There will be a lot worth watching this weekend at UFC 178. For starters, Demetrious Johnson will defend his 125 pound championship against Chris Cariaso, Conor McGregor and Dustin Poirier will face off in a lightweight grudge match and Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone will welcome Eddie Alvarez to the UFC.
In the new Countdown to UFC 178 mini-documentary special (above and below), you can check out all of those guys get ready for battle this Saturday from inside their training camps. Watch Johnson goof around with his family and then train hard, see Conor McGregor break boards, and Eddie Alvarez prepare to make his eagerly-anticipated UFC debut.
On a night where there were plenty of stars, the Irish featherweight staked his claim as one of the best in the business.
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OK, IP address is blocked, heat is dissipating around the old block.. I think it is time to share my story with you. For the sake of lawfulness and legal ass coverings we will tell the non-fictional tale of my hiatus in the form of a troubadours legend. (That means I’m going to tell it as someone else’s story to avoid self-incrimination, whooped.) This is seriously too long of a story to just sum up in a few paragraphs. It’s going to take several posts of peeling back the layers of my brain to access all the pain and melancholy that I am working so hard to forget. Please be patient as I will try to be as descriptive and detailed as possible in helping you (and me) understand how this journey materialized in the first place and what we all (especially me) can learn from it. A lot of it still doesn’t make sense even to me, so I can only imagine what you guys are going to think. However, I am going to put it all out there and hope the majority of you can understand the justifications that I’ve had to convince myself were necessary to endure at the time. OR just be told how bat shit crazy I am and learn to deal with it. Either way, it’s my story and it happened just like this.
Like most tales of struggle, sadness and general fucked-up-edness this one begins with a girl.. But not just ANY girl mind you, this one begins with the mother of my child and the love of my life for the past 7 (fucking) years. And yes, I (some guy other than myself from Arizona, let’s sayyy -Mike Hawk) am still a bit salty from the end of our relationship and I DO still love her very much. Fucking bitch. She was my gangster bitch. A natural criminal from 27th Ave in Phoenix that has already served 2 prison sentences in Illinois for trafficing hundreds of pounds of weed from here to there. The hottest fucking mexican ex-con girl you could ever imagine. Perfect for me in every way. Street smart, knew how to deal with cops and their lies when we were being questioned, book smart, independent, would sneak guns and knives into bars and strip clubs for me- a TRUE partner in crime. Together, we were an unstoppable force. The perfect team. Together..
Anyway, the beginning starts at the end..
Last November I was living a what would be considered a pretty normal life, well, for me anyways. I had a huge 4 bedroom house, a decent paying job, a family that I was supporting and still loved me. Oh yeah, and I was smoking up to a quarter a day of high grade heroin. Well, we both were. Me and my girl. For the sake of not being nameless, let’s call her -"Felicity".. For years I supported our very very expensive habit and had enough hustle in me to keep it going strong. However, it was around the end of the month when I noticed a HUGE change taking place in my girls attitude. She became extremely paranoid. Accusing me of cheating on her in outlandish ways. Now mind you, we have always had a strong relationship. We have been thru the wringer together and faced more tragedies as a couple in 7 years than most couples would have to endure in 30. Gun shot wounds, stabbings, disabled child, cancer.. The list goes on and on. I could not understand where this was coming from. I literally did everything that I could to stop our ship from sinking. I quit my job, took her with me everywhere I went, went to extensive lengths to prove my innocence- even took the family and moved 100 miles away to the sticks just to show her that there is nobody else.. And really, there wasn’t.
Wanting to give her the benefit of the doubt, it literally took my naive ass an entire month to figure out what was really going on. My girl was doing meth behind my back. I don’t know if any of you are familiar with the effects of meth, but that shit will have you hearing and seeing things clear as day that aren’t really there, and it takes a trained mind to be able to tell the difference between reality and the shadow world. She, however, could not tell the difference and gave in to the paranoia that grips ahold of you when under meths evil spell. She struggled with meth addiction in the past before we were together, but I thought she was over it by now. It really came out of left field and floored me when the truth was finally uncovered. I tried my best to convince her that it was all in her head. That the insinuations she was drumming up were just too outlandish to be based in ours (or any) reality. But she couldn’t believe that she couldn’t trust her own ears and eyes and was holding onto these ridiculous "facts" for the sheer notion that if it wasn’t true- than she must be going crazy. But believe me guys, she was going nucking futs in a handbasket quicker than Charlie Sheen bathed in buckets of 100 proof tigers blood. The whole thing was, and still is, fucking heartbreaking to say the least.
