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  2. ANAHEIM, Calif. – Sodiq Yusuff beat Gabriel Benitez with a first-round TKO Saturday on the main card at UFC 241 in Anaheim, Calif. Take a look inside the fight with Yusuff, who survived some early success from Benitez to get back to pick up his second UFC knockout. Result: Sodiq Yusuff def. Gabriel Benitez via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:14 Updated records: Yusuff (10-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Benitez (21-7 MMA, 5-3 UFC) Key stat: Yusuff won for the fifth straight time and now has six of his 10 wins by knockout or TKO. Yusuff on the fight’s key moment “He never dropped me. He wobbled me a little bit, but you see my legs – I’m built like a race horse. They kept me up. Nigerians are built for struggle. I’m ready for everything. (Dana White’s) Contenders Series was the perfect job audition for me to get ready for the big show.” Yusuff on where he stands at featherweight “Everyone saw how I performed tonight. They will let the UFC know where I fit into this division. The way I fight is so fan friendly, there’s not much I have to say. I’m not a talkative dude, but I’m friendly. I’m happy to ride the wave right now.” Yusuff on what he wants next “The only thing that I will ask for is that I have to be on that December card in Washington, D.C., where I’m from – that’s my second home. The last time UFC was there, I was too poor to afford tickets. I was a little kid. It’s going to be a great story for me to fight on that card. I’ll take whoever they give me. Until I see a title shot in my future, I won’t worry about my opponents.” To hear more from Yusuff, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above. Gallery Sodiq Yusuff def. Gabriel Benitez at UFC 241: Best photos view 21 images Gallery UFC 241: Official scorecards from Anaheim view 12 images Voir l'article complet
  3. VIDÉO FOOT - Qui a brillé ce week-end, en Ligue 1 ? Et qui était à côté de la plaque ? La réponse grâce aux notes de L'Équipe.
  4. Joe Rogan once notably said he was done interviewing fighters in the octagon after knockout losses. But he broke his rule again Saturday when he spoke to Daniel Cormier following the UFC 241 main event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Just moments after he lost the heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) by fourth-round knockout in their anticipated rematch, Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) spoke to Rogan about the result and what the future holds for him. “DC” held it together well, but the longtime UFC commentator received some online blowback for speaking to a potentially concussed athlete at a low moment. Rogan made his rule following UFC 203 in September 2016 when Alistair Overeem, who had just been knocked out by Miocic, said he thought the champion tapped out to a choke attempt, when that clearly was false. Rogan thinks the circumstances this time were different, though, and he felt comfortable proceeding. He explained his post-fight rationale on social media (via Instagram): Some people were confused as to why I interviewed DC after the fight because I’ve publicly stated that I don’t think it’s a good idea to interview fighters after they’ve been KO’ed. I think most of what happened to DC was those brutal body shots, and although Stipe dropped him with head shots he was never out cold, and seemed clear headed after he stood up and the results were announced to the crowd and Stipe got the belt given to him. The UFC asked for an interview, and I asked DC if he was ok with it, and he said, Yes. I think interviewing fighters after a brutal loss is kinda sketchy, but I was also thinking that it’s possible that this may be the last time we see DC in the octagon. I love DC, and I would never want to put him in a bad position, but I made a judgment call and felt this would be alright. Whatever he decides to do from here on out the man is a future hall of famer and one of the best to ever do it. It will be very interesting to see what he decides to do from here out. Cormier handled himself with class in the post-fight interview with Rogan, and again when he came backstage to speak with the media at the UFC 241 post-event news conference. Rogan mentioned how he felt somewhat compelled to speak with Cormier, who is also his commentary partner at some UFC events, because it could be the final time he steps in the octagon to compete. Cormier was noncommittal about retirement and his future in the immediate aftermath of his defeat to Miocic. Gallery Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier at UFC 241: Best photos view 47 images Voir l'article complet
  5. MMA Fighting ANAHEIM, Calif. — Casey Kenney talks about overcoming a size disadvantage to beat Manny Bermudez at UFC 241, what arrangements were made for him to agree to a catchweight bout, his plans to take over the UFC bantamweight division, and more. Afficher l’article complet
  6. c'est vachement intéressant votre discussion. Je regarde peu de PP mais depuis quelques temps beaucoup plus. Le rythme du MMA (surtout à l'ufc ces derniers temps) m'a un peu gonflé. Et j'ai commencé à regarder les combats de thai et de kick du OFC. Du coup j'ai une question comme vous semblez gérer. Rodtang, face à Hardy ou Tenshin je trouve qu'il avance en mode bulldozer, ce style est celui qu'il adapté à l'étranger ? J'ai du mal à trouver des liens de ses combats en Thaïlande.
