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Eryk Anders meets John Phillips – 'The White Mike Tyson' – at UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno

The UFC’s return to California in December has another fight ticketed for the lineup.

Eryk Anders (9-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) will fight promotional newcomer John Phillips (21-6, 0-0 UFC) – “The White Mike Tyson” – in a middleweight bout at UFC Fight Night 123. Anders announced the fight today on his Instagram account.

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Anders, a national championship winner with Alabama as a college football player, had brief opportunities in the NFL, CFL and Arena Football League before settling into life as a fighter. After winning LFA’s middleweight title earlier this year, he signed with the UFC and knocked out Rafael Natal in the first round in a short-notice fight to stay perfect as a professional.

RelatedEx-linebacker Eryk Anders talks love from fellow former Alabama players after huge UFC debut

Phillips, from Wales, has won four straight fights since a loss to Jesse Taylor at Cage Warriors 54 in May 2013. All four of those wins have come by knockout, including three in the first round. And one of those wins was over Conor McGregor teammate Charlie Ward, now in the UFC. But he’ll be fighting for the first time in more than a year.

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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UFC Fight Night 117 medical suspensions: No tapping gets Yushin Okami 45 days

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UFC veteran Yushin Okami didn’t appear to have much choice in the matter, but his lack of tap against Ovince Saint Preux brings a 45-day suspension.

The UFC has released medical suspensions stemming from UFC Fight Night 117 to Association of Boxing Commissions record keeper mixedmartialarts.com, which forwarded them to MMAjunkie.

UFC Fight Night 117 took place this past Saturday at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event’s main card and prelims aired live on FXX.

According to the notes describing the medical suspensions, Okami’s (34-11 MMA, 13-6 UFC) term is “due to no tap on choke.” The Japanese fighter was put to sleep by Saint Preux (21-10 MMA, 9-5) in the first round with a Von Flue choke, the third such finish for Saint Preux.

All fighters on the card received a mandatory 7-day suspension, though several were given longer terms for more serious injuries. Daichi Abe (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) and Hyun Gyu Lim (13-7-1 MMA, 3-4 UFC), who led off the card with a spirited three-round fight, both wound up with 180-day suspensions for various injuries.

The list of suspensions longer than the mandatory minimum include:

  • Yushin Okami: Suspended 45 days due to no tap on choke, leaving him unconscious, with 30 days no contact.
  • Jessica Andrade: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for forehead laceration.
  • Claudia Gadelha: Suspended 45 days for right eyebrow laceration; head CT scan was negative.
  • Takanori Gomi: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for TKO.
  • Henrique da Silva: Suspended 60 days with 45 days no contact for knockout.
  • Teruto Ishihara: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Rolando Dy: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Keita Nakamura: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact; head CT scan was negative.
  • Alex Morono: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by X-ray for right hand, and suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact for right eyebrow laceration.
  • Chan-Mi Jeon: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Shinsho Anzai: Suspended 30 days with 21 days no contact.
  • Luke Juneau: Suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for right eyebrow laceration.
  • Daichi Abe: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by maxillofacial surgeon, and suspended minimum 45 days with 30 days no contact.
  • Hyun Gyu Lim: Suspended 180 days or until cleared by ophthalmologist, and suspended 45 days with 30 days no contact for nasal laceration.

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, visit the UFC Events section of the site.

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David Rickels vs. Brennan Ward among new additions to Bellator 185 on Oct. 20

The next major Bellator event is shaping up to be a good one with the additional of several new fights, including a welterweight bout between longtime promotional veterans David Rickels and Brennan Ward.

MMAjunkie today verified the matchup between Rickels (18-4 MMA, 12-4 BMMA) and Ward (14-6 MMA, 9-6 BMMA) with a Bellator official.

