Three of four UFC 232 title fight participants to make $500,000 purse
Today the California State Athletic Commission confirmed to MMAFighting.com that Jon Jones, Alexander Gustafsson, and Cris Cyborg will all be paid a purse of $500,00 to show and $0 to win at UFC 232. Featherweight title challenger Amanda Nunes will be paid $350,000 to show, also with a $0 win bonus.
UFC 232 in LA sells out
DC is still not impressed
Jones: In my mind there's no asterisk next to my name
“There will always be asterisks. There’s asterisks next to ‘Who’s pound-for-pound the greatest of all time?’ In my mind there is no asterisk. I was afraid of there being an asterisk next to my career when I was uneducated, but as I’m learning what this really is, I’m actually almost mad that it was even mentioned. It’s invisible. You can’t take a picogram. It’s that small, you can’t knowingly take it, that’s how small it is. I have completely set myself free from any type of — I listen to fighters from the past be like, ‘This is why he beat me, because he had this in me.’ And I get why they need to do that, to feel better, to feel like I can do it the second time. I get why they’re doing that. But I’ve taken off the asterisk next to what I’ve done. I know what I’ve done. Every pushup, every situp, freaking showing up to practice early, leaving there late, wrestling camp since I was 12 years old, endless tournaments, I know what I’ve done. After beating Gustafsson I’m going to be right back on the track that I’ve always been on, which is being one of the all-time greats and I know that in my heart, no matter who believes me or not.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch
White on tax implications for fighters of UFC 232 venue change
When UFC 232 moved from Las Vegas to LA, countless fans had already booked tickets, and are out money. More substantially still, Nevada is one of seven states with no state income tax while California's is the highest in the nation, at 13.3% for income over $1 million. That means fighters are out a lot, and UFC president Dana White has received criticism over it; he responded yesterday: “It is what it is. It’s either that or not fight and nobody gets paid anything. It is what it is. We had to move it. It’s costing everybody more money. It is what it is. Listen, it’s not an easy decision to make. You have to pull the trigger and you’ve got to make moves. You can’t make everyone happy. Not every fan, every fighter, but we gave the fans in Las Vegas the opportunity to get tickets first, and the tickets are cheaper. We had over 3,000 people buy tickets here that had tickets in Vegas. We did everything we could to make it better. We did what we could do.” h/t MMAjunkie
CSAC extends official weigh-in window due to location change
UFC 232 was moved from Nevada to California this week, after the weight cut had started for some fighters, so the California State Athletic Commission, under the direction of executive director Andy Foster, extended the Friday official weigh-ins by an extra hour, from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. local time to 9:00 a.m. to noon.
Jon Jones not impressed with reporter Izabelle Kostic's question about test results
Petr Yan argues for UFC rankings debut with big win Saturday
Heading into his fight vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade at UFC 232, Russia's Petr Yan is on a five-fight win streak, including a rematch win in his only loss; he argues that with a stoppage he merits a top 19 ranking: “It’s huge to compete at American events, because all of the top fights are held in the USA. I’m also glad to be part of 2018’s last big event, which will be headlined by Jones vs. Gustafsson. After two fights in UFC, I have more fans and more support, I receive a lot of positive messages and it’s very nice to have that kind of support. Now I hope to gain more Siberian gangster fans in the USA. ... I will do my best to finish my opponent via knockout or submission; this is the ‘No Mercy’ style. If I will win this fight I believe I will enter the top-15. Of course, my goal is to fight for the title, it is my biggest desire to prove that I’m the best. That’s why step by step I will enter the title race.” h/t MMA Fighting
Cris Cyborg not impressed doing medicals 2x for UFC 232 after move to LA
The UFC women's featherweight champ was asked if she ever had to do medicals twice for the event, and during fight week? "First time. And I still have to do other ones and that I don’t know if we’re gonna do. But I have to do it for this fight license. I was supposed to fight in Nevada and they changed it to California. I don’t have a license for California, now I’m doing the other I have to do to make a fight here. This is ridiculous." h/t MMA Fighting • Watch Cyborg Nation Ep. 2
ONE Championship announces partnership with TV Tokyo
ONE Championship has just announced an exclusive partnership in Japan with TV Tokyo, one of Japan’s largest national Free-To-Air television broadcasters. The multi-year partnership will have TV Tokyo broadcast a full offering of ONE Championship content to its viewers weekly, including both live and non-live content. Chairman and CEO Chatri Sityodtong: “With Japan having a rich history of martial arts spanning many disciplines such as judo, karate, kendo, sumo, aikido, and more, ONE Championship is proud to be working with TV Tokyo to take martial arts to new heights. Together with TV Tokyo, ONE Championship will showcase the highest caliber of martial arts to Japanese audiences, exemplifying the bushido spirit by celebrating the values of honor, respect, and humility.”