  7. VIDÉO FOOT - Avant de chuter à Rennes (2-1) dimanche soir, lors de la 2e journée, Paris n'avait plus chuté aussi tôt dans la saison depuis 2011.
  8. ANAHEIM, Calif. – Daniel Cormier knows himself well enough that making a decision about his fighting future in the immediate aftermath of dropping the heavyweight title is not the right approach. Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) suffered the first heavyweight loss of his MMA career Saturday when he was knocked out by Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) in the fourth round of their title rematch at UFC 241 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. Naturally, Cormier was disappointed and emotional about the result. He originally planned on retiring from the sport at 40, but extended his timeline after an injury and surgery. He even teased walking away in the lead-up to UFC 241, but the idea was to go out on a high. He didn’t expect to lose to Miocic, and now he said he must take the appropriate amount time to decide what the future holds. Related Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Daniel Cormier and UFC 241's other losing fighters? Twitter reacts to Stipe Miocic's title-winning KO of Daniel Cormier at UFC 241 “A lot of times, we base decisions in emotions,” Cormier told reporters, including MMA Junkie, post-fight at UFC 241. “I don’t want to be that guy. I’m going to go back and talk to (my wife) Salina and talk to my coaches and we’ll figure out what’s next.” What makes the loss even more difficult to digest is that Cormier was doing well prior to being finished. He was up on all three scorecards and was a little more than one round away from defending the belt. Miocic made key adjustments to his strategy, though, and managed to find a home for the knockout. Cormier admits he strayed further from the game plan as the fight wore on, and ultimately it cost him dearly. “I felt like I was doing pretty good,” Cormier said. “Then he landed that shot – in the fourth round he landed those good body punches, then that shot I didn’t see and he got the finish. He did a good job. “I kind of took the pressure off a little bit. I don’t know why. Maybe try to treat and recover for the fifth round because he wasn’t going anywhere. I don’t know what the reasoning behind it was. But obviously it was a mistake.” Related UFC 241 post-event facts: Stipe Miocic, Daniel Cormier shatter heavyweight striking record Stipe Miocic ($750,000) and Daniel Cormier ($500,000) top UFC 241's $3.3 million payroll Cormier has never tried to hide his level of competitiveness when it comes to his athletic career. He’s lost before in MMA, but the circumstances around this one were different. He said it’s a hard moment to accept, especially because of how it went down. “Losing is just terrible for me,” Cormier said. “I’m a competitive guy and just losing any type of fight is terrible. Being finished, to me it’s just insane.” Gallery Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier at UFC 241: Best photos view 47 images Voir l'article complet
  9. On a vu un Cormier qui avait le melon, il avance les bras baissés au second round. Avant le 3eme son coach lui dis : "Peux-tu remonter les mains s'il te plait?", Cormier répond "am i losing? / est-ce que je perd?", genre "mais ta gueule je gère" en plus aimable... Le changement de niveau de Miocic m'a fait halluciner: il rentre un coup au corps, un autre puis un autre. Je me dis que DC va remédier à ça avec un takedown ou autre chose. Le pompier lui en remet 4 ou 5 autres, la j'ai compris que DC est cuit s'il ne tente rien. Content pour Miocic.
  10. Dana White finally admits Nate Diaz is 'a needle mover' after UFC 241 smashing gate; An Irish pub poured all their Proper 12 whiskey down the toilet after ...
