CSAC extends official weigh-in window due to location change
UFC 232 was moved from Nevada to California this week, after the weight cut had started for some fighters, so the California State Athletic Commission, under the direction of executive director Andy Foster, extended the Friday official weigh-ins by an extra hour, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. local time to 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Jon Jones not impressed with reporter Izabelle Kostic's question about test results
Petr Yan argues for UFC rankings debut with big win Saturday
Heading into his fight vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade at UFC 232, Russia's Petr Yan is on a five-fight win streak, including a rematch win in his only loss; he argues that with a stoppage he merits a top 19 ranking: “It’s huge to compete at American events, because all of the top fights are held in the USA. I’m also glad to be part of 2018’s last big event, which will be headlined by Jones vs. Gustafsson. After two fights in UFC, I have more fans and more support, I receive a lot of positive messages and it’s very nice to have that kind of support. Now I hope to gain more Siberian gangster fans in the USA. ... I will do my best to finish my opponent via knockout or submission; this is the ‘No Mercy’ style. If I will win this fight I believe I will enter the top-15. Of course, my goal is to fight for the title, it is my biggest desire to prove that I’m the best. That’s why step by step I will enter the title race.” h/t MMA Fighting
Cris Cyborg not impressed doing medicals 2x for UFC 232 after move to LA
The UFC women's featherweight champ was asked if she ever had to do medicals twice for the event, and during fight week? "First time. And I still have to do other ones and that I don’t know if we’re gonna do. But I have to do it for this fight license. I was supposed to fight in Nevada and they changed it to California. I don’t have a license for California, now I’m doing the other I have to do to make a fight here. This is ridiculous." h/t MMA Fighting • Watch Cyborg Nation Ep. 2
ONE Championship announces partnership with TV Tokyo
ONE Championship has just announced an exclusive partnership in Japan with TV Tokyo, one of Japan’s largest national Free-To-Air television broadcasters. The multi-year partnership will have TV Tokyo broadcast a full offering of ONE Championship content to its viewers weekly, including both live and non-live content. Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong: “With Japan having a rich history of martial arts spanning many disciplines such as judo, karate, kendo, sumo, aikido, and more, ONE Championship is proud to be working with TV Tokyo to take martial arts to new heights. Together with TV Tokyo, ONE Championship will showcase the highest caliber of martial arts to Japanese audiences, exemplifying the bushido spirit by celebrating the values of honor, respect, and humility.”
Brave president Mohammed Shahid reflects on historic year
"When we first started Brave CF we promised that we would be a truly global promotion and that's what a truly global promotion looks like. Brave is proudly from the Kingdom of Bahrain but happily embraces other cultures, gives local fighters opportunities, and opens many doors in sports, business, and international relations. This was an amazing year for us. I don't think any other promotion in history has done that: 12 events in 12 countries within one year. But it's just the beginning, it doesn't make us want to relax, we will go out there, even more aggressively, and build a bigger legacy in 2019." 2018 saw Brave CF land in Jordan, Brazil, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, India, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia, and sign MMA stars Cristiano Marcello, Jeremy Kennedy, and Jose "Shorty" Torres among many others. The year closes this Friday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with Jeremy Kennedy fighting Marat Magomedov in the main event.
They say to never meet your heroes, but what about fight your heroes?
Bobby Razak's old old old school UFC video game commercial
UFC 232 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 4
RIZIN.14 to stream in North America on 12/31 at 1:00 am ET, but w/out Mayweather exhibition
Megan Anderson: What was the f@$%ing point of TUF 28 featherweight division?
