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Scott Coker knew Rory Macdonald’s reputation when he brought the current Bellator welterweight champion over from Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC), but when “Red King” fully lived up to the eager disregard for pain he had shown in his UFC career, Coker was still a little shook. He spoke to MacDonald after the Canadian had won the belt in a fight with Douglas Lima that Macdonald himself described as the toughest bout of his career (via MMAFighting.com):
“Two weeks later, he calls me and he’s like, ‘I’m ready to schedule a fight,’” Coker said. “I said, ‘Rory, no, no. You need to put on the brakes here for a second. Let’s just rest.’ He said, ‘No, no, I’m ready. I’m just about ready to walk. I still have a limp, but I think I can start training in another week.’ I’m like, ‘This guy is nuts.’”
“He just wants to fight, he wants to stay busy,” Coker said of MacDonald. “He wants to get out there and compete. So, I think it’s my job to slow him down. He’s chomping at the bit. And he wanted this fight with Gegard and Gegard wanted to fight him. And they wanted to test themselves.”
While Rory didn’t get back into action as quickly as he would have liked, he did get the superfight he was angling for, at a stacked Bellator 206 on September 29 against middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi. After that, no matter the result, he plans on competing in the Bellator welterweight Grand Prix, with Coker targeting a February date against Jon Fitch. His welterweight belt will be on the line in each of his fights throughout the tourney, other competitors including Douglas Lima, Andrey Koreshkov, Paul Daley, Michael Page, Ed Ruth, and Neiman Gracie.
“I have never met a fighter like Rory,” Coker said.
Dana White credits Trump with helping the UFC when it wasn’t a popular sport
Jon Jones is firmly back on his inspirational shtick.
Every part of the journey matters. Triumphs and setbacks all combine to make the climb what it is supposed to be. My feet are dug in and I have clear motivation as to what I’m going after and why. I promise you’ve never seen anything like what’s coming #comebackseason— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) August 17, 2018
Jessica Eye and Sijara Eubanks went back and forth and Eye referred to Sijara as her “little cum dumpster”; all in all a normal day on MMA Twitter.
Hahaha you are just salty everyone is passing you up because you can’t make weight . https://t.co/lumkCrLtcB— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) August 16, 2018
And call me your Boo again and I’ll make you my bitch mark my words. https://t.co/rIFpWBuXs8— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) August 16, 2018
Ok my little cum dumpster let’s make it dec in Vegas .. https://t.co/WrZdQc8h6b— Jessica Eye (@jessicaevileye) August 16, 2018
Tony Ferguson could do worse than fight Al Iaquinta but he evidently doesn’t want that fight.
Just spoke to @ALIAQUINTA. He said he’s finally healthier than he’s been in years.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) August 15, 2018
He wants to fight the recently medically cleared @TonyFergusonXT next. Any card in November (MSG, China, TUF Finale ...”)
“Can’t stand that guy,” he said.
Nick Diaz appears to be itching for a fight. Either that, or he got stuck in traffic.
Go ahead and pull up bitch— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) August 16, 2018
I’ll fight all you pussies make some money bitch— nick diaz (@nickdiaz209) August 16, 2018
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Some drama on Twitter happened yesterday when boxer Amanda Serrano, who is transitioning to MMA, claimed she rolled for six hours a day and UFC lightweight Jared Gordon said that was an impossible training schedule.
So now your putting down drug/recovering addicts? Classy. All I did was doubt how you say you roll 6 hours a day.— Jared Gordon (@JFlashGordonMMA) August 16, 2018
UFC fighters sided with Jared Gordon against Amanda when she brought up his past addiction.
And then you had the class to bring up the fact that he’s a recovering addict.. and the blocked him? Well I’m not blocked. And ur a loser https://t.co/turtVYmIdQ— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) August 16, 2018
Yea I mean wtf? Dude jokes about ur training 6hrs and u bring up that! Idiot— Paul Felder (@felderpaul) August 16, 2018
Once again, combat sports this weekend:
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
Goodnight at PFL 6.
Don’t mess with anyone who has ‘Magomed’ in their name.
Abus Magomedov continues to knockig out ppl pic.twitter.com/XMOHQVcBUU— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 17, 2018
Kayla Harrison got her second MMA win
A former world champion judoka and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Kayla Harrison moves to 2-0 via total domination of Jozette Cotton. Harrison repeatedly grounded and mounted her more experienced foe, dropping strikes en route to a merciful third-round TKO. #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/pTUHfsCeQ3— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) August 17, 2018
Former WSOF title challenger João Zeferino (23-9) taps Yuri Villefort in the third round off of a slick back take and RNC. "The Brazilian Samurai" boasts 20 finishes, 16 by submission. #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/XoWj05pJix— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) August 17, 2018
Rick Story with the win
Rick "The Horror" Story (21-9) lays Carlton Minus to rest, choking out the Alaska FC stalwart in the second round with an RNC. A 19-fight UFC vet, Story is 5-1 in his last six. #PFL6 pic.twitter.com/msEkyQGRpL— Kyle Johnson (@Maldobabo) August 17, 2018
RIP Aretha Franklin
Around 1979, #ArethaFranklin & Smokey Robinson appeared on the Soul Train TV show. Host Don Cornelius - God rest his soul - switched things up by asking Aretha to sing one of her good friend Smokey's songs. What a beautiful, classic moment. pic.twitter.com/KZTMbbRCvd— Nadine White (@Nadine_Writes) August 13, 2018
Not a month goes by when I don’t get a little sad that I will never see Quetzalcoatlus Northropi fly.
Quetzalcoatlus northropi model next to a 1.8m man. The largest known flying animal to ever exist pic.twitter.com/XlITW9srer— Nature is Amazing (@AMAZlNGNATURE) August 14, 2018
So I had a wedding in my Calendar for this Saturday and I was very stressed out because I didn’t know whose it was and I was afraid I was going to miss it. Then I realized that it was part of my 20 year plan and I set it like 5 years ago. It’s my wedding, I’m missing my wedding.— Troy (@thunt59) August 15, 2018
I had somehow never heard this American accent before. It’s very odd.
“...Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”