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  2. HONOLULU — Fighters from both Bellator 212 and Bellator 213 put on a show for fans and media ahead Wednesday at open workouts on the beach in Hawaii. Bellator 212, headlined by a lightweight title fight between Brent Primus and Michael Chandler, takes place Friday night, while Ilima-Lei Macfarlane defends her flyweight title against Valerie Letourneau on Saturday night. Michael Chandler Lyoto Machida Frank Mir Afficher l’article complet
  3. MILWAUKEE — At UFC on FOX 31 open workouts, Kevin Lee put on a show for the fans and media gathered ahead of his main event fight with Al Iaquinta on Saturday night. Afficher l’article complet
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  8. MILWAUKEE — At UFC on FOX 31 open workouts, Al Iaquinta put on a show for media and fans gathered ahead of his main event fight Saturday night against Kevin Lee in Milwaukee. Afficher l’article complet
  9. HONOLULU – Former UFC champ Frank Mir fought the greatest heavyweight of all time in his last outing, so how can he get pumped to meet the much-lesser-known Javy Ayala? Easy. “Look, Javy Ayala is explosive,” Mir told MMAjunkie. “He has a talent to him. He really does. Does he have a lot of holes in his game? He does. Obviously, his grappling is an area that, it’s no secret, I’m going to try and put him in that area and see how he responds. But, that being said, Sergei Kharitonov is a much better striker than Javy Ayala. They fight each other 100 times, you can’t get me to bet on Javy Ayala in that fight. They fought, Javy Ayala turned his lights off. He put him in a seizure. He landed that big (expletive) right hand. So that’s nerve-raking, and you can’t sleep on this guy, so I was like, ‘What can I do?’ “I’m like, ‘I bet you if I had my daughter in the corner – now let’s see if you’re going to whoop my ass in front of my child.'” Mir (18-12 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) and Ayala (10-7 MMA, 5-4 BMMA) meet in the co-main event of Friday’s “Bellator and USO Present: Salute the Troops,” which takes place at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The event airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie. Mir looks to rebound from a disappointing loss to former PRIDE champ Fedor Emelianenko at April’s Bellator 198. Mir’s daughter, Isabella, is a budding MMA fighter, as well, and the two showed their moves together at Wednesday’s open workout session, taking turns both striking and grappling. Mir said he plans on getting his teenage daughter amateur fights as soon as next year and plans on assisting her in moving up the ranks in chasing after her own passion in MMA. “I’ve accomplished great things in my life to this point,” Mir said. “A lot of people would say, ‘You’ve done enough. Why risk getting hit in the head more or going out there and taking losses.’ That’s not why I’d be getting in a fight anyways. I love martial arts, and it’s a passion for me. It’s my religion. Now my children – and right now Bella, the heaviest – has that same passion, so it’s something now that – once I knew she wanted to be a fighter, I started preparing myself. Last December is when it hit me.” Since that time, Mir said he’s come to realize that his legacy won’t ultimately be about his own career, but rather that of his children – and more specifically, right now, his daughter, who plans on following in his footsteps. Part of her training includes being in her father’s corner on Friday night, and Mir said he believes it will prove beneficial to him, as well. After all, what parent wants to lose a fistfight in front of their children? Mir certainly doesn’t, and he wants Ayala to know he’s been warned. “I’ve actually thought about it, and I’m like – we’ll wait until after the fight because if something bad happens, I don’t want to be held accountable that I premeditated it,” Mir said. “But he better be careful.” To hear more from Mir (and his daughter), check out the video above. For more on “Bellator and USO Present: Salute the Troops,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  10. MILWAUKEE – It’s been nearly five years since Kevin Lee made his debut in the UFC – with a loss to Al Iaquinta. Saturday, the lightweights will run it back, and Lee says there’s no real reason to look back at the unanimous decision loss he suffered at UFC 169. “I don’t even really look at that fight anymore as a building block,” Lee told MMAjunkie today after an open workout for fans in Milwaukee. “I’m a completely different fighter. I’ve had 12 fights since then and taken on much bigger challenges and I feel like I’m getting better and better each fight, and Al is just another stepping stone into that.” Related Al Iaquinta welcomes Max Holloway to lightweight, but wants spotlight back at UFC on FOX 31 UFC on FOX 31 main event breakdown: Expect Iaquinta-Lee rematch to be ultra-competitive Lee (17-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) and Iaquinta (13-4-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) headline UFC on FOX 31, which takes place Saturday at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee. The main card airs on FOX following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. The event is the UFC’s final card on the FOX network ahead of a move to new broadcast partner ESPN in 2019. Lee has won six of his past seven fights. His lone loss was for the interim lightweight title at UFC 216 against Tony Ferguson. But apart from that, he has finishes in five straight wins and believes he keeps improving. UFC on FOX 31 also will mark his fourth straight appearance in a UFC main event. “The thing is, I’m steadily getting better, and steady getting my momentum going,” Lee said. “I knew once I got that first (main event) that I was going to make the most of that opportunity. Once I got the next one, I’m going to make the most of that, and the most after that – and this is no different. It’s only prepping me for the big fights, anyway. I prefer five rounds – I feel like I’m better in a five-round fight, and the more experience I get, the better.” There has been a little bit of tension between the two leading into the fight. And while Iaquinta said he isn’t sure just how he’s ever rubbed Lee the wrong way to cause any kind of a beef, Lee said his preference would be to make Iaquinta a little less relevant. “Me and him just don’t really mesh together,” Lee said. “We’re just two different types of people. I just don’t like his style. I just don’t dig him too much. I just feel like his voice is already big enough – the world needs no more Al Iaquintas. So I’m doing a good job of booting his ass up out of here.” Check out the full interview with Lee in the video above. And for more on UFC on FOX 31, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Kevin Lee def. Edson Barboza at UFC Atlantic City: Best photos view 11 images Voir l'article complet
  11. HONOLULU — At Bellator 213 open workouts, Lyoto Machida discusses his fight against Rafael Carvalho, making his Bellator debut, his title hopes in his new promotion, and much more. Afficher l’article complet
  12. MILWAUKEE – Al Iaquinta hopes to take over the narrative in the lightweight division with a big victory over Kevin Lee on Saturday at UFC on FOX 31. With champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and ex-champ Conor McGregor tied up with commission trouble following their infamous UFC 229 brawl, the discussion around the lightweight title picture has widened of late. Featherweight champ Max Holloway took some of that attention with takes of a move up in weight after his title defense against Brian Ortega at UFC 231 this past weekend. Now, Iaquinta (13-4-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) wants to be part of the conversation. He hopes beating Lee (17-3 MMA, 10-3 UFC) at UFC on FOX 31 will do the trick. Related UFC on FOX 31 main event breakdown: Expect Iaquinta-Lee rematch to be ultra-competitive “I think (Holloway moving to lightweight is) great,” Iaquinta told reporters, including MMAjunkie, at UFC on FOX 31 open workouts. “He looked awesome in that fight. Fans have a pretty short memory so hopefully they’ll see me on Saturday and they’ll forget about the past and be thrusting me up into the spotlight.” UFC on FOX 31 takes place at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis. Iaquinta vs. Lee headlines the FOX-televised main card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Related Video: 'Road to the Octagon' full episode for Saturday's UFC on FOX 31 Iaquinta already beat Lee once before. He handed “The Motown Phenom” his first career loss with a unanimous decision at UFC 169 in February 2014, and he has every intention of winning again. A lot of time has passed since the first matchup and both men have made great strides in their careers. Still, though, Iaquinta is confident he’s superior. “As a fighter physically he’s totally different, mentally he’s improved a lot (but) I think there’s only so much you can improve on that end,” Iaquinta said. “He saw what I was made of back then, I’m still made of the same (expletive). I’m just way smarter, way more mature, way more of a veteran. I’ve been in there with tougher guys.” For more on UFC on FOX 31, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Al Iaquinta def. Kevin Lee at UFC 169: Best photos view 13 images Voir l'article complet
