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Daniel Cormier: Friendship with Jon Jones would be 'very difficult,' wants 3rd fight

Former UFC champion Daniel Cormier is still working to move past his UFC 214 title-fight loss to Jon Jones. Part of that process includes looking ahead to a third encounter with his longtime rival.

Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC) has kept a low profile since his third-round knockout defeat against Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) in July. He dropped the 205-pound belt and fell to 0-2 against “Bones” in a moment he’d anticipated for more than two years. Cormier was understandably devastated by the outcome, but as he said in his return to hosting duties on FS1’s “UFC Tonight” this week, he’s come to realize the loss doesn’t define him.

“It takes time to get over something that’s so big, especially when you’re unsuccessful in such a big event,” Cormier said. “But, you know, day by day you get better. You keep fighting. You keep learning that there are things much more important than the competition. I’m the guy that really does love what I do, and I’m a guy that takes it very hard if I am unsuccessful. And I think you saw that down at the Honda Center in Anaheim.”

After losing to Jones by unanimous decision in the pair’s first meeting at UFC 182 in January 2015, Cormier took over the role as champion when Jones was stripped of the title due to out-of-competition actions. During that time the tension between the pair grew thicker, and finally it came to a head at UFC 214.

Jones, No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, was classy in victory. He’s done nothing but praise No. 2-ranked Cormier in the fallout of the event, claiming he would like to form a working relationship despite seeing a high probability of a third bout in the future.

Fighting Jones one more time is among Cormier’s highest athletic priorities. He said he’s happy to be cordial with Jones, but that will never outweigh his desire to find a way to defeat him inside the octagon.

“I believe he’s being genuine; I do believe he’s trying to turn over a new leaf,” Cormier said. “I think he’s trying to show that he’s a different person than he was in the past. With that being said, friendship would be very difficult for us to achieve. And I’m OK with that. … In terms of going forward, we will be professional because we have to until the cage door closes again.”

Cormier, 38, may have been knocked out by Jones at UFC 214, but before the fight-ending sequence he was enjoying some solid success. He couldn’t get the job done, though, and Cormier said that’s one of the cruel aspects of the sport.

“If fighting was a nice ex-girlfriend, she would’ve allowed (Jones) to walk out and double-knee me and knock me out in 10 seconds,” Cormier said. “But, no, she had to give me some success before it happened. It was just too easy to say, ‘Don’t let the guy in the fight at all.'”

For more on UFC 214, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Don't expect to see Rory MacDonald in the Bellator cage until 2018

Rory MacDonald is next in line for a shot at the Bellator welterweight championship. Unfortunately, it seems he’s going to have to wait a little bit longer before fighting for the belt.

MacDonald (19-4 MMA, 1-0 BMMA) made his promotional debut in May with a second-round submission of Paul Daley at Bellator 179. It marked his return from an 11-month layoff and set him up for a showdown with champion Douglas Lima (29-6 MMA, 11-2 BMMA).

The Canadian said after he signed with Bellator that keeping an active schedule was one of his priorities going forward. Sometimes figuring out the timing of a marquee fight means sitting on the sidelines, though, and that’s apparently the situation MacDonald is facing (via Twitter):

unfortunately no 4 this year, i was pushing very hard 2 fight atleast once more this year but it doesnt look like it will happen

— Rory MacDonald (@rory_macdonald) August 18, 2017

Bellator champ Lima, No. 7 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA welterweight rankings, is coming off a successful title defense against Lorenz Larkin at Bellator NYC in June. Afterward, No. 4-ranked MacDonald said he wasn’t impressed.

“I was really underwhelmed,” MacDonald said. “If these guys think they’re keeping the belt fighting like that, they’re just going to be another body in the grave.”

Although an opportunity to compete could potentially come up through injury to another fighter or other circumstance, MacDonald’s schedule for the remainder of the year appears to be clear. That doesn’t seem to be sitting all that well with “The Red King” (via Instagram):

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

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Before MayMac madness, watch pre-UFC Conor McGregor's first time winning 2 titles


Filed under: Cage Warriors, News, UFC, Videos

Conor McGregor made UFC history this past November, but really it was old hat to the Irishman.

