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  2. Former UFC women’s flyweight champion Nicco Montano has spoken out for the first time since accepting a six-month suspension for a banned substance in her system. Montano, 30, thanked her friends, family and promoter while noting the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency was “unable to locate the source of my contamination.” “I will continue to remain diligent in my responsibilities to USADA and the UFC,” she wrote Wednesday on her Instagram page. Here’s Montano’s full statement: First and foremost, I would like to thank my friends, family, and all of my fans for their continued support during this difficult period in my life. As you all know, USADA was unable to locate the source of my contamination. I will continue to remain diligent in my responsibilities to USADA and the UFC. I would like to acknowledge Donna Marcolini and Jeff Novitzky with the UFC for their assistance in this process. This suspension has further inspired me to work even harder of achieving my goals in the UFC. I hope to make my return this summer. #ufc #yeegonicco #warriorspirit#nativepride #wmma #fighter#nevergiveup #followyourbliss Montano (4-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was among four fighters who settled with USADA after the agency discovered low levels of the banned selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) ostarine in an out-of-competition test. The levels of ostarine were consistent with supplement contamination, USADA said. Montano’s suspension is retroactive to Nov. 15, 2018, meaning she’ll be free to compete beginning May 15. The ex-champ hasn’t fought since winning the inaugural flyweight title on “The Ultimate Fighter 26.” She was sidelined with tonsilitis and a foot injury that delayed her first title defense. And this past September, she was stripped of the title after a botched weight cut nixed a fight with Valentina Shevchenko, who went on to claim the vacant title. Related USADA says collectors wear uniforms; Dan Ige begs to differ after blood botch Here's a list of UFC fighters – all champions – tested most by USADA without issue UFC heavyweight Ruslan Magomedov first fighter to receive lifetime USADA ban Ostarine has repeatedly turned up in positive tests from UFC athletes, and USADA has pushed to outlaw supplements that contain the SARM. Montano’s teammate, Tim Means, settled with USADA in 2016 after linking a positive ostarine test to a tainted supplement. UFC fighters Sean O’Malley, Augusto Mendes and Marvin Vettori were among those who also accepted six-month suspensions for low levels of the banned substance. Mendes waited 14 months for a formal resolution of his case, while Montano waited five months. USADA attributed the delay to the long results management process in tainted supplement cases. The agency no longer announces potential anti-doping violations, instead waiting for a case – or cases – to be resolved. For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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  5. After it was revealed Tuesday that Nicco Montano has been on the shelf due to a suspension from the United States Anti-Doping Agency, the former UFC flyweight champion provided her own update on the situation. It was announced by the USADA that Montano (4-2) is currently serving a six-month suspension dating back to Nov. 15, 2018, as a result of the 30-year-old testing positive for ostarine in an out-of-competition sample last October. She will be eligible to compete again on May 15 and she took to Instagram to let fans know when she expects to return to action. “First and foremost, I would like to thank my friends, family, and all of my fans for their continued support during this difficult period in my life,” Montano wrote. “As you all know, USADA was unable to locate the source of my contamination. I will continue to remain diligent in my responsibilities to USADA and the UFC. I would like to acknowledge Donna Marcolini and Jeff Novitzky with the UFC for their assistance in this process. “This suspension has further inspired me to work even harder of achieving my goals in the UFC. I hope to make my return this summer.” Montano burst onto the scene as a relative unknown on the 26th season of The Ultimate Fighter, where she defeated Lauren Murphy, Montana De La Rosa (nee Stewart), and Barb Honchak to book her spot in the tournament final. She defeated short-notice replacement Roxanne Modafferi via unanimous decision at The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale on Dec. 1, 2017 to become the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion, but has not competed since and was later stripped of that title due to inactivity. Afficher l’article complet
  6. The UFC makes its return to Florida this weekend with UFC on ESPN+ 8, which takes place Saturday at BB&T Center in Sunrise with a main card that airs on ESPN+ following prelims on ESPN and ESPN2. A makeshift middleweight headliner is scheduled atop the card. Perennial contender Ronaldo Souza (26-6 MMA, 9-3 UFC) meets Jack Hermansson (19-4 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who steps in as a replacement for Yoel Romero, in a key 185-pound matchup. The card has more to offer, though, including a pair of former UFC champions and a number of contenders. For all the numbers, check below for 60 pre-event facts about UFC on ESPN+ 8. * * * * Main event Gallery 'Jacare' Souza def. Chris Weidman at UFC 230: Best photos view 10 images Souza has alternated wins and losses over his past five fights. He won his most recent bout against Chris Weidman at UFC 230 in November. Souza’s 14 victories in UFC/Strikeforce middleweight competition are tied for third most in combined divisional history behind Michael Bisping (16) and Luke Rockhold (15). Souza has earned 22 of his 26 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of his nine UFC wins. Souza’s 12 stoppage victories in UFC/Strikeforce middleweight competition are second most in combined divisional history behind Rockhold (13). Souza’s four submission victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied for fifth most in divisional