Joanna Jedrzejczyk suffered a nasty hematoma on her forehead during her fight with Zhang Weili on Saturday night at UFC 248 at T-Mobile Arena in Nevada.
Jedrzejczyk’s forehead began to swell around the third round and it was noticeably large heading towards the fourth. Here’s what it looked like:
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Fans began comparing her to all sorts of fictional characters with enlarged heads.
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Jedrzejczyk made it through the entire five-round fight despite her forehead troubles but lost via split decision. The judges scored the fight 48-47, 47-48, 48-47, making Joanna 16-4. She has lost four of her last six fights.
The hematoma she dealt with reminded many of ones from past fights, such as Hasim Rahman and Mark Hominick.
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Ion Cutelaba was furious after what he felt was a premature stoppage in his loss to Magomed Ankalaev at UFC Norfolk on Saturday night.
Cutelaba was hurt by Ankalaev and appeared to be wobbly about 30 seconds into the fight, which led referee Kevin McDonald to step in and stop the bout.
Here’s how it looked:
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Cutelaba had just thrown a huge right hand and landed a counter punch when McDonald stepped in. He appeared to be able to still attack and defend himself, which made the stoppage premature.
There are also questions about whether or not Cutelaba was trying to bait Ankalaev by acting more hurt than he was. Ankalaev thought the stoppage was good because he felt he hurt Cutelaba and had his opponent wobbly. What else would you expect him to say?
Cutelaba was upset with the result and made that known in his interview with ESPN.
I don’t know if I’ve ever interviewed a fighter post-fight more upset than Ion Cutelaba just now. Check the ESPN post show after the event to hear what he had to say. pic.twitter.com/s7tvILjnEO
— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) March 1, 2020
Cutelaba is now 15-5 (1 no contest) and has lost two of his last three fights. He had a very good reason for being upset.
BJ Penn has had some difficulty staying out of trouble now that his UFC career appears to be officially over, and the latest incident he was involved in could result in charges.
Police in Hilo, Hawaii, told Max Dible of BigIslandNow.com that Penn is under investigation for possibly driving while under the influence during a serious car accident that occurred last week. Penn was driving alone in a black Toyota Tacoma pickup truck last Friday when it was involved in a single-car crash. A witness who called police said the truck was speeding, lost control and flipped over near a shopping plaza.
According to a report from TMZ, Penn was taken to a local hospital and released shortly after. He is said to be doing fine.
Police believe speed was “certainly a factor in the crash,” but they were unable to administer a blood alcohol content test at the scene, as a fairly new state law requires a search warrant to conduct a blood draw when there is a single-car crash and the person requires medical attention.
A blood draw was administered at the hospital where Penn was treated, and the results are reportedly being shared with police.
Penn was originally scheduled to have one last fight in the UFC despite losing his previous seven, but Dana White said in September that Penn is not going to fight again in the UFC after he was involved in multiple bar brawls in Hawaii. Penn, who is 41, has an overall record of 16-14-2.
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Could a crossover fight between Manny Pacquiao and Conor McGregor be in the works? That sure seems possible.
Paradigm Sports Management announced on Tuesday that Pacquiao has signed with them to solidify the final years of his boxing career.
“I am proud to partner with Paradigm Sports Management and am excited for the opportunities that Audie Attar and PSM have to offer,” Pacquiao said in a statement. “One thing I want everyone to remember is to always think positively. Never think negatively; that is the beginning of your downfall. Everything is possible”.
Attar, who is the company’s president and CEO, shared the news on social media.
Incredibly proud to announce that @ParadigmSM is officially representing Manny Pacquiao. I’d like to thank everyone involved in this, including our partners Arnold, Ping, Atty Brando, Jayke and the rest of Team Pacquiao back in Manila. Cannot wait to work together. #GP pic.twitter.com/EhS6b5jmdQ
— Audie A. Attar (@AudieAttar) February 11, 2020
Paradigm represents several big-name MMA fighters such as McGregor, Israel Adesanya and Cris Cyborg. Attar is credited with helping set up McGregor’s big boxing fight against Floyd Mayweather two and a half years ago that generated 4.3 million pay-per-view buys.
There has been speculation that Pacquiao could fight McGregor, and that Floyd Mayweather could face the winner if he wanted. Dana White has talked about doing things with Mayweather in 2020, possibly through White’s boxing promotion.
