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  1. MEXICO CITY – UFC on ESPN+ 17 fighter weigh-in faceoffs take place Friday, and you can catch a live video stream of the proceedings here on MMA Junkie at 11:45 a.m. ET (8:45 a.m. PT). The official weigh-ins took place at the UFC host hotel in Mexico City, and the faceoffs take place one hour after. There are no ceremonial weigh-ins for the fans. UFC on ESPN+ 17 takes place Saturday at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. The card streams on ESPN+. In addition to the video stream above, you can check out the early and official UFC on ESPN+ 27 weigh-in results from earlier in the day. Voir l'article complet
  2. The winner of the UFC 244 “BMF” title headliner will not get to defend his belt. Speaking to fans in a Twitter Q&A, UFC president Dana White said the “BMF” title fight between Jorge Masvidal and Nate Diaz will be a one-time thing, and that there won’t be a division or rankings for the title. “No, this is a one and done,” White said. “This is a one time fight.” According to Diaz, the fight is a title defense. He made sure to correct White at Thursday’s UFC 244 news conference in New York to tell him that on Nov. 2, he will be defending the “BMF” title against Masvidal. Diaz and Masvidal were respectful and cordial toward each other and faced off for the first time at The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York ahead of their much anticipated main event at Madison Square Garden. Voir l'article complet
  3. MEXICO CITY – Saturday night will mark the third time Steven Peterson has competed in the past six months. But he wouldn’t have it any other way. “Ocho” Peterson (17-9 MMA, 1-3 UFC) battles Martin Bravo (11-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC on ESPN+ 17, takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. The card streams on ESPN+. The Fortis MMA product isn’t fazed by the frequency of his fight bookings. Peterson isn’t a proponent of the popular ideology that in-between fight camps is the best time to learn. He believes the most valuable knowledge is acquired through actual in-cage competition. “Staying active is the way to get better,” Peterson told MMA Junkie on Thursday. “I’m always in camp, always in shape. Even when I’m not in camp, it’s like I’m in camp because we have such a big team. “There is always someone getting ready for a fight and we’ve got to help them get ready. I’m always in the gym, always training hard, and always ready to take a fight on short notice or whatever they give me.” Related UFC on ESPN+ 17 media day faceoffs videos: Intense stares, but no incidents At UFC on ESPN+ 17, Angela Hill hopes to 'undo lame performance' last time in Mexico City UFC on ESPN+ 17 media day faceoff video: Yair Rodriguez vs. Jeremy Stephens While he lost his most recent outing against Alex Caceres at UFC on ESPN 4 in July, Peterson lost a unanimous decision. The loss left a sour taste in Peterson’s mouth, as he believes he did enough to have earned the victory. The defeat was Peterson’s third in four fights. “Obviously, I’d like to win them all, but the way I fight is come forward,” Perterson said. “I don’t like to outpoint guys. I like to break guys. I like to be in their face constantly and push the aggression. The judges didn’t appreciate it in my last fight. “I felt like me and Alex, that would be a good one to run back. Honestly, I knew I was victorious. Alex felt defeated at the end of that fight. I saw it in his eyes. He was surprised that he got that decision. I was shocked.” Related UFC on ESPN+ 17 pre-event facts: Only four fighters coming off UFC wins Carla Esparza's recent win boosts confidence going into UFC on ESPN+ 17 After difficult year, Alexa Grasso seeking consistency and improvement at UFC on ESPN+ 17 Peterson has only won one out of his four UFC appearances since he jumped on board with the promotion in early 2018. An aggressive fighter who likes to push the pace, Peterson would rather put on an exciting show than adjust his gameplan as to fight safer. At UFC on ESPN+ 17, Peterson said he’ll be gunning to earn “Performance of the Night” instead of a “Fight of the Night” bonus. The Texas