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Midnight Mania! Nick Diaz visits UFC Performance Institute, triggering fan hopes for return

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Nick Diaz visited the UFC Performance Institute.

That’s it. That’s all that happened.

Does this mean he is planning on returning to the UFC anytime in the near future? Probably not, considering he is currently in trouble with USADA for not being where USADA could find him, three times in a calendar year. Maybe if they stopped trying to test him while he is smoking weed, we wouldn’t have these issues. UFC VP Jeff Novitsky said he is working with Diaz to resolve this, and claimed Diaz DOES want to fight... but then, Novitsky also said he thinks Jon Jones wasn’t intentionally cheating, which was something of an irresponsible thing to say, so perhaps he was in Just Saying Stuff mode.

Anyway, here’s Diaz’s view of the luxurious UFC Performance Institute, part of Dana White’s claim that the UFC is doing very well financially and that he can offer better deals than anyone.


Insomnia

Criticism aside, the UFC 221 poster is actually good. At least, I think so.

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What does this even mean, Cat Zingano?

Touch butt in the park

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Cris Cyborg is keeping this good boy healthy

I like watching professional fighters hit pads and do defensive drills. Defensive skill is much harder to learn than offensive skill.

Blending the two simultaneously is even more challenging.

Mairbek Taisumov is looking like a likely opponent for Anthony Pettis in London. I’m definitely here for it.

This old story is a pretty great one; there is no telling whether or not it’s true. Both fighters denied it at various points, but they were also trying to avoid fighting each other for real, because teammate loyalty and all.

Referees really don’t get paid much.

Millionaire vs. billionaire

Face off with Mr. Branson. He is not a knighted Sir on this soil.

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Alright, Conor.

How sweet

Me too kid.

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Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

Uriah Hall can really throw some spinning shit. His matchup with Vitor is fun because it’s two incredibly dynamic athletes and incredibly inconsistent fighters locked in the cage together. Anything could happen, from the sublime to the ridiculous.

Matt Brown enjoys his Muay Thai.

Takedowns are by far my favorite aspect of grappling.

Travis Stevens is a judo and jiu-jitsu monster


Podcasts and Video

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Heavy Hands

Promotional Malpractice Live Chat


Random Land

Truth is stranger than fiction

Peak meme

This did not go well.

I love old dueling pistols. Imagine if we still had dueling as a custom with the internet. Three of you would have killed me already.

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