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  1. Olympic gold medalist and Bellator veteran Satoshi Ishii has signed on the dotted line with Polish promotion, KSW. KSW broke the news via press release Monday, revealing that the Japanese heavyweight has committed to a multi-fight deal with the organization. Ishii (19-8-1) has claimed notable wins over Tim Sylvia, Jeff Monson, Pedro Rizzo and Heath Herring since turning pro in 2009. Interestingly, he also holds a win over current KSW heavyweight champion, Philip De Fries, from their 2014 clash at IGF 1. He has competed under the some of the biggest banners in MMA including Bellator, RIZIN, Dream and K-1 and has competed against some of the greatest fighters of all time including Fedor Emelianenko and Mirko Cro Cop. Ishii is currently on a four-fight win streak. He scored his latest victory last weekend with a dominant first round win over Rodrigo Carlos at Serbian Battle Championship 20. Afficher l’article complet
  2. It’s not as if anyone was questioning Paul Felder’s toughness. This is, after all a man who pushed through a broken arm to go the distance in a loss to Mike Perry last year. But Felder added to his legacy on Sunday night at UFC Phoenix, as he fought through a collapsed lung suffered late in his main-card bout against James Vick at Talking Stick Resort Arena and held on for the unanimous-decision victory. MMA Fighting confirmed an initial Monday ESPN report on Felder’s injury. Felder sustained the injury with a strike to the ribs late in the third round, and he will be held at a Phoenix hospital for a day for observation. Felder’s manager, Brian Butler, posted the following on Instagram: The person who seems least fazed by the injury is Felder himself, who won for the fourth time in his last five fights and is 4-0 in his last four lightweight bouts: I got two lungs... I just want a beer for shitsake — Paul Felder (@felderpaul) February 18, 2019 Afficher l’article complet
  3. Daniel Cormier’s path to retirement may have taken a turn Sunday night. The soon-to-be 40-year old UFC heavyweight champion was angling to fight one more time, preferably against Brock Lesnar. But then came Francis Ngannou’s 26-second knockout of Cormier’s best friend and American Kickboxing Academy training partner, two-time former champion Cain Velasquez, which went down in the main event of UFC Phoenix. Ngannou said he wanted a title shot next in the post-fight press conference, but did not call out Cormier in the cage afterward. Cormier indicated that if Ngannou does want a fight, he’s willing to oblige. “Every time you see something like that, the emotions tell you you go get it back, you go make it right,” an emotional Cormier said Sunday night on ESPN’s SportsCenter. “But Francis Ngannou, who didn’t ask for a fight, maybe later he will, and if that’s something we decide we want to do, then that’s what I’ll do. “I won’t go fight Francis Ngannou,” Cormier emphasized. “I will beat Francis Ngannou.” Until the point if and when an Ngannou fight comes to pass, Cormier is left to help pick up the pieces after Velasquez’s disappointing loss. Making his first appearance in the Octagon in two-and-a-half years due to a back injury, Velasquez, whose tenacity in the cage when he’s healthy has only been matched by his unfortunate propensity for injuries, had his knee give out in Ngannou’s opening onslaught, leading to the fast stoppage. Cormier was unable to attend the event at Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, which only added to his disappointment in the aftermath. “I know how hard he trained,” DC said. “I know how well he prepared for this fight, and for it to end the way that it did was very unfortunate, was very hard to watch, I wasn’t able to get to Phoenix. It’s sad, it makes me very sad that I’m not there right now, that he lost in this way.” Having trained with Velasquez, he believes the former champ was ready to go, and simply got caught in one of those sort of things that happen in the sport of MMA. “He looked good,” Cormier said. “I thought he was ready to fight, and I felt like he was ready to win this fight. You just cannot control some of the things that happen. He hurt his knee. And obviously you’re fighting a big powerful guy like Francis, there’s no room for error.” Afficher l’article complet