native would prefer to be exciting through dominance, not a close decision. “I will never be in a boring fight,” Peterson said. “Obviously, I want to take them out. I just need to hit more and not get hit quite as much. I did that in my last fight, but I need to do that even more and make it more convincing. Just go out there and take these guys out. I want that performance bonus.” According to Peterson, his opponent Saturday fits the mold of a fighter he could earn such accolade against. The Mexican fighter Bravo will have the home crowd behind him, but Peterson plans on quieting the building in speedy fashion. “On paper, it’s a dead-even matchup,” Peterson said. “I looked at the statistics; strikes landed, strikes absorbed, takedowns landed, takedown defense… None of that really even matters. When it comes to fight night, it’s that night. It’s in the cage that’s all that matters. I’m going to go out there and be the best version of Steven ‘Ocho’ Peterson that you’ve ever seen.” Gallery Steven Peterson def. Matt Bessette at TUF 27 Finale: Best photos view 13 images Voir l'article complet
  4. NEW YORK – Dana White never has admitted to being concerned about going up against any other fights in the combat sports space. Don’t expect him to start now. When White brings UFC 244 to Madison Square Garden in New York on Nov. 2, he’ll be going up against boxing standout Canelo Alvarez, who this past week announced he’ll move up two divisions to challenge Sergey Kovalev for the WBO light heavyweight title. That bout takes place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas the same day as UFC 244 and streams on DAZN. But UFC president White isn’t worried about Alvarez’s attempt to win a title in a fourth division. “We started talking about this date, and then a week later, I heard they were going to do that fight,” White said Thursday at a news conference to announce UFC 244 in New York. “I think they’re crazy to go the same night as us on DAZN, but it is what it is.” Related Video: Watch Jorge Masvidal, Nate Diaz face off at UFC 244 press conference Nate Diaz and Jorge Masvidal keep it gangster, yet respectful at UFC 244 press conference On occasion, the UFC finds itself going head to head with big boxing matches, or even its biggest competitor in the MMA space, Bellator. But White said it’s possible those on the Alvarez-Kovalev side won’t even have to worry about the UFC stealing their thunder depending on when UFC 244 ends and the Alvarez-Kovalev fight begins. “If they time it right and they do this thing the right way, it could be very much like the other night (at UFC on ESPN+ 16), when (Justin) Gaethje fought (Donald) ‘Cowboy’ (Cerrone), and then the (Tyson) Fury fight was on after. If they time it right, it could work out. But if they want to go head to head, they’re (expletive) nuts.” UFC 244 is headlined by a welterweight bout between Jorge Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) and Nate Diaz (20-11 MMA, 15-9 UFC), who will be fighting for a new belt the UFC is in the process of creating to crown the “baddest mother (expletive)” in the sport. The “BMF” belt will be put around the waist of the winner of the UFC 244 main event, White said. Gallery Photos: Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal at UFC 244 news conference in New York view 16 images Voir l'article complet
  5. UFC on ESPN+ 23 represents the final UFC event of 2019, and the promotion is preparing to go out with a bang, with light heavyweight knockout artists set to go toe to toe in Busan, South Korea. Switzerland’s Volkan Oezdemir and Austria’s Aleksandar Rakic have racked up 21 career knockouts between them, and now the two European strikers will face off in a light heavyweight clash on Dec. 21 that looks sure to deliver some pre-Christmas fireworks. The bout was announced via the UFC’s official European Twitter account. Oezdemir (16-4 MMA, 4-3 UFC) bounced back from a three-fight losing skid with a bonus-winning second-round finish of Swedish powerhouse Ilir Latifi at UFC on ESPN+ 14 back in August, while Rakic (12-1 MMA, 4-0 UFC) starched British knockout specialist Jimi Manuwa in just 47 seconds via head-kick KO in his last appearance at UFC on ESPN+ 11 back in June. Now the two 205-pound finishers will face off looking to add to their impressive resumés and finish the year with a resounding win to propel themselves into title contention heading into 2020. UFC on ESPN+ 23 confirmed fights include: Volkan Oezdemir vs. Aleksandar Rakit Alexandre Pantoja vs Matt Schnell Voir l'article complet
