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Morning Report: Pro fighters react to epic Super Bowl comeback

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On Saturday in Houston, Texas, the Korean Zombie made his return to the octagon after 42 months away from competition, knocking out ninth ranked Dennis Bermudez in spectacular fashion in the first round. Unfortunately for him, KZ’s knockout wasn’t even the most incredible thing to happen in Houston that weekend.

24 hours after Chan Sung Jung punched out Bermudez, the New England Patriots completed the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, beating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in and ensuring that no one will be talking about the UFC around the water cooler at work today. The monumental nature of the comeback is all anyone could talk about last night, including many MMA fighters and especially UFC President Dana White. Check out their reactions to the big game below.

Me and my man @hairweavekiller with a little pregame smack talk. @patriots vs @atlantafalcons #superbowl

A photo posted by Dana White (@danawhite) on Feb 5, 2017 at 9:24pm PST

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Falcons Patriots #superbowl pic.twitter.com/amT76SBvIN

— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) February 5, 2017

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For real (via @WORLDSTAR) #SuperBowl pic.twitter.com/5ZBpJBH5sc

— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) February 5, 2017

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At the #Super Bowl hangin with the champ @twooodley

A photo posted by Dana White (@danawhite) on Feb 5, 2017 at 5:56pm PST

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Yes!!!!! We strike first @Jon_Anik getem ready buddy #RiseUp #GoFalcons pic.twitter.com/aUHsEkj7BH

— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) February 6, 2017

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Here is @Jon_Anik soon!!! He may never talk to me again after this game. Could make the broadcast tough #RiseUp pic.twitter.com/oPAbjn52M2

— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) February 6, 2017

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Pats in real trouble. Gonna go buy a numbing agent. @BrianStann https://t.co/wMuMVCMFdF

— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) February 6, 2017

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Pick 6. Wrap it up B ! #SuperBowl

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 6, 2017

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This is where you reset Madden! #SuperBowl

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 6, 2017

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Lmao #gamers

A photo posted by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on Feb 5, 2017 at 5:50pm PST

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Time to #RISEUP!!! Man, what a performance so far by the #Falcons. Still another half to go tho

— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) February 6, 2017

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Veintiuno (21-0) New England pass the controller.. Lol Y’all remember that rule in Madden?#SuperBowl

— Rashad Evans (@SugaRashadEvans) February 6, 2017

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What else is on?

— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) February 6, 2017

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Current mood:
The only one out of all my friends to put money on Atlanta #superbowl #wegoinsizzler #dirtybirds pic.twitter.com/v9soqU71LM

— Brendan Schaub (@BrendanSchaub) February 6, 2017

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Can we PLEASE have Michael Jackson back for ONE more half-time show?! Amen!

— Marion Reneau (@BelizeanBruiser) February 6, 2017

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[email protected] time for the come back. @rockwellwatches

A photo posted by titoortiz1999 (@titoortiz1999) on Feb 5, 2017 at 5:32pm PST

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#stephengostkowski was looking back like they have him the deflated football for that extra point after he missed…. lol #SuperBowl

— Corey Anderson UFC (@CoreyA_MMA) February 6, 2017

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Oh here comes the come back!

— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) February 6, 2017

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Why the #Falcons not killing the clock with 20 sec to hike the ball?? Yall not losing. Need to seal the deal, and give the no time to Pats!

— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) February 6, 2017

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Wicked with the catch! #SuperBowl

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 6, 2017

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I’m not sure what is going on, but #Falcons PLEASE keep it together. 3.5 min of focus. Let’s go!! (I just don’t want the Pats to win again)

— Aljamain Sterling (@FunkMaster_UFC) February 6, 2017

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Of course the pats are making a comeback … wtf else is Tom Brady supposed to do besides win?

— Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) February 6, 2017

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Startin to worry, TB12 unreal @jon_anik https://t.co/AYcfipWjFx

— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) February 6, 2017

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Brady, you didn’t even have to do this to be the greatest but ummm, you’re the greatest! #SuperBowl2017

— Kenny Florian (@kennyflorian) February 6, 2017

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Im assuming this guy did the @AtlantaFalcons half time speech! #SuperBowl 51 pic.twitter.com/Ino00p2HT3

— Gerald Harris (@GHurricane) February 6, 2017

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Are you kidding me @patriots vs @atlantafalcons is nuts!!!!! @danawhite came back to life! And his entire squad!!

