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  2. A middleweight matchup has been added to next month’s Bellator 202 card. Chris Honeycutt (10-2) and Leo Leite (10-1) will square off on the prelim portion of the card in Thackerville, Okla. MMA Fighting confirmed a Friday report by MMA Junkie. The Fresno, Calif.-based Honeycutt has been with Bellator since 2014. In his most recent fight, he lost a decision to Rafael Lovato Jr. at Bellator 189. That ended Honeycutt’s four-fight winning streak. Leite, meanwhile, is looking to shake off a decision loss to Phil Davis at Bellator 186, which was his first professional loss. The Rio de Janeiro native is a former Legacy FC middleweight champ. Bellator 202 will be headlined by a featherweight title fight between champion Julia Budd (11-2) and undefeated challenger Talita Nogueira (7-0). Afficher l’article complet
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  4. For the first time, Bellator will set up shop in South Dakota later this summer. Bellator 204 is set for Aug. 17 at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, the promotion today announced. The main card will air on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie. In the headliner, bantamweight champion Darrion Caldwell (12-1 MMA, 9-1 BMMA) will move up to featherweight for a non-title bout against Noad Lahat (12-3 MMA, 3-1 BMMA). In the co-feature, South Dakota native Logan Storley (8-0 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) will put his unbeaten record on the line against welterweight A.J. Matthews (9-7 MMA, 5-5 BMMA). Caldwell won Bellator’s bantamweight title in October 2017 with a decision over Eduardo Dantas. In March, he defended it with a first-round submission of Leandro Higo. Now he’ll move back to featherweight for the first time since October 2014. His 135-pound title won’t be on the line against Lahat in what for now may amount to a stay-busy fight. Lahat has won three of his four fights for Bellator since signing after a 2-2 stint in the UFC. He has submissions of Scott Cleve and Lloyd Carter, and most recently took a decision from Jeremiah Labiano at Bellator 188 in his native Israel to bounce back from a decision loss to Henry Corrales. Storley stayed perfect in April with a decision win over Joaquin Buckley at Bellator 197. He’s no stranger to the Sanford Pentagon. He fought there for his pro debut at RFA 29 nearly three years ago and picked up a first-round knockout agianst Bill Mees. Two other fights there have resulted in stoppages, as well. Matthews in January snapped a rought four-fight skid that included three straight Bellator losses. He took a split call from Kendall Grove at Bellator 193 to get back on track after losses in the promotion to Andre Fialho, Hisaki Kato and Ben Reiter. For more on Bellator 204, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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    UFC Singapore predictions

    UFC Singapore snuck up on us and with good reason. The Saturday morning card is far from great, as it lacks star power, yet UFC Singapore does offer some decent match ups along with the wonderful pacing of UFC Fight Pass. The event features an important welterweight bout in Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards in its featured attraction, a key fight for light heavyweight prospect Tyson Pedro, who takes on veteran Ovince Saint Preux, and a scrappy bout pitting Jessica-Rose Clark against Jessica Eye. What: UFC Singapore (UFC Fight Night 132) Where: Singapore Indoor Stadium in Kallang, Singapore. When: Saturday, June 23. The eight-fight UFC Fight Pass preliminary card begins at 4:30 a.m. ET, and the four-fight main card begins at 8:00 a.m. ET also on UFC Fight Pass. Donald Cerrone vs. Leon Edwards Man, Donald Cerrone will really fight anyone, anywhere. This bout with Leon Edwards is a dangerous fight and one that doesn’t do a whole lot for his career and résumé, as Edwards is not a big name in MMA, at least not yet. By now we know what “Cowboy” brings to the table. Cerrone is a talented striker that mixes things up well with kicks and punches. Cerrone has plenty of power and he’s capable of putting away almost anyone at lightweight or welterweight. The 35-year-old fighter also has a pretty advanced ground game with good positioning and dangerous submissions. It seems that Cerrone has lost some steam in the last year or so, but he’s still far from washed up. Today, Cerrone remains very competitive in the UFC. Meanwhile, Edwards is a very technical striker with a great takedown defense. The Englishman can put together quick, solid combinations that can cause a great deal of damage. Edwards is not really a power puncher, but he’s very precise with his shots and has stopped some of his opponents in the past. Grappling-wise, Edwards is not dangerous, but he has a solid submission defense and a good ability to stuff takedowns. Fun fight. This one is a bit tough to predict given Cerrone latest