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LFA 21 live results: Antonio Paulo Branjao vs. Kyle Noblitt

LFA 21 takes place tonight at Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo., and airs on AXS TV beginning at 9 p.m. ET.

In the main event, a pair of unbeaten heavyweights will do battle as Kyle Noblitt (7-0) takes on Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0). MMAjunkie will have live results, which you can check out below.

Up-to-the-minute LFA 21 results include:

  • Antonio Paulo Branjao vs. Kyle Noblitt
  • Kevin Holland vs. Grady Hurley
  • T.J. Brown vs. Trey Ogden
  • Katy Collins vs. Shannon Sinn
  • Jeremiah Cullum vs. Charles Johnson
  • Yazan Hajeh vs. Oscar Valdez
  • Dakota Bush vs. Jose Martinez
  • Miles McDonald vs. Xavier Siller

For complete coverage ofo LFA 21, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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UFC Fight Night 115 ceremonial weigh-ins video highlights, gallery

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ROTTERDAM – The UFC Fight Night 115 ceremonial weigh-ins took place today, and MMAjunkie was on the scene.

The weigh-ins happened at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The same venue hosts Saturday’s card, which streams in its entirety on UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) takes on Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC) in a battle of heavyweight skyscrapers. Both men made without issue; Struve weighed 264 pounds, and fellow big man Volkov tipped the scale at 251 pounds.

Watch the video highlights of the ceremonial weigh-ins above. And check out our gallery below.

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

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Jon Jones passed blood test after UFC 214, different from urine test failure, USADA explains

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The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency today urged caution while confirming a report that Jon Jones passed a post-fight blood test in connection with his title win at UFC 214.

“It’s only fair to let due process occur before jumping to any conclusions,” USADA spokesperson Danielle Eurich said in a statement sent to MMAjunkie.

Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC), Eurich said, came up negative for banned substances in a blood test administered after his July 29 fight against Daniel Cormier (19-2 MMA, 8-2 UFC), despite failing a urine test for the steroid turinabol collected the day of the event’s weigh-ins. The passed test added to two out-of-competition samples – collected July 6 and 7 – that also came up negative, adding more mystery to the test Jones failed.

RelatedCSAC executive director: UFC champ Jon Jones situation 'doesn't make any sense'

Earlier today, MMAFighting.com cited multiple sources close to Jones in reporting Jones’ post-fight negative. Eurich, however, cited Jones’ agent – presumably longtime rep Malki Kawa – as the source.

“Given that Mr. Jones’ agent has publicly commented on this case, we can confirm Mr. Jones provided a urine and blood sample on July 6th and an additional urine sample on the 7th – all of which were reported negative,” Eurich said. “On July 28th, his urine sample tested positive for turinabol – as confirmed previously – then after the fight he provided a blood sample that was reported negative.”

The failed test triggered Jones’ second anti-doping case with USADA after an out-of-competition test found two banned estrogen blockers in his system prior to a title unifier against Cormier at UFC 200. He appealed the findings and was still found to be culpable despite not intentionally cheating. A one-year suspension followed.

RelatedTwitter Mailbag: Is Jon Jones now the biggest screw-up in MMA history?

Jones’ team currently awaits the results of the “B” sample from the positive test on July 28. If confirmed, the sides are likely to head to arbitration, where Jones, who knocked out Cormier via head kick, would face up to a four-year suspension if the findings are upheld.

Eurich stated the absence of turinabol in Jones’ blood is explained by the parameters of the test and indicated the public should hold off before making any conclusions.

“The prohibited anabolic steroid turinabol is only tested for in urine screens and not in blood tests,” she said. “Urine and blood screens are complimentary to each other and don’t analyze for the same substances. Importantly, Mr. Jones is innocent unless and until the established process determines otherwise. It’s only fair to let due process occur before jumping to any conclusions.”

RelatedDana White isn't optimistic about UFC champ Jon Jones' B sample, laments what could've been

Jones’ rep and several other fighters ensnared in anti-doping violations have accused USADA of urging the public to do the opposite by announcing potential cases before adjudicating them. Jones, via Kawa, has steadfastly maintained innocence in both anti-doping cases and is “crushed” by the latest positive.

UFC President Dana White has said if Jones is again suspended, Cormier will be crowned the UFC light heavyweight champion.

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

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Why Michel Prazeres isn't mad about UFC champ Conor McGregor's absence

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Since beating Eddie Alvarez to take the UFC’s lightweight belt in November 2016, Conor McGregor has yet to defend it.

Of course, one can understand why his focus would be in other areas; after all, turning down a boxing showdown for the ages with legendary boxer Floyd Mayweather is not something many people would do. But on the other hand, his fellow lightweights – especially the ones closer to the top  – haven’t really been excited about his absence.

Some peers, in fact, went as far as questioning the validity of McGregor’s reign, using terms like “Paper Champ.” And it didn’t help that McGregor never got to defend the 145-pound belt he’d earned over Jose Aldo before his two-division ambitions spoke louder.

RelatedDid Mayweather vs. McGregor do 6.5 million PPV buys like Urijah Faber claims Dana White said?

But one lightweight who isn’t mad about McGregor’s (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC) M.I.A. status is UFC Fight Night 115’s Michel Prazeres (22-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC).

“McGregor needs to enjoy his belt,” Prazeres told MMAjunkie. “He has other focuses. And it’s even better that he doesn’t defend it. Because it makes the division more competitive in pursuit of this belt. I think it’s all strategy.”

