It was announced Raphael Dos Anjos will make his return to defend his title on Fight Pass, Thursday July 7th before UFC 200 against Eddie Alvarez. Alvarez is likely going to get blown out. Dos Anjos took a major hit financially not getting the McGregor fight.
Also the UFC very classy and not petty at all in their Fight Pass announcement.
(Pic from mmafighting.com)
On Friday in Manila the best fighter not signed to the UFC “Funky” Ben Askren, famous training partner of CM Punk fought at ONE FC against yet another fighter who came in overweight, Russian Nikolay Aleksakhin. Askren took the decision unanimously and will continue to waste away in obscurity in Asia for now.
A Quick stretcher job from Sho-Box on Friday Night
It was announced Fedor will be returning to Rizin June 17th to fight Fabio Maldonado. Going to take me a minute to process that fight. Amazing for now. I think Maldonado may lose his head.
Saturday’s UFC on Fox 19 was decimated by injuries. Originally it was a solid B+ card but the last few weeks just got picked apart. Lyoto Machida dropped out of his fight with Dan Henderson after self reporting a banned substance. Shogun dropped out of his fight with Rashad from injury to be replaced with Glover Teixiera. Tony Ferguson dropped out of his fight with Khabib and is being replaced by Daniel Horcher who I’m sure to be talking about getting rag dolled here shortly. Then after the weigh ins Drew Dober of Omaha’s opponent Islam Makhachev dropped out popping for Meldonium by USADA, the same drug Maria Sharapova was popped for. USADA is doing their job for sure but this card definitely took a hit thanks to that. You would think these fight teams would begin getting their stuff together and more knowledgeable what their putting in their bodies so it stops happening.
John Dodson(-500) blitzed Manvil Gamburyan in less than a minute and gave a money promo after. Dodson will be a factor at 135.
Member of the Hype Gotti All hAir Stars Michael Graves(+100) did his thing and got a second round rear naked choke.
Ball don’t lie. Beneil Dariush was gifted his last fight winning a decision over Michael Johnson. One of the worst robberies of 2015. Michael Chisea(+135) choked him out in the second round. Chisea called Tony Ferguson out after, I don’t think he wants that problem. But could be a fun scrap.
Former Meth Head Court McGee while an amazing story got his chin knocked off by Santiago Ponzinibbio(-115).
We take a break in the action to check in on HBO Boxing
Oh shit. Cool kids table alert! Walk the other way nerds.
Cub Swanson apparently has regained his soul that was previously taken by Frankie Edgar. He took a clear-cut decision over Hacran Dias. Dias implemented an interesting strategy of throwing one strike combos every 30 or so seconds. Couldn’t see that getting it done. There was a “USA” chant late in the third, way to be Tampa!
Khabib returned next after a two year lay off as a -1200 favorite. Rogan takes a minute to tell everyone Daniel Horcher doesn’t train full time and works a full time job pretty much bragging UFC put him in against a legitimate killer in Khabib. Then says Daniel Horcher looks comfortable and calm when he looked anything but that. Not a good night for Rogan.
Daniel Horcher continued to get absolutely battered in the second. The fight could and should have been stopped a few times. Daniel Horcher will likely get another shot but I hope he has a few sick days available cause he doesn’t want to be at work on Monday. Khabib is scary as shit on the ground, looking forward to him hopefully staying active rather than another two years off.
Solid look for Rogan there though. I lost it but someone on twitter said “If Einstein though the moon landing was faked” on point.
UFC announced Daniel Cormier will be commentating with Rogan and Goldie next Saturday for the OVP/Jon Jones fight. That should be some must-listen to commentary.
Rose Namajunas is sexy as hell, second best buzz cut look of any girl ever behind Charlize Theron in Mad Max and ahead of Sigourney Weaver in Aliens.
Rose loses major points for being with Pat Berry though. Do better girl. Do better.
I paid little to no attention to the fight though. Thug Rose(-110) took the decision 29-28 across.
Checking in on Premiere Boxing on NBC-
Jamies Winston took a moment to act like a bafoon before the main event.
Rashad Evans consistently has the best music and walk outs in MMA. Calm Down by Busta Rhymes and Eminem.
Glover gets an F for ditching out on the Iceman tribute walk out.
All that walk out stuff did not matter though. Glover(-200) made quick work of Rashad. I think Rashad may be cooked, one of my favorite fighters of all time. Chin goes first.
No body can escape it. Everyone gets it one day. It’s only a matter of time.
Glover called out Rumble Johnson in his post-fight. That is a fight I can get behind.
Back next week for UFC 197. It sucks Cormier is out but the main card is still pretty dope on paper.
As much as I dislike Jon Jones this New Level promo is excellent –
Lastly have you ever wondered what it would be like to see Bernie Lomax fight? Well here you go. A living breathing man vs a corpse.
Way to go ref!
Editors Note: I completely blew the Bellator show off tonight. If anything worthwhile happens I’ll include it next week. Way to promote your product Bellator, always good to have someone who follows extremely close not even remember til an hour after!
(Thanks to @Zprohphet_Mma for some of the screen grabs)