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UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 Weigh-In Video Replay

Fri, 2015-09-04 19:47

The 22 fighters competing on Saturday’s UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 event in Las Vegas officially weighed in on Friday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson puts his title on the line in a rematch with top contender John Dodson in the fight card’s main event. The two first fought in January 2013 with Johnson winning by unanimous decision, but Dodson gave the titleholder his toughest challenge to date.  Dodson saw success early, knocking Johnson down in the first and second rounds.  Johnson rallied back, winning the remaining rounds to retain his title

Former heavyweight champions collide in the co-main event when Andrei Arlovski and Frank Mir face off in a fight that’s been in the makings for a decade. Mir became the heavyweight champion in 2004 but was later stopped when he was unable to return to fight Arlovski after being involved in a motorcycle accident that broke his femur and damaged all the ligaments in his knee. The two legends will finally face off on Saturday.

Top ranked light heavyweight Anthony Johnson hopes to rebound from his title fight loss to champion Daniel Cormier at UFC 187 in May.  He takes on seventh-ranked Jimi Manuwa in a fight that’s almost guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser.

Kicking off the main card is a women’s strawweight bout between rising Paige VanZant and tenth-ranked Alex Chambers.

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UFC 191 Weigh-in Results: Flyweight Title Fight Officially Set

Fri, 2015-09-04 19:40

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this week for UFC 191, which features a flyweight headliner pitting champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in a rematch against John Dodson, along with a heavyweight showdown that could land the winner in a title fight.

Johnson and Dodson first met in the main event of UFC on FOX 6, where Mighty Mouse validated his UFC flyweight belt by defending it for the first time against the division’s top contender. He’ll attempt to do that one more time when they step in the Octagon opposite one another on Saturday night.

RELATED > UFC 191 Fight Motion: A Super Slo-Mo Look at Johnson vs. Dodson 1 

Former UFC heavyweight titleholders Andrei Arlvoski and Frank Mir were supposed to have fought a decade ago, but circumstances being what they were nixed the fight. But now, two of the longest running active heavyweights in the sport will finally square off in the UFC 191 co-main event, with a possible title shot hanging in the balance.

In the pay-per-view opener, red-hot Paige VanZant looks to cement her place as one of the rising stars in the women’s strawweight division, but Alex Chambers is looking to spoil her run up the ranks.

UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 Weigh-in Results

Main Card (Pay-Per-View):
Demetrious Johnson (c) (124.5) vs. John Dodson (125)*
Andrei Arlovski (237.5) vs. Frank Mir (266)
Anthony Johnson (205) vs. Jimi Manuwa (204)
Jan Błachowicz (205) vs. Corey Anderson (205)
Paige VanZant (116) vs. Alex Chambers (115)

Prelims (on FOX Sports 1):
Ross Pearson (155.5) vs. Paul Felder (155.5)
Francisco Rivera (136) vs. John Lineker (135.5)
Jessica Andrade (134.5) vs. Raquel Pennington (136)
Clay Collard (146) vs. Tiago “Trator” dos Santos (146)

Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass):
Joe Riggs (187.5) vs. Ron Stallings (184)
Joaquim Silva (154.5) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (156)

*For the UFC Flyweight Championship

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UFC 191 Weigh-in Results: Flyweight Title Fight Officially Set

Fri, 2015-09-04 19:36

UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 Weigh-in Results Sponsored by DraftKings $250,000 UFC Fantasy Contest

The Ultimate Fighting Championship returns to the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this week for UFC 191, which features a flyweight headliner pitting champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson in a rematch against John Dodson, along with a heavyweight showdown that could land the winner in a title fight.

One fighter missed weight.  Joe Riggs tipped the scales at 187.5-pounds for his middleweight bout on the preliminary card and has two hours to cut the remaining weight or relinquish a percentage of his fight purse to his opponent Ron Stallings.

