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  1. Eight months after their original booking, Patricio Freire and Pedro Carvalho finally will fight. Following a delay brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, the promotion’s featherweight grand prix will resume with Bellator featherweight champion Freire set to defend his title in a quarterfinal bout against Carvalho on Thursday, Nov. 12, at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. People with knowledge of the situation informed MMA Junkie of the booking, but asked to remain anonymous since the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. MMA Fighting was the first to report the news. The two fighters were scheduled to fight at Bellator 241 in March. However, the event, which already was set to go on without fans, was canceled hours before the fight due to COVID-19 concerns. Freire (30-4 MMA, 18-4 BMMA) and Carvalho (11-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) are two of the six remaining fighters in the Bellator featherweight grand prix. The side of the bracket with Freire and Carvalho is still in the quarterfinal stage. In their opening-round matchups, Freire defeated now-Bellator bantamweight champion Juan Archuleta by unanimous decision, and Carvalho beat UFC veteran Sam Sicilia by second-round submission. The other remaining quarterfinal matchup between Daniel Weichel and Emmanuel Sanchez does not have a date yet. The other side of the bracket has not been completed yet, either. A.J. McKee and Darrion Caldwell are paired up, but have not yet been rebooked since a COVID-19-induced cancellation. No other fights have been announced for the Nov. 12 event, which is expected to be Bellator 251. Voir l'article complet
  2. Welcome to “Spinning Back Clique,” MMA Junkie’s weekly show that takes a spin through the biggest topics in mixed martial arts. This week, Simon Head hosts with George Garcia, Brian Garcia and Danny Segura. Let’s get to it! SHOW TOPICS Colby Covington is back in the win column. We take a look at his callouts. What’s next for Donald Cerrone? Does retirement loom? Khamzat Chimaev needed just 17 seconds for his third win in 66 days. What’s his next best move? What’s our favorite non-title fight coming up at “Fight Island”? What happens in the UFC 253 main event? Voir l'article complet
  3. LAS VEGAS – Niko Price was elated to go to a majority draw with Donald Cerrone at UFC on ESPN+ 36, and he wants to run things back. After a strong start, multiple inadvertent eye pokes on Cerrone cost Price a point deduction, which proved to be the determining factor of the fight. Although he only got half his paycheck, Price (14-4-1 MMA, 6-4-1 UFC) seemed OK with the outcome. He is more than happy to run things back, but only next time in a five-round main event. “Heck yeah, that’s a main event right there, me and him,” Price told reporters, including MMA Junkie, at the UFC on ESPN+ 36 post-fight news conference. “You saw what we did in the co-main. I didn’t even see our staredown in one of the interviews, I was like ‘What? They forgot me and Cerrone? How are you gonna forget about us?’ But we opened your eyes in there tonight. You guys won’t ever forget about us fighting again, and next time, we’ll have our own card.” It’s clear that Price has a lot of admiration for Cerrone (36-15-1 MMA, 23-12-1 UFC), who he looked up to throughout his fighting career. The fact that he got the opportunity to compete against “Cowboy” was enough for him. “In my eyes, I didn’t lose,” Price said. “It ain’t an ‘L.’ It’s a ‘D.’ No one wants a ‘D,’ but … it’s just glory to get in with him. I didn’t think he would still be fighting before I got up to this level to get to him, and then when he actually moved up to 170, I was like, ‘Holy schnikes, I might be able to get in there with freakin’ Donald Cerrone, and then it comes on an email.” Voir l'article complet
  4. Heading into UFC 253, Brandon Royval got to enjoy his first training camp as a full-time fighter. After earning the $50,000 “Fight of the Night” bonus for his submission win over Tim Elliott in his UFC debut in May, the former LFA flyweight champion put in his two-weeks’ notice at his day job. Royval (11-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC), who worked as a security guard at a juvenile detention center, finally got to put his full and undivided attention into fighting and it’s already had a positive impact on his training. He credits a big sponsorship landed after his debut win, which helped make the decision to quit his job a lot easier. “I got a sponsorship right after and it helped me out