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After wild UFC 216 result, Bobby Green says judges aren't looking at right things

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UFC lightweight veteran Bobby Green would rather hand off judging duties to his fighting peers, biased as they might be, than those professionally tasked to score fights.

“I don’t feel like we have good judges,” Green (23-8-1 MMA, 4-3-1 UFC) told reporters following a split draw against Lando Vannata (9-2-1 MMA, 1-2-1 UFC) at UFC 216, which took place this past Saturday at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas. “I can’t even care what the judges think. Sometimes, they’re totally on, and sometimes, they’re totally off. That’s the way it is in our sport.”

Green said he’s gone to the scorecards several times thinking he’d won, only to get bad news. Now, he approaches a matchup with the intention of winning a bonus, so regardless of whether or not the right call is made, he picks up an extra $50,000.

It drives him crazy to think about what the judges are looking at when a fight goes down.

“We don’t get enough credit for who’s pressing the action,” he said. “A lot of times, one guy chases the other guy around, and he ticks and tacks and runs, but he doesn’t get the credit for being the aggressor.

“Even though we say we judge upon aggression and cage control, they don’t give enough credit to those things. Because if I don’t push the fight, there is no fight. We’ll just be standing there looking at each other. But nobody understands that. Until you’ve fought, you wouldn’t understand that.”

This time around, Green actually got a break on scorecards. But it was only because Vannata threw an illegal knee that cost him one point.

At the time he gave his backstage interview, Green was hopeful he’d done enough to earn a bonus. As it turned out, his thrilling 15-minute scrap was one of four $50,000 checks written out at UFC 216, so he couldn’t complain too much about what had transpired.

Still, in an interview Monday on MMAjunkie Radio, he hinted it would have been nice to have been able to win his full purse, rather than the half paid out with no official winner.

“That would be lovely to have a little taste, and have a better opportunity to make more money,” Green said. “I feel the same way, and I’ll bet Lando feels the same way.”

With 10-8 rounds being rewarded more frequently in MMA, the two draws seen at UFC 216 could be a preview of coming attractions. As a solution, some have suggested a tiebreaking round to determine a fight’s winner in the case of a draw at the end of a fight. Green likes the idea, but he has reservations.

“Maybe we could finish it up,” he said. “I was really catching on to what he was doing more, and my punches were more effective. I think that would be awesome if we could have another round. But at the same time, does that constitute more pay? You do want to find a winner, and the crowd wants to see more action.

“But to be honest, they want to see action at the expense of two good guys, to great fighters. Should we get paid more for that?”

If Green is taking more damage, he of course wants to get paid more money. For fighters still working their way to a title shot, that eases the sting of battles endured on the way to glory.

“I’m all down for it,” he said. “You’re asking me to fight more, but are you asking to pay me more? I’m all down for the fight, don’t get me wrong, but there’s two human beings losing their lives. I took shots and he took shots. Every time I get in the cage, you can bet on that.”

Then again, another solution is to simply do away with “win” bonuses, which might do away with the incentive for fighters to take more conservative gameplans in hopes of doubling their paychecks.

According to Green, “that would be the best and the ultimate.” But for now, he’ll just have to keep fighting for those bonuses. The way it sounded, he wasn’t expecting a discretionary bonus that might make up for his win purse.

One thing he did gain, however, was a new comrade. Out on the town after his win, he bumped into Vannatta, who was nursing his own wounds with a drink.

“I gave him a big hug, and I let him know we’re brothers in war,” he said. “That was awesome. I’m down to do it again if he wants to do it again, but at the same time, we should get paid more for doing what we’re going to do.”

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

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Tickets on sale today for UFC 218's blockbuster lineup in Detroit; $50 gets you in the door

The UFC’s first card in the Detroit area since 2010 looks fantastic on paper, and tickets for the event go on sale today.

Featuring a featherweight title fight between streaking Hawaiian champ Max Holloway (18-3 MMA, 14-2 UFC) and future UFC Hall of Famer Frankie Edgar (22-5-1 MMA, 16-5-1 UFC), “UFC 218: Holloway vs. Edgar” takes place Dec. 2 at Detroit’s brand new Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The night’s main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

Holloway is currently ranked No. 1 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA featherweight rankings, while Edgar checks in at No. 3.

Tickets, which are priced at $250, $175, $125, $100, $75 and $50, go on sale to the general public at Ticketmaster.com on Friday at 10 a.m. ET.

UFC newsletter subscribers have access to a special pre-sale beginning Thursday at 10 a.m. ET, while UFC Fight Club members can purchase tickets beginning today at 10 a.m. ET.

The UFC 218 lineup currently includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes

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


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USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie rankings, Oct. 10: Demetrious Johnson again takes P4P throne

Say what you will about his ability to draw pay-per-view buys – Demetrious Johnson’s fighting skills are simply off the charts.

At this past weekend’s UFC 216 event in Las Vegas, Johnson earned the 11th consecutive defense of his UFC flyweight title, breaking a promotional record he shared with former middleweight champ Anderson Silva. “Mighty Mouse” did so in style, submitting Ray Borg in the fifth round with an incredible suplex-to-armbar series that will surely gain “Submission of the Year” nominations.

