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UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman recovering from heart attack

UFC Hall of Famer Mark Coleman is currently in the hospital, recovering from a heart attack.

Coleman he felt some pain, but I tried to tough his way through, as he often did in his MMA bouts before turning the tables on his opponent. Luckily, at the behest of his daughter, Coleman finally decided to go to the doctor and get it checked it out.

It turns out that he had a heart attack, which has left him laid up in the hospital for a week to recover.

“I hadn’t been feeling so well for quite some time, something hit pretty hard Tuesday about 7:00 pm. Chest locked up, my arms went numb, sounds pretty obvious, but I didn’t want to believe (it was a heart attack),” Colemans recounted on Instagram.

“I walked around and laid down for about 6 hours. It didn’t get better. I texted my daughters. I didn’t want to go. Wasn’t fair to them. So I grabbed my keys, made it to the hospital sure there was nothing wrong, but yes, there was complete blockage of a major artery.

“If I don’t go, I’m probably not here today. I’m so glad I went. I have so many things I want to do . Tomorrow they will try to break through the artery and put a stent in.

“For the first time in a long time, I am motivated. I am greatful and appreciate all your support. It wasn’t my time. It’s time to live.”


Like Coleman, Randy Couture also unknowingly had a heart attack

Coleman is obviously one of the toughest individuals on the planet, having won two 8-man UFC tournaments at the start of his career and having beaten some of the best fighters in the world. Him having a heart attack without thinking that’s what was happening is actually not that surprising.

According to a Harvard Medical School publication, “Nearly half of people who have a heart attack don’t realize it at the time.”

There are silent heart attacks, but also a number of individuals, like Coleman, that have a high pain tolerance and try to tough it out, perhaps shrugging it off as indigestion or muscle pain.

Fellow former UFC champion Randy Couture (also Coleman’s final MMA opponent) suffered a similar situation in 2019.

Couture had been working out in the gym, but found himself more tired than normal after his training session. He event started vomiting, which isn’t normal for him. So he went home to rest, but the pain didn’t go away.

He walked to the hospital, where Couture was discovered to be having a heart attack. He underwent surgery to remove a clot and insert a stint. He has fully recovered.

Not everyone is as lucky as Coleman and Couture. Not everyone decides to go to the hospital and get checked. Both Coleman and Couture readily admit, if they didn’t go to the hospital to find out what was wrong, it is highly likely that neither of them would be here today.

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Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier UFC 257 rematch inches closer to being finalized

It was a contentious time getting here, but it appears that both sides of the Conor McGregor vs. Dustin Poirier UFC 257 rematch have at least agreed to terms for the Jan. 23, 2021 bout.

UFC president Dana White recently stated that he thought the fight was a done deal, but it’s never truly final until they put ink to paper. Apparently, both sides have agreed to all the terms, according to MMAFighting.com, but only Poirier has put pen to paper.

It sounds as if McGregor might still be angling to try and move the fight up to the Dec. 12 UFC 256 pay-per-view, though that doesn’t sound as if it would be a deal breaker.

The rematch first came about after McGregor put together and exhibition bout with Poirier to raise money for charity. When White caught wind of the exhibition, he offered them a fight in the Octagon.

With plans already in motion for November and December pay-per-views, White was adamant that the bout take place in January, even though McGregor was pushing hard for the fight to happen in 2020.

Why is McGregor now pushing for UFC 256 again?

UFC 256 on Monday lost its main event between Amanda Nunes and Megan Anderson, so McGregor is reportedly trying to push for that slot. The UFC 256 fight card already has another title fight between bantamweight champ Petr Yan and challenger Aljamain Sterling inked, so it’s unlikely that the UFC would want to supplant that bout with McGregor vs. Poirier 2.

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White has thus far been adamant that any pay-per-view that has a championship bout on it would be headlined by the title fight. So it is highly unlikely that the UFC would move the McGregor vs. Poirier rematch to UFC 256 and have it headline over the title fight. They also don’t want to waist McGregor’s drawing power in the co-main event slot.

Don’t be surprised if this situation gets settled rather quickly and we get an announcement from White and the UFC that the bout is finally signed by both parties.

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Paul Felder steps in to face Rafael dos Anjos at UFC Vegas 14

The UFC Vegas 14 main event fell apart on Sunday when it was reported that Islam Makhachev was forced out of his scheduled bout against former lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos. The two were slated to headline Saturday night’s fight card in Las Vegas but a staph infection put Makhachev on the sidelines.

It was the second time the match-up between dos Anjos and Makhachev was called off. The two were originally expected to meet at UFC 254 but the fight was rescheduled for Saturday after dos Anjos tested positive to COVID-19.

With Makhachev out of the fight, UFC matchmakers scrambled to find a replacement. After several fighters turned down the short-notice bout, Paul Felder agreed to step in. Felder last fought in February, losing to Dan Hooker in a controversial split decision.

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Dos Anjos last competed in January, losing to Michael Chiesa by unanimous decision. The Brazilian has lost four of his last five bouts and is looking to find some footing to stop the backward slide.

UFC Vegas 14 takes place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas on Saturday. The event will air on ESPN+.

Amanda Nunes vs. Megan Anderson UFC 256 headliner scrapped due to injury

The planned UFC 256 headliner between dual-division champion Amanda Nunes and featherweight challenger Megan Anderson has been scrapped from the Dec. 12 fight card in Las Vegas.