Bellator 185 takes place Oct. 20 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The event airs on Spike following early prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

David Rickels

Rickels will set a new Bellator record most appearances in the promotion’s history when he steps in the cage for the 19th time. After spending much of his career with the organization in the lightweight division, Rickels moved up to 170 pounds in February 2016, and the results have paid off.

“The Caveman” is 2-0 with one no-contest since the change in weight class, and he will attempt to continue that run with a showdown against one of the most exciting fighters in all of Bellator.

Although he’s lost three of his past four fights, Ward has proven to be among the greatest action-fighters in Bellator history. All 15 of his appearances with the company have ended in a stoppage, albeit Ward has ended on the wrong of those results in his past two fights with defeats against Fernando Gonzalez and Paul Daley.

Also official for Bellator 185 are a pair of preliminary card fights. Ryan Quinn (13-7-1 MMA, 7-1 BMMA) meets Marcus Surin (4-0 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) in a lightweight bout while Steve Skrzat (8-9 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) takes on Costello van Steenis (8-1 MMA, 0-0 BMMA) at middleweight.

The latest Bellator 185 card now includes:

  • Gegard Mousasi vs. Alexander Shlemenko
  • Muhammed Lawal vs. Liam McGeary
  • David Rickels vs. Brennan Ward
  • Heather Hardy vs. Kristina Williams
  • Marcus Surin vs. Ryan Quinn
  • Costello van Steenis vs. Steve Skrzat

For more on Bellator 185, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 117's Syuri Kondo wants to add UFC champ to long list of accomplishments

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Syuri Kondo has just about done it all in combat sports and entertainment. But there’s one mountain she hasn’t yet climbed, and that’s in the UFC women’s strawweight division.

“I became a champ in kickboxing and pro wrestling, and when I thought about the next goal, I saw the imagery of the UFC and fighting, and I thought, ‘This is it. This is the top of the world, and that’s where I’m going to go,'” Kondo told MMAjunkie.

On Friday, Kondo (6-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) made a successful debut with the promotion, outpointing the tough Chan-Mi Jeon (5-2 MMA, 0-2 UFC) on the FXX-televised prelims of UFC Fight Night 117 at Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan.

Even with her extensive experience in kickboxing, karate and pro wrestling, Kondo felt like a newcomer fighting in the octagon.

“Making a debut in the UFC is totally different than other debuts, and my goal is to become a UFC champion one day,” she said. “I think I had a great start.”

It wasn’t an easy first night of work, but Kondo showed off impressive durability and pressure against Jeon, who grunted and screamed through three rounds in the pocket with her older foe. A stinging straight helped Kondo score on Jeon, ut as the fight went into deep waters, her early pressure paid dividends and Jeon faded.

One judge surprisingly called it 29-28 for Jeon. But the remaining two gave Kondo the shutout on scorecards, announcing her entry into the world’s toughest proving ground for MMA fighters.

Kondo, 28, has a long way to go before she’s challenging the likes of Joanna Jedrzejczyk in the octagon. But she’s liking her new home so far and is ready for whatever lies head.

“I was focused so much on this match, so I have no idea who I want to fight next,” Kondo said. “But whoever it’s going to be, I’m going to train hard and make sure I win.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher first bout added to UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno

UFC Fight Night 123 is beginning to take shape with the addition of its first bout: A lightweight contest between Scott Holtzman and Darrell Horcher.

Holtzman (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Horcher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) both announced the matchup on social media (via Instagram):

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Holtzman will attempt to win consecutive fights under the UFC banner for the first time when he competes at UFC Fight Night 123. “Hot Sauce” has alternated wins and losses over his five-fight tenure with the promotion, with his most recent bout being a unanimous decision victory over Michael McBride at UFC Fight Night 108 in April.

Darrell Horcher

Horcher will make his third UFC appearance at the event. His UFC debut took place in April 2016, with “The Saint” accepting a short-notice bout with top lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. He suffered a second-round TKO loss in the fight, but things would get even worse from there, because Horcher was involved in a brutal motorcycle accident which nearly ended his career.

