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  2. It was a successful night at the office for head coach Trevor Wittman at UFC 251. Wittman, who was in the corner of both his longtime student Rose Namajunas and UFC welterweight champion Kamaru Usman on July 11, launched a video series to give a behind-the-scenes look at both fighters leading up to their fights. Former UFC strawweight champion Namajunas exacted her revenge against Jessica Andrade, who took the title away from her in a spectacular comeback win at UFC 237. Although Andrade made adjustments the second time around, Namajunas proved to be too fast and too technical for her. Wittman was also in the corner of Usman, who headed to Colorado for his training camp when he was scheduled to face his Sanford MMA teammate Gilbert Burns. Burns ended up pulling out due to a positive COVID-19 test and was replaced by Jorge Masvidal. Usman defeated Masvidal in a one-sided unanimous decision, making Wittman 2-0 for the night. Check out the first episode of Wittman’s video series, which features Namajunas’ journey to Abu Dhabi and Usman’s quarantine period in Las Vegas. The Blue Corner is MMA Junkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly serious, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS. Voir l'article complet
  3. Brazilian featherweight Weber Almeida (red gloves) is 3-0 with a trio of knockouts in the sport | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bellator has scheduled unbeaten Brazilian karate specialist Weber Almeida’s next appearance in the circular cage, matching him up against featherweight Salim Mukhidinov on the preliminary portion of Bellator 244 on Aug. 21, MMA Fighting has learned. Almeida (3-0) is a training partner of former UFC champion Lyoto Machida and—just like “The Dragon”—brings a karate background to the mixed martial arts world. Almeida, who turns 33 in December, won both of his Bellator bouts by knockout in 2019. Mukhidinov (7-4) is an American Kickboxing Academy product with a pair of appearances under the Bellator banner, a promotional debut victory over Adel Altamimi followed by a split decision loss to Cris Lencioni earlier this year. The Tajikistani fighter has won four of his seven fights by stoppage. Bellator 244 takes place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., and features two-division champion Ryan Bader defending his light heavyweight title against Vadim Nemkov. In the co-main event, former featherweight queen Julia Budd battles Jessy Miele. Afficher l’article complet
  4. Check out episode 11 of Between the Links as Mike Heck moderates the matchup between MMA Fighting’s Jose Youngs and Alex K. Lee as they give their takes on which three fighters had the best performances from this past weekend’s UFC Vegas 6 and Bellator 243 events. In addition, the panel discusses who Michael Chandler should fight next now that he is a free agent—and where he will ultimately land—where the UFC 252 heavyweight championship main event between Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier ranks on the all-time title fight list, give their grades on Saturday night’s event overall on paper, and more. Check out the video above, or the audio-only podcast can be found below, on Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher. Afficher l’article complet
  5. Adrian Yanez will be introduced to a global audience Tuesday, and through him, so will his father. Determined to earn a UFC contract, Yanez (10-3) will compete at Dana White’s Contender Series 28 in Las Vegas. The opportunity, Yanez told MMA Junkie, is a long time coming – especially considering fighting has been a part of his life for as long as he can remember. Before he was on the UFC’s doorstep, before he won at LFA, Fury FC and Bellator, before he even stepped foot in an MMA gym, Adrian inherited his passion from his father, Andres Yanez, known by those around him as “Andy”. The patriarch of the Yanez household, it wasn’t unusual for Andy to throw boxing on the TV. From Oscar De La Hoya to Floyd Mayweather to Arturo Gatti vs. Mickey Ward, Adrian remembers the excitement and intrigue that came with watching boxing with his father. Related How to watch UFC 252: Fight card, start time, online results, where to stream Miocic vs. Cormier 3 UFC 252 on ESPN/ESPN+ “I always had the interest to be in some sort of combative sport, but it didn’t come to fruition earlier,” Adrian told MMA Junkie. “… We were watching all (of the boxing greats’) fights. It was always something that piqued my interest.” Before long, Adrian made his way into an MMA gym he stumbled across when shopping at the mall with his mother. Jiu-jitsu classes were an instant hit. “I fell in love with it,” Adrian said. “I never wanted to stop.” Image via Mike “The Truth” Jackson Photography As his son pursued MMA, Andy, a blue-collar worker for the port of Houston, was by his side. Not only did Andy attend all of Adrian’s fights, but he was also at his training sessions. Andy provided timeless advice for his son – and he led by example. Andy was Adrian’s mentor, No. 1 supporter and best friend. “He would always tell me every single time when I got home,” Adrian said. “He’s like, ‘Rock steady. You’ve got to move forward even if you’re just one percent better today – even a half percent better – you just keep going. You’re always getting better. You just keep going.’ “Also, my dad was a hard-working man. My dad was always working. He always provided for my family. Just to see my dad grinding on a day-to-day basis and just physically seeing the man work a hard labor job. The guy never complained. He never complained once.” In 2016, Andy began experiencing health issues. Throughout Andy’s struggle, he still made a point to be there for his son. He wouldn’t make it to practice as much, but the effort was still there. Andy continued to work until the doctors urged him not to. After a trip to the local V.A. hospital, the U.S. military veteran was diagnosed with diabetes. However, it turned out diabetes was paired with a bigger issue, as the family found out in November 2015. “We were like, ‘Oh, OK. Our dad is losing weight because he has diabetes and a new diet,'” Adrian said. “Then we did a separate blood test at a different doctor’s office. A day later, on Thanksgiving Day (2015), they called my dad: ‘You need to go to the hospital right now. You need to go to the emergency room right now.'” Image via Adrian Yanez Five days later, Andy was diagnosed with Stage IV stomach cancer – the same day his son celebrated his 22nd birthday. On February 4, 2016, less than three months later, Andy Yanez died at 58. “What was crazy was that we found that he had Stage IV cancer on my birthday,” Adrian said. “That was heartbreaking to me. Then after that, once we found out it was Stage IV cancer, everything just kind of fell down pretty quick. It went fast in that sense. We had the whole month of December, the whole month of January, and then February 4, my dad passed away. “During that whole process, it was quick, and my dad only had one chemo session – two types of chemotherapy. It was just one session altogether. After that, chemotherapy drains a lot of people. It just took a lot out of my dad. After that, it just went downhill.” Andy may not be physically with Adrian, but his spirit still inspires his son. Through hard training sessions and pre-fight mental preparations, even when times get tough, Adrian is inspired by his father’s words and actions. Seeing his father’s mention on the DWCS, Season 4 promotional video, Adrian felt a new fire lit under him. “It’s one of those things that’s always motivated me,” Yanez said. “I know on the ‘Contender Series’ promo, that picture that was shown where he was walking, I kept that to myself. Once that aired, it aired to the whole world. The only person who saw that picture before it aired was me. To have that be shown and tell the story of that picture, it motivates me. It helps me get through the days, honestly. “The days I’m thinking about my father, I can take a look back at those moments where he didn’t look good. To see him fight through those days how we saw that he did, it motivates me. It just shows me if you really want to do something, you can get up and go do it. … My dad was always a motivational guy for me. He was just a really great man and a really great father – the perfect role model for a son.” Image via Mike “The Truth” Jackson Photography A contract-earning win on Dana White’s Contender Series will further vindicate all of Andy’s hard work and advice, Adrian said. Furthermore, turning that advice into life-changing results and knowing how proud his father would be will be vindicating for Adrian. “That would absolutely mean the world to me,” Adrian said. “If I sign that contract, it’ll just show what my dad always told me, ‘If you put in the hard work, if you do all the right things, and you push yourself day in and day out, the hard work will pay itself off. If you half-ass it, you’re going to get half-assed payoffs. You want to go ahead and give it your all so you can get the greater payoffs.'” If Yanez earns a UFC contract Tuesday, he knows exactly where he’s bringing his paperwork when he gets home – to the man who kick-started his love for MMA, supported him unequivocally, and instilled the principles in him necessary to achieve UFC notoriety. “He always told me one of the biggest things you can do is just believe in yourself and get yourself in that position,” Adrian said. “You’ve just got to believe in yourself and keep pushing so that when your time comes you will be ready. “August 11, I will be ready to sign my name on that contract, and I will take that contract to my father’s resting place and show him that I did it.” Gallery Photos: Dana White's Contender Series 28 official weigh-ins and faceoffs view 15 images Voir l'article complet
  6. Daniel Cormier | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Daniel Cormier knows all the stories about fighters who call it a career, only to end retirement and return to action. In fact, the 41-year-old former two division champion has heard all the ways that the UFC might make an attempt to keep him active with rumors abounding that Dana White will probably offer him a financial incentive so rich to stick around, he’d be crazy not to at least consider it. But as much as Cormier loves to fight and the stacks of cash that come along with competing at the top level of the sport, he knows the sand in the hour glass runs out for every athlete in professional sports, and he’s no different. “I’m going to miss the competition – I live for competition,” Cormier told MMA Fighting ahead of UFC 252. “I might be the most competitive guy on the roster, but it has to stop for everyone. Nobody has the ability to train and fight forever, and I know it. I can feel it in my preparation now. “Some people go, ‘But what if they give you all the money for this?’ And I’m like, if I have to prepare like I’m preparing right now to do that at my age for a sustained period of time would be very difficult. At 36, 37, they could call me five weeks before a fight and go, ‘Are you ready?’ I’m like not now, but I guarantee you I will be in three weeks, and I would go do it. I don’t have that luxury anymore. I need 12 weeks to get myself to where I can do what I need to do to win a fight.” There are a myriad of reasons why fighters have such a difficult time staying retired once they hang up the gloves. For some it simply comes down to monetary compensation, because very few athletes — even those who have held titles in the UFC — have a robust enough bank account where retirement at 40 is a viable option. For others, it’s truly about the thrill of competition, where a fight can offer the adrenaline-pumping highest of highs. That’s virtually impossible to duplicate outside the cage. Cormier has witnessed it happen time and time again in the UFC and other organizations around the world. He’s even seen it hit close to home with a friend and long-time teammate who struggled when it came time to walk away. “Mike Swick had [come] back from all those surgeries and he came back and knocked some guy out on FOX,” Cormier said. “It could have been it. It would have been it, but he kept going. I think that fight was supposed to be his last fight, and he came back and he’s like, ‘I just want to do it one more time,’ and he did it and he won and it was perfect. He came back again. He tried to do it again, and he fought again, and he lost twice, and he’s like ‘OK, I’m done,’ but that could have been it. “It would have been it, and it would have been perfect. Dude f*cking pulled himself off the ground, all those stomach issues and everything and he had came back and he had won. But he decided to keep fighting, and that’s how most people think.” Cormier winning his trilogy fight against Miocic would probably be the greatest fuel to add to his competitive fire, because it would prove yet again that he remains at the elite level as the best heavyweight in the sport. As he explains it, that’s the hardest lure to resist, because feeling like you’re still on top of the world is a drug, and very few fighters are resistant to that addiction. “You go out and you fight and you do some spectacular sh*t, and all of a sudden, you’re like ‘I can still do it like I used to,’ but the reality is that’s not the case,” Cormier said. “I think every great champion can do something for one night, but can a great champion do it for a sustained period of time when they’re at an advanced age? I don’t believe that.” If the draw of competition isn’t enough and money woes don’t necessitate a comeback, Cormier also knows that the sheer amount of time on someone’s hands after a career is finished could be enough to drive a person mad. While athletes can absolutely continue training after retirement, it’s just not the same as preparing for an upcoming fight. Some fighters have eventually turned to coaching to fill that void, but there are only so many of those positions available – not to mention, the salaries don’t typically break the bank. In the end, that adds up to yet another reason to fight again, but Cormier is happy with the career he’s built outside the octagon, specifically so he doesn’t get trapped in those same pitfalls once he hangs up his gloves. “When you start thinking about retirement as a whole, it’s like easy for me, especially with the job that I have to look to what’s next,” Cormier explained. “I just got an offer from ESPN to work full time, not from the UFC, but for ESPN the company. I haven’t signed it yet, but we got an offer. I’ve got a ton of interest from the WWE and a lot of other things outside of mixed martial arts in the broadcast field. “So that makes it very easy to look for what’s next. I try to stay in the moment, focus on what I’m doing right now. Obviously, it’s there, but I want to try to not look forward to what comes next, because what comes next for me is not like most people. I’ve got a good job and a good future.” Rather than thinking of his upcoming retirement as the end of something, Cormier prefers to look at his final fight as one chapter as he prepares to turn the page on a new one after Saturday night. The desire to fight again will probably never fade away much like his passion for wrestling remained after leaving his shoes in the middle of a mat in Las Vegas following an exhibition match against Chris Pendleton back in 2014. If anything, Cormier has to stop himself from thinking too much about what comes next, because he’s already set himself up for success after fighting is finished. But he’s still got business to handle with Miocic at UFC 252. “Act one was me growing up in Louisiana,” he said. “Act two is wrestling. Act three is mixed martial arts and I think act four is going to be me spending time with my family and me having a TV career. “I believe that after my life, it may exceed everything I’ve done in sport, and when you have that to look forward to, you don’t want it to be at the forefront. It becomes too comfortable and it becomes too appealing.” The list of fighters who announced retirement and actually stayed retired is already rather short. The number of MMA fighters who called it a career while on top of the sport is even smaller. Cormier hopes to defy those conventions by not only committing to retirement after his trilogy with Miocic is completed, but leaving on his own terms, and giving his friends, family and fans all around the world something to truly remember from his final fight. “I just think the lasting image of me will be getting that belt wrapped around my waist one last time,” Cormier said. “I believe that will be the memory that you want to leave with everyone. “There’s a lot of pictures with me getting belts wrapped around my waist. I just want it to happen one more time against a tough guy. A very tough guy.” Afficher l’article complet