  4. For a few minutes on Sunday night, a few seconds of footage that comprised the UFC Phoenix main event functioned as a Rorschach test of sorts for MMA observers. Upon a single viewing or multiple replays, different conclusions were drawn on whether it was Francis Ngannou’s ungodly power that put Cain Velasquez down, or it was Velasquez’s own knee that betrayed him. The debate says as much about the reverence for the heavyweight great Velasquez as it does about the doubt that infected Ngannou’s bandwagon after his back-to-back losses in 2018. Ngannou, some suggested then, might be irrevocably broken. The thing was, at the time, you couldn’t blame fans who felt that way. While his title fight loss to Stipe Miocic could be reasoned away due to inexperience, his subsequent defeat to Derrick Lewis could not. Ngannou’s unwillingness to engage was absolutely perplexing. He either refused to or couldn’t uncork his lethal hands, and afterwards, admitted he had been psychologically scarred by the Miocic loss, a defeat that made him finally appear human. Miocic took him down good and plenty, and absolutely worked him over for five rounds, landing an incredible 82 percent of his strikes. Ngannou was genuinely dominated, and took the burden with him. “I have carried my fear from the last fight to this one,” he said after losing to Lewis. It was a blunt self-assessment with an edge so serrated, it sounded like a confession. Fear? Few admit fear in the fight game unless it’s in the abstract. Never in regards to a specific fight, let alone a key moment. It was candid, vulnerable, memorable. As it result, it stuck to Ngannou, even though during the same statement, he vowed, “I won’t let everyone down again.” That part was either ignored in the moment or completely discounted, but it seems that Ngannou is a man of his word. In his two fights since, he has knocked out both opponents in a combined 71 seconds. And make no mistake, his win over Velasquez was indeed a knockout. A true examination of the clip shows Velasquez’s head snap to the right as Ngannou connects on a short uppercut. It is in that moment that Velasquez’s body drops, and his left knee gives out. It was the kind of win that pushes us to reframe the winner and reconsider his potential ceiling. It is abundantly clear now that on any given night, Ngannou is capable of starching any man standing in front of him. Ngannou slings clubs from both hands and from any angle. He put Andrei Arlovski down with a step-back right hook, stopped Alistair Overeem with a left uppercut, and defeated Curtis Blaydes with an overhand right, even though it was partially deflected. He has the most raw power of anyone on the UFC roster. Power is a great base element, and it pairs nicely with the confidence that must now be back in abundant supply. Velasquez, after all, walked into the fight with a reputation as arguably the top heavyweight in MMA history. At worst, he is in the top three, alongside Fedor Emelianenko and Stipe Miocic. Taking him out in 26 seconds may be the kind of momentum-booster that pushes Ngannou to the moon. It’s still mind-blowing how far and how fast he’s gotten here, an against-the-odds story that seemingly only needs its final (golden) conclusion to merit some consideration for a big-screen adaptation. When Ngannou was nearing the age of 27, he was a poor laborer in a sand quarry in his home country of Cameroon. He had barely begun to train in any kind of athletics, let alone to chase his fighting dreams. At that exact time on the other side of the world, Velasquez was already into his second UFC heavyweight title reign. Ngannou somehow navigated that steep learning curve, even while suffering a setback or two along the way, a stunning development that emphasizes continued possibilities. Ngannou said shortly after the fight that he wants another crack at the belt, which is now possessed by Velasquez’s longtime pal and training partner Daniel Cormier. Cormier would prefer to wait for former UFC champ Brock Lesnar to return back into the fold for a big-money fight, but as of now, no one knows when or if that will actually happen. There is certainly no guarantee. No one begrudges Cormier a chance to make a huge payday on his way out the door, but while that may be his top choice, Ngannou will be around, waiting to cash in his second chance. Think of him like a repackaged product — still big, strong and powerful, but now with new and improved mental toughness! A year ago, it would have been so easy for him to retreat into nothing. Great fighters have done it before him. Instead, Ngannou’s surged back toward the front of the heavyweight pack. Any fighter who sees this resurgence as a fluke does so at his own peril. Ngannou isn’t just back; he’s better. Afficher l’article complet
