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  1. Former UFC champion Conor McGregor seems to be having fun in Russia. One minute he’s checking on the progress of his “Russian compound” in an intentionally vague video posted to Twitter. The next he’s checking out the World Cup final as a “guest” of Russian president Vladimir Putin. Wait, what? Yeah, that’s right. That’s the biggest star in MMA doing the old fighter fist pose thing with the man who many would describe as more of a dictator than a president at this point, and he didn’t stop with a grinning photo op, either. In his caption posted to Instagram, McGregor praised Putin as “one of the greatest leaders of our time” and said he was “honored to attend such a landmark event alongside him.” So would now be a good time to ask McGregor how he feels about the many, many human rights abuses that are known or alleged to have taken place in Putin’s Russia? How about all the journalists and critics of Putin who have turned up dead under mysterious circumstances? How about his recent win in an election generally regarded as a “sham” by outside observers? No? We’re just going to ignore all that and call him a great leader so we can enjoy some World Cup action instead? Cool. McGregor’s far from the first fighter to get cozy with a dictatorial leader in that part of the world. Former UFC champs like Fabricio Werdum have taken heat for their paid associations with Chechan leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who stands accused of many of the same abuses as Putin, albeit on a smaller scale. Apparently none of that bothers McGregor, which makes you wonder if he doesn’t know about Putin’s track record or just doesn’t care. Gallery Photos: Best of Conor McGregor view 74 images For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, 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. Voir l'article complet
  2. The UFC’s debut event in Idaho took place Saturday with UFC Fight Night 133. The event took place at CenturyLink Arena in Boise and aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. In the main event, former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos (19-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) earned his first victory in 27 months when he outpointed ex-WSOF titleholder Blagoy Ivanov (16-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) for a unanimous-decision win. The bout was one of eight on the card to go the distance. For more on the numbers to come out of the UFC’s third fight card in nine days, check below for 55 post-event facts to come out of UFC Fight Night 133. * * * * General The UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payout for the event totaled $169,500. Debuting fighters went 2-3 at the event. Niko Price, Chad Mendes, Raoni Barcelos and Kurt Holobaugh earned $50,000 UFC Fight Night 133 fight-night bonuses. UFC Fight Night 133 drew an announced attendance of 5,648 for a live gate of $591,575. Betting favorites went 7-5 on the card. One fight had even odds. Betting favorites improved to 11-10 in UFC headliners this year. Total fight time for the 13-bout card was 2:45:43. Main card Gallery Junior Dos Santos def. Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 15 images Dos Santos has alternated wins and losses over his past nine UFC appearances. Dos Santos’ 13 victories in UFC heavyweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind fellow ex-champs Andrei Arlovski (16) and Frank Mir (16). Dos Santos’ total fight time of 3:26:33 in UFC heavyweight competition is second most in company history behind Arlovski (3:33:13). Ivanov suffered the first decision loss of his career. Gallery Sage Northcutt def. Zak Ottow at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 7 images Sage Northcutt (11-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) improved to 1-2 in UFC welterweight competition. Northcutt has earned eight of his 11 career victories by stoppage. Zak Ottow (16-6 MMA, 3-3 UFC) has suffered four of his six career losses by stoppage. Ottow has suffered both of his UFC stoppage losses by knockout. Gallery Rick Glenn def. Dennis Bermudez at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 8 images Rick Glenn (21-5-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) has earned all of his UFC victories by decision. Dennis Bermudez’s (16-9 MMA, 9-7 UFC) four-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since August 2016. Bermudez fell to 2-6 in his past eight fights. Bermudez suffered his third consecutive split-decision loss, tied for the longest such streak in UFC history. Bermudez’s 46 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are most in divisional history. Gallery Niko Price def. Randy Brown at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 9 images Price (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage. That includes all four of his UFC wins. Price’s knockout from bottom position is the second knockout from a bottom position in UFC history. The other was Jon Fitch’s up-kick finish of Thiago Alves at UFC Fight Night 5. Randy Brown (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) suffered the first knockout loss of his career. Gallery Chad Mendes def. Myles Jury at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 8 images Mendes (18-4 MMA, 9-4 UFC) was successful in his return to competition after a layoff of more than two-and-a-half years. Mendes’ nine UFC featherweight victories are tied for fourth most in divisional history behind champ Max Holloway (14), Darren Elkins (13) and Cub Swanson (10). Mendes’ six stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Holloway (nine). Mendes has earned six of his past seven UFC victories by knockout. Mendes’ six knockout victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied with Conor McGregor for second most in divisional history behind Holloway (seven). Mendes’ seven knockdowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are third most in divisional history behind Jeremy Stephens (11) and Holloway (eight). Myles Jury (17-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) fell to 2-2 since he dropped to the UFC featherweight division in December 2016. Jury suffered the first knockout loss of his career. Gallery Cat Zingano def. Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 8 images Cat Zingano (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) snapped her three-fight skid for her first victory since September 2014. Zingano’s six takedown landed tied Ronda Rousey’s single-fight record from UFC 168 for most in a UFC women’s bantamweight bout. Zingano earned just the second decision victory of her career and her first since Jan. 30, 2010 – a span of 3,087 days (more than eight years) and 10 fights. Marion Reneau (9-4-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) has suffered all four of her career losses by decision. Preliminary card Gallery Alejandro Perez def. Eddie Wineland at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 6 images Alejandro Perez’s (21-6-1 MMA, 7-1-1 UFC) seven-fight unbeaten streak in UFC bantamweight competition is the longest active streak in the division. Perez’s four-fight UFC winning streak in bantamweight competition is tied with Michel Quinonez and Raphael Assuncao for the longest active streak in the division. Eddie Wineland (23-13-1 MMA, 5-7 UFC) fell to 3-5 in his past eight UFC appearance dating back to when he challenged for the UFC bantamweight title in September 2013. Wineland has suffered five of his seven UFC losses by decision Gallery Alex Volkanovski def. Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 8 images Alex Volkanovski’s (18-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) four-fight UFC winning streak in featherweight competition is tied for the third longest active streak in the division behind Holloway (11) and Brian Ortega (six). Volkanovski extended his winning streak to 15 fights. He hasn’t suffered a defeat since May 2013. Volkanovski has outlanded his five UFC opponents by a 310-100 margin in total strikes. Elkins (24-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC) had his six-fight winning streak snapped for his first defeat since December 2014. Elkins’ 37 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Bermudez (46). Gallery Said Nurmagomedov def. Justin Scoggins at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 7 images Justin Scoggins (11-5 MMA, 4-5 UFC) fell to 0-2 since he returned to the UFC flyweight division in June 2017. Holobaugh (17-5 MMA, 0-3 UFC) was unsuccessful in his return to the UFC for a second stint. Holobaugh suffered the first stoppage loss of his career. Gallery Liz Carmouche def. Jennifer Maia at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 7 images Liz Carmouche(12-6 MMA, 4-4 UFC) improved to 1-1 since she dropped to the UFC flyweight division in December 2017. Carmouche improved to 6-6 in her past 12 pro bouts. Carmouche has earned three of her four UFC victories by decision. Jennifer Maia (15-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had her six-fight winning streak snapped for her first defeat since December 2014. Elias Garcia (4-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) had his four-fight winning steak snapped for the first defeat of his career. Jessica Aguilar (20-6 MMA, 1-2 UFC) earned her first victory since November 2014. For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 133, check out the UFC Events 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
