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MMA's week out of the cage: Mourning Tom Petty, Manuwa breaks punching machine, Gracie walks on water

Social media has become a significant part of the sporting landscape. But few, if any, professional sports match the level of interaction and personal access provided by MMA.

In an individual competition in which nearly every athlete is chasing the same goal of financial success and championship glory, it’s important for fighters to provide insight into their lives in order to connect with fans and gain followings.

Although the life of a fighter often can be mundane and repetitive, there still are moments of interest that take place outside the cage, ring or training room. Here are some of the most interesting of those occurrences from the past week.

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UFC vet Jon Tuck shares the secret to dumping massive weight in the bathroom

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Beneil Dariush kicks off tonight’s UFC 216 pay-per-view main card, and Jon Tuck will be in his corner. The friendship has taught Tuck some tricks of the trade.

More specifically, Dariush (14-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC), who fights lightweight Evan Dunham (18-6 MMA, 11-6 UFC) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, has shared some weight-cutting tips with Tuck.

Tuck, who flew more than 6,000 miles to get from his native Guam to Vegas for tonight’s big event and to corner his friend, learned what to do on fight week when some clogged pipes can hinder those often-brutal weight-cuts.

RelatedNik Lentz releases statement on UFC 216 scratch, says it's not his fault

So, what’s the secret to get your system functioning correctly?

“Ah, man,” he told MMAjunkie Radio while guest-hosting the program. “It’s a secret, bro.”

It didn’t take much arm-twisting to get Tuck (10-4 MMA, 4-4 UFC), who scored a submission victory over Takanori Gomi in June, to finally give the goods.

“We just take tea, just the week of the fight,” he said. “If you’re cutting weight, sometimes it’s hard to use the restroom, because you’re all backed up. You’re dry, just running dry.”

In late 2016, Tuck took on Damien Brown in Australia. However, the fight came after an earlier fight camp for an ultimately canceled event in Philippines. Between the two camps and the travel and some run-of-the-mill bad luck with his body, Tuck found himself struggling to cut any substantial poundage. Considering he weighed 178 pounds – 22 pounds over the lightweight limit – a week before the bout, he knew he was in trouble.

RelatedKevin Lee celebrated his (eventually) successful UFC 216 weigh-in with some tiramisu

But then he remembered Dariush’s suggestion of using green tea, which would supposedly kick his digestive system into gear.

And, it turns out, it worked.

“Man, I swear, if it was not six pounds, it was seven pounds I lost just by using the restroom,” he said. “I was like, ‘Hell yeah.’

“All (due to) tea, bro.”

For more on Tuck, Dariush’s fight and the inexact science of cutting weight, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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'UFC 216 Embedded,' No. 5: Inside Lee's weigh cut and a fiery Johnson-Borg face-off


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The UFC returns to Las Vegas this week, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of tonight’s UFC 216 event.

UFC 216, which features two title fights, takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the headliner, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) takes on Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for an interim lightweight title. The winner stays in line for a potential unification bout against champion Conor McGregor.

In the co-main event, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) looks for a UFC-record 11th straight title defense when he meets challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC). That fight was pushed back from UFC 215 in September in Edmonton due to a Borg illness on fight day.

In the fifth episode of “Embedded,” we go inside a rather eventful day of weigh-ins, where Johnson and Borg ultimately have a pretty heated face-off.

Check out the full episode above.

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

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Karyn Bryant recalls on-air beef that first sold Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee to us at UFC 216

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Kevin Lee had barely left the octagon after a UFC Fight Night 112 win over Michael Chiesa when he engaged in another exchange – this time a verbal one, with fellow lightweight Tony Ferguson.

Ferguson was working the desk as an analyst when a question at FS1’s post-fight show prompted a visibly annoyed Lee to call for a “real journalist” to talk to. A heated back-and-forth went on for minutes. By the end of it, Lee – who’d actually called out Khabib Nurmagomedov minutes earlier – was telling Ferguson that “you can get it in” and that it’d be “easy money.”

At UFC 216 tonight, Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) will get to settle their differences in the octagon – this time with the division’s interim belt on the line. And Karyn Bryant, who was also working the desk at that post-fight show, looks back on the night this matchup caught some serious traction.

“It was so weird, because we didn’t really expect that,” Bryant told MMAjunkie Radio. “Obviously, when you put Tony and Kevin together, they both have strong personalities. But I don’t know – I just didn’t expect that whole thing to start popping off like it did that first time.

“At first, it was sort of like, ‘OK, I can kind of be interested in that fight. But I really think Tony deserves just a straight-up title shot or whatever.’ But now they’ve spent so much time going at each other and the more the time, the more I’m actually totally sold on this. Still want to see these other fights, but both of these guys have definitely captivated my attention.”