With the win, Johnson again moves past former light heavyweight champion Jon Jones to take the No. 1 spot in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA pound-for-pound rankings.

Johnson wasn’t the only fighter making moves on the pound-for-pound list. Check out the updates on that chart, as well as moves across several divisions following this past weekend’s MMA action.


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Invicta FC strikes talent-sharing agreement with Japanese stalwart Pancrase

All-female MMA promotion Invicta FC is pairing up with Pancrase to share fighters.

Invicta today announced a new, exclusive talent-sharing agreement with the long-running Japanese promotion, which will allow fighters from both promotions to get experience of fighting in the U.S. and Japan.

“It’s an honor to be able to partner with Pancrase, one of MMA’s most storied promotions,” stated Invicta President Shannon Knapp in a press release announcing the deal. “In addition to all past and present ‘Kings and Queens of Pancrase,’ pioneers and contemporary stars alike have passed through the Pancrase organization at one time or another.

“Through our talent-sharing agreement, we hope to be able to capitalize on the wealth of female fighters being developed by both Invicta and Pancrase in a mutually beneficial way.”

For some Invicta fighters, it provides the opportunity to fight at home. Current atomweight champion Ayaka Hamasaki hails from Tokyo and got her first taste of gold with the female-focused Jewels promotion, which previously shared an informal talent-sharing agreement with Invicta.

Japanese veterans Mizuki Inoue and Takayo Hashi are also under contract with the American promotion, giving them a chance to fight on native soil, as well.

“From this partnership, the world’s best fighters from Invicta will get an opportunity to fight in Pancrase, and at the same time, Japanese fighters will get to experience fighting Invicta fighters that are at the world level,” stated Pancrase President Masakazu Sakai. “In addition, Japanese fighters would get a chance to fight in Invicta.

“This might open the door for fans in Japan to see Japanese fighters under the Invicta contract, such as Mizuki and Hashi to fight in Japan as well. Both Invicta FC and Pancrase are currently on UFC Fight Pass, and by exchanging fighters, we are looking to increase opportunities for fighters to compete more often.”

A timeline for the talent exchange was not given, but the release said for fans to be on the lookout as both promotions’ schedules unfold. Invicta’s next event, Invicta FC 26, takes place Nov. 30 at Park Theater in Las Vegas. It will stream live on UFC Fight Pass. Next up for the Japanese promotion is “Pancrase: Sapporo,” which takes place Oct. 22 at Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan.

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


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No rush for UFC 216's Mara Romero Borella as she savors stunning short-notice debut

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It’s been quite an eventful few days for Mara Romero Borella.

Barely a week ago, Borella (12-4 MMA, 1-0 UFC) was sitting at 142 pounds, coming off an Invicta FC win in July, with no UFC contract in place. But then came the call to fill in for Andrea Lee against Kalindra Faria (18-6-1 MMA, 0-1 UFC) at UFC 216. Now, Borella has not only added a win to her octagon record – it was a first-round submission, in a pay-per-view main-card slot, against a more than 2-1 favorite in Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.

RelatedUFC 216 results: Mara Romero Borella makes easy work of Kalindra Faria for 1st-round tap

Borella’s first UFC step was simply a “dream come true.” But after an emotional rollercoaster that also involved a weight cut down to the flyweight’s 125-pound limit, she understandably wants to let things sink in before plotting the next ones.

“I’m going to live today and take it little by little,” Borella said after Saturday’s UFC 216 bout.

The 31-year-old flyweight, who’d been previously riding a five-fight winning streak capped off by a split call over Milena Dudieva at Invicta FC 24, knew her manager had been working toward getting her a UFC contract. But as it usually happens with these things, it’s never a done deal until it is.

Borella, in fact, didn’t even know until the Monday or Tuesday prior to the fight her UFC 216 spot was on the main card. Not that it would have mattered, anyway. While she understands the placement is a bigger deal, she simply received an opportunity and took it.

Once that happened, though, Borella and her team had some serious cramming to do. The preparation time might not have been ideal – but the rear-naked choke that came from it certainly was.

“My training camp was just a week,” Borella said. “So I was working on my head and also on the technique for this fight. Basically, that’s exactly the result that we were looking for.”

To hear from Borella, check out the video above.

And for complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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UFC cites 'medical concerns,' pulls Mark Hunt from UFC Fight Night 121 in favor of Fabricio Werdum

UFC officials today announced that Mark Hunt will no longer compete in the promotions’s return to Australia.

Citing “medical concerns,” Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) has been pulled from a planned headlining matchup with Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at November’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena. Fresh off a win at this past weekend’s UFC 216, Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) replaces Hunt in the night’s main event.

Hunt recently penned a piece for PlayersVoice.com.au entitled “If I die fighting, that’s fine,” in which he admitted trouble sleeping and said he’s begin to stutter and slur his words. That prompted UFC officials to pull the 43-year-old slugger from the card.

