“I’m Your Huckleberry.” Deadspin Editor Gets Called Out By Tim Kennedy And Tim Johnson

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On Wednesday, Deadspin Editor Tim Marchman decided to challenge Ted Cruz supporters on Twitter who had been trolling a fellow editor to fight in the UFC. Two former Army solders that have fought in the UFC accepted the challenge. One is UFC Heavyweight Tim Johnson, and U.S. Army Special Forces vet and former UFC Middleweight Tim Kennedy.

The drama started with an article posted by Ashley Feingberg on the Deadspin Twitter page about wanting proof that Senator Ted Cruz can play basketball. Cruz or someone on Cruz’s Twitter handle jokingly sends a picture of Ted Cruz look-a-like Grayson Allen from Duke University’s basketball team with the tagline ‘What do I win?’Someone on Deadspin’s Twitter handle responded with “Go Eat Shit.” After that, both Feinberg’s and Deadspin’s Twitter handles were bombarded with angry messages or tweets mocking them.

This finally caught the attention of Deadspin Editor-In-Chief Tim Marchman.

Daniel Cormier vs Anthony Johnson official for UFC 210

The rematch is now official, we will see Daniel Cormier attempt to defend his light heavyweight championship against Anthony Johnson on the UFC 210 card. The card will take place April 8th, and will also feature Chris Wiedman VS Gegard Mousasi. DC and Rumble had their first fight back on the UFC 187 card. Daniel Cormier finished Johnson with a third round submission. Since then Rumble Johnson has been smashing the division.

Beating top contenders Ryan Bader and Glover Teixeira by first round knock out. We last saw the champ, Daniel Cormier back in July, on the UFC 200 card. Daniel Cormier took on Anderson Silva, he won the fight by unanimous decision. The rematch between DC and Rumble was expected to be on the UFC 206 card, DC had to pull out because of an injury.

This will be a good match up, Anthony Johnson is a real knock out artist, finishing his last 5 wins all by knock out. Anthony Johnson has never held the title and this will be his second time challenging for it. While Daniel Cormier will be looking to defend his light heavyweight title for the second time. Jon Jones is the only man to ever beat Daniel Cormier. Jon’s suspension is up in July, meaning the winner of this fight may get him next.

Junie Browning will not be on the new season of TUF, but he did pick up a dominating win recently

I’m sure you have heard the rumors going around about the new season of The Ultimate Fighter. The cast is rumored to have plenty of familiar faces and the coaches are going to be newly crowned bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and number 1 contender T.J Dillashaw. One of the rumored fighters to be on the show is the number 1 pick from season 8, Junie Browning.

Right from the start Junie stands out. His fight to get into the house against Jose Aguilar was a train wreck, Junie smashed him. Jose Aguilar made it back to his corner at the end of round one and Gave up. Junie then went on to take out Rolando Delgado, winning a 3 round decision. Junie eventually lost to the winner of season 8, Efrain Escudero.

Junie went on to fight Dave Kaplan for his UFC debut, a fight where he won by arm bar and earned a fight of the night bonus. There was a ton of drama that went down on and after TUF.  Junie is a guy who seemed to have a world of potential, he was the first pick after all. Junie was a big stand out, plenty of people didn’t like him, plenty of people loved him, but everyone remembers him. No way you can talk about season 8 of TUF without talking about Junie.

For those of you who was hoping to see Junie on the new season of TUF, sorry to break it to you but he will not be on it. I recently had a chat with Junie and when I asked him if the rumors were true, if he would in fact be on the new season of TUF, this is what he had to say. “I’m not on it, just rumors, I was going to do it but it fell through”

While that is disappointing, Junie did have a recent fight. Returning to MMA after a 4 year lay off, he took on Jeremy Myers at Hardcore MMA 84. This fight wasn’t even close, Junie nailed him with a leg kick, dropped him, got him on the ground and beat on him and roughed him up until the ref stopped the fight.

