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  2. Vincent Carchietta-USA TODAY Sports Watch Colby Covington vs. Robbie Lawler full fight video to see Covington score a lopsided win over former UFC welterweight champion Lawler at UFC on ESPN 5 in Newark, N.J., on Aug. 3, 2019. Facing one of the division’s most respected punchers, Covington showed no fear in this fight, pressuring Lawler from minute one and dominating the duration of the bout. Covington swept the scorecards to earn his eighth straight victory, a streak that included wins over Rafael dos Anjos and Demian Maia. Covington’s next fight would be a championship bout against Kamaru Usman at UFC 245. Though Covington fell short in that outing, he aims to stay in the title mix when he takes on rival Tyron Woodley this Saturday in the main event of UFC Vegas 11 on ESPN+. Afficher l’article complet
  3. Dana White says Jon Jones could have retire from MMA/UFC, Colby Covington vs. Tyron Woodley. Khamzat Chimaev vs. Gerald Meerschaert and more ...
  4. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Middleweight Darren Stewart spoke to reporters before his fight against Kevin Holland at UFC Vegas 11, and he is happy to be fighting an opponent who likes to scrap and have fun in the octagon. Afficher l’article complet
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  20. Ovince Saint Preux’s experiment with heavyweight is not over yet. After getting edged out in his heavyweight debut against Ben Rothwell in May, Saint Preux (25-14 MMA, 13-9 UFC) moved back down to 205 pounds and scored a knockout of Alonzo Menifield at UFC on ESPN+ 34. But despite returning to his original weight class, the former UFC interim light heavyweight title challenger is still open to competing at heavyweight. “Even with the heavyweight division and dabbling with all that, I can definitely do it again,” Saint Preux told MMA Junkie. “I would do it again. It’s crazy too, my first fight bumping up to heavyweight, I fought the most durable heavyweight pretty much in UFC history, and I think I did exceptionally well with him. If opportunity presented itself, I’ll jump back up to heavyweight too, but 205 is my home, it’s always been my home, and I’m feeling good at 205. “As long as I can keep myself feeling the way I’ve been feeling the past month and a half, I’m gonna be good. Even when I get back to Knoxville, I’m right back at the gym. I’m just gonna make sure I’m dialing in on my diet and make sure my weight is staying low instead of floating back up to almost 240, 245.” Saint Preux, who’s finished 20 of his 25 pro wins, has proven his ability to finish fights both on the feet and on the ground. He went all three rounds with Rothwell and was surprised at how durable he was. At heavyweight, Saint Preux knows he’ll have to be a lot more strategic since they won’t go down as easily as the light heavyweights. “The thing about heavyweight is you don’t have to cut weight, but the only thing about heavyweight that you gotta think about is, light heavyweight hit hard, heavyweights hit harder,” Saint Preux said. “Even Ben, when I fought him, I was like some of the shots that I hit him with, I was like come on, man. I’m looking and he falls down and comes back up, and I was like come on, you gotta be kidding me. The 205’ers, those type of hits would put somebody down.” Voir l'article complet
  22. Mayra Bueno Silva and Gloria de Paula train together at Chute Boxe Diego Lima in Brazil. | Photo via Mayra Bueno Silva Mayra Bueno Silva entered the UFC through Dana White’s Contender Series in 2018, and now it’s time for her girlfriend Gloria de Paula to walk the same path. “Sheetara” returns to action at Saturday night’s UFC Vegas 11 against Mara Romero Borella, and the initial plan was to have “Glorinha” compete for a UFC contract three days later versus undefeated strawweight Pauline Macias. The DWCS bout was moved to Nov. 4 since the UFC is going to Fight Island next week for a series of five shows in Abu Dhabi, but the plan remains the same: two wins, one bonus and a contract. Silva (6-1) and de Paula (4-2) met each other in 2016, when both fighters moved to Sao Paulo to join Chute Boxe Diego Lima. Sheetara was 1-0 as a professional MMA fighter at the time, while de Paula was still getting ready for her first test in a cage. The UFC flyweight will be the first to enter the octagon, and having previous experience on the Contender Series definitely helped her girlfriend get set for such challenge. “I can help her in a mental aspect,” Silva said in an interview with MMA Fighting. “That’s a chance everybody wants, but everybody gets a bit scared knowing that Dana White will be there, watching. I try to take the focus away from that because, to me, the UFC and the Contender are like any other fight. You can’t let that go in your head and pressure you. It’s her dream, but it’s just like every other fight.” “It’s the fight of my life, right?” de Paula agrees. “When I went to Las Vegas with Sheetara for her Contender Series fight in 2018 I told everyone I wanted to be in the UFC through the Contender because it was so cool. When the opportunity came, I was freaking happy. When I saw how things worked backstage, there was no other way for me.” De Paula explained that she was so inspired by her girlfriend’s success in her first octagon appearance on DWCS that she flew back to Brazil and scored a third-round knockout just eight days later at Max Fight. Even though her DWCS bout was pushed back to November and she wasn’t able to travel to Las Vegas to stand by Silva at UFC Vegas 11, Glorinha still counts on her advice. “It’s so much easier for me because she knows everything I’m gong through,” de Paula said. “She makes me grow and gives me strength, both mentally and