RelatedMark Hunt in new verbal round of anti-PED fight: 'I'd be champ already if it wasn't for the cheaters'

“Following a recent first-person article published by UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt, UFC has taken the precautionary steps of removing Hunt from a previously announced bout in Sydney, Australia,” a statement first issued to News.com.au read. “The health-related statements made by Hunt in the article represent the first time UFC was made aware of these claims. Athlete health and safety is of the utmost importance to the organization and it would never knowingly schedule an athlete complaining of health issues for a fight. The organization will require that Hunt undergo further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future UFC bout.”

Hunt immediately took to social media to voice his displeasure with the promotion’s decision.

Werdum, who picked up a 65-second win over Walt Harris in a hastily arranged bout at this past weekend’s UFC 216 event, is currently ranked No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings.

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC cites 'medical concerns,' pulls Mark Hunt from UFC Fight Night 121 in favor of Fabricio Werdum

UFC officials today announced that Mark Hunt will no longer compete in the promotions’s return to Australia.

Citing “medical concerns,” Hunt (13-11-1 MMA, 8-5-1 UFC) has been pulled from a planned headlining matchup with Marcin Tybura (16-2 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at November’s UFC Fight Night 121 event at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena. Fresh off a win at this past weekend’s UFC 216, Fabricio Werdum (22-7-1 MMA, 10-4 UFC) replaces Hunt in the night’s main event.

Hunt recently penned a piece for PlayersVoice.com.au entitled “If I die fighting, that’s fine,” in which he admitted trouble sleeping and said he’s begin to stutter and slur his words. That prompted UFC officials to pull the 43-year-old slugger from the card.

RelatedMark Hunt in new verbal round of anti-PED fight: 'I'd be champ already if it wasn't for the cheaters'

“Following a recent first-person article published by UFC heavyweight Mark Hunt, UFC has taken the precautionary steps of removing Hunt from a previously announced bout in Sydney, Australia,” a statement first issued to News.com.au read. “The health-related statements made by Hunt in the article represent the first time UFC was made aware of these claims. Athlete health and safety is of the utmost importance to the organization and it would never knowingly schedule an athlete complaining of health issues for a fight. The organization will require that Hunt undergo further testing and evaluations prior to competing in any future UFC bout.”

Hunt immediately took to social media to voice his displeasure with the promotion’s decision.

Werdum, who picked up a 65-second win over Walt Harris in a hastily arranged bout at this past weekend’s UFC 216 event, is currently ranked No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA heavyweight rankings.

For more on UFC Fight Night 121, check out the UFC Rumors section of the site.

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UFC 218 officially adds Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana, Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes

UFC 218’s spectacular lineup continues to fill and the latest official contests include a strawweight bout and a light heavyweight matchup.

UFC officials today announced the addition of Amanda Cooper (2-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Angela Magana (11-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC), as well as Jeremy Kimball (15-6 MMA 1-1 UFC) vs. Dominick Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

Featuring a featherweight title fight between champ Max Holloway and former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“ABC” Cooper was a finalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 23, ” ultimately falling short against Tatiana Suarez in the July 2016 live finale. Cooper has since split two additional results, earning a decision win over Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night 99 before being submitted by Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 209. She now meets Magana, the outspoken cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 20” who has suffered losses to Michelle Waterson and Tecia Torres in her two official UFC contests.

Kimball made his UFC debut in January, suffering a TKO loss to Marcos Rogerio de Lima, before rebounding with a “Performance of the Night” win over Josh Stansbury in June. He now faces Reyes, an undefeated prospect who needed just 29 seconds to pick up a “Performance of the Night” bonus with a victory over Joachim Christensen at the same June event where Stansbury picked up his $50,000.

With the additions to the card, UFC 218 now includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes

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


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UFC 218 officially adds Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana, Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes

UFC 218’s spectacular lineup continues to fill and the latest official contests include a strawweight bout and a light heavyweight matchup.

UFC officials today announced the addition of Amanda Cooper (2-3 MMA, 1-2 UFC) vs. Angela Magana (11-8 MMA, 0-2 UFC), as well as Jeremy Kimball (15-6 MMA 1-1 UFC) vs. Dominick Reyes (7-0 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

Featuring a featherweight title fight between champ Max Holloway and former lightweight champ Frankie Edgar, UFC 218 takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“ABC” Cooper was a finalist on “The Ultimate Fighter 23, ” ultimately falling short against Tatiana Suarez in the July 2016 live finale. Cooper has since split two additional results, earning a decision win over Anna Elmose at UFC Fight Night 99 before being submitted by Cynthia Calvillo at UFC 209. She now meets Magana, the outspoken cast member of “The Ultimate Fighter 20” who has suffered losses to Michelle Waterson and Tecia Torres in her two official UFC contests.

Kimball made his UFC debut in January, suffering a TKO loss to Marcos Rogerio de Lima, before rebounding with a “Performance of the Night” win over Josh Stansbury in June. He now faces Reyes, an undefeated prospect who needed just 29 seconds to pick up a “Performance of the Night” bonus with a victory over Joachim Christensen at the same June event where Stansbury picked up his $50,000.

