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Paul Malignaggi is continuing his campaign to make all MMA fans hate him. Some of his arguments are legitimate, some of them aren’t. His point about body punches is at least partly true- boxers typically have much more of an emphasis on body punches, firstly because their only weapons are their two fists, and partly because head movement in boxing is so much more advanced that body punches become a more rewarding option.
As with any sweeping statements by someone who doesn’t watch much MMA, though, it isn’t completely true. Many MMA fighters are excellent at attacking the body. Demetrius Johnson is fantastic at using knees to the body in the clinch- he finished Henry Cejudo using a body knee. Nick Diaz is famous for his body work against the cage. Jon Jones targeted Cormier’s body ruthlessly in his last fight, before testing positive for a Cold War-era steroid. Anyone remember John Lineker?
Featherweight champion Max Holloway has used body punches since the beginning of his career to great effect.
Who better to tell Malignaggi what is what?
Liver shots? Im talkin bout a consistent body attack that keeps u in the fight but fatigues not liver shot u mutt. Liver shots end fights. https://t.co/h5Y4rcxd9d— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 30, 2017
Paulina please shut your mouth. I'll show you something bout body work. https://t.co/JQzKMNFYG0— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) August 30, 2017
Used 2 have so much respect for MMA b4 all this but these weirdos even have fighters as trolls. Finally 1 I've heard of n watched at least. https://t.co/VJrgvMwes6— Paul Malignaggi (@PaulMalignaggi) August 30, 2017
Troll? Lol you should check yourself n if you watched then you know I always bring my balls. I'm not the one. https://t.co/1vbThLeP2t— Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) August 30, 2017
In the meantime, Max is just relaxing, waiting on his next fight.
I can’t wait to see him back in action
The Ultimate Fighter kicked off another season today. Roxanne is one of the most lovable personalities in the fight game, and she’s gotten better- a lot better.
You Maniacs will doubtless be keeping an eye on the eye candy. I’m still rooting for Roxanne though.
I forgot Nick Diaz and Ronda Rousey are friends
Poor Derrick Lewis
Big John explaining boxing rules to MMA fans
Edmonton has an incompetent sports commission
The most unbelievable part is the MMA suspension was given to him by Edmonton!— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) August 30, 2017
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Possibly the most spectacular knockout you will see today
For those who are trying to claim Conor is “disrupting” boxing in any meaningful way, maybe don’t ignore boxing’s rich and diverse history of unique styles and fighters?
Prince Naseem Hamed.— BoxingTipster (@AgainstTRopes) August 29, 2017
One of a kind with a unique style and freakish power for a small guy pic.twitter.com/mK80GYWncj
Podcasts and Video
Andrew Richardson with the good breakdowns on Stefan Struve
Here’s your full preview of the fight with Volkov by Flyin Brian J:
Mayweather-McGregor: Analyzing the New World with Heavy Hands
The Promotional Malpractice Live Chat
Come into the timeline brand new everyday— Downtown Josh Brown (@ReformedBroker) August 30, 2017
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