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UFC 189 Embedded, Ep 4: Mendes Hits the Pool; McGregor Adds Weaponry

Sun, 2015-07-05 14:32

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On Episode 4 of UFC 189 Embedded, headliner Chad Mendes trades the gym for a pool to test his endurance in the week before his featherweight title fight. His opponent Conor McGregor enjoys a poolside massage and adds a few unexpected weapons to his arsenal. Plus, welterweight champion Robbie Lawler and challenger Rory MacDonald do some final prep at home for their championship rematch.

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UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the championship doubleheader at UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor, taking place Saturday, July 11 on Pay-Per-View.

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Women’s MMA Stalwart Tonya Evinger on Brink of Invicta FC Championship

Sun, 2015-07-05 14:09

Having been one of female MMA’s stalwarts since her debut nearly 10 years ago, bantamweight Tonya Evinger seems to be just now hitting her stride.

Over the course of the last five years, Evinger has won six fights in a row, and now finds herself in contention for her first MMA championship with Invicta FC.

“It’s always been my capability to perform like this. I think it just comes down to having the right support behind me and fighting for the right promotion and training at the right gym and having the right people in my life,” Evinger told MMAWeekly.com. “That’s what it came down to. It was just a life change altogether. I feel great where I’m at.”

Even though Evinger has achieved great success of late and is contending for a title, she still feels as if she’s on the outside looking in.

“I’ve beaten people that I’m not supposed to beat, and I’m still the biggest underdog in MMA, so I don’t think that winning this title will change anything in my life,” said Evinger. “I think people will still doubt me, my ranking, my ability, and everything that I do.

“So this is just another fight for me. It’s definitely the fight I’ve been asking for, and I’m just going to go out there and keep doing what I’ve been doing and beat people and hurt everyone’s feelings.”

Evinger (14-6) will compete for the Invicta bantamweight title Thursday in Las Vegas against a lesser-heralded Irene Aldana (5-1).

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“I think this is great for her,” Evinger said of Aldana. “She’s jumping up real fast. She’s only 5-1 and is new in her career, and she’s getting this opportunity. I’ve been around for a long time and I plan on whooping her ass the same way I whoop everyone’s ass.

“I’m just going to do the best I can. I told Shannon (Knapp) that I didn’t care who I fought. I plan on fighting all these girls anyway.”

For Evinger, it’s her experience and all that she’s gone through over the course of her career and her attitude towards fighting that will help set her apart from other fighters.

“I think I have a lot of positives on my side: I think I hit hard, I think I’ve got great wrestling and my jiu-jitsu is very well-rounded,” said Evinger. “I think my experience will show. I try to finish people.

“I think that MMA has gotten boring when it comes to top fights. Everybody wants to play it safe. I don’t want to play it like that. I said a long time ago that I wouldn’t be that fighter. I want to finish people, every single fight, trying to finish people and it’s what wins me fights.”

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VIDEO: Is Conor McGregor the New Chael Sonnen? Muhammad Ali? Nope!

Sun, 2015-07-05 14:00

A reporter tried to compare Conor McGregor to Chael Sonnen, but the brash Irishman would have none of it, saying he’s been compared to Sonnen, to Muhammad Ali, and everyone else in the fight game.

At the end of the day, however, McGregor says, “I’m just me.”

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UFC Veteran Will Chope to Face Isao Kobayashi at Pancrase 269

Sun, 2015-07-05 13:47

Will Chope will be back in MMA action on Aug. 9 when he takes on Isao Kobayashi at Pancrase 269. The bout is set for the Differ Ariake Arena in Tokyo and pits the UFC veteran against the organization’s former lightweight champion.

Chope (24-7) was cut from the UFC in 2014 after details of a bad conduct discharge from the U.S. Navy emerged. Since then, the 24-year-old has won five fights out of six and was scheduled to face former WEC champion Miguel Torres at Rebel FC recently.

Unfortunately, that fight was cancelled at the last minute when Chope missed weight by 1 pound, but he will continue competing at 145 pounds and is hoping to work his way into a shot at reigning featherweight King of Pancrase and fellow UFC vet Nam Phan.

Kobayashi (17-2-4) dropped down to 145 pounds for the first time last year, but saw an undefeated streak that stretched all the way back to 2010 snapped when he dropped a unanimous decision to Kazunori Yokota at Deep’s new Year’s Eve event.