  6. MEXICO CITY – It’s not every day a UFC fighter likens himself to a cartoon character or a member of The Sopranos, but Paul Craig certainly isn’t your regular UFC fighter. The Scottish light heavyweight has made his name for his ability to persevere under duress before snatching victory from the jaws of defeat. His stunning last-second submission of dangerous rising Russian contender Magomed Ankalaev was the perfect illustration of that. And while that reputation now precedes him, Craig (11-4 MMA, 3-4 UFC) says his last-gasp, bonus-winning victories over Ankalaev and Kennedy Nzechukwu weren’t by design. That’s just how his fights have turned out. “I probably should (plan to finish in the final round), because that’s where the bonuses are,” Craig told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “Obviously I’m not hunting the bonus. These fights literally just happened that way. I’m like the Homer Simpson of the MMA world. You know, when he starts boxing, and he’s taking these shots, then in the last minute he hits a submission. So I’m the Homer Simpson of the MMA world. I think it’s a bonus to be the Homer Simpson. I’m cool with it.” And, looking back at that fight week against the dangerous, decorated grappler Ankalaev back in March 2018, Craig joked that the UFC perhaps wasn’t actually as warm towards him as he believed prior to that fight. “I remember back in London my boxing coach was like: ‘This is your fight! The UFC are loving you!’ and then as I’m standing there backstage, and I’m just about to walk out I realize, ‘The UFC don’t love me!’, and I listen to this guy’s rap sheet about how he’s a sambo world champion, he’s this, he’s this and how he’s the next light heavyweight Khabib,” Craig said. “They were giving him all this kudos, and I was looking at my coach like, ‘What the … When were you going to tell me this about this guy?’ The emotion I felt there, it’s not nice not being loved, and there wasn’t much love for that fight with regards to the UFC towards me. But I rose to the occasion.” Craig feels differently these days, however. Now a veteran of seven fights inside the octagon, his matchup with Vinicius Moreira at UFC on ESPN+17 will represent a landmark moment, with half his career being spent inside the octagon, fighting in the UFC. He’s both happy and grateful to have been afforded the opportunity and says the way he goes about his business might’ve also have helped him during his time with the promotion. “I think it’s just the fact that I’m a likeable guy,” Craig said. “I’m not going out there. I’m not insulting people. I’m here, I’m enjoying life, and I think they’re like, ‘Nah, we want this. We want to help this guy as best we can.’ Two-and-a-half years I’ve been signed to the UFC. Eight fights, two contracts, that’s a big ask for any fighter, and I’m glad they’re putting this pressure on me, and I’m glad all my opponents have been predominantly unbeaten fighters. “With regards to this guy, who’s coming off two losses, this is the first time I’ve had an opponent who’s coming off a loss. Everybody else has been making their way up that top 20, so (this is) a very favorable fight for me.” As well as dealing with Moreira (9-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC), Craig has had to add another layer of preparation to his fight camp as he gets ready for the test of competing at altitude. “The Bearjew” has left nothing to chance and has been sleeping in a hypoxic chamber at home in Scotland in order to help his system adapt to the thinner atmosphere in Mexico City. And, based on how he’s felt since arriving for fight week, it’s worked. “No altitude sickness here. I feel like a million bucks,” he said. “I slept in a hypoxic chamber for five weeks. It did feel pretty horrible sleeping in there in the house back in the U.K., but I’m reaping the benefits now. My poor coach, he’s been sick. He can’t move, two feet away from the toilet pan. He’s like: ‘Save me Paul! I need the toilet!’ He’s been a nightmare, and he’s been drinking the stuff from the minibar. He’s a nightmare. “I don’t feel out of breath. I’m feeling great. And my opponent, I know he only came out yesterday so, unless he’s been sleeping in a hypoxic chamber himself, he’s not going to feel the benefits of coming out early. Four days isn’t enough to acclimatize to Mexico City, and we’ll see that on Saturday night.” Thankfully, Craig hasn’t shared his coach’s altitude woes and says he’s in great shape for a matchup in which he believes he has the edge. “We’re very, very close, stature-wise, build-wise,” Craig said. “All these kind of attributes are all roughly the same. I just believe I’m slightly better than him in these areas. Striking: slightly better than him. Wrestling: slightly better than him. So anything he’s gonna throw at me, I’m gonna have an answer for it, and I’m gonna stop it. “I’ve been training with heavyweight boxers back in the U.K., I’ve been training with the KSW heavyweight world champion (Phil De Fries), so I’m used to fighting big, heavy guys. I’m always the light guy, and it’s crazy to say, but I’m used to this, and that’s what brings out the best in me. So going up against a guy who’s roughly my weight, that’s a bonus, man. And he doesn’t have those big traps. The guys who have knocked me out have had traps to their ears, just traps, shoulders, back … and they just swing mallets. This is going to be a more skillful fight, and I’m looking forward to it.” Craig’s career has been a mixture of incredible highs and crushing lows as he has interspersed dramatic submission victories with damaging knockout losses. It has led him to pay closer attention to his own mental well being, and he says he’s already experiencing the benefits. “It wasn’t until I started speaking to people about what’s inside (my head) that made a massive difference. I went and it was pretty much like Tony Soprano when he’s going to see Dr. Melfi – that’s pretty much how it was. “My self-belief is getting bigger and bigger. I’m learning to fight in the UFC. I had eight fights on the UK circuit, then I got to the UFC and I’ve been fighting savages right off the bat, so I’m learning to fight in the UFC.” And while he admits he’s still learning on the job, Craig – who was a teacher before trading in his day job to become a full-time fighter – says his motivation ahead of Saturday night’s fight in Mexico City is to earn his third UFC contract and continue doing what he loves, traveling the world and fighting on the biggest stage in the sport. “For me it’s getting that win and getting that new contract,” he says. “Because don’t see the point in taking damage from less than the best. I have this internal battle all the time, like ‘You could be going to other organizations, Paul. But do you want to be taking the damage you receive in the camp and in the fight, with regard to lifting weights, with regard to how you eat, all the weight cuts and all that stuff?’ And for me, that racks that damage up, and I don’t see the point of taking it for anything less than the best. “I want to keep living this dream of fighting in the UFC, going to Mexico City, going to Philadelphia going to all these cool places that I’d never get to do as a teacher.” UFC on ESPN+ 17 takes place Saturday at Mexico City Arena. The card streams live on ESPN+. Voir l'article complet
  7. The first-round pairings for Rizin FF’s lightweight grand prix tournament have been announced, with Bellator’s 155-pound star Patricky Freire drawn to face a former UFC veteran in his first matchup as he looks to punch his ticket to the semi-finals. Freire (21-8 MMA) will make his promotional Rizin FF debut in the tournament as he looks to extend his five-fight win streak at the expense of 41-year-old veteran Tatsuya Kawajiri (37-13 MMA, 2-3 Rizin), who booked his place in the tournament after handing Russian Ali Abdulkhalikov the first defeat of his MMA career at Rizin FF 17 in July. Pitbull tweeted his reaction to the draw, saying: “I’m honored to face such a legend. Hope it’s