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  1. Curtis Blaydes and Junior dos Santos will clash in the UFC Raleigh main event. | Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images MMA Fighting has UFC Raleigh results for the Blaydes vs. Dos Santos fight card in Raleigh, N.C., live blogs of the top two fights, and live UFC Raleigh Twitter updates. The scheduled main event features a showdown between heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and Junior dos Santos, a former champ looking to regain his title. Also on tap, ex-champ Rafael dos Anjos and Michael Chiesa will square off in the co-main event. Follow UFC Raleigh results below. Main card (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET) Curtis Blaydes vs. Junior dos Santos Rafael dos Anjos vs. Michael Chiesa Jordan Espinosa vs. Alex Perez Hannah Cifers vs. Angela Hill Jamahal Hill vs. Darko Stosic Preliminary card (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET) Bevon Lewis vs. Dequan Townsend Arnold Allen vs. Nik Lentz Justine Kish vs. Lucie Pudilova Montel Jackson vs. Felipe Colares Sara McMann vs. Lina Lansberg Brett Johns vs. Tony Gravely Herbert Burns vs. Nate Landwehr Afficher l’article complet
  2. Julia Budd and Cris Cyborg will clash in the Bellator 238 main event Saturday night. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting MMA Fighting has Bellator 238 results for the Budd vs. Cyborg event Saturday night, live blog of the main event, and live Bellator 238 Twitter updates. In the main event, Bellator featherweight champion Julia Budd will put her belt on the line against Cris Cyborg. Darrion Caldwell continues the Bellator Featherweight World Grand Prix quarter-finals against Adam Borics in the co-main event.
 Check out Bellator 238 results below. Main card (DAZN at 10 p.m. ET) Julia Budd vs. Cris Cyborg Darrion Caldwell vs. Adam Borics Juan Archuleta vs. Henry Corrales Sergio Pettis vs. Alfred Khashakyan Raymond Daniels vs. Jason King Ava Knight vs. Emilee King Undercard (MMA Fighting at 7:30 p.m. ET) Aaron Pico vs. Daniel Carey AJ Agazarm vs. Adel Altamimi Jay-Jay Wilson vs. Mario Navarro David Pacheco vs. Miguel Jacob Anthony Taylor vs. Chris Avila Curtis Millender vs. Moses Murrietta Brandon Bender vs. Joshua Jones Ricardo Seixas vs. Dominic Clark Tony Bartovich vs. Jarrett Connor Afficher l’article complet
  3. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bellator 238 ceremonial weigh-in photos are from Friday’s Bellator event. Afficher l’article complet
  4. Junior dos Santos (right) and Curtis Blaydes headline UFC Raleigh on Saturday. | Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC/Getty Images Junior dos Santos is not trying to keep any secret game plans for his UFC Raleigh clash with Curtis Blaydes. In fact, he even offers to train and spar with his opponent before the five-round main event to show Blaydes exactly what he will try to do in the fight on Saturday night. Blaydes is a teammate of Alistair Overeem, one of the few men to ever beat “Cigano” in MMA, and told The Score he received some “inside information” from “The Demolition Man” before the fight. If “Razor” wants an extra insight, dos Santos invites him to his workout room in Raleigh. “I have nothing against Overeem. We fought and he had success, and then he disappeared,” dos Santos laughed during an interview with MMA Fighting. “If he wanted tips, he could have asked me [laughs]. I’ll tell him exactly what I’m going to do in the fight. I can even spar with him, train with him, and do the same thing in the fight. And I guarantee you it will work. “Surprising your opponent with something they don’t expect is important, of course, but I believe that being effective comes from how much you impose your will. That’s who I am. I go there and impose my fight the way I want.” “Cigano” basically kept the same fighting style throughout his entire MMA career, and it was successful most of the time. Using his heavy hands and speed, the Brazilian heavyweight beat the likes of Fabricio Werdum, Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez to become UFC champion. Blaydes is a dangerous opponent who has beaten every MMA fighter not named Francis Ngannou, but dos Santos predicts another “second-round knockout” victory for his record. “Study the first round, feel what he’s going to