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Bobby Lee Not Concerned with RFA 45 Opponent Damion Sheehan

Tue, 2016-10-25 22:00

After a March RFA fight against Alex Wiggs Jr., where he admittedly took more damage than he should, lightweight up and comer Bobby Lee was able to have a better performance in his next bout, a first-round TKO of Kyle Todd for the RFA in July.

“It wasn’t my best fight (against Wiggs), but I came out with a win,” Lee told “I got beat up on the feet a little bit.

“I was realizing that RFA is a higher caliber of athlete, higher pace in the fight, so was just much more ready for (the Todd fight). I upped the intensity, and you can see the intensity difference between the two of us. I was ready to go, and as soon as the fight started I hit him with a jab and it was all downhill from there.”

Since turning pro late last year, Lee has been able to showcase a level of growth he feels puts him on par with some of the higher-touted prospects in MMA.

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“I think I’m progressing at the pace a 20-year-old dedicated to this sport should be,” he said. “I’ve improved in all areas: striking, wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu.

“I’m progressing at a rate where people are sayING they see where I’m going and that they’ll see me in the UFC in a couple years. Right now I’m looking at Sage Northcutt and Mickey Gall at 20-years-old and fighting in the UFC; well I’m 20 and I can beat these guys. I’m improving at a great pace.”

Lee (4-0) will look to keep his undefeated streak going to start off his career when he takes on Damion Sheehan (3-0) in a main card 155-pound bout at RFA 45 on October 28 in Lake Prior, Minnesota.

“The only danger I see in his game is his 10th Planet Jiu-Jitsu, they dive on feet, they dive on heel hooks and ankle locks,” said Lee of Sheehan. “I’ve put in my time, so I’m not worried about going to the ground with this guy, but I’m just saying that’s an area where he may have an advantage.

“It’s not concerning me, because it’s not going to go to the ground, but if it does, I’m pretty confident in my Jiu-Jitsu.”

After a successful first year in MMA, Lee is looking to take his first major MMA championship soon following the RFA and Legacy FC merger.

“I’m looking at 2017 like I’m going to come away with the LFA belt,” he said. “Next year I’ll be fighting in the LFA, so my goal will be to win that belt before considering anything else. If I win that belt, the UFC will come calling.”

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Conor McGregor Goes in for a DEXA Scan (The Mac Life – UFC 205, Day 2)

Tue, 2016-10-25 21:00

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The Mac Life brings you behind-the-scenes footage of Conor McGregor as he prepares for UFC 205 in New York City. In day 2 of his journey to the Big Apple, McGregor undergoes a DEXA scan.

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Tyron Woodley Takes New York (UFC 205 Champ Camp Ep 1)

Tue, 2016-10-25 20:19

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On the first episode of Tyron Woodley‘s UFC 205 Champ Camp, Woodley lands in New York City.

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Gunnar Nelson Details Injury That Led to UFC Belfast Main Event Cancellation

Tue, 2016-10-25 17:13

Although news of a Gegard Mousasi vs. Uriah Hall rematch replacing Dong Hyun Kim vs. Gunnar Nelson as the UFC Belfast main event broke late last week, it took until Tuesday for UFC officials to finally confirm the move.

The replacement was necessary after Nelson suffered a training injury that forced him out of the headlining bout. Shortly after the UFC confirmed the change, Nelson posted on Instagram, detailing the incident that forced him out of the Nov. 19 fight.

“I want to begin with saying I’m very sorry to all my fans, sponsors, friends and (Kim) that I’m pulling out of this fight in Belfast,” Nelson wrote.

“I was so much looking forward to fighting again in Ireland and now it’s not happening because of a stupid ankle twist that ironically happened in a UFC open work out! It happened at 1:08min into the video that was live on facebook for those who want to see it. It’s still up, I think.

