The MMA Vivisection – Bellator 181: Campos vs. Girtz 3 picks, odds, & analysis

Zane Simon is joined by Victor Rodriguez and Connor Ruebusch to give you all the ins, outs, ups, and downs, of this week’s Bellator card in Thackerville, Oklahoma. With picks and odds for the main card. Bellator is back this Friday, July 14th in Thackerville, Oklahoma with a card that doesn’t excite, but manages to hold a lot of intrigue. The top is a unmemorable rubber match between Brandon Girtz and Derek Campos, along with a bout between Kendall Grove and John Salter. But the prelims will feature hot prospects Logan Storley, Valentin Moldavsky, Romero Cotton, and Rafael Lovato Jr. Vs. Mike Rhodes, along with some familiar faces in Justin Lawrence, Guilherme Vasconcelos, and Amanda Bell.
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Here’s a look at the fight card as it stands now:
SPIKE TV MAIN CARDBrandon Girtz vs. Derek CamposKendall Grove vs. John SalterJoe Warren vs. Steve Garcia Jr.Jessica Middleton vs. Emily Ducote
ONLINE PRELIMSAndre Fialho vs. AJ MatthewsJustin Lawrence vs. Treston ThomisonJordan Howard vs. Johnny MarigoRafael Lovato Jr. Vs. Mike RhodesGuilherme Vasconcelos vs. EJ BrooksBruna Vargas vs. Katy CollinsBrittney Elkin vs. Amanda BellRomero Cotton vs. Arron RodriguezValentin Moldavsky vs. Carl SeumanutafaKemmyelle Haley vs. Logan StorleyWilliam Florentino vs. Jonathan GaryGuillermo Gomez vs. Fernando Trevino
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Conor McGregor makes controversial racial remarks at Brooklyn tour stop

It won’t go down as Conor McGregor’s finest hour.

On day three of the four-day Mayweather-McGregor World Tour, promoting the Aug. 26 boxing match in Las Vegas between the UFC lightweight champion and unbeaten boxing superstar Floyd Mayweather Jr., McGregor chose to bring up the topic of race.

As is, the subject was barely beneath the surface over the tour’s first two days. McGregor had referred the African-American Mayweather as “boy” on each of the first two stops, in Los Angeles and Toronto. He also used the phrase “dancing monkeys“ to describe a scene in ‘Rocky 3’ in an interview for Jimmy Kimmel.

While those comments drew some attention, McGregor made sure it would be at the top of the headlines from Thursday’s event at the Barclays Center in the New York City borough of Brooklyn.

“Let me address the race,” said a shirtless McGregor. “A lot of people have me saying I’m against black people. That’s absolutely f*cking ridiculous.”

McGregor then made a crude reference inferring a stereotype about black men.

“Do they not know I’m half-black? I’m half-black from the belly button down.”

With the crowd, which had been vigorously pro-McGregor, getting noticeably uncomfortable, McGregor then declared he had “a little present for my beautiful black, female fans” and started dancing.

Mayweather soon thereafter took the mic and did not acknowledge McGregor’s race-related comments. But he didn’t exactly bathe himself in glory, either. Mayweather, who did jail time in 2012 on a domestic abuse charge, repeatedly referred to McGregor as a “b*tch,” which eventually ended up in a near-scuffle between the two.

During his scrum with reporters after the event, McGregor reiterated that he believes the idea that he has any racial animosity to be a ridiculous notion.

“That doesn’t sit well with me,” McGregor said. “I’m very multicultural, a multicultural individual, and I don’t have any ill feelings toward anyone. I don’t even see color, you know what I mean?”

McGregor said he was trying to diffuse the situation in an offbeat way.

“In Brooklyn, we’re in New York, being a Notorious BIG fan, I just wanted to play with it, and address it in my own ways,” McGregor said. “It’s stupid and it’s ridiculous.”

For his part, Mayweather believes McGregor crossed a line.

“Disrespecting my daughter, disrespecting the mother of my daughter, disrespecting black women, calling black people monkeys is totally disrespectful. I have a diverse team. A diverse staff. And when I was young, I may have said some things I shouldn’t have said because I was young. But you live, you learn and you don’t say those things when you get to a certain age because it’s all about growth and maturity,” Mayweather said at the post-tour press conference.

“Today, he came out today and did it again…I guess when he gets older he’ll look back and say I probably shouldn’t have said that,” Mayweather said.

