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  1. When the announcers say "The BKFC ring", it seriously sounds like "The KFC Ring". Maybe they could get KFC as a sponsor and have a red & white KFC colored ring with a big picture of the Colonel in the middle of the mat.
  2. I'd love it if Bedford got slept after showboating so much in the first.
  3. I chose to watch BKFC over the UFC event. Am I losing it?
  4. I'm a schmuck who loves WMMA, so I'm totally into this fight. I still can't deny the lack of depth in the women's flyweight division, but it's still better than men's flyweight (not like that means anything). Carmouche is a fairly credible challenger. She has a win over Valentina in the past (a doctor stoppage for a cut in a fight Val was winning, but still), and has a ton of fights on her record with credible opponents. She even has a legit TKO win over the current strawweight champ Jessica Andrade.
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    What Former Champs You Think Will Be a Champ Again Someday ?

    Chael Sonnen
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    All Things Bellator Thread

    I honestly thought it would be a lot worse. Chael is a guy that just doesn't pull out of fights, and he was extremely sick at the beginning of the week. Everyone in his family got the flu, and he was in I-can't-even-get-out-of-bed mode on Monday I believe. I haven't had a flu in several years, but I remember being absolutely wrecked for a few days and then not even close to 100% until a few weeks later. I thought Chael was going to get wrecked in the first minute or two, so I was surprised he lasted as long as he did. I don't know if a healthy Sonnen could've beaten Machida, but he would've given a stronger showing than he did. To be fair, Machida looked gassed after the first round, so maybe he wasn't 100% either. Or, maybe they're just both ancient in MMA years.
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    Aaron Pico

    He might be one of those guys who has all the natural ability in the world, crushes guys in the gym, yet just can't put it together on fight night.
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    MMA fighter size difference vs Judoka or Pure Wrestling

    True. We barely have enough fighters to make a marketable heavyweight division, so super heavyweight is out of the question. Now, I'm of the belief that we need more weight classes. If we could somehow rid the sport of extreme weightcutting (unlikely), most fighters would be forced to move up. This is fine, since they'd be fighting essentially the same group of guys as before, just one division up. Flyweight would likely go away, and then you could go 135, 145, 155, 165, 175, 185, 195, 205, 225 and heavyweight. Personally, I don't believe there should be such a thing as "super heavyweight". Heavyweight is heavyweight, and like boxing, there should be no cap. We've already seen the point of diminishing returns on size (as StompGrind pointed out), and the tendency of the best heavyweights to be around 235-250. There was a short time when everyone thought you needed to cut down to 265 (era of Bork and Shane Carwin), but that has passed.
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    UFC 238: Cejudo vs. Moraes

    How do you take that many flush knees to the face? Who does he think he is, Rich Franklin?
  10. MMAFighting has a decent write-up on it: https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/6/2/18648345/hot-tweets-yoel-romeros-big-payday-fighters-as-college-football-teams-and-the-future-of-mmafighting Let’s be clear about what happened here. Romero won a default judgment. That means he filed suit, and because Gold Star Performance products never responded, he won. He didn’t go through a trial or extended litigation or anything like that. They just never responded to the suit. There are only two real reasons this would happen. They are horribly mismanaged to the point that didn’t know what was going on. Good luck collecting $27 million from a company that doesn’t have a legal team. They never intended to pay in the first place so they didn’t bother responding. They’ll file bankruptcy and again, good luck collecting that $27 million. If Gold Star had any intentions of paying any sum of money, they would have at least responded to the claim and either fought the suit or negotiated a settlement. Their use contract is vague enough to at least give them some grounds to contest. At the end of the day, Yoel has a $27 mil IOU that’s really only going to be worth a fraction of that.
  11. I just tuned in to see that. Doggone reddit banned MMAstreamz.
  12. This can't be repeated enough. I don't know the veracity of this statement, but it will be rough for Yoel if true: Chances are, he won't collect anything. "Gold Star Performance Products" registered its domain name less than 2 years ago. It operates out of a tiny little Suite in NJ and is a throwaway company. They didn't even respond to the lawsuit. The company will fold and or claim bankruptcy and Romero might even be stuck paying his own attorney fees. He could still end up with a loss in the end. EDIT: If this company is just a small fly-by-night operation that has their supplements manufactured overseas and then slaps on their own label, they may not have the assets to cover that judgment and would likely go bankrupt. The meager assets of the business would be divided up among creditors (Yoel is an unsecured creditor, so he wouldn't be first in line) and when that was gone, everyone else would be left holding the bag. Provided the company was set up properly and owners/corporate officers didn't comingle funds, they would have no personal liability. Most civil judgments are never satisfied in full - many are never satisfied at all. There seems to be a perception among some that when the moving party wins a lawsuit, the judge writes them a check from the bench. In reality, a judgment is a just a piece of paper that declares that the loser (debtor) owes the winner (creditor) a certain sum of money. The judgment also makes a variety of legal tools available to the creditor, such as bank levies, wage garnishments, property seizure, etc. However, these tools are not unlimited and a lot property (especially if the debtor is an individual) is protected from creditors by law. The word is that this company didn't even answer the lawsuit. So, Yoel only "won" his case because the other side didn't show up and he was awarded a judgment by default. He didn't win because of any evidence or arguments presented.
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    Justin Willis successfully ducks BamBam