history behind Thales Leites (five), Rousimar Palhares (five), Demian Maia (five) and Antonio Carlos Junior (five). Gallery Jack Hermansson def. David Branch at UFC Philadelphia: Best photos Hermansson makes his second UFC appearance in a 28-day stretch. He defeated David Branch at UFC on ESPN 2 on March 30. Hermansson has earned 16 of his 19 career victories by stoppage. That includes four of his six UFC wins. Hermansson lands 56 percent of his significant strikes in UFC middleweight competition, tied for the third highest rate in divisional history behind Anderson Silva (60.2 percent), Trevor Smith (57.4 percent). Hermansson has the highest significant strike differential rate in UFC middleweight history (+3.13). Hermansson absorbs 1.77 significant strikes per minute in UFC middleweight competition, the third best rate among active fighters in the weight class behind Antonio Carlos Junior (1.47) and Krzysztof Jotko (1.73). Co-main event Gallery Allen Crowder def. Greg Hardy at UFC on ESPN+ 1: Best photos view 9 images Greg Hardy (3-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) returns to competition after suffering a disqualification loss in his UFC debut in January. Dmitrii Smoliakov (9-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) returns to the UFC for a second stint after leaving the promotion on consecutive losses. He went 1-0 outside the organization. Smoliakov has earned all of his career victories by first-round stoppage. He’s finished seven of those wins in less than three minutes. Remaining main card Gallery Alex Oliveira def. Carlo Pedersoli at UFC Fight Night 137: Best photos view 7 images Alex Oliveira (19-6-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) is 7-3 (with one no-contest) in UFC welterweight competition. Oliveira has earned 16 of his 19 career victories by stoppage. That includes seven of his nine UFC wins. Oliveira lands 57.6 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate in divisional history. Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros at UFC 218 is the only fight in UFC history to feature two knockdowns for each fighter. Gallery Photos: Best of Mike Perry view 22 images Mike Perry (12-4 MMA, 5-4 UFC) is 1-3 in his past four fights dating back to December 2017. Perry has earned 10 of his 11 career victories by knockout. He’s finished seven of those wins in Round 1. Gallery Glover Teixeira def. Karl Roberson at UFC on ESPN+ 1: Best photos view 10 images Glover Teixeira (28-7 MMA, 11-5 UFC) has alternated wins and losses over his past seven UFC appearances. He won his most recent bout at UFC on ESPN+ 1 in January. Teixeira’s nine stoppage victories since 2012 in UFC light heavyweight competition are tied with Ovince Saint Preux for most among active fighters in the company. Teixeira’s nine stoppage victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied for second for most in divisional history behind Jon Jones (10). Teixeira’s four submission victories in UFC light-heavyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Jones (five). Teixeira has landed 86.5 percent of his significant strikes in UFC light-heavyweight competition to his opponent’s head, the largest proportion in divisional history. Ion Cutelaba (14-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has earned 13 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 11 of those wins by knockout. Cutelaba has earned eight of his career victories in 30 seconds or less. Gallery John Lineker def. Brian Kelleher at UFC 224: Best photos view 23 images John Lineker (31-8 MMA, 12-3 UFC) is 6-1 since he moved up to the UFC bantamweight division in September 2015. Lineker is 25-3 in his past 28 fights dating back to February 2010. Lineker has landed 12 knockdowns in UFC competition, but he’s never been knocked down. Lineker’s 12 knockdowns landed in UFC competition are the most in company history for a fighter at bantamweight and lighter. Lineker is one of five fighters in UFC history to score three knockdowns in two different fights. Israel Adesanya, Donald Cerrone, Anderson Silva and Conor McGregor also accomplished the feat. Lineker’s seven knockdowns landed in UFC flyweight competition are most in divisional history. Lineker and Francisco Rivera’s 100 combined strike attempts at UFC 191 are the most in UFC history for any fight to last a half round or less. Lineker has missed weight ahead of five UFC fights, the most in company history. Gallery Cory Sandhagen def. Mario Bautista at UFC on ESPN+ 1: Best photos view 6 images Cory Sandhagen’s (10-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) has earned seven of his 10 career victories by stoppage. That includes all three of his UFC victories. Roosevelt Roberts (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC), 25, is the youngest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event. Preliminary card Gallery Ben Saunders def. Jake Ellenberger at UFC Fight Night 131: Best photos view 6 images Ben Saunders (22-11-2 MMA, 8-8 UFC) is 5-5 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in August 2014; the run includes one win in an outside promotion. Saunders is 1-4 in his past five UFC appearances dating back to May 2017. Saunders’ three knockout victories stemming from knee strikes in UFC competition are tied with A. Silva and Bisping for second most in company history behind Thiago Alves (four). Saunders earned the first omoplata submission finish in UFC history when he defeated Chris Heatherly at UFC Fight Night 49. Adam Wieczorek earned the second finish with the technique at UFC on FOX 29. Saunders omoplata finish was just the second in the combined history of the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce and PRIDE. It’s one of three overall, along with Wieczorek and Shane Del Rosario, who also accomplished the feat. Gallery Walt Harris def. Andrei Arlovski at UFC 232: Best photos view 8 images Andrei Arlovski (27-17 MMA, 16-11 UFC), 40, is the oldest of the 26 fighters scheduled to compete at the event. Arlovski competes in his 29th UFC heavyweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history. Arlovski has just two victories in his past 10 UFC appearances dating