Then the featherweight champion, McGregor took out lightweight champ Eddie Alvarez in the UFC 205 main event to become the first fighter in promotional history to hold two belts at the same time.

It was a familiary feeling for McGregor. Less than four years prior, he became the first fighter in Cage Warriors history to hold two titles simultaneously. While featherweight champ, he knocked out Ivan Buchinger at Cage Warriors 51 in front of his home fans in Dublin to win the vacant lightweight title.

That wound up being all McGregor needed to get the call from the UFC, where he proceeded to make quick work of making history.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather calls Conor McGregor 'extremely dirty' in sparring video

In a week, McGregor will put another milestone on his resume when he continues to rewrite the rules in his favor. McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) fights unbeaten boxing legend Floyd Mayweather (49-0 boxing) in a match that is expected to eclipse records – and is could net McGregor a staggering nine-figure payday. The fight goes down at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view.

But ahead of that fight, it’s worth checking out a younger Conor McGregor before all the big money – and before all the chest tattoos – in his fight against Buchinger. Could anyone have predicted back then just how big he would become?

Check out the video above.

And 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 vs. Conor McGregor gets special hype video from The Killers


Filed under: Blue Corner, Featured Videos, News, UFC

The days are quickly winding down to the anticipated Aug. 26 boxing match between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor. That means the final push of promotional hype is gearing up.

The matchup between Mayweather (49-0 boxing) and McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC), which takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and airs on pay-per-view, is such a big event that its got its own music video from The Killers.

To the theme of the Las Vegas-based band’s recently released track “The Man,” Showtime Sports today revealed the special hype video for “The Money Fight.”

Watch it above.

Group members Ronnie Vvnnucci Jr. and Brandon Flowers also weighed in on Mayweather vs. McGregor, courtesy of a press release from Showtime Sports.

Ronnie Vannucci Jr.: “McGregor and Floyd Mayweather. It’s unprecedented, right? I mean two different schools, one ring.”

Brandon Flowers: “It sounds like an exciting movie in the 80s. It sounds like some movie, good premise. It’s exciting. It is surreal.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” 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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UFC lightweight Gilbert Melendez details how he used free agency to his advantage

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Two-time UFC lightweight title challenger Gilbert Melendez is one of the few big-name fighters to come out of MMA’s free agency process better than he came in.

Melendez signed with Bellator and allowed the UFC to match, which gave him leverage to get a better deal. A subsequent wave of free agencies can partially be attributed to his unprecedented move.

Now, Melendez’s contract requires he be on a pay-per-view main card every time he steps into the octagon, which is why his fight with Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215 won’t be lost in the shuffle.

RelatedGilbert Melendez meets Jeremy Stephens at UFC 215 in Edmonton

“There’s definitely fatter contracts, but I’ve got a good contract,” Melendez told MMAjunkie Radio. “I can’t say (I get pay-per-view points on every fight), but there is a purse and some other things that are factored in that add up … to what we’re looking for.

“We brainstormed some really good things that were important to me that cover some other payments.”

Melendez is no doubt happy for those payments with the Reebok deal in full effect. Now, his top priority is reversing an octagon slide that’s seen him lose three straight. After all, taking out Stephens at the Sept. 9 pay-per-view event is the best way to get paid in full.

Here more from Melendez in the video above.

UFC 215 takes place at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. For more on the event, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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ONE Championship 59 highlights: Title changes hands with Martin Nguyen's devastating right

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A title changed hands with a big upset in ONE Championship 59’s main event.

Martin Nguyen (9-1) avenged the lone loss of his career and took the featherweight title from champion Marat Gafurov (15-1) in Friday’s headliner. Not only did Nguyen get back a split-decision loss to Gafurov from two years prior, but he handed him his first career setback – and did so after fending off repeated submission attempts to land a sickening knockout in the second round.

