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  1. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting WASHINGTON – Before his UFC on ESPN 7 bout against Cody Stamann, bantamweight Song Yadong talks about training at Team Alpha Male, idolizing Urijah Faber, the impact of Weili Zhang’s title win for UFC in China, and more. Afficher l’article complet
  2. Frankie Edgar Former UFC lightweight champ Frankie Edgar is saving the day at UFC Busan. Edgar has agreed to face Chan Sung Jung in the main event of the Dec. 21 fight card, according to multiple people with knowledge of the pending booking following a report from ESPN.com. UFC officials later confirmed the fight in a statement released on Wednesday. “Due to a knee injury, Brian Ortega has been forced to withdraw from his December 21 bout with “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung. Stepping in for Ortega in the UFC Fight Night main event in Busan, South Korea, is former world champion Frankie Edgar,” UFC officials stated. “Edgar is currently preparing for his bantamweight debut against Cory Sandhagen at UFC Raleigh on January, but wanted the opportunity to face Jung first.” Jung lost his originally scheduled opponent for UFC Busan when onetime title challenger Brian Ortega suffered a torn ACL and was forced to withdraw from the event in South Korea. The search led to Edgar, who is five months removed from a loss to featherweight champ Max Holloway at UFC 240. Edgar planned a move to bantamweight after that setback, his fourth title loss since losing the lightweight strap in 2012. After welcoming a detour with a fight against Conor McGregor, he subsequently signed with red-hot prospect Sandhagen, who’s won his past five since signing with the UFC. Now, Edgar will postpone that cut with his fight against Jung scheduled for 145 pounds, Jung’s longtime fighting weight. The headlining bout is scheduled for five rounds. As a result of the switch, Sandhagen’s wish to fight Edgar could be stymied. UFC Raleigh takes place less than one month after UFC Busan on Jan. 25. The promotion reportedly is seeking a backup for the ex-champ. According to sources, Edgar will reassess his next fight after the December fight card, and it could potentially still come against Cory Sandhagen in his bantamweight debut. “The UFC is trying to do their jobs and save a huge card, which I get, but they’re also losing a shot at an opportunity to turn a young, new face into a star, and the Raleigh fans are going to be pretty bummed too,” Sandhagen told ESPN.com. Afficher l’article complet
  3. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting WASHINGTON — Ben Rothwell is the kind of fighter who never turns down an opponent and he’s willing to face anybody the UFC throws at him. For the first time maybe ever, Rothwell says there’s one person he won’t fight and that’s fellow heavyweight Walt Harris, who is still suffering through the tragic loss of his stepdaughter, which forced him out of his scheduled fight on the same card at UFC on ESPN 7. Rothwell addressed Harris ahead of his fight this weekend against Stefan Struve as well as his recent reunion with head coach Duke Roufus. Afficher l’article complet
  4. Photo by Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via Getty Images A targeted date to fastrack legal MMA in France has been postponed as the ministry of sport seeks guidance from its Olympic committee. The minister, Roxana Maracineanu, will delay by at least one month the formalization of an advisory committee that will oversee sanctioning of the sport, according to a report on Wednesday in Le Parisien. Maracineanu initially announced the committee would begin its work on Jan. 1, 2020, ending a long fight to legalize the sport and open doors to promotions such as the UFC. Now, the minister apparently has pumped the brakes, seeking guidance from the French National Olympic and Sports Committee, which oversees a group of federations for Olympic sports such as taekwondo and wrestling. The committee could be formalized as early as February, though no concrete date is official. The federation selected to oversee professional and amateur MMA in France will receive a two-year contract. Groups representing kickboxing, Muay Thai, wrestling, judo, and savate (French boxing) are expected to submit proposals. Bertrand Amoussou, president of IMMAF member Commission Française de Mixed Martial Arts, downplayed the delay, saying it was “no big deal” because the Olympic committee was always a part of the process. He attributed the holdup to the committee’s schedule and added a new federation is being formed to represent French MMA in a bid to regulate the sport. “I’ve been fighting for this recognition for 15 years now,” he wrote in a email to MMA Fighting. “I can wait another month.” Still, the delay could put a crimp in the plans of one French MMA promotion, Aries MMA, which has announced a March 21 date in Paris at a venue to be determined. Aries chief Fernand Lopez told Le Parisien he won’t be deterred by the delay. ”Even if we want to do it in Paris, we have already booked a large room in a European city to host the event, if necessary,” he said. “The Ares machine will not stop.” The UFC, which currrently has eight fighters under contract with roots in France, has lobbied behind the scenes to legalize MMA and bring a major event to the country. Francis Ngannou’s coach, Fernand Lopez, heralded the committee’s formation when it was announced. Despite a ban on MMA, several promoters have held underground events. Afficher l’article complet
