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Justin Gaethje: I bet Michael Bisping knows how to say my name now after UFC debut

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LAS VEGAS – UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje doesn’t seem to be holding a grudge against his debut opponent Michael Johnson.

But he might be building a new one with Michael Bisping, who backed Johnson in Friday’s FS1-televised The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

“Bisping, he said that he wanted Michael Johnson to go out there and represent all UFC fighters,” Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) told MMAjunkie after his spectacular second-round TKO of Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC). “That’s only because they’re cut from the same cloth. Not many fighters want Michael Johnson and the way he was speaking to represent them. You want me representing you, because I put it on the line.

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“I’m not here to crap on anybody, except Michael Bisping. He didn’t even know how to say my name. I bet he knows now.”

Gaethje and Johnson jawed back and forth in the buildup to their fight, and Johnson made some poor choices when insulting Gaethje’s family. Gaethje said he didn’t let the words get him off track but kept them in the back of his head during the fight.

Then, he had the last word with a knee to the face that forced referee John McCarthy to intervene in the second.

Just one round earlier, Johnson had badly hurt Gaethje with an uppercut, sending him teetering backward and nearly ending his UFC debut in disaster.

“He almost finished me; ‘Big’ John (McCarthy) said he was going to stop it,” Gaethje said. “I was there. Obviously, when I got smoked, I was a little dazed. But we get punched in the face. But like I said, I’ve got the biggest heart. I am the most violent guy in the division. I’ll prove it time and time again.”

RelatedTUF 25 Finale video highlights: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson

Gaethje is now targeting an interim title fight with Tony Ferguson.

After all the bad blood, Gaethje told Johnson good job and commended him for hanging in as long as he could before the stoppage. Now, he’s ready to take over the rest of the lightweight division.

“On to the next one,” Gaethje said. “That was cool. But I have something to prove here. I’ve been saying I’m the best in the world for a long time, so I will have another fight. Gotta start preparing now.”

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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After scrapped fight with Aspen Ladd at TUF 25 Finale, Jessica Eye headed to flyweight

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LAS VEGAS – Rather than get rebooked in the women’s bantamweight division, Jessica Eye is heading down to flyweight.

Eye (11-6 MMA, 1-5 UFC) confirmed the move after her fight with Aspen Ladd (5-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC) at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale was canceled just one hour before the event’s start.

“I feel like something bigger and better is going to happen,” she told reporters backstage at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I asked (UFC matchmaker) Sean (Shelby) if I could have my next fight at 125, and they told me yes.

“It’s an overwhelming bout of emotion. I feel like everything happens for a reason. Maybe that’s why it happened the way it did.”

Eye was in the locker room preparing to warm up when Shelby informed her that Ladd had fallen ill and wouldn’t be able to fight. She speculated that a bad weight cut led to Ladd’s withdrawal, though Ladd didn’t appear to be suffering when she weighed in on Thursday for the FS1-televised event.

“Unfortunately for her, that’s going to cost her a lot of accountability, because a part of being a fighter is making weight and making it to the fight,” Eye said.

But after struggling for several years to stay competitive as a bantamweight, Eye is using the situation to her advantage. Once a top-ranked flyweight outside the UFC, she is returning to the division in which she found the most success.

“How did anybody find out about me in fighting?” she said. “I was a 125er for years. I was in Bellator at 125; I beat everybody in Bellator. They cut their division, and thankfully the UFC had started to move up and (promote women). So the (bantamweight division) was the only place to go. I was 26 years old – what was I supposed to do? Sit on the bench until something bigger or better happened? I had no choice but to go up in weight.”

Eye plans on getting right back in the gym, hopefully for a return in New York in November. Does she have someone in mind when she returns to her natural weight division?

“Yeah, I do,” she said. “That’s for me to know and you to find out.”

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Can Justin Gaethje keep weaponizing his own will? The search for an answer is a thrilling one

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Yep, that’s what a Justin Gaethje fight looks like. It looks like constant pressure, wide-open offense, hurting and being hurt, and never taking a backward step unless it’s a forced, stumbling one. Even then, what would be the prelude to defeat for most fighters is just the very temporary cessation of hostilities for Gaethje.

More than anything, that’s what seemed to get to Michael Johnson in the main event of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale in Las Vegas on Friday night.

He hurt Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) plenty but couldn’t escape him. When his legs couldn’t hold him up anymore, Gaethje motioned for him to stand. When he retreated under duress, Gaethje flooded the distance that Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) sought to create.

It was like you could feel him sucking up all the air in the room, just so Johnson would have none left to breathe in the FS1-televised headliner at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

The result was a thrilling second-round TKO victory for Gaethje, and it was one he paid for in blood and brain cells. That’s how it happens when you fight the way Gaethje does, using the force of your own will as a weapon. It’s an effective weapon if you’ve got it, and it’s also one that works two ways.

