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This certainly fits the “weird and wild” promise I make to my readers.
Diego Brandao is both of those things, and never more so than today. In the main event of, FNG 73 in Kaspiysk, Dagestan, he bit the ear of his opponent Akhmet Aliev, got headbutted, illegally upkicked Aliev when the referee separated them, decided he was done with the whole thing as fans threw bottles and trash into the cage, jumped the fence, and got called back in and was judged to have lost the fight by technical knockout. In the meantime, a brawl broke out in the crowd. Just another fight night in Dagestan.
Totally bizarre scene at FNG 73. Fans chucking garbage. Diego Brandao leaves the cage. #FNG73 pic.twitter.com/RjwUqS0uS8— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 4, 2017
Shouts to combat sports superfan Grabaka Hitman for pointing out the ear-bite. Reminds me a little bit of that of Tyson-Holyfield craziness.
So.. at 0:05 it looks like Diego actually bites Aliev's ear? Things spiral out of control after that. https://t.co/eyCXgywgTE— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 4, 2017
Sambo allows headbutts, it seems.
Combat Sambo gots the headbutts pic.twitter.com/nVRBFvfyv4— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) August 18, 2017
In the co-main event, another Brazilian UFC veteran, Fabio Maldonado, won his fight with this choke.
HE DID IT. MALDONADA. Half assed guillotine got the job done pic.twitter.com/b2zrOvzyHh— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) September 4, 2017
Ronda Rousey cut this cringe-worth promo in a parking lot
Guess Ronda Rousey is really a WWE wrestler threatening folks. #UFC pic.twitter.com/QVk9CVKO0y— ern.s3 (@ErnestSIII) September 4, 2017
On that note...
UFC fighters getting PPV points should negotiate clause that points are based on Dana White's boasted PPV sales, not actual sales.— Erik Magraken (@erikmagraken) September 1, 2017
I winced at that bill.
Ben Askren retired this weekend- after he fights Shinya Aoki November 24th in Singapore. He may have been denied entry into the UFC, but he was one of the best welterweights ever to do it, and he got paid for it.
He has always done it his own way. @Benaskren has made the best look like amateurs. He won at prize fighting. Leaving the sport untouched.— Tim Kennedy (@TimKennedyMMA) September 4, 2017
This is never going to get old to me.
Still not tired of these. https://t.co/a4poox8GuZ pic.twitter.com/mTn7IsgXdU— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) September 3, 2017
I’ll believe this unsubstantiated rumor when it is substantiated, but it is crazy enough to include. This fight is more likely, though.
NEWS: @danawhite has been in contact with Eddie Hearn on a potential fight for July 2018. Anthony Joshua v Alistair Overeem - in the Octagon pic.twitter.com/WKyF5snv1L— Boxing Kingdom 2 (@BoxingKingdom2) September 3, 2017
Canelo is looking bigger ahead of his fight with Gennady Golovkin
¿Estan listos? Are YOU ready? @seeyouringside #MiEra #Boxing #MyLegacy #CaneloGGG pic.twitter.com/7F4ibGi4DS— Canelo Alvarez (@Canelo) September 2, 2017
Looking sharp at that weight, too. He’ll need all the power he’s got against Gennady Golovkin.
Saúl Álvarez displaying brutal powerpunches at the #CaneloGolovkin media day in Las Vegas@Canelo #TeamCanelo pic.twitter.com/c4V4DlVnG0— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) September 4, 2017
Daniel Cormier doesn’t regret taking time off. He knows what’s important in life: family.
Getting to hang out for a while has been great , the reason is I have been able to spend so much time with my family. Today Little Daniel had 1st football game and he loved it. Not the outcome but he loved the game. I'm a blessed man. Just wish I didn't have to wear the raiders colors. Anything for my family, hey would say hello to coach DC #dandansdad @Iamthebay #geauxsaints #whodat
Doo Ho Choi doing a fitness competition in South Korea
Doo Ho Choi doing some fitness competition https://t.co/cPdZoyadxM— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) September 3, 2017
At least Stefan Struve got himself a Fight of the Night bonus in his hometown loss Saturday.