To keep up with her I started dabbling with the devils drug myself after 14 long years of being off of it. It’s crazy but it actually does help when you’re coming down off of heroin and there isn’t anymore around to quell the detox demons from tearing you apart inside and out. However, coming down from both is like having a timebomb inside of your chest that detonates every time your heart beats a step. Now I understand how there are so many drug related robberies and murders in this country. Those feelings of sheer doom lead you to desperateness. Desperateness leads you to robbery, and robbery eventually leads to murder. Either on purpose or by accident (I.E being surprised by unannounced guests, or store employee heroes). On opiates I was always able to maintain a form of normality on the outside and function as a working member of society. Shit, I suppose 7 fucking years is a long time to learn to adapt. But those 2 drugs together, FUCK.. It’s amazing I am still alive today. I did some fucked up shit that I (Mike Hawk of Arizona) am not too proud of to say the least.. But we will get into that as the story progresses..
Manny Gamburyan vs Matt Hobar
Jon Tuck vs Fabricio Camoes
Kevin Lee vs Vinc Pichel
John Howard vs Zak Cummings
Brian Ebersole vs Kiichi Kunimoto
Patrick Cote vs Court McGee
Stephen Thompson vs Neil Magny
James Krause vs Naoyuki Kotani
Jorge Masvidal vs Michael Johnson
Takeya Mizugaki vs Eddie Wineland
Dominick Cruz vs TJ Dillashaw
Amanda Nunes vs Jessica Eye
Cat Zingano vs Ronda Rousey
Tim Kennedy vs Gegard Mousasi
Yoel Romero vs Bisping/Rockhold winner (IMO Jacare has done more then enough to get the next shot)
Dustin Poirier vs Clay Guida
Conor McGregor vs Aldo/Mendes winner
Eddie Alvarez vs Jim Miller
Donald Cerrone vs Khabib Nurmagomedov
Chris Cariaso vs Zach Makovsky
Demetrious Johnson vs McCall/Lineker winner
After a long tenure with the world’s top MMA promotion, Cheick Kongo left the UFC on his own accord. However, he did so while nearing 40 and having lost two out of his last three bouts.
Though it wasn’t long ago, it would appear to be a long time ago compared to where the Frenchman is now. The heavyweight striker has won three out of his last four fights in the Bellator promotion and has another big fight, against Lavar Johnson, this Friday in Conn.
Despite the apparent turn-around, Kongo says it’s the same him and that he’s taking everything in stride. “No, this is not a new moment [for me],” he says.
“I always enjoy life like it is. But when the engine gets warmed upÂ and has the right gasoline in it, things go well.”
Kongo may feel like he’s just warming up in his career, but he also admits to taking things one fight at a time. The fighter has long had business investments and interests outside of the cage and continues to do so, in hopes of securing income in his future without prize fighting.
Kongo has also changed up some coaches and training partners, he says, in order to “get some fresh blood” in his camp.
Among the places he gets work in are friend Quinton “Rampage” Jackson’s gym and Antonio McKee’s “Body Shop.” Kongo says he’s training smarter these days, not just grinding himself down.
And, despite being 39 years old and in the 14th year of his pro MMA career, the Parisian says he’s in no rush. “It’s not a rush, it’s not a race,” he says.
“If you want to perform in the right way, and stay on track, you have to be smart. You have to be clever. I made some mistakes in the past.”
Kongo is also unconcerned with how much his stock rises or falls based on popularity. The man is about his business, and his business is fighting.
“I’m a calm and quiet person,” he says.
“I don’t need to get a lot of attention on me. Do your job and leave everything out there until you have to do something else. After MMA, after sport, I will have another life. So, I like to keep myself very calm, busy and active. I still have the passion to progress, though.”
Anthem Media Group Inc. announced today that the world’s premier combat sports television channel Fight Network and the first-ever channel dedicated to fantasy sports FNTSY Sports Network are now available in the Roku Channel Store.
Fight Network is available to Roku users in North America, while FNTSY Sports Network can be purchased by Roku users in North America, the U.K. and Republic of Ireland. Both networks are now available for purchase at a monthly subscription rate of $2.99 each, which includes a 30-day free preview, or an annual subscription rate of $29.99 each.
Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network are 24-hour television channels, with accompanying video-on-demand (VOD) content, mobile apps, websites and presence on all major social media platforms. The channels available for the Roku platform support both video-on-demand (VOD) content and live streaming.
Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network are owned by Anthem Media Group Inc., a global leader in operating targeted specialty television channels on linear, digital and mobile platforms.
“With our continued emphasis on offering a dynamic multi-platform service, we’re optimistic about our launch on Roku, a leader in streaming entertainment to the TV,” said Leonard Asper, CEO of Anthem Media Group Inc. “With the great demand for interactive sports programming, Fight Network and FNTSY Sports Network will offer Roku users the best in combat sports and fantasy sports content, adding more great specialty programming for these passionate fan bases.”
“Our focus is to provide Roku users with the most content available on any streaming platform across a variety of genres,” said Ziba Kaboli-Gerbrands, Director of Content Acquisition for Roku. “The addition of these channels broadens our content offering and provides our combat and fantasy sports fans with content that is relevant to their interests any time they want it.”
Fight Network is the world’s premier 24/7 television channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports. It airs programs focused on the entire scope of the combat sports genre, including mixed martial arts, boxing, kickboxing, professional wrestling, traditional martial arts, fight news and analysis, as well as fight-themed drama, reality series, documentaries and feature films.
FNTSY Sports Network is the world’s first-ever television network specifically targeted towards the estimated 40 million people who play fantasy sports annually and on a daily basis. It includes live studio programming, call-in shows, panels, celebrity and expert drafts, reality programming and on-site commentary from sports venues, as well as short-form programming from the experts around the country.
Fight Network’s dynamic programming lineup includes live events from around the world, extensive news coverage and expert analysis. In addition to live weigh-ins, press conferences and other breaking news, the channel airs mixed martial arts events from Cage Warriors, KSW, Ultimate Challenge MMA, Championship Fighting Alliance and M-1, kickboxing from K-1 Global, Enfusion and Final Fight Championship, world-class boxing productions from Frank Warren, Matchroom Sport, DiBella Entertainment, Hennessy Sports and more, plus professional wrestling events and traditional martial arts disciplines such as amateur wrestling, judo, karate, taekwondo, sambo and Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Fight Network also produces weekly and daily news programs, including “5 Rounds” on Mondays at 7 p.m. ET, featuring extensive event recaps and technical breakdowns, and “Fight News Now” on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. ET, a look at the biggest newsmakers with analysis and profiles of upcoming events, providing extensive coverage of the world’s leading promotions, including the UFC, Bellator and major boxing events. Fridays at 8 p.m. ET, “Toe 2 Toe” provides in-depth interviews with the most relevant and interesting people in the world of combat sports, from mixed martial arts fighters to trainers to boxing legends and more. Fight Network is already available in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Turkey, and across the Middle East and North Africa.
FNTSY Sports Network covers every fantasy sport, from football to golf, baseball, World Cup soccer, basketball, racing and more. It airs insightful daily live news and feature programs, including the simulcast of SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio’s “RotoExperts” with Scott Engel and Adam Ronis weekdays from 6 to 9 a.m. ET, followed by live studio productions of “Game Time Decisions” with Gabriel Morency at 3 p.m. ET and “FNTSY Sports Today” with Laura Diakun at 4 p.m. ET. Additionally, the channel recently launched “Bloomberg Sports Stats Insights” weekdays at 6:30 p.m. ET, focusing on predictive analytical content to reveal fantasy projections and forecasts, as well as in-depth analysis and coverage of the day’s top sports stories that affect the fantasy sports world, and “Razzball” with Nick Capozzi welcoming some of the fantasy sports world’s brightest minds to share their insights and help give you an edge in your league. The channel kicks off NFL seasons with six hours of live programming on Sunday mornings, beginning at 7 a.m. ET, as well as live football news programming on Tuesday and Thursday nights. FNTSY Sports Network also features short-form content from some of the top experts in fantasy sports, providing timely up-to-the-minute information and breaking news, as well as a permanent multi-zone fantasy sports “ticker,” all combining to provide an exciting schedule that a fantasy sports player can’t do without, and regular sports fans will not want to miss. The network’s major suppliers of statistics and data include industry leaders Stats LLC. and The Sports Network.
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