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Wonderboy: I’m still ranked no. 1, why am I not fighting for interim belt?

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Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson admits he is upset with not being granted an interim welterweight title fight

According to the official UFC rankings, Stephen Thompson is the number one contender in the welterweight division. And while current champion Tyron Woodley remains uncertain about his return, the UFC decided to put up an interim title fight between former lightweight champion Rafael Dos Anjos and the controversial Colby Covington.

During a recent interview on the MMA Hour, “Wonderboy” expressed his displeasure with the making of this matchup.

“I’m upset. Being the number-one contender, why am I not fighting for the interim title? It makes no sense,” Thompson said (via MMA Fighting). “I know that I fought for the title twice. And the first fight was amazing — we got ‘Fight of the Night,’ we fought to a draw — but the second fight, people weren’t impressed with it.”

“But I’m still the number one contender, so why aren’t I fighting for the interim title? Why isn’t the number two guy fighting the number one? It just doesn’t make sense, it’s like they’re not going by the rankings anymore,” he added. “Obviously I’m upset, but it is what it is, there’s no changing it now.”

On the flipside, Thompson did get a new deal, which he seems to be completely satisfied with.

“We had some negotiations back and forth with UFC and I am happy with what’s going on in my new contract,” Thompson told Ariel Helwani. “It’s definitely an incentive to go out there and do it.”

“Of course, I’m not in the game for the money, but if the UFC is pushing something you really don’t want or that doesn’t make sense, you can kind of play the game with them a little bit. We did that and we kind of got what we wanted, so we’re gonna go out there and have some fun with smiles on our faces.”

Thompson is currently scheduled to fight Darren Till on May 27th in Liverpool.

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TheUnchosenOne
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The only response to this is "Hey you're right, you SHOULDN'T be the number 1 contender, let's fix that"
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White: The only person losing a belt at UFC 223 is McGregor

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UFC president Dana White clarifies that Tony Ferguson would not be stripped of his interim lightweight title.

One thing that is certain for UFC 223 is that a new undisputed lightweight champion will be crowned. But throughout the promotion of the event, the UFC never addressed the issue on whether Conor McGregor would be stripped of the title or otherwise.

It was all made official by UFC president Dana White himself during the UFC 223 pre-fight press conference in Brooklyn on Wednesday. He also confirmed that Tony Ferguson would not be stripped of his interim title, contrary to his own statement during an ESPN interview on April 1st.

“There’s no stripping. We’re not stripping Tony Ferguson,” White said (transcript via MMA Fighting). “Tony Ferguson isn’t being stripped. The only person here who is losing a belt is Conor. Conor’s losing the belt, these two are fighting for the belt.”

“The interim belt that he had, those two [Nurmagomedov and Ferguson] were supposed to fight — doesn’t happen. One of these guys will be the champion. Tony is still the No. 1 contender.”

As for matching up Ferguson and Khabib Nurmagomedov for a possible fifth time in the future, White also changed his tune a slight bit, from being totally disinterested to being open to it, depending on the situation.

“It’s the last fight on earth that I want to make again,” White said of Ferguson vs. Khabib. “This will be five times — that’s insane — but obviously, however this thing plays out on Saturday, we’ll go from there.”

“Tony is still the number one ranked guy in the world, either way, no matter who wins, so, believe me, I’ll deal with that when it’s time to deal with it.”

In the meantime, UFC 223 will be headlined by Nurmagomedov and featherweight champion Max Holloway. It will be co-headlined by the strawweight title rematch between Rose Namajunas and Joanna Jedrzejczyk.

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TheUnchosenOne
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NONE OF THIS MAKES ANY FUCKING SENSE
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Hawkeye fans are upset the Avenger’s getting no love from Marvel

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Tumblr demands answers, Marvel

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Hawkeye has fans?
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The UFC Should Have Made CM Punk vs. Floyd Mayweather Happen

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CM Punk is a fairly famous professional wrestler.

Floyd Mayweather Jr. is the most famous boxer of his generation.

They should be fighting in the UFC this summer, and they’re not.

That’s basically what we’re dealing with here.

The promotion announced this week—or perhaps, more aptly, TMZ scooped it out of Punk himself and spoiled the surprise online—that the wrestling sensation, 0-1 in his MMA career after a loss in his 2016 debut, would return in June.