Johnson and Dodson first met in the main event of UFC on FOX 6, where Mighty Mouse validated his UFC flyweight belt by defending it for the first time against the division’s top contender. He’ll attempt to do that one more time when they step in the Octagon opposite one another on Saturday night.

RELATED > UFC 191 Fight Motion: A Super Slo-Mo Look at Johnson vs. Dodson 1 

Former UFC heavyweight titleholders Andrei Arlvoski and Frank Mir were supposed to have fought a decade ago, but circumstances being what they were nixed the fight. But now, two of the longest running active heavyweights in the sport will finally square off in the UFC 191 co-main event, with a possible title shot hanging in the balance.

In the pay-per-view opener, red-hot Paige VanZant looks to cement her place as one of the rising stars in the women’s strawweight division, but Alex Chambers is looking to spoil her run up the ranks.

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UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 Weigh-in Results

Main Card (Pay-Per-View):
Demetrious Johnson (c) (124.5) vs. John Dodson (125)*
Andrei Arlovski (237.5) vs. Frank Mir (266)
Anthony Johnson (205) vs. Jimi Manuwa (204)
Jan Błachowicz (205) vs. Corey Anderson (205)
Paige VanZant (116) vs. Alex Chambers (115)

Prelims (on FOX Sports 1):
Ross Pearson (155.5) vs. Paul Felder (155.5)
Francisco Rivera (136) vs. John Lineker (135.5)
Jessica Andrade (134.5) vs. Raquel Pennington (136)
Clay Collard (146) vs. Tiago “Trator” dos Santos (146)

Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass):
Joe Riggs (187.5) vs. Ron Stallings (184)
Joaquim Silva (154.5) vs. Nazareno Malegarie (156)

*For the UFC Flyweight Championship

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Lightweight Champ Rafael dos Anjos Says a Conor McGregor Fight Would Be ‘Easy Money’ (Video)

Fri, 2015-09-04 18:38

Lightweight champion Rafael dos Anjos and interim featherweight titleholder Conor McGregor had a verbal exchange during the UFC’s “Go Big” press conference in Las Vegas on Saturday. McGregor says he plans to clear out his division and then move up to the ‘stuck in the mud division.’ Dos Anjos said a fight against McGregor would be ‘easy money.’ Lightweight contender Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone also had some choice words for the outspoken Irishman.

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Does Frank Mir Deserve a Title Shot With a UFC 191 Win?

Fri, 2015-09-04 18:03

A two-time UFC champion who has remained competitive in the most hazardous division for nearly 14 years, Frank Mir is one of the best heavyweights in mixed martial arts history.

Obviously, names like Fedor Emelianenko and Randy Couture certainly command attention when the best-ever conversation comes up, but Mir has been entrenched in the biggest and baddest promotion for almost his entire career (only two out of his 27 professional fights took place outside of the Octagon). For that reason, alongside his ironclad resume dripping with highlight reel finishes and memorable comebacks, Mir will always be part of the discussion when it comes to talking about the best fighters the heavyweight division has ever produced.

But unlike most of these MMA legends, Mir is still competing today at an elite level. The peanut gallery has certainly mocked his most recent accomplishments, stating that victories against an over-the-hill Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva and an unproven Todd Duffee offer little to no merit. But in a division often gasping for win streaks, Mir’s ability to get his hand raised speaks volumes (especially considering both of his recent wins came via first-round knockout).

At 36 years of age, the Las Vegas product has yet another chance to turn back the clock against fellow resurgent heavyweight, Andrei Arlovski. As another member of the UFC’s heavyweight champions club, the Belarusian will carry a five-fight win streak (including back-to-back first-round finishes) with him to the cage this Saturday at UFC 191. It will also be a match-up that was supposed to happen way back in 2004 after Mir snapped Tim Sylvia’s arm to win the title, but a motorcycle accident sidelined the surging champion and diverted a meeting with Arlovski until now.

