his trash-talking game into overdrive, rallying to replace Belfort against Chris Weidman at UFC 181 on Twitter and saying some really nasty (if not warranted) things about Belfort to the media. But nobody puts an old lion in a corner, as the saying goes, so when Belfort chose to respond to Rockhold, he did so with concise, unforgiving brutality:
That playboy is still in shock from the kick. He’s in shock. People are in shock. That’s the word. Lions don’t apologize for being lions.
Posted on: 30 July 2014 - 4:43 pm  |   | 

Calcio Storico (aka Italian Prison Riot Rugby) Is Probably Not the Next Big Thing in Combat Sports

(Props: dbettazzi) I don't exactly know what I'm looking at here. Elias sent me this video today, and the best I can describe it is "Riot breaks out during a shirts vs. skins game of either rugby or capture the flag at a Renaissance Fair held at an Italian prison." Watch this video for five minutes and try to figure out the rules of the game. There are at least 50 players on the field at any given time, with players drifting in and out seemingly at random. The referees are the guys in the colorful shirts, I think. The object of the game is to take the ball into the end zone, like a normal sport, but — in a hilariously ghetto twist — there are no end zone markings or goal posts to speak of. You just throw the ball against the fence when you've made it all the way without being knocked out. After some googling, I've learned that the video shows a game of calcio storico ("historic football") or calcio fiorentino, a game that dates back to 16th century Italy. Here are some amazing facts from the wikipedia page: - "In 1574 Henry III of France attended a game of "bridge fighting" put on in his honor during a visit to Venice; the king is recorded as saying: "Too small to be a real war and too cruel to be a game." Man, that is just classic Henry III of France.
Posted on: 30 July 2014 - 3:26 pm  |   | 

ESPN Showcases Even More On Ronda Rousey

ESPN continues to feature UFC female bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, as she was interviewed for the “In Focus” segment they produce recently. Rousey, a former Olympian, has been declared the leader of women’s MMA. In the six-minute special, which you can view below, Hannah Storm takes us in-depth with Rousey. Rousey was also tabbed for […]

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Posted on: 30 July 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

UFC Announces Anderson Silva Vs. Nick Diaz For January

A super-fight has been signed for 2015, as former UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva makes his return to the Octagon against Nick Diaz. UFC president Dana White made the announcement during a special appearance on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” Tuesday. The card, slated for January 31 from Las Vegas, will take place the weekend of the Super […]

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Posted on: 29 July 2014 - 6:36 pm  |   | 

John McCarthy Defends Actions From UFC On FOX 12 Main Event

One moment almost halted the fight this past weekend at UFC on FOX 12, and brought with it some controversy. During the third round of the main event, Robbie Lawler appeared to land a body kick that hurt Matt Brown. However, referee John McCarthy declared the shot a low-blow and put a pause in the […]

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Posted on: 29 July 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Belfort Feels He Knows Where To Exploit Chris Weidman

Anderson Silva wasn’t able to see them. Lyoto Machida, he might have found a couple, but “The Dragon” was unable to exploit them. Vitor Belfort, though, believes he has found – and can take advantage of – the holes in Chris Weidman’s game. He’ll get his shot this December at UFC 181 to do what […]

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Posted on: 28 July 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Robbie Lawler Makes Statement, Overcomes Matt Brown

Robbie Lawler will get his shot at taking down Johny Hendricks after stopping Matt Brown’s seven-fight win streak Saturday night at UFC on FOX 12. Lawler earned a decision victory, out-striking Brown and becoming the first contender to Hendricks’ title. Earlier this year, “Bigg Rigg” downed Lawler via decision to win the vacant championship. “I […]

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Posted on: 27 July 2014 - 1:00 pm  |   | 

Live Coverage Of UFC On FOX 12: Lawler Vs. Brown

Welcome to FightLine’s live coverage of UFC on FOX 12: Lawler vs. Brown. Tonight’s card comes to us from the SAP Center in San Jose, California. All of the televised action will air on FOX. Now, on to fights! Remember to keep hitting refresh for the latest results. PRELIMINARY CARD In early Fight Pass action: […]

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Posted on: 26 July 2014 - 4:00 pm  |   | 


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