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  2. BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Veteran UFC flyweight Dustin Ortiz might not be the backup plan if Henry Cejudo or T.J. Dillashaw fail to make weight. But Ortiz will still hit the 125-pound mark – just in case. “It’s all about the opportunity and being ready for him, so I’ll be there at 125 on the dot,” he told MMAjunkie in advance of his bout against Joseph Benavidez at UFC on ESPN+ 1, which takes place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.. “Hey, I’ll fight T.J. I’ll fight Henry. It doesn’t matter. “That’s the kind of fighter people want to see, and that’s the kind of fighter I am. I haven’t turned down any fights in the UFC. Maybe I asked for more time. I took short-notice fights. So I’ve got what, the third most UFC fights in flyweight history? I wasn’t the first guy here, but I’m still here. So that says something. Ortiz was called up after Benavidez asked to take a fight instead of merely getting paid to make weight in case his services were needed. It’s Ortiz’s second go-around with the two-time title challenger, who beat him via decision in 2014 and looks to get a third shot at the belt. Although there’s been a lot of talk about the flyweight division being shuttered in the event of a Dillashaw win, Ortiz doesn’t put much stock into the headlines. “Every fight is a save-the-division fight,” he said. “Every fight is the most important fight of your career when you get to the UFC. I treat them all the same. I’m showing up very prepared. I’m looking to knock out Joe in the first round, just like I did in my last couple of fights.” To hear more from Ortiz, check out the video above. For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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    UFC Phoenix poster released

    It’s been a while, but Cain Velasquez is back in a featured role on a UFC card. The two-time heavyweight champion is seen trading shots with Francis Ngannou on the yellow-tinted poster for UFC Phoenix, which takes place on Feb. 17 at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Ngannou is Velasquez’s first fight since July 2016. This bout headlines the UFC’s main card debut on ESPN television. AQUÍ ESTÁ Poster oficial del regreso de @cainmma vs @francis_ngannou #UFCPhoenix pic.twitter.com/BSCbtXemvI — UFC Español (@UFCEspanol) January 16, 2019 The UFC Phoenix lineup is still to be determined, but it will include a lightweight bout between James Vick and Paul Felder, and battle of bantamweight contenders Aljamain Sterling and Jimmie Rivera. See the updated card below: Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez James Vick vs. Paul Felder Aljaman Sterling vs. Jimmie Rivera Cortney Casey vs. Cynthia Calvillo Alex Caceres vs. Kron Gracie Scott Holtzman vs. Nik Lentz Renan Barao vs. Luke Sanders Andre Fili vs. Myles Jury Ashlee Evans-Smith vs. Andrea Lee Alexandra Albu vs. Emily Whitmire Vicente Luque vs. Bryan Barberena Benito Lopez vs. Manny Bermudez Jessica Penne vs. Jodie Esquibel Afficher l’article complet
  4. Young Tiger fighters Nuapet and Jongsananlek having some fun sparring together in the fight team training session. Nuapet has a big money fight tomorrow ...
  5. BROOKLYN, N.Y. – One-time UFC light heavyweight title challenger Glover Teixeira is switching up his style to make sure his final fighting years are successful. When Teixeira (27-7 MMA, 10-5 UFC) thinks about retirement, the 39-year-old Brazilian doesn’t have a set date. But he doesn’t want to stick around too long. “I want to keep fighting,” Teixeira, who on Saturday faces short-notice replacement Karl Roberson at UFC on ESPN+ 1, told MMAjunkie on Thursday at media day. “I want to prove it to myself. I feel great. I feel my conditioning is there, and I train with young guys. “But, yeah, I don’t want to be fighting in old age and have bad fights.” Related Video: UFC on ESPN+ 1 media day face-offs UFC on ESPN+ 1: Aging Glover Teixeira knows he 'can't just bang it out' anymore Teixeira’s UFC career has seesawed in recent years with wins over up-and-comers and bad losses to top contenders. But he still aims to fight several times this year. When he decides to hang up his gloves, it will be his own decision. He doesn’t take any sort of lesson from watching his former training partner, UFC Hall of Famer Chuck Liddell, suffer a dramatic knockout loss in a comeback fight against Tito Ortiz this past November. “It has nothing to do (with that),” Teixeira said. “Chuck does it because he loves to do it. He’s one of the best of all time, and he’s always going to be one of the best of all time.” Teixeira said he’ll always be the aggressive fighter that throws heavy leather in the octagon. He’ll just be a little smarter as he moves forward. For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: UFC on ESPN+ 1 open workouts view 11 images Voir l'article complet
  6. MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie fight analyst Dan Tom breaks down the UFC’s top bouts. Today, we look at the featured prelim for UFC on ESPN+ 1. UFC on ESPN+ 1 takes place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The main card steams on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN and ESPN+. Also see: UFC Brooklyn main event breakdown: Can Cejudo calm Dillashaw’s chaos? Alexander Hernandez (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) Gallery Photos: Best of Alexander Hernandez view 18 images Staple info: Height: 5’9″ Age: 26 Weight: 155 lbs. Reach: 77″ Last fight: Decision win over Olivier Aubin-Mercier (7-28-18) Camp: Ohana Academy (Texas) Stance/striking style: Switch-stance/kickboxing Risk management: Fair Supplemental info: + Regional MMA title + Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt + Wrestling base + 4 KO victories + 2 submission wins + 5 