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  1. Gallery Photos: Best of Daniel Cormier view 52 images It didn’t take long for dual-UFC champ Daniel Cormier to offer an opinion on Jon Jones’ 15-month suspension, which was announced today by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC), who was Jones’ (22-1 MMA, opponent at UFC 214 in July 2017 when “Bones” flunked his drug test, hosted tonight’s episode of “UFC Tonight” on FS1, which aired just minutes after it was announced Jones had reached an arbitration decision with USADA that will allow him to return as of Oct. 28. Related Jon Jones releases statement after USADA suspension: 'Comeback season begins now' Twitter reacts to Jon Jones' USADA suspension, possible UFC 230 return For starters, Cormier gave his instant reaction to the situation and noted that he was only talking about Jones because it’s part of his television duties (via Twitter): Following USADA's official ruling on Jon Jones, @dc_mma speaks on the possibility of DC vs Jones 3. pic.twitter.com/MVQSOY83dg — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) September 20, 2018 “I’m the UFC double champion,” Cormier said. “I have bosses in the back and I’m talking about this guy because I have too. I’ve moved past that guy. I went about my business. I went and won another title. Now this guy’s suspension is up, so we’ll see what happens.” Cormier’s co-host Kenny Florian then asked Cormier if he would be interested in a third matchup with his longtime rival now that it’s a realistic possibility. “DC” didn’t show much interested in a trilogy and pointed to the fact he has a matchup with Brock Lesnar tentatively lined up for early next year. Related Jon Jones says Daniel Cormier 'too fast' for Brock Lesnar, picks UFC champ to retain title “I think people get excited, people get excited about the prospect of us fighting again, but I’ve got a fight with Brock Lesnar. Why would I look back? Why would I look back to Jones now when I’ve got a fight? Obviously as a competitor I want to fight the guy whose beat me twice, but I’ve got a fight. Why go back? I’ve got a bigger fight with Brock Lesnar, why should I go back?” Like many others within the MMA community, Cormier questioned the circumstances around Jones’ suspension considering the fact he’s a multi-time offender. Other fighters have received sterner punishments for less under USADA, and in closing Cormier had a pointed message for the UFC’s doping partner. “Here’s the deal: When it comes to USADA, they can’t come to my house anymore at 6 a.m,” Cormier said. “What’s the point? They’ve been to my house 15 times. USADA, don’t come to my house anymore. You don’t need too. You don’t need to come. I’m not going to fail a test, I’m not going to make any mistakes, I’m not going to have to sit up there and go, ‘I’m serious this time, guys. I promise I wasn’t really trying to cheat.’ It’s never going to happen with me. 70 times. 70 times since I started wrestling internationally and I’ve never made a mistake. It’s not that hard. So even to be sitting here and doing this again shows – guys are ridiculous.” For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: Best of Jon Jones view 46 images Voir l'article complet
  2. Jon Jones has released a statement on his suspension announcement after reaching arbitration with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC), the former UFC light heavyweight champion, failed a drug test in July 2017 around the time of his UFC 214 fight with Daniel Cormier. He’s been dealing with the issue for more than a year, but today it was announced he reached an agreement with USADA and is eligible to return on Oct. 28. Not long after the decision was announced, Jones published a statement on social media expressing his gratitude to his supports and excitement to get back in the cage to regain UFC gold (via <a href=" It’s difficult to express myself at this moment but I can definitely say my heart is filled with gratitude and appreciation. I want to thank all of you who have stood by me during the toughest stretch of my life. It has meant the world to me and always will. But now is the time to shift the focus front and center to the road ahead. Greatness is what I’m chasing and the path to reclaiming my throne is now officially open. Comeback Season begins now. For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  3. Former UFC champ Jon Jones finally had his future unveiled today when it was announced he’d agreed to a 15-month suspension with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after going through arbitration. Jones (22-1 MMA, 16-1 UFC) failed a drug test around the time of his UFC 214 bout with Daniel Cormier in July 2017. It was his second incident involving a doping violation, but “Bones” managed to find a way to get less time than many expected and is cleared to fight Oct. 28, which is just days before UFC 230 in New York City on Nov. 3. The timing of the announcement caused much speculation within the MMA community about Jones’ situation. Check below for the top Twitter reactions to his suspension announcement. * * * * For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  4. Jon Jones is eligible to come back to the UFC, and sooner than many expected. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday night announced the former UFC light heavyweight champion has received a 15-month suspension for his second anti-doping offense, clearing the way for a potential octagon return at UFC 230. Jones, 31, faced up to a four-year term when he tested positive for turinabol after his rematch against current champ Daniel Cormier at UFC 214. The California State Athletic Commission subsequently revoked his license and issued a hefty fine, leading the UFC to strip him of the title he won via knockout. But the commission did not suspend him, leaving the issue to the UFC’s anti-doping partner. USADA’s decision is an unquestionably favorable outcome for the embattled former champion, who was given a one-year suspension after testing positive for multiple performance enhancers in connection with a canceled title unifier against Cormier at UFC 200 in July 2016. In its announcement, USADA said it imposed the 15-month suspension after an evidentiary hearing with an independent arbitrator on September 15. Even before the hearing, though, USADA said the suspension length was reduced by 30 months “based on Jones’ delivery of substantial assistance.” “The independent arbitrator found that Jon Jones was not intentionally cheating in this case, and while we thought 18 months was the appropriate sanction given the other circumstances of the case, we respect the arbitrator’s decision and believe that justice was served,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement. Jones’ suspension is retroactive to July 28, 2017, the date his positive sample was collected, making him eligible on Oct. 28. His eligibility falls just five days prior to UFC 230, which takes place Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Jones has been heavily rumored to be in consideration as a headliner for the show, which lacks a main event. For more on UFC 230, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  5. The UFC makes its 32nd stop in Brazil on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 137. The card airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass from at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. After multiple adjustments, the main event will see two long-time middleweights meet in a light heavyweight matchup. Brazil’s own Thiago “Marreta” Santos (18-6 MMA, 10-5 UFC) takes on Eryk Anders (11-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in the short-notice contest. For more on what’s scheduled to be just the third 14-fight card in UFC history, check below for 75 pre-event facts. * * * * Main event Anders competes in his second UFC bout in a 28-day stretch. He defeated Tim Williams at UFC Fight Night 137 in August. Anders competes in his second UFC headliner. He lost his first vs. Lyoto Machida at UFC Fight Night 125 Anders moves up to the light heavyweight division for the first time in his career. Santos competes in his second UFC bout in a 49-day stretch. He defeated Kevin Holland at UFC 227 in August. Santos moves up to the light heavyweight division for the first time in his career. Santos’ eight knockout victories in UFC middleweight fights are tied with Anderson Silva for most in divisional history. Santos’ eight knockouts since 2014 in UFC competition are second most in the company behind Derrick Lewis (nine). Santos’ four knockout victories stemming from kicks in UFC competition are tied with Edson Barboza and Vitor Belfort for second most in company history behind Donald Cerrone (six). Santos’ nine knockdowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Silva (13) and Nate Marquardt (12). Santos lands 1.53 knockdowns per 15 minutes of fighting in UFC middleweight competition, the best rate among active fighters in the weight class. Co-main event Alex Oliveira (18-5-1 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is 6-2 (with one no-contest) in UFC welterweight competition. Oliveira has earned 15 of his 18 career victories by stoppage. That includes six of his eight UFC wins. Oliveira lands 55.3 percent of his significant strike attempts in UFC welterweight competition, the best rate in divisional history. Oliveira vs. Yancy Medeiros at UFC 218 is the first fight in UFC history to feature two knockdowns for each fighter. Remaining main card Sam Alvey (33-10 MMA, 10-5 UFC) is 2-0 since he moved up to the UFC light-heavyweight division in February. Alvey makes his 11th UFC appearance since June 2016. No fighter has more UFC appearances in that more than two-year stretch. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-8 MMA, 5-5 UFC), 42, is the oldest of the 28 fighters scheduled to compete at the event. Nogueira, 42, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC light-heavyweight division. Nogueira returns to competition for the first time since Nov. 19, 2016. The 672-day layoff is the longest of his more than 17-year career. Renan Barao (34-6 MMA, 9-5 UFC) is 2-5 in his past seven fights after going on a 33-fight unbeaten streak that lasted more than nine years. Barao’s five stoppage victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind T.J. Dillashaw (eight) and Urijah Faber (six). Barao’s seven stoppage victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in combined divisional history behind Dillashaw (eight) and Rani Yahya (eight). Barao is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn a knockout stemming from a spinning back kick to the head. He accomplished the feat against Eddie Wineland at UFC 165. Barao’s three submission victories in UFC bantamweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Faber (six) and Yahya (five). Barao’s five submission victories in UFC/WEC bantamweight competition are third most in combined divisional history behind Yahya (eight) and Faber (five). Barao is one of 10 fighters in UFC history to register two arm-triangle victories. Barao defends 97.2 percent of all opponent takedown attempts in UFC bantamweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history. Barao holds the record for most consecutive takedown attempts stopped in UFC history (33). Barao’s five fight-night bonuses for UFC bantamweight bouts are tied for second most in divisional history behind Dillashaw (eight). Randa Markos (8-6 MMA, 4-5 UFC) competes in her 10th UFC strawweight bout, the second most appearances in divisional history behind Joanna Jedrzejczyk (11). Markos has alternated wins and losses over her past 12 career bouts. She lost her most recent bout at UFC on FOX 30. Markos has completed at least one takedown against eight of her nine UFC opponents. Preliminary card Charles Oliveira (23-8 MMA, 11-8 UFC) is 2-1 since he returned to the UFC lightweight division April 2017. He’s 4-4 in the organization at 155 pounds. Oliveira’s average fight time of 4:51 in UFC lightweight competition is the second shortest in divisional history behind Manny Gamburyan (4:45). Oliveira has earned 10 of his 11 UFC victories by submission. Oliveira’s 10 submission victories in UFC competition are tied with Royce Gracie for most in company history. Oliveira’s four guillotine-choke victories in UFC competition are tied with Nate Diaz for most in company history. Oliveira’s six submission victories in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history. Oliveira is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn submission victories with six different techniques. Frank Mir also accomplished the feat. Oliveira is one of two fighters in UFC history to earn a calf-slicer submission victory. Brett Johns also accomplished the feat. Oliveira has earned 11 fight-night bonuses during his UFC career. He is the only fighter in UFC history to earn five or more bonuses in two separate divisions. Christos Giagos (15-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) returns to UFC competition for the first time since June 2015. He went 4-2 during his stint outside the organization. Francisco Trinaldo Francisco Trinaldo (22-6 MMA, 12-5 UFC), 40, is the oldest active fighter in the UFC lightweight division. Trinaldo is the only fighter in UFC history to earn two arm-triangle submission victories from half-guard. Evan Dunham Evan Dunham (18-7-1 MMA, 11-7-1 UFC) becomes the eighth fighter in UFC history to make 20 or more lightweight appearances. Dunham is the only lightweight in UFC history to land 100+ significant strikes in four separate fights. Dunham’s 1,200 significant strikes landed and 1,559 total strikes landed in UFC lightweight competition are the most in divisional history. Dunham lands 5.46 significant strikes per minute in UFC lightweight competition, the third highest output rate in divisional history behind Dustin Poirier (7.11), T.J. Grant (6.83) and Marco Polo Reyes (6.69). Luis Henrique (10-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) drops to the UFC light-heavyweight division for the first time. He went 5-0 outside the organization at 205 pounds. Ryan Spann (14-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has earned 13 of his 14 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 12 of those wins in Round 1. Chase Sherman (11-5 MMA, 2-4 UFC) lands 5.85 significant strikes per minute in UFC heavyweight competition, the second highest output rate in divisional history behind Cain Velasquez (6.49). Sergio Moraes (13-3-1 MMA, 7-2-1 UFC) is 7-1-1 in his past nine fights dating back to October 2012. Moraes is one of six fighters in UFC history to earn a mounted-triangle-choke submission. He accomplished the feat at UFC 163. Ben Saunders (22-9-2 MMA, 8-6 UFC) is 5-3 since he returned to the UFC for a second stint in August 2014; it includes one win in an outside promotion. Saunders’ three knockout victories stemming from knee strikes in UFC competition are tied for second most in company history behind Thiago Alves (four). Saunders earned the first omoplata submission finish in UFC history when he defeated Chris Heatherly at UFC Fight Night 49. Adam Wieczorek earned the second finish with the technique at UFC on FOX 29. Saunders’ omoplata finish was just the second in the combined history of the UFC, WEC, Strikeforce and PRIDE. It’s one of three overall, along with Wieczorek and Shane