  3. BOISE, Idaho – Niko Price isn’t one to hide his emotions, and following a remarkable and rare type of win on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 133, he was extra giggly. In an FS1-televised main-card bout at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, Price (12-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) knocked out welterweight Randy Brown (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC). With hammerfists. From his back. And the KO actually happened with the first one he threw (via Twitter): Niko Price is one bad dude! pic.twitter.com/Q9b7YIR8Vw — FOX Sports: UFC (@UFCONFOX) July 15, 2018 Was it an intentional effort to stop the fight – or just a possible distraction to give himself room to escape or improve his position? “I’m trying to knock you out every time – every time I touch your face, man,” Price told MMAjunkie after the fight, which earned him a $50,000 “Performance of the Night” bonus. ” … I just kept hitting him, and he went out with the first one. “I happened to be able to get like a good extension. And then I just drove through, and when I hit him, his eyes just rolled.” Related UFC Boise video highlights: Niko Price finishes Randy Brown from his back Price was quick to alert referee Herb Dean that Brown appeared unconscious. After all, he said there was reason for unneeded punishment. “The last couple, I didn’t really hit him too hard because he was already out,” said Price, who’s now 2-0 since suffering his first career loss, which came via submission to Vicente Luque in October. “I’m not trying to ruin their careers. We’re here to make each other better and be great fighters and be awesome.” Check out the full interview above. And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 133, check out the UFC Events section of the site. Gallery Niko Price def. Randy Brown at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 9 images Voir l'article complet
  4. The back half of Bellator’s weekend doubleheader took place Saturday with Bellator 203 at Foro Italico in Rome, which aired via same-day delay on Paramount. In the main event, featherweight champion Patricio Freire (27-4 MMA, 15-4 BMMA) came out on top in yet another rematch when he outpointed Daniel Weichel (39-10 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) to for a split-decision win. Freire was the centerpiece name at the show, but other feats occurred. For more, check below for 20 post-event facts to come out of Bellator 203. * * * * General Betting favorites improved to 10-2 in Bellator main events this year. Total fight time for the six-bout main card was 33:25. Main card Gallery Patricio Freire def. Daniel Weichel at Bellator 203: Best photos view 10 images Freire’s 15 victories in Bellator competition are tied with Michael Chandler for most in company history. Freire’s five victories in Bellator championship fights are tied with Chandler, Eduardo Dantas and Ben Askren for most in company history. Freire earned his first decision victory since Sept. 5, 2014 – a span of 1,408 days (nearly four years) and seven fights. Weichel fell to 0-2 in Bellator title fights. Both of those losses came to Freire. Weichel suffered just the second decision loss of his career and first since April 4, 2004 – a span of 5,214 days (more than 14 years) and 44 fights. Alessio Sakara (20-12 MMA, 3-1 BMMA) improved to 4-1 (with one no-contest) since his UFC tenure ended in October 2013. Sakara has earned 16 of his 20 career victories by stoppage. That includes all three of his Bellator wins. Jamie Sloane (8-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has suffered all of his career losses by stoppage. Andrey Koreshkov Andrey Koreshkov’s (21-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) 12 victories in Bellator welterweight competition are most in divisional history. Koreshkov’s seven stoppage victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with Douglas Lima and Michael Page for most in divisional history. Koreshkov’s seven knockout victories in Bellator welterweight competition are tied with Lima for most in divisional history. Vaso Bakocevic (33-18-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has suffered 13 of his 18 career losses by stoppage. Alen Amedovski (6-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned all of his career victories by knockout. Will Fleury (4-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) had his four-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of his career. Maxim Radu (9-1 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) has earned seven of his nine career victories by stoppage. Simone La Preziosa (3-5 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) has suffered all three of his career stoppage losses by knockout. Michele Martignoni (5-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) earned the first knockout victory of his career. Martignoni’s six-second knockout ties Hector Lombard’s finish of Jay Silva at Bellator 18 for the fastest knockout in Bellator history (via Twitter): When your post-fight celebration lasts longer than the fight! Michele Martignoni's six-second KO ties the record for fastest knockout in #Bellator history! #Bellator203 #BellatorRome pic.twitter.com/UZXCmjwh2u — Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) July 15, 2018 Simone D'Anna (4-2 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) suffered the first knockout loss of his career. For complete coverage of Bellator 203, check out the MMA Events section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  5. BOISE, Idaho – The first time he fought in the UFC, Mark De La Rosa had to take a short-notice fight that required him to cut 26 pounds in 10 days and go into the cage without any real training camp to prepare for the bout. That had predictable results, and