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  2. Top prospect Deron Winn awaits word on a new opponent after Bruno Silva was forced out of their middleweight fight scheduled for this Saturday at UFC Fight Night in Greenville, South Carolina. Sources close to Silva confirmed to MMAFighting’s Guilherme Cruz that the Brazilian has been forced out of the fight, which was scheduled as his UFC debut. News of Silva’s exit from the fight was initially reported by ESPN. Silva was signed to the UFC after competing in M-1 Global for his past two fights while racking up four wins in a row overall. Now it appears he’ll have to wait even longer for his first fight in the UFC after dropping out of the matchup against Winn. As for Winn, he is now sitting on standby awaiting a third opponent for his first appearance inside the octagon. Winn was originally scheduled to face Markus Perez and then when he fell out of the fight he got Silva as an opponent. The former college wrestler and protégé of UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier was signed to the promotion late last year after putting together a 5-0 resume including a win over UFC veteran Tom Lawlor in his last performance. The UFC is actively seeking a replacement to face Winn but with six days remaining until the event takes place, it’s unknown if a suitable opponent will be located in time. UFC Fight Night from Greenville goes down on Saturday night with the main card airing on ESPN+. Afficher l’article complet
  3. UFC president Dana White won’t be leaving the UFC anytime soon. While guest hosting an episode of LVSportsBiz’s Guerilla Cross Radio, the UFC don announced he recently signed a new 10-year deal with the company. While White will continue his usual business ventures for another decade, he also displayed interest in dabbling in new endeavors. One potential pursuit White is considering is reuniting with former UFC owners Lorenzo Fertitta and Frank Fertitta in their quest to purchase an NFL franchise. “TMZ just got Lorenzo the other day in New York, and Lorenzo confirmed that they are looking at NFL teams,” White said. He added, “I heard the Panthers, that the Broncos were available, that the Chargers might be up for sale. We’ll have to see how this plays out but yeah, if they buy a team, I’m in. I will partner up with them.” According to White, this isn’t the first time the UFC president and the Fertitta brothers have joined forces to consider purchasing a pro sports franchise. “We had looked at something a couple years ago, not in the NFL,” White said. “In the NBA, we looked at a team and we got outbid, me and the brothers.” When host Alan Snel asked if the team he was referring to was the Houston Rockets, White raised his eyebrows and smirked. “Might be,” he laughed. The Rockets were purchased by Lorenzo Fertitta’s cousin Tilman Fertitta in 2017. Regardless of the potential franchises up for grabs, the idea of teaming up with the Fertittas is tremendously appealing to White. The UFC president even envisions a day when the three once again work together on a daily basis. “I would love to be back in business with them and do something,” White said. “Obviously, I’m very busy and very focused over here. Financially, I’d jump in with those guys. I just signed a new 10-year deal with the UFC, so in ten years, I can do something with them every day.” Voir l'article complet
  4. “ONE Championship 97: Legendary Quest” was a solid night of action. And while there were all sorts of highlights at Baoshan Arena in Shanghai, China, the biggest note was the long awaited return of Yoshihiro Akiyama. The legendary “Sexyama” returned to competition after a four-year absence and put on a spirited effort, but it wasn’t enough to get the nod against Agilan Thani. You can see the highlights of the Akiyama fight in the video linked below; and you can also check out the full highlights from the evening’s festivities in the video above. ONE Championship 97 results: MAIN CARD (B/R Live, 7 a.m. ET) Agilan Thani def. Yoshihiro Akiyama via unanimous decision Koyomi Matsushima def. Won Il Kwon via unanimous decision Reinier de Ridder def. Gilberto Galvao via verbal submission (knees) – Round 2, 0:57 PRELIMINARY CARD (Facebook, Twitter, 4:45 a.m. ET) Chen Lei def. Anthony Engelen via unanimous decision Fan Rong def. Sherif Mohamed via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:50 Niu Kang Kang def. Eric Kelly via unanimous decision Chang Min Yoon def. Trestle Tan via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 4:05 Itsuki Hirata def. Angelie Sabanal via submission (Americana) – Round 1, 2:59 Phoe Thaw def. Victorio Senduk via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 4:17 For more on ONE Championship 97, check out the MMA Events section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  5. Alexander Volkanovski might not be the next challenger for Max Holloway’s featherweight championship, but he definitely believes his day is coming. Following his unanimous decision win over Jose Aldo at UFC 237, it looked as if Volkanovski was in pole position to claim a title shot. However, just days after the event, it was announced that former UFC lightweight champion and two-time featherweight title challenger Frankie Edgar had been booked to fight Holloway at UFC 240 in July. Prior to that announcement, Volkanovski appeared on The MMA Hour to explain why he is the rightful No. 1 contender and why a matchup with Holloway on Oct. 5 at the UFC 243 show in his