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Co-headliner Fernando Gonzalez believes an exciting Bellator 182 display could lead to a title shot

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VERONA, N.Y. – It’s an interesting time to be a welterweight on Bellator’s roster.

Sitting atop the 170-pound chain, fresh off his Bellator 180 title defense over Lorenz Larkin, is champion Douglas Lima. Directly behind him sits former UFC title challenger Rory MacDonald – who, after stamping his Bellator title shot with a debut win over Paul Daley, already has addressed his impatience in waiting for a fight.

Below the “The Red King,” there’s a tight race. By pitting Chidi Njokuani’s unblemished Bellator record against an ex-champion in Andrey Koreshkov, Saturday’s Bellator 182 headliner, for instance, could very well determine a challenger.

But another welterweight competing on that same Bellator 182 card believes the winner of his own bout might end up cutting in line.

“There’s not really much rankings in Bellator – it’s more who can put on the best performance,” Fernando Gonzalez told MMAjunkie on Wednesday. “The way me and (Brennan Ward) fight – it’s going to be exciting, man. I’m more excited because of the matchup.

“I don’t really predict what’s going to happen next. But I know, if I had a prediction: I would say, if me and Brennan go out there and give the performance we know we’re going to, either one of us could get the title shot next. I know it’s going to be me, because I’ve trained my ass off for this fight and I’m going to get my hand raised.”

Gonzalez (26-14 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) and Ward (14-5 MMA, 9-5 BMMA) will co-headline Saturday’s card at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The 178-pound catchweight bout airs on Spike, along with the rest of the main card, following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Ward enters the cage looking for recovery after Paul Daley’s massive flying knee put a first-round stop to their Bellator 170 fight in January. Gonzalez, in turn, comes into Saturday’s bout off an important Bellator 174 decision win over Brandon Girtz.

It hasn’t been all positives for Gonzalez, though. This past November at Bellator 165, he dropped a tight split decision to undefeated and hyped prospect Michael Page. That meant not only a halt to a five-fight victorious momentum, but also Gonzalez’s first Bellator loss.

Still, as far as negative outcomes go, he doesn’t seem all that broken up about that particular one.

In fact, it’s quite the opposite. Against a creative and feared striker in Page, Gonzalez believes he was able to showcase a much different part of his game. And, while he didn’t quite agree with how the judges scored it, he was happy with the way he performed.

“When he walked into the arena, they were cheering for him,” Gonzalez said. “When we walked out, they were cheering for me. I walked out of there feeling like I got the victory. (You) can’t see it the way the judges do every time. But my job is to go out there and fight. The way I felt, (was) that I won the fight.

“So going into (the Girtz fight), I went in there with a lot of confidence knowing that I made someone that was hyped up to be a killer, I made him look ordinary. Everything (Page) did to other people, he couldn’t do that to me.”

On Saturday, Gonzalez takes on an opponent who hasn’t gone the distance in any of his 14 Bellator fights. And, as it turns out, Gonzalez is not expecting to be the first to do the honors.

“Honestly, I go off of what they give me,” Gonzalez said. “(Ward) is aggressive, so it could easily be a knockout or a submission, just because I do notice he tends to gas after a couple of punches. If he doesn’t land it, he’ll try to get you to the ground.

“It could easily be a submission or me catching him on the ground or me catching him on the chin as he’s rushing in.”

To hear more from Gonzalez, check out the video above.

And for more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Undefeated A.J. McKee wants rival James Gallagher for next fight after Bellator 182

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When undefeated Bellator featherweight A.J. McKee was offered a fight with Blair Tugman at Bellator 182, he shrugged his shoulders and accepted.

“If they say ‘Hey, we want you to fight this guy,’ that’s the guy I’m going to fight,” McKee told MMAjunkie.

At the same time, the booking sidestepped a ready-made rivalry with James Gallagher. The two repeatedly have called each other out in interviews.

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A ready-made rivalry is a precious commodity in the fight game, and it could be the Viacom-owned promotion is waiting for a McKee-Gallagher matchup to reach critical mass before pairing them. McKee (8-0 MMA, 8-0 BMMA) doesn’t question Bellator’s decision to keep them apart, but he doesn’t want to wait much longer to face the Irish prospect.

After all, McKee is working on a timeline, and his first task is to dispatch his avowed enemies.

“Once I begin to get after my other goals, I’m not going to want to take a step down for the easy paycheck,” he said. “There’s a time schedule for some things that I want to do.”

McKee’s current plan is to dispatch Tugman (10-6 MMA, 5-2 BMMA) quickly when they meet Friday on Bellator 182’s Spike-televised main card at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. McKee said that will give him the longest win streak among Bellator fighters.