Del Rosario was the other to accomplish the feat. Gillian Robertson (5-2 MMA, 2-0 UFC), 23, is the youngest of the 28 fighters scheduled to compete at the event. Robertson competes in her third UFC women’s flyweight bout, tied with Jessica-Rose Clark for most appearances in divisional history. Robertson has earned four of her five career victories by stoppage. That includes both of her UFC wins. Robertson’s two submission victories in UFC women’s flyweight competition are most in divisional history. Thales Leites (27-9 MMA, 12-8 UFC) makes his 21st UFC middleweight appearance, the fourth most in divisional history behind Michael Bisping (24), Nate Marquardt (23) and Chris Leben (22). Leites’ total fight time of 4:08:53 in UFC middleweight competition is second most in divisional history behind Bisping (5:15:15). Leites is 7-5 since he returned to the UFC in August 2013. Leites is 2-5 in his past seven UFC appearances dating back to July 2015. Leites’ 35 takedowns landed in UFC middleweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Rafael Natal (36) and Chris Weidman (36). Leites’ five submission victories in UFC middleweight competition are tied with Rousimar Palhares, Demian Maia and Antonio Carlos Junior for most in divisional history. Leites has attempted 20 submissions in UFC middleweight competition, the most in divisional history. Hector Lombard Hector Lombard’s (34-9-1 MMA, 3-7 UFC) five-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He’s on a six-fight winless skid and hasn’t earned a victory since March 2014. Lombard is 0-4 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in June 2016. He hasn’t earned a victory in the weight class since December 2012. Lombard is the only fighter UFC history to be disqualified for illegal strikes after the bell. The result happened at UFC 222. Elizeu Zaleski dos Santos’ (19-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) five-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the fifth longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (eight), Santiago Ponzinibbio (six), Colby Covington (six) and Leon Edwards (six). Alex Chambers (5-4 MMA, 1-3 UFC), 39, is the second oldest active female fighter on the UFC roster behind Marion Reneau (41). Chambers defeated Kailin Curran at UFC Fight Night 65 despite being outlanded by 37 significant strikes, the biggest deficit for a stoppage in a UFC strawweight fight. For more on UFC Fight Night 137, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript. Voir l'article complet
  6. In 2011, Quinton Jackson said he would retire by age 35. Injuries, training and young talent would push him out, he said. In June, Jackson (37-13 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) turned 40. He’s one week away from his 51st professional MMA fight in the co-headliner of Bellator 206. Obviously, things haven’t gone according to plan for “Rampage.” He’s still trudging along, which is why he can’t fault veterans Chuck Liddell (21-8) and Tito Ortiz (19-12-1) for coming back to the cage one more time. Ortiz and Liddell’s ersatz rubber match, set for Nov. 24 on pay-per-view under Golden Boy Promotions, has drawn a healthy dose of criticism from MMA fans and pundits. It’s also drawn additional drug testing scrutiny. But you won’t hear Jackson bash the fight. “A lot of fans criticize fighters as we get older, and I say this is what we know, and this is the sport we love,” Jackson told reporters during a conference call for his fourth fight against Wanderlei Silva on Sept. 29. “We get older, and we still want to participate in it. I personally don’t see anything wrong with older fighters getting out there and fighting.” If anything, Jackson sees the matchup as the best possible option for two aging fighters looking for glory – and hopefully a big paycheck. “It’s better to fight another older fighter instead of a younger guy, because that can be dangerous,” Jackson said. “But I’ve got nothing against Tito or Chuck. I’m cool with both of them; I respect both of them. I trained with Tito over the years. I fought Chuck twice, and I know Tito wants to beat Chuck, and I think that’s the reason for them fighting a third time. “I just hope it’s a good fight. I hope both of them are safe, because both of those guys are older than me, and at their age, I know I’d probably be doing other things like fishing. But those guys, they love the sport, and more power to them.” Jackson’s fight next Saturday could signal a curtain call for Silva, who’s aiming to enter politics in his native Brazil. Jackson’s future plans are unknown. For more on Bellator 206, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  7. PFL will expand its operation in 2019 with an inaugural women’s lightweight tournament that will include its biggest female star, Kayla Harrison. Harrison (2-0), a two-time Olympic gold medalist in judo, won two “special attraction” bouts during PFL’s regular season to kick off her MMA career earlier this year. She won both with ease, and now a tournament for her weight class will occur next season. A PFL official confirmed to MMAjunkie that Harrison has signed a new deal with the