  5. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting WASHINGTON — Jairzinho Rozenstruik wants the biggest challenges possible, which is why he was gunning for a short notice opportunity to headline UFC on ESPN 7 against Alistair Overeem. If everything goes well on Saturday night, he’s already plotting for a future showdown against ferocious heavyweight contender Francis Ngannou and he explains why he wants that fight so badly. Afficher l’article complet
  6. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting WASHINGTON -- Cody Stamann speaks with the media ahead of his main card fight against Song Yadong at UFC on ESPN 7 in Washington, DC, discusses the bad blood with Rob Font, reacts to the featherweight legends Jose Aldo and Frankie Edgar dropping down to bantamweight, gives his reason for moving his camp to Las Vegas, and more. Afficher l’article complet
  7. Johnny Walker is wasting no time on the sidelines following his loss to Corey Anderson in November. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A light heavyweight showdown between Johnny Walker and Nikita Krylov is agreed for UFC Brasilia on March 14, multiple sources told MMA Fighting. ESPN first reported the news. The Fight Night card will take place at the Nilson Nelson gymnasium in Brasilia, Brazil, and air live on ESPN+. Walker (17-4) suffered his first setback in the Octagon in November, losing by first-round knockout to Corey Anderson at UFC 244. Prior to that, the rising 205-pound sensation scored quick finishes against Misha Cirkunov, Justin Ledet and Khalil Rountree. Krylov (27-6) is also looking to get back to the winning column after losing a thrilling bout to Glover Teixeira in September, the first decision defeat of his career. The Ukrainian talent is 1-2 since returning to the Octagon in 2018, submitting Ovince Saint Preux following a loss to Jan Błachowicz. Another bout match-up set for the card in Brasilia is Maryna Moroz vs. Mayra Bueno Silva at flyweight, sources confirmed to MMA Fighting following a report by Combate. Moroz (9-3) most recently fought in March, defeating Sabina Mazo via decision. She withdrew from a planned bout with Poliana Botelho in August due to injury. Silva (6-0) submitted Gillian Robertson with an armbar with five seconds left in the clock in the opening round in her debut in Sept. 2018, but suffered a serious knee injury during the bout and has since been sidelined. UFC Brasilia also includes Amanda Ribas vs. Paige VanZant and Antonio Carlos Junior vs. Brad Tavares. The UFC has yet to officially announced the card and its headlining attraction. Afficher l’article complet
  8. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting WASHINGTON — Following a brief retirement from the sport, Stefan Struve announced that he would be returning to the sport after inking a new multi-fight deal with the UFC. Now he explains why he made the decision to come back and what his plans are for the future, which begins with his fight against Ben Rothwell at UFC on ESPN 7. Afficher l’article complet
  9. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting WASHINGTON, DC — Alistair Overeem speaks with the media ahead of his main event fight against Jairzinho Rozenstruik at UFC on ESPN 7, reacts to the news surrounding Walt Harris’ stepdaughter, breaks down his decision to train at Team Elevation in Denver, discusses his path to the UFC heavyweight championship, and more. Afficher l’article complet
  10. Leonardo Santos stopped Stevie Ray in one round in his return to the Octagon earlier this year. | Per Haljestam-USA TODAY Sports RIO DE JANEIRO — Leonardo Santos put an end to his 32-month layoff with an incredible first-round knockout victory over Stevie Ray in June, but was once again sidelined with an injury. Speaking with MMA Fighting last month, Jared Gordon said he was originally scheduled to fight Santos at UFC Sao Paulo, but the company changed plans after the the Brazilian got injured, replacing him with Charles Oliveira. The Nova Uniao star told reporters during a UFC media day in Rio de Janeiro on Tuesday that he was forced out for a month after fracturing a rib, but is “100 percent” now and targeting an early-2020 return to the Octagon. “Just send me the contract to fight. February, March, I’m ready,” Santos said. “UFC Brasilia would be a safe choice because I’m Brazilian, I’m the TUF Brazil 2 winner, and would be a great opportunity for me to come back. I don’t choose too much. I want to fight as much as possible next year. I’ve been out for a long time and came back with a wonderful victory, so I want to keep working, no matter where.” Santos’ last