  5. Nick Diaz hasn’t fought in more than four years, and it looks like his return to the Octagon isn’t going to happen anytime soon. Away from the eight-sided cage since a five-round no contest versus former middleweight champion Anderson Silva at UFC 183, the former Strikeforce welterweight champion released a statement on social media explaining why he’s not competing anymore — and advising young fighters to get paid better. ”I’m no role model, I’m 35 years old,” Diaz wrote, “but I definitely wouldn’t advise anybody to take a fight for less than their worth or fight for free. Which is practically what I would be doing at this point in taking a fight with some of these guys that are not on my level. Nor would I be within my moral ethics to even do that aside from you not painting me as a role model. ”If there was an offer I couldn’t refuse, things would be different. Until they are — I’d like to continue to think I’ve been fighting to make the world a better place, but until I can continue to do that: ‘I don’t want to hurt nobody, I just want to party.’” Diaz (26-9, 2 no contests) competed twice for the 170-pound title in the UFC between 2012 and 2013. A year after losing an interim title bout with Carlos Condit at UFC 143, Diaz came back to face Georges St-Pierre for the undisputed belt at UFC 158, again losing via decision. Afficher l’article complet
  6. Francis Ngannou encourages anyone doubting his finish to check out the instant replay. The UFC heavyweight slugger knocked out Cain Velasquez in the main event of UFC Phoenix on Sunday night at Talking Stick Resort Arena. The time came at just 26 seconds of the first round. The timing, though, was not the thing that was in dispute. Initially, the causation of Velasquez collapsing leading to the referee to call the fight was. Velasquez’s knee buckled and he said it was that injury that led to him falling to the ground and Ngannou finishing him off. Ngannou disagrees. He says all you have to do is check out that replay and you’ll see him land an uppercut on Velasquez that leads to the stoppage. “No, because the knee buckled after an uppercut on his chin,” Ngannou said. “You can look at the video about it, so you can find out and you will see the uppercut. That might be why his knee buckled, because he got disconnected.” Ngannou said he didn’t feel the impact in the moment, because he threw a bunch of punches as Velasquez tried to take him down against the cage. After consulting the video himself, Ngannou believes he see what happened — and it was not Velasquez going untouched as his knee buckled. “In the fight, I couldn’t see that, but I watched the video and you guys can also watch the video,” Ngannou said. “So when the uppercut, that shot connected he just fell right way. I think that’s what hurt his knee.” Ngannou (13-3) has now won two straight after a pair of lackluster performances, the former in a title fight against Stipe Miocic at UFC 220 in January 2018. “The Predator” knocked out Curtis Blaydes in 45 seconds in November and now has a 26-second knockout to his name against a former two-time heavyweight champion in Velasquez, who was once considered perhaps the best MMA heavyweight of all time. When Ngannou, a Cameroon native by way of France, first started training in MMA, he searched on YouTube for the heavyweight champion and that’s when he first came across Velasquez. He called himself in the lead up a fan of Velasquez and the one that he always trained to defeat. Ngannou believes that a victory over someone like Velasquez should earn him another title shot. “I think what should be next for me is the title shot,” Ngannou said. “I think Cain is the one that the victory against him, after that you deserve a title shot.” Velasquez’s teammate and close friend Daniel Cormier is the current UFC heavyweight champion. The relationship between Velasquez and Cormier is not lost on Ngannou. “I think he should come to avenge his teammate,” Ngannou said. “I think that would be a good matchup. I’ll get that done as well.” Afficher l’article complet