RelatedTUF 25 Finale video highlights: Justin Gaethje vs. Michael Johnson

The first is that it provides you with opportunities. Gaethje spent most of the first round exploiting those opportunities as he walked Johnson into the fence, daring him to plant his feet and throw back, hammering him every time he stood still long enough to do so.

It was a pressure game, one that smothers the opponent with offense and forces him to think only about reacting and defending – not about whatever it was he told himself he was going to do here tonight.

But to apply that kind of pressure you’ve got to be willing to withstand some pain, which is where Gaethje’s will comes in. His constant offense provided Johnson with openings to counter, which he did well and with great force at times. Then Gaethje would grab a hold of him, take a breath, and recover.

If he was a cartoon character, here’s where he would have swatted at the little birdies circling his head, chasing them away until his mind had cleared enough for a fresh assault. Somehow, this entire process only took a few seconds.

That’s the other way will can win a fight. Because Johnson? He sees the same things we do. He sees Gaethje taking hard counters on the chin and then shaking off the effects. He sees Gaethje, visibly exhausted with his hands on his knees, yet motioning for Johnson to get up and fight rather than agreeing to get in his guard for a little mutual rest time.

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At some point, how could he not wonder what it’s going to take to make a guy like that stop? How could he not at least consider the possibility that he’s not up to it? And that’s how you start to give up. Your hope, your belief in yourself, they begin to crumple around the edges. It’s not a collapse that happens all at once. Maybe it’s not even one you’re capable of doing anything about.

But then, there is that price to pay. Watching Gaethje wallop and wobble his way to victory evokes two primary feelings for the experienced fight fan. They are, in order: 1) an excitement at the overwhelming and enthusiastic brutality of it all, and 2) a knowing dread for where it all leads.

RelatedTony Ferguson responds to Justin Gaethje – and he'll 'beat that ass' for an interim title

You can’t fight like that for 15 years. You shouldn’t, anyway. The human body and brain just aren’t built for it, which is one of the things that makes it so incredible to watch in the first place.

To watch a fighter like Gaethje in action is to witness a man flinging himself face first into the limitations of the body without regard for consequences. It’s rare, which in turn makes it special. How long can this guy keep this up? How far can he go with it? Is there anyone out there who can withstand and overwhelm the force of his will, or at least hit him hard enough to make him start caring about it?

These are the questions we’ll keep waiting for answers to. The longer we go without getting them, the more exciting the Gaethje journey becomes.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Tony Ferguson responds to Justin Gaethje – and he'll 'beat that ass' for an interim title

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If Justin Gaethje wants a fight, Tony Ferguson is apparently willing to oblige – with one condition.

In the main event of Friday’s UFC event, The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, former WSOF champ and UFC newcomer Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) scored a dazzling second-round stoppage of Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC).

After the FS1-televised bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Gaethje, who’s No. 7 in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA lightweight rankings, made his pitch for a fight with No. 3-ranked Ferguson (23-3 MMA, 13-1 UFC), as unlikely as he considered it.

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“He’ll probably say I’m not worthy,” said Gaethje, who scored two fight-night bonuses with his “Fight of the Year” contender. “He lost to Michael Johnson; I just finished him. So he’ll be full of (expletive) when he says that.”

More than anything, Gaethje just said he wants to fight for an interim belt while reigning 155-pound champ Conor McGregor focuses on his upcoming mega-boxing fight with Floyd Mayweather. As it turns out, the interim belt is the only condition Ferguson has, as he today tweeted:

@Justin_Gaethje You Hit Like A Bitch- You're Not On My Level, But If Its For The Belt.I'd Be Glad To Beat That Ass For The Interm @Danawhite

— Tony Ferguson (@TonyFergusonXT) July 8, 2017

After a Ferguson vs. Khabib Nurmagomedov interim title fight fell apart earlier this year, the UFC worked on booking “El Cucuy” for a bout with Nate Diaz (19-11 MMA, 14-9 UFC) at UFC 213. However, the promotion couldn’t reach terms with Diaz, and Ferguson has been left in limbo since.

As long as an interim title is still in play, it appears Ferguson is open to the fight with Gaethje.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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As in 'Dumb and Dumber,' Jesse Taylor thinks he's 'totally redeemed' himself

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LAS VEGAS – As far as redemption stories go, Jesse Taylor’s will be one for the MMA storybooks.

To say Taylor (31-15 MMA, 1-1 UFC) had a good night is an understatement. Not only did he conquer “The Ultimate Fighter” crown over Dhiego Lima (12-6 MMA, 1-4 UFC) on Friday, he did so in decisive fashion – more precisely, with a second-round submission over the fellow “TUF 25” finalist. With that victory came a not-too-shabby $290,000 payday that no other season winner had earned.

