The Prelim Primer: UFC Norfolk
The Prelim Primer: UFC Auckland
The Prelim Primer is the one and only podcast dedicated to the curtain jerkers. Catch host Daniel "Gumby" Vreeland, who is joined this week by Blaine Henry from Fight Library, as they break down all of the prelims of UFC Auckland.
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The Prelim Primer: Rio Rancho
The Prelim Primer is the one and only podcast dedicated to the curtain jerkers. Catch host Daniel "Gumby" Vreeland, who is joined this week by Kristen King from MyMMANews, as they break down all of the prelims of UFC Rio Rancho.
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The Prelim Primer: UFC Raleigh
The Prelim Primer is the one and only podcast dedicated to the curtain jerkers. Catch host Daniel "Gumby" Vreeland, who is joined this week by Kurt Chase-Patrick from Fixed Fights Podcast with Kurt and Ben, as they break down all of the prelims of UFC Raleigh.
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Remains found believed to be Walt Harris's stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard
Walt Harris's stepdaughter Aniah Blanchard was reported missing on October 23, and based on forensic evidence, police believed there was foul play. A week later, Ibraheem Yazeed, 29, was captured in Florida. Sometime later Antwain Shamar Fisher, 35, and then David Lee Johnson Jr. were also arrested. Auburn Police said Monday that investigators “obtained information regarding the possible location of a body.” Law enforcement officials searched a wooded area in Shorter, Alabama, and found what appeared to be human remains several feet into the woods. Auburn police said an "examination will explore if the remains are those of Aniah Blanchard.” h/t AP
T.J. Dillashaw on EPO use: I sold my soul to the devil
“I took an anemia medication called Procrit, which the main ingredient in it was Erythropoietin (EPO). It helps rebuild blood cells.“When you become anemic, your red blood cells start to plummet and you lose energy. I was on a super strict 1600-calorie day diet and working too hard. I pushed my body to extreme limits. No excuses. I made the mistake of wanting to do something that hadn’t been done. I sold my soul to the devil and now I got to build myself back up and deal with it.” Dillashaw is eligible to compete January 2021. h/t MMA Mania • Watch The Ariel Helwani MMA Show
Darren Till gives the odds for Tyson Fury doing MMA
”I think it’s about 70/30. 70 yes, 30 no. You gotta remember boxing to MMA is very different as well. He’s making a lot of money, he’s a top-three heavyweight. I’d love to see it for the entertainment factor. It’s all about the entertainment and whoever he gets - maybe Stipe wants to fight him and probably thinks he can box him. I don’t think so. But I hope so. But maybe I’d be in on a little percentage of that as Coach Till. We’re the same management, we’re both MTK so no matter what I’m just supporting him, I’m supporting my team.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch BT Sport interview (19:57)
Mayweather Sr. vows to rough up UFC boss if Jr tries MMA
”We usually talk but I ain’t heard nothing from him. It’s a big surprise to me. [MMA] is not the same, I’m just saying. You got things that Floyd can do, a lot of other things other than ... and they said he was saying something about getting into that ... what that thing called? It better not be the MMA. You don’t think Floyd would take nothing like that? I don’t think he’d take it either because I’d go in there and whup Dana White’s ass! F@$%k yeah I will. I’d whup the $#!@ out of him. Even though Floyd is a grown man, I’d be the grown one that’d take over that. Sure will.” For the record, Mayweather Jr is talking about boxing and MMA fighter, not doing MMA. h/t MMA Mania • Watch FightHubTV interview (8:06)
Ricardo Lamas on jaw broken by Calvin Kattar at UFC 238
“The jaw is feeling good. It’s all healed up. I fractured my jaw in two places, so I had to have a surgery after the fight, and they installed four titanic plates: two in each fracture. Luckily, I didn’t have to have my mouth wired shut. They gave me the option, and I said hell no to that. It was kind of a long recovery. My bite doesn’t feel the same as it was before. I don’t think maybe it ever will. My teeth just don’t line up the way they used to. So it’s a little annoying. ... It’s the only [fight injury] that I’ve had that requires surgery. Now, I’ve had plenty of other injuries: cuts, stitches, I tore my peck training one time – and that one hurt a lot – but this is definitely the worst one just because of the surgery I had to go through.” h/t MMA Junkie
FMJ has loose plan to box UFC fighter in 2020
TMZ Sports reports that Floyd Mayweather wants to box twice in 2020, once vs. a boxer, with Manny Pacquiao under serious consideration, and once vs. a UFC fighter known for great hands, which means Khabib Nurmagomedov is not a priority. Floyd wants to fight in May and September, with the new Raiders stadium in Las Vegas a potential site. However, these are all starting points, with the plans described as "very fluid and could change with the wind."