back to January 2016. Arlovski is 6-7 (with one no-contest) since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in June 2014. Arlovski’s total fight time of 4:03:13 in UFC heavyweight competition is the most in divisional history. Arlovski’s 16 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Frank Mir for most in divisional history. Arlovski’s 11 stoppage victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Gabriel Gonzaga and Stefan Struve for second most in divisional history behind Mir (13). Arlovski’s nine knockout victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind Cain Velasquez (10), Derrick Lewis (10) and Junior Dos Santos (10). Arlovski’s 10 knockdowns landed in UFC heavyweight competition are tied with Velasquez for second most in divisional history behind Junior Dos Santos (13). Arlovski’s eight knockout losses in UFC/WEC/PRIDE/Strikeforce competition are tied with Mir, Gonzaga and Antonio Silva for second most in combined organizational history behind Alistair Overeem (11). Gallery Tatiana Suarez def. Carla Esparza at UFC 228: Best photos view 11 images Carla Esparza (13-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) was the first UFC women’s strawweight champion. She lost the belt to Joanna Jedrzejczyk at UFC 185 in March 2015. Esparza enters the event on the first two-fight skid of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since December 2017. Esparza is 3-3 since losing the UFC strawweight title to Joanna Jedrzejczyk in March 2015. Esparza has completed at least one takedown against seven of her eight UFC opponents. Gilbert Burns’ (14-3 MMA, 7-3 UFC) three armbar victories in UFC competition are tied for third most in company history behind Royce Gracie (four) and Demetrious Johnson (four). Gallery Jim Miller def. Alex White at UFC 228: Best photos view 8 images Jim Miller (29-13 MMA, 18-12 UFC) competes in his 32nd UFC bout, the most appearances in company history. Miller competes in his 31st UFC lightweight bout, the most in divisional history. Miller is 1-5 in his past six UFC appearances dating back to February 2017. Miller’s total fight time of 5:03:37 in UFC lightweight competition is most in divisional history. Miller’s 18 victories in UFC competition are tied for fifth most in company history behind Cerrone (22), Georges St-Pierre (20), Michael Bisping (20) and Demian Maia (19). Miller’s 17 victories in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history. Miller’s 10 stoppage victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Joe Lauzon (12). Miller’s seven submission victories in UFC lightweight competition are tied with Lauzon, Charles Oliveira and Nate Diaz for most in divisional history. Miller’s 40 submission attempts in UFC competition are the most in company history. Jason Gonzalez (11-4 MMA, 1-2 UFC) returns to competition for the first time since Sept. 16, 2017. The 588-day layoff is the longest of his nearly eight-year career. Gallery Randa Markos def. Angela Hill at UFC Nashville: Best photos Angela Hill (8-6 MMA, 3-6 UFC) makes her second UFC appearance in a 35-day stretch. She lost at UFC on ESPN+ 6 on March 23. Hill becomes the fifth in UFC history to make 10 or more women’s strawweight appearances. Hill is 2-4 since she returned to the UFC for a second stint in February 2017. Hill’s two knockdowns landed in UFC strawweight competition are tied with Rose Namajunas for most in divisional history. Court McGee (19-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC) is 5-4 since he dropped to the welterweight division in February 2013. Dhiego Lima (13-7 MMA, 2-5 UFC) 1-2 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in July 2017. For more on UFC on ESPN+ 8, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. UFC research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript. Voir l'article complet
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  8. Undefeated Invicta strawweight champ Virna Jandiroba had no problem vacating her title for a short-notice entry to the UFC. The conditions might not have been exactly ideal, but after going unbeaten through her five years in the sport thus far, Jandiroba believes there’s no set of circumstances than can shake her self-belief. “”My success in MMA doesn’t come from just my five years in the sport, but from my entire life in martial arts,” Jandiroba told MMA Junkie in her native Portuguese. “I’m a jiu-jitsu black belt. I’ve been practicing for 14 years. That’s half of my lifespan. It becomes second nature. It’s like reading and writing. There’s no thinking involved when doing. Repetition yields excellence. “I’m very happy to be contracted by the UFC. I think it happened at the right moment. My team and I thought I could have been brought in earlier, based on my fight record. In any event, now is the right time, against the right opponent.” Jandiroba (14-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) faces former UFC champ Carla Esparza (13-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) on the ESPN-broadcast preliminary card of Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 8 event, which takes place at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The main card follows on ESPN+. Jandiroba stepped in earlier this month when Livia Renata Souza was forced to withdraw from the card. Stepping on a less than a month’s notice to face a former champ might seem like a daunting task, but Jandiroba doesn’t see it that way. “Carla Esparza is a former champion in our weight class,” Jandiroba said. “It’s fantastic I’m getting to face someone who is ranked. I think the fight favors me. She’s a complete fighter but her forte is wrestling. I’ve fought other wrestlers who may be more complete but who aren’t in the UFC – Mizuki Inoue, for example. She’s a very complete fighter, and I dominated her for five rounds. Being UFC-famous carries a certain weight, but it doesn’t impress me. “I expect to have a great debut. I’ve been waiting for this moment for a long time. I accepted on 20 days’ notice. She may have the advantage, as far as preparation time, but my hunger to debut in the UFC is much greater. I’m very happy to be facing Carla. She’s a great