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“After receiving notice of his intent to compete in the UFC, USADA re-entered Brock Lesnar to the testing pool on July 3,” the USADA statement read. “With six months and four days remaining on his period of ineligibility, Lesnar will be able to compete on or after January 8, 2019, should he remain in compliance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy.”
And thus Brock Lesnar is officially back. His melodramatic entrance to the Octagon and unceremonious shove of Daniel Cormier will not be wasted; Lesnar will indeed be fighting Cormier. We think.
Brock Lesnar gets into the Octagon and shoves Daniel Cormier. pic.twitter.com/IYUimGfBcJ— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) July 8, 2018
Lesnar, 40, is currently suspended for his use of banned substance clomiphene in the lead-up to his UFC 200 bout against Mark Hunt. That fight, which saw Lesnar’s easy win overturned to a no-contest, resulted in a lawsuit from Hunt. Hunt alleges the UFC, which waived the standard 4-month testing period Lesnar was supposed to undergo prior to his return from a 2011 retirement, knew Brock was on steroids and allowed him to compete anyway. Cormier has stated he wants Lesnar tested rigorously prior to competing again in the Octagon.
A January return rules out the big fall card at Madison Square Garden. Will Daniel Cormier opt to fight someone else in the meantime? Or should Alexander Gustafsson’s request be honored and he receive an interim light heavyweight title shot? If Cormier decides to wait half a year for his money fight vs. Lesnar, the interim belt might actually make sense for once. It’s just long enough to where DC, 39 years old himself, might not want to try to fit another fight camp in. He was clear in the post-fight press conference he doesn’t plan on too many more fights in his career.
Daniel Cormier lays out the following fight options only before he retires.— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) July 8, 2018
-Alexander Gustafsson ONLY if he does something special
Everyone else need not apply. He's not here for a long time, he's here for a good time and to get paid.
What should Cormier do? Not fight Shogun. Sorry, DC.
What should DC do?
This poll is closed
Defend light heavyweight gold against Gustafsson
Wait for Brock Lesnar
Tito Ortiz mocked Chuck Liddell for looking like an old man on the pads; just another reason this fight shouldn’t have been made.
Jon Jones is somehow still wanting to be the role model he never could live up to.
Well I hope the whole MMM community is having an awesome Monday. Know that God is love https://t.co/6WYDXkpTN2— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 9, 2018
Just keep in mind that life is a journey and not a race. If it’s in Gods will for me to still be here and healthy, please believe that they’ll be many more fights to come. Let’s not forget I’m still the youngest guy in the top 5 at HW & LHW @UniqueMazique— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 9, 2018
Khabib Nurmagomedov working with his first coach, his dad.
Bellator’s new fighter Lyoto Machida took his family for a water buffalo ride
Your reminder that Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier are fighting again.
I'm gonna knock you out— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) July 8, 2018
Francis Ngannou vs. Derek Lewis was always going to be a bad fight until it got good- but it never got good.
Stipe Miocic is so damn classy. He’s still the greatest UFC heavyweight of all time until someone breaks his title defense record.
Tonight wasn’t my night. I’m feeling good. Thanks to all my fans for the support. Love you guys! See you back in The Land! pic.twitter.com/D2KUR4ex4d— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) July 8, 2018
Paul Felder is the man. By all rights, he should have gotten a performance bonus for that brawl against Mike Perry, fighting through a broken arm and a mask of blood to battle Mike Perry to a split decision a division up.
Still waiting for stickers... and um thanks for cleaning me up. This hospital sucks pic.twitter.com/hdge0xmae1— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) July 8, 2018
Proud of my man #warrior @felderpaul on his Spilt Decision Loss. He is at the hospital getting his arm fixed after he broke it on his Opponent in the 1st Round on a Spinning Back Fist. Respect to our opponent @platinummikeperry and his team @jacksonwink_mma Coaches @gregjacksonmma @mmacoachwink @thefranklester ✊️ #martialarts is #Life #paulfelder #irish #dragon #irishdragon #wanderleyjiujitsu @danielswbjj #cushboxing @scottcushman #supastotswrestling @raufeonstots #milwaukeemma @milwaukeemma #dukeroufusstrikinguniversity @dukeroufusstrikingu #ufc #ufc226 picture by @jaredflashgordon
This is still funny to me.
I would hope the odds are right on this one.
George St. Pierre got put in a rear-naked choke by Chuck Norris.
When Chuck Norris does leg locks he doesn’t bother with ashi garami - he just tells your leg to break itself...and it does...Great to see Georges St-Pierre meet the man who has done so much for the growth and popularity of martial arts around the world and who played a key role in the early development of BJJ in North America. He was a kind and gracious host to my dear sensei, Renzo Gracie along with many other members of Gracie and Machado families back when no one in the United States even knew what BJJ was. I remember him coming to do a class with Mr Gracie in NYC and being impressed by his quiet and thoughtful demeanor and his incredible work ethic in In continuing to learn new aspects of martial arts despite already being an established legend - an amazing example to us all. Though he is mostly remembered for his martial arts movies, he was a Karate tournament champion in the early days the martial arts explosion in the late sixties and early seventies and had the adaptability to stay at the forefront of martial arts development through the nineties and beyond. Great to see him meet the face of the modern multi-discipline approach to MMA.
Black Fedor is the best.
There were a lot of fighters present for International Fight Week.
Suga Sean O’Malley with his real dad, Suga Rashad Evans.
Let’s not forget Friday night’s breakout star, Israel Adesanya, who put on a free striking clinic against the very tough Brad Tavares. Here’s how he unlocked his chakra prior to the bout:
His meme game is on point too
This is what Nigerian-born Adesanya said after the fight in his native tongue.
Basically he said Nigerian people what is all the ruckus, they say I cause a ruckus but I don't, no problem though I represent, he said his full name, everybody fuck with me, then he said to Usman we no dey carry last which is a common phase which means Nigerians won't be last.— Okeoma (@Neonep) July 7, 2018
And lastly here’s a taste of what he can do once he’s warmed up.
This was a real thing that happened that I had to cover Friday night and I never want to speak of it again.
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
Just hand wraps
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Just stay down
Ezzard Charles was an old-school great.
Ezzard Charles aka “The Cincinatti Cobra”.. Former heavyweight champion and one of the greats of the sport. And with battles against other legends/champions such as Joe Louis, Rocky Marciano, Jersey Joe Walcott, Joey Maxim, Archie Moore and Charley Burley, this dudes catalog ain’t nothing to f*** with! - #legend #sweetscience #respect #boxing #sweetsciencestaurday