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Before reaching “TUF” glory at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, however, Taylor was the protagonist of one of its most remarkably low moments in series history. After making it all the way to the tournament final of Season 7 back in 2008, Taylor got himself kicked out of the house due to unruly drunken behavior during a night out in Las Vegas.

Taylor did get a UFC shot after the incident, but when a first-round Peruvian necktie by C.B. Dollaway put an end to that, it took Taylor some work – and 36 professional MMA bouts – to make his way back.

Yet, at 34, here he is.

“Maybe they’ll make a movie about it one day,” Taylor said after the FS1-televised co-headliner at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena on Friday. “It’s not about the money. Don’t get me wrong – it’s going to change my life and my kids’ life. But it wasn’t really about the money. It was about the story. About redemption. That’s what it was about. I just wanted to show my kids, to be a good role model.

“Like, ‘Hey, you mess up in life, but you fix it, and you keep going.’ A lot of people mess up in life. I think I relate with people in that sense. I’m a pretty regular guy. Nothing too special about me. I just keep going.”

Taylor is neither happy nor excited about the “foolish” behavior that led to the embarrassing end to his first “TUF” journey. In fact, not a day has gone by since in which he hasn’t thought about it. But he doesn’t regret it either. At the end of the day, it fueled him. It made him hungry. And it got him where he needed to be.

“Who knows? If I’d won back then, I might have been in and out and done with the UFC,” Taylor said. “And I just kept grinding, and kept plugging away, and fighting anyone, anywhere, anytime. And I think in the end, it got me a lot better. It made a better fighter and person.”

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Taylor admitted there were moments in his career in which he got discouraged – particularly, when he went on long seven- or eight-fight winning streaks and saw people he’d beaten getting their own octagon calls. But even then, giving up was just not an option.

“I told myself, if it takes me until I’m 60, I’m going to get back in the UFC,” he said. “And once they told me about this show, through Tom – Tom Gallichio (fellow castmate) was actually the first to tell me. I was like, ‘Man, that’s about me.’ Like Jim Carrey said in ‘Dumb and Dumber,’ I totally redeemed myself.”

For full accuracy: It was actually Jeff Daniels’ character, Harry, who said that to Lloyd, played by Jim Carrey, in the 1994 movie. But in any case, Taylor made his point.

And the patience throughout the “crazy long journey” paid off big. But, riveting narrative aside, it was Taylor’s skill set that got the job done against Lima. From the start, the vet made it clear that he wasn’t about to take any unnecessary risks, using a pressure game to take him down and pretty much just keep him there.

The game plan helped Taylor breeze through a dominant Round 1. But, as soon as the bout restarted for Round 2, he saw himself on the unfortunate end of a left hook that sent him straight to the mat.

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So, about that one dangerous minute there?

“Well, I did the strategy of taking a punch to the head,” Taylor said jokingly. “And he came on me, and I created a scramble. So I guess the punch in the head worked because he just jumped on me, and that’s kind of what I wanted. I knew I could out scramble him, from training with him on the show. And they say it’s an old trick, but I’m a rear-naked-choke artist.

“I think my jiu-jitsu is a little underestimated. I’ve been submitted a lot, but I think that’s life. I learned slowly but surely from my mistakes. I knew what it takes to win, and I trust in my jiu-jitsu.”

Taylor has certainly crashed the UFC’s 170-pound scene with a bang. But is it enough to make a quick rise through one of the promotion’s most stacked divisions, currently ruled by champ Tyron Woodley? On one hand, Taylor understands he’s surrounded by sharks. But, on the other, he said they might be lacking on star power.

Enter this vet with a really great backstory who has also happened to have fought “the best of the best” around the world throughout stints on Strikeforce, Dream, WSOF, ACB and Cage Warriors (to name a few).

“Then I come out of nowhere to take it all,” Taylor said. “I want to make a run for this. Maybe a fight or two, but I want to get contender status, and I want to go get that belt.”

Clearly, Taylor has had quite the learning curve in the nine years since he’s been trying to make his way back to the octagon. But some things may never change.

“That $250,000 was the icing on the ice cream – I don’t know if I’m saying that right,” Taylor said. “I think I messed that up on ‘TUF 7’ too, actually.”

To hear from Taylor on his remarkable journey – and the plans for his paycheck – check out the video above.

And for more on The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 25 Finale winner Angela Hill hopes UFC can be lax on its costume policy

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LAS VEGAS – UFC women’s strawweight Angela Hill isn’t giving up yet on wearing costumes to ceremonial weigh-ins.

After officials nixed her idea to rep Marvel comic Black Panther for a face-off at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, she is hopeful she’ll get to show her nerdy side in future fights.

