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  1. Michael Page will go from facing a veteran to a newcomer. Bellator officials announced Friday that Giovanni Melillo (13-4 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) will step in for Derek Anderson (16-3 MMA, 7-3 BMMA) to take on Page (15-1 MMA, 10-1 BMMA) in the Bellator Europe 6 main event. Bellator Europe 6 takes place Nov. 23 at The SSE Arena, Wembley in London. The event will simulcast on tape delay in the U.S. on Paramount and DAZN. The Bellator Europe 6 portion of the card will stream live in the U.S. on MMA Junkie. After Anderson was forced to withdraw due to injury, a replacement opponent was quickly found. The 34-year-old Melillo, from Italy, gets his biggest career opportunity. The Cage Warriors and ACB veteran is coming off a unanimous decision win over Will Chope at Fight Clubbing 24 in May. Page was able to rebound from his first pro loss to current Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima with a flying knee knockout win over Richard Kiely at Bellator 227. The Bellator Europe 6 lineup now includes: Michael Page vs. Giovanni Melillo Fabian Edwards vs. Mike Shipman Terry Brazier vs. Soren Bak Denise Kielholtz vs. Sabriye Sengul Kent Kauppinen vs. Andy Manzolo Kevin Fryer vs. George Tokkos Charlie Leary vs. Tim Wilde Damian Frankiewicz vs. Aiden Lee Daniel Crawford vs. Robert Whiteford Alfie Davis vs. Myles Price Walter Gahadza vs. Lewis Long Tom Green vs. Akonne Wanliss ‘Super’ Shane Campbell vs. Raphael Uchegbu Chris Bungard vs. Mario Saeed Harry Hardwick vs. Nathan Rose Tom Mearns vs. Jeremy Petley Pietro Penini vs. Charlie Ward Gallery Michael Page def. Richard Kiely at Bellator Europe 4: Best photos view 9 images Voir l'article complet
  2. Newcomer Isabella de Padua will step in on just a day’s notice to take on Ariane Lipski at UFC on ESPN+ 22 in Sao Paulo. UFC on ESPN+ 22 takes place Saturday at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. The card streams on ESPN+. According to French website La Sueur, Lipski’s (11-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) original opponent Veronica Macedo (6-3-1 MMA, 1-3 UFC), was forced to withdraw due to severe headaches. The Brazilian athletic commission did not clear her to fight. The news of de Padua (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) stepping in was first reported by MMA Fighting. Brazil’s de Padua has won five straight fights, with her most recent win coming by second-round TKO due to a doctor’s stoppage at SFT 17 in October. After dropping her first two UFC bouts to Joanne Calderwood and Molly McCann, Lipski will look to notch her first promotional win. De Padua will be her third different opponent for UFC Sao Paulo. With the change, the UFC on ESPN+ 22 lineup now includes: MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET) Jan Blachowicz vs. Ronaldo Souza Paul Craig vs. Mauricio Rua Jared Gordon vs. Charles Oliveira Antonio Arroyo vs. Andre Muniz Markus Perez vs. Wellington Turman PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET) James Krause vs. Sergio Moraes Eduardo Garagorri vs. Ricardo Ramos Bobby Green vs. Francisco Trinaldo Warlley Alves vs. Randy Brown Renan Barao vs. Douglas de Andrade Isabella de Padua vs. Ariane Lipski Tracy Cortez vs. Vanessa Melo Gallery Molly McCann def. Ariane Lipski at UFC on ESPN+ 12: Best photos view 20 images Voir l'article complet
  3. Check out the results from Friday’s early and official UFC on ESPN+ 22 fighter weigh-ins. The early weigh-ins took place at the UFC host hotel in Sao Paulo. UFC on ESPN+ 22 takes place Saturday at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. The card streams on ESPN+. In the main event, Jan Blachowicz (24-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC) takes on longtime middleweight standout Ronaldo Souza (26-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC), who moves up to light heavyweight for the first time. In the co-feature, Paul Craig (12-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC) meets former 205-pound champion Mauricio Rua (26-11 MMA, 10-9 UFC). The full UFC on ESPN+ 22 weigh-in results included: MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET) Jan Blachowicz (205) vs. Ronaldo Souza (205) Paul Craig (205) vs. Mauricio Rua (206) Jared Gordon (156) vs. Charles Oliveira (155) Antonio Arroyo (185) vs. Andre Muniz (186) Markus Perez (186) vs. Wellington Turman (186) PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET) James Krause (170.5) vs. Sergio Moraes (171) Eduardo Garagorri (145.5) vs. Ricardo Ramos (146) Bobby Green (156) vs. Francisco Trinaldo (155) Warlley Alves (171) vs. Randy Brown (171) Renan Barao (146) vs. Douglas de Andrade (145) Isabella de Padua () vs. Ariane Lipski (125.5) Tracy Cortez () vs. Vanessa Melo () Voir l'article complet
