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  2. SAN JOSE, Calif. – Former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson is signed to Bellator for six fights over two years, which suits him just fine. Considering his goals, it’s the right time frame to capture one last goal before retirement. “Before it’s said and done, I need to have the belt around my waist,” Henderson (26-8 MMA, 3-3 BMMA), 35, told MMA Junkie in advance of his DAZN-streamed fight against Adam Piccolotti (11-2 MMA, 7-2 BMMA) at Bellator 220, which takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. Henderson said he was offered a fight against an unnamed opponent at welterweight prior to being offered Piccolotti. He didn’t mind the idea; one of his first conquests at Bellator was the welterweight title. But his team nixed the idea and told him to focus on the division where he’s earned his biggest accolades. “I was like, ‘C’mon, guys,'” Henderson said. “I’m still very coachable and listen to my coaches and my team. All my coaches said focus on 155 and get that belt around my waist, and then after that we can go up to 170. I was a little bit sad. I was like, ‘I think I can beat this guy up, but OK.'” Right now, the winner of May’s Bellator 221 headliner between Michael Chandler and Patricio “Pitbull” Freire is Henderson’s longer term goal. The immediate one is to perform against Piccolotti and ensure he keeps his place in line. “For me, there are no extra incentives to winning,” Henderson said. “Winning itself is the ultimate endgame.” Two years ago, Chandler handed Henderson a split decision loss to dash his hopes of claiming the lightweight throne in the Viacom-owned promotion. The idea of revenge is an attractive one. It’s just secondary to the belt. “I want the belt around my waist, so whoever gets me the belt around my waist, that’s all I care about,” he said. “I do want to see Chandler again; I do want to get my hands on him. I felt I had him in our last fight. The judges saw it the other way. “But if he doesn’t have the belt, I don’t really care about him that much. I will have the 155-pound belt around my waist.” Henderson admires Piccolotti’s ability to bounce back from a pair of losses after a quick rise up the Bellator ranks. He expects the up-and-comer to try and use him as a stepping stone for bigger things. There can’t be any mistakes when he steps into the cage. But ultimately, Henderson is confident he’ll be able to reach his goal. “As far as where beating him puts me, I’ll let Mike Kogan and the Bellator VPs decide that,” he said. “All I know is I need to do whatever it takes to make sure it is the next step.” For more on Bellator 220, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
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  5. UFC’s prelims on Saturday on ESPN2 drew the company’s lowest television numbers in more than a year, with 232,000 viewers. The low number was largely due to it being both on the lower-rated ESPN 2, and it starting at 10 a.m. Eastern time and 7 a.m. on the West Coast. In addition, there were no major names in the six fights that aired in the three-hour time slot. There was a battle of top-15 ranked heavyweights with Shamil Abdurakhimov beating Marcin Tybura on the undercard. A fight with Mosvar Evloev vs. Seung Woo Choi was used in the televised version of the show’s top slot. This would be the second morning show on ESPN2 since UFC started its new television deal in January. A Feb. 23 event from London, the prelims before a show headlined by Thiago Santos vs. Jan Blachowicz, did 271,000 viewers. That show also had no major names, but was helped by starting an hour later. This was the lowest audience for a UFC live broadcast on television since Oct. 28, 2017, a Fight Night show from Sao Paulo, Brazil, which did 198,000 viewers. That number being lower was because it was on FS2, which is available in about 50 million, compared to close to 85 million for ESPN2. Afficher l’article complet
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  8. Julia Budd will attempt to keep a stranglehold on the Bellator women’s featherweight division for a long time to come. Budd (12-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA), the current and only women’s 145-pound champion in Bellator history, has signed a new multi-fight contract with the organization ahead of her scheduled defense in July. MMA Junkie confirmed the new long-term deal is in place with a person close to the situation. Budd, who is booked against Olga Rubin (6-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) on Bellator’s July 12 event in Thackerville, Okla., is No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA women’s pound-for-pound rankings and No. 2 in the featherweight rankings. She has already defended her title twice since capturing it in March 2017. The Canadian is currently riding a 10-fight winning streak including six-straight in Bellator. Budd, 35, hasn’t lost since a November 2011 defeat to ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey and had only one setback prior, which came to current dual UFC titleholder Amanda Nunes. For more on Bellator: Budd vs. Rubin, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Gallery Julia Budd def. Talita Nogueira at Bellator 202: Best photos view 9 images Voir l'article complet