“It would be nice if they could lax on it a little bit so the fighters could try to build some hype for it,” Hill (7-3 MMA, 1-3 UFC) told MMAjunkie backstage after outpointing Ashley Yoder (5-3 MMA, 0-2 UFC) Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I feel like doing something interesting like that is going to reach more people than just trying to mean mug and push your opponent and hit them before you’re actually fighting the next day. Or at least different fans from that.”

According to Hill, UFC officials were antsy before the ceremonial weigh-ins on Thursday afternoon, asking if she’d be wearing a costume. Hill had done so in her previous bout against Jessica Andrade, tickling fans with a spot-on rendition of the “Street Fighter” video game character Sagat.

The costume didn’t have magical powers – although she put in a spirited effort against Andrade, she wound up losing a decision.

Hill thought about springing her Black Panther costume onstage Friday without asking. But she instead opted to reveal her intentions. Unfortunately for her, officials told her she wouldn’t be able to wear the costume because of the promotion’s exclusive deal with Reebok, which requires fighters to wear branded apparel to all official UFC events.

Hill posted a Twitter picture of her getup as a small consolation.

But just because she got shut down this time out, she played coy when asked whether she’ll try again to create her own brand with a unique costume.

“You’ve got to play the game and do what you’re told and all that fun boring stuff,” he said. “I guess we’ll have to wait and see.”

Check out Hill’s interview in the video above.

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2482 with Joey Diaz, Brad Tavares and Gray Maynard

Stream or download Friday’s edition of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Joey Diaz, Brad Tavares and Gray Maynard.

Comedian Diaz was our in-studio guest host and helped us make final predictions for The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale and UFC 213. Tavares and Maynard joined the program to soak up Junkie Karma; fighters who appear on MMAjunkie Radio on the day of their fight are 57-14. Tonight at the TUF 25 Finale, Tavares faces Elias Theodorou and Maynard meets Teruto Ishihara.

You can listen below or download the episode from SoundCloud.


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TUF 25 Finale's Tecia Torres said death of former teammate 'really hit home' before win

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LAS VEGAS – A lot of positive things were happening for UFC women’s strawweight Tecia Torres heading into her bout at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale.

That’s why death of former teammate Aaron Rajman hit her particularly hard, and why she broke down with emotion after earning her first UFC finish.

“This is the first time (I’ve had to go through that kind of adversity),” Torres (9-1 MMA, 5-1 UFC) said backstage after submitting Juliana Lima (9-4 MMA, 3-3 UFC) after opening the FS1-televised portion of the card at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “It really hit home because he was there for me at the end of my amateur career. He had his own show, too. I fought my last amateur fight on his show. He was a good friend. We hadn’t talked in a while, but whenever we would connect, we would be together.”

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Rajman, a member of American Top Team, was killed Monday after an argument with several men at a home in Boca Raton, Fla. Police are investigating the shooting as a homicide. A GoFundMe was set up for the fighter and promoter.

Torres took the fight on less than three weeks’ notice when a bout with standout Michelle Waterson failed to materialize. She immediately broke down in the octagon after the fight and dedicated her win to Rajman.

Despite the bittersweet victory, there are plenty of good things ahead. There’s the potential Waterson bout, which Torres thinks will put her within one win of a title shot, and her engagement to training partner and UFC women’s bantamweight Rachel Pennington.

Torres relocated from ATT to train with Pennington in Colorado, bidding farewell to her longtime team. A lot’s been a lot thrown at “Tiny Tornado” in a short period of time, but she’s soldiering on.

Check out the video above to hear Torres talk about her win and what’s next.

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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Gray Maynard calls out Artem Lobov after TUF 25 Finale – because he doesn't want another Ryan Hall

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LAS VEGAS – Two-time lightweight title challenger Gray Maynard celebrated a win over Teruto Ishihara at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale while venting at his previous opponent, Ryan Hall.

Maynard, who officially dropped to featherweight a year ago, called out critics who wrote him off after a loss to Hall and asked to fight Artem Lobov, declaring: “I’ll never take another fight that the person’s a coward.

“Everybody is like, ‘He got beat, he’s done.’ No, I’m not done. That was nothing. He didn’t even punch me. I barely even punched him. There was no risk in that fight (with Hall). It was a waste of time. And everybody still called me out. That’s not my fault. He’s the (expletive); he’s the coward. And I’ll never take a fight like that again.”

Maynard (13-6-1 MMA, 11-6-1 UFC) went back to his wrestling roots against Ishihara (9-4-2 MMA, 2-2-1 UFC), repeatedly taking the fight to the mat and grinding out the Japanese prospect. Judges ruled it a complete shutout, awarding unanimous 30-26 scorecards in the UFC Fight Pass-streamed bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

Maynard came into the fight on a bad skid, losing five of seven bouts since a title rematch with now ex-lightweight champ Frankie Edgar ended in a knockout loss. But he said MMA observers who advised him to retire only provided motivation.