With the additions to the card, UFC 218 now includes:

  • Champ Max Holloway vs. Frankie Edgar
  • Francis Ngannou vs. Alistair Overeem
  • Eddie Alvarez vs. Justin Gaethje
  • Henry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis
  • Drakkar Klose vs. David Teymur
  • Cortney Casey vs. Felice Herrig
  • Yancy Medeiros vs. Alex Oliveira
  • Razak Al-Hassan vs. Sabah Homasi
  • Amanda Cooper vs. Angela Magana
  • Jeremy Kimball vs. Dominick Reyes

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


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7-time UFC vet Cody McKenzie aims for Venator FC gold in 4-man, single-night tourney

“The AK Kid” will soon look to claim a welterweight title previously held by two current UFC signees.

Italy’s Venator FC recently announced that “The Ultimate Fighter 12” cast member Cody McKenzie (16-10) is one of four entrants into the promotion’s upcoming single-night tourney, which takes place this Saturday at Teatro Principe in Milan. The winner takes home the promotion’s vacant welterweight title.

McKenize meets 22-year-old Italian Stefano Paterno (7-2) in the opening round, while Italy’s Giorgio Pietrini (11-4) meets Eulogio Fernandez (11-7) on the opposite side of the bracket.

According to Venator FC officials, the opening round of the tournament will feature two-round contests, while the final will be three rounds. Veteran referee Marc Goddard is slated to oversee the contests, and the Federazione Italiana Grappling Mixed Martial Arts while sanction the bouts and provide drug testing for the event.

“Venator FC: Kingdom” streams live for €14.99 (approx. $17.70 USD) at VenatorKingdom.cleeng.com. The main card starts at 9 p.m. CEST local time (3 p.m. ET).

Recent Venator FC welterweight champions include Marvin Vettori (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Emil Meek (9-2-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

An Alaska native, McKenzie is best know for his 2010 run on “The Ultimate Fighter 12” and subsequent seven-fight stretch in the UFC, highlighted by a “Submission of the Night” win over Aaron Wilkinson and a “Fight of the Night” loss to Yves Edwards.

More recently, McKenzie has endured a disappointing 1-6 stretch, though the lone win in that run took place in a Venator FC bout in May 2016.

Using his guillotine choke variant known as the “McKenzietine,” the 29-year-old has earned 12 of his 16 career victories with the hold.

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


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7-time UFC vet Cody McKenzie aims for Venator FC gold in 4-man, single-night tourney

“The AK Kid” will soon look to claim a welterweight title previously held by two current UFC signees.

Italy’s Venator FC recently announced that “The Ultimate Fighter 12” cast member Cody McKenzie (16-10) is one of four entrants into the promotion’s upcoming single-night tourney, which takes place this Saturday at Teatro Principe in Milan. The winner takes home the promotion’s vacant welterweight title.

McKenize meets 22-year-old Italian Stefano Paterno (7-2) in the opening round, while Italy’s Giorgio Pietrini (11-4) meets Eulogio Fernandez (11-7) on the opposite side of the bracket.

According to Venator FC officials, the opening round of the tournament will feature two-round contests, while the final will be three rounds. Veteran referee Marc Goddard is slated to oversee the contests, and the Federazione Italiana Grappling Mixed Martial Arts while sanction the bouts and provide drug testing for the event.

“Venator FC: Kingdom” streams live for €14.99 (approx. $17.70 USD) at VenatorKingdom.cleeng.com. The main card starts at 9 p.m. CEST local time (3 p.m. ET).

Recent Venator FC welterweight champions include Marvin Vettori (12-3 MMA, 2-1 UFC) and Emil Meek (9-2-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC).

An Alaska native, McKenzie is best know for his 2010 run on “The Ultimate Fighter 12” and subsequent seven-fight stretch in the UFC, highlighted by a “Submission of the Night” win over Aaron Wilkinson and a “Fight of the Night” loss to Yves Edwards.

More recently, McKenzie has endured a disappointing 1-6 stretch, though the lone win in that run took place in a Venator FC bout in May 2016.

Using his guillotine choke variant known as the “McKenzietine,” the 29-year-old has earned 12 of his 16 career victories with the hold.

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


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Kurt Holobaugh's camp will push for suspension reduction, says UFC status not in jeopardy

Kurt Holobaugh’s rep says the UFC is sticking by the featherweight and won’t cancel a contract he won by knocking out Matt Bessette at “Dana White’s Contender Series 1” in July.

But the rep also plans to contest a nine-month suspension issued today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, arguing the punishment for unlawful use of an IV is “extremely excessive” considering the circumstances of his case.

“We will accept a no contest on the grounds of breaking a rule,” Bryan Hamper, managing partner with SuckerPunch Entertainment, today told MMAjunkie. “Unfortunately, it was an education error. It was not something where he had any malicious intent to break a rule in Nevada.”

A request for comment to UFC officials, including UFC VP of Athlete Regulations Jeff Novitzky, wasn’t immediately returned, so MMAjunkie was unable to verify Holobaugh’s contract status.

