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Memento
Aug 25, 2009





UFC April - I Will Let You Down, I Will Make Me Hurt

UFC in March brought us some good fights, some upsets and some really lovelyinsanely inevitable news.

First of all the big news from the tail-end of the month. For a record fourth time running, a UFC fight booked between two fighters has been cancelled. Tony Ferguson has been booked to fight Khabib Nurmagomedov once a year for four loving years. In 2015, Khabib had to pull out of the fight with a knee injury. In 2016, Tony had to pull out with a lung infection. In 2017, Khabib pulled out at the last minute, this time after a bad weight cut hospitalised him. So here we are in 2018, and as it was Tony's turn, he pulled out 6 days before the fight with a ruptured ligament in his knee. Tony suffered this ligament by turning around too fast, something that might still have happened if he didn't literally kick steel poles in training but then again maybe not.

The news broke on April 1st, and many considered it to be a really, really lovely April Fool's joke, myself included. Then it got picked up by proper news sites, then Dana White confirmed it, then Tony posted a Heart Felt Message To His Fans, and then it was off. Dana has since stated that this was the last chance, and that the fight won't be booked again.

A replacement for Ferguson was sought, with other top-end Lightweights and Featherweights getting frantic calls. I'm not sure if Max Holloway was their first choice, but he has stepped up and will now take on Khabib Nurmagomedov "for the undisputed Lightweight championship". What this means for the current Lightweight champion Conor McGregor, or the Interim Lightweight Champion Tony Ferguson, remains to be seen.

OP got split up into a few posts because the forums won't let you make long posts right now.

ALSO APPARENTLY KHABIB HAS GONE MISSING

Memento fucked around with this message at Apr 4, 2018 around 21:20

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Memento
Aug 25, 2009





March brought us two events, the first of which was UFC 222 on the 3rd of the month. Originally scheduled to feature a Featherweight Championship match between Max Holloway and Frankie Edgar, Holloway pulled out 4 weeks prior with a leg injury. Brian Ortega slotted in as his replacement, with Frankie Edgar placing his title shot on the line. This was a match between the unbeaten prospect and the unstoppable veteran, with both looking to cement their place in the title picture with a victory. Most of the way through the first round, Ortega showed that he's not just a one-dimensional jiu-jitsu savant and got the better of Edgar on the feet, finishing him off with a huge lead-hand uppercut.

https://i.imgur.com/pWhBWDj.gifv

This was the first time in his storied career that Frankie Edgar had ever been stopped, and only his first loss since 2008 that wasn't a championship fight.

The main event on that card saw Cristiane Justino take on another promotional newcomer in their first fight at Featherweight. Cyborg brutalised Yana Kunitskaya in under a round, in another fight that had no business being booked.

The second event from March took us to sunny old England, with UFC Fight Night: Werdum vs. Volkov coming from London on the 17th. The main event was seemed to feature the least motivated Werdum possible, with him getting an edge over his opponent, running out of steam and getting thoroughly stopped in the fourth.

https://i.imgur.com/Z26TYKU.gifv

The remainder of the card featured a great deal of local fighters and some fun action. A highlight was Paul Craig being comprehensiveley beaten during round one, round two and then for four minutes, fifty-five seconds of round three.

https://i.imgur.com/GCCH8zB.mp4.

In the original video stream, the buzzer went off to end the fight literally one second after the referee calls a stop to the fight.

Memento
Aug 25, 2009





UFC events in April

UFC 223 is this weekend. At this stage, even without the main event (see above), it's looking like a great card. Basically every fight on it has the potential to be an absolute banger. You should watch it.

The next weekend brings us UFC on Fox: Poirier vs. Gaethje. Headlining is Justin Gaethje looking to get back into the winner's circle against Dustin Poirier, in what could be a very fun fight. The co-main was originally slated to be former Welterweight champion Carlos Condit taking on Matt Brown, with the latter dropping out due to a knee injury (it's the season apparently) and being replaced with Alex Oliveira. This fight could be a real litmus test of whether Condit can still hang at the top of Welterweight, with the former champ seeming to have lost a step or two in recent times.

Finally, April 21st brings us UFC Fight Night: Barboza vs. Lee. A whole month's worth of cards headlined by Lightweight matches that could have a real effect on future contenders and champions. Edson Barboza will try to bounce back from the absolute mauling Khabib Nurmagomedov put on him in December 2017, taking on Kevin Lee, who is also coming off a loss against a Lightweight ace in Tony Ferguson.