After making a miraculous recovery from his injuries, Horcher returned doc competition in June with a split-decision victory over Devin Powell at UFC Fight Night 112. He will now try to carry that momentum forward against Holtzman.

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher first bout added to UFC Fight Night 123 in Fresno

UFC Fight Night 123 is beginning to take shape with the addition of its first bout: A lightweight contest between Scott Holtzman and Darrell Horcher.

Holtzman (10-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) and Horcher (13-2 MMA, 1-1 UFC) both announced the matchup on social media (via Instagram):

UFC Fight Night 123 takes place Dec. 9 at Save Mart Center in Fresno, Calif. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Holtzman will attempt to win consecutive fights under the UFC banner for the first time when he competes at UFC Fight Night 123. “Hot Sauce” has alternated wins and losses over his five-fight tenure with the promotion, with his most recent bout being a unanimous decision victory over Michael McBride at UFC Fight Night 108 in April.

Darrell Horcher

Horcher will make his third UFC appearance at the event. His UFC debut took place in April 2016, with “The Saint” accepting a short-notice bout with top lightweight contender Khabib Nurmagomedov. He suffered a second-round TKO loss in the fight, but things would get even worse from there, because Horcher was involved in a brutal motorcycle accident which nearly ended his career.

After making a miraculous recovery from his injuries, Horcher returned doc competition in June with a split-decision victory over Devin Powell at UFC Fight Night 112. He will now try to carry that momentum forward against Holtzman.

For more on UFC Fight Night 123, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Back injury knocks Paige VanZant out of flyweight fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

Paige VanZant will have to wait a little longer to make her debut in the newly created UFC women’s flyweight division.

VanZant (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) suffered a back injury this past week and was ruled out to fight Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) on the Oct. 7 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A VanZant team member told MMAjunkie the news after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. UFC officials subsequently announced VanZant’s injury and said Eye has been removed from the card, as well.

This morning, Eye appeared to vent about the cancelation on Twitter, posting a GIF with the caption, “Damn it.” The women’s bantamweight vet saw her previous fight canceled with even less notice when Aspen Ladd fell ill and was unable to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

After the scratch, Eye looked on the bright side and revealed UFC officials had promised her a fight at flyweight, where she competed prior to joining the UFC.

VanZant also looked for greener pastures at 125 pounds after the promotion opened the new division earlier this year. At 1-2 in her previous three outings, she eagerly accepted the bout with Eye because it didn’t require a debilitating weight cut.

But now, she’ll have to wait for a return. She hasn’t fought since this past December where she suffered a second-round submission loss to Michelle Waterson in a UFC on FOX 22 headliner.

Outside the cage, the 23-year-old starlet has kept busy with an autobiography that describes the bullying she endured while growing up in Dayton, Ore.

The UFC 216 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee – for interim lightweight title
  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight title
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell

For more on UFC 216, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Back injury knocks Paige VanZant out of flyweight fight vs. Jessica Eye at UFC 216

Paige VanZant will have to wait a little longer to make her debut in the newly created UFC women’s flyweight division.

VanZant (7-3 MMA, 3-2 UFC) suffered a back injury this past week and was ruled out to fight Jessica Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) on the Oct. 7 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

A VanZant team member told MMAjunkie the news after an initial report from MMAFighting.com. UFC officials subsequently announced VanZant’s injury and said Eye has been removed from the card, as well.

This morning, Eye appeared to vent about the cancelation on Twitter, posting a GIF with the caption, “Damn it.” The women’s bantamweight vet saw her previous fight canceled with even less notice when Aspen Ladd fell ill and was unable to fight at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

After the scratch, Eye looked on the bright side and revealed UFC officials had promised her a fight at flyweight, where she competed prior to joining the UFC.

VanZant also looked for greener pastures at 125 pounds after the promotion opened the new division earlier this year. At 1-2 in her previous three outings, she eagerly accepted the bout with Eye because it didn’t require a debilitating weight cut.