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  11. Fighters Only has announced the nominees for the 2019 World MMA Awards. In addition to the fighters who are up for accolades, four-time winner MMA Fighting was nominated for “Media Source of the Year”, while Chuck Mindenhall was nominated for “Journalist of the Year.” The MMA Hour was nominated as well for “Best MMA Programming.” Voting began with the announcement of the nominations Wednesday and you can make your voice be heard below. The 11th Annual World MMA Awards will be held during this summer in Las Vegas. The 2019 World MMA Awards nominees are below. Fighter of the Year Khabib Nurmagomedov Gegard Mousasi Dustin Poirier Daniel Cormier Aung La Nsang Female Fighter of the Year Valentina Shevchenko Tatiana Suarez Jessica Andrade Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Amanda Nunes Breakthrough Fighter of the Year Thiago Santos Israel Adesanya Anthony Smith A.J. McKee Aaron Pico International Fighter of the Year Khabib Nurmagomedov Kamaru Usman Israel Adesanya Gegard Mousasi Aung La Nsang
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 Vitor Belfort vs. Lyoto Machida - UFC 224 Brian Ortega vs. Frankie Edgar - UFC 222 Submission of the Year Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov - UFC 221 Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry - UFC Fight Night 139 Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Brandon Davis - UFC 228 Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann - UFC 228 Ryan Hall vs. B.J. Penn - UFC 232 Comeback of the Year Claudio Silva vs. Nordine Taleb - UFC Fight Night 130
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  12. Former UFC two-division champion Conor McGregor made a (kinda, sorta) return to fighting last weekend when he took part in an exhibition boxing match at his former gym, Crumlin Boxing Club in Dublin, to help raise money during the annual “Good Friday Boxing Show.” McGregor’s appearance was a surprise that caught us all off guard. Speaking of being caught off guard, how about McGregor’s opponent, amateur boxer Michael McGrane? According to him, McGregor caught him with “the cheapest shot” he’s ever caught in his life. At least, that’s what he told TMZ. “We touch gloves at the start of the fight, and you’re meant to go back to your corner, but Conor never went back to his corner,” McGrane said. “Conor leaped at me with a left hook, the clinical left hooks, and he caught me flush in the eye with his clinical left hook. … “Yeah, it was a cheap shot. It was the cheapest shot I’ve ever caught in my life. Conor McGregor hit me with a cheap shot in his own hometown.” McGregor throwing a cheap shot during a charity boxing match? You be the judge. Here’s the video from TMZ: Related Bodycam video: Conor McGregor makes cops wait on cell phone arrest Dana White expects Conor McGregor to fight in 2019, has meeting scheduled For more on the upcoming UFC schedule, visit the UFC Rumors section 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. Gallery Photos: Conor McGregor through the years Voir l'article complet
  13. Desmond Green is getting the hometown fight he wanted – and in short order. The UFC announced on Thursday that Green will welcome UFC newcomer Charles Jourdain in a lightweight bout set for UFC on ESPN+ 10 on May 18 at Blue Cross Arena in “The Predator’s” hometown of Rochester, N.Y. Just added to #UFCRochester: @predatortoon welcomes TKO MMA champ Charles Jourdain! https://t.co/l7mXd6U3z9 pic.twitter.com/vMfjcMXMgQ — UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) April 25, 2019 Green, 29, will head into the hometown bout with momentum on his side after scoring a TKO win over Ross Pearson on March 30 at UFC on ESPN 2. The UFC Rochester booking means Green (22-8 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will turn around to fight just seven weeks later. Green’s prior six bouts all had gone to a decision. Jourdain, a 23-year-old Canadian, will make his UFC debut riding a four-fight winning streak, with all four of those victories coming by submission or knockout. With the addition, the latest UFC on ESPN+ 10 lineup now includes: Rafael dos Anjos vs. Kevin Lee Vicente Luque vs. Neil Magny Ian Heinisch vs. Antonio Carlos Junior Sijara Eubanks vs. Aspen Ladd Zak Cummings vs. Trevin Giles Patrick Cummins vs. Ed Herman Grant Dawson vs. Mike Trizano Megan Anderson vs. Felicia Spencer Nik Lentz vs. Charles Oliveira Michel Pereira vs. Danny Roberts Julio Arce vs. Julian Erosa Austin Hubbard vs. Davi Ramos Desmond Green vs. Charles Jourdain For more on UFC on ESPN+ 10, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  14. Benson Henderson has been in plenty of dramatic fights over the course of his 34-fight career. And as long as that drama remains in the cage, he’s fine with it. It’s when he’s expected to play an entirely different game outside of competition that he gets bothered. Henderson, 35, has avoided getting involved in personal squabbles