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Quinton Jackson says he’s not “Rampage”... not just yet.
That will come closer to fight day. This early face-off with Chael Sonnen was, therefore, very cordial.
The pair are scheduled to kick off the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix, their heavyweight tourney, at Bellator 192 on Jan. 20, 2018. The event will be headlined by a welterweight title clash between Rory Macdonald and Douglas Lima.
When asked about how he and Rampage matched up, along with all the other match ups of the tournament, Sonnen claimed they had “heat” that goes way back:
Rampage and I have heat that goes way back. Last time we were together, we had to be separated in a hotel lobby in Arizona. I always thought that match could happen, but I thought it was impossible because he was going back to the UFC. Contractually, I'm not privy to how that worked out, but I'm happy it did. What other reason is there to fight than two guys want to?
However, tonight, when asked if they “saw something” in each other’s eyes, both men concurred it was too early for all that.
R: It’s too far out.
S: I’m waitin’ for him to turn, man. I’m waitin for him. It’s comin’.
R: you won’t see Rampage until the cage close.
C: Until the chains? Necklace Rampage, apparently a nice guy. Chain Rampage is who I gotta watch out for.
R: I’m Quinton! I’m not even Rampage, I’m Quinton.
The question is, will you still buy what they will be selling? UFC 220, with Francis Ngannou vs. Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier vs. Volkan Oezdemir, is set for the same night. It looks as though MMA fans will have a wealth of options January 20th.
Maybe its the kid or his party life keeping him up at night, but Conor McGregor looks tired here.
This is about a useful as any other martial arts drill that starts out drills with stepping punches.
Why would they think attacking this guy was a good idea??
Not the first time Floyd Mayweather has spent time hanging out with Russian tyrant and human rights violator Ramzan Kadyrov.
Stipe Miocic got on Joe Rogan’s podcast today and riffed about defending his UFC championship belt, whether he would give up firefighting or cagefighting first, and whether Ngannou intimidates him.
Okay, I’ll give it away: he wouldn’t give up firefighting.
Stipe Miocic told Joe Rogan that if he won the lottery, he'd quit fighting but still stay a firefighter. pic.twitter.com/ikFXFdAzRc— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) December 13, 2017
This is incredibly cool: K-1 champion Takeru drills with two-time bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw
Really cool MMA art by Chris Rini
Poirier/Pettis, Ngannou, Zabit, Holloway/Aldo pic.twitter.com/rsiSShUpSd— Chris Rini (@RiniMMA) December 13, 2017
I do appreciate MMA art, even unintentional MMA art:
Reminded me of this Auguste Rodin sculpture. pic.twitter.com/dQ182FTYCj— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) July 18, 2017
The town of Babylon officially appreciates Dennis Bermudez
Robbie Lawler is a hitter
Wild Robbie Lawler statistic: according to my research, in 30 fights for major orgs (UFC, SF, EliteXC, PRIDE) spanning 5 hours, 26 minutes, 36 seconds, he has never attempted a single submission.— Mike Chiappetta MMA (@MikeChiappetta) December 13, 2017
(He does have one sub in his career, an armbar win in King of the Cage in '05.)
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Will we see Final Round Robbie Lawler this weekend? Or Rafael Dos Anjos the destroyer.
Could we get something like this?
Probably not this... I had never seen this before!
Lawler probably won't get attacked by any of RDA's relatives afterward. pic.twitter.com/gypyjjK1c7— FullContactMTWF (@FullContactMTWF) December 14, 2017
This knockout is so clean
Vitaly Minakov (20-0) fights former Bellator HW Tony Johnson at FNG 82 Saturday. Also has a fight lined up with Sergei Kharitonov in the Spring. pic.twitter.com/EuDODZTRpT— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 14, 2017
Mike Perry got KOed in a boxing match
He’s also been scoring knockouts since the beginning
Mike Perry on the mic is... unmistakable, to say the least.
Misha Cirkunov is an incredibly strong submission grappler
He can strike too
Podcasts and Video
Andrew and Andrew break down Rafael dos Anjos’ pressure footwork. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube for more!
Flyin Brian J breaks down the bout:
Here’s that interview with Rogan and Stipe
Rafael Dos Anjos on fighting Robbie Lawler:
I hope this is real
Europe r u ok pic.twitter.com/46YrwZITAE— Architectural Turducken (@pksofourlives) December 13, 2017
I like this picture