UFC 230 – The thrill and the agony. These are the best vids for MMA fans

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Personally, I feel that these ‘Thrill and Agony’ vids that the UFC put out are some of their finest work. Mixing in corner cams and behind-the-scenes looks at what was going on during fights is so intriguing. You wonder how Chris Weidman’s corner reacted to his loss against Jacare… and here it is.

The video really shows how much each camp had invested in the fights. When Jared Cannonier beat David Branch, we got an incredible look at Benson Henderson and the rest of the LAB corner absolutely losing their shit. To top it off, there’s an inside look of Dana White telling Connonier that he was hesitant to give him the Branch fight because he feared Branch would just lay on him.

Thrill and agony is a perfect way to title this video package. It allows us to see what really goes down at the fights. As for UFC 230, there were definitely a lot of ups and downs and we get to see all of it.

Watch the UFC 230 weigh-ins live or after the event, right here on MSC

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The UFC 230 traditional weigh-ins will come to us live (3:00 PM / PT) or once the event has completed. You can catch them right here at (MSC) MikeSwick.com. Derrick Lewis will be taking on Daniel Cormier in the main event for the UFC heavyweight title. The co-main event will be a middleweight fight between former UFC middleweight champion, Chris Weidman and former Strikeforce middleweight champion, Jacare Souza.

The PPV doesn’t end there. Here’s a full look at the stacked Madison Square Garden card.

UFC 230 PPV

Daniel Cormier vs. Derrick Lewis
Chris Weidman vs. Ronaldo Souza
David Branch vs. Jared Cannonier
Karl Roberson vs. Jack Marshman
Derek Brunson vs. Israel Adesanya

FS1 Prelims

Jason Knight vs. Jordan Rinaldi
Sijara Eubanks vs. Roxanne Modafferi
Julio Arce vs. Sheymon Moraes
Ben Saunders vs. Lyman Good

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

Matt Frevola vs. Lando Vannata
Shane Burgos vs. Kurt Holobaugh
Brian Kelleher vs. Montel Jackson
Adam Wieczorek vs. Marcos Rogerio de Lima

David Branch calls out Jacare in a very martial artsy way

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Davis Branch cuts a promo that looks like it was straight out of a Hollywood movie. His callout was directed at Jacare Souza and it was definitely one of the more artsy fartsy callouts we’ve seen. Branch even got his students involved, making it feel that much more Karate Kid-ish.

“Jacare. What’s up with this fight? Let’s make this thing happen. We were supposed to fight two times before, but they were short notice. Now, we’ve got all the time in the world. Right now I’m (ranked) number seven and you’re number five.”

Branch goes on with the callout and involves his students in his skit. They start doing the Jacare hand clap that imitates an alligator.

I can’t tell if this callout is incredible or incredibly lame. However, I am definitely interested now.

UFC 224 Event Results: Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington

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Get your complete UFC 224 Event Results right here. UFC 224 is in the books. There were tremendous amounts of action tonight in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and we saw a ton of good fights. We’re happy to provide the UFC 224 Event Results, right here. In the main event, Amanda Nunes faced off with … Read moreUFC 224 Event Results: Amanda Nunes vs. Raquel Pennington

UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 6: Faceoffs and Weight Cutting

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Here is the UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 6

The UFC has released UFC 224 Embedded Episode 6 of their popular series for UFC 224.  In this episode, we see the fighters on the main card faceoff and pose for photos. We see the fighters doing everything they can to sweat off those last remaining pounds prior to weighing in. Mackenzie Dern misses weight by an incredible 7 pounds.

Amanda Nunes takes a walk down memory lane with a former coach and some pictures. Get ready, it’s almost time to step into the cage.

UFC 224 takes place Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fight card is available here.

From the UFC Youtube Channel

On Episode 6 of UFC 224 Embedded, Ultimate Media Day brings out the fighters’ inner fashionistas, as they don apparel ranging from nice dresses to short shorts to bathrobes. Opponents sound off and face off: Strawweights Mackenzie Dern and Amanda Cooper; former champions Lyoto Machida and Vitor Belfort; middleweights Jacare Souza and Kelvin Gastelum; and women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and challenger Raquel Pennington.

Afterward, Nunes reunites with a former coach, who brings photos from her early career. Then all attention turns to the weight cut as Cooper, Souza and Pennington sweat out their final pounds.

UFC 224 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 224 on Saturday, May 12th on Pay-Per-View.

UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 5: Interviews and photo shoots.

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Here is the UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 5

The UFC has released UFC 224 Embedded Episode 5 of their popular series for UFC 224.  In this episode, the Brazilian fighters take center stage doing photo shoots and interviews with media ahead of the fight card. Mackenzie Dern gets in a workout at Big Nog’s gym and Kelvin Gastelum dazzles at his open workout.

Kevin Casey, Lyoto Machida’s training partner, and former UFC fighter blesses us with some freestyle rapping. They are traveling in a van, as he raps along to the beat on his phone. He’s pretty talented.

UFC 224 takes place Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fight card is available here.

From the UFC Youtube Channel

On Episode 5 of UFC 224 Embedded, the Brazilians on the card shine for the cameras, as Vitor Belfort, John Lineker, Lyoto Machida, Jacare Souza and Amanda Nunes do photos and interviews. Strawweight Mackenzie Dern trains at the gym of Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. At official open workouts, middleweight Kelvin Gastelum impresses the crowd by speaking Portuguese, and the crowd impresses title challenger Raquel Pennington by not booing her.