  7. 12 p.m.: Show open. After a brief introduction, I’ll examine the results from Cain Velasquez’s return to the Octagon plus a look at Kron Gracie’s clinical finishing on the Monday Morning Analyst. 12:35 p.m.: 5 minutes on the clock. All of your social media questions answered at A Round of Tweets using #themmahour hashtag. 12:40 p.m.: We’ll meet Valerie Loureda after her successful pro debut at Bellator 216. 1 p.m.: Stefan Struve stops by to preview his upcoming bout at UFC on ESPN+ 3 and more. 1:20 p.m.: After a botched main event at Bellator 215, Matt Mitrione will join us to talk next steps. 1:35 p.m.: We’ll take your calls on everything going on in the sport with the Sound Off. 2:05 p.m.: UFC 235 headliner Anthony Smith will be here to discuss his upcoming fight with Jon Jones. Be sure to always call the hotline at 1-844-866-2468. Watch the show live below beginning at 12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT / 5 p.m. GMT. Subscribe to The MMA Hour on iTunes (audio feed here; video feed here). Listen to the show via Stitcher here or via TuneIn here. Afficher l’article complet
  8. On Sunday night, Francis Ngannou made quick work of Cain Velasquez, knocking out the former two-time UFC heavyweight champion in just 26 seconds at UFC Phoenix. After the biggest win of his career, Ngannou began lobbying for a title shot, saying that heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier “should come to avenge his teammate.” Unfortunately for Ngannou, it doesn’t look like that will be in the cards for him. Speaking with ESPN after the fight, UFC President Dana White revealed that the UFC already has an opponent lined up Cormier. “Well yeah, Francis is there,” White said. “Cormier’s hurt right now and we have another fight lined up for Cormier first so, we’ll see how this whole thing plays out.” When Cormier won the title at UFC 226, a superfight with Brock Lesnar was immediately teased. However, despite Lesnar rejoining USADA in July, there has been little discussion about his impending return, leaving even Cormier to wonder if the fight with happen. Meanwhile, Cormier has been dealing with injuries since his heavyweight title defense against Derrick Lewis at UFC 230, leaving who is is fighting next completely up in the air and Dana White did not care to illuminate either. “[Cormier] is not healthy yet so I would never announce a fight without it being done,” White said when questioned about the opponent for Cormier. “It makes no sense. I don’t even know when Cormier’s gonna be ready.” Cormier is currently sidelined with a back injury and just last week announced that he would be pushing back his planned retirement date while he recovers. MUST-READ STORIES Results. Francis Ngannou finishes Cain Velasquez in opening minute at UFC Phoenix. Results. Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov ends in no-contest after low blow at Bellator 215. Results. Michael ‘Venom’ Page earns tactical win over Paul Daley at Bellator 216. Results. Vanessa Porto beats Pearl Gonzalez for title by technical decision after eye poke at Invicta 34. Bonuses. Vicente Luque, Bryan Barbarena, Luke Sanders, and Kron Gracie earned bonuses. VIDEO STEW UFC Phoenix Post-Fight Show. Bellator highlights. Invicta highlights. LFA 60 highlights. TTTHS. LISTEN UP SBN Post-Fight. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Phoenix. 6th Round. Immediate post-fight reaction to UFC Phoenix. SOCIAL MEDIA BOUILLABAISSE Cold blooded. I appreciate the compliment by Cynthia but I think I deserve a top five as well. That’s why I consider a title contention fight. — Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) February 18, 2019 Al the hero. @ALIAQUINTA has a better chance at selling me a house than fighting me at ufc 236 — The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) February 18, 2019 I’ll take it — A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) February 18, 2019 @DustinPoirier do you need 3 bedrooms or nah? — A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) February 18, 2019 @DustinPoirier oh and have your lender send me you pre approval — A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) February 18, 2019 @DustinPoirier if you don’t have one, i can recommend — A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) February 18, 2019 We both have to wait for the appraisal first. — The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) February 18, 2019 Bro stopppp — A1 Iaquinta (@ALIAQUINTA) February 18, 2019 More from Poirier. Put Gold on the line or open up the check book otherwise don't even call my phone. @ufc — The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) February 18, 2019 Listen its gotta be me and @TonyFergusonXT ......if he waits for Khabib then it has to be me and @TheNotoriousMMA or @BlessedMMA if he comes to 155lbs — The Diamond (@DustinPoirier) February 18, 2019 Ouch. Gross. Conor been very respectful on Twitter lately. Very excited to see Kron Gracie compete tomorrow in