Rockhold on UFC 209 weight cut: Khabib ‘wasn’t getting any blood to his liver’

Khabib Nurmagomedov’s teammate Luke Rockhold spoke about the disastrous UFC 209 weight cut. Luke Rockhold recently spoke out about how Georges St-Pierre’s return puts a hold on the entire middleweight division. On the same appearance with Submission Radio, the former champion also spoke about his teammate, Khabib Nurmagomedov’s disastrous weight cut that forced him out at UFC 209.
“The weight cut wasn’t going very well,” Rockhold explained. “Khabib was complaining about a pain in the side and we had to cut short the weight cut, and sure enough, I guess it got worse overnight and he had to go the hospital.
“(It’s) Unfortunate. That was the fight I was really looking forward to for Khabib and it’s been a long time working with that man and I know he’s put in the time and the effort and deserved it, so it just sucks.
“From what I understand he wasn’t getting any blood to his liver and something went wrong with the weight cut,” Rockhold continued. “It was very similar to his last fight from what I understand and just something went wrong. You never know with these weight cuts I guess. But I think he’s ready to go and we can rebook that thing.”
Rockhold believes that despite the match up falling through for the third time, the UFC should rebook the fight as soon as possible.
“I don’t think it should take much time. I think he’s hungry, I think he’s ready,” he said. “What other choice do you have? Khabib is undefeated, he’s beaten everybody, he’s done more than anybody. You can’t take that fight away, you can’t take the title away. It just needs to be rebooked. I think it should be rebooked as soon as possible”
Other fighters have gave their thoughts on Khabib’s situation as well, with Rockhold’s former opponent in Michael Bisping saying that pulling out of UFC 209 probably eliminated any chance Khabib faces Conor McGregor for the belt.
Source: bloody

TUF Lineal titles, two years later – Who are the real Ultimate Fighters now?

