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Jake Paul vs MMA: Cormier Challenges Paul to MMA Fight

Everyone loves a good soap opera. My show of choice was always Days of our Lives but the drama between celebrity boxer Jake Paul and mixed marital arts is quickly climbing the ranks.

Quick rehash, Jake Paul has called out Dana White, Nate Diaz, Tyrone Woodley,Daniel Cormier, Kamaru Usman, and countless others. It’s almost always on social media, usually Twitter and Instagram.

Things came to a head at UFC 261 when Paul crashed the event. Daniel Cormier left his announce position and confronted the YouTuber.

Cormier explained what happened on DC & Helwani, his aptly named podcast with Ariel Helawani.

“I’m going to torture him. I’m going to hurt him. I don’t want to box him. I don’t want to fight in a limited set of rules. If you really want to fight me, fight me in a mixed martial arts competition.

I’m going to rip his face apart. I’m going to hurt the kid. I will teach these kids not to continue to do this with people like me — athletes. Ariel, I will hurt this kid. … I’m gonna choke him, I’m gonna elbow him, I’m gonna hurt him.

My name will not be used as a springboard. I love my legacy and i will protect my legacy. And if protecting my legacy means I gotta slap this kid upside his head, that’s what I’ll do.

Daniel Cormier on DC & Helwani via ESPN’s Marc Raimondi

Here’s the thing, this fight will never happen and nor should it. What the hell does Daniel Cormier gain from fighting a guy like Jake Paul? Nothing. That’s the answer.

UFC 261 Nets 700,000 PPV Buys in the US

Sports Business Journal is reporting that UFC 261’s buy rate is 700,000 domestically. The international numbers are not yet in.

The projection is then event will be the second highest performing PPV of the year trailing only the McGregor-Poirier rematch. The event is actually down from the first Usman-Masvidal fight which drew 900,000 in the US and 1.3 million total.

Chris Weidman Updates Status After Nasty Leg Injury

Chris Weidman had successful surgery after snapping his leg on Saturday night against Uriah Hall. Weidman threw a kick to open the bout which Hall checked, during the exchange Weidman’s shin made contact under Hall’s knee and broke,

Weidman took to his Instagram to thank his supporters and update the fans on his progress.

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“The All American” expects to be on crutches for eight weeks and be out of the Octagon for six months to a year.

“I think it’s gonna be eight weeks until I can walk without crutches and stuff, and drive and all that. And then as far as training, I don’t know yet. They said between six and 12 months, I’ll be good to go. I’m trying to find the blessing in disguise, the silver lining of this.

Chris Weidman via Bloody Elbow

Jake Paul Calls Out Dana White: “Seems Like You are the Real Douche!”

The war of words between members of the combat sports community, particularly MMA, and Jake Paul might be reaching critical mass. During the post UFC 261 presser Dana White was asked about Jake Paul and his boxing exploits.

“Do you know what would happen to this guy [in the UFC]? He ain’t fighting in the UFC. He’s getting handpicked opponents, and God knows what else is going on with that whole fucking thing.

There’s a market for that. That is not what I do. That’s not what I do. People want to see that, and it’s great, and this kid is going to make a couple bucks before this ride is over. It’s just not what I do. What I do happened tonight. What happened tonight is, we sold this place out and it was packed, and the numbers that you’re hearing [Triller] did, they’re full of shit. They’re full of shit, ok? They didn’t pull those numbers at all, not even fucking close.”

Dana White, UFC 261 Presser, via Yahoo Sports

Jake Paul heard White’s comments and took to Twitter to respond.

Continue reading → Jake Paul Calls Out Dana White: “Seems Like You are the Real Douche!”

DC on Jake Paul: “I Wanted to…Smash Him into the Ground. But You Can’t Do That at Work.”

You had to know that today’s episode of DC & Helwani was going to be an absolute barnburner. Ariel Helwani and Daniel Cormier’s podcast was devoted to breaking down the finer moments of UFC 261…and that little altercation between DC and Jake Paul.

On the podcast:

“I wanted to grab him by the face and smash him into the ground. But you can’t do that at work. I would have gotten into trouble.”

Daniel Cormier on the UFC 261 confrontation with Jake Paul via DC & Helwani

Check out the whole thing.

3 Up 3 Down UFC 261 Edition: Three Trending Down

Welcome back to “3 Up 3 Down” our version of power rankings. If you missed our “3 Up” please check them out here. Now on to the “3 Down.”