with any of his Bellator opponents since joining the promotion three years ago. Even during his time in the UFC, “Smooth” was more known for his post-match “Praise the Lords” than his fiery insults, and he’s glad that his current employers haven’t put any pressure on him to sell himself as anything more than what he is: a former world champion hunting for another belt to add to his collection. In a recent interview with MMA Fighting, Henderson was asked if he pays much attention to the UFC’s lightweight division that he once ruled over and whether he feels like the drama stirred up by names like Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor tends to overshadow the other contenders. “I thank the Lord I don’t have to deal with that part of the job,” Henderson answered, “And I never really dealt with it in the first place, I wasn’t one of those guys that was like, ‘Aw, I gotta deal with this.’ But whatever, it’s like water off a duck’s back. It’s no big deal. “But man, when you’re on a six-fight, seven-fight win streak and you can’t get a title shot call, or it just doesn’t go your way. There’s a bunch of stuff, but it’s just like the politics of it, you’re not known for what you do inside the cage. You’re more known for what you do outside the cage. That very much irks me, because I’m pretty boring outside the cage. I’m a blue collar, I go to work, I bust my ass in the gym, but I’m not somebody who’s going to say something outlandish just for the sake of getting a few more Twitter followers or I’m not gonna pose naked for more Instagram followers. I’m not one of those guys that says something stupid just for the sake of getting more attention.” Henderson (26-8) originally made a name for himself as one of the best lightweights in the World Extreme Cagefighting promotion and by the time he joined the UFC in 2011, he was already a cult hero. From there, Henderson showed that he was truly elite, winning his first seven UFC fights and capturing a world title that he successfully defended three times. Throughout, Henderson maintained the same demeanor that endeared him to fans in the first place. Given his own climb up the ladder, he’s even more confused by how some of his peers seem to experience a drastic personality change once they get a taste of stardom. “I think in the UFC that’s exactly the route you have to go. You have to say something incredibly stupid, you have to wear sunglasses inside to get the attention,” Henderson said. “You have to start wearing fur coats. I see these younger guys, when they get into the UFC, they’re pretty normal, straight-laced, good guys, just hard workers, that’s how they got to the UFC. And then they go on a two-fight, three-fight win streak and all of a sudden they’re wearing fur coats to media interviews and wearing sunglasses inside. It’s like, who is this guy? Where’d you come from? “Yeah, we’re all growing, we’re all changing, you’re not going to be the same person at 29 that you were at 24, but that being said, you’re going to become somebody who wears a fur coat in the middle of July, like, come on, be serious there, kid. It is what it is, so I am very happy, very thankful that I don’t have to deal with that for sure.” Henderson’s only immediate concern is winning his next fight, a lightweight matchup against top contender Adam Piccolotti that takes place at Bellator 220 this Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. If he can get past Piccolotti, Henderson will have won three straight, his longest streak since April 2013. Though Piccolotti has amassed a 7-2 record in the Bellator cage and seems poised for a title shot of his own, he doesn’t have quite the experience or name value of Henderson’s previous Bellator opponents Saad Awad, Roger Huerta, Michael Chandler, Patricio Freire, and Andrey Koreshkov. But he does represent an immediate threat to Henderson’s goal of becoming a champion again. “I think at this point, he’s the biggest fight of my life,” Henderson said of Piccolotti. “He’s what matters, whether I get another title shot. That’s really all I care about. “I want to get that Bellator belt. I need, I will get that Bellator belt around my waist, and he is the biggest fight to determine that. So I need to go out there, I need to go beat him up, make a statement, and make a big deal, and do whatever it takes to get that shot, to get the belt around my waist.” Afficher l’article complet
  15. A “Meatball” and “Violence Queen” are set to do battle in the South. The UFC announced on Thursday that Molly McCann will fight Ariane Lipski in a women’s flyweight bout at UFC on ESPN+ 12 on June 22 from Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, South Carolina. It's official! Liverpool's @MeatballMolly faces @Ariane_Lipski at #UFCGreenville! pic.twitter.com/BRkXmtbk2U — UFC Europe (@UFCEurope) April 25, 2019 McCann (8-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC), 28, made history last month, becoming the first female English fighter to win a UFC fight with a unanimous decision over Priscilla Cachoeira in London. “Meatball” paid the price, though, as she suffered a broken orbital during the bout. But she’ll be set for her return in June. McCann meets another Brazilian in the “Violence Queen” Lipski (11-4 MMA, 0-1 UFC), who is coming off a loss in her UFC debut. In January, Lipski, 25, lost a unanimous decision to Joanne Calderwood at UFC on ESPN+ 1. With the addition, the latest UFC on ESPN+ 12 lineup now includes: Allen Crowder vs. Jair Rozenstruik Syuri Kondo vs. Ashley Yoder Montana De La Rosa vs. Andrea Lee Ariane Lipski vs. Molly McCann For more onn UFC on ESPN+ 12, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Molly McCann def. Priscila Cachoeira at UFC London: Best photos Voir l'article complet
