Conor McGregor: The only time I was ever wobbled was against Nate Diaz

Conor McGregor credits Nate Diaz as the only fighter to give him trouble in a fight. Love him or hate him, Conor McGregor has done exceptional things in his nine-year professional career. In his UFC stint alone, he had already gone through and defeated some of the sport’s biggest and toughest names.
During his appearance on RTE’s “The Late Late Show” on Friday, McGregor touched on various topics, including the one and only fighter whom he claims had given him legitimate trouble.
“I’m 29 years of age and I have climbed to the very, very, very top and with…not with relative ease,” McGregor said (via MMA Fighting). “I’ve put in a lot of hard work. I’ve put in crazy amounts of hard work and most people do not see the wars upon wars in the gym just to get to the fight.”
“I’ve gone through strenuous camp, after camp, after camp, but still – compared to other people in the fight game – I’m still relatively undamaged,” he continued. “I’ve never been dropped. I was wobbled once. In the Mayweather fight, it was fatigue – I wasn’t wobbled, I didn’t see stars once.”
“The only time I was ever wobbled once in a contest was in the Nate Diaz 1 fight. And that’s it…it’s the only heavy shot I’ve ever taken.”
If he wanted to, McGregor could hang up his gloves and ride off into the sunset. After all, he says he is earning half a million a month, and he could easily pursue his other ventures.
But as of the moment, McGregor says he will be sticking to fighting.
“I’ve continued to climb and I’m still very young in the game,” McGregor said. “Although I’ve climbed to the top, I’m still very young from a damage-taking standpoint, so I will continue to see where it goes.”
“I have multiple titles in the UFC. I have multiple contenders that are clawing at the top trying to get at me, so we’re in negotiation stages and we will see where we go. I will most certainly compete again for the next couple of years anyway and then I’ll see where it is.”
According to UFC president Dana White, McGregor’s next fight will be a unification title bout against Tony Ferguson in Las Vegas, at a still undetermined date.
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Live Chat: UFC 217 recap, Zuffa Boxing, UFC Norfolk preview and more

This is the Promotional Malpractice Live Chat.

Today on the podcast, we’ll go into all the detail of the results from UFC 217. We’ll explore what is or should be next for Georges St-Pierre and Michael Bisping. We’ll examine the significance of TJ Dillashaw’s victory over heated rival Cody Garbrandt and we’ll examine what went wrong for Joanna Jedrzejczyk against Rose Namajunas.

We’ll also look ahead to UFC Norfolk this weekend, which features a slew of great fight including the retirement bout for Matt Brown, the return of Diego Sanchez, Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier and many, many more.

We’ll also look into UFC President Dana White’s admission that he’s getting into the boxing business. What does that mean for the UFC and White…

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LFA fighter Clovis Hancock died in the cage over the weekend, but lived to tell about it

Clovis Hancock remembers being in the cage fighting Friday against Charlie Ontiveros at LFA 26 in Houston. Then, after that, all he remembers is waking up in a hospital bed.

Hancock said doctors told him he died and was resuscitated before leaving the Arena Theatre venue that night. In the second round, Hancock collapsed. He wasn’t breathing, he went into cardiac arrest and his kidneys failed.

“As soon as I engaged, I felt it right away,” Hancock told MMA Fighting on Tuesday. “My body wasn’t responding like it normally does. The strength just wasn’t there. I felt lightheaded. The next thing you know, second round, boom, fall over and wake up in the hospital. Everybody tells me they had to give me CPR and hit me with the defibrillator. I couldn’t believe it. I was blown away.”

It took the work of LFA cutman David Maldonado, ringside physicians, the EMTs on scene and even an emergency room nurse who came into the cage from the crowd to revive Hancock.

Maldonado, a licensed physical therapist and experienced athletic trainer, told MMA Fighting that he performed CPR and Hancock was given tracheal intubation, a tube put down this throat to aid breathing. The EMTs then hit the fighter once with an Automated External Defibrillator (AEC).

Hancock, 32, was dead for about five minutes, Maldonado estimated, but by the time he was wheeled to the base of the ambulance, he had been resuscitated.

