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The UFC’s depth of talent is never more evident when they can replace a fight without seeming to lose quality in so doing. Ion Cutelaba and John Lineker were forced out of their bouts next weekend with Glover Teixeira and Cory Sandhagen, respectively. While the UFC are still searching for an opponent for Sandhagen, they have found one for Glover: middleweight prospect Karl Roberson.
Anytime a fighter carries a nickname like ‘Baby K’, you know he’s gotta be a pretty tough dude. Roberson has been a professional MMA fighter since 2015, and he’s 7-1, with a win on the Tuesday Night Contender series and two UFC wins under his belt. He faces a big opportunity in the form of Glover Teixeira, a ranked light heavyweight on the downswing of his career. Roberson has two fights at light heavyweight, including a win over current UFC light heavyweight Ryan Spann.
Roberson’s most recent performance was a unanimous decision win over Jack Marshman at UFC 230. Teixeira, meanwhile, is looking to bounce back from a decision loss to Corey Anderson. UFC on ESPN 1 is headlined by bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw, who is dropping to flyweight to face champion Henry Cejudo.
A couple days ago Karl was feuding with middleweight action fighter Elias Theodorou
This is unacceptable to be in the top 15 I want all the fucking sauce! @UFC @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 it's time to start exposing this weird shit!! Give him too me and watch me eat! @CoreyA_MMA bruh the fuck is this lmao #thisbs #easywork @SuckerPunchEnt @EliasTheodorou https://t.co/CDMdbGXGUp— Karl Roberson (@karlbabyk) January 3, 2019
See, I have a pay-check much larger than Mr Karl and the UFC will not let me punch below my belt and Ranking for the next one. So I'll be fighting top 10...where I belong. You might not get it, but many of men have tried and most have failed. Including the man chocked him out. :)— The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) January 11, 2019
That fact that you say 4 years like it's better shows your not a top 10 fighter your a coaster run around throw dumb shit and run more no type of excitement or danger ♂️ ! When I get to you we are not going to decision we both know whats up! #dummy pic.twitter.com/TJXnnj6aV4— Karl Roberson (@karlbabyk) January 11, 2019
Al Iaquinta respects Khabib Nurmagomedov more than any other top lightweight
.@ALIAQUINTA tells @MMAjunkieRadio that while he would love another shot at Khabib Nurmagomedov, he'd like a few things to be different headed into the rematch.@MMAjunkieGeorge @thegoze @DanTomMMA @MMAjunkie pic.twitter.com/ovTzrwbP2r— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) January 12, 2019
The UFC’s gambit paid off for them... maybe not so much the fighters not named Jon Jones
So if they really lost about $5m from moving it then they also gained at least $15m from keeping Jones on the card. https://t.co/xO3dn64HT2— John S. Nash (@heynottheface) January 11, 2019
Are we really going to see McGregor box Paulie Malignaggi next? Please, no, thank you.
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Let the record show. I like Paulie Malinaggi. Here is a confrontation between us regarding a picture he was upset about. Yes you heard that right. A picture. I told him here to his face. “Don’t be bitching.” Common knowledge I would think for a fighting man. Don’t be a bitch, bitching. The same thing I said to khabib at the end of round 3. My round. Don’t be bitching! Every single round bitching to the referee. He was even bitching in the fourth round from mount position. It baffled me. If anyone should have been saying anything to the referee, it should have been me in that 1st round. That round he held onto my legs for four minutes straight. With zero activity. But a fight is a fight who gives a fuck. Crying to the referee like a proper bitch. I was trying to dig my fingers into his Adams Apple. Many individuals in the fight business, I have learned lately, are absolute bitches. I know you’s are broke boys. But don’t be broke bitches.
Raymond Daniels doing his best Anthony Pettis impersonation, possibly before Anthony Pettis did it.
Tony Ferguson deserves a title shot more than anyone has ever deserved a title shot.
This is another kind of knee
TJ Dillashaw vs. Henry Cejudo is an interesting bout from a betting perspective
BW champ TJ Dillashaw became an early 2-to-1 favorite over FLW champ Henry Cejudo, but betting action has been two-sided ever since.— Fightnomics Reed (@Fightnomics) January 11, 2019
Cejudo=rare champion underdog.
Dillashaw=only the 3rd fighter to ever be favored against Cejudo (MightyMouse, Benavidez).#UFCBrooklyn#UFConESPN pic.twitter.com/H9g8o25e2p
Who said powerlifters can’t hit?
Joe Rogan getting a kick out of science
The MMA Ratings Podcast
Simone Vezzani particle rendering a portrait from the Bode-Museum using Redshift. pic.twitter.com/iV7eh0Crs6— fourthree.boilerroom.tv (@fourthree_br) January 11, 2019
This Chinese meme is pure
the challenge involves four generations of family members making an appearance so a son calls his dad who calls his dad who calls his dad pic.twitter.com/Q6UrBlIbWH— kassy cho (@kassy) January 4, 2019