on a day-to-day basis and Ed and Cyrus from EAP Glass, they reached out to me after my fight, it’s just been unreal,” Royval told MMA Junkie. “I just have people backing me, I can’t even believe it.” He continued, “I was getting injured, I wasn’t getting sleep, my diet was messed up, all the above. I love this sport so much, I was never gonna miss practice, but at the same time, it was overwhelming. When I wake up in the morning, I was like damn, I would have been getting off work like literally and getting ready to go to practice. The fact that I could just wake up on a full night’s sleep, I don’t even know how I did it.” Royval faces Kai Kara-France on the UFC 253 main card on Saturday, a massive opportunity to be on pay-per-view in just his second UFC fight. And out of all the matchups he could have asked for, Royval thinks Kara-France (21-8 MMA, 4-1 UFC) is the perfect fight for him. “I see it going a million different ways,” Royval said. “I don’t see it necessarily playing out a specific way, but I definitely see me overwhelming him a little bit.” He continued, “Honestly, it’s my style too. I go forward a lot, I throw a lot of punches, I attack a lot when we’re on the ground, and I have a little bit of an overwhelming style, and I think that’ll play into my benefit in this fight.” UFC 253 takes place Saturday at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Voir l'article complet
  5. After big upset at UFC on ESPN+ 36, Damon Jackson yearning for full camp Voir l'article complet
  6. The reason Mayra Bueno Silva was so emotional after her UFC on ESPN+ 36 armbar win Voir l'article complet
  7. Jessica-Rose Clark wants to keep improving – just not on UFC’s ‘Fight Island’ Voir l'article complet
  8. Dublin-based Canadian Brad Katona has booked his first fight following his release by the UFC, and there’s championship gold on the line. Katona (8-2) has signed a multi-fight contract with European promotion Elite MMA Championship (EMC) and will challenge the organization’s reigning bantamweight champion Stipe Brcic in the co-main event of EMC 6 on Oct. 31. Promotion officials confirmed the matchup with MMA Junkie. SBG-trained Katona won the featherweight tournament on Season 27 of “The Ultimate Fighter” by defeating England’s Jay Cucciniello in the final. He then went on to defeat Matthew Lopez at UFC 231. Both wins came via unanimous decision. Back-to-back unanimous decision losses to Merab Dvalishvili and Hunter Azure led to Katona being released by the UFC with a 2-2 promotional record. Now, more than a year after his last appearance, he’s set to return to action against Croatia’s Brcic (8-1), who captured the EMC bantamweight title by defeating Brazil’s Kewin Jacques Rangel and Italy’s Luca Iovine in the same night to win the promotion’s 135-pound tournament at EMC 4. EMC 6 will be headlined by a welterweight title bout as Austrian former UFC athlete Ismail Naurdiev and Georgian contender Amiran Gogoladze face off in the final of the promotion’s welterweight grand prix, with the inaugural 170-pound title on the line. EMC 6 takes place Oct. 31 at the UFD Training Center, Dusseldorf, Germany. The event will be streamed live on FITE.tv. Voir l'article complet
  9. Khamzat Chimaev’s finish of Gerald Meerschaert at UFC on ESPN+ 36 caught the attention of many in the MMA community – including UFC middleweight Markus Perez. Less than 48 hours after Chimaev (9-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) flatlined Meerschaert with a 17-second knockout, Perez (12-3 MMA, 2-3 UFC) sent a video to MMA Junkie in which he challenged Chimaev to an Oct. 10 matchup. “I don’t know your name, but you talk a lot of (expletive) for a guy who just got here,” Perez said into the camera. “You (knew) I wanted to fight you and you declined? That’s a bunch of bologna, bro.” Perez, a former LFA middleweight champion, is in need of an opponent after Rodolfo Vieira (7-0 MMA, 2-0 UFC) withdrew from the matchup. Brazilian outlet Combate was the first to report the news Monday. Perez, 30, has lost two of his most recent three outings. His two UFC victories have come against Anthony Hernandez and James Bochnovic. In 12 pro victories, Perez holds six finishes. Chimaev, 26, is the UFC’s biggest breakout star of 2020. In his three UFC appearances, Chimaev has dominated his opponents en route to three first-round stoppages due to strikes. UFC president Dana White had indicated Demian Maia was likely in line for Chimaev should he get through Meerschaert. However, at the UFC on ESPN+ 36 post-fight news conference, White indicated Chimaev might fight one more time before the UFC books the Maia fight. Check out Perez’s callout of Chimaev in the video above. With Vieira’s withdrawal, the UFC’s Oct. 10 lineup now includes: Marlon Moraes vs. Cory Sandhagen Edson Barboza vs. Sodiq Yusuff Markus Perez vs. TBA Seungwoo Choi vs. Youssef Zalal Ben Rothwell vs. Marcin Tybura Thomas Almeida vs. Alejandro Perez Tracey Cortez vs. Bea Malecki Chris Daukaus vs. Rodrigo Nascimento Abu Azaitar vs. Joaquim Buckley Ali Alqaisi vs. Tony Kelley Tom Aspinall vs. Sergey Spivak Giga Chikadze vs. Omar Morales Bruno Silva vs. Tagir Ulanbekov Voir l'article complet