But now, she’ll have to wait for a return. She hasn’t fought since this past December where she suffered a second-round submission loss to Michelle Waterson in a UFC on FOX 22 headliner.

Outside the cage, the 23-year-old starlet has kept busy with an autobiography that describes the bullying she endured while growing up in Dayton, Ore.

The UFC 216 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee – for interim lightweight title
  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight title
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

PRELIMINARY CARD (FXX, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6 p.m. ET)

  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell

For more on UFC 216, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Derrick Lewis, 'Stitch' Duran, Tom Loeffler


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Derrick Lewis, Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran and Tom Loeffler.

Lewis is getting ready for a big heavyweight fight against ex-champ Fabricio Werdum next month at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. “Stitch” Duran will co-host the show in the studio. He recently worked the Bellator 183 show as a cutman. And Loeffler, promoter for Gennady Golovkin – “GGG” – will talk about his boxing client being ready for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez.

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 on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (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 a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Derrick Lewis, 'Stitch' Duran, Tom Loeffler


Filed under: News, UFC, Videos

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Derrick Lewis, Jacob ‘Stitch’ Duran and Tom Loeffler.

Lewis is getting ready for a big heavyweight fight against ex-champ Fabricio Werdum next month at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. “Stitch” Duran will co-host the show in the studio. He recently worked the Bellator 183 show as a cutman. And Loeffler, promoter for Gennady Golovkin – “GGG” – will talk about his boxing client being ready for a rematch with Canelo Alvarez.

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 on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (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 a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
  • HOW TO CALL: MMAjunkie Radio takes phone calls from listeners throughout the show. Call into the MMAjunkie Radio hotline at (866) 522-2846.
  • HOW TO DISCUSS: The MMAjunkie MMA Forums has a section devoted solely to MMAjunkie Radio. Stop by the MMAjunkie Radio forum to discuss the show, interact with the hosts, suggest future guests and catch up on the latest MMAjunkie Radio news.
  • HOW TO VISIT THE SHOW: You can watch MMAjunkie Radio live and in person at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino on the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The booth is located in the resort’s Race & Sports Book next to the Mandalay Bay poker room. To plan a trip to Sin City and MMAjunkie Radio, go to www.mandalaybay.com.

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Video: Ex-champ Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum face off for UFC Fight Night 122

Anderson Silva’s return to the octagon is two months away, and promotional efforts for his showdown with Kelvin Gastelum are already underway.

Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), who meets Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25, faced off with Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) today for the first time. The pair meet in the middleweight headliner of the UFC’s debut in mainland China, which goes down at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The pair was scheduled to fight once before at UFC 212 in June, but weeks out from the event Gastelum failed a drug test for marijuana, resulting on a short suspension which prevented him from competing.

It appears closer to coming to fruition this time, though, and at least Silva didn’t have to face off with himself.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Video: Ex-champ Anderson Silva, Kelvin Gastelum face off for UFC Fight Night 122

Anderson Silva’s return to the octagon is two months away, and promotional efforts for his showdown with Kelvin Gastelum are already underway.

Silva (34-8 MMA, 17-4 UFC), who meets Gastelum at UFC Fight Night 122 on Nov. 25, faced off with Gastelum (13-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) today for the first time. The pair meet in the middleweight headliner of the UFC’s debut in mainland China, which goes down at Mercedes-Benz Arena in Shanghai, and streams on UFC Fight Pass.

The pair was scheduled to fight once before at UFC 212 in June, but weeks out from the event Gastelum failed a drug test for marijuana, resulting on a short suspension which prevented him from competing.

It appears closer to coming to fruition this time, though, and at least Silva didn’t have to face off with himself.