  4. UFC on ESPN+ 22 ceremonial fighter weigh-ins take place Friday, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMAjunkie at 4 p.m. ET (1 p.m. PT). The weigh-ins take place at Ginásio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. The same venue hosts Saturday’s event, which streams on ESPN+. In addition to the video stream above, you can check out the early and official UFC on ESPN+ 22 weigh-in results from earlier in the day. Voir l'article complet
  5. Episode No. 242 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download. MMA Junkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport. John Morgan and Cold Coffee are home in Las Vegas, and there’s plenty to talk about in the world of MMA, which they happily discuss while enjoying a few frosty beverages from their friends at Latchkey Brewing. Check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS. Voir l'article complet
  6. Asia’s largest MMA promotion is back in action on Friday, as ONE Championship heads to mainland China. “ONE Championship 103: Age of Dragons” goes down at Cadillac Arena in Beijing, and will air in the United States on B/R Live. In the main event of the MMA portion of the evening’s proceedings in a multi-combat-sport event, Lauren Ballin (11-5 MMA) squares off with Meng Bo (13-5) in a strawweight fight. Aregntina’s Ballin is looking to shake off a two-fight losing streak; while the Chinese Bo carries a three-fight winning streak into her ONE Championship debut. Can’t wait until Friday for ONE Championship to start? Then whet your appetite for the exciting event by clicking on the open workouts video linked above. Gallery Demetrious Johnson def. Danny Kingad at ONE Championship 100: Best photos view 45 images Voir l'article complet
  7. For the first time since the disappearance of his stepdaughter, Aniah Blanchard, UFC heavyweight competitor Walt Harris made televised statements about the ongoing case. Harris, and his wife, Angela, appeared on the nationally syndicated “The Dr. Phil Show” on Wednesday to talk about the situation involving the 19-year old Blanchard. Ibraheem Yazeed is in custody in Lee County, Ala., and has been charged with kidnapping in the case. Blanchard, of Auburn. Ala., was last seen at a convenience store on Oct. 23. Blanchard’s vehicle has since been recovered, and a DNA test from blood found in the card matches Blanchard. Blanchard has not yet been found. Related What we know about the case of UFC fighter Walt Harris' missing stepdaughter Ibraheem Yazeed, charged in Aniah Blanchard's disappearance, to be held without bond On the show, both Walt and Angela Harris, while understandably distraught over what has transpired, also believed that that some sort of a set up occurred and that this wasn’t just a random happening. “There’s a lot of things that don’t make sense to us. It seems like it was actually set up and it was something that was planned,’’ Walt Harris said. Angela Harris believes her daughter knew whomever is responsible for what transpired. “Personally, I feel that if it was a set-up, it was someone that knew Aniah and that knew her well and it’s someone that would be running with those type of people,’’ she said. The Harrises also went on to express that while the police indicated based on forensic evidence that Blanchard suffered a life-threatening injury after she disappeared, they’re holding out hope that she survived and will be found and brought home. You can watch the Harris’ appearance on The Dr. Phil Show in the video linked below. Voir l'article complet
  8. THACKERVILLE, Okla. – The past few months have been a rollercoaster ride for 12-year-old Rayden Overbay. It would be difficult for anyone, regardless of age, to deal with the challenges Rayden deals with on a day-to-day basis. Dealing with ADHD, ADD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, diabetes and deafness in one ear, Rayden’s plate is full. Being bullied and beaten by his classmates turned an already tough situation into a nightmare. That’s when Rayden went viral. In October, Rayden was interjected into the international conversation on bullying when videos of him being punched in a school bathroom and jumped by numerous classmates outside the school swept across the internet. The videos touched and aggravated viewers all over the world. Rayden’s parents began receiving messages of support and help offerings from all walks of life. While many people had good intentions, Rayden’s father, Danny Overbay, told MMA Junkie it became difficult for him to decipher who was genuinely trying to help out his son and who was in it to help themselves. “We had several people reach out to us like, ‘Hey we want to represent you. We want to do this. We want to do that,'” Danny Overbay said. “After going through some of the Facebook (posts) and stuff and looking at those people reaching out, they were just doing it for numbers of kids. ‘How many kids I got to help today,’ or whatever – just to get their name bigger.” Despite