native Australia would be ideal. “I should get a fight with Max Holloway, definitely, 100 percent I deserve that title fight,” Volkanovski told host Luke Thomas. “He doesn’t want to fight in Australia, I guess he’s the champ, whatever. But he’s game, he knows the Australian fans will love him as well. Everybody knows that’s gonna be a cracker of a fight, so I don’t think it will be as hostile a crowd or something like he’d have to worry like it is in Rio, I think that would be a bit more crazy than it would be in Australia. I reckon he’d do it and we just need to make it happen. “It would be a cracker of a fight and I’m sure the world wants to see it.” Volkanovski foresaw his featherweight title opportunity taking place as the co-headliner to an expected UFC middleweight title unification match between Oceanic stars Robert Whittaker and Israel Adesanya. That may be out of the realm of possibility now depending on the outcome of Holloway’s defense against Edgar. Regardless, Volkanovski has long had Holloway in his sights and thinks he has the perfect style to deal with the always aggressive featherweight champion. “I just still fight my fight,” Volkanovski said when asked how he’d beat Holloway. “Look, he’s a gamer, he comes forward, he does a lot of the work for me. That’s why I’m a bad matchup for him, I really do believe that. “He’s the type of person that does come forward and he’s not the hardest hitter, he’s got a lot of volume, but again if you’re there trying to throw volume at me, you’re gonna receive some and they’re gonna be heavy and they’re gonna be powerful. Then you’ve got my wrestling to worry about, then you’ve got everything else to worry about. I’ve got many tools that he needs to worry about, so I believe it’s a very dangerous fight for him. But he’s game, he’d be keen, let’s make it happen.” Holloway hasn’t lost in his last 13 appearances at 145 pounds (including one catchweight bout where his opponent missed weight), but did taste defeat in his most recent outing as he moved up to lightweight to fight Dustin Poirier for a vacant interim title. That bout went the full 25 minutes, giving anyone scouting Holloway plenty of data to work with. To Volkanovski, it didn’t tell him more than he already knew: That Holloway could be beaten and that he’s just the man to do it. “I always knew that he could be beat,” Volkanovski said. “I always knew that I was a bad matchup for him. It was probably better for everyone else to realize that he’s not invincible, everyone thought he was just unstoppable, which I don’t blame them, obviously he’s looked really good, much respect to him. “But at the same time, I knew he wasn’t invincible, that just showed and let’s be realistic, I’ve got cardio for days and I will not gas and I will be powerful the whole time, so I’m a very, very bad matchup for him I believe.” Afficher l’article complet
  6. Two of SBG Ireland’s brightest young prospects, Cian Cowley and Nikolay Grozdev, are confirmed to compete at Brave CF 24 in London on July 25, a person with knowledge to the situation told MMA Junkie. The source asked to remain anonymous since Brave ha yet to make an announcement. A lightweight bout between SBG Ireland’s Cowley and Maciej Gierszewski is the first addition to the card. Cowley (2-2 MMA), longtime teammate of Conor McGregor, won his first two promotional bouts for Brave before dropping his most recent bout via split decision to John Brewin back in March. Related Paulie Malignaggi vs. Artem Lobov preview documentary: 'I have to hurt this guy' Khabib Nurmagomedov: Conor McGregor begged 'please don't kill me' during UFC 229 fight Flyweight Jose Torres says Brave CF gives him respect the UFC didn't The former Thai boxing champion, Cowley, will look to rebound when he takes on Poland’s Gierszewski. Gierszewski (5-4 MMA) has competed across the European region for the likes of Cage Warriors, BAMMA and a lone appearance for Bellator in Newcastle. He’s coming off of a secon- round TKO win just last month as he makes a quick turnaround for his Brave CF debut. SBG prospect, Nikolay Grozdev (1-0 MMA), meanwhile, also makes his Brave debut. He’s coming off a third-round armbar win at WWFC 14, notching his first pro win. He has signed a multi-fight deal with Brave. Grozdev has been part of many of McGregor’s training camps over the years, sweating it out on the wrestling mats. The Moldovan featherweight will look to build momentum in his pro career under the banner of one of the fastest growing promotions, Brave CF. Brave CF 24 is the promotion’s first trip to London and is an invite only MMA event. More details and announcements are expected to emerge in these upcoming weeks. For more on the upcoming schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: Conor McGregor through the years view 99 images Voir l'article complet
  7. JoDrago

    Bellator 222 - Les résultats

    MacDonald qui remporte son duel difficilement et qui accède donc à la Finale face à.... Douglas Lima! Les styles font les combats, et le Canadien peut venir en mode survolter le jour J, mais je ne le vois pas passer l'ogre Brésilien, tant il ne semble plus être que l'ombre de lui-même. Joli ko pour Machida qui pousse un 3eme combattant à prendre sa retraite (Couture et Belfort). Vainqueur à l'UFC des champions Mw (Mousasi), Lhw et Hw du Bellator (Bader), l'orga de Cokern'aura aucun mal à l'introniser challenger pour son prochain match (la logique voudrait qu'il prenne quand même le vainqueur de Mousasi/machin truc).