“Right away I wasn’t sure how serious it was, so I kept face and rolled a little on, but told my training partner Kenny Baker about it during and he knew all about it he said because he felt the massive click when it happened. I was forced to stop within minutes because I realized it was bad.”

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Nelson tried to give the ankle a little time to heal, but it didn’t respond as well as he had hoped it would.

“For a few weeks, I was doing everything that I could to get better, so I would be able to return to proper training again, but that next step of being able to bounce, move in and out, and grapple just would not happen,” he recounted.

“I kept doing everything I could, which was mostly rowing, swimming, and bits here and there, thinking I would get there. A week ago, my trainers told me and I was starting to realize that this was gonna take more time and I could not go into this fight with one ankle and not really any martial art training at all.”

It was at that point that the UFC shifted its focus to a new main event, eventually securing the rematch between Mousasi and Hall, which now headlines UFC Fight Night 99 at SSE Arena on Nov. 19 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Nelson, however, is continuing to work toward his return to the Octagon.

“I will be back soon, better then ever. Thank you all for all the support.”

I want begin with saying im very sorry to all my fans, sponsors, friends and StunGun that im pulling out of this fight in Belfast. I was so much looking forward to fighting again in Ireland and now its not happening because of a stupid ankle twist that ironacly happend in a UFC open work out!! It happend at 1:08min into the video that was live on facebook for those who want to see it, its still up i think. Right away i wasnt sure how serious it was so i kept face and rolled a little on but told my training partner Kenny Baker about it during and he knew all about it he said because he felt the massive click when it happend. I was forced to stop within minutes because i relised it was bad. For a few days i was not able to put any weight on the leg and thought i had to pull out and felt devastated but then within 10 days i got to a state where i could walk normaly without much pain so i thought again that i was gonna fight and felt great. For a few weeks i was doing everything that i could to get better so i would be able to return to proper training again but that next step of being able to bounce, move in and out and grapple just would not happend. I kept doing everything i could wich was mostly rowing, swimming and bits here and there thinking i would get there. A week ago my trainers told me and i was starting to relise that this was gonna take more time and i could not go into this fight with one ankle and not realy any martial art training at all

Win or Walk Away; It’s All or Nothing for Johny Hendricks at UFC 207

Tue, 2016-10-25 15:51

After losing back-to-back bouts for the first time in his nine-year fighting career, former welterweight champion Johny Hendricks heads into UFC 207 with his fighting future on the line.

“If I go out there and let’s just say, crazier things have happened, and I lose? Well, I guess (it’s time) to say, ‘I’m done,'” Hendricks told ESPN. “I’m not going to keep fighting to hopefully find a person I can beat. At that point, it might be the fact your body just says, ‘Hey, I don’t want to do this anymore.'”

Hendricks faces Neil Magny at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on Dec. 30 coming off of a decision loss to Kelvin Gastelum at UFC 200.

“After that last fight, me and my wife sat down and she said, ‘Johny, if you’re gonna fight like that, quit — because that’s pathetic,'” Hendricks said. “I said, ‘I agree! I agree woman!’ That was not how I fight.

“At that moment, I just looked at her and said, ‘I still want to fight’ and she said, ‘If you’re gonna fight, fight. I’m not gonna tell you that you can’t do this, but (I will) if you don’t train to win.'”

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Hendricks’ focus and preparation has suffered while trying to balance being an involved father and family man. Moving forward, he knows that has to change or he needs to hang up the gloves.

“I have to be a little selfish again. I have to put my career sort of ahead of everything else — and I don’t like doing that. I wanted to be a father and I wanted to be involved in my children’s athletics, school, stuff like that. And then the next thing you know, you’re down two fights.”

Two years ago, Hendricks was the UFC welterweight champion. Since then, he’s lost three of his last four fights. He still believes that he’s one of the best 170-pound fighters in the world and plans to showcase that against Magny.

“My back’s against the wall. I don’t want to be one of those guys who fights until they’re 38, 40 years old. I don’t want to put my wife through that and I don’t want to put my kids through that. That’s not me.”