RelatedBellator's A.J. McKee views 'little puppy dog' James Gallagher as 'a joke'

After that, McKee wants an opponent in the top five of the featherweight division. And if he wins that, he wants a title shot; currently, the belt is held by Patricio “Pitbull” Freire.

At 22, McKee’s goal is to become the youngest MMA champion in history, beating Jon Jones by one year.

“He holds the records, and records are history,” McKee said of the currently embattled UFC light heavyweight champion. “I’m looking forward to making new records.”

McKee also doesn’t rule out a trip to the lightweight, where his height and reach make him competitive among the division’s veterans.

RelatedA.J. McKee not happy with James Gallagher sliding into his DMs: 'I'll whoop his ass in his home town'

“I’ll be faster and definitely a lot stronger,” he said. “Those are the bigger advantages.”

Perhaps the biggest, however, is a drive to see through his career ambitions. McKee was rocked by a knee from opponent Ray Wood this past December and nearly was finished. He said he walked into the cage with little desire to fight, and the result taught him a lesson about how quickly dreams can be taken away.

“If you’re knocking everybody out within 1 minute and thirty seconds of a fight, and you train three months for that fight, and you’ve had that happen five fights in a row, that’s two years. It gets old,” he said. “You get bored. You want to start doing other things. It was an eye-opener of what’s ahead, like, ‘Hey, dude, you’ve worked so hard to get here, and you’re just going to throw it away because you don’t want to do this?'”

Boredom remains McKee’s biggest enemy as he progresses. But he tries to beat that feeling back with every trip to the arena.

“Now I’m more focused than ever and ready to put on a show,” he said.

For more on Bellator 182, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Why Mayweather-McGregor reminds Dana White of Chuck Liddell's PRIDE venture

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LAS VEGAS – Cross-promotion historically hasn’t been UFC President Dana White’s thing. There have been a couple instances that it’s happened, though, and Saturday’s boxing match between UFC champion Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather is one of them.

Many moons ago White sent one of his close friends and favorite fighters, former UFC champion Chuck Liddell, over to the now-defunct PRIDE organization in hopes of having one of his star athletes showcase his skills in enemy territory. The bout between McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) has many similarities.

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“It’s very much the same, except for the fact that Chuck was fighting in mixed martial arts,” White told reporters prior to Wednesday’s press conference in Las Vegas. “I think the different thing I was thinking about was the ring. They were fighting in a ring. But other than that, it was the same sport at least. He wasn’t going up against the greatest boxer of all time.”

McGregor meets Mayweather in the 12-round, 154-pound bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs on pay-per-view for a high definition price tag of $99.95.

One of the upsides to promoting a fight outside the UFC is the fact White doesn’t have to hide his bias. He can completely and totally get behind one fighter and push what he believes makes them great and why a win is on the horizon.

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Although Liddell’s venture into PRIDE in November 2003 ended poorly in the form of a second-round TKO loss to Quinton Jackson, White is feeling extremely confident about McGregor’s chances, all but guaranteeing a knockout for his fighter.

“I’ve been saying this all along: For all the people who come out and say he doesn’t belong here, this fight’s ridiculous and everything else, when he knocks Floyd Mayweather out on Saturday, what are all these naysayers (going to say)?” White said. “They’re going to say Floyd was too old. It’s going to be a whole other set of excuses. Get ready. Remember I told you that. A whole other set of excuses when he knocks him out.”

RelatedVideo: Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor face off at final press conference

Despite White’s confidence in McGregor’s ability to pull off a stunning upset of the unbeaten Mayweather, he does admit to having legitimate nerves ahead of the contest. He knows “The Notorious” is taking on a tall task, however. If any fighter is capable of achieving the unthinkable, he said it’s McGregor.

“I’m nervous, but Conor’s the guy for this job. He really is the guy for this job,” White said. “I call him ‘The Unicorn,’ man. I’ve never dealt with anybody like this guy. … Pressure? It’s almost like when he shines the most. When the most pressure is on him he shines the most. He’s a very unique, special individual, and I’m very much looking forward to it.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Marcin Held tries to snap 3-fight skid vs. Teemu Packalen at UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland

For the first time in more than seven years, Marcin Held will get to fight in front of his home Polish fans.

Held (22-7 MMA, 0-3 UFC) will take on Teemu Packalen (8-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) in a lightweight fight at UFC Fight Night 118 in Poland. The bout, not yet made official by the UFC, first was reported by MMADNA.com.

UFC Fight Night 118 takes place Oct. 21 at Ergo Arena in Gdansk, Poland. The event will stream live on UFC Fight Pass.

After fighting his first 11 pro bouts in his home country, Held hasn’t fought there since October 2010. After that, he signed with Bellator, where he became one of the promotion’s most feared submission artists. He won 11 of his first 13 fights for the promotion, but then dropped a lightweight title fight to then-champ Will Brooks in November 2015.

Held is badly in need of a win. He beat Dave Jansen at Bellator 155 in May 2016 to avenge one of his Bellator losses, then signed with the UFC. But since coming over less than a year ago, he has decision losses to Diego Sanchez and Joe Lauzon – a fight even Lauzon said Held was robbed in by the judges. And in May, he was knocked out seven seconds into the third round by a Damir Hadzovic knee in Sweden, giving him three straight setbacks.

Teemu Packalen

Finland’s Packalen has alternated wins and losses since coming to the UFC a little more than two years ago. He started his career 7-0 with seven stoppages. But in his promotional debut, he dropped a decision to Mickael Lebout in Scotland. He bounced back with a bonus-winning submission of Thibault Gouti in February 2016 in just 24 seconds in London. But in March, after 13 months on the sideline, he was knocked out in 30 seconds by Marc Diakiese.

With the addition, the latest UFC Fight Night 118 card now includes:

  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Marcin Held vs. Teemu Packalen

For more on UFC Fight Night 118, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Calderwood vs. Rawlings, Kennedy vs. Volkanovski set for UFC Fight Night 121 in Sydney

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The UFC’s return to the “Land Down Under” has another pair of fights headed for the card.

Joanne Calderwood (11-3 MMA, 3-3 UFC) will take on Australia’s own Bec Rawlings (7-6 MMA, 2-3 UFC) in the newly created women’s flyweight division at UFC Fight Night 121. UFC officials announced the booking following an initial report from the Brisbane Times.

And according to a report from E. Spencer Kyte in The Province, Canadian featherweight Jeremy Kennedy (11-0 MMA, 3-0 UFC) will fight Alex Volkanovski (15-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) on the card. UFC officials have not made a formal announcement of that booking.

UFC Fight Night 121 takes place Nov. 19 (but airs in the U.S. on Nov. 18 due to the time difference) at Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney. It’s expected to air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

After talking about her struggles to make 115 pounds for years, and after missing the strawweight limit her most recent time out against Cynthia Valvillo, Calderwood finally gets to fight at 125 on a likely permanent basis. After starting her career a perfect 8-0, she came to the UFC by way of Season 20 of “The Ultimate Fighter.” On the show, she lost to eventual runner-up Rose Namajunas in the semifinals.

Still, she won three of her first four in the UFC, including a “Fight of the Night” decision over Cortney Casey, and a TKO of Valerie Letourneau in a special flyweight fight in June 2016, well before the UFC officially brought the division in. But at UFC 203 nearly a year ago, she was submitted by Jessica Andrade. And at UFC Fight Night 113 in July in front of her home fans, she missed weight and lost a decision to Calvillo.

Bec Rawlings

Rawlings has back-to-back losses, as well. Like Calderwood, she got her UFC shot courtesy of “TUF 20.” On the show’s live finale, she dropped a decision to Heather Jo Clark. But she bounced back with consecutive wins in her home country of Australia – a submission of Lisa Ellis in 2015 and a decision over Seo Hee Hamm in 2016.

Those wins earned her a step up in competition. But against Paige VanZant in the UFC on FOX 21 co-main event a year ago, she was caught with a head kick early in the second round. And against Tecia Torres at UFC Fight Night 104 in February, she missed the strawweight limit at weigh-ins, then lost a decision on fight night.

Jeremy Kennedy

Kennedy will put his unblemished record on the line in hostile territory. He started his UFC run at lightweight a year ago and took a unanimous decision from Alessandro Ricci. He then returned to featherweight, where he has decision wins over Rony Jason in Brazil and Kyle Bochniak in July in New York.

Strangely enough, it will be the third straight time Kennedy will go into his opponent’s home base to fight. His UFC debut came in front of his own home fans in British Columbia. But since then, he’s had to fight Jason in Brazil, Bochniak on Long Island, and now Volkanovski in Australia.

Alex Volkanovski

Australia’s Volkanovski ran his winning streak to 12 fights in June when he took a unanimous decision from Mizuto Hirota at UFC Fight Night 110 in New Zealand. His UFC debut came in November 2016 in his home country when he stopped Yusuke Kasuya with a second-round TKO in a lightweight fight. Of his 15 career wins, a dozen have come by stoppage.