  8. One of the most significant fight cards in Bellator history took place Friday with Bellator 222, which went down at Madison Square Garden in New York with a main card that streamed on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. In the main event, Rory MacDonald (21-5-1 MMA, 3-1-1 BMMA) successfully defended his welterweight championship against Neiman Gracie (9-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) by unanimous decision to advance to the finals of the organization’s 170-pound grand prix, where he will rematch Douglas Lima. The card was overall among the deepest in company history, and with that came some notable results. For more behind the numbers, check below for * * * * General Betting favorites went 4-2 on the main card. Betting favorites improved to 4-3 (with one no-contest and one draw) in Bellator main events this year. Total fight time for the six-bout main card was 1:10:55. Main card Gallery Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222: Best photos view 18 images MacDonald has earned two of his three Bellator victories by decision. Gracie had his nine-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career. Gracie fell to 6-1 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2015. Gallery Lyoto Machida def. Chael Sonnen at Bellator 222: Best photos view 12 images Lyoto Machida (26-8 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) was successful in his return to the light heavyweight division. He earned his first victory in the weight class since February 2013. Machida’s four-fight winning streak is his longest since he started his career 16-0. Chael Sonnen (30-17-1 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) retired from MMA competition following his loss. Sonnen fell to 2-3 since he returned to competition from a more than three-year layoff in January 2017. Sonnen has suffered 16 of his 17 career losses by stoppage. That includes all three of his Bellator defeats. Gallery Dillon Danis def. Max Humphrey at Bellator 222: Best photos view 7 images Dillon Danis (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) has earned both of his career victories by submission. Max Humphrey (3-3 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage. Gallery Juan Archuleta def. Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 222: Best photos view 10 images Juan Archuleta (23-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) extended his winning streak to 18 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since March 2015 in what was his only career blemish. Ricky Bandejas (11-3 MMA, 1-2 BMMA) has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by submission. Eduardo Dantas (21-7 MMA, 11-4 BMMA) has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by knockout. Gallery Kyoji Horiguchi def. Darrion Caldwell at Bellator 222: Best photos view 10 images Kyoji Horiguchi (28-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) became the first fighter in history to earn titles in Bellator and Rizin FF. Horiguchi extended his winning streak to 13 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since April 2015. Darrion Caldwell (13-3 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since August. Caldwell fell to 6-2 since he dropped to the Bellator bantamweight division in May 2015. Caldwell fell to 4-1 in Bellator featherweight competition. He’s 6-1 in the weight class during his career. Caldwell suffered the first decision loss of his career. Preliminary card Gallery Photos: Best of Bellator 222 prelims at Madison Square Garden view 15 images Adam Borics (13-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has earned 10 of his 13 career victories by stoppage. That includes all four of his Bellator wins. Aaron Pico (4-3 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. Pico fell to 4-2 since he dropped to the featherweight division in September 2017. Pico has suffered all three of his career losses by stoppage. Pico has suffered both of his featherweight losses by knockout. Heather Hardy (2-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) has suffered both of her career losses by knockout. Mike Kimbel (3-1 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) earned the first decision victory of his career. Haim Gozali (9-5 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) has earned all nine of his career victories by stoppage. He’s finished all three of his Bellator wins by first-round submission. Gozali, 46, became the oldest fighter in Bellator history to earn a submission victory. For complete coverage of Bellator 222, check out the MMA Events section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  9. Headlining a UFC event for the first time is a dream come true for Brazilian featherweight Renato Moicano, and it comes months after his toughest defeat in the Octagon. Moicano, who meets “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung in the main event of UFC Greenville on June 22, is thrilled to see his face on a UFC poster, something he has hoped for since his early days in the sport. And even though he’s coming off a defeat to Jose Aldo in the co-main event of UFC Fortaleza earlier this year, Moicano sees himself a better man now. The American Top Team talent still considers his loss to Aldo an early stoppage, but “won’t get into that anymore”. In the end, Moicano looks back at his experience sharing the cage with Aldo and everything that happened leading up to the event in his native country as a learning experience. “Life is so wonderful that it shows you the right path to go, and