  11. Alex-Saurel

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    le whisky des mauviettes bonnes a cogner du croulant! Si on lui passe pas la camisole de force je parie qu'il tapera des gamins
  12. (ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 241’s losing fighters?) After every event, fans wonder whom the winners will be matched up with next. With another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 241’s key winning fighters. Those include Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC), who took the heavyweight title back from Daniel Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) in the main event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., as well as Nate Diaz (20-11 MMA, 15-9 UFC), Paulo Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) and Cory Sandhagen (12-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC). * * * * Cory Sandhagen Gallery Henry Cejudo def. Marlon Moraes at UFC 238: Best photos view 13 images Should fight: Marlon Moraes Why they should fight: Sandhagen once again showed he’s a serious contender at bantamweight when he made relatively easy work of one of the longest standing top dogs in the division in Raphael Assuncao, taking a clear-cut unanimous decision to stay perfect inside the octagon. Although beating Assuncao has typically been a gateway for a UFC title shot, it seems Sandhagen won’t get that privilege because of the long queue of names already waiting for champ Henry Cejudo. Some of those names are deserving for the work they’ve put in at 135 pounds like Aljamain Sterling and Petr Yan, while others such as Frankie Edgar, Urijah Faber and possibly Jose Aldo could get a shot because of their credentials in the sport. That means Sandhagen will have to win at least one more, and if he fights and beats Moraes (22-6-1 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who is coming off a title-fight loss to Cejudo at UFC 238 in June, he would have an undeniable resume. Make it happen. 1 2 3 …4Voir l'article complet
  13. Voici les résultats complets du RIZIN 18 qui s'est déroulé aujourd'hui, 18 août 2019, au Dolphins Arena de Nagoya. 1) Kickboxing -57,0kg: Ryuji Horio bat Uchu Sakurai par décision 3-0 2) Kickboxing -53,0kg: Kazuki Osaki bat Shota Takiya par décision 3-0 3) MMA féminin -49,0kg: Ai bat Tabatha Watkins par décision 3-0 4) MMA -59,0kg: Takaki Soya bat Yutaro Muramoto par TKO au 2ème Round en 1'28" 5) MMA -61,0kg: Justin Scoggins bat Kazuma Sone par décision 3-0 6) MMA -71,0kg: Hiroto Uesako bat Yves Landu par TKO au 2ème Round en 3'45" 7) MMA -53,0kg: Haruo Ochi et Jarred Brooks sont déclarés No Contest (blessure à la tête d'Ochi suite à un coup de tête involontaire et arrêt médical) .8) MMA féminin -49,0kg: Kanna Asakura bat Alesha Zappitella par décision 2-1 9) Kickboxing -75,0kg: Danilo Zanolini bat John Wayne Parr par décision 2-1 10) MMA -61,0kg: Manel Kape bat Takeya Mizugaki par KO au 2ème Round en 1'36" 11) MMA -61,0kg: Victor Henry bat Trent Girdham par Soumission (triangle inversé) au 3ème Round en 2'14" 12) MMA féminin -49,0kg: Ayaka Hamasaki bat Amp The Rocket par Soumission (Armbar) au 1er Round en 3'29" 13) MMA-61,0kg: Kai Asakura bat Kyoji Horiguchi par KO au 1er Round en 1'08" Le finish de Kai Asakura sur Kyoji Horiguchi. La soumission de Victor Henry Le KO de Manel Kape sur Takeya Mizugaki
  14. (ALSO SEE: Sean Shelby’s Shoes: What’s next for UFC 241’s winning fighters?) After every event, fans wonder whom the losing fighters will be matched up with next. With another night of UFC action in the rearview mirror, it’s time to look forward, put on a pair of Sean Shelby and Mick Maynard’s shoes, and play UFC matchmaker for UFC 241’s most notable fighters. Those fighters include Daniel Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC), who lost the heavyweight title to Stipe Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) by fourth-round knockout in the main event at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., as well as former champ Anthony Pettis (22-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) and former title challenger Yoel Romero (13-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) * * * * Yoel Romero Should fight: Kelvin Gastelum