A video posted by Tyron Woodley (@twooodley) on Feb 5, 2017 at 7:09pm PST

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OMG

— Amanda Nunes (@Amanda_Leoa) February 6, 2017

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Still in shock! #SuperBowl

— Derek Brunson (@DerekBrunson) February 6, 2017

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Never had a doubt.

— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) February 6, 2017

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Come on joe. You were worried. Had to be. https://t.co/Yp78yYpRRB

— Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 6, 2017

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Just won an easy $1000 from @Artj97. Big thank you and congratulations to the New England patriots

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) February 6, 2017

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Go 1995 @Braves ! Congrats on a great season @AtlantaFalcons.

— Cole Miller (@colemillerATT) February 6, 2017

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HOLY FUCKIN SHIT!!!!! @patriots

A photo posted by Dana White (@danawhite) on Feb 5, 2017 at 7:31pm PST

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Dammit!!!! They got us!! But hats the Patriots! Extremely amazing Game!!! @patriots @danawhite guess I’m the good luck charm. @atlantafalcons sorry I wanted you guys to get that win so bad! #NFL @nfl @UFC #UFC

A photo posted by Tyron Woodley (@twooodley) on Feb 5, 2017 at 7:48pm PST

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[email protected] done deal. @TomBrady x5

A photo posted by titoortiz1999 (@titoortiz1999) on Feb 5, 2017 at 7:37pm PST

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Congrats to our friends Tom Brady, @Edelman11 & the @Patriots on winning #SuperBowl LI!! #HatersWillSayItsPhotoshopped pic.twitter.com/yUmDeFXHVn

— UFC (@ufc) February 6, 2017

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Champions @tombrady @gisele @nflbrasil @nfl #gopats #nflbrasil

A photo posted by josealdojunioroficial (@josealdojunioroficial) on Feb 5, 2017 at 7:41pm PST

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I guess I should have hedged at Half.

A photo posted by Jake Ellenberger (@ellenbergermma) on Feb 5, 2017 at 9:18pm PST

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Smh these boys can mess up a wet dream

— Anthony Johnson (@Anthony_Rumble) February 6, 2017

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Anyone check the pressure of those footballs in the second half? #SuperBowlLI #ThugjitsuThoughts

— Yves Edwards (@thugjitsumaster) February 6, 2017

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My wife wanted to leave in the 3rd quarter and I told her we were still in it… I would have never forgiven her if she made me leave.

— Joe Lauzon (@JoeLauzon) February 6, 2017

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Wax on, wax off, @BrianStann! You’re on the clock.

— Jon Anik (@Jon_Anik) February 6, 2017

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A pleasure to honor this bet @jon_anik after watching the best to ever do it TB12 on that final drive. Incredible game. Proud of the Falcons

— Brian Stann (@BrianStann) February 6, 2017

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MUST-READ STORIES

Results. UFC Fight Night: Houston went down on Saturday and here are the results.

Title shot. Jessica Andrade says she’s now Invicta strawweight champion, calls out Joanna Jedrzejczyk for unification bout.

Flyweight. Tecia Torres believes the UFC should have started a women’s flyweight division instead of a featherweight division.

Korea. Chan Sung Jung’s triumphant return ensures the UFC will return to Korea, per Dana White.

Pride never die. Quinton Jackson wanted to fight Mirko Cro Cop instead of rematch King Mo.

MEDIA STEW

Countdown.

Post-fight presser.

Old interview but since this appears to be what the UFC wants and it’s Nate being Nate, give it a look.

Mayhem on TMZ.

Same story, different day.

Does anyone honestly think TWood is scared of Nick Diaz? At all?

Lion Fight 34 highlights.

LISTEN UP

6th Round.

Bushido Talk.

TWEETS

Zombie.

All @ufc fans at work on Monday pic.twitter.com/FrvjPPM4Bs

— Megan Olivi (@MeganOlivi) February 5, 2017

Apparently so.

Korean army training best base for MMA

— Coach Edmund (@CoachEdmund) February 5, 2017

Definitely okay if they make this fight.

April 15 at #UFCKansasCity Vs Korean Zombie? Sounds great, let’s get it!#UFCkc pic.twitter.com/S21s43jFte

— Jeremy Stephens (@LiLHeathenMMA) February 6, 2017

Cool.

