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  4. Gallery Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222: Best photos view 18 images STAMFORD, Conn. – Bellator’s return to Connecticut in October will feature back-to-back fight cards at one of the promotion’s regular stomping grounds. Bellator 231 will take place on Friday, Oct. 25, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The next night, Bellator 232 goes down at the same venue, a person with knowledge of the consecutive events told MMA Junkie. The person requested anonymity because the promotion has not yet made an official announcement. That announcement is expected during Saturday’s Bellator 225 card at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. Bellator 231 will be headlined by a heavyweight rematch between Las Vegas residents Frank Mir (18-13 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) and Roy Nelson (23-17 MMA, 1-3 BMMA). That event will have a main card that airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN. Bellator 232’s main event is the welterweight grand prix tournament final between champion Rory MacDonald (21-5-1 MMA, 3-1-1 BMMA) and former champ Douglas Lima (31-7 MMA, 13-3 BMMA), who meet in a rematch with MacDonald’s belt on the line. That event’s main card streams on DAZN. Bellator also did events on consecutive nights at Mohegan Sun Arena in February with Bellator 215 and Bellator 216. Mir and Nelson first fought in 2011 while in the UFC. Mir, a former UFC heavyweight champion, beat Nelson with a unanimous decision in the UFC 230 co-main event in Las Vegas. That win was the second in a three-fight streak that eventually got him a shot at then-champ Junior Dos Santos’ title, which he lost by second-round TKO. After a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension for a failed drug test, Mir made his Bellator debut in 2018 in the opening round of the heavyweight tournament. He was knocked out by Fedor Emelianenko in 48 seconds. In his follow-up at Bellator 212 this past December, he tapped to strikes against Javy Ayala after suffering a break in his jaw. The loss was his fourth straight. Nelson needs to rebound, as well. After coming to Bellator from the UFC in 2017, he won his promotional debut with a unanimous decision over Javy Ayala. But at Bellator 194, he lost a majority decision to Matt Mitrione in the opening round of the heavyweight tournament. After a fight with Mirko Cro Cop was scrapped, he returned in October 2018, but was knocked out by Sergei Kharitonov with one second left in the first round. Nelson finally fought Cro Cop in February at Bellator 216, but lost a decision in Connecticut. Bellator’s original plan was to have MacDonald and Lima meet in September, but MacDonald needed more time to recover from his win over Neiman Gracie in the Bellator 222 main event in June. MacDonald and Lima fought at Bellator 192 in January 2018. MacDonald took a unanimous decision from the Brazilian to win the welterweight title. MacDonald fought to a draw with Jon Fitch in the opening round of the tournament at Bellator 220 in April, but retained his title and advanced to the semifinals. There, he beat Gracie with a five-round decision at Madison Square Garden. Lima beat former champ Andrey Koreshkov for a second time with a fifth-round submission in the opening round of the tournament at Bellator 206. Then he handed the previously unbeaten Michael Page his first loss in highlight-reel fashion at Bellator 221 in May to reach the final. Gallery Douglas Lima def. Michael Page at Bellator 221: Best photos view 10 images Voir l'article complet
  5. Rudy Schaffroth (pictured) fights Tyrell Fortune in a heavyweight bout Saturday at Bellator 225 in Bridgeport, Connecticut | Bellator MMA Rudy Schaffroth had always planned to continue fighting after his amateur wrestling career was over. It just took some time (and a near-death experience or two) to get the ball rolling. Long before becoming an unbeaten heavyweight prospect, the 32-year-old Schaffroth was a standout wrestler growing up in the area of Oregon now known as Damascus, formerly of Clackamas County. After high school, he bounced around at a few colleges, where he continued to compete when he was academically eligible. First, it was Portland State, a situation that Schaffroth blames himself for spoiling due to having a bad attitude; then Schaffroth ended up at Clackamas Community College, where he rebuilt his reputation on the mats enough to receive a scholarship offer from Montana State University-Northern. Schaffroth became an NAIA All-American at MSU-Northern, but he was once again unable to reconcile his studies with his athletic success and the scholarship would later be rescinded. Soon enough, real life came calling and Schaffroth