Pacquiao, 41, is 62-7-2 in his professional boxing career. He has won his last three fights in a row, including a July victory over Keith Thurman.
Kobe Bryant made hundreds of millions of dollars in salary and endorsements during his remarkable NBA career, but he was also a very savvy investor. One of the ways he spent his money in recent years was by purchasing an ownership stake in the UFC, and UFC president Dana White says Kobe was extremely excited about the future of the organization.
White was asked by TMZ this week if the UFC is planning to honor Bryant, who has inspired athletes from all sports. White said there will be a tribute to Kobe at UFC 247 on Saturday night, and White also revealed that Kobe was an investor in the UFC and Body Armour, which is the official energy drink of the UFC.
“Kobe got a distribution from the UFC the Wednesday before the incident,” White said. “He was so pumped up and so excited. He said what everybody always says — I wish I invested more.”
White also said he knew Bryant on a personal level.
“He was a great dude,” White added. “He was a part of this company. Kobe Bryant was a good guy in every way that you could possibly be a good guy.”
Kobe was obviously best known for being a five-time NBA champion, but his impact was felt well outside the basketball arena. We saw an illustration of that with the way he was honored at the Super Bowl, and his involvement with the UFC is further proof.
More Larry Brown Sports coverage of Kobe Bryant’s death:
Tributes to Kobe:
– Vanessa Bryant posts first Instagram message since death of Kobe, Gianna
– NBA players changing jersey numbers in honor of Kobe Bryant
– Clippers leave Kobe Bryant’s retired Lakers jerseys uncovered at Staples Center
– Bill Belichick shares touching anecdote in tribute to Kobe Bryant
– UConn honors Gianna Bryant with own jersey, spot on the bench
– Jeanie Buss shares emotional tribute to Kobe, Gianna Bryant on Instagram
– Kobe Bryant could have street named after him near Staples Center
– Video: Shaq gets emotional talking about Kobe Bryant on TNT
– Shareef O’Neal shares most important advice Kobe Bryant gave him
– LeBron James had inspirational message for Lakers during meeting about Kobe
– Video: See LeBron’s tribute speech to Kobe before Lakers game
– Richard Sherman arrived to Super Bowl wearing Kobe Bryant shirt
– Russell Wilson wears Kobe Bryant jersey during Super Bowl pregame coverage
– Dallas Mavericks retire Kobe Bryant’s No. 24 jersey
– Video: Raptors, Spurs start game with amazing tribute to Kobe Bryant
– Shaq posts heartfelt tribute to Kobe Bryant
– Michael Jordan releases statement on death of ‘little brother’ Kobe Bryant
– Video: Doc Rivers breaks down crying talking about Kobe Bryant
– Phil Jackson calls Kobe Bryant ‘a chosen one’ in statement on his death
– NBA commissioner Adam Silver issues statement on death of Kobe Bryant
– Video: Dwyane Wade posts emotional message reacting to Kobe Bryant’s death
– Kendrick Perkins extends olive branch to Kevin Durant after Kobe Bryant’s death
– Gilbert Arenas vows to begin coaching career like Kobe Bryant urged him to
– Video: Emotional Mike Breen sums up NBA world’s emotions about Kobe Bryant’s death
– Damian Lillard puts Kobe Bryant into context with great quote
– Chiefs, 49ers honor Kobe Bryant by lining up at 24-yard line before Super Bowl
– Trae Young’s huge game was full of Kobe Bryant-related statistical coincidences
– Video: Kobe Bryant helicopter audio released
– Investigators release chilling drone footage from Kobe Bryant helicopter crash site
– Kobe Bryant helicopter showed no evidence of engine failure
– Media errors, rumors, poor judgment run rampant in reporting of Kobe Bryant news
– TMZ says they had permission from Kobe’s people to report Bryant had died
– NBA postpones Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game after Kobe Bryant’s death
– Shaq says he had not spoken to Kobe Bryant in nearly four years
– Kobe Bryant recently filed for ‘Mambacita’ trademark for daughter Gianna
– Kobe Bryant checked in on Shaq’s son Shareef morning of helicopter crash
– No, Rick Fox did not die in helicopter crash that killed Kobe, Gianna Bryant
– Lakers fans start memorial to Kobe Bryant outside Staples Center
– Kobe Bryant’s last tweet was congratulating LeBron James on passing him
– Sports world stunned over Kobe Bryant news
– Kobe Bryant dies in helicopter crash – dead at 41
Other victims of the helicopter crash:
– John Altobelli, junior college baseball coach, also died in helicopter crash
– Christina Mauser, girls’ basketball coach, among the helicopter crash victims
– Sarah Chester, daughter Payton were also killed in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
– Ara Zobayan was the pilot in Kobe Bryant helicopter crash
Dana White’s son Dana III announced on Wednesday his commitment to play college football at the University of San Diego.