  10. The UFC returns to “Fight Island” on Saturday night, as UFC 253 kicks off the company’s next residency in the Middle East. UFC 253 takes place Saturday at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Two title fights top the card. The main event is a grudge match, as middleweight championIsrael Adesanya (19-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) defends his belt against. Paulo Costa (13-0 MMA, 5-0 UFC). And a new light heavyweight champ will be crowned, with Jan Blachowicz(26-8 MMA, 9-5 UFC) vs. Dominick Reyes (12-1 MMA, 6-1 UFC) set to fill the belt vacated by former champion Jon Jones. The first episode of “Embedded” follows the big-name stars at the top of the card. Here’s the UFC’s description: The stateside stars of UFC 253 — including champ Israel Adesanya, Dominick Reyes, Sijara Eubanks, Kai Kara France, Diego Sanchez and more — grab an early-morning charter from Las Vegas to Abu Dhabi. You can watch “Embedded” above. Voir l'article complet
  11. Patricio Freire has taken one step closer to making a Pedro Carvalho rebooking come to fruition. The Bellator lightweight and featherweight champion Freire (30-4 MMA, 18-4 BMMA) recently acquired a new work visa on an emergency basis, permitting him to travel to the United States. With help from Bellator, Freire’s team members also acquired the necessary documentation to come into the country. “It’s not that Bellator kept booking and postponing, it was that the conversations led to, ‘Possibly this month; possibly that month.’ But they never gave an official date because they were working through all those travel situations,” Freire recently told MMA Junkie. “I already have my visa in hand. (In late August), I went there and got everyone approved to enter the U.S. now. Now we just need to wait for Bellator to book the fight.” The Bellator featherweight grand prix, which includes the Freire vs. Carvalho quarterfinal bout, does not have a return date on the books, though Freire seemed to think late 2020 is a safe bet. As soon as Bellator sends out bout contracts, Freire says he’ll put his name on the dotted line – regardless of when and where. “The sooner, the better,” Freire said. “Two weeks from now, I’ll be ready to go. This fight has been delayed for a long time. I don’t know what is the hold up anymore. I know they have to promote this. If I could fight right now, all they had to tell me to do was jump on the plane. But it doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen that way. It seems like it’s going to happen more toward the end of the year. I wish I was done with this so Pedro didn’t have more time to talk crap. He’s been in the spotlight for way too much time already.” Despite the elongated training camp and time to plan, Freire doesn’t think Carvalho will benefit. Freire said he thinks Father Time has just delayed the inevitable. “Pedro is talking a lot of (expletive) as if I’m running away from him,” Freire said. “He should be glad that he was saved from the beating last time. They gave him a few more months so he could toughen up a little bit more and not feeling the beating as much. It’s not going to change anything. If he thinks having more time has prepared him for me, he couldn’t be more wrong. It’s going to be a long night for him or a short one. I don’t think he’ll be able to handle me.” Voir l'article complet