do,” dos Santos said, “And be more effective in the second round to get the knockout.” The Brazilian veteran is seven years older than his foe, and had to battle a dangerous leg infection months before starting his camp. If Blaydes will decide to stand and trade with him in the Octagon to target his leg, that remains to be seen, but dos Santos invites him to try. “It might happen. He can kick it, no problem,” dos Santos laughed. “I got kicked many times in the gym, and I’m ready. That won’t affect me any more than a regular kick would have. And it’s one thing to try, but landing a kick is a whole other thing [laughs]. “I think he will stand a little bit to distract me and then go for takedowns and work on top, which is what he does best. That’s what I think he will try to do. I’ll go for the knockout, as always. If we do go to the ground, we’ll grapple, and my goal will be to submit him.” Rankings don’t mean much in the UFC these days, but Blaydes and dos Santos are head-to-head at Nos. 3 and 4 going into this fight. With all the uncertainty surrounding Stipe Miocic’s next fight, a possible trilogy out with Daniel Cormier, and Francis Ngannou facing rising sensation Jairzinho Rozenstruik next, dos Santos envious a scenario where he gets the next crack for the gold. “I don’t think Miocic and Cormier should fight again right now, they should fight someone else like the UFC did with Velasquez and I,” he said. “A win Saturday against Curtis Blaydes puts me right in line for the belt again, and then it will depend on the result of Ngannou vs. Jairzinho. If Jairzinho wins, I think I would get the title shot.” One could argue that it would be hard to deny Rozenstruik a shot at the UFC gold with a win over Ngannou, especially after the undefeated heavyweight knocked out Overeem, Andrei Arlovski, Allen Crowder and Junior Albini in just 10 months as a UFC fighter. “Cigano” disagrees. “He’s had a meteoric rise, and he’s done great, of course, and deserves it,” dos Santos said, “But he has to prove himself a bit more before fighting for the heavyweight title. In case they don’t agree, I can fight him next.” Afficher l’article complet
  5. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting LOS ANGELES – Adam Borics talks about his quarterfinal fight with Darrion Caldwell in the Bellator featherweight grand prix, which takes place Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Afficher l’article complet
  6. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting A pair of past light heavyweight title challengers are set to collide. The UFC announced Friday that Anthony Smith (32-14) will fight Glover Teixeira (30-7) in a light heavyweight main event at an upcoming Fight Night show at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, Neb., on April 25. Both fighters will look to continue their winning ways, with Smith having defeated Alexander Gustafsson by fourth-round submission in the main event of UFC Stockholm last June and Teixeira winning three straight against Nikita Krylov, Ion Cutelaba, and Karl Roberson. Smith, who has roots in Omaha, has won four of his last five, with his lone loss taking place at UFC 235 where he dropped a five-round unanimous decision to UFC champion Jon Jones. The 31-year-old has found new life at 205 pounds after competing at middleweight for much of his career. Teixeira, 40, had his shot at Jones’s title back at UFC 172 in April 2014. Like Smith, Teixiera was unable to win over the judges after going 25 minutes with “Bones.” Also announced for the event, Antonina Shevchenko (8-1) meets Cynthia Calvillo (8-1-1) in a flyweight bout, Evan Dunham (18-8-1) returns from a brief retirement to fight Michael Johnson (19-15) at 155 pounds, Andrew Sanchez (11-5) fights Zak Cummings (23-7) in a middleweight bout, and welterweights Anthony Rocco Martin (17-5) and David Zawada (17-5) face off. This event marks the UFC’s second trip to Lincoln after holding a show there in August 2018. That card was headlined by a lightweight bout between Justin Gaethje and James Vick. The UFC Lincoln main card will air on the ESPN+ streaming service. Afficher l’article complet