“Yeah, they have (written me off),” he said. “But that’s OK, because every article, every tweet I see about ‘Gray should retire,’ ‘Gray should do this,’ all I read is what they would do if they were me. They would retire. They would quit. I don’t quit. I don’t quit until I win.”

Win he did. And at 145 pounds, Maynard feels unstoppable.

Check out his emotional post-fight interview in the video above.

And for complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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NFL Network's Dan Hellie, ex-ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald to call Dana White 'Contender Series'

(This story first appeared on usatoday.com.)

The broadcast crew for Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series includes some names that may not be all that familiar to UFC fans.

UFC Senior VP of International and Content Joe Carr told USA TODAY Sports that’s sort of the point, and that’s why the promotion tapped NFL Network’s Dan Hellie and former ESPNU host Brendan Fitzgerald to split play-by-play duties for the weekly live fighting series that debuts on Tuesday on UFC Fight Pass.

UFC will make the official announcement of the crew during Saturday’s UFC 213 broadcast. It was previously announced that rapper Snoop Dogg and 2017 UFC Hall of Fame inductee Urijah Faber will call Tuesday Night Contender Series events on an alternate audio feed.

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“Dan Hellie and Brendan Fitzgerald both have had long broadcasting careers, even if they haven’t called live fights,” Carr said. “We are not rushing them onto broadcast TV. UFC Fight Pass is a smaller platform so they won’t face as much scrutiny. They won’t be in front of 2-3 million people like they would be on broadcast TV. This will give them more opportunity to learn how to call the sport and earn respect of the fans.”

The series includes five fights each week and will focus not just on prospects, but also veteran fighters looking to make a comeback.

UFC Fight Pass is the promotion’s digital subscription service launched in December 2013 and has been the only way to watch the early preliminary-card fights of UFC events, which had been previously streamed on Facebook. Carr called the the Tuesday Night Contender Series the biggest investment the UFC has made in UFC Fight Pass since its inception.

“Our research through the years has shown what our subscribers want is more live, exclusive fights on the service,” Carr said. “I think about 50 percent of our subscribers will watch the Tuesday Night Contender Series live.”

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Carr, citing company policy, declined to state how many monthly subscribers there are for UFC Fight Pass, which ranges in price from $7.99 to $9.99 per month.

Hellie will call Tuesday’s debut with former UFC lightweight Yves Edwards serving as the color commentator. Fitzgerald will be paired with UFC lightweight Paul Felder as the duo debuts July 18. The broadcast crews will alternate weeks during the show’s eight-week run.

“I have been a fan of UFC for a long time,” Hellie said. “Obviously, this is different for me than calling NFL or basketball games, a couple of things I’ve done in the past. This is new experience and I’m just preparing like I would for anything else.”

UFC tried out about 10 play-by-play and color commentators each before the crew was chosen, Carr said.

Hellie credited UFC welterweight Alan Jouban for coming to his Manhattan Beach, Calif., home and giving him a “UFC for Dummies” rundown of the sport before his audition. Hellie has also spoken to UFC’s main play-by-play announcer, Jon Anik, since he learned he got the job.

“(Anik) told me to keep it simple and don’t act like you know something that you don’t,” Hellie said. “In broadcast terms, you ‘lay out’ when there’s something your not familiar with. So, I’ll lay out until I get more comfortable with the terminology and jargon. Until then, I’ll lean on Yves as the color commentator.”

Laura Sanko, a former fighter who has called UFC and Invicta FC events, will serve as the backstage reporter for the broadcasts.

For more on “Dana White’s Contender Series: Week 1,” visit the UFC Rumors section of the site.


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TUF 25 Finale Athlete Outfitting pay: Justin Gaethje gets $2,500 payout for thrilling debut win

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LAS VEGAS – Fighters from Friday’s The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale event took home UFC Athlete Outfitting pay, a program that launched after the UFC’s deal with Reebok, totaling $122,500.

The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the card aired on FS1 following early prelims UFC Fight Pass.

The headliner, which featured Justin Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) earning a thrilling second-round TKO over Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC), featured a large pay discrepancy. “The Highlight” was on the lowest payout tier for his promotional debut and received $2,500, compared to $15,000 for promotional vet Johnson.