  7. John Makdessi and Nasrat Haqparast are eager to settle their differences in the octagon. The pair were scheduled to fight in March 2019, but Haqparast was forced out due to injury. Makdessi faced Jesus Pinedo instead and beat him by unanimous decision. Since then, Makdessi (17-7 MMA, 10-7 UFC) suffered a unanimous decision loss to Francisco Trinaldo at UFC on ESPN+ 28 in March. Haqparast (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC) has gone 2-1 and most recently rebounded from his first-round stoppage loss to Drew Dober at UFC 246 with a unanimous decision win over Alex Munoz at UFC on ESPN+ 32 this past Saturday. Related How to watch UFC 252: Fight card, start time, online results, where to stream Miocic vs. Cormier 3 UFC 252 on ESPN/ESPN+ But Makdessi made sure to let Haqparast know what he thought of his performance and it’s safe to say, he wasn’t impressed. “Congratulations another snooze fest in the books.” Congratulations another snooze fest in the books. — John Wayne Makdessi (@JohnMakdessi) August 9, 2020 Haqparast was quick to fire back, calling for their fight to be rebooked as soon as possible. “You get the ass whooping next @JohnMakdessi. Back up your words now big mouth. I will wait for you – and after I’m done with you I will left you with a broken bloody face.” You get the ass whooping next @JohnMakdessi . Back up your words now big mouth. I will wait for you – and after I’m done with you I will left you with a broken bloody face. @AliAbdelaziz00 @seanshelby @UFCEurope @danawhite @Mickmaynard2 pic.twitter.com/EGtXBTZTMF — Nasrat Haqparast (@Nasrat_mma) August 10, 2020 Makdessi is a 17-fight UFC veteran who’s competed against the likes of Donald Cerrone, Yancy Medeiros and Ross Pearson. He continued to go back-and-forth with Haqparast, reminding him of the difference in experience level. “My man do your homework I fought championship fighters. He fought nobodies. #norespect” My man do you’re homework I fought championship fighters. He fought nobodies. #norespect — John Wayne Makdessi (@JohnMakdessi) August 10, 2020 It’s been more than a year since these two lightweights started going at it, but they are yet to fight. With Makdessi winning three of his past four and Haqparast four of his past five, now seems like a perfect time for them to finally throw down. Gallery UFC on ESPN+ 32: Best photos from Las Vegas view 49 images Voir l'article complet
  8. Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC Roosevelt Roberts and Matt Frevola are scheduled to compete once again. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that the lightweight matchup will take place at the UFC’s event on Sept. 12 following Frevola’s announcement of the bout on his Instagram page. The card is expected to take place at the UFC APEX in Las Vegas. Roberts hopes to get back on track after having his two-fight winning streak snapped by Jim Miller at UFC on ESPN 11 in June via first-round submission. Prior to that, “The Predator” picked up a unanimous decision win over Alexander Yakovlev in November, along with a second-round submission victory over Brok Weaver at May’s UFC on ESPN 9 event. Frevola was scheduled to meet his upcoming opponent in April at UFC Lincoln before the event was scrapped due to COVID-19 concerns. “Steamrolla” is unbeaten in his last three appearances, including decision wins over Jalin Turner and Luis Pena. Frevola was set to face Frank Camacho at UFC on ESPN 11 but was forced to withdraw after cornerman Billy Quarantillo tested positive for the coronavirus. The UFC’s Sept. 12 event will be headlined by a pivotal light heavyweight bout between Glover Teixeira and Thiago Santos. Afficher l’article complet
  9. Jairzinho Rozenstruik is not one to leave things in the hands of the judges. Rozenstruik (10-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) made his promotional debut at UFC on ESPN+ 2 in February 2019 when he faced Junior Albini in enemy territory. Albini took the fight to the mat with an early takedown on the experienced kickboxer and was able to control Rozenstruik by advancing positions and attempting submissions, but Rozenstruik hung tough. Rozenstruik momentarily made his way back up, but was taken down once again. This time Albini took Rozenstruik’s back, but “Bigi Boy” defended well and eventually reversed position on the Brazilian before eventually bringing the fight back into his realm by getting back to his feet. After Rozenstruik turned up the power in Round 2 and blasted Albini with a four-piece combination, finishing with a head kick, that sent Albini to the canvas for a spectacular win. Rozenstruik went on to stop his next three opponents, including a comeback knockout of Alistair Overeem last December. But, in his last outing, Rozenstruik suffered his first career blemish in a knockout loss to Francis Ngannou at UFC 249. Rozenstruik returns on Aug. 15 when he meets former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (21-7 MMA, 15-6 UFC) at UFC 252, which takes place Saturday at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN/ESPN+. Before he faces Dos Santos, relive Rozenstruik’s finish of Albini in the video above. Gallery Jair Rozenstruik def. Junior Albini at UFC on ESPN+ 2: Best photos view 15 images Voir l'article complet