Memento
Aug 25, 2009





Your Current Champions

Men's Heavyweight Champion - Stipe Miocic (20-2)
Stipe Miocic won the Heavyweight title in May of 2016, stopping Fabricio Verdum in front of his countrymen in a single round. He backed this feat up with another first-round stoppage of the most decorated Heavyweight of all time, Alistair Overeem, in Miocic's home town of Cleveland in September 2016. It was considered that the winner of the fight between Werdum and Cain Velasquez at UFC 207, a rematch of the fight where Werdum took Velasquez' belt from him in 2015, would be Miocic's next opponent, but Velasquez was forced out of this bout with yet another leg injury. Miocic defended his title in May 2017, with yet another first round KO of his opponent, making Junior dos Santos his second scalp as champion and equalling the all-time title defenses record. A dominating performance of Francis Ngannou in January 2018 saw Miocic become the first ever UFC Heavyweight champion to defend the belt three times in a row. The first UFC Superfight in many years has been booked for UFC 226 during International Fight Week, which will see Miocic put his title on the line against Daniel Cormier.


Men's Light Heavyweight Champion - Daniel Cormier (20-1-(1))
Daniel Cormier won the belt initially in May of 2015 against the heavy-hitting Anthony Johnson by rear-naked choke in the third round. Cormier defended his belt against Alexander Gustaffson in October of 2015 in a split decision. A planned rematch against Jon Jones was scheduled for UFC 200, which was called off after Jones tested positive for post-cycle therapy drugs. Cormier went on to fight Anderson Silva in a non-title bout on three days' notice. Cormier was slated to fight Anthony Johnson in a rematch for the belt in December, a match which did not took place due to Cormier suffering a groin adductor injury. The bout took place at UFC 210 in April, with Cormier defending the belt in under two rounds and Johnson riding off into the sunset with a surprise retirement. The rematch against Jon Jones finally took place at UFC 215 and saw Jones KO Cormier in the third round. Then Jones tested positive for Soviet-era steroids, and the CSAC overturned the fight result to a No Contest. The UFC dutifully stripped Jones of the championship, and it is now back around the waist of Cool MMA Dad Daniel Cormier. DC showed the world that there are indeed levels to this game, and defended easily against Volkan Oezdimir at UFC 220 in January. His next Light Heavyweight title defense is not booked, but his next fight will be against Stipe Miocic for the Heavyweight championship.


Men's Middleweight Champion - Robert Whittaker (19-4)
Whittaker rode a seven-fight winning streak, including shutting down the deadly takedowns of Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza to slot himself into an Interim Middleweight championship match against Yoel "Soldier of God" Romero. The canny Australian showed incredible heart in taking it to the Cuban Olympic silver medalist over five rounds, and even with a severe knee injury coming in the first he managed to outpoint his opponent to take the unanimous decision. With Georges St-Pierre vacating the Middleweight championship in early December 2017, Whittaker has now been promoted to Undisputed Middleweight Champion. With further health issues plaguing him, his next title defense is schedulled to be against Yoel Romero at UFC 225, after the Cuban Muscle Crisis definitively sparked out Luke Rockhold in Perth in February.


Men's Welterweight Champion - Tyron Woodley (17-3-1)
Woodley was promised a title shot against the Welterweight champion 17 months before the fight took place. After Robbie Lawler put in Fight Of The Year performances against Rory MacDonald in July 2015 and Carlos Condit in January 2016, Woodley went into their fight in July of 2016 as a significant underdog. This meant nothing, with Lawler going down to strikes in the first round. Woodley defended his belt against Stephen "Wonderboy" Thompson, putting on an incredible fight that ended in a majority draw at UFC 205 in New York in November 2016. A rematch for this fight was held in March month at UFC 209, with Woodley again the winner in a stilted affair. He defended the title again at UFC 214 in late July 2017 against Demian Maia, following a conservative but sharp gameplan that saw him stop all 22 of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ace's takedown attempts. Rafael dos Anjos has been booked to fight Colby Covington for the Interim Welterweight championship at UFC 224 in May, with Woodley still on the shelf after undergoing shoulder surgery.