“I would say there were five minutes that he was dead,” Maldonado said. “Him even having a [heart] rhythm, someone could argue and say that’s some form of life, but no. By the time there was anything reactionary or something like that, that looked more like a voluntary or self-propelled movement was not until he was almost in the ambulance. And even then, that was just one time.”

Hancock doesn’t remember any of that. He just knows what he was told when he came to alongside his girlfriend Christine Ross at Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. Hancock said along with the cardiac arrest and kidney failure, doctors also told him he had a heart contusion, or bruise on his heart. He has no idea where it came from — whether it happened in the fight or otherwise.

The whole situation befuddles Hancock and he’s still attempting to come to grips with the whole thing. He said he heard horror stories before, but never thought anything bad could happen to him.

Hancock’s only explanation now, along with the heart contusion, is that he had a weight cut gone awry. He said he was trying to cut 45 pounds for weigh-ins last Thursday.

“Honestly, I’m not sure,” Hancock said. “I think a lot of it had to do with me having a really hard weight cut. I cut from 215 to make 170. I think that had a lot to do with it. My heart enzymes were up, they were all out of whack. Honestly, I’m not sure, though.

“It was the biggest weight cut I’ve ever really did. I’ve had pretty bad weight cuts in the past, but this was the worst one.”

Hancock said he did not feel right while he was in the sauna trying to shed the weight. He felt sick to his stomach. But, being the fighter he is, he shook it off and powered through. When he got into the cage against Ontiveros, despite believing he had rehydrated adequately, Hancock said he knew something was not right.

“As soon as I clinched up with him, I could tell something was off,” Hancock said. “My body wasn’t responding correctly. I knew when I was cutting weight. I was in the sauna and I was getting lightheaded and nauseous and whatnot. But I just kept going. I was like, ‘Eh, I’ll be fine.’ And it ended up affecting me pretty bad. My body just shut down on me.”

Ontiveros did land some blows on him before he went down, Hancock said. But it wasn’t the punches and kicks that did him in, Hancock believes. He knows he has experienced worse than that.

“I’ve been hit by vehicles on motorcycles and that didn’t happen to me,” Hancock said. “I was severely dehydrated. I think all of it together caused it. I thought I rehydrated properly, but I obviously didn’t, because when I got to the hospital they said I was severely dehydrated and I soaked up six bags of saline quick, within like four or five hours.”

Hancock got home from the hospital Monday, which is nothing short of a miracle. He’s still on pain killers, he said, but there isn’t much other treatment. Doctors told him he shouldn’t allow his heart rate to get up for a period of six weeks, so he can’t train until that length of time is over. Hancock said he was also told he should never fight again.

That, he said, is the worst part. And he does plan on going in for tests in the future to attempt to get cleared to compete in the cage again. After six weeks is up, Hancock said he’ll refocus on his Brazilian jiu-jitsu and enter into tournaments and superfights.

“Even though it sucks I can’t fight any time soon, I feel like I have a purpose,” Hancock said.

The one thing he surely won’t do again is cut a lot of weight. He said he would be willing to be an advocate for fighter health and safety, to share his firsthand knowledge of how bad weight cutting can get.

“Weight cutting is really hard on our bodies and it’s a problem everywhere,” Hancock said. … “Even kids nowadays are cutting weight, in high school for wrestling. It’s just ridiculous. It’s one thing to diet down. I’m all for dieting down, but when you’re cutting 10 to 20 pounds of water weight in a sauna, it’s not healthy. It’s really hard on your body.”

Hancock began fighting as an amateur in 2013. Since turning pro, he is 2-3, including the loss to Ontiveros that was ruled a TKO defeat.

It has only been a few days since it all happened, but Hancock admitted to feeling a bit different already and not in a bad way. He literally has a new lease on life and plans to make the most out of it.

“I feel like somebody is looking out for me,” Hancock said. “Obviously there’s a reason I was brought back. I need to figure out what that is and go forward with it.”