Speaking to Ferguson later, after the interim title bout had already been scheduled, Bryant says she took it upon herself to tell him that she was in no way instructed to stir something up between the two notoriously outspoken 155-pound contenders on air.

But, once they got going, she wasn’t told to stop them, either.

“I always have somebody in my ear saying either jump in or don’t jump in,” Bryant said. “But they definitely just kind of stayed quiet for a while and let it play out organically.”

Oddly enough, Bryant was present for yet another heated Ferguson-related altercation. During a media event to promote UFC 216 earlier this week in Los Angeles, Ferguson was sitting next to former heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum (21-7-1 MMA, 9-4 UFC) when a heated argument led to the fighters being separated by a UFC representative.

Initial images showed Ferguson talking to media when a harmless comment by Werdum, which incidentally was directed toward Bryant, had Ferguson asking the heavyweight to not interrupt him. What followed was quite the animated reaction by Werdum – who’d later catch heat for his repeated usage of the gay slur “maricón.”

Later, Bryant released via her website, MMA H.E.A.T, a 360-degree unedited video showing the lead-up to the situation. In the images, Werdum can be seen keeping to himself – and even asking Bryant, in Portuguese, about why Ferguson didn’t seem quite like himself.

Meanwhile the intense Ferguson, in a much more somber mood, at some point even makes remarks about how he was so prepared he could even fight Werdum for a title and “kick this guy’s ass.”

EXCLUSIVE: @MMAHEAT has a 360º video of the moments leading up to + including the unexpected heated exchange between @TonyFergusonXT + @FabricioWerdum. Take a look + see if your opinion on the matter changes: https://t.co/4ZLjqMSrN1 #UFC216 #UFC #NotPickingSides

— Karyn Bryant (@KarynBryant) September 30, 2017

Bryant clarified the intentions behind releasing the video. Her website she explained, is not in the gossip business and has always looked to portray fighters in their most positive light. But, after the “surprising” argument, she wanted to show that Werdum wasn’t looking to start trouble.

“I felt like a lot of people kind of jumped on Fabricio and blamed it all on him,” Bryant said. “And I knew, from the beginning that he actually – he came in and asked me, ‘What’s going on with Tony?’ If people watch the video, you see Fabricio and I speaking in Portuguese a little bit when Tony walks away.

“And he’s asking me, ‘What’s going on with him? Is he sad? He doesn’t seem like himself today.’ I say, ‘Maybe he’s a little sad, maybe he’s thinking about the fight. Maybe he’s really hungry, I don’t know. But he does kind of seem a little less than himself today than the usual good mood that I see him in.’

“So Fabricio was actually concerned, ’cause he’s never had an issue with him before. So when the thing escalated like that, I did think that the 360 video would sort of help show that Fabricio didn’t go there with an antagonistic mindset.”

Both Ferguson and Werdum are set to fight at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena – not with each other, of course. While Ferguson meets Lee in the night’s headliner, Werdum fights fellow heavyweight Derrick Lewis on a pay-per-view main-card scrap.

To hear Bryant’s account of the beefs, check out the video above.

And for more on UFC 216, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

MMAjunkie Radio broadcasts Monday-Friday at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino’s Race & Sports Book. The show is hosted by “Gorgeous” George Garcia and producer Brian “Goze” Garcia. For more information or to download past episodes, go to www.mmajunkie.com/radio.

Nov 5, 2016; Mexico City, Mexico; Tony Ferguson (blue gloves) defeats Rafael Dos Anjos (red gloves) during UFC Fight Night at Distrito Federal. Mandatory Credit: Etzel Espinosa-USA TODAY Sports May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout against Michael Johnson during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Michael Johnson (left) fights Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports May 5, 2012; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Michael Johnson (left) fights Tony Ferguson in a lightweight bout during UFC on Fox 3 at the Izod Center. Michael Johnson won by unanimous decision in the third round. 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Paul Felder gives Tony Ferguson edge over Kevin Lee at UFC 216 thanks to experience – and crazy

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Paul Felder knows a thing or two about fighting top-notch lightweights.

With six UFC wins in the division since arriving on the scene three years ago, Felder (14-3 MMA, 6-3 UFC) has been as active in the weight class as anyone. And now he’s been adding analyst to his MMA resume.

This weekend, Felder will be on the FOX Sports desk for pre- and post-fight shows for UFC 216, which takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

In the main event, Felder will no doubt have his eyes on Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC), who fight for the interim lightweight title. He said he’d love to fight each of them down the road.

RelatedUFC 216 staff picks: Does anyone dare pick against all-time great Demetrious Johnson?

