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UFC champion Cris Cyborg signs new deal with promotion

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Not only does Cris Cyborg have her first UFC title defense coming up next month, she has a new deal to go with it.

Cyborg, the women’s featherweight champion, announced on her web site today that she’s signed a new UFC contract that will keep her with the promotion for “at least the next 15 months,” making her the “highest paid female fighter currently on the UFC roster.”

The new deal comes one day after the UFC announced Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will defend her title against ex-bantamweight champion Holly Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) on Dec. 30 at the UFC 219 pay-per-view from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

RelatedOpening odds: Champ Cris Cyborg is a hefty favorite over Holly Holm at UFC 219

“I am excited to be committed to the UFC,” Cyborg said in a statement. “Dana White has proven himself as the best promoter in the sport, and with the recent addition of Mick Maynard as women’s matchmaker, I felt it was time to come to an agreement where we can both work together and be committed in both building the UFC and the Cris Cyborg brands. … I am excited to start this new chapter in my career as a real partner with the UFC and the fights we will promote together.”

Cyborg shed light on her contract situation back in July, prior to her title win over Tonya Evinger at UFC 214. Cyborg said then that her deal with the UFC was set to expire in October, but she was hopeful she’d sign a new one.

RelatedCris 'Cyborg' explains taking high road during Joe Rogan interview after UFC title win

The relationship between Cyborg and the UFC hasn’t always been smooth. UFC President Dana White and analyst Joe Rogan, in particular, have made some unnecessary and harsh comments about Cyborg over the years. But things began to turn earlier this year when White admitted to MMAjunkie that the UFC has “made some mistakes” in its dealings with Cyborg.

Cyborg is one of the greatest, if not the greatest, fighters in women’s MMA history. She hasn’t lost since 2005 on her way to winning championships in Strikeforce, Invicta and the UFC.

For more on UFC 219, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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How is ol' man Daniel Kelly dealing with 'massive, massive disappointment'?

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SYDNEY – After a four-fight winning streak came to an abrupt end, how is 40-year-old Daniel Kelly dealing with the setback?

With his trademark optimism and fortitude, as usual.

Kelly (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who meets fellow middleweight Elias Theodorou (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on Saturday at UFC Fight Night 121, was inching up the 185-pound ladder with a solid winning streak, but in his most recent bout, he suffered a 76-second knockout loss to Derek Brunson.

How’d it feel to deal with such an untimely setback?

RelatedTwitter reacts to Derek Brunson's quick KO of Daniel Kelly at UFC Fight Night 110

“Massive disappointment – massive, massive disappointment,” the fan favorite told MMAjunkie. “We were on a really good run. We won like four in a row, something like that. And everything was good.

“(The loss) was my fault. I made mistakes. So, you can’t make mistakes at that level. You saw what (Brunson) did to (Lyoto) Machida that next fight. And Brunson is an awesome, awesome competitor. So, it was very disappointing. All you can do is get back to the drawing board.”

He looks to do just that when he meets Theodorou in an FS1-televised main-card bout at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. For the four-time Australian Olympic judoka, he’s likely going to be a massive crowd favorite.

RelatedDaniel Kelly vs. Elias Theodorou slated for UFC Fight Night 121 in Australia

But Kelly also knows he has a tough challenge in Theodorou, a fellow vet of “The Ultimate Fighter.” After all, Theodorou has defeated the two of the three opponents who have beaten Kelly since the Australian turned to pro MMA in 2006 – Sam Alvey and Sheldon Westcott (in a “TUF” exhibition bout).

And sure, some folks close to him may have preferred that Kelly call it a career after the Brunson loss. But despite a couple decades of combat-sports experience and Father Time peering over his shoulder, Kelly isn’t quite ready to call it quits.

“At the end of the day, I think I’m a good representation for the sport and how I conduct myself and all of that,” he said. “So, there’s still a little but of gas in there, in the tank. So I’ll get going for a little bit longer.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Aljamain Sterling gets Marlon Moraes as UFC-Fresno replacement opponent

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Aljamain Sterling has been in need of a replacement opponent, and he’s found one in Marlon Moraes.

A bantamweight fight between Sterling (14-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) and Moraes (19-5-1 MMA, 1-1 UFC) is set for UFC Fight Night 123, people with knowledge of the situation told MMAjunkie. The people requested anonymity because the UFC had yet to make an announcement.

Sterling originally was slated to face Rani Yahya at the FS1-televised event Dec. 9 in Fresno, Calif., until Yahya was forced out because of injury. Moraes will be making a quick turnaround after picking up a split decision over John Dodson last week at UFC Fight Night 120.

RelatedAljamain Sterling rips Jimmie Rivera after wife gets involved in their feud

Sterling, No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, brings a two-fight winning streak to the cage after decisions over former UFC bantamweight champion Renan Barao and top Brazilian prospect Augusto Mendes. Six of his 14 career wins have come by way of submission, including four by rear-naked choke, though all were prior to his UFC run.

Sterling had been hoping to land a fight with No. 5 Jimmie Rivera, who remains in need of a replacement opponent for UFC 219 after ex-champ Dominick Cruz withdrew because of injury. Moraes wanted the same and used his post-fight interview last week for an impassioned plea to step in and fight Rivera.

As it turns out, it’ll be Sterling and Moraes going at each other instead.

With the addition, UFC Fight Night 123 now includes:

  • Cub Swanson vs. Brian Ortega
  • Marlon Moraes vs. Aljamain Sterling
  • Liz Carmouche vs. Alexis Davis
  • Scott Holtzman vs. Darrell Horcher
  • Eryk Anders vs. Markus Perez
  • Trevin Giles vs. Antonio Braga Neto
  • Carls John de Tomas vs. Alex Perez
  • Chris Gruetzemacher vs. Davi Ramos
  • Bryan Caraway vs. Luke Sanders
  • Merab Dvalishvili vs. Frankie Saenz
  • Benito Lopez vs. Albert Morales
  • Gabriel Benitez vs. Jason Knight

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


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Jake Matthews admits there's pressure to perform at UFC Fight Night 121

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SYDNEY – Sometimes, a change of scenery can be just what the doctor ordered. Jake Matthews is hoping that’s the case with his move back up to welterweight this weekend.

