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Yoel Romero’s clapback at Daniel Cormier was pretty good. The two-time middleweight title challenger, who has only lost to Robert Whittaker in the UFC, (the second fight by the narrowest of margins) pointed out that getting a title shot a division up after a loss was not too far from what Cormier himself accomplished at UFC 226. Of course, Cormier’s second loss to Jon Jones was turned into a no-contest after Jones popped for steroids, and he defended the title against Volkan Oezdemir after that, but those are just technicalities.
And, to back up Cormier’s admittance that Romero would likely have beaten him in straight wrestling, Romero’s manager Abraham Kawa posted his wrestling credentials.
That drew a response from Cormier, who was having none of it, and told Romero to keep dreaming. He pointed out the flaw in Romero’s argument, and also indicated that he thinks it is Romero’s manager’s brother, Malki Kawa, that is posting on his behalf.
Hey @yoelromeroMMA here’s the difference between you and me: You’ve missed weight in your last two fights and I’ve won two belts in my last two fights. You’re also 0-2 in your last two title fights, boi #keepdreaming. And hey, get Malki off your Twitter. It’s embarrassing.
— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) July 13, 2018
Of course, Romero missed weight by 4 ounces after the commission stopped his weight cutting an hour early. Cormier, over by 1.2 pounds at UFC 210, went a much simpler route.
This fight won’t happen yet, if it happens at all. Cormier has way too important a money fight on his horizon in Brock Lesnar to risk it against Yoel Romero. Maybe Shogun Rua. (Please, not Shogun Rua)
I’ll accept Yoel Romero vs. Jon Jones instead, after the requisite Romero win over ranked light heavyweight competition.
Mere rings cannot contain Blagoy Ivanov and Ilir Latifi
— LORD HONKY HUMUNGUS (@Mr_Honky) July 13, 2018
I fear for Khabib Nurmagomedov’s next foe
I’m guessing this papapkha allows him to control an super-powered arrow via whistling.
Justin Gaethje looks like he hits pretty hard in sparring.
No. Why? Please, no. I just defended fun fights but the interim belts? Please make them stop. Holly Holm and Ketlen Vieira don’t need an interim title fight.
This is a good sparring tool.
I just turned my alarm off this morning. Take the power back.
Anderson Silva’s son has come of age.
Gabi, hoje é um dia especial, o dia que você completa mais um ano de vida, um dia de muita reflexão, o dia do seu nascimento. Desejo saúde e muita serenidade! Você cresceu, se tornou um homem e com essa evolução chegam as responsabilidades. É bem assustador chegar aos 21, acredite, eu já tive 21 kkkkkk. Bom, você tem uma longa jornada e estarei sempre pronto para estender a mão a você, filho. O tempo passa rápido a cada dia, por isso, aproveite todas as oportunidades de evoluir e construir uma história bonita com todas as experiências que vai vivenciar, você tem um coração incrível, lembre cada passo que der na sua caminhada. Com sabedoria você tem o poder de realizar maravilhas, pois DEUS lhe presentiou com a vida! Você é incrível e tem todos os quesitos para ganhar o mundo com seus sonhos. Quero lhe dedicar, nesse dia tão especial, meu carinho e o meu amor, em fim, sabe que pode contar comigo sempre, meu filho. Regras que você nunca deve quebrar. Ame-se, seja gentil com você mesmo, faça o bem, propague o bem, viva sua vida com honra e honestidade, aprenda a ter paciência com suas próprias limitações. Desejo neste dia um feliz aniversário, meu filho! Força, honra e muita luz na sua caminhada. Parabéns @gabrielrmnl
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Another proud father, John Wayne Parr, holding pads for his daughter as only a father can
I hope Kyle Snyder does transition to MMA eventually
I wouldn’t want to fart around Junior Dos Santos either.
In case you doubted Paul Felder’s arm was really broken.
Never stop being yourself, Tony Ferguson
This would be fun
Mentioned this nugget on the show with Chael yesterday …
According to sources close to Demian Maia’s team, I’m told they are interested in welcoming Michael Chiesa to the 170-pound division when he’s ready to return again.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) July 13, 2018
Mike Perry and Derek Lewis
Brendan Schaub started the internet on some wild speculation today about who he and Dana White have in common. The smart money is on Joe Rogan.
The memes coming out of this Dana White-Brendan Schaub spat are admittedly somewhat funny.
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Daniel Cormier is the second-oldest champion in UFC history. Randy Couture, the oldest, was also an Olympic wrestler, also both light heavyweight and heavyweight champion AND fought Brock Lesnar for heavyweight gold. Coincidence?
Brock Lesnar turns 41 today.
If he beats Daniel Cormier next year, he would be the second oldest champion in UFC history, a distinction currently held by Cormier himself.
— Aaron Bronsteter (@aaronbronsteter) July 12, 2018
It is still very cool to me that UFC strawweight champion Rose Namajunas is a very skilled piano player
Angela Hill is just giving away the UFC’s secret long-term plan for the sport right now
Picture this: Dillashaw beats DJ at 125, Champ Champ. Max Holloway beats Khabib at 155, another Champ Champ. Holloway and Dillashaw fight at 144lbs for Champ Champ Championship Belt. Winner will be champion of all weight classes involved in Champ Champ matchup, 125-155.
— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) July 12, 2018
Slips, Rips, and KO Clips
When you want to knock someone out without getting your hands dirty. This is incredible.
These debuts were all really good but I think hindsight bias may be in effect here too
This remains the most blistering front kick knockout I have ever seen
Still my personal favorite Conor McGregor knockout
Just call him left hook Rottang
Sumo: because the basho is back baby
Podcasts and Video
Ivanov has a good ten-fingered guillotine, evidently. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube
The JRE with Israel Adesanya
The best-timed counters in MMA?
Me, looking for a headline each night
I like ghost gardens almost as much as ghost towns now
Heatwave..The hot weather has revealed a 19th century “ghost garden” at @NTGawthorpe in Lancashire .Different types of soil drying at different rates has shown up the outlines of an ornamental garden laid out in the 1860s. pic.twitter.com/HZYaZuJLpK
— BBC North West (@BBCNWT) July 10, 2018
This iconic piece of history destruction made me sad
After hundreds of blast-offs, the historic 200-foot launch towers at Cape Canaveral were demolished this morning in a planned explosion.
— ABC News (@ABC) July 12, 2018
I found a new bird account to follow. The Honey Buzzard really does eat bees.
This is satisfying to watch