Coach: Velasquez never mentioned knee tweak seen on Open Workout video
Cain Velasquez attributed his loss vs. Francis Ngannou to a knee that gave out. A video from the UFC on ESPN 1 Open Workouts shows him stop immediately after his leg appears to slip or otherwise give out, on a left hook. CLICK TO WATCH. Cain's coach Javier Mendez says he hadn't heard about it: “No, he never said nothing to me about it if that happened. He didn’t say a word to me about that. No, nothing. So if that did happen, he didn’t tell me. And I would hope he would’ve told me. He didn’t tell me nothing.” h/t MMAjunkie
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Rogan: Ngannou is the scariest guy I ever seen
“It seems like he had a weird spot, but you know what I really like about that weird spot that he got into? He was honest about it. He said, ‘I carried over fear from my last fight.’ A guy that can look at himself that honestly... Francis is the scariest of all time. The thing about Francis is, he’s learning at this really rapid rate when you look at a guy that’s only been doing it for how many years now? 100 percent training, he’s been fighting for maybe five years. I think five years from the time he learned martial arts. Dude, he’s a movie character.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch Fight Companion podcast
Brave signs exclusive broadcast deal with TV5 in the Philippines
Brave CF announced the signing of an exclusive broadcast deal with TV5 in the Philippines, prior to its first event in the country, Brave 22, on March 15. Founded in 1960, TV5 is the flagship broadcaster in the country and home of ESPN5, the Filipino version of the "worldwide leader in sports". TV5 will join Abu Dhabi Sports, the official broadcaster of Brave CF, and the Brazilian conglomerate Globo, among others, as one of the official homes of Brave in broadcast television. President Mohammed Shahid: "Having TV5 and ESPN5 are the official broadcasting partners of Brave Combat Federation in the Philippines is a major step to cement both brands presence in the market and bring the sport of Mixed Martial Arts and the country of Philippines its worthy value."
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IMMAF decides on no head contact rule for under 18s
The IMMAF – WMMAA is proud to announce the publication of its Mixed Martial Arts Unified Rules for Youth Competition. The Under 18s rule sets were approved on Saturday by the Board ahead of the inaugural 2019 Youth MMA World Championships, scheduled for August 3 to 4 in Rome. The established IMMAF – WMMAA Amateur MMA rules have been modified with respect to the physiological development of the following three age categories, as advised by IMMAF – WMMAA’s expert medical, coaching and regulatory committees. The most notable restriction for all youth divisions is that strikes to the head are not permitted. CEO Densign White: The decision not to permit headshots for minors received unanimous approval from the board today due to overwhelming evidence of physiological and psychological risk provided by our medical committee."
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Coker wants to do Fedor vs. Cro Cop 2
“I always said if [Emelianenko] wanted to do one in Russia or fight one in Japan before he moved on and retired, I think that would be something that would be a lot of fun to do for us. And especially if he wanted to do it in Moscow. I know Mirko wants to avenge that fight; his management has asked me repeatedly about it. But it’s something I have to talk to Fedor about.” h/t MMAjunkie
Rogan thinking on Cannabis and THC evolves
“I don’t think marijuana is 100-percent safe. Honestly, for everybody, I really don’t. I know too many people that have had experiences where they took too much, particularly edibles. I don’t want to say I know anybody who had psychotic breaks, but I know some people that freaked out for weeks. This is something that I’ve made a big turn over the last few years with myself. I don’t think marijuana is as safe as I used to think it is. I used to think it was benign. I really used to think it was no big deal. When it comes to especially edible THC. There’s a significant impact on people’s state of mind and it’s not always good; that’s just a fact. I think that human beings, we vary so much biologically, that to just make this overall blanket statement, ‘what’s good for you is good for me’ is irresponsible and I’ve been irresponsible saying that before. In the past, I myself have been guilty of using this sort of blanket description of it as being a positive influence and that it’s a good thing for people. I don’t think it’s a good thing for everybody.” h/t MMA Weekly • Watch JRE#1246
Satoshi Ishii signs with KSW
After winning a gold medal in judo at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, Satoshi Ishii turned his attention to MMA in 2009. Since then he has competed all over the world and registered wins vs. the likes of Tim Sylvia, Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo, Heath Herring, and current KSW heavyweight champion Phil De Fries. KSW CEO Martin Lewandowski: "I am happy welcome Ishii to KSW. He is one of the finest martial artists on the planet. His credentials in judo speak for themselves and has become a force in MMA with wins over KSW, UFC, ADCC, and K1 champions. I am very excited to see him step foot into the KSW arena and see what he produces."
Nick Diaz done fighting, unless the UFC makes offer he can't refuse
UFC on ESPN 1 biggest Fight Night event since 1/2016
The ESPN telecast of the main card from 9 p.m. – 12 a.m. ET averaged a 1.1 metered market rating, while the UFC Fight Night on ESPN Prelims on ESPN from 7 – 9 p.m. averaged a 0.7 rating. The full five-hour window on ESPN averaged a 0.9 rating. Through three linear television events, ESPN has now aired the three highest-rated UFC telecasts on cable since the start of 2017. h/t ESPN
White: Conor vs. Cowboy not even close to being made
Joe Rogan said, "It's a done deal, as far as I know." But UFC president Dana White says, "It's not even close to being done." White has previously said McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov will likely fight again in 2019, after they fight other opponents. Khabib's next fight may be Tony Ferguson, but McGegor's next fight still appears to be Cerrone.
Paul Felder suffers collapsed lung in win vs. James Vick
Felder's manager Brian Butler told ESPN's Ariel Helwani, that doctors believe the fighter's lung was punctured when he took a shot to the ribs at the end of the third round. He is being held an extra day at a local Phoenix hospital for observation. h/t ESPN
DC: If offered, I will beat Francis Ngannou
After DC's teammate lost to Ngannou, the champ reacted: “Every time you see something like that, the emotions tell you you go get it back, you go make it right. But Francis Ngannou, who didn’t ask for a fight, maybe later he will, and if that’s something we decide we want to do, then that’s what I’ll do. I won’t go fight Francis Ngannou. I will beat Francis Ngannou.” h/t MMA Fighting
Kron: UFC pressure was nothing like my dad puts on me
The UFC jitters can be crushing, but Kron Gracie is immune: “I’ve always had pressure. I’m like a 9-year-old kid going into a jiu-jitsu match, and everybody’s like, ‘Oh, that’s Rickson’s son.’ All of a sudden a tournament with 500 people, all the 500 people are looking at me as a little kid, so I’ve felt that from a little kid. My dad never lost a fight. It’s always been pressure. The pressure that you guys put on me is not nearly as much as the pressure that my dad puts on me. ... Just being a Gracie doesn’t make it easy. Just being anything doesn’t make it easy. You don’t get out of this life easy, no matter who you are, no matter what you are. I think that the Gracie family is something that I’ve been wanting to represent since I was a little kid, and now it’s like ingrained in me. I don’t even think about it.” h/t MMAjunkie
White: Fight for DC lined up, and it's not Ngannou
“Well yeah, Francis is there. Cormier’s hurt right now [with a back injury] and we have another fight lined up for Cormier first so, we’ll see how this whole thing plays out. [Cormier] is not healthy yet so I would never announce a fight without it being done. It makes no sense. I don’t even know when Cormier’s gonna be ready.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch