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DWCS 8 UFC contract winner Matt Frevola: 'When I hit people, they fall'

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LAS VEGAS – New UFC contract winner Matt Frevola has a very simple outlook on his fights.

“I hit him, and he fell,” Frevola told MMAjunkie Tuesday night. “That was the plan. When I hit people, they fall.”

The one who fell this time was Luke Flores (7-1), who suffered his first pro loss when Frevola (6-0) submitted him in the second round. Frevola knocked Flores down in the opening minute of the fight in the main event of Dana White’s Contender Series 8, then went on to force the tap with an arm-triangle choke. The fight took place at The Ultimate Fighter Gym in Las Vegas and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.

With the win, Frevola was one of two fighters on Tuesday night’s season finale of the show to get a UFC contract from President Dana White.

“I’m so happy right now,” Frevola said. “We came here to handle business. This is what we came here to do, and we did it. Now it’s right back to work.”

.@MattFre16 makes @danawhite's decision even tougher! Who earns a @ufc contract tonight?! #ContenderSeries pic.twitter.com/RLY7OODxEM

— UFC Fight Pass (@UFCFightPass) August 30, 2017

That work, Frevola said, will include perhaps finding a way to taper a propensity for coming out quickly and throwing everything but the proverbial kitchen sink early. Training with Ray Longo and former UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman in New York may help with that.

“I want to come out there a little bit more composed,” Frevola said. “As you can see, I come out there pretty hard. But every time I come in there, I’m going to grow and I’m going to improve. The next time, when I’m in the UFC, I’m going to be 10 times the fighter you saw there and I’m going to start my climb.”

For more from Frevola after his submission win over Flores, check out the video above.

And for more on Dana White’s Contender Series 8, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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Meet 'The Ultimate Fighter 26' cast: Shana Dobson, the school teacher

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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 Shana Dobson (2-1), who discusses balancing life as a fourth-grade teacher and MMA, being a first-generation Jamaican-American, what drew her to fighting, 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.

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


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Pearl Gonzalez vs. debuting Poliana Botelho officially booked for UFC 216

Pearl Gonzalez will look to rebound from her UFC debut, and hopefully this time there will be no last-minute distraction.

The UFC has made official a fight between strawweights Gonzalez (6-2 MMA, 0-1 UFC) and Poliana Botelho (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at UFC 216, which takes place Oct. 7 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The event airs on pay-per-view, with prelims slated for FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Excited to get back into the octagon!! #UFC216 here I come! ..Focused and on a mission! #7-2 #Win #PearlGonzalezhttps://t.co/OvKkmmHERp

— Pearl Gonzalez (@PearlGonzalez) August 29, 2017

In her promotional debut earlier this year, Gonzalez suffered a submission loss to Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 210 after a chaotic 24 hours before the fight. The New York State Athletic Commission originally had informed Gonzalez following weigh-ins that she wouldn’t be allowed to fight because of her breast implants. But hours later the decision was reversed, and the fight went on as planned.

The fiasco by the NYSAC suddenly had put Gonzalez into the spotlight for all the wrong reasons during final preparations for the biggest fight of her life.

“I don’t think I wanted the world to know about my surgery and to be talked about like this,” Gonzalez said before her loss.

In the Brazilian Botelho, Gonzalez faces a fighter making her UFC debut, riding a three-fight winning streak. All five of Botelho’s victory have come by way of knockout or TKO.

With the addition, the latest UFC 216 card now includes:

  • Will Brooks vs. Nik Lentz
  • Bobby Green vs. Lando Vannata
  • Beneil Dariush vs. Evan Dunham
  • Thales Leites vs. Brad Tavares
  • Magomed Bibulatov vs. John Moraga
  • Marco Beltran vs. Matt Schnell
  • Mark Godbeer vs. Walt Harris
  • Jessica Eye vs. Paige VanZant
  • Poliana Botelho vs. Pearl Gonzalez

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


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The photos are in: Ex-UFC champ Ronda Rousey, Travis Browne get married in Hawaii

The most dominant women’s champion in UFC history has been off the market for a while, and on Saturday, she made it official.

Former women’s bantamweight champion and Olympic medalist Ronda Rousey tied the knot with UFC heavyweight Travis Browne in Hawaii this past weekend, and both fighters have started to share photos from their nuptials on social media.

Both Rousey and Browne have posted four photos each from their wedding. For Rousey, the pics were her first Instagram posts since an Aug. 10 video telling fans big news was “coming soon” at her revamped website.

Rousey’s comments on the photos included saying it was the “happiest day” of her life. Browne called Rousey “perfect in every way.”

Browne proposed to Rousey earlier this year while on a trip to New Zealand. The pair had been a couple for a while, and while they were dating Rousey told Ellen DeGeneres she wanted to have Browne’s babies.