Dana III shared photos of himself in USD Toreros gear, and another photo of him signing during his high school’s signing day.
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I’m officially a Torero!!! I’m so extremely excited and blessed to say that I am committed to the University of San Diego! Can’t believe I can call this beautiful place my home for the next four years! #ballinatdabeach #imcominghome
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“I’m officially a Torero!!! I’m so extremely excited and blessed to say that I am committed to the University of San Diego! Can’t believe I can call this beautiful place my home for the next four years!” White wrote on Instagram.
White played safety for Faith Lutheran High School in Las Vegas. According to MaxPreps, White had 57 tackles in 10 games last season and 27 in 10 games the year before.
USD plays in FCS and routinely dominates the Pioneer Football League. They were coached by Jim Harbaugh from 2004-2006 and had Josh Johnson at quarterback during that span. They are currently coached by Dale Lindsey, who is in his eighth season coaching the team.
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Stephen A. Smith and Joe Rogan are at odds over the ESPN personality’s analysis of the main event at UFC 246 last weekend.
Smith, who is an MMA outsider and doesn’t often comment on the sport, provided commentary alongside Rogan and Michael Eaves on ESPN after Conor McGregor beat Cowboy Cerrone in the main event.
Smith was critical of Cerrone for lasting just 40 seconds and opined that the spotlight was too much for the veteran fighter. Smith also said that the quick win over Cerrone did not prove anything about whether or not McGregor was “back” after a long layoff.
Rogan, who has been an interviewer for the UFC since 1997 and is an accomplished mixed martial artist himself, took issue with Smith’s commentary. Rogan feels Smith was too harsh on Cerrone.
Here is what Rogan said on the “JRE MMA Show” podcast, as transcribed by MMA Junkie.
“For Conor to smash ‘Cowboy’ like that in front of his wife, his kid, his grandma and the whole world. You’ve got to have some respect for that man, and this sport demands a different perspective. It’s not the same thing as a ball going into a hoop. It’s not the same thing as crossing a line with a football. It’s different. It’s very intense and very personal, and it’s also very (expletive) dangerous and to play it off like it’s just a game, I don’t agree with it,” Rogan said.
Rogan also said the commentator’s shtick doesn’t belong in MMA
“That’s a bad look for everybody,” Rogan said. “It’s a bad look for ESPN, it’s a bad look for [Smith], it’s a bad look for the sport. There’s other people that can do this. … We have plenty of people out there who understand the sport. There’s plenty of them. But the thing about him is he’s really popular. (He just got a contract extension) because his personality is so fun. He’s a fun guy to watch and people love (expletive)-talking and they love people arguing about (expletive) and one person is better at arguing. Stephen A. Smith is really good at that stuff. But it’s not the place for MMA. It’s just not the place. It’s not the same thing.”
On Saturday, Smith responded with this video where he focused on and defended his take that McGregor did not prove anything.
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McGregor got involved in the discussion and told Smith to apologize for not being more respectful of the way Cerrone lost.
The call you discuss here is A+. I didn’t show enough. I’m not paid by the hour though. Joe’s comments however, come from you saying the opposition fighter quit. Broken nose/orbital bone say different. Fighting is vicious. Those who make the walk deserve full respect!
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) January 26, 2020
Smith doesn’t know the intricacies of MMA, so hearing him talk is infuriating to the hardcore fans and knowledgeable commentators. But ESPN brings Smith on for his hot takes delivered in his entertaining style, and that’s exactly what he did. And now he’s created a beef out of it, which is why he’s paid the big bucks.
ESPN wants to help grow the sport, and having someone like Smith on to do his thing helps appeal to more people. But at the same time, if you’re going to do that, you have to work hard not to alienate your core fans who are the the heart of the business.
Here is the original video of the postfight analysis from Rogan and Smith.