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Kensington’s Eddie Alvarez Scores Crazy Comeback Win in the Philippines

Kevin Kinkead - August 2, 2019

Eddie Alvarez, “The “Underground King.”

Kensington’s own left the UFC in 2018 and joined the ONE Championship promotion, which is based out of Singapore and features a number of Asian fighters on the roster.

Eddie lost his ONE debut back in March, and today he was matched up against former Lightweight champion Eduard Foloyang, who took Alvarez to the ground with a brutal leg strike and started throwing haymakers from above.

Then this happened, after the jump:

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UFC Fight Night in Philadelphia: Previewing a Good Card with a Great Main Event

Kevin Kinkead - March 29, 2019

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to Philadelphia this weekend for the first time since 2011, when Tito Ortiz fought Rashad Evans at UFC 133 at the Wells Fargo Center.

This time around it’s a “Fight Night,” event, live at The Center on ESPN and unfortunately sandwiched into a window that will overlap with a Phillies home game and a Sixers road game.

“But that’s okay!” as Joe Cordell once said. There are some interesting fights on different portions of the card, so even if you only catch a fight here or there, you’re bound to see something intriguing.

The lineup:

Main Event: Edson Barboza (#6) vs. Justin Gaethje (#8) – lightweight

Should be a total war between two guys who recently ended losing streaks with solid wins.

Gaethje is 19-2 and coming off an August victory over James Vick. That was a bounce back for him after a couple of outrageous battles against Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier. Barboza recently took out Dan Hooker with body shots after a couple of lopsided losses against Kevin Lee and Khabib Nurmagomedov.

Barboza and Gaethje are both stand-up fighters with violent tendencies, guys who throw crazy shots and hit pretty damn hard.

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Philly Guy Paul Felder Suffered a Collapsed Lung, Still Won his UFC Fight

Kevin Kinkead - February 18, 2019

Grays Ferry native Paul Felder improved to 16-4 last night with a unanimous decision win against James Vick in his 12th UFC appearance.

He went the distance in that bout, finishing the fight with… what sounds like a pretty bad injury according to ESPN’s Ariel Helwani:

Butler told Helwani that Felder was being held an extra day in a Phoenix hospital and that the injury will keep him out of his color commentary duties for UFC Prague, which takes place this weekend. There are, however, no long term issues resulting from the injury.

He himself didn’t seem to be too fazed:

Not sure about you, but if I suffered a collapsed lung in a UFC fight I’d probably ball myself into the fetal position and immediately tap out.

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UFC Returning to Philadelphia for the First Time in Eight Years

Kevin Kinkead - January 9, 2019

It’s been a while since the UFC held an event in Philly.

You’d have to go way back to 2011, when Rashad Evans fought Tito Ortiz at UFC 133 in front of 11,500 fans at the Wells Fargo Center. Vitor Belfort, Chad Mendes, Alex Gustafsson, and Rory MacDonald were also on the card. The only prior event in Philly was UFC 101, which featured a main event of B.J. Penn vs. Kenny Florian.

Dana White is bringing his promotion back to Philadelphia on March 30th for a “Fight Night” that will air on ESPN.

So far only two bouts have been announced, which are:

  • Women’s Strawweight: Michelle Waterson vs. Karolina Kowalkiewicz
  • Women’s Strawweight: Alexa Grasso vs. Marina Rodriguez

Waterson vs. Kowalkiewicz is a good get. Karolina is a former title challenger while Waterson has won two straight fights. Both are popular with fans. Grasso is 10-2 but has lost two of three fights since signing with UFC while Rodriguez is a product of White’s Contender Series.

Philly native Eddie Alvarez is no longer with the promotion, so you won’t see him on March 30th, but Ridley High School grad Paul Felder has not fought since July of 2018 and would be a good candidate to appear on this card. The most recent UFC event to take place in our region was last year’s Fight Night in Atlantic City between Kevin Lee and Edson Barboza.

Edit: My bad. Felder is fighting James Vick in February:

UFC 229: A Closer Look at Conor vs. Khabib

Kevin Kinkead - October 5, 2018

I don’t think I’ve been this interested in an MMA fight since Jon Jones beat* Daniel Cormier last summer at UFC 214.