Two years ago, I wrote a piece looking at who the lineal TUF champions from every show were. Well, a lot has changed since then. I’ve always found the idea of lineal titles to be amusing. The premise is pretty simple – sometimes, promotions close down and people leave as champions. Instead of just letting that title die with the promotion, it’s kept alive in the eyes of goofy fans like me who keep track of wins and losses in the aftermath.
For example, let’s use Strikeforce. Luke Rockhold was their last middleweight champion. He got beat by Vitor Belfort in his UFC debut. Belfort lost to Chris Weidman. Weidman lost to – guess who? Luke Rockhold! But then Michael Bisping beat him. So Bisping is the lineal Strikeforce middleweight champion.
Seems pretty simple right? Well, it can get complicated sometimes. Bloody Elbow is lucky enough to have a lineal guy, mjanacek, who has written a ton of awesome fanposts documenting lineal titles in MMA and kickboxing. Check out a flyweight one here and a particularly great one about UFC 205 here.
A couple of years ago, I decided to get in on the act by doing a post about who the lineal Ultimate Fighters were. There have been so many seasons and so much had gone on that it turned out to be a really fun research project and post. Rafael dos Anjos was a TUF lineal champ long before he won the lightweight title. Even Ryan LaFlare held two at the time.
So, I decided to do it again. And after writing it all out, it’s amazing how much has changed…and how much has stayed the same.
The emergence of Conor McGregor has turned a bunch of these upside down, with him holding a whopping seven of them. But Jon Jones and Georges St-Pierre still have a bunch, with five and four respectively. Michael Bisping has three, and in a really odd twist, he’s actually the lineal champ of TUF 3 – but not at the weight class he won the show at.
Even this weekend’s card in Brazil, which doesn’t look that crazy on paper, has FIVE lineal TUF championships on the line. Joe Soto is defending two! JOE SOTO!
Anyway, without further ado, here’s a look at every iteration of TUF, and who the current lineal champ is. Enjoy.
Season 1
Winner: Diego Sanchez
Diego Sanchez – Josh Koscheck (UFC 69) – Georges St-Pierre (UFC 74)
Winner – Forrest Griffin
Forrest Griffin – Tito Ortiz (UFC 59) – Chuck Liddell (UFC 66) – Quinton Jackson (UFC 71) – Forrest Griffin (UFC 86) – Rashad Evans (UFC 92) – Lyoto Machida (UFC 98) – Mauricio Rua (UFC 113) – Jon Jones (UFC 128)
Season 2
Winner: Joe Stevenson
Joe Stevenson – Josh Neer (UFN 4) – Josh Burkman (UFC 61) – Karo Parisyan (UFC 71) – Thiago Alves (UFN 13) – Georges St-Pierre (UFC 100)
Winner: Rashad Evans
Rashad Evans – Lyoto Machida (UFC 98) – Mauricio Rua (UFC 113) – Jon Jones (UFC 128)
Season 3
Winner: Michael Bisping
Michael Bisping – Rashad Evans (UFC 78) – Lyoto Machida (UFC 98) – Mauricio Rua (UFC 113) – Jon Jones (UFC 128)
Winner: Kendall Grove
Kendall Grove – Patrick Cote – (UFC 74) – Anderson Silva – (UFC 90) – Chris Weidman (UFC 162) – Luke Rockhold (UFC 194) – Michael Bisping (UFC 199)
Season 4
Winner: Matt Serra
Matt Serra – Georges St-Pierre (UFC 83)
Winner: Travis Lutter
Travis Lutter – Anderson Silva (UFC 67) – Chris Weidman (UFC 162) – Luke Rockhold (UFC 194) – Michael Bisping (UFC 199)
Season 5
Winner: Nate Diaz
Nate Diaz – Clay Guida (UFC 94) – Diego Sanchez (TUF 9 Finale) – B.J. Penn (UFC 107) – Frankie Edgar – (UFC 112) – Ben Henderson (UFC 144) – Anthony Pettis (UFC 164) – Rafael dos Anjos (UFC 185) – Eddie Alvarez (FN 90) – Conor McGregor (UFC 205)
Season 6
Winner: Mac Danzig
Mac Danzig – Clay Guida (UFN 15) – Diego Sanchez (TUF 9 Finale) – B.J. Penn (UFC 107) – Frankie Edgar – (UFC 112) – Ben Henderson (UFC 144) – Anthony Pettis (UFC 164 – Rafael dos Anjos (UFC 185) – Eddie Alvarez (FN 90) – Conor McGregor (UFC 205)
Season 7
Winner: Amir Sadollah
Amir Sadollah – Johny Hendricks (UFC 101) – Rick Story (UFC 117) – Charlie Brenneman (UFC on Versus 4) – Anthony Johnson (UFC on Versus 6) – Vitor Belfort (UFC 142) – Jon Jones (UFC 152)
Season 8
Winner: Efrain Escudero
Efrain Escudero – Evan Dunham (UFN 20) – Sean Sherk (UFC 119) – retired
Winner: Ryan Bader
Ryan Bader – Jon Jones (UFC 126)
Season 9
Winner: Ross Pearson
