Renan Barao Puts Life at Risk, Makes $0.00

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Dana White lobbed a financial insult at Renan Barao in the wake of UFC 177.

In case you’ve been away from the Internet for the last few days: The main event of UFC 177 was supposed to be bantamweight champion TJ Dillashaw vs. Renan Barao–an unnecessary rematch of their bout from May. Barao botched his weight cut, which caused him to fall and hit his head in the shower. He was rushed to the hospital and couldn’t fight. Weight cutting is a serious health issue, but Dana White and the UFC apparently don’t care.

Insults to the ego are one thing, insults to the wallet are another. The former is naught but the buzzing of flies, but the latter stings like Head and Shoulders in the eye. Renan Barao will probably get over Joe Rogan essentially calling him an embarrassment to himself and the UFC. But will Barao get over Dana White refusing to pay him his show money? Because that’s what Dana White is doing. He’s not paying Barao.

“Barao’s not making any money,” Dana White said at the post-UFC 177 media scrum. “I’m not paying Barao. Barao showed up and didn’t fight.”

Henry Cejudo, who also messed up his weight cut and couldn’t fight, did not get paid. In the scrum, White referred to Cejudo as a “kid.”

First: Don’t call an OLYMPIC GOLD MEDALIST “kid.” That’s denigrating and stupid.

Second: What the fuck, Dana?

So Cejudo and Barao don’t get paid for draining their bodies of precious nutrients because Dana White is mad at them? It wouldn’t be a shameful Dana White moment without weapons-grade hypocrisy.

Alessio Sakara got paid when he withdrew from UFC 122 the day of the event due to “flu like symptoms” but Barao and Cejudo don’t get paid? Nick Ring got paid when he had to withdraw from his UFC 154 fight when he got sick, but not Barao and Cejudo? Stefan Struve got paid at UFC 175 when he couldn’t fight, but not Barao and Cejudo?

This is as bad as when EliteXC paid a guy $1. White could have at least given Barao and Cejudo a Harley Davidson for his troubles…


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conor mcgregor hype

is it justified? the guy looks good, but hasn’t fought any real killers yet… marcus brimage is a tough dude but wasn’t on his level. max hollaway is very good all around but not quite a top level guy yet (the dude is like 13 give ‘em time), and now he fights brando who is a name and a 1st round monster, but fades in fights.

what can we learn from this fight should mcgregor win, what if he loses?


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Jim Ross shoots on why he was fired by WWE


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Vitor Belfort: ‘Chris Weidman would be crazy to stand with me’

Lyoto Machida may think that UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman can successfully stand and strike with challenger Vitor Belfort but “The Phenom” himself believes he’ll have the clear advantage there when they fight at UFC 181. ”He will fight standing against me only if he’s crazy,” Belfort said in a recent interview.

Belfort, who once won a UFC heavyweight tournament and then, later, won the UFC light heavyweight title from Randy Couture after a glove-edge from a missed punch sliced an eye lid of “The Natural,” believes that he’ll be considered a true three-division champion should he beat Weidman. And, while many fighters often say they simply concentrate on themselves during training camps, Belfort says he’s training to specifically exploit perceived weaknesses in the champ.

“I’m ready to have a third world title at a third different weight class,” Belfort said.

“I see a lot of openings from him and I’m studying this game since last year. I’m not focusing in his strengths but in his weaknesses and we saw that he has a lot.” 

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With Chael gone…

…who’s the current shittiest fighter making the most money?

I’d have to either go with Wanderlei or Frank Mir.


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Is there really any point in mentioning belts?

As belts are not standardize, and the awarding of them can be quite subjective, is there any point in mentioning a fighters belt colour? Wouldn’t it be better to say that the fighter is a practitioner of a style, and if they have won any championships in that style then that is added to there pre-fight bio to bolster their credentials. Really, that is what wrestling does, and the competitive levels a fighter has reached gives them far more credence, as there is a quantifiable competitive record as proof of ability. Just saying so and so is a brown belt in BJJ, is really meaningless.


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Fight Network presents Enfusion 20 live on Saturday, July 12

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Fight Network, the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, presents a live broadcast of Enfusion 20 from Mallorca, Spain this Saturday, July 12, at 2:30 p.m. ET, featuring some of Europe’s top kickboxing prospects.

Enfusion 20 will be aired live on Cablevision’s Optimum TV in the U.S. and nationwide in Canada.