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UFC 217 Technical Breakdown: 15 Moves to Remember

If you train in the sport of MMA here are the top 15 moves from UFC 215. Learn from the pros in action. UFC 217 took place this past weekend, and this is a great opportunity for us to study some very effective moves that our favorite fighters employed in order to dominate their opponents.
This series is more about substance than spectacle and can help fans appreciate diverse approaches to the fighting game and enjoy fights more by identifying probable moves and what each fighter brings to the table.
This card was a good opportunity to help readers realize that even the slightest mistake can result in a fighter losing a fight. That being said let’s start analyzing…
Technique #1
Fight: Ricardo Ramos vs. Aiemann Zahabi

Although Aiemann Zahabi lost the fight against Ricardo Ramos, he certainly had his moments using his boxing skills. He was able to apply the following technique several times as you can see in two different instances.
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In these two techniques Aiemann Zahabi slips Ricardo Ramos’s jab, attacks with a jab to check the distance, and lands a beautiful right uppercut under Ramos’ armpit. The counter-jab may force the opponent to crouch and this opens up the uppercut opportunity.
Technique #2
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In the final blow of the fight, Ricardo Ramos is with his back against the cage, extends his left arm pushing Aiemann Zahabi’s left shoulder and ducks under an incoming right cross. Ramos steps to his right with his left foot in order to spin and delivers a stunning spinning back elbow that knocks out Zahabi cold. The elbow spun low enough and that is why it landed on the chin. Many fighters make the mistake of going too high and this results in the elbow bouncing on top of their opponents head.
Technique #3
Fight: James Vick vs. Joseph Duffy

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James Vick launches a slow jab, blocking Joseph Duffy’s vision, forcing him to duck under the hand and get hit with a vicious right uppercut. Great technique by Vick who was able to capitalize on his reach advantage with a display of solid MMA kickboxing.
Technique #4
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James Vick launches a jab and Joseph Duffy tries to counter with a right cross. Vick pulls back, pivots to his left and attacks on top with a jab while cutting an angle. As you can see above, he was able to connect at least two times with this counter.
Technique #5
Fight: Ovince Saint Preux vs. Corey Anderson

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Ovince Saint Preux knocks out Corey Anderson with a left high roundhouse kick from a southpaw stance. In Muay Thai a left kick to the head is a high percentage knockout move even if it only slightly connects. A left kick from a southpaw is a devastating kick as the distance adds momentum to the kick.
Technique #6
Fight: Stephen Thompson vs. Jorge Masvidal

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Stephen Thompson launches a fake jab towards Jorge Masvidal as he pivots to the right to cut a corner. As his right foot lands on the floor he launches forward and attacks with a right cross, then crosses his feet moving forward to a southpaw stance and attacks with a left cross. The problem when fighting karate fighters and some modern MMA fighters is that they are not afraid to cross their feet and attack from an angle. This also enables them to cover a lot of distance.
Technique #7

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This is a similar technique to the one above but now Jorge Masvidal is in a southpaw stance. Stephen Thompson pivots right, comes back by pivoting left, lowers his stance like a runner and launches forward with a fake right cross. He lands a jab, crosses his feet and moves right delivering a right hand.
This is standard Karate footwork and can only be countered with head movement, hooks and uppercuts. Karate fighters are used to countering straight punches.
Technique #8
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Jorge Masvidal attacks with a jab, right cross and Stephen Thompson pulls back sideways and lands a nice right side kick.
Sidekicks can be dangerous depending on the angle but usually they are just push kicks used to keep opponents away. The way to counter sidekicks is to either go for takedowns or counterattack with low kicks. Another way to counter them is by using the “Thug kick”
Technique #9

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Jorge Masvidal attacks Stephen Thompson with a right middle roundhouse kick. Thompson blocks the kick and attacks with a right side kick. This is a standard Karate counter. Another great counter would be a Bruce Lee style stop-kick as performed by Sergio Pettis.
Technique #10
Fight: T.J. Dillashaw vs. Cody Garbrandt

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The move above almost cost T.J. Dillashaw the fight and he was probably saved by the bell. T.J. attacks with a jab/right cross combo, Cody Garbrandt slips the right hand to his left and counters with a right cross/uppercut hybrid that drops Dillashaw. It is important to note that a similar exchange ended the fight in the second round.
Technique #11
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In the sequence above both fighters throw right hands which get tangled together. Cody lands a left hook but T.J.’s chin is down and the punch does not deliver significant damage. Dillashaw goes for a left hook, misses and lands a right hook on Cody’s jaw which is up. This punch dropped Garbrandt. Sometimes crouching and keeping your chin down can save you from trouble. This is a game of inches and one mistake can cost a fighter his title.
Technique #12
Fight: Rose Namajunas vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk

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Early in the fight Rose lands a combo on Joanna that foreshadows what is about to happen next. Rose attacks with a fake right hand to close the distance, loads power to her hips and continues with a left-hook-to-right-cross that drops Joanna. The punch probably pushed Joanna as she was going for a left inside low kick and did not seem to connect.
Later in the first round, a similar fight-ending combo lands:
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Again Rose loads her hips as if she is going for a lead right hand, closes the distance and lands a beautiful left hook that drops Joanna, causing Namajunas to miss with the follow-up right cross.
This is a nice offensive technique. It looks simple but requires accurate footwork and hip movement. In order to make this work you need to “sell“ the initial fake right hand. The footwork used by Rose reminds me of Mike Tyson’s footwork when he was attacking with lead left hooks. Rose explained after the fight that the objective of the combination was to land the right cross as demonstrated in the first example above.
Technique #13
Fight: Georges St-Pierre vs. Michael Bisping

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Bisping utilizes some solid boxing in this fight as GSP attacks with a lead left hook Michael keeps him away with a jab, rolls under the hook and comes back up by landing a left hook of his own. This is a classic boxing counter to a left hook.
Technique #14
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In the fight ending combo Bisping goes for a jab-to-right-cross and Georges rolls under the right hand, seems to land a left hook (or jab) under Michael’s armpit and comes back up with a left hook that drops Bisping.
This punch was successful in landing because Michael could not see it coming.
Technique #15

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As soon as GSP drops Bisping he passes his open guard and starts attacking with punches from top. In photo three above, Georges punches under Michael’s left armpit while he wraps his right hand around Bisping’s neck. As soon as he gets the right hand under the chin he steps his left foot in front of his opponent’s legs and pulls him back, forcing him to land on that same foot. As he falls on the hook he connects his hands in a rear naked choke and puts the second hook in. It is a vicious back take and a nice way to put a hook in before taking the back.
Final Thoughts
UFC 217: Bisping vs. St-Pierre was an amazing event, held at the historic location of Madison Square Garden in New York City and this was the first time in UFC history that all three champions lost their belts on the same card. I personally picked Cody and Bisping to win but also believed that Namajunas could win in an upset. All six fighters are great athletes and will continue to fight at a high level (including Michael Bisping).
See you next week for another breakdown. As additional reading for this event please check my other two related breakdowns:
UFC 217: Jabs, elbows and high kicks: A breakdown of Joanna Jędrzejczyk’s game
Strikes to Takedowns: A breakdown of George St-Pierre’s game
About the Author: Kostas Fantaousakis is a researcher of fighting concepts, tactics, and techniques, and a state-certified MMA, grappling, and wrestling coach in Greece. He teaches his unique Speedforce MMA mittwork system © which combines strikes, takedowns, knees, and elbows applied in the Continuous Feedback © mittwork system of the Mayweather family. Kostas is a brown belt in BJJ under MMA veteran and BJJ world champion Wander Braga (the teacher of Gabriel Napao Gonzaga).
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Morning Report: Chael Sonnen believes GSP looked the worst he’s ever seen at UFC 217 and it didn’t matter

On Saturday evening at UFC 217, Georges St-Pierre returned to the UFC in spectacular fashion, becoming only the fourth man to win belts in two different weight classes in the UFC. St-Pierre had not fought in four years and was moving up 15 pounds from his natural weight class and early on, he did appear to struggle with UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping before sinking in a fight-ending rear-naked choked in the third round. It was a remarkable performance and one that has everyone talking about what it means for St-Pierre’s legacy to return to the UFC and return to form in such a magnificent way.

Recently on his Beyond the Fight series, former UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen talked about St-Pierre’s struggles with coming back and how the fact the welterweight GOAT could look worse than ever and still win a UFC title is proof positive that St-Pierre never stopped being the best.