first-round finishes + KO power ^ Heavy-handed striker + Athletic and explosive mover ^ Will shift stances + Strong inside the clinch ^ Good dirty boxing and knees + Demonstrates good wrestling + Shows solid submission grappling Donald Cerrone (14-11 MMA, 21-8 UFC) Gallery Photos: Best of Donald Cerrone view 156 images Staple info: Height: 6’1″ Age: 35 Weight: 155 lbs. Reach: 73″ Last fight: Submission win over Mike Perry(Nov. 10, 2018) Camp: BMF Ranch (New Mexico) Stance/striking style: Orthodox/muay Thai Risk management: Fair Supplemental info: + Multiple muay Thai titles ^ 28-0 as a pro kickboxer + 9 KO victories + 17 submission wins + 15 first-round finishes + KO power + Intelligent strike setups ^ Feints, reads, reacts + Devastating head kicks + Accurate and intercepting knees + Hard leg kicks ^ Most landed in UFC history + Underrated wrestling ability + Excellent transitional grappler Point of interest: Pressure’s on Serving as the featured prelim on ESPN is a fun lightweight fight between two men who aren’t the type to shy away from the pressure cooker of combat. Alexander Hernandez, in just two UFC fights, already has caught the attention of pros and pundits alike with the way he carries himself both in and out of the cage. The 26-year-old standout hails from the Ohana Academy in San Antonio, Texas, but has spent time in both the Pacific Northwest and Southern California, cross-training with the likes of T.J. Dillashaw and many others. Looking up to the current 135-pound champion, Hernandez almost mimics Dillashaw’s shifting sensibilities, moving like a much smaller man. Staying light yet loaded on his feet, Hernandez seems to keep a good sense of range, exploding on the drop of a dime. Coupled with his ability to wrestle and strike within small spaces, Hernandez could make for a deceptively difficult matchup for many in the division. That said, there’s no denying that the kid from Texas will have his biggest test before him in the form of Donald Cerrone. A pronounced muay Thai striker, Cerrone embraces his kickboxing base, using leg kicks and teeps from a distance. Mixing in his punches appropriately to both the head and body, Cerrone will draw out his opponent’s defenses to set up the fight-ending head kicks that comprise his highlight reel. In recent years, the 13-year pro has proven to provide much more than kicks and knees standing, showing strides in his ability to connect punches inside the pocket or in combination. Related Alexander Hernandez predicts 'violent handoff' of torch from Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 1 Since working with Brandon Gibson, the more recent iterations of Cerrone have him moving his head and torso offline and at angles, unloading his punches with different mechanics than before. Often punching his way out of exchanges with his left hook, Cerrone will feed his newfound flow into his patented head kicks, displaying an arsenal that’s much more symbiotic than before. Still, the man known as “Cowboy” traditionally has struggled with fighters who can pressure early, which is what makes a matchup with Hernandez so compelling. Next point of interest: Level-changing threats 1 2 …3Voir l'article complet
  7. Donald Cowboy Cerrone is highly motivated to finish his opponent Alex Hernandez by knockout or submission Saturday night at Fight Night Brooklyn. Subscribe ...
  8. NEW YORK — At UFC Brooklyn media day, Ariane Lipski discusses making her UFC debut against Joanne Calderwood, how soon she believes she could earn a title shot, how she got her “Violence Queen” nickname and more. Afficher l’article complet
  9. NEW YORK – The past year hasn’t been easy for Paige VanZant in terms of her fighting career. She had multiple surgeries to repair a broken arm but is finally healthy and prepared to return Saturday night. VanZant (7-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) meets Rachael Ostovich (4-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) in a women’s flyweight bout at UFC on ESPN+ 1. VanZant has dealt with layoffs of more than a year before, but this was the first one caused by injury. Although VanZant was able to accomplish some positive things from a personal perspective – such as getting married – the time off still hasn’t been easy. “This was by far the most challenging, especially because I was forced to not train,” VanZant told MMAjunkie Thursday at media day. “During all those opportunities, I was on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ living out an amazing dream. I was still able to train and being athletic and do everything 100 percent. I had to just sit at home (this time), which was awful. Everyone else is like, ‘Dream vacation.’ I couldn’t do anything. I was able to go to the gym and watch, but it was hard to be able to say, ’Don’t do anything.’” Related Video: UFC on ESPN+ 1 media day face-offs Rachael Ostovich before UFC on ESPN+ 1: 'I already feel like I won' just by fighting UFC on ESPN+ 1 takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. VanZant vs. Ostovich is part of the main card, which streams on ESPN+ following televised prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+. VanZant admits there were some serious low moments over the past 12 months. The most difficult happened when she learned that, after months of recovery, she needed a second surgery to repair the damage to her arm. All the trials and tribulations have made VanZant stronger, though, she said, because it forced her to address some potential weaknesses. “I’ve been working with a mental coach, with an athletic coach to try to get the mental side stronger,” VanZant said. “It’s hard to come back from such a significant injury and significant layoff. That’s one thing I think is going to be a huge addition to my coach. “Going into every fight I have those doubts and those questions and those fears, but I feel, for this one, it feels right. Everything feels right, and it’s falling into place perfectly. This is my moment to show I really belong right here, right now.” Related Rachael Ostovich assures Greg Hardy 'there's no negative' while meeting him at UFC Brooklyn For VanZant, the matchup with Ostovich represents an opportunity to get back on track. She hasn’t won a fight since August 2016 and is coming off back-to-back losses, the most recent of which marked her UFC debut at 125 pounds. VanZant said she’s feeling the effects of being out of competition for so long, particularly when it comes to the weight cut. “I cannot believe that I ever used to make 115, especially cause I’m walking around, and I don’t see myself as being much smaller than anybody in the 125 division,” VanZant said. “My coaches and my husband, I’ve never cut to 115 with this camp, and they were like, ‘There’s no way.’ I can’t believe I used to do 115.’ “I’m getting so hungry, and I don’t know why they do these media days on Thursday, the hardest weight cut day. I feel like I’m really cranky, and I’m snapping at some people. I’m not trying to. But I feel good. It’s typical. This is the way I feel every weight cut, and cutting any amount of weight is miserable. But I’m looking forward to getting through it and performing on Saturday.” VanZant called the matchup with Ostovich a “real test” after her injury layoff. She believes it’s an advantageous pairing to help her get back on track and put her in position to make a run toward the top of the weight class. “Winning this fight, I will have my first win in this division,” VanZant said. “I’ve got to continue to climb up the rankings. I would love to fight somebody in the top 15, continue to fight someone ranked and move my way up.” For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: Best of Paige VanZant view 31 images Voir l'article complet
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  12. BROOKLYN, N.Y. – Colby Covington has been screaming from the rooftops about his treatment at the hands of the UFC, giving interviews to all major MMA media outlets about being passed over for a welterweight title shot. UFC President Dana White hasn’t heard any of it – or so he told reporters Thursday at a press conference for UFC on ESPN+ 1. “I haven’t heard one thing about Colby Covington,” he said. But if you’re asking White what he thinks about Covington’s apparent status as the No. 2 contender, he’d say what he always says about staying in the title hunt. Related Twitter Mailbag: Does Colby Covington deserve our sympathy now? Colby Covington: Dana White is a piece of (expletive) person with no morals or values Colby Covington rails at UFC over title snub, vows to confront Dana White “When opportunities pop up, take ’em,” White said in response to a question from MMAjunkie. “When opportunity knocks, answer the door. Period, end of story.” Covington (14-1 MMA, 9-1 UFC) recently told MMAjunkie Radio he didn’t believe he was being punished for refusing champ Tyron Woodley (19-3-1 MMA, 9-2-1 UFC) this past fall at UFC 228. Why else, he said, would he receive two subsequent offers to fight Woodley in November and January? Instead, Covington pointed to a conspiracy between the UFC and manager Ali Abdelaziz, who went to bat for the promotion in its ongoing anti-trust litigation (and denied any wrongdoing in going to bat for his client, Kamaru Usman, who will face Woodley at UFC 235 on March 2 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas). White didn’t address Covington’s theory, because he claims not to have kept up on current events (though MMAjunkie did request comment on this story). But White agrees the trash-talking contender isn’t being punished – he simply lost his place in line. Related Colby Covington picks Tyron Woodley to 'smoke' Kamaru Usman at UFC 235 What we learned about UFC title matchmaking from Woodley, Usman, Covington and White “You can ask anybody who’s been on this stage for a long time, when we call, if you take the fight, you take the fight. And if you don’t, other people will,” White said. “That’s how this thing goes. It keeps rolling. When we call and we make an offer, you take it. He didn’t. “He’ll get another shot. It’s just not going to be when he wanted and when he thought it was coming. Usman went in there and fought that fight (vs. Rafael dos Anjos). I said that night, I wasn’t shy about it, ‘Usman looked good tonight. I’d actually like to see Usman versus Woodley,’ and we got it done.” Covington has said he’ll only accept a title fight for his next UFC bout – or he’ll seek his release from the promotion. He floated the idea of a career in WWE and said he’s enough of a draw that he no longer needs the UFC to build his brand. He even promised to physically confront White at the next UFC event. White clearly begs to differ. And he’s not making any promises about when that next call will come. “I don’t know, we’ll see,” he said. For more on UFC 235, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: Best of Colby Covington view 22 images Voir l'article complet
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  14. The future of the UFC flyweight division seems uncertain right now, but that won’t stop the company from booking more flyweight bouts. Jussier Formiga, ranked No. 1 in the 125-pound weight class, is set to face off against fellow Brazilian Deiveson Figueiredo at UFC Nashville on March 23, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. Combate first reported the news. Formiga (22-5) got to the top of the flyweight rankings after winning three in a row, submitting Ulka Sasaki and Ben Nguyen before scoring a decision win over Sergio Pettis in October. Formiga expected to be next in line for the gold, but the UFC opted to give T.J. Dillashaw a shot at the 125-pound belt instead. Figueiredo (15-0) is 4-0 in the Octagon, including stoppages over John Moraga, Joseph Morales and Marco Antonio Beltran. “Deus da Guerra” was scheduled to face Joseph Benavidez at UFC 233, but wouldn’t be ready to fight a week before, at UFC Brooklyn, after the promotion cancelled the Jan. 26 event. The UFC Fight Night card, which airs on ESPN+, features Stephen Thompson vs. Anthony Pettis in a welterweight main event at the Bridgestone Arena. Afficher l’article complet
  15. BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The state of the UFC flyweight division still remains somewhat of a mystery heading into the UFC on ESPN+ 1 title fight between Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw. UFC President Dana White made it on Thursday that no clear answers will be coming until after the fight. Cejudo (13-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC), the UFC flyweight champ who welcomes bantamweight champ Dillashaw (16-3 MMA, 12-3 UFC) down to his weight class for the title fight, has said numerous times that he wants to “resurrect” the 125-pound class, which seemingly has been on the chopping block for several months. Although there are flyweight fights booked into March, the UFC has done little to assure what will happen beyond that. Dillashaw coming down to take the belt would seemingly put the division on life support (if it isn’t already), but Cejudo vows to win and keep it around, which he told White at the UFC on ESPN+ 1 pre-fight news conference. Related UFC on ESPN+ 1 press conference face-offs video: Cejudo whips out snake in front of Dillashaw Twitter Mailbag: What are Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw really fighting over, anyway? “With all due respect Dana, you did day at one point that women’s fighting would never enter (the UFC),” Cejudo said. “Ronda Rousey became one of the biggest superstars. I know there’s a place in your heart. What I am saying is: Let’s make a deal. I beat this man Saturday night, the flyweight division stays.” Unfortunately for Cejudo, White simply smiled and didn’t offer a response that would take away from speculation the weight class is being dissolved. “We’ll see what happens on Saturday,” White said. “Let’s see what happens.” Cejudo believes former UFC champ Demetrious Johnson, who he dethroned as the only flyweight champ in company history at UFC 227 in August, didn’t do a ton to generate interest and excitement for the division. Cejudo plans on being a different type of champ, though, he said. From Cejudo’s perspective, he isn’t just fighting for his own future. He’s also fighting for everyone else in the division. “This is much bigger than me,” Cejudo said. “This is for all the flyweights that are not big enough to make 135 pounds. I’m fighting for their family. There’s a big inspiration for me. When I’ inspired – I know I can get this done. There’s no better person to – the UFC, Dana – then to throw the Hail Mary to me.” Related UFC on ESPN+ 1 open workouts reaction video: Any cause for concern with Cejudo or Dillashaw? T.J. Dillashaw says 'scared' Henry Cejudo 'shaking in his boots' as UFC on ESPN+ 1 draws near Henry Cejudo is sacrificing to fight T.J. Dillashaw on ESPN+, which is OK – for now Dillashaw, however, seems entirely indifferent when it comes to the future of the division. He just wants to become a double champion to enhance his legacy and said he wouldn’t be bother if the UFC opts to get rid of flyweights. “I’m doing this for myself,” Dillashaw said. “This is a selfish sport. I’m winning for myself. I want to be the greatest.” Although Cejudo did not like Dillashaw’s answer, he said it won’t matter because he’s not giving up the belt. “Saturday night, the flyweight division is going to be resurrected,” Cejudo said. “Let it be known.” UFC on ESPN+ 1 takes place at Barclays Center, with a main card that streams on ESPN+ following televised prelims on ESPN and early prelims on ESPN+ 1. For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: UFC on ESPN+ 1 open workouts view 11 images Voir l'article complet
  16. Henry Cejudo and T.J. Dillashaw seem to be fighting each other for vastly different reasons Saturday night. At the UFC Brooklyn press conference Thursday, Cejudo said he was attempting to “resurrect” the UFC’s potentially expiring flyweight division, in honor of other 125-pounders who could be losing their jobs. Dillashaw made it very clear that he was attempting to come down from his perch as bantamweight champion and take Cejudo’s flyweight title for one person: himself. “This is personal,” Cejudo said. “This dude is a guy that was trying to start the union, start the union with the UFC [fighters] to getting paid a shitload of money to get rid of a division. Siccing him down to dethrone the reigning champ. T.J., I’m not doing this just for me, man. I’m doing it for everybody. I’m doing it for all the 125-pounders. “And that’s exactly who he is. You have friends like Joe Benavidez. You have guys like ‘Shorty’ Torres. These are all flyweights, bro. Where’s your respect, man?” Benavidez, a longtime flyweight contender and former Dillashaw training partner, said earlier Thursday at media day that he was questioning his friendship with Dillashaw after Dillashaw’s recent comments that he doesn’t care if the flyweight division is eliminated. Cejudo said Benavidez, who fights Dustin Ortiz at UFC Brooklyn, shook his hand backstage Thursday. “Everybody,” Cejudo said about who is rooting for him in this fight. “My worst enemies. Even Joe Benavidez is cheering for me. It’s at that point. This was his main training partner. He’s shaking my hand like, ‘Hey, I’m rooting for you, man.’ Like damn, this is a guy that I had bad blood with.” Cejudo, 31, said he got messages from former flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson, the made he beat for the belt, and his coach Matt Hume in support for this fight on the UFC’s ESPN+ debut card. Dillashaw, though, was unequivocal about his feelings on the subject matter. “I don’t care if it stays or goes,” Dillashaw said of the 125-pound division. “I’ve said that. It’s about me, myself, my name, feeding my family. If it stays? Cool. If it doesn’t and I end it, I’m the champion in both weight classes anyway.” Cejudo tried making a deal on the spot Thursday at the presser with UFC president Dana White. Cejudo asked White to guarantee that the flyweight division would stay intact if Cejudo beats Dillashaw. White demurred and replied, “We’ll see what happens on Saturday.” “This is much bigger than me,” Cejudo said. “This is for the guys, this for the all the flyweights that are not big enough to make 135 pounds. I’m fighting for those guys. I’m fighting for their family. There’s a big inspiration to me. When I’m inspired, I know I can get things done. There’s no other better person — Dana, UFC people — to throw the Hail Mary to than me. So, thank you.” Dillashaw, 32, said he was fine with this fight being at bantamweight for his title, that Cejudo was the one who wanted the bout to be at flyweight. Cejudo said it was because he wanted to defend the flyweight belt after winning it from Johnson at UFC 227 back in August. “That’s your problem,” Dillashaw said. “I’m doing this for myself. This is a selfish sport. I’m going out there and winning for myself. I’m gonna be the greatest. “It’s about myself, man. It’s about my legacy. It’s about feeding my family, feeding my son down there and doing what’s best for myself and doing what’s best for my legacy and being the top pound-for-pound fighter in the world. I’m chasing a second belt, I’m chasing the spot. I’ll do whatever.” Cejudo feels like what he’s trying to accomplish is for a greater cause. “It’s overwhelming,” Cejudo said. I” feel like the crowd is behind me. The cool thing about it, guys, is that I have flyweights that actually live with me. Every time I wake up in the morning, I start to think about them. Like damn, these guys have helped me become the best in the world and I want to kind of return the favor for them.” Afficher l’article complet
  17. Paige VanZant walks to the Octagon for the first time in one year to take on Rachel Ostovich this Saturday at UFC Fight Night: Cejudo vs Dillashaw on ESPN+.
  18. Alexander Hernandez recognizes he wasn’t the fans, the UFC’s or Donald Cerrone’s first choice of opponent for the inaugural UFC on ESPN+ card on Saturday night. But even though he has less total fights on his résumé than “Cowboy” has just under the UFC banner, Hernandez is far from concerned about how his skill set will hold up once they enter the Octagon in Brooklyn. “First, I’m grateful to Cowboy for taking the fight, maybe against his better judgement,” Hernandez said during the pre-fight press conference Thursday. “But, you know, I’m not drawn in by the promotion, the city, even his image or persona or anything. It’s just another day. For me, standing across from Cowboy, I’m looking through the fighter. I’m looking at the man. I think the persona and everything is a big distraction. I just see myself facing an insecure little lad, swinging on a pop gun with a feather in his hat.” A normally calm, yet noticeably more drawn out Cerrone immediately snatched up the mic to respond before laying out a warning out for his younger opponent. “Little insecure, popping cattle, f*cking whatever. That’s good,” Cerrone replied. “I can’t wait for Saturday man. I’m just excited. Listen my little friend, I’m not one to sit there and talk. So, if you’ve got big things to say, we’re fighting on Saturday. Keep it professional. We just stood in the back and you didn’t have much to say —” “You didn’t have much to say either partner,” Hernandez interrupted. “I’ll tell you this little friend, I’m going to sending your geriatric ass yee-hawing back to the stable on Saturday.” Showing more and more signs of agitation, whether it be from his weight cut or Hernandez’s words, Cerrone gave one final warning before throwing the mix down. “I understand you're talking live, but Saturday is coming,” Cerrone said. “So let’s fight for money on Saturday. But I’m not a guy to sit here and talk shit to you because I know what floor you’re on. They f*cked up and put me in the wrong room so we’re right next to you little motherf*cker. So, if you have something to say, you can come knock on my door, okay?” Smirking, Hernandez refused to let Cerrone have the final say in their exchange. “We’re not on the same floor,” Hernandez said. “I’m in a different suite, for one. For two, you’re all buddy buddy in the back, calling me all healthy and nice. I do look f*cking healthy. I look great. You look like you just served two terms in the f*cking oval office. You look worn out, you look aged and withered.” For Hernandez (10-1), this marks his 12th professional fight and third under the UFC. In a stark comparison, Cerrone (34-11, 1 NC) is making the walk to the cage for the 47th time, with 40 of these fights coming under the UFC/WEC banner. Combine this with several UFC records, including the most most finishes (15) and wins (21) in company history, and not even Hernandez can help but show respect to the veteran pugilist. Once the cage door closes behind them, all of that respect will go out the window. “Sure, I respect Donald,” Hernandez said. “It was a cool come up and everything. But, there’s a difference between seeing someone on the screen and seeing someone stand across from you. There will be none of that respect held. I won’t respect his space, I won’t respect the air he’s breathing, I’m going to press and break him in the Octagon. It’s a completely different world now.” As for whether Hernandez’s comments are affecting him in any way, Cerrone shook it off and pointed to his 13-year career before claiming “The Great” would be in for a rude awakening on Saturday night. “No, [Hernandez’s words] don’t affect me at all,” Cerrone said. “When I left 155, I was ranked No. 2. It means I beat everybody up there except for the champion. So, for him to come back and say he’s going to steamroll and I’m a stepping stone, I am a f*cking boulder in your way. I fought the who’s who —.” But again, Hernandez refused to let up as he snatched up the mic and uncorked another venomous barrage of words. “You’re a jester in the way,” Hernandez interrupted again. “You’re an active participant. You’re concerned with entertaining people, I am on the road to the throne. I’m concerned with kingship and you’re a jester. You’re a stepping stone.” Afficher l’article complet
