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Reaction to Magalhaes Spitting is Nasty

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The fallout from Caio Magalhaes brain-snap after his bloody loss to Josh Samman continues to gather momentum.

At The Ultimate Fighter 21 finale Samman rocked Magalhaes with a blow that had blood running from the Brazilian’s nose like a river.

Samman was then able to take his opponent to the ground, continue the barrage, and then force his opponent to submit via a rear-naked choke.

It was all one-way traffic.

But when the referee asked Magalhaes to shake hands things got nasty.

Samman is seen walking towards Magalhaes with his hand extended. Magalhaes taps his hand out of the way and spits a mouthful of blood at Samman.

To his credit, Samman merely walks away.

But not everyone has been so sportsmanlike.

The camps of both fighters are disgusted at his behaviour. And UFC boss Dana White is furious. White jealously guards the image of the UFC and such conduct does him and his sport no favours.

MMA fans around the world exploded on social media after witnessing the incident. Most of them have called for Magalhaes to be dropped from the UFC roster.

TUF Coaches for Season 22 Announced

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UFC supremo Dana White stunned the MMA world by announcing the coaches for The Ultimate Fighter season 22: Conor McGregor and Uriah Faber.

Where this differs from previous announcements is that the rival coaches usually face-off at the conclusion of the series. Not so this time. Conor McGregor has booked himself a fight against incumbent (but injury prone) champion Jose Aldo.

Fans seem quite happy with the announcement.

Faber has been an exciting, skilful and popular figheter, but is well past his prime. His recent loss against Frankie Edgar had White considering dropping Faber from the UFC roster – for his own protection.

Installing Faber as a coach without making him fight the lightweight contender appeases fans, gives the show’s contestants the benefit of Faber’s almost unique experience, while protecting the veteran fighter from further damage in the ring.

TUF-22 will feature two teams of lightweights selected along national lines. Faber will coach a team from the United States, while McGregor will coach a team made up of Europeans. Both coaches are articulate, strong-willed, and unafraid to say what they think – it should make great viewing.

The season will include a two-hour special and debut on September 9. It will run for 11 episodes and likely conclude with the title fight sometime in November.

Rumours suggest McGregor may face Aldo for the title as late as January 2. Faber may fight on the same card, but an opponent has not yet been selected.

Spitting Incident Mars TUF 21 Finale


Brazilian UFC middleweight Caio Magalhaes has shocked the MMA world by spitting blood on his opponent Josh Samman.


The two men had endured a grueling first round of their fight ahead of the season finale of The Ultimate Fighter 21. At 2:52 the referee had seen enough and called a stop to the bout.

Samman attempted to shake hands with Magalhaes after his submission victory, but a heavily bloodied Samman spat a gob of blood at him.

Both men needed this victory – badly. Magalhaes would have entered into the top 15 middleweights with a win. While Samman was desperate for a win after 20 months of injuries and the tragic death of his girlfriend.

Samman appeared too strong in the striking and too slick iin the grappling. He beat Magalhaes face to a pulp and then strangled when the pair went to the canvas.

Magalhaes was still full of fighting, even after he’d tapped; but by then, of course, it was too late.

UFC boss Dana White was disgusted by the act. He said Magalhaes will be held to account for such a display.

McGregor Tries to Bet $3 Million on Himself!

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Now this is confidence:

Conor McGregor has suggested a bet with the top executives of the UFC on the outcome of his fight against Chad Mendes, on Saturday, July 11.

So confident is the Irishman he is willing to lay a bet of $3 million on himself to win.

Ariel Helwani posted on Twitter on the 8th: Dana White on Jim Rome just now. McGregor offeed to bet White and Fertitta 3 million dollars that he will finish Mendes early.

So not only does McGregor believe he’ll win, but that Mendes won’t even be able to go the full distance with him.

White was understandably flabbergasted.

He first mentioned the suggested bet on The Jim Rome Show.

But perhaps it wouldn’t be such a bad bet for the promotions executives?

Rumours close to the McGregor camp are saying the Irishman is facing a particularly brutal weight cut. He needs to lose close to 27 pounds in the few days before the weigh-in.

Many normal people spend years trying to lose that amount of weight. McGregor, however, has much, much less time.

Would the executives win their bet if McGregor did not make weight?

Will the drastic weight cut affect McGregor’s normally explosive, aggressive style?

The world awaits one of the most anticipated UFC fights since Jon Jones fought Daniel Cormier.

McGregor Eyes Fight Against Mayweather


UFC featherweight contender Conor McGregor has spoken openly of his wish to fight Floyd Mayweather.

McGregor was on the set of the Conan O’Brien show spruiking his upcoming fight against Chad Mendes at UFC 189. But before the interview drew to a close McGregor threw out his challenge.

The two men fight in approximate weight division and there would certainly be an enormous interest in the fight from supporters of both sports.