organization. PFL President Carlos Silva told ESPN.com that he’s excited for what’s ahead. “We’re super excited to continue working with Kayla,” Silva said. “We’re going to go ahead and add a seventh weight division to our format. It’s going to operate the same as the men’s divisions have in 2018. We thought it was a smart weight for some of these women to compete at.” Related Inside Kayla Harrison's journey from Olympic gold medalist to MMA's next hope Pros and cons for those ready to jump on the Kayla Harrison bandwagon A start date for the 155-pound tournament has not been made official, but it will happen in 2019. The debut season is still ongoing, with the playoffs set to kick off Oct. 5 in New Orleans. Fighters from six different weight classes are vying for a $1 million prize in each division. The 155-pound division is among the thinnest of the women’s weight classes in the sport. How many fighters will be signed for the tournament is unknown. Regardless, Harrison told ESPN.com she intends to fight five or six times next year. That would give the 28-year-old a nice start to her career, and if she wins them all, it could be the perfect building block to her desired matchup against UFC featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (22-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC). “I think next year will give me a lot of time to grow and change,” Harrison said. “By the end of next year, I’ll be 8-0, undefeated through a regular season and playoffs. I think PFL will have a great opportunity to say to Cyborg, ‘Hey, why don’t you come over here?’ We’ll have ourselves a real exciting tournament.” For more on the PFL schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  8. Bellator President Scott Coker could soon be in a situation in which championship belts from four different weight classes are held by just two fighters. That could make things difficult to navigate, but he’s seemingly not stressed about it. At Bellator 206 on Sept. 29, welterweight champion Rory MacDonald (20-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) will attempt to become the first simultaneous two-division title holder in company history when he challenges middleweight champ Gegard Mousasi (44-6-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA). Just two weeks later at Bellator 207 on Oct. 12, light heavyweight champ Ryan Bader (25-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) takes the next step in his quest to win heavyweight gold against Matt Mitrione (14-5 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) in the semifinals of the Bellator heavyweight grand prix. Related Daily Debate results: Where should Rory MacDonald rank P4P if he beats Gegard Mousasi? Bellator champ Rory MacDonald has two title fights booked at once – and it's a handful If MacDonald and Bader both win, the organization could have a conundrum on its hands. Deserving contenders exist in all four weight classes, and finding ways to put on enough title fights to keep the divisions healthy would be a challenge. Coker said he will cross that bridge when he gets there, though, and wouldn’t make any definitive statements about future plans. “That’s something we’ll sit down and talk to each fighter (about),” Coker told reporters, including MMAjunkie, during a Bellator 206 conference call Wednesday. “I think they should be treated independent of each other. Rory will enter the 170-pound tournament after this fight with Gegard. We’ll talk to Rory about how he felt. A lot of it depends on what the fighter wants to do. That door is open. We’re not going to close it, but we’ll take it on a case-by-case basis.” One thing Coker does know, however, is that he has fighters on his roster who want to remain active. Figuring out the timetables to set up an adequate number of title defenses could prove problematic, but that doesn’t mean it’s not possible. Coker said it could work so long as MacDonald and/or Bader are healthy enough to fight regularly. Related Daily Debate results: Where should Ryan Bader rank P4P if he becomes dual Bellator champ? Ryan Bader and Fedor Emelianenko are betting favorites to make Bellator tourney final “It depends,” Coker said. “That situation depends on the other fighter when they’re ready. But if it’s getting bottled up, we’ll definitely have a conversation. In Rory’s case, especially if things work out for Rory, he wants to stay busy. I know Gegard wants to stay busy. Everyone wants to stay busy. So as long as they’re not injured we’re going to keep moving and keep those guys busy.” MacDonald, who meets Mousasi in the Bellator 206 headliner that streams on DAZN from SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., said he relishes the chance to be a dual-division champ. The recent years of MacDonald’s career have not lived up to his expectations due to inactivity, and if Bellator allows it, he sees defending two belts as a way to make up for lost time. However, he knows it’s a somewhat complicated situation. “I would like to (defend both belts),” MacDonald said. “I would have to talk to Bellator, because I have the obligation to the welterweight tournament. That’s going to take about a year. And the other middleweights are going to want the crack at the championship fight. We’ll have to see. If I became the middleweight champion I would prefer to stay that way. I wouldn’t want to get stripped, but I understand that I have an obligation at welterweight doing that tournament. We’ll see.” For more on Bellator 206, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Gallery Ryan Bader def. Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 199: Best photos view 6 images Voir l'article complet