The full Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale UFC Athlete Outfitting payouts included:

Justin Gaethje: $2,500
def. Michael Johnson: $15,000

Jesse Taylor: $2,500
def. Dhiego Lima: $2,500

Drakkar Klose: $2,500
def. Marc Diakiese: $2,500

Jared Cannonier: $2,500
def. Nick Roehrick: $2,500

Brad Tavares: $10,000
def. Elias Theodorou: $5,000

Jordan Johnson: $2,500
def. Marcel Fortuna: $2,500

Angela Hill: $2,500
def. Ashley Yoder: $2,500

James Krause: $5,000
def. Tom Gallicchio: $2,500

C.B. Dollaway: $15,000
def. Ed Herman: $15,000

Tecia Torres: $5,000
def. Juliana Lima: $5,000

Gray Maynard: $15,000
def. Teruto Ishihara: $2,500

Under the UFC Athlete Outfitting program’s payout tiers, which appropriate the money generated by Reebok’s multi-year sponsorship with the UFC, fighters are paid based on their total number of UFC bouts, as well as Zuffa-era WEC fights (January 2007 and later) and Zuffa-era Strikeforce bouts (April 2011 and later). Fighters with 1-5 bouts receive $2,500 per appearance; 6-10 bouts get $5,000; 11-15 bouts earn $10,000; 16-20 bouts pocket $15,000; and 21 bouts and more get $20,000. Additionally, champions earn $40,000 while title challengers get $30,000.

In addition to experience-based pay, UFC fighters will receive in perpetuity royalty payments amounting to 20-30 percent of any UFC merchandise sold that bears their likeness, according to officials.

Full 2017 UFC-Reebok sponsorship payouts:

Year-to-date total: $2,930,000
2016 total: $7,138,000
2015 total: $3,185,000
Program-to-date total: $13,253,000

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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Fight Tracks: The walkout songs of TUF 25 Finale with Zeppelin and Nirvana, Cash and Madonna

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

See what the fighters of Friday’s Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale event in Las Vegas went with as their backing tracks.

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Justin Gaethje def. Michael Johnson via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 4:48

Justin Gaethje: “Champion” by Keznamdi

Michael Johnson: “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood/M.A.A.D. City” by Nina Simone/Kendrick Lamar

Jesse Taylor def. Dhiego Lima via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:43

Jesse Taylor: “Highwayman” by The Highwaymen

Dhiego Lima: “God’s Not Dead” by Newsboys

Drakkar Klose def. Marc Diakiese via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Drakkar Klose: “Congratulations” by Post Malone

Marc Diakiese: “Cool Nuh” by Giggs

Jared Cannonier def. Nick Roehrick via TKO (elbows) – Round 3, 2:08

Jared Cannonier: “It’s Like That” by Big Pokey feat. Lil’ Keke

Nick Roehrick: “Immigrant Song” by Led Zeppelin

Brad Tavares def. Elias Theodorou via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Brad Tavares: “Tears” by Alborosie

Elias Theodorou: “Oh Canada”

Jordan Johnson def. Marcel Fortuna via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jordan Johnson: “Like a Prayer” by Madonna

Marcel Fortuna: “God’s Gonna Cut You Down” by Johnny Cash

Angela Hill def. Ashley Yoder via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27

Angela Hill: “Battle Hymn” by Manowar

Ashley Yoder: “My Songs Know What You Did in the Dark (Light Em Up)” by Fall Out Boy

James Krause def. Tom Gallicchio via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

James Krause: “Hootie Hoo” by Outkast

Tom Gallicchio: “Work” by Gang Starr

C.B. Dollaway def. Ed Herman via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-27, 29-27)

C.B. Dollaway: “Loud and Heavy” by Cody Jinks

Ed Herman: “When the Lights Go Out” by The Black Keys

Tecia Torres def. Juliana Lima via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 0:53

Tecia Torres: “Dreamer” by Charlie XCX

Juliana Lima: “TNT” by AC/DC

Gray Maynard def. Teruto Ishihara via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

Gray Maynard: “In Bloom” by Nirvana

Teruto Ishihara: “Lion No Ko (Yashabo Version)” by Spinna B-ill

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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How to watch UFC 213 tonight: Fight card, start time, online results and how to stream Nunes-Shevchenko 2

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The UFC returns home to Las Vegas with UFC 213 – its second event of a weekend doubleheader – with a pair of title fights tonight. Here’s how to watch.

UFC 213 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. Prelims kick off on UFC Fight Pass (6:30 p.m. ET), the UFC’s digital streaming network, before the card shifts to FS1 for more prelims (8 p.m. ET) and pay-per-view for the main card (10 p.m. ET).

RelatedUFC 213 play-by-play and live results (6:30 p.m. ET)

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

In the headliner, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), who’s slated for her second title defense, looks to make it 2-0 over Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) when they meet in a rematch. Additionally, in the co-headliner, Yoel Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) and Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) fight for the interim middleweight title as champ Michael Bisping recovers from a knee injury.

The full UFC 213 fight card is available below. You can also join us for on-site live round-by-round UFC 213 coverage on the MMAjunkie homepage.