Matthews (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) returns to 170 pounds after fighting his first seven UFC bouts at lightweight when he meets Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC) on the UFC Fight Night 121 main card.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Sunday (but airs live on Saturday in North America due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The move for Matthews comes on the heels of back-to-back lightweight losses in 2016 to Kevin Lee, who recently fought for an interim 155-pound title, and Andrew Holbrook. The latter fight came by split decision nearly a year ago, and Matthews hasn’t seen action since. He was the heaviest favorite on the card against Holbrook at UFC Fight Night 101 in New Zealand.

In his return, he’s hoping to give a glimpse of the potential that was pegged on him when he debuted in the promotion as a 19-year-old Australian in 2014.

“I know it’s a must-win fight, but that’s not adding to the pressure at all,” Matthews told MMAjunkie at a media day in support of UFC-Sydney. “I expect myself to go in there and win the fight, anyway. I’m just going to go in there and this time, do what I normally do when we’re sparring and training and just not hold back – still be smart, still be patient where I need to be, but just have that aggressiveness that I used to have back in the day.”

Back in the day, Matthews started out 8-0, including consecutive submission wins over Dashon Johnson and Vagner Rocha to open his UFC tenure. After a submission loss to James Vick, he stopped Akbarh Arreola with a TKO at UFC 193, then got a “Fight of the Night” bonus for his submission win over Johnny Case, which moved him to 4-1 in the promotion with four stoppages.

But it’s been a struggle since then, and one he thinks he could’ve avoided. He blames himself for both losses, saying he didn’t give all he could have given.

“I could’ve dug deeper and tried to push and really win those fights,” Matthews said. “And it does make me hungry. I want to go in there and show everyone what my skill set is, what my potential is, and show that I could’ve won those last two fights. And even though Kevin is a top contender now, I could’ve won that fight.

“But if I win this fight, I’ll be right back up there with guys like Darren Till and hopefully get a bigger fight and keep moving up.”

For more from Matthews, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Irene Aldana says she's fighting Talita Oliveira at UFC-St. Louis in January

Irene Aldana says she’s fighting Talita Bernardo at UFC-St. Louis in January

It appears as if a women’s bantamweight bout is ticketed for the UFC’s January debut in St. Louis.

Irene Aldana (7-4 MMA, 0-2 UFC) posted on her Instagram account that she’ll be fighting Talita Oliveira (5-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 124. Promotion officials have yet to make a formal announcement of the booking.

UFC Fight Night 124 takes place Jan. 14 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis. The card will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Aldana needs to get back on track after back-to-back losses to open up her UFC career. The Mexican fighter came to the UFC on the strength of a 4-1 run in Invicta FC, where she fought Tonya Evinger for the bantamweight title. She won three fight-night bonuses for the all-female promotion.

But in the UFC, it’s been tougher sledding. At UFC on FOX 22 in December 2016, her promotional debut, she dropped a decision to Leslie Smith. At UFC 210 in April, she followed it up with a split-decision loss to Katlyn Chookagian, giving her the first skid of her 11-fight pro career.

Talita Oliveira

Oliveira, from Brazil, came to the UFC earlier this year after a four-fight winning streak made her 5-1 as a pro after a little more than two years. Her promotional debut was not under ideal circumstances.

After former women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie pulled out of a fight with Marion Reneau at UFC Fight Night 115 in the Netherlands, Oliveira stepped in on a little more than a week’s notice. She made it to the third round with Reneau, but ultimately was finished with a TKO.

With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 124 card includes:

  • Vitor Belfort vs. Uriah Hall
  • Thiago Alves vs. Zak Cummings
  • Matt Frevola vs. Marco Polo Reyes
  • James Krause vs. Alex White
  • Darren Elkins vs. Michael Johnson
  • Jessica Eye vs. Kalindra Faria
  • Irene Aldana vs. Talita Oliveira

For more on UFC Fight Night 124, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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As lawsuit looms, UFC-Sydney's Tim Means rails on shady supplement companies

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SYDNEY – Tim Means is facing two opponents heading into his latest UFC matchup: Belal Muhammad, and an entire shady industry, as he sees it.

On Saturday at UFC Fight Night 121, Means (27-8-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) takes on fellow welterweight Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC). The main-card bout, which airs on FS1 from Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, will provided some much-needed income for Means, who’s been tangled up in pending lawsuit since failing a drug test due to a possible tainted supplement.

Means, who replaced Jesse Taylor on short notice, said the matchup was a no-brainer, largely because he needed some income.

“I need to get paid – (I’m) refinancing the house and doing a whole bunch of stuff,” the 33-year-old Fit NHB fighter told MMAjunkie. “I’m still trying to pay off my taxes from the (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) year in 2015. So, I don’t fight because I love it; I fight because it pays me, and I get to go and meet new people and check some stuff out. The fight? Eh. It what it is.

“It’s either going to be road rage in Albuquerque or messing with someone, so I’d rather keep my mouth closed (and fight).”

RelatedUFC Fight Night 112 winner Tim Means happy to be healthy after battling injury vs. Alex Oliveira

Means estimates he’s spent “$15,000 to $16,000” in lawyer’s fees to fight the company that allegedly produced a tainted supplement. He also estimates he’s lost nearly $200,000 in fight purses during a suspension because of it.

He’s confident his lawsuit will have its intended effect – and it’s not just about money. After all, athletes are having their reputations ruined while the supplement makers simply move on, he said.

“I’m not worried about the money out of it,” Means said. “I want to shut the doors on what they do over there.