McGreegor realised there would be no way to entice Mayweather into MMA, so instead he said he would box against Mayweather.

“If you’re asking would I like to fight Floyd Mayweather, “said McGregor to O’Brien, “I mean, who wouldn’t like to dance around the ring for $180 million?

“I certainly know he would not want to step into my world. The world of pure unarmed combat where there’re no limitations, but I most certainly would step into his world. I would certainly box him if the opportunity arose; most certainly.”

McGregor has made no secret of the fact he is chasing big-money fights. And he understands Mayweather is looking for one last lucrative fight before finishing his career. To that end he added:

“There’re no real fights in boxing left for Floyd anyway. After the Manny fight happened, there’s no more real draws. If you’re looking for a fight that would generate interest, it must be a cross and match up of different styles.”

McGregor believes there are plenty of weaknesses in Mayweather’s arsenal he could exploit to win.

He believes that if Mayweather were foolish enough to attempt to fight him in an MMA format the fight would end very quickly and violently.

“I’ve said it before, I don’t think boxing is the style of fighting that can beat Floyd; but saying that, there are many, many forms of fighting that can beat him. If we were to get it on, I would most certainly dismantle him.”

McGregor Scoffs at Aldo’s Withdrawal

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UFC featherweight contender Connor McGregor hasn’t held back on champion Jose Aldo’s withdrawal. The two were due to fight at UFC 189 this Sunday, but Aldo withdrew after suffering a cracked rib during training.

McGregor took to the media claiming he would have ‘butchered’ Aldo had the Brazilian not ‘pussied out.’

McGregor believes Aldo’s replacement, Chad Mendes, and he should be fighting for the actual title, rather than an interim belt when they meet next Sunday:

“Every time I looked into that man’s (Aldo’s) eyes I saw fear,” raged McGregor.  “I saw glass. I anticipated he would not show. When he got his opportunity to pull, he pulled.

“It’s something I expected. I don’t blame the man; I was going to f***ing butcher him. Rip him limb from limb. I wouldn’t want to face that either.

“He’s gone. He was beaten mentally before he was beaten physically.

“I don’t know whether he’ll be back. He’s gone running and I don’t think he’ll be back.

“If a man pussies out, and he’s pussied out time and time again, then he should be stripped (of his belt).

“If you’re fit to fight and you’re not going to fight (then) the belt rightfully should be stripped and this (fight should be) for the regular featherweight belt.”

McGregor dismissed Mendes as a mere stand-in.

“You can’t even pass guard,” McGregor scoffed at Mendes. “You’re a wipe-out on the mat. What are you going to do? Hold me down? I will butcher you from the bottom. I’ll get back up and butcher you on my feet.

“I hear a quiver in his (Mendes’) voice.

“I see me butchering his facial structure. I feel he’s in the wrong weight class. He gasses to quckly.

“ I think Chad is a substitute. The B-level. I think he’s a wrestler with an overhand that gasses quickly.

“I’m here to shut this man down. Break that pay-per-view record and cash those big, fat cheques, and f*** anyone who doubts me.”


Aldo responded by posting x-rays of his fractured ribs on Twitter. These, he says, proves he is in no fit state to fight McGregor.

He then drove home his disgust of McGregor by saing that Mendes and McGregor were merely fighting for a ‘toy belt’.

“The Octagon is my kingdom and there is only room for one king – it’s me.

“If he wants to participate, he has to be the court jester.

“If you (McGregor) beat Chad Mendes, the only thing you’ll have is a toy belt to show friends, drunk in the bars of his country. Because that’s what an interim title is for me – a toy. The champion is me.”

Aldo Out of UFC 189, Mendes In


UFC President Dana White announced the withdrawal of Jose Aldo from UFC 189.

Aldo was to have defended his featherweight belt against Irishman Conor McGregor on the 11th of July at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

However, Aldo suffered bruised ribs and cartilage damage during sparring more than a week ago, and his recovery has been slower than anticipated.

Aldo had been optimistic to return in time for the bout. However, No. 1 ranked featherweight Chad Mendes was put on notice.

Aldo’s coach, Andre Pederneisras, said that Aldo’s rib was too painful “he will not be fighting,” said White to the media.

“So Chad Mendes now will fight Conor McGregor for the interim belt. Hose Aldo’s pulled out of five title fights. Conor’s ready to go. The No. 1 guy in the world, Chad Mendes, is ready to go. So it makes sense. They’ll fight for the interim title and whenever Jose Aldo is ready then that fight can happen to unify (the belts).”

Mendes is stepping in to face one of the most dangerous fighters on the planet with just two week notice. Mendes, however, is super-confident:

“This is a fighter I’ve watched since he got in the UFC and a fighter I knew I would be facing very soon,” said Mendes on FOX Sports.

“So I’ve watched all his fights, I’ve watched past fights before the UFC. I feel like he has a lot of holes in his game and I feel like my strengths fit right into that.