a dream fight for the fans with all our pride on the line. I will be rising to the occasion! Look forward to it!” The other first-round matchups see America’s Johnny Case (26-6 MMA, 2-0 Rizin) take on Roberto Souza (9-0 MMA, 2-0 Rizin), while Azerbaijan’s Tofiq Musaev (15-3 MMA, 2-0 Rizin) faces off against Australia’s Damien Brown (19-12 MMA, 2-0 Rizin) and Brazil’s Luiz Gustavo (9-1 MMA, 1-1 Rizin) meets Japan’s Hiroto Uesako (16-7 MMA, 1-0 Rizin). All four first-round matchups will form part of the fight card at Rizin FF 19, which takes place at the Edion Arena in Osaka, Japan on Oct. 12. Relive the draw, as it happened, via the official video below. Confirmed Rizin FF lightweight grand prix matchups include: Tofiq Musaev vs. Damien Brown Johnny Case vs. Roberto Souza Patricky Freire vs. Tatsuya Kawajiri Luiz Gustavo vs. Hiroto Uesako Voir l'article complet
  8. Greg Hardy has a new opponent, date, and location for his fourth UFC bout. Instead of partaking in his scheduled bout against Jarjis Danho at UFC on ESPN+ 20 in Singapore, Hardy (5-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC) will now square off with promotional newcomer Ben Sosoli (6-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC). A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the news with MMA Junkie on Thursday night after an initial report from ESPN. The reason for Hardy’s opponent swap-up is unknown at this time. In his most recent outing in July, Hardy defeated Juan Adams by first-round technical knockout. Prior to that fight, Hardy finished Dmitrii Smoliakov by strikes at 2:15 into the first round. His new opponent, Australia’s Sosoli, competed on the most recent season of “Dana White’s Contender Series.” After Sosoli accidentally eye-poked opponent Dustin Joynson in the eye in the first round, the bout was waived off and declared a no-contest. Following the bout, UFC president Dana White stated Sosoli would get a shot on an upcoming episode of “Dana White: Lookin’ for a Fight.” Also an alumni of “The Ultimate Fighter,” Sosoli has won five bouts via KO/TKO. The current UFC on ESPN 6 is as follows: Dominick Reyes vs. Chris Weidman Greg Hardy vs. Ben Sosoli Maycee Barber vs. Gillian Robertson Darren Stewart vs. Deron Winn Joe Lauzon vs. Jonathan Pearce Tanner Boser vs. Daniel Spitz Diana Belbita vs. Molly McCann Brendan Allen vs. Eric Spicely Randy Costa vs. Boston Salmon Sean Brady vs. Court McGee Kyle Bochniak vs. Sean Woodson Manny Bermudez vs. Charles Rosa Voir l'article complet
  9. MEXICO CITY – MMA Junkie is on scene and reporting live from Friday’s early and official UFC on ESPN+ 17 fighter weigh-ins, which kick off at 10 a.m. ET (7 a.m. PT). The early weigh-ins take place at the UFC host hotel in Mexico City. Unlike most UFC events, there are no ceremonial weigh-ins today for the fans ahead of Saturday’s card, which takes place at Mexico City Arena in Mexico City. The card stremas on ESPN+. Among those weighing in are Yair Rodriguez (11-2 MMA, 7-1 UFC) and Jeremy Stephens (28-16 MMA, 15-15 UFC), who meet in the featherweight main event, and Carla Esparza (14-6 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and Alexa Grasso (11-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC), who meet in the women’s strawweight co-feature. Related UFC on ESPN+ 17 pre-event facts: Only four fighters coming off UFC wins Jeremy Stephens promises to put Yair Rodriguez's brains on canvas at UFC on ESPN+ 17 UFC on ESPN+ 17 breakdown: Can Yair Rodriguez shore up holes to beat gritty Jeremy Stephens? The full UFC on ESPN+ 17 weigh-in results include: MAIN CARD (ESPN+, 8 p.m. ET) Yair Rodriguez () vs. Jeremy Stephens () Carla Esparza () vs. Alexa Grasso () Askar Askarov () vs. Brandon Moreno () Irene Aldana () vs. Vanessa Melo () Martin Bravo () vs. Steven Peterson () PRELIMINARY CARD (ESPN+, 5 p.m. ET) Carlos Huachin () vs. Jose Quinonez () Kyle Nelson () vs. Marco Polo Reyes () Ariane Carnelossi () vs. Angela Hill () Tyson Nam () vs. Sergio Pettis () Paul Craig () vs. Vinicius Moreira () Bethe Correia () vs. Sijara Eubanks () Marcos Mariano () vs. Claudio Puelles () Voir l'article complet