performances. I think Edwards carries the momentum here and I also think he has more knowledge on how to beat Cerrone than Cerrone has to beat him. Cerrone is always game and wouldn’t surprise me if he were to win. Yet, I think this is Edwards’ time to shine. Pick: Edwards Ovince Saint Preux vs. Tyson Pedro This fight makes complete sense. Ovince Saint Preux is coming off a loss and needs to get back on the winning circle, and Tyson Pedro needs to start facing some of the more established names at light heavyweight. OSP is massive for the division. The 35-year-old fighter is a competent striker with a good deal of power behind his attacks. OSP is also a good wrestler, but for some reason he chooses not to use his takedown abilities often. He also possesses strong submissions and a strong submission defense. On the other hand, Pedro is a young, promising prospect who doesn’t have a ton of experience, but probably enough to start facing opponents the caliber of OSP. Pedro is a good grappler. He’s got solid submissions, takedowns, and positioning. Striking wise, Pedro is a bit unorthodox. He’s really good at sneaking shots in, especially his kicks, and he has good pop behind them. I really like this booking. I think Pedro has a good shot here. He’s had issues before in the past with wrestlers, and OSP can certainly give him problems there given his size and wrestling skills. However, OSP has gotten away from his takedowns, so I don’t believe that should be a factor here. I see this being a stand-up fight where Pedro should land the better shots. Pick: Pedro Jessica-Rose Clark vs. Jessica Eye This fight could be a fun one. Jessica Eye is a very tough and well-rounded fighter. Her ground game is good and so is her striking. She doesn’t particularly excel in any area, but she can do a little but of everything. Eye was also pretty undersized at bantamweight, so at flyweight she can be more competitive. Eye also has a good amount of experience compared to her fellow flyweights. Clark is another tough fighter that possesses decent movement and striking. She also has a strong grappling game. Clark is very strong for the division and fights at a good pace. Skill-wise, these two are somewhat even. I think Clark might be the stronger grappler, but Eye might have the more polished striking. This will likely be a close fight, but I see Clark getting the win. She’s just simply a far more dominant grappler than Eye and I see her controlling enough of the action to get a decision win. Pick: Clark Li Jingliang vs. Daichi Abe “The Leech” is back. If you’ve been reading my prediction columns for a while, you probably already know how I feel about Li Jingliang. I find Jingliang to be one of the toughest guys to fight at welterweight. It’s not because he’s extremely skilled, but more because of his combination of style, athletic ability, and skill set. “The Leech” is extremely durable, strong, relentless, stubborn, and keeps a high pace all throughout his fights. On top of that, Jungliang’s wrestling and top control is very effective. His stand-up is not fancy or flashy, but he sticks to his basics, which are pretty solid. Daichi Abe is very tough as well. He’s primarily a striker that attacks with single shots rather than combinations. Abe has very good movement on his feet and he’s also quick. I’ve seen Abe fade in previous performances. I think the first round of this fight could be somewhat even, but I see Jingliang’s pace and strength eventually wearing down Abe. I can see “The Leech” picking up a late stoppage via submission or ground-and-pound. Pick: Jingliang Undercard: Petr Yan def. Teruto Ishihara Felipe Arantes def. 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  8. CHICAGO – It’s no accident that only three of 13 fights on PFL 2’s card went the distance, said PFL execs Carlos Silva and Ray Sefo. Put a million dollars on the horizon, and fighters will do anything to get there. “Clearly, all the fighters are coming out and they’re understanding that they’ve got to put some points on the scoreboard to get into the playoffs,” Silva told MMAjunkie after Thursday’s NBCSN-televised event at Chicago Theater in Chicago. “Even a couple of fights, there were massive reversals that went to a finish.” In one case, a fighter completely lost his cool when he thought the chance to win was taken away. Veteran lightweight Jason High denied tapping to a guillotine choke from Efrain Escudero and raged out of the cage, pushing the referee and knocking over chairs before Silva could calm him down. Sefo said that’s the unfortunate byproduct of the stakes in play. “We as a league aren’t going to tolerate that behavior, but at the same time, he apologized,” he said. “We also had the referee and the commission review the video, and the referee came out with the same result of what he saw in the cage. These are guys who really want to earn the points to get to the playoffs, and when something like that happened, obviously, he was disappointed.” There