Ross Pearson – Cole Miller – UFN 22) – Matt Wiman (FFTT 2) – Dennis Siver (UFC 132) – Donald Cerrone (UFC 137) – Nate Diaz (UFC 141) – Ben Henderson (UFC on Fox 5) – Anthony Pettis (UFC 164) – Rafael dos Anjos (UFC 185) – Eddie Alvarez (FN 90) – Conor McGregor (UFC 205)
Winner: James Wilks
James Wilks – Matt Brown (UFC 105) – Ricardo Almeida (UFC 111) – Matt Hughes (UFC 117) – B.J. Penn (UFC 123) – Nick Diaz (UFC 137) – Carlos Condit (UFC 143) – Georges St-Pierre (UFC 154)
Season 10
Winner: Roy Nelson
Roy Nelson – Junior dos Santos (UFC 117) – Cain Velasquez (UFC 155) – Fabricio Werdum (UFC 188) – Stipe Miocic (UFC 198)
Season 11
Winner: Court McGee
Court McGee – Costas Philippou (UFC on FX 2) – Francis Carmont (UFC 165) – Ronaldo Souza (UFN 36) – Yoel Romero (UFC 194)
Season 12
Winner: Jonathan Brookins
Jonathan Brookins – Erik Koch (UFN 25) – Ricardo Lamas (UFC on Fox 6) – Jose Aldo (UFC 169) – Conor McGregor (UFC 194) – Nate Diaz (UFC 196) – Conor McGregor (UFC 202)
Season 13
Winner: Tony Ferguson
Tony Ferguson – Michael Johnson (UFC on Fox 3) – Myles Jury (UFC 155) – Donald Cerrone (UFC 182) – Rafael dos Anjos (UFC on Fox 17) – Eddie Alvarez (FN 90) – Conor McGregor (UFC 205)
Season 14
Winner: Diego Brandao
Diego Brandao – Darren Elkins (UFC 146) – Chad Mendes (UFC on Fox 7) – Jose Aldo (UFC 179) – Conor McGregor (UFC 194) – Nate Diaz (UFC 196) – Conor McGregor (UFC 202)
Winner: John Dodson
John Dodson – Demetrious Johnson (UFC on Fox 6)
Season 15
Winner: Michael Chiesa
Michael Chiesa – Jorge Masvidal (UFC on Fox 8) – Rustam Khabilov (FFTT 3) – Ben Henderson (UFN 42) – Rafael dos Anjos (UFN 49) – Eddie Alvarez (FN 90) – Conor McGregor (UFC 205)
Season 16
Winner: Colton Smith
Colton Smith – Robert Whittaker (UFC 160) – Court McGee (UFN 27) – Ryan LaFlare (UFC on Fox 9) – Demian Maia (UFN 62)
Season 17
Winner: Kelvin Gastelum
Kelvin Gastelum – Tyron Woodley (UFC 183)
Season 18
Winner: Julianna Pena
Julianna Pena – Valentina Shevchenko (UFC on Fox 23)
Winner: Chris Holdsworth
Season 19
Winner: Eddie Gordon
Eddie Gordon – Josh Samman (UFC 181) – Tamdan McCrory (UFC on Fox 17) – Krzysztof Jotko (UFN 89)
Winner: Corey Anderson
Corey Anderson – Gian Villante (UFC on Fox 15) – Tom Lawlor (UFC on Fox 16) – Corey Anderson (UFC 196) – Shogun Rua (UFC 198)
Season 20
Winner: Carla Esparza
Carla Esparza – Joanna Jedrzejczyk (UFC 185)
Season 21
Winner: Kamaru Usman (sort of)
Season 22
Winner: Ryan Hall
Season 23
Winner: Andrew Sanchez
Winner: Tatiana Suarez
Season 24
Winner: Tim Elliott
Tim Elliott – Demetrious Johnson (TUF 24 Finale)
TUF Brazil 1
Winner: Rony Jason
Rony Jason – Jeremy Stephens (UFC on Fox 10) – Cub Swanson (UFN 44) – Frankie Edgar (UFN 57) – Jose Aldo (UFC 200)
Winner: Cezar Ferreira
Cezar Ferreira – C.B. Dollaway (UFN 38) – Lyoto Machida (UFN 58) – Luke Rockhold (UFC on Fox 15) – Michael Bisping (UFC 199)
TUF Brazil 2
Winner: Leonardo Santos
TUF Brazil 3
Winner: Warlley Alves
Warlley Alves – Bryan Barberena (UFC 198) – Colby Covington (UFC on Fox 22)
Winner: Antonio Carlos Junior
Antonio Carlos Junior – Patrick Cummins (UFN 58) – Ovince Saint Preux (UFC on Fox 15) – Glover Teixeira (UFN 73) – Anthony Johnson (UFC 202)
TUF Brazil 4
Winner: Reginaldo Vieira
Reginaldo Vieira – Marco Beltran (UFN 90) – Joe Soto (TUF LA 3 Finale)
Winner: Glaico Franca
Glaico Franca – James Vick (UFC 197) – Beneil Dariush (UFC 199)
TUF Smashes
Winner: Robert Whittaker
Robert Whittaker – Court McGee (UFN 27) – Ryan LaFlare (UFC on Fox 9) – Demian Maia (UFN 62)
Winner: Norman Parke
Norman Parke – Gleison Tibau (UFN 59) – Tony Ferguson (UFC 184)
TUF China
Winner: Zhang Lipeng
Zhang Lipeng – Chris Wade (UFN 59) – Rustam Khabilov (UFN 87)
Winner: Ning Guangyou
Ning Guangyou – Marco Beltran (UFN 79) – Joe Soto (TUF LA 3 Finale)
TUF Nations
Winner: Chad Laprise
Chad Laprise – Francisco Trinaldo (UFN 74)
Winner: Elias Theodorou
Elias Theodorou – Thiago Santos (UFN 80) – Gegard Mousasi (UFC 200)
TUF Latin America
Winner: Alejandro Perez
Alejandro Perez – Patrick Williams (UFC 188)
Winner: Yair Rodriguez
TUF Latin America 2
Winner: Enrique Barzola
Enrique Barzola – Kyle Bochniak (UFC on Fox 21)
Winner: Erick Montano
Erick Montano – Randy Brown (UFN 94) – Belal Muhammad (UFC 208)
TUF Latin America 3
Winner: Martin Bravo
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His no-nonsense kick knocked out Joe Harding and went viral — and for Johan Segas, that was satisfying

