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  • This ‘Diamond’ Weighed 399,161 Carats
    by Jesse Holland on May 21, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    Dustin Poirier captured the interim lightweight title by turning away Max Holloway in the UFC 236 main event last month in Atlanta, Georgia, keeping the division moving in the absence of reigning 155-pound kingpin, Khabib Nurmagomedov. Despite finishing “Blessed” when they first went to war at UFC 143 back in 2012, “The Diamond” closed as the betting underdog ahead of UFC 236. No doubt his ability to shut down the venerable Hawaiian — who rules the roost at 145 pounds — left more than a few fans scratching their heads. Which is probably why questions are still being asked about his pre-fight preparations. Poirier recently told his Twitter followers that he tipped the scale at 176 pounds before entering the Octagon at UFC 236, 21.5 pounds more than what he registered during the official weigh ins (see them here). How or why that became a big deal in the combat sports blogosphere is unknown, but even his own Twitter followers were reacting with comments like “wow” and “Jesus” and “Did you go to the buffet after weigh ins?” I guess they missed that time Thiago Alves packed on nearly 30 pounds in just three hours after stepping on the scale for UFC on FX 2, or when Antonio Silva cut down to 265 pounds for UFC Fight Night 33, then ballooned up to 282 the following day. Holloway has been on such a tear at 145 pounds that his loss at lightweight likely came as a surprise to most fans, especially when you consider that he’s taller than Poirier, who also competed at featherweight before returning to a healthier size. Perhaps the reach disadvantage was difficult to overcome, or maybe Holloway struggled to compete with the extra weight, or (gasp) the more-powerful “Diamond” just had his number. Whatever the case was, we certainly need to address extreme weight-cutting issues in MMA. Poirier weighing 176 pounds for UFC 236 isn’t one of them. […]

  • Latest Bellator 222 Fight Card & Rumors
    by stevejuon on May 21, 2019 at 7:39 pm

    Event: Bellator 222: “Machida vs. Sonnen”Date: Fri., June 14, 2019, exclusively on DAZNLocation: Madison Square Garden in New York City, New York Bellator 222 Main Event: 205 lbs.: Lyoto Machida (25-8) vs. Chael Sonnen (31-16-1) Bellator 222 Main Card (9 p.m. ET): 170 lbs.: Rory MacDonald (20-5-1) vs. Neiman Gracie (9-0)135 lbs.: Darrion Caldwell (13-2) vs. Kyoji Horiguchi (27-2)175 lbs.: Dillon Danis (1-0) vs. Max Humphrey (3-2)145 lbs.: Aaron Pico (4-2) vs. Adam Borics (8-0) Bellator 222 “Prelims” Undercard (7 p.m. ET): 125 lbs.: Heather Hardy (2-1) vs. Taylor Turner (3-5)135 lbs.: Ricky Bandejas (11-2) vs. Patrick Mix (10-0)125 lbs.: Brandon Polcare (1-2) vs. Brandon Medina (0-0)185 lbs.: Phil Hawes (4-2) vs. Michael Wilcox (6-3)135 lbs.: Mike Kimbel (2-1) vs. Sebastian Ruiz (2-2)170 lbs.: Robson Gracie (1-0) vs. Oscar Vera (0-0)145 lbs.: John Beneduce (2-2) vs. Kenny Rivera (2-1)165 lbs.: Kastroit Xhema (2-3, 1 NC) vs. Whitney Francois (2-6-1) To check out the latest Bellator MMA-related news and notes be sure to hit up our comprehensive news archive right here. […]

  • UFC Greenville Poster Drops For ‘Moicano Vs Zombie’
    by Jesse Holland on May 21, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) continues to crank out these ESPN+ events week after week, and one of the most recent offerings is UFC Fight Night 154, headlined by the featherweight showdown pitting Renato Carneiro against Chan Sung Jung. That’s “Moicano vs. Korean Zombie” for all you mixed martial arts (MMA) fans who search by way of nickname for the June 22 extravaganza, held inside Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina, and now we have an official poster to pump us up. UFC I know I shit on UFC for its posters but this one is kinda fun. While UFC Fight Night 154 has a solid headliner, the rest of the card is just “meh.” The co-main event features a bantamweight pairing between Rob Font and Cody Stamann, while Bryan Barberena and Randy Brown collide in welterweight action. See the entire UFC Greenville fight card and line up right here. […]

  • Ngannou Vs Dos Santos Moved To UFC Minneapolis
    by Jesse Holland on May 21, 2019 at 4:56 pm

    Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) was forced to reshuffle a pair of its upcoming mixed martial arts (MMA) fight cards after the UFC Minneapolis main event fell apart. That means the UFC 239 pay-per-view (PPV) line up is down one heavyweight hoss fight. Promotion president Dana White was right, it’s always something with Tyron Woodley. According to a report from ESPN, the titanic tilt between Francis Ngannou and Junior dos Santos, ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, will be moved from July 6 to June 29, pending official bout agreements later this week. Woodley was expected to rematch Robbie Lawler in the UFC Minneapolis headliner; however, a hand injury torpedoed those plans. It appears “Ruthless” balked at this list of potential replacements and will instead wait for a later booking. UFC 239 is topped by the light heavyweight title fight pitting Jon Jones (champion) opposite Thiago Santos (challenger). As far as UFC Minneapolis, the Ngannou-Dos Santos main event is anchored by a Joseph Benavidez vs. Jussier Formiga co-headliner. […]

  • He’s Not Surprised, Motherf—kers
    by Jesse Holland on May 21, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    Aurora stock, not surprisingly, is way up. Hey, remember when Nate Diaz whipped out his E-pen and started vaping at the UFC 202 press conference and USADA lost its shit? Turns out the lightweight physician was well ahead of his time. That’s because the world’s preeminent combat sports promotion just inked a multi-year, multi-million dollar partnership with Aurora Cannabis to help lead continued research into the health benefits of cannabidiol (CBD). They could have just texted Rampage and saved themselves a few million. “This global partnership places focus squarely on the health and well-being of UFC’s talented and highly trained athletes,” said Aurora Chief Executive Terry Booth. “The Aurora-UFC research partnership creates a global platform to launch targeted educational and awareness campaigns, while creating numerous opportunities to accelerate our global CBD business.” CBD was removed from WADA’s prohibited list just last year. The research will be conducted at the promotion’s Performance institute in Las Vegas, focusing on pain management, inflammation, recovery and mental health. In other words, UFC has found yet another reason to lock the doors and block the stairs. […]