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  • @Rembrandt said in UFC:

    Anyone following the twitter exchange between Khabib & McGregor?
    Pretty serious stuff when one person can't take an offensive joke from a shit talker. I wonder if it will be enough to create a rematch?

    Think it got deleted - what did it say?



  • @MajorRage

    More tweets than I realised, guess a few got deleted.
    https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/4/3/18294074/conor-mcgregor-vs-khabib-nurmagomedov-twitter-war-turns-ugly

    Surely the best response to McGregor is simply a gif from the fight.
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  • I'm really looking forward to the two main fights this weekend

    Max Holloway vs Dustin Poirier
    Kelvin Gastelum vs Israel Adesanya

    Both tough to call

    I think Holloway is the best fighter in the organisation. His class should edge it.. Not putting any money on it though

    I'll be cheering for Adesanya but this is going to be a tough one. Everyone talks about KG's punching power but his wrestling background might be the decider here.
    Israel keeps talking up his ability on the ground but we haven't seen that tested yet

    I'm still hoping for a NZ v Aus title fight... and even the remote possibility it happens in Auckland



  • @Duluth said in UFC:

    I'm really looking forward to the two main fights this weekend

    Max Holloway vs Dustin Poirier
    Kelvin Gastelum vs Israel Adesanya

    Both tough to call

    I think Holloway is the best fighter in the organisation. His class should edge it.. Not putting any money on it though

    I'll be cheering for Adesanya but this is going to be a tough one. Everyone talks about KG's punching power but his wrestling background might be the decider here.
    Israel keeps talking up his ability on the ground but we haven't seen that tested yet

    I'm still hoping for a NZ v Aus title fight... and even the remote possibility it happens in Auckland

    Poirier and Gastelum for the upset wins.



  • The Adesanya fight was incredible. Worth finding if you are a causal fan

    2-2 going into the 5th and Adesanya pulls out a massive 10-8 round

    NZ has an interim champ. NZ vs Aus for the real belt later this year



  • The main event was almost as good as the co-main. The best PPV for a while

    Poirier dominated apart from a few moments. Unfortunately it looked like guys in different weight classes fighting.. Holloway is so tough though

    I hope Poirier knocks Khabib out

    Earlier Rountree was very good too. Brutal leg kicks. Maybe he's turned the corner... the LHW division needs some more class



  • Post match



  • Finally managed to watch one.

    Israel fight was great - all square going into the lady then just dominated him for a 10-8. Great fight, both guys super super tough.

    Main event was its equal tho, we just kept waiting for Holloway to turn it, looked like he could thrn the knee which opened the cut effectively ended it.

    Both fighters worthy of the belts



  • White said the title fight will be in a stadium in Aus

    Good to see Israel in the press conference suggesting the fight should be in Auckland. Pointing out Whittaker is a Maori born in Auckland..

    It’ll most likely be in Aus, but Whittaker has failed to show up in a couple of home fights. Also Aucklands City Kickboxing has earned a big event



  • @Duluth white probably thinks NZ is part of Aus ...

    Aus makes more sense - UFC is a money game and there more there than in NZ.

    Noted today thst although he fights for NZ he has a Nigerian flag by his name on the telecast.





  • Fantastic card

    Davis v Costa was a cracker

    So too Muhammad v Millender and Frevola v Turner

    Krylov on the way up

    Jouban robbed

    Rountree Jr massively improved

    Gastelum made the fatal mistake of trying to take Adesanya down when he was ready to be felled.

    Fair play to Adesanya, Championship finish in the Championship round.

    And Poirier deservedly took the unanimous decision.

    Great night.



  • @Duluth said in UFC:

    Adesanya passes another test with ease.

    Some huge fights coming for him against fighters in the top five. I'm hoping hoping for a New Zealandish title fight with Whittaker in a year or so

    Nice soothsaying there @Duluth!!

    So cool that it was a fight for the ages too. So now we wait for the fight against Whittaker!



  • I have watched Izzy's* fight several times. Just amazing from both guys. Many fights would have been stopped in that last 20 seconds but Gastelum deserved to be there at the end.