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When it comes to her work life, Rousey (12-2 MMA, 6-2 UFC) has not fought since a 48-second TKO loss this past December to Amanda Nunes in the UFC 207 main event. She was attempting to win back the bantamweight title she lost to Holly Holm at UFC 193 in November 2015 in one of the most stunning upsets in MMA history.

But while mum on whether or not she’ll fight again – UFC President Dana White doesn’t think she will, and he’s not alone – Rousey has kept busy on movie and TV screens. Along with her recent big-screen roles in “The Expendables 3,” “Furious 7” and “Entourage,” she apppeared as a prisoner in an episode of “Blindspot” and recently was a coach on “Battle of the Network Stars.”

Browne (18-7-1 MMA, 9-7-1 UFC) has had a rough past three and a half years in the octagon. After getting in position to fight for a shot at the title, he lost a decision to Fabricio Werdum in April 2014, which started a 2-6 current run. He has dropped four straight fights to ex-champs Cain Velasquez and Werdum (in a rematch), as well as Derrick Lewis and Oleksiy Oliynyk.

But on Saturday, it was all about Hawaii and the big #Browsey2017 nuptials. Check out the photos below.

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

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


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MMAjunkie reader predictions: Make your picks for UFC Fight Night 115 in the Netherlands

We want your predictions for Saturday’s UFC Fight Night 115 event in the Netherlands.

Our staff picks feature includes the consensus picks from MMAjunkie readers. Simply cast your vote for each bout below, and we’ll use the official tallies that are registered by Thursday at noon ET (9 a.m. PT).

Those MMAjunkie MMA reader consensus picks will be part of the UFC Fight Night 115 staff picks we release on Friday ahead of the event. UFC Fight Night 115 takes place Saturday at Ahoy Rotterdam in the Netherlands. The entire event streams on UFC Fight Pass.

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Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov

Records: Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC), Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC)
Past five: Struve 3-2, Volkov 4-1
Division: Heavyweight
Rankings: Volkov No. 13, Struve No. 15
Odds (as of 8/30/17): Volkov -135, Struve +105

Take Our Poll (function(d,c,j){if(!d.getElementById(j)){var pd=d.createElement(c),s;pd.id=j;pd.src='http://s1.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/shortcodes/js/polldaddy-shortcode.js';s=d.getElementsByTagName(c)[0];s.parentNode.insertBefore(pd,s);} else if(typeof jQuery !=='undefined')jQuery(d.body).trigger('pd-script-load');}(document,'script','pd-polldaddy-loader')); Talita de Oliveira vs. Marion Reneau

Records: Talita de Oliveira (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Marion Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC)
Past five: De Oliveira 4-1, Reneau 2-2-1
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 8/30/17): N/A

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Records: Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC), Rob Wilkinson (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Past five: Bahadurzada 3-2, Wilkinson 5-0
Division: Middleweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 8/30/17): Bahadurzada -155, Wilkinson +125

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Records: Bryan Barberena (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC), Leon Edwards (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC)
Past five: Barberena 3-2, Edwards 4-1
Division: Welterweight
Rankings: None
Odds (as of 8/30/17): Edwards -275, Barberena +215

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

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Watch UFC reporter Laura Sanko catch a DWCS 8 winner almost say he punched like a girl ... oops!


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The most awkward, yet hilarious, moment of the first season of Dana White’s Contender Series happened during the finale Tuesday night.

Moments after Bevon Lewis TKO’d Elias Urbina, he was interviewed by backstage reporter Laura Sanko – a former Invicta FC fighter, in case you didn’t know. She asked Lewis about the punch that dropped Urbina and led to the finish, and when Lewis started down the path of explaining that he used to punch like a girl, Sanko put him on the spot.

Sanko: “Did you know that that right hand would be there coming into this fight?”

Lewis: “Yeah, with southpaws you definitely know the right hand’s gonna be there, and I was working on ground-and-pound, because I feel like I used to punch like a … I used to punch like a …”

LIKE A WHAT?

Lewis: “I used to punch really light.”

Sanko: “You almost said a girl, didn’t you?”

Lewis: “No, no, no, no. I used to punch like a toddler. I used to punch like a toddler, and my brother used to make fun of it. So I said, ‘Hey, let’s do it. Let’s work on this ground-and-pound.'”

via GIPHY

Nice try, Bevin Lewis, but Laura Sanko got you.

Check out the “oops” moment in the video above.

And for more on DWCS 8, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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DWCS winner Julian Marquez to make debut vs. Vitor Miranda at UFC on FOX 26

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Julian Marquez’s first opportunity to make a name for himself in the UFC will come in December.

Marquez, who earned a UFC contract earlier this month thanks to Dana White’s Contender Series, will meet veteran Vitor Miranda at UFC on FOX 26 in a middleweight bout. The event, which takes place Dec. 16 at MTS Centre in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, will air on FOX with prelims on the same channel and UFC Fight Pass.