UFC 224 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 224 on Saturday, May 12th on Pay-Per-View.

UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 4: Ramping up for fight night.

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Here is the UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 4 The UFC has released UFC 224 Embedded Episode 4 of their popular series for UFC 224.  In this episode, the fighters are ramping up their final training sessions and beginning their final weight cuts for the fights Saturday night. Lyoto Machida works out in Brazil, looking … Read moreUFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 4: Ramping up for fight night.

Five can’t miss fights that you have to see this weekend

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The UFC and Bellator are offering some awesome fights this weekend This is going to be a big Saturday night for fans of MMA. Both the UFC and Bellator are putting on events with some great potential fights on them. I still wish that the two cards were running Friday & Saturday instead of both … Read moreFive can’t miss fights that you have to see this weekend

UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 3: What to do with downtime?

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Here is the UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 3 The UFC has released UFC 224 Embedded Episode 3 of their popular series for UFC 224.  In this e[pisode we see what the fighters do with the very small amount of downtime they have during fight week. Amanda Nunes spends some time at the mall, while … Read moreUFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 3: What to do with downtime?

UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 2: Fighters arriving in Brazil

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Here is the UFC 224 Embedded Vlog Episode 2

The UFC has released Episode 2 of their popular Embedded series for UFC 224.  We see Lyoto Machida at the beach, Amanda Nunes in the hotel running on treadmills, Jacare at the airport and more. The UFC does a great job taking the viewer behind the scenes leading up to the fights.

UFC 224 takes place Saturday night in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The fight card is available here.

From the UFC Youtube Channel

On Episode 2 of UFC 224 Embedded, middleweight Lyoto Machida relishes the beauty of his home country. Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes runs indoors with her girlfriend, strawweight Nina Ansaroff. Middleweight Jacare Souza arrives in Brazil and has a friendly interaction with the coach of his opponent, Kelvin Gastelum, who manages to enjoy his time in hostile territory. Strawweight Amanda Cooper discusses her baby food diet. After an outdoor workout, Nunes and Ansaroff run into a friend and former teammate, strawweight Tecia Torres – who just happens to be engaged to Nunes’ opponent, Raquel Pennington.

UFC 224 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 224 on Saturday, May 12th on Pay-Per-View.

UFC 224 Embedded Ep 1. Jacare, Gastelum, Dern, Nunes, Pennington

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The UFC welcomes us on another journey into the lives of fighters prepping for their fight week. Of course, the main and co-main events of UFC 224 are featured, but so is a segment on Mackenzie Dern. I think it’s really telling of the UFC’s attempt at trying to make another star in the women’s division. With the departure of Ronda Rousey; Mackenzie has the look, credentials, and undefeated record that they seem to want to make a star out of.

The main event of UFC 224 is Raquel Pennington vs Amanda Nunes and the co-main is Jacare Souza vs Kelvin Gastelum. The fight that has been most overlooked on the main card will be a legends battle between Vitor Belfort and Lyoto Machida. Hopefully, those guys make an appearance in episode 2 of Embedded.

From the UFC YouTube Channel:

“On Episode 1 of UFC 224 Embedded, strawweight Mackenzie Dern reflects on a lifetime spent in jiu-jitsu, and middleweight Kelvin Gastelum wraps his camp with a sparring day.

Women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes gets a massage at home, then packs alongside her girlfriend, strawweight Nina Ansaroff. Middleweight Jacare Souza readies for his first UFC fight in Rio. Bantamweight title challenger Raquel Pennington spends her Sunday getting ready for the trip with her fiancee, strawweight Tecia Torres.

UFC 224 Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the women’s bantamweight championship at UFC 218 on Saturday, May 12th on Pay-Per-View.”

Kelvin Gastelum will meet Jacare Souza at UFC 224 in Brazil

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Kelvin Gastelum will meet Jacare Souza in a possible title eliminator. There have been some quality fights announced in the past few days, and perhaps none of them were bigger than this middleweight title eliminator. Kelvin Gastelum will go toe to toe with Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza at UFC 224 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  Jacare … Read moreKelvin Gastelum will meet Jacare Souza at UFC 224 in Brazil

Anderson Silva threatens retirement if he doesn’t get Interim Title bout with Romero

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Anderson Silva wants an Interim Title fight or nothing at all. Well, Anderson Silva is threatening to take his ball and go home.  He appeared as a guest on Ariel Helwani’s popular program, The MMA Hour today and dropped the news. He wants to face Yoel Romero for the UFC Middleweight Interim belt, and he … Read moreAnderson Silva threatens retirement if he doesn’t get Interim Title bout with Romero

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – UFC on FOX 24 edition

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We’re all recovering from what was a great night in Kansas City I’ve decided to create a new post-event article called The Good, The Bad and the Ugly where we look back at an event and talk about who or what was great, not so great and just plain bad.  This is the first edition … Read moreThe Good, the Bad and the Ugly – UFC on FOX 24 edition

Jacare Souza forgoes free agency and signs a new contract with the UFC

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Jacare’s free agent run turned out to be non-existent. Ronaldo Souza was heading into tomorrow night at UFC on FOX 24 against Robert Whittaker on the last fight of his UFC commitment. There’s been a lot of consideration as to if he might test the free-agent market. He has a solid relationship with Scott Coker … Read moreJacare Souza forgoes free agency and signs a new contract with the UFC