Well I guess it was a good fight at least https://t.co/1rtK6n9awL— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) September 3, 2017
Schilt and Struve probably live a few train stations away. Yet he never bothered to learn tall striking from him and he's cornering Volkov.— Tomasz J. Marciniak (@tjmarciniak) September 2, 2017
Lots of spinning back kicks to the body, I imagine.
"Imagine what Holloway would do to Malignaggi in an MMA fight. Try to wrap your head around the ass f--king he would receive"— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) September 2, 2017
~ Joe Rogan
Ric Flair is okay
I'm Backkkk! Thanks To Everyone For The Support These Past Couple Weeks. I Ain't Dead Yet Mother F**ckers! WOOOOO! https://t.co/1ZgKVjFH8x pic.twitter.com/AHSSyE8JT1— Ric Flair® (@RicFlairNatrBoy) September 2, 2017
The Volkan “No Time” Oezdemir jokes were great this weekend
Picture of Oedzimir cageside pic.twitter.com/mV1EG3lNUE— Seán Sheehan (@SeanSheehanBA) September 2, 2017
I'm surprised Volkan Oezdemir has enough time to take in a UFC event #UFCRotterdam pic.twitter.com/nLj8Z3vAD0— Dave Madden (@DaveMMAdden) September 2, 2017
Mairbek Taisumov got himself on a list this weekend with this great knockout
BA-BOOOOOOOOM!!!!!— #UFC215 (@ufc) September 2, 2017
Just like that, @Taisumov155 FLOORS Silva in the first round!! #UFCRotterdam
"I'm here not to talk. I'm here to smash."— Shaheen Al-Shatti (@shaunalshatti) September 2, 2017
Mairbek Taisumov is gloriously terrifying.
Longest Active UFC Win Streak, LW:— Michael Carroll (@MJCflipdascript) September 2, 2017
Mairbek Taisumov, 5
Michel Prazeres is on that list too
You do not want this jacked fire hydrant on your neck. #UFCRotterdam pic.twitter.com/QH7ncSMGIv— Jonnyboy (@Jonnyboy_6969) September 2, 2017
This does remind me of a katana video, actually.
My Japanese Katana getting ready for Ikusa (war)⚔️ @ufc_jp #Sep23 #samurai pic.twitter.com/gF7f2m6DbK— Teruto Ishihara (@teruto_ko) September 2, 2017
I got on a bit of a Katana video binge
Good Reads and Quick Hits
- Schwan Humes wrote this in-depth analysis about Henry Cejudo’s game ahead of Cejudo’s fight this weekend with Wilson Reis
- What’s next for Stefan Struve? What about Alexander Volkov?
- Mairbek Taisumov saying he thinks Nate Diaz smokes too much was pretty funny, even if he’s never, ever getting that fight.
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Palhares fought in Russia this weekend too and the last round was wild
Русимар Пальярес vs. Шамиль Амиров / Rousimar Palhares vs. Shamil Amirov: https://t.co/8I4InjBTp2 на— FIGHT NIGHTS GLOBAL (@Fnsofficial) September 4, 2017
Nursultan Ruziboev submited (?) Magomed Abdulvagabov in 1R. Some controversy there (FNG) pic.twitter.com/vTR7WaXebk— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 4, 2017
Zabit Magomedsharipov may be an entirely made up name, but his ability in the cage is sublime
#UFCRotterdam pic.twitter.com/FfW98ufmPY— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) September 2, 2017
The old Fry/Takayama hockey punches sequence, re-enacted.
You won't believe but this just happened at Rebel FC— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) September 2, 2017
Wenbo Liu vs. Shannon Ritch pic.twitter.com/LubYncfKNt
That one got the Ozzy Man treatment:
This is my response to Guinness and kombucha both.
Little girl tries Coke for the first time. https://t.co/hORN8tRksJ pic.twitter.com/3JfAI5eXmH— Imgur (@imgur) July 7, 2017
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