“They’re both world-class guys,” Felder told MMAjunkie Radio this week ahead of the fight. “I want to fight them both eventually, so I can’t wait to see them beat the crap out of each other. I don’t know if they’re going to be able to finish each other, to be honest. I think it’s going to be a long, five-round, very competitive fight between those two guys. They’re both super durable, super good cardio, and they’re both talented all around the board.”

Felder said he’s giving Ferguson the edge in the fight – and he said that before he knew Lee was going to struggle to make weight. Lee on Thursday said he had 19 pounds to cut in 24 hours. He showed up to the official weigh-ins today a pound over and was given an hour to make it, which he did.

But Felder believes Ferguson’s experience against the 25-year-old will make the difference.

“I really think the experience edge obviously goes toward Tony, and his unorthodox-ness, his toughness,” he said. “But Kevin Lee, man, he’s made it pretty clear the toughness of Ferguson only means he’s going to take a longer beating. I think those guys are going to put on a show.

“Being through grinding training camps and knowing what it’s like to go 25, 30 minutes with other guys that are on your level, it becomes a mental game. I think that’s where Ferguson really does have an edge in this matchup. I think he’s a little crazy, first of all. And I think that helps in that he’s not afraid to go to war with you.

“… Kevin Lee is super talented. He’s strong, he’s got crazy reach for that division, but I think when you beat up on a guy and maybe he doesn’t go away, we’re going to see a lot about where Kevin Lee’s heart and mental toughness come into play.”

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

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

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2538 with guests Daniel Cormier, Urijah Faber

Stream or download Friday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Daniel Cormier and Urijah Faber.

Cormier co-hosted most of the show and covered topics that included rival light heavyweights Jon Jones and Anthony Johnson. Faber said he’s happy in retirement, but could be swayed to come back with the right matchup and pay day – even though he’s not actively looking for it.

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


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Champ Joanna Jedrzejczyk right where she wants to be defending title vs. Rose Namajunas at MSG

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LAS VEGAS – Joanna Jedrzejczyk looked Rose Namajunas dead in the eyes and told her straight up, “I’m going to f*ck you up,” before kissing her own fist and extending it toward Namajunas’ face.

Take it as a sign this is exactly where the UFC strawweight champion wants to be.

Jedrzejczyk (14-0 MMA, 8-0 UFC) will defend her title against Namajunas (6-3 MMA, 4-2) at UFC 217 on Nov. 4 at Madison Square Garden in New York as she aims to make a little bit of history. And she told UFC President Dana White after her last title defense, a unanimous decision over Jessica Andrade, that the Big Apple is where she wanted to make it happen.

“I’m very happy that Dana agreed with me, and here we go,” Jedrzejczyk said during a press conference Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I want to tie Ronda Rousey’s record of six title defenses (for a woman) and become the first female fighter with seven title fights. It’s a big deal.”

It also seems to have snuck up on Jedrzejczyk.

RelatedChamp Joanna Jedrzejczyk hopes to break Ronda Rousey's record – 125 then possible

She became the second-ever strawweight champion in March 2015 with a dominant TKO of Carla Esparaza and has been unstoppable ever since. Now 30 and more than two years into her title reign, Jedrzejczyk is a bit more particular about when she fights, something she’s earned given how dominant she’s been.

“I like to plan my life. I like to plan my fighting career,” she said. “I’m not that young anymore. I used to fight every month. When I was competing in muay Thai, I used to do tournament after tournament. So, two, three fights in a year is really enough. …

“I beat all the challengers from top to bottom. Now it’s going to be my ninth fight in the UFC, and the time went so fast. I just work hard, and hard work pays off. That’s why I’m here, why I will fight at Madison Square Garden. We know that I can put on a show. It’s all about trust. I always prepare good. I put on good fights, and they can always count on me.”

And how does Jedrzejczyk feel about the woman standing in front of her?

“She’s very talented, she’s still young, but she’s getting closer and closer to this belt,” Jedrzejczyk said. “… Now it’s time for Rose.

“She’s very sneaky, very tricky,” she added. “We all know that her jiu-jitsu is on point.”

Namajunas, coming off a dominant submission win over Michelle Waterson in April, is flattered by nice words from the champion. But they do nothing to shrink the chip on her shoulder.

“I’m here to show everybody my skills and show everybody that I’m ready,” Namajunas said. “Everybody thinks that maybe I’m not all the way there mentally or whatever, like I got all the talent in the world but, ‘Oh, she’s this and that.’

“I’m just here to prove to everybody that I’m getting stronger every day with every experience. I’m becoming more poised, and my desire to win is growing more and more.”