Tim Elliott submitted him in the second round at UFC 219, but that doesn’t mean De La Rosa (10-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) regrets is. It got his foot in the door with the UFC, as he pointed out, and at UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho, on Saturday, he got his chance to show what he could really do. This time it was De La Rocha on the winning end of the submission finish. He tapped Elias Garcia with a rear-naked choke in the second frame of their UFC Fight Pass-streamed preliminary-card bout. And when Garcia (5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) attempted a triangle choke in the first, he even got a chance to show off something he learned from watching Charles Bennett highlights on Facebook. Related Watch Mark De La Rosa's airplane spin at UFC Boise that actually worked “I was watching Charles ‘Krazy Horse’ (Bennett) doing the armbar spin (escape), so when he tried it on me, I’m picking up 180-pound, 190-pound guys in the gym, easy,” De La Rosa said. “So when I felt him it was like picking up a dumbbell. That triangle defense, spinning him, throwing him into the cage? That’s ‘Krazy Horse.’” De La Rosa managed to launch Garcia with his Bennett-esque spin, though it’s nothing he’s practiced before, he said. “I’ve never done that technique ever,” De La Rosa said. “My coach is probably going to kick my butt for it. But I had some fun out there.” The win comes just a little over a week after his wife, Montana De La Rosa, won her fight at the TUF 27 Finale with the exact same choke. And as for who did it better? “I don’t want to sleep on the couch,” De La Rosa said. “She did it better.” For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 133, check out the UFC Events section of the site. Gallery Mark De La Rosa def. Elias Garcia at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 10 images Voir l'article complet
  6. Julia Budd continued her dominance of the Bellator women’s featherweight division on Friday with a win in Bellator 202’s headliner. Budd (12-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) remained unbeaten in the Bellator cage and earned her second consecutive title defense with a third-round TKO win over challenger Talita Nogueira (7-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) to continue her reign over the women’s 145-pound division. For more on the numbers to come out of the event, check below for 25 post-event facts to come out of Bellator 202. * * * * General Betting favorites went 3-1 on the main card. Betting favorites improved to 9-2 in Bellator main events this year. Total fight time for the four-bout main card was 39:08. Main card Gallery Julia Budd def. Talita Nogueira at Bellator 202: Best photos view 9 images Budd extended her winning streak to 10 fights. She hasn’t suffered a defeat since November 2011. Budd’s six-fight Bellator winning streak in women’s featherweight competition is the longest active streak in the division. Budd’s six-fight Bellator winning streak is the second longest active streak among female fighters in the promotion behind fellow champ Ilima Macfarlane (seven). Budd’s five victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are most in divisional history. Budd’s two stoppage victories in Bellator women’s featherweight competition are most in divisional history. Nogueira had her seven-fight winning streak snapped for the first defeat of her career. Gallery Michael McDonald def. Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 202: Best photos view 7 images Michael McDonald (19-4 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) has earned 16 of his 19 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 13 of those wins in Round 1. McDonald earned his first knockout victory since April 21, 2012 – a span of 2,274 days (more than six years) and seven fights. Eduardo Dantas (20-6 MMA, 10-3 BMMA) suffered consecutive losses for the first time in his career. Dantas has suffered both of his career stoppage losses by knockout. Gallery Chris Honeycutt def. Leo Leite at Bellator 202: Best photos view 14 images Chris Honeycutt (11-2 MMA, 7-2 BMA) improved to 3-1 since he moved up to the Bellator middleweight division in June 2016. Honeycutt has earned four of his seven Bellator victories by decision. Leo Leite (10-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) was unsuccessful in his middleweight debut. Leite has suffered both of his career losses by decision. Valentin Moldavsky (7-1 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) earned the first knockout victory of his career. Ernest James (1-1 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) suffered the first loss of his career. Preliminary card Veta Arteaga (4-2 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) has alternated wins and losses over her past five fights. She earned both of her career stoppage victories by knockout. Arteaga has earned three of her four career victories by decision. Emily Ducote’s (6-5 MMA, 4-4 BMMA) three-fight losing skid is the longest of her career. She hasn’t earned a victory since July 2017. Ducote