found himself with bills to pay, so it was off to the oil fields for him. That part of Schaffroth’s life lasted two years, more than enough time for him to experience a couple of “close calls” as he puts it, the kind of experiences that make one rapidly reassess their priorities and goals. “There was a pipe one time was being lifted up in the air and the chain, I guess it turned, the chain slid a little bit, the hook came off and that pipe came falling down. And it just brushed my arm. Felt the vibration go by my shoulder and that was kind of one of them,” Schaffroth recently told MMA Fighting, when asked to elaborate on the occasional life-threatening episode from the oil fields. “Then they let me operate the crane and something had broke while I was lifting it. And the boss guy was like, ‘Oh no, crane’s got it. You got it, pick it up.’ And I kept picking it up and the blocks and the pulleys went flying after a cable broke. So that was some stuff where I was like, ‘I don’t need to do this anymore.’” Five or six months after leaving the oil fields, Schaffroth still had plans to try his hand at MMA, but it wasn’t exactly a smooth transition. He says he burned through all of the cash that he earned from the oil fields rather than immediately investing in what would turn out to be his future career. Fortunately, a former UFC middleweight championship contender, Olympic silver medalist, and proud Oregonian was there to help Schaffroth pick up the pieces. “I was on the phone trying to scramble, to get Matt Lindland to hook me up and get going, and they did,” Schaffroth said. “Matt Lindland and the promotion that fights in downtown Portland, they had me a fight booked before I’d ever stepped in a gym to train. They had trust in my abilities, they had faith in my abilities. “I won that first fight, but it wasn’t anything to write home about.” Schaffroth stuck with Lindland and Team Quest Portland, eventually following coaches Fabiano Scherner and Chael Sonnen to Gracie Barra Portland (now American Top Team Portland) when Lindland left to work at the Olympic Training Center. Their investment in Schaffroth has been well worth it as he’s stormed to a 6-0 professional start. All of Schaffroth’s wins have come by way of first-round knockout, including a spectacular finish of Vernon Lewis at Bellator 210 that pushed Schaffroth closer to the spotlight from which he has long shied away. Schaffroth has only been competing professionally since 2016, so he’s not all that surprised that he hasn’t been receiving the kind of attention that a knockout-happy heavyweight prospect usually would. By his own admission, he isn’t adept at self-promotion and in the past he’s found it “weird and uncomfortable” to put himself out there for the public. Ahead of his fight with former Clackamas Community College teammate Tyrell Fortune (who also brings a 6-0 record into the bout) on Saturday at Bellator 225 in Bridgeport, Conn., Schaffroth has been asked to handle his first rush of media requests. A major concern for him is coming off as cocky or arrogant, but (with some prodding) he opened up about his growing confidence and what he expects to happen should he get past his old wrestling acquaintance. “If I put Tyrell Fortune down, then that’s gonna be a game changer,” Schaffroth said. “I’m the man here now and this is my time and my division and all that’s gonna happen if I put him down. So up until then, I’ve just kind of been laying low. He’s been talking some shit, saying stuff here and there, I’m just waiting until the fight and talk with my hands.” A 3-0 start to his Bellator career could push Schaffroth up the ranks fast and he names Roy Nelson, Fedor Emelianenko (“give one back to Fedor for Chael,” Schaffroth said), and Matt Mitrione as opponents he’d like to face in the future. When the name Jake Hager (formerly known as WWE star “Jack Swagger”) is brought up to him, Schaffroth dismissed him as being a pro wrestler, “not a fighter.” Any one of those matchups will turn the shine way up on Schaffroth’s fighting career, which seemed like a remote possibility when he was dodging falling pipes and flying pulleys in the oil fields. Now it’s all about competing and winning... and maybe adding a few followers to his Instagram as well. “After that fight [with Lewis] I saw a change and that’s definitely been part of some of the change in me,” Schaffroth said. “I have been feeling more confident since the last fight. I’ve also wanted to wait until I was in better shape to put myself on camera and to put myself on social media, I’ve been fat my whole life so I’ve never been super happy or comfortable with that my entire life. Now I’m in better shape and I feel better about the way I look and I have more confidence that way too. I’m ready to start putting myself out there on social media more now and start being that guy. I’m gonna beat this guy up. “I totally respect Tyrell. This is the toughest fight I’ve had so far and I’m going to give him everything I have. I’m not underestimating him whatsoever. That being said, I think I’m gonna come out on top.” Afficher l’article complet