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Jon Jones Blows Up Twitter: Steroids Didn’t Give Him Heart

Tue, 2016-10-25 14:30

It comes and goes in bursts, but Jon Jones is frequently a prolific user of social media to get a point across. His latest Twitter storm? A continued rant about the other fighters in the light heavyweight division and a defense of himself against accusations of steroids.

We can’t really put it any better than Jones, so… to the tweets!

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That’s right light heavyweight division, this means I got in that ass fair and square. I heard your interviews.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

Steroids didn’t give me the believe that I am the baddest fm on this planet

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

It didn’t give me the heart to pull off victories in the last minutes of championship fights.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

Steroids will never give you a high IQ of the game. It won’t increase your awareness or your timing.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

It won’t make you more technical

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

It didn’t give me the idea to set my mind to a goal, to follow my dreams and bust my ass every day in the gym.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

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I know that I’ve earned every inch of my success, every match ever won

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

Earning this high place in sports gives me the confidence and courage to know that I can do the same in my life

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

I know that I have something extremely powerful inside of me, I have the power to achieve anything I set my mind to.

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

Knowing this helps me not worry when times get rough, I am more than a conqueror. I have what it takes to win

— Jon Bones Jones (@JonnyBones) October 24, 2016

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Watch Tyron Woodley Knock Robbie Lawler Out (video)

Tue, 2016-10-25 14:20

(Video Courtesy of UFC)

Relive the championship matchup between Tyron Woodley and Robbie Lawler from UFC 201. Woodley defends his welterweight belt for the first time versus Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson in the co-main event of the historic UFC 205 card at Madison Square Garden in New York City on November 12, live on Pay-Per-View.

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Bibiano Fernandes to Defend Bantamweight Belt at ONE: Age of Domination

Tue, 2016-10-25 14:15

ONE: Age of Domination is set for the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila on Dec. 2 and the card will now feature two title bouts. In a match-up announced on Tuesday, reigning bantamweight champion Bibiano Fernandes will defend his bantamweight strap against Reece McLaren.

Fernandes (19-3) has won 11 straight fights and will be making the fifth defense of his bantamweight belt. He was also a two-division Dream champion and has established himself as arguably the best pound-for-pound fighter in Asian MMA.

His opponent is 11 years younger, but is coming off two impressive submission losses. McLaren (9-3) was originally signed as a late replacement last year, but went on to beat top bantamweight contenders Mark Streigl and Muin Gafurov.

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The card will be headlined by a heavyweight title bout between champion Brandon Vera and challenger Hideki Sakine. It also features Filipino fighters Mark Striegl, Geje Eustaquio, Honorio Banario, Edward Kelly, and April Osenio.

Another bout was announced on Tuesday and it pits former middleweight title challenger Leandro Ataides (8-3) against Mohamed Ali (10-10). The Brazilian will be looking to snap a three-fight losing streak, while the Egyptian goes in search of his first ever ONE Championship win.

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WSOF Tops New Year’s Eve Event with Four Title Fights

Tue, 2016-10-25 14:09

World Series of Fighting ( on Monday announced a stacked eleven-bout fight card for the unprecedented New Year’s Eve world championship extravaganza at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The WSOFNYC mega-event boasting an unmatched roster of world-class athletes will air live on NBC Sports (3 p.m. ET – 4 p.m. ET on NBCSN and 4 p.m. ET – 6 p.m. ET on NBC) on Saturday, December 31.

In the main event, undefeated lightweight (155 pounds) kingpin Justin “The Highlight” Gaethje (16-0) defends his crown against Joao “The Brazilian Samurai” Zeferino (20-8) and, in the co-main event the highly-anticipated welterweight (170 pounds), reigning world champion Jon Fitch (28-7) squares off with number one contender and fellow decorated superstar Jake Shields (31-8). Reigning bantamweight (135 pounds) champion Marlon Moraes (16-4) will also put his title on the line against ferocious contenderJosenaldo Silva (25-4). Light Heavyweight and Middleweight Champion David Branch (19-3) will put his Middleweight (185 pounds) belt on the line against challenger Louis Taylor (13-1).

