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Jon Jones’ old college roommate, Colby Covington, has been doing his best to get ahead by making as many enemies as possible. That includes Jon Jones himself, who Colby claimed had been juicing since his college days. Jones responded with several vicious social media attacks, complimenting Covington on being a ‘special type of liar’ and calling him ‘disgusting’.
Now that Covington is the interim welterweight champion, he is looking at an upcoming title fight with the real champion, Tyron Woodley. Woodley said that Jon Jones doesn’t talk to him all that much, but he made a special case for this fight, offering to help Woodley any way he needed. From MMAFighting.com:
“It funny because Jon doesn’t reach out to me very much,” Woodley explained recently on The MMA Hour. “Jon said, ‘Hey, whatever you need, brother. I want to help you.’ I told Jon, I said, ‘Man, you work so hard for your platform, from actually kicking ass and beating legends in their prime, and being one of the greatest fighters we’ve ever seen. Don’t give him your platform.’ Because he put a post up about him.
“I said, ‘I am going to kick his ass so bad, he’s gonna wish he was dead instead,’” Woodley continued. “‘He’s going to try to find a way out.’ I said, ‘So don’t worry about it.’ The dude was like, ‘It can’t happen soon enough.’”
Woodley went on to say that while Covington has been talking, he’s been working, and now he’s at 100% after his labrum tear.
“You notice how I didn’t make a fuss about the interim belt? I called it the boo-boo belt because that’s what it is, it’s kind of a joke, but I didn’t go up and make a stink about it. I didn’t go and have a fit. I stayed busy. I kept working, I kept rehabbing, I kept training. And now, at five or six months, I’m 100 percent, which is a fast turnover for anybody who’s ever had a labrum tear. And now that [UFC 225 is] done, [I’ll do the fight] whenever they want to do the fight, if they want us to fight in July, they want us to fight in August, September, November. He ain’t the champion.
“Take a nice warm glass of sit your ass down and shut the f*ck up, because you ain’t the champion, you don’t make the calls. Nobody cares where you want to fight at. You fight when the champ wants to fight. And if you wear that belt around at the press conference, I will make fun of you, I will embarrass you. If you wear a terrible looking suit again, that you got off the f*cking clearance rack and had somebody put two staples in the back, you will get made fun of. So he has no say-so on when we fight. You’re lucky and blessed you get to take this ass-whooping. When I’m ready to fight and the UFC deems it the best time where I can make the most money, then we’ll fight.”
Woodley went on to recount a story that, in his reckoning, shows how Covington lacks a certain humility and work ethic.
“Colby Covington, you are a b*tch, and I’m going to whoop your ass up and down the Octagon,” Woodley said. ”You are an embarrassment to the sport, and I hope after this fight you never fight again. And as I told you in my gym a long time ago, when I told you to get a job when you were complaining about not having money, and you said, ‘Oh, I’ll never be a grocery bagger. I’m a pro fighter.’ I told you I’m a world champion and I’ll bag groceries right now.
“Hopefully you won’t end up taking that job bagging groceries.”
Cowboy Cerrone just keeps on chugging away as the model action fighter the UFC wants everyone to be.
@hansmolenkamp @monsterenergy 3 days left, heater cranked up to 90 degrees, full sweat factory. @cowboycerrone is on weight and ready to get down. Donald and I have worked together for over a decade and he still has the same fire like he had we I first met him. They just don’t make them like they used too. Bite down, and give em hell. #damageinc #monsterenergy
Dominick Cruz working his wrestling with Bellator bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell.
Tai Tuivasa... what a gimmick
Let’s go singapouuurrree pic.twitter.com/rzmzL6R2VL— Tai BAM BAM Tuivasa (@bambamtuivasa) June 20, 2018
Joanne Calderwood working the bag
Tony Ferguson went from interim champion to the forgotten man at lightweight because of a freak injury
This guy’s hand motions after accidentally firing his gun...
Duke Roufus, before he trained the Pettis brothers and Tyron Woodley, was an accomplished kickboxer.
#onthisday 1997 Back when I was #AboutThatLife I faced #ufc and #k1kickboxing pioneer Pat Smith at the @foxwoods Casino. I am grateful for all the #fight Opportunities given me to me over the years. Cool clip from the @fattman411 at @digitalfightmedia #martialarts is #life ⚔️ #roufusport @roufusport #milwaukeemma @milwaukeemma #dukeroufusstrikinguniversity @dukeroufusstrikingu #kickboxing #muaythai #boxing #kyokushin #karate #taekwondo #glorykickboxing #bellator #mma #fighter #fighting #winning #knockout #champion #mindset #hardwork #dedication #training #success #positivevibes
Claudia Gadelha’s dog is named Pablo
On this day 14 years ago, Rampage landed perhaps the most memorable slam in MMA history against Ricardo Arona.
Eddie Alvarez landed a perfect double flip on his very first try
Meisha Tate reposted this reflection on those who have made it to the very top of the sport and lost, as everyone eventually does in MMA.