Men's Lightweight Champion - ???
With Tony Ferguson having to drop out of the fight, apparently the Lightweight Championship will still be on the line this weekend at UFC 223, with Khabib Nurmagomedov slated to take on Max Holloway in a last-minute replacement. No formal announcement has been made at this stage regarding which title will be on the line.


Men's Featherweight Champion - Max Holloway (19-3)
Holloway put together a 9-fight win streak, with several Performance of the Night bonuses, before answering the call to contend for the Interim Featherweight Championship at UFC 206 in December 2016. Taking out Anthony Pettis with a body kick and punches late in the third round, he set himself up for a unification bout against Jose Aldo at UFC 212. At that event in early June 2017, he defeated Aldo in the third round with focused ground and pound, and unified the belts. Frankie Edgar was announced as Holloway's first defense, but with Edgar out with a broken face, the rematch with Jose Aldo Jr took place at UFC 218 in early December 2017. It was a carbon copy of the first match, with Aldo unable to weather the combinations of The Blessed One, this time being stopped in the third round. Holloway was again scheduled to defend against Frankie Edgar in March 2018, however a leg injury to the champion has forced that fight to the co-main with Brian Ortega stepping in, for what many consider to be a Number 1 Contender match. Ortega won that match handily, but may have his championship aspirations on hold for now as Holloway chases Lightweight gold against Khabib Nurmagomedov.


Men's Bantamweight Champion - TJ Dillashaw (18-3)
When he was announced as the coach on The Ultimate Fighter: Redemption against then-champion Cody Garbrandt, the outcome was planned to be a fight between the two for Garbrandt's Bantamweight championship. While the fight between the two was originally announced for July 8 2017 at UFC 213, Garbrandt dropped out with a back injury during May, and it was re-booked for UFC 217 in November. Dillashaw started a slight underdog, but got the job done in the second round with a solid right hook and follow up ground and pound. With his second title reign starting, Dillashaw has no title defense currently scheduled - a superfight against Demetrious Johnson for the Featherweight belt was mooted, scheduled then confirmed not happening in the last 6 weeks.


Men's Flyweight Champion - Demetrious Johnson (27-2-1)
After winning the Flyweight Championship in September 2012 in a split decision against Joseph Benevidez, Johnson has amassed a 10-fight streak against the best that the division has had to offer. He has been so dominant that the UFC held an entire Ultimate Figher tournament to find his next challenger. The culmination of this was that Tim Elliott came back out of the MMA wilderness to lose a competitive match against Johnson in early December 2016. Johnson easily defended his title against Wilson Reis in April 2017, tying the all-time title defense record held by Anderson Silva. His next was scheduled to take place at UFC 215, with Ray Borg the chosen recipient of a life-altering mauling, but Borg pulled out with an unspecified illness. This match was re-scheduled for UFC 216 on the 7th of October, which saw Johnson soundly beat Borg for four and a half rounds. The champion then casually threw his opponent over his shoulder and grabbed his arm on the way down for a GOAT-level submission win. No title defense is scheduled at this stage, with the superfight against TJ Dillashaw being confirmed as not going ahead.


Women's Featherweight Champion - Cristiana Justino (20–1 (1))
With the vacating of this championship by Germaine de Randamie in May 2017, a match was set up for UFC 214 between Justino and Megan Anderson. Anderson pulled out of the fight in late June, and was replaced by current Invicta FC Bantamweight Champion Tonya Evinger. The significantly larger fighter on the day, Justino dominated a one-sided affair and won the fight in the third round with brutal knee strikes. Justino defended her championship against Holly Holm at UFC 219 in December 2017, again being the much larger fighter and keeping Holm at bay to take a comprehensive decision victory. Justino made her next defense against promotional newcomer Yana Kunitskaya in March 2018, flattening another promotional newcomer and Featherweight debutant in a very one-sided matchup.


Women's Bantamweight Champion - Amanda Nunes (14-4)
Nunes headlined UFC 200 in July of 2016, putting a vicious beating on Miesha Tate and securing a rear-nake choke victory in a little over three minutes. She backed this up with a brutal 48-second TKO victory against former Women's Bantamweight Champion and WMMA pioneer Rounda Rousey in late December 2016. Nunes was slated to take on Valentina Shevchenko in a rematch of their March 2016 fight, with that match being moved to UFC 215 in September 2017. Nunes retained by a razor-thin split decision. her next fight is tentatively booked against Raquel Pennington for UFC 224, which will be held in May 2018 in Rio de Janeiro.