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  20. BROOKLYN, N.Y. – UFC lightweight Alexander Hernandez has had some, well, colorful things to say about Donald Cerrone in the buildup to their fight Saturday night. But Hernandez (10-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) came with a full clip in a verbal shootout against Cerrone (34-11 MMA, 21-8 UFC) on Thursday at the pre-fight press conference for UFC on ESPN+ 1, savaging the UFC veteran in several exchanges. Hernandez, 26, initially thanked Cerrone for taking the fight “maybe against his better judgement,” and the shots continued to be fired from that point on. “I’m looking through the fighter,” Hernandez said. “I’m looking at the man and think the persona’s a big distraction. I just see myself facing an insecure little lad, swinging on a saddle with a pop-gun and a feather in his hat.” Related Alexander Hernandez predicts 'violent handoff' of torch from Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 1 UFC on ESPN+ 1's 'Cowboy' Cerrone hopes path to UFC title goes through Conor McGregor Cerrone, who showed visible signs of a tough weigh cut and admitted his drop “sucks,” tried to nip things in the bud early. “That’s good,” he replied after attempting to reproduce Hernandez’s initial salvo. “I can’t wait for Saturday. But listen, my little friend, I’m not one to sit there and talk, so if you’ve got big things to say, we’re fighting on Saturday. Keep it professional. We just stood in the back, and you didn’t have much to say.” “You didn’t have much to say, either, partner,” replied Hernandez. “And I’ll tell you this, little friend, I’ll be sending your geriatric ass yee-hawing back to the stables on Saturday.” No stranger to a verbally abusive opponent, Cerrone’s calm exterior showed little cracks. Related UFC on ESPN+ 1 press conference face-offs video: Cejudo whips out snake in front of Dillashaw Alexander Hernandez plans on 'completely merking' Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 1 “I understand you’re talking live and Saturday’s coming, so let’s fight for money on Saturday,” Cerrone said. “But I’m not the guy to sit here and talk (expletive) to you because I know what floor you’re on – they (expletive) up and put me in the wrong room. I’m right next to you, you little mother(expletive). So if you have something to say, you come knock on my door, OK?” For Hernandez, it was just a sign that he was on the right track. “We’re not on the same floor,” Hernandez said. “I’m in a different suite, for one. And for two, you’re all buddy-buddy in the back. It’s called healthy and nice. I do look healthy. I look great. You look like you spent the last two terms in the (expletive) Oval Office. You look worn out. You look aged and withered.” Longevity was an easy point of contention in a fight between one of the most active fighters in UFC history and a relative newcomer who’s yet to face any setbacks in the octagon. Cerrone, 35, played the experience card against Hernandez, pointing out his No. 2 ranking at the time of his departure to the welterweight division. “That means I beat everybody up there except for the champion,” Cerrone said. “For him to come back and for him to say he’s going to steamroll me, that I’m a stepping stone. (Expletive), I’m a mother(expletive) boulder in your way.” “You are a jester in the way,” Hernandez interrupted. “You’re an active participant. You’re concerned with entertaining people. I’m on the road to the throne. I’m on my way to kingship.” After a 1-4 octagon skid, the narrative on Cerrone’s comeback centered on a newfound maturity as he welcomed a son into the world. A submission win over Mike Perry in November showed “Cowboy” was still dangerous when backed into a corner, and the move to lightweight promised a different end than the setbacks that accompanied his previous attempts at UFC gold. Related Video: UFC on ESPN+ 1 media day face-offs Hernandez savagely mocked Cerrone’s turnaround. “On your 40th fight, if it took you that long to figure out what your goals are and that you’re meant to be a champion, you’re about 39 too (expletive) late,” Hernandez said. “For me, I know why I’m in this. I know my purpose. I know my mission, and I’m 100 percent committed to one thing. “Unlike old day-drinking Don over there, who’s got mixed mistresses and a number of extracurricular activities to hide from the greatest fear in his life, which is in front of him, I focus on one thing and one thing only. I know I’m going to be a champion. He’s No. 2, he’s always going to be No. 2. I’m going to be No. 1.” Cerrone claims he didn’t know Hernandez when the UFC proposed Saturday’s fight at Barclays Center, and he hasn’t trained specifically for the bout. Hernandez represents a stopover on his trip back up the lightweight ladder. Although Hernandez disagrees on their respective directions, he didn’t dispute the idea that his job is to show he’s more than just a guy with a loud sweater and a sharp tongue. “He went from proposing the fight against (expletive Conor) McGregor, and then they give him to me,” Hernandez said. “Yeah, I’d be thinking, ‘Who the (expletive) is this kid?’ I’m sure everybody’s asking that: Who the (expletive) am I? On Saturday, I’ll put all that curiosity to rest.” For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: UFC on ESPN+ 1 open workouts view 11 images Voir l'article complet