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In addition to the main event, World Series of Fighting announced that heavyweight champion Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-2) will make his return to the decagon at a new weight class of Light Heavyweight (205 pounds) against Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (9-4).  Former top 10 world-ranked Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) will take on battle-tested Paul Bradley (23-6) in a welterweight affair.

Shane Kruchten (11-4) and Jeremy Mahon (5-4) – both U.S. Marine Corps veterans – will do battle in a 150-pound “Who’s The Toughest” catchweight contest.  Former UFC standout Jared Rosholt (14-3) will make his much-anticipated promotional debut against fellow World Series of Fighting newcomer and finisher Caio Alencar (9-1) in a featured heavyweight contest.

Tickets for WSOFNYC go on sale on October 28, at the Madison Square Garden box office as well as online at and  Pre-sale information is available at

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“The debut of World Series of Fighting in New York City promises, without a doubt, one of the most monumental fight nights in the history of the sport.” said World Series of Fighting CEO Carlos Silva.

World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo stated, “This is the biggest, most impressive fight card we’ve put together and fans can expect to see the most action-packed fights from start to finish.”

NBC commentator and play-by-play announcer Todd Harris and legendary Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) artists Bas Rutten and Renzo Gracie will call the action live on NBC from Madison Square Garden in New York City.  They will be joined by MMA producer and host Joey Varner.

Main Card (NBC, 4 PM ET – 6 PM ET, Dec 31)
  • Lightweight Title Fight: Justin Gaethje (16-0) vs. Joao Zeferino (20-8)
  • Welterweight Title Fight: Jon Fitch (28-7) vs. Jake Shields (31-8)
  • Bantamweight Title Fight: Marlon Moraes (16-4) vs. Josenaldo Silva (25-4)
Prelim Card (NBCSN, 3 PM ET – 4 PM ET / 2 PM ET – 3 PM ET, Dec. 31)
  • Middleweight Title Fight: David Branch (19-3) vs. Louis Taylor (13-1)
  • Light Heavyweight: Smealinho “The Prince” Rama (9-2) vs. Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (9-4)
  • Welterweight: Yushin “Thunder” Okami (32-10) vs. Paul Bradley (23-6)
  • “Who’s The Toughest?” Catchweight Fight: Shane Kruchten (11-4) vs. Jeremy Mahon (5-4)
  • Heavyweight: Jared Rosholt (14-3) vs. Caio Alencar (9-1)

Additional match-ups for WSOFNYC will be announced soon.

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Urijah Faber Announces Retirement

Mon, 2016-10-24 23:45

Urijah Faber has decided that enough is enough. It’s time for him to retire from active mixed martial arts competition and move on. And he’s decided to do it in his hometown.

Faber will step into the Octagon for the final time opposite Brad Pickett at UFC on FOX 22 on Dec. 17 in Sacramento, Calif. The fight was announced last week, but Faber broke the news of his retirement on The MMA Hour on Monday.

“I’m super excited to fight in (Sacramento),” Faber said. “Those are all my people out there. I built our team, Team Alpha Male (there), it’s like an extended family to me, and I was raised in the greatest Sacramento area all the way through college. It’s going to be a really cool event.

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“I’ve been kind of waiting for this, and this is actually going to be my last fight. And it just feels right to do it in Sac in this new area. It just feels like the right time and the right place. I’ve been waiting for this new arena to be built, I was waiting for that Dominick Cruz opportunity, and I feel like this is going to be an epic event and I can’t wait to do it in front of the people I love.”

Faber, 37, built his career largely on becoming the World Extreme Cagefighting featherweight champion and defending that belt on numerous occasions. He fought several times for various UFC titles, but was unable to win a UFC belt.