the attention, Overbay said he wasn’t trying to make his child’s situation into a publicity stunt. All he wanted to do was find solutions for the problems at hand. Enter Bellator heavyweight Justin Wren. Wren reached out to the family and offered help without any strings attached. All Wren wanted to do, according to Overbay, was offer to be Rayden’s friend. The gesture came across as genuine and went a long way with the Overbay family. “What made us choose Justin so much and what he’s got going is he personally reached out to me through Facebook Messenger and left me a few short messages about how he wanted to be a part of my son’s life,” Overbay said. “And he just wanted to help out and step up and give him the friend he needed who wasn’t his dad. And that to me means a lot. “… He took a bad situation, and he’s made it nothing but positive. That’s for (Rayden), for his little brother, for me, for his mom. It just touches me as a dad to know Justin and I fall from the same tree when it comes to the path Rayden’s on.” Rayden had been bullied heavily in the past, but at this past Friday’s Bellator 233 event in Thackerville, Okla., it was nothing but love. Alongside Wren and fellow Bellator fighters Rafael Lovato Jr. and Gerald Harris, Rayden was a special guest at Friday’s event. Rayden and his newfound Bellator friends even got to be introduced by Michael C. Williams and be on the big screens at WinStar World Casino and Resort. Wren’s charitable ventures have been documented in the past. A rising UFC heavyweight, Wren walked away from MMA after struggles with drugs, alcohol and mental health. He eventually turned his life around and made it his mission to help out the Pygmy people of the Congo in Africa. He started a nonprofit organization, Fight for the Forgotten, which helps provide clean drinking water to the tribes. Wren, who admitted he was picked on throughout his youth, said his organization now expands to another “forgotten” group: bullied children. “Taking up the cause ‘Stand with Rayden,’ I was in the same shoes as him – so was his dad, and even Rafael,” Wren said. “Growing up, (we’d) gotten bullied. Our mission for Fight for the Forgotten has expanded beyond just the Pygmy people who were suppressed and the most bullied group on the planet. But now also here Stateside, we’ve been working on a bully-prevention curriculum for well over a year now. “When this happened, it was just serendipitous or synchronicity. It was supposed to happen – how do we turn this really bad thing into something really good and positive for Rayden, his brother Brock, his family, the community?” Lovato, Bellator’s middleweight champion, lives in Oklahoma, as does Rayden. The 36-year-old fighter plans on training Rayden and his brother Brock in MMA starting in early 2020. “It was right in our backyard, so it was even more responsibility to jump in, and I’m looking forward to having Rayden and his brother Brock join my martial arts academy very soon,” Lovato said. “… We can’t wait to have Rayden on the mats and learning the martial arts lifestyle – empowering him through martial arts and just continue the work that Justin started and keep spreading the love in martial arts throughout for all the kids.” A GoFundMe page has been set up in Rayden’s name. The money raised will go toward providing Rayden with a new home, so he no longer has to live with his grandparents. Additionally, it will help pay for Rayden’s medical bills and more. Gallery Photos: Bellator 233 ceremonial weigh-ins view 57 images Voir l'article complet
  9. UFC featherweight Vince Murdock underwent brain surgery Wednesday in California Murdock (12-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), a 28-year-old Team Alpha Male fighter, went under the knife in an attempt to fix a moyamoya, a rare condition that results in the narrowing of the artery to the brain, which can result in strokes. Early Thursday, Murdock’s wife Kira posted an update on her Instagram stories: “Hey everyone! So @vincemurdock surgeon just came out to talk to us and let us know his surgery went great! We get to go and see him in ICU in an hour and a half!!!!! Yayyyyy! Thank you everyone for all your support and prayers!” “… The love of my life has just underwent the toughest battle he has had to face! I’m so beyond proud of you and I can’t wait to kiss and hold you! You did it baby! I love you so much!” Murdock’s friends and family flocked to social media to congratulate him on getting through the procedure and wish him well as he recovers. Thursday afternoon, one of Murdock’s Facebook friends posted this image of Murdock: Murdock, who took a bout against Jordan Griffin at UFC on ESPN 3, was removed from the card when he could not obtain medical clearance. Shortly thereafter, news surfaced Murdock was flagged by USADA for Cardarine metabolites and suspended 20-months as a result. But it turned out Murdock’s removal