Hamper said Holobaugh (17-4) didn’t get a fair shot at explaining what happened when he went to fill out the commission’s medical paperwork to certify the fight on July 11 in Las Vegas. He said Holobaugh did disclose his intended use of an IV, contrary to the commission’s claims. But without explanation, a commission rep told him not to note it on his paperwork.

“He wasn’t told, ‘Hey, you can’t take an IV because of state regulations, and if you take an IV, your fight could be in jeopardy and you could be suspended,'” Hamper said. “He was just simply told, ‘You can’t check that box – you have to check the other one.'”

When filling out “pre-screen” paperwork with the UFC’a anti-doping partner, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Hamper said Holobaugh realized he’d broken the NSAC’s rules and disclosed it to USADA, which then relayed the information to the NSAC.

“Cutting weight, you’re not exactly at a point of perfect mental clarity,” Hamper said. “Once he realized he broke a rule, he disclosed it. And now, he’s getting a nine-month suspension and his win overturned on a fight on something that, every step of the way, he filled out openly and honestly.”

During a hearing today in Las Vegas, the commission’s attorney noted Holobaugh didn’t disclose his use of an IV and indicated on his paperwork that he was aware he needed to immediately notify the commission if he intended to use one.

Given Holobaugh had no previous anti-doping violations with the NSAC, the attorney recommended the fighter’s punishment be on the lowest end of the scale for suspensions, which range from nine months to 24 months for first-time offenders.

Hamper said Holobaugh, who usually fights at lightweight, had a tough weight cut to make the featherweight limit for the UFC Fight Pass-streamed show, which offers winners a UFC contract. He indicated the fighter’s team thought USADA’s rules were not in effect, despite the fact that after revamping its anti-doping program in September 2016, the NSAC largely follows the same standards set by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

After weighing in, Holobaugh used a 2,000-milliliter IV injection, well over the 50-milliliter limit currently allowed by the NSAC over a six-hour period.

“We can’t help but feel like we didn’t have a chance to advocate on his behalf based on the circumstances of the call today,” Hamper said. “We feel like we never got a chance to tell our side of the story and get due process.”

Calling in from his home state of Louisiana, Holobaugh appeared via telephone at the NSAC hearing. But the connection on the commission’s phone was so badly garbled, NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell interrupted to summarize many of Holobaugh’s points to the rest of the commission.

“He didn’t have a chance to fully explain the process, so the commissioner recapped and put words in his mouth,” Hamper said.

Hamper didn’t detail his team’s plan for overturning the NSAC’s decision, which effectively bars him from fighting in the U.S. during the period of his suspension. Previously, fighters disputing suspensions have appealed to Nevada district court, one level above the commission’s authority with the state.

As far as Holobaugh’s UFC career, Hamper said the promotion is sympathetic to the fighter’s situation. Asked whether the contract offer still stands, he said, “That’s how it’s been articulated to us right now. It sounds like we have the UFC’s full support.”

Hamper hopes to get Holobaugh back to work soon. Right now, he is suspended nine months from the date of the July 11 fight. His win over Bessette (22-7) is also overturned, and he must pay a $750 fine and provide a clean drug test prior to getting another license in Nevada.

“A nine-month suspension is extremely excessive,” he said. “He’s a single father. He has full custody of three kids. This genuinely impacts his ability to provide for his family.”

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 1, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Kurt Holobaugh's camp will push for suspension reduction, says UFC status not in jeopardy

Kurt Holobaugh’s rep says the UFC is sticking by the featherweight and won’t cancel a contract he won by knocking out Matt Bessette at “Dana White’s Contender Series 1” in July.

But the rep also plans to contest a nine-month suspension issued today by the Nevada State Athletic Commission, arguing the punishment for unlawful use of an IV is “extremely excessive” considering the circumstances of his case.

“We will accept a no contest on the grounds of breaking a rule,” Bryan Hamper, managing partner with SuckerPunch Entertainment, today told MMAjunkie. “Unfortunately, it was an education error. It was not something where he had any malicious intent to break a rule in Nevada.”

A request for comment to UFC officials, including UFC VP of Athlete Regulations Jeff Novitzky, wasn’t immediately returned, so MMAjunkie was unable to verify Holobaugh’s contract status.

Hamper said Holobaugh (17-4) didn’t get a fair shot at explaining what happened when he went to fill out the commission’s medical paperwork to certify the fight on July 11 in Las Vegas. He said Holobaugh did disclose his intended use of an IV, contrary to the commission’s claims. But without explanation, a commission rep told him not to note it on his paperwork.

“He wasn’t told, ‘Hey, you can’t take an IV because of state regulations, and if you take an IV, your fight could be in jeopardy and you could be suspended,'” Hamper said. “He was just simply told, ‘You can’t check that box – you have to check the other one.'”

When filling out “pre-screen” paperwork with the UFC’a anti-doping partner, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Hamper said Holobaugh realized he’d broken the NSAC’s rules and disclosed it to USADA, which then relayed the information to the NSAC.

“Cutting weight, you’re not exactly at a point of perfect mental clarity,” Hamper said. “Once he realized he broke a rule, he disclosed it. And now, he’s getting a nine-month suspension and his win overturned on a fight on something that, every step of the way, he filled out openly and honestly.”