Kobayashi bounced back to beat Bellator and Pancrase veteran Marlon Sandro by split decision earlier this year and a second successive win in the145-pound division would put him in pole position for a shot at Phan’s title.

The card features a title fight in the 115-pound division when Hiroyuki Abe (12-7) and Masakazu Utsugi (8-7-2) meet in the finals of a four-man tournament which was originally scheduled for Pancrase 264 but had to be postponed due to injury.

There will also be two undefeated Japanese prospects in action as Kento Kanbe (8-0) faces Tatsuya So (13-12-4) in the 115-pound division and Kenta Takagi (13-10) takes on Takashi Sato (8-0) in a welterweight clash.

The card currently consists of 26 fights and features UFC veteran Issei Tamura (7-7), who will be hoping to snap a five-fight losing streak against Hikaru Hasumi (8-6-1), and former Shooto 123-pound champion Mamoru Yamaguchi (27-9-5), who faces Yusuke Kitago (13-10-1).

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Forty-Year-Old Glena Avila Takes Aim at KOTC Championship After Recent Win

Sun, 2015-07-05 13:35

After coming up just short in her King of the Cage women’s strawweight title bit in February, Oregon’s Glena “Heartless” Avila rebounded on June 27 with a win over Cheryl Chan.

“I think a lot of people underestimate her, but I wasn’t,” Avila said of Chan. “She’s got really good kicks and is a 10th Planet (Jiu-Jitsu) purple belt, so my game plan was to use my wrestling and take her down and control her, and not get stuck with any of the tricky submissions.

“I feel I worked my game plan, did it effectively, and tried to finish her repeatedly. We went to a judges’ decision and I won the unanimous decision.”

The win puts the 40-year-old Avila at 5-3 for her pro career, and feels especially good coming off a solid performance against Danielle Taylor in February, where she lost a close five-round split decision.

“I had thought at the end of that fight (against Taylor) that I had done enough in that fight to win,” said Avila.

“I get underestimated a lot because of my age. People don’t think I have the gas tank to put on these wars or not be able to keep up with some of the younger fighters. I think those setbacks are in your own mind, so if you feel you have the ability to do those things, you can absolutely do it, so going five rounds was a testament to that.”

Avila continues to rise to the occasion, as evidenced by the documentary based on her life, titled Glena, chronicling the difficulties in her life during her transition from the amateur to pro ranks in 2011.

“The documentary was huge because it gave a lot of people who are not necessarily fans of the sport a bird’s eye view of what it is really like,” said Avila.

“People who come and watch fights see you put it all on the line, but with the documentary, people are also seeing that we are family members, we have a lot going on in our lives, and they can understand better the sacrifices that come along with becoming a professional athlete.”

Avila hopes with her strong performance against Chan, she’s earned another shot at Taylor and the KOTC strawweight championship. She would like that to be her next bout if possible.

“I really wanted to make a statement when I fought Cheryl, and I really want to fight Danielle again,” said Avila. “It was a close fight, so I’d like the opportunity to do it again. I think I can do better and I just want to prove it.”

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UFC 189 Embedded, Ep 3: Chael Sonnen Blows Up Chad Mendes’ Phone

Sun, 2015-07-05 13:05

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On Episode 3 of UFC 189 Embedded, featherweight headliner Conor McGregor’s jet-set lifestyle takes him to Los Angeles for an appearance on Conan. In Sacramento, California, opposing title contender Chad Mendes wakes up to discover that his phone number has been published by notorious MMA troll Chael Sonnen. Mendes cools off with a visit to a cryotherapy center. Back in Las Vegas, McGregor and team celebrate the arrival of their preferred mode of caffeine and get in some training. And Mendes watches his foe’s late-night appearance on Conan.

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UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the championship doubleheader at UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor, taking place Saturday, July 11 on Pay-Per-View.

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UFC 189 Free Fight: Conor McGregor Takes Out Dustin Poirier

Sat, 2015-07-04 14:32

On his rise to the top, featherweight contender “The Notorious” Conor McGregor had to get past Dustin Poirier at UFC 178. McGregor looks to capture the interim title when he faces Chad Mendes at UFC 189 in Las Vegas on July 11.