fighter with a great history in MMA and in the UFC. It’s an honor.” Jandirboa, a native Brazilian, finds herself fighting on foreign soil, as well, but she’s used to that by now after three successful appearances under the Invicta FC banner. She also admits three weeks isn’t exactly enough to put together a custom gameplan for Esparza but says she was training for a June appearance, so she wasn’t starting from scratch. That said, Jandiroba considers herself a “bloodthirsty beast” up to all challenges. And don’t take her confidence as any sort of gamesmanship – Jandiroba just believes a lifetime of work has earned her the right to feel that way. Related UFC Ft. Lauderdale breakdown: Souza vs. Hermansson should end inside distance, but for whom? UFC Ft. Lauderdale: How to watch Souza vs. Hermansson, fight card, start time, streaming info “Trashtalking not my nature, as far as promoting fights,” Jandiroba said. “I realize that’s how MMA is these days. It’s entertainment, not just a sport. A lot of folks talk trash to be more entertaining, but it’s not how I am. I like to show my work in the cage. “Since I come from jiu-jitsu, I have an ingrained philosophy that’s hard to ignore, gladly. We can’t forget our values from martial arts. Before anything else, MMA is a combat sport. There’s a code of ethics.” So there you have it: Jandiroba knows she’s not being given an easy entry into the UFC, but she wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s a difficult step, but it’s only the first step, and Jandiroba knows the journey will have many more tests along the way. “My plan is to grow in the organization,” Jandiroba said. “Of course, I want to be the best in the world. I was the Invicta champion. I want to grow in the UFC so I can be their champion, too. I do realize that it has to be one step at a time. “I have far to evolve, still. I’m not in a hurry. I’m only thinking about the next fight, but I do have big dreams.” For more on UFC on ESPN+ 8, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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  10. MMA Junkie Radio co-host and MMA Junkie contributor Dan Tom breaks down the Bellator’s top bouts. Today, we look at the main event for Bellator 220. Bellator 220 takes place Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. Rory MacDonald (20-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) Gallery Photos: Best of Rory MacDonald view 68 images Staple info: Height: 6’0″ Age: 29 Weight: 170 lbs. Reach: 76″ Last fight: TKO loss to Gegard Mousasi (Sept. 9, 2018) Camp: Tristar/Toshido MMA (Canada) Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing Risk management: Good Supplemental info: + Bellator welterweight champion + Regional MMA titles + Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt + 7 KO victories + 7 submission wins + 7 first-round finishes + Long and accurate jab ^ Manages distance well + Solid kicking acumen + Strong inside the clinch + Diverse takedown ability ^ Well-timed level changes + Excellent transitional grappler ^ Works well from topside Jon Fitch (32-7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) Gallery Jon Fitch def. Paul Daley at Bellator 199: Best photos view 5 images Staple info: Height: 6’0″ Age: 30 Weight: 170 lbs. Reach:74″ Last fight: Decision win over Paul Daley (May 12, 2018) Camp: American Kickboxing Academy (San Jose, Calif.) Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing Risk management: Good Supplemental info: + WSOF welterweight title + PFL welterweight title + Division I All-American wrestler + Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt + 7 KO victories + 5 submission wins + 4 first-round finishes + Relentless pace and pressure + Serviceable striking ability ^ Primarily uses to close distance + Strong inside the clinch + Solid wrestling/takedowns ^ Favors attempts from the fence + Excellent transitional grappler ^ Works well from topside Point of interest: Getting past the jab The main event in San Jose features arguably the most important installment of Bellator’s grand prix, given that the welterweight title will be on the line. Jon Fitch, who will be making his sophomore appearance in the organization, will get the chance to become the promotion’s oldest champion should he get past the jab (among other threats) of the incumbent king, Rory MacDonald. A strike that serves as a distancing tool for both defensive and offensive purposes, such a weapon can be a fighter’s best friend when up against a suffocating force such a Fitch. Despite being at an on-paper disadvantage in the striking the department for most of his fights, Fitch has found ways to make his style work, all while making quiet improvements along the way. The former Purdue wrestling captain is not as stiff and robotic as he once was when standing, showing that he can string together hooks, crosses and kicks when needed. More importantly to this matchup, Fitch has also done a better job at moving his head off of his strikes, rolling out to the appropriate sides when making his approach. If Fitch can successfully mix things up enough to make himself a hard target for MacDonald to measure, then he could very well make exchanges more intriguing down the stretch. That said, there are many layers to the sitting champion’s repertoire that have been present for some time. Developing his overall game from a young age, MacDonald showed early on that he was on a collision course to do battle with the sport’s finest. Uprooting the kickboxing skills he acquired at Toshido MMA in Vancouver, MacDonald later ended up expanding his training camp to the Tristar Gym in Montreal. There, we would see the rise of MacDonald’s jab. Building all the fundamentals to facilitate his newfound tool, MacDonald immediately implemented it into his game. Staying long and measured, MacDonald was better able to set up his attacks, whether he was looking for high kicks or takedowns. When facing skilled strikers like Tarec Saffiedine, MacDonald was able to utilize his jab to disrupt his opponent’s rhythm, tagging him whenever he would switch stances. Against power punchers like Tyron Woodley or Jake Ellenberger, MacDonald demonstrated to ability manage range to his terms, controlling the pace of the fight. If the 29-year-old Canadian can find his rhythm and create space early, then it could spell trouble for the 41-year-old challenger. Next point of interest: Grappling vs. grinding 1 2 …3Voir l'article complet
