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Undefeated as a professional boxer, Heather Hardy was a highly touted prospect coming into tonight’s Bellator 185. She had finished her last opponent via TKO, and seemed to have star potential. However, tonight, she suffered her first defeat in either MMA or boxing at the hands of debut fighter Kristina Williams, who broke Hardy’s nose with a brutal head kick.
The fight was a kicking clinic for Williams. Heather Hardy earns points for being incredibly tough and staying on her feet despite taking shinbone to the noggin. It’s clear Hardy has some things to work on if she’s going to have a successful MMA career, though. The broken nose reminded many of Rory Macdonald’s fights with Stephen Thompson and Robbie Lawler.
This is the best branding effort I’ve seen on the internet- and guess who is involved.
.@KFC follows 11 people.
Those 11 people? 5 Spice Girls and 6 guys named Herb.
11 Herbs & Spices. I need time to process this.
— Edge (@edgette22) October 19, 2017
Your very own Herb Dean, referee to the stars.
My commitment to me one of 11 herbs and spices has never been stronger. I will continue to do All I can to promote flavor.
— Herb Dean (@HerbDeanMMA) October 20, 2017
Gegard Mousasi’s many emotions, y’all. Who else could display emotion with such range and depth? Gunnar Nelson? Rory MacDonald? Mousasi’s early mentor, Fedor Emelianenko?
Glad to have a reason to dust this off. pic.twitter.com/dL9DLcgDcQ
— BOO!zanne Davis (@SoozieCuzie) October 21, 2017
McGregor, who is back in the gym, is enjoying time with his chubby baby.
— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) October 21, 2017
“I’m gonna fight till I’m dead” – “Platinum” Mike Perry
— MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) October 20, 2017
Apparently, there was no one in the top ten who signed on the dotted line to fight Kamaru Usman, so Emil Meek stepped up.
— Farah Hannoun (@Farah_Hannoun) October 20, 2017
Meek referencing Usman’s nickname, the Nigerian Nightmare
I’m going to bed! Hope I don’t get Nightmares…
— Emil Valhalla Meek (@emilvalhalla) October 20, 2017
Apparently this guy makes a YouTube career out of tackling deadbeat dads. Honestly, I’m not sure how to feel about that. But it IS funny.
Rashad Evans focusing on the important things in life- helping his extended family.
Senior night for my nephew @iam_zbh54 at Atlantic High School. It’s hard to believe this big boy was a premature baby. I am very lucky to play such a big roll in his life. @hmonyu & @heim242003 you two raised an amazing young man! Thank you for trusting me to help shape Zander into a great man! Thank you Coach TJ and staff! Thank you @xpesports @tonyvillanixpe and everyone else at XPE for getting Zander in great shape the last two years. ❤#ahsseniornight#rashadevans
I interviewed Phil Daru, Joanna Jedrzejczyk’s strength and conditioning coach, for next week’s MMA Outsider’s podcast. I can’t wait to share his knowledge with you Maniacs.
— Joanna Jedrzejczyk (@joannamma) October 20, 2017
Joanna is the best female fighter in MMA, and she’s only getting better
Ummm… firstly, who calls Michael Page that? Secondly, “artisan striking bouquet” is not a series of words I ever hope to read in sequence again. I almost threw up.
BOXER FACT: Called the “Michael Jackson of fighting” because he incorporates movement, dance and style into his artisan striking bouquet. pic.twitter.com/8u8e8Kdx99
— Dave (@davechannel) October 20, 2017
Michael Page only wants to showboat against cans, and each time he does this I lose a little bit more respect for him as a martial artist and a competitor.
— Chamatkar Sandhu (@SandhuMMA) October 20, 2017
Not exactly Netflix and chill.
Demian Maia knows the history at stake in the next month.
UFC Bantamweight Brian Kelleher reminding us all that weight cutting is bad for everyone and the sport as a whole.
Fuck this weight cut shit. Didn’t sleep one minute and gotta be at my best potential in 24 hours Never understood it
— Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) October 20, 2017
Oh, that’s smart.
Practicing with @alexandermunoz55 pic.twitter.com/NBHJt36h2v
— Sage Northcutt (@sagenorthcutt) October 20, 2017
Renzo Gracie collecting trash bags for community service sounds like a fun time for everyone… even if he can’t sing for shit. It also sounds like garbage men are really inclusive.
collecting 330bags they don’t know who I am or what I do 4 a living they just accepted me as one of them What I’m really is Just one of them pic.twitter.com/j9qJ4MLWDY
— Renzo_Gracie_BJJ (@RenzoGracieBJJ) October 19, 2017
CM Punk’s next opponent, with the odds opening as dead even.
Demetrious Johnson is getting a free custom-themed PS4.
— Justin Golightly (@SecretMovesMMA) October 19, 2017
Slips, Rips, KO Clips
When you think you are Tony Ferguson
Elbows from hell, as demonstrated by Nathan Corbett.
When it’s just not worth all that.
He wasn’t ready for all those stances pic.twitter.com/f1AWO5kQkN
— Fight Videos (@FunnyBrawls) October 21, 2017
Random technique day
— Zombie Prophet (@ZPGIFs) October 21, 2017
Just watching over Shooto event from a few months back japan featherweights are mad for spamming flying knees lately as Jin Aoi does here. pic.twitter.com/V5SnWAcKWE
— AcidHaze (@AcidHaze) October 20, 2017
Fun in grappling
First submission of the night at Fight To Win Pro 51! Watch LIVE pic.twitter.com/ORshFffDP3
— FloGrappling (@FloGrappling) October 20, 2017
throwback to an instant classic that gave MMA fans a window into how deep the leg game can go
Posted by T.P. Grant on Friday, October 20, 2017
Podcasts and Video
One last time- the MMA Outsiders podcast with Whitney Miller
Donald Cerrone vs. Darren Till by the numbers. Follow MMA Mania on Youtube for more
Din Thomas explains how he feels about working with domestic violence abuser Greg Hardy
— MMA on SiriusXM (@MMAonSiriusXM) October 20, 2017
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