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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.
Criticism aside, the UFC 221 poster is actually good. At least, I think so.
Can’t help but feel this poster would be aided by the UFC 221 logo being moved, then you can move Luke’s head up a touch pic.twitter.com/ovIrnj5lXD— Ryan Loco (@RyanLoco) January 11, 2018
Is this a good poster?
This poll is closed
Yes, I like it
No, it’s bad
It’s good but I don’t like it
It’s bad, but I like it anyway
Did we expect anything better from woman-beater and dictator-friend Floyd Mayweather? Still, I’m not sorry the question was asked.
What does this even mean, Cat Zingano?
Touch butt in the park
EA UFC 3's career mode is hilarious pic.twitter.com/4FneBarz0B— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) January 10, 2018
Tony Ferguson has the greatest dog Tony Ferguson could have.
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.
⚡️I spoke with Mairbek @Taisumov155 Taisumov. "90% that i will fight with @Showtimepettis on #UFCLondon. He wants fight too".— Alexey Safonov (@from_safonov) January 10, 2018
Майрбек Тайсумов подтвердил, что, скорее всего, встретится с Петтисом в Лондоне, 17 марта. Устное согласие дано.https://t.co/5fpdivdM6x pic.twitter.com/2skgpBQz1t
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.
Bas Rutten used to tell a story about them having a closed doors fight over a puppy in the Chute Boxe gym. Apparently Wand KO'd him.— Brad Wharton (@MMABrad48) January 10, 2018
Apparently Shogun used to breed pups to sell. Wand wanted one and there was some disagreement over whether he would pay or get it for free. Shogun said that he needed the money, whereas Wand already had money from MMA at this point. Wand said he should have it for free...FIGHT!— Brad Wharton (@MMABrad48) January 10, 2018
Referees really don’t get paid much.
Quick audio clip from conversation with @JohnMcCarthyMMA yesterday. I asked if he thought his $1,900 disclosed pay for a fight like McGregor/Diaz II is a potential problem regarding MMA officiating in general. https://t.co/E3u05cqe2s— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 10, 2018
I am the cartel.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 10, 2018
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.
This is an awesome demo of a technique I’ve been focusing on the past few years: hand in face while striking with the other, specifically kicking and kneeing. Of course it can apply to elbows and punches too but it’s really most useful for kicks and knees. I’ve shown this to many of my training partners and friends (you know who you are) but here it is in live action so you can get a better idea of how it’s done/used. It seems more and more Thai fighters are moving towards this style rather than counterbalancing with the arm.
Takedowns are by far my favorite aspect of grappling.
Who had the better celebration? The coaches or G. KURTANIDZE ? pic.twitter.com/7IAUQmFueF— World Wrestling (@wrestling) January 7, 2018
Don’t wait if you’re in an over under situation. Go right to your inside trip! pic.twitter.com/RNXCIa2Hnh— World Wrestling (@wrestling) January 9, 2018
Well, that didn’t go as planned. pic.twitter.com/m92I41Rn2Y— World Wrestling (@wrestling) January 10, 2018
Travis Stevens is a judo and jiu-jitsu monster
Podcasts and Video
Jeremy Stephens uses some clever tricks in the pocket, especially when an opponent over-commits. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube
Promotional Malpractice Live Chat
Truth is stranger than fiction
A decapitated planarian flatworm grows a new brain complete with all its old memories.— Quite Interesting (@qikipedia) January 10, 2018
This did not go well.
Hold my beer while I go to work pic.twitter.com/3wh7J7st9q— Hold My Beer (@HoldThisBeer) January 10, 2018
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.
Dueling Pistols from 1810. pic.twitter.com/Jf1VC0SCXN— Historical Pics (@HistoricalPics) January 10, 2018