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Amanda Nunes doesn’t like being fluffy, evidently, as the UFC double champion is having trouble fitting into her wardrobe... but did she just kill the women’s featherweight division over it?

UFC women’s featherweight was always a strange division. Rankings for it never really existed; it was created to showcase one woman: Cris Cyborg, the queen of 145. Amanda Nunes ended Cyborg’s 13-year reign in less than a minute. Afterwards, perhaps out of sheer pettiness, she said she plans on making Cyborg wait two years for a rematch, saying she wants to drop back to bantamweight and defend her belt in that weight class. Dana White also shot down Cyborg’s call for an immediate rematch.

Cyborg, perhaps the only female fighter (possibly excepting Megan Anderson) on the roster who can’t make 135, has one fight on her contract... but only if the UFC offers her that fight before March. Once March comes and goes, she’s a free agent, with stated ambitions to try her hand at boxing. The UFC have shown they are willing to contemplate closing down whole weight classes, with the future of men’s flyweight currently unclear. With Nunes dragging her feet on any possible rematch, could this be the end of the UFC’s strangest division?

The good news here? Nunes’ girlfriend, fellow UFC fighter Nina Ansaroff, says she still loves her.


Insomnia

Will this scientific-looking approach to Dillashaw’s brutal weight cut work for him?

According to him, the weight cut is over- the rest is academic.

TJ Dillashaw is the most illustrious veteran of The Ultimate Fighter, ever.

Hindsight is 20/20

Darren Till was excited that Jorge Masvidal wanted to fight him

Leon Edwards wasn’t so pleased with the callout

Oleksandr Usyk could end up being the greatest heavyweight boxer of our time, and he’s not even a heavyweight.

Amateur and professional MMA events have declined year over year in the United States since 2013, when the UFC really began to establish its stranglehold on the sport. That might not be the cause at all, but its definitely an interesting trend.

On that note. the plaintiffs in the anti-trust lawsuit are claiming 99% of fighters were harmed because the UFC was able to pay them less than half of what they would have received in a competitive market. That seems about accurate judging by the effects of the Reebok deal alone.

When you do a book report on the Cliff Notes:

Florida Man headlines, but with Mike Perry’s face, remain the best.

Stipe Miocic is still angling for his rematch with Daniel Cormier

Yeah, this fight poster is pretty amazing.

AJ Agazarm could be a force to watch in MMA

Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov got into it on social media about their scuffle

Johnny Walker is having Too Much Fun

“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance”

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How being able to spar today made me feel.

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Tony Ferguson can dance

Why would Dillon Danis pick a fight with Jakie Shields, when Shields beat him in grappling?

Speaking of MMA fighters that are better grapplers than Danis, here’s Garry Tonon:

Frankie Edgar and Eddie Alvarez are the most likely friends you could imagine in MMA

Mike Perry sparring

Cain Velasquez keeps trying to convince us that he’s really coming back. I’m not buying it yet.

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No days off. Can’t wait! #UFCPhoenix @somosdpana

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Jacked Cejudo

Dustin Poirier made it weird

Brian Ortega in a bowtie

Cory Sandhagen found himself a new opponent, UFC newcomer Mario Bautista

Tito Ortiz is a treasure

This is funny by Leslie Smith

Anthony Pettis is still angling for this funhouse scrap with Stephen Thompson

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Derrick Lewis hasn’t gotten his free Popeyes for life ticket yet, even though its ten minutes from his house.


Slips, Rips, KO Clips

Yair’s elbow was better but I posted so many knockouts I forgot about this gem:

An old classic from MMA pioneer Yves Edwards

Another oldie:

Closing the door with a headkick worked out really well for Arman here

Back and forth

This guy throws down

Just want to let everyone know, Sumo is back.

Old-school heavyweight


Random Land

Geometry

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London’s calling

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