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  7. Yorgan De Castro and Punahele Soriano’s performances on the season premiere of Dana White’s Contender Series couldn’t have been more different, but in the end they both felt the thrill of having earned a UFC contract. De Castro (5-0) got the show off on the right foot (no pun intended) in the opening heavyweight bout, winning a striker vs. grappler battle as he stifled the wrestling of Alton Meeks (3-1) en route to picking up a first-round finish. As expected, Meeks came out looking to tie De Castro up early, pushing him against the fence and taking him down to the mat. De Castro’s defense held up, which allowed him to get the fight back onto the feet where it was clear that his low kicks and high knees were Meeks problems. A hard kick to Meeks’s left leg dropped him to the canvas and a few follow-up punches were all that were needed to seal the deal with just 15 seconds remaining in round one. Leg kick KO?! De Castro gets the first round finish to kickoff #DWCS! https://t.co/G5rZYRYp73 pic.twitter.com/QmgFj5AOpH — UFC (@ufc) June 19, 2019 As for Soriano (6-0), he didn’t put on the most exciting performance, but did enough to remain undefeated against Jamie Pickett (9-4) in the evening’s headlining middleweight bout. Using high volume and a few well-timed takedowns, Soriano took a clear-cut unanimous decision with scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 30-26. The longer Pickett did his best to score from range with straight punches and kicks, but Soriano kept up the pressure and swarmed with punches of his own to keep Pickett on the back foot. Soriano, who would later admit post-fight that he felt fatigue setting in, went to his wrestling base to slam Pickett in round two and finish with another takedown. He took Pickett down again early in round three and would hold him there for the remainder of the fight as Pickett was unable to escape bottom position. In the end, UFC president Dana White decided to reward De Castro and Soriano with UFC contracts. Also on the card, Hannah Goldy (5-0) got the better of her strawweight matchup with Invicta FC vet Kali Robbins (6-2), winning a unanimous decision with a pair of 30-27 scores and a 30-26. The impressively muscled Goldy took the lead early, circling back and allowing Robbins to wade into her striking range. In both rounds one and two, Robbins was eventually able to cut off the cage, but it appeared to be a case of too little too late as Goldy denied Robbins opportunities to score on the ground or go for any substantial submission attempts. The final round had Goldy finishing strong as she landed knees in the clinch and punches on the ground after Robbins scrambled for a failed takedown. An entertaining featherweight battle between the two most experienced fighters on Tuesday’s card saw Brendan Loughnane (17-3) pick up a trio of 30-27 scores to defeat Bill Algeo (12-4) by unanimous decision. Loughnane was a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter: The Smashes and he has a UFC fight under his belt as well as experience with the BAMMA and ACB; Algeo has competed for the World Series of Fighting and Ring of Combat. The two went back-and-forth for three rounds in an exciting contest, with Loughnane proving to be the more consistently accurate striker and effective grappler. Leg kicks paid dividends for Loughnane early, but Algeo amped up the aggression in the second, absorbing damage to land a few good shots of his own including a straight shot that appeared to damage Loughnane’s nose. However, it was Loughnane who landed more frequently with low kicks and punching combinations, and he also ended rounds two and three in top position on the mat. A welterweight bout between Brok Weaver and Leon Shahbazyan was canceled earlier in the day when Shahbazyan was forced to withdraw due to an illness. It was announced on the broadcast that Weaver will now fight Devin Smyth on the Aug. 13 episode of the Contender Series. See the full results below: Punahele Soriano def. Jamie Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) Hannah Goldy def. Kali Robbins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) Brendan Loughnane def. Bill Algeo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Yorgan De Castro def. Alton Meeks via first-round TKO (4:45) Afficher l’article complet