Prazeres meets Mads Burnell (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) on Saturday at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The UFC Fight Night 115 preliminary-card bout streams live on UFC Fight Pass, like the remainder of the event. While Prazeres missed weight at this morning’s early weigh-ins, the bout is still on.

The Brazilian has had a sneaky but steady rise in the UFC’s 155-pound division. Since a UFC Fight Night 60 loss to Kevin Lee in February 2015, he’s beat four straight opponents: Valmir Lazaro, J.C. Cottrell, Gilbert Burns and Josh Burkman. Before Lee, he was riding two straight wins.

At 34, Prazeres is understandably satisfied with his progress.

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“I’ve been in a very good rise,” Prazeres said. “I started working on my mistakes and making less errors in the fights. It’s been showing. I’m feeling very good ahead of this fight. Very good.”

UFC newcomer Burnell is not yet the type of name who’ll propel you to great heights in the promotion– unlike Prazeres’ original opponent, notoriously tough Islam Makhachev, who had to pull out on short notice.

Still, a five-fight winning streak in a highly competitive division is not too shabby of an accomplishment. For now, that’s what he’s focused on. But, in the future, he does have an idea.

“In the near future, I really want to meet Kevin Lee again,” Prazeres said, before Lee was slated to meet Tony Ferguson in a UFC 216 interim title bout. “Because the altitude really got to me, I didn’t have a good weight cut. I’d really like the opportunity to fight him again.”

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


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Showtime: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor 'trending' to break 4.6 million PPV buys record

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Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor’s one-off fight last Saturday is “trending” to set a record for the most pay-per-view buys.

Showtime executive vice president Stephen Espinoza told USA TODAY Sports that current estimates have the bout – won by Mayweather – in the “mid to high” four million range for purchases in the U.S. and Canada. The pay-per-view record is 4.6 million, which was established when Mayweather defeated Manny Pacquiao in 2015.

“We would love to break that record, but even if we come up just short, the event was still a massive success financially and by other measurements,” Espinoza said.

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The final number will not be determined until later next week as the reports from all distributors are collected, Espinoza said. Showtime announced an initial figure for Pacquiao-Mayweather of 4.4 million purchases before it was revised days later to 4.6 million.

Earlier this week, UFC President Dana White claimed “The Money Fight” did 6.5 million buys, which would shatter the record set by Mayweather-Pacquiao.

Mayweather (50-0 boxing), returning to the ring after nearly two years in retirement, started slow against UFC lightweight champ McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) before taking over with a pressing attack of body shots in the fourth round. As McGregor began to fade, Mayweather landed at will to the head, knocking the Irish champ around the ring in the eighth and ninth rounds before finishing him off at the 1:05 mark of the 10th. Afterward, Mayweather announced his 50th win would be his final fight.

RelatedFloyd Mayweather-Conor McGregor 'Money Fight' does $2.6 million box office in theaters

The Showtime pay-per-view from Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena was touted as the most widely distributed pay-per-view event in history, with multiple broadcast and online platforms beaming it to one million homes. But fight-night demand overwhelmed several of those platforms. Fans reported spotty – or dark – screens through cable providers such as Verizon Fios, Comcast and Frontier. UFC streaming partner UFC.tv completely crashed, leading to outrage online.

So overwhelmed was the UFC’s online platform that one customer service rep advised a disgruntled customer to seek out an illegal stream of the fight. Not long after Mayweather stopped McGregor, a Showtime pay-per-view customer filed a class-action lawsuit, claiming the premium channel had robbed him of a normal viewing experience.

RelatedAfter feeling it first-hand, Floyd Mayweather gives his verdict on Conor McGregor's dreaded power

Showtime on Monday promised refunds to its customers with issues getting the pay-per-view, and UFC President Dana White did the same after a vague promise to take care of fans left out. Some fans disputed cable charges with their banks, while others reported receiving refunds.

Espinoza said only “a small number” of customers were impacted and the refunds won’t have “a meaningful”  impact on the number of PPV buys.

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

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UFC announces FITE TV as PPV streaming partner after Mayweather-McGregor debacle

Less than one week after the UFC’s streaming partner, NeuLion, went dark for many fans trying to watch “The Money Fight” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, the leading MMA promotion has announced a new partner for pay-per-view events.

The UFC has struck a deal with online combat-sports network FITE.TV, which will stream next week’s UFC 215 through its app and website. The terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

“When we first launched FITE TV, our goal was to bring combat sports fans the very best events,” FITE CEO Kosta Jordanov said in a press release. “The signing of this distribution deal with UFC has validated that goal, and we look forward to building an amazing relationship with the sports industry leader.”

RelatedDana White: Refunds in works for UFC.tv customers who missed Mayweather-McGregor fight

Fans who log on to FITE.TV to watch UFC 215, which takes place Sept. 9 at Rogers Center in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, will need to cough up more money. The event is offered at a flat $59.99, contrary to previous UFC.tv pay-per-views, where a standard definition broadcast is available for $10 cheaper.

It’s not clear how the new partnership affects the UFC’s deal with NeuLion, which runs the promotion’s online network, UFC.tv, and contracts separately for pay-per-view events. Requests for comment to both companies weren’t immediately returned.

Rob Kelly, an investor rep for NeuLion, said nothing had been announced regarding the relationship and referred questions to the company’s PR department.