 Why they should fight: Although the fight was extremely close and the decision was somewhat debatable, the reality is Romero now finds himself on a two-fight losing skid for the first time after coming out on the wrong end of the scorecards to Paulo Costa. At 42, Romero still looked very good and very dangerous against an undefeated rising star like Costa. He just simply couldn’t put the Brazilian down with shots that have and would devastate other middleweights, and now he’s in a bit of a weird spot. It doesn’t seem like Romero is keen to go anywhere, but his road back to fighting for a UFC title just got a little bit tougher. The best-case scenario for him would be for Israel Adesanya to take over as 185-pound champion, considering his two losses to Robert Whittaker, but it’s possible Costa gets his hands on that belt sooner than later, too. The best way for Romero to get back to where he wants to be is to go after the highest ranked available contender. Right now that’s Gastelum (15-4 MMA, 10-4 UFC), who lost to Adesanya in an interim title bout earlier this year. Gastelum wants to get back to fighting for belts, as well, and beating Romero is the most efficient way to do that. Gallery Paulo Costa def. Yoel Romero at UFC 241: Best photos view 35 images 1 2 …3Voir l'article complet
  15. Joli combat! Heureusement que Miocic finalise car je pense qu'il avait perdu les 3 1er round. le premier round est clairement dominé par Cormier meme si bizarement je pense que a aucun moment miocic n'est en danger dans ce round et meme que c'est dans ce round que Cormier a tué son cardio alors que miocic a géré le sol??... le 2e est moins une démonstration mais qu'est ce que Cormier touche avec cette boxe bizare ou il vient attraper les 2 mains de Stiepe (on voit ça en lutte non?)!! il a bien amoché Miocic dans ce round meme si les doigts y sont effectivement pour quelque chose!!! Dans le 3 ça ce ressert, mais j'ai l'impression que Cormier touche toujours plus que Miocic, apres je sait pas si ce round lui aurait été donné car Miocic marque des points moralement en amenant DC au sol et en plus en bloquant la tentative de Cormier!! Et ce spining back elbow de Miocic??!! heureusement qu'il touche pas car la rotation a une vitesse impressionnante!!!! Le 4, alors la je sait pas d'ou vient cette illumination de Miocic?? si c'est son coin qui lui dit ou si il trouve le truc seul? mais ces coup au corps font tout basculer d'un coup et des la 1ere minute du round on sent que ça pu pour DC... Et le finish est magnifique, l'enchainement de Miocic!! tout les coup touche, c'est super propre!! Combat tres varié et agréable a regarder et qui couronne pour moi un des mecs qui représente le mieux le MMA dans et en dehors du ring.
  16. MMA Fighting ANAHEIM, Calif. — UFC strawweight Hannah Cifers reacts to her decision win over Jodie Esquibel at UFC 241 and discusses her first interview with Joe Rogan, her first meeting with Dana White, and her fear of flying. Afficher l’article complet
  17. ANAHEIM, Calif. – At the conclusion of Paulo Costa’s fight Saturday night, the fans at Honda Center seemed thrilled. But they weren’t the only ones. The UFC brass was happy enough with the performance Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC) put on against former title challenger Yoel Romero (13-4 MMA, 9-3 UFC) to give the two middleweights “Fight of the Night” honors for their clash on the UFC 241 main card in Anaheim, Calif. “I feel very happy because I showed to everybody around the world how tough of a guy I am,” Costa said at the post-event news conference. “I beat Yoel Romero. For me, he’s one of the best fighters in the world – the toughest guy in this division – after me now. I beat him and I’m happy. That’s it.” With the victory, Costa remained undefeated and potentially aligned himself with a title fight against the winner of Robert Whittaker vs. Israel Adesanya. The two Australasians will square off in a middleweight title unification bout Oct. 5 at UFC 243 in Melbourne, Australia. Related UFC 241 bonuses: Paulo Costa, Yoel Romero earn 'Fight of the Night' for thriller Twitter reacts to Paulo Costa defeating Yoel Romero in all-out war at UFC 241 Costa has long voiced his distaste for current interim champ Adesanya. The two have exchanged words on social media and in interviews on more than one occasion. In the past, “Borrachinha” has called the New Zealander “a scrawny clown,” and said Adesanya wouldn’t last two rounds with him. Saturday night, Costa didn’t hold back. “The Eraser” gave his prediction for the matchup between his Whittaker and Adesanya, but voiced the difference between whom he believes will win and whom he’s rooting for. Regardless, Costa said he thinks both men are scared to fight him. “I think they both are looking (at) me scared,” Costa said. “Both guys know now they have a very, very tough guy looking for them. I think Whittaker will beat Adesanya. I beat Romero and I thought Romero won against Robert Whittaker. “But if Adesanya won and took the belt? Man, I could kill that guy. He’s very skinny. He doesn’t have a chance against me. I think he will be defeated.” Related Yoel Romero fight is personal for Paulo Costa 'because he talked a lot of (expletive) about me' Despite USADA claim, Yoel Romero can't figure out why Paulo Costa has made fight personal Over the