    I loved the whole card. Best in ages.

    What's with Israel's this week? Izzy Dagg calls time, Izzy Falou self destructs and Izzy Adesanya elevates.



  • Two very good cards back to back.

    And some significant changes in rankings.



  • Very average card from Ottawa but the Cowboy v Raging Al fight was a cracker.

    Going into the fight Al said Cowboy was looking old & slow.

    Al can thank his lucky stars he didn't face the younger version, he wouldn't have gotten out of the ring alive.

    Al out thought & out fought.

    Cowboy v McG next?

    Yes please



  • @MiketheSnow

    That was impressive from Cowboy.

    I was expect Al to win.. I thought there were signs that Cowboys chin was getting questionable in the last couple of years (maybe it was just an issue with the bigger hitters at welterweight?)
    So I was expecting Al to catch him at some stage and get a KO

    Well Al caught him a few times and Cowboy didn't get rocked too badly

    Credit to Cerrone for the 24th minute too. Well up on the score card and he took a few risks going for the finish

    @MiketheSnow said in UFC:

    Cowboy v McG next?

    Yes please

    I like it for a few reasons:

    • Conor should not be getting a title shot, or even a number one contender fight, when he returns. He hasn't won in the octagon since 2016.
    • Cowboy deserves a big pay day and it's unlikely he's going on a title run at this stage of his career.
    • It's a fun fight


  • @Duluth said in UFC:

    @MiketheSnow

    That was impressive from Cowboy.

    I was expect Al to win.. I thought there were signs that Cowboys chin was getting questionable in the last couple of years (maybe it was just an issue with the bigger hitters at welterweight?)
    So I was expecting Al to catch him at some stage and get a KO

    Well Al caught him a few times and Cowboy didn't get rocked too badly

    Credit to Cerrone for the 24th minute too. Well up on the score card and he took a few risks going for the finish

    @MiketheSnow said in UFC:

    Cowboy v McG next?

    Yes please

    I like it for a few reasons:

    • Conor should not be getting a title shot, or even a number one contender fight, when he returns. He hasn't won in the octagon since 2016.
    • Cowboy deserves a big pay day and it's unlikely he's going on a title run at this stage of his career.
    • It's a fun fight

    It's a no lose scenario for Cowboy.

    He wins, he's beaten McG, straight to Title shot and Hall of Fame
    He loses, he's lost to one of the best, gets a huge pay day, and straight to Hall of Fame



  • @Duluth Yea I had raging Al as the favourite given his dominant win over Kevin Lee last outing and his respectable showing against Khabib. Gotta love Cowboy though and enjoy him while hes still fighting. He can walk straight into the movie industry when he retires! What a character...



  • So Edgar gets a title shot vs Holloway

    Booo! It should have been the Aussie Volkanovski

    I wasn't expecting Volkanovski to beat Aldo on the weekend but he fofought a great tactical fight. He constantly kept Aldo busy, particularly with the little leg kicks, and Aldo never got into his rhythm

    • Aldo was the number one contender
    • Only three people have beaten Aldo in the UFC - Conor McGregor, Max Holloway and now Alexander Volkanovski
    • Volkanovski has one of the longest active win streaks in the UFC having won all 7 of his fights

    But no, Edgar gets the title shot..

    The rationale is that the Holloway vs Edgar fight was scheduled and cancelled before. To me it looks like the UFC wants Holloway to have an easier fight coming off that Poirier loss



  • UFC has been posting a few old videos on their youtube channel

    Here's the original event from 1993.

    Not many rules at this stage. So there's kicks to the head of a downed opponent, head butts and hair pulling

    Brian Kilmeade from Fox News does the post match interviews

    The crowd has no idea what Royce Gracie is doing.

    The boxer wearing a single boxing glove made a serious mistake.. it's a little difficult to fight the hands with that on



  • Excellent addition to the YouTube channel.

    Some fantastic viewing.

    https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9m3-_Hv6qNjuJAx_7EuUjx9meAD-PzhI



  • So Gustafsson retired after his loss to Smith. It makes sense given his flat performance and how far away another title shot would be.
    The LHW division is looking a bit shallow.