Nine days ago, NeuLion touted its role in the Aug. 26 megafight between Mayweather and McGregor at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. But the celebration turned into a nightmare when UFC.tv crashed at the start of pay-per-view broadcast. Many fans missed large portions of the fight or were unable to watch altogether, while others coughed up an extra $99.95 or sought other viewing options. Some fans sought out illegal streams, which may have contributed to widespread piracy.

RelatedDana White: Refunds in works for UFC.tv customers who missed Mayweather-McGregor fight

Earlier this week, the UFC said it was “incredibly disappointed” by the outage and would to look into the matter. UFC President Dana White, meanwhile, said he would take care of fans who’d been gypped. That assurance didn’t fly well with MMA media. One day later, White released a statement promising refunds.

The UFC’s online platform wasn’t the only one to encounter difficulties. There were reports of outages with customers purchasing the event from Showtime’s online network, as well as cable providers Verizon Fios, Comcast, and Frontier.

Showtime offered refunds to any of its customers who’d been affected. But despite efforts to appease fans, one disgruntled customer already has filed a class-action lawsuit against the premium cable channel for delivering a substandard viewing experience.

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


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Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast: Gillian Robertson, Chili's hostess and unexpected MMA fighter

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LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returned this week for its 26th season, which will culminate with the crowning of the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know Gillian Robertson (0-1), who discussed how she unexpectedly got into MMA at 16, her love of animals, why she looks up to UFC bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes, and more.

“The Ultimate Fighter 26,” featuring former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

Also see:

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


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LFA 21 headliner Kyle Noblitt addresses sexual-assault case

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Undefeated heavyweight and LFA 21 headliner Kyle Noblitt regrets the actions he took that led to a sexual-assault case in 2012, but he said it made him a better person.

“If anybody’s ever made a mistake, just think of that mistake and give me a chance,” Noblitt (7-0) told AXS TV, which airs tonight’s headliner opposite Antonio Paulo Branjao (4-0) at Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo. “Don’t let 30 seconds define what you think about me.”

Noblitt, who was removed from a spot on a Dana White’s Contender Series event after his case came to light, denies a battery of charges that were filed against him in 2012, which include forcible sodomy and rape of a 29-year-old woman.

RelatedLFA 21's Katy Collins: It's fun to be mean in the cage

Noblitt served four months in prison and was sentenced to five years’ probation. He is also a registered sex offender and must wear a GPS monitor that only can be removed when he fights.

While Noblitt admits to grabbing the alleged victim’s breast outside a bar, he said he never committed sexual assault.

“This girl was flirting, and one thing was leading to the other, and next thing, she started flipping out, and I didn’t really know why,” said Noblitt, who was 22 at the time. “It was after I grabbed her boob, but I didn’t know why. She came out three years after the fact saying she was on bath salts the night this all happened.”

Noblitt claims the alleged victim, whom he said passed away “a couple Decembers ago” from a drug overdose, later admitted she was on bath salts the night of the alleged attack. He also claims she was a DEA informant who’d testified in several cases, and prosecutors went for the maximum punishment against him to keep her from being discredited in court.

“They actually tried to pin her murder on me,” Noblitt said. “They threw the book at me. I was a state standout, two-time state champion, two-time national champion. Small town, front-page article. But man, if it wouldn’t have happened, I wouldn’t be where I am today.”

Noblitt claims he’s turned his life around through MMA and is married with a child on the way.

“I just want a fair chance like everyone else,” he said.

For more on LFA 21, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

 


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LFA 21's Katy Collins: It's fun to be mean in the cage

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Women’s flyweight Katy Collins screams and darts her way across the cage in fights. She’s not doing it to pump herself up; it’s simply what happens naturally.

“It’s not necessarily that I need it; I just feel that’s me,” Collins (7-2) told AXS TV Fights, which carries her fight tonight against Shannon Sinn (2-4) at LFA 21. “I’m just very aggressive. That’s what I do. I’m just mean in there, and that’s fine.

“I feel like it’s really an advantage to me. A lot of people just don’t have that.”

LFA 21 takes place at Branson Convention Center in Branson, Mo., and the main card – including Collins vs. Sinn – airs on AXS TV.

RelatedAfter 2-year struggle to get fights, Antonio Paulo Branjao thankful for LFA 21 headliner

Collins favors the ground game and the “very personal” contact between her and opponents. She tries to overwhelm them with aggression until they capitulate.

For tonight’s fight, Collins will use that energy in hopes of putting away Sinn, a short-notice replacement after Collins’ original opponent backed out with a knee injury.

Collins has had only three weeks to prepare for the fight, but she’s confident her training will lead her to a winning performance.

“We know that she’s a boxer and is most likely going to keep it standing, so I’m going to have to close the distance to get to her,” she said.

For more on LFA 21, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

 


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John Dodson says he's fighting Marlon Moraes at UFC Fight Night 120 in Virginia

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This fall’s UFC Fight Night 120 lineup has an intriguing bantamweight addition.

Former flyweight title challenger John Dodson (19-8 MMA, 8-3 UFC) is slated to fight former WSOF champion Marlon Moraes (18-5-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at the November show.

Dodson recently announced the fight following a report from Farah Hannoun (via Twitter):

The Lucky dude I get to fight is @mmarlonmoraes for the #ufcnorfolk let's get excited. #Theresnomagicwithoutamagician pic.twitter.com/RIWGOzOJQN

— John Dodson III (@JohnDodsonMMA) September 1, 2017

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

Dodson, who’s No. 14 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA bantamweight rankings, is 2-1 since moving up to bantamweight following a 2015 title loss to 125-pound champ Demetrious Johnson. In his most recent bout, the 32-year-old Jackson-Wink MMA fighter and “TUF 14” champion rebounded from a split-decision defeat to John Lineker with a unanimous-decision victory over Eddie Wineland in April.

