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Despite his attempts to draw Alexander Volkanovski into a fight, Henry Cejudo has fully embraced his coaching role since retirement.
Since that 2020 retirement, “Triple C” and his head coach, Eric Albarracin, have taken an active role in many top fighters’ training camps. Highly ranked contenders like Zhang Weili and Jiri Prochazaka have turned to Cejudo for guidance, and most impressively, Cejudo was in Deiveson Figueiredo’s title-winning bid vs. Brandon Moreno at UFC 270.
Next up for Coach Cejudo? The ex-Olympic wrestler is interested in helping out Cody Garbrandt, the struggling former Bantamweight champion. The two were once looked at as potential foes and traded some verbal shots, but now, Cejudo wants to help Garbrandt make the most of his talents. Additionally, the two share the same management, led by Ali Abdelaziz.
“I talked to Cody Gabrandt, too, a little bit because I still think he has the talent,” Cejudo said in an interview with Helen Yee (via MMAJunkie). “There’s a lot of opportunity for him to continue to keep growing, and I think whatever it is that he’s done in the past, I just want to guide him. I don’t necessarily want him here full time but just give him a two cents of how is it that I think he should probably train. How is it that he should probably take the distance because Cody is so technical, he shouldn’t be in fist fights. He needs to just technically pick you apart ...
“We talked to him on the phone. He’s good friends with Ali (Abdelaziz). I’m looking out for him. I think his career, it blossomed in the beginning, and it’s just a lot of trial and error, and just fighting emotional has cost him.”
Do you think Henry Cejudo and his team can be the change Garbrandt needs at this stage of his career?
Robert Whittaker has a nice homecoming.
Home sweet home pic.twitter.com/7KOfIaXrC5— Robert Whittaker (@robwhittakermma) February 15, 2022
Johnny Walker is looking plenty jacked ahead of his second main event opportunity.
With great power comes great responsibility #ufc #johnnywalker #SpiderMan #superhero pic.twitter.com/SrOM7w92tz— Johnny Walker (@JohnnyWalker) February 15, 2022
Brian Ortega, confirmed romantic ... even if lip tats only last a few years.
Paulo Costa would appear to be angling himself for a spot as Derek Brunson’s final opponent.
Derek Brunson looks a little lost after his fight pic.twitter.com/2aCw9BQ9mP— Paulo Costa ( Borrachinha ) (@BorrachinhaMMA) February 15, 2022
An update to this weekend’s event:
K.Taha out. Mario Bautista will now fight Jay Perrin at UFC event on February 19th. (per @TeamIridiumISA) #UFC #MMA #UFCESPN #UFCVegas48 pic.twitter.com/q3WgkoJOko— Marcel Dorff (@BigMarcel24) February 14, 2022
Kevin Holland is apparently making a habit out of beating up Internet trolls, and nothing of value is lost.
Seeing Kevin Holland sparring with internet trolls is becoming my new favorite thing. He needs to make a show out of this pic.twitter.com/7JiuVoB4mP— Jason Williams (@jasoneg33) February 14, 2022
Stephen Thompson shares a trick for being quicker on the draw (or at least appearing faster).
Slips, rips, and KO clips
I call this video, “F—k around and find out.”
Excessive force or fair play? pic.twitter.com/ZcjFW3e4db— Vindictive (@VindictiveMMA) February 15, 2022
It doesn’t really matter if the first two punches miss if the next pair land on the jaw.
Heavyweight KO in the MMA Series 48 main event. Sergey Dyakonov smokes Natalicio Filho with a pair of hooks. Damn.#MMASeries48 pic.twitter.com/rUyOewmFm6— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) February 12, 2022
There is a bizarre conspiracy going about online that Derrick Lewis took a dive vs. Tai Tuivasa because of his strange fall, which prompted a thread of other wild KO clips.
February 15, 2022
Midnight Music: I’m late to the party, but I started the Peter Jackson documentary series on The Beatles and their Get Back sessions. Fascinating to watch their process if you’re a fan!
Sleep well Maniacs! More martial arts madness is always on the way.