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The winner will be the interim champion, and presumably will fight Aldo when he's healed.
The show, though, won't quite be the same after the long tour and build-up to promote Aldo-McGregor.">Rib injury KOs champ Jose Aldo, McGregor-Mendes tops UFC 189
Now, they might be hoping some of those emails went directly to spam.
Some of the UFC's biggest stars were on hand to give the fashion-week inspired event the extra push it needed. In fact, the only champion not on hand was UFC featherweight champion Jose Aldo, who is back in Brazil nursing a rib injury that might keep him out of his UFC 189 title defense against Irish needle-mover Conor McGregor on July 11.
The look of the kit, themselves, is a stark departure from the billboard-esque fight shorts that athletes wore in year's past. Reebok even added an official "jersey" to go along with each fighter's choice of fight-night shorts – a jersey that will run you close to $100 if you'd like to purchase one.
The UFC and its fighters rely heavily on branding. All a fighter has is his or her name (perhaps a catchy nickname like "Pitbull" or "Spider") and likeness to earn extra cash.
In fact, with the new Reebok partnership, how much any given fighter could earn depends on how much gear they sell (along with their tenure in the company).
But when the sponsor misspells your name on merchandise on the day it's officially unveiled, well, you can understand that more than a few people could get upset.
Especially when we're talking about stars like "Giblert Melendez," "Marcio" Lyoto Machida and UFC hall of famer Mark Hughes."
Some fighters even got the parental treatment when their full names were printed on their jerseys.
Yo @Reebok my name is BEC.. only my mother can call me Rebecca 😈 pic.twitter.com/HSpfbkHKRV— 'Rowdy' Bec Rawlings (@RowdyBec) June 30, 2015
.@Reebok @ufc never once have I been announced as Thomas Lawlor. Thanks for putting the fighters at the forefront of the clothing #smh— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) June 30, 2015
No offense but if anyone pays $95 for a shirt with my name on the back you're an idiot.— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) June 30, 2015
Reebok, for its part, actually responded to Lawlor's claims via social media.
Although, one can assume given his simple reply, "Filthy Thomas" is still more than a little upset.
Thanks. https://t.co/tRVE9hH1T3— Tom Lawlor (@FilthyTomLawlor) June 30, 2015
These are just some of the hiccups from Reebok. Other errors include a lack of accents on a majority of fighter's names and apparent mix-ups with fighter nationality.
Given that Reebok had ample time to ensure that this very public rollout went smoothly, these errors – and an apparent lack of attention to detail – are only going to stoke the proverbial flame of critics everywhere.
(Here is a complete list of mistakes, courtesy of reddit user CaptainSasquatch.)
Popular MMA video on Yahoo Sports:">UFC's 'fight kit' reveal goes awry as Reebok misspells several fighter names
- Dana White did not appreciate Yoel Romero's post-fight religious rant
"…I will tell you guys something: God made man to be free. Anybody can do whatever they want. I wouldn't be the type of person to critique anybody. I have to look at myself first, and be a better person, to love people. What I was trying to say was, to the United States, thank you, for giving me the American Dream. There is no better country, because it is blessed by God."
Unfortunately for Romero, he could not have picked a more inopportune time to air his apparent grievances. His performance against Machida pushes him one step closer towards potential UFC gold, and these heated comments – no matter your opinion on the issue – could very well force him two steps back.">Yoel Romero gives bizarre religious rant after win over Lyoto Machida, later apologizes
For the record, White said Thursday that Mendes will be paid, regardless of whether he fights. White said the UFC does that frequently, and said it paid Jessica Eye to train and be ready as a backup to fight Ronda Rousey at UFC 184 in February if Cat Zingano wasn't able to make it.
Aldo was hurt when he was hit with a spinning back kick on Tuesday in Brazil. With his injury history -- he's pulled out of four events since he joined the UFC -- the UFC needed to make sure that McGregor remained on the show. White expects it to be the biggest pay-per-view show in the company's history, and it's largely because of McGregor.
Mendes, who is the division's No. 1 contender, is 17-0 against all the other featherweights in the world but 0-2 against Aldo. He lost title fights to Aldo at UFC 142 in 2012 and UFC 179 last year.
But he's long been eager to get a crack at McGregor, who has mocked him mercilessly over the last two years. Among other insults, McGregor referred to Mendes as "a midget."
McGregor has gone 5-0 in two-plus years in the UFC but earned the title shot as much for his notoriety and ability to attract fans as for his accomplishments in the cage.
If Mendes fights him, it will be because Aldo physically couldn't make it and it would be declared an interim title bout. That doesn't really matter to Mendes, who said the interim belt "would be a cool thing," but not the prize he's truly seeking.
"This guy has talked and talked and talked and for the last year, he's made it personal," Mendes said of McGregor. "I'm going to thoroughly enjoy punching him in the face. Getting in there and getting a belt against a guy like him, who in my opinion has a lot of holes in his game, is something I couldn't pass up. He's good. Don't get me wrong.