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Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor video: Brooklyn press conference staredown

The Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor press conference in Brooklyn was a trainwreck. Here’s the staredown, which was reasonably normal. Fans at the Barclays Center had to wait over two hours past the scheduled start time for Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor to begin part three of their four-part World Tour press conference. It didn’t really go over well with the fans in Brooklyn. They were rightfully impatient, and what they got was evidently not very good material from either man. McGregor in particular didn’t have his usual strong command of the crowd, and the absurdity of this response to accusations that he’s made racially-charged remarks towards Mayweather was cringeworthy.
Feel free to watch the faceoff at the top of the page. McGregor was shirtless and entered the arena with only a mink coat on, but didn’t wear it for the staredown.
There’s one more stop on this tour, and it’s across the pond in London, England on Friday. That is supposedly going to start at 2 PM ET/11 AM PT, but punctuality hasn’t really been much of a thing this week.
Mayweather and McGregor will square off in the boxing ring on Saturday, August 26th at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Pros react to Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor press conference in Brooklyn

The third leg of the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor world tour didn’t live up to it’s hype.

After a two-hour delay, both Mayweather and McGregor finally got things going on the press conference, which took place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y., but came up short in their performances, as many found the conference to be repetitive and somewhat lackluster, at least compared to the previous ones in Toronto and Los Angeles.

Below is how the pros in the MMA world reacted to the press conference in Brooklyn:


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Mayweather: McGregor ‘crossed the line’ with race joke during Brooklyn press tour

Floyd Mayweather was taken aback by Conor McGregor’s race jokes during the Brooklyn press tour on Thursday. Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor embarked on the third day of the four-city press tour to promote their August 26th fight in Las Vegas. But unlike day one and two in Los Angeles and Toronto, respectively, the Brooklyn crowd seemed unimpressed by their antics on stage.
Things have not gotten out of hand, surprisingly, but McGregor has been blamed for supposedly racist remarks, particularly with the “dance for me, boy” remark during the LA press tour. McGregor went on to address the situation in front of the audience in attendance at the Barclay’s Center.

“A lot of the media seem to be saying I’m against black people,” McGregor said. “That’s absolutely f—king ridiculous! Do they not know I’m half-black? Yeah! I’m half-black from the belly button down. And just to show that that’s squashed, here’s a little present for my beautiful, black female fans. [McGregor mimics sexual act.]”
Mayweather has been generally nonchalant about McGregor’s actions, but this time around, he believes the Irishman had crossed the line.
“This is an event where two fighters are competing against one another, but saying a lot of racist things like today toward black women,” Mayweather said during a media scrum after the event (via Fight Hub TV). “I have two black daughters, a black mother, of course I’m a black man.”
“He’s crossing the line, but I can’t really focus on that right now. I’m here to do a job, and my job is to go out there and entertain. But he’s losing a lot of fans by doing that.”
The fourth and final day of the Mayweather-McGregor press tour will take place on Friday, July 14th, in London, England.
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Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje to coach The Ultimate Fighter 26

A former UFC lightweight champion and a man that made quite a first impression in the Octagon have been recruited to coach TUF. Eddie Alvarez will be a coach on TUF 26 after all, and he’ll go against former WSOF champ and new UFC title contender Justin Gaethje. UFC president Dana White, who is on the press tour with Conor McGregor for his August fight with Floyd Mayweather, confirmed the info with MMA Fighting’s Luke Thomas:

Dana White confirms to @lthomasnews that Eddie Alvarez and Justin Gaethje will be the next coaches of The Ultimate Fighter. #TLTS pic.twitter.com/PLpGHoh8VX— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) July 13, 2017

The show will be similar to TUF 20 and will kick-start the women’s flyweight division, crowning a champion at the end of the show.
Alvarez (28-5, 1 NC, 3-2, 1 NC UFC) is coming off a No Contest with Dustin Poirier where he landed some illegal elbows on Poirier while he was down. It was expected that they would rematch, and Poirier had called him out for it, but that apparently isn’t happening now.
Gaethje (18-0, 1-0 UFC) made his UFC debut at the TUF 25 Finale, stopping Michael Johnson in a fight of the year candidate.
It was originally thought that Alvarez wouldn’t coach, as fellow UFC lightweight Kevin Lee said on Twitter that he had accepted the TUF coaching position because Alvarez turned it down. Obviously that’s not the case now.
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Diggin’ Deep on UFC Glasgow: Nelson vs. Ponzinibbio – FS1 prelims preview