UFC 213 main card (Pay-per-view, 10 p.m. ET)
  • Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko) – for women’s bantamweight title
  • Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker – for interim middleweight title
  • Curtis Blaydes vs. Daniel Omielanczuk
  • Alistair Overeem vs. Fabricio Werdum
  • Jim Miller vs. Anthony Pettis
UFC 213 preliminary card (FS1, 8 p.m. ET)
  • Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik
  • Brian Camozzi vs. Chad Laprise
  • Gerald Meerschaert vs. Thiago “Marreta” Santos
  • Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad
UFC 213 preliminary card (UFC Fight Pass, 6:30 p.m. ET)
  • Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade
  • Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware
  • James Bochnovic vs. Trevin Giles

For more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 213 play-by-play and live results (6:30 p.m. ET)

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LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 213 event, and you can join us for live play-by-play and official results beginning at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT).

The event takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and it airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass. In the headliner, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes rematches Valentina Shevchenko, and in the co-feature, Yoel Romero takes on Robert Whittaker for the interim middleweight title.

Follow along with our round-by-round updates and official results beginning at approximately 6:30 p.m. ET for the UFC Fight Pass prelims, 8 p.m. ET for the FS1 prelims, and 10 p.m. ET for the pay-per-view main card.

To discuss the show, be sure to check out our UFC 213 discussion thread. You can also get behind-the-scenes coverage and other event notes from on-site reporters John Morgan (@MMAjunkieJohn) and Steven Marrocco (@MMAjunkieSteven) on Twitter.

Enjoy the fights, everyone.

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Trevin Giles vs. James Bochnovic

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Records: Giles (9-0 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Bochnovic (8-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Light heavyweight
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Cody Stamann vs. Terrion Ware

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Records: Cody Stamann (13-1 MMA, 0-0 UFC), Terrion Ware (17-5 MMA, 0-0 UFC)
Division: Featherweight
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Rob Font vs. Douglas Silva de Andrade

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Records: Font (13-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC), de Andrade (24-1 MMA, 2-1 UFC)
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Jordan Mein vs. Belal Muhammad

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Thiago “Marreta” Santos vs. Gerald Meerschaert

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Chad Laprise vs. Brian Camozzi

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Travis Browne vs. Aleksei Oleinik

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Anthony Pettis vs. Jim Miller

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Fabricio Werdum vs. Alistair Overeem

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Records: Werdum (21-6-1 MMA, 9-3 UFC), Overeem (42-15 MMA, 7-4 UFC)
Division: Heavyweight
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Daniel Omielanczuk vs. Curtis Blaydes

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Yoel Romero vs. Robert Whittaker

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Records: Romero (12-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC), Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC)
Division: Middleweight
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Champ Amanda Nunes vs. Valentina Shevchenko

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Records: Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC), Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC)
Division: Women’s bantamweight
Rankings: Nunes No. 1, Shevchenko No. 2
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UFC 213 discussion thread

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LAS VEGAS – MMAjunkie is on scene and reporting live from today’s UFC 213 event at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, which kicks off at 6:30 p.m. ET (3:30 p.m. PT). You can discuss the event here.

Be sure to follow along with the latest card updates in our UFC 213 live results post, and then discuss the event in the comments section below.

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


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Video: Watch UFC 213's post-event press conference on MMAjunkie


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LAS VEGAS – UFC 213 takes place today at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. As usual, you can watch a live video stream of the post-event press conference here on MMAjunkie at approximately 1:30 a.m. ET (10:30 p.m. PT).

Expected to take part in the press conference are title fighters Amanda Nunes, Valentina Shevchenko, Yoel Romero and Robert Whittaker, and other winners from the card.

For complete coverage of UFC 213, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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TUF 25 Finale winner Drakkar Klose apologizes for saying 'all English dudes are bums'

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Drakkar Klose got himself noticed on Friday at The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale when he upset heavily hyped lightweight prospect and bitter rival Marc Diakiese.

Klose’s performance, which ended in a split-decision win in the FS1-televised bout at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, wasn’t the only part of his night to turn heads. Once his victory was announced, he proceeded to scream in Diakiese’s face and taunt his British foe.

The pair exchanged many words in the lead-up to the contest, and 15 minutes of fighting apparently still wasn’t enough to settle their differences. Klose (8-0-1 MMA, 2-0 UFC) mocked Diakiese (12-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) and declared to the crowd that “all English dudes are bums” during his octagon interview. The 29-year-old received some flack for his comments, but he used the platform of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale post-fight news conference to clear the air.

RelatedTUF 25 Finale video highlights: Drakkar Klose vs. Marc Diakiese

“It was just the heat of the moment,” Klose told reporters. “If you look at my Twitter, me and him have been going back and forth since the fight was announced. After the fight it just got under my skin, and it came to a head, and I just let it go. My roommate right now is Bradley Scott, and he’s an English guy, and he’s fighting August 5. It was just the heat of the moment. I apologize to everyone for saying that.”

Although Klose said he would change his actions if given the opportunity to go back in time, he also doesn’t regret his post-fight aggression toward Diakiese. He did not take kindly to all the trash talk leading up to the bout and wanted to let his opponent know he wouldn’t stand for it.