fight before his recent knockout over Ray was a 2016 win over Adriano Martins, but he guarantees he never contemplated retirement due to the many injuries he suffered over the years. As long as his mind is into it, Santos will get back in the gym to train and fight. “The worst part was getting better, doing a test in the gym and getting hurt again. That’s what frustrates the most,” Santos said. “But I never thought about retiring. What I thought was, ‘Brother, even if I have to drag myself there, limping, I’ll at least fight once as a farewell bout’ [laughs]. But I never contemplated retirement. “As much as I get older, going through several generations in jiu-jitsu and MMA, I like this. Your mind changes a little, you think ‘I’m tired of this training,’ but you have to watch yourself all the time, you have to keep working. If you want to do it, you have to pay the price. But I never considered retiring because of injuries. Injuries come and go. That’s how I think.” Santos admits he didn’t expect to beat Ray by first-round knockout in Stockholm, and felt blessed to be able to come back in such impressive fashion. That, by the way, showed him once again that he’s not an “unlucky” person as he once thought. “It took a long time for me to get to the UFC,” Santos said. “I had a good record, a big name in jiu-jitsu, was called the lightweight king, a multiple-time world champion, and all that wait makes you think you’re unlucky because you saw other people coming in. But it gets to a point that you have to relax. If it has to happen, it will, and it happened in the last minute. “My story on TUF Brazil also proved to me that I’m a lucky guy, I’m a blessed guy, and God is always with me. Injuries happen. Age, all those years training at a higher level, we have to know how to deal with it.” Santos is undefeated since 2010 with a 6-1 record in the UFC. His resume includes wins over the likes of Kevin Lee by first-round knockout, and a second-round submission against Anthony Rocco Martin. Those names alone could earn him a spot in the top 15 of the lightweight division, but both happened in 2015. The lightweight veteran, who turns 40 in February, doesn’t think that inactivity explains why he’s out of the top 15 since he wasn’t elevated in the ranking after those wins four years ago. He still wants a chance to compete against a top-ranked foe, but part of him just ignores the list. “I told ‘Dede’ (Pederneiras), ‘I think I’ll forget this (ranking),’” Santos said. “Let’s fight, let’s do our job. It’s alright. If I overthink this maybe I’ll run against the clock and get a fight and screw things up. It’s not only up to me, though. It’s up to the UFC as well.” Afficher l’article complet
  11. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Watch UFC on ESPN 7 media day Thursday afternoon from the Washington Hilton. The following fighters are expected to attend below: 11 a.m. ET: Alistair Overeem 11:15 a.m.: Marina Rodriguez 11:30 a.m.: Stefan Struve 11:45 a.m.: Aspen Ladd 12 p.m.: Cody Stamann 12:15 p.m.: Rob Font 12:30 p.m.: Jairzinho Rozenstruik 12:45 p.m.: Cynthia Calvillo 1 p.m.: Ben Rothwell 1:15 p.m.: Yana Kunitskaya 1:30 p.m.: Song Yadong 1:45 p.m.: Ricky Simon Afficher l’article complet
  12. Kazushi Sakuraba scores a submission against Takanori Gomi at Quintet 4 in Akita City, Japan, on Saturday. | @UFCFightPass, Twitter 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. This past weekend, the biggest names weren’t competing inside the cage, but rather on the mats as Japanese MMA legends Kazushi Sakuraba, Takanori Gomi, Hideo Tokoro, and Minowaman all participated in Quintet Fight Night 4 in Akita City, Japan. Kazushi Sakuraba vs. Takanori Gomi Sotaro Yamada vs. Gyeongseop Lee Tomoshige Sera vs. Team Sakuraba AL: It wasn’t the headliner on Saturday, but this Special Rules Iron Man match (available on UFC Fight Pass) between Kazushi Sakuraba and Takanori Gomi was a crowd pleaser nonetheless. Special Iron Man Match - Legends of PRIDE FC@KS_SAKU39 vs @Takanori_Gomi Who can score more submissions in five minutes? #QUINTET pic.twitter.com/ArjI90rRkz — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) November 30, 2019 Sakuraba gets the tap! #QUINTET pic.twitter.com/29N3RJDuUm — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) November 30, 2019 Gomi gets one back! #QUINTET pic.twitter.com/pMndinoNqM — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) November 30, 2019 They were given five minutes to compete for the most submissions in that span and Sakuraba would go on to defeat Gomi by a score of 2-1 after snagging a buzzer-beating toe hold. This was all really just a preview for Quintet Ultra on Dec. 12, where Sakuraba and Gomi will team up with Gregor Gracie to represent Team Pride FC against Team UFC (Anthony Smith, Sean O’Malley, Gilbert Burns), Team Strikeforce (Gilbert Melendez, Jake Shields, Muhammed Lawal), and Team WEC (Chad Mendes, Glover Teixeira, Cub Swanson). JM: Can we talk about what a tremendous event that is going to be? Sakuraba is a legend for many reasons, at least one of which is his ability to know what fans