  16. PLANTATION, Fla. – Court McGee always knew he needed to form a plan for his retirement from MMA. However, he said he didn’t know his past would play such a significant role in his future. McGee (19-7 MMA, 8-6 UFC), “The Ultimate Fighter 11” winner who meets Dhiego Lima (13-7 MMA, 2-5 UFC) on Saturday at UFC on ESPN+ 8, has had his story well documented in his more than 12-year career as a professional fighter. He abused substances to the point he was declared clinically deceased for eight minutes, only to miraculously survive and get a second chance at life. The road has never been easy, but McGee has scratched and clawed his was into a relevant existence. He’s been part of the UFC roster for nearly nine years and is on the cusp of his 15th octagon appearance. The past few years have been relatively inactive for McGee, but he said during that time he’s used his story to start a career in public speaking. For McGee, the opportunity to share his experiences is crucial. He didn’t expect it to be so well received, but with that positive feedback has come a clarity of what he needs to do once his fighting career ends completely. Related Finally 'clicking,' Dhiego Lima plans to finish 'winner in life' Court McGee at UFC on ESPN+ 8 UFC on ESPN+ 8 pre-event facts: Jim Miller adds to record for most UFC fights “Ever since I started competing I knew I had to have an exit strategy,” McGee told MMA Junkie. “I knew this because you have two bad fights where you get a serious enough injury where you can’t compete anymore. That happens, and then it’s done. I have a wife and two children I’m responsible for supporting. I always had to have a strategy and exit plan. I didn’t plan it this way. I got asked to speak then one thing turned into another then it turned into hundred and hundreds of high schools, college, juvenile justice and all these places. It turned into something, then it turned into an opportunity to support. “Some of the kids will come up to speak and some of them need help right then (with substance abuse). I started building a network of people where I could introduce them to somebody to possibly help them or introduce them to somebody to help get them in touch with a localized social worker that helps with drug addiction.” McGee said he’s done plenty of speaking engagements over the past few months, however, he cuts it off at the six week mark prior to his fight. He said his entire motivation for fighting is to be able to share his history with others, but winning more fights and increasing his profile will only help build his platform, which is key in the long-term. For McGee it’s all somewhat surreal, because when he was using, he said his current like was not even in the realm of possibility. Related UFC Ft. Lauderdale breakdown: Souza vs. Hermansson should end inside distance, but for whom? UFC Ft. Lauderdale: Fans invited to ceremonial weigh-ins, fan experience in South Florida “My entire fighting career has come after I got sober which is just over 13 years ago,” McGee said. “I wasn’t married, I didn’t have children, I didn’t have a career in the UFC. I was jobless, homeless and I had no direction.” Now McGee is a successful fighter, who after a nearly 12-month layoff due to injury, made a return to competition at UFC Fight Night 138 in October and earned a unanimous decision victory over Alex Garcia to snap a two-fight skid. McGee looks to string together consecutive wins for the first time since 2013 on Saturday when he meets Lima in a welterweight matchup. The bout is part of the early prelims on ESPN2 prior to prelims on ESPN and the main card on ESPN+ at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Fla. The matchup with Lima is one that McGee views as winnable. He said he doesn’t put much specific thought into his opponents and instead allows his coaches to do tape study and formulate a game plan. He’s confident in his ability to get the win, because McGee said right now is his time to thrive. “This is the peak moment,” McGee said. “Everything in. The chips are all in. I am all in 100 percent. This is the most important fight in my life. This is the most important time, this is the most important fight and I’m coming out with fire.” For more on UFC on ESPN+ 8, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Court McGee def. Alex Garcia at UFC Fight Night 138: Best photos view 8 images Voir l'article complet
  17. Voilà trente ans que les Arts martiaux mixtes (MMA) se structurent à travers l'organisation de championnats privés comme l'UFC. Bien des combattants ont brillé ...