Women's Flyweight Champion - Nicco Montaño (4-2)
After amassing a 5-0 record as an amateur, Nicco turned pro in late 2015. Going 3-2 before signing up to The Ultimate Fighter: A New World Champion, Nicco used her tenacity and solid striking game to garner three decision wins in a row on the reality show. Originally slated to face Sijara Eubanks at the TUF Finale, she ended up taking out a hard-fought decision victory over Goon favourite Roxanne Modaferri to become the first UFC Women's Flyweight champion. No defense is announced at this stage, but Valentina Shevchenko has been announced as the number 1 contender.


Women's Strawweight Champion - Rose Namajunas (10-3)
After cleaning out the Women's Strawweight division, Joanna Jędrzejczyk seemed to have no more mountains to conquer. After beating Michelle Waterson by rear-naked choke in April 2017, Namajunas was announced as the next contender for want of any other new challengers. In a massive upset, Namajunas beat Jędrzejczyk by TKO in the first round of their championship fight at UFC 217. A rematch for this fight has been announced to take place this weekend at UFC 223.

Memento
Aug 25, 2009





Other poo poo

Thanks to Fentry for putting together his (MMA's Best and Worst thread). Post in it when insane or stupid poo poo happens!

Thanks also go to LobsterMobster for putting together both iterations of the UFC Fightpass Thread

UFC Fight Pass Playlists and Collections

The NEW UFC Fight Pass Collection Thread



Shout out to DumbWhiteGuy for providing details for the MMA IRC channel.

irc.synirc.net #mma

Join your fellow MMA fans in discussing all things MMA in a place probably secure against nuclear armageddon - IRC has been around for so long I'm not convinced anything could kill it.

More thanks go out to Unfunny Poster for putting together a new UFC Fight Pass Thread - Earning Your 3rd Degree Blackbelt In MMA Posting. This thread is being updated approximately every week with information on new and upcoming additions to the streaming service, and is good for general banter about old fights. April's UFC Fight Pass Match of the Month is the match between Khabib Nurmagomedov and Abel Trujillo from UFC 160. Here we see the UFC record set for the most takedowns in a single match.

As usual, let me know where I hosed something up, and you too could win the No-Prize!

Memento fucked around with this message at Apr 4, 2018 around 21:22

Omnikin
May 28, 2007

Press 'E' for Medic


Is Khabib still missing

Soothing Vapors
Mar 26, 2006

plz control u toxic hatsculinity



Hall of fame Bluedeanie post marooned by thread closure, smdh

Bluedeanie
Jul 20, 2008

It's no longer a blue world, Max. Where could we go?



Omnikin posted:

Is Khabib still missing

He will stay missing until Khabilov travels the world to exotic locales and answers trivia questions about local landmarks

Gay Horney
Feb 9, 2013


Khabib is at the press conference

Rigel
Nov 11, 2016



Reposting this, Jon Jones is looking for ways to supplement his income during his time off.

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/stat...638457163268096

Lid
Feb 18, 2005

Rap terrorist, terrorise, tear it up
Brought gas and the matches to flare it up
Militant Michael might go psycho
On any ally or rival
Born Black, that's dead on arrival
My job is to fight for survival
In spite of these #AllLivesMatter-ass white folk


A drug abuser, domestic abuser and a dog abuser walk into a bar

"What'll it be Vick?"

Captain Log
Oct 2, 2006

One more for the highlight reel and one more for the bad guy.

Fun Shoe

Could people please start to get loving hyped for Rose/Champion?

Mechafunkzilla
Sep 11, 2006

If you want a vision of the future...


Captain Log posted:

Could people please start to get loving hyped for Rose/Champion?

Why? The last fight was over in like a minute.

Lid
Feb 18, 2005

Rap terrorist, terrorise, tear it up
Brought gas and the matches to flare it up
Militant Michael might go psycho
On any ally or rival
Born Black, that's dead on arrival
My job is to fight for survival
In spite of these #AllLivesMatter-ass white folk


Captain Log posted:

Could people please start to get loving hyped for Rose/Champion?

Khabib is missing and i cant handle that!

Auron
Jan 10, 2002
<img alt="" border="0" src="https://fi.somethingawful.com/customtitles/title-auron.jpg"/><br/>Drunken Robot Rage



Captain Log posted:

Could people please start to get loving hyped for Rose/Champion?