  8. LAS VEGAS – Dana White’s Contender Series 17 took place tonight at the brand new UFC Apex, and the debut edition of the third season saw a pair of fighters secure UFC deals. In the night’s featured contest, middleweight Punahele Soriano (6-0) stayed undefeated in his professional run but went to the judges’ cards for the first time, settling for a decision win over a speedy Jamie Pickett (9-4). Soriano came out looking to fire kicks, though Pickett’s movement proved problematic early on. While Soriano was moving forward, Pickett was evading well and looking to return fire. Soriano was unquestionably firing the harder blows, but he was looking for the killshot, and Pickett was able to evade any big shots. Soriano continued to lead the dance, though Pickett quick movement saw him stay just out of harm’s way. Soriano turned up the heat late in the frame, losing patience and swinging for the fences, but Pickett continued to slip and counter with some success. Soriano was firing at full power, but Pickett was quick and sharp. Soriano did clips Pickett late, and he sensed his opportunity to finish. Pickett clearly staggered as he defended, but he was able to keep just enough space to last until the bell. Soriano was a little more patient to start the second, moving forward but not throwing everything at full speed. Soriano controlled the center as Pickett moved left on the outside. Soriano was clearly throwing the heavier blows, but he did seem to pace himself a little better. Pickett’s quickness remained his best asset, and he did his best to slip and counter. Soriano eventually pushed forward and wrapped the body, slamming Pickett to the floor. He wasn’t able to keep the position though, and Pickett scrambled back to the feet, where he appeared the fresher man, even if he wasn’t packing as much power. Soriano earned another takedown in the final minute, and he grinded away with a few short strikes before the bell. Pickett was the quicker man to start the third, and he flicked out punches with impressive speed. Soriano countered by changing levels and took the action easily to the floor. Working from half-guard, Pickett turned to his hips and looked for potential options. He briefly grabbed a kimura grip, but Soriano turned well to avoid and remained on top. Pickett tried to scramble, but a sprawl from Soriano saw him again establish a firm controlling position. Pickett did a good job of tying things up underneath, but he wasn’t able to counter with much offense. Soriano did his best to strike away from the top, but he was pummeling the body, giving referee Herb Dean no reason to halt the contest. Soriano eventually turned his attention to the head, but he couldn’t do enough before the bell and was forced to settle for a decision win, 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26. While he was clearly emotional in the aftermath, concerned at not getting the finish, he was ultimately awarded a UFC deal. Goldy stays perfect In the night’s lone women’s bout, strawweight Hannah Goldy (5-0) kept her perfect career record intact with a convincing decision win over Kali Robbins (6-3). Robbins was the one moving forward to start, but Goldy moved well in retreat and was able to punch and kick in spurts. A brief clinch proved a stalemate, and the quickly settled into the previous pattern. Robbins continued to walk forward, but Goldy stay out of range and countered with low kicks and straight punches. Robbins was trying to attack but ended up chasing, for the most part. Robbins eventually worked inside late in the round and was able to drag her opponent to the floor, but she couldn’t keep the action there. Still, Robbins stayed with it and slipped around to the back, causing a brief threat. It was only brief, though, as Goldy calmly worked her way back to the feet and then pulled free, resuming her striking attacks just before the bell. Goldy started firing kicks to the body to start the second, and it continued to be Robbins moving forward for the most part but failing to cut off the cage. Robbins’s lead leg was battered on the inside, and Goldy started adding punches up top as her opponent’s moved slowed. Robbins continued moving forward, but she was walking into a buzzsaw. Goldy retreated and sought the right moments to sit tight and dig in for big punching barrages. Robbins showed her grit, battling through the blows, but she was clearly taking damage. Seeking to turn her circumstances, Robbins dropped and rolled for a leg, but Goldy was able to defend and stall the position for the final seconds of the round. There were no surprises to start the third, with Robbins remaining aggressive but struggling to really earn any rewards for her efforts. Goldy continued walking backward, but she delivered punches and kicks as she moved. Robbins really wasn’t able to build any sustained offense, though she never stopped trying to move forward. Robbins proved her durability by never backing down, but Goldy was clearly the dominant force, making it easy for the judges, who awarded her a decision win, 30-27 on all three cards. Loughnane battles way past Algeo In featherweight action, Brendan Loughnane (17-3) delivered as the first Brit to compete on the Contender Series, battling his way to a hard-fought decision win over a gritty Bill Algeo (12-4). The two fighters exchanged low kicks to start the fight before Loughnane landed a stiff right hand. Algeo continued to press, but it was certainly Loughnane who was pulling the trigger quicker with his strikes. Algeo was eventually able to press the action to the fence, but Loughnane was able to turn to the outside and pull away for a bit, though Algeo seemed to prefer to work in the clinch as often as possible. Loughnane had success in a few late striking exchanges, and his corner yelled for him to keep a quick pace. He nearly ducked into an Algeo kick in the