are also unforseen twists that accompany regular season action when the promotion hops from state to state. A preliminary-card lightweight bout between Robert Watley and Thiago Tavares was called in favor of Watley when Tavares took a groin kick from which he couldn’t recover in a timely fashion. In other states, a fighter would typically get five minutes before the commission was forced to act, and a fighter who couldn’t continue due in the second round to an accidental foul would trigger a no-contest. But due to an arcane clause in the Illinois State Athletic Commission’s rulebook, Watley was declared the victor. Silva and Sefo consulted with the commission in both of the unusual endings, and ultimately their hands were tied. “I wouldn’t want to overrule the commission, because you’re working with the commission for the season to happen,” Sefo said. “This is going to be different in a different state.” “We had the same questions you guys had,” Silva added. “They came down with their ruling, and the ruling’s the ruling. So the points fall where they fall based on those rulings.” PFL’s regular season will continue next month when “PFL 3: Shields vs. Cooper” takes place at Charles E. Smith Center in Washington D.C. Winning fighters will have another chance to earn a maximum of six points that will go toward their seeding in a season-ending tournament, which will then decide a champion in seven different weight classes. After a strong event, Silva and Sefo are confident there will be plenty more action as fighters compete for that massive payout. For complete coverage of PFL 2, check out the MMA Events section of the site. Gallery PFL 2 ceremonial weigh-ins view 39 images Voir l'article complet
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  11. Linton Vassell is taking his talents to the heavyweight division. After building himself up as a title challenger in the Bellator light heavyweight division, Vassell (18-7 MMA, 7-4 BMMA) has fallen on hard times against the elite, losing back-to-back fights to former champ Phil Davis and current champ Ryan Bader. Those defeats, which both came by stoppage due to strikes, were apparently enough to persuade Vassell to make a change. The Brit recently announced he will be competing at heavyweight going forward (via Twitter): THE HEAVYWEIGHT CHAPTER HAS BEGUN @bellatormma. #newhome #heavyweight #theswarm photo taken by @lucasnoonan — Linton Vassell (@LDV_TheSwarm) June 20, 2018 Vassell, 35, has competed exclusively at 205 pounds during his Bellator tenure, which dates back to his promotional debut at Bellator 107 in November 2013. With the change in weight classes, Vassell joins a notable cast of characters in the Bellator heavyweight division that includes the likes of Fedor Emelianenko, Frank Mir, Cheick Kongo, Matt Mitrione and many others. Vassell has not expressed when he plans to make his debut at heavyweight after suffering a head-kick knockout loss to Davis in his most recent bout at Bellator 200 in May. For more on the Bellator schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Gallery Phil Davis def. Linton Vassell at Bellator 200: Best photos view 16 images Voir l'article complet
  12. It’s impossible to tell what kind of clip will go viral when it comes to the MMA community. Typically, it’s a ridiculously violent knockout. Or it could be an elaborate post-fight celebration, or perhaps a wicked verbal exchange between two popular fighters. Then again, sometimes it’s just a man and his bird. Earlier this week, UFC featherweight Calvin Kattar gained a measure of internet fame when he shared an Instagram story detailing his friendship with a feathery creature he would later dub “Robin” (Kattar couldn’t identify the bird’s type or gender). Somehow, Kattar formed an instant bond with Robin and he made sure enough to document the whole experience. As he explained to MMA Fighting, it all began when he stopped off at a sandwich shop on his way to the gym, where he was supposed to be helping fellow Massachusetts native Rob Font prepare for his fight at UFC 226 on July 7. “Before I knew it, right as I was finishing my sandwich, this bird rolled up on me and posted up next to me as you saw in the videos and I was just like, ‘Wow,’” said Kattar. “I got up to go to my car and it followed me, started running, like a bunch of small steps following me and I was like, this is kind of crazy. I walked backwards, it followed me all around, I sat back down, it went on my arm, and then all of a sudden I started going live on the video.” Kattar’s plan was to finish his meal and head to practice, but the bird would not leave him alone. It took perch on the hood of his car as he went to leave and it was then that Kattar decided to test just how persistent Robin would be. “I put my arm out in front of it, I’m like, alright, if the bird hops on my arm, I’ll take it with me; if it doesn’t, I’m outta here. I put my hand out, the bird jumps on my arm, I’m like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me,’” said Kattar. “I brought it in my car and I ended up going back to my house and then I realized it looked like it was chirping and opening its mouth like it was hungry. “So I went out back to the yard and started digging up worms for it and then I realized, what the hell am I doing right now digging up worms? I’m just going to go buy it some worms.” Now responsible for taking care of Robin, Kattar informed Font and his team that he would not be able to make the early session. They understood, but little did anyone know how much of his time this new project would take up. “I couldn’t leave it,” said Kattar. “I felt like it needed me to feed it. I was like, ‘Guys, I’m sorry, I can’t make it to the gym.’ At this point I’m 20-30 minutes late to the gym and I’m gonna miss this workout, I’ll meet up with them later in the next session. And before I knew it, I missed the next session, because after I ended up going to pick out some worms, I ended up going back to the store because it wasn’t leaving me and it was eating all the food. I gotta get this thing a cage or something, some kind of home, I didn’t know what to do. “I spent like 40-50 dollars on a cage — and by the way, this all with the bird on my shoulder walking into the store — and these people are looking at me like I’m crazy, I’ve got a wild bird on my shoulder. They think it’s like a pet.” Kattar wound up buying a cage, a bird bath, and a toy — “a whole bunch of s**t” as he put it — having no clue as to what goes into proper bird care. All he knew was that Robin was hungry and determined to stick by Kattar’s side. Whatever Kattar did, it worked, as Robin appeared to be revitalized later in the afternoon and the two even found time to sit down for a nice family meal. @calvinkattar, Instagram Calvin Kattar at dinner with his special guest“I was frigging dying,” said Kattar. “That was hysterical when we did that. I’m sitting there, he’s eating the worms with us, we’re having dinner together, you’ve got to be kidding me.” Alas, the story has a somewhat somber ending. Kattar, not wanting to mess with nature, put Robin in the cage but he left it out on his porch overnight with the door open should the bird want to leave. When Kattar awoke the next morning, he was stunned to see that Robin had chosen to stay, but when he checked again an hour later, his friend had flown off. Kattar returned to the sandwich shop the next day to see if the bird might turn up, but Robin didn’t show. Still, he’s leaving the cage open on his porch, should Robin decide to visit sometime. Based on the reaction from social media, he’s not the only one hoping for a reunion. “I must have got a couple hundred followers, a couple hundred direct messages, I couldn’t even keep up with the people asking about the bird,” said Kattar. “The next day, I put up a workout video and everyone was like, ‘Bro. Less gym. More bird.’” Afficher l’article complet
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  15. Gallery Photos: Best of Tyson Pedro view 11 images Tyson Pedro had a thought this week, about how his UFC Fight Night 132 bout would be his fifth with MMA’s leading promotion, which represents more than half of his professional career. Reflecting on his overall performance to date, is he where he wants to be? “Yeah, very much so,” Pedro told MMAjunkie. “Probably ranking-wise, yes. But ability-wise and knowledge-wise, no. … I’ve got so much room to grow. (The UFC) took me at 4-0 knowing that I wasn’t at my full potential as a mixed martial artist. I’m 26, and I still – I think – got a lot of room to grow.” Pedro (7-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) meets Ovince Saint Preux in Saturday’s UFC Fight Pass-streamed co-headliner from Singapore Indoor Stadium in Singapore. When he thinks about the matchup with Saint Preux (22-11 MMA, 10-6 UFC), one thought enters Pedro’s mind. “I can’t wait to go to war,” he said. Related UFC Singapore co-main-event breakdown: Is OSP's experience too much for Tyson Pedro? Pedro opened his career 6-0, with all of his wins by first-round stoppage, including back-to-back to start his UFC run. In his third UFC bout last year, though, Pedro was outworked and handed his first loss by Ilir Latifi, who used his wrestling to earn a unanimous decision. It was a disappointing result, to be sure, but staying undefeated for a long time never mattered to Pedro. “I feel for the people coming through who feel they need to be undefeated,” Pedro said. “I’m the type of person that I’d rather have 10 hard losses to the best people in the world than 10 wins to nobodies. It’s never been a thing for me. I always want hard fights. Losing has never been a worry. I’m not worried about losing. I just love winning.” Which is how Pedro rebounded in February by submitting Saparbek Safarov with a kimura in the first round of their UFC 221 bout in his native Australia. The result was the ideal response to the first adversity of his career, and it