RelatedDWCS 4's Julian Marquez scored a thunderous KO – here's the moment he got a UFC contract

Marquez’s victory on Episode 4 of DWCS will likely go down as the most impressive of the series’ first season because of how it ended and who it came against. Marquez dominated Jon Jones training partner Phil Hawes before knocking him out with a thunderous head kick to earn his contract.

Marquez will enter his fight against Miranda on a four-fight winning streak, which has occurred in a span of 15 months.

Miranda will come in on the heels of back-to-back losses, the most recent via unanimous decision in June against Martin Vettori at UFC Fight Night 112.

For more on UFC on FOX 26, visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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Brooke Mayo booked opposite debuting Kaytlin Neil at Bellator 183 in San Jose

After a gritty Bellator debut, Brooke Mayo will now be the one welcoming someone to the promotion.

Mayo (0-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) meets Kaytlin Neil in a flyweight bout at Bellator 183 (0-2 MMA, 0-0 BMMA), which takes place at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif, a Bellator official on Tuesday told MMAjunkie.

The Sept. 23 card, which features a headliner between former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson and contender Patricky Freire, airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie, though the bout order hasn’t been finalized.

Mayo returns after a Bellator 172 main-card meeting with Veta Arteaga in February. While Mayo was declared the loser via TKO in the final minute due to a controversial eye injury, she was praised for the exciting bout that kicked off her pro career (via Instagram)

Neil, in turn, makes her promotional debut. The fighter from Utah, who last fought in December of 2016, looks to rebound from a two-fight skid to kick off her professional MMA run.

The latest Bellator 183 card now includes:

  • Benson Henderson vs. Patricky Freire
  • Javy Ayala vs. Roy Nelson
  • Paul Daley vs. Lorenz Larkin
  • Aaron Pico vs. opponent TBA
  • Adam Piccolotti vs. Goiti Yamauchi
  • Brooke Mayo vs. Kaytlin Neil

For more on Bellator 183, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.


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

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After promising to take care of fans left out by technical difficulties during the Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor “Money Fight,” UFC President Dana White is now making a promise to UFC.tv customers who didn’t get what they paid for.

In a statement released today on Twitter, White again expressed his desire to take care of fans. This time he said the magic word: “refund.”

Statement from @DanaWhite: pic.twitter.com/ErvWRnjnVe

— UFC (@ufc) August 29, 2017

“We always try to put on the most exciting fights,” White said in the statement. “We want our fans to have the best experience when watching our events. Unfortunately, we didn’t deliver the way we wanted on Saturday because of NeuLion’s technical issues on UFC.tv. As usual, we always take care of our fans and will fix this. We have started processing refunds immediately for anyone that could not access the fight after purchase.”

The UFC’s online network received the bulk of complaints on social media after fans were booted off the event stream or couldn’t log into their accounts. Many had purchased the event – priced at $99.95 for the high-definition signal – before it started, as the promotion advised.

Some fans were forced to pay twice for the fight card despite missing large portions of the event. Others received the feed well after the start of the main event between McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) and Mayweather (50-0 boxing) at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Customer service reps for UFC.tv told some customers they would not receive a refund for the trouble and deflected inquiries to NeuLion. One customer was directed to watch an illegal stream of the event. On Monday, the promotion issued a statement saying it was looking into the matter, and White said of fans, “We’ll always take care of them.”

RelatedAfter Mayweather-McGregor streaming debacle, why won't the UFC use the R-word?

UFC.tv was not the only provider of the pay-per-view event that encountered problems. Customers purchasing the event through Showtime, Verizon, Comcast, and others also reported outages or difficulties purchasing the event.

Showtime subsequently said it would provide refunds to customers who’d purchased the event through its platform but referred others to the point of sale. One Showtime customer is now pursuing a class-action lawsuit against the premium channel for providing a substandard product.

Several fans MMAjunkie spoke to elected to circumvent the customer service process after their initial frustrations and fight charges with the credit card companies or banks.

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

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Lyoto Machida on what his own suspension taught him about not judging others – like Jon Jones

In November of 2016, Lyoto Machida accepted an 18-month suspension that, considering penalties handed to others, some thought to be too harsh.

Machida admits that, at first, he was one of those people. But as he prepares to make his awaited return Oct. 28 at UFC Fight Night 119, the former UFC light heavyweight champion and former middleweight title challenger is done with the blaming. Instead, he takes the responsibility upon himself.

“While I was fighting all of this, trying to find a culprit, saying (the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) was being too strict on the punishment and this and that, I wasn’t growing as a person,” Machida said today during a press conference to mark the beginning of ticket sales for the event, which takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paulo. “My career stopped. The minute I had the acceptance and the responsibility that I made a mistake, everything started changing in my life. Things started going well. And things started happening – different things – that weren’t in the octagon, that weren’t fight opportunities.

