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  1. Gallery Israel Adesanya def. Derek Brunson at UFC 230: Best photos view 9 images Israel Adesanya had the chance to sit down with UFC President Dana White this week in Australia, and he’s teasing big things on the horizon. Following his scintillating first-round knockout victory over Derek Brunson at UFC 230 earlier this month, Adesanya (15-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) said he wanted to have a sit-down with the UFC boss to discuss his future plans and hopes for the next middleweight title shot. Related UFC 230 'Fight Motion:' Israel Adesanya's knees even better in slo-mo Dana White: 'Whole package' Israel Adesanya proved he's 'the future' with UFC 230 win White happened to be in Australia this week to help promote February’s UFC 234 event in Melbourne, and it’s not a long trip from New Zealand, where Adesanya resides. “Stylebender” made the trip over to Sydney and was able to meet with White. Afterward, he put out a bit of a teaser (via Instagram): “Dana and I were never friends.” After discussing business I held court alongside Dana in a meeting and maaaan…the man is still going strong with his plans. Even hearing the story of the ups and downs of the @ufc again but straight from the horses mouth, shit was inspiring!! Stay tuned… #withouthimnoneofthiswouldbepossible #pinkyandthebrain #crazymoney White has expressed nothing but high praise for Adesanya, who is No. 8 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA middleweight rankings. He thinks the former kickboxing standout can have a bright future, and further expressed that position when discussing Adesanya with news.com.au while in Australia. “He is amazing, incredibly talented, his technique is perfect,” White said. “He’s been on a run. Good looking kid and speaks really well. He’s got the whole package. For complete coverage of UFC 230, 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.” Gallery Israel Adesanya def. Brad Tavares at TUF 27 Finale: Best photos view 24 images Voir l'article complet
  2. The UFC makes its debut in Argentina on Saturday with UFC Fight Night 140. The event takes place at Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires and airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. A welterweight contender matchup takes center in stage in the main event. Neil Magny (21-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC) continues to be one of the most active fighters on the UFC roster, and he meets streaking Argentinian Santiago Ponzinibbio (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) in a crucial matchup for the weight class. For more on the numbers behind the UFC’s trip into a new South American territory, check below for 45 pre-event facts about UFC Fight Night 140. * * * * Main event Gallery Photos: Best of Neil Magny view 10 images Magny becomes the eighth fighter to make 20 or more UFC welterweight appearances. Magny’s 14 victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Georges St-Pierre (19) and Matt Hughes (16). Magny’s 14 victories since 2014 in UFC competition are second most among active fighters in the company behind Donald Cerrone (15). Magny is the only fighter in modern UFC history to make five or more octagon appearances in consecutive years. He went 4-1 in 2015 after going 5-0 in 2014. Magny’s five UFC victories in 2014 tied Roger Huerta’s record for most octagon wins in a calendar year. Huerta accomplished the feat in 2007. Magny has landed 1,486 total strikes in UFC welterweight competition, the most among active fighters in the weight class. Magny’s 100 significant ground strikes landed against Hector Lombard at UFC Fight Night 85 stand as the single-fight UFC record. Magny’s 142 total strikes landed in the second round of his victory against Lombard stand as the third most in a single UFC round. Gallery Photos: Best of Santiago Ponzinibbio view 30 images Ponzinibbio’s six-fight UFC winning streak in welterweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Kamaru Usman (eight). Ponzinibbio has earned 20 of his 26 career victories by stoppage. He’s finished 16 of those wins in Round 1. Ponzinibbio’s four first-round knockout victories in UFC welterweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Anthony Johnson (five). Ponzinibbio has landed 90 percent of his strikes in UFC competition from a distance, the largest proportion in welterweight history. Co-main event Gallery Mirsad Bektic def. Ricardo Lamas at UFC 225: Best photos view 15 images Ricardo Lamas (18-7 MMA, 9-5 UFC) is 9-5 since he dropped to the featherweight division for his UFC debut in June 2011. Lamas’ six stoppage victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Max Holloway (nine). Lamas’ three submission victories in UFC featherweight competition are tied for third most in divisional history behind Charles Oliveira (six) and Chas Skelly (four). Gallery Alex Volkanovski def. Darren Elkins at UFC Fight Night 133: Best photos view 8 images Darren Elkins (24-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC) competes