Stevie Ray: I might get cut Saturday, and it's not the end of the world
Lightweight Stevie Ray is 5-3 in the UFC, but is on a two-fight losing streak. With a loss vs. Jessin Ayari at UFC Fight Night 138 on Saturday night, he thinks he could be cut: "It’s not the end of the world. I have a good manager, Ali Abdelaziz. I’m sure he could get me something else. There’s Bellator, there’s PFL, ACB and other big shows out there. Obviously, most people want to be in the UFC. There’s also ONE that Eddie Alvarez has just signed with/ It’s not the end of the world. Even if you look at the biggest scale of that, fighting isn’t the be-all, end-all. I’ve still got my family, I’ve got my kids. That’s the most important part to me.” H/T MMAjunkie
Dear MMA Gods ... this, please!
Ben Askren has big goals in the UFC
Lewis his cardio plan ahead of fight with DC at UFC 230 on 11/3
Derrick Lewis: “Right now I’m a 2X. Usually I’m a 3X but I’m slimming down a little bit so I’m a 2X. I’ve been doing nothing but cardio. Even the sex. The sex really been helping my hips. I know Cormier is a wrestler so you really got to get them hips down on him so I’ve been working them hips really good. ... Of course they would say that [I don’t deserve it], I guess just because of my fighting style. Everyone else is a mixed martial artist. I’m not a mixed martial artist, I’m a brawler. Basically, I guess they just thinking I’ve been winning my fights just by luck. I just think I’ve been winning my fights on heart.” H/T The Rich Eisen Show, MMA Fighting
ONE champ champ taking it one step at a time
At Friday's ONE: PURSUIT OF GREATNESS, champ champ Aung La N Sang, 33, defends his middleweight title vs. Mohammad 'O Lutador' Karaki, live on the Super App. An icon in his birthplace of Myanmar, he remains humble: “I don’t really think into that too much. ... Being a two-division champion is an honor, but I don’t let it get to my head. I still got a lot of improvement I need to make in my game. I still have to become a better athlete, and I still have to become a better martial artist. ... When you’re under the microscope by an entire country, it is tough. I just try to walk the right path in my life. Of course, everybody strays from their path, but you’ve just got to do the best you can do. That’s what I try to do. I try to walk the right path and if I stray, I try to get back on track and keep walking.”
Top Brazilian fighters come out for controversial right wing populist Jair Bolsonaro
If you have been to Brazil, you know the warm and hardworking citizens are furious at the country's recent "leadership." Controversial right wing populist Bolsonaro got 46% of the vote in a recent election, but 46<51 so there will be a runoff vs. left-leaning former Sao Paulo mayor Fernando Haddad, who got 29%. A number of prominent fighters have come out in support including Wanderlei Silva, Anderson Silva, Jose Aldo, Rafael dos Anjos, Royce Gracie, Renzo Gracie, Warlley Alves, Bigfoot Silva, Thiago Tavares, Fabio Maldonado, Jacare Souza, and Darren Till. HT B/E
Luke Rockhold details 'nightmare' that forced him off UFC 230
“The leg injury has been a fucking nightmare. A complete nightmare," said Rockhold on Submission Radio. " It was a misinformed surgery. Unfortunately, I was misguided by a couple of doctors, and I wouldn’t say malpractice, but it was a pretty idiotic move to open me up on the blade of my shin where they did, and everything I learned thus far. It seemed like a superficial surgery, and that’s why I went ahead with it. And sure enough it’s been one of the worst things that I’ve ever dealt with in my life. ... I tried everything I could, but unfortunately, it’s just too much to work around. I gotta be able to walk into Madison Square Garden, I can’t crawl.”
Felipe Efrain becomes youngest contender for a title at Brave CF
Felipe Efrain, 13-3 (1 NC), from Brazil will make history as the youngest contender to face a champion in Brave Combat Federation, vs. reigning bantamweight champion Stephen Loman from the Philippines. The bout marks the second championship title defense for Stephen Loman. Efrain, 24, trains at Chute Boxe Diego Lima in Brazil. The fight will take place at Brave 18 on November 6 in the Kingdom of Bahrain, during Brave International Combat Week 2018, the largest combat sports event that has taken place in Asia.
