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The opening round of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix, their 8-man heavyweight tournament, has been finalized, and the first bout is a fun one. Erstwhile light heavyweight Quinton “Rampage” Jackson faces off against former middleweight Chael Sonnen at Bellator 192 on January 20. That quarter-final bout will shortly be followed by Roy Nelson vs. Matt Mitrione on February 16th, Frank Mir vs. Fedor Emelianenko in April, and Ryan Bader vs. Muhammad Lawal in May. These brackets were reported tonight by ESPN.com.
The winner of Jackson-Sonnen will take on the winner of Fedor-Mir, while the winner of Lawal-Bader will face the winner of Nelson-Mitrione.
There are no shortage of people who want in on this throwback tournament, as Scott Coker, Bellator’s president, detailed.
"We've had a lot of interest from fighters all over the world who want to be a part of the Grand Prix," Coker said. "Everybody from Rory MacDonald to Linton Vassell. But I think when it comes down to it, the potential alternates that we'd seriously look at will be Bobby Lashley, Cheick Kongo, Javy Ayala, Justin Wren, Sergei Kharitonov and Shane Carwin. Carwin reached out to us, so we're talking to him now to see if we can make something happen."
Bellator’s heavyweight title is currently vacant; the two finalists of this tournament will fight for the honor of wrapping that belt around their waist. Do you like these matchups? Who do you think wins it all?
Who wins the Bellator heavyweight Grand Prix?
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The Tony Ferguson-Khabib Nurmagomedov drama, which has yet to give us a single fight after at least 3 bookings, took another turn today. Nurmy said he was offered the fight with Tony, but Ferguson has made it clear he wants McGregor next.
To be fair, it would be stupid for him to take a lesser money fight while that possibility exists. He’s also been burned by Khabib before and then denied his purse on fight week
@TheNotoriousMMA Wannabe K.O.T.Jungle Looks Like A Pussy To Me Keep Hiding Behind The Brass Like A Gimp, Bitch. Papi Is Coming For U EC— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) November 22, 2017
Cormier came out in support of Khabib’s claim:
So I walk into the gym today and @khabib_nurmagomedov walks up and says the @Ufc is wanting to make me vs @tonyfergusonxt for dec 30. They wanna make the card bigger for end of the year. Then he tells me that tony is saying no to the fight. Come on Tony, that ain’t gangsta bruh. Take the fight man!!!! And by the way Ufc says tony won’t ever fight Conor so that’s not an option. The fans really want it. Come on My friend, hit him with that low single u always talk about. #khabibchamp #weareaka
Ferguson didn’t respond directly, but instead retweeted this reply from Ariel Helwani:
I expect DC to campaign for his guy but also expect more from him. Ferguson fought 6 wks ago, Barboza signed to fight Khabib at 219, UFC still wants to beef up 219 & now Ferguson is being pressured because McGregor isn’t avail for 219. No need for public pressure. Unbecoming, DC. https://t.co/S10GFb9WRN— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) November 23, 2017
Cormier responded to that with his own crying GIF, which is... amazing.
Poirier wants in on the action too:
That’s some nice artwork for a fight coach’s wall right there.
This seems like a potentially bad idea, but her shins also must not have any nerve endings left.
I dont kick tree's, I kick concrete pillars pic.twitter.com/nnSDrmZmfs— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) November 22, 2017
Meisha Tate is keeping the hustle going post-MMA
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A rare feeling:
A) I’m really, REALLY looking forward to Justin Scoggins-Tim Elliot, and B) this is true
regular and super saiyan version pic.twitter.com/0I3JDaHYvN— Leg Kickin Tacos (@LegKickTKO) November 22, 2017
That is crazy: Muay Thai veteran John Wayne Parr got a depiction of his face with (nearly) all his stitches visualized at once. That’s a lot of head trauma.
What @joerogan was speaking about on his podcast on the weekend. There is a famous photo of a ice hockey goalie named Terry Sawchuk. He played in a time before helmets were implemented into the game. He received more than 400 stitches in his face so an artist made up his face to show what he would look like if he had all the stitches at once. Using that as inspiration I asked my friend if he could do the same with myself to show the face of a Muay Thai fighter. This shows majority of my cuts but there are even more still in my hairline you can’t see. Stitch count is currently at 330 and still counting. So, you want to be a fighter .
MMA’s resident kook:
Even Joe Rogan gets it:
I’m guessing the cross is supposed to be warped? That’s an artistic choice, right?
Jon Jones with the symbolism! Also, the replies to this are mostly just people referencing Jones snorting cocaine.
G = God— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) November 23, 2017
> = Is Greater
^ = Highs
v = Lows
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Right on the end of his punches.
2013/9/21 Krush.33— 新生K-1bot【11.23 K-1】 (@New_K1_bot) November 13, 2017
木村ミノル vs "狂拳"竹内 裕二pic.twitter.com/o6pPFtPrwj
For some reason the physics of this knockout just grabbed my attention.
I’m not sure how you can get knocked out cold and be in such denial about it, but here you go:
Today is the 15th anniversary of the most MMA moment ever.— Fury's Fight Picks (Luca Fury) (@FurysFightPicks) November 22, 2017
In just 89 seconds Robbie Lawler knocked out Tiki Ghosn, who then proceeded to call Lawler overrated and give what is still the single worst post-fight excuse in MMA history.
Wheelchair fighting? I can dig it
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Outsiders Episode 8, with Nic Davenport. We discuss fight psychology, mental conditioning, why it is so difficult for fighters to retire, and a whole lot more. Nic does fight preparation for MMA fighters at American Top Team, including Dustin Poirier, Marc Diakese, and Santiago Ponzinibbio. That moment Dustin got poked in the eye by Anthony Pettis? They trained for that specifically.
Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel!
UFC Shanghai breakdown with Flyin Brian J:
Fights Gone By with Jack Slack:
The Promotional Malpractice Live Chat:
Is this real?
I know this is. Whoever runs the Denny’s account just wilds out every day:
it’s nice to wear a hat because if you’re suddenly in need of a bowl, buddy, you’re in luck— Denny's (@DennysDiner) November 19, 2017
it’s okay to cry over spilled milk holding in your emotions only creates more pain— Denny's (@DennysDiner) November 12, 2017