    I hope Manuwa retires too.

    I don't think I've cheered for the guy in a fight but it's hard watching him get KO'ed so often. The guy has ridiculous power.. that power, coupled with his limitations, always made for fun fights

    From sherdog forums:
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  • Yes, good call from Gustafsson.

    So close and yet so far away.

    Smith is learning and improving from every fight.

    I think (and hope) Santos defeats Jones and then it would be a great rematch with Santos and Smith, this time at light heavy.

    Rakic



  • @MiketheSnow said in UFC:

    I think (and hope) Santos defeats Jones and then it would be a great rematch with Santos and Smith, this time at light heavy.

    Big call. I hope you are right. I want to see someone give Jones a beating.



  • @Duluth said in UFC:

    @MiketheSnow said in UFC:

    I think (and hope) Santos defeats Jones and then it would be a great rematch with Santos and Smith, this time at light heavy.

    Big call. I hope you are right. I want to see someone give Jones a beating.

    Been calling it for a while. Fingers crossed.



  • UFC 238

    Great card top to bottom with some of the most evenly matched bouts for some time.

    That meant great contests going to decision as well as great finishes.

    Definitely worth a watch and certainly creates some great bouts down the line.



  • Ferguson is my favourite fighter to watch. It took him a little while to get going but that second round was amazing. Shame about the punch after the bell taking away some of the attention.

    Hopefully we see Ferguson v Khabib and Ferguson v Conor in the next year. A fight with Gaethje would be chaos and easy to sell too

    Impressive comeback from Cejudo. I'd like to see Sterling have a shot before Cruz

    Valentina with one of the better female KO's. The kick immediately prior to this was to the body so Eye dropped her hands to keep her elbow low.
    Eye was out cold for a few minutes

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  • @Duluth said in UFC:

    Ferguson is my favourite fighter to watch. It took him a little while to get going but that second round was amazing. Shame about the punch after the bell taking away some of the attention.

    Hopefully we see Ferguson v Khabib and Ferguson v Conor in the next year. A fight with Gaethje would be chaos and easy to sell too

    Impressive comeback from Cejudo. I'd like to see Sterling have a shot before Cruz

    Valentina with one of the better female KO's. The kick immediately prior to this was to the body so Eye dropped her hands to keep her elbow low.
    Eye was out cold for a few minutes

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    Yeah Ferguson is like T2

    If God is an MMA fan

    Poirier beats Khabib
    Ferguson beats McG
    Ferguson beats Poirier
    Ferguson beats Khabib



  • Great card in Minneapolis last Saturday.

    BIG, BIG Card coming up this Saturday.

    https://www.ufc.com/event/ufc-239

    In the meantime, the UFC 25 Years in Short films have been getting better and better

    Watch them all

    And this one from BT Sport



  • @MiketheSnow said in UFC:

    BIG, BIG Card coming up this Saturday.

    https://www.ufc.com/event/ufc-239

    What are your predictions for the main card?

    Diego Sanchez v Michael Chiesa
    I think Chiesa edges this one. They have both been inconsistent in recent fights but I'll back the younger fighter on this one.
    It's hard to get excited by Sanchez's victories over a sick Gall and Craig White

    Luke Rockhold v Jan Błachowicz
    Rockhold looks more comfortable at this weight. However I think he loses this.. I'm not convinced about his chin can handle many LHW punches.
    Also, Rockhold is a dick

    Jorge Masvidal v Ben Askren
    Askren by a submission. Masvidal has a good chance though. Particularly if Askren doesn't set up his take down and just lunges in like he did in his last fight

    Amanda Nunes v Holly Holm
    Should Holly have a title shot? 2 wins in her last 6 fights. 1 win in 3 at this weight. So a victory over Corrreia earns a shot?
    I think Nunes will come out fast and get a TKO
    I'll cheer for Holm though. If it gets past the 2nd round Nunes gets vulnerable to a decision

    Jon Jones v Thiago Santos
    I hope @MiketheSnow is right and Santos wins
    I was surprised at the height difference when they stood next to each other. I thought Santos would be closer to him.
    Unfortunately I see the normal Jones fight. Front kick keeping the distance, the opponent gets frustrated and then Jones finds an opening late in the fight as Santos gets desperate.