"He's got talent, but when you put aside the mouth and the marketing skills, he's not the kind of guy I see as a champion."
So Mendes will train for the next two weeks as if he were going to fight, with the knowledge that with each passing day, the likelihood he's needed will decrease.
He's not worried about it, he said, because he is always in the gym working out. His weight rarely balloons up and so he said he'd have no issue being ready to make the division's 145-pound limit.
"Either way, I feel I'm in a positive place, whether Aldo gets in there and fights or not," Mendes said. "Basically, I've got to treat this like I'm fighting for the world title. I've got to shut out all that stuff [about possibly training and then not getting to fight] and just be ready to fight. Physically and mentally, I'm in a great place and I'm in a can't lose situation.
"If I am fighting, I will be ready. This is a fight I've wanted for a long time. I've thought about this fight for quite a while and I'm excited to get in there and do it. But if I don't get to fight, this is a bout that not only as a fighter, but as a fan, I'd be excited to watch. So I can go pig out at the buffet and see a great fight. Either way, it's positive for me."">Chad Mendes happy to serve as an understudy for Jose Aldo
- He is a member of the UFC Hall of Fame. ">UFC's Chuck Liddell wins $2 million judgment in real estate fraud case
"When Ken did take him down he never hit him once. How bout that? He never hit him. He had him down. He had him flattened out. He's not blasting him with punches. He's got him flattened out and he's not hitting him; that doesn't make any sense."
The other sticking point Rogan had was the submission attempt itself. Rogan, who is a black belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, was dumbfounded by Shamrock’s lack of efficiency, despite being a legend in the art of submission fighting.
"He never went behind the head! He choked him but he had it, like, on top of the head in some sort of weird way.”
He continued, "It was disturbing to me how easy Kimbo shook Ken off his back. There was a lot of [expletive] I didn't like about it."
Rogan is also a very successful stand-up comedian who has never shied away from a good conspiracy theory, or challenging of authority. And he does make some compelling points; specifically the awkward tie-up at the opening of the fight and even more awkward submission attempt that followed.
However, Kimbo vs. Shamrock was a big fight for Bellator, and even with Shamrock’s history as a pro wrestler, the thought of them risking their legitimacy on a staged fight seems far-fetched.
What is your verdict, Cagereaders: Did you watch Friday’s fight? Was the fix in? Or are people getting too worked up over two men who are well past their prime?
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Ryan McKinnell is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports Cagewriter blog. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter!">Kimbo Slice-Ken Shamrock draws record numbers for Bellator amid cries of a fix
- Jose Aldo Jr. reportedly fractures rib, leaving UFC 189 main event up in the air
At least so far, the answer has been no. A former Muay Thai kickboxing world champion, Jedrzejczyk's striking skills are what has allowed her to lap the rest of her weight class.
She fought off the game Penne's numerous takedown attempts. Once she found her range and started landing her vast array of strikes, it was only a matter of time until Penne would not be able to continue.
The official end came at 4:22 of the third, when a straight right hand followed by a knee sent the American staggering back, helpless, into the cage. Her eyes were both swollen nearly shut and she was bleeding from multiple cuts when referee Marc Goddard mercifully halted the bout.
"Again and again and again, and still," a jubilant Jedrzejczyk exclaimed. "I'm going to be the champion for a while. Nobody is going to take this belt from me."
She won it at UFC 185 in March in an impressive performance in taking it from Esparza, who had entered as the champion.
If anything, though, she was even more impressive in her defeat of Penne, who took dozens of brutal blows to the face and head and continued to fight on. But when Goddard finally waved it off, Penne didn't protest, her body language showing she knew a finish was only inevitable.
Jedrzejczyk won the first round, though it was the closest of the three contested. Penne managed to briefly dump Jedrzejczyk once early, but Jedrzejczyk's takedown defense was, as usual, impeccable.
But it was a short right elbow from Jedrzejczyk in the second round while they were clinched that turned the fight around. It opened a cut on Penne's nose and unleashed a torrent of kicks, punches and elbows from the champion until Godard had seen enough and opted to save Penne.
"I said to Jessica [before the match] that this fight was going to be a war," Jedrzejczyk said. "Was it a war? It was a real war."
Judging by the looks of things, it may take a small army to defeat Jedrzejczyk, who is now 10-0 with five finishes.
">Joanna Jedrzejczyk retains title with dominant win over Jessica Penne
After a much-publicized, and very public, brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in the lobby of the MGM Grand back in 2014, the UFC most assuredly cannot be thrilled with Aldo's comments. The brawl gained national attention for all the wrong reasons, and a scuffle between Aldo and McGregor seems pointless at this juncture – it's not like there isn't interest in the fight.