Sources confirmed that Nunes was forced out of the bout with an undisclosed injury, following an initial report by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

The injury is apparently one that Nunes is expected to recover from fairly quickly, as Anderson tweeted that the UFC is rescheduling the bout for early 2021.

Nunes vs. Anderson was expected to headline the UFC 256 fight card with a co-main event featuring bantamweight titleholder Petr Yan making the first defense of his belt against Aljamain Sterling.


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UFC 256 main event’s revolving door

UFC 256 was originally slated to feature a welterweight championship fight between champion Kamaru Usman and challenger Gilbert Burns. Nunes vs. Anderson was to serve as the co-main event. Then the UFC hoped to ink Yan vs. Sterling to make its final 2020 pay-per-view a championship tripleheader.

Those plans went awry when Usman indicated that he would not be ready to fight on Dec. 12, citing the need for more time to heal from unspecified injuries.

Nunes vs. Anderson was then moved to main event status and Yan vs. Sterling signed to take the co-main event slot.

Now, with Nunes vs. Anderson at least delayed until 2021, the promotion is left to determine whether it will move Yan vs. Sterling into the headlining slot and/or try to ink another championship bout. But there are few, if any, championship options left as the year winds down.

UFC 255 is already slated to be a championship doubleheader with Deiveson Figueiredo defending the men’s flyweight title opposite Alex Perez in the headliner, and women’s flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko expected to face Jennifer Maia in the UFC 255 co-main event.

Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic, newly minted light heavyweight champ Jan Blachowicz, featherweight titleholder Alexander Volkanovski, and strawweight champion Zhang Weili are the only champions without fights booked.

Miocic isn’t expected to fight again until 2021, likely defending against Francis Ngannou. Zhang was also not anticipating a bout until 2021 with the UFC working to match her with Rose Namajunas.

Volkanovski is likely to defend against Brian Ortega next, which might be a possibility for 2020, though it has been most recently targeted for February of 2021.

UFC president Dana White initially had planned for middleweight champion to move up and challenge Blachowicz for the new titleholder’s first defense. With Nunes now out and Glover Teixeira’s performance over the weekend and his current winning streak, perhaps Teixeira could make a quick return to challenge Blachowicz in December.

For now, however, the UFC has not commented on Nunes’s withdrawal or plans for a possible replacement bout.

Islam Makhachev out of UFC Vegas 14 main event, Rafael dos Anjos calls out Michael Chandler

Saturday’s UFC Vegas 14 main event is currently in disarray after Islam Makhachev was forced out of his bout opposite former UFC lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos.

Makhachev had to withdraw late Sunday because of a staph infection that he says has spread throughout his fight team. News of his withdrawal was initially reported by ESPN’s Brett Okamoto.

“A lot of time and effort was spent on this fight. I was in peak shape, but as soon as I started to lose weight and the immune system began to weaken, I caught an infection that would incapacitate me for at least a month. In this camp, our team had already encountered this infection more than once and many had to cancel their fights.”This year was difficult for my career. A lot of fights were canceled, but I promise you I will go to the end to get the belt, no matter what it costs me.”Islam Makhachev

View this post on Instagram Успокаивает только одно, что от предписанного нам никуда не деться ☝️ ⠀ Много сил и времени потрачено были к этому бою, находился на пике формы но как только начал сбрасывать вес и иммунитет начал слабеть я подхватил инфекцию которая выведет меня из строя минимум на месяц в этом лагере наша команда уже не раз сталкивалась с этой инфекцией и многим пришлось отменить свои бои. Этот год был тяжелым для моей карьеры очень много боев отменилось но обещаю вам я буду идти до конца к этому поясу чего бы мне это не стоило Inshaalah A post shared by Islam_Makhachev (@islam_makhachev) on Nov 8, 2020 at 6:36pm PST

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Rafael dos Anjos calls out Michael Chandler to replace Makhachev

With Makhachev out of the fight, dos Anjos called on former Bellator champion and new UFC signee Michael Chandler to fill the void.

“I wish Makhachev a speedy recovery,” wrote dos Anjos. “Looking for a new partner to dance. Looks like Michael Chandler is ready to go. Your move!”


Chandler, however, didn’t seem interested. He quickly responded to dos Anjos’s callout by saying that he had other plans.

The UFC inked Chandler in September. The initial plan was to have him fight highly regarded lightweight Tony Ferguson on the undercard of UFC 254, which featured Khabib Nurmagomedov putting his lightweight title on the line opposite Justin Gaethje. Chandler and Ferguson would serve as a back-up in case either fighter fell out.

Ferguson didn’t agree to the fight, so Chandler served as the lone back-up to the main event without a fight on the card. His services were ultimately not needed, as Nurmagomedov defeated Gaethje and then promptly retired.

The UFC has still been keen on a Chandler vs. Ferguson bout, so it’s likely that Chandler doesn’t want to fight on Saturday because he believes a bout with Ferguson would be a quicker route to a UFC title shot. Or, if Khabib remains retired, perhaps Chandler’s first UFC bout could be for a title or at least an interim belt.

Still, dos Anjos wasn’t pleased with Chandler’s refusal to fight him on Saturday.

“If you don’t take a fight because you don’t have enough time to drop weight, I get it, but don’t tell me you have other plans,” he wrote.

“I became the champion of the BIGGEST organization fighting everyone they put in front of me. Shame on you.”


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