past year, it has become increasingly common for the UFC to designate “backup fighters” to weigh in for major title fights. If a champion or challenger was to fall out of a title fight, there would be a convenient replacement contender who trained and prepared for that date. When asked if he could serve as the backup fighter for UFC 243, Costa quickly shot down the idea, citing the grueling nature of his training camp and all the injuries he sustained over the past year as a result. “No, no, no. I train too hard to be a backup. I train so hard,” Costa said. “… My camp is wild. I forgot to say in the octagon, I broke my wrist this year. I broke two ribs last camp. I tore (a muscle) off the leg. Man, this is crazy. I brought in nine fighters to spar with me. All (the) guys went back home with injuries. It was a wild training camp. I cannot be (without) a camp.” Costa, 28, has won all five of his UFC bouts, but the victory over Romero on Saturday marked the first time Costa went to the judges’ scorecards. Prior to the win at UFC 241, Costa defeated Uriah Hall, Johny Hendricks, Oluwale Bamgbose, and Garreth McLellan by knockout or TKO Gallery Paulo Costa def. Yoel Romero at UFC 241: Best photos view 35 images Voir l'article complet
  18. What mattered most at UFC 241 in Anaheim, Calif.? Here are a few post-fight musings … * * * * * 1. A winning Nathan Diaz makes MMA a better place From beginning to end, Nate Diaz’s (20-11 MMA, 15-9 UFC) return to the UFC after nearly three years was executed flawlessly. His interview quotes made headlines, his actions (smoking the CBD joint at open workout) went viral, and his performance in a unanimous decision over Anthony Pettis (22-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) was impressive. Like any big name in the sport, Diaz has his detractors, but he really shouldn’t. MMA is the wild west compared to many other major sports. However, it can be rather mundane at times due to the number of shows being put on across all organizations and how difficult it is for fighters to stand out. No one will ever accuse Diaz of not standing out, though, and that makes him a necessary asset. Now hopefully we don’t have to wait another three years to see him fight again, because things are a lot more fun when he’s here. Gallery Nate Diaz def. Anthony Pettis at UFC 241: Best photos view 33 images 1 2 3 4 …5Voir l'article complet
  19. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Stipe Miocic is leaving California with the heavyweight title and the biggest payday for any fighter competing at UFC 241 in Anaheim. Following a fourth-round knockout against Daniel Cormier in the main event, Miocic was paid an event high $750,000 according to salaries released by the California State Athletic Commission in a message to MMA Fighting on Sunday. Miocic didn’t receive a win bonus but rather a flat $750,000 fee while also taking home an additional $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’ for his stunning comeback victory to reclaim the UFC heavyweight title. Daniel Cormier left with the second biggest payday on the card as the now former heavyweight champion was paid $500,000 as a flat fee for his performance. In the co-main event, Nate Diaz cashed in with a $250,000 payday for his unanimous decision victory over Anthony Pettis. It was the first fight for Diaz since he competed against Conor McGregor back in 2016. On that night, Diaz earned a whopping $2 million to face McGregor in a rematch in what ended up as the biggest pay-per-view in UFC history at the time. Meanwhile, Pettis took home $155,000 for his loss to Diaz. He would have earned an additional $155,000 with a win but unfortunately he fell short in the three round battle. Middleweight contender Paulo Costa earned $170,000 for his ‘Fight of the Night’ performance against former two-time title contender Yoel Romero in another featured bout on the main card at UFC 241. Costa took home $120,000 for the fight with the additional $50,000 coming from the ‘Fight of the Night’ bonus. Here are the full salaries for UFC 241: Cormier vs. Miocic 2 as provided by the California State Athletic Commission: Stipe Miocic: $800,000 — $750,000 flat fee plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’ Daniel Cormier: $500,000 flat fee. Nate Diaz: $250,000 flat fee. Anthony Pettis: $155,000 Paulo Costa: $170,000 — $60,000 to show, $60,000 to win plus $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’ Yoel Romero: $200,000 — $150,000 to show plus $50,000 for ‘Fight of the Night’ Sodiq Yusuff: $28,000 — $14,000 to show, $14,000 to win Gabriel Benitez: $40,000 Derek Brunson: $190,000 — $95,000 to show, $95,000 to win Ian Heinisch: $25,000 Khama Worthy: $74,000 — $12,000 to show, $12,000 to win plus $50,000 for ‘Performance of the Night’ Devonte Smith: $23,000 Cory Sandhagen: $154,000 — $77,000 to show, $77,000 to win Raphael Assuncao: $79,000 Drakkar Klose: $56,000 — $28,000 to show, $28,000 to win Christos Giagos: $28,000 Casey Kenney: $28,000 — $14,000 to show, $14,000 to win Manny Bermudez: $20,000 Hannah Cifers: $28,000 — $14,000 to show, $14,000 to win Jodie Esquibel: $10,000 Kyung Ho Kang: $44,000 — $22,000 to show, $22,000 to win Brandon Davis: $21,000 Sabina Mazo: $20,000 — $10,000 to show, $10,000 to win Shana Dobson: $12,000 Afficher l’article complet