A few years ago, there was popular NOS Energy Drink commercial commonly seen during MMA events called “No Nonsense.” In it there was a rather flamboyant fighter who enters a prize ring in spectacular fashion, doing flips and playing to the crowd, refusing to touch gloves with his opponent, smiting his chest and going into further theatrics after the opening bell. On his first kick lavish attempt, the nondescript man he is facing coolly catches his leg and throws a right hand which knocks him out.

There is always something satisfactory in seeing hubris treated with such casual disdain. It was one of the reasons Anderson Silva’s knockout loss in the first Chris Weidman fight stood out in ways that became impossible to shake. If a showboat gets caught, it’s accompanied by a “serves you right” moment of exultation by the onlooker.

It happened in real life again last month in Essex, England, when a young French fighter named Johan Segas made the trek across the Channel for an amateur title fight at BCMMA 18. He was standing in against a more seasoned amateur named Joe Harding, who had the English crowd on his side just like the antagonist in the NOS commercial. And just like the NOS character, Harding couldn’t resist the urge to style on his opponent, dropping his hands, playing to the audience, and daring Segas to try and touch his chin.

Well, Segas did 20 seconds into the third round, right as Harding went into a kind of Ali Shuffle-meets-Michael Page balloon man dance. Segas abbreviated the show by landing a beautifully timed spinning kick to Harding’s head that flattened him. The video went viral within hours.

What’s it like to be the real life equivalent of the NOS character, and to take out somebody mid-showboat? According to Segas, it was like any situation where you are forced to cut through the B.S.

“I was really focused on his jaw, and really honed in on the job I’d have to do to kick it,” he told MMA Fighting from his native France. “So when Harding did his showboating, I wasn’t disturbed over that at all. I was just focused on my own performance.”

For the 22-year-old Segas, who carries the apt nickname “The Silencer,” it was only his fifth amateur fight. He says he took the fight on eight days’ notice, and therefore didn’t know exactly what he would encounter on fight night.

“I’d just seen some video clips of him a week before the event, so I just saw a little bit of him,” he says. “I didn’t know he would showboat. I didn’t know that. I expected a versatile person, a versatile fighter with a high technical caliber. But I didn’t know that Joe Harding would play this kind of game.”

Segas, who has been competing for just two years in MMA, trains at the Spartan Fighting Academy in the south of France. He lives in the seaside town of Hendaye, on the Bay of Biscay, between Bayonne and San Sebastian, Spain. He says he had worked that kick many times in training — “I’ve knocked some training partners down with it,” he says — but has never landed one in competition. He wanted to do it earlier. He attempted to land that same kick on Harding in the first round, when Harding was initially dropping his hands and tempting his own fate.

Segas didn’t get close. But he kept the idea in mind for when the sequence might come around again. It did early in the third round. When the kick landed, there was a moment of disbelief with Harding’s faithful at Colchester Charter Hall.

