Steven Muehlhausen at Cagewriter 13 hrs ago
NFL players dance in the end zone after they score a touchdown. Athletes dance after they win a title. But, dancing in the middle of a MMA fight?
We saw it on Saturday night during the British Challenge Mixed Martial Arts (BCMMA) 18 event as Joe Harding faced Johan Segas in an amateur featherweight bout.
After connecting with a high kick and then a left jab, Harding decided to break out a salsa dance in the middle of the cage. Segas noticed and was clearly not impressed by Harding’s dance moves as he connected on a left head kick that sent Harding’s eyes back into his head before he hit the canvas.
Segas landed a couple hammerfists for good measure and the referee finally stepped in when it was clear Harding was out.
Let’s hope Harding learned a lesson and will never do something like that again. And hopefully fighters everywhere learned something there. Never dance until you won the fight.
Steven Muehlhausen at Cagewriter 14 hrs ago
Derrick Lewis isn’t one to mince words and hold anything back.
That rang true again on Sunday night after notching a second-round knockout of Travis Browne in the main event of UFC Fight Night 105 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. During his post-fight interview with Brian Stann, Lewis brought up Browne’s past domestic abuse allegations and took a step further when he brought up his opponent’s current girlfriend, former UFC women’s bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey.
“I just knew I had a bigger heart than him,” Lewis said. “He call himself a man, but he likes to put his hands on women. So, forget that guy. I got much more heart than he has. Where’s Ronda Rousey’s fine [expletive] at?”
In the first round, Lewis got in some trouble when Browne landed a series of hard body kicks. The 32-year-old, who was holding his body, told Stann that he wasn’t in any trouble at all and just had to go do something.
“I just gotta do No. 2, that’s all,” Lewis said. “It’s not really hurt from the kick. I just got a boo boo.”
— UFC (@ufc) February 20, 2017
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 3 days ago
Cris “Cyborg” Justino will soon get the opportunity to fight for the championship of the division that was created for her.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency granted Justino a retroactive therapeutic use exemption on Friday, paving the way for the hard-hitting Brazilian to start to challenge for the women’s featherweight title.
On Dec. 5, Justino failed an out-of-competition test given to her by USADA, testing positive for Spironolactone, which is banned at all times by the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list in the category of diuretics and masking agents.
But upon the news becoming public, Justino said she had been prescribed medication by a doctor which caused the positive result.
Franklin McNeil at Cagewriter 3 days ago
St-Pierre is eager to fight and UFC officials are excited to have him back. But finalizing a deal won’t resolve all issues. For example, will St-Pierre compete at 170 pounds or move to middleweight? And who should he face in his return?
Finding a fighter willing to step in against St-Pierre is easy. It’s a big-money bout and a victory will immediately alter the opponent’s standing in the MMA circle.
The lucky winner of the St-Pierre sweepstakes, however, must meet certain criteria: He must be a current contender or titleholder at welterweight or middleweight. He must have high name recognition — this is, by the way, a high-profile bout.
With this in mind, here are the four most likely fighters to get the call from UFC officials:
Mackenzie Liddell at Cagewriter 3 days ago
A cornerman was forced to take matters into his own hands and save his fighter after a referee missed a blatant submission during a Super Fight League event in India on Friday.
The disturbing incident took place when Asha Roka locked in a guillotine on Hannah Kampf early in the first round. Kampf’s body went limp seconds after Roka applied the choke, but it wasn’t until nearly 20 seconds later that Kampf’s cornerman entered the ring and stopped the fight himself.
Kampf did show some movement shortly after going out, but it’s clear she wasn’t defending herself and the referee horribly misjudged the situation.
Check out the scary incident in the clip below:
SFL – The referee was sleeping – Asha Roka /Sher-E-Punjab/ 1R guillotine (vs. Hanna Kamf /Bengaluru Tigers/ pic.twitter.com/wpJbSp0FsQ
— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) February 17, 2017
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 4 days ago
Conor McGregor doesn’t look like the type of man who fawns over romantic comedies during his downtime. But during an interview with GQ Style, the UFC lightweight champion revealed that there is a certain film that Mystic Mac adores more than any other.
