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  1. Sad news:

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    Tragedy has struck the MMA community as UCMMA Welterweight Champion and Bellator MMA veteran Jahreau Shepherd was murdered in London, England. A report from The Evening Standard states that Shepherd was murdered after being stabbed to death during his thirtieth birthday party. Police and medical personnel were called to the establishment where Shepherd lived and his body was discovered on the front lawn, where the fighter would be pronounced dead a short time later.

    Shepherd was reportedly stabbed moments after holding a birthday party barbecue and no suspect(s) has been named at this time, an investigation is being conducted at this time by the Scotland Yard. Another person was reportedly stabbed at the party as well, but that person, who is twenty six years old, is expected to survive.

    The fighter had a 6-2-0 record as a professional MMA fighter, defeating John Jasinski at UCMMA 61 in November of last year to win the promotion’s welterweight title. Shepherd also competed in Bellator MMA at Bellator 200, defeating Marcin Zywica by first round TKO.

     


    UCMMA is Dave O'Donnell's promotion. So I assume some of you might know who he is. 


  2. 15 minutes ago, Carbomb said:

    The thing is nobody believes someone is automatically racist for disliking a black fighter for being a cock-end - I don't like Rampage because he's a frat-boy douchebag, and I can't stand Jones for the many obvious reasons. 

    And those are the two black fighters that are most popular with the MMA fanbase.

    Anyway, cards on the table, I was never a Woodley fan. I always found him to be an overrated fighter. For a brief while some were calling him a GOAT contender, which I never really understood. 

    However, if there was one fighter who was disliked by cretins for his race, it was Woodley. Some of the abuse he received on Twitter after he won the belt was disgraceful and racially motivated. 


  3. 23 minutes ago, David said:

    When did Dan Henderson ever cheat anyway? I lose track of who has popped for what these days, but I don't recall Dan being done for anything?

    He didn't, at least officially. 

    He used TRT from 2007 onward, which at the time was legal. In fact, he was the first known fighter to start using it. Once it was banned in 2014, he stopped using it. 


  4. Rampage once implied Bisping had used something "worse" than TRT. However, that might have been a reference to Bisping using ecstasy during his time as a DJ, rather than an accusation that Bisping had used performance enhancers during his MMA career. 

    Btw, Bisping was actually winning the Belcher fight quite handily before it was called off in the 3rd round. 


  5. Apparently the fighters were informed 2 weeks ago that Bellator was returning on July 24th, and bouts have already been booked for that show. I suspect they are waiting until next week before making an official announcement. With UFC 251 happening this weekend, any other MMA news is going to fall under the radar. 


  6. Thomas Hauser's 2015 articles on Mayweather and USADA:

    https://www.sbnation.com/longform/2015/9/9/9271811/can-boxing-trust-usada

    https://web.archive.org/web/20151016000105/https://www.boxnation.com/boxing-news/was-floyd-mayweather-really-dehydrated-the-fallout-from-can-boxing-trust-usada/

    I reread these articles the other day. There is tons of information in them I either forgot or was unaware of.

    In particular, I forgot about the rumours that Mayweather tested positive for an illegal substance 3 times between 2011-2012 and that Pacquiao's camp tried to unearth evidence of the positive tests from USADA. 

    I would also recommend the articles for anyone who is interested in the differences between VADA and USADA. 


  7. From Sherdog:

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    It’s been quiet on the Bellator MMA front in recent months, but that could change in the very near future.

    According to multiple sources close to the situation, the California-based promotion is targeting Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut, for a July 24 event. For Bellator to be able to hold that card, it must have its COVID-19 safety protocols approved by the Mohegan Tribe Department of Regulation. That will likely include extensive testing, social distancing measures, cleaning procedures and Bellator holding its fights with no fans in attendance.

    As of this writing, it is currently unknown what bouts will take place on the card. A request for comment from Mike Mazzulli, president of the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation, was not immediately returned.

    In recent months, multiple outlets reported that Bellator had designs on holding its first event since the COVID-19 pandemic at a studio space in California owned by Paramount or Viacom. It is unclear whether the organization still has those plans in place for future cards.

    Bellator hasn’t held an event since Bellator 240 in Dublin on Feb. 22. Bellator 241 was slated for Mohegan Sun Arena on March 13 without fans or credentialed media in attendance, but the card was ultimately canceled after weigh-ins due to coronavirus concerns. The promotion subsequently postponed its remaining event schedule until further notice.

     

     


  8. 50 minutes ago, wandshogun09 said:


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    Aside from the Condit decision, which really could’ve gone either way, I’m not having it. The second Hendricks fight was close and he left it late to put a stamp on it but he took fatboy’s soul in that last round. And in his only other title defence, he stopped Rory in that classic. I wouldn’t have an issue with someone scoring the Condit fight to Condit and I could even see the argument for Hendricks. Maybe. I’d have to revisit that one. But I don’t think it was at all outrageous that Lawler got the nod in those fights. In both cases, I recall it hanging in the balance going into the 5th, and in both cases he had them hanging on by a thread at the end. 

    😀

    Most media outlets scored those two fights against him. 

    I personally had him edging the Condit fight. The rematch with Hendricks? As much as I loathe to admit it, I did score that one for Hendricks and was pleasantly surprised on the night when Lawler got the nod. 

     


  9. I don't particularly like Masvidal as a person. But in regards to this weekend's fight, it is more that I don't want Usman to lose, rather than wanting Masvidal to fail. 

    For my money, Usman is easily the best champion the welterweight division has seen since GSP. I always found Woodley to be an overrated fighter, and as entertaining as Lawler's fights were as champion, he didn't half get the benefit of the doubt from the judges at times. It would be a shame if Usman's streak was interrupted by fighter, who while world-class, isn't elite level (IMO).


  10. The general consensus seems to be that Usman, Yan, and Volkanovski are all heavy favourites heading into this weekend. 

    As great a fighter as Holloway is, Volkanovski should be favourite. Not only did he win the first meeting between the pair, but he's also one of the most under-appreciated fighters in the game. He's, at worst, top 5 P4P. You could make an reasonable argument that the likes of Khabib, Izzy, Usman should be above him, but who else? Cejudo is inactive for the time being. Jones has looked very vulnerable of late against middling opposition. McGregor hasn't beaten a top-level opponent since 2016. Gaethje is a stunning fighter, but was his win over Ferguson really more impressive than Volkanovski's win over Holloway? I have no idea why Cormier still appears in P4P rankings, let alone ranked above more deserving fighters (the UFC have him ranked above Usman ffs)

    Aldo has seen much better days and Yan is an emerging force. So Yan being favourite makes perfect sense.

    Usman? He is rightfully favourite, but I am not ruling out a Masvidal victory. Usman may find it difficult to control Masvidal. The fight will take place in the larger cage, which naturally benefits the striker over the grappler. Masvidal also has some pretty tidy takedown/ground defence. I am picking Usman, but I won't be shocked if Masvidal pulls off the upset (although I hope he doesn't). 

     

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