Enough to dethrone the woman known as “Joanna Champion?” That remains to be seen.

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

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UFC's 'Vegas Strong' T-shirts apparently are selling out quickly

If you want one of the UFC’ “Vegas Strong” T-shirts, you’re not alone.

On Sunday the Las Vegas community was stunned by a mass shooting that left 58 dead and approximately 500 injured when a shooter opened fire on a crowd at a Las Vegas strip outdoor concert.

RelatedUFC 216 fighters carry on with heavy hearts in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

On Friday the UFC, which is headquartered in Sin City, announced 100 percent of the profits from the sale of special shirts will go to “families of the victims and those affected by the shooting.”

As of Saturday morning, the shirts were mostly sold out in all of the popular sizes. (However, expect them to be restocked soon since sales will continue through the end of the month.)

Here are the various styles, available at ufcstore.com (and at other UFC retail locations):

UFC 216 takes place tonight at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The pay-per-view event, which features two title fights, has been a bit of a rallying point for the UFC and MMA fans. The organization has pledged to donate $1 million to the families affected by the shooting, and UFC President Dana White, who wore one of the shirts at UFC 216’s weigh-ins, said the organization will host 1,500 first responders at tonight’s event.

For more on UFC 216, 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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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of Bellator 184

While it takes intense training, world-class skills and maybe even a bit of luck to register a Bellator win, picking the right song to accompany you to the cage is a key talent, as well.

See what the fighters of Friday’s Bellator 184 event in Thackerville, Okla., went with as their backing tracks.

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Darrion Caldwell def. Eduardo Dantas via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 50-45)

Darrion Caldwell: “Paranoia” by Dave East feat. Jeez

Eduardo Dantas: “Lado B Lado A” by O Rappa


Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:56

Emmanuel Sanchez: “Canción Del Mariachi (Morena De Mi Corazón)” by Los Lobos

Daniel Straus: “DNA” by Kendrick Lamar

Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)

Pat Curran: “Awake” by Godsmack

John Teixeira: “Last Breath” by Future


Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Leandro Higo: “Campeao Vendor” by Jamily

Joe Taimanglo: “I Got The Feelin'” by James Brown

For complete coverage of Bellator 184, 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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Bellator 184 highlights: Dethroned! New champ Darrion Caldwell tops Eduardo Dantas

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Bellator has a new bantamweight champion. Here’s how Darrion Caldwell did it.

In Friday’s Bellator 184 headliner, Caldwell (11-1 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) picked up a unanimous-decision victory and delivered Eduardo Dantas (20-5 MMA, 10-2 BMMA) his first loss in three years.

Check out the highlights of the win, which came via frequent takedowns and unorthodox striking, above.

RelatedBellator 184 results: Darrion Caldwell takes bantamweight title with domination of Eduardo Dantas

Bellator 184 took place Friday at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla., and it aired on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Caldwell, a 2009 NCAA Division I national wrestling champion, got the victory via 48-47, 48-47 and 50-45 scores.

RelatedTwitter reacts to Darrion Caldwell's title-winning victory over Eduardo Dantas at Bellator 184

Elsewhere on the card, featherweightEmmanuel Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) picked up arguably his biggest win yet with a third-round tap-out of former champ Daniel Straus (24-8 MMA, 11-5 BMMA). Additionally, former featherweight champion Pat Curran (23-7 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) returned from a lengthy layoff for a decision victory over 145-pounder John Teixeira (21-3-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA).

Finally, in the main-card opener, Leandro Higo (18-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) nearly scored a late submission but instead settled for a clear-cut unanimous-decision win over durable bantamweight Joe Taimanglo (23-7-1 MMA, 6-3 BMMA).

Check out all of the highlights above.

And for more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Nik Lentz releases statement on UFC 216 scratch, says it's not his fault

Nik Lentz said his decision to go to the hospital because of a health issue forced his withdrawal from tonight’ UFC 216 event.

Lentz (27-8-2 MMA, 11-5-1 UFC) was slated to fight lightweight Will Brooks (18-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) on the FX-televised prelims of tonight’s UFC 216 pay-per-view event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

However, while the early and official weigh-ins were underway, UFC officials announced that “medical issues” had forced Lentz, who had previously fought at featherweight, off the card.

Brooks, the former Bellator champ who was looking to halt a two-fight skid, had already made weight before the announcement was made.