With the additions, UFC Fight Night 121 now includes:

  • Mark Hunt vs. Marcin Tybura
  • Rashad Coulter vs. Tai Tuivasa
  • Ryan Benoit vs. Ashkan Mokhtarian
  • Belal Muhammad vs. Jesse Taylor
  • Joanne Calderwood vs. Bec Rawlings
  • Jeremy Kennedy vs. Alex Volkanovski

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


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Conor McGregor: Floyd Mayweather's strip club 'like a crack den' (no offense to workers)

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LAS VEGAS – There’s no angle Conor McGregor won’t attack against Floyd Mayweather.

Today, McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) found a new twist on an old jab at Mayweather’s (49-0 boxing) financial literacy, mocking the boxing champ’s investment in a strip club.

“That strip club is bleeding money from him, and he knows it, and he’s talking about franchising it,” McGregor said backstage after the final press conference for “The Money Fight,” which takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “The thing looks like a crack den, and that’s no disrespect to the people that are in there. It’s a horrendous decision.”

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While promoting “The Money Fight,” Mayweather has made sure to plug his newest business venture, Girl Collection, a 6,000 square-foot topless club in Las Vegas that he opened in May. Tickets to his “victory party” after the fight start at $300 and top out at $3,000.

Mayweather told Jimmy Kimmel he got into the adult entertainment business because “breasts, vaginas, music and alcohol will never go out of style.” He brought cameras from Showtime’s “All Access” to the club. He recently said he would spend every night of fight week under its red lights.

McGregor isn’t impressed. He shrugged when asked the inevitable question about whether Mayweather’s extracurricular trips indicated overconfidence in a win.

RelatedVideo: Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor face off at final press conference

“I don’t care about that,” the UFC lightweight champ said. “Whatever. He’s so cool, isn’t he? At the strip club a couple days before the fight. Like, who gives a bollocks, mate. I’d say the place stinks. That’s being straight. Looking at it on ‘All Access,’ I’d say the place stinks.”

Even before “The Money Fight” was signed, UFC President Dana White speculated Mayweather would take a fight with McGregor because of a ravenous spending appetite. When the fight was booked, McGregor looked on with glee as fans taunted Mayweather over a highly publicized bill with the IRS. Today, he said the undefeated boxer’s gambling habits and bad decisions had ultimately brought them together.

“He needs to let that gambling go,” McGregor said. “He’s always talking about doing it, and then not doing it. I don’t really care. You don’t see many winners in those places.”

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The winners, McGregor boasted, invest in businesses that earn a sound profit, like his own deal with luxury clothing maker David August. The two paired for his UFC fight with Dustin Poirier and eventually struck a business deal.

McGregor said a full line of branded apparel will be released soon and will reinvent the apparel industry. A suit covered head to toe in an expletive, debuted for the Los Angeles stop of the May-Mac world tour, certainly made an impression, if nothing else.

“This is a move to make,” McGregor said. “So I’m very proud of myself for the moves I’m making.”

Of course, the best way to determine who made the smartest move is to check in five years which business is still around. Fighters make all sorts of moves with their money – fewer make ones that pay off.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Bellator 188 features title rematch between champ Patricio Freire, Daniel Weichel

Daniel Weichel nearly captured the Bellator featherweight title the first time he fought champion Patricio Friere. Now he’ll get a second chance.

Bellator today announced on Twitter a title rematch between “Pitbull” (26-4 MMA, 14-4 BMMA) and Weichel (39-9, 8-1 BMMA) to headline Bellator 188, which takes place Nov. 16 at Menora Mivtachim Arena Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. The event’s main card airs live on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

It’s the Viacom-owned promotion’s second trip to Tel Aviv after a sellout show at Bellator 164, which featured Douglas Lima’s welterweight title-winning bout against Andrey Koreshkov.

Freire makes the first defense of his featherweight title in his second stint as Bellator champ. In his previous bout, he submitted Daniel Straus to win back the belt after a decision loss to Straus in 2015.

Prior to that fight, Freire took on Weichel at Bellator 138 and survived an early scare when he was knocked to the ground at the end of the first frame. Weichel came out to finish in the second and instead caught a punch that knocked him out.

Also confirmed for the event is a middleweight bout between vet John Salter (14-3 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) and Anatoly Tokov (25-2 MMA, 1-0 BMMA). Salter is on a four-fight streak with Bellator, most recently submitting Kendall Grove at Bellator 181, while Tokov beat Francisco France via TKO at Bellator 172.