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Titan FC’s Jeff Aronson Breaks Down the UFC Fight Pass Deal

Sat, 2015-07-04 14:11

Since purchasing Titan FC a couple of years ago, owner Jeff Aronson has seen the company grow from a strong Midwest regional base to a nationally recognized promotion. And with the recent announcement that Titan had signed a deal to be broadcast on UFC Fight Pass, the company’s reach is about to expand even further.

Speaking to MMAWeekly.com, Aronson discussed how the deal with the UFC came to be, what he expects from Titan being on Fight Pass, and the remainder of the company’s year, including their upcoming July 18 show.

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MMAWeekly.com: Firstly, Jeff, tell us about how the deal with UFC Fight Pass came to be.

Jeff Aronson: Because of Alchemist Management, (Titan COO) Lex McMahon and I have had a very strong relationship with the Zuffa brass for years. When I bought Titan, the goal was to build an incredible organization for the fans and fighter, and keep growing, and the UFC took notice. We started getting into some talks, and after months of negotiations the deal was done.

MMAWeekly.com: What will the deal with Fight Pass do for TFC?

Jeff Aronson: I really think this is a game changer in the whole landscape of MMA. We’ve really closed the gap with this deal in terms of what we can do with the fighters to get them exposure. They’re now going to get worldwide distribution and will be watched by all the brass at the UFC.

I think for the company itself, it’s phenomenal because it opens up a whole new realm of sponsors. It’s just a great evolution. I think digital is absolutely the wave of the future. I’m not saying we won’t do national and international TV deals – we will – but I think that digital is extremely popular right now and is something to embrace.

MMAWeekly.com: How do you feel this year compares to last when it comes to growing Titan FC as a company?

Jeff Aronson: I think last year was a pretty big astronomical deal; buying Titan and building into it a national promotion, being recognized with what we’ve done with the fighters, for great production, having the deal with CBS Sports Network, but 2015 is turning into an even bigger year.

We got done with our Aerofest deal, and we were holding off on all other shows until that was done, and now we’ve signed the Fight Pass deal, have this show coming up on July 18, and we’ll be back at it right after that. This is a very pivotal moment for the history of this company.

MMAWeekly.com: Tell us a bit about the promotion’s upcoming July 18 show in Montreal.

Jeff Aronson: Firstly, we’ve got four title fights on this card. Mike Ricci is fighting Pat Healy for the lightweight title, Kurt Holobaugh is fighting Andre Harrison for the featherweight title, Brett Johns is fighting Anthony Gutierrez for the bantamweight title, and then Tim Elliot is fighting Illiard Santos for the flyweight title.

On top of that, Jose “Pele” Landi-Jons is returning to the U.S. for the first time in years. Pele will be fighting a really dangerous striker in Tyler Stinson. Super-prospect Phil Hawes will be on the card. And Cody Bollinger will be fighting Freddy Assuncao. This entire card is just stacked. It’s amazing.

MMAWeekly.com: Thanks for your time, Jeff. Is there anything you want to say in closing?

Jeff Aronson: Come the next couple weeks and months, there’s going to be a ton of more information about the (Fight Pass) deal. What was released was just the tip of the iceberg. I think fans of MMA are going to be thrilled at how we’ve positioned ourselves and how fighters will be positioned.

I just want to give a shout-out to all the fans, fighters and media for supporting us. Just be on the lookout for some amazing news from us.

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ONE: Dynasty of Champions Tourney Winner Di Yuan Huang Takes His Kung Fu to the Top

Sat, 2015-07-04 14:07

China has a distinguished martial arts history and this is epitomized by Huang Di Yuan, who won the ONE: Dynasty of Champions 145-pound tournament in Guangzhou last month. The 22-year-old can trace his Kung Fu ancestry back several generations and began training as an infant.

“My father is a traditional Kung Fu master. He used to own a martial arts school, but now he only gives private classes. I became interested in martial arts when I was about 4 and my nickname in school was ‘Kung Fu Boy’ because I was always showing off fancy kicks and moves.”

While the heritage of Kung Fu can be traced back several centuries, MMA is the ultimate testing ground for a modern martial artist. Huang didn’t set out specifically to acquire the skills to compete in the cage, but he stumbled across several disciplines that would leave him ideally prepared for a professional career.