On Friday Lentz posted a statement explaining his withdrawal (via Twitter):

#UFC #UFC216 pic.twitter.com/QQHXyfRvyI

— Nik Lentz (@NikLentz) October 7, 2017

As he wrote:

“I didn’t make it to weigh ins this morning because I was in the hospital. My body is not responding to insulin correctly and during my weight cut last night my feet and hands went numb, I stopped sweating, my heart rate went through the roof and I didn’t know what was going on. I decided to go to the hospital and stayed there through the night into the morning. I’m not sure just yet as to the diagnosis of what’s happening, but I’m having diabetic like issues. I figured I could push through them and still fight. I was wrong. I’m sorry to everyone involved. I bit off more than I could chew and even though my health problem is not my fault, I should have handled it differently. God Bless everyone for their support throughout my camp. I will be back soon.”

Lentz had been competing at featherweight up until two bouts ago, when he moved back up to lightweight. He was on a 3-1 run before a recent decision loss to Islam Makhachev at UFC 208.

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

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How to watch UFC 216: Fight card, start time, online results, how to stream Ferguson-Lee

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After an emotional week, UFC 216 could provide a distraction tonight in Las Vegas. Here’s how to watch.

UFC 216 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas – a city still reeling from a massive shooting. Prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass (6:30 p.m. ET), the UFC’s digital streaming network, before the card shifts to FX for more prelims (8 p.m. ET) and pay-per-view for the main card (10 p.m. ET).

RelatedUFC 216 fighters carry on with heavy hearts in wake of Las Vegas mass shooting

You may also be able to stream part of the event on the FOX Sports GO app and YouTube. For ways to watch outside the U.S., check out this UFC.com list.

In the headliner, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) clashes with Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) for the interim lightweight title. In the co-main event, long-dominant flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) looks for a UFC-record 11th consecutive title defense when he meets challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

RelatedDana White says more than 1,500 Las Vegas shooting first responders will be at UFC 216

The full UFC 216 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC 216 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC 216 main card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee – for interim lightweight title
  • Champ Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg – for flyweight
  • Derrick Lewis vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
UFC 216 preliminary card (FX, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
UFC 216 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares

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

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UFC 216 play-by-play and live results (6:30 p.m. ET)

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LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 216 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Tony Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC) and Kevin Lee (16-2 MMA, 9-2 UFC) fight for the interim lightweight title. In the co-feature, flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson (26-2-1 MMA, 14-1-1 UFC) looks for a UFC-record 11th consecutive title defense when he meets challenger Ray Borg (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC).

RelatedUFC 216 live video chat with MMAjunkie Radio's 'Gorgeous' George, Goze and Dan (10 p.m. ET)

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the prelims on FX, and 10 p.m. ET for the main card on pay-per-view.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 216 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) and Simon Samano (@sjsamano) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares

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John Moraga vs. Magomed Bibulatov

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Walt Harris vs. Mark Godbeer

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Matt Schnell vs. Marco Beltran

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Pearl Gonzalez vs. Poliana Botelho

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Lando Vannata vs. Bobby Green

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Tom Duquesnoy vs. Cody Stamann

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Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham

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Mara Romero Borella vs. Kalindra Faria

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Fabricio Werdum vs. Derrick Lewis

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Division: Heavyweight
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Demetrious Johnson vs. Ray Borg

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Division: Flyweight
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Tony Ferguson vs. Kevin Lee

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Rankings: Ferguson No. 3, Lee No. 8
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UFC 216 discussion thread

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LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 216 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

RelatedUFC 216 live video chat with MMAjunkie Radio's 'Gorgeous' George, Goze and Dan (10 p.m. ET)

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC 216 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

Round-by-round updates and official results begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the preliminary card and 10 p.m. ET for the main card.


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Dana White says more than 1,500 Las Vegas shooting first responders will be at UFC 216

Earlier this week, another mass shooting rocked America.

This time, it took place in MMA’s capital city of Las Vegas. An alleged lone gunman killed 58 people and injured more than 500 at a country music festival that took place on the south end of the Las Vegas Strip across the street from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino late Sunday.

Las Vegas is home to hundreds of fighters and fight personalities. It’s the home base of the UFC, which on Saturday hosts UFC 216 at T-Mobile Arena, just a short distance up the Strip from where the massacre took place.

RelatedUFC pledges $1 million to families of Las Vegas mass shooting; UFC 216 will go on as planned

Today, UFC President Dana White told TSN in Canada that the promotion will host more than 1,500 first responders from the shooting, and expects several people injured during the shooting to be on hand, as well.

“I have 1,500-plus first responders coming to the fight on Saturday: police officers, firefighters, EMTs, medical staff,” White told TSN. “All people that were involved in saving people’s lives. And (we’re) probably going to have six or seven of the people that were shot here on Saturday night. This show is going to be unlike any show you’ve ever seen the UFC produce.”

White said he turned on live coverage of the shooting’s aftermath once he heard what was happening.