  7. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Michael Chisea is not only healthier fighting at welterweight, but he’s also much happier. The former Ultimate Fighter winner will get his chance to dive into the deep end of the 170-pound weight class this weekend when he faces Rafael dos Anjos in the co-main event from Raleigh, N.C. A win would likely put Chiesa within striking distance of a title shot considering dos Anjos’ resume in the division where he’s already defeated former champions like Robbie Lawler while going five rounds with current welterweight king Kamaru Usman and former interim title holder Colby Covington. “Given that a lot of guys have moved on to fight for the title after beating him, that will be tough for me to do but it’s very attainable,” Chiesa explained when speaking to MMA Fighting. “I put the pressure on myself. Whenever I get matched up with a guy, I always look at who beat him and I’ve got to be better than those guys. I’ve got to do better than those guys to get farther than where they are. “I believe I have the tools to finish RDA. I’m going to have to go through hell. I’m going to have to walk through fire, but I’ve proven I’m gritty enough to get that done. If I go out there and do it better than those guys, I can take his spot in the top five and I could be gunning for a title by the end of the year. I’m not looking past him but godd*mmit, that thought drives me right there.” Perhaps the best part of that scenario is Chiesa knowing that winning on Saturday night along with one more victory against a top-five ranked opponent will almost assuredly secure his first shot at UFC gold. That’s a stark contrast from when he was competing at lightweight where he never felt like there was a guaranteed way to earn a title fight opportunity. “The thing that differentiates it from lightweight to welterweight is just a much clearer path to the title,” Chiesa said. “We had the true interim champ versus welterweight champ fight, we got that out of the way. There’s one title out there. You’ve got a guy like Usman, he’s going to fight whenever the UFC wants him to step up, he’s going to do it. That’s motivating. I always feel for a guy like Tony [Ferguson] when you look at how many fights he won and he’s now finally getting [his shot] — now granted there were a lot of injuries, the vaunted cursed matchup with Khabib but it was still muddy waters for a long time for him and he was still winning fights.” Ferguson has won 12 fights in a row and while he has been matched up in title fights in the past, a bizarre set of circumstances have still prevented him from ever getting a shot at the undisputed belt. The most egregious case of Ferguson being passed over, however, came in 2018 when he suffered a knee injury that knocked him out of a fight with Nurmagomedov but then made a miraculous recovery after surgery to get ready to compete again six months later. Unfortunately by that time, Conor McGregor decided he was ready to return so he got the title shot against Nurmagomedov while Ferguson ended up competing on the same card against Anthony Pettis instead. Looking at the current state of the 155-pound division, Chiesa sees the same problems exist as when he was fighting there, which is another reason why he’s in a much better spot at welterweight. “Look at poor Justin Gaethje. This Ferguson-Khabib fight has to happen but by the sounds of it when their fight gets done, who knows if he’ll even get a title shot and he’s in the top three. It feels good knowing the fruits of your labor really pay off in this weight class,” Chiesa said. “170 is not a popularity contest. 170 is a working man’s weight class where you work hard, you get your rewards whereas at lightweight, it wasn’t the same. You could work as hard as you want, win as many fights as you want, and there’s no promise what you’re going to get out of it.” All signs are currently pointing to Usman defending his title against Jorge Masvidal later this year with Leon Edwards about to battle former champion Tyron Woodley in March in a potential No. 1 contender’s fight. Chiesa truly believes a win over dos Anjos will put him into a position where he could face one more top-five ranked opponent in 2020 and then move onto the championship. That’s not something he could ever say with such clarity when competing at lightweight. “I feel like this is the weight class where you beat a guy ahead of you, you take his spot. You keep working your way up the ladder and you’ll get a title shot,” Chiesa said. “At lightweight, that’s not the same. You could all the way up to No. 1, but if Conor comes back and decides he wants to fight for the title, he’s going to jump ahead of everybody. “I really feel like I beat him, I’m not worried about getting leap frogged by a guy with more clout, with more of a following or more popularity. I feel like the better fighter is going to get the title shot at 170.” Afficher l’article complet