  18. When Mike Perry shows up somewhere, the people around him start making assumptions, reaching conclusions. That happens when you have tattoos on your face, when you’re not shy about speaking your mind, when you make a statement just by walking through the door. That’s how it has been from the beginning for Perry, since he made his UFC debut in August 2016, less than two years into his professional career. If it was too much, too fast, Perry will never say, but few thrive in the world’s premiere fight organization under such conditions. At two years in, few are close to complete mixed martial artists, yet Perry has found a niche for himself as one of the promotion’s top action fighters, a bite-down-on-your-mouthpiece bomber who often seems incapable of stepping backwards. Because he has been so prolific — Saturday’s UFC Fort Lauderdale fight will be his 10th fight since his UFC debut — Perry has offered up a body of work that is ripe for dissection. On one hand, he has been inconsistent, 5-4 in his Octagon bouts. On the other, he is doing all this on the fly, learning to be a UFC pro after barely turning pro. Some people believe he’s as good as he’ll ever be. Others think there’s plenty of room to grow. “You’ve seen me succeed, you’ve seen me stumble, you’ve seen me fall, but I’ve never truly lost my momentum,” Perry told MMA Fighting. “My momentum found its pace and we’re going to keep working, and we’re going to make another jump. With the knowledge I have now of how these guys react to fighting me, it’s got me thinking a little different. I’ll be a little more patient in there, but I don’t want to change my thought process too much. The vicious Mike Perry is the best Mike Perry. That’s my fighting style. So I’m looking to go out there and fight my ass off.” Perry has faced growing pains while in the public eye, and will walk into his Saturday fight against Alex Oliveira having lost three of his last four. Like many athletes who stare down adversity for the first time, Perry went searching for answers. He tried switching gyms to Team Jackson-Winkeljohn. He traveled to train at the Mayweather Boxing Club. But those situations were temporary stops. They weren’t where he wanted to be, needed to be. Florida centered him. And so, he went back home. “I think we all go through this, where we go looking for something and we don’t know exactly what it is until we attempt to find it,” he said. “I realized, I had it all along. That took a big weight off my shoulders. It showed me a different plan of how to look at the world I’m living in.” If it sounds like Perry is maturing, he says that is probably fair to say. Now 27, he recently married his longtime girlfriend Danielle Nickerson. He’s reflected back on his turbulent youth to extract the lessons worth remembering. He’s taken a new interest in the conduct of exemplary teammates, citing as key among them the classy middleweight Ronaldo “Jacare” Souza. Perry would very much like to level out both sides of himself into his athletic performance. The wild man you know and love? He’s always going to be there. But he also wants to show he’s more than that. “It’s all about balance when it comes to so many things,” he said. “In your weight cut and your diet. Between technique and raw aggression. Between thinking and reacting. Everything needs balance. I’m still a crazy guy. A young savage is still in here, and I think that’s always going to be a part of me. But I’m definitely maturing. I’ve been hard-headed for a long time. I look back at things and say, ‘How did I not see the knowledge they were trying to give me?’ They were shooting me in the face with a gun of knowledge. Back then the picture was too big, I couldn’t see it. Now I can see the bigger picture.” Oliveira is the kind of matchup he would want in a rebound fight. A lanky Brazilian, Oliveira — like Perry — is known as a striker and is known for an ultra-aggressive style. Their pairing promises to be one of the evening’s most exciting bouts. It also comes with very limited chatter between them. Perry has earned a reputation as a trash-talker, but going back to his interest in balance, he says he is also trying to embrace his humble side. He respects the contributions of Brazilians to the martial arts as well as Oliveira’s approach to competition. Because of that, he thinks the fight has enough steam to stand on its own. “It’s cool that people look at this fight and think, ‘Man, that s—t could be crazy,’” he said. “I’m hoping it goes out there and delivers. I hope it’s crazy. I’m still gonna do me. I’m still going to amp it up, but maybe not as much as I have in the past. Wait ‘till you see the faceoffs. I’m still doing to do me and entertain. I get ideas and shoot them out to the world. And that’s what I’m going to do in this fight. I got my ideas to fight this guy. I know how this game can go now. Up and down. You see these bums who have never fought anyone in their life talking s—t to you on the internet. I’m like, ’S—t, my opponent deserves more respect than that. I see what the guy has done and is capable of. And I know what I’ve done and what I’m capable of doing better. You gotta respect the game. It’s hard to get caught up in the idea that fighting is disrespectful and angry. It’s respect, it’s love, and it’s chasing greatness.” Afficher l’article complet
  19. Je pense que les coudes et la cage ça sera pas pour tout de suite. Pour les coudes on aura ça dans quelques années si la situation évolue dans le bon sens mais pour des classes A++.
