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Midnight Mania! Stipe Miocic vs. Cain Velasquez reported to be set for UFC 216

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Per MMAOddsbreaker.com, Stipe Miocic vs. Cain Velasquez has been set for UFC 216 in October.

MMAOddsBreaker.com has confirmed with a source close to the situation that UFC heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will defend his title against former champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 216 on October 7th at T-Mobile Arena. BJPenn.com’s Chris Taylor was the first to report the news on Tuesday.

Stipe Miocic has won four straight fights by first-round knockout, and will be looking to break the heavyweight title defense record in this bout. Cain Velasquez hasn’t fought since he dismantled Travis Browne at UFC 200, over a year ago. That win is his only fight since he lost the belt to Fabricio Werdum in 2015. Before that, he beat Junior Dos Santos in the conclusion to their trilogy in 2013. In the time since that 2013 win, Stipe has fought eight times, winning seven.

At his best, Cain Velasquez brings a relentless pace and punishing wrestling to the cage. Before his career was derailed by injury, he was widely considered to be a lock for the greatest heavyweight of all time. With a win over him in October, Stipe would become the frontrunner in that heavyweight GOAT conversation.

This news comes on a day with rumors of another Brock Lesnar comeback.


Eddie Alvarez talks his upcoming stint on TUF and Justin Gaethje. I cannot wait for this fight.

Eddie Alvarez Discusses Coaching TUF 26, Justin Gaethje, Mayweather vs McGregor & More https://t.co/4Y9WU6KpRf

— Fancy Combat (@FancyCombat) July 20, 2017

Incredible skill- and incredible innuendo

This looks like something @AngieOverkill could pull off. #justthetip pic.twitter.com/q873IIUo9l

— Flyin’ Brian J (@FlyinBrianJ) July 19, 2017

Not sure if pickup line or martial arts challenge…

— Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) July 20, 2017

Jon Jones trolls Cormier’s towel tricks. Alright, but some of these guys look way too interested in what’s going on behind that towel.

All the discipline and hard work is definitely paying off, was a mean 217lbs today after practice. #NoShortcutsToGreatness #CheatingAsshole pic.twitter.com/YpMd22a0ky

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) July 19, 2017

Emil Meek has enviable sumo deadlift form

Hurtingbombs coming to a octagon near you #sniffekalk #traps #valhallaarmy #betsafe #magnatcenter #viking

A post shared by Emil Valhalla Meek (@emilvalhalla) on Jul 18, 2017 at 11:22am PDT

Tony Ferguson defies the limits of safe and conventional in ways I’m not even sure I aspire to.

“Cucuy’s Cool Down” After A Good Heavy Bag Sesh I Like To Finish w/ Extra Credit & A Decent High Paced Run Great Job Tonight @xtfergie ArmandAnthony On The Cardio Conditioning A+ #SnapJitsu Fitness #TonyFergusonMMA #CucuysCoolDown #SnapDownCity #DefendorVacate #FuckYoDeadlifts #Road2Gold #10P4L Time To Recover w/@gardenoflife & @purebodylogix @perfecting_athletes OSS @pursuefitness #teampursue #Neckbridge #Lytework #Wrestling #MMA #JiuJitsu

A post shared by @TonyFergusonxt (@tonyfergusonxt) on Jul 17, 2017 at 11:05pm PDT

This would be priceless.

Please Dana, listen to the fans and get Sage Northcutt in that booth with Snoop

— smoogy (@smoogymma) July 19, 2017

Slips, Rips, and KO Clips

What an unbelievable sport. Nashkho Galaev was choked unconscious in the first round of his fight with Denis Mutsnek, but somehow the referee didn’t call the fight off even after the obvious tap and Galaev going unconscious. Mutsnek seems to have let up on the choke, and Galaev woke back up. In the second round, he came back to end the fight with a brutally timed knee to the face.

Nashkho Galaev choked out in 1R KOs Denis Mutsnek in 2R #ACB64 pic.twitter.com/FHU99lNljN

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) July 19, 2017

Watch the whole fight here:

Good question. This was pretty remarkable

How does this not earn you a contract? #DWTNCS pic.twitter.com/yUGtGe3Qhz

— Keith Ó Gealbháin (@KeithGalvin) July 19, 2017

Classic finish

Still one of the coldest walk-offs pic.twitter.com/LeSgxoGVov

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) July 20, 2017

One of the greats

Some more Pernell Whitaker. Here’s highlights from arguably his greatest showing at lightweight: Jose Luis Ramirez 2. Electrifying! #boxing pic.twitter.com/PaDabdpkvN

— Tom Gray (@Tom_Gray_Boxing) July 19, 2017

This is boxing porn. What I find remarkable about these knockouts is that I often cannot tell which guy is about to get flatlined. Having done this piece for several months and watched a lot of knockout clips, I can normally get a sense of who is about to knockout whom. There are usually some tells, but left hook knockouts are hard to see coming.

2 Minutes of the The Best Left Hook Knockouts Ever #boxing #history pic.twitter.com/pq6AM4ZHZa

— Boxing History (@BoxingHistory) July 18, 2017

Much more recent Sumo:

Day11 Tons of awesome action today Tochihiryu left v former 2nd div Takagenji. #Julybasho #sumo pic.twitter.com/YQemPIpkib

— SumoSoul (@TheSumoSoul) July 19, 2017

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These two free fights are an extremely interesting contrast. Machida gave Jones trouble by countering him in his trademark flurries, but lost when Jones decided to wrestle him, while Cormier gave Jones trouble in the clinch, but never counter-punched at all. In part because of this, Cormier couldn’t slow Jones’ relentless stream of offense and was worn down by the fourth round.

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Fanpost of the Day

Storhaug88 wrote a thought-provoking piece about fighters who are convinced they have done enough to win close fights or fights they have lost. He references recent performances by Werdum and Yoel Romero. I know from experience that it can be difficult to score a fight while you are in it. Anyone who has known fighters has heard them explain away losses as mistakes by the judges, convinced they really won or were winning. Often, it’s difficult to recall exactly what happened in a round. While that adrenaline is running, one doesn’t feel or just disregards offense by the other fighter, leading to the false perception that one is winning. Combined with the subjectivity of scoring a fight, that does make it difficult to perceive if you are winning or not. It’s an interesting phenomenon, and one I’m glad Storhaug88 brought attention to.

Stay woke, Maniacs!

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