” … You look at these supplement companies, all they have to do is get caught, shut down shop, and open up another LLC. And these people are killing young women with fat-cutting pills. They’re targeting young girls that are getting bullied in school because of their weight and these things, right? And all they have to do is – they’re killing, literally killing people.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 121 pre-event facts: Fabricio Werdum brings big numbers

“Shut them down, open a new LLC, (so) the dude is still making sh*t in his garage.”

Means said he’s appreciated USADA’s help in fighting the supplement maker, which he said he can’t name publicly because of the pending lawsuit. Now, though, he’s focused on the task at hand with his fight against Muhammad. Means said he respects his opponent’s skills, which helped Muhammad beat Randy Brown and Jordan Mein in his two most recent appearances. But there’s also a bit of a grudge.

“This dude has been doing a little bit of the yap and saying he’s going to finish me and all of that – that he’s going to stand in front of me,” Means said. “We’ll see about that.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Opening odds: Champ Cris Cyborg is a hefty favorite over Holly Holm at UFC 219

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Can Holly Holm pull off another major upset? If so, some bettors could enjoy a small windfall.

As UFC officials announced on Thursday, women’s featherweight champion Cris Cyborg (18-1 MMA, 3-0 UFC) fights Holm (11-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) at UFC 219, a pay-per-view event that takes place Dec. 30 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Cyborg looks for her first title defense after winning the vacant belt with a third-round TKO victory over Tonya Evinger in July. Holm, meanwhile, looks to build off a June head-kick knockout win over Bethe Correia, which halted a three-fight skid to Miesha Tate (bantamweight title loss), Valentina Shevchenko and Germaine de Randamie (featherweight title loss).

RelatedCris Cyborg-Holly Holm title fight officially booked for UFC 219

Holm’s skid is one reason she’s currently a substantial underdog heading into UFC 219. Veteran MMA oddsmaker Joey Oddessa has opened the line for the fight with Cyborg at -400 and Holm at +300.

The means a winning $100 bet on Cyborg would result in a net profit of $25 (with an implied win probability of 80 percent). A winning $100 bet on Holm, meanwhile, would come with a profit of $300 (win probability 25 percent).

Still, even at those long odds, Oddessa likes Holm’s chances – at least at that price.

“I’m probably in the minority, but I think Holly Holm has a legit shot at beating Cyborg,” he told MMAjunkie. “Most of Cyborg’s opponents dread standing and striking with her, but that’s where Holly is at her best.

“Unlike 18 of Cyborg’s opponents in the past who got crushed on their feet, Holm’s best path to victory may be by keeping the bout standing.”

RelatedAfter UFC champ Cris Cyborg points to drug testing, Holly Holm points to scoreboard

It wouldn’t be the first time Holm won a bout due to her striking skills. The former pro boxing champion faced then-bantamweight champion Rousey, who was a massive -1650 favorite in their 2015 bout at UFC 193. It’s the only time Holm was the underdog in a pro MMA bout – and she pulled off one of the sport’s biggest upsets with the head-kick knockout.

Can she do it again? We’ll find out next month, but Oddessa said all the pressure is on her opponent.

“Holly really has nothing to lose,” he said. “She’s only been an underdog in an MMA fight once time. In her 2015 upset win (over) Rousey, many people, including me, wrote her off and didn’t give her much of a chance of winning.”

Although the current odds are available at limited places, the Cyborg vs. Holm line should be available at most major books in the coming days.

For more on UFC 219, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'Fun' is operative word for tonight's CES MMA 47 headliners, Greg Rebello and Derrick Brown

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Greg Rebello and Derrick Brown may have very different pro records, but they share one thing: respect for each other’s skills.

Coming off a loss at Dana White’s Contender Series 1, 35-year-old Rebello (22-8) makes his 15th CES MMA appearance when he steps in the cage for tonight’s heavyweight headliner. Brown (7-4), in turn, finally makes the promotional debut he’d been longing for.

Considering that Rebello’s 30-fight record dates back to 2005 – with a brief retirement in between – and Brown’s 11-fight run started being built in 2014, it’s clear who has the experience edge.

Still, Rebello is not resting on that.

“Derrick is a young, athletic, elusive striker,” Rebello told AXS TV’s Phoenix Carnevale ahead of CES MMA 47, which takes place tonight at Twin River Casino in Lincoln, R.I. “He’s good. It’s going to be a tough challenge. He poses a lot of problems. Guys that are big and heavy, and they move around a lot and got good footwork – it’s always tough and difficult to figure them out.

“But I’m kind of one of those guys too. So it’s two of us going in there at the same time. It’s going to be interesting. It’s going to be fun.”

RelatedCES MMA 46 video and results: Big-show vet John Howard shows off the ground and pound

“Fun,” by the way, is the operative word for the veteran.

“As soon as this sport stops being fun, I’ll stop doing it,” Rebello said. “I have a good time in training, and no matter what I’m doing, if I’m not having fun, I’m not going to do it. That’s kind of my motto.”

Brown, who had a three-fight winning streak snapped by a loss at CFFC 65 to Karl Roberson in May, acknowledges not only Rebello’s experience but his power – you know, the type that gave him four knockout wins among his five most recent victorious outings.

But as he prepares for a high-visibility headliner against a seasoned vet, Brown believes he’s got the recipe to keep things from becoming overwhelming.

“Just staying calm and being myself and not trying to do anything out of the ordinary or that I wouldn’t normally do,” Brown said. “But I definitely try to be creative with all of my strikes and all my techniques at the same time.”

Thankfully for the fans, Brown shares his opponent’s willingness to keep things exciting in the cage.

“As a fighter, just know I’m going to bring it,” Brown said. “It’s not going to be boring. I’m not going to just try to take somebody down, to hold them down for three rounds trying to get a decision.

“I don’t want to leave in the judges’ hands. I hate going to the decision. I just want to win, I want to compete, and I want to be fun to watch.”