in his 18th UFC featherweight bout, the most appearances in divisional history. Elkins’ total fight time of 3:39:55 in UFC featherweight competition is most in divisional history. Elkins’ 13 UFC featherweight victories are second most in divisional history behind Holloway (14). Elkins has landed 1,658 total strikes in UFC featherweight competition, the most in divisional history. Elkins’ 37 takedowns landed in UFC featherweight competition are second most in divisional history behind Dennis Bermudez (46). Elkins’ 21 submission attempts in UFC featherweight competition are the most in divisional history. Elkins was victorious against Mirsad Bektic at UFC 209 despite a -74 total strike differential (146 to 72), the sixth-largest deficit for a winner by stoppage in UFC history. Remaining main card Gallery Khalil Rountree def. Gokhan Saki at UFC 226: Best photos view 10 images Khalil Rountree’s (7-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) four-fight unbeaten streak in UFC light-heavyweight competition is tied for the second longest active streak in the division behind Jon Jones (14). Rountree has earned all of his career stoppage victories by knockout. Gallery Cezar Ferreira def. Karl Roberson at UFC 224: Best photos view 21 images Cezar Ferreira (13-6 MMA, 9-4 UFC) is 5-1 since he returned to the UFC middleweight division in April 2016. Ferreira completes 66.7 percent of his takedown attempts in UFC middleweight competition, the highest rate in divisional history. Guido Cannetti (8-3 MMA, 2-2 UFC), 38, is the oldest of the 24 fighters scheduled to compete at event. Cynthia Calvillo’s (6-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) two submission victories in UFC strawweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Rose Namajunas (three). Calvillo has completed at least one takedown in all four of her UFC appearances. Gallery Poliana Botelho def. Syuri Kondo at UFC Fight Night 129: Best photos view 8 images Poliana Botelho (7-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has earned six of her seven career victories by stoppage. Botelho’s 33-second victory at UFC Fight Night 139 is the fastest finish in UFC strawweight history. Botelho’s 33-second victory stemming from a body strike is second fastest in UFC history behind Chad Mendes’ 31-second knockout at UFC 148. Preliminary card Gallery Michel Prazeres def. Zak Cummings at UFC Fight Night 129: Best photos view 7 images Michel Prazeres (25-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) was successful in his return to the UFC welterweight division at UFC Fight Night 129 in May. Prazeres has earned seven of his nine UFC victories by decision. Prazeres is the only fighter in UFC history to earn two north-south choke submissions. He has two of the five such finishes overall in UFC history. Prazeres has landed 41 takedowns in his 11 UFC appearances. He’s scored at least one takedown against all of his UFC opponents. Bartosz Fabinski (14-2 MMA, 3-0 UFC) was successful in his return to competition after a nearly three-year layoff at UFC Fight Night 134 in July. Fabinski has landed 22 takedowns in his three UFC appearances. Gallery Ulka Sasaki def. Jenel Lausa at UFC Singapore: Best photos view 9 images Ulka Sasaki (21-5-2 MMA, 4-4 UFC) is 3-2 since he dropped to the UFC flyweight division in May 2016. Sasaki has earned all four of his UFC victories by submission. Sasaki’s three submission victories in UFC flyweight competition are tied for second most in divisional history behind Demetrious Johnson (five). Humberto Bandenay (14-5 MMA, 1-1 UFC), 24, is the youngest of the 24 fighters schedule to compete at the event. Bandenay’s two UFC appearances have lasted a combined 65 seconds. Austin Arnett’s (15-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) three-fight losing skid is the longest of his career. He hasn’t earned a victory since June 2017. For more on UFC Fight Night 140, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. FightMetric research analyst and live statistics producer Michael Carroll contributed to this story. Follow him on Twitter @MJCflipdascript. Voir l'article complet
  3. Yancy Medeiros plans to return to the lightweight division for the first time in nearly three years for his next fight. Medeiros (15-5 MMA, 6-5 UFC) has spent his past four bouts in the welterweight division, going 3-1, but after his main-event loss to Donald Cerrone at UFC Fight Night 126 in February, has opted to make another change in scenery and return to 155 pounds. After teasing the move on social media, Medeiros confirmed his plans in a text message to MMAjunkie. “Back a beast at 155,” Medeiros wrote, “Weak, like a gorilla.” Medeiros, 31, has had mixed results when fighting at lightweight, going 3-4 with one no-contest inside the octagon. He fought as high as middleweight during the early stages of his career, but appeared to settle in well at 170 pounds, including a victory over Alex Oliveira in a “Fight of the Year” candidate at UFC 218 in December. After pulling out of a scheduled bout with Mike Perry at UFC 226 in July due to a rib injury, the Hawaiian fighter did not reveal when he plans to return to the octagon, but did confirm the weight class he intends to compete in going forward. For more on the UFC schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) fights Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) and Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) react during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports Feb 18, 2018; Austin, TX, USA; Donald Cerrone (red gloves) reacts to fight against Yancy Medeiros (blue gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Frank Erwin Center. 