  8. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting LOS ANGELES – Former UFC fighter and Bellator signee Sergio Pettis talks about his new promotional home and fight at Bellator 238, which takes place Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Afficher l’article complet
  9. Paige VanZant | @paigevanzant, Instagram An arm injury has already hindered Paige VanZant’s year, but she’s already making plans to return to action. It was reported earlier this week that VanZant had been forced out of a bout opposite Amanda Ribas that had been scheduled for UFC Brasilia on March 14. The culprit was the right arm that the 25-year-old has already had worked on in three separate surgeries over the last two years. On Friday, the 25-year-old posted a statement to Instagram showing off a new cast and providing an update on when she expects to return. “Yes, I fractured my arm again,” VanZant wrote. “No, this isn’t the end of my story. This is a very small fracture and will only take six-to-eight weeks to heal. My doctor said I will be back ready to take a fight in May. “This is the second time I broke through a screw hole where my plate in my arm is, third break in a third spot. I know I need to adjust my training now that I have a permanent plate and screws in there. I will make those adjustments and I will return successfully just as I have before.” VanZant initially injured her arm in a three-round unanimous decision loss to Jessica-Rose Clark in January 2018. A year later, “PVZ” returned with a submission win over Rachael Ostovich, which would turn out to be her lone appearance of 2019. VanZant has made it known that her next fight will be the last of her current UFC contract. See her full statement below: You know that Japanese proverb “Fall seven times, stand up eight.” Well my story is break your arm three times, keep fighting four. Anyone could choose to give up here, it would be the easiest thing to do. But to hold it together when everyone else would understand if you fell apart, that’s true strength. Yes I fractured my arm again. No this isn’t the end of my story. This is a very small fracture and will only take 6-8 weeks to heal. My Dr. said I will be back ready to take a fight in May. This is the second time I broke through a screw hole where my plate in my arm is, third break in a third spot. I know I need to adjust my training now that I have a permanent plate and screws in there. I will make those adjustments and I will return successfully just as I have before. I am not going anywhere, I am only 25 years old and I am a gangster fighter. I will be making my UFC return in May. God just wanted me to have a little more patience. Send me some good vibes #fanzants I could use some love Afficher l’article complet
  10. Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Bellator featherweight Juan Archuleta talks about the challenges he faced in his recent title shot, and his comeback against Henry Corrales at Bellator 238, which takes place Saturday at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Afficher l’article complet
  11. Johnny Walker (pictured, blue gloves) parted ways with his longtime coach Leo Gosling after his UFC loss to Corey Anderson. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Johnny Walker recently parted ways with his longtime coach Leo Gosling after his first UFC loss, a quick knockout against Corey Anderson at UFC 244. Ahead of his upcoming fight with Nikita Krylov at UFC Brasilia, he decided to join the famed Tristar Gym in Canada. Gosling initially declined to comment when contacted by MMA Fighting. But one day later, he changed his mind and gave an extended interview. The Brazilian coach, who now lives in Lisboa, Portugal, and trains fighters at the Invictus gym, responded to some of the comments made by the rising UFC star. According to Gosling, the “stressful” fight week mentioned by Walker during their public split was caused by the fighter himself. “He brought a girl from Canada to stay with him in his hotel room, and I said ‘No, it’s not time for this, let’s stay together and focused,’” Gosling said. “He kept saying, ‘No, I’ll beat this guy up, trust me.’ He was very bossy, and I didn’t want to cause any trouble. The other ‘stress’ he (talked about) was about a UFC ticket I asked for (to give) a friend. He said he would give it to me, but then gave it to someone else. This girl came from France for the event, and he left her hanging. That’s what he means by ‘stress.’” Walker did not immediately respond for comment. Gosling said Walker’s words and actions were motivated by money — “he was bothered by the percentage he was paying me, 10 percent, which I thought was little, but accepted it” — and his desire to blame someone else for his loss. Speaking with MMA Fighting, Walker said he felt like going to war “and not being happy with who’s with you,” wondering if he could trust Gosling or “get shot in the back.” “We went to war several times together,” Gosling said. “What happened to Johnny was fame, success and money going over his head. He became friends with other coaches, other managers, everybody telling him ‘Leo is a small (coach), if you want to become champion you have to train in big teams.’ I was open to that and even took him to a big team in Russia, American Top Team. I was there with him, no problem at all. I have an open mind, I know that one coach can’t teach all disciplines. It’s impossible to be good in everything. “He needed to use that as an excuse, he didn’t own up his loss because he didn’t train enough. He missed practices, he went out to meet women. He met women during fight week and asked me to leave the hotel. He became authoritarian, bossy, and I kept my cool and didn’t raise my voice. He didn’t have the guts to call me and say he was leaving me. He’s not obligated to stay with me, but… Johnny will show his true self day by day. People will see who he truly is.” About the $30,000 investment Walker claims Gosling got from the fighter and gave nothing in return, the coach says they both lost $10,000. In fact, Gosling says the UFC light heavyweight has some good investments that were suggested by him, and doesn’t expect Walker to pay him what he says is owed. “All I really see is greed, ingratitude, and an obsession to prove himself to his thousands of fans,” Gosling said. “He spends six to eight hours a day seeing what people talk about him (online). Let’s see how he behaves now, if he’s going to honor what he has with me. We don’t have a contract, but we have a deal, looking each other in the eye. Let’s see if he really is worthy of a man like he says.” Gosling says “it’s really hard to forgive” Walker right now, but expects to reach that point eventually. Even thought he doesn’t envision themselves working together one day anymore, Gosling wishes his former protégé success in the Octagon even if some setbacks have to happen along the way. “I hope he becomes champion because that will be the result of my work,” Gosling said, “But would also understand — and thinks it’s good — if he trips and falls back to square one. Maybe he reunites with those he abandoned along the way. He knows what I’m talking about. I don’t wish him bad, I just wish he learns.” Afficher l’article complet
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    UFC Raleigh weigh-in results

    Photo by Grant Halverson/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images At the UFC Raleigh weigh-ins, all 24 fighters on Saturday’s fight card in Raleigh, N.C., stepped on the scale Friday morning local time. MMA Fighting will have video of the official weigh-ins, courtesy of the UFC, when it becomes available. In the main event, heavyweights Curtis Blaydes and ex-champ Junior dos Santos both hit the mark for their non-title heavyweight bout, weighing in at 248 pounds and 247 respectively. There will not be any ceremonial weigh-ins. Check out the official results below (courtesy of UFC.com). Main card (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET) Curtis Blaydes (248) vs. Junior dos Santos (247) Rafael dos Anjos (170) vs. Michael Chiesa (170.5) Jordan Espinosa (126) vs. Alex Perez (125.5) Hannah Cifers (114.5) vs. Angela Hill (116) Jamahal Hill (205.5) vs. Darko Stosic (205) Preliminary card (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET) Bevon Lewis (186) vs. Dequan Townsend (185) Arnold Allen (145.5) vs. Nik Lentz (146) Justine Kish (126) vs. Lucie Pudilova (126) Montel Jackson (135.5) vs. Felipe Colares (135) Sara McMann (135) vs. Lina Lansberg (135) Brett Johns (136) vs. Tony Gravely (135) Herbert Burns (146) vs. Nate Landwehr (146) Afficher l’article complet