This was Junie’s first win since 2009, mostly due to his 4 year lay off. MMA is a tough sport and you can totally see how these guys can get burnt out or need time off to heal, mentally and physically. Hopefully Junie is feeling good, I know he’s training hard. You can watch his most recent fight below

Middleweight champ Michael Bisping out until May

It looks like we will have to wait a bit longer to see Michael Bisping back in the octagon. While he has been busy with things like his movie role in the new XXX movie and the holidays. It turns out The Count will actually need minor knee surgery.

“I actually found out just recently I’ve got to have a knee surgery,” Bisping told the Fight Network in Canada. “Nothing major, just a clean up. I’ve got a slightly torn meniscus, a couple other things going on in there so I’ve got to get that knee surgery taken care of. We scheduled that and I should be having that in the next couple of weeks.

He went on to say that he’s looking at a return in May. We will likely see him take on Yoel Romero in his return. We last saw Micheal Bisping defend his middleweight title against Dan Henderson back in October, on the UFC 204 card.

Michael is on a 5 fight winning streak. Many believe he scored the biggest upset of 2016, when he knocked out Luke Rockhold and took the middleweight championship. Bisping is on quite a roll, he will have his hands full when he takes on Yoel Romero. Yoel knocked out former middleweight champion Chris Wiedman and has been running through the division.

Tim Kennedy announces his retirement

After a long and successful career in Mixed Martial Arts Tim Kennedy has announced his retirement. We last saw Tim take on Kelvin Gastelum back at UFC 206. While Tim started out decent, looking to control Kelvin on the fence, a couple minutes passed and then it became a one sided fight.

Kelvin took control and delivered a beating and eventual TKO. Tim Kennedy has big wins over guys like Michael Bisping and Robbie Lawler. While his UFC career was somewhat short, only five fights, he’s been doing this awhile now. Fighting the top guys in MMA. Tim is retiring on a 2 fight losing streak, he had a huge lay off going into the Kelvin Gastelum fight, over 2 years.

Tim Kennedy will finish his career with a 18-6 record, 3-2 in the UFC. He challenged for the Strikeforce middleweight championship twice. Best of luck to Tim Kennedy during his retirement. Here is Tim Kennedy’s Facebook stat announcing his retirement.

Sitting in the ER at Saint Michael’s hospital in Toronto, Canada after my fight, I looked up at my buddy Nick Palmisciano who had ridden in the ambulance with me. He is a friend I didn’t deserve and guy that stood with me from the beginning. Fighting is a lonely thing. You train with your team. You bleed with them. You trust your coaches but ultimately you are in the cage alone. This wasn’t our first time in this situation and thankful I had someone by my side. We had been here a few times in our past decade together. Sometimes for wins and sometimes for losses. The end result always looked the same: Nick carrying five bags that should have been split among three corners and me and my face are bleeding and swollen. “That’s it man,” I said. “We’re all done.”
We had talked about it a lot over the past few years. I’d spoken to Nick, to my wife Ginger, and to Greg Jackson and Brandon Gibson ad nauseam about the coming end. No matter how hard I trained, I knew this ride wouldn’t last forever. But saying it out loud definitely brought me both sadness that this chapter was complete and overwhelming relief that it’s a decision I could make without worrying about taking care of my family.

I had just lost to Kelvin Gastelum, a really respectful and hard-working young fighter who went out and did all the things I consider myself good at, but did them better. He actually reminded me of me when I was younger, except I was kind of a jerk back then. As losses go, I was kind of happy I lost to a guy like him.
A lot of my coaches, friends and fans immediately tried to build me up again. “Kelvin has the right skillset to beat you and it was your first fight back.” “You had ring rust.” “You’re still a top 10 middleweight.” I appreciated their comments and I don’t think they are wrong. I know I am still a good fighter. I know I was away a while. But they didn’t feel what I felt, and that’s being 37. I felt like I was in slow motion the entire match. I felt tired for the first time ever in a fight. I’m the guy that once graduated Ranger School – a place that starves you and denies you sleep for over two months – and took a fight six days later in the IFL and won. I’m the guy that is always in shape. And I was for this fight. I worked harder than I ever have before for this fight. But I wasn’t me anymore. My brain knew what to do but my body did not respond. I’ve watched other fighters arrive here. I’ve watched other fighters pretend they weren’t here. I will not be one of them.

