Host Paul Bryant, interviews UFC legend, Chris Leben

Host Paul Bryant, interviews UFC legend Chris Leben. In this interview Chris and I talk about his improved health, his chances of fighting again. His book, his new career path in real estate. Recent UFC fights like Conor McGregor VS Nate Diaz, Carlos Condit VS Damian Mia. Bellator, Josh Koscheck , and much more. We even talk about The Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead.

 

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Nick Diaz Jumped by 4 men. Big brawl in Vegas.

Breaking News!!!

Nick Diaz was jumped at a night club by 4 men, first reported by TMZ.com.
This was apparently a very big scene. Reports say that while going to the bathroom, Nick Diaz bumped into a man. He said he apologized and said that he didn’t want any trouble. The man and his entourage, which consisted of 3 other men attacked Nick Diaz. This lead to a big brawl, others from the club jumped in and club workers were pulled into the drama.
Stay tuned to the outsiders page as more details become available .
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Rory MacDonald Is Headed To Bellator


No. 3 UFC Welterweight contender Rory MacDonald has been released from the UFC and has now signed a contract with Bellator MMA. The news was first broke by Flocombat.com and has been confirmed by other sources since. The 26 -year Canadian will join the likes of UFC veterans like Benson Henderson, Tito Ortiz, Stephan Bonnar, Ken Shamrock, and Royce Gracie who now work for Bellator.

MacDonald has a MMA record of 18-4, and UFC record of 9-4. MacDonald’s most notable fight was the Welterweight Title Fight against Robbie Lawler at UFC 189 in July 15. MacDonald lost via TKO due to a shattered nose in the 5th round, but was still praised for his performance in a fight that was awarded “Fight of The Year.” 

MacDonald since then has trouble preventing broken noses in training, and was broken again is his next next fight with Stephen Thompson. The pair fought at UFC Fight Night 89 in June 2016, where Thompson won via unanimous decision. MacDonald will likely challenge Bellator Welterweight Champ Andrey Koreschkov for the 170 lb. title. Koreschkov defeated former UFC Lightweight Champ Benson Henderson in previous fight, where he won every round on the judges’ scorecards.

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Fight Night At The Island. Shaun Asher takes on Garrett Olson September 9th

On Friday, September 9th , Shaun “The Bully ” Asher takes on Garrett Olson, in a fight that will take place at 205. The fight will be on the Treasure Island Promotion card in Minneapolis. An organization that is owned and ran by Big John McCarthy. The event features UFC veterans Ben Saunders VS Jacob Volkmann as the main event . Former UFC fighter and current hall of famer Frank Trigg will also be a special guest referee on this night.

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Shaun Asher is the pride of the 937, he’s a local hero and has a big following. Never an easy out, with a record of 11-3. 6 knock outs and 3 submissions, Shaun always looks to push the pace and finish the fight. Garrett Olson is a 6-6 fighter, with a high profile fight against current UFC Featherweight Myles Furry Jurry. Garrett has finished all 6 of his wins, 4 by Submission and 2 by knock out.

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When Shaun Asher and Garret Olson meet in the middle of the cage, we can expect fireworks. Gerret has never been to decision in his career and Shaun is a finisher. It’s safe to say we can expect a finish in this one. Shaun Asher will be walking out representing the 937 once again, with some pretty nifty walk out shirts. If you would like to purchase one of these shirts and represent the 937, message Shaun on his FB page. https://www.facebook.com/shaun.asher.7

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Why Conor McGregor is the MVP of MMA

“Right From the Jump.” After reading that headline you either completely agree, or it just made you a little sick. The notorious Conor McGregor has that effect on people. The McGregor Effect reminds me of a character from the movie Private Parts, starring Howard Stern, where he hosts a radio show. Howard’s character says unpopular things, rubs people the wrong way, and many, many people can’t stand him. But when the ratings came in they were huge.

The bosses couldn’t believe it. How could the ratings be such a success with so many people hating this guy? The station manager asks that very question. Well, research showed that those who liked Howard’s character, liked him because they wanted to know what he was going to say next. What about the haters, the ones that didn’t like him? Research showed that they also listened to his show to hear what he’d say next.