Over the course of his 43 professional fights (33-10), Faber has fought all the top names, but never suffered a severe injury, nor has he been on the receiving end of any brutal knockouts. With all his faculties still in order, Faber feels like it’s a good way to go out.

“My mind and my body, I feel like I’m in better shape or in as good of shape as I’ve ever been and I want to continue in that,” said Faber.

“I’m just thankful, and I want to go out feeling good and have an amazing fight and go to the next chapter.”

The next chapter, Faber said, includes various entertainment opportunities and business ventures, but was quick to note that he’s not leaving MMA. He wants to continue building future stars at Team Alpha Male, and will remain rooted in Sacramento.

He’ll be going out on his own terms on his home turf.

“I just feel like it feels like the right time. It just feels like the time to have a homecoming and an adios at the same time.”

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Lyman Good Pulled from UFC 205 Fight Card

Mon, 2016-10-24 23:35

The UFC announced on Monday evening that welterweight Lyman Good was informed of a potential anti-doping violation stemming from a recent out-of-competition test.

As a result of the test, which according to officials was collected on Oct. 14, Good was removed from his scheduled bout with Belal Muhammad at UFC 205 and provisionally suspended.

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“USADA, the independent administrator of the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, will handle the results management and appropriate adjudication of this case,” read the UFC’s statement. “It is important to note that, under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, there is a full fair legal review process that is afforded to all athletes before any sanctions are imposed.  Consistent with all previous potential anti-doping violations, additional information or UFC statements will be provided at the appropriate time as the process moves forward.”

Good has made one appearance in the UFC, winning via second-round knockout at a UFC Fight Night event in July 2015. The fighter is also a former Bellator welterweight champion.

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UFC Looking For ‘Octagon Girls’ as Part of New Reality Show

Mon, 2016-10-24 22:49

Forget “Total Divas.” It’s time for the “Octagon Girls.”

The UFC is looking for potential Octagon Girls from Southern California as part of a new reality series. If you are fit, athletic, have never done porn, and willing to work for $500, this might be your deal.

According to Pilgrim Studios, those selected will appear in “their own unscripted series on a major cable network.”

Oh, we can’t wait.

The producers of “The Ultimate Fighter”  are seeking models “to become the UFC’s newest ring girls.”

The “unscripted” reality show will document the girls’ UFC work and their personal lives. Here are the requirements:

– Are at least 21 years of age and live in Southern California

– Have a fit and athletic body type

– Are legally able to work and live in the United States

– Have never appeared in pornographic material

– Are not contractually tied to any other combat sports promotion

– Can attend scheduled auditions in North Hollywood during the week of October 24 and film a presentation for the show in mid-November.

If you are up for the challenge, visit here. And while you’re at it, might as well visit our RING GIRL SECTION.

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Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen Bellator MMA ‘Debate’ Video

Mon, 2016-10-24 22:00

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Before they meet January 21 at the Forum in Los Angeles, Tito Ortiz and Chael Sonnen took to the Bellator 162 broadcast on Friday to kick off the war of words.

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Cris Cyborg No Longer Believes Ronda Rousey Fight Will Ever Happen

Mon, 2016-10-24 20:45

When it was announced that former women’s bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey was returning to the Octagon on Dec. 30 against current titleholder Amanda Nunes, UFC president Dana White stated that if Rousey wins, there would eventually be a super-fight between her and Cris “Cyborg” Justino.

A bout between the two has been talked about since they both held titles in different divisions while in the defunct Strikeforce promotion in 2012. Cyborg has aggressively sought the match-up for years, but now believes it’s never going to happen.

