Cejudo: I'm the real champ champ, one of one
“He looks like Pee-wee Herman if you ask me. In the physique way, I really do feel like he looks like Pee-wee Herman. … He’s not looking so well. It looks like he needs a cup of water. He looks like a cross country runner. ... I know what it feels like to make that weight, any true flyweight knows exactly what it feels like to cut an extra 10 pounds. He’s going to feel it Saturday night, and I’m looking to expose him. ... A lot of people are talking about, ‘Oh, I’m the champ champ. I got two belts. Blah, blah, blah.’ I just want to let you guys know that T.J. is fighting the champ champ. He’s fighting the Olympic champ and the current UFC flyweight champ that beat the greatest fighter of all-time, and I’m the champ champ. Just FYI, I’m the true definition of champion. I’m the Olympic champ, UFC champ. I’m one of one. Nobody in the UFC could ever say that. Nobody in the history of the world could ever say that. I’m the true champ champ. I want you to put this title: ‘The real champ champ, Henry Cejudo, one of one.” h/t MMA Mania • Watch The MMA Hour
M-1 Global returns China for WKG & M-1 Challenge 100
M-1 Global will return to China on January 26, kicking off its 2019 season, as undefeated M-1 Challenge lightweight champion Roman Bogatov makes his first title defense against dangerous challenger Michel "Sassarito" Silva, in the celebrated WKG & M-1 Challenge 100 main event in Harbin. WKG & M-1 Challenge 100 will be live-streamed from China in high definition on www.M1Global.TV. Viewers will be able to watch the preliminary fights and main card by logging on to register at www.M1Global.TV. Fans may watch all the action on their computers, as well as on Android and Apple smartphones and tablets. WKG & M-1 Challenge 100 will also be is available on www.FITE.TV (preliminary card is free, $7.99 for the main card).
MyMMANews details bills unpaid to date by WBKFF
The cost of operating World Bare Knuckle Fighting Federation and putting on the organization’s first card more than two months ago seems to grow with each passing week. The looming question, will the bills ever be paid? News continues to spread in regards to monies owed to both fighters and WBKFF staff. MyMMANews was recently notified that the host hotel received a bogus payment and now more than $70,000 in fees are owed to them. Read entire story...
Kevin Lee matches strength vs. girl gymnasts
T.J. Dillashaw: I'll make weight easier than Cejudo does
“He’s missed weigh. He’s had trouble making weight. He’s had trouble making 125s. I bet I make weight easier than he does. Because of how professional I am. Of course, I’m gonna be skinny. I’m going down a weight class. If I were to wait and crash all the weight the last night, I’d look better throughout camp. I’d look more normal. … Then I would have to crash at the end and my performance wouldn’t be as good. So I’m more worried about the performance. ... I always knew I could make the weight, but I’m surprised at how good I feel trying to get down there. But it’s because of how professional I took it. I mean, the weight cut is already over. Now it’s just some tricks to get the last weight dropped now. The weight cut is over. My diet has been strict, my workout routine has been strict. I’m lean and everyone thinks I’m lying, but I’m stronger now than I was last camp.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch
The Black Beast needed a deserved break
The downside of moving up a division
Motel 6 becomes UFC's 'Official Economy Lodging Partner'
UFC announced a new integrated marketing partnership with Motel 6, the leading economy lodging provider with more than 1,430 owned and franchised hotels across the United States and Canada. Under the terms of the agreement, Motel 6 becomes UFC’s first-ever “Official Economy Lodging Partner,” creating a new sponsorship category for the MMA promotion. In return, Motel 6 will have a branded presence inside UFC’s world-famous Octagon® for select UFC events, including several Pay-Per-Views and a variety of ESPN and ESPN+ telecasts.
Cejudo ready for a Marvel Comics role
Rowdy Bec will defend BKFC title on 2/2
Colby Covington: Tyron Woodley will crush 'scrub' Kamaru Usman
“Woodley, for sure. Usman’s a scrub, man. He’s not relevant. No one cares about him. People don’t want to see him fight. He hasn’t even beaten a guy in the top 10 that’s coming off a win yet. The guy’s beaten two guys that are shells of their former selves [Demian Maia and Rafael dos Anjos] because I left those guys in cold blood. I retired those guys. Those guys, I took their souls. They don’t want to fight no more, they’re done. After they lost to me, they hung it up. They’re like, ‘I’m done. I’m just going to take a couple checks and ride off into the sunset.’ So, it’s not going to be competitive. Woodley’s going to run through him, and then we’ll see what happens next.” h/t MMA Fighting • Watch The MMA Hour
Sudo Genki joins broadcast team for ONE debut in Japan
Coach: Silva can't beat Adesanya striking only
Adesanya’s longtime striking coach Eugene Bareman: “They’re on two different levels. Israel’s a highly refined specialist at what he does. Anderson’s been doing MMA for most of his life, but that’s what makes it so interesting. It’s not a striking fight. In a striking fight it wouldn’t be a competition. It’s an MMA fight, which is like the great equalizer so to speak. ... In a striking fight, the casual fan is definitely not going to agree with me, but that’s why they’re a casual fan. A striking match is not a competition with Israel Adesanya. His pedigree is much higher, and he’s a more high-caliber fighter. But guess what this is an MMA fight, and that makes it more interesting. It makes the playing field more even, and that’s what makes it such an intriguing fight.” h/t MMAjunkie • Watch
Time running short for Stipe rematch
Get Katelyn Ohashi into MMA when she graduates
Cat Zingano appeals loss to Megan Anderson, wants NC
At UFC 232, Megan Anderson kicked Cat Zingano and contact was made between Anderson's toe and Zingano's eye. Referee Marc Goddard correctly ruled the kick legal, and ruled the fight over when Zingano indicated she couldn't continue. A toe gouge is not a thing, because you can't intentionally gouge with a toe while throwing a head kick. The bout was regulated by CSAC, and Zingano will be afforded a hearing in February, but there is no basis for or precedent for overturning the loss. h/t MMAjunkie • Read entire appeal