“At the beginning, when I got into the cage, the people were quiet — they were really silent,” he said. “The people were there to see Joe, and they didn’t care about me. So, yeah, during the fight all the spectators cheered for Joe and wanted him to win. It was really special for him, but I just stayed focused on the fight.”

At that moment in time, Segas was happy to have caught Harding, especially because it was entirely possible he was down on the scorecards. What he didn’t anticipate was the kick going viral on the Internet.

“Of course, I wasn’t expecting a viral video clip like this,” he says. “When these things happen I didn’t have the ambition to make it something as exceptional as it is, and it seems the buzz of this fight is now based on the morality. Like Joe was showboating a lot and I finished him.”

Segas’ next fight is slated to happen in late-April, back in England. Though he’s already made a big splash by becoming the forerunner to win Knockout of the Year honors in 2017, he says he’s not ready to bolt the amateur circuit yet. He wants to gain more experience and eventually make his way to the show.

“The goal for me is to be a professional in the UFC, but I want to first of all do some other fights to improve my skills and improve,” he says. “I want to fight another one year or at maximum two years, and then when my skills are there I want to be a professional in the UFC.”

Segas’ KO of Harding was also a reminder that France — a country where MMA is still illegal — has some fighters to keep an eye on. One of the UFC’s brightest up-and-comers, Francis Ngannou, hails from Paris. The Cameroonian-French heavyweight looks poised to make a run at the title in the near future.

If anything, Segas is happy to see his kick help put France on the MMA map.

“Yeah, in France MMA is really, really going up,” he says. “A lot of fighters are interesting, and nowadays a lot of people in France are practicing in MMA.”

For now, the young Segas is content being the no-nonsense fighter who gonged a man trying to style on him. He’s called “The Silencer” because he doesn’t talk a lot, preferring to let his actions speak for him. He saw past Harding’s movement, and through it he saw the chin. And that wasn’t all.

“I saw that NOS commercial,” he says. “And it made me smile.”

Source: mmafighting

Morning Report: Floyd Mayweather to Conor McGregor: ‘There’s a lot of barking, but no biting’

If MMA fighters can learn one thing from Floyd Mayweather Jr., it should be the ability to constantly keep their names in the headlines.

Mayweather and UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor are, theoretically, going to fight at some point in the future. Their potential superfight has been one of the major talking points in combat sports for the better part of the last year and both sides have consistently said they want to make the fight happen. And though the amount of money to be made on such a spectacle seems to be enough to potentially force the UFC to acquiesce to co-promotion, the bout is nowhere closer to being booked as far as anyone knows. So, in lieu of actual fisticuffs, Mayweather and McGregor can be found periodically firing shots at one another, keeping the buzz about the fight alive.

A few days ago, Mayweather, seemingly tired of the ever present questions about boxing McGregor, told the Irish champion to “sign the paper.” Then yesterday, in an interview with FightHype, Mayweather doubled down on the comments, saying that McGregor is all talk and no action.

“I think that, a lot of times with competitors and athletes and fighters, we can ask for certain things that we really don’t want. I want to fight, I want to fight. There’s a lot of barking but there’s no biting. When you talk about biting, sign the contract. Don’t talk the s**t. If you really want to fight, sign the contract and we can make it happen.

“So just letting the world know that he’s full of s**t and he don’t really want to fight. ‘Oh, I want to fight, I want to fight, I want to fight. Mayweather’s scared of me.’ Listen, I’m my own boss, so let’s make the fight happen. You talking all that s**t, you acting like you want to fight, I don’t think you really want to fight. Sign the contract, let’s make it happen.”

Mayweather faced similar accusations himself throughout his career, presenting himself as a willing opponent but, to many eyes, avoiding tough challenges. However, what sometimes appears to fans to be ducking an opponent, often turns out to just be a matter of leverage to secure the best financial outcome for a fighter. After all, over the course of his career, no fighter has ever been so successful at ensuring their own financial security from a fight than Floyd Mayweather.

But Mayweather says things weren’t always that way for him, he had to work himself up to that point. And while McGregor may fancy himself the main attraction in this superfight, Mayweather says the UFC champion needs to learn to walk before he can run, because right now, McGregor has no leverage.

