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Even though it’s a couple months old… better late than never. Here’s some of the best moments from Mayweather vs. Berto:

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Posted on November 30, 2015 by EXjeonjiYubin

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Nick Diaz uses marijuana.  He tells everyone that will listen to him that he uses marijuana.  He has a mild disability that marijuana helps him with.  Never mind that pills are probably better for him, and who knows which is best for getting hit in the head. California and Nevada have very liberal medical marijuana use laws. The UFC formerly used the expensive test that was ungodly accurate. Under the former test Diaz could have easily passed the test pre-fight, then flunked the test post-fight. Heavy marijuana users tend to store marijuana metabolites in their fat cells, and sweat them back out under stressful situations.  He claimed that he stopped using marijuana eight days before his fight.  His score was so low that detection should have made someone´s momma proud.  That is what got Diaz a one year suspension. After the UFC got wind of the facts, [from yours truly] they started using the cheaper, less accurate test.  For some reason Diaz was tested three times for a later fight. This created conflicting evidence. Big surprise.

Marijuana metabolites have a half-life. The amount of metabolites in the blood diminishes on an exponential scale. That means that it goes away really fast. Again, Diaz had low scores.  Diaz was his usual disrespectful self.  As is also usual, men in a position to make discretionary decisions look for a way to abuse that power.  So after collecting conflicting evidence, the Nevada Athletic Commission suspends Nick Diaz for five years.  Both times he opted to hire in-your-face lawyers to advocate for him.  Both lawyers caused long delays when they should have asked for justice tempered with mercy.  Hotly contested cases have to be prepared for, and later appealed.  His license to fight has been suspended since his last fight, Jan 31 2015.

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Posted on November 29, 2015 by MariaNBAstatsGirl

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Ahh.. another Fight Pass event.  And once again, what could have been a decent card (by Fight Pass standards, at least) got turned into a steaming pile of crap in the weeks preceding the fight, as one after another fighters dropped off the event for various reasons.  First we lost the co-main of Mirko ‘Cro-Cop’ Filipovic vs Anthony Hamilton when Cro-Cop withdrew from the bout with simultaneous reasons of a nagging injury, a decision to retire from the sport, and a failed drug test for HGH.  Then, Thiago Alves, who was scheduled to face Ben Henderson in the main event, also pulled out with an injury.  As a result, the UFC reshuffled a few fights on the card, and were able to salvage the main event.  As for the rest of this card, the most interesting thing about it is that there are now two Dong Hyun Kims on the UFC roster, in the same weight class.  So try not to mix up the established welterweight ‘Stun Gun’ Kim with the debuting welterweight ‘Maestro’ Kim. All right, enough of this nonsence, let’s get on with it.

Main Event:  [#16 WW] Ben Henderson vs [#21 WW] Jorge Masvidal

Worth: $10

Why: This is a fight that just a short while ago we might have seen in the lightweight division.  Former 155 lbs champion Benson Henderson made a move to the welterweight division after two consecutive losses at lightweight, stepping up on short notice against Brandon Thatch at UFC Fight Night 60, and scored a late submission win after working through some difficulties in the early rounds.  For a while Henderson was noncommittal on which weight class he will call home, but it seems that he has finally settled at 170, at least for the time being.

His opponent Jorge Masvidal has also fought at lightweight for most of his career, though he has had a few welterweight bouts on occasion.  He too came out victorious in his first UFC fight at 170 lbs, knocking out Cezar ‘Mutante’ Ferreira in the first round.  With both guys still near their prime, and ranked in the welterweight Top 20 (or close enough to it, in Masvidal’s case), the winner of this bout could earn a Top-10 ranking and make a run for title contendership in the wide open and ultra-competitive division.

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Posted on November 27, 2015 by oleg

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Welterweight (170)
[#16] Ben Henderson (22-5-0) vs. [#21] Jorge Masvidal (29-9-0)
Ben Henderson is the All-Time #19 ranked Absolute fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Ben Henderson (1-2-0)
2015-02-14: W vs. [#72WW] Brandon Thatch (11-3-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 3:58 of round 4
2015-01-18: L vs. [#2LW/#10P4P] Donald Cerrone (28-6-0) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
2014-08-23: L vs. [#1LW/#5DD/#7P4P] Rafael dos Anjos (24-7-0) via KO (Punch) in 2:31 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Jorge Masvidal (2-1-0)
2015-07-12: W vs. [#169WW] Cezar Ferreira (8-5-0) via KO (Elbows and Punches) in 4:22 of round 1
2015-04-04: L vs. [#10LW] Al Iaquinta (13-3-1) via SD (27-30, 29-28, 29-28)
2014-09-27: W vs. [#39LW] James Krause (22-7-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Ben Henderson 287, Jorge Masvidal 139
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: Ben Henderson leads 2-0