“People said, Georges St-Pierre with four years off, he’s not gonna be as fast as he was. Well, he wasn’t. People said he wouldn’t be big enough to just come in underneath a 185-pound Michael Bisping and just take him down like he did everyone else. Well, he couldn’t. He struggled there. People said his timing was gonna be a little bit off, he’d second guess himself after this long layoff. He did. It was the worst Georges St-Pierre I’ve ever seen, but what the world found out is Georges St-Pierre’s skills as a mixed martial artist, there’s a big gap between St-Pierre and the rest of the field. . .

“Yeah it was a rusty Georges St-Pierre, maybe a little bit slower. I thought maybe his conditioning wasn’t quite what we used to see. He’s still the best in the world.”

St-Pierre’s title claiming victory over Bisping reignited conversations about the who is the greatest fighter ever and once again thrust his name back into the debate that has recently been dominated by Demetrious Johnson. Johnson has built his case for GOAT status on the back of an unprecedented run of dominance over his division, setting the UFC title defense record with 11 (and counting), but Sonnen says St-Pierre’s case is more compelling because of his own level of dominance spanning a much wider space of time.

“Do not ever go into a conversation about who the greatest fighter of all time is and not come out of that saying Georges St-Pierre. . .

“It’s very hard to deny reality. It’s very hard to deny what we’re seeing. It’s very hard to deny a two time world champion in two different divisions that spans back to 2001 and has one loss. One loss since 2001. Beat all of the guys in the previous generation. Beat all of the guys of his generation. Beat all of the guys in the next generation, and left. He comes back four years later, changes weight classes and wins it again. I don’t know what more a guy needs to do. Georges St-Pierre is the greatest fighter to have ever done it.”

St-Pierre has a number of possible fights available to him for his next bout with interim middleweight champion Robert Whittaker and current welterweight champion Tyron Woodley both lobbying for the opportunity but nothing has been made official yet.


MUST-READ STORIES

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170. Freddie Roach would prefer St-Pierre return to welterweight.

Ali. Randy Couture and Marc Ratner will discuss the Ali Act at Congress.

Dana. Dana White reacts to Colby Covington insulting Brazil.


VIDEO STEW

Free fight.

Slow motion awesomeness.

Nasty KO.

Urijah letting everyone know he’d take the fight.

Who doesn’t love a flying knee?

GSP with SI.

Colby calling out Woodley from a pro-wrestling outlet.


LISTEN UP

Fights Gone By. Jack Slack on UFC 217 and the new champions.

Obviously Fight Talk. Recapping the madness of UFC 217.


SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE

GSP.

So polite.

Dodson.

The Reem.

The response.

Can we?

Hardest thing in this sport is defending a title over and over again.

TJ with all the confidence in the world.

Preplanned with @malcolmalexanderofficial on them championship colors. #BlackGold

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Perfect.

He back.

Goldie.


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Derek Anderson (14-3-1) vs. Adam Piccolotti (9-1); Bellator 189, Dec. 1.

Jan Blachowicz (20-7) vs. Jared Cannonier (10-2); UFC Winnipeg, Dec. 16.

Sheldon Westcott (9-3-1) vs. Danny Roberts (14-2); UFC Winnipeg, Dec. 16.


FINAL THOUGHTS

That’s all for today folks. Take it easy and Conor bless.


EXIT POLL


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Angela Hill focused more on ‘nasty finish’ over Nina Ansaroff than cosplay at UFC Norfolk