will enjoy and buddy, I damn sure am gonna enjoy Pride vs. the UFC vs. Strikeforce vs. WEC. AL: While Sakuraba and Gomi were horsing around, there was actually a serious competition going on with four teams of four going at it. Representing Team Carpe Diem, Sotaro Yamada tapped out Gyeongseop Lee with an STF that puts John Cena’s to shame. Yamada gets his hand raised again! #QUINTET pic.twitter.com/drzo2WItD6 — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) November 30, 2019 Should this count as two subs..? #QUINTET pic.twitter.com/d6GkXjQ0Xr — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) November 30, 2019 Is there any reason this wouldn’t work in an MMA fight? JM: The only real way you can lock that one on is in some kind of a scramble like this one, and it seems unlikely to happen in MMA because if someone is trying an ankle tie-up like that in MMA, they’re gonna get brained in the friggin’ head. Unless of course we finally start allowing steel chairs in the octagon. Then it’s pretty easy to make that happen. AL: Team Sakuraba needed a steel chair if they wanted to have a chance in hell of slowing down Tomoshige Sera. The 30-year-old was straight styling on them, first breaking out a delightful flying armbar. Team CARPE DIEM's closer returns with a vengeance, as Tomoshige Sera taps Kazuhiro Suzuki with a splendid flying armbar to kick off the finals! Wow! #QUINTET #QUINTETFN4 pic.twitter.com/3Qc3oucJlN — Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) November 30, 2019 For posterity's sake, here's another angle of Tomoshige Sera's flying armbar. Lovely! #QUINTET #QUINTETFN4 pic.twitter.com/YlNxuk0oNu — Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) November 30, 2019 JM: No lie, the first time I watched it, I didn’t realize it was a flying armbar. Thought Sera was just rotating his hips through on the ground. Once I realized what it was, it obviously became much cooler. AL: Sera then goaded Shutaro Debana into some kind of trip before securing another submission with this nasty leg lock. And 30 seconds later, the deficit grows! Tomoshige Sera snares Shutaro Debana in a trap-door kneebar, taking a 2-0 lead for Team CARPE DIEM over Team SAKURABA! Undefeated in #QUINTET, Sera is 4-0-3 across two tourneys. #QUINTETFN4 pic.twitter.com/t05cIFgWJK — Kyle Johnson (@VonPreux) November 30, 2019 Tomoshige Sera > Matt Serra? JM: I dunno, have you seen Matt Serra lately? Jiu-Jitsu never leaves you and he’d have a serious weight advantage. Plus I doubt Serra would be as foolish as Debana was to allow Sera to butt scoot all the way under him without stopping it. That’s was a recipe for disaster and the entree was that lovely little kneebar. Sera is a monster. Ahmad Labban vs. Magomedsultan Magomedsultanov AL: I can sense our readers getting antsy with all this flowery jiu-jitsu talk, so let’s get back to the head-cracking action that they came to see. JM: That’s me, a regular old votive of honeydew’d language. AL: From UAE Warriors 9 in Abu Dhabi (free replay available on FITE TV) on Friday, here’s Ahmad Labban just hunting down Magomedsultan Magomedsultanov to record a 74-second KO. Ahmad Labban completely starches Magomedsultanov 1:14 into R1. My god this KO. #UAEWarriors9 pic.twitter.com/QRNMJudd6x — caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 29, 2019 Labban’s nickname is “The Shadow,” which is appropriate because he exiled Magomedsultanov to his realm here. JM: I like this KO because it builds so well. First, Labban throws a pretty standard overhand right. Then he resets and throws the front kick. Then he throws the spinning back fist and after a half second, finishes it off with a leaping right hook. With each step he escalated, like he was in the UFC game and needed to throw the simpler strikes to get more experience so he could learn the next one. Or perhaps I’ve been playing too much EA UFC 3 lately. Marcos Tailandes vs. Luan Soares AL: Here’s another one straight out of a video game, Marcos Tailandes landing a fadeaway head kick KO on Luan Soares at Standout Fighting Tournament 18 (free replay available on YouTube) in Sao Paulo and then walking it off: dead head kick KO by Marcos Thailandes (SFT) pic.twitter.com/Mxy4SuhZk4 — Jolassanda (@Jolassanda1) December 1, 2019 KOBE! JM: The fact that he KOs Soares like this without really having his feet under him is very impressive. By the way, is there a more oxymoronic name in MMA than “Standout Fighting Tournament?” Maybe Brad “One Punch” Pickett. There’s nothing “standout” or interesting about “Standout Fighting Tournament.” The way I see it is you have two options if you’re naming an MMA organization: boring and straightforward—a la Professional Fighters League—or you can go completely off the wall like Gorilla Fighting Championship. Anything else is going to seem like some bouvalay derivative of the Affliction era of XTREME CAGEFIGHT BATTLE ZONE. Now that I think of it though, Battle Zone is definitely the start of something. AL: Shout out to One Pride MMA and Warrior Xtreme Cagefighting. Speaking of which... Lawrence Bonds vs. Ryan Hall AND THE CROWD GOES WILD!