In the co-main event, Ev Ting (14-4) made easy work of Nobutatsu Suzuki (11-3-2), who hadn’t fought in more than three years. Ground-and-pound got the job done in decisive fashion.

“ONE Championship 59: Quest for Greatness” took place at Stadium Negara in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and streamed as an online pay-per-view in North America following prelims on Facebook.

Also on the main card, former bantamweight title challenger Kevin Belingon (16-5) needed only 62 seconds to take out Reece McLaren (9-5). And Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke shut down Robin Catalan with a TKO 46 seconds into the second round.

Check out the highlights from those four fights above, courtesy of Michael “The Voice” Schiavello and an always for some reason angry-sounding Mitch Chilson.

ONE Championship 59 main-card results:

  • Martin Nguyen def. Marat Garufov via knockout – Round 2, 1:27
  • Ev Ting def. Nobutatsu Suzuki via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 3: 29
  • Agilan Thani def. Sherif Mohamed via unanimous decision
  • Kevin Belingon def. Reece McLaren via knockout, Round 1 – 1:02
  • Gianni Subba def Riku Shibuya via unanimous decision
  • May Ooi def. Ann Osman via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 3:27
  • Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke def. Robin Catalan via TKO – Round 2, 0:46
  • Christian Lee def. Keanu Subba via submission (armbar) – Round 3
  • Emilio Urrutia def. Edward Kelly via unanimous decision
  • Rene Catalan def. Bu Huo You Ga via unanimous decision

For more on ONE Championship 59, including a recap of the event, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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


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Aleksandr Shabliy's sweet knee led to this violent KO at ACB 67

Knee strikes are among the more challenging ways to go about getting a knockout in MMA. Aleksandr Shabliy appears have a pretty good system for getting it done, though.

Shabliy (16-3) entered today’s ACB 67 event with a handful of knockouts stemming from knee strikes, be it of the flying variety or otherwise. He added another one to his record when he timed a perfect shot to Gleristone Santos’ (33-8) chin in their lightweight bout.

Check it out (via Twitter):

Alexandr Shabliy KOs Gleristone Santos in 1R #ACB67 pic.twitter.com/R1vDzCAIkD

— Jolassanda (@Jolassanda) August 19, 2017

And another angle from cageside (via Twitter):

Aleksandr Shabliy made short work of Gleristone Santos#ACB67 pic.twitter.com/1ASdk7MY4C

— Denis Geyko (@Denis26rt) August 19, 2017

ACB 67 took place at the Colosseum Sports Complex in Grozny, Chechnya, Russia. Shabliy ended the fight with Santos at the 2:41 mark of Round 1.

Shabliy is forming quite the collection of highlight-reel finishes. He’s earned all 16 of his career victories by stoppage, including this flying knee finish from ProFC 57 in March 2015 (via Twitter):

Alexandr Shabliy #ACB67 pic.twitter.com/KVWtEQOF5o

— caposa (@Grabaka_Hitman) August 18, 2017

For more on the MMA events schedule check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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UFC Fight Night 115 lineup set with 11 bouts in the Netherlands, led by Struve-Volkov

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The lineup is set for the UFC’s return trip to the Netherlands next month.

The card features 11 fights, including a heavyweight headliner. UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Sept. 2 at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The entire event, with four main-card fights and seven prelims, streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Alexander Volkov

In the main event, Dutch big man Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) gets a home fight and takes on former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC). Struve has won three of his past four fights, including a bonus-winning 16-secodn knockout of Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva in the UFC’s first trip to Rotterdam in 2016.

Germaine de Randamie

In the co-feature, inaugural women’s featherweight champion Germaine de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) moves back to bantamweight after having her 145-pound title stripped. She’ll be fighting in front of her home fans, as well, and will take on Marion Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC).

To fill out the main card on UFC Fight Pass, Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) fights Rob Wilkinson (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) in a middleweight bout, and Bryan Barberena (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) takes on Leon Edwards (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) at welterweight.