UFC strawweight Angela Hill discusses her fight with Nina Ansaroff and her audition for Marvel’s Black Panther movie. At The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale in July, Angela Hill (7-3) took a unanimous decision victory over Ashley Yoder. The win was Hill’s first since rejoining the UFC earlier this year, having won and defended the Invicta FC strawweight title during 2016.
Now Hill heads to UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis in Norfolk, VA, hoping to put together the first win streak of her UFC career. Seeking to prevent her is Nina Ansaroff (7-3) who is coming off a win of her own over Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger at UFC Fight Night: Rodriguez vs. Penn in January.
Prior to facing Yoder, Hill won Fight of the Night honors thanks to a thrilling brawl with Jessica Andrade. Coming off that slugfest, Hill is a little disappointed in how her fight with Yoder panned out.
“The Yoder fight was kind of a weird one,” said Hill to Bloody Elbow. “I knew everybody expected me to win, and I did, but I wasn’t totally happy with it. I wanted it to be more exciting.”
Hill cites Yoder’s defensive style and awkward frame as the main reason why she was unable to put on more of a show in the Octagon. Despite this, Hill believes she succeeded in demonstrating that her game has continued to improve since she her first run in the UFC (where she went 1-2 before being let go).
“I did a lot of good things in there,” she said. “Like, I got a takedown; which is kind of funny because right when I was about to do it, I heard my corner screaming, ‘NOOO!’ because they saw her wrapping her arm around my neck as I was going for it. But I was just like; ‘F–k it,’ and I went for it.
“So I was pretty happy about mixing it up a bit and showing I could hold my own on the ground. That I could get up. I could defend takedowns and I can land a lot of leg kicks, apparently.”
In Ansaroff, Hill sees an opponent who may be more willing to trade punches in the center of the cage. “It seems like she likes to throw a bit and she likes to throw spinning stuff,” said Hill, who believes that Ansaroff will likely resort to trying to take her down to the canvas at some point in the fight.
Ansaroff’s fighting style aside, Hill revealed she is excited for the match-up. She called it a “conventional step-up” in competition, especially compared to her first time in the UFC — where a win over Emily Kagan resulted in back-to-back fights with an undefeated Tecia Torres and current UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas.
Though Hill doesn’t believe Ansaroff is an elite-level fighter in the UFC, she does think the American Top Team member has plenty of name value.
“Even though she’s not ranked, I think people hold her in high regards; because of her association with Amanda Nunes and that she trains at ATT with a lot of the higher ranked girls. So I think, by association, people think she’s a legit competitor. And I think this is a good fight for me. And it’s going to be a good chance for me to show improvement once more.”
Despite joining the UFC in 2014, Ansaroff has only fought for the promotion three times. Her first fight in the Octagon was a loss to Juliana Lima, and it was well over a year until she had her second fight, a loss to Justine Kish. During this period Hill has had all of her 10 professional MMA fights plus an exhibition bout in the The Ultimate Fighter house.
Hill wondered whether the perception of Ansaroff as a more experienced and battle-tested fighter than her was fitting with reality. Hill said she believed she was the owner of more “high pressure experiences” than Ansaroff, despite becoming a pro much more recently than her opponent.
I’ve definitely been tested against really talented people. I’m not fighting anyone who shouldn’t have a career in MMA. I feel like I’ve fought a lot of good people and I’ve only lost to the best of the UFC.
“When you look at girls who have records before the UFC started bringing women in, it was a lot easier to get easy match-ups,” added Hill. “You get a lot of people who don’t have Sherdogs (a fight record page) or have losing records, and it was a little easier back then if you had a little bit of talent to have a winning record. But I think nowadays, for someone like me, whose second fight ever was in the UFC, I’ve definitely been tested against really talented people. I’m not fighting anyone who shouldn’t have a career in MMA. I feel like I’ve fought a lot of good people and I’ve only lost to the best of the UFC.”
Outside the UFC, Hill is undefeated. While competing in Invicta, she saw her fan base swell. This was partly due to her knockout victories, but also because she was able to convey her passion for video games and science fiction; through cosplay.

Angela Hill’s full Street Fighter routine at #UFCHouston weigh-ins @AngieOverkill pic.twitter.com/Hm52Pmf0QA— Mike Dyce (@mikedyce) February 3, 2017

