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What’s The Latest With Conor McGregor And His Legal Troubles?

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For now, Conor McGregor remains in a state of flux.

The former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion appeared Thursday in a New York City court on his role in an incident in April at UFC 223.

McGregor had a new hearing scheduled, as his legal team is working with prosecutors to figure out a plea deal. “Notorious” is set to appear once more on July 26 in the Brooklyn Criminal Court.

Following his brief appearance in court, McGregor released a statement:

“I regret my actions that led me here today,” he said. “I understand the seriousness of this matter and I’m hopeful it gets resolved soon.”

McGregor and UFC president Dana White are expected to meet next week to discuss what the next steps are as far as his return to the Octagon. With the scheduling of a July hearing, it is unlikely we know anything further about that until once all the court proceedings are resolved.

Super-Fight Between Brock Lesnar, Jon Jones Intrigues Dana White

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UFC president Dana White really wants to put Brock Lesnar and Jon Jones inside the Octagon vs. one another.

Several problems, though, stand in the way of that coming to fruition.

First, Lesnar is currently still working with the WWE, as he recently broke the record for longest title defense – in the new era – in terms of days holding the belt. The former UFC heavyweight champion also likely faces a suspension whenever he returns to combat sports due to a failed drug test.

Jones, meanwhile, is also under investigation by the USADA for his failed drug tests last year. “Bones” could be suspended up to four years if found guilty.

And on Twitter, Jones stated that he isn’t all that interested in making the move to heavyweight, but did leave open the possibility of superfights intriguing him.

In an interview with TMZ Sports, White stated “Jon Jones is very interested in Brock Lesnar, and Brock very interested in Jon. I’ll end up figuring that out in the next month. I don’t know how that’s gonna play out.”

Lesnar returned at UFC 200 in 2016 and bested Mark Hunt after an extended hiatus. That result was overturned to a no-contest upon the failed drug tests. Jones also bested Daniel Cormier in his last bout, only to have that flipped to a no-contest due to failed drug tests.

So, is Lesnar vs. Jones a bout you want to see take place? Or would you rather both men fight in their respective divisions? Or, even stay away from MMA due to their use of banned substances.

UFC 225 Winner Anthony Smith Wants On Lincoln Card

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For Anthony Smith, a return to his old stomping grounds is calling him.

The UFC veteran picked up a victory over former champion Rashad Evans this past weekend at UFC 225 and now wants on the upcoming card set for Lincoln, Nebraska.

Smith improved to 29-13 in his career with a 53-second finish of Evans in his first fight at 205 pounds.

“This moment feels incredible,” Smith said. “I just want to thank Rashad for giving me the opportunity and UFC for putting me on such an incredible card. Rashad is an OG so it was an honor to fight him. I feel that my striking is some of the best in the division and I want to keep climbing and building.

“That’s why I think Sam Alvey should be next. I want someone with a number next to their name. I really want to get on this Lincoln, Nebraska card. That’s my territory. I made my pro debut a few miles away from that arena. You can’t have a fight in Lincoln without Anthony Smith.”

Back in 2008, Smith made his second pro appearance in Lincoln, finishing off Jeremy Shepherd via submission. He has gone 5-0 all-time in Lincoln, with his last appearance being a 2015 TKO vs. Brock Jardine.

MMA 101: Lifting Weights

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Everybody wants to be swole, every bro wants to be jacked, everyone wants the six pack and the arm veins. All of those are great things, they aren’t, however, requirements for fighting. In fact, too much time with bros trying to see how much ya bench can create a deficit that’s hard to train around. Let’s look at some simple strategies for how to lift for MMA.

Being strong is important to fighting. Always will be. The size of your arms? That’s irrelevant. Don’t let your desire for gym gains interfere with your training goals. If your stated goal is to be the best fighter you can be, then you need to do some sort of strength training.

It’s unlikely, however, you need to be lifting five times a week, on a body part split, targeting chest and bi’s, back and tri’s, and heavy leg days. You need to lift as often as you can recover, and lift in a way that targets your weak points without creating more.

For example, if you can throw your hands all day, but regardless of how many times you hit your opponent nothing seems to stun them? Assuming your technique is close, you’re lacking in overall power. You’ll need to work on the bigger compound movements – squats, deadlift, overhead press. Movements that will work more than one joint at a time which can handle a heavy load. If power is your issue, then you need to be moving heavy weight. Generating the force needed to put up a respectable deadlift number will translate into power in your hands. Power is generated from the feet, through the legs, into the hips, up the torso and terminates at the end of the arm in the fist. The more power you can translate from the ground up, the more power there is at the end of the punch.