  9. Bellator action returns after a more than month-long hiatus Friday with Bellator 205, which takes place at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMAjunkie. After original opponent Pat Curran fell out due to injury, undefeated rising star A.J. McKee (11-0 MMA, 11-0 BMMA) will attempt to continue the longest winning streak in Bellator history when he takes on replacement opponent John Teixeira (21-3-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) in the night’s headliner. Check below for pre-event facts about the four-fight main card at Bellator 205. * * * * Main event Gallery Photos: Best of A.J. McKee view 19 images McKee’s 11-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest active streak in the company. McKee’s 11-fight Bellator winning streak is the longest streak in company history. McKee’s 11-fight Bellator winning streak in featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division. McKee’s 11 victories in Bellator featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Patricio Freire (15). McKee’s seven victories in Bellator featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Freire (10). John Teixeira Teixeira enters the event on the first losing skid of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since December 2016. Teixeira has earned all four of his Bellator victories by decision. Three of those wins came by split decision. Teixeira has suffered all three of his career losses by decision. Co-main event Gallery Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Gerald Harris Bellator 198: Best photos view 5 images Rafael Lovato Jr. (8-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) has earned seven of his eight career victories by stoppage. Lovato Jr.’s 13-second knockout of Charles Hackmann at Bellator 174 stands as the sixth fastest knockout in company history. John Salter John Salter’s (15-3 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) five-fight Bellator winning streak in middleweight competition is the longest active streak in the division. Salter has earned all 14 of his career victories by stoppage. He’s also been stopped inside the distance in all his losses. Salter’s four submission victories in Bellator middleweight competition are most in divisional history. Remaining main card Patricky Freire Patricky Freire (19-8 MMA, 12-7 BMMA) competes in his 20th Bellator bout, tied with David Rickels for the most appearances in company history. Freire’s 12 victories in Bellator lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Michael Chandler (13). Freire’s eight stoppage victories in Bellator lightweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Chandler (eight). Freire’s eight knockout victories in Bellator competition are tied with Douglas Lima for most in company history. Gallery Benson Henderson def. Roger Huerta at Bellator 196: Best photos view 10 images Roger Huerta (24-10-1 MMA, 1-3 BMMA) was unsuccessful in his return to Bellator when he lost to Benson Henderson in the Bellator 196 main event. Huerta fell to 4-9 in his past 13 fights dating back to August 2008. Veta Arteaga (4-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) competes in her sixth Bellator flyweight bout, the third most appearances in divisional history behind Emily Ducote (eight) and Ilima-Lei Macfarlane (seven). Arteaga has alternated wins and losses over her past five fights. She won her most recent bout at Bellator 202. Arteaga has earned three of her four career victories by decision. For more on Bellator 205, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  10. This is how you know “the biggest fight in UFC history” is drawing near. On Thursday, lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, challenger Conor McGregor and UFC President Dana White are set to take part in the first press conference to promote UFC 229. Despite McGregor’s tweets to the contrary, the media event at Radio City Music Hall in New York remains closed to the public. Related Conor McGregor launches his own Irish whiskey, Proper No. Twelve, ahead of UFC 229 Now, this is just a press conference, but this isn’t any ol’ press conference. It’s to promote “the biggest fight in UFC history,” which marks McGregor’s return to MMA after nearly two years. This press conference is getting the prop-bet treatment, folks. That’s right, thanks to online sportsbook BetDSI, you can make any number of ridiculous wagers from the list below: Will Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov have to be separated? Yes -900 No +500 Will either Conor McGregor and Khabib Nurmagomedov throw something Yes +125 No -165 Will Conor McGregor be chewing gum? Yes +100 No -140 Will Khabib Nurmagomedov wear a papakha? Yes +260 No -380 What will Conor McGregor wear? Suit -525 Polo +215 T-Shirt +475 Will Conor McGregor wear sunglasses? Yes -800 No +400 Will Conor McGregor say “Proper Twelve”? Yes -5000 No +2000 Will Conor McGregor take a drink of Proper Twelve whiskey? Yes +150 No -190 Will Khabib Nurmagomedov say “tap machine”? Yes +145 No -185 Will Conor McGregor say “Russian Mafia”? Yes +600 No -1200 Total curse words said by Conor McGregor Over 10 (-120) Under 10 (-120) Will “Mystic Mac” (Conor McGregor) predict a KO finish over Khabib Nurmagomedov? Yes -2000 No +1000 Will Conor McGregor reference that he’s the real UFC lightweight xhampion? Yes -350 No +250 Will Conor McGregor grab or steal Khabib Nurmagomedov’s UFC title belt? Yes +280 No -400 Total questions asked to Dana White Over 5 (-140) Under 5 (+100) Total questions asked to Conor McGregor Over 18 (-135) Under 18 (-105) Total questions asked to Khabib Nurmagomedov Over 10.5 (-120) Under 10.5 (-120) Will someone be arrested at Broadway 45th and 46th street viewing party? Yes +300 No -500 Let the money start flying! UFC 229 takes place Oct. 6 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. For more on UFC 229, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly seriously, and neither should you. If you come complaining to us that something you read here is not hard-hitting news, expect to have the previous sentence repeated in ALL CAPS. Gallery Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Al Iaquinta at UFC 223: Best photos view 17 images Voir l'article complet
  11. Greg Hardy will continue to build up professional MMA experience outside the UFC with a fight next weekend on the regional scene at Xtreme Fight Night 352. The former NFL standout Hardy (2-0) will meet Ray Jones (1-1) in a heavyweight bout on the UFC Fight Pass-streamed card at River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Okla. MMAjunkie confirmed the news with a UFC Fight Pass spokesperson. Related Greg Hardy opens up on being UFC ready, facing haters, MMA vs. football after DWCS 16 win Greg Hardy wants to leave no doubt he deserves to be in the UFC “I’m excited to be back,” Hardy said. “I’ve been patiently waiting to get back in the cage. I love this; if I could fight every month I’d be even happier. … I’m really enjoying the process of understanding the game. I’ve been cleaning some things up – so I can finish fights even faster. Tune-in and watch me get my hand raised again.” After winning some amateur fights, Hardy was inked to appear on Dana White’s Contender Series over the summer. He won his first bout in 57 seconds at DWCS 9 and was granted a developmental deal by UFC brass. Hardy was brought back a few weeks later and scored another knockout, but this time in just 17 seconds at DWCS 16. Those two knockouts still weren’t enough to land Hardy, 30, into the UFC. Perhaps a win at Xtreme Fight Night 352 will land the controversial figure a spot on the big stage. For more on the MMA schedule, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Gallery Greg Hardy def. Austen Lane at Dana White's Contender Series 9: Best photos view 9 images Voir l'article complet
  12. Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) looks on during Bellator 189 against Hisaki Kato (not pictured) at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Hisaki Kato (red gloves) looks on during Bellator 189 against Chidi Njokuani (not pictured) at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) looks on during the fight against Hisaki Kato (not pictured) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Hisaki Kato (red gloves) reacts during the fight against Chidi Njokuani (not pictured) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) fights Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Dec 1, 2017; Thackerville, OK, USA; Chidi Njokuani (blue gloves) celebrates after defeating Hisaki Kato (red gloves) during Bellator 189 at Winstar World Casino. Mandatory Credit: Dave Mandel-USA TODAY Sports Two of the most lethal strikers in Bellator’s middleweight division will clash in the main event of November’s Bellator 210 fight card. Longtime knockout artist Melvin Manhoef (30-14-1 MMA, 2-3 BMMA) will return to action when he takes on Chidi Njokuani (18-5 MMA, 5-1 BMMA), the promotion announced Wednesday. Bellator 210 takes place Nov. 30 at WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie. Manhoef, 42, hasn’t competed in MMA since April 2017. He suffered a fourth-round knockout loss to then-champion Rafael Carvalho at Bellator 176, marking his second consecutive unsuccessful title bid with the promotion. “No Mercy” has earned 28 of his 30 career victories by knockout but has just one win in his past five bouts dating back to November 2014. Njokuani, 29, will fight for the first time this year after he suffered a foot injury in his most recent contest – a win over Hisaki Kato at Bellator 189. The fight marked a successful middleweight debut for “Chidi Bang Bang” because he was forced to move up after missing weight. The fight against