The stakes are certainly high this weekend considering both heavyweights are on the cusp of another UFC title shot, specifically Arlovski, who has reinvigorated the weight class. But when we start to discuss Mir’s ability to lock down a championship opportunity if he happens to defeat the Pitbull at UFC 191, shoulders begin to rise with uncertainty.

Well, does the relentless veteran deserve yet another chance to hoist promotional gold? Can a decisive victory over Arlovski launch Mir past the rest of the seething heavyweight contenders?

Lets put this dilemma under the proverbial microscope and find out one way or the other.

Momentum

As one of the shallowest divisions in all of the UFC, the heavyweight roster has always produced top contenders on the means of simple glimpses of momentum. This is a direct result of the landscape in which these behemoths call home. It’s difficult to string together five-straight victories, let alone three or four, when every fighter in the weight class has one-punch knockout power. That’s the way it is and that’s the way it will always be.

So, if Mir is able to get past Arlovski this weekend and cement his third consecutive victory, then he will have done enough to deserve title consideration. And if he happens to finish the Pitbull, his chances of securing such an honor nearly double. Because outside of current champion Fabricio Werdum, a victory for Mir at UFC 191 will tie him with Ben Rothwell for the longest current win streak among Top 10 heavyweights.

Some people would obviously scoff at the idea of Mir’s recent success being enough to challenge the winner of Werdum vs. Cain Velasquez II, but the proof is in the pudding. We’ve been down this road before on more than one occasion. It happened when Mir earned a championship rematch with Brock Lesnar back in 2009 after three-straight victories and again in 2012 when he was granted a title shot opposite Junior dos Santos on the heels of wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Roy Nelson, and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.

Needless to say, history has a funny way of repeating itself. And in Mir’s case, the number three has historically worked in his favor.

Window of Opportunity

It’s no secret that Mir is an aging entity in the heavyweight division. Heck, almost every name on the roster these days seems to be battling father time.

But when it comes to Mir, a guy who lost four fights in a row for the first time in his career from 2012-2014, the window of opportunity is truly slimming. While the UFC is fairly good at taking advantage of these small epochs, nothing is ever certain.

However, Mir is easily one of the most decorated fighters in the organization’s short history. They know that they need to strike while the iron is hot and do everything they can to squeeze Mir dry before he finally hangs it up.

Of course, the same can be said about Arlovski, so the promotion is most likely keeping their options open. But if their heavyweight mainstay yet again proves his worth, it’s going to be hard for the UFC not to bottle lightning one last time.

Popularity and Marketability

Despite a career that many onlookers would consider depleted and on the decline, Mir remains one of the most popular draws the UFC has at its disposal. Even among fellow heavyweights like Velasquez, dos Santos, and Alistair Overeem, the tenured vet holds his own.

The fact of the matter is that Mir can easily produce the same, if not more, appeal for a title fight if he’s able to debunk Arlovski in a few short days. Not to mention the UFC’s proven track record and willingness to go all in when it comes to legends on the upswing, especially ones they can promote out the wazoo. Mir fits this bill to a tee. With the most fights, wins, and finishes in UFC heavyweight history, he may be the easiest sell in the entire division, even for the stingy pockets of casual fight fans.

Not for nothing, but Mir vs. JDS back at UFC 146 did a substantial 560,000 pay-per-view buys (according to MMApayout.com). That’s only 30,000 less than Velasquez vs. JDS II and 230,00 more than Velasquez vs. JDS III.

Wild Card

While this potential scenario doesn’t count towards proving that Mir deserves a title shot should he get by Arlovski at UFC 191, filling in for an injured Velasquez opposite Werdum sometime in 2016 is certainly a possibility for one lucky heavyweight.

Velasquez is in no way, shape, or form reporting any injuries at this moment, but his track record and bruising training camp methods certain cloud his chances of making it to the cage unscathed. Not to mention, he’s going to be conditioning extra hard after losing to Werdum back at UFC 188.