During a 10-stop world tour in late March to promote their UFC 189 showdown, both fighters had numerous opportunities to speak their mind and relish in the hype. At one stop, in McGregor's hometown of Dublin, the challenger even managed to snatch the UFC belt off the dais in front of Aldo and raise it victoriously over his head.
The display of disrespect nearly set off a fight, as Aldo lunged forward to reclaim his property.
During the tour, both fighters were warned by UFC brass to not engage in any contact, or they risked a hefty fine.
However, now that the tour has concluded, and fight week is quickly approaching, Aldo is more than OK with the possibility of some early contact.
Besides, what is the UFC going to do if they brawl at a media event: cancel the fight?
"We talked about a possible fine during the tour, but it is too expensive, and I couldn't afford getting fined," admitted Aldo. "That was an issue because I couldn't do what I wanted to do. But the fight is around the corner now so we can do something more because nobody will do anything about it. If there is any trash talk, I know what I'm going to do.
He continued, "I already have in my mind what I'm going to do, but it's a secret. It's going to be a different Aldo. There's no fine or suspension anymore. After everything they spent, they won't cancel this fight for anything. I'm sure he will come after me, but I guarantee it's going to be different this time."
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Ryan McKinnell is a contributor for the Yahoo Sports Cagewriter blog. Have a tip? Email him or follow him on Twitter!">Jose Aldo: Pre-fight brawl with Conor McGregor 'would be great'
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Truthfully, the only enjoyment anyone has been able to scrape out of the whole ordeal has come via the brutal mocking the event has received on said social medias, so join after the jump to check out all the highlights (if you can call them that) from this morning's ceremony. In keeping with the UFC's way of doing things, this list will neither be 10 items long nor adhere to any numerical system.
The post The Top 10 WTF?! Moments From Today’s #UFCFightKit Unveiling Ceremony appeared first on Cagepotato.
">The Top 10 WTF?! Moments From Today’s #UFCFightKit Unveiling Ceremony
Video highlights and a complete list of results are after the jump.
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">Fight Night 70 Highlights/Results: Romero Obliterates Machida, Larkin, Santos, and Sims Score Big KO’s
- MMA Bill Fails in New York. Sky Is Blue. Water Wet.
That statement is after the jump.
The post UPDATE: Jose Aldo’s Rib *Not* Broken, McGregor Fight Still On For UFC 189 appeared first on Cagepotato.
">UPDATE: Jose Aldo’s Rib *Not* Broken, McGregor Fight Still On For UFC 189
- Alexander Shlemenko Suspended Three Years by CSAC After INSANE T/E Ratio Revealed
Which is why, perhaps more than ever before, it hurts so much to say this.
According to various sources (but first broke by Combate's Anna Hissa), Jose Aldo fractured a rib in training early this morning. Two and a half weeks out from UFC 189. While his fight with McGregor has yet to be officially called off, one has to imagine that it's only a matter of time.
The post BREAKING: Jose Aldo Fractures Rib. UFC 189 Headliner in Jeopardy. God is Dead. appeared first on Cagepotato.
">BREAKING: Jose Aldo Fractures Rib. UFC 189 Headliner in Jeopardy. God is Dead.
It has been many moons since we had our last caption contest, and boy oh boy did it show in last week's results. I'd like to think this was you Taters working out the comedy ring rust, so to speak. Some of you opted for stoner jokes, because Nick Diaz, some of you opted to make fun of the gentleman on the right's attire (WSOF vet Martin Sano, FWIW), and some of you didn't really even attempt jokes at all, but merely observed that Diaz was in the same picture as the GOAT. Overall, I'd say this was a moderate success.
But onto the winning caption, which came via our Facebook page and completely destroyed the competition...
The post “The Last Hemperor” Caption Contest: And The Winner Is… appeared first on Cagepotato.
">“The Last Hemperor” Caption Contest: And The Winner Is…
- CagePotato Poll: Was Ken Shamrock vs. Kimbo Slice a Work?
While it was evident that Penne was outclassed on the feet from the start and unable to get the fight to the mat thereafter, a credit is due to her for taking everything Jedrzejczyk had to offer and not once backing down. We are often quick to praise a fighter's heart in scenario's like the one Penne found herself in, but very rarely do we see someone taking a lickin' and keep on tickin' like that. It's not the highest praise, I know, but Penne will be a staple of this division for a while and have plenty more chances to improve and impress.
Check out Champy's post-fight interview with Dan Hardy above, then join us after the jump for highlights and a complete list of results from Fight Night 69.
The post Fight Night 69 Highlights/Results: Jedrzejczyk Batters Penne, Kawajiri Smothers Siver, “Mr. Finland” Shines Again + More appeared first on Cagepotato.
">Fight Night 69 Highlights/Results: Jedrzejczyk Batters Penne, Kawajiri Smothers Siver, “Mr. Finland” Shines Again + More
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