physically. Contender is like all or nothing, but I feel no pressure. It’s more like motivation for me. I’m working hard because I want to go there and impress Dana White. I won’t leave without a contract [laughs].” Silva is happy for her girlfriend’s success, but first focuses on the task standing in front of her as she attempts to bounce back from her first career loss, a “Fight of the Night” decision setback to Maryna Moroz at March’s UFC Brasilia. That card was the last UFC show before a long break due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but being in a relationship with a fellow MMA fighter helped in that sense as both traveled to the country and built a gym in de Paula’s parents’ house, only returning to Sao Paulo when they felt it was safe enough. Silva had to deal with a long list of issues going into UFC Brasilia after a knee injury she suffered in her victorious UFC debut forced her to go through the longest layoff of her MMA career. The inactivity affected her weight cut as well, leading to overtraining. “I know Mayra Sheetara wasn’t there that night,” Silva said. “I know I’m much better than that. I think I would win 10 times if we fought 10 times more, but that was her night and all I can do is look straight ahead, fix my mistakes, and be humble enough to understand that there was a well-trained athlete in the cage that night and she was superior. “It was chosen as the ‘Fight of the Night’ and I look on the bright side of things, I’ve grown as an athlete because of that, but that’s stuck in my throat. I know it was a mistake a made to overtrain and f*** up. I’m not mad because I lost, I’m mad because I didn’t perform well.” Silva paid some debts and started to buy her mother an apartment in her hometown of Uberlandia with the extra $50,000 check she pocketed that night, and now aims to win another bonus in Las Vegas. “I don’t leave my house for nothing but putting on a show,” she said. “I know the UFC only hands out four bonuses and I never plan on not being one of those four fighters. It’s not just for me, it’s for Gloria and my family as well.” Her UFC Vegas 11 opponent is in desperate need of a win in the company as Borella lost in four of her last five octagon appearances, and Silva feels she’s the ideal matchup. “I haven’t been able to show my grappling in the UFC yet,” Silva said. “I tapped the best grappler in the UFC in my debut, Gillian Robertson, but couldn’t show more because I hurt my knee. I couldn’t show it against Maryna either because I had issues. When they offered me Mara I thought, ‘this is the perfect fight,’ because she’s a grappler and I’ll have the opportunity to show how good my grappling is.” Afficher l’article complet
  25. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting As can be expected, Gerald Meerschaert enters his UFC Vegas 11 fight with highly touted prospect Khamzat Chimaev feeling disrespected. The disrespect doesn’t necessarily come from his opponent—who has been pretty quiet in the build to the middleweight matchup set for this Saturday night at the UFC APEX—but by the oddsmakers, and the promotion in which he fights for. “GM3” competes in his 45th professional fight against the 8-0 Chimaev, who subsequently has his return fight tentatively booked with multiple-time UFC title challenger Demian Maia in December. Chimaev turned a lot of heads with two dominant finishes of John Phillips and Rhys McKee in an 11-day stretch on Fight Island in July in two different weight classes. Following DWCS Season 4: Week 6 earlier this month, UFC president Dana White spoke with the media about double booking Chimaev and claimed that there was no disrespect intended towards Meerschaert by having the bout with Maia ready to go. “The thing is the guy wants to keep fighting,” White said of Chimaev. “He wants all these fights back-to-back. It’s no disrespect to his opponent, he’s either gonna win or lose. That has nothing to do with us. That’s up to them. But to do that, really fight two fights in a row, you have to book them.” Meerschaert heard White’s comments, and while he understands the UFC’s mindset in pushing Chimaev, the 32-year-old still feels somewhat slighted. “On one hand, you want to be a good promoter,” Meerschaert told MMA Fighting while appearing on What the Heck. “You’ve got this opportunity to build this guy up and, in essence, set him on track to be a superstar. Why wouldn’t you do that? I totally get that from a business perspective. “On the other hand, he also kind of sounded like, did you ever see Talladega Nights? It sounded like Ricky Bobby when he said, ‘Just because you say no disrespect, you can’t then say something super disrespectful afterwards.’ It’s not disrespectful, but I’m definitely going to do something that most people feel is disrespectful right after. It’s a little bit of a double-edged sword.” With the hype Chimaev has garnered after his first two wins inside the octagon, Meerschaert was asked if he believes the hype behind his next opponent is warranted. “I understand why,” Meerschaert said. “I’ve been around long enough and I’ve seen the direction the sport has gone and the way the UFC likes to build people up. It makes sense. He’s young, he’s undefeated, and he’s had two very quick fights, back-to-back, where he looked very dominant and because they were so quick back-to-back, a lot of people overlook the opponents he had. “He had a guy that moved up from lightweight to welterweight that wasn’t a challenge at all—maybe he had a bad night, maybe he’s different from what we saw that night. But he wasn’t much of a challenge. Then, he fought an 85er who looked like he had a tough weight cut who likes to stand and bang. It’s pretty easy work if you’re a competent grappler and, clearly, it was. “That being said, if you