has suffered four of her five career losses by decision. Yaroslav Amosov (20-0 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) pushed his career winning streak to 20 fights. Gerald Harris (25-7 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) fell to 0-2 since coming out of retirement in April. Harris has suffered five of his seven career losses by decision. Steve Kozola (9-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) has earned all nine of his career victories by stoppage. For complete coverage of Bellator 202, check out the MMA Events section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  7. When 2018 comes to a close, expect this ONE Championship 77 bout to appear on most “Submission of the Year” lists. At Saturday’s “Pursuit of Power” event, which streamed online from Axiata Arena in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Ariel Sexton (12-4) tapped out fellow lightweight Kota Shimoishi (21-6) with quite the nifty move. Related What do you call this awesome double submission by Ariel Sexton at ONE Championship 77? After dropping Shimoishi with a right uppercut, Sexton secured his opponent with a reverse triangle choke before getting the tap with a simultaneous Americana early in the third round. The 36-year-old Costa Rican is now on a 4-1 run with nine submissions in 12 career victories. None, though, is likely to garner Sexton the type of acclaim his latest one has. Also at ONE Championship 77, heavy-handed Zebaztian Kadestam (10-4) used third-round punches and elbows to TKO welterweight Agilan Thani (8-2) in the main event. Related ONE Championship 77 results: Zebaztian Kadestam gets vicious third-round TKO over game Agilan Thani Additionally, Keanu Subba (6-3) employed a first-round armbar to finally tap out resilient featherweight Xie Chao (9-4), and Li Kai Wen (9-4) emerged victorious in a slugfest with featherweight Emilio Urrutia (11-6). Additionally, in muay Thai action, “Smokin'” Jo Nattawut knocked out Yohann Fairtex Drai with one second left in the opening round. Check out all of the highlights above. And for more on ONE Championship 77, check out the MMA Events section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  8. BOISE, Idaho – Cat Zingano didn’t hide her emotions following a potentially career-saving victory at UFC Fight Night 133. Zingano (10-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) entered the octagon for her women’s bantamweight bout with Marion Reneau (9-4-1 MMA, 5-3-1 UFC) on a three-fight losing skid. She hadn’t won since September 2014 but managed to get back on track with a unanimous-decision victory in the FS1-televised main-card opener at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. Just a few year ago, Zingano was on the cusp of greatness when she challenged then-champ Ronda Rousey for the UFC title. A 14-second submission loss spelled the beginning of her skid, and with a fear of what another defeat could mean going forward, “Alpha” knew she had to step up her game. “I was so scared going into this fight,” Zingano told MMAjunkie after UFC Fight Night 133. “I was very, very scared. Coming off three losses, all of them were losses where I just didn’t show up, wake up. I felt out of it. “To come in tonight, I wasn’t sure who would show up. I really just wanted to dance my dance and try to feel her and try to stay off rhythm and be wild and crazy and me.” Related UFC Fight Night 133 results: Cat Zingano's relentless takedown game grinds out Marion Reneau The past few years has been tumultuous for Zingano. Aside from her losing skid, she’s experienced personal losses, injuries and a change in training scenery. Going more than four years without a victory can be daunting. “I worked so hard for so long without any of the results I wanted,” Zingano said. “I’m grateful for all the steps I took to get here. Although not all of them looked the way I wanted them to, it’s all part of this. I’m grateful and thankful, for everyone and everything along the way, and I’m able to know myself through all of this, and it’s nice to be here, and it’s nice to feel myself again.” Prior to beating Reneau, the last victory on Zingano’s resume came against current 135-pound champion Amanda Nunes (16-4 MMA, 9-1 UFC). The 36-year-old hasn’t hesitated to share her thoughts on a rematch with “The Lioness,” and now that she’s back on the winning track, it can’t be ignored. “I think we’ve got some unfinished business,” Zingano said. “I think it’s weird for me to call her out. She should call me out. It drives me crazy seeing people that (I’ve beaten) go on. She seems pretty not worried about me. But now that I’m in the W column, she’s got no reason not to lock horns with me again. “She’s good. She’s been a good champion. She’s been dominant. But she hasn’t done a whole lot that I feel has evolved past what I’ve done to her. It’s time. The time’s coming.” For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 133, check out the UFC Events section of the site. Gallery Cat Zingano def. Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 8 images Voir l'article complet