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  4. LAS VEGAS – The Nevada State Athletic Commission today suspended seven-time UFC veteran Cody McKenzie four years for first refusing to take a drug test before submitting a fake urine sample. McKenzie (16-11) was not present for today’s hearing in Las Vegas, therefore the allegations laid out were deemed as true prior to the commission’s decision. A Nevada State Attorney General laid out the official complaint, which the commission heard before arriving at their decision. “On Sept. 14, 2018, prior to his contest at the Orleans Hotel, he was given a valid request by a commission representative to provide a urine sample before his bout, but the respondent, Mr. McKenzie, refused and declared that he was going to go to his room and would not provide a sample until it was closer to his bout,” the complaint read. “When the respondent did return and provide a sample, the sample itself registered as abnormally high – in temperature, that is. When he was confronted about this, he made several representations including that if, ‘this’ got out, he would lose his job, as well as an admission that he had smoked pot that day. “When the respondent as asked if he had anything hidden on his person, had at first denied it, but upon further questioning, he ultimately relinquished from his clothing a bottle of urine substitute. This bottle, which he had concealed on his person, in his clothing, was capped with a nozzle that would let its liquid contents be streamed from it. The bottle, itself, contained a warm, yellow-tinted liquid that match the false contents of the sample he provided. Additionally, the bottle had a hand-warmer attached to it by a rubber band. This conduct by the respondent is not only an anti-doping violation, but it also violated other regulations that govern the commission.” The commission cited “aggravating circumstances” in McKenzie’s multiple efforts to skirt the drug test as the reason for the four-year order. Since the bout was scrapped in the hours prior to McKenzie stepping into the cage, no financial penalty was applied. However, McKenzie will be required to reimburse the commission for costs and fees of the case totaling $944.84 should he hope to gain licensure in Nevada in the future. McKenzie is perhaps best known for his stint on “The Ultimate Fighter 12” in 2010, where competed under the tutelage of Georges St-Pierre. McKenzie choked out Amir Khillah to earn his way into The Ultimate Fighter house and then tapped out Marc Stevens to advance to the tournament quarterfinals. There, he was stopped in the second round by Nam Phan via TKO. McKenzie would go on to compete seven times in official UFC contests, picking up wins over Aaron Wilkinson, Marcus LeVesseur and Leonard Garcia but falling short against Yves Edwards, Vagner Rocha, Chad Mendes and Sam Stout. Against Stout, McKenzie infamously came to the cage wearing gym shorts that still had a sales tag hanging from them, leading his opponent to call him “a rare character.” It was McKenzie’s final UFC appearance, and he has gone just 2-7 in the nearly five years since his release. Voir l'article complet
  5. There is a little bit of history between UFC Fight Night 140 opponents Marlon Vera and Guido Cannetti. The two, as we know, were on the same team during their “The Ultimate Fighter: Latin America” stint, training under ex-champ Fabricio Werdum. Cannetti lost his elimination-round bout, while Vera won his, but their paths ended up crossing indirectly in the semifinals: When Vera had to pull out of a bout with Alejandro Perez due to injury, it was Cannetti who took his place. That was neither the beginning, nor the end of their story, though. Before “TUF,” the two had trained in the same gym as part of the UFC’s developmental program for South America. And more recently, after Cannetti went up against Vera’s teammate Diego Rivas in Chile, Cannetti was clear about his not-so-warm feelings toward Vera – who, on his end, also had some blunt remarks about his foe. Heading into enemy territory on Saturday to face Argentina’s own Cannetti, though, Vera says it’s not personal. With their training experience more than four years in the past, “Chito” goes into this with goals that have little to do with who’s standing across him. “I feel this is a good matchup, and it’s all business to me,” Vera told MMAjunkie Radio. “I don’t