was also a weight off his shoulders. Related UFC Singapore weigh-in results: 'Cowboy,' Edwards among all 26 to make weight “I usually don’t bear the weight of other people,” Pedro said. “I’ve been doing this for quite a long time even though my record doesn’t show it, so I just go in there in the present and try to get things done. Afterward, yeah, I was relieved. I’m in the company where two losses in a row could mean the end of your career, so the fact that they’re keeping me around is a relief, if anything.” In the win over Safarov, Pedro said his health was at 85 percent as he dealt with a lingering injury to his ribs. Pedro said he’s at full strength for Saint Preux, who represents the first big “name” opponent he’s faced. The matchup is a chance to make a statement against a former UFC light heavyweight title challenger who’s gone five rounds before with Jon Jones. Pedro said he’d like a tough three rounds with Saint Preux but will be looking for the early finish, as he’s scored in all his other wins, if it’s there. Related Best save of UFC 221? Jon Anik foils Tyson Pedro's attempted mic drop This could be the fight that shows just how good Pedro is, and he seems to recognize that. “It’s exciting for me, this fight, because he just looks freakish strong,” Pedro said. “I love anything that’s a challenge or looks like it’s going to be very hard, and I have to attack it like that.” He continued, “I think everyone is just finding out each fight what I bring to the table. Everyone’s just learning something. Everyone goes, ‘Man, he’s just a submission fighter,’ and then I strike. Until I bring out what I’m doing in training and my full repertoire of what I have to offer, then I think people will start getting excited about what I have to bring. “I’m not ready for the title shot, but I will be in two years.” For more on UFC Fight Night 132, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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    [UFC] In & Out des combattants

    OUT des prochains events: -Lyoto Machida (40 ans, Brésil, 24-8): Un ex champion pouvant en cacher un autre, c'est au tour de l'ancien double détenteur du Titre LHW de l'UFC, Lyoto Machida, de quitter le navire. Le Nippo-Brésilien se sépare donc de la Big League après 11 années de services et 24 combats disputés sous cette bannière (pour un record de 16-8), et se produira désormais chez son principale concurrent: le Bellator.
  17. There were two disputed regulatory calls made Thursday night at PFL 2 in Chicago. The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR), the overseeing body of the state athletic commission, addressed those controversies Friday in an e-mail correspondence with MMA Fighting. Thiago Tavares said Thursday that he would be appealing a second-round TKO loss to Robert Watley, which came as the result of a low blow. Tavares was given five minutes to recover from the below-the-belt strike and when he could not continue the commission ruled the bout a victory for Watley. Under the Unified Rules of MMA, that exact situation would lead to a no contest being the result, since Tavares was finished via an unintentional foul or illegal strike. However, Illinois has different rules, per an IDFPR spokesperson. “Mr. Tavares was not struck by an illegal blow as low-blows are considered accidental,” the spokesperson wrote. “Per our rules -Section 1370.630 (c)(2)(b)(iii) states: A contestant who is hit with an accidental low-blow must continue after a reasonable amount of time, but no more than 5 minutes, or he or she may lose the bout by technical knockout.” The spokesperson added that in events that take place in Illinois, the state rules “supersede” the Unified Rules of MMA, which is also the case in most jurisdictions. In the other incident Thursday night at PFL 2, Efrain Escudero defeated Jason High by submission with a guillotine choke. The referee Josh Stewart ruled that High tapped out and awarded Escudero the third-round victory. However, High disputed that account and lost his temper afterward, knocking over chairs cageside as he left the arena. The replay of the sequence showed that High made a move against Escudero’s body that Stewart could have interpreted as a tap, but it was just one motion and High then continued to work to get out of the submission. Efrain Escudero vs Jason High #PFL2 High didnt tap but he touches another ref. double fucked — ZombieProphet (@GIFsByZP) June 22, 2018 Regarding that situation, the IDFPR spokesperson stated: “The referee determined the bout to conclude by tap-out.” High’s post-fight conduct is “under review” by the commission, the spokesperson said. High was banned by the UFC and suspended by the New Mexico Athletic Commission for shoving referee Kevin Mulhall in protest of a TKO loss to Rafael dos Anjos in 2014. Afficher l’article complet