  13. HONOLULU — At Bellator 212 open workouts, lightweight champion Brent Primus discusses his rematch against Michael Chandler, why the fight is personal, his long layoff from MMA, and much more. Afficher l’article complet
  14. HONOLULU — At Bellator 213 open workouts, Michael Chandler discusses his title rematch against Brent Primus, why he doesn’t respect Primus as much as past opponents, fighting in Hawaii, and much more. Afficher l’article complet
  15. HONOLULU — Frank Mir explains why he will have daughter Isabella in his corner at Bellator 212, her fighting future, his opponent Javy Ayala, and much more during a pre-fight scrum Wednesday. Afficher l’article complet
  16. MILWAUKEE — At UFC on FOX 31 open workouts, Sergio Pettis discussed his bantamweight fight against Rob Font, the state of the flyweight division, moving up back up in weight, his future, and much more. Afficher l’article complet
  17. HONOLULU – It’s been 18 long months since Brent Primus claimed Bellator’s lightweight title with a stunning TKO win over then-champ Michael Chandler, and with the rematch now on deck, the champ says it’s personal. “All the stuff he’s been talking, all the lying, all the controversy, it is (personal), man,” Primus told MMAjunkie. “I want to get in there and prove that it wasn’t a mistake – and he knows that it wasn’t, too – so I’m excited. “Literally, I was so scared that I heard that he might be going to another organization because his contract was up, and I was literally praying that he stays with Bellator, and I’m just really excited that he’s staying. We can get in there and get it done.” Primus (8-0 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) and Chandler (18-4 MMA, 15-4 BMMA) meet in the main event of Friday’s “Bellator and USO Present: Salute the Troops,” which takes place at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The event airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie. It’s a rematch of the pair’s Bellator 180 meeting, when Primus’ leg kicks – the “low calf kick” that has since become quite prevalent in MMA – left Chandler unable to keep himself upright, leading doctors to call off the fight in the first round. Chandler remains dismissive of the officials’ decision, believing he could have beat Primus on one working leg. Primus finds Chandler’s protests unfounded. “They say you win like a champion, you lose like a champion, but he does not know how to lose like a champion,” Primus said. “Man, I’m just so excited to get to fight this dude.” There’s much on the line, to be sure. Chandler is one of Bellator’s biggest stars, and he insists the first result was a fluke. In the 18 months since, where injuries, contract negotiations and personal obligations all resulted in a lengthy delay for the rematch, Primus hasn’t taken too kindly to Chandler’s claims. A Primus victory would certainly prove his validity as Bellator champion, and he knows it. “I’m excited,” Primus said. “There’s no better feeling, especially that I’m finally going to fight Michael Chandler. There’s nobody else I’d rather fight in the world right now, so we can get all this controversy behind us and get in there and get it done. I’m excited.” To hear more from Primus, check out the video above. For more on “Bellator and USO Present: Salute the Troops,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  18. HONOLULU — Bellator champion Ilima-Lei MacFarlane talks about Bellator coming to Hawaii, her walkout, the crowd, and much more during a pre-fight scrum Wednesday. Afficher l’article complet
  19. 8 ranked lightweight Al Iaquinta rematches the #4 ranked Kevin Lee this Saturday in the main event at UFC Fight Night: Lee vs Iaquinta 2 on FOX. Subscribe to ...