Welterweight (170)
[#10] Dong Hyun Kim (20-3-1) vs. [#177] Dominic Waters (9-3-0)

Last 3 Fights: Dong Hyun Kim (2-1-0)
2015-05-23: W vs. [#48WW] Josh Burkman (27-12-0) via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) in 2:13 of round 3
2014-08-23: L vs. [#4WW] Tyron Woodley (15-3-0) via TKO (Punches) in 1:01 of round 1
2014-03-01: W vs. [*] John Hathaway (17-2-0) via KO (Spinning Back Elbow) in 1:02 of round 3

Last 3 Fights: Dominic Waters (2-1-0)
2015-07-12: L vs. [#50WW] George Sullivan (17-4-0) via UD (29-27, 30-25, 29-28)
2015-03-21: W vs. [#649LW] Jack Montgomery (16-18-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 1:05 of round 1
2015-02-06: W vs. [#671WW] Mikey Gomez (17-12-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Dong Hyun Kim 189, Dominic Waters 139
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.

Welterweight (170)
[*] Alberto Mina (11-0-0) vs. [#235] Yoshihiro Akiyama (14-5-0)

Last 3 Fights: Alberto Mina (3-0-0)
2014-08-23: W vs. [#144WW] Shinsho Anzai (9-2-0) via TKO (Punches) in 4:17 of round 1
2013-12-21: W vs. [#174WW] Glenn Sparv (12-3-0) via TKO (Knee and Punches) in 2:44 of round 1
2011-08-07: W vs. [*] Boy Eggels (2-1-0) via Submission (Armbar) in 3:11 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Yoshihiro Akiyama (1-2-0)
2014-09-20: W vs. [#405WW] Amir Sadollah (6-5-0) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2012-02-26: L vs. [#14WW] Jake Shields (31-8-1) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2011-08-06: L vs. [#3MW] Vitor Belfort (25-11-0) via KO (Punches) in 1:52 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Alberto Mina 462, Yoshihiro Akiyama 434
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Posted on November 26, 2015 by jcs

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UFC Fight Night 79 may look like a smaller MMA card at a glance, but the main event is a blockbuster affair with some high stakes. Former UFC and WEC Lightweight Champion Benson Henderson returns in a violence-assured contest against dangerous fellow-veteran Jorge Masvidal, as both men look to put together the start of a winning streak in the welterweight division.

Things aren’t quite that simple for Henderson, though. Sure, he’s racking up money and climbing that UFC/Reebok tenure ladder. But “Bendo” is also intent on wrapping up his UFC contract for a run at the MMA free agency market. That’s unusual for an elite guy like Henderson, but let’s look deeper into the details as we dive into the previous UFC fighter salaries and last Reebok sponsorship payouts for the main card talent.

Note: Divisional rankings via Fight Matrix. UFC salaries and Reebok figures via MMA Payout and MMA Junkie.


Benson Henderson [#16 WW]
$48,000** [UFC Fight Night 59]

Jorge Masvidal [#21 WW]
$102,000 = $51,000/$51,000 + $10,000* [TUF 21 Finale]

Analysis: If the numbers look skewed here, it’s worth noting that Bendo was making $110,000 in “show money” at his peak as UFC Lightweight Champion. Since disclosed pay is all we have to judge by, it seems Henderson’s suffered through a heck of a pay cut, and that’s along with whatever damage the Reebok deal has already done.

If that’s the case, it’s no wonder Henderson is thinking of taking his talents to Bellator, or perhaps ONE Championship. Even past his prime, it’s fair to guess the former UFC/WEC titleholder would be a decent draw and betting favorite against non-UFC 155-ers or 170-pounders.

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Posted on November 25, 2015 by McKinley Noble

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Last week in Melbourne, Australia, Holly Holm scored a huge upset at UFC 193 when she knocked out the reigning women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey, claiming the title with a head kick in the second round.  This weekend we’re off to Monterrey, Mexico, for a rather pedestrian Fight Night event on Fox Sports 1. The original main event for this card pitted Kelvin Gastelum against Matt Brown; after Brown pulled out with an injury, Neil Magny once again stepped up as a short-notice replacement.  The main card also features a flyweight matchup between Jussier da Silva and Henry Cejudo, which will most likely determine the next contender for Demetrious Johnson’s title.  A couple of other so-so fights round out the main card, while the prelims – both the ones on Fox Sports 1 and the ones streamed on Fight Pass – don’t offer anything worth mentioning.