take nothing personal. There’s a little trash-talking there, but to me it’s nothing. I don’t fight because somebody told something bad about me. I fight because it’s a payday. I want two checks. I want my family to be OK. And I want to climb those rankings. I have been trying to be there for a while, and I think now to climb that top-15.” UFC Fight Night 140 takes place at Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires. The bantamweight bout is part of the FS1-televised main card. Early prelims air on UFC Fight Pass. There are more layers that can be attributed to the matchup – like, for instance, national pride. Cannetti, after all, is one of the two locals fighting in the UFC’s first Argentinian outing, with headliner Santiago Ponzinibbio being the second. Vera, on the other hand, will be in the already-familiar position of carrying his national flag as Ecuador’s sole representative in the UFC. Obviously, Vera says, both fighters want to bring their home countries a win. But, regardless of the specific set of circumstances around them, “Chito” believes it all boils down to the basics: Who of the two is better prepared and who wants it more. Vera, who most recently snapped a two-fight skid with a knockout win over Wuliji Buren, can only speak for his preparation, of course. But, between that and the 13-year age difference between the two fighters, “Chito” sees reasons to be confident. “I believe I’m prepared,” Vera said. “I believe I’m pushing myself. I did all the hard work. I’m eating right. I feel good. My mind is strong. My body feels really good. I always say this: You want to beat me, you’ve got to kill me. And, to be honest, I’m hard to kill, because I’m always in the fight. I’m always trying so hard. I just believe this guy is not going to be able to match the pace. “He’s almost 40 years old (Cannetti is 38) and I don’t care what you’re doing at that age, there’s no way you can match a 25-year-old guy that is hungry and that is working his ass off. I’m just willing to do anything to win the fight.” Being focused on what happens inside the cage, though, doesn’t mean that Vera doesn’t understand the importance of what he represents around it. He takes a lot of pride in representing Ecuador and giving his fellow countrymen joy with his wins. “We have a condor in our flag, so every time I go fight, I try to fly as high as a condor,” Vera said. “I want to be a guy that comes from a small country and makes a big impact around the world, because the UFC is worldwide and I’ve fought in many many countries. But I just want to leave that impact and legacy when I’m done. There’s a lot of things that drive me to be great, so there’s nothing that’s going to stop me when the right mindset is in there, and I believe I’m in that moment right now.” But no pressure, right? Except that, well, there is pressure. And Vera acknowledges that. There are, however, ways and ways to deal with it. And, rather than let it become a burden, Vera tries to channel it. During the scrambles or the tough exchanges, when the crowd roars and things get dangerous, that’s when “Chito” feels the most alive. And that, he believes, is when he’s able to deliver his finest work. “I love the pressure,” Vera said. “I love the challenge. I love to get tired. I’m not scared of being in a bad situation. I’m not scared to have the pressure in my shoulders. Because I have all the pressure in the world. Because, let’s be honest, I’m the only guy from Ecuador in the UFC. It’s not too hard to cut me if I lost a couple of fights, because there’s not too much money coming from my side. So I just do the hard work and, to be honest, the best of me came under pressure. The best of me came when I’m against the wall. I just feel prepared.” Vera has a more immediate concern in Cannetti, who comes into the bout off of a crowd-displeasing decision win over Rivas. But Vera, who likes to practice his post-fight speeches to make the most out of those seconds of exposure, has already started to plan further. Currently living in Southern California, where he trains with Team Oyama, “Chito” is already eyeing a spot at January’s UFC 223, which takes place in Anaheim. And then, eventually, Vera wants to take a UFC card to his native Ecuador – which he’ll obviously want to headline. And while these may seem like extremely ambitious aspirations, he doesn’t think they’re at all out of reach. “I have to keep winning, and winning this fight will just make me closer to that,” Vera said. “I see that coming on my future. I visualize a lot. I meditate. I see myself on the top and I can only expect good things for me because I work my ass off.” For more on UFC Fight Night 140, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio. Voir l'article complet
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    Photos: Bellator 209 weigh-ins

    Check out the photos from today’s Bellator 209’s official weigh-ins and face-offs in Tel Aviv, Israel (Photos by Bellator MMA). Voir l'article complet
