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Joe Rogan thinks Francis Ngannou could be the UFC’s modern version of Mike Tyson. He has finished all six of his UFC fights, most of them in the first round, and according to the UFC’s measurement, he holds a world record for power, beating out professional kickboxer Tyrone Spong. However dubious that distinction may be, it is no secret Ngannou has mind-numbing power. Via MMAJunkie.com:
“Now they’ve got a star,” Rogan said. “I think Ngannou, one or two more fights, you’re going to be looking at Mike Tyson days. That’s what I think. You’re going to watch fights just to see how long these mother(expletives) can survive against this guy. That’s what I think. That could be their big, breakout star.”
The story is certainly there. Ngannou came up from nothing, going from a child working in sand mines, to wandering the streets homeless in Paris, to the next UFC title contender. He used his platform after his win over Overeem at UFC 218 to bring attention to the human slavery happening in Libya. He’s a gentle, soft-spoken, terrifying giant, a PR dream. The real question is, will the UFC be able to adjust their usual monotonous messaging to capitalize on the obvious potential?
Ngannou, if indeed he does establish himself as a Pay-Per-View star, would fill a hole in the current UFC landscape. Ronda is transitioning to the WWE, GSP’s future is uncertain (but probably won’t include defending that middleweight belt) and Conor is spending most his nights waiting outside after-parties and punching folks connected to the mob.
“Conor, who knows if he’s ever going to fight again,” Rogan said. “We really don’t know. We haven’t heard Conor saying, ‘This is my plan. This is who I’m thinking of fighting. This is who I want to fight.’ He’s been talking (expletive) to Max Holloway, he’s been talking (expletive) to Tony Ferguson, but he’s not set it up.”
Ngannou will face Stipe Miocic for the heavyweight belt at UFC 220 on January 20th in Boston, headlining above a light heavyweight title fight between Daniel Cormier and Volkan Oezdemir. The double headliner seems to be a gamble by the UFC to get as many eyes as possible on this heavyweight fight. Stipe Miocic has won his last five fights via knockout, four in the first round; if he wins, he will set the heavyweight record with three consecutive title defenses. If Ngannou wins, the world is his oyster.
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Eddie Alvarez recounting his fight with Justin Gaethje:
Eddie Alvarez watching his Gaethje KO:— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) December 7, 2017
"He'll recover within like a quarter second and then you'll be in a whole 'nother fight again. That's the kind of animal Justin Gaethje is." pic.twitter.com/3xPMBImfJ0
Is Ben Askren hinting GSP may come back to welterweight to fight him, or his friend Tyron Woodley?
I heard he is coming back to 170 for a certain someone https://t.co/LaES7UiHq4— Ben Askren (@Benaskren) December 6, 2017
Don’t try Saul Alvarez’s neck exercises at home, kids.
Canelo demonstrating outrageous neck strengthening exercise— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) December 6, 2017
⚠️ DONT TRY THIS AT HOME... YOU WILL SNAP YOUR DAMN NECK ⚠️ pic.twitter.com/mV2k20yfVC
CSA gym has a rule not to back up more than three times in sparring, which would improve the striking of so many MMA fighters
Since there was so much interest in the #CSARulesofFighting and the "cut off" paragraph at the bottom of the page , I'll share the entire section on what I feel is one of the biggest issues in Striking ... backing up in straight lines. There are another 10 pages to the document... no you can not buy it. But I do give it to my athletes and I do give it out as a hand out in my coaches clinic. #RulesofFighting #CSAVSTheWorld
This is extremely exciting, mostly because I love watching Robert Whittaker fight. I never thought GSP would defend his belt against Whittaker, no matter how pissed Dana White said he would be.
Preliminary talks are underway to book Robert Whittaker vs. Luke Rockhold for UFC 221 in Perth, Western Australia, sources say. Not 100% just yet, though.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) December 6, 2017
“Fart noise” is what Kelvin Gastelum thinks of this.
