Even in the UFC, Cyborg Remains the Defiant Champion of a Nonexistent Weight-Class

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So, what’s a girl to do when, after years of waiting and hoping and praying, she finally gets what she desires most in this world? Does she thrill and revel in the thing she’s coveted for so long and pledge her allegiance to it forever? Does she sing its praises from the hilltops and luxuriate blithely in her newfound joy? Does she give up her autonomy in the intoxication of her joy? Or is there some lingering disappointment that bubbles up from some dark, perpetually dissatisfied place deep inside her that says, “Not even this is enough,” and does she steel herself against that disappointment by declaring loyalty only to her own interior compass?

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Quick Results: UFC 198

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Miocic Silences the Curitiba Crowd

A right hand from Stipe Miocic brought a stunning end to UFC 198. As he connected on Fabricio Werdum, the American brought the passionate Brazilian fans in the Arena da Baixada to silence, having fully expected success from their countryman.

Wedrum opened up in the exchanges very confidently when he looked to claim his first title defense against Miocic. The Brazilian jiu jitsu expert kicked the legs and body of Miocic, but after a while the champion seemed to lose his composure. Chasing his challenger across the ring, Miocic clipped Werdum and sent him hurtling to the canvas.

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Manny Pacquiao Set to Win Seat in Senate

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Manny Pacquiao has wasted little time to transition into his new career since retiring from the ring. After winning his last fight against Timothy Bradley a little more than a month ago, it appears the boxer has now all but secured a seat in the Filipino senate.

According to Filipino social news site Rappler, Pacquiao has garnered more than 15 million votes and is currently ranked 7th for 12 open seats in the senate. With almost 96% of the precincts reporting in, the former boxing superstar is a virtual shoo-in. While official results will not be confirmed until next week, Pacquiao currently holds more than a 3 million-vote lead over the candidate placed in the 13th position.

 

 

 

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On Mayweather vs McGregor and Why We Talk About Fights That Will Never Happen

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If you think there’s any chance that UFC featherweight champion Conor McGregor and retired uber-pugilist Floyd Mayweather, Jr., are going to box each other in Las Vegas, I have an email from an aristocrat in East Africa that I’d like you to read. Just give him your routing number, dude.

McGregor-Mayweather is the new Ronda Rousey-Mayweather—a fight that’s too unworkable and too fantastical to ever happen and that we can’t stop talking about, even if only to dismiss it. But while the slimy gender-versus-gender dimensions of that fight ensured it would never happen in a pre-apocalyptic world, both McGregor and Mayweather have coyly fanned the flames of a potential bout in recent days, feeding our delusions that the fight might go beyond idle talk.

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New Guy in Town: A Conversation with the Managing Director of Tiger Muay Thai

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According to statistics provided by the management of Tiger Muay Thai, between 500 and 600 students pass through the Phuket mega-gym daily, choosing between some 23 different classes.

Established in 2003, Tiger Muay Thai has recently changed its leadership team from American-led to Thai. In July 2015, a well-known Thai billionaire became the majority shareholder, and brought on Thai-born Viwat Sakulrat as the new managing director. We spoke with the new director in an air-conditioned meeting room looking out over one of Tiger’s many Muay Thai training areas as we sipped fridge-chilled water out of bottles labeled with the Tiger Muay Thai logo.

Fightland: So, take us the long way as to how you came to be here at Tiger.

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Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier Will Headline UFC 200

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UFC 200 is a big deal. Booked for July 9th in Las Vegas, Nevada, the plan was for Conor McGregor to take on Nate Diaz for the second time. But, things got a bit confusing this week.

Mad about not being able to have the time to train properly, Conor refusted to show up to a recent media appearance and pretended to retire over Twitter. It was a bluff, and the UFC pulled him off the card completely.

 

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Machida admits to use of banned substance, pulled from Henderson fight

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Former light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has been pulled from his upcoming bout against Dan Henderson over a failed drug test.

The UFC has released details from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that Lyoto Machida declared the usage of a banned substance during an out-of-competition sample collection last week.

Machida claims he was unaware that the substance was prohibited both in and out of competition and, in accordance with the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, his disclosure of usage will be taken into consideration by USADA during any potential results management and adjudication process.

UFC officials have elected to remove Machida from his scheduled bout against Dan Henderson this Saturday in Tampa. Henderson will be re-booked for a new bout in the near future.

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Joao Carvalho’s Death Stirs Up Old Dispute Over What to Do About MMA in Ireland

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Following the death of Portuguese mixed martial artist Joao Carvalho on Monday after his knockout loss at a TEF event at the National Stadium in Dublin two days prior, the Irish media and the Irish government are once more at loggerheads with each other and themselves over the role that MMA should play in Irish life.

Those managing to keep their cool in the face of tragedy focused their reactions on sympathy and shared humanity and the need for stronger regulations on MMA in Ireland, a country whose ambivalent relationship with the sport seems only to have grown more heated with the rise of native son and UFC superstar Conor McGregor and now the death of a fighter on their soil.

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Everyone Wants to Step in to Fight Khabib Nurmagomedov, Even BJ Penn

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MMA, like life, is a fickle mistress, and we have no one to blame but ourselves when she crushes our hopes. If only because it means we were foolish enough to have them in the first place.

Take the scheduled main event fight of UFC on Fox 19 on April 16 between lightweight contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. Did any of us believe, down in our hearts, that fight would actually take place? After all, it’s been two years since Nurmagomedov last fought in the Octagon, two years plagued by injury and misery and no fewer than three cancelled fights. For all his fighting acumen and his grappling genius and his incomparable fur hats, Nurmagomedov is known best at this point as a cautionary tale and a memento mori, a reminder to the human race of its fragility and its random decline and inevitable passing. Every one of the Dagestani wrestler’s long-for returns has been cut off by cruel fate, each cancellation more disheartening than the last. First hope then disappointment, and finally, despair. When he was forced to drop out of his last fight back in October with a rib injury, the usually indomitable Nurmagomedov seemed resigned to his fate, writing on Instagram, “I’m not sure if I will ever come back.” The MMA gods had gone a step too far that time. Something broke. For Nurmagomedov most of all but also for MMA fans. Fool us four times, shame on us.

 

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Four Division Lumpinee Champion Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym Reflects on His Muay Thai Career

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Nong-O Gaiyanghadaogym has been one of the most successful fighters of the century. His collection of belts includes Lumpinee titles at four different weights, Thailand titles at three different weights and a Rajadamnern title while he has also won three separate Toyota Marathons.

He recently gave a rare video interview to Sean Fagan in which he talked about his rise through the ranks from fighting on the provincial scene in North East Thailand to becoming one of the biggest names at the stadiums in Bangkok.

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