The prelims will feature seven fights on UFC Fight Pass. The featured bout is Darren Till (14-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) vs. Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC) at welterweight. There also are a trio of lightweight fights ahead of that: Felipe Silva (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Mairbek Taisumov (26-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC), Mads Burnell (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) vs. Michel Prazeres (22-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), and Desmond Green (20-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) vs. Rustam Khabilov (21-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC).

In addition, Francimar Barroso (19-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) meets Aleksandar Rakic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at light heavyweight, Nick Hein (14-2 MMA, 4-1 UFC) takes on newcomer Zabit Magomedsharipov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at featherweight, and 205-pounders Abdul-Kerim Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) and Bojan Mihajlovic (10-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) will meet.

The complete UFC Fight Night 115 lineup includes:

MAIN CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 3 p.m. ET)

  • Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov
  • Germaine de Randamie vs. Marion Reneau
  • Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Rob Wilkinson
  • Bryan Barberena vs. Leon Edwards

PRELIMINARY CARD (UFC Fight Pass, 11:30 a.m. ET)

  • Darren Till vs. Bojan Velickovic
  • Felipe Silva vs. Mairbek Taisumov
  • Mads Burnell vs. Michel Prazeres
  • Desmond Green vs. Rustam Khabilov
  • Francimar Barroso vs. Aleksandar Rakic
  • Nick Hein vs. Zabit Magomedsharipov
  • Abdul-Kerim Edilov vs. Bojan Mihajlovic

For more on UFC Fight Night 115, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Deiveson Alcantara meets Jarred Brooks in battle of unbeatens at UFC Fight Night 119

A flyweight bout between Deiveson Alcantara and Jarred Brooks is the latest addition to November’s UFC Fight Night 119 lineup.

Alcantara (12-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) confirmed the 125-pound matchup with Brooks (13-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) on social media following an initial report from Combate (via Instagram):

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, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Alcantara made a successful UFC debut in June when he earned a second-round TKO of Marco Beltran at UFC 212. The Brazilian has earned 11 of his 12 career victories by stoppage, with eight of those wins coming inside the opening round.

Brooks went the distance in his octagon debut when he defeated Eric Shelton by split decision at UFC 214 in July. “The Monkey God” promised big things for his sophomore UFC appearance, vowing to “fight like a god” the next time he enters the cage.

The latest UFC Fight Night 119 card now includes:

  • Misha Cirkunov vs. Glover Teixeira
  • Lyoto Machida vs. Derek Brunson
  • Deiveson Alcantara vs. Jarred Brooks

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2515 with Kevin Lee and Simon Samano

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with Kevin Lee and Simon Samano.

Lee discussed his recently announced fight at UFC 216, where he’ll compete vs. Tony Ferguson for the UFC interim lightweight title. MMAjunkie’s Samano and the hosts covered the latest MMA news and fight bookings. Both guests were in-studio.

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 YouTubepages. 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.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.

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  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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Could McGregor actually win? How the hype shifted to get us all to ask the same question

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If you asked me to pinpoint the moment that I went from being mostly annoyed to at least slightly awed with the build-up to the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor boxing match, I’d have to say that it was when my mom asked what size gloves they were going to fight in.

We hadn’t been talking about gloves. We hadn’t even been talking about the fight. She’s a 68-year-old woman who doesn’t follow combat sports apart from occasionally reading articles written by her son, and still she’d heard that there was some dispute about glove size and was curious how it had been resolved.

When I told her they’d decided on eight-ounce gloves, she replied: “Does that help McGregor?”

This, of course, is the question she was supposed to ask. That’s what the last few weeks have all been about. If you’ve been following the pre-fight headlines – and it would require a diligent, disciplined effort to avoid them – you might have noticed that there’s a recurring theme here.

The smaller gloves. The sparring footage. Mayweather’s admission that he’s “lost a step.” Mayweather’s claim that he’ll be “partying the entire week” leading up to the fight.

All the recent developments point in the same direction, and they’re all intended to get you to ask the same question: Could McGregor actually win this?

It’s a smart promotional strategy, but it also feels like a bit of a course-correction. Back in the time of the four-day world tour, which now feels like it was 15 years ago, the story was money, fame, and hate. At each stop the fighters told us how many millions they’d make, how important they were, and what a weak, no-account loser the other guy was.

