UFC 231 The Thrill and the Agony Preview. The Main and Co-Main Events

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The UFC has put up another ‘The Thrill and The Agony’ video to Fight Pass and gave us a sneak peek into the meat and potatoes of it. It follows the UFC 231 main event of Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega and Joanna Jedrzejczyk vs Valentina Shevchenko in the co-main event.

The video, of course, stays true to its name. The range of emotions were especially high because two titles were on the line. After weeks of preparation, there were winners and there were losers, but all the fighters emptied the tank after giving everything they had.

You never want to see the losing side, especially when it is in regards to someone that is as good of a dude as Ortega. Seeing his family in tears is actually gut-wrenching. On the flip side of the coin, seeing Max Holloway’s family experiencing euphoria is just too damn cool.

‘The Thrill and The Agony’ is the perfect title.

UFC 231 early weigh-in results. Championship doubleheader is set.

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The ceremonial faceoffs for UFC 231 will take place today at 5 PM ET/ 2 PM /PT. However, the early weigh-ins took place this morning and everyone made weight without incident. UFC 231 will feature a championship doubleheader where we’ll see Max Holloway vs Brian Ortega for the featherweight title and Valentina Shevchenko vs Joanna Jedrzejczyk for the women’s vacant flyweight title.

You can view the ceremonial weigh-ins right here on mikeswick.com.

Early weigh-in results:

UFC 231 PPV

Max Holloway (144.5) vs. Brian Ortega (144.75) Featherweight Title
Valentina Shevchenko (123.5) vs. Joanna Jedrzejczyk (123.75) Women’s Flyweight Title
Gunnar Nelson (170.25) vs. Alex Oliveira (171)
Kyle Bochniak (145) vs. Hakeem Dawodu (145.75)
Jimi Manuwa (204.75) vs. Thiago Santos (205.75)

FS1 Prelims

Nina Ansaroff (115.25) vs. Claudia Gadelha (115.5)
Olivier Aubin-Mercier (155.75) vs. Gilbert Burns (155.75)
Katlyn Chookagian (125.75) vs. Jessica Eye (126)
Eryk Anders (186) vs. Elias Theodorou (184.5)

UFC Fight Pass Prelims

Brad Katona (135.5) vs. Matthew Lopez (135.5)
Chad Laprise (171) vs. Dhiego Lima (170.25)
Diego Ferreira (155.75) vs. Kyle Nelson (155.5)
Devin Clark (205) vs. Aleksandar Rakic (206)

Joanna vs Valentina set for December to crown a new flyweight queen

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After Nicco Montano failed to defend her title against Valentina Shevchenko a couple of weeks ago, the UFC was fed up and stripped her immediately. With the title vacated, The UFC needed to find themselves a new flyweight champion. They announced both fighters vying for the featherweight crown and when it’s going down.

The UFC tweeted out the matchup and also announced it on their official site.

“A new UFC women’s flyweight champion will be crowned on December 8, as former strawweight queen Joanna Jedrzejczyk faces off with Valentina Shevchenko for the vacant title at UFC 231 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

UFC 231 airs live on Pay-Per-View from the Scotiabank Arena.”

Shevchenko will move down in weight, as Joanna moves up. The two women have met before in kickboxing and Shevchenko beat Joanna all three times. Now, they will meet in the cage and run it back for a fourth time.

Stay healthy, ladies.

Not short on confidence, Joanna J tells Thug Rose to ‘Bow Down’

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Well now… Isn’t this just a little bit bizarre? Before her fight with Tecia Torres this evening, Joanna Jedrzejczyk has temporarily shifted her focus to her former opponent, Rose Namajunas. If my memory serves me correctly, Rose won both fights against the former strawweight champion. However, Joanna thinks Rose should ‘Bow Down’ before her because Joanna feels that she is still the best.

While confidence is a great thing to have, Joanna may be a bit over-confident. The fact remains that she lost to Rose twice and Rose is the champion. Yes, their second fight was very close, but the record book shows Rose as the winner.

Joanna is a beast but she may want to slow her role a bit. She still has Tecia Torres standing in her way tonight and that is where all of her focus should be.

Rose on Joanna, ‘She knows I’m the best, but she won’t admit it’.

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While I love both Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas, Rose has a pretty solid point in this video. The two strawweight have fought twice and both times, Rose beat Joanna very soundly. However, Joanna simply can’t accept it. She believes that she is the best and only lost due to circumstance.

The way it works in MMA is when you are the best and then someone beats you, they take that honor. Joanna blames the first loss on a bad weight cut and feels she won the second fight. Therefore, she has never lost in her own mind.

However, reality is much different and Joanna needs to simply accept it.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk gets her next opponent, will meet Tecia Torres

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This will be the first time Joanna fights without a title on the line since 2014 Joanna Jedrzejczyk finds herself fighting in a fight without a title on the line for the first time in a long time in her next fight. The UFC announced that Joanna would face Tecia Torres at UFC on FOX 30 … Read moreJoanna Jedrzejczyk gets her next opponent, will meet Tecia Torres

UFC 223 Fight Motion video is absolutely spectacular

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The UFC Fight Motion videos are always, top notch

UFC 223 is in the books, and it will certainly be remembered as one of the craziest events in UFC history. There was plenty to talk about to be sure. Folks were kept busy with the forever rotating main event, Conor McGregor going coo-coo for cocoa puffs and so much more. That said, the action that mattered took place in the Octagon, and we were treated to some great fights.  Fight Motion takes us inside the octagon.