He now meet No. 8-ranked Moraes, a longtime WSOF champ who made his long-awaited UFC debut – while sporting a 13-fight winning streak – in June. The 29-year-old Brazilian, who set a WSOF record with five consecutive title defenses, then suffered a narrow split-decision defeat to fellow contender Raphael Assuncao at UFC 212.

The latest UFC Fight Night 120 card 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
  • Court McGee vs. Sean Strickland
  • Clay Guida vs. Joe Lauzon
  • Viviane Pereira vs. Tatiana Suarez
  • John Dodson vs. Marlon Moraes

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


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In-depth main-card breakdown: 'UFC Fight Night 115: Volkov vs. Struve'

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MMAjunkie Radio cohost and MMAjunkie contributor Dan Tom provides an in-depth breakdown of all of Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 main-card bouts.

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands, and the entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

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Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC)

Alexander Volkov

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’7″ Age: 28 Weight: 245 Reach: 80″
  • Last fight: Decision win over Roy Nelson (April 15, 2017)
  • Camp: Strela Team (Russia)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:
+ M-1 heavyweight champion
+ Bellator tournament winner
+ Kyokushin karate brown belt
+ 18 KO victories
+ 3 submission wins
+ 15 first round finishes
+ Accurate right hand
^ Coming forward and off the counter
+ Well-balanced attack/combinations
^ Often punctuates off of left side
+ Deceptively effective knees
+ Improved wrestling ability
+ Competent grappling ability
– Traditionally struggles from bottom

Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC)

Stefan Struve

Staple info:

  • Height: 7’0″ Age: 29 Weight: 265 lbs. Reach: 84″
  • Last fight: Submission win over Daniel Omielanczuk (Oct. 8, 2016)
  • Camp: Combat Club (Florida)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/Kickboxing
  • Risk management: Fair

Supplemental info:
+ Regional MMA title
+ 8 KO victories
+ 17 submission wins
+ Hard leg kicks and teeps
+ Accurate right hand
+ Improved takedown defense
^ Off the cage and in the clinch
+ Strikes well off of the breaks
+ Floats/scrambles well on top
^ Dangerous from front-headlock
+ Deceptive guard game
^ Favors triangle-choke setups
– Traditionally takes damage

Summary: Rotterdam’s main event is a heavyweight showdown between two of the tallest competitors in the organization as Alexander Volkov meets Stefan Struve.

A prospect who came up fighting for promotions such as M-1 and Bellator, Volkov now finds himself headlining his first UFC show in what will be his third appearance under the promotion’s banner. Standing in Volkov’s way is no easy task as the Russian steps behind enemy lines to face Struve.

A native of the Netherlands, Struve has since moved shop to South Florida to train under the care of Henri Hooft. Appearing to be in a mid-career renaissance after a rough couple of years, Struve has set his sights on the title; a win over a higher-ranked opponent would certainly help his case.

Starting off on the feet, we essentially have a battle between a diverse kickboxer and Dutch-style Thai boxer.

Coming from a karate background that emphasizes more on the sparring and sporting aspects (Kyokushin and Tsu Shin Gen), Volkov has done an excellent job of building a kickboxing game for MMA.

Taking more of a squared stance than traditional martial artists tend to do, Volkov opens up his offensive options from both sides as he still carries the in-and-out abilities typically associated with karate fighters. A diverse striker who is effective coming forward and off of the counter, Volkov will likely need to do both against his tallest test to date.

Coming in at 7-feet tall and tying Jon Jones for the longest reach at 84.5 inches, Struve comes in with a lot to like on paper. At his best, we have seen the Dutchman put his punches and kicks together seamlessly as he is still the only man to date who has stopped current champ Stipe Miocic.

Capable of hitting intercepting knees and punches off of the counter, Struve seems to do his best work when coming forward, something I suspect he will need to do to be victorious in this matchup. However, despite Struve’s reach and other on-paper advantages, he traditionally takes damage since defense has long been the Dutchman’s criticism.

Should Struve not show improvements to his head movement or overall defensive awareness, then he may be subject to the right hands of Volkov as the Russian is competent with it both coming forward or countering.

Where this fight’s momentum has the most potential of being shifted, is whenever these two hit the floor.

Although Volkov appears to be a competent purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, he’s arguably too comfortable fighting off of his back. Opponents who have implemented a top-heavy pursuit have typically succeeded in grappling stanzas with the Russian, or at the very least, earned enough control time to win the round.

Against Struve, Volkov faces – in my opinion – a more talented grappler in almost every phase. Despite being associated with the high-risk guard pulling and submissions he would hit early on in his career, the depth of the Dutchman’s ground game has grown even further in recent years.

Improving his wrestling and takedown defense in close spaces, Struve has shown to work well from a front headlock whether he’s setting up chokes or floating to the back. Although Volkov has also demonstrated steady improvements to his wrestling abilities and get-up game, I suspect the Russian may draw the short straw in stanzas should he get sucked into Struve’s world for long.