In the Andrade fight, Hill brought these calling cards with her; dressing as Street Fighter character Sagat for the ceremonial weigh-ins. For the Yoder fight Hill had hoped to wear a Black Panther mask on stage, but this was nixed by the UFC.
“I had a whole routine planned out,” laughed Hill. “I was going to do the Jacare crawl to the scale, and just kind of come up like Batman. And be super dramatic with it, and then point at her with my claw gloves and just be really ridiculous, but then when they said I couldn’t do It I said, ‘F—k it, I’ll just stare at her and look mean.’”
Hill was hoping to give a nod to Marvel’s forthcoming Black Panther movie, based on the comic book character of the same name, because it’s a film she is especially excited for. Hill even auditioned for a small role in the film, but was not able to get the part.
“I can’t wait, it’s going to be so good,” said Hill of the movie slated for release on February 9th, 2018. “It’s going to be great for everyone; for the comic book community and especially for the black community.”
“Afro-futurism is a movement because there’s a demand for it. Black people want to see themselves in the future doing cool things in some kind of fantasy world. And they can go, ‘Oh that’s cool, they look like me and their saving the world, that’s awesome.’ So I think it’s something a ton of people will be excited for.”
Asked if she would try and pull off another Black Panther style stunt in Norfolk, Hill was coy. “Maybe I’ll see if I can pull something off this time, but it’s not as big of a deal as pulling off a nasty finish. That’s what I really want. Some kind of nasty knockout. I feel like that’s what’s going to skyrocket my popularity — more than any shenanigan I do before the fight.”
Hill said she also hoped an impressive stoppage would get the attention of the Black Panther producers. “I’ve got my fingers crossed that they see me fighting one day and they give me a call and say, ‘Hey you don’t need to audition, just show up and kick people.’”
Hill’s opportunity to impress fans, the UFC, and movie execs comes on Saturday night, during the FS1 prelim portion of UFC Fight Night: Poirier vs. Pettis. Hers is the first fight of the card, scheduled for 8:00pm EST.

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Georges St-Pierre opens as small favorite over Conor McGregor

No, the fight isn’t booked. But there’s a betting line for it. While the UFC has stated that Georges St-Pierre will be fighting interim champion Robert Whittaker after GSP’s big win over Michael Bisping at UFC 217, fans continue to talk about a bout with Conor McGregor instead. That is likely one of the biggest-money fights that the UFC could book, but with the men currently being two divisions apart, it seems unlikely.
That never stops bookmakers though.
Bovada became the first to offer a line on GSP vs. McGregor, and despite a size advantage, St-Pierre is only a small favorite:

If you can’t see that, GSP is -150 and McGregor is +120.
Again, this is unlikely to happen, at least in the near future. McGregor is in negotiations to fight another interim champ, Tony Ferguson, while the UFC will try to steer GSP towards Whittaker. On the same website, McGregor is currently a -160 favorite over a +130 Ferguson, while St-Pierre is the dog in his fight – Whittaker is at -165, with GSP at +135.
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Georges St-Pierre gives away his UFC belts after every win, his middleweight title was no different

UFC 217 was a special moment for GSP’s career, but he still decided to give away the title as a thank you to a friend. After being out for four years, Georges St-Pierre moved up in weight and beat Michael Bisping to become a two-division champion and further cement himself among the sport’s all-time greats.
UFC 217 was such a special moment for GSP, who considers it as the “best night” of his career. Although it was an incredible milestone for the Canadian MMA star, it did not hinder him from continuing a tradition he started years ago — one that involves giving away the belt he just won.
This practice was detailed by Firas Zahabi in St-Pierre’s book that came out back in 2013.
“After each one of Georges’s title victories, he gives his belt away. He gives it to someone close to him, someone he feels helped him reach his goal. This is pure amazement to me,” Zahabi said.
“After his big fight in Toronto, in front of the biggest live audience ever to watch a UFC championship… They put the belt around his waist and he turned around and he whispered in my ear, “This one’s for you.”
“That was the biggest venue in UFC history, his crowning moment in history, and he wasn’t thinking about himself. He hadn’t been wearing the belt for more than five seconds… and he gave it away.”
St-Pierre has won 13 UFC title bouts in his career. While the career milestone of being a two-division champion would’ve been more than enough reason to make an exception, he still decided to give the belt to thank Victor Zilberman, the head coach of the Montreal Wrestling Club.

Happy to give my new middleweight belt to coach Victor. I owe a big part of my success in the octagon to the Montreal Wrestling Club & YMHA! pic.twitter.com/bHx8YPEHsM— Georges St-Pierre (@GeorgesStPierre) November 8, 2017

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