RelatedJon Jones issues cryptic tweet one week after second drug fail

“But (they) were learning experiences for my life, things that helped me as a human, as a person. So I don’t blame anyone. It was my fault.”

Machida’s issues with the USADA date back to a later-scrapped UFC on FOX 19 bout with Dan Henderson, scheduled for April of 2016. At the time, the middleweight actually disclosed the use of the substance in one of his pre-fight forms and subsequently failed a drug test.

Machida, who admitted he didn’t know the substance was banned, was cooperative with USADA’s investigation throughout. While he, in fact, made a mistake, many – including colleagues and specialists on the matter – wondered whether Machida’s transparency, and the fact that other offenders seemed to get away with lighter penalties, shouldn’t award him some leniency.

Still, he got a one-and-a-half-year ban. A layoff made heavier by the fact that, when he returns to the cage against Derek Brunson (17-5 MMA, 8-3 UFC, Machida (22-7 MMA, 14-7 UFC) will be 39.

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

“At first, I thought (the suspension) was too stern,” Machida said. “But everything happens for a reason. I looked at all of it under a positive light.”

Machida acknowledges the downsides of inactivity – as the octagon experience is a unique one. But there’s a flip side to that. On the technical aspect, Machida, who’s on a two-fight skid, said he was able to make the type of small tweaks that make for bigger improvements.

Not to mention the other, less tangible benefits of some time away.

“I saw that as a moment that I needed to step away a bit,” Machida said. “I needed this hiatus to grow, too. I took some time for myself. I wanted to step away from all of this, from the media. I wanted to see things from the outside, from a different angle. And I had that opportunity with this. I capitalized on it and developed other things. Often, we think life has only one path. And this showed me there are other paths in life.”

Machida won’t deny the stigma that comes with a positive drug test, even in a case that generated some sympathy. But even that, he says, taught him some valuable lessons, including compassion for others in similar situations. And he used the latest, high-profile example of a champion who beat him once.

RelatedDaniel Cormier's coach: Jon Jones is MMA's Lance Armstrong if proven guilty of cheating

“At first, when the news breaks, you get labeled as a cheater,” Machida said. “You get labeled as someone who tried to get an edge in some way. But, mostly, it’s by the people who don’t know you. So you need to have a good mind, to be able to deal with that. It’s very easy to judge people.

“But given what I went through and this learning experience I’ve been having, I see it’s a very delicate situation. Judging a person – many times you don’t know. Even Jon Jones. He went through something, and many people started judging and talking. But no one knows.”

Jones (23-1 MMA, 17-1 UFC) , who choked out Machida in a UFC 140 encounter back in 2011, made the news once more last week, when it was announced that he failed an in-competition test stemming from his title-winning UFC 214 encounter with Daniel Cormier. Jones had just finished serving a one-year suspension by USADA.

While Jones is still entitled to due process, that didn’t keep him from catching some flack. As Machida knows, we’re yet to get full clarification on what happened. But even if we did, he believes there’s some value in turning your reflections inward.

“No one really knows what happened,” Machida said. “And, if you do, what do we have to do with it? It’s his life. We all need to worry about our lives. It doesn’t matter what. We’re often too worried about other people and forget about ourselves. We’re often comparing ourselves to others.

“And this comparison, even in my situation – I was not fighting. So, at first, when there wasn’t acceptance, there was a comparison. ‘Everyone is fighting, and I’m not.’ And then I said, ‘No, this is my time.’ Everyone has their lives. Some people start college at 18, others do it at 40, 50. Some people find success when they’re 30, others at 20.

“It doesn’t matter what they’re doing. It matters what I’m doing. What I’m training. What I’m living.”

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

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Michael Phelps wonders if he and Conor McGregor should race (please be joking)

We’re all still recovering from the spectacle that was “The Money Fight” between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, but Michael Phelps maybe is eager to get another promotion going already.

Phelps, winner of 23 Olympic gold medals, is coming off his own spectacle in which he had a swim race against a shark, except it was a digitized shark and not a real shark, which really angered a ton of viewers. He took in Mayweather’s 10th-round TKO win over McGregor over the weekend and was seemingly thrilled about the whole experience.

50-0…..wow

— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 27, 2017

Hats off to @TheNotoriousMMA …… amazing competitor and unreal athlete…congrats to @FloydMayweather 50-0 congrats! #legend

— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 27, 2017

And then today Phelps dropped this tweet on us.

All of this talk… Should we race as well?? @TheNotoriousMMA pic.twitter.com/l3JoMgb1qT

— Michael Phelps (@MichaelPhelps) August 29, 2017

via GIPHY

See, you can’t joke about these things, Michael Phelps. Because jokes become serious, and serious things become reality, and this would just be the most ridiculous thing ever in sports.

Now, if they want to have a fight in a swimming pool? Count me in.