For more on Bellator 188, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Showtime exec Stephen Espinoza stops short of predicting May-Mac breaking pay-per-view record

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LAS VEGAS – Saturday’s anticipated boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will be available to more eyeballs than any other combat sports event in history. Still, Showtime Sports executive Stephen Espinoza is unsure if the event will set the all-time pay-per-view record.

Currently, the fight between Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and Manny Pacquiao, which took place in May 2015, holds the pay-per-view record at 4.6 million buys. There’s potential for the fight with McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) to supersede that number, but Espinoza isn’t going to make any bold claims that it will get there.

RelatedVideo: Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor face off at final press conference

“I am definitely on the fence,” Espinoza told reporters prior to today’s news conference in Las Vegas. “I do not believe it will just because I never believe it’s going to be that. I’m just conservative by nature. Do we have the potential? Absolutely.”

Mayweather vs. McGregor takes place T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs on pay-per-view for a high-definition price tag of $99.95.

Espinoza said nearly 225 countries will have the opportunity to view the fight in some fashion, but not every region has to pay the lofty $99.95 fee, which is the same price as Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. Although Espinoza said the event will be “the most widely seen, widely distributed fight in combat sports history,” the record numbers brought in by Mayweather vs. Pacquiao are ones Espinoza believed would never be broken.

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So where does Espinoza see the final tallies landing? He said that’s something he’s still struggling to figure out, but by fight night will apparently have a much more realistic figure in mind.

“Anything beyond 4.6 million (would surprise me),” Espinoza said. “In retrospect, a lot of predictions, including mine for Mayweather-Pacquiao, were in the 3 to 3.5 million, which we thought were borderline crazy. To surpass that by 30 percent is a shock. We all walked away form that event saying we would never see anything like that again in our lifetimes. To be here two years later talking maybe 5 million, maybe 4 million would be impressive. It’s crazy that we’re even talking about that record being in play.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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DWCS 1 winner Boston Salmon meets Augusto Mendes at UFC Fight Night 119 in Brazil

Boston is heading to Brazil – Boston Salmon, that is.

Thanks to his win on the first installment of Dana White’s Contender Series, Salmon (6-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) has booked a bantamweight fight against Augusto Mendes (6-2 MMA, 1-2 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 119. UFC officials made the announcement during the stream of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC Fight Night 119 takes place Oct. 28 at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. The card airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

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Boston Salmon

Salmon picked up a coveted UFC contract in July when he took a unanimous decision from Ricky Turcios at DWCS 1 in Las Vegas. Prior to that, all six of his fights had been under the RFA banner. There, he started a perfect 5-0 with four knockout wins before he dropped a tough split call to Zac Riley at RFA 43 nearly a year ago for the lone loss of his career. But he got back on track in the most important win of his career, and it earned him a shot at the UFC.

Mendes started his pro career 5-0 when he got the call from the UFC to fight Cody Garbrandt on short notice at UFC Fight Night 83 in February 2016. He was knocked out in the first round, and Garbrandt went on to win the UFC’s bantamweight title.

But Mendes rebounded nearly a year later with a split-decision win over Frankie Saenz at UFC Fight Night 103 in Phoenix, where he bases a portion of his training with The MMA Lab. The Legacy FC vet’s first UFC victory was only three months in the rearview mirror, though, when he dropped a decision to Aljamain Sterling at UFC on FOX 24 in April.

With the addition, the UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon

For more on UFC Fight Night 119, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Sean O'Malley vs. Terrion Ware booked for TUF 26 Finale in December

The next edition of the live finale of “The Ultimate Fighter” has its latest fight booking, and it comes in the bantamweight division.

Sean O'Malley (8-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will take on Terrion Ware (17-6 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the TUF 26 Finale in December. UFC officials made the announcement during the stream of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series on UFC Fight Pass.

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale takes place Dec. 1 at Park Theatre in Las Vegas. The event will air on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

O’Malley gets his first official crack at the UFC after picking up a knockout win over Alfred Khashakyan on the second installment of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in July. That kept The MMA Lab-based 22-year-old perfect as a pro at 8-0. All but one of his victories have been by stoppage, including six knockouts. Before his shot on DWCS 2, he knocked out David Nuzzo at LFA 11 in May with a spinning wheel kick.

Terrion Ware

Ware made his promotional debut in July, but lost a unanimous decision to Cody Stamman at UFC 213 in Las Vegas. The setback snapped a four-fight winning streak for the 31-year-old Californian, whose resume includes wins under the RFA, BAMMA and ACB banners.

For more on The Ultimate Fighter 26 Finale, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Floyd Mayweather explains lack of training footage before Conor McGregor fight

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LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather has kept his cards noticeably close to the vest in the lead-up to his highly anticipated boxing match with Conor McGregor on Saturday.

