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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.
I still love you.— Nina Ansaroff (@NinaAnsaroff) January 15, 2019
Will this scientific-looking approach to Dillashaw’s brutal weight cut work for him?
Just to give you an idea of the mathematical approach to TJ Dillashaw’s weight cut, here is the algorithm his coach Sam Calavitta used to get him there. I won’t pretend to know what it means, but Sam told me there’s a chance TJ could go to bed the night before weigh-in on weight. pic.twitter.com/rE2ZjyaPiQ— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 14, 2019
According to him, the weight cut is over- the rest is academic.
TJ Dillashaw is the most illustrious veteran of The Ultimate Fighter, ever.
T.J. Dillashaw is the most decorated TUF Vet:— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) January 14, 2019
1 of 10 TUF vets to win a UFC title.
1 of 3 TUF Vets to successfully defend a UFC championship (Bisping & Rose other two)
Only TUF Vet to be a 2x UFC Champ.
7 title fights, most for a TUF Vet (includes #UFCBrooklyn)#randomstat
Hindsight is 20/20
Closing lines:— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) January 14, 2019
Bisping +525 https://t.co/dwrmgpZ0XI
Darren Till was excited that Jorge Masvidal wanted to fight him
Leon Edwards wasn’t so pleased with the callout
What are you talking about— Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) January 14, 2019
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.
@heynottheface As per your question yesterday, these are the numbers we've dug up at @tapology for US MMA events by year:— Steven Kelliher (@Steven_Kelliher) January 14, 2019
2011 - 1,764
2012 - 1,872
2013 - 1,909
2014 - 1,753
2015 - 1,619
2016 - 1,384
2017 - 1,291
2018 - 1,181
Certainly some contraction on the US Regional Scene.
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.
Plaintiffs say #UFC's scheme enabled it to pay fighters "less than half the amount they would have received in a more competitive market." Also claim over 99% of UFC fighters we're harmed. 10 total fighters not harmed.— Paul Gift (@MMAanalytics) January 15, 2019
Not much new there, but hey, it's something.
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
.@dc_mma March 20 is coming up quick. Let’s settle this and get this fight on the books before you blow the candles out on that cake.— Stipe Miocic (@stipemiocic) January 14, 2019
Yeah, this fight poster is pretty amazing.
Anyway here is the greatest mma poster ever....and goodnight pic.twitter.com/YspqoBIZGP— FuriouslyHigh (@AcidHaze) January 14, 2019
AJ Agazarm could be a force to watch in MMA
A.J. Agazarm, the Ohio State wrestler turned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, will make his MMA debut at Bellator 214 on Jan. 26 in Inglewood, Calif, according to multiple sources. Agazarm will meet Jesse Roberts (0-0, 3-1 amateur) in a 160-pound catchweight fight, sources say.— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) January 14, 2019
Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov got into it on social media about their scuffle
Be real— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) January 13, 2019
You know what happened live with it
Johnny Walker is having Too Much Fun
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“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance”
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.
Dustin Poirier made it weird
Let me feel that squeeze Champ!! https://t.co/2p5DOCnmnc— The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) January 12, 2019
Brian Ortega in a bowtie
Cory Sandhagen found himself a new opponent, UFC newcomer Mario Bautista
Tito Ortiz is a treasure
This is one of the sample videos on Tito Ortiz’s Cameo page: pic.twitter.com/nESPYkEHrD— Borrachinha Depot (@FullContactMTWF) January 12, 2019
This is funny by Leslie Smith
Anthony Pettis is still angling for this funhouse scrap with Stephen Thompson
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:
If we're ignoring the name value of the fighters, did Goga Shamatava have the best KO of the year in 2018? Spinning elbow counter to a spinning backfist. (ACB 89) pic.twitter.com/meL9ekSbi0— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 12, 2019
An old classic from MMA pioneer Yves Edwards
Remember when Scott Smith killed Kyle Noke ? I swear man, Scotty's hands were made out of stone. Damn ! pic.twitter.com/1tOJfuI5xe— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) January 13, 2019
Closing the door with a headkick worked out really well for Arman here
8.22.2018— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 12, 2019
Arman Tsarukyan def. Felipe Olivieri - Head Kick - Platform S70 pic.twitter.com/I0jw982J31
Back and forth
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A snippet of tonight’s battle between current Lumpinee stadium and Ch7 stadium super-welterweight champion, Talaytong and Brazilian fighter Luis Cajaiba - Talaytong the winner on points . Amarin TV —————————— @phuketfightclub is home to a host of International fights and the gym welcomes everyone to train MauyThai —————————— #boonsport #phuketfightclub #thailand #muaythai #siamfightnews
This guy throws down
Just want to let everyone know, Sumo is back.
Day2 Kotoyuki (L) is back in makuuchi. He’s vs new makuuchi regular Meisei. Both are scrappy, so I knew this would be good, and it is always fun to see if K’s style is going to get him flying off the dohyo (not that I’d wish injury on him of course). #Sumolingo #Hatsubasho pic.twitter.com/RwWk3SUUZ9— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) January 14, 2019
Day1. #yokozuna Kakuryu (L) was ailing, lost last 5 bouts after 10 straight wins and then missed last basho entirely. Let’s see if he can get started off on right foot vs Tochiozan, who raised expectations early on but in the end only managed a (still respectable) 8-7 last time. pic.twitter.com/TiJCy6drDZ— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) January 13, 2019
Couture vs Nogueira was a classic. It was everything you expected from two all time greats. pic.twitter.com/ymO7pivfbn— Scott Bond (@_ScottBond_) January 12, 2019