  20. (This story first published in Thursday’s print edition of USA TODAY.) SAN JOSE, Calif. – The Bellator welterweight grand prix started six months ago. But for the first time, the title is on the line Saturday when the promotion returns to SAP Center. Current 170-pound champion Rory MacDonald will attempt his first defense and attempt to advance in an eight-man tournament that’s unique for its stakes. Should he be successful, MacDonald will notch three title defenses and rule over a field of top talent that includes four fighters in the USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie welterweight rankings. If that isn’t enough, he’ll also be $1 million richer thanks to rapper 50 Cent, who’s putting up the jackpot for the tournament winner. It’s the second such prize in the past year after the Professional Fighters League splashed onto the scene with seven-figure tournaments. MacDonald’s opponent on Saturday, Jon Fitch, vacated the PFL welterweight title to sign with Bellator, so he didn’t get to cash those checks. But he aims to right that wrong and told USA TODAY Sports “there’s a movie in there somewhere” if he can beat his former UFC colleague at age 41. Related Bellator 220 breakdown: With Rory MacDonald vs. Jon Fitch, who will set the range? In explaining past decision, Jon Fitch provides a certain perspective on MMA drug cheats “I just want to take it one fight at a time to put my best effort in and win this tournament,” Fitch said. Fitch (31-7-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) was well into his big-league career when MacDonald, now 29, walked into the picture. The two never crossed paths in the UFC octagon despite their opposing talents. A grinding wrestler, Fitch won eight fights before an unsuccessful bid for the UFC welterweight title. MacDonald, meanwhile, developed a reputation as a technician unafraid of a bloody braw. He got his shot after a 9-2 run and won accolades for one of the most brutal title fights ever in a losing effort against now-former champ Robbie Lawler. MacDonald (20-5 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) doesn’t know why they haven’t fought before, but he’s happy to make up for lost time. “He’s fought everyone, and he’s got a very high win ratio.” MacDonald told USA TODAY Sports. “When he was in the UFC, he was beating everyone. So, yeah, he’d be up there with the better fighters I’ve fought.” Related Bellator 220 pre-event facts: Jon Fitch's title shot makes MMA history The winner of Saturday’s fight will advance to the semifinals against undefeated submission ace Neiman Gracie, the nephew of MMA forefather Renzo Gracie. Bellator President Scott Coker, who’s overseen a heavyweight grand prix and later this year will promote a featherweight bracket, said the collection of welterweights on display is the result of many a brainstorming session about fan-friendly matchups. But he also points to a women’s flyweight bout featuring breakout star Ilima-Lei Macfarlane as a strong supporting act. “We always like to put on a diverse fight card that has a little bit of something for everybody,” Coker said, “and I think this card is going to deliver big on Saturday night.” For more on Bellator 220, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: Best of Rory MacDonald view 68 images Voir l'article complet
  21. Sinon, un truc me turlupine, se sont les coudes. En France, ils sont interdits en muay thai sauf s'il y a des protections. J'en viens à penser que les règles unifiées de l'UFC ne seraient pas applicables de suite. Après reste la question de l'enceinte de combat... Mais bon, cela permettrait déjà de faire tourner en France une scène pro , ce qui éviterait d'éviter que nos jeunes pousses n'aillent jouer la chair à canon en Angleterre...
  22. Voting is underway for the 11th Annual World MMA Awards, and Khabib Nurmagomedov, Gegard Mousasi, Dustin Poirier, Daniel Cormier and Aung La N Sang are up for the top honor. Fighters Only Magazine is again hosting the annual awards, and a black-tie ceremony is likely to take place July in Las Vegas. In the past it has coincided with the UFC’s annual International Fight Week, which this year concludes with UFC 239 on July 6. Tickets information for the ceremony has not yet been released Voting is underway at WorldMMAAwards.com and runs for four weeks. The Charles “Mask” Lewis Fighter of the Year nominees include Nurmagomedov, Mousasi, Poirier, Cormier and Sang. Female Fighter of the Year finalists include Valentina Shevchenko, Tatiana Suarez, Jessica Andrade, Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Amanda Nunes. MMA Junkie (MMA Media Source of the Year) and John Morgan (MMA Journalist of the Year) were also finalists. According to Fighters Only, a panel of MMA industry experts put together the list of award nominees. That expansive list includes: Charles “Mask” Lewis Fighter of the Year Khabib Nurmagomedov Gegard Mousasi Dustin Poirier Daniel Cormier Aung La N Sang Female Fighter of the Year Valentina Shevchenko Tatiana Suarez Jessica Andrade Ilima-Lei Macfarlane Amanda Nunes Breakthrough Fighter