  6. LAS VEGAS — The announcement that Justin Gaethje would meet Donald Cerrone in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 16 was like Christmas arriving early for fans of all-action fights. If you’ve watched mixed martial arts longer than a week, you know why, but for the benefit of the newbies out there, Cerrone (36-12 MMA, 23-10 UFC) has a record 18 UFC post-fight bonuses, while Gaethje (21-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC, who arrived in UFC much later, is doing his best to catch up: He has more post-fight performance bonuses in his UFC tenure (six) than he has fights (five). And just in case you think it’s only fans who get excited about this sort of thing, know this: The competitors themselves are just as excited about their Sept. 14 bout at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Just ask Gaethje himself, who made it clear during MMA Junkie’s recent visit to the UFC Performance Institute just what the Cerrone fight is going to deliver. “This is pure violence,” Gaethje told MMA Junkie. “This does not need to be talked up. Cowboy has had the most fights, the most performance bonuses, this will make it the most fights ever, the most wins I think, something like that. He has all the records. So I mean, yeah. What do we need to pump up? If you’ve seen me fight, you know that I come to, I’m 100 percent right now, I’ll be 100 percent when I’m done in the fact that either I go to sleep or they go to sleep, so, that’s what I do.” Related UFC on ESPN+ 16 poster with Cerrone's head so powerful, it makes 'Cowboy' two words Brad Katona vs. Hunter Azure set for UFC on ESPN+ 16 Marvin Vettori steps in for David Branch, faces Andrew Sanchez at UFC on ESPN+ 16 Of course, this isn’t all just about fighting for the fun of it. Gaethje dropped consecutive fights to Eddie Alvarez and Dustin Poirier, and while both fights were quite exciting, the idea started to emerge that Gaethje wasn’t a serious UFC title contender. He responded to the criticism by finishing James Vick and Edson Barboza with first-round knockouts. A win over Cerrone would finally vault him into the short list of contenders at 155 pounds. Which makes the history between Cerrone and Gaethje interesting. The duo used to train together in New Mexico, and Cerrone once knockout Gaethje out in sparring. Gaethje says he needs to put that behind him if he’s going to focus on the fight and his title aspirations. “He knocked me out … he dropped me in sparring,” Gaethje said. “I don’t even know if I had a pro fight at the time. I was a kid then and a man now and I’m excited to get in there and give him back that one, yeah.” Gallery Photos: Best of Justin Gaethje view 29 images Gallery Photos: Best of Donald Cerrone view 172 images Voir l'article complet
  7. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Matt Mitrione isn’t afraid of the brutal truth. The former UFC heavyweight and current Bellator contender is preparing for a rematch against Sergei Kharitonov this Saturday night after their first fight ended in just 15 seconds due to an accidental groin shot. The rematch will put Mitrione back into the cage with the veteran Russian heavyweight and he hopes a victory will secure him a shot at the Bellator title. “I don’t think there’s a conversation to be had where my name does not fall into the ‘he deserves a title shot next’ after this victory,” Mitrione said when speaking to MMA Fighting. Mitrione came up short in his previous attempt to become champion after he fell to Ryan Bader in the second round of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament. The fight was lopsided in Bader’s favor, primarily due to his wrestling pedigree after he took Mitrione down repeatedly over three rounds. A week after Mitrione faces Kharitonov, Bader will put his title on the line against Cheick Kongo in the main event at Bellator 226 with the former NFL player turned fighter hoping to get the winner and he’s not shy about who he would prefer to fight and why he would rather face them. “I think Bader wins but I’d rather fight Kongo because Kongo is an easier fight,” Mitrione said. “Kongo doesn’t shoot like Bader does. Kongo has good top pressure but he’s not the threat of wrestling like Bader and for me, wrestling is my Achilles’ heel. “I’m not slighting Kongo. I don’t like the way Kongo fights but I think stylistically he’s a better matchup for me than Bader is.” Mitrione is honest enough to know that Bader is a