That is, without a doubt, Conor McGregor. You never know what this guy is going to say or do next. He is just as valuable on the mic as he is in the cage. The people want to see him. Whether or not you like him, press conferences, weigh-ins, and all interviews are taken to another level when they involve McGregor. Not to mention, the guy breaks records: fastest finish in a title fight, most knockouts in Featherweight history, and several others.

Also, he puts on one heck of a show. Last night at UFC 202, Conor McGregor and Nate Diaz battled it out for 5 rounds, With Conor winning the decision.  Many are calling it fight of the year. It was a back and forth war and a very close, entertaining fight. In this business , that’s what it’s all about, entertainment.  Putting fans in the seats.

Which brings me to my next point, his PPV numbers are incredible. Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson may be number 1 on the pound-for-pound list, but how valuable can you be when they have to shut down the upper parts of a stadium because ticket sales bombed so bad. You could make a case for Ronda Rousey as the MVP of MMA. She is a superstar, but many believe she’s never coming back and if she does, it’ll only be for one fight.

Who’s left to challenge McGregor for the MVP title? GSP and Anderson Silva never sold pay-per-views the way McGregor does. Their biggest fights were against Nick Diaz and Chael Sonnen, trash talkers who sold the fight better than they did. Jon Jones can’t keep his stuff together long enough to get a fight. That leaves McGregor as the unchallenged MVP. If you were starting an MMA promotion, that’d be the guy you’d want. He is more valuable than any other fighter, at least from a promoter’s view point.

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Report: Chael Sonnen vs. Nick Diaz in the works for UFC 205?

Wait…what?

I’m sure you all share the same reaction as I did. But the rumor mill is currently working up some dark magic of sorts as the latest report from The MMA Bulletin states that the UFC is currently working on a bout between former Middleweight and Light Heavyweight title contender Chael Sonnen and former Strikeforce Welterweight champion Nick Diaz.

The rumored bout comes at a time where both men have conveniently been released of their shackles after both men had to serve a lengthy inactive period due to receiving suspensions from the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Sonnen had popped on two occasions in the summer of 2014 leading up to a bout with Wanderlei Silva. Altogether, Sonnen popped for human growth hormones (HGH), recombinant human erythropoietin (EPO), anastrozole, and human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG). Not long after being handed his suspension, Sonnen proclaimed that he would be retiring from the sport of mixed martial arts. Though not long after his suspension ended this year in July, news had broke that Sonnen would be going through with the four-month protocol for USADA testing to become eligible to compete inside the Octagon once again.

Diaz is coming off an 18-month suspension after allegedly testing positive for marijuana following his bout with Anderson Silva at UFC 183. It is not yet known if Diaz will also have to undergo a mandatory four-month testing period, in which case the bout will not take place at UFC 205 in Madison Square Garden. Diaz/ last win was against BJ Penn at UFc 136 in the fall of 2011.

UFC 205 takes place in the New York City inside the world famous Madison Square Garden Arena in November. No main event has been set.

 

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Fights to make after UFC Fight Night 92

Santiago Ponzinibbio vs. Alan Jouban

The “Ponz” as I have come to call him performed excellently Saturday night in his dismantling of Zak Cummings. Cummings was surely game as he took a legitimate thrashing from Santiago yet refused to go down quietly. This, however, never deterred Ponzinibbio from carrying out an efficient striking-based gameplan that won him all three rounds on the judges score cards.  The “Ponz” has certainly proven himself aa a legitimate rising up-and-comer and now holds a solid three-fight winning streak with two knockouts. He’s earned himself a chance to fry bigger fish and one with patrticular name value who is also looking to catapult himself into the top-15 is exciting striker Alan Jouban who is coming off a Fight of the Night bout at UFC Fight Night 91.