Aside from an open workout two weeks away from the fight, Mayweather (49-0 boxing) hasn’t revealed a single moment of training footage for McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), be it on the “All-Access” specials on Showtime or the “Embedded” episodes produced by the UFC.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather cautions Conor McGregor on early KO prediction: 'I can give it, and I can take it'

Although hours of Mayweather’s training footage exist from previous fights, the lack of anything ahead of his clash with McGregor has become a sub-plot of interest. Mayweather explained why that is during a media scrum following today’s pre-fight news conference in Las Vegas.

“All I got to say is this: Because I’m the executive producer of ‘All-Access,’ I’m going to show what I want to show,” Mayweather told reporters. “You guys have seen me train so much, so I’m going to show a different part of Floyd Mayweather. You guys see my body on social media. I’m shredded under (this suit).”

Mayweather said he enjoys letting the world in to what he does outside the gym.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor 'Money Fight' has a 'Money Belt,' because of course

“I be roller skating, riding horses, dune buggies,” Mayweather said. “I’ll be at my club. Today’s Wednesday, I’ll be there. Thursday, I’ll be there. Friday, I’ll be there. Saturday, and I’ll be there Sunday.”

Mayweather meets McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in what is expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time, carrying a pay-per-view price of $99.95.

There’s been a lot of back-and-forth between the sides, but soon they will have the chance to settle the score and back up their words. McGregor is expecting to get the job done in a speedy manner, and while Mayweather isn’t going out on a limb to predict a winning round, he envisions a stoppage inside the distance.

RelatedVideo: Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor face off at final press conference

“I’m coming straight, and I’m pretty sure he’s coming straight,” Mayweather says. “I’m going to win. It won’t go the distance. I guarantee it. I believe in myself so much, 100 percent chance that it won’t go the distance. We’re going to come out there from the opening bell and drop bombs.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Demian Maia, Colby Covington set to meet at UFC Fight Night 119 on Oct. 28

Colby Covington’s campaign might not have earned him many fans among his peers, but it was effective.

After taking aim at a few targets, including 170-pound champ Tyron Woodley, Covington (12-1 MMA, 7-1 UFC) managed to land a pretty big one in two-time UFC title challenger Demian Maia (25-7 MMA, 19-7 UFC). (via Twitter)

Sign the contract @demianmaia and I will make up your mind about retirement, unlike that bitch @TWooodley could do. @ufc @danawhite pic.twitter.com/RtsA6PV3v1

— Colby Covington (@ColbyCovMMA) August 6, 2017

The welterweight bout is now set for UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place Oct. 28 in Maia’s hometown of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Combate.com was first to report the news, which was confirmed to MMAjunkie by a person close to Covington’s camp.

Maia is currently ranked No.5  in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, while Covington occupies the No. 11 spot. It will be a quick turnaround for Maia, who comes off a long-awaited title shot at last month’s UFC 214. He dropped a unanimous decision to Woodley after five lackluster rounds. Going into it, the grappling ace was riding a seven-fight streak, including a notable first-round submission of ex-interim-champ Carlos Condit.

RelatedDemian Maia keeping head up, 'will keep going' after UFC 214 title loss to Tyron Woodley

Covington, in turn, comes off his biggest win yet, a stifling performance over Dong Hyun Kim that earned him a unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 111 on June 17. Covington is now four wins removed from his sole professional loss, a UFC 194 submission to “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” winner Warlley Alves.

UFC Fight Night 119, which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium, will feature the return of former UFC champ Lyoto Machida. The event features an FS1-televised lineup following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 lineup includes:

  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Demian Maia vs. Colby Covington
  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks
  • Augusto Mendes vs. Boston Salmon

For more on UFC Fight Night 117, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Aug. 22: Gearing up for some fall movement

The fighters who find themselves making the cut for the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA rankings are in a bit of a slow stretch right now – sort of.

If your name is Conor McGregor, our top lightweight and No. 3 pound-for-pound fighter, you’ve been busy – but busy prepping for a boxing match with Floyd Mayweather. Whatever happens for McGregor on Saturday in Las Vegas, it won’t affect his standing.

And if your name is Jon Jones, well, you’ve had a rough 24 hours or so. Jones on Tuesday was notified of a potential doping violation. If it holds, it would be his second – and he could get a suspension as long as four years. What would that do to him as our top pound-for-pound fighter? He moved back to No. 1 after a TKO of Daniel Cormier at UFC 214 in July – a win that could be flipped to a no-contest if it’s determined he did indeed have a banned steroid in his system.

