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Dustin Poirier is a pretty incredible fighter. The former interim Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight strap-hanger has fought an outrageously high-level of competition over the years. Justin Gaethje, Eddie Alvarez, Max Holloway — Poirier goes toe-to-toe with champions, consistently putting on all-time great fights, at no small cost to his own health.
Does “The Diamond” deserve some extra cash for all his extraordinary effort?
The Louisiana-native believes so, and ahead of what would surely prove to be yet another barn-burner opposite Tony Ferguson, he stood his ground in negotiations. UFC promptly moved on from the bout, labeling the negotiations unsalvageable.
Perhaps a bit surprisingly, Poirier’s would-be opponent Ferguson is on his side. “El Cucuy” tweeted out support for Poirier, requesting UFC “pay the man” and make the fight happen.
“Here’s Lookin’ At You Kid” Pay the man @danawhite @ufc Love ya’ll but let’s give the Hardcore & Casual fans what they deserve, a good fight Sir ⚔️ -CSO- @DustinPoirier #ufc254 pic.twitter.com/uVwwZIUtSd— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) September 14, 2020
UFC 254 is still about six weeks away, so perhaps there’s a chance for all sides to come to an agreement. Unless something dramatic happens, however, it would appear that Dan Hooker is the rather possible option to replace Poirier.
I accepted a short-notice fight for the Global Legion FC Flyweight title on September 26th in Tampa, Florida! For each of my previous professional fights, I’ve raised funds to cover camp costs via my banner, in which members of the Mania community can get their name/nickname/username on the banner via a $5 or more donation. The promotion has rules against advertising during their shows, so the banner is unlikely to make it into the actual cage, but it will still be signed and raffled to a random supporter.
For anyone reading who enjoys my writing and would like to support/enter the raffle, I have Venmo (AndyLRichardson), PayPal (email@example.com), and a GoFundMe. There will be a PPV stream link that I’ll include here as well once I have it ... Let’s bring home a belt, y’all!
Chase Hooper improves upon an Askren family photo:
Both of these guys deserve a shot at a more well-known name, but damn if this isn’t a great fight!
Is it me, or is Derrick Lewis looking leaner than ever?
Kevin Croom changed his life with his last-second upset win over the weekend (WATCH IT!).
On Wednesday I had $64 in my bank account, and was trying to figure out how to make it $65......helluva weekend!!!— Kevin Croom (@KevinCroom_mma) September 13, 2020
Shockingly, the Internet is already cracking jokes at Conor McGregor and his latest charge.
What do you make of the Ed Herman vs. Mike Rodriguez controversy?
Illegal ... but cool!
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Wicked ILLEGAL Kickboxing Sweep! This sweep is one of karate’s signature favorites. You’ll see fighters like Lyoto Machida using it to take down many of his opponents. @gutoinocente here is doing it against a kickboxing great, Rico Verohoven. Unfortunately it is not allowed in modern kickboxing! But seeing such a great fighter go flying with such a beautiful execution, it had to be highlighted.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
A big overhand causes the chicken dance!
Day1 Ukrainian rikishi, ShiShi (Lion’s share?) (L) in his 2nd basho. Foe is DaiShoHama who joined sumo in May ‘11 (just after the Quake). ShiShi is 23, got a 6-1 last basho. #Akibasho2019 pic.twitter.com/4QK6TQMEhC— SumoSoul 相撲魂 (@TheSumoSoul) September 13, 2020
Nishikifuji by shitatenage pic.twitter.com/Mr0qcwpVMO— MEGATON (King Kai Asakura) (@BasedDongeezus) September 13, 2020
That’s one way to follow up on a missed kick!
Spinning SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT pic.twitter.com/JtkIG7ZNKG— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) September 13, 2020
A little three-on-one boxing!
Midnight Music: There aren’t many better workout albums than Welcome to Sky Valley.
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.