tougher matchup for him than Kongo, although he would obviously fight either one of them if the title is on the line. The problem with the Bader rematch are the same issues that came up in the first fight, which Mitrione knows would be a huge obstacle to overcome. “[Bader] has forgotten more about wrestling than I will ever, ever know,” Mitrione said. “He’s really good at what he does. If you think about it, Bader beat me with really, really good seventh grade wrestling. He did nothing fancy. He cupped my legs, tight waisted me, held me down and grabbed my wrists and I couldn’t get away from it. “Realistically, that’s the best perspective on the fight and that’s how he beat me.” Regardless of the opponent, Mitrione believes he’s in a good position to earn the title shot if he can get past Kharitonov on Saturday night. The 41-year old veteran still believes deep down inside that he’s one of the best heavyweights in the sport and he’s always looking for an opportunity to prove it. “I want to get that strap. I feel like I’m the best heavyweight Bellator has on their roster or apparently second to [Ryan] Bader,” Mitrione said. “Other than that, I feel like I’m the best one they’ve got. “I feel like I put on the most exciting fights, especially at heavyweight and I feel like athletically and ability wise, I’m a very unique animal for Bellator.” As far as his expectations about the rematch with Kharitonov this weekend, Mitrione can’t say for certain what he expects but he’s getting ready for everything. “Kharitonov is funny. He’s kind of a Jekyll and Hyde guy but which ever one shows up, he can still be very, very durable,” Mitrione said. “He can be very aggressive and move forward and use his straight right aggressively and his rear uppercut is vicious. Obviously it knocked Roy [Nelson] out. Other times he can just sit back and use his jab or bide his time and try to ride the wave and try to out-endure somebody. “He and Roy have very similar mentalities where they’ll take five or six bombs in order to land one. It will be like fighting for the first time when we see each other again.” Afficher l’article complet
  8. VIDÉO FOOT - Marco Verratti, le milieu du PSG, affiche clairement son souhait de voir son coéquipier brésilien poursuivre son aventure à Paris.
  9. Episode 2 of the 2019 Tiger Muay Thai Team Tryouts Series! In this episode, the Muay Thai contenders are assessed on their technique and clinching abilities, ...
  10. Khabib Nurmagomedov returns to action at UFC 242, where he puts his UFC lightweight title, and his undefeated record, on the line against interim champion Dustin Poirier. But it was at UFC 205 when it truly became clear that Dagestan’s favorite son was well on his way to the championship, and nothing was going to stop him. That was the night — the UFC’s first-ever event at New York’s Madison Square Garden — in which Nurmagomedov (27-0 MMA; 11-0 UFC) thoroughly dismantles one of the game’s toughest customers in Michael Johnson. Related Dana White: Conor McGregor's next move depends on Diaz-Pettis, Khabib-Poirier results UFC 242, Dustin's Diaries: Why training camp is tough, family time, understanding Khabib Not only did “The Eagle” pick Johnson apart before finishing him with a Kimura at the 2:32 mark of the third round, but he engaged in a chat with UFC president Dana White, who was sitting cage side, as he dished out the beating. In hindsight, it should have been little surprise that Nurmagomedov would become champion sooner rather than later. That came to pass just under 16 months later, just a few miles away in Brooklyn, when he beat Al Iaquinta for the vacant title at UFC 223. So as you get set for the Nurmagomedov-Poirier fight on Sept. 7 on Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, re-live one of the defining evening’s in Nurmagomedov’s rise to the top. You can check out out Nurmagomedov-Johnson in the video linked above. Gallery Photos: Best of Khabib Nurmagomedov view 32 images Voir l'article complet
  11. MMA Fighting COCONUT CREEK, Fla. — UFC interim lightweight champion Dustin Poirier discusses his upcoming title unification bout with champion Khabib Nurmagomedov at UFC 242, preparations for the bout, having to fight in Abu Dhabi, and much more. Afficher l’article complet
  12. STAMFORD, Conn. – To say Sabah Homasi’s time in the UFC didn’t go as planned for him would be an understatement. Homasi had a fight against Tim Means shut down due to a cut in his promotional debut. Then he had a fight against Abdul Razak-Alhassan stopped early by Herb Dean for a TKO loss. When a rematch was ordered up, he lost that one, too, and was bounced from the promotion. But Homasi (12-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) took some time off to heal up, got a win in Michigan this past November, and now will try to make his way in Bellator when he takes on Micah Terrill (14-7 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) on the Bellator 225 preliminary card. Bellator 225 takes place Saturday at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. Check out what Homasi had to say about his UFC skid, as well as his return to Bellator, in the video above. Voir l'article complet