Get the lowdown on Sunday’s televised prelims from Glasgow, featuring former professional boxer Danny Roberts and hard-hitting Bobby Nash, plus Neil Seery’s retirement bout. Admittedly, there is little at stake in the televised prelims. However – and it doesn’t matter how many times I say this – that rarely has anything to do with how entertaining a fight is. Danny Roberts and Bobby Nash should provide a standup war. Though this is Neil Seery’s final fight, he’s still one of the scrappiest and entertaining flyweights in the sport. Admittedly, Charlie Ward and Galore Bofando shouldn’t be in the UFC. But who hasn’t been entertained by a schoolyard fight or a drunken brawl? Not that I’m comparing them to that….
The FS1 prelims begin at 1:00 PM ET/ 10:00 AM PT on Sunday.
Danny Roberts (13-2) vs. Bobby Nash (8-2), Welterweight
It’s safe to expect an entertaining scrap from these two sluggers. Roberts, a former professional boxer, employs a far more technical style, relying on angles and footwork to find openings. He doesn’t have a lot of power, but knows how to pour on the volume to force his opponent to cry uncle. Roberts’ technique has broken down at times as he has been dragged into brawls in his last couple of appearances, much to his detriment. Though not a great wrestler, he has developed a dangerous guard that gives opponents pause before jumping in there.
Nash isn’t quite the natural athlete Roberts is – though he is a sound athlete — nor does he possess the slick technical skills of the Englishman. What he does possess is dynamite in his fists and the brawling style that has been liable to make Roberts forget his roots. Though he prefers to let his fists fly, Nash does possess an enthusiastic wrestling game and is adept at chokes as well. What got him finished in his UFC debut against Li Jingliang was his complete lack of defense, allowing the durable Chinaman to land some haymakers after having him on the ropes.
Roberts is hardly a savvy MMA vet, but he does have some slick skills that should lead to victory against the defensively deficient Nash. I don’t think Roberts has the power to end the contest early, but he should be able to outland the American with ease. So long as he can avoid a power shot from Nash – no guarantee — he’ll get the win. Roberts via decision
Alexandre Pantoja (17-2) vs. Neil Seery (16-12), Flyweight
Third time is the charm for Seery as he has been trying to make it into the cage for his farewell contest for almost a year now. The biggest mistake was trying to put him opposite Ian McCall as the MMA gods refuse to allow McCall to ever step foot in a UFC cage again. Though Pantoja doesn’t have the name value of McCall, he’s likely a stiffer test at this point in his career than the former #1 ranked flyweight in the world.
Seery never has been a great athlete, but thanks to over a decade’s worth of experience, developed into one of the wiliest and savvy boxers in the division. Relying on volume and some unorthodox angles in which he throws his punches, Seery keeps the pressure on from bell to bell. Considering he has an endless gas tank, Seery typically gets stronger late in fights, giving Kyoji Horiguchi a tough time in the final round in his last contest. It used to be that Seery was vulnerable to the submission, but has changed that narrative over the last five years to become a surprisingly slick scrambler given the lack of athletic gifts.
Speaking of athletic gifts, that’s something Pantoja is in abundance of. The #1 seed in the TUF flyweight tournament last fall, Pantoja is best known for his grappling prowess. However, to simply label him a submission expert would be selling his skill-set short. An aggressive pressure fighter, Pantoja’s kicks and knees from the clinch are just as capable of ending a contest as the Nova Uniao product is of catching a slick submission. Pantoja’s wrestling is another underrated part of his arsenal, though he’s more efficient at preventing takedowns than he is at getting them.
I’m going to miss Seery as he has always put on entertaining contests, whether it be a brawl or a series of scrambles. I’d love to see him end his career on a high note, but Pantoja is a far superior athlete. Seery hasn’t been finished since he came into the UFC and I see no reason for that to change as he makes his way out. Pantoja via decision
Charlie Ward (3-2) vs. Galore Bofando (4-2), Welterweight
Am I the only one who feels like the UFC is catering to Conor McGregor a bit too much by placing his teammate in a contest with a dude who has fought a total of six times over seven years, including just once in the last four? As I’ve already said, neither Ward nor Bofando have any business in a UFC cage.
Perhaps I could forgive the UFC for pitting these two against one another if they were prospects of some potential. Nope. Ward is 36-years old and Bofando is at least 35. To be fair, Ward does have a lot of unsanctioned experience under his belt. Regardless, he hasn’t proven anything to indicate he deserves this opportunity. Ward has shown the ability to be an entertaining scrapper, mixing takedowns with his punches with a nice amount of power. A swarmer, Ward’s strategy is simply to overwhelm his opponent with intense pressure.
That may be enough against Bofando as he doesn’t respond respond well to pressure. Bofando needs space to unleash his flashy kicking repertoire. He does have some power in his punches, but also isn’t very adept at covering the space he needs to get those off without taking some return fire. I haven’t seen any footage on his ground game, but I wouldn’t expect much.
A contest that is more appropriate on a BAMMA card or the prelims of Cage Warriors, it could be fun to watch regardless of whether they deserve their roster spot. Bofando appears to be tailor made for Ward to pick up a UFC win, thus satisfying the UFC’s lone cash cow… provided McGregor ever returns to MMA. If nothing else, this should be fun. Ward via TKO of RD2
Danny Henry (10-2) vs. Daniel Teymur (6-0), Lightweight
In a contest made about two weeks before the event, it’s hard to get a feel for Henry as there isn’t a lot of footage of him available for public consumption. That’s going to make this difficult to get a feel for the contest.
All I found on Henry was a series of highlight reels… not exactly ideal for breaking down his overall skill set and weaknesses. He does appear to be an accurate kickboxer with a well-rounded skill set with nearly as many victories via submission as KO/TKO. However, it is worth noting that he has spent most of his career as a featherweight fighting a less than impressive level of opposition in South Africa.
On the other side, Teymur – UFC lightweight David Teymur’s younger brother – hasn’t exactly faced the highest level of competition either. He hasn’t spent his entire career at lightweight either, fighting as low as 148. In other words, he won’t have a massive size advantage on Henry. It may help him defending the potential takedowns from Henry, but that doesn’t appear to be a big part of Henry’s game. Much like his brother, he possesses a very technical kickboxing game with sneaky power, but he’s more likely to be sucked into a brawl than his brother.
This is a coin flip of a fight given the lack of footage on Henry. I won’t be surprised if he pulls off the upset, but given Teymur’s pedigree and technical standup, I’m going with what I know. Teymur has the talent to stick around the UFC for a while. Henry might, but I can’t say for sure at this juncture. Teymur via decision