final seconds, but the action ended on the feet. Algeo pressed in the second and he tried to time the step-in knee when his opponent returned the favor. The pace remained high, and Algeo started to find his range a little more frequently, busting up Loughnane’s nose. That said, each time it seemed Algeo was gaining control of the momentum, Loughnane would battle back with crisp punches, leading to a back-and-forth dogfight. In the final minute, Loughnane drove forward and threw the action to the floor. Algeo tried to scramble back up, but Loughnane slipped around to his back. Algeo refused to give up the choke, but he seemed to give up the round with the late exchange. Loughnane opened the third with a crisp right hand, and both men then took turns trading punches and kicks. Loughnane seemed to be the fresher man, but Algeo definitely wasn’t going away without a fight. Loughnane was unquestionably getting the better of the exchanges, and he started pouring it on as the round wore on. A little Diaz-esque taunting accompanied his punches, and it was clear who was in control. Algeo was clearly running on fumes in the final seconds, but he refused to give up. Loughnane poured on, lacing out punches and digging at the legs. His nose was bloodied, but he smiled as the wore on. Loughnane finished with a late takedown and cruised to a clear decision win, 30-27 on all three cards. De Castro scores upset win In the night’s first contest, heavyweight underdog Yorgan De Castro (5-0) grinded through his opponent’s wrestling attacks before using a bit of well-placed striking to steal away a first-round TKO win from Alton Meeks (3-1). Meeks stalked at the start, and while De Castro’s corner begged for him to move away from the fence, he soon found himself against the cage. De Castro tried for a leaping knee as Meeks moved inside, but it didn’t quite land clean, and he was taken briefly to the floor. De Castro battled his way quickly to the feet, but Meeks gave him absolutely no room to work and continued to trip him to the canvas. Undaunted, De Castro continued to get back to his feet, even if he only had brief moments to attempt offense. As the round wore on, Meeks seemed to tire, and De Castro started to find a home for thudding low kicks and the occasional right hand. Meeks continued to move forward, but he was taking the worst of it. Eventually, De Castro landed a thunderous low kick that saw Meeks drop to the canvas. De Castro followed with punches to seal the deal at the 4:45 mark of the opening round. The upset win was enough to score De Castro the night’s other UFC contract. The complete four-fight lineup includes: Punahele Soriano def. Jamie Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) Hannah Goldy def. Kali Robbins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) Brendan Loughnane def. Bill Algeo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Yorgan De Castro def. Alton Meeks via TKO (low kick, punches) – Round 1, 4:45 For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 17, check out the MMA Events section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  9. UFC flyweight champion Valentina Shevchenko will have the opportunity to avenge the only stoppage loss of her MMA career. But it won’t be an easy time. Shevchenko will face pioneering fighter Liz Carmouche in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 14 in Montevideo, Uruguay, on Aug. 10. MMA Junkie confirmed an initial report by ESPN. Shevchenko (17-3 MMA; 6-2 UFC) is coming off an epic knockout victory over Jessica Eye in her first title flyweight title defense Kyrgyzstan. That was the 12th finish among her 17 career wins. Carmouche (13-6 MMA; 5-4 UFC), meanwhile, has long left her mark on the sport. The first high-profile, out LGBT mixed martial artist also competed in the first women’s fight in UFC history, where she gave Ronda Rousey a run for her money at UFC 157 before losing late in the first round. And her victory over Katlyn Chookagian in the opening bout of UFC 205 put her in the record books as the first fighter to win a legalized sanctioned MMA fight at Madison Square Garden. Carmouche, who has won two straight and four of her past five, defeated Shevchenko at “C3 Fights: Red River Rivalry” in Oklahoma in 2010, earning a doctor stoppage TKO at the end of the second round. The only other fighter who has defeated Shevchenko is current featherweight and bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, who earned a pair of decisions over Shevchenko. With the additions, the latest UFC on ESPN+ 14 lineup includes: Valentina Shevchenko vs. Liz Carmouche Taila Santos vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith Rogerio Bontorin vs. Raulian Paiva Enrique Barzola vs. Bobby Moffett Marina Rodriguez vs. Tecia Torres Cyril Gane vs. Raphael Pessoa Veronica Macedo vs. Rachael Ostovich Geraldo de Freitas vs. Chris Gutierrez For more on UFC on ESPN+ 14, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  10. Brock Lesnar has apparently closed the door on his fighting career for good and UFC president Dana White believes he made the right call. Since