the UFC. Son of Rickson, partner of Diaz. So much lineage. Very proud and exciting moment here for the prestigious Gracie family. Remember that without this family, none of us would have a job we loved. Good luck and Respect. — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 17, 2019 Savage. Inevitable. Anniversary. Max out here getting people’s hopes up. Tony Ferguson is the type of guy to copy my back tattoo then tell me I've just been blessed — Max Holloway (@BlessedMMA) February 15, 2019 FIGHT ANNOUNCEMENTS N/A. FINAL THOUGHTS Man, talk about a weird weekend. Bellator had the 15 second No Contest and D1 Paul Daley. Invicta had the eye-poke finish, and the UFC had Cain’s awkward 26 second loss. MMA went full MMA, including having Cain blow out his knee. 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! Also follow MMAFighting on Instagram, and like us on Facebook! Afficher l’article complet
  9. Cain Velasquez’s highly anticipated return was at least partially spoiled by his infamous nemesis: the injury bug. After a 30-plus month layoff from competition, Velasquez’s comeback fight in the main event of UFC Phoenix on Sunday opposite Francis Ngannou lasted just 26 seconds. The end came when Velasquez attempted to grapple with Ngannou and the towering Frenchman responded with a few fiery punches in close. Velasquez dropped to the mat, then rolled over onto his front, seemingly unable to defend himself as referee Jason Herzog stepped in to call the bout. Velasquez let out a roar of frustration immediately following the stoppage and the replays seemed to indicate that his left knee gave out on him. He confirmed as much at the evening’s post-fight presser, explaining exactly when the injury happened and how devastating the outcome was to him. “I just can’t believe that happened,” Velasquez said. “Having a great camp coming in, truly, everything I said, how strongly I felt, that was all true. Coming in I felt great out there, relaxed, and then taking that one step I did with my left foot. I just felt something pop and then when I tried to take another step it just gave out on me. My knee gave out on me, I can’t even believe that happened. “Going in 100 percent healthy. 100 percent ready and just to have this freak accident, I can’t even believe it. It’s just hard. That’s sports, that’s what we do. That’s what happens sometimes. It’s just really frustrating because the fire in me is strong, stronger than ever. In camp, great camp, great camp. And then this happens.” Velasquez speculated that the injury could have occurred to his meniscus or MCL, though further examination will be required. He felt a pop in his left leg as he advanced and then when he tried to move left again, that’s when it completely gave out. Making matters worse for Velasquez is that as far as he knows, there were no previous issues with his left knee. Upon further examination of the finish, it looks like at least one of Ngannou’s counter-punches landed cleanly and Velasquez was asked how much the power of Ngannou contributed to the finish and how much of it was due to his injury. “It was just the knee, he didn’t even, like, touch me, you know?” Velasquez said. “It was just the knee, as soon as I felt the knee just buckle, it was like I couldn’t believe that happened. And then that was it.” “Going in for his leg, I felt he kind of clubbed me on the back of the head, but that didn’t graze me at all,” Velasquez continued. “None of the punches grazed me at all or did anything to myself where I felt like I was unbalanced or anything. Just getting in on the inside and it was just a freak thing that happened with my knee.” Velasquez didn’t fault Ngannou for going in for the kill, nor Herzog for the fast stoppage. If anything, it sounded like he was most disappointed in his body betraying him once more. “It was okay because the ref saw my knee buckle.” Velasquez said. “The ref saw my knee buckle. His job is to make sure we’re 100 percent safe and he did that. Even for me, just to process what happened in that moment, even afterwards — the ref did the right job, he did the correct job tonight.” “I have a lot of respect for [Ngannou] — I have a lot of respect for a lot of fighters, that’s just how I am — Before the fight, a lot of respect, but I’m there to kill him,” Velasquez continued. “After the fight, a lot of respect, especially for him as a man, as a competitor. “I beat myself tonight.” Velasquez could not speak on the severity of the injury nor provide a potential timetable for his next bout. When asked if this