  7. The weigh-ins are in the books for this week’s Bellator 209 event, and the fighters on the main card all hit their marks. In the main event, featherweight champion Patricio Freire (27-4 MMA, 15-4 BMMA) looks for a second defense of his featherweight title when he takes on streaking challenger Emmanuel Sanchez (17-3 MMA 9-2 BMMA). Both men came in on championship weight for the contest, making it official. Related Bellator 209 main-event breakdown: Can champ Patricio Freire tame 'El Matador' in Israel? Bellator 209 pre-event facts: Patricio Freire goes for several marquee records Bellator 209 takes place Thursday at Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv. The main card airs on Paramount and DAZN the following day via tape delay. Complete Bellator 209 main-card weigh-in results included: Patricio Freire (144.5) vs. Emmanuel Sanchez (143) Ryan Couture (169) vs. Haim Gozali (170) Phil Davis (206) vs. Vadim Nemkov (204.5) Cindy Dandois (145.5) vs. Olga Rubin (143.5) Adam Keresh (238) vs. Kirill Sidelnikov (262) For more on Bellator 209, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. Gallery Patricio Freire def. Daniel Weichel at Bellator 203: Best photos view 10 images Gallery Emmanuel Sanchez def. Sam Sicilia Bellator 198: Best photos view 7 images Voir l'article complet
  8. MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Ed Soares, Tim Means, Ashley Yoder and Sabina Mazo. Soares is the CEO of LFA and will be on the show to promote LFA 54, which takes place on Friday. Means is fighting Ricky Rainey at The Ultimate Fighter 28 Finale on Nov. 30. Yoder picked up a win over Amanda Cooper at this past weekend’s UFC Fight Night 139. Meanwhile, Mazo headlines LFA 54 vs. Carol Yariwaki on Friday. MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live above or on MMAjunkie’s YouTube page. Additionally, SiriusXM Fight Nation (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch an on-demand replay on the SiriusXM app. MMAjunkie Radio listener guide: HOW TO WATCH (ONLINE): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s YouTube page. HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846. HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s sports book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com. (Note: You must be 21 or older to enter the casino.) HOW TO INTERACT: Follow MMAjunkie Radio on your favorite social-media platforms, including Twitter, Facebookand Instagram. HOW TO SUBSCRIBE: Never miss an episode of MMAjunkie by subscribing via iTunes, Stitcher or Audioboom. Voir l'article complet
  9. Stream or download Tuesday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Devonte Smith and Pam Sorenson. UFC lightweight Smith is coming off an impressive knockout victory over Julian Erosa at UFC Fight Night 139 this past weekend. Invicta FC featherweight Sorenson is set to headline Invicta FC 32 opposite of Felicia Spencer. That event takes place this Friday in Shawnee, Okla., and streams on UFC Fight Pass. Stream or download the entire episode over at AudioBoom.com, or watch a replay in the video above. Voir l'article complet
  10. Sean O’Malley has been suspended six months by the Nevada State Athletic Commission following an anti-doping violation flagged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The UFC bantamweight was also ordered to pay costs and fees of $472.42 associated with his case. O’Malley’s test showed the presence of ostarine, a Selective Androgen Receptor Modulator. O’Malley must still clear his case with USADA, as well. However, the NSAC and USADA have generally remain closely aligned in their decisions. More on this in just a moment. Voir l'article complet
  11. LAS VEGAS – Keeping in step with the Dec. 10 date currently tabbed for Khabib Nurmagomedov and Conor McGregor to have their date before the Nevada State Athletic Commission, the supporting cast involved in a post-UFC 229 melee may also have their fates decided that day, as well. NSAC officials today elected to extend the temporary suspensions of Dillon Danis, Abubakar Nurmagomedov and Zubaira Tukhugov “through the resolution of formal disciplinary action.” The case is expected to be ready for review and hearing for the December monthly meeting, though January was floated as a possibility, as well. Attorney General rep Caroline Bateman said that all three men have thus far failed to respond to initial complaints filed by the office and sent via certified letter. Esedulla Emiragaev and Rizvan Magomedov were originally on the day’s agenda, but the two were pulled from the schedule at the start of the meeting. More on this in a moment. For complete coverage of UFC 229, check out the UFC Events section of the site. Voir l'article complet
  12. Paul Felder calls himself “stupid” for stepping on the scale during UFC 230 weigh-ins and revealing his out-of-camp weight in front of media and on a stream with fans watching. Felder (15-4 MMA, 7-4 UFC), who served a commentator for UFC 230 earlier this month, attended the event’s official weigh-ins. During a break in fighters stepping on the scale, Felder jokingly decided to see his current weight. Many were surprised to hear the answer (via Twitter): Paul Felder filling the time at #UFC230 official weigh-ins by stepping on the scale. He was 193.6. pic.twitter.com/pAY4foGdMO — Mike Bohn (@MikeBohnMMA) November 2, 2018 Just four days after Felder stepped on the scale, he was booked for a lightweight fight against James Vick (13-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) at UFC 233, which takes place Jan. 26 at Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. He has less than three months to make it down to the 156-pound limit, and in a state such as California, which has a highly-meticulous commission, that could be cause for concern. Felder, No. 14 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, said that reality came across his mind when the date and location were offered, but he said he’s not fretting too hard about it. “That was the first thing we addressed before I signed the contract,” Felder told MMAjunkie Radio. “I was talking to (Sean) Shelby and Jeff Novitzky and everybody just making sure the fight was going to take place if they give us a hard time. But one thing that made us all confident is at least my opponent is doing the same thing, if not worse. Coming into this, it’s not like I’m matched up with somebody who is going to be 25 pounds heavier than me in the cage on fight night. James Vick probably cuts even more weight than I have to.” Although sitting 37.6 pounds over his contracted weight for UFC 233 seems extreme, Felder said it’s somewhat of a misrepresentation. Considering he’s spent most of the time between his most recent fight against Mike Perry at UFC 226 in July nursing a broken arm, as well as traveling for UFC commentary gigs, he said his weight was slightly inflated. With that said, Felder has never missed weight in his career and said he doesn’t expect to have problems for the first time for UFC 233. “Obviously I’m going to try to be on top of my weight; I’m already on a diet,” Felder said. “When I stepped on that scale in New York, it was a joke, and I still had my sweatpants on and I was out eating the night before. I’m probably down five or six pounds lighter than what it said on that scale. It was the weekend, I was traveling. That’s not a true description of what I weigh.” For more on UFC 233, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site. Gallery Mike Perry def. Paul Felder at UFC 226: Best photos view 19 images Voir l'article complet
  13. The UFC remains the biggest promotion in MMA, but a few other groups are making power moves behind the scenes, as well. With that in mind, our recent MMAjunkie Radio Daily Debate question asked readers to decide which promotion outside the UFC seems primed to make the biggest waves in 2019. It ended up being a two-horse race, though when the MMAjunkie Radio team made their opinions known, they felt a write-in candidate should have been featured, as well. The results, via Twitter: Today's @MMAjunkieRadio #DailyDebate question: Which MMA organization outside the UFC do you see making the biggest impact in the sport in 2019? — MMAjunkie (@MMAjunkie) November 13, 2018 Is ONE Championship the one to watch next year? They certainly have been in the news lately, signing high-profile talent like Demetrious Johnson and Eddie Alvarez, and bringing Miesha Tate on as an executive. Of course, Bellator has been steadily raising its public awareness, as well, and an influx of capital from DAZN doesn’t hurt their chances at signing additional talent, as well. But perhaps it’s a name that was left off the initial list – one set to cut a few $1 million checks in very short order – that could be in best position. To hear the MMAjunkie Radio crew give their thoughts, check out the video above. And for more on the sport’s upcoming events, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio. Voir l'article complet
  14. At 6-foot-3, Chidi Njokuani says his days as a welterweight are done. After a few high-profile misses under the Bellator banner, Njokuani believes he may have suffered permanent damage due to cutting weight and refuses to deal with it ever again. “Tired of taking 20 percent – that hurt,” Njokuani recently told MMAjunkie Radio. “Physically, man, it took a big toll on me. My body won’t ever be the same. My insides, like, everything just feels different now. Even my voice, I think I might have damaged my vocal cords. “I did like two big cuts back-to-back in the same month, and ever since then, my voice hasn’t been the same. I’m done trying to make that cut. It ain’t even worth it.” Fighting professionally since 2007, Njokuani has had a few weight misses along the way but always assumed the welterweight division was his proper home. But after he struggled to even make 175-pound catchweight limits in a few recent appearances, Njokuani said he was forced to evaluate whether or not it made sense to keep pushing his luck. He consulted doctors, who said he may have developed lymph nodes, and Njokuani was certain the complications came from his hard weight cuts. “My theory