That said, the timing would be right for a guy like Mir if an opening emerges to fight Werdum in the New Year. Dos Santos and Overeem will be fighting each other in December at UFC on Fox 17 and Stipe Miocic or Rothwell would be unable to equate on a promotional level, which leaves the door wide open for a two-time champion on a three-fight win streak.

The fact that Werdum vs. Mir would be billed as a match-up of the two best submission experts in heavyweight history is simply icing on the cake.

If you haven’t caught on, Mir absolutely deserves a title shot with a win over Arlovski. Of course, everything depends on his capability of getting past an evolved version of Pitbull this Saturday. It’s going to be one of the most dangerous fights of Mir’s storied career, and one that can either extend his excellence or push him towards the edge of retirement.

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UFC ‘Go Big’ Campaign Launch Video Replay

Fri, 2015-09-04 17:38

On Friday, the UFC launched their “GO BIG” campaign in Las Vegas with the announcement of its new seasonal campaign, showcasing a series of can’t-miss fights on its upcoming live event schedule. Watch the replay of the event.

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Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor Nearly Comes to Blows at Press Conference (Video)

Fri, 2015-09-04 17:25

The bitter rivalry between featherweight champion Jose Aldo and interim titleholder Conor McGregor was front and center at the UFC’s “Go Big” press conference in Las Vegas on Friday as the fighters nearly came to blows. Check out the video footage. UFC president Dana White had to intervene.

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Champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk Faces Valerie Letourneau in the UFC 193 Co-Main Event

Fri, 2015-09-04 16:58

Women’s strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk faces Valerie Letourneau in the UFC 193: Rousey vs. Holm co-main event in Melbourne, Australia on Nov. 15.  UFC president Dana White announced the match-up during the UFC’s “Go Big” press conference in Las Vegas on Friday.

Jedrzejczyk was initially expected to face top contender Claudia Gadelha in a rematch at UFC 195, but the fight promotion opted for pit the champion against Letourneau at UFC 193 instead.  Women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey meets Holly Holm in the fight card’s main event.  It will be the first time in the organization’s history that women have occupied the main event and co-main event of a pay-per-view card.

The unbeaten Jedrzejczyk (10-0) won the strawweight title by defeating former champion Carla Esparza at UFC 185 in March.  She defended her belt against former Invicta FC atomwieght titleholder Jessica Penne in June.  She finished both by technical knockout and earned bonuses in each of the fights.

Letourneau (8-3) is on a four-fight winning streak.  She’s gone to a decision in all three of her UFC wins over Elizabeth Phillips, Jessica Rakoczy and Maryna Moroz.  She is currently ranked tenth in the women’s 115-pound division.

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Fri, 2015-09-04 16:19
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Demian Maia vs. Gunnar Nelson Added to Stacked UFC 194 Fight Card

Fri, 2015-09-04 13:36

A welterweight match-up between sixth-ranked Demian Maia (21-6) and eleventh-ranked Gunnar Nelson (14-1-1) has been added to the UFC 194: Aldo vs. McGregor fight card on Dec. 12.

Maia is riding a three-fight winning streak. The Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt is coming off a submission win over Neil Magny at UFC 190 on Aug. 1. The fight against Nelson will be Maia’s third Octagon appearance in 2015 and hopes to extend his winning streak to four consecutive fights.

Nelson rebounded from his first career loss by submitting Brandon Thatch at UFC 189 in his last outing. The 27-year-old also holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under the legendary Renzo Gracie. He’ll put his grappling game on the line against one of the most accomplished submission fighters in the sport when he meets Maia in December.

UFC 194 takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Dec. 12 and his headlined by the highly anticipated featherweight title unification bout between champion Jose Aldo and interim titleholder Conor McGregor. Middleweight champion Chris Weidman puts his belt on the line against top contender Luke Rockhold in the fight card’s co-main event.

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21-Year-Old Paige VanZant Predicts She’ll Finish Alex Chambers at UFC 191

Fri, 2015-09-04 12:27

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has another female fighting superstar other than bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey. Eighth-ranked strawweight Paige VanZant has drawn national attention.