sometimes having to take a step back helps you a lot,” Moicano told MMA Fighting. “Jose Aldo is someone I respect a lot, I have no shame in admitting that he’s my idol, but that fight showed me I can stand with him and the best fighters.” Aldo vs. Moicano was originally planned to be the main event in Fortaleza, but Aldo opted against fighting five rounds without a belt on the line, so Marlon Moraes vs. Raphael Assuncao ended up headlining the show. However, Aldo’s first UFC fight in the northeast area of Brazil was viewed by many as the main attraction that night, and Moicano admits that played a big factor in the cage. “I got a lot of attention from fans, people coming to talk to me all the time, and maybe I didn’t handle that really well,” Moicano said. “People saying I was going to beat Jose Aldo, maybe I let that carry myself too much and didn’t dedicate to the big task I had ahead of me, which was beating Jose Aldo. “I should have gotten more focused. I was fighting in Brazil and everybody talking about me being the betting favorite. I was too clam in there, and we can’t underestimate someone like Jose Aldo, a knockout artist, the best featherweight of all times. I’ve learned that we have to be the same way, no matter who we’re fighting. “This is our life. It’s kill or be killed. A loss means a lot, a win means a lot. A loss means many steps back and no one cares about you. If you win, you’re good. If you lose, you’re bad. I’ve learned to stay focused on myself and not think about others.” Moicano bounced in great fashion from his first career loss in 2017, defeating Calvin Kattar and Cub Swanson following his defeat to Brian Ortega, and promises the same against “The Korean Zombie” in June. “It’s going to be a great five-round fight and I’m working hard to do my best,” Moicano said. “I believe it’s gonna be the fight of the year.” Afficher l’article complet
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  11. NEW YORK – Undefeated bantamweight Patrick Mix had one goal he hoped to accomplish by signing with Bellator. He wanted to make a mark. At Friday’s Bellator 222 at Madison Square Garden, it’s safe to say he did just that. In his promotional debut, Mix swiftly submitted Ricky Bandejas, a fighter highly touted in his own right. “When I got offered I felt like Bellator was the best decision,” Mix said at the Bellator 222 post-fight news conference. “My manager Ali [Abdelaziz], he sent me a few different choices and I liked the Bellator route. I liked how the bantamweight division looked, and I liked how I can build. So when I was offered Ricky, I was very excited to really make my mark here.” Related Bellator 222 results: Champ Rory MacDonald decisions Neiman Gracie, moves into tourney final Chael Sonnen retires from MMA after Bellator 222 loss: 'I had a good run' Bellator 222 results: Taylor Turner smothers, mauls Heather Hardy for first-round TKO Just a few months ago, Mix (11-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) was regarded as the best American bantamweight prospect not signed to a major promotion. Now, after one Bellator MMA fight, he feels he’s proven to be above the term “prospect” – and he has a good argument. “I’ve won 11 as an amateur, 11 as a pro, [for] 22 straight,” Mix said. “I’m not really a prospect anymore. I’m right in the Mix… and I deserved to be here a long time ago. I really made the most of my opportunity here.” It’s common for fighters who compete in the same weight class and have the same goals and aspirations to feel bitter towards one another. But after Bellator 222, Mix and fellow bantamweight contender Juan Archuleta sat shoulder to shoulder displaying nothing but respect for one another. In a bluntly honest statement, Mix said he liked the direction he’s headed but says he believes Archuleta (23-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) is next in line. Plus, he already has a certain brash Irishman he’d like to square off with in his next fight. “No, I think [Archuleta’s] earned his title shot,” Mix said. “He’s had a lot of fights in Bellator. I’m still building and growing myself. I seen that right before I walked out [and] figured he got his title shot. Dantas got knocked out cold. I was looking at the next big name after I took out Ricky. I want to matchup with [James] Gallagher if he pulls through next weekend.” James Gallagher competes this Saturday at Bellator Europe 3 against Jeremiah Labiano. Gallagher (8-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) and Labiano were originally set to square off in the main event of Bellator 187, before a knee injury forced Gallagher out of the bout. For more on Bellator 222, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  12. The life of a professional fighter isn’t all glitz and glamour. As if getting punched, kicked, kneed, choked and twisted into a pretzel on a regular basis isn’t enough, fighters attract a general wackiness that makes their lives, well...interesting. To commemorate these day-to-day hardships, slip-ups, pranks, and more, we bring you, “The Weekly Grind.” Justin Bieber wants to brawl Tom Cruise and McGregor wants to promote the freak show, I wanna go back in time #nutellageneration — Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) June 10, 2019 Hoping to be cleared to train 100% in the next couple weeks, so we can start negotiations for a top contender fight by the fall. I’m only 27 and I’m only getting better. Y’all thought last fight was good? ....y’all haven’t seen me at my best yet! #OnAmission4Gold — #OnAmission4Gold (@KelvinGastelum) June 10, 2019 Zhang @MmaWeili girl you’re fighting for the title!! Congrats — Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) June 12, 2019 Walking in the @UFCPI and ran into a monster and almost ran away, then I realized it was @SHAQ. I think this is the very first time that somebody has made me look so little. pic.twitter.com/ywf0DHbaJJ — Francis Ngannou (@francis_ngannou) June 13, 2019 Some of us actually win belts. Some of us just like to play pretend. https://t.co/j63EipVbAX — Ben Askren (@Benaskren) June 12, 2019 I guess you’re wrong son, see you in July https://t.co/eipGFq37fQ — Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) June 14, 2019 Haha yes old man. Glad you found your sack. Let’s do it #StrapSeason — Leon 'Rocky' Edwards (@Leon_edwardsmma) June 14, 2019 If Cejudo will defend his flyweight title next, I can fight @FunkMaster_UFC for the interim belt in the main event of UFC Moscow in November. Anyone else like this idea? @danawhite @seanshelby — Petr “No Mercy” Yan (@PetrYanUFC) June 13, 2019 #throwbackthursday ! That one time they made me shave the beard for school pictures. pic.twitter.com/TEezITKkOA — Court McGee (@Court_McGee) June 14, 2019 Afficher l’article complet
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  14. Tony Ferguson may finally be getting his long-awaited crack at an undisputed UFC championship. While guest hosting a recent episode of the LVSportsBiz.com’s Guerilla Cross Radio, UFC president ]Dana White addressed the state of the lightweight division. Touching on Khabib Nurmagomedov, Dustin Poirier, Conor McGregor, and Ferguson (25-3 MMA, 15-1 UFC), White discussed the status on each of the four fighters. “Khabib is fighting Dustin Poirier in Abu Dhabi in September,” White told host Alan Snel. He then added, “Then I don’t know, we’ll see. Tony Ferguson just came off a great win this weekend over ‘Cowboy’ Cerrone, and I’m assuming he’s next.” If a UFC title shot is indeed next for Ferguson, it will be his first time contending for the undisputed championship. Ferguson won the interim lightweight strap at UFC 216 in Oct. 2017 when he defeated Kevin Lee by third-round submission. Currently riding a 12-fight win streak, Ferguson is 15-1 overall in the UFC, with wins coming over four former title contenders or former champions. Ferguson owns nine finishes in that stretch, winning six by submission and three by knockout/TKO. In the same interview, White went on to comment on the future of Conor McGregor and how he fits into the stacked 155-pound division. “We’ll see what happens with Conor— what Conor wants to do Conor is super rich,” White said. “It’s hard to get guys to fight when they’re super rich.” Nurmagomedov and Poirier are expected to headline the UFC 242 card in Abu Dhabi on September 9. The card will air live on pay-per-view— a rare daytime pay-per-view for North American audiences. You can hear more from White’ interview in the video linked above. For more on the upcoming schedule, check out our UFC Rumors section. Voir l'article complet
  15. When lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and his management team began talking to the UFC about a new contract there were several concessions they had in mind regarding his future. One request was the undefeated Russian wanted the chance to perform alongside his friends and family at UFC 242 in Abu Dhabi in September. That wish was granted with his teammate Zubaira Tukhugov being added to the card as well as his cousin Abubakar Nurmagomedov being signed to the UFC. Another clause that was added to his contract was for a potential fight against former UFC middleweight and welterweight champion Georges St-Pierre if he ever decides to come out of retirement for the chance to face Nurmagomedov in the future. St-Pierre called it a career earlier this year but mentioned when announcing his retirement that he was still interested in a potential showdown against Nurmagomedov at lightweight. St-Pierre has already held two divisional titles in the UFC and adding a third would almost certainly cement his position as one of the greatest fighters in combat sports history. It’s definitely a fight Nurmagomedov wants as well for much the same reason. “I don’t know about if he’s going to come back or not but if I want to make my legacy big, if I want to improve my legacy I have to beat Dustin [Poirier], I have to beat Tony Ferguson and GSP and then I can become pound-for-pound No. 1 fighter,” Nurmagomedov said on Wednesday at the UFC 242 pre-fight press conference. “This is my opinion.” First up is Nurmagomedov’s fight against Dustin Poirier at UFC 242 and then a possible conclusion to a long simmering feud with Tony Ferguson but St-Pierre still looms large in his mind as an opponent that would change his legacy forever. Nurmagomedov’s manager Ali Abdel-Aziz, who negotiated the terms of the new contract, says that St-Pierre will always be an option because he brings something to the fight that nearly no one else on the entire UFC roster can claim. “Khabib is fighting all these guys right now, they are opponents but this guy is a legend,” Abdel-Aziz told MMAFighting last week when asked about St-Pierre. “None of these guys are legends. Khabib wants to fight legends.” It remains to be seen if St-Pierre could be coaxed out of retirement for a fight against Nurmagomedov assuming the UFC would put that matchup together. Nurmagomedov is obviously interested but first things first, he has to get through Poirier on Sept. 7 when they clash in the main event at UFC 242. Afficher l’article complet
  16. kerambeach

    FURY vs SCHWARZ spoiler!