last July when he stepped into the Octagon to confront new heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier following Cormier’s knockout win over Stipe Miocic, Lesnar was rumored for a return to fighting after his last performance in 2016. Lesnar not only began negotiations to return but he re-entered the United States Anti-Doping Agency drug testing pool, which was required before he would be allowed to fight again. After months of waiting and anticipating his return, Lesnar told White that he wasn’t going to fight in the UFC and instead would go back to his ongoing career with the WWE where he remains one of the company’s biggest stars. As much as Cormier probably would have enjoyed the massive windfall of cash he would have received for fighting Lesnar, not to mention the pay-per-view profits generated for the UFC from one of the most prolific draws in mixed martial arts history, White says he really wasn’t all that upset with the way things played out. In his mind fighters need to be completely committed to the sport to find success and White doesn’t feel like Lesnar had that level of dedication any longer so walking away was smart. “I wasn’t pissed at all,” White said about Lesnar’s decision during an Instagram live session on Tuesday. “Brock had a good run here. It’s been fun. “Listen to fight in this business you have to be 100 percent invested. You’ve got to be in. It’s not where his head was. He made the right decision.” Lesnar will turn 42 in July so it’s getting harder and harder to imagine another comeback to mixed martial arts for the former heavyweight champion. The last couple of times when Lesnar has flirted with another fight, he’s also used that interest from the UFC to leverage bigger and better contracts to remain with WWE. With Lesnar now expected to be a centerpiece of WWE programming for the rest of the year as well as a major part of an upcoming move for the show Smackdown Live to FOX in October, it’s tough to see WWE CEO Vince McMahon allowing him to go anywhere except back to the squared circle. As for the UFC, Cormier has already moved on to a heavyweight championship rematch against Miocic scheduled as the main event for UFC 241 in August from Anaheim. Afficher l’article complet
  11. Over the past few months, notable UFC flyweights, from former title challengers John Moraga and Wilson Reis to contenders Brandon Moreno, Dustin Ortiz, and Matheus Nicolau, have all been released from the promotion. Will the top-ranked flyweights aggregate under another banner? Time tell, but don’t expect Bellator to addd men’s flyweights to their roster any time soon. Despite the UFC’s recent releases of over a dozen 125-pound combatants, some of whom were ranked in the top 10, Bellator president Scott Coker isn’t jumping at the opportunity to add another division. At the Bellator 222 post-fight news conference, Coker said the promotion had considered adding flyweights, but felt it was not a direction they want to head at this time. “We’ve talked about it, but we haven’t taken any action obviously,” Coker told reporters, including MMA Junkie. “For right now, we’re going to focus on the divisions we have. We’re very excited about the finals of the welterweight tournament and we’re very excited about the launch of the featherweight tournament. We’re going to have our hands full with these events.” Related Bellator 222 post-event facts: Kyoji Horiguchi makes history Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 222, where Eminem curse didn't work Joseph Benavidez on fate of UFC flyweight division: 'It's not over until it's over' Bellator could become a home for male flyweight competitors at some point down the road, but not for the foreseeable future. Coker remarked Bellator has a lot of other projects to work on before any new divisions are added. “We’re going to have our hands full,” Coker said. “If at some point, we felt like it was something we wanted to do, we’d really think it through. I don’t want to be jumping in and out of different weight classes. If we’re going to do it, we’re going to do it right.” Coker said Bellator’s main goal right now is expanding global outreach, while increasing the number of events the company holds per year. “This is a company when I came on board, we were doing 14-15 events a year,” Coker said “Next year, we’re going to end up being 30 events worldwide. It could grow up to 40 very easily, depending on certain television deals we’re working on. This is a company that’s owned by Viacom, which owns networks all over the world and is a media company all over the world. We have a lot of requests to come to different territories [and] start doing big fights like we’re doing here.” For more on Bellator 222, check out our Events page. Gallery Rory MacDonald def. Neiman Gracie at Bellator 222: Best photos view 18 images Voir l'article complet
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    Video: Dana White UFC Apex Q&A

    LAS VEGAS — UFC President Dana White meets with reporters to unveil the new UFC Apex, preview the upcoming season of Dana White’s Contender Series, discuss boxing heavyweights Anthony Joshua, Tyson Fury, Andy Ruiz Jr., and Deontay Wilder and much, much more. Afficher l’article complet