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” 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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UFC 215 contingency plan? Valentina Shevchenko doesn't even want to think about it

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UFC women’s bantamweight title challenger Valentina Shevchenko was mere hours away from her dream at UFC 213 when disaster struck. Champ Amanda Nunes was out.

It would be reasonable for Shevchenko to fear the same outcome two months later, when the rescheduled title fight is set to co-headline UFC 215. But she’s professes not to dwell.

“I’m trying to not think about this,” Shevchenko told MMAjunkie. “I hope it won’t happen again. But you never know.”

Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) didn’t say whether the UFC has a contingency plan, which might leave the promotion with less egg on its face in the event Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) suffers another attack of sinusitis and can’t fight. She is preparing for her second title opportunity as if the first cancelation didn’t even happen.

RelatedUFC champ Amanda Nunes still amused by critics who claim fear of Valentina Shevchenko

“I know what I have to do – I have to prepare for this fight and be in my best shape, and I will do it,” Shevchenko said of her fight at the Sept. 9 pay-per-view event, which goes down at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The last time the 29-year-old Shevchenko faced off with Nunes, she left the octagon with a decision loss, the first in her UFC career. Since then, she’s beaten ex-champ Holly Holm and top contender Julianna Pena to climb back into contention.

Now, the two will face off in a rematch to see whether Nunes can stay atop the 135-pound division and rebuild the momentum she lost when health problems intervened.

Shevchenko, meanwhile, is aiming to be the new face of women’s bantamweight. It’s a goal fraught with many variables outside her control. But directing the thoughts that motivate her to train are not among them.

If she has to put the past out of her mind, it’s a necessary part of doing the job – even if that job isn’t guaranteed.

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

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Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Valentina Shevchenko hugs Amanda Nunes following their match at UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Amanda Nunes reacts following her victory by decision against Valentina Shevchenko during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Amanda Nunes is declared the winner by decision against Valentina Shevchenko during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Valentina Shevchenko against Amanda Nunes (not pictured) during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports March 5, 2016; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Amanda Nunes celebrates following the match against Valentina Shevchenko (not pictured) during UFC 196 at MGM Grand Garden Arena. 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Bellator 182's Bruna Ellen happy with big win over Veta Arteaga, but in no rush with her career

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VERONA, N.Y. – Bruna Ellen has made no secret of her high goals. But, after a big Bellator 182 win, the flyweight is in no rush to reach them.

Ellen (4-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) edged out Veta Arteaga (3-2 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) in a close contest that ended in a split call this past Friday at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, N.Y. The win means Ellen is now two fights removed from an unsuccessful promotional debut, and off to a solid start in her still-blooming pro career.

But, as happy as she is with a main card win over a tough competitor, Ellen still believes a lot of strides are yet to come in the cage.

“I still have a lot to show,” Ellen told MMAjunkie in her native Portuguese. “I’m sure that with every fight, there’ll be more evolution, and a new show. I’m in no rush. I want to showcase my work, do it fight by fight, and show the world what I love doing. That’s why I’m here.”

Ellen admitted she wasn’t really expecting to hear the split call being announced – she thought it was pretty clear that she’d won two rounds against Arteaga. But having come out of with her hand raised, she won’t make too big of a deal out of it, either.

As for what she encountered against fellow up-and-comer Arteaga, who’d gained somewhat of a reputation of face-destroyer after her displays over Anastasia Yankova and Brooke Mayo, Ellen says she wasn’t exactly surprised.

She expected a difficult challenge. So she planned for it.

“I already knew she was a very tough opponent,” Ellen said. “That she likes to fight, and that she moves forward a lot. So I think I was able to implement my strategy well, and not let her find me in the fight.

“And impose my game both in the striking and takedowns. I knew she was a very tough opponent, so it was as I was expected: a very tough fight.”

In a closely contested bout, Ellen also knew that the third round was key to lock in a win. Clearly, she managed – and a final takedown effort may have been just the thing to help make sure she pulled it off.

Looking back, Ellen believes she was doing well enough on her feet. But still, she wasn’t about to take any chances on a key win.

“I wanted to make it extra clear, no doubts,” Ellen said. “So I looked for the takedown to decide that round beyond all doubt.”

Ellen may not have the heftiest MMA record yet, but she’s certainly off to a good start. That probably has a lot to do with the fact that she actually enjoys fighting – and gets more into it as every appointment in the cage progresses.

Much as we’ve come to see her do during her fights, Ellen says constant growth is what we can expect from her career.

“It’s what I like doing, so with every minute (of the fight) I start letting loosening up a little more,” Ellen said. “And with every fight I’m going to start loosening up a little more.”

To hear from Ellen, with the help of an interpreter, check out the video above.

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

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Video: Hardy, Gooden break down Stefan Struve vs. Alexander Volkov at UFC Fight Night 115


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Ahead of UFC Fight Night 115, UFC Fight Pass analyst Dan Hardy and broadcast partner John Gooden, along with Nick Peet, break down Saturday’s main event and other fights on the card.