#WarriorWednesday9 pic.twitter.com/UQhFSdhN0E — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) November 28, 2019 From last week’s latest edition of the WXC Warrior Wednesday series in Southgate, Mich. (how early 2000s MMA can you get?), we have two big ol’ boys, Lawrence Bonds and Ryan Hall (not that Ryan Hall!) goin’ at it in the kind of regional heavyweight action we love in these parts. Afterwards, Bonds even got the crowd to wish his son a Happy Birthday! Happy birthday to Monster Jr.!#WarriorWednesday9 pic.twitter.com/le8vIlq4Nx — UFC FIGHT PASS (@UFCFightPass) November 28, 2019 The positivity! JM: On the one hand, the birthday wish was wonderful; on the other hand, there’s nothing more enjoyable than watching two hefty fellas swang them thangs until one keels over. Why do you think I’m so excited for Andy Ruiz’s rematch with Anthony Joshua? He’s the Michael Jordan of husky violence. Lucas Almeida vs. Nico Cocuccio AL: Back to Brazil for a look-in at a legitimate prospect, lightweight Lucas Almeida. @Jolassanda1 Jungle FC 99 (MAIN CARD) -155 lbs championship- Lucas Almeida def. Nicolas 'La Cobra' Cocucho by KO @ 4:11 - R3 pic.twitter.com/ua4RUUviQH — Farah (@MARDUK_FFC) December 1, 2019 That is just an awesome flying knee KO to put away Nico Cocuccio, who doesn’t look like he wanted to stay down. With the win, Almeida captured a vacant Jungle Fight lightweight title and improved to 9-0 as a pro. Jungle Fight has long been a reliable producer of UFC talent, so you can expect Almeida to be getting that call in 2020. JM: Ehhhh. Maybe 2023. Jungle Fighters tend to really pad their stats before making the jump to the big leagues. AL: He’ll be headlining UFC Porto Alegre next summer. JM: Also, this KO is on the ref. Cocuccio was clearly completely spent and there was no need for this fight to continue. Hell, it took him a full 15 seconds just to get up to his feet he was so exhausted. What did the ref think was going to happen? I mean, good for Almeida to finish spectacularly but that one felt unnecessary. Hugo Flores vs. Jose Guadalupe Ruelas Soto Diego Lopes vs. Marco Beltran AL: From Lux Fight League 7 in Monterrey, Mexico, Hugo Flores was much more merciful (sort of) in his bout with Jose Ruelas. KO de la noche y uno de los mejores del año para Hugo Flores sobre José Ruelas con una poderosa derecha en el primer round. Sigue la EXPERIENCIA LUX EN VIVO: https://t.co/nps1BWRLT8 pic.twitter.com/rYo5uAKDaP — Lux Fight League (@luxfightleague) November 30, 2019 Flores lands a clean right hand and it looks like this one could get ugly, but fortunately Flores flicked his own off-switch before doing any further damage. JM: I always have a great deal of respect for fighters who can register in that split second that they don’t need to put in a coffin nail. Sure, the Hendo Bomb on Michael Bisping may be the single best thing in MMA history not named the Showtime Kick or the Mighty Whizbar, but damn if I don’t get a warm and fuzzy feeling every time some merciful pugilist decides to deny me that kind of ultra-violent viewing. AL: Flores may have stolen the show with that KO, but major props to Diego Lopes for his first-round kneebar of UFC vet Marco Beltran in the main event. UN SOLO CAMPEÓN PLUMA: @Diegolopesmma con una impresionante transición de heelhook a kneebar para someter al ex UFC Marco Beltrán en el estelar de #LUX007 El título de las 145 libras no cambió de manos. pic.twitter.com/Ug4qKfXCUm — Lux Fight League (@luxfightleague) November 30, 2019 Lopes turns 25 this month and already has an 18-3 pro record and a decision win over Ultimate Fighter: Brazil champ Rony Jason. Here’s another fighter who should be fielding offers from major North American promotions soon. JM: On a side note, this knee bar demonstrates why kicks to the head of a grounded opponent should be legal. I know that whole “soccer kicks look like something out of a prison movie” narrative, but can we at least get kicks to the head allowed when the kicking party is also grounded? At that point it’s really no different than a standing head kick and it would basically eliminate all but the most proficient leg lock attacks because Lopes isn’t grapevining that leg if Beltran is allowed to bash him in the face with the other one. Diallo Abdoulaye vs. Angelo Bernardoni AL: You got your grappling, you got your MMA, now we jump into some kickboxing, first with Yokkao Fight Night Bologna (available for replay on YouTube), an event that featured maybe the best and certainly the loudest body shot KO of the year, courtesy of Diallo Abdoulaye. Disgusting liver shot KO by Diallo Abdoulaye. Turn up the volume. #YOKKAO pic.twitter.com/kk0De5aTKf — caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) November 30, 2019 That was downright... Diallobolical (I hate myself). JM: As you should, but we all love you. And I have nothing to say about that one other than it wasn’t a body shot, that was a gunshot. Kaengsaphue vs. Samrith Keo AL: In the very first fight from Muay Hardcore (available for replay on YouTube) in Thailand, Kaengsaphue took out Samrith Keo in