  12. Juan Espino wants to make up for lost time. The winner of Season 28 of “The Ultimate Fighter” is hoping to stay active now that he’s making a return to UFC competition. Espino (9-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) fights Saturday against Jeff Hughes at UFC 253 in Abu Dhabi. The bout marks Espino’s first contest since being crowned champion of “TUF 28” in November 2018. UFC 253 takes place Saturday at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+. “I’m going to fight everything that comes my way,” Espino said on Monday’s episode of Hablemos MMA. “Tanner Boser, for example, is picking up a lot of fights and a few other guys are taking advantage of this time. I’m the same way. I want to fight and fight. “Obviously I have a small limitation because morally I don’t want to fight friends, and unfortunately I have many friends in the weight class like Aleksei Oleinik. That would be impossible. I won’t fight him or Ilir Latifi or Alexander Gustafsson, so that might slow me down a bit. But outside of that, I’m ready to fight as often as I can and make the most of these years. “Remember, before I fought on ‘TUF,’ I was coming off six fights in a year – so I have no limitations. I’m not like, ‘Oh only one, two fights a year.’ No. I want to fight as much as I can.” The 22-month layoff for Espino comes after a series of unsuccessful surgeries on his hand, and then the pandemic, which pushed back UFC operations. “My hand has been ready since January, and that’s when I went to Vegas to do my camp hoping to fight in March, April. But that’s when the pandemic blew up,” Espino said. “We had to close and go home. I haven’t had issues with my hand. The surgery was incredible. I did it in Miami. The recovery was perfect – everything wen’t really well, and I have no issues whatsoever.” The 39-year-old Spaniard was coming off a big high when he stopped Justin Frazier in the first-round of their heavyweight clash to win the “TUF 28” season. A long layoff after a big win, and at this stage of his career, is not ideal. But Espino did his best to stay focused and not lose his cool when the chips where stacked against him. “All these things are negative events – something fighters may not be used to, and not even fighters, but as human beings with the whole pandemic,” Espino said. “All these things are out of my control. All I can do is take care of myself, be careful with my training, put my best effort – but what I can’t do is control what’s out of my hands. “These things – the injury and everything else that’s happened – they weren’t in my control. I’ve kept my desire alive because I’ve been trying to get to the UFC for many years, wanting to do a good job in the UFC, fight big names and enter the rankings. I have goals. All these goals and dreams have kept me focused and not brought me down.” Voir l'article complet
  13. Kevin Holland wants Darren Stewart rematch – even though he may have to wait a bit Voir l'article complet
  14. Sixteen years after they argued and almost came to blows over asparagus heads on the legendary first season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Stephan Bonnar and Diego Sanchez will be on the same team at UFC 253. Bonnar, who last fought in 2014, will corner Sanchez (30-12 MMA, 19-12 UFC) for his welterweight fight against Jake Matthews on Saturday. The fight tops the pay-per-view event’s preliminary card portion. Sanchez announced the news in a recent interview with MMA reporter James Lynch. “The world and the universe goes full circle,” Sanchez said. “We came full circle. This is my boy and he’s going to be supporting me (and) helping me. I’ve got another cornerman.” Since the taping of The Ultimate Fighter, Season 1 in 2004, Sanchez and Bonnar have crossed paths a number of times. They’ve stayed in touch and hung out, but didn’t have many opportunities to train together. With Sanchez getting work in at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, he began getting training in at Bonnar’s gym, Silver Wolf Training. When he made a trip down to Sanchez’s home of Albuquerque, N.M., Bonnar decided to take Sanchez up on an offer that was extended 16 years prior. “When I was down in Albuquerque, we hung out in the mountains together,” Bonnar said. “Sixteen years ago on The Ultimate Fighter, he said, ‘Dude you’ve got to come down to the mountains in Albuquerque and we can see some UFOs together under the stars.’ Here we are. Finally, I took him up on it. It took me long enough.” According to Bonnar, UFOs were spotted during their trip to the mountains, though he admits there may have been other forces at play in producing his visions. “Beyond a shadow of a doubt (I saw UFOs),” Bonnar said. “Was I under the influence of psychedelics? Yes, but I definitely saw bright lights moving around.” Overall, Bonnar said the experience was cleansing and helped refresh his mind, body, and soul. He now feels ready to corner Sanchez in the battle to keep his name in the win column with another victory Saturday. “I definitely reconnected with Mother Nature,” Bonnar said. “Boom. I’m a new man. I’m recharged.” UFC 253 takes place Saturday at Flash Forum at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN2 and ESPN+. Voir l'article complet

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