“You belong to the UFC and you don’t own anything. Don’t bid yourself out. Just make the fight happen. Just like when I went out and I competed, at one particular time, I had to be the B side. I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain. When they brought the money to the table, I took it, kicked a**, and became the A side. Now I’m the A side, come kick my a** and you become the A side. . .

“At one particular time, I was the B side. When they made me an offer, I didn’t cry, I didn’t complain, I took the offer and went out there and fought and became the A side. When I became the A side, I demanded what I wanted. He cannot demand anything because he’s not in a position to demand anything. If we offer you, or your team offers you, a certain amount of money – I don’t know what it is – take it.”

Though McGregor is enormously popular, Mayweather is the bigger star for the purposes of this bout, giving him the leverage. His fights have topped one million pay-per-view buys eight times, with another three breaking 900,000 buys. McGregor has only topped the one million mark four times. Then there’s also the fact that Mayweather is worth several hundred million dollars and doesn’t need to fight McGregor at all, whereas Mayweather is certainly the most lucrative option for McGregor.

“With or without Conor McGregor, Floyd Mayweather is still going to get seven figures every month for the rest of his life and still live a lavish life,” said Mayweather.

So with Mayweather seemingly holding most of the cards here, he ended his McGregor talk with a message to his potential foe, one primed for headlines:

“Conor McGregor, stop blowing smoke up peoples’ a****, you little b**ch. If you want to fight, let’s make it happen you punk.”


Miss. Mackenzie Dern was unable to make 115 pounds, had to have her fight changed to a catchweight bout.

Fine. California proposed an increased fine for fighters missing weight.

Changes. Vitor Belfort reflects on the changes in MMA over his 20 years in the sport.

Interim. Edson Barboza says a rematch with Tony Ferguson for an interim title makes sense.

Plans. Kelvin Gastelum says he knows how to beat Tyron Woodley.


Some sort of mystery jellybean challenge.

Roy Nelson on TMZ.

Jake Ellenberger and Mike Perry mix it up on Chael’s show.

Gunni interview.

No pool noodles here.

Kron Gracie vlog.


Fight Society.

Submission Radio.

Cyborg interview.

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Listen to my interview on the 100th episode of the MMA Viewpoint Podcast just released

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Unhappy about that Edgar-Rodriguez matchup.


Cool reaction shot.

That would be great.



Someone’s happy about fighters making less money.

Bro down.

And Lauzon just got booked for a fight too.


Joe Lauzon (27-12) vs. Stevie Ray (20-6); UFC Fight Night: Nashville, April 22.

Frankie Edgar (21-5-1) vs. Yair Rodriguez (10-1); UFC 211, May 13.

Antonio Carlos Junior (7-2, 1 NC) vs. Eric Spicely (10-1); UFC 212, June 3.

Johnny Eduardo (28-10) vs. MAtthew Lopez (9-1); UFC 212, June 3.

Marco Beltran (6-4) vs. Deiveson Alcantara (11-0); UFC 212, June 3.


1995: Ken Shamrock defended his King of Pancrase title for the first time, submitting Bas Rutten with a kneebar at Pancrase: Eyes of Beast 2.

2000: Future UFC middleweight champion Dave Menne made his UFC debut, winning a unanimous decision over Fabiano Iha at UFC 24. The event was supposed to be headlined by a heavyweight title bout between Kevin Randleman and Pedro Rizzo but Randleman slipped on a pipe backstage, knocking himself unconscious and preventing the bout.


Quote that got mostly left out from Mayweather above:

“We gonna fight, regardless, standing up, because real men fight standing up. I’m from the old school. I’m not gonna kick my shoes off, I’m not gonna be between no man’s legs, wrestling on the ground, I’m gonna stand up and I’m gonna kick a**. That’s what I do.”

Wouldn’t be combat sports without a little latent homophobia shoved in there. Anyway, it’s fight weekend, folks. Tomorrow, instead of watching Shogun and Vitor fight an old man bout, we possibly (probably?) have to see two legends get stretchered. Prepare accordingly.

Enjoy the scraps and see y’all on Monday.

If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, just hit me up on Twitter @JedKMeshew and let me know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram and add us on Snapchat at MMA-Fighting because we post dope things and you should enjoy them.