came from that because every time I cut weight, I lose my voice,” Njokuani said. “I know when I’m about under 180 because my voice starts to go. The second time I did that big cut in a month, my voice never came back, so I was like, ‘Yeah, it must have had something to do with that cut.'” Njokuani (18-5 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) made his Bellator middleweight debut in December, picking up a unanimous decision over Hiasaki Kato. He returns to action later this month against John Salter (15-4 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) in the main event of Bellator 210, which takes place Nov. 30 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. Njokuani was originally expected to face Melvin Manhoef on the card, but the Dutch striker was forced to withdraw, and in stepped a grappling standout, instead. “It’s a whole different fight,” Njokuani said. “They’re not even the same – not even a little bit. “We trained like six weeks straight for a 5-foot-8 brawler, and we got switched to a 6-foot-something southpaw jiu-jitsu guy.” It’s a huge change, indeed, but Njokuani said it’s not an impossible task. But ever returning to welterweight? That’s a different story. “I’m staying away from 170,” Njokuani said. Check out the video above to hear more from Njokuani. For more on Bellator 210, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site. MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio. Voir l'article complet
  15. MMAjunkie Radio co-host and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom breaks down the UFC’s top bouts. Today, we look at the main event for UFC Fight Night 140. UFC Fight Night 140 takes place Saturday at Parque Roca Arena in Buenos Aires, Argentina. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass. Neil Magny (21-6 MMA, 14-5 UFC) Gallery Photos: Best of Neil Magny view 10 images Staple info: Height: 6’3″ Age: 31 Weight: 170 lbs. Reach: 80″ Last fight: Knockout win over Craig White (May 27, 2018) Camp: Elevation Fight Team (Denver) Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing Risk management: Good Supplemental info: + All-Army combatives champion + Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt + 7 KO victories + 3 submission wins + 6 first-round finishes + Consistent pace and pressure ^ High-volume striker + Good footwork and movement ^ Angles well off of attacks + Long and accurate jab + Improved wrestling ability ^ Works well from bodylock + Solid transitional grappler ^ Scrambles and floats well Santiago Ponzinibbio (26-3 MMA, 8-2 UFC) Santiago Ponzinibbio Staple info: Height: 6’0″ Age: 32 Weight: 170 lbs. Reach: 73″ Last fight: Decision win over Mike Perry(Dec. 16, 2017) Camp: American Top Team (Florida/Argentina) Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing Risk management: Fair Supplemental info: + Regional MMA titles + Jiu-jitsu black belt + 14 KO victories + 6 submission wins + 14 first-round finishes + KO power + Strong pace and pressure + Excellent combination striker ^ High-volume/variating attacks + Accurate right cross and left hook + Strikes well off of the breaks + Shows wrestling improvements ^ Good getup urgency + Makes in-fight adjustments Point of interest: Fighting for space The main event in Argentina features a matchup of top-ranked welterweights who will be fighting for space in more ways than one. Santiago Ponzinibbio, who has shown the ability to stick and move when he needs to, is ultimately a pressure fighter at heart. Whether he is feinting his way forward or moving laterally, Ponzinibbio does an excellent job of keeping his feet beneath him while slipping his head off the centerline in unison with his patent cross-hook continuums. Varying his levels of attack to the body and head, the 32-year-old will occasionally mix in kicks down low for good measure. Still, this sometimes breakneck approach is not without its caveats. Despite Ponzinibbio’s high-volume style of offense being effective on scorecards (as well as his opponents’ psyche), it inherently opens him to counters. Although the Argentine’s current counterpart may not be known as a counter striker, he certainly has no issue with capitalizing upon the moment. Nevertheless, I will be curious to see how Ponzinibbio’s aggressive style stacks up with a deceptively long and elusive dance partner. Neil Magny, the American, may not carry your typical one-punch stopping power, but there is a lot to like about his game. Consistently circling and moving, Magny utilizes all 80 inches of his reach as he works his punches behind an accurate, long jab. Often doubling up with his lead, Magny makes sure he keeps his opponent’s eyes occupied while looking to set up his next shot. With this approach making Magny hard to get a beat on both off the counter or coming forward, it will be interesting to see how Ponzinibbio’s style of pressure and jab-splitting fares against a fleet-of-foot foe. Next point of interest: Wrestling for scoreboard 1 2 …3Voir l'article complet

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