  14. MMA Junkie Radio kicks off tonight at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) with special guests Juan Archuleta and Chris Leben. Archuleta is one of the sport’s hottest bantamweights, regardless of company. He is coming off a big win at Bellator 222. The legendary Leben, meanwhile, returns to the Bare Knuckle ring Saturday night when he faces Dakota Cochrane. MMA Junkie Radio airs from 8 to 10 p.m. ET (5 to 7 p.m. PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live above or on MMAjunkie’s YouTube page. Additionally, SiriusXM Fight Nation (Ch. 156) airs the show live, or you can catch an on-demand replay on the SiriusXM app. MMA Junkie Radio listener guide: HOW TO WATCH (ONLINE): Watch a live stream on MMA Junkie’s YouTube page. HOW TO CALL: MMA Junkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call the MMA Junkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846. HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMA Junkie Radio live and in person at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s sports book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com. (Note: You must be 21 or older to enter the casino.) HOW TO INTERACT: Follow MMA Junkie Radio on your favorite social-media platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Never miss an episode of MMAjunkie by subscribing via iTunes, Stitcher or Audioboom. Voir l'article complet
  15. MMA Fighting has Dana White’s Contender Series Season 3, Week 1 results Tuesday from the UFC Apex in Las Vegas, Nev. On the four-fight card, multiple UFC contracts could be up for grabs. Check out the Week 1 results below. Main Card (ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET) Middleweight: Punahele Soriano def. Jamie Pickett via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) Strawweight: Hannah Goldy def. Kali Robbins via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) Featherweight: Brendan Loughnane def. Bill Algeo via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Heavyweight: Yorgan De Castro def. Alton Meeks via first-round TKO (4:45) Afficher l’article complet
  16. LAS VEGAS — At the opening of the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Paul Felder and Brendan Fitzgerald talk about the most impressive aspects of the new building, the third season of the Contender Series, differences from The Ultimate Fighter, and much more. Afficher l’article complet
  17. LAS VEGAS — At the opening of the UFC Apex facility in Las Vegas, Dana White talks about what Apex means for the UFC and combat sports, how he knew streaming was the future of fighting, his desire to stay in the fight business, UFC’s parent company Endeavor going public, his son’s boxing career, the upcoming matchup between Israel Adesanya and Robert Whittaker, and much, much more. Afficher l’article complet
  18. Paige VanZant underwent arm surgery for the third time last week and is expected to be sidelined for about 12 weeks. With so much time on her hands, she is considering a move back down to strawweight for the final fight on her UFC contract. VanZant (8-4 MMA, 5-3 UFC) has struggled to make the cut down to 115 pounds on numerous occasions, which prompted her move up to flyweight. She split her two appearances competing at 125 pounds, losing to Jessica-Rose Clark via unanimous decision and then rebounding with an impressive submission win over Rachael Ostovich one year later. Now VanZant finds herself in the recovery process once again. With all this time ahead of her, it’s time to work full time with a nutritionist. “Now that I have so much time, I can get my diet in check and work with a nutritionist and cut down to 115,” VanZant told MMA Junkie. “And have my last fight on my contract and try strawweight out again with a full-time nutritionist. I think there are really big fights in the strawweight division for me and really big fights at 125 for me.” Related Paige VanZant has surgery on arm, shares absolutely grotesque photos of it Paige VanZant's SI swimsuit photos revealed: 'This is my way of not holding anything back' With one fight left on her deal, VanZant was hoping to make a statement, but those plans will have to be put on hold as she recovers from yet another surgery on her arm. She elbowed a training partner in the head, which resulted in another non-union fracture. She though it was best to undergo surgery so she can guarantee a comeback at full strength. “I had a non-union fracture again but in a completely different spot,” VanZant said. “So, they said yeah, eventually it will heal, but it’s like rolling the dice. Like it could be nine months before the crack fills in. I had options of sitting and hoping that sometime in nine months it’ll heal or having surgery, and knowing I’ll be back and able to train in three months.” With the exciting news of VanZant’s current home, Gracie Barra Portland, collaborating with American Top Team, she hopes to head East to ATT in South Florida for some training. Gracie