And it certainly isn’t what you would expect.
“My favorite romantic comedy would probably be Scarface,” McGregor said in the video conversation with GQ.
The unconventional rom-com selection falls right in line with McGregor’s greatest love: the mighty dollar. Sure, McGregor has his first baby on the way with his girlfriend Dee Devlin. However, his affinity for cash is something that the 28-year-old shares with the film’s anti-hero, Tony Montana.
“The love Tony had for the money. It was absolutely breathtaking, it blew me away,” he said. “Such a beautiful love story. Crafted together beautifully.”
Steven Muehlhausen at Cagewriter 4 days ago
Former UFC women’s bantamweight champion Holly Holm has filed an appeal with the New York State Athletic Commission as a result of blows after the bell she suffered in her loss to Germaine de Randamie in their featherweight title bout in the main event Saturday of UFC 208 in Brooklyn.
Holm’s appeal, filed by attorneys Paul Bardacke and Breanna Houghton, includes a complaint against referee Todd Anderson, who chose not to penalize de Randamie despite blows thrown well after the bell following Rounds 2 and 3.
The appeal, first reported by MMA Fighting, asks the commission to review Anderson’s decision.
“We respectfully request the commission review referee Anderson’s failure to assess a foul and render a decision regarding a point deduction following Round 2, and failure to assess a foul and a point deduction following Round 3, and determine an appropriate result,” the complaint states.
Franklin McNeil at Cagewriter 5 days ago
After being away from the Octagon for more than two years, former UFC welterweight champion Georges “Rush” St-Pierre is on the verge of returning to the promotion, a source close to the situation told Yahoo Sports on Wednesday.
Contract talks between representatives for St-Pierre and UFC have heated up, with the sides agreeing on most of the major issues. However, a deal has not yet been announced by the UFC.
MMAFighting.com was first to report on this matter.
Members of St-Pierre’s camp haven’t been shy to discuss his desire to return to action. But St-Pierre has been mum about a return date. It’s also unclear in which weight class he intends to compete.
Regarded as the best 170-pound fighter in MMA history, there is speculation St-Pierre has his eyes set on challenging for the middleweight title. Under the right circumstances, champion Michael Bisping is more than willing to welcome St-Pierre into the 185-pound ranks.
Efforts to reach current UFC welterweight titleholder Tyron Woodley were unsuccessful.
Kevin Iole at Cagewriter 7 days ago
Criticism of new UFC women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie about throwing late blows at the end of the second and third rounds of her title fight Saturday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn with Holly Holm has prompted de Randamie to take to Facebook to offer Holm a rematch to quell the controversy.
De Randamie won a unanimous decision, 48-47 on all three cards, to claim the newly created women’s featherweight belt. But had referee Todd Anderson taken a point for either of the two low blows, the fight would have been a draw.
The late blows were the topic of much debate in the MMA media the day after. Yahoo Sports put much of the blame on Anderson. MMA junkie columnist Ben Fowlkes noted that de Randamie was “the one who gave us the most significant action in her clash with Holly Holm, at times bending the rules to get there … ”
Thank you all for this amazing journey
Holland I’m on my way home
Andreas Hale at Cagewriter 11 days ago
Talking trash has never been considered as UFC middleweight contender Yoel Romero’s strong suit. But as he waits for his number to be called for a title fight against champion Michael Bisping, it appears that the Cuban-born Olympic silver medalist in wrestling took the time to brush up on his taunting skills.
Although he’s been named as Bisping’s opponent, no date has been set for their fight as the champion is currently recovering from a minor knee surgery. But if it is up to Romero, this won’t be the last time that The Count will find himself hospitalized. As a matter of fact, Romero was kind enough to launch a GoFundMe page in an effort to preemptively raise funds to help pay for Bisping’s medical expenses after Romero gets his hands on him.
— Yoel Romero (@YoelRomeroMMA) February 8, 2017