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    Les réactions ne se font pas attendre ... Voilà un bar irlandais qui a décidé de jeter le Proper 12 aux toilettes. https://www.sport.fr/boxe/un-bar-verse-le-whisky-de-mcgregor-dans-les-toilettes-632573.shtm/amp
  21. ANAHEIM, Calif. – Jorge Masvidal has no qualms about fighting friend Colby Covington. In fact, he’s been preparing for it. Both men are at the top of the 170-pound division and coming off major victories. Earlier this month at UFC on ESPN 5, Covington (15-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) earned a title shot at welterweight champ Kamaru Usman “by the end of the year.” Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) is coming off the most prolific victory of his career in July – a five-second flying-knee knockout of previously undefeated Ben Askren. The pair of surging 170-pounders trained together for years at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla., but that’s changed, according to Masvidal. While both men are still at the same gym, they never work out together or have in-depth conversations anymore. “I haven’t talked to Colby in over a year, like not a conversation on the phone or nothing,” Masvidal told reporters backstage at UFC 241 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif., on Saturday night. “I see him at the gym: ‘Yo, what’s up?’ That’s it.” Related Dana White explains crowd issues with Colby Covington at UFC 241, says fight with Kamaru Usman is next Nate Diaz thinks a Jorge Masvidal fight is super necessary. Can the UFC deliver? | Opinion While it isn’t necessarily a spoken agreement, Masvidal indicated both he and Covington have a mutual understanding of the task at hand. While teammates have their place in MMA, both men set out in the sport for one thing: championship gold. Their drifting separation inside and outside the gym has minimized any distractions their relationship could cause. “Even if we were brothers, if the money is right, it’s just a fight,” Masvidal said. “Nobody is going to die. What the (expletive)? What did we sign up here for? To high five and (expletive)? Yo, I was No. 1 and you were No. 2, or whatever? No, I signed up to be No. 1 and that’s it.” UFC president Dana White said Saturday that Covington’s personality has made him popular, but also unpopular. Exemplified by Covington’s presence Saturday night being booed by those in attendance, the former interim champ’s “Make America Great Again” gimmick gets people interested – whether they like him or not. Despite having seemingly opposite personalities, Masvidal thinks their differences will bode well for a fight pairing. A self-described “goon,” Masvidal craves to be the “hero” – just once. A fight against Covington would give him that opportunity. “I’d love to be, but I’ve never been a superhero,” Masvidal said. “I’m more of a gooned out (expletive). Colby has to slow down at some point. He knows I’m not a superhero – I’m more of a super goon, at least in the real life (expletive).” Gallery Photos: Jorge Masvidal through the years view 62 images Gallery Photos: Best of Colby Covington view 22 images Voir l'article complet
  22. Stipe Miocic | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Last night at UFC 241, Stipe Miocic won the UFC heavyweight title, stopping Daniel Cormier with punches in the fourth round. It was a triumphant moment for Miocic who had insisted for a year that his first fight with Cormier was a fluke and that he would reclaim the title if given a chance. But more than that it was a triumphant moment for the UFC. Had Cormier won the fight, the general feeling was that he’d probably retire, or possibly take a third fight with Jon Jones. But a loss sets up a trilogy fight between the two best heavyweights in the world. And for the UFC, that’s big business. More so than any other division, trilogy fights have come to define heavyweight and its numerous eras. In the boom period of the UFC it was Tim Sylvia and Andrei Arlovski. In Pride it was Fedor Emelianenko and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Then it was Brock Lesnar and Frank Mir. And finally it was Cain Velasquez and Junior dos Santos. Each of those series helped elevate the fighters involved and the