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Just last week, Colby Covington came out with an interesting reason to decline a short-notice opportunity to fight Leon Edwards. Money demands are one thing — UFC and Covington have a long history of negotiation drama — but Covington also claimed he was “balls deep” in UFC Strawweight Polyana Viana and thus too busy for the main event slot.
Now, Viana has gone online to deny Covington’s claims.
Nunca dei margem para qualquer tipo de comentário ou julgamento sobre minha vida pessoal, mas não cabe a mim julgar a atitude da pessoa. Tenho pena de quem age de forma tão baixa para tentar se promover.— Polyana Viana (@Polyana_VianaDF) March 20, 2021
“I have never given room for any kind of comment or judgment about my personal life,” Viana wrote (via Google Translate). “but it is not for me to judge the person’s attitude. I feel sorry for those who act so low to try to promote themselves. It is revolting.”
When “Chaos” posted the following picture to Instagram, the rumors that the two were dating immediately began. Viana immediately tried to quell them, responding on her page “we’re just friends” and explaining that she had a boyfriend.
Regardless of the truth behind the situation — this author has little doubt that Covington is likely promoting himself like usual — fairly graphic public claims of a sexual relationship with a coworker is likely not a great move. UFC tends to stay out of such situations, but it could make life at Covington’s new fight camp difficult.
He’s been kicked out of his home gym once before! “Chaos” might just run out of suitable places to train in South Florida at this rate.
Not even Khabib could save Kevin Holland from his own weirdness.
Coach Khabib tried to help Kevin Holland at #UFCVegas22— ESPN MMA (@espnmma) March 21, 2021
(via @TeamKhabib) pic.twitter.com/RrluNfygkL
Many MMA fighters post lion pictures — only Amanda Nunes has earned the comparison.
In the jungle only had one Queen. Na selva só tinha uma Rainha. #thelioness #leoa pic.twitter.com/wKhufyxdnv— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) March 22, 2021
Dan Hardy appears to have rebounded nicely from his UFC release (from commentary and seemingly from fighting too).
I’m excited to announce my very own #NewShow, coming this week @btsportufc!— Dan Hardy (@danhardymma) March 22, 2021
Starting with the main event of #UFC260! #BTSport #UFC #MMA pic.twitter.com/wv4yDulx1c
Provided the wrestler doesn’t actually attack the shoulder, the kimura should be legal in my opinion.
Alexander Volkanovski’s mom is not going to take crap from UFC or any Internet haters.
Don’t you dare talk about Volkanovski’s mother! https://t.co/bLXdR18fly— Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) March 23, 2021
In case anyone was too worried, Tai Tuivasa did manage to score a shoey even without a crowd.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Never go full Hendo! In all seriousness, BRUTAL body-head setup.
JESUS. Ivan Perez destroys Emanuel Rivero with a left hook then goes full Hendo #NacionesMonterrey pic.twitter.com/bHXUXpaGYE— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) March 20, 2021
Left kick to the body and lead right hand is a classic combination:
That doesn't look healthy. Nuengsiam knocks Guillaume Hansen stiff with a vicious right hook. pic.twitter.com/pd5sYYSm5t— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) March 20, 2021
The Cage Warriors event over the weekend was absurdly violent. Here’s an example (as well as a demonstration on why to not hang around on the fence):
Jean N'Doye throws cage rust out of the window with a clean KO— Cage Warriors (@CageWarriors) March 20, 2021
Watch #CW122 live on @UFCFightPass pic.twitter.com/gqKN474Udv
A collection of roped up falls on climbing routes:
Midnight Music: I’ve spent the last couple days in Joshua Tree (big thanks to MMAmania OG Roy1 for letting me crash with him!), and there’s only one option musically:
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.