“Everyone wants the biggest women’s fight in the Octagon ever to happen, but Dana cannot do this because, not because he doesn’t want (it), but probably because he cannot force Ronda Rousey to fight, the same way he cannot force Conor McGregor to fight Jose Aldo again. He cannot force Ronda to fight Holly Holm again. I don’t believe it anymore,” Justino recently told

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“I don’t think he can force Ronda Rousey to fight. I don’t think the fight can happen,” she added. “I already did five fights under contract with the UFC, and I did two fights at 140 (pounds) to open the door for this, for the opportunity for (this fight with Rousey) to happen. But, it won’t happen. I don’t believe it anymore. You want the guy who never wanted women to fight in the cage to promote the biggest event ever between two women?”

Despite White saying the fight will happen and that Rousey wants it, Cyborg doesn’t think the UFC truly wants the bout to take place.

“I’ll leave this question for the fans: do you think the UFC wants this girl who they’ve said is the best in the world to lose to me?” she asked.

Cyborg’s last two fights have been in the UFC at a 140-pound catchweight. She struggles to make 140 pounds and doesn’t plan on fighting at a catchweight anymore unless it’s a superfight.

“They said they wanted to do the biggest fight ever with me and Ronda, but after looking at what has happened… I’ve had five fights for them and the UFC has not promoted me, they have not done one interview for me, all interviews I’ve done by myself. I emailed them, asked for the opportunity, and then they laughed at me,” she said.

“I had the hardest cut ever for 140 last time. I’m not going to make 140 again for (expletive) fights.”

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Conor McGregor Sparring for Eddie Alvarez (The Mac Life – UFC 205, Day 1)

Mon, 2016-10-24 19:45

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The Mac Life brings you behind-the-scenes footage of Conor McGregor as he prepares for UFC 205 in New York City. This is day 1 of the journey to the Big Apple.

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UFC Announces Dominick Cruz vs. Cody Garbrandt Title Fight

Mon, 2016-10-24 17:38

The oft-rumored UFC bantamweight championship fight between Dominick Cruz and Cody Garbrandt is now official.

Cruz will put his belt on the line against Garbrandt in the UFC 207 co-main event on Friday, Dec. 30, in Las Vegas. UFC officials on Monday confirmed the fight, which was first reported by

Former 135-pound champ TJ Dillashaw had been working hard to get another title shot. He made a strong case, having lost the belt to Cruz via split decision in January and then rebounding with a victory over Top 10 ranked Raphael Assuncao in July, but the UFC decided to give Garbrandt the next shot.

Cruz (22-1) has been the most dominant champion in the division’s history. Having won the WEC bantamweight championship in March of 2010, he hasn’t lost a fight since. In fact, Cruz’s only defeat was to then WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber in 2007.

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He faced a tough stretch of injuries from late 2011 until late 2014, during which time Cruz was forced to vacate the belt. He has since won three consecutive fights, including winning the belt back from Dillashaw and then defending it against Faber.

Cruz could be facing one of his toughest challenges yet in Garbrandt. The 25-year-old rocketed into title contention by winning all 10 of his professional bouts. In his five trips to the Octagon, Garbrandt has knocked out four of his five opponents. Only Henry Briones was able to last a full three rounds with the youngster.

Also added to the UFC 207 fight card on Monday was a flyweight bout between top prospects Louis Smolka and Ray Borg.

UFC 207 is headlined by women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes putting her belt on the line against the returning Ronda Rousey, and all features a heavyweight rematch between top contenders Fabricio Werdum and Cain Velasquez.

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Shane Carwin Awaiting Fedor, Also Has Offer from Rizin

Mon, 2016-10-24 13:27

Shane Carwin recently decided to reenter the mixed martial arts landscape as a fighter, but it won’t be with the UFC, where he once held the interim heavyweight championship.

Carwin has drawn interest from numerous suitors, but appears to be zeroing in on a couple significant options.

Clarifying some of his recent comments on Twitter, Carwin told on Monday that, about two weeks ago, he agreed to an offer to fight former Pride champion Fedor Emelianenko. While awaiting an answer on the Fedor fight, Carwin has also received an offer from Rizin Fighting Federation.

