'Super' Sage Northcutt ready for ONE: Enter the Dragon
Northcutt, who fights former Muay Thai world champion Cosmo 'Good Boy' Alexandre in his promotional debut, at ONE Championship on Friday, 17 May: "I’m actually fighting in Singapore. I think that’s going to be the coolest thing – fighting overseas for the first time for mixed martial arts. That’s going to be so much fun. ONE Championship has the most world whampions out of any league. So not only do they have mixed martial arts, but they also have kickboxing, they have Muay Thai, they have submission grappling, and they’ve even had boxing. I’m always looking to go for the finish. I love striking, and Cosmo Alexandre is a great striker, so it will be fun getting to strike with a great striker. I know ONE Championship will love that, and I’m looking forward to putting on a great show doing that. I’m going to fight smart, too. I’m so excited, and it’s going to be so much fun. I can’t wait to get out there.” h/t Newsie
A.J. McKee wants to fight Patricio Freire for either Bellator belt, or both
A.J. McKee decisioned former featherweight champion Pat Curran at Bellator 221, while current featherweight champ Patricio Freire ascended to champ championhood with a KO win over now former lightweight champ Michael Chandler. Now McKee wants it all: “What belt do you want to fight me for? ’45? ’55? Which one do you want to give me? I just beat a former champ. I’m ready for that belt. He’s ready. Chandler’s going to need some time to recover a little bit – he did get rocked. You can call it an early stoppage. I feel it was an early stoppage. But at the end of the day, he got rocked. … Meanwhile, let me get one of these belts.” The route to a title shot may be a spot in this fall's 16-man Bellator featherweight GP, but McKee has reservations: “I would have a little problem with it, honestly, just because it’s not just about the belt. It’s about that check at the end of the day. Me going into that tournament as champion, that’s a whole different level of money for me.”
The Rules, #173: Never bicker bitterly on Twitter with Ben Askren
Ben Askren: Jake Hager just said “I have a boner”! One of the weirdest post-fight speeches ever.
Jack Swagger: You’re talking about weird Funky?
Ben Askren: I may do some strange things, but getting aroused by grappling men who have very little skill is not one of them.
Ronda Rousey: UFC debut felt bigger than WrestleMania
“[WrestleMania] felt big, it’s just I think it just has to do with the time, with the perspective. Me and Liz Carmouche, it felt bigger to me. Even though it was years ago and not as many people watched and it was in the Honda Center, which maybe holds like 16 to 20 thousand compared to WrestleMania, where it was in front of like 80,000 people and millions of people watching. I just felt like me and Carmouche was the most pivotal moment, where everything had to happen that way or else women’s MMA would have ended before it started.n With WrestleMania, it just felt like all the stars were aligned and the whole universe was conspiring for us to succeed and I had not a single doubt in my mind that we would. But for Carmouche, it was so many outside factors of like, the numbers had to do well and I had to win the match, but I had to win the match in an exciting way. There were just so many other different factors that I had to worry about and I feel like the stakes were higher in a way even though the venue and the audience was smaller.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch Megan Olivi interview
Is this the 2019 coach of the year?
French bantamweight prospect Tom Duquesnoy retires at 25
LFA 66 highlights
Bellator 221 highlights
MVP gives a lesson in how to lose with class
Michael Page, who's undefeated record ended Saturday night vs. Douglas Lima in the Bellator World Welterweight Grand Prix semis: “In all honesty, if I could lose to anybody I’m glad it was him. He’s an amazing martial artist and person. Right away I said I respected this man. If I could lose to anybody it would be him. So I’m kind of over it. It’s more about bouncing back now and what path I should take. ... It’s not over for me. I’m going to enjoy the comments after this one. I know a lot of people have been waiting for it. I’m going to enjoy it. I’m going to soak it up, and then I’m going to go piss some more people off.” h/t MMA Junkie • Watch
Rose Namajunas: Not making any decisions, but I want to do something else
”I realized once I’ve become a champ and defending the belt, having the belt itself is ... it’s cool, but it doesn’t mean as much as I think people put meaning on it. It’s just a materialistic thing that ends up controlling your life, and really, it’s like ... I went out there and had fun and I challenged myself. I have so many other things to look forward to. It’s just a part of me and it’s an accomplishment. Maybe I’ll get it again, maybe I won’t. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll never do this again. We’ll see. I definitely know I can beat her. ... I just want to do something else with my life right now. I don’t know. We’ll see. I’m not going to make any decisions right now. I don’t know. It was just ... hard to keep having fun with this.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch interview with TSN's Aaron Bronsteter
Conor McGregor reacts to BJ Penn losses
UFC Hall of Famer BJ Penn, 40, set a UFC record for straight losses, with 7; there's a widespread feeling he'd be better off retired, but Conor McGregor disagreed in a new deleted tweet: "Soldier on soldier! Zero concussive KOs on record. Some repetitive blows yes. But zero lights out. There are fighters with way worse on the clock, way more mental issues, and are paraded to continue. People in this game are fools. Blind sheep.” h/t Low Kick MMA
Patricio Freire wants to box Canelo Alvarez
Both Bellator and Canelo Alvarez stream on DAZN, and after Patricio Freire became Bellator champ champ on Saturday night, the Brazilian discussed fighting the obvious next fight, A.J. McKee, and insanely large money fight: “[McKee] was afraid. Let’s do. I’m going to kill him. If he can do it at featherweight, let’s go.” But the first choice is boxing Canelo: “I think I can do well with him. I watched his last fight, and I believe I can fight him. Now I have two belts. He has a lot of belts, too, and it’s going to be a good match.” Freire hadn’t Bellator president Scott Coker or DAZN about the idea, but he has now simply by floating the idea. h/t MMA Junkie • Watch
Jessica Andrade breaks down the title winning slam
"Blood got in my eyes and I couldn’t see anything, but I stayed calm because the strategy was right. ... When I put her against the fence, [my coach] said, ‘Go for it, go for it because it will work.’ ... I saw her lying there, that she was out, and I still landed two punches before the referee stepped in. But I hadn’t realized how serious it was. I got worried because we train to go in there and fight and everyone comes out okay. She woke up later and I relaxed, ‘Okay, I can celebrate for real now because she’s fine. Everything went fine, I didn’t kill her [laughs].’ I didn’t imagine that would happen. I believe the pile driver worked because she kept holding my arm and I think she was going for a submission, but since I took her too high and moved her over my head and threw her, there was no way, she fell on her face and went out immediately.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch post-fight press conference
Alexander Volkanovski calls out Max Holloway
Victorious Clay Guida calls out the wrong guy
Post fight Saturday night Clay Guida was too busy beating B.J. Penn to get the memo about Nate Diaz vs. Anthony Pettis at UFC 241: “I’m still getting bills when Nate Diaz did this little thing from behind when I wasn’t paying attention. So Nate, it’s been ten years, man since I whooped your ass. You’ve had a long time to lick those wounds, man. I know that money’s running out. Do you want to build some stacks? Let’s do it, buddy." Then Guida got the news: ”Geez, I sound stupid now. Alright. Well, hey, that’s gonna be a great fight. We got our hand raised against both of those guys and that’s gonna be a scrap." h/t BE • Watch