  21. NEW YORK — At UFC Brooklyn media day, Joseph Benavidez discusses being the potential backup fighter for the flyweight title main event, his style of fashion and Dapper Scrappers blog, Dillashaw not caring about the future of the flyweight division and more. Afficher l’article complet
  22. NEW YORK – Almost from the moment he agreed to fight Greg Hardy, Allen Crowder’s goal was bigger than himself. Crowder (9-3 MMA, 0-1 UFC) vowed to teach Hardy (3-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) a lesson when they faced off at UFC on ESPN+ 1. But now, he’s more focused on coming out ahead. “I need this win,” Crowder told MMAjunkie at a media day for Saturday’s ESPN+ 1 card at Barclays Center. “I want this win, and I’m going to get this win.” Related Rachael Ostovich assures Greg Hardy 'there's no negative' while meeting him at UFC Brooklyn Greg Hardy wants to be 'the great American heavyweight' of more than just UFC Crowder fell short in his octagon debut and thought Hardy would be a good opponent when scouting him on Dana White’s Contender Series. Back then, Hardy’s well-documented past with domestic violence wasn’t in the spotlight – at least not as much. But when the UFC booked his octagon debut on the same card as Rachael Ostovich, a victim in an alleged domestic assault, it shined a whole new light on the bout. One month after criticizing the UFC’s decision, Crowder takes a different stance on the situation. He just wants to focus on the fight. “I’m not God,” Crowder said. “I can’t judge the man. I don’t agree with what he done, and I’m sure he repents for his mistakes. We’ll go forward from here.” The real mission for Crowder is to take Hardy to a place he’s never been: the second round. “He’s got a hell of a right hand,” Crowder said. “He’s shown he’s got great knockout power. I want to get him into the second round, and then I want to get him on the ground and knock him out. Any way I’ve got to get the win, I’m going to get the win.” As for delivering a comeuppance, Crowder will take the attention for beating Hardy. But he the real lessons aren’t his to teach. “I want those fans, so I want to win for that reason,” Crowder said. “(Hardy has) got to deal with what he’s done. I just want to go out there and put on a great show, and I want to get the win, because I want to get the win. He’s got to repent for what he did, so that’s on him.” For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: UFC on ESPN+ 1 open workouts view 11 images Voir l'article complet
  23. NEW YORK — Rachael Ostovich took a fight against Paige VanZant and — through unfortunate circumstance and a coincidence in booking — ended up tied at the hip with polarizing NFL-player-turned-UFC-heavyweight Greg Hardy. It’s been a completely strange and harrowing lead-up for the Hawaiian flyweight, who has dealt with more than anybody should ever have to in a fight camp. In November, she was allegedly assaulted by her husband, Arnold Berdon, and suffered multiple injuries — the most severe of which being a cracked orbital bone, which nearly knocked her out of the fight. She has since filed for divorce. Berdon has been served a restraining order and is set to go on trial for felony assault next month. Then the correlation began. Upon gaining medical clearance, Ostovich opted to stay on this Saturday night’s fight card in Brooklyn — the first in the new ESPN era — a decision that only served to magnify Hardy’s past transgressions for domestic abuse. Back in 2014, Hardy — then a Pro Bowler for the Carolina Panthers — was found guilty of assaulting his ex-girlfriend, and throwing her onto a pile of guns. Though the charges were dismissed on appeal when the victim failed to show up and testify in court, the incident ultimately led to a suspension and his eventual banishment from the NFL. Because they ended up on a high-profile fight card together, the UFC came under scrutiny for allowing it to happen. The most thrown around word during fight week so far has been “tone deaf” — as in, the UFC should know better. But as much as it has bothered some fans that the UFC opted to keep Ostovich and Hardy on the same card, it hasn’t bothered Ostovich nearly as much. “From the day my incident occurred until now, everyday it’s been a new thing,” she told MMA Fighting at the UFC on ESPN+ media day Thursday. “But the Greg Hardy one was a big one. I was like, why is this blowing up? What is going on in the world? It was so weird. “I was trying to do my research via Twitter — probably not the best — but I was like, OK, I have no control over this. This is not my card. Bottom line is I’m happy to be here, happy to be on the card. It doesn’t bother me at all, because I have my own situation. My own problems that I’m dealing with.” In fact, Ostovich felt compelled to introduce herself to Hardy when she saw him for the first time on Tuesday in New York. Given that they have been mentioned in the same breath for the last couple of months, she wanted him to know that she was willing to try and make this weekend a positive experience, rather than a morally questionable one. “I approached him because it had been weighing on my heart ever since it got brought up in the news,” she said. “I kept thinking, we’re fighting on the same card. I’m going to see him eventually. I’m not the type that wants things to be awkward, I wanted to get it out of the way. So I seen him and I was like, I have to go say hi to him, I knew I had to. “I said, ‘Hi, I’m Rachael, it’s nice to meet you. I just want you to know that there’s no negative feelings between me and you, that the media can say this and that and blow it out of proportion.’ “I told him, hey, let’s use this and work together. Let’s turn these negative issues into positives on both ends. And I feel like that’s the best thing we can do. If more people focused on that, it would be a lot better. He was very genuine, very gracious. I felt like he was grateful that I came up to him, and I felt like the relief was off of both of our shoulders.” A couple of months back, when Ostovich got the fight with VanZant, it looked like nothing more than a chance to prove herself as a fighter against a UFC commodity on a very big platform. As she navigates fight week, though, Ostovich has morphed into a survivor of domestic violence. Not only that, but she knows that she is looked upon as an inspiration to her fellow survivors of abuse, and — somehow, in between training and recovery and the whole nexus of emotions — has made her peace with it. “I was in shock at the amount of messages I’ve received just on Instagram,” she said. “I can’t even get into Facebook and Twitter and all of that, there was so much, but just on Instagram I was getting flooded with messages. Things like, ‘hey, I was in an eight-year relationship and finally got out, stay strong,’ or, ‘I’m still in a relationship.’ Those are the ones that are hard for me. The ones who are still stuck in their relationships, and they have nowhere to turn to, no support. Some of them have kids and can’t support themselves financially. This is a worldwide problem. It doesn’t just happen in Hawaii. It happens to everyone.” “So I’m trying to let them know it’s not OK.” It’s been one hell of an undertaking, and not one that Ostovich could have ever saw coming. One minute she’s a fighter, the next minute she’s a fighter. One minute it’s her versus VanZant, the next it’s her against Hardy. Or her against the UFC’s decision making. Or her against her own emotions, having to deal with the complexity of a dangerous relationship in public. People want her to speak out against everything at once. But Ostovich says she can’t, because the fight is nearing. And that fight is actually the thing that has kept her grounded through the process. “The fight itself has been more a sanctuary,” she said. “I’ve been able to take all my frustrations out in training, anything that’s stressing me out. Taking the time out to focus on training or whatever I need to do. Finally getting it to this point has been just a relief. I’m so excited to fight.” The one thing that Ostovich isn’t doing is walking on eggshells as she discusses the problem. Even though she admits she would rather be talking about her fight and bouncing back after losing against Montana De La Rosa last July, she not only tries to humanize with the elephant in the room (Hardy), she tries to empathize with the media. “I understand the obligations of media,” she said. “And I understand that things are a lot more intensified because of the situation that happened in my personal life. To handle it so publicly, it’s hard. I’m not going to lie. It’s hard to deal with all of these emotions. “But, the silver lining is that it would be almost ignorant of me not to use it to help others. And that’s what I want to do, and that’s what we all should be doing. Helping each other, sharing our stories. There are so many sharing their stories with me, and I’m so grateful for that. Because it made me feel like I’m not alone. So to help someone else and help them be strong and find that motivation and strength to leave those toxic relationships, then so be it.” It’s been a memorable fight camp, even if it’s one she’d rather forget. But Ostovich has managed to keep pushing forward. On Thursday she had many reporters around her, many cameras, and many fighters. Everyone wanted to know her feelings. She answered the best she could. Which is to say, she tried to explain a series of events that are difficult to understand, even for her. “When I first was going through it, I was upset,” she said. “I was struggling a bit. I was asking, ‘Why, why?’ Just adjusting to having my personal, private business plastered out there publicly. It wasn’t just on the island, it was worldwide. It was on major news sites. So that was something that was hard to deal with. I was hurt, confused, feeling just…it’s a crazy thing. You never understand it unless you’re going through it.” Afficher l’article complet
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  26. BROOKLYN, N.Y. – The UFC on ESPN+ 1 pre-fight press conference took place Thursday, and MMAjunkie was on the scene for what turned out to be quite the show. UFC on ESPN+ 1 takes place Saturday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn and streams on ESPN+ with prelims featured on ESPN. In the main event, bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw moves down to challenge Henry Cejudo for his flyweight title. In the featured prelim on ESPN, veteran Donald Cerrone makes his return to lightweight to meet up-and-comer Alexander Hernandez. All four fighters were on hand for the pre-fight press conference at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, and they delivered some heated and also awkward moments. Did @HenryCejudo just pull out a for his stare down with @TJDillashaw? Why yes he did. #UFCBrooklyn pic.twitter.com/DnTjRvpgb0 — MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) January 17, 2019 Chief among the awkwardness? Cejudo pulling out a rubber snake from a plastic bag and whipping it to the ground before staring down Dillashaw. That really happened. You can watch the face-offs in the video above. For more on UFC on ESPN+ 1, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: UFC on ESPN+ 1 open workouts view 11 images Voir l'article complet
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