    Definitely. Don't get me wrong - here in the US, guys who weigh north of 265lbs are everywhere you look. We're the fattest country in the world by a wide margin. However, given these facts, it's absolutely inexcusable... 1. He's 6'1"... taller than average but not a skyscraper 2. He's not a bodybuilder or otherwise musclebound 3. He's a professional athlete (in the broadest sense)... it's his actual job to eat right and work out He should be walking around under 265lb, not needing months to cut down to that weight. I wouldn't be surprised if his actual weight was somewhere north of 300lbs. On the bright side, some state legislatures are beginning to cap prices on insulin.
  14. What about JDS in place of Woodley, so it's JDS vs. Lawler at UFC Mpls and whenever Woodley's hand heals, we'll get Woodley vs. Ngannou. I fail to see the downside of this plan.
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    Did Andrade Tap Out ?

    No, it was a very close attempt but never at the edge of a tap. Honestly, I find more people repeating the narrative that Andrade "smashed" Rose (in fighting, not the tribbing way). They ignore the fact that Andrade was clearly getting outclassed and was losing badly up until that point. The first round, with the new criteria, could've been scored a 10-8 by some judges. That said, it was one of the best slam KOs I've ever seen, right there with Rampage over Arona. It's also one of the best come-from-behind victories, especially in a title fight. On a side topic, I wonder how Andrade would do in a rematch with Joanna. It doesn't seem like Andrade's striking defense has improved much at all, and Rose was able to punch her in the face at will. I could see a Joanna rematch going much the same way as their first fight. As much as I'd like to see another slam KO, let's not pretend that Andrade has magical muff slamming powers all of a sudden.
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    Santos Has a Game Plan to Beat Jones (LOL)

    I would laugh so hard if that happened. Anything is possible I suppose, even if highly improbable. Jon will frequently start a little slow, feeling his opponent out and taking a bit of time to gauge distance and whatnot (unless his opponent rushes in like Chael did). Anyway, it's within the realm of possibility for Santos to just wade right in and connect with an overhand to the chin.
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    UFC 237: Namajunas vs. Andrade

    Fair scores according to new scoring criteria: 10-8 Namajunas Brazilian judges: 10-9 Andrade
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    UFC 237: Namajunas vs. Andrade

    We're in round two, folks. ROUND TWO. Did not expect.
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    UFC 237: Namajunas vs. Andrade

    I'm not the biggest fan of the reddit platform, but on fight nights, I appreciate those folks very much. Thanks for letting me see the once-feared BJ Penn kick off the prelims.
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    USADA update

    This is yet another reason why having a collective bargaining agreement in place would be a good thing for fighters. Any disciplinary action, including suspensions suggested by USADA (remember, USADA is just a contractor) would have to be for "just cause". I'm a union nerd, so I understand that term might be lost on a lot of folks who aren't labor dorks like yours truly. However, that would mean that all actions would be subject to internal appeal, and if unsuccessful, would be decided by a neutral arbitrator. In cases of doping suspensions, you could have language where a hearing needed to take place within six months of the assessment of the penalty, unless the parties mutually agreed to extend. The arbitrator would decide whether or not the rule was reasonable, whether or not the fighter knew or should have know of the rule and the consequences, whether the rule & punishment was fairly and equally applied, whether the evidence was sufficient, and whether or not the penalty was reasonable in light of all mitigating circumstances. Basically, it would be an expedited process of what Josh Barnett went through... unfortunately it took him two years. Of course nothing is perfect. Imagine if a fighter gets a two year suspension, but an arbitrator reduces it to six months. That's with the organization. However, let's say the NSAC still sticks by its own two year suspension and refuses to budge. After all, they're an agency given authority by state statute and aren't subject to whatever a CBA says. That could still be a sticking point. However, I gotta say I'm looking forward to the time when one state refuses to abide by another's suspension. The NSAC is difficult because the UFC is headquartered there, but let's say the NYSAC issued a two year suspension despite the reduction the fighter received. A year later, the fighter is licensed to fight in Nevada despite the NY suspension technically being good for another year. It would be an interesting circus.
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    USADA update

    Even though I'm not the biggest Luke Thomas fan in the world, I agreed with him when he declared "You cannot be both pro-fighter and pro-USADA." Like he says, you CAN be for anti-doping and pro-fighter, but you cannot support an organization where the fighters had no input and still be pro-fighter. USADA uses bully tactics at times (that seems to have fallen away for the most part), doesn't have their science in check, and doesn't treat fighters equally. Also, there's no humility in the organization for when they screw up and get something wrong. Where is Josh Barnett's apology? What about Tom Lawler?
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    All Things Bellator Thread

    Waitaminute... do you mean there's a streaming service... like something people actually pay for? I mean, with real money that they've earned, not just vicariously though advertising revenue? That doesn't sound real to me.
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    All Things Bellator Thread

    What's DAZN?
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    All Things Bellator Thread

    Bwahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!! Suck it Fitch!