Heavyweight intangibles aside, this is a close fight on paper no matter how you cut it. I suggest strong caution to any gamblers looking to play this one. That said, I cannot blame the oddsmakers for opening Volkov as a slight favorite over Struve.

Even though his conservativeness on the floor forces more questions than answers, the Russian is arguably more efficient on the feet. From his accuracy and output to his overall shot selection, Volkov’s slow-burn style could serve him well on the scorecards if he gets going in a five-round affair.

But, lest we forget, Struve is no slouch in the standing department either. This recent iteration of the “Skyscraper” may end up being Volkov’s stiffest striking test to date. When feeling in stride, Struve has shown strike well in and out of breaks as he looks to land uppercuts opportunistically –– something that has traditionally troubled Volkov.

And regardless of neither man being known to shoot a double-leg, Struve has shown time and time-again that he’s only a clinch transition away from changing the terms of a fight. Ultimately, I will be siding with the fighter who I feel has more weapons to win the battle, and I see Struve making a statement by scoring a submission before the final horn.

Official pick: Struve inside the distance Official outcome: To be determined

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UFC Fight Night 115 staff picks: Who are we picking between giants Struve, Volkov?

Struve
vs.
Volkov Bahadurzada
vs.
Wilkinson De Oliveira
vs.
Reneau Barberena
vs.
Edwards MMAjunkie readers’
consensus picks
2017: 78-60
Struve
(58%)
Bahadurzada
(55%)
Reneau
(72%)
Barberena
(52%) Simon Samano
@SJSamano
2017: 85-52
Struve
Bahadurzada
Reneau
Edwards Dann Stupp
@DannStupp
2017: 83-54
2015 Champion
Volkov
Bahadurzada
Reneau
Edwards Brian Garcia
@thegoze
2017: 82-55
Struve
Bahadurzada
Reneau
Edwards Matt Erickson @MMAjunkieMatt
2017: 82-55
Struve
Wilkinson
De Oliveira
Barberena Steven Marrocco @MMAjunkieSteven
2017: 81-56
Volkov
Bahadurzada
Reneau
Edwards Ben Fowlkes @BenFowlkesMMA
2017: 80-57
2016 Champion
Volkov
Bahadurzada
Reneau
Edwards Fernanda Prates @nandaprates_
2017: 78-59
Volkov
Bahadurzada
Reneau
Edwards George Garcia @MMAjunkieGeorge
2017: 76-61
Struve
Bahadurzada
Reneau
Edwards Mike Bohn @MikeBohnMMA
2017: 76-61
2014 Champion
Struve
Wilkinson
Reneau
Edwards John Morgan @MMAjunkieJohn
2017: 74-56
Struve
Wilkinson
Reneau
Barberena

The UFC returns to the Netherlands this week for another show in Rotterdam.

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Saturday at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

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

In the main event, Dutch fan favorite Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) fights in front of his home crowd against former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC). Volkov is a slight betting favorite at the sports books, but it’s Struve with the edge in the picks from our 10 MMAjunkie editors, writers and radio hosts. The 7-foot Dutchman has a 6-4 advantage over the 6-foot-7 Volkov in what will be the tallest combined matchup in UFC history.

In the co-feature, Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) returns from a long layoff to fight middleweight newcomer Rob Wilkinson (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). It’s Bahadurzada with a 7-3 nod over the Aussie.

Also on the main card, Talita de Oliveira (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) takes a short-noticed women’s bantamweight fight against Marion Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC), who is a 3-1 favorite. Only one of our 10 pickers is brave enough to pick the Brazilian for the upset over the 40-year-old Reneau. And to open the main card, Bryan Barberena (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) takes on Leon Edwards (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a welterweight fight, and it’s England’s Edwards with a 7-3 advantage in the picks.

In the MMAjunkie reader consensus picks, Struve, Bahadurzada, Reneau and Edwards are the choices.

Check out all the picks above.

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

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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Gennady Golovkin head trainer Abel Sanchez

MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guest Abel Sanchez.

Sanchez is the head trainer for boxer Gennady “GGG” Golovkin, who fights Canelo Alvarez on Sept. 16.

MMAjunkie Radio airs from 1 to 3 p.m. ET (10 a.m. to noon PT), live from Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. You can watch and listen live on MMAjunkie’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Additionally, SiriusXM Rush (Ch. 93) carries a replay later in the day (8-10 p.m. ET) and the following morning (7-9 a.m. ET), or catch a replay on demand.

MMAjunkie Radio listener guide:

  • HOW TO WATCH (ON WEB): Watch a live stream on MMAjunkie’s Facebook or YouTube pages.
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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2524 with Ovince Saint Preux, NFL vet James Laurinaitis

Stream or download Thursday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Ovince Saint Preux and NFL veteran James Laurinaitis.

Saint Preux headlines UFC Fight Night 117 on Sept. 23 vs. Mauricio Rua and talked about his matchup this month with the former champion. Laurinaitis, a former NFL linebacker and current SiriusXM NFL host, discussed the upcoming football season.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.


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On the bright side, Raquel Pa'aluhi got her black belt after Invicta FC 25

Raquel Pa'aluhi came up short in Thursday’s Invicta FC 25 main event, but she left with a new belt.

It wasn’t the vacant Invicta FC bantamweight title – that went to her opponent, Yana Kunitskaya (10-3-1) – but Pa’aluhi (6-6) did receive her Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt from veteran trainer Robert Drysdale.