spectacular fashion. pic.twitter.com/yd0973Q9is — Showteldo (@Showteldo) November 30, 2019 Kaengsaphue was letting Keo come forward the whole time, just waiting for his moment, and then WHAMMY! JM: That’s definitely the best highlight of the week. That fadeaway slip of the head kick into an immediate counter of his own is both aesthetically gorgeous and incredibly high level. Even Keo will have to admit that was sublime, as soon as he gets his jaw unwired and can speak again. AL: And to cap off the kickboxing highlights, we’re digging into the dark depths of Lethwei for this insane knockout strike by Thway Thit Aung that, uh, didn’t actually end the fight. Thway Thit Aung had it rough. It was his second KO, still ended up a draw. pic.twitter.com/x06PPVRJMd — inxxane (@inxxane) November 29, 2019 According to @inxxane, because Aung’s opponent was able to get up from this and you are apparently allowed to go down to the mat a total of four times in a match like this before it’s ruled a TKO, this fight went the distance and ended up a draw. This seems unfathomable even by Meshew rules. JM: Excuse me? My rules are excellent and make sense. My rules would stipulate that if you did this in a fight, you won automatically, even if you lost every other second of the bout. Don’t go casting aspersions on the Meshew Adjudication Methodology (patent pending). Christophe Van Dijk vs. Daniel Dorrer Javier Trujillo vs. Daniel Kerr AL: We’re about ready to wrap up, but we couldn’t leave without mentioning the history that was made at Full Metal Dojo 18: Bangkoxploitation (actual event name) in Thailand on Saturday. JM: We can all agree that this is already the event of the year based solely on the name, right? I mean, Full Metal Dojo is how you name an organization and Bangkoxploitation?! *Chef’s kiss* AL: It’s perfect. It sounds vaguely offensive and yet is actually harmless and hilarious. JM: Exactly! It beautifully flirts with the line between dangerous and adorable. Full marks to the FMD team already. And then, as fate would have it, the event featured the most Missed Fists thing humanly possible: back-to-back Von Preux chokes in the co-main and main event! (I refuse to call it a Von Flue choke anymore. Jason Von Flue hit the damn thing once. OSP has made a career out of this thing, it’s his choke now. He’s the captain.) Here’s Christophe Van Djike submitting Daniel Dorrer with the OSP in the co-main event. First round Von Flue finish in the co-main event at @FullMetalDojo pic.twitter.com/Sk750cmFJC — John Hyon Ko [고현] (@JHKMMA) November 30, 2019 And then just a few minutes later, Javier Trujillo taps Daniel Kerr with one! Back to back Von Flue chokes! Javier Trujillo is the new @FullMetalDojo welterweight champion pic.twitter.com/H4vdRLqriZ — John Hyon Ko [고현] (@JHKMMA) November 30, 2019 What are the odds of this happening and is OSP morally obligated to start fighting for Full Metal Dojo now? AL: Given that the two guys on the receiving end had a combined record of 9-15, the odds were actually pretty good! And OSP should at least get free tickets to the next show given that he’s responsible for popularizing the move. Back-to-back Von Preuxs to close out the show? That’s right up there with Brad Imes winning via gogoplata in consecutive fights. Combat sports. Never change. 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
  13. Last week, Conor McGregor’s return to announced when a fight with Donald Cerrone was made official for the main event of UFC 246. Since then, there has been a lot of talk about the fight, what it means for both fighters, and where both men go from here, but there’s been even more speculation about the weight the fight is being contested at. Though McGregor and Cerrone have most recently competed at the lightweight limit of 155 pounds, and both men seem to be best suited for the lightweight division, their fight at UFC 246 will be contested as a welterweight bout. Both men do have some experience in the 170 pound division but it would seemingly make more sense to fight at 155 pounds, especially as McGregor has made it clear he’s gunning for a rematch with lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov. Nonetheless, the fight will be held at welterweight and speculation has run rampant over why. Well, Joe Rogan believes he knows. Speaking recently on his Joe Rogan Experience MMA Show podcast, Rogan suggested that the reason this fight is at 170 is because all the years Conor spent cutting to 145 have made him not want to cut weight anymore if possible. “Because Conor doesn’t want to lose any weight,” Rogan said. “I think that guy tortured himself to get down to 145 so hard - and when you look at what he looked like when he was on the scale, when he was flexing, he looked like a god damn zombie. It was horrible. So I think, whether he complains or not about that, nobody rides for free. You do that to your body for a couple of years, you do some damage and it makes it harder to lose the weight afterwards. “So then he’s going up to 155. He’s obviously elite at 155, wins the title at 155, has the great rematch with Diaz at 