“I turned the news on and I started to see it,” White said. “I was up all night watching. It was surreal. It’s very surreal to believe this was happening right down the street from where I live and where my kids are sleeping.

“We were just hoping that everyone was OK. We were checking on all of our employees, we were checking on all of our fighters, and we’re so lucky and we’re so happy to learn no one (from the UFC) was hurt or killed. We’re so lucky that none of our guys or girls were injured.”

Alleged gunman Stephen Paddock was found dead in a 32nd-floor room at Mandalay Bay. Investigators have not yet uncovered a motive for the shooting.

UFC 216 takes place Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FX and UFC Fight Pass.

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


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Bellator 184 results: Emmanuel Sanchez taps former champ Daniel Straus in third

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It took overcoming some rough spots early, but grappling-savvy Emmanuel Sanchez looked nothing short of impressive in route to a third-round submission win over former champion Daniel Straus.

After an action-packed first round, which saw some crazy reversals and near-misses, Sanchez (16-3 MMA, 8-2 BMMA) took control of the featherweight co-headliner in the final two rounds, marking his best Bellator display yet with the tap of Straus (24-8 MMA, 11-5 BMMA).

Straus was off to a solid start, as Sanchez seemed in trouble for the bottom early. The roles, however, were quickly reversed, as a bloodied Sanchez got ahold of Straus’ kneecap in pursuit of a leg-lock. The ex-champ, however, stayed calm – and soon was the one applying the heat from the top. After a brief scramble, Straus seemingly dug first for a D’Arce, and then a North-South choke, but relented. Straus stayed in control from the top for a while before Sanchez was again able to reverse, taking Straus’ back on the ground. While Sanchez failed to find a fight-ending submission there, he was able to get the mount shortly before the bell rang.

While Sanchez was the only with the early success in the final round, Straus did have his moments on top position. As the ex-champ worked from the half-guard, though, Sanchez was able to once more reverse. Soon, it was Sanchez who saw himself working from Straus’ half guard. It took him a while, but Sanchez managed to pass the guard and mount, landing elbows as Straus defended his face. While Straus never stopped resisting, he was simply unable to escape the unfortunate position, as Sanchez kept landing elbow after elbow. By the end of the round, Straus didn’t have many options but to keep cover – which, though under the referee’s close watch, was enough to get him to fight another round.

Straus came out swinging in the third and final round, throwing some wild shots before landing a takedown against the cage. As Sanchez seemed to be slowly making his way up, Straus grabbed ahold of his leg and ended a scramble on top. Quickly, though, Sanchez had his legs around Straus’ neck and shoulder, setting up a triangle choke. Straus had no choice but to tap, granting Sanchez the submission win.

While Straus has seen better days, currently riding the first skid of his Bellator run after the title-costing loss to Patricio Freire at Bellator 178 in April, Sanchez certainly can’t complain. Given a 2017 that saw him taking straight wins over Georgi Karakhanyan, ex-champ Marcos Galvao and, now, Straus, no one can’t really blame him for being on a dancing mood.

That’s how you celebrate that win. Dance on @ElMatador145 #Bellator184 pic.twitter.com/hV8T89bSpE

— Bellator MMA (@BellatorMMA) October 7, 2017

Bellator 184 results:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez def. Daniel Straus via submission (triangle choke) – Round 3, 1:56
  • Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Bellator 184 results: Ex-champ Pat Curran tops John Teixeira after lengthy layoff

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Former featherweight champion Pat Curran picked his shots against an aggressive John Teixeira.

But, when those shots landed, they landed big. The result of Curran’s (23-7 MMA, 13-4 BMMA) accuracy was a unanimous sweep of Teixeira (21-3-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA) on the judges’ interesting scorecards – which ranged from a 29-28 to a 30-26, with a 30-27 in between.

John Teixeira was the early aggressor, throwing some hard punches right off the bat. Curran was tentative early, mostly circling around and throwing rare shots as Teixeira mixed short hand combinations and low kicks. A sloppy entrance by Teixeira, however, saw a right hand by Curran landing clean on his jaw. After looking rocked for a split second, Teixeira resumed attack position. Curran, however, seemed to smell blood – and soon it was Teixeira who started backing up. After landing yet another hard shot to Teixeira’s chin, Curran grew increasingly aggressive and found another huge right hand before the round ended.

Curran came out more aggressive in the second. But Teixeira, understandably, didn’t seem too interested in engaging. A takedown by the Brazilian featherweight was short-lived, as Curran was back up in no time. As the they resumed their exchanges on the feet halfway through the second, both fighters seemed more careful about keeping the distance. Teixeira relied heavily on the low kicks, while Curran seemed to seek openings for the counters that served him well early. Curran was able to secure a takedown in the final 40 seconds of the round, but this time it was Teixeira who wanted no business on the ground. Teixeira ate one big jab before the bell rang, but a knee by Curran missed.

