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Kamaru Usman says he’s signed a contract to fight for the welterweight title. Dana White said he’s fighting for the welterweight title. The only problem is, welterweight champion Tyron Woodley says he’s not fighting for the welterweight title just yet.
Bruh Quit lying to these people and getting them pumped. Will fight Colby and you this year. He has to catch this fade first https://t.co/3z4Xsqm1dO— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 3, 2019
Woodley wants to face former interim champion Colby Covington first. Covington has been running his mouth for a long time, evidently to little effect, except to earn himself a White House visit with Donald Trump. The UFC seems uninterested in promoting a fight between Covington and Woodley, giving Kamaru Usman the same opponents Colby just faced, as if to negate his best victories, and promptly stripped him of interim gold when he couldn’t make his unification bout with Woodley in September.
Dana White has also been frustrated with Woodley, implicitly threatening to take his belt away unless he defends in March, though Woodley just defeated Darren Till in September. If the UFC did strip their sitting champion, it would be unprecedented, given that many champions have gone much longer between title defenses without this kind of visible frustration from Dana and Company.
What am I lying about? Do I not have a signed contract with your name on it? Just face the reality March 2nd you’re standing across the octagon from Me. Now get your shit together and let’s run it @TWooodley https://t.co/mvgRM3MTEz— KAMARU USMAN (@USMAN84kg) January 3, 2019
Signed contracts are not a guarantee of a fight happening. In the past, the UFC has used contenders, such as Khabib Nurmagomedov, against each other to lower fighter pay. This also isn’t the first time Usman has claimed he had a bout agreement signed to face the champion. Woodley, though, insists that Usman is flat out lying.
Bruh.....you are coming off stupid and I don’t do Twitter Beef you got my line. But what you don’t have is a damn agreement signed by me. Now quit lying before I lose respect for you. I said I will fight both of you. The order is to be determined. Chill, take a number & fall back https://t.co/SdcYYuu46m— Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) January 3, 2019
How will the drama shake out? Will Woodley defend his title in March, and if so, will it be against Covington, or Usman?
Anthony Smith fires another shot at Jon Jones
.@JonnyBones, might as well get the biggest fight of 2019 in the division out of the way first. If you want to leave zero doubt start with the #1 contender.— Anthony Smith (@lionheartasmith) January 3, 2019
BTW you set the bar low, I fought 4 times for the fans last year. pic.twitter.com/8DfsuQYNVh
Former UFC fighter Kajan Johnson points out a long-standing flaw in MMA: the judges are accountable to no one for individual decisions. This is somewhat understandable, but it screws with fighters’ paychecks and careers more often than it should.
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Hopefully this unfortunate situation brings more attention to human error in judging. We need to create a system to hold judges accountable if there is a recurring pattern of errors in their decisions. We’re all human, we all make mistakes but some of these mistakes greatly alter the trajectories of many athletes careers. We as athletes are held accountable for all errors and mistakes we make while competing. We can ask no less of judges. What do you think is the best way to rectify this issue in our sport? . . . . . #judges #judging #humanerror #accountability #ufc #mma #ufcjudges #mmajudges #honesty #sport #martialarts
Stipe Miocic is exactly the kind of silly that fits an Ohio firefighter.
This might be the most amazing suit in the history of suits. Stipe “Clark Griswold” Miocic from his Instagram pic.twitter.com/7lpjihPn4d— Damon Martin (@DamonMartin) January 2, 2019
In case people need more evidence for Tenshin-Mayweather was NOT a ‘work’.
So I'll admit to being wrong about one thing yesterday. On the initial knockdown, after Floyd connects flush with his left hook to the temple, that follow up right DOES land on the way down. Also, listen to these shots. pic.twitter.com/ua6VyNaVsa— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) January 2, 2019
MMA trainer Din Thomas with more explanation as to why MMA fighters might not be grasping the obvious reality of Mayweather destroying Tenshin.
I dont know whether it was real or not. What I do know is that I've seen MMA guys go into boxing gyms and get embarrassed. https://t.co/02HyPFez7J— Din Thomas (@DinThomas) January 1, 2019
I hope this guy goes to jail for assault. Glad she clocked him, but he deserves worse than that.
McDonald’s employee in Florida defends herself against customer who was angry over straws; he was later arrested— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) January 3, 2019
One of the greats
When it comes to hitting and not getting hit, Pernell Whitaker was just about as good as it gets. Look how active he was boxing off the back foot. And did anyone ever pivot and glide around the ring as effortlessly as he did? Talk about sweet feet! #boxing pic.twitter.com/dsHePQ3LEC— Lee Wylie (@leewylieboxing) January 2, 2019
I just want to say that PFL’s million-dollar tournament, though I doubt its a sustainable business model, did give some lucky athletes amazing paydays, and thats always cause for celebration. 99% of MMA fighters do not get to retire with a million dollars in the bank, but Sean O’Connell does, and Louis Taylor does.
Thank you. @SugarRaySefo @carlossilva @ProFightLeague pic.twitter.com/mZEYynB4xi— Sean O'Connell (@realOCsports) January 2, 2019
Watching PFL victory speech from @louistaylor064 - what an outstanding husband and father: "That house is paid off baby. Their school is paid off ladies. I don't need a nice car. I just need to make sure my family is fed". What a champion. Inspiring stuff. Put the guns down!— Fight Ghost (@Fight_Ghost) January 3, 2019
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A snippet of the insanity between Tongpoon and Nuapetch that now sits as co-favorite for the Channel7 stadium fight of the year for 2018 . @muaythaiseven ———————————— Shop all your @boonsport products direct from the factory https://www.boonsport.com . Custom shorts: : firstname.lastname@example.org ———————————— #muaythai #thailand #siamfightnews
Dominance MMA is Ali Abdelaziz’s management company. He appears to have quite restrictive contracts with his athletes.
This also is quite bothersome: pic.twitter.com/bYz5iOfgI5— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) January 3, 2019
Reading over a Dominance MMA contract a fighter sent me yesterday. Never seen this in a management contract before. Reads sort of like a UFC contract. pic.twitter.com/pBQNEZsKQc— Mike Russell (@MIKERUSSELLMMA) January 3, 2019
Alexander Volkanovski is my pick to beat Max Holloway, if anyone at featherweight can beat him.
.@alexvolkanovski explains why he’s a nightmare matchup for Max Holloway #TLTS @lthomasnews pic.twitter.com/2gwYK0aLKE— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) January 3, 2019
Going into the new year, getting it right
Sicko Mode or Mo Bamba? Why not both. pic.twitter.com/i8CJyA0RsM— Joey Valence (@JoeyValence) December 31, 2018
He really tried to iron his clothes while still wearing them
Every time Mitt Romney trends I feel like I’m morally obligated to share this video of him ironing his clothes while they are still on his body pic.twitter.com/JFjn6Zk3OF— Remy Carreiro (@Remy_Anne) January 2, 2019
I had a high school teammate named Czarnecki and man, you could hear the announcer pause before trying that one. That was nothing compared to this.
new fav vid pic.twitter.com/ApdCa38BTi— (@urvillageidiot) January 2, 2019
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