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

In the main event, Stefan Struve (28-8 MMA, 12-6 UFC) takes on former Bellator heavyweight champion Alexander Volkov (28-6 MMA, 2-0 UFC). In the video above, Hardy and Gooden preview this weekend’s headliner.

Additionally, they break down what was supposed to be the co-feature: a women’s bantamweight fight between former featherweight champ Germaine de Randamie (8-3 MMA, 4-1 UFC) and Marion Reneau (7-3-1 MMA, 3-2-1 UFC). Unfortunately, de Randamie pulled out of the fight this past week – after Hardy, Gooden and Peet filmed the piece – and was replaced by newcomer Talita de Oliveira (5-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC).

The trio also discusses the welterweight fight between Bryan Barberena (13-4 MMA, 4-2 UFC) and Leon Edwards (13-3 MMA, 5-2 UFC) on the main card, as well as the middleweight fight between Siyar Bahadurzada (22-6-1 MMA, 2-2 UFC) and Rob Wilkinson (11-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC). Darren Till (14-0-1 MMA, 2-0-1 UFC) also pays a visit to the show to talk about his welterweight fight with Bojan Velickovic (15-4-1 MMA, 2-1-1 UFC), which closes out the prelims.

Check out the “UFC Breakdown” video in full above.

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


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After Mayweather-McGregor streaming debacle, why won't the UFC use the R-word?

(Update: Dana White now has issued a statement that the UFC has begun processing refunds to UFC.tv customers who missed “The Money Fight.”)

The UFC is “incredibly disappointed” that its attempt to stream Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor to paying fans didn’t work out so well. Probably not as disappointed as the people who paid $100 for a fight they didn’t get to see, but still.

Showtime, on the other hand? It’s so disappointed that it’s actually willing to use those magic words – “a full refund” – when expressing its sorrow, which is nice, but also the least you can do when you sell people a product that you don’t actually deliver.

Meanwhile, somewhere in the neighborhood of 3 million people watched the fight via illegal streams, meaning that an awful lot of people who didn’t pay got something that was denied to plenty of those who did.

This is a problem for a lot of reasons. For the UFC, which leans heavily on pay-per-view as a cornerstone of its business model, it’s a pretty big one.

RelatedConor McGregor: Judges biased in 'The Money Fight' fight against Floyd Mayweather

As more people opt to cut the cord and go without any form of cable or satellite dish in their homes, offering a reliable streaming option becomes vital for companies like the UFC. Cracking down on piracy of those streams also has to be a priority, but the technological trends in social media point to more and not less sharing, which means it’s only getting easier for each person to become a broadcaster unto him or herself. It’s not a problem you’re going to sue your way out of.

That brings us to Saturday night’s boxing match. I suspect that no one really wanted to pay $100 to a collection of already wealthy people in exchange for a fight of questionable value and significance. You might purposely pay for rather than illegally download an album from some up-and-coming musical artist, because you consciously realize that this person needs and appreciates and deserves your money. It’s hard to work up the same sentiment for the two rich guys fighting over a jewel-encrusted “money belt.”

So why did so many people pay for the fight anyway? Why was demand so crushingly high that it outpaced the ability of the streaming providers to actually provide it?

It’s possible that some of it was fear of retribution (the UFC, at least, is notoriously litigious about online piracy), but that doesn’t explain millions of legitimate buys.

More likely, it’s that the people who really wanted to watch the fight also wanted the reliability and quality that illegal streams don’t offer. They didn’t want to end up squinting at blurry feeds or have to go searching for a new stream every couple rounds as more and more were pulled down.

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The irony is that so many of these fans ended up with exactly the type of frustration they had already paid an exorbitant fee to avoid. These are precisely the people who the content providers should be racing to compensate, since they’re the customers you can’t afford to alienate.

It’s even more egregious for the UFC to be so slow in offering restitution, considering how little it had to do with the actual fight. If anything, the UFC should be grateful and amazed that so many people turned to its streaming service to buy this boxing match.

It’s a sign that these people trusted the UFC, even when it came to a fight that wasn’t a UFC event. To take their money without delivering what they paid for is a violation of that trust that those fans won’t soon forget.

No party involved has more reason to offer swift and apologetic restitution, yet here we are three days later and the UFC has yet to guarantee a refund. Instead, UFC President Dana White offered a vague promise to “take care” of those fans. Then again, he’s made similar promises in the past, only to later decide he’d already done enough.

This shouldn’t be a difficult calculation to make. If people paid you for something that you didn’t provide, you ought to give them their money back. That’s especially true if you ever plan to ask for their money again.

If you do anything other than offer timely, full restitution, then maybe you can’t blame people who decide they’re better off taking their chances with an illegal stream. At least when those don’t work, all it usually costs them is time and a little bit of sanity.