sport itself to new heights. Miocic is a great heavyweight, one the UFC continues to bill as the Greatest Of All Time, but despite that he’s never been a huge draw. In part that’s because of his personality—there’s a cap on what he can become—but it’s also in part because Miocic has not had a true rival to butt up against. Now he does. Or at least, he might. The talk surrounding Cormier coming into the fight was about retirement and after getting stopped in a fight he was clearly winning, that talk is only sure to increase, especially as Cormier has now been knocked out in two of his last five fights. Even Cormier admitted as much in the post-fight presser, saying he knows it’s not good that he’s been finished twice now. “Losing is terrible for me,” Cormier said. “I’m a competitive guy so just losing any type of fight is terrible but being finished, to me, is insane. So I don’t know. I never really thought about them in comparison to each other but that’s twice I’ve been stopped. That’s not good and I’m smart enough to understand that.” He’s right about that. At 40 years old, getting knocked out is not good. But that interview also reveals why a third fight is going to happen. Cormier is a competitor and there’s no chance he wants to retire on a loss, especially as ignominious a loss as that one. The fact is Cormier was winning the fight until he lost it. An excellent adjustment from Miocic ended his night early but Cormier has to think he’d win a third fight, reclaim the title, and go out on top of the sport. But whether he will is another thing entirely. Though Miocic was losing the fight early, he is also the one who made adjustments and his decision to attack the body is one that Cormier has never shown much ability to defend. In a third fight, you’d have to imagine Miocic attacks the midsection early and often and that could change the entire complexion of the fight. After all, Jon Jones’s body work in his rematch with Cormier is what allowed him to knock out DC. And that’s why a trilogy has to happen. Miocic and Cormier are perfect foils for one another. Sure, their personalities do not clash in the same overt way that DC and Jones’s do but their in-cage abilities are much better suited to one another. Both can box and wrestle and make adjustments, and now we know that both men can hurt each other. A third fight between the two is a legitimate toss up with any number of possibilities and the title of Baddest Man on the Planet up for grabs. There’s nothing quite like a true rivalry between the best heavyweights in the world and the UFC finally has one again. UFC 241 Quotes “Stop fighting like a bitch.” - Stipe Miocic on how he was able to comeback and stop Cormier in the fourth round. “The reason I took off three years was because everybody sucked.” - Nate Diaz to Joe Rogan about his time off. “Yeah, it’s pretty tough to deny. He’s a needle-mover now.” - Dana White on Nate Diaz, walking back one of his most famous lines. “I’m the best martial artist in the world, I’m not like these ‘hold onto you’ wrestlers who are going to hold you and hopefully win a round and find a loophole to winning these fights and putting belts on their waists. Now we’re fighting for the ‘Baddest motherf*cker in the game’ belt and that’s mine…I’d like to defend it against Jorge Masvidal. Baddest motherf*ckers, that’s how we’re going to do this.” - Nate Diaz being Nate Diaz. “Stipe is hands down the greatest heavyweight of all time. I have nothing else to say. Now can we stop playing games with these pound for pound rankings already.” - Jon Jones, moments after Stipe’s comeback, taking petty to new and impressive heights. Stock report Stock Up - Stipe Miocic: Miocic avenged his lost, reclaimed his belt, and renewed the conversation about being the greatest heavyweight of all time. That’s a pretty good night. Stock Down - Daniel Cormier: It’s not just that Cormier lost the belt, it’s the way he lost it. Cormier was dominating the fight but then started disregarding his corner, dropping his hands dismissively, and stopped wrestling. Full credit to Stipe but that was a puzzling performance from DC after the first round. Stock Up - Nate Diaz: He came back from a three-year layoff and didn’t look rusty at all. In fact, he looked better than ever and certainly improved. Then he followed that up with an elite call out and press conference, so much so that even Dana White had to eat crow. He’s the biggest winner of the entire event. Stock Down - Yoel Romero: Despite the fact that Romero arguably won the fight, that loss to Costa probably spells the end of Romero’s title hopes. It’s not unbelievable to think that Romero may in fact be immortal, but at 42 you feel like his window has to be closing at some point. Stock Up - Cory Sandhagen: Raphael Assuncao has