  9. Former Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov isn’t happy about his fairly inactive past few years, but what’s been a “very bad situation” seems to be finally looking up. Koreshkov (21-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) returned after an 11-month layoff with a vengeance on Saturday at Bellator 203, and he needed a little more than a minute to finish Vaso Bakocevic (33-18-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA). In addition to adding a second knockout to his winning streak, the liver-kick finish brought upon another reward. “I’m (taking) part in the tournament, in the grand prix, and of course I’m very happy,” Koreshkov told MMAjunkie after his win, which aired on Paramount via tape delay from Foro Italico in Rome. Related Bellator 203 results: Andrey Koreshkov's spinning back kick halts Vaso Bakocevic in 66 seconds Koreshkov, of course, is referring to the the upcoming eight-man welterweight tournament that Bellator has recently announced. He said he now has a formal invite. So that makes for a pretty perfect night for the 27-year-old ex-champ, at the expense of Bakocevic’s seven-fight winning streak. Asked whether his opponent offered him any unforeseen danger, Koreshkov said there was nothing there he hadn’t learned already from watching his opponent’s past fights. As for the spinning back kick that did the trick so quickly, Koreshkov had been practicing it for quite some time and only needed the right advice to execute it at the perfect time (via Twitter): YO!! Andrey Koreshkov!! #Bellator203pic.twitter.com/9UxujhBkJo — McDuckMMA (@McDuckMMA) July 15, 2018 “In this moment, I listened to my corner,” Koreshkov said. “My coach said, ‘Use the kick.’ I did it and (got the) knockout.” With a rough patch behind him, Koreshkov can look forward to a tournament that, given Bellator’s 170-pound division, could offer him some interesting matchup possibilities. If fellow ex-champ Douglas Lima joins it, for example, it could mean a chance to close out their trilogy and avenge the Bellator 164 encounter that cost him the title. Koreshkov, however, isn’t sweating that at the moment. “Right now, I don’t know,” Koreshkov said. “For me, it doesn’t matter.” For complete coverage of Bellator 203, check out the MMA Events section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  10. Gallery Danny Roberts def. Oliver Enkamp at UFC-London: Best photos view 7 images KSW vet David Zawada is a late addition to next week’s UFC Fight Night 134 event. UFC officials on Saturday announced Zawada (16-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has replaced injured Alan Jouban (16-6 MMA, 7-4 UFC) and now meets Danny Roberts (15-3 MMA, 4-2 UFC). Zawada, a 27-year-old German fighter who will make his promotional debut while in his home country, is understandably excited (via Facebook): UFC Fight Night 134 takes place next Sunday, July 22, at Barclaycard Arena in Hamburg, Germany. Zawada vs. Roberts is part of the FS1-televised main card. Zawada, an eight-year pro, has spent the bulk of his recent career with the Poland-based KSW promotion. He’s currently riding a five-fight winning streak with seven wins his past eight bouts. He has 14 stoppages (11 knockouts) in 16 career wins. In his most recent bout, he tapped out Michal Michalski in April. Related Alan Jouban confirms withdrawal from UFC Fight Night 134 Roberts, meanwhile, returned to the win column with a knockout win over Oliver Enkamp in March. The 30-year-old Brit, perhaps best known by his “Hot Chocolate” nickname, has hopscotched between wins and losses in his past five bouts. The official UFC Fight Night 134 lineup includes: MAIN CARD (FS1, 2 p.m. ET) Mauricio Rua vs. Anthony Smith Corey Anderson vs. Glover Teixeira Abu Azaitar vs. Vitor Miranda Stefan Struve vs. Marcin Tybura Marc Diakiese vs Nasrat Haqparast Danny Roberts vs. David Zawada PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, noon ET) Damir Hadzovic vs. Nick Hein Bartosz Fabinski vs. Emil Meek Nad Narimani vs. Khalid Taha Justin Ledet vs. Aleksandar Rakic PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 10:30 a.m. ET) Manny Bermudez vs. Davey Grant Jeremy Kimball vs. Darko Stosic Pingyuan Liu vs. Damian Stasiak For more on UFC Fight Night 134, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  11. What mattered most at UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho? Here are some thoughts about the event, which aired on FS1 from CenturyLink Arena. 1. It sure wasn’t pretty, but it was still a win for JDS Through no real fault of his own, Junior Dos Santos got a U.S. Anti-Doping Agency suspension that kept him on the shelf since his loss to Stipe Miocic last year. Making his return in a unanimous-decision victory against Blagoy Ivanov (16-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC), it was hard to tell if Dos Santos (19-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) was a little rusty or just not the same guy he once was. Don’t get me wrong: Dos Santos is a still a dangerous heavyweight who can beat a lot of the big guys the UFC has hanging around. He’s also not as sharp or as quick or as lethal as he was five years ago, which is maybe to be expected. Also, while it ultimately didn’t matter on the scorecards, how did referee Herb Dean not take away a point after warning Dos Santos twice for having his fingers extended – and then watching him poke Ivanov in the eye anyway? What’s the point of all those warnings if there’s still zero consequences for ignoring them and doing the thing they’re intended to prevent? We can change the rules all we want, but it won’t do much good if we fail to enforce them. Gallery Junior Dos Santos def. Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 15 images 1 2 3 4 5 …6Voir l'article complet
