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#pounditThursday, May 13, 2021


Fighter Derek Anderson suffered broken nose, broken hand and had kidney failure

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MMA fighter Derek Anderson really got beat up on Saturday, and in his training for his fight at Bellator 258.

Anderson (17-4) lost to Michael Page (19-1) via TKO stoppage in their fight at Bellator 258 in Uncasville, Conn. on May 7. Page smashed Anderson’s nose in with a kick during the first round, leading to a stoppage after the round.

Not only was Page’s nose flattened during the fight, but he also revealed on Instagram that he suffered a broken hand landing the first punch. As if all that weren’t enough, Page said he had kidney problems leading up to the fight and had to be hospitalized four times.

Anderson’s revelation on Instagram about his kidney problems during training created an issue. The fighter did not disclose those health issues on pre-fight documents. He was suspended 120 days by the Mohegan Sun Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation and will have to undergo serious medical testing in order to be approved to fight again.

The smashed in nose was only part of Anderson’s health problems.

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Chris Weidman shares X-rays of his broken leg

Chris Weidman broken leg

Chris Weidman on Tuesday shared some before and after photos of his leg injury.

The 36-year-old suffered a nasty compound fracture when he tried to kick Uriah Hall seconds into their fight at UFC 261 on Saturday (gruesome video here). He lost the fight via TKO and was taken out of the cage on a stretcher. Weidman was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery.

The UFC fighter shared X-rays of his leg on Twitter Tuesday showing what the bones looked like before and after surgery.

It will take a while to recover, but nobody should call this the end of Weidman’s career yet.

What’s crazy is that the exact same thing that happened to Weidman on Saturday happened in a previous fight of his. In 2013, Weidman won when Anderson Silva’s leg broke in their fight. Silva was able to return to the cage 13 months later. That seems like a reasonable timeline for Weidman to target for a return.

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Jake Paul blasts Dana White for not paying fighters

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Jake Paul seems to be using feuds with some of the UFC’s biggest names to grow his brand even more, and his latest verbal spat is with the head honcho of the whole organization.

Paul attended UFC 261 in Jacksonville on Saturday night, and he came face-to-face with former heavyweight and light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier during the event. Cormier, who was working as a ringside commentator, got in Paul’s face and later said on the air that he told the YouTube star turned boxer that he will “smack him in the face.” You can see the video here.

White was asked about Paul after UFC 261, and he accused Paul and Triller of lying about their PPV buys for Paul’s fight against Ben Askren last weekend. He also said Paul could never fight in the UFC.

“The numbers are there? Nah. I don’t know if the numbers are there,” White said. “Do you know what would happen to this guy [in the UFC]? He ain’t fighting in the UFC. He’s getting hand-picked opponents, and God knows what else is going on with that whole f—ing thing.”

Paul fired back on Sunday. He issued a statement ridiculing White for supposedly supporting Askren financially leading up to last week’s fight. Paul also criticized White for not paying UFC fighters more money.

Paul has actually gained the respect of some prominent people within the boxing community. He’s unlikely to ever fight in the UFC, but the publicity he gets from public spats with people like White and Cormier can only help his brand. Whether you believe he’s a good fighter or not, it’s tough to argue against Paul’s marketing prowess.

Video: Jake Paul confronted Daniel Cormier at UFC 261

Jake Paul

Jake Paul and Daniel Cormier have traded shots since Paul knocked out Ben Askren last week, and the two came face-to-face during UFC 261 on Saturday night.

Paul, who attended the event and was booed by fans on the way to his seat, confronted Cormier during the event. The two pointed fingers at one another and were separated by event security. Paul shared a video of the altercation on Twitter and taunted Cormier for previously saying he would smack the YouTube star turned boxer.

Cormier later told Joe Rogan on the air that he pointed at Paul and told him “don’t play with me because I’ll smack (you) in the face.”

The feud between Paul and Cormier seemingly stems from Cormier’s support of Askren, whom Paul knocked out in the first round last Saturday night (video here). Paul appeared on his brother Logan’s “IMPAULSIVE” podcast after that fight and said he would pound Cormier just like Stipe Miocic did in Cormier’s last fight last year.

“Shut the f– up, b—h,” Paul said of Cormier, via Chris Bengel of CBS. “I’ll beat the f— out of your fat a–, too, just like Stipe did. … I swear to God. I’ll beat the f— out of Daniel Cormier.”

Cormier then said during an appearance on ESPN that he would “kill” Paul and that Paul would never fight him.

Paul gained popularity on YouTube and was originally considered a gimmick, but he has earned the respect of some noteworthy people within the fight community. Any attention he receives is great for his brand, so Cormier basically did him a favor at UFC 261.

Joe Rogan’s reactions to UFC 261 knockouts went viral

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Joe Rogan went viral for his reactions to some huge knockouts at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday night.