  10. Luke Rockhold | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Luke Rockhold’s career has fallen on hard times recently, having won once since winning the UFC middleweight title in 2015. A pair of knockout losses to Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero caused Rockhold to make the move up to light heavyweight with the idea being that the easier weight cut would improve his performance. That proved not to be the case though as he was also knocked out in his light heavyweight debut. That poor run, on top of dealing with a swath of injuries, led Rockhold to reveal was strongly considering retirement and had “no interest” in fighting right now. But in MMA, retirements rarely last long and in some instances, they never get started at all. And in Rockhold’s case, it seems to belong in the latter category. Over the weekend, Rockhold told ESPN that he plans to return to fighting. ESPN reported that the former UFC and Strikeforce middleweight champion is planing to return to the division he won his titles and is hoping to fight again before the end of the year, though he is still currently rehabbing following shoulder surgery. When asked why he was choosing not to retire, Rockhold responded in trademark Rockhold form. “Because I felt like it.” This shouldn’t be terribly surprising. Earlier this year, Rockhold admitted that he was “getting an itch” to fight again. Reading between the lines, it seems that Rockhold’s retirement was in part due to being “burnt out” with fighting and injuries. Now with some time off and an improving health status, it appears that Rockhold is ready to resume his career. And that’s not the only part of Rockhold’s mentality that has changed. When Rockhold began teasing a return, he was asked about a potential rematch with the man he won the UFC title off of, Chris Weidman. At the time, Rockhold was pretty clearly against it, saying “I’m not huge on retracing my footsteps. Sometimes it’s exciting to do that. Rarely it is but I like to pave a new path everywhere I go, for the most part.” However, following Weidman’s win over Omari Akhmedov this past weekend, ESPN is reporting that Rockhold has also come around on that idea and is now interested in a rematch. And though he wasn’t asked about it, it’s hard to imagine Rockhold’s answer would have been any different than his other one: because he felt like it. MUST-READ STORIES Grudge match. Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley targeted for showdown at UFC event on Sept. 19. Trash talk. Sean O’Malley doesn’t believe Cody Garbrandt actually wants to fight him. Promotion. Javier Mendez: Daniel Cormier ‘not performing like a 41-year-old,’ could keep fighting if he wanted. Out. Zabit Magomedsharipov announces he will not fight on Aug. 29, returning to Russia for now. Let go. 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I’ll be back better. pic.twitter.com/2Hq2XgtZ3n — AJ Agazarm (@TheFloridaBoy) August 10, 2020 Ben Askren beefing with Logan Paul. $10,000 to any influencer who can beat me in a wrestling match — Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) August 10, 2020 I’ll pin you in less than a minute, bad hip and all https://t.co/uuYVxnqJvn — Funky (@Benaskren) August 11, 2020 chill https://t.co/zSOCF3H8KS pic.twitter.com/tzpPhMz2vW — Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) August 11, 2020 Shit happens, you think you can last 1 minute or no? https://t.co/Lvsr0mmmYb — Funky (@Benaskren) August 11, 2020 Tony being Tony. “Alright Alright Alright” Durability Test A Success @rdx_sports Gear Fits Great Just In Time For Sparring!!! # RhutRhoRaggy -CSO- # Hashtag Havin’ Fun Again pic.twitter.com/2OYPkNEeUv — Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) August 11, 2020 Woodley on the Titan Games difficulty. Been watching America’s got talent. Need to get on @nbctitangames with @TWooodley and @TheRock , Its like American ninja warrior I can do and I ain’t losing to no school teachers #PlatinumTitian — Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) August 11, 2020 you say that now https://t.co/0U24ydof3Z — Tyron T-Wood Woodley (@TWooodley) August 11, 2020 Obviously yes. Should I change my nickname to “baldy Ed” for this next fight — Brian Kelleher (@brianboom135) August 10, 2020 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Bryan Barbarena (14-7) vs. Anthony Ivy (8-3); UFC Fight Night, Sep. 12. Tyron Woodley (19-5-1) vs. Colby Covington (15-2); UFC Fight Night, Sep. 19. Brandon Morena (17-5-1) vs. Alex Perez (24-5); UFC 255, Nov. 21. FINAL THOUGHTS Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow. EXIT POLL If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, hit up @JedKMeshew on Twitter and let him know about it. Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram, add us on Snapchat at MMA-Fighting, and like us on Facebook. Afficher l’article complet
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  13. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting With the flyweight championship on the line in the main event, a pivotal matchup has been added to the UFC’s November pay-per-view card to likely determine the next title challenger. Multiple people with knowledge of the promotion’s plans confirmed to MMA Fighting that a top-five matchup between Brandon Moreno and Alex Perez is being targeted for UFC 255 following an initial report from Milenio. The event will take place Nov. 21 in a location yet to be officially announced, but expected to be Abu Dhabi. While both fighters stated their case to be the first to challenge newly-crowned champion Deiveson Figueiredo on a recent episode of MMA Fighting’s What the Heck, the shot went to former bantamweight champion Cody Garbrandt in the event’s headliner. Moreno is unbeaten in his last four fights, which began with a fourth-round TKO win over Maikel Perez at LFA 69 that lead to a quick return to the UFC after being released in 2018. “The Assassin Baby” opened up his second promotional stint by fighting Askar Askarov to a split draw at UFC Mexico City this past September before picking up back-to-back wins over Kai Kara-France and Jussier Formiga. Perez enters the fight a winner of three straight, and 11 of 12. Following a first-round TKO loss to Joseph Benavidez at the TUF 28 Finale in November 2018, the Team Oyama 125er picked up a unanimous decision victory over Mark De La Rosa, and consecutive finishes of Jordan Espinosa at UFC Raleigh in January and Formiga at UFC 250. The women’s flyweight title will also be on the line in the UFC 255 co-main event as Valentina Shevchenko will defend against Jennifer Maia. Afficher l’article complet
