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Bobby Green is a widely respected veteran of MMA, but he hasn’t really been a ranked Lightweight contender since he upset Josh Thomson in 2014. It will stand out as an odd footnote that Green was the final victory of Makhachev’s win streak prior to capturing the Lightweight title. The whole situation is not entirely dissimilar to how Al Iaquinta found himself locked in the cage with Khabib the night that “The Eagle” became a champion.
Short-notice circumstances lead to fun facts.
At any rate, Makhachev cut through Green like a hot knife through butter, easily stopping the rarely finished “King.” Green initially took the loss in stride, but a few months later, Green remained baffled by Makhachev’s formidable strength. His explanation? “Imagine if you gave someone steroids from the age of 10.”
Makhachev has a different explanation. In his opinion, his extreme wrestling strength is the result of avoiding “bad stuff” like alcohol, as well as a lifetime of hard work.
“I don’t know. I am not like Bobby Green. I am not drunk, do some bad stuff,” Makhachev said (via MMANews). “I (am) training hard, that’s why. That’s why he feel the power. I told you, all the fighters say, ‘I am going to defend his wrestling.’ … But, when fight is happening, when I take down my opponent, they all feel my power… This is not because I am good. It’s because I (have been) training all my life. That’s why.”
We’ll find out if Alexander Volkanovski can better handle that strength in just a couple more days in the main event of UFC 284.
Khamzat Chimaev gives his honest take on several top contenders at 170- and 185-pounds.
Khamzat Chimaev define a los siguientes peleadores:— Pelunaton (@pelunaton) February 7, 2023
*Colby Covington: Clown
*Jorge Masvidal: Fake gangster
*Kamaru Usman: Good fighter
*Shavkat Rakhmonov: Good fighter
*Alex Pereira: Scared boy
*Robert Whittaker: Good boy
*Sean Strickland: Funny guy
*Conor McGregor: Showman pic.twitter.com/PobXWD2IQc
A pair of underrated Lightweight veterans will throw down in April.
Ricky Glenn will fight Christos Giagos at UFC event on April 22nd. (per @TeamIridiumISA) #UFC #MMA #UFCESPN #UFC2023 pic.twitter.com/X8LWcOyeIW— Marcel Dorff (@BigMarcel24) February 9, 2023
Is Petr Yan a small Bantamweight or Muhammad Mokaev a big Flyweight? Cause the two look roughly the same weight.
February 9, 2023
A couple updates from the world of Power Slap:
Bro is melting down in every Power Slap comment section pic.twitter.com/o1hd0rNXyA— Out Of Context MMA (@oocmma) February 9, 2023
Good morning, it's two days until UFC 284 and the UFC's pinned tweet is a Power Slap event that already happened https://t.co/pAJBHpkfOa— Jack Slack (@JackSlackMMA) February 9, 2023
This is bad news for the UFC 284 fighters who cut more than the average amount of weight, particularly if they’re on the preliminary portion of the event.
i realised that the official weigh ins happen only 24 hours before ufc 284 starts, the fighters will only have 24hrs to recover from the cut. this means that some of the fighters (especially the ones that are big for their division like Makhachev & Emmett) may be depleted on FN. pic.twitter.com/hyVVkQpJKa— WAR POIRIER/GAETHJE (@DanaIsBIack) February 8, 2023
Georges St. Pierre remains a complete athletic specimen how many years into retirement? His ridiculous level of fitness will never not be impressive.
Matt Brown isn’t as quick as he used to be, but “The Immortal” still lands with a thud.
Slips, rips, and KO clips
Hand traps are slick.
Beautiful combinations punctuated by nasty low kicks:
Four years ago, Sergej Maslobojev and Antonio Plazibat threw down in ONE Championship.— Beyond Kickboxing (@Beyond_Kick) February 9, 2023
The newly crowned GLORY Light Heavyweight champion returns this weekend when he takes on Donegi Abena for his first title defense.#GLORY83 | Feb. 11 pic.twitter.com/cV3BhQyInS
Using the left hand to reset after the left kick and punish potential counters is really beautiful technique.
29 years ago today, Rick "The Jet" Roufus defended his ISKA Full Contact Light Heavyweight title against one of Europe's best, Rob Kaman, in front of 20K fans in Paris. pic.twitter.com/i8y9wYXKsB— Cerebral Vigilante (@Delisketo) February 5, 2023
Scenes from Switzerland.
Midnight Music: Alternative, 1992
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