That's ex-Champion, and STILL ex-champion after Saturday

Can't wait for the excuse train

Marching Powder
Mar 8, 2008

duckin 4 cover lol. u don't get to see the good fight b*tch



rose / joanna 1 wasn't like aldo / conor. it was three or so minutes of thug rose demonstrating that she had joanna thoroughly figured out. it might not be as quick, but it won't be much more competitive, and i'll be betting accordingly.

smart money on joanna taking her belt back.

DoombatINC
Apr 20, 2003

Here's the thing, I'm a feminist.

Rigel posted:

Reposting this, Jon Jones is looking for ways to supplement his income during his time off.

https://twitter.com/JonnyBones/stat...638457163268096

Also in attendance will be Paul Manafort, spraypaint huffing funny mugshot guy, and Cameron Poe - a man whose body is legally a deadly weapon

Triticum Guzzler
Jun 16, 2002


[in "code red's expensive" voice] cocaine's expensive

Skip My Posts
Aug 15, 2005


the pres sconference was pretty good

Marching Powder
Mar 8, 2008

duckin 4 cover lol. u don't get to see the good fight b*tch



Skip My Posts posted:

the pres sconference was pretty good

was khabib there?

Skip My Posts
Aug 15, 2005


Marching Powder posted:

was khabib there?

yep

Marching Powder
Mar 8, 2008

duckin 4 cover lol. u don't get to see the good fight b*tch



whew. good.

Skip My Posts
Aug 15, 2005


i dont think its gonna happen but imagine max with both of conor's old belts lol

Lid
Feb 18, 2005

Rap terrorist, terrorise, tear it up
Brought gas and the matches to flare it up
Militant Michael might go psycho
On any ally or rival
Born Black, that's dead on arrival
My job is to fight for survival
In spite of these #AllLivesMatter-ass white folk


Would be better if they just gave Max Tyron's belt like they did with Conor too.

Gay Horney
Feb 9, 2013


Max ain't look that small next to Khabib at the conference

Gay Horney
Feb 9, 2013


You're just not gonna go win the lightweight championship against loving Khabib without a training camp but I love max so much for doing it that it's making me a better person

Skip My Posts
Aug 15, 2005


Never know

Marching Powder
Mar 8, 2008

duckin 4 cover lol. u don't get to see the good fight b*tch



i'm starting to believe.

Le Saboteur
Dec 5, 2007

pink wasn't even a thing why is t#RXT REVOLUTION~!
and i'm so fucking excited for #SCOOPS#SCOOPS#SCOOPS #SCOOPS#SCOOPS #SCOOPS#SCOOPS

he knows..


Went kind of unnoticed at the presser but Rose is wearing a splint on her left pointer finger. Seems kind of odd.

kimbo305
Jun 9, 2007

He is I, and I am him


Pat threw a tennis ball too hard.

handsome only face
Apr 22, 2010

Cockroach went out of the room in anger. And roach's go to empty room...

Cockroache's Anarchist




Skip My Posts posted:

i dont think its gonna happen but imagine max with both of conor's old belts lol
it would be extemely conor thing to do to come back and have a rematch against a guy he's beaten before and get around tony & khabib like he got around frankie (who i think he would've beaten anyway..)

El Roncho
Oct 15, 2006

I'm not necessarily proud of this but I'm gonna leave it here anyways.

"There's just no way this highly unlikely thing will happen in an MMA fight."

Skip My Posts
Aug 15, 2005


https://streamable.com/t15q3

Skip My Posts
Aug 15, 2005


https://streamable.com/b98tn

Triticum Guzzler
Jun 16, 2002



man the pressure and volume is way more ridiculous than i remember

Skip My Posts
Aug 15, 2005


yeah relentless. walking right through rolling counters and poo poo. but i dont think he has enough power to stop khabib and a bad ankle doesnt help

Mekchu
Apr 10, 2012



Did the UFC try checking the local Cheesecake Factory for Khabib?

Skip My Posts
Aug 15, 2005


he was at the presser you son of a bitch! the figh tis happening

I.N.R.I
May 26, 2011


Gay Horney posted:

Max ain't look that small next to Khabib at the conference

means nothing

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Gay Horney
Feb 9, 2013


It means I was wrong when I thought that max had an easy cut to FW and he was tiny for LW

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