Movements that use the muscles in the legs and hips, like the deadlift and squat, will develop the power necessary to land really hard punches. I’ll put it another way – name me one solid power puncher that didn’t have at least a respectable ass relative to their size?

I can’t name one either. Strong hips and legs = hard punches.

You build power by building strength. You build overall strength by moving heavy weights. You can squat an empty bar till your legs fall off. Unless you’re using heavy weight (heavy for you, don’t kill yourself) you won’t build the tendon and ligament strength to really whip a strike home.

So maybe strength and power aren’t your issue. You can deadlift twice your body weight, squat a house, and bench…well…no one cares, it’s not important. However, if after round one your traps and biceps are jelly from holding your hands up and you can’t move your legs because every fiber in them is screaming from lactic acid – you may be more swole than you need to be. In the weight room you’ll need to be focusing on higher rep, lower weight movements to induce and help overcome that muscle fatigue. Muscles are dumb, they only respond to the stimulus we provide them, in the way we provide it. If burnout or fatigue are your issues you should be working with lighter weights at as close to failure as you can get for reps. I am now and will always remain a proponent of compound movements in the weight room for fighting. No one has ever paved the way to victory doing tricep kickbacks and booty raises. Those are for other pursuits. Focus your time on movements that move your body. If you need to combat fatigue, ket-tle bells are a phenomenal tool. A 35lb kettle bell will reduce even the most studly human into a puddle of bitch on the gym floor. If it’s muscular endurance you need, high reps, low weight, repeat till you hate yourself.

These are general concepts. Everyone trains a bit different, everyone responds to things differently. The common thread is that being stronger than your opponent is never a bad thing – unless you can’t use it. Use the above as a guideline to get started. Be honest with yourself about where you are on the spectrum of strength and focus on bringing up lagging areas. Gyms are great places to see people act tough that aren’t. Don’t be that guy.

UFC 225 Results: Robert Whittaker Tops Yoel Romero, Colby Covington Becomes Champion

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UFC 225 went down Saturday night from the United Center in Chicago, as Robert Whittaker bested Yoel Romero in a non-title fight main event.

Whittaker, the middleweight champion, was guaranteed to leave with the belt win, lose or draw after Romero missed weight. The fight went on anyway after all sides agreed, with Whittaker taking a split decision and improving to 2-0 vs. the former Olympian.

In the co-main event, Colby Covington topped Rafael dos Anjos to claim the interim welterweight title, setting himself of in a championship unification match with Tyron Woodley later this year.

Holly Holm bested Megan Anderson via decision, Tai Tuivasa topped Andrei Arlovski and Mike Jackson dominated CM Punk.

On the prelims, Curtis Blaydes defeated Alistair Overeem via third round TKO, Claudia Gadelha slipped past Carla Esparza, Mirsad Bektic earned a split decision vs. Ricardo Lamas and Chris de la Rocha finished Rashad Coulter.

Anthony Smith, Sergio Pettis, Charles Oliveira and Dan Ige were all winners on UFC Fight Pass.

Complete results are below:

  • Robert Whittaker def. Yoel Romero via split decision (48-47, 48-47, 47-48)
  • Colby Covington def. Rafael dos Anjos via unanimous decision (49-46, 48-47, 48-47) to become the interim UFC welterweight champion
  • Holly Holm def. Megan Anderson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Tai Tuivasa def. Andrei Arlovski via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
  • Mike Jackson def. CM Punk via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
  • Curtis Blaydes def. Alistair Overeem via TKO (elbows) at 2:56 of Round 3
  • Claudia Gadelha def. Carla Esparza via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Mirsad Bektic def. Ricardo Lamas via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)
  • Chris de la Rocha def. Rashad Coulter via TKO (strikes) at 3:53 of Round 2
  • Anthony Smith def. Rashad Evans via KO (knee) at :53 of Round 1
  • Sergio Pettis def. Joseph Benavidez via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 30-27)
  • Charles Oliveira def. Clay Guida via submission (guillotine choke) at 2:18 of Round 1
  • Dan Ige def. Mike Santiago via TKO (strikes) at :50 of Round 1

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