Then someone realized that maybe it wasn’t such a great idea to keep bragging about all that money, seeing as how it’s coming from us, the viewing public, and besides, you can only listen to two grown men call each other the same names for so long before you just feel embarrassed for both of them.

That was enough to grab a few headlines, especially when the material got more and more questionable, but it wasn’t going to be enough to sell us this fight. Not when the perceived skill gap was wide enough to drive a fleet of Mayweather’s Bentleys through. Not when people still remembered feeling fleeced by his expensive snoozefest against Manny Pacquiao in the last “fight of the century.”

To really sell this thing, they needed to convince us that McGregor has a chance – a good one, too, not just the lottery-ticket left hand with the odds stacked high against it. That’s a tough case to make when a guy who’s never had a boxing match goes up against one of the best to ever step through the ropes, and so making it requires a series of attacks on multiple fronts.

Convince us that the gloves favor McGregor. Convince us that he’s secretly a boxing genius behind closed doors. Convince us that Mayweather is too old and too arrogant to take it all seriously enough.

Sell us on a perfect storm of circumstances, the chance that the stars may align just a few days after the moon blocks out the sun. Get us to ask the question whose answer previously seemed too obvious to be interesting. At least it beats throwing money in the air and making fun of each other’s clothes.

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 182's Chidi Njokuani on why he wouldn't encourage his kids to become fighters

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After a slew of health issues, UFC flyweight Ian McCall recently opened about being afraid of the long-term damage that a career in MMA could end up causing to his brain.

McCall didn’t place the blame of his issues entirely on the sport. But, in a chat on “The MMA Hour”, he did question his decision to even go down that career path in the first place. Revealing episodes that ranged from “out-of-nowhere crying” and rage, McCall cited the case of Chris Benoit – the pro-wrestler who committed suicide after murdering his wife and child – to explain his fears.

While not many fighters have been as candid and open about it, it’s hard to believe that most of them haven’t at least stop to consider the possible repercussions of their day-to-day routines at some point.

Bellator 182’s Chidi Njokuani, at least, can certainly say he has. A lot. And while he won’t go so far as to say he regrets his career choice – which has done “a lot of good” for him – he wouldn’t exactly recommend it to his loved ones.

“I think about the boxers that are dying recently,” Njokuani told MMAjunkie Radio. “It’s crazy to me. For instance, if I were to have a kid, if they were trying to get into fighting, I’d encourage them not to. But I’m not just going to go out and say it’s the worst thing to be doing. But I think about it a lot.”

Njokuani (17-4-1 MMA, 4-0 BMMA), who enters the Aug. 25 headliner with former Bellator champion Andrey Koreshkov (19-2 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) on the strength of a nine-fight unbeaten streak, says these concerns have had direct implications not only on his training, but also on the way he goes about taking shots.

“I see people in the gym getting dropped left and right,” Njokuani said. “And it’s like, that can’t be good for them. It can’t be good, getting rocked, taking a little break and then jumping back into sparring. It goes through my mind a lot.

“At the same time, it helps me work on my defense, too. I’m constantly trying not to get hit. Not that I’m afraid of getting hit, (but) I just know the damage that it can do to you.”

To hear more of Njokuani’s thoughts, including his expectations for Bellator 182’s headliner, check out the video above.

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

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LFA 19 highlights: Watch Ciro Rodrigues spoil UFC vet David Michaud's homecoming with sick left

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Homecoming was the theme of Friday night’s LFA 19 event in South Dakota. It went very well for one of the fighters at the top of the bill. For another? Not so much.

In the main event, UFC veteran David Michaud (11-4) hoped to thrill his home fans. Instead, Stateside newcomer Ciro Rodrigues (21-6), from Brazil, ended his night early thanks to a wicked left hand and a few punches on the ground for good measure.

In the co-feature, though, flyweight Sid Bice (7-1), a South Dakota native now fighting out of Denver, moved to 2-0 for LFA with a dominantn decision win over Ken Porter (10-4).