from UFC Minneapolis wasn’t due to the USADA flag, but a result of medical abnormalities. In pre-fight medical testing, Murdock was diagnosed with high-grade cerebral stenosis. When he returned home to California, the featherweight fighter underwent further testing and was diagnosed with the rare medical condition moyamoya. As a result, Murdock will have to undergo a cerebral artery bypass and a craniotomy. “This physical just happened to save Vince’s life,” coach and teammate Urijah Faber said in a video posted online. “We found out that although he wasn’t having any symptoms that he’s got a very rare, rare brain condition.” Faber detailed how important Murdock has been to the team-oriented vibe in the gym and asked for the MMA community’s help in raising money through a Go Fund Me account titled “Save Vinny’s Brain”. The goal is currently set at $195,000 – half of the total price of the procedure. Voir l'article complet
  10. Alejandra Lara will return to the Bellator cage this winter. Lara has been booked to fight Veta Arteaga in a women’s flyweight bout Dec. 20 at Bellator’s “Salute the Troops” event in Honolulu, two people with knowledge of the booking told MMA Junkie on Thursday. The people spoke on condition of anonymity since Bellator has not yet made an official announcement. Lara, from Colombia, is coming off a TKO win over Taylor Turner in August at Bellator 225. Prior to her first-round victory, the 25-year-old had back-to-back losses, including a failed attempt to dethrone women’s flyweight champion Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in 2018. Lara (8-3 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) trains out of Lobo Gym in Guadalajara, Mexico. Arteaga (5-3 MMA, 4-3 BMMA) will be looking to bounce back from a loss to champ Macfarlane in April. The 32-year-old sustained a bad cut in the title fight, which forced the doctor to stop the bout and gave the Hawaiian champion a TKO win. Related Erik Perez to make Bellator debut vs. Toby Misech at 'Salute the Troops' card in Hawaii Josh Barnett books Bellator debut as headliner for 'Salute The Troops' event in Hawaii “Bellator and USO Present: Salute the Troops 2019” event, headlined by a heavyweight bout between Josh Barnett and Ronny Markes, takes place at Neal S. Blaisdell Arena. The main card airs on Paramount and streams on DAZN following prelims on MMA Junkie. It will be the first of back-to-back shows for Bellator in Honolulu. With the addition, the Bellator and USO: Salute the Troops event now includes: Josh Barnett vs. Ronny Markes Toby Misech vs. Erik Perez Veta Arteaga vs. Alejandra Lara Gallery Alejandra Lara def. Taylor Turner at Bellator 225: Best photos view 24 images Voir l'article complet
  11. Daniel Pineda might not be fighting in the PFL finals on New Year’s Eve after all. Pineda (28-13), who reached the featherweight playoff final, has failed a Nevada Athletic Commission-administered drug test. Without being overturned, the test likely will knock him out of his $1 million featherweight final against Lance Palmer on Dec. 31. A person with knowledge of the situation told MMA Junkie of the positive drug test on Thursday. The person asked to remain anonymous since neither the promotion nor the NAC has made an announcement. The exact substance or reason for Pineda’s test failure is not known. It’s also unclear who would replace Pineda in the tournament final if he’s not allowed to compete. When contacted, Pineda’s manager, Jason House, issued the following statement to MMA Junkie: “Right now we’re in the process of researching what could have led to a positive test. We plan on appealing the decision once all information is gathered.” The PFL declined to comment on the matter. The NAC could not be reached for comment at the time of publication. Related PFL 2019, Playoffs 3 results: Heavyweight, light heavyweight finals set Daniel Pineda extends 100 percent finish rate to book spot in PFL featherweight final Pineda, who has UFC experience, was an improbable underdog entering the semifinals in mid-October. Without having competed once in the regular season, Pineda replaced injured Damon Jackson in the playoffs. In the first of two scheduled fights in the same night, Pineda finished Movlid Khaybulaev in 29 seconds by knockout. His second performance against Jeremy Kennedy took a little bit longer, but Pineda got the job done by first-round guillotine choke. PFL’s 2019 playoff finals take place Dec. 31 at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. The card airs on ESPN2. Voir l'article complet