Barra Portland is now officially American Top Team West Coast, and VanZant hopes that now, with a bigger gym name, people will start to show the team more respect. “It helps to have the franchise name,” VanZant said. “We have a huge roster of UFC fighters, Bellator fighters, just really talented people. But because we’re working with Gracie Barra, everyone thought it was a jiu-jitsu academy, which we had a full fight team, so it’s cool now that we have the name, and we can have fighters come out and train with us.” “We’re hoping to go down to Coconut Creek,” VanZant added. “I was going to go down with Fabiano, our head coach, and our owner Brandon. Austin and I were going to go down and help with cross training and stuff like that.” Related UFC's Maycee Barber targets Paige VanZant but knows 'she doesn't want any of this' Feeling amazing at flyweight, Maryna Moroz calls out Paige VanZant after UFC Philadelphia For now, VanZant will have to hold back on her plans, but a trip down to ATT, one of the top gyms in the world with the likes of bantamweight and featherweight champion Amanda Nunes and former champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk, she won’t be short of world-class training partners. “I would like to go once I can start training,” VanZant said. “I’m down and out for probably another 12 weeks before I can hit the gym super hard, and I can start training full time.” That won’t deter her, though, as she is determined to come back stronger at the end of the year. “It’s making me more driven,” VanZant said. “I’ve had longer layoffs than this, so I’m just going to suck it up and stop whining and feeling sorry for myself because I do know there are so many people that wish they can be in my shoes. It’s knowing how blessed I am. “This just shows the world how tough I am. If you didn’t think I was tough, here you go. I’m not even questioning what’s next for me. I’m just taking it easy for a little while and not messing things up if I’m going to fight again.” For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: Paige VanZant through the years view 79 images Voir l'article complet
  19. LAS VEGAS – Dana White’s Contender Series returns tonight, and MMA Junkie has you covered with a live preview of the third season’s first show. DWCS 17 takes place at the brand new UFC Apex in Las Vegas. The four-fight card, which sees athletes trying to secure a UFC contract, streams live on ESPN+ at 8 p.m. ET. You can join MMA Junkie’s John Morgan and Dan Tom for a preview at 7:15 p.m. ET. The complete four-fight lineup includes: Punahele Soriano (186) vs. Jamie Pickett (186) Hannah Goldy (116) vs. Kali Robbins (116) Bill Algeo (146) vs. Brendan Loughnane (146) Yorgan De Castro (253) vs. Alton Meeks (262) For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 17, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: Dana White's Contender Series 17 official weigh-ins view 8 images Voir l'article complet
  20. Gallery Photos: Best of Daniel Cormier view 52 images UFC officials recently announced that the promotion’s Emmy-nominated short film series, “UFC 25 Years in Short,” is no longer exclusive to UFC Fight Pass. Originally released in 2018, the compilation of 25 short films was produced to celebrate the UFC’s 25th anniversary. In April, the docuseries received a Sports Emmy Award nomination in the “Outstanding Edited Sports Special or Series” category. “‘UFC 25 Years in Short’ premiered on UFC Fight Pass in fall of 2018, so the time is right to showcase it to a new audience,” UFC senior vice president of production and programming Chris Kartzmark stated. On Tuesday, the promotion released the 22nd film in the series, “BAD BLOOD, GOOD BUSINESS: The Story of Rivalries Fueling the Biggest Fights.” The official description, courtesy of the UFC: In 2014, a brawl between Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier in the MGM Grand lobby led to one of the most successful Pay-Per-Views in company history because “bad blood” sells. Check out the full video above. The Blue Corner is MMA Junkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly serious, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS. Gallery Photos: Jon Jones through the years view 74 images Voir l'article complet
  21. Former Bellator champion Eduardo Dantas and highly touted prospect Aaron Pico will both be sidelined for an extended period of time following knockout losses at Bellator 222 this past weekend in New York. On Tuesday, the New York State Athletic Commission verified the medical suspensions handed down to the fighters competing in Madison Square Garden last Friday. Dantas led the list with a 90-day suspension following his brutal knockout loss to Juan Archuleta. Meanwhile, super prospect Aaron Pico earned a 60-day suspension following a flying knee knockout courtesy of Adam Borics in the second round. It was the second straight knockout suffered by Pico in his seven fight career. Chael Sonnen also received a 60-day suspension following a similar flying knee knockout in his fight against Lyoto Machida. Sonnen won’t likely have to worry much about his