been one of the five best bantamweights in the world for over five years and he has only lost to the absolute top of the division. Beating him decisively is an announcement that Sandhagen is now right there among the elite. Stock Down - Devonte Smith: It’s not Smith’s fault he was a -1000 favorite, that’s on the bookmakers. But getting knocked out as a -1000 favorite is extremely bad from an optics stand point and having it happen because it looks like you were not taking the fight all that seriously is even worse. Official matters Honestly, last night was pretty tightly run, all things considered. There were a few things worth mentioning—Herb Dean allowing Cormier to get a way with a few eye pokes, the scores in Yoel Romero vs. Paulo Costa being contentious, Sabina Mazo’s record-setting win over Shana Dobson—but nothing egregious from a judging or refereeing standpoint. That being said, there were a couple of thing’s from Joe Rogan’s call that left something to be desired. The first thing is a nitpick but bears mentioning, Joe Rogan continually called Miocic the winningest heavyweight champion in UFC history during the fight and the lead up, and while that is now accurate (or at least halfway accurate), Randy Couture had one more heavyweight title win than Stipe heading into last night. Stating something incorrectly one time is a slip up, but continuing to do it is a bad look and someone in the production booth should’ve caught him on it. The bigger issue with Rogan’s performance last night—and this is also possibly production’s fault and not his own—was that after Cormier was knocked out, Rogan went and interviewed him. Again. You may recall the second time DC fought Jon Jones, Rogan interviewed Cormier but prefaced it by saying he doesn’t like to interview fighters who have just been knocked out. That’s the correct way to think about things and yet he did it anyway. Now this time, Cormier seemed to be in a much better spot than the Jones KO but still. Furthermore, Rogan proceeded to tell Cormier he didn’t want DC to make a decision about retirement now, but then basically asked him if he was going to retire. None of these are enormous issues but they did stand out on an otherwise flawless night. Usually after a big PPV there is at least one grievous mistake from the judges/commentary team/referees so if this is the worst of it, that’s a feather in the cap for the UFC. Fights to make Stipe Miocic vs. Daniel Cormier III: For all the reasons listed above. If DC doesn’t retire, a threematch is the only thing that makes sense. If Cormier does decide to hang it up, Francis Ngannou is the obvious next contender. Nate Diaz vs. Jorge Masvidal: I don’t know how the UFC makes any fight other than this one, and if they were creative at all they’d actually make a “Baddest Motherf*cker” belt and have these two fight for it. Even if they don’t, this is one of the rare UFC fights that could easily headline a PPV without a belt on the line. Paulo Costa vs. winner of Robert Whittaker-Israel Adesanya: Romero has been one of, if not the best middleweight in the UFC for the last five years. Costa beat him, however contentiously, and that’s more than enough to deserve a title shot. Anthony Pettis vs. Robbie Lawler: As always, Robbie should be fighting Anderson Silva next but since that seems unlikely, a Pettis showdown would be a solid ESPN headliner and a fun striking battle. Yoel Romero vs Ilir Latifi: It’s past time Romero move up to 205 and middleweight doesn’t have that many exciting matchups for him. At light heavyweight he could quickly set himself up to fight Jon Jones with a few wins and Latifi is a good litmus test. Afficher l’article complet
  23. ANAHEIM, Calif. – Nate Diaz made a triumphant return Saturday when he came back from a layoff of nearly three years to put a beating on Anthony Pettis in the UFC 241 co-main event. Diaz (20-11 MMA, 15-9 UFC), who is among the most popular fighters in the sport and now officially a “needle-mover” in UFC president Dana White’s eyes, looked as if he hadn’t missed a beat when he put it on Pettis (22-9 MMA, 9-8 UFC) for three rounds to take a unanimous decision and get his hand raised for the first time since March 2016. With the win, Diaz immediately becomes a major factor in the welterweight division, and he set his sights on a showdown with Jorge Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) when he issued a post-fight callout to “Gamebred.” Is that the best next fight option for Diaz, though? And where does a potential trilogy with Conor McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) play into the whole scenario? MMA Junkie’s John Morgan, Dave Doyle and Mike Bohn debate in the aftermath of UFC 241. Voir l'article complet
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