For more on UFC Fight Night 122, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Despite quick win and history, Goiti Yamauchi mum on callouts after Bellator 183

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SAN JOSE, Calif. – Goiti Yamauchi is one of those fighters who truly prefers to let his fighting do the talking. Fortunately for him, his performance at Bellator 183 spoke volumes.

In his third appearance since moving up to the Bellator lightweight division in October, Yamauchi (22-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) scored a second-round submission of previously unbeaten Adam Piccolotti (9-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 183 main-card opener, which took place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and aired on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

Yamauchi improved to 3-0 at 155 pounds with the performance. Not only that, he tied the record for the most submission victories in Bellator history with his sixth tapout. He said he was pleased with his effort and simply credited his work ethic and the support of his team for the win.

“I’m feeling good; I’m feeling very happy,” Yamauchi told MMAjunkie after the win. “It’s just how it worked. I’ve been working since my last fight. It’s just the hard work that I’ve been training, and that’s the result of all my teamwork. I’m very happy for this win.”

RelatedBellator 183 video highlights: Freire edges Henderson, Daley and Pico deliver big

After a successful, but not spectacular, run in the featherweight division, Yamauchi decided moving up in weight was best for his growing body. At just 24, he is still an evolving athlete who is making gains to his physique, skillset and mental approach.

Piccolotti entered Bellator 183 with an unbeaten record and five consecutive wins with the promotion. Yamauchi took that all away in swift fashion, setting him up for some meaningful opportunities in the future.

Although he could have used the platform of his shining moment to call for a big fight or a specific name, Yamauchi opted to keep humble and revealed he would prefer to allow the Bellator brass to direct his future.

“My next fight is not up to me,” Yamauchi said. “I’m just waiting for the next contract to sign. I will sign it, and that’s how it works for me.”

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Despite quick win and history, Goiti Yamauchi mum on callouts after Bellator 183

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Filed under: Bellator, News, Videos

SAN JOSE, Calif. – Goiti Yamauchi is one of those fighters who truly prefers to let his fighting do the talking. Fortunately for him, his performance at Bellator 183 spoke volumes.

In his third appearance since moving up to the Bellator lightweight division in October, Yamauchi (22-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) scored a second-round submission of previously unbeaten Adam Piccolotti (9-1 MMA, 5-1 BMMA) in Saturday’s Bellator 183 main-card opener, which took place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and aired on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

Yamauchi improved to 3-0 at 155 pounds with the performance. Not only that, he tied the record for the most submission victories in Bellator history with his sixth tapout. He said he was pleased with his effort and simply credited his work ethic and the support of his team for the win.

“I’m feeling good; I’m feeling very happy,” Yamauchi told MMAjunkie after the win. “It’s just how it worked. I’ve been working since my last fight. It’s just the hard work that I’ve been training, and that’s the result of all my teamwork. I’m very happy for this win.”

RelatedBellator 183 video highlights: Freire edges Henderson, Daley and Pico deliver big

After a successful, but not spectacular, run in the featherweight division, Yamauchi decided moving up in weight was best for his growing body. At just 24, he is still an evolving athlete who is making gains to his physique, skillset and mental approach.

Piccolotti entered Bellator 183 with an unbeaten record and five consecutive wins with the promotion. Yamauchi took that all away in swift fashion, setting him up for some meaningful opportunities in the future.

Although he could have used the platform of his shining moment to call for a big fight or a specific name, Yamauchi opted to keep humble and revealed he would prefer to allow the Bellator brass to direct his future.

“My next fight is not up to me,” Yamauchi said. “I’m just waiting for the next contract to sign. I will sign it, and that’s how it works for me.”

For complete coverage of Bellator 183, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Shinsho Anzai breaks down into tears discussing what UFC-Japan win means to him

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SAITAMA, Japan – Shinsho Anzai spent two years away from the octagon and finally returned at UFC Fight Night 117.

Anzai (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) topped Luke Jumeau (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27 thanks to solid work in the clinch and takedowns in front of his home-city fans.