The fight with Fedor is certainly an intriguing one. While both are in the twilight days of their MMA careers, Carwin, 41, and Fedor, 40, have both competed and succeeded at the highest levels of the sport. Both are also making another run following retirement, although Carwin isn’t sure that Fedor is prepared to continue his run, while Carwin’s is just beginning.

“I have had a few great offers, but Fedor was the most interesting,” said Carwin, but also stated, “He likely won’t fight again.”

If the Fedor fight doesn’t materialize, there’s a strong possibility we could see Carwin fighting for Rizin FF, where there is an opportunity to compete in the promotion’s open weight tournament. The Rizin World Grand-Prix 2016 already includes fighters such as Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic and Wanderlei Silva. Carwin would be a significant addition to the tournament.

“If Rizin is where I go, it is for the Open Weight GP at the end of the year, but nothing has been signed or agreed to yet,” he said.

In announcing his return in September, Carwin confirmed that his camp and the UFC “mutually” determined that his value would “be better utilized” outside of the Octagon, so we won’t likely see him fighting again in the UFC. Even outside of a potential fight with Fedor or a stint with Rizin, there are several possibilities that could be a good fit for Carwin. Bellator could always use another top heavyweight and ONE Championship has former UFC fighter Brandon Vera as its heavyweight champion.

If on form, Carwin would be a significant force no matter where he fights. For now, however, he is awaiting Fedor’s response and fielding offers, as he continues to prepare for his return.

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Miesha Tate on a Fight with Cris Cyborg: ‘I Wouldn’t Be Against It’

Mon, 2016-10-24 11:23

With the absence of Ronda Rousey in 2016, and no one successfully defending the 135-pound title since she relinquished it to Holly Holm at UFC 193, it’s hard to argue that Cris “Cyborg” Justino isn’t the top pound-for-pound women’s fighter in the world.

The 31-year-old Brazilian hasn’t lost an MMA fight in eleven years. She retired Gina Carano and has reigned supreme in the 145-pound women’s division since 2009. She holds the Invicta FC featherweight title, and she’s finished both of her UFC opponents in one-sided fashion.

Cyborg is a well-established name and possibly the most dominant fighter over their division in the world. She’s fought in the UFC, but the fight promotion doesn’t officially have her division. Despite that technicality, many consider her the uncrowned UFC women’s 145-pound champion.

“For me, Cyborg is already the featherweight champion even though we don’t have that division. There is no one to fight her. No one comes close to her in this division,” said former UFC Vice President and General Manager of Brazil Giovani Decker following Cyborg’s TKO win over Lina Lansberg at UFC Fight Night Brasilia in September.

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UFC president Dana White echoed Decker’s stance on Cyborg not having any viable opponents in the 145-pound division during an appearance on “Speak For Yourself.”  “There aren’t enough good women at 145 pounds to create an entire division,” White told host Jason Whitlock.

Decker’s claim that there isn’t anyone to fight Justino isn’t exactly true.  Former bantamweight champion Miesha Tate isn’t opposed to taking on Cyborg.

“When I was the champ, they told me that. The UFC was like, ‘we’re not going to do a catch-weight, so either she has to meet you at 135 or you have to not be the champion. I suppose now that I’m not the champion, I technically could fight her at 140,” Tate said during a recent appearance on The MMA Hour.

“The thing is, I just feel like I have nothing to lose in that. You’re fighting a girl that has been such a powerhouse, such a beast and crushing girls. If I went in there and beat her, or even gave her a solid run for her money, it says a lot. I wouldn’t be opposed to doing it, but it’s not something that’s been discussed,” said Tate.

“I wouldn’t be against it.”