of the Year Thiago “Marreta” Santos Israel Adesanya Anthony Smith A.J. McKee Aaron Pico International Fighter of the Year Khabib Nurmagomedov Kamaru Usman Israel Adesanya Gegard Mousasi Aung La N Sang Fight of the Year Robert Whittaker vs. Yoel Romer (UFC 225) Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Jimi Manuwa (UFC 231) Rory MacDonald vs. Douglas Lima (Bellator 192) Dustin Poirier vs. Justin Gaethje (UFC on FOX 29) Tony Ferguson vs. Anthony Pettis (UFC 229) Knockout of the Year Yair Rodriguez vs. Chan Sung Jung (UFC Fight Night 139) Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg (UFC 232) Mandel Nallo vs. Carrington Banks (Bellator 207) Lyoto Machida vs. Vitor Belfort (UFC 224) Brian Ortega vs. Frankie Edgar (UFC 222) Submission of the Year Tyson Pedro vs. Saparbek Safarov (UFC 221) Donald Cerrone vs. Mike Perry (UFC Fight Night 139) Zabit Magomedsharipov vs. Brandon Davis (UFC 228) Aljamain Sterling vs. Cody Stamann (UFC 228) Ryan Hall def. B.J. Penn (UFC 232) Comeback of the Year Claudio Silva vs. Nordine Taleb (UFC Fight Night 130) Tony Ferguson (Injury) Paul Craig def. Magomed Ankalaev (UFC Fight Night 127) Derrick Lewis def. Alexander Volkov (UFC 229) Angela Lee (Injury) Upset of the Year Khalil Rountree vs. Gokhan Saki (UFC 226) Alexander Hernandez vs. Beneil Dariush (UFC 222) Ray Cooper vs. Jake Shields (PFL Playoffs 2018) Amanda Nunes vs. Cris Cyborg (UFC 232) Henry Cejudo vs. Demetrious Johnson (UFC 227) Shawn Tompkins Coach of the Year Din Thomas Firas Zahabi Mike Brown Trevor Wittman Javier Mendez Trainer of the Year Michelle Ingels (nutrition) Sam Calavitta (strength and conditioning) George Lockhart (nutrition) Nick Curson (strength and conditioning) Phil Daru (strength and conditioning) Gym of the Year Factory X City Kickboxing The MMA Lab American Top Team American Kickboxing Academy Referee of the Year Josh Rosenthal Dan Miragliotta Mike Beltran Herb Dean Marc Goddard Ringcard Girl of the Year Carly Baker Jhenny Andrade Summer Daniels Arianny Celeste Mercedes Terrell Leading Man Dana White (UFC) Jeff Novitzky (UFC) Martin Lewandowski (KSW) Chatri Sityodtong (ONE Championship) Scott Coker (Bellator) Best Promotion Rizin FF KSW ONE Championship Bellator UFC Personality of the Year Jon Anik Chael Sonnen John McCarthy Brendan Schaub Joe Rogan Analyst of the Year Robin Black Michael Bisping Paul Felder Daniel Cormier Dominick Cruz Best MMA Programming The MMA Hour JRE MMA Show UFC Embedded Dana White’s Contender Series Anatomy Of A Fighter MMA Media Source of the Year Sherdog MMA Fighting MMA Junkie Bloody Elbow Flo Combat MMA Journalist of the Year Chuck Mindenhall John Morgan Brett Okamoto Ariel Helwani Karim Zidan MMA Clothing and Equipment Brand of the Year RVCA Reebok Hayabusa Badboy Venum Voir l'article complet
  23. Since coming over to the UFC from World Series of Fighting, Marlon Moraes has had his eyes on the bantamweight title, and for much of that time, that title was held by T.J. Dillashaw. After suffering a setback in his promotional debut, Moraes has gone on to win four in a row and it appeared a title fight against Dillashaw was next, until Dillashaw relinquished his title after failing a USADA test for EPO. Now, Moraes is set to face flyweight champion Henry Cejudo for the vacant 135 pound belt but he can’t pretend like he’s not disappointed with the situation. “We are all disappointed,” Moraes told MMANews recently. “It was a fairy tale. We don’t know if he’s really that good of a fighter. It’s hard cause every time we get into camp, we want to get into shape, we want to get our conditioning good and this guy he wasn’t worried at all about that. If he was cheating now, he was cheating before. “He goes on the media and tries to say he’s giving up the belt. I think he was just trying to trick the fans but at the end of the day, what happened? They suspended him and I’m nobody to judge him but now he’s going to have to pay for what he did.” Dillashaw is paying. After relinquishing his title before he could be stripped, Dillashaw accepted a two-year suspension from USADA for his EPO failure. While not a lifetime ban, it is still one of the harsher penalties levied against a fighter in recent years. But Moraes still thinks it is not enough. “Two years is not enough,” Moraes said. “It’s not enough for what he does, it was really serious, that’s my opinion.” EPO is used to stimulate red blood cell growth for improved cardiovascular abilities. It has historically shown up in endurance competitions, most notably cycling. EPO requires a special test to be detected though and, until recently, USADA had not been performing that on all samples collected. As a result, Moraes believes that’s Dillashaw’s entire career should be put into question, because he most likely was doping the whole time. “He was cheating the system and that wasn’t the first time,” Moraes said. “That wasn’t the first time he was going to do it now with USADA all over everyone. Before, USADA wasn’t even around and I believe he was doing it before.” Moraes doesn’t have much time to dwell on Dillashaw’s failure. The former