To hear more from tonight’s headliners, check out the video above.

And for more on CES MMA 47, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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UFC-Sydney staff picks: Who got unanimous nods in Australia?

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Tybura Clark
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Rawlings Means
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Muhammad Matthews
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Theodorou Volkanovski
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2017: 115-71
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2017: 110-76
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2017: 109-77
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2017: 108-78
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The UFC is back in Australia this week and one of the world’s great destination cities: Sydney.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Sunday (but airs live on Saturday in North America due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

(Click here to open a PDF of the staff picks grid in a separate window.)

In the main event, former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) takes on Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who is filling in for Mark Hunt. Werdum is more than a 3-1 favorite, and he’s also one of a pair of unanimous picks on the main card from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts.

Also a unanimous pick, welterweight Jake Matthews (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) fights in front of his home fans in Australia and is a 10-0 choice over Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC). The other unanimous pick comes in the fight that opens the main card. Australian featherweight Alex Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) is as much as an 8-1 favorite over short-notice replacement Shane Young (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC), and to little surprise is a 10-0 pick from our staff.

In the co-feature, a pair of Australian women battle at flyweight when another short-notice fighter, Jessica-Rose Clark (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), takes on Bec Rawlings (7-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC). The oddsmakers have the fight as a close one, with Rawlings just a slight favorite. But she’s a 9-1 overwhelming choice from our pickers.

Also on the main card, Tim Means (27-8-1 MMA, 9-5 UFC) is an 8-2 choice over Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in their welterweight fight. And Canada’s Elias Theodorou (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is a 7-3 pick over Australia’s own Daniel Kelly (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) in their middleweight fight.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Werdum, Rawlings, Means, Matthews, Theodorou and Volkanovski are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Matt Mitrione, Aljamain Sterling, Phil Baroni, Ben Fowlkes, Damon Martin


Filed under: Bellator, News, UFC, Videos

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Matt Mitrione, Aljamain Sterling, Phil Baroni, Ben Fowlkes and Damon Martin.

Mitrione is part of the Bellator MMA World Grand Prix 2018. Sterling is awaiting an opponent for UFC Fight Night 123 on Dec. 9. MMA vet Baroni is our in-studio guest. MMAjunkie’s Fowlkes and veteran reporter Martin discuss the latest MMA news and drama.

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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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2567 with Ryan Bader

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Ryan Bader and Jason Buchamer.

Bader discussed his upcoming spot in Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix, which takes place over the course of 2018 and will crown a new champion. Buchamer called in to recap the latest episode of “The Ultimate Fighter 26.”

You can listen below or stream the entire episode on AudioBoom.com.


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10 reasons to watch UFC-Sydney, none of which include hotel drama

The UFC is in Australia on Saturday for UFC Fight Night 121. Headlining the event is a heavyweight scrap between former champion Fabricio Werdum and Marcin Tybura.

Werdum steps into the octagon having fought 42 days ago at UFC 216. He defeated Walt Harris via first-round submission on that card. Werdum got the nod for the Australia card after the UFC pulled Tybura’s original opponent, Mark Hunt, from the event over medical concerns. Tybura’s most recent fight was in June. He earned a decision over former champion Andrei Arlovski in that contest. There’s no doubt two consecutive wins over former champs would boost his status in the division.

In the co-main event, two Australian fighters meet when Bec Rawlings welcomes UFC newcomer Jessica-Rose Clark to the octagon.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Sunday (but airs live on Saturday in North America due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. The race is on

With heavyweight champion Stipe Miocic unbooked for his next title defense, the rest of the division is left to jockey for position to be that next opponent. That includes the man Miocic took the title from, Werdum.

Werdum, currently, ranked No. 3 in the division according to the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, has his work cut out for him in that regard since he’s gone 2-1 since his loss to Miocic. Knowing that, Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) seems to be taking the volume route back to title consideration. He faces Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in Sydney a few weeks removed from his recent win over Harris.

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Tybura, the man who hopes to play spoiler to Werdum’s plan, is currently an honorable mention in the rankings.

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Rawlings is under pressure heading into her first flyweight bout. She’s 2-3 since she joined the UFC, with losses in her past two outings. Rawlings was also one-and-a-half pounds overweight ahead of her most recent fight, a decision loss to Tecia Torres.

Rawlings’ (7-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) opponent, Clark (7-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC), steps in as a late injury replacement for Joanne Calderwood.

While Clark might be an unknown quantity, don’t expect her to wilt under the bright lights of the UFC. In her two most recent fights, she faced former Strikeforce bantamweight champion Sarah Kaufman and veteran Carina Damm. She lost to Kaufman and defeated Damm; both fights went the distance.

Clark mostly throws power punches and heavy low kicks with an occasional combination. She struggles if the fight hits the ground and she ends up in bottom position. Expect her to try and keep this one standing.

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It’s no surprise to see Australia-born Jake Matthews on this card. The 23-year-old has fought seven times for the UFC. Six of those outings took place in his home country or in nearby New Zealand. However, Matthews enters this fight on a two-fight losing skid. His most recent defeat was a November 2016 split-decision loss to Andrew Holbrook.

Healed up after undergoing surgery on both hips, Matthews (10-3 MMA, 4-3 UFC) moves back to welterweight, where he began his MMA career, for this fight against Bojan Velickovic (15-5-1 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC). Like Matthews, the Serbian is coming off a loss. He dropped a unanimous decision to Darren Till in his most recent bout.

Early in his career, it seemed the UFC had Matthews pegged as a promotable fighter for its Australian market. His losing skid seems to have dampened that enthusiasm, as he dropped from the co-main event at UFC Fight Night 101 to the middle of the main card in Sydney.

If the added weight and repaired hips get Matthews back in the win column, expect the promotion’s interest in him to revive.