  10. Episode No. 234 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 sits down with Indiscutido.com’s Rodrigo Del Campo in Mexico City to preview Saturday’s UFC on ESPN+ 17 event, sharing Morgan’s interview with headliner Jeremy Stephens. Meanwhile, Cold Coffee is in Las Vegas and catches up with UFC Hall of Famer Randy Couture. Additionally, Morgan brings you an interview with ONE Championship’s Eddie Alvarez. Check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS. Support for The MMA Road Show comes from Manscaped, who is No. 1 in men’s below-the-belt grooming. Manscaped offers precision engineered tools for your family jewels. Get 20 percent off and Free Shipping with the code “road” at Manscaped.com. Voir l'article complet
  11. According to UFC president Dana White, heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic and former champ Daniel Cormier will square off for a third time. In an interview with Barstool Sports, White revealed the UFC’s plans to book the trilogy fight between Miocic (19-3 MMA, 13-3 UFC) and Cormier (22-2 MMA, 11-2 UFC) for a date and location to be determined. The UFC president indicated the timing and location of the targeted booking is largely contingent on current champion Miocic’s ongoing recovery process from their second contest. “Stipe is still recovering from that fight,” White said. “He’s got some bumps and bangs from that fight. We’re waiting for him to heal and then we’re going to do the trilogy … It’s going to depend on Stipe’s physical (condition).” At UFC 241 in August, the two heavyweights squared off in a rematch from their July 2018 bout. While Cormier knocked out Miocic the first time around, Mioicic returned the favor the second time around. After he struggled to contain Cormier earlier in the fight, Miocic connected with a series of fight-ending blows to regain the championship title he lost a year prior. If Miocic and Cormier immediately get paired again, the booking would kill the aims of No. 1 contender Francis Ngannou. The Cameroonian heavyweight has won three straight fights by first-round knockout in hopes of securing a rematch against Miocic, who defeated him via unanimous decision at UFC 220. When Ngannou spoke with MMA Junkie on Saturday, he shared the opinion he was next in line for the title and cited statements made by White earlier in 2019. “I’ve been waiting for it,” Ngannou told MMA Junkie on Saturday in Las Vegas. “After my last fight, Dana White said we’re going to see how it plays out between ‘DC’ and Stipe. I’m willing. I’m ready for it. “I think I’m going to have my revenge, and definitely it’s not going to go the same way as the last one. 2019, hopefully – that would be great.” Voir l'article complet
  12. Nicolas Dalby is looking to capitalize on his second stint with the UFC. Dalby will make his return to the octagon against Alex Oliveira on Sept. 28 at UFC on ESPN+ 18 in Copenhagen, and he sees “Cowboy” as the perfect opponent to reach his goal. “My goal is to get into the top 10 of the UFC,” Dalby told MMA Junkie. “So getting a fight like this, I’m super happy because that just makes the road to the top 10 shorter (than if) I fought some other debutant. I’m super happy about that fight, and it’s got ‘Fight of the Night’ potential written all over it.” Dalby (17-3-1 MMA, 1-3-1 UFC) has gone through an emotional roller coaster in the past couple of months. After capturing the Cage Warriors interim welterweight title in a fourth-round TKO win over Alex Lahore, he was scheduled to face welterweight champion Ross Houston in a title-unification bout. But the title fight wasn’t the only thing on his mind. He’d heard about the UFC heading to his home country of Denmark for the first time, and all of a sudden the pressure mounted. Dalby knew he had to win if he wanted a spot on that card. After facing some early adversity in the first round of his fight vs. Houston at Cage Warriors 106, getting busted up by a sharp elbow, Dalby was able to rally and take control of the fight. He landed a devastating right on Houston, shattering his nose, and suddenly the canvas was painted entirely in red. Both fighters were slipping and sliding from their blood, prompting referee Marc Goddard to intervene and stop the fight right before the end of the third round. He ruled the fight a no contest as the canvas was deemed too unsafe. All of a sudden, Dalby’s aspirations for a second chance in the UFC were uncertain. “Right after the fight when I was sitting in the locker room, there was a reporter asking me some questions, and he was actually asking me, ‘With the injuries you got and the result on paper, what do you think?'” Dalby said. “And I don’t have a hard time crying, so I kind of sat there crying tears and we’re just like, ‘Yeah, let’s see what happens.’ I was winning the fight, but on paper it was no victory. At that specific moment I was very doubtful. But then after a couple of days I was like, ‘If this doesn’t get me signed, I don’t know what will.'” About a month later, Dalby got the call he was dreaming of. His manager shared the exciting news with him in a video that was recorded and shared on Dalby’s <a href=" He simply couldn't hold back the tears. "There's an online video of it where you can see that I'm just basically crying the happiest tears of my life, so I was very excited and happy, Dalby said." Dalby is no stranger to a war, having been in his fair share. He had a memorable battle with former welterweight title challenger Darren Till in his second UFC fight, in a contest that was ruled a majority draw. And Dalby is looking forward to taking on another game opponent in Oliveira. "There's no doubt he can be very aggressive, and you really got to be careful," Dalby said. "Especially within the first couple of minutes of the first round because he's so aggressive, but then it seems like he always gasses out, because his gas tank isn't too big. Then he kind of switches from aggressive brawler to kind of like a laid-back counter striker." The chips couldn't have fallen any better for Dalby, who will get to make his return to the UFC in Copenhagen. This will be his 14th pro fight in Denmark, and he has never lost at home. "Every time I've fought in Copenhagen, I've been able to not only live up to the pressure, but even surpass it, and I put on some spectacular fights," Dalby said. "Of course it's not a guarantee for this one, but the track record shows that the pressure is not a bad thing. It's more of the opposite." And how does he think he gets the job done Sept. 28? "Lokamotivo" is gunning for his fourth straight finish. "TKO Round 2," Dalby said. Voir l'article complet
  13. Check out these photos highlighting the UFC 244 pre-event news conference with Nate Diaz, Jorge Masvidal and UFC president Dana White from The Rooftop at Pier 17 in New York. (Photos by Matt Erickson-MMA Junkie and The Associated Press) Voir l'article complet
  14. A lightweight clash has been added to UFC on ESPN 7. Recently signed to the UFC through “Dana White’s Contender Series,” Joseph Solecki (8-2 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his UFC debut when he takes on Matt Wiman (16-8 MMA, 10-6 UFC) in the nation’s capital. A person with knowledge of the situation confirmed the booking to MMA Junkie following a report from The Washington Post on Thursday. The person asked for anonymity as the promotion has yet to make an official announcement. Related Dana White's Contender Series 19: Grading the winners No longer just 'a jiu-jitsu guy,' DWCS winner Joe Solecki targets UFC 244 and Madison Square Garden Dana White's Contender Series 19 results: All five winners get UFC deals UFC on ESPN 7 takes place Dec. 7 at Capital One Arena in Washington. The card airs on ESPN. Solecki punched his ticket to the UFC with his victory on DWCS 19 in July. The former CFFC and ROC fighter squared off with Mississippi’s James Wallace in the card’s main event. Solecki made quick work of Wallace with a first-round submission by guillotine choke. His opponent Wiman will return for what will be just his second contest since November 2014. In June, the fight nicknamed “Handsome” competed for the first time in almost five years at UFC on ESPN+ 12. Wiman was stopped by Luis Pena via strikes in the third round. Related Cody Stamann vs. Song Yadong headed to UFC on ESPN 7 Carlos Condit vs. Mickey Gall, Bryce Mitchell vs. Matt Sayles added to UFC on ESPN 7 Skidding Ben Rothwell reunites with Roufusport ahead of UFC on ESPN 7 The up-to-date UFC on ESPN 7 lineup is as follows: Alistair Overeem vs. Walt Harris Aspen Ladd vs. Yana Kunitskaya Claudia Gadelha vs. Cynthia Calvillo Stefan Struve vs. Ben Rothwell Carlos Condit vs. Mickey Gall Cody Stamann vs. Song Yadong Courtney Casey vs. Virna Jandiroba Bryce Mitchell vs. Matt Sayles Joseph Solecki vs. Matt Wiman Gallery Dana White's Contender Series 19: Best photos view 10 images Voir l'article complet
