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Morning Report: Pro fighters react to epic Super Bowl comeback

Dana White and Tyron Woodley at the Super Bowl
Dana White’s Instagram

On Saturday in Houston, Texas, the Korean Zombie made his return to the octagon after 42 months away from competition, knocking out ninth-ranked Dennis Bermudez in spectacular fashion in the first round. Unfortunately for him, KZ’s knockout wasn’t even the most incredible thing to happen in Houston that weekend.

A day after Chan Sung Jung punched out Bermudez, the New England Patriots completed the biggest comeback in Super Bowl history, beating the Atlanta Falcons in overtime in and ensuring that no one will be talking about the UFC around the water cooler at work today. The monumental nature of the comeback is all anyone could talk about last night, including many MMA fighters and especially UFC President Dana White. Check out their reactions to the big game below.

Me and my man @hairweavekiller with a little pregame smack talk. @patriots vs @atlantafalcons #superbowl

A photo posted by Dana White (@danawhite) on

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At the #Super Bowl hangin with the champ @twooodley

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Lmao #gamers

A photo posted by Derrick Lewis (@thebeastufc) on

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.@Patriots time for the come back. @rockwellwatches

A photo posted by titoortiz1999 (@titoortiz1999) on

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Are you kidding me @patriots vs @atlantafalcons is nuts!!!!! @danawhite came back to life! And his entire squad!!

A video posted by Tyron Woodley (@twooodley) on

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HOLY FUCKIN SHIT!!!!! @patriots

A photo posted by Dana White (@danawhite) on

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.@Patriots done deal. @TomBrady x5

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Champions @tombrady @gisele @nflbrasil @nfl #gopats #nflbrasil

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I guess I should have hedged at Half.

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MUST-READ STORIES

Results. UFC Fight Night: Houston went down on Saturday and here are the results.

Title shot. Jessica Andrade says she’s now Invicta strawweight champion, calls out Joanna Jedrzejczyk for unification bout.

Flyweight. Tecia Torres believes the UFC should have started a women’s flyweight division instead of a featherweight division.

Korea. Chan Sung Jung’s triumphant return ensures the UFC will return to Korea, per Dana White.

Pride never die. Quinton Jackson wanted to fight Mirko Cro Cop instead of rematch King Mo.


MEDIA STEW

Countdown.

Post-fight presser.

Old interview but since this appears to be what the UFC wants and it’s Nate being Nate, give it a look.

Mayhem on TMZ.

Same story, different day.

Does anyone honestly think TWood is scared of Nick Diaz? At all?

Lion Fight 34 highlights.


LISTEN UP

6th Round.

Bushido Talk.


TWEETS

Zombie.

Apparently so.

Definitely okay if they make this fight.

Cool.

Nathan ain’t feelin’ the offer. (Rumor is it was Eddie Alvarez).

The UFC absolutely needs a W125 division but if you get diagnosed with a metabolic issue, maybe don’t try and cut weight. Look how it worked out for Masvidal and Cowboy.

What does this mean?

Jimmie has moved on from trying to get the Cruz fight I guess.

Werdum.

Linekers for years to come.

Olha o overhand dele ksksksks tal pai tal filho hehehehe John Lineker Filho

A video posted by John Hand Of Stone Lineker (@ufcjohnlineker) on

Damn, man.

@shaq made me feel so small & @blessedmma was cracking me up with his #wheresjosewaldo get up

A video posted by Felice Herrig (@feliceherrig) on


FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS

Randy Brown (9-1) vs. Belal Muhammad (10-2); UFC 208, Feb. 11.

Sara McMann (10-3) vs. Gina Mazany (4-0); UFC Fight Night: Halifax, Feb. 19.

Alex Volkanovski (14-1) vs. Michel Quinones (8-1); UFC Fight Night: Halifax, Feb. 19.

Andrei Koreshkov (19-2) vs. Fernando Gonzalez (25-14); Bellator 174, March 3.

Chris Honeycutt (9-1, 1 NC) vs. Kendall Grove (23-16, 1 NC); Bellator 174, March 3.

Timur Valiev (11-2) vs. Bekbulat Magomedov (17-1); WSOF 35, March 18.

Blagoy Ivanov (14-1) vs. Shawn Jordan (19-7); WSOF 35, March 18.

Lance Palmer (11-2) vs. Andre Harrison (15-0); WSOF 35, March 18.


TODAY IN MMA HISTORY

2010: For the first time in history, two UFC Hall of Famers fought with Randy Couture submitted Mark Coleman at UFC 109. In the co-main event Chael Sonnen secured a title shot at Anderson Silva by winning a decision over Nate Marquardt.

2016: Stephen Thompson knocked out Johny Hendricks at UFC Fight Night 82.


FINAL THOUGHTS

I was born in Georgia and have lived most of my life here and let me tell you, I never had a doubt what was going to happen. Up by 25, I still knew. All the hallmarks of every single Georgia sports loss of my entire life. Mismanage clock/timeouts? Check. Get conservative down the stretch and allow them to build confidence? Check. Do a really great thing (Julio’s un-f**king-believable catch) and immediately follow it up with really horrible things (Sack + penalty to move out of field goal range which would’ve iced it). CHECK.

I’ve seen that movie 100 times before and will see it again 100 more. You want to talk about sports curses? Atlanta has one major sports title - the ‘95 Braves - and that was the lockout season so it’s got an asterisk. Heck even UGA managed to have Matt Stafford, Knowshon Moreno, and AJ Green on the same team and they couldn’t even win a SEC championship much less a national title. The State of Georgia is sports cursed and last night was just the latest showing of it.

Hope y’all enjoyed the weekend. Back at it this week for a little UFC history. Take it easy and see y’all tomorrow.


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