During a hearing today in Las Vegas, the commission’s attorney noted Holobaugh didn’t disclose his use of an IV and indicated on his paperwork that he was aware he needed to immediately notify the commission if he intended to use one.

Given Holobaugh had no previous anti-doping violations with the NSAC, the attorney recommended the fighter’s punishment be on the lowest end of the scale for suspensions, which range from nine months to 24 months for first-time offenders.

Hamper said Holobaugh, who usually fights at lightweight, had a tough weight cut to make the featherweight limit for the UFC Fight Pass-streamed show, which offers winners a UFC contract. He indicated the fighter’s team thought USADA’s rules were not in effect, despite the fact that after revamping its anti-doping program in September 2016, the NSAC largely follows the same standards set by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

After weighing in, Holobaugh used a 2,000-milliliter IV injection, well over the 50-milliliter limit currently allowed by the NSAC over a six-hour period.

“We can’t help but feel like we didn’t have a chance to advocate on his behalf based on the circumstances of the call today,” Hamper said. “We feel like we never got a chance to tell our side of the story and get due process.”

Calling in from his home state of Louisiana, Holobaugh appeared via telephone at the NSAC hearing. But the connection on the commission’s phone was so badly garbled, NSAC chairman Anthony Marnell interrupted to summarize many of Holobaugh’s points to the rest of the commission.

“He didn’t have a chance to fully explain the process, so the commissioner recapped and put words in his mouth,” Hamper said.

Hamper didn’t detail his team’s plan for overturning the NSAC’s decision, which effectively bars him from fighting in the U.S. during the period of his suspension. Previously, fighters disputing suspensions have appealed to Nevada district court, one level above the commission’s authority with the state.

As far as Holobaugh’s UFC career, Hamper said the promotion is sympathetic to the fighter’s situation. Asked whether the contract offer still stands, he said, “That’s how it’s been articulated to us right now. It sounds like we have the UFC’s full support.”

Hamper hopes to get Holobaugh back to work soon. Right now, he is suspended nine months from the date of the July 11 fight. His win over Bessette (22-7) is also overturned, and he must pay a $750 fine and provide a clean drug test prior to getting another license in Nevada.

“A nine-month suspension is extremely excessive,” he said. “He’s a single father. He has full custody of three kids. This genuinely impacts his ability to provide for his family.”

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series 1, check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Why are we so tolerant of the absurd insanity of weight-cutting in MMA?

At this point it’s basically a part of the routine. Fight week rolls around, the photo ops come and go, then suddenly it’s Friday morning, and we all wait to see who will show up looking like a walking corpse ready to have his remains weighed on the official scale.

At UFC 216, it was Kevin Lee’s turn. After bragging about feasting on tiramisu for dessert, he needed two tries to hit the lightweight mark, looking more and more cadaverous with each attempt. If that wasn’t enough of a fighter safety risk, we learned after the fight that he also had a staph infection on his chest. The Nevada State Athletic Commission deemed him fit to fight anyway, for reasons it wouldn’t fully explain.

Lee wasn’t the only one who struggled in Las Vegas. Nik Lentz was pulled from the event entirely after being hospitalized due to what he called “diabetic-like issues.” It seems his hands and feet went numb during his weight cut, which probably isn’t a good sign just a couple days before you’re supposed to get into a cage and fight.

This all happened just two weeks after Mizuta Hirota was scratched from UFC Fight Night 117 when he nearly fell off the scales at weigh-ins.

RelatedMizuto Hirota missed weight for UFC-Japan – and it was pretty scary

As if to drive home the point that it can always get worse, Pancrase weighed in a nearly unconscious Daniel Lima in Japan over the weekend, and then let him go through with the fight anyway, despite the fact that he had to be literally carried on and off the scales.

As longtime MMA referee Marc Goddard asked in a Facebook video, what if “the unthinkable” had happened in that fight, which is really not so unthinkable after seeing how depleted Lima was at the weigh-in?

“Who would take that blame?” Goddard asked. “That’s (expletive) manslaughter.”

What makes this practice more insane is how unnecessary it is. Think about weight-cutting for what it really is. A day before the competition, two athletes of roughly equal size shed their bodies of enough water and nutrients to hit the same arbitrary mark on a scale, all so they can frantically put the weight back on in time for the fight the next day, at which point they will be roughly the same size again.

As dangerous and difficult as it is, nobody’s getting a significant advantage through weight-cutting anymore. What they’re doing with all that suffering is preventing their opponents from having a significant advantage. It’s an absurd price to pay just to end up on a mostly level playing field in the end.

But how do you fix it? More weight classes aren’t going to do it, because fighters looking for an edge (or just for a fresh start in a new division) will still push their bodies to the absolute limit if they’re allowed to.

So maybe you stop allowing it. You institute hydration tests and out-of-competition weigh-ins to get a sense of what each fighter really weighs in the hopes of establishing a safe fighting weight for everyone.

That’s the direction that the California State Athletic Commission is heading in, but it’s going to take more than one commission in one state. This is a change the whole sport needs to make, if we’re going to really address the issue. The entire culture needs to change, and that’s never easy to do.