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  19. Gallery Lyoto Machida def. Vitor Belfort at UFC 224: Best photos view 23 images Lyoto Machida will jump “into the mix” for a title shot in Bellator. After confirming a new multi-fight deal with the former UFC light heavyweight champion and top-ranked middleweight, Bellator President Scott Coker told MMAjunkie that Machida (24-8 MMA, 16-8 UFC) will make his promotional debut in the fall against an opponent to be determined. “Whether he gets a title shot or not, I’m not sure, but as far as getting in the mix and fighting big fighters, we want that to happen,” Coker said. Machida has signaled he’d like to compete at middleweight and light heavyweight. Coker said the ex-champ could potentially face the winner of an upcoming superfight between middleweight champ Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and welterweight champ Rory MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), which is set for Sept. 29 in San Jose, Calif. “Maybe not in the fall, but maybe next year sometime you’ll see Gegard fighting Lyoto,” Coker said. “You might see Rory fighting Lyoto.” Machida has history with champ Mousasi. The two faced off in the octagon in 2014 at UFC Fight Night 36, with Machida earning a unanimous decision. But that’s just one of several options the promotion sees for “The Dragon.” “You might see Fedor (Emelianenko) fighting Lyoto. (Ryan) Bader. (Muhammed) ‘King Mo’ (Lawal). Phil Davis. There’s just a lot of great fights we have at both weights.” Machida ended an 11-year UFC tenure with a highlight-reel knockout of Vitor Belfort, stopping the ex-champ at UFC 224 with a front kick to the face. It was his second consecutive win since a disastrous 1-4 run in the octagon that prompted questions of retirement. Machida brushed off such talk and said he wanted to retire Michael Bisping. But before he could do so, the ex-middleweight champ officially hung up his gloves. Now, Machida gets a fresh start in a promotion where new and return opponents abound. “We always said we were going to go after every free agent that we like, and we really like Lyoto, and he will be a great fit for us,” Coker said. “We’re excited to have him on board, and we can’t wait to put him to work.” For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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  21. Alabama is the latest state to address the issue of extreme weight cutting in mixed martial arts. The Alabama Athletic Commission (AAC) has passed a package of weight-cutting reform rules that will go into effect Aug. 5, AAC executive director Jody McCormick told MMA Fighting on Friday. The set of rules is similar to California’s 10-point plan, but on a smaller scale because of the relative size of the commission. “We understand that there are multiple measures proposed to address the issue of drastic weight cutting in combative sports,” McCormick said. “In our opinion, regardless of which plan you go with, doing something is the important step. To do nothing would be turning our backs to the fighters we are here to protect. I call for all regulators to simply do something. Our fighters deserve our full attention and to do nothing could potentially lead to grave consequences.” Under the Alabama plan, fighters who miss weight more than once will be required to move up a weight class unless cleared by a physician. All weight misses will be recorded by Alabama and added to the Association of Boxing Commissions and Combative Sports (ABC) database, including the fighters that the commission has required to move up in weight class due to multiple misses. In addition, Alabama will adopt the morning weigh-in as its official weigh-in and add a fight-day weight check. If a fighter comes in more than 10 percent above the contracted weight on fight day, that fighter could be asked to move up a weight class for future competition. Dehydration will be checked by doctors during the official weigh-ins and the fight-day weight check. Alabama joins the Mohegan Tribe Department of Athletic Regulation and the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission (CABMMA), who have adopted all or parts of the California State Athletic Commission’s (CSAC) 10-point plan. Pennsylvania is adopting a plan for amateur fighters like NCAA college wrestling where athletes will have their minimum weight class figured out via testing for body-fat percentages and fighters will not be able to cut to a division below that minimum. Earlier this week, the UFC Performance Institute released an analysis after one year of being operational. When it comes to nutrition, the staff’s medical and scientific recommendation for fighters is that they stay within 10 percent of their contracted weight on fight day for optimal performance and health. Afficher l’article complet