The Enfusion female 54 kg world championship will be up for grabs as Morocco’s Iman Ghablou takes on England’s Iman Barlow.

In other featured bouts, Damian Garcia and Loren Jorge throw down in a clash of Spanish standouts, German Christian Brorhilker battles Dutchman Wendell Roche, Spain’s Kike Bonnin faces Germany’s Olli Koch, Spain’s Antonio Gomez takes on Portuguese prospect Ricardo Luiz, plus Spain’s Ruben Barnabe kicks off the festivities against Frenchman Thomas Alisier.

For a full listing of Fight Network’s broadcast schedule, please visit and follow on Twitter @fightnet, become a fan on Facebook and visit us on Instagram @fightnet.

About Fight Network:
Fight Network ( is the world’s premier combat sports network dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, including fights, fighters, fight news and fight lifestyle. The channel is available on Cablevision’s Optimum TV in the U.S., all major carriers in Canada and over 30 countries across Europe, Africa and the Middle East, a programming block on Pursuit Channel (, on TSN Radio in Canada via its program “Live Audio Wrestling,” and its programming on Sirius XM Channel 167, as well as its recent acquisition of My Combat Channel. Fight Network’s parent company Anthem Media Group Inc. also owns a significant ownership interest in Pursuit Channel and launched Fantasy (FNTSY) Sports Network ( across North America in March 2014.

Fight Network presents Enfusion 20 live on Saturday, July 12 is a post from: MMA Interplay


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UFC cancells 176 due to Jose Aldo’s injury!


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UFC’s Chael Sonnen finally owns up to cheating

After years of excuses, lies, denials and justifications, retired UFC fighter Chael Sonnen finally came as close to taking responsibility for his banned drug use as he ever has while being interviewed on Pro-wrestler Chris Jericho’s podcast, Talk is Jericho. Sonnen failed two random drug tests administered by the Nevada Athletic Commission (NAC) this year, and then retired from MMA competition and was fired from his broadcasting jobs before being suspended for two years by the NAC.

Sonnen used many excuses for why he had the many banned performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) in his system this past year while preparing to fight Wanderlei Silva in July, fertility issues, to not fully understanding regulation. On Jericho’s podcast, however, Sonnen admitted to willfully cheating and simply being surprised by the drug tests, because he expected to only be tested on the night of his fight, after he would have been able to cycle off of the drugs.

“I was hit on a surprise test that was 44 days before a fight,” he explained.

“Generally in our business we’re tested fight night, so whatever it is you’re doing or you’re not doing, you gotta show up clean on fight day. When I talk about being dirty, I’m not talking about steroids or illegal drugs…but, these are still against the rules, I knew it…I’m a grown man. I knew what I was doing I thought I could have my cake and eat it too…”

Sonnen went on to advise other people to not follow his lead and instead come clean as soon as they could for misdeeds. The three-time UFC title challenger also expressed optimism that his fortunes might change once more, after having finally come clean.

“Things change pretty quickly. People are forgiving when you’re honest,” he said.

“If I could ever advise someone who is in my shoes, just come clean. Come as clean as you can, as quickly as you can. Then let the people decide.”

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Brandon Vera signs with ONE FC…ns-with-one-fc

Following his UFC release, ONE FC has signed ‘the Truth’ Brandon Vera.

Brandon Vera has been representing the Philippines during his entire fighting career, but while he has had countless visits throughout the years, the Filipino-American fighter has never fought in the country itself. Once thought to be the perfect mainstay for a card in Manila, Vera never really had a chance to compete in front of Filipinos as the promotion kept delaying that long overdue event in Manila.

Following his UFC release though, ‘The Truth’ will now likely have a chance to do so at the later stages of his career, as the 36-year-old fighter has signed on with ONE Fighting Championship. The Asian promotion made the announcement through social media saying that the former UFC contender will be making his debut later this year.

Vera is 12-7-1 in his career, but only has recorded 1 win since that highly controversial loss to Randy Couture back in 2009. He has recently moved back up to heavyweight, bulking up to over 240 lbs. He last competed on August of last year, originally losing by TKO to Ben Rothwell, who ended up failing a drug test for elevated testosterone.

ONE FC’s heavyweight division, like with most promotions in the world, is a bit thin. Vera’s signing not only will serve as an instant draw with Filipinos, but he will also add some much needed depth on a line up that includes James McSweeney, Tony Johnson, Paul Cheng, and Chi Lewis Parry.


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