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

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Thiago 'Marreta' Santos meets Polish veteran Michal Materla at UFC Gdansk

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A veteran Polish fighter will make his UFC debut in front of his home-country fans this fall.

Michal Materla (24-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC) will make his promotional debut against Brazil’s Thiago “Marreta” Santos (15-5 MMA, 7-4 UFC) at UFC Fight Night 118. A UFC official confirmed the booking to MMAjunkie following an initial report from Brazilian news outlet Combate.com, though the promotion has not yet made an official announcement.

Although the report says the middleweight bout will be the card’s headliner, it is not yet known where the fight will fall on the card.

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

The 33-year-old Materla will fight for the 30th time as a pro, dating back to 2003. The bulk of his fights have been under Poland’s KSW promotional banner, for which he has fought 18 of his past 19 bouts. When he steps in the cage against Santos, though, it will be for the first time in more than a year.

In October 2016, he knocked out feared Brazilian submission artist and UFC and WSOF veteran Rousimar Palhares in the second round, giving him five wins in his past six fights. His resume also includes wins over UFC and Bellator veterans Jay Silva, Kendall Grove, Rodney Wallace and Matt Horwich, as well as UFC vet Tomasz Drwal. He has 18 of his 24 wins by stoppage, including a dozen submissions.

Santos will try to make it a perfect 3-0 in 2017 when he takes on Materla. He has back-to-back second-round TKO wins over Jack Marshman and Gerald Meerschaert and won a $50,000 bonus for the finish of Marshman in February in Nova Scotia, Canada. Those wins snapped a two-fight skid of stoppage setbacks to Gegard Mousasi and Eric Spicely.

Prior to those losses, he had a four-fight winning streak, including first-round knockouts of Andy Enz, Steve Bosse (in 29 seconds for another bonus) and Nate Marquardt, plus a decision over Elias Theodorou.

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

  • Ramazan Emeev vs. Trevor Smith
  • Jan Blachowicz vs. Devin Clark
  • Oskar Piechota vs. Jonathan Wilson
  • Andre Fili vs. Artem Lobov
  • Dmitrii Smoliakov vs. Adam Wieczorek
  • Marcin Held vs. Teemu Packalen
  • Michal Materla vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos

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


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Top 25 finishes in Invicta FC history (Nos. 15-11): Body kicks galore

More than five years have passed since Invicta FC hosted its first event. During that time, the all-female organization has gone through a number of different incarnations.

Despite having roster members consistently plucked up by the UFC, Invicta FC frequently hosts solid fight cards to help further the growth of women’s MMA. The fighters do their part by delivering inside the cage, and with the 25th event in company history set to go down Thursday, Invicta FC has decided to highlight its young history.

Invicta FC 25 takes place at Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino in Lemoore, Calif. Ahead of the event, Invicta FC’s social media team is rolling out a countdown of the 25 best finishes in its history.

Don’t miss the countdown for finish Nos. 25-21, as well as finish Nos. 20-16. And check out the third installment below, counting down No. 15 to No. 11. Then stayed tuned to The Blue Corner this week for the top 10.

15. Andrea Lee def. Rachael Ostovich at Invicta FC 14 (Sept. 12, 2015)

Andrea Lee showed off her slick ground game against Rachael Ostovich with a third-round submission win by armbar at Invicta FC 14.

14. Alexa Grasso def. Alida Gray at Invicta FC 10 (Dec. 5, 2014)

Mexican prospect Alexa Grasso added to her undefeated record at Invicta FC 10 when she showed off the power in her hands to stop Alida Gray by first-round TKO.

13. Livia Renata Souza def. DeAnna Bennett at Invicta FC 15 (Jan. 16, 2016)

Now-former strawweight champion Livia Renata Souza made her first successful title defense at Invicta FC 15 when a brutal body kick set up her 90-second TKO of DeAnna Bennett.

12. Angela Hill def. Alida Gray at Invicta FC 15 (Jan. 16, 2016)

The dangerous striking arsenal of Angela Hill was on display at Invicta FC 15 when she overwhelmed Alida Gray with a flurry of strikes in the first round to win by TKO in a mere 99 seconds.

11. DeAnna Bennett def. Michele Ould at Invicta FC 8 (Sept. 6, 2014)

The kicking power of DeAnna Bennett stunned Michele Ould at Invicta FC 8. Bennett landed a left kick to the liver in the second round, and after a delayed reaction Ould slumped to the canvas holding her body.

For more on the Invicta FC schedule, including the upcoming Invicta FC 25, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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

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Brendan Schaub gives his account of altercation with Nate Diaz after Conor McGregor's loss

UFC vet Brendan Schaub was at T-Mobile Arena on Saturday for the showdown between Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor, but ended up getting in an altercation of his own.