Well said. #Truth #Repost @1iconicpics ・・・ The Agony Of Defeat. The World May Kick These Athletes When They Fall But There Are So Many Factors They Aren't Even Aware Of. The Long Runs, The Grueling Days In The Gym, The Money Invested, The Years Of Dedication. Just Getting To This Level You Must Endure Many Struggles & Overcome Obstacles. Just Understand That The Blood Sweat & Tears Are Shed Because Of Passion. Understand The Sacrifice That Goes Into This Lifestyle. I Respect Any Man Or Woman Who Has Risked Their Life For This Unforgiving Sport. . . . #UFC #MMA #Dedication #Respect #Motivation #Adversity #BounceBack #JoseAldo #RondaRousey #ChrisWeidman #DanielCormier #MieshaTate #ConorMcGregor #Rise #Shine #Hustle #Grind #Commitment #MondaMotivation
Chael Sonnen has been posting old-school sparring footage lately- here, Randy Couture spars with Chris Leben with the late great Robert Follis looking on.
TJ Dillashaw working with Duane Ludwig on the pads
Finishing off with some basics at the end of our session tonight #HowToCoolDownANinja @tjyouthmma @treigning_lab #BMTProDojo with @TJDillashaw #InspiredByBasRutten #BANGMuayThai #GLC2000 #Onnit #GetOnnit #Kaizen #BMT #Ninjas #BlackBelt #LifeLongJourney #LudwigMartialArts #MartialArtist #MixedMartialArts #DrillerMakeKillers #BMT4UFC #JiuJitsu #QualityReps #GoodHabits #Lineage #NinjaSkills&Drills #Kickboxing #NinjaSprinkles #MuayThai #MMA #HelpOut #GiveBack #UpLift #Inspire OSU
Al Iaquinta continues to stand out as the rare fighter who doesn’t fear or pay deference to the boss on this, but until Project Spearhead takes off and formally becomes a union, the fighters will not be able to negotiate issues like this.
Junior Dos Santos working his strength and conditioning at American Top Team
@junior_cigano phase 2 strength and explosive power training 3 weeks out!! ______________________________________________ Terms: absolute strength (maximal effort strength), RFD (rate of force development) _____________________________________________ Exercises: skater bounds, cross step med ball toss, hop step med ball rotation toss, CM box jump, Zercher squat, Band pull through, half kneeling landmine press, pendlay row Action/Result: utilizing light loads to initiate explosive power through multidirectional movement patterns. High loads to initiate greater motor unit recruitment and maximal strength through activation of muscle fibers. Posterior chain exercises to bring up strength in the areas needed to produce knockout power. Those of you who know Cigano knows he has the ability to KO anyone with one punch. My goal is to maximize his ability to do this for all 5 rounds. Bringing up imbalances and deficiencies to induce even more potential to get a knockout bonus! Increasing strength while improving movement and balance with plyometrics and compound lifts. ______________________________________________ For more training programs, pdf’s, seminar requests, ebooks, private consults, and podcast interviews you can DM or go to Darustrong.com #DaruStrongTraining #ufc #combatsports #strengthandconditioning #americantopteam #ufcboise #cigano #brazil #strengthcoach #strength #power #performance #darustrong @fightcampconditioning @fightscienceinstitute @overtimeathletes
Each time I write an article I debate putting Derrick Lewis’ content into Random Land at the end of Midnight Mania
Carla Esparza got to get her dream car, which is good to see. I remember when she had to sell her TUF motorcycle to pay bills.
Sage Northcutt is back
Colby Covington claimed he could beat Garry Tonon in a grappling competition (he couldn’t) and Tonon has been roasting him relentlessly on Instagram ever since. Guess where Colby is tagged in this photo...
Ever wondered how to train to punch hard? American Top Team strength and conditioning coach Phil Daru explains how he gets his fighters combat-ready and the minimum strength he looks for when they hit the weight room.
Slips, Rips, and Chokeout Clips
‘Fluffy’ is an amazing nickname for a professional fighter.
Anthony "Fluffy" Hernandez smokes Jordan Wright, knocking out the "Beverly Hills Ninja" in less than 40 seconds! The undefeated LFA Middleweight Champion pushes his record to 7-0. #DWTNCS pic.twitter.com/0zsYR2kTso— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) June 20, 2018
Tenshin went to war with Rodtang a few days ago and it was pretty awesome
The full fight:
Peaceful sleep. I envy it wherever I see it.
Podcasts and Video
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Add Australia to my long, long list of travel destinations
Work experience kids are getting younger and younger, hey @aroundq! If you're visiting #Katherine, make sure you stop in at @TopDidj for their two and half hour aboriginal culture experience. Visitors can interact with Top End aboriginal artist Manuel Pamkal and ask questions about aboriginal culture whilst being educated on the significance of his painting style, weapons used and how he lived off the land. Not only can you meet Manuel, you can also say hello to these inquisitive little fellas - two of the Top Didj staff are also wildlife carers so there's always joey wallabies around! Cheers for tagging #NTaustralia, Q #SeeAustralia #TourismTopEnd
As a former soccer player, this level of skill with a soccer ball never ceases to amaze me.