  14. Neither Brandon Moreno nor Alex Perez were chosen as the next UFC flyweight title challenger, but both men still could be in play if needed. As it stands, Moreno (17-5-1 MMA, 6-2-1 UFC) and Perez (24-5 MMA, 6-1 UFC) are expected to fight each other Nov. 21 at UFC 255. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the planned booking to MMA Junkie on Monday following an initial report from Spanish-language website Milenio. UFC 251 currently is set to be headlined by a 125-pound title fight between champion Deiveson Figueiredo and ex-bantamweight champ Cody Garbrandt, who was chosen to challenge for the belt over top contenders Moreno and Perez. Should Garbrandt, who’s making his flyweight debut, not make weight, the UFC could turn to Moreno or Perez to step in. Related UFC bantamweight champ Petr Yan blasts Cody Garbrandt for 'running away' to flyweight Brandon Moreno: 'Broke my heart' to see friend Joseph Benavidez lose another UFC title fight Moreno is ranked No. 4 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie flyweight rankings. He hasn’t been beaten in his last four fights, going 3-0-1 during that stretch. In his most recent bout, Moreno won a unanimous decision against Jussier Formiga in March at UFC on ESPN+ 28. Perez, meanwhile, is No. 5 at 125 pounds and is riding a three-fight winning streak. His most recent victory also came against Formiga in June at UFC 250. Perez won the fight by TKO with vicious leg kicks. Prior to Garbrandt getting the nod, both Moreno and Perez had expressed their desire to challenge Figueiredo, who claimed the vacant title last month with a first-round technical submission of Joseph Benavidez. If nothing else, Moreno vs. Perez could serve to determine the following No. 1 contender. With the addition, the latest UFC 255 lineup includes: Champ Deiveson Figueiredo vs. Cody Garbrandt – for flyweight title Champ Valentina Shevchenko vs. Jennifer Maia – for women’s flyweight title Brandon Moreno vs. Alex Perez Voir l'article complet
  15. Following his first-round demolition of former UFC and WEC lightweight champion Benson Henderson in the main event of Bellator 243, three-time former Bellator lightweight champ Michael Chandler confirmed his intention to explore free agency. Given his top-level record and marketability, there’s likely to be no shortage of potential suitors for the 34-year-old Chandler, but his comments during his post-fight press conference hinted that his preference is likely to be to join the UFC. So if he did, who should Chandler fight in his octagon debut? That’s the question we posed to MMA Junkie’s Simon Head, Farah Hannoun and Nolan King in this installment of “Triple Take.” Voir l'article complet
  16. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting UFC welterweight Geoff Neal is resting at home after a serious health scare sent him to the ICU in critical condition. Neal’s coach, Sayif Saud of Fortis MMA, said his fighter is expected to make a full recovery with the right precautions after the close call that canceled his fight against Neil Magny. “We’re glad he’s getting back to health and he’s fine,” Saud told MMA Fighting. “We’ll deal with the MMA stuff down the road. That’s just not a priority right now.” It’s still unclear exactly what happened to Neal, Saud said. Several doctors were unable to diagnose the issue. When the he arrived at an emergency room this past Friday, he was suffering from staphylococcal pneumonia. After being transferred to another hospital, his kidneys started failing, and he was septic. He was immediately put on dialysis and transferred to critical care. “His blood pressure was so low, the nurse said, ‘We’re going to move him to the ICU right now,’” Saud said. “I was like, ‘Why? She goes, ‘He’s in critical condition.’” Neal’s temperature got as high as 104 degrees at the peak of the illness. The severity shocked Saud, who’d ordered Neal to go to the hospital this past week after the fighter sent several texts saying he didn’t feel right, and a team doctor diagnosed a fever. “For a few days, I thought he wasn’t going to make it,” Saud said. “To go from getting a fight, [and] everybody was waiting for him, no one would fight him and Neil Magny stepped up, to go from that to hearing that was just heartbreaking. I was just so worried about him as a person.” Tests run on Neal at the first hospital were negative for the flu, COVID-19 and other ailments, Saud said. Doctors suspected he might have viral viral meningitis, which can’t be cured with antibiotics, or may have had a weakened immune system from a previous bout with COVID. But because hospitalization wasn’t recommended, he was sent home. The next day, Neal told Saud he had a pain in his neck and the back of his head and felt “just not normal.” Saud ordered him to another hospital, where he was diagnosed with pneumonia and other lung ailments and