  13. Bruno “Ogro” lands a head kick on Heder Araujo at Shooto Brasil 94 on Saturday | @Grabaka_Hitman, Twitter Sometimes, you’ve got to do more than just get your hands up. Heder Araujo learned this the hard way on Saturday at a Shooto Brasil event in Rio de Janeiro as his defenses failed to stop a thunderous head kick from opponent Marcus Bruno a.k.a. Bruno “Ogro.” Bruno Ogro scores one of the nastiest head kick KO's of the year #ShootoBrasil94 pic.twitter.com/3t9Kw7tniQ — caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 24, 2019 In the clip above, Araujo can be seen slowly getting his hands up to deflect an incoming strike, but the shin of Ogro sneaks around and blasts him right in the side of the head. If there was any question to how cleanly Ogro’s kick landed, all one has to do is watch the sharp trajectory at which Araujo hit the mat. Ogro was making his pro debut, while the 35-year-old Araujo sees his record fall to 3-5-1. Afficher l’article complet
  14. STAMFORD, Conn. – Rudy Schaffroth has an interesting few back stories with opponent Tyrell Fortune on Saturday. Schaffroth (6-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) and Fortune (6-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) briefly were wrestling teammates in college. When Schaffroth transfered, they eventually met on the mat as opponents – a match won by Fortune. And then there’s the part about Fortune’s twin brother training with Schaffroth. But Schaffroth says they’re just opponents Saturday and the back stories are just footnotes. He also wishes the Bellator brass had waited till the two of them were, say, maybe 10-0 each before pairing them up. But it’s too late for that, and now they meet in a heavyweight showdown of unbeatens to open the main card. Bellator 225 takes place Saturday at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. Check out what Schaffroth had to say about Fortune, as well as working his way to the next level in Bellator, in the video above. Voir l'article complet
  15. Bellator 225 takes place Saturday, and you can join us for a live video stream and official results beginning at 5:45 p.m. ET (2:45 p.m. PT). The event takes place at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. In the main event, In the main event, heavyweight Matt Mitrione (13-6 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) takes on Sergei Kharitonov (29-7 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in a rematch from earlier this year. Their first fight ended in a quick no contest when Kharitonov couldn’t continue after an accidental kick to the groin. In the heavyweight co-feature, Javy Ayala (11-7 MMA, 6-4 BMMA) takes on former Bellator heavyweight champion Vitaly Minakov (21-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA). Official Bellator 225 results include: MAIN CARD (Paramount, DAZN, 9 p.m. ET) Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov Javy Ayala vs. Vitaly Minakov Alejandra Lara vs. Taylor Turner Yaroslav Amosov vs. David Rickels Tyrell Fortune vs. Rudy Schaffroth PRELIMINARY CARD (MMA Junkie, 5:45 p.m. ET) Jon Manley vs. Thiago Rela Connor Dixon vs. Kastriot Xhema Corey Browning vs. Nick Newell Chris Disonell vs. Mike Kimbel Ricky Bandejas vs. Ahmet Kayretli Azunna Anyanwu vs. Timothy Johnson Austin Vanderford vs. Joseph Creer Sabah Homasi vs. Micah Terrill Aviv Gozali vs. Eduard Muravitskiy Khonry Gracie vs. Oscar Vera Voir l'article complet
  16. BRIDGEPORT, Conn. – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Saturday’s Bellator 225 event at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn., which kicks off at 5:45 p.m. ET (2:45 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here. Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our Bellator 225 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below. Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 5:45 p.m. ET for the preliminary card and 9 p.m. ET for the main card. Voir l'article complet
  17. Ah j'ai dis que c'était vieux! Ce sont cependant des combats qui se sont produits et qui ont été à sa défaveur, Masvidal donne cette possibilité, il est souvent trop "relax" et peut être battu, surtout quand le type en face est doté d'un lourd cardio et d'un striking suffisant pour ne pas se faire démonter. En tout cas, j'ai très envie de voir cette opposition qui je pense, tournera en faveur de Diaz.