“When I was 17, I picked up Sanda and BJJ, but back then I had no idea what MMA was. I went to study in Pennsylvania and there I was doing wrestling, Sambo, and Judo. Once I got back home, I took four months off to travel around China and spend time at different schools like the Shaolin school to learn more about Kung Fu.”

In 2013, he decided to focus on BJJ and headed to a team in the country’s capital, which is making a big name for itself on the Chinese MMA scene.

“Two years ago, I heard that Big King in Beijing had really good BJJ coaching, so I headed over to check it out. After six months, I realized I was good at it and improving quicker than others who had started at around the same time as me and that’s when I started to become more serious about MMA.”

The ONE: Dynasty of Champions fights won’t be released for a few more days, but Huang stopped Jian She Tian in the semifinal and won a decision over Jia Wen Ma in the final.

“I think I finished my first opponent brutally. I felt bad for him before the fight had even started. The second fight, it was intense because I knew I couldn’t make any mistakes, but my game plan worked like magic. I sent him the low kick from hell and right after first round he starts limping. I was dominating the fight and I think if the second round had lasted a few more seconds, he would have gone down.”

ONE Championship is increasingly focused on China and Chinese fighters now feature on nearly every single card. It means future opportunities for Huang should be plentiful and he is particularly enthusiastic about competing under the global MMA rule set.

“I felt great to fight this first time of One FC. The rules, I just love it. You can soccer kick somebody’s head when they on bottom. Come on. How can that not be exciting?”

This was the second ONE: Dynasty of Champions card. The first took place in Beijing last December and Li Kai Wen won the 145-pound tournament. A fight between the winners seems an obvious move for the promotion and Huang says it’s a possibility he is already preparing for.

“I was sitting in the stadium that night. Li Kai Wen and me are from same province in China and he’s a great fighter, but the opponent I beat in the final is his teammate and they’ve all got almost same style of fighting skills. I figured out once, I’ll figure out twice.”

China has a population of 1.35 billion people, so fighters there don’t need to get too hung up on whether or not they have global appeal, but this outspoken and English-educated Kung Fu specialist definitely has the potential to become major ONE Championship star.

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Frankie Edgar Not Happy with UFC 189 Snub, but He’s Not Going to Wait

Sat, 2015-07-04 13:07

As the build-up for the UFC 189 match-up between Jose Aldo and Conor McGregor mounted, Frankie Edgar sat in the wings, waiting for it all to play out so that he could finally get another shot at the title.

After defeating Urijah Faber in May, nearly everyone considered Edgar the No. 1 contender to the winner of Aldo vs. McGregor.

But when Aldo unexpectedly pulled out of the fight following a rib injury last week, the UFC didn’t turn to Edgar, they turned to the fight then ranked No. 1 in the official UFC featherweight rankings, Chad Mendes. That was a bit surprising to most, considering the Edgar was widely regarded as the next likely challenger and considering that Mendes has lost to Aldo twice, most recently in October.

“Early on, when I heard that (Aldo) was injured, we threw our hat in the mix, we’d be willing to step in,” Edgar explained on Inside MMA on Friday night. “They decided to go with Chad Mendes for that role. I think the explanation was, he’s the No. 1 contender, I was No. 2 at the time. After he got the nod, the new rankings came out and I was No. 1.”

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Edgar, of course, wasn’t happy with the decision, feeling like he had once again been slighted for the title shot that many felt he deserved well before McGregor. The consummate professional, Edgar expressed his disappointment, but didn’t exactly lash out at the UFC or anyone else.

The promotion made its decision, and Edgar knows that it’s not exactly the prime position for Mendes, anyway.

“It’s not the most favorable situation either. Chad’s coming into this fight on 17 days notice, so that’s no easy task, but I would have liked to get the nod over Chad, but what are you gonna do?”

Edgar isn’t quite sure where this leaves him in regard to his next fight, but he does know that he’s not going to sit back and wait for a title shot if that means waiting for the winner of Mendes vs. McGregor to then fight Aldo. Such a scenario would likely have him on the sidelines for several months, possibly up to a year from his last fight.

That’s not something he’s willing to do.

“We’re gonna see what happens on the 11th, but I’m not gonna sit around and wait fo the winner to fight Aldo. It’s for an interim title, but it’s really a No. 1 contender’s fight,” said Edgar.