RelatedCalifornia approves 10-point weight-cutting plan with big changes

But if we’re not yet convinced that this is a problem, what’s going to change our minds? People have died cutting weight. They’ve died in the fights that followed rough weigh cuts. They’ve been hospitalized so often that it’s barely even newsworthy anymore. They’ve squandered the weeks and months spent training for a fight, all because they couldn’t survive their own weight cuts in a healthy enough state to go through with them.

The worst things that can possibly happen have already happened. The not-quite-as-bad-but-still-pretty-troubling things have also happened, and with alarming frequency.

Still, most of the powers that be in MMA don’t seem ready to make a change this big. Apparently they’re fine with the almost weekly ridiculousness of pro fighters making themselves sick on the eve of their most dangerous assignments. They’re too used to it, maybe. Too comfortable with it.

Or maybe they just need to see how bad it can really get. But if that hasn’t happened by now, I hate to think of what it’s going to take.


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Manager: Henry Cejudo will fight Sergio Pettis at UFC 218 despite injuries in fire, lost Olympic medal

Henry Cejudo is somewhat distraught after losing several important personal items and suffering a burn to his foot while escaping the deadly Northern California wildfires. However, it won’t stop him from fighting Sergio Pettis at UFC 218.

MMAjunkie today spoke with Cejudo’s (11-2 MMA, 5-2 UFC) manager, Ali Abdelaziz of Dominance MMA, and confirmed Cejudo evacuated from the fire and still intends on fighting Pettis (16-2 MMA, 7-2 UFC) at UFC 218, which takes place Dec. 2 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit. The card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on FS1 and UFC Fight Pass.

“He woke up to the fire alarm, but he thought it was just a false alarm so he went back to sleep,” Abdelaziz told MMAjunkie. “He woke up at 4 a.m. to his room being filled with smoke. He had no choice but to jump (from the balcony) on the second floor. He landed on some fire and burned his foot. He’s safe.”

RelatedHenry Cejudo vs. Sergio Pettis rebooked for UFC 218 in Detroit

Abdelaziz said the damage to Cejudo’s foot isn’t overly severe. He confirmed there was no broken ankle, as sfchronicle.com first reported, instead described the damage as “scabbing and blisters.” The physical injuries will heal, but the disappointment of losing some significant personal items is likely to last much longer.

Cejudo was in the area to attend Ronnie Lott’s celebrity fundraiser at Mayacama Golf Club in Santa Rosa, Calif. Abdelaziz said “The Messenger” was able to escape the hotel room with only his cell phone and was forced to leave behind the gold medal he won in the 2008 Olympic games, other awards from his wrestling career, an iPad, clothing and more.

After going through the experience, Abdelaziz said Cejudo, No. 3 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA flyweight rankings, leaves today for Brazil to begin his training camp for No. 6-ranked Pettis alongside Bellator standouts Patricio and Patricky Freire.

Many consider the UFC 218 fight between Cejudo and Pettis as a title-eliminator in the 125-pound division. Cejudo said following his second-round knockout of Wilson Reis at UFC 215 in September that he’s gunning for a rematch with champ Demetrious Johnson, who handed him a first-round TKO loss at UFC 197 in April 2016.

“I’m the one (to defeat Johnson),” Cejudo said. “I know I’m the one. I have the style, I have the wrestling. I know I’m the one to beat Demetrious Johnson. No disrespect to these fighters, no disrespect to any of them. Anybody has that fighter’s chance, but I believe I have the style to eventually beat him, and I truly do believe that.”

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

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Chidi Njokuani moves to middleweight, meets Hisaki Kato at Bellator 189

After missing weight and losing a main-event fight earlier this year, Chidi Njokuani is opting for a change in weight class for his next fight.

Njokuani (17-5 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) will move from welterweight to middleweight to take on Hisaki Kato (8-2 MMA, 4-1 BMMA) at Bellator 189, which takes place Dec. 1 at WinStar World Casino and Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The card airs on Spike following prelims streamed on MMAjunkie.

MMAjunkie verified the matchup with a Bellator official following an initial report from CBSSports.com.

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

After four consecutive wins to begin his Bellator tenure, Njokuani was granted a main event spot against former champion Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 182 in August. He came in four pounds over the welterweight limit, and the fight also did not go his way. Njokuani suffered a first-round TKO to snap a nine-fight unbeaten streak.

“Chidi Bang Bang” will attempt to rebound and make a positive introduction to the middleweight division when he takes on Kato, a noted striker who has won three straight fights and four of his past five overall.

Kato is coming off a unanimous-decision victory over Ralek Gracie at Bellator 170 in January. He’ll fight for just the second time this year when he enters the cage at Bellator 189.

The latest Bellator 189 card now includes:

  • Julia Budd vs. Arlene Blancowe – for women’s featherweight title
  • Chris Honeycutt vs. Rafael Lovato
  • Hisaki Kato vs. Chidi Njokuani

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

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Belal Muhammad's attempt to mimic Demetrious Johnson's 'Mighty Armbar' did not go well

Joe Rogan said during the recent UFC 216 pay-per-view broadcast that he believed fighters around the globe would attempt to copy UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson’s incredible title-fight finish while in the training room. Well, he was right.

