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Fedor Emelianenko rolled back the clock this past weekend, knocking out fellow aging veteran Frank Mir in a fight that somehow managed to pack an entire narrative, including momentum swings, Fedor getting knocked down, getting back up to land a gorgeous Judo throw, and then knocking Frank Mir out cold, into less than fifty seconds of action.
Next, he faces up-cycled middleweight Chael Sonnen for a spot in the final. While Fedor has always been a small heavyweight, and hasn’t faced a consistent wrestler since Matt Lindland in 2007, he opened as a favorite over the American, at -200. Fedor’s power, sambo experience, and submission skill is evidently weighted higher by the bookies than an undersized Sonnen’s wrestling chops.
Sonnen, of course, disagrees, and has gone on record recently discounting Fedor’s wins in Pride due to alleged match fixing. UFC commentator Joe Rogan is also on record saying he thinks the rampant steroid use in Pride made it a different era for fighters.
This is going to be fun
Good news for Ray Borg’s family
Things are going well here in Denver. No more seizures, which means we are one step closer to getting home! And we got to take out first picture all together. Thank you everyone for the continued prayers. pic.twitter.com/t6drnGrVVv— Ray Borg (@tazmexufc) May 3, 2018
A retired Dan Henderson wants to look like this painting, which is an exact depiction of his musculature as an active fighter.
How Michelle Waterson settles marriage disputes:
McGregor’s baby is one pale child, but he’s got that mean mug down pat.
Well, that’s... not good.
Paramount Network says Fedor vs Mir main event drew 1.5 million viewers (peak minute being 11:26pm). Including DVR3, #Bellator198 averaged 830,000.— Luke Thomas (@lthomasnews) May 3, 2018
Tito Ortiz’ top five bands of all time.
Violent Bob Ross is just such a good fighter nickname
Happy birthday to the Rock from the Jones brothers.
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
This spinning elbow is the best knockout you will see today
beautiful spinning hellbow KO from Yoshiho Tane— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) May 3, 2018
That was quick.
Phoenixx Sho KOd his opponent in about 1 minute— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) May 3, 2018
in The Main Event of KnockOut Otsuki won by 2R T/KO - HL pic.twitter.com/WQwSM303a6— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) May 3, 2018
Gi grappling can get weird
Caio wasn't having any part of that single leg attempt. pic.twitter.com/l7cjYl8k09— FloGrappling (@FloGrappling) May 4, 2018
Classic ground and pound
Podcasts and Video
Andrew Richardson’s pro debut, episode 1! Follow MMA Mania on Youtube
The MMA Ratings podcast discusses Adesanya vs. Tavares and much more
MMA Squared Episode 12
- In a story involving Fedor and the FBI, here’s how Trump’s lawyer got involved in MMA
- Hey look, I made it into this Twitter mailbag discussing Nate Diaz’ future.
- If you are the kind of hardcore fan who watched Invicta FC title fights, Sara Kaufman is fighting in one and Schwan Humes broke it down.
- I believe not one word of Colby Covington’s foursome boast.
China’s incredible karst topography doesn’t even look real.
Seeing these mountains in person was extraordinary, but being able to experience these mountains from a birds perspective using a drone was absolutely insane. As I flew the drone lower into the valley, the true scale of the pillars became apparent. The peaks stretched endlessly and it really looked like we were floating through Avatar’s Pandora. As kids, we always debated with friends on what superpowers we would want to have. I always said I wanted to be able to fly, and that clearly hasn’t changed. : @sanholobeats