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UFC & Lesnar: How close was he really?

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Dana White has come out and said that the UFC was never close to getting Brock Lesnar to re-sign, yet on the interview with ESPN the week before Wrestlemania, Brock was saying it was a tough decision! So who do you believe, Brock or Dana?

Does Brock really have anything to lose from stretching the truth a little bit? No not really, he was coming up to the biggest pay-per-view of the wrestling calendar, an event in which he was going in as the reigning WWE World Heavyweight champion, and an event that he was main eventing. With this probably the biggest pay check of the year, plus whatever extras were in his previous contract with the WWE which ended the night of Wrestlemania.

But then again Dana has nothing to lose either by feeding everyone with exaggerated truths.  Personally I would tend to believe Dana on this one, this could have been Dana saying in a roundabout way that Brock chose the money, but to fair to Brock, I can’t blame him.  As Dana stated in the interview Brock is 38, and although he does look to be in very good shape, has he reached a point in his career where he just wants to know what each night is going to bring.  With the WWE he will have a reduced schedule, working probably only the main PPV’s of the year picking up the pay packets that go with them, knowing how long he is going to be in the ring, and what will happen as soon as he steps in the squared circle. Whereas if he was to step back into the octagon, to a certain extent, he has no control over what is going to happen. With the WWE he will remain at the top, if not constantly in the title picture, he will always have a top of the bill story line, but with the UFC would he have to earn his title shot, of course he would, and if he went in with a couple of loses, after all he did lose his last two MMA fights before returning to WWE, would that title shot be as quickly forthcoming as he would have liked.

But it does still show the pull that Brock Lesnar has in both communities, when the week of UFC have an event in New Jersey, Dana White is still having to field questions on Brock Lesnar.  Yes, part of the reason Brock decided not to come back to the UFC would have been money, and fair play to him, if someone wanted to pay me millions of dollars to work a few nights a year on television, I wouldn’t say no.  But in this interview with Dana, you will always get those people who say Brock has done it purely for the money, and everyone is entitled to their opinion, but without actually being in the meetings will we ever know the truth? At the end of the day the truth and the fact of the matter is at this point in his career Brock has decided to be more of an entertainer than an out and out fighter.

 

 

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UFC to Sell #VegasStrong Shirts and Donate the Proceeds

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Our hearts are heavy this week as we remember our brothers and sisters that lost their lives in Las Vegas.

The perpetrator Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Hotel, killing 59 people and injuring over 500 more.

It was the largest mass shooting in Modern American history.

Dana White and the UFC were quick to step up as they donated $1M to the residents of Las Vegas who were affected by this tragedy. White has also stated that this weekend’s UFC 216 card will be “dedicated to the entire city of Las Vegas.”

The UFC and Fanatics have also teamed up to sell #VegasStrong shirts and 100% percent of the proceeds will be donated.

These shirts are available at UFCStore.com

#VegasStrong

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Dana White posts sparring footage of Conor McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi

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What happens in the gym, stays in the gym.

That is, until recently when Conor McGregor’s camp posted photos of his former training partner Paul Malignaggi on the receiving end of what looked to be a knockdown during a sparring session. McGregor, preparing for the blockbuster fight against Floyd Mayweather taking place on August 26, brought in Malinaggi to help sharpen and test his skills in preparation for the boxing contest.

However, when pictures of their sparring battles surfaced, painting Malignaggi in a negative light. The former IBF/WBA World Champion boxer turned analyst took to social media to defend himself stating the images were taken out of context, sparking controversy.

Late Friday evening, UFC President Dana White out all of the rumors to bed by taking to Instagram to post a pair of clips from their sparring session, most notably, the infamous “knock down” that Malignaggi defended adamantly.

Video 1: The video shows McGregor blasting Malignaggi with a hard left hand that popped his head back and then following up with a series of punches causing Malignaggi to retreat from the pressure.

 

Video 2: The knockdown. Conor hits Malignaggi with a punching combination, sending the former boxing champion to the canvas.

While the knock down does come after a series of punches from McGregor, Malignaggi was not completely knocked out. With this video evidence coming to light, it seems the UFC Lightweight Champion’s hands may be better prepared for the upcoming fight against one of boxing’s best than previously thought.

Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather takes place on August 26, 2017 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

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Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series – Week 2 Recap

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The second week of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series provided some incredible moments from fighters looking to earn their shot in the UFC.

With five fights on the docket and Dana White handing out only one, possibly two UFC contracts at the end of the show, fighters not only had to win their fights, but make a statement to impress the boss. If nobody makes a strong enough impression, White could also decide to not award anyone with a contract.

That was not the case on Week 2 thanks to three exciting finishes.

Sean O’Malley said in video packages in the lead up that he shows up to knock people out and he did exactly that with an exciting first round finish of Alfred Khashakyan. O’Malley kept his undefeated record in tact by utilizing hard, fight-ending strikes that sent his opponent to the canvas in the closing minute of the first round. A hard right hand dropped Khashakyan for good and O’Malley ran over towards Dana White to let him know he’s ready for his shot.

The Ultimate Fighter 22 veteran Thanh Le got the fans on their feet with his impressive finish of Lazar Stojadinovic, and made his case with Laura Sanko for Dana White to give him a contract.  Stojadinovic, a solid boxer began fighting angry in the second round after getting caught with a few clean strikes, which only left more openings for Le. Moments later, Le would land a beautiful kick followed up by hard strikes to get the second-round stoppage.

Daniel Spohn, after a rough start to his fight against Angel De Anda, recovered from illegal blows to the back of the head to lock in a submission in the first round. Referee Big John McCarthy paused the action after three illegal blows by De Anda, and once the action resumed, Spohn blitzed across the cage to unleash strikes and eventually find the arm triangle submission.

At the conclusion of the show, Dana White decided to give Sean O’Malley an opportunity on the big stage by awarding him with a UFC contract due to his flashy, exciting style inside the Octagon.

Below are the full results of Week 2:

  • Daniel Spohn (16-5) vs. Angel De Anda (18-6)
    • Result: Daniel Spohn def. Angel De Anda via Submission (Arm Triangle), Round 1 – 3:10
  • Sean O’Malley (8-0) vs. Alfred Khashakyan (8-4)
    • Result: Sean O’Malley def. Alfred Khashakyan via KO (Punch), Round 1 – 4:14
  • Thanh Le (7-1) vs. Lazar Stojadinovic (15-6)
    • Result: Thanh Le def. Lazar Stojadinovic via KO (Strikes), Round 2 – 1:35
  • Sidney Outlaw (9-4) vs. Michael Cora (4-2)
    • Result: Sidney Outlaw def. Michael Cora via Unanimous Decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-27)
  • CJ Hamilton (11-5) vs. Casey Kenney (7-0-1)
    • Result: Casey Kenney def. CJ Hamilton via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
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