  13. Ciryl Gane (pictured) fights Shamil Abdurakhimov in a heavyweight bout at UFC 249 in Brooklyn on April 18 | Jasmin Frank-USA TODAY Sports Undefeated heavyweight Ciryl Gane has his next challenge. Officials announced Friday that Gane (6-0) will face Shamil Abdurakhimov (20-5) at UFC 249, which takes place at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 18. The matchup was first reported by RMC Sport. Gane, 29, has rolled to a 3-0 start to his UFC career with wins over Tanner Boser, Don’tale Mayes, and Raphael Pessoa Nunes. He finished his first five opponents before going to a decision against Boser in December. Abdurakhimov has gone 5-3 in the UFC since debuting in April 2015. The 38-year-old Dagestani fighter recently saw a three-fight win streak snapped when he was TKO’d by Curtis Blaydes this past August at UFC 242. UFC 249 will be headlined by a lightweight title bout between champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson. The main card will air on pay-per-view exclusively through the ESPN+ streaming service. Afficher l’article complet
  14. RIZIN FF returns for its first show of 2020 in February. | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting RIZIN Fighting Federation announced the date, location and several match-ups for its first show of the year. RIZIN 21, set for Feb. 22 at the Hamamatsu Arena in Shizuoka, Japan, currently includes seven MMA bouts and five kickboxing matches. RIZIN 21 will mark the promotional debut of Japanese veteran Masanori Kanehara (27-13-5), a former Sengoku champion and UFC veteran, taking on Victor Henry (19-4), who finished Trent Girdham with an incredible triangle choke in his first RIZIN bout last August. Kanehara and Henry met in a Quintet grappling match on June 2018 with the Japanese fighter winning via submission. Mikuru Asakura (13-1, 1 no-contest), who defeated Bellator fighter John Macapa via decision at RIZIN’s NYE card, returns to action against TUF Latin America 2 alum Daniel Salas (16-6-1). Former UFC fighter Naoki Inoue (12-2) also makes his debut inside the RIZIN ring, taking on Trent Girdham (12-3). The current RIZIN 21 line-up can be seen below. MMA Mikuru Asakura vs. Daniel Salas Vugar Keramov vs. Kyle Aguon Victor Henry vs. Masanori Kanehara Trent Girdham vs. Naoki Inoue Kintaro vs. Kenji Kato Roque Martinez vs. Hideki Sekine Marcos de Souza vs. Falco Neto Kickboxing Yuya vs. Kouki Kenichi Takeuchi vs. Naoya Kousuke Jitukata vs. Ryo Sakai Masaji Tozuka vs. Masahiro Ozawa Henry Cejas vs Seido Afficher l’article complet
  15. Randa Markos | Esther Lin, MMA Fighting Paige VanZant’s first fight of 2020 will have to wait. An arm injury has forced “PVZ” forced out of her upcoming strawweight bout with Amanda Ribas (8-1) at UFC Brasilia on March 14, MMA Fighting confirmed with multiple people with knowledge of the shift and the promotion later announced. Veteran Randa Markos will step in as a replacement to fight Ribas. Headed for warmer weather! @RandaMMA steps in to face @AmandaRibasUFC at #UFCBrasilia! pic.twitter.com/zkJvvMZmKT — UFC Canada (@UFC_CA) January 24, 2020 The change was first reported by Combate. VanZant’s arm has been a problem area for her since it was broken in a fight with Jessica-Rose Clark in January 2018. The 25-year-old has had three surgeries to address the injury since. Her upcoming fight with Ribas was to be the last on her current contract with the UFC. Markos (10-7-1) competed three times in 2019, going 2-1 with a loss to Claudia Gadelha sandwiched between wins over Ashley Yoder and Angela Hill. “Quiet Storm” is one of the longest-tenured strawweights on the UFC roster, having competed for the promotion 13 times following a stint as a cast member on The Ultimate Fighter. UFC Brasilia is headlined by a lightweight bout between Kevin Lee and Charles Oliveira, with the main card airing on the ESPN+ streaming service. Afficher l’article complet

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