  12. BOISE, Idaho – Former UFC heavyweight champion Junior Dos Santos is feeling the feeling that comes only from sweet victory. “Everything negative goes away when you get the ‘W,'” Dos Santos (19-5 MMA, 13-4 UFC) said after his unanimous-decision win over Blagoy Ivanov (16-2-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) in Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 133 headliner, which aired on FS1 from CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho. Despite a one-year layoff, Dos Santos thought his timing was on point. The only challenge was putting away the hard-headed Ivanov, who took dozens of punches and kept coming for the knockout. Related UFC Fight Night 133 results: Junior Dos Santos tops Blagoy Ivanov in five-rounder Dos Santos landed more volume over five rounds and took home a shutout on the judges’ scorecards, which put him back in the win column after a knockout loss to recently deposed champ Stipe Miocic in May 2017. Now, Dos Santos wants another crack at Miocic, with whom he’s split a pair of bouts. Prior to the knockout loss, Dos Santos topped Miocic via unanimous decision in a barnburner four years ago. “That would be a good fight, and I want that because I think we deserve it, both of us,” said Dos Santos, who also made his wish known during Saturday’s FS1 broadcast. Dos Santos “for sure” thinks the winner of the rubber match would jump into title contention. As to when he’s free to fight, Dos Santos said he needs to consult with his team and get in a vacation with his family. Related Twitter reacts to Junior Dos Santos' victory over Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night 133 Plus, new champ Daniel Cormier needs to tussle with ex-champ Brock Lesnar, and that won’t happen until the first quarter of 2019. “Miocic was the champion that just lost the championship with one punch,” Dos Santos said. “That’s the heavyweight division. Sometimes, when you connect right on your (chin), you’re done. “We’re going to have to wait a little bit now, because Brock Lesnar and Daniel Cormier will fight. We could do this fight, and maybe the winner will fight for the title.” For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 133, check out the UFC Events section of the site. Gallery Junior Dos Santos def. Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 15 images Voir l'article complet
  13. BOISE, Idaho – Fighters from Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 133 event took home UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance pay totaling $169,500. The program, a comprehensive plan that includes outfitting requirements, media obligations and other items under the fighter code of conduct, replaces the previous payments made under the UFC Athlete Outfitting Policy. Related UFC Fight Night 133 bonuses: You know Niko Price's hammerfists got him $50,000 UFC Fight Night 133 took place at CenturyLink Arena in Boise, Idaho, and the event aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. The full UFC Fight Night 133 UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payouts included: Junior Dos Santos: $15,000 def. Blagoy Ivanov: $3,500 Sage Northcutt: $5,000 def. Zak Ottow: $5,000 Rick Glenn: $4,000 def. Dennis Bermudez: $15,000 Niko Price: $5,000 def. Randy Brown: $5,000 Chad Mendes: $15,000 def. Myles Jury: $10,000 Cat Zingano: $5,000 def. Marion Reneau: $5,000 Alejandro Perez: $5,000 def. Eddie Wineland: $15,000 Alex Volkanovski: $4,000 def. Darren Elkins: $15,000 Said Nurmagomedov: $3,500 def. Justin Scoggins: $5,000 Raoni Barcelos: $3,500 def. Kurt Holobaugh: $3,500 Liz Carmouche: $5,000 def. Jennifer Maia: $3,500 Mark De La Rosa: $3,500 def. Elias Garcia: $3,500 Jessica Aguilar: $3,500 def. Jodie Esquibel: $3,500 Under the UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-3 bouts receive $3,500 per appearance; 4-5 bouts get $4,000; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000. In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials. Gallery Junior Dos Santos def. Blagoy Ivanov at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 15 images Full 2018 UFC Promotional Guidelines Compliance payouts: “UFC Fight Night 133: Dos Santos vs. Ivanov” – $169,500 “UFC 226: Miocic vs. Cormier” – $209,500 The Ultimate Fighter 27 Finale – $108,000 “UFC Fight Night 132: Cowboy vs. Edwards” – $137,500 “UFC 225: Whittaker vs. Romero 2” – $303,000 “UFC Fight Night 131: Rivera vs. Moraes” – $154,000 “UFC Fight Night 130: Thompson vs. Till” – $114,500 “UFC Fight Night 129: Maia vs. Usman” – $129,000 “UFC 224: Nunes vs. Pennington” – $236,500 “UFC Fight Night 128: Barboza vs. Lee” – $174,500 “UFC on FOX 29: Poirier vs. Gaethje” – $173,500 “UFC 223: Khabib vs. Iaquinta” – $216,500 “UFC Fight Night 127: Werdum vs. Volkov” – $92,500 “UFC 222: Cyborg vs. Kunitskaya” – $240,500 “UFC on FOX 28: Emmett vs. Stephens” – $172,500 “UFC Fight Night 126: Cowboy vs. Medeiros” – $162,000 “UFC 221: Romero vs. Rockhold” – $165,000 “UFC Fight Night 125: Machida vs. Anders” – $150,500 “UFC on FOX 27: Jacare vs. Brunson 2” – $140,000 “UFC 220: Miocic vs. Ngannou” – $244,500 “UFC Fight Night 124: Stephens vs. Choi” – $131,000 Year-to-date total: $3,624,500 2017 total: $6,295,000 2016 total: $7,138,000 2015 total: $3,185,000 Program-to-date total: $20,242,500 For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 133, check out the UFC Events section of the site. Gallery Sage Northcutt def. Zak Ottow at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 7 images Voir l'article complet
  14. While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a UFC win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well. See what the fighters of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 133 in Boise, Idaho, went with as their backing tracks. * * * * Junior Dos Santos def. Blagoy Ivanov via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) Junior Dos Santos: “Gonna Fly Now” by Bill Conti Blagoy Ivanov: “Prituri Se Planinata” by Stefka Sabotinova Sage Northcutt def. Zak Ottow via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 3:13 Sage Northcutt: “Represent” by LeCrae Zak Ottow: “Stranglehold” by Ted Nugent Rick Glenn def. Dennis Bermudez via split decision (28-29, 30-27, 29-28) Rick Glenn: “The Stroke” by Billy Squier Dennis Bermudez: “A Box Full of Sharp Objects” by The Used Niko Price def. Randy Brown via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 1:09 Niko Price: “Victory” by Puff Daddy feat. The Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes Randy Brown: “Strong Will Continue” by Damien Marley feat. Nas Chad Mendes def. Myles Jury via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 2:52 Chad Mendes: “Country Boy” by Aaron Lewis Myles Jury: “I Can Feel It” by DMX Cat Zingano def. Marion Reneau via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26) Cat Zingano: “You’re Going Down” by Sick Puppies Marion Reneau: “X Rated” by Excision Alejandro Perez def. Eddie Wineland via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Alejandro Perez: “El Baile Del Gavila” by Chicos De Barrio Eddie Wineland: “Kickstart My Heart” by Mötley Crüe Alex Volkanovski def. Darren Elkins via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Alex Volkanovski: “Game of Thrones (Violin Rock Cover)” by Jason Yang & Roger Lima Darren Elkins: “Get Ready” by Eric Herzog Said Nurmagomedov def. Justin Scoggins via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) Said Nurmagomedov: “New Day” by 50 Cent feat. Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys Justin Scoggins: “KOD” by J. Cole Raoni Barcelos def. Kurt Holobaugh via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:29 Raoni Barcelos: “Lado B Lado A” by O Rappa Kurt Holobaugh: “Trophies” by Drake & Young Money Liz Carmouche def. Jennifer Maia via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) Liz Carmouche: “Satisfaction” by Benny Benassi Jennifer Maia: “TNT” by AC/DC Mark De La Rosa def. Elias Garcia via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 2:00 Mark De La Rosa: “How To Be the Man” by RiFF RAFF Elias Garcia: “Juicy” by The Notorious B.I.G. Jessica Aguilar def. Jodie Esquibel via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) Jessica Aguilar: “El Gallo De Oro” by Ana Gabriel Jodie Esquibel: “I’m Bad” by LL Cool J For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 133, check out the UFC Events 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. Voir l'article complet
  15. While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well. See what the main-card fighters of Saturday’s Bellator 203 in Rome went with as their backing tracks. * * * * Patricio Freire def. Daniel Weichel via split decision (49-46, 47-48, 48-47) – to defend featherweight title Patricio Freire: “Musica de Guerra” by Pregador Luo Daniel Weichel: “Started From the Bottom” by Drake Alessio Sakara def. Jamie Sloane via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 1:19 Alessio Sakara: “Rewind” by Vasco Rossi Jamie Sloane: “Underdog” by Kasabian Andrey Koreshkov def. Vaso Bakocevic via knockout (spinning back kick) – Round 1, 1:06 Andrey Koreshkov: “Vyacheslav Kraus” by Storm N/A Vaso Bakocevic: “Smack My (Expletive) Up” by The Prodigy Alen Amedovski def. Will Fleury via knockout (punches) – Round 1, 1:39 Alen Amedovski: “Nelle Tue Mani (Now We Are Free)” by Andrea Bocelli Will Fleury: “Fionnghuala” by Anuna For complete coverage of Bellator 203, check out the MMA Events 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. Voir l'article complet

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