I want to thank the military community for their support. I’ll never be able to explain how much you motivated me and how much I always tried to make you proud. I’ve been a professional fighter for two decades, but there was no greater moment for me than winning the main event of Fight for the Troops 3. You made me invincible that night. I will keep fighting for you all until the day I die.
I want to thank all of my coaches, from the old days working with John Hackleman and Chuck Liddell, to all my military buddies who trained with me while I was on active duty, to Greg Jackson, Mike Winkeljohn, and Brandon Gibson now. That you all thought me worthy of the investment of your time means more than you will ever know.

I want to thank all of my opponents. Iron sharpens iron and every great victory or crushing defeat occurred because there was someone who trained hard and had the courage to meet me across the cage. I want to call a few guys out in particular. To Luke Rockhold and Jacare: you guys gave me two grinding fights that asked for everything I had. You both made me better and I hope I did the same for you. I hope the two of you keep that Strikeforce chip on your shoulders and get back on top. To Robbie Lawler: you hit me harder than anyone ever has. Seriously, that really hurt. To Roger Gracie: My training for your fight reminded me that I love the gi. Thank you for that. To Rafael Natal: It took tremendous guts to take the Fight for the Troops fight. I will always appreciate you for that and cheer for you every time you fight. To Michael Bisping: I’ve never wanted to beat anyone more than I wanted to beat you, and that motivated me to provide the best version of myself. Best of luck to you going forward, Champ.

Finally to my wife: I don’t deserve you and you don’t deserve what I’ve put you through. I could lie to you and tell you it’s all over, but we both know I have already moved onto another super dangerous thing to fill my time, so I’m going to leave it just at “thank you and sorry” for now.
So with that, to all of you fighters out there, I am not going anywhere. I love fighting and will always have the heart of a figher. I am committed to growing our sport and taking care of those who are a part of it. As sad as it is for me to walk away, the only thing sadder would be for me to stay because I had no other choice in order to feed my family. Someday the Kelvin Gastelum’s and the Yair Rodriguez’s and the Paige VanZant’s will be sitting in their respective emergency rooms with their respective Nick’s talking about it being over. And when that day comes, I want to make sure their future is secure.

I love you all. Thanks for listening. And thank you most of all for giving me the opportunity to do what I love for all these years.

BREAKING NEWS – The new coaches for TUF will be TJ DIllashaw and Cody Garbrandt

It was announced on UFC Fight Night : Rodriguez VS Penn that newly crowned bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt and former champion T.J Dillashaw will be the next coaches on the newest season of The Ultimate Fighter. This season will feature welterweights.

This season will have some previous Ultimate Fighter winners, previous fighters who have competed on the show and lost and at least one current UFC fighter. This will no doubt be an interesting season. Cody Garbrandt is a bit of a hot head and these two have a history. T.J is a former member of Team Alpha Male and left the camp while he had the belt.

Cody originally wanted a super fight or a rematch with Dominick Cruz. T.J has taken out a couple top contenders and has earned a shot to reclaim the bantamweight title. Cody Garbrandt has found his new opponent and it’s T.J Dillashaw.

Dana White makes offer for Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor

Dana White came on  The Herd with Colin Cowherd show today. He spoke to Colin Cowherd about the possibility of a Conor McGregor VS Floyd Mayweather boxing match. Dana said he would offer Floyd and Conor both 25 million and a cut of the Pay-Per-View sells. Both Conor and Floyd are looking to make much more than that. Floyd Mayweather recently spoke about Conor McGregor and said he had made him an offer of 15 million.

Floyd went on to say that Conor has never made 8 or 10 million in a fight before and that his asking price was to high. Dana Confirmed today that Conor has in fact made more then 10 million in a fight before and said that Floyd had never made any offers. Dana said if the fight was to happen it would be on a stacked card with a championship fight as the co-main event

Dana was dead serious about his offer but it’s hard to say how far off Dana’s 25 million dollar offer is. It’s no secret that both Floyd and Conor love to make the money and spend it. We have been hearing about these two for awhile now and we finally have a real offer out there. If Floyd and Conor are really serious about having this fight put together, they will have a counter offer. Could you imagine a stacked UFC card with Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor as the main event?