could be his last fight, Velasquez simply said that he’ll only stop when he feels like he “can’t be the best” and that that wasn’t “the case with this whole camp.” The 36-year-old already has two UFC heavyweight reigns on his resume, though he now has just one win in his last three fights dating back to June 2015. The keyword for Velasquez in describing Sunday’s fight was “frustrating”, because other than how it all ended, Velasquez felt right at home back in the Octagon. “We’ll see what happens going forward,” Velasquez said. “Again, knowing what I did these past three years and two months, getting ready for this camp, I felt ready. Extremely ready. I felt calm out there, like the Octagon was the place I needed to be and I felt great. It felt great coming back. It felt great in there with him. “And then the freak accident with the knee just popping out. It’s just frustrating, but we’ll get it all checked out. The fire in me is strong again still and I guess I’ve got a lot to prove and I’m very capable of doing that.” Afficher l’article complet
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    With UFC Phoenix in the books, MMA Fighting’s Shaun Al-Shatti and Jose Youngs break down the top storylines coming out of Sunday night in Arizona. Afficher l’article complet
  11. One of the best fights of the year earned top honors at UFC Phoenix on Sunday night. The welterweight clash between Vicente Luque and Bryan Barberena was ended by Luque via third-round TKO at the 4:54 mark. Luque and Barberena both earned $50,000. Luke Sanders, who defeated Renan Barao via second-round KO, and Kron Gracie, who submitted Alex Caceres in the first round, both earned Performance of the Night honors. Afficher l’article complet
  12. Twenty-six seconds. That’s how long it took for Francis Ngannou to put a stop to Cain Velasquez’s Octagon return. Ngannou bested the former UFC heavyweight champion in the blink of an eye on Sunday night in the main event of UFC Phoenix, stopping Velasquez with punches after the Arizona native’s knee buckled in an exchange along the cage. Check out reaction to Ngannou’s victory below, plus the best of the rest from a roller-coaster night at UFC Phoenix. FRANCIS NGANNOU DEF. CAIN VELASQUEZ I don’t think he hit him clean once?? — Michael Johnson (@FollowTheMenace) February 18, 2019 You’re still the man @cainmma — Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 18, 2019 Long awaited return and then this. I’m gonna cry — Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) February 18, 2019 Fuck poor Cain — Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) February 18, 2019 Cain blew his knee out. What a horrible, horrible turn of events, especially after being out for two-and-a-half years. #ufcphoenix — The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) February 18, 2019 Whatttt!! Big win for Francis !! — scott askham (@scottaskham1) February 18, 2019 Wow. Unforgiving sport. I hope cain is ok. Great work to the predator!!!@francis_ngannou !!! So happy for him — JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) February 18, 2019 Holy smokes!! He is cursed ! First fox card now first Espn card !! Ngannou is a monster !! — Chris Weidman (@chrisweidman) February 18, 2019 It wasn’t KO. @CainVelasquez_ blow and hurts his knee. It’s have to have the rematch. — Roan Jucao (@jucao) February 18, 2019 Wow #UFCPheonix — Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 18, 2019 @cainmma still the #goat of the heavyweight division — Ian McCall (@Unclecreepymma) February 18, 2019 Really like Ngannou and Cain. Sad to see Cain go out like that. The new network curse has got him! — Alan Jouban (@AlanJouban) February 18, 2019 I wanted moreeee #UFCPheonix — Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) February 18, 2019 Ngannou got booed all fucking week and he’s not even gloating. Talk about a class act. #UFCPhoenix — Angela Hill (@AngieOverkill) February 18, 2019 He’s done! — Daniel Cormier (@dc_mma) February 18, 2019 PAUL FELDER DEF. JAMES VICK Great fight this co main event. Evenly matched #ufcphoenix — JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) February 18, 2019 Got to love the gameness from Vick at the end of the fight, going for the finish! Great fighter mentality. I do think Felder won that though #UFCPhoenix — Jordan Rinaldi (@JordanRinaldi) February 18, 2019 I love how angry Felder looks at all times in the Octagon. #ufcphoenix — The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) February 18, 2019 Fuck yeah Dr. @felderpaul!!! Nobody