  15. NEW YORK CITY – In a day and age where money speaks as loud as the trash talk is willing to sound, Nate Diazand Jorge Masvidal decided to run a different course at the UFC 244 press conference Thursday. With a natural backdrop of the New York skyline framing the scene, Diaz (20-11 MMA, 15-9 UFC) and Masvidal (34-13 MMA, 11-6 UFC) marshaled hundreds of UFC fans to The Rooftop at Pier 17 by their sheer reputation of two of the “realest” competitors in MMA. The “BMF” belt was frequently referenced throughout the event and the official promotional poster display even displayed a custom parental advisory sticker parody. While the duo gave off distinct gangster vibes, there was an equally strong respect vibe between the two. Neither fighter used trash talk, insults, or personal attacks to radiate their coolness. At the mere sight of Diaz’s entranc, the crowd began filling the air with marijuana smoke. The Stockton, Calif. native walked onto the stage with his hat turned a sideways, a plain black t-shirt, and jeans. Conversely in his own gangster right, Masvidal decided to emulate Tony Montana to the best of his ability. “Gambred” sported a white suit with a red dress shirt and his hair tied back in a bun. Related Dana White confirms Jorge Masvidal-Nate Diaz winner will get 'BMF' belt Dana White dishes on why Colby Covington vs. Kamaru Usman fell through for UFC 244 Video: Watch Jorge Masvidal-Nate Diaz faceoff at UFC 244 press conference Throughout the news conference, both men had frequent opportunities to toss verbal jabs. However, the two UFC welterweights stayed away from even riding the line. When given an easy opportunity to put down the other in questions that occasional veered toward the inane, Masvidal and Diaz decided to voice confidence in their own abilities. “He’s a different caliber than the guys that you mention,” Masvidal said, when asked if he would repeat recent knockout performances when he fights Diaz. “I’ve seen him pull up and up in some tough situations and win those decisions. I’ve got whatever it takes, man.” Diaz, who has been known for intense past rivalries, voiced similar sentiments and complimented both his opponent and the venue they’ll fight in. “There’s really not a lot of trash (talk) going on in the fights I’m in anyways, so it’s just like normal,” Diaz said. “I’m just happy to have a worthy opponent and a worthy venue to be in.” When asked, Masvidal and Diaz even agreed to smoke a joint with each other after they face off in New York. The idea of smoking wasn’t enough for Diaz, who offered up potential celebratory drinking as well. Related Dana White dishes on why Colby Covington vs. Kamaru Usman fell through for UFC 244 Jorge Masvidal: Conor McGregor fight won't happen because UFC 'don't want a murder charge' Shane Burgos vs. Makwan Amirkhani added to UFC 244 in New York The booking between Diaz and Masvidal stemmed from a post-fight interview with the fomer at UFC 241. After Diaz defeated Anthony Pettis by unanimous decision, he didn’t call out rival Conor McGregor or champion Khabib Nurmagomedov, but instead, to the surprise of many, name-dropped Masvidal. One month prior to the callout, Masvidal earned the quickest knockout in UFC history with his five-second finish of Ben Askren at UFC 239 in Las Vegas. With a ton of momentum behind them, the two welterweight fan favorites will meet Saturday, Nov. 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York. The main card streams on pay-per-view after prelims on ESPN 2 and ESPN+. Gallery Photos: Nate Diaz through the years view 36 images Gallery Photos: Jorge Masvidal through the years view 45 images Voir l'article complet

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