Johnson (27-2-1 MMA, 15-1-1 UFC) set the UFC’s all-time consecutive title defense record (11) this past Saturday when he earned a fifth-round submission victory over Ray Borg (11-3 MMA, 5-3 UFC) in the UFC 216 co-headliner, which took place at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas.

RelatedLet's get another look at Demetrious Johnson's ridiculous armbar win at UFC 216

“Mighty Mouse” dubbed the finish as the “Mighty Armbar,” and it was unlike anything ever seen in the octagon. Johnson hoisted his opponent and immediately transitioned from the suplex position into a slick armbar. Borg was forced to tap, and Johnson was left with a mind-blowing new highlight for his growing reel.

The move had a high degree of difficulty, and UFC welterweight Belal Muhammad (12-2 MMA, 3-2 UFC) found that out firsthand. He attempted to repeat Johnson’s move during training, but the end result was very different (via Twitter):

When trying to be @MightyMouseUFC goes wrong #mightyarmwhiz #remeberthename #askaraskar pic.twitter.com/RnsQVyNIVx

— Belal muhammad (@bullyb170) October 9, 2017

Fortunately for Muhammad, he’ll have plenty more time to train the move. He’s not currently booked for a fight after a scheduled UFC Fight Night 121 matchup with Jesse Taylor was called off when his opponent, who’s “The Ultimate Fighter 25” winner, was flagged for a potential USADA violation.

In case Muhammad needs a refresher, here’s how it’s really done (via Instagram):

For complete coverage of UFC 216, check out the UFC Events section of the site.

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

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Due to IV use, DWCS 1 winner Kurt Holobaugh suspended 9 months and win overturned

The Nevada State Athletic Commission today voted unanimously to suspend featherweight Kurt Holobaugh nine months and fine him $750 for failing to properly disclose IV use.

Holobaugh’s (17-4) knockout win at Dana White’s Contender Series 1 over Matt Bessette (22-7) on July 11 is now overturned to a no-contest, leaving his UFC career in limbo after he reportedly earned a UFC contract in July.

The $750 fine represents 15 percent of Holobaugh’s $5,000 “show” purse for the fight. He was also fined court costs and must pay for and provide a clean drug test if applying for another fight license in Nevada. His suspension is retroactive to the date of the July 11 fight, making him eligible to compete on April 11, 2018.

Related'Dana White's Contender Series' Week 1 results: Kurt Holobaugh KOs Matt Bessette in headliner

Officials said Holobaugh didn’t notify the commission that he used an IV containing 2,000 milliliters of fluid after the event’s weigh-ins on July 10. The injection wasn’t part of a hospital procedure or surgical procedure, and he receive a therapeutic-use exemption.

Holobaugh appeared via telephone during today’s NSAC’s meeting in Las Vegas and admitted he didn’t note his use of an IV, believing he wasn’t subject to the rules of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), which oversees the UFC’s anti-doping program.

“I do take full responsibility,” he said.

NSAC Executive Director Bob Bennett noted that when a USADA official spoke with Holobaugh as part of his UFC contract offer, the fighter was “honest and forthright” about his omission and amended his paperwork.

Still, the NSAC felt ignorance of its rules did not excuse Holobaugh for not disclosing the IV. The NSAC follows the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA’s) current guidelines for IV use, prohibiting intravenous injections of more than 50 milliliters per six hour period unless part of a hospital procedure or surgical procedure, or in the case of a TUE.

RelatedUSADA updates UFC fighters on 2018 prohibited list

As MMAjunkie reported on Monday, WADA’s 2018 Prohibited List has changed the requirements for IV use, increasing the cutoff to 100 milliliters for IVs “and/or injections of any substance” over a 12-hour period.

The NSAC overhauled his anti-doping program in 2015 and fully implemented the changes in September 2016.

For more on Dana White’s Contender Series Week 1 check out the MMA Events section of the site.


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Watch MMAjunkie Radio here (1 p.m. ET) with Curtis Millender and R.J. Clifford


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MMAjunkie Radio kicks off today at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) with guests Curtis Millender and R.J. Clifford.

Millender headlines Friday’s LFA 24 event against Matthew Frincu. Clifford is host of “TUF Talk” and SiriusXM’s “MMA Tonight.”

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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Stream or download MMAjunkie Radio #2539 with guests Tony Ferguson, John Moraga, Bobby Green, Simon Samano

Stream or download Monday’s episode of MMAjunkie Radio with guests Tony Ferguson, John Moraga, Bobby Green and Simon Samano.

Ferguson, Moraga and Green all fought this past Saturday at UFC 216 in Las Vegas. Ferguson won the interim lightweight title with a submission of Kevin Lee in the main event. Moraga knocked out previously unbeaten Magomed Bibulatov for a $50,000 bonus. Green fought to a split draw and won “Fight of the Night” against Lando Vannata. MMAjunkie’s Samano was in Las Vegas to cover the event and recapped the big stories that came out of the fight card.

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


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