Still sporting the cuts and bruises from her title loss, Pa’aluhi had reason to smile after receiving her belt (via Twitter):

Tonight I had the honor of becoming a Robert Drysdale black belt. I may have no won the invicta belt but this left me speechless. 4yrs9mos❤️ pic.twitter.com/SxtcjFR7hW

— Raquel PaaluhiCanuto (@RaquelPaaluhi) September 1, 2017

Great show of respect between both main event athletes @YanaKunitskaya1 and @RaquelPaaluhi who laid it all on the line. #InvictaFC25 pic.twitter.com/7hEWNq04IP

— Invicta FC (@InvictaFights) September 1, 2017

Kunitskaya earned a clean-sweep unanimous-decision win at the event, which streamed on UFC Fight Pass from Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif.

RelatedInvicta FC 25 results: Yana Kunitskaya flawless vs. Raquel Pa'aluhi to win bantamweight title

For 25 minutes, Kunitskaya dominated every time she engaged in the clinch with Pa’aluhi while using her position to wear her down and land shots from the inside. When they separated and banged, Kunitskaya also won there. It was a dominant performance for Kunitskaya, who went 0-1 (with one no-contest) in a pair of title fights with Tonya Evinger, who eventually vacated the belt to sign with the UFC earlier this year.

Pa’aluhi, a 26-year-old Hawaiian, was on a 4-1 run heading into her first title fight. However, despite her ho-hum pro record, she’s faced many of the sport’s top female fighters, including current UFC champion Amanda Nunes, Olympic medalist Sara McMann, UFC contender Raquel Pennington, former Cage Warriors champ Pannie Kianzad and Invicta FC vet Ediane Gomes.

For more on Invicta FC 25, visit 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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10 reasons to watch UFC Fight Night 115, where it's not just about 2 tall dudes

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The UFC’s summer break is over. After nearly a month off, the promotion heads to the Netherlands for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 event. While this show might be light on big-name star power, it does feature some intriguing fights that should have fans tuning in at the start of the prelims.

In the main event, Stefan Struve and Alexander Volkov meet in a bout that could launch the victor into the top 10 of the heavyweight division.

In the co-main event, Siyar Bahadurzada returns from an extended time away from the octagon to face unbeaten UFC newcomer Rob Wilkinson.

The card also features three other UFC newcomers who are on lengthy winning streaks. Abdul-Kerim Edilov has won 10 straight while Alexsander Rakic and Zabit Mogomedsharipov are both unbeaten in their past eight fights.

UFC Fight Night 115 takes place at Ahoy Rotterdam, and the entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass

Here are 10 reasons to watch the event.

1. More than just 2 tall dudes

Struve, ranked No. 15 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings, has looked excellent as of late. In his past two fights, Struve knocked out Antonio Silva in the first round and submitted Daniel Omielanczuk in the second stanza. The 7-foot-tall Struve enjoyed significant height and reach advantages over those opponents.

Those benefits remain against 6-foot-7 Volkov, but they aren’t nearly as noteworthy.

While Struve has the edge in both height and reach over Volkov, those advantages could be negated due to inactivity. Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) hasn’t fought in 11 months; No. 13-ranked Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC) has picked up two UFC wins, both via decision, since November.

Don’t be surprised if Volkov, with 15 first-round finishes to his name, looks to pressure Struve early, testing his readiness to return to action and his ability to deal with a similarly sized opponent.

2. A dangerous striker returns

In his UFC debut, Bahadurzada knocked Paulo Thiago out cold in 42 seconds. He then dropped decisions to Dong Hyun Kim and John Howard. After those losses, Bahadurzada was sidelined for 26 months while he tended to shoulder injuries.

He returned in March 2016 against Brandon Thatch and won that fight by submission. Not long after that victory, Bahadurzada was again bitten by the injury bug.

At UFC Fight Night 115, Bahadurzada fights for the first time in more than a year. His opponent in his first middleweight contest since 2010 is unbeaten UFC newcomer Wilkinson.

Bahadurzada is a dangerous striker with 11 knockout wins. Expect Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) to attempt to his fight to his strengths and avoid the ground game of Wilkinson (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), who has six submission wins on his record.

3. Defying the odds

Leon Edwards and Bryan Barberena, two under-appreciated welterweights, open the main card. Edwards is the more technical fighter of the two. He also enters this fight with more hype behind him.

Edwards (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) is a fast and powerful striker, but he’s not overly aggressive, averaging just 2.17 significant strikes per minute. Aggression is not a concern for Barberena (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who nearly doubles Edwards’ striking output.

The odds favor Edwards in this fight, but let’s not forget that defying the odds is kind of Barberena’s thing. Three of his UFC victories came when he was the underdog.

4. New deal

A pro since 2013, Darren Till has not lost during his 15-fight career. The UFC recently rewarded the 24-year-old welterweight prospect with a five-fight contract extension. What’s noteworthy about the deal is Till (14-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) has fought only once since October 2015, and he entered that bout five pounds overweight. Till’s first opponent on his new deal is 28-year-old Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC).

Till, an extremely confident fighter with a strong muay Thai base, blamed his flubbed May weight cut on a long layoff following shoulder surgery. Till cruised to a decision win over Jessin Ayari in that fight. With only three months between fights, expect Till, who made weight and is anxious to work his way up the rankings, to be more active against Velickovic.

Velickovic, a former RFA welterweight champ, knocked out Nico Musoke in his most recent fight.