For Anzai, it was a hard-fought victory that was a long time coming. And afterward, during an interview with MMAjunkie, he was overcome with emotion as he thought about the road back and what his wife said to him the night before his FXX-televised win at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

“Last night – I’m newly married – and my wife told me …” Anzai said through an interpreter with tears in his eyes. “I was feeling really nervous looking in the mirror and she told me, ‘It’s going to be OK tomorrow. You’re going to have a great day tomorrow.'”

She was right.

To hear more from Anzai, watch the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Shinsho Anzai breaks down into tears discussing what UFC-Japan win means to him

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SAITAMA, Japan – Shinsho Anzai spent two years away from the octagon and finally returned at UFC Fight Night 117.

Anzai (10-2 MMA, 2-1 UFC) topped Luke Jumeau (12-4 MMA, 1-1 UFC) with a pair of 29-28 scores and a 30-27 thanks to solid work in the clinch and takedowns in front of his home-city fans.

For Anzai, it was a hard-fought victory that was a long time coming. And afterward, during an interview with MMAjunkie, he was overcome with emotion as he thought about the road back and what his wife said to him the night before his FXX-televised win at Saitama Super Arena in Japan.

“Last night – I’m newly married – and my wife told me …” Anzai said through an interpreter with tears in his eyes. “I was feeling really nervous looking in the mirror and she told me, ‘It’s going to be OK tomorrow. You’re going to have a great day tomorrow.'”

She was right.

To hear more from Anzai, watch the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Keita Nakamura 'felt a little conservative' at UFC-Japan, wasn't sure he'd get the win

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SAITAMA, Japan –  Keita Nakamura engaged in a slugfest with Alex Morono and after three rounds came away with a split-decision win at UFC Fight Night 117.

The welterweight bout closed out the preliminary card of the event, which took place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan and aired on FXX.

It was a bloody, back-and-forth affair between Nakamura (33-8-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Morono (13-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC). But even so, Nakamura felt he could’ve done more.

“I was not going forward enough,” he told MMAjunkie through an interpreter, “and I felt a little conservative.”

Still, he got the win in front of his home fans, despite a lack of confidence that it would go his way,

Watch the video above to hear more from Nakamura.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Keita Nakamura 'felt a little conservative' at UFC-Japan, wasn't sure he'd get the win

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SAITAMA, Japan –  Keita Nakamura engaged in a slugfest with Alex Morono and after three rounds came away with a split-decision win at UFC Fight Night 117.

The welterweight bout closed out the preliminary card of the event, which took place at Saitama Super Arena in Japan and aired on FXX.

It was a bloody, back-and-forth affair between Nakamura (33-8-2 MMA, 3-5 UFC) and Morono (13-5 MMA, 2-2 UFC). But even so, Nakamura felt he could’ve done more.

“I was not going forward enough,” he told MMAjunkie through an interpreter, “and I felt a little conservative.”

Still, he got the win in front of his home fans, despite a lack of confidence that it would go his way,

Watch the video above to hear more from Nakamura.

And for complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3 at UFC 219 in Las Vegas? Dana White says nope

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Immediately after Conor McGregor’s 10th-round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in “The Money Fight” in August, speculation began as to what would be next for the Irishman.

And most signs pointed to a rubber fight trilogy rematch between McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) – who hasn’t fought in more than a year, since his majority decision loss to McGregor in the UFC 202 main event. (Diaz tapped McGregor at UFC 196 in March 2016 in their first welterweight fight.)

Rumors recently started cropping up again that McGregor and Diaz had been scheduled for their third fight as the UFC 219 main event on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. The Sunday World in Ireland recently reported the fight was all but a done deal.

But UFC President Dana White shut that down Sunday night – for now, at least. White replied to a tweet saying the fight was happening by saying it was “Not true AT ALL” (the caps are from White).

