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Now a free agent, he opted to fight out his last contracted bout against Brian Ortega, and despite tearing Ortega apart standing, found himself in the death grip of a standing guillotine from Ortega, who tapped him out in the second round. The loss snapped a four-fight winning streak for Swanson.
His response to the rankings snub? An emoji shrug. Swanson, who has put together four and six-fight winning streaks under the UFC banner without receiving a title shot, has learned to be stoic.
Cub isn’t the first to be removed from UFC rankings during negotiations, a ploy the UFC has attempted before against Nate Diaz. Marc Ratner ended up getting grilled for that omission by Congressman Markwayne Mullins, the primary sponsor of the Muhammad Ali Expansion Act, which would introduce into MMA an independent belt and ranking system, one that an individual promotion like the UFC would not be able to control.
Swanson has said previously he isn’t looking for fancy cars, but with a newly minted child, he is looking for financial stability. Hopefully, no matter where he lands, he finds it.
Watch Steve-O get put to sleep by Chuck Liddell while they were filming their YouTube Red show in Peru:
Ronda Rousey’s new management team should set up fights against fighters managed by Meisha Tate.
Undefeated prospect Edmen Shahbazyan (5-0) is the first MMA fighter signed to Ronda Rousey’s new management team, which is mostly comprised of Glendale Fighting Club fighters.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) March 17, 2018
Derrick Lewis is a content machine and this street fight ended with a standing rear-naked choke, which is obviously required viewing.
And this is just funny.
This collection of Nick Diaz quotes on Twitter reminded me why people like him.
I especially like the first one.
"I think smoking pot is good for mixed martial artists. It's a new day and age, this is, uh, the year ... Fuck year is it? I don't know, because I've been training and smoking pot like I should, instead of paying attention to other bullshit, which I don't do." https://t.co/CbC5jbAGpC— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 16, 2018
"Fighting in Stockton is going to be great for me. Stockton is a great fight town because if you drive long enough on some of these roads you'll probably see a pretty good street fight."— Lucas Bourdon (@lucas_bourdon) March 16, 2018
"Pacquiao’s making 40 fuckin million dollars, GSP’s making a couple million dollars. I’m over here fuckin driving a Honda because my shits breaking down. Fuck all you motherfuckers."— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 16, 2018
"As long as they let me, I will fuckin' whoop people's asses. And I will live off it, and I will get paid for it, and I will do it for the good of mankind."— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 16, 2018
In person, Diaz is just as funny.
While demonstrating some escapes from side control he said, "Don't give the guy this arm because uh...It sucks. He'll smash your face in with his shoulder...You don't need that in your life, so use the frame I showed you guys or whatever."— Vic (@Tranquilinhojj) March 16, 2018
Werdum faked the chair throw then stood on top of it. Volkov played along by not kicking it out from under him.
The tattoos Dana White needed in the new UFC video game to really round out his appearance.
This looks like it could be fun
This is a pretty awesome action shot by Mike Jackson
Quick Hits and Good Reads
- Darren Till is going to headline in Liverpool- but against whom?
- Curtis Blaydes says he sparred with Stipe Miocic and got handled in the standup- but the wrestling was competitive.
- This English teacher lost 150 pounds and discovered happiness by accidentally becoming an MMA fighter. No, really. She never planned on starting her MMA journey.
- CM Punk’s coach claimed he’s “200 percent better” than he was in his first fight, but what is 200% more than zero?
Slips, Rips, and Sumo Clips
This throw was massive
Endo put up a fight but Tochinoshin takes it with an awesome kotenage pic.twitter.com/zap7PWfRIa— MEGATON (@BasedDongeezus) March 16, 2018
Great triangle choke
Nice combination work for the knockout
You want this guy on your bar fight team
I love MMA
Ran right into it
This makes me want to go learn some Olympic lifts
Szymon Kołecki (Olympian weightlifting gold medalist) is 5:0 in MMA now - HL— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) March 16, 2018
TKOs Łukasz Borowski in 1R – Babilon MMA pic.twitter.com/qAEypAshG7
Calf slicers are always sweet
Earlier at the RSBI event, Bellator LHW standout Vadim Nemkov won his combat sambo match via calf crush/calf slicer. pic.twitter.com/5mZj75o94j— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 16, 2018
This kid tried to apply a kimura in a wrestling match he was losing
Was this old-school stoppage a fair one?
This workout looks interesting for developing rotational power and strength
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Raptor vs. canine is one of my favorite animal kingdom matchups
A golden eagle attacks a fox while it was eating on a bull elk carcass in Yellowstone. The fox gets away but it is a close call.— Nature is Scary (@TheScaryNature) March 17, 2018
Credits to Deby Dixon. pic.twitter.com/cTEwLapFzN