  22. MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of UFC Fight Night 132’s top bouts. Today, we look at the main card. UFC Fight Night 132 takes place Saturday at Singapore Indoor Stadium. The card streams live on UFC Fight Pass. ALSO SEE: UFC Fight Night 132 main-event breakdown: Leon Edwards’ path to breakout win over Donald Cerrone UFC Singapore co-main-event breakdown: Is OSP’s experience too much for Tyson Pedro? * * * * Jessica Rose-Clark (9-4 MMA, 2-0 UFC) Jessica-Rose Clark Staple info: Height: 5’5″ Age: 30 Weight: 125 lbs. Reach: 64″ Last fight: Decision win over Paige VanZant (Jan. 14, 2018) Camp: Syndicate MMA (Las Vegas) Stance/striking style: Orthodox/muay Thai Risk management: Fair Supplemental info: + Regional MMA title + Brazilian jiu-jitsu blue belt + 2 KO victories + 2 submission wins + 1 first-round finish + Improved overall striking ^ Good feints and footwork + Puts together punches well ^ Will punctuate with leg kicks + Strong inside the clinch + Serviceable takedown ability + Solid top game ^ Trasitions and rides well + Active and attacking guard Jessica Eye (12-6 MMA, 2-5 UFC) Jessica Eye Staple info: Height: 5’6″ Age: 31 Weight: 125 lbs. Reach: 66″ Last fight: Decision win over Kalindra Faria (Jan. 14, 2018) Camp: Strong Style Fight Team (Ohio) Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing Risk management: Fair Supplemental info: + Regional MMA title + Amateur boxing experience + Amateur MMA accolades + 3 KO victories + 1 submission win + 2 first-round finishes + Consistent pace and pressure + Solid boxing ability ^ Active jabs, counter-cross + Strong inside of the clinch ^ Strikes well off the breaks + Shows improved wrestling ability ^ Defensively and offensively + Serviceable transitional grappler Summary: In a fun women’s flyweight fight, Jessica Rose-Clark takes on Jessica Eye. Coming off a big win over Paige VanZant, Clark will be looking to further state her case as a top contender in what is the UFC’s newest division. Whereas Eye, who initially competed as a flyweight before entering the organization, is also on the road to contendership to claim her spot in the weight class. Starting off on the feet, we have a battle between two ladies who aren’t afraid to exchange leather. Often associated with her boxing abilities, Eye has stayed true to her roots as she’s progressed as a pro in MMA. From her stance to her footwork, the Ohio amateur boxing champion works well behind a healthy dose of feints and prodding jabs. Once getting a feel for the exchanges, Eye will attach crosses and hooks appropriately, punctuating her combinations with kicks when feeling in stride. The 31-year-old also seems to have a good feel for drawing offense out of her opposition, keeping a counter cross ready at all times. That said, Eye – despite making concerted efforts with her head movement – has shown that she is not beyond being caught upright with crosses herself, making her meeting with Clark an interesting one within this realm. A fighter who also primarily had a boxing arsenal early in her career, Clark mainly used her punches to plow her way into the pocket. Now, after moving to Las Vegas to work with John Wood at Syndicate MMA, we have seen the Australian round out her attacks, incorporating hard leg kicks at the beginning and end of improved combinations. Clark has also worked diligently on her footwork, moving well laterally while seldom throwing herself out of position on the attack. And with her consistent check-knee and hook triggers, the eight-year pro provides a lot of looks that keep her opponents honest. Nevertheless, Clark will still need to be careful when throwing her patented leg kicks against Eye, who has demonstrated an interest in taking fights to the floor as of late. Showing off improvements to her offensive wrestling in her last outing, Eye – after being rocked with a head up high – was able to change gears and levels, grounding her opponent when the opportunity arose. If Eye can successfully get Clark down early, then it could be telling of the American’s plan of attack. Thankfully for Clark, she also shows improved counter wrestling, hustling to fight hands and protect her hips. In fact, both women have proven increasingly difficult to ground when against the fence, something Eye seldom gets credit for given her strength of schedule and outcome against said competition. Still, she will need to respect Clark’s serviceable trip and takedown repertoire, especially if they end up in the clinch. Clark, who is a sizeable flyweight and former powerlifter, has been competing at bantamweight for the bulk of her career. More importantly, the clinch seems to be a place that the 30-year-old is very comfortable in, winning a lot of her earlier fights with her ability to dictate or capitalize in close. Both fighters are solid from topside and can hold their own in a scramble, but I do believe there is a more measurable difference in their games from the bottom. Clark appears to have an active and attacking guard, throwing up submissions with immediacy with a backup plan of creating sweeps and scrambles. Whereas Eye, who – despite stacking up against stiffer competition – has traditionally struggled to get offense or momentum going from underneath. But with the enthusiasm and upgrades Eye displayed in her last outing, I suspect grappling exchanges to be a dogfight regardless who ends up on top. The oddsmakers and public seem to be favoring the Australian, listing Clark -150 and Eye +130 as of this writing. No matter who you favor, this is a close fight on paper. Eye has the experience and skills to outwork Clark down the stretch, but her past inconsistencies in regards to in-fight adjustments make me hesitant to pick her here. Should Clark show the ability to shake off early takedown attempts and clinch pressure, then I see her earning a competitive decision win over the American. Official pick: Clark by decision 1 2 …3Voir l'article complet
