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Thursday, July 18, 2019

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Video shows Jorge Masvidal practicing flying knee two days before fight

Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal set a UFC record for the fastest knockout in the promotion’s history with his five-second knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239 on Saturday night in Las Vegas. Based on the way he charged out when the fight began, it was clear the move was premeditated, but seeing video of him practicing it makes it all the more incredible.

Masvidal’s coach Mike Brown shared video on social media Sunday of Masvidal practicing the move in training just two days before the fight:

Fellow fighter Dustin Poierier also revealed on Saturday night that Brown and Masvidal had divulged his plan for the start of the fight when they were at dinner together the night before.

“It was in the back of my pocket,” Masvidal said after the fight.

Masvidal said he wanted to use the move in the first round, but he wasn’t sure of the timing of it. He said he could tell Askren was falling for the bait, not thinking he would be coming out charging hard, and decided to use it to start. It worked to perfection.

Masvidal is now 34-13, while Askren suffered his first ever pro MMA loss.

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Jon Jones had to be helped out of cage after UFC 239 win

Jon Jones

Jon Jones may have successfully defended his UFC light heavyweight title on Saturday night in Las Vegas, but it wasn’t easy.

Jones beat Thiago Santos via split decision at UFC 239 at T-Mobile Arena. Two judges scored it three rounds to two for Jones, while the other had it three rounds to two for Santos.

Santos gave Jones everything he could handle, despite hurting his knee in the first round. Jones likewise was hurt in the fight and needed to be helped out of the cage after the win.

Facing a Muay Thai kickboxing specialist in Santos was a tough stylistic matchup for Jones. He said he was proud of himself for standing with Santos throughout the fight.

Jones, 31, has now improved to 25-1 with 1 no contest in his career. His lone loss came in 2009 because of a disqualification due illegal elbows, meaning he has not been defeated in his professional MMA career.

Jorge Masvidal knocks out Ben Askren in five seconds, fastest KO in UFC history

Jorge Masvidal

Jorge Masvidal made history on Saturday night with his knockout of Ben Askren at UFC 239 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Immediately after the fight began, Masvidal charged at Askren and nailed him in the head with a flying knee. Askren went straight to the mat and was out of it. Masvidal got in two punches before the referee was able to jump in and stop the fight.

The five-second knockout was the fastest finish in UFC history.

Masvidal’s knockout was ruthless, and the comments he offered afterwards were just as ruthless. He said he used the flying knee because Askren is a “bum.”

Masvidal had been promising a brutal knockout of Askren in the time leading up to the fight and delivered.

“We’re gonna do it painfully and brutally,” Masvidal said to MMA Fighting. “That’s for sure. I don’t like this dude as everybody here knows, so it’s gonna be brutal. It’s gonna be painful. I don’t know what round, but it’s gonna be painful.”

The welterweight fighter stayed true to his word, though the knockout probably came much quicker than he expected.

This is Masvidal’s second straight headline-making win. After beating Darren Till in March, he got into a fight backstage too.

Watch: Nate Diaz, Khabib Nurmagomedov get into skirmish at UFC 239

Nate Diaz interview

Nate Diaz and Khabib Nurmagomedov got into a skirmish at UFC 239 in Las Vegas on Saturday night.

Diaz and Khabib appeared to be seated in the same area near the octagon at T-Mobile Arena. The two fighters being in the same vicinity led to things running hot. They had to be separated by security.

Another video shows them needing to be separated by security again about an hour later. This video contains some profanity though, so beware:

Diaz is 19-11 in his career and last fought in 2016, beating Conor McGregor in March and losing to him in August. Both bouts won Fight of the Night, while the latter won Fight of the Year. Khabib is 28-0 and last beat McGregor in October. He was suspended nine months for his postfight behavior.

Diaz is expected to face Anthony Pettis at UFC 241 in August.

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ESPN video shows reaction to earthquake at NBA Summer League game, Rashad Evans speech

ESPN was live on the air broadcasting an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas when an earthquake hit the area on Friday night.

The 6.9 earthquake’s epicenter was marked as Ridgecrest, Calif., about 150 miles east of Las Vegas. The quake’s epicenter was right by the epicenter of the 6.4 earthquake from the day before.

Here’s what it looked like on ESPN when the earthquake hit the Thomas & Mack Arena during the Knicks-Pelicans game.

Rashad Evans was speaking at his UFC Hall of Fame induction in Las Vegas and realized what was going on as he talked.

The Knicks-Pelicans game was in the fourth quarter at the time and ended up suspended. The Spurs-Magic game that was going on at an adjoining arena continued play but later was ended after the third quarter out of precaution. The Nuggets-Suns game that was scheduled to go on after the Knicks-Pelicans was also suspended.

The earthquake was so powerful it was felt about 150 miles southwest of Ridgecrest in Los Angeles. The Dodgers and Padres actually played right through it.

Lyoto Machida beats Chael Sonnen with two big flying knees

Lyoto Machida

Lyoto Machida beat Chael Sonnen via second-round TKO during their fight at Bellator 222 on Friday night at Madison Square Garden in New York.

Machida knocked Sonnen to the ground in the first round with a big flying knee and dominated him the rest of the round. He caught him again with a flying knee in the second that effectively ended the fight.

The official time of the stoppage was 22 seconds into the second round.

The win marked Machida’s fourth in a row and makes him 26-8 in his career. Sonnen’s defeat ended his fifth fight with Bellator. He went 2-3 during his five-fight deal and announced after his loss that he was retiring.

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Chael Sonnen retires from MMA after loss to Lyoto Machida

Chael Sonnen

Chael Sonnen announced his retirement from MMA following his loss to Lyoto Machida at Bellator 222 in New York on Friday night.

Sonnen lost via second-round TKO after being knocked down by a flying knee and becoming unable to defend himself. He was interviewed after his fight and announced his retirement.

“I’ve got one thing to say. I had a hell of a lot of fun. I had a good run. Scott Coker gave me a 5-fight deal. He let me honor all five fights, and ladies and gentlemen, I’m walking out. I appreciate the memories, and goodbye,” Sonnen said.

Sonnen laid down his gloves in the ring, which is a tradition for fighters upon retirement after a fight.

The 42-year-old ends his career 31-17-1.

Beyond his trash talk, he is perhaps best known as a fighter for his two-fight series with Anderson Silva. Their first fight in 2010 went five rounds before Sonnen tapped and earned Fight of the Year honors. It came at a time when Silva was at his peak and considered invincible.

Sonnen beat the likes of Shogun Rua, Yushin Okami, Michael Bisping, Nate Marquardt, Wanderlei Silva and Quinton Jackson during his career.

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