Brave president Mohammed Shahid reflects on historic year
"When we first started Brave CF we promised that we would be a truly global promotion and that's what a truly global promotion looks like. Brave is proudly from the Kingdom of Bahrain but happily embraces other cultures, gives local fighters opportunities, and opens many doors in sports, business, and international relations. This was an amazing year for us. I don't think any other promotion in history has done that: 12 events in 12 countries within one year. But it's just the beginning, it doesn't make us want to relax, we will go out there, even more aggressively, and build a bigger legacy in 2019." 2018 saw Brave CF land in Jordan, Brazil, Indonesia, Northern Ireland, Morocco, Colombia, United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, Bahrain, India, South Africa, and Saudi Arabia, and sign MMA stars Cristiano Marcello, Jeremy Kennedy, and Jose "Shorty" Torres among many others. The year closes this Friday in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, with Jeremy Kennedy fighting Marat Magomedov in the main event.
They say to never meet your heroes, but what about fight your heroes?
Bobby Razak's old old old school UFC video game commercial
UFC 232 Embedded: Vlog Series - Episode 4
RIZIN.14 to stream in North America on 12/31 at 1:00 am ET, but w/out Mayweather exhibition
Megan Anderson: What was the f@$%ing point of TUF 28 featherweight division?
Multiple 'featherweights' from TUF 28 including division Macy Chiasson are fighting at bantamweight next, or trying to via callouts on the social network. Megan Anderson is irked: “It’s just one of those things that just f@$%ing pisses me off. If you want to be in the UFC at 135 pounds, just f@$%ing come out and say it. Don’t play this bull$#!@ about, ‘Oh, I’ll fight at 145 if they want me.’ No, let’s be honest. You don’t want to fight at 145. That’s why instead of calling and campaigning for fights at 145 pounds, you’re now calling out people at 135 pounds. Like, if you really wanted to fight at that weight division, you’d be asking to fight at that weight division. But you’re not. So, let’s be real here. You don’t actually want to be in that weight division. So the whole point of The Ultimate Fighter for the 145-pound division was f@$%ing $#!@. Because none of you want to be there in that weight division. You just want to go down and thought it was an easy way in.” UFC 232 has two big featherweight fights: Anderson vs. Cat Zingano and 145 champ Cris Cyborg vs. 135 champ Amanda Nunes, but the future of the division is unclear. h/t MMA Fighting
Coach Brandon Gibson: Move to heavy would be easy for Jon Jones
“Maybe the day will come where it’s at heavyweight, but I don’t think it’s right around the corner. It’s not something we’re talking about, but if the right opportunity came, I think it would be easy for Jon. I don’t think he’d put on a massive amount of weight or anything like that. I think he could go in there at kind of a more cruiserweight, like a 225, 235, and have a tremendous amount of success against these guys. I mean, I saw it all of the sparring against well-known heavyweights out of the JacksonWink gym, so I know Jon’s capable of it. I think his focus right now is a light heavyweight reign though. Jon’s only getting stronger, faster, smarter. And a lot of guys, this much time off I think would be detrimental, but for Jon it’s been invigorating for him — it’s helped him focus, it’s helped him mature, and it’s given him that much more fire to go out and reclaim what he feels is his. When it comes to training, he continues to humble himself, he continues to just be that ever-evolving student.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch The MMA Hour
UFC 232 to see two new sponsors - PokerStars sponsor and Litecoin
Litecoin is the Official Cryptocurrency Partner of UFC 232: JONES vs. GUSTAFFSON 2, which takes place from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Saturday, December 29; they view this sponsorship as the first step to what will hopefully be a long and fruitful relationship with UFC. Further, PokerStars, the flagship poker brand of The Stars Group and the largest poker site in the world, becomes UFC’s first-ever ‘Official Poker Partner’, creating a new sponsorship category. PokerStars will have a branded presence inside the Octagon at UFC 232; additional partnership activations for the event will include the integration of PokerStars branding during UFC’s telecasts, as well as digital and social media, and other promotional opportunities.
Evil Eye had a mighty year
Fighting is spiritual
Lesnar finally passes DC's smell test
Champ champ Daniel Cormier wants the money fight vs. Brock Lesnar, but on the Jim Rome show he conceded he's concerned about the man's alleged affinity for horse meat: “If I’ve got to be honest, yeah,. You don’t know with a guy that has a history of failing drug tests and a guy that has a history of not necessarily doing things the right way. When I look at Brock and I see him now and he’s competing in the WWE and being under the USADA testing program, I see the differences in him. You look at Brock Lesnar today as opposed when he came back at UFC 200, he looks like a completely different person. He’s smaller physically, his face looks a lot smaller, there’s just a lot of differences in him so if I am to believe my eyes, then it tells me that he’s being tested and he’s being tested a lot.” h/t MMA News