The longtime UFC commentator went crazy while calling things cageside.

Rose Namajunas had a massive knockout kick to beat Zhang Weili to win the UFC Women’s Strawweight Championship. The knockout came on a kick to the head that stunned Weili. Take a look at Rogan’s reaction:

Then in the main event, Kamaru Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal. Rogan had another similar reaction:

You gotta love it. Rogan was reacting just like every fan watching did.

Kamaru Usman knocked out Jorge Masvidal after being taunted

Kamaru Usman

Kamaru Usman had one of the most satisfying types of knockouts you can have.

Usman beat Jorge Masvidal at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla. on Saturday night for his 18th straight professional MMA win. He knocked out Masvidal with a punch straight to the face in the second round.

Here’s a clear look at the knockout:

The best part is Usman’s knockout came right after Masvidal was clowning around in the octagon.

Getting the knockout right after someone teases you has to feel great.

Usman is cementing his place in history. The 33-year-old has successfully defended the UFC Welterweight Championship four times in a row, including twice over Masvidal.

You don’t mess with Marty from Nebraska.

Masvidal gave Usman some nice recognition after the fight.

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Valentina Shevchenko had amazing quote after her UFC 261 win

Valentina Shevchenko

Valentina Shevchenko is awesome, and she knows it.

Shevchenko dominated Jessica Andrade for an easy win at VyStar Veterans Memorial Arena in Jacksonville, Fla. at UFC 261 on Saturday night.

Shevchenko had seven takedowns and didn’t give Andrade an inch while winning via TKO in the second round.

After the fight, Shevchenko had a chilling remark for her competitors. She told them not to bother trying to find her weakness as a fighter, because she doesn’t have any.

Now that is confidence.

Shevchenko has won seven straight fights and hasn’t lost since 2017. She has successfully defended the UFC Women’s Flyweight Championship five straight times.

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Dana White criticized for sharing video of Chris Weidman broken leg

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Dana White was criticized on Saturday night for the way he handled the broken leg injury suffered by Chris Weidman.

Weidman suffered a broken leg seconds into his fight with Uriah Hall at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla. He attempted to kick Hall but his leg snapped upon being blocked by Hall’s leg. Weidman lost via TKO and had to be taken out of the octagon on a stretcher.

White tweeted the clip while adding an interesting nugget about the fight. He said Hall was the first fighter to win a UFC fight without throwing a strike.

The tweet contains the graphic video of the injury.

Some accused White of not only being classless by sharing the video, but also of perversely using it to promote a stat.

Here are some of the responses he received on Twitter:

White has always been an unconventional promoter and nothing like the politically-correct commissioners we see in many other sports. He’s not afraid to speak his mind on many topics. We probably should not be surprised by his actions with this video and the stat about Hall.

Video: Chris Weidman suffers nasty broken leg injury

Chris Weidman broken leg

Chris Weidman suffered a nasty broken leg injury in the first round of his fight against Uriah Hall on Saturday night at UFC 261 in Jacksonville, Fla.

Weidman threw a kick at Hall that was blocked by Hall’s shin. Weidman’s leg shattered on impact, and it wasn’t until he tried to land that he realized what happened. Weidman was unable to stand on his leg due to the injury.

UFC boss Dana White shared a video of the clip and noted that Hall was the first person in the history of the UFC to win without throwing a single strike.

Weidman was taken off on a stretcher after suffering the injury.

The injury resulted in a TKO win for Hall just 17 seconds into their fight.

You may recall that in 2013, Anderson Silva broke his leg against Weidman in the exact same way.

Jon Jones rejects Dana White’s $30 million claim

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Jon Jones is calling B.S. on Dana White’s claim about him.

There has been talk about Jones facing Francis Ngannou in a superfight. After Ngannou beat Stipe Miocic, Jones immediately had a match with Ngannou on his mind.

But White, the UFC boss, said on “The Bill Simmons Podcast” that Ngannou against Derrick Lewis is the “fight that should happen.” White said that Jones wants $30 million to fight Ngannou.

White dismissed the notion of Jones fighting, saying “Bones” wants $30 million.

“In his deal, he’s talking he wants $30 million guaranteed,” White said, via MMA Fighting. “The way that this works is these guys all share in the pay-per-view, so you just said yourself you think that this is gonna be a big fight. I agree with you and think it’s gonna be a big fight, well he will share in the profits of the fight. That’s how it works. That’s how you run a business and you don’t go broke, that’s how that works.”

Jones heard about White’s comments and shot back on Twitter Friday. He seemed to suggest White was lying.

Maybe White is trying to make Jones look bad publicly so Jones accepts a deal to fight for less. Or maybe White was embellishing so that the public will understand why the UFC makes a fight with Lewis instead.