Thales Leites vs. Robert Whittaker 

Thales Leites got back on the horse Saturday night in breaking a two-fight losing streak to now current champion Michael Bisping and top contender Gegard Mousasi. In submitting Camozzi  Leites still remains a relevant contender among the best Middleweights in the world, but in the titanic landscape that the 185 pound weight class Leites will have his work cut out for him if he ever wishes to see a champion across from him in the Octagon. Meaning a fellow rising contender is his next likely opponent, and who better than surprising dark horse Robert Whittaker who currently is riding four-fight winning streak since making his move up to Middleweight.

Dennis Bermudez vs. Darren Elkins

Bermudez continues to remain a stable threat in the UFC’s Featherweight division. Once thought to be the next Featherweight title contender, Dennis has since rebounded with two dominant victories. Another win or two and he could see himself back in the running as a title contender, should the division actually ever move along. Elkins makes the most sense considering he is riding a healthy three-fight winning streak. A fight like Elkins will test the grit of both men and will surely present to us a very interesting bout.

Yair Rodriguez vs. Cub Swanson

Rodriguez continues to shine after a Fight of the Night victory over Alex Caceres. Now with a main event victory and four-fight winning streak under his belt Yair can finally take on the bigger fish in the 145 pound sea. There’s fewer fish in the sea that can bring as exciting a fight Yair’s way than Cub Swanson who himself nabbed a phenomenal win against a very game Tatsuya Kawajiri Saturday night.

UFC Fight Night 92: Rodriquez vs. Caceres Results

MMA Outsiders has live results for UFC Fight Night 92: Rodriguez vs. Caceres fight card Aug. 6 at the Vivint Smart Home Arena in Salt Lake City, Utah.

In the main event, promising featherweights Yair Rodriguez and Alex Caceres will headline the card. Dennis Bermudez and Rony Jason meet in a featherweight contest in the co-main event.

Check out the UFC Fight Night 92 results.

Main card (FOX Sports 1 at 10 p.m. ET)

Yair Rodriguez vs. Alex Caceres
Dennis Bermudez def. Rony Jason via Unanimous Decision
Thales Leites def. Chris Camozzi via Rear Naked Choke Submission (Round 3)
Santiago Ponzinibbio def. Zak Cummings via Unanimous Decision
Trevor Smith def. Joe Gigliotti via Unanimous decision
Maryna Muroz def. Danielle Taylor via Split decision

Undercard (FOX Sports 1 at 8 p.m. ET)
Court McGee def. Dominique Steele via Unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Marcin Tybura def. Viktor Pesta via Knockout (Round 2)
David Teymur def. Jason Novelli via Knockout (Round 2)
Teruto Ishihara def. Horacio Gutierrez via Knockout (Round 1)

Undercard (UFC Fight Pass at 7 p.m. ET)

Cub Swanson def. Tatsuya Kawajiri via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Justin Ledet def. Chase Shermen via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MMA Discussion Podcast Episode 100 – Tatiana Suarez Padilla

Ultimate Fighter Strawweight season 23 winner Tatiana Suarez Padilla joins host Nick Peralta to discuss her time on the show, her trials in chasing Olympic gold, her future in the UFC and much more.

Report: Michael Bisping vs. Dan Henderson II to headline UFC 204 in Manchester

The rematch the Middleweight division didn’t know it was waiting for might finally have a date.

Reported on Thursday afternoon on MMAFighting.com by Ariel Helwani, after confirming that both fighters had agreed to the bout. Bisping also confirmed that the fight would likely occur on October 8th in his home country of England in Manchester.

Bisping and Henderson met seven years ago in one of the featured bouts of the most successful UFC pay per view cards of all time, UFC 100. In that fight Dan Henderson knocked Bisping out with one of, if not the greatest one-punch knockout ever recorded in UFC history.

Henderson recently garnered a momentous knockout against former Bellator Middleweight champion Hector Lombard at UFC 199. Following that win, Henderson appeared on the MMA Discussion podcast to proclaim his desire to not only rematch Bisping, but to do so for the UFC Middleweight championship. As if that call-out wasn’t huge enough Henderson also notified the world that win, lose or draw it would be the final fight of his legendary UFC career.

The promotion is expected to officially announce the fight in the coming days, with a pre-fight press conference scheduled for the day before UFC 202 in Las Vegas according to Helwani.