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Jon Jones’ Attorney Claims Tests Prove Supplement was Tainted

Sun, 2016-10-23 22:00

Jon Jones tested positive for prohibited substances prior to UFC 200 in July. He was subsequently removed from his scheduled headlining bout with Daniel Cormier. Jones has yet to find out what sort of disciplinary action he’ll face – both from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the Nevada Athletic Commission – but it could be far less severe than initially anticipated.

At a hearing in August, the NAC revealed Jones had tested positive for Hydroxy Clomiphene (an anti-estrogenic agent) and Letrozole metabolite (an aromatase inhibitor) in his June 16 out-of-competition drug screen.

Jones’ attorney, Howard Jacobs, during a recent episode of The Luke Thomas Show on SiriusXM, his client’s positive test result stemmed from a contaminated product. He claimed that both Jones’ team and USADA had the product tested, coming to the same conclusion, that it was tainted.

“We’ve been able to establish the source of the prohibited substances,” said Jacobs. “It came from a product that Jon took that was not labelled with either of these substances. We had it tested; the product was contaminated with both of them. I know USADA also independently had the product tested; their testing confirms what we found. We then sent essentially the same pills that we had had tested to be tested by USADA’s lab, which also found the same thing. Pretty much every time it’s been tested, it’s shown that the product is contaminated with both Clomiphene and Letrozole.”

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With the testing now complete, Jones’ outcome should be determined within the next few weeks. He is slated to go into an arbitration hearing with USADA on Oct. 31 in Los Angeles, and then faces the NAC on Nov. 10 in Las Vegas.

While he was initially looking at a likely one-year suspension from USADA, proof of a tainted product should see his sanctioning reduced.

“It should definitely lead to a significant reduction; that’s our position,” said Jacobs. “The way the anti-doping rules, at least with the UFC program, are written, they mirror the World Anti-Doping Code to some extent. In a case like this, you can’t argue that you have no fault if you take a supplement or product that’s contaminated, but you can argue that you’re not significantly at fault, which gives you the ability to argue for a reduced sanction.”

Similar cases in the past have seen fighters like Yoel Romero and Tim Means have their sanctions reduced to six-month  suspensions in dealing directly with USADA. Jones, however, is going through an arbitration process, so there is no precedent in that process to reference.

Regardless of the USADA arbitration outcome, Jones will also still have to go before the Nevada Athletic Commission for its determination.

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Tim Kennedy: Rashad Evans Doesn’t Want to be on the Ground with Me

Sun, 2016-10-23 21:30

Heading into his middleweight bout with Rashad Evans at UFC 205 on Nov. 12 in New York City, Tim Kennedy believes that familiarity will be his ally, but not in the conventional sense.

Having previously trained with Evans, Kennedy believes that his opponent will be expecting that version of him, and will not be ready for what he’s actually able to bring to a full-on MMA match.

Speaking to the UFC Unfiltered podcast, Kennedy was asked how he matches up with Evans. And at first, Kennedy let it be known that he and Evans are closer skill-wise than further apart.

“I think we really complement each other,” Kennedy said. “I think we have a really great opportunity to put on a fantastic fight.

“I’ve trained with him. He is a very well-rounded martial artist. He has good boxing. He has great wrestling. He has fantastic submission defense. He’s such a veteran with such a vast amount of experience that I think we match up well.”

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Kennedy then let it be known that their time working together could ultimately lead Evans to fall into a false sense of security and possibly cost him the fight.

“Obviously, (Evans) doesn’t want to be on the ground with me,” said Kennedy. “If I were him, I would try to sprawl and brawl my way to a decision, because I don’t think he can knock me out. So there’s a lot of potential there for a fantastic fight.

“I think he underestimates my hands. As training partners, we’re not blasting each other. I think he’s going to remember what I was like in the training room, and not remember that we’re actually in a fight.”

At one time, both fighters were main event attractions; however, with Kennedy coming off a two-year layoff and a loss in his last bout in 2014, and Evans coming off of two straight losses, each is in need of a win at UFC 205 if they look to once again get back to their previous standings within the company.

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