“The winner gets to fight Aldo when he’s healthy. With Aldo, you just don’t know when he’s gonna be healthy. We’ll see how things come together, how they pan out, and we’ll take it from there.”

Check out the full interview below…

(Video courtesy of AXS TV)

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RFA 27 Results and Fight Highlights: Brock Arrives, Thometz Drops the Bomb

Sat, 2015-07-04 12:58

(Video courtesy of AXS TV | Viewing may be limited due to broadcast rights restrictions.)

Resurrection Fighting Alliance on Friday made its first stop in Boise, Idaho, with RFA 27: Murphy vs. Brock at the CenturyLink Arena.

There were no title fights on tap, but several top prospects laid claim to top spots in the premier, if unofficial, UFC feeder league.

Jesse Brock may have got split open by a vicious elbow in his fight with Joe Murphy, but he took the unanimous decision, putting him on a five-fight winning streak and in the RFA bantamweight mix.

Flyweight hopefully Czar Sklavos, also made his mark, taking a dominating decision over Nick Burgos in the night’s co-main event.

But it was Scott Thometz that made the biggest impression of the night, using his punching power to take out Daniel Swain with a crushing right hand to the jaw.

RFA 27 Full Results

Main Card Bouts
Jesse Brock def. Joe Murphy by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Czar Sklavos def. Nick Burgos by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jan Jorgensen def. Josue Lugo by split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28)
Scott Thometz def. Daniel Swain by knockout (punches) at 0:30, R1
Stephen Martinez def. Darrell Flores by submission (guillotine choke) at 2:58, R1
Miles Hunsinger def. Austin Miller by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Preliminary Bouts
Michael Garcia def. Jeremiah Steele by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Austin Glenn def. Dalton Holverson by submission (arm-triangle choke) at 1:19, R2
Cody Sattler def. Sonny Silva by TKO (strikes) at 0:45, R1
Paul Crawford def. Jordan Ransom by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

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UFC 189 Full Fight Flashback: Chad Mendes Puts Clay Guida Away

Sat, 2015-07-04 01:13

Top featherweight contender Chad Mendes put on an impressive performance against Clay Guida at UFC 164. Watch him take on Conor McGregor for the interim UFC featherweight championship at UFC 189 on July 11.

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Knockout Radio Podcast: Robbie Lawler, Tito Ortiz, Ian McCall, and Josh Samman

Sat, 2015-07-04 01:08

Join Knockout Radio for the podcast of their July 2 broadcast featuring a stacked line-up that includes UFC champ Robbie Lawler, Bellator contender Tito Ortiz, and UFC fighters Ian McCall and Josh Samman. Plus, the guys discuss the hot MMA topics of the day… and there was a ton to talk about!

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Uriah Hall Draws Joe Riggs at UFC Fight Night Nashville

Fri, 2015-07-03 21:06

Uriah Hall will meet Joe Riggs in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 73 in Nashville. UFC officials announced the bout on Friday. It will take place on Aug. 8 at Bridgestone Arena.

Entering the Octagon via the seventeenth season of The Ultimate Fighter, Hall (10-5) was widely regarded as “the next big thing.” Those expectations took a major blow when he lost the TUF 17 Finale to Kelvin Gastelum and his next fight to John Howard.

Hall rebounded by winning his next three fights, but stumbled again his last time out when he lost a split decision to Rafael Natal at UFC 187.

To say that Riggs’ (40-16, 1 NC) return to the UFC has been a rough one would be an understatement. Initially planning to return in September of 2014, Riggs suffered a self-inflicted gunshot wound that sidelined him for several weeks.

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He finally got back in the Octagon in December, but lost to Ben Saunders. Riggs followed that with a loss to Patrick Cote in April. So he’s desperate to get a victory over Hall, otherwise, he may be looking at another pink slip.

Hall and Riggs will fight as part of UFC Fight Night 73, in support of a light heavyweight main event pitting Glover Teixeira vs. Ovince St. Preux.

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VIDEO: Conor McGregor Says He Would ‘Dismantle’ Floyd Mayweather

Fri, 2015-07-03 19:12

(Video courtesy of The Conan Show | Viewing may be limited due to broadcast rights restrictions.)