  11. Welcome to the latest edition of Missed Fists where we shine a light on fights from across the globe that may have been overlooked in these hectic times where it seems like there’s an MMA show every other day. Before we begin, let’s tip our cap to a pair of fighters previously featured in Missed Fists that showed out at UFC Saint Petersburg this past weekend. Movsar Evloev won a unanimous decision over Seungwoo Choi to close out the prelims, and 22-year-old Arman Tsarukyan went a competitive 15 minutes with sleeper lightweight contender Islam Makhachev in the co-main event. We’re proud of these boys. Chance Staggs vs. Chante Stafford AL: With respect to both these fine athletes, we’re not spotlighting “Fat” Chance Staggs and Chante Stafford for what they could be, but for what they already are: two regional fighters without a care in the world. They got their chance to compete in a 160-pound catchweight bout live on UFC Fight Pass last Wednesday at Alaska Fighting Championship 147 when another fight fell through at the last minute and they did not waste the opportunity. ROCKED#AFC147 pic.twitter.com/ltijKf4FNF — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) April 18, 2019 JM: That fight was substantially more fun than it had any reason to be, which should probably just be the Alaska FC motto by now. Stafford drops Staggs early and then does what people with no idea about fighting would think he would do, he gasses hard. All the way back! ..... Careful, Kevin..#AFC147 pic.twitter.com/rZa13otWqt — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) April 18, 2019 That guillotine that cements Staggs’ comeback isn’t even torqued super hard but Stafford is just completely spent from letting it all go early in the round. AL: This was a superbly dumb one-round brawl, and I mean that in the most complimentary way. Pat Carroll vs. AJ Hardaway AL: From Alaska’s largest city to the heart of The Big Apple, we check in on the Combat at the Garden kickboxing show that took place on Saturday at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, which is also available on UFC Fight Pass. In the first fight of the night, we’re given a little MMA connection to sink our teeth into as competitor Pat Carroll apparently trains with UFC light heavyweight Gian Villante at Bellmore MMA. He did Villante proud with this awesome KO of AJ Hardaway that he set up by making Hardaway respect his left hand before uncorking a jaw-popping right. Clean. Just cleeeean to the chin.#CombatAtTheGarden pic.twitter.com/nW1a8Zh8rv — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) April 21, 2019 JM: That’s just beautiful timing. Hardaway got put away hard with that right hand that landed right as he was switching his stance and didn’t have a good base to absorb the shot. David Allen vs. Lucas Browne Speaking of picture perfect timing, would you care to see a man’s liver explode? WHAT A BODY SHOT BY @DAVIDTHEWHITER1! #AllenBrowne pic.twitter.com/1SEX7D1BcD — DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) April 20, 2019 At a Matchroom Boxing event in Greenwich, London, on Saturday, David Allen delivered one of the nastiest left hooks to the body that you will ever see in combat sports. Just look at Lucas Browne’s entire body quit on him. As well it should! AL: The blood dripping down from Browne’s face afterwards is also a lovely visual. JM: Allen times that body shot beautifully and it lands right as Browne is stepping in and turns his body square to the left. I bet Browne is still feeling that one. AL: They had to hook Browne up to an oxygen tank after this one. And he was smiling the whole time. Now, we move on to some more pressing business. Knockouts are never a laughing matter, but sometimes when a fighter is caught just right, their body glitches out and the part of your brain that is engaged by unnatural sights can’t help but be triggered. Case in point, we now present to you several examples of fighters being completely shut down by their opponents and plummeting to the mat in disturbing fashion. Khamzat Chimaev vs. Ikram Aliskerov Luan Santiago vs. Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady Hashem Arkhagha vs. Jeremy Smith AL: I don’t know what was going, but my goodness there were some souls stolen this past weekend, perhaps nowhere more aggressively than at Brave CF 23 in Amman, Jordan, on Friday (available for pay-per-view replay on FITE TV in the U.S. or for free with a subscription to Brave TV for our international readers). First, there was welterweight Khamzat Chimaev, who landed an uppercut that caused Ikram Aliskerov to go completely stiff before he even hit the canvas. 1R KO by Khamzat Chimaev (BraveCF) pic.twitter.com/LDmdUehmsE — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 19, 2019 JM: Good. AL: Then lightweight Luan Santiago drove his elbow directly into Abdul-Kareem Al-Selwady’s brain and the results are about what you’d expect: 1R spinning back elbow KO by Luan "Miau" Santiago :O #AndNew Brave CF LW Champion pic.twitter.com/z4e7lEIeob — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 19, 2019 JM: Better. AL: And middleweight Hashem Arkhagha now has arguably the leading candidate for Walk-off of the Year with this counter-punch KO of Jeremy Smith: 1KO by Hashem Arkhagha :O (BraveCF) pic.twitter.com/c71AFOhV82 — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 19, 2019 JM: Best. And the haphazard slap on the back to the clattered opponent is *kisses the fingers motion*. Kazuki Yamagiwa vs. Sho Oizumi AL: It might be difficult to compare kickboxing KOs with MMA KOs, but we weren’t going to leave out this head kick by Kazuki Yamagiwa from K-1 Krush.100 in Tokyo last Friday. Head kick KO by Kazuki Yamagiwa pic.twitter.com/f4NvEJvwaw — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 19, 2019 Best wishes to Sho Oizumi, who suffered the dreaded “delayed reaction fall”. JM: First, let me just say