“I think (talking is) what he does to get in (his) opponent’s head,” Klose said. “He intimidates them like that. I’m a different breed. I train with Benson Henderson every day. I get beat up by him. This guy, he’s not going to go in there and do that to me.”

RelatedTUF 25 Finale bonuses: Justin Gaethje's sick, sick debut was a double winner for $100,000

Klose managed to back up his words inside the octagon, but for a brief moment it appeared the victory was at risk of being robbed from him. Despite all 15 media outlets on MMADecisions.com who scored the fight 29-28 for Klose, judge Derek Cleary viewed it 29-28 in favor of Diakiese.

Ultimately the split decision went to the rightful victor, something which Klose said he knew would happen because Diakiese is “overrated.”

“In my head I thought I won every round,” Klose said. “I don’t think it should have been a split decision. Marc, he has all this hype behind him. I knew that he wasn’t going to be as tough as everyone thought.”

Diakiese came into The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale with the reputation of an undefeated fighter to watch. Klose left with that label, though, and he said regardless of the fact he’s only two fights into his UFC career, he’s ready to take on anyone.

“I just want to fight in Detroit,” Klose said of his future. “They can put me against anyone. I’ll fight Khabib (Nurmagomedov), I’ll fight anyone. I don’t care. Just put me in there. I’ll get my hand raised.”

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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After stunning UFC debut win, Justin Gaethje expects Tony Ferguson to dismiss him

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LAS VEGAS – After a “Fight of the Year” candidate in his debut, UFC lightweight Justin Gaethje wants his second octagon fight to be for the interim title against Tony Ferguson.

He doesn’t expect Ferguson to want the same.

“He’ll probably say I’m not worthy,” Gaethje (18-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC) said after a second-round stoppage of Michael Johnson (17-12 MMA, 9-8 UFC) that won him two bonuses and put him in the running for “Fight of the Year.” “He lost to Michael Johnson; I just finished him. So he’ll be full of (expletive) when he says that.”

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Regardless of how Ferguson responds to the callout, Gaethje plans to continue his conquest of the lightweight division. He estimates he’s one or two steps from facing off with lightweight champ Conor McGregor. If Ferguson demurs, he’ll take a fight with McGregor foil Nate Diaz.

“Whoever gets me closer to an interim title right now,” Gaethje told MMAjunkie. “McGregor’s not here. So I’m going to get that interim title on my waist, and when he comes back, pressure.”

McGregor isn’t usually one to take in UFC debuts unless one of his teammates is fighting. But he found the time to watch Gaethje’s fight despite being in the middle of training camp for a boxing showdown with Floyd Mayweather.

“That was a good contest,” McGregor tweeted. “Two fighters, fighting.”

That was a good contest. Two fighters, fighting.

— Conor McGregor (@TheNotoriousMMA) July 8, 2017

Quite the endorsement for the first-timer.

“I’m in his weight class – he better be watching,” Gaethje said. “He has a big target on his back, and I’m aiming for it. So I expected him to watch. Thankful for the credit, obviously. He’s a fighter, I’m a fighter, and real recognizes real. I literally put it on the line, so you have to respect that.”

Ferguson has yet to weigh in on Gaethje’s debut.

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Gaethje ventured if the UFC finds it suitable to put him in an interim title fight in time to greet McGregor when he returns, all the better. But for now, he’ll wait to see what the promotion has in store.

“One at a time,” he said. “I just want to know who’s next so I can have a path and a target.”

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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'UFC 213 Embedded,' No. 5: Looking like 'Michael Jackson in a space suit' to shed those final pounds


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The UFC returns this week with International Fight Week, and the promotion has rolled out its “Embedded” treatment for a preview of Saturday’s UFC 213 event.

UFC 213 takes place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, and the main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

In the main event, women’s bantamweight champion Amanda Nunes (14-4 MMA, 7-1 UFC) puts her title on the line against Valentina Shevchenko (14-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) in a rematch from early last year. And in the co-headliner, top contenders Robert Whittaker (18-4 MMA, 9-2 UFC) and Yoel Romero (13-1 MMA, 8-0 UFC) square off for the interim middleweight title.

In the fifth and final episode of “Embedded,” go behind the scenes as each of the main and co-main event fighters put the finishing touches on making weight, with some struggling a little more than others.

Check out the full episode above.

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And for more on UFC 213, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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Video replay: TUF 25 Finale post-event press conference


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LAS VEGAS – Check out a video replay of the TUF 25 Finale post-event news conference.

The TUF 25 Finale took place Friday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. The card aired on FS1 following early prelims on UFC Fight Pass.

Check out the full replay of the post-event press conference above.

For complete coverage of The Ultimate Fighter 25 Finale, check out the UFC Events section of the site.


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