The 21-year-old could potentially become the youngest UFC champion in the organization’s history if she’s able to capture the title within the next two years. Former light heavyweight titleholder Jon Jones holds the distinction of being the youngest fighter to win a UFC divisional championship at 23-years-242-days old.

On Saturday, VanZant kicks off the UFC 191 pay-per-view main card at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas against Alex Chambers.

“The only thing I’m focused on is beating Alex Chambers,” she recently told the media in Los Angeles.

VanZant and Chambers have both fought Kailin Curran, and both finished her in the third round. After watching Chambers’ fight against the Hawaiian, VanZant learned just how tough her UFC 191 opponent is.

“We have a common opponent and we finished that opponent in the same round, so I definitely take that in account. I looked at that fight and I realized that Alex is very tough. She does not give up,” she said. “I know that now.”

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“I’m not going to underestimate her in any area, but I do know her strengths are in jiu-jitsu and she has a background in karate, a purple belt in jiu-jitsu. I anticipate her being strong in those areas, but I know she’s probably improved since her last fight and so have I,” VanZant added.

When asked if she expects to finish Chambers, VanZant answered ‘Yes,’ without hesitation. “I’m going to win.”

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Why Demetrious Johnson is the Pound-for-Pound King

Fri, 2015-09-04 12:26

When the phrase pound-for-pound is brought up in mixed martial arts discussions, it should be attached to a fighter who actually fits the bill.

Being regarded as the pound-for-pound best means that a fighter’s skill level, championship expertise, and aura of invincibility culminate into one spectacular force, while escaping the bounds of specific weight classes.

In today’s world of cage combatants, no single fighter encompasses this illustrious designation more than UFC flyweight champion Demetrious “Mighty Mouse” Johnson. As the absolute best 125-pound entity walking the planet, Johnson is a quintessential pound-for-pound candidate when stacked up against bigger and stronger names in the game.

Fueled by unparalleled athleticism, Johnson has dismantled the premier collection of flyweights via menacing footwork, timely counters, and an evolution of intelligence that is unlike anything we’ve ever seen. But despite six straight UFC title defenses, the latest finish in UFC championship history (submitting Kyoji Horiguchi at the 4:59 mark of the fifth round back at UFC 186), 13 career finishes between two divisions, and supersonic hand speed, Mighty Mouse continues to elude the pound-for-pound throne.

While much of his success and improved technique can certainly be attributed to head coach Matt Hume, Johnson’s attention to detail and professional gait have easily played as much a part in his glaring modifications. From an elevated grappling game to a refined striking arsenal sculpted by split-second reactions, DJ has developed into one of the most well-rounded fighters of all time.

Yes, all time.

Granted, the plethora of flyweight contenders that Johnson has debunked in the past have not all been renowned as staggering dynamos, but that same argument can be made about UFC women’s bantamweight queen Ronda Rousey and even UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman, who has fought a deprived line of aging Brazilians en route to an unscathed title reign (with all due respect).

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Johnson has accomplished as much, if not more, than both Rousey and Weidman. Even when it comes to former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and current featherweight tilteholder Jose Aldo, two fighters who have either exited the sport entirely, even if temporarily, or have withdrawn from five title fights due to injury, Johnson’s recent track record suggests he has passed them by.

Yet, despite his Octagon excellence over the past three years, DJ has undeservedly flown under the proverbial pound-for-pound radar. The reason why, among a few other inordinate ones, is the fact that Johnson fights within a division that falls to the wayside when it comes to international appeal, fight fan interest, and marketability.