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  • @Duluth said in UFC:

    @MiketheSnow said in UFC:

    BIG, BIG Card coming up this Saturday.

    https://www.ufc.com/event/ufc-239

    What are your predictions for the main card?

    Diego Sanchez v Michael Chiesa
    I think Chiesa edges this one. They have both been inconsistent in recent fights but I'll back the younger fighter on this one.
    It's hard to get excited by Sanchez's victories over a sick Gall and Craig White

    Luke Rockhold v Jan Błachowicz
    Rockhold looks more comfortable at this weight. However I think he loses this.. I'm not convinced about his chin can handle many LHW punches.
    Also, Rockhold is a dick

    Jorge Masvidal v Ben Askren
    Askren by a submission. Masvidal has a good chance though. Particularly if Askren doesn't set up his take down and just lunges in like he did in his last fight

    Amanda Nunes v Holly Holm
    Should Holly have a title shot? 2 wins in her last 6 fights. 1 win in 3 at this weight. So a victory over Corrreia earns a shot?
    I think Nunes will come out fast and get a TKO
    I'll cheer for Holm though. If it gets past the 2nd round Nunes gets vulnerable to a decision

    Jon Jones v Thiago Santos
    I hope @MiketheSnow is right and Santos wins
    I was surprised at the height difference when they stood next to each other. I thought Santos would be closer to him.
    Unfortunately I see the normal Jones fight. Front kick keeping the distance, the opponent gets frustrated and then Jones finds an opening late in the fight as Santos gets desperate.

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    Pretty spot on analysis.

    I was surprised at the size of Jones too.

    I'm hoping for Sanchez, Blachowicz, Askren, Holm, Santos but could easily be 0 for 5.

    Some interesting match-ups on the undercards too, esp Melendez v Allen.

    And last chance saloon for our boy Jack Marshman.



  • Wow

    Jorge with a 5 sec KO

    Runs forward and then launches a flying knee. Askren ducked into to it, making it even worse





  • Great effort from Santos

    1 & 5 were Santos rounds, 3 & 4 were clear Jones rounds. I had Santos winning the second round as well.. unfortunately only one of the judges saw it that way



  • @Duluth said in UFC:

    Great effort from Santos

    1 & 5 were Santos rounds, 3 & 4 were clear Jones rounds. I had Santos winning the second round as well.. unfortunately only one of the judges saw it that way

    Same.

    Great fight. Shame about the knee, but class to blow it off and not take it as an excuse.

    As much as I root against Jones he's nails.

    The card lived up to the hype, with some classic knockouts.

    Our boy Marshman is on borrowed time. Hasn't learned anything new in his time in the UFC. Easy to work out.

    Allen looked all class.

    They should clone Sanchez for the US Army. Chiesa was dominant and unfazed.

    Thank you Jan.

    Masvidal. Holy balls.

    Nunes just too good.



  • @Stockcar86
    Askren is way too cocky for a guy who is a throwback to the early days of MMA where they would pit different fighting disciplines against each other. He is a very good wrestler but Masvidal knew exactly what he would do because he is one-dimensional. Guys like Khabib show you can be a very good wrestler as well as a good striker.



  • Backstage interview with Adesanya. Talking about Whittaker and where the fight might happen

    Then he sees the Jorge KO

    About 2mins in



  • Kiwi Dan Hooker getting a KO today:

    https://giant.gfycat.com/IdenticalTenderAnemoneshrimp.gif

    I was expecting Vick to be an awkward fight but Hooker's timing was too much for him. Hopefully Hooker's next fight will be against someone ranked around 10.

    Leon Edwards is improving fast. He should be ranked in the top five. I want to see him have a chance to hit Masvidal back.



  • Vick needs to hang it up. He's a two-time golden gloves boxer ffs. If you're getting pieced up like this too often against "perceived" lesser strikers, it is probably time to give it away.

    However, on what was a fucken snorefest of a card Hooker was a stand out. He's great on the mic too!


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