  18. Matt Mitrione and Sergei Kharitonov will square off in the Bellator 225 main event Saturday. | Bellator MMA Fighting has Bellator 225 results for the Mitrione vs. Kharitonov fight card Saturday night at the Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. Matt Mitrione will square off against Sergei Kharitonov in a rematch in the main event. Their first meeting was declared a no-contest 15 seconds into the fight after an accidental groin strike at Bellator 215. Get Bellator 225 results below. Main card (Paramount/DAZN at 9 p.m. ET) Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov Vitaly Minakov vs. Javy Ayala Alejandra Lara vs. Taylor Turner David Rickels vs. Yaroslav Amosov Tyrell Fortune vs. Rudy Schaffroth Undercard (MMA Fighting at 5:45 p.m. ET) Khonry Gracie vs. Oscar Vera Aviv Gozali vs. Eduard Muravitskiy Sabah Homasi vs. Micah Terrill Austin Vanderford vs. Joseph Creer Tim Johnson vs. Azunna Anyanwu Ricky Bandejas vs. Ahmet Kayretli Mike Kimbel vs. Chris Disonell Nick Newell vs. Corey Browning Kastriot Xhema vs. Connor Dixon Jon Manley vs. Thiago Rela Afficher l’article complet
  19. Landon Quinones punches Calvin Glover on the mat in front of referee Jorge Alonso | UFC Fight Pass Landon Quinones put on an impressive performance at Titan FC 56 on Friday. Unfortunately, that performance may be overshadowed by some bizarre officiating. On his way to a first-round finish, Quinones found himself on top of opponent Calvin Glover in great position to score with ground-and-pound and end the fight. It didn’t take long before Glover was tapping out to the torrent of punches; however, it took considerably longer for referee Jorge Alonso to step in for the save. Hey ref... there is a fight going on. #TitanFC56 Props to @jimmysmithmma & @TitanFighting COO @lexmcmahonMMA for being on top of it. pic.twitter.com/pexdnqLl7S — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) August 24, 2019 Glover can be seen tapping to the strikes on at least three separate occasions and at some point Alonso either made the call to stop the fight or Quinones just ceased his attack of his own volition. Commentators Jimmy Smith and Kamaru Usman can be heard on the call criticizing Alonso’s gaffe. On the UFC Fight Pass broadcast, Titan FC COO Lex McMahon can also be heard at cageside arguing with Alonso about the late stoppage after the fight’s conclusion. Watch the footage above and judge for yourself what the referee might have been thinking. Afficher l’article complet
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  21. After suffering back-to-back losses for the first time in his pro career, Kevin Lee needed to take a step back and regroup. Prior to his submission loss to Rafael Dos Anjos in May, “The Phenom” dropped a five-round unanimous decision to Al Iaquinta in December. The pair of defeats signified Lee’s third loss in four fights. According to Lee, the stumbles were due to slacking motivation and a lack of enjoyment in competition. In July, the former UFC lightweight contender announced he’d be moving his camp to Tristar in Montreal, Quebec, Canada in order to train under renowned coach Firas Zahabi. The change in scenery is all part of a conserved effort by Lee (17-5 MMA, 10-5 UFC) to try to regain his love for MMA. “I kind of took my eyes off the prize a little bit if I’m just being honest with myself,” Lee told MMA Junkie. “That’s why having (Zahabi) and having that mentor and having somebody who’s already been there and done that with and who’s been through these things and can kind of see that for me. “Instead of just going through it and bumping my head and trying to learn on the other end. I think that’s why that’s going to be really pivotal. Me gunning for that spotlight and gunning for the shine, I focused on that a little too much and lost my love for the game. Now I’m trying to shy away from it and then fall back in love with the actual fight part of it.” Related UFC's Kevin Lee turns to Firas Zahabi, Tristar Gym in effort to turn things around Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Kevin Lee after UFC on ESPN+ 10 loss? With Kevin Lee's help, Rafael dos Anjos executes gameplan at UFC on ESPN+ 10 A change in camp isn’t the only aspect of Lee’s competitive life he’s shaken up. A vocal proponent of the push to implement a 165-pound weight class in the UFC, Lee will move up to welterweight for his next bout. Despite the shift in competition weight, Lee said he won’t be weighing more walking around. He’ll simply be diminishing his weight cut by 15 pounds. “We’re welterweight now,” Lee said. “I’m about the same size that I was preparing for lightweight. But going through that last training camp and going through that last weight cut, it kind of showed me this is where I should be. This is where I’m going to perform better. The more I do it and the more experience I get doing it, I feel like I’m just going to get better at it.” Lee doesn’t currently have a fight scheduled, but he hopes to sneak in two more by the end of 2019. The first event Lee is angling to get on? UFC 244 at Madison Square Garden on Nov. 2. After that, Lee said he might try to get on the UFC 245 card in Las Vegas on Dec. 14. “I at least want to get two more out of the way,” Lee said. “We’re gunning for a big spot in Madison Square Garden in November. After that, you never know. I might try to make a quick turnaround in December here in Las Vegas, but either way it’s all about focusing on me. Getting back to the game that I love. Going out there and performing.” Gallery Photos: Kevin Lee through the years view 100 images Voir l'article complet