Schaub, who’s retired from fighting, was seen exchanging words with UFC lightweight and resident rabble-rouser Nate Diaz in a video that made the rounds this past weekend. After fulfilling analyst duties with Showtime Sports for “The Money Fight,” Schaub broke down the night’s more unexpected conflict on Monday.

After Mayweather knocked out McGregor in the 10th round, Schaub says he was heading for a post-fight show when he spotted Diaz. The lightweight, who’s gone 1-1 against McGregor in the UFC, has been touted as a logical matchup for the champ upon his octagon return.

Schaub agrees that’s the fight to make right now. And, thinking he was dealing with a “brother in arms,” the heavyweight vet figured he’d offer Diaz some advice on how to better market the trilogy.

“I saw in some interviews where he was kind of hating on Conor,” Schaub said on Monday’s edition of The Joe Rogan Experience. “And I would have spun it the other way. He should have celebrated Conor and what he did winning rounds against the best of all time.

“And saying, ‘Look, I beat him up worse than Floyd. Now we’re going to do this trilogy – I’m going to end him faster than Floyd did. Like, that should be the sell. I was going to go talk to him about this.”

That, it turns out, went sour fast.

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“I’m like, ‘Yo, Nate, bro. How about that fight, man? You’re next. Biggest fight in UFC history, brother,'” Schaub said. “And he starts laughing. He’s like, ‘Hell, no. How (expletive) stupid do you look now?’ I’m like, ‘What?’ He’s like, ‘How stupid do you look, talking all this (expletive)?’ I’m like, ‘Wow, wow – what are you doing right now? What the hell are you doing right now?’ And he keeps talking.”

The two, Schaub says, went on to argue over McGregor’s display in the fight – the analyst said McGregor (21-3 MMA, 9-1 UFC, 0-1 boxing) won a few rounds over Mayweather (50-0 boxing), while Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) said he was basically given a round.

And then, according to Schaub, Diaz started making remarks about Schaub’s career.

“I went, ‘Nate, I have no issues with you. You’re pointing your gun at the wrong guy,'” Schaub said. “‘What are you doing right now? You should be selling this fight against Conor, not me. I’m not the guy.’ I’m in skinny jeans and Gucci boots, for God’s sake. What are you doing?'”

While the audio of the video is hard to decipher exactly, it does sound like Diaz eventually throws a “(expletive) you” Schaub’s way, and what seems to be a “little (expletive)” remark.

Schaub maintains that, despite the situation, he has absolutely no problem with Diaz – who, on his end, has become known for his unflinching honesty and candor. But, in hindsight, he does have an idea what might have triggered Diaz’s response.

“He keeps talking and I’m like, ‘Nate, use your words. I can’t understand a word you’re saying. Use your words,'” Schaub said. “And he’s probably got that lisp or whatever, that probably set him off.”

Anger, as it turns out, wasn’t the feeling that Schaub was left with after the off-putting interaction.

“I was so embarrassed, because the Showtime guy is like, ‘Oh my God, who is that guy?'” Schaub said. “I’m like, ‘That’s the guy who’s supposed to fight Conor next. They’ve fought before.’ And like, ‘What’s wrong with him?’ I’m like, ‘It’s just …” I was so embarrassed, man.”

For more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” 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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Conor McGregor fan wears diaper on Las Vegas Strip paying off bet to George and Goze


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Conor McGregor has a legion of die-hard fans who believe he can do no wrong. Among them is Jon Orlando, host of the Action Junkeez podcast and frequent guest of MMAjunkie Radio (and a personal friend of this writer).

In the build-up to “The Money Fight,” Jon appeared on the show and made a bet with George and Goze: If Floyd Mayweather won, he would have to appear on the show in a diaper and walk around in public like that.

Well, Mayweather beat McGregor (predictably) by 10th-round TKO, and the time for Jon to pay off his debt came Monday.

Warning: Grown man in a diaper:

This all could’ve been avoided. Jon could’ve bet money or lunch or dinner or something simple. But nope. His unwavering faith in McGregor would not allow that. Fair play to him for being a man of his word.

“I mean, I just … what do you say? I’m sitting here in a diaper. I don’t know how I got into this. I should’ve let it go at Chipotle, right? I had it made. I believed in him. And he looked good first three rounds. You’ve got to give him that. And don’t tell me Floyd let him. Don’t, don’t. Don’t.”

Floyd let him, Jon.

Check out Jon’s radio show appearance in the video above.

And for more on “The Money Fight: Floyd Mayweather vs. Conor McGregor,” 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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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with UFC Fight Night 119's Colby Covington


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

Covington has the biggest fight of his career coming up Oct. 28 when he takes on recent welterweight title challenger and former middleweight title challenger Demian Maia in Mai’s home country of Brazil at UFC Fight Night 119. We’ll also discuss the latest MMA news and the continued fallout from “The Money Fight.”

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.

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