“This will be a fun night for me: getting in there and getting to beat the crap out of Conor, getting a belt and getting paid. It’s going to be fun. There’s no doubt I’m taking this fight on short notice. This is a guy I know I can beat.”

Welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and Rory MacDonald will battle out the co-main event.

Steamroller Kennedy to Make Octagon Debut

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Steve Kennedy (22-6-0), of Perth, is the latest Australian to be seconded into the ranks of the UFC.

His call-up comes as he is asked to fill in for injured Sergio Moraes.

Kennedy will be fighting local boy Peter Sobotta (14-4-1) in the 77kg welterweight division in UFC Berlin.

The thought of fighting Sobotta in front of his home crowd doesn’t worry Kennedy. In fact, the man known as ‘Steamroller’ intends to make his debut impressively and ask questions of his much favoured opponent.

“I didn’t change (my training) specifically for peter. I trained with a few of the good southpaws (left handers) around (his Kickass Gym in Perth) just to switch over my brain.”

In an interview with Kennedy (originally from Watford, England) told of how “your brain needs to work a little differently when you fight southpaws. I’ve done plenty of camps for them. I am going to make it ugly and ask a real question of him – How bad he wants to win. And we’ll see if he can answer it.”

Kennedy has spent the week dieting to make weight for the bout. “We always struggle to make weight,” he said philosophically. But an opportunity to break into the UFC is not one Kennedy will relinquish without giving it his all.

Kennedy’s debut against Sobotta features on the main card (one of four such fights).

The headline will be the much anticipated title fight between incumbent UFC Women’s Strawweight Champion Polish Joanna Jedrzejczyk (9-0-0) and season 21 TUF housemate American Jessica Penne (12-3-0).

Grujic Cut from UFC

With a click of a mouse button Vik Grujic realised he was unemployed,.

On June 2 Grujic got an email from Joe Silva (UFC matchmaker) saying he had been cut from the fighters’ roster.

Grujic was integral in pushing the Victorian government to overturn the ban on cage fighting. When the Labour government abolished the ban Grujic hoped for a spot on the UFC 193 card, to be run at Etihad Stadium on November 15.

All that is now gone.

Grujic says he feels “gutted,” but the cold, hard facts are that combat sport does not tolerate failure.

Fighters are a commodity – pure and simple. Their value increases with each win and decreases with each loss. Plus the physical damage they sustain with each defeat makes each subsequent bout even risker.

The organisation has a duty of care to fighters. This includes not over-matching them and not exposing them to potential long term health risks from accumulated damage sustained in the ring.

Still, that doesn’t make it any easier for a dropped fighter.

Grujic leaves the UFC with a 7-5-0 record, having lost his last two fights (two consecutive losses is usually all that is needed to be cut).

During his tenure with the organisation Grujik says he amassed less money than you might think. “I probably could have made more money by working at McDonald’s, to be quite honest (he laughed) … But my wife, Rita, believed in me.”

Despite losing his last two fights Grujic believes he is on the verge of success.

He has recently had surgery on his nose to clear his airways. Something, he says, that will improve his cardio.

“I’ve spent my entire fighting career basically not being able to breathe through my nose. That surgery is going to do wonders for my cardio and I hope to get back up and bounce back and hopefully get a fight in the next coup[le of months with one of the larger organisations overseas or, fingers crossed, the UFC has a change of heart – though that’s unlikely.

“I’ve been in talks with a management team over in the States. They’ve been helping me out and looking to find me a new home with another organisation. I’ve gotta weigh up what the options are for me next.

“It’s tough times at the moment, very tough.”

Grujic has had to sell much of his UFC memorabilia on ebay to pay his medical and training expenses.

British Welterweight Contender KOed by Petite Mother in Bar

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British professional boxer Adam Little has been KOed by a 22 year-old girl during an argument at a Lanacashire bar in Kirkham.

Little, who has been trained by boxing great Ricky Hatton and has won 12 bouts on his way to becoming the contender for the British welterweight championship, was knocked to the floor by petite and single mother, Kiah Kuzan,  on New Year’s Eve.

He was taken to hospital for treatment and had to undergo dental surgery worth $1600.

In court Kuzan admitted assaulting the welterweight champion. She was ordered to pay his dental costs and received an eight-week jail sentence, suspended for one year.

Kurzan image: Twitter

Kurzan image: Twitter

Kuzan told the court the incident took place inside The Stables Bar in Kirkhams town centre after an altercation with Little in the men’s toilets.

Kuzan was angry her partner had been ejected from the premises. She began screaming at Little before punching him in the face.

Kuzan’s council Michael Ball told the court his client never intended to injure the pro fighter.

“She had no intention of injuring him in this way,” Mr Ball was reported as saying by the Mail Online.

“As a professional boxer of some repute he may have had some previous damage to his teeth anyway.”

Little will be fighting for the welterweight title little later this year.