The main eventers that loss 

UFC 261 was an historical event.  Politics and feelings towards the pandemic and social distancing aside, this was the first event with a live audience in over a year.  The crowd was ravenous and Jorge Masvidal, Zhang Weilli and Jessica Andrade were all stopped and lost titles, prestige and momentum.  For Masvidal, this marks the end of one of hte most tremendous and unique runs in popularity.  For the 36 year old, this fight was the last chance had had to win promotional gold, and he was knocked out for the first time since a 2008 Sengoku loss to Rodrigo Damm.  You could argue he should’ve been forced to relinquish the BMF belt to Usman for the manner in which he was viciously knocked out.  For Weilli, the pressure must be immense, being the face of Chinese MMA, and having a massive social media presence in her home country.  After this loss, you have to question whether she left a piece of herself in the octagon last year in her 5-round war over Joanna Jedredczyk.  For Jessica Andrade, while she will surely find herself remaining in contender status, the myth of her strength at 125 was greatly exposed by the stifling and overwhelming performance of Valentina Shevchenko.  Perhaps Andrade will need to reconsider a move back down to strawweight.

Continue reading → 3 Up 3 Down UFC 261 Edition: Three Trending Down

3 Up 3 Down UFC 261 Edition: Three Trending Up

Welcome to “3 Up 3 Down” our version of power rankings! UFC 261 was an epic event and as such it was hard to pick just three trending up so we cheated just a bit. Here are the “3 Up” from UFC 261.

The 3 main event winners

Yeah this is obvious.  But Kamaru Usman, Rose Namajunas and Valentina Shevchenko were not simply winners last night, but each delivered perhaps the finest performance of their career and cemented their respective legacies.  For Valentina, she is the most dominant champion in any weight division in the history of the UFC, and clearly the 2nd best female MMA fighter of all-time with a 3rd fight against Amanda Nunes in the not too distant future.  As for Rose Namajunas, regaining the blet in emphatic fashion, made history in that she is the first female MMA fighter to reclaim a title she lost.  In doing so, she cemented her status as the greatest female strawweight in MMA history.  Finally, Kamaru Usman’s brutal KO of Jorge Masvidal earned him the status of the current #1 P4P fighter in the UFC.  Moreover, he has now surpassed Matt Hughes as the 2nd greatest welterweight of all time, and now has is sights set firmly on the legacy of Georges St. Pierre.

Uriah Hall

No, this is not because of his actual win.  Even though, idiotically, Dana White on Instagram pointed out Uriah Hall made history in becoming the first UFC fighter to win a fight without landing a single strike.  This is for the unbelievably classy manner in which Hall handled the entire situation surrounding his fight and Chris Weidman’s injury.  After quickly going over to see if he could help, he sat stoically facing away from his opponent until Weidman was removed from the Octagon via stretcher.  Next, Hall delivered a tremendously classy “victory” speech, wishing Weidman and his family well and saying he’d be happy to give Weidman a rematch at any point in the future.

Danaa Batgerel

While Mongolia isn’t necessarily in the UFC’s plans for future conquest, the UFC has definitely found a future contender in the form of Danaa Batgerel who made short work of Kevin Natividad for his 3rd UFC victory and 2nd straight 1st round KO.  Batgerel is well-rounded with devastating counter punching and can open up a new audience for the UFC.

Be sure to check back later tonight for the Three Trending Down from UFC 261!

Daniel Cormier Confronts Jake Paul at UFC 261

Jake Paul called out Daniel Cormier last week after his victory over Ben Askren. Jake Paul decided to go to attend UFC 261 in Jacksonville. Jake Paul meets a very angry Daniel Cormier.

Cormier left the announce position and threatened to “slap” Paul according to various reports.

Stay tuned…

UFC 261: Watch-a-long with Jens Pulver, CM Punk, & Steve-O Exclusively on Twitch

That headline is a lot to take in!

UFC announced that they will stream UFC 261 live on Twitch exclusively with hosts Steve-O, CM Punk, and Jens Pulver. The stream will start at 9 PM/E with the final bouts on the preliminary card and roll into the main card.

From UFC.com:

“UFC is always looking for new ways to engage our fans in a meaningful, dynamic way,” said David Shaw, Senior Vice President of International and Content. “Through Twitch, UFC is creating a second screen experience designed to feel like a fun watch party. Fans can experience one of our biggest events with influencers in real-time, as if they’re sitting in the same room.”

The Twitch stream will feature special interviews, analysis, and real-time reactions to the fights. Punk currently serves as the color commentator for CFFC which airs on UFC Fight Pass and Pulver has a storied career in the world of MMA. Steve-O is known for being a jackass.

Proceeds from the Twitch stream will benefit the American Caner Society.