Coach: Ben Askren would have been UFC champ if ...
Dule Roufus: “He would be champion. He’d be the triple champ. ONE, Bellator, and UFC. I believe that. Unfortunately, circumstances and timing don’t work out. I’ve seen him do some special stuff in the cage and in practice ever since I met Ben, it’s just sometimes timing doesn’t line up in this industry. ... The toughest thing is timing. I wish that Ben would have been given the opportunity when he should have, to enter the UFC when he was coming out of Bellator. Everything worked out the way it did, I blame Bjorn Rebney, the way he treated that situation that caused Ben to not matter to the UFC. That being said, I wish Ben would have come into the UFC at that time. I think we would have seen the real Ben. Guys like myself and Tyron Woodley have talked about the special Ben, at that time he was untouchable.” h/t MMA Fighting
3 PFL fighters fail NSAC PED tests
NSAC chief assistant Jeff Mullen says Glaico Franca and Luis Rafael Laurentino both tested positive for the steroid stanozolol, while Ramsey Nijem tested positive for the demon weed marijuana. The three fighters are each expected to have full disciplinary hearings on 12/18. None of the three made it to the $1 million championship finals, so none are scheduled for the PFL finale on 12/31 in New York. All of the fighters should be extended the presumption of innocence. h/t ESPN
Maycee Barber: PVZ turned me down, but Roxanne Modaferri much better
“They offered it to Paige at 125, she said no. From what I heard, she said she wanted a fight at 115, but she would need more time. ... My career will be successful no matter what, if I beat her up or not. That was kind of like a bonus – like, beat her up and prove a point. But that’s it. Roxanne is way better of a fighter than Paige VanZant. And there’s a lot of women out there who are a tougher fight. Paige VanZant just did the marketing well, and that was because the UFC got behind her on that. But like I’ve said multiple times, she didn’t hold up her end of the deal and she didn’t continue to progress as a fighter, she just continued to progress on the more marketing and media side of that. So, yeah, there’s a lot more girls that had been working there their butts off a lot more than Paige has.” Listen to Submission Radio (22:03)
Why Soren Bak chose Bellator over UFC
"The real truth is we were looking for the best deal we could find anywhere. Not just financially or looking at long at the term, but all the way around. Bellator had the best deal on the table – the best opportunity.” Bak fights Terry Brazer at Bellator Europe 6 on Saturday. “I see Terry has some size on people and he uses it to bully people. So if you don’t have the technique on point, you’re going to be spending a lot of energy. That’s kind of what I’ve been seeing from him. He’s a good overall mixed martial artist, but he has big holes everywhere. I’m going to be able to exploit some of those.” h/t MMA Junkie • Watch pre-fight interview (4:23)
UFC heavyweight Allen Crowder retires over head trauma concerns
"I am only 30 years old right now, my last three fights ended in concussions. My business is going really well, and, the money is not where I had hoped it would be when I made it to the UFC so I made the decision for my health to stop now. ... I’ve had some memory problems, and it wasn’t worth it and I want to watch my little girl grow up. It has been happening more and more lately. I’m talking to the doctor about it now and just find out what is happening. ... Earlier on I could take punches and was fine. But, that last fight I got caught with a jab and my body shut down. From that moment I realized my body can’t take it anymore. Maybe I took too many shots to the head. From then on, I didn’t want to put my body through that. Then maybe something worse happens down the road." h/t BJPenn.com
Forbes: Khabib #7 in Russia for Instagram income