deserves to win tonight more than him. #UFCPheonix — Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) February 18, 2019 The best @felderpaul we’ve seen so far his future and his beard is looking bright #UFCPhoenix — Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 18, 2019 @felderpaul my man! Always happy to see you perform! — Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) February 18, 2019 Intelligence, violence, sportsmanship, gentlemen, @felderpaul #UFCPhoenix — Gerald Meerschaert (@The_Real_GM3) February 18, 2019 Ok @JamesVickMMA vs @felderpaul proves par for the course in tonight's killer matchups. Impressed. #UFCPhoenix @ufc — Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) February 18, 2019 Mom @felderpaul #UFCPheonix — Emil Valhalla Meek (@emilvalhalla) February 18, 2019 Irish dragon looked great today!!! #UFCPheonix — Belal Muhammad (@bullyb170) February 18, 2019 Way to go @felderpaul !!!! Congrats homie — Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) February 18, 2019 CYNTHIA CALVILLO DEF. CORTNEY CASEY I fucking love you guys! Next fight I want a wave, with lighters and meows. Best fans in the world #ufcgoals @ufc — Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) February 18, 2019 How is this a main card fight — Jarred Brooks (@The_monkeygod) February 18, 2019 Congrats @cyn_calvillo on a tough fight and big win! #Ufcphoenix — @CrisCyborg on IG #CyborgNation (@criscyborg) February 18, 2019 @TSPMMA115 a call out!! Yes — Amanda Bobby Cooper (@ABCnation115) February 18, 2019 I would not be calling out @TSPMMA115 if I were her #UFCPheonix — Katlyn Chookagian (@blondefighter) February 18, 2019 — Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) February 18, 2019 I appreciate the compliment by Cynthia but I think I deserve a top five as well. That’s why I consider a title contention fight. — Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) February 18, 2019 KRON GRACIE DEF. ALEX CACERES Cool to see a Gracie back in the Octagon Congrats Kron #UFCPhoenix — Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 18, 2019 Gracie = legends in MMA — JIMI MANUWA (@POSTERBOYJM) February 18, 2019 Easy money for Kron, good to see him in the ufc — Chito Vera (@chitoveraUFC) February 18, 2019 BJJ really Efficient by @krongracie. Legit and genuine Jiu Jitsu. The Jiu Jitsu what I learn not for stollen. Congrats man. — Roan Jucao (@jucao) February 18, 2019 Tailor made opponent for @krongracie good debut but excited to see him face a tough wrestler who forces him to strike — Jeremy Kennedy (@JeremyKennedyWC) February 18, 2019 Parabéns @krongracie Congrats !!! — Demian Maia (@demianmaia) February 18, 2019 The beautiful art of #jujitsu . That’s what makes #mma the most exciting and toughest sport. #UFCPheonix #krongracie #mixmartialarts — John ”The Bull” Makdessi (@JohnMakdessi) February 18, 2019 Beautiful performance — Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) February 18, 2019 Kron Gracie — THALES LEITES (@thalesleites) February 18, 2019 I grow up watching Rickson Gracie’s tapes and it was a big inspiration to me. Good to see Kron win tonight! Congrats! — Rafael dos Anjos (@RdosAnjosMMA) February 18, 2019 Enter the mix young son. Congratulations. — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 18, 2019 VICENTE LUQUE DEF. BRYAN BARBERENA Happy for @VicenteLuqueMMA & @bryan_barberena on putting on an amazing fight. Shared the cage with each and both are class act guys! @UFC_CA @ufc — Chad Laprise (@ChadLaprise) February 18, 2019 This fight is insane! #UFCPhoenix @ufc — BJ Penn (@bjpenndotcom) February 18, 2019 What a fightttt!!! — Dhiego Lima (@DhLimaMMA) February 18, 2019 I love Luque. #UFCPheonix — éS (@EricSpicely) February 18, 2019 My goodness!!!! Unreal toughness from both, and such clutchness by luque! #UFCPhoenix @ufc — Jordan Rinaldi (@JordanRinaldi) February 18, 2019 What a fight! — Erik Jon Koch (@NEWBREED04) February 18, 2019 Damn hopefully a bonus? Give those men what they deserve! — tim means (@MeansTim) February 18, 2019 Fuuuuuuuuuiuuuu that was insane gosh! Both warriors. So much respect for these guys. #UFCPhoenix — Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) February 18, 2019 Double bonus for @VicenteLuqueMMA??? Impressive #UFCPhoenix — Zak Cummings (@ZakCummings) February 18, 2019 MAD SCRAP ️#UFCPHOENIX Thats the fight we love to be in! Props to both @VicenteLuqueMMA @bryan_barberena #FOTN — Jon SuperSaiyan Tuck (@JonCruzTuck) February 18, 2019 Respect @VicenteLuqueMMA #holyshit @ufc — Alpha Cat Zingano (@CatZingano) February 18, 2019 Luque!!! Congrats !!! What heart — Chris Wade (@CWadeMMA) February 18, 2019 ANDRE FILI DEF. MYLES JURY This is TUF Live all over again. Team Faber vs Team Cruz. #UFCPhoenix — Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) February 18, 2019 Fili wins the battle of the Jabs #UFCPhoenix — Cub Swanson (@CubSwanson) February 18, 2019 Dom: "Fili is okay with touching." Well, yeah, it's his nickname. :) #ufcphoenix — The Mane Event™ (@EliasTheodorou) February 18, 2019 Jury didn’t want it in the 3rd. Fili 2-1 — Chas Skelly (@ChasSkelly) February 18, 2019 @TouchyFili my gosh you looked so good tonight #ufcphx — Jocelyn J Lybarger (@mmajocelyn) February 18, 2019 Again @TouchyFili speaking real shit and the fans boo him — Jarred Brooks (@The_monkeygod) February 18, 2019 Both guys have exceptional takedowns, I would of liked to see both guys use their wrestling. Awesome fight regardless. #UFCPhoenix — Michael Chiesa (@MikeMav22) February 18, 2019 Me. — Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) February 18, 2019 Afficher l’article complet
  13. In Nov. 2011, Cain Velasquez lost the first ever UFC fight on the FOX network in a 64-second knockout by Junior dos Santos. In Feb. 2019, Velasquez headlined the first-ever main card on linear ESPN cable, and once again, things went south fast. Velasquez’s left knee gave out in the middle of a Francis Ngannou flurry, leading to an Ngannou knockout victory over the two-time former UFC heavyweight titleholder in just 26 seconds at UFC Phoenix on Sunday night. “I was super ready for this fight, I came in her super calm and relaxed,” Velaquez said. “This is why this sport is so great, you never know what could happen at what time. I wish I could give you guys more. I’m sorry for this.” Ngannou has been on something of an image rehab tour since losing back-to-back fights to Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis in 2018, and this goes down as the biggest name Ngannou has defeated. There was no one shot which finished things off as Velasquez’s leg buckled and gave out in Ngannou’s onslaught, just a wild flurry of heavy hands that caused the bout to get waved off fast. “I’m back,” Ngannou told the fans at Talking Stick Resort Arena. “Like I said before, I’m back. you’re going to see me come around again. Thank you.” With his second consecutive victory, Ngannou improved to 13-3. He’s 8-2 in the UFC, with all eight wins coming by way of finish, and each of his past six coming in the first round. For Velasquez, the loss was another downer in a career which has seen tremendous highs in winning two titles, but also a litany of injuries. The bout was has first for the 36-year-old former Arizona State wrestler in two-and-a-half years. Afficher l’article complet
  14. Watch Francis Ngannou vs. Cain Velasquez full fight video highlights from UFC Phoenix’s main event above, courtesy of ESPN. UFC Fight Night: Ngannou vs. Velasquez took place Feb. 17 at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, Arizona. Former UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez (14-3) faced off against power-punching contender Francis Ngannou (13-3) in the night’s main event, which aired live on ESPN. Catch the video highlights below. For more on Ngannou vs. Velasquez, check out the play-by-play courtesy of MMA Fighting’s Alexander K. Lee. Round 1: Jason Herzog will oversee the evening’s main event. Velasquez throws a kick to start, Ngannou returns with a right hand that misses. Another high kick by Velasquez. Velasquez goes into grapple and eats a few short punches inside. He drops and Ngannou goes in with ground-and-pound to follow. Velasquez is down on his belly and turtling up. Herzog has to step in and wave it off. On the replay, it looks like Velasquez’s knee may have gone out on him. Either way, that’s a TKO win for Ngannou. Official result: Francis Ngannou def. Cain Velasquez via KO (punches) at :26 of round one Afficher l’article complet
  15. The UFC Phoenix post-fight press conference is the last piece of business to take care of after the action is over in the Octagon, and we have the live video below at UFC officials will announce the winners of the Fight of the Night and the Performance of the Night bonuses, and winning fighters will meet the media after their fights. The UFC Phoenix post-fight press conference takes place about 30 minutes after the main event ends, meaning it will start around 12:30 a.m. ET. Afficher l’article complet

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