fight fast enough people will overlook those two things, and on top of that, you fight just like a guy who is a champion, who is also undefeated. Most times, people want to see fighters stand and bang and knock each other out, but in this case, if you fight exactly like Khabib, undefeated and from the same area, he’s doing the ‘I will smash him’ shtick, of course they’re going to take it and run with it.” The Roufusport product has had a roller coaster ride during his UFC tenure. Meerschaert finished four of his first five promotional fights, with the lone loss coming to Thiago Santos via TKO at UFC 213. Since then, Meerschaert has lost four of his last six, which includes controversial decision split decision losses to Kevin Holland and Eryk Anders and submission wins over Trevin Giles and Deron Winn. In his most recent bout, Meerschaert was finished in the first round by Ian Heinisch at UFC 250. Despite having a 36-fight experience edge on his opponent, Meerschaert enters Saturday night nearly a four-to-one underdog at the betting window. “It’s ridiculous,” Meerschaert said. “Anyone that likes betting money on anything, this would be a pretty good bet for you to take right now. There’s a lot of upside that people aren’t seeing.” This isn’t the first time Meerschaert has had the opportunity to play spoiler in his career. Prior to making his UFC debut, Meerschaert was matched up with unbeaten 20-year-old prospect Sidney Wheeler for regional promotion Valor Fights in 2016. Wheeler entered the bout with a lot of hype with wins in his first five professional bouts, but was submitted in just 82 seconds. Two fights later, Meerschaert was in the UFC. Coincidentally enough, Chimaev also holds an opening round finish over Wheeler at Brave CF 20 in December 2018. Meerschaert sees similarities in the two scenarios and knows this fight with Chimaev is on a much higher scale than his fight with Wheeler four years prior. If he’s able to derail another hype train, he is well aware of what it can do for his career. “It would definitely help a lot,” Meerschaert said. “A lot of people keep asking me, ‘Well, if you win, do you want to fight Maia?’ As far as I know, Maia is staying at 170. And one thing I do know is that I’m not cutting to 170, first of all. Second of all, I’m not thinking about anybody else. I’m thinking about Khamzat Chimaev on Sept. 19. To me, there’s nothing after that. “He can think about how many people he’s going to run through by the end of the year, I’m just thinking about him. It’s just me and him locked in the cage.” When he breaks his opponent down, Meerschaert says he has seen Chimaev run through guys using the same strategy time and time again. It just so happens that the formula that has made Chimaev successful will fall into the strengths that Meerschaert possesses. As far as how he sees the fight playing out, Meerschaert knows the fight will be a tough one, but he expects to shock a lot of people on Saturday night. “I just got to break him mentally,” Meerschaert said. “I know it’s not gonna be easy. Look, again, undefeated, tough kid, he thinks he can take on the world. But what’s gonna happen when he runs into somebody that doesn’t lay over for him? What’s gonna happen when the thing he wants to do is the worst thing for him? “I’m gonna frustrate him. I’m gonna make him make mistakes. Then he’s gonna find himself in a position that he’s not used to and he’s gonna have to either give up, go to sleep, or he’s gonna get an appendage broken off.” Afficher l’article complet
  26. Dublin-based Portuguese featherweight Pedro Carvalho stands on the verge of a dream after just four Bellator fights. The 25-year-old Carvalho (11-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), who trains out of SBG Ireland, has won all four of his outings under the Bellator banner since his arrival with the promotion back in 2018 and is preparing to challenge Patricio Freire for the featherweight title as part of the promotion’s grand prix tournament. Looking back through his Bellator wins so far, Carvalho picked out his May 2019 win over Derek Campos as his “biggest moment” to date inside the Bellator cage. The victory not only saw him claim the biggest-name win of his career, it also punched his ticket to the Bellator featherweight grand prix tournament and, eventually, the title shot he’s preparing for right now. “I never was an option to be in the tournament,” he admitted. “I just needed a name.” His win over Campos changed all that, but he admitted to being a little starstruck when he found himself facing such a respected veteran inside the Bellator cage. “I was the first to get in the cage, then he comes,” Carvalho said. “He gets into the cage, and that feeling that it’s on, 1,000 percent focused, just switched off for 10 seconds, and the MMA fan just came and I was like ‘(Expletive), I’m facing Derek Campos! How cool is that! I used to watch him on the telly, and now I’m in front of him. I’m sharing the cage with him! “That was a special moment for me in Bellator. It was a huge honor for me, and it was a tremendous experience.” The fight itself saw Carvalho produce an inspired performance to overwhelm Campos with strikes to score a first-round TKO finish. That win saw him included in the bracket in the promotion’s 145-pound grand prix, where he added another notable name to his resume, courtesy of a second-round face-crank submission of Sam Sicilia at Bellator 226. Now Carvalho is set to face defending featherweight champion Freire in the quarterfinals of the tournament, and he’s waiting patiently for a confirmed date for his rearranged fight as he prepares to experience an even bigger moment on his return to the cage. Voir l'article complet
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