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Floyd Mayweather offers Dana White a public apology: ‘I could never disrespect you’

Mayweather had some less than kind words for Dana White early in the negotiation process for his fight with Conor McGregor, but strike a much kinder tone at the MayMac World Tour stop in Toronto. When the talk of Floyd Mayweather Jr. fighting Conor McGregor seemed like little more than a pipe dream, Dana White put an offer on the table to get the bout made, $25 million-a-piece. To those unfamiliar with Mayweather’s past earning potential, it seemed like an ungodly amount of money (and for most it still is). But, to Floyd $25 million was entirely a laughing matter.
Mayweather claimed he hadn’t made as little as $25 million for a fight in the last decade, and then took aim at the author of the deal. “Dana White, I remember when you used to carry my bags.”
A few months, a firmly negotiated deal, and a World Media Tour appear to have changed the tune, however. This past Wednesday, July 12th, during the MayMac World Tour stop in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Mayweather extended an olive branch to the UFC president (transcript via MMA Fighting).
“Dana, I could never disrespect you,” Mayweather said on stage. “I’ve known you for 21 years. You’ve done a hell of a job with this company. And I want to continue to watch you grow. I want to watch you continue to build the UFC, because it’s all about combat sports. You’ve done a hell of a job. No matter what I’ve said about you in the past, as a man I look in your face and apologize and tell you I’m sorry. But you’ve done a hell of a job with this company.”
‘Money’ elaborated on his statement to press, backstage, as well.
“Dana White used to come over my house every day,” Mayweather said. “I’ve been knowing Dana White 21 years. I’m big enough to apologize to Dana White. I’m a real man, that’s what real men do. I’m man enough to apologize. I’ve said some stuff about Dana. I’m only human. He takes shots at me; I take shots back. I’m only human. I’m not upset with Dana White, I’m not upset with anybody.”
It’s a strange moment in what will likely continue to be a highly antagonistic pre-fight buildup between Mayweather and the UFC’s own PPV star, Conor McGregor. The tour makes its next stop at the Barclays center in Brooklyn, NY, before heading overseas to Wembley Stadium in London, England. Stay tuned to Bloody Elbow for more news and updates.
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UFC re-signs Irish lightweight Joseph Duffy

Unlike Gegard Mousasi, lightweight Joseph Duffy opted to re-sign with the UFC in free agency. “Irish” Joseph Duffy is staying in the UFC.
The rising lightweight contender has signed a new seven-fight deal, according to his manager Graham Boylan, who confirmed the news to MMA Fighting. Duffy had planned to test the free agent market after his contract had expired, and did reject the UFC’s initial offer to keep him. In May, Bellator president Scott Coker did confirm that they were in talks with Duffy.
“(Joseph) is happy with the new deal and is looking forward to getting back in and being more active,” said Boylan.
The 29-year-old Duffy is 17-2 in his MMA career, with an overall UFC record of 4-1. His most recent fight was a unanimous decision win over Reza Medadi at UFC London in March. Duffy’s only setback inside the Octagon was by unanimous decision to Dustin Poirier at UFC 195 in January 2016. Of course, Duffy is also known for choking out current UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor in just 38 seconds at Cage Warriors 39 back in 2010.
Duffy currently does not have a fight booked, but it’s great news for those who want to see him take on the best in the UFC’s crowded lightweight division.
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