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Daniel Kelly doesn’t have the chiseled body of many UFC fighters. The 40-year-old Australian’s knees appear to be held together by braces and tape. He’s been an underdog in almost all of his UFC fights.

Despite these apparent shortcomings, Kelly went unbeaten between November 2015 and March 2017. His most prominent win was a unanimous-decision victory over former light heavyweight champion Rashad Evans at UFC 209. Kelly’s feel-good story then ended in June, when Derek Brunson knocked him out.

Kelly’s opponent, Elias Theodorou, is also coming off a loss. The 29-year-old Canadian dropped a decision to Brad Tavares in July.

Kelly (13-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) is a four-time Olympian in judo, so expect him to try to work from the clinch against his younger opponent. As for Theodorou (13-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), he’s one of the more cerebral fighters at middleweight. He crafts a gameplan specific to his opponents, and he generally sticks with that approach.

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Alex Volkanovski could become the next big thing out of Australia. He joined the UFC in 2016 with a record of 13-1 and a long list of titles from smaller MMA promotions. Now 2-0 with the UFC, he faces Shane Young at featherweight.

Volkanovski is a powerful striker with good takedown skills, but he excels on the ground. When he gets his opponent to the mat, the Australian likes to posture up and rain down heavy ground strikes. Those ground strikes earned him a second-round TKO in his UFC debut.

Young (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) is the third scheduled opponent for Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) for this card. The New Zealand-born fighter’s two previously booked opponents withdrew due to injury. Young, who is on a five-fight winning streak, stepped up on less than a weeks’ notice to take this fight.

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Ryan Benoit has struggled since joining the UFC’s flyweight division in 2013. He’s alternated wins and losses and been unable to generate any momentum, even with a knockout of Sergio Pettis in 2015. His most recent fight was a split-decision loss to Brandon Moreno.

Benoit (9-5 MMA, 2-3 UFC) faces Ashkan Mokhtarian in Sydney. Mokhtarian (13-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) debuted with the UFC in June. He entered that fight against John Moraga with 12 career stoppage victories. The Iranian-born fighter left that matchup with his second career loss.

Like Mokhtarian, when Benoit does win, it’s usually via stoppage. He has seven knockouts and one submission in his eight victories. With their recent losses, expect both of these men to do their best to avoid a second consecutive defeat.

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Will Brooks joined the UFC’s lightweight division with a lot of hype. Before he signed with the promotion, the former Bellator champion ran off eight straight wins. He won his UFC debut, but Brooks has since been stopped in his two most recent bouts by unranked fighters.

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To date, Brooks’ performances with the UFC have been uninspired. That could change when he faces Nik Lentz, who is also coming off a loss. If you recall, the UFC pulled Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) from his scheduled fight against Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC 216 due to “medical issues” on weigh-in day. Brooks had already made weight for the lightweight bout before the promotion scratched the contest. No fighter wants to go through camp and a weight cut only to do the same thing a month later.

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Anthony Hamilton and Adam Wieczorek were set to face off at UFC Fight Night 118. However, the heavyweight bout was scratched the day before the event due to security concerns inside Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The UFC made that decision after both fighters made weight at the official weigh-ins. The two now meet more than 9,750 miles away in Sydney.

Wieczorek (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who makes his UFC debut on this card, is on a seven-fight winning streak. Each of his victories have come by way of stoppage. Wieczorek’s sole loss was a 2011 decision defeat to Tybura. Hamilton (15-8 MMA, 3-6 UFC) briefly toyed with retirement after his most recent fight, his third consecutive first-round stoppage defeat.

9. In a hurry

Nadia Kassem has just four fights to her name. Kassem, who recently turned 22, won each of those bouts by first round knockout. Three of those stoppages came in under 30 seconds. Nicknamed “187,” Kassem’s longest outing was her most recent, when she nearly hit the 90-second mark. Her total fight time is 2:22.

Kassem (4-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) meets fellow Aussie Alex Chambers in this strawweight contest. The 39-year-old Chambers (5-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) has not fought since Paige VanZant submitted her in September 2015. Her opponent has fought three times since then.

Expect Kassem to come out fast and test Chambers’ cage readiness after such a long time away.

10. KO kings

Expect action in the heavyweight opener. Neither Rashad Coulter nor his opponent Tai Tuivasa have ever gone the distance. All eight of Coulter’s (8-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) wins have come by knockout, while Tuivasa (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has five first-round KO victories in five professional fights.

The 24-year-old Tuivasa, who makes his UFC debut in his home country, is a former rugby player. He left that sport five years ago to focus on boxing and MMA. He’s a training partner of Mark Hunt, who he cornered at UFC 209. His brother-in-law is UFC competitor Tyson Pedro.

Tuivasa has been sidelined for more than a year. He underwent knee surgery following his October 2016 win over former UFC fighter James McSweeney. Coulter’s most recent fight, his UFC debut, ended in a second-round knockout loss to Chase Sherman. Coulter displayed an incredibly durable chin in that “Fight of the Night” bonus-winning performance.

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For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Don't feel bad for laughing at Junior Albini's diaper look – he's doing the same thing

You might be disappointed to find out that wearing a Reebok diaper to the octagon wasn’t part of some genius marketing plot by Junior Albini – also known as “Baby.”

The peculiar look sported by the Brazilian in his UFC Fight Night 120 loss to former heavyweight champion Andrei Arlovski (26-15 MMA, 15-9 UFC), Albini (14-3 MMA, 1-1 UFC) said, was the result of an attempt to make his shorts more comfortable. And considering there was another man inside the cage to worry about, one can kind of understand that.

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But Albini is not oblivious to the comical effect that his attire had. How could he be, anyway, when the Internet is there to serve him constant reminders?

“People were sending my messages, making fun of me,” Albini told Brazil’s Combate.com. “I thought it was funny, too, in the fight: ‘It does look like a diaper.’ My manager was laughing. We send each other some of the memes and laugh a lot. I was a good sport about it. I have to be. If I get pissed at this, I’m going to get pissed at everything.”