Manhoef will mark his third main event in his past four Bellator bouts. For more on Bellator 210, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  13. The UFC 229 press conference set for Thursday at Radio City Music Hall is still closed to the public, UFC officials today told MMAjunkie. Former two-division champion Conor McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) sparked headlines Tuesday night when he announced on social media that fans will be allowed into the event, offering buyers of his recently released Irish whiskey a spot at the front of the line. However, two people MMAjunkie spoke to on condition of anonymity contradicted the UFC star, saying no changes have been made to the current plan, which calls for the press conference to air live on ESPN and on the “Mega Zilla” television in Times Square. “The press conference is closed to public,” one official said. “It’s a media only event.” Well, I will never put anything past Conor McGregor, but a UFC official tells me tomorrow's press conference is still NOT open to the public. It will air live on ESPN and in Times Square on the Mega-Zilla, as previously reported. — John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) September 19, 2018 McGregor said fans who buy two bottles of his Proper No. Twelve whiskey will skip to the front of the line outside Radio City Music Hall by “soldiers…making sure this rule is strictly adhered to.” A UFC official did not respond to questions about whether McGregor’s tweets have prompted the promotion to take additional security measures. McGregor’s scheduled attendance on Thursday marks his first public appearance to promote the Oct. 6 pay-per-view event, which is headlined by his long-awaited return and showdown against lightweight champ Khabib Nurmagomedov (26-0 MMA, 10-0 UFC). T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas hosts the fight card the promotion claims will be the biggest in its history. Related Conor McGregor vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov: 3 things that could decide UFC 229 title fight Dana White predicts at least 2 million buys for McGregor vs. Khabib, but is that realistic? McGregor has been active in recent weeks on social media, poking at Nurmagomedov and his team, including the champ’s coach and father. In the absence of a press tour, the UFC has used an attack on a fighter bus at UFC 223 that briefly landed McGregor in jail as the centerpiece of its promotion for the event, a move one victim of the attack has called tasteless. Despite McGregor copping a plea deal with New York prosecutors on the incident, which was sparked by a confrontation between his teammate Artem Lobov and Nurmagomedov, UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa filed a lawsuit for injuries and lost opportunity he suffered when he was removed from a fight at UFC 223. For more on UFC 229, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Photos: Best of Conor McGregor view 74 images Voir l'article complet
  14. The broadcasting teams are set for UFC Fight Night 137, FOX Sports officials today told MMAjunkie. UFC Fight Night 137 takes place Saturday at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo and airs on FS1 following prelims on FS2 and UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, Thiago “Marreta” Santos takes on Eryk Anders in a last-minute booking at light heavyweight. Related UFC Fight Night 137 main-event breakdown: Will short-notice intangibles be the difference? Calling the action cageside in Brazil will be Jimmy Smith and Brendan Fitzgerald. In-studio host Karyn Bryant will be joined by former UFC champion Dominick Cruz and Paul Felder serving as analysts. The UFC Fight Night 137 weigh-in show will air Friday at 5 p.m. ET on FS2. There will also be a post-fight show Saturday on FS1 at the conclusion of the event. For more on UFC Fight Night 137, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  15. Rafael Lovato Jr. takes on John Salter in the Bellator 205 co-main event, and if you’re into matchups that feature ground-game specialists, then this is the fight for you. Lovato Jr., 35, comes in undefeated (8-0 MMA, 4-0 BMMA). The 33-year-old Salter (15-3 MMA, 5-0 BMMA), meanwhile, is riding a seven-fight winning streak and has yet to lose in Bellator. Both men are black belts in jiu-jitu, which has most folks eager to see this fighter get to the mat. That’s certainly the case with our MMAjunkie Radio crew. But who do they like to win? Watch their breakdown in the video above. Related John Salter ready for both he and Rafael Lovato Jr. to be 'carried out of the cage' at Bellator 205 Rafael Lovato Jr. didn't get his title shot, but will gladly earn it in perfectly timed John Salter clash Bellator 205 takes place Friday at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, and airs on Paramount following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie. For more Bellator 205, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Gallery Rafael Lovato Jr. def. Gerald Harris Bellator 198: Best photos view 5 images Voir l'article complet

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