LFA 19 took place at Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D. The main card aired on AXS TV.

Check out all of the highlights of the main and co-main event above. Additionally, see how Maikel Perez made easy work of Derrick Mandell, as well as Maurice Greene’s devastation of Jermaine McDermott with a first-round triangle choke.

For more on LFA 19, including a full event recap, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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UFC welterweight Jorge Masvidal couldn't believe Stephen Thompson signed on dotted line

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It took two months for Jorge Masvidal vs. Stephen Thompson to become a reality, and almost until it was announced, Masvidal had his doubts.

“It’s no diss to Thompson, but this has happened previous to the (Donald Cerrone) bout – it happened like four times where I had a signed bout agreement with a certain fighter, and that fight didn’t materialize,” Masvidal told MMAjunkie Radio. “So I don’t believe it until I’m in the cage.”

Masvidal (32-12 MMA, 9-5 UFC) and Thompson(13-2-1 MMA, 8-2-1 UFC) agreed to fight two months ago, even plugging the fight onstage during a UFC Q&A prior to UFC Fight Night 111.

But now, they’ll meet at UFC 217, which takes place Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York City. The bout is likely to serve on the event’s pay-per-view main card after prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For both fighters, it’s a chance to get back in the title hunt. Masvidal suffered a split-call loss to Demian Maia at UFC 211, while Thompson twice fell short against champ Tyron Woodley.

“I wasn’t 100 percent myself that day,” Masvidal said of his setback. “I was 100 percent injury-free, but just in certain movements I did, I could have done them better. That’s the only thing I’m regretting.

“We’re going to have a rematch, me and Maia, one way or the other.”

Masvidal likes the karate-inflected style Thompson brings to the octagon and thinks they could put on an exciting fight. But the truth is, he’s game to fight any opponent if the money is right.

If someone offered him the right dollar amount to face Floyd Mayweather, no problem. He thinks he’d certainly do better than Conor McGregor.

“I think so. I’d be able to box-box. I might not have the greatest power in the world, but I can box, like hit and hit. That’s something I can do very well. I could definitely go 12 (rounds) with Mayweather.”

Back in the real world, however, he’s more concerned with going three rounds against Thompson – less if all goes well in the octagon. Now that the fight is public, he can stop worrying and start getting ready.

For more on UFC 217, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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LFA 19 results: Brazilian newcomer Ciro Rodrigues devastates David Michaud

Fighting in the U.S. for the first time, Brazilian Ciro Rodrigues (21-6) made quite the impression, scoring a first-round stoppage of three-time UFC veteran David Michaud (11-4).

The welterweight affair headlined Friday’s LFA 19 event, which aired on AXS TV from Sanford Pentagon in Sioux Falls, S.D.

Rodrigues opened the contest with a few strong low kicks, while Michaud countered with strong punches up top. A few early clinches proved stalemates, and the pair returned to striking, where Rodrigues absolutely devastated his opponent with a huge left hand. Michaud crashed to the floor, and Rodrigues followed up with a few punches to seal the result at the 1:57 mark of the first frame.

In the night’s co-feature, flyweight Sid Bice (7-1) improved to 2-0 under the LFA banner with a clearcut decision win over Ken Porter (10-4).

It was a quick pace to start, with both men switching stances and moving well to open the contest. Bice got the first advantage, sweeping his opponent off-balance and pushing the action to the floor, where they remained until a stand-up in the closing seconds of the round.

Bice was aggressive again in the second, opening up with a high kick and then a wild rolling escape into a successful takedown, earning his way to top position. Porter eventually escaped and looked to counter but wound up only forcing a few scrambles.

The pattern continued in the third, with Porter looking lively but simply unable to stop the takedown, allowing Bice to cruise to a decision win, 30-27 on all three cards.

LFA 19 results include:

For more on LFA 19, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Junior Dos Santos rep says diuretic to blame for flagged test, team seeking potential contaminant

Junior Dos Santos’ flagged drug test was due to a diuretic, a representative for the former UFC heavyweight champion today revealed.