Albini had worn regular shorts in his octagon debut – in which he demolished Timothy Johnson in the first round to earn a “Performance of the Night” bonus. But they kept riding up and bothering him. The weight fluctuations between the time Albini arrived in the U.S. for fight week and the time he actually got to fight made the outfit an annoyance in the leg area.

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“The guy wants to kill me across the cage, and I’m going to worry about this, about shorts?” Albini said. “So I did that big diaper, but I had no idea it was going to look like that. Next time, I talked to my manager, I’m going to keep my weight stable and ask Reebok for (stretch material) so I can get accustomed to them. I don’t like (the shorts) tight.

“Next time I’m going to wear Lycras, no more shorts like these. Fighting in a diaper is rough.”

In any case, Albini doesn’t place the blame for the loss on his wardrobe. Rather, the 26-year-old up-and-comer said the pressure of being a favorite against Arlovksi, helped by the fact he was heavier than usual this time around, may have gotten to him.

“The main factor was that I ended up feeling pressured to win, and to win with a good knockout,” Albini said. “I believe I should have loosened up more. (I should have) made a different game and stayed more relaxed, as in a normal fight. The knockout ended up not happening, and I was a bit frustrated.”

For complete coverage of UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Previously motivated by anger, Will Brooks finds comfort in happiness ahead of UFC-Sydney

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SYDNEY – It took some soul-searching and some important conversations, but Will Brooks is ready to get back on track.

Brooks came into the UFC with some excitement behind him. After all, he’d not only conquered but also defended Bellator’s lightweight crown two times before the promotion granted him a contract release. When Brooks vacated that belt and entered the UFC, he was on a nine-fight winning streak.

Brooks’ UFC debut went fine, with a unanimous-decision win over Ross Pearson. But it was downhill from there. A match with an overweight Alex Oliveira ended in a TKO loss and a damaged rib. Then came Charles Oliveira and, with him, a first-round submission setback.

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As he prepares to meet Nik Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) at this weekend’s UFC Fight Night 121, Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) rides the first losing skid of career.

For some fighters, consecutive losses can be traced back to personal turbulence. In Brooks’ case, though, it wasn’t that things were going bad – they were going a little too well.

“Everything I’ve done in this sport has been motivated off of being bitter, upset,” Brooks told MMAjunkie, “and having a chip on my shoulder and being angry all the time. That kind of motivated me to where I needed to go. It was kind of like me against everybody else.

“So once I got my wife, my daughter, my house, money in the bank to pay my mortgage, pay my bills, I’m like, ‘This is everything I wanted.’ I didn’t know how to be comfortable being happy in a way.”

His past few camps, Brooks admits, were lacking fire and passion. Not because he was “bored” with the sport, he clarifies.

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“I just put all of my energy into trying to lay the groundwork to be the best father and husband that I could be,” Brooks said.

While there’s certainly nothing wrong with being focused on your loved ones, its takes some selfishness to be a high-level athlete. Finding the balance between family man and keeping the fire alive as a fighter, Brooks said, was the real struggle.

“I had to step back and really look at the whole picture,” Brooks said. “Sit down with my coaches and really ask them questions. See how they felt about some of the things that I was doing. There were days I was skipping practice to stay at home with the baby and things like that, when I should have made different arrangements.”

It took talking to his coaches, to his family and to those close to him for Brooks to get back to where he needed to be. And he singles out a specific piece of advice from Bellator stand-out Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal, who opened his eyes to the fact that it didn’t have to be Brooks against the world – it could be Brooks and his loved ones facing it all together, instead.

“That makes sense, because when you take two losses in a row, that does hurt your bank account,” Brooks said. “You start looking around, you’re like, ‘Man, everything I built, this might not sustain itself if I don’t do the things I need to do.’

“So I’m motivated, I’m focused, I’m locked in. I think I found that fire in myself again.”

Brooks will get his chance to prove that in the re-booked meeting with Lentz at UFC Fight Night 121. The lightweight bout takes place Sunday (but airs live on Saturday in North America due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

As for how the bout will unfold?

“I’m going to finish him in the second round,” Brooks said.

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Warlley Alves has Fabricio Werdum's back: Leave Colby Covington for me

From former UFC champ Jon Jones to contender Kelvin Gastelum, UFC fighters are feeling all types of way about the recent altercation between Fabricio Werdum and Colby Covington.

As someone who’s both a part of Covington’s past and interested in his future, UFC welterweight Warlley Alves didn’t sit this one out, either.

Alves faced Covington in December 2015. The Brazilian went into the UFC 194 encounter unbeaten and stayed that way after finishing Covington with his signature guillotine choke in the first round. It was Covington’s first and, to this day, only career loss.

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On Thursday, Alves (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC), who’d already been eyeing a rematch with Covington (13-1 MMA, 8-1 UFC), heard about happened in Sydney. And not only did he not take issue with Werdum’s (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) alleged boomerang-throwing, he actually had a special request for his fellow countryman.

“I didn’t think it was a big deal,” Alves told MMAjunkie. “Actually, I know the whole story. What happened was Colby kicked him. Werdum defended it. And people stepped in to separate them. Colby was mocking him and Werdum, who’s no push-over, threw the boomerang.

“I’ll make a request here: Werdum, please don’t hit him. Leave him for me. Or better yet, you can hit him, just don’t hurt him. Because I want to beat him up.”

Of course, it’s usually the fighter who got beat that asks for a rematch. But Alves’ interest, he says, has been sparked by something much bigger than their history: It’s about country.

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Covington infamously incited the ire of Brazil last month, when he flew down to Sao Paulo for a UFC Fight Night 119 meeting with two-time UFC title challenger Demian Maia. While Covington’s jabs toward the country had been present all week, it came to a boiling point after he beat Maia – thanks to a post-fight speech that involved calling Brazilians “filthy animals.”