that I’m a big fan of the palm banana leaf Muay Thai shorts. It’s a shame Oizumi got so thoroughly blasted. The thing I like about this clip is that you can see the set up for the finish as well. To start, Yamagiwa snaps a body kick in that Oizumi blocks. Then, just a tick later Yamagiwa goes high instead and you can see Oizumi preparing to block low before getting K-1 Krushed upside the head. Paulo Pizzo vs. Caiona Batista Ednilson Santos vs. Marcos Cirino Wellington Turman vs. Marcio Alexandre Jr. AL: Our last two contenders come from Future Fighting Championship 4, which took place in Sao Paulo, Brazil, last Friday. Paulo Pizzo put Caino Batista into a delayed fall here, but unlike Oizumi, Batista was open to follow-up strikes and Pizzo did not miss. KO by Paulo Pizzo (Future FC) pic.twitter.com/2i5a2fRaKu — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 20, 2019 Bad hesitation on the part of the referee, who was a half-second away from being an accomplice to an in-cage fatality. JM: Yeah, I have no idea what that ref was doing in there. Thank God Pizzo knew what was up because the ref’s decision to not jump in despite Batista being splayed out like Jesus on the cross was terrible. Heck of a KO by Pizzo, too. Fast hands like vintage Vitor, right there. AL: Speaking of late stoppages, I’m not sure what other sign Marcos Cirino could have given to indicate that he was done after taking a thunderous knee from Ednilson Santos. Knee to the face TKO by Ednilson Santos (FutureFC) pic.twitter.com/65Ty3bPVH2 — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) April 20, 2019 Apparently, it took Cirino’s arm going limp and banging against the mat and Santos mauling him like a Rottweiler with a chew toy before the bout was called off. JM: In the name of science, I counted every shot that landed after the fight should’ve been stopped. I came up with 11. Cirino should get to land 11 shots on that ref in recompense. It’s the only fair way to handle this. AL: You’re a hard, but fair man. Lastly, let’s give a shout-out to up-and-coming middleweight Wellington Turman who defeated the infamous Marcio “Lyoto” Alexandre Jr. (not to be confused with Lyoto “Marcio” Machida) in the evening’s main event. Turman is just 22 years old and he showed a ton of potential here. 22-year-old Wellington Turman (now 15-2, middleweight) submits UFC vet Marcio "Lyoto" Alexandre Jr. via first round RNC. Stunned Alexandre on the feet as well. #FutureFC4 pic.twitter.com/JvhgmHVA37 — caposa (@GrabakaHitman_) April 20, 2019 Aggressive, powerful, great killer instinct, and a solid 15-2 record. JM: 17 fights at only 22 years old is an incredible clip of combat and running through a UFC vet without any trouble is definitely something to make people stand up and take notice. Given the middleweight division’s thinning ranks with all the guys moving up to 205 recently, I’d be surprised if Turman didn’t get a call from Sean Shelby soon. AL: As our own Guilherme Cruz has informed us, both Pizzo and Turman (as well as 45-fight veteran Gleristone Santos who was also victorious at Future FC 4) have received offers from Legacy Fighting Alliance, so we’ll probably be seeing more of them in Missed Fists and beyond. You can check out Future FC 4 in its entirety on the promotion’s YouTube channel. If you know of a recent fight or event that you think may have been overlooked or a promotion that could use some attention, please let us know on Twitter @JedKMeshew and @AlexanderKLee using the hashtag #MissedFists. Afficher l’article complet
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  16. After getting what was then his fourth win in a row, last September at Bellator 205, Patricky Freire was clear about where he felt he stood in the lightweight division. “I am ready,” Freire said. “I’m the No. 1 contender.” Heading into his following fight, a Bellator Europe 1 appointment with Ryan Scope, Freire reiterated his position. Then he won again. Yet, a few months later, Freire is not the person who’s currently set to challenge for the lightweight belt. Instead, his younger brother is. On May 11, featherweight champion Patricio Freire will meet Michael Chandler in the main event of Bellator 221 – which takes place at Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill. – looking to add a second belt to his collection. Also in line, though, is a chance to avenge his brother’s losses to Chandler and settle a feud that’s become personal. Related Patricio 'Pitbull' warns Michael Chandler for Bellator 221: 'I'll leave your body soulless' Michael Chandler vs. Patricio Freire champ-vs.-champ bout to headline Bellator 221 That is not the type of storyline you see every day in MMA. It is, however, what happens when you have two brothers who not only have long competed in nearby divisions under the same banner, but who happen to be consistently atop them. And for both “Pitbull” brothers, who spoke separately with MMA Junkie about it, it’s also pretty much business as usual. Patricio, for his part, has a chance to cement his name further in Bellator history by becoming its second ever champ-champ. But for him, this is not about a title. “I’ll fight this guy even if it’s on the street,” Freire previously said of Chandler, and the upcoming matchup represents a chance of settling an old, deeply personal score against someone he genuinely dislikes. This particular belt “is worth nothing” to the younger Freire, and he has no intention of defending it should he claim it. “If it’s up to me, you can throw that (expletive) in the trash can,” Patricio said. “To me, it’s a piece of tin. … I’m getting it, and I’ll vacate it. I’m not keeping it. I’m just going to show it off, rub it in Michael Chandler’s face, and then I’ll take it home. It will symbolize his head, up there on my shelf. And then it will be vacant.” ‘He’s the king without the crown’ Patricio’s plans may sound a bit intense. But it’s quite on par with the previous exchanges in the long-running feud between three of the most iconic players in Bellator history. Chandler first met Patricky in the cage in May 2011, at Bellator 44, in a lightweight tournament final. Chandler won and got propelled to a title