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Per sources, UFC is targeting a lightweight bout between Anthony Pettis and Michael Chiesa for UFC 223 on April 7 in Brooklyn.— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 31, 2018
Both sides have verbally agreed to the bout, which would be another great lightweight contest on a card scheduled to be headlined by Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson.
13th-ranked Anthony Pettis has been struggling to recapture anything like the form that made him “Showtime”, the UFC lightweight champion and a burgeoning star in 2013 and 2014. Since then, he has gone 2-5, his most recent fight a hard-fought Fight of the Night (FOTN) loss to Dustin Poirier. Michael Chiesa also lost his last fight, a controversial stoppage to Kevin Lee. Prior to that, Chiesa, ranked 9th, had racked up three wins in a row. Chiesa is known as a dominant top-control grappler, with seven wins via rear-naked choke, while Pettis is known for his flashy kicks, ability to escape the back mount, and slick submissions.
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Pettis gets back on track
Chiesa takes it
Great quote from Jon Fitch to a Congress staffer:
One of my favourite moments on my US trip, when I stayed with @MMAFA and documented their lobbying efforts for the #AliAct in DC. IMO, this exchange between a Republican congressman's staffer and @jonfitchdotnet says a lot about the campaign and those who oppose the reform. pic.twitter.com/lwrRu4uMt9— Jacob Debets (@jacob_debets) January 31, 2018
Eddie Alvarez ROASTED this fan by dragging up an old tweet the guy had made about Britney Spears.
Coming from a guy who once tweeted this ...... Come on Bro !!! I'm disappointed in You pic.twitter.com/EjU1dNfZ9q— Eddie Alvarez (@Ealvarezfight) January 30, 2018
Derrick Lewis, the Black Beast
Young Tyson definitely has his father’s style of movement.
He just started. Not trying to box just trying to stay fit. #FamilyWorkoutSession #Repost @miguelltyson on Instagram https://t.co/kjF53YTSDK— Mike Tyson (@MikeTyson) January 30, 2018
Morning workouts with the Baddest Dad on the Planet @miketyson @milantyson pic.twitter.com/MYhBPpnt2A
The man himself had awe-inspiring speed and power.
Mike Tyson punches sound like a shotgun pic.twitter.com/rT9w1eoWxJ— EditinKing Boxing (@EditinKing) January 29, 2018
McGregor laughed at Mayweather’s in-cage teaser.
Hahahaha very good. Keep up the good work my son.— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 30, 2018
I enjoy watching pad flow drills.
Freestyle Pad Work with @dreamkiller_bolanos #Repost @dreamkiller_bolanos ・・・ Our flow only gets better and better @csagym couple years back getting to fight a Thai with much more experience than me. Freestyle padwork, using all weapons, working from all ranges, reacting to the hold, etc. #padporn #csavstheworld #dreamkillerbolanos
Eddie’s throwback to after the Justin Gaethje fight:
An early Frankie Edgar fight:
@frankieedgar old times ✅ . . . . . . #ko #mma #ufc #martialarts #mixedmartialarts #boxing #kickboxing #muaythai #wrestling #karate #taekwondo #bjj #jiujitsu #sports #combat #fitness #motivation #wwe #gym #fit #workout #fight #mcgregor #floydmayweather #fighting #training #lutalivre #yoga #lucha #box
We all know someone like this
Bobby Green did a good job spitting water into the air. It made a cool photo:
Fun slo-mo video of Anthony Johnson sparring with Volkan Oezdemir:
This compilation of Stipe Miocic being silly is pretty great.
Stipe... what did you do, Stipe?
Combat sports this weekend go far beyond the UFC event.
Slips, Rips, and Knockout Clips
Great highlight of LFA champion Than Le from his training partner Ryan Hall:
This is just unnecessary:
Submissions for all the jiu-jitsu nerds out there.
Podcasts and Video
If you haven’t heard it yet, our interview with Nate Quarry was my favorite yet. I had never heard his story before, and he got into some deep stuff about the motivation he took from watching his dad collect his last paycheck, his personal quest for truth after being raised in a cult, and getting his spine fused in the middle of his career. Check us out on SoundCloud as well as iTunes and Stitcher on the official MMA Mania channel! And, be sure to follow MMA Mania on Youtube!
UFC Fight Night 125’s top three fights:
How to use weight machines the right way:
I love this giant pig