A statement sent to MMAjunkie by Dos Santos rep Ana Claudia Guedes identifies Hydrochlorothiazide – which is typically used to prevent high blood pressure, according to WebMD.com – as the culprit, and states that team is currently seeking to discover how the substance made it into the Brazilian slugger’s system.

Junior tested positive for a substance called Hydrochlorothiazide, which is a diuretic and is banned by USADA due to its use as a masking agent. We do not know where this substance came from. Junior has had his blood and urine randomnly tested many times and has never once tested positive for a banned substance.

We requested testing of his B sample today. Most times, the B sample will show the identical results as the A sample. Therefore, we are already working on analyzing his nutritional supplements and medications to determine whether anything might have been contaminated. Jeff Novitzky and Donna Marcolini of the UFC have provided the guidance for this process, and we are grateful to them for their professionalism and competence.

Earlier today, UFC officials announced that Dos Santos (18-5 MMA, 12-4 UFC) had been pulled from a planned UFC 215 fight with Francis Ngannou (10-1 MMA, 5-0 UFC) due to a potential doping violation stemming from an Aug. 10 out-of-competition test administered by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the UFC’s official anti-doping program administrator.

Ngannou initially vented his frustration at losing the high-profile fight, but Dos Santos’ rep said the two have since spoken and cleared the air.

Junior remains committed to and supportive of USADA drug testing – even if he is bearing an unfortunate consequence of it. He spoke personally with Francis Ngannou and apologized for the unintended consequence to him. Junior thanks Francis for the sympathy, understanding, and respect that transpired during their call, and very much looks forward to resolving this situation so that he and Francis can set up a new date to face one another.

Featuring a pair of championship matchups, UFC 215 takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

For more on UFC 215, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC's Jake Ellenberger finds out the hard way: Kids throw the darnedest things

As a career fighter, Jake Ellenberger has taken all kinds of bumps and bruises, breaks and cuts.

But earlier this week, he found out being a dad comes with its share of injuries, as well. Ellenberger (31-13 MMA, 10-9 UFC), a longtime UFC welterweight, posted on his Instagram account that he was headed to the emergency room for an eye injury – and not from an errant finger or precise punch.

Ellenberger took an iPad Mini to the face when he said his son threw it. The veteran fighter went so far as to say he thought he “was going to lose an eye.”

Just a month ago, he was posting happier pictures of himself with his son. And it stands to reason future photos will be taken when that iPad Mini and other hurlable objects are out of reach.

Ellenberger has not yet provided an update of just what the doctors told him at the emergency room. He does not currently have a fight scheduled.

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

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


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Floyd Mayweather on why he's taking a bigger risk than Conor McGregor with 'The Money Fight'

On Aug. 26, UFC lightweight champion Conor McGregor is going to step into a ring to meet one of the greatest boxers of a generation without having ever had a professional boxing match.

The payoff is certainly huge. Apart from the hefty payday, which could potentially reach the $100 million mark, McGregor has already catapulted his name to new heights just by making this seemingly impossible matchup happen at all. But considering he’s not only changing sports, but facing an exceptionally skilled opponent in the process, there are also a few risks associated with the move.

They range from public humiliation to actual bodily harm.

On the opposite corner of the ring, however, is Floyd Mayweather. And, though he may be the one theoretically in his comfort zone, he’s the one expected to win. He’s the one who built a name for himself in the sport in which they are competing.

And while he sees big rewards for both, Mayweather believes there’s one of them who has the most on the line with “The Money Fight.”

“I’m taking the bigger risk,” Mayweather said during a conference call ahead of the clash, which airs live on pay-per-view from T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I have the 49-0 record. And when a fighter has lost before, if he loses again, it’s nothing. He lost before. But when a fighter has been dominating for 20-something years, never lost, everything is on the line.

“My legacy. My boxing record. Everything is on the line.”

Mayweather (49-0 boxing) is right: McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC)  has taken losses in his professional MMA career. The most recent one, a later-avenged UFC 196 second-round submission to Nate Diaz, has in fact been used as provocation fuel by Mayweather, himself, throughout the fight-promoting process.