suspension as he announced his retirement following the conclusion of the fight against Machida last Friday. Here’s the full list of medical suspension for Bellator 222 per the NYSAC: Rory MacDonald - 7 Days Neiman Gracie - 14 Days Chael Sonnen - 60 Days Lyoto Machida - 7 Days Darrion Caldwell - 30 Days Kyoji Horiguchi - 30 Days Dillon Danis - 30 Days Max Humphrey - 14 Days Eduardo Dantas - 90 Days Juan Archuleta - 7 Days Aaron Pico - 60 Days Adam Borics - 30 Days Heather Hardy - 30 Days Taylor Turner - 7 Days Haim Gozali - 7 Days Gustavo Wurlitzer - 14 Days Robson Gracie - 7 Days Oscar Vera - 14 Days Michael Kimble - 7 Days Sebastian Ruiz - 45 Days Michael Wilcox - 45 Days Phil Hawes - 7 Days Brandon Polcare - 7 Days Brandon Medina - 14 Days Nekruz Mirkhojaev - 30 Days Marcus Surin - 7 Days Whitney Francois - 30 Days Kastroit Xeham - 30 Days Kenneth Rivera - 7 Days John Beneduce - 7 Days Valerie Loureda - 7 Days Larkyn Dasch - 7 Days Lindsey Van Sandt - 7 Days Rena Kubota - 30 Days Patrick Mix - 7 Days Ricky Bandejas - 30 Days Afficher l’article complet
  22. John Phillips is out of UFC Sacramento, but the promotion has already found a new opponent for Karl Roberson’s return to middleweight. Roberson, who lost to Glover Teixeira in a light heavyweight match earlier this year, will now take on Brazilian middleweight prospect Wellington Turman at UFC Sacramento, which is scheduled for July 13 at the Golden1 Center. Both fighters confirmed the booking on social media following a report by Combate. Turman joins the company after racking up 15-2 record with four straight wins, capped off by a first-round submission over TUF Brazil runner-up Marcio Alexandre Jr. in April. Roberson (7-2) went 2-1 in the UFC prior to his quick move to light heavyweight, defeating Darren Stewart and Jack Marshman. “Baby K” also scored an impressive 15-second knockout over Ryan Spann at Dana White’s Contender Series. UFC Sacramento will be headlined by a bantamweight clash between former featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie and undefeated prospect Aspen Ladd, while former WEC champion Urijah Faber comes back from retirement to face Ricky Simon in the co-main event. Afficher l’article complet
  23. Anthony Pettis’ manager, Abraham Kawa, believes a fight with Conor McGregor is imminent. All Pettis has to do is take care of business against Nate Diaz. The former lightweight champion Pettis is scheduled to take on Diaz in a welterweight bout on Aug. 17 in the UFC 241 co-main event. McGregor last fought at UFC 229, losing to current 155-pound champion Khabib Nurmagomedov via fourth-round submission. McGregor has been chomping at the bit for a rematch with Nurmagomedov, but the UFC decided to go in a different direction, booking a title-unification bout vs. interim champ Dustin Poirier in September at UFC 242. McGregor is yet to sign his next fight. But if Pettis beats Diaz, Kawa believes McGregor should be next for his client. “Even Conor fighting Khabib, I don’t think that’s the fight,” Kawa told MMA Junkie on Tuesday. “I actually don’t want to see that fight right now. Maybe after a while, yes. But right now I think Conor vs. Anthony is the fight. I’m looking at it as (if) Anthony beats Nate, and I think Conor is next on the horizon.” Related Daily Debate results: Does Nate Diaz belong at welterweight? Nate Diaz done with lightweights, Khabib Nurmagomedov: 'I own all those (expletive)' Pettis made an emphatic statement in his welterweight debut when he knocked out Stephen Thompson with a highlight-reel Superman punch in March. Prior to that, Thompson had never been finished in his combat sports career. Now Pettis draws Diaz, who hasn’t competed since his unanimous-decision loss to McGregor back in August 2016. It took Pettis to bring Diaz back from his long layoff, and Kawa believes Pettis’ statement in his last fight is what motivated Diaz. “We needed Anthony to do what he did to Thompson,” Kawa said. “If Anthony doesn’t do that to Thompson, I don’t think anyone would go, ‘This is the fight to make with Nate and Anthony.’ So, Anthony did his part.” Related Coach Roufus: Nate Diaz's hatred toward Anthony Pettis will backfire at UFC 241 And he’s expecting the best version of Diaz. “He has a following, he has a name, he’s one of the OG’s of the sport, and I take nothing away from Nate,” Kawa said. “To get Nate to get up in the morning and say that’s the dude I want to fight, I think we’re going to see fireworks. “We’ve seen Anthony vs. ‘Cowboy’ (Donald Cerrone), and now we’ll see Anthony vs. Nate,” Kawa added. “They genuinely don’t like each other. They genuinely don’t see eye to eye, and they’re two guys that are going to come forward and throw. The better man is going to win, and I think if Anthony does what he’s supposed to do, he will win. “I think next in line should be Conor. I don’t think there should be anyone else.” For more on UFC 241, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  24. Le sélectionneur Jacques Brunel a beau avoir démenti fermement l'implication de son nouvel adjoint, Fabien Galthié, dans l'établissement de sa liste de 31 ...