  22. Esther Lin, MMAFighting.com Matt Brown will make his return to action at UFC 245 on Dec. 14 when he faces Ben Saunders in a welterweight showdown in Las Vegas. Sources close to the contest confirmed the news to MMA Fighting on Friday following an initial report from the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Brown last fought in 2017 when he demolished Diego Sanchez with a brutal first round knockout in what he had initially teased as his retirement bout. The Ohio native opted to continue fighting and he was then scheduled to meet former interim champion Carlos Condit but he suffered a torn ACL in his knee that required surgery. Now healthy and running his own facility in Columbus, OH, Brown is ready to return as he faces another welterweight veteran in December. Saunders will look to stop the bleeding on a three-fight losing streak that stands as the longest of his career. The former American Top Team fighter most recently competed in April when he suffered a second-round knockout courtesy of Takashi Sato. Saunders will look to get back on track following his last win in 2018 when he finished Jake Ellenberger less than two minutes into the opening round. Brown vs. Saunders joins a growing UFC 245 card including a title fight between reigning bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes and Germaine de Randamie. Afficher l’article complet
  23. After over two years away from the UFC cage, Matt Brown is back from injury. Brown (21-16 MMA, 14-10 UFC) will return to action when he takes on fellow longtime vet “Killa B” Ben Saunders (22-12-2 MMA, 8-9 UFC) at UFC 245 in Las Vegas. MMA Junkie confirmed the fight with a source with knowledge of the situation after the Las Vegas Review-Journal initially reported the fight Friday. UFC 245 takes place Dec. 14 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card streams on pay-per-view, following prelims on ESPN 2 and ESPN+. Brown, a 38-year-old welterweight, dabbled in retirement talks leading into his most recent bout against Diego Sanchez in Nov. 2017. After he defeated Sanchez with a brutal, highlight-reel elbow, Brown walked back the idea the bout would be his last. Shortly thereafter, Brown was booked to take on Carlos Condit at UFC on FOX 29 in Glendale, Ariz. In late March, just weeks before the bout, Brown announced he was out of the bout after he suffered a torn ACL. Related Amanda Nunes to defend bantamweight title vs. Germaine de Randamie at UFC 245 Jessica Eye returns to face Viviane Araujo at UFC 245 UFC's Matt Brown invites Mike Perry 'to get his ass kicked' Over his 11-year UFC tenure, Brown has become a fan-favorite for his fighting style and finishing abilities. The Ohioan has earned three ‘Fight of the Night’ bonuses, two ‘Performance of the Night’ bonuses, and one ‘Knockout of the Night’ bonus over his 24-fight UFC stint to date. Brown has struggled recently, having lost five of his last seven outings. Recently, Saunders, 36, has also faced his fair share of losses. In his last six bouts, Saunders has lost five fights inside the distance – four coming via TKO. His lone win in the stretch came in May 2018, when Saunders defeated Jake Ellenberger via strikes in 1:56. After he was submitted by Sergio Moraes in Sept. 2018, Saunders was brutally knocked out by Lyman Good in Nov. 2018. He faced a similar fate in his last fight against Takashi Sato in April, when he was finished via a left cross and ground-and-pound in the second round. Gallery Ben Saunders def. Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 131: Best photos view 6 images Voir l'article complet
  24. Two UFC newcomers, including a Russian champion, will make their debuts on short notice at UFC on ESPN+ 15 in Shenzhen, China. On the main card, undefeated M-1 Challenge light heavyweight champ Khadis Ibragimov (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will step in to take on Da Un Jung (11-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Jung was originally slated to take on Jamahal Hill, before visa issues forced the American out of the bout. On the prelims, Movsar Evloev (11-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will now take on Zhenhong Lu (18-6 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a rematch of their June 2015 clash. At M-1 Challenge 58, Evloev defeated Lu via unanimous decision. The former M-1 Challenge champ Evloev was scheduled to fight Mike Grundy, but the United Kingdom based fighter was forced off the card due to injury. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed both bookings with MMA Junkie. The person asked to remain anonymous because the UFC has yet to make a formal announcement. Both fights were first reported by Russian social media account Red Fury MMA. Related Former Invicta title challenger Mizuki Inoue signs with UFC, meets Wu Yanan at UFC on ESPN+ 15 Fresh off of DWCS victory, Jamahal Hill steps in to fight Da Un Jung at UFC on ESPN+ 15 Mark De La Rosa vs. Kai Kara-France set for UFC on ESPN+ 15 in China Ibragimov, 24, signed with the UFC earlier this year via the M-1 Global/UFC partnership deal. The deal allows M-1 champions an out clause if the UFC becomes interested in signing them. The Dagestan-born fighter Ibragimov has won his last five outings via stoppage. In his most recent fight in March, Ibragimov finished then-undefeated Rafal Kijanczuk via strikes at M-1 Challenge 101. China’s Lu will be making his promotional debut in his home country. Lu has won eleven of his last twelve bouts with eight finishes in that stretch. While he has primarily competed for the WLF W.A.R.S. promotion, he’s also fought under other notable Asian promotional banners including Kunlun Fight and Rebel FC. UFC on ESPN+ 15 will take place Aug. 31 at the Universiade Sports Center. The main card will stream live on ESPN+ after prelims on ESPN. Voir l'article complet
  25. A pivotal heavyweight rematch goes down at Bellator 225, and it appears to have title implications. Matt Mitrione (13-6-1 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) will rematch Sergei Kharitonov (28-6-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in the main event of Saturday’s card, which takes place at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn. The two previously fought at Bellator 215 in February, when in the first 15 seconds of the fight, Mitrione accidentally struck Kharitonov with a low blow, and the Russian was rendered unable to continue. The bout was ruled a no-contest. Related Bellator 225 weigh-in results: Mitrione, Kharitonov official in Connecticut Bellator 225 breakdown: How does Matt Mitrione-Sergei Kharitonov play out this time? Speaking to MMA Junkie on Thursday, Bellator president Scott Coker said the winner of the rematch could be next in line for a shot a title shot, if they put on a worthy performance. “That’s not a bad argument, my only thing is: I’m going to wait and see the performance,” Coker said. “Then we’ll decide from there because the last fight ended in 15 seconds with a disqualification so let me just take it all in and see how the fight goes. We’ll go back to the Bay Area in L.A. and we’ll dissect what happened and then we’ll make some decisions from there.” Dual-champion Ryan Bader is set to make his first heavyweight title defense when he takes on Cheick Kongo in the main event of Bellator 226 next month. With back-to-back heavyweight main events for Bellator, the winners of each fight could be matched up for the next title fight. That of course, will all depend on how the main event on Aug. 24 pans out. Gallery Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov at Bellator 215: Best photos view 7 images Voir l'article complet
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  27. Five months after UFC light heavyweight Roman Dolidze (6-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) was flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency for a positive test, the Ukrainian has accepted a one-year suspension. The undefeated fighter was scheduled twice since signing with the promotion earlier this year, but withdrew from both bouts. First, Doldize was scheduled to take on Gadzhimurad Antigulov at UFC on ESPN+ 7 in April. Then, Dolidze was rebooked against Vinicius Moreira at UFC on ESPN 3 in June. Friday, USADA announced Dolidze “tested positive for clomiphene and its metabolites M1 and M2, as well as a long-term metabolite of dehydrochlormethlytestosterone (DHCMT), 4-chloro-18-nor-17β-hydroxymethyl, 17α-methyl-5α-androst-13-en-3α-ol (M3).” The flagged sample stemmed from a urine test conducted out-of-competition on March 12. According to USADA, “Clomiphene is a Specified Substance in the category of Hormone and Metabolic Modulators, while DHCMT is a non-Specified Substance in the class of Anabolic Agents. Both substances are prohibited at all times under the UFC Anti-Doping Policy, which has adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.” Related Dan Hardy says he's re-entering USADA testing pool in hopes of UFC comeback USADA suspends UFC's Alen Amedovski for THC, reduces time for cooperation USADA confirms Ivan Shtyrkov failed drug test, issues two-year suspension USADA’s release also stated Dolidze’s transparency and cooperation throughout the entire process led to a reduced sentence. “Dolidze immediately came forward with detailed evidence of his use of prohibited substances before entering the UFC Anti-Doping Program and continued to cooperate throughout USADA’s investigation related to his use,” the report said. Voir l'article complet
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