Germaine de Randamie nearly blinded before UFC Fight Night 139
Germaine De Randamie hadn't fought in 21 months before beating Raquel Pennington, and in the interim was hit in the eye with a ball, suffering nerve damage: “It made me blind for a long time. I still have nerve damage, and up to two weeks ago, it was still unsure if the doctors were going to clear me in the U.S. It was a hell of a journey to get here. Right now, I’m going to take a shower, call my mom, call my love, my friends, hug [my teammates], and drink a beer. Then I’m going to hop on a plan and hug my family. When the UFC calls me, we’ll find out who I fight next.” H/T MMAjunkie • Watch
Cowboy breaks down breaking Perry's arm
"Once I’d seen the clock, there was 30 seconds left, the monitor was right above me. I was like, oh I better spin for this armbar, so I did. He should have rolled the other way out of it, I don’t know why he didn’t. I was like ‘Pfft, gotcha!’ So I went belly down on it, I was just gonna take it until the referee pulled me off. I felt it pop before I went belly down. So the rest was just tearing the chicken wing off, yeah. I was taking it home with me.” H/T MMA Mania
'Platinum' Mike congratulates 'Cowboy'
White declines to define future of flyweight division
Dana White was asked if, as it appears, the UFC is winding down the flyweight division, but he declined to say definitively, only noting that the league is “working on some things right now." He said the Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw superfight being at fly was simply another superfight: “Dillashaw wants to win two belts. There’s five or six guys who have done it, he wants to do it. Cejudo is absolutely fine fighting at that weight instead of going to 135, so we made it.” H/T MMAjunkie
Esther Lin catches perfect technique perfectly
After 25 years, I have never seen anything like that
KO of the Year, and G.O.A.T. list nominee
Cerrone wants to drop to 155 and chase 'The Eagle'
Cerrone becomes the all-time UFC leader for wins (21) and finishes (15)
Was Chas Skelly actually out vs. Bobby Moffett?
World BJJ champ Davi Ramos taps John 'Machine Gun' Gunther, says he's purple in MMA still
Rogan and family forced to evacuate due to California wildfire
Liddell and family forced to evacuate due to California wildfire
RIZIN issues apology for Mayweather announcement
“We at RIZIN announced that the RIZIN 14 fight card at the Saitama Super Arena on December 31, 2018, would be headlined by Floyd Mayweather vs. Tenshin Nasukawa. However, shortly after this announcement, Mr. Mayweather himself made an announcement through social media. This message seemed to be insisting that the match had been canceled, and we sincerely apologize for this confusion. RIZIN Chairman, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, is currently holding discussions towards carrying out the match based on the original contract between our promotion and Mr. Mayweather. This based on the basic agreement we initially did have with Mr. Mayweather. We hope to have a clearer announcement next week.” H/T RIZIN FF
UFC 230 PPV estimate in
UFC 230, headlined by DC's first defense of his heavyweight title vs. Derrick Lewis, is estimated at doing 250,000 PPV buys, normal levels for 2018, but well down from the 375,000 estimate of Cormier’s title win over Stipe Miocic. Negative factors include going head to head with the Alabama vs. LSU highest-rated college football game of the season, and coming four weeks after the Khabib vs. Conor biggest MMA PPV in history. The fight also had a short buildup time. The evolving nature of the business, is such that fans are less and less likely to watch every UFC event each week, but if what the public sees as a huge fight, it can pull bigger numbers than ever before. H/T MMA Fighting
Old Cowboy would have beat his ass in the lobby
Donald Cerrone is 35, and taking a brash 27-year-old Mike Perry in stride: “The old ‘Cowboy’ would’ve met this dude in the lobby and beat his ass. The new ‘Cowboy,’ I just: ‘I’ll see you on Saturday, buddy.’ ... The journey of my career has been fun. Just, I can’t complain. I love every bit about this."