For this week, our rankings stay the same. But it’s worth taking a look at them ahead of what is going to be a busy fall schedule once we clear this Mayweather-McGregor hurdle. A lot of top fighters will be back in action.

Check out our current rankings here.


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Floyd Mayweather cautions Conor McGregor on early KO prediction: 'I can give it, and I can take it'

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LAS VEGAS – The fireworks of past press conferences featuring Conor McGregor and Floyd Mayweather were replaced by a few minor sparklers in the final junket prior to “The Money Fight.”

The besuited fighters kept things largely respectful, with Mayweather even silencing a persistent McGregor heckler after a 45-minute delay to the proceedings.

Mayweather (49-0 boxing) said the time for bombast is over with the fight three days away on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. He plugged his own accomplishments while repeating a dubious claim about McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) being undefeated as a stand-up fighter. McGregor promised an early end to the fight and mused about creating his own promotion with a hybrid of boxing and MMA to reinforce his status as king of both sports.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor 'Money Fight' has a 'Money Belt,' because of course

Mayweather, meanwhile, cautioned McGregor about making bold predictions, noting many of his former opponents had done the same thing before getting beaten.

“One thing about boxing and combat sports: Remember, if you give it, you must be able to take it,” Mayweather said. “With that being said, out of 47 opponents I faced, they said, ‘Oh, he’s got brittle opponents. He’s a scared opponent.’ Listen, last time I checked, nobody is walking me down. It’s called smarts. It’s called having an IQ. It’s called having patience.

“August 26th, he’s going to bring his best, and it’s not going to be easy, Conor. Remember, (Manny) Pacquiao got bombs, (Saul) Canelo (Alvarez) got bombs, Shane Mosely had bombs, and all of those guys are going in the Hall of Fame. But one thing about me, I’ve got a granite chin. Remember this. The same way you give it, you have to be able to take it.”

RelatedConor McGregor: Floyd Mayweather 'needs to shut his mouth' about my weight-cut

Mayweather indicated his unbeaten record is the ultimate proof he’s done more of the former over his long and illustrious career. He said an unwillingness to underestimate opponents is the foundation on which that all-important zero rests.

“To be in the sport 21 years, I had to take it extremely seriously,” Mayweather said. “And for you guys who think that Saturday I’m not taking it serious, I’m taking this extremely serious. But when all is said and done, I know one thing: I can fight. I can give it, and I can take it. But for me to be 49-0, it’s obvious I’m not receiving it – I’m giving it.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather on overselling Conor McGregor to boost PPV buys: 'He's still a tough competitor'

“Guys say, ‘I’m going to go to the body with Mayweather, I’m going to hit him with the right, I’m going to hit him with the left hook.’ After 21 years, I’ve been hit with everything, and I’m still right here.”

There are few in the boxing and MMA communities who expect that to change Saturday. But bettors are increasingly wagering on a different outcome. As of Wednesday, Mayweather is a -400 favorite against McGregor, who is +300 in current lines. When the lines opened in Las Vegas, Mayweather was a near a staggering -2500.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Video: Floyd Mayweather, Conor McGregor face off at final press conference

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LAS VEGAS – Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor held their final press conference today from KA Theater at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, and MMAjunkie was on the scene.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off Saturday night at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor 'Money Fight' has a 'Money Belt,' because of course

During their second to last face-off before Saturday, the two fighters were mostly peaceful, though UFC President Dana White was compelled to pull McGregor away – just in case.

Check it out above.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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'The Money Fight Embedded,' No. 3: 'Did you bring your balls, Conor?'


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Although it’s not a UFC event, Saturday’s Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match is getting the “Embedded” treatment from the organization.

“The Money Fight” between Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card airs on pay-per-view for a high definition price tag of $99.95.

In the third episode of “Embedded,” McGregor continues training and gets outfitted for fight week. The grand arrivals get a little out of hand when the camps of McGregor and Mayweather cross paths and nearly get physical. That also continues when ex-McGregor sparring partner Paulie Malignaggi has a heated confrontation with the UFC lightweight champion,

Check out the full video above.

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For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Floyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor 'Money Fight' has a 'Money Belt,' because of course

Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will face off in “The Money Fight” on Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the WBC has made a custom “Money Belt” just for the cross-combat sports showdown.

Because, you know, the actual vast amount of money Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) are pulling for this fight isn’t enough. A flashy belt was definitely needed. Check it out:

WBC President @wbcmoro carried a belt on to the stage for #MayweatherMcGregor presser. Did they make a belt for this fight?