Multiple 'featherweights' from TUF 28 including division Macy Chiasson are fighting at bantamweight next, or trying to via callouts on the social network. Megan Anderson is irked: “It’s just one of those things that just f@$%ing pisses me off. If you want to be in the UFC at 135 pounds, just f@$%ing come out and say it. Don’t play this bull$#!@ about, ‘Oh, I’ll fight at 145 if they want me.’ No, let’s be honest. You don’t want to fight at 145. That’s why instead of calling and campaigning for fights at 145 pounds, you’re now calling out people at 135 pounds. Like, if you really wanted to fight at that weight division, you’d be asking to fight at that weight division. But you’re not. So, let’s be real here. You don’t actually want to be in that weight division. So the whole point of The Ultimate Fighter for the 145-pound division was f@$%ing $#!@. Because none of you want to be there in that weight division. You just want to go down and thought it was an easy way in.” UFC 232 has two big featherweight fights: Anderson vs. Cat Zingano and 145 champ Cris Cyborg vs. 135 champ Amanda Nunes, but the future of the division is unclear. h/t MMA Fighting
Coach Brandon Gibson: Move to heavy would be easy for Jon Jones
“Maybe the day will come where it’s at heavyweight, but I don’t think it’s right around the corner. It’s not something we’re talking about, but if the right opportunity came, I think it would be easy for Jon. I don’t think he’d put on a massive amount of weight or anything like that. I think he could go in there at kind of a more cruiserweight, like a 225, 235, and have a tremendous amount of success against these guys. I mean, I saw it all of the sparring against well-known heavyweights out of the JacksonWink gym, so I know Jon’s capable of it. I think his focus right now is a light heavyweight reign though. Jon’s only getting stronger, faster, smarter. And a lot of guys, this much time off I think would be detrimental, but for Jon it’s been invigorating for him — it’s helped him focus, it’s helped him mature, and it’s given him that much more fire to go out and reclaim what he feels is his. When it comes to training, he continues to humble himself, he continues to just be that ever-evolving student.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch The MMA Hour
UFC 232 to see two new sponsors - PokerStars sponsor and Litecoin
Litecoin is the Official Cryptocurrency Partner of UFC 232: JONES vs. GUSTAFFSON 2, which takes place from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 29; they view this sponsorship as the first step to what will hopefully be a long and fruitful relationship with UFC. Further, PokerStars, the flagship poker brand of The Stars Group and the largest poker site in the world, becomes UFC’s first-ever ‘Official Poker Partner’, creating a new sponsorship category. PokerStars will have a branded presence inside the Octagon at UFC 232; additional partnership activations for the event will include the integration of PokerStars branding during UFC’s telecasts, as well as digital and social media, and other promotional opportunities.
Evil Eye had a mighty year
Fighting is spiritual
Lesnar finally passes DC's smell test
Champ champ Daniel Cormier wants the money fight vs. Brock Lesnar, but on the Jim Rome show he conceded he's concerned about the man's alleged affinity for horse meat: “If I’ve got to be honest, yeah,. You don’t know with a guy that has a history of failing drug tests and a guy that has a history of not necessarily doing things the right way. When I look at Brock and I see him now and he’s competing in the WWE and being under the USADA testing program, I see the differences in him. You look at Brock Lesnar today as opposed when he came back at UFC 200, he looks like a completely different person. He’s smaller physically, his face looks a lot smaller, there’s just a lot of differences in him so if I am to believe my eyes, then it tells me that he’s being tested and he’s being tested a lot.” h/t MMA News
Herb Dean withdraws from officiating Jones vs Gustafsson due to injury
UFC 232 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 3
Najam Khan - Most inspirational fighter I ever met
Khabib Nurmagomedov nominates Javier Mendez as coach of year
Raphael Assuncao: Win will get me title shot I already earned
Raphael Assuncao fights Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 144 on 2/2, and with a win, says he gets an overdue bantamweight title shot: “For me, it’s time to put my foot down. Even if I have to wait, or whatever, we’re going toward that belt. ... In the beginning, [UFC president Dana White] wasn’t involved, and then it seems he got involved in the matchmaking. They gave the idea, of course, and he put his foot down and said that this was the fight that he wanted to happen. So I said, ‘OK, then.’ And then it came out of his mouth, too, that this would be a fight that would determine the next challenger. Also, my job is to fight. Even though a lot of people, especially those closer to me, have been saying it’s an injustice and all – not everything in the world is fair. ... I think this will happen,. And I’m very excited and very motivated for it to be me. To get another win, once more. And then, after this win, I can really sit back, relax and wait.” h/t MMAjunkie
Jeremy Kennedy ahead of Brave 21: I'm the uncrowned king at featherweight
Jeremy Kennedy fights Marat Magomedov in the main event of Brave 21 on Friday in Saudi Arabia: "I haven't actually talked to Brave about a title shot, but I look at myself as the number one guy at featherweight for the promotion. Elias [Boudegzdame] was doing good things before I signed, and then he and Bubba [Jenkisn, divison champion] had a great fight, but I'm the uncrowned champ, I'm the guy to beat. I'm not gunning for anybody, but my resume stacks up higher than anybody else in the division. My base is grappling, so I've always felt comfortable fighting other grapplers. I just think this is gonna show more of my striking. He's gonna make me show my whole game, he's gonna have his hands full because he won't be able to grapple as he did with other opponents. I'm a different kind of guy and he'll also have to deal with my striking."