170 and then comes back and fights Khabib at 155 and gets mauled. He has a fight with Cowboy, he’s really a 55er that can fight welterweight. That’s the right size for him versus, I don’t think Nate is fighting 155 any time in the future anymore.” McGregor has certainly bounced around weight divisions his fair share. He rose to prominence as a featherweight, claiming the UFC title only to immediately abandon it in favor of a move to challenge Raphael dos Anjos for the lightweight title. An injury to RDA sidelined that plan and instead McGregor fought Nate Diaz at a 170 pound catchweight on short notice. What happened next is history as Diaz submitted McGregor and the two rematched later that year with McGregor taking a narrow decision win. Then “Notorious” went on to beat Eddie Alvarez for the lightweight title before jumping to boxing for a one-off fight. By the time he came back, Khabib Nurmagomedov was the new lightweight king and he throttled McGregor in short order. Now, Conor’s UFC career - and arguably his legacy - hang in the balance. Another loss and McGregor will still be a star - star power doesn’t ever really leave you - but his claims to being the best fighter will start to lose credibility and he’ll likely kiss any chance at rematching Khabib goodbye. So McGregor’s comeback fight is important to reestablish what made him a superstar in the first place and Rogan believes this fight with Cowboys is perfect for just that. “He’s fighting a guy who, I think in his eyes is not really a welterweight,” Rogan said. I think he thinks of Cowboy as a guy who will fight at 170 but he’s really a 55er... I think Conor’s calculated in his comeback. I think this is a smart fight for him because he’s not fighting someone who is too big, where I feel like that was the argument about Nate even though Nate did fight at 155 for a long time. He’s a big dude. And then there’s some other guys that want to fight him at 170 that are real 170s. [Jorge] Masvidal is a perfect example of that. Masvidal was a 155er for a long time but he’s not anymore.” Jorge Masvidal rose to stardom this year with a string of incredible performances capped off by claiming the inaugural BMF belt last month, with a win over McGregor’s old nemesis, Nate Diaz. Since then, Masvidal has called for a fight with McGregor and many have suggested that Conor facing Cowboy at 170 pounds is in part because it opens up the option to fight Masvidal for the BMF belt if he so chooses. But first things first, McGregor has to get through Cowboy, and though Conor is a hefty favorite in the bout, Rogan still thinks Cerrone has a chance to upset the apple cart. “Look, it’s gonna be f*cking great,” Rogan said. “Whether you watch it on TV or you watch it live, it’s gonna be f*cking great. And if Conor can catch him early, it could be very interesting... [But] if Cowboy can use his distance - and he’s very good at doing it - and he can avoid that straight left because Conor’s got a piston of a left hand.” McGregor and Cerrone will finally fight at UFC 246 on January 18 at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. MUST-READ STORIES Injury. Brian Ortega out of UFC Busan main event against ‘Korean Zombie’ Chan Sung Jung. Ouch. Jose Aldo: Loss to Alexander Volkanovski ‘hurt a lot more’ than Conor McGregor KO. Super necessary. Jorge Masvidal joins Combate Americas commentary team for Tito Ortiz vs. Alberto ‘El Patron’ card. Appeal. Daniel Pineda set to appeal ‘irregular’ test result with Nevada Commission, PFL designates alternate for finals. New life. KSW champion Scott Askham on resurgence: ‘I was cut too early from the UFC’. VIDEO STEW The A-Side Live Chat. Max Holloway’s best lines. A look at the Performance Institute in Shanghai. Free fights. Most overshadowed fighters in MMA history. LISTEN UP Submission Radio. Interviews with Tito Ortiz, Dominick Reyes, Tyson Pedro, and Jon Anik. UFC Unfiltered. Interviews with Katlyn Chookagian, Alistair Overeem, and Stefan Struve. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Disappointing. Gilbert Burns will fight anyone. Gotta be 165 Catch Weight! I’m no kidding let’s go! https://t.co/DXnTWBl3C9 pic.twitter.com/VeuErxwb0G — GILBERT BURNS DURINHO (@GilbertDurinho) December 5, 2019 Aldo looks horrible and he it’s still not even fight week. This was a bad idea. Last sparring w this beast. I can't wait to see you put all the hard work in the cage. You’re more than ready. keep moving forward @josealdojunior #MMA #Bantamweight ️️️ pic.twitter.com/utUKQPllBh — Dudu Dantas (@DuduDantasMMA) December 4, 2019 Anyone have any idea what this one is about? Blue lips. — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) December 4, 2019 Everybody always chasing two belts these days. Middleweight title next! What do you guys think? @BellatorMMA — Douglas Lima (@PhenomLima) December 4, 2019 This is neat. Thankful ! #andnewagain #2xchamp #georgeforeman pic.twitter.com/VCi7j6ZqLA — Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) December 4, 2019 It’s important to have goals. Ima get them camo shorts approved one day @Reebok @ufc — Bryce Mitchell (@ThugnastyMMA) December 5, 2019 Dustin on Khabib. Yes 100% https://t.co/ilNdDAYx3v — The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) December 5, 2019 Just showed me there's still lots of work to do on my end. https://t.co/9Zx8x5UxHS — The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) December 5, 2019 Couldn't find him again after i landed that shot though https://t.co/Vr7MFaRqHz — The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) December 5, 2019 One day Ryan Bader is going to get hurt by pranking someone. ohhhh yes! Gave The wife a nice surprise when she went to put stuff away in the RV. Had to cut the vid as some not so nice words were coming out. pic.twitter.com/jUeRLKbJTE — Ryan Bader (@ryanbader) December 5, 2019 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS Benson Henderson (28-8) vs, Sydney Outlaw (14-3); Bellator Japan, Dec. 29. Kanna Asakura (15-1) vs. Jayme Hinshaw (4-3); Bellator Japan, Dec. 29. Shoma Shibisai (5-2) vs. Sergei Shemetov (9-6); Bellator Japan, Dec. 29. Kai Asakura (14-1) vs. Manel Kape (14-4); Rizin 20, Dec. 31. Shintaro Ishiwatari (26-7-4) vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo (19-4-2); Rizin 20, Dec. 31. Rena Kubota (9-3) vs. Lindsey Vanzandt (7-2); Rizin 20, Dec. 31. Satoshi Ishii (22-10-1) vs. Jake Heun (14-9); Rizin 20, Dec. 31. Vitaly Shemetov (23-10) vs. Simon Biyong (6-1); Rizin 20, Dec. 31. Holly Holm (12-5) vs. Raquel Pennington 2 (10-7); UFC 246, Jan. 18. Darrion Caldwell (13-3-1) vs. Adam Borics (14-0); Bellator 238, Jan. 25. Diego Sanchez (29-12) vs Michel Pereira (23-10, 2 NC); UFC Rio Rancho, Feb. 15. Molly McCann (10-2) vs. Ashlee Evans-Smith (6-4); UFC London, March 21. 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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  14. Tenshin Nasukawa | Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images Kickboxing star Tenshin Nasukawa will once again be a part of RIZIN’s year-end festivities. The promotion announced late Tuesday evening that Nasukawa will face Rui Ebata in a 56-kilogram (approx. 123 pounds) kickboxing bout at RIZIN 20 on Dec. 31 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. A 62-kilogram (approx. 137 pounds) kickboxing bout between Taiju Shiratori and Taiga has also been added to the card. Nasukawa, 21, is unbeaten in kickboxing (35-0) and MMA (4-0) and is one of Japan’s most popular combat sports stars. Last December, he faced boxing legend Floyd Mayweather in a three-round exhibition boxing match that ended in the first when the five-division champion overwhelmed Nasukawa en route to a corner stoppage. Following that, Nasukawa has gone 5-0 in kickboxing bouts in 2019 so far. See the updated lineup for RIZIN 20 below (bout order to be determined): Kai Asakura vs. Manel Kape Jiri Prochazka vs. C.B. Dollaway Ayaka Hamasaki vs. Seo Hee Ham Johnny Case vs. Tofiq Musaev [Lightweight GP semifinal] Patricky Freire vs. Luiz Gustavo [Lightweight GP semifinal] Yuki Motoya vs. Patrick Mix Mikuru Asakura vs. John Macapa Vitaly Shemetov vs. Simon Biyong Jake Heun vs. Satoshi Ishii Lindsey VanZandt vs. Rena Kubota Shintaro Ishiwatari vs. Hiromasa Ogikubo Case/Musaev vs. Freire/Gustavo [Lightweight GP final] Tenshin Nasukawa vs. Rui Ebata — kickboxing Taiju Shiratori vs. Taiga — kickboxing Afficher l’article complet
  15. Brian Ortega | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting The upcoming main event at UFC Fight Night in Busan, South Korea, has taken a major hit after Brian Ortega suffered a knee injury that has forced him out of his fight against “The Korean Zombie” Chan Sung Jung. According to Ortega, he suffered a partial tear of his ACL in training and while it isn’t serious enough to warrant reconstructive knee surgery, he will still be forced to the sidelines for two to three months to recover. News of Ortega’s withdrawal was first reported by ESPN. “I tore my ACL in training and I won’t be fighting in Korea,” Ortega wrote on Instagram. “Thankfully, it was only a partial tear so I’m already rehabbing it and the plan is to be back to 100 percent in 2-3 months. I didn’t want to let down the fans, the Zombie and the UFC, so I strongly considered pushing through it and fighting anyways but according to doctors, the risk of a full rupture in the fight was high and that would put me out for up to a year. “Sorry guys, I gotta take care of this right now but I’ll make it up to all of you [in] 2020, I promise.” Ortega being forced out of the main event means he will not compete at all in 2019 with his last fight coming against reigning UFC featherweight champion Max Holloway back in December 2018, which resulted in the first loss of his career. With Ortega sidelined due to injury, the UFC has a few weeks to secure a new opponent to keep Jung on the card as he looks to headline the Busan event in his native South Korea. As of now, UFC officials haven’t made any announcements regarding the fight or any potential replacements who could step in to face “The Korean Zombie” on Dec. 21. Afficher l’article complet

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