Covington has remained unapologetic – at least toward Brazilians – and, once more, brought up this rhetoric against Werdum. That – and the use of an anti-gay slur – is why some of his peers, despite the fact that the available images show Werdum as the one who turned things physical, aren’t showing Covington much sympathy.

Alves, who had just returned from his honeymoon when he was alerted to Covington’s post-fight speech in Sao Paulo, has had that stuck in his throat since.

“I’m an extremely patriotic person,” Alves sad. “People around me know how devoted I am to my faith and to my country. People who follow me on Instagram know how much I love the Brazilian flag and how much I value it.

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“Then this coward, this chicken, this idiot comes in and says my people are animals. That Brazil is a place of filthy people? I already wanted to beat him up again, because he’s too full of himself, but now I really want to beat him up.”

Alves clarified that his intention is in no way to make this an issue of Brazil vs. U.S., as his problem is not with an entire nation: it’s personal. Alves was so peeved by Covington’s remarks, he says, that he tried to get in touch through different types of media – including the phone.

The fact that Covington hung up and never replied to his Instagram message, for Alves that can mean only one thing.

“He’s running from me,” Alves said. “I called him, and he picked up. We started talking and, when he realized it was me, he hung up. He’s a coward, a chicken. He comes in here, speaks poorly of my country.

“He attacks my people from under his bed, which is where he is at when he’s making his posts talking about our people. He does that from under his bed, because he knows that if we run into each other anywhere, I’m going to get him.”

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While Covington has said he’d take the chance to correct the “fluke” loss to Alves, he’s been aiming higher up the welterweight ladder lately. More specifically, he’s been saving most of his verbal ammunition for champion Tyron Woodley.

Since their meeting, Alves and Covington have gone on much different paths. Covington beat four opponents in a row en route to his co-headliner against Maia, while Alves has just recently bounced back from a two-fight losing skid.

Still, Alves said this is not about where they two stand in the welterweight rankings.

“I’m not doing this to promote myself,” Alves said. “Even if I beat him up, which I will do, I can stay in the same place in the rankings.”

Ultimately, Alves believes there are more worthy contenders in line for Woodley’s belt than Covington. And, of course, he’d like to get his stab at the controversial welterweight first. But, even if Covington does end up landing his title shot, Alves doesn’t mind waiting.

“He can fight for the belt. He can do whatever he wants,” Alves said. “But when we meet, I’ll get my hands on him. He’ll regret having said anything about my country. He’ll never say anything about anyone’s nation again. Because I’ll beat him up, and he’ll apologize.”

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


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'Rich Franklin's ONE Warrior Series' docu-series isn't 'TUF,' but it'll serve same purpose


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ONE Championship official are searching for new talent, and Rich Franklin has been chosen as the head recruiter.

Officials today announced a new documentary series, “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series,” in which former the UFC middleweight champion and ONE Championship vice president will travel throughout Asia to search for new fighters.

The series, which is expected to debut in the first quarter of 2018, will feature 30-minute episodes and include locales such as Bangkok, Manila, Seoul, Tokyo and Beijing. Chosen fighters could earn six-figure ONE Championship contracts and spots on future cards.

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In each episode, Franklin, a 43-year-old fan favorite who joined the ONE Championship executive team in 2014, will check out the local culture and customs while scouting fighters (check out a trailer above).

Here are some details from the announcement:

The screening and tryouts process will consist of pad sessions, grappling demonstrations, conditioning exams, and an interview process, among others. Once selected, athletes will compete in trial exhibition bouts with a chance at earning a six-figure contract with ONE Championship based on performance.

It’s not totally unlike “The Ultimate Fighter,” the UFC’s long-run reality series that has launched the UFC careers of hundreds of fighters. Franklin actually served as a head coach on “TUF 2” (and had a short coaching stint on “TUF 11” after replacing Tito Ortiz). He also headlined the TUF 1 Finale, which proved to be on of the UFC’s most important events for MMA breaking into the mainstream.

However, unlike the tournament-based “TUF,” “Rich Franklin’s ONE Warrior Series” is more like UFC President Dana White’s new series, “Dana White Lookin’ for a Fight,” in which the UFC executive scouts the country to recruit talent.

“Asia is the hotbed of the industry’s top martial arts prospects,” Franklin stated in the announcement. “It comes as no surprise, since martial arts has been home to the region for the past 5,000 years. Throughout my time in ONE Championship, I have been witness to some of the best martial arts talent I have ever seen. Stars today such as Angela Lee and Eduard Folayang came from the grassroots level of talent in Asia, and the next martial arts superstar is just waiting to be discovered. Follow me on this journey to showcase Asia’s greatest cultural treasure, and join me on the hunt to find ONE Championship’s new wave of superstars.”

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

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


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Alex Volkanovski wants $50,000 KO at UFC-Sydney, then fight with 'bully' Jeremy Stephens in Perth

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SYDNEY – With his third UFC fight in less than a year right around the corner, Alex Volkanovski has a pretty clear plan for his future.

Naturally, it starts with Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) taking out short-notice newcomer Shane Young (11-3 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in their featherweight fight at UFC Fight Night 121 – and in a way that gets him a $50,000 performance bonus.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Sunday (but airs live on Saturday in North America due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Young stepped in for Humberto Bandenay earlier this week, and Bandenay had been a replacement for Jeremy Kennedy. Strangely enough, Volkanovski knows a little about Young.

“We get along with their gym very well,” Volkanovski told MMAjunkie at a media day this week. “I’ve got a guy cornering me who is actually one of his training partners. They haven’t been with each other forever, but it just shows you. At the end of the day, I’m happy for him, but I’ve got to do my thing. I’m looking for that finish and I’m looking for that $50,000.”

But after this weekend, Volkanovski wants to make things a little more regular – like back again in February at UFC 221 in Perth, giving him another fight in front of his home Australian fans.