— John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) August 23, 2017

Here's the special 300-plus-jewel belt that @wbcmoro is offering to the @FloydMayweather @TheNotoriousMMA winner. pic.twitter.com/kDDDqkJfWr

— Lance Pugmire (@latimespugmire) August 23, 2017

The belt’s features: 3,360 diamonds, 600 sapphires, 300 emeralds, 1.5 kilograms of gold, and alligator leather. It means nothing in terms of the effect it has on the current WBC champion.

Seems the only purpose it will serve is to remind the winner of one thing:

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Dana White reveals plans for Jon Jones vs. Stipe Miocic at UFC 218 before failed drug test


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LAS VEGAS – Before Conor McGregor was slated to meet Floyd Mayweather in the boxing ring, he made UFC history by becoming the first fighter to simultaneously hold titles in two weight divisions.

And light heavyweight champion Jon Jones, it seems, may have just missed a chance to reach a similar achievement.

“We were talking about Jones fighting at heavyweight,” UFC president Dana White said in Las Vegas on Tuesday, hours after news broke that Jones had tested positive for anabolic steroid turinabol in an in-competition test.

Would that fight be against heavyweight champ Stipe Miocic?

“Probably,” White confirmed.

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White didn’t go into detail as to whether the Miocic (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) encounter – which he also confirmed would have “probably” taken place at the UFC 218 card scheduled to take place in Detroit on Dec. 2 – would necessarily mean an opportunity of dual-championship for Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC).

There’s always the chance, for instance, that Jones would have to vacate the 205-pound crown that he re-claimed from Daniel Cormier. In any case, the idea of Jones making the move up isn’t exactly new – in fact, betting lines were open after he called out former heavyweight champ and WWE superstar Brock Lesnar.

There’s still, of course, a lot that can happen stemming from Jones’ positive test. And White has made that clear. But it’s hard to miss his mournful tone when discussing his hopes for the fighter in the upper division.

“He’s the best ever, in my opinion,” White said. “He had the potential to move to heavyweight and fight heavyweights. If you look at Cormier – Cormier has never been beaten at heavyweight. Jones beat him twice.

“I’m not saying Jones could have reigned in the heavyweight division. But he has the size, the power, everything. He has everything to be a heavyweight champion. So, who knows what could have been. Just one of those sad stories.”

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While the disappointment was palpable, White avoided going into too much detail in a fresh, to-be-continued situation. Although Jones’ second positive drug test – he’d previously been suspended for one year after a positive test for estrogen blockers was ruled to stem from tainted sexual enhancement pills – could mean a four-year hook, he’s entitled to a defense process.

How long that will take is too early to tell. UFC Vice President of Athlete Health and Performance Jeff Novitzky, who oversees the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency program, has seen developments like these take anywhere from under a month to an year to unfold.

Still, White can’t help but compare Jones’ potential to that of another UFC champion whom he’s clearly quite enthused about – and who, Novitzky informed, has been tested 13 times on the lead-up to Saturday’s boxing encounter with Mayweather.

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“You look at the potential that this kid had and what he could have been,” White said. “Look at Conor right now. Look at Conor McGregor. Imagine what Jon Jones could be right now. How big he could be. How many sponsors would he have.

“Who would he be signed with that have that never signed a mixed martial artist before. List goes on and on of what could’ve been with Jon Jones. It will be a great 30 for 30 some day.”

As for how that Detroit card is going to look like now?

“I have no idea,” White said. “I’ve got to get through this weekend.”

To hear more from White, check out the video above.

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Events section of the site. And for more on the UFC’s upcoming schedule, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Conor McGregor featured in new Beats by Dre promo ahead of Mayweather fight


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Conor McGregor signed on with the Beats by Dre team in May. Ahead of his fight with Floyd Mayweather on Saturday, he’s been featured in a new promo from the company.

Produced by Christopher Noviello and directed by James Lees the more then three-minute “Dedicated” promo “presents the story of a fighting Irishman who became one of the world’s highest paid and most head-turning athletes out there today.”

Watch it above.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) meets Mayweather (49-0 boxing) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs on pay-per-view for a high-definition price tag of $99.95.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor has looks on during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports Aug 11, 2017; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Conor McGregor hits an uppercut bag during a media workout in preparation for his fight against Floyd Mayweather, Jr. at UFC Performance Institute. 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Video: Watch final Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor press conference


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Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor will hold their final press conference today, and you can watch it here on MMAjunkie. It will take place at KA Theater at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and is scheduled to begin at 4 p.m. ET.

McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) and Mayweather (49-0 boxing) face off Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas in a pay-per-view event expected to be the most lucrative prize fight of all time.

Aside from the weigh-ins on Friday, this will be the second to last time they come face to face before Saturday’s showdown.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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