WSOF gets his first chance for UFC gold this summer, when takes on Henry Cejudo at UFC 238 on June 8 in Chicago, Illinois. MUST-READ STORIES Humble. Greg Hardy ‘humbled’ by failed debut ahead of UFC Fort Lauderdale: ‘Losers don’t get to talk’. Statement. Nicco Montano releases statement on USADA suspension, hopes for summer return. Fine. Pedro Munhoz fined $2,500 for exiting cage after UFC 235 win. Supplement. Augusto Mendes looks back at ‘frustrating, disappointing’ year dealing with USADA. Missed Fists. The best highlights from regional MMA last week. VIDEO STEW The final A-Side Live Chat with Marc Raimondi. Top 5 finishes of Jacare in the UFC. Luke coming after USADA for the Tom Lawlor case, which is fair. Artem interview. LISTEN UP Heavy Hands. Breaking down UFC Fort Lauderdale and Jacare’s title hopes. Fights Gone By. Discussing UFC St. Petersburg and UFC Fort Lauderdale. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE That’s not what interim means... #undisputed pic.twitter.com/tRSp7XFiBM — The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) April 24, 2019 Troll. Machida: OUT — Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) April 24, 2019 ....of his MIND if he thinks he can bang w/the GANGSTER... — Chael Sonnen (@ChaelSonnen) April 24, 2019 I’m 100% in . See you soon — Lyoto Machida (@lyotomachidafw) April 24, 2019 Statement. On the come up. Check out the ONE Global Headquarters in 2018 on the left, and the ONE Global Headquarters in 2013 on the right. Don’t tell me dreams are impossible. Greatness lives in all of us, but nothing happens without love, hard work, risk, and grit. Chase your greatness. #WeAreONE pic.twitter.com/iep4ot2IGT — Chatri Sityodtong (@yodchatri) April 17, 2019 Sugar Show. I’m freeeeee . July 6th I’m busting someone up . — Sean O'Malley (@SugaSeanMMA) April 23, 2019 That is unfortunate. Jackson/Wink MMA prospect Chris Brown will NOT be fighting UFC veteran Daron Cruickshank tonight at #WXC77 on UFC Fight Pass. Brown explains why here pic.twitter.com/yN6eZQ5694 — James Lynch (@LynchOnSports) April 24, 2019 Mike Perry gonna Mike Perry. Can we use curse words on espn+ since it’s like a paid subscription cuz I got some shit to say to a few bitch ass BUMBOCLOT BATIMON ? — Platinum Mike Perry (@PlatinumPerry) April 25, 2019 Don’t say Damien Brown isn’t trying to fight. Dude calls out anyone. I'm glad bunch of guys wants to fight me , contact the right persons in charge and sign the contract I'll take anybody #UFCOttawa — Nordine Taleb (@TNT83MMA) April 25, 2019 The right people have been contacted. Anybody, really do you mean that or is it just the cool thing to say... https://t.co/iGmor2vAV1 — Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 25, 2019 Dude don't even try me on Twitter, get in contact with the right people and make it happen — Nordine Taleb (@TNT83MMA) April 25, 2019 I told you I’ve contacted them. Just tell them yes and I’ll get on the plane. See you next week...! — Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 25, 2019 My first big fight was in Japan. It would only be fitting to start my resurrection back where it started. I got time for you @beatdown155 @rizin_PR https://t.co/kFTH9mLLP6 — Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) April 24, 2019 Woah woah woah ease up on the resurrection talk but yes I know you’re willing and I’m sure if Rizin send you a contract we can make this bad boy happen. #violence is beautiful in Japan P.S solid bounce back last year from the UFC release pal — Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 24, 2019 @beatdown155 you can't have your cake and eat it too. Don't worry it will be beautiful for the Japanese fans. They'll love what happans. Ps. Thanks, but @rizin_PR 16 will be the bounce back. What's up @rizin_PR I miss the cheer and applause of the Japanese fans. https://t.co/pe1FXDBMd4 — Will Brooks (@ILLxWillBrooks) April 24, 2019 I always eat the cake to mate don’t worry about me I’m sure they’ll send you the paperwork and we can get it done. See you in Japan #rizin16 https://t.co/8ynoDFCziH — Damien Brown (@beatdown155) April 24, 2019 Javier Mendez has been traveling through Dagestan with Khabib and the crew. I recommend checking out his Instagram if you’re interested. TJ getting to work early on the redemption narrative. FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS N/A. TODAY IN MMA HISTORY 2003: Matt Hughes won a unanimous decision over Sean Sherk to retain his welterweight title at UFC 42. 2004: Fedor Emelianenko submitted Mark Coleman with an armbar at Pride FC Total Elimination 2004, kicking off the Pride 2004 heavyweight grand prix. Also that evening, Kevin Randleman famously knocked out Mirko Cro Cop. 2015: Demetrious Johnson successfully defended his flyweight title, submitting Kyoji Horiguchi with an armbar a 4:59 of the fifth round at UFC 186. FINAL THOUGHTS Thanks for reading and see y’all tomorrow. EXIT POLL If you find something you’d like to see in the Morning Report, hit up @JedKMeshew on Twitter and let him know about it! 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