I’ve never hit mitts at the Black Volcano and now, somehow, I feel my life is not complete.
Kyoji Horiguchi joins Santiago Ponzinibbio and Marc Diakese doing cognitive conditioning drills with Nic Davenport at American Top Team.
Last night's #GYMR #cognitiveconditioning session with @marc_diakiese @sponzinibbiomma @theprince_ofsaiyans15 and @kyoji1012 ! The team is going we're making moves! One time for Keith and Kyoji who jumped in and stepped up everyone was looking sharp. All of them will be fighting in the coming weeks this December all are looking to make some noise in their already well-established careers. Nothing less than victory. S/O to @darustrong for getting that CNS primed before they got to me with explosive work! Production by @dubthaprodigy _________________________ #fitlight #fitlighttraining #ufc #teamponzinibbio #teamdiakiese #teamspeed #teamhoriguchi #mma #fighters #mixedmartialarts #hardwork #mrmentalmuscle @themindbody1
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I’m told elbows are the best in street fights
Throwback to Raymond Daniels throwing two-touch spinning back kicks in pajama pants karate
Most people do throw back Thursdays or flash back Friday’s. I’m gonna do a “Way back Wednesday.” I Remember when I was young in the game and everyone asked me why I was throwing that unconventional crazy stuff. Fast forward a few years and now everyone ask how I throw that crazy stuff. Believe in you even when others don’t. Repost @mmatoday_news (@get_repost) ・・・#bellatorkb #bellatormma #ufc #karate #tkd #sportkarate #k1 #glorykickboxing #fighter #athelete #muaythai
The great Ramon Dekkers
Ramon Dekkers HL #Repost @julioriosgut (@get_repost) ・・・ La gran leyenda el Sr Ramón " el diamante" dekkers aka turbina del infierno. septiembre de 1969 – 27 February 2013) fue un luchador holandés de kickboxing que además se consagró ocho veces campeón mundial de Muay Thai. La tendencia de Dekkers de pelear muy cerca de sus oponentes, lo convitió en un favorito entre los fanáticos de las peleas. Descansa en paz leyenda. @teamconuco @duanebangcom @basruttenmma #kickboxing #muaythai #ramondekkers #boxing #MMA #ufc #thebest#muayboran #bjj #karate #kali #esgrima#nipponkempo
Podcasts and Video
Flyin Brian J previews UFC: Fresno main event between Cub Swanson and Brian Ortega
Cub Swanson said Max Holloway played with Jose Aldo’s ego, and that he had been scouting Brian Ortega as a potential opponent.
Brian Ortega is very relaxed
The Fight Society podcast with Damon Martin and Matt Brown
New #FightSociety podcast has arrived! @IamTheImmortal and I look back at #UFC218 and both marvel at @BlessedMMA dominance plus we breakdown a hypothetical McGregor vs. Holloway 2 fighthttps://t.co/QN0tJejIF0— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) December 6, 2017
Swanson’s double overhand, explained by the other two Andrews who contribute to this site. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube!
When Subway turns you down for prom
Don't you have like 37 prom dates already— SUBWAY® (@SUBWAY) December 6, 2017
Meanwhile in LA...
Not the typical morning commute... pic.twitter.com/kJIOQeqsIK— A. Mutzabaugh CMT (@WLV_investor) December 6, 2017
California fires have provided us the most compelling visual metaphors for America in 2017.
Seriously though, this looks really bad.
If you live there:
Stay safe, LA. Pack a bag with ALL your prescription medicine, passports/IDs, 3 days food/water, your pets, pet cages (dogs are escaping cars), pet food. Don't wear synthetic clothes (stick to cotton and wool). Bring a DRY bandana/cloth for your face, glasses/goggles, hard shoes.— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) December 7, 2017
Stipe Miocic sends his fellow firefighters his thoughts and prayers:
Prayers and thoughts to the 1,700 firefighters working in the extremely dangerous blaze in Los Angeles. https://t.co/WdiSPPYori— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocicufc) December 7, 2017