To no fault of the champ’s, the flyweight roster doesn’t stand a chance when compared to blistering divisions like featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, and the always-prestigious collection of heavyweights. This is the main reason why Johnson has been brushed over when mentioning the best of the best, and a leading factor for him becoming the king of FOX title fights. While he has recently begun his long-awaited pay-per-view invasion, 2013 had Johnson defend his title three-straight times on national television (UFC on Fox 6, UFC on Fox 8 and UFC on Fox 9). The promotion does need good fighters to headline these exposed events, but it undoubtedly suggests that the UFC isn’t fully comfortable in pushing Mighty Mouse as a bona fide PPV draw.

With all of that said, does it really matter? We’re talking about fighters who exceed natural limits inside of the cage, not consummate cash cows. Guys like Johnson, who have never been out-struck through 15 UFC/WEC fights (including losses to high-level strikers like Dominick Cruz and Brad Pickett), and have amassed 1,244 total strikes landed in just 12 Octagon appearances (according to FightMetric.com), are the candidates we’re looking for; ones who have demonstrated an elevation of artistry every time they step foot on the bloody canvas.

In reality, Johnson should already be the No. 2 pound-for-pound best fighter in the world, ahead of the aforementioned Weidman. While the rankings are often skewed (like putting T.J. Dillashaw at No. 5), Aldo is the only active fighter in today’s sport that can hold a candle to Johnson. But considering DJ will have almost double the amount of UFC fights as Aldo has had after UFC 191 this Saturday (13 to 7, respectively), crowning a relatively inactive king is like owning a vintage Ferrari and never starting it up. In Johnson’s case, he’s been spinning his wheels, peeling out, and leaving a division in his dust a few times each year.

If Mighty Mouse can decisively finish John Dodson this weekend and Aldo ends up losing a grudge match with Conor McGregor at UFC 194 in December, nobody will be able to deny the flyweight prince his ticket to greatness.

Of course, Jon Jones will certainly reclaim his spot atop the throne when he eventually makes a return to action.

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Watch the UFC ‘Go Big’ Campaign Launch Streaming Live on Friday at 3:30 PM ET

Fri, 2015-09-04 12:25

The UFC will GO BIG, with the announcement of its new seasonal campaign, showcasing a series of can’t-miss fights on its upcoming live event schedule. Watch the press conference streaming live from Las Vegas on Friday at 3:30 p.m. ET.

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Watch the UFC 191 Official Weigh-in Streaming Live on Friday at 7 PM ET

Fri, 2015-09-04 12:24

Watch the stars of UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 weigh-in before they square off in the octagon, streaming live from Las Vegas on Friday at 7 p.m. ET. Flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson faces John Dodson in a rematch in the fight card’s main event.

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Video: Conor McGregor Pulls Up in Bentley, Says Finer Things in Life are ‘Addictive’

Fri, 2015-09-04 02:47

Conor McGregor is reaping all the benefits of being one of the biggest attractions the UFC has to offer. He regularly talks about how much money he makes, and he’s not ashamed of showing it off, either.

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So when he met up with us at a media event in Los Angeles this week, it wasn’t a surprise to see the UFC interim featherweight champion whipping around a new 2015 Bentley Continental GT Convertible. The thing still had the dealer registration on it.

“It’s enjoyable, it’s addictive,” he tells MMA Hot Sauce, referring to the finer things in life.

Conor’s scheduled to scrap with featherweight champion José Aldo in an attempt to unify the belts on Dec. 12 in Las Vegas. Until then, it’s clear he’ll be living the good life.

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VIDEO: UFC vet Yves Edwards Dishes on L.A. and Breaks Down UFC 191

Fri, 2015-09-04 02:45

The newest member of the UFC on FOX team, retired UFC fighter Yves Edwards joins MMAWeekly.com in Los Angeles to dish on his move to Cali and break down the UFC 191 fights… oh, and he calls out his new co-horts… that means you Cruz, Ken-Flo, and Suga!

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Robbie Lawler vs. Carlos Condit Intact, Now Headlines UFC 195

Fri, 2015-09-04 02:31

Although a thumb injury forced Robbie Lawler off of the UFC 193 mega-event the promotion has planned for Nov. 14 at Ethiad Stadium in Melbourne, Australia, his fight with Carlos Condit won’t be canceled. It will just be delayed.