Curran wasn’t about to relinquish control in round three, taking full advantage of his stifling wrestling game to keep Teixeira in constant survival mode early on. While Teixeira stayed active, managing to repeatedly get back up, Curran just wouldn’t relent, staying close and landing knees to the body against the cage. Halfway through the round the two were back on their feet – but the writing was on the wall. While Teixeira was, again, the aggressor, the shots weren’t landing. Curran may have failed to keep Teixeira down late in the third, but remained elusive on the feet until the final bell rang.

The win snapped a long, injury-motivated layoff for the ex-champ, who hadn’t fought since a Bellator 155 win over Georgi Karakhanyan in May 2016. He’s now on a three-fight streak. “Macapa,” in turn, has a two-fight skid after dropping a split call to Daniel Weichel.

Bellator 184 results:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Straus
  • Pat Curran def. John Teixeira via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-26)
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Bellator 184 results: Leandro Higo outworks Joe Taimanglo for unanimous decision

Leandro Higo came close to walking away from his second Bellator outing with a late third-round submission win.

But, judging by the smile on Higo’s (18-2 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) face as the 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 scorecards were read, we’re guessing a unanimous decision over fellow bantamweight Joe Taimanglo (23-7-1 MMA, 6-3 BMMA) should do just fine.

The Brazilian, who’d dropped a split decision against 135-pound champ Eduardo Dantas in a non-title bout to kick off his promotional run, is back on the pro streak that saw him taking eight straight wins before the loss to Dantas. Taimanglo, who showcased some toughness after surviving Higo’s tight third-round guillotine choke, is now on a two-fight skid after a loss to Darrion Caldwell.

Taimanglo wasted no time in the feeling-out process in Round 1, pushing Higo against cage almost immediately. The two switched positions a few times, but Taimanglo was mostly in control there. After two minutes, though, Higo managed to break away, and the two returned to the center of the cage. Taimanglo then set up some shots to once more get Higo against the cage – this time, securing a takedown. But Higo got back up, proceeding to land a big hand and get Taimanglo to the ground. Higo, however, was unable to advance from the half guard and the two were back on their feet by the time the round ended.

Taimanglo was more tentative as the second round started. Higo landed a good hand and attempted some jumping strikes early, but Taimanglo halted the action by once more pressing him against the cage. As the two resumed the action on the feet, Higo kept the distance with straight strikes, while Taimanglo entered his range with shorter punches. By the final two minutes, Higo was landing low kicks and solid punches to the face. High made a good round more favorable with a takedown. Taimanglo, however, once more kept him at half guard – and eventually got back up.

Higo kept lighter on his feet in the third round, while Taimanglo pressed forward. Taimanglo half-heartedly attempted two takedowns, which Higo escaped. The two proceeded with mostly tentative strikes, until, as the end of the fight drew near, Taimanglo managed to get to Higo’s back. While a submission didn’t really look anywhere near locked in, it took a little while for Higo to shake him off. Once he did, though, it was Taimanglo wo saw himself in a very unfortunate position – with Higo’s arms wrapped tightly around his neck. The guillotine seemed tight, but Taimanglo managed to tough it out until the final bell.

Bellator 184 results:

MAIN CARD (Spike, 9 p.m. ET)

  • Champ Eduardo Dantas vs. Darrion Caldwell – for bantamweight title
  • Emmanuel Sanchez vs. Daniel Straus
  • Pat Curran vs. John Teixeira
  • Leandro Higo def. Joe Taimanglo via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

PRELIMINARY CARD (MMAjunkie, 7 p.m. ET)

  • Manuel Muro def. Emmanuel Rivera via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Sean Holden def. Shakir McKillip via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:39 – 160-pound catchweight
  • Carrington Banks def. Steve Kozola via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Chance Rencountre def. Justin Patterson via submission (D’Arce choke) – Round 1, 2:58
  • Teagan Dooley def DeMarcus Simmons via submission (Americana) – Round 2, 2:12
  • Westin Wilson def. L.J. Hermreck via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:55
  • Kendall Carnahan def. Daniel Carey via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Ernest James vs. Ray Jones

For more on Bellator 184, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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Featherweight champ Julia Budd headlines Bellator 189 in rematch with Arlene Blencowe

Julia Budd will put her featherweight title on the line in December when she headlines Bellator 189 in a rematch.