  12. A pivotal featherweight clash will round the year off on the UFC schedule. Former title challenger Brian Ortega heads to enemy territory to take on “The Korean Zombie,” Chan Sung Jung in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 23, set to take place in Busan, South Korea. Ortega will look to rebound from his first career loss, a December 2018 TKO at the hands of Max Holloway at UFC 231 in a failed attempt to capture the featherweight title. Prior to the loss, Ortega had finished all his UFC opponents, and he now looks to climb his way back to title contention. Since returning from his long military service hiatus, Jung has won two of his last three bouts, both coming by the way of first-round stoppage. His lone loss in that stretch came at the hands of Yair Rodriguez, in a Hail Mary elbow knockout, a fight he was en route to winning on the judges’ scorecards. Check out the official poster for UFC on ESPN+ 23: The UFC on ESPN+ 23 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 5 a.m. ET) Brian Ortega vs. Chan Sung Jung Volkan Oezdemir vs. Aleksandar Rakic Dooho Choi vs. Charles Jourdain Da Un Jung vs. Mike Rodriguez Marc-Andre Barriault vs. Jun Yong Park Kyung Ho Kang vs. Liu Pingyuan PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN, 2 a.m. ET) Tanner Boser vs. Ciryl Gane Suman Mokhtarian vs. Seungwoo Choi Dong Hyun Ma vs. Omar Morales Alexandre Pantoja vs. Matt Schnell Raoni Barcelos vs. Said Nurmagomedov Amanda Lemos vs. Veronica Macedo Heili Alateng vs. Ryan Benoit Sabina Mazo vs. opponent TBA The Blue Corner is MMA Junkie’s blog space. We don’t take it overly serious, 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 Photos: Best of Brian Ortega view 22 images Voir l'article complet
  13. A stretch of weekly UFC events dating back to Aug. 31 winds to its conclusion Saturday, as the company heads back to one of its most reliable international markets, Brazil, for UFC on ESPN+ 22, before things shut down for a couple of weeks. As is usually the case when the promotion goes to one of the sport’s true hotbeds, there’s an interesting array of matchups featuring several big names in consequential fights. This includes the main event, an important light heavyweight showdown with potential championship-picture implications between Jan Blachowiczand Ronaldo Souza. UFC on ESPN+ 22 takes place Saturday at Ginasio do Ibirapuera in Sao Paulo. The card streams on ESPN+. Without further ado, here are five burning questions heading into UFC on ESPN+ 22. **** How will the move up to light heavyweight go for ‘Jacare’ Souza? After dropping two of his past three fights and three of his past five, former Strikeforce middleweight champion Souza (26-7 MMA, 9-4 UFC) makes the move up to 205 pounds for his main event bout with Jan Blachowicz (24-8 MMA, 7-5 UFC). It’s hard not to draw a comparison to the other former champs who have recently attempted to refresh their careers with moves up in weight. And, well, it hasn’t exactly gone so well. Luke Rockhold made the jump earlier this year at UFC 239, where he get mauled in short order by Blachowicz. Chris Weidman tried it out last month, and he didn’t last two minutes before he was finished by Dominick Reyes. Add in that “Jacare” is a month shy of his 40th birthday, and, well, it doesn’t look good on paper. Until you look a little deeper, that is. Rockhold, who spent years sparring hard in the gym with bigger fighters in Cain Velasquez and Daniel Cormier at American Kickboxing Academy, was knocked out badly by Michael Bisping and Yoel Romero at middleweight before moving up. Weidman, for his part, was on an even worse string of results, including getting stopped by Souza and Rockhold. “Jacare,” on the other hand, lost a debatable split decision to Kelvin Gastelum and accepted a dangerous short-notice foe in Jack Hermansson last time out, where he still went the distance before losing. Blachowicz is no less dangerous for Souza than he was Rockhold, but the simple fact of the matter is this move doesn’t seem to present the same red flags as his fellow standouts who have made the jump. 1 2 3 4 …5Voir l'article complet
  14. British UFC bantamweight Davey Grant is back in the win column but says he knows significantly better performances are just around the corner after admitting he was disappointed in his display in Russia. Prior to his split-decision win over Grigorii Popov at UFC on ESPN+ 21 in Moscow, the Bishop Auckland man hadn’t picked up a victory in the UFC since his unanimous decision win over Marlon Vera at UFC Fight Night 84 in London back in February 2016. It meant there was a certain amount of pressure on the 33-year-old heading into the contest, but he stepped up to the challenge and picked up a hard-earned victory to right the ship after a tricky few years battling injuries and poor form. “It was super important,” he said, as he reflected on his performance. “Every fight is always massive, but it’s just really nice to go and get back in the win column. It had been a while since I’d won. “I didn’t have the greatest of performances last time out, and I know I’m a lot better than that, so it’s nice to get the win and show a fraction of what I’m capable of, (but) I still feel that I’ve got a lot more to give.” Related UFC on ESPN+ 