    Trop court, j'ai meme pas bu boitre une biere. Il s'amusait Fury, surclasse totalement son adversaire. Plus qu a attendre Wilder. Faut que wilder gagne son combat, ca sera peut etre pas aussi facile.
  17. Yoka ca va etre dur....Surement une histoire de billets la dessus sinon je vois pas l'interet pour Yoka, apres un miracle peut arriver.
  18. NEW YORK – Friday night, Bellator featherweight Juan Archuleta scored the biggest knockout, and victory, of his career. Squaring off with former champion Eduardo Dantas on the Bellator 222 main card, Archuleta ended the Brazilian’s night with a brutal right hand in the first round. Archuleta (23-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) didn’t attempt any follow-up shots, because none were needed – Dantas (21-7 MMA, 11-4 BMMA) was out cold before he hit the mat. Not willing to waste his moment in the spotlight, Archuleta made the most of his mic time following the official decision. The Californian immediately called out the newly crowned Bellator bantamweight champion Kyoji Horiguchi, who had just won the strap moments prior from Darrion Caldwell. At the postfight news conference at Madison Square Garden, Archuleta continued to convey his wish to clash with the Japanese fighter. Archuleta even went as far as to say he’d be willing to enter foreign territory in pursuit of championship gold “Sounds like I’m jumping on a plane in October and going out there with Pitbull,” Archuleta said, following Scott Coker’s announcement that Bellator had lent Patricky Pitbull to RIZIN. Archuleta added, “Step your ass up, man . I’m here. You have my belt. You have the Bellator belt.” While it appears Horiguchi’s next fight will happen in Japan, Archuleta isn’t accepting that as a reason to not set up the matchup. In fact, Archuleta believes Horiguchi is option-less without him. “Who else is going to fight in Japan? You tell me,” Archuleta demanded. “Who else comes to mind with an 18 fight win-streak now. been dominating in and out of every fight I’ve been in. I’ve only lost one round in my whole career. I’ve only been taken down once in my whole career. Who else is he going to fight that will bring some excitement to the table?” Archuleta, 31, is currently riding an 18-fight win streak with his last five victories coming under the Bellator banner. The TJ Dillashaw protege has competed at both bantamweight and featherweight but has stated he prefers fighting at 135 pounds. Horiguchi, 28, has won 10 straight fights since being released from the UFC in late 2016. The American Top Team product has finished nine of those bouts. Horiguchi currently holds both the Bellator and RIZIN bantamweight titles. Voir l'article complet
  19. MB alias Mboris

    Bellator 222 - Les résultats

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  20. La défaite ne l'arrête pas, tout au contraire, elle est le carburant de sa motivation : Michael "The Soldier" Aljarouj avance quoi qu'il arrive vers ses objectifs, et le ...
  21. Longtime MMA fans will already know that Stephen Thompson has a regular presence in his corner for each and every one of his fights – his father. Ray Thompson was a professional kickboxer in his younger days and runs the Upstate Karate gym in South Carolina, where Stephen (14-4-1 MMA, 9-4-1 UFC) also works and trains. Ray was a driving force in Stephen’s martial arts training and subsequent MMA career, and, speaking to reporters backstage at UFC 238, ‘Wonderboy’ paid tribute to his father as he looked forward to Father’s Day. “Man, my dad is everything to me. I don’t know what I’m gonna do when that time comes,” he said. “I know a lot of people who don’t spend their time with their dad – my dad was one of them. “With (my) grandfather – he died when I was very young – I remember my dad telling me at a young age that his dad would always say, ‘Hey, you need to hang out with your dad – I’m not going be around long enough.’ “Pops didn’t take him seriously and the next thing you know, he ended up dying in a car accident and that’s something he regrets.” “Wonderboy” said he doesn’t want to live with similar regrets, which is one of the reasons why he and his father seem so inseparable. “I like to consider myself a very observant person and try to learn from that and try to spend as much time with my dad as possible,” he said. “He’s a very wise dude, and I wouldn’t be the man I am if it wasn’t for him.” For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  22. Bellator and Rizin are co-promoting, Weili Zhang got a title shot, and Justin Bieber called out Tom Cruise for a fight. Let’s talk about all of that plus the debut of the Lunar Fighting Championships. Bellator, Rizin, and Co-promotion Will Bellator and Rizin’s Co-promotion (and co-promoting in general) ever start to change the idea that the UFC is where the best fighters are. With these champions from different promotions fighting each other, can it raise their stature above a UFC champion. — oneforsports (@oneforsports) June 14, 2019 I don’t think it will raise a champion’s stature above their UFC counterpart but it certainly will get rid of the idea that the UFC has ALL of the best fighters (and idea which has always been dumb but still seems to persist among a certain segment of fans). Just look at Kyoji Horiguchi. After outlasting Darrion Caldwell last night, Horiguchi has two belts in two different organizations and it’s undeniable that he is one of the very best fighters in the world. He