Budd (10-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) will be challenged by Arlene Blencowe (10-6 MMA, 3-2 BMMA) in the main event, Bellator officials today announced. In addition, the co-main event is set with a middleweight bout between Chris Honeycutt (10-1 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) and Rafael Lovato Jr. (6-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA).

Bellator 189 takes place Dec. 1 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The main card will air on Spike following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Budd won Bellator’s inaugural women’s featherweight title earlier this year when she stopped former Strikeforce champ Marloes Coenen with a fourth-round TKO at Bellator 174, which also took place in Thackerville.

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Julia Budd vs. Arlene Blencowe

To get to that title shot, Budd, from Canada, won her first three Bellator fights after a 4-0 run for Invicta FC. And the third of those wins came at Bellator 162 nearly a year ago – a unanimous decision win over Blencowe, who now will challenge for her title.

Blencowe, from Australia, has gone 3-0 since that loss. She picked up a pair of knockout wins in her native Australia, then took a split call from Sinead Kavanagh at Bellator 182 in August.

Honeycutt has won four straight fights. He has decisions over Matt Secor, Mikkel Parlo and Ben Reiter. But at Bellator 182, he picked up his first stoppage win in two and half years when he took out Kevin Casey with a second-round TKO. His four-fight winning streak comes on the heels of a pair of fights with Paul Bradley. The first of those ended in a no-contest from an accidental headbutt, and Bradley won the rematch with a 40-second knockout – Honeycutt’s lone pro loss.

Lovato won Legacy FC’s middleweight title in just his third pro fight in 2016. After defending it later that year with a submission of Cortez Coleman, he moved to Bellator – where he has been impressive in a hurry. He stopped Charles Hackman in just 13 seconds with a TKO at Bellator 174. And in July, he submitted Mike Rhodes in the first round.

For more on Bellator 189, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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So why did Kevin Lee get 1 extra hour to make weight for UFC 216? An explanation

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Since the UFC adopted early weigh-ins, fans have seen several fighters fail to make weight without a second chance.

There’s widespread perception the procedure is a one-shot deal: If you miss weight, you miss weight.

That wasn’t the case Friday, when UFC interim lightweight title challenger Kevin Lee stepped on the scale for the official UFC 216 weigh-ins, which took place at The Mirage in Las Vegas. It was 11:01 a.m. PT when he weighed in and he came in heavy at 156 pounds – or one pound over the limit for his lightweight title fight with Tony Ferguson. Lee then was allowed one additional hour to make the weight.

RelatedKevin Lee on near-miss at UFC 216 weigh-in: 'I ain't no bitch'

Was something off? The short answer is no.

First and foremost, the rules of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, which oversaw the proceeding, supersede any policies or procedures put in place by a promotion. While the commission generally tries to work with promoters to ensure a drama-free event, its policies are the ultimate authority on how the event is regulated.

The statute that references the NSAC’s one-hour window is NAC 467.522, which states:

“except as otherwise provided in subsection 3 of NAC 467.476 and subsection 2 of NAC 467.7956, if, during the 1 hour following the time of weighing in, an unarmed combatant is able to make the weight or weighs 1 pound or less outside the agreed limits, no forfeit may be imposed or fine assessed upon him or her.”

As NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett told the assembled media after Lee’s initial miss, the second chance was approved after a check from the commission’s doctor to ensure the fighter wasn’t endangering himself by cutting additional weight.

RelatedCoach: Don't like Kevin Lee's massive UFC 216 weight cut? Change the rules

Bennett said regardless of when a fighter weighs in, he or she gets one additional hour if they miss weight, provided an NSAC doctor signs off.

“The doctor finished evaluating Kevin Lee at 11:15, and he had to be back here no later than 12:15,” Bennett said. “There has been times where we didn’t allow a fighter to lose those pounds because he or she was too sucked out or too dry. This is nothing new for us.”

Even if Lee might have been a hair late according to the UFC’s timeline, Bennett said by his watch, he was on target.

“Most important is the doctor if somebody misses weight,” Bennett said. “They’ve got to see the doctor, and the doctor has to agree on it. And in this particular case, the doctor said, ‘I’m not going to allow him to use more than one pound.’ And I asked another doctor, and he agreed. This is not an anomaly. This is not unusual. This is in accordance with our code.”

RelatedVideo: Watch Tony Ferguson, Kevin Lee face off at UFC 216 weigh-ins – while 'El Cucuy' jams out

Bennett also said if Lee were to rehydrate intravenously, he would be required to notify the commission, which would then sign off on whether the treatment was medically necessary.

The commission banned IV rehydration as part of an overhaul of its anti-doping policies in September 2016. The commission recently filed a complaint against a UFC fighter who allegedly received an IV without the commission’s approval.

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

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