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If you are like me, you have learned to accept this new era of free-for-all matchmaking and even make the choice to enjoy it. Fun fights- call them money fights if you like- are still fun. Now, there are limits. If it’s a money fight but it’s not fun, I’m not into it. I wasn’t into CM Punk getting two chances in the Octagon, but I was into Nate Diaz vs. Conor McGregor 1 and 2, Daniel Cormier fighting Stipe Miocic, GSP fighting Michael Bisping, even the proposed Amanda Nunes fight with Cris Cyborg. The carnival boxing match between McGregor and Mayweather was somewhere in the middle; I hated covering it but the actual fight turned out okay, all things considered. I’ll admit many of those choices don’t make a whole lot of divisional sense in terms of rankings, but many of them were and remain incredibly fun fights I ended up enjoying. I see the very valid objections to Brock Lesnar getting a UFC title shot coming off a drug suspension, but it will also likely be great fun for as long as it lasts, so I’ll accept it and make the choice to enjoy it.
Yoel Romero vs. Daniel Cormier falls into this category of extremely fun fight that I don’t feel the need to justify in my head to watch. I’ll watch those two fight on pretty much any excuse. However, Daniel Cormier does not have my resignation to the funhouse version of the UFC we are currently getting. He isn’t about to take a light heavyweight title defense against Yoel Romero for no reason- even if Yoel is one of the only fighters who would have washed him in straight wrestling. He said so on UFC Tonight (transcript via MMAJunkie.com)
“Here’s the deal: I never wrestled Yoel Romero, but in wrestling he probably would have served me up,” Cormier said. “He’s one of the great wrestlers of all-time. But, you don’t fail a class and then get moved up a grade to the next one.”
Of course, Chael Sonnen did exactly that, fighting Jon Jones after a season of TUF (he would have beaten him too, if it wasn’t for that meddling TKO). When reminded of this, DC dismissed it as a Sonnen-esque exception.
“Chael Sonnen did that one time, but I don’t know what was going on,” Cormier said. “Chael has a way of doing that. Let’s just say that.”
He did also say, however, he does want to make a title defense so he doesn’t get stripped the way McGregor did.
“I don’t want them to take one of these belts,” Cormier said. “So I will defend it. I will defend the light heavyweight title if the right fight presents itself.”
I’m not sure if handpicking Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua counts as ‘the right fight’ presenting itself, DC. Might as well wait for the Lesnar fight if that’s your idea of defending the title.
The cast for The Ultimate Fighter 28: Heavy Hitters has been revealed pic.twitter.com/zHOLgNlhwZ— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 11, 2018
These workouts are always as enjoyable to watch as they are unattainable.
In case you thought Conor McGregor WASN’T enjoying his year away from fighting
Beware, Notorious one
Conor McGregor hasn't fought in the UFC for so long he turned to stone. pic.twitter.com/xVRXaUW3g4— Dave Madden (@DaveMMAdden) July 10, 2018
He listened and is back in training. Either that, or he is still wet from his jetski run.
Sage Northcutt’s brand of trash talk is inimitable.
This man is a treasure
Mingling with the settlers pic.twitter.com/mIUuVCaQoH— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) July 12, 2018
Cub Swanson is going to be featured on a local mural with his sparring partner, former boxing champion Tim Bradley Jr.
A mural of retired world champion boxer @Timbradleyjr and UFC star @CubSwanson will be painted on the wall of a local business across the street from the Cathedral City Civic Center https://t.co/zdOE0AfmL9 pic.twitter.com/vo6SZPQ8pU— KESQ News Channel 3 (@KESQ) July 11, 2018
Mike Perry asking Joe Rogan about the intersection of free speech and violence is peak MMA Online
This? This right here? This is why MMA Twitter exists. So pro fighters can ask Joe Rogan for legal advice and he can gently distract them from committing regrettable acts of violence. pic.twitter.com/JUrKl7UmcS— Ben Fowlkes (@benfowlkesMMA) July 11, 2018
At least Perry has a sense of humor
Here’s Instagram’s translation of the following caption from Paulo Costa:
I’m sure of my ability. I stepped into this octagon today to give a show, and that’s what I did. Thank God in the first place and to every person who cared for me, thank you every message and support! Thanks also to my family, my masters and teammates, my sponsors and supporters and each one of you!
Today more than ever, We Are All condoms!
Maybe this is why Costa uses ‘The Eraser’ (the correct translation of his nickname ‘Borrachinha’) in his official Octagon introductions now.
Eu tenho certeza da minha capacidade. Pisei nesse octógono hoje para dar show, e foi o que eu fiz. . Agradeço a Deus em primeiro lugar e a cada pessoa que se importou comigo, agradeço cada mensagem e apoio! Agradeço também a minha família, aos meus mestres e companheiros de time, aos meus patrocinadores e apoiadores e a cada um de vocês! Hoje mais do que nunca, Somos Todos Borrachinha! #Repost @ufc ・・・ BACK & FORTH❗️ @BorrachinhaMMA wins an absolute classic. #UFC226 #SomosTodosBorrachinha #Borrachinha #Champ
This was very cool of Junior Dos Santos, who is fighting this weekend.
In 2012, Junior dos Santos granted the wish of nine-year-old Breno de Carvalho, bringing him to Vegas and into the Octagon after his win over Frank Mir.— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) July 12, 2018
Six years later, Breno is a state boxing champion, pursuing MMA. JDS is truly one of the good guys of the sport. #UFCBoise pic.twitter.com/obRLL2COl3
I turned on the cold water at the end of my shower today so I know exactly how this feels
Check out this old West style promo from LFA fighting.
Brendan Schaub and Dana White got into it on Israel Adesanya’s page and Brendan is getting serious.
Israel Adesanya is not happy with Brendan Schaub. pic.twitter.com/oa9FJVXGjK— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) July 12, 2018
Dana White blasted Schaub in the comments, Schaub responded then backtracked about the video. pic.twitter.com/eiaZ4RhYc9— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) July 12, 2018
I’m playing nice. I am not his friend. If he continues I will release the hounds. I was gonna save it for my book but....— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) July 12, 2018
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
This back kick worked because heavyweight is so weird
This old Zabit Magomedsharipov fight features what seems to be a delayed reaction bodyshot
Israel Adesanya in action
Podcasts and Video
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Israel Adesanya highlights aren’t getting old to me
BJJ Scout breaks down DC’s dirty boxing
I need to visit Barcelona someday because I don’t believe for one second this is real.
Maybe I just need a vacation because this looks incredibly fun
Fennec foxes are very cute