shot against Eddie Alvarez – which he won. The two would rematch in June 2016, this time for the vacant title; Chandler beat Patricky again, this time with a one-punch knockout. Chandler was still celebrating that second win when Patricio approached the cage and started an emotionally charged confrontation with the newly-reinstated champ. Chandler didn’t seem all-in with the idea of fighting the other “Pitbull” at the time but didn’t entirely shut it down. Either way, the drama was there. Patricky (21-8 MMA, 14-7 BMMA) would bounce back with five straight wins, while Chandler (19-4 MMA, 16-4 BMMA) would go on to lose and re-claim the belt. But despite the fact that he is the one attempting to dethrone Chandler next month, Patricio (28-4 MMA, 16-4 BMMA), believes his brother already holds a title. Patricio and Patricky Freire “I think there’s no one else who’s done more than my brother in the division,” Freire said. “He’s the man in the division. He’s the king without the crown.” Granted, as both a relative and a self-admitted big fan of Patricky, Patricio is a little biased. But he is right in his assessment of his brother as someone who wasn’t given an easy career path and took his tumbles but always managed to turn things around. Patricky has beaten big names, broken records and now stands as one of Bellator’s most dangerous knockout artists. The one thing missing is a crown, and having a new stab at that is going to have to wait a little. For Patricky, who talked to MMA Junkie prior to finding out he’d need surgery on his wrist, having his brother compete for a title in his division meant setting aside his own thoughts of gold. But that, he said, came with no tension or resentment. For years, they plotted, planned and worked on their careers together. As Patricio very publicly showed after Patricky’s knockout loss to Chandler, the brother duo feel their losses together. So it’s only natural that this is how they go about their wins, as well. “Since his first belt, in the 145-pound division, I’m happy, and I feel like I’m a part of it, too,” Patricky said. “I remember at 10 or 9, I don’t remember the age exactly, we talked about starting jiu-jitsu – at the time, jiu-jitsu was the dream – and we said we’d be there to be the best in the world. We said we’d be multiple-time jiu-jitsu champions, multiple-time world champions. “We ended up straying from that path and going into MMA. But, in MMA, the conversations were still the same: that we’d be the best in the world.” Patricky doesn’t know what will happen with his division after May 11. He knows his brother plans on vacating the belt if he wins it, but he doesn’t know how receptive Bellator is going to be to that move. He knows there could be a vacant belt up for grabs, and that he could be involved – much like Chandler, Primus or even Benson Henderson. Patricky believes, like his brother, that Bellator could have made Patricky’s title shot happen before – and together they “could have made history” as the first brothers to hold simultaneous titles in a major promotion. But there’s still time to make it happen. In any case, Patricky would rather not put too much thought into how the outcome of his brother’s fight will influence his own career, or how long it may take for him to finally get the belt. The focus, right now, is on making sure he’s offering the right assistance – and energy – to help Patricio in his own pursuit. Again, their history comes into play here. Although Patricio has never fought this fellow champ before, he says he’s been studying Chandler since they first saw him as a potential opponent for Patricky. In fact, he even mimicked Chandler in his brother’s camps and believes he’s got his game down. “Of course he can surprise me, a fight is a fight,” Patricio said. “But he’s been entirely figured out. We know every move that he makes, the way he sets things up, how he closes the distance. His defense – if there is one or if there isn’t. The way he is on top. Which hand he uses to hold down on the opponent’s hip, which takedown he shoots for first, what follows. “We know it all. We’re training based on that and we’re going to come for him. We’re going to do some damage.” ‘The fight is set, and we’ll settle this’ Patricio had come close to putting that theory to the test before, at Bellator 197. Chandler, who’d lost his belt to Brent Primus, was scheduled to face the then-champ in an effort to re-claim the title. When Primus got hurt, Patricky was offered the spot. With Patricky injured, the fight got offered to Patricio. The reason why it never materialized differs depending on whom you ask. According to Chandler, Patricio ran from him. According to both “Pitbull” brothers, though, the reason why it didn’t come together was the fact that Patricio’s one demand – that the fight went for five rounds, and not three – wasn’t met. Fact is, now they’ve got themselves a five-round fight. There’s a reason why they wanted that in the first place, as Patricky believes his brother’s gas tank can be a major advantage over Chandler. “I think the advantage that Patricio has for this fight is that he’s faster than me,” Patricky said. “Patricio has knockout power, and Patricio never gives up. When he’s about to get tired, it’s at the end of the fifth round. He has very good endurance. Whereas Michael Chandler, one of the things we know about him is that, by the time he gets to the third round, he starts to get tired, and that’s already a round in which he wants to rest.” Gallery Patricio Freire def. Daniel Weichel at Bellator 203: Best photos view 10 images Patricky’s main role in his brother’s camp, he anticipated at the time, would be mostly strategic. His key contribution would be reminding Patricio of what they’d learned about Chandler over the years and make sure the training was conducted accordingly. In fact, Patricky said, for years their part in each other’s camps has been a lot more about exchanging ideas than punches. “If we get into fights while we’re doing technical breakdowns, imagine what happens when we train together,” Patricky said with a laugh. “We avoid training against each other, because we’ve had a lot of fights. I remember the last