But the recently un-retired Mayweather, who is adamant that this will be indeed his last fight, could be looking at one sour note to end his accomplished career. Not only that, he’ll have missed the chance to break the record that’s currently tied with Rocky Marciano – who retired with a 49-0 pro record.

Mayweather is clearly aware of the damage that a loss could cause. Which is not to say that he’s spending too much energy on the idea.

“That’s not really my focus,” Mayweather said. “Every day, I tell myself I’m a winner. I was born to be a winner at life – not just in the ring, but I was born to be a winner – so whatever I do, I try to give it a 100 percent, and I try to push myself to the limit.

“Like (Showtime Sports exec) Stephen (Espinoza) said – it’s all about taking risks. And I wouldn’t be where I’m at, if I didn’t take risks. So I don’t mind putting my 49-0 on the line. I don’t mind putting everything on the line for this fight. I feel like it’s worth it.”

If McGregor does manage to pull off the upset, though, it’s not like Mayweather is going to walk away empty-handed. Other than the obvious – a lot of money, that is – the boxing legend has already cemented his name his place in the very history of a sport.

Or is it two sports?

“I made a crazy name in the sport of boxing,” Mayweather said. “It’s crazy that – I’ve been working so hard throughout the years that I even have a big name in MMA also. Even though I never competed in MMA, I’m still a big name in MMA.”

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

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On 5-fight skid, ex-champ Andrei Arlovski set for UFC Fight Night 120 bout vs. Junior Albini

A heavyweight bout between former UFC champion Andrei Arlovski and Junior Albini is the latest addition to November’s UFC Fight Night 120 lineup.

UFC officials today announced the bout between Arlovski (25-15 MMA, 14-9 UFC) and Albini (14-2 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

UFC Fight Night 120 takes place Nov. 11 at Ted Constant Convocation Center in Norfolk, Va. The event airs on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Arlovski, an honorable mention in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, will attempt to snap a five-fight losing skid in the upcoming fight. Although the majority of his defeats in that stretch have come against the likes of Stipe Miocic, Alistair Overeem, Josh Barnett and Francis Ngannou, the former UFC titleholder is coming off a unanimous decision loss to a lesser-known foe in Marcin Tybura at UFC Fight Night 111 in June.

Albini, meanwhile, will get a chance to add a marquee name to his resume in just his second octagon appearance. The 26-year-old Brazilian made his UFC debut in July, earning a first-round TKO against Timothy Johnson at UFC on FOX 25.

The latest UFC Fight Night 120 card now includes:

  • Anthony Pettis vs. Dustin Poirier
  • Matt Brown vs. Diego Sanchez
  • Nina Ansaroff vs. Angela Hill
  • Cezar Ferreira vs. Nate Marquardt
  • Karl Roberson vs. Darren Stewart
  • Jake Collier vs. Marcel Fortuna
  • Junior Albini vs. Andrei Arlovski

For more on UFC Fight Night 120, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Felice Herrig announces UFC 218 bout vs. Cortney Casey in Detroit

A women’s strawweight bout between Felice Herrig and Cortney Casey is apparently the first fight on tap for December’s UFC 218 lineup.

Herrig (13-6 MMA, 4-1 UFC) today revealed the matchup with Casey (7-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) on social media (via Instagram). UFC brass has yet to make an official announcement.

UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Herrig is riding a three-fight winning streak at 115 pounds, her longest since 2013. “Lil’ Bulldog” earned a unanimous decision win over Justin Kish in her most recent bout at UFC Fight Night 112 in June, and afterward made some emotional comments about how she thinks her age and looks have prevented her from some of the biggest opportunities.

She will get a chance to move further up the ladder when she meets Casey, No. 15 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA women’s strawweight rankings. “Cast Iron” is coming off a unanimous-decision win over former WSOF champ Jessica Aguilar at UFC 211 in May. Afterward, she was caught up in a doping situation which ended with her being cleared of any wrongdoing.

For more on UFC 218, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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