transferred. Saud credits his physician, Dr. Anthony Lyssy, for spotting the pneumonia and sepsis and getting Neal the care he needed. He also said the UFC was “there to support us 100 percent” and received daily calls from UFC execs Hunter Campbell and Sean Shelby. “The exact words were, ‘Whatever Geoff needs, we got him,’” Saud said. The coach plans to visit Neal soon; the welterweight was released from the hospital on Sunday and wasn’t allowed to see anyone due to pandemic protocols. Neal posted on Instagram that “life hit me with a check hook” and advised his followers, “stay healthy out there y’all and listen to your body at all times.” Ex-champ Robbie Lawler will step in for Neal against Magny on Aug. 29. When Neal starts the recovery process, Saud expects his student to excel. “If there’s anybody who’s going to put into building their body back strong, it’s going to be these guys,” he said. “They work so hard anyway.” Afficher l’article complet
  17. The UFC returns to pay-per-view Saturday with UFC 252, and the promotion’s popular “Embedded” series is back to help build the excitement ahead of the action. UFC 252 takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The main card streams on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+. In the main event, a highly anticipated trilogy takes place as heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic will defend his title against former champ-champ Daniel Cormier to settle their 1-1 tie. And in the co-headliner, rising prospect Sean O'Malley takes on Marlon Vera in a key bantamweight showdown. The first episode of “Embedded” follows three of the featured fighters as fight night draws near. Below is the UFC’s description: Daniel Cormier trains in the swimming pool, practices his golf swing and watches UFC with his family. Sean O’Malley works hard and games hard. Heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic shows off his man cave ahead of his rubber match against Cormier. Gallery Stipe Miocic def. Daniel Cormier at UFC 241: Best photos view 40 images Gallery Daniel Cormier def. Stipe Miocic at UFC 226: Best photos view 22 images Voir l'article complet
  18. Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC Roman Bogatov’s stint in the UFC is over after only one fight. The Russian was released from his contract following a loss to Leonardo Santos at UFC 251 in July. Promotion officials confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Monday following an initial report from TASS in Russia. Bogatov’s short career with the UFC came to an end after he engaged in one of the most foul-filled fights in recent memory. He was cautioned after a pair of illegal knee strikes tagged Santos below the belt. A third illegal blow hit Santos in the head, and at that point referee Marc Goddard issued a rare two-point deduction. Bogatov ultimately lost the fight by unanimous decision after three rounds. Prior to his UFC debut, Bogatov had amassed a 10-0 resume including a run as the M-1 lightweight champion. He is the latest athlete to be released by the UFC following news that both Ray Borg and Eric Spicely also had their contracts terminated. Despite the repeated fouls, Santos managed to keep his sense of humor intact. He cited a previous career fight where he took several illegal shots before winning and quipped, “When it hurts my groin, I win the fight.” Afficher l’article complet
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  20. LAS VEGAS – Nasrat Haqparast beat Alexander Munoz with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 32 in Las Vegas. Take a look inside the fight with Haqparast, who handed Munoz the first loss of his pro career. Result: Nasrat Haqparast def. Alexander Munoz via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Updated records: Haqparast (12-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Munoz (6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) Key stat: Haqparast doubled up on Munonz in the striking department, 81-40. Haqparast on the fight’s key moment “It was for sure a very big moment for me personally. I had a lot of pressure and I really just wanted to show my real skill set. In my last fight against Drew Dober, I was immature. I wanted to kill him – my emotions took the best of me. Today, I really got to show my skill set and it’s just the beginning.” Haqparast on not underestimating his opponent “Alex was 6-0 and you should not forget he is the wrestling coach of Team Alpha Male. In the octagon, it’s always 0-0. It’s not the guy with the biggest experience against the other one. Sometimes we see big upsets. You should never take anyone lightly just because he doesn’t have UFC fights. It was his debut. He had a lot of pressure. He was trained for years. He was a super athlete and had a good chin. It was a good test for me just to improve my skills, improve my octagon confidence. In my opinion, I have the best team in the world. We can beat everybody with good preparation. It takes time. We will get better and I really think we have the potential to do something great.” Haqparast on what he wants next “Now I’ll go back to Germany, take some family time, take some rest because of some injuries, then I’ll go back to training.” To hear more from Haqparast, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above. Gallery UFC on ESPN+ 32: Best photos from Las Vegas view 49 images Gallery UFC on ESPN+ 32: Official scorecards from Las Vegas view 12 images Voir l'article complet
  21. Bonjour J'adore Beneil Dariush, il est désormais bien plus qu'un lutteur "chiant" et peut se montrer également redoutable debout.