will never take the top spot in rankings but if you’re leaving him out of your top-5 bantamweights, you are doing it wrong. So while it won’t elevate fighters above the UFC, the co-promotion fights are definitely great at elevating the fighters in them. I won’t pretend like I wasn’t more excited about the Horiguchi-Caldwell rematch this weekend than I was for any other fight. Fighting for multiple belts is cool and it certainly does something to make you as a viewer believe the claim of “world champion” whereas sometimes the UFC title lacks that. All that being said, I’m interested to see how this plays out now. Horiguchi is both the Bellator and Rizin champion and is contractually obligated to defend each belt at least once a year. How will they determine which belt gets defended first? What if Horiguchi doesn’t want to fight more than twice a year, is Rizin really going to be okay with having their best star as a limited attraction? There are certainly a lot of kinks to work out but I’m excited to see how it goes. Remember when the UFC said they were going to keep Pride alive and do a Super Bowl-type event every year? That’s untenable for a promotion like them, but a New Year’s Eve Rizin-Bellator combo card could be among the best events of the year if done properly. I hope we get to see it. Excitement What upcoming fight are you most excited for and why? — Dan, Val & Troy Glenn (@DanGlenn209) June 13, 2019 Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Dustin Poirier. Is there another answer to this question? Zhang’s Title Shot Weili Zhang becomes the first Chinese person to get a title shot in China, hoe do you rate her chances? Or is this all just too much, too soon? — Alex Lindsey (@alexlindsey92) June 14, 2019 ICYMI, Weili Zhang will be the first Chinese fighter to compete for a UFC title when she challenges Jessica Andrade for the strawweight title at UFC China. I don’t think Zhang will win this fight, but it’s not really a matter of too much too soon. Zhang is 19-1 in MMA with three straight wins in the UFC and most recently beat Tecia Torres. Her losing to Andrade won’t be the result of not being ready for the fight, it will be a result of being in a bad matchup against a better fighter. Andrade is arguably the most physically imposing fighter in MMA, relative to her peers. In many ways, that is unfortunate for her as it has stunted her growth somewhat. After all, you don’t really need to learn good footwork when you can just slam the UFC champion unconscious if you do get your hands on her. And though Zhang can move and potshot some, she can’t do it nearly as effectively as Rose Namajunas so she’s likely to just get run over by Andrade. In a perfect world, yes, Zhang should fight Claudia Gadelha to give her a rough proxy of what fighting Andrade would be like, but the UFC wants to make inroads to China and this is the best way to do that. Plus it will probably give Gadelha another highlight to build a rematch around - either with Rose or with Joanna Jedrzejczyk. MMA Comparisons Which MMA fighter is the Toronto Raptors? The GSW? — Tanner “La Croix Boy” Russ (@TannerRuss2) June 14, 2019 ICYMI, the Toronto Raptors beat the Golden State Warriors in six games to become the NBA Champions after everyone on the Warriors broke their legs. Tito Ortiz is obviously the Golden State Warriors since the only reason they lost is the mounting injuries. So given that, I suppose the Chuck Liddell is the Raptors. That works since he’s the Iceman and They the North. Best Celebrity Fighter Tom Cruise OBVIOUSLY washed Beibs in one round, so what current A-List celebrity would fair the best in an MMA fight, active fighters not included. — Paul Garcia (@hpaulg) June 12, 2019 ICYMI, Justin Beiber called out Tom Cruise for a fight for some reason. He then walked it back when he realized Top Gun would’ve probably thump him up something proper. Does Ed O’Neill count as an A-lister? Because if so, him. Sure he’s like 70 but he’s also a BJJ black belt. That’ll get you far. Assuming we aren’t including Al Bundy though, I think the answer has to be Keanu Reeves. John Wick has been training in various forms of martial arts for years and he trains BJJ with the Machado brothers. Unless Mark Wahlberg is hiding a judo black belt that I don’t know about, give me Neo to win the celebrity fight championship. Lunar Fighting Championship Which ufc champ would be most likely to lose their belt if all future fights took place on the moon? — Eric Stinton (@TombstoneStint) June 12, 2019 First off, I’ve been listening to a lot of Rogan and Eddie Bravo lately and maybe I’m wrong but I think we all can agree that the moon is fake. However, if we assume that the moon isn’t a conspiracy, it’s obvious that fighting there would fundamentally change the MMA game. Striking would be close to useless with the impediments to speed and power caused by the low gravity. Along those same lines, quickness would be equally as impacted, so you’d see even less fighters want to bump up in weight classes. Instead, powerful grapplers would dominate the day, so goodbye Israel Adesanya, we hardly knew ye. After him, I’m thinking Jon Jones may struggle with low-G Daniel Cormier, and Demian Maia may finally get his UFC title over Kamaru Usman. On the other end of the spectrum, Khabib would remain undefeated forever. We’ve already seen Khabib hold onto a bodylock and take someone down over and over again. That’s what we would see from him every fight, since getting back up would be easier (I think? I’m not a rocket doctor). Fortunately, we don’t have to worry about this anytime soon, unless a species of fight-loving aliens moves to the moon in the next year. If that happens, will be having UFC Mare Tranquillitatis by 2021. Thanks for reading this week and thank you for everyone who sent in Tweets! Do you have any burning questions about at least tacitly related to combat sports? Then you’re in luck because you can send your Hot Tweets to me, @JedKMeshew and I will answer them! Doesn’t matter if they’re topical or insane. Get weird with it. Let’s have fun. Afficher l’article complet