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Khabib’s manager: If we called the UFC doctors, we probably would’ve been treated like kings

Manager Ali Abdelaziz talks in detail about what transpired during Khabib Nurmagomedov’s disastrous weight-cutting incident. Khabib Nurmagomedov was forced out of his supposed interim lightweight title fight against Tony Ferguson at UFC 209 last Saturday due to health issues. But according to UFC president Dana White, such an incident could have been prevented if Khabib’s team approached UFC doctors, instead of taking matters into their own hands.
“What would’ve been different was if he would’ve called Dr. (Jeff) Davidson or Brianna (Mattison), the two who handle the medical stuff for the UFC,” White said during the UFC 209 press conference. “Apparently, he was treated horribly at Sunrise Hospital. That’s no shock.”
Khabib’s manager Ali Abdelaziz admits that he indeed should have called the UFC doctors instead of going straight to Sunrise Hospital. During Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour, Abdelaziz also concurred with White’s previous statement about Khabib being poorly treated at the said facility.
“I know Dana came out and said I should have called the UFC doctor, or called (UFC medical claims official) Briana [Mattison], but I never did this before,” Abdelaziz said (transcription via MMA Fighting). “And you know what? Dana is right. I wish I called Dr. Davidson, because we went to the Sunrise Hospital, and were there for almost seven hours. And they treated us so poorly. And now, I got a little offended when Dana was talking, but he’s right.”
“If we called the UFC doctor — that I never had before, I didn’t know I was supposed to call him — we would have gotten probably treated like kings.”
Nothing was ever made public about what specifically troubled Khabib’s health that led to him pulling out last minute. Abdelaziz, however, pointed to likely liver problems due to dehydration as the cause.
“Two days before the fight he had a little flu, but he took his vitamin C, and he was feeling alright. It was something very minor, and he didn’t even need to go to a doctor. Vitamin C, rest and sleeping. When you cut weight your immune system goes down.”
“The weight cut, I’m telling you, it was the same as every time, and every time he makes weight,” Abdelaziz said. ‘The last time he fought Michael Johnson, he makes weight. But I think this time, something different. The pain was coming from his liver, but I think the dehydration for sure, and I think it was part of the process.”
On Monday, Khabib revealed through an Instagram post that his health is now back to normal. No clear timetable has been set for his return.
Source: bloody

UFC Fight Night 106 weigh-in video

At the UFC UFC Fight Night 106 weigh-ins, all 24 fighters taking part in Saturday night’s UFC Fight Night 106 fights will step on the scale Friday, and we’ll have the live video here at MMA Fighting.

In the main event, Vitor Belfort and Kelvin Gastelum will have to make the middleweight limit of 185 pounds.

The UFC Fight Night 106 official weigh-in video is at 7 p.m. ET, and we’ll have live results.

The UFC Fight Night 106 ceremonial weigh-in is at 5 p.m. ET, and the video is below.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 106 weigh-in results below.

Main card (FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET)
Vitor Belfort vs. Kelvin Gastelum
Mauricio Rua vs. Gian Villante
Edson Barboza vs. Beneil Dariush
Jussier Formiga vs. Ray Borg
Bethe Correia vs. Marion Reneau
Alex Oliveira…

Source: mmafighting

Fight Night Fortaleza: Weigh in results

UFC Fight Night Fortaleza, which is headlined by the five-round middleweight clash between Vitor Belfort and Kelvin Gastelum, and the light heavyweight bout between Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and Gian Villante, airs live on FS1 from the Centro de Formação Olímpica de Fortaleza in Fortaleza, Brazil on Saturday, March 11 at 10pm ET / 7pm PT.Four prelim bouts will air live on FS1 starting at 8pm ET / 5pm PT. Two fights will kick off the night of action on UFC FIGHT PASS starting at 7pm ET/4pm PTMain Event – Five round boutVitor Belfort (186 lbs) vs Kelvin Gastelu … Read the Full Article Here
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Kings MMA fighters bring home gym atmosphere, fellowship, to Fortaleza