  20. MILWAUKEE — At UFC on FOX 31 open workouts, Kevin Lee discusses not liking Al Iaquinta’s style, where he sees himself in the future, Max Holloway possibly moving up to lightweight, Georges St-Pierre and much more. Afficher l’article complet
  21. HONOLULU – Lyoto Machida insists he didn’t come to Bellator to just collect a paycheck – he’s intent on adding another world title to his trophy case. “I want to be a Bellator champion,” Machida told MMAjunkie at todays’ open workouts in Honolulu. “I’m not here just to make money. It’s not the purpose of my life. I want to be in the top position. So even though I’m 40, look at this physique. I’m still there, man.” Machida (24-8 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) makes his promotional debut against former Bellator middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho (15-2 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) at Saturday’s Bellator 213, which takes place at Neal S. Blaisdell Center in Honolulu and streams on DAZN. It’s Machida’s first fight since ending an 11-year run in the UFC that saw him step into the octagon some 24 times, and it’s certainly not against some pushover. But there has been plenty of talk about who else he’ll fight moving forward, including perhaps other UFC transplants (and current Bellator champions) like Ryan Bader or Gegard Mousasi. Machida said those matchups will happen but insists he’s not thinking about them just yet. “People are talking about other names, but my only focus now is Rafael Carvalho,” Machida said. “He’s a tough opponent. Of course, (discussing other matchups) is the tendency. That’s going to happen, for sure. I’ll fight a lot of fights here. I have lot of chances in Bellator. That’s one of the reasons I moved to Bellator.” But first things, first. Machida wants to impress in his new home, and he believes he’s primed to do exactly that. “I’m so excited for this moment,” Machida said. “Everything changed, and now I’m in my new home, new environment, and I believe that it’s going to be the best for me to be here in Bellator. I’m so happy, and I can’t wait to step in the cage and put on an outstanding performance.” To hear more from Machida, check out the video above. For more on Bellator in Hawaii, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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  23. MILWAUKEE – Dan Hooker doesn’t need any added motivation to fight Edson Barboza on Saturday at UFC on FOX 31. He knows exactly what type of opportunity is in front of him, and he intends on taking full advantage. Hooker (17-7 MMA, 7-3 UFC) meets longtime lightweight contender Barboza (19-6 MMA, 13-6 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC on FOX 31 co-headliner. “The Hangman” is 4-0 with four stoppages since moving up to 155 pounds in June 2017, and now he get the opportunity to truly prove his worth against one of the best in the division. Some fighters could go an entire career without being in a position like Hooker. He said he’s not oblivious to that fact and has prepared properly to ensure he takes advantage. “This is what I live for,” Hooker told MMAjunkie. “For opportunities like this, and to compete against the best and to compete against top-five ranked opponents. This is where I get to showcase my skills. It’s been very easy to get up for this. This is why I look for the toughest challenge possible, because now all the training becomes very simple. It becomes very easy when you’re standing in front of a task that big and a name that big. It becomes very easy to get up, very easy to get motivated for the training camp. It’s been mentally not as hard as when you have a lesser-name opponent and you have to motivate yourself for training.” UFC on FOX 31 takes place at Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee, Wis. Hooker vs. Barboza airs on the FOX-televised portion of the card following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. Related UFC on FOX 31 co-main event breakdown: Which streak snaps with Edson Barboza vs. Dan Hooker? Hooker has had a career makeover since moving up from featherweight. He said he has no regrets about the timing of it, though, because he got all the bad experiences out of the way in a division where he never intends to compete again. He’s now fighting where he’s most comfortable and surrounded by a team that can hone his abilities better than anyone, and he said that’s an uplifting feeling going into his biggest fight. Barboza’s only losses in recent years against elite 155-pound fighters in champ Khabib Nurmagomedov and top contenders Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee. The Brazilian, who is No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, is never easy to put away, but Hooker believes he has the mental and physical tools to join the list of names to beat Barboza. “As an opponent stylistically, it’s pretty straightforward with what he’s