  25. Darrion Caldwell arrived at Madison Square Garden for Bellator 222 in a good mood, upbeat, full of positive energy. He left the cage following his loss to Kyoji Horiguchi the complete opposite, and an innocent camera operator felt the brunt of it. After five rounds in his title fight with Horiguchi, Caldwell came away the loser, dropping a unanimous decision by scores of 48-47 and 49-46 twice. Afterward, Caldwell and his team made the slow walk out of the cage and into the backstage area while a camera followed along. Caldwell spoke directly to the camera – calmly, but you could sense the frustration slowly building. “I know y’all pulling stunts on me. I know y’all pulling stunts on me,” Caldwell said. “It’s all good. I know the real outcome. I know y’all pulling stunts on me.” Moments later, things took an ugly turn. “Suck a f*cking d*ck. That’s what I got to say for real,” Caldwell said. “Go suck a f*cking d*ck. None of y’all n***as put the time and effort that I put in. Y’all f*cking cons.” AND THEN WHACK. HE SLAPS THE CAMERA TO THE GROUND. It’s hard to tell if Caldwell’s words were directed at the judges, Bellator or Horiguchi, but the emotions understandably were running high. Still no excuse for taking it out on a cameraman like that. You can watch the scene in the video above (warning for profanity). For the full fight night video, check out below: For complete coverage of Bellator 222, check out the MMA Eventssection of the site. The Blue Corner is MMA Junkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly serious, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS. Voir l'article complet
  26. Ricardo Ramos and Jordan Griffin have new opponents for UFC Minneapolis on June 29, the promotion announced. Ramos, originally slated to face Sergio Pettis in a bantamweight clash, will now take on Journey Newson. Griffin, previously booked against Chas Skelly, now faces featherweight Vince Murdock. The Fight Night event takes place at Target Center in Minneapolis. Newson (9-1) makes his first walk to the Octagon after scoring six straight wins in the regional circuit, including five finishes. “Carcacinha” Ramos (12-2) looks to rebound from a first-round defeat to Said Nurmagomedov last February that dropped his UFC record to 3-1. Murdock (12-3, 1 no-contest), a 28-year-old product of Team Alpha Male, joins the UFC on short notice against former King of the Cage champion Griffin (17-6), who lost his UFC debut to Dan Ige in December. UFC Minneapolis will feature a five-round heavyweight showdown between former champion Junior dos Santos and one-time title contender Francis Ngannou in the main event. Afficher l’article complet
  27. At UFC on ESPN+ 12 on Saturday night, Matt Wiman will fight for the first time in 1,673 days. The 35-year-old lightweight hasn’t competed since November 2014, when he defeated Isaac Vallie-Flagg at UFC Fight Night 57. When Wiman (16-7, 10-5 UFC) last made the walk to the cage, the promotion hadn’t entered the Reebok era, Barack Obama was midway through his second term, and Conor McGregor hadn’t fought on a pay-per-view. No one was more surprised to hear of Wiman’s return than Luis Pena, his opponent Saturday at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, S.C. “I’m not gonna lie,” Pena told MMA Junkie. “They said Matt Wiman – I thought that guy was retired. He hasn’t fought since the fight with Isaac Vallie-Flagg, and then he tried to come back in 2015. He pulled out with a back injury. I was a little surprised, but at the same time, it’s just another name on the contract.” Matt Wiman A veteran of Season 27 of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Pena (6-1, 2-1 UFC) is trying to focus most of his energy on the controllable – what he brings to the table with his abilities. However, the 25-year-old lightweight admitted there are challenges preparing for an opponent who hasn’t competed in almost five years. “I am super focused on myself and getting better and being in the best shape possible for this fight,” Pena said. “But at the same time, I can’t lie. It is a little difficult to form a gameplan because all of my fights in the UFC have essentially formed some pretty good gameplans to take these guys out. “With this matchup, we don’t really know where to go. You look at his early fights, he likes to take guys to the ground and beat them up. You look at his later fights, he likes to stand up and beat them up. It’s kind of like a catch-22. What are we going to get? I’m just kind of preparing for the best Matt Wiman I’m going to see.” Regardless of which version of Wiman enters the cage Saturday, “Violent Bob Ross” thinks their meeting is the odds-on favorite to win the UFC’s “Fight of the Night” bonus. “This is the biggest candidate for ‘Fight of the Night,’ just looking at the card right now,” Pena said. “We’re both guys who like to come forward and like to fight. We like to throw hands. I feel like both of our styles match up well for the fans. “You can expect pure violence from this fight – bell-to-bell violence.” For more on UFC on ESPN+ 12, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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