UFC lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov has 18+ million followers on Instagram, and earns an estimated $570,000 per annum from the account, placing him at #7 on Forbes' list of highest-earning Instagram accounts in Russia. #1 on the list is Russian politician, socialite and TV-personality Ksenia Sobchak, who earns an estimated $1.6 million from her relatively small 6.9 million followers. The difference in income is due to Nurmagomedov's focus on training, faith, and day to day life with his friends, rather than commercial endorsements. h/t MMANytt • Forbes.ru
Zhang Weili vows to calm down 'emotional' Joanna Jedrzejczyk
“I think she sounds very angry all the time, and her emotions will get her in trouble. She is willing to fight me now, but there was a time she didn’t want to fight me, as well. I am ready anytime for battle. Just call my manager Mr. Brian [Butler] and the boss Dana, and we can fight next week. I am always looking to finish a fight as soon as I can so my opponent doesn’t have to endure long periods of damage. I see the fight ending in one or two rounds. I think Joanna possesses great skill with her striking, along with good power, but I believe in my training and team to have me ready to beat her anywhere. “I think she is very angry and emotional, and I will calm her down." h/t MMA Junkie
Zhang Weili vows to calm down 'emotional' Joanna Jedrzejczyk
“I think she sounds very angry all the time, and her emotions will get her in trouble. She is willing to fight me now, but there was a time she didn’t want to fight me, as well. I am ready anytime for battle. Just call my manager Mr. Brian [Butler] and the boss Dana, and we can fight next week. I am always looking to finish a fight as soon as I can so my opponent doesn’t have to endure long periods of damage. I see the fight ending in one or two rounds. I think Joanna possesses great skill with her striking, along with good power, but I believe in my training and team to have me ready to beat her anywhere. “I think she is very angry and emotional, and I will calm her down."
Ben Askren hears positive news about pending hip operation
"Birmingham Hip, I’ve been told you’re probably not supposed to do anything after that. ... Some of the college wrestling coaches [who] did it reached out to me and said they’ve had the procedure, and they had it with one of the doctors I’m looking at. They said it was over a year rehab but they said they’re both with no restrictions, meaning they could go and do whatever the hell they want. They could go in and wrestle with their teams. That was really something I was having a hard time with, because everyone was making it sound like I would be very restricted. I don’t know if I ever want to compete again, in any way, shape or form, but I always envisioned myself running the wrestling academies, I’d work out with the guys, or do whatever it is that I wanted to do." Askren was clear however that he was not contemplating fighting in the cage again. h/t Low Kick MMA • Watch TMZ Sports interview (3:24)
Joanna Jedrzejczyk: I wabt to be the female BMF
“People used to call me violent, savage. Jorge [Masvidal] just won the belt – the baddest mother f@$%er belt. I want to be the female BMF. These girls can make it, they can win the belt, but there’s nobody like Ronda Rousey, like me. People can doubt me, and they’ll do that forever, but show me a better, cleaner fighter in the UFC or in general. Of course, Amanda Nunes is the GOAT right now, but Ronda Rousey had six successful title defenses, me, five. Rose [Namajunas]? One title defense. Jessica [Andrade] couldn’t defend the title.” h/t SCMP
Randy Couture gives update after heart attack scare
“Everything’s great, man. I feel amazing. I should have thinned this blood out a long time ago, I guess. Second follow-up on Friday. Everything’s normal, back to normal. So I gotta stay on top of the thick blood. Gotta give blood on a regular basis. Unfortunately, they have to throw my blood away because I was stationed in Germany in the 80s. That’s just the way it is.” Couture plans to continue with movie roles and will return to color commenating at the PFL at the Finale on New Year’s Eve. h/t BJPenn.com • Watch TMZ Sports interview (1:58)