fight we had, it got heated. The training ended, and we kept fighting. They had to intervene like in an MMA fight, or we wouldn’t have stopped. “For (my last camp), I think we did some boxing, but nothing too heated, because sometimes one will misinterpret and think we’re trying to hurt each other, and then an argument breaks out, and the whole gym stops and stares. We try to avoid that.” Patricky says that with a laugh. Amid the natural squabbling, there’s clearly a lot of mutual support, and though Patricio is the one fighting Chandler for the title next month, they’re doing it as a team. “My brother inspires me a lot,” Patricio said. “He’s been able to turn things around multiple times. He didn’t have an easy life at Bellator and, still, he went back and beat up many guys who hadn’t been knocked out – UFC champions, Ben Henderson. He beat up Josh Thomson – there were five ex-UFC fighters alone. There was only one who didn’t knock out, Ben Henderson, but he still won easily. He took a few points there but dominated the entire fight. “He’s had many twists and turns and managed to go back and shine in a way that – man, I’m a fan. My idol in the promotion is my brother. For me, that punch that Michael Chandler landed on him wouldn’t land in a different fight. It happens, that’s a very strong strike Chandler has. But it happened, now let’s go get this guy. The fight is set, and we’ll settle this. Thankfully, it won’t be on the streets.” For more on Bellator 221, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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  19. After two knee surgeries and a MRSA scare, Todd Duffee isn’t making any promises about his timeline for a comeback. The UFC heavyweight had just informed the promotion he was ready to fight this past July when he suffered a knee injury. Then his entire world turned upside down. Again. Duffee, 33, told MMA Junkie Radio he was sparring Blagoy Ivanov at “The Ultimate Fighter” gym when he stepped wrong on the cage and punctured the fence with his leg, blowing out his ACL. During the surgery, doctors discovered Duffee (9-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) actually needed surgery on his other knee. Last December, he went under the knife again, only to contract the dangerous infection at home in recovery. On the day of his admittance, the last thing Duffee remembers is yelling at his doctor to change his antibiotics, then driving himself to the hospital because he was getting tired. “I wasn’t managing well enough, and boom, it just hits you,” Duffee said. “And it hits you quick. You know it. You get this anxiety over you, like, man, I feel real uncomfortable. I don’t feel good, but you have this inert anxiety, and it hits you fast. You’ve just got to go to the hospital.” The next two days were a blur. “Day three was when I finally called my mom,” he said. “I tried to play it off the first few days I was there, but that stuff is nasty.” Duffee heard grim statistics about survival rates and remembered former heavyweight champ Kevin Randleman’s gruesome bout with the infection. Eventually, though, he started to feel better and was able to leave a hospital. For the next month, he had an IV line stuck in his arm to deliver antibiotics. So that’s been 2019 for a heavyweight once touted as the Next Big Thing in the UFC octagon. It’s not at all what he planned. But after so many forks in the road, he’s not overly bent out of shape about this one. Recently, Duffee moved to Las Vegas so he could do physical therapy full-time at the UFC Performance Institute. A recent return to the gym did not bring the realization that he’d be back sooner than later. He may need another knee surgery before he’s fully ready. All of these haven’t muted Duffee’s desire to compete. He’s been told several times that he needs to retire. But that was before he started working at a world-class facility with experts that will help him get back on his feet. He’s taken fights with shingles in his eye, a fractured knee, and all the other bumps and bruises that come along with his career. When he returns this time, he will be as relatively healthy as can be for what he does. “At this point, I’m just thinking about my clock,” he said. “I’ve not had the career that I’ve put the time into. I owe myself 20 more fights, at least. That’s what I want. What’s realistic, we’ll see.” For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. MMA Junkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio. You can also check out www.siriusxm.com/siriusxmfightnation. Voir l'article complet
  20. Pedro Munhoz’s UFC 235 celebration will leave his wallet a little lighter. At a meeting of the Nevada Athletic Commission on Wednesday, a sanction was passed that will see Munhoz fined $2,500 for exiting the cage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas immediately following his first-round knockout of Cody Garbrandt on March 2. The 32-year-old bantamweight will also have to pay $327.06 in prosecution fees before becoming eligible to compete again after previously being placed on temporary suspension. Munhoz is next scheduled to fight Aljamain Sterling at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago. A representative of the attorney general’s office on the behalf of Bob Bennett explained that Munhoz was expressly told by commission officials to not jump over the fence after his fight was over. On Wednesday, it was reiterated that any fighter exiting the cage could be a safety concern for the fighter, the fans, and other parties seated cageside. In the wake of the recent UFC 229 incident involving lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, Conor McGregor, and their respective camps, concerns were raised by the commission as to whether $2,500 was enough, but after some deliberation it was determined that Munhoz’s actions were not malicious and that this fine should be enough to “serve notice.” Munhoz’s fine was not based on a percentage of his UFC 235 purse. The commission agreed that it will continue to seek consistency in reviewing situations where athletes leave the cage. Afficher l’article complet
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