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The ongoing UFC anti-trust lawsuit continues to reveal interesting tidbits, including that Dana White very much takes credit for Conor McGregor’s rise. He stated the following in a deposition.
“Four years ago, Conor McGregor was available to everybody. Bellator, ONE FC, UFC, everybody out there. Do you know who went out- he was- he was 7 and 2, Okay? Guy’s record was 7 and 2. There’s a zillion of them, right? I went out and got Conor McGregor. I saw him, I liked his personality, and I turned him into a star, one of the biggest stars on earth right...”
From his deposition White taking credit for McGregor's success. pic.twitter.com/qAbABVMwR2— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) February 21, 2018
This is factually incorrect as well as misleading; McGregor was already a two-weight champion in Cage Warriors with considerable hype, and his record was 12-2 when the UFC signed him.
Other details include how the UFC used anti-competitive practices to prevent free agency of fighters. Jon Fitch can certainly attest to this (as he does below).
The Plaintiffs tale of negotiating with Zuffa pic.twitter.com/OK1Mg18gtw— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) February 21, 2018
Zuffa also retaliated against fighters if they turned down a fight offer from Joe Silva.
White on turning down a fight offer by Joe Silva. Can't tell if this from a deposition or some media interview pic.twitter.com/qMgYCT8U2Q— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) February 21, 2018
Fight Pass subscribers have reportedly gone from 140,000 subscribers to nearly 400,000.
So if report is accurate the UFC went from avg 140k subscribers in 2015 to 330k by mid 16 and now approaching 400k. https://t.co/9erSAD1jtw— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) February 21, 2018
TJ Dillashaw landing a couple late punches on K1 Kickboxing champion Takeru
Dominick Cruz’ dog is adorable
It's cold in San Diego... ❄️❄️❄️ pic.twitter.com/ihGOQpIidQ— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) February 22, 2018
Al Iaquinta (officially) joined Project Spearhead to serve as it’s interim secretary/treasurer
Project Spearhead is proud to announce that Al Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA ) has volunteered and will serve as the Association’s Interim Secretary/Treasurer, along with Interim President Leslie Smith (@LeslieSmith_GF ) & Interim VP Kajan Johnson (@IamRagin). #ProjectSpearhead— Project Spearhead (@ProjSpearhead) February 21, 2018
Claudia Gadelha is training with... Joe Benavidez?
Donald Cerrone and his inimitable grandma.
This was one of the coolest moments of the fight night last weekend
It’s a business of entertainment.. But my profession will never dictate my personality. Maybe my strength/weakness, I am, who i am. give a lot of love and respect. I won’t change that. Cerrone pointed at his grandmother. She was calling me over.... Imma family man, I admire family. Even in War, still had to give my aloha. Get better, never bitter...on to the next one.
I see you, Angela Hill. Black History month, amiright?
I also see you, Mackenzie Dern.
Bob Knuckles has a message for all the haters
Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier
Nate Diaz’s incredible cardio doesn’t just happen.
I would hate this.
S/o to @brutalbostwick demonstrating one of our many dynamic working memory drills. Just as with physical training, cognitive training must have progressions. Like you add more plates on to the bar when you lift you make the cognitive stimulus more intense so you can adapt and process more efficiently. There is method to our madness at @themindbody1 and just know we'll get your mind right! Equipment used: @fitlighttraining #mma #mrmentalmuscle #mindbody1 #fitlight #motivation #bodybraintrain #workoutwednesday
Eddie Alvarez taking his daughter to Disney is still adorable.
Cody is right. This is very funny.
Don’t mess with Elvis
I believe this is 545 pounds... Jon Jones used to pull 575 off the blocks like this (I went back on his Instagram to check), but with sumo deadlifts. Presumably traditional is more difficult for someone of his height and long arms.
Chad Mendes has words for the anti-hunting folks on his timeline. He’s right in that, if you eat meat, you can’t have a moral issue with people hunting for their own meat.
With my continued growth of new followers, especially those who follow me because of mma, I feel it's necessary to educate u on why I hunt. I know this is a never ending cycle but As a hunter, I feel we have to educate those who don't understand or have no idea why we do it. The disconnect between human and food is so strong nowadays that some people have completely forgotten where it comes from. I've been called a murder or killer on social media hundreds/thousands of times. What blows my mind is that most of those people have pics of steak dinners or roasted chicken or fish all over their pages. Others claim to be vegan and say it's not necessary but they have 4 cats and 2 dogs. The food they are buying at the store and feeding them comes from dead animals. Animals that were raised in a cage or pen then slaughtered. No matter if u eat meat or live a Vegan lifestyle, death must happen. The leather in your cars or on ur shoes, the skin products, the wheat harvest where thousands of reptiles and rodents were killed by the machinery, it all requires something to die. I'm not here to judge what lifestyle u choose. I completely respect both lifestyle choices. I just ask that I get the same respect back for my choice of being a meat eater. I've said this before and ill say it again, I don't enjoy killing. I don't crave death. Watching an animal die is just as difficult for me to watch now as it was when I was a young boy. Being in the wilderness, away from the fast paced life I live, and knowing that I can go out into the wild on my own and fill my freezer with lean, organic, hormone free meat is why I hunt. This is one of my freezers at home. It's amazing being able to live off of so much wild game variety. Elk, deer, wild pig, ducks and geese, wild turkey and fish! I'd say 85% of @ab_raines and my diet consists of wild game we have both harvested. This is why we hunt. Just a heads up guys, rude or ignorant comments will get ya blocked. I'd rather have 5 followers that understand or willing to try to understand then a million idiots. Thx for letting me speak my mind. #hunting #fishing #providing #howilivemylife #dontbeahater #educateurself #itsnotwhatuthink
- As far as mindset articles go, this one on predator vs. prey is pretty good. If you compete, it’s worth the read.
- This Combat Press article by Schwan Humes probably gives the UFC too much slack for exploiting it’s fighters, but the point is valid: the UFC won’t fix the problem of low fighter pay on their own. It’s up to the fighters to organize.
- Can the UFC still land a knockout TV rights deal? Should they go purely digital or stick with linear?
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Lethwei is brutal
It was a nasty fight with multiple headbutts— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 21, 2018
Soe Lin Oo > Hareruya pic.twitter.com/5jqvGEpHJN
Chang Hwan > Taiki Fukuda (Lethwei7) pic.twitter.com/h15FeyuuiU— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 21, 2018
This step-around KO is just gorgeous
Chris Weidman’s first MMA fight
That’s quite the incredible trip/throw
Big Move From Day 4 Of The “Granma y Cerro Pelado” Tournament (CUB) pic.twitter.com/3LqnrFABbn— World Wrestling (@wrestling) February 21, 2018
Podcasts and Video
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Jeremy Stephens’ counter punching
That’s a big boy
Adorable small horses
I thought this was a painting for a second