“I want to fight as regularly as I can,” he said. “I’ll be calling out all these bad boys and these top 15 guys. I’m going to prove why I’m ready for these top guys – I’m getting thrown guys and I’m finishing them, dominating performances, so I’m expecting to do that again. I want a top-ranked opponent, and I want him in Perth.”

Just how top-ranked? For now, how about Jeremy Stephens (26-14 MMA, 13-13 UFC), who despite his .500 UFC record presents a potential opponent with longevity.

“He’s highly ranked, he’s well known, and I’m after these bad boys,” Volkanovski said. “He says he’s a tough guy, he’s a bad boy. I think of him like a bully-type of person. I don’t like bullies. He can try and bully me and we’ll see what happens. I’ve got a job to do on (Saturday), but I’d love to fight him, that’s for sure.”

For more from Volkanovski, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Jorge Masvidal on 'crazy' Colby Covington's antics: 'He's going to do whatever he wants'

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SYDNEY – It’s been an eventful past few weeks for UFC welterweight Colby Covington – and that might be putting it mildly.

The whirlwind started last month immediately after Covington’s unanimous-decision win over Demian Maia in Sao Paulo, where Covington used his octagon interview to spew disdain for Brazil, calling the people there “filthy animals.”

It continued with a fake apology, followed by callout after callout of UFC champion Tyron Woodley.

RelatedJon Jones blasts Colby Covington for racism, throws shade after Fabricio Werdum altercation

That brings us to this week, with Covington getting into a heated altercation with heavyweight Fabricio Werdum in Sydney, which resulted in Werdum allegedly hitting Covington with a boomerang and now facing a common assault charge for his actions.

It’s unknown who instigated the encounter, but parts of it – including the alleged assault – were caught on video. One thing made clear from Covington’s live-stream was his continued anti-Brazil sentiment.

“F*ck Brazil. F*ck Fabricio Werdum. Little b*tch ass,” Covington told his followers. “F*ck Brazil. A bunch of filthy animals. And they wonder why they get talked to like that. Because they’re a bunch of animals.”

If you’re a friend or teammate of Covington’s, you might think it’d be hard to defend his antics of late, which have called into question Covington’s perceived racism. But fellow American Top Team competitor Jorge Masvidal chalks it up, basically, to Colby being Colby.

RelatedFabricio Werdum wants to erase Colby Covington from his mind with UFC-Sydney fight looming

“Colby’s Colby. That’s my partner,” said Masvidal, a guest this week for UFC Fight Night 121, which takes place Saturday at Qudos Bank Arena. “He’s going to do whatever he wants. He’s not going to definitely listen to me. He’s crazy.”

Masvidal, at least in some way, can relate to what Covington went through with Werdum. During UFC 217 fight week in New York, Masvidal got into a heated exchange with middleweight Michael Bisping – not once, but twice.

Without knowing for sure how things escalated between Werdum and Covington, all Masvidal could speak to is that sometimes, even when you don’t look for trouble, trouble finds you.

RelatedFabricio Werdum tired of trash talk culture with Conor McGregor copycats

“It’s crazy, because I don’t want to be starting more bad press for my sport and getting fines,” Masvidal said. “So, in a way, I’m glad that (I wasn’t there). I don’t want to be part of the chaos. I’m not going to run from it. If there’s a fight, and somebody’s picking it with me, well, that’s what I love to do. So, f*ck it. Might have to do a free one here and there.

“But I don’t want to, though. I don’t want to get in trouble. I don’t want no extra negative media on me.”

Is that a message Masvidal could impart on his friend?

“He’s on a different vibe. He’s got different plans,” Masvidal said of Covington. “I don’t tell him what to do when it comes to that type of stuff. He’ll listen to me, but at the end of the day, that dude’s crazy. He’s going to do whatever he wants to do.”

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 121 official weigh-in results and live video stream (7 p.m. ET)


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SYDNEY – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s early, official and only UFC Fight Night 121 fighter weigh-ins, which kick off at 7 p.m. ET (4 p.m. PT).

The weigh-ins take place at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney and are open to the fans. These are the only weigh-in festivities for the event; unlike other shows, no ceremonial weigh-ins are scheduled.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Sunday (but airs live on Saturday in North America due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, and it airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Among those weighing in are Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) and Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), who meet in the heavyweight headliner.

The full UFC Fight Night 121 weigh-in results include:

MAIN CARD (FS1, 10 p.m. ET)

  • Fabricio Werdum () vs. Marcin Tybura ()
  • Jessica-Rose Clark () vs. Bec Rawlings ()
  • Tim Means () vs. Belal Muhammad ()
  • Jake Matthews () vs. Bojan Velickovic ()
  • Daniel Kelly () vs. Elias Theodorou ()
  • Alex Volkanovski () vs. Shane Young ()

PRELIMINARY CARD (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)

  • Ryan Benoit () vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian ()
  • Will Brooks () vs. Nik Lentz ()
  • Anthony Hamilton () vs. Adam Wieczorek ()
  • Damien Brown () vs. Frank Camacho ()

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)

  • Alex Chambers () vs. Nadia Kassem ()
  • Jenel Lausa () vs. Eric Shelton ()
  • Rashad Coulter () vs. Tai Tuivasa ()

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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The MMA Road Show with John Morgan No. 138 – Sydney: UFC-Sydney preview with Submission Radio's Denis Shkuratov, Kacper Rosolowski

Episode No. 138 of “The MMA Road Show with John Morgan” podcast is now available for streaming and download.

MMAjunkie lead staff reporter John Morgan hosts the show while traveling the world to cover the sport.

John Morgan is in Sydney for UFC Fight Night 121, and he sits down with the boys from Submission Radio to preview the card, as well as review the craziness of the past week in the MMA world.

Listen below, or check it out on iTunes or at themmaroadshow.com. You can also subscribe via RSS.


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