The plan appears to be to give Punk, real name Phil Brooks, a second kick at the UFC can in his hometown of Chicago. The bout will air on pay-per-view, an occult curiosity designed to pry $65 from the hands of however many rubes are willing to fork it over.

And that’s fine. There’s real, genuine interest in Punk between his days as a top WWE star and his roundabout way to finding mixed martial arts as a second career.

Prior to becoming a UFC athlete, he had no competitive background to speak of. He was no different as a martial artist than any weekend warrior out there, only he had the star power and the pull with Dana White to get himself a contract with the biggest promotion on Earth.

It didn’t go well, though.

He was hurt in training a number of times, repeatedly delayed his debut as a result, and when it finally happened at UFC 203 he looked badly out of his depth in a beating at the hands of upstart Mickey Gall.

It will be nearly two years by the time Punk returns, pushing 40 and well past any conceivable athletic prime he may have had—and consensus would be that he’s always been more of a hard worker than a great athlete anyway.

It’s hard to find the right opponent for someone like that. Mike Jackson, a photographer and MMA internet darling, appears most likely to get the next crack at Punk, but in making that fight, the UFC is dropping the ball.

The right guy to fight Punk is, and always was, Mayweather.

After beating MMA’s biggest star, Conor McGregor, in a boxing match last summer, Mayweather has teased a return to fighting after retiring at 50-0 as a boxer. It seems "Money" is keen to give the fight life a try under mixed rules, and while most felt a fight with McGregor was an inevitability, a wiser person might see the benefit in one with Punk.

Mayweather is a far more experienced legitimate competitive athlete than Punk, but insomuch as Punk does anything well, he does things well in which Mayweather is inexperienced.

Punk has done some grappling in his life, finally claiming a legitimate jiu-jitsu blue belt in 2017 after years on the mats. Floyd has done none.

Punk has trained with great wrestlers like Ben Askren and Tyron Woodley, and great strikers like Anthony Pettis. Floyd has not.

Punk has endured a full MMA camp before, knowing the misery of daily beatings and ice baths and weight cuts. Floyd knows boxing camps, which are nothing close to MMA camps for the toll they take.

For as great as Mayweather is as a boxer—and he is undeniably, exceptionally great—he is not a great mixed martial artist.

He’s not even a good one.

In fact, he’s not even one at all.

And that makes him perfect for Punk.

To drastically understate it, Mayweather would pose a legitimate threat on the feet. There would be no way to prepare Punk for that level of boxing acumen, but the tables would be tilted in his favor in almost every other way.

The biggest challenge in making the fight would be to find a weight class at which the two sides could fight, with Floyd sitting around 155 pounds as a small MMA lightweight and Punk as a smallish welterweight, not looking huge when hitting the 170 pound limit.

It would almost surely have to be some sort of abstract catchweight, where the two contract to meet at a weight of their choosing, but with the modern UFC’s interest in promoting stars and making as much money as possible by way of big events, that seems a minor hurdle.

But alas, it doesn’t look like fate will conspire to provide the fight. With Punk booked, Jackson likely to face him, and the whole thing slated for Chicago—a far cry from Floyd’s preferred fight home of the MGM Grand in Las Vegas—it feels like a missed opportunity.

The UFC should have booked it, and they didn’t.

Oh, what might have been.

   

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TheUnchosenOne
39 days ago
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Fuck you.
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It’s time for movies to be honest about our relationships — with our phones

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Despite the fact that so much of our communication now happens online, TV and film have traditionally done a bad job of translating our texts, emails, and DMs to the screen. There are a lot of good reasons why: text communication doesn’t have the inherent drama of face-to-face dialogue. It dates itself quickly. And, as Tony Zhou pointed out in his video “A Brief Look at Texting and the Internet in Film” on Vimeo, dedicating precious screen time to depicting, well, another screen, can be counterintuitive and expensive. Text-based conversations on-screen often end up feeling awkward and unnatural, with geriatrically large text to let us read over a character’s shoulder, off-brand emoji floating in midair, or, worst of all, characters that...

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TheUnchosenOne
41 days ago
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We still haven't figured out how to integrate telephones into drama and y'all want people to start texting
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New Fantastic Beasts trailer hints at meaning behind age-old Harry Potter rule

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Yes, we’ve all read Hogwarts: A History

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TheUnchosenOne
41 days ago
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Did this really require an entire article? Really? Did it really.
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