Jinh Yu Frey vs. Minna Grusander II in Invicta FC 33 headliner
Invicta FC atomweight champion Jinh Yu Frey and Minna Grusander fought for five rounds in the main event of Invicta FC 33 on December 15 in Kansas City, Missouri, with the champ taking a close decision. Frye's team later accused Grusander of using an old combat sports trick - not showering for days before the event, a charge Grusander characterized as disgraceful. Maybe this time inspectors will check mouthpiece, fingernails, and shower schedule ;-)
New Zealand John identifies the single worst performing submission
First Cambodian MMA congress inaugurated
Luminaries from Cambodia’s Mixed Martial Arts scene descended on the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia headquarters yesterday for the inaugural edition of the Cambodian MMA congress. Among the attendees at yesterday’s event were a slew of fighters including much-loved female fight sensation Tharoth Sam, and CTT’s ONE Championship trio of fighters Meas Meul, Rin Saroth and Sor Sey. With MMA among the leading participation sports in recent years, the kingdom’s sporting authorities are hoping Cambodia can begin to match its potential in international competition. An official MMA Federation will be integral in making it a reality. H/T Khmer Times
Trailer for MMA-themed murder mystery 'A Violent Man' to be released 1/18/19
Team Lakay’s Eduard Folayang explains how Wushu helps ground fighting
Baguio City, Philippines' Team Lakay is world-class, and mostly made up of white belts. Team member former ONE lightweight world champion Eduard 'Landslide' Folayang: “We focus on No-Gi Jiu-Jitsu and its practical uses in MMA. The American approach to grappling is a bit different, it is about going to a dominant position and not forcing to secure a submission. What I learned is to get to a dominant position and then score from there. I think we have a good grappling base in Wushu. That is a huge factor because in Wushu, you do takedowns with a pair of gloves. Another factor is we now have the confidence that even if we go to the ground, we do not worry about getting easily submitted.” Fights Amir Khan for the recently vacated ONE lightweight championship on November 23. H/T Conan Daily
Lenne Hardt to appear at Brave CF 18
Pride legend Wanderlei Silva and the greatest fighter in WMMA history, Cris Cyborg, said that Brave Combat Federation was the new PRIDE. That comparison is even more apt with the signing of Lenne Hardt, known affectionally to her countless fans as "crazy PRIDE lady." Hardt will be a part of the broadcast talent at Brave 18 on November 16 in the Kingdom of Bahrain. Brave 18 will be hosted during Brave International Combat Week 2018 which marks the largest Combat Sports Festival ever held in Asia.
Tenshin Nasukawa and Kyoji Horiguchi get a fishing show, I think
NAC to releases half of Khabib Nurmagomedov's purse, extends suspension on 'The Eagle' and McGregor
The Nevada Athletic Commission withheld Khabub Nurmagomedov's disclosed $2 million purse, following the UFC 229 post-fight melee, and has now released half of it. The temporary suspensions given to both fighters have been extended, and a thorough investigation is underway. Commission chair Anthony Marnell said if he had seen McGregor swing at a member of Khabib's camp, McGregor's purse too would likely have been withheld.
Gunnar Nelson vs. Alex Oliveira at UFC 231 on 12/8 in Toronto in the works
Bellator welterweight Javier 'Chunty Boy' Torres' eye is awful a week after poke
Lobov threatens to quit UFC if Zubaira is released
Artem Lobov was pulled from a fight for participating in SBGi teammate Conor McGregor's UFC 223 pre-fight melee, an inept response to Khabib Nurmagomedov and his crew behaving threateningly to towards Lobov. Zubaira Tukhugov has been pulled from a fight, with Lobov, after participating in the UFC 229 post-fight melee. Nurmagomedov says he will leave if the UFC releases Tukhugov. And now Lobov says he will too: “If they cut him, I want to be gone as well. I will fight him in ACB, Bellator or any league he wants to do it. But I will get him. It has to be done inside the Octagon. I want to look this man in the eyes, one-on-one. Once you’re inside that Octagon, it’s one-on-one. Your skill versus his skill. Your heart versus his heart. I want to test his heart in the Octagon. I want to see what he’s got.” H/T MMA Mania and the Ariel Helwani MMA Show
Angela Lee aims to become first ONE female champ champ and SHOCK THE WORLD
ONE atomweight world champion Angela Lee challenges women's strawweight champ Jing Nan Xiong on November 9 at ONE Championship: Heart of the Lion , live on the Super App. “This is about my legacy," she said. "I want to be known as one of the baddest female fighters of my time, of this era. ... I’m going to take advantage of this opportunity, I’m going to shock the world. I’m going to become the first female two-division champion. That’s all. ... I do expect the girls to be a little bigger, a little stronger, but that’s not an issue for me. That’s not a problem. … I’m not scared of being the smaller woman. In fact, I don’t think I will. When you see us match up, you guys will see.” H/T MMAjunkie