bringing to the table,” Hooker said. “It’s a simple game, like he’s going to strike and he’s going to defend takedowns like his life depends on it. I don’t feel like that is going to change. He’s very big for the weight class, he’s very fast, very strong. But let’s say the same things that make us strong, make us weak. “Because he’s so good at those things I feel like he’s set on those things. He’s not showing the same development as a fighter as a lot of different guys and he doesn’t have the versatility that you need to continue to do well in the sport for an extended period of time. I feel like as soon as you get stuck on one thing and you just get set on that, then you cap your development, you put a cap on longevity as a fighter. So for me it’s important to stay versatile and constantly developing my game, which is my biggest priority.” If Hooker wins at UFC on FOX 31 he would be 5-0 inside the octagon as a lightweight. That would put him in position for a premium fight in the weight class, but he said he’s trying to keep his mind away from the implications of his performance. Hooker said getting ahead of himself has proven detrimental in the past, and he said a key to his success during the recent run has been pushing all those thoughts to the side. “I try not to focus on the importance of the moment too much, because at this time now, days out from the fight, it really can’t do nothing or you,” Hooker said. “I’m as motivated as I can be. I completely understand the opportunity I have in front of me, but thinking about the moment is not going to help me. I just have to live in the moment and process everything as it comes and not let that distract me from the task at hand. “The task at hand is just to eat what’s on my plate and not get ahead of myself. Every time throughout my career I’ve got ahead of myself I’ve suffered setbacks. I just eat what’s on my plate now and that’s my major focus. That’s why I’m here now. Just the task ahead, what I can see, my next fight. I focus on that, I dedicate everything to that, I go all-in on that. That’s why I’m here now in this position.” For more on UFC on FOX 31, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Dan Hooker def. Gilbert Burns at UFC 226: Best photos view 15 images Gallery Photos: Best of Edson Barboza view 10 images Voir l'article complet
  24. The bantamweight contenders’ picture is going to be shaken up this February. On Wednesday, the UFC announced that Jimmie Rivera (22-2) will fight Aljamain Sterling (16-3) at the promotion’s first-ever ESPN show, which is set to take place on Feb. 19 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix. The bout was first reported by azcentral.com. Rivera and Sterling will both be looking to continue their winning ways. In September, Sterling defeated Cody Stamann with a rare “Suloev Stretch” kneebar to pick up his second straight win since a loss to Marlon Moraes at UFC Fresno. “Funk Master” has now won four of his last five and is 8-3 in the UFC overall. This will also be a chance for Rivera to start a new streak after seeing a run of 20 consecutive victories snapped by Moraes in June. He bounced back with a unanimous decision win over John Dodson, which raised his Octagon mark to 6-1. In the UFC’s official contenders’ rankings, Rivera currently sits at No. 5 with Sterling two spots behind him at No. 7. Afficher l’article complet
  25. Gabi Garcia is back. The 6-foot-2 women’s Brazilian jiu-jitsu standout will return to MMA against Brazilian kickboxer Barbara Nepomuceno at Rizin 14 on Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Japan, Rizin announced Wednesday. The bout will be contested at 226 pounds. Garcia (5-0, 1 NC) will make her return to Rizin for the first time since last year’s New Year’s Eve show when her fight with Shinobu Kandori was canceled after Garcia missed weight by 28 pounds. The BJJ world champion fought most recently for ROAD FC, beaten Veronica Futina by first-round submission back in May. Garcia, 33, fought to a no contest in Rizin against Oksana Gagloeva in July 2017 when Gagloeva could not continue following a Garcia eye poke. It has been difficult for promotions to find opponents her size. Nepomuceno, a kickboxing standout, will be making her MMA debut in this fight. She is 5-foot-8 and weighs about 198 pounds. Nepomuceno, 33, has been calling for a bout with Garcia recently. She fell in a World Grand Prix kickboxing match in Brazil last month due to knee injury. It was announced Wednesday that Miyuu Yamamoto, sister of Kid Yamamoto, will face Mika Nagano at Rizin 14, as well. Rizin 14 will be headlined by a champion vs. champion bout between Bellator bantamweight titleholder Darrion Caldwell and Rizin champ Kyoji Horiguchi. Also on the card, boxing legend Floyd Mayweather meets Japanese kickboxing prodigy Tenshin Nasukawa in an exhibition boxing match. Afficher l’article complet
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