FORTALEZA, BrazilIt is just past midnight when coach Rafael Cordeiro begins the session in the workout room of the Hotel Gran Marquise in Fortaleza.Several fighters and coaches are gathered to support three names: Kelvin Gastelum, Shogun Rua and Beneil Dariush, all of whom will see action Saturday night at UFC Fight Night Fortaleza.More than 5,000 miles separate the Kings MMA gym in Huntington Beach, California from the small, hot room in Fortaleza, but the energy is the same tonight as it is on any day.Professor Cordeiro orders five rounds, mixing shadow boxing and grappling followed by a min … Read the Full Article Here
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Belfort, Gastelum engage in generation battle at UFC Fortaleza

Who ya got in Saturday’s #UFCFortaleza main event: @VitorBelfort or @KelvinGastelum?
— UFC (@ufc) March 10, 2017

FORTALEZA, BrazilWith the rapid evolution of MMA, it’s common to see fights between athletes with considerable age differences, and the main event at UFC Fortaleza features veteran Vitor Belfort and rising star Kelvin Gastelum in a main event pitting experience vs. potential.On one side: the former light heavyweight champion, who recently celebrated 20 years since his UFC debut. On the other: a young man who exemplifies promise. Fourteen years … Read the Full Article Here
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If I Did It: UFC 209 flops, Ferguson gets stiffed

Welcome to If I Did It, the show where we handle PR kerfluffles from the world of MMA and beyond. This week we look at the disaster that was UFC 209 and more. Alexei Auld is back with a brand new book available 7 Secret Sources of Inspiration: A Snappy Guide for Creative Procrastinators to grill Eugene S. Robinson (who’s pushing a GoFundMe to pay for the new Oxbow album) and myself with some PR stumpers from the world of combat sports.
For the audio only version check us out on SoundCloud and be sure to subscribe to MMA NATION on iTunes and subscribe to MMA Nation on YouTube so you’ll never miss an episode. This week’s kerfuffles include:
You’re WME-IMG. With your second main event pay per view title fight ending in controversy, how do you avoid the rematch now and forever?
You’re UFC Fighter Tony Ferguson. Despite reports that you’d receive your show money for your cancelled co-main against Khabib Nurmagomedov, you claim you received half of your purse. Is it better for your UFC career to keep quiet and if not, what’s your PR plan for getting the rest of your money, live and in public, if you will?
You’re Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson. While speaking to your workers about America being a “land of dreams and opportunity,” you lectured “There were other immigrants who came here in the bottom of slave ships, worked even longer, even harder for less. But they too had a dream that one day their sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, great-grandsons, great-granddaughters, might pursue prosperity and happiness in this land.” After the internet exploded over your misapplication of the word immigrant, you doubled down. So are your critics. Now that it’s your turn at the table, is it time to hold em, fold ‘em, walk away, or run from this kerfuffle?
You’re Arizona Gubernatorial Candidate Noah Dyer. Explain the PR behind posting the following statement on your campaign website under a category you labeled “scandal and controversy”: “Noah has had both deep and casual sexual experiences with all kinds of women. He is an advocate of open relationships. He’s had group sex and sex with married women. He has sent and received intimate texts and pictures, and occasionally recorded video during sex.”
You’re Apple. Wikileaks published thousands of alleged CIA documents last Tuesday which exposes the tools to hack your products and spy on Americans. What PR moves do you need to take to make your users safe from spying?
You’re a Hollywood Casting Agent. Samuel L. Jackson questioned your decision making on Hot 97. “There are a lot of black British actors in these movies…I don’t know what the love affair is with all that, it’s all good. Everybody needs to work, but there are a lot of brothers here that need to work.” Explain to us why you don’t want to give that work to the brothers here that need it.
TEACHABLE MOMENT. You’re Iron Fist actor Finn Jones. When British Pakistani actor and MC Riz Ahmed posted his House of Commons speech about the need for representation through diversity, you chimed in. And got smacked down for contributing to a white savior trope and depriving an Asian American actor a stereotypical kung fu master role. You deactivated your twitter account for a day before making a return like Danny Rand. What can we learn from your failed, but earnest attempt, to be an ally nobody wanted?
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