As a guest this week on the Conan O’Brien Show, Conor McGregor addressed the change in opponent from Jose Aldo to Chad Mendes. Not only did he blast Aldo for pulling out of the fight and, of course, reiterated that he would destroy Mendes, the brash Irishman made the same boast about boxer Floyd Mayweather.

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Surely no one is suggesting that it would really happen, but when O’Brien asked McGregor about fighting Mayweather, he said, “Who would not want to dance around a ring for $180 million? I most certainly would step into his world.”

McGregor continued, “If we were to get it on, I most certainly would dismantle him also.”

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Done Deal: UFC Strawweight Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk Undergoes Surgery

Fri, 2015-07-03 15:39

UFC strawweight champion Joanna Jedrzejcyk had to undergo surgery on her broken thumb after all.

Jedrzejczyk broke her thumb when making the first defense of her title on June 20 at UFC Fight Night 69. She defeated Jessica Penne, but suffered the injury in the process.

RELATED VIDEO > Joanna Jedrzejczyk Pummels Jessica Penne

A report on UFC Tonight a few days later said that Jedrzejczyk would need to undergo surgery to repair the damage. But less than 48 hours later, Jedrzejczyk posted on Instagram that her doctor said it didn’t appear as if surgery would be necessary.

Now, a week later, surgery was back in play and performed.

“Yesterday, I had an appointment with Dr. (Steven) Shin and surgery was necessary. So today we had the procedure at Kerlan-Jobe (Orthopedic Clinic), surgery was a success and everybody at the hospital was super nice to me,” Jedrzejczyk posted on Thursday.

While it was a bit of a surprise considering the initial communications from the champion, it appears that the surgery won’t sideline Jedrzejczyk for long.

“If everything goes okay, I will be back in time to fight before the end of the year.”

Yesterday I had an apointment with Dr. Shin and surgery was necessary. So today we had the procedure at Kerlan jobe, surgery was a sucess and everybody at the hospital was super nice to me. If everything goes ok I will be back in time to fight before the end of the year. #ufc #jj #jjchampion

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Nick Burgos Puts His Six-Fight Streak on the Line at RFA 27

Fri, 2015-07-03 14:15

Having made a name for himself over the past several years in Utah, up and comer Nick Burgos will be getting his opportunity to step up on the national stage at RFA 27 on Friday night.

One of the big reasons that Burgos is able to make the move up has been his recent six-fight winning streak. Burgos credits his constant time in the gym and willingness to take a fight at any given moment to being the reason he’s done so well of late.

“I’ve just taken fights at the last minute because I’m always in the gym, always training, and it’s been working out outstanding for me,” Burgos told MMAWeekly.com. “It keeps me sharp, my timing is always good, and I’m on a six-fight winning streak. I’m happy, excited, motivated and extremely confident.”

Most recently, Burgos defeated Matt Manzanares in March. It’s a win he feels was essential in terms of validating his development and his path in the sport.

“It let me know where I’m at, where I belong, and what I can do,” said Burgos. “It gives you that extra confidence knowing that I had done that on short notice against a guy who had been RFA champion. It showed me that I was doing something right.”

For his RFA debut, Burgos (9-3) will take on fellow top prospect Czar Sklavos (11-4) in a flyweight feature bout on Friday in Boise, Idaho.

“He’s a very tough opponent – maybe even my toughest opponent – he’s fought a lot of tough guys and went the distance with (UFC bantamweight champion) TJ Dillashaw, so I’m excited,” Burgos said of Sklavos. “I love that he’s a quality opponent.

“I feel like he’s good everywhere, but I’m better everywhere. Everything he can do, I can do better. I’ve just got to do what I do and keep up the pressure and let my body do what it does when it comes time to fight.”

With his success of late and an opportunity to showcase his ability on a larger stage, Burgos feels now could be the time to make his mark in MMA.

“My goal is to get to the UFC as fast as possible, so I’m hoping with a win – especially if I come and do extraordinary – that I’ll get picked up by the UFC,” said Burgos. “If not, then I want to continue to fight for this show until that goal is reached.

“I know the RFA is a great path to getting there. I’m very focused on this fight because I feel this can be the fight that can get me to the next level.”