The UFC on Thursday night announced via Fox Sports Live that Lawler would still put his belt on the line against Condit. The fight will simply swap spots with the fight that took top billing at UFC 193 after Lawler suffered the injury.

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Lawler vs. Condit now headlines UFC 195 on Jan. 2 in Las Vegas. That card was originally to be headlined by Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm, which is the fight that is the new UFC 193 main event.

Lawler (26-10, 1 NC) enters the fight off of a fifth-round TKO stoppage of Rory MacDonald, which followed wins over Johny Hendricks, Matt Brown, and Jake Ellenberger.

Condit (30-8) is a former interim UFC welterweight champion, but has had a rough couple of years. After defeating Martin Kampmann in August of 2013, he suffered a severe knee injury in a TKO stoppage loss to Tyron Woodley in March of 2014.

Condit finally returned in May of this year, winning a TKO (doctor’s stoppage) over Thiago Alves, which vaulted him back into the championship mix.

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UFC 191 Embedded, Episode 4: Dance Steps, Southern Cuisine and Workouts

Fri, 2015-09-04 02:30

On Episode 4 of UFC 191 Embedded, UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson reflects on the motivators behind his championship reign. Strawweight Paige VanZant hits the Quan, light heavyweight Anthony Johnson talks about the excitement factor in his upcoming matchup, and his opponent Jimi Manuwa seeks healthy food on a Southern BBQ menu. Local heavyweight Frank Mir ventures outside the hotel to see his son’s baseball game. In the workout rooms, teammates Andrei Arlovski and John Dodson make a training session fun.

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UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the flyweight championship rematch at UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2, Saturday, September 5 on Pay-Per-View.

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UFC 191: Johnson vs. Dodson 2 Full Results and Live Fight Analytics

Fri, 2015-09-04 02:30

(Click on the fight below and then scroll down to see in-fight live analytics and the latest results, courtesy of Fight Analytics. The first fight is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. ET / 4 p.m. PT.)


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Urijah Faber and Max Holloway Return at UFC 194

Fri, 2015-09-04 02:26

The UFC added two pivotal bouts to the UFC 194 fight card slated for Dec. 12 in Las Vegas, with Urijah Faber returning to bantamweight to face streaking Frankie Saenz, and Top 10 featherweights Max Holloway and Jeremy Stephens fighting to take that next step towards title contention.

The UFC announced the two bouts Thursday night via Fox Sports Live.

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Faber (32-8) enters the bout coming off of a loss to Frankie Edgar in a fight that saw the former WEC champion return to 145 pounds for one night. After that loss, Faber agreed to a coaching stint on the twenty-second season of The Ultimate Fighter opposite current UFC interim featherweight champion Conor McGregor.

It’ll be a stern test for Saenz, who is currently 11-2 and riding a seven-fight winning streak into the bout. He’s never faced anyone as seasoned as Faber, however, and enters the fight winning a split decision over Sirwan Kakai in early August.

Having won his eight most recent bouts, Holloway (14-3) had been angling for a fight with Edgar, but instead draws Stephens, who is no slouch himself. Currently ranked No. 5 in the featherweight division, Holloway is trying to plant himself in the title picture. Adding Stephens to a string of wins that already includes the likes of Charles Oliveira, Cub Swanson, and Cole Miller would certainly help make his case.

Stephens (24-11) ended a two-fight skid over the summer by scoring a TKO stoppage of Dennis Bermudez at UFC 189. He’ll try to continue the rebound against Holloway, but the Hawaiian has momentum on his side. Stephens is the No. 8 ranked featherweight, and a win over Holloway would give a huge boost to his stock.

UFC 194 is headlined by the featherweight unification bout between champion Jose Aldo and interim titleholder Conor McGregor, with a co-main event featuring Chris Weidman putting his middleweight belt on the line against Luke Rockhold.

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