5. Request denied

Mairbek Taisumov has knocked out his past four opponents. The problem is inactivity has prevented him from capitalizing on his stoppage streak. The first win of his run was in 2014; Taisumov’s most recent victory came in April 2016.

Taisumov is likely to have a chip on his shoulder when he faces Felipe Silva. Taisumov hoped to face a ranked lightweight in 2016. Having once again been denied his request, Taisumov (26-5 MMA, 5-1 UFC) has an opportunity to show the matchmakers their mistake in matching him up against the unbeaten, but unranked, Silva (8-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

Silva made his UFC debut in August 2016. He knocked out Shane Campbell in the first round of that bout.

6. Tough choices

Michel Prazeres trucked Josh Burkman in his most recent outing and landed 34 strikes before he submitted him via north-south choke at the 1:42 mark of the first round. The stoppage was the first of Prazeres’ UFC career.

Prazeres is a powerfully built lightweight. What he lacks in height and reach he makes up for with potent striking. He also possesses a strong takedown game. He’s racked up a whopping 31 takedowns in eight UFC fights.

Prazeres’ opponent, UFC newcomer Mads Burnell, who has five career submission wins, has some tough choices to make in this matchup. If Burnell (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) fights to his strengths, he could find himself in deep waters against Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Prazeres (22-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), who missed weight for the fight. On the other hand, a striking battle with Prazeres is also ill-advised.

7. The gas is on the right

Rustam Khabilov was 3-0 in the UFC when the organization matched him against former WEC/UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson. Khabilov lost that fight by fourth-round submission. Adriano Martins then defeated Khabilov by split decision.

Khabilov followed those losses with four decision victories. Despite his winning streak, Khabilov (21-3 MMA, 7-2 UFC) hasn’t seen a main card since his loss to Martins. His fight against Desmond Green, a former Titan FC featherweight champ, is also on the prelims. Green (20-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) has won five straight, including his April UFC debut.

Both these fighters have good wrestling and sound striking, but neither is very aggressive.

Khabilov and Green have the talent to move up the rankings, but that’s not likely to happen in the stacked 155-pound division until they become less risk-averse. With Khabilov and Green on winning streaks, this fight is the right time for them to step on the gas and make some noise.

8. Streaking 205er looks to make his mark

Rakic lost his debut fight in 2011. Since then he has run off eight straight stoppage victories, and six of those fights ended in the first round. Rakic, an Austrian light heavyweight with a kickboxing base, spent five weeks with American Top Team in Florida preparing for his fight against the more experienced Francimar Barroso.

Rakic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) should have the speed and striking advantage over Barroso (19-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC). With those advantages, Rakic wants to keep the 37-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt on his feet.

Win or lose, this fight will be a good indicator of the potential upside of the 25-year-old Rakic.

9. He has some big-name fans

Magomedsharipov has earned high praise from the likes of Frankie Edgar, Mark Henry and Marlon Moraes. The 26-year-old Dagestani fighter surrendered the Absolute Championship Berkut featherweight title to sign with the UFC. He makes his UFC debut on the strength of an eight-fight winning streak with seven of those victories coming via stoppage.

Magomedsharipov is an aggressive and flashy striker with lightning fast speed. He also has strong wrestling and vicious ground-and-pound. In short, he could be a star in the making.

Magomedsharipov (12-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) hasn’t fought in a year. Inactivity isn’t a problem for his opponent, Mike Santiago.

Santiago (19-9 MMA, 0-0 UFC) knocked out Mark Cherico on Dana White’s Contender Series event on Aug. 22. The first-round stoppage didn’t earn Santiago a contract that night, but an injury to Nick Hein, Magomedsharipov’s original opponent, provided an opportunity for Santiago, who enters this contest on a nine-fight winning streak. He earned stoppages in eight of those victories.

10. Long-awaited debut

Bojan Mihajlovic and Edilov both signed with the UFC on the strength of 10-fight unbeaten streaks. Mihajlovic inked his deal with the UFC in 2016; Edilov signed in 2015.

Since signing his deal, Mihajlovic is 0-2. Mihajlovic (10-5 MMA, 0-2 UFC) suffered TKO losses in both fights.

Edilov (16-4 MMA, 0-0 UFC) makes his UFC debut in Rotterdam. An injury and a failed out-of-competition USADA drug test for meldonium delayed his promotional debut. Edilov is the cousin of controversial Chechen leader Ramzan Kadyrov, who was the focus of a recent MMA-themed episode of HBO’s “Real Sports.”

Edilov has finished each fight of his winning streak via first round stoppage. If Edilov, the biggest favorite on this card, earns an 11th straight victory, don’t be surprised if he faces a top-15 light heavyweight opponent in his next outing.

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


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Bryan Barberena wants to be promoted to 'Contender Killer' after finishing Leon Edwards

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ROTTERDAM – Bryan Barberena has already earned one pretty cool nickname. But after Saturday, he’s hoping to get a promotion.

Barberena (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC), who meets fellow welterweight Leon Edwards (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) in a main-card bout at UFC Fight Night 115, officially has “Bam Bam” as his alias. But after the back-to-back wins over then-undefeated up-and-comers Warlley Alves and Sage Northcutt, he unofficially became “The Prospect Killer.”

Edwards may not be undefeated, but the ever-improving 26-year-old Brit does come in on the heels of three straight wins – one of them a slick submission of tough Albert Tumenov.

RelatedBryan Barberena, 'The Prospect Killer'? UFC Fight Night 115 opponent Leon Edwards disagrees

So, the way Barberena sees it, we’re past prospect territory here.