There have been some great bouts since (Miocic/Ngannou and Whittaker/Romero 2 come to mind), but in terms of star power and overall draw, it’s hard to view Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov as anything but a top-five all-time UFC fight, at least in terms of anticipation and meaning.

You’ve got the return of the most compelling figure in UFC history, fighting for his vacated lightweight title against a 26-0 opponent. There’s been rivalry and trash talk going back years now, while Conor was carrying the featherweight belt and feuding with Nate Diaz and others. Anybody who was dialed in back then hoped to see Conor vs. Khabib sometime in the future, and here we are.

On paper, this fight is incredibly straightforward. Khabib is the promotion’s best grappler and Conor is the promotion’s best striker. I really don’t think that’s a bullshit hot take; I think it’s true. McGregor has put the likes of Eddie Alvarez and Jose Aldo on their butts with perfectly-timed strikes while Khabib has looked bored while grinding opponents into dust on the mat.

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Snoop Dogg Gets UFC Fighters Mixed Up in Ridiculous Instagram Video

Kevin Kinkead - September 10, 2018

Not sure if y’all were watching UFC 228 the other night, but me and Snoop Doggy Dogg were.

Here’s the back story:

Welterweight champion Tyron Woodley was defending his belt against undefeated challenger Darren Till out of Liverpool, England. The other main challenger for the title is Colby Covington, a former Oregon State wrestler who talks a lot of shit and professes his love for President Donald Trump. He wears a MAGA hat and met Trump at the White House. 

During Saturday night’s fight, Snoop posted an Instagram video ripping into Till, calling for Woodley to “beat his mother fucking ass” while shouting “fuck Donald Trump” over and over again:


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King Kong.

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Right, so the only explanation is that Snoop thought that Darren Till was actually Colby Covington, because nothing in that rant makes sense. Till isn’t even an American and has said nothing about Donald Trump ever, at least not that I know of. He spent more than three years of his life living in Brazil.

I’m 99% sure Snoop had the wrong guy, but the rant is great, so allow me to transcribe part of it for you after the jump:

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Eddie Alvarez Let Himself Down

Kevin Kinkead - July 30, 2018

Eddie Alvarez blew it on Saturday night.

The Kensington native was fighting Dustin Poirier in a much-anticipated 155 pound rematch, 14 months after we were left with a “no contest” decision in the first go-round after Alvarez landed illegal knees while Poirier was grounded. That brought to a complete halt one of the better fights I had seen at that point in 2017.

So it was disappointing this weekend when Eddie, holding an advantageous full mount position and looking strong in round two, broke the rules again, this time throwing a pair of “12-6” elbows that caught Poirier on the shoulder:

Photo credit: Sergei Belski-USA TODAY Sports

See how the elbow is coming straight down in that photo? That’s called a “12 to 6” because if you think about a clock, you go straight from 12 to reach 6. It’s illegal in MMA. All elbows have to be thrown from an angle and can’t be thrown vertically like that.

Here’s the video, also featuring an illegal wet willy:

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Max Holloway, Clearly Not Himself, Pulled From UFC 226 Card

Kevin Kinkead - July 5, 2018

I’ve had UFC 226 circled on the calendar for a while. It’s part of a Saturday night QUADRUPLE-header featuring Pirates/Phillies at 4 p.m., Union/Atlanta at 7 p.m., and some late night Sixers summer league action.

Unfortunately, 226 will not feature the Max Holloway vs. Brian Ortega featherweight title fight, as Holloway was taken off the card due to concussion-like symptoms.

Per Ariel Helwani, who just took a new gig with ESPN:

“Max’s team and UFC staff noticed Max was not normal since late last week,” Holloway’s manager Brian Butler told ESPN via a prepared statement. “This became obvious to many watching his interviews and public appearances the past few days.

“He was showing concussion-like symptoms before he even started his weight cut and was rushed to the ER on Monday where they admitted him overnight. Initial scans seemed OK, and he was released Tuesday afternoon, but symptoms still continued.

“Max fought with his team to continue with the fight. He showed some improvement over the next day but was still showing obvious symptoms. After open workouts, he crashed and was very hard to wake up; when he did, he had flashing vision and slurred speech.

“He is now back in the ER for further tests.”

Take a look for yourself. Max is a relaxed and chill type of guy, but not like this:

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