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UFC on FOX 16: Dillashaw vs. Barao II Event Page and Fight Card

Fri, 2015-07-03 14:05

UFC on FOX 16
Dillashaw vs. Barao II
Date: July 25, 2015
Venue: United Center
Location: Chicago, Illinois

UFC on FOX 16 ARTICLES

UFC on FOX 16 VIDEOS

Main Card (on FOX):
TJ Dillashaw (11-2) vs. Renan Barao (33-2)*
Miesha Tate (16-5) vs. Jessica Eye (11-2)
Edson Barboza (15-3) vs. Myles Jury (15-1)
Joe Lauzon (24-11) vs. Takanori Gomi (35-10)

Prelims (on FOX):
Gian Villante (13-5) vs. Tom Lawlor (8-5)
Jim Miller (24-6, 1 NC) vs. Danny Castillo (17-8)
Kenny Robertson (15-3) vs. Ben Saunders (18-6-2)
Eddie Wineland (21-10-1) vs. Bryan Caraway (19-8)

Prelims (on UFC Fight Pass):
Daron Cruickshank (16-6, 1 NC) vs. James Krause (21-7)
Ramsey Nijem (9-5) vs. Andrew Holbrook (9-0)
Jessamyn Duke (3-2) vs. Elizabeth Phillips (4-3)
Zak Cummings (17-4) vs. Antonio Braga Neto (9-2)

*For Dillashaw’s UFC Bantamweight Championship

UFC on FOX 16 Start Times
Main Card on FOX: 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT
Prelims on FOX: 6 p.m. ET / 3 p.m. PT
Prelims on UFC Fight Pass: 4:15 p.m. ET / 1:15 p.m. PT

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RFA 27 Weigh-in Results: Joe Murphy vs. Jesse Brock Set for Showdown in Idaho

Fri, 2015-07-03 13:43

One is a rising prospect. The other is a surging veteran. Both are looking for a marquee win in the main event of RFA 27 – Murphy vs. Brock, which will serve as the headliner of Idaho’s first nationally televised MMA event.

Joe Murphy (136), a Cleber Luciano jiu-jitsu protégé from southern California, hit his mark ahead of his showdown with Boise State wrestling star turned MMA standout Jesse Brock (135.5). In the co-main event, Czar Sklavos (124.5) and Nick Burgos (123.5) both weighed-in comfortably under their mandated flyweight weight requirement.

RFA 27 – Murphy vs. Brock will be televised nationwide on AXS TV at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT. It will also feature a heavyweight war pairing former BYU football star Jan Jorgensen (250) against former Dragon House MMA titleholder Josue Lugo (266). RFA vet Daniel Swain (145.5) meets Boise’s own Scott Thometz (146), BJJ black belt Stephen Martinez (155.5) vs. Judo black belt Darrell Flores (154.4), and Idaho native Miles Hunsinger (171) vs. Utah resident Austin Miller (170).

RFA 27 OFFICIAL WEIGH-IN RESULTS

Main Card:
Joe Murphy (136) vs. Jesse Brock (135.5)
Czar Sklavos (124.5) vs. Nick Burgos (123.5)
Jan Jorgensen (250) vs. Josue Lugo (266)
Daniel Swain (145.5) vs. Scott Thometz (146)
Stephen Martinez (155.5) vs. Darrell Flores (154.5)
Miles Hunsinger (171) vs. Austin Miller (170)

Preliminary Card:
Jeremiah Steele (164) vs. Michael Garcia (169)
Dalton Holverson (166.5) vs. Austin Glenn (169.5)
Cody Sattler (142.5) vs. Sonny Silva (144)
Paul Crawford (151.5) vs. Jordan Ransom (154.5)

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UFC 189 Embedded, Ep 2: ‘Conor, I’m Gonna Finish You Within the First Three’

Fri, 2015-07-03 12:45

(Video courtesy of UFC)

On Episode 2 of UFC 189 Embedded, the featherweight headliners are firing on all cylinders as title contenders Conor McGregor and Chad Mendes exchange unpleasantries on a national media call. McGregor continues to put in work in front of the camera, while Mendes prepares for the fight alongside his mentor, former WEC featherweight champion Urijah Faber.

RELATED VIDEOS > More Episodes of UFC 189 Embedded

UFC Embedded is an all-access, behind-the-scenes video blog leading up to the championship doubleheader at UFC 189: Mendes vs. McGregor, taking place Saturday, July 11 on Pay-Per-View.

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