“I’d definitely say he’s a contender,” Barberena told MMAjunkie ahead of Saturday’s bout, which streams live on UFC Fight Pass from Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. “When I finish him and beat him, you can call me the ‘Contender Killer.’

“I’ll take the names and anything. I feel we’re both up-and-coming guys and going to be breaking into the rankings. Definitely, when I finish him, I’ll be taking my spot up there.”

Barberena comes into Saturday’s scrap off a big first-round finish of Joe Proctor at UFC Fight Night 108. The win meant recovery from a UFC on FOX 22 loss to Colby Covington – which, in turn, followed the consecutive victories over Alves and Northcutt.

Saturday’s trip to the Netherlands is in some ways familiar to Barberena: Once again, he comes in as the underdog. And, judging by Edwards’ candid thoughts on him, the 28-year-old fighter once again feels he comes in underestimated.

But, as someone who’s made kind of a habit of pulling off upsets, he’s not at all fazed by the background noise.

“(I) definitely feel like I’m going to be pushing forward, and he’s going to be backing up,” Barberena said. “(He’ll) be coming in with some shots, maybe trying to take me down, mix it up. I’m going to be finishing him in the second or third.”

To hear from Barberena, check out the video above.

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

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Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast: Ex-Invicta FC champ Barb Honchak, who's been M.I.A. since 2014

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LAS VEGAS – “The Ultimate Fighter” returns tonight for its 26th season, which will culminate with the crowning of the inaugural UFC women’s flyweight champion.

MMAjunkie recently sat down with all 16 cast members. Watch the video above to get to know former Invicta FC champion Barb Honchak (10-2), who discussed why she hasn’t fought since 2014, the difficulty of leaving her terminally ill dog with her husband, and more.

“The Ultimate Fighter 26,” featuring former UFC and Bellator champion Eddie Alvarez and former WSOF champ Justin Gaethje as coaches, airs Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET on FS1.

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


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Cage Warriors 88 lineup continues to grow as ex-champ Paddy Pimblett gets opponent

Cage Warriors will “get back” to the home of The Beatles next month, and five new fights have been added to the lineup.

Cage Warriors 88 takes place Oct. 28 at Echo Arena in Liverpool, England, with a live stream of the main card on UFC Fight Pass.

As previously announced, Paddy Pimblett (13-2), who lost the Cage Warriors featherweight belt to Nad Narimani in April, is on the card. The 22-year-old Liverpool fighter, who was on a nine-fight winning streak before the title loss, now has an opponent: Vlado Sikic (10-0-1).

Sikic, who meets Pimblett in a 150-pound catchweight fight, is an undefeated 27-year-old Croatian fighter who makes who makes his promotional debut after posting nine stoppages in 10 career wins since his 2010 pro debut. He had a brief appearance on “The Ultimate Fighter 22” in 2015 but suffered a shoulder injury in an elimination-round loss to Abner Lloveras.

Additionally at Cage Warriors 88, Paull McBain (4-0) takes on Sam Spencer (5-1) in a featherweight bout. In addition, Jack Grant (12-4) meets Perry Andre Goodwin (7-4) at lightweight, and in a pair of welterweight fights, Josh McManus (1-0) meets Liverpool’s own Mick Stanton (2-1) while Jack Della Maddalena (3-2) takes on James Duckett (3-1).

Spencer recently signed a multi-fight deal with Cage Warriors and will move up to featherweight to fight McBain, who hails from nearby Scotland. McBain picked up a Cage Warriors win in April when he took a split decision from Lloyd Manning, also in Liverpool.

BAMMA veteran Grant has won three straight fights, all by stoppage, following a two-fight skid. He has all 12 of his career wins by finish with six submissions and six knockouts. He makes his Cage Warriors debut. Goodwin picked up a Cage Warriors win in April when he stopped Ellis Hampson with a third-round TKO, giving him four straight victories.

With the additions, the latest Cage Warriors 88 lineup includes:

  • Champ Chris Fishgold vs. Alexander Jacobsen – for lightweight title
  • Paddy Pimblett vs. Vlado Sikic
  • Molly McCann vs. TBA
  • Lee Chadwick vs. TBA
  • Soren Bak vs. Martin Stapleton
  • Paull McBain vs. Sam Spencer
  • Perry Andre Goodwin vs. Jack Grant
  • Josh McManus vs. Mick Stanton
  • Jack Della Maddalena vs. James Duckett

For more on Cage Warriors 88, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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Video highlights: UFC Fight Night 115 weigh-ins, where 1 fighter missed weight in Rotterdam

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ROTTERDAM – Check out the video highlights from today’s UFC Fight Night 115 early and official weigh-ins, where one competitor missed weight.

The weigh-ins took place at the UFC host hotel in Rotterdam, Netherlands, and preceded the day’s ceremonial affair. UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Saturday at Ahoy Rotterdam, and the entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

Headliners Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) and Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC) both made without issue; Struve weighed 264 pounds, and fellow big man Volkov tipped the scale at 251 pounds.

RelatedUFC Fight Night 115 weigh-in results: Volkov (251), Struve (264) set for Rotterdam

Lightweight Michel Prazeres (22-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC), though, failed to make weight for his bout with Mads Burnell (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Prazeres, who weighed 159 pounds (three pounds over the 156-pound limit for lightweights), was fined 20 percent of his purse, which goes to Burnell.

Check out the full highlights above.

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

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