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Cris “Cyborg” Justino will be facing a multiple-time boxing world champion in Holly Holm in her next fight, the likely main event of UFC 219, but the UFC women’s featherweight champion is no stranger to being in the ring with phenomenal boxers. She went toe-to-toe with two-time Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields, and more recently brought in boxing legend Mia St. John for this technical sparring session.
Mia St. John retired in 2016, but at 50 years old she moves very well. Self-billed as “The hottest woman in boxing”, she was also a taekwondo champion and had one MMA fight in 2008, which she won by KO.
Cyborg clearly has a size advantage in the above clip, but regardless, she looks very good in the light sparring session, slipping punches and putting together solid combinations. Her upcoming opponent, Holly Holm, is known more for her head kicks in the cage than her punching power. She famously knocked out Ronda Rousey, and more recently Bethe Correira, with a well-placed shin to the cranium. The bout is scheduled to headline the big year-end card, UFC 219, on December 30th.
Carlos Condit and Lando Vannata practice some Chinese martial arts goodness
Speaking of styles that came out of China: drunken boxing. In this case, drunken kickboxing.
Speaking of crazy...
I have become aware of Eddie Bravo's YouTube playlist page. pic.twitter.com/hfCjlrbWFJ— Keith Ó Gealbháin (@KeithGalvin) November 22, 2017
Eddie Alvarez is a throwback fighter
This was hanging at gym I was at ... love the Selling points !!! Bloodiest, most barbaric show is history . Now we call it Sport ... ♂️ let's call it what it is for Old time sake pic.twitter.com/i0J30GtR9p— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) November 28, 2017
Tony Ferguson is a card-carrying member of the Cult of Jiu-Jitsu.
Demetrious Johnson’s got jokes.
Hahaha oh my god. Mighty Mouse gaming on his stream and an enemy starts winging boomerangs at him.— Iain Kidd (@iainkidd) November 27, 2017
"Oh god, Werdum's in here!"
Did you know Francis Ngannou has the (dubious) honor of being the world’s hardest hitter?
Speaking of unusual honors, Robert Whittaker qualified to represent Australia in freestyle wrestling!
Alexander Gustafsson is feeling pretty good these days, with that pesky shoulder surgery out of the way.
Stupid fun, you mean, Angela Hill. Snapchat is stupid fun.
Someone got eloquent in defense of Michael Bisping, the first British UFC champion.
Saw this posted somewhere MMA related on Facebook earlier and thought would be cool to share on here!— The MMA Bible (@TheMMABible) November 26, 2017
Well said sir! pic.twitter.com/2k1ntp0JCg
He has been in the cage for a long time- literally
Michael Bisping making his UFC record 29th walk to the octagon for the #UFCShanghai main event. He's 1 of 2 fighters in history with 6+ hours of UFC cage time.— Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) November 25, 2017
Rory Macdonald is living in the future, and letting go of old losses
Rory MacDonald says he would consider getting paid in Bitcoin for his Bellator fights. #TheMMAHour— Danny Segura (@DannySeguraTV) November 27, 2017
Fellow Canadian Elias Theodorou agrees
Naw. He got into Bitcoin when it was at $100, now at $1000. He's made BANK! Add the fact many are predicting it could reach 6 figures. I have ten's of thousands in coins myself. It's the future brother. https://t.co/bIJjnzWTdD— The Spartan (@EliasTheodorou) November 28, 2017
Derrick Lewis plays too many games
Justin Gaethje had a lot of emoticons to describe this clip of him going at it hammer and tongs like a savage
One of the most adorable moments from the weekend
Slips, Rips, and of course KO clips
What an ankle lock
This is one of the weirder submissions I’ve seen
what a finish by Flavio de Queiroz !— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 25, 2017
It’s been a long time since I’ve screamed SUMO!!!! at you through the screen.
Textbook Muay Thai clinch
This is how guys shot in old action movies went down
Mickael Pignolo KO's Sofian Hadj Brahim. pic.twitter.com/M4JPywkUMg— Lucas Bourdon (@lucas_bourdon) November 25, 2017
He may not have won this weekend, but Salikhov once did this:
knee and kick to the face, nasty KO— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 27, 2017
Sang Hoon Yoo KOs Tae Joo Lee in 1R (Angel's Fighting 5 ) pic.twitter.com/hY3O22xczp
Look low, go high
dead— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 27, 2017
head kick KO
Lee Dae Won KOs Kenji Fukuya (Angel's Fighting 5) pic.twitter.com/KyryIZS0tR
I didn’t know Hong Man Choi was still fighting
I don't know if such fights make any sense but I can't stop laughing— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 27, 2017
Uchida is an entertainer
Hong Man Choi x Noboru Uchida pic.twitter.com/Agtk2q4vDF
Hong Man Choi dropped Uchida in 3R but he survived. Choi won by decision - HL pic.twitter.com/EjsJ0MEKw5— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) November 27, 2017
Jab knockout while moving backwards? Eat your heart out, Anderson Silva.
Podcasts and Video
The MMA Hour
UFC Fight Night 122 Highlights
Andrew Richardson reveals the secrets to Kelvin Gastelum’s power:
The Co-Main Event podcast
Double fight week! On the newest episode of the CME, @benfowlkesMMA & I give a hearty "Aw, man" to Mike Bisping, try to decide the scariest thing about Francis Ngannou & dare to ask "What if Aldo *wins*?" https://t.co/rBBZ86E5Nl— Chad Dundas (@chaddundas) November 27, 2017
The Severe MMA podcast
This photograph is of a sad chapter in American history, but it’s an incredible shot nonetheless
An American jet drops napalm on a Viet Cong stronghold, (1963) | Photo by Larry Burrows. pic.twitter.com/bOxKvczY6h— Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) November 26, 2017