In the co-feature fight Rose Namajunas proved her first victory over Joanna Jedrzejczyk was not a fluke, defeating her by unanimous decision to defend her Strawweight title. It was a great stand up fight that saw both fighters land a ton of shots. In the end, Rose did enough to convince the judges she’d won the fight. Joanna, however, disagreed.

In the main event, Khabib Nurmagomedov dominated Al Iaquinta from start to finish on his way to a very lopsided decision victory. The win moved Khabib to 26-0 and more importantly, made him the UFC undisputed Lightweight champion of the world.

I’m a big fan of the Fight Motion videos, and this one is no different. It captures the action in a way that really puts you inside the action.

UFC 223 pre-fight presser was like the kids say, LIT!

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My son would say that the UFC 223 pre-fight presser was lit! His old man would have to agree. Khabib Nurmagomedov had real disdain and heat with Tony Ferguson. However, he doesn’t have the same thing with Max Holloway. Their dynamic isn’t personal and is strictly business, but it is very entertaining.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk and Rose Namajunas are also completely different from the first time they fought. After Joanna lost by TKO to Rose, Joanna seems to be more focused and a lot more respectful. She didn’t get in Rose’s face and try the head games like she usually does. Rose was her usual focused self and kept everything short and to the point.

The spirited nature between all four combatants was fantastic to see and will no doubt spill over into Saturday nights UFC 223 PPV card.

Wild UFC 223 conference call. Rose, Joanna, Khabib, and Ferguson.

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Holy moly, what a wild conference call. Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk fielded media questions, while Tony Ferguson and Khabib absolutely roasted each other.

Tony sounds like a rapper trying to spit bars and Khabib just laughs at him and mocks him. However, Tony talks faster than he can think. Usually, he says some slick stuff, but then throws out a line which makes absolutely no sense. That is where Khabib goes hard at Tony and then the cycle begins again.

Rose shows her usual humility and Joanna is very confident during the interview. The two are polite to the journalists who ask questions and let each other speak. As for Tony and Khabib, it’s just bananas.

If the fights are anything like this interview, they are going to be awesome.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk looks to be on pace for successful weigh in

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk took to Instagram to show her status for UFC 223 Joanna Jedrzejczyk had a nightmare cut for her first fight with Rose Namajunas ahead of losing her Strawweight title. She split with the company, Perfecting Athletes,  that was in charge of her weight and nutrition and is apparently handing those things herself this time around. … Read moreJoanna Jedrzejczyk looks to be on pace for successful weigh in

Joanna Jedrzejczyk carries the Olympic torch for Poland

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Joanna Jedrzejczyk had the honor of carrying the Olympic torch for Poland. It is making it’s way to Pyeongchang County, South Korea, for the 2018 Winter Games. The games begin on February 9 and right now the flame is making its way there. This is just another of the many accomplishments that Joanna has achieved, … Read moreJoanna Jedrzejczyk carries the Olympic torch for Poland

Joanna, Faber, Big Nog and Li Jingliang do Chopstick Challenge

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So… a Brazilian, an American, a Polish girl, and a Chinese guy walk into a room. Stop me if you’ve heard this before. The Chopstick Challenge went down during the UFC, Shanghai weekend and the superstars were in it to win it.

The object was to get beans from one plate into another plate, while using just chopsticks. Players only had one minute to work and the winner was the person with the most transferred beans.

Joanna Jedrzejczyk, Urijah Faber, Big Nog, and Li Jingliang were the participants.

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Clearly we know who won this, right? Of course it was the American from Sacramento.

Historical UFC 217 animated and summed up in 1:09

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UFC 217 was most definitely a historical event for the company. Three title belts changed hands and it felt like the underdog won each of their fights. Thug Rose beat Joanna, GSP choked out Bisping, and TJ Dillashaw knocked Cody Garbrandt out. While I’m sure you can see the event in its six-hour entirety, our pal Mojahed Fudailat summed the whole thing up in 1:09.

I’m sorry to say that Tyron Woodley does not make an appearance calling people ‘racist’, Dana White does not die, and Paulie Malignaggi is nowhere to be seen. However, you get to see all of the champions fall in spectacular (and bizarre) fashion.

Mojahed nails it again and it’s hilarious.

Stars and Strikes UFC 217 – Main Card Match Ratings

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All new Stars and Strikes where we’ll tell you which fights are can’t miss. Man, you’d better be ready for Saturday night’s UFC card. It’s going to be one heck of a night and a card MMA fans have been starving for. With today’s UFC roster growth and the rate of which fights take place, … Read moreStars and Strikes UFC 217 – Main Card Match Ratings

Joanna on ‘Kelly and Ryan’. Best or worst thing ever? You decide.

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We’ll leave it up to you to decide what Joanna Jedrzejczyk on ‘Kelly and Ryan’ is all about. It’s always pretty cringe-worthy when a fighter tries to show celebrities how to fight. In my humble opinion, this scenario isn’t much different.

However, Joanna is a natural when it comes to being a people person. She told Rose Namajunas that she couldn’t deal with all of the things that come with being a champion. She may or may not have been correct about that. One thing is certain; Joanna certainly can handle it.

She’s a killer when the cage door shuts, but her promotional work (like this appearance) is engaging to all walks of life. As brutal as it must be to try and show Ryan Seacrest and Kelly Ripa a thing or two about MMA; I’m pretty sure Joanna nailed it.