  22. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The long-awaited fight between former teammates Colby Covington and Tyron Woodley finally has a targeted date, with the welterweights expected to meet at a UFC event on Sept. 19 in Las Vegas. Woodley initially posted the news on Instagram. Multiple people with knowledge of the booking confirmed to MMA Fighting that the matchup is currently in the works for the Sept. 19 card, although contracts have not been issued or signed at this time. UFC officials have not confirmed the matchup yet. The rivalry between Covington and Woodley stretches back several years after they were previously training partners at American Top Team in Florida. Covington then went on a very public campaign against Woodley in hopes of scoring a welterweight title shot. Covington eventually went onto claim the interim welterweight title in June 2018, but he was forced to undergo sinus surgery in the aftermath of a five-round fight with Rafael dos Anjos. That ultimately prevented him from fighting Woodley in September, and the UFC eventually moved onto offer the title opportunity to Darren Till. Woodley then suffered a thumb injury that prevented him from competing again until March 2019. But the UFC decided to give Kamaru Usman a title shot rather than offering the matchup to Covington again. The latest attempt to book the fight came in August after Covington posted a copy of a signed bout agreement while calling out Woodley for not signing the contract. It turned out Woodley was offered that date, but he was unable to compete on that timeline following his loss to Gilbert Burns in May. Now it appears all of the obstacles have been cleared for Covington and Woodley to finally go to war on Sept. 19. The fight will not only bring the rivals head-to-head in a highly anticipated clash between top welterweights, but it will also serve as an opportunity for both to bounce back from recent losses. Woodley seeks to return to the win column after back-to-back losses to Usman and Burns. Meanwhile, Covington makes his first appearance since suffering a fifth-round TKO to Usman this past December. Afficher l’article complet
  23. LAS VEGAS – Youssef Zalal beat Peter Barrett with a unanimous decision Saturday on the preliminary card at UFC on ESPN+ 32 in Las Vegas. Take a look inside the fight with Zalal, who moved to 3-0 with three decision wins in the UFC since signing earlier this year. Result: Youssef Zalal def. Peter Barrett via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-27) Updated records: Zalal (10-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC), Barrett (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC) Key stat: Zalal more than doubled up on Barrett in the striking department, 85-41, and had nearly six and a half minutes of control time on the canvas. Zalal on the fight’s key moment “I feel good! I had a lot of things to prove to myself from that last fight, so I came in today – I don’t know if you guys saw me in the corner just talking to the coaches. I really didn’t listen in the last fight. It kind of messed me up. I’m young. I just learn every day and every fight. So I did a lot better than the last fight. I’m happy with that. I wish I got a finish. I’m so mad that I didn’t get a finish, but you move on to move on.” Zalal on making the most of his opportunities “This is my second fight in six weeks. It just shows the hard work that we did for the past, I don’t know how many years. I’ve got an amazing team, amazing people around me. I’m blessed and grateful for the opportunities. These opportunities don’t come around that often, so when you have the chance, you take them.” Zalal on what he wants next “Before 2020, we sat down with the coaches and decided it was really time to go and grow, really just push it, and see where life takes us. We never knew we would have three fights in 2020. We just went with the flow and really focused on getting better as a mixed martial artist – as a person in general. So for me, that was the main focus and fights came to me. I didn’t really have to rush for fights. Fights came in and I took them. I took the opportunities, and thank God – I’m grateful and blessed that I’m doing great.” To hear more from Zalal, check out the video of the full post-fight interview above. Gallery UFC on ESPN+ 32: Best photos from Las Vegas view 49 images Gallery UFC on ESPN+ 32: Official scorecards from Las Vegas view 12 images Voir l'article complet
  24. In the first episode of UFC 252: Embedded, headliners take center stage: Ex-champ Daniel Cormier faces his dislike of cold water and indicates his wrestling is going to win his triology with Stipe Miocic; Sean O’Malley trains for Marlon Vera in a humid warehouse and does a little Twitch streaming for his fans; and Stipe Miocic gives a tour of his man cave and a reveals a fondness for print media. Afficher l’article complet
  25. Tyron Woodley announces Colby Covington bout date, Khabib on Daniel Cormier's size, Conor McGregor was Khabib's the most difficult challenge says Javier ...
  26. Je n'arrive toujours pas à comprendre ce que fais Derrick Lewis numéro 4 au classement. J'apprécie le bonhomme qui me fais rire et qui a une grosse puissance mais il n'a rien à faire 4ème. Sur sa série de 3 victoires, il a une belle victoire par ko face à oleinik mais avant ça c'est quand même 2 décision très litigieuse face à 2 mec hors top 15. Il s'est quand même bien fais dominer en lutte face à Latifi qui n'est même pas top 8 en light heavyweight et qui pour moi a gagner le combat à la décision et avant ça face à Ivanov c'était très compliqué pour lui, les 2 combats auraient pu aller en faveur de son adversaire. Avant ça il perd par ko face à JDS et se fais dominer face à Cormier. Ensuite avant ça il sors d'une victoire "chanceuse" face à Volkov contre qui il gagne par ko à 10 secondes de la fin, avant ça il se faisait clairement dominer tout le combat et avait perdu tout les rounds. Eeeeeet encore avant ce combat c'est un combat clairement dégueulasse et sûrement l'un des plus ennuyant de l'histoire face à Ngannou. C'est clair que si on regarde juste son palmarès il doit être top 4 mais pour tout fan de mma et ayant regardait tout ses combats je pense qu'on est tous d'accord pour dire qu'il n'a pas sa place dans le top 4. Comme je l'ai dis + haut j'aime beaucoup le bonhomme qui est très drôle et le combattant qui a avec Ngannou sûrement la + grosse puissance de l'ufc. J'aimerai vraiment voir une revanche face à Ngannou, les 2 sont au top de leur forme et je pense que les 2 veulent prendre la revanche sur ce combat. Sinon, le + logique serait un combat entre Lewis vs Blaydes, numéro 3 vs numéro 4 pour le prochain challenger après Ngannou. Je verrai Blaydes gagnant assez facilement grace à sa lutte, s'il ne se fait pas toucher avant biensur..
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