Main Event:  [#13 MW] Kelvin Gastelum vs [#21 WW] Neil Magny

Worth: $10

Why: While I would have preferred to see the original matchup of Kelvin Gastelum vs Matt Brown (because who doesn’t love a Matt Brown fight?), the UFC managed to salvage the main event with a fight that’s almost as interesting.  Thank Neil Magny, who is becoming the go-to guy for last minute replacements in the welterweight division. Magny did not start his UFC career on a high note, dropping 2 of his first 3 fights, but then went on an unlikely 7 win streak against gradually increasing level of competition.  He then took a big step up against Demian Maia, and was dominated on the ground and eventually submitted by a superior grappler.  Magny rebounded with a split decision win against Erick Silva and will now attempt to move further up the rankings against a highly touted prospect who is making his return to 170 lbs after a temporary exile from the division.

‘The Ultimate Fighter’ Season 17 middleweight winner Kelvin Gastelum looked like he was on a fast track to contendership, rattling off four straight wins since dropping to welterweight, but had trouble making weight in almost every fight.  After badly missing weight for what could have been the #1 contender bout with Tyrone Woodley, and subsequently losing a split decision, Gastelum was banished back to middleweight, where he beat up a way over the hill Nate Marquadt.  Somehow, Gastelum convinced Dana White to give him another chance to make 170.  And so we end up with quite an interesting fight between two up-and-comers, the outcome of which will propel one of them into the upper echelon of the division.  Assuming Kelvin makes weight, of course.

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Posted on November 19, 2015 by oleg

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Posted on November 16, 2015 by oleg

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Welterweight (170)
[#13MW] Kelvin Gastelum (11-1-0) vs. [#21] Neil Magny (16-4-0)

Last 3 Fights: Kelvin Gastelum (2-1-0)
2015-06-13: W vs. [#36MW] Nate Marquardt (33-15-2) via TKO (Corner Stoppage) in 5:00 of round 2
2015-01-31: L vs. [#4WW] Tyron Woodley (15-3-0) via SD (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
2014-11-15: W vs. [#23WW] Jake Ellenberger (30-10-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 4:46 of round 1

Last 3 Fights: Neil Magny (2-1-0)
2015-08-23: W vs. [#26WW] Erick Silva (18-6-0) via SD (30-27, 28-29, 29-28)
2015-08-01: L vs. [#7WW] Demian Maia (21-6-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 2:52 of round 2
2015-05-16: W vs. [#75WW] Hyun Gyu Lim (13-5-1) via TKO (Punches) in 1:24 of round 2

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Kelvin Gastelum 161, Neil Magny 90
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.

Featherweight (145)
[#8] Ricardo Lamas (15-4-0) vs. [*] Diego Sanchez (25-7-0)
Ricardo Lamas is the All-Time #13 ranked Featherweight fighter.

Last 3 Fights: Ricardo Lamas (2-1-0)
2015-04-04: L vs. [#6FW] Chad Mendes (17-3-0) via TKO (Punches) in 2:45 of round 1
2014-11-15: W vs. [#23FW] Dennis Bermudez (14-5-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 3:18 of round 1
2014-06-28: W vs. [#21FW] Hacran Dias (23-3-1) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Diego Sanchez (1-2-0)
2014-06-07: W vs. [#39LW] Ross Pearson (18-9-0) via SD (30-27, 27-30, 29-28)
2014-03-15: L vs. [#13LW] Myles Jury (15-1-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
2013-10-19: L vs. [#7LW] Gilbert Melendez (22-5-0) via UD (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Ricardo Lamas 231, Diego Sanchez 532
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.

Lightweight (155)
[#45] Efrain Escudero (24-9-0) vs. [#73WW] Leandro Silva (18-2-1)

Last 3 Fights: Efrain Escudero (2-1-0)
2015-06-13: W vs. [#109LW] Drew Dober (15-7-0) via Submission (Guillotine Choke) in 0:54 of round 1
2015-02-14: W vs. [#430LW] Rodrigo Goiana de Lima (8-3-1) via UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
2014-09-13: L vs. [#34LW] Leonardo Santos (14-3-1) via UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Last 3 Fights: Leandro Silva (2-0-0, 1 NC)
2015-06-27: W vs. [#111WW] Lewis Gonzalez (10-2-0) via UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
2015-03-21: NC vs. [#109LW] Drew Dober (15-7-0)
2014-11-08: W vs. [#328LW] Charlie Brenneman (19-8-0) via Submission (Rear Naked Choke) in 4:15 of round 1

Days Since Last Pro Fight: Efrain Escudero 161, Leandro Silva 147
Previous Match-up Record: No previous match-ups.
Wins Against Common Opposition: No common opposition or both are winless against common opposition.
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Posted on November 16, 2015 by jcs

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