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  24. LONDON – Dutch finisher Costello van Steenis may be getting ready to face a Brit at Bellator London this week, but the 26-year-old middleweight prospect says he’ll feel right at home on English soil. Ahead of his all-European clash with Brit Mike Shipman at the SSE Arena on Saturday, van Steenis (11-1 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) said he’s entering very familiar territory. “Oh man, fighting in London, in England … it’s like fighting at home,” van Steenis told MMA Junkie. “I started my professional career in Holland – I had two or three fights> Then I think I fought six or seven fights in the U.K. I have family and friends over there, as well. It’s like going to my neighbor’s place.” Van Steenis arrived in Bellator as one of European MMA’s hottest middleweight prospects, and the Dutchman hasn’t disappointed on the big stage so far. His first three fights under the Bellator banner have produced three victories, with a pair of first-round finishes – one submission and one knockout – getting his career on the global stage off to a flying start. His most recent outing proved a trickier test when NCAA All-American Chris Honeycutt put him under immense pressure with his wrestling throughout a hard-fought battle that went all the way to the scorecards. Van Steenis eked out a split-decision victory on that occasion and said the fight was exactly what he needed at this stage of his career. “I learned a lot from that fight,” he said. “I now know I’ve got a three, five-minute round fight in me, and I know I’ve got the stamina. I couldn’t have wished for a better fight with what happened last time, because I think I had one of the division’s best wrestlers against me. He thinks he won the fight, and I think I won. But I hit him more and I did more things to try to finish the fight. I put more fight in that fight than he did.” Now van Steenis is preparing to face a different style of opponent. Former BAMMA middleweight champion Shipman (13-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has heavy hands and a string of knockouts to his name after building his star on the domestic scene in England and will provide another stern test of the Dutchman’s credentials. “He’s a strong guy and a good fighter,” van Steenis said. “He starts hard, I start hard, but I think he gasses out quickly, though. I think I’ve got a big advantage in that. “I believe I’m going to drag him into very deep waters in whatever way the bout goes, whether wrestling, stand-up or on the ground. I do not believe this will be decided on points. There’s definitely going to be a finish.” If he makes good on that pre-fight prediction, van Steenis could well find himself in the title conversation at 185 pounds. But the rising Dutch star says he has no designs on the Bellator middleweight title. At least, not yet. That’s because his friend, training partner and mentor, Gegard Mousasi, is the current champion. “I’m not really in a rush on my path to the belt, because Gegard has the belt at middleweight,” he explained. “My mission right now is to fight everyone that wants to fight Gegard so when Gegard leaves the belt, I’ll be the next one in line. Maybe Gegard will go to light heavyweight, or welterweight. And if he does, I want to be the next guy in line to fight for the belt.” And, while some fighters might be happy to make a gentlemen’s agreement to put team loyalties and friendships to the side for one night when a world title is up for grabs, van Steenis and Mousasi see things differently, and it means fans shouldn’t expect to see the pair face off for the belt, even if van Steenis one day ends up as the division’s top contender. “We spoke about it a few times and we’re always laughing about it,” he said. “We’re like: ‘Yeah, don’t worry. I’ll let you knock me out for a million (dollars).’ “It’s like beating up your teacher – that’s stupid. He helped me to be a better fighter and built me up to be what I am now. Then I have to hit him in the cage, but for real? A punch can break your bones or knock out your teeth. You don’t want to do that to your friends – I think that’s messed up.” Both men were in action the last time Bellator came to London, with van Steenis claiming an 80-second knockout and Mousasi capturing the Bellator middleweight title on a memorable night for the pair. Now the duo are sharing a fight card at Wembley once again, and van Steenis is hopeful of a similarly successful night. “I expect it to end like that again, with Gegard and I, plus two other Dutch fighters that are fighting there, all going home with a win,” he said. “It’s going to be a fantastic night, day and weekend!” For more on Bellator London, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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