Not true AT ALL

— Dana White (@danawhite) September 24, 2017

UFC 219 takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. No fights have been announced for the card yet, but as would be typical of a year-end UFC pay-per-view, the main event is likely to be a big one. Naturally, a McGregor-Diaz rubber match would fit that bill.

McGregor has just one fight in 2017 – and it was his boxing match against Mayweather. He won the UFC’s lightweight title in November 2016 in New York when he took out Eddie Alvarez with a second-round TKO to become the first concurrent two-division champ in UFC history. But two weeks later, the UFC stripped his featherweight belt, leaving him to focus his attention on 155 pounds.

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But he has yet to defend that lightweight title, and next month an interim belt will be up for grabs in the division when Tony Ferguson fights Kevin Lee at UFC 216. The winner is expected to stay in line to fight McGregor to unify the titles – but that’s a fight that would be on hold if McGregor fights Diaz at welterweight, instead.

McGregor has received much criticism for winning UFC titles, but never defending them. He knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194 in December 2015 to win the featherweight belt. But rather than defending that title, he met Diaz at welterweight, instead, at UFC 196. Then he fought him in the UFC 202 rematch. Then he went to lightweight for the Alvarez fight. Then he took time off while his longtime girlfriend had their baby ahead of the Mayweather blockbuster.

A third fight with Diaz, unless it’s for his lightweight title and not at welterweight like the first two, again would mean another fight without him putting his belt on the line.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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Conor McGregor vs. Nate Diaz 3 at UFC 219 in Las Vegas? Dana White says nope

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Immediately after Conor McGregor’s 10th-round TKO loss to Floyd Mayweather in “The Money Fight” in August, speculation began as to what would be next for the Irishman.

And most signs pointed to a rubber fight trilogy rematch between McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) – who hasn’t fought in more than a year, since his majority decision loss to McGregor in the UFC 202 main event. (Diaz tapped McGregor at UFC 196 in March 2016 in their first welterweight fight.)

Rumors recently started cropping up again that McGregor and Diaz had been scheduled for their third fight as the UFC 219 main event on Dec. 30 in Las Vegas. The Sunday World in Ireland recently reported the fight was all but a done deal.

But UFC President Dana White shut that down Sunday night – for now, at least. White replied to a tweet saying the fight was happening by saying it was “Not true AT ALL” (the caps are from White).

Not true AT ALL

— Dana White (@danawhite) September 24, 2017

UFC 219 takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card will air on pay-per-view following prelims expected for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. No fights have been announced for the card yet, but as would be typical of a year-end UFC pay-per-view, the main event is likely to be a big one. Naturally, a McGregor-Diaz rubber match would fit that bill.

McGregor has just one fight in 2017 – and it was his boxing match against Mayweather. He won the UFC’s lightweight title in November 2016 in New York when he took out Eddie Alvarez with a second-round TKO to become the first concurrent two-division champ in UFC history. But two weeks later, the UFC stripped his featherweight belt, leaving him to focus his attention on 155 pounds.

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But he has yet to defend that lightweight title, and next month an interim belt will be up for grabs in the division when Tony Ferguson fights Kevin Lee at UFC 216. The winner is expected to stay in line to fight McGregor to unify the titles – but that’s a fight that would be on hold if McGregor fights Diaz at welterweight, instead.

McGregor has received much criticism for winning UFC titles, but never defending them. He knocked out Jose Aldo in 13 seconds at UFC 194 in December 2015 to win the featherweight belt. But rather than defending that title, he met Diaz at welterweight, instead, at UFC 196. Then he fought him in the UFC 202 rematch. Then he went to lightweight for the Alvarez fight. Then he took time off while his longtime girlfriend had their baby ahead of the Mayweather blockbuster.

A third fight with Diaz, unless it’s for his lightweight title and not at welterweight like the first two, again would mean another fight without him putting his belt on the line.

For more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

The Blue Corner is MMAjunkie‘s official blog and is edited by Mike Bohn.

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