@DominickCruz The things that you said in your press conference about ring rust really inspired me. Thank you!

— Chan Sung Jung (@KoreanZombieMMA) February 5, 2017

The inspiration is mutual @KoreanZombieMMA. Congratulations on a beautiful victory while paving your own path https://t.co/e6ZDKxEp7v

— Dominick Cruz (@DominickCruz) February 5, 2017

Nathan ain’t feelin’ the offer. (Rumor is it was Eddie Alvarez).

Lol at your fight…

— Nathan Diaz (@NateDiaz209) February 4, 2017

The UFC absolutely needs a W125 division but if you get diagnosed with a metabolic issue, maybe don’t try and cut weight. Look how it worked out for Masvidal and Cowboy.

pic.twitter.com/sX89f85THU

— Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) February 3, 2017

What does this mean?

I am the ghost pic.twitter.com/O52sx2yvuq

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 5, 2017

@TheNotoriousMMA Paper Champ Who Thought U Could Walk Away From MMA #MoneyMadeYouSoftMcnuggets I Bet You Fade Like A Ghost. #Buster #ElCucuy pic.twitter.com/v0kG8ukS15

— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) February 6, 2017

Jimmie has moved on from trying to get the Cruz fight I guess.

[email protected] vs @RaphaAssuncao let’s show the @UFC @seanshelby @danawhite how warriors earn title shots n put on the fight of the year!!

— Jimmie Rivera (@JimmieRivera135) February 5, 2017

Werdum.

I love how the media always twists my words. I’m 100% a UFC fighter. @ufc @danawhite

— Fabricio Werdum (@FabricioWerdum) February 4, 2017

Linekers for years to come.

Olha o overhand dele ksksksks tal pai tal filho hehehehe John Lineker Filho

A video posted by John Hand Of Stone Lineker (@ufcjohnlineker) on Feb 4, 2017 at 10:33am PST

Damn, man.

@shaq made me feel so small & @blessedmma was cracking me up with his #wheresjosewaldo get up

A video posted by Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) on Feb 5, 2017 at 1:48pm PST

FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Randy Brown (9-1) vs. Belal Muhammad (10-2); UFC 208, Feb. 11.

Sara McMann (10-3) vs. Gina Mazany (4-0); UFC Fight Night: Halifax, Feb. 19.

Alex Volkanovski (14-1) vs. Michel Quinones (8-1); UFC Fight Night: Halifax, Feb. 19.

Andrei Koreshkov (19-2) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (25-14); Bellator 174, March 3.

Chris Honeycutt (9-1, 1 NC) vs. Kendall Grove (23-16, 1 NC); Bellator 174, March 3.

Timur Valiev (11-2) vs. Bekbulat Magomedov (17-1); WSOF 35, March 18.

Blagoy Ivanov (14-1) vs. Shawn Jordan (19-7); WSOF 35, March 18.

Lance Palmer (11-2) vs. Andre Harrison (15-0); WSOF 35, March 18.

TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2010: For the first time in history, two UFC Hall of Famers fought with Randy Couture submitted Mark Coleman at UFC 109. In the co-main event Chael Sonnen secured a title shot at Anderson Silva by winning a decision over Nate Marquardt.

2016: Stephen Thompson knocked out Johny Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 82.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I was born in Georgia and have lived most of my life here and let me tell you, I never had a doubt what was going to happen. Up by 25, I still knew. All the hallmarks of every single Georgia sports loss of my entire life. Mismanage clock/timeouts? Check. Get conservative down the stretch and allow them to build confidence? Check. Do a really great thing (Julio’s un-f**king-believable catch) and immediately follow it up with really horrible things (Sack + penalty to move out of field goal range which would’ve iced it). CHECK.

I’ve seen that movie 100 times before and will see it again 100 more. You want to talk about sports curses? Atlanta hasn’t one major sports title – the ‘95 Braves – and that was the lockout season so it’s got an asterisk. Heck even UGA managed to have Matt Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, and AJ Green on the same team and they couldn’t even win an SEC championship much less a national title. The State of Georgia is sports cursed and last night was just the latest showing of it.

Hope y’all enjoyed the weekend. Back at it this week for a little UFC history. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.

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