21 reactions: Winning and losing fighters on social media 5 biggest takeaways from UFC on ESPN+ 21: Zabit's cardio, Kattar's class, Hardy's ceiling and more Sean Shelby's Shoes: What's next for Zabit Magomedsharipov and UFC on ESPN+ 21's other key winners? Grant (9-4 MMA, 2-3 UFC) admitted that his previous performance – a first-round submission defeat to Manny Bermudez at UFC Fight Night 134 in July 2018 – saw him succumb to complacency as he was caught by “The Bermudez Triangle” in his namesake triangle choke in the first minute of the bout. “The fight before, I came in a bit too complacent,” he said. “I feel like I’m sort of finding my feet again now, when before I just got a bit too confident and then obviously got beat pretty bad. I just needed to realize that I’ve still got to go and put in the work; it’s not going to do itself.” Grant said that although he picked up the victory in Moscow, he didn’t put in the performance he wanted. And the Englishman vowed to bring more action and aggression to the octagon in his next outing. “I’m a little bit disappointed in myself, as I wasn’t as aggressive as I usually am, and I was a little bit cautious,” he admitted. “I usually throw a lot more combinations, and I usually get into a lot more of a fight. I think I was slightly worried about getting clipped because of the fight before, where I thought I was so much better than the guy opposite me but ended up getting dropped by a big right hand. “I’m usually a lot more of an exciting fighter, and I thought I played the game a little bit, but I managed to sneak out the win. I’m pleased overall but know I can do 10 times better than that, so (I’m) a little disappointed. “For the next fight, I just want to go back to the way I fight, be a bit more aggressive, taking the fight to my opponent and just keep on improving in all areas.” Gallery Manny Bermudez def. Davey Grant at UFC Hamburg: Best photos view 9 images And the modest Brit, who earned his spot in the UFC after reaching the final of “The Ultimate Fighter 18” back in 2013, said he hopes to be back in the cage sooner rather than later in a bid to build some momentum in early 2020. “I’ve got no injuries; I’m literally just going to start training straight away, keep the weight down and then get back in the octagon as soon as possible,” he said. “I’ve never been someone who picks a fight. I always let Sean Shelby do his work and then just turn up on the day. I’m literally comfortable with anything.” But while calling out opponents might not be Grant’s style, he did admit he’d love to make his first appearance of 2020 on home soil at the UFC’s annual date at The O2 Arena in London in March. “Yes, I think it’s very logical – I love to fight in England any time I get the chance,” Grant said. “But if UFC wants me to go abroad and fight, I’ll go abroad and fight. I’ll literally fight anyone, anywhere. As long as I’m fighting, I’m really not fussed.” Voir l'article complet
  15. Khabib Nurmagomedov typically mauls people in the cage, but he says he doesn’t necessarily get a joy out of it. Well, there’s one exception, and the answer is pretty obvious: It’s none other than Conor McGregor. “In the last couple of years, I’ve gone out there and won, and it doesn’t bring me any real joy to be honest, well, with the exception of one fight, let’s say,” Nurmagomedov told RT Sport. “In that fight, I beat that guy with pleasure, I’ll tell you.” Nurmagomedov (28-0 MMA, 12-0 UFC) submitted McGregor (21-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) via fourth-round submission at UFC 229 to retain his UFC lightweight title in a battle that got very ugly in the lead-up. The usually calm and tame Nurmagomedov let his emotions get the best of him after the fight, and he jumped over the cage and attacked McGregor’s corner. It wasn’t typical for behavior for Nurmagomedov, who is typically more composed, even while pounding on his opponents while talking to their corner, and even UFC president Dana White. We’ve seen the UFC champ in fights such as his legendary clash with Michael Johnson, where Nurmagomedov was demanding that his opponent tap out and end the one-sided beating. “I had fights in my career where I understood that I could hurt my opponent more, but I’d talk to him, tell him to give up so that I don’t beat him too hard,” Nurmagomedov said. “For example, if I had a painful hold where I could break something, I wouldn’t tighten it all the way. It’d just fix it so that the opponent would tap out because I have no aim to hurt anyone in this sport. Yes we compete in a very brutal contact sport, but it’s never my goal to inflict a lot of pain on my opponent.” “If I understand that I’m winning, I don’t aim to hurt someone bad. Well, except for one fight.” Gallery Khabib Nurmagomedov def. Conor McGregor at UFC 229: Best photos view 15 images Voir l'article complet

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