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    Lyoto Machida signs with Bellator

    Bellator MMA is welcoming another longtime UFC contender into its fold. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida has inked an exclusive, multi-fight deal with Bellator, sources confirmed with MMA Fighting following an initial report by ESPN. The deal was formally signed Friday. Machida (24-8) exits the UFC following an 11-year, 24-fight run with the promotion. “The Dragon” holds a perfect 2-0 record thus far in 2018, having picked up a split decision victory over up-and-coming middleweight Eryk Anders then knocked out fellow Brazilian legend Vitor Belfort in highlight-reel fashion with a second-round front kick at UFC 224. The matchup against Belfort represented the final fight on Machida’s UFC contract. “Bellator is pleased to announce the signing of former world champion Lyoto Machida to an exclusive, multi-fight agreement,” Bellator officials said in a statement. “We look forward to seeing ‘The Dragon’ compete inside the Bellator cage in the near future.” A 40-year-old karate stylist, Machida has long been a force in the light heavyweight and middleweight divisions. He began his Octagon career in 2007 with a blistering 8-0 run that propelled him to the light heavyweight championship and included victories over Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, and Mauricio Rua. In 2013, “The Dragon” dropped to middleweight and nearly captured a second title with a classic war of attrition against Chris Weidman at UFC 175, a fight which Machida ultimately lost via razor-close decision. Machida is the latest in a long line of UFC contenders to make the switch over to Bellator in recent years, joining Rory MacDonald, Gegard Mousasi, Benson Henderson, Matt Mitrione, and Chael Sonnen, among several others. Afficher l’article complet
  24. Tonight’s LFA 43 headliner features a matchup between middleweights Brendan Allen and Larry Crowe, who have title-fight aspirations in the near future. With LFA’s 185-pound champ Anthony Hernandez getting a UFC contract at Dana White’s Contender Series 10, the belt will seemingly become vacant in short order. Both Allen (8-3) and Crowe (10-6 UFC) hope victory at LFA 43 will give them an opportunity to fight for that title. LFA 43 takes place at Beaumont Civic Center in Beaumont, Texas. The card airs on AXS TV. Allen and Crowe have faltered recently in some big moments, but share a mutual understanding that a big win – especially by stoppage – could lead to a future title fight. And maybe even a UFC call, as well. Hear more from LFA 43 headliners Allen and Crowe in the video above. For more on LFA 43, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. LFA 43 is live on AXS TV tonight at 9 p.m. ET (6 p.m. PT). Make sure to tweet along using #LFA43. AXS TV airs new, live fights almost every Friday night in 2018. Find AXS TV on your TV right here: Voir l'article complet
  25. All the attention was on Vitor Belfort’s retirement fight at UFC 224. Little did anyone know it was likely Lyoto Machida’s last appearance in the octagon, as well. The former UFC light heavyweight champion and current middleweight contender Machida (24-8 MMA, 16-8 UFC) completed his UFC contract with his fight against Belfort at UFC 224 in May. “The Dragon” won by second-round knockout with a highlight-reel front-kick finish. Now, Machida, No. 11 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings, has signed an exclusive, multi-fight deal with Bellator, company President Scott Coker verified with MMAjunkie following a report from ESPN. Machida, 40, has a long list of notable victories, but also owns a win over the current Bellator middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi from UFC Fight Night 36 in February 2014. The loss of Machida from the UFC roster is notable. His tenure inside the octagon dates back to UFC 67 in February 2007, and he’s since headlined 14 different cards for the promotion. A date and location for Machida’s Bellator debut are unknown at this time. For more on the upcoming Bellator schedule, check out the MMA Rumors sections. Gallery Lyoto Machida def. Vitor Belfort at UFC 224: Best photos view 23 images Voir l'article complet
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